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Big News stamp Moonlight DSP Stampin Up MidnightCrafting Wedding and Birthday
Custom Cards? In a jiffy? Yep. I Can Do It!!
The beauty of card and challenge sketches! Ideas galore, and that's half the battle. Color combos and embellishment, well thats the other half! My friend asked me to make a wedding card, and a card for a sweet 16 birthday card for a girl who loves purple. ASAP! ::OYIC:: (Oh Yes I Can)
I used the stamp set Big News from the Annual 2014-15 Catalog, and Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack, also from the Annual Catalog. Both include gold accents, because I am loving them right now! Gold goes with almost everything.

Big News stamp Moonlight DSP Stampin Up MidnightCrafting Birthday

I did the birthday card first, since it was more specific. I used 2 layers of the Moonlight DSP for the background, on a Blackberry Bliss card base. The greeting is stamped on Whisper White in Blackberry ink. The sweet 16 across the middle is stamped on Hello Honey card stock, using the challenging yet amazing Alphabet Rotary Stamp. Learning curve is steep on this deceptively simple stamp, don't ask how many attempts were made to achieve one stinkin' good one! I DO love that stamp though, nothing like super custom to make me smile. And scream.
Big News stamp Moonlight DSP Stampin Up MidnightCrafting Birthday

I used Thick Gold Bakers Twine, and stamped a greeting from Big News inside as well. The inside is accented with strips of the Moonlight DSP, and, while I was at it, I decorated the envelope as well. Easy Peasy!! (but for the Rotary Stamp portion! LoL) I like how this stamp set incorporates some stamps that easily go inside as complementary sentiments, but can still be used as focal points on the front of the card. Kind of versatile, love that!

The wedding card was a little harder,the sketch I used just didn't work with the stamp set as is, so I built off of it and ended up with this! Came together well after all!
Big News stamp Moonlight DSP Stampin Up MidnightCrafting Wedding

The card base is Lost Lagoon, and on top of that I used a sheet of the Gold Foil, and Whisper White for the stamped layer. The sentiment is stamped in Lagoon ink. I added a strip of Moonlight DSP, and then to coordinate and add more gold, I tried a trick I saw on Instagram and punched gold circles to accent the DSP. I added the gold heart, and topped that heart with one of the really fun Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers. Love the dimension and shine!
Big News stamp Moonlight DSP Stampin Up MidnightCrafting Wedding
I also stamped the inside of the card, using some simple punched gold hearts for accent.
A somewhat clean and simple card, but I think it has a certain elegance, and is pretty striking.
I think so, anyhow! Hoping the Bride and Groom, and the customer agree! . :-)

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Happy Crafting!
-Angie
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Layers of Gratitude - Alternate Project - Message Frame

Layers of Gratitude Paper Pumpkin Alternate Message Board MidnightCrafting
Dry Erase Message Boards for some Family Gratitude
At home, even the little things deserve gratitude! Enter the February Paper Pumpkin kit, Layers of Gratitude! I used the extra pieces to make a couple Gratitude Dry Erase message boards. They came out great! (If I do say so myself! lol)

ALTERNATE IDEA : You could do a nice retirement or team party message sheet, and have everyone sign the paper before you frame it. Teacher Appreciation? It would make a nice remembrance of fun times and the people you shared them with!
ALTERNATE IDEA: How substantial would a framed Thank You be for a special event - business donors to school fundraising, sponsors of a team, sponsors of a local event? Frame up some photos, have the participants or coordinators sign and/or put notes, and give your benefactors a really memorable Thank You!! You might get even more support next time! ;-)


Layers of Gratitude Paper Pumpkin Alternate Message Board MidnightCrafting
Layers of Gratitude Paper Pumpkin Alternate Message Board MidnightCrafting

To hold the dry erase markers to the frame - I don't know about you, but my kids would loose their heads if they weren't attached to their necks! - I cut one of the boxes in half and stuck it to the frame. I used Sticky Tape, but any strong adhesive will work. I used some of the bakers twine from the kit to tie the lids onto the back of the frame.
Layers of Gratitude Paper Pumpkin Alternate Message Board MidnightCrafting
To get the pens on the same side, I just flipped the left side of the box
over and stamped the "back." Folded the same way, and attached to the frame.
I stamped the borders and the 'I just wanted to say...' onto an 8.5 x 11 piece of card stock. I used coordinating card stock to the kit - Daffodil Delight and Pool Party so I could use everything in the kit, but you could easily change up your color scheme to match your decor!

