I have been using the So Many Stars stamp set from the 2019 Holiday Catalog a lot lately. Well, I've been using the matching Stitched Stars dies a lot and adding on a greeting or one stamped image from the stamp set. I haven't really been using the stamp set, at least not to its fullest. So, today, for this week's Color Throwdown Challenge (ctd567), I pulled out the stamp set and challenged myself to make a card with it and without using the Stitched Stars dies. Boy oh boy, am I glad that I did! I figured out some fun tricks with this stamp set that I hadn't noticed before.
I didn't realize that when the curly radiance line stamp is stamped in a line, the curls on the ends meet up and create a continuous pattern. On top of that, the more solid radiance stamp can be used to fill in the center of the curly one. This makes an awesome pattern for the edge of a card!
We don't get tons of Trick-or-Treaters at our house, so I wanted to make something a little special for the ghosties and ghoulies who knock on our door. However, not very many is still a fair number, so I needed the treats to be quick and easy. I came up with these little packages that fit two mini packages of starbursts. I was able to finish off 30 or so in just a couple hours.
Quick and easy and ready for the kiddos to come knocking!
Today, I have four adorable cards to show you using the Birds of a Feather stamp set. This set is in the 2019 Holiday Catalog by Stampin' Up! and is a 4-season set as it has four different birds - a duck, a chick, a turkey, and a hen - for four different holidays - Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Valentine's Day. I used my Stampin' Blends on the cards for some quick and easy coloring and the Brights 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper. So easy and so fun!
Coloring these images with the Stampin' Blends is so easy! The Blends are available in a light and a dark version of each color. I simply colored the image with the light version, then went around the outside and where there should be shadows with the dark version. Then I switched back to the light version again to smooth out the lines.
It's hard to see in the photo, but I used the light Crumb Cake Stampin' Blend around the outside edges of the image. This gives it a slight shadow all around and helps it pop out from the page.
I have been making a bunch of cards of the same design, which has left me with a bunch of scraps. You know, those thin, 1/4" to 1 1/4" strips that seem too good to throw away, but are still pretty skinny? So, I decided to design a couple of cards to use up some of the scraps.
First, I made this Christmas card using the Brightly Gleaming Designer Series Paper. I layered the strips across a piece of Mossy Meadow, leaving uneven lengths along one edge. Then, I wrapped it in some old copper cord I had, added a couple stars cut with the Stitched Stars dies, and popped on a greeting from the Christmas Gleaming stamp set. Quick and easy and made good use of those gorgeous coppery scraps that were too good for the trash.
Then, I made this birthday card using scraps of the See a Silhouette Designer Series Paper. I layered four strips on the side of a piece of Mango Melody cardstock. These strips were a little wider and didn't cover the whole card front. Horizontally across the card front, I put a strip of Real Red cardstock and wrapped it with some white Baker's Twine tied with a bow. I used the Well Written dies to cut "happy" from Old Olive card stock and stamped "Birthday" from the Well Said stamp set in Real Red on Whisper White cardstock. Again, a quick and easy card that made good use of some pretty scraps.
This week, I have been elbows-deep in designing Christmas cards for the upcoming Christmas Cardmaking Day that I am hosting with my Mom. So, I needed some quick and easy cards for the blog post today since I'm not ready to share all those Christmas card samples yet. The Harvest Hellos stamp set and Apple Builder punch are perfect for quick and easy cards! (Don't forget when you buy both in a bundle, you get 10% off!) There are both apples and pumpkins in the set and since they are the same shape, the punch will punch both of them out in a jiffy.
So fun and so easy! Four cards made with the Harvest Hellos stamp set and Apple Builder punch that I whipped up in a flash. I'd love to see what you've made with the Harvest Hellos stamp set. Leave me a comment below or join my Facebook group and share it there.
Last month, I showed you how to make a pumpkin tag using the Apple Builder punch and the Harvest Hellos stamp set in this blog post. Today, I used the same tag on the front of a card to effectively create a mini-card on a card.
The two pumpkins in the back are from Pumpkin Pie cardstock while the one in the front is on Mango Melody cardstock. This helps the pumpkins stand out from one another. The cute little jack o' lantern in front has a smile and flips up to say "You make me smile."
I used Regals 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper to finish off the card front and a piece of linen thread. This card ended up so cute and so easy to complete!
I know this is way late since not only has Rosh Hashanah already passed, so has Yom Kippur. However, earlier this week, I offered to send cards to any of my friends who wanted one as part of World Card Sending Week. A friend of mine who is Jewish requested that I make a card for Rosh Hashanah. Not being Jewish myself, and knowing only the basics of the holiday, and not really having any Jewish stamps, this is what I came up with.
Fast forward to this weekend, my own Mother saw pictures of the tags and mentioned that she wanted to make similar tags for some home-canned items, but she needed directions. So, I decided to see what I could do to help her out.
Both of these tags are easy to make. Simply cut a rectangle of cardstock, score where you want the tag to flop over, and cut a hole.
Wine Bottle Tag:
I'm getting my week started and my creative juices flowing with another color challenge from Color Throwdown (ctd563). This week the challenge was to use orange, lavender, purple, and green. Definitely not your typical color scheme! So, I pulled out Mango Melody, Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, and Granny Apple Green to create this fun fall card.
I love the look of the card on the left with a frame around a piece of Designer Series Paper stamped with "I LOVE YOU." I chose to use the Stitched Stars dies and the Brightly Gleaming Designer Series Paper for my card.
The Stitched Stars dies are perfect for creating frames similar to the one in the inspiration photo because there are so many sized stars to choose from that nest inside one another. Another advantage of the Stitched Stars dies is that they have "stitching" on both sides of the cut line. This means, when you cut the interior star for the frame, it leaves a stitch line on the star frame. This way, your star frame has stitching on the outside and inside edges.
I used the star I cut for the inside of the frame under the greeting. I also cut the star swirl from copper foil and used the stars that were cut out as accents on the card. I twisted some copper cord from my stash under the greeting that I had cut from copper foil using the Well Written dies. The copper foil matches the Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper perfectly. This card is so sparkly that it was hard to photograph without getting a glare.
I love the shine and glamour for a truly special card to celebrate an amazing accomplishment.
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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