Thursday, October 18, 2018

Stampin' Friends October - Thanksgiving/Thankfulness/Grateful Hop!

It's a Thanksgiving/Grateful Hop - and I hope you like all the projects you see.  Be sure to go to the bottom and hop on through the other links after you've checked out my post.  I so love fall - leaves changing colors - hot coffee (I like this all year long) - sweater weather - it is my FAVORITE time of year.  This year it seemed to go directly from warm to cold here - but for now I'm loving it.  So this is a fun time for crafting for me.  My projects this month are great for this time of year - but I went a little unconventional in my color scheme.
No oranges for me - I went with Basic Gray, Slate Gray, Basic Black and Crumb Cake for an added layer of interest.  
My card is made with the Country Lane suite from the Holiday catalog page 43.  Hands down my favorite items in the entire Holiday Catalog - first thing on my list to be ordered.  The large layer in Slate Gray in back is embossed with the Tin Tile Dynamic Folder; and the stamped image is from the Country Home Set.  The background behind the milk can was made using the colors above (sans black) using the crumpled Saran Wrap technique on glossy cardstock and then stamped with Memento ink.
After stamping, the milk can and flowers were colored with Stampin' Write Markers, I added a bow of three strands of linen thread and glued on tiny bits of cotton with multipurpose glue to really make those cotton plant branches pop.
Then I added one of the sentiments and images from the same set to the inside of the card.  I love this for a fall Thankfulness card - so thankful for all my blessings!  Next my 3D project is a pumpkin in the same color scheme.
It starts with 9 - 6" x 3/4" strips of cardstock that I ran through the Big Shot with the Swirls and Curls from Pg 5 of the Holiday catalog.  I punched a hole on each end of each strip about a 1/4" in with a 1/8" punch.  Then threaded all holes on one end with our black glitter ribbon - tying a knot to hold in place.  The circle above was placed on the bottom with glue dots over the knot to help the pumpkin stand better.
Then I threaded the other end of the 6" ribbon through the other holes on the other ends of the strips; and gently squished to get a pumpkin shape; and tied another knot at the top to hold.  I then cut out some fun leaves with the Detailed Leaves Thinlits on Pg 45 of the Holiday catalog - gluing them to the top; then added a few color gems for some bling.
Here's a close-up of the top of the pumpkin so you can see the leaves and bling better.  I hope you liked my projects and got some inspiration.  I would love it if you left me a comment below.  Don't forget to click through on each name below to see even more wonderful Thankful Posts.  See you soon! ~Maureen 
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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Easy Treat Boxes with a Template

Showing some easy treat boxes today - we made these in August and I had shared a quick picture - but have had some questions on measurements, etc.  So here goes. 
The boxes are made with 1/2 sheet of Very Vanilla cardstock cut 4.25"x10".  See template below - 
You are going to Score horizontally at 1" then turn score vertically at 1", 4.75", 5.75"and 9.5".  Placing the horizontal score toward the bottom you will cut up on each of the vertical score lines to the horizontal score line. I have darkened out a little triangle, as when you cut this way it is easier to fold the box together.  Note I also cut out the small rectangle at the right side bottom of the diagram. Then you will just score on all the score lines, place sticky strip as shown, and fold together.
You can see above after it is folded together you get a rectangle box with an open top.  We stamped, colored and fussy cut the flowers; and using the 1" strip we cut off the end at the beginning to make the length 10" - we stamped our sentiment.  Of course you can decorate as you choose.  Then pop in what ever goodie you like - and make someone's day.
Hope that helped a little bit.  These are quick and easy, and you can get two out of one sheet of cardstock - which is awesome.  
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Thanks for stopping by!  ~Maureen

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Halloween fun!

So - it's getting spooky around grand-daughter Zamarah and I took some time this weekend to put up some of my Halloween decorations.   The cards are from friends, and the cute little bat candy jar is from my sister-in-law.
This has gotten me in the mood for some more Halloween card-making - so today I've been working on making up a bunch of cards for an upcoming vendor event on October 20. I am also doing a custom order for a friend - so lots of spooky card-making going on here.
Below is a close of up just one of the designs.  This is also the card we made at a recent Halloween stamp camp.  I really like how it turned out with that buffalo check background.

Just spooky enough to send out to all your little ghosts and goblins.  Just a reminder that I sell my cards for $4.00 each or 3/$10.00 plus postage if necessary.  I also do custom orders - so contact me if there is something special you are looking for. 

Don't forget that Sunday is the last day to order from the specials on the World Card Making Day Sale - check out more details HERE -
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See you soon! ~Maureen

Monday, October 1, 2018

Celebrate World Card Making Day - all week long!
Stampin' Up is celebrating World Card Making Day all week! Enjoy a discount on a bunch of products today through Sunday, October 7. You can order online at - click on SHOP NOW and be sure to use this hostess code -
Once you get in - just click on the World Card Making Day Sale on the upper left hand of the screen and shop away.  While you're there don't forget to check out the Clearance Rack and the Holiday Catalog for even more fun products!
The best part is these are the products you use every day for your card making - envelopes, kits and adhesives - plus a few wonderful stamp sets.  Don't miss out - check it out today!  ~Maureen