The Apple Harvest Stamp Set

Hi everyone! I’m back after taking off the month of August.  It was a busy month with other obligations plus some travel so posting to my blog was pushed to the bottom of the to-do list.  I bet you all can relate to having lots to do with not enough time (LOL)! The good news is I have lots of projects completed and will be sharing a new project each week (maybe even two!).  So be sure to subscribe to receive notifications of my postings. Now on to our project featuring the Apple Harvest Stamp Set.

Today’s project focuses on the branch of apples stamp from the Apple Harvest Stamp Set.  This card is one that I made for a swap at the recent Stampin’ Up! Backstage business development event for demonstrators.   It was lots of fun coloring the image using Stampin’ Blends and below is a video showing how to color the apples.  And great news – for the month of September, the Perfect Partners Promotion includes the Apple Harvest Bundle with the coordinating Apple Blossoms Dies.  Or you can purchase the dies separately if you already own the stamp set.  Important to note, the Apple Blossom Dies are only available during the month of September or while supplies last so place your order today. You’ll find additional information in the Reminders section below. 

Apple Harvest Stamp Set

Card Materials:
  • Apple Harvest Bundle
  • Basic White Thick Cardstock (4-1/4″ x 11″, score/fold at 5-1/2″ for card base)
  • Real Red  Cardstock: 4″ x 5-1/4″ (layering panel)
  • Gingham Cottage Designer Series Paper: 3-3/4″ x 5″ (top layering panel)
  • Shimmery White Cardstock: 3-1/4″ x 4″ for stamping branch of apples
  • Basic White Cardstock: 4″ x 1/2″ for sentiment
  • Stampin’ Blends:
    • Sweet Sorbet
    • Fresh Freesia (dark) or other purple blends color
    • Old Olive
    • Crumb Cake (dark)
    • Color Lifter (for “erasing”)
  • Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
  • Linen Thread
  • Basic Rhinestone Jewels
  • Clear Block E
  • Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine
  • Bone Folder
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Mini Glue Dots
Coloring Apple Harvest using Stampin’ Blends

REMINDERS

Every week in the month of September, Stampin’ Up! is offering a selection of discounted products. Discounts and product selection will vary from week to week.  The promotion started yesterday, September 1. New deals will be offered each week on September 8, September 15 and on September 21 with the deals ending on September 28.  Click here to view this week’s deals.

Stampin’ Up! has created six new dies that coordinate with stamp sets in the 2022–2023 Annual Catalog and the July–December 2022 Mini Catalog. These coordinating dies will only be available during this promotion and will not be offered in any catalog.  

These stamp sets and dies are available separately or as a bundle. By buying the bundle, you will save 10% off the retail price.   See all the Perfect Partners Sets here.

Margaret’s Customer Loyalty Program 

Download the form (Customer Loyalty Form) for program details and start tracking your orders.  Just a reminder: for orders over $150 you’ll also receive rewards from Stampin’ Up!  You can order by clicking this link: Margaret’s Online Store. (please confirm that it says you’re shopping with Margaret Knight)  Thank you for selecting to place your order with me. I truly appreciate your business.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Happy crafting!

Project Materials:

Background Stamping with Rubber Bands

A few months ago, I attended an online retreat offered by a team of other Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators.  One of the presenters, Brandy Cox, demonstrated background stamping with rubber bands.  I know – it sounds crazy! But wait until you see what you can create.  It’s very simple and only requires a clear block, rubber bands and inks.  My feature card uses three of the 2022-2024 In Color inks: Parakeet Party, Starry Sky and Sweet Sorbet to create a cheerful background for a sweet songbird. 

How to use rubber bands for background stamping:
  • Using a variety of rubber band sizes, wrap the rubber bands around a clear stamping block. As you see in the photo below, you can crisscross and have the rubber bands going in a variety of directions.  Try to not twist the rubber bands but sometime it’s unavoidable.  Wrap as many or as few as you wish.

  • After wrapping, select the desired ink colors you wish to use.  Working with one ink color at a time, ink the rubber bands by tapping the ink pad across the rubber bands.  I found it easiest to apply ink this way versus pressing the block onto the ink pad.  
  • Stamp onto your cardstock and gently rock (yes, in this case, we do slightly rock the block). At this point, you can reink or stamp off an additional time prior to re-inking the rubber bands.  Using the same color, stamp randomly on the cardstock.  
  • Once you’re satisfied with the coverage of the first color, clean the rubber bands by holding under running water or use a very wet Shammy to blot clean (do not wipe as it may cause your rubber bands to shift). 
  • Repeat process for each of your selected colors. NOTE:  if you wish, you could add rubber bands to multiple blocks and use a separate block for each color. 

