Musical Season with Musical Instruments

I am still playing with my Christmas products and selected the Musical Season stamp set with the coordinating framelits dies, Musical Instruments, for my next project.  This was one of those bundles that when I first saw it I wasn’t all that impressed, but when I started seeing projects made using them of course I just had to have them!  Here is the card I designed.

It took me a while to work out the elements for this card but I love the end result – well worth the time I think.

Here are a few tips if you want to try and recreate this card:

  1. Holly Branches:  I stamped them in Early Espresso and then used the fine tips of the Old Olive and Real Red Stampin’ Write Markers to lightly color the leaves and berries.  I did not color the leaves completely to give them a watercolor look.
  2. Deck the Halls (Merry Music Specialty DSP):  I lightly sponged with Crumb Cake to tone down the background color to give it an aged / vintage look.
  3. I used the Pretty Label Punch to round the ends of the tag on the front.
  4. I stamped off once before stamping the swirl design on the tag on the front in Crumb Cake.
  5. I used the Old Olive and Real Red Stampin’ Write markers to color the sections of the stamp used for the tag on the front.

Below are the Stampin’ Up! supplies that I used in the design of this card, all of which can quickly be added to your shopping card by clicking on the thumbnails:

If you have any questions regarding any other design elements for this card, do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper.  Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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CASE the Catalog – Quilted Christmas Trees

I just can’t help but want to play with the Christmas-themed products from the Holiday Catalog.  I got a late start today so I wanted to try something I thought would be simple and quick.  I chose the green card on page 4 of the Holiday Catalog that uses triangles from one of the designs on the Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper for Christmas Trees.  Well, I’m getting on in age and my eyes are not as good as they used to be so I strained to see exactly how they made their card and then gave up and settled for a slightly modified version.

I apologize for the wrinkles on some of my triangles.  I struggled with my dimensionals – they wanted to go crooked on me.  I should have taken that as a sign.  I encountered many obstacles on my way to finishing this project but I finally finished it.  I think I made it more difficult than it really needed to be due to me being tired when I started.  Lesson learned!

Below are the Stampin’ Up! products that I used in the design of this card, all of which can quickly be added to your shopping cart by clicking on the thumbnails:

If you have any questions regarding any design elements of this card, do not hesitate to ask.  (Or if your eyes are better than mine, CASE the catalog!)

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper.  Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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Painted Harvest of Patterned Pumpkins

I thought I would switch back to some Fall cards to start off the week so I could use one of the new products from my latest order – Patterned Pumpkin Thinlits Dies.  The dies are sold in a bundle with a coordinating stamp set (Pick a Pumpkin), however, I used my Painted Harvest stamp set simply for the sentiment for the front of the card as well as for the leaves that I punched out with the coordinating Leaf Punch.  Enough talk, here is today’s card for your viewing pleasure.

The particular thinlit that creates the pumpkin I used on this card makes just the “veins” that you will see on the loose pieces in the first picture.  However, I wanted my pumpkins to have guts so I used the bits and pieces that were cut out by the thinlit to fill in each alternate pumpkin.  I used liquid glue and assembled all of the pieces on scrap paper and then cut out the pumpkin with my paper snips and attached to card front with dimensionals.

The stack of logs is a design on one of the Wood Textures Designer Series Papers and I cut out a small portion and glued it to the bottom of the card front with snail.

The bow is made using the Burlap Ribbon; I separated the strands to make it easier to make a bow.

Below are the Stampin’ Up! products that I used in the design of this card, all of which can quickly be added to your shopping cart by clicking on the thumbnails:

If you should have any questions regarding any other design elements of this card, do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you are enjoying my posts and the projects that I have been sharing with you.  My goal is that you will leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper.  Let me know how I am doing.

Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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Merry Patterns Candles on a Quilt

I have so much new stuff to play with it is really difficult for me to pick what I want to create with next.  What a dilemma!  On my last order I qualified to receive the Merry Patterns stamp set for FREE.  I have been anticipating its arrival so I selected this stamp set to be featured on today’s card.

This stamp set is photopolymer (transparent rather than the normal red rubber stamps) so that it is easy to line up your images for two-step (or in the case of the candles, four-step) stamping.  Yes, you read that correctly, there are four separate stamps that when stamped together create those candles.  I love those candles – and with just a change of the ink color, you could transform them into birthday candles or candles for any other occasion.

