Merry Patterns Reindeer Card

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I'm back again for my 31-Day Blogging Challenge with ANOTHER Merry Patterns Reindeer card.  It's Day 11 of my challenge, and I hope you're enjoying this as much as I am!  I have absolutely loved creating with Merry Patterns, the host FREE stamp set.  You can see previous posts featuring Merry Patterns stamp set here, here, here, and here!

You can earn this stamp set free!  Here's how:

  • Place an order of $300.
  • Gather orders totaling $300.
  • Host a gathering of friends that results in $300 in orders.  

Merry Patterns Host Promotion runs through October 31, so there is still plenty of time!  Now that you know how to get Merry Patterns, let's look at today's Christmas card.  

I've actually made the same handmade Christmas card twice with slight variations:

  1. 2 plaid patterns, both part of Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper (part of the Buy 3, Get 1 Free DSP Sale through October 31:).  One has more green, one has more red.  
  2. Mini Tinsel Trim has 2 spools, one each of red and silver.  I used both in my cards.
  3. Now this is a very small difference, but if you look closely, the red and green plaid patterned card has the de-bossed Real Red card stock 

merrypatternsstampinupcandyrattrayThat's it for today.  Contact me at, and I'll help you hatch a plan to get your very own Merry Patterns stamp set absolutely free.  There is still time, but don't wait!  

All Stampin' Up! supplies used here are listed and linked (to my online store) below for your convenience.  The beautiful Designer Series Paper shown here is one of 13 DSP sets in the Buy 3, Get 1 Free sale. So head to my online store (just click:) and get your free paper today!

Painted Harvest Bundle Scrapbook Pages

Painted Harvest Bundle is a must-have from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog IMHO.  It is just plain fun to play with, stamp with, create with!  Today's share for Day 10 of my 31-Day Blogging Challenge is the fall scrapbook pages I created for my monthly stamp club.  I have two options for my club members:  2 cards and a 3D item or 2 scrapbook pages and a 3D item. You can read more about my stamp club in San Antonio here.  You can join any time and there is room for you!

On to my scrapbook pages!  Fall is my favorite season, and there is so much beauty all around.  That is the theme I chose for the September stamp club projects.  And I must say, this is a fun 12 x 12 layout to make!

Here are a few things to consider about my fall scrapbook pages:

  • Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper (part of the Buy 3, Get 1 Free DSP sale this month) gave me the perfect color scheme.  Neutrals and warm, earthy tones work well for fall scrapbooking.  This will be the perfect backdrop for photos taken with fall leaves or a visit to the pumpkin patch.  
  • I chose a sort of color block theme for the various patterns on my 12 x 12 layout.  Some are textured with the Big Shot and make lovely photo spots.  The softer patterns of DSP, as well as the large piece of Tangerine Tango card stock, can all hold more photos and/or some journaling.  Yes, I can write directly on that DSP:)
  • The Designer Series Paper patterns are "quiet"--not too busy.  I wanted my title to be the main focal point to my layout--to really bring home the fact that all my pics are of fall beauties!  So I went all out on a large title piece and had lots of fun making those fall flowers!


All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below for your convenience.  You will want to head over to my online store (click here) to get some of the gorgeous Designer Series Paper on sale--Buy 3, Get 1 free.  Through October 31!

Merry Mistletoe Rubberstamp Set-My Favorite Annual Catalog Christmas Stamps

Welcome to Day 9 of my 31-Day Blogging Challenge.   Today I'm sharing a Christmas card made with my favorite NEW Christmas stamp set in the Stampin' Up! annual catalog, Merry Mistletoe.  I have done a fair bit of creating with this Merry Mistletoe rubberstamp set that you can see here, here and here.

I'm in a hurry to post today, so I won't jabber too much here:)  The few things I would like to point out are:

  • Garden Green and Wild Wasabi are color counterparts and work beautifully together.  You can see another Christmas card I made with this color duo here on my blog.  
  • Cherry Cobbler Stitched Grosgrain provides a familiar, retro touch of handmade loveliness, especially to handmade Christmas cards.

All Stampin' Up! supplies used here are listed and linked below for your convenience.

That's it for me today.  Both Merry Mistletoe rubberstamp set and Be Merry DSP are part of Stampin' Up! promotions this month, so you need to get to my online store and save some money!  Merry Mistletoe rubberstamp set is on sale (15% off!!!) through October 10.  And Be Merry Designer Series Paper is part of the Buy 3, Get 1 free DSP promotion through the end of October.

 Shop now and save!


