My Favorite Season

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Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for September 2016. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month our projects represent our favorite year end Season. It may be Autumn, Winter, Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas (and maybe even a combination!) We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

My favorite season is the Christmas and I enjoy spreading the spirit of Christmas. I especially love sending Christmas cards to family and friends. My Pals Blog Hop card for September features the new Star of Light photopolymer stamp set and the coordinating Starlight Thinlit Dies from page 9 of Stampin’ Up!’s new Holiday Catalog.  I just LOVE these two new products; sold separately or as a discounted bundle!

I chose Shimmery White and Night of Navy cardstock combined with Silver Foil Sheets and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper. After stamping the images and sentiment “Merry Christmas” on the Shimmery White cardstock, I ran it through my Big Shot using the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder before adhering the assembled Star and Silver Metallic Thread.  I used Stamping Dimensionals to adhere the Star to the Whisper White cardstock.

To finish off the front, I embellished with a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels. I also decorated the back flap of the envelope and included the message “A little Christmas Spirit brightens all the world” and lined the inside of the envelope with Silver Foil.

StampinUp CAS Christmas Card made with Star of Light stamp set, Starlight Thinlit Dies, Softly Falling TIEF and Silver Foil Sheets, designed by demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gift ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

When assembling the card front, I adhered the Shimmery White to the Silver Foil. Then, I used Stamping Dimensionals on the back of the Silver Foil and adhered to the Night of Navy card base.

Below is a picture of the inside of the card. I stamped the sentiment and embellishment in Night of Navy ink on Shimmery White cardstock.

StampinUp CAS Christmas Card made with Star of Light stamp set, Starlight Thinlit Dies, Softly Falling TIEF and Silver Foil Sheets, designed by demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gift ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

Finally, since it was difficult to get my lighting just right, avoiding glare with the metallic silver paper, I took another picture of the front of this card. Here, I placed the card and envelope inside of a clear envelope and laid on the keyboard of my laptop. I think the silver shows up better in this picture. And you can also see the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper which I used for the top layer of the Star.

StampinUp CAS Christmas Card made with Star of Light stamp set, Starlight Thinlit Dies, Softly Falling TIEF and Silver Foil Sheets, designed by demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gift ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

Do you have a favorite season? Leave me a comment below and let me know what your favorite season is and what you think of the card I prepared for you today. I love to read your posts. It helps me learn more about you.

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Thank you for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

Blessings,

Lynn

Blog Hop Line-up:  

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  3. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  4. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  5. Becky Volpp at Inkblossomwithbecky
  6. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  7. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  8. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  9. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  10. Karen Zaring Browning at Stamp With Me KZB
  11. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  12. Staci Rivera at Clever Bow Tie Designs
  13. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  14. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  15. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  16. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  17. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore
  18. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  19. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  20. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  21. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  22. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  23. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  24. Jeanie Stark at www.juststampin.com
  25. Sue Becker at www.RnRStamping.com
  26. Pam Dotts at Clearly Southern Stampin’
  27. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts

Supplies used to create my card include:

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Are you ready for some football?

It’s football season, and I could not be more excited. I LOVE football! The college season kicked off last weekend. This weekend, tonight in fact, is the kick off to the NFL season. No pun intended.

Having been born and raised here in Iowa, my favorite Iowa college football team is the Iowa State Cyclones.  I remember as a child growing up, my parents leaving early on Saturday mornings during football season and returning after dark.  Sometimes, after we were already tucked into bed.  They had season tickets to the Cyclone Football games.  Little did I know at the time, I would one day follow in their footsteps.

In 2008, our daughter headed off to college attending Iowa State University, and thus began our new family tradition of getting season tickets to the football games each year. This tradition continues today.

Each year, the second game of the season is the CyHawk football game, a match up between the Iowa State Cyclones and the University of Iowa Hawkeyes.  This is always an exciting time and, shall I say, a very friendly rivalry.  This year’s game kicks off at 6:30 PM (Central time) this Saturday, September 10.  Go Cyclones!

