Thursday, October 12, 2017

Merriest Christmas Wishes

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   Stampin' Up has been offering some wonderful project kits lately.  My favorite--by far--is the "Watercolor Christmas" Project Kit!! The font on the sentiment stamps is amazing!! I love that font so much! You can purchase the stamp set separate from the kit (but get the kit!) and, of course, you can use it to create your own cards.

Well, I was trolling around Pinterest one day and I saw an awesome card made by Stampin' Up Artisan Design Team member Paula Dobson, from New Zealand. I pinned that baby right away and decided I'd recreate that card for one of my Christmas card-making classes. Paula's card is way more wonderful than mine--notice her embossing on half the sentiment--so I made a less elaborate version that would be easier to create in a class setting.
I started with a 3-3/4" by 5" Whisper White panel.  I stamped the sentiment in the center with Crumb Cake Ink. Then, I lined up the three tree stamps on one block and inked them with Basic Black Archival Ink. I stamped the three trees at the top and bottom of the sentiment.  Next, I squeezed some ink into the lid of a Garden Green Ink pad and colored the trees using a Blender Pen.

I adhered this piece to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Basic Black Card Stock mat and then on to a Crumb Cake Card Stock card base.

I don't usually do the inside of a card ("innies" as my friend, Dena Rekow says), but Paula's card was adorable inside, too. I used the same three-trees-on-one-block and stamped them in Basic Black Archival Ink onto a 3-3/4" by 5" Whisper White panel. I colored them with Garden Green Ink and a Blender Pen. I stamped another sentiment from the "Watercolor Christmas" set in Crumb Cake right below them. I adhered this to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Basic Black Card Stock mat and then to the inside of the card. Love this!!

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Peaceful Sparkles

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   One of my favorite stampers is Ilina Crouse over at the Creativity Within blog. She is simply amazing--you need to head on over there and check out her artwork. I promise, you will be so glad you did!

When Stampin' Up released the "Carols of Christmas" stamp set in August and we could get it early, loads of demonstrators got it and the matching Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies and they started posting all their awesome cards. Ilina posted a card that was so gorgeous, I knew I would CASE it and that we'd be making it at one of the Christmas card making classes. Look at this beautiful card!!!
It's so easy to make with the Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies. Here's how. I started with a Night of Navy Card Stock card base and added a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" mat of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper. Then I took a 3-3/4" by 5" piece of Night of Navy Card Stock and placed the nighttime thinlit at the top and the three trees near the bottom and ran it through the Big Shot. So easy and so awesome. Adhering card stock to glimmer paper can be tricky, so I used some strategically placed glue dots at the top and on the bottom corners and that seems to have done the trick.

Next, I stamped the "peace on earth" sentiment from the "Carols of Christmas" stamp set in Night of Navy Ink onto a Whisper White Card Stock piece and cut it out with one of the Stitched Shapes Framelits. I adhered this piece to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.
See those little hearts? They're the "droppings" from the nighttime framelit. I used a tiny drop of Fine-Tip Glue and dropped those little hearts in place. I think that was the perfect finishing touch!!

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Merry Carols

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   The "Carols of Christmas" stamp set was available for pre-order before the Stampin' Up Holiday Catalog came out.  Customers got to order it a month before the catalog debut, but demonstrators got to order it two months early! That's one of the perks I love about being a Stampin' Up demonstrator--I'm in the know about upcoming items and I get to purchase and play with new toys before they're available for sale. If you like to be in the know and play with toys before the rest of your friends, you should contact me and we'll talk about the other fun reasons why YOU should join my team as a Stampin' Up demonstrator!

Way back in the summer, when the "Carols of Christmas" set was first available to demonstrators, the Stampin' Up Artisan Design Team did a blog hop featuring this set. Their creations are totally awesome! I'm pleased to say that my stampin' friend, Mindy Backes, is one of the Artisans. She truly deserves this honor--she's so inspirational in stamping, parenting, and her Christian faith. You can see her work on her website at Bada-Bing Paper Crafting. I knew that I was going to CASE Mindy's card someday--and today is the day!
My color scheme is based on the Be Merry Designer Series Paper that I used in place of the washi tape from Mindy's card. So, I started with a Garden Green Card Stock card base and a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Cherry Cobbler Card Stock mat. I cut the scalloped square mat from the center of the larger mat because it's covered with the 3-3/4" by 5" Whisper White panel.

I stamped the sentiment from "Carols of Christmas" in Garden Green Ink onto a Whisper White piece and added the flourishes from the same set in Cherry Cobbler. I cut this piece out with one of the Layering Squares Framelits and adhered it to the Cherry Cobbler scalloped square that I also cut with one of the Layering Squares Framelits.

See those strips of Be Merry DSP? Well, they came from my scrap pile! I have used the entire package of this DSP in two of my Christmas card-making classes, except for some scraps. I cut them down to different widths and tore the edges so they'd resemble the washi that Mindy used on her card.
To finish the card, I adhered the stamped element to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals and added three Garden Green Enamel Stars to the card. I think it turned out kind of cute!

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Lovely and Sweet

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   I have another wonderful card made with the "Festive Phrases" stamp set--and this time it's an early Valentine's Day card...or anniversary card...or wedding card)...let's just call this set versatile!! The images in this set are awesome. You can stamp them in Basic Black Archival Ink and then add a few colors like I did here and here and here and make a really sweet card!
For today's card, I stamped the image onto a 3-1/3" by 2" Whisper White panel. Then I colored in the hearts with Real Red Stampin' Write Marker and the arrow with an Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker. I adhered this piece to a 3-3/4" by 2-1/4" Basic Black mat.

Next, I ran a 4" by 5-1/4" Real Red panel through the Big Shot with the Sparkle Textured Embossing Folder. I wrapped a length of Silver Metallic-Edge Ribbon around the panel before adhering it to a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base.

To finish the card, I adhered the stamped image with Stampin' Dimensionals and added some Basic Rhinestones for some bling! So lovely and sweet!!

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