Just in CASE - Stampin' Up! Wetlands Stamp Set

Its Thursday's Just in CASE Series.

CASEing COPY AND SHARE EVERYTHING is when you pick out a card and either copy it exactly or change up the stamp set or colors or maybe even both,  but if you go too far you are then creating your very own card and just are inspired by the card or project you started to CASE. 

The More you CASE the more you learn to be creative so there is nothing wrong with CASEing!

Today's card is and exact CASE well as exact as water-coloring can be from page 133 of the Annual Stampin' Up! Catalog.

Just in CASE - Wetlands Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor.com
A sure sign of fall for us is when the Canada Geese start to flock up and fly between the grain fields and our lake.  While I have called them Canadian Geese my entire life, my Border Buddy Alison informed me that they are Canada Geese.  And yes google confirms that for the most part, unless of course the geese in Minnesota have come down from Canada and are citizens there, then I would be justified in referring to them as Canadian Geese LOL.


One fall morning a few years ago Tom and I were going to sit on our patio and enjoy the beatiful fall morning when hundreds of Canada geese decided to drop down on the water in front of our home.  I am sharing the video he took and it no way can it portrait how loud this really was!

Just in CASE - Wetlands Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! Watercolor technique www.stampstodiefor.com horz
Stampin' Up! Concept Artist's work on the left, My creation on the right

No two water-colored cards look alike with this technique.  Sometimes half way through I am ready to toss it in the trash (as I was with this card).  But limited time made me push forward and in the end I was very pleased with the results. 

Just in CASE - Wetlands Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! Watercolor technique www.stampstodiefor.com
This is a pretty easy technique - drop a tiny drop of re-inker in the color you want to use and with your aqua painter drop a drop of water in it and then pick it up and just randomly run it on the watercolor paper.  Once you are all done spritz it with a very very fine mist to have it bleed a bit more.

For complete supply list, measurements and directions Download Free Tutorial Just in CASE Wetlands

 

Be sure and fly on over to Alison's blog and check out what card she cased this week CLICK HERE 

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Fabulous Phrases Stamp Set and Paisley Framelits Dies

Stampin Up Paisleys & Posies stamp set and coordinating Paisleys Framelits Comfort & Healing to You, www.stampstodiefor.com 2

The Fabulous Phrases Stamp Set and Flourish Thinlits Dies (ops I used the Paisley Framelits Die by mistake - but love how it turned out) are a huge investment that will pay off in the long run.  This set contains both outside and inside saying.  How often do you wish you had a greeting to stamp inside your card.  This stamp set has 15 different greetings, plus a great filigree, flower and leaf. 

A few weeks ago we visited one of my parent's best friends. They are both in the early to mid 90's.  As we visited I was amazed at how well they were doing they seemed the fountain of youth.  The question also popped into my head how much longer will I have them.  My parents are both gone, spending time with their longtime friends makes me feel just a little bit closer to them.

It seems our lives that were once filled with weddings and baby showers are more often filled with funeral's of elderly family and friends.  I am grateful to have this stamp set for all the occasions New Baby, Wedding, Sympathy, Thank You or even to send "Just a Note".  

Flourishing Phrases and Flourish Thinklits Dies by Stampin Up www.stampstodiefor.com

You will find this is one of those stamp sets you reach for every time you stamp!

Stampin Up Paisleys & Posies stamp set and coordinating Paisleys Framelits Comfort & Healing to You, www.stampstodiefor.com

  • The card base is Mint Macaron Cardstock
  • The designer paper is from the Petals & Posies Specialty Paper in the Holiday Catalog the herringbone piece is ( 2 1/2" x 5 1/4") the filigree piece is (1 1/2" x 5 1/4")
  • The Very Vanilla (2 1/4" x 2 1/4") is matted on Cajun Craze (2 1/2" x 2 1/2").
  • The ribbon is from the 3/8" Ribbon Trio Pack which contains 3 spools of ribbon, 1 Delightful Dijon, 1 Rich Razzleberry and the Mint Macaron I used for the card. 

Stampin Up Paisleys & Posies stamp set and coordinating Paisleys Framelits Comfort & Healing to You, www.stampstodiefor.com close up

The gold filigree is cut out of Gold Foil Paper using the Big Shot and the Paisley Framelits Dies.  I trimmed it off with the 1/8" Gold Ribbon.  Everything I used for today's card is from the current Stampin' Up! products. 

While I enjoy fall it always is a little sad for me as I know old man winter is just around the corner.  Spring is my favorite season, what is yours? 

 

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Sunday Sketches SS003 - Jar of Haunts Stamp Set

Welcome to Sunday Sketches by Stamps to die For.

