Month: September 2020

A Halloween greeting card made using Stampin' Up products.

Plaid Tidings by Stampin’ Up

Plaid Tidings to you! Plaid Tidings by Stampin’ Up that is. This new suite of products is going to serve us well in our craft room. Plaid paper is classic and it never goes out of style. It works for every holiday and every occasion for which we make cards. The DSP pack is good because there are sheets that have several colors and there are some that are very monochromatic.The DSP package is in the 6 x 6 size.

A fall greeting card that uses a golden colored plaid paper.There is an image of a pumpkin on the front.

The Embroidered Ribbon in the suite is a nice neutral color and we will be able to match it up with several of the colors in our line. I found it to be very easy to manipulate. I think it would really look nice if you frayed the ends a little bit. However, it didn’t seem to fray in my general use.

Today’s project is a Halloween fun fold card. This card was perfect for my video today because I am able to show you a few new techniques. I wanted to point out that the reason I filled my aqua painter with rubbing alcohol and not water is that we used a water based ink to stamp our greeting and our spider web. If I had used water, we risked our images being damaged and possible running.

Plaid Tidings by Stampin’ Up Video:

The second card I made was fun because I got to use my Stampin’ Blends markers to color in my images. I know that some people dislike coloring but I find it very soothing and relaxing. My final card used a bright piece of the plaid paper. I feel it is a card that you might not automatically think of making using a plaid designed paper. Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone when making cards. Trying new color combinations and techniques can boost your confidence and expand your knowledge.

I know that we aren’t supposed to play favorites but I really love how this card turned out. It ‘s so happy! 🙂

Supplies for Today’s Card Project:

Card Measurements:

  • Gorgeous Grape Cardstock: 4 1/4″ x 9″, scored and folded at 5 1/2″
  • Plaid Tidings DSP: 3 1/4″ x 4″ and 1 1/2″ x 4″
  • Whisper White Cardstock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (2)
  • Pumpkin Pie Cardstock: 4″ x 5 1/4″

I hope that you enjoyed the new techniques we talked about today. I always think it is fun is get a little messy in the craft room! And as always- Be kind, send a card and do something creative!

Sally

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A fall card using Stampin Up products.

Banner Year

It’s a Banner Year! Wait…2020? Really? Ha, ha. Maybe not exactly but the stamp set by Stampin’ Up is a really good one. I teamed it up with the Gilded Autumn Designer Series Paper to make some pretty fall cards. Stampin’ Up has done an excellent job with making sure that their products can be paired together so easily.

The Gilded Autumn Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up is featured in this card.

The colors in the Gilded Autumn DSP are Cajun Craze, Early Expresso, Mint Macaron, Crumb Cake, and Very Vanilla. They are perfect together! However, I did find that if I was stamping an image in Mint Macaron, it is best to stamp off first as the color kind of comes off dark on the Very Vanilla. And I find that I don’t use Cajun Craze very often. Stampin’ Up uses some color combinations in their papers that I would never have the courage or idea to use together. But I will definitely use this combo again!

Today’s Video:

The stamp set is bundled with the Banner Year punch. That means that when you purchase the bundle you will save 10%. Aren’t we always looking for ways to make our crafting budget stretch a little bit more?

A greeting card on Early Expresso cardstock.  It has images of a squirrel, an acorn, and a pumpkin on the front.

As I mentioned in my video, please leave a comment and let me know which of the four cards is your favorite. These cards came together very quickly. Mostly because of the DSP! A great paper is one of our greatest tools!

Supplies Used:

Card Measurements:

  • Cajun Craze Cardstock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4″
  • DSP: 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Very Vanilla Cardstock: 2 1/2′ x 2 1/2″
  • DSP or Cardstock of your choice: 1″ x 3 1/2″
  • DSP or Cardstock of your choice: 1/2″ x 3 1/4″
  • Very Vanilla (Inside): 4″ x 5 1/4″

Thank you so much for spending some time with me today. As always – be kind, send a card, and do something creative.

Sally

It’s Snowman Season

Snowman Season is today on the blog! But in reality, it’s flaming hot and humid as can be. Stampin’ Up has hit it out of the park with this stamp set. These whimsical snowmen are all geared up for a good snowball fight. However, I prefer a much warmer climate. 🙂

A greeting card in Stampin’ Up Coastal Cabana cardstock and a snowman image.

This stamp set can be used for adorable Christmas cards! But, it also works well for making cards to send as a general purpose throughout the winter months. Perhaps, if you celebrate Snowman Season by making your holiday cards while we are still experiencing high temperatures, you will find yourself just a wee bit cooler.

