Pumpkin Punch Tutorial

It is time for another tutorial. This is a fun project to make. I saw this at a local Demonstrator meeting but I can't remember who showed it-so once I get that info I will give her credit.

1. Gather your supplies: Crystal Effects, Round Tab Punch, SNAIL, Bone Folder, Cardstock and Ribbon.

2. Punch 16 tabs out of the Pumpkin Pie Cardstock. 16 makes for a very full pumpkin but you can add or subtract punches to get the look you want.

3. Fold all of your tabs in half. Use a bone folder along the crease to get a crisp fold.

4. Liberally apply adhesive to both sides of the tabs and glue tabs together as shown.

5. Glue 8 tabs together, forming half of your pumpkin. Glue the other 8 tabs together but do not glue the two halves together yet.

6. Take one of the halves and apply Crystal Effects to the spine of the pumpkin. Lay your ribbon over the CE and form a loop, apply more CE to make the loop. Gently set aside being careful that the pumpkin will not close shut.

7. Take the second half and apply adhesive to the tabs that are close to the center. Than place Crystal Effects along the spine of the second half.

8. Carefully put both halves together being sure to match up the tabs.

9. Voila!! Now you have a beautiful 3-D pumpkin decoration!! Look for a few pictures of ideas on how to use this fun project.


Thanksgiving Thoughts

The "Thankful Thoughts" stamp set is so versatile. There is so much that you can do with it. Either leave it as a full square or cut out each one of the little squares and use those images separately.
RECIPE: DSP-Autumn Vines; CS-More Mustard, Really Rust, Very Vanilla; Stamps-Thankful Thoughts; Ribbon-Chocolate Chip Poly Twill (Retired).


Halloween Cards

Here are some of my Mom, Lyn's, cards that she made while we were enjoying the view of the bay.


Stamping Retreat

I spent a few days of rest and relaxation with my family. My Mom and I took advantage of the time together to stamp. Here is our stamping creative process and my Mom (and yes, she is in her pajamas--we are on vacation). Check out our view while we were stamping. Isn't it fabulous? So peaceful and relaxing.

Keep checking back over the next few days and I will post some of our creations!!


Shelli's Creations

How cute are these place settings? The CEO of SU!, Shelli Gardner, created these for a tv show. Click on this LINK for great ideas on how to recreate these products. There is also a list of all the SU! products used to make these beautiful table decorations.


Changing It Up!

I tend to see a stamp or paper exactly as it is shown or for the season it can be used. I tried to think a bit out of the box with the Season of Friendship Tree and Autumn Vine DSP. I wanted to make a Christmas card, but as you can see I am still a bit obsessed with these two products. So I decided to just use the branches of the tree instead of the whole thing. I also picked a pattern of the DSP that is more "winter" looking. Here is my creation! I hope it challenges you to change things up a bit.

RECIPE: DSP-Autumn Vines; CS-Chocolate Chip, Whisper White & Sage Shadow; Stamp-Season of Friendship; Ink-Chocolate Chip & Sage Shadow; Embellishment-Silver Brads; and Ribbon-Chocolate Chip Double Stitched Felt (Holiday Mini)


Autumn Love Notes

This is a simple 3X3 card I made as a "Thank You!" for my Stamp Club members. I attached it to their orders.

RECIPE: DSP-Autumn Vines; CS-Chocolate Chip; Stamps-Season of Friendship; Ink-Sage Shadow, Real Rust & Creamy Caramel; and Ribbon-Chocolate Chip Twill (retired).


Autumn Leaves and Vines

I have been stamping the past few days (hard to believe I know). I just received my box of fall goodies from the new Holiday Mini!. I am a fickle stamper, as soon as I open one of our new DSPs I fall in love! I can't help it. I am a sucker for pretty paper. My latest "love" is the "Autumn Vine" paper in the Mini. It is so pretty and the colors are fabulous. This is my first attempt at any new projects in a couple of weeks. I hope this inspires you to try out our new Autumn products in the Mini.

RECIPE: DSP-Autumn Vine; CS-More Mustard, Chocolate Chip & Real Rust; Stamps-Season of Friendship; Ink-Real Rust, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Sage Shadow, & Close to Cocoa.


September Stamp Club Projects

Here are two more projects we made at Stamp Club this month. I had such a wonderful time getting to know all of you! I can't wait until next month for more stamping fun! The Technique of the month was "Faux Metal". Everyone really seemed to enjoy the projects.

This card is very simple, I know, but I made it just to show off the technique. The 'metal' emblem reminds me of an old tin ceiling you find in older buildings or homes. This piece of faux metal is so realistic that my club members thought it actually was a tin embellishment.

I also wanted to use my new favorite DSP "Parisian Summer". This is one of those papers that you see in the catalog and think, "Oh, that looks nice," but don't actually think about purchasing it. But I must tell you, the paper is gorgeous! I am actually almost out of it and will have to order more.

RECIPE: CS--Bravo Burgundy & Brushed Silver; DSP--Parisian Summer; Ink--VersaMark; Stamps--Baroque Motifs; Ribbon--Pretty in Pink Taffeta; Embellishments--Silver Brads; and Other--Silver Embossing Powder.

Here is another Gift Card Holder that we made. This was a great hit with everyone. I decided to make a more general card for Stamp Club so it could be used for birthdays or some other special event.

RECIPE: CS--Rose Red, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Regal Rose, Night of Navy; Ink--Rose Red; Stamp--Deer Friends; Ribbon--Certainly Celery; and Punches--Word Window, 3/4" Circle, 1 3/8" Circle, 1 1/4" Circle, Scallop Circle & Scallop Edge.


Faux Metal Hardware

Here is another project from September's Stamper's 30 Meeting. We learned different Faux Metal Techniques. This card features a faux metal piece of "hardware". Faux metal is a great technique to achieve the popular look of metal without the cost and bulk of real metal embellishments. This card also features one of my favorite new stamp sets Upsy Daisy. It is so much fun and you can do so much with it.

Tip: The Top Note die perforates the cardstock around the edge of the shape. Cut around the perforations and you can layer the dies for an elegant look.

RECIPE: CS--Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Brushed Silver and Not Quite Navy; DSP--Urban Garden; Ink--Baja Breeze, VersaMark & Not Quite Navy; Stamps--Upsy Daisy; Dies--Top Note Bigz (SU! Exclusive); Other--Silver Embosing Powder.

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And as always, if you have any questions feel free to contact me. I would love to hear from you!