Give Thanks with Harvest Hellos

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I really enjoy the fall season… the leaves changing colour, apple and pumpkin picking with my two munchkins and the smell of hot mulled apple cider! And since I got the Harvest Hellos cling stamp set I’ve been having a lot of fun creating different projects and been thinking more and more about fall.

For this card I decided to use a few different elements all with the idea of fall and the outdoors. In terms of colours, I chose Crushed Curry and Terracotta Tile because they remind me of the colours we’ll be seeing on the trees soon. I also used Terracotta Tile cardstock and ink as well as the Apple Builder Punch for the pumpkin. There is a little bit of Crumb Cake cardstock for the stem of the pumpkin and Crumb Cake ink for the vines; a nice neutral colour which naturally lends itself well to this card.

To bring in the outdoors even more I used the Pinewood Planks 3D Embossing Folder for the card mat. I also decided to create a simple watercolour background to feature those rich fall colours some more. To make it I just used an Aqua Painter to brush Terracotta Tile and Crushed Curry across a piece of Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper. I tried to blend the two together in the middle so the change in colour was gradual and I think it turned out really well! Then I framed this piece with some Whisper White cardstock that I cut out using two of the square Stitched Shapes Dies.

For everything you need to recreate this card download the project sheet, complete with a supplies list and step by step instructions.

2019 Give Thanks Project Sheet

Kathryn’s Krop 4 a Kure

Kathryn's Crop for the Cure logo

Many moons ago, before I had my two munchkins, I participated in a crop for the cure event that was looking to raise funds for breast cancer. It was a 24 hour crop til you drop event, although my friend and I opted to get a little shut eye part way through over at her place which wasn’t far from the venue. This was a great chance to spread out your supplies and really dive deep into your scrapbooks or whatever other projects people decided to bring with them. At that time I was spending more of my time scrapbooking than cardmaking… that happens when you don’t have two munchkins always calling for you ;P

Nowadays it’s more cardmaking than scrapbooking and while I absolutely love making cards and other papercrafts and sharing all of that with you, I do miss scrapbooking! It’s a great way to be creative and at the same time you get the chance to reminisce about the memories you’re putting on the pages. I would usually spread out my supplies so that I could see or easily get to whatever sparked my inkspiration for that particular photo or page, so these crop for the cure events are great because you get a half a table just for you and your supplies.

This weekend I will be at another crop for the cure event, but this time it’s not 24 hours and I will be there as a vendor not a participant. I think this is why recently I’ve been thinking more and more of needing to start scrapbooking more often. I’m so excited to be a part of this event and can’t wait to meet new creative people!

There’s so much going on, even if you’re not cropping the day away and all of the funds raised as part of this event will go towards Neuroblastoma research at the Hospital for Sick Children.

For more information and to find out how you can come and say hi head over to…

Harvest Hello Sparkles

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Fall is just around the corner and I’m starting to get into it. I’ve always loved the colours of the season and then there’s the chance to get together with family and get a lot of candy!! (who doesn’t love that?!) I think it’s coming through in my crafting because I’ve been having different ideas featuring the Harvest Hellos cling stamp set.

For this week’s card I decided to pull from the colours of the upcoming season. Basic Black worked great with the Grapefruit Grove cardstock and really helped it pop. I also wanted to try and create a kind of Designer Series Paper for the background using the pumpkin and leaf. The leaves I simply stamped using Grapefruit Grove ink to give a tone on tone look. For the pumpkins I started by stamping in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and then once dry stamped the pumpkins again using Versamark ink so that I could sprinkle Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter on top and give this card a little bling.

The phrase also comes from Harvest Hellos and I thought this one would be cute to use with the pumpkins in the background. For a little extra accent I stamped some vines in the corners using Crumb Cake, added a Rhinestone Basic Jewel and popped it up using some Stampin’ Dimensionals (I use these on almost all of my projects, they’re such a great and simple way to add an extra layer of depth).

Here’s the project sheet with all the supplies and step by step instructions you’ll need to create this for yourself. Enjoy!

2019 Harvest Sparkle Pumpkin Project Sheet

Ink Experiment

shrinky dinks

We got big into making shrinking dinks yesterday in my house as my two munchkins had a PA day. We used some different inks for our creations so I thought I would share what we discovered with all of you!

For the most part we used the Jet Black Stazon ink pad as it is a permanent ink and dries quickly. Also because of the nature of the surface we were stamping on (plastic shrinky dink sheets) this is a great option. A few months ago when I stamped on a mug at a team meeting we also used Stazon ink.


Tuxedo Black Memento ink is another option that could possibly work and while it would have been easier to wipe off when we made mistakes it would have easily smudged. As I found was the case when I experimented with some of the Classic Ink pads to attempt to give a few of the images some colour.

ink pads

Unfortunately a couple of images ended up smudged before I could bake them. The ones I was able to get into the oven successfully turned out great, however it was definitely trickier to cut them out in a way that wouldn’t smudge them. I’m thinking that if you used a Heat Tool to help set the ink this may reduce the smudge factor. (I may have to test out this theory)

To add colour to the other images, we coloured using the Stampin’ Blends which worked out great. You do need to be careful not to colour over the lines of the images though otherwise they will disappear as my littlest munchkin found out.


Here’s a picture of some of my completed shrinky dinks…

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Stampin’ Up! has such a great selection of ink types as well as colours for whatever projects you are working on. Here’s a summary of the different ink types that Stampin’ Up! offers so you can make sure you have the right ink for your project. (I haven’t included the new Delicata Metallic ink pads from the Holiday catalogue, but if they carry over I will look at adding them)

Stampin’ Up! Ink Types

The Designer Series Paper Sale is Back!

