Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Christmas Thoughts

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations  I like to make a variety of Christmas cards every year. I send or give out over 100 cards and making 100 of the same card does NOT appeal to me. I don't mind stamping a stack of cards, but I'm not into stamping a mountain of cards! Besides, I create 12 different card designs for my August through November monthly stamp-a-stack sessions. I make enough "kits" for my stampers and one for myself. And I create other cards for my own use. As of today, I have about 35 cards made (and some in-progress that I'm not counting until they're done). That's pretty good for the beginning of October. But I always seem to be writing and addressing them that last week before Christmas. Maybe this year will be different.

Anyway, today's card is one that I designed for the September Christmas card stamp-a-stack session. I like to include a few designs that are more masculine or "woodsy" and this one fills the bill, don't you think?

I embossed a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Mossy Meadow Card Stock panel with the Evergreen Forest 3D Embossing Folder. I used one of the Tasteful Labels Dies to cut a label from the center of a 5-1/4" by 4" Early Espresso Card Stock mat. I adhered the embossed Mossy Meadow panel to this. Then I adhered a 1" by 3-7/8" strip of Heartwarming Hugs Designer Series Paper to the front and wrapped a length of Early Espresso Faux Suede Ribbon around. I adhered everything to a Real Red Card Stock card base.

I stamped a sentiment from the "Itty Bitty Christmas" stamp set in Real Red onto Whisper White and cut it out with another of the Tasteful Labels Dies. I adhered this to the Early Espresso Tag and then adhered this to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

For some bling--because you can even add bling to a woodsy, masculine card--I added three gold Wonderful Gems to the card.

I even made an inside for the card--which I rarely do!

I stamped two trees from the "Rooted In Nature" stamp set in Mossy Meadow Ink at the bottom of a 4" by 5-1/4" Whisper White panel. I also stamped a sentiment from the "Cherish the Season" stamp set in Mossy Meadow. That looks nice--maybe I should stamp the card insides more often.

Stay healthy! Stay safe!


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Monday, October 5, 2020

Snowflake Wishes

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   I'm simply in love with the Snowflake Splendor Suite on pages 36 to 38 in the August-to-December Mini Catalog! I love it so much that I bought everything in the suite! And you can, too! Just use the "I want it all" item number 155115 to purchase the entire collection. You'll get the Snowflake Wishes Bundle ("Snowflake Wishes" stamp set and So Many Snowflakes Dies--including the 10% off bundle price), the gorgeous Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper, the Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper, the sparkly Snowflake Splendor Ribbon, the wonderful Blue Adhesive-Backed Gems, and the fun Winter Snow Embossing Folder. I used practically everything from the suite on this card!

I started by embossing a 3-3/4" by 5" Thick Whisper White Card Stock panel with the Winter Snow Embossing Folder. Then I cut out three snowflakes using the So Many Snowflakes Dies. I set those die-cut snowflakes aside for later. I used Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere this piece to a 4" by 5-1/4" Snowflake Splendor DSP mat. I wrapped a length of Snowflake Splendor Ribbon around this and then adhered it to a Misty Moonlight Card Stock card base.

Next, I stamped a sentiment from the "Snowflake Wishes" stamp set in Misty Moonlight Ink onto Balmy Blue Card Stock. I cut this out with one of the Tasteful Labels Dies. Then I stamped on some Balmy Blue Snowflakes before adhering the label to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

To finish the card, I used Mini Stampin' Dimensionals to add two of the reserved die-cut snowflakes to the card. I used the Blue Adhesive-Backed Gems in the center of the snowflakes to cover up the Dimensionals and added a few more gems for fun!

I really love the way this card turned out--and it was really easy to make!  

Stay healthy! Stay safe!







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Sunday, October 4, 2020

Whatever You Wanna Be Stampin'


#stampinup   #creationstation   #faithfulinkspirations           This month's Creation Station theme is so much fun: Whatever You Wanna Be Stampin'--Pick a Spice Girl! My favorite Spice Girl is Scary Spice, aka Mel B, and since October is the month when we celebrate Halloween, "scary" seems only fitting, right?

I had an idea for this card but I wasn't sure how I would execute it. I thought about it for a week (aka procrastinated) and as I was waking up Saturday morning I hit upon an idea that I hoped would work--and it worked wonderfully! I love it when a plan comes together. 

My inspired thought was to see if one of the sheets of In Good Taste Designer Series Paper would work for a night sky background--and it did! That DSP is so versatile. (I used it on last month's Creation Station project, too.) And this month--October 2020--it's on SALE for 15% off. This is a great time to stock up on those DSPs you love!

For my Scary Spice card, I wanted a spooky tree and a full moon. There will actually be a full moon this Halloween--how fun! So I made myself a template from Thick Whisper White Card Stock. I cut a circle with one of the World Map Dies, but you could use the Layering Circles Dies or a Circle Punch. 

I used a bit of washi tape to hold the pieces together and I sponged on some Bumblebee Ink. Then I used a Sponge Dauber to sponge on some Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint. PROTIP: A little goes a long way! #askmehowiknow  Because I'm impatient, I used my Heat Tool to dry the moon once I was done.

Next, I used my Stamparatus to stamp the tree from the "Life Is Beautiful" set in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I cleaned the stamp and then stamped over the same image with Versamark so I could use some Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder to set the tree and make it shiny against the night sky. I was so happy with how it turned out--especially on top of that shiny moon!

As I fiddled around with the "Life Is Beautiful" sentiment and I was struck with inspiration a second time! I used one of the Painted Labels Dies to cut a piece of Gray Granite Card Stock. Then I masked the stamp with washi tape so that I could stamp each word separately in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink--but for a twist, I added the "Boo!" sentiment from the "Give a Hoot" set. I added some leaves from the "Life Is Beautiful" set at the bottom. Then I continued the shiny theme by pressing the label into my Versamark Ink pad and embossing it with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder.

I cut off the bottom of the tag with my Paper Snips and turned it into a tombstone! Before I adhered the stamped DSP to the card, I stamped some Tuxedo Black leaves at the bottom of the tree. I adhered the 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" DSP to a 4" by 5-1/4" Basic Black Card Stock mat and then onto a Blackberry Bliss Card Stock card base. I adhered the tombstone to the card with Black Stampin' Dimensionals.

I don't always make an inside of the card, but since I had out those cute little owls from the "Have a Hoot" stamp set, I went ahead and added an inside.

I stamped the owl in Tuxedo Black and colored him with Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate, and Calypso Coral Stampin' Blends. I added a strip of DSP for a little nod to the front of the card.

I hope you enjoyed my journey in making this card. Next up for your inspiration is Denita Wright-Smee.  I can't wait to see her spicy creation!


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