Sunday, December 3, 2023

Creation Station: Santa's Workshop

Hey there! The Creation Station Design Team is back to inspire you again! This time we're showing the creations we're making for the holidays in our own little Santa's workshops. (Honestly, if you could see my "workshop," you'd be amazed that anything pretty comes out of it---it's such a mess!) I've been busily making my Christmas cards in my studio and I always make one special card for my bestie. She's the one who inspires me creatively, so I  like to pull out all the stops for her card. Here it is--what do you think?

I used the "Joy of Noel" stamp set and coordinating dies along with the beautiful Snowflake Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper to make this reverse gate-fold card.

I cut a sheet of 12" x 12" DSP to 8-1/2" by 11" (the size of a regular sheet of card stock). I scored the sheet at 5-1/2" along the long side and then scored at 2-1/8" along the short side, flipped it over and scored again at 2-1/8" along the short side. Then I cut along the top 2-1/8" score lines and across the 5-1/2" line, reserving the two upper pieces (shaded in the diagram) for the inside.

When the belly band is removed, the top of the card opens upward and the two gates open from the side.

But before we move to the inside, we need to talk about the outside of the card. I made a belly band by cutting a 1-1/2" by 10" strip of the silver sheet of the Snowflake Magic Specialty DSP.  I also cut a 10" piece of Silver and White Sheer Ribbon. I wrapped both around the card, overlapping in the back, and adhered the ends.

Next, I stamped two of the same holly berry spray image from the "Joy of Noel" set in Versamark Ink onto Basic White Card Stock. I sprinkled on Silver Embossing Powder and set it with my Heat Tool. I colored the images with Light Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, and Pretty Peacock Stampin' Blends and then die-cut them. I adhered these pieces directly to the belly band. I stamped the sentiment in Versamark onto a 3/4" by 3-1/4" strip of Pretty Peacock Card Stock and embossed it in silver. I adhered this piece to the belly band with Stampin' Dimensionals. I slipped a length of the sheer ribbon under the original strip and tied a big bow. I finished the card front by adding several Iridescent Pastel Gems.

Inside the card, I cut the two saved pieces of DSP to 1-7/8" by 5-1/4" and adhered them to the gates. I cut two pieces of Pretty Peacock Card Stock to 5-1/4" by 4" and adhered them to the top and bottom of the main card. I adhered a 5-1/8" by 3-7/8" piece of silver DSP on top. I used the Joy of Noel die to cut the letters from the DSP and adhered them to the card with Multipurpose Liquid Glue and I stamped "joyous" in Cherry Cobbler Ink.

I thought I was finished and then thought again...I could make an envelope from the remainder of the silver DSP! I used a regular Basic White Envelope as a pattern--opened up--and traced it onto the back of the DSP. I cut it out and then scored the side flaps and closure and used Stampin' Seal to adhere the bottom to the sides of the envelope. I think that added an elegant touch.

Well, I'll be signing off from Santa's workshop (AKA Kathy's Stamping Studio). I'll be back next year with a new look to my blog/website and with new projects for the Creation Station Design Team. Next up is the fabulous Barb Pfeffer at Just B Stamping

Have a wonderful holiday season and best wishes for a great 2024!

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Sunday, October 1, 2023

Creation Station: Tricks and Treats


The weather may be playing tricks on us--I mean why is it in the 80s and 90s in September?!--but fall is here. October has begun. And it's time for another Creation Station blog hop! This month we're featuring tricks (of the trade) and treats. My kiddos are all grown, so we don't celebrate Halloween as much as when they were little...and because of that, I don't usually purchase Halloween stampin' supplies. So I've had to pull a few tricks out of my sleeve for this month's theme. 

I made a cute treat holder using Halloween colors and the super cute "Bird's Eye View" stamp set. What do you think?

My first "trick" is to use colors associated with a holiday, especially if you don't have stamp sets made especially for that holiday. I used Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black Card Stock along with Parakeet Party Designer Series Paper for a Halloween feeling. I colored the bird with Parakeet Party Stampin' Blends and gave him some Pumpkin Pie glasses. Isn't he adorable?!
Another "trick" I like to use is to make a paper pattern for a 3D project and keep the pattern for later reference. Here's my pattern.

The pattern is cut to the same size as the starting card stock; in this case, 7.5" by 6". I score the paper pattern and then use a ruler to add the lines. For this project, I scored at .5", 3.5", 4", and 7" along the 7.5" side of the card stock. Then I scored at .5" and 1" along the 6" side. I draw an X where I will cut away a piece of the card stock and show which flaps need to be beveled. I also included the size of the Basic Black Card Stock mat and the DSP that goes on top.

My final "trick" is to punch or die cut from a piece that will be matted. For this box, I cut a circle from the Basic Black mat using a Stitched Shapes Die. Once I adhere the DSP, no one knows the mat has a piece cut from it!

I was glad to treat you to a few of my stamping tricks. Let's see what Denita has in store for us!

We're also hopping over on Instagram. You can start on my account @kkstamper and follow our around-the-word Insta-hop!

See you next month!

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Sunday, August 6, 2023

Creation Station: Ombre Blending

Hello and welcome to the August Creation Station Design Team's Ombre Blending blog hop. This month the team has created projects blending inks for an ombre effect. I can't wait to see what our amazing design team has created for us! Let's get started with my creation.

I used our Blending Brushes to apply Lemon Lolly, then Lemon Lime Twist, and finally Azure Afternoon onto a 3.75" by 5" Basic White panel. After I applied the inks, I stamped the words from the "Biggest Wish" stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black. I love the bold black against the bright ombre colors! I adhered this to a 4" by 5.25" Basic Black mat and then used Black Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere this ti a Thick Basic White Card Stock card base.

I wanted to add some sparkle to the card--and, boy, did I ever! I added quite a few Iridescent Rhinestones and Iridescent Pastel Gems to the card. They remind me of champagne bubbles--so festive!

Next up is Vicki Boucher who is a demonstrator from Melbourne Australia and a member of Stampin' Up's Artisan Design Team. I know she will WOW you with her project!

The Creation Station Design Team is also having an Instagram hop. Head on over to my account @kkstamper and you can hop around the team's designs there, too. We'd love it if you'd give us a follow!

Until next time--happy stamping! 

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