Cards - Halloween & Fall

Stampin' Up! Country Home stamp set

Are you ready for another beautiful card made with the charming Country Home stamp set? I adore this set. Its so easy to color with the Stampin' Blends alcohol markers or even the watercolor pencils or aqua painters. But, for now, I'm loving it with the Stampin' Blends.

I used some brighter colors of fall for this "thank you" card. Pool party and blackberry bliss are the main cardstock colors as well as whisper white. I also used a strip of designer paper from the Frosted Floral paper pack.

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The new Galvanized Metallic paper looks amazing embossed with the new Tin Tile emboss folder. I made the tin tile look more rustic and worn by rubbing my memento black ink pad across it. Then I buffed off any excess ink with a paper towel.

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The blends colors are pool party, daffodil delight, highland heather, old olive, blackberry bliss and crumb cake. The crumb cake was used to shade the little puffs of cotton.

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I also used a few silver metallic pearls to accent the thanks tag and the highland heather flower. An oval framelit from the Layering Oval Framelits collection frames the rustic pitcher, perfectly.

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A strip of gorgeous grape striped ribbon ties it all together. I actually wrapped a piece of ribbon around the tin tile and then used another piece of ribbon to make the bow, which I attached with a mini glue dot.

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For the cool background, I used my new favorite Buffalo Check background stamp inked in pool party ink. I love these purples and blues and greens together with a tiny pop of yellow! 

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Here's a quick run down of the cardstock sizes: Blackberry Bliss 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 card.

Whisper white: 4 x 5 1/4, Pool Party: 3 3/4 x 5, Galvenized silver: 2x4, Frosted Floral designer paper: 1 1/4 x 3 3/4

This is definitely a set that I would recommend for making your fall, spring or even summer greeting cards!

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How to Color using Blends with Stampin' Up's Country Home stamp set.

I am having a ball, coloring and creating with the new Country Home stamp set in the Stampin' Up Holiday Catalog.

I really only bought this set because I didn't have many "fall" stamp sets. It didn't really tickle my fancy, but it was "ok" I thought. Well, let me just say- you never know until you try it! I've already made about 10 different cards with this set.

It is just so easy to make a beautiful card with these fall flowers and rustic pitchers and tins. Plus, by adding the Tin Tile emboss folder, a Galvanized button and the ever popular Stampin' Blends Markers, the outcome can only be, fantastic!

Here's the first card I made. Oh my goodness. I love the fall colors on this one.

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I used old olive, pumpkin pie, basic black and whisper white cardstock. The Tin Tile emboss folder makes the most beautiful backgrounds. It looks perfectly lovely by itself, however, on this card I took the cajun craze ink pad and swiped it across the "tile". I just randomly rubbed the ink pad in several spots. It turned out pretty cool, I think.

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I used the smoky slate Stampin Blends alcohol markers to color the jug. I colored the entire jug with the light smoky slate and then went back and shaded with the dark smoky slate. I tried to leave it lighter on one side of the jug where the natual light would actually hit it.

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For the flowers, I used calypso coral light and dark and dark cajun craze Stampin Blends. Again, I colored them first all over with the light calyspo coral and shaded with the darker- using the cajun craze as the darkest shading.

The artichoke was first colored with light mint macaron and then shaded with light and dark old olive Stampin' Blends alcohol markers.

The ferns are light and dark mint macaron, the cattails are crumb cake light and dark and the berries are blackberry bliss Stampin Blends markers. If you haven't tried Stampin Blends alcohol markers yet, you need to! They are like butter.. they blend and glide like no other marker, they make coloring, effortless.

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I finished it off with some linen thread, the new garden green Bakers Twine and one of our new Galvanized Buttons.

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I used dimesionals behind the basic black cardstock to pop it off the card a bit as well as hold the thread and twine in place.

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I hope you like this card as much as I do! There are more to come, so stop back soon.

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Stampin Up Alaskan Cruise Part 3

Its time for Part 3 of our Stampin' Up! Alaskan Cruise trip. This was my most favorite day of the trip. In Part 2, we left off in downtown Skagway.

