Happy Thanksgiving!

I’ve made several cards for this Thanksgiving, but the simplicity of this one appealed to me.

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Instead of the usual greens, golds, and oranges, I picked the red from the “leaves” for the accent.  Just ink, paper, and a punch!  My favorite tree stamp, Lovely As A Tree, a random dot stamp, and label stamps from Label Me Pretty and Labels to Love, cut with the Pretty Label Punch. Easy peasy!  I used Soft Suede ink for the trees, and Real Red, So Saffron, and Old Olive for the “leaves”.  The cardstock was Very Vanilla and Real Red.

I hope you all have reason to give thanks this holiday season.  I know that I do, and I hope my card will give someone else a reason to be thankful, too!

Happy stamping!

Michelle

Inspiration

I can’t tell you how inspired I am by Stampin’Up! Onstage. This is the card front I made to swap:

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And these are some that I received in return:

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I wish I could credit everyone, but I know at least one is from Australia, and another from Guam!

I hope they inspire you, too!

Michelle

 

 

 

 

Two Days In A Row!

The luxury of being away from home with my craft supplies…  I went online to see what card challenges were on, and I found this one at Sunday Stamps- http://sundaystamps.blogspot.com/ that had a color challenge, SSC91.  I chose two of the blues and the yellow-y color, which I interpreted as Stampin’ Up!’s So Saffron.  The blues are Balmy Blue and Night of Navy, and the card base and sentiment are Whisper White. So, here it is!

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The embossing folder is Garden Trellis, the leaves and flowers are from Petals and More thinlits (I stamped the flowers with clear Versamark Ink with the matching flower stamp in Petal Palette, and for the label I used the Everyday Label punch, the outline stamp from Labels to Love, and the sentiment from Petal Palette.  I love being able to mix and match! I think this card would be a great pick-me-up for a friend.

Thanks for looking, and happy stamping!

Michelle

Why Am I Always Surprised When November Arrives?

Maybe it’s because October is usually a super-busy month, which is why I didn’t post all month!

Right now I’m in Orlando, getting ready to attend a Stampin’Up! convention for demonstrators.  Since I had two days of leisure before the convention begins, I decided to bring a lot of supplies and have at it- these cards are from yesterday, another time when I made cards from one 12×12 inch sheet of double-sided designer paper.  I made six regular 5.5×4.25 inch cards, and four 3.5×5 inch notecards.  The notecards are a great way to stretch your pretty papers, and would be especially suited to 6×6 inch designer paper, as you could get four cards from each sheet by cutting 3×3 squares.

I appologize for the lighting in the photos, but hopefully you can see that I used a variety of techniques on these cards, from simple matting and a stamped sentiment, to embossing, using label punches, scoring, and diecutting.  Truly, you can make beautiful cars without a lot of fancy tools, but having them is fun!

Here is another card I made, using just stamps and a sponge:

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I stamped the main tree image full strength, then stamped a bunch of trees after “stamping off”- or stamping lightly once on scrap before stamping on my cardstock- finally, I used a sponge to ink the edges (I seriously need to work on my sponging technique) and stamped some leaves randomly aroung the edge.  I was originally going to simply mat it on the green, but decided the purple (Rich Razzlebery to be technical) gave it a grape-y autumn vibe.  I hope you are having as much fun as I am getting crafty; I’m also hoping November will go by slowly!

Just a reminder, if you want to comment, please do, and if you need supplies, click on Visit My Site at the top of the page.

Michelle

3 Months ‘Til Christmas!

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Merry Christmas??? Yes, we still have Halloween, Thanksgiving, and a couple of birthdays first, but if you like to send out handmade Christmas cards, it doesn’t hurt to start making them now.  These cards were made with lass than one sheet of Designer Series Paper, (this one is from the All Is Bright pack). I also used the coordinating All Is Bright solids, and Whisper White cardstock for the card bases. The stamps and think it dies are the Merry Christmas to All bundle. It gives wonderfully clear images, and is one I’m sure I’ll use for a long time. Use up your scraps of pretty paper, or buy some new- so many to choose from!

Lovely as A Tree

Had a great time at my cousins wedding last weekend, my first visit to Chicago!  Back home now, taking care of business.  I needed a “get well” card for a friend, so I made this one with the Lovely As a Tree Stamp set (it’s so versatile), and an inside sentiment from Thoughts and Prayers set.

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I used Very Vanilla cardstock for the base, Pear Pizzazz ink, ribbon and matting, and Ivory for the stamped surface.  I double-stamped the image, first fully inked and then stamped off a little up and to the left to look like a second row of trees.  Easy peasy!  Hope you like it- try the double stamping technique- it also works well with evergreen tree images.  Ready, ink, go!

Wedding Bells!

On my way tomorrow to my cousin’s wedding, and I made this card for the happy couple.

It’s a tri-fold card, made from a double sided sheet of 12 x 12 inch paper, cut to 12 x 5.5 inches.  Then, I scored and folded it at 4.25 inches and 8.5 inches.  The short flap tucks inside.  The paper is Stampin’ Up! Share What You Love, along with solids in Mint Macaron, Basic Black, and Very Vanilla.  I left the front fairly plain to show off the pretty paper, but you can decorate this tri-fold lots of ways!  Post a picture if you give it a try.

Getting started…

I’ve been stamping for a number of years, mostly for personal use- Christmas cards, special occasions, “thinking of you” cards.  Sometimes, I sold them to friends and family, but mostly I supplied my husband, daughter, and myself with cards.  Recently, I cut back from full time to per diem work, and have been enjoying the time for crafting, including making more cards– and got thinking more about sharing my hobby with others.  So, I took the plunge, and became a Stampin’ Up demonstrator.  I hope you will follow me on my journey, and comment/share photos so we can learn from one another!

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Here are some cards I made with one 12 x 12 inch sheet of designer paper, with a different pattern on each side.  The center card is a tri-fold, and the others are standard cards.  The paper is from the Share What You Love collection (how appropriate!) and the stamps are from Lovely As A Tree, Simply Wonderful, Thoughts and Prayers, and Sunshine Sayings- all from Stampin’ Up!  Let me know what you  think, or if you have any questions, and thanks for looking.