Love of Leaves Thinking of You!

It’s Wednesday and I have a very thoughtful Fall themed card for you today.  This card is quick and easy with rich fall tones and a lot of visual texture.   I thought I’d have some fun with the burlap patterned paper from the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper pack.  The detail in the photographed image is amazing and I hope my photography does it the justice it deserves.

The mix of grays, browns and a weave of vanilla in this pattern is a perfect canvas for lots of deep toned colors.  I chose to use Pretty Peacock, Crushed Curry and Cinnamon Cider today, but I can also see this pattern with deep pinks, deep toned greens and blues and very warm reds.

I used a Basic Gray card base with a Very Vanilla layer and added a Pretty Peacock horizontal strip.  This works as a good anchor for the cluster of leaves (even though one blew away) and my sentiment layer.  I really adore the clean and classy lines of the sentiment font.

Although I chose to create a Fall themed card with the Love of Leaves Bundle, you can use a leaf or two to add to a large sentiment label, a patterned paper large cropped banner, or use the negative portion of the dies to create a quick frame for a sentiment.  There is definitely versatility and value in this Bundle.

So, grab some photographed pattern paper, add a few leaves and a Linen Thread bow and create something with lots of visual texture.

The only limitation is your imagination!


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A Big Thank You to The Paper Players!

Last week, I created a card for Ann’s Color Challenge over at The Paper Players Challenge Blog.  Anne Marie chose my card submission as “A Cut Above”.  When I got the news today, I was thrilled!

My heartfelt thanks to Anne Marie for choosing my card, to Ann for her warm and inviting Color Challenge and to the entire Paper Players Design Team for their inspiration.

Here’s my card submission and a link to my original post.

I always have fun playing with The Paper Players.

So, grab your Celebrate Sunflowers bundle, stamp, crop, layer, and create something warm and thankful.

The only limitation is your imagination!!


A Bunch of Sunflowers for The Paper Players!

Happy Monday!

Today, I’m sharing a bunch of sunflower thanks for Ann’s color challenge over at The Paper Players.

Ann chose a warm, seasonal color palette in Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow and Cinnamon Cider.  The colors really do make you want to sit back with a cup of warm cider.  When I saw Ann’s colors, I immediately thought about using Stampin’ Up!’s Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle. I knew it would work well with these colors.

Apple cider was on my mind, so I chose to use Cinnamon Cider card stock as my card base.  Its a wonder how my thoughts translate to card stock!!  I’m a big fan of Mossy Meadow, so I chose that for my first card layer.  I knew I would have to carry that color through the card design to keep some color balance and I did just that. I used the large sunflower framelit to crop my focal point anchor and added cropped leaf stems, both from the Sunflowers Dies and both with Mossy Meadow card stock.

I stamped three of the smaller sunflowers from the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set using Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Cinnamon Cider ink and cropped them with the matching die.

My sentiment banner is simple. I wanted to keep the banner subtle because the sentiment font is mixed and striking. I thought it worked well with the lacey sunflower.  That little gold metallic pearl adds a clean finishing touch.

Thank you Ann, for your warm and inviting color inspiration this week.

So, grab your Celebrate Sunflowers bundle, stamp, crop, layer, and create something warm and thankful.

The only limitation is your imagination!




Gilded Autumn and Pumpkins Sprinkled With Cinnamon!

Happy Monday and hope your week ahead is full of all things good and bright!

I’ve been working on this post for a few days. It’s a 3-D gratitude gift box. Something I don’t ordinarily do, but I thoroughly enjoyed putting it together. This is one of my tutorial posts and they do tend to be a little wordy.  I did make every effort to shorten the talking and adding more visual!  This was inspired by Sally Byrne who was inspired by Julie DiMatteo. Julie does beautiful packaging for everything she finds.  Sally gave Julie’s project a little twist, and I gave mine a little twist. Sally did call her project the “2020 Survival Kit”, and I loved her title so much I am calling mine “My 2020 Survival Kit”.

Sit back, get your coffee and take a look.

Below is the inside of my 2020 Survival Kit – Bath and Body Works Hand Sanitizer, Hand Cream and Chocolate!

