Thursday, September 26, 2013

Fall has arrived!

After a couple of rainy days, today was a beautiful Fall day. The late afternoon sky was clear with no clouds in sight. Though we had a mild Summer, the cool mornings and early evenings of Fall are wonderful.  It won't be long before the hardwood trees start their vibrant display and today's card share is a tribute to the upcoming change of colors.  It's a Fall themed "Thank You" card.

Fall themed "Thank You" card
Crushed Curry card stock was used for the base of the card.  To create a tree bark effect on the background layer, Early Espresso ink was applied to one side of the Woodgrain Textured Embossing Folder, next Sahara Sand card stock was  inserted into the embossing folder and it was run through the Big Shot machine.  Doesn't it look like a piece of wood?  The Autumn Accents Bigz Die was used to cut Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper and Old Olive card stock for the leaves.  Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad and the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set was used to randomly stamp the crushed curry patterned designer series paper.  Old Olive ink was also sponged along the edge of the Tangerine Tango sweater pattern of the designer series paper.  The green leaf was stamped using a grunge stamp with Early Espresso and Tangerine Tango.  Along the edge of the leaf, Crushed Curry was sponged to give the appearance of a leaf changing colors.  To add a bit of shine to the card, an acorn was cut from Champagne Glimmer paper. The greeting was stamped with Early Espresso onto Very Vanilla card stock and cut using the large oval punch.  It was then layered onto a piece of Crush Curry card stock punched with the extra large oval punch.  Though it's not clear in the photo, Stampin' Dimensionals were used to layer the leaves and add dimension to the card. 

With a feeling of Fall in the air, I'll be making a few more cards to celebrate the change of season so be sure to check back again!

Thanks for stopping by...and don't forget, if you have any questions or wish to purchase any of the products used for this project, contact me at margkni@gmail.com.
 
More projects will be shared next week...
Until then, have a great weekend!


Monday, September 23, 2013

Happy Monday!

It's a beautiful morning in Georgia and there's a crispness in the air signaling that Fall has arrived.  My plan last week was to share another Fall card for the upcoming class...well obviously, that didn't happen.  I decided to visit my parents in N.C. for the week and packed my car with my craft supplies to work on projects. As you see in the photo, the entire back of my SUV was loaded.  I had enlisted my mom to assist with projects planned for a craft fair in November. So it was a surprise when we unloaded the car and started to implement our plans, to find that my stamp pads were not packed.  Yes, I forgot to pack them!!!  We did find a couple of stray StazOn ink pads in a box so I was able to complete one project. After laughing at my forgetfulness, we enjoyed visiting and prepping projects that can be completed now that I am home.  Oh yeah, the box of ink pads was sitting on the edge of the table waiting for me when I returned.


The project that was completed is a "Color Me Christmas" Tag set that will be offered at the craft fair.  When I first saw the stamp set in the Holiday catalog, I knew it would be great for creating a kit for children to color.  The kit contains everything needed for children to color and complete 15 gift tags.  All that I have left to do is print the labels.  One project down, more to complete!!!

"Color Me Christmas" Gift Tags Set



This afternoon, I'll be working on the last card sample for the upcoming Fall class and will post it later so be sure to check in often. 

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the day!
Remember if you have any questions, contact me at margkni@gmail.com.

Monday, September 16, 2013

She loves polka dots!

Today I'm taking a break from posting the Fall cards to share a card made for my friend's birthday celebration.  She loves polka dots...even has her toe nails painted with polka dots!  So naturally, I had to incorporate them into her card and decided to make her a polka dot dress using the Dress Up Framelits.  It's a card she's sure to like!

"Polka Dot Dress"

Materials & Tools:
Coastal Cabana Card Stock (#131297)
In Color Designer Series Paper (#130136)
Whisper White Card Stock (#100730)
3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim (#130024)
Itty Bitty Banners (#132022 w, #126257 c)
Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin' Pad (#131175)
Ovals Collection Framelits (#129381)
Dress Up Framelits (#130101)
Bitty Banners (#129267)
Hung Up Cute Clips (#129389)
Rhinestone Basic Jewels (#119246)
Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)
Snail Adhesive (#104332)
Stampin' Trimmer (#126889)
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439)

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check back later this week...
 another card for the Fall class will be posted.

Remember if you have any questions, contact me at margkni@gmail.com.


Thursday, September 12, 2013

More Fall Cards...

A couple more cards for the upcoming card class themed "Fall Cards" are ready!  Both of the cards utilize the Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper (#132184) from the Holiday Catalog. All of the colors and designs in the package are great and it would be difficult for me to select a favorite. Another feature - it contains paper that would be great to use when preparing a masculine card.

The Truly Grateful Stamp Set (#131730 w, #131733 c) was used for this first card. The Soft Sky, Crushed Curry and Chocolate Chip plaid in the designer series paper provides a beautiful background.

"Truly Grateful "
Other materials used includes: Chocolate Chip Card Stock (#102128), Crushed Curry Card Stock (#131199), Whisper White Card Stock (#100730), Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad (#126974), Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pad (#131173), and 1 1/4" Burlap Ribbon (#132140).  The ovals were cut using the Ovals Collection Framelits (#129381).

