handmade Lake scene card
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Lake Scene Thank You Card

In honor of the last day of summer, let’s create a card that reminds us of warm days and refreshing lakes.

Technique Tip: Ink up your acrylic block, and stamp directly on your cardstock.

I created this card to play along with the Color Sisters Challenge (Sfida Palette #58) when I saw the pretty colors!!

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I hope you enjoyed this card! If you’re a fan of the nautical, I think you’ll like this Lighthouse Welcome Back Home Decor or this Stack of Nautical Anchor Cards from ONE kit or this Pop-up Lighthouse Card! Happy Crafting!

Halloween cards made with the beautiful you stamp set
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Halloween Cards Made From the Beautiful You Stampin Up Stamp Set

You read that title right.

When I buy stamp sets, I like to look at all of the possibilities to use each of the stamps. To get the most out of my supplies. Halloween is my favorite holiday (I have already decorated!), so my brain quickly asks, “Can I use this for a halloween project?”

When the Beautiful You stamp set (with the coordinating Life Events set) arrived, I was excited about all of the wedding, pregnancy, birthday, and encouragment cards and projects I could make for the beautiful women in my life. So many possibilities!

But then I thought about changing her hat. And the DSP with witches hats! Of course, she could be a beautiful witch! With a dark dress, a tall hat, and a green tint to her skin, her power became so dark!!

Halloween cards made with the beautiful you stamp set

Supplies:

While this card is made with mostly Stampin Up supplies, I really wanted a chandelier for my witch! If you also missed out on their set from last years catalog (I have to stop second-guessing what I want!), here is a fantastic substitution that I fell in love with:

If you want to make this card, I wrote out a handy-dandy Thursday Tutorial!

Halloween card made with the Stampin Up Beautiful you stamp set and orange DSP

Instructions:

Cut:

1. Cut your cardbase from black cardstock (1/2 of the 8 1/2″ x 11″) and fold in half.

2. Cut your Halloween DSP to 5 1/4″ x 4″.

3. Cut 2 banners from Pumpkin Pie and Granny Apple Green cardstock. Tip: If you don’t have a banner punch, snip down the center about 1/2″. Then snip from the corners to meet the end of your cut.

4. Die cut your chandelier from black cardstock.

Stamp:

5. Stamp the woman twice:

  1. Once onto your white cardstock
    • Die cut using the Stitched Shapes Die.
    • Using the sea foam stampin write marker, color the witches skin.
  2. Once onto a scrap of your halloween DSP (whatever pattern you want her dress to be.)
    • Fussy cut out the dress from your halloween DSP.
    • Glue it onto the white dress.
    • Fussy cut out the hat from your DSP and glue it to cover the original hat.

6. Stamp your favorite halloween sentiment on the Pumpkin Pie banner.

Assemble:

7. Adhere your DSP to your black card base, and your banners over the DSP toward the bottom of the card.

8. Using fine-tip glue, adhere the chandelier towards the top of the card.

9. Use dimensionals to pop up the witch on the bottom right over the banners.

Add Accents:

10. Add rhinestones or pearl accents for fabulous flair.

I created these cards to play along with these challenges:

 

I hope you like this tutorial to use an all occasion stamp set and use it for a fabulous halloween card. Happy Crafting!

pumpkin near tree

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Framed puppy prints with Calligraphy name and supplies
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DIY Pet Paw Print Personalized Wall Art: Easy as Ink, Stamp,Write, and Frame!

Personalized home decor is the best. And it’s even better when it highlights one of your family members.

For an office recently-turned guest room, my partner’s parent’s house had a wall that needed some personalization. Since his mom has 3 adorable dogs who are definitely part of the family, I thought it would be great to decorate the space with their paw prints.

Framed puppy prints with Calligraphy name and supplies

This DIY turned out to be easier than I originally thought! It looks modern and chic, and with just a few supplies, it was a lot of fun to create.

Supplies:

  • Clipboard for a firm surface below your dogs paw to stamp against
  • Pet treats
  • Baby wipes or wet paper towel to clean their paws
  • Picture frames. These can be dollar store frames or ones you already own or the super-fancy ones; any that work with your home decor will work with this project. They should be big enough for your pets paw print to fit. Since these are smaller dogs, I chose to not only use the mat, but also to write their names inside the mat.

Instructions with Photo-cuteness:

1. Gather your supplies. Clamp your cardstock paper onto the clipboard, grab your ink pad, treats, and baby wipes, and bring your pup outside. I recommend doing this outside so you don’t get ink on your carpet, floors, walls, etc. When working with animals, you’ll want to have all of your supplies nearby so that it’s a quick stamp onto the paper.

our first puppy subject
Our first puppy subject: Jazzy.

I also brought extra paper with me in case the first prints smudged or didn’t stamp completely.

2. Pick your pets paw and guide it to the ink pad. Press it gently into the ink pad multiple times. Check to ensure each paw pad is thoroughly inked.

You know your dog and how well they sit for brushing, treats, etc. If you make this a pleasant experience for them, they’ll give you a good paw print.

 

3. Quickly grab your clipboard with paper and press the inked paw onto the paper. If it looks good, use a baby wipe to clean your pets paw. Don’t forget to give more treats!

 

If you have more than one pet, I would recommend having only one outside with you at a time. The other dogs kept getting between the inked paw and the paper! They love attention, don’t they, ha ha! Make sure to mark which paw print belongs to who. I used post-it notes, but a pen mark in an inconspicuous corner will also work.

Remember the paw prints don’t need to be perfect. If it looks like a paw print, it will look adorable in the frame.

puppy high-five to get paw print
A fun but inefficient way to get a good print of your dog’s paw. Read the tutorial for an easier way!

4. Once everyone is clean and given treats, any paw prints on the driveway are cleaned (water-soluble ink!), and once you bring your papers and ink pads inside, it’s time to write your pet’s name on the sheet!

  • Do you love to write in calligraphy and have beautiful handwriting? Great! Size it and make it beautiful!
  • If not, there is a way to fake it for this quick project. Stampin Write markers are perfect for this, as you can get a thin line AND the thick line that give calligraphy that gorgeous look.
  • I practiced writing out each name on regular lined paper using a pencil. Writing in cursive isn’t something most of us do very often, so it took me a few times trying to get the spacing right. After you’ve written it in pencil, go over it with your brush pens. Practice until you are comfortable.

For beautiful lettering using your brush markers, go light on upstrokes and heavier on downstrokes.

 

5. Lastly, frame your new paw print creation!

 

I hope this was helpful. Thanks for checking out this tutorial! It’s super-easy to do, and it’s always fun playing with the dogs.

Not only do these works of art look good on the wall, but I think they are also a great way to keep our pets in our hearts, now and long after they pass. If you need pet sympathy cards, please check out my Etsy shop. There are currently card sets for dog owners and card sets for cat owners.

Where do you think you’ll hang your pets paw print? Let me know in the comments below! Will you paint the frame to match your home? If you have any questions, feel free to email me at laurascraftcloset@gmail.com! I love hearing from my crafty readers.

Happy Crafting!