Monday, August 31, 2015

Leaves of a Different Color for PPA 265

Who says leaves have to be green?  or orange, red, and yellow!  I have used unconventional colors in this card and I love the combination of Island Indigo, Smoky Slate, and Tuxedo Black.

My design inspiration came from this week's Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge.  Here's the sketch:

See what the rest of the Pals have made by clicking HERE.

I used the Vintage Leaves stamp set along with the Leaflets Framelits.  You know what I'm going to say...Bundle and Save 15%!

"thinking of you" came from the Sheltering Tree stamp set.  I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black on a strip of Vellum and clipped the end with my Hexagon Punch.  I tied a bow with some black ribbon that I had on hand and adhered it with a Glue Dot.

Don't forget to make a comment on yesterday's post (see it HERE) and qualify to win a sheet of Regals Candy Dots.  They are perfect for all the upcoming fall-colored cards you're going to make!  Tomorrow at noon PDT I will pick a winner!

I'll be back tomorrow with Weekly Deals and more!  Tomorrow is the day you can begin purchasing from the Holiday Catalog!  Until then ~
Happy Stamping!

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Vintage Leaves for Sunday

I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday!  I have a simple yet colorful card for you today.  It features the stamp set called Vintage Leaves, and it is available now on page 88 of the Annual Catalog.

Not featured on this card, but so awesome I have to tell you about it, is the fact that it comes in a bundle with framelits that go with every leaf in this set!  I purchased them together and I recommend that you do the same.  It makes the stamps so much more versatile.  The framelits are called Leaflets and are also in the Annual Catalog.  Bundle and save 15% off your purchase! 

I love the colors of fall!  Here I've chosen Cajun Craze, Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, and Old Olive.  I stamped the leaves full strength on the large panel of Very Vanilla, mounted it on the base of Cajun Craze cardstock.  Then I added a smaller panel to the center and matched up the leaves with my Stamp-a-ma-jig but stamped off once to get a lighter image.  The lighter leaves allow the greeting to stand out.  

Three Cajun Craze Candy Dots from the Regals collection, a double strand of Linen Thread tied in a bow, and done! 

Fall is coming!  I've been noticing the subtle changes in the trees outside.  The colors will be here soon.  I love this season.  Which is your favorite?  Tell me which one and why in the comment section below, and enter to win a pack of Regals Candy Dots!  The drawing will be random and will close on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at noon PST.  I'll announce the winner and get your mailing information at that time.  I can't wait to read your comments!

Until next time ~


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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Peaceful Wreath, "Final Take"

I've been up to Washington State this past week - gorgeous country northeast of Seattle.  Right before I left, my computer crashed!  This post was in the making and it was left hanging!  While I was gone, our computer "doctor" was able to restore and fix our problem.  I came home to a working machine again, so I'm a happy camper once again.  

This will be my final card using the new stamp set, Peaceful least for awhile!  I have been having fun trying several ways to use it. I hope you've enjoyed my cards as much as I've had making them!  Here is one more...

This time I used the color combination Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, and Cherry Cobbler.  The DSP is one of the Christmas papers in Merry Moments. I combined Peaceful Wreath with Wondrous Wreath from the Annual Catalog for the sentiment and small flower, and cut the wreath out using the coordinating Framelits. Buy them as a bundle and save 15%!

The Crumb Cake piece on the front was embossed using the Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I stamped the wreath with Tip Top Taupe, then colored it in with the Always Artichoke, Pear Pizzazz, and Cherry Cobbler markers.  The bow is also from the Merry Moments DSP.  I added a Cherry Cobbler button and some Linen Thread tied in a bow.  It sits up a bit off the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Inside, I placed a strip of the Cherry DSP over Very Vanilla cardstock, then stamped the greeting from Wondrous Wreath.  I added a touch of sparkle to the center of the poinsettia.

This Peaceful Wreath stamp set will available to order on Sept. 1st -- only 3 days away!  Get your order ready!  There will be a whole lotta stampin' goin' on next month, with lots of fun, fun holiday products to choose from.

I'll be back soon with more to share.  Stay tuned!


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Monday, August 24, 2015

"Take 3": Silver Bough

Don't these colors just say "peaceful" to you?  I love this combination of Wisteria Wonder, Smoky Slate, and Silver Foil.  This bough is from the new stamp set called Peaceful Wreath, available on Sept. 1.  I'm doing a little series of cards featuring this stamp set.  Scroll down to see my first two cards, or click HERE  and HERE.  All three have been very different.  Which is your favorite?

