Lessons learned on stamping Painted Harvest!

As I said yesterday, I was not entirely happy with how my Painted Harvest 2-step flowers were looking as I was playing with different color combinations. So I went to YouTube and found Patty Bennett’s tips (PattyStamps.com) on how to get a good Painted Harvest flower (don’t you just love the wonderful bloggers who share ideas through their videos??!! I’ve learn so much!). She suggested starting by stamping the center first – what? Who knew, not me. Next she suggested using your lightest color for the denser “background” layer of the flower (oops I used the darker color) and stamping it around the center – you can see exactly where to stamp it and you won’t end of with any “white” spaces between your center and the flower base (see my post yesterday to see what I mean)! Then with your darker color, stamp the more detailed layer over the area. And that’s where I stopped on yesterday’s cards. But she suggested going back to your background dense layer stamp, re-ink it with the lighter color, rotate it and stamp over the flower again. OMG!! I love how my second set of flowers for today turned out!! If you’ve had trouble with this stamp set, be sure go back and try this! I bet you’ll be amazed and very pleased!

I used Daffodil Delight as my light color and Pumpkin Pie as my darker color with the Early Espresso for the flower centers. My first card is a simple card that even beginners can do! I stamped the upper middle flower first, then stamped the lower right one, finishing up with the lower left one to get this layer look. Isn’t the details on the flowers just stunning – I was so excited, it worked beautifully!!! Thanks Patty for your tips and video!! I layered the Whisper White onto a Daffodil Delight and an Early Espresso frames to make it stand out on the Pumpkin Pie card base. I also used a retired Stampin’ Up! striped ribbon on the card.

I decided to do a stepped up version of the above card and added more layers, including a Petal Burst embossed layer for more details. This one has one of those amazing 10-second triple linen thread bows (again, thanks to Megan Daves with her 10-second bow maker!).

Again, to showcase the versatility of this stamp set for year round, I changed the colors and went with Spring/Summer colors of Old Olive, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry. Simple layers with the Petal Burst embossing for added detail and a tiny bow (so easy to make with that 10-second bow maker!) from some of my retired Stampin’ Up! ribbon.

Are you thinking that maybe this Painted Harvest stamp set should be on your order and in your craft room? Here’s what I used to make these cards:

And don’t forget the annual Buy 3 – get 1 Free Stampin’ Up! DSP sale through October 31!

Thanks for stopping by! Tomorrow I’ll show you how to transform the Painted Harvest flower into a Christmas wreath on a holiday card!

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Painted Harvest, not just for fall colors

Saturday was World Card Making Day and I spent the weekend catching up on my card crafting. It felt good to be back in my craft room after so much time away. I decided to start with the new Painted Harvest stamp set and coordinating Painted Autumn designer series paper. I’ve seen lots of fall cards made with this the 2-step flower stamp set so I decided to try some of my own. I pulled out my Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze fall ink colors to see what the combinations would look like.  I started with a sheet of Whisper White cardstock and just started stamping. Once I created those, I decided to branch out to non-fall colors and included Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, and Soft Sky. Of course I had to try my favorite, Melon Mambo, and then tried a softer Powder Pink version. I wanted to show the versatility of Painted Harvest stamp set and the Painted Autumn DSP for year round card making!

Here’s my original set of flowers. Not what I expected and the details didn’t seem to showing up like others I had seen on various blogs. Still, I decided to create a set of 4″ x4″ note cards that I could give as a gift set.

This first one was with Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry on top and Early Espresso for the flower center and the greeting.

I die cut the Daffodil Delight square with the largest Stitched Shapes square. I embossed the Whisper White with the Petal Burst embossing folder and used the “back” side. I cut a strip of  Painted Autumn DSP (see buy 3, get 1 free offer below) layered over Early Espresso and tied at piece of linen thread around it to finish it off.

The second flower I just used Daffodil Delight for both stamps to get this lighter flower. I stamped the flower center in Crazy Cajun and Chocolate Chip for the “dots” and the sentiment. I also used Crazy Cajun for the card base and layered on another of the Painted Autumn DSP prints. This time I tied a triple linen thread bow (so, so easy using Megan Saves “I Teach Stamping” 10-second bow maker! I’ve had mine for 4 years now! You really need this to make your bows so fast!).

I then pulled out my Naturally Eclectic DSP (also on the buy3-get 1 free offer) to show you that the Painted Harvest stamp set isn’t just for fall cards! The first flower I stamped using Bermuda Bay and Pool Party and Early Espresso for the flower center and sentiment. I used a Bermuda Bay card base and Stitched Shaped square. I layered that over the new Lemon Lime Twist to match the DSP strip. The sentiments comes from the Painted Harvest stamps, stamped on Pool Party layered over the Bermuda Bay. I punched the tag out with the new Everyday Label punch. How did I get the layering effect? I punch the sentiment tag close the left side of the saying then reinserted it into the put from the top to prepunch the other side closer to the right hand side of the saying. Hence, a shorter width. Then I trimmed the top and bottom off so that the Bermuda Bay tag was visible underneath. I added stars from the Enamel Shapes.

