I found this glass jar in my craft stash and decided to add some Stampin’ Up! Burlap Ribbon and paper flowers made with the Originals Flower Spiral Bigz Die. The Burlap Ribbon also has a piece of Venetian Crochet Trim adhered to the bottom of the ribbon. I made the paper flowers with the Flower Spiral Die using the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper.It’s the same sheet of paper, just using the other side for one flower. The center of the big flower is made with a strip of Old Olive card stock, cut with the Fringe Scissors and rolled up and glued to the inside of the flower. For some extra embellishments I snipped a piece of Gold Sequin Trimand attached it with a Glue Dot. Then I took another piece of Burlap Ribbon, pulled off the bound edge and pulled several threads off to fray the edge of the ribbon. Then I just circled those burlap threads and adhered them behind the flowers with Glue Dots.
There is a white candle inside the jar although it can’t be seen very well in this photo. You could add some candy corn to the bottom of the jar and set the candle on top of that, or add some coffee beans or whatever you can think of to make the bottom of the jar more interesting. I bet if you look around your cabinets or craft supplies, you can find something like this jar to make into a bit of fall home decor and use it for Thanksgiving! If you don’t own the Flower Spiral Die, just make flowers with punches or simply tearing some circles out of paper, crumpling them up and distressing them a bit and putting them together into flowers. Or attach some paper or real colored leaves, perhaps even a Thanksgiving greeting. So many choices!
Burlap is so trendy right now. I was surprised walking around a craft store the other day how they have burlap on just about everything! And mason jars and similar are very popular right now as well.
See what you can find to make a piece of home decor for the Thanksgiving holiday….before it is time for all Christmas decor!
Finally I played with my Seasonally Scattered Stamp Set! Funny how some sets can get a little lost in the shuffle sometimes, but then it’s a thrill to “find” that new set one day and play! I stamped the “Thanks” in Versamark Inkand embossed with the Crystal Clear Embossing Powder and the Heat Tool.After the image was embossed, I sponged on various fall colors of ink and rubbed it right over the embossing (which is really fun in itself!). Then to clean it up a bit and make sure the embossed images shows through, I rubbed a tissue over the image to get off any excess ink. That’s it!
You might think the Fall Fest Stamp Set is only for Halloween, but the leaves and pumpkins can be used any time. I stamped the leaves and then used the Fun Fall Framelitsto cut them out. You can buy the stamp set and the framelits in a Bundle and save 15%!
Make a pretty Thanksgiving card (or several!) and send them out this week to your friends and family!
The Simply Created Banner KIt was a new product in last year’s Holiday Catalog, but it is still available in the current Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. This is a “Thankful” Banner I made with the Simply Created Banner Kit for a birthday gift for a friend since she had been over recently and admired my “Spooky” Halloween Banner in THIS POST! The Simply Created Banner Kit comes with the stencils to decorate the banners as you see here,even the alphabet letters. You can spritz the ink on lightly (lightly is all it takes) but for me I preferred sponging on the ink. You can use a piece of a Stamping Sponge(I cut mine into 4-6 pieces) orSponge Daubers. I think I used Sponge Daubers!
For the leaves (since I do not have the Autumn Accents Die, which would have made this SO much easier!), I simply stamped some leaves to cut out with my Paper Snipsand then used some of those “negative spaces” as stencils and sponged in several colors of ink on the banner pieces to make my fall leaves. The Designer Series Paper I used on the in between strips is retired, I believe from last year, but of course you could substitute anything you like. Of course I was using some samples I saw online to make my banner and liked the idea of using chalkboard style pieces to write names with my White Stampin’ Chalk Marker. As a long-time lover of chalk, this marker is the next best thing! You should have one on hand to use when the mood strikes you in a project! My friend can clip on some photos of her family if she likes on the extra strips in between the banners or just leave them plain for decoration.
When this Simply Created Banner Kit first came out, I did not see it as anything I would have a need for. But after seeing it demonstrated at the previous Convention, it looked like so much fun that I ordered it right away. You can also still order refill banners for the kit, Simply Created Bannerand it also comes with the jute twine you can use to hang the banner. You can use these banners for any holidays, for weddings, for birthdays, just any kind of decoration you like. And banners are IN!
The Hamburger Box Bigz XL Dieisn’t just for hamburgers! It really is a fun little box to make and decorate, whether as a fall gift box or favor or certainly for any occasion. I’ve found that the easiest way to assemble the box is to cut on one side of those little inside fold lines that are scored for you. That makes a tab on all the corners that can be adhered inside the box. Use a strong adhesive,
The box is tied together with the Natural 5/8″ Chevron Ribbon and the Tangelo Twist 3/8″ Satin Stitched Ribbon. Did you know you can turn the Natural Chevron Ribbon to the other side and just have a plain ribbon? That is what I was going to do since I was putting the Tangelo Twist ribbon on top of it, but then I changed my mind! You’re allowed to do that in stamping!
One of the reasons this became a fall box rather that a Christmas one was because when I was looking for my Real Red card stock and came across the Crushed Curry card stock, I remembered I already had some extra fall leaves stamped and cut out from the For All Things Stamp Setthat I had made but didn’t use on another project. I also had the little circle punched with the acorns. So I just punched holes for the Gold Baker’s Twine and stamped a greeting tag with the set Good Greetings. I also attached a strip of Gold Foil that I found laying on the table.
Wouldn’t this box make a cute table favor for your Thanksgiving guests or part of a hostess gift?!
The Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paperis so beautiful and works wonderfully for any of your fall cards and projects. On this card, I chose a paper that had compatible patterns on both sides – well, they all coordinate but when I tell you what I did you’ll see. After making the card base with Cajun Craze card stock, I took a piece of the Color Me Autumn DSP and folded the bottom edge up about 3/4″. Very easy to get that contrasting strip without having to cut another piece of paper. Just think about the two sides of the paper if you try this. Check which direction the pattern would be going on both sides if you fold one edge up. Adhere the folded edge down with some SNAIL Adhesive or or use some kind of brad both to hold it and to embellish the card, such as the Antique Brads, the Silver Brads or (if I would have thought of it!) the Candy Dots Brad Bases. Buttons would also be great, such as the Gold Basic Metal Buttons. I just added some Candy Dots.
I also used the Labels Collection Framelits Dies to cut Very Vanilla and Mossy Meadow card stock and stamped the greeting from For All Things. It still needed a little something, so I stamped the other leafy image from For All Things. Since I was stamping it with Mossy Meadow ink, I had to stamp it off about four times before finally stamping on the label for it to be light enough!
Easy Thanksgiving card to make to make with the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper! Try the technique of just turning up an edge of the paper for the contrasting strip.
There are some birds, squirrels or critters having a party in our tree that are causing a lot of small branches and leaves to fall in our front yard, and as I was picking them up one day, I thought maybe I could use some in a crafty way. Well, today was the day as I decided a small real branch might look good on a fall gift box made with the Tag A Bag Gift Box. These are really nice quality boxes and clear plastic lids, worth picking up on your next order! I think at a previous Stampin’ Up! Convention we made similar boxes as a make & take so it was easy to use the idea in another way.
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!
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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!