Friday, October 19, 2018

Happy Fall from the Control Freaks!


Yep, FALL is the theme this month and we are starting to see some Fall colors here in East Tennessee. It is so beautiful; definitely my favorite time of year! If you started at the beginning, you just arrived from Kelly Acheson's blog, A Stamp Above. But if you started with me, no worries! Just click the "Next" button at the bottom of the page to go on to the next stop.

When I think of Fall, I think of chilly breezes swirling colorful leaves (hooray for sweater weather!), stacking firewood to prepare for cold winter nights, hot cocoa, spiced cider, harvests & pumpkins. It's right up there with raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens as a few of my favorite things, so I decided to make a couple of cards featuring some of these things!

Heart's Delight Cards, Colorful Seasons, Fall, Autumn, Stampin' Up!

First up is the card with the colorful swirling leaves. I did a watercolor wash with Brusho Crystal Colors then cut the large and small leaves from Seasonal Layers. The small leaves were glued to the background and "pressed" with the Subtle folder to embed them into the cardstock. Then it was embossed again with the Seaside folder to give the impression of wind-blown leaves.

Heart's Delight Cards, Colorful Seasons, Fall, Autumn, Stampin' Up!

After all the work, it occurred to me I could have gotten the same look by using the Baby Wipe Technique with the small leaf stamp in Colorful Seasons, which is what I did on the envelope flap. Sheesh. The light's on folks, but nobody's home.

Smiley from Millan.Net

Heart's Delight Cards, Colorful Seasons, Fall, Autumn, Stampin' Up!

For the next card, I went with a CAS look. I just adore the sunflowers and pumpkins in the At Home With You stamp set and, of course, it involves coloring! And, like Colorful Seasons, it has coordinating dies so I didn't have to fussy cut anything.

Heart's Delight Cards, At Home With You, Fall, Autumn, Stampin' Up!

I started by figuring where the greeting (Country Home) needed to be stamped on the background, then embossed it with the Subtle folder. A 1-1/2" strip of Pear Pizzazz DSP was added to the bottom, with a narrow strip of Copper Glimmer Paper (Joyous Noel Glimmer pack). After coloring and die cutting the image, it was popped up on dimensionals.

Heart's Delight Cards, At Home With You, Fall, Autumn, Stampin' Up!

Instead of stamping the envelope flap, a 2-1/4" x 6" piece of DSP was glued to the flap and the excess trimmed off. I love how coordinated it all looks!

Heart's Delight Cards, At Home With You, Fall, Autumn, Stampin' Up!

That's all for my "Ode to Autumn." Thank you for stopping by! Up next is Julie Davison over at Julie's Stamping Spot. I'm sure she will have you falling for Fall, too!

https://juliedavison.blogspot.com/2018/10/controlfreaksoctober2018.html

Peaceful Poinsettia Bundle


If you like to color, this is just about the easiest WOW card you can make! Seriously, you stamp and color the image from Peaceful Poinsettia on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, and cut it with the coordinating Detailed Poinsettia die. Remember to use Memento ink when using Stampin' Blends markers!


Then you use the negative die (the holly and pine branches) on a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Crumb Cake cardstock. Stamp the greeting with StazOn, let it dry, then run it through the Big Shot with the Subtle embossing folder.


Glue some scraps of Garden Green behind the cut out parts and adhere it to your card base. Pop the colored image up on Stampin' Dimensionals and add some Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels. And don't skimp on the jewels, either - I used nine here, so I can get 24 cards out of one pack of jewels. It's the jewels that make it WOW! Trust me, they are so much more impressive in real life.

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

The Stamp Review Crew - Dashing Deer

https://stampreviewcrew.blogspot.com/2018/10/dashing-deer.html

Welcome back to the Stamp Review Crew's latest hop! We are a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world who get together on the first and third Monday of the month to inspire you by picking one stamp set (or bundle) and showing many ways to use it! Today we are focusing on another one of my favorite stamp sets in the holiday catalog, Dashing Deer. It's a nine piece red rubber stamp set (wood- or clear-mount) that coordinates with the thirteen piece Detailed Deer Thinlits Dies. Of course, they are available as a bundle with a 10% discount!

Heart's Delight Cards, Stamp Review Crew - Dashing Deer, SRC, Dashing Deer, Christmas, Stampin' Up!

Lauren Alarid was just before me, so you may have landed here from her blog, the Crafty Little Peach. You can follow the links to see what everyone has done, or click the banner above to see the whole blog roll.