Each Sunday I post a card sketch along with a card I created using the sketch.  Sketches often help get my creativity fired up.

Stamps to Die for Sunday Sketches SS003 www.stampstodiefor-horz

Sketches are open to interpretation.  You can create a card exactly using the sketch layout, using a square where there is a square, or you can change it to a be a circle, or oval or flower etc. You can also turn the sketch so if it is a vertical sketch you might want to turn it to be horizontal. 

Stamps to Die for Sunday Sketches SS003 www.stampstodiefor.com

Let your imagination run wild! 

I would love if you use the sketch to stamp a card that you would share it on Facebook Page, just take a quick photo with your smart phone (doesn't have to be fancy) and upload it to my page https://www.facebook.com/stampstodiefor/.

If you don’t already “Like” my Facebook Page please visit it and click the “Like” button.

Stampin Up Jar of Haunts Stamp Set, Holiday Catalog, Halloween Card 2 www.stampstodiefor.com

Don't you just love the little jar jack-o-lanterns!  I absolutely love the Jar of Love Stamp set (Annual Catalog) and now the Jar of Haunt set (Holiday Catalog) that coordinate with the Everyday Jars Framelits.  The brick paper is from the Halloween Night Specialty Paper collection and the card base is Perfect Plum Cardstock.

Stampin Up Jar of Haunts Stamp Set, Holiday Catalog, Halloween Card Sunday Sketches SS003  www.stampstodiefor.com

The the enamel dots at the top of the tag are from the Halloween Night Enamel Dots, they come in the Stampin' Up! colors of Perfect Plum, Old Olive & Pumpkin Pie.  

The jars are tied up with the Halloween Night Baker's Twine which comes with two spools one is Basic Black & Basic Gray and the other one is Basic Black & Pumpkin Pie.

I sponged around the pumpkins just a bit with Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink to give them more dimension.

Matt & Linda Heller www.stampstodiefor.com

Last fall we took a trip out to North Carolina to visit Linda & Matt Heller.  We meet over 10 years ago on a Stampin' Up! incentive trip and have enjoyed many more together.  While stamping brought us together our friendship goes way beyond stamping. The Carolina's were beautiful in the fall and we hope to visit again sometime. 

When planning the trip we really didn't thing about our timing - Every October before Halloween we have a annual pumpkin carving day with our Son and Daughter' families.  Our kids had one request and that was that we get back in time to carve pumpkins.  

600 Pumpkin Carving Day 2015 www.stampstodiefor.com

We made no promises but cut our trip short a few day's and arrived home in time for our Annual Pumpkin Carving Day. 

Paul and Isaac

 

Paul our son was taking the picture so here is one of him with is son carving their pumpkin.  I think the "big" kids enjoy it more than the little kids. 

Traditions are such an important part of life and I am sure glad we started this one so many years ago.  What are some fall traditions you have with your family or friends?

 

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Border Buddy Saturday - Merry Mice Ho Ho Ho


Merry Mice Ho Ho Ho
It's Border Buddy Saturday and it's Alison here today with the adorable Merry Mice Stamp Set from the Holiday Catalogue.

How cute are these little guys marching across my card?

When I saw the stamp set in the Holiday Catalogue I feel in love with the images and since I love to colour this was a must-have set for me.  Patsy loved it too so we decided to feature the stamp set in our monthly Border Buddy PDF free card program.  When you purchase online from us during October you will receive a PDF with instructions for four cards using this adorable set plus four cards using the Paisleys and Posies stamp set.

Alison's Free Card Program (Canadian customers)

Patsy's Free Card Program (US customers)

Merry Mice HO HO HO 2 www.stampcrazywithalison.ca

I cut out the "H" using the Large Letters Framelits dies and highlighted the first mouse with the Layering Circles Framelits to create the first HO.  The rest of the Ho Ho Ho is created by inking up two of the words from the Oh, What Fun stamp set using a Real Red Stampin' Write Marker.

I wrapped some of the Gold Metallic Thread around the "H".

Merry Mice HO HO HO 3 www.stampcrazywithalison.ca

I watercoloured the mice using my Aqua Painter and a variety of inks.  I finished off the ornament and the present with the Wink of Stella Gold Glimmer Brush. 

Merry Mice HO HO HO 5 www.stampcrazywithalison.ca

I created the ribbon edge by cutting the new Real Red 3/4" Stitched Edge Ribbon and then I just glued it to the back of the stamped piece.  Use Stampin' Dimensionals to pop up the piece because of the bulk of the piece.  The Designer Series paper is from the Annual Catalogue offering of This Christmas Specialty DSP.

Here are the products I used to created this week's card (click on the picture and you will be directed to our online store)

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