An Easy Good Tidings Card with Tutorial

IEasy Good Tidings Card with Tutorial

Hi, everyone! I am smitten with the Good Tidings stamp set.  After the latest On the CASE creation made with this set – see post HERE – I just had to create another card with it.  This one has  fewer steps and details, but still has a “Wow” factor of its own, don’t you think? I have included a step-by-step guide for you, in case you would like to create your own! Enjoy today’s easy Good Tidings card with tutorial – and some Boxer News, too!

Colors of the Day
Stamps, Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: Good Tidings (144870)

Paper:

  • 140272 Whisper White Thick Cardstock (4-1/4” x 11”)
  • 100730 Whisper White Cardstock (3-7/8” x 5-1/8”, 3-1/4” x 4”, 3” x 4”, scrap)
  • 102482 Real Red Cardstock (4” x 5-1/4”)

Ink: 140931 Basic Black Archival,  126953 Old Olive,  126949 Real Red, 131179 Smoky Slate, 126978 Soft Suede

Other: 143263 Big Shot, 141706 Layering Ovals Framelits, 143708 Pinewood Planks 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 141714 Sponge Brayers, 103579 Paper Snips, 144108 Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals,  104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals, 104332 SNAIL Permanent Adhesive, 144631 Real Red 1/8” Ribbon

Step-by- Step Instructions           

1.  Score the Whisper White Thick Cardstock at 5-1/2” to form the card base.

2.  Run the Whisper White cardstock through the Big Shot with the Pinewood Planks folder. Lightly brayer with Smoky Slate to enhance the woodgrain. Mat onto Real Red.

Easy Good Tidings Card with Tutorial

3.  Stamp the sentiment in Basic Black and cut out using the largest Layering Ovals Framelit. Using dimensionals, adhere as shown.

Easy Good Tidings Card with Tutorial

4.  Run a snippet of Real Red ribbon across the front of these matted layers, going over the top of the oval. Adhere the ends to the back of the Real Red cardstock. Add this to the card base.

5.  Stamp the large and small holly leaves in Old Olive. Images 1a and 2a are stamped off once. Stamp the berries in Real Red. Images 1c and 2c are stamped off once. Stamp the stem in Soft Suede. Image 1e is stamped off once.  Snip out, and adhere to the card with mini-dimensionals.

Easy Good Tidings Card with Tutorial

Easy Good Tidings Card with Tutorial

6.  Add a bow!

Easy Good Tidings Card with Tutorial

I am very happy with how this card turned out…and I hope you will give it a try, too! Let me know in today’s comments what you think!

Boxer News

It has been awhile since I have posted about the kids.  Our pack is much smaller these days.  Kia is enjoying her new life in Seattle with our son Brady.  She loves hiking, the dog park, and going everywhere in this dog friendly city.  She has an adorable rubber ducky raincoat for those rainy Seattle days.

Brady’s girlfriend adores her, and is Kia’s official new mom.

I am blessed she is in such a loving home with Brady and is enjoying a fabulous fun-filled life.

Brother Jack is with Amy the Handler, getting ready for a full month of shows this November. He will be in Ft. Wayne, Indiana followed by Salibury, Maryland and finally Shakopee, Minnesota. He recently had a photo shoot, on a very hot day in October.  We did not get a lot of good pictures, since we were not looking for the “panting dog” look.  As you can imagine, the household is a little quieter without our baby boy.

Lexi is heading to Texas to stay with her breeder while she experiences the pleasures of being a mom.  In fact, we hit the road tomorrow to take her down.  She will have a blast living on a ranch outside of Dallas.  She’ll be with the woman who whelped her, and everyone else in Lexi’s past three generations.  How cool is that!  Lexi will definitely be living the life of a pampered princess.

And then there were two –

Two amazing friends.  And things will be like the old days when they ruled the house…

So many of you have asked about Brody. Seven months after his problems started, he is feeling great, as you can see.  Every day we have with him is a gift!  Maybe he will be the one who beats the odds!

Looking for the latest Stampin’ Up! offers and promotions?  Look HERE.  What to be part of my amazing Stampin’ Up! team? Read more about joining the Schach Pack!

As always, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Until next time…

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On the CASE: A CASE of Good Tidings

On the CASE: A CASE of Good Tidings

Welcome to this week’s On the CASE with Ann & Nicole, an endeavor undertaken with my friend and stamping buddy, Nicole Watt, of Pixel Maven’s Retreat. In “case” this is your first On the CASE visit, here is the scoop: Twice a month, on the first and third Wednesdays, we will be CASEing a card from one of Stampin’ Up!’s current catalogs. CASE means to Copy and Share with Everyone, and that is exactly what we will be doing. We hope you enjoy the cards we CASE and the free step-by-step tutorials included in our posts! Let’s get on to today’s CASE: A CASE of Good Tidings!

A CASE of Good Tidings
Page 8 – Holiday Catalog 2017

On the CASE: A CASE of Good TidingsI loved this card the moment I opened up the Holiday catalog and saw it.  There was just something about the colors and that gorgeous, bold sentiment.  Besides loving the message, I envisioned myself placing a pearl on each glorious dot.  Although this card sports no pearls, it is beautiful without them.

