Friday, December 23, 2011

If you like the added layer of the Scallop Square Punch behind the 1 1/4" Square Punch but don't have it in your collection, it is still available on sale in the Clearance Rack in the old style punch.  The 1 1/4" Square Punch was also on sale when the new items on the Clearance Rack first came out but it has sold out, but there are still a lot of great items left.  Click on the Clearance Rack link in the left hand column and reward yourself with some Christmas presents of your own.

My card was made with More Mustard cardstock with an added embossed layer of Pool Party.  My flower stamp was inked using markers and then stamped onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock and punched out with the 1 1/4" Square Punch on a diagonal.  Early Espresso cardstock was used for my Scallop Square Punches, and is the same color as my ribbon. 

This is one of those cards that I will keep on hand to be used at a later date.  It will work nicely for a thank you or thinking of you card.

I used the following:
Cardstock:  More Mustard #100946, Pool Party #122924, Whisper White #100730
Stamp Set:  Day of Gratitude #120835 wood or #121148 clear
Markers:  More Mustard #100076, Early Espresso #119680
Punches:  Scallop Square #119884, 1 1/4" Square #119865
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Houndstooth Embossing Folder #123134
Ribbon:  Early Espresso 1/4" Grosgrain #120931

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Quilted Thanks

Use your Simply Scored Scoring Tool and you can create a quilted background for your card in a snap.  To create even lines my Whisper White layer measures 3 3/4" x 5" and is scored first at 1 1/4" and 2 1/2" and then turned and scored at 1", 2", 3", and 4".

I started with Crumb Cake cardstock, and then added a layer of Cajun Craze and Whisper White which was stamped with my images first and then  scored to create my quilted background.  After it was scored I sponged some additional Crumb Cake ink to my stamped layer.  My Cajun Craze 1 1/4" Striped Ribbon was first tied together with Linen Thread to create a nice fold and a place to put my Basic Glimmer Brad.  A Tiny Tag was punched and stamped with an additional sentiment.

Experiment with your Simply Scored Scoring Tool and you can create all types of backgrounds, lines, folds, and edges on your card or project.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Crumb Cake #120953, Cajun Craze #119684, Whisper White #100730
Stamp Sets:  Day of Gratitude #120835 wood or #121148 clear, Christmas Lodge #123767 wood or #123769 clear (Holiday Mini), Tiny Tags #118091 wood or #118592
Ink:  Cajun Craze #119671, Crumb Cake #121030, Early Espresso #119670, Old Olive #102277
Punch:  Jewelry Tag #117109
Accessories:  Simply Scored Scoring Tool #122334 (Holiday Mini), Stamping Sponges #101610
Ribbon:  Linen Thread #104199, Cajun Craze 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain #125055
Embellishment:  Basic Glimmer Brad #121003

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Clean and Simple Birthday Card

An easy, clean and simple design for any occasion is today's card layout which was inspired by Tammy Fite. 

Wisteria Wonder is my card base with a layer of Wisteria Wonder Patterns Designer Series Paper next.  Two Top Note Bigz Dies were cut, one in Whisper White, the second which was cut around the edges in Wisteria Wonder. The Wisteria Wonder piece was embossed with the Houndstooth Embossing Folder, and using the Four Frames Stamp Set and coordinating Decorative Label Punch I added my sentiment, which was accented with Whisper White Satin Ribbon and an In Color Designer Printed Brad.  Just change up your colors and sentiment, and you have a nice card layout for thank you, get well, sympathy, and so much more.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Wisteria Wonder #122922, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  In Color Paper Stack #122384
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder #122936
Stamp Set:  Four Frames #123440 wood or #123442
Punch:  Decorative Label #120907
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Houndstooth Embossing Folder #123134, Top Note Bigz Die #113463
Ribbon:  Whisper White 5/8" Satin #114616
Embellishment:  In Color Designer Printed Brad #122940

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Pocketful of Posies

A layer of Designer Series Paper from the Pocketful of Posies pack is the focal point for today's card. 