WARNING: This technique is addictive!!!

Here are two other cards created using the same technique. For both of these cards, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive and Granny Apple Green inks are used. TIP: start with light color and move to dark color if using same color family (in this case, green color family).  The background is perfect for the animal images from the Wild & Sweet Stamp Set.  No sentiment needed!

REMINDERS

The July – December 2022 Mini Catalog is now “live” and available for product ordering.  In addition, one of the biggest promotions of the summer, Sale-a-bration has launched. Be sure to check out the July-December 2022 Mini Catalog and the Sale-a-Bration Brochure.  During Sale-a-Bration, for every $50 and $100 you spend, you’ll earn FREE exclusive products from the brochure.  Depending upon the amount you spend, you can mix and match products from the brochure.  Best of all, several of the products coordinates with products from the July-December 2022 catalog.  The Sale-a-bration promotion will end on August 31.  Be sure to check out the FREE Sale-A-Bration Host set you will receive with a $300 order.  

And if that’s not enough…If you’re considering joining the Stampin’ Up! team as an independent demonstrator, now’s the time to do it! Sign up during our Sale-A-Bration event and the Making Plans Collection will be automatically added to your Starter Kit for FREE. Plus, you’ll get to enjoy all the perks of being a demonstrator—early access to our products, the opportunity to earn a modest supplemental income doing something you love, and so much more!  And personally, I think one of the best perks is meeting other people that enjoy being creative!  It’s important to remember, it’s up to you if you wish to make it a business or if you just want to enjoy the discount on products and early access to products.  Many enjoy the perks being “hobbyist”.  Click here to learn more about joining the fun.  Plus, you’ll become a member of my Playtime with Paper team and receive the rewards that I offer to members.  

Margaret’s Customer Loyalty Program Download the form (Customer Loyalty Form) for program details and start tracking your orders.  Just a reminder: for orders over $150 you’ll also receive rewards from Stampin’ Up!  You can order by clicking this link: Margaret’s Online Store. (please confirm that it says you’re shopping with Margaret Knight)  Thank you for selecting to place your order with me. I truly appreciate your business.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Happy crafting!

PROJECT MATERIALS:

 

No Line Watercolor Technique

At the last quarterly Playtime with Paper meeting, team members were able to practice the no line watercolor technique.  It’s a fun technique and during the meeting, I shared helpful tips to remember when using the technique and am sharing them below. For the meeting project, the Nature’s Harvest Stamp Set was used. It has the perfect image to use with this technique.  After coloring, the coordinating Harvest Dies are used to die cut the image.  Additional die cuts provide layers to showcase the colored image.   Hope you’ll give this fun technique a try!

Nature's Harvest: No Line Watercolor Technique

Tips for the no line watercolor technique:
  • Select an image with clean, defined lines (especially when beginning to do this technique). 
  • Use a light color for stamping the image – such as Sahara Sand or Crumb Cake (for the project above, Sahara Sand was used)
  • Be sure to stamp off onto a scrap of paper before stamping onto the paper for watercoloring. 
  • Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper or Shimmery White Cardstock should be used.
  • The Stamparatus is extremely helpful for stamping the image especially onto watercolor paper.  
  • Before adding ink color to section, first dampen the area with your watercolor brush. BE CAREFUL – do not saturate the paper, just dampen it.
  • Work small sections at a time and when moving to a new section, leave an unfinished area between the sections. EX: for this project,  2-3 side by side petals were watercolored, then the adjoining 2-3 petals were skipped. The next section was then colored.  As the areas with the watercolor added started to dry, the skip areas were then colored.  By doing this, the area doesn’t become over saturated which can cause the ink to bleed.  
  • Remember – less is more! Start with a small amount of watered down ink and as the image dries, you can add more ink.  

Most important tip:  Allow the watercolor image to dry before passing judgement on it.  As the image dries, you’ll be able to view your success!!!

