We might all think the Wondrous Wreath Stamp Setis only for making Christmas cards, but that is absolutely not the only use we would have for it! As you can see, the Wondrous Wreath can be made into a fall wreath card just as easily as a Christmas wreath. Simply stamp the wreath in a light fall color and then stamp the overlay leaf stamp in a darker fall color.
If you are looking for an easy to make card for fall or Thanksgiving, this one fits the bill. I just grabbed a 4″ x 8″ piece of Soft Suede card stock, folded it in half to make a 4″ x 4″ card base, and stamped on a Whisper White layer. I used the For All Things Stamp Set, which I just love! I inked up the little background stamp with Soft Suede but stamped it off on scrap paper before stamping on the card. That way I could stamp the bouquet of greenery right over it. I stamped it in Old Olive ink but then used a Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker to color the little ribbon on it. You could also adhere a little linen or Baker’s Twine bow if you like. The word “Grateful” comes from part of a stamp that I just colored the one word with the Old Olive Marker. Handy things, those Stampin’ Write Markers!
You could jazz up this card a little bit more – or I was thinking you could make it a little smaller and make place cards for your Thanksgiving table with it. I used to always love to make placecards for a nice dinner!
You can find the For All Things Stamp Set, paper, ink, markers, and coordinating paper all in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store! Be sure to check out all the categories in the left sidebar of the store! You don’t want to miss a thing!
To view the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog, just click HERE.
To get started on this fall card, I pulled out the package of Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper because the colors and patterns on this paper are just so beautiful! I decided to use a strip of this piece with Blackberry Bliss art on it. After that I kind of lost my “mojo”! I stamped and stamped acorns using my Stampin’ Write Markers to color them, die cut them with various framelits, layered them on different colors of card stock – nothing was quite right! I also stamped several leaves and cut them out with my Paper Snips, but they didn’t seem to have a place on this card. I tried coloring just the word “Grateful” and stamping that on the banner stamp, but that didn’t do it. I tried different framelits and punched out the group of acorns with the 2″ Circle Punch.
Finally, I decided to cut out the three acorns and use them as accents on the greeting. The greeting was stamped on a rectangular piece of Whisper White card stock, but then I rounded the corners with the cute little Project Life Punch Corner.I used the Deco Labels Framelits Die to cut out a piece of Hello Honey card stockfor the layer for the greeting. I even did a little paper piercing on the top and bottom curve. Then I adhered the little cut out acorns around the greeting.
For one more thing, I decided to emboss the acorns on the Blackberry Bliss layer with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder.It didn’t photograph too well, but it just gives a little dark shiny texture to the background. And then, one of my favorite things to do, I frayed a couple strands off the Burlap Ribbon to tie around the designer paper on the side.
It took me awhile with this card to get it to all come together! Sometimes that happens and sometimes you can come up with a card in two minutes! Just keep playing and you’ll know when you have it right!
Did you wonder if this day would EVER get here?! The day the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Cataloggoes live?! Let the ordering begin so you can get on with your holiday cards and projects! Not just Christmas, but fall, Thanksgiving, Halloween and other fun things! Lots of kits for those who don’t have time or supplies! New products, such as a Gift Box Punch Board!
Contact me if you want to have a Christmas card party or other fun night or day out with your friends! Now go enjoy the brand new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog! If you are one of my regular customers and didn’t receive a catalog, please let me know. And if you don’t have a demonstrator and are interested in Stampin’ Up! products, please contact me at Karen@KarenStamps.com. I would be happy to get a catalog to you!
Today is the LAST DAY for the Short & Sweet Offer: Become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator by purchasing the Starter Kit for $99 and choose an EXTRA $25 in product! Get $150 in product of your choice for only $99 (regular offer $125 in product)! Click HERE for my link to get started! It only takes minutes to purchase your Starter Kit online and become a Demonstrator. Then you will be emailed a password to get in to the Demo Site and begin your training and look around and see all the resources available to you to start your own business! Choose items from the Holiday Catalog for your Kit if you like!
