Wednesday, December 30, 2015

SSINKspiration Anything Goes: Paper Pumpkin

Good morning!  We are truly enjoying and relaxing on this last week of 2015 (this is one of my favorite weeks of the year!!)  I thought I would share a little creative inspiration with you that isn't holiday related.  We made this card in this month's Just Cards class and I thought it was perfect for today's Anything Goes post over on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration blog, and it's all about Paper Pumpkin stamps.  One of the great things about the Paper Pumpkin program (other than the great projects you get delivered to your door each month) are the exclusive stamps that only subscribers receive that you can use on lots of other projects.

This is a nice and simple masculine card that's great for guys of all ages.  I started with Tip Top Toupe cardstock and then I used a piece of Go Wild Designer Series Paper and matted it with Basic Black cardstock.

For the stamped image I started by cutting a circle out of Whisper White cardstock using the Big Shot and Circle Collection Framelits and then stamped all over it with the Happy Birthday stamp from the shaker card kit and matted that with a piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock that was cut out using the Deco Label Framelits.  The "Dude" stamp was from another Paper Pumpkin kit (one of the first ones released) and I stamped it using Basic Black ink on Tip Top Toupe cardstock and used Paper Snips to cut the edge tails.  I used dimensionals to attach both the "dude" layer and the overall all stamped piece to the cardfront.  The final touch was to add a couple of pearls that I colored with some markers to make it green.

Having a 10-year old I hear "dude" a lot so this card is really fitting and I know I'll be using this stamp for other cards in the near future.

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Enjoy,

Diana
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Monday, December 28, 2015

SSINKspiration Mystery Challenge #SSINKMC28: Going Global

Good morning and Happy Monday!  I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas.  We had a great time and now get to enjoy the week full of fun and family.  Today over on the  Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration blog we have the last challenge of the year, a mystery challenge. These are a lot of fun since you can pick how many items from the list you choose to incorporate into your project, I decided to load my card up with lots of sneak peak goodies from the 2016 Occasions Catalog (you will love it!)

I started with Crumb Cake cardstock for the card base and then took a piece of Soft Sky Cardstock for the background.  I stamped it using a image from the Going Global stamp set using Crumb Cake ink.  Next I used the floral type image from the Timeless Textures stamp set (you will need this set, the images are great for addmg lots of texture) and I stamped it in Pink Piroutte ink and then sponged around the edge with Pink Piroutte ink.  The final touch was to take the new Gold Wink of Stella Brush and added gold accents to the stars in the background.





See this close up for the gold?  It shimmers in person and is so easy to use!
For the main stamped image I stamped the greeting, also from the Going Global set using Crumb Cake ink on Whisper White cardstock.  I used a Soft Sky Stampin' Write Marker to color in the banner and then punched it out with the 2" Circle Punch.  I created the mat for the greeting using the Big Shot and Deco Label Framelits and the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder and some Pink Piroutte cardstock.  I also added a couple pieces of ribbon, some Whisper White 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon and Natural 5/8" Chevron Ribbon as the final touches.

The design team is sharing some other great cards for inspiration on the challenge so go check them out and we would love for you to play along.

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Have a great day!


Diana
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Thursday, December 24, 2015

SSINKspiration Family Christmas Cards 2015

Good morning and Merry Christmas Eve (I love the sound of that)!  Today is my last day at work for the year and we’re having our company Christmas party which includes families so we’re really looking forward to a great time.  Today over on the SSINKspiration blog we’re sharing our family Christmas pictures and/or cards so since I believe most everyone should have received our card by now I thought I would share my card.  It’s always fun to pick out the picture for the card and this year we decided to use one from our trip to Universal this summer (Harry Potter world was awesome!!) and I enjoyed playing around with the picture before printing it adding the date and snowbursts up in the top (added a fun effect and didn’t take a lot of time).

 
I hope you enjoyed my card and that you and your family have a happy and safe Christmas!

