Peaceful and Bright

Sometimes you just want a card that is simple yet conveys how lovely the season can be – when we forget about all the hustle and bustle that is!  Each Christmas Eve I try to take a moment to go outside, look at the sky and enjoy a quiet moment.  It really puts things into perspective.  Last year, I took my granddaughter out with me and even though she can be quite the chatterbox, she took my hand and just looked at the stars silently.  Maybe she will learn to do this as well and a new tradition will take hold for her.  Anyway, this card reminds me of the feeling I get then.

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The card base is Cherry Cobbler cardstock cut 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″ .  Next, I took a panel of Cherry Cobbler cardstock cut 3-3/4″ x 5″ and dusted it with the Embossing Buddy to remove any oils or fingerprints.  I grabbed the set of trees from Lovely as a Tree stamp set, inked it with Versamark and stamped it along the bottom of the panel.  I covered it with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder and then set it with the Heat Tool.  I then took the sentiment from the Star of Light stamp set, stamped it in Versamark, covered it with white embossing powder and heat set it.    I wanted just a few accents to balance the top of the card so took one of the small stars from the same stamp set, inked it Versamark, stamped it three times, and embossed them.

Such a beautiful panel called for a simple, elegant mat so I grabbed some of our gorgeous Champagne Foil and cut it just a teeny bit larger at 4″ x 5-1/4″.  The focal panel was  adhered to the foil with Tombow Liquid Glue and then this was mounted on Stampin’ Dimensionals and added to the card base.

Lastly, the inside needed a panel of Whisper White cardstock cut 3-3/4″ x 5″ which was adhered using Tombow Liquid glue.

This card is one I will make again and again for special friends who I know also enjoy those quiet moments during the holidays.  Maybe you have some friends like that too.  I hope you enjoyed today’s card.  If you have any questions about it please drop me a note and I will get right back to you.  All of the products used can be purchased from my online store by clicking the Shop Online button in the upper right corner.  I would love to have you as a customer!

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North Pole cards

It was a cool, rainy day here yesterday – perfect for holing up in my craft room and designing cards.  I think I made about 20 of them yesterday LOL!  Designing cards is hit and miss with me, it either comes to me in a flash or I have to tease it out slowly.  Luckily, these two came quickly.

My brother was in the Air Force and I had the opportunity to visit him when he was stationed in Alaska some years ago.  Instead of living on base, he opted to live near a town called North Pole.  It of course had a huge Christmas village in it but what struck me more was how quaint the town itself was.  That was the inspiration for these cards.

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They both start out exactly the same.  I cut Whisper White cardstock to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″ and folded.  I pulled out the Hearts Come Home stamp set and arranged the three houses and two trees on a stamp platform until I had the layout I wanted.  This was stamped using Garden Green ink straight onto the card base.  I wanted more trees, so re-positioned them and stamped again in Garden Green ink.  Once I was happy with the number of trees, I added the sentiment, again from Hearts Come Home this time stamping with Cherry Cobbler ink.

I was happy with the design but felt it could be stepped up a notch.  Hmm, what to do?  Thought about die cutting some trees to add but really wanted to keep this simple.  Luckily, we have the Card Front Builders dies which will really add some pop to your cards.  But which of the dies to use?   Well I had two cards so why not try two different ones?  I love how clean and simple the frame die looks so that went on one.  And then those poinsettia flowers were perfect for the upper corners of the other one.  Once I ran each card through the Big Shot with the appropriate dies, I added a panel of Cherry Cobbler cardstock to the back of the front panel with Tombow Liquid Glue for drama and WOW did I love how that made each of them pop!  Lastly, I went over the roofs and trees with a little Wink of Stella.  A girl’s gotta have a little glitter!

So there you have it, two completely different looks using the exact same stamps.  I hope you have enjoyed today’s cards and will look through your stash to see what dies you can use to bring a little drama to your cards.

As always, if you have any questions about the card please drop me a comment below.    And if you are looking for a demonstrator, I would love to have you as a customer!  You can shop for supplies by clicking the shopping icon in the upper right corner.

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Christmas Clean and Simple!

My third blog post this week and another Christmas card!  Woo hoo, I’m on a roll y’all!  This is another super simple card that still has that glam feeling to it but is much more traditional.  And you can literally make it in about 15-20 minutes – how’s that for fast!  Great for mass producing as long as you have the patience to glue on all this little sequins (or a helper).  All you need are 2 pieces of cardstock, 2 stamps, a bit of ribbon and a few sequins.

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I started with some Cherry Cobbler cardstock (love this color for Christmas) cut 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″  Then I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock that measures 4″ x 5-1/4″ for my focal panel (HINT:  Cut two of these as you will need the other one for the inside of the card).  Onto this I stamped the Christmas tree from Ready for Christmas using Garden Green ink full strength.  Gorgeous!  I then stamped the sentiment, also from Ready for Christmas in Cherry Cobbler ink towards the upper right leaving room for the ribbon trim.  I then cut a length of the 1/4″ Quilted Christmas ribbon and wrapped it around the Whisper White panel, tying it in a double loop bow (I’m getting a lot of practice with bows this week).  A few strategically placed Mini Glue Dots hold it in place nicely.  The panel is adhered to the card base using our Liquid Glue.  I took the second piece of Whisper White mentioned in my above hint and glued it to the inside of the card again using Liquid Glue.  Lastly, I glued Old Olive and Real Red sequins from the Brights Sequin assortment diagonally down the tree to mimic a garland.  And that’s it folks!

