Friday, October 30, 2020

MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT

We've been having fun with some challenges over on StampNation. The theme this week is Duck Duck Goose.
The challenge is to feature a repeating design with one surprise element on your holiday project. 
I kind of struggled with this one and what I came up with may or may not meet the challenge requirements but the main purpose of the challenge is to inspire you to make cards and have fun and that I definitely accomplished.


I love these penguins! 
I started with the top panel. I stamped the penguins and colored them in, drew a line for the snow, stamped the snowflakes and the sentiment and then cut the opening. I positioned a stitched rectangle die over the image and placed my top cover plate so it lined up with the top edge but didn't cover it. This allows the other 3 sides to be cut but not the top edge. I scored the top edge and added a score line in the center of what is now the flap. I stamped and colored another set of penguins to adhere to the flap but only to the bottom of the flap. This allows the penguins to stand up when pulled open.

I stamped and colored the images that you see inside on another piece of card stock and drew another line for the snow - it didn't quite line up but that's okay. 
To create the piece to open the rectangle I cut a piece of card stock a little wider than the opening. Add a piece of strong adhesive tape to the bottom of the inside of the flap and adhere the pull piece to it. Make sure there is no adhesive going past the width of the flap. I have this old long rectangle punch with an oval end that I thought would make a good handle for the pull tab. 


I used craft foam to put behind the top panel around the two sides and the bottom. Make sure it's not too wide so you can't pull the tab piece up. I adhered this to the other penguin panel and then adhered that to a card base. You could skip this step by creating your inside image on the card base but I didn't think of that when I was making it.

I'm going with the penguins as my repeating element and the surprise element is that it opens to see more penguins.

I know a couple other team members made cards for this challenge and I can't wait to see what they did.




Happy Stampin'

and thanks so much for visiting!

Stay safe everyone!!


Susan



Shopping list:

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Thursday, October 29, 2020

THE STOCKINGS WERE HUNG...


This paper! The patterns! The colors! The rustic feel!
I LOVE IT!!!


The Hang your Stockings Die and the Through the Woods Patterned paper are a match made in heaven.


I made this card a 5x7 so I could fit 3 of the stockings on the front. The middle one is adhered with craft foam and the other two are adhered directly to the card. 
I used the Holiday Mix Stamp Set for the sentiment. I kept it simple and stamped it on white card stock and adhered it with craft foam for some dimension.



Happy Stampin'

and thanks so much for visiting!

Stay safe everyone!!


Susan



Shopping list:

Below are links to all the goodies I used, just click on the icon to be taken to where you can purchase the product. 
If you use my affiliate links when shopping there is no additional cost to you, I want to say thank you and that I appreciate it and you very much.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

NORDIC WOODS RELEASE DAY!!

 

It's RELEASE DAY!!
If you've been waiting for the Nordic Wood Collection - wait no more because it's all in the shop now. There's a few different bundles available and as always there's the I want it all bundle. All the bundles are at a discounted price but you can purchase each product individually if you prefer.


I fell in love with these bunnies in the Bunny Slopes Stamp set as soon as I saw them. I stamped them out with Midnight ink, colored them in with my Prismacolor pencil crayons and then cut them out with the coordinating dies.


I ink blended the background and then stamped the Wild Thing Background stamp with embossing ink and heat set it with white embossing powder. I love how it looks like snow. I cut two snow banks and adhered them to the bottom of the sky panel. I die cut the White Birch Cover Plate die from the birch patterned paper in the Through the Woods Paper Pack and blended on a little Sand Castle ink. I added that to the sky panel with some craft foam. I adhered the bunnies to the card and then added the sentiment.



It looks like there's a lot going on with this card but it was actually really quick and easy to make. 

The links to the new CP products will work as soon as they go live in the shop.

Happy Stampin'

and thanks so much for visiting!

Stay safe everyone!!