Baja Breeze cardstock is my card base with a layer of the DSP.  A strip of Baja Breeze cut with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch was layered on next, and then another strip of Old Olive 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon was added along with a White Neutral Designer Button.  I layered my inked sentiment on Whisper White and Old Olive cardstock and placed it on with dimensionals.

This clean and simple card is a nice layout that can be used  over and over again, and altered by just changing your colors and sentiment.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Baja Breeze #111352, Whisper White #100730, Old Olive #100702
Designer Series Paper:  Pocketful of Posies #122354
Ink:  Baja Breeze #111833
Stamp Set:  Full of Life #111500
Ribbon:  Old Olive 1/2" Scallop Dots #124139
Embellishment:  Neutral Designer Button #119743
Punch:  Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border #119275
Adhesive:  Glue Dots #103683, Dimensionals #104430

Monday, December 19, 2011

Hello, Doily Wedding Wishes

Today's card was inspired by a Becky Roberts design.

I just love the Hello, Doily stamp.  I have used it to make birthday, thank you, sympathy, Christmas, and wedding cards.  It looks great stamped in classic ink, or heat embossed with any of your favorite colors. 

My card base of Whisper White cardstock was embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder.  Next a layered a piece of Island Indigo cardstock , and then another piece of Whisper White.  I stamped my large doily using Island Indigo ink, and stamped the additional flowers from the Just Believe set in Basic Black ink.  For added embellishment I added a Basic  Black Glimmer brad, some 1/2" Basic Black Scallop Dots Ribbon which was turned over to the solid side, and an Itty Bitty Punch of Island Indigo Designer Series Paper.  The pearls in the top corner were actually added to cover up an ink smudge when I stamped my sentiment.  I always tell the ladies at my monthly stamp classes that there is usually a way to cover up your mistakes, and if you don't tell anybody they very rarely even know it.

I used the following:
Cardstock:  Whisper White #100730, Island Indigo #122923
Designer Series Paper:  In Color #122384
Stamp Sets:  Hello, Doily #122845, Just Believe #116948 wood or #120453 clear, Petite Pairs #122495 wood or #122497 clear
Ink:  Island Indigo #122937, Basic Black #101179
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder #120175,
Ribbon:  Basic Black 1/2" Scallop Dots #124145
Punch:  Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack #118309
Embellishments:  Basic Glimmer Brads #121003, Basic Pearls #119247

Friday, December 16, 2011

Get Well Soon

Before I go on about today's card, I just want to say thank you to all of the very creative Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who share their ideas on a wonderful demonstrator only site called Stampin'  Connections.  It is just one of the many perks of being a demonstrator myself.  The wealth of information and sharing helps me and inspires me to be creative, and gives me so many ideas for my own cards.  Today's card was inspired by one I saw a few days ago.  I changed it up a bit, but the idea for the band-aid, which is not my original idea,  was so cute I also wanted to share it with all of you. 

I started my card with Basic Gray cardstock, followed by layers of Crumb Cake and Whisper White, and using my Spritzer Tool and Crumb Cake marker I added a spattered background to the white layer.  My band-aid was made by taking a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock and punching the corners with the 3/16" corner punch and then adding a punched 1 1/4" square for the center.  Both of these pieces were embossed, the larger piece with the Square Lattice folder, and the square with the Perfect Polka Dots folder.    I then added my little hippo to layered pieces of cardstock, and added just a bit of color using markers.  A really easy card to make, and just a bit different from your ordinary get well. 

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Basic Gray #121044, Crumb Cake #120953, Whisper White #100730
Stamp Set:  Kidoodles #122865 wood or #122867 clear
Ink:  Basic Gray #109120  -  Markers:  Crumb Cake #120967, Bashful Blue #105111, Pretty in Pink #100045
Accessories:  Spritzer Tool #107066, Big Shot #113439, Square Lattice Embossing Folder #119976, Perfect Polka Dots #117335, Dimensionals #104430

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Punched Christmas Tree

I used the Petite Pennants Builder Punch to quickly punch three Christmas trees.  What a great punch!  And, when combined with the Pennant Parade Stamp Set, this punch can be used for so much more too. 

