Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Stampin' Dreams October Blog Hop - Halloween Card

 Welcome to the Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop where we are showing off our Halloween projects this month!  I am Ann Krucek, from Malvern, Ohio USA.


I made my spooky little cat card from the Ghoulish Goodies stamp set.
I used the Cobwebs 3D embossing folder for the background.  I inked up the raised pattern on the inside of the embossing folder with Black Momento ink and ran a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Basic Gray cardstock through my Cut and Emboss machine.  It is hard to tell from this photo, but there is a lot of texture to the background as well as the pattern of the cob webs.

The edges of my black and purple band are just torn by hand to add a little bit of grunge to it!
I colored in the cat's eyes and collar with the Light Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blend Marker.
I love the new Metallic Mesh Ribbon!  It's definitely not just for Halloween - I will be using it on some Christmas things this year as well!!

Here are the supplies I used:
These supplies can be found on my online store 24/7.
As always, I am here to help!  so let me know if you have any questions.
Just click in to get the links to the other Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Blogs showing off their Halloween creations today:

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Colonel Mustard, in the Dining Room with the Candlestick - Halloween Tablescape Hop


 Halloween is fast approaching, do you have a clue for your costume this year, yet? 

Well,  Clue just happens to be the theme of my Halloween Tablescape for Chloe Crabtree's fabulous Halloween Tablescape Blog Hop! I thought a little creepy murder mystery would fit the bill.

All of the links to the talented table stylist taking part in the hop will be listed at the bottom of this post.  Have a fun looking at these creative tables for so much more Halloween inspiration!

In the mean time we are going to have a little murder mystery fun with one of my favorite childhood games.

Do you remember trying to guess if it was Mr. Green with the Rope in the Conservatory?

Or perhaps Mrs. White in the Kitchen with the Knife!
I have had these blueprint plates for years, I bought them at Fishs Eddy in NYC when I used to travel to NY annually for the NYC Toy Fair.  Fishs Eddy was alway a must stop when we would get an evening off.  If you are ever in NYC - this is worth the trip if you are a dish lover. 
They always reminded me of the Clue game board, maybe because I worked for a toy company and spent a lot of time in the toy department!! Anyway, I always thought it would be fun to do a Clue table with them.
Aren't the names Colonel Mustard and Miss Scarlet iconic!
and let's not forget Mrs. Peacock!!
Did she use the wrench or the revolver?

Below is the list of all of the wonderful blogs participating in today's blog hop,
Be sure to take a peak at the other tables, you would not want to miss out on any Halloween fun!



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Have you come up with who did it?
There may be a little hint!
If you look closely,
Someone is being ratted out!!
I hope you enjoyed my little murder mystery table!
Have a fun and safe Halloween.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop September 2020, Our Favorite Season

 Welcome to Corner of Plaid and Paisley.  I am Ann from Ohio, USA.   I am part of the Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop today showing off cards that depict our favorite seasons. 
 I have a hard time choosing between Fall, Halloween and Christmas. But Halloween was so fun when I was a child that I think those memories have stuck with me the most.
This slimline card using the Coming Home Bundle reminds me of the fun we had Trick or Treating in our neighborhood.  Back then we went at night and it was spooky dark out!!  We had a blast running from house to house collecting candy in our costumes.
These houses were stamped with Momento Black Ink and colored in with Stampin' Blends.
The sentiment and the tree branch, bats and moon is from the Goulish Goodies Stamp Set.

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Since not everyone celebrates Halloween, I thought I would include the winter scene card I made with this same set as well.
The dimensions of my slimline card is an 7" by 8 1/2" piece of cardstock scored and folded in half to make it 3 1/2" X 8 1/2"  card that will fit in a legal size envelope. (At lease that is what we call it in the United States - I am not sure what it maybe called in other countries)
Same set, same idea, just very different colors give it a very different look!
The sentiment stamp is from the Poinsettia Petals stamp set. 

These were fun to build the scenes, especially with the slimline card since it gives you more space to fit a scene across the card.  


Take a look at the other cards that have been created by my fellow stampers by clicking on the Inlinkz link party below!!!
They are all sharing their favorite seasons as well!

