Wednesday, October 19, 2016

October Paper Pumpkin: Season of Gratitude

I just got my Paper Pumpkin for October in the mail yesterday, and I could not stop playing with it! I think this may be my favorite MPP kit yet :)

Check out this amazing kit! I love shaker cards. There is just something magical about them. And LEAVES!! Love leaves :)

My first card with this set has some minor additions from my stash of Stampin' Up! ribbon. The Peekaboo Peach ruched ribbon that is still current, and a snippet of the retired Naturals Chevron ribbon. Remind me to show you my ribbon drawer sometime....
I also Copper heat embossed the sentiment and added a nest of Copper thread.
And I made this card entirely while on the phone with my daughter! Talk about multi-tasking!

 Inside I just inked up the little acorn image in Sahara Sand and stamped off once before stamping on the inside of the card. Simple, and easy to write over the top.

 I added a little love to the back of the envelope too, just for snickers and giggles.

And check out these gorgeous envelopes! There is a sweater knot pattern inside!! Have Imentioned that I love sweaters? ;)

I made parts of this while talking to my daughter. Like the sentiment embossing. But I had to do some stitching on this card. Otherwise how would you know I made it?! I used some more retired ribbon here, Pumpkin Pie Chevron and the wide Burlap. I also used a little piece of vellum to Copper heat emboss the sentiment, and glued just a few sequins in place in the shaker window so there would always be some bling showing.

Stamped off crackle image in Chocolate Chip and stamped off acorn in Cajun Craze.

Then I had to do some sentiment background stamping!
  1.  Cut a 4"x5¼" panel of Whisper White and prepare Crumb Cake card base.
  2. Mount the 3 thank you type sentiments on 1 block, then stamp them repeatedly in Sahara Sand (stamp off once each time), along with some little stamped off acorns. Stitch around the panel. Pull thread tails to the back and secure with tape.
  3.  Emboss the Delightful Dijon banner with the Woodland embossing folder.
  4. Use Embossing Buddy on the Cajun Craze label. Cut the "thank you" words apart and stamp in Versamark. Heat emboss with Gold embossing powder. Stitch on each side of the words. Pull thread tails to the back and secure with tape. 
  5. Take out your silicone mat, take one each of the leaves that pop out of the shaker panel. Add a little Fast Fuse or SNAIL to the back and stick to the silicone mat. Now apply ink to the leaves with sponges. I used Peekaboo Peach/Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry/Delightful Dijon, and just Cajun Craze. Then I added a little Gold Wink of Stella. Pull off the silicone mat and adhere to card stamped and stitched panel. 
  6. Apply Fast Fuse to back of the banner, create a nest of Gold thread and stick to the back of the banner, then adhere this unit to the card front with more Fast Fuse. 
  7. Adhere the Cajun Craze sentiment piece with dimensionals. 
  8. Adhere panel to cardfront with dimensionals.
  9. Use Fine-Tip Glue pen to adhere a scattering of sequins. 
  10. In Sahara Sand, stamp the acorn and gratitude sentiment inside the card. All done!
 Easy peasy inside!

Then I decided I needed a slider and shaker card! I know, probably a little much. But I had to see if I could pull it off :) Gotta love photopolymer! I was able to curve the "best wishes" stamp to fit the window the Sliding Stars die created. And this is another of the leaves sponged in Delightful Dijon and Gold Wink of Stella.

Check it out in action!

Inside got a little love too. This is just inking up once in Cajun Craze and stamping 4 times without reinking.

And my last project (for now) is not a shaker card. Shocking, I know :)
  1. This time I sponged the panel with Cajun Craze, Peekaboo Peach, and Crushed Curry. Then I stitched around it. 
  2. I stamped the crackle image in Crumb Cake on the cardbase where it would show through the leaves.
  3. I took a 2"x5½" strip of vellum and embossed with the Cable Knit embossing folder, then adhered it to the cardfront where it would peek out from under the sponged panel. 
  4. The sentiment is Copper heat embossed on a strip of vellum and the end is dove-tailed using the 1" square punch. Check the Clearance Rack for this little gem! Stitch this to the sponged panel.Or staple it if you prefer :)
  5. Then I adhered the panel to the cardfront with Fast Fuse and glued some sequins on with the Fine-Tip Glue pen. 
  6. Inside got a maple leaf sponged in Peekaboo Peach/Cajun Craze adhered to the lower right corner. All done!
 See the cute little leaf peeking out? LOVE those little extras from the kit! Makes me want to pull out my Leaflets framelits!

