Quick and Easy Cheers to the Year

Cheers to the Year

I am not one who sends out a lot of New Year’s cards, but the Cheers to the Year stamp set is changing my mind about that! Today’s card is elegant and glitzy…and oh so easy to make, especially when you have a tutorial.  I hope you enjoy this quick and easy Cheers to the Year card, and the step-by-step tutorial.

Colors of the Day
Quick and Easy Cheers to the Year

Here are the papers you will need:

144640 –  Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper (3-3/4″ x 5″)
140272 – Whisper White Thick Cardstock (4-1/4″ x 11″ card base)
100730 – Whisper White Cardstock (2-1/2” x 2-1/2”, 2” x 2”)
132622 – Gold Foil (3-7/8” x 5-1/8”, 3” x 3”, 1-3/4” x 1-3/4”, 2-1/2” x 2-1/2”, 2-1/2” x 2-1/2”)

Here are the inks:

126978 – Soft Suede
102283 – VersaMark

And here are the rest of the goodies:

143263 – Big Shot
141705 – Layering Circles Framelits
119860 – 1-3/8” Circle Punch
133782 – 2” Circle Punch
144667 – Leaf Punch
129053 – Heat Tool
133457 – Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder
144642 – Foil Snowflakes
144643 – Year of Cheer Embellishments
138402 – Silver Metallic Thread
104430 – Stampin’ Dimensionals
104332 – SNAIL Permanent Adhesive
103683 – Mini Glue Dots

Instructions:

1.  Create the card base by scoring and folding the Whisper White Thick Cardstock at 5-1/2”.

2. Mat the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper onto gold foil and adhere to the card base.

3.  Adhere the Silver Foil Snowflake to the center of the card.

4.  Create a Gold Foil scalloped circle using the 2-1/8” scalloped Layering Circles Framelit. Add Silver Metallic Thread to the back.  Adhere to the card base using dimensionals.

5.  Ink the Lines image with VersaMark and heat emboss with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Adhere to the Gold Foil scalloped circle.

6.  Create a smaller Gold Foil scalloped circle using the 1-7/16” scalloped Layering Circles Framelit. Adhere to the embossed Lines circle.

7.  Stamp the sentiment in Soft Suede ink. Punch out with the 1-3/8” Circle Punch. Layer on top of the smaller Gold Foil scalloped circle using a dimensional.

8.  Punch out two sets of Gold Foil leaves. Use glue dots to adhere under the edges of the large scalloped circle.

9.  Using glue dots, adhere two Season of Cheer Embellishments on top of the leaves.

Quick and Easy Cheers to the Year

I hope you will give today’s card a try!  It would look equally as pretty with any of the papers in the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper collection.  In fact, I am going to whip up a few more of these to mail out to friends using some of these other patterns.

I’ll be in Shakopee, MN this weekend, cheering on Jackie! I can’t wait to see my snuggle buddy again.  He has been with Amy the Handler for several weeks now, since he had to stay with her to attend the American Boxer Club Regional Show in Maryland while I was at OnStage Live in Salt Lake City.  However, he will be able to come back home to stay in a couple of weeks.  Woo hoo!

Quick and Easy Cheers to the Year

Although I think this picture of his head is stunning, I think the picture which follows captures his personality.  I have captioned it, “This is MY mom, and you can’t have her!”

Quick and Easy Cheers to the Year

It was taken in Ft. Wayne, IN a few weeks ago.  Unfortunately on the very first day he sprained his toe, and didn’t get to show at all that weekend.  However,  he got lots of special cuddle time!

As always, if you every 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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Reserve Your Stamparatus Today! 2PM MT

Meet Stampin’ Up!’s newest cool tool – the Stamparatus!
Stamparatus

Retail Price – $49.00 (plus shipping & tax)

Oh my gosh! When I saw the Stamparatus in action in Salt Lake City last week, I was blown away! After seeing the amazing things the Stamparatus can do, I knew this was one stamp positioning tool I have to have.  It is hands down the BEST stamp positioning tool on the market!

Stamparatus

Why do YOU need one? You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!

  • Make multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp—no need to start over
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  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement

Here are the details:

  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas
  • Retail Price–$49.00

Now that you’ve seen it in action…are you ready to get in line for your very own Stamparatus?

