Ink~Stamp~Share Monthly Blog Hop


Welcome to the October Ink~Stamp~Share Blog Hop. Our theme this month is Autumn/Fall/Halloween projects. 

So I have 2 projects for you. The first is using the Curvy Creations Bundle that will be available Nov. 1. 

I have used white and mossy meadow as the base and then added some fall colors - pumpkin pie, mango melody and cherry cobbler.

The leaves along the curve were die cut in various colors and then inserted individually into the cut out. A bit fussy but I love the additional color. This bundle is amazing and I can't wait for you to see it.  More to come in later posts.

My 2nd project I decided to create a Halloween treat box using the Have A Hoot stamp/die bundle. I just adore this bundle and love the versatility.  I have to be honest, it has been a long time since I have done a treat box for Halloween. I used to make things like this for colleagues at work, but with COVID19 still looming over us, I am working from home. So this one I will give myself.

I enjoyed making this project. I started with the tiny treat box and put a small piece of foam in the bottom. I have layered in some chocolates and caramels into the box. 

Using the Peek-A-Hoot dies I cut out a few of the shapes in various colors - Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black,  Black Glitter paper, Whisper White and Plaid Tidings DSP to make a "base" for either the greeting or the stamped images from the Have A Hoot stamp set. I used Stampin' Blends to color the images - colors used are Ivory, Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie &Mango Melody.  Each shape has been adhered to a Floral Wire (Wilton) and stuck into the foam at the bottom of the box. 

The ghosts were created by inking up the Old World Paper embossing folder with Smoky Slate ink and running the die cut through my die cutting machine. Love the effect!  The black ovals were some pieces that I had left over from the 2 "O's" from the "Boo". These letters were die cut using the Playful Alphabet dies and black glitter paper. The googly eyes bring the ghost to life! 

The ribbons used are glitter organdy ribbon and metallic mesh ribbon.

I hope you have enjoyed my Halloween treat box project. Please continue your hopping journey to the next blog. Next up is Alison Carter

Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop - Oct 2020 - Halloween

Welcome to the October Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop. Our theme this month is Halloween.  Halloween is not typically when I give cards but I am going to take a step outside of my comfort zone and give it a go!  For my card I am using the Have A Hoot bundle - I love the little owls in this set and it is multi-purpose - Christmas and Halloween. That said, it could even be used for Birthdays & Anniversaries (check out my anniversary card for my hubby & another anniversary card that I made)!
Here are the supplies that I used to make my Halloween card. Start with Bumblebee cardstock as the base. Add a layer of Basic Black (5-1/4" x 4") and then the Plaid Tidings DSP (5-1/8" x 3-7/8"). Cut another piece of Basic Black and run through your die cutting machine with the Subtle EF. Using the Peek-a-hoot dies, use the "window frame" (not sure what to call it but this will do) and run the embossed black cardstock through your die cutting machine to create the "windows". Now stamp the owl images in Memento, color with Stampin' Blends and die cut. Use dimensionals to adhere them within the right side windows.
Now to make the "BOO" and the spider web, I die cut them with Black Glitter paper. The "BOO" was die cut using the Playful Alphabet dies and the spider web was die cut using the Peek-a-hoot dies.  
These pieces are small & intricate making it difficult to adhere them to the card. To make it easy, you should use the adhesive sheets!  LOVE THESE for intricate die cuts like the web. All you do is, line the back of your cardstock with the adhesive sheet and then run it through your die cutting machine, peel off the adhesive backing and place it on your project - easy peasy!  

Of course, Halloween wouldn't be complete without a little treat bag. Now would it?
Using leftover die cuts from the card, I have created this cute little goody bag. These are so easy to make and always fun to give away. 
I hope you have enjoyed my Halloween projects! Be sure to hop on over to the next blog to see more awesome and inspiring Halloween projects by some VERY talented people! You won't regret it!

