Monday, September 20, 2021

Are You Ready to See Some Tempting Holiday Card Inspiration?

Hey there crafty peeps! I am ALL IN for fall EVERYTHING right now. But feeling festive for fall also means thinking ahead to holiday card making. Tis' the season to start thinking about Christmas cards! Today I have a bright and bold poinsettia card featuring some gorgeous holiday supplies from Spellbinders Paper Arts. Let's take a peek!

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Merry Christmas card with red cardstock, a red and silver poinsettia, and silver pine branches, all from Spellbinders Paper Arts.
I always lean toward bold colors and patterns for holiday cards, (who am I kidding - that's how I lean for ALL of my cards, crafts, clothes, housewares. . . I just like COLOR.) I did some serious mixing and matching for today's card, picking dies and a Glimmer plate from a few different sets for today's card. It's always fun to mix things up a bit, and you'll end up with limitless possibilities if you have a few products that can work well together.
To complete the card, I layered the circle on some green patterned paper, then added it to a piece of striped paper, and onto a red card base. (And of course, finished off with some enamel dots!) Both pieces of patterned paper are from a great little 6x6 stack called Christmas Traditions, and I've been using this paper like crazy! (It also has some foiled prints that are just stunning!)
Today's card began with that lovely poinsettia. I am still fairly new to hot foiling, and the Glimmer Hot Foil machine, but I am slowly becoming more comfortable with it. I did a bunch of Glimmering last week, and I had this sweet poinsettia sitting on my desk without a project, so I decided to give it a home today. 

I decided to roll with the silver on the flower and add some more bold silver color to my card. I die cut some greenery from Mirror Silver Cardstock and Brushed Silver Cardstock and tucked it around my flower. I paired it all with that awesome bold circle and sentiment (the sentiment and circle are one die) from the brand new Through the Woods Dies.  

Today's card began with that lovely poinsettia. I am still fairly new to hot foiling, and the Glimmer Hot Foil machine, but I am slowly becoming more comfortable with it. I did a bunch of Glimmering last week, and I had this sweet poinsettia sitting on my desk without a project, so I decided to give it a home today.   I decided to roll with the silver on the flower and add some more bold silver color to my card. I die cut some greenery from Mirror Silver Cardstock and Brushed Silver Cardstock and tucked it around my flower. I paired it all with that awesome bold circle and sentiment (the sentiment and circle are one die) from the brand new Through the Woods Dies.
To complete the card, I layered the circle on some green patterned paper, then added it to a piece of striped paper, and onto a red card base. (And of course, finished off with some enamel dots!) Both pieces of patterned paper are from a great little 6x6 stack called Christmas Traditions, and I've been using this paper like crazy! (It also has some foiled prints that are just stunning!)

Almost everything I used today is BRAND NEW in the Spellbinders Paper Arts shop. Plus, there's a whole lot of other absolutely gorgeous brand new crafty holiday goodness. (The Merry Stitchmas Collection is an absolute showstopper!) 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I'd love to know . . .are you making Christmas cards this year? And if so - have you started yet? Be sure to hit the Spellbinders shop to see all the new products, plus absolutely STUNNING inspiration. 

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Eek! Look! Frightful and Delightful Halloween Cards (with Impression Obsession)

Eeek! Boo! Screech! The Halloween season is creeping in but there's still time to make some sweet and spooky handmade cards, crafts, treat bags and more. Today's cards are clean and simple with a whole lotta BOO! Don't be a scaredy cat . . .let's check out today's Halloween cards! 

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A handmade Halloween card that is black with a lime green border. There are two stamped skeletons that are embossed in white. There is a large die cut sentiment, from white cardstock, that says "Eeek!" There are white iridescent sequins scattered across the Halloween card. The stamps and dies are from Impression Obsession. In this photo, the card is resting on a purple envelope, and a black & white gingham tray.
You might remember these wacky and wild skeletons from a card I shared earlier in the month. There are 5 skeletons total, and each are sold separately so you can pick your favorites, or grab the whole skeleton crew! I chose two of the skeletons and embossed them on the black cardstock, which really makes them POP! This card is so simple - all it needed was the large die-cut sentiment that says "Eeek!" and a splatter of glitter and sequins. Clean and simple Halloween goodness!
This photos is of a handmade Halloween card made with stamping and die-cutting. The base is black cardstock with a thin lime green matting. There are two skeletons stamped and embossed in white. There is a large die-cut sentiment that says "Eeek!" and the card is finished off with a scattering of white iridescent sequins. All of the stamps and dies are from Impression Obsession.
The next card features an adorable clear stamp set called Cat Trio.  (If you love it, be sure to check out the Spider Trio, Ghost Trio, and Bat Trio! Each of the Trio sets also has coordinating dies available.) To create this card, you'll need to do some simple masking. 
  • First, die cut or punch a small circle for the moon. You'll use both the positive and negative shape you create. Use the negative space as a stencil and ink up the circle to create the moon. Then, use the circle as a mask to block off the moon while you create the clouds.
  • Die cut the Cloud Border Die from cardstock. You'll use this as a stencil. Lay it towards the lowest area you want to create clouds and then ink under the scalloped cloud edge with gray or blue ink. 
  • Slide the stencil up, and add more inking. Slide the stencil slightly from side to side and/or at an angle to give the clouds different looks. Keep repeating until you get to the top of the cardstock. 
  • Blend additional ink if desired. 
This image is a handmade Halloween card with a stamped cat in black ink. The cat is standing in black grass under a cloudy moonlit sky, created with inking and handmade stencils. The sentiment says "Don't be a scaredy cat."The background I created was light enough that I could stamp my black cat right on top. Then I added a strip of die cut grass - cut from black cardstock of course! I used a colored pencil to add a bit of yellow to the cat's eyes, and finished it off with a simple sentiment. 
This image is a handmade Halloween card with a stamped cat in black ink. The cat is standing in black grass under a cloudy moonlit sky, created with inking and handmade stencils. The sentiment says "Don't be a scaredy cat."
Today the designers at Impression Obsession are taking one more day to celebrate the new stamps and dies released this month and we don't want you to miss a thing!

