Friday, November 21, 2014

A Work of Art Festival of Trees

Today I wanted to make a soft looking Christmas or winter card.  I used the Coastal Cabana card stock and ink to achieve it.  I inked up the zig zag image and stamped it in the center of the card stock.  I didn't try to get it perfectly centered, it didn't matter.  Then I moved the stamp down and over and stamped again without inking it up and I moved the image over to the other side and down and stamped again.  Then for the top part I inked up the image, stamped off once and I turned the card stock upside down and stamped the image to one side and then I moved down with the image and stamped it one last time.  That made a total of 5 zig zags on the card.  The ones on the top and bottom are extremely light.  If you click on the photo you will see a larger image of it and you can see that light stamping better. 

Next I took the round image in the set and stamped several dots around the card.  As you can see, some of those are light too.

Then I stamped the words.  Those came from the Petite Pairs set.  Then I textured the card stock.   I set it aside and I stamped and punched out the tree.  Then I set it in place using Dimensionals.  

I taped the textured piece to a folded half sheet of Coastal Cabana card stock and it was done.  Very quick, very simple, and very wintery looking!

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

An Ornamental Pine Ornament Card

This is not just an ornament card, it's actually an ornament on a card.  It's difficult to see but there is a hole in the dotted layer of card stock where the Baker's Twine is tied to the ornament and the card.  So once you give this pretty card out, the one receiving it will be able to remove the ornament and hang it on the tree!  Terri is SO clever!!!

The "Ornamenal Pine" set was used to make this card.  The pines were stamped first using the Mossy Meadow ink.  Then the pine cone was stamped using Early Espresso.  Another pine cone was stamped using Early Espresso ink again but this pine cone was cut out.  Then pine cone was covered in Crystal Effects.  The Crystal Effects actually turned the pine cone green.  But it was a perfect look for it!  The wet pine cone was set aside to dry.

Then the pine needle image was punched out and then the bulb part was punched out.  One of the tag punches was used to do that.  I had never seen that technique done before.  It was SO clever!!!

The pieces were assembled and added to the card as I described above.

This is such a fun and neat idea!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A World of Dreams and Work of Art Birthday

I found a fun card at Shauna's Card a Day blog, that I just had to "work with".  I didn't have the image she used or the wording either.  SO I began my card with the Work of Art background.  I used Tempting Turquoise instead of the Island Indigo.  I do like that color but I was in the mood for something more bright today.

I used the World of Dreams set for the focal image.  I stamped it using the black Memento ink.  It's my favorite black ink to use now.

I used a couple of strips of decorative paper at the bottom. The scalloped circle layer was set in place using Dimensionals.  The words were done on the computer, punched out, and taped in place on top of a Tempting Turquoise 1-3/8" circle.  

I did have fun making this card.  Anytime I can play with the Work of Art set I have fun!!!  And I REALLY like the Tempting Turquoise color!!

I still have a few more Stamp a Stack cards to show you yet too!  I think this would make a fun Stamp  Stack card!

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Wintertime Christmas Card Stamp A Stack

Today's card is another from Terri's very fun Christmas Stamp A Stack.  For this card we used the "Wintertime" set with the "Happy Winter" removed.  I LOVE that whole concept.  In doing that Terri made this stamp more versatile.  Can't you see the image done using silver embossing powder and in the center there's a Mr & Mrs?  Or a "You're Invited".  "Congratulations."  So many possibilities now!!!  It's not just for Christmas anymore!!!  Terry is SO clever!!!  

For this fun, simple and quick card we used Real Red card stock and ink.  We stamped the image and then added the words.  The words needed to be added closer to the bottom center of the image so you could add the bow. I almost centered mine but my sister reminded me to move it down!!!  It would have been okay though, I would have just not added the bow. I would think that the words and that image together could stand alone and be just as stunning.

So, if you're looking for a quick Christmas card to make this year and you have TONS to make, this is the one for you!!!  Pick a color you like, or one you have ribbon to match and get going!!!  I have designed our yearly Christmas card and am in the process of putting them together.  It all takes time, doesn't it?  

I don't have a lot to add about this card because it's such a quick, clean and simple card to make.  It really needs no explanation!!

