Handmade Fall Card

handmade fall cards   

Today I am sharing one of my favorite handmade fall cards from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog using the Country Home stamp set.  This card uses the Country Lane Designer series paper which has some great fall colors in it.  Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Early Espresso is one of my favorite color combinations for fall!

The Country Lane  DSP has a beautiful combination of Crushed Curry, greens, purple and brown shades.  Perfect for fall.  I was thinking perfect for making a Thanksgiving table come together with napkin rings and little favor ideas.

   What I love about the Country Home Stamp set is the variety of 
images and the way that they layer together to make a beautiful focal point for a card.  

Let’s move onto the details for this card.

The base of this card is a 11″ x 4 1/4″ piece of Crushed Curry cardstock scored at 5 1/2″.  The next layer is a 5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″ piece of Early Espresso cardstock. 

The next layer is made up of two pieces, a 3″ x 3 3/4″ piece of Cajun Craze cardstock and a 3 3/4″ x 2″ piece of the Country Lane DSP with the Cotton Flower pattern.  The cajun craze cardstock has been embossed with the Tin Tile embossing folder.  As a person who has lived most of her life in antique houses, I love this folder..  My farmhouse had a Tin Ceiling in the kitchen.  

The center piece is a 2 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ piece of Whisper white cardstock layered onto a 2 3/8″ x 3 3/8″ piece of Early Espresso cardstock.  I stamped the milk jug on an extra piece of Whisper White cardstock with Black Momento ink.  I added the flower arrangement on top and colored the flowers and the milk jug with Stampin’ Up!’s Blends markers.   Next I cut out the milk jug and flowers very carefully and then added them to the center piece of the card.  I used dimensionals to make this piece pop!  Then I used the light Pool Party Blend marker to color behind the flowers and milk jug to give it  a little depth.  Then I added a couple of the Silver Faceted Gems to the bottom right side of the card.

On the inside of the card, I added a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock and stamped the flower arrangement.  I also colored those with the Stampin’ Up! Blends markers.  I think this does a lot to finish off this card!.

This is why the Country Home Suite is my favorite fall stamp set and DSP combination from the Holiday catalog.

Thanks for stopping by today!  

Limited time offer for New Thoughtful Branches Bundle

For the month of August, Stampin’ Up! is offering a new stamp set with matching dies, Thoughtful Branches.  This is an exclusive stamp set and only available for the month of August.  What a beautiful set with some great detailed dies to make trees and detailed flowers.  A great set to make items for your fall cards.

Click HERE to see the detail images for this stamp set and dies…  I have seen some beautiful projects made with trees and flowers using these dies and stamps.

Item #Product NameRetail
144328Thoughtful Branches Bundle (ENG)$52.00 USD/$66.50 CAD
144329Thoughtful Branches Bundle (FR)$52.00 USD/$66.50 CAD
143539Thoughtful Branches Photopolymer Stamp Set (ENG)$27.00 USD/$33.00 CAD
144264Thoughtful Branches Photopolymer Stamp Set (FR)$27.00 USD/$33.00 CAD
143538Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies$31.00 USD/$41.00 CAD
Ready to order?  If you order is under $50 then use the HOSTESS CODE  6FUFNHW6 and I will send you a sampler of the new in-color ribbons.  Of course if your order is over $150 then use the hostess benefits yourself!!

Also – don’t forget, it’s time to use your coupons that you earned in July!  You can redeem them on a Stampin’ Up! product order from August 2nd to August 31st. 

Happy Stamping!

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Vintage Leaves card

Vintage Leaves

Today I have a handmade card made with the Vintage Leaves stamp set from Stampin’ Up! to share.  What a great quick and simple card that says Fall.  Perfect for a birthday or thank you.  This was one of the cards that I made with members of my Stamper’s Club for the month of October.  Our technique for the month was learning how to make a shaker card.  Wouldn’t you love to have projects and a technique directly in your inbox each month?  Consider joining my Stamper’s Club!

