Friday, September 30, 2016

A-Corny Thank You for Global Design Project

Texture in design is the theme of my next Technique Night classes and I wanted a card that showed different ways of creating texture. I also thought that while I was at it, I might as well enter a couple of card challenges as well. I used the RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) theme over at the Global Design Project blog which is near and dear to my heart:

I'm planning on using my Thankful card as an appreciation card for my pastors at church this month since October is Pastor Appreciation Month. There aren't many jobs as tough or as thankless as being a pastor. I'm sure it is rewarding as well, but the fact that 57% say they would leave the pastorate if they had somewhere else to go attests to that fact! So I can't think of a group that could benefit as much from a little appreciation!

Then I popped on over to The Paper Players to have a look at their sketch this week, which forms the layout for this card:

I used a set from last year called A-corny Thank You for three reasons: It's a fall set; it has a lot of different textures represented in the images; and because it's a thank you set, it's great for an RAK challenge!

  • I'm using a colour palette I don't think I've ever used before: Early Espresso, Calypso Coral, Cajun Craze and Gold. It just kind of evolved as I put the card together. I don't think I would have ever purposely chosen those colours. But now that I have, I really like them.
  • Texture:  The Hardwood background stamp, the Brick Wall Embossing folder, the shiny gold of the doily and the sparkly gold of the glimmer paper on the acorn, the stamped texture from the Timeless Texture stamps on the Brick Wall background and the designs on the acorns, and finally, the vertical differences using Dimensionals, all create different kinds of texture.
  • The A-corny Thank You set coordinates with the Acorn Builder Punch which helped create the uniform acorn shapes on this card. I did have to fussy cut the Thankful banner however, because the Itty Bitty Banners framelits that coordinated with it are now retired.

Just a reminder about the awesome special offers that Stampin' Up! is making to help you celebrate World Card Making Day! But these are only available until Wednesday, October 5th, so don't miss out!

Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

October 1st is World Card Making Day! Stampin' Up! Makes It Easy!

Saturday will be World Card Making Day! A momentous occasion here in the Cooper household! I will definitely be giving a hand stamped card to someone that day, in fact I will be handing it to them in person!  It's my youngest daughter's birthday that day! The card I'm giving her is this one:

I posted this one earlier here and entered it in the Paper Players Challenge for the Taste of Fall Theme. I wanted to thank Jaydee for selecting my card as one of the Cut Above entries for that challenge.

I hope you've made plans to participate in some way during World Card Making Day, and Stampin' Up! is making that easy for you with a couple of great promotions to mark the occasion:

This is a great one with special deals on card making essentials and it runs from October 1 - 5th. Make sure you get your order in to take advantage of these deals!  In Colour cardstock and envelope paper! And a free Fast Fuse refill when you buy a Fast Fuse Adhesive! But let me draw your attention to two more great items of note:  The envelope punch board is 25% off! You can make envelopes of almost any size using this amazing little tool!  And the Designer Tin of Cards Kit* is also 25% off! You'll love it, but it also makes a great Christmas gift for the crafters in your life!!

*You will need extra products to complete the Designer Tin of Cards Kit. They are Designer Tin of Cards Stamp Set; Crushed Curry, Cucumber Crush, Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, and Tip Top Taupe Classic Stampin’ Pads; Fast Fuse Adhesive; Mini Glue Dots; and Stampin’ Dimensionals. Or gather some friends and schedule a class with your demonstrator and let her provide all the extra supplies for you.

And if that wasn't enough:

All through the month of October, from the 1st to the 31st, Stampin' Up! has a buy 3 packages of Designer Series Paper, get one package free promotion going on! Here are the details:

You know you can never get enough paper - whether or not you can bring yourself to actually use it! Am I right?  So let me know which packages you want. I will be putting in an order on the 1st and again on the 7th!

Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.

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