Fabulous Finds Friday — Eastern Beauty

Who doesn’t love a stamp and die set with versatility? Not me! And that’s exactly what I love about the beautiful Eastern Beauty stamp set (and matching dies) from Stampin’ Up!

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There are so many ways to use this release, which also has some lovely coordinating paper. The card above was created using a piece of the coordinating paper for a background. Then I used several dies to create the embellishment (trimming some pieces to create a design.) The sentiment is a die cut from Technique Tuesday.

Here’s another card that uses just the flower-like die and a stamped background using the images from the matching stamp set:

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To create the above card, I stamped the rings from the Eastern Beauty set in various colors of ColorBox’s Stephanie Bernard inks. Two of the three flowers were cut from cardstock I had painted using Purple Flash and Aqua Flash from Plaid’s delightfully shimmery Folk Art® Color Shift™ paint. Love the subtle shimmer! And the leaves are from a Tim Holtz /Sizzix punch. Here’s a closer look:

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Stay tuned for more ways to use this set!

 

Thanksgiving Fun

Ack! How did Thanksgiving get so close?

If you have children coming to dinner (or even if you don’t) check out this great Thanksgiving Activity Book (from Penguin):

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It has everything you need for a crafty event, from easy-to-make decorations (including a turkey centerpiece), stickers, games, easy recipes, and more.

And here’s an easy Thanksgiving card:

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For the above card, I stamped and black embossed an old Hero Arts stamp (probably discontinued), colored the wheat using Sparkling H2Os, and just kept layering card stock. Fast and easy!

Thanks for popping in!