On the CASE: A CASE of Good GreetingsOnce again,  I picked a CASE with a lot of details and a lot of steps.  But don’t despair – I’ll provide the instructions in my step by step tutorial. Now, let’s get on the CASE!

Colors of the Day
Stamps and Papers and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: Good Tidings
Paper:  Basic Black Cardstock (7/8″ x 3-3/8″), Cherry Cobbler Cardstock (4-1/4″ x  11″),  Whisper White Cardstock (2-3/4″ x 4-1/2″, 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″, 11/16″ x 2-5/8″, 3-1/2″ x 2-1/2″, , Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper (2-3/4″ x 4-1/4″)
Inks: Basic Black Archival, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Real Red
Other: Big Shot, Lots of Labels Framelits, Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 1/2″ Circle Punch, Paper Snips, Delicate White Doilies, 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon, Vintage Crochet Trim, SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Tear & Tape Adhesive

“On the CASE” Notes
Your Step-by-Step Guide

1.  Score the Cherry Cobbler cardstock at 5-1/2″ to create the card base.  (Real Red is also an option, but I opted for the richness of Cherry Cobbler.)

2.  Using the 1/2″ circle punch, punch half circle out of each corner of the Whisper White cardstock.

On the CASE: A CASE of Good Greetings

3.  Emboss this white panel using the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, and then adhere to the card base.

On the CASE: A CASE of Good Greetings

4.  Adhere the Designer series Paper panel, offsetting it to the right.

5.  Ink the large sentiment in Basic Black and stamp onto Whisper White cardstock.  Die cut using the second largest Lots of Label Framelit, labeled #6 in the second photo below.

On the CASE: A CASE of Good Greetings

On the CASE: A CASE of Good Greetings

6.  Cut off the bottom as indicated below.

On the CASE: A CASE of Good Greetings

7.  Cut a section of the paper doily as shown and adhere to the bottom of the sentiment.

On the CASE: A CASE of Good Greetings

On the CASE: A CASE of Good Greetings

Adhere to the card base.

 Note:  The Two Step stamping technique is very easy.  The stamps are labeled with letters and numbers on the plastic storage sheet. In the following steps, I reference these letters.  Although these are photopolymer stamps, you may still want to use a Stamp-a-ma-jig for more precise positioning.

8. Stamp the stem for the large holly image onto Whisper White cardstock as follows:
1e – Early Espresso, stamped off once
1f – Early Espresso

9.  Stamp the large holly leaves and berries as follows:
1a – Old Olive, stamped off once
1b – Old Olive
1c – Real Red, stamped off once
1d – Real Red

On the CASE: A CASE of Good Greetings

Snip out the completed image.

On the CASE: A CASE of Good Greetings

10.  Stamp the small holly leaves and berries as follows:
2a – Old Olive, stamped off once
2b – Old Olive
2c – Real Red, stamped off once
2d – Real Red

On the CASE: A CASE of Good Greetings

Snip out the completed image.  Using a Stampin’ Dimensional, adhere to the card as shown.

On the CASE: A CASE of Good Greetings

11.  Create a banner from the strip of Basic Black cardstock.  Snip each end into a “V”.  Adhere to the card and add the large holly image on top.  Add a strip of Tear & Tape adhesive.

On the CASE: A CASE of Good Greetings

12.  Add a snippet of 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon and a snippet of  Vintage Crochet Trim.  Use more Tear & Tape Adhesive, if needed.

13.  Ink the sentiment in Basic Black and stamp onto Whisper White cardstock.  Snip the ends into a “V” and adhere over the top of the ribbons.  Note:  If you look closely at the sample, they stitched through the middle of the sentiment and probably the ribbons, too.  However, having just sold my sewing machine at my “down-sizing, de-cluttering, hopefully-getting-ready-to-move yard sale” this past weekend, stitching was not an option for me.  Tear & Tape Adhesive works great and forms a strong bond.

On the CASE: A CASE of Good Greetings

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE

It seems I am attracted to cards that have lots of  layers and lots of  details, and this card is no exception.   However, each step is simple.  Two Step stamping is an easy technique that yields amazing results, as you can see with this card.  If you have never done it before, I encourage you to try it!  Difficulty Level:  Because of the time invested, I scored this card 3 out of 5

#SUontheCASE

Nicole and I hope our projects today inspire you to try CASE-ing the catalog, too! We’ll be “on the case”, looking for the hashtag #SUontheCASE on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ & Pinterest). If we find one of your projects, we’ll share it, like it, repost it – we’ll do it all!

Now head on over to Nicole, the Pixel Maven, to see the CASE file she has been working on from the Annual Catalog.  Nicole always writes the BEST tutorials!  You will love what she has created for you! And remember, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away. Until next time – CASE away!

Would you like to check out the most recent Cold CASE Files?  Try these:

A CASE of Nature Sings
A CASE of Snowflake Sentiments
A CASE of Gourd Goodness
The CASE of the Sheltering Tree
The CASE of the Beautiful Bouquet
The CASE of the Birthday Blooms

Ready to get On this CASE?  If you would like to try your hand at creating your own CASE of Good Tidings,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.

