Wednesday, September 26, 2012

"AUTUMN" Garland

Life has been busy around here with home improvement and repair (from hail and storm damage) plus some home decor and cleaning!  Whew!  I'd rather be stamping!!  lol!  But it is always really nice to get some things checked off the to-do list!

I did get to spend some time in my stamp room since part of my home decorating included making a little garland celebrating the first of autumn last weekend.  I love to make and decorate with garlands and banners and my Big Shot makes it so much quicker and better too!  No fussy cutting on these babies; it's all done with dies! 

First I'll show you the pictures and then I'll list what I used to make this wreath that I hung on the light fixture/pot rack over the island in my kitchen:

This photo is of the garland strung onto the fixture, but it was difficult to get a very good photo: 
At any rate, it hung nicely between the lights and there were six spaces, so it was just the perfect number for an "AUTUMN" garland!

Main products used for the garland, all from Stampin' Up!:
Bigz Typeset Alphabet Dies, #127553
Big Shot Die Cutting Machine  #113439
Bigz XL Pennant Die (retired, but it was just the perfect size so I just had to use it!)
*Bigz Die Autumn Accents #127812
Vintage Wallpaper Folder #120175
Scallop Edge Border Punch $119882
*Champagne Glimmer Paper #127885
Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper #126898
Cardstocks:  Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Summer Starfruit, Lucky Limeade, Midnight Muse, More Mustard
Small Flower Buttons from the Regals, Neutrals, Brights Designer Buttons Collections
Gold Glow Smooch Spritz  #118770

*Holiday Catalog 2012

I love the new Typeset Alphabet!  It was just the right size for this banner but it also works nicely on cards and many other type projects!

Thanks for visiting today!  I will be back in a day or two with more projects!

Happy Stamping!


Friday, September 14, 2012

Autumn Accents and Orchard Harvest Again...

Today's post is a card I did for a "Fall" themed swap in which I participated.  This is the second card I've posted using the new-this-year Autumn Accents (leaf) die, and it won't be the last  ; )   I have another project under construction as we speak... lol!  I just love all the things you can do with this die and the colors we can use!
Colors used are Cherry Cobbler, Raspberry Ripple, More Mustard, Lucky Limeade, Cajun Craze and Early EspressoThe card base is More Mustard with a layer of Early Espresso which has been embossed with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder (can you tell I really really like that folder?  lol!)  
I took a strip of the corn print from the Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper package and softened it a bit by pulling it over the Bone Folder.  I then put Sticky Strip Adhesive on the Early Espresso card layer and "gathered" the designer paper over that.  I added Early Espresso 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain ribbon which had been threaded through one of the new Designer Round Ribbon Slides from the Holiday Catalog.
Three leaves were tucked under the ruffling then the sentiment from the Pursuit of Happiness set, stamped on More Mustard and punched with the Designer Label Punch was added with Dimensionals.

 It was fun to try a technique I hadn't done before: "gathering" the Designer Paper.  I hope you enjoyed the card.

Don't forget the Super September Special from Stampin' Up!:  Back to Spool!  Click on the picture below to get the details on my official Stampin' Up! website and online ordering store:

Thanks for dropping by!  I appreciate your time, and always enjoy hearing from you too! 

Happy creating!  : )

Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper    #126895    $10.95 pkg of 12 12x12" sheets 

Monday, September 10, 2012

First Edition Sunflower

Our weather is getting a little less hot, (lol, I wanted to say cooler, but I don't think 90 degrees sounds much cooler!).  I've been looking at lots of fall pictures and planning a fall party, so I was in the fall stamping mood today also!  I wanted something different from the leaves I've been working with lately (even tho I love them!) and remembered our beautiful Sunflower stamp from Stampin' Up!
 Mary Jo (Technostamper) had a great sketch on her blog last week that I used, so even though it was too late to enter her blog hop this week I still thought it was perfect for this stamp.  I stamped the Sunflower on First Edition Designer Paper with VersaMark then embossed it with the new Early Espresso Embossing Powder in the Holiday 2012 Catalog.  Color was added with Sponge Daubers using More Mustard, Soft Suede, a little Tangerine Tango and a More Mustard Stampin' Write Marker.  I was pleasantly surprised at how great the DSP took to the heat embossing; it is such great weight paper that it withstood the heat without warping!
The card base is Cajun Craze overlaid with a piece of More Mustard that has been treated with the great Woodgrain Embossing Folder from the Holiday Catalog!  (One of my faves!)  I put some More Mustard ink onto the folder before embossing and it adds a little depth to the recesses of the embossing! 
 A strip of Early Espresso was treated with the Chevron Embossing Folder then attached down the left side of the Sunflower layer.  Three More Mustard Buttons from the Regals Collection pack were tied with Early Espresso Bakers Twine and attached with Mini Glue Dots.

A greeting banner could be attached to the front, but since I didn't have immediate plans for this card, I thought I'd wait and add an appropriate one when I get ready to use it!

Thanks for coming by for a visit!  I appreciate you taking the time to visit and hope you enjoy the card!  Come again soon!

Happy creating!

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