I used scraps of the Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper to make the “quilt” mat on the left side of the card.  This is a great way to use up some of those left over scraps that you just can’t seem to toss in the trash (at least I can’t).

The pine boughs were stamped five times on Whisper White card stock and then fussy cut using my paper snips.  I assembled with glue dots, putting two together branch to branch straight across.  I then cut the branch off the other three and placed one on each side and the last one in the middle.  I added a small piece of washi tape from the Year of Cheer suite to cover up the rough edges and it kind of looks like a gold plate (right?).

For the tag, I cut it twice in Garden Green and offset at top and bottom.

Below are the Stampin’ Up! supplies that I used in the design of this card, all of which can be quickly added to your shopping cart by clicking on the thumbnails:

Why the silicon mat?  When I use the photopolymer stamps, I put it under my paper that I will be stamping on to get a better stamp impression.  You could also use a mouse pad.  (You’re welcome!)

If you should have any questions regarding any other design elements of this card, or if you would like to get together and make some Christmas cards, just ask.

You too can get the Merry Patterns stamp set for FREE.  Ask me how!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper.  Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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A Watercolor Christmas

Here is the blog post I wanted to share with you yesterday featuring the Watercolor Christmas project kit and coordinating stamp set.  This project kit makes it so very quick and easy to create 20 Christmas Cards (5 each of 4 designs).  All of the paper and embellishments you need are included in the kit.  The coordinating stamp set is sold separately and you will need to supply your own ink and adhesives.

I added the foil snowflake to the red card to give it a little more pizzazz.  I also had a stamp halo incident on the Season of Cheer card with the trees so I used a piece of washi tape from the Year of Cheer suite to cover it up.  (The foil snowflakes and washi tape are not included as part of the kit, but are available for purchase separately).

The only “stamping” that is required is the sentiments on the tags.  Everything else is pre-printed and precut.  Aside from the two changes I noted immediately above, the cards are assembled per the instructions with the addition of more loose sequins on each card.

Below are the Stampin’ Up! products that I used in the design of these cards, all of which can quickly be added to your shopping cart by clicking on their thumbnails:

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Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper.  Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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Christmas Quilt Suite (is Sweet!)

I absolutely love quilts.  My grandmother made me a quilt one year and it was the most cherished gift I have ever received.  When I got my first chance to review the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog and saw the quilt bundle, I gasped with delight.  It did not make it onto my pre-order list; however, I just got a delivery today which included all of the fabulous products (I think all of them) from this product suite.  In light of my excitement I decided to use these products in today’s card design.

I just want to squeal like the lady on the eyeglass commercial with the owl!  I think many of my Christmas cards will be similar to this one this year.

Below are the Stampin’ Up! products that I used in the design of this card, all of which can quickly be added to your shopping card by clicking on their thumbnails:

If you have any questions regarding any of the design elements of this card, please do not hesitate to contact me.  If you would like to get together and make some of these cards with me, I would love to do that as well.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper.  Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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Leaf Punch Fall Wreath on Pinewood Planks

Today was a gorgeous day here in my little part of Texas.  There was a cool breeze this morning that almost made me wish I had a jacket when I was taking the dogs out for their morning potty run.  I was inspired to continue on with my Fall theme in my card design and went to work on creating a wreath using the new Leaf Punch after seeing some cards that were shared by Mary Fish.

Mary has a video on YouTube on how she made her card.  I made some modifications to her process, i.e. I cut out a circle frame to use as a form in shaping my wreath and I cut off the stems.  I also put a small piece of dimensional behind the middle petal of each leaf bundle to lift it up off the card.  I embossed my card base and lightly sponged it to bring out the texture of the embossing folder.

Below are the Stampin’ Up! supplies that I used in the design of this card, all of which can quickly be added to your shopping cart by clicking on their thumbnails:

If you should have any questions regarding any of the design elements of this card, do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper.  Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

P.S.:  I am expecting a delivery tomorrow from Mr. Brown (a/k/a the UPS guy) with more new items from the Holiday Catalog.  Stay tuned!

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