Sketch + Colors = Mom?

Howdy!

Was on a good creative roll this weekend and wanted to get the cards blogged before the challenges run out…seems to happen a bit to me lately!

So, here is the color combo from Fab Friday and the sketch from Sketch Saturday. They were some great inspiration for this card!

 

 

And here is my creation using these 2 wonderful inspirations!
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I used Wink of Stella on the wreath and the bow to give it a little more pizzazz…who doesn’t love a little sparkle, right? Here is a closer look…
Over all, I love the bright springy colors on this card! I am sure my Mother-in-Law will too!
Materials used were:
Thank you for reading and taking this crafting journey with me! It’s nice to have you along! Enjoy your Stampin’, Scrappin’, and Craftin’ journey and feel free to share and CASE with me! I love to see what others create!

Blessings, June

 

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More about the April Kit from Stampin’ Up!
  • Makes 9 cards (3 cards of 3 designs)
  • Includes an adorable gift box—in addition to your 9 cards
  • Coordinating colors: Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Flirty Flamingo, Gray Granite, Mint Macaron, and So Saffron.
What is a Distinktive stamp, you ask? It is a stamp that is a picture turned into a stamp! Very detailed and gorgeous! Here are a couple samples of what I mean:
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Global Stamping Friends – Seasonal Fun

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Hello, Hello!

It’s that time again…First Friday of the month…hopping with my Global Stamping Friends! These are some amazing ladies who make some amazing projects so enjoy the hopping! This month’s theme is Seasonal Fun…so let’s have some fun and I will show you what I created!

I am all about snow right now! I live in Whitefish, Montana and we are supposed to have a lot more snow than we do right now!! Our ski mountain has been making snow to open yesterday. That is so sad! I figure if I keep making cards with winter scenes and lots of snow maybe we will keep getting snow! As a snowmobile rider, I want a lot more snow! I decided to “capture” some snow in a shaker card!

Here is my creation:

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I love purple! So using Gorgeous Grape is a joy! So happy for this new color from Stampin’ Up!! I kept this card simple using the Gorgeous Grape and Whisper White cardstock with a little bit of Tuxedo Black ink. The bow was inked with Gorgeous Grape and stamped off 2 times on other paper before using it on this card. I also used the framelits to make the snowflakes and used silver and lighter colors from the Metallics Sequin Assortment.

I used the Jars of Love stamp set

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and Everyday Jars Framelit


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I used my Big Shot with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder on the Gorgeous Grape layer after I used the stardust stamp from the Christmas Pines stamp set to give it a background pattern. Also from that set are the front sentiment, punch out with the Everyday Label punch and the holly, which I used Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Markers to ink the leaves and berries and then fussy cut them out. The inside sentiment is from Beautiful Baubles. The inside snowflakes are from the Colorful Seasons stamp set which was inked 1 time and stamped 3 times. Yep, my favorite technique! And I used 3 Pearl White sequin from the Adhesive Backed Sequin set.

 

 

 

 

I am so proud of myself for mixing up my stamp sets…I used to only use what it came with it instead of incorporating others. I am Out-of-the-Box now!! YAY! Finally!

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Thank you for reading and taking this crafting journey with me! It’s nice to have you along! Enjoy your Stampin’, Scrappin’, and Craftin’ journey and feel free to share with me! I love to see what others create!

Blessings, June

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ICS Blog Hop – Beautiful Baubles

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Hello, Hello!

It’s time for another Blog Hop with a new group that I joined called Inspire, Create, Share, or ICS for short! It’s a monthly Blog Hop and I am excited to be playing along with these very talented ladies! This month’s theme is Christmas Cards Galore. WooHoo! Let’s get started!

Today I want to share with you one of my favorite stamp sets and matching framelits: Beautiful Baubles! I drooled over this for awhile and then finally told myself to just order it! I am so glad I did!

I made a card with it for another Blog Hop…check that out here. Now I have come up with 2 other cards. The first I CASEd (Copy And Share Everything) from a card I got in a swap I did with Holiday Catalog products from a demonstrator named Jacqueline Schulz. I liked how she had offset the ornament. 

