Stampin’ Up! First Frost Sympathy

Good Wednesday morning All! It is otherwise known as Hump Day, or, to me, a meeting day, which seems to happen almost every Wednesday. Some of these meetings are in the morning, some in the afternoon and Kiwanis is always on Wednesday evening. Most churches around here have church meetings and Bible Studies on Wednesday as well as youth group meetings. I guess Wednesday could also be called Popular!

Anyway, my card for today is another sympathy card using the First Frost Bundle and Frosted Floral Designer Series Paper. This paper is too lovely for words. It has a soft sheen to it which I love. I am not much for BLING, and this is just elegant, not blingy. (Is that a word?)


My card base is Smoky Slate. Over that is a mat of the Glossy White card stock. This serves well to showcase the Frosted Floral DSP paper.The DSP has a bit of texture as well, which, if you look closely at the photo, you can see it. Using the branch, or berries, or, how about berry branch? framelit from the First Frost Bundle, I cut 3 from the center of the Glossy White card stock before adhering it to the card base. I don’t like to waste good paper hiding most of it, so, I cut pieces from it whenever possible.

The sentiment is from Better Together. It is stamped in Mossy Meadow on Whisper White card stock and die cut with a Floral Frames framelit. I chose the Mossy Meadow to add a bit of color without it being TOO bright and colorful.

Behind this sentiment piece is a second one cut from Smoky Slate and cut in half lengthwise. This is adhered with Liquid Glue to the back of the sentiment making a nice mat. A Frosted Epoxy droplet is added just above the sentiment.


I also cut one  of the branches from some Mossy Meadow card stock. This and the Glossy White ones are arranged behind the sentiment piece and Liquid Glued to the card front. Liquid Glue adheres the sentiment over them.

Card front – done.

Inside, after stamping off once, I stamped the berry branch in Mossy Meadow on Whisper White card stock.  The sentiment is stamped full strength over it. The sentiment is from Better Together. This panel is backed with a mat of the Frosted Floral DSP that is also used on the front.


The envelope is one from the Silver Foil-edged Cards and Envelopes pack. I could have used the card as well, but had already started my card when I remembered I had those cards. I cut a piece of the same Frosted Floral DSP as on the card for the flap. Looks Great! It is very elegant and dressy. These will be nice for Christmas cards also.


The front has a lone Mossy Meadow stamped-off-once berry branch from the First Frost Bundle. Stampin’ Up! has made it easy to coordinate a theme or style for your cards and scrapbook pages. And, several of their stamp and die sets are interchangeable with others, giving you nearly limitless design possibilities.2

This card and envelope are now ready for the post. I hope you like.

The host code for October is EV7ETS99. When placing an order of $50-$149.99 from my online store, use this code to earn a free gift from me. For orders over $150, DO NOT USE THE HOST CODE, as this will nullify any rewards you earn from Stampin’ Up! You will still get your free gift from me. And, you will earn bird eggs. For complete details on customer rewards, go here.

You also are eligible for my online class tutorials if you place a (pre-tax and shipping) $50 order through my online store.


Card Cuts: Smoky Slate: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″, sentiment mat 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″; Glossy White: front mat and berry branches 4″ x 5-1/4″; Whisper White: sentiment piece 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, inside liner 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″; Mossy Meadow: berry branch 2″ x 3″; Frosted Floral Designer Series Paper: front 3-3/4″ x 5″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, envelope flap 3-1/2″ x 5-3/4″

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Stampin’ Up! Woodland Thank You

My apologies to you all for not posting a card yesterday. It isn’t as though I slept through it, as I get up pretty early. Either I am getting old and slower, or I try to do too much, or I am disorganized. Or perhaps a bit of all three or none of the above! Take your pick! Anyway, I couldn’t get a card done in time to post it yesterday.

My card for today uses very little stamping, and it is a good thing too, as…well, that is another story. The bottom line is that when I made this I was traveling, and I do not usually include my card making supplies in my packing. Consequently, one forgets things. I remembered the essentials-I thought- and could make do with what I had with me.


Lo, and behold! I had NO blocks on which to put my stamps for stamping. Can you beat that??? Improvisation is my middle name, so I used one of my Textured Impressions Embossing Folders. This is really too big to offer control, but it was what I had, so I managed..sort of. I did look around (without being snoopy!) my host’s home (she was at work) to see what might avail itself as a stamping block. Alas, nothing materialized, hence the TIEF as a substitute.

