November Blogging Friends Blog Hop

Hello November!!!! Hope you Halloween was fun, festive and safe!

Welcome to another Blogging Friends Blog Hop!

Our theme this month is the stamp set, Lovely as a Tree! You know it, a classic that’s been around Stampin Up forever!

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Here is my first card –

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I decided to mix way old (Lovely as a Tree) with way new (colors and stamp set) and go with a Christmas card.

libbystamps, stampin up, Lovely as a Tree, Christmas Pines, Layering Ovals Framelits, BFBH

I love these colors together too! I’m a true red and green gal when it comes to decor and personal style, but I love expanding the Christmas color pallet and trying new combinations. This. I. Love.

Of course, when you hear the name, Lovely as a Tree, the image in this card is what come to mind. I’m most certain –

libbystamps, stampin up, Lovely as a Tree, Christmas Pines, Real red 3/4 Stitched Edge Ribbon, BFBH

It’s the classic image!

libbystamps, stampin up, Lovely as a Tree, Christmas Pines, Real red 3/4 Stitched Edge Ribbon, BFBH

I just had to create something using it. I once again mixed way old and way new using the same stamp set. The addition of the glimmer paper and ribbon is very elegant.

As I put these two clean stamps away, I noticed a tiny leaf stamp in the box. Sure enough, it’s part of the set too. I just had to use it because I can’t say I really have ever seen it used before!

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Mixed with the Copper Foil – a WINNER!

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The Copper Metallic Thread helped too! This turned out to be a very fall-like card. But, oh so lovely!

libbystamps, stampin up, Lovely as a Tree, Christmas Pines, Acorny Thanks You, BFBH

I hope you enjoyed my spread of Lovely as a Tree cards! Please leave some happy reading! Bloggers love to read comments!

Head on over to Anne Power to see what she has done with this stamp set!

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Happy Stampin’
Libby
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You can check the others on the hop here –

October Catalog Favorites, Blogging Friends Blog Hop

Welcome fall! Cooler temps. Pumpkins. Rustling leaves.

……and the first of three posts! This is for Blogging Friends Blog Hop!

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You might have came from Anna Masciovecchio to visit me.

Our theme this month is Mini Catalog favorites. As many of you have seen the Stampin’ Up Holiday mini catalog, it’s probably the whole book, right? Well, I had to narrow it down a bit.

My favorites would have to be some stamp sets, a punch, some of the DSP, the trims and the new foil.

I created a little holiday treat bag ensemble to show them off –

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Can you say,  A D O R A B L E ????

I made four bags that would be appropriate to use over the next few months for treats, small gifts or even a gift card!

They all have the same size wrap around band and a velcro closure. I also placed a firm piece of cardboard in the bottom to give the bag more stability. Measurements are at the end.

This first bag is really a fall/winter treat bag. It never really get that cold here for cable knit sweaters……..but, I love this Cable Knit Dynamic embossing folder to create the look of one!

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I paired it with the new Copper Foil. It’s such a much have! Here a made a ‘button’ to show it off. Couldn’t you image hot chocolate or s’mores treats in this?? So so cozy!

The Halloween bag is pretty simple. So great for spooky treats!

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I used the Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp set in and the Cookie Cutter Builder punch. Because I used a blender pen to add some detail to the mummy, I stamped him in Staz On first then onto Shimmery White Card Stock. This paper works nicely with the blender pen.

For fall/thanksgiving, I went with this little detailed scarecrow on the bag –

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I used Serene Scenery DSP for this one. (It’s in the larger catalog.) I also used my blender pen and a few ink pads to color him in on Shimmery White Card Stock. He’s sooo cute! The new Kraft Rope trim helped to add lots of detail to his arms and legs. Looks like real straw, right?

The Christmas bag finishes off the ensemble

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It’s nothing too fussy. By the time Christmas rolls around, no one has much time or energy to craft! It’s a simple stamped image detailed with a piece ribbon on the side.

Now that you’ve seen my treat bags, here’s how I created them.

Treat Bag Basic –

  • start with Kraft Tag a Bag Gift bags
  • remove 1/8th off the bottom to open bag up
  • on the bottom, score at 1 1/2, parallel to bottom
  • rotate twice, score 1 1/2 from top (the outer most part of the serrated curve)
  • parallel to the outer edge, cut 1″ up to score line
  • repeat for other side
  • fold ‘bottom’ score lines inward creating bottom
  • sides remain puffy to flat towards the top
  • fold down top score line
  • inside piece for the sturdy cardboard bottom 2 5/8 x 2

Bag Band –

  • 2 x 8 1/2 strip of card stock
  • 2 DSP pieces, 2 x 1 3/4 and 2 3/4 x 1 3/4
  • adhere to outside flaps

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Pretty simple? Please email me if you have any questions!

Now that you’ve seen a sampling of some of my favorites, head on over to Anne Power to see what her favorites are!

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Happy Stampin’
Libby

Thank You Leaf, CCMC

Thursday already! September is almost over. Yikes! One last Create with Connie and Mary for the month!

This week, we have a nice color challenge –

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Great colors, don’t you agree?

I wasn’t really sure what direction I wanted to go with these. I have been trying to incorporate more stamping in my cards and I did just that with this design –

libbystamps, stampin up, Vintage Leaves, Suite Seasons, Layering Ovals Framelits, CCMC426, fall

Of course, I also have fall on the brain too!

I stamped the leaved in a row randomly. I decided a basic card layout would work best.

libbystamps, stampin up, Vintage Leaves, Suite Seasons, Layering Ovals Framelits, CCMC426, fall

I added the sentiment from Thoughtful Branches, although these leaves are from the set, Vintage Leaves, the work quite well together!

