Halloween Wreath

Good morning!

I am SO sorry that I didn’t get this up yesterday as I intended! My wonderful hubby has been dealing with a nasty cold. He has done everything in his power to make sure that I don’t get it, but…. I got it. :-/ I was down for the count yesterday.

But hopefully within a few days we will both be 100%!

Now, I started this wreath about 2 weeks ago and put the finishing touches on it last week.

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What’cha think? FUN right?

And trust me, so so so easy to make! Want to learn how?

Ingredients:

  • Pack of DSP (I used Halloween Night from the 2016 Holiday Catalog)
  • Solid coordinating cardstock, I also added a few bits of silver foil.
  • Adhesive (I used Tombo, liquid adhesive is your friend when making this!)
  • Cardboard wreath frame (I made mine, directions below)
  • Embellishments!

If you are making your wreath frame, grab a dinner plate and a salad plate, as well as a thin piece of cardboard. You know the 12×12 piece of cardboard that comes in the DSP packs? That is PERFECT to use here! You can also purchase a wreath frame from big box craft stores for a pretty low price. I wanted to use what I had on hand though.

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Flip your dinner plate upside down and trace around it onto the piece of cardboard.

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Remove the dinner plate, and do the same with the salad plate, centering it in the center of the circle you drew from the dinner plate.

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You are left with this…

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Using a pair of heavy duty scissors, cut out the circle

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It doesn’t need to be perfect (as you can see mine isn’t!)

Now, grab your DSP and start trimming it down to 2in x 9in. The photo below shows the solid cardstock being trimmed the same, but I went back and trimmed it to 1in x 8in for some variation.

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I wish I would have counted exactly what I cut, but I didn’t. Bad Tyra. BUT! I know that I ended up using:

  • 16 pieces of DSP
  • 17 pieces of solid CS
  • 6 pieces of silver

All of the DSP and the solid CS was scored so each piece could fold in half neatly, then I punched the ends using the Triple Banner Punch.

I wish that I had a photo of the next step, but I missed taking it. Sorry! It was easy though.

Fold a piece of DSP in half, put a bit of glue onto the cardboard frame, and fold the DSP over the frame, from the inside of the circle. Keep working your way around the frame, adhering the DSP first.

You will have some empty spots where the cardboard shows. That is where I adhered the solid cardstock. It covers up all of the empty spots perfectly!

This is what it should look like at this point.

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I then went back and added 6 pieces of Silver Foil, for contrast and shine.

I hung it on our front door, just to get an idea of what it would look like.

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I was loving it! It would be fine to stop here. Maybe add some greenery here or there, or die cut words (Happy Halloween or something). But I am never satisfied with just leaving things when I can add more lol

I stopped into one of those Big Box craft stores with my mom one day. I can’t remember the last time I was in one. She was looking for some fall greenery. So I roamed the isles with her. And I found the perfect things! A fun door hanger hanging from a pretty black ribbon for $1.99, and a package of foam bats for 99¢. Score!

I came home, stapled the ribbon of the door hanger to the top of my wreath so the hanger would hang in the center of my wreath. Then I adhered 3 of the foam bats to the wreath. It was so very close to being done, but still needed something…. AH! I added some Rhinestone eyes to the bats. Then it was done!

One more time…

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I so love this! I will be making a Christmas one for sure!!!

Now, I will not be leaving this on our front door all of the time. Any humidity will make the paper wrinkle. But we are expecting a dry Halloween so it will go out on Monday. I will be hanging it in the house in the meantime.

If anyone is interested in a class on the Christmas ones, please let me know! I will be happy to put one together for early December!

If there are any questions, let me know.

Have a great weekend.

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Whoa…. new product!

Good morning!!

The garage sale was a HUGE success! I had so much fun meeting new stampers. Who knew so many were in my neighborhood!! I hope to be able to keep in contact with them, I love making new friends, especially those that share the stamping bug!

I have a project for you, and it is on of my favorites. Seriously. But I am holding off on posting it for a day to share some amazing news with you all. Well, amazing to me at least!

Stampin’ Up Demonstrators AND Customers have been wishing for Stampin’ Up to release their own set of stitched dies, like so many other companies have. We all love the look, and want to be able to use them in our classes. They have never had one…. until now!

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There was such a demand for this product, that they released it early! It was scheduled to premier in the June 2017 Annual Catalog, but the powers that be at Stampin’ Up took pity on us.

Now, this set isn’t available until November 1st. So check back then, and I will share even more details, videos, and more with you regarding the set.

One more exciting thing?? In the month of November, when you purchase this set ($30 for 12 dies, 4 each of the circles, ovals, and squares), coordinating stamp sets will be on sale for 25% off!

Exciting!!!!

See you all Thursday with my fun new project 🙂

Leftovers and a garage sale!

Good morning and happy hump day!

I am glad to know that I am not the only one having issues this week. Both my husband and I thought that yesterday was Wednesday last night while we were talking!