With the launch of this tool, Stampin’ Up! is trying something different:  a new reservation system. It acts like a true preorder.   You will reserve your spot and Stampin’ Up! guarantees shipment as soon as the product arrives in their warehouse. Demonstrators and customers will place reservations and receive their product at the same time. This system will allow Stampin’ Up! to get the product to market as soon as possible while avoiding backorders and efficiently managing inventory.

The global launch will feature three reservation windows:

November 16 – 30, 2017  for expected delivery on February 1, 2018
December 5 – 30, 2017  for expected delivery on March 19, 2018
January 15 – 30, 2017  for expected delivery on April 15, 2018

For each window, please note the following:

  • Reservation quantities are while supplies last.
  • Limit is 1 tool per customer per reservation window.
  • You may participate in multiple reservation windows.
  • In order to reserve your Stamparatus, you are required to provide your credit card information.
  • Credit cards will not be charged until the Stamparatus ships from Stampin’ Up! When you close your order, be sure to verify that your credit card and shipping information is correct.

StamparatusRESERVE HERE for the November 16 – 30, 2017 reservation window with delivery on or around February 1, 2018. The reservation window opens at 2:00 PM (MT) on November 16.

Stamparatus

More questions? Check out this information:  Customer Questions and Answers

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me.  Until next time…
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On the CASE: Season to Sparkle

On the case season to sparkle

Welcome to this week’s On the CASE with Ann & Nicole.  Your favorite stamping sleuths are back at work continuing our quest:  To work through current Stampin’ Up! catalogs to break down gorgeous samples, step-by-step, just for you!   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 tutorials included in our posts! Let’s get on to today’s CASE:  The CASE of the Season to Sparkle!

On the CASE – Season to Sparkle
Holiday Catalog – Page 43

On the case a season to sparkleHow many of you missed this little gem of a holiday card? In the actual Holiday Catalog it is tucked under the advertising for the Season to Sparkle bundle, and is easily overlooked.  For some reason the eye is drawn more to the Halloween sample.  When I finally took time to examine it closely, I was determined to CASE it.  You know me and music paper…I love it as much as I do plaid!  So off I went to create this card, and figure out the steps involved. Let’s get on the CASE!

On the case season to sparkle

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

Stamps:  Season to Sparkle
Paper:  Whisper White Thick Cardstock (4-1/4″ x 11″), Whisper White Cardstock (scraps), Pool Party Cardstock (3-3/4″ x 4-1/4″),  Vellum Cardstock (1/2″ x 1-3/4″),  Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper (4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″)
Inks:  Versamark Watermark Ink, Emerald Envy,  Pool Party Ink Pad or Pool Party Ink Refill, Real Red, Soft Suede
Other:  Aqua Painter, Big Shot, Chandelier Thinlits Dies, Heat Tool,  White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Embossing Buddy,  Paper Snips, Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape,  SNAIL Adhesive, Fine-Tip Glue Pen, Mini Glue Dots

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

On the CASE Season to Sparkle

1. Score the Whisper White cardstock at 5-1/2″ to create the card base.  Using an Aqua Painter, wash the Designer Series Paper with Pool Party ink.  I like to add a few drops of ink refill to the lid of the stamp pad, and dilute it with liquid from the Aqua Painter.  When dry, adhere to the card base.

On the CASE Season to Sparkle

Tip:  I use rubbing alcohol in my Aqua Painter, because it dries quickly, with less wrinkling of the paper.  However, you can place weight upon the paper so it dries flat…or you can iron it on low, being careful not to scorch the paper.  Here’s this little cutie iron I picked up at Marshall’s for $6.99.  Trust me…it doesn’t get hot enough to scorch, and it’s great for ribbons, too!On the CASE Season to Sparkle2.  Dust the surface of the Pool Party cardstock with an Embossing Buddy.   Heat emboss the chandelier image using VersaMark ink and white embossing powder.

On the CASE Season to Sparkle

3.  Add two 3″ pieces of silver Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape to the card, 4-1/4″ apart.  Adhere the embossed Pool Party panel onto the card base, popping it up on dimensionals.

4.  Stamp two pine cone images in Soft Suede.  Cut out with the appropriate thinlit. Adhere to the chandelier as illustrated in the photo.