Susan



Shopping list:

Below are links to all the goodies I used, just click on the icon to be taken to where you can purchase the product. 
If you use my affiliate links when shopping there is no additional cost to you, I want to say thank you and that I appreciate it and you very much.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

NORDIC WOOD COLLECTION RELEASES TODAY FOR STAMPNATION MEMBERS


The Nordic Wood Collection is in the shop today for StampNation members. Release day is always so exciting but one of the many perks of being a member is early access to shopping. Today at 12 noon EST is that day for you! Tomorrow at 9am EST shopping begins for everyone else.

Not a member? You can learn all about it HERE


My card today is really simple and one that the kids could easily help with or do on their own. 
My first glimpse at the Through the Woods Paper collection had me gasping. It is right up my alley. There is not one piece of paper in that pack that I don't like. I decided to use a bunch of them to make this giant tree. I cut a bunch of triangles making each one slightly smaller than the last one. I cut a rectangle piece of card stock for the trunk and covered it with Over Coffee ink. 
I used the Narrow Stripe Cover Plate for the background and left all the pieces in place. You could take the pieces out, you could color each one and put them back in - whatever works for you. I adhered this to a white card base.
Next I added the trunk and then all the pieces of the tree. I found a silver star in my stash and adhered that to the top. 
The sentiment is from an older set called Seasonal Sentiments & Borders. I stamped it in Midnight ink then colored it in with a blender pen and some Rouge ink.


Like I said, this would be a great one to do with the kids or to give them some paper and let them go at it on their own. I love it when kids make and send cards to friends and family. I used to do this with the kids at the schools I worked at and they loved showing me their finish products and couldn't wait to give them to someone special.


Happy Stampin'

and thanks so much for visiting!

Stay safe everyone!!


Susan



Shopping list:

Below are links to all the goodies I used, just click on the icon to be taken to where you can purchase the product. 
If you use my affiliate links when shopping there is no additional cost to you, I want to say thank you and that I appreciate it and you very much.

Monday, October 26, 2020

SENDING WARM HUGS WITH THE NORDIC BUNNIES


I've never been much of a bunny fan - I mean I always thought they were cute when I saw them but I never gave them a lot of thought any other time but these bunnies have my heart!
The bunnies in the Bunny Slopes Stamp set are all so cute and I haven't been able put them away. 
This release will go live in the shop on October 28th at 9am EST 
BUT if you're a StampNation member then you get to purchase on the 27th - that's tomorrow people! How exciting is that!!


My card today uses the mirror stamping technique. (At least I think that's what it's called). I have a plain rectangle rubber stamp - no image on it at all - that I place in my MISTI. I find using a stamp positioning tool really helps me with getting a crisp image. I place it in my MISTI, place the bunny stamp on it and pick it up with the lid. I ink up the bunny stamp and stamp it onto the plain rubber stamp. Now I take a piece of card stock and press it onto the newly stamped bunny image. Press evenly all around and when you pick it up you have the reverse image of the stamp. 
If this all makes sense to you - awesome! But if it doesn't and you want me to make a video let me know and I'll do that for you.


The only issue with reverse stamping is there's no coordinating die but that's okay as I don't mind fussy cutting. The image on the left is the original and the image on the left is the reverse stamping image. 

I ran the White Birch Cover Plate Die with an embossing pad and the die cutting machine sandwich through my machine. This stops the die from cutting the paper and it embosses it instead. It's a great way to get double duty from your dies.

I colored the bunnies in with some Prismacolor pencils, added a little heart between them and then stamped the sentiment. 
Really quick and easy card to make.



The links to the new CP products will work as soon as they go live in the shop.
I'll be back tomorrow with another card to share with you.


Happy Stampin'

and thanks so much for visiting!

Stay safe everyone!!


Susan



Shopping list:

Below are links to all the goodies I used, just click on the icon to be taken to where you can purchase the product. 
If you use my affiliate links when shopping there is no additional cost to you, I want to say thank you and that I appreciate it and you very much.

Sunday, October 25, 2020

NORDIC WOOD COLLECTION FROM CPD COMING SOON!


Did you catch Catherine on Youtube today? 
She shared three of the new bundles that are part of the new Nordic Wood release and 
I have to say that they are sooooo cute!!! 
This release will be in the shop on the 28th - that's Wednesday! 
But if you're a StampNation member you get to shop on the 27th!


