Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ole Gray Goose

Today I am more in the Autumn mode but not as far as all the pumpkin and orange color combos that are so popular this time of year...today I wanted to try something with neutrals and see if I can still stay within that autumn feel.  I pulled out my neutral papers, Basic Black, Basic Gray and Smoky Slate ink pads.  I also added a bit of Sahara Sand in for a pop of fall color.  I love the stamp set Wetlands by Stampin Up!  This stamp set is so very versatile. 
For the "Fall" aspect, I used the Big Shots Autumn Accents Die  - this die is also one of my favorites.  I wanted to do something different though since everyone was either stamping or cutting them out and applying them to their cards.  I also didn't want it to over whelm the "Wetlands" Stamps.  So I made a mask.

 Instead of placing the goose in an oval or a square - I made the big maple leaf my background and added a smaller leaf in Sahara Sand to add just a pop of brown to the gray and black card.

 I then set about stamping my main characters onto my card to complete the scene.

 To tie in the Sahara Sand brown accent, I added brown (Early Espresso) twine and brown buttons to the card.

 and attached the matted front of the card to the beautifully gray card using pop dots......for some reason I just love the gray paper.  It also makes glorious Christmas cards that really pop the white accents of glitter touched snow and adds a touch of frosty, foggy gray to the piece.  In the picture I am taking my thumb nail and just pushing into the center of the pop dot....(see the crease)....it helps to bring up one corner for ease of grabbing and detaching it from its sticky counterpart.

I always make more than one card (usually 6) because if I only made one...I would want to keep it as a keepsake - cards are like virtual little hugs, you need to give them, not store them in a box.
Here is the finished piece.....well almost.  I did take the acorn from the die cut and hung it from the button. Hope you are getting your "Fall" on.  If you need any of these supplies, visit my website at www.donnademko.stampinup.net and order yours today!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Faux Frame Card

Yesterday I watched a YouTube video (I love watching these) of another Stampin Up! demonstrator doing a card she called the Faux Frame Card and thought I would give it a try. 

The stamp set is Stampin Up! Blooming with Kindness and the paper and ink is Island Indigo and Wild Honey. After stamping a few blooms out with the Wild Honey, I thought it was too dark so I switched the ink out to Summer Sun.  I also used White and Black cardstock.

After cutting all the pieces out I found that the marker the demonstrator suggested left smears on my 2nd and 3rd stamped paper because the template was soaking up the marker and it would leave a mark on the next card I did so I switched to using a black sharpie.  Still not sure I like the look of the faux frame though.  :(

Size of paper cuts:

Card Base - 5 1/2 x 4 1/4"
Mat (black) 4 5/8 x 3 3/8"
White - 4 1/2 x 3 1/4"
Faux frame line - 4" x 2 3/4"

 After getting a few of the cards finished and glued together, I thought they looked rather flat and plain. 

So I decided that on the ones I hadn't completed yet, I would try to pop the layers.  Since I already had some glued together - I restamped the "Bloom" and fussy cut it out and used dimensionals to pop the flower.  On the others  - I used the dimensionals on the back of the white piece and popped the whole "Thank You" section out.  I felt it still needed something but since there really wasn't any space to put a bow, I finished off the card with crystals.

Finished Card

So tell me, what would you have done with this card to take it from "flat" to
Fabulous"!   What colors would you have done this card in?  And what kind of tool would you recommend using for the faux frame for a neater finish instead of what was suggested by the original designer and the choice I used on these cards?  I welcome your suggestions.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


I just got this BIGZ die from Stampin Up! called Autumn Accents.  I can't wait to try some of the beautiful fall cards with it. Tis the season, you know!

How fun is this card!  Check out this card -


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Halloween Cards - What cards are you making this Halloween Season?

With this card I chose to do a "Waterfall" technique.  As the tab is pulled down, the pictures flip in sequence.  Really interesting method and I have done a few cards this way and received compliments on them.  I will try and post the measurements soon to a card that I am making that uses the same waterfall method soon so don't forget to check back.
I thought this "Mummy Madness" card would be great to send the grand nieces and nephews.  I figured they would get a spooky kick out of these.  And they are so easy,   I inserted a few white brads in the black strip on bottom for eyes and colored the pupils with a sharpie and coated them with glossy accents for a "wet" look - of course if you have googlie eyes you should use those, I just didn't have those on hand so I improvised!  Then I just tore up paper and tinted the edges with Early Espresso & Crumb Cake Stampin Up! ink.  This one maybe fun to do with the kiddos and have them send to their friends.