It's (Almost) Fall Y'all - Autumn Garlands

In honor of the upcoming Autumnal Equinox and the First Day of Fall, I made some fall garland/banners. These are in the style of my Easter garlands, you can see HERE. I had a lot of trial and error to get the leaves the way I liked, and I may still change them up a bit, but I like the swirls on everything. It reminds me of the fall wind blowing the leaves around...

Long Banner, great addition to your fall mantle decor

Short Banner, great for the entry way or kitchen

Vertical Banner - Oh this one is my favorite!!
The first two are traditional horizontal banners, long and short, for decorating the mantle and entry way. I used the jute twine and various ribbons coordinating with the Regals and Brights Designer Series Paper Stacks. I used the Pumpkin Pie from the Brights for the Pumpkins. with a stem of Baked Brown Sugar and a vine of Old Olive Cardstock. The Leaves use the Regals paper in a variety of colors, some Real Red thrown in from the Brights pack. These creations are held together using the new Stampin' Up! Handheld Stapler, as well as the permanent Glue Dots. They are delicate looking, but pretty darn sturdy! I boxed up my Easter garland, and look forward to enjoying it next year!!

No tutorial on these... yet! I am making a few for the upcoming craft fair, so look for more info next week. :-) They are not too difficult, but a bit time consuming. Easy enough to prep while you watch your shows though!!

Enjoy the weekend! I'm off to browse the Harvest Festival with the kids - that should be enough adventure to last me a while! LOL

Happy Crafting!
 -Angie

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Flashback Friday and my inspiration secrets

I'll admit it... This week has just about done me in. I started off strong, and by last night I couldnt even stay awake past 8pm. The kids & our activities this week just took it out of me. So today, I'm sharing some Flashback Friday links, and some of my origins of inspiration. Have a great weekend!!

I can only be me. And that is Enough. 

I love to look at cards - all cards - as a sketch that I can make my own. I modify the colors, the stamps, the papers, the layout a little maybe, but take that card as an inspiration point to jump off of. I think this can be done with almost every card. You don't HAVE to have those supplies or that stamp set, modify it for what you DO have. If you don't like an element here or there, change it up. Sketches are a great way to get the idea of layouts you like and take it from there. I love, and use, Stampin' Up! products exclusively - this doesn't mean I only look at Stampin' Up! cards or ideas. Inspiration can come from greeting cards, cards I see on Pinterest, paintings and art I see when I'm out, natures colors, commercials or print ads, really anywhere. You just have to look for it. The more you look, the more you see, as it becomes part of your habits to look for great composition or beautiful color combos. Live creatively. Maybe you don't get to make everything you see, but being creative is not just about making stuff. Seeing and imagining the possibilities is important to. Then when you get about to making something, you've got tons of stuff to draw from. The mojo flows, as they say! ;-)

Here are some of my Festive Friday Cards that I made as part of a year long series on Christmas Cards: http://www.midnightcrafting.com/search?q=festive+friday

Here are some Blog Hops (you go from blog to blog looking at cards of a similar theme or for a particular group, TONS of inspiration) I've participated in:  http://www.midnightcrafting.com/search/label/blog%20hop

And here is the real Flashback part of this post LOL
Here are some Challenges I've participated in. If you scroll from the bottom upwards, you can see my cardmaking evolution, as some of these posts are quite old. Some have flashes of wow! But some are just wowwww... Don't laugh too hard. :-) I'm sharing these posts though because they will have links to challenge blogs or sketch blogs that you can use. Just because a sketch is pretty dang old, doesn't mean its completely useless. Take today's products and trends, and freshen that old sketch up!!
http://www.midnightcrafting.com/search/label/challenge

Happy Crafting!
-Angie

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Project Life By Stampin' Up! Exclusive Stamp Sets

I love that when Stampin' Up! and Project Life collaborated, the stamp sets that were introduced were really very versatile in other applications besides Memory Keeping!

((Lets face it, that's what I love about most of Stampin' Up!'s products! Versatility means economical, means options and possibilities...))

#PLxSU Card from two exclusive stamp sets Project Life by Stampin' Up!

The card I have for you today was made using the Lucky Stars Embossing Folder (definitely a MUST have if you've not gotten it already) and two of the Project Life by Stampin' Up! stamp sets. One is Point and Click, which I used for the accent panel; the other is Holiday Cheer, used for the two sentiments. Great sets!

The colors are not very good in this photo, I apologize, its more coordinated in real life :-/ Always Artichoke, Pear Pizazz and Early Espresso.

Happy Crafting!
-Angie

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Burlap Lullaby

So I'm getting around to some layouts I've loved for a while, but never really used... Today is one that's been in my phone for over a year. :-/ But better late than never, right?

I used the Lullaby Designer Series Paper. I really am loving this pack for non-baby cards. Something about the colors, the patterns, I just love it.
Burlap Lullaby - Stampin' Up! Paper and Ribbon
For this card I used a Baked Brown Sugar card base, and cut a Crisp Cantaloupe heart out on my Big Shot using the Heart Framelits set.Burlap Ribbon with an Antique Brad adds some texture. A small heart from Itty Bitty Accents punch set, punched in the dots layer, and the sentiment from the Six Sided Sampler Set stamped in Early Espresso. Bam! 

((Or is it "Boom!" these days??
#EmerilRocks
Sigh.On to the rest of my day!))

Make it fabulous, My Friend!
Happy Crafting!
-Angie

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Seasonally Scattered Thanks

I love this layout for the Seasonally Scattered stamps - it can be used for all 3 with good success! The simple color scheme works with basic colors associated with the stamps, like white and blue, green and white, red and white for the Merry stamp... The same idea for the Love stamp. The Thanks stamp though, I feel could be used for spring time as well as more fall colors. greens and pink, or greens and white. But it does have some autumn and harvest seeming leaves, so red, gold, browns would work too.

Here is what I used for this card, more of a Fall feel:
Seasonally Scattered in Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze
I used Ivory and Cajun Craze Cardstock. I stamped the edges of the stamp above and below the ivory layer in Cajun Craze, as well as on the little banner. The Crushed Curry leaves on this one were stamped from the Project Life set exclusive to Stampin' Up! Holiday Cheer. I added some Candy Dots and Rhinestones, and I also sponged on the Crushed Curry and Cherry Cobbler into the center of the greeting, in a failed attempt at the Reverse Rock & Roll LOL That one should have been in the opposite order, yellow on the edge!! Ooops! Late night crafting sometimes has an effect on my memory! I still think it looks nice. :-D

Seasonally Scattered in Cajun Craze
This version I gave up on the Rock and Roll and stuck to Cajun Craze for everything, but tried getting some of the edging leaves from the stamp in Crushed Curry (inked with a Stampin' Write Marker). I don't love it, but overall I liked this card too!

Which one do you like better?
What do you think of the versatility?! Imagine a set of Thank You notes, or Christmas Cards... a great set!

Two for Tuesday! Enjoy!!
Happy Crafting!
-Angie
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