Diana
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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Using Your Stash: Paper Pumpkin Meets Lots of Joy

Good morning!  I have to apologize for the absence, boy has this holiday season had me off my toes trying to keep up and while I’ve been spending lots of family time(which I love) I’ve been away from my computer a lot to be able to share all that I’ve been creating (I’m sure you know exactly how I feel).  I’m sure just like you I have a lot of people of our gift list and I try to come up with gifts for each person and fit it in our time and budget constraints which means I’ve been making a concerted effort this year to look to my gift and gift packaging stash first to see what I can use for these gifts that will not only save time and money but will reduce the size of my supply stash.  Today I’m sharing the gift we made for Aidan’s Tae Kwon Do instructors and staff (he had 8 people to give gifts to).  I was looking through my studio and found one of my Paper Pumpkin Kits from last year (October 2014, I believe) and noticed that the pie wedge treat boxes could easily be repurposed to look like trees so I decided to use them for a candy treat holiday (boy do these boxes hold a lot of candy!!).

 
To finish these boxes I started by using the Tree Punch to punch out the window and then covered it with a piece of clear Window Film (so the candy wouldn’t escape).  After assembling the box I did notice that my flap showed at the bottom of the tree to so I did use another punch to punch a little piece off the flap so that it didn’t show.  Next I used the star punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack to punch a star out of glimmer paper (I used some retired Champagne glimmer paper but you could easily use the Gold Glimmer Paper).  I also used a piece of Real Red Satin and Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon (once again retired, remember, I’m using up my stash but any ribbon would work) to tie around the box with a nice big bow on top.
For the greeting I used the Lots of Joy stamp set and used Stampin’ Write Markers to color the rubber before stamping and then punched it out with either the XL Oval Punch or 1 ¼” Circle Punch and attached it to the box with a dimensional.
 
I love how easy these gifts came together, they were easy for Aidan to transport to class (always a plus) and I was able to use all supplies I already had on hand, other than the candy, score!!!  If you really like this idea just a hint, there are more of these past paper pumpkin kits (both the full kit and refills currently available on the Stampin’ Up! website so you can order your kit today (if you’re a Paper Pumpkin subscriber) and you’ll be one step closer to making lots of cute little tree gifts as well!!
I’ve been making lots of these types of projects this year and it’s really helping to get those gifts crossed off my list.  I have to admit I’m so motivated by how well this is going that I’m already working on the gift list for next year (based on our lessons learned this year) and am going to take a little bit of time to plan out gifts, using more items from my stash, to get a head start on 2016 (crazy, I know!!!)
 
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Have a great day!

Diana
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Monday, December 14, 2015

Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Card Sketch SSINKCS28: Lovely as a Tree

 Good morning!  What an amazingly fun and crazy weekend!  There's only one more weekend before Christmas and this one was full of Christmas parties and fun, cookie baking, as well as my last stamp class of the year (loved spending time with the ladies yesterday afternoon).  It was all a lot of fun and I'm glad I was able to get some things crossed off that To To list.  Today over on the SSINKspiration blog it's time for the monthly card sketch and I decided change things up and show how to use something that was designed for Christmas in a non-Christmas use, in this case the designer series paper.

I started with Delightful Dijon cardstock and sponged around the edge with Cherry Cobbler ink.  Next I took some Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper (currently on sale as part of the Year end sale) and sponged all over with Soft Suede ink to antique it and then matted it with Night of Navy cardstock.

For the stamped image I went to the classic, Lovely as a Tree and stamped the tree in Mossy Meadow ink on Soft Sky cardstock and then used the Soft Suede Stampin' Write marker to color in the trunk of the tree before cutting it out with the Big Shot and Deco Label Framelits.  I also used the soft Suede ink to sponge around of the label piece before attaching it to the cardfront with dimensionals.

For the greeting I used the Remembering Your Birthday stamp set and used my Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write marker so I could just ink part of the greeting and stamped it on Very Vanilla cardstock, sponged around the edge with Night of Navy ink and used dimensionals to attach the greeting.  For a little extra texture I took a piece of Natural 5/8" Chevron Ribbon and used my ribbon scissors to trim the edges and then frayed it before folding it over for a stack ruffled effect.

