I am loving FALL right about now. Today the leaves are turning and just starting to fall, there is a breeze and it is a cool 80 degrees! Could it be like this everyday!!!
For this card I pulled out some of my fun new products from the Holiday Catalog.
I started with the Cheer All Year stamp set. I challenged myself to use only stamps from this set and not to incorporate another set. So, I used the HELLO AUTUMN stamp to create my background.
Then I stamped the acorn image in Chocolate Chip ink and a second acorn in Rich Razzleberry ink I cut off the patterned top of the Razzleberry acorn and glued it over the top of the Chocolate Chip acorn, to have an acorn with two nontraditional colors.
The accessories are the icing on this card. The Designer Paper is from a set called Into the Woods.
When designing the card for todays color challenge I knew I was going to go with a fall theme. These three colors are the colors I am seeing all around me right now. It seems as of October 1st it turned to Autumn here in Boise, Idaho.
I love jeans and t-shirt weather, watching my college football team kick butt (GO BOISE STATE!), and the smell of the applesauce I have brewing in the kitchen. These are the things I love about fall!
I love the Happy Scenes Stamp Set for shaker cards! For this one I added some die cut leaves from the Square Pillow Box set of Framelits.
This is the perfect time of year to think about those who you are thankful for and to let them know with a hand made card!
Here are all the fun things I used to make this card:
I love the idea of the this project, because after all the goodies are eaten out of it, you can put the tea light in and you have a luminary. I get a warm fuzzy knowing that my cute little bag will not be thrown away too soon!
This is just one of the projects we are making this Friday at my October Stamp Club using the Happy Scenes Stamp Set.
If you are in the Boise Idaho area you are invited to join me!
Friday, October 2nd at 6:30pm in my Stamp Studio.
Class Registration Fee: $15 or FREE with a $40 order
If you can not join me in my stamp studio for this class you can purchase a kit by mail.
With your order of Carrie October Stamp Club by mail you will get:
*supply kit with all the cut supplies to make all four projects
*the Happy Scenes Stamp set
*PDF tutorial for all the projects
Kit by Mail: $30
Additional Kits by mail (without stamp set) $15
Kits will be mailed out on October 16th
Email me to RSVP or place your kit by mail at: email@example.com
It's that time again! Time for another Mystery Supply Challenge with SSINK. A Mystery Supply Challenge is where we mail mystery supplies to a member of the design team and they make something cute with those items. Here are the items that Donna Smit mailed me.
And here is the card I created with them:
You really can't go wrong with a spider web doily, woodland background and purple polka dot bats. I really just stuck it all together. A fun Halloween card that I think I will send to my sister.
If you'd like to see the items I mailed to Jennifer Gregorsky, click her name or visit SSINK to see all the swaps for this challenge.
Here are all the fun things I used to make this card...click any image to view it in my online store.
A new Paper Pumpkin Kit arrived at my house. Well a few kits!
Why so many you ask? Well, both of my daughters were gifted a subscription for their birthdays this summer. One is for a customer of mine, long story. And 3 are mine. I use mine for fun, classes and gifts. A Paper Pumpkin kit is an amazing gift. My daughters have gifted them to their friends several times for birthday presents.
This was Hannah's first box of her subscription, she was so excited to make it!
Let's take a look at what comes in the kit...
These are the bags that Hannah and I made. I brought out my Elegant Eggplant stamp pad to use with this kit, as the stripped tags are Elegant Eggplant. I used both inks on my tag.
The perfect kit to share treats with friends, or a trick!
Watch the Stampin' Up! Video on how to make these treat bags:
I wanted to make sure you could see that each of the feathers are covered with glitter. Do you know we have an embossing powder that makes your stamped image STICKY! It's called heat and stick powder!
Here's how to use Heat and Stick Powder.
1. stamp your image with craft ink (or work super fast and use Stampin' Up! Classic ink like I did here)
2. pour Heat and Stick Powder over the image, shake off the excess in to a folded in half piece of paper and pour that excess powder back into the container.
3. Using the Heat Tool, heat the Heat and Stick powder, JUST until it melts, do not over heat it or it will not be sticky.
