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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Shiny Tree Card with the September Stamp of the Month

5" x 5" card created by Karen Pedersen

Although it's been a week of high temperatures in Utah (we even set a state record at 94 degrees on Wednesday), that hasn't stopped the trees on the mountain by my house to know what season is coming. The leaves are changing and the colors are so pretty.

This little 5" x 5" card feels just like this week has felt to me:  full of Autumn colors on the mountain, but still lots of green right down  here in the valley.

I think the September Stamp of the Month (Family is Forever) is such a great set. On this card I decided to spend a little bit  more time than I normally would on a single card because I wanted to see how that beautiful tree would look paper pieced and shiny.   Here are step-by-step instructions to how I created the tree piece. I hope you like fussy cutting (wink). I actually find it kind of relaxing and a bit therapeutic. 

Reminder: You get can this set in September only and it's only $5 ($17.95 value)  for every $50 you spend (before shipping and tax).  Head on over to my website to order. You'll be prompted to add your Family is Forever set before you check out.

  1. Stamp the tree in Chocolate Ink on Goldrush Cardstock.
  2. Stamp the tree again in Barn Red Ink on Colonial White Cardstock.
  3. Stamp the tree again in New England Ivy Ink on Colonial White Cardstock.
  4. Carefully cut out the hearts from the Barn Red stamped tree and adhere them over the hearts on the Chocolate tree.  I love my Non-Stick Micro Tip Scissors for jobs like this one.
  5. Carefully cut out the leaves from the Topiary tree and adhere them over the leaves on the Chocolate tree.  I really love the small tipped Glue Pen to adhere small, detailed pieces.
  6. Sponge the edges of the Goldrush piece with Chocolate Ink and a Round Sponge.
  7. Squirt a generous amount of Liquid Glass on the Goldrush piece (I'd say a good quarter to half-dollar size puddle).  Using a small sponge brush, "paint" your liquid glass all over the piece, making sure to get it in between all of your fussy cut pieces and covering everything. Smooth it out and set aside and let it dry.  (Tip:  As it dries, your piece may "curl" a bit.  Once it's dry, just put it under a stack of books for a bit and it will flatten right out).
I would never spend that kind of time on everything I create, but every once in a while it's really fun to try new things and create something really special.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Picture Perfect Gift Enclosure Card with #30daysofhappy

Can you tell that I'm loving the #30daysofhappy stamp set?  Well, just in case you can't tell, I'll tell you that I am loving it!  This little set is just perfect (Picture Perfect, even!) for a quick 3 x 3 gift enclosure card.  Do you realize that you can get 8 - 3" x 3" card bases out of one piece of 12" x 12 cardstock (just cut it in half at 6" and then each of those 6" strips cut into 3" x 6" strips.  Fold in half. Voila!)?  Nifty!  Close To My Heart even sells 3" x 3" envelopes!

BTW, sorry the photo is a bit blurred. I didn't realize it until I went to post it today. Unfortunately the card is not where I can get to it to photograph it again (it's packed for a big meeting later this week with my team).  Hopefully you get the gist.  I will give a few tips on techniques I used on this card and will also include a products used list with photos and links to them on my site at the end of the post.

Don't forget that this set is yours FREE in September when you spend $30 or more (before shipping and tax) on stamps.  When ordering on my website, you'll be prompted to add it to your order before you check out.

Technique tips:
  1.  I love creating my own backgrounds with stamps. I did that on the Sunset Cardstock on this card by stamping rows of the little camera stamp. I stamped one camera right side up and the next one upside down. I made sure I didn't have cameras sitting directly on top of each other. I sort of staggered them in between each other from row to row to create more balance and visual interest.
  2. You may have noticed that the cameras are the same color as the cardstock. I am a big fan of tone-on-tone stamping and love that  Close To My Heart provides matching cardstocks, stamp pads and reinkers.  Woo Hoo!  I stamped on my Sunset Cardstock with Sunset Ink.
  3. The little hearts strip is Lagoon Hearts Washi Tape.  Sometimes I want washi tape to look a little more solid (as opposed to putting it directly onto the Sunset Cardstock and having that shine through the hearts), so I cut a strip of White Daisy Cardstock, adhered the Washi to that, cut a notch in the end, and adhered it to my card.  Try other colors underneath too for varied looks.
  4. Doodling is back!  I used the Journaling Pen to create my border on the card, as well as a hand drawn border on my focal point (the Picture Perfect square).  I didn't use a ruler at all. I wanted more of a 'free' feel to it. 
Need some ideas of stamp sets to purchase to help you reach the $30 mark to get the #30yearsofhappy set FREE?  Here are a few of my favorites:

In the Background
Charming Chevrons
Happy Birds
Fall Harvest
 You can also see all of our stamp sets collection here.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Recipe Layout with the September 2014 Stamp of the Month

If you've been following my blog very long, you know that I have an on-going project of a Family Recipe Scrapbook that I have been working on for a long time. My goal is to add at least one recipe per month. This month I added one from my Aunt Carol that I've been making for years...Cherry Sheet Bars. YUM!

I used the darling September Stamp of the Month for the tree and added lots of the cute red enamel hearts as my "cherries."  I'll share the recipe with you in a moment, but first let me remind you how you can get this stamp set for only $5 ($17.95).  For every $50 you spend (before shipping and tax) you can get one of these stamp sets for only $5.  Spend $100 and get 2, and so on. If you are ordering on my website, you'll be prompted to add your set(s) before you check out. I have included a products used list with photos and links at the end of this post for your convenience. 

Don't forget that this month you can also get the set below (#30yearsofhappy) for FREE! You just need to spend $30 or more on stamp sets and it's FREE! Did I mention it's FREE? Well, just in case I didn't, it's FREE!  I have been sharing artwork I've created with it throughout the month, so if you haven't seen them, just scroll back through September's posts and you'll see some fun ideas. I'll also be sharing more ideas throughout the month with this set and with the Stamp of the Month set, so stop by often!

Lastly, here is the recipe for my Aunt Carol's Cherry Bars:
Cream and mix well:                ½ C. margarine

                                                1 ¾ C. sugar

Add one at a time,                   ½ t. vanilla

Beating well after each:           4 eggs

Mix in dry ingredients:           3 C. flour

                                                1 ½ t. baking powder

                                                ½ t. salt

Spread ¾ of the batter on greased cookie sheet (not a jellyroll pan. That’s too big). It’s really sticky so you almost have to pat it with a spatula to spread it. 

Top with:                                1 can cherry pie filling (large can)

                                                ½ t. almond extract

Drop rest of batter in small spoonfuls, hit and miss, over top of pie filling.  Bake at 350* for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Drizzle icing over (if you like it melty do it right when it comes out of the oven. I like it more like  frosting and wait until it is cool.  It is good served hot with vanilla ice cream on top too!).

4 T. butter

4 T. milk

½ t. vanilla

1 ½  - 2 C. powdered sugar



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