Fall Plaids and Pretty Packages

Whenever you’re using dies…especially these pretty fall stitched ones…remember to maximize the value of your set by using the positive and negative portions of the dies.

Take a look and see what I mean.
Love-of-Leaves-stitched-diesThose negative images can be used in creative ways. I made something fun today that I’d like to share. (Thank you to paulinespapier for the inspiration.)Love-of-Leaves-5a I find it hard to use the yellow tones some days, but I’m really happy how this turned out! The card is actually a flip card with 3 separate layers.
Love-of-Leaves-5bEach layer shows all three colors in the color combo I chose – Bumblebee (a new InColor), Smoky Slate, and the yellow/orange tones in the amazing Plaid Tidings DSP pack.
Love-of-Leaves-5cI was going to punch two holes in the top, but I’m glad I stopped myself! This way is waaayyy cuter!! I simply ran a 16″ piece of linen thread through the last layer and tied a knot at the top. Now the recipient can have the option of hanging this card on a door knob or hook :)
Love-of-Leaves-5dOf course a pretty card deserves a pretty package so I made a pocket from one of our medium Whisper White envelopes. I simply slit one end of it open first and then sealed the envelope. Now it becomes a pocket. It looked a bit too plain for my liking so I ran it through my new Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine (which I absolutely LOVE!!) with the Scripty 3D Embossing Folder.
Love-of-Leaves-5There are a few more details I added to complete this project. I am going to try and do a short video in the next couple of days showing how I made these projects. So you can check back later.

 SUPPLIES
Ink Colors: Basic Gray (and re-inker)
Cardstock: Bumblebee, Basic Gray, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
DSP: Plaid Tidings, Gilded Autumn Specialty, and Forever Gold Laser-Cut Specialty
Additional Tools: Scripty 3D Embossing Folder, Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, Water Painters
Embellishments: Linen Thread

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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!!

Get&Go Starter Kit PromotionIn addition to the already amazing value you receive in a starter kit, these are the additional 2 FREE sets that are included in each starter kit purchased this month:

#1 Queen Anne’s Lace Stamp Set
Queen-Annes-Lace-Stamp-SetHere is a sample…
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#2 So Much Love
So-Much-Love-Stamp-SetHere is a sample…
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My Stampin’ Up! journey has been pretty amazing. Won’t you join in the fun?

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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?

SUPPLIES
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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You can order anytime through my online store at www.thestampinroom.stampinup.net
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…
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Tag Buffet…
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Christmas Countdown…
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And finally Most Wonderful Time …
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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!
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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.

 SUPPLIES
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

shopping cartPlacing an Order
You can order anytime through my online store at www.thestampinroom.stampinup.net
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! 
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