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NC Demo’s August Blog Hop – A Scenic View!

Hello everyone!  Thanks for visiting my blog today.  You may have just come from Frances Wagner’s blog, she always has wonderful projects that she shares with us.  Our theme this month is A Scenic View!  We have so many stamp sets that represent the outdoors so it was a little challenging to decide which one to use.  I love being outdoors whenever I can.  Even when it’s during our hot and muggy August weather, lol!  There’s just a measure of peacefulness to me to be out in nature and enjoying the sights and sounds.

This month I decided to try a different type of card to share.  Slim Line cards have been very popular lately so I decided to try my hand at one.  I searched to see if there was a standard size and there really doesn’t seem to be one.  So what I did was follow the sizing that I saw on a card that Patty Bennett shared, and she said she just went with the size that would fit into a legal-sized envelope.  I know we don’t sell legal-sized envelopes but most people have them on hand, or can easily pick them up just about anywhere.

Since we are coming up on my favorite season, I chose to do my scenic view in Fall colors.  This is actually the first time I’ve used the My Meadow stamp set and I honestly don’t know why!  It’s so easy to create your own little meadow 🙂  This card only uses stamps, paper, ink, and 2 dies.  Well, and of course, Wink of Stella!!

I used Thick Whisper White paper and cut it to 9 1/4″ x 8″, then scored it on the 8″ side at 4″.  Then I took the largest die from Stitched Nested Dies and cut the center of the card front.  And I actually DID measure where the die needed to be instead of just eyeing it up. Those of you that follow me know that I rarely measure anything, lol!  To make the frame, I used Pear Pizzazz paper and first cut a label, again using the largest die, and then I took the next size down and placed it in the center of the cut label to get my frame piece.  Then all that was left was the actual stamping.  Once I was done stamping, I applied a little liquid glue to the back of the Pear Pizzazz frame, and with the card closed, I just fit it inside the opening of the card front.  This is a much easier way than trying to place it in the exact spot on the inside of the card.  All that was left to do was stamp the sentiment, which I used from the Beautiful Autumn stamp set.

Here are the colors I used.  You can also see them listed at the bottom of this post.

This is what the inside of the card looks like.  And does anyone see my oopsy?  I’ll mention it at the bottom 😉

I just kept stamping until I was satisfied with the look.  Then I used Wink of Stella to color the leaves on the trees.  WOS is so dang hard to photograph, but it really does give the card some pop with the shimmery trees.

I stamped a few trees on the envelope front to help coordinate the project.

I hope you enjoy my first Slim Line card!  I’m certain I’ll be making more of them and trying different sizes.  Now please continue on with our hop and take a look at what Laurie has to share with us, I know you won’t be disappointed!

Happy Stamping,

Toni

NC Demos

Amy Kinler
Tina Lesson
Jo Anne Hewins
Frances Wagner
Toni Campana – YOU ARE HERE!
Laurie Meier
Tracie Evans Langley

PS – My oopsy is that I didn’t leave any white space to sign the card!  Oh well, I’ll make sure to do that on the next one!!

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Autumn Greetings – Bring on the Fall Season!

Without a doubt, Fall is my very favorite time of year!  You can get a good mix of still warm weather with a hint of cool, crisp mornings.  And there’s just nothing like seeing the beautiful colors as the trees start to turn.  I’m a September baby so that might be why it just feels so good to me.  And here’s an honest statement, when SU! comes out with our 2nd Mini Catalog of the year, I always turn to the fall offerings first!  And this set is what caught my eye immediately.  Now mind you, I don’t generally gravitate to stamps that require a lot of coloring, but this one definitely found itself in my shopping cart without hesitation!  I also fell in love with the font on the sentiments.  SU! has really been offering an amazing selection of new fonts for us to enjoy.

I recently posted that I had participated in a card swap with other demonstrators.  You can see that post HERE.  I had actually joined 2 different swaps with 2 different groups.  The card below is the card that I submitted for a 2nd group of Stampin’ UP! demonstrators.