Framed in extra document frames I have (don't ask) these will make a nice reminder at our front entry for the kids - and myself - to show a little gratitude to each other for everyday kindness. Thanks for helping me with my homework. Thanks for doing yard work with me. Thanks for helping me with my chores. Thanks for being Awesome! ;-)


Totally fun, and the giant letters in the kit worked really well for this project!
Happy Crafting!
-Angie 

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Stacked with Mother's Love


Stacked With Love Mother's Love Stampin Up MidnightCrafting.com
Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack and Mother's Love Stamp Set
in Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe, and Basic Black
Isn't it kind of cool that they made the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack a seasonal yet versatile paper set?! It's in the Spring Occasions 2015 Catalog, like the Mothers Love stamp set. You can use the papers all year for your love cards, for anniversary or wedding cards, or even just add a modern pop of black and white to any occasion. If you have any of that stack left, the scraps make bright little accents for cards. I might even get another stack to have on hand, the love patterns are pretty classic!

Stacked With Love Mother's Love Stampin Up MidnightCrafting.com
This card has a Crisp Cantaloupe base with the Mothers Love stamps in Real Red, Calypso Coral and Cantaloupe. The contrast between the black layer and the DSP and stamps is pretty, yet bold! Just like Mom, right?

Stacked With Love Mother's Love Stampin Up MidnightCrafting.com
The second card I used the same layout, but swapped the colors. I was able to use more of the stamps on this, and I tried a technique Patty Bennett mentioned was shown at Leadership: I stamped the BACK side of the polymer stamp (the one that you usually stick to the block) in Crisp Cantaloupe and then used the FRONT side to stamp over it in Real Red. It creates a nice background for the darker color. If you didn't have a 2-step stamp, this would let you get that effect. It does NOT work well with the clear stamps!! Don't ask how I know - and don't look at my terribly inked up hands, table, and paper in the circular file... Just trust me when I say: They are talking about the POLYMER stamps for this technique! LOL
Stacked With Love Mother's Love Stampin Up MidnightCrafting.com
I also added some of the Stacked with Love paper to the inside of the Black base for a writing spot. A card as pretty inside as it is outside. Just like Mom, right?!

Stacked With Love Mother's Love Stampin Up MidnightCrafting.com
For this third card, you can see I took a break from the stamping. (I had to wash my hands several times during that previous card session!) I got to use a good chunk of my scraps to create the background of this card. I like how it came out, its so hard for me to DO random, but using the paper sets really helps with a random yet matching layout! Woven and stacked layers, accented with Candy Dots and a few rhinestones give a really eye catching backdrop for the simple sentiment. The Calypso Coral base and the Crisp Cantaloupe layer have only two corners rounded, to add to the eclectic look. Behind the sentiment layer, I have a Tea Lace Paper Doily, some Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Bakers Twine, and Real Red 1/4" Cotton Ribbon. Woven together with vibrant love, eye-catching soft and sharp layers. Just like Mom, right?!

And then there is the last card.
Stacked With Love Mother's Love Stampin Up MidnightCrafting.com
Washi Tape. I am trying to use it on more than envelopes and my calendar!! The Black, Grey, Coral and Cantaloupe fit my color scheme of the day, and let me try the eclectic layered look with a different feel. I used tape from the Sweet Sadie, and Epic Day, Designer Washi Tape sets. I colored those little strips of Rhinestones with Cherry Cobbler and Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities and scattered little trios around the card. Fun, coordinated, yet a little crazy in its own way. Just like Mom, right?!

Just Like Mom. There is a card to fit every Mom, and every mom deserves a card - even if its NOT on Mothers Day! I like this set because you will use the flower images all year, and you can also send Mom notes through the year, because

Nobody loves like a Mom.
#Truth

Happy Crafting!
-Angie

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Blessed Painted Blooms

MidnightCrafting.com Blessed by God and Painted Blooms Cardmaking Ideas
Blessed by God paired with Painted Blooms DSP
using Pacific Point and Wild Wasabi
Isn't it funny when you look at color combos in your life and think, wouldn't THAT be nice on a card?! OK. I might be one of the few that actually thinks that, but I'm sure you know what I mean! I was giving my daughter her snack a while ago, and my bright blue sweatshirt with her green snack bowl really caught my eye.
MIDNIGHTCRAFTING COLOR INSPIRATION
I got up to Craft Central at nap time, and made these cards using Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper and the Blessed By God stamp set. The colors pop together, and are incorporated into the blue flowered print in the paper set! Blessed by God stamp set is in the Annual Catalog, and is a good set for weddings, baptism, friendship and a variety of other occasions. (Anniversary, retirement, congratulations - it works, look at the set!)


