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Friday, October 30, 2015

Every Blessing Stamp Set

Those who know me realize that I like to send cards that reflect the true meaning of Christmas. Consequently, I have a weakness for those more biblical stamp sets. Every Blessing is one of those.

As I sought to design a card with this stamp set, I decided it would be much easier if I separated the star from the shepherds. So I used my old craft and rubber scissors to cut it off and trim the resultant stamps. Makes it so much easier than trying to ink part of the stamp and keep the other part clean and dry when using it in another place.

I made two card using this method. We made this first card at my stamp class this week. The other one will be on display to showcase another design with the same color scheme.

Products Used:
Every Blessing stamp set (3), W 138806, $21.00; C 139919, $16.00
Smoky Slate 8½" x 11" cardstock (24), 131202, $7.00
Night of Navy 8½" x 11" cardstock (24), 100867, $7.00
Night of Navy Classic Stampin' Pad, 126970, $6.50
Silver Metallic Encore Ink Pad, discontinued
Silver 12" x 12" Glimmer Paper (2), 135314, $5.00
Rhinestone Basic Jewels (150, varying sizes), 119246, $5.00
Silver 1/8" Ribbon (10 yards), 132137, $5.00
Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (3), 133787, $17.00
Curvy Corner Trio Punch, 139683, $20.00

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Versatile Sparkly Seasons Stamp Set

Even this chevron-printed circle is versatile! I used it for a pumpkin several posts ago. This time it's an ornament. I keep wondering if I should have ordered the bundle, but I'm managing just fine without it.

The ornament topper with its hook is stamped on a piece of a Silver Foil Sheet and fussy-cut. To get inside the hook, I used a hole punch. The Christmas tree branch is actually the top of the evergreen in the Lovely As a Tree stamp set, which I've had forever, since well before it was available as a clear mount set. I added the ornament bulb last, using Stampin' Dimensionals to make it pop.

Admittedly, I was a little disappointed when I realized the Boughs &; Berries Textured Impressions Embossing Folder was larger than a normal card size (4-1/2" x 6-3/16"), but I didn't worry when my card layer didn't quite reach the bottom of the folder. If I make this card again, I won't put it on a Whisper White card base; I'd simply make the card itself Cherry Cobbler.

Products Used:
Sparkly Seasons photopolymer stamp set (15), 139825, $26.00
Lovely As a Tree stamp set (6), W 128655, $28.00; C 127793, $20.00
Whisper White 8½"x 11" cardstock (40), 100730, $8.50
Cherry Cobbler 8½" x 11" cardstock (24), 119685, $7.00
Garden Green 8½" x 11" cardstock (24), 102584, $7.00
Silver 12" x 12" Foil Sheets (2), 132178, $4.00
Jet Black StazOn Ink, 101406, $8.00
Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad, 126966, $6.50
Garden Green Classic Stampin' Pad, 126973, $6.50
Boughs &; Berries Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 139671, $7.50
Washi Label punch, 138296, $18.00

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Shaker Card

Since I have the Sparkly Seasons stamp set with all the snow globe options, I just had to try to figure out if the circular dimensionals from a previous catalog would fit the snow globe image. No. Too small. But I fit the snowman from that set into a circle anyway. Took a little fussing to figure out exactly how to manage it. Used a circle hole punch for the Real Red cardstock embossed with snowflakes (retired Northern Flurry TIEF). I stamped and heat embossed (black embossing powder) the snowman on a piece of Whisper White, colored the scarf and nose with markers, adhered a circular dimensional, poured in some silver glitter and lined it up with the hole in the Real Red piece. I had to trim some of the excess off, but it worked.

Monday, October 26, 2015

More Fun With Sparkly Seasons Stamp Set

As I've said before, I'm just loving the Sparkly Seasons stamp set! Working with the Nutcracker version once again, I designed this card for stamp class this week. Our Glimmer Paper works so well for dressing up Christmas cards. And it fits with the greeting!

This card has no fussy cutting involved. I have learned how to use lovely but flimsy Metallic Thread without struggling to tie it. For this card, I merely wrapped the gold thread around three fingers several times and pinched the resulting loops together before laying it on a glue dot. A clear button covered the glue dot nicely. [Yes, I'm afraid these particular clear buttons are no longer available.]