On the CASE Season to Sparkle

5.  Using Mini Glue Dots, adhere a snippet of Silver Mini Sequin Trim onto the chandelier.

6.  Stamp the pine bough swag in green.  I selected Emerald Envy, because I love it paired with Pool Party.  However, I believe Stampin’ Up! used Garden Green. Cut out with the appropriate thinlit.  On the CASE Season to Sparkle

Ink the berries in Real Red, and stamp them.

On the CASE Season to Sparkle

7.  Ink the sentiment in Real Red and stamp onto the vellum.  Tip: To prevent the ink from smearing, gently heat with a heat tool. Be careful not to scorch the paper or your fingers!

On the CASE Season to Sparkle

8.  Adhere the swag to the chandelier with mini glue dots, slipping the vellum sentiment right under the edge, so it is also held in place by the glue dots.

On the CASE Season of Sparkle9.  Use the Fine-Tip Glue Pen to add a few sequins, and your Season is going to Sparkle.  Enjoy!

On the CASE Season to Sparkle

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE

Today’s card is an easy one, with no difficult techniques involved.  Just remember to use the Embossing Buddy before heat embossing the chandelier.  With rubbing alcohol in your Aqua Painter, creating the Pool Party wash will be a breeze.  Difficulty Level:  2 out of 5

#SUontheCASE

Nicole and I hope our projects today inspire you to try CASEing 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 Season to SparkleNow head on over to Nicole at  Pixel Maven’s Retreat to see the CASE file she has been working on from the Holiday Catalog.  Nicole always writes the BEST tutorials!  You will love what she has created for you.  If you look closely at the picture below, you might get a clue about the set she used…

On the CASE Season to Sparkle

While at OnStage Live this past week, Nicole and I had time to discuss our upcoming CASE files.   You’ll love what we have in store for you!  In addition, Nicole and I had time to discuss my upcoming blog refresh.  I am so excited to see what fun things the Integrant Services Dynamic Duo, Nicole and her husband Brian, have in store for The Stampin’ Schach.

Would you like to check out the most recent Cold CASE Files?  Try these:
The CASE of A Brightly Lit Christmas
A CASE of Good Tidings
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 A Season to Sparkle,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  Be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Online orders over $50 (before tax and shipping) will receive a special little somethin’-somethin’ from me IF you use the Host Code.

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!

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Faux Water Color Card 3 – Christmas in the Making

Faux Water Color Card 3

As I mentioned several posts ago, the Christmas in the Making stamp set tugged at my heart strings from the first moment I saw it. Maybe it’s because it reminded me of the carefree days of my childhood and the wonderful Christmases of my youth.  After coloring the first image in the set,  I was smitten with the idea of coloring all three and having them framed to display on my mantle during the holiday season.  I went on to color the second card, and now I have finally colored the third one.  I hope you have enjoyed my trio of cards.

Colors of the Day

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

When I faux water color, I simply touch the tip of my Blender Pen to the ink pad, release a little of the color onto scrap paper, and then color away. I remove quite a lot of color in the process before touching the image, because it is always easier to add more color as I shade. Another little tip is I will outline in Stampin’ Write Markers, and then pull the color into the image using a Blender Pen. This is very evident on the Crumb Cake cat and Pool Party sweater.

Faux Water Color Card 3

Everything is “shadowed” in Soft Sky.  Although it does not show up well in the picture, I added a little Clear Wink of Stella to the ribbing on the sweater.

Here are all three cards:

Faux Water Color Card 3

I would have loved to have colored this card with the new Stampin’ Blends.  They are awesome.  However, since I had already colored the first two cards using blender pens and ink, I did not.  The look is more vibrant with the Stampin’ Blends, and I was wanting consistency among all three cards.  If you would like to view a video on how I water color with Blender Pens and ink, check out this post.  

Faux Water Color Card 3

I still need to mat and frame these three cards, but that will have to wait until I return from OnStage Live in Salt Lake City.   If you are attending, and you happen to see me, please stop by and say, “Hi!”  I would love to meet you in person.

