Monday, September 18, 2017

Basket of Wishes

Hello stamping friends!

How was your weekend?  I'm so sorry that my Portland friends were still suffering over the weekend with heavy smoke from the horrific fire in the Columbia Gorge.  Forest fires are always sickening, but this one in Oregon's most beautiful scenic area is just heartbreaking.  I hear that rain may be on the way and perhaps by the time you read this on Monday morning the rains will have helped with the fire.  

My parade of fall cards continues today, this time with a stamp set from the annual catalog, Basket of Wishes, which you can find on page 125. (#142200, $17.00).  This is one of those all-season stamp sets, which gives you lots of options for cards all year long.  

Let me show you the card, then I'll share the details...




The card base is Very Vanilla card stock and layered on top of that is a panel of Tangerine Tango, which is darker and more orange-y than Pumpkin Pie.  Some Painted Autumn DSP (#144613, $11.00, p. 49 of the holiday catalog) matted with a panel of Crushed Curry card stock adds a nice resting spot for the circle of watercolor paper (#122959, $5.00, p. 194 of the annual catalog) that was cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits (#145372, $30.00, p. 214 of the annual catalog).

I stamped the bushel basket in Archival Basic Black ink (#140931, $7.00, p. 201 of the annual catalog).  You'll want to use this permanent ink when water coloring, as it won't run when water hits it.  I used an aqua painter to color the veggies and the basket.  I've always had a bit of difficulty when water coloring images, but I've discovered that leaving a bit of white showing through here and there really improves the finished work.

That little bow (added with a glue dot) is made from some of the new Crushed Curry Baker's Twine (#144354, $3.00, p. 199 of the annual catalog).  I just felt that the basket needed a little something and that baker's twine filled the bill!

The sentiment, which I love, is from the Orange Blossom stamp set on page 175 of the annual catalog (#143765, $17.00).  I agree that if we look closely enough, there IS always something to be thankful for, but sometimes it is an almost overwhelming challenge to find something good amid extremely trying circumstances.  


My wish for you in the week ahead is that you will be surrounded by many blessings and that you will recognize each and every one that comes your way... smiles from healthy children, good food to cook for your family, the roof over your head, I could go on and on... all of the everyday blessings that, most of the time, we don't even think about.  

Of course I would love it if you'd place an order and use this September host code   2S7KBFCF  Please don't use the code if your order is $150 or above, then YOU will get the host rewards.

Sending virtual hugs and happy thoughts your way!
Susan

Monday, September 11, 2017

Finally, Fall is in the Air!

Hello, it's me, wishing you a happy Monday!

I'm happy to say that we are getting some weather that is cooler than we've had for ages.  We were able to open the house and turn off the a/c last night around 8:30 pm.  That hasn't happened since I don't remember when!
 
With the children back in school, everyone back in their regular routines,  and fall just around the corner, it's time to turn our thoughts toward making cards that feature beautiful fall images and colors.  When I think of fall, I think of gorgeous fall leaves and pumpkins and I suspect that if asked, most people would name one or the other as the iconic image of fall in the Northern Hemisphere.

To celebrate the coming season of cooler days and pretty leaves I've got a leafy card for you today...






I love the colors traditionally used for fall leaves, such as Crushed Curry, a nice warm gold and Cajun Craze, a rusty orange, but I sometimes get tired of those very conventional colors and start thinking of other color combinations.  For this card I used Fresh Fig card stock, ink, and ribbon and added in some Soft Suede and Old Olive leaves as well.

The stamp set I used is Vintage Leaves (# 138802, $26.00), a great set that's available on page 125 of the annual catalog.  There's also a coordinating set of Framelits (#138283, $27.00) that you can find on page 213 of the annual catalog.  So if you'd like to cut out some of the leaves and give them a 3-D look with some dimensionals (foam dots), you won't be forced to cut all of those little jagged edges by hand. 

