Festive Farmhouse Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas
Festive Farmhouse Merry Christmas

Create quick and easy Christmas cards using the Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies found in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.

For this card, I cut the "Merry" and Christmas" out of Dashing Along Designer Series Paper that had been applied to a piece of adhesive sheet.  Then, I cut them out using the Big Shot and Merry Christmas Thinlits dies.

Tip: To make it easy to release the paper from the dies, use the Precision Base Plate as part of your Big Shot Sandwich: cutting platform, Precision Base Plate, paper, dies, upper cutting plate.

After removing the paper from the dies, I peeled off the backing on the adhesive sheet, and applied it to a piece wood texture Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper. 

I really like the combination of Cherry Cobbler in the greeting with the Gray Granite wood texture of the Designer Series Paper. 

I  attached the card front to a Cherry Cobbler mat, then to a Gray Granite card base.

I added enamel dots to complete.

Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies

Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies

 

Supplies Used:

Paper: Gray Granite, Cherry Cobbler, Dashing Along and Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies, adhesive sheet, enamel dots

Happy Stampin'!

Merry Christmas Bokeh

Merry Bokeh
Merry Bokeh

Here's a quick and easy Christmas card to create using the Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies and Bokeh Dots stamp.

Here's how:

  1. Stamp Bokeh Dots onto Whisper White card stock using Night of Navy ink.  I used my Stamparatus to ink up and stamp the image a few of times to get the ink really dark.
  2. Cut "Merry" out o Silver Foil paper attached to an adhesive sheet using the Big Shot and Merry Christmas Thinlits Die.  Tip: to make it easier to get the paper to release from the die, use the Precision Base Plate as part of your Big Shot Sandwich: Big Shot Platform, Precision Plate, card stock, die, upper cutting plate. 
  3. Remove "Merry" from the die, peel off the backing of the adhesive sheet, and attach to bokeh background.  Sponge edges using Night of Navy ink.
  4. Stamp greeting using Merry Merlot ink.  I used the "Christmas Blessings" stamp found in Christmas Pines.  I applied a piece of scotch tape over the "Blessings", then inked up the stamp.  I removed the tape, and stamped. TIP: be sure to throw the tape away immediately.  If you set it aside somewhere, you're liable to touch it or set something on it, getting ink on you or your project at some point in time!
  5. Attach to Merry Merlot card base to complete.

Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies

Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies

Bokeh Dots

Bokeh Dots

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Bokeh Dots, Christmas Pines

Ink: Night of Navy, Merry Merlot

Paper: Merry Merlot, Whisper White, Silver Foil

Accessories: Big Shot, Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies, adhesive sheets, Stamparatus, sponge, scotch tape

Happy Stampin'!

Another "Finley" Card, Crafting with Aluminum Cans

Creedence
"Finley", Crazy Mountain Brewing Co

Here's another card I created using a Creedence Pilsner beer can from Crazy Mountain Brewing Co.

You can see my first"Finely" card  HERE,

along with more information on how to use aluminum cans in your crafting.

 

Supplies Used:

Paper: Soft Suede, Soft Sea Foam

Accessories: "Finley" beer can from Crazy Mountain Brewing Co, tin snips, Big Shot, Tin Types Embossing Folder, Dimensionals

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"Finley" Happy Birthday Crafting with Aluminum Cans

Creedence pilsner
"Finely" Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

One of my favorite crafting techniques is to cut shapes out of aluminum cans and add them to my card creations.

You can view my aluminum can creations HERE

I'm always on the look out for interesting designs and colors on aluminum cans.

Fortunately, my husband is a craft beer drinker and is always bringing home new beers to try.  Often, these beers have interesting labels on the cans.  My husband drinks the beer, then I confiscate the cans to create!

This was certainly the case with cans of Creedence Pilsner made by Crazy Mountain Brewing Company.  They have two breweries.  One in Denver, and the other one outside of Vail.

Their labels always have a character, an interesting hybrid of animals.

Creedence pilsner can

The character on the Creedence Pilsner can is "Finley" a mix of wolf, bighorn sheep and rabbit.

Here's Finley's story: "Take a hike with Finley, Crazy Mountain's seasoned grain farmer.  Having traveled the world, Finley is as cultivated as the fields he tends.  He's agile and energetic, but easy to keep up with.  Since Finley loves company, feed free to drop by any time for a long walk on the slopes."

I fell in love with Finley, especially his piercing eyes!

This card was easy to create.

Here's how:

1. After washing it out thoroughly, I removed the top and bottom of the can (see video for instructions), and flattened it out.  As always, be careful with the cutting step as the can will be sharp.  After it has been run through the Big Shot or punched with a punch, the edges are no longer sharp.

