Tuesday, October 22, 2013

One week only: 25% off 25 stamp sets!

Hi everyone - quick newsflash that I thought you shouldn't miss hearing about! In honor of Stampin' Up!'s 25th anniversary (October 1988) for the next week only you can get a 25% discount on 25 stamp sets! There is something for everyone in this sale, which includes some of my favorite stamp sets. See all the sets here. Let's revisit some of my cards that feature the stamps on sale:

While you're shopping, check out this week's deals here. If you have been thinking of getting the Dress Up framelits this is your week! The Clearance Rack also has some great deals while supplies last.
I have a hostess code for online orders placed during this sale. Enter KUCBV7AZ in the hostess code box when you order and if the order total reaches $150, you'll be entered to win the hostess benefits. That's at least $25 in free stuff! Happy shopping and good luck!

Friday, October 18, 2013

File under Thank You

I'm back with my second project for my club members. You've seen those file folder cards that everyone is making with the new envelope punch board, right? I hadn't yet broken out mine so I thought it was the perfect opportunity. My stampers can make the card plus an envelope if they want. I was inspired by Catherine Pooler's card (here) but I did change it up some. I used orange and leaves so it qualifies for the Friday Mashup challenge too - yay!


I featured the Sweater Weather designer paper - the colors and patterns are so great for fall. And I love being able to make a matching envelope so easily!


The front of my card uses one of the Deco Labels framelits (on sale right now!) and I lined the die up with the edge of the paper when I ran it through the Big Shot - this is a piece of cake with the magnetic platform. The leaves are Magnificent Maple (single stamp) and Wonderfall, and the sentiment comes from one of the photopolymer sets, Another Thank You. I really love this sentiment - it makes such a statement! I used buttons for accents along with a strip of burlap ribbon.

I also decorated the inside of this card - just a strip of DP added before I punched the edge. (The card front is also covered with DP before punching.) I used an accent strip from the rotary cutter addition to our paper trimmer - a very slick little tool! Just a note on my card. I slid the card to the right just a bit for the very first punched folder tab. I wanted the tab to start right on the edge of the card. Otherwise I followed the tutorial. The front of my card wasn't trimmed down so the tabs would be even - not the way most people are doing it but I prefer this look for whatever reason!

If you don't have this tool yet you're going to want it for sure - I'm already seeing other ideas popping up for things to make so it's good for much more than just envelopes and cards. Stay tuned - I'm sure I'll be playing with it again soon!

Oh Halloween Tree

Halloween tree? Yep, that's what I said. Halloween is my hubby's favorite holiday, and it's pretty big with my kids as well. They wanted to get some new decorations and one of the things we found at Tuesday Morning was a cool tree that was just calling out to me for some ornaments. I can't say I've filled it up yet, but if I make a few every year it shouldn't take long...

We will make these at my club tonight so I hope they like them! I didn't realize Halloween ornaments were such a big thing - I found so many inspirational ideas. The ones that I ended up drawing from are here, here, and here, plus this card by Amy O'Neill. I'm also entering these in the Pink Elephant challenge - great inspiration photo for Halloween!

I'll start with the simplest one - both images are from the Best of Halloween set. I stamped the silhouette on (oops, retired) text designer paper and made a glitter frame behind the main oval with the new ultrafine black glitter from the holiday catalog.


This glitter is so pretty and sparkly - I love it! (I have also now reinked my black ink pad - oops again!)


Next is the witch's hat - from the same stamp set. This one took the longest to do.

It's hard to see in the sunlight but the reflective circle is punched from the silver foil paper in the holiday catalog. I used Summer Starfruit and Modern Medley DP for the remaining layers. The florette is made with two 2" strips adhered together. The sentiment is from Delightful Dozen.

Last, featuring the large stamp from Halloween Bash.


The main panel was stamped with Basic Black, Tangerine Tango and Rich Razzleberry markers, cut with one of the label framelits, and paper pierced using the piercing template. I cut a banner from silver glimmer paper and accented it with razzleberry ribbon, then put the whole thing on more Modern Medley DP.

I had more ideas but ran out of time - I think just three will keep my stampers busy and happy. I'll save the rest for another day!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

October Paper Crafters Sampler

Time for another installment of the Paper Crafters Sampler! This month the theme is Thanksgiving.

The projects are fabulous as always, so I hope you'll take a peek. Here's a preview of what I created this month:

Come and join in the fun - you know you want to! Happy stamping!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Way overdue...

I gave my blog a little fall-themed facelift with the help of MDS for the header. Take a peek and tell me what you think!

Pop of Pink Pickup

Ah, the weekend... thank goodness! Unfortunately I'm still fighting illness - maybe a new cold or a continuation of the old one, I'm not sure. But life goes on... I felt like stamping this morning so I created this card for the Fusion Card Challenge and Friday Mashup (fussy cutting).


The Fusion challenge includes an inspiration photo and a sketch, and you can use one or both for your creation. I *mostly* used the sketch, except I changed the banners. I'm normally a follow-the-rules kind of girl, but sometimes I just have to stray if my inner artist thinks it's the right thing to do! This image from PTI's Tremendous Treats Birthday set was perfect for the inspiration photo. I tried something new and used an N2 Copic marker to shade the white truck. I took a cue from the photo and chose several graphic patterns from the Neutrals paper pack in white, gray and black, then I pulled in the pop of pink with Melon Mambo Core'dinations card stock. The sentiment is by Great Impressions and the frame die is by Sizzix (non-SU).

I hope everyone has a great weekend - and I hope I can finally kick these germs to the curb soon! Thanks for visiting!