Years ago I bought a flower arrangement in this ceramic turkey for my Thanksgiving table. The next year I didn’t see one as cute, so I brought this one back and had them put fresh flowers in it. I’ve been doing that every year for our Thanksgiving centerpiece. Lately I’ve just been buying a bunch of flowers and putting them in the turkey myself, but as you can see, flower arranging is not one of my talents!! But I still love my little Thanksgiving turkey with some pretty fresh flowers!
I’m sure your family has its special traditions for Thanksgiving. I hope you are enjoying them today and building those memories!
There are no mistakes in stamping. There are no mistakes in stamping. Well, maybe not in stamping, but sometimes in pasting!! This was my project with the Circle Treat Cups that I had to rip apart because I realized I hadn’t put the treat cups in the punched out circle yet!
But it all worked out! Just cut out my Chocolate Chip paper and redid it! Do you like all my cute turkeys for my Thanksgiving table today?!
Punch art is the term given to using our Stampin’ Up! punches to make an image of some kind. This punch art turkey is easy to make with some ovals and circles and goes great on a Thanksgiving card. You could also make a punch art turkey like this and use on place cards or decorations on your Thanksgiving table.
I’ve been cleaning out my craft room and going through all the pages I printed out of card ideas, etc. Some are so old and out of date, plus with ideas so prolific on the internet I seldom print things out any more. But when I came across this cute turkey idea I’d printed many years ago I had to set it aside to make!
The Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper is perfect to use for this card! The coordinating colors that go with the paper are Tangerine Tango and Chocolate Chip so I used those for the card base and layer and parts of the turkey. Then I just punched a body for the turkey with the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch, the head with the 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, the feathers with the Oval Punch and Scallop Oval Punch. Of course for the eyes and feet the Owl Punch came in handy! The waddle is the Small Heart Punch upside down. The Thanksgiving greeting is from one of my favorite stamp sets Teeny Tiny Wishes, punched out with the ever-popular Word Window Punch.
Here is the inside of the card. I added a Whisper White layer since the card is too dark to write on. I inked up the Magnificent Maple stamp in Crushed Curry (the lighter color first) and then “rock ‘n rolled” the stamp on the edges in the Tangerine Tango to get the two-toned effect. The greeting is from the Four You stamp set.
Only today and tomorrow left of Stampin’ Up! Digital Scrapbooking Days! Today this beautiful Autumn Traditions Kitis available for 50% off the regular price, today only! If you think you might make a fall digital album or photobook or even if you just want to print off the paper or words yourself, this might be the set for you! Sometimes if I don’t have quite the right words or greeting I want in regular stamps, I can check on My Digital Studio and print my choice from there right onto my card stock. Also downloads, stamp set, and paper do not retire on My Digital Studio.
If you live where there are/were beautiful fall colored leaves or have taken photos on trips, like I have, this paper and images would be beautiful to design your pages and album. Or maybe you’d like just a simple “swatchbook”. Not that you are limited to scrapbooks with digital software because you absolutely are not! You can make all sorts of projects with My Digital Studio!
For more information on My Digital Studio, please visit HERE.
The sunburst technique that I used on this card is easy to make with scraps of designer paper. Using the beautiful Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper with this technique makes a nice autumn or Thanksgiving card.
The card base is Chocolate Chip card stock and the layer is Crushed Curry. I chose three papers from the Sweater Weather series and cut a 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ piece from each pattern. Then I used myStampin’ Trimmer to cut each rectangle in half on a diagonal. Because I wanted seven “rays” of the sunburst, I cut one more half. You can use both sides of each piece or cut extra pieces.
Lay out the pattern you want and move the pieces around until you like it! Then adhere to the Crushed Curry, keeping in mind some edges of the papers will hang off the edge. Just kind of judge where you need to put adhesive. You can always go back and lift up edges to apply more adhesive if you need to. The points of the papers will be covered by the focal point of the greeting or whatever you put there. Once you have the sunburst adhered the way you want it, just trim off the overhanging edges. Use the Stampin’ Trimmeror Paper Snips.