The ribbon is the new Finely Woven Ribbon in Fresh Fig (#144132, 7.00, p. 198 of the annual catalog).  It's soft, very flexible, and easy to tie.  I tied it into a loose knot on this card, which will allow the card to be easily mailed.  

To give the card a bit more of a vintage look, I added some speckles in Sahara Sand using the speckles from the Touches of Texture stamp set (#143251, $33.00, p. 152 of the annual catalog).
If you have the set Gorgeous Grunge, there are some good speckles in that set as well, but Gorgeous Grunge is now discontinued.

The sentiment is from So Many Shells, (#143695, $26.00, p. 38 of the annual catalog), stamped in Early Espresso.  Aside from the fabulous images of seashells, this set has some nice sentiments that are quite different.  I bought this set as much for the sentiments as I did for the images.  Then to add a little interest, I added a Very Vanilla panel on the inside of the card and stamped a few more leaves and speckles to give a little surprise when the card is opened.

Thank you for taking time out of your busy week to read my blog.  If you have this stamp set, or another one featuring leaves, I hope I've inspired you to get it out and make a few cards for the fall season.  With an appropriate sentiment added, this card could be a sympathy card, a thank you, a birthday card, or a thinking of you card.  With a few cards like this tucked away, you'll be ready for any occasion... no last-minute run to the store for a card!
 
With so much devastation... fires, flooding, hurricanes, earthquakes... we are forced to admit that much is beyond our control.  And yet we can all work toward making the world a better place.  Send a card with heartfelt love inside, share a smile with someone who needs a smile, offer a helping hand to a stranger, cook a good meal for your family, make a donation to disaster relief.  Every positive act creates a ripple and that ripple goes on and on and may inspire others to act positively.  

May the week ahead find you being grateful for all of the good in your life and remember... life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful.

Stamp on!
Susan

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Merry Cafe Stampin'Up!

Helloooo stampers!  Happy Labor Day!

It has been another weekend in the blast furnace and today, thankfully it is going to be a little cooler... right around 98 or 99.  I know that doesn't sound very cool to most of you, but after 109 and 107, we are happy to see something under the 100 mark.

I don't know about you, but I can't wait for cooler weather and "pumpkin season,"  you know... that time of year when everything is suddenly pumpkin.  (My apologies to Jodi, a friend who hates pumpkin with a passion).  I checked with the customer service desk at Trader Joe's the other day and was told that pumpkin season would begin mid-September.  There'll be pumpkin bread mix, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pancake mix, pumpkin-cinnamon breakfast rolls, pumpkin ice cream... about 40 products in all.  And then to top off all of that pumpkin-y goodness,  Starbucks will be whipping up Pumpkin Spice Lattes by the millions... which brings me to today's card.





If your eyes are not the best at reading fine print, the sleeve on the cup says "Hello Fall, it's pumpkin spice latte season."  The inside of the card has a little pocket where you can slide in a Starbuck's card.
This is one of the cards we made at my stamping class last week.  I thought it would be a perfect way to welcome in the change of seasons.  My daughters both love coffee, so they'll be getting one of these cards once Fall officially arrives on Sept. 22nd.

That pretty DSP is called Painted Autumn (#144613, $11.00, p. 49 of the holiday catalog).  The stamp set is Merry CafĂ© (#144965, $17.00, p. 46 of the holiday catalog).  That lovely ribbon is my new favorite, Crinkled Seam Binding (#144192, Peekaboo Peach, $8.00, p. 199 of the annual catalog).  The card base is Early Espresso, the cup is Crumb Cake, the lid is Very Vanilla, and the sleeve on the cup is Peekaboo Peach.

Surely you've got some friends or family members that are fans of the fall season and love everything pumpkin.  Why not make a few of these to send out?  That crinkled seam binding is so silky and ties without a lump or a bump, making this card easy to mail.  Finding one of these in the mailbox would give anyone a lift!  

The host code for September is 
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Thanks for reading!  Make the week ahead a good one!
Hugs and happiness are coming your way,
Susan



Monday, August 28, 2017

Hurry up, Fall!

