Shana Gaff
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Winter Blues

Yes, I know it is fall.  I have the winter blues because I know winter is just around the corner!  Talan had a scavenger hunt hike back at the park tonight for Cub Scouts and it was chilly!  I am not ready for this at all. Brett said it is not supposed to be any warmer for the football game tomorrow night.  I would stay home, but we paid big bucks for a season pass so I am not missing out on the last home game of the year! 

I wanted to make a card that would warm someones heart and it went along with the challenge at The Paper Players.  I also decided to use the sketch at retrosketches
I just love sketch challenges.  The designers come up with so many ideas that I would never dream up!  They have really helped me to improve my card-making skills!

I thought this was a great time of year for a warm cup of cider (I don't drink coffee!), so I wanted rich colors.  I went straight to my Regals DSP stack for the background strips.  This is the best DSP ever because of the subtle patterns that you can put with any style card!  I have all four main color families and really need to get the In Colors.  It is nice to have EVERY color in DSP!  The two corners that are rounded are punched with the 1 1/4" circle punch. If you have never tried this trick, it is a nice way to get a big rounded corner.  Turn your punch over and slip the cardstock corner in the top of the punch, rather than the side where you normally would.  Sometimes you will get a little bit of a straight edge.  To fix this, I sand the edge a bit with my sanding block.

Stamp Sets: Scentsational Season, Word Play
Cardstock: Garden Green, More Mustard, Night of Navy, Very Vanilla
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Night of Navy
Tools: Paper Piercer and mat, Festive Paper Piercing Pack, Holiday Collection Framelits, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch
Accessories: Illuminate Ink Pad, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Dimensionals


  1. Great card! I love baker's twine so it's always fun to see new ways to use it.

  2. What a cute card! The colors are great, so rich, love the look.

  3. I love your choice of colors for this sketch...what a great way to use that sentiment too! Adorable! Thanks for playing with us at the Paper Players this week!

  4. Such a cute card! Great use of the sketch and I love how you pulled all the colors into the sentiment. Great job! Thank you for playing along with us at The Paper Players!

  5. Super cute card! Great color scheme - sure to provide a pick me up to the recipient!

  6. I love how you paired up the mug with the sentiment! I am so with you on the color family DSP stacks!! It's great to know that I always have something to match!! You did an amazing job with that great sketch too!