It was fun to use this "Christmas" paper for a non-Christmas card, and a masculine one at that, go figure.  The other designers are sharing some great cards for inspiration so please, go check them out and then come play along and share what you come up with!

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Enjoy,

Diana
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Thursday, December 10, 2015

SSINKspiration Blog Hop: Merry Christmas!




Good morning!  December has arrived and with it holiday festivities are in full swing.  We’re having lots of fun and really trying to enjoy every minute together (even when Aidan was sick). For this months blog hop it’s all about Christmas and the designers are sharing some great ideas for this time of year.  I really love to make beautiful packaging to help make a gift truly unique so I’m sharing a gift packaging idea that is so pretty no one will want to open!
As you hop along, please be sure to comment and show some love on every blog! We are always excited to hear from our followers! You should have just left stop number #2 on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop - Darcy at Dj's Stampin Place. If so, you are in the right spot. If a link doesn't work or you get off track, you will find the full blog hop lineup below.

I started with one of our Take Out Boxes (there are lots of great packaging staples Stampin’ Up! offers that really makes it easy for gift packaging).  Next I wrapped a piece of Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper (this whole package is beautiful, especially the poinsettia pattern).  Then I wrapped a piece of Mossy Meadow Stitched Cotton Ribbon around the box.  For the tag I used the Cozy Christmas stamp set and used Stampin’ Write Markers to ink the stamp before stamping it on Very Vanilla cardstock and then cut it out with the Big Shot and Deco Labels Framelits.  I wanted to make a mat for the greeting but I didn’t want it to be too large so I took some Gold Glimmer Paper and traced around the “outside” of the framelit I used to cut the greeting and then cut it out using Paper Snips.  I punched a whole in the top of the tag and then tied it onto the package using Cherry Cobbler Thick Baker’s Twine.

This package was really pretty easy to put together but by using the beautiful paper, ribbon, glitter, etc. it will really WOW anyone you decide to give it to (and you could easily turn the elements from this package into a matching card perfectly!)

Below are easy ordering links for the products used on today’s project:

 

Make sure to check out the rest of the blog hop for lots of other great ideas.  If you click the “Next” button, you’ll go to Bree’s site but you can also access any of the hopper’s site from the full blog list below.
 
http://craft-somniamomma.blogspot.com/2015/12/vintage-christmas-trio-ssink-december.html
 


Blog Hop Participant List:

  1. Jennifer at Jenny G Paper Crafts
  2. Darcy at Dj's Stampin Place
  3. Diana at Stampin Fun with Diana
  4. Bree at Craft-Somnia Momma
  5. Leanne at Literally My Joy
  6. Laura at Crafty Chicks Creating
  7. Melissa at The Stamp Doc
  8. Kim at Stamping with Kim
  9. Heidi at Stuck on Stampin'

Enjoy,

Diana
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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Cozy Christmas Holiday Wishes

Good morning!  Aidan is starting to feel better (yeah) and we’re on the go as usual with work, school, and getting ready for Christmas.  I spent a lot of time this weekend working on Christmas gifts and packaging that I’m really happy with, as well as starting to conquer the looming Christmas card list.  Today I wanted to share a card I designed for the Mega Christmas card class and last month I shared the gratitude version of the card but thought it would be fun to share the original since it was one of my favorites.

I started with Early Espresso cardstock for the cardbase and embossed the front with the Big Shot and Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder.  Next I added a piece of DSP from the Merry Moments Designer Series Paper Stack and tucked a Silver Foil Doily behind the DSP.  The greeting is from the Cozy Christmas stamp set and I used Stampin’ Write Markers to ink the stamp before stamping on Whisper White cardstock, then I punched it out with the 2” Circle Punch.  The final touch was to tie a bow using Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine and attached it to the cardfront with a glue dot.

I love these classic holiday colors and how the foil accent adds some sparkle and it’s super quick and easy by letting the embellishments really dress things up.

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Have a great day, enjoy!