4. Pour the glitter of your choice over the now sticky image, pour off the excess into another folded in half piece of paper and then pour the excess back into the container.
5. Heat set the now glittered image. The second heating is the secret to getting your glitter to stay stuck to that image.
NOTE ABOUT CLASSIC INK: The Stampin' Up! Classic ink is not intended for embossing, HOWEVER, if you work quickly you can indeed emboss with it, so have your powder open and ready to pour on the second you stamp your image. If you find this does not work for you then that is a clue that your stamp pad needs to be re-inked.
This kit is so stinkin' cool because you can change out the garland and ribbon on this wreath and have a halloween wreath, a fall wreath or a Christmas wreath! That is awesome! Then you can get creative with make your own garlands to put on it for a year round wreath! Just had to share that. I am about to make my wreath from this kit, can't wait!
Here are all the awesome things I used to make this card:
This card is very simple to make. I started with a note card, because the note card with envelopes that Stampin' Up! sell are make with thick white card stock. The thicker card stock works best for this technique.
You will need ink; Melon Mambo, Tangelo Twist, Crushed Curry and Archival Basic Black. You will also need a sponge for each color and a little cup of water.
Starting by picking up Crushed Curry ink on your sponge, rub it into the card stock in a circular motion. Add a lot of ink, repeating this step several times and spreading the ink out over most of the surface of the card.
Then add on some Tangelo Twist, leaving a small bit of the yellow in the center, but covering up most of the yellow and even more of the card front. Remember to really lay on a lot of ink.
Last, add on a layer of Melon Mambo, letting the yellow center and some of the orange show, but overlapping most of the orange. Take the melon ink all the way to the edges, laying down a thick layer of ink.
The next step involves water! You wont believe how easy it is! Dip your finger tips into the dish of water and flick your fingers over the sponged card stock. The water will absorb the ink in the spot it touches. It's magical! As the water dries the water spots become more visible and vibrant.
You can speed up the drying with your heat tool if you are impatient and want to stamp on it sooner than later, that's what I did. Then I stamped my Swallowtail butterfly over the top with Archival Basic Black ink.
I promise you that once you make one of these you will not want to stop! You will want to make more and in different colors, it is such a fun technique. That's why I made three of these. Each background turns out differently and each is beautiful.
Here are the cute things I used to make these cards:
This weekend was one of the best in a long time. On Saturday my team got together for a "Shoebox Swap". Where will all plan one project and bring the cut supplies so we can make each others projects. We have a potluck lunch, goodies and do lots of chatting while making our cute creations. We all look forward to this event that we have about 3 times a year.
This pillow box is one of the projects that I designed for the event. I had a brand new team member attend and I planned a project for her since she is new and that is this project. This box fits 5-6 of the mini candy bar bites.
Stay tuned this week as I will be sharing more from the Shoebox Swap as well as other creations for the other design teams I am on.
Here are the cool things I used to make this project (click on any item to see it in my online store):
I have to say I was challenged with these colors! I just did not know what stamps to use. Then, I saw a card layout on Pinterest that inspired me, picked my stamp set and away I went.
The background is the thing I really love about this card. I spritzed it with Lost Lagoon ink in a Spritzer bottle. Just mix rubbing alcohol with about 20 drops of ink from the Ink Refill of your choice and have some fun.
And this little snowman from Snow Place, he's so cute! I got the entire card done and I thought, he needs a bow tie. Ear muffs and a bow tie, now that's the kinds of snowman that melts my heart! All of the stamps I used on this card are from the Snow Place set, so many stamps to play with you can make a lot of different snowy scenes. Like my other snowman card or my penguin card.
I love texture on my cards! And Burlap Ribbon, it just makes me happy. It's rustic, and sturdy and a little messy. But Mr. Burlap is not about to apologize for it, nope, you don't like it, he's gonna take his hat and ride off his palomino. Then there is Venetian Lace trim, she is so pretty and delicate and proper. She so sorry that her edges curled up in a few spots. She so beautiful you don't care and want to invite her in for tea. These two are a match made in heaven.
Mix up the texture on your cards, play with different ribbons, it's great fun being a little match maker!