I hope you enjoyed today’s quick post.  I’ll be on the road early to drive across the entire state of Iowa to Omaha, NE.  I’ll be flying out to Utah with my On the CASE partner in crime, Nicole Watt and her husband, Brian.  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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An Easy Christmas Around the World CASE

Christmas Around the World

While I was working on this week’s On the CASE with Ann & Nicole, I whipped up this little card, which is a CASE of one of the Christmas Around the World cards found in the Holiday Catalog.  It’s quick. It’s easy. It’s cute. So that you can make it even more quickly than I did, I’ll provide you with the measurements I used.   Have fun whipping up some fast holiday cards!

Colors of the Day

 

The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
A Quick Mini-Tutorial

Cut the paper as follows:

Soft Sky Cardstock:  4-1/4″ x 11″
Crumb Cake Cardstock: 3-3/4″ wide x 5″ high
Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper: 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″ (4-3/8″ print #1, 3/4″ plaid)
Real Red Cardstock: 1-1/4″ x 3-7/8″

1. Score the Soft Sky cardstock at 5-1/2″ to form the card base.

2. Adhere the plaid print to the back of the cute holiday print designer series paper.  Trim to a length of 4-7/8″.   Mat this onto the Crumb Cake cardstock, and adhere to the card base.

3.  Ink  the “Lines” image from the Brightly Lit Christmas stamp set with VersaMark ink.  Randomly stamp the Real Red cardstock. Snip the ends into a banner.  Adhere to the card base. (You can also use Real Red ink, if you prefer.)

Christmas Around the World

4. Adhere a loop of Real Red 1/8″ ribbon to the banner.  Using dimensionals, add a small Silver Metallic Doily.  Adhere a Christmas Around the World wooden Present embellishment on top.  (I used a dimensional…you can also glue it on. )

5.  Snip “Season’s Greetings” from the Christmas Greetings paper (from the Christmas Around the World Collection).  “Pop” atop the doily using dimensionals.  There are other greetings on this paper which would be cute to use, too.

Christmas Around the World

You’re done.  How quick and easy was that?

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: The CASE of A Brightly Lit Christmas

Brightly Lit Christmas

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: The CASE of A Brightly Lit Christmas!

The CASE of a Brightly Lit Christmas
Page 29 – Holiday Catalog 2017

A Brightly Lit Christmas

A Brightly Lit Christmas

It was the Christmas Around the World paper and embellishments, and the above display of adorable items, which sold me on the Brightly Lit Christmas Bundle.  As an added bonus, all of the cutie patootie cards and boxes are SO easy to make.  Because I am mad about plaid, I just had to CASE the adorable card with the fussy cut car.  I seriously felt guilty that this card was completed in such a short amount of time.  You’ll see just how easy it was to create in today’s step-by-step tutorial.  Let’s get on the CASE!

Brightly Lit Christmas

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

Stamps: Brightly Lit Christmas
Paper:  Crumb Cake Cardstock (5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, 3-3/4″ x  2-1/8″),  Garden Green Cardstock (3-3/8″ x 2-1/4″),  Whisper White Cardstock (1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″),  Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper (5-1/4″ x 4″, scrap with red car), Silver Foil (scrap)
Inks: Old Olive, Versamark Watermark Ink
Other: Big Shot, Christmas Lamppost Thinlits, Paper Snips, Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape, Real Red 1/8″ Solid Ribbon, Silver Metallic Thread, SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Fine-Tip Glue Pen, Mini Glue Dots

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

1.  Score the Crumb Cake cardstock at 4-1/4″  to create the card base.   Adhere the Plaid Designer Series Paper to the card base.

Brightly Lit Christmas

2. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals, adhere the smaller piece of Crumb Cake cardstock to the card.

Brightly Lit Christmas

3.  Using Versamark ink, randomly stamp the snow image on the Garden Green cardstock.

Brightly Lit Christmas

4.  Add a strip of Silver Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape at the top and and a strip at the bottom of the Garden Green cardstock.

