Mediterranean Achievers Blog Hop-Thankfulness

Mediterranean Achievers Blog Hop
Welcome to the LAST installment of the monthly Mediterranean Achievers Blog Hop!  I'm so glad you landed here and trust you are getting LOTS of creative inspiration as well as loving our theme of Thankfulness as you hop along with us.  We will keep providing you with global creative inspiration in monthly blog hops, but next month we will be called the Thailand Achievers Blog Hop as we Stampin' Up! trip achievers shift their trip focus:)

You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog -, or you may have come from the person previous to me in the list. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup shown below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects. At the moment you are visiting 

Okay, onto today's card.  I must say, this is not a color combination I would have come up with on my own, but I love it!  It is derived from the really lovely Petals & Paisley DSP in the StamPaisleys & Posiespin' Up! Holiday Catalog.  Although the colors speak of fall, they are fresh and modern vs super earthy and dark--which is what we often see with autumnal designs.  I used the same color combination and suite of products here in a previous blog post.

My stamp set is the coordinating Paisleys & Posies.  There are so many images in this set!  But for me, the words alone are worth the price:)  There are 3 sentiments and they can be used all year.  The one I used here:  Thankful, Grateful, Blessed is timeless.  It's a sentiment (and a card!) that I can share with a host of people I know. 

I am loving all the copper things we have in the Stampin' Up! annual catalog (copper thread and copper embossing powder) and now some new additions in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog, namely the Coper Foil Paper and Mini Pinecones, both used on my Thanksgiving card as well as the Copper Embossing Powder.  I can't get enough copper!

I think the Mini Pinecones are my absolute favorite embellishment in the Stampin' Up! Holid Mini Pinecones-Stampin' Up!ay Catalog.  And there's a lot to love in this catalog!  The Mini Pinecones are so gorgeous in their details and fine copper color, and I'm thinking they would make great jewelry.  Alas, that project will have to wait for another day as I'm writing this blog post while I'm watching my three grandchildren (ages 2-6).  My hands and heart are full:)  And I feel exactly what is stated on this card:  Thankful, Grateful, Blessed!  May that be freey expressed in my life:  in my thoughts, my words, my actions.  

Thanks so very much for stopping by today.  I truly hope you are inspired in your creativity but also inspired to be thankful...and express it:)  Thanks for taking part in our blog hop. I hope you have enjoyed the many ideas from very creative demonstrators with a wide variety of styles and Stampin' Up! products used. Remember that currently you are at my blog -, so check the blog hop line up list to see who is next in the list.  I'm at or near the end!

Cookie Cutter Halloween Stamp Set

I am having so much fun with this Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp set and matching Cookie Cutter Punch from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog!  It's way less messy than making sugar cookies, it's calorie-free, and there are so many creative possibilities!  Fall is the time of year that giving away treats really comes to life.  Cute little treats appeal to EVERYONE!  Whether young or old, male or female, this cute little Halloween treat will bring a smile.  And we need more of I'm going to make treats and give them away.  How about you?

Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp set

My simple Halloween treat is easy to make and it's just card stock and a bit of twine.  So it's easy on the supplies as well.  I took an 8-1/2 x 2 piece of Basic Black card stock for the actual treat holder.  Then it's just a few things to decorate.  The mummy is a quick stamp and punch!  Boom...done!  The mummy's little Halloween bag and the bat are also part of the Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp set.  Lots of accessories for our little cookies!  It's a bit like making paper dolls when I was young:)  The few little extras that bring some sparkle and shine are the little bow tie (part of the Cookie Cutter punch:) and that it's made from the SCRUMMY new Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper!  I also added just a tiny bit of sparkle to my mummy's eyes.

I like quick and easy Halloween treats because these are things I make in bulk.  While there are times to make really special packaging for a special gift or really special favors for a wedding or baby shower, more often than not I need quick and easy so I can make a lot and share a lot:)

People you can share with to bring smiles and spread goodwill:

  • teachers and school staff
  • church leaders and fellow members
  • neighbors
  • bank staff and others who serve us regularly
  • elderly--they get forgotten way too often
  • veterans
  • first responders and law enforcement

Let's have fun making cute Halloween treats and then share the love!  I put a Ghirardelli chocolate in these, but you can use any flat treat.  Make it work for you and your pocketbook.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I so appreciate the opportunity to inspire your creativity.


Paisleys & Posies Stamp Set

I love the color scheme in the Petals & Paisleys Designer Series Paper!  I would not have come up with it on my own, for sure.  But I used it and think it is  a lovely combination of traditional and modern fall colors.  We made this Thanksgiving card in my stamp club in San Antonio this month, and it utilizes almost all the elements in the Petals & Paisleys suite of coordinating products in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog:  Paisleys & Posies stamp set, Paisley Framelit DiesPetals & Paisleys Specialty DSP, 3/8" Ribbon Trio Pack, and the fabulous Copper Foil Sheets.  I think the Copper Foil Sheets is one of my absolute favorite products in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog!  I made 2 versions of the same card using the same supplies.  I love them both!

Thanksgiving CardDo you ever wonder what color scheme you should use on a card?  Just look at one of the many fabulous DSP sets.  Find one that you really like, look at the colors listed (the colors are listed in both the catalog and on the back of the white protective sheet behind the DSP in the package), and just go for it!  The SU! artists have already done the "work" and they come up with gorgeous color schemes.

