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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Team Tuesday and Weekly Deals

Time for another TEAM TUESDAY share from Pam's Stamp and Stretchers.
My first card today was created by Jackie Weber. I love, love her vintage collage look using the Post Card stamp set. It's great how she used the simplicity of that set as her base to embellish. I think she really did a fantastic job using the elements from the Kinda Eclectic stamp set to set the stage for the retired sentiment and sweet banner with it's POP of red. If you like vintage my guess is you will want to copy this one for sure.

Next comes Paula Strang's classic vintage feel with Vanilla and Chocolate Chip. She did a fabulous job of creating vintage texture, simplicity and class. I really like the picture frame look with the featured sentiment ("From My Heart" stamp set). Paula completed her vintage look with a medallion created with tulle and a Vintage brad. It reminds me of a pin that you might see on a vintage hat...I love it!

Finally we have Mary Middendorf's botanical " Bloom with Hope" card. Can you tell Mary enjoys coloring? Yes it is gorgeous! Mary enjoys sharing with others the fine art of details. This certainly is a touchable card with all it's fussy cut petals and textures. Thanks Mary for sharing your works of art. Mary is on PINTEREST HERE.

Here is a little Yippee-Skippee stamp set inspiration. The set is featured as a weekly deal stamp set. Just click on the 
images to get the details...Enjoy!



Thank you so much for visiting today! It's all about sharing.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Trendy White Pumpkin for the not TOO SPOOKY

No Monsters here, but you can still evoke a touch of the Halloween feel with this simple and trendy Pumpkin look.
(featuring Holiday Invitation stamp and Motley Monster DSP)

If you have visited before you know that I Love using my Punches to create objects called Punch Art. I mean why would you want to make the investment into a punch if you can only use it one way? So today I am going to show you how to  S T R E T C H the use of the Extra Large Oval punch. 

Everyone loves pumpkins and especially at this time of the year when we are thinking about Autumn and Halloween. I don't know about you but I have really enjoyed seeing the cream colored pumpkins that have appeared in the markets the last several years. I tried growing some myself but the d_ _ n gophers got them first. I guess I better try a new strategy next year because they are pricey at the store. O.k., so in my despair I figured I would just make a paper one instead, here's how......

Using Vanilla card stock punch 5 Extra large Ovals . Using Crumb Cake classic ink, sponge all the way around 1 of the ovals. It is not necessary to sponge all the way around the other 4, just 3/4 of the way will do.

The first oval will be the one you feature your moon and bats on. I used the Holiday Mini set HOLIDAY INVITATION (Photopolymer) and I used black Momento Ink on mine. I love that I could get just a touch of Halloween without going over the top.

Now it's a matter of building your pumpkin by gluing ovals behind the center  stamped oval. The BE SCARY sentiment panel is stamped on Tangerine Tango to match the striped Motley Monsters Designer Paper layer behind it.

Create leaves for the top of the pumpkin using Pear Pizzazz card stock and the Bird Builder punch. Make a Black Baker's Twine bow that has been inked with Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities marker or you can try a regular SU marker. Pop up on a Black Chalk Talk framelits panel.

At this point you could use this as a TAG to decorate a goodie bag....how cute would that be? O.K. sample coming...LOL

However since this is a card I put the tag on a panel of Woodgrain DSP which is also from the Motley Monsters DSP. Now coming the striped panel and it all is mounted on a Basic Black card base.

Now it's YOUR TURN to make your own Pumpkin. Love to see your creations, so email a picture of your finished product and I can feature on this post. 

Products used in this fun card include....

Friday, September 5, 2014

For All Things card Giveaway

I had so much fun stamping on the grid paper the other day (HERE) that I thought I would just have to try another one. Of course I wanted to use the same stamp set but in different colors. I wanted to make my sample for the last TECHNIQUE TWIST Challenge of "Outside your Color Comfort Zone".

Now ,it's not that I have a comfort zone problem, ( do hear a denial problem )? but I decided to use a color that ISN'T a usual go-to color. So my challenge color is...drum roll...........Night of Navy. Yep, don't know why, it just is. 

O.k. so I start with the Night of Navy base and then think.....color wheel....opposite on the wheel is orange (pumpkin pie in this case). It will always look good with blue. Saw this great chevron Washi sitting in my box and noticed the green washi sitting there also. Now a third color of Old Olive is born. Amazingly, I am very pleased with the fresh look it created. 

But today's card is about sharing it with one of you IRL (in real life). I think the sentiment says it all. I AM GRATEFUL for all of you that come and visit me here at Stamp and Stretch. All you have to do is place a comment in the comment link below and tell me your challenge color, Is it out of your Comfort Zone? U.S. ONLY .I will pick a winner at random in one week and post the winner's name here in a separate post with instructions on providing your mailing address. Click on the Comment menu below and you can leave me your color choice today! Good luck!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Wondrous Wreath & Trim the TREE DSP

It's So funny but it hit me today that I haven't showed you the Wondrous Wreath Stamp and Framelits Collection. It's from the Holiday Mini Catalog. It looks perfect paired with the TRIM A TREE Dsp, kinda has a European feel to it don't you think. The little wood banner really gives it a earthy feel, the guys will like that part!

