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Quick and Easy Leaf Print Greeting Cards

Quick and Easy Leaf Print Greeting Cards

I’m cheating with my quick and easy leaf print greeting cards for today’s project!  (whew!  I feel better now I’ve come clean…😚)  But I don’t feel toooo bad about cheating. 

Wanna know why?

  • It saved me a ton of time (maybe even hours!)
  • I got to play with my beautiful Nature’s Poem designer series paper (which you can get FREE right now!)
  • I experimented with a colour combination I’m pretty sure I never would’ve even tried

And guess what?  I want YOU to cheat too and make a card just like this guy with YOUR patterned papers!

quick and easy leaf print greeting cards

So let’s get to the nitty-gritty.  How exactly do I want you to cheat?  

Let’s not go gather leaves and let them sit in a solution to turn them into little skeletons. Don’t mix up the paper pulp and run it through screens.  And I especially don’t want you waiting hours for it to dry.  In fact, I don’t even want you to grab your inks and create your own background paper today.

Now don’t get me wrong.  Making your own paper – and backgrounds – is fun and rewarding, not to mention environmentally friendly.  But it could also be a teensy bit time-consuming.  That’s where patterned paper comes to your rescue! 

Quick and easy leaf print greeting cards go together so quickly when you have a nice package of paper like this one just begging to be used!

quick and easy leaf print greeting cards

There’s a wonderful mix of colours in the Nature’s Poem selection.  And this one I’m pretty sure I never would’ve tried.  What do you think?quick and easy leaf print greeting cards The three colours in the leaf print paper are Petal Pink, Grapefruit Grove and Blackberry Bliss.  And while I think of fall when I look at some of the sheets, I’m planning to use this card right now for a male (yes, despite the “pink”).  I don’t think it screams feminine at you does it?  After all leaves work for just about anybody, anytime, any occasion! 

Take another peek.

quick and easy leaf print greeting cards

And the bonus for you?  You can choose this package (or maybe another one from a selection of 10) absolutely FREE right now when you order three others.  

This is my favourite sale!  I stock up on my designer series paper for the whole year!  Check out Stampin’ Up!’s video to see all the ones you could choose from.

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Quick and Easy Leaf Print Greeting Cards

What else do I have going on with this card?

quick and easy leaf print greeting cards

  • Two punched leaves with the Leaf Punch peeking out from the tag sentiment, one gold foil and one Blackberry Bliss
  • A simple and generic calligraphic greeting from the Painted Glass stamp set (don’t you love blackletter handwriting?) punched with the Everyday Label punch
  • Lovely gold metallic-edged vanilla ribbon which catches the light
  • Three simple little faceted Blackberry Bliss dots

So now it’s time to get you started cheating!  Stock up on your designer series paper.  This sale is half over!

quick and easy leaf print greeting cards

Looking for other ideas that are quick and easy and use up some of your safely-stored-away patterned paper?  This Christmas one is fast and this pretty floral notecard goes together in a flash too.  What a great way to double down on your crafting time.

So save yourself a ton of time, grab some Nature’s Poem paper during our Buy 3 Get 1 FREE sale and try out a colour combination you might never have thought of!  You’ll be glad you did when you can cheat at creating quick and easy leaf print greeting cards.

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2018 Annual Catalogue Open House Customer Handmade Cards

2018 Annual Catalogue Open House Customer Handmade Cards

I’m excited to share my 2018 Annual Catalogue Open House customer handmade cards.  Besides being able to hand out door prize tickets for bringing and leaving me a handmade card😉,  I love to see how everyone gets busy in their own craft spaces using our suite of products. 

You’ll see lots of die cuts, stamping, embossing (dry and heat), embellishments and bold, bright colours.  Isn’t that so perfect for summer?

Let’s take a peek…

2018 Annual Catalogue Open House Customer Handmade Cards

 

Janine had some of our old (new!) Poppy Parade paper and ink just hangin’ around in her stash of goodies!  Aren’t we glad she decided to pull them out for this happy and vibrant two-step stamping card?  

Do you know what sets she’s used?  Daisy Delight for the trio of flowers and Timeless Textures for the Sahara Sand background.  How’d she know those are two of my favourites?

 

2018 Annual Catalogue Open House Customer Handmade Cards

 

Dianne pulled out her Big Shot,  Petals & More thinlits and her Petal Palette stamp set for this pretty pink, black and white design.  Mixing it up with the Stitched Shapes framelits and a piece of that oh-so-lovely Petal Passion designer paper (who else is sad that’s retired?) adds lots of interest. 

