Friday, December 6, 2019

Happy Little Blue Bird

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   I received the cutest card from one of my sideline teammates, Dori Schneider. Dori is such a fun person and her papercrafting style is amazing! She and her stamping friend, Barbara Reed, host a Facebook Live session at 8:45 EST on Wednesday evenings. They're hysterical. You should check them out.

Before you do, you should check out this card that Dori sent me! She used the "Birds of a Feather" stamp set and the Let It Snow Specialty Designer Series Paper. They're still available in the holiday catalog--but they'll be retiring soon so get them while you can!

Dori started with a Real Red Card Stock card base and added a 4" by 5-1/4" Whisper White mat. She adhered a 3" by 4" piece of Let It Snow Specialty DSP to a 3-1/4" by 4-1/4"piece of Coastal Cabana Card Stock and then onto the card.

Next, Dori stamped the cute little Christmas birdie from the "Birds of a Feather" stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock. She colored him with Light and Dark Pool Party, Real Red, and Light Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends. She cut this out with a circle Stitched Shape Die. Dori adhered his to a scalloped Real Red circle that she cut with one of the Layering Circles Dies. She adhered this to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. She stamped a sentiment from the "Birds of a Feather" stamp set in Real Red Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock, punched it out with the 1" Circle Punch, and adhered it to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Isn't Dori's card the cutest?! Remember, if you want to make yours, you'll need to order the supplies before they retire and they're gone forever. Just click on the thumbnails below and you'll be taken to my online store where you can place your order.

Have a great weekend! I'll be back Monday with some more Christmas cards!!

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Bright & Gleaming Christmas

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   I really fell in love with the Christmas tree image in the "Memories of Home" stamp set and so I scooped the set up right away. And then, as sometimes happens, I had no idea what I wanted to do with the stamps. I knew I was too lazy didn't want to poorly color the image--coloring is just not my forte. So I had to cogitate some before I came up with a design that I liked and I'm pretty pleased with it. What do you think?

I had bought some of the products from the Noble Peacock Suite on pages 24 through 26 of the annual catalog and hadn't used them. (Really, sometimes I just horde stuff.) I thought these colors would look beautiful for a Christmas card. So I got to work!

I stamped the tree from "Memories of Home" in Smoky Slate Ink, offset on the side of a 3-3/4" by 5" Whisper White Card Stock panel. I stamped a sentiment from this set (I LOVE this font!) in Pretty Peacock Ink in the bottom corner. I adhered this to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/4" Pretty Peacock Card Stock mat, wrapped a length of the gorgeous Old Olive/Pretty Peacock Reversible Ribbon around, and then adhered everything onto a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base.

Next, I used the smaller ornament punch from the Gleaming Ornaments Punch Pack to punch ornaments from the stunning Noble Peacock Specialty Designer Series Paper. I adhered these to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I added three Noble Peacock Rhinestones to the card and then shined up the star at the top of the tree by brushing on some Wink of Stella.

This card turned out to be one of my favorite cards that I designed this season!

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Blue Moves

#faithfulinkspirations   One of my favorite Elton John albums is "Blue Moves." It came out when I was in college and I remember going to Sam Goody in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and getting it the day it was released. I climbed into my top bunk, put on my headphones, and listened to the most divine album I'd heard in forever. I recently listened to it all over again because I've just finished Elton's biography, Me, and that album--and all the others--was mentioned in the book. P.S. I loved the book!! Elton had me laughing out loud a lot--and I don't laugh out loud often.

So today's card is a beautiful Night of Navy (blue) card with copper accents. It's simply gorgeous. Take a look and see if you don't agree with me!

I cut a 2" by 3-3/4" strip of the wonderful Brightly Gleaming Designer Series Paper and adhered it to a 3-3/4" by 5" Night of Navy Card Stock panel. I tied some Denim Ribbon around this and then adhered the panel to a Night of Navy Card Stock card base using Stampin' Dimensionals.

Next, I cut a rectangle from a Copper Foil Sheet with one of the Stitched Rectangles Dies and adhered this to the card. I used the Gleaming Ornaments Punches to punch two ornament shapes from the Brightly Gleaming DSP and adhered them to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. 

Finally, I stamped the "Merry Christmas" sentiment from the "Christmas Gleaming" stamp set in Night of Navy Ink onto a Whisper White scrap. I fussy cut the sentiment piece and adhered it to the card with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.

Stampin' Up just announced that this stamp set and punch pack bundle will be retiring soon, so if you want to make this gorgeous card--or others with these products--get yours before they're gone!

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Perfectly Penguin

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations  #ProtipTuesday   Today's card is super-duper cute! And I have a confession to make: it's a "Frankenstein card." I got several swap cards using the "Playful Penguin" stamp set, but I wanted a more, er, fussy card, so I took the cards apart and put them back together in a way that satisfied my fancy self. Here's the card and then I'll tell you a little bit about how it's made.
Stinkin' cute, right? The card basics are pretty easy: Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base cut lengthwise, a Merry Merlot Card Stock mat, topped with a Pool Party Card Stock panel that's been embossed with the Subtle Embossing Folder. I tied a length of Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon around the mat and panel before adhering them to the card base.

Next, I cut a square of Merry Merlot Card Stock with a square Stitched Shapes Die. (PROTIP: You could actually cut it from the center of the Merry Merlot mat.) I adhered this to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. I topped that with a 2" square of striped Let It Snow Specialty Designer Series Paper. On top of that, I adhered a thin strip of Silver Glimmer Paper, popping half a Mini Stampin' Dimensional behind the right side to keep it level with the left side.

I cut the sentiment piece--stamped with Merry Merlot Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock--into a 1" by 3" strip and adhered that to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

The penguin is stamped in Stazon Jet Black Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. (PROTIP: If you work quickly, you can sprinkle on the Clear Embossing Powder before the ink dries and emboss any color!) His scarf is stamped in Pool Party Ink and also embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. And his hat is stamped in Merry Merlot Ink and embossed in the same way. That shine really gives him some character! Each piece is fussy cut. I adhered the penguin to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals and his hat and scarf are adhered with Snail Adhesive.

For a finishing touch, I added three Coastal Cabana Glitter Enamel Dots to the card for some extra sparkle. Isn't he just the cutest?! This card can be sent for Christmas or just a winter pick-me-up. Love that!

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