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Blogging Friends Blog Hop – Lovely As A Tree

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Welcome to this month’s “Blogging Friends Blog Hop!”

Who are the ‘Blogging Friends’? We are Stampin’ Up! demonstrators all across the U.S. and Canada. Most of us haven’t met in person, but love Stampin’ Up and want to share with you! Please join us on the 1st of every month to see what wonderful things we have created!  Each month we’ll have a different theme; this month it’s: Lovely As A Tree!!

A few months back you may remember my favorite stamp set that I selected for our hop was also Lovely As A Tree… So, this month I have just a few quick and simple ideas to share with you using the three main tree stamps from the set.

Here’s a Fall Themed card, great for anytime of the year really. Even though it’s not Halloween anymore, it doesn’t mean you can’t use the ‘Halloween” supplies! Here I have the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper, and the Halloween Night Enamel Dots. But it doesn’t look like a Halloween card, right?
I used the Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, and Chocolate Chip markers on the tree, and also to color the different parts of the phrase – which is from the Suite Seasons stamp set.


Next we have a Christmas card, in Soft Sky and Smokey Slate. I love the subtle look those colors give. I sponged some Soft Sky ink onto the sky using the new sponge brayers. The sentiment is from Greetings From Santa. I wrapped some Silver Metallic Thread around the card, and added some rhinestones and Wink of Stella on the trees.


I don’t want you to miss out on the shimmery effects coming from Wink of Stella, so here’s another look at the trees up close:


The last card for today is another Christmas card, but in more traditional colors, using Real Red and Garden Green. Although, as you can see, it can be used for any other occasion around that time period as well, as there is no specific sentiment on the front. How about a thank you card from some gifts? Completely possible.
For this, I inked up the tree in Garden Green, then used the Chocolate Chip marker to color the stem on the stamp, then stamped on the paper. The tree is sitting in the Layering Oval Framelits, and has the scalloped edge in the Red Glimmer Paper. The background is the This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper. I tied some bows using the Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine. Oh, and the red rhinestones? They can be created with a red sharpie. 🙂


I hope you enjoyed these projects using Lovely As A Tree, I know I did!

Here’s some additional info that may make you happy as well!!
Starting today, Stampin’ Up has some new sales going on – along with the release of the NEW Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies!  The dies are available starting November 1st, ahead of being released in the next catalog! YAY!

And… to go along with these fabulous dies, they are offering a 25% discount on select stamp sets from Nov 1st through Nov 30th.

Click the image to see them all:www.stampinmak.com

Now…. Please take the time to hop on through the rest of the Blog Hop today, you will be heading over to Tammy, and I hope you enjoy everyone’s projects!

In case you’ve never ‘done’ a blog hop before, it’s really easy!
Click on the image below, and you’ll be taken directly to Tammy’s post, the next blog in the hop. Keep clicking on that image at the bottom of each blog post, and you’ll hop through all of the participating blogs, back to where you started!  If you’d prefer to hop about at your leisure, you can click on the individual links for each blog. Happy Hopping!

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Participating Blogging Friends, in order of appearance:

Crystal Komara
Anna Masciovecchio
Libby Fens
Anne Power
Danica Ferrante
Deborah Smart
Jessica Mink
Jodi Horsley
Leanne Johnson
Michelle Clark
Mary Ann Rossiter (StampinMak) – You are here!
Tammy Gill
Rick Adkins
Lisa Reber

Holiday Catalog is Live Now!

Hi folks!!!  I’m getting everything updated for the new Holiday Catalog season! It went live just this week, and if you need a paper copy, let me know ASAP so I can get one to you.

If you haven’t seen it yet.. Oh My Goodness!! You are missing out! It’s got something for all the Fall & Winter season Holidays… A little bit of Halloween, Thanksgiving and LOTS of Winter Christmastime goodies!

