Category Archives: Fall Cards

Have Some Spooky Halloween Fun

It’s the middle of October. Time to give some thought on how to have some spooky Halloween fun! This card design should help with the festivities!

Spooky Halloween Fun - http://stamdpedimpression.comWhen I began my creative journey for this card, it was a one-layer simple design. It’s still very simple, but I added a few layers: of card stock, ink and twine!

First the card stock. The card base is Thick Whisper White Card Stock. It has layers of Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant and Whisper White on it. (I love the combination of Old Olive and Elegant Eggplant. Don’t you??)

To stamp the card front, I stamped an uneven row of pumpkins along the bottom. The stamps are part of Spooky Halloween Fun! So that the repetition of pumpkins isn’t so obvious, I added happy faces to only some of the pumpkins, and not always the same shapes.

Next I stamped the moon in Crushed Curry. It seemed a little empty to me, so I added some sponging.

Sponging seemed like a good idea, so I continued to sponge. I used Soft Suede along the bottom and Smoky Slate along the top. Then I stamped the witch. She’s my favorite image in the Spooky Halloween Fun stamp set!

Then I realized I made a tiny boo-boo. The pumpkins were too high and just seemed to be floating in mid-air. I could have started the layer over, but I had already invested a lot of work on it. So that wasn’t an option. Then it hit me. To “ground” the pumpkins, I needed to add something below them. So, I attached 3 strands of Elegant Eggplant Solid Baker’s Twine. It added the perfect fix!

The sentiment was stamped in Elegant Eggplant. I cut out the oval and the mat using the Big Shot and the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies. They were attached to the card front with a couple of Stampin’ Dimensionals.

If you were counting layers of this card in the old-fashioned way, it would have eight layers! Awesome. And perfect if you want to have some some Halloween fun!


How to Make an Easy Thank You Card

We all look for shortcuts, even when it comes to a favorite past time like card making! To that end, I’m showing how to make an easy Thank You card. Perfect theme for Canadian Thanksgiving!

Thank You - http://stampedimpression.comTrue Confession Time. I really wanted to make this card with some of the Designer Series Paper that I ordered during the Buy-3-Get-1-Free Stampin’ Up! promotion. But my paper hasn’t yet arrived and I became impatient. So, I experimented with a monochromatic design, with paper that I already had in my stash. What do you think?

Colors are Garden Green and Whisper White. I added 3 layers of card stock on the card base. The sentiment, from One Big Meaning, was stamped on scrap card stock. Then I cropped it and its mat using my Big Shot and the Layering Circles Framelits.

For quick background images, I used my 1″ Circle Punch and my 1-1/4″ Circle Punch on a sheet from the Regals Designer Series Paper Stack. As they say, “Easy Peasy!”

By the way, I started with all circles, all attached to the card base with SNAIL Adhesive. It was easy, but a little boring. I wanted to sentiment to stand out from the background. However, I didn’t want to introduce another color. At least not on this design. So, what to do?

I used Stampin’ Dimensionals! Little pieces of foam with strong adhesive on both sides of it. Did you notice? I think it added just the right touch of emphasis, without changing the circle theme. Okay, second True Confession Time. The circles make me happy!

So, how can you use this card for inspiration?

Don’t need a Thank You card? Just change the sentiment!

Don’t like Garden Green and Whisper White? Just pick a different color of paper.

Don’t want a monochromatic design? Pick one of the papers now on sale at Stampin’ Up!

Any way you need it. Any way you look at it. This is an easy way to make a card!

How to Make a Card for Fall

Today we’re exploring how to make a card for fall. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? But, yet, sometimes these “simple” tasks are tough to start. Let’s work with this card design.

How to make a card for fallI love the detailed designs of the leaves in the Lighthearted Leaves stamp set. This is a new photopolymer set in the Holiday catalog. The patterns alone make the stamped images special!

On this card I used the Stained Glass technique – did you notice all the different colors that I have on my leaves? So cool. In fact, this is one of the techniques that I’ll share in my October Card Class.