I’m not going to waste any additional reading time for you.  Below is a quick and easy “how to” to create this beautiful Fall Gratitude Gift.

Project Overview:  It’s so easy… really it is!!

  • This project involves making card stock cuts, scoring and gluing.  I used a piece of Brushed Gold card stock from my years ago Stampin’ Up! stash.  It has a beautiful matte gold finish.
  • To make the box, cut three pieces of card stock:  Cut one 7″ X 9 1/2″  – This is your box baseCut the second piece 1 1/2″ X 6 5/8″ and the third piece 4 3/4″ X 5″. The second and third pieces are your dividers.
  • Score the 7″ X 9 1/2″ piece at 1″ and 6″ on the 7″ side and on the 9 1/2″ side, score at 1″, 4 1/4″, 5 1/4″, 8 1/2″.
  • On each 1″ score line, cut and notch only to the first score line on both 9 1/2″ sides.
  • See photo below:

  • Fold in toward the center on each score line and burnish with your bone folder. See photo below:

  • Add your glue or adhesive choice to the outside of each 1″ tab and attach the glued 1″ tab to the inside of the side flaps forming the box lid and bottom. See photos below.
  • If you look at the center bottom of the following picture, you can see the glue on the outside 1″ tab.  All the 1″ tabs are glued on the outside of the tab and attached on the inside of the corresponding flap. You will see the box start to form.

  • Below is the finished box.  Just about in the center of the top lid I used my 1/2″ circle punch to create a notch to open the box.

  • To create the inside dividers, take the 4 3/4″ X 5″ cut card stock and on the 4 3/4″ side score at 1 1/2″, 2 3/8″ and 3 1/4″.   Fan fold on the score lines to create the long divider.  It will fit right into the box.  I added a little glue to mine just to be sure it stays in place.  See the next three photographs below.

  • To create the second smaller divider, score the 6 5/8″ X 1 1/2″ cut card stock on the longer 6 5/8″ side at 2 3/4″, 3 5/8″ and 4 1/2″.  Fan fold this piece and insert it into either side of the divided box.
  • See the two photos below:

Here’s a view of the inside of your finished box…

  • Put in your 1 fl. oz. hand sanitizer; 1 fl. oz. hand cream, and two Hershey’s Nuggets. As I recall, Sally used four Hershey’s nuggets. They fit nicely on their side.

  • To decorate your box top, cut a 3 1/8″ X 4 7/8″ piece of patterned paper.  For this project, I used the gold foiled pumpkins from the Gilded Autumn Specialty Designer Series Paper.  

Please don’t hesitate to comment or email me with any questions you might have. I’d be happy to help.

A LITTLE NOTE BEFORE I SAY GOODBYE:  I’ve used other scoring tools and by far, Stampin’ Up!’s Simply Scored Scoring Tool is the easiest to use. It’s in the Annual Catalog on page 151.

So, pull out your Simply Scored Scoring Tool, grab some card stock, score a few lines, fold, glue, fill and create something sweet for someone special!!

The only limitation is your imagination!




Country Home Thankful For The Good!

Today’s post is clean, simple and designed to show off another pattern in the Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper.

Take advantage of Stampin’ Up’s Designer Series Paper sale which runs through the end of October.  There are so many pretty packs to choose and they’re all 15% off. More details about this promotion are at the end of this post.

I used the Country Home stamp set which is on page 89 in the Annual Catalog.  While the stamped images are perfect for the Fall and Holiday Season, the sentiments are thankful and thoughtful for just about anything.

I haven’t done anything in Cinnamon Cider yet and when I was thinking about today’s post, Cinnamon Cider came to mind.  It’s a rich cinnamon color with lots of red tones.  It works well with this pattern from the Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper which also features a hint of Shaded Spruce, a warm green, and lots of Rich Razzleberry.  I kept this card simple to bring more attention to the patterned paper.

So, grab some warm toned, plaid DSP, add a little Cinnamon Cider sentiment (I can say that three times fast, can you?), and create something thoughtful!

The only limitation is your imagination!

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