Clean and Simple Quilted Christmas Peace

The Quilted Christmas Suite is at the top of “my favorites” list.  When I saw the Product Suite in the Holiday Catalog, I thought it was crisp, clean and versatile. I knew I would use it way beyond the holidays. Here’s a very simple card that I put together in just a few minutes. This project is all about the patterned paper…

Here’s the quick “How To”…

  • The large “quilted star” in the background is actually a pattern from the Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper Stack.  It can be cut perfectly into a 3″ square. The sheet is a 6″ square with four quilted star patterns on it. You can crop four 3″ square quilted stars from one sheet.
  • I attached a quilted star square to a 3 1/4″ square of Real Red card stock and added a hand cropped Lemon Lime Twist banner across the center.
  • For a little embellishment, I cut a few triangles from one of the patterned paper sheets and layered them onto the cropped banner.
  • An 8″ strip of the 1/4″ Quilted Christmas Ribbon, which is absolutely beautiful and soft, worked to bring all my colors together.
  • The pretty leaf patterned flower medallion is stamped with Garden Green ink.  I cropped it with a matching Quilt Builder Framelit Die. The flower and “peace” sentiment are images from the Christmas Quilt stamp set.

Below are a few additional projects you can complete with the Quilted Christmas Suite.  Click here or on the image below to get all the details on the beautiful coordinating products included in this Suite.

So, grab your favorite patterned paper, crop a large “Focal Point” pattern, embellish with a few more “patterns” and create something clean, crisp and simple.

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October 1st – 31st:  Designer Series Paper Sale  –  Today’s post is all about patterned paper and its inspiration for projects. For the month of October, Stampin’ Up! is having a Designer Series Paper Sale.  If you purchase three of the Designer Series Paper Sale Selections, you will get one selection FREE. This is a great way to stock up on your favorites or share the sale benefits with a friend.  Click here for prices and images of the Designer Series Paper  Sale Selections.

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October 1st – 10th:  World Card Making Day – Celebrate World Card Making Day with us and get 15% off select card making essentials. This year, the world celebrates the Day on Saturday, October 7th.  You can get all the details for the sale products by either clicking here or on the banner above. I’m going to be stocking up on some Fast Fuse.

  • NOW, if you take advantage of the “World Card Making Day” sale and choose a stamp set or two, or three, purchase the Fast Fuse adhesive, (you will get two Fast Fuse refills FREE), and choose some Designer Series Paper to coordinate with your stamp sets, you’ll have the essentials to create your own beautiful cards.

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World Card Making Day Celebration – Stampin’ Up!

Happy Sunday and Welcome October!

Here’s a sweet and simple note card that I put together in just a few minutes.  A few strands from a piece of 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon is just the right amount of embellishment!

  • The Whisper White Note Cards and Wood Words stamp set are 15% off starting today through October 10th.  Take a look at the details below.
  • The Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack, which coordinates with the Wood Words stamp set can be FREE with the purchase of three Designer Series Paper selections.

So, pick out a stamp set ON SALE, grab yourself a set of Note Cards ON SALE, stock up on your favorite Designer Series Paper, add a little Burlap Ribbon and create something sweet!

World Card Making Day has been an annual event for a very long time. The actual Day is always in the beginning of October and those of us who enjoy making hand made cards celebrate the creativity and personal connection hand made cards make between loved ones and friends.  This year, the world celebrates the Day on Saturday, October 7th.  I’m looking forward to meeting up with some old and new friends in Atlanta for the celebration… it’s always a fun day.

  • To make it more exciting and fun for you to celebrate along with us, Stampin’ Up! is offering a fabulous new promotion that will last 10 days… from today through October 10th. With 15% off selected items, you can order a few “essentials” to celebrate your creativity your way!  Click here for all the details.
  • AND… To make it even more interesting…. Stampin’ Up! is also giving away one FREE Designer Series Paper selection if you purchase three.
  • NOW, if you take advantage of the “World Card Making Day” sale and choose a stamp set or two, or three, purchase the Fast Fuse adhesive, (you will get two Fast Fuse refills FREE), and choose some Designer Series Paper to coordinate with your stamp sets, you’ll have the essentials to create your own beautiful cards.

 

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Clean and Simple Happy Birthday in the Flower Patch!

Here’s a clean and simple birthday card that you can put together in just a few minutes. This card is just stamps, paper and ink… and your Big Shot will get a good work-out.

This project showcases the Flower Patch stamp set from the current Annual Catalog. The Flower Patch stamp set features large images which are perfect to create the clean and simple collage look I wanted. I quickly and easily cropped all the images with the matching Flower Fair Framelits Dies and my Big Shot.

