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August 2016

Acorny Thank You

It has been a long hot summer.  With Labor Day weekend, we start thinking about the end of summer and wondering if fall could be far behind.  Here in NC, we would celebrate a little less humidity!  I was so glad to see that the Acorny Thank You stamp set and the Acorn Builder punch were carried over to the annual catalog.  I had put off buying them so they immediately went on my wish list.  Finally, I have a chance to use them.

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I love fall.  It's my favorite season!  I love a little breeze and the leaves softly cascading down.

  • The car base is Pumpkin Pie cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4 and folded.
  • The next layer is Soft Suede and measures 4 x 5 1/4.  I stamped it in Early Espresso using the Hardwood Background stamp.
  • Using the Vintage Leaves stamp set, I stamped leaves on patterned paper.  I used paper from the Regals Designer Series Paper Stack, the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack, and the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper. That last one is in the new Holiday catalog starting tomorrow!  Cut out the leaves using the Leaflets Framelits that match Vintage Leaves.

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  • I added a strip of paper from the neutrals across the bottom.  It measures 4 x 1 1/2.
  • The acorn is stamped in Early Espresso on Soft Suede card stock and punched out with the Acorn Builder punch.  Adhere with dimensionals.  I did add Linen Thread behind the acorn.
  • The sentiment is from Acorny Thank You and is punched out with the Classic Label punch.  Use dimensionals to adhere.

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For the inside of the card, I made another acorn just like the first.  The sentiment is from the stamp set Floral Phrases.

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I do like how this card turned out.  It's always good to say thank you.  I know I like that bit of recognition!  Take a look at the supply list below.  Remember that the Holiday catalog goes live tomorrow!  Thanks for coming by!

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NC Demo Blog Hop Share a Sneak Peek

Welcome to the NC Demo Blog Hop!  We have some great projects for you showcasing the brand new Holiday catalog that premieres September 1.


There are so many great products in this catalog!  I am going to feature the Santa's Sleigh bundle.  Yes, I said bundle, 10% off for both!  Here is my card for today.

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I will admit that this card is a little "labor intensive" as one of my customers likes to say.  I think that it's all worth it, don't you?  Here are the details for this card.

  • Start with a card base of Cherry Cobbler 4 1/4 x 11, scored at 5 1/2 and folded.
  • The patterned paper is from the Candy Lane Designer Series Paper and measures 4 x 5 1/4.
  • I used a piece of 5 1/4 x 2 Shimmery White card stock for the snow.  I tore a piece about 3/4 inch down and then layered them for the snow.  After I put all of the other stuff on the card, you really can't tell there are layers so you could use a 5 1/4 x 1 3/4 and just tear a little off to simplify things.
  • When I cut out the sleigh I used a piece of Basic Gray card stock for the runners and Cherry Cobbler for the sleigh.  I matched the two together.  The top layer uses the gold foil paper.  Use your fine tip glue pen for adhering the gold.
  • The tree is stamped in Garden Green on Garden Green card stock.  I did have to trim it a little at the bottom to get it to fit in the sleigh.
  • The present is stamped in Cherry Cobbler on Whisper White and so is the bow.  I cut the present out by hand.  It's just a rectangle.  There is a framelit for the bow.
  • The bear is stamped in Early Espresso on Soft Suede and cut using a framelit.

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  • The deer is also stamped in Early Espresso on soft Suede and cut using a framelit.
  • The Wreath uses Garden Green and the bow Cherry Cobbler.  Use framelits.
  • The Gold twine comes from the Baker's Twine Trio Pack. 

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  • The sentiment comes from the Santa's Sleigh stamp set and is stamped in Cherry Cobbler.

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For the inside, the sentiment is from Reason for the Season from the annual catalog. I also stamped the deer.

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Thanks for stopping in today.  Keep on going.  You'll be glad you did!



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A Little of This and a Little of That

Lots of times creating is hard.  You just sit there and stare and think and nothing.  The scarecrow from Cookie-Cutter Halloween is just so cute.  There are great samples out there, but I wanted something a little different.  The SUO Challenge #155 called for something cute and cuddly.  The scarecrow is definitely cute, but I'm not sure about cuddly.  Well, just maybe.  It depends on the cuddler, doesn't it?  So here is the card.

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This was one of those times when I kept thinking what if I add this or what if I add that.  The result is a hodgepodge of supplies used, but a cute card, I think.

  • I started with a card base of Pool Party 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4 and folded.
  • I wanted to use the pumpkin printed paper from the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I want it to seem like a pumpkin patch.  I also wanted a fence around the patch.  I used the Halloween Scenes Edgelit Dies and cut the fence from Soft Suede.  I did have to cut the fence along the bottom.  I laid the fence along the top of my pumpkin paper and traced lightly with a pencil along the bottom of the fence.  Then I just snipped a little of the paper so it would fit the slope of the fence.
  • I stamped the scarecrow on Whisper White paper using the Basic Black Archival ink pad.  I used my Aqua Painter to color him in.  The colors I used were Sahara Sand, Dapper Denim, Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz, and Real Red.  Punch him out with the Cookie Cutter Builder punch.
  • The pumpkins, from the Spooky Fun stamp set, were also stamped on white using black ink.  I used the Aqua Painter again to color them in and cut them out with the Halloween Scenes dies.  This stamp set and die set come as a bundle!  Yea, 10% off!
  • The scarecrow and pumpkins were adhered using dimensionals.

