Friday, September 28, 2012

Scentsational Season for Hot Cocoa!

Here's a fun card for you! It's made with the Scentsational Season stamp set and the cocoa mug is heat embossed with the  Sugar & Spice Scented Embossing Powder. I used small strips from the Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack. The Scentsational Season stamp set and the Holiday Collection Framelits Dies are a snap to use and if you buy them in the bundle, you can save 15%. (see p. 16 in the holiday catalog for more info)

Stamp sets - Scentsational Season, Joyous Celebrations
Card stock - Real Red, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink - Real Red, Soft Suede
Accessories - Holiday Collection Framelits Dies, Sugar & Spice Scented Embossing Powder, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Large oval punch, 3/8" Early Espresso taffeta ribbon, Stampin' sponge, Stampin' dimensionals

How did I get the cocoa brown when I stamped my cup in Real Red?  I took a blender pen and wiped the color off where the hot cocoa is supposed to be. Then I inked that part of the stamp up with Soft Suede and voila!! Fun!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

More French Foliage

I took a short break from my Christmas cards to create the card for my nursing home friends. This card is a CASE from Melissa Davies. I never use River Rock, and I know it didn't photograph well, but it's really nice with this card. I'm not happy with the Crumb Cake ribbon, but it was the best match I had. If I could only own one leaf set, it would definitely be French Foliage!!

Stamp sets - French Foliage, Tiny Tags
Card stock - River Rock, Very Vanilla
Ink - River Rock, Cajun Craze
Accessories - 1" and 1 1/4" circle punches, Crumb Cake taffeta ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' sponge

Easy card, not a lot of supplies, but very elegant and classy looking!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The stockings were hung ....

Hey, there. I've been negligent about posting again. But I have been busy making Christmas cards (just not posting them). Some will be for my Christmas card class this Sat., I'm just not sure which ones will make the cut!

My card today uses the stocking from Open Sleigh. Love this stocking!! It's what I actually bought the set for, but I did make a cool card with the sleigh this afternoon.

Stamp sets - Open Sleigh
Card stock - Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler, Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper
Ink - Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green
Accessories - Cherry Cobbler seam binding, Stampin'  sponge, mini glue dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

Easy card to mass produce for Christmas - you just have to use different DSP since you only get 12 cards out of the 2 sheets in the package.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Tag! You're it!

Today's post is copied from a project in my Oct., Stampin' Success magazine. (It's a magazine demonstrators receive monthly from Stampin' Up!). It uses the Snow Festival Designer Printed Tags (p 12 of the Holiday catalog, #128152 - $3.95) and the Petite Pocket Bigz XL die.  And that's pretty much it. You can embellish it with anything you have. The Petite Pocket is large enough to hold a gift card or just fill with treats.

Stamp sets - Greetings of the Season (for the center project)
Card stock - Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Snow Festival Designer Printed Tags
Ink - Cherry Cobbler
Accessories - Petite Pocket Bigz XL Die, 3/8" Cherry Cobbler seam binding, Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin ribbon, Cherry Cobbler Baker's twine

These are so easy and inexpensive to make - but they look terrific! All recepients will be impressed!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Paper piecing Christmas tree

My apologies for not posting for a week. I wish I could say I had a good reason, but I've just not been in my stamp room. I finally cleaned it up on Wed., so I could at least make a card :)
My friend Marla told me to check out Julie Ann Marshall's card on her blog. It was from a year ago, but I really liked the concept of paper piecing a Christmas tree.  I changed it slightly by using the designer paper from the new Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack. It was the first time I had the chance to use the Merry Christmas from the Greetings of the Season stamp set. Love it!

Stamp sets - Greetings of the Season, Christmas Punch (retired - on inside of card)
Card Stock - Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Festival of Prings Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink - Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake (sponging)
Accessories - Cherry Cobbler seam binding, Neutrals buttons, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin'  sponge, mini glue dots

inside of card

I don't usually put two colors inside the card, but I thought this one needed a little extra red to make it more Christmasy (a word?).
The measurements for the tree - Cut squares that are 1 3/4", 1 1/2", 1 1/4", and 1". Cut them on the diagonal. Have fun mixing and matching whatever paper you have! It's a great way to use up some DSP that you have laying around and knocking out a few Christmas cards at the same time!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Ornament Keepsakes

I made my card today using the Ornament Keepsakes stamp set and the Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies. I used the Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on the Whisper White card stock and then spritzed it with a Shimmer Mist concoction (Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, rubbing alcohol, and Midnight Muse ink refill). It doesn't show up very well on the picture but it is beautiful in real time!

