It’s been a beautiful autumn; hasn’t it?! I love the rich fall colors and never tire of using them in my designs. This week’s SUO challenge is titled “The Treats the Thing.” I decided to make a favor that could couple as a place card setting for a Thanksgiving dinner table. I happened across a tutorial by Julie Davison for this little card box with a drawer design and decided it would work beautifully for the favor I was envisioning. I used a piece of 3” x 12” Old Olive as my base and ran my Speckled Jumbo Wheel across the flat base with Early Espresso ink. The base was scored at 3”, 4”, 7”, 8” and 11.” I stamped my greeting on the interior flap and then simply folded the score lines to form the container for the drawer; a single strip of red line on the end tab holds the box together.
The drawer was formed from a 2-1/4” square piece which was scored at one inch on each side and then assembled. The drawer holds 6 Hershey nuggets.
For the image I stamped the flowers from Just Believe with Versamark onto a piece of Very Vanilla and then used clear embossing powder to emboss the image. When stamping, I was careful to leave an open space so that a name could be written onto the favor and used as a place card at the Thanksgiving dinner table. Next, I simply inked up three sponges with Old Olive, Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze and sponged the colors in a circular motion across the image. To add a finishing touch to the drawer; I punched a 1-1/4″ circle and mounted it onto the drawer with adhesive, then added a Cajun Craze candy dot to serve as a mock drawer handle.
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Just Believe, Speckled Jumbo Wheel
STAMPIN UP INK: Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Old Olive,Versamark
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Old Olive, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
ACCESSORIES: Clear embossing powder, heat tool, sponges, Old Olive ribbon, candy dot brad, Cajun Craze candy dot, 1-1/4” circle punch
I walked into my studio last night and decided I was going to just play and do whatever struck my fancy. I’d been wanting to make an autumn card using the Grateful for You stamp from the Merry Everything set; so, choosing my image was easy. Next stop was my DSP file; I leafed through the paper until I heard a couple of sheets “calling my name!” I really like the way these two pieces from the Color Me Autumn set complement one another. But, hmmm, the Retrosketch I had chosen for my layout seemed to lend itself to 3 different DSPs. After a couple of seconds, I realized I could use the same DSP on the right, simply by changing the direction of the pattern; the top piece has the diamonds going horizontally, while the bottom piece has the diamonds in a vertical direction. Okay, so I had my image and my paper chosen; but, none of the ribbon on my shelf seemed to work. So, I reached for my ribbon jar. Yes, I have a ribbon jar! All my scrap pieces of ribbon look beautiful in my apothecary styled jar! But, I digress. As I fingered through the ribbon scraps I saw a glimmer of gold – “Ahh, perfect!” The ribbon selection then led me to the new gold metal buttons. A loose shimmery strand from the gold baker’s twine was lying on my desk and seemed to say, “Use me, use me!” Sooo, all my decisions were made; now for the fun of putting it all together! I used the glowing technique once again and was quite pleased with the effect it gave to this stamp. Once I had the card assembled, I felt it needed just a little something more. I remembered my old Creative Memories leaf punch and decided that would offer the festive finishing touch I desired!
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Merry Everything, Wood Grain background stamp (for the veins in the leaf)
STAMPIN UP INK: Crushed Curry, Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Color Me Autumn DSP
ACCESSORIES: Corner rounder, gold strands from the gold baker’s twine, gold metal button (holiday catalog), scrap gold ribbon, Creative Memories leaf punch, dimensionals
Out in the Woods is this week’s SUO challenge, which gave me the perfect opportunity to finally ink up my Ornamental Pine stamp. I’ve got to say, I really, really like this new set; in addition to the pine code, there is also a beautiful Christmas ornament included with the stamps. I’m having a lot of fun playing with this set! I’m thoroughly enjoying the Mossy Meadow color for my autumn cards and am even happy with it for Christmas themed cards. This card was a simple layout using the new Under the Tree DSP (I love the weight of this paper!) I wanted to tie in the Chocolate Chip color with my greeting; so, I punched a Chocolate Chip circle and laid it behind the greeting for a splash of accent. The candy dots are not a perfect match for the Mossy Meadow CS; but, in person the colors are so similar that not man y people would catch the difference. Wherever you are today, I hope that you’re enjoying God’s handiwork of a beautiful fall day!
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Petite Pairs, Ornamental Pine
STAMPIN UP INK: Early Espresso, Mossy Meadow, Versa Mark
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow, Under the Tree DSP
ACCESSORIES: Linen thread, candy dots, white and clear embossing powder, heat tool, dimensional, circle punches
Do you ever hit a “block” with your creativity? You know, a time where you sit down to make a card or a scrapbook page and absolutely nothing you do “works?!” I hit one of those blocks this weekend, as I was trying to complete my fall colored entry for SUO’s challenge. Despite the great ideas in my mind; nothing, but, nothing, was coming together on paper. Finally, I pulled up my Inspiration File and started scrolling through the various ideas I’ve saved for just such a time. In my quest for inspiration, I once again watched Susan Campfield’s tutorial on a “glowing” Magnificent Maple. After watching the video I decided to give it a try. Inking up the image was fun; but, then I was faced with how I wanted to mount the image and once again my creative juices would not flow. I turned the lights off and left my studio, determined a good night’s rest would help. Early the next morning, I revisited the card and decided to gold emboss a Magnificent Maple leaf and attach it in such a way that it looked like it was drifting to the ground. Ahhh, I was finally pleased enough to declare the card “finished!” So, what do you do when you face a creativity block? I’d love to hear from you.
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Magnificent Maple, En Francais
STAMPIN UP INK: Versamark, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Cherry Cobble, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso
ACCESSORIES: Gold embossing powder, heat tool, sponges, mini pearls, paper piercer