So the details on this card:
Stamp set:  Vintage Leaves with matching framelits
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Whisper White
Inks:  Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow and Garden Green

Each of the leaves is stamped on  cardstock with a mix of inks that represent fall colors..  They are then cut out using the matching framelit set.  Did you know that these Leaflets framelit dies match this Vintage Leaves stamp set (in the big book) and the Lighthearted Leaves stamp set from the Holiday Catalog (pg. 44 139712).  So whether you have a taste for vintage style leaves or whisical style leaves, these framelits will work for you!

Once I have punched out the leaves, I have used a couple of glue dots to make a bundle with the leaves.  I have added a piece of Gold Sequin trim and finished it off with a small piece of Early Espresso Seam binding.

so for the card base to attach these beautiful leaves to…  The card base is a piece of very vanilla cardstock cut in half at 5 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″ to make the card.  I embossed the front of the card with the Brick Wall embossing folder.  Then used the Decorative Label punch to make a window in the bottom right of the card.  I stamped a “Thanks so Much” from the BYOP stamp set which is a great greeting set!  I then added a stray leaf to the top of the window with a dimensional.
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Sheltering Tree Card

Today I have a card that I made for my Leadership swaps using the Sheltering Tree Stamp set and Adventure Awaits stamp sets from the new Occasions Catalog!  I love Sheltering Tree!  I can see so many possibilities for cool projects with this stamp set.  Doesn’t this card remind you of a walk in the woods on a Fall day??  I can easily say that I underestimated how long it would take to stamp 20 of these cards..  Each tree is stamped four times with five colors of ink!

For the details of this card:

The card background is Pumpkin pie.  The images are stamped on a piece of whisper white that is cut to 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″.  This piece is layered on a piece of soft suede cardstock.

The Tree is stamped several times in different colors of ink to represent the colors of fall.  I specifically used:

Wild Wasabi and Old Olive for the greens.  The other fall colors are Real Red, Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry.  The tree trunk and branches are stamped using soft suede.   I actually stamped the soft suede off on a scrap sheet of paper before stamping in the cardstock.  I wanted the trunks to be a little lighter in color so the leaves would pop more.

The message “Choose the Road Less Traveled” is from the Adventure Awaits stamp set.  I love the sayings in this set!  It will be a great set for Scrapbooking!

Stay tuned – my Design Team – Stamping New England is featuring the Sheltering Tree stamp set for our February projects!  So I will be showing some more ideas with this set over the next couple of weeks!

Happy Stamping!
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Handmade Autumn Card

DSC_6436w Today’s handmade autumn card is made with the Stampin’ Up! stamp set Truly Grateful and Color Me Autumn Designer paper.  This is my favorite fall stamp set.

This card uses the colors Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and Chocolate chip.

DSC_6437e-cuCajun Craze cardstock is cut to   5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ to form the card base.  It is layered with a piece of cajun colored designer paper from the color me Autumn pack. 

The wood background is stamped with cajun craze ink on very vanilla cardstock.  The log and acorn are stamped with chocolate chip ink and cut out to layer on the card for embellishments.  The wheat is stamped with crushed curry which matches the washi tape.  I did put the washi tape on a piece of very vanilla so the design did not get lost on the background of the designer papers. 

The card is finished off with a bow made from linen thread and a banner stamped with Truly Grateful stamp.