REMINDERS

Time is running out and many favorites have sold out. You can view the remaining retiring products here

Margaret’s Customer Loyalty Program Download the form (Customer Loyalty Form) for program details and start tracking your orders.  Just a reminder: for orders over $150 you’ll also receive rewards from Stampin’ Up!  You can order by clicking this link: Margaret’s Online Store. (please confirm that it says you’re shopping with Margaret Knight)  Thank you for selecting to place your order with me. I truly appreciate your business. 

Thanks for stopping by today.  Happy crafting!

Project Materials:

The current host code is: BQ2376WH (good until May 2, 2022).  Please use this code if your order is $150 or less (before shipping & taxes). Remember, if your order is over $150, you will receive the host rewards.

 

Blessings of Home in Soft Pastels

The holidays are over and I’m back ready to share lots of project ideas with you!  Today, I’m am sharing the Blessings of Home Bundle from the new Jan-June 2022 Mini Catalog.  Additionally, I am using a technique for coloring with the Soft Pastels.  It’s a technique that I saw when the pastels were released and I finally gave it a try.  The stamp with the large floral spray from the Blessings of Home Stamp Set is perfect for the technique.  Below is the card photo is the list of materials and an assembly video.  Also, be sure to check out my To-Go Kit offerings!

Blessings of Home

Card Materials:
  • Blessings of Home Bundle
  • Friendly Hello Stamp Set for the sentiment (a FREE Sale-a-Bration offering!) 
  • Card Base: Mossy Meadow cardstock (8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, score and fold at 4-1/4″)
  • So Saffron Layer: 5-1/4″ x 4″
  • Heart & Home Designer Series Paper: 5-1/8″ x 3-7/8″
  • Basic White Cardstock: 3-1/2″ x 5-1/4″
  • Soft Pastels Coloring Chalks
  • Smoky Slate Classic Stampin’ Pad (or any light ink color)
  • Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
  • Versamark Ink
  • Mossy Meadow Classic Ink Pad
  • Black Embossing Powder
  • Brushed Brass Butterflies
  • Wink of Stella (opt)
  • Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals

Tools: Stamparatus, Sponge Daubers, Blender Pen, Blending Brush, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, Take Your Pick

ASSEMBLY VIDEO:

TO-GO KITS

I am pleased to offer the following:

January Card Class “To-Go”

Kit includes pre-cut and scored cardstock, pre-cut Designer Series Paper, embellishments, ribbon with envelopes plus video instruction for stamping & assembly.
  • Options: 
    • 1: Purchase the Artfully Layered Bundle ($53 + tax/shipping) and receive the class kit for FREE plus you’ll earn a Sale-A-Bration offering.
    • 2: The stamp set, Artfully Layered,  purchased separately for $24 +tax/shipping + $20 for kit (includes shipping)
    • 3: Just the Kit materials and assembly video – $20.  Remember, kits do not include the stamp set but you can substitute with sentiment stamps you may already own.
  • To-Go Kits will mail on January 31.
  • Assembly video link will be provided on February 1, 2022
Registration deadline and fee deadline: Friday, January 21, 2022
To register – email me with the option you select: creativestampingwithMargaret@gmail.com

Payment can be submitted via Venmo, Zelle, PayPal (note for PayPal account is margkni@gmail.com)

The To-Go Kit includes the materials to make 8 Valentine treat holders (2 each of 4 designs).  Additionally, all die cuts are in the kit. Due to Stampin’ Up! regulations, stamped images cannot be provided.  For assembly, you will receive a video link.
 
The Sweet Conversations Bundle (stamp set & dies) are used for the sentiments. Below are pricing options:
 
  • Option 1: The To-Go Kit materials including the Sweet Conversations Bundle $60 plus shipping (Priority $8 mail)
  • Option 2: To-Go Kit materials and no bundle add-on – $20 plus $8 Priority Mail 
Registration deadline: Friday, January 21, 2022.
Packages will ship NLT Jan 31, 2022 and the video link will be sent starting on Monday, January 24 so you can preview prior to receiving materials.
 
To place your order, email me with your Option selection and indicate method of payment. Payments can be submitted via Venmo, Zelle, PayPal (note for PayPal account is margkni@gmail.com).

REMINDERS

Three reasons to Sale-a-Brate!!! Contact me for details!

