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Make beautiful fall invitation postcards in merely seconds!

Making good-looking postcards takes a little finesse because you can’t have any layers to get caught in the mail sorting machine.  Today I’m going to show you how to make beautiful fall invitation postcards in merely seconds with the Stampin’ Up! Letterpress Winter and For All Things Stamp Sets!

 If the video is not displaying properly, watch my Letterpress Winter and For All Things card tutorial here.

Make a beautiful fall invitation postcard.Masking is such a cool technique.  It’s always exciting to pull off the mask to reveal what’s underneath.   Masking let the Letterpress Winter frame “sit” on top of the leaves giving us the look of a layer without adding a layer.  Sure makes for a pretty one-layer only card.

Letterpress Winter and For All Things Stamp Sets are both from the 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  If you want to order either or both of these stamp sets, remember that tomorrow, September 30, is the last day to redeem your discount on all your Holiday Catalog purchases in my online store www.shopwithshelly.com for correctly answering my Holiday Catalog Contest question!

 The stamping supplies are shown below.

 

Fall Invitation Postcard Supplies

 

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 You never know when you’ll need to make invitations.  You just saw easy it is to line up the You’re Invited in the swirly frame of the Letterpress Winter Stamp Set.

Love the snowflakes in the Stampin’ Up! Endless Wishes Set!

Stampin' Up! Endless Wishes CardLast year I wasn’t the only one to fall in love the with cute snowflakes from the Stampin’ Up! Endless Wishes Stamp Set.  To be more precise, I was gaga over the clean and simple card made by the Stampin’ Up! artist that designed the stamp set.  So simple and so stinkin’ cute.

At that time, photopolymer stamp sets were only while supplies last because they were made by a vendor.  And the supplies of Endless Wishes sold out in merely days.  Many a stamper was disappointed.  I can’t imagine how many stampers were thrilled to see Endless Wishes in the 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog now that Stampin’ Up! is manufacturing their own photopolymer sets now.

How do you like the green mixed in with the blues?  A little unexpected, a lot pretty.  All the colors are from the All is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper.  The green is my favorite green, Pear Pizzazz.  The blues are Soft Sky and Lost Lagoon.  There’s even a little Smoky Slate added in.   All the ink pad colors will be pictured lower in the post along with all the other stamping supplies used to make my Endless Wishes card.

A note about the White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  If you purchased any after August 28 – September 25, 2014, please check your embossing powder by embossing a stamped image.  Apparently some Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powders were mistakenly labeled White because they look very much alike.  If you ordered white from me and have clear embossing powder instead, let me know right away so I can get it replaced.

You no longer have to worry that Endless Wishes will sell out in days, but it is a limited-edition stamp set and available only through January 5, 2015.  That sounds like a long time off, but as a friend says once Labor Day comes it’s a slippery slope to Christmas.  She’s right.  It’ll seem like before we blink it will be Christmas.  I recommend you order Endless Wishes now in my online store www.shopwithshelly.com!

Endless Wishes Card Supplies List

Heat Tool

$29.95

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 There are many sayings in addition to the adorable snowflates with the Stampin’ Up! Endless Wishes Stamp Set.

Stepping it up with Stampin’ Up! Halloween Street

Stampin' Up! Halloween Street simpleMy handmade Halloween card started with stamping the Stampin’ Up! Halloween Street Stamp on Whisper White Cardstock with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  Every handmade card has to start somewhere.  I never intended to stop here, but you must admit, you could.  The Halloween Street Stamp is large and full of personality.  It’s much more than a greeting stamp.  There’s an elegance in the card’s simplicity.  It takes a moment before you think, “Hey, it’s only stamped in black on white cardstock.”

Want a bit more?  Want to see how I stepped up my Halloween Street card?  Keep reading.

 A quick way to dress up a plain card is with one of the Stampin’ Up! background papers.  My card has all sorts of creatures trick-or-treating along Halloween Street from the Stampin’ Up! Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper.

Stampin' Up! Halloween Street and Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper

Cute!  If you have not followed my stamping blog for very long, you may not know I don’t like naked edges.  Abrupt might be politically correct, but sometimes you have to call it like you see it.  The edge of the Motley Monsters Paper sitting there naked doesn’t let the look of the card flow.  Honestly, I’d rather have just the Happy Halloween stamped in black on the white cardstock then to stop here.  So, on we go.

Stampin' Up! Halloween Street  Motley Monsters DSP

The simple touch of adding a 3/4″ x 4-1/4″ strip of complimentary candy corn paper from the same pack of the Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper did two things.  The first is it covered the naked edge.  The second is it provided contrast in a coordinating design for a finished look.

