Fab Friday Cheers!


Over at the Fab Friday Challenge Blog they're having a Color Challenge celebrating some beautiful Fall colors; Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Blackberry Bliss.

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So, I get to "play" with beautiful Blackberry Bliss again. How cool is that! But this time, I have Cajun Craze ink on my fingers, no kidding, it's really there!

Anyway, what a fun card this was to put together. The Blackberry Bliss striped patterned paper is from the "Color Me Autumn" Designer Series Paper set. Those subtle stripes just scream for a Whisper White base, and with a few cut pieces of Blackberry Bliss and Cajun Craze card stock, and some Crushed Curry and Blackberry Bliss cropped circles, the design comes alive with very little effort and even less time.

To balance the color and draw your eye to the "cheers!" sentiment, I added a Crushed Curry Designer Button from the Regals Collection threaded with just a little Whisper White Baker's Twine. That's it… done and fun!



Oh, in yesterday's post, I talked about the "Gallon, Quart, Pint" Design rule… here it's perfectly illustrated again. This time, you can tell me which is the gallon, quart and pint! 

So, crop a few circles, grab some Blackberry Bliss, add a button and create something wonderful.


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PPA Flower Patch Color Challenge


It's Thursday and another Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge. Love these colors! … Mossy Meadow, Cajun Craze and Soft Suede… CLASSY!


Been thinking about this Challenge for a few days. One of the perks of being part of the "Pals" is that I'm able to see the upcoming Challenge before it goes live. When I first saw these colors I knew exactly how I wanted to present them… by using one of my favorite sketches. Sometimes it just happens, the sketch and colors fit like a "hand in a glove"! So, this one happened to be easy for me… I went with my instinct and enjoyed every step.


  • Here's a little "Design Tip"… when you're using a three-color combination, always keep the "Gallon, Quart, Pint" Rule in mind. One color should be your predominant color (your "Gallon"); one will be there, but not take over (your "Quart"), and one will be your accent – just a little (your "Pint"). 
  • So in this design, Soft Suede is my "Gallon", Cajun Craze is my "Quart", and Mossy Meadow is my "Pint". 
  • Soft Suede and Cajun Craze are pretty close, but the difference is I framed the design with Soft Suede, so it's the front runner.
  • It's fun to see it all work as it should.

So, pull out your favorite sketch, use these gorgeous colors and create something classy!



Holiday Home Grateful


A tree in my backyard was my inspiration for this card. Yesterday morning, I took notice of the small tree at the far end of my yard. It's a beautiful dwarf tree. In the Spring and Summer, it turns a bright lime green and in the fall, the leaves are red and yellow. It's different!

So, I hand sketched the tree with my Crumb Cake Stampin' Write Marker and stamped some little leaves from the "Holiday Home" stamp set in Cajun Craze and Crushed Curry. The "grateful" sentiment is also from "Holiday Home". 

Simple and quick… it's sort of cute!

So, grab a marker or pencil and sketch something wonderful to adorn with your favorite "little" stamps.



Color Me Autumn

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I was thinking about what to post for today and remembered I haven't used my Autumn Accents Bigz Die in a while. The cluster of leaves was cropped from the beautiful Fall colors in the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper pack featured in the Holiday Catalog.

I added an Autumn Wooden Element, tied it all up with some Linen Thread and attached it to my layered card base with Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The sentiment is from the "Endless Wishes" stamp set… love that font!

So, pull out your favorite die, crop with your favorite patterned paper, "cluster", and create something beautiful!





No challenges today, just some fun stamping. 

Yesterday morning I took a walk into the park nearby my home. It was cool and the air was crisp… such a nice Fall morning. The trees are almost at peak and the leaves were falling as I was walking. When I sat down to create something for today's post, I wanted to create something to celebrate Fall.

"Truly Grateful" is a stamp set that was new to Stampin' Up! last year. I used it often and it's still one of my favorites. Match it with "Color Me Autumn" Designer Series Paper and you have a perfect Fall Celebration. 

I love to "fussy cut" and did quite a bit of it here. Lots of dimension gives the already rich hues more depth, and lots of white space keep this card clean and simple.

So, pull out your paper snips, do a little fussy cutting with your favorite stamped images, and create something wonderful to celebrate the Fall Season!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:  Card Stock – Cajun Craze, Whisper White, Soft Suede and Color Me Autumn DSP. Ink – Soft Suede, Hello Honey, Cajun Craze. Embellishments – Linen Thread. Tools – Paper Snips, Stampin Dimensionals and 1/2" circle punch. 


… and take a peek at the new Holiday Supplement


  • Click on the supplement above to preview an amazing collection of extra special projects for gift giving, card making, home decor and Project Life journaling. 
  • All products in the Holiday Supplement are on a first come first served basis and supplies are limited, so be sure to order as quickly as possible to get your favorites.
  • Here's one of my favorites…


Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit 138104 $25.95
Kit makes 26 stars in 6 sizes (from 2" to 15" in diameter) in Gold Glimmer Paper and Kraft, Cherry Cobbler, white, and Garden Green cardstock. Kit also includes die-cut adhesive side strips; die-cut stars, bows, tags, and banners; 21 laser-cut wood snowflakes; 60 silver sequins; gold Baker’s Twine, 5 yds. Coordinates with Many Merry Stars Stamp Set (p. 8)

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