And, as an added bonus, this could be given to a guy as well! A great masculine card!

I’d love for you to leave me a comment. Then, go see what the other Design Team members created at Create with Connie and Mary. Perhaps you’d like to try out our challenge this week? You should! It’s open for a week!

Supplies used –

  • Stamp Set – Vintage Leaves, Suite Seasons
  • Card Stock – Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Basic Grey, Dapper Denim
  • Ink –Tangerine Tango, Basic Grey, Dapper Denim
  • Big Shot – Layering Ovals Framelits
  • Other – Thick Whisper White Bakers Twine
Happy Stampin’
Libby

Falling for the Nachos

It’s Friday! What a busy, busy week!

I made this card the other day when I saw the Nacho Average Challenges newest color challenge –

Love these colors!!!! So great to work with!

Of course, I’ve sort of gotten in a Fall/Halloween mode of card marking. It slightly influenced the creation of this card –

libbystamps, stampin up, Vintage Leaves, Labeler Alphabet, Fine-Tip Glue Pen, Fall Card, NAC179

Isn’t this just fun!?!?

libbystamps, stampin up, Vintage Leaves, Labeler Alphabet, Fine-Tip Glue Pen, Fall Card, NAC179

I LOVE it!!! These colors were just perfect for this leaf card. And, these letters – my new FAV!!!! They really are a must have!

I like how a card like this just comes together seamlessly! I am glad I found the time to post this. I think it suites the challenge well! Don’t you?

Happy Stampin’
Libby

It’s On Its Way, CCMC422

Happy Thursday!

This is part of Three Post Thursday for me! This one is for Create with Connie and Mary!

Today we have a color challenge –

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Some lovely soft colors that initially got me stumped.

However, it didn’t take long for me to create this –

libbystamps, stampin up, Sunshine Sayings, Jar of Haunts, Timeless Textures, CCMC422, fall card

A nice fall transition card!

libbystamps, stampin up, Sunshine Sayings, Jar of Haunts, Timeless Textures, CCMC422, fall card

These colors reminded me of spices – pumpkin spices for some reason. So, I just went with that theme for the card.

libbystamps, stampin up, Sunshine Sayings, Jar of Haunts, Timeless Textures, CCMC422, fall card

The sentiment ‘is on its way’ struck me as well. Because Fall will be here before we know it. So, I added the individual letters to spell F A L L .

Friends are already starting the pumpkin spice craze! This is very appropriate!

I added lots of dimension on this card by popping up the first two layers and the pumpkin. It really adds so much to a card.

This is just a lovely card, wouldn’t you agree? Please leave me a comment – those are a delight to read!

And head over to Create with Connie and Mary to see how the others design team members used these colors. Some great cards I must say!

Supplies used –

  • Stamp Set – Jar of Haunts (N), Sunshine Sayings, Timeless Textures
  • Card Stock – Peekaboo Peach, Calypso Coral, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
  • Ink – Peekaboo Peach, Calypso Coral, Sahara Sand
  • Other – Dimensionals
Happy Stampin’
Libby

A Corny Give Thanks

What do you think of my new look?? Refreshing, isn’t it?

My monthly Card Buffets are packed with ideas, techniques, products and creative use of supplies. It’s more than making a few cards. I like people to go home inspired and excited to create, or recreate, projects from the class.

Last month, we had this nifty corner flip fold fall themed card on the Buffet –

libbystamps, Stampin' Up, Thankful Forest Friends, Acorn Builder Punch, Into the Woods DSP, Gold Foil Sheets, Gold Glimmer Paper, Kraft and White Corrugated Paper, corner flip fold card

A little background. I have loved this idea. I have seen many done. I have many pinned. No, it’s not my original idea. I was quite frustrated that all the tutorials never worked quite right. The fold was crooked.  The cut didn’t work out right.

I ran across a tutorial (of course, I can not find it now to give credit) that used a ‘post it’ note to get the cut just right. And, it worked beautifully! It made sense to me and every card flipped perfectly.

This is what the back of the inside looks like –

libbystamps, Stampin' Up, Thankful Forest Friends, Acorn Builder Punch, Into the Woods DSP, Gold Foil Sheets, Gold Glimmer Paper, Kraft and White Corrugated Paper, corner flip fold card

So nice. So crisp. It’s very nifty.

libbystamps, Stampin' Up, Thankful Forest Friends, Acorn Builder Punch, Into the Woods DSP, Gold Foil Sheets, Gold Glimmer Paper, Kraft and White Corrugated Paper, corner flip fold card

Simply decorated. And, the sparkly acorns, can’t go wrong with those either.

Go make a card and make someones day!

Happy Stampin’
Libby

Tag Punch Pumpkins

Whew. It’s September. Already.

Monday night was our Team Meeting. We always have a swap. I already made other Christmas swaps, but, at the last-minute I whipped up these adorable pumpkins for fall. Yes, two swaps!

See the batch of them –

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Here are more pictures –

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These are SO easy to make.

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Start with two 2×9 strips of card stock.

Score at 1 1/2,  3 1/2,  5/1/2, and 7 1/2.

Stamp as you like.

Punch each end with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.

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Adhere the middle section. Fold your score lines like so.

Fill with a treat if you’d like.

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Take your ribbon and knot the end. Pull it up through the slit in each side.

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The last one will stay secure.

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Quite simple and just way too easy! I made all 12 of these in less than an hour. Start to finish.

Go make a treat or card and make someones day!

Happy Stampin’
Libby