Just a quick note first… I am not going to be posting on Friday and I will do my best to post on Monday, but no promises!

This weekend I am hosting a Stamping/Scrapbooking/Crafting garage sale at my home. 2 other Stampin’ Up demonstrators along with 1-2 other non-demo stampers are cleaning out their craft rooms of all of the things that they are no longer using and bringing them to my house. It should be an amazing sale!

I spent about 3 hours pricing my items last night and I didn’t even touch my stamps yet! That is the plan for tonight. Retired Stampin’ Up stamps, other companies stamps, lots of wood mount… I am even doing multiple grab bags of unmounted rubber. You might remember me mentioning that years ago I was on numerous design teams. Well, I still have all of the fantastic stamps from different companies and they need to go! Also doing grab bags of embellishments. So much easier than individually pricing hundreds of packages of misc embellishments lol

If you are in the Rockford, IL area (or feel like taking a trip lol), email me at InkItAll@yahoo.com and I will share the details with you. The sale is Saturday 10/22 from 9am-4pm.

As I was saying though, because of the sale, my crafting time this week has been nill. So nothing new to share with you on Friday 😦 Hope you can forgive me!

Today though I do have a fun card to share with you.

Like so many others I am sure, I hoard my DSP. If I have any left from a project, it goes back with the rest of it. I am always left with numerous scraps. I decided to do something with them this time.

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I used my 1 inch punch and punched out 9 squares of different patterns from the same pack of DSP (Candy Cane Lane in this case). Then using the 1 5/8″ square from the Layering Squares Thinlits, I die cut out 9 squares from Early Espresso cardstock.

I adhered each DSP square to an Early Espresso square, then arranged them onto a piece of Real Red cardstock. The panel was then adhered to the front of a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock that was trimmed and folded to form an A2 card.

Merry Christmas (from the Greetings with Santa stamp set) was stamped using Versamark, then heat embossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss powder.

A simple knot in the new Real Red 3/4″ Stitched Edge Ribbon finished it off!

Have a great day and I will “see” you next week!

Christmas Magic

Good afternoon!

A quick post for you today 🙂 

I played with Stampin’ Ups Christmas Magic stamp set recently and just love it! It is from the new Holiday catalog, have you seen it?

I love these images. Classic but still fun. I can’t wait to use that train!

This time I played with the snowman and the light post…

The “presents” are popped up using Dimensionals.  

The images were colored in using Real Red, Garden Green, Crumb Cake, Delightful Dijon, and Smokey Slate inks. I colored them in using an Aqua Painter filled with 91% rubbing alcohol. This little trick helps to prevent the paper from pilling and it dries so much quicker than using water.

Have a great day!!!

Creating with Scraps

Good morning!

I just wanted to share 3 cards I made recently with some scraps that I had sitting in my “scrap bin”. Do you have one of those? Anytime I have extras of something, a die cut, something that I started but never finished, something I wasn’t too happy with, etc I put it in a little bin that sits on a shelf next to me.

When I need something I tend to go dig through there before cutting something new, or if I am stumped for an idea I like to pull out something that I had worked on previously. My customers get to reap the benefits of my scrap bin also! Occasionally when it gets to be too full, I go through and pull out the good stuff and let them take whatever they want to play with.

This time I had a handful of these leaves die cuts from the Flourishing Phrases bundle. I was already working on something else where I used the script DSP from the Neutrals DSP pack so I had scraps on my desk. I decided to see what I could do with these.

Ingredients listed at the end of this post

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The flower behind the leaves is also from the Flourishing Phrases set, just stamped with Versamark.

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All 3 use the exact same items, just arranged differently. It took me about an hour to complete these. Try it sometime! Pick a stamp set, pick a color family, and just one or two embellishments, and see what you can create. This was fun to do while watching Netflix one evening.

I am going to pack the 3 of these up in a pretty bag, include envelopes, and send them to a friend. Hopefully they make her smile!

Have a wonderful day!

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Santa’s Sleigh- Take 3!

Good morning and Happy Monday!

Did everyone have a great weekend? 🙂

Today I have the 3rd and final card from my September Stamp-A-Stack class.

If you remember, we used only the Santa’s Sleigh Bundle.  This card was fussy for sure, but everyone seemed to really like it!

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We stamped and die cut 4 of the trees, then scored each from the top to the bottom down the middle. Fold each in half, then apply glue to just one side of the back and adhere a tree to the back. Fold over, and repeat! Do that 3 times so all of your trees are adhered together (making sure that you apply glue to just one side of each tree!). Fan open the tree and adhere the whole back onto the matting layer.

Here is a better look at it…

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We used some Gold Metallic Thread to wrap around the tree as the garland, then applied dots of Dazzling Details (Real Red- retired, and Gold Glitz) for the lights.

So pretty! Because of the tree being pretty complex, I kept the rest of the card fairly simple.

