Playing with Fall Colors

The leaves are changing color and I put on a pair of wool socks yesterday. What?
Fall-Quotes-1Fall leaves can provide some very pretty color combos to inspire our creativity. I’d like to share a card today that uses some sponging and watercoloring techniques.
Love-of-Leaves-2The card base is simply a Whisper White 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″  scored in half at 4-1/4″. (I use our Thick Whisper White Cardstock for all my bases.)

A few steps:
1. Start with a 3-1/2″ square piece of watercolor paper. I masked off 1/4″ all around the edge using post-it notes. Our grid paper comes in very handy…each square is 1/4″!
masking2. Now sponge Soft Suede ink around the edges. Just make sure you sponge off a bit of ink onto your grid sheet first. Come at it from the edges so it’s not so dark as soon as you put your sponge down. Does that make sense? Start light. You can always add more. Once you’re happy with how it looks, you can remove the post-it notes. You will be surprised at how lovely it looks with a border around the edge.

3. Take your leaf stamp and ink it up with our new Bumblebee ink. Flip it over and sponge some Cajun Craze and Soft Suede right onto the stamp. Give it a little “huff” and then stamp it onto your watercolor square. I stamped mine over to the left side so I would have enough room for my sentiment. You might even want to stamp your greeting first so you know how much room you have.

4. Your leaf will look quite light and washed out. But now the magic starts! Take a water painter (aka aquapainter) and begin to blend the colors on your stamped image. I even dabbed on some extra ink from the lid of my stamp pads to darken it up a bit. Play around with it. It will look different each time.

5. Let it dry…and if you’re inpatient like me, you can heat set it with your embossing tool. Now center the stitched leaf die over your leaf and run it through your die-cutting machine. It will give it that beautiful stitched detail.

6. Finally, die-cut your finished piece using our layering square dies. I used the largest square which is 3″.

7. Finishing touches…off-set it a bit and pop up the middle with dimensionals. Tie a gold bow and attach with glue dots. Voila!
Love-of-Leaves-BundleHave you fallen in love with this Love of Leaves bundle yet?

Ink Colors: Soft Suede, Bumblebee, Cajun Craze …and an Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker
Cardstock: Thick Whisper White, Watercolor Paper
Additional Tools: Layering Squares Dies, Sponge Daubers
Embellishments: Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack

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Use the September Hostess Code 3Y42YFDW at checkout.
Unless your order reaches the $200 threshold…then you will receive free hostess dollars!!

Did you know?
I purchased my starter kit at this time of year and it was perfect timing for all those holiday crafters. It was pretty easy to get orders from friends and family right off the get go. So many people love to give handmade gifts and cards at Christmas. Even if they don’t consider themselves crafty, there’s just something about the holidays that makes them want to try it out.

We even have four Christmas Kits in the mini catalogue.

Joy of Sharing…

Tag Buffet…

Christmas Countdown…

And finally Most Wonderful Time …

Maybe you could advertise those to your friends and family? It was a big confidence boost getting those first orders. I thought…”wow…I can actually turn this into a little business!”

Get&Go Starter Kit PromotionHave a great day everyone!

Hello Fall

I cannot get enough of the stitched look in papercrafting. The detail just seems to dress up every image. This fall card showcases some of our new embellishments.
Love-of-Leaves-3I die-cut the letters FALL using the new Playful Alphabet dies and hung them from one of the gold hoops to create a little banner. Then I added a metal acorn trinket to the linen thread bow. Those acorn trinkets are stinkin’ adorable. And they will coordinate with all your fall projects. You NEED them!

Take a closer look at the Mint Macaron strip on the card. I used that stitched line die that comes in that set (Stitched Leaves Dies). It almost looks like patterned paper. So cool. I did use a small piece of striped DSP from the Gilded Autumn Specialty DSP pack to die-cut one of the leaves.