DSP sale 2019

Every year around this time Stampin’ Up! launches it’s Designer Series Paper sale and this year is no different! From now until the end of the month (September 30) whenever you buy 3 select DSP packs you’ll be able to pick another for FREE.

There are 10 different DSP packs that you can choose from to earn your free one. They are….

Perennial Essence which looks like a watercolour painting and features Balmy Blue, Blackberry Bliss, Blueberry Bushel, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Flirty Flamingo, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Petal Pink, So Saffron, Whisper White.

Perennial Essence DSP

See a Silhouette offers some very creative and colourful designs, it uses Blackberry Bliss, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody, Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Poppy Parade, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White.

See a Silhouette DSP

Come Sail Away is a great option for masculine card designs and features Balmy Blue, Basic Black, Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, Soft Suede, Whisper White. This DSP is also part of the Come Sail Away Suite.

Come Sail Away DSP

Magnolia Lane is a favourite of mine and I’ve posted a few of the cards I’ve made with this DSP here. The colours in this pack are Basic Black, Early Espresso, Mossy Meadow, Petal Pink, So Saffron, Whisper White. This pack is also part of a suite, the Magnolia Lane Suite.

Magnolia Lane DSP

Garden Lane has a number of really nice designs featuring of course… different shades of green; Garden Green, Mint Macaron, Mossy Meadow, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sea Foam, Whisper White.

Garden Lane DSP

Follow Your Art is great for projects for the teachers and crafters in your life and uses Basic Gray, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Pacific Point, Whisper White.

Follow your art DSP

Woven Threads uses some great colours to give the look of woven rugs and textured fabrics. It features the new In Colours as well as a couple others; Pretty Peacock, Purple Posy, Rococo Rose, Sahara Sand, Seaside Spray, Terracotta Tile, Whisper White.

Woven Threads DSP

Dinoroar works well for those who love dinosaurs (both young and old) and uses Flirty Flamingo, Lovely Lipstick, Mango Melody, Old Olive, Pineapple Punch, Pool Party, Pretty Peacock, Whisper White.

Dinoroar DSP

Bird Ballad uses a lot of different colours to give a nice soft blended look. This pack is part of the Bird Ballad Suite and is also very popular. It features Basic Black, Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Petal Pink, Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Soft Suede, Whisper White.

Bird Ballad DSP

And last but definitely not least, as it is the only Specialty DSP that’s part of this sale, is…

Pressed Petals offers some nice vintage designs as well as designs with pressed petals. It uses Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Merry Merlot, Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, Pear Pizzazz, Rococo Rose, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla.

Pressed Petals DSP

For more about the different Designer Series Paper packs or to fill up your cart, head over to my website…

Crafting For You

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I was out at a local Dollarama just yesterday and saw the store had cleared space in order to make room for Christmas/Holiday products. While I do enjoy the Holidays I’m not quite ready to take the plunge just yet. I think that’s while I decided to use stamp sets from the Annual Catalogue for this project.

For this project I decided to use the Crafting Forever and Beauty Abounds cling stamp sets. For the colours I wanted to use something bold and so I chose Bermuda Bay for my card base and really liked how the Mint Macaron looked with it so picked that for the coordinating colour. I also used Mint Macaron ink on the Mint Macaron cardstock to create my own Designer Series Paper and cut the Very Vanilla cardstock smaller than usual so that you could see the images better.

The paint splatters were stamped with Bermuda Bay and the phrase in Mint Macaron; both of these came from the Beauty Abounds cling stamp set. To finish it off I popped up the phrase using Stampin’ Dimensionals and some Basic Adhesive-Backed Sequins.

This one was fun to create! To CASE this for yourself just click on the project sheet and you’re all set.

2019 Crafting For You Project Sheet

#simplestamping for September 2019

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For this month’s #simplestamping challenge Stampin’ Up! wanted a Christmas or New Year’s themed card using only stamps, ink, paper and Designer Series Paper. I have fallen in love with the Feels Like Frost Specialty 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper and thought it would be fun to see what I could come up with that as my DSP.

For the card base and ink colour I went with Call Me Clover. It’s such a nice vibrant green and I thought that it would help the Designer Series Paper really stand out. For the background I just cut four 1″ x 5 1/4″ different strips of the Feels Like Frost DSP. The phrase came from the First Frost cling stamp set and I stamped it on a 1 1/2″ x 2″ piece of Whisper White cardstock and then made a Call Me Clover border that was just a bit bigger (1 3/4″ x 2 1/4″).

I debated about how I would step this card up a notch, maybe pop up the phrase with some Stampin’ Dimensionals, add some flowers from the same stamp set, cut out to add a corner accent to the phrase or even add some Silver Metallic Thread. In the end I really love how this turned out and decided to leave it as a single #simplestamping card.

Artfully Aware – Blue

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This week has been one filled with ups and downs for our family and those that we love. As a result of one of these downs I went back to the Artfully Aware cling stamp set to make this week’s project and I’m hoping that it will bring some comfort in this difficult time.

For this project I went with Seaside Spray and Crumb Cake for my colours. They go together really nicely, but aren’t too somber. I started with Seaside Spray cardstock as the base and then layered Crumb Cake cardstock on top and used Very Vanilla cardstock to stamps the phrase and images onto.

I wanted to keep the card simple while still adding a little something more to it. The Seaside Spray 1/4″ Metallic Ribbon along with a Rhinestone Basic Jewel and the Stitched Shapes dies I think managed this really well. I debated popping up the phrase using Stampin’ Dimensionals like I did for the image of the two people hugging, but decided I wanted to emphasize that image more than the phrase and so just used SNAIL Adhesive.

I really love how this card turned out! For a list of supplies and step by step instructions simply click on the project sheet.

2019 Artfully Aware Blue Project Sheet