I am loving the Bunny Slopes Stamp set and of course it has coordinating dies to go with it. The paper that I used in this card is from the Through The Woods Paper Collection and it is right up my alley. It's got a country feel to it that makes me very happy. 

I used one of the papers for the background and another one for the tree. I used the White Birch Cover Plate to cut the trees and pieced them together to make one tall one. I used the Stitched Squares Dies to make the openings in the panel and I used the Bordering Sweet Border Dies to make the decorative edge. I stamped a few of the cute snowflakes around the panel in Midnight ink then added the acetate sheet to the back, some craft foam, sequins and some of the discarded pieces from when I used the Throwing Confetti Cover Plate on a different card and then added that to the card base.


The sentiment is from the Cuddle Weather Sentiments set with embossing ink onto black card stock and heat set it with white embossing powder. This is one of my favorite ways to do a sentiment. I stamped the little heart in Rouge ink, cut it out and added it to the sentiment. The adorable bunnies are colored in with Prismacolor pencils and adhered directly to the panel. 


I'll be back with more cute bunnies tomorrow.

The direct links to the new CP products will work as soon as they go live in the shop.


Happy Stampin'

and thanks so much for visiting!

Stay safe everyone!!


Susan



Shopping list:

Below are links to all the goodies I used, just click on the icon to be taken to where you can purchase the product. 
If you use my affiliate links when shopping there is no additional cost to you, I want to say thank you and that I appreciate it and you very much.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

PUT A BOW ON IT


I woke early this morning with an idea for a card using some older patterned paper from CPD. It's one of my favorite packs which is surprising because I tend to lean more towards the more country Christmas style of papers but the patterns and the colors on the Feeling Chilly Patterned Paper is so much fun how could anyone resist!


I cut one piece of paper to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" and adhered it directly to the card base. I cut another piece of patterned paper using the large stitched rectangle die from the Postage Stamp Die set and adhered that to the card base using craft foam. I placed the card in my MISTI  and stamped the sentiment. The Holiday Mix Stamp Set is another favorite of mine and I use it a LOT! 


I did some direct to paper with the Sangria ink and then cut out the bows from the Put a Bow On It Die set. I also cut them with craft foam. I layered them together and then adhered it to the card.
This is a really simple card and easy to mass produce. Change up the paper and you get a completely different look. I think I'll try it with some country Christmas themed paper. 

Have a great day everyone!

Happy Stampin'

and thanks so much for visiting!

Stay safe everyone!!


Susan



Shopping list:

Below are links to all the goodies I used, just click on the icon to be taken to where you can purchase the product. 
If you use my affiliate links when shopping there is no additional cost to you, I want to say thank you and that I appreciate it and you very much.


Tuesday, October 20, 2020

HEY PUMPKIN!


I LOVE FALL! 
And these pumpkins from the Hey Pumpkin Stamps and Dies are perfect for Fall themed cards. The patterns on the pumpkins make them extra cute.


Some of you may find this odd but as much as I love Fall and pumpkins I'm not a fan of Halloween. Never have been. I love seeing the kids all dressed up and handing out candy to the little trick or treaters but I've never been one for dressing up or even as a kid I didn't want to go trick or treating. I don't like carving pumpkins but I do love them when they're painted. I mean seriously, look at these pumpkins! Aren't they awesome! So when the Hey Pumpkin Stamps and Dies came out I knew I had to have them.


Back to the card. I started by adding the piece of patterned paper from the Fall Pick-n-Mix Paper pack to the card base. Next I die cut the A-maze-ing Mini Cover Plate and leaving all the pieces together I added it to the card base with craft foam. I love going through corn mazes so I thought this die was appropriate.


I stamped the pumpkins with Mint to Be, Stone Blue and Melon Ice inks. The trunks are stamped in Over Coffee and the leaves are in Eucalyptus. I die cut all the images out and then adhered them to the panel with more craft foam. The little pumpkin is adhered directly to the other pumpkins. The sentiment is stamped on black and heat embossed with white embossing powder and you guessed it - added to the card base with craft foam. 