The inspiration for this card is today’s Mojo Monday sketch.  Need supplies?  See the list below and Click here to go to my Online STORE.
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Gratitude Banner & Class

Thanksgiving Gratitude Banner

A great way to journal all the little things that you are grateful for during this Season of Thanks.

grat banner_edited-1100_0031e This Beautiful handmade Gratitude Banner has 30 pockets and journaling cards that you will assemble and decorate with the theme of your choice.  I love the idea of having each member of the family write down each day what they are grateful for that day! This project includes everything that you need to make this banner.  There are 30 envelopes that you will assemble and decorate with 30 journaling cards.  Even the string and clips are included to hang the journal.  You will also make 2 fall cards that can be used to send to a friend or family member for Thanksgiving greetings.  Class cost is $25. A great new tradition to start in your family to prepare for this Season of Thankfulness! This Class will be on Sunday October 26th at 1pm Sal’s Pizza – (in the back room) 299 Washington St.,  Woburn MA

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Fall Scrapbook Page

Today I have a Fall Scrapbook page to share with you that I designed to share with my NH Stamper’s Club.  I had a great time today scrapping with my New Hampshire Stamper’s Club.  Each month I meet with my Stamper’s Club and we cover a technique and make a few cards or scrapbook pages. You don’t have to be local to me. Want a FREE Tutorial each month with paper crafting project designs? Then join my Stamper’s Club. Check out the details HERE. fall scrapbook page3w  The challenge for this Week’s SUO Challenge is to design a project using Fall Theme colors which is exactly what I was doing for my Stamper’s Club meeting.  This is a scrapbook page that I designed to use as inspiration for the Stamper’s Club group.  This scrapbook page starts with a 12×12 piece of very vanilla cardstock.  fall scrapbook cu3 The Gorgeous Grunge stamp set was used to make a background on the page.  The background dots are stamped with Crushed Curry and Soft suede inks. The page is created around the Flashback Designer paper which uses the Pool Party, Crushed Curry, Real Red, and Garden Green cardstocks.  For a touch of Pop I added a piece of Perfect Plum cardstock.  There is something about purple leaves that always grab my attention! fall scrapbook pagecu4One of the best things about stamps is that they can be used to create embellishments for scrapbook pages! For this page, I choose the Truly Grateful stamp set from the catalog.  The Crushed Curry and Real Red mats have been stamped with the wood grain stamp using Soft Sscrapbook pagecu5uede ink. The page is embellished with acorns and the tree trunk stamped with soft suede ink on very vanilla cardstock from the Truly Grateful stamp set.  These are cut out and added as enhancements on the page.  The leaves are cut from scraps of cardstock using the Fun Fest Framelits.  The larger leaves on the page were cut using the Autumn Accents Bigz die.  The wood grain stamp from the Truly Grateful stamp set was used to add veins to the leaves.   I also used linen thread made into loops and washi tape to embellish a few of the layers on the page. Love the Acorns?  What a great page embellishment!  These are made using the Autumn Accents die with chocolate chip cardstock to cut the Acorns.  I then layered a small piece of Gold Glimmer paper to the top of the acorn and ran that thru the die again to make the “cap” of the acorn. For my Stamper’s Club meeting, each member of the Stamper’s Club designed their own variation of this page usinfall scarpbook page2wg these same supplies; the Flashback Designer paper and embellishments.  They choose backgrounds from the 12×12 Neutrals cardstock pack. Here is a 2 page layout that was designed by this month’s hostess, Fran fall scrapbook cu2Heaton.   Fran’s pages use 12 x 12 pieces of Smokey Slate cardstock.  Fran used the Autumn Accents die with Chocolate chip cardstock and a piece of Gold Glimmer paper to make these cute acorns as an acfall scrapbook cucent on her page. Fran layered these acorns onto a piece of burlap.  I also like the way Fran layered two pieces of coordinating designs of Designer paper to make a couple of the mats.  The Black diagonal stripped piece is a piece of designer paper from the Typeset Designer paper set which has been layered on a piece of the Flashback designer paper.   I love working with my customers! Even after 15 years as a scrapper, I am always learning something new.  I never thought of layering two piece of Designer papers together to make a contrasting mat!  What a great look! Products used in these scrapbook pages:
  • Gorgeous Grunge Stamp set
  • Truly Grateful Stamp set
  • 12×12 Neutrals Cardstock
  • Flashback Designer Paper
  • Typeset Designer Paper
  • Real Red cardstock
  • Garden Green cardstock
  • Perfect Plum cardstock
  • Crushed Curry cardstock
  • Linen thread
  • Scraps of Gold Glimmer paper
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Handmade Center Step Card

