Friday, September 13, 2019

Frosted Frames and Beautiful Boughs for As You See It Challenges

There are just so many beautiful products in the new Holiday Catalogues, that I can't seem to stop wanting more, even though I'm trying my darnedest to behave myself. Just when I think that I've talked myself out of needing a particular stamp or die set, I'll see something beautiful using it on one sharing site or another and BOOM! Just like that, my self-control has dwindled to nothing!

Well, the Peaceful Boughs Bundle was one set that I had had my eye on since the catalogue first came out, but fiscal concerns kept me from purchasing it in my original pre-order. Then I thought I could live without it until I kept seeing great creations on Pinterest and Demonstrator Sharing sites. I finally had to order it, but I'm not sure if it was by mistake or design, but I only ordered the Beautiful Boughs die set. That may do it for me, I don't know! We'll have to wait and see.

I made this card for As You See It Challenge's Fill In The Blank Challenge #209:

The way that I filled in the blank for this challenge is: My go to die or punch that I use the most often is: The Stitched Rectangles Dies! They are found in the Annual Catalogue and have pretty well replaced the Stitched Shapes dies as my go to set, although not by much.

Here's a close look at my Design Team sample:

  • The Stitched Rectangle die was used for the small copper rectangle. If you look closely you can see the edging of stitches around it. It has also been embossed with the new Hammered Metal 3D Embossing Folder from the Holiday Catalogue, which gives a stunning effect!!
  • The background paper is from the Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper. This DSP has mainly dark rich colours and one side of each sheet has metallic copper highlights.
  • The Beautiful Boughs dies are great for layering and you can make two different sizes of pine cones. I used the large size here. I used Shaded Spruce cardstock and Vellum for the branches.
  • Beautiful Boughs also has a couple of awesome label dies, one of which I used here for the sentiment, which is from the Perfectly Plaid stamp set.

Don't forget about our Designer Series Paper sale during the month of September. Buy 3 packages of DSP and get another package free. The details are below:

Here are some samples made with the awesome paper from this promotion:

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Something Old, Something New for Fab Friday

For my Technique Night classes this month we are focusing on Coordinating with the new Holiday Catalogue; in other words, using our existing products and supplies from the Annual Catalogue and working them in with the new products from the  Holiday Catalogue! Each year, I hate how as soon as the Holiday and Occasions Catalogues come out, everyone forgets about the Annual Catalogue. We just don't get enough time with the amazing products in it until we move on to other things. So this year, I was determined to coordinate the new with the old! So no one is getting married, we're just 'marrying' the two catties so to speak.

My project today shares the amazing Designer Series Paper Come To Gather along with the old Seasonal Layers Dies and the new Frosted Frames Dies and wraps it up with a sentiment from Painted Harvest stamp set. It makes a great combination, don't you think??

My layout comes from Fab Friday's latest sketch:

Here's a closer look:

  • The background designer paper is from the Come To Gather DSP package, but there is one more element from that paper as well. Can you guess? Yes, it's the 3 pumpkins on the front that I fussy cut to add to the project from another design in the series. These are unusual colours for fall designer paper, but they also have patterns in rich Merry Merlot and Cajun Craze, which are more traditional.
  • I die cut maple leaves and other foliage from Mint Macaron and Pretty Peacock cardstock using the Seasonal Layers dies and the  Frosted Frames dies and layered it behind the pumpkins which are adhered with glue dots and Stampin' Dimensionals.
  • The ribbon is Scalloped Linen Ribbon in Pretty Peacock and the little twine bow is made from the Mint Macaron twine from the Nature's Twine collection.

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Come Together for Freshly Made Sketches

Time for some more card challenges just because I can. Today's is Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #401 and I was struck by the Scandinavian look of their sketch today.

While most clean and simple designs need lots of white space, I think lots of neutral space qualifies, too and that's why I chose this pattern of Designer Series Paper from the Come Together Package of DSP in the Holiday Catalogue for this awesome little sketch based on a square card base. I love the offset concentric circles and I struggled for some way of representing them that would work with a fall-themed card. I first used two rings made from the Stitched Shapes Dies, but they were a bit too stark and boring for me. Then I came up with the idea to glue the Braided Linen Trim to them and cut them down a bit to even them out.

  • I used the Fine Tip Glue Pen to do the job of gluing the Linen Trim onto the stitched circle rings. It worked fairly well, but beware of any glue getting in places other than where you want it, because the glue in that pen can't be cleaned up with an adhesive eraser easily.
  • The Seasonal Layers Dies created the two large leaves on the top part of the sentiment label from Pumpkin Pie and Merry Merlot cardstock. The bottom leaves are created from Gray Granite cardstock are punched with the punch die.
  • The sentiment, which was from the August Paper Pumpkin kit, is stamped in Merry Merlot on Whisper White cardstock and die cut with the Beautiful Boughs dies.
  • It's hard to see but I used an old, old retired tool from Stampin' Up! known as a spritzer to create the tiny splatters on the sentiment. The Braided Linen Trim Bow gives a jaunty final touch.

Tomorrow is the last day to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin to receive this great Halloween treat kit around Sept. 15th. Lots of fun for your kids or grandkids to put together, and you'll enjoy making this kit, too!

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Leaf Punch

Gift of Fall Stamp Set from the August 2019 Paper Pumpkin kit.