So, back to the original question. How do you make a card for fall? I stamped a leaf. That’s pretty in-your-face, but it’s really not a requirement for a fall card. I find it’s the earth-tone colors that make a card fall-ish. I used green, but not a bright green. Crushed Curry is a perfect yellow for fall. And I used a little Cajun Craze.

Even my embellishment are earth-tone – the Candy Dots and the Gold button.

To subdue the colors even more, I used Vellum card stock. Placing it over the Always Artichoke lets a little green show through (more so in person than in this photo), but not the full richness. Rich colors say “Fall” to me, but softening them a little, does too.

What colors would you use? What do you do to make a fall card? Share your ideas in the comments section. And then, go make a fall card!

Warning! Last Day to Buy from the Holiday Catalog

It’s that time of year again…. the last day of the Holiday Catalog. Did you purchase everything that you need (okay, want) from the Holiday Catalog? Well, today is your last day to do that. That catalog ends tonight.

Just to refresh your memory, here are my 5 favorite cards made from stamp sets in the Holiday Catalog. Click on the caption beneath any photo to see the original post.

The Perfect Birthday Toast http://stampedimpression.comThe Perfect Birthday Toast

Striking Holiday Card http://stampedimpression.comStriking Holiday Card

Easy elegant Christmas card design http://stam;pedimpression.comEasy Elegant Card Design

Easy-to-Make Fall Card http://stampedimpression.comEasy-to-Make Fall Card

And the final version is http://stampedimpression.comAnd the Final Version in…

I think the last card is my favorite. Which is yours? Leave a comment and let me know! I love hearing from you!

So, if you still need something from the Holiday Catalog, be sure to visit my online store today. It’s really your last chance.

Be sure to return to this blog tomorrow. That’s the start of the new Occasions Catalog AND Sale-A-Bration. Two reasons to celebrate… and to make cards!

Free Products on Black Friday!

Black Friday is ON. Between now and 9 am earn a free Grab Bag with your Stampin’ Up! purchases through me:

Until 9 am this morning (Central):

  • Spend $50 (before shipping and sales tax), you’ll receive a Grab Bag worth $20.
  • Spend $100 (before shipping and sales tax), you’ll receive a Grab Bag worth $50.

From 9:01 am to 6 pm today (Central):

  • Spend $50 (before shipping and sales tax), you’ll receive a Grab Bag worth $10.
  • Spend $100 (before shipping and sales tax), you’ll receive a Grab Bag worth $25.

So, the earlier you shop, the better the Grab Bag! The Grab Bag won’t show in your shopping cart, but I’ll send it out to you next week.

Online Extravaganza you’re shopping, don’t forget the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza. All kinds of products, 20 to 50 percent off. See the list of deals here.

Don’t forget the Weekly Deals. Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details just $1.88. You simply MUST stock up 😀

While you’re shopping, here’s a card to inspire you. It’s a fall card, probably one of the last ones I’ll show this year. I made it recently for some friends. Take a look.

Autumn Card http://stampedimpression.comColors are Elegant Eggplant, Cajun Craze and Pumpkin Pie. While fall colors really aren’t my thing, I simple love this combination. Maybe the violet helps me over my Orange-phobia!

The background was made by wetting Watercolor Paper and adding lines made with Stampin’ Write Markers. The effect is so cool. It’s one of those backgrounds that turns out differently each time you do it!

To make the design cohesive, I stamped the flowers and the sentiment in Elegant Eggplant. This matched the first mat and the 3 Candy Dots on the card front.

So, put your order together and visit my online store. It’s the perfect day for shopping! Happy Black Friday!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today, we take the time to remember why we are thankful. I am truly thankful for my wonderful family, my good health and fabulous lifestyle.

Happy Thanksgiving 2014 http://stampedimpression.comI am so lucky to have the best career. I get to do what I enjoy best – create cards and scrapbooks – and I am fortunate to base my own business on it.

