Friday, August 29, 2014

Color Me Autumn - Fall Card

Ok, so today is August 29th, and it feels like Fall outside.
It's cool, raining and the leaves are turning.
Now, don't get me wrong, I love fall, but it's a little early this year.
So here today is a fall card I created.
I used the Color Me Autumn paper, the Fall Fest stamps and dies, and one other die set, the Little Letters, which I am loving.

I stamped the pumpkins on white and cut out. The letters I cut out of Mossy Meadow and the background base is Blackberry Bliss. Did you notice that one of the pumpkins is almost all orange? The way I did that was I stamped the pumpkin using the back of the stamp (the part that normally attaches to the block) in Tangelo Twist, and then stamped the regular stamp on to using Cajun Craze. I think it adds a little something.
I just love that DSP don't you. Well don't forget about my sampler bundle that is going on right now. Check the previous blog post for details.
Also, be sure to become a subscriber of this blog. I will be drawing a winner on October 1st to win all of the cards that I post between now and then!
As always, stamp happy!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Holiday Catalog Paper Sample Pack

Have you seen the new Holiday Catalog??
Are you seriously in love with everything like I am??
Well I can help with that. I am having a Holiday Catalog Paper Sample Pack offer.
For the amazing price of $15 ($18 if I have to ship to you) you will get the following:
36 - 6x6 pieces of each DSP pack in the catalog
Plus 24 - 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 of the Trim the Tree Paper Stack!
That's less than the cost of one paper pack with shipping and tax!

When making cards you rarely use a whole sheet of paper, so why not get a variety pack!
Plus you will get to see in person the wonderful designs and then can order any pack you really love!

Here are pictures of the papers

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 Order will be placed on Sept 10th. This is open to anyone in the US. Just email me with how many packs you want to purchase and I will invoice you via paypal.
I can't wait to show you tomorrow a super cute card I made using one of the above paper stacks!!
Stamp Happy,

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Holiday House - Happy Haunting

Only days away from the new Holiday Catalog being available for purchasing!!
I am thrilled with all of the amazing products this year.
I love just about every single item in there, (boy is my wallet in trouble)!

I love the Holiday House bundle that is on page 16 in the Holiday Mini. I see this being used for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentines and beyond. It was my first must have from the catalog and I'm not disappointed.

I used kraft cardstock to cut all three houses, then decorated with scraps of other colors to give the houses dimension. I stamped the ghost on a piece of smokey slate and snipped the door open, so he could come out.
The background is created by using the stars mask. I used a sponge dauber with Versamark and white embossing powder.
The hills were free hand cut.
I'm thinking this would be a great card for one of my upcoming card classes.
Live in the northern Michigan area? Check out my Stampin Up website calendar for the list of my upcoming events including day crop/stamping and special card classes.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Kinda Eclectic wrapping

Tomorrow is a special anniversary celebration for my pastor and his wife. They are celebrating 34 years of marriage. That's pretty amazing in today's world. I thought about making them a nice card, but really wanted to do something different. So after baking tons of zucchini bread and muffins today I thought, hey I bet they would like some bread!
So I wrapped a loaf up in some press-n-seal and made it pretty of course.
I used the Kinda Eclectic stamp set for the leaves and butterfly. I did do some fussy cutting around the leaves, but didn't get in real close and I like the look it gives. I think it matches the border on the butterfly nicely. I layered 3 butterflies and wrapped the body part with twine, then folded the top two butterflies up to create the look of it actually flying.
The chevron kraft wrapping is a snack bag from the catalog that I cut both ends off and wrapped around the loaf. This was a fun and easy way to spruce up a loaf of bread.
Thanks for visiting my blog.
More posts this week!
Stamp Happy - Annie

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Getting Organized - Or what happens when life gets in the way.

I'm not sure what exactly happened, but here are the circumstances.
1 - We had some trim done in the room, which meant everything had to moved away from the windows.
2 - This project was done 2 weeks before convention when I needed space to create for swaps.
3 - The two weeks before convention my brother and family were in from Maine, so all my extra time was spent being Aunt Annie to my nephew Wilder (who just turned 7 months old).
4 - I then left for convention and was gone 4 days.
Result was this:

So I spent Sunday after church, and Tuesday and Wednesday after work cleaning, clearing, dejunking and all in all purging. The mess is now tamed. Table is back against a wall, not just in front of a closet. All tools are put in their places and chaos has ended.
It was a process, and one I hope I don't have to undertake again soon, so I have made a promise to myself to clean up after every craft extravaganza that happens.
So here is the clean and organized room:

Isn't it so clean. The only bummer is we have a lady coming to pain the room this weekend, so I will probably have to move everything to the center of the room. But at least I will know where everything goes back to. Plus I have never seen this much carpet in this room before. I could probably do some yoga in there now!
Thanks for stopping in.
I hope to post some creations, now that my mind and space are decluttered.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Color changes everything

Today I want to talk to you for a minute about color. I love color. 
I think that is one of the reasons why I do SU. They have amazing colors.
When painting your house, choosing a sweater and making a card, think about color.
I created this simple card using two different color cardstock bases, and I think the switch in color really defines the card as girly or not so girly.
 First I created the background by stamping Smokey Slate on a piece of Natural white cardstock. I then stamped the star-burst from Kinda Eclectic in Mossy Meadow. The sentiment is from What's Up as well as the arrow. The punched arrows are from the What's Up punch. So as you can see the card is almost exactly the same, except the base cardstock. Top is Strawberry Slush.
Bottom is Mossy Meadow. I think the change in the cardstock really impacts the overall feel of the card.
So today's lesson. Think about the base of  your card. It can make a card.