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Paper Pumpkin

Hi Stampers,

Today I have a twist on the November Paper Pumpkin to share.  I have stamped on fabric before and used acrylic paint to give an image a permanent fix.  I knew I would not ne laundering this little stocking from the November kit so I could just use ink.  I chose the reindeer from the Merry Mistletoe stamp set with Soft Suede ink to stamp on the stocking.  Before stamping I inserted a piece of cardboard into the stocking so I would have a solid base to stamp on.  I stamped two of the branches from the Nature Sings stamp set with Garden Green ink beneath the reindeer.  Because I like distressed and vintage looks I scruffed up the stocking with more of the Soft Suede ink.  I didn’t have any candy canes handy so I made a little arrangement in the stocking, but you get the idea.  There are so many images that would look great on the stocking.  I’m thinking of doing one with the deer label from the Merry Little Labels stamp set.  It’s always fun to see what other ideas you can come up with for the Paper Pumpkin kits.  They are a great investment for the beginning stamper but can also challenge a seasoned stamper to step it up a notch.  It’s also a great idea for a busy mom or career woman or guy for that matter.  Everything you need is in that kit.  Check it out.

PAWS TO PONDER

Hugs and happy stamping,  MB

Oh That Painted Harvest!

Hi Stampers,

I had a very busy class on Saturday.  Everyone is excited about the NEW STAMPARATUS.  This will be especially nice for multiple stamping and lining up those two step stamps.  I was fortunate enough to be one of the members of the team involved with in put on this product.  Yes, there are similar products on the market but as always Stampin’ Up! has gone the extra mile to perfect their product. I am still cleaning my studio from the Saturday class but this card has been floating around my mind for a few days and I did find time to put it together.

I started with a base card of Cherry Cobbler CS followed by Garden Green CS.  The image is stamped on Whisper White CS with the smaller part of the blossom from the Painted Harvest stamp set.  I used Wild Wasabi, Garden Green and Tranquil Tide inks.  I turned the stamp so the image filled in nicely.  I used the berries from the Good Tidings stamp set with Cherry Cobbler ink.  The letters to form the JOY are from a retired stamp set that I haven’t parted with.  I know it’s not really visible in the picture but I scored a single line frame around the parameter of the card.  It adds just the right touch.  Please take a look and let me know if you have comments or questions.  I would love to hear from you.

 

PAWS TO PONDER

Hugs and happy stamping,  MB

Pine Branches and Cardboard

Greetings stampers, What a cold, windy, rainy day.  Not the kind of day that’s arthritis friendly.  Wanted so badly to crawl into bed and stay there but too much to do.  I have a class tomorrow so I wrapped up loose ends today.  I have been working on the card I’m sharing a little at a time.  Finally got it finished.  Parts of it were CASE’d but I put my own twist on it.  I started with a base card of Old Olive CS.  I ran a piece of Crum Cake CS through the Big Shot with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions embossing folder.  I dragged my Chocolate Chip ink pad over the embossed piece to give it some pop.  I took apart a few box flaps to find the piece of corrugated cardboard on the center of the card.  I swiped this piece with Chocolate Chip ink also.  My husband was quick to point out that you can buy rolls of corrugated cardboard as I was peeling the box flaps.  I pointed out this was a lot less expensive.  I have an accordion folder with scraps of CS.  I grabbed a few green pieces from there and used the Pretty Pines Thinlits to cut out six pine branches.  I used Copper foil for the little berry branches.  I stamped the pine cones from the Christmas Pines stamp set with Soft Suede ink on Crumb Cake CS. I used the thinlits to cut these out too.  I used Tombow, mono adhesive to attach everything to the cardboard background.  A simple red bow is the only embellishment.  I had fun concocting this card I hope you enjoy it.

PAWS TO PONDER

Hugs and happy stamping,  MB

Filters Not Just for Coffee

Hi Stampers,

It’s a good Monday in Green Bay, WI.  The Packers pulled a win out of the bag yesterday.  It’s amazing but the mood of the city goes the way of the Packer schedule.  I’m glad to see Brett Hundley get a win.  He is one of the good guys.  So back to stamping.  I have always enjoyed working with multi medium art.  Recently I used a portion of a coffee filter on one of my cards.  Today I decided to use the entire filter.  I buy natural coffee filters so they are brown.  I used the pine branches from the Christmas Pines stamp set inked with Wild Wasabi and Tranquil Tide inks on the center of the filter.  I stamped one pine cone from the Christmas Happiness stamp set with Chocolate Chip ink.  I think these pine cones are so realistic looking. I wish they had coordinating dies.  Next I used Cherry Cobbler ink on the NOEL greeting.  I added scattered spots with my stand by spot stamp from the Awesomely Artistic stamp set and Chocolate Chip ink.  Now the fun part and maybe a little scary.  Scrunch that filter into a ball. I smoothed it out and attached it to a piece of Whisper White CS.  I used the Crumb Cake ink pad to go over the wrinkles in the filter to give it an even more distressed look.  At my age it’s all about vintage!  I added a burlap ribbon tied at one side with twine and then onto the base card of Cherry Cobbler CS. Take a look.  See what you think.

PAWS TO PONDER

Hugs and happy stamping,  MB

Hi Stampers,

Sorry for the lapse between posts.  My neighbor needed 80 die cuts for the Giving Tree where she works.  So I was happy to whip those out for her.  I used stars and stitched circles and then embossed the circles with the Holly Embossing Folder.  I had the card I am sharing today on my work space for about a week.  I finally finished it yesterday.  I used the Nature Sings stamp set and the Lovely As A Tree stamp set.  I sponged the background then stamped the Elk with Chocolate Chip ink.  I used the Stampin’ Blends to color in the Elk. I masked the Elk and stamped the trees twice then added the single pine trees. The base card is Soft Suede CS.  I made this a masculine birthday card.  It seems that type eludes my imagination so when I get an idea for one I go with it.  Take a look.  I hope you enjoy.  I had fun piecing this together.

PAWS TO PONDER

Hugs and happy stamping,  MB