Pick a Pumpkin Bundle Fall Card

Welcome to Day 8 of my 31-Day blogging challenge!  I'm having so much fun with this, and today I have a fall pumpkin arrangement for you featuring Pick a Pumpkin Bundle

My card is very much inspired by a similar card created by Jenny Peterson, an awesome Stampin' Up! demonstrator in Michigan, and I made it as my swap for my team meeting this month.  If you're not familiar with swaps, it's a super fun activity we demonstrators love to do whereby we swap cards and other projects with each other.  It's a fantastic way to get fresh ideas as well as samples.  We swap each month at my monthly demonstrator team meeting on the first Tuesday of each month.  Read more about that here, and feel free to join me as my guest--free entry with no obligation.  Now that is a deal you don't want to miss:)

I love the versatility of Pick a Pumpkin rubberstamp set (in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog) as you can go elegant with it--as I did here.  Or you can go cute and make some of those pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns with the optional faces included in the rubberstamp set.  Then you can buy the matching framelits in a bundle (which saves you 10%) so you can cut out the stamped pumpkins and even cut out some other cute pumpkins that need no stamping at all like the sorta open-frame one here in Early Espresso.

There are no words, or greetings/sentiments, in Pick a Pumpkin Bundle.  I reached for the lovely Thankful, Grateful, Blessed sentiment in Paisleys & Poseys.  It was a bit too large, overwhelming my little fall pumpkin arrangement, so I simply cut off the large word "blessed."  It felt a little sacrilegious!  LOL!  But I felt that "thankful, grateful" was sufficient:)

There are lots of different Big Shot elements in my handmade card, but it comes together quickly.  Because that's the way I roll!

To learn more about being on my demonstrator team, click here.  I have team members near and far, and there is room for you!  


Merry Cafe Tea Bag Treat

Welcome back to my 31-Day blogging challenge.  I'm having so much fun sharing with you each day!  Today, I have another project for you, this time a 3D project, featuring one of the 13 Designer Series Paper sets in the October Stampin' Up! Promotion:  Buy 3, Get 1 Free.  And the cute little "par-tea" greeting is from Merry Cafe in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.  

This little tea bag treat serves many purposes:

  • It's easily shared with those that can't have candy or chocolate.  Just about anyone can drink tea!
  • While you can use ANY type tea, I chose Constant Comment as it's a classic.  It also has warm spices, and that is perfect for fall.  Constant Comment is the original tea that launched Bigelow Tea Company  in 1945!  Read about it here. Did you know that Bigelow is the only tea plantation in the US, was begun by a woman, and is still 100% family-owned?  Yes, I am a tea enthusiast:)
  • This uses minimal supplies and holds a single tea bag--easy on the wallet!
  • My Merry Cafe Tea Bag Treat comes together in just minutes.  If you need a cute favor for an event like a shower or luncheon, this is perfect.  If you want to put something on a meal tray for a senior, this is perfect.  Having an office or school event and want to add a cute gift?  This is perfect:)  
  • Please note:  you can change out the tea bag for a Ghirardelli chocolate:)

Here's how to make Merry Cafe Tea Bag Treat:

  1. Cardstock is 8-1/2 x 2.  Score at 4-1/8 and 4-3/8 to create a little spine so your tea bag sits nicely inside.
  2. Put each end into the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch to make it pretty and provide an easy closure.
  3. Stick down 3-3/4 x 1-3/4 pieces of DSP on front and back.  Then decorate front as desired.  
  4. Place a little snail adhesive on the inside back of your treat holder so the tea bag does not slide around. Tie together with twine or ribbon of choice.

My monthly stamp club in San Antonio features a 3D project each time as well as 2 cards or 2 scrapbook pages.  This is our October 3D project.  For full information about my stamp club, click here.  You can join anytime, and there is room for you!  Come stamp with us!

Painted Harvest and Painted Autumn--A Perfect Match!

Welcome back to my 31-Day Blogging Challenge.  I'm on a bit of a roll with handmade cards featuring Designer Series Papers.  One of the true hallmarks of Stamping' Up! products is the amazing product coordination that makes it easy to look like an artist whether you are a beginning or veteran crafter!  

Check out my card today that pairs Painted Harvest stamp set and Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper (one of 13 DSP sets in the Buy 3, Get 1 free Stampin' Up! promotion:)  Talk about quick and easy!

Here are my quick tips for today:

  • With Designer Series Paper this pretty (and with such strong images), I let it take center stage and then add a few elements to help it really shine.
  • Lemon Lime Twist is my favorite of the 2017-2019 In Colors!  That's not really a tip, but a strong recommendation:)  Try it, and watch it work its magic in bringing a light, bright pop of color to your projects.
  • Use more than one shade of a color to bring interest to a project.  Here, I used both Cajun Craze and Tangerine Tango card stocks.

That's it for today.  Remember that the Buy 3, Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper sale is a terrific Stampin' Up! promotion that runs through the end of October.   Click here to head to my store and get some!




Remarkable You Copper Butterfly Card

copperbutterflystampinupremarkableyoucandyrattrayI'm on a roll with my 31-Day blogging challenge, and today I have another fall card for you using Remarkable You rubberstamp set.  Click here to see the masculine fall card using Remarkable You rubberstamp set that I shared yesterday.  I think you will like it! 

