Cooking and cards

Hello! Here in the US, we’re celebrating Thanksgivind Day tomorrow, and even though Thanksgiving is going to be a much smaller affair than usual this year, I still am in the midst of preparing a traditional dinner- turkey with dressing and gravy, potatoes, veggies, cranberry sauce, and pie. More importantly, though, I’m making a list of the things for which I am grateful. As always, family and friends top the list, and I’ve also been making Christmas cards to send to those I care about in the next couple of weeks. I subscribe to Stampin’ Up!’s monthly Paper Pumpkin kit so that I can share the kits with my customers, some of whom are new to stamping/cardmaking, but kits are not just for beginners! Also, kits can be great for scrapbooking- there are so many fun elements.

The gift card holders on the right are made from the December kit, and I used some elements to make a notecard, too.
These cards were from the November kit. The Paper Pumpkin kits are all-inclusive- stamps, ink, embellishments, cards, and envelopes.

While the Paper Pumpkin kits are something of a surprise every month, Stampin’ Up! sells kits in the catalogs that show exactly what you are getting. Some are all-inclusive, while others complement a stamp set. I show a few examples below, but check out the others at stampinup.com in our online store. If you live in the US and don’t already have a demonstrator, I would be grateful for the chance to be your creative coach- just choose Michelle Rougeux when they ask for your demonstrator’s name.

For my compatriots in the US, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. For all of my readers, I wish you health and happiness as this difficult year comes to a close. Keep sharing joy through your cards and paper-crafting. Thanks for stopping by!

Michelle

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HO, HO, HURRICANE?

Well Hurricane Eta is off the west coast of Florida right now, huffing and puffing at us, headed north (be safe, everyone!). What am I doing? In the middle of the blowing winds, rain, tornado watches, flood warnings, and who knows what else, I’m making Christmas cards! There’s a first time for everything!

I just attended an online Stampin’Up! convention- so fun- and was inspired by all of the great demonstrations there to do a simple card, then dress it up a bit. Here is my attempt:

The card on the left couldn’t be simpler. I used a piece of 5 and 1/2 by 8 and 1/2 inch thick cardstock, folded in half for the base, and cut a piece of blue (Misty Moonlight) cardstock to 5 and 1/2 by 4 and 1/4 inches. I also cut a piece of blue cardstock to 4 by 1 and 1/4 inches, and a piece of white to 4 by 1 inches. To maximize my 12 x 12 inch “pretty paper”, I cut it like this:

First, I decided whether I wanted my pieces in portrait or landscape mode, since the pattern runs one way. I chose portrait, so I cut three 1/2 inch strips off the bottom. These reverse to a nice small print, and will be used to make banners for other cards. You are left with a large piece that measures 12 by 10 and 1/2 inches. This was cut in have from the short side, making two 12 by 5 and 1/4 pieces, and then each of these was cut into three pieces measuring 4 inches by 5 and 1/4. This is the perfect size for the front of an A2 card, leaving a small border all around.

For this card, I needed one inkpad (Real Red), and one stamp. This one is from the Tag Buffet set. I stamped the greeting on the white paper, and glued that to the small blue piece. After adhering the pretty paper to the large blue piece with margins as shown, I glued the greeting where I thought it covered the least important part of the picture, and was done. The next card requires a cutting and embossing machine, an embossing folder, and cutting dies. It had the same basic pieces, but I embossed the pretty paper with the Tasteful Textile embossing folder (it’s hard to see in the photo, but adds a nice touch). I used the Wreath Builder dies for the wreaths and poinsettias, layered them as shown, and popped them up on dimensional foam dots to attach them to the card after it was assembled.

I did cut two small pieces of yellow (Bumblebee) to back the poinsettias, and added three enamel dots to the greeting. What do you think? As always, thanks for dropping by. I love sharing my cards with you!

Happy stamping,

Michelle

P.S. If you love cardmaking or scrapbooking, and are thinking about how you could share that with others, contact me. I can tell you what I do, as well as the advantages of joining my team!

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Aaaand…

On top of everything else going on (see last post!), I had my own little health scare this month, so I have been truly MIA (all good news, though!). Anyway, I’m back in the craft room, and ready to share some ideas for making cards quickly.

I find that using “pretty papers” goes a long way to making a quick card, and, while I often skip ribbons and other embellishments, they can help elevate a simple card. I meant to post about this earlier this month, but if you’re reading this before the end of October, there is still time… Stampin’ Up! has a 15% off selected pretty paper sale. Anyway, I am finally up and running, and I made the card here with nothing more than pretty paper, stamps, ink, and some dimensional foam.