My Real Red cardstock was embossed with the Snow Burst Embossing folder, and a Top Note Die cut piece of Whisper White was the layer for my trees.  I used Spice Cake Designer Series paper to punch out my trees, and the tree trunks were stamped on using Chocolate Chip Ink.  The sentiment was stamped on using Real Red ink, and it is from the Heard from the Heart Stamp Set. 

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Real Red #102482, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Spice Cake #124003 (Holiday Mini)
Ink:  Real Red #103133, Chocolate Chip #100908
Stamp Sets:  Pennant Parade #122740 wood or #122742 clear, Heard from the Heart #111644 wood or #120006 clear
Punch:  Petite Pennants Builder #122361
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Snow Burst Embossing Folder #124096, Top Note Bigz Die #113463, Dimensionals #104430
Embellishment:  Rhinestones #119246

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Merry Christmas from Dasher

A' la Carte Stamp Dasher makes a cute Christmas card.  So easy to make and very economical too.

My Whisper White card base was embossed with the Snow Burst Embossing Folder.  I then cut the Large Scallop from the Scallop Square Duo Bigz Die using Garden Green Cardstock.  Dasher was stamped on to a separate piece of Whisper White cardstock with Chocolate Chip ink, and for a bit more color I added some Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon. 

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Whisper White #100730, Garden Green #102584
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler #119669, Chocolate Chip #100908
Stamp Sets:  Dasher #116816, Petite Pairs #122495 wood or #122497 clear
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Snow Burst Embossing Folder #124096, Scallop Squares Duo #120903
Ribbon:  Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Scallop Dots #124138

Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Lodge meets Deck the Halls

Stamped Envelope Flap
Using  the Christmas Lodge Stamp Set and Deck the Halls Fabric, I created my Very Vanilla with a touch of Cherry Cobbler, Christmas Card.

I started my card by embossing Very Vanilla cardstock with the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder.  Next, I cut Cherry Cobbler cardstock and Very Vanilla cardstock with my Big Shot and the Top Note Bigz Die.  The Cherry Cobbler piece is the original size, and the Very Vanilla piece was cut to layer on top.  I also embossed the Very Vanilla piece with the Snow Burst Embossing Folder, and tied a piece of Deck the Halls Fabric around both pieces.  To gather the fabric in the middle, I tied a small piece of Linen Thread around it, and then added a punched piece of retired Deck the Halls DSP to cover the thread.  I placed this piece on with a glue dot.

A Designer Frame was then cut again with my Big Shot, and I stamped my images, and sponged some Cherry Cobbler ink around it for a bit of color.  I also added another punched piece of retired Deck the Halls DSP to bring the pieces of holly together.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla #101650, Cherry Cobbler #119685
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler #119669, Always Artichoke #105219
Stamp Sets:  Christmas Lodge #123767 wood or #123769 clear (Holiday Mini), Come to Bethlehem #118732 wood or #120592 clear
Fabric:  Deck the Halls #121716
Punch:  Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack #118309
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Snow Burst Embossing Folder #124096 (Holiday Mini), Petals-a-Plenty #116824, Designer Frames #123130, Stamping Sponges #101610
Adhesive:  Glue Dots #103683, Snail #104331
Ribbon:  Linen Thread #104199
Envelopes:  Very Vanilla Medium #107300

Friday, December 9, 2011

Holiday Windows Movers & Shapers

Yesterday I posted a card using the Curly Label Magnetic Movers and Shapers, and today I used one of the Holiday Windows Movers and Shapers. 