Diana
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Monday, December 7, 2015

Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Color Challenge SSINKCC27: Versatile Christmas

Good morning!  This weekend I was able to be very productive, due in part to the fact that Aidan was sick so we had to cancel some our weekend plans and just stay home and relax.  Hoping Aidan is feeling better soon (he was doing better yesterday and then said he wasn't feeling well last night so I'm hoping lots of good sleep will be just what he needs for a good day.  It's time for the color challenge on the SSINKspiration blog, the last one for this year and I really like this color combo, perfect for this time of year so I was looking forward to creating this card.  I also used lots of goodies from the Holiday catalog that will be retiring in a few short weeks so you'll want to make sure you have these soon before they are no longer available.

I started with Tip Top Toupe cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of vellum from the   Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum along the top and a piece of Early Espresso designer series paper from the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack along the bottom.   A piece of Real Red 1/8" Stitched Striped Ribbon is perfect to run along the center.  I also added a piece of Gold Sequin Trim and a Bow tied with the same ribbon for the perfect accent.  The greeting is from the Versatile Christmas stamp set and was stamped in Early Espresso Ink on Whisper White cardstock before punching it out with the Washi Label Punch and then I sponged around the edge with Tip Top Toupe ink.  I created a mat for the greeting using Real Red cardstock, the Big Shot, and the Project Life Labels and Cards Framelits.  I used dimensionals to attach the greeting to the cardfront.

I made this card nice and easy using some beautiful accessories that make the card easy with lots of details that will impress.  The other designers are sharing some great cards as well so make sure to check them out and then we would love for you to play along.

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Have a great day!

Diana
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Friday, December 4, 2015

SSINKspiration Red and Green: Oh, What Fun!

Happy Friday!  I know its December but is it possible for this month to slow down, just a little please?  It’s been a great week and we’re looking forward to the tree lighting tonight to really help kick off the holiday fun.  Today over on the SSINKspiration blog it’s all about red and green and the designers are sharing some great cards using these two colors as a focus (perfect for the holidays).  One of the products in this years Holiday Catalog, that I haven’t given much love to is the Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum, this paper is so beautiful and shiny I knew it would be perfect for the focus of today’s card.

I started with Whisper White Thick cardstock for the cardbase (the thick cardstock is perfect for cardbases) and then added a piece of the green Fancy Foil Vellum.  Next I cut a smaller piece of the vellum in the Real Red pattern backed it with Whisper White cardstock and then used some Silver Glimmer Paper as a mat (yeah I know really can’t have too much bling and shine this time of year!!)  I wanted to make this piece look like a holiday package so I used some of the Garden Green 1/8” Stitched Ribbon for the package bow and then attached the whole thing using dimensionals.

The greeting is from the Oh, What Fun stamp set (I was pleasantly surprised to see that this stamp set is carrying over, it has some great sayings for lots of holiday projects!!).  I stamped it in Real Red ink on Whisper White cardstock and then punched it out with the Washi Label Punch, sponged around the edge with green and attached it to the cardfront with dimensionals.  Since I love my bling I decided to add two small rhinestones on the greeting piece for more sparkle.

This picture really doesn't do this card justice, it's so beautiful in person and is great, it uses lots of special (sparkly touches) to really bring up the wow factor and you can make it really fast, the only stamping I did was for the greeting.  I’ll definitely be using this foil vellum more and it will definitely be part of this months Just Cards Class projects next week so don’t miss out!

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Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!

Diana
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Monday, November 30, 2015

30 Day Gratitude Challenge: Day 30, SSI Masculine Monday

Good morning and Happy Monday!  What an enjoyable end to the weekend, I didn't necessarily get a lot done but I was able to relax and even see a movie with Aidan so it was a lot of fun and definitely a great way to get ready for the start of the new work week.  It's the last day of the month, which means it's the last day of this years gratitude challenge and I've really had a great time.  I decided to use the  Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration blog Masculine Monday as great inspiration and a great change of pace to wrap this month up.

I started with Sahara Sand cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of the Winter Wonderland Speciality Designer Series Paper matted with Basic Black cardstock.  I also added a different pattern of paper from the DSP package for the gold stripes.