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Hers was copper and brown tones, I used the Gold Glimmer paper for the ornament and ran it through the Big Shot using the Precision plate because it is such a detailed framelit. I topped it off with some Black Shimmer Ribbon tied in a knot with the ends trimmed up. A piece of All Is Bright DSP (Designer Series Paper) is my patterned paper. I liked the greenery. Cherry Cobbler cardstock as my middle layer and Very Vanilla as my card base. I distressed the Very Vanilla with Shaded Spruce ink and a sponge. I also used Cherry Cobbler behind my ‘THE’ and Shaded Spruce cardstock behind my ‘deck’ and ‘halls.’ I used basic rhinestones and discovered that I don’t need to use a sharpie to color them (Thank you, Connie Stewart!)…I can use my Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends markers instead! Yay! Perfect color matching, which is one of the things I love most about Stampin’ Up products!! I stamped the sentiment outside and inside using Momento Tuxedo Black.

For the inside I used the bough from my Nature Sings stamp set to decorate the corner. I stamped in Shaded Spruce and stamped off 3 times to make it get lighter and lighter. Looks like 3 different shades, but it is just 1 inking of the stamp and then stamping it 3 times. One of my favorite techniques. Then I used the curved stamp to make it look like a heart from the Christmas Pines stamp set. 

My next card was more simplistic:

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I used Old Olive cardstock for my base, a small piece of DSP from the Under the Mistletoe packet. I used Real Red ink to stamp the stars and distress the edges of the card. I trimmed off a small portion of the top of the card to allow the DSP to show and used a square Stitched Framelit to cut out the square. Then I stamped the Whisper White square with the ornaments in Momento Tuxedo Black. I stamped that 3 more times in Tuxedo Black, Real Red, and Old olive and then ran them through the Big Shot. I colored some ornaments on the black stamped images. Then I used dimensionals to place the colored ornaments over the plain black ones on the square. It gives them pop and color!

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Blessings, June

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Snowflakes are falling on my head!

Hello – Hello!

Ok, actually rain is falling on my head…has been for the past week and is forecasted to for the next week! Snow is in the mountains though! WooHoo!

The snowflakes I am referring to are from Stampin’ Up! From today until the last day of November these items will be on sale! They are NOT in the Holiday catalog…they are special! I’ll be showcasing them next week…after I make the stuff that is in my head this weekend!

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Here are the stamp sets: Happiness Surrounds

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and Snow is Glistening

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Here are some other fun items to go with the snowflake theme…Snowfall Thinlits! Gorgeous!!

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And to make them even better…White Velveteen Paper! What?! Yep, it is so soft and…velvety!

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And Snowflake Trinkets! So fun!

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I bought the Happiness Surrounds, Snowfall Thinlits and Velveteen paper and will be playing with them this weekend! Come back on Monday and see what I created!

In the meantime…here are some samples of what Stampin’ Up! has created. Enjoy!

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Thank you for reading and taking this crafting journey with me! It’s nice to have you along! Enjoy your Stampin’, Scrappin’, and Craftin’ journey and feel free to share with me!

Blessings, June

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Paper Pumpkin Pop Up Blog Hop!