My copper butterfly card comes together in mere minutes--literally.  I have just a few things to point out to you today:

  • The beautiful DSP with an ombre look is one of the many gorgeous patterns in Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (one of 13 DSP sets in the Buy 3, Get 1 Free sale this month only).  With paper this pretty, you want to keep it simple and let the paper do its work!
  • Although I could have used Basic Black ink for my greeting, I chose Early Espresso instead since I'm using warm colors.  I like the way it contrasts and yet coordinates with my Calypso Coral and copper tones.
  • Be sure to use the Precision Plate with the Big Shot when cutting really intricate dies like the Butterflies thinlits.  It makes them come out quickly, easily, and with clean cuts.  When using foil sheets, I turn the die cut image to the back when brushing out the excess paper pieces--this protects the shine of the foil sheets. 



All Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below.  Don't forget  that you can get a free package of gorgeous Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper in the Buy 3, Get 1 Free sale.  Click here to get yours now!!

Remarkable You Masculine Card

Welcome to Day 4 of my 31-Day Blogging Challenge!  I have a masculine card for you today that is all wood and copper and leaves and fall colors:)  It features Remarkable You rubberstamp set--which you really need!  We made this card in my rubberstamp club last month, and it was a hit!  I think it has a rather luxurious look, bringing together some of the same things that made a nicely decorated room come together:  wood, metal, and earthy colors.

I have just a few things to point out to you about my masculine card: 

  • Wood Textures Designer Series Paper is a natural for masculine cards. It's one that is in the Buy 3, Get 1 Free DSP sale going right now through the end of October.
  • Copper is a fabulous addition to masculine card designs.  I like to keep it subdued as most guys don't want too much "glitz" or shine on their cards:)
  • Although I designed this for the fall season, earthy colors are actually perfect any time of year.
  • Use your DSP scraps to liven up the inside of your card.  Quick, easy, fabulous, and done!










All Stampin' Up! supplies used are listed and linked below for your convenience.  Remember that the Wood Textures DSP, used here, is one of 13 Designer Series Papers on Sale:  Buy 3, Get 1 Free.  It's a great deal!

Merry Patterns Birthday Card

merrypatternstampinuphostcandyrattrayI'm back with Day 3 of my 31-Day Blogging Challenge, and I have another Merry Patterns (Stampin' Up! host free stamp set!) card for you.  This one is totally out of the box as it's a birthday card and could not be more different from anything Christmas or even winter--which is what comes to mind with the images and greetings in Merry Patterns.

I designed this handmade birthday card for my monthly team meeting.  (Read more about being on my monthly demonstrator team here!)  My design "boundaries" were that

  • I wanted to use Merry Patterns since that is our current host promotion
  • And I also wanted to use some of the Designer Series Paper in the Buy 3, Get 1 Free DSP sale.

Personally, I work best with design boundaries or direction.  If I walk into my stamping space and just want to create with no direction, it will probably be a less than successful and enjoyable stamping session:)  I need a color scheme or them or stamp set or something to help me create something and enjoy the process.  Here are my DSP musings:  

  • I love the way Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper works here.  The 3 different patterns coordinate beautifully and give lots of interest.  I oftentimes avoid this many patterns, but I think they work here!  
  • I chose the dinosaur pattern for the top of my card because I think it's a natural for a birthday card to delight any age.  A young person would love the cuteness factor of the dinosaurs.  An older person would get a kick out of the implied undertone that they are getting as old as a dinosaur!

That's it for today.  All the Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below for your convenience.  Head over to my online store and get some of the Designer Series Papers on sale right now.  It's a great deal!  

Stampin' Up! DSP sale

Labels to Love Christmas Card

labelstolovestampinupchristmascardcandyrattrayIt's Day 2 of my 31-day blogging challenge, and I have a Christmas card for you that features something I shared yesterday in a fall card.  I wanted you to see the little wooden nutcracker from the Christmas Around the World Embellishments.  For my fall card yesterday, I added some ink to the wooden bow.  For today's handmade Christmas card, I left the wood raw for a natural, old-fashioned look.  Here, my little wooden nutcracker looks like a wooden toy from a bygone era.

Labels to Love is a versatile stamp set in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog with a coordinating punch--the brand new Everyday Label Punch.  Here's a pic as I want you to see all the cute greetings.  

Labels to Love, Stampin' Up!

I don't have a lot to say today (gasp!), but I did want to point out that the Christmas Around the World Embellishments are actually part of a suite of products that coordinate and include the Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper which I also used.  That DSP is in the sale this month (Buy 3, Get 1 Free).

Although I did not initially warm to this particular DSP, once I started using it I fell in love.  That is so often the way it is with crafting supplies.  Once you get your hands on them, your initial opinion changes!

Once again, I'm highlighting the Designer Series Paper in this month's Stampin' Up! sale--because I think it's a great deal worth sharing with you.  The DSP Sale is Buy 3, Get 1 Free on select papers.

Here's the pic with all the papers shown for your convenience.  In addition, I've listed and linked below all the supplies I used in this card. Head to my online store and get some now!

DSP Sale, Stampin' Up!