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To qualify, place a $50 or more product order (total before shipping and tax) through me using the host code above by October 31st (11:50 p.m. Mountain).

ORDERS OF $150 OR MORE (before shipping and tax) should not add the code and will automatically earn the Striped Treat Bags.

The Treat Bags will arrive separately from your order in mid-November or sooner.

Looking for a Retired Stampin’ Up! stamp set? Check out my list.  Over 100 sets available.  Prices were reduced on many items on October 16th.

For the latest offers and specials from Stampin’ Up!, check out the latest edition of Tuesday Newsday!

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Tuesday Newsday – Weekly Round-Up

Tuesday Newsday

It’s Tuesday Newsday, and time for the latest specials and offers from Stampin’ Up!

Let’s face it – Who doesn’t love Designer Series Paper and who doesn’t love an incredible Sale.  Back by popular demand is Stampin’ Up!’s Designer Series Paper Sale.  Buy three packages of select Designer Series Paper and get one FREE during the month of October! This sale includes Designer Series Paper from both the annual and holiday catalogs, including select Specialty and Designer Series Paper Stacks!

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Tuesday Newsday

Hey, Paper Pumpkin Fans – my October Paper Pumpkin arrived today . It was packaged in the cutest green and black gingham box, just like the box in the picture above.  As you know, the October and November kits are a coordinated set.  If you missed signing up for the October kit, don’t despair.  Become one of my Paper Pumpkin subscribers and order the October kit out of my Online Store when it becomes available.  Sign Up HERE.

  • Remember, the October and November kits coordinate but they also stand alone. You DO NOT need both kits to create a complete project.
  • Remember, to receive November’s kit, you must must subscribe HERE by 11:50 PM (MT) on November 10.

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There is still time to earn the amazing Merry Patterns stamp set.  Here are the details:

  • The Merry Patterns Stamp Set is exclusive to this promotion and will not be available after October 31
  • In order to qualify for this amazing stamp set, place an online order or hold a qualifying workshop of $300 before shipping and handling.
  • There is no limit to the number of times the Merry Patterns Stamp Set may be earned, but only one set can be redeemed per qualifying order
  • Orders before 11:50 PM (MT) on October 31
  • The Merry Patterns Stamp Set is in addition to Stampin’ Rewards!

Tuesday Newsday

Tuesday Newsday

On November 1st, you will be saying  hello to a new world of colorful creativity! Meet Stampin’ Blends, artist-quality alcohol markers in 12 exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors. To cover all the blending bases, Stampin’ Up! is  also offering a limited-time 16-card project kit and stamp set with beautiful line-art images.

  • Add just the right amount of color where you need it with the brush tip or fine-point.
  • Each color (except Ivory and Bronze) has a light and dark shade marker, available individually or in a combo pack.
  • Press fit seal prevents air from entering the barrel and causing evaporation.
  • The nestable lids are easy to keep track of and have a tight fit for long-lasting color.

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FREE!  Use my exclusive Host Code for October and get a FREE gift with a $50 purchase.  You won’t want to miss out on FREE Striped Treat Bags from me!

Let the Sales Begin

To qualify, place a $50 or more product order (total before shipping and tax) through me using the host code above by October 31st (11:50 p.m. Mountain).

ORDERS OF $150 OR MORE (before shipping and tax) should not add the code and will automatically earn the Striped Treat Bags.

The Treat Bags will arrive separately from your order in mid-November or sooner.

Looking for a Retired Stampin’ Up! stamp set? Check out my list.  Over 100 sets available.  New, reduced prices!

As always, if you  have any questions, I am only an email away! Until next time…

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The Stamp Review Crew: Spooky Cat Edition

The Stamp Review Crew: Spooky Cat Edition

It’s time for the Stamp Review Crew: Spooky Cat Edition!  If this is your very first visit to one of our hops, The Stamp Review Crew is a group of international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators whose mission is to do a blog hop on the first and third Mondays of each month. Our hops are unique because each of us features the same stamp set used in a variety of ways,  giving you loads of inspiration for that set! The hops are archived at the Stamp Review Crew blog.  You will be able to click through each hop at any time, going directly to the posts for that hop whenever you want! This week we are featuring the Spooky Cat stamp set.  I am Stop #4 on the hop.  If you are following along in order, you just arrived from Stop #3:  Stesha Bloodhart.  She is so inspiring! After visiting me, you will continue to Stop #5, Natalie Lapakko.  You will love what she has in store for us!  Enjoy today’s hop!

The Stamp Review Crew: Spooky Cat Edition

The Stamp Review Crew: Spooky Cat Edition

I LOVE creating Halloween cards! I LOVE candy! So what could be better than creating a Treat Tube holder card that combines my love of both candy and Halloween?  This was an especially  sweet deal for me.  Since I wanted to use only orange M & M’s to fill my Treat Tubes, I was compelled to eat the other colors to keep them from cluttering up my work space.  A girl has to do what a girl has to do!