For the main stamped image I stamped the tree from Lovely as a Tree (a truly classic stamp set) using Versamark Ink on Basic Black cardstock and heat embossed it using the Heat Tool and Gold Embossing Powder.  Then I punched it out using the 2 1/2" Circle Punch.  I punched another circle out using the same punch and some Brushed Gold Cardstock (retired).  The greeting is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set and was stamped in Basic Black ink on Sahara Sand cardstock and then punched it out with the Word Window Punch.  Both the tree circle and the greeting were attached to the cardfront with dimensionals.

This designer paper is absolutely beautiful and it works great for other types of cards than just the holidays!  I'll admit, this was the first time I used this paper and it's so stunning I'll definitely be reaching for it again soon!  There are some other wonderful masculine cards being shared over on the design team blog so go check them out.

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I wanted to give you one last reminder that today is the last day of Online Extravaganza and your chance to save up to 50% off some great products and gift ideas.  Today also has a new set of flash sale products that are only available while supplies last so if these are of interest to you, don't way, purchase them ASAP!!

Enjoy!

Diana
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Sunday, November 29, 2015

30 Day Gratitude Challenge: Day 29

Happy Sunday!  It's so nice to be home after traveling most of yesterday so we're spending the day getting all settled and ready for the week (and avoiding all the crazy traffic!)  Just two more days for this years gratitude challenge and I've really had a lot of fun and have been able to send several cards out and also stocked up the card stash so I'm all ready.

This is another holiday themed card (mainly do to the colors and embossing) but could easily be modified for other occasions.

I started with Cherry Cobbler cardstock and embossed it with the Big Shot and a retired embossing folder.  Next I added a piece of the Merry Moments Designer Series Paper stack.  This card is all about flags and uses little pieces to really make the elements. 

Starting at the back I have a flag using Mossy Meadow Cardstock and it was embossed it with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder.  The next flag uses Crumb Cake cardstock and I stamped it with the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set using the same color ink.  The top flag is for the greeting and is Whisper White cardstock and I used the Ornate Tag Topper Punch.  The greeting is from the Sassy Salutations stamp set and was stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink.  For the swirled accent I used a stamp from the Oh, What Fun stamp set and Early Espresso stamp set.  The final touch was to add some Early Espresso Baker's Twine to the top of the tag and attached the whole tag with dimensionals.

This card is nice and simple an is a great way to use up scraps you have and to make multiples (and we all need these types of cards this time of year!)

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Just remember, the Online Extravaganza is going on right now so you can save up to 50% off select Stampin' Up! products, perfect for the crafter in your life, to help you finish you holiday projects, or just a little fun.  And don't a forget a new set of  one day, flash sale items, including Project Life products will be released tomorrow so don't miss out, supplies won't last!

Enjoy the last of your holiday weekend and if you're traveling, be safe!

Diana
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Saturday, November 28, 2015

30 Day Gratitude Challenge: Day 28

Good morning and Happy Saturday!  It’s been a wonderful holiday vacation and I’ve enjoyed every minute, today we’re heading home (we always like to get home on Saturday to get ready for the week and to avoid all the crazy traffic on Sunday returning home).  We’re full on getting ready for Christmas so I decided to use that theme for several of my remaining gratitude cards so they are ready to go.    

For this card I started with Cherry Cobbler cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock that was embossed with the Big Shot and the Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder.  Next I took a piece of Merry Moments Designer Series Paper and wrapped some Mossy Meadow 3/8” Stitched Satin Ribbon (awesome deal on the clearance rack right now!).  For the greeting I used the Sassy Salutations stamp set and stamped it in Cherry Cobbler Ink on Whisper White cardstock and punched it out with the 2” Circle Punch.  The cute little tree outline is from the Project Life Season Snapshot 2015 stamp set and was stamped in Old Olive ink (I made sure to punch the greeting first to make sure I could line up the tree where I wanted it).  The final touch was to mat the greeting with a Gold Foil Doily from the Metallic Doillies Package (these are on sale right now as part of the Online Extravaganza and they come in silver and gold, you’ll love them!!).

This is a fun, easy card that is great if you need to make multiples and is nice and flat to make the post office happy.  You could easily change the greeting to make this a Christmas card as well (there’s plenty of time to still make your holiday cards this year if you haven’t started yet).

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Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend!

