Happy Halloween

If you have been reading my blog for a while you know that I am not a fan of Halloween.  I live in Northern New York and it seems that the first snow always liked to happen on the 31st.  If it wasn’t actually snowing, it was a very cold rain.  I mean freezing rain.  The kids would be crazy from eating too much junk food at school and inevitably one of them would have a meltdown.  We were pretty strict with what they could eat that night but it was hard to control the day at school.  As they got older they wanted to go out with their friends.  This always made me nervous too but thankfully they were “good” kids and didn’t get into much trouble (at least that I know about!).

As a result of this, I don’t have a lot of Halloween stamp sets.  I don’t really know why because some of them are adorable. I did buy the Cat Punch which I think works pretty well with a Halloween themed card.  I cut out a circle using the Layered Circles Dies.  The moon and stars are a die in the Card Front Builder Set which is the in the Holiday Catalog.  I do apologize though.  The sentiment is from a retired set.

Happy Halloween.  May your day be full of fun goblins, no meltdowns and warm weather!

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Marbled Pick A Pumpkin

This is the third card we made at our monthly stamp club meeting.  We have a few new members in our club so I decided I wanted to show them background stamps.  Background stamps have been around a long time but I often forget about them.  They are perfect for adding some interest and color to a card.  Stampin’ Up! has ten different background stamps.   In this case, we used the stamp called Marbled.  I love the swirls this stamp makes.  In this case I used Soft Sky for the background.  I originally used Lemon Lime Twist but I didn’t really like how it turned out.  I’ll let you decide.

The pumpkins are from the Pick A Pumpkin stamp set and its matching Framelits called Patterned Pumpkins.  You can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  The sentiment is from Thankful Thoughts.

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Hearts Come Home

Hearts Come Home is a new stamp set in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  It has a set of matching Edgelits called Hometown Greetings and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  The Edgelits are adorable.  I didn’t use them in this card but here is a picture of a card that Stampin’ Up! put in the catalog.

One of the reasons I love this set is the sentiment “All hearts come home for Christmas”.  This Christmas will be the first one where two of out three of my sons and their families can not come home.  They all have jobs where they have to work holidays.  Thankfully David lives around here so he will be there (if he doesn’t have to work).  I’ll miss the others including (especially) the grandchildren.  I was kind of hoping the kids would bring me the grandchildren and then they could go back home to work but I don’t think they will go for it.  I’ll keep working on it though!

Quick & Easy Thank You

Here is a quick and easy thank you card that can be put together in no time at all.  I just cut two pieces of cardstock from the same Designer Series Paper and used one side on the top and the other side on the bottom.  I probably should have cut it the other way but I didn’t notice that at the time.  Then I adhered a piece of Ribbon in the middle to cover the seam.  It didn’t take any time at all.

The Designer Series Paper I used is called Fresh Florals.  This stack of paper comes in all there 2017/2018 In Colors.  In this case, I used Fresh Fig.  I also used 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon in Fresh Fig too.  If you haven’t tried this ribbon you really should.  It is beautiful and works well on cards.

The sentiment is from the stamp set called One Big Meaning.  This set has seven different ways to say thank you.

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Dragonfly Dreams

Dragonflies are one of those bugs that no one seems to mind if they are around.  As I was beginning to write this blog post, I realized that I haven’t seen any dragonflies at our cottage.  That is kind of weird since they like to hang out around water.  I’ll have to do a little research and find out why.

Edited:  Well, Dragonflies do live near the water.  They actually start their lives in the water.  Adult dragonflies usually only live a month but some species live up to six months.  They eat mosquitoes (which is why we all love them).  If you want to find out more about them you can click HERE.  I still don’t know why there aren’t any around here but that is research for another day!

I made this card using the stamp set called Dragonfly Dreams.  It has a set of matching Thinlits called Detailed Dragonfly.  Unfortunately, this set was released in a prior year so there is no Bundle Bonus.  In case you were wondering, Stampin’ Up! offers Bundles on matching stamp sets and dies the first year they are out.  After that, they are only sold separately.  If you like a Bundle, buy it before you are not able to.

One of my favorite this about this set is the cute little Dragonfly die I used above.  All those dragonflies are attached together with one die.   They are adorable, aren’t they?  I cut these out using Silver Foil Paper. I thought it added a nice little sparkle to the card.

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Bike Ride

Many years ago I worked for a company that owned a Bike Shop.  This was back when you could buy a Huffy at Kmart or a Schwinn at a local bike shop.  Of course, I was a bike snob because of working there.  We had one mechanic that was amazing.  Dennis rarely spoke to anyone but he could put a bike together or fix a bike in no time at all.  One day I asked him if he would teach me how to put a bike together.  Amazingly enough, he agreed to teach me.  Now normally it would take a couple of hours for him to put one together.  It took me all day!  You would not believe how many parts there are to a bicycle!  Believe me, when you first open that box there are parts everywhere!  Very little comes put together.  Dennis was great and so patient.  He didn’t even swear once though I think his eyeballs could have fallen out of his sockets from all the eye rolls he did!  Of course, I could never do it now but it was fun to do, once, back then.

Bike Ride is one of those fun stamp sets that you can do a lot with.  The set has 24 different Photopolymer stamps which include the bike, wheels, flowers, a basket, books, apples and even a dog.  It is a two step stamp set which means it take two or more stamps to make an image.  It is super easy to line up because they stamp are Photopolymer which means you can see through them.  It is a lot easier to put this bike together than a real one!  Plus, to top it all off, this stamp set has matching Framelits called Build A Bike which include 15 dies.  If you buy them in a Bundle you can save 10%.  That is a lot of bang for your buck!

The banner is from Bunch Of Banners Framelits Dies and sentiment is from Banners For You.  These two items also coordinate together.

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Another Colorful Seasons

Have I mentioned before how much I love Colorful Seasons and the matching Thinlits Dies called Seasonal Layers?   I will never get tired of this set.  It is just so versatile that you can make cards all year long with just this set.  Plus, if you buy both in a Bundle you can save 10%!

To make this card I took the stamp set called Timeless Textures and and stamped the swirls in Cajun Craze onto Whisper White Cardstock.  Then I stamped the splatters using Crushed Curry before layering a lines from the die set called Swirly Scribbles.  Then I stamped the outline of three leaves onto Whisper White in Memento Black Ink and then sponged over them using Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Cherry Cobbler before cutting them out.  As you can see I made each leaf a little different.

The sentiment is from Colorful Seasons too!

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