Basket of leaves

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which was created by starting with the idea of creating a “basket” with cardstock and the Basket Weave Dynamic TIEF. Then when you add embossed leaves, sponging, and some copper you get a fun fall themed card! If you like to emboss with your dies, but haven’t yet purchased the Big Shot Embossing Mats, I highly recommend you add them to your next purchase! One of the fun elements these embossing mats add is a raised texture to your embossed image. It’s kind of like turning your embossing dies into an embossing folder!

To create this card, the card base is Cajun Craze cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

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The base layer is Crumb Cake cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and embossed with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic TIEF. Before I embossed the cardstock, I first took my Early Espresso stamp pad and inked up the embossing folder, which gives your embossed image some depth with the color:

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To create the basket, I used a 2 ½” x 2 ½” piece of Crumb Cake cardstock, used the corner rounder punch from the Detailed Trio punch on two of the corners, embossed with the Basket Weave folder and then sponged on some Crumb Cake ink. For the handles, I used a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock and the largest and third largest ovals from the Layering Ovals Framelits, used sticky notes to keep them in place, embossed the cutout piece with the Basket Weave folder, sponged some Crumb Cake ink, and then adhered to the basket bottom with glue dots. For the accents, I adhered two of the larger copper sequins from the Metallic Sequin Assortment with the Fine Tip Glue Pen, and tied a piece of Copper Trim around the middle into a bow:

To create the leaves, I used the Nature’s Roots Framelits Dies with Crumb Cake, Mango Melody, and Cajun Craze cardstock. These are first cut out, embossed, and then sponged with ink. The smaller leaves are heat embossed with Copper Embossing Powder on Vellum Cardstock and then cut out with the coordinating die:

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I arranged and adhered the three large and two of the copper leaves “inside” the basket with glue dots, adhered the small leaf with a glue dot to make it look like it was falling out of the basket:

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The base layer is adhered to the card base and then the basket is adhered with dimensionals. The last two leaves are adhered together with a glue dot and then adhered to the base layer with a dimensional:

The inside of the card is a piece of 4” x 5 ¼” Whisper White cardstock and I stamped the leaves down the side and bottom in Mango Melody, Cajun Craze, and Crumb Cake inks:

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Another fun fall themed card! Have you ever had an idea that you wanted to create with and just ran with it? Sure, I have some retired products that I could use to create a basket, but I wanted to show that you can be creative with the supplies you have with little fuss!

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Lilypad Lake Z Fold Pop-Up Card

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a super fun and easy Z Fold Pop-Up Card! I made this a birthday card for dearest sister-friend, who loves Lilypad Lake stamp set! I’ve posted on Facebook a couple of other cards that I made, so I figured why not show you how easy it is to make, which you can do out of ONE piece of cardstock!

The card base is Balmy Blue cardstock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 2 ¾” and at 5 ½”:

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The front fold is Balmy Blue cardstock, cut at 2 1/8” x 11”, and scored at 2 ¾” and at 5 ½”:

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The inner strip to create the “pop-up” part is Balmy Blue cardstock, cut at 2 1/8” x 11” and scored at 7/8”, 3 5/8”, 4 1/8”, 6 7/8”, 7 3/8”. You will then fold into a “Z” and use strong adhesive on the “mountain” of the folds (I used Tear & Tape):

The panels for the card base are Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼” and 2 pieces cut at 2 ½” x 4”:

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For all the card base panels I wanted to make them look like the sky, so for the two smaller panels, I placed them next to each other and created a mask for clouds using the cloud dies from the Up & Away Thinlit Dies and sponged Balmy Blue ink onto the cardstock:

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For the bigger panel, I first used a sponge dauber with Pineapple Punch ink in the upper left corner and then used the sun stamp from Lilypad Lake in Crushed Curry, stamping several times for the effect. I then used the same cloud masks with a Stampin’ Sponge and Balmy Blue ink for the rest of the sky:

Since I knew I was making the bird from Lilypad Lake stamp set into a Heron, I wanted to make it look like he was “walking on a dock” for the front fold piece, so I used a piece of Wood Textures 6” x 6” DSP cut at 2” x 5 ¼”, embossed it with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic TIEF, and then sponged Early Espresso ink to give the embossing a darker definition:

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For the smaller two front fold panels, I cut two pieces of Whisper White cardstock at 2” x 2 ½”, sponged Balmy Blue ink, and then used the wave stamp in Balmy Blue and Blueberry Bushel inks. I also stamped the wave stamp in Blueberry Bushel ink on the front panel of the inner strip:

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I stamped the Heron in Memento Ink and then colored with Light and Dark Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends. I stamped the sailboats 5 times in Memento Ink and then colored them in with Light and Dark Pineapple Punch, Light and Dark Call Me Clover, Light and Dark Poppy Parade, Light and Dark Highland Heather, Light and Dark Lovely Lipstick, Ivory, Bronze, Light Granny Apple Green, Light Bermuda Bay, Light Night of Navy, Dark Pool Party, Dark Petal Pink, Dark Flirty Flamingo, and Dark Mango Melody Stampin’ Blends Markers:

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Attach the panels to the card base and to the front fold base:

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I used Tear & Tape on the ends of the front fold and then attached to the card base:

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Next place the inner strip in the “box”. The easiest way I have found to make sure this piece is correct and the card folds over, is to adhere the end pieces first, and then fold the card closed and the two inner pieces will adhere correctly:

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The final step is to adhere the Heron and all the sailboats! For the inner strip, I used glue dots at the bottom of the boat and then for the front fold panels I popped the smaller ones and the Heron up with Mini Dimensionals. I also used Wink of Stella on all 3 of the front fold panels:

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After I put this all together, I felt like it needed a little bit more. So, I used the birds from the High Tide stamp set and heat embossed the sentiment from the Rooted in Nature stamp set in Copper Embossing Powder on Whisper White cardstock. This was then cut out with the smallest circle from the Stitched Labels Framelits and I also used the heart framelit from this set to cut out from Copper Foil Sheets:

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I just love how this turned out! Now I will admit these are not my instructions, I got them from Splitcoast Stampers! Having great instructions make it so easy to make and share creative ideas!!

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For the wine lover!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a fun card to send to the wine lover in your life! With Fall just a few short weeks away (WHAT??), the makes me think of sitting by the firepit with a nice drink in hand and enjoying time with friends! This card does require a little bit of fussy cutting, but even if you are not the greatest, the wine bottle and glass are super easy to cut out.

To make this card, first start with a piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

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The base layer is Designer Series Paper from the Nature’s Poem DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

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The pieces you will need for the card front are:

2 ½ x 3 ½ Mossy Meadow cardstock, embossed with the Pinewood Planks DTIEF

A piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the “stars” stamp from Bokeh Dots stamp set in So Saffron ink, and fussy cut out

3 ½” piece of Burlap Ribbon

Stamp the wine bottle and glass images on a piece of Whisper White cardstock with Memento Ink, color in with Dark Blackberry Bliss, Light Smoky Slate, Light Mango Melody, and Light Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends, and then cut out

A piece of Blackberry Bliss cardstock cut out with the bigger circle framelit from the Stitched Labels Framelits

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Adhere the cardstock to the base layer DSP and then adhere the burlap ribbon across:

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Adhere the wine bottle, glass, and stitched circle with dimensionals:

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Adhere the base layer to the card base with dimensionals. I added 3 of the large Clear Faceted Gems for a little bling:

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The inside sentiment is on a piece of 4” x 5 ¼” Whisper White cardstock, stamped in Mossy Meadow ink, and I used So Saffron and Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Write Markers to individually color the wine glasses:

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Isn’t this super cute?? If you notice, the stitched circle looks like a serving tray!!

