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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Merry!

Here is another card from my Christmas card class. Take a little Holly Berry Bouquet designer series paper, mat and mounted it on Early Espresso card stock, tie a ribbon around the long piece and adhere all that to WildWasabi card stock. Then use Early Espresso and Wild Wasabi Stampin' Write Markers to color your stamp (Christmas Lodge stamp set) before stamping on Very Vanilla card stock. With my clear mount stamps, I was able to place both the branch image and the "merry" on one acrylic block, which meant I colored the word with a Real Red Stampin' Write Marker also before aligning with my Very Vanilla card stock. Sponge around the edges with Real Red classic ink, adhere to Early Espresso mat and then to Wild Wasabi card. Finish it off with some Dazzling Details on the snow and your card is complete. Another simple card.

Products Used:
Christmas Lodge stamp set, W 123767, $33.95; C 123769, $25.95
Pennant Parade stamp set, W 122740, $21.95; C 122742, $16.95
Wild Wasabi card stock (24 sheets, 8½" x 11"), 108641, $6.95
Early Espresso card stock (24 sheets, 8½" x 11"), 119686, $6.95
Very Vanilla card stock, (40 sheets, 8½" x 11"), 101650, $8.50
Holly Berry Bouquet Specialty Designer Series Paper (12 sheets, 12"x 12"), 124004, $12.95
Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad, 103133, $5.95
Real Red Stampin' Write marker, 100052, $3.50
Wild Wasabi Stampin' Write marker, 120975, $3.50
Early Espresso Stampin' Write marker, 119680, $3.50
Real Red ¼" Grosgrain Ribbon (15 yards), 109034, $4.95
Dazzling Details, 124117, $2.50
Stampin' Sponges (3), 101610, $3.50

Monday, November 28, 2011

Impressively Simple

This was probably the quickest to put together of the cards we made at my recent Christmas card class. A Cherry Cobbler card with Chocolate Chip and one of the designer papers from the Frostwood Lodge collection adorned wiht a strip of the Cherry Cobbler quilted satin ribbon. I stamped the tree design from the Christmas Lodge stamp set twice in Chocolate Chip classic ink on the Chocolate Chip cardstock. The lodge itself is also stamped with Chocolate Chip classic ink while the greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes is stamped with Cherry Cobbler classic ink. The focal image is then matted with Garden Green card stock and popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals. I think this card would also make a great masculine birthday card during winter months.

Products Used:
Christmas Lodge stamp set, W 123767, $33.95; C 123769, $25.95
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, Wood mount only, 115370, $36.95
Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper (12 sheets, 12"x12"), 124002, $10.95
Cherry Cobbler card stock (24 sheets, 8½" x 11"), 119685, $6.95
Chocolate Chip card stock (24 sheets, 8½" x 11"), 102128, $6.95
Garden Green card stock (24 sheets, 8½" x 11"), 102584, $6.95
Whisper White card stock (40 sheets, 8½" x 11"), 100730, $8.50
Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Pad, 100908, $5.95
Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad, 119669, $5.95
Cherry Cobbler 3/8" Quilted Satin Ribbon (10 yards) 124105, $7.95

Friday, November 25, 2011

Stocking Card

The Holiday Stocking Bigz L Die is great for cards, too! Simply fold your cardstock and keep the fold slightly below the top cutting line. Add the cuff, heel and toe to the front and then a Christmas greeting. I chose to use the "Merry Christmas" from the Christmas Lodge stamp set since it is a large enough greeting to look right on this Christmas stocking. No extra adornments needed when you use the Frostwood Lodge designer series paper. Since I had a heel and a toe when die-cutting the plaid (be sure to place the side up that you wish to use unless you want to turn your stocking the other direction), I added the plaid trim to the inside of my card. So quick and easy! Especially when you use a square punch to make the perfect notches in the ends of the banner for the greeting.

