Wednesday, November 20, 2019

These three A2 size fall cards combine stamps and dies from the Tidings All Around and Gather Together Bundles from Stampin' Up!


-For this first card the bottom mat was cut from Pumpkin Pie CS and the top mat was cut from Mossy Meadow CS and then stamped with the Hardwood Stamp in Mossy meadow Ink.
-Next I stamped the wreath stamp from the Tidings All Around Stamp Set in Mossy Meadow Ink on a scrap piece of Pear Pizzazz CS.  I used a Sponge Dauber to add some additional color to the wreath using Pear Pizzazz Ink.  Then cut out the wreath using the coordinating die from All Around Wreath Die set.
-The 3 leaves were cut from Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze and Daffodil Delight CS using the Gathered Leaves Dies.   I used a Sponge Dauber with the same color inks to darken the edges of each of the leaves.
-The sentiment is from the August 2019 Paper Pumpkin Kit "The Gift of Fall" and was stamped on a scrap piece of Whisper White CS using Mossy Meadow Ink and then the ends of the piece were trimmed using the Triple Banner Punch.
-The wreath was attached to the top mat using Dimensionals. The sentiment was popped up in the center of the wreath with Dimensionals.
-Then the stem end of the leaves were attached to the wreath with Tape Runner plus I added one Dimensional on the tip of each of the leaves to pop them up.
-The bow was made using the Crushed Curry Mini Chevron Ribbon.
-The top mat was attached to the bottom mat and then the completed piece was attached to a White Card Base using Tape Runner.


-This 2nd card is very similar.  The mat was cut from Cajun Craze CS and then embossed using the Layered Leaves Embossing Folder.
-The wreath was stamped in Early Espresso Ink on a scrap piece of Mango Melody CS.
-The leaves were cut from Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie CS.
-The sentiment was stamped using Cajun Craze Ink.
-The bow was made using a piece of the leftover ribbon from the August 2019 Paper Pumpkin Kit.
-And lastly I added some gold self-adhesive rhinestones from the same August 2019 Paper Pumpkin Kit.








-On this 3rd card I stamped the wreath directly onto the top mat that was cut from Tangerine Tango CS and stamped with the Hardwood Stamp using Cajun Craze Ink.
-The  bottom mat was cut from  Always Artichoke CS.
-The Wheat stamp from Tidings All Around stamp set was stamped in the center of the wreath using 2nd generation stamping.
-The leaves were cut from Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight CS.
-The bow and the rhinestones were from the August 2019 Paper Pumpkin Kit.




Friday, November 15, 2019


This card features Stampin' Up! Products.

The bottom mat for this A2 size card made  was cut from Cajun Craze CS.

The top mat was cut from Crushed Curry CS and embossed using the Quilted Top Embossing Folder.

The 3 sprigs were cut from Pumpkin Pie CS using the Sprig Punch.

I had some leaves from last year's fall Paper Pumpkin Kit - Layered Leaves - so I stamped them all with the Leaf Stamp from that kit, using Cajun Craze Ink, and then used a Sponge Dauber to color the leaves using Cajun Craze and Tangerine Tango Inks.   I used the leaf die from Seasonal Layers Thinlits to cut the leaf shape.

The sentiment is from the August 2019 Paper Pumpkin Kit "The Gift of Fall" and was stamped with Cajun Craze Ink on a scrap of Whisper White CS and then cut using one of the Smooth Sailing Dies.  It was popped up with Dimensionals.

The leaves and sprigs were tucked under the sentiment after applying Tape Runner on the backs..  But the tips of the leaves were also popped up with Dimensionals.

The bow was made from leftover ribbon from the August 2019 Paper Pumpkin Kit "The Gift of Fall" and attached with Glue Dots.

The layers were attached together and then to a White Card Base using Tape Runner.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

These two A2 size cards feature the Gathered Leaves Dies from Stampin' Up!

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For this 1st card the bottom mat was cut from Granny Apple Green CS and the top mat was cut from Cajun Craze CS and then embossed using the Subtle Embossing Folder.

The leaves were cut from Granny Apple Green, Mossy Meadow, Peekaboo Peach and Terracotta Tile CS using the 3 dies from the Gathered Leaves Dies.  The edges were colored with Sponge Daubers using Mossy Meadow and Cajun Craze Inks.

The sentiment is from the August 2019 Paper Pumpkin Kit "The Gift of Fall" and stamped in Cajun Craze Ink on a scrap of Whisper White CS and then cut out using one of the Stitched Nested Labels Dies.  It was popped up with Dimensionals.

I cut a thin circle out of scrap paper using two of the Layering Circles Framelits and popped it up with Dimensionals to use as a guide in laying out the leaves, which were attached to the circle using Tape Runner and Glue Dots.

I added a bow made with Lemon Lime Organza Ribbon.

The mats were attached to each other with Tape Runner and then to a White Card Base.