2. Trim the piece down a little so a 2 1/2" circle punch or die will fit around the design and cut.

3. Cut matting using a slightly larger punch or die.  For this card, I used Early Espresso card stock cut with my Big Shot and Circles Framelit die. Attach the circle to the mat using Dimensionals to pop it up.

4. Stamp tree trunks from Wild Woods onto Crumb Cake card front using Early Espresso ink.  I used my Stamparatus to get even images.

5. Stamp greeting onto card base.  For this card, I used the happy birthday greeting from Wish Big stamped onto Pineapple Punch card base using Early Espresso ink. Attach card front to the card base.

6. Attach circle to the card front.  Add enamel dots to complete.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Winter Woods, Wish Big

Ink: Early Espresso

Paper: Pineapple Punch, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso

Accessories: aluminum can, tin snips, 2 1/2" circle punch, Big Shot, Circles Framelits, Stamparatus, Dimensionals, enamel dots

 

Happy Stampin'!

Dashing Deer Sampler-Sign Up for My November Newsletter

Sampler

Happy November!

If you haven't already, it's time to get started on those Christmas and holiday cards!

Whew, where did the year go?

The Dashing Deer Bundle, found in the Holiday Catalog, is perfect for creating holiday or winter-themed projects.

Projects using this bundle will be featured in my November newsletter which will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 am (MST) on November 6, 2018.

Want to learn more?

Get your own copy by adding your name to my mailing list by 8:00 am (MST) on November 6.

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Once the easy sign up process has been completed, you'll receive my Adhesives 101 tutorial as my gift to you!

I hope to hear from you soon.

Thanks!

Anne

Dashing Deer Bundle

Dashing Deer bundle

 

 

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Happy Halloween-Tangled Pumpkin

 

Tangled Pumpkin
Tangled Pumpkin

 

Stamp Set: Good Greetings

Ink: Uni-Ball Deluxe Fine pen, Tangelo Twist

Paper: Basic Black, Tangelo Twist, Bristol Vellum

Tangle patterns: Beelight, Cheesecloth and Cadent

Pumpkin was drawn free hand.  Whew!  That was the toughest part of this project as I am terrible at drawing!  Had to surf the internet to get instructions on how to draw a pumpkin. 

Happy Stampin'!

"BOO!" Eclipse Card

Boo Eclipse Card
BOO! Eclipse Card

Just in time for Halloween!

A BOO! Eclipse Card.

Eclipse Cards are fun and very easy to create.

For detailed  instructions, please visit my Eclipse Card posting HERE

For this card, I used a small sheet of Halloween designer series paper that I had in my stash.

I think it was from the 2017-2018 Holiday catalog, but I don't remember the name.  All that was left in my stash was a strip with witches hats that was large enough to make 2-4 " x 5 1/4" eclipse card fronts which were mounted on Basic Black card bases.

The letters were cut out using the Big Shot and Large Letters Framelits Dies and popped back into the cut-out spaces using Mini Dimensionals.

A quick and easy project!

Large Letters Framelits Dies

Large letters framelits dies

Supplies Used:

Paper: Basic Black, Halloween designer series paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Large Letters Framelits Dies, Mini Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Spooky Full Moon Halloween Card

Spooky Cat
Spooky Black Cat Halloween Card

This is the Halloween card I created for our granddaughter.

She loves kitties, so I used the fun cat punch from Stampin' Up to create a spooky cat on a full moon night card.

I hope it will bring a smile.

This card was very easy to create.

Here's how:

  1. Create a moon stencil by cutting out a circle from a piece of scrap card stock using the Big Shot and Circles Framelits Dies.  You could also use a circle punch.
  2. Lay the stencil onto a piece of Whisper White card stock, securing it in place with pieces of washi or painter's tape.
  3. Sponge Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie inks inside the circle stencil.  Remove the stencil.
  4. Cut the circle out using the Big Shot and same circle framelits die or punch.  Attach to Basic Black card front.  Attach to Gorgeous Grape card base.
  5. Punch cat out of Basic Black ink using the Cat punch.   Attach to moon using Mini Dimensionals to pop it up.
  6. Add greeting to moon.  For this card, I used one of the "spooky" stickers from the September Frights and Delights Paper Pumpkin kit.
  7. Add black rhinestones to complete.  For this card, I colored rhinestones using a black Sharpie pen.