 OK, I have to share one of the cutest pictures ever. This is my grandson, Cameron, playing in the leaves in the front yard of the house they just bought. This was on move-in day!!

If you have seen something you need for your crafting life, just click the image in the supply list below and it will take you to my store! If you order less than $150, please use this month's Host Code, which can be found at the top of the sidebar on the right.

And be sure to check the box allowing me to contact you when you check out. I can't send you a thank you card if I don't know your address! And I promise to only send you happy mail, no junk mail :)

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Stamp Review Crew: Acorny Thank You Edition
We are all in an autumn frame of mind this time, and this little gem of a stamp set certainly fits the bill! Acorny Thank You came out last year, I believe, and it has a coordinating punch :) I love that there are different patterns of caps and shells. And I adore the sentiments in this set!

For those who are new to the Stamp Review Crew, here is a little background. We are an international group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators that gets together on the first and third Mondays of every month to do a blog hop. Each hop features a single stamp set to give you loads of inspiration for that set! The hops are archived at the Stamp Review Crew blog, and you will be able to click through each hop at any time, going directly to the posts for that hop whenever you want! And you can click on the banner of this post to go to the master blog roll for this hop also.

If you are following along in order, then you just arrived from Dawn Tidd's blog where she amazed you with her creativity!

Fair warning, I got a little carried away with this set. I created all of these cards in about 2.5 hours!

First up is this warm and cozy, clearly autumn themed card. I had visions of the plaids and prints from Warmth & Cheer DSP stack combined with the Cable Knit embossing folder and these acorns falling down the card. The sentiment is Copper embossed on a strip of vellum I adhered under the DSP.

Inside I stamped the acorn components 3 times each without reinking. The shell is stamped in Soft Suede and the cap in Early Espresso. I did breath on the stamp for the 2nd and 3rd impressions.

How about a close up of all the texture and detail. If you don't have the copper embossing powder yet, I would order it soon as it is in short supply. I also think the Cable Knit embossing folder is a must have!

Next up I made a very similar card with the reverse side of the DSP. I had cut the 6"x6" DSP piece into two 3"x4" pieces and used one on each card. The twist on this one is that I switched up the images for the acorn parts, and after I stamped them, I sprinkled some Copper embossing powder on parts of the images. And I added a nest of Copper thread behind the acorn.

I love that the ink was still wet enough for the embossing powder to stick and give this speckly, distressed, gilded look.

Then I wanted to try stamping the sentiment repeatedly as a background. So I did, in Crumb Cake ink on Crumb Cake cardstock. The acorns are stamped in Soft Suede and Early Espresso on Crumb Cake.

The inside got a single stamped-off acorn that is light enough that it can be written right over.

I think I like the gilded acorn on this card the most. For this moment anyway, lol! The cap was stamped in Versamark and embossed with Copper embossing powder. And the shell is stamped in Crumb Cake, then sprinkled on one side with the Copper embossing powder and heat embossed. I created the swooped edge with the wavy swirl die. So easy!

And yes, I cut my stamp apart :) I love this "Hi" and wanted just that for the inside of this card.

The sentiment on the front is embossed on a 2½"x4" strip of vellum, then I stitched around the edges and adhered it just on the top edge with Fast Fuse to the card front, you won't see the adhesive this way. The DSP panel is popped up on a coaster. I have a bazillion of them, so I am using them in place of dimensionals behind large pieces :)

Then I really wanted to make a slider card. This was so easy using the Sliding Star framelits to create the track for this slider, and the Foam Strips to raise it up. So slick!!

And I changed it up a little bit and used Gold embossing powder instead of Copper :) I also used some sentiments from Thoughtful Banners, and since they are photo-polymer I was able to curve them just a bit to fit in the slider window. I had created the flannel panel first, then traced the window onto the cardbase to get the placement right.

Here is the slider in action!

I have actually featured this stamp set in a blog hop before, just not for the Stamp Review Crew. You can find that post here.

OK, that is finally the end of my creations for this hop, and it is time to go see what Sue Plote has created. She is so talented!

If you have seen something you need for your crafting life, just click the image in the supply list below and it will take you to my store! If you order less than $150, please use this month's Host Code, which can be found at the top of the sidebar on the right.

And be sure to check the box allowing me to contact you when you check out. I can't send you a thank you card if I don't know your address! And I promise to only send you happy mail, no junk mail :) Product List


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