For this 2nd card the bottom mat was cut from Cajun Craze CS and the top mat was cut from a Crumb Cake card base in my stash from the July 2019 "On My Mind" Paper Pumpkin Kit.

The leaves were cut from Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Granny Apple Green and Cajun Craze CS.

The bow was made using the ribbon from the August 2019 Paper Pumpkin Kit.

The Crumb Cake Card Base was also from my stash, leftover from the "To You & Yours" Paper Pumpkin Kit.

This card was assembled the same as the card above.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

This card was inspired by the August Paper Pumpkin Kit "The Gift of Fall" from Stampin' Up!.

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The bottom mat was cut from Pretty Peacock CS.
The top mat was cut from Crumb Cake CS.
The rectangle piece was cut from Pretty Peacock CS using the Stitched Rectangle Framelits.
The reddish circle die and the transparent "berry" vellum pieces were from the Paper Pumpkin Kit.

The leaves were cut from Island Indigo, Cherry Cobbler, and Crushed Curry CS using the Gathered Leaves Dies and then sponged with coordinating inks along the outside edges.

Using the Sprig Punch I cut one each from Island Indigo, Cherry Cobble, and Crushed Curry CS.

The sentiment is from the Paper Pumpkin Kit and was stamped in Merry Merlot Ink on Whisper White CS and the circle was cut using the Stitched Shape Framelits.

Assemble as show onto a White Card Base.  The tips of the leaves and the sentiment circle were popped up with Dimensionals the other pieces were attached with Tape Runner.

I added a few self-adhesive Gold Sequins on the front that also came in the PP Kit.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

This card was inspired by the August 2019 Paper Pumpkin Kit - The Gift of Fall - from Stampin' Up! and feature the multicolored tag piece from the kit and leaves cut using the Gathered Leaves Dies.

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For this card a standard size bottom mat (5-1/4" x 4") was cut from Crushed Curry CS.

The top mat was cut at 5-1/4" x 3-3/4"  from Mossy Meadow CS and then embossed using the Corrugated Embossing Folder.  (When using this embossing folder on a top mat you need to adjust the length of your cardstock by an extra 1/4"to 1/2" - the resulting piece can than be trimmed to the typical 5" length)

The multicolor tag piece from the kit was attached to the top mat with Tombow Glue as shown.

The leaves were cut from Pretty Peacock, Rose Red, and Daffodil Delight CS using the Gathered Leaves Dies and then I used a Sponge Dauber to darken the edges using  Pretty Peacock, Merry Merlot, and Crushed Curry inks.

The sentiment is from the PP Kit and was stamped on a scrap of Whisper White CS using Crushed Curry Ink.  The ends were flag cut using the Triple Banner Punch..

The sentiment was popped up with Dimensionals.

For the leaves I used one Dimensional on the tip of each leaf and then applied Tape Runner on the stem ends of the leaf and inserted them under the sentiment.

I added a piece of Crush Curry Stitched Satin Ribbon down the end side of the Top Mat and then attached the top mat to the bottom mat using Tombow Glue.

The finished piece was attached to a White Card Base with Tape Runner.

Lastly I added some adhesive backed Yellow Enamel Shapes to the banner.

Friday, November 8, 2019

These 2 cards were inspired by the August 2019 Paper Pumpkin Kit - The Gift of Fall - from Stampin' Up! and feature the multicolored tag piece from the kit and leaves cut using the Gathered Leaves Dies.


For this first card a standard size bottom mat was cut from Blackberry Bliss CS and then embossed using the Petal Burst Embossing Folder.  

The multicolor tag piece from the kit was attached to the bottom mat with Tape Runner as shown.

I cut a circle out of Whisper White CS using one of the scalloped dies from Layering Circles Framelits and embossed it using the Subtles Embossing Folder.

The leaf was cut from Island Indigo CS using one of the Gathered Leaves Dies and I applied some Pretty Peacock Ink with a Sponge Dauber to darken the edges.

The sentiment is from the PP Kit and was stamped on a scrap of Crushed Curry CS using Blackberry Bliss Ink.  The ends were flag cut using the Triple Banner Punch..

I applied one of the vellum die cuts from the kit to the circle using glue dots.  Then popped up the Leaf with Dimensionals.

The sentiment was attached with Tombow Glue.

The finished piece was attached to a White Card Base with Tape Runner.

Lastly I added some adhesive backed Gold Sequins that came with the kit.

This card was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest by Kelly Acheson.


On this similar second card the bottom mat was cut from Pretty Peacock CS and embossed like the card above.  

The leaf was cut from Merry Merlot CS and the edges daubed with Merry Merlot Ink and popped up with Dimensionals.

The sentiment was stamped in Pretty Peacock Ink on a Crumb Cake Label that came with the kit and was popped up with Dimensionals.  The edges were daubed with the same color ink.

