Gourd Goodness & More

Here is Georgia we are reaping the benefits of a warm front, it’s in the mid 60s and they are expecting 70 for the high tomorrow so I’m not exactly feeling winter today. LOL!! So instead I thought I’d share with you some of the wonderful swaps I received during OnStage Live in Salt Lake.

This first card uses the Gourd Goodness stamp (144785) set found in the Holiday Catalog and the wonderful Burlap Background stamp (143979/143982).

I just love the feel of texture on this card – these two sets have lots of texture built right into them. And if you don’t already have the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (128748/127802) it’s a must have, since it contains over 20 different sentiments!

These next two cards use the Vintage Leaves stamp set (138802)

White embossing has been teamed up with our Painted Harvest Designer Series Paper.

And how about this card – I just love the texture created with our Embossing Paste (141979) and the Pattern Party Decorative masks (144103).

I really like the white on white used for creating the textured background on this card.

And here is a fun one – the Leaflets Framelits Dies (138283) were used to create this lovely card using the Sheltering Tree stamp set (137163).

The die was used to create a cut out from a scrap piece of card stock which was laid on top of the Whisper White piece. Sponges were used to shade in the leaf and then the mask was removed and the tree was stamped. Striking.

And finally here is one that I recently cased for a class.

It uses the Sheet Music Background stamp, Colorful Seasons and sentiment is from the Count My Blessings stamp set from the Holiday Catalog on page 50. If you haven’t seen this set you might want to check it out.

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Snowplace fun!

Check out these two fun cards that I made during my Team shoebox swap. Both use the Snowplace stamp set (139738) and the coordinating Snowfriends Framelit Dies (139664).

This first card was designed by my friend Anna.

Snowplace BMS Weekend Getaway Shoebox Swap 2015

Anna used traditional Christmas colors when she designed this card along with the bundle and the Softly Falling Embossing Folder (139672). The sentiment was cut out using the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits (135707).

This next card is a fancy fold

Snowplace fancy fold BMS Weekend Getaway Shoebox Swap 2015 (2)

Along with the Snowplace bundle (140844) we used the Sheltering Tree stamp set (137163) and Whisper White Craft Ink (101731) to create the soft snow look.

Check out the inside

Snowplace fancy fold BMS Weekend Getaway Shoebox Swap 2015 (1)

I just love the sentiment space! We used a circle punch to create a mask that we then stamped around with the Flurry of Wishes (139732) snowflakes in Pool Party and Night of Navy – love the look, but then I love everything winter!

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If you haven’t already seen it check out a great year round stamp set, Sheltering Tree (137163). It’s a Two-Step set which means you can easily customize colors and add great details.

Here are some wonderful cards that I’ve received in swaps using this stamp set.

Sheltering Tree Swap (1) Sheltering Tree Swap (3) Sheltering Tree Swap (4) Sheltering Tree Swap (5) Sheltering Tree Swap (7) Sheltering Tree Swap (8) Sheltering Tree Swap (9)Sheltering Tree Swap (6)

Wow, right? Can you pick a favorite? And of course since it comes in Photopolymer which means you can line things up easy peasy!

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Cards touch your heart

Have you ever wondering why you enjoy creating cards? Has someone ever sent you a letter that had brightened your day or made a difference in your life? We all paper craft for different reasons. Maybe this is one of your reasons you enjoy stamping.

Jason Wright Keynote speaker Leadership 2015

Jason Wright is a weekly columnist for the Deseret News and The Northern Virginia Daily. He’s appeared in over 50 newspapers and magazines across the US and writes about topics such as the joy of service, the lost art of letter writing among other topics. This year he was the Keynote Speaker for the Stampin’ Up! Leadership Conference and I enjoyed the time he was with us that morning.

As he shared his humor and stories of learning how to stamp I couldn’t help but connect with the message of the ability we have to make a difference in someone’s life with our cards. His stories brought back memories of  past pen pals, and childhood friends.

Those special sometimes hard to read letters my Grandmother used to send me when I first moved to Georgia with her recipes enclosed. She’s been gone 15 years now, but back then when long distance calls were expensive, she’d write weekly to all of us at one time with carbon paper between the layers of paper. (I know, I bet you haven’t seen carbon paper in years, right?) Those letters and memories are especially special now that she is gone.

What a wonderful opportunity we have to make a difference in someone’s life simply by taking a few moments to stamp a card. It’s part of the reason I started my Caring with Cards program – making a difference. If you’d like to join me in my free Caring with Cards events you can click HERE for my Calendar of Events  to find times and dates to join me.

Now for today’s  swaps – hopefully they’ll inspire you to stamp and send a card to someone you may be thinking of.

This first set of swaps is made with the Sheltering Tree stamp set (137163). It’s one of our two-step stamps that you’ll find in the Occasions Catalog.

Sheltering Tree (1) Sheltering Tree (2) Sheltering Tree (3) Sheltering Tree (4)

I love the way that you can make the same image feel so different with just color.

And how about these cards made with the Petal Potpourri stamp set (137141/138586) and the coordinating punch, Flower Medallion (137417).

Petal Potpourri (1) Petal Potpourri (5) Petal Potpourri (6) Petal Potpourri (7)

Isn’t it great you can save 15% when you buy the bundle (138876/138877)?

And this Painted Petals stamp set (138819/138822/137146) is now on my wish list.

Painted Petals (1) Painted Petals (2) Painted Petals (3)

You have so many great options with this 13 piece set and the coordinating Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper (137784) is fantastic!

And finally the Butterfly Thinlit (137360). I just knew I’d see some fantastic cards made with this die and I wasn’t wrong. Combine it with the coordinating Butterfly Basics set (138813/138816/137154) and you’ve got a sure hit on your hands!

Butterfly Basics (1) Butterfly Basics (2) Butterfly Basics (3)

So which set is your favorite? Why not leave me a comment and let me know what you like?

Oooo… I almost forgot the gift I got from my roomie. I haven’t shared it with you yet. Can you guess what Kathleen filled this great little Clear Mount Case with?

Roomie Gift Leadership 2015

All kinds of goodies – since it holds a ton! Snail, Liquid Glue, Pearls, along with some fun goodies to have on hand for the trip. I’m planning on keeping my supplies in this box when I travel since it worked so well at keeping everything together!

Well keep warm, have a great weekend and stamp a bit! Then stop on by Monday for some last minute Valentine ideas. And if you haven’t already why not sign up for my Newsletter – the 6 Weeks of Sale-a-bration Newletter starts next week!

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