Wednesday, November 29, 2023


It may be a little late in the year for harvesting apples, at least here in Michigan, but I was gifted this stamp set recently so thought I would use it.  

It seemed like it would work perfectly with my card sketch that I'm featuring all this week.

I just replaced the circle with the branch of fruit!  This is one of the things I love about this sketch/layout.  It's so versatile!

I used the Tartan Foil Specialty Paper which is an ONLINE EXCLUSIVE product.  The two plaids that you see are both foiled and are from the opposite side of the same sheet of paper.  The finish on this Specialty Paper is beautiful and a bit different from what we normally see with foils.  They are definitely foil but have more of a matt appearance than our normal foils.  

The Moody Mauve background was embossed with a new Sneak Peak Sale-A-Bration embossing folder, Softly Sophisticated, that will be available January 4, 2024.  More to come on that as the time gets closer.,

Since the Apple Harvest Stamp Set does not have coordinating dies, I did have to fussy cut my branch of apples.  But it was fairly easy to fussy cut the outside edges of the image.  I colored the image with Stampin' Blends in Old Olive, Copper Clay and Moody Mauve.  I'm not sure what kind of apples would be Moody Mauve in color, but it's artistic expression, right?

The inside was decorated with the same Tartan Plaid Specialty Paper matted with Moody Mauve.

If you would like a tutorial for this card, you can download a free copy at this link.

A list of products use is shown below.

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Monday, November 27, 2023


As I indicated in yesterday's post, this week I have decided to use one of my favorite card layouts for each card I'm sharing rather than use a single bundle or stamp set.

I'm winding down on making Christmas cards, but I realized I had purchased this beautiful Joyful Specialty Paper and hadn't used it yet, and this card layout is one of my favorites because it is a great way to show off beautiful designer series paper (DSP).

This is the layout sketch I'm using this week.

You can see that the card isn't exactly the same as a layout, but if you look closer you will see that each of the 3 elements on the sketch are on today's card.  I just rearranged them.  That is another thing that I love about this particular sketch.  I can use the same elements (no figuring out cutting dimensions) but just move them around to create something that looks totally different.

Since this Joyful Specialty Paper has lots of gold foiling, I matted each of the elements with gold foil.  Cards like this look beautiful but are really quick and easy to put together.  The Basic White background was embossed with the Merry Melody embossing folder -- which is another item I purchased but had not yet used.  I have to stop doing that!

The gold shimmer ribbon is retired, but I thought it was perfect for this card, so decided to use it anyway.  I'm a strong believer in using what I have.  I hope you do the same!  The gold pearls are from Blooming Pearls.  I love these pearls from the Fall Mini Catalog and was really happy to see that they will carryover when the catalog retires.

If you following me regularly you have probably noticed that I'm kind of in a rut with the way I decorate the inside of my cards.  Whenever I use designer series paper on the card front, I like to add a strip on the inside also.  Sometimes I mat it, like I did here with gold foil, and sometimes I use just the DSP.  It's such a quick and easy way to finish the inside, but I'm thinking I need to come up with some new ideas.  Does anyone have suggestions for me?

If you would like a tutorial with all the cutting dimensions and step-by-step instructions for today's card, you can use this link to download a free copy.

A list of the currently available products I used are shown below.  Click on any image to learn more or to purchase.

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Sunday, November 26, 2023


This week I am trying something a little different.  Rather than featuring a specific stamp set or bundle, I am going to share cards that all start with the same sketch/layout. 

Today is also the Share it Sunday Blog Hop, so if you are hopping along with us, welcome.

My card today was made for a color challenge earlier this month with my Coffee Club.  The colors we were challenged to use were Moody Mauve, Blackberry Bliss and Old Olive.  Of course we can also use any neutrals.  I was running behind when I needed to have the card completed, so as I often do when I'm running late is to pull out one of my favorite card layouts for my starting point.

I like it because it is a great sketch to show off designer series paper.  Here is the card I came up with.

I changed the circle on the sketch to a square from Stylish Shapes and rotated it to be a diamond.  Then I used the Meadow Dies to cut a different sprig from each of the colors in our color challenge.  The two pieces of Moody Mauve designer series paper are from the Fresh as a Daisy and Earthen Elegance DSP Collections.

The Blackberry Bliss Butterfly and the sentiment die cut are also from Meadow Dies.  I added 3 Iridescent Rhinestones to the card front and also wrapped the sentiment a couple of times with Parakeet Party Metallic Ribbon and tied it in a bow.  (Don't tell that I cheated a bit on the color challenge, but I didn't have any appropriate Old Olive Ribbon.)

For just a bit more sparkle I brushed the Blackberry Bliss flower and butterfly with some clear Wink of Stella.

To decorate the inside I added a strip of the DSP matted on Old Olive to the Basic White cardstock. I then adhered the assembly to a Moody Mauve mat.  The Blackberry Bliss butterfly was also cut with a die from Meadow Dies.  I was going to use it on the card front, but decided the front had enough, so I stuck my leftover on the inside of the card.

If you would like a tutorial for this card, use this link to download a FREE COPY.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the Share it Sunday Blog Hop, but before you leave, I'd love to know what you think of my one-stamp card.

For a list of the products used on today's card refer to the list below.  Click on any image for more information on that product.  HAPPY HOPPING!

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