Whisper White cardstock was cut at 4 1/4" x 11", the size needed for this die, and using my Big Shot I cut the ornament on the top of the card.  I added some Holly Berry Bouquet Designer Series Paper and Real Red Satin Ribbon to the bottom of the card, and used Red Glimmer Paper to punch out my ornament.  If you need to make a lot of Christmas cards, this would be a really quick one to make.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Whisper White #100730, Red Glimmer Paper #121790
Designer Series Paper:  Holly Berry Bouquet #14004 (Holiday Mini)
Ink:  Real Red #103133
Stamp Set:  Come to Bethlehem #118732 wood or #120591 clear
Punch:  Ornament #119847
Ribbon:  Real Red 5/8" Satin #117286
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Movers & Shapers Curly Label (needed for Die Base) #114506, Movers & Shapers Holiday Windows #116821

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Movers and Shapers Curly Label

What I like about the Magnetic Movers & Shapers Curly Label Die is that you can cut your shape anywhere on your card.  It allows you so much flexibility and it coordinates with the Curly Label Punch. When you purchase the Curly Label Die you get the Magnetic Die Base which can be used with the Holiday Windows and Punch Windows Movers & Shapers, both having four different shapes.

I started with River Rock cardstock cut to measure 4 1/4" x 11", the size needed for this die.  I added a layer of Early Espresso cardstock and a piece of Well Worn Designer Series Paper and embossed them with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder.  Some Blue Denim Ribbon was tied onto the layer, and I added an additional sentiment punched with the Jewelry Tag.  Random stars were stamped on both the front and inside of the card, and my birthday sentiment was punched out with the coordinating Curly Label Punch and placed inside the die cut window.  Sponged Not Quite Navy ink was added to this for more dimension.

Tomorrow I will post a card using one of the Holiday Windows Movers & Shapers.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  River Rock #108640, Early Espresso #119686
Designer Series Paper:  Well Worn #122359
Ink:  Not Quite Navy #102977
Stamp Sets:  Extreme Elements #115181, Petite Pairs #122495 wood or #122497 clear, Tiny Tags #118091 wood or #118592 clear
Ribbon:  Blue Denim #125053, Hemp Twine #100982
Punches:  Curly Label #119851, Jewelry Tag #117190
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Square Lattice Embossing Folder #119976, Movers & Shapers Curly Label #114506, Stamping Sponges #101610
Adhesive:  Dimensionals #104430, Snail #104331

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Faith in Nature

When I am not adding any Designer Series Paper or a lot of other color to my card I like to add embossed backgrounds to my paper to give it added dimension instead.

My card base of Rich Razzleberry cardstock was embossed with the Stripes Embossing Folder, and then my smaller layer of Rich Razzleberry was embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper folder.  A small piece of Rich Razzlberry 1/4"Grosgrain Ribbon was also added before I placed my stamped images which were put on Very Vanilla Cardstock.  The inside of the card also had a layer of Very Vanilla to make it easier to write your personal message, and it was also stamped with one of the leaves.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Rich Razzleberry #115316, Very Vanilla #101650
Stamp Sets:  Faith in Nature #122490 wood or #122492 clear, God's Blessings #114972
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry #115658
Ribbon: Rich Razzleberry 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon #120930
Punch:  Extra Large Oval #119859
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Stripes Embossing Folder #123128, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder #120175,
Adhesives:  Dimensonals #104430, Snail #104332

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Curly Label Punch card

Grab your Curly Label punch to create your own Designer Series Paper background.  Run it through an embossing folder, and you get even more texture and embellishment.

The card base is Baja Breeze cardstock, that was layered with Very Vanilla cardstock.  Using Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper, I punched several Curly Labels and arranged them on top.  To get straight edges, I just adhered the punches and then cut off any excess.  Both of these layers were embossed with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder.  A piece of Baja Breeze Seam Binding was tied on, and my sentiment was stamped on a small piece of Very Vanilla, and then trimmed to fit.  I then layered another piece of Tangerine Tango and cut it to fit as well.  Both of these pieces were punched with the 3/16" corner punch, and I added a punched small flower and a pearl to dress it up.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Baja Breeze #111352, Very Vanilla #101650, Tangerine Tango #111349
Designer Series Paper:  Paisley Petals #122367
Ink:  Baja Breeze #111833
Stamp Set:  A Word for You #117032 wood or #120528 clear
Ribbon:  Baja Breeze 1/2" Seam Binding #1122331
Punches:  Curly Label #119851, 3/16" Corner #119871, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack #118309
Embellishment:  Basic Pearls #119247
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Square Lattice Embossing Folder #119976

Monday, December 5, 2011

Top Note Die Christmas Purse

If you are in need of a quick gift for Christmas, try making this cute little purse which would make a nice gift for teachers, co-workers, or anyone special on your list.  I filled mine with candy, but you could also fill it with any type of small gift item.  I have seen many of these made before by other demonstrators, and just had to try my own.  Really easy to make!