For my greeting on the front, I stamped the Thanksgiving sentiment from the stamp set Tags 4 You and punched out with the Bracket Label Punch. And good news: You can purchase that stamp set and the punch in a Bundle! Save 15% when you buy them together!
There are various things you can do with this greeting. You could trim off the border to make it smaller and then punch the same shape out of another piece of cardstock. You could use any of a variety of punches for a background for the greeting. On this sample, I used the Large Oval Punch and the Decorative Label Punch.
Try this card and then get out some other designer paper and make another sunburst pattern card for a different look and occasion. You could also use this technique in scrapbooking, just cut longer pieces! Try it!
The Magnificent Maple stamp is great for you to use for fall cards and projects, and of course it is great to use for a Thanksgiving card. Here is another card you could make with the random stamping of the Magnificent Maple stamp all over your paper in different colors, sometimes known as a “one sheet wonder” because you stamp all over one sheet of card stock and then cut up the paper for individual projects.
The Thanksgiving greeting is from the stamp set Tags 4 You. You get five stamps for four occasions: Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day, plus a little to and from stamp if you are making labels. There is a matching punch, the Label Bracket Punch that fits these stamps perfectly! In fact, you can save 15% by purchasing the Tags 4 YouBundle. The stamp set is available in wood- or clear-mount.
Here is a punch tip: The Label Bracket Punch only comes in one size, of course, but if you want to layer it, as I did on this card, you can use your Paper Snips to cut around the stamped image to make it smaller and then layer it on top of the punch in another color. Cutting something like that is much easier with the small Paper Snips rather than a regular scissors.
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It may be August, but it is none too early to start thinking about the upcoming holidays! And just in time is the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog, chock full of creative ideas and new products! Now is the time for us crafty stampers to start working on all these projects we intend to do before each holiday and season and often run out of time to do! Get an early start now with the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog!
I’ve said before I always get flustered doing Make & Takes at the Stampin’ Up! Convention and usually end up just bringing the packets home and doing them at my leisure at my kitchen table. This year they did still have Make & Takes but you had to fit them into your own schedule and there were too many things to choose from. But there were two mini classes, each with a very quick and easy project.
The first one I went to was called the Thankful Sack. These are all new products coming in the Holiday Catalog August 1st. We just stamped a maple leaf on a small muslin bag and added the word “Thankful”. We did the “rock and roll” technique with the leaf stamp, where you ink up the stamp in a light color and then roll just the edges of the stamp in a darker color to get a two-tone look. My first one didn’t come out too well, but just like paper, a small muslin bag also has two sides and it doesn’t hurt to have a leaf on each side, does it?? The cutest part, I think, was tying the piece of Crushed Curry Chevron ribbon around the tie that already comes on the bag!
The second project was a My Digital Studio card. The card was already made in MDS and printed. At first I didn’t know what we were going to be able to do with this card except put a rhinestone on it. But what we did was punch out the greeting with the Hexagon Punch. Since it was then the exact same size as the hole, we trimmed the edges just a bit with Paper Snips and fit it back into the hole but adhered it to the inside of the card with a Stampin’ Dimensional. Then we added a Rhinestone Jewel as a finishing touch!
Here you can see the card close-up and hopefully see how we did the punch. This makes an MDS card into a “hybrid” which is part digital and part traditional.
I want to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving Day and weekend! I appreciate all of my Stampin' Up! customers, subscribers, blog readers, and fellow stamping friends! This papercrafting hobby is so enjoyable because of all of you!
Here's a fun little turkey to make easily. I was going to put him on a card but once I got the ribbon tail feathers on I thought he was cuter as a little Thanksgiving ornament….or you could use him for a tag. Hang him around the neck of a bottle of wine or tie onto a packaged up pie or whatever food you are taking today! (as in my post yesterday!) Stick him onto a piece of candy, like a Hershey's Nugget or Kiss for a table favor!
