Sunday, September 15, 2019

Fall Leaves Tablescape

It's that beautiful time of the year when the leaves start changing colors here in Northeast Ohio.
My table is a tribute to the gorgeous colors we enjoy so much every Autumn.
 My fall leaves table is part of a fabulous Fall Tablescape Blog Hop hosted by Chloe Crabtree of Celebrate and Decorate.  There will be 4 or 5 new tables up each day all week long by a group of very talented table stylists.  The links to the other blogs are listed at the end of this post and will be updated daily throughout the week.  There will be lots of inspiration for you to draw from for you Autumn decorating.
As you can see from these photos, I do love any shade of brown, tan, rust, umber, mahogany, mocha, chocolate, cinnamon, coffee, pecan - Wait!  somewhere I went from brown colors to food- you know where my mind is!!  On that bag of dark chocolate Kit Kat Bars I am trying not to get into!!!
But I digress - back to the table and it's colors.
This table is all in creams and shades of browns with lots of texture.
 I used a random leaf print table cloth, nubby cotton and jute placemats, burlap chargers,  a light mocha dinner plate, snuck in just a bit of plaid with the salad plate, and an ivory acorn/leaf sculpted rim dessert plate to top off my plate stack.
What was I missing?  Polkadots and stripes of course!!!
So I made a little nut favor - because - nuts seemed to go with the acorns and plus they are brown!!! Stampin' Up! just happens to carry brown polka dot pillow boxes.  I added the acetate window, some die cut leaves and a pretty tan bow to the box.
To get the stripes into the picture, I used a cream colored napkin with the light mocha stripes.
Now, I think I have enough different patterns going on!
But apparently not enough to scare off my little chipmunks!!
My little grandson is in love with Alvin and the Chipmunks these days - so I thought these little guys would be appreciated by the three year old!

Here are the links to all of the blogs participating in this week's hop:

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I hope you get a chance to stop by all of these wonderful blogs to see many more beautiful versions of a fall table.  I bet most of them have more than just brown in theirs!!!

And I want you to take note - there were no pumpkins involved in this table!
I so badly wanted to stick some in somewhere, but I had challenged myself to set a fall table with not a single pumpkin!

So far we are having a beautiful fall, I hope you are as well.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Spooktacular Fun! Getting ready for Halloween!!

Yep!  That's right I have started on some Halloween fun. 
Here is a little preview of just one of the Halloween sets in the new Holiday Catalog coming out soon, on September 4th.  
When you see this new Monster Bash Suite, you will want to start working on Halloween too!
The Designer Series paper is so cute!!
Combine the paper with the new Ornate Frames Dies and the Spooktacular Bash Stamp Set and you have a lot of creative, creepy fun for the spooky season.
The first card is a spooky, ornate Haunted house!
I used quite a few different die sets to make this. 
  • The base is Gorgeous Grape standard A2 size -Scored and folded to a 4 1/4" X 5 1/5" card
  • The black and white pattern paper is from the Monster Bash DSP - 3 3/4"x 5 " and I distressed this with some Crumb Cake ink.
  • The Gorgeous Grape band is  1" X 5" run through the Stylish Scroll Embossing Folder that comes in the Monster Bash Suite.
  • Using the Heirloom Frames Dies & 3D embossing folders I made the black frame and adhered      it with very thin lines of liquid glue.
  • The haunted house was cut with a new holiday catalog item - Beautiful Boughs Dies, it has those little points sticking out the middle of the rectangle - I distressed the edges of this piece with some Crumb Cake ink. 
  • I then cut two of the scrolly Ornate Frames dies in Sahara Sand and adhered them to the back of the haunted house piece. Then on to the black Heirloom Frame
  • 4 Basic Grey enamel dots went on the points sticking out and a double bow tied from Scalloped Lace Trim went in the corner.
Supply List:


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Just a little fun with my Rae Dunn Halloween Mugs

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Aren't these little monsters cute?
There are plenty of monster to choose from in the adorable pack of DSP.

