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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Sorry For Everything

Although I love to make cards, I am never happy to have to make a sympathy card.  It is funny (well not funny) but I never used to send sympathy cards.  I don’t know why.  I just didn’t.  I don’t ever remember my parents getting sympathy cards when their parents passed away so maybe it was just something they didn’t do either.  Then my step father died and I received so many beautiful cards.  It made a difference knowing I was going through a tough time and my friends cared enough to send (and make) me a card.

Stampin’ Up! came out with a new stamp set in the 2017/2018 Annual Catalog.  It is called Sorry For Everything and it really fits everything.  It covers everything from forgetting a birthday to the loss of a pet.  It includes break ups, get well, retirement, moving and so much more.  It is a set everyone should own.

Although it is hard to tell, this card is a fun fold card.  The Designer Series Paper I used is called Eastern Palace.  The flower is from Colorful Season and cut out using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  The leaf is from a set in the 2017 Holiday Catalog called Painted Harvest and the matching Leaf Punch.

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Colorful Seasons Fun Fold

I am sure you can all tell that I love Fun Fold cards.  I love any cards but Fun Folds are definitely my favorite.  I think I like them because they are unexpected.  It is always wonderful to get a card in the mail but there is something special about a card that is different then a normal card. It is, well, fun!

This is a tri-fold card.  It is pretty simple to make.  All you do is cut a piece of cardstock the long way so it is 4.25″ x 11″.  Then you score it at 2.25″ on one end and 3.25″ on the other end.  The makes the ends of both sides meet in the  middle.  To make it overlap I just added a 4.25″ x 1.50″ piece of Pick A Pattern Designer Series Paper and cut it using the scalloped die from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  Then I just added a little strip of Whisper White on the end so the scalloped edge stood out.  Lastly, I cute three 4.25″ x .25″ pieces of Designer Series Paper to add to the top.

The stamp set I used is called Colorful Seasons and if you buy the Seasonal Layers Thinlits in a Bundle together you can save 10%.  By the way, those with eagle eyes will see a sneak peek of something from the Holiday Catalog.  It is a new leaf punch that I was so excited to see.  We have needed one for a while!  It is part of an awesome Fall Bundle that is going to be a must have on everyone’s list.

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Bike Ride

Bike Ride is one of the cutest sets in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.  The fun thing about this set is all the pieces of the bike are separate so you can easily use different colors to make it.  The tires are separate from the rims so it was easy to stamp the tires in Memento Tuxedo Black and the rims in Bermuda Bay.  The same goes for all the pieces.  This is because this is a two step stamp set which mean many of the images are made using two stamps instead of one.  This stamp set also has matching Framelits so it is easy to cut everything out.  You can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle too!  Plus, the images you can put on the back or front of the bicycle are adorable.  There is a dog, apples, flowers and books.  Each of them are two step stamps.  Another interesting thing about this set is the pebbles on the road is a die that embosses instead of cuts.

The sentiment is from a stamp set called Colorful Seasons.

Don’t forget Bonus Days are almost over.  For every $50 you spend you get a $5 coupon to use in August.  There is no limit to how many coupons you can earn.

Also July is the perfect month to join the Stampin’ Up! family.  You can still pick out $125 worth of products of your choice for $99 (plus tax but free shipping!) AND you get a Christmas stamp set called Carols of Christmas for FREE AND you get the Essentials Pack which includes Paper Snips, Grid Paper, Two D Blocks, a Snail Adhesive and a Bone Folder all for FREE!  This offer ends on July 31st so don’t miss out.  Remember, there is no obligation to join.  You don’t have to buy a single thing after you receive your Starter Kit but I know you are going to want to because of the awesome discount all Demonstrators get!

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Colorful Seasons

Everyone knows my favorite place in the whole world is to be on the water.  It can be at the ocean or on the lake.  I happen to live on Lake Ontario which makes summer my favorite time of the year.  I am definitely not into ice fishing or even ice skating because I am a warm weather kind of person.  Why do I live in Northern New York?  It is Rob’s fault!

Colorful Seasons is a perfect set for year round use but my favorite stamps are the summer ones.  I just love the chair that is in the stamp set as well as the adorable chair that is in the matching Framelits called Seasonal Layers.

I used the Stamping Sponges to make the background.  It is so easy to do.  You just tap the sponge into an Ink Pad and rub it across the cardstock.  I cut my sponges into eighths so I can have one for each color.  That way you don’t mix up the ink.  It is quick and easy and makes a nice, soft background to go with that relaxing beach chair.  I used Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach and Pool Party inks.

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A Color Stamp Off Challenge

Hello everyone.  It is time again for another Stamp Off Challenge.  This time we have a color challenge.  Here are the colors (which by the way are one of my favorite combinations):

I think this combination of colors is so bright and cheery.  Here is my card:

I used the stamp set called Colorful Seasons.  This is a great all around stamp set because it represents all the seasons.  There are snowflakes for winter, leaves for fall, flower for spring and a beach chair for summer.  It also has a set of matching Thinlits called Seasonal Layers.  It cuts out all the different snowflakes, leaves and flowers but my favorite part of this Bundle is the Adirondack Chair die.  It is just adorable (as you can see).

For the background I used one of the new Dynamic Folders. These folders  are amazing because they emboss a deeper, bolder pattern into the cardstock.   This one is called Ruffled.  It is supposed to look like ribbon but I thought it also looked liked waves.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made using these colors.  I know Jackie was not the fondest of this combination but I know she will make something awesome using them.

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A Fun Fold Card

This is the second card we made at our monthly stamp club meeting last week.  It is a fun fold card using a new Bundle called Colorful Seasons.  The Bundle includes the stamp set also called Colorful Seasons and dies called Seasonal Layers.  If you buy them both in this Bundle you will save 10%.

This card is actually a tri-fold card so it opens three ways.

This Bundle is extremely popular with my customers because it is so much fun.  There are images for every season and it has the cutest Adirondack Chair in the die set.

A couple of week ago, all my kids were able to come home for a memorial service.  It was the first time Emory Jade came to visit.  She is already three months old.  Time really needs to slow down.  Her Daddy, Zachary, flew all the way from Alabama all by myself with her.  Emory’s mom was not able to come.  Zachary was so brave to do this alone.  Emory and he very well though.  Emory got to meet the rest of the family, which was awesome.  Just look at those cheeks!  They got lots of kisses during this time!

Today just happens to be Zachary’s 30th birthday.  I am so proud of him.  He is an awesome Dad and an awesome man.  Happy Birthday, Zachary.  I love you!

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