Products Used:
Christmas Lodge stamp set, W 123767, $33.95; C 123769, $25.95
Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper, 124002, $10.95
Real Red card stock (24 sheets, 8½" x 11"), 102482, $6.95
Garden Green Classic Stampin' Pad, 102272, $5.95
Whisper White card stock (40 sheets, 8½" x 11"), 100730, $8.50
Holiday Stocking Bigz L Die, 124098, $32.95
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, 113439, $99.95

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

More Spiced Pool Party

Whenever I start using designer paper, it seems I just have to keep using it. So many little pieces laying around that are begging to be incorporated into a design. Since I had cut much of the Spice Cake Designer Series Paper for the fall wreaths we made, I had lots of pieces laying around on my table just crying out for me to use them. So here are two more cards, still using Pool Party as the dominant color. These also feature the Large Spice Cake Designer Buttons. After distributing supplies for the wreaths to my class members, the Pool Party buttons were the only ones left, which is another reason I used that color.

On this first card, I used markers to color the stamped image from the Day of Gratitude stamp set.



Products Used:
Day of Gratitude stamp set, W 120835, $26.95; C 121148, 18.95
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, Wood Mount only, 115370, $36.95
Pool Party card stock (24 sheets, 8½" x 11"), 122924, $6.95
Soft Suede card stock (24 sheets, 8½" x 11"), 115318, $6.95
Very Vanilla card stock, (40 sheets, 8½" x 11"), 101650, $8.50
Spice Cake Designer Series Paper (12 sheets, 12" x 12"), 124003, $10.95
Spice Cake Designer Buttons (16 buttons, 1½" diameter), 124113, $7.95
Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad, 115657, $5.95
Pool Party Classic Stampin' Pad, 122938, $5.95
Pool Party Stampin' Write Marker (set of 5 in-color markers), 123002, $14.95
Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker, 120973, $3.50
Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon (10 yards), 122975, $9.95
Scallop Edge Border punch, 119882, $15.95
¾" Circle punch, 119873, $10.95
Basic Pearls (150), $4.95
Linen Thread (15 yards), 104199, $4.50
Perfect Pennants Bigz L Die, 123126, $32.95
Scallop Circle #2 die, 113469, $19.95
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, 113439, $99.95

Monday, November 21, 2011

Pool Party with Spice

These two cards are essentially the same. They both use the Spice Cake designer series paper, Pool Party and Soft Suede card stock as well as the Day of Gratitude stamp set. After I made my Fall wreath, I had a strip of dsp leftover for another rosette (actually two strips 1"x12" that I put together after scoring and fan-folding). I placed that on top of the medallion image and used an antique brad to finish it off. On the second card, I used one of the Designer Printer Brads in Pool Party. And, of course, I just had to use a little piece of the Pool Party ruffled ribbon!

Products Used:
Day of Gratitude stamp set, W 120835, $26.95; C 121148, $18.95
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, wood mount only, 115370, $36.95
Spice Cake Designer Series Paper, 12" x 12" (12 sheets), 124003$10.95
Pool Party card stock, 8½" x 11" (24 sheets), 122924, $6.95
Soft Suede card stock, 8½" x 11" (24 sheets), 115318, $6.95
Very Vanilla card stock 8½" x 11" (40 sheets), 101650, $8.50
Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad, 115657, $5.95
Top Note Die, 113463, $21.95
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, 113439, $99.95
Antique Brads (20, 5 designs), 117273, $5.95
Designer Printed Brads (40, 5 in colors), 122940, $7.95
Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon (3/8" wide, 10 yards), 122975, $9.95
¾" Circle Punch, 119873, $10.95
Large Oval Punch, 119855, $15.95

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Oh, Hello, Doily Snowflake

If you check out page 36 of the 2011-12 Idea Book & Catalog, you will see where I got the idea for this card. I merely changed the colors and the verbage. I also chose to use the silver embossing powder instead of irridescent ice for the doily in the background. This card was a big hit at my Christmas card class this morning.

Products Used:
Serene Snowflakes stamp set, Wood only, 115438, $20.95
Hello Doily stamp, Wood only, 122845, $17.95
Delightful Dozen stamp set, W 122650, $32.95, C $24.95
Night of Navy card stock, 24 sheets, 8½" x 11", 100867, $6.95
Whisper White card stock, 40 sheets, 8½" x 11", 100730, $8.50
Night of Navy Classic Stampin' Pad, 102977, $5.95
VersaMark Pad, 102283, $7.50
Embossing Buddy, 103083, $5.95
Powder Pals, 102197, $19.95
Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder, 109131, $4.75
Basic Rhinestones (150) Jewels, $4.95
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border, 119275, $15.95
PaperSnips, 103579, $9.95
Stampin' Dimensionals (300), 104430, $3.95

Friday, November 18, 2011

Ready, Get Set, Snow!