Brightly Lit Christmas

5.  Add the Garden Green cardstock atop the Crumb Cake piece, once again using dimensionals.

Brightly Lit Christmas

6. Ink the sentiment in Old Olive, stamp onto Whisper White cardstock, and die cut out using the banner thinlit.

Brightly Lit Christmas

7.  Use silver foil and the scroll thinlit to create the banner holder.

8.  Use a Fine-Tip Glue Pen to glue the banner holder to the banner.

Brightly Lit Christmas

9.   Add silver metallic thread to the back of the banner.

Brightly Lit Christmas

10.  Adhere to the card using dimensionals.

Brightly Lit Christmas

11.  Snip out a car from the Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper.

Brightly Lit Christmas

12.  Adhere to the card with dimensionals.

Brightly Lit Christmas

13.  As a finishing touch, add a 1/8″ Real Red Ribbon, as shown.

Brightly Lit Christmas

14. Enjoy!

Brightly Lit Christmas

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE

What can I say? This card is quick, easy and cute! There are a few steps involved, but they are definitely easy…even the fussy cutting!  Difficulty Level:  2 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!

Brightly Lit Christmas

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 Good Tidings
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 A Brightly Lit Christmas,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.

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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!

Starting November 1st — It’s Stampin’ Blend Time

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.

Click on the image below to see all of the fabulous products available with this line!

Tuesday Newsday

Click HERE to enter the brochure.

And don’t forget that these specials end TODAY, October 31st:  Buy Three – Get One Free DSP Sale  and the Merry Patterns Host Special. More information about both of these offers can be found in last week’s edition of Tuesday Newsday! Click HERE to read more.

FREE!  Use my exclusive Host Code for November and get a FREE gift with a $50 purchase.  To qualify, place a $50 or more product order (total before shipping and tax) through me using the host code above by November 30th (11:50 p.m. Mountain).

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

Your free gift will arrive separately from your order in mid-December 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: Pick A Pumpkin Edition

Stamp Review Crew Pick a Pumpkin

It’s time for the Stamp Review Crew: Pick a Pumpkin 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, third and fifth 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! For our bonus week, we are featuring the Pick a Pumpkin stamp set. I am Stop #4 on the hop. If you are following along in order, you just arrived from Stop #3: Tanya Boser.  Isn’t she talented?  Her work is always so inspiring.  After visiting me, you will continue to Stop #5, the incomparable Heidi Baks!  As always, Heidi has rocked this set!  You will love what she has in store for us! Enjoy this week’s hop!

The Stamp Review Crew:  Pick a Pumpkin Edition

Stamp Review Crew Pick a PumpkinI love fall! I love pumpkins! I love stamping! So what could be better than stamping a fall card featuring pumpkins?  There is an idiom which states “Less is more”.   Well, that certainly is not the case with this card.  To say I got carried away with layers and details is an understatement.   Let’s take a closer look at today’s card!

Colors of the Day
The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

This card measures 4-1/4″ wide x 5-1/2″ tall when folded.

“When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock…”  This line from the James Whitcomb Riley poem kept running through my head.  I just had to make some frosty punkins!

Pick a Pumpkin This pumpkin was selectively inked using Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and Crumb Cake.  The upper portion was embossed using a mixture of clear embossing powder and Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  Tip:  A little glitter goes a long way!  The Garden Green vine, die cut from the Patterned Pumpkins Thinlits, was embossed with a touch of Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

Stamp Review Crew Pick a PumpkinWith this pumpkin, a mixture of Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder and Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter once again adds the sparkle, while Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder is responsible for the rich metallic shine.

Stamp Review Crew Pick a PumpkinThe same technique was used on these two pumpkins, while the gourd merely sports a pearl.  I know. I know. I should have made the gourd a different color.  Can you believe that all this time I was thinking eggplant – and a rather warty one at that? It wasn’t until I was done photographing the card that I realized the error of my botanical ways. How much prettier it would have been in a vanilla color.  Do these things ever happen to you?

Stamp Review Crew Pick a PumpkinA variety of foliage was created from Soft Sky and Very Vanilla cardstock, as well as Copper Foil.  Of course, I just had to add a few pearls!  The lovely sentiment is from the Painted Harvest stamp set.

Pick a PumpkinI hope you enjoyed today’s card made with the Pick a Pumpkin 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 #5,  Heidi Baks, 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.

Stamp Review Crew Pick a Pumpkin

SRC Previous BadgeIf you would like to try your hand at creating today’s Pick a Pumpkin card, the supply list is located below. Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  Until next time…
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Tuesday Newsday – Weekly Round-Up

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

More Than Just Cards

Tuesday Newsday

Who doesn’t love using stamps, paper and inks to create gorgeous home decor pieces?  I know I do! Stampin’ Up! is offering us fabulous inspiration with this framed Halloween scene. I know I will be making this spooky piece to give away as a gift – and maybe, just maybe, I will be making a second one to keep for myself.  Just think what YOU can create for your own home, or to give as a gift. Let your imagination run wild!