If you purchase the Spooktacular Bash Bundle  -that is the Spooktacular Bash Stamp set and the Ornate Frame Dies together you save 10%!
  • My Ghoul Friends card starts with a basic A2 card base scored and folded to  a 4 1/4" X 5 1/5" card in Pumpkin Pie Card Stock
  • The bottom layer is Gorgeous Grape  1"X 5"  run through the the Stylish Scroll Embossing Folder.  I brushed a little of Whisper White ink on it with a sponge to give it a bit of dustiness to it.
  • The top yellow piece is from the Monster Bash DSP pack cut to   XXX  I distressed that a bit using Crumb Cake ink and a sponge.
  •  I  ran the new black scalloped edge ribbon across the seam of the purple and yellow pieces,          wrapping the ends around the back before adhering everything down to the card base.Two tiny frames are cut with the Ornate Frames Dies as well as the frame with the cute little mummy and the scrolly frame around the sentiment - all out of Basic Black.  
  • I chose my favorite monsters out of the DSP and just cut them out so that they would fit into the small frames and adhered them with very thin lines of liquid glue.Stamped the sentiment on Pumpkin Pie card stock with black ink and cut it out with the Ornate Frame Dies as well, adhered to the black scrolly frame and pop up with dimensionals.
  • Then I cut two frames the same size to fit around the outside - using two of the stitched rectangle dies nested inside each other.   I layered these two pieces on top of each other using liquid glue to first glue them together to make the frame a bit thicker and then to the card. 
  • I made a double bow with the black scalloped ribbon and adhered it with a glue dot.

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I hope this gets you excited about the new Holiday Catalog!

This catalog is much more than Christmas,  it covers Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Winter, New Years and even a bit of Valentine's Day !
This will be available to order from on Sept. 4th

If you don't already have a Stampin' Up Independent Demonstrator that you work with - I would love to be your coach!  You can shop 24/7 by clicking the little store front on my side bar, that will take you to my Stampin' Up! store. 
✱✱✱Your bonus for shopping with me this month is a 6X6 DSP paper sampler for any order over $35.00m this includes the Perennial Essence paper, the Mosaic Mood Designer papers and more✱✱✱ 
Please make sure you use the hostess code that is listed near the top of my sidebar.

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If you would like to take advantage of a 20% off discount year round -consider being a demonstrator!  There are just a few more days left on the current promotion.
You can do as much or as little selling as you want - with no long term commitment.  There is a great incentive to join as a demonstrator happening right now!  You will receive an extra $30 to put toward bonus products in your Starter Kit.  Then you will receive a $10 bonus coupon code the following month!

To take advantage of this deal - just click join my team on the tab just under my blog title.  Email me if you have any questions at all about this!!  This promotion runs through August 31. Team members get a lot of perks, such as early order opportunities, year round discounts - up to 25%, access to different websites for more inspiration, Stampin' Up! Success magazine (6 issues a year), Tips, Templates and Updates provided by Stampin' Up.  Again, email me if you have any questions.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Holiday Catalog Sneak Peak - Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop

Welcome to my first time hopping with the Stampin Dreams  Blog Hop!!
I am Ann Krucek from the United States of America. 
I am happy to join this international group of creative stampers! This month we are doing a Holiday Catalog Sneak Peak.  So you should be inspired by lots of creativity with the new products.

 I chose to focus on fall with this post.  I used the Come to Gather Designer Series Paper in both of these cards.

The first card is actually using a die set that is featured in the Toile Tidings Suite, called All-Around Wreath Dies. I used lots of layering with card stock, foil paper and just a hint of DSP.  
I also added some more texture by using the Braided Linen Trim tucked in with the leaves.  The sentiment is from the Gather Together Stamp Set.