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Dog Days of Fall - A Fun Fall Table

Welcome to my fall table full of K9 fun!
This table is part of Chloe Crabtree from Celebrate & Decorate's  Fall Tablescape Blog Hop. 
 At the end of this post will be the links to all the other talented table stylists with their inspiration for this fall season.  Be sure to click on the other links and follow along for lots of autumn goodness!
Mums, cornstalks, leaves, apples,  pumpkins and ornamental cabbage are some of my fall favorites!
But who can resist a few dogs in sweaters and plaid shirts thrown in with the autumn mix?!
I haven't been out much in the last 7 or 8 months, but I did travel over to my daughter's house to see my brand new little grandson, Quinn!!  There just happens to be a Hobby Lobby smack in the middle of the road trip to her house, and that is where I picked up these fun fall plates
I find shopping not to be fun these days - so the rest was stuff I had and a few goodies from the grocery store for my centerpiece.  I think the mum is a bit large for my table- but hey, I didn't want to cut it back!
I made some little doggie favors with my Stampin' Up! Autumn Goodness wheelbarrow die and the doggies from the Pampered Pets Designer Series paper.
My Lucy wanted to get in on the act - but she wasn't particularly fond of the bow. 
 I honestly give Mary from Home is Where the Boat Is and her pups a lot of credit because they make photo sessions look easy!!  And it is not for me and Lucy!!  
She is half St. Bernard and half Golden Retriever (although she looks more like a Newfoundland) and when she doesn't want to do something- she just lays down.  Then there is no moving this big dog once she lays down!  But she loves the cooler weather that fall brings and she sure brightens our days with her antics.

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Here are all of the links from all of our fabulous tablescapers- please enjoy the hop!


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I hope you have a beautiful and fun fall!!
Stay safe, take care!

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Plaid or Plain? - Part 2

Welcome to my second installment of Plaid or Plain?  This one using the Beautiful Autumn Bundle.
I love these tiny little detailed leaves, some are from the Gilded Autumn Specialty Designer Series Paper and some are stamped but both are cut with the cute little Autumn Punch Pack.
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The first card uses a Soft Suede card base with a Whisper White layer that has been run through the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder. Then I flicked tiny amounts of Just Jade and Crumb Cake ink on with my Water Brushes to add those small speckles to the texture.
I stamped some brown leaves out with Soft Suede Ink on Crumb Cake cardstock and punched them out with the new leaf punches in the Autumn Punch Pack.   The acorns, rust leaves and jade leaves are punched out of the one of the beautiful sheets in the Gilded Autumn DSP.

Here is a tip when cutting a small image from some of the DSP.  Cut the images apart so that you don't punch into another image.  Then use a sticky note to hold it while you punch!  That makes it easy to line that little piece up with your punch.

The sentiment is stamped in Soft Suede ink on Whisper White cardstock, cut with one of the Ornate Frames Die and popped that up with some dimensionals.  I tied a double bow with Linen Thread and added it with a glue dot.




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The second card uses one of the softer plaids from the Plaid Tidings 6X6 designer series papers.
I started with a Soft Suede Cardstock card base, a mat layer of Cinnamon Cider Cardstock and then the layer of the plaid dsp.

Next, I stamped out a frame from the Framed for You stamp set on Crumb Cake Card Stock and cut the frame out using the Layering Squares Dies and adhere it with liquid glue.  Using the gorgeous Gilded Autumn DSP and the Autumn Punch pack - I punched out some of the leaves and acorns from the dsp and used dimensionals to pop those up.  

The sentiment is from the Gather Together stamp set, stamped in Soft Suede ink on a piece of 5/8th" by 2 1/2" strip of Crumb Cake cardstock then punched at each end with the Lovely Lables Pick A Punch to get those scalloped ornate ends.  I popped the sentiment up with dimensionals as well.

Top it all off with a double bow tied in Linen Thread and adhered with a glue dot.



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So which do you like?  The Plaid? or the Plain?

Both of these cards are perfect for staying in touch with friends that we have not been able to visit with.

If you have any questions - please don't hesitate to ask!

As always - these supplies can be found 24/7 by clicking on my storefront in the right hand column or better yet - just click HERE to shop.

Any orders over $35 that use my hostess code (found at the top of the right column) will receive a sampler pack of current 6" X 6" Designer Series Papers (approx 12-15 sheets).  This will be a nice variety of some of  the paper that is available to purchase now - so that you can see how beautiful our DSP really is!! 
Any orders over $150 will ALSO receive Stampin' Up's 10% back in Stampin' Rewards - you will choose that right on your order! 
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Stampin' Up! is running a special promotion in September to join as a new Demonstrator - this can be just for a hobby if you want additional discounts or if you wish to take it further - it is your choice.


For $99.00 you get to choose $125.00 in merchandise, 
plus you will receive 
*enough cardstock pieces to make 16 cards,
*a pack of Rhinestone Basic Jewels,
*the So Much Love stamp set
*and the Queen Ann's Lace stamp set

a nice little bundle to either make your own cards or set you up for your first event!