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Hello!
Welcome to the Paper Pumpkin Pop-Up Blog Hop! We are all fans of this monthly crafting kit and want to share with you our enthusiasm for this box of creative fun! This is my first time hopping with this group, however, I am sure it won’t be the last since I am a huge Paper Pumpkin fan!
The beauty of the Paper Pumpkin kit is that you can follow the directions provided in the kit to make the projects as they were designed, or use the supplies as a starting point and let your own creativity run wild.
On this hop, we will be sharing many alternate ideas with you on how to use the September kit called ‘Frights and Delights.’
I like to start out making at least 1 of each of the planned projects in a kit first. I just haven’t bought any candy yet, so I thought I would use one of Paper Pumpkin’s images. They look better with candy in them than empty. Aren’t they cute little packages?? I’ll be using them for secretaries and teachers at the schools I sub at and where my son goes.
Then, I see where my own creative juices flow…here is what happened this month…
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I have made up my mind to do more scrapbooking and have therefore challenged myself to make at least 1 scrapbook page with the kit contents each month. For this, I need to add a 12 x 12 piece of card stock, which is in Rich Razzleberry today. Normally, I would use the included cards to back the photos, yet since this kit did not have cards, I did have to grab some other card stock as well. In this case, some Pumpkin Pie, Mango Melody, and Cajun Craze. Ideally, I would like to use as much from the kit as I can to show you that you can do it too. Also, this month, to have a change of pace for non Halloween folks, I added in a fall stamp set called Colorful Seasons stamp set and Seasonal Layers thinlits.
I used 2 of the cellophane bags and cut them on one side. Then I did a fan fold and adhered the sides together after tying them in the middle with the bakers twine from the kit. I made the bakers twine long enough so that I could tie it in a bow around the stems of the leaves.
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The leaves are stamped in Rich Razzleberry, Cajun Craze, and Crushed Curry. The leaf overlay is cut from Mango Melody. I used glue dots on the back of the leaves to stick them to the cellophane fan circle.
For the title, I embossed one of the flower thinlits onto the silver paper that was in the box. I just used a scrap of it. I thought they came out pretty cool. I was attempting to cut the flower and instead it did this. I liked it, so I didn’t run it through the Big Shot again. I also used the Stitched Framelits to make the ovals around the title. I use these A LOT! I absolutely love them! You can also see that I used Rich Razzelberry ink to stamp a bunch of leaves all over the back ground to give it some extra pizzazz and add to the falling leaves…
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After making the scrapbook page, I thought I should make a card using as much from the kit as I could. I needed to add cardstock for the base of the cards, yet, the rest is from the kit itself. These 2 cards came together pretty quick!
This first one, I used Gorgeous Grape cardstock and cut 1 inch off the bottom of the top part of the card. Then I used the spider web cellophane bag and cut it open to make a cover for the top of the card. I used the small and large spider on the same stamp block to stamp the bottom border. Then used the silver pumpkin to adhere behind the jack-o-lantern. I stamped the sentiment and tied some of the bakers twine around the fold to disguise it.
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The only thing I don’t like about this card is that you can see the glue dots that I used to stick the bag to the front. Not sure what else I could have done.
The next card I like better…
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I used a piece of Granny Apple Green card stock and Whisper White cardstock. I used the Gorgeous Grape ink for the stamping after putting almost all the stamps onto 1 block to make a word and picture collage. I saw somebody on a facebook site do something similar for a scrapbook page background and was reminded that I had once done that for Christmas cards from Paper Pumpkin a few years ago. I love using that idea when you have lots of little stamps!
I used the same block of stamps to stamp the background with Versa Mark ink. Then I added the silver circle behind the ghosts eyes to give it that eerie look. I cut off part of the tag and edged it with the Gorgeous Grape like I did the whole card and the worded rectangle. Gotta love distressing! I tied some of the black and silver bakers twine around the fold and tied a bow. I used dimensionals for the back of the tag and the ghost. Simple and quick card.
There you have it. 3 fairly quick and easy alternates to a very fun paper Pumpkin kit. Did you have to go Halloween? No, you did not. Could you if you wanted to? Naturally! Paper Pumpkin is for anyone and any level of crafting that wants to get products you can’t buy anywhere else.
Are you currently a Paper Pumpkin subscriber? If not, now is a great time to join in the fun!
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HOW the FLASH SALE WORKS:
Paper Pumpkin has a LIMITED NUMBER of October kits to offer at a special introductory rate. The flash promotion price for new subscribers is $5. The flash promotion starts October 8, 2018. The sale will continue until supplies run out or the October subscription period ends on October 10, whichever comes first.
If the supply runs out before October 10, they will end the sale and automatically begin accepting new subscribers for November (which features a one-of-a-kind, exclusive holiday kit in a specially-designed box).

