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Posted on October 24, 2017

Polka Dot Spooky Cat – 12 Weeks of Halloween Week 8

Holidays / Special Days/ Punch Art/ Samples

Polka Dot Spooky Cat – 12 Weeks of Halloween Week 8.  Hello friends! Today I have a fun Halloween project for you. In fact, I'm sharing six with you, since I'm a little behind! There's still time to put some “spooky” cards and treats together for family and friends!  And, of course, there is always overnight or second day shipping; I've had to use that more than I'd like lately! 🙂

A couple of these great ideas are not my original work; thanks Pinterest! So many things are re-shared these days that I can't find the original artist who should get the credit; they are awesome projects though.

Polka Dot Spooky Cat - 12 Weeks of Halloween Week 8

I'll have all the instructions for this project below. I also wanted to share just a few images of other ides you can do with this cat punch. As you can see, even though it is perfect for Halloween, it can be used for so many other things as well.

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Here are the instructions for the first project. Enjoy!

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • STAMPS – Spooky Cat (144749 photopolymer), Labels to Love (144967 clear, 144970 wood),
  • PAPER – Pumpkin Pie (105117), Very Vanilla (101650), Spooky Night Designer Series Paper
  • INK – Tuxedo Memento Black (132708)
  • OTHER – Cat Punch (144666), Everyday Label Punch (144668), Linen Thread (104199), Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker (100082), Banner Triple Punch (138292), Polka Dot Basics Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (143709), Big Shot (143263), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Cutting & Scoring:

  • Pumpkin Pie 8-1/2 x 5-1/2”, scored at 4-1/4” & scrap
  • Very Vanilla 4” x 5-1/4”
  • Spooky Night Designer Series Paper (DSP) 1-1/2” x 4” & scrap

Instructions:

  • Run Very Vanilla layer through Big Shot in Polka Dot Basics Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.
  • Flick black ink on embossed layer using the Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker by flicking the large end of the marker in the lid and directing it at the cardstock.
  • Punch end of DSP strip with Banner Triple Punch and adhere to card front where shown with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
  • Stamp Halloween greeting on Pumpkin Pie cardstock scrap with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and punch with Everyday Label Punch – add to card front where shown with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Tie a Linen Thread triple bow and add to banner with Mini Glue Dot.
  • Punch cat from DSP and glue to card front where shown.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a stamptastic day!! 🙂

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Posted on October 16, 2017

Fall Inspiration With Colorful Seasons

Die Cut/ Holidays / Special Days/ Product Information/ Samples

Hello stampers! What a great weekend I had! The weather here in Texas was nice and I got to spend yesterday afternoon working on a Homecoming Mum. Now, I'm from California and we did not have anything remotely like this. A “mum” was a real flower mum and went into a small corsage on your wrist or dress.  I can't post a picture yet because we are keeping it a surprise from my grandson's girlfriend. Let me just say it is BIG! When I asked another mom who has made plenty of these if it is too big she said oh no; go BIG or go home! So, there you go, a learning opportunity! But, I digress, let's get back to the main reason for my post today. I want to share some fall inspiration with Colorful Seasons.

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This stamp set is another one of my personal favorites in the Holiday Seasonal Catalog; the images and greetings are charming and offer cardmaking versatility for every occasion year round.

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Notice on the card just above, some of the little pieces were poked out with a paper piercing tool and some of the pieces remained in the leaf. This gives a fun, unique look.

Fall Inspiration With Colorful Seasons

To see complete project instructions, including cutting measurements and supply lists, just click on PDF's below.

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Thanks for stopping by today for some Fall Inspiration With Colorful Seasons.

If you do need to order any supplies, my online store is only a click away. Until October 31, you can still grab a free pack of Designer Series Paper, when you order 3. You can choose from these thirteen gorgeous styles:

Fall Inspiration With Colorful Seasons

Here is a PDF with page numbers, pricing and item numbers: Paper_Information

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Posted on September 20, 2017

12 Weeks Of Halloween Week 5 – Happy Owloween

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Hey stampers! It's hard for me to totally get into the Halloween spirit when it's 90 degrees outside, but I'm giving it a good try! My project for you today is 12 Weeks of Halloween Week 5 – Happy Owloween. I'm going to have to find a way to keep using this adorable little owl after Halloween because he is just too cute to file away!

