Spooky Sweets

This is the third card we made at our monthly stamp club meeting.  If you have been following my blog for a while now you will know I am not a fan of Halloween.  I won’t go into the reasons today except to say too much candy, kids too wild, sugar meltdowns, snow and rain.  That about covers it.  In any case, once in a while I see a Halloween stamp set and/or punch that I think is adorable and end up buying.  Plus, now that I have grandchildren, I can send them Halloween cards and not have to deal with any of those reasons I listed above.

Spooky Sweets is one of those stamp sets.  I love the matching Spooky Bats Punch and considered getting that alone but the bats were so cute in the stamp set and I love the cloud or haze stamp (I am not sure what to call it).

This card was very easy to make.  I first stamped the bats in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and punched them out.  I cut the “moon” using my Layering Circle Framelits in Mango Melody and then stamped the haze over it with Basic Gray Ink.  Then I stamped the haze onto Gorgeous Grape cardstock and adhered the moon and bats over that.  The sentiment was stamped in Mango Melody ink and punch out using the Darling Label Punch.  This punch is part of a kit that has matching stamps, ink spots, a clear block and a gorgeous metal box.

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Dandelion Wishes

Last week was one of the best weeks ever!  I went to Nashville for Nolan’s first birthday so I got to spend some time with Sam, Tara, Nolan and Madelyn.  Tara’s parents were there too and we haven’t seen them in a long time.  After having a great time there I drove to Alabama to see Zachary, Mary and Emory!  In one week’s time I got to see all the grandchildren!  What could be better than that!  Of course, there will be pictures to follow!

I made this card using the stamp set called Dandelion Wishes.  This is one of the most popular stamp sets in the 2018/2019 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  First I stamped the sentiment in Blueberry Bliss ink and then the Dandelions in Smoky Slate.  I cut out the circle using the Stitched Shapes Framelits and the Layering Circle Framelits Dies.  The Designer Series Paper is called Best Route and is also in the Annual Catalog.  Lastly, I added the bow using some 1/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon in Grapefruit Grove.

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Peaceful Poinsettia

This is the second card we made at our monthly stamp club.  It uses the stamp set called Peaceful Poinsettia.  This stamp set has matching dies called Detailed Poinsettia Thinlits.  The die set is great because it cuts out some of the images in the stamp set but it also cuts out different shapes such as a beautiful Poinsettia outline and inside.  It is gorgeous.  You can see what I mean HERE.

I did things a little differently with this card.  I let them choose which way they wanted to use the die.  One way uses the die as you normally would.  It cuts out the image using your Big Shot.  The other way is to use the Big Shot Embossing Mat so it only leaves an impression of the design without cutting it out.  You can see the difference in the photos below.

Can you see how the first one cuts out the image and the second photo embosses the image?  Honestly, I don’t know which one I like better.  What do you think?

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Rooted In Nature

I needed a quick “thinking of you” card to send to a friend who was having a bad day.  I didn’t have a lot of time because I was just about running out the door when I found out about her day.  I had just enough time to make this quick and easy card.

I used the stamp set called Rooted in Nature.  It is a wonderful set that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2018/2019 Annual Catalog.  It has matching dies called Nature’s Roots although I did not use them for this card.

First I stamped the background using the leaves from the stamp set in Blueberry Bliss and Calypso Coral.  Then I stamped the sentiment and cut it out using the Layered Ovals Framelits and another larger piece in Blueberry Bliss cardstock.  I put a strip of Blueberry Bliss cardstock that I had leftover from making another card previously behind that sentiment.  The whole card took five minutes at the most.

When is the last time you made someone’s day by sending them a homemade card?  You don’t need a reason to send one.  You can just let them know you are thinking of them.  As you can see, it doesn’t take a lot of time either.

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Club Challenge Cards

I have the best club in the world.  My members are so much fun plus they are all so talented.  Every month I give them a challenge.  Most of the time it is a sketch challenge but sometimes it can be a theme or a color.   They have to make a card and bring it to the meeting and the hostess for the night gets to keep the cards.  Last night was my night to hostess so I get to show you their cards.

I need to get the ladies to write their names on the back of the cards because I can not always remember who made what but I think I got them right.

These cards were made by Amy and Karen.

These were made by Carol and Char.

Laura and Debby made these.

Renee and Lynette made these cards.

As you can tell, they were given a sketch.  Aren’t they all beautiful??

Painted Harvest

Now that we have left the cottage and are back living in our “normal” house, I have started to enjoy the Fall season.  When I am at the cottage I want nothing but sunshine and warm, sunny weather.  Once we move back, I am ready for Fall.  By the way, I am never ready for winter win case you wondered!

Our house is surrounded by beautiful trees that turn the most amazing colors in the Fall.  There are bright yellows, oranges and reds.  My favorite is the Red Maple.  It is also a time for pumpkins and sunflowers.  I have never grown sunflowers but I love watching the time lapse videos showing how they actually follow the sun when they are young plants.  You can find a ton of these videos on YouTube.

I used the stamp set called Painted Harvest to make this sunflower card.  I drew the stems with a Stampin’  Write Marker.  The colors I used are Crushed Curry, Old Olive and Soft Suede.

Alpine Adventure

This is one of the cards we made at our monthly stamp club meeting.  It uses a new Bundle in the Stampin’ Up!® Holiday Catalog called Alpine Adventure.  There is a stamp set with 17 different stamps in it.  This includes a ski, snowshoe, presents, and a whole bunch of smaller stamps.  The die set called Alpine Sports cuts out most of the stamp images but also adds the snowflake and the cute sled.  If you purchase both the stamp set and the dies in a Bundle you can save 10%.

The colors I used on this card are Real Red and Old Olive.  Those are the colors in the Under The Mistletoe Designer Series Paper we used.  This DSP is in the 2018/2019 Annual Catalog.

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