2018 Annual Catalogue Open House Customer Handmade Cards

Cathie created some cool treats for our upcoming hot summer days with the Coffee Cafe set and Coffee Cups framelits.  She’s made a neat background too by embossing her words with clear embossing powder then sponging ink over top for a frosty feel.  Anyone in the mood for a frappucino?

2018 Annual Catalogue Open House Customer Handmade Cards

2018 Annual Catalogue Open House Customer Handmade Cards

Betty also has some gorgeous bold colour with the old (new) Blackberry Bliss paper, ink and ribbon.  Then she pulled out some of the white embossed designer paper from a couple years back and brayered over it to create a Crumb Cake background.  Just beautiful with the layered detailed butterflies.  I just love this card.

2018 Annual Catalogue Open House Customer Handmade Cards

Yvonne has such a sweet card for a young’un – or anyone young at heart.  Bella and her tortoise buddy are set in a whole bouquet of magenta flowers.  The trick to this card is Bella is suspended on a slider so she moves and does backflips!

2018 Annual Catalogue Open House Customer Handmade Cards

2018 Annual Catalogue Open House Customer Handmade Cards

2018 Annual Catalogue Open House Customer Handmade Cards

Eileen’s fun card shows off her Zentangle!  She created a tangle with her black detailed markers on plain white bond paper, then cut them with the detailed flower from last year’s Stylish Stems thinlits.  Next, she overlapped them onto a bright yellow and light pink cardstock.  So effective against a dotted pink patterned paper.

 

2018 Annual Catalogue Open House Customer Handmade Cards

 

What a great idea Ann had to piece together several die cut fronds to create a perfect rust backdrop for our pretty watercoloured Petal Palette bird.  Set against a stamped Layering Oval die cut and glued onto a dry embossed background, she’s designed a sweet little card for any occasion.

2018 Annual Catalogue Open House Customer Handmade Cards

2018 Annual Catalogue Open House Customer Handmade Cards

Roxanne played with her Swirly Scribbles thinlits, her markers, punches and her pastels to create a whimsical flower trio.  She swirled on her spots of colour to coordinate with her “wreath” die cuts, then glued them on top and fancied them up with some bling-y rhinestones. 

Notice her trio is just a bit off centre to add visual interest.  This would bring a smile to even the most curmudgeonly amongst us, wouldn’t you agree?

2018 Annual Catalogue Open House Customer Handmade Cards

 

So isn’t it FUN to see what everyone’s been up to?  I think it’s so neat to see how different techniques, framelits and stamp sets provide inspiration for you.  And I ALWAYS get inspired too to try something new – or maybe visit an older technique I haven’t tried in awhile.

If you loved these ideas, I know you’ll appreciate the work behind these other super designs created by my friends and customers.  And maybe these ones will get you inspired to get into your craft room too?

Even if you weren’t able to attend this Open House😔, I would love to receive your handmade creations…ANYTIME!  Send one to me at Box 911, Blackfalds, AB T0M0J0.

But you know what?  I’m not done yah-et!  I had such an overwhelming response, I couldn’t share them all in one post.  So make sure you keep your eyes peeled to see which other customer handmade cards I’ve hidden away to share in upcoming Front and Centre Friday blog posts!

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New Stampin Up Annual Catalogue is LIVE!

New Stampin Up Annual Catalogue is LIVE!

Yippee – the new Stampin Up Annual Catalogue is live!  That means you get to see it up close and personal – on your computer and in your hands starting RIGHT now!

Do you need a catalogue?  If you placed an order with me in the last year and live outside of Central Alberta, you should have received yours by now.  If not, email me and I’ll get one to you ASAP.

If you live in Central Alberta, I’ve got one with your name on it just waiting for you!  Email me to get your copy.

In the meantime, take a peek at the pdf to see all the fantastic new items.

Here’s a great short video for a snap shot of all the lovely items!

So go grab a cup of tea and have a good browse!

And here’s a HINT!  Once you’ve flipped through the catalogue once or twice, start from the BACK the next time.  It’s amazing what you might have missed on the first couple go-arounds!

And if you’re ready to shop, remember my Varied Vases Prize Raffle going on right now!  You could win these fabulous goodies!

A Fun Stamp Pad Ink Refills Background

A Fun Stamp Pad Ink Refills Background

Today I want to show you a fun stamp pad ink refills background my friend Janine created for her Merlin card.  It’s so cute, you’ll be pulling out your re-inkers to give it a shot right away!

a fun stamp pad ink refills background

Isn’t it awesome?  Those swirls and bursts of colour are just perfect with our little Merlin from the Magical Day stamp set.