12 Weeks Of Halloween Week 5 - Happy Owloween

You'll find full instructions at the end of the post, but I wanted to point out a few things. The focal point of this little treat bag is made from our Spooky Night Designer Series Paper (DSP).  There are so many fun patterns and the orange and black cats can be punched out using the Cat Punch; easy peasy!

12 Weeks Of Halloween Week 5 - Happy Owloween

I just took one of the 12 x 12 sheets, chopped it up into 3 x 3 pieces and then simply stamped the owl on top. I used Basic Gray ink (which made the owl lighter than the black tree branch) so I didn't even have to mask the tree. The owl blended right in. If you aren't sure how to mask, click here to see an earlier post where I explain the technique. While there is a image in this stamp set for the beak and feet, I found it easier to use a Pumpkin Pie marker right on the image and color.

I cut little slivers of Pumpkin Pie Cardstock to create the curls inside the top of the bag. The Stampin' Up! Paper Trimmer works great for this and then I used the end of a pencil to curl the paper. Another tip; you can make this project as is, or use the design for cards.

Supplies:

  • Stamp Set Spooky Cat (P-144749)
  • Stamp Pads – Archival Gray (140932) Black (140931) Stamp Pad
  • Cardstock – Pumpkin Pie (105117)
  • Misc. – Spooky Night Designer Series Paper (DSP) (144610), SNAIL Adhesive (104331), Stampin Dimensionals, Big Shot (143263), Mini Treat Bag Thinlits (137547), Magnetic Platform (130658), Black Rhinestone Jewels (144639), 5/8” Burlap Ribbon, Linen Thread (104199), Wood Textures DSP Stack (144171), Pumpkin Pie Marker (131259-Brights set), Black Marker (131261 – Neutral Set), Tear & Tape Adhesive (138995), Stampin’ Trimmer (126889)

Measurements:

  • Spooky DSP: 3” x 3” of orange piece with black tree
  • Wood Textures DSP: two of the same piece
  • Burlap Ribbon: 10”
  • Linen Thread: 8”

Instructions:

  1. Cut Spooky DSP piece/s at 3” between every tree piece (you will end up with 16 pieces per DSP sheet)
  2. Stamp owl using Gray ink so feet are resting on tree branch.
  3. Stamp“happy owloween” onto owl using black ink.
  4. Using Pumpkin Pie marker, color in beak and feet. Using black marker, color in white around eyes. Attach small black rhinestone into center of each eye. Set aside.
  5. Cut out Treat bag using Mini Treat Bag Thinlits and put together using Tear & Tape Adhesive.
  6. Put one Stampin Dimensional on each corner on the back of stamped DSP square and adhere to bag front.
  7. Thread piece of Burlap Ribbon around bag, through owl piece and tie linen thread into a bow around ends of burlap. Trim off as desired.
  8. Attach three black rhinestones to bottom of bag.
  9. Cut 8-10 1/8” strips of Pumpkin Pie Cardstock. Roll around end of a pencil to create a curled piece.
  10. Put SNAIL on one end of curled pieces and attach to inside of bag. You might need to re-curl strips once strips are positioned.

I hope you'll give this 12 Weeks Of Halloween Week 5 – Happy Owloween project a try! If you've missed my other Halloween projects,  you can start here for Week 1 and then scroll through. I have lots of great projects, tips and techniques in older posts!

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Posted on August 16, 2017

Fresh Eyes On Your Papercrafting Supplies – Cardstock

Paper crafting/ Samples/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Fresh Eyes On Your Papercrafting Supplies – Cardstock.

