Fall-theme

Watercolor Wings Painted Ladies

Watercolor Wings

Recently, there was an article in the newspaper about the Painted Lady butterflies migrating through Colorado on their way to Mexico for the winter.

I have noticed an increase in Painted Ladies in my garden!  I have a space in my garden that I call the "weed patch."  It is a collection of oregano, sage, mint, clover, and alfalfa.  The clover and alfalfa bloom early.  The oregano, sage, and mint are in full bloom now for the fall.  Most people would consider this truly a weed patch (especially with the clover and alfalfa), but I love this little garden space.  It attracts bees, butterflies, and a number of other pollen-seeking insects. 

Here is a photo I took of a Painted Lady in my garden.

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In celebration of the migration, I created the card above covered with Painted Ladies using the 3-step stamp set, Watercolor Wings.

This is such a great stamp for creating all kinds of butterflies.  

And it is easy to use.

Here's how:

 

The medium-sized butterfly in the set is a 3-step stamp.  Randomly stamp the solid image first using Pumpkin Pie ink.

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Next, stamp the outline image using Basic Black ink.

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Then, stamp the wing image using Cajun Craze ink.

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Stamp the body and antennae using Soft Suede ink. 

That's it.  Done!

To complete the card, randomly stamp the 3 dot image using Old Olive ink.  Stamp greeting on scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.  Banner cut the end, and lightly sponge Pumpkin Pie ink along the edges.  Mat to an Old Olive piece that has also been banner cut.  Attach to front of card using Dimensionals.  Layer to Basic Black mat, then to Pumpkin Pie  card base. 

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Thank you Painted Ladies for stopping by. 

Safe travels to Mexico!

Watercolor Wings stamp set, #139424, $26.00

Watercolor WingsSupplies Used:

Stamp Set: Watercolor Wings

Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Archival Black, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede

Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Whisper White, Old Olive

Accessories: Mini Dimensionals

 

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Touches of Texture Thanks

Touches of Texture

Sure is beginning to feel like fall here in the mountains of southern Colorado!

Fall is my favorite time of the year!

In celebration, I decided to create a thank you card using the stamp set Touches of Texture combined with fall colors of ink.

Touches of Texture is one of my favorite stamp sets.   I really like its layering and eclectic designs.

This card takes a little bit of planning because of the stamped flowers coming out from behind the matted flower on the front. 

But, it is quick and simple to do.

Here's how:

Start with a 2 1/4" x 4" piece of Whisper White card stock.  Two-step stamp the flower, stem, leaves, and bee from Touches of Texture using Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, and Early Espresso inks.  Sponge the edges with Early Espresso ink.

Cut a Cajun Craze mat measuring 2 1/4" x 4". 

Cut a piece of Wood Textures Designer Series Paper 5" x 3 3 /4".  Lay the Cajun Craze mat on the designer paper, and with a pencil, lightly mark the corners of the mat.  This will be your guide for stamping the flowers.  Position the bottom of the stems inside the pencil lines, so only the upper flowers show beyond the mat.  I  used Early Espresso ink.  Be sure to lightly draw the pencil lines so they can easily be erased if needed.

In the photo below, I used my photo editing software to draw the four corner lines in red. 

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I also used the Cajun Craze mat as my guide for stamping the greeting from Wood Words in Early Espresso ink.

  Wood Textures stamped

 Now to color the flowers.  I used Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, and Old Olive Stampin' Write Markers.  I used a Blender Pen to blend the colors.

  I only colored the images outside of the pencil lines as I knew the rest would be covered up by the Cajun Craze mat.

Touches of Texture coloring with markers

To finish the card, Layer the Wood Textures designer paper to a 5 1/4" x 4" Cajun Craze mat, then attach to a 5 1/2" x 4" Whisper White card base.

Attach the stamped Whisper White piece to Cajun Craze mat.  Attach to front of card using Mini Dimensionals to pop it up.

