Fall/Back To School – Stampin’ Friends Blog Hop

Welcome to the Fall/Back to School Stampin’ Friends Blog Hop

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So glad you are checking out the Blog Hop! If you arrived from Steph Jandrow’s Blog, thank you for continuing with the hop! Don’t forget to click the Next Button to check out Yolanda Nixon’s amazing creations. PLUS, keep reading for a chance to win a bunch of new crafty prizes!

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This month we are excited to have three Awesome Guest Hoppers that you should definitely check out.

Yolanda Nixon

Barbara Welch

Mandy Reedyk

We are just starting to feel a little nip in the air in the Chicago area so making fall projects seemed like just the right thing to do. Stampin’ Up! has so many wonderful things to choose from to make fall projects it was almost hard to chose what to do! I settle with the fun Cookie Cutter Halloween Stamp set for my card and the beautiful Vintage Leaves for my 3-D project.


Halloween Scares scarecrow

This card has so many fun elements! I started by using Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and So Saffron to make a pretty, fall evening sky. I then cut out various shaped hills in Soft Suede, Kraft and Early Espresso  card stock.  I used the Halloween Scene Edgelits to cut out the tree in Tip Top Taupe, the Fence in Early Espresso and pumpkins in Pumpkin Pie (stamped with Basic Black ink).  I needed to make the tree look as though it was further off in the distance since the scarecow is a on a slight bigger scale. I made the scarecrow’s post by stamping with with the Hardwood background stamp on Tip Top Taupe paper with Tip Top Taupe ink and cutting small strips of paper.  To color in my scarecrow I decided to use a very fine tip paint brush with just a little water added to my ink.  I stamped him using Basic Black Archival Ink on Watercolor paper. The colors used are: So Saffron, Crushed Curry, Old Olive and Cajun Craze. Lastly, I stamped the Crow in Basic Black and fussy cut him out so he could sit on the tree.  It turned out to be a pretty cute card!  I did not add a sentiment so I could decide at a later time what occasion may be the right fit for me.

Now onto the project!

Vintage Leaves Copper

This box is a good example of what you can do when you don’t have all your supplies with you!  I attended a paper crafting retreat and forgot to take my handy Gift Bag Punch Board. Never fear, you can still make one when this happens! Granted it is not quite as easy, but it can be done.  I started with a piece of Kraft Cardstock cut at 8 1/2″ x 10 1/5″.  I then turned it to landscape position and scored at 2-1/2”, 5”, 7-1/2” and 10”. Then turned the cardstock to portrait view and score at 2-1/2”.  Now all that was needed was to cut the flaps for the bottom of the box (the 2 1/2 scored part) and fold each score line in so that you make the bag! But of course, before do that you need to do the stamping!  I was looking forward to finally using my beautiful new Copper Embossing Powder and it did not disappoint.  It is so pretty.  I randomly stamped with the Vintage Leaves set using Versamark ink.  After heating the powder, I then used sponge daubers to color in each leaf using the following colors: Rich Razzelberry, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Old Olive.  I did not want it to be perfect so I actually went outside of the leaves to give it a more “artsy” look. To make the label I used my Layered Circle Framelits to cut out a scalloped circle with the Copper Foil paper.  I layered that with Crushed curry and then used the Thoughtful Banners outline stamp and the Sentiment from Acorny Thank You to finish it off.  I made a belly band with Rich Razzelberry cardstock.  I stamped the acorn in those same colors and punched it out. I punched holes in my bag and tied it up with the Gold 1/4 inch Natural Trim.  I also added some Gold Thread around the acorn to finish things off.

I hope these projects give you some fall, crafting inspiration!

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Somewhere along the way I missed this one.  Starting September 1st ANOTHER deal started. Sorry I didn’t tell you sooner!  Check out the additional goodies on sale here:

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Spooky fun with the Halloween Scene makes a fun Halloween card!

Hi Crafty folks!

I am back with another Halloween card (I still have many more to make too!)  For this card I used many items from the Spooky Fun Stamp set and the coordinating Halloween Scene Edgelits.

Halloween Scene

This card was a little bit of work, but I think I could re-create it much faster if I did it again.  I spent alot of time working out what I would want on the card and where I wanted things. I started by finding DSP that might appear to be a wall.  The brick in the Halloween Night DSP pack was perfect!  I sponged that to make it look spookier.  Then I used the Hearth and Home Framelit to cut out my window.  I then used the Halloween Scene Edgelits to cut out the Tree and the Pumpkins.  The bat and Ghost were cut/stamped using the Home Sweet Home Thinlit Dies and Sweet Home stamp set.  The Moon is from the Spooky Fun set and was stamped in Smokey Slate ink.  I then used So Saffron to sponge the color on the Moon.  I fussy cut the moon out so I could easily place it behind the tree just where I wanted it. I adhered all the items on a piece of Whisper White paper that was sponged with Wisteria Wonder and Smokey Slate to make it look like a spooky night.  Once I had that assembled, I used the spider web and Spider from the Spooky Fun Stamp set up in the corner.  Then I got out my Hardwood background stamp so I could make a floor board.  I wanted the Pumpkins to look as though they are sitting on the floor, did it work?  I finished up the card by added some Halloween Night Baker’s Twine and stamping the sentiment on the banner from the Number of Years Stamp set.  I also used the coordinating Large Number Framelits to cut out the banner.

I hope you like this card!  I think it may end up being one of my favorites this year!

Happy Crafting!


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The New 2016 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is Here!!

Yay! The day has finally come that we can share all the goodies from the Holiday Catalog! You know I am excited about the Halloween sets the most so of course my first card to share is a Halloween card!

SU Jar of Haunts and Ghoulish Grunge

There are so many fun Halloween sets in this catalog I didn’t know what to use first!  I finally settled on the Jar of Haunts set and the Ghoulish Grunge set.  Both of these are shown here!  I started making this card by using many of the stamps from the Ghoulish Grunge stamp set to make a spooky background.  This set is PERFECT for making things look spooky! Then I took the Jack-O-Lantern from the Jar of Haunts set and stamped that on Pumpkin Pie paper.  I stamped the leaf and stem on Old Olive.  This needed to be fussy cut out.  The stem and leaf were a little tricky but it is doable! After I had my pumpkin ready I grabbed some of the new Halloween Night Baker’s Twine.  You get Pumpkin Pie and Basic Gray when  you buy this.  I used the Pumpkin Pie, but I separated the twine so I could use the Black and Pumpkin Pie string unattached.  I then made loops with both colors until I liked the design.  It is always good to remember that you can use your supplies in unusual ways! My next step was to stamp the greeting.  This is from the Jar of Haunts set.  I decided to “fussy cut” the greeting to just to make it look a little less symmetrical.  I sponged the sides of the stamped background and the greeting.  I then took a piece of the new Halloween Night Designer Series Paper and layered that behind the stamped paper.  My card base is Basic Black.  I finished everything off with some of the new Halloween Night Enamel Dots.

Do you have your new Holiday Catalog yet?  No?? If not, then let me know and I will send you one.  Check out this fun video that highlights just a few of the new goodies you can get!

Isn’t it great? I love this catalog!!

I hope I get to share more goodies with you again very soon.

Happy Crafting!


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