It has quite a bit of dimension on it, so if you mail this you I would suggest that you add some padding by way of an extra piece of cardstock or even a layer of tissue paper to protect the embellishments…and it will be extra postage as well. Thankfully, this one isn’t going in the mail:)

I also had a gift bag that needed a tag today, so I whipped up this super simple tag with some of the leftover leaves on my desk. I added a little bit shimmer with our new Elegant Faceted Gems. I hope you like it.

Ink Colors: Crumb Cake
Cardstock: Whisper White, Mint Macaron and Crumb Cake
DSP: Gilded Autumn Specialty DSP (pg. 45 in the mini)
Additional Tools: Playful Alphabet Dies
Embellishments: Gold Hoops Embellishments, Acorn Trinkets, Linen Thread and Elegant Faceted Gems

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Use the September Hostess Code 3Y42YFDW at checkout.
Unless your order reaches the $200 threshold…then you will receive free hostess dollars!!

If you would like to turn your wishlist into a starter kit order, let me know. I would be happy to help!
Get&Go Starter Kit PromotionYou will receive all of these extra items when you order a starter kit this month…
Get&Go Details-1Are you thinking about it?
Do you have a few friends that like to papercraft as well? When I purchased my starter kit, I had been getting together with friends to make cards. Just a girls night here and there…or at a weekend retreat…I envisioned that I would sign up and then they could get all their supplies from me. In turn, I would make a little bit of money.

So that’s what I did. And then THEY told people that they knew to order from me.  And so it began. Friends help friends along the journey. You don’t have to figure it all out by yourself. If you love Stampin’ Up! product, you have nothing to lose and so much to gain. I treasure the friendships that have come out of my Stampin’ Up! journey. Many of them will be life-long.

Cheers to Stampin’ Up! 

Love of Leaves

It’s beginning to look a bit like Fall…I think it’s actually my favorite season. (Unless you classify Christmas as a season…then it would definitely be Christmas!) The new Love of Leaves Bundle in our mini catalogue just gives me all the warm feels of this time of year. I just wish fall was longer in this part of the world. I love it when the leaves change color…but they fall off way too quickly.

This card is a version of the one you see in our catalogue on pg. 49. The layout has just been switched to portrait instead of landscape. Love-of-Leaves-1The details in the stitching on these leaves is absolutely stunning. And do you see the stitched lines down the left side? That is what one of the dies does! Love-of-Leaves-Bundle

#155195   Love of Leaves Bundle   $64.75

Technique: You’ll notice that the leaves have a little streaky look to them. To achieve this look, use your finger dauber to pull off some of the ink before you stamp the leaves onto your cardstock.

Ink Colors: Crumb Cake, Bumblebee and Mint Macaron
                  →(Also Versamark & Gold Embossing Powder)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Mossy Meadow
DSP: Plaid Tidings (pg. 57 in the mini)
Tools: Lovely Labels Pick a Punch
Embellishments: Very Vanilla Scalloped Lace Trim and Gilded Gems

shopping cartPlacing an Order
You can order anytime through my online store at
Use the September Hostess Code 3Y42YFDW at checkout.
Unless your order reaches the $200 threshold…then you will receive free hostess dollars!!

However, if you have a longer wishlist
Why not consider putting in onto a starter kit order? Then you will receive a discount on your supplies for as long as you stay active. The Starter Kit is a fantastic way for you to get loads of products at a huge value (for $135, choose $165-worth of products).

…AND…There is a Starter Kit Promotion this month!
Get&Go Starter Kit Promotion During the Get & Go Starter Kit Promotion, they’ve added even more products to the Starter Kit offering—and at the same great price! They’ve specifically included these additional products to help new demonstrators hold an event right from the get-go and get their business off to a running start.

If you don’t want to hold events, no problem. Just think of this as a free card kit! You will have all the pieces you need to make 16 cards:)

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Get&Go DetailsPlease let me know if you have any questions about purchasing a Starter Kit. I’d be happy to help! I bought mine 18 years ago simply because I wanted a lot of stuff…and the thought of getting a discount on everything I purchased really appealed to me! Best decision ever.

Happy Monday everyone!