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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Buffalo Stamp Makes Its Debut!

I was thrilled to see that Stampin' Up made a buffalo check stamp for us to use for a background.  I had to get it immediately and here is my first card made with this wonderful stamp.  I used Cajun Craze ink and applied it with a brayer to the stamp and used my Stamparatus to ensure a straight stamp and even color throughout the stamp.  I cut the Crushed Curry paper larger than the stamp itself in order to make sure that the edges of the stamped area were of equal width all around the card.  Then I just cut away the excess paper to make it fit the card.

In the rectangle in the center of the card I chose Early Expresso (4 x 3) as the background to the stamped white card (2 3/4 x 3 3/4).  On the white card stock I stamped the sunflower image twice from the Painted Harvest stamp set.  Once I stamped it on the small square card stock, I used a piece of white card stock to stamp the other and hand cut out the sunflower.  This was added to the front of the card on dimensionals.  I added some leaves from the Painted Harvest stamp set and used the framelits from the Foliage Frame set to create some 3 D sunflower and leaf images.  The sunflower was stamped in Crushed Curry with Early Expresso centers and Old Olive leaves.  The 3 D sunflower was stamped in Crushed Curry and Early Expresso, then hand cut and I added the Foliage Frame leaves in Mossy Meadow.  A little piece of Burlap ribbon was added to the edge of the card and I also made a loop of ribbon to add a little different slant on ribbon.  And that's it...this card is beautiful and gives a homey, country feel.. I hope you like it!

Winter Woods in the Fall

Hello Stampers
I decided to make some fall cards as we are inching ever closer to the end of summer and the fall season will soon be here.  The Winter Woods Stamp was taken to a new level by stamping the trees in fall colors of Early Expresso, Old Olive, Crushed Curry, and Cajun Craze.  After stamping I took a dauber to blend out the colors and make the edges look softer.  Cut the stamped image out with an oval framelit and gave it a border with another oval cut with Old Olive paper.  The front of the card is cut out and elevated with dimensionals, and wrapped with Pumpkin Pie ribbon at the bottom.  The Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set was selected for the greeting on the front of the card.."hope you're feeling better".  The last detail to the front of the card was adding the "tree" punched out in fall colors (Soft Suede, Cajun Craze, Pear Pizzazz, and So Saffron) with the Sprig Punch and layered the branches on top of each other and glued it to the front of the card.