Monday, October 30, 2017

Black & White Christmas

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   One of the first things I spotted in the Holiday Catalog was the gorgeous Merry Little Christmas Suite of products.  Stampin' Up calls this a "mega suite" because there are so many products. If you don't have a copy of the Holiday Catalog, you can see view it online by clicking the link on the right side of this blog. If you want a catalog to hold in your hands, please let me know and I can get one right to you.  The Merry Little Christmas Mega Suite is on pages 10 through 13.

I'm in love with the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper. I'm always happy to see black and white together and this card is so simple and elegant because of the DSP and the gorgeous silver Foil Snowflake.

I started with a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Basic Black Card Stock mat. I added a 3-3/4" by 2" piece of Merry Little Christmas DSP to the top and another 3-3/4" by 3" piece to the bottom. then I wrapped a length of Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon at the seam between the papers. I can't get enough of that ribbon! I adhered all this to a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base.

Next, I stamped a sentiment from the "Snowflake Sentiments" stamp set onto a Whisper White scrap. This set is perfect for sentiments for the outside and inside of your holiday cards. It's a keeper! I cut this out with one of the Layering Squares Framelits and adhered it to a Basic Black scalloped square cut with another of the Layering Squares Framelits. I adhered this to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

To finish the card, and add that special touch of holiday bling, I cut a silver Foil Snowflake in half, added a bit of Snail Adhesive to the cut edge and tucked it under the sentiment square. It's gorgeous, isn't it? The simplicity of the design and Stampin' Up's elegant products make it easy to create a stack of these to send to friends and family.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Happy Birthday, Peaches

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   I'm in love, love, LOVE with the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper. I love the colors and the images. I thought I'd feature it on a card, along with the Layer Leaves Embossing Folder. What a great combo!

I've gotta tell you: I was all "meh" about the Layered Leaves Embossing Folder until I saw cardstock embossed with it. That's why you have a Stampin' Up demonstrator. Sometimes you'll miss stuff in the catalog, but when you see it IRL, it's awesome sauce! Take a look!

Isn't that amazing?! I embossed a 3-3/4" by 5" Pool Party panel and adhered it to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Tranquil Tide mat. Next I added a striped strip of Whole Lot of Lovely DSP to the card and a floral piece of the same DSP right on the top. I wrapped a length of Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon around this before adhering everything to a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base, cut lengthwise.

Next, I fussy cut the peaches from another sheet of Whole Lot of Lovely DSP and adhered them to the card with both regular and Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.

Finally, I stamped a sentiment from the "Birthday Delivery" stamp set in Tranquil Tide ink onto a Whisper White Scrap and cut it out with the Pretty Label Punch. I used some more Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere this to the card. So pretty, don't you think?!

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Little Pink Houses

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   Remember when John Mellencamp was John Cougar? I remember listening to his early music and thinking that he is the quintessential American rock star. He told stories about growing up in middle America. I really loved--and still do love--his music, no matter what he calls himself.  This card reminds me of one of his songs: "Pink Houses." You might not think that's so Christmas-y, but it is. Wait 'til you see!

I started by using the Hometown Greetings Framelits to cut out a Blushing Bride scene. I used a Sweet & Sassy Framelit to cut a heart from some Whisper White Card Stock. I adhered the scene to the heart with Mono Multi Glue and trimmed off the extra card stock.

Next, I embossed half a 3-3/4" by 5" Whisper White panel with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder and adhered it to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Basic Black Card Stock mat.  I wrapped two lengths of Basic Black Striped Baker's Twine around this before adhering it to a Blushing Bride Card Stock card base.

I stamped a sentiment from the "Hearts Come Home" stamp set--which comes in a bundle with the Hometown Greetings Framelits--in Basic Black Archival Ink onto a Whisper White scrap. I punched this out with the Pretty Label Punch. 

I adhered the heart and the label to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. And for a finishing touch, I added three Black Rhinestones. I LOVE THOSE SO MUCH!!! (YES, I AM SHOUTING!!!) See?!

Yep! Those little pink houses are pretty enough for Christmas, don't ya think?

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Halloween Treats

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   My youngest kids are in their first year of college. They're halfway across the country from me. I kind of miss them, but I'm glad that they're having new experiences, learning new things, meeting new people. But I don't want them to forget about me and how often I'm thinking of them. This will be the first Halloween without them either handing out candy or trying to squeak in one last round of trick-or-treating (or, let's be honest, holed up in their rooms). So, what better way to say, "I miss you and Happy Halloween" than to send a care package full of candy!

I love the big, bold images in the "Festive Phrases" stamp set. There's an image for practically every fall and winter holiday. The Halloween stamp is super fun. I stamped the image in Basic Black Archival Ink onto a 2" by 4" strip of Whisper White Card Stock. I used the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch to make it into a tag and I rounded the other end with the Envelope Punch Board corner rounder.  I colored in the dots with a Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Write Marker. And I added a Berry Burst Glimmer Enamel Dot and two Black Rhinestones.
I don't have any Halloween Designer Series Paper, so I used what I had, which is Naturally Eclectic. I adhered a 2" strip of this DSP around the stack of candy bars and added a 1/2" strip of Basic Black to make it more Halloween-y. I used about a yard of Berry Burst 5/8" Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon to tie the tag onto the stack of candy bars.

I made enough treat stacks for my daughter and her three suite-mates and my son and his roommate. The package has already arrived and BOTH kids texted me to tell me thanks!
Can't wait to see my kiddos at Thanksgiving! Just a few more weeks...

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