Before I begin my post about my projects, I wanted to talk about the plates of your Cut & Emboss Machine, Big Shot or whatever machine you have. People are always asking how to keep your plates from warping. A while ago I saw a video on YouTube where someone showed me the secret to this. I am sorry I do not remember the name of the person who made the video but her method works. First of all, always using the bottom plate on the bottom and the top plate on the top. Do this until your bottom starts to flake or crack. Also do not always cut in the middle of the plate. Move your dies around sometimes using the top of the plate, the bottom or the middle. The most important this is when you want to cut something, lay your plate on a flat surface and press on it with your finger. If it pushes down when doing this, then flip it and use it the other way. I am telling you this method works for me. Here is a photo of my bottom plate. As you can see, it is well used and still flat.
Now back to my regularly scheduled program!
Paper Pumpkin is a monthly kit from Stampin’ Up!®. Usually it is a card kit but sometimes it is a 3D project. March’s Paper Pumpkin kit was gorgeous. It coordinates with the On The Horizon Suite which is also beautiful. The kit includes everything you need to make six cards (2 each of 3 styles) including stamps, card stock, embellishments, ribbon and adhesives. They also include coordinating envelopes. The kits are geared towards a beginner stamper but a lot of experienced stampers like it too.
I made three cards as the kits explained and I am saving the rest of them to make different designs.
I think Stampin’ Up!® outdid themselves with this kit! Click HERE to order your kit today!
I have to say I think the New Horizon Designer Series Paper is one of my all time favorites. The scenes on this paper are just beautiful. It allows you to make a card that is simple and easy yet beautiful. The paper does all the work. All you need to do is add a stamp or two. This paper is part of the New Horizons Suite that is in the 2022 January – June Mini Catalog. This amazing suite includes the stamp set called On The Horizon, Horizon Dies (and you can save 10% if you purchase it in a bundle), ribbons, adorable pebbles embellishments and the New Horizon Designer Series Paper.
For this card I cut a 3.5″ x 4.75″ piece of the New Horizon DSP. Then I took a piece of Washi Tape and covered the ground on the trees stamp, inked it with Shaded Spruce ink, removed the Washi tape and stamped it on the Designer Series Paper. I did this a few times to have the entire tree line going across. Then I took a stamp from the set called Oceanfront and used it to stamp the path to the trees. I cut out the fence from the Horizon Dies in Sahara Sand card stock and adhered that using Multipurpose Glue. Then I cut out the grass from the same DSP that I used on the background and adhered that to the fence. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Crumb Cake ink and layered that along the bottom. I layered all of that on top of a piece of Shaded Spruce card stock and then on a Misty Moonlight card base.
I love stamps, dies or Designer Series Paper that can make outdoor scenes. Stampin’ Up!® actually has a lot of these products in the new 2022 January – June Mini Catalog. There is Oceanfront and On The Horizon stamp sets and coordinating die set called Horizon. There is also New Horizon Designer Series Paper.
This time I decided to use stamps to make a scenery card. In this case I made the background using the stamp set called Oceanfront. This set has all the elements to make a beautiful background. To make this card the first thing I did was stamp the sand in Sahara Sand ink. Then I flipped the stamp set the other way and stamped the water using Coastal Cabana ink. The sky is Pacific Point and uses a different stamp in this set.
The next thing I did was stamp the dune grass in Crumb Cake ink. I stamped the birds and the sentiment from the stamp set called On The Horizon in Night Of Navy ink. At the last minute I decided to die cut the fence from the die set called Horizon using Sahara Sand card stock. I cut some small pieces from a piece of Foam Adhesive Sheets and added it to the back, middle pieces of the fence so it would like like it was rounded. Then I used Multipurpose Glue to adhere the ends of the fence. I like the fence but it blocks the dune grass and in retrospect I should have stamped the grass on the fence too.
One of my favorite new suites in the Stampin’ Up!® 2022 January – June Mini Catalog is called New Horizons. It includes the stamp set called On The Horizon, Horizon Dies, 2 1/8″ Cotton Ribbon Combo Pack (in Misty Moonlight and Petal Pink), Pebbles Enamel Shapes and this AMAZING Designer Series Paper called New Horizons. This DSP is just gorgeous! There is also another stamp set called Ocean Front that can be used with suite.
This card was as simple as it could be to make, yet it is beautiful. Literally all I did was adhered a piece of the New Horizons Designer Series Paper to a Basic White card base. Then I stamped the sentiment from the On The Horizon stamp set and the birds in Misty Moonlight ink. That is it. It can’t get much simpler but it is a beautiful card will awe anyone who receives it.
Take a look at this suite. It is on page 42-43 of the new Mini Catalog.