Happy Harvest!!

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It is a Happy Harvest indeed on our farm today! We started harvesting pinto beans yesterday, and soon we will be onto corn. This is my most favorite time of the year in Nebraska when the temps cool down and the combines are rolling in the field! It is rewarding to see all the hard summer work coming to an end and grain in the bins!

With harvest in the air, I decided to use this sweet little scarecrow on my card today. It is from the Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp set in the Holiday Catalog. And, what makes this stamp set even greater, is it has a coordinating punch to cut out the cute images of the scarecrow, mummy, skeleton, and dracula! I decided to use watercoloring on the scarecrow to give him that not so perfect coloring look. I like how he turned out! Watercoloring is a fun technique! All you need is an ink pad and a watercolor brush and you’re ready to ‘paint’!


Details: I used my paper snips and roughed up around the edges of the designer series paper. I then inked up a stamping sponge in soft suede and sponged around the edge of the designer series paper, watercolor paper and the sentiment. This gave it more dimension, and also that roughed up look I was going for. 

* cardstock- very vanilla for the card base and sentiment, soft suede and watercoloring paper

* ink- soft suede, dapper denim, real red, pumpkin pie, crumb cake

* other product- Better Together stamp set, linen thread, aqua painter, stamping sponges, petal burst textured impressions embossing folders, stampin’ trimmer, SNAIL adhesive, stampin’ dimensionals, 

Merry Christmouse to you!

So happy to have the weekend here! I hope to get some crafting time in, in between cleaning and yard work. My oldest son turned 10 today (not sure how that can possibly be??). Now that his party is out of the way, I can start focusing on my upcoming craft fair.  

So, that brings me to todays post! I just love these sweet little mice from the Holiday catalog, Merry Mice, don’t you?! In todays project, I have stamped them in basic black ink and colored them in with Stampin’ Write Markers. You could also stamp them on watercolor paper using StazOn Ink and with the Aqua Painter and ink pads color them in. Christmas, Stampin' Up!, craft fair, 3/8" stitched satin ribbon, candy cane lane DSP

To make these Christmas candy bar holders, I cut a piece of cardstock at 3 1/2in x 11 1/2in and scored at 6 1/2in. For the trio of mice, I stamped them on a piece of whisper white cardstock at 2in x 3 1/2in. The single mouse measures 2 1/4in x 3 1/2in. I cut a piece of DSP from Candy Cane Lane a half inch wider than the white cardstock for the backing. I added a piece of Silver Glimmer Paper 1/2in x 3 1/2in to the top to add a pop of shine.


I added a small strip of Fast Fuse Adhesive to the back of the Hershey bar to keep it from sliding around and then wrapped a piece of 3/8in Stitched Satin Ribbon around and tied a bow. Add a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels and a little Clear Wink of Stella to finish it off. 

These cute little Hershey bar holders will sell well at my craft fair. They will make great gifts for a teacher or a special someone! 

Falling for Paisleys & Posies!

The temperatures are cooling off in Nebraska and it’s starting to feel like fall. I always love this time of year! Soon, corn harvest will be here for us. 

For todays cards, I used a new specialty paper from the Holiday catalog, Petals & Paisleys. This paper screams fall with the beautiful rich colors of cajun craze, delightful dijon and rich razzleberry to name a few. And, Stampin’ Up! has beautifully coordinated ribbon to go right along with this paper pack which makes it even better! 

I have made two versions of this card, clean and simple and a stepped up version. I tend to lean more towards the clean and simple when I am creating. To each his own, there is no right or wrong. To add a little wow to the cards, after I stamped the sentiment in ink, I quickly sprinkled some embossing powder on the ink before it dried and used my heat tool to give it a glossy effect. Did you know you could do that? Paisleys & Posies, Copper Foil Sheets, fall, Delightful Dijon, Rich Razzleberry, Stampin' Up! Holiday CatalogPaisleys & Posies, Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog, Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper

For my card bases, I used thick whisper white cardstock cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored in the center. I added a 1 x 5 1/4 strip of paper from Petals & Paisleys DSP and flagged the ends using my triple banner punch. I then added ribbon from the Holiday catalog, the 3/8″ ribbon trio pack. Cut a piece of gold 1/4″ natural trim and folded it over. Wrapped some linen thread around two of my fingers twice around and pinched in the middle. To hold these all together, I stapled with my handheld stapler. For the stepped up version, I used the coordinating stamp set, Paisleys & Posies and stamped in rich razzleberry, delightful dijon, and mint macaron. 

I hope you have enjoyed todays cards. Come back and see me again soon!