Diana
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Friday, November 27, 2015

30 Day Gratitude Challenge: Day 27

Good afternoon!  I'm getting a little late start to the day after being out last night Black Friday shopping and then trying to get some sleep.  We had such a wonderful Thanksgiving and are just enjoying time with friends and family.  For today's gratitude challenge I decided to combine it today's SSINKspiration Friday Favorites which was the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack (and the matching washi tape is equally awesome!!).  Everyone who know me knows I love ice cream and cupcake so this designer paper is perfect!

I started with Pool Party cardstock and then added a layer of Crush Curry cardstock behind the Tip Top Taupe cardstock that was embossed with the Big Shot and Arrows Embossing Folder and then added a piece of the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper.

For the greeting I decided to make a tag using Whisper White and added a stripe of Cherry on Top Washi tape along the left side.  I use the Big Shot and the Greeting Thinlits and some Watermelon Wonder cardstock and then stamped the rest of the words using Tip Top Taupe ink and the A Dozen Thoughts stamp set.  I used dimensionals to attach the greeting to the cardfront and then added a little knot using the Cucumber Crush Lace Trim

This is such a fun, everyday card and all the bright colors would be perfect to brighten someone's day!

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Have a great Friday!

Diana
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Thursday, November 26, 2015

30 Day Gratitude Challenge: Day 26 Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you are enjoying time with friends and family today, we get together with friends from college every year it’s always a great time.  Today, as well as other days is truly a day to remember and appreciate all that we’re thankful for and we’re so blessed.  Of course I’m sharing a card today for the gratitude challenge and today’s card is the card we sent to our families.   On the SSINKspiration blog we're sharing thanks cards so make sure to check out the blog for lots of other great ideas.

For this card I started with Hello Honey cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock that was embossed with the Big Shot and the Woodland Embossing Folder (I used the same technique as last week to add the color behind the embossing).  Now I will admit, I used a lot of “extra” pieces I had sitting on my desk to make these cards.  The leaves are from the Witching D├ęcor Kit (I was able to use every last leaf through various projects this month and was so happy I had stamped, crumbled, and sponged all the leaves when I was initially making the hat kit so I didn’t have to make a bigger mess.  I used Tombo liquid glue to attach the leaves so I could just attach parts of the leaves so they have lots of dimension.  I added a bow using Mossy Meadow Stitched Satin Ribbon (also retired and was sitting on my desk). 

The greeting is from last years Thanksgiving Paper Pumpkin kit (it is still available and the piece I stamped on was also in that kit so I just trimmed off the striped part (which didn’t match my card) and then sponged around the edges with Tangelo Twist ink.

These cards are so beautiful and have so many textures and elements that you really just want to  touch it (I may be biased but I was really happy with how it turned out!)

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Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!

Diana
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

30 Day Gratitude Challenge: Day 25

Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving Eve!  I love this time of year and are looking forward to lots of time with family and friends (and relaxing!!!)  I’m running out of time to enjoy all the fun products in our fall collection so I decided to take this opportunity with today’s gratitude card to focus on the products in the Into the Woods Product suite (I love all the elements in this suite and how everything perfectly coordinates). 

For this card I started with Soft Suede cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock that was embossed with the Big Shot and the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder (I sponged all over the cardstock with Soft Suede ink to add depth the embossing).  I also used the Big Shot and Circle Collection Framelits to cut a circle frame out of the cardfront.  I used several different patterns from the Into the Woods Designer Series Paper and matted the woodgrain print along the left side with Tangelo Twist cardstock.  The smaller circle was punched with the 2” Circle Punch. 

For the greeting I used the Thankful Forest Friends stamp set and inked it using Stampin’ Write Markers before punching it out with the 2 ½” Circle Punch and attached it with dimensionals.  For some extra texture I added a piece of Rich Razzleberry Into the Woods Cotton Ribbon that I ruffled up using Fast Fuse as adhesive and then added one of the cute Into the Woods Wooden Elements and attached it with a dimensional.

This was my first time using this stamp set (borrowed it from a friend) and it really has some great images that provide lots of possibilities!