Thank you to all of you –  my customers and and my readers.I appreciate every one of you!

(And don’t forget to check back to morrow at 6 am Central to start saving at my Black Friday Special!)

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!!

Use Designer Series Paper for an Easy Background

Either you love it or you hate it. Designer Series Paper, that is. I don’t use it nearly enough. But patterned paper has its benefits. Today I use Designer Series Paper for an easy background on my card design. Take a look.

Use Designer Series Paper for an Easy Background http://stampedimpression.comThe paper is all part of the Back to Black Designer Series Paper. Love it.

I arranged the strips of paper in an ombre way, “darkest” to “lightest”, from left to right. There is no hard-and-fast rule to decide which of those designs should be #2 and #3. However, I swapped the strips around until I arrived at this one. I like this arrangement!

You can take a little peek at the inside. I actually glued a piece of Whisper White card stock on the inside, so that you can write a note – it’s tough to write on black! To make a cohesive design, I added a strip of Designer Series Paper there, too. But only one strip. Otherwise, where would I write a note?

To make the strips more distinct, I used lots of layers of mats. The strips are on Basic Black card stock, which is on Smoky Slate card stock, which is on the Basic Black card base!

With the background so busy, it’s easy for the sentiment to get lost. So I used a contrasting color, namely Tangelo Twist. However, I used lots of white space, so that your eyes have a place to rest. That’s so important in card design. If your eye must move constantly, the result is chaotic and un-fun. What’s the point in that?

I forgot to mention that the sentiment is from Bravo, the coolest Photopolymer stamp set in the annual catalog!

By the way, even though some of the Designer Series Paper has flowers on it. you can still send this card to a man. Imagine that. A masculine card with flowers!

So, next time you’re stuck on your card design, try using Designer Series Paper for an Easy Background.

Truly Grateful Thank You Card

The Weekly Deals have been around for a while. I think that many of us no longer take the time to examine the special prices. But we should. For example, this week, the wooden version of the stamp set Truly Grateful is on sale for 25 percent off, or $20.96. It’s such a great set. How can you pass it by?

Check out this thank you card.

Truly Grateful Thank You Card http://stampedimpression.comI started with the wheat shafts. Perfect for fall, don’t you think? I colored the stems with my Sahara Sand Marker and the ribbon with my Crushed Curry marker.

Then I tool out a Sponge Dauber and added bits of Crushed Curry, varying the intensity all over the wheat and the edges of the center rectangular card stock.

I added a strip of Watercolor Wonder Designer Washi Tape and some Candy Dots on the left. Did you notice the unusual configuration of dots! (Sometimes the step Outside the Box is very small. LOL.)

The main sentiment was stamped with Watercolor Thank You. This is one of my favorite stamps and well-used! But look at the background of that card stock. It’s stamped with the wood grain from Truly Grateful. Although very subtle, it really adds warmth and dimension to this project.

Well, I simply wanted you to remember to check out the Weekly Deals. They run from Tuesday, through Monday. You’re sure to find some real treasures there. Like the Truly Grateful stamp set!

Easy Halloween Card

I love an easy card that looks like it took a lot of skill and time to complete. This Stampin’ Up! bundle makes this possible. Check out this easy Halloween card!Easy Halloween Card

I started with Holiday Home, a cute photopolymer stamp set from the Holiday Catalog. I stamped a couple of houses in Jet Black StazOn Ink on Watercolor Paper. Then I ran it through the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine with the corresponding Homemade Holiday Framelits Dies.

By the way, did you know that you can buy the stamp set and Framelits in a bundle? Do that and save 15 percent!

I colored the houses using a Blender Pen and an assortment of Stampin’ Classic inks, including Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede and Crumb Cake. However, the bats on the moon were stamped in VersaMark and embossed with Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder! They are so cute and eerie and the same time!

For those of you who are afraid to mix colors, the mat on this card was cut from Perfect Plum card stock. But the mat under the sentiment was punched from Elegant Eggplant card stock. I used the darker color there because I felt it made the sentiment stand out more. What do you think?