CLICK HERE or on the picture above and make sure you use promo Code FLASH1018 to lock in your $5 box of October fun!

Thank you for joining us as we share with you the possibilities of Paper Pumpkin! Now hop over to Deb’s blog to see her fun creation.
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Thank you for reading and taking this crafting journey with me! It’s nice to have you along!

Enjoy your Stampin’, Scrappin’, and Craftin’ journey and feel free to share with me!

Blessings, June

SU! Holiday Card Swap #3

Hello! Happy Sunday!

I trust you are all doing well today and having a relaxing day! It’s a wonderful day to be alive!

Yes, I am on a roll and on a mission to get completely caught up with all my bogging of current and past (not too far back) projects!

This is another card I made for the card swap using the Still Night stamp set and thinlits! Christmas! I had fun making this one! I did some more masking for this card! However, this time I did have the thinlits to go with this set and also discovered that maybe fussy-cutting masks is a must. “What?!?” You say. Yes, I did just type that. You’ll see in a moment why I am thinking that fussy cutting is better than using the thinlits!

I started with my prototype and ended with a different card. Actually, a couple different cards. This card evolved into the cards I made for the swap vs the card I started with. There are rules for the swaps. We need 3 layers. 1 base + 1 full 2nd layer + a 3rd layer of some sort. We also need embellishments.

Here was my prototype…

 

Real Red cardstock for the base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ¼” with an inch cut off the front of the card so that the Under the Mistletoe DSP shows at the bottom.

Here were my 2 alternates that came about because I needed that full 2nd layer to be able to use it for the swap.

(If I didn’t follow the rules, I would not be invited for other swaps and I would get my cards back. I know this sounds harsh and at first, I had the same reaction, however, when everyone follows the rules it just works!)

I chose the one on the left to use for the swap. Which one would you choose??

In the end, I actually prefer the one I chose for the swap best. I didn’t choose the one with the Old Olive card stock inside because I figured that attempting to get that circle in the right spot each time would be tough. It was easiesr to just trim the Real Red base down to 4” x  5 1/4″ and make the Garden Green card stock 4 ¼” x 5 ½” to back it up. That gave me my 2 full layers. Then the circle with the owl counted as my 3rd layer.

I ended up cutting, with my trimmer, the Real Red at 4″ x 9 3/8″ and scoring at 4 1/8″ so that I had a larger piece as a left over to use elsewhere versus having a 1″ small pieces. I also saved all the red circles to use for other cards and the white paper with the circles cut out as well. I always attempt to use as much of the leftovers on other projects as I can.  I do not like to waste paper so I keep all scraps. Many scraps get used and I continue to challenge myself to use more of what I have. The ones I use the most are the white scrap strips…they get used for journaling in my scrapbooking!

The circle was cut using the 3 inch Stitched Framelits. I really like these framelits and how they have that extra framed edge that looks like stitching!

The masking came about so that I could stamp the owl onto the branch. There was some overlapping. As I said in the last blog post, masking allows you to give dimension to your stamping and create an overlapping of objects. In that case, it was the leaves. In this one, it was to have the owl in the forefront on the branch. I stamped the owl first using a Sahara Sand marker for the chest feathers and under the eyes. Then I used Soft Suede marker for the back feathers, feet, and the eyes. After stamping, I laid the mask over the owl and stamped the branch in Early Espresso over it. Now, as you can see, the lines don’t meet up because the mask was created with the thinlits on the Big Shot and are a bit larger than the stamped image. To make up for that I had to use my Early Espresso marker to attach the lines and make it all look blended. Not an easy feat and I had many re-dos! Another rule for the swap is clean stamping! Which I agree with wholeheartedly! That includes making sure that the branch fell where it was supposed to and that my “attaching” was smooth and looked like part of the branch that was missing! Hence, in the future, masks will be fussy-cut close to the stamped image so that there is not so much space! Although I may use the thinlit first and trim closer to the stamped image to help the fussy-cutting go faster. Now you understand!

