Stampin’ Friends Blog Hop – Fall!

Hi Creative Friends!

I am excited that you are checking out my blog today so you can start getting lots of fall themed inspiration! I am participating in the Stampin’ Friends Blog Hop and the theme this month is Fall! Fall colors are some of my favorite colors to work with on my creative projects. I am drawn to the deep, regal colors that show up in the autumn. The projects I made today show off some of those pretty colors. I made a lovely thank you card and a useful bookmark that coordinate together and could be given as a gift set.

I knew I wanted to start by using the pretty Country Floral Embossing Folder. I quickly determined that the Forever Lovely stamp set and the Painted Harvest stamp set coordinated quite well with this embossing folder so they were the perfect sets to use for my project!

To make the card I cut a piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock to 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 and rounded the corners. I ran it through my Big Shot with the Country Floral Embossing Folder. I then used my sponge daubers and the following colors to lightly color the raised parts of the embossed image: Mango Melody, Blackberry Bliss and Old Olive. These are dark colors so you want to be sure and use a light touch and small circular motions to get the ink on where you want it. It is important to remember that it is okay if it isn’t perfect too! Once I had that colored I layered it onto a piece of Blackberry Bliss card stock cut to 4 x 5 1/4. The based layer is a Crumb Cake card stock cut to 4 1/4 X 11 and scored at 5 1/2. I didn’t have any Blackberry Bliss ribbon, but that is not a problem at all since I have Blends markers! I used the 3/8 inch Gold Metallic-Edge Ribbon and colored it in with my Dark Blackberry Bliss Marker. I added that along with some Burlap Ribbon to bring in more natural elements. The sentiment is from the Country Home Stamp set and was stamped with Blackberry Bliss ink on to Crumb Cake card stock. I then cut that out with the Stitched Nested Label Dies. I added this to the card with dimensionals and put some Gold Metallic Pearls on some of the smaller flowers on the card.

Now on to the bookmark!

To make the bookmark I cut a piece of Very Vanilla Card stock to 6 3/8 x 2 inches and then rounded all the corners. The Crumb Cake card stock layer is cut to 6 3/4 x 2 1/4. I used my 1/2 inch circle punch to make a hole in the Very Vanilla card stock and then laid it over the Crumb Cake cardstock to punch the hole again through that paper so they would line up better. Now it was time for the stamping. I ended up using Rich Razzleberry to stamp the images from the Forever Lovely stamp set as it seemed like it matched the card better. I randomly added the flowers and leaves from that set. The leaves are stamped in Old Olive. The sunflower images are stamped in Mango Melody and are from the Painted Harvest stamp set. Because reading can take you to far away places I thought it was perfect to add a sentiment from the Above The Clouds stamp set indicating you would be off to great places while reading! This was stamped in Old Olive. I did not add any pearls because a book mark needs to be flat. 🙂 I then added the same ribbon I used on the card around the top of the bookmark, but I tied it all together with some of the Linen Thread. Because I felt it needed just a little sparkle, I did add in some clear wink of Stella on the leaves of the bookmark.

These are pretty easy projects, so be sure to give them a try! But, before you do, be sure you hop along to see all the the wonderful fall ideas in the blog hop! Just click on the names below to hop on over to the next blog.

Rachael Rife

Ellen Woodbridge

Kristal Bell (you are here!)

Sue Vine

Katja Ettig

Cheryl Taylor

Pia Gerhardt

Anastasia Radloff

Barbara Welch

Anne Marie Hile

Melissa Thomas

~Kristal

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Stampin’ Up!2019-2020 Annual Catalog Sneak Peek #2 – Above the Clouds

Hello Creative Friends!

I am back to share another sneak peek from the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog coming out June 4th! For this card I used a new Stamp set and punch, check it out!

The new stamp set used is called Above The Clouds and it has a fabulous matching punch that allows you to cut out the hot air balloons as well as the little basket. The name of the new punch is Hot Air Balloon. The stamp set and punch are not the only new things on this card. This card has TWO of the new In-Colors for the 2019-2021 time frame! These beautiful colors are called Seaside Spray and Terracotta Tile! As you can see, the blue is a fabulous, soothing color and the Terracotta Tile is a superb, earthy tone you could mix with many colors. To make this card I started with a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches card base in Seaside Spray. The next layer is a skinny layer of Terracotta Tile cut to 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches. The Whisper White layer is 3 3/4 x 5 inches. I used one of my sponge brayers to quickly run some Seaside Spray across the White card stock in straight across lines. I wanted it to appear to be a light sky. For the clouds I used Balmy Blue stamped off once. The outline of the small balloons were stamped in Terracotta Tile full strength. The more pale inside part of the balloon is a separate stamp using Terracotta Tile stamped off once. I used this same technique for the large Balloons in both colors. the little baskets were stamped in Gray Granite. The sentiment was also stamped in Gray Granite. I popped the large balloons using dimensionals and added some basic rhinestones to finish it off.

Check out all the great stamps that come in this set and the handy punch that matches!

I hope this sneak peek helps you get as excited as I am for the new catalog! Come back soon for more creative inspiration!

~Kristal

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