Let's face it. From time to time, we all get into a rut when it comes to papercrafting. We use the same products in the same way, sometimes very uneconomically. I've been thinking a lot about how I waste or underutilize my supplies and that led to my Fresh Eyes On Your Papercrafting Supplies series that I'll be starting on my blog today! I'll revisit some topics and start a brand new conversation on others. I hope you'll find my topics of interest and value

Today, let's talk about cardstock. How many of you, when measuring for a mat or card layer, just “eyeball it” or, even worse, just take a hunk out of a full sheet, thereby creating ANOTHER scrap piece?  Do you get sick of doing the math over and over again to create proportional matting? Without a doubt, I can say “guilty”!

Here is a template to show you how I cut my card layers and/or scrapbooking photo mats, thereby maximizing cuts in my cardstock and saving time when creating these layers. Each layer is 1/4″ smaller than the next. These are the measurements I use most frequently.

I've also created a short video about proportional matting that I share exclusively with my newsletter subscribers. In the video I actually show you layered pieces of cardstock to give you an actual color visual of this chart.

If you aren't yet a newsletter subscriber, I'd love to have you! Just put your name and email into the box above. You'll get a free gift, in addition to a short series of helpful video tips and techniques. I offer specials, projects, helpful tips and many exclusive features, only for my subscribers!

Don't forget all the August specials going on right now!

Clearance Rack items discounted up to 60%

Carols of Christmas Sneak Peek and Early Release

Monthly Crafting Kit – save 50%

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed my first article in “Fresh Eyes On Your Papercrafting Supplies”. If I can help you in any way, please give me a shout!

 

 

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Posted on July 17, 2017

Soft Sayings Kit with Color Theory Memories and More

Mojo Monday/ Paper crafting/ Samples

Hey stampers! I spent part of my weekend crafting with friends and did a bunch of cards pairing the Soft Sayings Kit with Color Theory Memories and More. I actually added additional products to some of the cards and I mention these in the instructions below.

I'm a big fan of kits! Kits are a great way for new stampers to get started and test drive some products. “Seasoned”crafters can use kits on road trips, retreats, or when they just feel creative but don't want to drag out a ton of supplies. All the kits can be used following the instructions included or you can wander “outside the lines”, coming up with your own designs. You can even add in other coordinating Stampin' Up! products as I did on some of my cards.

I posted these cards on my Facebook Page (I hope you follow me on Facebook!) and one of my friends asked me to post some instructions…here you go Carol! 🙂

Happy Birthday: I actually cut the card from the Soft Sayings (SS) kit in half and used a 1/2 sheet of Whisper White Thick Cardstock for the card base. I used one of the adhesive backed strips from Memories and More (MM) card pack, cut down to peek out on the side. I used flower and leaf adhesive backed diecut pieces from the kit and added a few glitter enamel dots. The Happy Birthday sentiment is from a photopolymer stamp included in the SS kit.

Love you lots: This is done exactly according to the SS kit instructions, but I added 3 clear faceted gems at the bottom of the card.

I think you are wonderful: exactly as outlined in SS kit instructions: the gold glimmer, tranquil tide and lemon lime leaves are adhesive backed, basically peel and stick…easy peasy!

I'm happy you are in my life: this is a printed note card from the SS kit. I added extra color around the stamped sentiment piece by using a baby wipe I had dabbed in my ink pads. Another way to use baby wipes is to put 2-3 drops of ink refills onto a baby wipe and then use the colored wipe as your ink pad. Ideally use a drop of one color reinker and 2 drops of another. If you add too many you will end up with a muddy color that does not look good!

To my dear friend: I used a SS kit notecard and then layered with a Crushed Curry piece from the MM card pack. The white banner piece also came in the SS kit and I stamped sentiment using the Archival Basic Grey Ink spot, also included in the kit. I am using Basic Grey more often to stamp sentiments on my cards when I want a softer look than Archival Black provides. You'll notice the gold glimmer paper leaves from the SS kit and s small yellow striped accent adhesive backed piece from MM kit. I finished this card with a few more Glitter Enamel Dots (LOVE THESE!)

Just a Note: done according to SS kit direcitons with one Glitter Enamel Dot added…just because I love them!

If my Soft Sayings Kit with Color Theory Memories and More projects have inspired you today, just click on a picture below to order yours today!

 

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