Margaret’s Customer Loyalty Program Download the form (Customer Loyalty Form) for program details and start tracking your orders.  Just a reminder: for orders over $150 you’ll also receive rewards from Stampin’ Up!  You can order by clicking this link: Margaret’s Online Store. (please confirm that it says you’re shopping with Margaret Knight)  Thank you for selecting to place your order with me. I truly appreciate your business.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Happy crafting!

Project Materials:

The current host code is: 7AKTABVS (good until February 1, 2022).  Please use this code if your order is $150 or less (before shipping & taxes). Remember, if your order is over $150, you will receive the host rewards.

Halloween Themed Fingernail File Holders

Recently while shopping at T.J. Maxx, I found Halloween themed fingernail files and wouldn’t you know, the nail files coordinate with several Stampin’ Up! products.  So of course, I “had” to purchase them!  And naturally added to my project agenda was creating Halloween themed fingernail file holders for gifting to friends.  I settled upon one of my favorite wraps to use for holding the fingernail files – an origami wrap.  Often this design is maybe called chopstick wrap or pencil holder wrap so it’s quite versatile.  As you’ll see in my video below, the Halloween themed fingernail file holders are easy to make and come together quickly.

Fingernail File Holders

Project Materials & Details: 
  • Cutest Halloween Bundle
  • Cute Halloween 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (refer to Assembly Video) 
    • Score one 6″ x 6″ piece of designer series paper at 1-1/2″, 3″ and 4-1/2″. Burnish score lines with bone folder.
    • On the upper right corner, fold the corner in so that it meets the score 4-1/2″ line and use bone folder to crease.  
    • Then on the upper left corner, fold this corner to the middle 3″ score line and crease the fold with the bone folder.
    • On the left lower corner, fold in to the 1-1/2″ score line and crease with bone folder.
    • Next, fold the right side in to the middle and wrap the left side around and attach at the back with strong adhesive. 
  • Layering Circles Dies (used the 2-1/4″ scalloped die & the 1-7/8 circle die)
  • Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
  • Basic White and Highland Heather cardstocks (scrap pieces)
  • Paper Snips (use for fussy cutting images from designer series paper)
  • Cute Stars Adhesive Backed Sequins
  • Tailormade Tag Dies (optional – used for tag on the Bat fingernail file holder)
  • Seal+ Adhesive
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Bone folder

Decorate as desired using images from the Cute Halloween Designer Series Paper and stamp sentiments from the coordinating Cutest Halloween Stamp Set.  If you prefer, you can also stamp images using the Cutest Halloween Stamp Set.  But as you can see in the video, using the images from the designer series paper makes the project even quicker!

ASSEMBLY VIDEO

In addition to the Halloween themed fingernail files, I also purchased fall themed fingernail files.  Wouldn’t you know, that Stampin’ Up! also has stamps and paper to coordinate with them!!!  For the fall theme, the Nuts About Squirrels Stamp Set provided a perfect finishing touch to the fingernail file holders. 

Nuts About Squirrels Fingernail File Holders

The themed fingernail files and the coordinating holders make perfect “little something” gifts!  I hope you have fun creating them for your friends and family!

REMINDERS

Time is running out to take advantage of one of the biggest promotions of the year, Sale-a-Bration.  This promotion ends on September 30.  Sale-a-bration enables you to earn FREE product for each $50 product purchase.  There are some great products available so check out the link to the Sale-A-Bration brochure.

Paper Pumpkin – Peaceful Christmas is now available for order

When you picture a peaceful Christmas, what comes to mind? Do you see snow outside your window, softly swirling through the sky? A tree trimmed with tinsel, a fire crackling nearby? Maybe you’re dreaming of decorating a holly jolly gingerbread house. Can you catch a whiff of Christmas cookies wafting through the air?

Picture a peaceful Christmas with the  Peaceful Christmas Paper Pumpkin Kit! With shimmering silver now, heartwarming holiday wishes, and seasonal shades of ravishing red and gorgeous green, you’ll be supplied with what you need to whip up a sparking winter scene.  Brew a cup of cocoa, snuggle with a soft blanket, and prepare for a cozy craft night in!

Details:

  • The kit contains enough elements to create 10 Christmas cards—5 each of 2 designs—and coordinating envelopes. This all-inclusive kit includes printed card bases, die-cut paper pieces, embellishments, adhesive, and more!
  • October’s kit arrives in a cute collectible box covered with enchanting evergreen trees. Use this special, limited-edition box to store your holiday handicrafts, or transform it into a well-wrapped package for a present!
  • The kit’s contents pair perfectly with the Peaceful Place Suite Collection (item 156277). To continue your Christmas crafting, combine the kit’s components with the suite’s patterned paper, shimmery sequins, and more!

