Monday, September 1, 2014

Seasonal Card Holder

Over the weekend, I held the first session of my Christmas card-making class. It was a great success. All my guests enjoyed the experience and they all loved the cards I designed. That always makes me feel good!

One of my guests told me about a mini magazine holder for cards that she had seen on Pinterest. I have seen them in the past, but I'd never sat down to make one. This morning, I got a Facebook message from another guest (hi Patricia!) who showed off the adorbs mini magazine holders that she had made. I was inspired to make one of my own!!

I found a tutorial on Pinterest and thought that our new-in-the-holiday-mini-catalog Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series paper would be great for this project! This paper is cardstock-weight kraft paper with designs printed on both sides. Perfect!

Here's how my mini magazine card hold turned out. You can see one of the cards from the class peeking out. The whole card is here on my blog.

(Stamp Sets: Watercolor Winter Too, Mosaic Madness; Ink: Cherry Cobbler; Card Stock: Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla; DSP: Under the Tree Specialty Series: Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Sheer Linen Ribbon)
I love how the photopolymer sets are bendable. The "Seasons Greetings" sentiment from the "Watercolor Winter Too" set is straight, but you can curve it a bit when you mount it onto the block. Love that!!

Here's another view looking into the box. I'd be happy to post a photo tutorial. Let me know if you're interested. The box is fairly straight-forward to make.

(Stamp Sets: Watercolor Winter Too, Mosaic Madness; Ink: Cherry Cobbler; Card Stock: Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla; DSP: Under the Tree Specialty Series: Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Sheer Linen Ribbon)
 

Friday, August 29, 2014

A Merry Do-Over

On Monday, I shared the last of the cards that we'll be making tomorrow at the Christmas card-making class. But I kept looking at it and thinking about it all week. There was something about it I didn't like. Something about the tag and the placement on the card. I realized that it would be better if I used one of the Apothecary Accents Framelits Dies as the focal point/tag on the front of the card, so I switched it up a bit.

Here's the card we'll actually be making on Saturday. It's a do-over, but I think it's a BIG improvement. What do you think? Do you like today's card or Monday's card better? I'd be thrilled if you'd leave a comment on my blog with your vote.

(Stamp Set: Seasonally Scattered; Inks: Wild Wasabi, Real Red; Card Stock: Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Whisper White; Accessories: Apothecary Accents Framelits, Wild Wasabi Seam Binding,Whisper White Baker's Twine, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Frosted Sequins, All Is Calm Snowflake Embellishment)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Seriously Amazing Paper Pumpkin

After a hectic back-to-school week, with a trip to the emergency room thrown in for fun, I finally had a chance to put together the August Paper Pumpkin kit. This kit is seriously amazing--and that's the name of the stamp set that comes with the kit. My DD thinks the cards--regular size and gift card size--are "totes adorbs." I love the envelopes that come with them!!

Here are the cards I made--one of each size.

(Seriously Amazing: August 2014 Paper Pumpkin)
Take a closer look at the regular size card and envelope. Don't you just love the Strawberry Slush sequins??!!

(Seriously Amazing: August 2014 Paper Pumpkin)

Here's a close up of the gift card--and we tested to see that it does, indeed, hold a gift card!

(Seriously Amazing: August 2014 Paper Pumpkin)

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Walking in Sunlight

I'm in a grateful state of mind. If you read my post yesterday, you know we had a near-miss with what could have turned out to be a tragic skateboarding accident. But God is good. All the time. And He ensured that my son's accident didn't have any permanent effects. I'm so grateful. And I'm Walking in Sunlight, all of my journey, 
Heavenly sunlight, heavenly sunlight,
Flooding my soul with glory divine:
Hallelujah, I am rejoicing,
Singing His praises, Jesus is mine.


This card reminds me of that hymn and reminds me to be grateful and rejoicing as I walk along with Jesus and sing his praises. It was a swap card that I received at the #InspireCreateShare2014 Stampin' Up convention. I really like it--I think you will, too!! It was created by a stamper named Pat Smith who participated in the "Convention Quality Swap" hosted by Lyssa Zwolanek.

(Stamp Set: Ray of Sunshine; Inks: Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss, Crumb Cake; Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Blackberry Bliss, Very Vanilla; DSP: Moonlight DSP Pack; Gold Glimmer Paper; Accessories: 2013-2015 In Color Sequin Assortment)


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Best Laid Plans

of mice and men oft go astray. Or, to quote scripture (James 4:13-14), Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit." Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.

I'd planned to work on My Paper Pumpkin tonight and another to-be-determined project for tomorrow's blog. And I'd planned to get some card stock cut for Saturday's Christmas card-making glass. But my plans changed instantly when I got a phone call from my son's friend saying that he had had an accident while skateboarding and needed help. Fortunately--thanks be to God--my son is fine and the CAT scan showed that his brain is "completely normal." He's got a concussion, but he'll recover completely in a few days. He's already way, way, WAY better than when I first saw him.

So here's the deal kids: WEAR YOUR HELMETS!! You only have one brain. You need to protect it. This incident has scared the you-know-what out of the kids and they've all vowed to wear their helmets.

That's my excuse for not creating a card for you today. But I'm still going to share a beautiful card I got at the #InspireCreateShare2014 Stampin' Up convention made with the lovely "Beauty of the Season" stamp set from the Holiday Mini Catalog. This card was created by Kristi Jaenisch and I think it was part of the Very Vintage swap I was in.

(Stamp Set: Beauty of the Season; Inks: Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake; Card Stock: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla; Accessories: Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Tea Lace paper Doilies, Gold Sequin Trim, Gold Baker's Twine, Venetian Crochet Trim, Gold Satin Ribbon Ovals Framelit Collection)

It's gorgeous, isn't it? Tomorrow, I'll share another swap card with you and then I hope to be back on track showing you some of my creations. But I'll keep my eyes and ears open to what God has in store for me.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Merry, Merry in August

Here's the final card that the Christmas card-making group will be making on Saturday. It uses a technique that we learned at the #InspireCreateShare2014 Stampin' Up convention called "reverse rock and roll." First I stamped in Wild Wasabi. Then I used a dauber and dabbed Real Red around the word. It's so easy and so cool. Take a look.

(Stamp Set: Seasonally Scattered; Inks: Wild Wasabi, Real Red; Card Stock: Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Whisper White; Accessories: Angled Top Label Punch, Wild Wasabi Seam Binding,Whisper White Baker's Twine, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Frosted Sequins, All Is Calm Snowflake Embellishment)
I snipped the end of the tag to mirror the ribbon end--mainly so it would fit on the card. Since this is the prototype, I've learned, that I'll make the tag just a smidge smaller and have them stamp closer to the punched end. That way they can angle the tag on the Real Red panel, which is the way I originally envisioned the card.

I really love the All Is Calm Snowflake Embellishments and I like the way this one hangs off the Wild Wasabi ribbon.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Bold Flowers

Stampin' Up! demonstrators who attended the #InspireCreateShare2014 convention received an "a la carte" single stamp as an all-attendee giveaway. Several different stamps were handed out and I got the "Bloom for You" stamp that coordinates with the Fun Flower punch, which I already have. Score!

I was thinking of this card while getting my hair done and thought it would be a quick and easy make-and-take for a workshop. It's bold and bright and uses Rich Razzleberry, a color I love, but which has sorely been neglected by me lately.

(Stamp Sets: Bloom for You, Really Good Greetings; Inks: Rich Razzleberry, Stazon Black; Card Stock: Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, Whisper White)
Wow! When I wrote the card ingredients in the caption, I realized that I didn't use any accessories!! Hmm, it really is quick and easy and blod.

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