I used Old Olive and Garden Green for the pine needles and Rhinestones for my embellishment. I also added a Garden Green one inside next to the sentiment.

The Under the Mistletoe DSP was used for the bottom strip of the card. I definitely need to use more of this paper!

That’s it! What do you think? Which version of the card do you like best?? Leave a comment below and let me know. I am truly curious! It was a tough choice…in the end, time was the biggest factor once again.

Thank you for reading and taking this crafting journey with me! It’s nice to have you along!

Enjoy your Stampin’, Scrappin’, and Craftin’ journey and feel free to share with me!

Blessings, June

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Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – CHNC Challenge 405

SU! Card Swap #1 – Masking Technique

Hello, All!

I trust you are all doing well today! It’s a wonderful day to be alive!

Yep, consistency is what I am working on with this blog, and I am not quite there. Thank you for your patience! Actually, I am typing these in Word while sitting in a car. My son is in the Hunter Safety class for 2 hours and it’s not really worth driving all the way back home and then going back to get him. I figure my time is better spent doing this versus driving an hour in round trips.

Today I bring you the technique I used to make the Grateful card from my last post for the Holiday Catalog card swap I just did. I used the leaves from the Colorful Seasons stamp set.

Today, I am here to show you HOW I made the diagonal strip of fall leaves. I took pictures as I was making the 11 cards for the swap. This is one of the few cards that I did not deviate from the prototype. Amazing!

To start off with, I used painter’s tape to stick my card stock down and make the angle of the strip that I wanted. This works great…just make sure to clean up the ink on the painter’s tape, after stamping, with a Kleenex, wipe, or something other than your shirt sleeve or hand. Yes, I am speaking from experience. 🙂 When you get it all over your hand, it wipes back onto your card stock and then you have to cut the leaf strip out and glue it down to your card! And, yes, I did that, too!

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This card was not without its struggles! It also almost got completely altered due to frustration with the thinness of the tape…it bleeds through, folks! I had no idea! And, although it says it won’t stick, must mean to walls only, it not only stuck to my card stock, it pulled off a layer and so I had to cut the strip off and adhere it to a fresh piece. Man! Was I ever getting so very frustrated!

Then I had a break through idea…stick the corners of the cut card stock under the tape and stick the fresh card stock under that! Brilliant! It not only solved the thin tape issue, it also solved the tearing card stock and I didn’t have to cut the strip off anymore! It made things go much faster and it came out great!

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Ok, now on to the stamping…

First, I created a few masks. What are masks, you ask? They are stamped images on post-it note paper and then cut out, because I don’t have the Seasonal Layers thinlits that go with this set (I remedied that this week for future use) I had to fussy-cut out the leaves. It’s work, but worth it. The mask goes over a stamped image to be able to stamp over it and give dimension to your pattern.

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I used Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Real Red, Grapefruit Grove, Pumpkin Pie, and Mossy Meadow for my colors. I started with the big leaves first and then added the little ones in…then I switched that to see which way works better. I am not sure if there was a better way…I just made it work.

As you can see above, I stamped the leaves and then covered them with masks and then stamped over them in other colors and sizes. I used lighter colors for the large leaves and then stamped the spines in a darker color. I used the stamp of the inner parts of the flowers to make the little “seeds” that blow in the wind during the fall.

The nice thing about fall leaves is that they are not all perfect. Some leaves have parts missing and some have different shades. Any mistakes I made to my stamping didn’t glare out at me because falls leaves are as imperfect as my stamping can be at times…yet, I bet even you can’t tell where my goofs are! If you see any, please comment below…let’s see how you do at finding my mistakes! Maybe there will even be a prize in your future…;)

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Overall, this card did turn out lovely and although I had some frustrations, I did not alter the card from the prototype and that is a rarity. Nothing better came to me, so I had to find a way to make it work…and I did! See finished card HERE

Have fun using this technique now that you don’t have to muddle through! Learn from my muddling and you will have it made! Share with me how you use this technique with your cards and scrapbook pages. Hmmm, yes, scrapbook pages…now I am going to have use this technique to do that too! Lots of ideas already rolling in my head for my Dad’s Life Album!! I’ll show you soon!