MidnightCrafting.com Blessed by God and Painted Blooms Cardmaking Ideas
For the first card, I used a Wild Wasabi base, a strip of Pacific Point punched with the Scallop Border Punch, and some of my Island Indigo Chevron ribbon. Yes, it does match mostly because of the shades of blue in the flowers. I ripped out a section of the Painted Blooms DSP and tucked a white piece stamped in Pacific Point, sponged on the edges with the Wild Wasabi.


MidnightCrafting.com Blessed by God and Painted Blooms Cardmaking Ideas
The second card has a Pacific Point card base, with accent panels of Wild Wasabi, and some added Candy Dots and colored rhinestones. I used the Corner Rounder punch to add some focus to the center panel.


MidnightCrafting.com Blessed by God and Painted Blooms Cardmaking Ideas
The third card also has the strong blue Pacific Point base, with more scallop border punches this time in Wasabi. I used more of the chevron ribbon, and accented with some rhinestones.


MidnightCrafting.com Blessed by God and Painted Blooms Cardmaking Ideas
The last card I tried a 2 step stamping style with the crosses in the set. I stamped the solid cross in the lighter Daffodil Delight, and over it stamped the flowered cross in Wild Wasabi on a triple layer panel. I used 3 strips of the Painted Blooms DSP across the Wild Wasabi card base, and wrapped the space between the strips with some Daffodil Delight 1/2" Seam Binding.


I think these are bright and happy cards, a perfect way to send someone your special wishes. What do you think of the color combo?

Happy Crafting!
-Angie 

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Here Comes Peter Cottontail

Easter Bunny Treat Bag MidnightCrafting DIY party favor baby shower spring brunch

Easter is early this year! You'd better HOP to it if you want to get all those cute Pinterest projects completed! lol Today I'm sharing a cute treat bag, to hold some sweet Easter treats. These would also make cute little favors, for a baby shower or spring party, maybe your Easter Brunch. Easy for a class party, too! The Polka Dot Tag a Bag is a versatile (and economical!) little treat bag. Darling with the Tag a Bag Accessory Kit, it also lends itself to many other tag creations for just about every holiday or event. Perfect to have on hand for a quick gift card holder or other small gift.

Easter Bunny Treat Bag MidnightCrafting DIY party favor baby shower spring brunch

To make these, you need to cut a rectangle out of the center of the bag. This is about 3" down from the top, and about 1" wide. Then, bring the edges of the bag together, and cut a curve for the ears that will match exactly.
Easter Bunny Treat Bag MidnightCrafting DIY party favor baby shower spring brunch

Fill your bag with goodies! Taste-test a few for quality!!
Then, gather the bag at the bottom of the rectangle space you cut, and fix the ears so they are looking like... ears. You could totally tie them up here and leave it like this -very cute! But for more "realistic" styling ;-) you can trim two pieces of card stock, or paper of your choice, and adhere them into the ears. Tie off the gathered piece with some pretty ribbon and...

Voila!!
Pretty party favors, or class treats!

Easter Bunny Treat Bag MidnightCrafting DIY party favor baby shower spring brunch


I used the Polka Dot Tag A Bag; Crisp Cantaloupe Card Stock; Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry Chevron Trim, Natural & Old Olive Two Toned Trim.

Happy Crafting!
-Angie
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First Time Ever - Four NEW Sale-A-Bration Products for March!

Sale-A-Bration Stampin Up Bonus new items www.MidnightCrafter.StampinUp.net
Yes, by the last month of Sale-A-Bration, you've stocked up on all the stamps,paper and accessories, and earned everything in the free Sale-A-Bration catalog. Your wish list was almost fulfilled...
But Wait! There's More!! 

