Emboss resist & Brusho!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is my little experiment with emboss resist on watercolor paper and Brusho. If you don’t know what Brusho is, it is watercolor ink crystals that are highly pigmented and Stampin’ Up! offers them in 5 colors that come in small pots. These crystals are more like a fine dust, which makes it easy to get everywhere, and I recommend that you only poke one small hole in the top and keep a thumb tack in the hole until ready for use. There are different ways to create watercolor washes with Brusho, but today I am showing you how I created this watercolor wash by sprinkling the Brusho color onto Watercolor Paper and spritzing with water and I love the end result!

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To start, I use a piece of Watercolor Paper, cut at 3” x 5”, and heat emboss the flower and leaf from the Beautiful Promenade stamp set in Clear Embossing Powder:

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I gently sprinkled the Brilliant Red, Gamboge, and Yellow over the flowers and then sprinkled Yellow and Moss Green over the leaves:

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Next, I used my Stampin’ Spritzer filled with water and spritzed until I achieved the desired result. If you missed a spot or want to add more of a color, you can sprinkle more on as well:

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I used a paper towel to soak up some of the excess water and also lightly dried the embossed edges of the flowers and leaves. If you notice, there is a slight blue color, which is from the Prussian Blue pot, and I didn’t even take this pot out of the box! LOL:

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After comparing different color cardstock for the base, I decided to use Mossy Meadow, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

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I really liked how the watercolor paper design looked on my bamboo cutting board (this was just a random one I had and decided to use this for any Brusho projects. This especially helps protect my work space when I’m spritzing water), so I found this design from the Wood Textures 6” x 6” DSP and trimmed it to 4” x 5 ¼”. I used this edgelit die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies along the top and bottom of the DSP:

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Adding a bit of ribbon wouldn’t be too much, so I used the Grapefruit Grove Grosgrain Ribbon. I thought this coordinated nicely with the colors:

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To assemble the card front, I tied the ribbon around the DSP and then adhered the watercolor paper to the DSP. (Note-make sure that the watercolor paper is completely dried and use a strong adhesive, like Tear & Tape, Liquid Glue, or Fast Fuse) I then used dimensionals to adhere the base layer to the card base:

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The inside sentiment is on a piece of 4” x 5 ¼” Very Vanilla cardstock, the sentiment is from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set in Mossy Meadow ink, and the leaves from Beautiful Promenade are stamped in Mossy Meadow. The first stamp is in full ink and then immediate stamp again, which is also referred to second generation stamping:

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Brusho is really a great medium to play with! If you want to apply the color directly to the paper, simply mix a little bit of Brusho with water (on a clear block or small container) and then use a paintbrush to apply. Try experimenting with the colors by combining them to create a totally different color! Using watercolor paper or thick cardstock works best, especially if you are spritzing water on and protect your work space by either using a cutting board or having something else underneath for excess water and any runaway color crystals!!

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New Years Blog Hop!

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Hello and welcome to the Stamp It Group’s New Year’s Theme Blog Hop! My name is Christina Miller, I’m an independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator located in Norfolk, Virginia, and you are visiting my blog, Christina’s Creative Corner! Whether this is your first stop on the blog hop or you have hopped on over from another site, thank you for letting me share my creation today! So, let’s get started!

While we send or give out cards for Christmas, what about New Year’s? Whether you are attending a New Year’s get-together, hosting a get-together, or maybe have other needs for a New Year’s card, what better way than to make one with shine and bling?

To start, use Thick Whisper White cardstock for your card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

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You will need two pieces of Basic Black cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, one for the card front base layer and the other for the inside base layer:

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From the Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series, you will use this design, cut at 3 ¾” x 5”:

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For the front of the card, you will use the celebrate from the Celebrate You Thinlits to cut out one piece in Gold Glimmer Paper and another piece in Basic Black cardstock (you can use either of the base layers for this). The two balloons are punched out using the Balloon Bouquet Punch (smaller balloon) in Basic Black and Gold Foil Paper. I used the balloon fill-in stamp from Happy Birthday Gorgeous to heat emboss Black Emboss Powder on the gold balloon and Gold Emboss Powder on the black balloon. The gold balloon is tied off with Basic Black Baker’s Twine and the black balloon is tied off with Whisper White Baker’s Twine. I used the pennant from the Playful Pennants Framelits Dies in Basic Black cardstock and used the numbers from the Pick A Pennant stamp set, which are heat embossed in Gold Emboss Powder (I created a template for my Stamparatus to make stamping easier). The tassels from the framelits, which are cut out in Gold Foil Paper:

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To assemble the front of the card, adhere the two base layers to the card base, use your Fine Tip Glue Pen to layer the Basic Black celebrate to the back of the Gold Glimmer celebrate, and then adhere to the DSP.  I used the Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere the tassels to the pennant, trimming the ends, and then used Mini Dimensionals to adhere to the DSP. The balloons are then adhered with Dimensionals:

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For the inside sentiment, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 3 ¾” x 5”, the sentiment from the Warm Hearted stamp set is stamped in Memento ink, and the accent stamps from the set are heat embossed in Gold Emboss Powder. This piece is adhered to the other piece of Basic Black cardstock and then adhered to the card base:

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What do you think?? Isn’t this a pretty easy card to make? Another great use for a New Year’s card, is that if you hand out cards to the service professionals in your life and maybe you aren’t going to see someone until after Christmas, well here you go! This would also come in handy if you need a non-traditional holiday card!

Wondering what specials are going on?? Current specials are listed to the right!!

Live in the USA? I would love to be your demonstrator! Contact me today to learn more about purchasing Stampin’ Up! products, hosting a party, joining my team or if you would like a complimentary catalog!

You can head over to my online store by clicking the Shop Now! button at the very top to see all available products and don’t forget to print out your shopping list on the righthand side, under Follow Me!

I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

This month’s Giveaway:

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Winner from last month’s Christmas Theme Blog Hop:

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Don’t forget to scroll down to leave your name and a comment with #stampitcontest and keep on hopping to the next name on the Blog Hop tour:

1. Tami White
2. Julie DeGuia
3. Luly Gonzalez
4. Pam Nichols
5. Tina Wardell
6. Christina Miller
7. Liz Holloway
8. Rachel Nichols
9. Rachael Rife
10. Danette Herera
11. Linda L Cullen
12. Gianna Melone-Sardella

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Get more use from the Tags & Tidings Bundle!

Hello and welcome to today’s cards, which features the Tags & Tidings Bundle! Every year I like to make Christmas tags and I also like to send a batch of tags to family, because who wouldn’t like to use a homemade tag on a gift?? My first thought is that this bundle will make it so much easier to make Christmas tags, there’s one stamp and one thinlit die to cut out the 16 images, and then I can use punches, dies, and even retired DSP to create super cute tags! Then I thought, what if I procrastinated, didn’t have time to place my order, was on a tight budget, or even was limiting myself to one Christmas Bundle?  Which would I choose that was versatile and unique? The Tags & Tidings Bundle is a great choice! So today, I am going to show you how I made 6 cards from this bundle.

To start, cut 3 sheets of Shaded Spruce cardstock cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”, for a total of 6 card bases:

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The base layer is Real Red cardstock, which I used two sheets to cut the 6 pieces at 4” x 5 ¼”. I then stamped this in Memento Ink and I highly suggest using your Stamparatus because this is a Photopolymer stamp and I had to stamp it a couple of times because some of the thicker lines didn’t pick up the ink completely the first time:

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I used a piece of 4” x 5 ½” Whisper White cardstock to stamp the image again in Memento Ink. I then colored in various images using Dark Real Red, Dark Shaded Spruce, Light Pool Party, Dark Pineapple Punch, and Light Soft Suede Stampin’ Blends. The images where then cut out using the Christmas Tags Thinlits Dies:

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I wanted to make half of the cards with Silver and the other half with Gold accents, so I used Gold and Silver Glimmer Paper to layer the tags on:

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The first set of tags I used the 1 1/8” 1 3/8” Scallop Circle Punches. The second set I used the Classic Label Punch, I just cut a piece of glimmer paper slightly larger than the tag for the other two, and then used the Detailed Trio Punch to round the corners on one. The third set I used the Banner Triple Punch. For the fourth set I used the Tailored Tag Punch, one just layered on the punched glimmer paper, one I used it to cut the corners to match the tag, and then for the other two, I punched out the glimmer paper, adhered the tag, and then just snipped the sides:

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For these two cards, I used the gold layered tags, adhered some Gold Metallic Thread to the back of two, and used some Gold Metallic Pearls. These are adhered to the base layer with dimensionals:
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These next two cards use the silver layered tags, Silver Metallic thread adhered to the back to two, and use Silver Metallic Pearls:

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These last two cards only have two tags instead of three, but you will still use the Metallic Thread and Pearls for accents:

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The inside of all six use stamps from Snowflake Sentiments, stamped in Real Red and Shaded Spruce inks:

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Once I figured out the best way to layer some of the tags, this was pretty easy to make. It is even possible to make 8 cards from this if you only use silver or gold (not both) to layer the tags or make 16 just using one tag on the card front. Another idea since this is a photopolymer stamp and pliable, is you can use one of the tags to create the background and then create a big tag for the front. A lot of possibilities for this bundle!