I also added some bats, but on gray circles, on the inside of the card. If you look closely, you can see them here. Near the top.

Inside Easy Halloween Card http;//stampedimpression.comSo that’s it for today.

Halloween is just around the corner. If you want to send some cards, get started this weekend. In fact, use this design to make an easy Halloween card!

Ghostly Fun Card Design

I don’t post projects by other people very often. If I see a card I especially like, I will CASE (Copy And Share Everything) it and develop a new design. But my upline, Janice Weightman made this card. I  love it, just the way it is. So, I decided to share it with you today. I find it’s a Ghostly Fun Card Design!

Ghostly Fun Card Design http;//stampedimpression.comI began with the sweet ghosts from Fall Fest, a photopolymer stamp set in the Holiday Catalog.  See all the Jack-o-Lantern faces on the black background? Then I cut out the two ghosts with the Fun Fall Framelits Dies.

Fun Tip: Buy the stamp set and the Framelits dies together in a bundle and save 15 percent! (I believe than shopping AND saving money is more fun than just shopping!)

The sentiment is from Ghoulish Greetings. The size of the letters and their roundness suits this card design perfectly!

Have you figured out the very special finishing touch?!?!

Why, it’s the Googlie Eyes, of course! =)

Definitely a ghostly fun card design!!

Easy-to-Make Fall Card

As we approach the holiday season, my crafting time must be used effectively.  Again, today, I’m focusing on an easy-to-make card.

Easy-to-Make Fall Card http://stampedimpression.comOne of my favorite color combinations is Hello Honey and Blackberry Bliss. Such rich colors and such a good contrast.  Add a little Always Artichoke and plenty of Whisper White and you have a special fall card!

I started with For All Things, the absolute BEST fall stamp set from the Holiday Catalog. Isn’t that wheat shaft perfect? As a subtle trick to keeping it the center of attention, I stamped a soft Sahara Sand “square” under the stems.

Notice the bow. It’s made with a piece of 1-1/4″ Burlap Ribbon. Pull it apart so that you’re down to the strands. Tie a bow and attach to the  card front with a Glue Dot.

In order to keep the center stamped image as the focus of the design, the rest of the card intentionally is kept simple. All patterns were introduced using Washi Tape. This is the fastest way to add stripes of color. Tip: When you place Washi Tape on your card, don’t press it down. This allows you to lift – without ruining the card stock – and move the tape to another position. Once you have it where you like it, then press along the length to make it permanent.

One last point, lots of layers add lots of dimension and depth to your card. I used very thin mats of Whisper White to make the center image pop. See how well it works, especially as I repeated the width of the white mats.

So, when you’re looking for a design for an easy-to-make fall card, take a few tips from this one!

Designing a Card for Fall

Today, I’m designing a card for fall, using my favorite fall set from the Holiday catalog. I use warm, earthy tones and an easy, classic layout. Take a look.

Designing a Card for Fall http://stampedimpression.comThe stamp set of choice is For All Things. I love the mixed fonts and the clean shapes. I like it so much that I used it as the focal point of my design. However, I didn’t stop with that set. I added some of my favorite elements from a couple of other sets, namely Gorgeous Grunge and Flower Patch. Here’s how I made it:


1. Cut Very Vanilla card stock 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″. Score at 4-1/4″ to make the card base. Fold along the scored line.
2. Lay the card open on your work surface. Cover the back with scrap paper, so that you don’t stamp any ink on it. Stamp lines in Always Artichoke ink along the diagonal. Stamp twice for each time you apply ink to the stamp.
3. Randomly stamp some flowers on the card front from Flower Patch.
4. Cut Cajun Craze cardstock 3″ x 5″. Attach to the card front.
5. Cut Blackberry Bliss cardstock 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″. Attach to the card front.
6. Cut Very Vanilla cardstock 2-1/4″ x 4-1/4″. Stamp the images from For All Things in Hello Honey ink, Cajun Craze ink and Always Artichoke ink. Attach to the card front.
7. Add a couple of stamped leaves to the inside of the card and to the envelope flap.