Pink Pirouette and Sahara Sand is one of my favorite color combinations. They’re both cool and soft, but because the stamped flowers are large and bold, I thought I needed a little pop of bold color. Sweet Sugarplum was my choice. It works beautifully with both Pink Pirouette and Sahara Sand. The “Happy Birthday” sentiment is stamped with Sweet Sugarplum ink onto a hand cropped flagged banner.

I layered my stamped elements onto a cropped Stitched Square and attached the focal point to my card layer with dimensionals. Easy, easy, easy…

So, crop a few large flowers, bunch them all together, mount them on a square and create something bold!

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RETIRING PRODUCT LISTS

The Pals Family First April Blog Hop

Welcome to the Families First Pals Blog Hop for April 2017.  We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our 2017 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month we are featuring projects that are all about our families. This is a great time of year to think about what to make for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or upcoming graduations. And, family vacations are just around the corner… how would you want to remember those special family moments? We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

When I was thinking about what sort of project to create for today’s Hop, I couldn’t help but reflect on how lucky I am to have such a wonderful family. I have two great kids, two wonderful sisters, two brothers-in-law (who have always been “brothers” to me), and five nieces and nephews.  We’ve shared many family vacations together over the years and have wonderful memories. The one constant has always been the love among us, so when I was deciding on what to do to celebrate my family, the “Sunshine Sayings” stamp set and the “Sunshine Wishes” dies were perfect…. families are a “Lifetime of Love”.

These two cards are clean, simple and so easy.  The Whisper White card bases contrasted with the bright colors (Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry and Pacific Point) make these cards “happy”.

So, pick up the Sunshine Sayings Bundle, crop the heart and flower with some bright card stock, stamp your sentiment, add a little bling and create something happy!

The Sunshine Wishes Bundle is on Stampin’ Up!’s newly released Retired Products List but the Sunshine Sayings stamp set and the Sunshine Wishes Dies are not retiring, they will only be available in the “Bundle” (and at the “Bundle” price) until May 31st or while supplies last. 

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To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  3. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  4. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  5. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore
  6. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  7. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  8. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  9. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  10. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  11. Karen Zaring Browning at Stamp With Me KZB
  12. Susan Itell at simplestampin.com
  13. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  14. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  15. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  16. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…  (you are here)
  17. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  18. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  19. Becky Retzer at Just in Thyme by Becky Retzer
  20. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  21. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  22. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  23. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  24. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  25. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps.com
  26. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  27. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  28. Sara Hicks Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  29. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  30. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards

Stampin’ Up!’s Love Sparkles

Every time I walked past my craft table, I looked at the beautiful 6″ X 6″ Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack just sitting there. I had to use it… the colors and sparkle are so pretty. The glimmer paper was my inspiration for this card. Unfortunately, my photography doesn’t do it the justice it deserves.

It “sparkled” so beautifully, I thought it would pair nicely with the “Love Sparkles” stamp set and that led me to my “Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies” which led me to the “Sunshine Sayings” stamp set. So, now I had my supplies but I wasn’t sure what I would do with them.  I realized the flower from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set matched nicely with the small floral die from the Sunshine Wishes thinlits. My card was born… a clean, simple and versatile birthday or congratulations card with lots of “sparkle”.

There’s only a few days left for Sale-A-Bration and the Glimmer Paper is no longer available, but you could replace the colors with Blushing Bride, Silver and Gold Glimmer Paper… I think that would be a beautiful combination on a Blushing Bride card base.

So that my flowers would balance the sentiment, I had to use three.  One flower wouldn’t have been enough to balance the size of the sentiment and two didn’t give me the “anchoring” I wanted.  Three worked perfectly, but I wanted to mask the third flower into the bunch,

I’m sure most of you know what “masking” is, but here’s a quick how to:

  • Stamp the image you want to “mask” onto a sticky note getting as close to the edge where the sticky side is (sticky side down).
  • Fussy cut the image on the sticky note. (For this card, I did this twice).
  • I stamped the Mint Macaron flower in the bottom left corner, stamping off the edge slightly.
  • Next I stamped the Bermuda Bay image above and to the right of the Mint Macaron image not allowing the images to touch each other.
  • I placed one sticky note image over the Mint Macaron flower and one over the Bermuda Bay flower as precisely as I could.
  • Then, I stamped the Sweet Sugarplum flower over both covered flowers so it would only stamp in the area between the covered flowers.
  • It looks like the Sweet Sugarplum flower is behind the other two flowers.

So, pull out some glimmer paper, add a little sparkle and create something fun!

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