The card base is Crumb Cake with an Early Espresso mat for my previously hand dyed watercolor paper.

A few posts ago I mentioned that I had taken a Natural Dyes and Leaf printing workshop with Australian textile artist Kirsten Ingemar. It was so much fun and I learned a lot. One of the weekend projects was leaf printing, some of which I did on fabric, and some on watercolor paper. Today’s card is one of those prints.

As a result of the dyeing process, the paper is even more textured than it was before the dyeing took place. The result of this was uneven stamping. Now, if I had taken my Stamparatus with me, it would have been an easy fix. While pondering just how I would fix this, I decided I actually like the look that the uneven stamping gave me. Call it a happy accident if you will, I decided to leave things as they are. It just adds to the ‘organic’ and handmade look.


After stamping the sentiment in Early Espresso directly onto the hand-dyed watercolor paper, I wrapped a length of Braided Linen Trim around the panel, taping it on the back. A short length of the same trim is just tied in a knot. This card is for a man, so, no bows. I used Liquid Glue to adhere the completed panel to the dry embossed Early Espresso mat. The Woodlands Textured Impressions Folder goes so well with any nature themed card, but especially so with my leaf prints. These leaves are from a birch tree – a perfect match for the embossed panel!

The mat was adhered to the card base with Liquid Glue as well.

The inside uses the Winter Woods (tree trunks), Rooted in Nature (leaves) and All Things Thanks (sentiment) stamps. The sentiment is in Early Espresso and all else is in Crumb Cake ink on a Crumb Cake panel. This left me a bit of room to write a personal note.


Did I mention I was traveling and had limited supplies?? How about NO ENVELOPES! No envelopes either to decorate, or with which to mail the finished card! Oh, my. Both had to wait until my return home.

However, you get to see the card, which is the important part anyway.

The host code for October is EV7ETS99. When placing an order of $50-$149.99 from my online store, use this code to earn a free gift from me. For orders over $150, DO NOT USE THE HOST CODE, as this will nullify any rewards you earn from Stampin’ Up! You will still get your free gift from me. And, you will earn bird eggs. For complete details on customer rewards, go here.

You also are eligible for my online class tutorials if you place a (pre-tax and shipping) $50 order through my online store. These tutorials use the most wonderful Winter Woods Bundle. So, don’t delay! Place a qualifying order today.October-Online-Class-Collage

There is more to come tomorrow, so stay tuned.

CARD CUTS: Crumb Cake: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″, inside sentiment panel 3-3/4″ x 5″; Early Espresso: dry emobssed mat for front 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Watercolor Paper: hand dyed and trimmed to 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″

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Stampin’ Up! World Card Making Day Sale

Good Monday Morning! It is cloudy/foggy this morning, and fall is in the air. However, we are predicted to have a couple of warm days later this week. For now, though, let me tell you about the SALE at Stampin’ Up! in honor of World Card Making Day. Yes, there is a world card making day. Who knew? Seems that there is a day out there for almost anything. At any rate, Stampin’ Up! is offering 10% off select products as listed below. The sale starts today, October 1 and runs though Sunday, October 7!  

I will post a card later today, but wanted to get this information out to you NOW.

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All order types qualify for this promotion!  This sale ends on October 7, 2018 at 11:50 PM (MT).Head over to my online store today to start picking up these great deals!

Also, the Stamparatus accessories are now available. See below.

stamparatus accessories

Small Grid Paper Grid paper perfectly sized to fit the Stamparatus, for precision stamp alignment every time. (50 sheets) 149621 $6.50
Stamparatus Plates (Imperial) Additional plates allow you to have multiple stamp arrangements ready to go! (2 plates) 149693 $15.00
Stamparatus Foam Mat Extra foam mat for photopolymer stamping. (1 mat) 150081 $3.00
Stamparatus Accessories Pack (Imperial) Includes Stamparatus plates (Imperial), grid paper, foam mat 151049 $24.50
Magnets Magnets for the Stamparatus. Man these things are strong! Rare earth magnets are great but are brittle by nature. (2 magnets) 148213 $12.00