Saturday, September 22, 2018

Red, White & Blue Thank You

My awesome team members have been making military appreciation cards this month.   I'm extremely proud of them and want to showcase their talents here:

Most of the products used in these cards are retired, so I won't be listing them here but I hope you are inspired to create something similar.  Our men & women in the military deserve all the support we can give them.  Without their sacrifices, we would not be able to enjoy the freedoms we have in our country. 

With gratitude,


Thursday, September 20, 2018

Fall Sampler

Fall is my favorite time of the year.  Gone are the heat & humidity of summer, replaced by crisp, sunny days with bright blue skies and gorgeous colors in all of nature.  To celebrate this glorious season, I've created a beautiful sampler to display my love of all things Fall.  My inspiration for this piece was from Audra Monk -

My sampler is created using rich, warm fall colors - mainly Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Blackberry Bliss & Old Olive.  The borders around each of the 4 sections are Mint Macaron, a wonderful contrast to the Cajun Craze.

The base of this sampler is created on a piece of 9" x 9" Basic Black cardstock.  On top of that is a 8-1/2" x 8-1/2" piece of Crushed Curry; the third layer is a piece of 8-1/4" x 8-1/4" Cajun Craze.  Let's look closer at each of the 4 sections:

The boots are stamped with Tuxedo Black & colored with Dark Crumb Cake & Bronze Stampin' Blends.  The flowers are die-cut with the Bouquet Bunch Framelits.  Dimensions:  Mint Macaron 2-1/4" square, Very Vanilla 2" square.

The letters are die-cut from a piece of Cajun Craze.  Before cutting them, I stamped the cardstock with the floral image from Wood Words.  They are layered on top of a second set of black letters to give a shadow effect.  The designer paper is from the Country Lane Suite.  Dimensions:  Mint Macaron 2-1/4" x 4-3/4", DSP 2" x 4-1/2".

These leaves from Colorful Seasons were stamped in Early Espresso on each of the 4 main sampler colors and die-cut.  One leaf is die-cut from Copper Foil.  The sentiment is stamped on a 1-1/2" piece of cardstock and flagged on both ends with the Triple Banner Punch.  A piece of Braided Linen Trim tied in a bow and frayed on each end finishes this section.  Dimensions:   Mint Macaron 2-1/4" x 4-3/4", DSP 2" x 4-1/2".

This section uses a piece of Galvanized Metallic Paper embossed with the Tin Tile Dynamic Embossing Folder.  The coloring was done with my Stampin' Blends. The milk can was fussy cut and adhered on top of the circle with liquid glue.  A piece of Linen Thread finishes this section.  Dimensions:  Mint Macaron 4-3/4" square; Wood DSP 4-1/2" square; Galvanized DSP 3-3/4" square; Crushed Curry DSP 2" x 4-1/4" square.

This sampler fits inside a 9" shadow box from (purchased from Michael's Crafts), so I used Dimensionals liberally on this project.

I think it looks beautiful in either the black frame or the gray - which is your favorite?

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