The other card is a Thanksgiving card and uses the appropriate "Happy Thanksgiving" sentiment from the Tags 4 You Stamp Set (#131820 w, #131823 c).  It was cut using the Label Bracket Punch (#132153) and attached using dimensionals.  In addition to the Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper, Tangerine Tango (#111439) and Very Vanilla (#101650) Card Stocks were used.  The maple leaves were stamped using the Magnificent Maple stamp (#131868 Wood only) and Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pad (#131173).  To achieve the two-tone effect, the leaf edges were swiped using a Tangerine Tango Stampin' Write Marker.  The larger maple leaf was cut using the Autumn Accents Bigz Dies (#127812) in the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439).  The paper was crumpled to achieve a textured look and attached with dimensionals.

"Happy Thanksgiving"

Hope these cards have inspired you to start thinking of Fall!

Thanks for stopping by...and don't forget, if you have any questions, contact me at margkni@gmail.com.

Check in next week for another Fall card project.
Until then, have a great weekend!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Fall Class - Card #1

For the September card classes, attendees will make a Halloween card and three Fall themed cards. The Halloween card will employ the "star burst" technique.  It is a wonderful technique that enables one to use scraps of designer series paper or card stock.  In addition to the cards, the class will make a sour cream container treat holder.  The tags on both the card and treat holder were embossed.  Additionally, I decided to "grunge" the star burst and sponged black ink onto the light colored papers. 

Halloween Card and Treat Holder
 Materials and Tools:
Witches' Brew Designer Series Paper (#132185)
Modern Medley Designer Series Paper (#126926)
Pumpkin Pie Card Stock (#105117)
Very Vanilla Card Stock (#101650)
Black Card Stock (#121045)
Witches' Brew Designer Washi Tape (#132156)
Halloween Bash Stamp Set 
(#130577 w, #130580 c)
Tags 4 You Stamp Set (#131820 w, #131823 c)
Black Stampin' Emboss Powder (#109133)
VersaMark Pad (#102283)
Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pad (#126980)
Brights Candy Dots(#130931)
Label Bracket Punch (#132153) 
Scallop Oval Punch (#119856)
Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)
Snail Adhesive (#104332)
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439)
Heat Tool (#129053)
Embossing Buddy (#103083)
Stampin' Trimmer (#126889)
Bone Folder (#102300)
Paper Snips (#103579)
Stamping Sponge (#101610)
Non Stampin' Up! product - scrap orange/black ribbon

Thanks for stopping by!
Be sure to check in on Thursday when additional class samples will be shared.
Remember, if you have any questions, contact me at margkni@gmail.com.
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Thank you!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Thinking Halloween!

Now that it's September, it's time to start thinking of Fall activities and the first that comes to mind is Halloween.  My challenge for this card was to design a card that could be constructed in 20 minutes or less and not require every tool or paper in my arsenal.  In other words, employ the KISS (keep it super simple) technique!  I was also able to use paper from my "scrap" collection.  Here's the result...
Simple Halloween Card using Stampin' Up! Halloween Bash Stamp Set
Materials:
Basic Black Card Stock (#121045)
Pumpkin Pie Card Stock (#105117)
Whisper White Card Stock (#100730)
Witches' Brew Designer Series Paper #132185
Halloween Bash Stamp Set (#130577 w, #130580)
Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad (#126945)
VersaMark Pad (#102883)
Black Stampin' Emboss Powder (#109133)

Tools:
Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (#117335)
Ovals Collection Framelits (#129381)
Scallop Oval Punch (#119856)
Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)
Snail Adhesive (#104332)
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439)
Heat Tool (#129053)
Embossing Buddy (#103083)
Stampin' Trimmer (#126889)
Bone Folder (#102300)
Paper Snips (#103579)

Just a reminder, be sure to check out the new "Best of 25 Years" Stamp Collection.  
The September set features favorite Autumn stamps. 

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Be sure to check back next week!  I will be sharing card samples for the September classes.

Remember, if you have any questions, contact me at margkni@gmail.com
Have a great weekend!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Another Friend's Birthday!

As the title implies, I have another friend celebrating her birthday this week so I'm sharing the card that she'll receive from me.  I enjoy the soft color of the So Saffron card stock, therefore, I decided to make a mono-chromatic card focusing on it.  The emboss resist technique was used on the Swallowtail butterfly to add depth of color.  This technique is done by heat embossing desired image onto card stock and then sponging in a circular motion the desired color over the embossed image.  On this card, Crushed Curry was the ink color used.  The image "resists" the color but the area around the image becomes shaded.


Birthday Card using Stampin' Up! Swallowtail Stamp
Materials:
So Saffron card stock (#105118)
Whisper White card stock (#100730)
Eastern Elegance Designer Series Paper (#130131)
Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pad (#131173)
Swallowtail Stamp (#131943 w, #129216 c)
VersaMark Pad (#102283)
White Stampin' Emboss Powder (#109132)
Label Love Stamp Set (#130619 w, 130622 c)
Artisan Label Punch (#130920)
Subtles Candy Dots (#130933)

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Thanks for stopping by and check back on Thursday for another project.

If you have any questions, please contact me:   margkni@gmail.com.