Wondering what specials are going on?? Current specials are listed to the right!!

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Happiest Christmas Wishes

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a beautiful Christmas card featuring the Dashing Along Designer Series Paper, In the Woods Thinlits Dies, and Dashing Deer Thinlits Dies! If you haven’t notices, but the Holiday Catalog is a huge hit and the Designer Series Paper is going fast! Luckily, Stampin’ Up! brought back the Dashing Along DSP (this was originally only available in September with a qualifying order), which instead of having the normal 12 sheets with 2 each of 6 double-sided designs, you get 12 sheets with 4 each of 3 double-sided designs! Having 4 sheets of the double-sided design means you can stretch out that paper for card making! For today’s card I am using one sheet of the double-sided design, so let’s get started!

The card base is Cherry Cobbler cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

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The base layer of DSP is cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

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The next layer of DSP (which is the other side design of the base layer) is but at 3” x 4 ¼”:

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For the front of the card, you will need one each of the smaller deer thinlits from Detailed Deer cut out of Silver Foil Sheet, six each of the outline flower thinlit from Detailed Deer cut out of Silver Glimmer Paper, and one piece of Whisper White cardstock cut at 1 ¼” x 4 ¼” and use the hill thinlit from in the Woods:

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To create the hills, adhere one of the pieces to the DSP and then flip the other over and use dimensionals to adhere over the other layer. The deer on the left is adhered with to the top layer (apply adhesive to the lower half) and then adhere the deer on the right with Mini Dimensionals:

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The base layer is adhered to the card base and then the scenery is adhered on top of the base layer. The six flowers are actually going to be snowflakes, the three on the scenery are adhered with Glue Dots and the three on the base layer are adhered with Mini Dimensionals:

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The inside sentiment is from the Dashing Deer stamp set in Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler inks, on a piece of 4” x 5 ¼” Whisper White cardstock. I used my Stamparatus to position the top floral stamp, which I used my Stampin’ Write Markers to color, and then turned the cardstock so the bottom was now the top, colored the stamp again, and then stamped the image. The sentiment is positioned below the floral stamp design:

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This card is really easy to make multiples of when you use your Stamparatus for the inside sentiment, you can use two sheets of the DSP (and still have two more of the design left!), and there are three of the flower thinlits that are used to create snowflakes! With the busy holiday season, having a great card that you can make multiples of in a snap is a time saver!!

Wondering what specials are going on?? Current specials are listed to the right!!

Live in the USA? I would love to be your demonstrator! Contact me today to learn more about purchasing Stampin’ Up! products, hosting a party, joining my team or if you would like a complimentary catalog!

You can head over to my online store by clicking the Shop Now! button at the very top to see all available products and don’t forget to print out your shopping list on the righthand side, under Follow Me!

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To You & Yours-Paper Pumpkin Alternative p3

Hello and welcome to today’s cards, which are two more alternative ideas for the November 2018 Paper Pumpkin, To You & Yours. I decided to “step up” these cards by adding some shimmer paint, embossing, and die cutting. I wanted to create Christmas cards this still used the Paper Pumpkin supplies, but also make them a “wow” card that is still easy to make.

For the card on the left, start with Cherry Cobbler cardstock cut at 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½” for your card base:

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The base layer is the card base from the kit, which I cut two pieces at 4” x 5 ¼”, I used a sponge and applied Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint all over the front, and after this dried (it dries quickly), I embossed with the Softly Falling TIEF:

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For the front sentiment, I cut the vanilla plaid base layer at 1 ¾” (this will give you three pieces at 1 ¾” x 4”) and punched one end with the Banner Triple Punch. The sentiment is heat embossed in Gold Emboss Powder on one of the square die cuts, tied a piece of the linen ribbon into a bow, use one of the vellum circles die cut, and six of die cut pine boughs:

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Adhere the vellum circle to the plaid paper and then just place on the base layer (do not adhere). Adhere the pine boughs to the vellum circle towards the top left and bottom right “corners”. Placing the paper and vellum base on the embossed base layer will help ensure that the pine boughs are not sticking out over the edge and will fit in the envelope properly:

