Painted Harvest and Rooted in Nature

Hello Fall.

When there is so much out there on the internet to boggle your mind, slow yourself down and just look around you. The wonderful bounty that surrounds us in nature can be so inspiring. With that in mind, I couldn’t help taking the rich colors I see in the leaves and fall flowers and make a couple of cards with two very versatile stamp sets, ‘Painted Harvest’ and ‘Rooted in Nature.’

Here are the steps to make the floral card from the ‘Painted Harvest’ stamp set:

  • Cut an A2 (5 1/2 x 4 1/4″) base for your card out of ‘Crumbcake’ cardstock and Layer with 5 1/4″ x 4″ ‘So Saffron’ cardstock
  • On a 5 x 3 3/4″ ‘ piece of ‘Whisper White‘ cardstock, randomly stamp leaves background in ‘Pear Pizzazz’ ink and layer veins with ‘Mossy Meadow’ ink
  • Stamp with message in top right corner
  • Emboss piece with ‘Subtle 3D’ folder to give a linen look
  • Stamp three flowers on a separate piece of cardstock and fussy cut out. The flower colors used were: ‘So Saffron’ and ‘Crushed Curry,’ ‘Terracotta Tile’ and ‘Calypso Coral‘ and the third flower in ‘Grapefruit Grove’ and ‘Cajun Craze’
  • Layer and overlap flowers to top of messaged piece to make your focal point. You can pop one up for more dimension
  • Add twine of your choice to front and layer piece to card base
  • You can add some sparkle to the message with ‘Wink of Stella’ to resemble the dew of fall….OK that might be a stretch but the sparkle is fun anyway.

The “Rooted in Nature’ card with the leaves on it is so simple and quick to make:

  • From an A2 card base attach a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4″ ‘Copper Foil’ piece
  • Cut out a pice of ‘Very Vanilla’ cardstock 5 1/4 x 4″
  • Randomly stamp leaves to form a background on Vanilla cardstock. Inks used were ‘Cajun Craze’, ‘Crushed Curry’, ‘Pumpkin Pie, and ‘Cherry Cobbler’
  • With a sponge dauber or your choice of brush, lay down some ‘Soft Suede’ ink in a pattern that will surround the greeting
  • Stamp a greeting and cut out with ‘Stitched Rectangle’ dies
  • Attach Greeting with ‘Dimensionals’
  • Wrap printed piece with ‘Copper Trim’ (This trim is a weave and you can spread it out into many shapes like you see in the photo…a MUST HAVE it is so great to work with)

To jazz up the card you simply take your dauber and lightly brush color on the pumpkin colored leaves. Also brush several of the colors on the greeting tag to draw your eye to the words.

Thanks for stopping by and would love it if you shared this post. The products used are listed below. If you have questions, just leave me a message, and if you don’t already have a demonstrator, I would be thrilled to be yours. Until next post, happy crafting.

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Products used:


Cajun Craze

Crushed Curry

Pumpkin Pie

Soft Suede

So Saffron

Grapefruit Grove

Calypso Coral

Pear Pizzazz

Mosy Meadow

Momento Black


Very Vanilla

Whisper White

Copper Foil

So Saffron



Painted Harvest

Rooted in Nature ( a two part set)



Multipurpose Glue


Twine ( you can color twine with Crushed Curry Ink)

Colorful Seasons and Rooted in Nature

The maple trees out front of our house are turning rich hues of red, gold and orange and the leaves are just starting to fall off the trees. As the leaves start to pile up with acorns, twigs and morning dew it inspired me to see how you can take fall colors and shapes to make a basic card design and see how to amp it up with a few additions and color changes.

The stamps and dies used are from the ‘Colorful Seasons’ and ‘Rooted in Nature’ sets. (Look for future posts on using these sets for holiday cards and stretching your $$$.)


Start with an A2 cardstock card base in ‘Crumb Cake’ and layer a vine die cut from the ‘Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut’ specialty paper.

Stamp and fussy cut the tree round from ‘Rooted in Nature’  set and ‘Very Vanilla’ card stock. Then stamp and die cut the maple leaf from the ‘2019-2021 In-Color’ card stock pack.  Attach all pieces to card front. Add your sentiment (popped up with ‘Dimensionals’) and there you have a card easy to make and jumping into fall.


To amp up your card with a bit of shine and texture die cut the maple leaf outlines with ‘Copper’ foil paper and layer on top of the solid-colored maple leaves.

Finish with a wrap and bow using the  ‘Copper’ trim. Try playing with the base card color for a whole different look

Another option would be to emboss maple leaves and either layer under a copper leaf or attach as is.