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In The Pines - Embossed DSP


In The Pines

Hello Crafters! Have you ever tried dry embossing designer series paper and then sponging color over top of the embossed image?  If not.... you need too! 

Such a subtle effect. I have used the

Snowflake Splendor DSP and the Evergreen Forest 3D embossing folder. I find the navy on top of the DSP really pops. Agree?

Here is what you will need to recreate my card

I hope you enjoy my card today - be sure to check out the designer series paper promotion that runs to the end of Oct 2020. Save 15% on selected DSP packages - including the Snowflake Splendor DSP - used here on my card

More Wreath Builder Projects - Christmas Wreath


Wreath Builder Dies Christmas
I can't believe that I actually overlooked the Wreath Builder dies in the 2020 Annual catalog. In fact I owe it to my down line Cindy Maclean for "making" me buy them - lol no one makes me buy anything - I am fully capable of doing that all by myself - LOL!!

But in all honesty if Cindy hadn't offered to let me borrow hers to give them a try I probably would never have bought them.  NOW EVERYONE MUST HAVE THEM!  They are very versatile (even though my mind is focused on Christmas wreaths). 

The card base is Merry Merlot with a layer of the Plush Poinsettia specialty DSP (which I layered onto Whisper White). Do you see all the pretty plushy poinsettias? Oh my this DSP is GORGEOUS!  My wreath  was die cut from Just Jade and Pretty Peacock. I added 3 Merry Merlot flowers and then topped them off with the Beaded Pearls (another MUST HAVE).  For a wee bit more color I have colored some regular pearls with Dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blends (because we don't sell Stampin' Blends in Merry Merlot - boo!). The greeting was stamped in Merry Merlot on Whisper White and then punched out with the Classic Label punch.

What do you think?  I would love to hear your thoughts! Leave me a comment below.

Ink Stamp Share Sept 2020 Color Challenge Blog Hop


Welcome to the September 2020 Ink~Stamp~Share Blog Hop. The theme this month is a color challenge using a minimum of 3 of the following colors

I have chosen to use Merry Merlot, Just Jade and Pretty Peacock.
My card features the Forever Fern bundle where I have stamped and die cut the ferns in the 3 colors listed above. I also die cut one fern from Vellum cardstock. The greeting was stamped in White craft ink and embossed with white embossing powder and punched out with the Classic Label punch. The vase is a die from Tasteful Labels. I die cut it from Champagne foil and embossed it with the Absolutely Argyle 3D EF. The final touch are the pearls that I colored with the dark Melon Mambo Stampin' Blends.
I welcome comments so please let me know your thoughts on my card. Be sure to check out the other blogs for more ideas using these colors from the color challenge. Up next is Jo Blackman

24 Hour Stamp Sale - Sept 23


Sept 23 Only
24 Hours
Be sure to check out the sets that are on sale here

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Snowflake Splendor - Up Coming Class

One can never have enough snowflakes. This new stamp set, Snowflake Wishes has to be one of the best for snowflakes that Stampin' Up! has ever come out with during my time as a demo (will be 15 years in Feb!). The set has 17 stamps (9 images, 6 sentiments) and has a coordinating set of dies. The bundle has a suite of coordinating products that include gorgeous Balmy Blue Glimmer paper (snowflakes), Blue Adhesive Backed Gems (center of snowflakes, Snowflake Splendor DSP (background of my card) and the most gorgeous embossing folder - So Many Snowflakes - a MUST HAVE!!
This card is one of the 3 that will be part of my Snowflake Splendor class on Sept. 19th. All the details for this class can be found here:

Class details
Date: Sept. 19th
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: My home

Joyful Holly

Joyful Holly
Doesn't this just scream "Christmas!"? I created this card with "traditional" Christmas colors - Cherry Cobbler, Shaded Spruce & a touch of gold.
The holly images in this 2 step stamp set - Joyful Holly - are stunning. They are perfect size and given the set is photopolymer, it is a breeze to line up. Even the little holly berries stamp, that comes in the set, line up perfectly. 
The greeting was stamped in Cherry Cobbler and layered onto Cherry Cobbler cardstock using the Label Me Fancy punch. 

