Tuesday, November 24, 2015

"Fall Into Winter" Scrapbook Page

We woke up last Saturday morning, happy to see some snow falling!  It continued to snow all day, so we woke up Sunday morning to a bright & sparkly winter wonderland.  I couldn't wait to get home after church to go for a walk.  These photos were taken on the Sauk River Trail, just a few blocks from my house.  

This was our first snowfall of the year and it was interesting to see both signs of fall and winter in the same landscape.  When I laid out my photos to scrapbook, I decided to mix the two seasons as well.  I used a few scraps of Into The Woods paper (p 43, Holiday Catalog).  If that paper looks familiar to you, it's because I've featured it several times over the past couple of months on various projects!  The snowflake paper is from the Season Of Cheer pack of paper.  I showed it last week & pointed out that this paper can be used ALL winter long (not just for Christmas).  Both of these sets of paper will no longer be available after Dec 31, when the Holiday Catalog expires.

Into The Woods Designer Series Paper (p 43, Holiday Catalog)

Season Of Cheer Designer Series Paper (p 29, Holiday Catalog)

Here is a close-up of one of my sparkly snowflakes.  I used a retired punch that Stampin' Up sold several years ago.  I added Dazzling Diamonds glitter (p 162, Annual Catalog) to make it shine.  There is a new snowflake punch in the Holiday Catalog, p 25) that also has a coordinating stamp set called Flurry Of Wishes.  Again, snowflakes are an item that can be used all winter long, on any craft project.

Stampin' Up is having an Online Extravaganza Sale, Nov 23-30.  Lots of items between 20-50% off the regular price.  To see what's on sale, go to www.stampinup.com and click  "Store" and then click "Online Extravaganza".

Thanks for stopping by here today.  I wish all of you a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A Favorite Tradition + December Card-Of-The-Month


I'm not one to rush holidays; I prefer to take my holidays one at a time!  But if you are a crafter, then sometimes it's necessary to plan ahead for various gifts or projects.  So even though it's still several days before Thanksgiving, I am thinking about Christmas.  One of the things I have always enjoyed about Christmas is the sending and receiving of cards.  When we lived in Alaska, I began a tradition of getting together with friends on the day after Thanksgiving to make Christmas cards.  We had so much fun stamping together, listening to Christmas music, sipping warm drinks, and eating holiday snacks.  This seemed to be the perfect way to usher in the Christmas season!  The photo above is from one of those gatherings.

Since we moved to Michigan three years ago, I have continued making my Christmas cards but it's just been with me, myself, and I.  Thankfully this year, I will again get to enjoy card-making with a few others!  We are spending Thanksgiving with my sister, Amanda who lives just over an hour away.  So it will be her and me, plus my daughter and daughter-in-law.  Just like old times; I can't wait!  I have already designed my card and have gathered all of the supplies that I will need.

What about you?  Do you send Christmas cards?  Have you ever made your own?  Even if you only made a cards for a few special people, I know that they would be treasured!  Stampin' Up has a wide selection of Christmas stamps and background paper, in styles to suit everyone's taste.  There are a few stamp sets in our Annual Catalog (p 67-72).  And obviously you will find lots of Christmas items in our Holiday Catalog.  You can see them all by clicking on the catalog images on the right side of my blog.

 Well, people still have birthdays and there are other occasions in addition to Christmas to send cards, so I also make a separate card-of-the-month.  Above is a sample of my December card.  I used the Season of Cheer paper (p 29, Holiday Catalog), and sentiments from the Tin of Cards stamp set (p 110, Annual Catalog) stamped onto a Decorative Label punch (p 166, Annual Catalog).

What I like about these papers is that they can be used for Christmas cards OR winter cards (I'm already thinking of using one of these for my January Card-Of-The-Month).  When I opened up this pack of paper, I found each one to be even prettier than how it looked in the catalog.  Each page is made up of soft, but bright, watercolor images.  A really festive bunch of colors!

This is a nice, basic stamp set to have, as it can be used in making a variety of cards.  The "happy hello"  and the "just because" images would work for almost any card.  These would look perfect with any of our papers or other stamp sets.

Well, that's it for this week.  Thanks for stopping by and may God bless you in whatever you are doing!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Special Card For A Special Friend

As I mentioned last week, I recently made a trip to Alaska, where we lived up until three years ago.  I stayed with my friend Lisa and thoroughly enjoyed my time with her.  She celebrated her birthday last month & this is the card that I made for her.  It features products all from the Annual Catalog.  (The Hardwood background stamp, page 128; the Wild About Flowers stamp set, page 74; the Scalloped Tag Topper punch, page 165; and a brad from the Antique Brads set, page 160.)  But my favorite thing about this card is the bit of Venetian Crochet Trim (page 159) that I added to the tag.

Lisa and I share a mutual love for stamping & scrapbooking and that has created a strong bond between us.  It's so nice to have a friend that is just as crazy passionate as I am about my favorite past time!  Our conversations are full of stamping/scrapbooking lingo and all of the Stampin' Up colors and products.  Here we are spending a little time in her craft room, which also serves as the guest room (I felt right at home in here!).  

And here we are at her annual Halloween dinner.  Every year she puts together an elaborate meal and decorates her house around a particular theme.  This year she chose The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.  The food and decor were very impressive!  This photo really doesn't show the full scope of the evening, but you can tell that we were enjoying ourselves!