We usually celebrate this special game at work with a special tailgate-themed treat day and by wearing our team colors.  This year we’ve serving up walking tacos, a few side dishes, and desserts.  I decided to put together little team inspired treats for each member of our team at work.  The Cyclone and Hawkeye S’More Snack Mix was inspired by a Christmas-themed snack mix I ran across while on Pinterest one evening and consists of Golden Grahams, miniature marshmallows, and M&Ms.

For these types of individually packaged treats, there are just times when you have to reach to your laptop, computer or iPad and your personal printer to act as your rubber stamps. For the rest of the project you can use your Stampin’ Up! cutting tools and dies. Take a look at the Cyclone version.

StampinUp 3D Favor made with 2" Punch, Layering Circles Die, and Dimensionals, designed by demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gifts ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings #IowaState #Cyclones #Football

For the tag, I used the 2″ circle punch to punch out the artwork I created on my laptop; the scallop circle from the Layering Circles Framelits; and the stitched tag is from Taylored Expressions Stitched Tag Stacklets.  For the Cyclone version of the S’More Mix, I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up the yellow scallop circle from the red tag.  I tied the tags onto the clear cellophane bags using Real Red or Basic Black Baker’s Twine.  I did not use the Stampin’ Dimensionals on the Hawkeye S’More Mix tag.  Why?  I wanted the tag for the team I cheer for to be just slightly different.  Well, more special.  You have to look closely to really notice the difference.

Here is the Hawkeye S’More Mix version.

StampinUp 3D Favor made with 2" Punch, Layering Circles Die, and Dimensionals, designed by demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gifts ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings #UniversityofIowa #Hawkeyes #Football

If you’re from Iowa, which team will you be cheering for on Saturday?  Regardless of where you live, do you have a favorite college or NFL football team?  Leave me a comment below letting me know if you’re a football fan and who your favorite college or NFL team is.  I love reading your comments and learning more about you.

Interested in the recipe for the S’More Mix?  I used 3/4 cup of Golden Grahams cereal, 1/2 cup of miniature marshmallows, and 1 generous tablespoon of M&Ms in each bag.  I measured out each package separately so the snack mix was consistent in the amount of each ingredient.  I picked up the M&Ms at a local candy shop where you can select your M&Ms by color.  I used red and gold M&Ms in the Cyclone mix and Black and Gold M&Ms in the Hawkeye mix.

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Thank you for stopping by today.

Blessings,

Lynn

 

Supplies used for this project includes:

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Blog Candy Winners & Instructions

What a delight it has been for me to read your Halloween costume stories and learn about your favorite Halloween treats from the comments you’ve posted to my last two blog posts, Halloween Sneak Peek (PPA314) and Halloween Surprise!  I enjoy reading your stories and learning more about you through your posts.

What you’ve been waiting for – my first two Blog Candy Winners are:

I ask each winner to email me their mailing address at mljtague@gmail.com along with stating the version of the card you would like to receive.  I will then get the cards mailed to you.  Enjoy and congratulations to our lucky winners!  I want to thank everyone who participated by answering my Blog Candy questions.

I have received numerous requests for the instructions for making the diagonal easel cards that I have been posting.  Trust me, they really are easy to make.  Here is the picture of the most recent card I made from my Halloween Surprise! post:

Here are the instructions for making a diagonal easel fun-fold card:

