Painted Harvest

Here is another lovely card made with Stampin’ Up! Painted Harvest stamp set.

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Recently my father-in-law passed away after a several years of fighting the good fight against cancer.  And, my husband asked for some thank you cards to send to family and friends for their love and support.  This stamp set makes elegant cards and the sentiment just says it all.

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I used Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Cajun Craze and Early Espresso cardstock.  I really could decide which color made the design pop, so I did some of each.  The leaves were punched with the coordinating punch, and the acorns were fussy cut.  I added some linen thread for a delicate touch.  The stripe was created with some Old Olive washi tape.

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes and a gentle reminder to hold your love ones close today.

Hugs, Lisa


Expressions of Friendship

Finding the perfect gift is never easy, especially when it’s a special occasion for someone you care about as much as your best friend.  Other times, you just want a little something to say “I was thinking of you!” or “Hey, I’m so glad you’re a part of my life.”  Whatever the occasion, you want gift giving to be spontaneous, fun and easy!

With the holiday season ahead, it is important to remember, that with gift giving, it is the thought that counts.  It doesn’t have to be perfect.  It just needs to be thoughtful – a remembrance of a private joke, time spent together or reflect their personal interests.   Second, it should be inexpensive to avoid the guilt of reciprocal gift giving.  In fact, over-gifting can harm a friendship; whereas, an expression of friendship that represents generosity of time and thoughtfulness is almost always appreciated.

This is one of the reasons I named my blog – crafting hugs – because homemade gifts and cards come from the heart.  They represent an investment of time (not money) in our friendship.  And like a warm hug, homemade gifts and cards are wonderful and unexpected ways to express our appreciation, gratitude, and joy of friendship.

Simply put, it is the thoughtfulness and effort behind the gift that makes it meaningful  – like this framed art piece featuring Painted Harvest stamp set.

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Recently, I attended a Painted Harvest Framed Art Class taught by Lisa Freeman.  In about an hour, she taught us how to recreate her framed art piece which featured Painted Harvest bundle in Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake and Sahara Sand inks.  The Painted Harvest bundle is one of my favorites from the holiday catalog.

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This would make a wonderful handmade gift for your friends, sister, mother or mother-in-law.  It could be recreated in a different color scheme or select from hundreds of different stamp sets and sentiments for a different theme.  For more details on how to make this framed art piece, please visit Lisa Freeman’s Blog by clicking on this link.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!




Moon Baby

All the joy of babies, but without the sleepless nights! This nursery-themed stamp set called Moon Baby will put a little twinkle in your eye when paired with a cute little baby gift.  

I’ve been fortunate that many friends are welcoming new babies and grand babies into their lives recently, which means I’ve gotten to hold several precious bundles of joy.   At a pool party, little 2-month old Riley was fussy as he was passed around – that is until me!  Let’s just he loves to cuddle curves!  Oh my!  Did I enjoy holding that little guy!

Here’s some example cards made using Moon Baby stamp set.  

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Above, I used Archival Basic Black and clear embossing powder to stamp the images on Shimmery White Cardstock.  Then used Pacific Point ink and my aqua painter to create the watercolor background.  On a scrap piece of Shimmery White cardstock, I stamped and heat embossed another moon baby image, colored it with blender pens and fussy cut the image.  I then attached it over top of the watercolor background (this helped to hide any areas where the Pacific Point bled over into the moon or on to the baby).  And, used my Daffodil Delight marker to color the stars.  

When I have the time, I enjoy crafting and trying different techniques.  When I don’t have the time, a mono-chromatic card will give you a simple yet sophisticated look in about 5-10 minutes.  

For the next card, I stamped the image using Powder Pink on Whisper White, matted the image with cardstock and added some designer paper and ribbon.

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Using Pool Party, I made a similar card but changed the orientation and added some silver foil to dress it up a bit.

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Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!



Part 2: Merry Cafe’

The other day, I shared with you the Merry Cafe stamp set, which can be found on page 46 of the Holiday Catalog.  It coordinates perfectly with the Coffee Cup bundle, which is found on page 31 of the Annual Catalog.

Here are two seasonal cards using Painted Autumn designer series paper and the Spooky Night designer series paper.

