Halloween cards and treats!

Halloween cards and treats!

Do you need some ideas for your Halloween cards and treats?  Check out these samples using the newest products from the 2015 Holiday Catalog from Stampin’ Up!   This card was a project for my stamp camps last week and was cased with a few changes from the sample on page 39 of the Holiday Catalog.  I used Perfect Plum cardstock and embossed it with the new Woodland Embossing Folder (#139673 $8.50).  It is also available as a bundle with the Among the Branches stamp set (for the greeting, birds and spooky eyes) for a savings of 15% (bundle #140872 $21.50).  The greeting was stamped with Pumpkin Pie ink and die-cut with the Circles Framelits and Big Shot.   This card is going to be a project for my October stamp camp and uses the adorable Halloween Treat stamp set (also available as a bundle option with the Boo to You Framelits – #140840 $38.25 clear mount).  The background is sponged with Wisteria Wonder, Rich Razzzleberry and Pumpkin Pie inks.   This little Halloween Treat uses the Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper die-cut with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits (#137547 $40).  That girly skull is also from the Halloween Treat stamp set 🙂 Below are some of the swaps I received from the Stampin’ Up! Founders Circle event.  I wasn’t able to attend but a sweet friend swapped for me – thank you Lori Heiling!  These are some really awesome Halloween cards and treats:   Don’t you love how the “BOO!” belly band slips off and reveals the treat inside?   I really like the crisp, white background and the use of Washi Tape and the new Black Glimmer Paper.   You can see this card inspired my Halloween card with the sponged background 🙂   This card opens and then the greeting tucks just behind the “BOO” for a fun display.  I think this is also called an Easel card.   I’m going to have to try to figure this card out for my customers.  I’m pretty sure the background is sponged first (with the moon being masked) and then embossed with the Woodland Embossing Folder and the raised edges are ink with a brayer.  I think the birds are stamped last. I received over 100 swaps so I’ll have a lot more ideas to share with you over the next few months 😀 You can view the 2015 Holiday Catalog from Stampin’ Up! by clicking the link in the right side bar of my blog.  Orders can be placed at my online store or you can contact me and I’d be happy to place your order for you. Thank you so much for stopping by 🙂  I hope...

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Black and White greeting cards!

Black and White greeting cards!

I love the Back to Black Designer Series Paper and think they are wonderful accents for your handmade greeting cards!  Check out the beautiful designs:   I used this paper as inspiration for my most recent card challenge for the members of my team of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators.  I send them supplies for two cards and they can use as much or as little as they want and add their own supplies.  If they send me one card back, they are entered into a drawing for a chance to win all the cards 🙂  I’ve added some of their submissions to my Keenan Kreations Facebook page and you can view them at:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.588945877909630.1073741836.154920527978836&type=3 I was inspired to create this card using the Back to Black Designer Series Paper and the Celebrate Today stamp set (with matching framelits):   Stamps:  Celebrate Today, From My Heart Ink:  Black Memento Ink, Daffodil Delight Blendabilities Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Basic Black, Back to Black Designer Series Paper Accessories:  Daffodil Delight Seam Binding, Dimensionals, Gift Card Envelope Die, Balloon Framelits Black is a great accent color, especially when paired with a bright color like Daffodil Delight.  I’ll be honest, I chose Daffodil Delight because I wanted to use the Daffodil Delight Seam Binding – doesn’t it make the prettiest bow?! I colored the paper for the balloon with Daffodil Delight Blendabilities to create an ombre’ look.  And that brings me to a disappointing update.  Stampin’ Up! has recently announced they are no longer carrying this product line due to an issue with the manufacturer that could not be resolved. If you have Blendabilities  and they are working fine, continue to enjoy using them on your projects.  If you have any problems, please contact your demonstrator or Stampin’ Up! directly and they will help you with a refund or exchange. If you have purchased them but not received them (didn’t ship due to backorder), then Stampin’ Up! or your demonstrator will contact you regarding a refund or exchange.  If the backordered Blendabilities were a Sale-a-bration free item, you can choose a different Sale-a-bration item.  If they were free with Stampin’ Rewards (aka hostess benefits), then you can choose different product.  If they were a purchased item, then you can get a refund. I hope you enjoyed today’s project and will be inpsired to give the Back to Black Designer Series Paper a try with your greeting...

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Son’s surgery postponed

Just a quick note to thank everyone that has kept my youngest son in their thoughts and prayers for his upcoming surgery.  He has decided to postpone it while he tries chiropractic care first.  Thank you all for your private messages and cards offering support to our family – I appreciate them more than you know.  Thanks again...

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Quick and easy Thank You cards!

Quick and easy Thank You cards!