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A sunflower for you

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which was inspired by combining a couple of classes offered at local paint bars, wood sign and mason jar painting! I set out to try and create a sunflower using framelit dies and the leaves from Nature’s Root Framelits Dies worked perfectly! Add some embossing, some sponging, Wink of Stella, and TA-DA!!

To create the sunflower center, use the 2” Circle Punch on a scrap piece of Early Espresso cardstock and then emboss using the Softly Falling TIEF:

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To create the sunflower leaves, first cut out the leaves using the leaf framelits from the Nature’s Roots Framelits Dies, the small leaf on Daffodil Delight cardstock and the large leaf on Crushed Curry cardstock. Next, use the coordinating embossing die with the Big Shot Embossing Mats, use some washi tape to keep the paper and die in place. I originally cut and embossed 9 pieces of each color, but only used 8:

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I adhered the small leaf on top of the large leaf with glue dots and curled the tip of the leaf:

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To create the sunflower, I first adhered two of the leaves together at the ends with glue dots and then repeated again going across. The remaining leaves are adhered on top, in between the bottom leaves, with glue dots. Then use Mini Dimensionals on the leaves and place the Early Espresso piece on top:

To create the wood panel, first cut a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and then embossed with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic TIEF that is first inked with the Gray Granite stamp pad:

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I added some Mossy Meadow and Early Espresso ink with Stampin’ Sponges:

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

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To create the sunflower stem, I used some Mossy Meadow cardstock and the branch framelit from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies:

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Adhere the embossed base layer to the card base and then adhere the sunflower on top, I used liquid glue. I then used the Wink of Stella pen to give the sunflower middle some sparkle:

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To finish the card front, I cut a piece of Daffodil Delight Double Stitched Ribbon and adhered with glue dots. The sentiment is from the Rooted in Nature stamp set, heat embossed in Gold Embossing Powder on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, cut out with the smallest scalloped square from the Layering Square Framelits, and adhered with a dimensional:

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The inside sentiment is on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set, and heat embossed in Gold Embossing Powder. I created the sunflower in the corner by using the larger leaf stamp from Rooted in Nature in Crushed Curry ink, colored in the leaves with Light Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends pen, and used a Sponge Dauber with Early Espresso ink for the middle:

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What do you think?? I love how this turned out and I will be sending this to my mother, who loves sunflowers, and has been under the weather lately! Below is my finished card, I still have some Glitter and Clear Epoxy Shapes (from the 2018 Occasions Catalog) and used those to create a dewy look. You can also create this using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.

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To a special friend

Hello and welcome to today’s card, featuring another faux Stained-Glass technique! This time I used Whisper White cardstock, Sponge Daubers, Ink Pads, and Embossing Powder. I experimented with both of the dragonflies from the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies to show that you can use either one and I did not know how I was going to create this card until the pieces where complete.

To start, I used a 4 ½” x 4 ½” piece of Whisper White cardstock, which will give enough room to color and emboss. I used Sponge Daubers to color the cardstock first with Early Espresso, Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, and Pineapple Punch inks. As I colored, I would place the die on top to make sure that I was inking the paper enough:

After coloring with the Sponge Daubers, then emboss the paper with the dies using the Big Shot Embossing Mats:

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Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock and a piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to 4 ½” x 4 ½” and then adhere together. Place both of the dies on the non-adhesive side and cut out with the Big Shot. After this is complete, I used the Versamark stamp pad directly on the dragonflies and heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder:

For the embossed dragonfly images, I also used the Versamark stamp pad directly on the paper and heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder, two times. Then fussy cut the dragonflies out of the paper:

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Remove the backing from the gold embossed dragonflies and adhere to the clear embossed dragonflies. Tip-if you find some parts that aren’t sticking together, simply use your Fine Tip Glue Pen:

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Here is a close-up image:

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The card base is Early Espresso cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”. The front of the card is then embossed with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder:

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The base layer is from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper, cut at 3 ½” x 4 ¾:

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The front sentiment is from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. This is then cut out with a die from the Lakeside Framelits Dies:

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The DSP is adhered to the card base with Snail, I decided to use the bigger dragonfly, which is adhered with Mini Dimensionals, put some Snail on the back of the sentiment to adhere some Gold Metallic Thread, and used Mini Dimensionals to adhere to the card front:

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The inside sentiment is from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set, on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamped in Early Espresso ink. I cut a piece of the DSP that was used on the card front to ½” x 5 ¼” and adhered along the bottom:

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This week I have shown you three different ways to achieve the same technique, I hope you’ve enjoyed this! Which way is your favorite and which way would you choose to try? Even if you don’t have any of the detailed dies that I’ve shown, but have a different one, give it a try!

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Be strong

Hello and welcome to today’s card, featuring the Nature’s Poem Suite, located on pages 142-144 in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog. This is a great card that is quick and simple to make AND uses that leftover Designer Series Paper! I have some 3” x 3” squares left over from the card swap I participated in, so this is what I started with to create this card. If you have multiple cards that you need to make, cutting your Designer Series Paper into smaller pieces will also make it go farther!

The card base is Thick Very Vanilla cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”. The card front is embossed using the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder:

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From the Nature’s Twine, I used a piece of Crumb Cake and Blackberry Bliss twine, which I tied in a knot and frayed the ends:

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I had this piece of designer series paper from Nature’s Poem DSP, 3” x 3”. Stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, I used Soft Suede and Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Write Markers to color the tree image from the Rooted in Nature stamp set and cut out with the coordinating framelit from the Nature’s Roots Framelits Dies:

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The tree is adhered to the DSP and then adhered to the card base with dimensionals. I placed some of the dimensionals around the twine to keep that in place:

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The sentiment from this stamp set is stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock in Blackberry Bliss ink and then cut out:

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The sentiments are adhered on the card front with Mini Dimensionals:

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The inside sentiment is stamped in Blackberry Bliss ink and the leaves are stamped in Mossy Meadow and Soft Suede inks, stamping off on a scrap piece of paper first:

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Wasn’t that quick and easy?? Not sure if there is enough twine to make 11 cards, but maybe I should’ve made this for my card swap! lol

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Rustic Wedding Wishes

Welcome to another exciting week of crafting! This week’s theme is going to be Wedding’s and Anniversaries! We all know someone that is getting married or celebrating an anniversary, right? This is going to give me the opportunity to get my creative juices flowing!

To make today’s “Rustic Wedding” card, start with a piece of Early Espresso cardstock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½”:

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The base layer is Crumb Cake cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. This is ran thru the Big Shot using the Pinewood Planks Dynamic TIEF and I dragged my Early Espresso ink pad across first (inking it up):

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The next layer is a piece of DSP from the Wood Textures DSP Stack, cut at 3” x 4”:

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I cut a piece of Gold Glimmer paper measuring 2 ½” x 2 ½”, peeling off the back sheet (this helps when you are using a detailed thinlit), and adhering it to a 2 ½” 2 ½” piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet. This piece is then ran thru the Big Shot using the smaller rose thinlit from the Rose Garden Thinlit Dies. Since I am only using the outline of the rose, the other inner pieces will be put in a small bag and used for another project:

The sentiment is from the Rose Wonder stamp set, stamped in Early Espresso ink on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock that is cut out with the 2nd smallest circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits:

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To put the card together, adhere the embossed cardstock to the card base:

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Then adhere the DSP on top, around the middle:

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Peel the adhesive sheet backing from the rose and place that on top of the DSP:

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The sentiment is then adhered on top with dimensionals and I added a piece of Jute Twine that I tied in a bow and adhered with glue dots (Note: the Jute Twine is retired from the 2017 Holiday Catalog, however, I have a ton of it and decided to use this. You can use Copper Trim, Linen Thread, or any other ribbon or trim that you may have.):

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The inside sentiment and flower are also from the Rose Wonder stamp set, stamped in Early Espresso in on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

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I really like how this card turned out and you could swap out the sentiment for a birthday or even thinking of you. What do you think of this card?

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