Halloween Cards (A Few Days Late…)

I’m not one to make a big deal out of Halloween celebrations – I’d rather celebrate Reformation Day!  However, I had some great supplies in my October Paper Pumpkin, and I thought my grandmas would probably like a friendly little hello in their mailboxes, so these are the cards I came up with.

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I used the “Eat Something Sweet” sentiment from the Paper Pumpkin box on the inside of each of them.

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m not sure if I need different watercolors to get darker colors, but my purple/orange sunset didn’t end up nearly as “spooky” as I had hoped.

What do you think?

I used watercolor paper for the bottom and wet embossed the trees in black.  The swirl dry embossing on the black card stock was from a texture plate by Sizzix, and the ribbon was in my stash.


October Birthdays – Part Three

Here’s the third of the three October birthday cards!  Thanks for hanging on for the ride!

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This fun card went to my Partner-in-Crafting-Crime in Oklahoma.  I enjoyed trying something with watercolors.  I stamped the leaves on watercolor paper and embossed them with white embossing powder, and then painted the watercolors over the top.  I currently have just a set of Crayola watercolors and am wondering if I need something better to get darker colors.  This card looks fairly dark, but you’ll see the lack of depth to the color in tomorrow’s Halloween card post.

The sentiment is the same as the previous two days, and the framelits for the sentiment are by Sizzix.  The stamp also came from my fall Inkadinkado set.  I definitely got mileage out of this set this October birthday season!

Thanks for sticking around for all three parts of this series!

October Birthdays – Part Two

After producing the card in the October Birthdays – Part One post, I wanted to use the gorgeous stamp again in a new way.  I came up with the idea of a three-part design with different, rich fall colors.

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I was really pleased with how it turned out, and thought the embossing folder toned down the “busy-ness” a bit.  The ribbon matched so well, I just had to use it, even though I think I’ve used the same ribbon on a birthday card for the same person before!  (Does anyone else remember or worry about these things?)

The stamp is by Inkadinkado and the square lattice embossing folder is by Stampin’ Up (I think it’s retired).  The frame around the sentiment is a bookplate from Sizzix (also retired), and the sentiment is by Stampin’ Up (a set from a past Sale-A-Bration called So Happy for You).

Thanks for sticking around for Part Two!

Quick Wedding Gift Tag

My husband and I attended a wedding last weekend.  Somehow in the craziness of life, I nearly forgot the gift!  (So thankful for Amazon Prime and 2-day shipping!)

I ran in to my craft room the night before we left for the wedding to try and whip up some sort of card/tag.  Armed with the invitation and some supplies still sitting out from my last project, this was the little tag I ended up making.

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I used the same Stampin’ Up sale-a-bration set, Sweet Summer, for the front and the same Sizzix Framelits to make the shape of the card.  I kept the folded silver paper just below the top of the framelit to get a shaped folded card.  I colored the image (stamped with black StazOn ink) with watercolor pencils.  I was able to get the wedding sentiment from the God’s Blessings set from Stampin’ Up (retired) to just fit inside the tag on white card stock cut to the size of the green layer on the outside.

Here’s a glimpse at the invitation, so you can (hopefully!) see the connection I was trying to make.  I think it’s fun to try and match the gift tag or card to the wedding invitation.  I’m not sure the couple always notices what I’m going for, but it’s fun to try nonetheless!  I really loved the invitations and wish I had had more time to spend on the card to make something that would have matched even better.

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Do you try to produce paper crafts that match the theme of the wedding or event you’re attending?  I think it makes the card (or gift) seem more personal.

Thinking of You Window Card

My advisor’s dad was recently in the hospital with some health issues, and I wanted to make a card to let her know my husband and I were praying for her and her family.  This card was the final result.

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Please forgive me for not yet having an awesome set-up for taking pictures of my cards.  Someday I’ll have my craft room all organized and settled and have a corner for getting great images of my projects!

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I used an old Stampin’ Up Sale-a-bration (2011) set called Sweet Summer for the foliage, and Sizzix framelits to make the window and white shape on the inside.  The “Thinking of You” sentiment came from this set by Inkadinkadoo.  I stamped the foliage with black StazOn ink and used watercolor pencil to color in the leaves and berries (flowers?).

The ric-rac and flowers were in my stash – I am by no means a high-end stamper.  Whatever I find that is cheap and looks like it might be usable sometime just goes into the stash.  Someday I’m going to make it a personal challenge to make cards featuring various parts of my stash.  (Maybe then I’ll have some pre-made cards instead of having to scramble to make one every time I need a card!)

Do you shop the dollar bins, clearance aisles, and floral departments to build your accent collections?  Do you have any good tips?


May Paper Pumpkin

My amazing Partner-in-Crafting-Crime who lives nearly 800 miles away and is also a Stampin’ Up demonstrator declared that we were going to have dedicated craft time via Skype.  This time was going to be facilitated by the presence of the happy little box known as Paper Pumpkin.

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My dear Partner -in-Crafting-Crime “Paper Pumpkin-ing” with me via Skype!

We’re two months in to the fun, and it’s been great to spend time together crafting even if we do live so far away!

My first card ended up being for my brother-in-law’s birthday.  I didn’t stray too far from the pre-designed card, but I did make a few changes.

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I like that you can use as much or as little brain power as you want with Paper Pumpkin: So tired, you can’t think straight, but want to make a card? Just follow the instructions.  Feeling creative?  Try something different and make it all your own.

Thanks, Paper Pumpkin, for the Skype crafting time with my friend!

Butterfly Garland

My husband is a huge fan of butterflies of any and all variety.  He loves watching for them outside his office window and trying to capture them on film.  For his birthday, we visited the Krohn Conservatory Butterfly Show.  We had a great time watching them, trying to get pictures, and having the butterflies land on us.

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(They loved the strap on my purse!)

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Knowing how much my husband loves butterflies, I wanted to incorporate them into the decorations for his birthday.

I ended up with this colorful butterfly garland that dressed up our living room for his big day.  I was really happy with how festive it turned out and am very thankful it will be reusable!

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I stamped the butterflies on colored copy paper and then cut them out with the matching die.  I glued an unstamped butterfly to the stamped one with fishing line ($1.88 at Target, woo!) running between them.  It was a bit putzy, but I’m really happy with how it turned out!

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I wish my camera could better capture how cheery the garland makes the room!

I’m excited about using this concept with other shapes in the future – in the grand scheme of things, it really was not too difficult.

Here’s the Sizzix stamp and die set I used:

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What are your favorite ways of using your stamping supplies for making things other than cards or scrapbook pages?