The circle was cut from a piece of leftover corrugated white paper that came in the Sentimental Rose Paper Pumpkin Kit and was popped up with Dimensionals.

I attached a white bow with gold edging and several adhesive backed Gold Sequins.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

These 2 cards were inspired by the August 2019 Paper Pumpkin Kit - The Gift of Fall - from Stampin' Up! and feature the multicolored tag piece from the kit and leaves cut using the Gathered Leaves Dies.

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For this first card the standard size top mat was cut from Merry Merlot CS and then embossed using the Petal Burst Embossing Folder.  The standard size bottom mat was cut from Old Olive CS.

The leaves were cut from Island Indigo, Merry Merlot and Crushed Curry CS.  The 2 sprigs were cut from Old Olive CS using the Sprig Punch.

The multicolor tag piece from the kit and the sprigs were attached to the top mat with Tape Runner.

The sentiment is from the PP Kit and was stamped on a scrap of Whisper White CS and cut using one of the Smooth Sailing Dies.

The sentiment and the leaves were popped up with Dimensionals as shown.

I added a Twine bow to the bottom of the top mat.

The top mat was attached to the bottom mat, and then the finished piece was attached to a White Card Base with Tape Runner.

On this second card the top mat was cut from Island Indigo CS.  The bottom mat from Old Olive CS.

The leaves were cut from Rose Red, Island Indigo, and Old Olive CS.

The sentiment was stamped in Rose Red Ink.

The leaf clusters were from the kit - but I flipped them over and colored the backs of them with Crushed Curry Ink.

Lastly I attached 3 of the adhesive back Gold Sequins from the kit in the corners of the card.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

This card is an quick and easy alternative that I made inspired by the August Paper Pumpkin - The Gift of Fall & Gift of Fall Add-On Bundle from Stampin' Up!


For the top mat for this card I trimmed one of the Cards from the Add-On Bundle as shown.  The standard size bottom mat is cut from Merry Merlot CS.

I stamped the top mat with the berry stamp from the PP Kit in Merry Merlot Ink as shown.

The 2 green leaf branches are leftover pieces from The Sept. 2017 Layered Leaves PP Kit and were attached with Tape Runner as shown.  One of my favorite things about the Paper Pumpkin Kits is that there are generally lots of leftover bits and pieces that can be saved for other projects such as this one.

The 2 leaves were cut from Daffodil Delight CS using the Gathered Leaves Die Set.  I used a Sponge Dauber with Pumpkin Pie Ink to shade the leaves & edges. They were partially attached with Tape Runner.   I didn't put any adhesive on the tips so that I could slightly lift the leaves for some added dimension.

The sentiment is from the PP Kit and was stamped  on a scrap piece of Whisper White CS and cut with one of the label dies from the Smooth Sailing Die Set.  It was popped up with Dimensionals.

The completed top piece was attached to the bottom mat and then to a White Card Base with Tape Runner.

Lastly I added a couple of Gold Sequins from the PP Kit.



Monday, November 4, 2019

This card is an alternative that I made inspired by the August Paper Pumpkin Kit - The Gift of Fall - by Stampin' Up!

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I cut a standard top mat for this card from Whisper White CS.  The standard bottom mat was cut from Cajun Craze CS.

I started stamping by using the wheat cluster stamp from the Gather Together Stamp Set using Cajun Craze Ink.

Then I stamped the leaf cluster from the Tidings All Around Stamp Set in Sahara Sand Ink.

Next I stamped the berry stamp from the Gift of Fall PP Kit in Pretty Peacock Ink and colored the berries using the Pretty Peacock Stampin' Blends Set.

For the dots on the background I used the Dotted stamp from Gather Together in Pretty Peacock Ink.

The sentiment is from the Gift of Fall PP Kit and was stamped on Whisper White CS and cut out with one of the scalloped dies from the Layering Ovals Framelits.  I cut a larger scalloped oval from the same die set using Pretty Peacock CS and attached the 2 pieces together with Tombow Glue.  It was popped up in the corner as shown using Dimensionals.

The leaves were from a stash I made in various colors.  I explained the process for the Orange leaf in my post yesterday.

The Pretty Peacock leaves were made cut with one of the Gathered Leaves Dies using Pretty Peacock CS and a Sponge Dauber to shade the edges with Pretty Peacock Ink.

I attached a Dimensional to the end tips of the 3 leaves, applied Tape Runner to the stem end and arranged them as shown.

For the bow I used a scrap of ribbon left from the Hugs from Shelli PP Kit.

I attached the top mat to the bottom mat and then to a White Card Base using Tape Runner.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

These two cards are alternatives that I made using pieces and the sentiment stamp from the August Paper Pumpkin, The Gift of Fall, from Stampin' Up!, supplemented with other items from my stash.  These 2 cards feature the White Tag, the Berry Branch Stamp, and Sentiments from the kit.