Done, and you have a fairly simple, fall-themed thank you card to send to a friend or family member!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Touches of Texture, Wood Words

Ink: Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Early Espresso ink pads, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Old Olive Stampin' Write Markers

Paper: Whisper White, Cajun Craze, Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack

Accessories: Blender Pen, sponge, Mini Dimensionals

 

 

 

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Thoughtful Branches I Love Fall 3

One more in my I Love Fall collection. 

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This was a quick and simple card to create.  I simply cut out 3 leaves using the Beautiful Branches Framelit on a piece of Very Vanilla card stock.  I then stamped the coordinating image from Thoughtful Branches onto scraps of Elegant Eggplant, Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze card stock.  I lined up the images with the cut outs and then secured them to the back of the Very Vanilla.  Candy Dots were added for additional interest.

The Thoughtful Branches and coordinating Beautiful Branches Thinlits dies are still available while supplies last!

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Thoughtful Branches I Love Fall 2

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Can't help myself!  I love fall colors and changing of the leaves.  I decided to continue on with my I Love Fall theme using the Beautiful Branches stamp set.  I used this week's Nacho Average Sketch challenge as my inspiration.

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I stamped the background onto my Whisper White card base using Elegant Eggplant, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Old Olive inks.  I then added a piece of vellum card stock to soften the look. 

The Thoughtful Branches and coordinating Beautiful Branches Thinlits dies are still available while supplies last!

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Thoughtful Branches I Love Fall!

Fall is my favorite time of the year. Cool, crisp nights (great sleeping weather) and warm days. I love the changing fall colors as well.

We really get to enjoy the fall colors living here in the mountains of southern Colorado!

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 For this card, I used one of my all-time favorite stamp sets Thoughtful Branches.  Perfect for 4 seasons of stamping, and perfect for my mountain location.

I first stamped my background on Whisper White card stock using Elegant Eggplant, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Old Olive inks.  I then covered the background with a piece of vellum card stock to soften the look. The greeting is stamped in Elegant Eggplant ink on Crushed Curry card stock and banner cut and mounted on a piece of Cajun Craze card stock.

Easy, Easy!

The Thoughtful Branches and coordinating Beautiful Branches Thinlits dies are still available while supplies last!

 

 

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Sheltering Tree Meets Woodland Embossing Folder-Fall Leaves

Here are a few more cards using the 3D stamping with the Woodland Embossing Folder technique

For instructions on how to do this technique, please visit my tutorial here.

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The leaves stamp found in Sheltering Tree were stamped on the inside of the embossing folder using Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry ink.

 

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Colors for this card are Cajun Craze, Hello honey and Rich Razzleberry.

 

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For this card, spritz the inside of the embossing folder with Stampin' Mist or water as if you were cleaning off the ink from previous stamping.  The ink will run and pool inside the folder.  Insert an piece of watercolor paper or regular card stock and run it through the Big Shot.  You'll have a rich watercolor background behind the trees!

 

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For this card, I simply stamped the smaller leaves image after running regular Whisper White card stock through the Big Shot using the watercolor method above.

This has become one of my all-time favorite stamping techniques.  The possibilities are endless!

Be sure to check my tutorial here!

 

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Fall Leaves-Sheltering Tree meets Woodland Embossing Folder

This week's Nacho Average Color Challenge (Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive and Early Espresso) was my color inspiration for this card.

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Click here to view a tutorial in pdf format

The technique is the newest of my all-time favorite stamping techniques.  I stamped the leaves image from Sheltering Tree using Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive inks on the inside (the side with Sizzix written on the front) of my Woodland Embossing Folder.  I stamped Rich Razzleberry first, then cleaned my stamp and stamped again using Old Olive.  I then colored in the bark lines on the trees using my Early Espresso marker.  Then, I inserted a piece of Very Vanilla card stock inside the folder and ran it through my Big Shot.  This gives you a 3D effect with the stamped leaves behind the embossed image.  Cool!

 

 

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Sheltering Tree-Nacho Average Color Challenge #168

We hope you'll check out this week's color challenge over at the Nacho Average site:

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Here's my contribution:

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I used Sheltering Tree stamp set for this card.  I CASE'd (copy and share with everyone) the Sheltering Tree sample card on page 89 of the main SU! catalog.  I just changed this up a little to match the colors in the Nacho challenge.  The SU! catalogs are a great resource for ideas and inspiration.  And CASE'ing is encouraged!

 Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entries to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

 

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Rich Razzleberry Classic Stampin' Pad*
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Crafting with Paint Chips

Whenever we make a trip into town and stop at our local home improvement store, I always take a quick trip through the paint section.  I love to craft with paint chips, and I'm always on the lookout for new ideas.  Well, our recent trip provided a plethora of inspiration!  Look at these new paint chips by Behr paints!  Love the paint colors along with different images.

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And these two, so appropriate for the area we live in.  Lots of our friends are ranchers so these western-themed chips are perfect!

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I grabbed a whole stack and got to crafting as soon as we got home.  I made this fall-themed card as a thank you to send to one of my customers.  Love the colors: Blackberry Bliss, Basic Gray and Creamy Carmel (retired color). 

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I popped up the greeting banner, placing it over the printing on the chip. 

Isn't that cool?!  Quick, head over to the paint section at your local home improvement store.  Inspiration is waiting for you!

Other Supplies: paint chip  Greeting is from the Paper Pumpkin kit, Wish Big.

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Lovely as a Tree Baby Wipe Technique

Lovely as a Tree 071Here's another Lovely as A Tree baby wipe technique card using this week's Nacho Average challenge colors: Daffodil Delight, Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist.

Click here to view my original submission to the challenge, along with instructions on how to do the baby wipe technique.

 

 Other supplies: baby wipe, powder pal

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Woodland Thanks

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Fall colors!

This card is pretty straight forward.  I used Among the Branches stamp set and coordinating Woodland embossing folder.  Before running the card stock through the Big Shot, I sponged on some Soft Suede ink on the inside of the embossing folder (the side that has the word "Sizzix" on the front) using a sponge dauber.  It leaves a slight outline around the embossed image. Simply add more color if you want it darker.

 

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You've Got This-Happy Fall!

Happy Fall Everyone!

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I got this idea somewhere online, but I can't seem to find the original now.  So, I apologize for not giving due credit. 

Anyway, thought it was a perfect fall-inspired card!

 

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Wondrous Wreath Thankful for You-Nacho Average Challenge #160

We have a fall-themed color combo this week over at the Nacho Average Challenge Site!

NAC160Here's my contribution:

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This card is pretty straight forward.  I inked up the large image in the Wondrous Wreath stamp set using Tangelo Twist, off stamped it, then stamped it on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.  I inked it up again and stamped it full strength, turning it slightly so it would be offset from the first stamping.  The berries were stamped with Rich Razzleberry ink.  The greeting is from Sweet as Pie, a past Paper Pumpkin Kit. 

Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entries to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

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Watercolor Wings Just for You-Nacho Average Color Challenge #158

Please join us over at the Nacho Average challenge site for this week's color challenge:

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Here is my contribution:

Watercolor Wings 018For this card, I used the 3-step stamp set, Watercolor Wings to create the butterfly.  The first image was stamped using Smoky Slate, the second image stamped in Island Indigo and then the third image was stamped using Smoky Slate again.  The body was stamped using Early Espresso.  I then cut it out using my Big Shot and the coordinating Bold Butterfly Framelit.  The dots and greeting are also found in the stamp set.  I really like this color combo!

 Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entries to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

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Happy Halloween Woodland Embossing Folder-Nacho Average Challenge #157

We hope you'll join us for this week's Nacho Average sketch challenge

Here's my contribution:

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This card uses some new items found in the 2015 Holiday Catalog, available today, September 1!

Woodland Textured Embossing Folder,

Among the Branches, coordinating stamp set, and

Spider Web Doilies!

You can view the Holiday catalog online HERE!

 

Here's the original sketch:

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Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entries to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Among the Branches, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)

 

Paper: Basic Black, Blackberry Bliss, Tangelo Twist, Crushed Curry

Accessories: Big Shot, Woodland embossing folder, Spider Web Doilies, Octagon punch, Candy Dots, sponge

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Woodland Embossing Folder-Nacho Average Color Challenge 156

I really like this week's Nacho Average color challenge: Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey and Bermuda Bay.  I decided to pair the challenge up with Woodland, my new favorite embossing folder which can be found in the upcoming Holiday Catalog from Stampin' Up! on September 1. 