I wish I could claim the honor of having designed the holder itself.  I have never been capable of coming up with the right places to score, snip and fold.  Although there are several variations of this holder,  I got my directions from a super talented member of my downline, Beth McCullough, of Stamping Mom fame.

Making the holder is as easy as 1 -2 – 3!

  1.  Cut a sheet of cardstock 4″ x 9-7/8″.
  2.  Score at 4″, 4-5/8″ and 5-1/4″.
  3.  Cut slits between the two outermost score lines at 1-1/2″ and 2-1/2″ from the top of the card.
Colors of the Day
The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

Spooky Night Designer Series Paper is responsible for the cuteness factor of this card. I selected the yummy Very Vanilla and Basic Black polka dot paper as my background, matted it onto Pumpkin Pie card stock, and adhered it to the base.  It gave the card a vintage vibe, I think.

The Stamp Review Crew: Spooky Cat Edition

I then selected the 2-5/8″ Layering Circles framelit, and die cut the moon from the Tree Branch pattern.  This was popped onto the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Because I wanted there to be more dimension, I fussy cut the branches out from another section of the Tree Branch paper, and adhered it to the card, offsetting it slightly so the branches from the circle showed up.

The Stamp Review Crew: Spooky Cat Edition

The cat was then stamped, punched, and popped up on dimensionals. To increase the contrast between the cat and the moon, the edges were distressed with Basic Black ink.

The Stamp Review Crew: Spooky Cat Edition

Patterned Pumpkin thinlits were used to cut pumpkins from the Spooky Night Pumpkin paper.

The Stamp Review Crew: Spooky Cat Edition

Of course, I just had to add a Peekaboo Peach bow, accented with Black Vintage Crochet Trim, Black Mini Sequins, and Black Metallic Thread.

The Stamp Review Crew: Spooky Cat Edition

The Treat Tube sports orange M&M’s.  Tear and Tape Adhesive holds two Bigelow Salted Caramel tea bags in place inside the holder. Yummy!

The Stamp Review Crew: Spooky Cat Edition

I hope you enjoyed today’s Treat Tube holder made with the Spooky Cat set.  Won’t you let me know in your  comment today?  Of course, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Now hop along to Stop #5Natalie Lapakko, to see what she has in store for you!  If you get lost along the way, you can find a list of all the hoppers at The Stamp Review Crew.

The Stamp Review Crew Spooky Cat Edition SRC Previous BadgeIf you would like to try your hand at creating today’s treat tube holder, the supply list is located below. Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  Until next time…siggy-1Let the Sales BeginFREE!  Use my exclusive Host Code for October (above) and get a FREE gift from me with a $50 purchase.  This month’s gift – Striped Treat Bags!

On the CASE: A CASE of Nature Sings

On the CASE Nature Sings

Welcome to this week’s On the CASE with Ann & Nicole, an endeavor undertaken with my friend and stamping buddy, Nicole Watt, of Pixel Maven’s Retreat.  In “case” this is your first On the CASE visit, here is the scoop: Twice a month, on the first and third Wednesdays, we will be CASEing a card from one of Stampin’ Up!’s current catalogs. CASE means to Copy and Share with Everyone, and that is exactly what we will be doing. We hope you enjoy the cards we CASE and the free step-by-step tutorials included in our posts! Let’s get on to today’s CASE: A CASE of Nature Sings!

Nature Sings
Page 115 – Annual Catalog 2017

A CASE of Nature SingsEver since I was a little girl, I have loved animals of all types.  Deer are no exception. There is something so breathtakingly majestic about a buck standing in a clearing.  When I saw the Nature Sings set, I knew I had to own it.  It’s not just for Christmas.  Think of the gorgeous, masculine birthday cards you can create with this set!

A CASE of Nature Sings

Yikey doodles! This card was a lot of work.  But don’t despair! It will be easier now that I have cracked the CASE.  I’ll provide the instructions in my step by step tutorial.  Let’s get on the CASE!

Colors of the Day
Stamps and Papers and Inks…Oh, My!

Stamps:  Nature Sings, Tree Rings
Paper:  Basic Black Cardstock (5-1/2″ x 1″), Crumb Cake Cardstock (5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″), Vellum Cardstock (3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″), Whisper White Cardstock (3/4″ x 3″, scraps), Watercolor Paper (3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″), Be Merry Designer Series Paper (3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ of green, scrap of Cherry Cobbler)
Inks: Basic Black Archival, Crumb Cake
Other: Big Shot, Layering Circles Framelits, Christmas Stockings Thinlits, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Paper Snips, Aqua Painters, Pick a Pattern Washi Tape, Metallics Sequin Assortment, 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Fine-Tip Glue Pen, SNAIL Adhesive

“On the CASE” Notes
Your Step-by-Step Guide

1. Score the Crumb Cake cardstock at 4-1/4″ to create the card base.

2.  Use the largest Layering Circles framelit to die cut a Garden Green circle from Be Merry Designer Series Paper.  Note:  You will use this framelit to cut all the circles for this card.

A CASE of Nature Sings

3.  Ink the Tree Rings background stamp in Basic Black ink and stamp onto Crumb Cake cardstock.  Die cut the circle. Tip:  With large background stamps, I ink the stamp and place the paper on top of the stamp. I then roll over it with a brayer.  Save ink and paper by cutting the circle first, then inking up just the section of the image you want to use.

