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Friday, December 28, 2012

'Tis the Season...

As we approached this holiday season, a time to celebrate and rejoice over our Savior's birth, death reared its ugly head. Yet, what better way to realize anew the reason God sent His only Son—not just to live amongst us and experience life as the created man, but also to open the way to personal relationship with the Almighty God, providing life everlasting, overcoming the power of death in the victory of his crucifixion and resurrection.

We saw the depravity of man in the senseless shooting in Connecticut. We saw more horror in Webster, NY—not that far from home for me. Evidence man's need of a Savior his need of God. Some other deaths were expected, like the mothers who were in nursing homes. Or the stepdad with cancer. But there were also the sudden deaths of my son-in-law's mother and my upline's father-in-law.

As a result, I am in great need of sympathy cards. Above are two variations of the same card. I used the Elegant Bird Bigz die in each and used the Vine Street Textured Impressions Embossing Folder for the feather effect (that folder will become available during Sale-a-Bration January 22 to March 22).  I also used the Cloudy Day Textured Impressions Embossing Folder that will be available January 3rd (the upcoming seasonal catalog).

I rubbed Bashful Blue pastel chalk (retired) over the first bird. The wing of the second is debossed simply because I had it turned the wrong way to fit the bird's body, which is of retired dsp.  Thoughts & Prayers is the only stamp set I used for both cards.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Another Christmas Card

Still making Christmas cards, special ones to accompany family gifts. I love the way this one turned out, but I will never be able to duplicate it. I didn't realize that my retired snowflake punch would break when punching glimmer paper. I won't risk any more punches on our glimmer paper, although I will double check with customer service as to whether that's always true or not. Obviously the snowflake punched out, but the device jammed. The other retired item is the textured embossing folder, which I love to use because the snowflakes are all over.

More Tags

Here are two hurry-up simple tags:

Just the Two Tags Bigz Die, a snowflake punch or the Christmas tree from the Scentsational Season stamp set with its coordinating Framelit Die. Not as special as the other tags, but so quick to make. And, let's face it, the tags will just be thrown away with the wrapping paper!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Simplicity for Christmas

Well, I ran out of cards. Just didn't have as many as I thought I had once I started sending them out. But that's okay, because I came up with an extremely easy to replicate design and whipped off another dozen cards. Granted, I used leftover Christmas designer paper from last year's Holiday Mini Catalog, so that's retired. The stamp set first appeared in that same mini catalog, but is in our current core catalog (Christmas Lodge).
I actually got the idea for this card from some tags I designed. When I discovered how easy it is to read or view images stamped on this particular dsp, I decided to try a card. Here are the tags I made (I grabbed Gumball Green instead of Garden Green for the one, but the Garden Green of the plaid is narrow enough that I don't think you notice the mismatch that much):

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Some Christmas Tags

In the process of wrapping Christmas gifts, I needed a few more tags. I decided to try making one with My Digital Studio; that's the first tag below. After printing it, I matted it on a piece of Gumball Green card stock and punched my hole. If my printer hadn't been almost out of color ink, I would have printed a bunch of them because I really like the way it turned out and it would have saved so much time. Another year I think I'll design them to coordinate with my wrapping paper and print a whole bunch of them.
This second card was made using my Big Shot and the Window Frames Framelits Dies. I also used the Needlepoint Border Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, part of my pre-order. I had to emboss these cross stitches the old-fashioned way: I used my stylus. Actually, I ran it through the Big Shot first, but found that as I rotated my card stock, the folder flattened the other edges. But at least I could see where to press with my stylus. The stamp set is "Make a Mitten" from the Holiday catalog, a set which I fear is not being carried over. So if you're interested in getting it, you need to order by January 2nd.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Ornament Elegance Kit

Get the Ornamental Elegance Kit--While Supplies Last!

December 3, 2012
The ornament on the cover of our holiday catalog is such a hit that we are making it available--just in time to deck the halls with terrific trimmings you've made yourself! We've simplified this fun project so that you can quickly and easily achieve the same results. In addition to the kit, all you need is a glue gun, scissors, and adhesive. (Our Anywhere Glue Sticks [104045] are perfect for assembly.) Want greeting or place cards to go with those ornaments? The Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set (W 128048 C 128051) gives you perfect coordination. Fancy a little sparkle and shine? Sprinkle on our Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter (102023)!

Be sure to take advantage of this amazing offer--just in time to create 10 heirloom ornaments--or stunning tags to attach to a special neighbor gift.

The Ornamental Elegance Kit (132832) is $14.95 and includes:
  • Die-Cut Cardstock Elements
  • Cherry Cobbler 3-1/2" Scalloped Tulle Ribbon
  • Natural Linen Thread
  • Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons 
  • Large Pearl Basic Jewels
Order these now so you will have plenty of time to make them for Christmas gifting--or for your family tree! Available while supplies last.