The standard top mat for this card was cut from Cajun Craze CS, the standard bottom mat was cut from Peekaboo Peach CS.

I stamped the White Tag from the kit with the Berry Branch Stamp from the kit using Cajun Craze Ink and then colored the berries with the Cajun Craze Stampin' Blends Set.

Next I cut a 2 inch strip from Peekaboo Peach CS, ran it thru the Big Shot using the branch folder from the Petal Pair Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Set and flag cut the end using the Triple Banner Punch.  I used a Sponge Dauber to lightly color the raised portions with Cajun Craze Ink.

I had some leaves from last year's fall Paper Pumpkin Kit - Layered Leaves - so I stamped them all with the Leaf Stamp from that kit, using Cajun Craze Ink, and then used a Sponge Dauber to color the leaves using Cajun Craze and Tangerine Tango Inks.   I used the leaf die from Seasonal Layers Thinlits to cut the leaf shape.

The sentiment is from The Gift of Fall kit and was stamped on Whisper White CS using Cajun Craze Ink and the ends were flag cut.

The 2 flagged pieces were attached to the Top Mat as shown using Tape Runner.

The 3 leaves and sentiment were popped up as shown with Dimensionals.

The Top Mat was attached to the Bottom Mat and then the completed card front was attached to a White Card Base using Tape Runner.



This 2nd card is very similar to the first with the following changes:

The standard bottom mat was cut from Merry Merlot CS.  I did not use a top mat.

I stamped the White Tag from the kit with Merry Merlot Ink and colored the berries with Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blends.  

The embossed tab was cut from So Saffron CS.

I used my Sprig Punch to cut 2 sprigs each from scraps of Crushed Curry and Cherry Cobbler CS.

The leaves were cut using the Gathered Leaves Dies from Crushed Curry and Cherry Cobble CS and then I used a Sponge Dauber to darken the edges  with Crushed Curry and Cherry Cobbler Inks.

The sentiment is from the Gift of Fall PP Kit and was stamped with Crushed Curry Ink and then cut out with a die from the Smooth Sailing Die Set.  The edges were shaded using a Sponge Dauber and Crushed Curry Ink.

I attached the 2 flagged pieces to the mat first with Tape Runner.

Then the Sentiment was popped up with Dimensionals.

I attached a Dimensional to the tip of each of the leaves and used Tape Runner on the stem end and arranged the leaves as shown.

The sprigs were attached with Tape Runner.

Friday, November 1, 2019

I have spent quite a bit of time working on fall cards this past month.  These two cards are alternatives that I made using pieces and the sentiment stamp from the August Paper Pumpkin, The Gift of Fall, from Stampin' Up!, supplemented with other items from my stash.  These 2 cards feature the Yellow Wreath Die Cut, the Thanksgiving Stamp, and Ribbon from the kit.

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For this first card I started by using one of the scalloped circle dies from the Layering Circle Framelits to cut the edge on the yellow circle in the kit.

Next I stamped a standard top mat (5" x 3-3/4") of Crushed Curry CS with the Hardwood Stamp using Crushed Curry Ink.

I used my Sprig Punch to cut 3 sprigs from Merry Merlot CS.

I popped up the yellow circle onto the stamped top mat using Dimensionals, and then tucked the sprigs underneath the circle as shown, using Tombow Glue.

The sentiment is from the Paper Pumpkin Kit and was stamped in Crushed Curry Ink on a scrap of Whisper White CS, then I flag cut the ends using the Triple Banner Punch, and popped it up with Dimensionals.

I added a bow made with the ribbon that came in the kit.  And lastly added a couple of Gold Rhinestones from the kit.

The finished top mat was attached to a standard bottom mat (5-1/4" x 4"), cut from Merry Merlot CS,  and then attached to White Card Base, using Tape Runner.



This second card is very similar, except I used Whisper White CS for the top mat.

The 2 sprigs were cut from So Saffron CS.

And the bow was made using Crushed Curry Stitched Satin Ribbon.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Here's another A2 size card featuring the Good Morning Magnolia Stamp Set and coordinating Magnolia Memory Dies from Stampin' Up!

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The magnolia for this card was stamped using the Good Morning Magnolia Stamp Set using Memento Black Ink, colored with So Saffron, Mossy Meadow and Crumb Cake Stampin' Blend Sets and then cut with the coordinating Magnolia Memory Dies.

The top mat was cut from Whisper White CS and then lightly sponged with So Saffron Ink using a Sponge Dauber.

Then the "swirl" from the same set was stamped in Mossy Meadow Ink around the four outside edges.  The sentiment was also stamped in Mossy Meadow Ink and is from the March 2018 Paper Pumpkin Kit.

The completed top mat was attached to the bottom mat cut from Mossy Meadow CS with Tape Runner, the magnolia was popped up with Dimensionals, and a few Enamel Shapes added.

