Circle, circle, around we go!

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Hello – Hello!

Time for another Blog Hop with my Global Stamping Friends! I love hopping with these talented demonstrators! This month’s theme is…can you guess from my title? Circles!! Let’s have some fun!

I saw this paper in my new All Is Bright DSP pack that I got last week and thought, “Oooh, elegant!” Plus, I have been drooling over the Beautiful Baubles stamp set and Detailed Baubles Thinlits ever since I saw it in the Holiday Catalog!! It is so gorgeous that I finally just had to order it! It just seemed so right to put the 2 together when they both came in the same box! WooHoo!

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At first I was going to use black and white to keep the feel of elegance, but after making a card using a white base…it just fell flat. I won’t bore you with that card…

My hubster actually encouraged me to use the Basic Black cardstock base and give it another whirl…and Oh My Gosh! I think it came out lovely!! And elegant!! Which is what I wanted in the first place!

Want to see it? Here it is:

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I am pleased with how it turned out! You can even see the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush in the light that is on the “wreath” around the ornaments! That was a lucky picture! I also added the Wink of Stella to the Whisper White sentiment circle, but you can’t see it in this picture. The ribbon already had sparkle in it…probably why they named it Shimmer Ribbon! 😉

What do you think? Did I hit the “elegant” mark on the nose, or what!? It definitely turned out better than the first one or the Turkey I was considering making, but thought I needed ovals for the feathers instead of circles…who knows, maybe I will still make one. It is November after all! LOL If you want instructions on how to make this card, just leave a comment below and I will get them emailed to you. Thanks!

To see the lovely Circle item Angélique Stempelkeuken made, please click on the arrow. Enjoy hopping through the blogs, I know I will!

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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

PS. In case you hadn’t figured it out yet, all the blue words are where you can click to see the items I am talking about…a new tab will open for your convenience.

If you would like to place an order and ei your order is less than $150, please use this Hostess Code and I will send you a personal Thank You card and gift. If you place an order over $150, you’ll get the rewards and a special Thank You from me!

November Hostess Code

Challenges this card was entered in:

HIMCR – Challenge #376 – Any Holiday

Crafting By Design – Get Ready For Christmas – October Edition

TTCRD – New Anything Goes Challenge 30th October

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – Challenge #409

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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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If you want to see more info or order your Snowflake sets now, please CLICK HERE or on any of the pictures!

If your order is less than $150, please use this Hostess Code and I will send you a personal Thank You card and gift. If you place an order over $150, you’ll get the rewards and a special Thank You from me!

November Hostess Code

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

Other happenings with Stampin’ Up! click on pictures to learn/see more:

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Last Halloween Hurrah!

Happy Halloween!

Yes, I know it is late on the 31st, but I subbed all week so far and really wanted to get this last Halloween post in because I am so proud of myself for actually making Halloween stuff and handing it out!! Yes, I gave away stuff that I made! Yay, me! (psst, my habit is to make it and forget to give it)

So, I wanted to show you the last of the items I made…the actual goodie bags from the Paper Pumpkin kit…they were a hit with the office staff at 2 of the schools and my son’s teachers. And, I gave away almost all the Halloween cards I had to teachers that I have subbed for or worked fairly close with so far this school year. I even had to use some of the cards from my Halloween Card Swap packet! Yay, me! (I know, you think I am weird and that is ok with me!)

Here are the other 2 alternative cards I made with PP kits pieces and extras…I added the black cat in because, well, what is Halloween without a black cat, right? Our black cat is named Lucky, so we are partial to black cats!

I also finished the baggies that I had not used for alternatives and added some black cats in the mix here as well!

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They are so stinking cute! So much fun to make!

So, there you have it! The last of the Halloween goodies and fun times! Now it is on to thinking of Christmas cards! Yikes! I know, Thanksgiving is in there and usually I don’t do much with cards for that either, yet I may just use up my fall and Thanksgiving stuff on the teachers this year, too! Won’t that be fun?! I surely do have plenty to be thankful about!

