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Totally Trees Step It Up Saturday

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.

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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.

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Technique Tuesday – Tear N’ Tape Embossing

Sometimes the simplest techniques make me happy.  I just love this one.  Heat embossing is one of those wow techniques that every stamper loves to do, but oftentimes doesn’t take the time for.  It’s not that the technique is difficult or even new.  For gosh sakes, I remember heat embossing in a workshop as a guest before I had kids.

I taught my stampers the Tear N’ Tape embossing technique last week.  Tear N’ Tape is a great tool for securing 3D projects, and now I think I will have to buy even more rolls of it.

Supplies

  • Tear N’ Tape
  • Embossing Buddy
  • Embossing Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Card Stock
  • Stamps/Ink

For this card, I used the Fresh Fruit stamp set and embossed the pear the traditional way.  Colors include Old Olive, Soft Suede, and Very Vanilla.  The stamp set is a two-step style, but I also sponged over the edges of the embossed image.

For the embossed stripe, here are the instructions:

  • Rub card stock with Embossing Buddy.
  • Tear off a piece of Tear & Tape.  Take off protective layer
  • Dump embossing powder all over strip of tape.  Tap off excess.
  • Heat until set.

 

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Gently Falling Island Indigo and Eggplant Thanksgiving Card

Island Indigo and Elegant Eggplant…what a rich color combination!  That coordinate so well with the Very Vanilla and gold embossing accents.  Love those leaves embossed in gold.  Here is the card I created with those “ingredients”:

Gently Falling-Island Indigo

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Wonderfall Embossed Leaves Card

Autumn….a much nicer turn of a phrase than fall, right?  This card should get you right in the mood of the season.

Wonderfall-Gold Embossed Leaves

I love to emboss, and I still am amazed when the fragments of dust melt into something so beautiful!

 

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Washing on the Board (Chipboard, That Is)

I loved this project. I designed it for my stampers this month for our Wickedly Wild About Washi Tape Stamp Camp.

Washi Tape Ideas-Door Hanging

First off, we did the direct to paper (in this case, chipboard) technique with Wisteria Wonder.  Then we embossed the image from the Toil & Trouble stamp set in black.  Added some washi tape, punched a hole and put in ribbon, and added a little sparkly skull and crossbones at the bottom.  A perfectly fun and simple 3D item to hang on a door, cabinet, or Halloween tree!

This image is a quote from a famous William Shakespeare play.  I’ve got a stack of 10 pieces of rectangle chipboard that will be delivered to the first stamper who correctly names the play this quote is from.  Please leave a comment below with your name and the play.  (Comments are moderated, but are timed so I’ll know who is the first one.)

 

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Cherry Cobbler Embossed Leaf on a Paint Chip

Didn’t that title get you excited?  I love the names Stampin’ Up! combines with our products.  Remember my post a while ago about my craft hoarding?  Well, paint chips are my weakness.  I adore them – and the names given to the paints make me swoon too!  Here is a rich color combination (Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede, and Naturals Ivory) using my favorite stamp sets Gently Falling and Wetlands (phrase).  That Cherry Cobbler embossing powder makes that leaf pop off the paint chip!  Those wood buttons are perfect for this card too!

Gently Falling-Paint Chip Swipe

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Gently Falling Laminate Swatch Cards

I’m a craft hoarder.  There, I’ve said it.  I love to go into any kind of store and look for items to craft with, sometimes buying (or if free, taking) too much to use at one time.  Then I have to find a way to deal with it in my limited space.  Craft hoarders can be organized…key word-“can”.  I try, but alas, I don’t always attain my goals in that.

On a not-so-recent trip to a large do-it-yourself store, I found gorgeous laminate examples up for grabs.  Like any good crafting hoarder, I took more than I needed, but squirreled it away for another day.  I found some of these again just a few days ago, and it was if I found gold.  The colors screamed fall to me.

Here are the two I came up with using Gently Falling:

Gently Falling-Helicopter

 

Gently Falling-Counter Chip Emb

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Polka Dot Pieces Sunflower Birthday Card

Polka Dot Pieces was one of the first new stamp sets I purchased from the 2013-2014 Stampin’ Up! Catalog.  I’m just a sucker for polka dots.  I created this card using this set and the Label Love stamp set for the greeting.  Happy sunflowers lift my spirits!  I embossed the sunflowers with VersaMark and white embossing powder and then I used my inkpad and a sponge dauber to reveal the design (emboss resist technique).  The candy dots are so easy to work with too!  Isn’t this a perfect late-summer or early fall birthday card?

 

Polka Dot Pieces

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Saying Goodbye to…Button Buddies

I've enjoyed using these stamps, and I'm sorry to see them go!  You can stil purchase Button Buddies until June 3rd – (122735 – Wood Mounted $29.95 or 122737 – Clear Mounted $21.95).

 

Button Buddies-vase mini brads triangle

 

Button Buddies-glassy cherries

Button Buddies-embossed pig

Button Buddies-elegant flower EF

Button Buddies-rattle

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2013 Birthday Blowout Stamp-A-Stack

Tomorrow I'm hosting my annual Birthday Blowout Stamp-A-Stack. My guests can choose either the "express" option (one card of each for $5.00) or the full SAS option – 12 cards for $15.00. If you live in the area and would like to join us, send me an email! Here are the three cards we will be making:

 

The first card uses my newest stamp set – SWALLOWTAIL.  I've seen some gorgeous examples using this stamp set, and I wanted to give my spin to it.  The butterfly punch is new too.

The second card features FEELING SENTIMENTAL, a Sale-A-Bration stamp set, and Parker's Patterns DSP.  If you spend $50.00, you can get this vintage-feel stamp set for FREE!  Pennants are quite the rage right now in crafting.

The third card is inspired by fellow demonstrator, Mary Fish.  I used the Sale-A-Bration stamp set PATTERNED OCCASIONS and the Sycamore Street DSP and Button and Ribbon Pack.

Well, I hope my stampers enjoy making these cards!

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