Use the Owl Punch for the body and trim off his ears. Punch out the white eyes and just color in the dots with black marker. Cut the little beak out of a scrap. Punch the little gobble-thing with the Modern Label Punch and trim it to a point at the top. You just need the little end of the punch….or punch the little heart in the Owl Punch and adhere off to the side a little. Cut some scraps of ribbon, fold over and adhere to the back with SNAIL and/or Glue Dots. That's it! I guess you could punch another owl to glue on the back to hide the adhered ribbon and write a message.
They say "It's all in the presentation" or "Presentation is everything!" but I do have to say "almost" because the pie inside this presentation is beautiful! Notice all the individual leaves on the crust around the edge (and the crust is my favorite part of any pie!).
This year we are doing Thanksgiving a little differently. My friend Dixie and her friend Sherrie have a cooking/catering company so I ordered a Cajun fried turkey from them as well as some chicken and sausage gumbo, a pecan pie and some chocolate Whoopie Pies! No cooking a turkey for me!!! Oh my gosh, when I saw how they had decorated the pecan pie package and whoopie pies with this cute turkey tag and ribbon I just went crazy! See how such a simple thing can make such a great impression?!! Paper, ink, and stamps! Aren't we part of such an impressive craft?!
And a peek inside the foil covering the cajun fried turkey! I don't know how I restrained myself from taking just a little taste from this turkey!
Are you hungry now? If you live in the southwest Houston/Richmond area, email me and I'll give you Dixie's contact information.
If you're taking a pie or some plate of food to someone's house for Thanksgiving, consider taking a few minutes to make some kind of cute little tag or card just for a little something special! I know it will be appreciated! And make the food look even more inviting!
Special holidays call for special table settings and decorating your Thanksgiving table is probably one of the biggest ones! Sara Brook, of the Stampin' Up! My Digital Studio Team, put together this lovely place setting made with the Unknown Blessings Ensemble. It comes with everything you need to make these table decorations and really sounds easy! Just use the digital feathers, filling in with whatever color paper you want, print, cut out and snip to look like feathers. We all made Indian headbands in school I'm sure…just print out the headband, size correctly and add some feathers. The napkin rings are made the same way, just smaller! There's even a pie box to print and make, frameable art, menu cards, place cards….and whatever else you can think up using this digital set!
Check the Online Extravaganza list HERE….and find the My Digital Studio discounts at the very bottom of the last page!! That's the 50% off list!! You will be able to purchase the full MDS 2+ download, the MDS 2 version (less content), or the MDS 2 upgrade all for 50% off the regular price! I would absolutely recommend the MDS 2+ version even at full price but ESPECIALLY for half-price! You will be amazed at all the downloads that are included in that version. Treat yourself to an early Christmas gift!
The Day of Gratitude stamp set by Stampin' Up! can also make a great turkey favor for Thanksgiving! If you need a little something for your Thanksgiving table, class favors for the kids, or just some fun little decorations for Thanksgiving these will fill the bill. Of course there are many variations you could do after you get started. I often think I am going to copy something exactly and end up with my own version.
Instead of the "Happy Thanksgiving" from the must-have stamp set Teeny Tiny Wishes(and I do recommend for these small stamps that you spend the extra money and get the wood-mount) you could write a person's name for a place card at the table. The body is punched with the 1 3/4" circle and the head with the 1/4" circle punch. You could stamp a little texture on the circles or run one or both through the Big Shot with an embossing folder like I did on the body. I used the Lacy Brocade folder in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. The gobble-thing is half of the Modern Label Punch. The beak is just cut by hand. The thing on top of the head is from the Boho Blossom Punch. The tail feathers are the medallion in the Day of Gratitude stamp set. I tried to get them each multi-colored but I don't think the colors contrasted enough. You could also color each section with a different color of Stampin' Write Markers. The feathers are adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals on the back of the turkey.
I would probably use some candy like Hershey Nuggets for the back, but I don't have any (amazingly!) so I used some Hershey Kisses. It worked just as well. If I used a Nugget, I would cover it with a strip of designer paper first.