My initial thought process was to just stamp this detailed image in one color (Cinnamon Cider) and just color one focal piece, for example, the pumpkin.  I was then going to accent it with Wink of Stella (my absolute FAVORITE embellishment!) for a little extra shine.  But…that just looked a little too sparse to me so I broke out several of our Stampin’ Blends markers and went to town.  I certainly liked the fully colored result much better but it sure did take a LOT more time to make 21 cards, lol!  But I just sat and colored one evening into the wee hours of the morning, listening to my latest book on Audible, and it wasn’t bad at all.  I have to be in the mood for detail coloring though, it’s not something that can be rushed so my normal procrastination mode doesn’t work well with this sort of design.

Here are a few more pictures.  I tend to not always stamp a sentiment inside because then those who receive my card in the swap can add whatever they want.

I hope you enjoy my little taste of Autumn.  I’m really looking forward to the cooler temps and enjoying being outside a little more without turning into a puddle!  Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Stamping!

Toni

 

NOTE – here are the specific SU! Blend Colors that I used for this card

  • Old Olive – Light and Dark
  • Just Jade – Light
  • Calypso Coral – Light and Dark
  • Cinnamon Cider – Light
  • So Saffron – Dark
  • Pumpkin Pie – Light

 

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NC Demos September Blog Hop

Happy Fall, everyone!  We are now in my very favorite season!  I love the cooler mornings and the beautiful colors of the leaves changing.  And Pumpkins, cornstalks, mums…anything and everything associated with Fall!  And my birthday is in September so that probably adds to my love of it 🙂

This month we were to create anything with a Fall theme. You may have just come from  Tina’s post and I know she had a fabulous project to share.    We always have at least one new Fall themed stamp set that comes out in the Holiday catalog and I always purchase it.  I do every year and I don’t see that stopping anytime soon, lol!  This month, I used 2 different sets to make to very two different cards.  One uses traditional Fall colors and the other uses one of the many new trending colors that you see out in the retail stores now.

My first card uses the Delightful Day Bundle and the Gather Together Bundle.  I love that we can combine sets from different catalogs.  This is also one of the cards I just used for our Quarterly NC Demo gathering on Saturday 🙂

And I also decided to use something a little different for layering on this card.  In addition to the piece of Soft Suede that I used the Subtles Dynamic Embossing Folder on, I also cut apart one of our Copper Dotted Treat Bags to use as well.

 

 

 

I stamped the pumpkins in Cajun Craze on Whisper White card stock and then brushes Wink of Stella over it, which pulls a little bit of the ink color on to the image.  That was then die cut and I also used the Come to Gather DSP to die cut the leaf.

 

 

The finished card!   

 

For my second card, I went with non-traditional colors.  I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about the finished product but once it was all assembled, I liked it!  This card uses the Harvest Hellow Bundle, which is in the Holiday Catalog.

While I love all the stamp sets that come with a coordinating die set, I really enjoy using the bundles that come with a punch.  It’s that instant gratification thing, I guess.  But this card was quick and easy to put together.  I just stamped the pumpkins on different patterns of the Come to Gather DSP and a scrap of Mint Macaron card stock using Early Espresso ink, and then punched them out.  I used a scrap of Early Espresso card stock to get the stems, then I trimmed them a little bit.  After that, I brushed on some Wink of Stella.  I’ve said this before but that is one of my favorite embellishments, it just adds a little something to the finished card.  It’s not always easy to see in a photograph but it really packs a punch in person.

My favorite sentiment in this stamps set is the Hey There, Pumpkin! because its one of the nicknames I call my grandson, and now that he’s 13, he says he’s too old to be called that.  But I told him it’s my Grandmother privilege to call him whatever I want, lol!

 

And here’s the finished project!  

And I’ve added a new feature to my blog pictures!  If you click on any of the images, you will be directed to a page on my online store that lists all the products I used to make the card.  You can choose to add them all to your shopping cart, or just select the ones that you need since a lot of us have a pretty nice inventory of SU! products already on hand, lol!

I hope you enjoyed my cards and perhaps I’ve pushed you a little outside your comfort zone with the non-traditional example.  Now, please continue hopping along to  Jo Anne’s blog.  She always amazes me with her creative talent!

Happy Stamping!

Toni Campana – YOU ARE HERE!

Jo Anne Hewins

Tracie Evans Langley

Tina Lesson

 

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