That’s it. You’re done!

The 4-1-1

  • To prevent ink from being stamped on the back of the card, work with the card open, but cover the back with scrap paper.
  • Be sure to stamp images so that some of them go off the page. It makes the card resemble nature!
  • You can add a Rhinestone Basic Jewel to the center of the “O” in Hello. But this makes it more difficult to send the card by U.S. Postal Service. Remember, a falt card is always best for mailing.

The cooler weather has arrived in the Midwest. It’s time to think about the changing season. That’s why I designed this card for fall. Enjoy!


Another Thanksgiving Design

I can’t get enough of the Truly Grateful stamp set. So, today I’m showing yet another Thanksgiving design!

Another Thanksgiving DesignYesterday’s post used textures. Today’s post uses textures, too!

I stamped the image on Whisper White card stock, then matted it on Tangerine Tango. Notice that the mat is very skinny. In fact, this piece of card stock is only 1/8″ taller and 1/8″ wider than the card stock on it!

I cut a small piece of the 1-1/4 Burlap Ribbon and pulled off a few strands of it, making some thin “rope”. After tying it into a bow, I attached it to the stamped image with a Glue Dot. Isn’t that cool?!

However, I didn’t stop there. I ran some Early Espresso Core’dinations card stock through the Big Shot with the Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. On top of that I attached Birch Paper Ribbon from the Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit! Adding Stampin’ Dimensionals is the perfect touch!

Remember that while I’m showing thanksgiving cards, these designs can be used for any fall occasion. If you change the colors, you use it for other times of year.

Do you ever create a project that you can use at other times of the year? If so, leave a comment and let me know!

In the meanwhile, enjoy yet another Thanksgiving card design!

Grateful Thanksgiving Card

Do you need a Thanksgiving card that truly communicates how thankful you are? Today’s design has just that impact.

Thanksgiving card that shows you're truly grateful!This card, made with the Truly Grateful stamp set from the holiday catalog, has a lot of texture. That’s what makes it so interesting. You can look at it for several minutes and still find surprises in it!

I added textures to this card first by the inked images. There’s a wood grain on the background, as well as sponging around the center oval. Of course, the flowers have a texture all of their own.

I also used 3 types of ribbon: 1-1/4″ Burlap Ribbon, Pumpkin Pie 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, and Natural 7/8″ Cotton Ribbon. Not only is this an interesting combination, it’s a good example of how to use ribbon, while keeping your card flat! (We love flat cards, because they’re easy to mail!)

By the way, the card base is made from Natruals Ivory card stock, which has tiny flecks in it. That adds texture, too!

So, if you’re looking for a Thanksgiving card that truly communicates how thankful you are, try creating a card with lots of texture!

Wow! Save on Chevron Ribbon!

Happy Halloween! Stampin’ Up! celebrates its last Thank You Thursday with 25% off the new 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon. How fun!

Happy Halloween with Chevron Ribbon!It’s no surprise that the chevron ribbon is my favorite new addition to the catalog. Chevrons are hot right now. They’re fun to look at. They fit in almost everywhere. They’re great for both masculine and feminine card designs!

Today’s project is made with the Halloween Hello stamp set. Nothing scary about this cute bat, is there? I used traditional Halloween colors – Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black and Whisper White – but then I gave it an updated twist with the Basic Black 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon and the Candy Dots!.

A little sponging, some punches and it’s done. You can make this card yourself in no time at all. Great for those last-minute gifts!

The 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon, at 25% off, is:

Be sure to take advantage of the savings. But they’re here ONLY TODAY, So start shopping and save on chevron ribbon!

Magnificent Maple with Bling!

I’m getting ready for the fall holidays by displaying a Magnificent Maple with bling!

My magnificent  maple with bling!Let me begin by saying that I LOVE this maple leaf stamp. I just don’t love that everyone is taking the time to cut it out before adding it to their projects. I’ve said many times before – some people have way too much time on their hands. For me, card making is supposed to be stress-free. You know, FUN!!

