Stitched Leaves and Hope!

Happy Wednesday!

I’m sharing today’s card to celebrate a little bit of Fall with a whole lot of “hope”.  We’re having some beautiful cooler Fall weather here in New Jersey and I’m very much enjoying it. Sweater weather might finally be here!

Stampin’ Up!’s stunning Gilded Autumn Specialty Designer Series Paper sat on my desk for at least the past three weeks.  I wanted to create something special with it, but just couldn’t get it going.  I pulled out pattern after pattern and nothing was coming to me, so there the paper sat.  For today’s post, I wanted to use the Stitched Leaves Dies and in almost an instant, I knew the patterned paper I would use.  It was obvious that the card stock had to be Very Vanilla and a Gold Foil Sheet.

Once I had these perfectly stitched leaves cropped, I gave them a little bit of a Gold Foil shadow and attached them to a Stitched Rectangle layer. This would be my focal point. I thought about adding a Gold Foil layer to the back of the stitched rectangle, but I wanted more of the patterned paper to be seen.

Keeping the larger maple leaf on top emphasizes the pattern repeat in the card design by drawing attention to the gold foiled maple leaves in the patterned paper.

Whenever I use Very Vanilla, Gold or Copper in a project, my “go to” sentiment ink would always be Soft Suede.  For this card though, I thought Soft Suede would be a little too dark.  I stamped the sentiment in Encore’s Metallic Gold. “HOPE CHANGES EVERYTHING” is from the Love of Leaves stamp set.

So, grab some stunning Designer Series Paper, add a layer and a few shadowed, cropped elements, and create something soft and pretty.

The only limitation is your imagination!


Halloween Magic and Festive Corners!

Do you think this card is scary and spooky?

Actually, spiders and bats have their place in the whole scheme of evolution.  Spiders continuously weave silk and their silk is known to have strength and elasticity. It’s somewhat sticky and this is how they catch their prey. Bats are considered wonders of evolution and are mammals who can fly.

Okay, enough about that. Let’s get to today’s project.

The stamped images are from the Festive Corners stamp set and the bats are die cuts from the Halloween Magic Dies. I used lots of layers on this card, including a colorful plaid from the Plaid Tidings DSP. The Whisper White top frame layer was cropped from the Rectangle Stitched Framelit Dies,  and the inside sentiment and image on the envelope are from the Celebration Tidings stamp set.

There certainly is a lot going on here which I didn’t realize until now.

I bet you’re all curious to see what my workspace looks like after this one…. a messy space is a creative space, right?

I started layering until I was able to center the “SPOOKY” image to scale. Layers and frames always work well when you have a focal point image that needs a little more attention. I added the spider’s web (which I hand cropped) and the spider, then I started moving the bats around the frame until they helped draw attention to the SPOOKY image.  My card needed just a little something more, so I glued on a few sequins. Bling is always good!

So that’s the story of creation for this card.

Below are the project dimensions:

  • Basic Black standard A-2 card base scored and folded vertically;
  • The first Whisper White layer is 4 1/8″ X 5 3/8″;
  • The Plaid Tidings DSP layer is 4″ X 5 1/4″;
  • The Basic Black frame layer is 2 7/8″ X 4 1/8″;
  • The Whisper White frame layer is 2 3/4″ X 4″;
  • I used the 2″ X 3 1/4″ Stitched Rectangle Frame to crop the center of the Whisper White frame layer.
  • The Bumblebee layer inside the frame is 2 1/4″ X 3 3/4″.  When placed behind the frame, there’s plenty of room to add your adhesive.
  • I Stamped “SPOOKY” with my Stamparatus after I framed the Bumblebee layer.

Now, grab a spooky stamp set, add a few flying bats and a little bling and create something adorable!

The only limitation is your imagination!


Celebrate Sunflowers With Love!

Wishing you all a happy Monday and lots of love!

Here it is!  The one I’ve been waiting for.  I’ve been waiting to get my hands on this gorgeous sunflower and have some fun with it.

The Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle featured in the Annual Catalog is beautiful!  Trust me on this one, you could just stamp the large sunflower image and not give it a bit of color or crop; that’s how beautifully detailed the stamp is. For today’s project though, I colored and cropped.

I used only ink and a Blender Pen to color in this image.  The Markers and Blends are great, but for me the Blender Pen and a little ink puddle work. The stamped image is so detailed that all I did was follow the lines of the image with color and blended just a little. It was that easy! The striking Fall color palette is Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow and Crushed Curry.  The images and sentiment were stamped with Soft Suede.

I cropped both the sunflower and leaves with the matching Sunflowers Dies, added a few Stampin’ Dimensionals to both and stamped my sentiment to a Very Vanilla and Cajun Craze layered card base. Oh, and don’t forget to give your envelope a little lift with the Envelopes Dies. I lined the envelope for this card with some Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper  Quick and easy!

So grab a beautiful sunflower stamp, blend in some color, pop it up on a few Dimensionals and create something amazing!

The only limitation is  your imagination!