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  • We need to fill the top of the card.  I used Thoughtful Branches for a tree out of Soft Suede and cut it out with the Beautiful Branches Thinlits.  I also cut out leaves for the tree from Garden Green.  I glued down the tree and put some dimensionals behind the tree leaves.  Of course it needs a crow in the tree!  Use dimensionals.

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  • There was still a little space left so I added some clouds.  These were cut from the Umbrella Weather Thinlits from Whisper White.

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The For You sentiment on the inside is from Thoughtful Branches.  Remember that this bundle is only available through the month of August or while supplies last. Order it, now!  It's one of the most versatile  stamp sets I've ever seen!  I also added the pumpkins and a scarecrow.

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So, that's it, a little of this and a little of that equals a cute card.  Add in a little inspiration!  Thanks for coming by today!




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BOGO for Paper Pumpkin and Some Alternatives

Do you love surprises?  Do you love getting happy mail?  Do you love creating great projects already thought out for you?  If so, you need to try Paper Pumpkin.  The pumpkin name alludes to Cinderella and the pumpkin that magically turned into a beautiful carriage.  There's magic in your box!  Here are the projects I made according to the directions.


You get the materials for 3 of each project!  Here is the video put out by Stampin' Up!


Here's the best news ever for first time subscribers to Paper Pumpkin.  From August 11 through October 10 you can buy one and get one free!


Here are a few of the details.

  • After the first two months, the subscription will continue for $19.95 USD/$26.95 CAD + tax per month (shipping included) unless cancelled or suspended. Ends October 10, 2016.
  • This offer is open to first-time subscribers only.
  • Not valid on prepaid subscriptions.
  • Ends October 10, 2016 (the last day to subscribe and get the October kit).

So here are a couple of projects I made on my own because you don't always have to follow directions!


Two of the cards used supplies contained in the box.


For the next card, I paired the Love & Affection stamp set with the August Paper Pumpkin.  They are a natural together!  I stamped the largest flower first and then created a mask for it from a sticky note to stamp the other images.



You know I completed the inside of the card.  Here it is.



So, if you have never tried Paper Pumpkin, now is the time for you to try it!  Who doesn't like the work FREE!  Thanks for stopping by today!

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Thoughtful Branches Meets Vintage Leaves

Here in my area school will be starting soon.  That always makes you feel like summer is over and fall can't be far behind.  Yes, I know it's still August.  But, it's been a very hot and humid summer in NC and we are ready to move on.  I do feel like it's time to pull out Vintage Leaves again.  I'm not ready for fall colors though, mind you.  I also want to showcase Thoughtful Branches and the Beautiful Branches thinlits that partner with it.  You can get the bundle only during the month of August and it's "while supplies last."  If you don't have it, you should order TODAY!  Here's my card.

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I so love green!  Want to make this card?  Here's how.

  • Start with a regular card base in Always Artichoke.
  • The Whisper White layer measures 4 x 5 1/4.  Emboss with the new Petal Burst Embossing Folder.
  • Stamp the trees from Thoughtful Branches in Early Expresso on a layer of white measuring 2 x 3.  Stamp the leaves on the trees, first in Always Artichoke and then again in Pear Pizzazz.  Shift the stamp a little on the second color.  The Always Artichoke frame measures 2 1/8 x 3 1/8.  Adhere in the upper left corner.
  • The "For You" sentiment is so pretty and classic.  It's stamped in Early Espresso on white.  Cut it out with the Layering Circles Framelits as well as a scallop frame for it out of Always Artichoke.
  • Stamp the leaves in Always Artichoke ink on white card stock.  Three of the leaves are from the Vintage Leaves stamp set and the 2 smallest ones are from Thoughtful Branches.  With sponge daubers, color in the leaves using Always Artichoke and Pear Pizzazz.  Cut them out with the Leaflets Framelits and the Beautiful Branches thinlits.
  • When you adhere these, the smallest leaves are on dimensionals out toward the edge to give them some height.  The long leaf is also on dimensionals.
  • I used the 5/8" Burlap Ribbon to embellish.  I cut away three of the strands and looped.  I used glue dots to adhere the bow.

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For the inside, stamp the trees again just as we did on the front.  I stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso.  

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I really had not paid a lot of attention to the little sayings in the stamp set.  They are fantastic so I added one.  Take another look at the set. You'll be impressed!


Time is running out and I don't want you to miss out on Thoughtful Branches and the Beautiful Branches Thinlit die bundle.

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Thanks for coming by today.  I'm so glad you did.

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