You could stop right there and have an attractive handmade Halloween card.  I just can’t help but look for the little extras I can add to take my greeting cards from attractive to really attractive.  As I did in a Halloween Street card I posted recently, I stamped the “Happy” ribbon in a coordinating color and cut it out.

Stampin' Up! Halloween Street  Stepped Up Card

Now we’re talking!  The black ink underneath provides a nice shadow for the ribbon.  You could absolutely stop right here.  It just wasn’t quite done, for me, yet.  I wanted to add a little balance.  Here’s how I finished off my Halloween Street card.

Stampin' Up! Halloween Street Card

A small strip of Color Me Autumn Designer Washi Tape, Basic Black Cardstock punched with the Banner Punch and a pumpkin cut out from another of the patterns from the Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper.  Now it’s done.

Every handmade card I create has a lot of thought put into it.  It’s been requested I show my cards before they are stepped up.  That isn’t so easy for me, and here’s why.  My card designs are not complete until the final added touch.  It just isn’t done until I’m pleased with it.

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(Stampin’ Up!) Halloween Street is open for trick-or-treaters

Stampin' Up! Halloween Street www.stampingsmiles.comTrick-or-treaters would clean up on candy from the houses on the Stampin’ Up! Halloween Street.  Can you image what hand decorated Halloween treats would be in their bags if is was a street lined with homes of Stampin’ Up! stampers?  You wouldn’t be able to resist donning a costume and joining in!

It’s the houses sitting on top of the “Happy” ribbon that grabs you with the Halloween Street Stamp.  My preference for Halloween stamps and cards are cute ones as opposed to the downright dark and scary ones.  The houses look like a street you’d happily let your children go trick-or-treating on.  

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Adding some dimension to your handmade cards is always an easy way to step them up.  Look at how the ribbon cut out and placed with Stampin’ Dimensionals did just that on my handmade Halloween card.  An easy task with the Stampin’ Up! Paper Snips.  If you do not yet own at least one pair of Paper Snips, give yourself a no-calorie Halloween treat and add them to your next Stampin’ Up! order.  Everyone who has listened to this advice has been very happy with their purchase.

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The pumpkin is from the Stampin’ Up! Fall Fest Stamp Set.  I could have used my Paper Snips to cut it out too, but I didn’t have to.   Fall Fest has coordinating Fun Fall Framelits.  Stamp then die-cut in your Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine.  Fast and easy, especially when you also have the Magnetic Platform for your Big Shot.  The metal dies stay in place for you to get that white border fully around the pumpkins.  You could do it by hand, but why would you when there are Framelits?  Want an even better reason?  When you purchase the Fall Fest Stamp Set and Fun Fall Framelits in the Fall Fest Bundle, you’ll save 15% on both!  Easier and save money.  Only a pumpkin head would pass that up.  :)

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Tying the card together is the Stampin’ Up! Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper. The wonderful way Stampin’ Up! products coordinate truly make it quite easy to quickly make great looking cards.  Using the colors Crushed Curry, Tangering Tango and Basic Black Stampin’ Write Markers for the Halloween Street Stamp make it coordinate as well as the pumpkin that is part of the background paper does.  Did you know Stampin’ Up! prints on the cardboard backing of each pack of Designer Paper the colors in the paper?  That sure makes life a lot easier.  Gone are days of going through your stash of Stampin’ Up! Catalogs to find out.

 Want to make my Halloween Street card?  You’ll find all the supplies pictured below and linked into my online store www.shopwithshelly.com so can purchase any you’ll need.

Halloween Street Card Product List

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Make handmade Halloween cards with Stampin’ Up! Halloween Street!

Make an autumn windy day card with Stampin’ Up! White Christmas

Do you remember the video that I showed you how to have fun with the flexible rubber of the Stampin’ Up! White Christmas Stamp Set?  The windy trees cracked me up.  A handmade card using the trees leaning to the right since then has been on my mind.  Today I’m demonstrating for you how to make my autumn windy day card with the Stampin’ Up! White Christmas Stamp Set and Holiday Home Stamp Set

If the video is not displaying properly, watch my windy autumn day card video here.
Stampin' Up! Autumn Windy Day Card www.stampingsmiles.comHow great is it the Holiday Home Stamp Set works so well with the White Christmas set? I see many more pairings of the two for future cards.

I was thinking how this would be a great card for my older brother’s birthday.  But, I do prefer a snarky card for him.  My dad’s birthday is coming up too.  Nothing rude or snarky, just perfect for an October birthday.  Just a quick change of the greeting to a birthday wish from the Stampin’ Up! Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set.