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The second card I did was again using the Come Gather Together DSP.  But this time I used the Gather Together Stamp Set and the Gathered Leaves Dies.  
 I inked up my dies when I ran them through to cut them.  So I used Pretty Peacock paper and used a sponge to put white ink on my leaf die,  then did the opposite - I used Whisper White paper and used a sponge to put Pretty Peacock ink on my leaf die.  I love the effect it gives the leaves.
I stamped the pumpkins with Soft Sued on to the wood look paper and used the Braided Linen Trim again for some pumpkin vines.  I wrapped the trim around a narrow paint brush and put a very very light coat of glue on the outer side and let it sit and dry for a long time.  Don't put too much glue on or it will stick to your paint brush!!



Please be sure to check out all of the blogs on our hop today!  Here is the list of those participating:



Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Sunflower Blooms and Bees

Sunflower blooms and bees are plentiful this time of year around northeast Ohio,
so, I made them the theme of my late summer tablescape for Chloe Crabtree's tablescape hop this week!  This is a wonderful way to bow out of summer and go gracefully into fall.
Join us in celebrating the end of summer with some beautiful tables.  Each day this week there will be 4 or 5 new tables designed by some wonderful table stylist.  If you haven't already seen Monday's posts yet, please be sure to click on the links listed at the end of my post so that you don't miss any!

I started with a sunny buffalo checked table cloth to set the mood.  My sunflowers sure speak to a sunny, cheerful mood as well.
I love these little melamine bee plates!  I have a nice stack of different melamine picnic plates now and we use them all the time.  We have quite a few impromptu get together after golf or after a day on the boat and these are perfect to pull out for a quick bite to eat.  Reusable plates are a nice way to save on all the waste with paper plates.
Honestly, it doesn't take long to wash up a pile of these. And when they are so cute, it makes it a lot more fun!
  I have had people dig through the stack and look for their favorite design!
The honeycomb one is my favorite of these bee plates.
I made some little sunflowers to adorn my napkins.  I used my Stampin' Up! Daisy punches( there are two sizes, large and a medium) I  just made the centers big brown circles, added some texture, then added some greenery with some leafy die cuts.
I found some honey candy that would work perfectly for a little favor for the table,
so I made up four little sunflower boxes.
We have a couple of sunflower events going on around us in the next week or two, one at a local winery, another at a farm.  I hope to get to them before the flowers are done.

Below are the links to all of the fabulous Late Summer Tables being shown this week.  These will be updated daily throughout the week.  So be sure to stop back and check out each of these creative bloggers for some wonderful inspiration.
I hope your summer is winding down with a cheerful smile on your face 
and some great summer memories!



Sunday, August 4, 2019

Sailing Away Tablescape

Since boating season is still in full go on our little lake, I was inspired to do another nautical table.
I had passed up this pair of seagulls twice at Hobby Lobby, but the third time I could no longer resist. The fact that they were now 50% off helped too!
I had some scraps left of this fabulous Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up! that I thought would make really cute sail boats.
Then of course I needed something to put a little salt water taffy in for a favor.  So I made these simple little totes and attached an anchor I stamped and cut with the Sailing Home Bundle with some nautical bakers twine.
These are the dishes I keep out all summer, they just go with the kind of rustic lake vibe I try for in our home!
I littered the table with some drift wood pieces, nautical knots and bottles!
I know summer is just sailing by!! 
 I hope you enjoy these last few weeks of the season!

Sources:
Tablecloth -no idea- it's about 20 years old!
Placemats and napkins - HomeGoods last year
Chargers - World Market - my husband gave them to as a Christmas present several years ago
Plates - Dillards - on clearance about 3 years ago - these were a steal!
Bag of Driftwood - Michaels craft store
Flatware - World Market several years ago- but I believe they still carry it
Napkin Rings - The Peddler, Walnut Creek, Ohio
Nautical cement votive holders - Walnut Creek Cheese
Blue Tumblers - Target last year

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Follow Your Art


Welcome to the 3rd addition of Collections at the Corner, featuring the It Starts with Art Bundle.
I have the step by step recipes for two of the four cards I made with this bundle. I stayed in a soft color pallet for these 4 cards, there are some vibrant colors in the Designer Series Paper as well.
Chances are if you are a creative person, you have some creative friends.  This is the perfect set to make cards and favors for those crafty acquaintances!  Whether they quilt, sew, craft, paint, draw or handy with the glue gun - this set has you covered.

