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The Golden Aspen Leaves of Fall

Posted in Let's Get Creative
on August 21, 2017
Vintage Leaves Falling Yellow Aspen

I love the beautiful golden aspen leaves of fall.  I’ll never forget the first time I saw a golden Rocky Mountain fall.  It is so different from the vibrant red and orange fall of the Appalachians.

In October of 2006 my husband and I were driving to the Grand Canyon. Just as we crossed into Arizona from the New Mexico side we stopped for a 3 mile hike on Escudilla Mountain.   At first it was just an ordinary hiking trail through slender white trunks of an aspen grove. But the higher up the trail the more beautiful the forest became.  On this bright blue day sunlight was dancing through the quaking golden aspen leaves that had not fallen yet turning the whole forest into a magical kingdom.  I couldn’t get enough of this dazzling display of God’s spectacular creation. And today every time I see an aspen leaf it take me back to the glorious day.

Golden Aspen Leaves on Escudilla Mountain

 

The Vintage Leaves stamp set from Stampin’ Up! has an aspen leaf and I thought it would be fun to try and create a card that captures the beauty of the golden aspen leaves. I used the aspen leaf stamp on Crushed Curry cardstock and accented the card with Fresh Fig. I hope you like it.  All the supplies I used can be purchased in my shop that you can get to by clicking on the images below.

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Lovely As A Tree Fall Watercolor Background Card

Posted in Let's Get Creative
on August 18, 2017

Happy Friday! I have another watercolor background card for you today. But instead of using the baggie and marker technique like I did HERE,  I did it the traditional way using a paintbrush. I used Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive ink to get this beautiful sunset background.

Lovely as a Tree Watercolor sunset background

To prevent warping, always tape your watercolor paper to a hard surface before you begin. To get this sunset look first completely cover your paper in clean water. Then starting at the top paint yellow going back and forth in a sweeping motion. Continue in a sweeping motion switch to orange and finally green. In the picture below you can see where I tried masking off some mountains but I ended up not liking it and painted the whole top yellow.

Creating the Card

Use a heat gun to dry your paper completely before taking it off the board. Once it is dried it’s time to create your card. Stamp the Lovely As A Tree stamp in black to give the effect of a silhouette from the sunset. To create the Give Thanks medallion I stamped the Give Thanks stamp from Labels to Love stamp set (not available until Sept 1) on Vanilla cardstock in Soft Suade then cut it out on the Big Shot with the Layering Circles and matted it with a Pumpkin Pie card stock scalloped circle.  I mounted the watercolor paper on Early Espresso cardstock. Before putting all on a card base I attached a Crushed Curry ribbon for the finishing touch.

I hoped you like today card. All the supplies I used are listed below. Each image is a link to that product in my shop.

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Craft Fair Series 2017: Christmas Card sets

Posted in Let's Get Creative
on August 17, 2017
Christmas Card set

Hello and welcome back to my Craft Fair Series.  This is the second entry and if you missed my first one you can HERE to see it. Today I’m sharing with you the boxed Christmas card sets I made this week.

 

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These cards measure 5″ X 3.75″.  I found the these base cards at Micheal’s Craft Store in the $1.50 ben. They come 8 cards and envelopes.  I packaged them in these clear top boxes and gold elastic cord that I got at Uline.

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I had a couple problems with the cards as I began to transform them into cute Christmas cards. First the cards are cream vanilla in color so my designer paper needed to have a vanilla instead of bright white.  I finally found some at my local Scrapbook store but ended up paying $0.85 a sheet which cut into my profit a bit. The second was the cards are a very light weight card stock so I couldn’t put too much on  the front or the card would be too top heavy. To dress them up a bit without adding weight I used Stampin’ Up! dimensionals under the scalloped ovals. They turned out very nice but I could only get 6 in a box this way.

Christmas Card set3

After I calculated all the supplies it cost me $3. 05 to make a box of cards and I plan to sell them for $10.

Do you sell at craft fairs? I hope this series is helpful to you.  If there is anything I can add or if you have a question, just let me know in the comments below. I will have another craft idea for you next Wednesday. So stayed tuned.

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Vintage Leaves with Watercolor Background Thank You Card

Posted in Let's Get Creative
on August 11, 2017
Vintage Leaves Watercolor Background Thank You Card

It may be August but one walk into a local craft store and you’d swear it was October! Pumpkins and leaves and scarecrows! Oh my!

Fall is my favorite time of year and orange is my favorite color.  I’m an October baby and so is it any wonder I’m ready to get my fall on.

Vintage Leaves

Today’s card is brought to you by the Vintage Leaves stamp set by Stampin’ Up!

For the background I used the water color technique I wrote about a few days ago. If you missed it you can see it HERE.

I stamped the leaves on Whisper White cardstock in Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight ink and cut them out using my Big Shot. The “Thank You” sentiment is from the Daisy Delight stamp set.

Vintage Leaves Watercolor Background Thank You Card

Most people find it so much easier to get that wow factor with the focal images cut out and popped up on dimensionals and the Leaflet dies make it so easy.  If you want your leaves to pop you will definitely want to get the Leaflet thinlits along with the stamp set.

All the products I used to make this card are listed below and in my shop. Just click on the picture to get there.

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Using Score Marks to Create a Unique Embossed Look

Posted in Let's Get Creative
on June 16, 2017
Daisy Delight half inch embossed grid Birthday 2

Today’s Daisy Card I am using score marks to create a unique embossed look.

Daisy Delight half inch embossed grid Birthday 1

Score Marks Embossed Background Card Details

  • Using the diagonal scoring side of the scoring board score your card base front with lines 1/2″ apart then turn the card 1/4 turn and score 1/2″ lines in a diagonal grid pattern
  • cut Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper 4 1/4″ X 2 3/4″ and adhere to top of card base
  • Cut to Lots of Labels, larger one in Old Olive and smaller one in Whisper White
  • Stamp Happy Birthday on Whisper White label in Old Olive
  • Adhere Old Olive label to card base and layer White label with dimensionals
  • Adhere Flirty Flamingo ribbon to finish off card

This is another simple quick card using paper from the Delightful Daisy Collection.  If you have missed the other cards I’ve made from the collection, click HERE to see them. I hope it has inspired you to make one for friends and family.  Everyone loves to receive cards in the mail and especially a handmade one that shows how much you care.

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