So, after we took the train and bus tour, we then had another excursion to Denver Glacier. We boarded a helicopter that took us over the mountains, forests, glaciers and the most amazing scenery on our way to Denver Glacier to go on an authentic dog sled ride!

But, first we all had to wear these fancy Glacier Boots to walk on the glacier snow and ice. The boots fit over top of our regular shoes. We also had to wear belts that had a floating device attached because we were flying over water.

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Waiting to board. We were all weighed beforehand as the weight had to be evenly distributed on the helicopter.

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We then boarded the helicopter. I was so excited. I rode a helicopter once before in Hawaii (on our honeymoon) and I got so motion sick. This time, I was prepared, because I wasn't going to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity. I was so excited for my kids to ride for the first time and witness their reactions.

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We all had headphones so we could hear and converse with the pilot.

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I must have been praying in this photo.

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All thumbs up and ready to roll!

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The beauty of the Tongass National Forest, down below was breath-taking.

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The Tongass National Forest is the largest National Forest in all of Alaska. It covers over 16 million acres!

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The Tongass is also the largest Rainforest in North America and the 5th largest rainforest in the world.

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We soared over glorious glaciers and majestic mountains with crystal clear lakes in view.

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We can see the dog sled camp, coming into view. The camp is directly located on the Denver Glacier.

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And... we have landed!

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This is the housing and transportation on the glacier. The campers live in these huts all summer long.
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It was super sunny and warm that day. The best weather they have had in forever. In fact, the tour guides told us that this particular tour always cancels due to weather. We were lucky to get to take the tour as it doesn't happen often.

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We were able to meet, make friends and cuddle with these sweet natured dogs as soon as we arrived. These are Alaskan Huskies, which is actually a mixed breed dog. That's why they all look so different.

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There are many college students who work their summers at the dog sled camp. Everyone we talked to loved working with, playing with and taking care of these high energy dogs. These dogs live to run- they couldn't wait to take us for a ride.

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This is cute little Juneau napping in the warm sunshine. They really love the snow and the care takers mentioned that it was a little too warm for their liking.

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These dogs are THE dogs that run the famous Iditarod sled dog race across Alaska. So, they are pretty famous pups!

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It was cool to hear the mushers explain each of the dogs personalities and who liked to have their ears scratched or which dog preferred their belly rubbed. They knew these dogs so well and we could tell how much they loved their jobs.

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It was time to take a ride. We each had a turn at being a junior musher and got to help "drive" the sled.

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There are always 12 dogs pulling the sled. 

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There was one other person on our sled ride with us, besides the musher. He was from Mexico and this was his VERY FIRST time seeing snow! That's going all out on your first sight of snow- don't you think? It was fun to watch him. He kept giggling and giggling as he felt the snow in his hands.

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And we're off! These dogs could not wait to run! In fact, the two lead dogs kept fighting over who was the real leader of the pack.

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It was glacier, snow, mountains and sky, for miles and miles as far as the eye could see.

In fact, the camp workers fly to town only once a week to get a shower. Now thats what I call, "roughing it!" They do have a chef on the glacier that cooks all their meals, so that kind of makes up for the lack of baths. Right?

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Afterwards, we got to "love" on the dogs again.

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And cuddle puppies...

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We had such an amazing experience with these friendly dogs and fabulous camp crew. We learned so much and experienced something that is beyond words.

Now, back into the helicopter we go.

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More glorious scenery to be seen.

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Flying over ice fields and glaciers...

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and Rainforests and lakes..

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Ready to land and we see our ship, Royal Caribbean, Explorer of the Seas, in the distance.

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I think you can see why this was my most favorite day of the entire trip! And its not over yet!

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Next, we were off to get dinner. Chase said he wasn't leaving Alaska until he had Alaskan King Crab legs. So this was our next stop.

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These were the biggest Alaskan King crab legs we've ever seen. Even bigger that the ones Maci and I had the day before.

One and a half pounds each, to be exact!