Products Used:
Sparkly Seasons Photopolymer Stamp Set (15), 139825, $26.00
Whisper White 8½" x 11" cardstock (40), 100730, $8.50
Old Olive 8½" x 11" cardstock (24), 100702, $7.00
Real Red 8½" x 11" cardstock (24), 102482, $7.00
Red 12" x 12" Glimmer Paper (2), $5.00
Tuxedo Black Memento Pad, 132708, $6.00
Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad, 126949, $6.50
Brights Stampin' Write Markers (10), 131259, $29.00
Basic Black Stampin'Write Marker, 100082 $3.50
Gold Metallic Thread (50 yards), 138401, $3.00

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Nutcracker Christmas

My previous post showed a ballerina in a snow globe using the Sparkly Seasons stamp set. A post before that used the same set for the pumpkin face made at my niece's birthday party. Here is another card made with the same set—a Christmas card using the nutcracker. There are just so many possibilities with this set!

I used several markers to color in the nutcracker and surrounding gifts: Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Basic Gray and Cherry Cobbler.

I'm actually designing for my upcoming class, but we won't be making this particular card simply because the designer paper is from a previous year's paper stack.

Products Used:
Sparkly Seasons photopolymer stamp set (15), 139825, $26.00
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (24), W 128748, $37.00; C 127802, $27.00 
Cherry Cobbler 8½" x 11" cardstock (24), 119685, $7.00
Whisper White 8½" x 11" cardstock (40), 100730, $8.50
Old Olive 8½" x 11" cardstock (24), 100702, $7.00
Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad, 126953, $6.50
Sahara Sand Classic Stampin' Pad, 126976, $6.50
Tuxedo Black Memento Pad, 132708, $6.00
Regals Stampin Write Markers (10), 131262, $29.00
Brights Stampin' Write Markers (10), 131259, $29.00
Neutrals Stampin' Write Markers (8), 131261, $23.00
Wonderful Wreath Framelits (7), 135851, $25.00

Friday, October 23, 2015

Sparkly Ballerina

The card I made for my niece's birthday was a variation of the card shown below. I expect to give this to my granddaughter for her birthday tomorrow, although I wonder if the two girls will compare or notice the similarity. Hmm...

With the assistance of my Big Shot, this is not a difficult card to make. I did not order the bundle, however, because I figured my Circles Collection Framelits would work and I couldn't see myself using the words since I don't do Halloween and I already have the Hello You Thinlits. However, this circle is in between sizes, so I ended up trimming the snow globe. Plus I "fussy cut" the base for the globe. So now I'm wondering if I should have ordered the Thinlits anyway.

I do love the Sparkly Seasons stamp set! I have always had a special fondness for snow globes and have a small Christmas collection. And this set includes a pumpkin, a snowman and a nutcracker. Other stamps make it easy to convert your "globe" to an ornament or a pumpkin. Add a few greetings and some incidentals and you're ready for almost any occasion.

The colors used for this card are Pink Pirouette and Elegant Eggplant. The only retired item on this card is the Elegant Eggplant grosgrain ribbon, but you could get the same effect with a narrow strip of Elegant Eggplant cardstock or you could dye some Whisper White Ribbon using sponges and ink.

I always cut my layers one quarter inch smaller than the one below. Consequently, my card front is 4¼" x 5½"; the Elegant Eggplant layer is 4" x 5¼"; and the top Pink Pirouette layer is 3¾" x 5". I ran the top layer through the Big Shot using the Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder before attaching it to the Elegant Eggplant piece. Then I wrapped the ribbon around both layers and attached the unit to the front of the card.

The snow globe itself and the ballerina inside were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink on Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper. I then used my Elegant Eggplant Stampin' Write Marker to color the ballerina's dress. I actually punched out the circle and then trimmed it down to size with my scissors. It is attached to the card front with SNAIL adhesive. The globe base is stamped in Elegant Eggplant on Whisper White cardstock, fussy cut and attached with Stampin' Dimensionals.

The words on this card come from the Crazy About You stamp set. Both layers were cut using the Big Sot and the Lots of Labels Framelits. The Pink Pirouette piece stands out because I used Stampin' Dimensionals. Because there was a little space below the words, I added an Elegant Eggplant Candy Dot to fill it in.

I had lots of favorable comments on the original, slightly different card. I hope you like this one, too.

