#papercrafting

This is a photo of a bright blue and red Christmas card that is made on today's video.

Trimming The Town

Let’s go Trimming The Town! The stamp set from this suite is part of Stampin’ Up’s Making a Difference campaign. A portion of the proceeds from each stamp set sold is donated to charities that support infertility, foster care, and adoption. The images are representative of new homes for many children and welcoming in new members for families. My life has been impacted by each one of these situations. Therefore, that is why I am so thankful that Stampin’ Up has committed to make a difference in these areas.

Today’s Trimming The Town Video:

I love fun fold cards! That is why I chose to demonstrate one for you today. Some people find them intimidating But, if you simply break them down step-by-step, they are fun. Today’s card just has more steps and more pieces than a traditional card. But it isn’t hard at all.

Here Are Some Card Examples:

This is the card we made today on the video. I really do love both versions! Do you have a favorite?

This is a bright blue and red Christmas card, It has a whimsical image of a house on the front.

The inside of the two cards vary only slightly. But there are differences in image layout and colors used. You could alternate your panels between DSP and Whisper White card stock as shown or make all of the panels DSP or all Whisper White cardstock. You could also alternate the height of each panel in the row for an entirely different look.

This is the inside of a handmade greeting card.  It features four panels that are each decorated with fun winter images.  Products by Stampin' Up.

My images are colored using Stampin’ Blend alcohol markers. Of course, you could absolutely use watercolor pencils or watercolor using our ink refills and a water painter. And while the coordinating DSP is uses a lot of bright colors, the sky is the limit when it comes time for you to select your color palette! This card is my take on a more nature themed version. It would even make a great birthday card for someone with a winter birthday.

A handmade Christmas card that is Early Expresso brown and Old Olive green.  It features a woodsy winter scene.  The card is made with Stampin' Up products.
A greeting card that features a cute little red car hauling a Christmas tree.  It is made with products from Stampin' Up's Trimming the Town Suite.

Card Supplies:

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Card Measurements:

  • Misty Moonlight Cardstock: 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Whisper White Cardstock and/or DSP: (4) 2″ x 2 1/2″
  • Misty Moonlight Cardstock:1 3/4″ x 11″, scored at 2 3/4″, 5 1/2″, and 8 1/4″
  • Whisper White Cardstock: (2) 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Misty Moonlight Cardstock: (4) 2 1/4″ x 2 3/4″
  • Poppy Parade Cardstock: 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP: 3 3/4″ x 5″

Thank you so much for taking some of you time to visit my blog. I hope that today’s fun fold card brought you a smile! As always remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative.

Sally

Stampin’ Up Fall Treat Holders

We are going to make some Stampin’ Up Fall Treat Holders today. I want y’all to start thinking about ways that you can use your stamping supplies for something other than making cards. With Halloween quickly approaching and Thanksgiving on the horizon, my mind starting thinking about ideas for treat holders.

Today’s Video:

These little treat holders can be decorated using any stamp set and any punch or die set. They are so incredibly versatile. And most importantly, quick to make! They use very few supplies so that makes them very affordable as well. Each sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of cardstock will create 4 bases. I used crumb cake because it is a good fall basic but you can use any color that you want.

More Stampin’ Up Fall Treat Holders

A matchbox style treat holder using Stampin' Up products.  It is purple with white dots and it has a bat on it.  It is one of five Stampin' Up Treat Holders featured on my blog today.

Wouldn’t these make adorable trick-or-treat goodies?

One of five Stampin' Up Fall Treat Holders that has a crumb cake base.  It has pictures of leaves, acorns, and pumpkins on it.

This design would work easily for any fall occasion simply by swapping out the greeting.

One of five Stampin' Up Fall Treat Holders.  It features a Mint Macron pumpkin with a gold bow.  The Mint Macron designer series paper with gold foiling really makes it pop!
One of five Stampin' Up Fall Treat Holders that is mostly done in the color Crumb Cake. It has a pumpkin that is made using a paper piecing technique in Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, and Pumpkin Pie.

And these designs just might be that perfect little touch that would bring your whole Thanksgiving table together. They would create a conversation starter as well as being a pretty table decoration. Are the children or grandchildren looking for a little project? These are a GREAT project to do with them! They love a creative outlet as much as we do. This project can be done several weeks ahead of time.

Card Supplies:

Card Measurements for Stampin’ Up Treat Holders:

  • Crumb Cake Cardstock: 2 1/4″ x 8, scored at 2″ and at 5 1/2″
  • Rich Razzleberry Cardstock: 2′ x 2 1/4″, and another at 2″ x 1 3/4″
  • Whatever cardstock or DSP you would like for focal image. I used Plaid Tidings DSP for the pumpkin.

Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope that you have been inspired. As always– Be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

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

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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The New Stampin’ Up 2020-2022 In Colors are here….

You will love the new Stampin’ Up In Colors for 2020-2022! They are Magenta Madness, Just Jade, Misty Moonlight, Bumblebee, and Cinnamon Cider. We will also be using the new Celebrating Sunflowers stamp set. The result is a set of very colorful and cheery cards!

Each year, Stampin’ Up introduces five new colors that are in addition to our regular color line up. These are called In Colors. They will be available from 2020-2022. That also means that we had to say goodbye to our five 2018-2020 In Colors. This process allows Stampin’ Up to introduce colors that are on trend and in style! I think that you are going to be able to make some great projects and cards with these new In Colors!

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Card Base Color of Choice: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
Whisper White Cardstock 1″ X 4″
Whisper White Cardstock 4″ x 5 1/4″

Other Stampin’ Up Supplies Used:

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I hope that you enjoyed today’s project! Please let me know which of the new In Colors is your favorite in the comment section below. Remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

Do you know about Stampin’ Up Paper Pumpkin?

Do you know about Stampin’ Up’s Paper Pumpkin monthly subscription box? Most of the time it is for making cards, but sometimes they switch things up and the kit features gift or 3D projects. You always have the option to skip a kit if you would like! The kits are also a very nice option if you are traveling and want to take along something fun to create. You can visit my online store http://www.thepolkadotlife.com/shop/ and order your subscription today! And don’t forget to check out the “Add-On Kit” that is available to coordinate with the July kit.

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