Here are the important details on this week's blog hop:
  • We're giving away THREE Impression Obsession Grab Bags - the more you comment, the more chances to win!
  • Comments will be open until September 20th at midnight CT. All winners will be announced on September 21st on the Impression Obsession Blog.
  • Find all the new release stamps HERE
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This image is a handmade Halloween card with a stamped cat in black ink. The cat is standing in black grass under a cloudy moonlit sky, created with inking and handmade stencils. The sentiment says "Don't be a scaredy cat." The card is resting on a purple envelope and a black & white gingham tray.

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Looking for more sweet and spooky skeletons? You might love this one: Spooky and Sweet Skeleton Card
A sweet and spooky handmade Halloween card with two rubber stamped skeletons, embossed in black, trimmed and attached to a blue and purple blended background, created on the Gel Press. The card is on a lime green card base and has the sentiment "Have a spooky good Halloween". In this photo, the card is resting with a purple envelope, on a black and white gingham tray. All of the stamps are from Impression Obsession.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Did you Hear? Now Is the Perfect Time To Grab Your Crafty Favorites!

 Hey there my crafty peeps! I was just perusing the amazing deals at this year's Warehouse Sale at Spellbinders Paper Arts, and I thought I'd pop over to share a few of my favorite projects that showcase some of the great crafty goodness that is at completely ROCK BOTTOM deals. I mean, I wouldn't be a good friend if I didn't share. . .right? (There are deals for as little as $1!) #sorrynotsorry 

SALE ENDS SEPTEMBER 19, 2021 at 11:59 PST 

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Spellbinders Paper Arts Warehouse Sale 2021
I think I'm going to start with my most favorite thing that's on sale right now. And that is. . . .
The Color Burst Colored Pencils, which are soft and buttery, and they color absolutely beautifully. They are normally $79.95 and right now you can grab them for $20 . . .even if you already have a set, this might be a good time to get some extras! (I know I use a couple of my colors a LOT!) Here are two projects I used my colored pencils on. (The stamp sets I used, Summer Fun and Too Cool, are on sale too!) 
Two summertime  handmade cards, with stamped images of popsicles, and beach toys, colored with colored pencils

Another favorite is the Hello Love stamp set. I've shared this one a few times, because I had the privilege of helping design this set, and the sentiments are my own handwriting. (There's also a coordinating die set.)

Handmade card with Let Your Light Shine sentiment, and covered in yellow stamped lightbulbs, accented with silver sequins, and black glittered washi tape.
Next up, (man, I have so many things I want to share!)  DIY Hoops. These adorable and oh-so-clever little babies are fun for tags, card embellishments, ornaments and more. Embroidery hoops have become really trendy to incorporate into other crafts, and this makes it easy to do. They're sort of like faux embroidery hoops - just made from wood, and ready to decorate with paper, fabric and more. Each pack comes with three sizes, and they are lots of fun to play with! 


Find more details about this project, plus one more DIY Hoop idea on this blog post.


For my sports enthusiasts, I have always been a fan of the Go Team stamp set. This little stamp set is packed with cute images for all kinds of cards. Right now you can snag this stamp set for $2, so what are you waiting for?

Go Team Sports themed handmade card with blue foam finger, and #1 team pennant, using stamps and dies from Spellbinders Paper Arts.

Next up, I just want to share a few of the little bits of this and that, that I add to so many of my projects. They're honestly the embellishments I turn to over and over, and they are tried-and-true for me. And now is DEFINITELY the time to stock up! 
One more embellishment I can't live without are these adorable tiny paper clips! Such a fun little embellishment and they come in a big pack of 100 for just $1 right now. So you really better grab two packs! 

And before you finish your shopping, be sure to check the cardstock that's on sale. All of the FSJ colors that are left are marked down, and they're a FANTASTIC price for FANTASTIC quality and colors of cardstock! Definitely stock up now before these colors are GONE! Here's a bright Valentine card featuring a few of my favorite colors of FSJ cardstock. 

Handmade valentine card with a baby envelope and hearts background that says Happy Valentine's Day, with pink flowers and a white bow.