These leaves were colored and embossed with clear powder then embossed a second time with sprinkles of ‘Gold’ Stampin’ emboss powder and melt a second time.

You could stop here but again play with color. Instead of a crumb cake base swap it out for a ‘Pretty Peacock’  A2 base and then layer the crumb cake on top if you want.  So many options… away.

This second card has layers much like the first. the more you add and pop up with dimensionals the better it looks!

There you have it.   A card design that can be as simple or detailed as you want it.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you follow my blog and share with your friends. If you have used these stamp sets please post them. Would love to see your creations.

If you have questions don’t hesitate to ask…and if you don’t have a demonstrator I would love to be yours… just leave a message.



2019-2021 In Color Sample Pack

Very Vanilla


Copper Foil


StazON Black

Pretty Peacock

 Calypso Coral


 2019-2021 In Color

Copper Trim

Multipurpose Glue


Dandelion Wishes 2

Last year I posted a ‘Dandelion Wishes’ set of cards and already seeing leaves starting to turn, I was thinking Fall.  I got busy and pulled out my same stamp set for some easy-to-make cards.  As I look back I really see how different techniques totally give this set a different look.   Love that… as I want to be able to use my stamps in different ways and get the most value out of them.

These two samples are so easy.   Stamp, add a bit of color with a dauber, embellish with scraps of paper or twine you have on hand, layer up focal with black cardstock and pop on with ‘Dimensional’ and your favorite greeting.   THAT’S IT!



Thanks for stopping by and I would love to see your creations with the ‘Dandelion Wishes’ set.   Look forward to your comments and would love it if you share with your crafting friends.

Need a demonstrator or wanting to join Stampin’Up! and save 20-25% on your purchases?   I would love to tell you how…(and during August you get a whopping $30 more on your initial kit purchase with an extra $10 to spend the next month!)  EXTRA EXTRA  Send me a message and I can give you all the details.

Happy Crafting everyone…..



Dandelion Wishes



Whisper White (cardstock AND envelopes)

Crumb Cake




Calypso Coral

Daffodil Delight

Tukedo Black Momento Ink




Slice of Happiness

Here are three cards representing the bounty of fruit Summer brings using the ‘Slice of Happiness’ distinctive stamp set.  All three cards have common elements.  They are tied together with an embossed background using the ‘Tin Tile’ 3D folder,  a spot of ‘Crushed Curry’ cardstock and a ‘Vellum’ piece behind the focal grouping.

Pomegranate card details:

  • Cut a ‘Crumb Cake’ cardstock piece 5 1/4 x 4″
    • Emboss with ‘Tin Tile’ 3 D folder
    • Attach to A2 Card base
  • Randomly stamp image on ‘Whisper White’ cardstock  with ‘Merry Merlot’ ink and cut to 3 1/2 x 4 1/2″ with  ‘Rectangle Die’
    • Stamp another pomegranate and cut out for centerpiece.
    • Attach to right side of crumb cake piece and center top to bottom
  • Cut a banner piece to span across card
    • Attach 1″ from bottom
  • Cut ‘Vellum’ 2 3/8″ circle from ‘Stitched Shapes’ dies
    • Add ‘Dimensionals’ to  center of vellum
    • Take  pomegranate cut out and center on vellum with dimensionals
  • Secure and tuck greeting under pomegranate
  • Add bow with matching crushed curry ribbon or twine


Similar steps to first card:

  • Cut ‘Silver Foil’ sheet for background at 5 1/4 x 4′
    • Emboss with ‘Tin Tile’ Embossing folder
      • Swipe silver piece with ‘Fresh Fig’ ink pad
      • Attach to ‘Blackberry Bliss’ A2 base
  • Stamp grapes in random pattern with ‘Blackberry Bliss’ ink on 2 1/2 x 5″ piece of ‘Whisper White’ cardstock
    • Stamp another for centerpiece and fussy cut out
    • With a bit of water on a brush (not too wet) go over grapes in darkest spots which will bring up color and dimension (‘Wink of Stella’ adds a glisten too)
  • Attatch 2 1/2 x 5″ to left side of card as shown in picture
  • Using the ‘Stitched Rectangle’ dies, cut out a ‘Crushed Curry’ 2 1/5 x 1 1/5″ piece
    • Layer and die cut a whisper white piece from the same die set and stamp a sentiment in ‘Blackberry Bliss’ ink
    • Layer together and attatch to left side of grape piece 1 /14″ from bottom
  • Die cut an oval out of vellum
    • Layer with grape cut out and pop up with dimensionals…same as first card

This card is made the same as the first two except the colors used were ‘Granny Apple’ ink, ‘Crushed Curry’ and ‘Mossy Meadow’ cardstock.



