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Colorful Seasons -- Life is a Beautiful Thing


Happy Monday!  I'm cleaning up from my weekend of Stamp Clubs and realized that I hadn't posted my final project from the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  [To see the line up of extremely talented international Stampin' Up! artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.]

The Colorful Seasons stamp set is packed full of wonderful images evoking all of the seasons of the year.  When I saw the beautiful thinlits that match the large leaf images in the Seasonal Layers Thinlits, I just knew that I had to make some Fall leaves.  Growing up in East Central Florida, you don't really see all the magnificent colors of the Fall leaves as you do in the more northern climates.  However, I have traveled in many of these areas during the Fall and always come away stupefied by all the amazing displays of color.


This project begins with a Medium gift bag created using the Gift Bag Punch Board (including punching the closure holes along the top edge of the bag).  Before assembling the gift bag, the cardstock was randomly stamped with the large outline leaf image from the Colorful Seasons stamp set using Versamark ink.  Tear & Tape adhesive was used for the gift bag assembly.

The decorative tag attached to the front of the gift bag begins with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock cut a smidge less than the width of the front panel of the gift bag.  For the Medium gift bag, this measurement is 3-1/16".  Using the gift bag punch board, punch closure holes along the top edge of the bag using the reverse punch area (opposite the scoring area of the punch board) lining up the edge of the cardstock with the pointer.


Using the Big Shot and the scallop edgelit from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits, create a scalloped edge across the bottom of the tag.

Swipe the Embossing Buddy over the front of the tag, then stamp the "Life is a Beautiful Thing" greeting just above the scalloped edge using Versamark ink.  Cover the inked image with Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder. tapping the excess back into the container, and then melting the embossing powder with the Heat Tool.

Using Cajun Craze ink, stamp the solid large leaf image along the top center of the tag.  Clean the stamp and then using Old Olive ink, stamp the solid large leaf image along the left edge of the top of the tag.  Clean the stamp and using Crumb Cake ink, stamp the solid large leaf image along the right edge of the top of the tag.


Using the Big Shot with the Magnetic Base Plate, die cut the large leaf framelit from Cajun Craze, Old Olive, and Crumb Cake cardstocks (you'll have to die cut them one at a time, though).  Using the Big Shot with the Precision Base Plate on the regular platform, die cut three pieces of Copper Foil Sheets with the detail large leaf thinlit (you'll have to die cut these one at a time, too).  Using the Fine Tip Glue Pen, adhere a Copper Foil leaf to the Old Olive, Cajun Craze, and Crumb Cake die cut leaves.  [Tip:  Once you've adhered the Copper Foil to the cardstock leaf, immediately place an empty acrylic "C" block on top of the two die cuts for a couple of minutes to ensure that the adhesive has bonded paper to paper.]  [Alternate Adhesive:  If you use the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets with the Copper Foil Sheets when you die cut the detailed leaf thinlits, you can eliminate the Fine Tip Glue pen.  I can't wait to get these!]

Adhere the Crumb Cake die cut leaf to the upper right edge of the tag with the center point of the leaf near the top of the "l" in "beautiful" and the right edge of the leaf and stem extending beyond the right side of the tag.  Adhere the Cajun Craze die cut leaf to the upper middle of the tag with the stem of the leaf extending beyond the top edge of the tag and the right edge of the leaf slightly overlapping the Crumb Cake leaf.  Adhere the Old Olive leaf to the upper left of the tag using a Stampin' Dimensional with the right side of the leaf overlapping the Cajun Craze leaf, the center point of the leaf pointing toward the top of the "f" in "Life", and the leaf stem extending beyond the left edge of the tag.  The important thing is NOT to cover the punched holes.


Line up the punched holes on the tag with the punched holes on the CLOSED gift bag and insert the ends of the Old Olive 3/8" Mini Chevron ribbon through the holes beginning from the back of the CLOSED gift bag.  Even up the ends of the ribbon at the front of the gift bag and tie a bow.  Trim the ends of the ribbon with Paper Snips.

Now it's back to cleaning up and putting things away to get ready for another blog hop this weekend.  I'll be back soon to share the projects I designed for my Stamp Clubs this past weekend.  Please stop back by to visit!

Project measurements -- 

Old Olive:  2-1/4" x 2-1/4", 7" x 11"; Very Vanilla:  3-1/16" x 4-1/2"; Cajun Craze:  2-1/4" x 2-1/4"; Crumb Cake:  2-1/4" x 2-1/4"; Old Olive 3/8" Mini Chevron ribbon:  17"


Supplies I used to make this project -- 

Stamps:  Colorful Seasons; Inks:  Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Versamark; Cardstock:  Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Copper Foil Sheets; Embellishments:  Old Olive 3/8" Mini Chevron ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Tear & Tape; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Gift Bag Punch Board, Embossing Buddy, Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot w/Precision Base Plate and Magnetic Platform, Seasonal Layers Thinlits


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Sally Grissom

Gorgeous project, Mickey! Gonna CASE it for sure this Fall!

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