Hello my friends!  Happy Monday!

I just have one wish today... and that is for Fall to hurry up and get here!  I made the mistake of looking at the fourteen day forecast for Woodland and I was shocked by what I saw.  It was 109 yesterday and it will be 100 or above for the next TEN days.  It goes like this Monday 108, then 108, 102, 104, 107, 106, 106, 104, 100, 100.
After that, it goes down into the 90's.  Can you see why I'm hoping for Fall to get here asap???  I cannot wait for cooler weather!

I have a favor to ask.  I'm looking for people in the Portland area who'll need a house-sitter next summer.  If you or someone you know is planning a trip and needs a conscientious and responsible house-sitter, I would love for you to pass along their name.  If you know me, you know what a clean-freak I am.  I  would take extremely good care of any home entrusted to me.  John and I would be so grateful just to be able to escape this ghastly heat for a few weeks.  

OK... enough about the weather!  Let's get to a card, shall we?
This is one of the cards we'll be making at my "Focus on Fall" stamping class, coming up this Wednesday, August 30th at 6:45 at my house.  Email me at sjrstamps@gmail.com if you'd like to attend.







This fun and non-scary Halloween card would be perfect for sending to children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, or any young-at-heart person who gets a kick out of wearing a costume and eating candy.  And to add to the fun, there's a surprise inside.  Take a look...



When the card is opened, a little pocket is revealed where you can stash some cash, a check, or a gift card.  The Very Vanilla panel is where you can write a brief note.  If you would like to have the measurements and directions for this easy, but cute gift card holder, please send me a quick email to  sjrstamps@gmail.com and I'll be happy to email them to you.  

Now here are the details of the products I used:

Stamps:  Spooky Cat, #144749, $17.00 p. 53, holiday catalog
Note:  You can get this stamp set bundled together with the new Cat Punch for a 10% savings.  The bundle number is #146014, 31.50

Ink:  Basic Gray Archival Ink Pad, Basic Black Archival Ink Pad

Paper:  Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, and Very Vanilla Card Stock
Spooky Night Designer Series paper, #144610, $11.00, p. 53, holiday catalog.

Accessories:  The baker's twine I used was on the Clearance Rack, but I'm sorry to say it is now sold out.  It was probably snapped up by demonstrators like me who recognize a great bargain when we see one.  You can easily substitute some Solid Bakers Twine in Basic Black #141682, $3.00, p. 199 of the Annual Catalog.  

Don't forget that you need to redeem your Bonus Days Coupon codes before the end of August.  The 31st is the last day, so don't wait any longer!  Also, the host code for August is
VRVSBRAW.  Please use this code when placing an online order for less than $150.  If your order is $150 or more before tax and shipping, do not use the host code.  Then you will receive the host rewards.  This code will be closed out at 9pm on August 31st.

Hope you liked my card today!  Thanks for visiting me at The Classic Card!  May the week ahead be a good one!  Please remember that a good week can be made into a great week if you take time out for YOU!   Sit in the shade and read a good book, go to the beach and sit in the sand, stare at the ocean and let the serenity sink into your soul.  Or take a different route to work and stop at a different coffee shop.  Any break in your routine will refresh you.  Best of all, get out some stamps, ink, and paper and create!  

Hugs and happiness are coming your way!
Susan





Monday, August 21, 2017

Grown with Love by Stampin'Up!

Hello stampers!

Are you ready for the eclipse?  Since we aren't in the "area of totality," I didn't bother to purchase any protective eye-wear.  We're going to go to a gathering in Davis where we'll be able to share some glasses and at least get a peek at this phenomenon.  As much as I love Oregon, I'm happy to be missing the crowds and the traffic!

I sat down last night to make a card using the Grown With Love bundle that's on page 22 of the annual catalog.  I'm challenging myself to use all of the stamp sets I ordered in June when the new catalog came out.  I loved this set when I first saw it in the catalog and I love it even more now that I've finally used it.