Warm and Toasty Polar Bear

Warm and Toasty
This adorable Polar Bear comes from the Warm & Toasty stamp set. It is one of my favorite new Christmas stamp sets. There are 6 cute images and 4 sentiments that will provide you with a multitude of creative possibilities. 
The primary color in my card is Balmy Blue. It is a fantastic color for Christmas cards. I have used Stampin' Blends, glimmer paper and cardstock in this color. Another favorite item from the holiday catalog is the Winter Snow EF. A gorgeous array of stunning snowflakes makes a beautiful background for this winter Christmas card.

Plaid Tidings Card Holder Box

Today I have created this cute card box to hold all my Platform Fold Cards. 
The box will hold 3 Platform Fold cards and envelops or 5 regular cards and envelops easily.
The box was created using Whisper White & Real Red thick cardstock &  Plaid Tidings DSP. 
I have used the Gift Wrapped bundle for the bow and the tag. Using the dark Real Red Stampin' Blends marker I colored segments of the bow and topped it off with clear Wink of Stella. To make the ribbon I used Real Red cardstock and the Be Mine Stitched dies. 
To create the box, start with a piece of Whisper White thick cardstock and score on the 11" at 1", 7" & 8". Then on the 8.5" score at 1", 2", 6-1/2" & 7-1/2". 
Then trim off the corners to the folds & assemble the box.   

Platform Fold - A New Fun Fold Card

Gift Wrapped
So the other day I created and posted a brand new fun fold card that I had devised. I was kind of proud of myself for coming up with this. 
The Platform Fold is a take on an Easel card in that it is held up by a support mechanism. 
Depending on how "top heavy" your card is - meaning how many layers and embellishments you use - you may or may not require the support mechanism.
As promised I have created a video. 
I look forward to seeing what others come up with!

Ink-Stamp-Share August 2020 Blog Hop

Welcome to the Ink~Stamp~Share August 2020 Blog Hop. This month's theme requires us to create a project using anything from  the new holiday mini catalog. I have chosen the Gift Wrapped stamp and punch bundle to create this special fold.  I wanted to make something different - something I had never seen before. So I invented a new special fold which I am calling a "Platform Fold" card.
Gift Wrapped Platform FoldAs you can see my card isn't your typical format. The card front is  shorter than the card back. To create this fold you will need a piece of thick Whisper White cardstock measuring 4-1/4 x 11", scored it at 2-1/2" and 8". The 2-1/2" section forms the platform base (folded back) and the 3" section forms the card front. My card has been designed to look like a present but I can see this style of card used for other applications such as a dress where the top layer forms the collar or even a shirt with the top as a lapel. 
Gift Wrapped
To create the Pretty Peacock triangle, I started with a 4" x 2-3/4" piece of Pretty Peacock and marked the center of  the 4" edge @ 2". Then cut from the mark to the top corners to form the triangle. I repeated this with the Brightly Gleaming DSP, but used a piece of DSP a quarter inch smaller (3-3/4" x 2-1/2") and then layered it on top of the Pretty Peacock triangle.  The bow, was stamped and punched out using the Gift Wrapped bundle and then colored with Stampin' Blends and finished with clear Wink of Stella. The trim along the bottom edge of the top of the card was die cut with Be Mine Stitched dies in copper foil
Now to support the card, I have made a
"mechanism" using a piece of thick white cardstock measuring 1/2" x 4-3/4" of which I scored at 1/2", 2 1/2", 4 1/4" and adhered one section (2" section) directly to the back of the card. The other piece has been left loose so that you can fold down the card and put into an envelop. If you find that the support mechanism doesn't stay in place then use some re-positional adhesive on the 1/2" section.
Gift WrappedJust for fun here is another version - this time using Cherry Cobbler for Mrs. Claus' dress. I hope you have enjoyed my new fancy fold card!  I will be posting a video soon! Be sure to check back in the next couple of days.
Now please continue hopping onto the next blog. Kirsty Pattrick is up next.