Appreciate you stopping by and hope you give this post a thumbs up.  Give the  ‘Distinctive’ stamp set a try…would love to see your creations to share with others.

Products are listed below.  If you need assistance or don’t already have a demonstrator I would love to be yours.  Just leave me a note…

Products Used:

Slice of Happineess Stamp Set


Whisper White

Crushed Curry



Mossy Meadow

Silver Foil

Blackberry Bliss


Merry Merlot

Crushed Curry

Blackberry Bliss

Granny Apple Green

Mossy Meadow


Wink of Stella

Crushed Curry Crinkled Ribbon  (twine may be used as well)


Tombow Multi Purpose Glue


Good Morning Magnolia Pleated Card

Here’s a sample of how to make a simple card and AMP it up with a pleated design and touch of ribbon to make it a stand out.    Used the ‘Good Morning Magnolia’ stamp set, ‘Magnolia Lane’ designer series paper, some cardstock from the ‘Subtles Collection’ and one small piece of ‘Scalloped Lace’ trim to finish it off.

Here’s how to make it:

  • Layer a 5 1/4 x 4′ old olive piece of cardstock on an A2 base card
  • Layer a 4 3/4 x 3 1/2″ floral piece on top of olive piece
  • Take a 12 x 12′  piece of designer paper and  mark down one side at 1 1/2″ and the opposite side at 4″  Draw a line between them and you should have a wedge looking something like this:


  • With your scoring tool score across the piece at 1″ and 1/2″ and repeat across paper
  • Pleat the folds by folding back and forth on each fold line and press with a bone folder to make the folds crisp

  • Wet Glue the top inside folds of the pleated piece and press until it holds


  • Before attaching the pleat to the card cut a strip of “Petal Pink’ cardstock that is        5 1/2 x 1/2”.
    • Attach to fold about 1/4′ from the top of pleats
    • Glue ribbon on top of that
  • Attach the pleated piece to your card…center and trim to your liking
  • Die cut a petal pink piece from the ‘Stitched Framelit’ dies , stamp a greeting and pop up on card with ‘Dimensionals. You can trim down to the stitching, cut a second piece out of olive green 9or the green you used to frame the piece0 and add a shadow if desired.

Hope you like this tutorial.  Would appreciate it if you would share with others to pass on some inspiration…speaking of that, would love to see your version of a SU pleated card in so others may gather ideas for their own cards.

As always, if you don’t have a demonstrator, I would love to be yours so we can share, learn and grow together with our crafting projects.  Just drop me a line for more information.


Here’s the products used for this cards:

Good Morning Magnolia Stamp Set

Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper

Mossy Meadow Ink Pad( you can subsitute Pear Pizazz from the Subtles Pack Listed below…a little lighter green)

Mossy Meadow Cardstock

Scalloped Lace Trim

Petal Pink in the Subtles Pack





On My Mind…

A kit in this post brings focus on new ways to maximize it’s value. 

Paper Pumpkin by Stampin’Up!  is a monthly kit that is all-inclusive and primarily a card kit but also has other fun items from time to time to keep the kit fresh and fun. Things like treat boxes, gift tags  and seasonal items.  Kits have expanded to give us the opportunoity to include stamp sets and papers we may own or add-on pieces to coordinate and expand our creativity.   Here are samples of the July kit’s cards and two other items made by combining on-hand coordinating items.  

Everything you see on the four card fronts pictured above are included in the kit…so they were easy to make and didn’t need glue or sizzors…or anything!

This treat box was made by coordinating kit contents with the ‘Sailing Home’ bundle and paper from the ‘Come Sale Away’ designer series paper.  

This fourth card was an original creation inspired by the kit’s contents.  The inside is a paper from ‘Garden Lane’ designer series paper and punch out items from the kit.

Didn’t want to forget and show you the quality-lined envelopes that come with the kit. 


Hope this post inspires you to learn more about Paper Pumpkin and  see how this quality product can give you a way to easily make unique cards and other items.  

If you want more information, here is a link to do that:  

Paper Pumpkin

While Paper Pumpkin is a monthly kit, here are other kits to consider

Kits that Spur Creativity


As always, if you do not have a demonstrator I would be thrilled to be yours.  Just let me know.  And if you have the July Paper Pumpkin kit, I hope you will share your own creations so others can be inspired to make their own unique items.