Order your Peaceful Christmas Paper Pumpkin kit here

Margaret’s Customer Loyalty Program Download the form (Customer Loyalty Form) for program details and start tracking your orders.  Remember for orders over $150, you’ll also receive rewards from Stampin’ Up!  You can order by clicking this link: Margaret’s Online Store. (please confirm that it says you’re shopping with Margaret Knight)  Thank you for selecting to place your order with me. I truly appreciate your business. 

Thanks for stopping by! Happy crafting,

Project Materials:

The September host code is: WK99NESD.  Please use this code if your order is $150 or less (before shipping & taxes). Remember, if your order is over $150, you will receive the host rewards.

Fun Quadrangle Card

Today I am sharing a fun quadrangle card.  In last month’s card class, participants were able to assemble this fun style of card.  Okay, I know the question – what is a quadrangle? A quadrangle is simply a shape with four angles. Using a quadrangle on a card front adds interest and a different style of focal point. It’s not a difficult technique and your geometry teacher will be proud of you (LOL).  Best of all, when creating a quadrangle from your cardstock or designer series paper you will have four equal pieces cut for cardmaking.  So, it’s great when you want to make multiple cards of the same design.

quadrangle greeting card

To create a quadrangle: start with a square piece of cardstock or designer series paper.  Mark the same distance on all four sides of the square.  Then cut from one mark to the opposite mark on the other side of the paper.  After cutting, you will have four quadrangles the same size.  

For this card: a 6″ x 6″ square of Bumblebee cardstock at 1-1/2″ on all four sides. It is then cut from one mark to the opposite mark on all sides.  For the smaller designer series paper quadrangle, a 5-1/4″ piece of designer series paper is being used and marked at 1-1/4″ on the four sides.  

After cutting, you will have four equal pieces:

Materials & Assembly Directions:
  1. Create a card base using Early Espresso Cardstock (5-1/2” x 8-1/2”, score at 4-1/4”.)
  2. Texture emboss the Mint Macaron cardstock (5-1/4″ x 4″) using the Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder. Attach to the Early Espresso card base.
  3. Layer the Ornate Garden Designer Series Paper to the Bumblebee cardstock angle and adhere to the Mint Macaron layer.
  4. Select the sentiment from the A Wish for Everything Stamp Set. Then, stamp the sentiment onto a 2-1/4″ x 2-1/4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock using the Early Espresso and Bumblebee Classic Ink Pads. Use the 2″ circle punch to cut and use Stampin’ Dimensionals to add to the card front.
  5. Embellish with a bow using the 3/8” Embroidered Ribbon.
Reminders:

To celebrate the beginning of the new Stampin’ Up! business year, I am launching a Customer Loyalty Program.  Download the form (2020-2021 Customer Loyalty Form} for program details and start tracking your orders.  Plus for your orders over $150, you’ll also receive rewards from Stampin’ Up! 

Place your order here.

The Designer Series Paper Sale is ongoing through the end of October.  During this incredible sale, you can save 15% on select Designer Series Papers from current Stampin’ Up! catalogs.  You’ll want to stock up on your favorites.  Click here to see the beautiful papers on sale.

The October 3D Tutorial Bundle is available!  This month the projects feature fall themed projects.

October 3D Tutorial Sneak Peek

Would you like the Tutorial Bundle?

You have several ways of receiving the 3D Tutorial Bundle:

1. Order $50 (before taxes and shipping) from my online store between now and November 10, 2020 and you’ll get the PDF for FREE.  

2. Purchase the October 3D Tutorial Bundle PDF (a total of 6 tutorials) for $15.00. This is a one-time purchase.  Simply drop me an email at creativestampingwithMargaret@gmail.com and I will send you a PayPal Invoice. Upon receipt of payment, I will send you the tutorial bundle.

3. Join my Playtime with Paper team!  Team members always receive the tutorials for FREE!  

Thanks for stopping by!   

Happy crafting…

Project Materials:

The host code for October is: YZ64N9SM.  Please use this code if your order is $150 or less (before shipping & taxes).  If your order is over $150, you will receive the host rewards.