I cut a piece of green cardstock to 5 and 1/2 inches by 4 and 1/4 inches, and a piece of coordinating designer paper to 5 and 1/4 by 4 inches. I then took an angled piece off of the lower right-hand corner with my trimmer, then put the cut edge of the larger piece of designer paper with the cut edge lined up at about one inch, and cut that piece off. Then, I lined the pieces of paper up on the green cardstock without attaching, leaving a margin as shown on the card, and drew two light pencil lines to help me guide my stamping. I then stamped my sentiment- this one is from an old Paper Pumpkin kit- in black ink in the center of my guidelines.

Next I took some scrap strips of gold foil paper, and glued them to the cut edges of the designer paper, and I trimmed the ends with snips to follow the angle of the paper (see photo). Use dimensional foam on the back of the pieces for extra flair. I used foam strips for extra sturdiness, the adhered the whole thing to a card base. Here is another view, though I’m not sure why the color is so changed!

This is a really great way to use your pretty papers, and to make cards for any occasion- birthdays, holidays, etc. I can just see some pretty Christmas paper with a gold-embossed Merry Christmas in the middle! Also, if you struggle with masculine cards, this would work well with a subdued paper- no froufrou!

I hope you enjoyed stopping by. I am also hoping that 2020 doesn’t have any more surprises for me, and that I’ll be back next week for another visit.

Happy stamping!

Michelle

Tag Buffet Is Not Just for Tags!

I had the pleasure of attending an online conference of Florida Stampin’ Up! demonstrators last Saturday, and most of the crafting revolved around the Tag Buffet stamp set. It is one I overlooked, because I generally make my own tags with sets I already own- but I was blown away with the versatility of this set! Here are a few of the items we made- not my designs, but I love them. Some of the things were made with the coordinating tag kit and pretty designer papers– and the first one included the dies from the Poinsettia die set.

Those scenery cards are so cute, and that Trimming the Town designer series paper is fantastic! Here are a couple of things I made after the conference–

I love the Dog Builder punch!
The Gold Cards and Envelopes are so pretty.

I hope you enjoyed seeing these- I sure enjoyed making them. I’ll be using the stamp set for a class in the future, and when I do, I’ll share some more samples. Click the Visit My Site button above if you’d like to browse for stamping supplies, and thanks for stopping by!

Happy stamping!

Michelle

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It’s a bit busy around here…

Hi, and thanks for stopping by. This will be a quick post, as my grandson was discharged yesterday after 9 days in the hospital, 6 of those in ICU. Needless to say, I haven’t been home enough to make cards or post blogs, but I made one last week for a class that you might like. (Glad to say he’s doing well!)

I started with a thick white cardstock base, folded to 5 1/2 by 4 1/4 inches, and covered the front completely with a piece of Pretty Peacock card.  I cut a piece of Pool Party to 5 1/2 by 4 inches, and used one of the Ornate Borders dies for the lacy edge. Then I cut a piece of Mint Macaron to 5 1/2 by 3 1/4 inches, and embossed that with the Ornate Flowers embossing folder.

I glued the embossed card on the diecut piece, leaving a border top and bottom, and knotted a length of Pool Party sheer ribbon around both. This was then glued to the card, leaving another border top and bottom.

Detail of the border.

The beautiful sentiment is from the So Sentimental stamp set, and was stamped in Pretty Peacock and diecut with a oval from the Stitched Shapes die set. The little butterfly was from the Butterfly Beauty die set, which might just be my favorite of all time! I did cut out a white backing for the Butterfly, as I wanted it to hang over the edge a bit.

There you have it! If this inspires you to make a card, please share it in the comments. To shop for products, click the Visit My Site button above, or if you’d like information about joining my team, contact me. I hope you’ll stop by again!

Stamp happy!

Michelle

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Cookies, anyone?

I’m back at the stamp set “Nothing’s Better Than”. Whether your preferred vice is cookies, chocolate, coffee, or cocktails, it works for you! I posted a short while back using the cocktails and coffee images, but today I was in a cookie mood. (Truth be told, I’m always in a cookie mood!)

There are a lot of cute sentiments. The dies cut out the images, the words for the four images, and a “Love you more than” phrase. The stamps allow you to color in the images, too! Here is the inside- see, it was made for me!

When I send someone a card that says “Love you more than Cookies”, they’ll know they are special! The colored hexagons are the Tailored Tag punches, which were also embossed with the Tasteful Textile embossing folder. I’m planning to make one of these with my class, and let them choose their vice. Now, go have a cookie (you know you want one), then make a card and send some sunshine!

Browse for supplies, if you need them, by clicking Visit My Site above, and leave a comment or a picture of a card if you like. Thanks for stopping by!

