Duoprinting With Chlorophyll

Hello everyone!  It is time for another Stamp Off Challenge.  This time we needed to make a card using flowers or leaves with a technique.

When I saw this, I knew exactly what I wanted to try.  It is called Duoprinting with Chlorophyll.  This is where you take a real leaf and run it through your Big Shot to get an image.  It is so easy and so fun.

The first leaf I tried was a Silver Maple.  This is the tree that is in front of my cottage.  It worked pretty well but the image was not strong enough.  Apparently different leaves have a different amount of water in them.  Too much water makes a mess (I know!  I tried that too) and too little water doesn’t leave a deep enough impression.  The Silver Maple might have worked in the spring but now it is Fall and I think it is not as moist as it could be.  Next I tried a purple Aster.  That made a mess.  Then I found a teeny fern growing underneath my lilac bushes.  I worked perfectly!  I tried to find a bigger fern but there were none to be found.

To make this card, take a piece of copy paper and fold it in half.  This protects your Big Shot and plates.  Next place a piece of cardstock inside the copy paper with a leaf or leaves on top.  If you would like two images, place another piece of cardstock on top of the leaves.  Close the top of the copy paper over the cardstock and run it through your Big Shot.  It is that simple.

If you would like to see a video on this technique click HERE.  That will take you to Splitcoaststampers where Lydia Fiedler made a tutorial.

The stamp I used is from the September Paper Pumpkin kit.  That is the great thing about Paper Pumpkin.  You can use the stamps over and over.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made using flowers or leaves.

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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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Pocketful Of Sunshine

Pocketful of Sunshine is one of those stamp sets that I would have normally passed over but something caught my eye.  I think it is a great set to use when giving someone a gift card or cash because it is fun and different.  I think it was the sunglasses that won me over.  Perhaps it is because I needed new sunglasses when we moved to the cottage because it is so bright and sunny there.  In any case, I love this set.  The best part is it has matching Framelits called Pocket Framelits Dies and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.

One of the dies in the Framelits set cuts out a 3D pocket where you can fold the edges to allow you to put a gift card or money inside.  It is super easy to do because the die does all the work.  It cuts and embosses the lines where you need to fold.  I also love the little tag you can put next to the pocket just like some jeans have.

I decided to use the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper because I thought it look like jeans from the 70’s.  I also put Wink of Stella on the glass lens to make them sparkle (I know it is hard to see in this picture).

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Grandchildren Are The Best

I don’t really have a card for you today because I have been away visiting my son, his fiancé and granddaughter in Alabama.  Rob had a convention to go to in Atlanta so I went along for a couple of days.  Then I rented a car and drove to Montgomery.  Of course, we were probably the only people in the world traveling south when Irma was going to hit.  Everyone tried to talk us out of it (including me!) but Rob wanted to go anyway.  I am really glad I did.

There were two amazing things that came out of this trip.  The first is me renting a car in Atlanta and driving to Montgomery by myself.  I live in Northern New York.  A traffic jam is five cars. I get nervous when I have less than five car lengths between me and the car in front of me.  Of course, it really did help that I was driving south when most people were driving north to get away from Irma.  Anyway, I did it.  I survived and I even made it to Montgomery despite Google Maps wanting me to make a couple of wrong turns.  Thankfully I believed the giant thruway signs over Google telling me to veer right when it should have been left (twice!)!

The other really great thing is a bad thing that turned into a great thing.  My 92 year old mother, my sister and brother-in law live in Savannah and they were under mandatory evacuation because of Irma so they came to Atlanta when I was still there.  We met for dinner.  It was great to see both of them because I hadn’t been down there in a while.  Luckily Irma missed Savannah for the most part and they were able to return quickly.

The best thing, of course, was that I got to see Emory Jade.  Emory is six months old and adorable (in looks).  Emory is a little cranky at times.  Ok, Emory is a lot cranky at times but she is still adorable.  When she smiles at you, it just lights you up!  She has these giant hazel eyes that look so sweet and innocent (except at 1 AM, 3 AM, 4:30 AM and 5:30 AM).  Yes, she wakes up a lot during the night which makes for a long next day.  Just look at this face.  She has her mama, daddy and grandmother wrapped around her finger!

PS:  Luckily Alabama was spared from the wrath of Irma.  We just got a little rain and wind.

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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Winter Wonder

The 2017 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is full of products that don’t necessarily stand out in it.  The Winter Wonder Textured Impressions Embossing Folder is one of these products.  It is easy to overlook on page 37 of the catalog because of all the awesome products being showcased on that page as part of the Year Of Cheer Suite.  The Embossing Folder is a super large snowflake (and we all know how much I love large images!) that makes a beautiful impression for a background of a card.

The snowflakes I used on this card are from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  This is a great set of dies that has something for every season.  There are three different snowflake dies in the set (although I only used two for this card).  The Merry Christmas sentiment is from the stamp set called Star Of Light which is in the 2017/2018 Annual Catalog.

I know Labor Day was a couple of weeks ago but I had a couple of wonderful visitors that weekend.  My son, Sam came for a visit and brought Madelyn with him.  Poor Tara had to work all weekend so she couldn’t come and she was sadly missed.  Madelyn is the prettiest and brightest two year old I know.  Of course, I am a little prejudice but as a grandmother, I can say such things.  We had so much fun with her.  She slept in the room across from mine and every morning when I woke up I would hear her calling me to come snuggle with her.  It was awesome!

We did a lot of reading from the Daniel Tiger book.  Daniel Tiger is a great kid’s show (and book) that is based on the Mr Rogers Neighborhood series from long ago.  It talks about a lot of life lessons like having a baby brother on the way, being scared of trying new things, going to the doctor and other lessons like that.  Madelyn and I read the entire book over the weekend.  Daniel Tiger is her favorite.  Ugga Mugga, Madelyn!

Graveyard Gate Bundle

Do you love Halloween?  Stampin’ Up! has some amazing Halloween stamp sets and dies in the 2017 Holiday Catalog.  One of these sets is called the Graveyard Gate Bundle.  It includes a the Graveyard Gate stamp set and the Detailed Gate Thinlits Dies.  You can save 10% by purchasing them both in a Bundle.

Here is a video showing this fun Bundle: