November is a month of important dates for my family. My husband and I celebrate our wedding anniversary and both of our birthdays.
We have another event to celebrate – my father’s successful heart surgery! We are so *thankful*grateful*blessed* that he came out of it and is working hard in recuperation and recovery.
My customers made this card a while ago and were surprised how much they loved the color combination. It is a little more masculine with the Early Espresso and Copper, but I always love our Elegant Eggplant card stock in fall-themed cards! The copper embossing powder and copper foil sheets make this card pop and shine.
Punch cards have been a customer favorite for many years. For Throwback Thursday, I had to revisit an old version from a stamp camp in 2011.
Baby Jesus lying in his manger…complete with some hay.
This year, I created a companion piece for the nativity…the Three Wise Men.
I love our glimmer and foil papers – they were perfect for the crowns. The phrase comes from the Star of Light stamp set. My customers loved this card, and it was a big hit as a swap at the Madison OnStage event last weekend.
Doesn’t this card beg for you to start singing Christmas carols…We three kings of Orient are…
Punch classes are favorite events for my customers! At my Holiday Cards Punch Class this month, here is the Halloween Punch Card we made:
I did base this off of another demo’s card, but added some of my own creativity too.
Here is what you need to make this card:
- (2) 1-1/2″ circle punch pieces in Whisper White
- (4) Tree Builder branches in Real Red
- (2) 3/4″ circle punch pieces in Pacific Point
- (2) 1/2″ circle punch pieces in Basic Black
- (2) Fox Builder tails in Old Olive
- (1) Fox Builder body in Old Olive (cut for nose)
- (1) Classic Label punch piece in Whisper White (I punched out about 3/4 of it for the mouth)
- (1) Star punch point in Whisper White
You do need to trim the branches for the bloodshot eyes. I also used the chalk marker for the mouth.
The card comes together very quickly. Don’t forget – how you place the eyes is how nice/wacky/mean a creature can look!
Hope you enjoyed this whimsical card – I think it is a perfect way to celebrate my 16 years as a demonstrator!
I sound like a broken record. Wish I could put more time into my blog, and I do have good intentions. I certainly am stamping; in fact, October is my busiest month for stamping. However, with my other jobs and family commitments and then my major vices Facebook and Pinterest, it is hard to focus on working this part of my business.
Today’s Step It Up card features the stamp set Mixed Drinks. Love, love, love it for fun and whimsical cards.
Here is my first extremely simple card –
I transformed it into a Z Fold Card and added some DSP and card stock layers.
I should have colored in the umbrella and the straw. You could add bling of course.
Hmm…is it too early for a cocktail?
Why would I say that?
Well, for one thing, it is my favorite time of year anyways. I love the fall colors, and in Wisconsin, we are oftentimes blessed with a gorgeous display. The whole pumpkin spice craze can be linked to me personally; I am positive I started the trend. Ok, maybe I am just one of those little branches on a big old pumpkin spice fall tree, but I respectfully do want to point out I was pumpkin crazed way before it was cool to be pumpkin crazed.
I knew I wanted to share this step-it-up set of cards on World Card-Making Day.
The first card was a simple but lovely card created for the Fabulous Fall Stamp Camp. We used the Totally Trees stamp set and the Rose Wonder stamp set for the phrase. Also used for this card was the Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper (sorry, not one on sale), Layering Squares Framelits, and the Ribbon Trio Pack. We did double dip the inking of leaves on this card – start with the lightest color and before stamping lightly restamp into a darker color.
But even though I liked this card, I knew it was a perfect card to step up.
I added another vertical layer behind the DSP, tied a knot with ribbon, added three copper circles, and embossed both the phrase and the leaves on the tree. Some very simple changes, but they really make this card pop.
Show me some love and subscribe to my blog. At the end of October, I will review all new subscribers, and if they have ordered from me, I will put them into a random door prize drawing for a $10 gift certificate.
October 19th is my official anniversary with Stampin’ Up! Every year, I celebrate it by giving my customers my anniversary percentage on selected items. Here is what is on sale this month:
I will be running a contest through the month of October. All of my Stampin’ Up! customers who subscribe to my blog will be put into a drawing for a $10 gift certificate! So if you haven’t made a purchase with me before, you will have a chance to do so all month to get a chance at this gift certificate.
In addition to the World Card-Making Special, Stampin’ Up! has a monthly special in October featuring many of our lovely Designer Series Paper products. Buy three packages, get one free! I know I will be stocking up on my favorite Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper. What is your favorite?
October is a big month for crafters, and today is World Card-Making Day! Stampin’ Up! is celebrating this special event with a FIVE-DAY SPECIAL! You can order seven products at a discount! I will be placing the order on Wednesday afternoon (October 5th) so be sure to place your order to score one of these deals!
I will be posting other fun ideas and specials throughout the day. I’d love it if you subscribe to my blog!
I haven’t done a Throwback Thursday for quite a while. Today’s card features a technique from October 2011 called Embossed Metal Technique. The older card used Jack of All Trades stamp set and the web embossing folder plus some accent images from Spooky Bits stamp set. The metal on this card was a thick and sturdy piece of craft metal.
For my new card, I wanted to feature more of the embossed piece, but didn’t have a thick piece of craft metal at the ready so I used aluminum foil instead. You do need to be careful to not tear the larger piece, but it is quite economical and sure to be found in your cupboard. I went to our lovely Woodlands embossing folder for this card plus I used the Peace This Christmas stamp set.