Once you join as a demonstrator you can enjoy your 20% off discount on any other merchandise, plus you will have access to many different idea platforms.

I would love to add you to my creative team!!

As always, I am here if you have questions!


Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Autumn Goodness - Plaid or Plain?

The new Autumn Goodness Bundle is such a beautiful set to use for creating cards for the fall season.
I made two cards using the same stamps and dies just different backgrounds - you tell me - Do you like the Plaid or the Plain???
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The plaid card uses the Plaid Tidings 6" X 6" Designer Series Paper along with Just Jade and Cinnamon Cider Card stock.
I used a piece of Shimmery White Cardstock, Pool Party and Cinnamon Cider Ink  and my Water Painters to make the background.  On another piece of Whisper White Card stock I stamped the two images with Cinnamon Cider ink and colored in my corn stalks and harvest fruits and vegetables with my Stampin' Blends.  Both images were cut with the coordinating dies and popped up with dimensionals.  The sentiment is stamped in Cinnamon Cider, cut with the Ornate Frames die and popped up as well.
Here are the supplies I used for the plaid card:

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For a little more sophisticated look I used a more muted color palette.
This one uses some texture for more interest.  I used a Soft Suede cardstock base as well as a layer of Soft Suede cardstock run through the new Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder to give it just a little bit of texture.  There is a small layer of Mint Macaron, then the Very Vanilla background.  The corn stalks and harvest fruits and vegetables are stamped in Cinnamon Cider ink, then colored in soft tones with the Stampin' Blends and cut with the coordinating dies.  I popped up both images with dimensionals.
These are the supplies I used for this card:


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So are you a plaid lover or do you like a more sophisticated look?
As you can tell from the name of my blog that I love plaids - so it is no wonder that one of my favorite things in this Holiday Mini Catalog is the Plaid Tidings DSP!!
It has a wide variety of plaids in it so it can be used for many different occasions.
Look for another installment of Plaid or Plain coming soon!!
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If you have any questions - please don't hesitate to ask!

As always - these supplies can be found 24/7 by clicking on my storefront in the right hand column or better yet - just click HERE to shop.

Any orders over $35 that use my hostess code (found at the top of the right column) will receive a sampler pack of current 6" X 6" Designer Series Papers (approx 12-15 sheets).  This will be a nice variety of some of  the paper that is available to purchase now - so that you can see how beautiful our DSP really is!! 
Any orders over $150 will ALSO receive Stampin' Up's 10% back in Stampin' Rewards - you will choose that right on your order! 

I would love to be your connection to your creativity. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Pampered Pets Stamp Set and Designer Series Paper

 I have seen so many cute cards using the Playful Pets Suite, that I had to think out of the box to come up with something a little bit different.

 I paired the Pets Die with the fence from the Autumn Wheelbarrow Dies to put with my pup! I also cut out 4 hearts with the Dog Builder punch, put a little glue on either side and placed them back to back at the ends of my bow. 

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For my cat loving friends used the grumpy cat from the DSP.  There is no die for this one- so I used my Brother Scan and Cut to cut him out- but he can easily be fussy cut as well.

I paired this up with the Layering Circle Dies and the Playful Alphabet Dies.  You can't tell from this photo that well, but I used the new Foam Adhesive Sheets with the letters to make them pop out.  These are super easy to use - just peel off the one side of the adhesive sheet of foam, stick some card stock on the sheet and run it through you die cut just as you would a plain piece of card stock and it cuts through the foam as well.  Then you have a nice thick, foam layered letter- just peel of the adhesive on the back and stick them on! 

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I liked the Playful Alphabet with the Foam Adhesive Sheets  so much I used them again on my Crazy Cat Lady Card!

The lady is from the Senior Years Stamp set, I fussy cut her and colored her with my Stampin Blends. The cats are cut from the Playful Pets DSP.  The purple background paper is from the 6"x6" Brights Designer Series Paper.  This card kind of drives me crazy because I normally like to mat my cards evenly and to have that cat hair DSP short and have the Y hanging off is not my usual game - but I think it added to the craziness!!

Here are the main tools I used to build these cards:

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.  

Ordering Stamp Sets and supplies is super easy by just clicking  on my storefront on the right column anytime - I am open 24 hours a day!

Any orders over $35 that use my hostess code (found at the top of the right column) will receive a sampler pack of current 6" X 6" Designer Series Papers (approx 12-15 sheets).  This will be a nice variety of some of  the paper that is available to purchase now - so that you can see how beautiful our DSP really is!! 

Any orders over $150 will ALSO receive Stampin' Up's 10% back in Stampin' Rewards - you will choose that right on your order!  

I would love to be your connection to your creativity.