The completed piece was attached to a White Card Base with Dimensionals.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Here's another two A2 size cards featuring Good Morning Magnolia Stamp Set and the coordinating Magnolia Memory Dies from Stampin' Up!


I stamped the large Magnolia on Whisper White CS with Memento Black Ink.

This flower was colored with Stampin' Blends as follows:  the petals with the Calypso Coral Set, the leaves with the Old Olive Set, the center of the flower with the Mango Melody Set and the branch with the Crumb Cake Set.

Then I cut out the Magnolia with the coordinating Magnolia Memory Dies.

The standard size bottom mat was cut from Old Olive CS.

The standard size top mat was cut from Color Theory DSP.

The sentiment is from the Birthday Banners Stamp Set and was stamped on Whisper White CS with Calypso Coral Ink and framed with Calypso Coral CS.

I attached the top mat to the bottom mat, and then both pieces were attached to a White Card Base, all with Tape Runner.

I popped up the flower and the sentiment with Dimensionals.


Lastly I added the bow made with Calypso Coral Stain Ribbon and added some Calypso Coral Enamel Shapes.

For this 2nd card I used Aqua Painters to color the Magnolia using Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizazz and Soft Suede Inks.

The top mat was cut from Color Theory DSP and mounted on a Crushed Curry CS bottom mat. After I attached the two pieces together I wrapped some Crushed Curry Ribbon around the piece.

The sentiment is from the same set and was stamped in Crushed Curry Ink, cut with one of the Stitched Label Dies, and popped up with Dimensionals.

Then I popped up the Magnolia with Dimensionals as well, added some Rhinestones and attached the completed piece to a White Card Base.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

These A2 sized cards feature the Good Morning Magnolia Stamp Set and the coordinating Magnolia Memories Dies from Stampin' Up!

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These were my first 3 cards I made with this stamp set using the large Magnolia.  I wanted to start by experimenting with the 3 different ways I saw online to color the magnolia.


For this first card I stamped the large Magnolia from the Good Morning Magnolia Stamp Set on Whisper White CS using Memento Black Ink.

I used Stampin' Blends to color the flower: for the petals I used the Flirty Flamingo Set, for the center I used the Daffodil Delight Set, for the leaves I used the Old Olive Set, and for the branch I used the Crumb Cake Set. Then I cut out the flower using the coordinating Magnolia Memory Dies.

For the top frame I cut a 5-1/4" x 4" piece of the Galvanized Metallic DSP and then used one of the Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies to cut out the center piece.  The mat underneath was cut to fit the empty space from a piece of Sweet Soiree Specialty DSP.

The sentiment is from the Birthday Banners Stamp Set, was stamped on a scrap of Whisper White CS using Flirty Flamingo Ink, and cut with a die from the coordinating Bunch of Banners Framelits.

The 2 mats were attached using Tape Runner, the sentiment and magnolia were popped up with Dimensionals, and then the completed piece was attached to a White Card Base using Tape Runner.  


For this second card, I stamped the flower on Whisper White CS using Archival Black Ink (there was some bleeding of the black ink - StazOn Ink would have been a better choice).  To color the flower I used inks which I applied with a Blender PenCrushed Curry Ink for the petals and center, Mossy Meadow Ink for the leaves and branch.

The completed flower was cut out with the coordinating Magnolia Memory Dies, and then sprayed with some Shimmer Spray.

I cut a standard top mat (5" x 3-3/4") out of Crushed Curry CS and then ran it thru the Big Shot using the Tufted Embossing Folder.

The standard bottom mat (5-1/4" x 4") was cut from Mossy Meadow CS.

I attached the top mat to the bottom mat using Tape Runner.

Then I cut a couple of pieces of Mossy Meadow CS using the Decorative Ribbon Punch to frame the sentiment, which is from the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set, and stamped on a strip of Crushed Curry CS using Mossy Meadow Ink.  The pieces were attached to the card front using Tape Runner and then trimmed to 4".

The completed piece was  attached to a White Card Base using Tape Runner.


For this third card, I stamped the flower on Shimmer Paper using StazOn Ink, and then used Watercolor Pencils to color the flower: for the petals I used Coastal Cabana, for the center I used Daffodil Delight, for the leaves I used Garden Green and Granny Apple Green, and for the branch I used Early Espresso.  If you haven't used watercolor pencils before it is a pretty simple process.  First you use the pencils to fill in the area and then I used my water-filled Aqua Painter to distribute the color.  For the darker area I applied additional layers of color using the pencils and then the Aqua Painter.

I cut this frame using two of the Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies from a piece of  Island Indigo CS which I had embossed using the Subtle Embossing Folder.

The sentiment is from the same Birthday Banners Stamp Set that I used for the first card - but this time I used Pool Party CS and Island Indigo Ink and then it was cut out with the Bunch of Banners Framelits.

The frame was attached directly to a White Card Base and then the sentiment and Magnolia were popped up with Dimensionals.