I had snow much fun creating this card. And it just so happened we got our first real snow the same day. Not much—just a dusting, but snow nonetheless.

Actually, my inspiration for this card was the desire to use our Glimmer Paper for my class. Since it's a large class, I didn't want use a very big piece for each person, which limited me somewhat. I love the result!

The trick to cutting that perfect triangle is to use a square punch. You can't really see it in this can of the card, but the snowman wears a coat of Moonlight Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink—just over his snowy face and body, not on his scarf and hat. And I can even use this design for one of my December or January birthday cards.

Supplies:
Merry Winter stamp set, W 122700, $19.95; C 122702, $14.95
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, Wood mount only, 115370, $36.95
Marina Mist card stock, 24 sheets, 8½" x 11", 111352, $6.95
Whisper White card stock, 40 sheets, 8½" x 11", 100730, $8.50
Silver Glimmer Paper, 2 sheets, 12" x 12", 124005, $4.95
Moonlight Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink, 119969, $4.95
Snow Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 124096, $7.95
Basic Pearls, (150 Jewels), $4.95
Word Window punch, 119857, $16.95
Scallop Oval punch, 119856, $16.95
1-3/8" Circle punch, 119860, $15.95
1-3/8" Square punch, 119877, $16.95
2-3/8" Scallop Circle punch, 118874, $16.95

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Stockings Are Hung by the Chimney with Care

I was planning to do just one post a day until I use up all my photos and scans, but I just couldn't wait to post this card that we're making Saturday at my Christmas Card Class. I've gleaned the idea from several different blogs. I admit it took some time to put together, but it won't take my class participants as long because all the preliminary work is done for them.Products Used:
Stitched Stockings Stamp Set, W 123782, $27.95; C 123784, $19.95
Stocking Builder Punch, 124095, $16.95
Blossom Petals Builder Punch, 121808, $16.95
Word Window Punch, 119857, $15.95
Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 119976, $7.95
Wild Wasabi Card Stock, 24 sheets, 8½" x 11", 108641, $6.95
Riding Hood Red Card Stock, 24 sheets, 8½" x 11", 111348, $6.95
Basic Black Card Stock, 24 sheets, 8½" x 11", 121045, $6.95
Crumb Cake Card Stock, 24 sheets, 8½" x 11",120953, $6.95
So Saffron Card Stock, 24 sheets, 8½" x 11", 105118, $6.95
Whisper White Card Stock, 40 sheets, 8½" x 11", 100730, $8.50
Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper, 12 sheets, 12"x 12", 124002, $10.95
Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin' Pad, 109014, $5.95
Just had to share a picture of the wreath I made for our class the end of November. A reasonable facsimile of the wreath in the Holiday Mini Catalog, with some major differences.We had fun making it, but it took much longer than any of us anticipated. After 6 hours, most still had work to do. One thing I learned: Never use textured card stock for the lollies, or rosettes, whichever name you prefer. You can use it on the scallop punches that you score, clip and adhere, but not the strips that you score and gather. We only had one, but that one was extremely difficult to push into shape and has popped from it's position a couple times since I finished the wreath. I have now used my hot glue gun on it so much that I don't think it could possibly pop out again! But it is the only one I had that trouble with.

I found that the multipurpose glue works very well for putting most of the rosettes together, although I attached everything to the form with the hot glue gun.

The good news is that the Occasions Mini Catalog, due out in January, will include a die for the Big Shot to make those rosettes much easier!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Craft Show Table

My, it's been an incredibly busy month! Actually, it's been an extremely busy fall. I can't believe I've neglected my blog so long when I have so many things available to share with you.

Last weekend I set up the fruits of my labor at a local craft show and bake sale. Other than the items I sewed (they were left over from last year's craft show), everything was made with Stampin' Up! products, including the coasters. No, the tiles were from Lowe's, but the designs were our stamps. I even experimented with the Staz-on Opaque White ink on the stamp and then rubbing pastels over the top to make the color pop. It worked. I'm so excited because there's another way I can put color onto the coasters I make. They are usually very good sellers.

Anyway, here are some photos for you.