Friday, September 22, 2017

Happy Fall, Y'all!

Woohoo!!! Today is the first day of Fall, the Autumnal Equinox, the start of my favorite time of year! From now until New Year's Day all the things that I love happen. Cooler days, the colors of Autumn, the candy of Halloween (heh-heh), the traditions and good eats of Thanksgiving, and the sweet treats of Christmas. Hmmm, do I detect a recurring theme here? I'm getting a food coma just thinking about it!

Last year I bought some small pie pumpkins and after cleaning & cooking them until soft, I processed them in the food processor until smooth. Holy WOW! What a huge difference between the tinny-tasting canned stuff, and the velvety, slightly sweet home made pumpkin puree. I'll be doing that again this year, and NEXT year will grow my own pumpkins to process!

All of that to say, I have pumpkins on the brain today, and what better way to celebrate all things Autumn and pumpkin-y than with the cute pumpkins in the Painted Autumn DSP? It sure makes quick work to just cut out the pumpkin images, stamp a few of the elements in Merry Café and put them all together on a cute card. I used three different patterns from the DSP, and after adding a strip of copper Washi and a few copper sequins, the card was complete!


 Greeting panel: Very Vanilla 2" x 4"
 DSP mat: Painted Autumn 2-1/4" x 4"
 Background DSP: Painted Autumn 4" x 5-1/4"
 Card base: Very Vanilla 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Cheery Chirps Joy

I thought I heard some chirps coming from this stamp set on the shelf saying, "Hey, remember me?" I think it was to remind me how sweet and whimsical these little birds are, and what a joy to color.

Even though I had other plans, I couldn't resist the plaintive plea for some love, so I made one of those 'use what you have on your craft table' cards. Yep, everything on this card was sitting in one place or another on my very messy desk. Oh wait, that's not entirely true...the ribbon was neatly tucked into the ribbon holder on the shelf. *shock!*

Anyway, I though it would be a good way to use up some of the crafting debris litter stuff, rather than add more to the overflowing bits box. And it turned out so cute, I made more of them for a swap that I'm in!

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Let it Snow

Do not adjust your monitor....this really is a black and white card! Since the Merry Little Labels stamp set coordinates with the Card Front Builder Thinlits, I thought it would be fun to put together a simple card in monochrome. The black and white patterns in the Merry Music Specialty DSP pack had the perfect design for it, too. It looks like snowflakes at first glance, but look closer....

They are musical notes! Pretty cool, huh? So naturally I was humming the tune to Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! while I was making it. Gotta love Dean Martin!

The trees and deer silhouette were cut from scraps of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, and the snowy hill they are standing on started as a piece of glimmer paper 2-7/8" x 4". I cut a slight slope making the bottom portion a bit larger than the top, then turned that top around 180 degrees and it became the bottom snow slope!

Look at how few stamping supplies it took....

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Stamp Review Crew - Merry Café

I'm so happy you could join the Stamp Review Crew today, because today's featured stamp is the sweet Merry Café photopolymer set! It was made to coordinate with the Coffee Cups Framelits Dies (pg. 213 AC), and it's so versatile for Autumn and Winter holiday occasions!

You may have landed here from Kelly's blog, My Papercraft Journey, or maybe you are starting here with my blog. Just click the links found at the bottom of each blog to take the tour!

My first project is a card celebrating Fall, my favorite time of year! I love sweater weather, apple cider, and hot chocolate, but you know what I don't love? Pumpkin Spice Latte. (Shhh, don't tell anyone!) Oh, I do love pumpkin pie, and pumpkin bread, and pumpkin scones, and the spices that go with them, but just not in my coffee. I'm more of a Mocha girl, and make mine a Venti, please! That being said, it is still exciting when PSL becomes available, because that means Autumn is coming!

The pumpkins were fussy-cut from the Painted Autumn DSP pack, an easy way to add more pumpkiny goodness!

For the next card, I wanted to show that many of the stamps can be used without being coffee (or tea) related.

This is a simple Christmas card showing off five of the stamps in the 29 piece set. Yes, you read that right! There are twenty-nine photopolymer stamps the cover a lot of holidays - even Valentine's Day!

I combined it with some scraps from the Quilted Christmas DSP stack to add a little color.

That's all for my projects. I had planned on making a Valentine card, too, but simply ran out of time. Up next is Ann, over at The Stampin' Schach. Check our her sweet creations!

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