Wednesday, October 30, 2019

One Card Wonder Wednesday October 30, 2019 - Still Scenes Bundle

Hello!

Welcome to today's One Card Wonder Wednesday!  Today I had the opportunity to play with the Still Scenes Bundle.  Have you seen this bundle?  It is so fun.  I mean, really fun!  I was super excited to play with it today.  Now, if you just buy the stamp set, it is beautiful.  But buy-in the entire bundle with the dies is the way to go!  You can die cut all the little pieces for the inside of your snow globe...deer, polar bear, trees, church, and the base for the snow globe.  Then if you stamp the house image from the stamp set you can die cut that out as well.  

There are so many options for assembling your snow globe.  One possibility is to put the church in front with trees in the background and lots of Ice Stampin' Glitter and Snowflake Sequins to shake it up!   There are so many options to choose from it was difficult.  Trees in the background with polar bears in front is the option I chose...and of course lots of the shake-ables too!
  
Here is my design:

Soooo?  What do you like about it?  I wanted to try a muted color combination with lots of sparkle but the Seaside Spray is less muted once you add Silver Glimmer and Sparkle Glimmer paper to the mix.  Don't you think?  It is stunning, if I do say so myself. 😊


And then when you see these Polar Bears up close, it makes you love it even more! 
Am I right?  


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Measurements & Instructions
  1. Cut a piece of Seaside Spray Card Stock 4 1/4in. x 11in.,  score at 5 1/2in. and fold on the score line.
  2. Cut 3 pieces of Whisper White Card Stock 4in. x 5 1/4in.  Line one with Tear and Tape Adhesive around the edges and set aside.
  3. Using the Snow Globe Scene Dies die cut the snow globe shape out from the front of the card, toward the top center.  Then emboss it Whisper White Card Stock using the Stylish Scroll Embossing Folder.
  4. Then from Sparkle Glimmer Paper, Seaside Spray Card Stock, and Window Sheets die cut three sets of the trees from the Snow Globe Scene Dies.
  5. From Sparkle Glimmer Paper die cut a mother and baby Polar Bear from the Snow Globe dies as well.
  6. Using the Snow Globe Scene Dies, from Silver Glimmer Paper die cut the intricate image for the front of the snow globe base.  Then from Silver Foil Sheets die cut the snow globe base.  Adhere the two together using Shimmery Crystal Effects.  I have found this to be great glue for hard to stick items.
  7. Lay the Stylish Scroll embossed Whisper White Card Stock that has the Tear & Tape Adhesive on the back of it.  Then using Stampin' Dimensionals and Tombow Multipurpose Glue assemble your trees and polar bears to your liking.  Set aside....make sure your embossed card stock doesn't get stuck to your background.
  8. Remove the adhesive backing from the front edge of the Snow Globe Shaker Dome and then slice the Stylish Scroll embossed Whisper White Card Stock over the top of it and adhere it to the adhesive.  This is easiest after viewing my video.  
  9. Flip this over now and add some Stampin' Ice Glitter and  Snowflake Sequins to the snow globe.  Leave it turned over so it is like a bowl full of glitter, LOL.
  10. Using Snail Adhesive adhere the assemble tree & Polar Bear piece to the Stylish Scroll piece.  
  11. Peel the Tear & Tape Adhesive from the back and adhere to the front of the card.
  12. Adhere the snow globe base to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.
  13. Cut a piece of Seaside Spray Card Stock 1in. x 3 in. and in Seaside Spray Ink stamp the sentiment "SEASON'S Greetings".  Then cut the end to make it a banner and then adhere to the front of the card using Stampin' Dimensionals.
  14. Embellish the front of the card using Snowflake Sequins.
  15. On the remaining piece of Whisper White Card Stock stamp the sentiment "May the timeless message of Christmas fill your heart and home with joy today and always." Voila!


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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Update Tuesday October 29, 2019 - Christmas Time is Here Suite

Hello!