  1. Cut one 11″ x 4.25″piece of cardstock for card base.  I used Pumpkin Pie for this card.  Score along 11′ side at 5.5″ and fold using bone folder.  This creates a 5.5″ wide x 4.25″ tall card base.  Open card base up and score the front of the card base from the upper right-hand corner to the lower left-hand corner.
  2. Cut two 5.25″ x 4″ pieces of Basic Black cardstock.  Cut one piece on a diagonal from the upper right corner to the lower left corner, creating two Basic Black triangles.  Leave the other piece whole for the inside of the card.
  3. Cut two 5″ x 3.75″ pieces of coordinating DSP patterned paper.  I used paper from the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper pack.  Cut one piece on a diagonal from the upper right corner to the lower left corner.  Leave the other piece whole for the inside of the card.  Note, I used a white background with dots for front of card and a black background with dots for the inside of the card.
  4. Using tape runner, adhere each patterned triangle to the corresponding Basic Black triangle.  Adhere the finished triangles to the corresponding half of the front of the Pumpkin Pie card base.  Gently fold front of the card base on the diagonal score line.
  5. Decorate the front of the card using special dies, punches, stamps and/or fussy-cut figures.  I used stamps and dies from Halloween Scares, Spooky Fun, and the Halloween Scene Edgelits Dies all from the new 2016 Holiday Catalog which will be available for purchase beginning September 1.  Be careful not to apply adhesive above the diagonal score line.  Just adhere the portion of your cut-outs that are below the score line.
  6. Using tape runner, adhere the patterned paper for the inside to the Basic Black rectangle piece.  Then, adhere to the inside of the card.
  7. Stamp a sentiment for the inside of the card.  Punch or die-cut the sentiment and adhere using Dimensionals.  Hold open the front of the card so the bottom rests on the inside of the card, adhere the sentiment so that it holds the front of card open like an easel.  Secure sentiment in place.  I like using the frame die in the Rose Garden Thinlits set and is the frame I used in this card.  I also stamped a Bat along with the sentiment.  Be creative, you can use any shape you like or any shape that ties in with the theme on the front of the card.
  8. Finally, I always like to use some of the patterned paper I used to make the card, on the back flap of the envelope to coordinate the envelope with the card.  Just be sure to use a strong adhesive to adhere the paper to the envelope flap.  You could even stamp a Bat on the front of the envelope, too.

Hope these instructions help you create some fun and unique cards.  If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to email me.  I am here to assist you.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Blessings,

Lynn

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Halloween Surprise!

I was THRILLED when my box of new products from Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Holiday Catalog arrived, as I had this card idea in my mind and couldn’t wait to get it created.  I have really enjoyed using this easel style card layout.  Here is, yet, another take on my original “Cut It Up” card from the August 2016 Pals Blog Hop.  Click here to view this card and post.

BLOG CANDY:  For a chance to receive one of these three cards, answer the question, “What is your favorite Halloween treat?” by leaving a comment below.  Your response must be posted by 11:59 PM (CDT) on Sunday, August 28.  One winner will be randomly drawn from those that answer the Blog Candy question in their comment.  The lucky winner will be posted on my blog next week and will get to pick which card they receive.

As I usually do, I created a couple versions with slight changes.  Just imagine receiving this card and the wonderful surprise when you open it up.

StampinUp Fun Fold Easel Halloween Card made with Halloween Nights Designer Series Paper (DSP), Halloween Scares Stamp Set, Spooky Fun Stamp Set, and Halloween Scares Edgelits Dies, designed by demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gifts ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

Here is the card when it is opened:

StampinUp Fun Fold Easel Halloween Card made with Halloween Nights Designer Series Paper (DSP), Halloween Scares Stamp Set, Spooky Fun Stamp Set, and Halloween Scares Edgelits Dies, designed by demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gifts ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

Supplies used to create this card include:

  • Patterned paper from the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper pack
  • Halloween Scares stamp set and coordinating Halloween Scares Edgelits Dies which can be purchased as a bundle which means greater savings for you
  • Spooky Fun stamp set
  • Basic Black, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, and Daffodil Delight cardstock
  • Basic Black and Pumpkin Pie ink (Pumpkin Pie is lightly sponged onto the moon)
  • Rose Garden Thinlits (from the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog) orange frame with Halloween sentiment on inside of card

Here are the two other versions I created.  Notice one version does not contain the spooky tree.  Which version do you like best, with or without the tree?  Leave a comment below and let me know.  I love reading your stories and feedback.

