I used the Well Written dies from the Annual Catalog to cut the "welcome" greeting from Basic Black cardstock. I lined this up with the bottom left edge of the gray bar to balance the stars that are grouped on the right side of the card. Finally, I tied a simple bow using White Baker's Twine and mounted my image on Basic Black cardstock and then on a Coastal Cabana card base.
When I finished, I realized I hadn't used a single rubber stamp! Dies are wonderful for creating dramatic cards quickly and easily. I think I'll make another rubber stamp-free card for Wednesday - maybe I can keep the trend up all week!
I'd love to see cards you made without using rubber stamps or cards inspired by this color challenge. Leave your comments below.
The weather is chilly and perfect for remembering last Christmas. The Cup of Christmas stamp set (2019 Holiday Catalog) was perfect to highlight these pictures and I'm back to trying to use up my stash with the Holiday Thyme Designer Series Paper. I used the retired In-Colors Cranberry Crisp and True Thyme as well as the current Old Olive for this page. Additionally, I used my Cricut to cut the numbers and the retired Priceless stamp set for the steam flourishes coming out of the cups. Quick and easy page of Christmas memories!
Today, I have three card ideas to share with you. A very easy, Simple Stamping card using only stamps, ink, and paper; a card with a little bling added on; and a third card for those of you who like die cutting. All three cards use the Cup of Christmas stamp set and the Wrapped in Plaid 6"x6" Designer Series Paper.
All three cards were easy and fun to make! Whether you have limited supplies or a full craft room, beautiful holiday cards can be simple to make.
I cut a circle using the Layering Circles dies from Soft Sea Foam cardstock and a slightly larger circle using the Stitched Shaped dies from Coastal Cabana cardstock. I wrapped some Linen Thread and Silver Metallic Thread around my fingers and then twisted it behind the circle. I secured the thread with a glue dot and then put dimensionals on the back of the circles to pop them up. I used an old die from Stampin' Up! to cut the "Joy" from Rich Razzleberry, but you could use the Hand-lettered Prose dies to assemble the word "Joy."
I layered the whole thing on Coastal Cabana cardstock and then Rich Razzleberry cardstock. I embossed the layer of Rich Razzleberry with the Subtle embossing folder before attaching it to a Rich Razzleberry card base.
This non-traditional color scheme and non-Christmas stamp set combine to form an elegant Christmas card.
When I first started the On Y Go! Stampng blog back in June, my sister asked me if I would share scrapbook ideas. Of course I said "Yes!" And yet, three months later, today is my first scrapbook-centered post.
Scrapbooking was my first papercrafting adventure. I love to create beautiful things, and scrapbooking gave me a reason to create and keep what I'd made. Scrapbooking serves a long-term purpose of allowing me to preserve my memories and have an inviting way to share them with my kids, relatives, and friends. When I started stamping, I eventually moved more heavily into cards, but scrapbooking still holds a special place in my heart.
However, except for the school albums I finished for each of my kids when they graduated high school, I haven't done much scrapbooking in recent years. I've been overwhelmed by the idea of organizing all my old boxes of photos and figuring out where I left off. And, since getting a smartphone with a decent camera, I haven't been doing a very good job of saving and organizing my digital photos either. It's a little overwhelming!
So, I decided I just needed to jump into chronicling some recent events. I pulled my vacation photos from this summer and my photos from last Christmas, and I ordered prints from Shutterfly. Then I realized, it's fall and I really wanted to do a fall page. Not wanting to place another Shutterfly order for a handful of prints, I printed these myself on copy paper and will replace them after I make my next print order.
This summer, my sister passed down her Cricut which she had gotten as a handy-me-down from my Mom. I finally pulled it out and used it for the first time to create the title with the Printing 101 cartridge. I cut the letters from the See a Silhouette background paper and I cut the shadow from Mossy Meadow cardstock. I trimmed pieces of the honeycomb background paper in the See a Silhouette Designer Series Paper pack and added it as texture on the corners and center of the pages.
I had a lot of fun making this two page spread and remembering this fun trip to the orchard with my grown-up kiddo. Now on to getting those vacation and Christmas photos onto pages!
In December, I will be teaching a class at our local community college through their Continuing Education program. It's pretty close to Christmas and a little late for starting to make all of your Christmas cards, so instead, we will be making a dozen gift tags and then turning a couple of them into full-sized cards. So today, I have been working on making some samples to advertise the class. And you get a sneak peak!