Happy Stampin'

and thanks so much for visiting!

Stay safe everyone!!


Susan



Shopping list:

Below are links to all the goodies I used, just click on the icon to be taken to where you can purchase the product. 
If you use my affiliate links when shopping there is no additional cost to you, I want to say thank you and that I appreciate it and you very much.

Monday, October 19, 2020

NEVER SETTLE


Hi Friends!
Not everyone lives in an area where it's fall weather right now so this post is for you. My favorite ice crean as a kid was always a vanilla chocolate twist or a vanilla cone dipped in chocolate. I never had a cone with this many scoops but that would be fun!


I stamped the sentiment and the image with Midnight ink and then using a blender pen I colored in each of the scoops of ice cream and the cone. I die cut the panel with the large stitched die from the Postage Stamp Die set. I added it to a grey card base with craft foam and then finished it off by scattering some Soda Springs Sequins around the image.



I don't know about you but I'm craving some ice cream right now.

Happy Stampin'

and thanks so much for visiting!

Stay safe everyone!!


Susan



Shopping list:

Below are links to all the goodies I used, just click on the icon to be taken to where you can purchase the product. 
If you use my affiliate links when shopping there is no additional cost to you, I want to say thank you and that I appreciate it and you very much.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

BYE BYE PEACOCK

The Paisley Peacock Stamps and Dies from Catherine Pooler Designs are a beautiful set to play with but they won't be around forever. They are on sale in the Last Chance category so when they're gone, they're gone. 

Below are three cards that I've made with these products. To learn more about them click on the images.


They are all very different...


...but they were all lots of fun to make.



Happy Stampin'

and thanks so much for visiting!

Stay safe everyone!!


Susan



Shopping list:

Below are links to all the goodies I used, just click on the icon to be taken to where you can purchase the product. 
If you use my affiliate links when shopping there is no additional cost to you, I want to say thank you and that I appreciate it and you very much

Thursday, October 8, 2020

A SWEET HOLIDAY


Hi Everyone! I'm back with another clean and simple card using products from Catherine Pooler Designs Jolly Holiday Release.


I started with stamping the sentiment with Midnight ink onto the bottom of a white panel cut to 4 x 5 1/4". Next I stamped the candies using Pepperming Scrub, Sauna and Green Tea inks. I added a few of the bursts using Midnight ink and then added the panel to a card base using craft foam. 
This could easily be a one layer card but I like the added detail the popped up layer gives to the card.

Happy Stampin'

and thanks so much for visiting!

Stay safe everyone!!


Susan



Shopping list:

Below are links to all the goodies I used, just click on the icon to be taken to where you can purchase the product. 
If you use my affiliate links when shopping there is no additional cost to you, I want to say thank you and that I appreciate it and you very much.

Monday, October 5, 2020

CELEBRATING WORLD CARDMAKING DAY

I had so much fun this weekend celebrating World Card Making Day with all the people at StampNation. So many fun tutorials that I have ideas in my head for days.

A couple of things sparked the idea for this card.



One of the challenges of a past WCMD was a picture of the sky filled with hot air balloons. Those balloons were my first inspiration. Ally, one of Catherine Pooler's Brand Ambassadors was sharing how she stores her sponge daubers and when I was setting up my storage I noticed that all the colors that I was daubing made me think of the balloons in the sky.


After I added all the dots/balloons to a piece of white card stock I die cut it with the large stitched rectangle from the Postage Stamp Dies. I added that piece to a white card base with craft foam for dimension. Next I die cut the Celebrate Die from black card stock and craft foam and then added it to the balloons. 
To finish it off I stamped the candle and added it to the L and then added some sparkle to each letter with a sparkle pen.




Happy Stampin'

and thanks so much for visiting!

Stay safe everyone!!


Susan



Shopping list:

Below are links to all the goodies I used, just click on the icon to be taken to where you can purchase the product. 
If you use my affiliate links when shopping there is no additional cost to you, I want to say thank you and that I appreciate it and you very much.