StampinUp Fun Fold Easel Halloween Card made with Halloween Nights Designer Series Paper (DSP), Halloween Scares Stamp Set, Spooky Fun Stamp Set, and Halloween Scares Edgelits Dies, designed by demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gifts ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

Hope you enjoyed today’s card inspiration.  Can you think of a few really cool possibilities for holiday scenes.  You’ll come up with all sorts of creative ideas once you see the new 2016 Holiday Catalog, there are soooooooooo many possibilities!!  There are also many other great possibilities using products in the Annual Catalog.  Who knows, maybe I’ll have another one to share down the road.  These cards are just plain fun to make and easier to put together than you might think.  Give one a try!

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Blessings,

Lynn

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Halloween Sneak Peek (PPA314)

Oh, the fun memories I have of dressing up for Halloween and then going out Trick or Treating with my friends.  In our community, we’d have to do a trick or tell a joke or riddle in order to receive a treat.  In the community where my husband grew up, they’d just knock on the door, greet the person who answered and get a treat.  Really?  No joke, riddle or trick – what fun is that?

I also mentioned in an earlier post about spending time with my great grandmother on weekends growing up.  The weekend before Beggar’s Night, we’d sit at her small kitchen table in her very tiny house and fill sandwich size baggies with fun size candy bars.  I remember there being anywhere from six to ten treats in each bag.

The first year we filled about 50 treat bags because Grandma didn’t get many Trick or Treaters.  When Beggar’s Night arrived that first year, to her surprise she had more children stop by her home than she had anticipated (I think word got out quickly that evening about the “old lady in the little house” giving out great treats.  The next year, we filled 100 bags.  The year after that even more.

Each year, stopping by her tiny little house for her wonderful Halloween treat bags became more and more popular among the Trick or Treaters.  Our parents would always drive us over to her house to make our visit, but we’d usually go early or wait until Beggar’s Night ended.  The last time I remember filling treat bags, we filled over 300 of them!  It brought such delight to my Grandmother to have so many children come by her house.

My card today follows the format of the Pals Paper Arts Challenge #314 and features products from our new 2016 Holiday Catalog.  Here is the challenge format for this card.  You can visit PalsPaperArts.com each week and check out the card inspiration.  You can even participate and share your cards with others.

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Beginning September 1, you can begin ordering and enjoying the many wonderful products from our 2016 Holiday Catalog.  There are so many awesome new products in this seasonal catalog, you will love it!  I used the following supplies to create today’s Halloween-inspired card:

  • Patterned paper from the new Halloween Nights Designer Series Paper pack
  • Scarecrow is from the Cookie Cutters Halloween stamp set which coordinates with the new Cookie Cutter Builder Punch
  • Orange dots are from the Halloween Night Enamel Dots pack
  • Orange and black twine bow from the Halloween Night Baker’s Twine pack
  • 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon from the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog

StampinUp CAS Halloween Card made with Halloween Nights Designer Series Paper (DSP), Cookie Cutter Halloween Stamp Set and Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, designed by demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gifts ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings #PPA314

This next card I just switched up the patterned paper used to trim the sides of the patterned pumpkin paper.  The Burlap ribbon reminded me of the straw used to stuff scarecrows, so thought it would tie in nicely with the Scarecrow from the Cookie Cutter-Halloween stamp.

StampinUp CAS Halloween Card made with Halloween Nights Designer Series Paper (DSP), Cookie Cutter Halloween Stamp Set and Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, designed by demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gifts ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings #PPA314

So, which card is your favorite?  They are very similar.  Do you like the black patterned paper or the orange patterned paper as the trim?  Which do you think makes the scarecrow pop?

BLOG CANDY:  Want a chance to receive one of these Halloween cards?  Leave a comment below telling us about a Halloween tradition or share something about a favorite costume you’ve worn.  I look forward to reading your comments and learning more about you.  Leave your feedback by 11:59 CDT on Sunday, August 28.  One lucky winner will be randomly drawn from those who leave a comment answering the Blog Candy question.