A CASE of Nature Sings

4.   Using a pencil and the vellum cardstock, trace lightly around the circle framelit. Ink the “May the spirit” sentiment with Basic Black ink and stamp repeatedly until the circle is filled. Use a Stamp-a-ma-jig to help line up the image.  When the traced circle is filled, die cut it out with the circle framelit. Tip: Be careful not to smear the ink. If you wish, you can use a Heat Tool on low to dry it.

A CASE of Nature Sings

5.  Stamp the deer image in Basic Black ink onto water color paper.  Use the circle framelit to cut it out.  Tip:  The Magnetic Platform keeps the circle exactly where you want it!

A CASE of Nature Sings

6.  Wash the surface, as shown, using an Aqua Painter and Crumb Cake ink.  Gently squeeze the closed ink pad in order to pool the ink in the lid.  Tip: If things get too watery, dab away the excess water with a paper towel.

 Ink the Trees image in Basic Black and stamp in front of the Deer's nose. Wash the surface as shown using an Aqua Painter and Crumb Cake ink. Position the Largest Layered Circle Framelit over the Deer and Trees, as shown, and run through the Big Shot. Tip: The Magnetic Platform keeps the circle exactly where you want it!

A CASE of Nature Sings

Add a few spatters simply by tapping the Aqua Painter over a finger.

A CASE of Nature Sings

Complete the circle by inking the trees image with Basic Black and stamping just a partial tree as shown.

6.  Ink the trees again in Basic Black, and stamp onto Whisper White cardstock. Snip out the trees on the left and on the right of the image.

A CASE of Nature Sings

A CASE of Nature Sings

7.  Stamp the trees in Basic Black directly onto the left side of the card base as shown.

A CASE of Nature Sings

8.  Stamp the Beautiful Christmas sentiment onto Whisper White cardstock. Snip a “V” in the end.  Adhere this to a snippet of Cherry Cobbler Be Merry DSP.

A CASE of Nature Sings

9.  Using the Big Shot and the NOEL thinlit, die cut NOEL from Basic Black cardstock.

A CASE of Nature Sings

10.  Take approximately 5-1/2″ of 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon and unravel the strands. Set aside to use later.

A CASE of Nature Sings

11.  Assemble the card as follows:
a)  Adhere the Garden Green and vellum circles to the card base.
b)  Add the snippets of washi tape.
c)  Adhere the Tree Ring circle.
d)  Position and adhere the sentiment banner.
e)  Tape the ravelings to the back of the deer circle. “Pop” the deer up on dimensionals, and adhere to the card.
f)  Adhere one snipped out tree directly onto the deer circle. Use dimensionals to adhere the other tree beside the circle.
g)  Use the Fine-tip Glue Pen to glue “NOEL” in place.
h)  Embellish with gold sequins.

A CASE of Nature Sings

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE

While none of the individual steps in creating this card are difficult on their own, they are time consuming.  There is a level of precision required when stamping the vellum circle.  If I were to make this card again, instead of the vellum, I would substitute either the Merry Music Designer Series Paper, available in the Holiday Catalog, or stamp my own using the Sheet Music background stamp.  Another time saver – I would use a selection from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack instead of using the Tree Ring stamp.  Difficulty Level:  4 out of 5 as created

#SUontheCASE

Nicole and I hope our projects today inspire you to try CASE-ing the catalog, too! We’ll be “on the case”, looking for the hashtag #SUontheCASE on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ & Pinterest). If we find one of your projects, we’ll share it, like it, repost it – we’ll do it all!

On the CASE Nicole BannerNow head on over to Nicole, the Pixel Maven, to see the CASE file she has been working on from the Annual Catalog.  It’s another holiday card.  It is amazing.  Nicole always writes the BEST tutorials!  You will love what she has created for you! And remember, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away. Until next time – CASE away!

Would you like to check out the most recent Cold CASE Files?  Try these:

A CASE of Snowflake Sentiments
A CASE of Gourd Goodness
The CASE of the Sheltering Tree
The CASE of the Beautiful Bouquet
The CASE of the Birthday Blooms

Ready to get On this CASE?  If you would like to try your hand at creating today’s card,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.

Ready to check out Stampin’ Up!’s latest specials and get my October Host Code?  Click HERE to visit the latest Let the Sales Begin post.

Looking for a Retired Stampin’ Up! stamp set? Check out my list.  Over 100 sets available.

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Price: $110.00

The Stamp Review Crew: Beautiful You Edition

Stamp Review Crew BannerIt’s time for another round of inspiration from The Stamp Review Crew. If this is your very first visit to one of our hops, we are a group of international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators whose mission is to do a blog hop on the first and third Mondays of each month. Our hops are unique because each of us features the same stamp set used in a variety of ways. This week we are featuring the Beautiful You stamp set. I am #12 on the hop. You may have just left Stop #11, Yapha Mason!  I absolutely adore Yapha and her work.  After visiting me, you will continue to Stop #13, Holly Stene.  You will love what she has in store for us!  Enjoy today’s hop!