Roll Call

Snowflake Splendor - Up Coming Class

One can't go wrong with snowflakes! The Snowflake Splendor suite is STUNNING!  If you haven't seen the suite of products be sure to check it out here. This is by far my favorite item in the Aug. to Dec. holiday catalog and I plan of getting really good use out of it.
Each of my cards features the Snowflake Wishes bundle (stamp set & dies), Balmy Blue glimmer paper and the blue adhesive-backed gems. The cards have been designed with the Avid crafter in mind as each card has many layers and intricacies.  But don't let this deter you from joining my special class on Sept. 19th. I will guide you through every step of the way!

Check out the details of this class. 
Registration closes Aug. 31st!
Register here:

Class Options:
Option #1 $95 - Best option - biggest bang for your buck! 
Choose this option and the class will include:
  • Snowflake Wishes bundle (stamp set and coordinating dies)
  • Make the 3 cards for free
  • Envelops included.
Option #2 -  $30 (Just the class) 
Choose this option and the class will include: (Stamps and dies are not included.)
  • Attend the class at my home - limited spots available. 
  • You will make the 3 cards. 
  • Envelops are included.

Gift Wrapped Bundle

Gift Wrapped
Here is the new Gift Wrapped Bundle - a fun stamp set an punch bundle.  I have been wanting to play with this for some time now and finally got around to it!
I thought it would look awesome with the Plaid Tidings DSP but I couldn't bare to not show both sides. So, I created a "collar fold" and layered a piece of white cardstock behind so that I could stamp the greeting (Pretty Peacock). The bow was stamped on white and colored with Stampin' Blends. For a little extra texture I punched out another bow from the remaining bit of the DSP and a few gold sprigs using the Sprig punch. The final touch was to add a few of the Gilded Gems & some gold twine from the Forever Greenery Trim Pack. I hope you like my card. Be sure to leave me a comment below!

All these products are available through my online store.

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Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop - August 2020 - Holiday Catalog

Welcome to the August 2020 Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop. This month our theme is based on anything from the new Holiday catalog. Oh boy! Decisions, decisions, decisions!  There is way to many nice things that it is hard to pick just one thing. So, I finally decided to create a project with the new "Warm & Toasty" stamp set. Oh my these images are adorable and my favorite is the cute reindeer. 
My project is a fun fold card called "Faux Shadow Box".  It is a fun 3D card that folds down flat to fit into a standard envelop. 
To make this card you will need 2 pieces of card stock - one neutral and one contrasting. I am using Balmy Blue as the background and White with a layer of Snowflake Splendor DSP adhered over the top. I tried to avoid getting adhesive in the center of the card so that I could die cut it with the Stitched Shapes and use the white layer to stamp and color my image which I then adhered to the background layer (Balmy Blue). This creates a "peek-a-boo" look to the card.
The snowflakes inside the circle are suspended with window sheet to give it the effect of floating.  These have been die cut with the So Many Snowflake dies and Balmy Blue Glimmer paper. The center of each snowflake has a Blue Adhesive Backed Gems
Here is another look at my card showing the "Faux Shadow Box" & the suspended snowflakes. Such a cool effect!
The greeting was stamped in Memento and I used the new Banners Pick a Punch to flag the ends of the cardstock. The greeting has been popped up with dimensionals.   
I hope that you have enjoyed my Faux Shadow Box card. 
Like I said earlier, there are so many wonderful products in the new Aug. to Dec. holiday catalog. If you don't have a copy of this catalog and live in Canada, please use my "Contact Me" form on the left and I will send you one. 

Also don't miss out on my contest. 
Now please continue your blog hop journey and check out all the other amazing projects featuring products from the Holiday mini catalog.

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