Friday, August 30, 2019

Closing the Cabin on Labour Day for As You See It Challenges

I can't believe it is the last weekend in August and Labour Day looms on Monday! Wow! Like where did summer go? We just managed to get the kayak out for the first time last weekend! Seriously?? This year it wasn't smoke that kept us inside, it was rain and busyness.

My card today is for As You See It Challenge's colour challenge #208 - Night Glow! What I envisioned was the last weekend at the summer cottage, closing it up for the season. And the colours in the challenge banner were perfect for that:

The evening sky, the sun setting, the lake reflecting, the bare trees, the few leaves blowing along the dock and the Adirondack chair, a little worse for wear after the long summer, all could be portrayed with these colours plus a couple of neutrals.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Gift of Fall Paper Pumpkin Add On Kit

For this month's Paper Pumpkin kit, we made gift bags with a fall scene, but we had gobs of embellishments left over on purpose. For the first time, there was an Add On kit we could order through Stampin' Up! that consisted of 24 cards and envelopes that coordinated with the set. And having recently run out of Customer Thank You cards, I decided to turn them all into Thank You note cards. The palette feels like fall, with the prominent colours being Pretty Pumpkin, Crushed Curry and Merry Merlot!

First, here is a video showing how the original kit is put together and then I'll show you what I did with the remaining pieces to make the Thank You note cards. This video is found on the Paper Pumpkin website.


  • These are some of the designs I created with the two card bases that you saw in the video. All of the twine bows that you see, I think, were made with 4 pieces of twine layered as one, giving it a more substantial presence. 
  • All the sentiments were stamped on the tags provided in the kit, but sometimes I turned over the Crumb Cake side to use the white side.
  • The three inks I used were Pretty Peacock, Crushed Curry and Merry Merlot. 
  • There were more than enough embellishments to go around.
  • You can see the Starburst Punch image on the lower right from some Merry Merlot cardstock that I used as a contrast for the Crumb Cake sentiment. The Thanks sentiment comes from the  stamp set "Here's a Card" stamp set.
  • I used the Thank You dies to create some Thank You sentiments from cardstock to add to the backgrounds and some circle punches and the Starburst Punch again for some more ideas.
I  had a lot of fun creating all these different designs. Feel free to try any of them.

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1-3/4" (4.4 Cm) Circle Punch
1-3/4" (4.4 Cm) Circle Punch

Monday, August 26, 2019

CASIng the Catalogue with the So Many Stars Bundle

As my Christmas Buffet Card Class gets closer, it's always a scramble to come up with enough samples for the class. I found a sample in the catalogue that I loved for the *So Many Stars bundle, which I just got through a demo order. This is what the catalogue sample looked like:

I was so excited to try it, but I thought that the background would be too fussy for a card buffet class. I looked around to see if I could find some DSP that give the same effect. See a Silhouette came the closest, but didn't have the same colours or variety, and suddenly it hit me: I had not tried out the new Pigment Sprinkles from the Annual Catalogue yet! I knew that it would still be too fussy for the class to each make their own background, but I could use my large 9 x 12 sheets of Strathmore Watercolour paper and sprinkle them up and spritz them ahead of time, then dry them and cut them into the 4 x 5 1/4 backgrounds for them to just use in the class.

Here's how it turned out:

  • I used the Gorgeous Grape, Bermuda Bay and Melon Mambo Sprinkles in different areas of the paper and then spritzed the paper with water.  I recommend taping it down as it definitely  warps when wet. I used a heat tool to dry it. A tissue came in handy to wick up any big puddles of colour that accumulate around the edges.
  • When dry, I gave the paper a good treatment with the embossing buddy. Then I stamped the little star flurry stamp all around the outside of the stamp working into the middle, using Versamark ink. I added Gold Stampin' Emboss powder and heat set. Definitely gave it a sparkly look.
  • The banner is actually the largest of the Stitched Nested Labels Dies with one end cut off. The sentiment is from the *So Many Stars stamp set stamped in Gorgeous Grape.
  • I love the star swirl die from the *Stitched Stars Dies and the cool thing is that when you die cut it you get all the little stars from it too. It's mounted at the bottom of the banner, as shown, and the extra stars are mounted with glue dots all around the bottom of the banner.
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*New Products from the 2019 Holiday Catalogue, not available for sale until Sept. 4, 2019.