I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am about today's Update Tuesday!  Stampin' UP!® shared some beautiful cards from the upcoming Christmastime is Here Suite and let me just say, ahhhmazing!  I had a hard time choosing which project to make.  Ultimately I settled on the one that made me the happiest.  It depicts Christmas to me in an elegant way, and I couldn't resist.

Here is the photo that Stampin" UP!® shared in their Succeed Weekly email for demonstrators this morning.  And as you can see from the photo, this suite can be used for more than just Christmas.  Stamp that large rose image and turn these cards into celebration, sympathy, get well,
birthday....any thing you want!
Look at the decorated mini Pizza box!  How cute is that with the
Gold Shimmer Ribbon on the top edge?!
Did you see the bracelet?  Yes this suite includes a beautiful bracelet, the Charming Rose Bracelet!

Image © Stampin' UP!®

Which project is your favorite?  Mine is the card in the lower right hand corner.  And it is simple to make with this suite!  I can hardly wait for this to become available for you Friday November 1st!  It is while supplies last so make sure you head over to my store and get this suite for yourself!



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THANK YOU!  
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One more good look at this beauty before you get started making some for yourself!



Measurements & Instructions
  1. Cut a piece of Cherry Cobbler Card Stock 5 1/2in. x 8 1/2in., score at 4 1/4in. and fold on score line.
  2. Place all of the dotted stamps from the Christmas Rose Stamp Set onto one clear block then stamp the entire Cherry Cobbler card front and back using Cherry Cobbler Ink.
  3. Using the Roses Dies, die cut a rose image form the Christmastime Is Here Specialty Designer Series Paper.
  4. Using the Stitched Nested Labels Dies, die cut a large label from the Mossy Meadow medallion sheet.
  5. Adhere the Stitched Nested Label to the front of card using Stampin' Dimensionals.
  6. Cut two pieces of Gold Shimmer Ribbon, one 2 1/2in. and one 3in. long.  Trim the ends on a diagonal.  Adhere to the Stitched Nested Label using Tear & Tape Adhesive.  
  7. On a 1/2in. x 1 1/2in. strip of Whisper White Card Stock stamp the sentiment "Peace & Joy" in either Cherry Cobbler Ink or Mossy Meadow Ink.  You will have to mask off the "WISHING YOU THE GIFTS OF THE SEASON" portion of the stamp with a post-it note or tape.  I show this process in the video.  
  8. Cut the end of the Whisper White sentiment piece to make a banner tail.  Then trim down the white card stock so it is even closer to the sentiment, making the banner skinnier.  
  9. Adhere the sentiment banner to card front, on top of the Gold Shimmer Ribbon using Tear & Tape Adhesive. 
  10. Adhere the Rose die cut piece to the front of card using Tear & Tape Adhesive.  
  11. For my variation on the card, leave the top right edge not adhered. 
  12. Using the Roses Dies, die cut a Gold Foil lattice piece.  Cut that piece in half and save half for another card.
  13. Life the top right edge of the Rose die cut piece and squirt a little bit of Tombow Multipurpose Glue under the edge and then slide the cut edge of the Gold Foil lattice piece under the edge.  Set a clear block on top of the Rose die cut piece to hold it until the glue dries.
  14. Embellish the front of the card with Gold Glitter Enamel Dots.  
  15. Cut a piece of Whisper White Card Stock 4in. x 5 1/4in. and stamp the sentiment "MAY THIS Christmas FILL YOUR HEART WITH warmth & love" in either Cherry Cobbler or Mossy Meadow ink.
  16. Adhere this piece to the inside of card using Snail Adhesive.  Voila!
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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Crafting Weekend with Family - Countdown Calendar Project Kit

Hello!

I had company this weekend and we had some fun crafting time!  My Aunt came to visit me.  We both have October  birthdays and we wanted to get together to celebrate before the month was over.  
Initially it was supposed to be a relaxing girls weekend but she was asked to babysit two of her grandbabies and our weekend plans changed.

We had planned to make Christmas Cards and decorate out Countdown Calendars.  We didn't get to the Christmas Cards but we were able to get the Countdown Calendars decorated.  So we accomplished one goal!  Unfortunately going out for manis, pedis & shopping in stores with lots of breakables went right out the window!  LOL

My aunt working hard on her Countdown Calendar.  

