A Fall-Themed Thinking of You Card

When I saw the sketch challenge over at Create with Connie and Mary, I knew I had to play along.  It has a big bow, and I love big bows!


I’m still enjoying making Fall-themed cards as I love these colors so much.  So I pulled out a couple of Fall stamp sets.  And my favorite ribbon for making big bows is the 3/4″ chevron ribbon, so I had to use that too.

Chocolate Chip Chevron Bow

Are there any trick-or-treating plans for your evening?  I have a Catwoman daughter and Batman dog that are so ready to go (not really sure about how excited the dog is to dress up though).  I also have a Hogwarts student (Harry Potter’s school) that can’t wait to dress up.  It’s always so fun!

Enjoy your Thursday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Magnificent Maple, Truly Grateful, Sweet Essentials
Ink:  Tangerine Tango, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Crushed Curry
Paper:  Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Sweater Weather dsp
Embellishments:  Chocolate Chip 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon, Regals Candy Dots, Subtles Designer Buttons,

Same Technique, Same Sketch, Two Different Cards — Monday Montage #5

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We have another Monday Montage blog hop prepared for you this evening.  At the end of this post, just click on one of the buttons to continue or start your journey through all ten blog postings.

I  have been wanting to play with a technique I first saw a few months ago — using stencils and fiber paste.  I’m sure this technique has been around for a lot longer than that, but that’s when I first saw it.  Another stamper, Mona Pendleton, uses this technique to perfection, and I love her style.  Her style is totally different than mine — she uses lots of mixed media products and is able to incorporate so many beautiful elements onto each scrapbook page and card.  Each of her creations is like a work of art.

I bought a jar of fiber paste at a big box craft store and decided to play around with it using the stencils from the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit.  I made two cards last night using the same sketch.

On the first card, I just scooped out some of the fiber paste onto the stencil and spread it out with a popsicle stick.  After the paste dried, I embellished the rest of the card.

Leaf Fiber PasteI wanted it to have a rough and uneven texture, so I didn’t smooth it out completely.  Here’s a closer view of the fiber paste:

Leaf Fiber Paste Close-upFor the second card, I wanted to see how the fiber paste would look if I added ink and colored it.  I just mixed a scoop of the paste and three drops of Tempting Turquoise re-inker in a small cup, and then spread it on the stencil.

Bright Fiber PasteI love how you could easily make any color of fiber paste you like.  It was really simple and fun.  Here’s a closer look at the paste on this one:

Bright Fiber Paste Close-upWhen I try this again next time (there will definitely be a next time), I think I’ll apply a thicker layer of the paste and see how that works.

If you’ve used fiber paste before on your paper crafting, let me know any tips or tricks you have!  I’d love to know!

Now you’re ready to hop on over to the talented Breelin Renwick’s blog, or you can work your way backwards by starting with Wendy Weixler’s blog.  Either way, just follow along until you see all ten blogs.  Enjoy!

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Have a great Sunday evening!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used (Card 1):
Stamps:  Magnificent Maple, Truly Grateful, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Sweater Weather dsp
Embellishments:  Fiber Paste (non SU), Build a Banner Simply Created Kit, Naturals Designer Buttons, Crushed Curry 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon, Early Espresso Baker’s Twine, Color Spritzer tool (retired)

Supplies Used (Card 2):
Stamps:  Hello, Lovely; Gorgeous Grunge
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry
Paper:  Whisper White, Quatrefancy Specialty dsp
Embellishments:  Fiber Paste (non SU), Brights Designer Buttons, White Baker’s Twine, Smoky Slate 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon, Build a Banner Simply Created Kit, Typeset Alphabet Bigz die, Color Spritzer tool (retired)

One More Fall Card

I think I’ve seriously been hoping that by making Fall-themed cards that I could hurry Fall along here.  It’s not happening!  We are still in the throes of Summer.  But here’s one more for you today.  I wanted to play along with Sandy’s theme challenge at the Paper Players this week:

I decided to pull out the Magnificent Maple stamp.  I just love the detail and the size of this stamp.  I also pulled out my Tape It stamp set, which I just got recently.  I love how the stamps in this set look like washi tape, which you can make in any color you want.  The top and bottom strips are stamps, while the middle strip is dsp.

A Fall Hello

This really was a simple card to make, even though I used four different stamp sets to make it.  lol!

Enjoy your Tuesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Magnificent Maple, Gorgeous Grunge, Tape It, A Dozen Thoughts
Ink:  Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Sweater Weather dsp
Embellishments:  Neutrals Designer Buttons, Early Espresso Baker’s Twine


A Touch of Fall — FMS100

It’s a special day at Freshly Made Sketches today!  Today we’re celebrating our 100th sketch, and we have some fun things going on over at the site so be sure to go check it out.  As part of the festivities, we thought it would be fun to bring back our very first sketch for the challenge this week:

A fun little fact about this sketch is that the super talented Cindy Hall was selected as the Queen of Clean for Sketch #1, and now she’s on the design team.

I decided to use some of my Fall goodies for this card.  They’ve just been sitting here staring at me for the past three weeks and I’m finding it hard to get motivated to use them when it’s still 90+ degrees outside.

Gold LeafI went a little crazy with the Gold Glow Smooch Spritz, which is sadly now retired, but I could never get it quite where I wanted it so I kept trying again.  And before I knew it, I thought I probably shouldn’t have done that.  Oh, well!

One fun new thing I used on this card is the new Small Scallop Stampin’ Trimmer Rotary Cutting Blade.  It’s peeking out from under the chevron ribbon.  I love this new tool, and I can’t wait to play with it more and the other blades as well.  It is so easy to use!

Make sure you go by and check out the Freshly Made Sketches site.  There are some surprises over there — including guest designers from the past and some prizes.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Magnificent Maple, Truly Grateful
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Tangerine Tango, Sweater Weather dsp
Embellishments:  Crushed Curry 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon, Early Espresso Baker’s Twine, Naturals Designer Buttons, Small Scallop Stampin’ Trimmer Rotary Cutting Blade, Pearl Basic Jewels, Gold Glow Smooch Spritz, Houndstooth embossing folder