Okay – so we made it! It’s the weekend! Whoo-hoo! And also – whew! 😉
So the problem with a ginormous pre-order (or even a more modest ginornous-adjacent pre-order such as I did) is that it’s darned near impossible to narrow that first card down to one stamp set or bundle. Obviously I picked the ones I loved the MOST from the new catalog – and that was hard, cuz nearly every page had one or two or five somethings on it that I loved! So…how to pick the most loved of the loved?
I finally decided to use the Painted Autumn Suite – it was the one that caught my eye first, after all. So – I pulled out the Autumn Harvest stamp set, the new Leaf Punch and the Painted Autumn DSP. And I also ended up using a nice little sentiment from the Lovely Words Thinlits and Dragonfly Dreams! Take a look-see:
My layout for this one was inspired by the sketch challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch.
And I also took some hints from a new (to me!) challenge – the Tic Tac Toe Challenge. I love Tic Tac Toe challenges!!
I went down the right column on that one.
I started with a piece of Very Vanilla card stock. Then I cut about a 3″ x 4″ piece of Window Sheet and punched it with the new (coming on 1 Sept!) Leaf Punch in the Painted Autumn Suite to make a stencil. Across my Very Vanilla panel, using wedges of Stampin’ Sponges, I added leaf stencils in Lemon Lime Twist. Then I went back over them with Garden Green. And I cut a piece of Vellum card stock the same size as the Vanilla panel.
For my half circle at the bottom, I traced the shape of my Tear & Tape Adhesive roll on the backside of a piece of Painted Autumn DSP and fussy cut the shape. Around the edges, I added faux stitches in Cajun Craze with my Stampin’ Write Marker.
Using my Fine-Tip Glue pen, I added glue on the back of the Vellum panel – only under the portion where I knew my half-circle was going to be placed – and adhered it over the leaf-strewn card front. Then I Fast Fuse’d the panel to a Cajun Craze mat.
My stamped sentiment is from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set. I stamped the first three words in Cajun Craze just above my half circle. Then I finished the sentiment by cutting three Lovely Words thinlits in Cajun Craze and snipping just the words out. I stacked them up with little dabs of Liquid Glue.
To be honest – I wasn’t sure what a “stacked sentiment” was – so…I stacked stamped words on top of the die cut word and I also stacked three die cuts. I ought to be covered! 😉
I adhered the stacked sentiment to the card front with Liquid Glue.
Next up, I made some leaves. Using Vellum card stock again, I stamped the veins image from Autumn Harvest (also available on 1 Sept – or now…ask me how!) in Garden Green and then I stamped the fill image over top in Lemon Lime Twist. I also did one more on a piece of Very Vanilla. I punched them all out with the new Leaf Punch and creased the leaves with my Bone Folder (now that I’ve found that trick – expect to see it a lot!).
The oh-so-pretty sunflowers are part of one of the beautiful papers in the Painted Autumn DSP – I fussy cut them right out of the paper! And – just to make them pop – I edged each flower with my Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker.
Using Fine-Tip Glue and some regular white Liquid Glue, I adhered the large sunflower and some Vellum leaves. Then I popped the smaller sunflower on with a couple of Stampin’ Dimensionals. I used the Very Vanilla leaf and stuck it up under the small sunflower with a little Liquid Glue. Then I tied a bow with the new linen-thread-on-steroids Jute Twine (love!) and adhered it with a dab of Liquid Glue.
I added more faux stitches around the edge of the Vellum in Cajun Craze then I added little dots of Fine-Tip Glue to the underside of the Vellum, under the leaves and flowers, to help adhere it to the card front. I also added two eensy-weensy-tiny dabs under the stitches in the top corners. And that finished off the card front!
On the inside, I added a sentiment from Autumn Harvest in Cajun Craze to a Very Vanilla panel (isn’t it wonderful?!?). Then I stamped a Garden Green and Lemon-Lime Twist leaf next to the sentiment.
Do you think I should have added the faux stitches? I couldn’t decide and so I left them off. I Fast Fuse’d the panel to a Cajun Craze mat and into my Early Espresso card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done.
I added more of the Autumn Harvest leaves in Garden Green and Lemon Lime Twist to the front of my Very Vanilla Medium Envelope…
…and then gave the envelope flap a covering of a little more of the Painted Autumn DSP.
Et Voila! I kinda sorta love love LOVE this suite!! It’s absolutely gorgeous – with its painterly images in the stamp set and the beautiful coordinating paper. I think it’ll be a go-to all thru the dog-days of summer and into the Fall! I can’t wait for you to get your hands on this Suite!! Hope you like!
Speaking of getting your hands on it – you could!! How?
Glad you asked! Folks who join Stampin’ Up! now can select from the new Holiday Catalog to fill their Starter Kits! So…you, too, could be making beautiful cards with this Suite right now! Give me shout – or check out all the reasons joining with me is a good idea, right here on my Join My Team page!
HOST CODE FOR 1 AUGUST – 15 AUGUST: 2QVU4G6X
Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.
You Earned ‘Em – Now It’s Time to Spend ‘Em!
All thru the month of August, be sure to redeem the Bonus Coupons you earned in July! You’ve got until 11:50 PM (MT) on 31 Aug to redeem your coupons. Check the digits:
There’s no limit on the number of coupons you can use on an order during redemption. Bonus Days coupon codes can be redeemed for any product, excluding Starter Kits, Demonstrator Supply Items, and Paper Pumpkin subscriptions. New prepaid Paper Pumpkin codes can be discounted with Bonus Days coupons.
Here’s how to redeem your coupons (click the pic to make it human-sized!):
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There are 13 US states having state sales tax holidays for school supplies. What does that mean for you? Stampin’ Up! products that fall under that category will be tax-free for a limited time! If you live in one of the lucky states (sorry – GA decided to opt out this year! 🙁 ), make sure to take advantage of the holiday.
Refer to this PDF to see which states are offering the holiday and relevant information for each state including holiday dates, products that qualify, and dollar limits per item.
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STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:
The products in the Painted Harvest Suite – Autumn Harvest stamp set, Leaf Punch, Painted Harvest DSP and Jute Twine – will be available to customers on 1 Sept. They’re available to demonstrators right now! 🙂
CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:
Early Espresso Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, scored and folded at 5 1/2″)
Cajun Craze Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); Lovely Words Thinlit sentiments (x3)
Very Vanilla Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front and inner liner); One Autumn Harvest leaf
Vellum Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (layered over card front); Three Autumn Harvest leaves
Painted Autumn DSP: 3 7/8″ wide by approx 1 1/2″ at the top of the circle (half circle on bottom of card front); envelope flap; fussy cut sunflowers
If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!
One of Finny’s most endearing traits is his ability to go from a hundred to zero in the blink of an eye.
And he’s almost always pretty close by when he hits zero.
Sometimes almost too close.
Not really – there’s not really any such thing.
What a love.