Monday, October 7, 2019

BEST CATCH SERIES - Part 5 - Sponged and Stamped Backgrounds

These A2 size cards feature the Best Catch Stamp Set and coordinating Catch of the Day Dies from Stampin' Up!.

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For this first card I started by repeatedly stamping the "Water" stamp from the High Tide Stamp Set on the bottom portion of a standard top mat of Whisper White CS using Balmy Blue Ink, 1st and 2nd Generation stamping, meaning that I stamped directly onto the mat once and then stamped a 2nd time in another area without reinking first.

Then I made a mask by cutting a circle out of a piece of Post-it Removable Labeling Tape, using the 1-3/4" Punch from Stampin' Up!  to use for the sun.  I applied the circle mask at the center top of the mat and them proceeded by sponging a light layer of Balmy Blue Ink across the whole card front using a Sponge Dauber.  Try to do some shading on the bottom half.

Then I took another piece(s) of removable Post-it Tape to cover the bottom water portion so I could color in more of the sky using Pacific Point and So Saffron Inks until I was happy with the results.

I removed both the circle mask and the tape from the bottom of the card and used So Saffron Ink to color in the Sun with a Sponge Dauber.

The sentiment is from the Best Catch Stamp Set and stamped in Memento Black Ink.

The fish, fisherman, and grasses were cut from Whisper White CS using the Catch of the Day Dies and colored with Olive Green, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede Stampin' Blend Sets.

The fish was popped up with Dimensionals, the other 2 pieces were attached to the top mat with Tape Runner as shown.

I attached the top mat to a standard size bottom mat cut from Lemon Lime Twist CS, then the completed piece was attached to a White Card Base, using Tape Runner.


I started this 2nd card by stamping the Trees using the Lovely As A Tree Stamp Set in Old Olive Ink on a standard size top mat cut from Whisper White CS.

Then I applied Sahara Sand Ink with a Sponge Dauber to color the "ground".  And stamped the grasses from the High Tide Stamp Set using Old Olive Ink.

The "water" from the High Tide Stamp Set was stamped and colored with a Sponge Dauber, as in the card above, using Pool Party Ink.

For the "sky" I applied Balmy Blue Ink with a Sponge Dauber.

Then I stamped the "seagulls" in Soft Suede Ink using a stamp from the High Tide Stamp Set.

I cut the fisherman from Whisper White CS using the Catch of the Day Dies, colored it with Old Olive and Pool Party Stampin' Blends Sets, and popped it up on the card using Dimensionals.

The sentiment is from the Birthday Banners Stamp Set and stamped with Old Olive Ink on a die cut piece leftover from a Paper Pumpkin Kit, and then popped up with Dimensionals.

I attached the top mat to a standard size bottom mat cut from Old Olive CS, then the completed piece was attached to a White Card Base, using Tape Runner.

This card was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest by Kathy Crow.


For this 3rd card, I began by coloring the top two-thirds of standard size top mat cut from Whisper White CS, using So Saffron Ink and a Sponge Dauber.

Then I stamped the water stamp from the High Tide Stamp Set in the next lower section in Balmy Blue Ink, and then lightly daubed some Balmy Blue and Daffodil Delight Ink on the water section as shown.

Then I used the circle mask from the first card detailed above to cover a section of the morning sky for the "sun", and proceeded to shade the sky with Daffodil Delight Ink, with a little bit of Balmy Blue Ink just around the outside edge of the sun.

The "sand" stamp from the High Tide Stamp Set was stamped in the bottom section using Sahara Sand Ink, the "grasses from the same set were stamped with Old Olive Ink, and the Seagulls from the same set were stamped in Soft Suede Ink.  Then the area was lightly colored with a Sponge Dauber and Crumb Cake Ink  The fisherman and the basket from the Best Catch Stamp Set were both stamped in Soft Suede Ink and then the basket was colored with Soft Suede and Mango Melody Stampin' Blends.

I attached the top mat to a standard size bottom mat of Soft Suede CS, then the completed piece was attached to a White Card Base, using Tape Runner.

This card was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest by Tina's Crafty Ink Spot.

Friday, October 4, 2019

BEST CATCH SERIES - Part 4 - Solid CS Backgrounds

These A2 size cards feature the Best Catch Stamp Set and coordinating Catch of the Day Thinlits Dies from Stampin' Up!

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The standard bottom mat is cut from a piece of Calypso Coral CS.  The standard top mat was cut from Whisper White CS and embossed with the Subtle Embossing Folder.

The net is from the Under the Sea Framelits and cut from  Crumb Cake CS.  The fish, hook, and basket were cut from Whisper White CS with dies from Catch of the Day Thinlits. The grasses, are also from Catch of the Day Thinlits and were cut from Pear Pizzazz CS.

The fish, hook, "grasses", and basket were colored with Calypso Coral, Soft Suede, Smoky Slate, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, and Mango Melody Stampin' Blend Sets.

