I did it, I made it to October 31 and completed my 31 Day Blog Challenge. So, Happy Halloween & Thank You!
I loved the challenge of writing every day and creating cards and posts to share with you. It was a lot of work, but I really enjoyed it. Thanks to all of you for reading and following along. I am especially thankful to those of you who took the time to comment either in a post or by replying to the email you receive. I can’t tell you how much it means to receive feedback and comments. Thank you to each of you!
I will continue to blog but not every day like this month. It will probably be 3 – 4 days a week just because there will be so much going on and new things to share with you from now until after the New Year. The new Stampin’ Blends will be available this week, November 1 and I will be attending Convention in early November and hearing about the new catalogs and products. Of course, we are still making cards for Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year. I won’t be able to share information regarding the new catalogs right away but as soon as we can I’ll be excited to share so that you can begin planning for January and the best sale of the year, Sale-a-bration!
So enjoy all the little ghosts and goblins for Halloween but please be sure to keep pets inside and safe, all the excitement can be upsetting to them.
Double double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble. – William Shakespeare
Create Joy! Deena
It feels like it could snow here in Illinois, so why not make a Christmas Card! We made some at Stamp Night this week but I want to make a Christmas card for my swaps for Stampin’ Up! convention in November. So I have to start playing with different cards to decide what to make.
If you have never been to a convention or even a large stamp retreat or workshop, swaps are a very popular event. You make as many cards (or sometimes just the card fronts to use as ideas for card classes and workshops) as those participating in the swap or at convention, as many cards as you want to swap and come home with. I have gotten so many beautiful cards over the years! Other demonstrators have told me that they put these out at their card workshops for a dollar and let stampers buy them. I might start sharing them at Stamp Night. We usually put them in nice plastic envelopes so they stay very nice during the swap. I want to make between 50 – 100 so I have to start planning so that I can order paper or embellishments that I might not have enough of.
So the chilly weather has put me in the mood for snowflakes, reindeer and winter scenery and trees. You may see a lot of card samples of this nature before I leave in November!
I chose the reindeer and “Merry Christmas” from the Merry Patterns stamp set. This is the stamp set that can be earned FREE by placing a $300 order by the end of October or hosting a virtual party by the end of the month with a combined order total by you and your friends of $300. I used the Card Front Builder Thinlit Dies to add the trees to the front. The evergreen with bow is from the Merry Mistletoe stamp set, a new Christmas stamp set in the Annual Catalog. The cardstock used is Garden Green, Real Red and Whisper White. I’ve listed the products below.
Listen! The wind is rising, and the air wild with leaves, We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves! – Humbert Wolfe
Create Joy! Deena
I love the versatility of Stampin’ Up! stamp sets and Paper Pumpkin kits. With a little creativity (and of course lots of idea-sharing among demonstrators) we can create Birthday Candles from Merry Patterns Christmas stamp set. Our photopolymer stamp sets make it easy to add color to the outline of the candles.
I used two patterns of Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper to create the background and the label from the Large Number Framelits. It’s Your Day sentiment is from Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set. The Product List of items used is at the end of this post.
Stampin’ Blends – Coming in November
Today on Facebook I shared Stampin’ Up’s post and chance to win the new Stampin’ Blends which will be available November 1 to all customers. Demonstrators were able to order them October 1, I ordered them but can’t say that I have had a lot of time to color with them yet. Stampin’ Up! introduced alcohol-based markers a couple of years ago, but there were quality issues so they were discontinued. The new alcohol-based blending markers seem to have resolved the issues of drying up. I am anxious to share more information about them when they are released on November 1.
Visit my Facebook business page to see the Stampin’ Up! post I shared and either like, comment or share (on the Stampin’ Up! page) to be entered for a chance to win one of 101 prizes. 1 winner will win a complete set and 100 people will win a combo set. There is a light and dark marker in each combo set. Each marker have a fine and a thick end just like our Stampin’ Write markers.
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou
Create Joy! Deena
Did you have a Sheltering Tree growing up? For me it was the large Maple in the back yard of our family home – it provided lovely shade, we fed and were entertained by the squirrels and a large variety of birds and the leaves, oh boy, the leaves every Fall. I also remember the small evergreen my grandmother planted when I was in grade school. I still have a picture of it waist high. Now the tree towers over my brother’s home on the property. It is showing signs of age after 50+ years. It is hard to imagine a time that it won’t be standing there.
Now I have a tree of my own. I planted it for the yellow and orange leaves it would produce each Fall, so my Mom could look at them. Unfortunately by the time it was a couple of years old and changed colors, she had passed. I watch it begin to change and think how she would love it.
I saw a Halloween card created by a fellow demonstrator using the black tree in the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper (DSP) and the Wood Textures DSP as a fence or gate. It was very cute but it inspired me to use the Sheltering Tree stamp and make a fence using the Wood Crate Framelit. Of course there needs to be a few falling leaves.
I’d love to hear from you in the comments – what was or is your sheltering tree?
Paper Pumpkin Update
I saw a Facebook update from a fellow demonstrator who received her October Paper Pumpkin today. Adorable! I can’t wait to receive mine. For those of you who have subscribed – it is super cute! October uses the green plaid in the Merry Little Christmas DSP pack. I don’t want to spoil the surprise but wait until you see the cards and stamps!
Love is flower like; Friendship is like a sheltering tree. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Create Joy! Deena
Looking for a great tree background? If so, use the Woodland Textures Embossing Folder! Tonight in my live Stamping Short and Sweet on Facebook, I shared the use of the embossing folder to create this card. It is beautiful as is on Very Vanilla cardstock but I added a bit of Soft Suede to the branches and tree trunk to give it some texture in the background. I used the Sponge Daubers to apply the ink.
Visit my Facebook business page to see the technique.
The products I used are listed here. I used the sentiment from Labels to Love stamp set and the little leaf from the Colorful Seasons stamp set. I created the colorful leaves by using the Seasonal Layers Framelits. I used the new label punch from the Holiday Catalog.
“Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf.” Albert Schweitzer
Create joy! Deena
Have you decorated for Halloween yet? Are you going to stamp some cards for family, friends or little crafts for Trick or Treaters? Let’s have a Halloween Weekend! I’ll share some cards and project ideas with you.
I just can’t get enough of this spooky tree! Today’s visitor is an owl that just wants to get dressed and have fun with the little trick or treaters.
I used the Spooky Cat stamp set and the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper.
I stamped the owl and the hat, then “fussy cut” the each of them and then adhered them with Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals. I used the sentiment from the stamp set.
I think I have used this DSP more than any other in a very long time! It is just so versatile!
Be sure to check for each blog post throughout the weekend so you can see all the cards and projects.
Fast Fuse Update
I posted an update on Facebook Thursday regarding Fast Fuse. Stampin’ Up! advised demonstrators today that the special to buy a Fast Fuse and then receive 2 free refills (part of the World Card Making Card specials) was such a hit they had to stop taking orders for now. At some point when inventory is replenished they will let us know and offer it again. If you were planning to order some by October 10, I am sorry for the inventory issue but will let you know as soon as I see we are ready to have a special Fast Fuse sale again!
Create joy! Deena