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Festival of Trees Holiday Stamp a Stack

Today's card comes to you from one of Terri's very fun Stamp a Stacks.  This one was the Holiday Stamp a Stack.  One of my favorites!  Oh, come on, who am I kidding?  All of her Stamp a Stacks have been my favorite!  And at each one I try to pick out a favorite card.  It's difficult to do because they are all so fun and fabulous.  

This card was made using Soft Sky card stock.  The image is from the "Festival of Trees" stamp set.  It was stamped on a piece of pre-cut Whisper White card stock using Soft Sky ink and then the strip was put in the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  I LOVE those punches!!!  You can make tags for all of the things you want to put on sale too!!!  Versatile!  I'm keeping mine forever!!

Then we added some rhinestones to the tree and the start at the top.  A piece of Baker's Twine was tied to the top of the tag.  A strip of decorative  paper from the "All is Calm" pack was added to the left side.  Then the tag was set in place using Dimensionals.

This was such a fun and sweet card to make!!  I can't wait to show you the rest of them.  

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Elf Kisses Gift Box

 Sorry I didn't post yesterday.  I try to post every day but I had a busy day at work, plus I was working out the box for these Elf Kisses.  I wanted to make a new twist on the "Elf Kisses".  I had made some a couple of years back and they were a hit.  You can see that post by clicking here.  I wanted to make them as more of a gift looking item so I created a box for them and then added the elf. I added the poem to the back and filled the box with mint kisses.  

The third photo here shows how the box is cut out.  I cut my Wild Wasabi card stock 6" x 8".  I scored the card stock on the short side at 1", 2" and 5". I turned the card stock and scored on the long side at 2-1/2", 3-1/2", 6", and 7".  Look at your score lines and the third photo and cut away the spaces that need cutting.  You will soon see the flaps and you will need to snip them so they fold in.  

Once you have the box cut and folded, add a 2-1/4" x 2-1/4" piece of window sheet to it.  I glued my piece in.  Glue your box together and you are now ready to decorate it as you wish.  I just used two Framelit squares to outline the window of the box.  I didn't go fancy on it because I didn't have a lot of time to work on it. 

For the elf I used a 2" circle.  The ears are the wings from the Bird Builder punch.  The eyes and nose came from the Owl Builder punch.  The brim of the hat is from the Large Oval punch.  The pompom on the hat is from the Owl Builder punch.  The hands are made using two 3/4" circles.  The had is cut from a piece of card stock.  I cut a 2" square and marked on one edge at the 1" spot.  Then I cut from that spot to the right corner at the opposite end and then I repeated that for the left side.  I did have to trim the bottom of the triangle because it showed under the hat brim.  

The card stock colors are Whisper White, Real Red, and Pirouette Pink. 

I used a marker to color in the eyes. I used the Chalkboard marker to make the freckles and highlight the eyes and top of the nose.  Before I assembled the face, I did sponge around the face, ears, and nose.  I glued all of the pieces together.  I just found it more durable than tape. 

When I was done I printed out the adorable poem and glued it to the back of the box.

I'm sure you can decorate the box much nicer than I did.  I didn't have as much time to spend on it as I would have liked to.  

These are very fun to make and also to give as a little gift for someone special.  Mine is already spoken for!

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

World of Dreams Thank You Card

I believe I made a card back in September that looked something like this.  I think it was more of a fall looking card with orange colors in it.

Today I needed to make a thank you card.  Actually I need to make several thank you cards.  This is the one I chose to make for today.

I used the "World of Dreams" set to make this card.  I stamped the whole image using Pear Pizzazz ink and then I took a blender pen and removed the ink off the flower tips and colored them in with the Marina Mist marker.  The butterfly is from the Sizzlit die and I just glued it in place.  The words are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.

I used the Dotted embossing folder and cut a strip off the piece and taped it to the front of the card.  I used the ribbon to hide where the "seam" was.  I set the layer in place using Dimesnionals.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Festival of Trees Christmas Card

Today I was not on a quest for this year's Christmas card.  I saw this card at Linda Higgins stamping blog.   I liked her card but I did change a few things on it.  I didn't like the color of the tree so I used green with a brown stem and then colored in the bulbs on the tree.  I was a bit surprised that those "bulbs" on the stamp weren't deeper.  I picked up a lot of ink in them and had to use my blender pen to remove them before stamping on card stock.  

