Fall Leaves

Good Morning Everyone ~ Are you ready for some Fall Leaves yet?

Wow time is flying by!  Can you believe it is almost the middle of October?  There are only 77 days until Christmas?  It will be here before we know it.  I hope you have started preparing so you will be able to relax and enjoy the time before the special day.

Fall is a favorite time of year for me.  I love the colors on the leaves, the pumpkin pie, the apples, the sweater weather, and the yummy scents you can burn on your stove to scent the house.  In the evenings I often will have a cup of hot apple cider.  This is also the time of year when I pull out my crock pot recipes and soup recipes.  How about your, what do you like about this time of year?

I recently saw a card online of Fall Leaves that I loved and decided to try and recreate using Stampin’ Up supplies.  It used a leaf and stamped a row of leaves across the top of the card in one color, a row of leaves underneath the first row with a different color, and a final row under the other two with a third color.  Then a sentiment was added to a strip of black card stock.  I began by using the leaf from Colorful Seasons.  I stamped the outline first with Cherry Cobbler all the way across the top of the card.  Then using the solid image of the leaf, I used a second generation stamping using the same color to fill in the leaf.  For my second row, I used Pumpkin Pie and repeated the above procedure.  Finally I used Crushed Curry for the last row.  For my sentiment I used the Sunshine Sayings stamp set and created my own sentiment that was stamped with White craft ink and embossed using white.  The sentiment layer was added at the bottom of the card base.  In looking back, I think I need to stamp my leaves closer together side to side and top to bottom.  That would tighten up the leaves a little.  I still like how it turned out.  Here is my completed creation.












inside of card and envelope














Stampin’ Up supplies used for my creation


Thanks for visiting me today and I hope I inspired you.  I spent some time yesterday organizing after my crazy week last week.  I still have some more to do today so I will be working on that as well as doing my video for Wednesday as I have a lot of appointments on Tuesday.  Have a Marvelous Monday and will you be creating a Fall Leaves card?


10 Minute Halloween

Happy Sunday Everyone ~ Are you ready for a 10 Minute Halloween creation today?

We had a great time yesterday!  We made a lot of cards that I will be delivering over the next few weeks.  We were talking about doing some Christmas cards for the Vets.  I need to pull out my retired Christmas paper and get designing!  If you have any ideas for quick cards using dsp send them my way!  I need to start now so that we can have the cards finished in time to deliver them for Christmas.

Today I have another 10 Minute Creation for you.  I decided I wanted to do a Halloween card for you this time.  I pulled out my Spooky Night dsp and chose a piece.  I then needed to have another element so I thought about some punch art.  Then I remembered an idea occurred to me and decided to see if I could create it on a larger scale.  I am happy to say it worked!  Check out my video to find out how I made the bat from the Bold Butterfly thinlits.


Here is a photo of the card









inside of card and envelope













Stampin’ Up supplies used for my creation


Thanks for visiting me today and I hope I inspired you.  Today I will be doing some organizing in my craft room as well as seeing what I have to post this week and filling in the holes.  Have a Sensational Sunday and what 10 Minute Halloween creation could you come up with?





Painted Autumn Scarecrow

Hello Stampers ~ today I played with some old and new items and created a Painted Autumn Scarecrow card.

Today is my World Card Making Day event.  I have several ladies who will be working on making Birthday cards for the Nursing Home and Thank You cards for Hospice.  I will be sure to share pictures of the event tomorrow.  I am excited about it as this is my first event for a World Card Making Day.  I am hoping to be able to have more events like this.  Maybe I will plan one where we make Christmas cards for the Nursing Home and the Vets home.  Now I have got myself thinking!

I have been wanting to play with some of the new Painted Autumn dsp.  Some of the dsp is pretty busy so I am challenged to find other ways to use it.  Today I used a retired set the Cookie Cutter Halloween and the cute little scarecrow.  I stamped the scarecrow and used my markers to color it in using the colors in the dsp.  After he was colored I knew I would have to mount him or he would be lost in the background.  I used Early Espresso and Lemon Lime Twist card stock for my layers.  Before I added my layers to my card base I wrapped Linen Thread around it several times criss crossing the wraps.  Here is my completed creation.


















inside of card and envelope











Stampin’ Up supplies used for my creation



Halloween Treat Holder

Happy Friday Stampers ~ This is such an easy Halloween Treat Holder to make.

