One Layer Card

Need a card quickly?  All you need to do is make a one layer card.  It can’t get any easier than this.

I used Very Vanilla cardstock as a base.  Then I stamped the different sized leaves from the stamp set called Colorful Seasons in Peekaboo Peach, So Saffron and Pool Party.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from Daisy Delight in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.   That is it!   You have a beautiful card in about 3 minutes.

Too bad the leaves outside are still not looking as pretty as these. Right now they are mostly on the ground looking brown and ugly waiting for someone to rake them up.  I am kind of hoping it will get really windy and just blow away!   Last week we were in Alabama.  It was 80 degrees there with sunny skies.  When we got home it was a 51 degree difference.  There was frost on our car! Tell me again why I live here?  I need to pull out all those sunset pictures I took during our beautiful summer days!

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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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An Embossing Folder Stamp Off Challenge

Good morning!  I hope your Friday is going to be fabulous!  It is time for another Stamp Off Challenge.  This time our challenge was to use our favorite Embossing Folder.

As of today, my favorite Embossing Folder is the Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I say “as of today” because my favorite stamp set, dies, color and embossing folders change on a weekly basis.  It is hard to pick a favorite when there are so many fantastic Stampin’ Up! products to choose from!

Of course it is Fall right now so my favorites colors are from the Regal Family.  I used Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry and Tangerine Tango.  As of today my favorite stamp set is Merry Cafe and my favorite dies are Coffee Cups Framelits.  Why?  They are the newest in my collection and new is always fun.

Whenever I made a card I end up changing it, adding different things to it and taking things away.  As a result of this, I have a bunch of pre-cut shapes which is where I got the pumpkin and leaf from.  The pumpkin is from Pick A Pumpkin and it’s matching Thinlits called Patterned Pumpkins.  The leaf is from the stamp set Colorful Season with its matching Thinlits called Seasonal Layers.

Now let’s go see what Buffy’s and Jackie’s favorite Embossing Folder is.

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Eclipse Card

If you are on the internet at all you will know that Eclipse Cards are the biggest thing going on right now.  I have no idea who “invented” it but it is all the rage.  I like the way they look so I decided to try one out myself.

Eclipse cards are super easy to make.  Basically  you just stamp a background or use Designer Series Paper.  Then you cut out the letters using the Large Letters Framelits Dies and then put them back in using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to make them pop up.  Easy!

I do have to say that I know the Large Letters Framelits are a higher price than most Framelits but they are so worth it.  You can use them forever to make any word you want for cards, banners, posters, etc.  They are well worth the price!

I decided to use Colorful Seasons for my Eclipse Card and then cut out the word “Fall”.  My card is a little busier than most so the letters don’t stick out as much.  If I did it again, I would use less stamping.  The sentiment is from Banners For You.

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Sunsets At The Cottage

As you know we bought a cottage this year and we have been enjoying it more than I ever imagined I would.  It is just such a bright and sunny place to be.  The view is awesome and the sunsets are unbelievable.  This is what we see almost every night.

Then later this happens.

Rob suggested I try to make a card using these photos.  There is no way I could capture this in a card.  I am not that talented but here is my third try (no, you are not going to see the first two because they ended up in the garbage!).

The first couple of times I tried it I sponged but it just didn’t turn out quite right.  I decided to get out my Aqua Painters and try it on Watercolor Paper.  It worked much better that way.  I used Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, So Saffron, Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach.  That is a lot of colors but that is how many colors I can see during our sunsets.  The stamps are from Colorful Seasons.


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New Stampin’ Up! Cat Punch

Although I am not a cat lover or a Halloween card maker, I love the new Stamping’ Up! Cat Punch that is in the 2017 Holiday Catalog.  I just think it is very cute and as long as it doesn’t cross my path, I will be ok.

When I was in high school a friend and I were going to visit my grandparents in Vermont. They used to live in Manchester Depot which is near Bromley, Magic Mountain and Stratton ski resorts and we loved to ski.  We left super early one morning and on my way to pick up my friend a black cat crossed my path.  I was not (and am still not) a very superstitious person but later that day I hit black ice and totaled my parents car.  It makes you wonder but I think I’ll be ok with this punch.

This punch has a matching stamp set called Spooky Cat and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  You can use them for Halloween or not.  Cats are year round animals!  The sentiment is from Dragonfly Dreams and the background was made using the Brick Embossing Folder.


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Colorful Seasons

Tomorrow is the first day of Fall.  The leaves in this area are just starting to turn.  Fall is a  beautiful time in Northern New York because the leaf colors are always so bright and beautiful.  Occasionally, we have a dull Fall because of the weather but for the most part it is gorgeous.  I never know why it is dull sometimes.  Some say it is because there is too much rain.  Others say it is because it is too dry.  I think Mother Nature and other powers above just decide that Fall will be dull and there is no rhyme or reason to it.

Last year we went to Denver in September.  One day we took a trip up to the mountains.  It was a guided tour because we didn’t have a car so we went with some other people.  There was a woman in our group that constantly talked about seeing the yellow Aspens.  “I hope they are yellow now.”  “I hope we can see the Aspens.”  “Where are the Aspens?”  I am thinking to myself who cares about yellow Aspens?  We have bright yellows, bright oranges and bright reds.  Just yellow trees?  How boring!  Then I found out she was from Texas.  Apparently trees don’t turn yellow (or any color other than brown) in Texas in the Fall so yellow was very exciting to her.  It made me realize how lucky we are.  I started pointing out the Aspens to her and she was so excited.

I made this Fall card using the stamp sets called Colorful Seasons for the leaves and Hello Friend for the sentiment.  I love big sentiments so you are going to see this one a  lot!  The splatters are from Timeless Textures.  I felt like the card needed something although after adding the splatters, I am not so sure it did.

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