Thanks for stopping by today for a little crafty enabling! I had fun looking at all the great sales, and thinking about the projects I've made with some of these best-loved products from Spellbinders and FSJ. 

Remember you can find all of these deals and SO many more, in the Spellbinders shop.  The Warehouse sales lasts until September 19, 2021. And remember, if you spend $75, you'll get free shipping, so you might as well GO FOR IT! ;) Happy Shopping! 

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Warm and Cozy Fall Cards You'll Love (New from Impression Obsession)

Yesterday I promised you warm and wonderful fall goodness, and here I am to serve it up. Today's handmade cards will have you ready for the glow of autumn sunflowers, wheat fields, and a thankful cluster of fall pumpkins. It's part of Impression Obsession's September release, and I'm grateful to share it with you! Let's take a look...

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A handmade card featuring a sweet girl holding a giant sunflower, and standing on a colorful rainbow, nestled in a sea of clouds. The image was colored with alcohol markers, in warm tones of pinks, and yellows. The sky is aqua cardstock, to add contrast to the warmth of the girl, flower, and rainbow. The card base is dark pink.
Today's first card would actually be perfect for any time of year, but that giant sunflower definitely makes it perfect for fall card making. This sweet girl is just darling for birthdays, encouragement cards, and more. I colored her with alcohol markers, and nestled her in a bed of clouds. I actually used a cream cardstock, which I don't do very often, but I liked the warmth and cozy glow it added to this card. 

a sweet girl holding a giant sunflower, and standing on a colorful rainbow, nestled in a sea of clouds. The image was colored with alcohol markers, in warm tones of pinks, and yellows. The sky is aqua cardstock, to add contrast to the warmth of the girl, flower, and rainbow. The card base is dark pink. In this image, the card is resting on a yellow envelope, on a dark woodgrain background.
Next up, a more traditional fall scene, which was so much fun to color, using my favorite colored pencils. If you know me and my cards, you know I have to add some aqua into fall cards - I love the contrast of it against the warm and cozy yellows, pinks, and oranges. The embossed background, with just a little tone-on-tone inking added a not-too-busy background for this gorgeous splash of flowers and pumpkins. 
This is a handmade fall card with an aqua background. The focal point is a spray of sunflowers and pumpkins, with greenery. It was colored in warm colors with colored pencils. There is a notched tag that says Give Thanks, tucked into the plants. The sunflowers and pumpkins are resting on a strip of Kraft colored corrugated stock, and dark brown cardstock, wrapped with yellow twine. The stamps are from Impression Obsession. The card is resting on a yellow envelope, on a dark brown woodgrain surface.
A few layers of cardstock, corrugated stock, and twine, along with a sentiment finished off this card. It would make a great fall thank you card, or a Thanksgiving card. If you aren't a fan of detailed coloring, a quick splash of watercolor paints would be fabulous with this stamp too. It doesn't have to be detailed and fussy. 
is is a handmade autumn card with an aqua background. The focal point is a spray of sunflowers and pumpkins, with greenery. It was colored in warm colors with colored pencils. There is a notched tag that says Give Thanks, tucked into the plants, making it a perfect fall thank you card or Thanksgiving card. The sunflowers and pumpkins are resting on a strip of Kraft colored corrugated stock, and dark brown cardstock, wrapped with yellow twine. The stamps are from Impression Obsession.
Last up for today, a slimline card, perfect for fall. The Wheat stamp is part of Impression Obsession's Slimline Scenes and it's so pretty! I began with a sheet of white cardstock, and inked up shades of pink, orange, and yellow on my Gel Press. I pulled a print to reveal this glowing sunrise sky. Then, I simply stamped the Wheat stamp on top and added a simple sentiment. Remember you'll want to use a stamping platform, like the MISTI, when using these large 8.5-inch long stamps.
This is a slimline size handmade card (8.5x3.5") It features a wheat field stamped onto a blending pink, orange, and yellow sky that looks like sunrise or sunset. The sentiment says So Very Grateful. This would be a perfect handmade card for autumn thank you cards, or Thanskgiving cards. All of the stamps are from Impression Obsession.
Well, my friends - are you feeling warm, cozy, and ready for fall? Today is the second day of our two-day blog hop celebrating the September release at Impression Obsession. Did you miss yesterday's post? Find it HERE. And then, subscribe here so you never miss a blog post! 

Here are the important details on this week's blog hop:
  • We're giving away THREE Impression Obsession $25 gift certificates for our two-day blog hop - the more you comment, the more chances to win, so be sure to visit all the designers!
  • All comments for both days will be open until September 13th at midnight CT. All winners will be announced on September 14th on the Impression Obsession Blog.
  • Most importantly, find all the new release stamps HERE
And here's the lineup of today's hop!

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This is a slimline size handmade card (8.5x3.5") It features a wheat field stamped onto a blending pink, orange, and yellow sky that looks like sunrise or sunset. The sentiment says So Very Grateful. This would be a perfect handmade card for autumn thank you cards, or Thanskgiving cards. All of the stamps are from Impression Obsession.