Monday, December 4, 2017

Serene Scene

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   A friend of mine is working overseas for six months serving our country. She's going to be away from friends and family at Christmas. Our office is putting together a care package for her and I wanted to make her a special Christmas card to go along with it. I got my inspiration from this card that Mikaela Titheridge posted a few days ago. Isn't it awesome?!
For my card, I cut a scene from Whisper White Card Stock using the Hometown Greeting Edgelits. I knew Bobbi would appreciate the church and the house. I cut a scalloped oval mat from Powder Pink Card Stock using one of the Layering Ovals Framelits. I cut a Whisper White oval with the largest oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. I adhered the church strip to the oval frame with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals. Next, I cut half an oval from a piece of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper with the largest oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits and used my Paper Snips to give the feeling of drifting snow.

I embossed a 3-3/4" by 5" Whisper White Card Stock panel with the Sparkle Embossing Folder and adhered it to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Powder Pink Card Stock mat. I wrapped a length of Powder Pink Shimmer Ribbon around this and then adhered it onto a Crumb Cake Card Stock card base. I adhered the die-cut oval assembly to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Finally, I stamped a sentiment from the "Hearts Come Home" stamp set in Crumb Cake Ink onto a Whisper White scrap and punched it out with the Pretty Label Punch. I adhered this to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Isn't this such a serene scene? I hope my friend feels the warmth and love from us as she spends some time away.











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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Creation Station: Metallics Gone Wild

#stampinup   #creationstation   #faithfulinkspirations   Hello! It's that time again--the Creation Station design team is back to share another round of fabulous projects that we hope will inspire you.

First, though, I have to give a shout-out to TWO of the Creation Station design team members who were just selected for the Stampin' Up 2018 Artisan Design Team: Liz Price and Linda Van Wely.  If you've been hopping with us for a while, you'll know that these two are fabulous artists and that their place on the SU Design Team is well deserved!!

For this round, we're sharing projects with a metallic theme.  Stampin' Up has so many great metallic products to choose from--metallic-edged ribbon, metallic foil sheets, embossing powders, designer series papers. I had a hard time choosing--so I chose several!!

My first project is fun and easy...the hardest part was waiting in the long line at unnamed box craft store to make my purchases! I bough some mason jars, tea lights, Mod Podge, and a foam brush. The only other ingredient you'll need is some salt, which I'm sure you have in your pantry.


I squirted some Mod Podge onto a paper plate and "painted" the inside of the mason jars with a good coating of Mod Podge. Next, I poured in some salt and swished it around the inside of the jars, tapping out the excess.

Next, I cut some houses from a Gold Foil Sheet using the Hometown Greetings Edgelits and some trees using the Card Front Builder Dies. I adhered these to the outside of the mason jars with Fast Fuse Adhesive and Glue Dots. (You could use Mono Multi-Adhesive or the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.) Then I tied a length of Gold Metallic-Edge Ribbon around the top of each jar. 

Simple, right? Look how pretty they look with the candles lit!






Here's how they look when the candles aren't lit. Still so pretty--and so easy!
Since I had the ribbon and Mod Podge out, I thought I'd make another easy project. I cut about 10" of Silver Metallic-Edge Ribbon and another 10" length of Gold Metallic-Edge Ribbon. I "painted" Mod Podge along the length of each ribbon and then wrapped them around a pencil. 
When the Mod Podge was dry, I slipped the ribbons off the pencils and sewed a loop at one end. Aren't they cute?


For my last project, I wanted to use the fabulous Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper because it's beautiful! I also wanted to make seasonal thank you cards because we all need to write thank you cards for our holiday gifts, right? I made five of these cards and matching envelopes.
I adhered a length of Silver Metallic-Edge Ribbon to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" piece of Year of Cheer Specialty DSP and then adhered this to a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base using Stampin' Dimensionals.

I stamped a sentiment from the "One Big Meaning" stamp set in Versamark Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock, sprinkled on some Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder, and set it with my Heat Tool. Then I stamped one of the snowflakes from the "Snowflake Sentiments" stamp set in Versamark next to the sentiment and embossed it with Silver Stampin' Embossing Powder. I cut this out with the largest oval Stitched Shape Framelit.  

I adhered half a Silver Foil Snowflake to the card and then added the sentiment oval using Stampin' Dimensionals.

I added a strip of Year of Cheer Specialty DSP to the flap of a Whisper White Envelope--so elegant!

I made five of these cards and envelopes because they fit nicely into an Acetate Card Box!
To make the box extra special, I cut a 4-1/4" by 5-1/2" piece of a Silver Foil Sheet and embossed each edge with the Winter Wonder Embossing Folder and slipped it in with the cards. I made a belly band with the same Year of Cheer Specialty DSP that I'd used on the cards and wrapped a length of Silver Metallic-Edge Ribbon around the box.

Finally, I stamped a sentiment from the "Snowflake Sentiments" stamp set in Versamark onto Whisper White Card Stock and embossed it with Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder. I cut it out with the same oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. I adhered a Silver Foil Snowflake to the oval and then used Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere it to the belly band.
I hope you've enjoyed my projects.  Please use the "next" button below to hop along to Sara Nell Langland and continue on through the rest of the hop.


http://www.stampinup.net/blog/57716/entry/creation_station_december_blog_hop_metallics_gone_wild

Happy Stampin' and have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We'll see you again on the first Sunday in January 2018 (January 7)!!











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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Masking Two-Fer

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   Twoday's two-fer is two die for! Ha! We learned the techniques I'm using today at Lydia Fiedler's Unwind Retreat the day before Stampin' Up's OnStage Live event. Lydia is a master masker--it's a quick and fun and effective technique that I never think about trying myself.

First, we stamped eight of the bears from the "Pieces & Patterns" stamp set in Basic Black Archival Ink onto masking paper. (Lydia uses Avery Self-Stick Removable Laser ID Labels #6465.) And then we fussy cut each and every one of those eight bears...to some moans and whines, but I LOVE to fussy cut, so I had no complaints!! We used the straight edge of our piece of masking paper to mask the bottom third-ish of a Whisper White panel (I cut mine to 3-3/4" by 5" at home) and then peeled and placed the fussy cut bears onto the top of the panel, randomly. We sponged on some Lemon Lime Twist and Flirty Flamingo Ink and flicked on some Flirty Flamingo Ink, too. When we were finished with that step, we peeled off the bears--saving them for later--and the bottom masking piece. We stamped a sentiment from the "Pieces & Patterns" set in Basic Black Archival Ink onto the bottom of the Whisper White panel.

When I got home, I adhered my stamped panel to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Lemon Lime Twist Card Stock mat, wrapped a length of Lemon Lime Twist Ombre ribbon around, and then adhered it to a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base. How cute is this?!

Remember, those bear masks that we set aside? Well, that's where the two-fer comes in!  We stamped the "hello there" circle in Basic Gray Ink onto the middle-ish of a Whisper White panel (which I cut to 3-3/4" by 5" when I got home). Then we adhered the bear masks around the circle. Adorbs! Here's Lydia's card and I'm telling you, you need to read her blog post, too. She's brilliant!!

When I got home, I adhered my stamp panel to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Flirty Flamingo Card Stock mat and then onto a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base. Love it!!

I've got one more two-fer fer you this week, so come on back and see what else we learned from Lydia!!!










tams# 18036 (first card)

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