To assemble the card, I began by gluing the grasses to the top mat, then the net, and then the basket - all with Tombow Glue.

I glued a piece of twine to the back of the hook and glued it to the card base.

The fish was popped up with Dimensionals.

The sentiment is from the Balloon Adventures Stamp Set and was stamped with Calypso Coral Ink and popped up with Dimensionals.

The top mat was attached to the bottom mat and then the completed piece was attached to the White Card Base, all with Tape Runner.


The standard bottom mat on this second card is cut from Calypso Coral CS.  The standard top mat was cut from Old Olive CS.

The pieces were all cut from Whisper White CS using the Catch of the Day Thinlits Dies and were colored with Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Daffodil Delight and Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends.

The sentiment is from the March 2018 Paper Pumpkin Kit - May Good Things Grow and was stamped in Old Olive Ink on Whisper White CS.

To assemble this card I started by gluing the 2 grasses to the top mat with Tombow Glue.  The I attached a piece of Burlap Ribbon on top, using Tape Runner.

The fish, basket and sentiment were all popped up with Dimensionals.
Then I added a few adhesive backed Sequins.

The top mat was attached to the bottom mat and then the completed piece was attached to a White Card Base, all with Tape Runner.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

BEST CATCH SERIES - Part 3 - Cut Outs

These A2 size cards feature the Best Catch Stamp Set and coordinating Catch of the Day Dies by Stampin' Up!

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For this first card I began by stamping the Marbled Stamp in Marina Mist Ink to the front panel of a White Card Base.

Then I used the largest die from the Stitched Seasons Framelits Dies to cut the center out of a standard bottom mat (5-1/4  x 4") of Pear Pizzazz CS and I used the same die to cut the center out of a 5-1/4" x 4" piece of  White Foam.  I glued the 2 pieces together to pop-up the panel.  You could use Dimensionals, if you prefer, but in this case I felt the Pear Pizzazz piece would be much better supported by the piece of foam.

I arranged my cut pieces from the Catch of the Day Dies, that I had colored using Balmy Blue, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, and Soft Suede Stampin' Blend Sets.

Once I had everything arranged, I glued the top panel to the card front using Tombow Glue.

The sentiment is from the March 2018 Paper Pumpkin Kit - May Good Things Grow, and was stamped in Old Olive ink on Whisper White CS, and then die cut with a die from the Stitched Labels Framelits set.

I finished the piece by adding a few drops of Glossy Accents to the piece.


SHAKER CARD:  For this 2nd card I cut 2 mats 5-1/4" x 4" - one each from Coastal Cabana and  Pool Party Cardstock.

I used the 2nd largest die from the Stitched Nested Labels Set to cut the opening in the piece of Coastal Cabana CS and two pieces of  5-1/4" x 4" White Foam.  Then I glued these 3 pieces together inserting a piece of clear Window Plastic under the Coastal Cabana piece.

I stamped the Pool Party CS with the fish and hook from the  Best Catch Stamp set using Memento Black Ink, Coral from the June 2019 Paper Pumpkin A Little Smile Stamp Set, and "Bubbles" from the Artisan Textures Stamp Set in Coastal Cabana Ink.  The fish was colored with Bermuda Bay and Crumb Cake Stampin' Blend Sets.  

I sprinkled a mixture of Sequins into the center of the Pool Party piece and then the top 3 pieces (2 foam and Coastal Cabana pieces) were glued to the Pool Party Piece. This finished piece was wrapped with Twine and then glued to a White Card Base.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

BEST CATCH SERIES - Part 2 - Layered Cards

These A2 sized cards features the Best Catch Stamp Set and coordinating Catch of the Day Dies from Stampin' Up!

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For this first card I began by cutting the various layers of card stock.

The standard bottom mat (5-1/4" x 4") was cut from Mossy Meadow CS.  

Then I took a piece of Crumb Cake CS and stamped it with Old Olive Ink using the Crackle Paint Stamp and cut 2 strips (2-5/8" x 5-1/4").  I attached them to the bottom mat with Tape Runner, leaving about 1/4" between and to the side of the pieces.

Next I cut a piece of Always Artichoke CS (4" x 3-1/2") and ran it through the Corrugated Embossing Folder.  Then I trimmed it down to 3-1/4" and attached it with Tombow Glue centering it on the mats.

The top mat was cut from Crumb Cake CS with one of the Stitched Rectangle Framelits.

This fish was colored with Old Olive and Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends Sets and popped up as shown with Dimensionals.

The "grass" was cut from Whisper White CS and colored with Old Olive and Soft Suede Stampin' Blend Sets and was attached to the top mat with Tape Runner.

Lastly I added the Gold Sequins and attached the finished piece to a White Card Base with Tape Runner.

A sentiment will be added later.

Same process for this second card.

The bottom mat and corrugated piece both are cut from Soft Suede CS.  