Today’s Snowman Season Video:


This stamp set was first introduced last year as part of the holiday lineup. Everyone enjoyed using it so much that Stampin’ Up carried it over into this year’s Annual Catalog! These characters are so much fun!

A greeting card using the Snowflake Splendor DSP by Stampin’ Up.

Supplies:


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Card Measurements:

  • Purple Posy Cardstock: 4 1/4” x 11”, scored at 2 3/4” and 8 1/4”
  • Purple Posy Cardstock: 2 3/4” x 4 1/4”
  • Whisper White Cardstock: 2 1/2 x 4”
  • Whisper White Cardstock: 3 3/4” x 5” (Inside)
  • DSP: 2 1/2” x 4”

Thank you so much for joining me today! As always remember to be kind, send a card, and so something creative.

Sally

A picture of a Stampin' Up greeting card featuring a green Christmas Tree with a bow.

Wonder of the Season Memories & More Card Pack (Part 2)

The Wonder of the Season suite of products includes the Memories & More Card Pack. This is the second in a series where this card pack is featured. (Here is a link to the other post: https://bit.ly/3550b6q) In the first post we looked at how to use the card pack to create simple and easy cards. Especially when paired with the Memories & More Cards and Envelopes. Today’s video dives a little deeper into looking at how you can create more advanced cards.

A greeting card that is Just Jade and Real Red.
A greeting card that is made with the Wonder of the Season Memories & More Card Pack by Stampin Up.

Wonder of the Season Memories & More Card Pack Video Part 2:

There are SO many elements to this card pack! As a result, I could not hardly stop creating! I had Christmas songs playing on the Alexa in my office and just played and played. Eventually, I had to stop because I ran out of the Cards & Envelopes. An additional pack of those will be going on my next order for sure! But I still had fun. And I love how the cards turned out.

Look at everything I still had left!

Elements from the Stampin Up Wonder of the Season Memories & More Card Pack.

In conclusion, please leave me a comment and let me know if you are a beginning stamper, casual stamper, or an avid stamper. I want to know what kind of projects you would like to see.

And as always….be kind, send a card, and do something creative.

Sally

Supplies:

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Wonder of the Season Memories & More Card Pack (Part 1)

The Wonder of the Season Memories & More Card Pack is a great jumping point to spark your creativity! Stampin’ Up’s Card Packs were designed for both scrapbooking and card making. Many of you do not know that I began my love for paper crafting many years ago as a scrapbooker. My children were young at that time and I wanted to document their childhood memories. It was a journey that I thoroughly enjoyed! I was a representative for a direct sales company that was very popular at that time. Consequently, I made many new friends and created memories that I would never have made otherwise. I hold many of those friends in my heart to this day.

A photo of a Christmas greeting card featuring a red background and a golden sleigh.

Sometimes, when I would create my scrapbook pages, I would be able to just sit down and come out with a page layout with no problem. However, that was not always the case. There were times that I needed to use a layout from a magazine or a guidebook for inspiration. Even if I didn’t duplicate it exactly, they helped me to get going and design my pages. And that is what Stampin’ Up’s Card Packs do for your card making.

Memories & More Card Pack Video

The Memories & More Cards & Envelopes are a great value and they are such a time saver! You can get straight to the crafting fun and who doesn’t love that? Even if you cover that gorgeous red foil on the card front, the envelopes still bring that sparkle and shine. 🙂

A photo of a Christmas greeting card that is made with Stampin' Up's Wonder of the Season Memories & More Cards & Envelopes .

A Very Good Place To Start

I realize that today’s cards are very simple. But that is what Part 1 is all about. Stampin’ Up offers a little something for everyone. If you would like to try making cards, this pack is your ticket! You only need to add some adhesive. But also don’t be fooled by it’s simplicity. Part II will be debuting soon and you will see that even an avid crafter will enjoy working with it’s elements as well.

A greeting card made with the Memories & More Card Pack with a few jewels added.

Giveaway Time!

Please like, comment, and share my video/post. I will be having a giveaway on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020 and I will draw from everyone that shares my video before that date!

A photo of a Christmas greeting card made with Stampin' Up products.

Supplies Used for My Memories & More Card Pack Video:

In closing, I am just sharing this picture for fun. The youngest of my three kitties came in my office and tried to jump into the middle of my video. Ha! And as always…Be kind, send a card, and do something creative.

Thanks,

Sally

A photo of me and my kitty.

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