Farmhouse Christmas Day 1

Earlier in the fall I held my Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat.  The theme was Farmhouse Christmas and I used that suite of products for the little gifts and all the projects we made.  I don’t think that I ever shared them here on my blog. Many of the projects were inspired from other other demonstrator ideas or from decor or crafty ideas I found online. Places like Pinterest and Instagram and magazines provide lots of inspiration.  I have 12 different projects to share so I thought I would do a 12 days of Farmhouse Christmas! 

So here we go with day 1 – this card idea came from a non-Stampin’ Up! card that I found online.  It’s similar to another layout that I’ve used quite a bit lately. 

For this card I’ve used the Festive Farmhouse Designer Series paper, Festive Farmhouse Cotton Twine, and the Galvanized Buttons from the Festive Farmhouse Suite.  The sentiment is from the Merry Christmas to All stamp set – I just love the size of this and the mixed fonts.  I think the Sprig punch also fits well in this suite of products although you will find it with the Joyous Noel suite in the Holiday Catalog.

Supply List

  • Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper
  • Festive Farmhouse Cotton Twine
  • Galvanized Buttons
  • Merry Christmas to All stamp set
  • Sprig Punch
  • Very Vanilla Thick Card Stock
  • Very Vanilla Card Stock
  • Memento Black ink
  • Mossy Meadow Card Stock
  • Mini glue dots
  • Paper Snips

For this card the measurements are

  • Very Vanilla Thick card stock 11″ x 4-1/4″, scored at 5-1/2″
  • Designer Series Paper 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″
  • Very Vanilla card stock 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″

Adhere the Designer Series Paper to the front of the Very Vanilla Thick card base.  Stamp the sentiment on the Very Vanilla layer at an angle in the corner of the card stock.  Then adhere that layer to the front of the card so that the words are straight and the layer hangs off the edge of the card.  Use Paper Snips to trim off the excess around the edge of the card front.  Punch three sprigs and attach with glue dots to the card.  The button is also added with a glue dot.

This one actually turned out to be my favorite card from the 8 that we made.  It’s another card design that would be easy to switch out the designer paper for other designs. 

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Almost Artisan – Field Flowers Button card

I’m back today with another card from my Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team entry.  I saw this idea somewhere in my browsing – where the corner of the card front was folded up.  I thought this would be a perfect idea for our stamp set Petite Pairs – it has sentiments that are split into pairs.

These are very trendy colors right now – Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight and Whisper White.  I wanted it to be simple.  The base of the card is Basic Gray with a Whisper White layer on the front and on the inside.  I scored the front corner with my Simply Scored tool and folded it up and adhered it with glue.  Then I added the button with the Baker’s Twine in it.  The front has the Field Flowers stamp set and then the first part of the sentiment.  Then on the inside peeking out of the folded corner is the second part of the sentiment.  Here is a picture of the inside –

I think it is a winner – clean and simple with a little twist to it.  There isn’t anything I would change.  We will be making this tonight at stamp club.  I’ll be leaving for Salt Lake City in only 9 days – I’m going first to see my upline Wendy for a couple of days of stamping fun and then to convention for the rest of the week.  I can’t wait – it is going to be so fun.  I’m working on swaps and stuff for that.

I’m also working on the ribbon shares – the In-color ribbon is packaged and the 1/4″ ribbon is all cut and I’m working on packaging it.

Have a great day!

Spring is Blossoming promotion card

During the month of April Stampin’ Up! has a special called the Spring is Blossoming promotion.  It is a sneak peek of two new products from our next Idea Book & Catalog that will be out in July.  During April is you spend $20 you can buy the Four Frames stamp set and the Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper.  The stamp set contains four images that fit in the Decorative Label Punch – so you’ll want that to go with this set.  I’ve already shared one project that I made with this set and today I have another.

This was one of the cards we made on Friday in my Hands-On Class.  The layout for the card came from one that I saw in a magazine – I followed the sketch from that card but everything else was different.  The card base is River Rock.  And the top left corner is corner rounded.  A piece from the Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper is layered on the front (also corner rounded in the top left corner).  Going across the card is a strip of Baja Breeze that was punched with the Eyelet Border punch.  And then another piece of the Designer Series Paper is added to that.  The Four Frames stamp with the bird was stamped with Early Espresso ink on Whisper White card stock.  Punch out with the Decorative Label punch.  Add a greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes.  Using the Baja Breeze Stampin’ Write marker color the very edge of the label and also color in the bird.

Now on the left side of the card is some Early Espresso Satin Ribbon, a Paper Daisy, an Early Espresso button and some Linen Thread – it is all tied together – trim the ends of the ribbon and thread and it creates a pretty embellishment on the card.  Do you like it?

I seem to gravitate towards the frame with the bird – but I’ll have another card tomorrow that uses a different frame.  I hope you’ll be back to see it.