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Have a safe and happy holiday weather you’re traveling or staying home!
Diana
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

30 Day Gratitude Challenge: Day 24

Good morning!  Last day of work before the holiday break (for me at least) and  I can’t wait, but there’s so much to do!!  For today’s gratitude project I decided to change things up and show you the project we made for Aidan’s teachers (and I also made some for the kiddos on Thanksgiving).  I used the September Paper Pumpkin to make these cute little pumpkins (or haystacks if you don’t add the straws).  We baked cookies for Aidan’s teachers (we have to 13 teachers) and just put the cookies in a cello bag and then all the supplies for the bag, tag, stamps, etc. were all in the Paper Pumpkin kit (the kit makes 8 projects so I did buy a refill kit (one of the perks of being a subscriber) and we were able to whip these up in now time (and I know his teachers will love them, they’re filled with Double Chocolate (white and milk) chip cookies with cranberries, perfect fall type treat!) 

There’s no supply list since everything came with the kit.  If you like this kit all you need to do is sign up for Paper Pumpkin, then in addition to getting a new kit delivered to your mailbox each month you can shop any of the available kits from the past for your own crafting needs (FYI…during the Online Extravaganza going on right now you don’t need to be a Paper Pumpkin subscriber to purchase past kits, some are currently on sale for everyone, including the super cute valentine kit from last year!!!) some of these kits will be finding their way under the tree for some friends on my gift list!!
Have a great day!

Diana
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Monday, November 23, 2015

SSINKspiration Mystery Challenge #SSINKMC27: And Many More

Good morning!  What a hectic and fun filled weekend, I need go back to work to get a little rest (thankfully it's a short week with the holiday!)  It's time to continue the gratitude challenge (one week to go) and I decided to combine today's card with the Mystery Challenge over on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration blog.  This was a lot of fun, we were given a list of items and had to incorporate as many things as we could into our card.

I started with Pool Party cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Whisper White cardstock that I stamped different splatter images from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set using Real Red, Pool Party, and Pear Pizzaz ink.  I layered a piece of Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum on top of the splatter to add some gold splatter to the mix and on the bottom I added a piece of retired designer series paper (I was working on another project in the studio and this was the perfect color).  I wrapped a piece of Gold 5/8" Satin Ribbon in the center and then tied a nice pretty knot.

To make this "Christmasy" I stamped the tree from the Lots of Joy stamp set in Pool Party ink on Whisper White cardstock and then cut it out and attached it to the cardfront with dimensionals.  The greeting is from the And Many More stamp set and was stamped in Real Red ink and then punched out with the Washi Label Punch.  I decided I needed a little more bling so I added a couple rhinestones to the greeting piece for the final touch.

There's a lot going on with this card but I had fun trying to add all the mystery items into the card so it's all good.  We would love for you to come check out the mystery challenge and play along with us!

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Enjoy,

Diana

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

30 Day Gratitude Challenge: Day 22

Good morning!  What a fun day, I always enjoy creative time and when I can do it with friends, it’s even better!  Today is all about getting the Christmas decorations out and getting the house ready (I like to have all our decorations up and ready before Thanksgiving so we can enjoy them longer).  It’s only fitting that I have a Christmas themed card for today’s gratitude challenge.  This is another nice and simple one that can really be used for any occasion (if it wasn’t for the designer paper that has ornaments printed on it.

I started with Early Espresso cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Whisper White cardstock for the cardfront.  On that I added a piece of designer paper from the Merry Moments Designer Series Paper stack along the right side.  I used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp to stamp the splotches in Crumb Cake ink.  The greeting is from One Big Moment and was stamped in Early Espresso Ink.

For a fun embellishment I took another piece of DSP and cut the edges randomly to mimic washi tape and attached it to the cardfront with dimensionals so it pops up.  I took a piece of Gold Glimmer Paper and used the Big Shot and framelit from the Treat Bag Thinlits to cut the holes in the glimmer paper and then attached it to the designer paper so that part is hanging off and looks suspended.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out some of the thinlit sets, there are some great “accessory” pieces that are so useful for all types of projects, even on their own.

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend,

Diana
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