Heart's Delight Cards, Stamp Review Crew - Dashing Deer, SRC, Dashing Deer, Christmas, Stampin' Up!

I got on a black & white and gold kick today. I love the stark elegance of that combination, and started by stamping the large deer in Jet Black StazOn on a gold foil sheet. The Stamparatus helped tremendously, because my first stamping didn't quite get the coverage I needed, AND I knew I could stamp again in exactly the same place!

Heart's Delight Cards, Stamp Review Crew - Dashing Deer, SRC, Dashing Deer, Christmas, Stampin' Up!

It's so hard to get a good photo when it's a dreary, cloudy day but I did the best that I could. The detail in this stamp is just amazing! The front of the card base and the white background behind the deer were both embossed with the Subtle Dynamic embossing folder. Again, poor lighting and hard to see - sorry!

Heart's Delight Cards, Stamp Review Crew - Dashing Deer, SRC, Dashing Deer, Christmas, Stampin' Up!

My next card uses the same die cut without the stamping. I added the swirly corners and heat embossed the greeting in gold on Basic Black. The Subtle Dynamic folder made an appearance here, too, on the black background.

Heart's Delight Cards, Stamp Review Crew - Dashing Deer, SRC, Dashing Deer, Christmas, Stampin' Up!

The deer was popped up on little pieces of dimensionals. (I save the edges for just these occasions.) Those Gold Foil-edged Cards (w/matching envelopes) saved me from having to do more layers!

Next up is the always awesome Mike Funke over at Stampin' Style. I just love his "thinking outside the box" style!

http://stampin-style.typepad.com/stampin-style/2018/10/stamp-review-crew-dashing-deer.html
https://craftylittlepeach.blogspot.com/2018/10/the-stamp-review-crew-dashing-deer.html

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Handmade Holidays with My Inky Friends

https://myinkyfriends.blogspot.com/2018/08/handmade-holidays-blog-hop.html

Thank you for visiting the My Inky Friends Handmade Holiday blog hop! We were given free rein on just what holiday we wanted to do, so it could be anything from Valentine's Day to New Year's. If you've been hopping since the beginning, you probably landed here from Rhonda's blog, The Stampin' Bunny. Weren't her Tiny Takeout Treats adorable?! You can continue on to the next stop (forward or backward) by following the links below.

Since my kids (and even my grand kids) are grown, I don't do Halloween stuff anymore. And since we live in a very rural area now we don't get any neighborhood kids Trick or Treating, either. So I challenged myself to make a couple of Halloween projects using the Toil & Trouble DSP that I had. I didn't get the Cauldron Bubble stamp set, or the Cauldron Framelits Dies that match the stamps and the DSP, but the paper was just too cute to pass up! And a little bit of fussy cutting made up for not having the dies.

Heart's Delight Cards, MIF Handmade Holiday, Treats, Halloween Treats, Stampin'  Up!

I've seen this little treat box on Pinterest using the Acetate Card Boxes, and thought it would be adorable filled with candy corn! It's super simple to make, too. Just cut an acetate card box in half crosswise and form it into an open-ended box. Cut the DSP 4-3/8" x 5" and score at 2-7/8" and 3-1/2". Fold on the score lines and insert the larger flap into the box. Add candy and fold the smaller flap over. You can add a glue dot to hold it while you decorate it. Add a belly band, or ribbon, or whatever your heart desires!

Heart's Delight Cards, MIF Handmade Holiday, Treats, Halloween Treats, Stampin'  Up!

My next idea was to use the sweet little witches' hats in the DSP as a Hershey's Kiss holder. I cut two hats and glued the very outside ends of the hat brim and the peak of the hat, leaving the bottom open. This little witch needed some googly eyes, which I just happened to have. *grin*

After adding a glue dot on the front and back sides of the kiss, I slipped the hat on down to the eyes and adhered it to the glue dots. And what witch doesn't wish she had that cute Glitter Organdy bow on her hat? So fetching!

Heart's Delight Cards, MIF Handmade Holiday, Treats, Halloween Treats, Stampin'  Up!

Up next is Mickey over at Paper Conversation, where she's going to show you projects using Making Christmas Bright. Thanks for stopping by!

http://www.paperconversation.com/2018/10/inky-friends-handmade-holidays-blog-hop-making-christmas-bright.html

https://thestampinbunny.blogspot.com/2018/10/tiny-takeout-box-for-inky-friends.html

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