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 For this card, I ran my Whisper White card front through the Big Shot, embossing it with the Woodland embossing folder.  I then colored in between the trees using an aqua painter and Bermuda Bay ink.  I stamped the "aspen" leaves found in the coordinating stamp set, Among the Branches. The embossing folder and stamp set are a perfect combination for my setting in southern Colorado where we are surrounded by Aspens.  They will be changing color soon matching the Hello Honey ink!

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Among the Branches, Sheltering Tree

Ink: Bermuda Bay, Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss

Paper: Delightful Dijon (sorry, I didn't realize I was totally out of Hello Honey card stock!), Blackberry Bliss and watercolor paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Woodland Textured Embossing Folder, Aqua Painter, Octagon punch (for the banner cut), Dimensionals

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Wild About Flowers Acrylic Block Background-Nacho Average Challenge #156

I really like the colors for this week's Nacho Average color challenge:

NAC 156Reminds me of fall!

Here's my contribution:

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For this card, I inked up one of my acrylic blocks by gently tapping on the challenge colors, spritzed the inks with water and stamped the block on watercolor paper.  I let it sit for a few seconds so the paper could absorb the ink.  I lifted up the block and set the paper aside to dry for a few minutes. I then stamped one of the images from Wild about Flowers using Blackberry Bliss ink.  The greeting is from Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin) and is stamped in Bermuda Bay.  Easy, easy!

Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entries to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Wild about Flowers, Wish Big

Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Bermuda Bay

Paper: Blackberry Bliss, watercolor

Accessories: acrylic block, spritzer bottle with water

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Sneak Peek-Woodland Embossing Folder

Oh my!  When I opened up my copy of the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog and saw the new Woodland Textured Embossing Folder, I just knew I had to have it!  It is perfect for my setting in the mountains of southern Colorado.  The leaves are from the coordinating stamp set, Among the Branches. They were the first things I ordered on my demonstrator pre-order.  You'll be able to order them too beginning September first.

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I used this week's Nacho Average sketch as my inspiration. 

To get the shading on the trees, I sponged Soft Suede ink on the inside of the embossing folder, then ran it through the Big Shot.  A nice fall-themed card!

Stamp Set: Among the Branches (available Sept 1 in the Holiday Catalog)

Ink: Tangelo Twist, Delightful Dijon, Always Artichoke,  Soft Suede

Paper: Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla

Accessories: Woodland Textured Impression Embossing Folder (available Sept 1 in the Holiday Catalog), Big Shot, Expressions Natural Elements,  Crushed Curry Baker's Twine, sponge dauber, Mini Glue Dots

 

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Blended Bloom Floating Watercolor-Nacho Average Challenge #155

I hope you'll check out this week's sketch challenge over at the Nacho Average site!

Here's my contribution:

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This fall inspired card uses the Floating Watercolor technique and the stamp set Blended Bloom. 

The Floating Watercolor technique is very easy to do and is one of those WOW projects. 

For this card, I did the Floating Watercolor technique slightly different.  Instead of spritzing the whole piece of card stock with water, I used my aqua painter to only add water to each of the embossed flowers.  Then, when the watercolor paper was good and wet, I added the drops of ink using the tip of the aqua painter.  This way, the ink would spread within the edges of the embossing, and not end up outside of the flowers.

Before starting the Floating Watercolor technique, I stamped the greeting with Chocolate Chip ink,then heat embossed using clear embossing powder.  I wanted to place the flowers around the greeting, but didn't want to take a chance of the greeting smearing while I worked with the water.  After the watercolor paper had dried, I stamped the speckles from Gorgeous Grunge using Cajun Craze and Crushed Curry inks.

Here's the sketch:

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Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entries to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Supplies Used: Stamp Sets: Blended Bloom, Gorgeous Grunge, Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze

Paper: Chocolate Chip, watercolor paper

Accessories: heat tool, white and clear embossing powders, aqua painter, water, Linen Thread

 

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