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You Make Everything Sparkle starts with an A2 Granite Grey Card base.
  • a layer of Calypso Coral 4" X 5 1/4"
  •  layer of the scissor DSP 3 3/4" X 5"
  • Calypso Coral 3"X 4"- run it through the Button Button Embossing folder and adhere it at an angle.
  • Using the 2 3/4" long Stitch Rectangle Die cut with Silver Foil cardstock
  • Whisper White  Stitched Rectangle approx 2 5/16" with sentiment stamped in Granite Grey
  • Cut a variety of buttons with the Arts & Crafts Dies, adhere with dimensionals
  • add a bakers twine bow
  • fill your spritzer with just a few drops of Champagne Glimmer Mist and add water until your spritzer is about half full and shake it well.  Place your card in an open box and give it a light mist of sparkle.  Not too much or your sentiment may smear.  You can't see this step real well in this photo - but it looks great with just a nice shimmer all over the whole card.
  • add a few rhinestones 


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Let's Stay Up Late and Craft!


  • Starts with an A2 base using Coastal Cabana cardstock
  • layer with Follow Your Art DSP 4" x 5 1/4"
  • Using the Arts & Craft dies, cut 3 coordinating colors of the eyelet trim, a paper clip and  a flower button 
  • cut the patterned coral Subtle DSP using the  2 1/4" x  3 3/4" Stitched rectangle die, use liquid glue to adhere the three strips of cardstock eyelet  trim to the bottom of the rectangle and the paper clip to the top and adhere to your layered card base.
  • Stamp two bottles and two ribbon spools, cut with coordinating dies, cut the heart part of the ribbon off of the spools and color with Stampin Blends.  
  • from Coastal Cabana cardstock, stamp the square with Swirly Fames square in Coastal Cabana ink, stamp sentiment in black and cut using the stitched square.
  • adhere the two colored ribbon spools stacking them, adhere sentiment square 
  • using dimensionals adhere the flower button and your two bottles.
  • from the Follow Your Heart Embellishment Kit - glue a bigger heart on, use dimensionals to attach the smaller heart.  Tie a bow from the twine and attach with either glue or a glue dot on to the flower button.

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Do Something Creative Every Day is actually a sentiment from the Crafting Forever set.

I made this card and the quilt card below for Blooming Blocks Quilt Fabric,  an online quilt shop.

My friend, Colleen who owns Blooming Blocks, will be sending these two cards out to the next two lucky winners in her monthly drawings.  So if you quilt or know someone who does - check out her website - she runs frequent sales and has very reasonable shipping rates!! I put a link in for her website.

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Follow Your Art Pieced Quilt

This was pieced together using 2 different sizes of the Stitched Rectangles with 4 different patterns.  It was fun to do the layout, just playing with the pieces on a base of Whisper White that was then cut to size.  This is a great way to use small scraps up!

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✱✱✱Your bonus for shopping with me this month is a 6X6 DSP paper sampler for any order over $35.00m this includes the Perennial Essence paper and the Mosaic Mood Designer papers✱✱✱ 
please make sure you use the hostess code of SHE96JRG

One last day to take advantage of the July Sale!!!
Buy $50 in product and get $5 rebate bonus for August!

If you would like to take advantage of a 20% off discount year round -consider being a demonstrator!
You can do as much or as little selling as you want - with no long term commitment.  There is a great incentive to join as a demonstrator happening right now!  You will receive an extra $30 to put toward bonus products in your Starter Kit.  Then you will receive a $10 bonus coupon code the following month!

To take advantage of this deal - just click join my team on the tab just under my blog title.  Email me if you have any questions at all about this!!  This promotion runs thru August 31. Team members get a lot of perks, such as early order opportunities, year round discounts - up to 25%, access to different websites for more inspiration, Stampin' Up! Success magazine (6 issues a year), Tips, Templates and Updates provided by Stampin' Up.  Again, email me if you have any questions.