There wasn’t time in the video demonstration of my White Christmas autumn card to share all the stamping supplies I used.  But, they all are pictured and listed below in case you’d like to make this card too.  Not just pictured, but pictured and linked into my online store www.shopwithshelly.com for the easiest possible shopping.  Your shopping needs to be easy to give you as much as possible to stamp.

Autumn Windy Day Card Supplies List

 

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It’s a Stampin’ Up! Fall Fest Halloween Card

Stampin' Up! Fall Fest Halloween Stamping SmilesThe Stampin’ Up! Fall Fest Stamp Set from the 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is perfect for adorable handmade Halloween greeting cards.  What makes the Fall Fest Stamp Set extra special is you have a choice.  You have three pumpkins of different sized that you can use as is or add the faces for too cute jack-o-lanterns.  That choice with this stamp set will take you from Halloween into Thanksgiving.  It’s sure nice to have a stamp set that doesn’t lock you into just one holiday or season.

Not for just one holiday or season is true of a couple more Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog Stamp Sets.  The first to come to mind is the Holiday Home Stamp Set I borrowed the “Happy Halloween” greeting from to use as a label for my file folder.  I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be let loose in an office supply store than a candy store any day.  Candy is good, office supplies is the best. 

How in the world did I make the file folder?  It was easy with the File Tab Edgelits Die in my Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine from the 2014-2015 Stampin’ Up! Catalog.  A must-have for office supply store junkies.  I am far from alone. :)

 

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Before going off about my office supply fix my handmade Halloween card gave me, I was sharing with you multi-season/holiday stamp sets from the 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  The second one that comes to mind immediately is the White Christmas Stamp Set.  Holiday Home, sure.  But, White Christmas?  Absolutely!  I made a pretty fall card with it the last week or so.  Tomorrow I’ll be sharing another fall card idea.

Both of the background papers are from the Stampin’ Up! Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper, also from the Holiday Catalog.   There are some fun patterns.  The favorite among my customers seems to be the candy corn.  It’s good enough to eat.  Sugar free and full of fiber. :)  Although, I recommend you use it for cardmaking or as a Halloween treat for other cardmaking junkies.  

Stampin' Up! Fall Fest Halloween Card

My handmade Fall Fest card is pretty easy to make.  It’s easy when you have the proper tools.  The coordinating Fun Fall Framelits are a must unless you like cutting out pumpkins by hand.  Did you know when you purchase the Fall Fest Stamp Set and Fall Fun Framelits in the Fall Fest Bundle you’ll save 15%?!  The savings will leave some cash for candy corn that is full of sugar.

The Fall Fest Bundle and other goodies to make my Fall Fest card are pictured below and linked into my online store www.shopwithshelly.com.  Add the bundle to your shopping cart.


Fall Fest Card Supplies

 

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Make handmade Halloween, fall and Thanksgiving cards with the Stampin’ Up! Fall Fest Stamp Set!

I’m batty for the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Home Stamp Set!

Stampin' Up! Holiday Home Halloween Card www.stampingsmiles.comI’m absolutely batty for the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Home Stamp Set!  It’s like playing dress up dolls except with houses!  Three houses to decorate for Halloween, Thanksgiving, fall, winter, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and new home.   If there’s a stamp set from the 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog to make you feel like a kid again, it’s the Holiday Home Stamp Set!

 

Holiday Home is a photopolymer (clear stamps) set.  Because it is, it’s easy to turn the pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern.  Also makes it easy to put the spider web with a spider hanging off of it on the window and “happy halloween” greeting.

Stampin' Up! Holiday Home Halloween Card

 

Stampin' Up! Holiday Home Halloween Card

The plan was to use the Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper, also from the 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  The plan was set aside in favor of creating my own batty design on Night of Navy and Pool Party Cardstock.

Every last stamp used on my handmade Halloween card came from the Holiday Home Stamp Set.  There are many more to play with for more holidays and seasons!  There are 24 stamps in all.  All for only $15.95!  Be sure to also get the coordinating Homemade Holiday Framelits Dies.  You’ll then be able to quickly die-cut the houses.  The quicker, my dear, to get you to the decorating. :)  When you use the Holiday Home Bundle item #137631, you’ll save 15% over purchasing them separately!  Decorating and saving.  Does it get any better?

Let the playing dress up houses begin by ordering the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Home Bundle in my online store www.shopwithshelly.com!  Just in case you want to know the colors I used and/or need to order some of the stamping products used to make my Halloween greeting card, they’re all pictured below and linked directly into my online store.


