Brrrrr...I know I was asking for snow last week, but wow! It's cold outside! And no snow. Really, if it's going to be cold, there should some snow, don't you think? Otherwise, it's just, well...cold. Still, I can't complain. At least it's not that terrible humidity we get in the summer time.
The best part about the cold is being able to have a fire in the fireplace. When I was growing up in Spokane, our main source of heat all winter was our fireplace insert. Depending on the length and the severity of the winter, my dad would hand split anywhere from 3 to 6 cords of wood each year. I wonder if that's why his shoulders and back are so messed up now? When I first saw this sheet from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper pack, the first thing I thought of was all of our stacked wood in the winter.
We have a gas fireplace now and while convenient, I miss the feel and smell of a good wood smoke fire. Still, it is rather cozy sitting in my chair wrapped in a blanket next to a warm fire.
This card comes together rather quickly since there isn't any stamping! The sentiment is from theColor Theory Memories and More Card Pack!
Base: Crumb Cake, 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Early Espresso, 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Layer 2: Wood Textures Designer Series Paper, 5" x 3 3/4"
Layer 3: Early Espresso Layering Scalloped Oval
Layer 4: Color Theory Memories & More Pack, Sentiment cut out with Stitched Shape Oval
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ARGHHHHH...what is that? What the heck is wrong with that reindeer? It looks like ...well, I don't know what it looks like. What happened to my stamp????
Oh wait...let me have some coffee...ahhh yes, I see...SOMEONE, and I'm not naming names, but SOMEONE put the stamp on the block BACKWARDS and instead of cute little Nordic details, I got a blob of green from the North Pole!
<<Insert more coffee>> and one clean stamp later....
Tah dah! That's much better! Let me introduce to you my cute, yet studly Nordic Stag? You know, it takes a real man to wear turtleneck Nordic wear. I'll bet he's wearing some Old Spice, too. This jolly fellow is part of the Merry Patterns exclusive stamp set. They guy on the left, we'll call him Dasher, is sporting his Nordic wear in Cherry Cobbler, on a background of Be Merry Designer Series Paper, Prancer is all swagger in Garden Green on a background of Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper. Now, of the two, I'm going to have to say that Dasher is one savvy shopper because he knows that the Be Merry Designer Series Paper is on sale for through the end of October with the Buy 3/Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper sale.
Now, you can't buy the Merry Patterns exclusive stamp set.; you can only get it for free, and only until the end of October. And the only way to get it is if you have a qualifying individual or class order of $300 or more. So...what are you waiting for? Gather some friends, invite me over, and we'll do some Christmas crafting. I'll even bring along these little guys so they can show off their sexy sweaters.
Base: Whisper White Thick Cardstock, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", folded and scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Garden Green, 5 1/4" x 4"
Layer 2: Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper, 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Layer 3: Garden Green Layering Oval Scallop
Layer 4: Whisper White Layering Oval
Layer 5: Small Gold Metallic Doily, cut in 1/2
Layer 6: Whisper White Scrap, 2" x 1/2"
I was in my studio last night, needing to create something beautiful. It had been a rough day, with an overload of national and international terrorism, coupled with some upsetting personal news. Add to that the complete and total devastation left by catastrophic fires, earthquakes, and floods around the globe, and it's enough to make a person just need to take a break. It is in my studio where I fond solace and peace. Being able to create something beautiful, when the whole world seems ugly, brings me joy knowing I might bring a little happiness to someone else.
A few years ago, my mother found some of the most beautiful batik quilt fabric in bright green, vibrant purple, sunset oranges, and autumn browns. She made beautiful wall hangings, and even gave me one for my birthday. Then, a few months later took it back because she thought it fit better in her house. I still haven't understood that very well!
As I was going through my paper, a thought came to me. TheColor Theory Designer Series Paper Stack looks very similar to some of the batik fabrics in my mother's fabric stash! So, I got out my Quilt Builder Framelits and started to play. I originally thought I'd make the same pattern in colors of the Paper Stack: Berry Burst, Crushed Curry, Dapper Denim, & Old Olive, but as soon as I started play, it quickly became fun to see how many different patterns I could make using the same paper and design. I kept everything but the pattern of the paper the same.
The Quilt Builder Framelits are incredibly versatile! In just short matter of time, I had 3 unique cards all using the exact same steps. I love that while this set is in the holiday catalog, it can be used for much more than Christmas. I was having so much fun, I had to force myself to put everything away and get ready for bed. Now...to decide which paper to 'quilt' with next!
Today's card features Whisper White Note Cards and Color Theory Paper, both of which are on sale right now. Save 15% on Note Cards and many select Stamp Sets with the World Card Making Day Special, good through October 10th, and Buy 3/Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper Stacks, good through October 31. And don't forget the Buy 1/Get 2 Refills free on Fast Fuse, my 'go to' adhesive. That's a savings of $15!
And in October, when you use hostess code BYQHRTA4 to you place your order ($50 min). I will send you a super thank you gift in the mail from me!
You will receive:
Base: Whisper White Note Card, 5" x 3 1/2"
Layer 1: Color Theory Paper, Berry Burst Marble, 4 3/4" x 3 1/4"
Layer 2: Whisper White, 4 1/2" x 3", cut with Quilt Builder Framelit
Layer 3: Color Theory Paper, Berry Burst 'crackle', cut with Quilt Builder Framelit
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Today is a "focus on the paper" card. There's no stamping here, just paper. I paired the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper, with theLovely Words Thinlet Dies. Making sure there is enough contrast between the background paper and the thinlet is key, as you really want your thinlet to pop out and be your focal point. If there isn't enough contrast, it becomes illegible.
Until my recent Fixer Upper: Wood Textures Class, I hadn't done any heat embossing for about 6 months. When I first started card making, it was something I did on a regular basis, but as I learned new techniques, such as using watercolor pencils or blending color with blender pens, I just seemed to forget about it. But, there are several sets in the 2017 Catalog that just lend itself to heat embossing.
One set is the Floral Statements stamp set. I love the simplicity of the delicate floral and bold lettering embossed in white embossing powder on theColor Theory ombre paper. Add a bit of ribbon and you've got a quick all-occasion card with a lot of WOW!
This set lends itself well to watercoloring, too. I can't wait to try that out next!
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