Tuesday NewsdayDo you love Designer Series Paper and want to take advantage of an incredible sale? Then place your order today.  Only one week remains of my favorite sale of the year –  Buy three packages of select Designer Series Paper and get one FREE!  See the papers that are included below.  Don’t be disappointed- place your order today!
Tuesday NewsdayTuesday NewsdayDon’t miss out on “Paper Pumpkin – The November Edition”! The November kit coordinates with the October kit, but is a stand alone kit.  This means you do not need October’s kit in order to enjoy November’s selection.  To receive November’s kit, you must must subscribe HERE by 11:50 PM (MT) on November 10.  Don’t miss out!

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There is only one week left to earn the amazing Merry Patterns stamp set.  Here are the details:

  • The Merry Patterns Stamp Set is will not be available after October 31.  Order before 11:50 PM (MT) October 31st.
  • In order to qualify for this amazing stamp set, place an online order or hold a qualifying workshop of $300, before shipping and handling.  I can also place a customer order for you.
  • 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.
  • The Merry Patterns Stamp Set is in addition to Stampin’ Rewards!

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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.

Ready to learn more?  Watch this video!

Check out the amazing line-up of products in this brochure!

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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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Elegant Musical Season Card with Gold Accents

Elegant Musical Season Card with Gold Accents

Several weeks ago I created this elegant Musical Season card with gold  accents.  With a musician in the family, I just had to have the Musical Instruments framelits.  Although there is no trumpet in the collection, this French horn is gorgeous!  Just in case you want to create this elegant and simple card, I have included a little mini-tutorial for you.  Enjoy!

Colors of the Day
A Stampin’ Schach Mini- Tutorial:  Elegant Musical Season Card with Gold Accents
Stamps, Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: Musical Season Bundle (146048 W, 146049 C)
Paper:
121045 Basic Black Cardstock (5-1/2” x 8-1/2”)
102584 Garden Green Cardstock (2-1/2” x 2-1/2”)
100702 Old Olive Cardstock (2-1/2” x 2-1/2”)
102482 Real Red Cardstock (1-1/2” x 5”)
132622 Gold Foil (2-1/4” x 5-1/2”, 3-1/2” x 3-1/2”)
144629 Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper (2” x 5-1/2”)
Ink:  102283 VersaMark
Other: 143263 Big Shot, 144677 Musical Instruments Framelits, 145372 Stitched Shapes Framelits, 144687 Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 143720 2-1/4” Circle Punch, 138292 Banner Triple Punch, 129053 Heat Tool, 109129 Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, 103083 Embossing Buddy, 104332 SNAIL Adhesive, 104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals, 144644 Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape, 144639 Black Rhinestone Jewels

Step-by-Step Instructions

1.  Score the Basic Black cardstock at 4-1/4” to create the card base.

2.  Heat emboss the sentiment in gold in the upper right hand section of the card.

Elegant Musical Season Card with Gold Accents

3.  Layer the designer paper onto Gold Foil and adhere to the card base.

4.  Punch the end of the Real Red strip using the Triple Banner Punch to form a “V”. Embellish with four strips of Season of Cheer Washi Tape.  Adhere to the card.

Elegant Musical Season Card with Gold Accents

5.  Use the 2-1/4” Circle Punch to cut an Old Olive circle. Emboss with the Quilt Top embossing folder. Layer onto a Garden Green circle which was created using the second largest Stitched Shapes circle die.  Adhere to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

6.  Cut a French Horn from Gold Foil using the Musical Instruments Framelits. “Pop” up onto the Garden Green circle using dimensionals. Embellish with Black Rhinestones.

Elegant Musical Season Card with Gold Accents

Pretty glitzy with the gold, don’t you think?  And the stripes are so easy to create with the Washi tape.

I hope you are enjoying the tutorials I have been providing for you.  If you do, won’t you let me know in your comment today? Your comments are so important to me.  Of course, 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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Price: $110.00