Stampin' Up! will release 4 new items 
to the Sale-A-Bration catalog on March 1st! 
Every $50 purchase earns you one, so get those wish list back out!! You KNOW how wonderful the items in Sale-A-Bration have been this year - Don't miss out on these 4 great new items:
Sale-A-Bration Stampin Up Bonus new items www.MidnightCrafter.StampinUp.net

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Order at www.MidnightCrafter.StampinUp.com
and every $50 earns one of these fine new products!!

I'm super excited about the Velum stacks, but the new stamp sets?!? PERFECT for coloring! I'm really trying to develop my coloring ;-) but a beautiful image to start with always helps!

I'll definitely be sharing some great ideas 
when I get my hot little hands on these beauties this week! 
If you've joined my team, you get to order early, WITH a Discount, 
and enjoy pre-sales on great new items, and so much more! 
I would love to have you, 

Whats your favorite from the new release??
Happy Crafting! -Angie

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Layers of Gratitude - Alternate Project - Note Card Set

Alternate Idea Layers of Gratitude MidnightCrafting Paper Pumpkin Notecard set
Layers Of Gratitude Alternate Project Idea
 for February 2015 Paper Pumpkin Kit
I love getting Paper Pumpkin each month. I know, I gush about it all the time! But really!!
I am a busy mom. I have a bajillion and one things to do, and the same 24 hours everyone gets to do them in. I need a break once in a while!! Crafting really does wonders for me! It lowers my stress, it releases that creative streak in me, and.it.is.fun!! Paper Pumpkin is everything I need in a box. I can sit down for 30 minutes, drink hot coffee or tea, listen to something besides Caillou or Adventure Time, and make the project. And they are cool projects!
I can think about the pieces and dream up NEW ways to use the supplies. Or different ways to use the supplies. Or how I can use the supplies with some of my other craft supplies... its a great creative exercise, whichever way you want to go. If you are NOT creative, try it. If you ARE creative, you should try it too!! It is a great place to start for anyone who wants to get crafty with no stress and no (ok -only a little ;-) mess!
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And on to the star of this show!!
Alternate Idea Layers of Gratitude MidnightCrafting Paper Pumpkin Notecard set
Alternate Paper Pumpkin Kit Project Idea
February 2015 - Layers of Gratitude
I am sharing a different project you can make with just the supplies in this months kit, Layers of Gratitude. I used the frame for the letters and wrapped it around the little box. I cut the long fold out card into 4 little note cards & stamped them with the 4 designs. You can tuck them in a gift bag or a bunch of flowers; or just leave them, sitting pretty, out for someone to find. The box is stamped (before I added the thanks frame) and wrapped with the little string included in the kit. I trimmed the top flap down a bit to tuck into the bottom flap, so you don't need the string to tie it closed. This would be a cute gift for someone, everyone can use a Thank You note at some point!

Alternate Idea Layers of Gratitude MidnightCrafting Paper Pumpkin Notecard set
Alternate Paper Pumpkin Kit Project Idea
February 2015 - Layers of Gratitude
On the inside, I added the Thank you stamp, but you could just as easily leave them blank and add what you REALLY want to say: I love you, you're the best, I'm sorry... whatever the moment calls for. I'm excited to use this GREAT set of stamps!!
Alternate Idea Layers of Gratitude MidnightCrafting Paper Pumpkin Notecard set
Great stamps set for quick or small thank you notes.
February 2015 Paper Pumpkin - Layers of Gratitude
There are two things I love about this alternate project. It uses the frame around the letters, so trash to treasure there, folks! AND! If you already made your 8 Thanks fold out cards, and used them for team thank you's or to present a gift card with great style, THATS OK!!
(You can see more of those ideas in my post HERE)

- one of the simplest yet most powerful things -
Gratitude
Use those crazy good stamps, and make a set of note cards to use any old time!! Find a little envelope and stick that letter frame onto it.
Its not as fancy and giftable as my project ;-) but still as useful!!
Tuck the little notes in your purse or glove-box or desk, and practice RAK ((random acts of kindness)) for people as you go through your week. "Thanks for that excellent service. Thanks for your kind words when xyz happened. Thanks for your support. Thanks for your help. Thanks for your big bright smile..." Gratitude. Its a good thing to share. :-)

Alternate Idea Layers of Gratitude MidnightCrafting Paper Pumpkin Notecard set
Paper Pumpkin February 2015 Alternate Project Idea

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Hope you're going to make it a great weekend!!
Happy Crafting!
-Angie
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