I was going for a late summer look, so I used some warm colors...  Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Early Espresso, and Crumb Cake for the ink and Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Crumb Cake, and Whisper White for the card stock.  

Here's a quick list of the products I used:
Stamps
Grown with Love bundle (stamps and framelits) #145338, $45.75, p. 22
Beautiful Bouquet stamp set #143666, (for the sentiment) $27.00, p. 92
Burlap Background stamp #143982, $15.00, p. 165  I stamped the Burlap background stamp in Crumb Cake ink on Crumb Cake card stock.  Doesn't it look realistic?
Accessories
Crushed Curry Solid Baker's Twine #144354, $3.00, p. 199
1/4 " Copper Trim #144179, $6.00, p. 199
1 1/4 inch Circle Punch #119861, $16.00, p. 207
1 3/8 inch Circle Punch #119860, $16.00, p. 207 

With a change of colors, this is a set for any season.  With the flowers stamped in red and pink and a change in sentiment, this would make a fun Valentine's Day card.  If you stamped everything in pastels such as Soft Sky, Powder Pink, and So Saffron, you could make a lovely springtime or Easter card.  I love versatile sets like this and who wouldn't?  I think we're all trying to get the most out of our stamping dollars.

Have a great week, everyone, and remember to take a little time out to stamp something pretty.  You'll be happier when you make time for creativity. Creative hobbies like stamping are beneficial to our brains as well as our spirits, so take a break from your "to-do" list and enjoy a few hours of stamping fun.
Hugs and happy thoughts coming your way,
Susan





Monday, August 14, 2017

Beautiful Bouquet by Stampin'Up!

Hello stampers!

I love the card I'm going to show you today, but first... how was your weekend?  Did you stay home and take care of chores like yard work, cleaning, and/or organizing?  Or did you leave town for a change of scene and a change of weather?  I hate to admit being so boring, but I love a weekend where I can spend time at home cleaning and puttering and maybe doing a small decorating project.  Right now I have some great fabric that I purchased for some window treatments in my stamp room.  I've been meaning to get out my sewing machine but just haven't done it yet.  I also need a fun light fixture for my stamp room.  Once I finish my projects, I'll post a picture of my stamp room, but don't hold your breath, as it won't be anytime soon. 

OK... let's get to the card, which features the wonderful Beautiful Bouquet stamp set (p. 92) and matching Bouquet Bunch framelits (p. 213).  You can purchase the stamps and framelits  as a bundle and save 10 %.  






I don't usually do this, but I loved this card in the catalog so much that I decided to re-create it.  You can see Stampin'Up!'s version of the card on page 93 of the annual catalog.  My card is not an exact copy, but it's close.  I left off the doily, added a Soft Sky card stock base, and added some of the new 3/8 " Classic Weave Ribbon in Soft Sky.  Oh, and I left off the Linen Thread that is tied around the bouquet and substituted the small stamped bow.  I used the new Polka Dot Basics embossing folder (p. 210) to add some texture to the background.  

The flowers were stamped in Calypso Coral, So Saffron, and Soft Sky.  The flower stems were cut from Pear Pizzazz card stock. As you can see, there is quite a bit of cutting with the Big Shot.  I stamped everything I was going to need first, then ran it through the Big Shot repeatedly until each piece was cut.  I slipped each of the cut pieces into a clear bag as they were cut.  That way I didn't lose any of the very small pieces.  

While this card has a summery look, I think the bouquet would look great done in fall colors too... maybe Fresh Fig, Crushed Curry, and Tangerine Tango for the flowers, with Garden Green for the stems.  As fall approaches, I'll try out some different color combinations.  

I hope you'll take some time in the week ahead just for you... time to be creative and play with stamps, colorful papers, inks, and accessories to create something beautiful... something from your heart.  Then send your work of art to someone who needs encouragement, someone who's going through a difficult time, or someone who is celebrating a happy event such as a birthday or anniversary.  Your creativity can make a difference in someone's life!  