I used the Brightly Gleaming Designer Series Paper from the 2019 Holiday Catalog and three stamp sets. Two of the sets are retired. One is from last year, Beautiful Blizzard, and the other is from over 10 years ago, Season of Joy. This is the one with the Christmas tree. I love it! It is such a fun, whimsical Christmas set. The third set is from the 2019 Holiday Catalog, So Many Stars.
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It was so much fun making these tags! I hope my students in December have as much fun learning some basic stamping and papercrafting techniques on these mini canvases.
I cut the books on the left of the card from another sheet of the paper that looks like library shelves full of spooky, creepy books. I scored a line between the books and then folded them and rolled the books slightly. Although it's hard to see in the photo, I wanted the them to look like individual books with raised spines. To help them keep their shape, I cut apart mini dimensionals and placed them under the books, then I put a thin line of liquid adhesive where the edges of the books are. This raises the inside of the spine while holding the edges down to the paper and gives each book a curved spine.
Since the "Wicked" die cut overlapped the books, I had to put dimensionals on it as well. This required quite a bit of finesse as the type is fairly thin and I had to cut the already small mini dimensionals into smaller pieces.
I also popped the little spider on a dimensional and added a line in black to make it look like the spider was hanging off the words.
A few years ago, I made a goal to try to use up my stash of papers so I would have room to add new stuff to my collection. But it's REEEAAALLLYYYY hard to not buy new stuff when there are so many shiny new stamps, papers, and inks available. Needless to say, I didn't get very far before I eventually broke down and started buying new inks, papers, stamp sets, and dies.
As many of you know, I was an Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator from 1998-2008. During those 10 years, I amassed a lot of supplies. I had complete sets of ink pads and markers and a healthy stash of cardstock and designer series paper.
That wooden container is designed to hold 48-52 ink pads. Stampin' Up! has gone through a couple of color refreshes since I was last a demonstrator. As I have been adding the new colors to the box, I have been kicking out the old ones and am quickly running out of room in the area surrounding the box.
Since I became a demonstrator again in March, #ProjectUseUpMyStash has taken the back burner and my retired stash is starting to get dusty. So, in an effort to conquer this mound of paper, I am going to regularly share projects I make with retired paper.
No, you can no longer buy the paper. Although if you really fall in love with a piece, I might be willing to share. But maybe you have your own stash of papers fallen to the wayside while your head was turned by all the new pretties in the Holiday Catalog. Let's start using our stashes and sharing our creations with the world. Nobody's going to know, or care, that your paper is 5, 10, or 20 years old. They will be too excited by the beautiful handmade cards, pages, and projects you've shared with them.
This paper is gorgeous! Lots of stripes and patterns that don't distract from your focal images, plus this poinsettia paper. I quickly made 7 cards (a baker's half dozen?). These cards could easily be made using current Designer Series Papers like Wrapped in Plaid or Let It Snow, or any of the numerous Christmas themed prints you have in your own stash!
So, dive into your stash and get crafting! Leave a comment below sharing what you come up with or use #ProjectUseUpMyStash on Instagram.
This week, I participated in the TGIF Challenge again. It was a color challenge to use the colors Merry Merlot, Basic Black, and Very Vanilla on a card. I chose to combine these colors with the To a Wild Rose stamp set and the Wild Rose dies. The results were stunning! I love these colors together because they are so dramatic.
I stamped the solid image and the shading image of the rose in Merry Merlot on Very Vanilla cardstock and added a black center using a Tuxedo Black Momento ink. I die cut the leaves from Basic Black, Very Vanilla, and Vellum cardstock using the Wild Rose dies. I wanted a little sparkle in the card, so I added a little silver thread under the rose as well. The leaves and thread were mounted on a square of Merry Merlot cardstock cut using the Stitched Shapes dies. It's hard to see, but I popped up the rose on some dimensionals. To give the card even more texture, I embossed the Basic Black cardstock with the Subtle embossing folder. To finish the card, I added a greeting cut from Very Vanilla cardstock using the Well Written dies.
Yesterday, I hosted my first ever virtual stamp party. It was so much fun! During the "party," I demonstrated some projects using stamps from the new Holiday Catalog (as well as one from the Annual Catalog). If you missed the party, you can watch the videos on replay by joining the Facebook group at http://bit.ly/OnYGoParty.
Heidi Collins, Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator
I have been stamping, scrapbooking, and paper crafting for over 20 years, and I love helping others explore the joy of making beautiful projects for yourself and others.
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