I started the purse by cutting a piece of Real Red cardstock with the Top Note Bigz Die.  I scored it at 1 1/4" inches on the top, and folded it over, and then added another small piece of Holly Berry Bouquet DSP that was also cut with the Top Note Die.  My candy was put in a small cellophane bag and then folded over and placed onto the Real Red Top Note piece with Sticky Strip.  I added another piece of Sticky Strip to the under side of the Top Note that was scored and folded to hold everything in place.  For the handle I punched two small holes with the Crop-a-Dile and added Real Red Grosgrain 1/4" ribbon that was knotted on each end to hold it in place.  A Holly Berry Bouquet Designer Button was the finishing touch.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Real Red #102482
Designer Series Paper:  Holly Berry Bouquet #124004 (Holiday Mini)
Ribbon:  Real Red 1/4" Grosgrain #109034
Embellishment:  Holly Berry Bouquet Designer Button #125636 (Holiday Mini)
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Top Note Bigz Die #113463, Crop-a-Dile #108362, 3" x 5" Cellophane Bag #103104, Simply Scored Scoring Tool #122334
Adhesive:  Sticky Strip #104294

Friday, December 2, 2011

Tree Trimmings

The Simply Scored Scoring Tool helped create a grooved background and a cute place to put my sentiment.

Whisper White cardstock, scored with the Simply Scored Scoring Tool, is the base for my card.  To this I added a piece of the Holly Berry Bouquet Designer Series Paper, and a piece of Real Red 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon.  My ornament was stamped in Real Red ink and layered on top of Whisper White and Wild Wasabi cardstock.  A strip of Early Espresso Quilted Satin Ribbon was added along with a pearl for final embellishment.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Whisper White #100730, Wild Wasabi #108641
Designer Series Paper:  Holly Berry Bouquet #124004 (Holiday Mini)
Stamp Set:  Tree Trimmings #116722, Petite Pairs #122495 wood or #122497 clear
Ink:  Real Red #103133, Early Espresso #119670
Ribbon:  Early Espresso 3/8" Quilted Satin #124104 (Holiday Mini)
Accessories:  Simply Scored Scoring Tool #123344 (Holiday Mini)
Embellishment:  Basic Pearl #119247

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Simply Soft Hostess Set

I started this card by stamping the flower in Crumb Cake ink, but thought it was too pale.  So, I added some Versa Mark ink over the image (slightly off on pupose) an embossed with clear embossing powder. So, the image I finally came up with is a soft shadow of Crumb Cake ink behind the clear embossed image. 

An added strip of Crumb Cake cardstock was added to the bottom, and helped the punched border stand out a bit more.   The finishing touch was some Crumb Cake ribbon and my sentiment.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Bashful Blue #105120, Crumb Cake #120953, Whisper White #100730
Stamp Set:  Simply Soft #122565 wood or #12567 clear (Hostess), Thoughts & Prayers #113252
Ink:  Crumb Cake #121030, Versa Mark #102283
Ribbon:  Crumb Cake #1/2" Seam Binding #122332
Punches:  Eyelet Border #119853, Large Oval #119855
Accessories:  Heat Tool #100005, Clear Embossing Powder #109130

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

On-line Extravaganza Ends Today!

Today marks the last day for the On-Line Extravaganza.  Great products from 20-60% off. 
You can go directly to my online store by clicking the tab in the left hand column, and have the items shipped directly to you.  If you need help placing your order, feel free to send me an e-mail and I will be happy to assist you.