For this card I heat-embossed the image of the bough in silver, then colored in the leaves with Smoky Slate and the berries with Wisteria Wonder using the Stampin' Write Markers.  I "fussy" cut out the bough and added Dimensionals to the back.  I looped some Silver Metallic Thread around the back, attaching it to one of the Dimensionals and tacked a silver ribbon bow to the front with a Glue Dot.

The sentiment (also from Peaceful Wreath) comes in 3 pieces, so I placed them on my acrylic block and stamped them with our new Archival Basic Gray.  This was the first time I've used this new ink, and I was instantly a fan!  The image is crisp and clear - love it.  It will also be available Sept. 1st, as will Archival Basic Black.  Both are water proof, so good for using with water based markers.  Add them to your list - you will be happy with them!

My supplies that are currently available will be listed at the bottom.  I will come back after Sept. 1st to add in the items that will come available then.  Meanwhile, do you have your wish list going?  This catalog is full of beautiful items.  I can tell you, my list is very long!  Be sure to add Peaceful Wreath and Archival Basic Gray and Basic Black to yours!

Check back soon for some more ideas for using this gorgeous stamp set.  Until then ~

Happy Stamping!


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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Peaceful Wreath, "Take Two"

Yesterday I showed you this stamp set, Peaceful Wreath, in embossed gold.  As simple and elegant that one was, this time I've given you a much more casual, and yes, busy! use of the same set.  I have several new products from the upcoming Holiday Catalog to talk about here, mixed in with some of the older products.

Let's start with the background paper.  This red and green plaid comes from a new DSP Stack called Merry Moments.  You get 48 double-sided sheets in this 6" x 6" stack, available to order on Sept. 1st.

I created a window using Real Red cardstock and the 1" square punch, and glued it to a slightly larger piece of Whisper White.

The wreath:  Stamped in Mossy Meadow, colored in with Old Olive and Real Red Stampin' Write Markers.  Cut out with the matching framelits, Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies, from the Annual Catalog.

The bow:  Stamped with Cherry Cobbler onto Cherry Cobbler cardstock and cut out with matching framelit.

"Joy" is part of the same framelits.  If you don't already know this trick, use waxed paper between the die and the cardstock.  It will slip right off and all the little pieces just fall right out!  I used a new glue called Fine-tip Glue Pen.  It is part of the Holiday Catalog, but is sure to be very popular and hopefully carried over to the next Annual Catalog.  Be sure to order this on Sept. 1 - it's really great for those tiny pieces and places.

After cutting the DSP for the front, I was left with this small strip that fit perfectly along the bottom of the inside. 
My greeting came from an older set called Joyful Christmas.  It has retired, but is one of those "keepers" that I can't let go of.  It goes nicely with the front of this card!

And there you have my "Take Two" of the new Peaceful Wreath stamp set!  I'm not done with it for "Take Three" coming up soon.  I'm having fun!  Are you?

I would love to hear from you!  Comments and questions are always welcome.  If you choose to order from me, I will send you a free Holiday Catalog with your order. FREE  If your order is $75.00 or more, I will send you an embellishment from the Holiday Catalog as a thank you for your order!  You will need to email your mailing address to me so I can get it out to you a.s.a.p.  This offer will be available September 1st and applies to online orders only.

Thanks for stopping by!  See you next time ~


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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Simply Elegant Gold Wreath

Here is a sneak peek at a new stamp set that will be for sale on September 1st from the new Holiday Catalog.  It's called Peaceful Wreath, and the images are beautiful!  I'm going to try several variations with this set, and I've started with a simple gold embossing.  The gold and white are so pretty together.

The Whisper White base is 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".  I put a layer of gold foil on top of the base.  You can't see it, but I trimmed it out so there is just a "frame" of the foil on the card and a nice piece cut out of the middle to use on another card.  

The photopolymer stamps make it so easy to place them where you want them.  I put all three stamps on a large acrylic block and inked them up at the same time with Versamark, stamped onto white, then sprinkled the whole thing with gold embossing powder.  This next photo gives you a better idea of the beautiful embossing...
So pretty!

I tacked a gold ribbon on the wreath with a glue dot.  When I looked at the finished card, I thought it needed just a touch more, so I added the gold sparkle stars to it.