DSCN0484cuwToday I have a handmade Fall card that I have made using the Center Step technique for one of my October designs for Stamping New England.  This technique make a beautiful 3D card perfect to display on a desk for that special someone. This card uses Cajun Craze for the card base, Crushed Curry for the layers and Fun with Autumn designer papers.  The stamp set is the Fall Fest stamp set with the matching framelits.  Don’t forget to purchase the bundle (137628) for an extra 15% off the framelits!   Card Instructions: This card is a little different froDSCN0474edm your regular card.  The card base is 5 1/2″ x 11″  so you can only get one card from a regular sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock.  But it is worth that little extra cardstock for the investment. 1.  Cut the card base at 5 1/2″ x 11″.   For this next step you will use the clear ruler on the top of your cutter.  Start at the 1″ mark and cut up to the 6 1/2″ mark. 2.  Flip the paper over and do the same on the other side.  But make sure that you are starting 1″ from the same end as the previous cut. DSCN0476_edScoring 3.  Score the two side panels at 1″, 2″ and 6 1/2″. 4.  Score the center panel at 5 1/2″. 5.  Carefully fold up at the 1″ score line on the side panels and down at the 2″ mark to make a mountain fold.  Fold up again at the 6 1/2′ mark. 6.  Carefully fold the center panel up at the 5 1/2″ mark to make the center piece of the card. That’s it!! You have made your base for a Center Step card. Now it is time to decorate it!  I stamped pumpkins in tangerine tango and used black staz-on to stamp the faces.  The pumpkins and leaves are all cut out using the Fun Fest framelits.  The center panel is a 3 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of crushed curry cardstock with a 3″ x 5″ piece of leafy designer paper.  The side panels are 7/8″ x 5 1/4″ pieces of designer paper. This card was designed as one of my October projects for Stamping New England, the design team that I am part of.  Members of my Stamper’s club receive 5-6 designs from our Stamping New England design team each month.  You can check it out HERE.   Happy Stamping, signature line-003              

Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is LIVE

HolidayCatalogTH_0714_NA    Happy Holidays!!  The Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog is LIVE today!  What does that mean for you??

You can order your Holiday goodies to make your Holiday cards, Bags, tags and boxes for all the fun Fall Holidays!

Check out the Holiday Catalog HERE.

Have you been waiting to place your order??  Then you can click HERE to go to my online store.  Use the Hostess code YN3QPRPV on the bottom left of the order page when you place your order.

Happy Shopping!!

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Handmade Fall Card

Today I have a fall card that I Fall Wonderous Wreath cardmade with the new Stampin’ Up! Wonderous Wreath stamp set using fall colors; Cajun Craze, old Olive and Crushed Curry. This new wreath set is a 3 part stamp.  Which means that there are 3 stamps that make up the wreath and you can ink them in different colors to add color to the wreath.  DSCN0468 So you would ink up the first stamp on the left with the primary color for your wreath (for the fall wreath I used crushed curry) and then I used the stamp on the right for the cajun layer.  The stamp in the center would be used for a third color such as berries on a winter wreath. So the details on my Wreath:   Cardstocks:Fall Wonderous Wreath
  • Cajun Craze cardstock
  • Crushed Curry cardstock
  • Old Olive cardstock
  • Very Vanilla cardstock
  • Color Me Autumn Designer Paper
One of the things that I love about the Wonderous Wreath Stamp set is the matching Big Shot framelits that Stampin’ Up! designs to coordinate with the stamp sets.  It makes papercrafting very quick and easy when stamp sets and framelits match up!   So do you like this card fall wreath card?  This was a Bonus Card that I shared with my Stamper’s Club yesterday.  As members of my Stamper’s Club they receive a monthly set of step-by-step instructions for a select set of 5-6 cards.  Here is a collage of vintage cards designed with the Newsprint designer paper and the Traveler stamp set.  Yesterday at our monthly meeting we made two of these vintage cards and then this fall Wreath card. Check out more information HERE on my Stamper’s Club! Traveler Collage          