Here are all the cool things I used to make this card:
I've be wanting to make a card with the camper from the You're Sublime since the moment I laid eyes on it in the catalog. It finally happened. That camper is so dang cute. It makes me daydream that I had if I had that camper it would be filled with all kinds of fun stamping things and I would have a weekend/week to myself in some gorgeous mountain location to just stamp and rest! And then my daughter came in needing cream rubbed on her mosquito bites and I was back to reality. This card all started with SSINK Card Sketch #25. I knew this would be a good sketch for my little camper.
I decided to challenge my self and use the Chalk It Up To Love Paper Pumpkin Kit. This kit is makes the most beautiful cards, so pretty and not really masculine at all. I like a good challenge! I pulled out some Basic Black card stock, a Gold Button and my Neutrals Sequins to go with the kit.
Then I doodled a little line around the edge with my Stampin' Chalk marker.
I also wanted to do a dressed up version of one of the cards from the kit. Now, this card may not be for him or her, but I wanted to share it too because it it the card I made with the other half of the gold stripped paper that was originally a note card that I cut in half.
So pretty with the Pink Pirouette card stock!
If you'd like to see the Paper Pumpkin kit, Chalk It Up To Love in it's entirety check out the video my daughter made:
Today I am going to show you how to create this cute back pack using the Gift Bag Punch Board! It's the perfect little bag to give students or teacher a little something special or sweet as we are getting settled back into school.
In this video I will show you step by step how to make the back pack.
If you have never used the Gift Bag Punch Board then you might want to watch this video first, by Stampin' Up! on the basics of the Gift Bag Punch Board.
I designed these projects using the new Howl-O-Ween Treats stamp set and Boo To You Framelit Dies. With these fun creations you will have something festive to give that will thrill anyone, no tricks about it!
Join me on Friday, September 11th at 6:30pm to make fun Halloween creations. We will use my stamps and dies to create our projects. And I have BONUS project to demonstrate for you.
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Kits include all the cut paper, embellishments, stamp set and PDF tutorial to complete these four projects. PLUS, the tutorial includes direction the BONUS project as well.
Live Class: $15 or FREE with a $40 Stampin' Up! catalog order
Kit To Go (pick up) $35
Kit To Go (by mail) $40
Add on the matching Boo To You Framelits for $ 19
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I have been busy lately working on a set of 40 Thank you cards for a wedding gift for a friend who recently got married. If you are a card maker Thank You cards for any occasion make a great gift; baby shower, bridal shower, birthday, wedding, etc.
To make the background you need watercolor paper. That is very important, because in order to get the ink to spread out, bleed over the surface of the paper, you need a thicker paper than card stock.
First prepare your inks. I used Mint Melody, Pool Party and Lost Lagoon inks. I opened up these stamp pads, so that the lid was available and dropped in 4-5 drops matching ink. Then with my paint brush I mixed in a little water. Once the inks are ready, you need to get your watercolor paper ready. Spritz the water color paper with water to wet it. Then pick up one color of ink with your paint brush. Paint in a zig zag wash or in more of a dot dot dot, play with it and see what you like. Wipe up the puddle in the lid of the pad before closing it.
Repeat this with the second and third color.
Let this DRY, like really dry, come back tomorrow dry. OR, you can speed things along with your heat tool.
Once it is dry use the embossing buddy to coat the entire surface of the paper. Then stamp on your image/ saying with Whisper White or Versamark ink and emboss with White Embossing powder.
Lastly splatter on some more of your prepare ink. Let this dry and mount it to a card front, mine is Lost Lagoon.
Let me know if you have any questions on my Watercolor card.
I am one proud mama! My daughter Samantha has been working on a video with her Paper Pumpkin Kit! For her birthday she got her own Paper Pumpkin subscription. She was so excited and has been having fun making her own card and cute things.
Here are her creations from the Chalk It Up To Love kit.
She has made the boxes from the Kit for the friends in her class. Today is our first day back at our homeschool co-op. The anticipation is overwhelming. We love our little school.
So, please take a minute and watch Samantha create all three of these projects for you.