Stamp sets - Ornament Keepsakes
Card stock - Midnight Muse, Whisper White
Ink - Midnight Muse
Accessories - Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies, Basic Pearls, 3/8" stitched satin Midnight Muse ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Shimmer Mist spray (recipe below)

Recipe for Shimmer Mist Spray
- fill spray bottle 1/4 full with rubbing alcohol
- add 3 or 4 drops of Champagne Mist Shimmer paint
- add 3 or 4 drops of Midnight Muse (or any color you want) ink refill
Shake vigorously. The Shimmer Paint settles out so be sure and shake each time you use it.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Mother of Pearl technique on French Foliage

We sure are having some beautiful weather lately, and the cooling down at night and warming up in the day brings fall to mind so I broke out the leaf stamps. French Foliage is one of my favorite stamp sets, not just my favorite leaf set. I used a technique on this card called Mother of Pearl. After stamping the card, I applied Frost White Shimmer Paint to it using a piece of cellophane wrap. I made a video for you to learn the technique. It doesn't photograph well but it will WOW your card recipients!

Stamp sets - French Foliage
Card Stock - Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla
Ink - Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Always Artichoke, Riding Hood Red
Accessories - 3/8" Crumb Cake taffeta ribbon, Stampin' Sponge, Frost White Shimmer Paint, cellophane wrap, bowl

inside of card

When I made the video, I forgot to sponge the edges of the Very Vanilla card stock after I stamped all the leaves but before I applied the Shimmer Paint.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Vintage Ornament

Wow, where has the time gone? I've been so busy I haven't made a post for a while! This card is a CASE of Connie Stewart's. It uses the Ornament Keepsakes stamp set and the Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies. They are so versatile and easy! I love the vintage style.

Stamp sets - Ornament Keepsakes, En Francais
Card stock - Whisper White, Soft Suede
Ink - Soft Suede, Crumb Cake
Accessories - Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies, Lacy Brocade Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' sponge

I did a lot of sponging with Crumb Cake to get the vintage look. I also inked the EnFrancais in Crumb Cake so it would be a little lighter than the Soft Suede ornament.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Scentsational Season

I received a Stampin' Up! shipment yesterday that had the new Polka Dot Parade DSP in it and I couldn't wait to make a Christmas card with the Real Red Polka Dots.  I made two cards using each of the Polka Dot sides. Don't know which one I like best! I used the Scentsational Season stamp set and the Holiday Collection Framelits Dies (both on p 16 in the Holiday Catalog). The Framelits make it super fast to have some really cute cut out Christmas designs.  I have the scented embossing powder too, but I didn't even get to that yet. I'll save that for another day!

Stamp sets - Scentsational Seasons, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Card Stock - Gumball Green, Whisper White, Polka Dot Parade DSP
Ink - Real Red, Gumball Green, Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight
Accessories - Petals-a-Plenty Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Holiday Collection Framelits Dies, Gumball Green Stitched Taffeta ribbon, Word Window and Modern Label punches, Stampin' Dimensionals

Inside of card

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Frightening Feline

There's certainly nothing frightening about this feline. This is a single stamp and only comes in wood mount. You'll find him on p 26 of the Holiday Catalog. If you like cats, Halloween, or both, he's a must have!

Stamp sets - Frightening Feline
Card Stock - Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, Very Vanilla, Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP
Ink - Basic Black classic ( or Staz On )
Accessories - Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 1/8" Basic Black Taffeta ribbon, 3/8" Basic Black Taffeta ribbon, Mini glue dot, Stampin' Dimensionals

This is a 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" card. I do that so I can cut a 4 x 4 piece of DSP and get 9 pieces out of one 12 x 12 sheet.  It still fits nicely in the same envelope used for the 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" card. I let the bow hang over because there's lots of room in the envelope.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Balloons from You're Amazing

Happy Labor Day! If you're a member of the work force, I hope you got a much needed day off today! As for me, I enjoy retirement every day! Today's card is a CASE from Heidi King. It uses the ballons from You're Amazing.  I wasn't real crazy about the balloons at first, but I've seen them used several ways that I really like,so I'm changing my mind.  That happens alot with new stamp sets.

Stamp sets - You're Amazing, Itty Bitty Banners
Card Stock - Whisper White, Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse
Ink - Raspberry Ripple, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit
Accessories -Fancy Fan Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Bitty Banners Framelits, 3/8" Summer Starfruit Stitched Satin Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

The middle balloon is cut out (with scissors) and mounted with dimensionals. The banner is also mounted with dimensionals.