Beau Chateau Wedding Card

It is hard to see in the picture, but the pale pink of the Beau Chateau DSP along with some dyed pink glimmer hearts really set the tone for my wedding card.  I think I need to ask Santa to get me a better light set up for my picture taking so hopefully after the New Year you will see better quality pictures.

I started with Pink Pirouette cardstock for my card base, and then added a layer of Soft Suede, and then a piece of Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper.  I also added another smaller strip of Soft Suede and Very Vanilla, and embellished it with a Very Vanilla ribbon, and some hearts that were dyed with Pink Pirouette ink.  I cut the hearts with Silver Glimmer paper, and wanted to dye them to match the cardstock.  After researching how others were dying their glimmer paper, I found that you can use a Sponge Dauber and go directly from your ink pad to your glimmer paper, or like I did with my hearts, I just added two small drops of ink on each heart and then blended it in.  

I think if the ink color was darker to start with you could just use your sponge dauber directly from the ink pad to the glimmer paper, but since Pink Pirouette is a soft color, it worked better by applying the drops of ink directly to the paper. 

I also sponged a touch of Pink Pirouette ink around my stamped and punched sentiment, and place it on the card with dimensionals.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Pink Pirouette #111351, Soft Suede #115318, Very Vanilla #101650
Glimmer Paper:  Silver #124005 (Holiday Mini) 
Designer Series Paper:  Beau Chateau #122357
Ink:  Soft Suede #115657, Pink Pirouette #111838 and Pink Pirouette Ink Refill #111843
Stamp Set:  God's Blessings #114972
Ribbon:  Very Vanilla 1/2" Seam Binding #120999
Punches:  Small Heart #117193, 2 1/2" Circle #120906
Accessories:  Sponge Daubers #102892, Stamping Sponges #101610, Dimensionals #104430

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Nursery Nest Quick Accents

Quick Accents are self-adhesive pieces that coordinate with select Designer Series Paper packs, and add quick embellishment to your cards, scrapbook pages, or projects, and today I used them to help me create my baby boy card.

Marina Mist cardstock is my card base, with a layer of Pear Pizzazz and a piece of the Nursery Nest DSP.  Some Pear Pizzazz Stitched-Poly Ribbon was added before I placed on some additional Quick accents.  The stamped image was placed on another one of the accent pieces.

Quick Accents, like the name implies, are a quick way to help you create your projects, and the fact that they go with coordinating DSP makes it even easier. 

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Marina Mist #119682, Pear Pizzazz #119795, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Nursery Nest #122347
Stamp Sets:  Ain't Love Grand #122505 wood or #122507 clear (Hostess), Petite Pairs #122495 wood or #122497 clear
Punch:  Small Oval #120908
Ink:  Marina Mist #119668, Early Espresso #119670
Embellishments:  Nursery Nest Quick Accents #122370
Ribbon:  Pear Pizzazz 1/2" Stitched Poly #119265

Monday, November 28, 2011

My mini Chistmas Tree

Using a variety of Stampin' Up! materials only, I was able to decorate my mini Christmas tree.  It is adorned with glitter snowflakes, embossed roof flashing, and hand punched Christmas balls. It was a fun project to do, and a nice way to showcase different Stampin' Up! items and show how Stampin' Up! is so much more than card making and scrapbooking.

To make the Christmas balls I punched the small flower from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack and secured each one with a small pin to a styrofoam ball.  The other items were cut with the Big Shot - and the silver ornaments were cut using roof flashing.

I used the following:
Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler #119685, Brushed Gold #102935
Glimmer Paper: Silver #124005
Punches: Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border #119275, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack#118309
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Snowflake #2 Original Die #113460, Petals-a-Plenty Embossing folder #116824, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder #120902, Snow Burst Embossing Folder #124096, Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets #120805
Embellishment:  Supernova Glitter #114287
Ribbon:  Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding #120992

Friday, November 25, 2011

Non-traditional Christmas Card

Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper is a great alternative from what I consider a traditional Christmas card, meaning using other colors than the standard green and red.