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You will then adhere the square die cut over the vellum circle with dimensionals. To complete the card front, adhere the base layer to the card base and then adhere the sentiment piece with dimensionals:

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The inside sentiment is on a piece of 4” x 5 ¼” Whisper White cardstock, stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink. I used the tree from the Winter Woods stamp set in Garden Green ink, placed some Embossing Paste around the tree to make it look like snow, and then used Dark Cherry Cobbler, Dark Daffodil Delight, and Dark Call Me Clover Stampin’ Blends to color some Basic Rhinestone Jewels to look like ornaments. The star is stamped in Daffodil Delight ink and then colored in with a Blender Pen:

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For the card on the right, start with Thick Very Vanilla cardstock cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼” for the card base:

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The base layer is the card base from the kit, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. This piece is embossed with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic TIEF and then I gently dragged my VersaMark pad across, sprinkled Gold Embossing Powder across, and then set using my Heat Tool:

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For the front of the card, you will need to cut out the deer in and flowers in Gold Foil using the dies from In the Woods, cut a piece of the linen ribbon long enough to tie around the deer’s neck (to look like a scarf), I used Dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blend to color the rhinestone in the middle of the flower, two of the pine bough die cuts, cut the red plaid base layer in half (this will give you two pieces at 2” x 5 ¼”), and the sentiment is stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink on a ½” piece of Very Vanilla cardstock with the end punched out with the Banner Triple Punch:

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Adhere the base layer to the card base, adhere the plaid paper across the base layer, adhere the deer to the right side, adhere the pine boughs to the plaid paper with glue dots, adhere the gold flowers to the sentiment with glue dots, and then adhere the sentiment over the pine boughs with dimensionals:

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For the inside sentiment, I heat embossed this and the deer from the Winter Woods stamp set in Gold Emboss Powder:

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Aren’t those easy?? So now you have at least four more Christmas card that you can make from this Paper Pumpkin as alternatives! Here is all six cards from this week and if you CASE’d these, you will have a total of twelve cards!

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Wondering what specials are going on?? Current specials are listed to the right!!

Live in the USA? I would love to be your demonstrator! Contact me today to learn more about purchasing Stampin’ Up! products, hosting a party, joining my team or if you would like a complimentary catalog!

You can head over to my online store by clicking the Shop Now! button at the very top to see all available products and don’t forget to print out your shopping list on the righthand side, under Follow Me!

I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

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Christmas Holiday Blog Hop!

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Hello and welcome to the Stamp It Group’s Thanksgiving Theme Blog Hop! My name is Christina Miller, I’m an independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator located in Norfolk, Virginia, and you are visiting my blog, Christina’s Creative Corner! Whether this is your first stop on the blog hop or you have hopped on over from another site, thank you for letting me share my creation today! So, let’s get started!

When I sat down to figure out what I was going to create for this blog hop, I decided to use the Tags & Tidings stamp set from the Tags & Tidings Bundle. I originally missed this bundle when the Holiday Catalog came out, but I’m so glad I purchased it! Every year I make Christmas Tags and send them to family and this bundle makes it that much easier! One stamp and one thinlit die and you get 16 tags! This is a fun and easy way to use up your DSP and I always have leftover Christmas DSP after I have made my cards. My original idea was going to incorporate the Joyous Noel Specialty DSP, but since that is no longer available, I still wanted to create with the Tranquil Tide and Merry Merlot color combo. The sentiments used are from the November 2018 Paper Pumpkin, To You & Yours, which are super cute and perfect for this card!

The card base is Tranquil Tide cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

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The base layer is Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. I used my Stamparatus to stamp the Tags & Tidings stamp in Merry Merlot ink. This was very helpful to ensure that all the images where inked and stamped onto the cardstock. I also used my Tranquil Tide Stampin’ Write Marker to color in some of the little details:

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For the front of the card sentiment, I used the biggest Stitched Label Framelit to cut out a piece of the Tranquil Tide Glimmer Paper from the Joyous Noel 6” x 6” Glimmer Paper, cut at 6” piece of the Merry Merlot & Copper Reversible Ribbon and flag the ends with paper snips, the sentiment is heat embossed in Copper Emboss Powder on a 1” piece of Whisper White cardstock with the ends punched with the Banner Triple Punch:

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To complete this piece, I used glue dots to adhere the ribbon folded in half and then used liquid glue to adhere the ribbon to the glimmer paper. The sentiment is adhered with dimensionals across the middle:

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The base layer is adhered to the card base and then the sentiment piece is adhered with dimensionals:

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The inside sentiment is on a piece of 4” x 5 ¼” Whisper White cardstock and heat embossed in Copper Emboss powder. I wanted to add a little something extra for the inside, so I used the tree framelit from In the Woods Framelits on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and then sponged some Tranquil Tide ink on with a sponge dauber. I adhered this with mini dimensionals, used the ground cover stamp from the Winter Woods stamp set in Tranquil Tide ink and then used a little bit of Embossing Paste, which mixed with the ink and makes it look like there is “snow” under the tree:

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What do you think?? The Tags & Tidings Bundle really is a versatile set! If you missed out on the November 2018 Paper Pumpkin, you can easily substitute for any sentiment you already have.

Wondering what specials are going on?? Current specials are listed to the right!!

Live in the USA? I would love to be your demonstrator! Contact me today to learn more about purchasing Stampin’ Up! products, hosting a party, joining my team or if you would like a complimentary catalog!

You can head over to my online store by clicking the Shop Now! button at the very top to see all available products and don’t forget to print out your shopping list on the righthand side, under Follow Me!

I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

This month’s giveaway:

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Winner from last month’s Thanksgiving Theme Blog Hop:

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Don’t forget to scroll down to leave your name and a comment with #stampitcontest and keep on hopping to the next name on the Blog Hop tour:

1. Tami White
2. Luly Gonzalez
3. Tina Wardell
4. Pam Nichols
5. Lori Mueller
6. Rachael Rife
7. Julie DeGuia
8. Christina Miller
9. Danette Herera
10. Rachel Nichols
11. Kim McPeek
12. Gianna Melone
13. Linda Cullen

 

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Simply Thankful

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a stunning card using the Stampin’ Blends and the Country Home stamp set! Now, I cannot take total credit for this as the coloring of the can was CASE’d from a post I saw on Facebook and now I cannot for the life of me find this post and give proper credit! This is one of the things I love about being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, all the brilliant ideas and inspiration that we share with each other! Now I can share this with you!

If you are need for a last-minute Thanksgiving card or even a thank you card, this may be what you are looking for, so let’s get started on this easy card!

The card base is Early Espresso cardstock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½”:

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The base layer is a combination of a 2 ½” x 5 ¼” DSP design from Country Lane and a 2” x 5 ¼” piece of Copper Foil Sheet that is embossed with the Tin Tile DTIEF. I made the embossed Copper Foil Sheet darker by using a Sponge Dauber with black ink and then adhered the two pieces together making it a 4” x 5 ¼” layer:

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For the flowers and can, I cut a piece of Thick Very Vanilla cardstock at 4” x 2 ½” and stamped the images in Memento Ink. To create the “bronze” look to the can, I used a combination of Light Pumpkin Pie, Dark Pineapple Punch, Light and Dark Soft Suede Stampin’ Blends Markers. There’s no real way to do this, I just started with Dark Pineapple Punch in the middle, colored with Light Pumpkin Pie around, Dark Soft Suede along the edges and blended Light Soft Suede. I kept playing until I achieved the result I was looking for. The flowers were colored in using the Light and Dark Soft Suede, Light and Dark Old Olive, Dark Mango Melody, and Dark Cajun Craze Stampin’ Blends Markers. I then used the Detailed Trio Punch to round two of the opposite end corners and tied a piece of Copper Trim around the bottom:

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TIP-I HIGHLY recommend using thick cardstock AND letting the layers dry. I have an example below of using regular cardstock and not letting the layers dry and well, they bled outside the lines! Lol

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The base layer is adhered to the card base and then the stamped image is adhered on top with dimensionals:

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For the inside, the sentiment is heat embossed with Copper Emboss Powder and then two of the corners are rounded with the Detailed Trio Punch on opposite corners to match the front of the card:

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Wasn’t that easy?? The only thing that was really time consuming was the coloring on regular cardstock only to have it bleed and then start over again. But hey, we live and learn and that’s all about the card making adventure!

Wondering what specials are going on?? Current specials are listed to the right!!

Live in the USA? I would love to be your demonstrator! Contact me today to learn more about purchasing Stampin’ Up! products, hosting a party, joining my team or if you would like a complimentary catalog!

You can head over to my online store by clicking the Shop Now! button at the very top to see all available products and don’t forget to print out your shopping list on the righthand side, under Follow Me!

I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

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