The second one was stamped with just Bermuda Bay ink. And I love, love, love these water “bubbles” from the Naturally Eclectic DSP on the Bermuda Bay and Lemon Lime Twist papers. I added a small bow (another 10-seond bow wizard!) from retired Pool Party ribbon. And you can use the Everyday Label Punch with the Labels to Love stamp set (I used the Celebrate sentiment from here). Such a fun, cheery card and definitely not a Fall card!

Here’s the two “blue” non-fall themed Painted Harvest cards side-by-side. Doesn’t even remotely look like fall cards!

Next up, one I CASEd from a card that Shannon Jarmillo created on her ShannonKayPaperie.com blog. I loved the Powder Pink and Smoky Slate color combination. I used Basic Gray for the card base and layered on a piece of retired Smoky Slate DSP. Again, I used the Celebrate stamp, but this time with the entire sentiment. I stamped the dots in Powder Pink and added some bling. This could be used for a anniversary card, birthday card, or other celebration event.

For the last of my 4″ x 4″ cards I had to make one with a Melon Mambo flower…you know I have to get Melon Mambo into my cards somehow!  This was color combination was CASEd from one by Mary Fish at StampinPretty.com. I used the Petal Burst embossing folder for the Whisper White layer, but this time with the “right” side up. I added another small bow in one of my retired ribbons.

After finishing this set, I wasn’t happy with the way my flowers were stamping, so off to YouTube to see if anyone had a video with tips on how to stamp the flowers. Come back tomorrow to see what I found out and see my next set of Painted Harvest cards!

Thanks for stopping by and hope you had a great weekend stamping for World Card Making day! Here’s what I used to make these note cards:

Don’t forget, you only today and tomorrow (October 10) to order any of the specials for “World Card Making Day.”


And the DSPs I used on on special, buy 3 get 1 free through October 31!

 

 

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Want an early Christmas present? Earn this free stamp set!

Yesterday I shared all the wonderful things going on in October. If you’re considering any of those deals, here’s another one to help you decide. For every order of $300 or more (either your own order, or ask me how to enter a group of friends’ orders together to reach the $300 minimum), you get this Merry Patterns stamp set for FREE!

Just look at these great examples of cards you can make with this stamp set!

So if you are interested in earning this stamp set, be sure to let me know by email!

 

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October – what a great month! Take a look!

Well, I’m finally back after five months offline. My post will be a little long today so I can catch you up on my life and things going on, so please stick with me! We had to move our 90-year-old dad to a senior living community in June (after an entire year trying to convince him that it would be so much better for him to be around people and friends than living by himself after our mom died). He has early Alzheimer’s and we found a fantastic all-level card facility near his home. The first 2 months were really rough – he hated it and said he was “going to call Chris (one of his grandsons) to move him back home!” But he’s adjusted now to his one bedroom apartment with a beautiful view of a park from his 2nd story balcony. He’s also eating meals everyday, going to exercise classes, happy hour several times a week with the other residents and he’s gained back the 10 pounds he had lost from not eating at home. And he now says he loves it – whew!! I still need to call him every morning and evening to remind him to take his meds, but he’s doing well. We will eventually have to move him to the Alzheimer’s unit at the facility, but for now he’s managing with a little help from his daughters and the wonderful staff at The Delaney at Georgetown Village!!


So now that things have settle down with my dad I have time to get back to my card crafting after almost 6 months! And what a great month to get started back doing one of the things I love to do! First up…

WORLD CARD MAKING DAY!

It’s a day dedicated to doing what I love most—making handmade cards! It celebrates the creativity and personal connection handmade cards create between loved ones and friends.

This year the world celebrates the day on October 7 (next Sunday), but one day wasn’t enough for Stampin’ Up! So for ten days (October 1–10), you get 15% off Notecards & Envelopes and select stamp sets. Also, when you buy Fast Fuse Adhesive, you’ll get two refills for FREE! WOW- these items will help you celebrate the best hobby of all—cardmaking!

Here’s what you can get:


And if that isn’t enough to get you going to making some cards this week, how about our…

DESIGNER SERIES PAPER SALE!

This is one of my favorite promotions each year because I get to stock up (and add to “stash”) on my favorite Stampin’ Up! designer series papers. And this year’s sets are amazing! Just look at these amazing DSP sets!


Not ready to stock up on a lot of things just yet? Why not start out with a two month Paper Pumpkin subscription?  

To give you more of what you love, during October and November we’re offering two straight months of perfectly coordinated Christmas cardmaking and gifting projects. Adding beautiful, handmade touch to Christmas will be fast and easy with these two Paper Pumpkin kits! You will have everything you need to complete unique holiday cards and gifts without all the fuss, and time left over to do your holiday shopping. To receive October’s kit, you must must subscribe at JB Stamper’s – Paper Pumpkin kits by 11:50 PM (MT) on October 10.


So many things going on this month and I can’t wait to share some of the things I’m working on now that I’m back in my craft room! So join me again to see what fun things we can create with all the special deals going on this month!

Do you need a new 2017-18 Annual Catalog or a 2017-18 Holiday Catalog? Email me and I’ll drop one in the mail to you with a free gift! I love sharing my Stampin’ Up! cards and projects with all of you! Thanks for stopping by to visit my blog. Happy Stampin’!

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