Going really non-traditional, my card base is Crumb Cake cardstock, followed by a layer of Soft Suede that was cut out using the Movers & Shapers Holiday Windows ornament die. The cut out shape is slightly larger than the coordinating Ornament Punch therefore the punched piece of DSP layers nicely in the cut out image.  I added some retired silver cord for my hook, and placed a rhinestone in the center for added embellishment.  Cherry Cobbler seam binding was layered on as well, with another piece of Frostwood Lodge DSP.

I was looking to add a larger stamped sentiment to the bottom corner, and found the Holiday Greetings in the Sincere Salutations Set.  I often forget that my holiday sentiments are scattered throughout other sets, and not just with the Christmas Stamp Sets.  I think after the holidays I need to place small stickers on those sets so I get the most out of what I have.  Sincere Salutations was one of the first sets I purchased when I started stamping years ago, and I am glad that it continues to be part of the Idea Book and Catalog.  It has so many great sentiments for several occasions, and is a great value considering all that it can be used for.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Crumb Cake #120953, Soft Suede #115318
Designer Series Paper:  Frostwood Lodge #124002
Stamp Set:  Sincere Salutations #115068
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler #119669
Ribbon:  Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Seam Binding #120992
Accessories:  Big Shot #113430, Movers and Shakers Holiday Windows #16821, Movers and Shapers Curly Label #114506 (used the die base)
Punch:  Ornament #119847
Embellishment:  Rhinestone #119246

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Christmas Gift Bags

Stitched Felt pieces from the Holiday Mini Catalog were the perfect adornment for my decorated gift bags.  Now the recipient not only gets a nice present inside the bag, they also have a removable accent piece that can be used to decorate the Christmas tree.

The plain bags were purchased at a local craft store, and I decorated them with Holly Berry Bouquet Designer Series Paper and the Winter Wishes Stitched Felt pieces.  I also dressed them up a bit more with a few punches, some ribbon and buttons, and a sentiment.   You can save yourself a lot of money decorating your own bags and it is a lot of fun too.

The following were used:
Designer Series Paper: Holly Berry Bouquet #124004 (Holiday Mini)
Glimmer Paper:  Red #121790
Stamp Sets:  Tags til Christmas #120847 wood or #121169 clear, Delightful Decorations #116517
Ink:  Real Red #103133, Old Olive #102277
Cardstock:  Whisper White #100730, Real Red #102482
Ribbon:  Real Red 5/8" Satin #117286, Real Red 1/4" Grosgrain #109034
Punches:  Ornament #119847, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle #11954, Decorative Label #120907, Scallop Edge Border #119882
Embellishments:  Holly Berry Bouquet Buttons #125636,Winter Wishes Stitched Felt #124108 (both from the Holiday Mini), Brights Glimmer Brad #121006

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Oh Christmas Tree

Silver and gold embossing

The Pennant Parade Stamp Set is one of those sets that can be used for many occasions.  I like how the pennant can be turned into a Christmas tree.

Whisper White cardstock is my cardbase with a layer of Old Olive that was embossed with the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder.  I stamped my pennants with Versa Mark ink and then heat embossed them with silver embossing powder, and the base was done the same way using gold embossing powder.  After punching out the pennants with the Petite Pennants Builder Punch, I placed the trees onto the card using dimensionals.  A glue dot behind each tree stand held them in place.  Some Real Red Satin Ribbon added a pop of color. I haven't figured out what sentiment I want to add to this card yet, but like the simplicity of it.

The following were used:
Cardstock:  Whisper White #100730, Old Olive #100702
Stamp Set:  Pennant Parade #122740 wood or #122742
Ink:  Versa Mark #102283
Punch:  Petite Pennants Builder #122361
Ribbon:  Real Red 5/8" Satin #117286
Accessories:  Big Shot #113430, Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder #116824, Heat Tool #100005, Silver Embossing Powder #109131, Gold Embossing Powder #109129, Dimensionals #104430, Glue Dots #103683