On Saturday morning we decided we would be crafting in our pajamas.  So we made breakfast for everyone, pancakes and sausage patties.  Then after we cleaned up the kitchen I got out a bin of my dollhouse furniture that had originally belonged to my aunt and her older sisters.  These toys have been through decades of playing and they were put to good use today.  I also have a metal barn that had been my dad's as a child and that was the make-shift doll house today.  It was a fun day for them and for us.


Finished Calendars!  They turned out so wonderful!  We used the kit, plus the Christmas Countdown Stamp Set with Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, and Mossy Meadow inks.   We also added various rhinestones/enamel dots for bling.  The beautiful thing about this kit...once you are finished with your kit you can store it in the original box it came in.  So storing until the next year is a breeze and it protects your calendar from damage.

My Dad's Barn being used as a zoo/barn, LOL!  And some of my vintage dollhouse furniture.


And My Grandpa doll, how cute is this guy!  He was most likely made in the late 1940's early 1950's.    I also have the Grandma and a child...both were partially eaten by a puppy back in the day.  the puppy liked their arms and hands.




Although our plans changed slightly, it was still a weekend full of fun memories, like the video my Aunt's 10 year old granddaughter decided to take of me as I was bending over getting food out of the freezer for breakfast, good gracious!  That video has since been deleted but the memory remains.  EEK!

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Instructions for Countdown Calendar
  1. Buy the Christmas Countdown Project Kit, Christmas Countdown Stamp Set, & coordinating inks from me! 😊
  2. Open you calendar and remove the plastic wrapping. Set aside.  
  3. Open your packet of card stock stickers, card stock box fronts, and numbers.
  4. Punch out your box fronts and then arrange them in rows of 5, making five rows for 25 total squares.  You will have some left over.  Alternate colors and patterns until you get them the way you want them on your project.
  5. Using the Countdown Stamp Set,  Stamp images on box fronts using Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, and Mossy Meadow inks.  
  6. Decorate box fronts with provided card stock stickers.
  7. Using Stampin' Dimensionals adhere your numbers 1-25 onto the box fronts.  You can also do 1-24 and use a star sticker for the 25th box if you like.  
  8. Using Multipurpose Glue adhere the box fronts to the boxes.  
  9. Add additional rhinestones, enamel dots, pearls etc of your choice, if desired.  Voila!


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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

One Card Wonder Wednesday October 23, 2019 - Nature's Beauty Cards

Hello!  

Thanks for joining me again for another One Card Wonder Wednesday!  As you know, I sometimes like to make two coordinating cards instead of just one...today is one of those days!  I am using the Nature's Beauty stamp set for the first time today.  It is featured on the inside back cover of the holiday catalog.  Every purchase of this set donates $3 to Mental Health Charities around the world.  If you purchase from me, that $3 goes to NAMI in the United States.  If you are viewing this blog but live in one of these countries, locate a demonstrator in your country and purchase from them so the equivalent of $3 can be donated to these charities:
  • Canada: Center for Addiction and Mental Health
  • United Kingdom, France, Germany: Mental Health Europe
  • Austria: Pro Mente Austria
  • The Netherlands: MIND
  • Australia: Black Dog Institute
  • New Zealand: Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
  • Japan: Center for Japanese Mental Health
So don't hesitate, if there is any stamp in this year's holiday catalog that you should purchase, it is this one.  Let's deplete Stampin' UP!'s® inventory for this set! 

Without further ado...Card #1  I love this fox, he has attitude!  But also looks he might just need a cuddle! 
I had thought about stamping him in Basic Gray and it looked pretty but I didn't feel there was enough contrast.  So I changed my mind and used Cajun Craze ink for him.  Now that I look at this photo, I feel like I should have tied a tiny bow around his neck, ha!


And then there is Card # 2...so serene and peaceful looking.  Two deer standing side by side.  It brings back memories of childhood in Michigan and riding in the bed of a pick up truck on summer evenings to see deer standing in the farmers' fields.  Oh to be a kid again.  That is what this card makes me think of...so it will be the one I send to my Dad this holiday season.  