Thank you for reading and taking this crafting journey with me! It’s nice to have you along!

Enjoy your Stampin’, Scrappin’, and Craftin’ journey and feel free to share with me!

Blessings, June

 

SU! Card Swap – Card #1

Hello out there in internet world!

Yes, I have been slacking in the blogging department. It is really something I need to focus on! School started here in Montana and I had wished for 2 weeks of ‘Me Time’ before starting to substitute and only got 2 Days!! Can you believe it? I was covering teachers for meetings and for testing. I have subbed everyday since! Yikes!

In the meantime, I had signed up for a Card Swap using products from the new Holiday catalog or the Annual catalog. I found a stamp set in the Holiday Catalog called Still Night bundled with thinlits and I am challenging myself to do all four cards using this set.

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That is really a challenge for me!! One I put upon myself, though, and I am loving it! It started as only with this stamp set, but then I figured I needed to be able to use a couple other stamp sets to cover all my categories. “Sending warm wishes” just was not going to work as a Halloween sentiment! 😉

Of course, before I got my stamp set ordered and delivered I had all kinds of ideas in my head about what I would do for my cards! I had signed up for these 4 categories:

Halloween (this stamp set screams it!)

Christmas (not too big a stretch with the snowflakes, branches, and pine needles, right?)

Grateful/Thankful or Thank you (I’m sure, I can think of something)

Big Shot show case (lots of things to run through a big shot and use as a focal point on a card, right?)

Yeah, so then it took me awhile to order, receive, and sit down with the set and make cards…by that time…they (ideas) had all slipped right out of my head and it was blank! Yep, blank! I never sketched out any of my ideas and I came up empty when I finally made the time to sit down and play!! OH< NO!! I have a deadline here folks! My 44 cards (11 of each category) need to be in the mail by the 14th, at the latest, to reach the other side of the country by the 20th of September! Yes, I am pushing the limits here, especially with having the sub jobs start so soon and only 3 of 4 prototypes done!!

So, what do you do when you go blank? You turn to Pinterest! There was not a thing on there with this set! Can you believe it?? I searched the stamp set name and got all the Bethlehem cards, that stamp set isn’t even called Still Night, it’s called Night in Bethlehem

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Um, that is not the same stamp set! Right?! I even put ‘Still Night with owl’ and ‘owl cards’ came up empty handed! That tells me, I need to make sure these four cards get to Pinterest just in case anyone else wants some ideas for this set!

I began to play around with the stamp set and thinlits and then ideas started to roll around again in my head. I made the Halloween card since that one had not completely left my brain…just partially. I’ll tell you about that one in another post.

Then I figured I would continue in season/theme order…Grateful/Thankful or Thank you card…hmmm…what ever was I going to do with that? There were no leaves in this set, so I pulled out my Colorful Seasons set (wishing now that I had also bought the thinlits as well! Darn it!)

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So, now I have 2 stamps sets…what the heck am I going to do with them and not make the card look the same as the any of the others I had been sketching out (as ideas came to me). This card had no sketches! Total blank!

When Pinterest can’t help me, the next thing I do when I am stumped and drawing a blank is to go to my favorite challenge blogs! They provide inspiration and motivation! And, happily, after deleting a number of them that have closed…I found inspiration in the form of a sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch! CASE stands for Copy And Share Everything in the Stampin’ Up! world..and maybe elsewhere, but I learned of it from SU!. CAS means Clean and Simple which has a couple “rules,” such as, 1 main focal point, lots of open space, minimal layers, and minimal embellishments. There are some other CAS challenge blogs that I like as well. I think (but am not 100% sure) that CAS(E) is a combo of these 2 ideas with a sketch thrown in. Works for me! And my card!

