Thanks with Warmth and Cheer

Thanks with Warmth and Cheer

You can never have too many thank you cards, especially masculine ones. Doesn’t it always seem that when you need a thank you card for a guy, all that you have left are pink cards with flowers on them? Why is that? This card is one for the gents! I love the plaid patterns in the Warmth and Cheer Designer Paper and they make awesome masculine cards for fall or winter.

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Thanks for Paisleys and Posies

Thanks for Paisleys and Posies

Practice makes perfect! I had a little extra time, so I decided to practice making paisley designs with my Paisley and Posies stamps sets. I had intended to try to make a whole sheet of paisley and try some sort of one sheet wonder technique, but then I dropped a fully inked up stamp right onto my half finished paper. So, I guess I was practicing after all!

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Vintage Leaves with a Sparkle

Vintage Leaves with Sparkle

I was not sure about these colors at first, because my brain jumped immediately to pumpkins and I don’t have any pumpkin stamps. The more I played with the colors and different papers, the more I saw that it didn’t have to be just for pumpkins; with a little sparkle added for the Bring on the Bling challenge, this makes an excellent Autumn color scheme!

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Clean and Bold Vintage Leaves

Clean and Simple (and Bold) Vintage Leaves

I love the look of a bold black and white design, with a splash of color. The striped pattern from Stampin’ Up!’s Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper is the perfect backdrop for a boldly colored shape, such as a leaf or two from the Vintage Leaf stamp set.

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Vintage Leaves of a Different Color

Leaves of a Different Color

I thought that Autumn cards were all about warm, rich color schemes and lots of neutrals and such. Every once in awhile someone throws a purple into the mix and it looks just great. These seemingly unbreakable color traditions are almost as deeply imbedded as black + orange = Halloween and red + green = Christmas. A couple of weeks ago, Kim Van Diepen changed the way I thought about Autumn Cards.

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