Thanksgiving Card 2

There are 3 things I want to point out to you on these cards:  

  1.  Notice the stamped background on the bottom layer.  To achieve that, I simply placed about 10 of the tiny stamps from Paisleys & Posies stamp set on a clear block.  I placed them close together and then just stamped repeatedly.  Easy, peasy!
  2. Notice the little copper foil embellishment.  I'm in love with that!  It's one of the framelits in Paisley Framelit Dies.  You do want to use the Precision Plate when cutting these out as they are super intricate.  The pattern for the frame lit repeats in several of the patterns in the DSP.  I love repeating patterns in cards:)
  3. Although there are some really great words in the Paisleys & Posies stamp set, I opted to use Suite Seasons for this card.  I like the way the curved words fit perfectly into my oval.

That's it for today.  Thanks so much for stopping by. Check out the information for my stamp club in San Antonio here and let me know if you have any questions at all.

Halloween Treat Single Stamp

I love this Halloween Treat Single Stamp in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog as an option for making Halloween treats and cards without a big investment in supplies.  There are a lot of options with this rubberstamp that include multi-colored stamping, coloring in just the pumpkins, using only part of the rubberstamp and more.  But for today's super easy Halloween treats, I used the whole stamp in black ink on the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper.  This particular design in the DSP package looks like the side of a pumpkin to me.  

I used 3 x 3 squares of DSP, stamped them, and then fussy cut them.  That is a stamping term we use whenever we cut out a stamped image, but there is no fussy to this fussy cutting!  With mostly straight lines, you can fussy cut this in a few seconds!  That is my kind of fussy cutting:)  And Halloween Treat-Stampin' Up!because I can use 3 x 3 squares, that means that I can get 16 out of a single sheet of DSP!

I used the Stampin' Up! clear envelopes.  They seal which makes them super easy to use.  And then I just rolled down the top a bit, added y Basic Black card stock cuff (4-1/4 x 3 folded in half) and stapled it.  My pretty Halloween treat "sign" covers the staple and looks great!  I attached with Stampin' Dimensionals.

My two very simple embellishments are the Halloween Night Twine (set of 2 twines) and a single Metallic Enamel Shape for just a touch of shine.  You could easily use rhinestones.

I love candy corn, and I'm a bit of a candy corn snob:)  I like the Brach's--made with honey.  The flavor difference is significant!  And when giving candy corn, I give about 10 kernels because they are super sweet.  This is a small, sweet snack, guaranteed to bring smiles.  

If you have a lot of Halloween Treats to make, this is a perfect project for you.  If you want to dress this up just a bit--add a more feminine touch--you can see here what the same project looks like with the addition of a doily, some pompom trim, and some pearls.


Halloween Treat-Stampin' Up! 

That's it for my quick and easy Halloween Treats project that won't break the bank in crafting supplies or in candy purchases.  These are fantastic to hand out to bank employees, hair dressers, teachers, church workers, co-workers--anyone who needs a little Halloween cheer and goodwill coming their way.  They are not just for kids.  Spread some joy!  Thanks so much for stopping by.  I appreciate it so much.

Sympathy Card

For today's Sunday Inspirational post I'm sharing a sympathy card.  From the time I first began stamping with Stampin' Up!, I knew that a handmade sympathy card is one of the best cards we can make and send.  We get caught up in all the fun holidays and birthdays--and those are so important to commemorate.  But when death comes, and it will for us all, a handmade card is like a hug that lingers long after the services are over, the family and friends have gone home, and we are alone but still in need of comfort.  The handmade sympathy card remains with its creative touch reminding the recipient that you cared enough to make something just for them, the words remain so they can read them again and again reminding the recipient that he/she is loved, prayed for, and cared for.

My inspiration for this card came by something somewhat similar online somewhere.  I'm sure you have had the same thing happen--an image you see captures your imagination and lodges there.  You create your project and then go to find the original only to discover you didn't pin it or save it and can't find it.  Such is the case with this card!  So please know that the original inspiration is from some creative soul out there in cyber space:)

Sympathy CardThis is a very simple card to make.  And if you have read any of my previous posts about sympathy cards, you know that I have pretty strong views about what should (and should not!) be part of a sympathy card.  I like simplicity in sympathy cards.  To me, it's not the time for lots of bells and whistles, fancy embellishments and amazing techniques.  So this very simple watercolor wash is a great sympathy card technique IMHO. 

I went with 3 different shades of blue in the card itself to symbolize heaven and evoke peace.  And the watercolor wash, viewed through the window, is like a human spirit soaring upward to meet its maker.  I think that image is very unique in a sympathy card and also very welcome!  The one other little detail that is not overt but very subtle is that I sponged a bit of white ink on the window.  The Night of Navy card stock was a bit stark.  Sponging with a bit of Whisper White ink toned it down just a bit.

All the Stampin' Up! supplies are pictured and linked below.  It's really a stamps, ink, and paper card--no embellishments at all.  But it's made with lots of love.  I encourage you to make a STACK of sympathy cards to have on hand.  More often than not, death comes unexpectedly.  Be prepared to show you love and care by sending the very best--handmade.