It all started when I stumbled upon this wonderful challenge site this week. It just seemed the perfect opportunity to showcase this fabulous new holiday stamp set. The Designers have these great Christmas challenges every 2 weeks to jump start your Holiday projects...guess I should have found it earlier! Oh well, it is just the beginning of Sept.

Grab Our Badge!

Festive Friday Challenge #39
(photo inspiration)
Join in the Challenge HERE or just see all of the other
Christmas Inspiration for fun!

So one of the cool things about the stamp set and framelits is the stamp set is a 2 step system. Stamp one layer and then stamp another layer over the top of that layer. Because they are Polymer stamps it's EASY to see where to stamp the next layer. We ALL like EASY...Here are the 9 Polymer stamps in the set.

Who has time to fussy cut around all those leaves. The set has the coordinating Framelits Collection to SAVE you time. You'll have no problem making multiples of your delightful designs. The Framelits also have 2 fabulous script words as part of the Collection...JOY and NOEL. Just as a reminder, Stampin'Up offers a 15% discount when you bundle the stamp set and Framelits together.
O.k. we're talking Peanut Butter and Jelly here. The two just have to go together. Here are the 7 Wonderful Wreath Framelit dies.

1.    Make a Crumb Cake card base.
2.    Cut 4 1/4" wide sections of Designer Paper from the Trim a Tree paper 
       stack and trim strips of desired designs.
3.    Apply DSP strips to the card base.
4.    Watch the Stampin'Up  video below and die cut out the center of the
       wreath on a piece of  Pear Pizzazz card stock.
5.    Using Garden Green ink , stamp the multi-leafed stamp on die cut Pear 
       Pizzazz piece.
6.    Using Whisper White craft ink stamp the random leaf stamp over the 
       top of the previous leaves. (sorry hard to see in my sample) The blueish
       looking leaves are actually the white ink that has overlapped.

7.    Stamp the holly berries over the leaves. I used Real Red for a brighter   
       look instead of Cherry Cobbler which matches the DSP.
8.    Die cut the outside of the wreath following the video directions.

9.    Die cut  2 wreath bows, 1 in Pear Pizzazz and 1 in Cherry Cobbler, tack 
       on a small piece of DSP in the center of the bow, layer the 2 pieces 
       together and slightly bend the edges.
10.   For the wood banner....
       Using Crumb Cake ink, stamp the HARDWOOD background stamp on
       a small piece of Vanilla Card stock.
11.   White emboss the sentiment over the Hardwood image.
12.   Trim the paper to barely fit the image , cut out tails.
13.   Sponge the image with Basic Gray or Smokey Slate ink.
14.   Crumble the banner a bit to add to the distressed look.
15.   Using Dimensionals pop up the wreath , bow and banner.

I'm so glad you visited today so that I could share this fun project with you.
Please don't hesitate to ask any questions via email or in the comment section.

Here are some of the products used in today's project

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Making the Most of those Designer Paper Scraps


Are you getting tired of seeing the "FOR ALL THINGS" stamp set yet?
I certainly hope not, especially because I have this fun card today that utilizes scraps from my COLOR ME AUTUMN DESIGNER PAPER. 

It's easy to fall in love with the colors featured in this paper...

I know that my card stock will perfectly coordinate with this Designer Paper, because it's one of the many things I can count on from Stampin'Up. Coordinating paper, ink , ribbons and accessories....no guessing about product quality or coordination of colors. I have confidence that my finished product will have that professional look I'm looking for....love it!

Keeping with the coordinated look I'm guessing you know which colors of solid card stock I used.

Do you like the Print Tray layout of the Designer Paper? It's one of my favorite layouts as you will see at the end of this post. Try it yourself, I think you'll have fun with it!

1.  Make a Crushed Curry card base 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", score @ 4 1/4" on the long 
     side and fold in half.

2.  Make a Mossy Meadow panel measuring 3 3/4" x 4 3/4"
     don't apply this to the card base yet as ribbon is wrapped around it.
3.  Make a Canjun Craze panel measuring 3 1/2"x 4 1/2". Apply to #2
4.  Cut panels from the Color Me Autumn Designer Paper
       left row from top to bottom
       1" x 1 1/2"  
       1" x 1" 
       1" x 1 1/2"
       right row from top to bottom
       2" x 1/2"
       2" x 1 1/2"
       2" x 3/4" 
       2" x 1"
     Layout your pieces and then start Gluing pieces in place...I like to start
     in the corners and work my way in. 
5.  Using Mossy Meadow ink stamp HELLO FALL from the FOR ALL THINGS
      stamp set on Vanilla card stock.
6.  Use the Word Window punch to punch out sentiment.
7.  Mount sentiment to a layer of Mossy Meadow punched with the 
     Modern Label punch. Pop up with dimensionals.
8.  Wrap 1/8" Crushed Curry Taffeta ribbon around the layers 
     and tie in a knot.

9.  Wrap Gold Metallic Baker's twine around 3 of your fingers to create
     a circle bundle, remove and place in the middle of the Curry ribbon.
10. String another piece of bakers twine under the ribbon and up and over
     the baker's twine bundle, tie in a bow to secure.

Print Tray Inspiration can be found all over my
STAMP and S T R E T C H site, just click on the corners of the photos to take you to the original post.




The Products used in today's card include

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