The tree is from the new "Festival of Trees" set.  It's a clear stamp set.  I like those because you can see through the stamp and know exactly where you are stamping.  I have had problems with my ink beading up on them though.

The stamp set also has a matching tree punch.  You can order them in a bundle and save some money.

I used Soft Sky ink on the background with the Gorgeous Grunge splatter looking stamp.  I also used the new Christmas washi tape on the card. 

The words are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  This card has more "balance" than the card I made yesterday.  Oh and I SO love playing with washi tape!!!

The base of the card is a folded half sheet of Lost Lagoon.  That about covers it.

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Sunday, November 09, 2014

A Festival of Trees Christmas Card

I'm still on the hunt for something that will resemble our family Christmas card.  This one is not it!  I did not like making the trees.  My ink beads up on those clear stamps, plus this card is kind of blah looking.

I used the "Festival of Trees" set for the tree.  "Petite Pairs" for the "Merry Christmas (which I REALLY like how the words look) and the "Northern Flurry" folder (which I also like).  So it's the tree that is bugging me with this card.  Maybe I should find some larger holiday greetings and put them where the upper middle of the tree is!!!  Hmmm, now there's a thought.

I did get to add the brown to the stem of the tree.  I whined about that in my post yesterday.  I had wished I had colored in the the tree trunk.  I did it and I like it but somehow these 3 elements just don't mesh well together.  So off on another quest.

This was a very simple card to make, it just isn't the card for me!

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Saturday, November 08, 2014

A Bloom with Hope Birthday Card

 Actually it's a "Bloom with Hope" birthday cards!!  I had to make two. My sister-in-laws are twins so they both get the same everything.  It's how it's always been, so who am I to come along and mess with tradition???

I found a fun card on the net and I really wanted to make it because I got to use the "Circle Card" Thinlits Die.  I have not made a card using that die in a VERY long time. And it's not because I don't like the Thinlit, it's because I just have too many stamp sets to use and I when you have too many things to play with, some things get ignored or forgotten!  I found the card on Pinterest.  You can see it here.  The original creator of this card is Linda at Linda's Stampin Escape.  

I used  Bermuda Bay for the base of my card and for the ink.  I also used a blender pen to color in the flowers.  Daffodil Delight was used in the flower centers and the stems are colored in with Old Olive.  

The decorative paper is from the "Lullaby" pack.  It's such a sweet looking pack.  So many soft colors.  I thought the "V" shaped images looked like hearts so I ran with that for my card.

On the inside I used the "Petite Pairs" for the wording.  I punched them out using the 1-1/4" circle punch.  The Bermuda Bay circle was punched out using the 2" punch and the Whisper White circle was punched out using the 2-3/8" circle punch.  

I just taped everything together and it was done.  These cards are such a fun card to make and to give away!   Now to get them in envelopes and ready to deliver tomorrow on their birthdays!

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Friday, November 07, 2014

Festival of Trees

I have not posted for a couple of days.  I just needed a little time off.  I try to post every day.  I even set my blog up to pre-post while I went to Portland for most of last week.  I don't like to tell the world I'm not at home until after I get home!!! There's just some things you're not suppose to do!

So onto my card!  My sister brought over this "Festival of Trees" set today and I just had to play with it. I didn't have a plan for the images and I didn't put much thought into playing with it today until after it came.  I thought it would be fun to add some of the new "Trim the Tree" designer paper from the paper stack.  Those stacks are such a great value.  You get 48 sheets with designs on both sides.  How fun is that?  This paper happened to work out that the stripes and the dotted design on the back worked out together for me. Sometimes the one sheet's backside doesn't go with the image in design or color, or some other reason.  But this one sheet was very pleasing to me so I went with it.

I stamped the tree in Garden Green since the paper stack read that Garden Green was the green used in it.  Then I took the dotted image and colored in the "bulbs" with markers and stamped it on the tree.  As I look at it now I wish I would have colored the trunk brown before I stamped the image.  I thought about making another one but I don't think I will since this is not the card I am looking for to use for our yearly Christmas cards.  I have been using photos of snowmen I make outside but this last winter was brutal and when we did have the nice snow I had no desire to go out and play in it. I was fed up with winter and all it had to offer.  So this year I will be making a stamped card!!!