I started with the Magnificent Maple stamp from the Holiday Catalog. I sponged it with an assortment of fall colors. Then I covered the whole thing with 2-Way Glue and lots of Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter. It makes the card so festive and happy!

The sentiment is from Sassy Salutations, a familiar stamp set to many of you!

Then, I wanted to add some “maturity” to my design. Birthdays and holidays are made to be all glitter, but fall is not so bling-y. I added the teeniest strip of Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper and a knotted piece of Early Espresso 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon. Of course I attached the central piece at an angle using Stampin’ Dimensionals, just to give it a little whimsy!

By the way, Monday was Canadian Thanksgiving. I think I had this card on my mind, reminiscing about the Good Ol’ Days!

I think this has an interesting balance between formal and fun. What do you think? Leave a comment and tell us. However, any way you look at it, this card shows a Magnificent Maples with bling!

How to Add Dimension to your Fall Card

Today I’m exploring how to add dimension to your fall card design. The best thing about it is that I used everyday Stampin’ Up! products to achieve it!

I used texture, ink and Stampin' Dimensionals to add dimension to this fall card designI started with the card base, where I stamped the wooden background on one side. The image is from the Truly Grateful stamp set in the new Holiday catalog. With the help of my trusty Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, I lined up the wood grain so that there wasn’t a gap in the design. (Note: I use my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig nearly every day!)

The yellow card stock was run through the Big Shot die-cutting machine with the Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I sponged the top and bottom edges for even more dimension.

Of course the center piece has more sponging. The image was stamped using the Many Marvelous Markers, and shading always helps. A little more sponging was added!

Finally, my favorite go-to item – Stampin’ Dimensionals!

Colors use on this project are Baked Brown Sugar, Crushed Curry and Always Artichoke.

So quick as can be, I added lots of dimension to this fall card. It’s easy. Try it!

Here’s an Easy, yet Unique, Fall Card

Looking for an easy, yet unique, fall card? Here’s a solution for you!

I had planned to show this card on Flower punch and watercoloring make this an easy, yet unique, fall cardSaturday, as well as publish a video on how to make it! It was World Card Making Day and it seemed to be the perfect time. Many of my readers tell me that they would make cards if it didn’t take so long and it was easier to do. This card is quick AND easy.

The stamps are from Flower Shop, which has the matching Pansy Punch. Easy! The watercolor “technique” on the background is made by a few quick strokes with markers and then applying the Aqua Painter. Some Washi Tape, a few Candy Dots, and I was done! Less than 10 minutes!

Obviously, that post never happened. I was so-o-o-o-o disappointed. I had finally figured out how to set up my camera to record an awesome video. (Many thanks to Kevin Phelan, my best friend and technical adviser!) I worked out some of my bigger technical issues with the video editing software. I thought I had it all resolved. Alas, no. First I ran into the battery-isn’t-fully-charged problem. Fixed that. But then, I finished my project, (for the fourth time, I might add), only to see that my camera stopped recording! Why in the world?!?!? I finally gave up.

This morning I solved the riddle. My memory card in my camera was full! (It’s very old and much smaller than the ones we can buy today.) Lesson learned. I’m off to buy a larger memory card for my camera. So, look for that video, sometime. Others will follow, too!

Until then, this is such an easy, yet unique, fall card. Try it for yourself!

Thanksgiving with a French Foliage Card

Today in the United States we celebrate Thanksgiving. It's a holiday for everyone. The point is to remember what is good in our lives. In honor of this special day, I created this project: Thanksgiving with a French Foliage Card.

Thanksgiving with a French Foliage Card

No hype. No sales pitch. I designed this card, inspired by one made by Janice Weightman.

I treasure my life. I am truly blessed with a wonderful family, good heath and very special friends. Thank you to my readers, for allowing me to share my projects with you. It's truly fun for me.

Happy Thanksgiving!