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! Forever Lovely Z-Fold card

Hello Creative Friends!

I have a pretty and simple card to share with you today. I chose to add no sentiment to this card but so I could use it for various occasions. It has little Valentines Day flair so I might just add a Happy Valentines Day sentiment to the inside!

To make this card I started with a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 size card base in Lovely Lipstick card stock. I then folded the card in half (or it could be scored at 4 1/4 and then folded). To make the front z-fold you simple fold the front flap in half backwards. If you prefer you could score the front flap at 2 1/8 longways and then fold it backwards. This gives you the the front z fold to allow you to add the panel with the stamped image. The panel was made with Soft Sea Foam cut to 3 1/4 x 4 1/2. The Whisper White with the stamped image is cut to 3 x 4-1/4 . I used the Forever Lovely stamp set for all the images on the card. This beautiful stamp set is part of the DistINKtive stamps offered by Stampin’ Up! so they are etched to show wonderful detail. I used Lovely Lipstick ink to stamp the flowers and Soft Seafoam to stamp the leaves. I used the Lovely Flowers Edgelits dies to cut out the single flower and accompanying leaves. The ribbon is part of the All My Love Ribbon pack. This includes the Lovely Lipstick ribbon I used and a skinny Flirty Flamingo ribbon. I added some of the All My Love Designer Series Paper to the front flap of my z-fold. Once I had the front panel assembled I adhered it the card adding adhesive to the left side only. That is all there is to it!

Are you busy getting cards finished for Valentines day? The stamp set and dies used to make this card would be great for this occasion! Heading to my website to grab these great items by clicking here.

~Kristal

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Stampin’ Up! 2019 Occasions Catalog Sneak Peek – Forever Lovely Stamp Set!

Are you ready for another Sneak Peek from the Occasions Catalog? Check out this beautiful new card I made with the Forever Lovely stamp set!

Not only is this card beautiful, but it was simple! This is really just stamps, ink and paper but it still really has something that catches your eye. All of the stamps I used are from one of the new stamps sets that will be available in the Occasions Catalog as of January 3, 2019. One really nice thing about this set is that it is part of the disINKtive stamp sets. Have you heard of this yet? Distinktive stamps create different opacities in a single stamped image for realistic depth and intensity. It is really cool as it looks like multiple layers of stamps were used, but really it is all one stamp! To stamp the Flowers I used Lovely Lipstick Ink and one stamp. Then to stamp the leaves it was another stamp using Shaded Spruce ink. You can see the variation in how the ink stamps on the paper. The disINKtive stamps really make beautiful stamping easy! All the stamps used on this card are from the same stamp set – Forever Lovely. I did also add in wink of stella around the flower outline. It does not show up well in the photo, but it is a very pretty addition!

There is another sneak peak on this card that is part of the Sale-A-Bration brochure. See that gorgeous shiny foil paper? That was FREE with my 50 dollar purchase! The color shown here is Lovely Lipstick but it comes in a pack with Grapefruit Grove as well. How can you beat beautiful and free?

I hope this gets you excited for all the wonderful new items that will soon be available. Remember, if you need a catalog let me know and I will get one sent to you!!

Happy Crafting!

~Kristal

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