These cards are sure to please, especially if it includes a gift card to your favorite coffee shop or Starbucks.  These products are available for purchase from my on-line store.  Just click on the shop tab above.  Or better yet, contact me for stamp camp schedule to make new crafting friends and to learn new techniques.

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Merry Cafe

What’s nicer than having a hot drink on a chilly day in fall or winter? Whether for Halloween, the holidays season, or for cheering up a friend, Merry Cafe’ stamp set has it all!  Plus the photopolymer stamp set coordinates with the Coffee Cafe bundle for year-round crafting fun.

Some people firmly believe that coffee is life. And whether that’s you or not, you certainly know someone who feels that way.  So grab a cup of coffee (or hot tea or hot chocolate – if that’s your thing), purchase these peppy products from my on-line store and image all the crafting hugs you can create for family and friends.  

Both stamp sets coordinate seamlessly with the Coffee Cup framelits for creating cups of all shapes and sizes.  You can bundle the Coffee Cafe stamp set with the Coffee Cup framelits and save 10%.  

Here are some fun seasonal examples;  for pumpkin spice of fall, for witches brew with scream and sugar and for , for a cups of Christmas cheer.  

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Count My Blessings

With Thanksgiving holiday approaching, now is the perfect time to let the special people in our lives know just what they mean to us.  Count My Blessings is a versatile stamp set with delicate  imagery and lovely sentiments that can be used all year-long.

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By changing the color combination, you can change the feeling of the card.  While the traditional colors of Early Espresso and Cajun Craze convey the autumn season, the softer color combo of Daffodil Delight, Garden Green and Peekaboo Peach provides more possibilities.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Part 2: Painted Harvest

I don’t know about you, but I am ready to get going on my fall and holiday crafting projects! Lucky for me (and you), the new holiday catalog is filled with tons of great products and ideas.  Here are just a few ideas for the cards you can make using the Painted Harvest stamp set.

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The bag is made using Painted Harvest designer series paper and the Gift Bag punch board.  It is embellished with Crinkle Seam Binding Ribbon in Peekaboo Peach; Gold mini sequins trim; banner made with designer series paper and the Banner Triple punch; pumpkins are fussy cut from the same designer series paper; and a Gold Binder Clip to hold it closed.

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The above card is made with Very Vanilla cardstock, a strip of Painted Harvest designer series paper.  The sunflowers are stamped with Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Chip.  The leaf was first stamped with Garden Green ink on Garden Green cardstock and then punched out using the Leaf Punch.  The sentiment is stamped in Garden Green.  And, the bumblebee from Touches of Textures is stamped in Archival Black ink and colored with Daffodil Delight marker.

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The above card is a “You Can Make It” project from the new Holiday catalog on page 48. The two-step sunflower is created using:

  • first generation stamping technique (applying an inked stamp directly to the project piece — full strength ink color); and
  • second generation stamping technique (stamp off an inked stamp once on scratch paper before applying the inked stamp to the project piece — for a softer shade of the ink color).  

The sunflower petal stamp is created by layering Crushed Curry ink using the second generation stamping with the solid petal stamp, and next using first generation stamping with the detailed petal stamp.  The sunflower center is created with Crumb Cake (first generation stamping) and adding a layer of Early Espresso (second generation stamping) using the same flower center stamp.  The ferns are created by stamping the solid fern in Garden Green using second generation stamping; and then, adding the detailed fern stamp using first generation stamping.   And some Solid Baker’s twine in Crushed Curry and a sentiment stamped in Garden Green ink on Crumb Cake cardstock and you’re done!

If you are interested in purchasing any of these products, just click on the links to my on-line store or contact me to assist you in crafting adventure.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Painted Harvest

Send someone the beauty of autumn with this sunflower-themed set!

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One of my favorite product suites is the Painted Autumn suite, from the new Holiday Catalog on page 48-49.  You can save 10% when you purchase the Painted Harvest Bundle with its coordinating stamp set and leaf punch.  The leaf punch makes it quick and easy to cut out the stamped leaf image and to add interest and depth to your projects.  And the Painted Harvest stamp set is a two-step stamp set with wonderful sentiments that can be used year round.  It would make a lovely card for Thanksgiving or festive display for the fall.

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All of these products are available for purchase from my on-line store.  Just click on the link above or contact me to attend one of my stamp camps to learn how to make cards, gifts and decor items.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!