Beautiful You

The Stamp Review Crew Beautiful You

One of the endearing things about Beautiful You is not only the classic, somewhat retro line drawings, but also the fabulous sentiments.  As someone who taught young women to go forth and follow their dreams, I was compelled to purchase this set.  I will admit, I really had a difficult time coming up with a novel idea for this set, so instead I concentrated on the messages of the sentiments.  LAUGH out loud. LOVE deeply.  BE the ONE who stands out in a gray cookie cutter world.   LIVE with passion and lead the way!

Colors of the Day

The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
This card measures 5-1/2″ wide by 4-1/4″ tall when folded.

The first thing I did was to create a two masks by stamping onto scratch paper.  I coated this with Multipurpose Adhesive and allowed the glue to dry in order to create a repositionable bond.

The Stamp Review Crew: Beautiful You

Turning my attention to the card, I stamped the girls in the order shown.

The Stamp Review Crew: Beautiful You#1 and #2 were masked, while #3 and #4 were stamped.  #3 and #4 were masked while #5 as stamped. All images were stamped in Basic Black Archival ink and colored using Aqua Painters and inks.

The Stamp Review Crew: Beautiful YouPowder Pink graces the legs and neck, while Smoky Slate and Real Red were used for dresses and umbrellas. Soft Sky was used to outline everything.

The Stamp Review Crew: Beautiful You

The sentiment was selectively inked using markers, and punched out with the Classic Label Punch. Notice how it covers the smudged scribbles under the feet of girl #3.  Wink! Wink!

Here is another Beautiful You card I created using one of the other images in this set:

The Stamp Review Crew Beautiful You

You can read more about this card HERE.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card made with the Beautiful You set.  Won’t you let me know in your  comment today?  Of course, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Now hop along to Stop #13, the incredible Holly Stene, to see what she has in store for you!  If you get lost along the way, you can find a list of all the hoppers at The Stamp Review Crew.

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Let the Sales Begin

Let the Sales Begin!

Check out the latest sales and offers from Stampin’ Up!
Let the Sales BeginLet’s face it – Who doesn’t love Designer Series Paper and who doesn’t love an incredible Sale.  Back by popular demand is Stampin’ Up!’s Designer Series Paper Sale.  Buy three packages of select Designer Series Paper and get one FREE during the month of October! This sale includes Designer Series Paper from both the annual and holiday catalogs, including select Specialty and Designer Series Paper Stacks!

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Here are the product numbers, in list form:

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Hey, Paper Pumpkin Fans – to give you more of what you love, during October and November Stampin’ Up! is offering two straight months of perfectly coordinated Christmas cardmaking and gifting projects.  Two coordinating kits means you will have everything you need to complete unique holiday cards and gifts,  getting that handmade holiday touch without the fuss.

  • Remember, the October and November kits coordinate but they also stand alone. You DO NOT need both kits to create a complete project.
  • To receive October’s kit, you must subscribe at paperpumpkin.com by 11:50 PM (MT) on October 10.
  • To receive November’s kit,  you must subscribe at paperpumpkin.com by 11:50 PM (MT) on November 10.

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FREE!  Use my exclusive Host Code for October and get a FREE gift with a $50 purchase.  You won’t want to miss out on FREE Striped Treat Bags from me!

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To qualify, place a $50 or more product order (total before shipping and tax) through me using the host code above by October 31st (11:50 p.m. Mountain).

ORDERS OF $150 OR MORE (before shipping and tax) should not add the code and will automatically earn the Striped Treat Bags.

The Treat Bags will arrive separately from your order in mid-November or sooner.

As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me! Until next time…

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Painted Harvest Mini Treat Bag

Painted Harvest Mini Treat Bag

I LOVE giving holiday meals that little extra something special, don’t you?  If fun mini bags like this one can make even plastic dinnerware look extra special, just think how awesome your holiday finest will look tucked into these cuties!  They are a snap to create, and can be decorated all the way from simple to elaborate.  Because I only needed to make six for a club gathering, I pulled out all the stops, adding mini sequins, wooden elements, and a “pop” of Berry Burst color.  If you are ready to give these a try, just follow my quick and easy instructions.

Colors of the Day
Stamps and Papers and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: Painted Harvest Bundle

Paper: Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper (6-1/8” x 6-1/8”, 3-1/4” x 6”, 2” x 5”, 5/8” x 3-1/2”), Vanilla Cardstock (3/4” x 3-1/2”)

Ink: Early Espresso

Other:  Big Shot,  Mini Treat Bag Thinlits,  Banner Triple Punch,  Paper Snips,  Touches of Nature Elements, Gold Binder Clip, Gold Mini Sequin Trim,  ¼” Copper Trim, Berry Burst 5/8” Crinkled Seam Binding, Jute Twine, SNAIL Permanent Adhesive, Tear and Tape Adhesive,  Mini Glue Dots, Fine Tip Glue Pen

Instructions
  1. Create the Treat Sack from Designer Series Paper. Assemble with Tear and Tape Adhesive.
  2. Punch one end of the 2” strip of Designer Paper with the Triple Banner Punch. Position and adhere to the front of the sack, wrapping the excess paper around the back.
  3. Create a “V” in one end of the 5/8” Designer Paper strip and adhere just the end.
  4. Stamp the sentiment, create a “V”, and once again adhere just the end.
  5. Spread out Copper Trim. Attach under the sentiment and smaller strip.
  6. Embellish with a Library Clip.
  7. Create a Berry Burst bow. Add a loop of sequins behind it with glue dots, and adhere.
  8. Knot a snippet of Jute Twine to the Library Clip, and unravel the ends.

