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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Merry Patterns, Christmas Card, 2017 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

For a stamp set that I wasn't all that fond of when I got it, I sure am having a lot of fun with it. I found this fun card on Pinterest and I had to make it. I even dragged my friend Sharon into making one along with me!! You can see the original card here.  

I made this card by using a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock for the base.  Then I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Bermuda Bay card stock.  On top of that is a piece of "Christmas Around the World" Decorative Series Paper (DSP), cut 3-3/4" x 5".  The falling snow DSP was my favorite in this pack.  I have tried not to use it all up, just in case I found something that needs that paper to complete the card.  See, that is how I become a DSP hoarder.  SO I not only decided to make this card but I cut some for Sharon to make one too!  Such a big step for me in trying not to hoard!!! LOL

Okay, after the DSP I cut a piece of the "Dazzling Diamonds Glitter Paper" 5" x 3".  Now, had I been smart I would have die cut that large oval from the center of the Bermuda Bay card stock, but no, I had to get out another piece to do that!!  I stamped the image from the "Merry Petterns" set on a piece of Whisper White card stock and we colored it in with the alcohol markers.  We added some Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the candle flames.  Also, our ribbon is a little different. But it's still basically the same.  I think it was the color that drew me to this card.  We taped our ovals together and then set them in place using Dimensionals.  And that was it.  A very easy and pretty card to make.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Monday, December 11, 2017

Merry Patterns, Christmas Around the World, Christmas Card

I was wondering what I was going to do with the Decorative Series Paper (DSP) with all the fruit cake and other goodies images on it. It's from the "Christmas Around the World" 12" x 12" pack.  It was one of the sheets that didn't do much for me.  But when I saw this card I thought I'd play with it.  The other side of the paper is the plaid paper you see at the bottom under the words.  I found this card on Pinterest.  You can see the original here.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Chocolate Chip card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of the DSP.  I cut a 1-1/2" piece of the plaid DSP and taped it over the baked goods DSP.  I did wrap a piece of the red mini tinsel trim around the card and I taped the edges on the backside using scotch tape. 

I stamped the words from the "Merry Patterns" using Basic Black ink on the first image and then the "season" was stamped using Real Red ink.  I trimmed that piece to 3-3/8" x 1-5/8".  The Chocolate Chip layer behind it was cut 3/16" larger 3-9/16" x 1-13/16"). I thought an 1/8" was too thin of a border and 1/4" was too thick so I went in between them and got just the right thickness of a border. 

I do like how the card turned out and I was glad that I was able to sue that paper.  It seems that there is always at least one sheet of DSP in a pack that is more difficult to work with than other.  This one was the one I thought was the toughest.  But I was at least able to use it!!! 

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Merry Patterns, Christmas Card, 2017 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

I found this fun card on Pinterest.  You can see the original here.  I did make a few little changes but all in all I think it turned out just as nice.  I didn't have the yellow string for the bow and I didn't have the background paper.  I used some background paper that was in my November 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit.

The base of this card is a folded half-sheet of Old Olive card stock.  On top of that is a 5-1/4" x 4" piece of Basic Black card stock.  And on top of that is the piece from the Paper Pumpkin kit.  I cut it 3-3/4" x 5".

Next I stamped the candles on a piece of Whisper White card stock and die cut it using the "Stitched Circle" framelits. I stamped the candles using Real Red and Old Olive ink.  The outline stamp was done using Basic Black ink. I die cut a scalloped circle to fit behind the candles. I taped the two circle layers together.

The words are stamped on a 2-3/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Whisper White.  I stamped the outline of the words stamp using Basic Black ink and I used Old Olive ink to fill in the "season" word. I did set the scalloped oval in place so I could see where I could stamp.  It's a tight fit there. Behind the "tis the season" is a 2-1/2" x 5-1/2" piece of Old Olive.  I taped the layers together and then taped them in place on top of the plaid background.  I set the circle layers in place using Dimensionals. 

I thought it was a fun card to make and it turned out just fine!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Snowflakes Sentiments, Seasonal Layers, Colorful Season, Christmas Card

I saw this fun card on Pinterest and I thought I would make it with what I had.  You can see the original card here. Mine is a little different but I still like it.  Of course I didn't have all the same parts but I had most of them.  I had the words, I had the Decorative Series Paper (DSP), I had the gold foil and a couple of the snowflakes.