Sneak Peak at Holiday Card

Today I have a card made with the new Wonderous Wreath stamp set from the upcoming Holiday catalog. So the details on this card: Cardstocks:
  • Marina Mist for the card base cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
  • Whisper White for the window frame
  • Trim the Tree Designer Paper Stack for the area behind the window frame
  • Gold Foil for the Joy
I embossed the card base the woodgrain embossing folder and then lightly rubbed my white craft pad over the raised woodgrain design.  I set that aside to let it dry.  The window frame is cut from whisper white cardstock.photo The wreath is a 3 part stamp which I love!!  Very easy to get a great color assortment without having to use markers and color in a stamp.  The larger portion of the wreath is stamped using Pear Pizzaz ink.  The less dense piece of the wreath is stamped with old olive to add darker leaves.  The berries are stamped with Real Red.  The Bow is also stamped with Real Red. This set also has matching framelits which I love!!  I cut the Joy out using Gold Foil and added that on top of the wreath! I also made a Card with the White Christmas stamp set which I will post tomorrow!   signature line-003    

Flashback Friday Thanksgiving Punch Card

This Thanksgiving 101_0004_edited-1 card made with punches is an oldie but goodie that I found buried in my card stash.  I pulled this card out yesterday took it to the Senior Center at the Billerica Sr. Center.  They loved it!! The hat is a 1 1/4″ square punch with the word window punch for the brim.  The turkey’s head is the 1″ circle punch and the body is the 1 3/4″ circle punch. The feathers are made with the medium scallop circle big shot die.  Cut a chocolate chip scallop circle, a pumpkin pie scallop circle and a really rust scallop circle.  I used a full really rust scallop circle as the base for the feathers.  The pumpkin pie scallop is cut to form the top section of feathers and adhered to the really rust scallop circle.  The chocolate chip scallop circle is also trimmed to make the bottom section of feathers.   The turkey’s feet and nose are sections of the scallop circle punch with pumpkin pie card stock.  The turkey’s “gobble” is a piece of a really rust scallop circle. A white marker and brown Stampin’ Write marker was used to outline the edges of the pieces to look like stitching. This card brought back great memories of card classes with elementary school kids that I taught about 10 years ago…  All those kids have grown up and are in High School.  What a great handmade Thanksgiving card! Enjoy your weekend! signature line-003

More Cards from the weekend retreat

This cute snowman card was designed by Corine Mazza.  What you can’t see on this card is the 100_9939 copy sparkle on the snowflakes.  This handmade card is simply beautiful!   This next card was designed by Michele Lacerda.  She used the Winter Frost designer paper and the Festive Flurry stamp set with the matching framelits!  And what is a card without a little bling?  She added the Frosted Finishes embellishments to the center 100_9932 copy of the card and the narrow silver ribbon to the top!           100_9938 copy This last card was designed by Margaret Galvez.   This precious angel was made with a few different punches from the SU collection.  Te body is made up of the tab punch, with a circle for the head.  The wings are a butterfly cut from vellum!   So cute!!   signature line-003

Cards Weekend Retreat

Well my downline and I had a great weekend on the Cape again and made lots of beautiful projects and handmade cards!! 100_9920 copy   Here are a couple of the cards from the weekend! The first card is a file folder card that was designed by Jeanne Nielsen.  She used our fall DSP, sweater weather, and the envelope punch board to make the file folder. I will post a message with a demo of this technique in the next few days! 100_9935 copy   The card below was designed and made by Lisa Fuller.  She used the Serene Shillouette stamp set. 100_9934 copy         I love this set!   Stay tuned for some more samples! signature line-003