And if you would like to thank your guests for their friendship, notice how today’s mini bag coordinates with the Painted Harvest Thank You card from this post.

A Painted Harvest Mini Treat Bag

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. I’ll be back soon with more goodies for you, including a Christmas Card and a Beautiful You card.  And always remember – if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Until next time…

Coming Soon: Watch for details about sales and specials beginning October 1st, including our annual designer series paper sale and a World Card Making Week sale on select items.

Check out my retired goodies! Purchase $35 worth of retired items from my list, between September 27 – September 30th,  and receive 10% off (before postage)!  Click HERE!
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A Painted Harvest Thank You Card Tutorial

A Painted Harvest Thank You CardI am always in need of thank you cards.  In fact, I never have enough to meet my needs.  That is why I was happy to design this one using the Painted Harvest stamp set that my husband could help me create.  He LOVES embossing with the Big Shot.  He’s great at cutting paper.  AND he sees straight.  It is common knowledge among my stamping friends that I have a knack for stamping and adhering things crookedly.  This card is perfect for us to make as a couple.  We can both cut.  He can emboss and adhere, while I create the label, punch the leaves and add pearls. Just in case you would like to sit down with a friend and create your own version of today’s card, I’ve whipped up a Painted Harvest Thank You card tutorial for you.  Enjoy!

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Stamps and Papers and Inks – Oh, My!

Stamps: Painted Harvest Bundle (146021), includes Leaf Punch
Paper: Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper (2-1/2” x 3-7/8”, 3/4” x 3-1/4”, ½” x 3”), Vanilla Cardstock (3-3/4” x 5”, 3” x 2” for sentiment, 4” x 4” for leaves), Early Espresso Cardstock (3-7/8” x 5-1/8”, 2-5/8” x 4”, 3” x 2”), Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock (4-1/4” x 11”, scored at 5-1/2” to form the card base)
Ink:  Early Espresso, Garden Green, Lemon Lime Twist, Peekaboo Peach
Other:  Big Shot,  Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Pretty Label Punch,  Paper Snips, Touches of Nature Elements, Pearl Basic Jewels,  Stampin’ Dimensionals, SNAIL Permanent Adhesive, Fine Tip Glue Pen

Instructions

1. Run the Very Vanilla cardstock through the Big Shot with the Layered Leaves folder. Mat onto Early Espresso, and adhere to the card base.
2. Mat the Designer Paper onto Early Espresso and adhere to the card.

A Painted Harvest Thank You Card Tutorial3. Snip the ends of the Designer Paper strips to form a “V”, and adhere to the card base.

A Painted Harvest Thank You Card Tutorial4. Stamp the sentiment in Early Espresso. Punch out with the Pretty Label Punch. Ink the Frond image with Lemon Lime Twist. Stamp off once, then stamp onto the top and bottom edges of the sentiment label. Repeat with Peekaboo Peach, as shown.

A painted Harvest Thank You Card Tutorial5. Punch an Early Espresso Pretty Label. Cut in half horizontally, and adhere behind the sentiment.
6. Stamp two Leaf Images in Lemon Lime Twist with a Garden Green overlay. Punch out. Adhere under the sentiment. Attach the sentiment with leaves to the card.

A Painted Harvest Thank You Card Tutorial7. Embellish with Pearls and a Touches of Nature leaf.

A Painted Harvest Thank You Card Tutorial

I love the look of Very Vanilla, Early Espresso and Lemon Lime Twist.  It’s a fresh look for fall, and quite different from my usual fall color combo of Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze, and Crushed Curry.  Of course, the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper is yummy, and does include Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Tangerine Tango and more!

I hope you enjoyed today’s card and step-by- step instructions. I hope you will let me know in your comment today. I also hope you will join me again soon as I share a cute coordinating mini-treat bag that goes with today’s card.  As always, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away! Until next time…

Coming Soon: Watch for details about sales and specials beginning October 1st, including our annual designer series paper sale and a World Card Making Week sale on select items.

Check out my retired goodies! Purchase $35 worth of retired items from my list, between September 27 – September 30th,  and receive 10% off (before postage)!  Click HERE!

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Price: $110.00

On the CASE: A CASE of Snowflake Sentiments

Snowflake Sentiments

Welcome to this week’s On the CASE with Ann & Nicole, an endeavor undertaken with my friend and stamping buddy, Nicole Watt, of Pixel Maven’s Retreat.  In “case” this is your first On the CASE visit, here is the scoop: Twice a month, on the first and third Wednesdays, we will be CASEing a card from one of Stampin’ Up!’s current catalogs. CASE means to Copy and Share with Everyone, and that is exactly what we will be doing. We hope you enjoy the cards we CASE and the free step-by-step tutorials! Let’s get on to today’s CASE: A CASE of Snowflake Sentiments!

