Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Merry Cafe Sneak Peek!

This was one of those stamp sets that was near the top of my list, because it's going to be so versatile! Merry Cafe is not only for fall (and who doesn't love pumpkin spice anything?) and Halloween, but for Christmas, New Years, AND Valentine's Day! Combine my favorite seasons/holidays with coffee, and I'm sold!

This was a quickie card which uses several components in the Holiday catalog. Can you spot them?

The Designer Series Paper is from the Painted Autumn suite (p 49), and the metallic Washi tape is from the Year of Cheer Suite (p 37), but do you recognize the vellum swirl of steam? That die is in the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies on page 35!

I adore the tiny details that are included in this 29 piece stamp set! Little leaves, berry sprigs, holly leaves and berries, snowflakes, even a little corner spider web. This really is a "must have" set that coordinates beautifully with the Coffee Cafe bundle in the annual catalog.

 Cup: Whisper White 2-1/4" x 3"
 Lid: Crumb Cake 3/4" x 2-1/4"
 Cup sleeve: Crumb Cake 1-3/4" x 2-1/4"
 Steam: Vellum 1-1/2" x 1-3/4"
 DSP: Painted Autumn 3-7/8" x 5-1/8"
 Mat: Pumpkin Pie 4" x 5-1/4"
 Card base: Very Vanilla 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored & folded at 4-1/4"

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Colorful Seasons & Barnwood

Besides the spectacular views, one of the things that attracted us to this house, when we were looking online at properties, was the beautiful barnwood wall in the living room. I'm sure this house has a great story to tell, if only the walls could talk! We know that the wood was taken from an old barn down by the river, although we're not sure where. I do know the oak plank walls in my craft room were from an old oak tree that used to stand right next to the house.

Since we had to have the dead ash tree cut down, I'm hoping to use some part of it to preserve its memory with the homestead, too. Though I haven't figured out just how, yet.

So, the beautiful barnwood walls, as seen in the photo above, were my inspiration for today's card. Some Shimmery White cardstock was embossed with the Pinewood Planks embossing folder, then I dragged Soft Suede, Smoky Slate, and Basic Gray ink pads lightly over it to give it that weathered look.

The Hearth & Home Framelits die window frame was cut from Whisper White Thick cardstock, and the cat was punched in Basic Black. Yeah, I know, it doesn't look like my Punkin at all, but I was fresh out of orange tabby cardstock, LOL.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Add a Little Glitz with Snowflakes! (Sneak Peek)

Well, you KNOW I just HAD to get every snowflake-related item in the new Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog, didn't you? If it sparkles, or if it's shiny, or if it's snowflakes or snowmen, you can bet it will end up in my craft room!

And ESPECIALLY if it's snowy-somethings that can be used with Mr. Big! So the Winter Wonder embossing folder was a no-brainer, as was the snowflake die in the Trim Your Stocking Thinlits Dies. And they happened to coordinate beautifully with the snowflakes in the Seasonal Layers Thinlits, too!

You just really can't go wrong with snowflakes, and the silver sparkly ones paired beautifully with the greeting in Add a Little Glitz!

Here is a helpful hint for the Winter Wonder embossing folder: I was having trouble with wrinkles in the regular Whisper White cardstock after running it through the Big Shot. I tried a quarter sheet of Whisper White Thick cardstock and lightly spritzed the back of it with water, then blotted it with a paper towel. While it was still damp, I embossed it, and then let it dry before trimming it down for the card front. It worked perfectly; no wrinkles at all!

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