Here's how I made mine.  I used a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  My piece of the "Year of Cheer" DSP was in a little gift pack, it was cut at 4", so I had to work with that. Not a problem. I cut that piece 3" x 4".  I cut a 1.2" piece of gold foil paper and taped it behind the DSP. I set it in place, I didn't tape it yet. I wanted to see where the words were to go.  The words are from the "Snowflake Sentiments" set and I used Soft Suede ink to stamp them.

I taped the DSP piece in place.  I die cut the three snowflakes from the "Seasonal Layers" thinlits set.  The original had a different snowflake. I don't know what set it's from but I just used what I had.  I cut the largest and the smallest snowflake using the gold foil paper.  I die cut the middle size snowflake using Whisper White card stock.  I attached them together with glue dots.  I used a Dimensional to set it in place on the card.  I added a gold faceted gem to the center of the snowflake.  I also added three strips of the tiny gold sequins string under the snowflakes. I thought it could use a little something there.  I do like how it turned out. I wished I had ordered some of that DSP but I'm sure I would just hoard it anyway!!! LOL

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,

Friday, December 08, 2017

Snowflake Sentiments, Merry Patterns, Christmas Card

I had gotten this "Merry Patterns" set for free.  There must have been some promotion going on at the time, I don't remember.  It's not a set I would have purchased.  I have used the "Merry Christmas" words on several cards and I have used the words shown here on several cards, except I would mask off the "From our family to yours".  I was going to mask it off on this card, but I forgot.  When I saw a few cards made using the candles in this set, I suddenly was glad I had the set.  

Today I thought I would give those candles a try.  At first I thought the green and red were decorative papers and they were fussy cut and set in place.  But I was wrong.  It's actually two different images.  I stamped one using Real Red and the other using Pear Pizzazz.  Such fun and they look so pretty.  I wished I would have played with this sooner, I would have had my Christmas cards done by now!!!  So when I finish here, I'm off to work on our cards.  Tis the season!!!

To make this card I used a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock for the base.  

I used the largest stitched square die and cut a piece of Whisper White card stock.  I stamped the candles and then added the colors.  Even the candle wicks are a stamp!!!  Though I thought I would fair better if I just colored them in using the Daffodil Delight marker.

I cut a Real Red layer 3/16 larger than the stitched square. Next I stamped the words from the "Snowflakes Sentiments" set.  Then I set square layer in place using Dimensionals.  It's a pretty easy card to make!!

Thank you ever SO much for stopping by today,

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Merry Patterns, Snowflake Embossing, Christmas Card

This is a pretty simple card.  Adding the Dazzling Diamonds glitter did take a little while to do but it wasn't bad. I do LOVE that "Fine Tip Glue Pen".  The issue I had with the glue was every time I would do a section, I would stand the glue bottle up, add my glitter and then start adding glue again. The glue would produce a bubble every time.  I ended up waiting and adding the glitter, then taking a toothpick and picking away the glittered glue where I didn't want it.  

Much like yesterday's card, I added the pearls, it just sort of finished off that snowflake. It gave it a more elegant look.

The words are from the "Merry Patterns" set. I stamped them using Marina Mist ink.  And the base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Marina Mist card stock.  I set the snowflake in place using Dimensionals.  All in all it was pretty simple and the gluing really didn't take that long.  You do need to wait for the glue to dry before adding the tiniest pearls to the little circles.  The ones closer to the center you can add right away.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Seasonal Chums, Snowflake Embossing Folder, Christmas Card

I'm trying to play with all of the Christmas sets I bought.  I'm learning that I only really need 3 sets. When I buy more I don't get to play with them as much as I had hoped and the end of December comes so fast and they are retired.  SO, I have decided that 3 is the magic number!!!  The problem is, will I remember that next fall??  LOL

I found this card, or one VERY similar to it on Pinterest. You can see the original card here.  I changed the ribbon and the layering a little.  I think there are Dimensionals on the layers somewhere, but this is how I made it. When I saw the reindeer on this card I felt jealousy because I thought he was adorable and I hadn't ordered  him.  But reading on I realized the "Seasonal Chums" set was used and I had that!!!  YAY!!!

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock. On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of the "Dazzling Diamonds" glitter paper. I did cut a 3" x 4-1/4" piece out of the middle of it. It's too expensive of a paper to hide the whole thing under another layer.  

Next I cut the Whisper White focal piece 3-3/4" x 5". I used the snowflake embossing folder and once the snowflake was embossed, I used the "Fine Tip Glue Pen" and followed the raised "lines" and added Dazzling Diamonds glitter to it. It took a little while to do this, I wasn't able to just add glue and then glitter, the glue would dry before you got to the end.  So I just did parts at a time and it actually did go pretty fast.  Next I stamped the words from the "Seasonal Chums" set using Soft Suede ink.