Snowflake Sentiments
Page 35 – Holiday Catalog 2017

On the CASE: A CASE of Snowflake Sentiments

Let’s face it.  I’m mad about plaid!  I’m smartin’ for tartan! I am a wreck for check!  And since ah hae a wee bit ay Scottish bluid coursing through my veins,  this piece of plaid perfection screamed out, “CASE me!”

On the CASE: A CASE of Snowflake SentimentsAt first glance, I thought this CASE was going to be a piece of cake. There must be a punch or a framelit for the label on which the sentiment is stamped – right?  WRONG! Or at least if there was, I couldn’t find it.  But don’t despair – I’ll provide the instructions in my step by step tutorial.  Now, let’s get on the CASE!

Colors of the Day

Stamps and Papers and Inks…Oh, My!

Stamps: Snowflake Sentiments
Paper:  Basic Black Cardstock  (3″ x 1-1/16″), Garden Green Cardstock (5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″), Old Olive Cardstock (3″ x 3″), Real Red Cardstock (2″ x 4″),  Whisper White Cardstock (6-1/4″ x 2-1/4″,  2 pieces: 3/4″ x 4-1/4″ ), Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper – Green Plaid pattern (4″ x 4-1/4″)
Inks:  Basic Black Archival, Real Red, VersaMark
Other:  Big Shot, Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies,  Stitched Shapes Framelits, Banner Triple Punch, Heat Tool, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Fine-Tip Glue Pen, SNAIL Adhesive, Christmas Around the World Embellishments

“On the CASE” Notes
Your Step-by-Step Guide

1.  Score the Garden Green cardstock at 4-1/4″ to create the card base.

2. Run the two pieces of 3/4″ x 4-1/4″Whisper White cardstock through the Big Shot with the “Holes” framelit.  Adhere the resulting dotted strips to the back of the plaid designer series paper and adhere to the card base.

On the CASE: A CASE of Snowflake Sentiments

3.  Create a banner from the Real Red cardstock using the Banner Punch. Randomly stamp the banner with the snowflake image inked with Real Red ink.  Adhere to the card base.

On the CASE: A CASE of Snowflake Sentiments

4.  Run the Snowflake Edging framelit through the Big Shot with Whisper White cardstock.  Snip out two of the snowflakes.  Save to use in the next step.

On the CASE: A CASE of Snowflake Sentiments

5.  Create the Old Olive stitched circle from the 2-3/8″ Stitched Circle framelit. This is Circle #3 as labeled in the photograph.  “Pop” up on Stampin’ Dimensionals, but before adhering, position and adhere the snowflakes from Step 4 underneath the circle as shown in the photograph.

On the CASE: A CASE of Snowflake Sentiments 6.  Create the label by using the Tag framelit.  Place the black cardstick under the Tag  framelit.

On the CASE: A CASE of Snowflake Sentiments

Run it through the Big Shot JUST UNTIL the “roller” on the Big Shot clears the scalloped end.  Flip the cardstock 180 degrees.

 

On the CASE: A CASE of Snowflake Sentiments

Repeat to punch out the second decorated end.

On the CASE: A CASE of Snowflake Sentiments

7.  Stamp the sentiment in VersaMark onto the label you just created and heat emboss with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Be sure to use the Embossing Buddy in order to avoid annoying white speckles.  Adhere to the Old Olive circle.

On the CASE: A CASE of Snowflake Sentiments

8.  Ink the “Wishing you a Season” sentiment in Basic Black.  Stamp onto Whisper White cardstock, and cut out ” Wishing You” and “A Season”.  Adhere to the circle above the heat embossed label.

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9.  Using the Fine-Top Glue Pen, adhere the wooden bow.

On the CASE: A CASE of Snowflake Sentiments

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE

Layers! Heat embossing! Snipping snowflakes! A custom made label.  There is a lot of time involved, and a certain level of precision is required, too!  But the results are well worth the effort you will put into creating a few of these plaid beauties for those very special people on your Christmas  Card List.  Difficulty Level:  4 out of 5

#SUontheCASE

Nicole and I hope our projects today inspire you to try CASE-ing the catalog, too! We’ll be “on the case”, looking for the hashtag #SUontheCASE on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ & Pinterest). If we find one of your projects, we’ll share it, like it, repost it – we’ll do it all!

On the CASE Nicole BannerNow head on over to Nicole, the Pixel Maven, to see the CASE file she has been working on from the Annual Catalog.  It is amazing.  Nicole always writes the BEST tutorials!  You will love what she has created for you! And remember, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away. Until next time – CASE away!

Would you like to check out the most recent Cold CASE Files?  Try these:

A CASE of Gourd Goodness
The CASE of the Sheltering Tree
The CASE of the Beautiful Bouquet
The CASE of the Birthday Blooms

Ready to get On this CASE?  If you would like to try your hand at creating today’s card,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.

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Price: $110.00