I'll be playing with this one for some more postings, so please come back and see how many different looks you can get with one stamp set!  There is also a gorgeous bough in this set that I can't wait to try.

See you next time!


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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Thankful Tree for PPA 264

A new season and a new use the Sheltering Tree stamp set!  
I love this set for its versatility.  

For this autumn card I used Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, and Soft Suede.

I stamped the image and cut it into 3 panels of 1 1/8" each, backed them with the Curry and Pumpkin cardstock colors, and glued them to an Old Olive card base.  I stamped the rake on a separate piece of Whisper White and fussy cut it out, then attached it with bits of Dimensionals.

My design inspiration came from this week's Pals Paper Arts challenge.  Here's the banner:

Displaying PPA 264 Aug 20 

You can see all of the amazing entries to this challenge by clicking HERE. There are many different interpretations to the same banner!  It's always fun to see all the different cards the Pals come up with.

Thanks for stopping by!  Check back again soon~


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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Photo Cards!

I thought I'd try to design a photo card...and I think it turned out pretty well!  This is a portrait of my daughter (who is now 30 years old!).  She looks so sweet surrounded by these DSP prints in Timeless Elegance.  The little flowers are Blushing Bride and Very Vanilla with a tiny black rhinestone in the center.

Here's another of my son (who is now 35!) using retired Halloween DSP:

The frames are made with nesting framelits.  I followed the technique that I found on Splitcoast Stampers.  See the tutorial HERE.  Instead of stamping an image on the inside cardstock, I left the top open like a pocket  in order to slide a photo down into it.  It is an A-2 card and opens up like a regular card to stamp or write a message on the inside.  

Won't this be great for Christmas?  I'm excited to try it with our new holiday papers and embellishments.  They will be available to order on September 1st.  

If you would like to see more instructions and photos showing how I made these cards, sign up for my free newsletter.  I publish and email it out on Tuesday or Wednesday of each week.  I will be going into further directions on these cards next week.  Click on Contact Me at the top of this post and fill out the short form, specifying Newsletter, and I will put you on my list!  I hope to hear from you.

Enjoy your day!  Until next time ~

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

English Garden Blooms

I can't get enough of this English Garden Designer Series Paper!  I know that in a month from now we will be busy with cards for the Fall and Winter, so I want to get these summer blooms in while I can.  I had not made a card with the Hello Honey/Mossy Meadow combination yet, so here we go...

Mossy Meadow for the base, 4 1/4" x 11", scored at 5 1/2"
English Garden DSP, 4" x 5 1/4"
Ovals Framelits Dies # 5 & 6
Garden in Bloom photopolymer stamp set, stamped on Whisper White with Hello Honey, Soft Suede, Old Olive, and Mossy Meadow
Sentiment from You're So Sweet stamped with Mossy Meadow onto a white banner, 5/8" x 1 3/4" and flagged with the Hexagon Punch 
Dashes made with Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker and an olive Candy Dot

Inside I stamped the butterfly from Garden in Bloom and added  little Gorgeous Grunge speckles.

Another simple and quick card, but so pretty with this gorgeous paper!  I hope you'll give it a try.

Until next time ~


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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

I'm Back With a Sneak Peek

Whew, it feels like I've been gone forever!  I have been getting some R&R (because you know, this retirement thing is exhausting - ha!) in Northern Minnesota.  I stayed at my brother's cabin and enjoyed catching up with him and his family.  It was completely relaxing, beautiful, and fun.  He has several lake "toys" and we tried almost all of them :-)

 Such a wonderful time!

Now back in California, it's back to business as usual.  I came home to find a box full of new products from Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Catalog.  I had to choose what I wanted to order first - no easy task, as I want everything!  This catalog is filled with tons of fun products.  There are many new bundles to buy at a 15% discount - love it!  Holiday crafting is going to be a blast.  I can't wait for you to see it!  Get your Wish List ready.  You can begin ordering on September 1st.

I haven't been home long enough to play with everything I ordered, but here is one card I made - simple and quick - but loving this DSP.  It is Into the Woods Designer Series Paper.  

This is a regular sized A-2 card.  The base is Whisper White.  The green is Old Olive run through the Big Shot with the Woodgrain embossing folder.  The next layer is Tangelo Twist, and the DSP is Into the Woods, available Sept. 1st.  