Cat Punch

Cat punch

Supplies Used:

Ink: Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie

Paper: Gorgeous Grape, Basic Black, Whisper White

Accessories: Bi Shot, Circles Framelits Dies, Cat Punch, Frights and Delights Paper Pumpkin kit, sponge ,washi tape, Mini Dimensinals, rhinestones, black Sharpie pen

Happy Stampin'!

Oct Fresh Card Making Idea-Bargello Faux Quilting Technique

Christmas Pines
Christmas Pines Bargello Faux Quilt
Winter Woods in Green
Winter Woods in Green Bargello Faux Quilt

Bargello Faux Quilting Technique

  Bargello are quilting patterns made up of strips of fabric. These strips of fabric are pieced together to create a sense of movement in the design.

This technique translates well into paper-crafting.  It’s a great way to use up paper scraps!

Want to learn more?

My October Fresh Card Making Tutorial will feature the Bargello Faux Quilting Technique.

The tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 am (MST) on October 23, 2018.

Please add your name to my mailing list by 8:00 am (MST) on October 23 to receive this tutorial, complete with step-by-step instructions with color photos in a pdf format.

The sign up box is located at the upper right-hand corner of this page.

Once the easy sign up process has been completed, you'll receive my Adhesives 101 tutorial via e mail in a pdf format as my gift to you.

I hope to hear from you soon!

Anne

 

 

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Animal Outing Card in a Box

Madysen card in a box
Animal Outing Card in a Box

 

Our granddaughter Madysen recently turned two!

One of the things she and her parents like to do is visit the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs. 

They have a family pass, so they go quite often.

Her favorite animals at the zoo are the giraffe!

So, once I saw the giraffe image in the  Animal Outing Bundle, I knew I had to get it.

For her 2nd birthday card, I created this fun little zoo animal card in a box.

The critters were stamped using Memento black ink, then cut out using the Big Shot and coordinating Animal Friends Thinlits Dies.

I then colored them using watercolor pencils and an aqua painter.

They are attached to the box with pieces of Adhesive Strips.

The background paper comes from Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper.

I created the greeting on my computer and printed it out on regular computer paper.  I stamped the leaf image using Mint Macaron ink.

Leaves were cut out of Tranquil Tide card stock and attached to the sides using Tombow Multi-purpose glue.

Madysen card in a box side view

Animal Outing Bundle

Animal outing bundle

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Animal Outing

Ink: Memento Black

Paper: Soft Suede, Whisper White, Tranquil Tide, Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Stamparatus, Big Shot Animal Friends Thinlits Dies, watercolor pencils, aqua painter, adhesive strips, Mini Dimensionals, enamel shapes, computer, copy paper

 

 

 

 

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Copper Embossed Falling for Leaves

Embossed harvest of thanks
Copper Embossed Falling for Leaves

The Falling for Leaves Bundle has quickly become one of my favorites.

This quick, yet elegant card was easy to create.

I embossed a piece of Very Vanilla card stock using the Big Shot and Planks embossing folder and matted it with a piece of Copper Foil paper

The leaves were cut out of Copper Foil paper using the Big Shot and one of the Detailed Leaves dies.

The greeting and inside leaves were heat embossed using a heat tool and copper embossing powder.

Here's the inside:

Embossed harvest of thanks inside

Falling for Leaves Bundle

Falling for Leaves Bundle

Supplies Used:

Stamp set: Falling for Leaves

Ink: versamark

Paper: Very Vanilla, Copper Foil paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Leaves Thinlits Dies, Planks embossing folder, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, copper embossing powder, Mini Dimensionals, copper thread

Happy Stampin'!

Bokeh Falling for Leaves

Falling for Leaves Bokeh
Bokeh Falling for Leaves

The changing leaves have been so pretty this year here in the mountains of southern Colorado!

This card was inspired by this photo of  one of the wild Choke Cherries growing on our property.

It always is a show-stopper!


Chockcherry leaves color
Choke Cherry fall color, Wetmore, CO

 

To create the bold colors of my card, I did the Bokeh Technique.

According to Wikipedia," the bokeh is the blur or aesthetic quality of the blur in out of focus areas of an image."

It is one of my favorite stamping techniques.

I first created a card stock  template of circles using my 1" and 3/4" circle punches.

Bokeh

Then, with sponge daubers, I added Mango Melody, Crushed Curry, Poppy Parade, and Old Olive inks, overlapping the colors to create the Bokeh effect.  Once the ink was dry, I added circles of Whisper White craft ink.

The leaves were cut out of Old Olive and Gold Foil paper using the Big Shot and Detailed Leaves Thinlits Dies.

The greeting is from Falling for Leaves and was stamped using Poppy Parade.