For the eyes, you can just punch out black and white circles, or since I had some Googly Eyes left over from Halloween, I used those. You probably have some in your craft stash, too!
Just a fun little Thanksgiving treat! Hope you enjoy!
It's November now so our thoughts turn to autumn and Thanksgiving. The stamp set Day of Gratitude is a beautiful one for any season, but it seems to really stand out at this time of year. On this card, I took the idea from the Stampin' Up! Catalog, where only a portion of the card is shown on page 26. I don't know how Stampin' Up! made their card, but this is how I made mine! The colors used work beautifully together…Crumb Cake for the card base, Soft Suede for the medallion and Tangerine Tango, Lucky Limeade, and Midnight Muse. The Antique Brad really adds some elegance to this card.
To make this card, I tore off the front of the card base, leaving just that small margin you see. Then I took increasingly wider pieces of the colored card stock and tore those, adhering them to the back side of the front cover piece. Finally I took a new 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of Crumb Cake card stock and glued it to the underside of that front flap with all the colors (stamp it first!). The leaves are hand cut, but that was pretty easy with my Stampin' Up! Paper Snips.
There are lots of beautiful cards, scrapbook pages and projects you can make with this Day of Gratitude Stamp Set. If you are putting in an order, I would also add the Antique Brads, Paper Snips….and DON'T FORGET: we have a new paper trimmer…the Stampin' Trimmer! It's been in the new catalog, but just became available this month. I think Stampin' Up! improved any and every feature anyone might have complained about on the old trimmer. Click on the link for the trimmer and you will also see a video about the features of the new trimmer.
Start stamping your Thanksgiving cards and projects now so you won't be rushed!
After all the turkey is eaten and the last of the leftovers are put away and the kitchen cleaned up, why not make some scrapbook pages of your Thanksgiving Day? It only takes minutes if you do it in My Digital Studio. If you prefer, make them the traditional way with card stock and embellishments. It will be something to treasure for years to come. Maybe your guests will want to help or make their own little album!
I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed Thankgiving!
As you are looking through lots of old family recipes as you prepare for Thanksgiving dinner, you might consider doing something creative with those real special ones. A friend asked me to do something with this favorite recipe of her mother's. I love how it turned out and I think she did, too.
She had already made copies of the recipe, so I scanned it again and printed on Very Vanilla card stock. I did a little stamping in the corners using markers on the stamp, which, as it turned out, gave it that lighter, more vintage look. The edges are sponged with Soft Suede very lightly.
For the paper flower and the bottom border I used the retired Springtime Vintage Designer Series Paper. It looked perfect for this project.
As I have said before, if you ever think your handwriting is not good enough for journaling or scrapbooking or writing notes in cards, just take a look at this handwritten recipe and realize how it brings the person to life for the people who knew her. Get off the computer and pick up a pen once in awhile! Your handwriting will be a real treasure to someone in later years, I guarantee it.
With an assortment of stamping supplies you can make more than cards or scrapbook pages. Explore your creativity and see what wonderful projects you can come up with!
Warmest of Wishes is a hostess stamp set in the Holiday Mini Catalog, and the wreath can be used on a Thanksgiving card or many other kinds of cards. It's a versatile stamp set. Check it out in my Stampin' Up! store. If you hold a Stampin' Up! workshop, you can purchase this stamp set with your Hostess dollars if you achieve $150 in workshop sales (OR if your own personal order reaches that total).
Stampin' Up! has made it very enticing right now to hold a workshop with your friends! Yesterday they announced the "It's Good To Be The Hostess" promotion!! If your workshop (or personal order) reaches $350 in total sales, you will get an EXTRA $35 in Hostess dollars to spend! That's $35 extra in Stampin' Up! products you will receive!
Contact me at Karen@Karenstamps.com to schedule your workshop between now and December 15 or to place your own order. Another way to "have a workshop" is to show the catalog to some friends and collect their orders. No muss, no fuss….if you would like to do it that way. Of course it is always fun to get together to stamp. Contact me if you'd like to participate in this great promotion but would like workshop alternatives.