Monday, October 31, 2016

Petals & Paisleys Thank You


Here is a very simple layout for you today, one that you can easily do with any paper you choose.  I decided to use this Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper, because I just (finally) bought it and I am in love with the colors and prints!
The picture does not do it justice ~ you really have to see it up close and personal!  It is specialty paper because it has two sheets with copper embossing on them.  Absolutely gorgeous!  I will add a picture of another card that I made with the navy/copper piece at the end of this post.






I cut the base of Delightful Dijon cardstock to make a regular 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" side opening card.  I cut the print at 4 7/8" x 3 5/8" and glued it to a layer of Cajun Craze that measures 5" x 3 3/4."

I wrapped a 4 1/2" length of Delightful Dijon ribbon around and adhered it to the back.

The sentiment is from Endless Thanks.  I stamped it in Cajun Craze onto a circle of Very Vanilla. The circle and scallop behind it are from the Layering Circles Framelits.  The leaves are from Vintage Leaves, one stamped on Cajun Craze, the other onto Very Vanilla, and cropped using Leaflets Framelits.

I attached a few loops of Copper Thread to the back of the circles using Dimensionals and used those to adhere the circles to the card.






On the inside, I took a 1/2" strip of Cajun Craze and glued a 3/8" strip of the matching DSP over it, cut to fit the width of the card insert.



Here is the Navy and Copper card that I made using the Specialty DSP.  I CASEd it from Mary Brown ~ such a pretty design.


The navy and copper really compliment each other!



Today is October 31st, which means it is the last day to get in on the "Buy 3 Get 1 Free" Special. Here is the banner one last time.  Click on it to jump over to my online store and pick out three of your favorite designer papers and get one pack free!  The special does not include the Petals & Paisleys Specialty Paper, I'm sorry to say, but there are a number of beautiful papers to choose from.




Happy Stamping!
Have a fun and safe Halloween!

Karen


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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Introducing Shila


Shila is the newest member of my team.  She brought this card to show me at our last meeting and I wanted to share it with you.  Isn't it pretty?  

She used the May Flowers Framelits Dies with some of our older DSP and Pool Party cardstock.  I think the result is soft and beautiful.

Shila and I go back as far as 1997.  We worked together at the same elementary school in Roseville, CA.  The love of stamping and card making has brought us back together (we both retired a few years ago) and I am proud to have her on my team!

Would you like to join us in this fun and creative world of Stampin' Up!?  It is easy to join - just click on the link above that says "Join the Fun."  As a part of my team you will become a member of our stamping community that is known as the "Pals," under the lead of the awesome Mary Fish. You will get discounts on every order, opportunities to share your work in our private FB groups, chances to win free products, and get inspiration from hundreds of other people.  The list goes on and on.  And of course your first order as a new member is shipped to you free of charge.  You get to order $125 worth of product for $99!  The new catalog comes out Dec. 1 for members only to pre-order.  Now is a great time to join, to get in on that perk! Think about it.  Email me if you have questions ~ karenshallam@gmail.com.  I would love to chat with you about it!  

Have an awesome weekend!

Karen

Friday, October 28, 2016

Happy Halloween!


I was looking through my box of embellishments and I came across these black spider web doilies from last year.  I couldn't resist using one more!

I glued it over one of our current DSP sheets from Halloween Night and added the cute little dangling spider from Spooky Fun Photopolymer Stamp Set.  Too cute!



"Happy" is from our Hello You Thinlits.  I cropped it out with Pumpkin Pie cardstock.  Happy... what?  Wait for it...


...Halloween, of course!

I made the envelope from the same stack of Halloween DSP with my Envelope Punch Board.  Easy Peasy.  And it's off in the mail to my daughter in Wisconsin.  I'm pretty sure she'll get the subtle humor of the bones paper (she's studying to be a physical therapist!)  

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Karen


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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Peeking Through the Window at Christmas


Don't you love walking down the street in December and seeing all the beautiful Christmas trees in people's houses?  That was my idea for this card ~ a peek into someone's holiday decorations! 


The only things missing here are the presents!  I guess this family just put up their tree and haven't gotten around to wrapping the gifts yet :-)


I used a lot of products on this card.  I'll try to simplify this post by listing them below. Measurements are insignificant.  It's just sized to please the eye, and to make sure the tree is in the middle of the window!

Before I sign off, I want to tell you about some exciting things coming up in November at Stampin' Up!  The company is introducing a new line of Framelits that I've been waiting for! They are Stitched Shapes Framelits - four different sizes of squares, circles, and ovals with a cute stitched detailing around the edge.  Super cute!  Stay tuned for more details.  


Also during the month of November, Stampin' Up! will be offering a 25% discount on a selection of stamp sets.  Several of them are from the Holiday Catalog and a couple are from the Annual Catalog.
Our Buy 3 Get 1 Free sale on DSP is still going for one more week, ending October 31st. Don't miss that!

Thanks for stopping by today!  See you back here again on Friday ~

Karen

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Wishing You a Joyful Christmas


Just a quick post for you this Tuesday morning.  I have an easy layout for you to follow today with one big JOYFUL stamp from the Wonderful Year Stamp Set.

I chose to keep the embellishments to a minimum on this card, letting the DSP do all the work.  It is from This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper in the Annual Catalog, page 172. 

Measurements:

Base:  Very Vanilla, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
Basic Black Layer:  5 1/4 x 4
Cherry Cobbler Layers:  5 1/8 x 2 5/8, 3 7/8 x 1 7/8, 3 5/8 x 2 5/8
Green DSP:  5 x 2 1/2
Christmas Print DSP:  3 3/4 x 1 3/4
Very Vanilla for sentiment:  3 1/2 x 2 1/2

I glued everything flat except for the final layer with the sentiment + cherry layer.  It is lifted up with Dimensionals.

And that's it!  Simple, yes?  Yet the fun font on the stamp and the layering makes it very festive.

To order any of the supplies I used, simply click on the products listed below.  Go make one!

Karen


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