This is probably the shortest set of instructions I have written which just goes to show you how simple this one really is.  Give it a try!

As always, please let me know if you have any questions about this card.  You can order all of the supplies by clicking on the shop button at the upper right corner.  I would love to be your demonstrator!

 

Oh Joy!

I was reminded by Facebook (and a particularly festive friend) that Christmas is less than 3 months away – oh joy!  So I guess it’s time I turned my attention back to holiday cards.  I tend to be a procrastinator which in previous years has found me frantically searching for cards a week before Christmas and praying they will get to the recipients in time.  I promised myself this year would be different.  Full of determination (which hopefully will last), I created today’s card.

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This is a very, very easy card to make and is would be great to mass produce – handy, right?  Especially for procrastinators like me LOL!

The base is Cherry Cobbler cardstock cut 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″.  I then pulled out my Eastern Beauty stamp set and lo and behold there is a stamp that looks just like a star.  I stamped three of these onto the upper third of the card base using Versamark and then heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder.

Next I cut a section of Bundle of Joy designer series paper measuring 3″ x 4″ which means you can get 12 pieces out of a 12″ x 12″ sheet!  This was adhered to the bottom part of the card base, leaving a narrow border of the Cherry Cobbler card base to peek through.  To hide the seam, I ran a thin strip of gold washi tape from the Year of Cheer Specialty series along the top of the designer paper.  I carried it from end to end, but you could just have it run the width of paper if you wanted.  Both looked good to me.

The sentiment is from the Watercolor Christmas stamp set.  I stamped it on Very Vanilla cardstock and then used the Everyday Label punch to cut it out.  I am loving this new punch y’all!  To help it stand out a bit more, I punched some Gold Glimmer Paper with the Everyday Label punch, then cut it in half vertically and adhered the pieces to the sides of the sentiment label.  This was then added to the card with Stampin Dimensionals.  The finishing touch is gold sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment which were added with just a touch of Tombow glue.

And that was pretty much that!  Once I had the design elements in mind it took no time at all to produce.  And it thrills me that I can get a dozen cards from 1 sheet of DSP, 6 sheets of cardstock and less than half a sheet of glimmer paper!

I hope that you will give this one a try.  Please let me know if you have any questions about this project.  As always, I am happy to help and would love to become your demonstrator for all things Stampin’ Up!  Just click on the store icon in the upper right of the page.  Ta ta for now!

Deck The Halls (or Christmas at the Beach)

Yup – it’s almost that time….time for the stores to pull out the Christmas decorations while we are still thinking about summer vacation and buying back to school supplies.  So I decided to go with the flow and create my first Christmas card!  No groaning, please..I promise this will be the only one until at least after Halloween LOL!

One of the perks of being a Stampin’ Up demonstrator is getting to preorder new stamp bundles before the general public (that would be you).  Makes sense, that way you get to see examples of ways to use them and so it whets your appetite causing that well know “when can I get it” syndrome.  And I love when the sentiment takes center stage like this one does!  Most of the time it makes designing the rest of the card much easier, right?

Well in my case, not always.  I started out okay with red and green, that’s pretty traditional, but it seems my brain was still thinking about summer vacation and that’s what made it onto the card.  So I guess I will just have to call this one Christmas at the Beach.  But enough blabbering – on to the card!

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The card starts with Whisper White card stock cut at 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, then scored and folded.  Next came a panel measuring 4 1/4 x 2 3/4″ of some of the beautiful Foil Frenzy designer paper.  That’s when summer hijacked the card by insisting I put a panel of Wood Textures designer paper on the top (I knew I shouldn’t have left it sitting out).  It measures 4 1/4″ x 2 3/4″.  Now how to transition between these two vastly different papers?  Why with Copper Trim ribbon of course!  It combines the shine of the foil with the earthy tones of the wood panel.  Perfect!  Then came muttering and much head scratching.  How the heck do you bring Christmas to the beach?  Well, I always sit in a chair outside so I cut the Adirondack-style chair from more of the Wood Textures paper using a die from the Seasonal Layers set and used Tombow glue to adhere it directly to the paper.  Problem solved – now I have something to decorate!

I pulled out the At Home with You stamp set and stamped the wreath using Tranquil Tide (I used the aqua pen to blend the ink into the leaves of the wreath) and the present was stamped using Tranquil Tide and Berry Burst  (Helpful Hint – if you need to color a stamp using more than one color, pull out your Stampin’ Write Markers and use the brush tip to gently color in the sections before stamping.)  Both pieces were die cut and popped up with Dimensionals; the minis came in so handy for the wreath.  All that was left was the sentiment, which is from the Carols of Christmas stamp set.  This was inked in Cherry Cobbler and stamped onto a piece of Whisper White, then cut with a large stitched rectangle die.  It took was popped up on Dimensionals taking center stage.

Whew!  Like I said, will save making more Christmas cards for when Christmas is in the air (or at least the retail stores) so my brain will behave.  I hope you enjoyed this tale of Christmas at the Beach!  If you need help ordering any of the stamps/dies/inks, etc mentioned, please let me know as I would be more than happy to help you.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled Summer!  Ta for now!