Happy thoughts are coming your way!  I appreciate you!
Hugs to all,
Susan






Monday, August 7, 2017

Don't throw out those scraps!

Hello there, stampers!

Welcome to another sunny summer week!  I'm excited to say that we're having a slight cooling trend here in Woodland, with temps yesterday in the low 90's.  We were able to open up the house about 8 pm last night, which was a huge deal... so nice to turn off the a/c and let some cool air into the house before midnight!

This is going to be one of my longer posts, so grab a cool drink and get comfortable. 

Today I've got several cards to show you, all using the same color-blocking technique.  I'm not exactly sure of the correct term for this type of stamping.  If you want to try this easy technique, the first thing you'll need to do is stop throwing away the left-overs when you get a new wood-mount or clear-mount stamp set (the red rubber sets that you mount on wood blocks or clear blocks).  That red rubber is valuable stuff!  Whenever I get a new stamp set, I save the larger pieces of red rubber that are left over after I punch out the pre-cut stamps.  I trim them into all sorts of shapes... circles, rectangles, triangles, squares... then store them away for later use in cards like these.  The super-easy steps are:
ink up the selected shapes and stamp them, overlapping slightly or let the shapes stand alone... it's up to you.  Then ink up a solid-image stamp and stamp over the colored shapes in a dark ink, such as Basic Black, Basic Gray, or Early Espresso.


 


For this card I used Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, and So Saffron ink.  I stamped the shapes, then stamped over them with the flowering branch from Flirty Flowers ( page 25 of the new annual catalog) in Basic Black Archival ink.  The sentiment is from Background Bits, one of the great Host-only sets on page 220 of the annual catalog.  I embossed the front of the card base with the very elegant Garden Trellis embossing folder, one of the new folders in the annual catalog on page 210.    

The ribbon on this card deserves a whole paragraph of its own!  This is the new 5/8 " Crinkled Seam Binding (p. 199 of the annual catalog).  It comes in only 4 colors right now (Berry Burst, Emerald Envy, Night of Navy, and Peekaboo Peach) but I'm hoping that Stampin'Up! will offer it in many more colors!  What do I love about this ribbon??? Basically everything!  It is soft and pliable.  It is lustrous and elegant-looking.  It ties like a dream.  The little crinkles make it look like raw silk.  And best of all, it is so lightweight that when it's tied, it doesn't create a bulky knot that makes mailing difficult. I used Peekaboo Peach on this card and the other colors will be on my very next order!

Here's another card using the same technique...



For this card, I used the same stamp, stamping it three times, each image slightly overlapping.  The colors are Sahara Sand and Crumb Cake.  I trimmed this piece of left-over rubber into a flag shape.  You'll notice that I cut this shape with a ragged, torn-edge look.  Ragged or smooth, it's up to you!  The bird and sentiment are from Best Birds, a carry-over set from last year's annual catalog, now making its home on page 99.  Some new Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine ( page 199) adds a touch of texture.  

OK... one more simple card to go...



First I stamped a simple wavy-edged rectangle in Pool Party, then stamped over it with the bee from Dragonfly Dreams (p. 138).  The sentiment also comes from the same set.  The card base is embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder (p, 211) and I used both the Basic Black and Pool Party Solid Baker's Twine to tie around the top fold.

I've noticed that many demonstrators that are using this technique are now suggesting that you ink up a clear stamp block, but you usually get a blotchy image when using a stamp block.  If you want a more speckled look, by all means try using a clear block.  I much prefer using left-over red rubber because you get a more solid, even image, you can cut it to any size and shape you want, and you can make raggedy edges or smooth edges.  You just have a lot more options when using red rubber.

What are you up to in the week ahead?  Going on vacation?  Heading to the beach to escape the heat in Portland?  Staying at home and staying inside to keep cool?  Whatever you have planned, try to make a little time to try out this simple stamping technique.  It's easy and fun!

Happy stamping thoughts and virtual hugs coming your way,
Susan