The greeting is also new, from Thankful Forest Friends.  I masked off the leaves and acorns that surround the greeting for this project, and added an acorn from the current For All Things.  Then a quick punch with the  1 3/8" Circle Punch and backed with a slightly larger Old Olive circle cut with a Framelit, Old Olive Baker's Twine wrapped 3 times, and a lift with Dimensionals...Done!

The greeting is stamped with Soft Suede and the acorn is colored with Old Olive and Soft Suede markers.

That's it!  This paper is going to be a favorite of mine for Autumn cards and projects.  There are so many pretty patterns and the colors are perfect.  And the coordinating stamps and accessories are wonderful.

Changing the subject...Today is the Pals Blog Hop day for August.  Since I was away, I didn't get to participate, but you should take a minute to see what everyone has posted.  There are some amazing projects and you will see more sneak peeks from all the Pals!  Click HERE to hop onto the Pals Blog Hop.

Have you seen this week's selection of Weekly Deals?  Click HERE to see what Stampin' Up! has for you this week.  My favorite is the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  If you are a subscriber to my free weekly newsletter, Karen's Stampin' News!, you have seen some of the projects I made with this fabulous punch.  You can get it at a 25% discount this week only.  Not a subscriber yet?  Sign up HERE to receive my newsletter in your email inbox absolutely free each week.

Have a great day.  Stamp something fun!  
Until next time ~


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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Wedding Elegance

This Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper is just that - beautiful, elegant patterns in grays and vanilla.  Of course I thought of wedding cards when I first saw it, but I know there will be many other occasions to use it as well.  But wedding card it is today ~

I cut this Basic Gray base card at 5 1/2" x 4 1/4", but then I trimmed 2 14" off the top right side.  The 3 panels of gorgeous DSP are 4 x 3, 4 x 2, and 4 x 3 on the inside left...

The Very Vanilla piece is 4 x 2 7/8 and I glued the tiniest 1/8" strip of Blackberry Bliss between the vanilla and right side panel of DSP.

Back to the front...  2 pieces cut with the Deco Labels Collection Framelits - the large one in Blackberry Bliss and the smaller in Very Vanilla.

Using You've Got This, I stamped off once in Smoky Slate, then lightly shadowed some of the petals and leaves with my Blender Pen.  It's Your Day! is from Fabulous Four, stamped in Blackberry Bliss.  A little Dazzling Details gives some sparkle to the flower.  The Congratulations! stamp on the inside is found in Bravo! and is stamped with Blackberry Bliss.

As I'm looking at the photos, the Blackberry Bliss almost looks black.  It's too bad you can't see the color in person.  The purple looks really pretty with the gray!  Well, you'll have to trust me and try it for yourself!!!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Until next time ~

Happy Stamping!


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Monday, August 3, 2015

Kit Me!

I have to admit, I've never been much of a kit fan, BUT - the new kits that have come out in this 2015-16 Annual Catalog are changing  my mind.  These are beautiful!  And my favorite (right now) is this Cottage Greetings Kit.  Click HERE to get more information on it and to order!  You will want this one.  It's so charming.

I know that picture above is kind of fuzzy and I apologize.  I tried to take it right off the website.  I've got more pics of cards I made with the kit - with a tiny bit of Karen-changes to them.  Here they are:

My tweeks include putting a layer of Mint Macaron behind the wood square, and adding a bow of the Baker's Twine that is included in the kit.  Oh, and I scattered the sequins around a little!  I love the contrast between the shiny foil paper and the rustic wooden sheet.  These wooden elements come already cut to size.  I do recommend using strong adhesive when gluing to the wood.  Snail didn't cut it.  Liquid "green" glue works great!

Close up:

See what I did with the beads and sequins?  That came about after my glue seeped through the sequin and I wanted to cover it up with something!  Accidents can facilitate creativity!

Here is another:
The only change I made on this birthday card was to add some of the beads on the front.

And the last:
I stayed with the original design on this one.  I liked it.  Why mess with perfection?!!!  The envelopes and silver foil liners are part of the kit, as are the beads, sequins, and twine.  The only things you need to provide are the stamps - Cottage Greetings (available in Clear or Wood-mount), ink, and adhesive.

So, ready to try a kit?  It's such a bargain at only $16.00, when you get enough products to make 15 cards and lined envelopes.  Seriously, I don't think you could ever get such beautiful cards at a better price!  Kit me!

Questions?  Comments?  I would love to hear from you!

Until next time ~ Happy Stamping!


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