The nice thing about this card is that the tree folds down flat very easily for mailing.

If you have any questions, please let me know!

Have a great day!

Santa’s Sleigh- Take 2!

Good morning!

Hope everyone’s week has been well and flown by! Anyone have any good weekend plans?

Not a whole lot happening here. Tomorrow my mom and I are going to a good friend’s house for a Scentsy party. Have you ever used Scentsy? They are little bricks that smell *amazing*. You use them in warmers that plug in. I have a few of the warmers already, I just need to stock up on the bricks.

I am having a crafting garage sale on the 15th. I am getting rid of a TON of retired Stampin’ Up items, as well 2 other demonstrators will be selling their items with me. There won’t only be Stampin’ Up either! Mountains of non-SU related stamping/scrapbooking/etc items will be sold as well.

If you are in the Rockford area and are interested in stopping by, please email me at InkItAll@yahoo.com and I will send you the information. 

Anyway! I will be spending some time this weekend getting ready for that. Lots of pricing to do.

I wanted to share with you another card that was made at my Christmas Stamp-A-Stack that I hosted last week.

Again, we only used the Santa’s Sleigh bundle for this class. It was so much fun coming up with 3 different card ideas using only this bundle (I added a couple of other sets here and there for backgrounds, or a different sentiment…).

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So simple, but I love it. I think that this might be my favorite of the three!

The Reindeer was stamped and die cut, then mounted with dimensionals onto a circle. I die cut the circles using the Layering Circles Thinlits. The white one was dry embossed using the Falling Snow embossing folder.

It is hard to tell, but there are dots of not only Gold Glitz Dazzling Details but also Dazzling Diamonds (sadly retired…). Those little dots added just the right amount of dimension to this card. The circles are also mounted onto the card using Dimensionals.

The rest of the card is pretty self explanatory. The patterned paper strip in the background is from Candy Cane Lane DSP from the Holiday catalog. A strip of Sahara Sand as well as a strip of Gold Glitter ribbon completes the background.

I will be back on Monday with the 3rd and final card from the class!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

 

Santa’s Sleigh!

Good morning! I hope that everyone’s weeks are going well. It is all downhill from here 🙂

Last week I promised to share the cards that were made in my first Christmas Stamp-A-Stack. I will be holding two more, one this month as well as one in November. If anyone is local to the Rockford, IL area and is interested in attending, let me know.

Each month we focus on a particular bundle from the Holiday catalog. This month we used the Santa’s Sleigh bundle.

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There are so many options with this one!

Today’s card was the most detailed, but I think the most fun.

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The trees (from Lovely as a Tree) were stamped onto Whisper White cardstock then clear embossed.

The background was inked and blended with three different shades of blue- Island Indigo, Dapper Denim, and Night of Navy. After the ink was laid down on the cardstock, a paper towel was gently rubbed over the trees to remove the ink.

The snow was created with torn strips of cardstock that were adhered down, then liquid adhesive was ran across the top of each “snow bank”. Stampin’ Up’s new clear Mica flakes were sprinkled over the wet adhesive. That gives such a nice sparkly, “fluffy” look!

The sleigh was cut out of Basic Black as well as Gold Foil cardstock and adhered over the snow. 3 cute little presents were stamped and fussy cut out of Whisper White cardstock, and colored in using an aqua-painter and ink.

*Tip- Fill your Aqua Painter with 91% alcohol instead of water. It dries much faster and help to prevent your cardstock from pilling!

Tomorrow I will share the 2nd card from the class.

Have a great day!

 

Christmas Pines & DSP sale!

Good morning!

I hope that everyone has had a fantastic weekend!

A bit of business at the end (if you love our DSP you will love this sale!), but first, a card I created over the weekend!

A fellow demonstrator shared a similar card last week with a demonstrator group and I just loved it. I decided to CASE (Copy And Share Everything!) it, putting my own spin on it.

Ingredients are listed at the end of this post

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Pretty right? I love the embossing folder background. Add some wow easily to a card. I have stacks of embossing folders, I need to use them more!

I die cut out the pine branches using the dies from the Christmas Pines bundle from Garden Green cardstock. The sentiment is from the same bundle.

I am loving the little copper pinecones. TOO CUTE! They were just tied onto the Garden Green Bakers Twine (with a glue dot placed strategically behind!). This bakers twine is exclusively in the Bakers Twine Trio Pack available in our Holiday catalog. It comes with Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, and Gold bakers twine. The gold is stunning!!

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You can see the Clear Wink of Stella that I added, just for a hint of Winter frost.

Onto the sale!!!!

This month only, select Designer Series Paper packs are buy 3 get 1 free!!! I will be taking advantage of this sale and I urge you to do so as well! A sale like this is rare!

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If you would like to place an order, contact me at InkItAll@yahoo.com or 312.615.6624 and I will be happy to help you out!

Have a great day!

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