And isn’t his expression priceless?  Sort of a bored, yet mischievous glint in the corner of his eye!  Janine coloured him with the Rich Razzleberry Blends and her Basic Gray marker.

Here’s a close up.

a fun stamp pad ink refills background

Want to make a fun stamp pad ink refills background?

Here’s how:

  1. Spritz Shimmery White cardstock with plain water
  2. Touch refill tips into the water and release a small amount of ink (she used So Saffron, Calypso Coral and Pumpkin Pie refills)
  3. Add more spritz if the ink doesn’t immediately flow
  4. (You can also lightly blow onto the wet ink/water mix to get it to move in the direction you want)
  5. Let cardstock dry completely.
  6. Stamp stars randomly over the bursts of colour for some magic dust!

What other details make this card work so well?

  • Merlin’s “crystal” ball which is one of the large clear faceted gems
  • fabulous mix of bold, fun colours
  • off-centred greeting stamped in two colours, on two colours of paper

Sadly, this fun set is retiring soon.  I’ve played around with it quite a bit this winter. So many mythical creatures…a unicorn, mermaid, white knight, a dragon great for Harry Potter and Dundgeons & Dragons fans!  But I love how the images work for ALL ages…from little tykes thrilled with mystical images…to older folks who still believe in magic 😉. 

If you’ve been sitting on the fence about this set or bundle, sit no longer!  It’ll soon be gone for good and I’d hate for you to miss out on bringing a little bit of make-believe to those you craft for.

And while you’re at it, why not pick up all the supplies Janine used to recreate this card at home?  Simply click on the image to order from me and it will ship directly to your house in about a week.  Thanks!

a fun stamp pad ink refills background

You might also love a couple more ideas for this fun bundle like my cool Wink of Stella dragon or my pretty unicorn tag gift box? 

And if you haven’t yet played around creating backgrounds with your re-inkers, here’s another thrity-second idea to get you inspired!

Once you start playing, you’re not going to want to stop – for anything!  Dinner, sleep, housework…heck who needs clean socks when you’re having so much fun?  And surely your twice-removed-second-cousin’s-great-aunt needs a card to celebrate her cat’s birthday doesn’t’ she?  🤣

Believe me, your re-inkers will dry up before you do!  Then you’ll have treated cardstock galore for all kinds of great handmade projects with such a fun stamp pad ink refill background! 

Sneak Peek: Stampin Up Rooted in Nature Bundle

Sneak Peek: Stampin Up Rooted in Nature Bundle

Ready for a sneak peek Stampin Up Rooted in Nature bundle card?  If you’re a fan of Stampin’ Up!’s Lovely as a Tree stamp set, you might just FLIP over this Nature’s Poem suite.  It’s just fabulous! 

Full of trees, leaves with super brush lettered and plain text greetings, there are tons of occasions and seasons it will be perfect for.  Let’s see it.

sneak peek stampin up rooted in nature

I had so much fun playing with every single thing in this suite.  Take a closer look and see if you can see them all.

sneak peek stampin up rooted in nature

How many did you see?  How about I list them for you?

  • Stamp set (a double set…with 16 stamps)
  • Framelits (12 dies, including 3 specifically for embossing which I left off this card)
  • Twine (a bit thicker than baker’s but not as thick as jute – and it comes in a pack of 4 colours including Mint Macaron)
  • Metal leaf trinkets (two different shapes in both copper and silver)
  • Designer series paper (amazing how just a little bit spruces – pun intended! 🙂- everything up!)

sneak peek stampin up rooted in nature

Your card making becomes SO easy when Stampin’ Up! does the work for you.  Everything in the Nature’s Poem suite is coordinated wonderfully to take your cards from lovely to spectacular!  

I know it’s awfully hard to wait for the catalogue. You’ll be happy to know they’re on their way soon!  Then you’ll be able to drool over it right along with me!

With all the new goodies, I predict you’re going to have it filled with sticky notes and a loooong wish list.  

I shared another of my favourites a couple weeks ago.  Did you see my colourful Graceful Glass vellum card?  

However, if you’re a nature lover, I think this Nature’s Poem suite HAS to be on your list!  

In fact, it would be hard to NOT be a nature lover with such a lovely set as this. 

sneak peek stampin up rooted in nature

I hope you enjoyed your sneak peek Stampin Up Rooted in Nature bundle – stay tuned for more as we ramp up to June 1st!  

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