Next I took some lace ribbon and some Whisper White Classic Weave ribbon and taped the two together.  The original card used some ribbon that I think was Crumb Cake colored.  I didn't have any, so This is what I came up with. I was going to just use the white ribbon only but I thought the lace would make it look even more delicate and sweet.  I was right.  I took a piece of the double ribbon and tied a knot on the front.

I stamped and cut the reindeer out using the "Seasonal Chums" set and the "Seasonal Tags" framelits. I colored the reindeer and set him in place using Dimensionals.  Some pearls were added to the snowflake and it was done!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Snowflakes Sentiments, Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits, Christmas Card

I found this fun card on Pinterest.  You can see the original here. I changed the center line a bit, plus I added some gems to the center of the snowflakes.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.

On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of the metallic gold card stock.

On top of the gold is a piece of Whisper White cut 3-7/8" x 5-1/8".  I embossed it with the snowflake texture folder.  

I cut a a 5/8" strip of silver metallic card stock.  I taped it at an angle and trimmed the edges.  I added some tape to the back of the card stock over the areas where the strip was taped down and wrapped copper thread around it about 5 or 6 times.  

I die cut the snowflakes from the "Snowflakes Sentiments" bundle that included the "Swirly Snowflakes" thinlits.  I cut the 2 end snowflakes from the set of three.  

I stamped the words from the "Snowflakes Sentiments" set using Soft Suede ink.  I set the snowflakes in place using Dimensionals and I added some gold faceted gems to the center of the 3 snowflakes.  And that was it. Pretty simple and quick too!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Monday, December 04, 2017

Seasonal Chums, Merry Patterns, Snowflake Embossing, Winter Wonder Snowflake, Christmas Card

Today I wanted to make a snowflake card. I love this "Winter Wonder" snowflake texture embossing folder.  I sprayed my Winter White card stock with a mixture of Marina Mist ink and rubbing alcohol.  I textured the paper and let it dry. It didn't take long to dry, the alcohol evaporates pretty fast.  I cut it to 3-7/8" x 5-1/8".  I set it in place on top of a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock using Dimensionals.

Next I stamped and die cut the snowman using the "Seasonal Chums" bundle.  I colored in the image and set it in place on top of the snowflake, trying to center it as much as I could.

Next I stamped Merry Christmas from the "Merry Patterns" set using Real Red ink. I punched the words out and set them in place using Dimensionals.  And that was it.

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Seasonal Chums, Snowman Christmas Card, 2017 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

I bought the "Seasonal Chums" set bundled with the "Seasonal Tags" framelits mostly because of the snowman.  I have this "thing" for snowmen.  I don't know why I love them so, but I do!!!  I'm hoping we have a sticky snow so I can get out there and make a snowman. It's been a couple of years because of my hip.  But now I have a new hip and I'm ready to play in the snow. I have no intentions on growing up at all!!! LOL

This was a very easy and fun card to make.  My problem usually comes in the coloring.  I have trouble deciding on what color to use.  I knew I had to use the Bermuda Bay because that was the color of the ribbon I had.  I embossed the sweater looking texture and cut my card stock.  The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White. I cut it at 4-1/4 on the short side.  I folded it in half and then cut off 2-3/4" off the front. I used that cut off piece to stamp and die cut my snowman. Yup, die cut!!! NO fussy cutting here!!!

I ran across a Falling Snow textured piece of Whisper White so I die cut two ovals.  I thought the background could use some texture. I layered it on top of a scalloped Old Olive oval. I set the snowman in place using Dimensionals. I also set the ovals in place using Dimensionals, but only on half of the oval. If you do the whole oval you won't be able to open your card.  I tied my ribbon on and left it as a knot and not a bow, just in case I want to give it to a male.  And that was it.  Pretty simple and pretty quick.  A few markers and you have some fun colors and a cute card!!  Oh, I did have to trim off the top part near the hat, that is where the image is folded in half.  The snowman actually has a front and back to him, he's suppose to be a tag (too darn cute!!!).  

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Victorian Christmas Bulb

I have been bust this week working on the pattern for my Victorian beaded Christmas bulb. I'm not schooled in graphic design so it takes me a while to plug in the circles on the software to represent beads and where they go but I'm okay with that because I like to do that kind of work.  I find making the patterns very gratifying.  Plus I enjoy getting them out in my web store for others to start creating their own fun holiday ornaments.