Enjoy what’s left of your evening…no trick-or-treaters at our house…they all go into town…made for a productive evening…stay tuned for a Circle Blog Hop on Friday…

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

PS. In case you hadn’t figured it out yet, all the blue words are where you can click to see the items I am talking about…a new tab will open for your convenience.

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Easy-Peasy Christmas Cards!

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Hello, Hello!

If you have seen my posts before, you know I am a huge fan of Paper Pumpkin from Stampin’ Up! In case you are new and have not heard of Paper Pumpkin…or heck, in case you have seen me mention it, but didn’t ask what it was…let me tell you about this amazing monthly kit! The joyful mail I get each month!

Paper Pumpkin is a monthly kit from Stampin’ Up! that comes right to your mailbox. All the hard work of designing the cards and cutting out the cardstock and diecuts is already done for you! All you have to do is put it together! Inside is everything you need to make a minimum of 8 cards. Sometimes you get little crafts that are 3D items like treat baggies or tubes for Halloween, or stockings and bunnies for Christmas and Easter. The crafts vary depending on the Holiday coming up. Mostly, it is amazing cards that are simple and easy to make. There are instructions to follow for each type of card, usually 2 designs and you make 4 of each design. Then there are leftovers that you can use to make more cards. Envelopes for the cards are always included, as are the stamp set and ink that you need. There are embellishments and adhesive as well! In your first box, they even send you a clear block to use each month for stamping!

Here are some examples from past kits. Current Paper Pumpkin subscribers have the opportunity to purchase past kits.

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So, there you have it! Paper Pumpkin is a fun box you get in the mail each month and you get to make all kinds of cards and crafts! And, it’s only $19.95! You can’t buy 8 cards for that! You’d get maybe 3, if you’re lucky! Your family and friends will LOVE your handmade cards! Trust me! Mine do and yours will too!

This next box is decorated for Christmas, so there will be Christmas themed items in it and that can help you get your holidays started. What better way to say, “I love you and am thinking of you” than with a handmade card at Christmas time?!

I will be posting more Paper Pumpkin projects in the future. I tend make 1 of each of what the instructions say and then I often veer off and do my own alternate cards and projects. However, I have been known to love their design so much that I just made what came in the kit and used the extras for my alternates. There are always plenty of extra embellishments and you can even mix items from other boxes! If I need a Birthday card, but the current kit says Thank You, I will just go to another kit and get the stamp I want. That’s the beauty of it all! You get to keep the stamps and ink as well as all the leftovers to use as you wish!

Ok, I could keep going on and on, but I won’t.

If you want this box of FUN coming to your mailbox next month, then CLICK HERE to start your subscription now! You need to register before the 10th of November! Don’t wait! DO IT NOW! You won’t regret it!

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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SU! Holiday Card Swap #4

Hello Out There!

I just realized I forgot to show you card #4 form the Holiday card swap I had done. Jeepers, I really need to get myself organized and consistent!

This one was a fun one! I was again using the Still Night stamp set and thinlits. However, I needed to come up with the Big Shot focal piece. Of course, all my other cards already did that and I was almost freaked out thinking that I had used all possibilities up. Alas, I finally remembered that one of the main ideas I had had before they all blanked out on me was to do a snowy owl. So, here is my snowy owl!

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I kept it simple. I used the Whisper White cardstock as a base and distressed it with Pacific Point, which was also my 2nd layer. I also corner rounded it to soften it a bit. The branch is cut from Early Espresso card stock using the thinlits and my Big Shot. I embossed the Pacific Point using the Softly Falling embossing folder (one of my faves!) and had also cut out a few of the snowflakes. I used the clear rhinestones in the center of the larger snowflakes. I also used sheer ribbon across the bottom to keep the branch from just “floating” in the sky. It seemed to ground it.

Of course, after making all these cards using this set…I found ideas on Pinterest that turned the branch sideways. That is something I still will do and see how I like it. For now, I am pleased with my cards and I am pleased with all the other cards I got in return! I am well on my way to having cards stocked up by doing these swaps and making my own cards.

