Love Of Leaves And Lots Of Texture!

Today I have two cards to showcase.  I’ve been wanting to use the stitched background die from the Stitched Leaves Dies and finally did. This die adds such a beautiful texture to the card layer.

The first card has the died Linen Thread wrapped behind the maple leaf. The second has the Linen Thread tied in a bow and attached to the front of the maple leaf.  I couldn’t decide which I liked more, so I used them both.

Another Clean and Simple card and so easy to put together.

  • Start with a Very Vanilla A-2 card base and add a Gray Granite layer.
  • The Gray Granite layer measures 4 1/8″ X 5 3/8″.
  • The Very Vanilla top layer measures 4″ X 5 1/4″.
  • Run the top Very Vanilla layer through your cutting machine twice using the large border die from the Stitched Leaves Dies.
  • Place the bottom edge of the die at the bottom of the layer on the left side and the top edge of the die at the top of the right edge of the layer.  This will give you the stitched pattern shown in these cards.
  • Stamp the maple leaf with Flirty Flamingo ink onto a piece of Very Vanilla card stock. Run it through your cutting machine using both the maple leaf cutting and embossing dies.
  • Add a leaf sprig of your choice to the back of your stamped maple leaf.
  • Take about 6″ of Linen Thread and roll it along your Gray Granite ink pad. (I covered my finger with a paper towel).
  • You can run the Linen Thread across your ink pad as much as you want depending on how much color you want.
  • I wanted a hint of Gray Granite on the Linen Thread so I inked the thread once.
  • On the first card, I looped the Linen Thread and attached it to the back of the leaf.  Then, I attached the leaf to my layer.
  • On the second card, I tied a bow and attached it to the front of my leaf with a mini glue dot.
  • Add your sentiment in Gray Granite ink.
  • Embellish with a few of the small Frosted Epoxy Droplets.

If you don’t already own it, the Love of Leaves Bundle is worth a second look.  It’s in the current August-December 2020 Mini Catalog at the Bundle price.  It will be in the January-June 2021 Mini Catalog individually priced.

So, pull out your Very Vanilla card stock, emboss a layer, add some colored thread and a maple leaf and create something pretty.

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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Press On With Perks!

Coffee anyone?  I am a coffee lover for sure.  I enjoy a great cup or two in the morning and after dinner.  There’s something about sitting down with a cup of fresh brewed coffee, don’t you agree?

So, today I want to talk about the Press On stamp set that I categorize as one of Stampin’ Up!’s more whimsical stamp sets.  The images have everything to do with coffee as do the sentiments and it’s perfect for the coffee lover in you!

Today’s card is Clean and Simple.

  • I used a Whisper White thick card stock base and added a Misty Moonlight layer.
  • My top layer is Whisper White card stock.
  • The coffee cup is stamped with Misty Moonlight ink onto Whisper White card stock, fussy cut and attached to the card with dimensionals.
  • I stamped a second cup with Misty Moonlight ink onto Misty Moonlight 2020-2022 6″ X 6″ In Color Designer Series Paper.
  • I fussy cut the center portion of the DSP coffee cup and glued it to the center of the Whisper White coffee cup.
  • My cup lid is colored with my Light Misty Moonlight Stampin’ Blend.
  • The Bumblebee stitched circle was cropped using the Stitched Shapes dies.
  • The spilled coffee beans are stamped with Early Espresso ink, which is certainly the right color for a coffee bean!
  • A few white circles from All The Trimmings Embellishments added just the right amount of interest to the circle.

This was another fun card and easy to put together.

So, grab your coffee, crop a circle, spill a few beans and create something fun!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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Warm Hugs Love For The Paper Players!

This week’s challenge over at The Paper Players is a Clean and Simple “Hooray for Holidays” Challenge.  A Clean and Simple card is one with lots of white space and a simple design.

This was one of those cards that I started at the top rather than adding to a card base.  I knew I would use a Whisper White card base to keep in line with Ann’s Challenge.

The Wrapped In Christmas stamp set and the Classic Christmas Designer Series Paper were together on my desk.  Once I saw them, I knew I would use the sentiment medallion from the stamp set so I started there.  The patterned paper gave me my color combination, but it was up to me how to use it and to “balance” the three colors I chose.  I started cutting and adding layers to draw attention to the sentiment medallion.  I was satisfied with the layers, but my card needed a little something more.

The dotted pattern of the Wrapped In Texture Embossing Folder worked perfectly with the Classic Christmas patterned paper I chose. Keeping the embossed layer white added just the right amount of interest through its texture to my card base but didn’t take anything away from the simple patterns in the DSP or the holiday colors.

I cropped the two hearts in Cherry Cobbler and added a Gold Metallic Pearl to each heart.

Thanks to Ann and The Paper Players Design Team for your beautiful project inspiration this week.

So, start from the top, add a sentiment, some layers and a few hearts and create something festive.

…the only limitation is your imagination!



Warm Hugs In A Little Treat Box!

Happy Sunday!

Today’s post is a sweet little treat box turned into a gift tag holder.  This project is another quick and easy gift you can put together in no time.  I used the Little Treat Box Dies to cut both the gift tag holder and the gift tags.  The Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper was my choice for the gift tag holder.  The Warm Hugs stamp set worked well for the sentiments and holiday images on the gift tags.  Some Linen Thread and a Cherry Cobbler Candy Dot (from my retired stash) are the only embellishments.

The adorable stitched scalloped circle medallion is from the Little Treat Box Dies and the sentiment is from the Wrapped In Christmas stamp set.

I have to say I really had fun with this little gift project.

You can download a printable PDF tutorial here or click on the link below.

So, grab your patterned paper, cut a few Little Treat Boxes, add some sentiments, and create something adorable!




Christmas Means More!

Happy Saturday!  It’s been quite a week.  As they say, all is well that ends well!  Today, I have a clean and simple and quick and easy card for you.

I’ve always loved this quote from How The Grinch Stole Christmas. 

The Christmas Means More stamp set has large images making it easy to create a quick card.  I love plaid anything for the holiday season and chose the Shaded Spruce and Cherry Cobbler plaid pattern from the Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper pack.  The sentiment, stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink on Whisper White card stock, is bold and can stand alone.  I thought a little shimmer would give this card that extra “something” so I added a few Gold Metallic Pearls.

So, pull out your favorite plaid pattern, cut a few layers, add a bold sentiment and some shine and create something simple and sweet.