Together, these cards definitely create a beautiful scene.  I knew when I bought this set I would like it, but now I definitely love it.  I think you could use it for birthday cards, get well cards, etc.  This set does not have any sentiments in it,  so I used a sentiment from the So Many Stars Stamp Set. 

 Just think of the possibilities.  Sometimes having a stamp set without sentiments in it helps free your imagination.  There are no preconceived notions about what this stamp set is for.  
 You make it what you want it to be.  That's how I feel about this set. 



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Ok, I need to apologize I had some recording issues with my new phone...sound cuts out halfway through the video...please follow written instructions as well as video instructions. 😊



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Measurements and Instructions 
Card #1
  1. Cut a piece of Whisper White Card Stock 5 1/2in. x 8 1/2in., score at 2 1/8in. and 4 1/4in.  Fold on score lines and fold one back to make a Z-Fold card.
  2. Cut a piece of Whisper White Card Stock 3 3/4in. x 5in. and save for the card inside.
  3. Cut a piece of First Frost Designer Series Paper 5 3/8in. x 6in., then cut it into two pieces     5 3/8in. x 4 1/8in. and 5 3/8in. x 1 7/8in.
  4. Adhere the larger piece of First Frost Designer Series Paper to the inside of the card.  Adhere the smaller piece to the front fold of the card as show in photo, using Snail Adhesive or Tombow Multipurpose Glue.
  5. Stamp the fox from the Nature's Beauty Stamp Set onto a scrap piece of Whisper White Card Stock and then fussy cut out.
  6. Using the Stitched Shapes Dies, die cut the largest oval in Whisper White Card Stock and Basic Black Card Stock.  Then cut the Basic Black oval in half lengthwise.
  7. Stamp the small weeds/bushes from the Nature's Beauty Stamp Set in Basic Gray onto the stitched oval.
  8. Using Snail Adhesive or Tombow Multipurpose Glue adhere the Basic Black oval halves to the back of the Whisper White Oval making sure they peek out from the sides to frame the Whisper White Oval.  Adhere the fox to the front using Stampin' Dimensionals.
  9. Adhere the layered Oval to the front of card, only adhering to the Z-fold portion.
  10. On the Whisper White piece that you saved for the card inside, from the So Many Stars Stamp Set, stamp the sentiment "MAY YOU enjoy this beautiful SEASON" in Shaded Spruce Ink.  Making sure it is in the top right corner.
  11. Adhere this piece to the inside of the card.
  12. With the Silver Metallic Edged Ribbon, tie a bow and adhere to the top of the oval with a Mini Glue Dot.
  13. Embellish card with Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels. Voila!
Card # 2
  1. Cut a piece of Whisper White Card Stock 5 1/2in. x 8 1/2in., score at 4 1/4in. and fold on score.
  2. Cut a piece of Feels Like Frost Designer Series Paper 3 3/4in. x 5in. and adhere to the front of the card using Snail Adhesive or Tombow Multipurpose Glue.
  3. Cut a piece of Whisper White Card Stock 3in. x 4 1/2in. and stamp the Deer from the Nature's Beauty Stamp Set in Soft Suede Ink  on the left side near the bottom.  Re-ink the deer and stamp it on a scrap piece of Whisper White Card Stock,  then fussy cut it out.  
  4. Stamp the small weeds/bushes from the Nature's Beauty Stamp Set in Basic Gray onto the right side of the Whisper White Card Stock and also in front of the deer.  
  5. Stamp the "faded" group of stars from the So Many Stars stamp set onto the top in Basic Gray ink, having stamped off once first so the image is very faint.
  6. Stamp the sentiment "MAY YOU enjoy this beautiful SEASON" in Cherry Cobbler ink over the lower right hand portion of the faded stars.
  7. Adhere the stamped piece of Whisper White card Stock onto the front of the card using Snail Adhesive or Tombow Multipurpose Glue.  
  8. Adhere the fussy cut deer onto the front of card using Stampin' Dimensionals. Voila!



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