The strips and top mat are Daffodil Delight CS, were stamped with Crumb Cake Ink, and cut into strips.

The fish was colored with Daffodil Delight and Crumb Cake Stampin' Blend Sets.

The "grass" was cut from Crumb Cake CS and colored with Old Olive, Crumb Cake, and Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends Sets.

Again I added Gold Sequins and attached the finished piece to a White Card Base with Tape Runner.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

BEST CATCH SERIES - Part 1 - Hand Stamped or Colored Backgrounds with Die Cuts

These A2 size cards feature the Best Catch Stamp Set and coordinating Catch of the Day Dies from Stampin' Up!

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This was my favorite set from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog for two reasons.  First because the men (and some of the women) in my family are pretty much all fishermen and secondly because it is great to have another masculine stamping set.

When I got the set I began by stamping probably a dozen of each of the Fish, Fisherman, Baskets, Hats, Grasses, and Hooks in Memento Ink on pieces of Whisper White CS.  And then proceeded to color the fish with my Stampin' Blend Sets. Once I had the fish colored I used the same basic colors on the other pieces.

The pieces on this first card were colored with Marina Mist, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, and Night of Navy Stampin' Blend Sets.  The top Whisper White CS mat was stamped using the Crackle Paint Stamp and Marina Mist Ink.  The sentiment is from the Best Catch stamp set and was stamped using Marina Mist Ink on a scrap of Whisper White CS, cut with the Layering Circles Framelits and mounted on another circle cut with the same framelit set from Dapper Denim CS.  The fish and the sentiment were popped up using Dimensionals.  The other pieces were attached with Tape Runner. The bottom mat was cut from Marina Mist CS.



The pieces on this second card were colored with Mint Macaron, Pool Party, Balmy Blue and Soft Suede Stampin' Blend Sets. The top mat was water colored with Coastal Cabana & Always Artichoke Inks on Whisper White CS.  The sentiment is from the May Good Things Grow PP March 2018 stamp set and was stamped in Coastal Cabana ink on a scrap of Whisper White CS. The right end was flag cut with the Triple Banner Punch.  The fish was popped up with Dimensionals.  The other pieces were attached with Tape Runner.  The bottom mat was cut from Coastal Cabana CS.  Lastly I added a few Sequins using Tombow Glue.





The pieces on this third card were colored with Balmy Blue, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, and Soft Suede Stampin' Blend Sets.  The top mat was stamped with a texture stamp from the Artisan Textures Stamp Set using Old Olive and Dapper Denim inks (1st & 2nd Generation Stamping). The sentiment is from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and was stamped and edged with Dapper Denim Ink and cut with one of the Petals & More Thinlits Die frames.  The fish was glued to a circle cut from Old Olive CS using one of the circle Stitched Shape Framelits Dies. I wrapped some clear fishing line around my fingers and then attached it to the back of the Hook using Tape Runner, and  attached to the card with Tombow Glue. The grasses were also glued directly to the top mat.  The bottom mat was cut from Dapper Denim CS.  This card was CASEd from one I saw on Pinterest.


The pieces on this fourth card were colored with Calypso Coral, Smoky Slate, Old Olive, and Mango Melody Stampin' Blend Sets.  The top Whisper White CS mat was stamped with Calypso Coral ink using the Crackled Paint Stamp.  The center diamond shape and strip were both cut from Calypso Coral 6x6 pieces in one of the Subtles DSP CS sets. The sentiment is from Best Catch and was stamped in Calypso Coral Ink on a scrap of Whisper White CS and layered on Cajun Craze CS (the circles were cut using dies from the Layering Circle Framelits).  All of the die cuts were popped up with Dimensionals.  The bottom mat was cut from Basic Gray CS.  This card was inspired by a card by Julie Gibson.



Saturday, September 28, 2019

This card features the Heirloom Frames Dies and coordinating 3D Heirloom Frame Embossing Folders by Stampin' Up!

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I used one of the Heirloom Frame Dies and the coordinating Embossing Folder to cut out and emboss a piece of Balmy Blue CS.

Then I cut a scrap piece of Whisper White CS to fit behind the center of the die cut piece and attached some Old Olive CS stems and Elegant Eggplant CS flowers (cut with a die from Bouquet Bunch Framelits Dies) with some Balmy Blue CS flowers (cut with a die from Lovely Flowers Edgelits Dies) using Tape Runner and Tombow Glue, and then attached the white piece to the back of the frame.

I cut a bottom mat (5-3/8" x 4-1/8") from Elegant Eggplant CS and then a standard top mat (5" x  3-3/4") from a 6"x 6" piece of Balmy Blue in a set of Subtles DSP.  The pieces were all attached using Tape Runner and Tombow Glue to each other and then to a White Card Base.

Lastly I added a few Rhinestones to the center of the blue flowers, and a small White Organza Ribbon bow to the stems of the flowers.