You can create quick and easy Thank You cards with the new Work of Art stamp set and pack of Note Cards from Stampin’ Up!  Check out the ones below using the brand new 2014-2016 In Colors:   (inspired by Jackie Topa!) Stamps:  Work of Art (#134114 $21.95 clear-mount) (#134111 $29.95 wood-mount) Ink pads (all $5.95):  Mossy Meadow (133645), Hello Honey (#133643), Tangelo Twist (#133646), Lost Lagoon (#133644), Blackberry Bliss (#133642), Early Espresso (#126974) Paper:  Whisper White Note Cards (#131527 $5.95 pack of 20 includes envelopes)   Each of those flowers used a lighter shade of the inks by simply stamping on scratch paper once before stamping onto the Note Cards.  The darker shade is created by overlapping the stamped images.  Can you believe the flower and the leaves use the same stamp?!  Here are all the images from the Work of Art set:     Do you see that image at the top right?  That’s the one that makes the flower and the leaf!  I’ll upload a video tutorial later today (maybe late tonight!) but here’s a quick photo tutorial for quick and easy Thank You cards till then:   1) Stamp the greeting and the flower center in Early Espresso on the front of the Note Card   2) Stamp the first layer of flower petals using that special stamp in Blackberry Bliss.  See how that image has a more solid part at the top?  That’s the part I pointed towards the center of the flower so the less solid part is towards the outside of the flower.  Be sure to ink up the stamp and stamp off once on scratch paper first to give you a lighter shade for each petal.  I have to focus on this part or I’ll forget to stamp off first and one of the petals will be REALLY darker than the rest – not good 😉   3) Repeat step 2 to add another layer of petals in between the first ones.  You want them to overlap to give you that dark shading.   4) Stamp the leaf in Mossy Meadow but this time, have the lighter part of the image going towards the flower so it doesn’t look exactly the same as the petals.  I stamped the leaves full strength because I was not paying attention and forgot to stamp off once for a lighter shade.  It still works but you can see a sample in the very top photo with the lighter leaves.   I’m including this comparison showing the one on the left with stamped off images and the one on the right with full strength images.  I like them both but think I prefer the stamped off one....

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Magnetic Platform available again September 12th!

Well the long wait is almost over!  The Magnetic Platform will be available for order on September 12th 🙂     Magnetic Platform item #130658 $39.95     I already have standing orders from a few of my customers but if you would also like me to order the Magnetic Platform for you, please let me know 🙂  I’ll be combining all orders and having a drawing for Hostess Only stamp sets.  You can call or email me with your order or you can place your order online at my Stampin’ Up! website. If your online order is less than $150 (before tax and shipping) then you can use the hostess code: UAWQ4BHF to be entered in the drawing.  If your online order is $150 or more, you’ll earn your own Hostess Rewards ($25 and up) so DO NOT use the hostess code! Please let me know if you have any questions 🙂 Brenda...

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How to create a sponged background for cards

At the make-n-take on Monday, I taught the girls how to create a sponged background for cards.   This is probably one of my favorite techniques and you need very little supplies to create a beautiful effect for your cards.   I uploaded a video tutorial at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-AgbtKY0mo but will share some tips with you here.     The panel in the middle is 4 1/4″ x 2 3/4″ so you can get 8 pieces from one sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock 🙂  Punch the moon shape from a post-it-note with the a 1 3/8″ Circle punch (the post-it-notes are a little thin and hard to punch just one so punch 3 or 4 at a time and put some aside for use later).  Adhere your moon to the top right.  Use a Stampin’ Sponge and ink to lightly add color in a soft circular motion.  The trick is to start mostly off the paper and work your way in.  Keep a soft circular motion and start on the outside edges and work towards the center.  It’s best to keep adding layers of ink instead of trying to get a dark coverage the first time.    It’s also important to slightly overlap the colors to blend them where you don’t see a start and stop line.  Once your happy with the look, remove the moon mask.  The mask may be pretty saturated from all the sponging so I wouldn’t reuse it.  Stamp your image in Black Stazon, add ribbon and Rhinestones and add to the front of your card with Dimensionals.   So now you know how to create a sponged background for your cards 🙂  The key is to practice!  Watch the video, experiment with different colors and stamp sets.  Oh, and don’t stop too early!  Most of the time, if you are not happy with how the sponged background looks, you really just need to keep sponging.  Just remember to use a soft circular motion – you can always add more ink but you cannot take it away :-)   Both of these cards use the Serene Silhouettes stamp set which I think is perfect for this type of technique.  Lovely as a Tree is another set that I think would be great for this look.   Please share cards you’ve created with a sponged background – I would love to see what you come up...

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