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We were pulling out chunks of meat the size of golf balls. Yum!

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The shrimp wasn't bad either!  The restuarant was right on the water, so the seafood was literally scooped out and plopped on your plate!

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And since this was a Stampin' Up! cruise- in case you forgot... I've leave you with a few samples from the displays on the ship, featuring the new Holiday Catalog!

Country Home stamp set.

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Trick or Tweet stamp set.

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Pleasant Pheasants stamp set.

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I hope you enjoyed Part 3 of our Alaskan Cruise adventure. I have more to share and will do that soon.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Stampin Up Vintage Leaves with a Cool Ink Technique

Fall is definitely in the air this week. We've had pretty nice weather until just recently, and now its been rainy, chilly and yucky for the last few days.

I would rather have the cool, crisp, colorful days of fall instead of this gloomy stuff. So, the card that I made today, reflects the beautiful days of autumn- warm, crisp and colorful.

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I used the Vintage Leave stamp set, stamped in basic black archival ink. The background is brayered in melon mambo, pumpkin pie and lemon lime twist inks. The technique on this card, I learned from Carolynn Sander from Canada. She does beautiful work and I loved her fun idea with this technique.

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The technique is called Color Lifting. Its pretty simple. I used a Stampin Spritzer filled with water, to lightly spray the background, after I brayered it. I held the spritzer about 12" from the cardstock. Then I used a paper towel to blot the extra water off of the cardstock. Next, I used a Stampin Up Aquapainter and splattered bigger drops of water on the background and used a paper towel to blot it up. Be sure to let the cardstock dry completely before stamping the leaves. You may use a heat tool to speed up the process. I used shimmery white cardstock, as it holds up to water very well. ( in the product list, I have whisper white- this is incorrect)

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I added the beautiful lemon lime twist ribbon and a few Glitter Dots to compliment the colors in the background.

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I have another beautiful card to share with this technique. I'll post it sometime this week.

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Stampin Up Gift Class- A fall project to share

Do you need a fall gift idea to hand out to friends and family at Halloween or even Thanksgiving? I have the perfect treat.

It was one of the favorite projects at my Holiday Gift Packaging Class this week.

Tracy and Lori just finished their fall treat package and are on to the next fun project of the night. There were 10 in all, so everyone was able to relax and enjoy a fun girls night of stamping, chatting and eating chocolate.

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The fall treat was made with the Pick A Pumpkin stamp set and coordinating dies. I especialy LOVE the Year of Cheer designer paper and Copper Foil Sheets that we used to make this stunning package. The insert was a 2x5 piece of Copper Foil Sheet scored at 1/4" in on each side.

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We wrapped the Year of Cheer paper around little Hershey Nuggets. They fit perfectly in our 2x8 Cellophane Bags.

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The ladies had a choice of a Halloween or a Thanksgiving greeting. This one was for Trick or Treat, but I think its actually more perfect for Thanksgiving.

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Sue enjoyed making a set of Christmas cards and envelopes that fit inside the new acetate card boxes, that we decorated with snowflakes and ribbons.

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Here's Sandy, finishing up her last projects of the day... reindeer and pumpkin treat tubes and a fluffy snowman popcorn treat!  She was my fun stamping partner during the morning session.

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All in all it was a great class and the ladies left with a basketfull of beautiful holiday gifts to hand out to the special people in their lives. 

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Sneak Peek- Holiday Gift Packaging Class

I thought I'd share a quick peek at the Stampin' Up treat tubes from the Holiday Catalog, that we will be making at my Holiday Gift Packaging Class this week.

We are making 10 projects all together. I think the treat tubes are fabulous and so fun! Fill them will all sorts of candy or treats.

I matched the candy to the stamped image theme: red hots for Rudophs "nose" and Reeses's pieces to match the pumpkin pie pumpkin!

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I got the cute idea for the reindeer on a toothpick from my friend Cindy. She always has fun ideas to share! See her blog here.

I'm looking forward to sharing the other amazing holiday projects with my attendees this Wednesday.

Thanks for taking a "peek" at my blog today!

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