Hello Fall, It’s Pumpkin Spice Latte Season

Merry Cafe with Coffee Cup Framelits, Seasonal Layers

Stampin’ Up! and Fall go together like Pumpkin Spice and Latte… Perfectly!

This card features a stamp set, Merry Cafe, that’s designed to coordinate with the Coffee Cafe bundle and offers some seasonal options for those coffee lovers in your life.

I started with a stamped burlap background, positioned diagonally on the card so that it looks like a table cloth or place mat.

The little stamped leaves on the cup are from Merry Cafe and I stamped them very similarly to the sample in the holiday catalog.

This stamp set includes Halloween, fall & winter accents and verses, making this set a fabulous addition to the Coffee Cafe Bundle available in Stampin’ Up’s Annual Catalog.

Finally, the large leaves are from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits and are cut out of Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze.

Until very recently, I was not feeling ready for the Autumn season, but I think I’m finally there.  We’ve had a hot, dry summer which I truly enjoyed, but the cool, crisp air of Fall will be a welcome change.

Hello Fall! It’s pumpkin spice latte season!


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Happy Birthday Deer from Card Front Builder Dies

Happy Birthday Deer with Card Front Builder Framelits, by Krista Thomas

I live in one of the most beautiful places on earth, in western Oregon,  and right now much of my state is on fire.  We have luscious forests here, but after a hot dry summer, all it takes is a lightening strike, a careless person with a cigarette or a thoughtless teenager with some fireworks, and it all goes up in flames.

My card today reflects my love for Oregon and the beauty that surrounds all who live here.  Please pray for our brave and tireless firefighters and praise God for the rain that has recently started falling!

The new Card Front Builder Framelits, from the 2017 Stampin’ Up Holiday Catalog, were used to make the trees and the deer.  I love it when a Christmas themed set of dies are useful year round.  Masculine cards are always needed, atleast in my family, where the guys definitely out-number the girls, so I’m sure I’ll be making a few more with this versatile set!

If you’d like to order any of the products used on this card, simply click on a thumbnail below and you’ll be taken to my Stampin’ Up store.

Thanks for stopping by today!

 


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Custom Silhouette Stamping & Watercolor Striping Techniques

Watercolor Striping with Fabulous Flamingo

I was impressed by a card made by Elizabeth Price over at Seeing Ink Spots and I had to give it a try.  Thank you Elizabeth, for a beautiful background idea!

Here’s how I did it:

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On watercolor paper, sponge three different colors in a striped fashion, from one end of the paper to the other.

Today we’re using Bermuda Bay, Flirty Flamingo and Lemon Lime Twist.

Watercolor stripe colors, Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist & Flirty Flamingo

Cover the entire panel, alternating colors.

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Use an aqua painter (water pen) to draw stripes across the sponged panel, going over each stripe 2 or 3 times.

Leave a little space between each water stripe. Allow to dry before stamping the flamingo onto the panel.

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If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, you can make a wavy pattern instead of straight stripes.

Watercolor striping

Stamp the flamingo onto the dry panel. Fill in (blacken) any area that you can see through. This is “custom silhouette-ing”  and can be done with any stamp and a black Sharpie.

Fabulous Flamingo on Water Striped Background

 

 

Card dimensions are as follows:
Bermuda Bay card base: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
Lemon Lime Twist panel: 4″ x 5 1/4″
Flirty Flamingo panel: 3 7/8″ x 5″
Watercolor paper panel: 3 3/4″ x 4 7/8″
Inside panel: 4″ x 5 1/4


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Painted Harvest and Tie-Dye Technique Tutorial

Painted Harvest with Tie Dye Technique

This card features a new set from the 2017 Holiday Catalog called “Painted Harvest”, available beginning September 1, 2017….that’s TODAY!

In the background is a fun and colorful tie dye technique.  Let me show you how it’s done…

Tie Dye Tutorial 1

Open up a white coffee filter.

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Gather up the filter until it is long & scrunched up.

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Using a baby wipe, dab Old Olive ink onto the coffee filter in a 1″ section at one end.

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Continue dabbing colors onto the filter, using a clean baby wipe for each color and leaving a bit of white showing in between each color. You will need to turn the scrunched coffee filter over and dab it from the other side in order to get the ink through all of the layers. Here we have Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze.

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Open up the filter and check to see if there are any spots that need more ink. If so, scrunch it back up and add the needed ink.

If it looks good, then allow it to dry.

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Use a glue stick to cover a white panel measuring 5″ x 3.75″.

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Lay the panel onto your dried filter, glue-y side down. Rub to adhere.

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Using your glue stick again, cover the back side of the same white panel.

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Fold the edges of the filter onto the glue-y panel. Glue all 4 sides down, keeping your corners nice and square.

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Turn panel over and admire your beautiful tie-dye!

Painted Harvest with Tie Dye Technique

When I stamped the sunflower, I used Crushed Curry for both the first and second layer stamps, and then did a third layer with Pumpkin Pie.  The center is stamped with Cajun Craze and the entire flower is cut out with scissors.  Both layers of the leaves are stamped with Old Olive and then punched out with the new Leaf Punch (#144667).  Glitter Enamel Dots are used as accents on the tie-dyed background.

Finish card.


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