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.  


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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. 



Thursday, July 23, 2020

Paper Pumpkin - July 2020 - Summer Nights Alternatives

Here are a couple of cute projects I made with the July Paper Pumpkin Kit - Summer Nights.
I immediately thought of backyard fun with fireflies, campfires and glow sticks when I saw this kit.
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So I made a little folder to hold some glow stick bracelets I bought at the Dollar Tree.
  •  the folder  was made from one piece of Blackberry Bliss 8 1/2" X 11" Card Stock. 
  •  Score 2 3/4" from either side and 3/4" from the bottom. 
  •  I cut off the two 3/4" rectangles on both side flaps and only left the center with a bottom flap.  
  •  I measured up 1 3/4" from the bottom of the side and cut it at a diagonal to the score line at the top for each side.
I hope this photo helps!
  • I stamped the starburst with Versamark and then used the White embossing powder and my heat gun to emboss the bursts oh the outside flap. (see construction instructions  below to understand how it will be folded)
  •  I also took some diluted Whisper White ink and splattered it on the paper using my Water Painter (although this doesn't seem to really show up in these photos) for just a sprinkling of white dots.
To constructed the holder:
  • I folded the bottom flap up first 
  •  then folded in the right hand flap and used Tear and Tape to adhere the the bottom of the side flap to the bottom flap.  
  • lastly, folded in the left side using Tear and Tape to adhere the left side flap at the bottom and edges.

Making the tag:
  • I used one of the shaded color cards that are included in the kit for the tag-  cut it in half and then just rounded the corners to match the other corners. 
  •  I used the Versamark and embossing powder again to emboss two starbursts on each tag. 
  • The sentiment from the kit is stamped in Blackberry Bliss ink.
  •  I added the firefly punch outs included in the kit with dimensionals - two on the tag and one on the holder.  
  • I tied the tag on using a hole punch and the new Metallic Mesh Ribbon that is in the Mini Holiday Catalog.
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Firefly Luminary Tea Light Bag


  •  I traced the outline of the velum jar  provided in the kit on the back side of the luminary bag.
  • using paper snips, I cut the bag about a half an inch inside the outline of the jar - not cutting the lid portion of the jar.
  • I free hand cut a piece of dark cardstock to fit behind the lid of the velum jar and adhered it to the back of the velum jar piece with small amounts of liquid glue.
  • attaching the jar to the bag - I applied small amounts of liquid glue on the back side of the velum jar following the outline of the jar and adhered it to the bag over the spot cut out.
  • I cut a scrap piece of white cardstock 3/4" by 2 3/4" 
  • Using six of the punch out fireflies and some gold metallic thread - I used Tear and Tape to adhere the string and the fireflies together and hung them from the scrap of white cardstock.
  • I adhered this strip to the inside of the jar side of the bag - just above the lid.  You want to adhere this to the jar side - because it they get too close to the cut side with the starburst - they get all tangled up in the slits!  ( I found out the hard way!)
  • Using one of the supplied labels - I stamped out the sentiment with the Blackberry Bliss Ink and added a few of the stars in the punch outs.
  • I placed a battery operated luminary light in the bottom of the bag.
  • Punching two holes in the top of the bag and one in the label - I attached the tag with the Metallic Mesh Ribbon.  
I hope you enjoyed these little projects for your Paper Pumpkin Kit!

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop - July 2020 - Masculine Card

Welcome to the Stampin' Dreams July Blog Hop where the theme this month is a card for the men.

I am Ann Krucek, from Malvern, Ohio, and I am happy to share the masculine card I made with the Game On Stamp Set.

I thought of my boys (28 and 32) when I designed this card.  We all play cards when everyone is home, we laugh, we joke, we just have a good time around the table. My card is a bit of a no fuss card, no extra rhinestones or twine - just the way my guys would want it.

  • Starting with a  Basic Gray cardstock card base - I used a die from the Stitched Triangles  and made the cut out down the outside edge of the card by just laying it about 1/4" from the edge.
  • The Smoky Slate cardstock layer is 3 1/2"  X 5 1/4"
  • Then I used the backside of some beautiful Peony DSP that has what I think looks has little herringbone pattern to it for the next layer - it is 3" X 4 3/4"
  • I cut 4 Basic Black Triangles from the Stitched Triangle dies and adhered them to the corners of the DSP layer.
  • The playing cards are stamped in black ink on Whisper White cardstock and fussy cut out and adhered with dimensionals.
  • The sentiment is stamped with black ink on Smoky Slate cardstock and cut with a die from the All Dressed Up  dies - I seem to use that one a lot for sentiments - sometime running it through twice to shorten it a bit - as was the case fro this card. This was put on with dimensionals as well.
  • I put a strip of black down the side of the inside edge of the card so that black would show through the cut outs going down the front of the card.
  • And added a piece of white for the inside sentiment.
Here are the supplies I used:

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