I also loved the fact that Brian King created this sketch and he is an amazing Stampin’ Up! demonstrator!

Here is my take on this sketch!

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I was pleased with how it turned out! What do you think? I can take it! Be honest!

For the Card Swap, I had to have a base + 2 layers and embellishments. It’s kind of hard to see here, but there are some of the Basic Adhesive Backed Sequins on there as well in the diagonal leaf design.

For this card I used Soft Suede cardstock as my base cut 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored in the middle at 4 1/4 inches.

2nd layer is Very Vanilla cardstock cut at 5 1/2″ x 4″. The diagonal was made using painters tape on each side and measures about 1 5/8″ wide. I used the leaves form the Colorful Seasons stamp set and made a mask of the large leaf and the small leaf, hence the wishing I had gotten the thinlits! No fussy cutting would have needed to happen. (Note to self: buy thinlits when there are some with any stamp set I buy!!) The ink colors I used for the leaves are Real Red, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Grapefruit Grove, and Mossy Meadow. I know, now you want more pictures of how I did it and maybe more explanation. I’m thinking in a later post will go more into detail and I will make more pictures as I do the rest of the cards. This is only my prototype! I have 11 of these babies to make! I’ll be a busy girl this weekend, let me tell you! I will make sure to take pictures of all my steps and then post about it again! I am making a note right now! Done!

I distressed, using a dauber and Pumpkin Pie ink pad the edges of this Very Vanilla cardstock to help frame it. Yes, I do like doing that on almost all my cards, thank you for noticing! 😉

The owl is cut using the Big Shot and thinlit from a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock and is stamped with Soft Suede ink. The branch is cut from Soft Suede cardstock. No stamping on the branch. The branch stamp and the thinlit branch do not match.

Inside my card I used Very Vanilla cardstock cut at 5 1/4″ x 4″ and also distressed (edged) in Pumpkin Pie. Then I used part of the larger leaf in Pumpkin Pie and then Cajun Craze for the spines of the leaf. Mossy Meadow is the color of the little wispies (not sure what to call them…they made me think of all the white wispy seeds that seem to be floating around on the breeze in the fall here). The sentiment is stamped in Cajun Craze ink and from one of the new stamp sets called Love What You Do. See, I needed a 3rd stamp set for this card. But, that is actually a good thing for me since I am not usually one to mix up stamp sets! This was turning into a mega challenge of using one stamp set on all 4 cards, as well as mixing up stamp sets! WooHoo! I am out of the box on this one!!

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Other than going over in detail how I made that diagonal falling leave strip, I think I have told you all about my card. I am happy to enter it into challenges and am very thankful for the inspiration from Brian King and the folks over at CAS(E) this Sketch!

Until next time!

Happy stampin’, scrappiin’, and craftin’!!

Blessings, June

If you would like any of the supplies that I used to make this card, feel free to click on the blue text above or go to juneolsen.stampinup.net

Challenges this card has been entered into:

CAS(E) this Sketch – CAS(E) this Sketch #287

613 Avenue Create – Challenge 213 Anything Goes / Optional Twist Clean and Simple

A Bit More Time To Craft – Challenge #75 – Anything Goes

 

SU! Bonus Days!

Hello Saturday Night Folks!

Yep, I am on a roll! Last one for the night. This time I figure I should tell you about some August specials that SU! has going on! Starting with…

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And, like the picture says…spend $50 at my store during August and Stampin’ Up! will send you an email with a $5 coupon to redeem in September. Isn’t that awesome?!

Along with that…I will send you a reinker as a Thank You from me for your order when you use my August Hostess Code CJD9DGSM!! I’ll email you so you can pick your color. Got ink?! (If your order is over $150, don’t use the code because you’ll get all the rewards!)

In case you have questions…here is a FAQ about Bonus Days!

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Next,

Color Your Season is not just for Christmas…it’s for whatever season you want it to be! I love the stitched frames! I’m thinking I may need to add this to my collection! We only have until August 31st to order…or until supplies last…so go order yours now and start working toward that $5 coupon from SU! and a reinker from me when you use August Hostess Code CJD9DGSM!