Holiday Home Halloween Card Product List

Aqua Painter

$16.95

 

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Make a fast & fabulous card with the Stampin’ Up! For All Things

Make a fast & fabulous card with the Stampin’ Up! For All Things Stamp Set from the 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. Watch to my For All Things video tutorial to learn how!

If the video is not displaying properly, watch my For All Things card tutorial here.
 

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Stampin’ Up! Too Kind for a Handmade Fall Flowers Card

Flowers from the Stampin’ Up! Too Kind Stamp Set for a handmade fall card? Absolutely!  There are some flowers that bloom until the snow covers them (such as icicle pansies).  I used the warm 2014-2016 In Colors with the Stampin’ Up! Too Kind Stamp Set for my September Thank You Card. Watch as I demonstrate it for you!

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Sttampin' Up! Too Kind Fall Colors CardThe flowers from the Stampin’ Up! Too Kind Stamp Set reminded me of mums.  I’m certainly not a Master Gardener like my mom (not even an apprentice’s assistant), but I do know that mums are flowers  bloom late in the season.   How fun to be able to use the same stamp set for spring and summer cards and with a change to warm colors, use it also for fall handmade cards too!

My flowers were stamped first with Crushed Curry and then the smaller detail stamp with the In Color Hello Honey.  Do you like how they contrast and compliment each other?  Both are mighty fine with the beautiful Mossy Meadow, another 14-15 In Color.

I’ll send you my Crushed Curry/Hello Honey/Mossy Meadow color combination card stamped with the Too Kind Stamp Set when you place your September Stampin’ Up! order in my online store www.shopwithshelly.com!

Order the Too Kind set to make my fall flowers card or anything else you desire.  All the supplies for my handmade card are pictured below and linked right into my online store for easy shopping.

Too Kind Card Product List

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With the “Sending Good Thoughts Your Way” stamp from the Stampin’ Up! Too Kind Stamp Set, you can use it to make a handmade fall flowers cards for birthdays, anniversaries, get well. thinking of you and thank you cards!

 

Such a pretty (Stampin’ Up!) Work of Art, I had to copy!

Stampin' Up! Work of Art Stamp SetChanged the colors of a card a friend received in a swap using the Stampin’ Up! Work of Art and Everything Eleanor Stamp Sets.  So pretty that I just had to copy it.  Lower in the post I’ll show you the original card from the swap.

The card is as easy to make as it is pretty.  Start by stamping the flourish from the Everything Eleanor Stamp Set with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  Next I stamped the large paintbrush mark with Hello Honey Classic Stampin’ Pad ink from the Work of Art Stamp Set.  This helped my placement of the three small brushmarks of the three different greens.

But, are the greens different colors?  They are all Mossy Meadow.  Three pictures to show you how.

Ink the stamp in Mossy Meadow and stamp.

Stampin' Up! Work of Art Stamp Set www.stampingsmiles.com

 Stamp again without inking the stamp.

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And again.

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Three different shades of the same color.  Besides a cool look, think of the ink you’ll save.  And time cleaning the stamp. :)

The Work of Art and Everything Eleanor swap card.

Stampin' Up! Work of Art Everything Eleanor card www.stampingsmiles.com

The colors are Tangelo Twist and Blackberry Bliss.  The handmade cards use four of the five 2014-2015 In Colors.  Lost Lagoon is the only one not to make the cut.  The card is stunning.  So pretty I had to copy.  The Hello Honey/Mossy Meadow combination is more subtle.  It’s fun to see the card in vibrant colors and then the more subdued colors.

Stampin' Up! Everything Eleanor and Work of Art www.stampingsmiles.comDo you ever had a stamp set you want that keeps getting bumped off your list promising yourself “Next time”?  Everything Eleanor was that stamp set for me.  This card was the straw that broke the camel’s back.  It was ordered immediately.  Is there a stamp set you need to say “Enough is enough.  I’m ordering it!”? 

If, like me, it’s Everything Eleanor or the popular Work of Art Stamp Set, you’ll find both pictured below and linked into my own store www.shopwithshelly.com so you can finally mark it off your list and start making some of the pretty cards you’ve seen made with it.


Everything Eleanor and Work of Art Card Supplies

Everything Eleanor: Label Clear-Mount Stamp

Everything Eleanor: Label Clear-Mount Stamp
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$5.95

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Change something or copy a card idea just as it is.  Sometimes you just have to copy when a card is as pretty as the swap card using the Stampin’ Up! Work of Art and Everything Eleanor Stamp Set.

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