Yesterday I managed to get a few of my tasks completed.  I had a workshop in the morning and when it was over I made my video for Sunday and put together my samples for my World Card Making Day event.  I still have a few more samples I want to do and then I will be ready for Saturday.  I also have my projects made through Monday so I can get the last of my samples prepped.

Each month at my monthly workshop I do a little treat for my ladies who attend.  They love getting the treat as many have had a stressful day and need the fun chocolate before they start stamping.  This Halloween Treat Holder is very easy to make and uses NO adhesive.  It is called the diaper fold for those of you who recognize it.  I took a square of designer series paper – I used a 6″ x 6″ piece.  Take your paper and fold one point to the opposite point.  You now have a triangle.  Keep the folded edge at the bottom and take the left point and fold it over to the right hand side of the triangle making sure to keep the top edge of the folded piece horizontal.  Now take the right hand point and fold it over to the left hand side of the triangle making sure to keep the top edge of the folded piece horizontal and lined up with the other folded piece.  At the top you have 2 pieces of paper.  Separate the papers and take the top piece and fold it down over the folded points.  This forms a pocket and locks the folded pieces in place.  To decorate my holder, I stamped the sentiment from Labels to Love on Very Vanilla with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I also stamped the sentiment on Very Vanilla with Pumpkin Pie ink.  Using the Pumpkin Pie stamped one, cut out the sentiment so that it will fit on the black stamped one with the frame around it.  Attach the Pumpkin Pie piece to the black piece with glue dots.  I added a strip of black lace behind the sentiment layer using Tear & Tape.  The sentiment layer was attached to the treat holder using a mini paper clip.  Here is my completed treat holder.










Stampin’ Up supplies used for my creation


Thanks for visiting me today and I hope I inspired you.  Are you looking forward to the weekend?  What are your plans for World Card Making Day?  Have a Fabulous Friday and try my Halloween Treat Holder as they are easier than you think. 


Creations of the month

Do you have a stamp set and aren’t sure what you can create with it?  Do you have a stamp set and want some alternate ideas for ways to use it?  Are you looking for ways to extend the use of your stamp set?  Then check out my Creations of the Month online tutorial here.

I can see you are as excited about my new offering as I am.  Remember there are No Surprises so you know what you will be purchasing.

I wanted to give you 2 sneak peaks of 2 of the projects in the tutorial.






















Some key points to remember about this online class

~ cards are designed for both beginners and experienced stampers

~ tips, ideas, and suggestions for ways to embellish or modify are included so you can step up your stamping game

~ Each tutorial includes written directions in a downloadable pdf AND a video with step-by-step instructions

~ tips and tricks are included for using the specific tools required, as well as other tools you can use to generate the same or

similar effects

This month the items used in the tutorial are (exact items with measurements when needed are listed on the pdf)

*  Merry Little Labels bundle – this bundle includes a great punch that can be used with other stamp sets

*  Card stock

* Glimmer paper

* embossing folders

* punches

*  ribbon/baker’s twine

* other stamp sets used for backgrounds


As an added bonus, if you purchase the tutorial before October 31st I will include at least 2 bonus projects with images and supply list.

So what does your $47 for this month get you?  You will get the Merry Little Labels bundle (stamp set and punch), access to the video for each card in the tutorial (remember there are hints and tips in these videos of ways to alter your card if you don’t have the supplies I am using), and a pdf of the written directions for each card.  And don’t forget that added bonus of at least 2 extra projects with images and supply list!  And if you already have the bundle, you can purchase the tutorial only for $17 – you will also get the 2 bonus projects with images and supply list.

Make sure you check out the Creations of the Month here so you can start creating some great cards with the Merry Little Labels bundle!