And…

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This is going to be an awesome kit! If you like Halloween, you have to subscribe now for this kit!! It’s the only way to get it! You have until September 10th! We’ve been told that it will create 24 projects. That’s unbelievable! There are always extras and leftovers in my kits, so I am sure there will be here as well! Plus, the stamps are exclusive. You can’t get them anywhere else. You’ll be glad you did! Paper Pumpkin is only $19.99 a month and you can’t buy the stamps anywhere else. There are always lots of extras once you make the cards or projects. Plus, you can follow my facebook page to see alternatives and projects for Paper Pumpkin and there are other groups showing alternatives to the kits as well! And you can stay tuned here for Paper Pumpkin alternatives too.

And lastly,

Do you like to Party?!

We have a wonderful Hostess Promotion addition going on right now in August! There are Hostess Rewards normally that are quite good and now…it just got better! This DSP (Designer Series Paper) is FREE in addition to your rewards!

Now, I know you are thinking, “Wait, June, you don’t live where I am. How is a party going to work for me?” Glad you asked. Here are some options:

  1. A Virtual Party on facebook
  2. A Catalog Party either electronically or with actual catalogs
  3. A party at your house using my card designs and supplies
  4. If you do live in the Whitefish, MT area, then an in person party is possible

There may be more options that we can come up with during a phone call…where there is a will, there is a way! Email me at junebugcreations29@gmail.com to set up a time to chat about hosting a party and getting FREE products!

I still have some openings and there are only 13 days left of August, so don’t wait to email me now!! Let’s get you some FREE product!

Enjoy and keep crafting!

Blessings, June

 

A Petal Promenade from SU!

Hello, again!

See, I am on a roll! It’s still Saturday night and I am getting blogs caught up! WooHoo!!

One last card that I made with the DSP that was on sale last month…yeah, sorry, it’s not anymore. You can still get it…just not the special. There is a different special running though that would certainly help you out with getting all the lovely DSP (Designer Series Paper) that SU! offers…buy $50 worth of product in August and you get a $5 coupon to redeem in September. Check it out here.

This card was completely from scratch! No sketch, no challenge, nothing but my own little creative brain at work…ok, not little, I have a big brain full of ideas! 🙂

I used one of the sentiment squares from the paper as my focal point. I kept it simple, yet it also came out elegant because of the amazing Petal Promenade DSP!

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The sentiment stamped in Mossy Meadow comes from the Enjoy Life stamp set! A new favorite of mine! Used it for a card swap I did earlier this summer…oops, I guess I need to blog about that too! Darn! I am further behind in sharing what I have been up to this summer than I thought! I did lots of paper crafting this summer! Lots of blog posts coming…get ready!

The cardstock base is 8.5 x 5.5 inches. A standard A2 card. It is scored differently than usual. I needed to break out of my box of humdrum. It is scored at 2 3/4 inches and 7 inches. The two folded ends meet in the middle…not middle of the card, but meet across the card. The square sentiment is overlapping both sides. Adhere it only to the top flap. You can use either flap as the top…it’s up to you. I chose to use the bigger flap as my top. You could also turn this on it’s side and do a side opening card. Whatever you wish. I may do a few more and give the other options a whirl. When I do…I’ll be sure to tell you about it!

Base cardstock is Mossy Meadow, a returning color to the collection. So glad they brought it back!! I also ran the two top flaps through the Big Shot using the Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Embossing folder. Then I used Fresh Fig under the sentiment as a frame. Didn’t do a very thick frame as I wanted the flowers from the paper to stand out more than the cardstock frame. I used the Grapefruit Grove Natures Twine for across the top to add a little pop of color.

Again, a simple Thank you card that turned out elegant.

Enjoy the rest of your Saturday night! I’m going to go get some dinner and get back to blogging, card making, or scrapbooking! I’ll let you know which!

Blessings, June