Happy Fall!

Falling for Leaves Bundle

Falling for Leaves Bundle

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Falling for Leaves

Ink: Mango Melody, Crushed Curry, Poppy Parade, Old Olive, Whisper White craft ink

Paper: Whisper White, Poppy Parade, Old Olive, Goil Foil

Accessories: 1" and 3/4" circle punches, sponge daubers, Big Shot, Detailed Leaves Thinlits Dies, Tombow Multi-purpose glue, Mini Dimensionals, enamel shape

Happy Stampin'!

5- Minute Card Creation-Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper

Nature's Poem

Using Designer Series Paper to create a 5-minute card is easy when you let it do most of the work.

That is the case with this card featuring Nature's Poem DSP.

Simply cut the paper into 1 1/4" x 5 1/4" strips and place on your card base.

Add a greeting stamped on a coordinating piece of card stock and you're done!

For this card, I used the greeting from Sheltering Tree, along with a leaf image from Painted Harvest stamped on a piece of Grapefruit Grove card stock using Blackberry Bliss ink.  A Blackberry Bliss Faceted Dot was added to complete the card.

Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper

Nature's Poem DSP

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Sheltering Tree, Painted Harvest

Ink: Blackberry Bliss

Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Grapefruit Grove, Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Faceted Dot, Mini Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Falling For Leaves Sampler-Sign Up to Receive my Oct Newsletter

Falling Leaves sampler

Happy Fall!

My favorite time of the year!

One of my favorite bundles found in the 2018 Holiday Catalog is the  Falling For Leaves stamp set and coordinating Detailed Leaves Thinlits dies.

Perfect for fall-themed crafting!

Projects using this bundle will be featured in my October newsletter which will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 am (MST) on September 9, 2018.

Want to learn more?

Get your own copy by adding your name to my mailing list by 8:00 am (MST) on September 9.

To sign up, please use the Sign Up Box located in the upper right-hand corner of this page.

Once the easy sign up process has been completed, you'll receive my Adhesives 101 tutorial as my gift to you!

Hope to hear from you soon.

Thank you.

Anne

Falling for Leaves and Detailed Leaves Thinlits Dies

Purchase separately, or as a bundle and save 10%

Falling for Leaves Bundle

 

 

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Lovely as a Tree Fall Sponged Sunrise

Sponged lovely as a tree

Here's one more fall-themed project using the perennial favorite stamp set, Lovely as a Tree.

This is a clean and simple, 5-minute card creation!

Here's how:

  1. Stamp trees from Lovely as a Tree  and greeting using Early Espresso ink on Very Vanilla card stock.  Heat emboss with a heat tool and clear embossing powder.
  2.  Lightly sponge the sunrise using Crushed Curry, Mango Melody and Cajun Craze ink
  3. Attach to Early Espresso mat.  Attach to Very Vanilla card base using Dimensionals to pop it up.

That's it, done!

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Lovely as a Tree, Floral  & Fauna ( December 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit)

Ink: Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Mango Melody, Cajun Craze

Paper: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso

Accessories: heat tool, clear embossing powder, sponge, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Dandelion Wishes Clear Block Background

Fall dandelion wishes

Fall is my favorite time of the year!

I love the cooler temps and the changing colors.

To celebrate the arrival of fall, I've been busy creating some fall-themed cards.

This card features the Clear-Block Background Technique paired with one of my new favorite stamp sets, Dandelion Wishes.

Here's how:

  1. To create the clear-block water color background, tap ink pads onto a clear-block, spritz with water so the ink runs and pools, then stamp onto a piece of card stock.  Let the block set for a few seconds, then lift.  Set the piece aside to dry completely.  For this card, I used Pool Party, Crushed Curry, and Mango Melody inks on a "F" clear-block.  I stamped the block on a piece of Shimmery White card stock.  You could also use watercolor paper.
  2.  Stamp the images from Dandelion Wishes using Early Espresso ink.  Sprinkle clear embossing powder over the images and heat emboss using a heat tool.
  3.  Mat to a piece of Early Espresso card stock and attach to Mango Melody card base using Mini Dimensionals to pop it up.
  4.  Add enamel shapes to complete.

I stamped the greeting from Dandelion Wishes on the inside:

Fall inside

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Dandelion Wishes

Ink: Pool Party, Crushed Curry, Mango Melody, Early Espresso

Paper: Mango Melody, Early Espresso, Shimmery White

Accessories: Clear-Block "F", spritzer bottle with water, clear embossing powder, heat tool, Mini Dimensionals, enamel shapes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Stampin'!