UDI Color Challenge 25

We had storms yesterday afternoon – wind, hail, rain, lightening, tornado sirens going off.  My car has been parked outside because my side of the garage is the work area while Greg is finishing the deck.  When he got home and the storm was headed our way he said lets get everything out of the garage and get your car in – so we are scrambling to move everything as the storm approaches – I open the doors and it is pouring rain, wind blowing and hail coming down – Greg says to me “run it will only sting for a minute”!

Are you kidding – he wanted me to run out there – shouldn’t he be the one running out there!  I wouldn’t go so he finally did without his glasses (he didn’t want to get those wet) – so then he couldn’t see to get my car in the garage because he couldn’t see through the rain without his glasses – it took him 4 tries with me waving my hands to go this way or that.  He finally got the car in and I got the garage door shut.  We went inside and Tyler says – “The grill is blowing across the deck” – it is on wheels and they weren’t locked so the big grill was rolling around the deck (we haven’t connected the gas line yet with the construction not quite done).  My guess is it was probably quite comical if anyone was watching us.  The storm finally passed with no actual tornado here.

I’m happy to report the new room is water tight – no leaks anywhere!  And the new gutters worked well (I’m so glad they were there).  The rain came so fast though the yard flooded  and the neighbor had a river coming down his hill.  And there was hail everywhere – I didn’t measure it but the news reports dime size to quarter size in our area.

Anyway none of that has anything to do with my card for today.  Well sort of it does – after that Greg decided it was a good time to connect some power protector thing to the computer and in doing so he had the internet down and our network is now messed up.  The internet is up but I can’t get to the network where my files are.  He went to bed and it is not a good idea to wake him up – really never a good idea to do that – he is very grumpy if you do.  So my dilemma was how to get my picture to create this post since I’m writing it at night before I go to bed.  Luckily I had the email in my sent folder that I sent to Gretchen over the weekend and was able to copy it from there back to my laptop to use for this post.  Well that was a long story to get to the Color Challenge for today.

Click on this link to go to the  Utah Diva’s Color Challenge blog.   We are on week #25 and we have lots of colors today.  I don’t really like when there are so many colors and I kept thinking flowers and butterflies and wanting there to be a green in this grouping and there isn’t.


So what to do with Rich Razzleberry, Perfect Plum, So Saffron, Tempting Turquoise, and Basic Grey…. I have been wanting to use the little builder wheels in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Mini Catalog so I decided to try something actually very simple.  I also checked and all of those colors happened to be part of our button collection – which is not always the case with these color challenges.  And here is my very simple card.

It’s actually a terrible picture of it.  But the card base is Basic Grey and I wheeled the builder wheels with VersaMark ink, sprinkled Clear Embossing Powder over it and heat set.  It really makes the designs pop out on this card.  Then I took a small flower button in each of the colors tied a piece of thread through the center and added them to the card with mini glue dots.  Really not much to this card at all.

Oh and one trick with the Builder Wheels – sometimes the wheels are a bit uneven and when you wheel across the table not all of the wheel makes contact with your paper leaving some spots blank.  I was having a problem with that on the center wheel.  My solution – I took the silicone rubber pad that I use with the Big Shot and the Texture plates and placed it underneath my grid paper and card.  Then rolled the ink on and it has enough give that the wheels make contact with the paper everywhere.    I hope that makes sense – is it as clear as the mud that is in our yard from yesterdays storm?


Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • Card stock:  Basic Grey
  • Ink: VersaMark
  • Stamp sets: Builder Wheels – Butterfly Bliss, Delight in Gladness, Pleasing Polka Dots
  • Accessories:  Jumbo Stampin’ Around Handle, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat tool, Silicone Rubber, Brights Buttons, Subtles Buttons, Neutrals Buttons, Mini Glue Dots, crochet thread

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Friends Fur-Ever

This was one of the cards that we made at Stamper’s Club Friday night.  The card idea was one that I found on a blog somewhere but it wasn’t a Stampin’ Up! blog so I wanted to use the idea with our products.  I liked the black and the white and needed to add a third color – I pulled out my Color Coach and this was one of the color combination’s  for the Whisper White card – Whisper White, Basic Black and More Mustard.

The Bitty Button does not have thread in it but instead it is a thin piece of More Mustard card stock that is pulled through and tied in a knot.  When you don’t have thread in the color you want just use a piece of card stock!

I made the dog and cat look like they were really white by watercoloring around them with a little bit of Sahara Sand Watercolor Wonder Crayon.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • Card stock: More Mustard, Basic Black, Whisper White
  • Ink: More Mustard, Black StazOn
  • Stamp sets: Every Little Bit, D is for Dog, Friends Fur-ever
  • Accessories:  Big Shot die-cut machine, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, 1″ circle punch, 2-1/2″ circle punch, 1-3/8″ circle punch, Bitty Buttons, Stampin’ Dimensionals,  Mini Glue Dots, Stampin’ Sponge, Watercolor Wonder Crayons – Neutrals, Aqua Painter.

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