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

Other happenings in Stampin’ Up right now and the near future. You can click on each picture for more information:

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Challenges this has been entered into:

Hiding in My Craftroom – HIMCR #375 – Freestyle!

Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog – Challenge 402

A Bit More Time To Craft – Challenge #78 – Anything Goes

Through The Craft Room Door – TTCRD anything goes challenge week 16th Oct

A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge Blog – October Challenge # 10

Cute ‘N Crafty Challenge Blog – Challenge #12 Anything Goes

Beccy’s Place Challenges – October Challenge

CAS Christmas Card Challenge BLog – October 2018 Birds

 

 

 

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

 

‘Christmas in July?’ w/ SU!

Hello!

Yes, I am back and it hasn’t been months! Just a couple days! Time to start sharing some of what I have been working on this summer. First off, we’ll start with an oddly typical July theme…nope, not patriotic. It’s Christmas! I wasn’t sure when it started being a thing so I looked it up on Bing. I am so shocked that it is not such a recent thing! Who knew?

“Christmas in July started 84 years ago on July 24th and 25th in 1933 at a girls’ camp called Keystone Camp in Brevard, North Carolina.” (must have been a question from last year because now it would be exactly 85 years)

How weird is that? I never knew! I thought for sure it was just in my lifetime and more likely of my adult lifetime. I was wrong…and I am a-okay with that! 

Anyway, I made a Christmas card with the new DSP (Designer Series Paper) from Stampin’ Up! that is on sale right now. What?! You didn’t know that Stampin’ Up! was having a DSP sale? Crazy! Although, I guess it is my fault since I haven’t been blogging…let’s remedy that!

DSP is on sale! Buy 3 Get 1 FREE! Yep, that lovely 4 letter word is back in play! You can click on the blue words now, or later, and I will leave an attachment at the bottom of this post that you can click on as well.

Back to the card…

This card layout came from a sketch challenge put on by Sketch Saturday. It really inspired me to use the Christmas paper from the DSP Sale! Actually, it screamed at me!

Christmas in July was fun and I am so in love with the paper. The paper is called Under the Mistletoe and I really felt inspired by many of the sheets in this set. You can see all the different patterns really well in this picture. So much versatility. It’s double sided and you get 2 of each sheet! This one with the bells is my favorite! I’m using this card for a class this weekend. Wanna come?

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For the card I flip-flopped the sketch and used Real Red card stock as a base and a strip of Old Olive card stock along the left side instead of the right. I used the Stitched Shape Framelits for my circle and oval. I like using them because they give it a border and finished look. Yes, I also changed it up by using an oval instead of a circle for the sentiment, but that is okay! I need to learn to slip out-of-the-box a little more often! It’s a healthy thing to do, especially in crafting! Then I used my dauber and Old Olive ink pad to distress the edges of the sentiment oval and the Old Olive strip. I also used clear rhinestones and a red Sharpie to give them color since my son and I agreed that you really couldn’t see the clear ones very well. I love the little sparkle they gave the card. Since I was keeping the card simple, the sentiment from the Christmas Pines stamp set suited it perfectly.

It’s simple yet striking, I think. Tell me what you think! I’m truly curious to know!

On to the next card/blog…

Enjoy your day! Keep on crafting!

Blessings, June

PS. Here is the promised link for the DSP Sale in case you don’t want to scroll back up…

Challenges this card is entered in:

Sketch Saturday – Week #523 with Kitty Bee Designs

Hiding in My Craft Room – HIMCR #362 – Christmas in July!

Through the Craft Room Door – TTCRD Anything goes challenge, week of July 24

Materials used for this card:

Under the Mistletoe Designer Series Paper
Price: $11.00
Stampin' Trimmer
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Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies

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Big Shot
Price: $110.00
Magnetic Platform
Price: $40.00
Standard Cutting Pads
Price: $11.00
Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Price: $5.00