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


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:

Honeybee Home Gift Tag

Earlier this week, the Playtime with Paper team met for our quarterly meeting.  Part of the meeting focused on practicing different coloring techniques.  One technique was to use Blender Pens with ink pads for coloring and shading.  The Honeybee Home gift tag was the end product.   When learning to color with Blender Pens, I recommend selecting a simple design and limiting the number of ink colors.  This helps prevent becoming overwhelmed! By using the elements from the Honeybee Home Stamp Set, it was easy to practice coloring and shading.  And since I am a fan of making gift tags, using the Tailor Made Tags to cut a base for the images made it a quick project to complete.  Below is the list of materials and a video with coloring tips plus tag assembly. 

Honeybee Home

Honeybee Home Gift Tag project materials:

Here’s another option for the gift tag…add it to the front of a note card.

Honeybee Home Note Card


The Savings in Bloom Promotion offers 20% savings on the Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine and select compatible bundles.  Click here to see items in the promotion.

Additional Promotions:

The Waves of the Ocean promotion is ongoing until May 2, 2022.

This coastal collection includes an inspiring set of stamps and detailed dies, both early-release products from the upcoming 2022–2023 Annual Catalog. Plus, a pack of paper made from images of hand-poured paint, blue-hued foil sheets for a sea of shine, and radiant rhinestones for a splash of sparkle—each an exclusive product you can only purchase during the promotion period!

Explore artistic expression with the Waves of the Ocean Collection

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: YGBNKCVM (good until April 5, 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.



Coloring Designer Series Paper

In today’s post, I am featuring cards highlighting two methods for coloring Designer Series Paper.  For one of the cards in the July “to go” card class, participants were able to color the background of the Peony Garden Designer Series Paper.  The Peony Garden Designer Series Paper provides perfect designs to color.  For coloring the designer series paper, Stampin’ Blends Markers and Watercolor Pencils can be used.  To ensure a fair comparison of the two methods, Calypso Coral and Granny Apple Green have been chosen.  On both cards, the peony flowers become the feature on the designer series paper by coloring the background and the leaves.

The first card features the Calypso Coral Light and Granny Apple Green Light Stampin’ Blends Markers.  The Stampin’ Blends Markers provide a bright background for the peony flowers on the Designer Series Paper. 

Peony Garden Designer Series Paper

The card below uses the Calypso Coral and the Granny Apple Green Watercolor Pencils for shading the background and the leaves.  Since the designer series paper is not designed to watercolor, no water is used.  Instead the watercolor pencils are being used like a coloring pencil.  Peony Garden Designer Series paper

Notice the background using the Watercolor Pencils provides a more subtle color and areas have shading.  This is due to variation in the amount of pressure when coloring with the watercolor pencils.  Note: Due to lighting with my photo, the shading is more pronounced than when actually viewing the card.  

  • Color the leaves first.  Once the leaves have color added, it becomes easier to separate the background from the flowers.
  • When coloring with the watercolor pencils, use a small circular coloring motion vs straight line coloring.  This method provides a smoother appearance.
  • Option: Use an eraser and gently erase areas of the watercolor pencil are heaviest.  (Personally, I think the variation in shading looks good.)

Hopefully, I have inspired you to try coloring designer series paper.  Have fun experimenting with different papers and coloring tools!   In addition to coloring the background, you may want to just color specific images.  The possibilities are almost endless!


Stampin’ Up! is making it even better to order this month…check out the Bonus Days info below.  

To take advantage of Bonus Days, be sure to place your order on or before, August 3, 2020.

Also, the July 3D Tutorial Bundle is still available!

Would you like the July 3D Tutorial Bundle?

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

1. Order $50 (before taxes and shipping) from my online store between now and July 31, 2020 and you’ll get the PDF for FREE.  Note: be sure to register and allow me to contact you so I receive notice of your order and can send the tutorial. 

2. Purchase the July 3D Tutorial Bundle PDF (a total of 6 tutorials) for $15.00. This is a one-time purchase.  Simply drop me an email at 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 today.  Happy crafting…

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