You can always go to to the “Shop Now” tab at the top of my blog to get to all the different Online store sections, but here’s a shortcut right to the Holiday Items:
I’ll be sharing projects from this throughout the season of the Catalog.
If you see something you like and want to order online, be sure to use this month’s hostess code:  TSS3HA4J if your order is under $150. If it’s over, you get some goodies for yourself! 🙂

* * Before I get to that card… I just wanted to remind folks to check out my calendar…  I’ve scheduled the next Fall Card Class, on Saturday Sept 12th.
The ‘event’ is posted on my Facebook page, and I always put the countdown at the top of this blog. 🙂
I will also be scheduling some Christmas Card classes in the near future, but this one coming up will still be fall-related.. no snowflakes yet!!  I don’t want to rush into that!!

I will also be having a giant sale on my retired stamps and accessories at this class.. so make sure to RSVP so we have enough room set up to stamp AND browse the retired goodies!!

Ok, on to the first Holiday Catalog card. 🙂

It’s got a few different new elements in here… and I want to show you a few steps along the way..
I used the stamp set Happy Scenes with the coordinating Hearth & Home Thinlit to make he window. They work perfectly together. 🙂
Here’s a picture of the image I stamped on Very Vanilla and just colored with my Blender Pens and the ink pads:

I used Smokey Slate to do some shadowing around the tree (and pumpkins, and leaves)…  and, this next one is after I did a little sponging for the sky:

Isn’t that cool?? Pretty neat transformation… and it was simple and quick!! Nothing fancy, just used one dauber and grabbed a few different colors one at a time starting with a yellow, then an orange, then Melon Mambo! I love how it turned out.
I layered the window on with some dimensionals, used the black satin ribbon, the Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper, and one of the Spider Web Doilies!!
OOH! and I almost forgot… I added Dazzling Details to the doily.. so it sparkles. I arranged them so the window looks like it’s right in someone’s house.. with the wallpaper and chair rail (is that what it’s called?).. So I hope you like it!

Don’t forget to RSVP for my next class and have a good day!

FabFri52 Freaky Friends

Ok, so it’s not Friday yet, but Wednesday isn’t too bad, right?

Today’s post is for the Fab Friday #52 Challenge. It’s a color challenge, in colors I just used not too long ago for a different card! But, I had to make something new, so out came the inks again!
Here are the soon-to-be-spooky colors for the card:
Fab Fri Logos-056Here is the card I came up with:

I really like the simplicity, and the sparkle!
I used the Freaky Friends set from the Holiday Catalog, and the saying is from the coordinating set Ghoulish Greetings. It’s embossed with white EP to make it stand out a bit.
I had this layout idea after talking about the Halloween Bingo cards I made last year using the Spooky Bingo Bits set – just, in MDS! I was able to color the individual stamps with multiple colors with no problem.. and copy/paste 6-8 times is easier than marker-ing up 24 stamps 6-8 times!

Behind the scenes: I think this is a pretty simple card, and the only secret on this one is the glimmer paper – once again I used a scrap that had the middle already cut out, so I’m not wasting any unseen glimmer! (and wait for the black ink to dry. I had to re-do the cat a few times because I was being a little too anxious in putting it together!)

Hope you like it!

PP216 and PPA223: Halloween Colors

Time to get back to the challenges!!   Here are two more, that worked perfectly together!  The Paper Players #216 Jaydee’s Halloween Theme Challenge and Pals Paper Arts #223 A Spooky Color Combination.
Here’s the theme inspiration:

and here’s the color inspiration:

So, combining the two, this is what I came up with:

I used Versamark ink and clear embossing powder for the webs (and the sneaky little bugger hanging in the middle of the wreath). The bat is from the Freaky Friends set in the Holiday Catalog, as well as the coordinating Ghoulish Greeting word set. There are so many monsters to choose from! I almost wanted to cover the wreath in the spooky eyes, but that’s a little too much fussy cutting for even me! Maybe I’ll go back and add them to the background…
Instead of using black on the wreath, I actually used Blackberry Bliss, since I think the dark purple color goes nicely with the Tangelo Twist, and wanted to add in a bit more color.
I once again offset an additional layer of the wreath so it stands out more against the black background. Add a few rhinestones, and dimensionals and we’re all done!

Behind the scenes:  When you don’t have embossing powder in the color you want (Tangelo Twist in this case), use the regular ink and immediately put the clear embossing powder on it – it will stick!  Emboss as regular, and voila! now the ghoulish greetings is embossed.

Some items used:

Hope you like it!