Michelle

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Sometimes you just need a “girly” card…

You know, because the person you’re sending it to really likes bling, or it’s for someone who needs it, or it’s for your sweetie. Most of my cards are less “frou-frou” than this one, but I wanted to use this die set (Ornate Borders) in a different way than I have previously.

I think that heart is adorable!

I started with a thick cardstock base, folded to 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches. I then used the edge die in my cut and emboss machine, cutting to about 1/4 inch from the edge. I glued a one inch wide piece of pink cardstock under the cutout portion, right to the cut edge. I cut 3 strips of 6 inch gold foil, each 1/4 inch wide, and I glued one of those strips to the inside of the card so that when the card is closed, the foil extends from the edge of the pink cardstock to the edge of the card back. The excess foil on the ends is just snipped off with scissors.

I then cut another piece of pink cardstock 5 1/2 x 2 1/4 inches, and embossed it with the Ornate Floral embossing folder. This was adhered to the card front, with the other two gold strips alongside. Finally, as I was trying to decide what sentiment I wanted to stamp, I spied the sweet heart with the LOVE cutout in another die set (Wreath Builder) that was sitting on my desk. When I had used that set the other day, I didn’t even notice it!!! I diecut it and adhered it with dimensional foam.

I thought it was perfect. These cards aren’t for everyone, but sometimes, you just need some bling.

Thanks for stopping by again! You can follow this blog, or find me on Instagram or Pinterest. If you want to browse for cardmaking/scrapbooking supplies, click the Visit My Site button above. If you think you might want to buy a Stampin’ Up! starter kit and join my team, contact me! There is a special going on in September that is an especially good deal, and sharing what you love with others is a really, really great thing.

Happy stamping!

Michelle

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Build A Wreath for any Season!

I just got this great stamp and diecut set Arrange a Wreath and Wreath Builder, and after only one use, I’m hooked. It is so much fun, and is designed to make a wreath for any season!

This card is one I will be prepping for class next week- my first cardmaking class in 6 months! Of course, we will be taking precautions, but I can’t wait to see my stamping buddies. The stamp set, shown below, has sentiments for a number of holidays, as well as small stamps to make additions to the wreath- hearts, a partridge and pears, leaves and berries, Easter eggs, and flowers. I only showed a small number of dies- the ones I used for this card, but there are dies to cut out the images and a few more flowers besides.

I used an A2 card base of thick Very Vanilla, adhered a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 panel of Cajun Craze, and a 4 x 5 1/4 panel of wood grain paper from the In Good Taste Designer Series. I cut one leafy wreath from Cinnamon Cider cardstock, and one from Mossy Meadow (see how the die cuts AND embosses?). The berry wreath was cut from Cajun Craze. I stamped those three colors plus Cherry Cobbler with the small leaf image using Versamark Ink, which just deepens the color, and diecut those. The ribbon and small berries diecuts were also Cherry Cobbler. I should mention that I cut all the pieces on my brand new Stampin’ Up! Cut and Emboss Machine- I loved my old Big Shot, but it was time for an upgrade and it is wonderful. It is available to the public September 1st!

I used liquid glue to adhere each wreath- brown, rust, and green, leaving the outer edges glue-free. I added the bow, and tucked the brown, rust, and red leaves into the wreath. The sentiment was stamped in Cajun Craze and cut with a Stitched Nested Labels die, popped up with dimensional foam, and the green leaf and red berries were tucked underneath.

I know that I will be using this set often, and hope my class members will enjoy making this card as much as I did! If you want to browse for stamping supplies, click the Visit My Site button above. There are also more examples of cards made with this set on page 127 of the annual catalog! Thanks for stopping by, and for supporting my business. I wish you well, and hope you will stop by again to see what I’ve been up to!

Happy stamping-

Michelle

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Make Today Ridiculously Awesome!

How can you resist a stamp that says that?!? I couldn’t, and today I made a simple card using that and Stitched Triangles to brighten someone’s day.

This card was very simply made, if you have a stamp and emboss machine. I cut the card base from thick cardstock to fold to a 4 and 1/4 x 5 and 1/2 inch card, added a mat cut to 4 and 1/8 by 5 and 3/8 inches. The white card front is cut to 3 and 7/8 by 5 inches. I stamped the sentiment first, THEN dry embossed the sheet and added it to the blue mat. I cut the triangles with my Stitched Triangle dies, glued the blue one directly to the card front, and popped the yellow one up on dimensional foam. I finished the card off with enamel dots.

This card could be finished off with a birthday greeting, or could be a card for multiple occasions, for a male or a female recipient. I hope it inspires you to make a card of your own! Send a picture in the comments if you do! I love to hear from readers, whether comments or questions. If you’d like to browse for stamping supplies, please click Visit My Site above.

Happy stamping!

Michelle

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