I’ll have another fun Halloween-inspired card to share with you tomorrow featuring other great products from our new 2016 Holiday Catalog.  Click on the Follow Me Now button to the right to make sure you don’t miss any of my blog posts.  Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings,

Lynn

 

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Let’s Cut It Up! One Last Time

Happy Saturday!  Today, I am posting my third and final “Cut It Up” easel card idea.  The original card was shared in my August 2016 Pals Blog Hop Post.  The second variation was shared yesterday.

This next card takes a more abstract or artsy approach and was created using paper from the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack, in colors of Basic Black, Blushing Bride, Emerald Envy, Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum, and Very Vanilla.  No shaker this time.  However, I did use the flowers from the Botanical Builders Framelits, and again finished them off with the Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

You’ll also notice I used the DSP to cut out the pieces for the flowers.  I used Dimensionals to pop-up the “Just For You” sentiment on the front of the card, for those who might find this simpler and quicker than the shaker.

StampinUp CAS Birthday Card made with Playful Palette Designer Series Paper (DSP), Botanical Builder Framelits, You're So Sweet stamp set, and Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, designed by demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gifts ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

There are so many colors to chose from within the Playful Palette patterned papers, I chose to go with the Sweet Sugarplum for the border and the stamping work.  The Peakaboo Peach cardstock would be a nice alternative to the speckled black DSP for the flowers, may have a greater contract based on the placement of the black patches within the pattern.

One the inside, I used the “Happy Birthday” sentiment from the Rose Wonder stamp set and cut the frame from the Rose Garden Thinlits.

StampinUp CAS Birthday Card made with Playful Palette Designer Series Paper (DSP), Botanical Builder Framelits, You're So Sweet stamp set, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, Rose Wonder stamp set, and Rose Garden Thinlits, designed by demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gifts ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

Ok, you’ve now viewed all three variations of this card design.  What do you think of this Playful Palette version?  Which of the three versions is your favorite?  Leave me some feedback below and let me know your favorite.  I always appreciate your feedback and comments.

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Thanks for stopping by today.

Blessings,

Lynn

Supplies used in this card include:

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Let’s Cut It Up! Again

The monthly Pals Blog Hop is overflowing with great inspiration for those of us in the card-making craft, as well as inspiration to those who may be thinking about beginning to dabble in papercrafting.  There are so many blogs to visit, I chose to keep my Pals Blog Hop Post shorter this month.  However, that didn’t stop me from creating a couple different versions of the same design layout to share with you.  I just decided to save those versions for another post.

I have to admit, it wasn’t too many years ago I looked forward to the Pals Blog Hop each month admiring all the beautiful and inspiring cards.  There was a period of about a year where I took my employer up on the opportunity to ride the metro transit bus to work.  While riding to and from work on the bus, I visited so many stamping blogs via my smartphone.  All the while thinking, I wish I could do that.  And, years later, here I am giving it a go!

Now, about those other versions.  This next easel card was created using paper from the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper, in colors of Night of Navy and Whisper White.  I embellished the shaker with flowers from the Botanical Builders Framelits, and finished them off with the Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

StampinUp CAS Thank You Card made with Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper (DSP), Botanical Builder Framelits, You're So Sweet stamp set, and Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, designed by demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gifts ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

One the inside, I used the “Thank You” sentiment from the Rose Wonder stamp set and cut the frame from the Rose Garden Thinlits.

StampinUp CAS Thank You Card made with Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper (DSP), Botanical Builder Framelits, You're So Sweet stamp set, Rose Wonder stamp set, and Rose Garden Thinlits, designed by demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gifts ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

I’ve enjoyed hearing from so many of you and thank you for taking time to leave your comments.  What do you think of this version?  Which one is your favorite version so far?  Leave me some feedback below and let me know.  Then, stay tuned, tomorrow I’ll share the third and final version of this card with you.

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Thanks for stopping by today.

Blessings,

Lynn

Supplies used in this card include:

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