This is the most detailed one I've every made but I still found it fun, even though it took me a few days to complete it. Darn housework and cooking get in the way of my beading, plus other project and hobbies I have.  So, for Christmas I am asking for a clean house so I can spend all of my spare time playing with beads, making cards and metalsmithing. And maybe some clay. I have gotten away from polymer clay but I'm sure I will get back to that soon too! But for now I'm into beading along with the card making.  

I did not make a card today because I wanted to get the pattern done and finalized.  But I will be back in my workroom crating some fun cards, plus I need to finish up our Christmas cards and get them out in the mail. So much to do in December!

If you are a beader or know someone who is, the pattern for this bulb can be purchased here in my secure web store.  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Friday, December 01, 2017

Swirly Bird, Swirly Scribbles, Merry Patterns, Colorful Season, Seasonal Layers, Christmas Card

Oh my gosh!  No matter how hard I tried I just couldn't get what was in my head on paper!!!  GRRRR.  This is not what I wanted this card to look like. Even in person it's not nice to look at. But what the card could use is some texture on the Pacific Point background panel.  Or maybe a match!!! LOL

I do like the words.  They are from the "Merry Patterns" set.  

The swirls are from the "Swirly Scribbles" thinlits that go in the "Swirly Bird" bundle. I used the Dazzling Diamonds glitter paper to die cut them out.

The snowflake is from the "Colorful Season" bundle, the "Seasonal Layers" thinlits.  The snowflake was cut from Whisper White card stock and sprayed with a mixture of rubbing alcohol and Tempting Turquoise inker. I set the snowflake in place using a Dimenisonal and I set a rhinestone in the center.

The words were stamped using Pacific Point ink. They were set in place using Dimensionals.

It was a quick card to make but not so pleasing to the eye!!  I hope tomorrow's card is better!!!!!

Thank you SO very much for looking!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Cookie Cutter Christmas Card, Pivot Twist Pop-up Technique

Today I'm going to take a little step backwards in time.  I think it's great to look back now and then and see what has worked and what hasn't. I am thinking of taking a trip down memory lane once a month.  I don't want to go too far back though because most of those sets are retired, the colors and tastes are different and I'm hopefully a better stamper than I was 10 years ago!!! 

I find this to be a very fun card and it's REALLY not that difficult to make either.  I had made this card last December and had such a fun time with it. I LOVE this "Pivot Twist Pop-up" technique.  I plan to make one of these this year.  I was thinking of using the new Santa set, the one with his clothes that you can die cut.  

But for today I'm just going to repost this fun card and a link to the instructions.You can find the link to this post here and the instructions are also located on there as well.

Have a wonderful day and thank you for stopping by,

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Hometown Greetings, Winter Scene, Christmas Card

This card came about because of the stitched circle ring that was sitting on my worktable.  I had die cut the ring that I had made a couple of days ago. The ring was too small but I didn't want to put it in recycling. SO I just add it to the pile of stuff on my table!!!  Sound familiar or am I the only one???? You can see that card here, it needed a larger ring.                 

As I was looking at the "stuff" on my worktable I saw the ring and wondered what I could do with it and after a few minutes, this is the idea I had in my head. And it actually looked like that in my head!!!  Your glimpse into my spooky brain!!! LOL

I used the "Hometown" dies that goes with the "Hearts Come Home" bundle set.  

I die cut the image that had the snowman and tree. I made sure I had some distance at the bottom because I wasn't sure how much was going to show.

I used mini Dimensionals on the back of the Dazzling Diamonds snowman and trees.  I trimmed the back so it wouldn't show under the front ring.  I die cut the falling snow image paper from the "Christmas Around the World"  12" x 12" Decorative Series Paper (DSP).  I die cut a scrap piece of card stock, any color, it doesn't matter.  I taped the falling snow DSP to the top of it then attached the snowman and trees piece.  I took some pieces of Dimensionals and went around the upper part of the ring with them. I set them in place on top of the snowman and trees piece.  

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  The next layer is a 4-5/8" x 3-1/2" piece of Tranquil Tide card stock.  On top of that is a piece of Whisper White that was cut 3" x 4-1/8" and the 2-7/8" x 4" piece of DSP from the "Painted Autumn" pack is taped to it.  

Before attaching the Whisper White and the "Painted Autumn" piece to the Tranquil Tide piece I tied a silver tinsel ribbon knot around the piece. Then I added the Dimensionals and set it in place.  The Tranquil Tied piece was taped in place and that was it.

It's a very simple card to make.  I really like the looks of this card.

Thank you SO very much for stopping by today,