Products Used:
Sparkly Seasons photopolymer stamp set (15), 139825, $26.00
Crazy About You stamp set (33), W 138856, $52.00; C 138859, $39.00; P 137137, $25.00
Pink Pirouette 8½" x 11" cardstock (24), 111351, $7.00
Elegant Eggplant 8½" x 11" cardstock (24), 105126, $7.00
Whisper White 8½" x 11" cardstock (40), 100730, $8.50
Dazzling Diamonds 12" x 12" Glimmer Paper (2), $5.00
Elegant Eggplant Classic Stampin' Pad, 126969, $6.50
Tuxedo Black Memento Pad, 132708, $6.00
Regals Collection Stampin' Write Markers (10), 131262, $29.00
Regals Candy Dots (100), 130932, $6.00
Lots of Labels Framelits (7), 138281, $27.00
Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 135817, $7.50

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Niece's Birthday Party

My niece turned seven this week and my sister thought cardmaking would be a great activity during the party. So I designed a super quick, super easy card using our wonderful note cards so they would have envelopes to go with them. This was also a great opportunity to use some of the retired paper (the Pistachio Pudding that I love so much). I used just one stamp set, Sparkly Seasons (15 photopolymer stamps for $26, 139825).

I used color-on-color for most of the stamping: Pistachio Pudding-inked leaves on Pistachio Pudding cardstock, Pumpkin Pie-inked design on Pumpkin Pie cardstock. Everything else is Always Artichoke. All the girls did very well. One even turned hers sideways to make it different from the rest. The 2½" Circle punch worked just fine for cutting out the pumpkin.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Time to Chill

This is my final card from my class featuring the Snow Way and Snow Friends stamp and framelits bundle. We made two cards using the snowmen and two cards using the Penguin.

Silver Encore Ink (no longer in our catalogs), Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details and Brushed Silver cardstock (you'll have to use the silver foil in its place) contributed to the iciness of the penguin's environment.

I used a Tangerine Tango Marker to color the beak and webbed feet.

Products Used:
Snow Way photopolymer stamp set (22), 139738, $26.00
Snow Friends Framelits Dies (15), 139664, $27.00
          Bundle: 140844, $45.00
Whisper White 8½" x 11" cardstock (40), $8.50
Neutrals Color Collection 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper Stack (40), 138435, $22.00
Pacific Point Classic Stampin' Pad, 126951, $6.50
Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad, 126975, $6.50
Tuxedo Black Memento Pad, 132708, $6.00
Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details (0.6 fl. oz.), 127845, $2.50
Deco Labels Collection Framelits (4), 130102, $25.00
Washi Label punch, 138296, $18.00

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Snow Way!

I fear I've fallen behind on my blogging. My last stamp class featured the bundle that includes the Snow Place stamp set and the Snow Friends Framelits Dies. I was also playing around with the new Curvy Corner Trio Punch, which gave the unique shape to this card. Although I chose the silver page from the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack, I paired it with the Smoky Slate cardstock, which doesn't look too dissimilar when the card is assembled.

It amazes me that the framelits set includes a die for even the smallest shapes in the stamp set. For the scarves, however, I decided to use some retired Cherry Cobbler cord (you could always use yarn) and Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine instead of the stamped image with its coordinating die.

I had never before tried stamping on our Glimmer Paper, but tried it on a piece of Dazzling Diamonds—and it worked! Perfect for snowmen!

Products Used:
Snow Place stamp set (22 photopolymer stamps), 139738, $26
Snow Friends framelits Dies (15), 139664, $27.00
          Bundle: 140844, $45.00
Dazzling Diamonds 12" x 12" Glimmer Paper (2), 135315, $5.00
Whisper White 8½" x 11" cardstock (40), 100730, $8.50
Smoky Slate 8½" x 11" cardstock (24), 131202, $7.00
Basic Gray 8½" x 11" cardstock (24), 121044, $7.00
Cherry Cobbler 8½" x 11" cardstock (24), 119685
Neutrals Color Collection 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper Stack (40), 138435, $22.00
Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad, 126966, $6.50
Regals Assorted Stampin' Write Markers (10), 131262, $29.00
Tuxedo Black Memento Pad, 132708, $6.00
Curvy Corner Trio Punch, 139683, $20.00
Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine (25 yards), 123125, $3.00