This was a fun card to make with lots of colorful layers.  I LOVE Cherry Cobbler and I think it makes a very rich looking Christmas card.

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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

A Blooming with Hope Birthday Card

I needed to quick whip up a birthday card and trust me, this card was super quick.  I LOVE the "Blooming with Hope" set and I thought I would go with a darker color for fall.  I used the Blackberry Bliss and Lost Lagoon in colors.  I don't often use the in colors enough either.

I punched out a scalloped circle using Blackberry Bliss card stock and the 1-3/8" circle using Lost Lagoon card stock.  

I used Whisper White card stock for the base of the card and then I layered a piece of Blackberry Bliss.  I wish I would have added a thin layer of Lost Lagoon.  I don't think the splatter from "Gorgeous Grunge" and the circle under the words was enough Lost Lagoon.

But all in all it was a fun card to made and a very quick one too!

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Monday, November 03, 2014

Another Thank You and the Bokeh Technique

The name of this stamp set makes me laugh.  The name of the stamp set is "Another Thank You."  When I put it in the title of the post it makes it sound like I'm making "another" thank you card.  Well, since this is not the first time I posted a card using this set, I am technically making "another" thank you card.  But I'm actually making another "Another Thank You" card!  Are you still with me?  LOL

This is a very fun technique.  The image here is not as pretty as it is in real life.  The colors blended together much nicer than they look like they do here.  

Paula at "Stampinantics" posted the how to for this technique.

First you take a piece of Whisper White card stock and sponge on some Lost Lagoon ink.  Then sponge on some Smoky Slate.  Punch out different sizes of circles.  Paula recommended using Window Sheets to do that.  My punches didn't punch it very well, so I just used card stock.  I punched out several of the same size because the backs pick up some white ink and you don't want to spread that around. I used three different size circles.

Next you use a sponge dauber and sponge on some Whisper White craft ink.  Heat set it to dry.  You want to make sure it's dry before you add your words or images.  Stamp your words or images using VersaMark and then I embossed using silver embossing powder.  I added some foil circles to the front to give it some more depth!

It's a very fun and easy technique to do.  So if you need "another" thank you card, grab the "Another Thank You" set and go create one!!! LOL

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Sunday, November 02, 2014

Project Life Holiday Cheer Christmas or Winter Card

I started out calling this a Christmas card and after looking at it, it could be either a Christmas card or just a winter card.  It would make a great winter birthday card as well.  Too bad the fun "Holiday Cheer" set doesn't have birthday greetings in it.  But it's ok, there's lots of other winter and Christmas greetings in it to make many many different cards!!!

I chose this set because of the size of the images.  I LOVE smaller images in sets, it allows you to highlight that little image in a big way using the circle punches as frames.  

I assembled this card much like I did the one I made yesterday except I am working with 3 circles instead of one and I did not use any Dimensionals.  I am REALLY liking this card and I think I could get enough pieces of the decorative paper to make it our Christmas card this year.  The only thing I would need to change is the bow.  I don't want to pay the extra postage to mail the cards.  It gets expensive enough as it is.  

I used a fun bow technique I found at Stampinantics.  You just tie the ribbon around something.  I used my mister bottle. Tie it in a tight knot.  Then slide the bottle off.  Find the center of that loop the bottle created.  Cut that loop in the middle and trim it up.  Take the long ends and wrap them around the back side and tape them in place.  I use both double sided tape and clear one sided tape to do that.  I suppose you could glue it too but that would take a little while to dry.

I stamped my images and then cut them to fit in the circles I created.  I also taped them to the back of the front panel.  No one will see your tape or the pieces of card stock, it will all be hidden behind the folded half sheet of Soft Sky.  I just LOVE how Soft Sky and Lost Lagoon go together so well.  The decorative paper is from the new "All is Calm" paper pack.  It's SO pretty!

I had a great time making this card.  It was fun and wintry!  Not that I'm longing for winter, I just like these colors and they remind me of winter!!!!

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