Now that we are well into November, it is getting to be time to think about Christmas and all of the crafting opportunities the season brings!  Check out the weekly deals listed on the right side of my blog & visit my blog again over the coming weeks for some ideas and inspiration.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Scrapbooking My Trip

A few days ago I returned from a 9-day trip to Alaska.  It was my first trip back there since we moved three years ago.  It was fun seeing all of my "old friends" and after just a couple of days there, it almost felt like I had never left!  Yesterday I made this page which highlights some of my visits.  

I plan to make another page from my trip that will show photos of my friend Lisa's annual Halloween dinner.  Each year she chooses a theme and this year it was The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow.  Before I arrived she had elaborately transformed one entire room accordingly and then together we spent a couple of days preparing the food for the big meal.  This event was so detailed that it definitely needs a separate scrapbook page of it's own!  

Here are a few TIPS & TRICKS I used on this layout that you could use yourself on your scrapbook pages:
  • When I spread out the photos I wanted to use, I saw a lot of different colors!  But I chose to use the three colors that stood out the most (a lot of blue, some red, & a touch of yellow) to help "unite" the photos.
  • Since the main reason I visited Alaska was to see my friend Joy (that's her & me in the top left corner), I made that photo stand out a bit by matting it on yellow cardstock. 
  • I wrote part of my journaling directly on some patterned paper, which had a subtle pattern to it.  This paper is from the Into The Woods designer series paper collection, which I've used over & over again over the last couple of months.  It is in our Holiday catalog, page 43.
  • I chose one little accent to use, punched hearts, as "bullet points" for each of my friends.  You can find a couple of heart punches on page 166 of our Annual Catalog.
  • There were a couple of places where I forgot to take photos, but I still wanted to mention them on my page.  I simply wrote about them in the little yellow strip on the right page.
I am loving the fact that these photos are now residing in a scrapbook album, and not on my computer!  I love being able to flip through the pages of my scrapbooks to recall fun times with family and friends.  Plus, I had a lot of fun in the process of getting the photos onto the pages!

Do you have photos that are living in your camera or computer?  Give them a home on a scrapbook page!  It doesn't take much to get started.  Take a look thru our catalogs to see what you need.  Let me know if I can help!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

November Card-Of-The-Month

Here is my November Card-Of-The-Month.  I have been on a trip to visit friends in Alaska & have been the recipient of many sweet acts of kindness, so I will be sending out this card to several people.  With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up near the end of the month, November is a good time to reflect on our blessings and let the special people in our lives know that we appreciate them.

I have certainly gotten a lot of mileage out of the Thankful Forest Friends set (found in the Holiday Catalog, p. 43)!   I stamped the image (using markers) on a 2 1/2-inch circle and mounted that on a tea lace doily (Annual Catalog, p. 148).  These little 3-inch doilies are nice to have on hand.  They come in a package of 24 for $3.00)  Notice the blue & orange combination.  Not very traditional, but I had been wanting to try those colors together!  I think it gives the card a fresh look, but the usual warm autumnal colors would look nice too.

For more inspiration, browse the pages of our catalogs, and don't forget the weekly specials listed on the side.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Black, White, & Orange

Before I show you my latest cards, you need to know that Stampin' Up is having a great sale going on this week. 

 Very simply, it is 15% off all stamps! 
(excludes bundles, hostess, & rotary stamps)

 If you've been thinking about placing an order, now is the time to do it!  The sale ends this Friday, Oct 23, at midnight (MST).  You can order by clicking on the links under the catalog images that you see on the right side of your screen.

Moving on to this weeks' projects . . . last Sunday afternoon I sat down to make cards with these three main items:

Everyday Chic designer series paper
Black, White, & Orange cardstock
Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set

(However the little fox from the Thankful Forest Friends set managed to sneak  his way in on one of the cards!)

This is about the most versatile pack of paper I've ever seen!

Although this is a "birthday set", you can use it to make cards for almost any occasion.

Since black & white are neutral colors, you could pair this pack of paper up with any color, use these cards as a template, and make your own awesome set of cards!

Don't forget the 15% off sale!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Scrapbooking Our Bike Ride

I just finished making a scrapbook page of mine & Pete's latest excursion.  In record-time, I might add!  We arrived home less than 24 hours ago.  I downloaded & ordered my photos last night, picked them up this morning, and now . . . here they are!  (Having this blog is a real motivation!)

I printed 19 photos, and ended up using the 13 that you see here.  The obvious trick to getting a lot of photos on one layout is to crop most of them down.  A neat thing that happens when you do that is that your eyes will notice the details that you might miss if you had left the photo full-size.  Of course, some of the photos needed to be left bigger.  

These photos have a lot of color and detail in them, and I didn't want my embellishments to be distracting.  Plus, with a large number of photos, there isn't much room for adding many extras.  So I kept this page very simple . . . just the photos, a combined title & journaling block, and a quote.  I did manage to find a couple of spots to stamp some leaves . . . 

Can you see the leaves?  This technique is known as "tone-on-tone" and gives a subtle watermark effect.  You simply stamp an image in the same color as the background.  Here I used "daffodil delight" ink on "daffodil delight" cardstock.  Another way to achieve the same effect is to use a "Versamark" stamp pad.  

Another little trick I used was using the yellow cardstock in 3 different places.  Making a "triangle" of color is an easy way of helping your scrapbook page look balanced.

This is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful colors that God has created.  Take photos to capture the beauty & then get the photos into an album so that you can reflect and appreciate what an artistic Father we have!

The Stampin' Up catalogs have lots of tools & ideas to help you . . . take a look and be inspired!