Sunday, December 5, 2021

Creation Station: Anything But a Card!


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Hello and welcome to the December 2021 Creation Station blog hop! We are quickly (so quickly) approaching the Christmas holiday and if the design team members are anything like me, we've made tons and tons of Christmas cards. So now it's time for something completely different--projects that are anything but a card. How fun!

I've made a cute gift set that would be perfect for a teacher or co-worker, or your friendly UPS driver. Mine will go to my son and I'll tell you why as we go on.

I made myself a template so that I could wrap a Mini Coffee Cup with a band of striped Heartwarming Hugs Designer Series Paper. I wrapped a smaller strip of a red sheet of the DSP around the center.

Next, I stamped an adorable Santa from the "Be Jolly" stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black onto Basic White Card Stock. I colored him with Light and Dark Real Red, Dark Basic Black, Dark Smoky Slate, Dark Daffodil Delight, and Ivory Stampin' Blends. I stamped some stars around Santa's head and colored those with Light and Dark Daffodil Delight Blends. I used some Clear Wink of Stella to color the stars and the "fur" on Santa's outfit.

I cut Santa out with one of the Layering Circles Dies and then adhered it to a scalloped Real Red Card Stock piece that I cut with another of the Layering Circles Dies. I adhered this to the front of the cup with loads of Stampin' Dimensionals.

I ran a length of Tear and Tape around the brim of the coffee cup's lid and then adhered a length of Real Red Mini Ruffled Ribbon, tying it into a big bow.

Next, I stamped the cute little bird in Tuxedo Black onto Basic White Card Stock. I added a sentiment in Real Red Ink and some stars in Tuxedo Black. I colored the bird with Light and Dark Daffodil Delight, Light Real Red, and Light Shaded Spruce Stampin' Blends. I also used Wink of Stella on the bird and stars because who doesn't like a bit of sparkle?

I cut this out with a smaller Layering Circle Die, adhered it to a scalloped Real Red circle, and then onto a striped piece of Heartwarming Hugs DSP to match the coffee cup. 

I adhered this piece to the top of a Mini Jam Jar that I'd filled with mini marshmallows and tied a Real Red Mini Ruffled Ribbon around.

I've filled the coffee cup with a couple of packets of hot chocolate mix because my son is crazy about hot chocolate. I'm also going to add some cash because we're traveling over the holidays and I can't carry a load of gifts. And, well, who doesn't like cold hard cash?!

I made a little tag to go along with the set using the "to/from" stamp from the "Be Jolly" stamp set and cut it out with one of the Seasonal Labels Dies.

Please use the link to continue on to the fabulous Mikaela Titheridge and then hop on around the world to visit our blogs and see our creations. 

Have a wonderful Christmas (or Hanukah or Kwanzaa or whatever you celebrate)! I wish you peace, and joy and good health in the new year and always!

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Sunday, October 3, 2021

Creation Station: It's the Season for


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Well, we have finally had some real fall whether here in central Maryland. It took a while to get here--we had a heat wave three plus days at 90F in a row) at the beginning of September. But the end of the month and beginning of October has just been glorious! The air is crisp. The sky is the bluest of blues. And the trees are just starting to turn. I'm wondering how the color will be this fall since the cicadas "tipped" most of the trees during their once-every-thirteen-years feeding and, um, reproducing frenzy. I'm hoping that doesn't have much of an impact, but we'll see.

Since our Creation Station design team is truly international, some of our designers are heading into spring! Our assignment for October is to stamp to match our season. I honestly began to despair because I don't have any fall sets--or do I? I'd totally forgotten that I had the "Welcoming Woods" set from the June to December Mini Catalog! Imagine my joy when I saw it on my stamp shelf. Huzzah!

I watched a few videos of Stampin' Up demonstrators creating beautiful sunsets behind the trees so I set about to do the same. I cut a 1" circle from a Post-It note using one of the Layering Circles Dies and adhered it to a 3-3/4" by 5" Basic White Card Stock piece. I used a Blending Brush--yep, just one brush in all the colors, and nope, I didn't clean it in between since the inks don't [usually] transfer from the brush--to swirl on Mango Melody, Calypso Coral, Cinnamon Cider, and Blackberry Bliss Inks. I also added Mossy Meadow Ink along the bottom to "ground" the trees. 

I removed the Post-It, and swirled on some more Mango Melody Ink--that leaves a subtle circle outline for the sun.

I stamped the tree image onto this piece in Soft Suede Ink. PROTIP: Make sure you stamp the top of the trees off the top of your card stock, otherwise, they look like they've been lopped off at the top. I used Basic Gray Ink to stamp the shadow under the trees.

Next, I folded a baby wipe onto an acrylic block and dropped Rich Razzleberry, Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, and Crushed Curry Ink to make a "custom" ink pad. 

I stamped the leaves from the "Welcoming Woods" set into this pad and onto my trees. They turned out so pretty!

I adhered this piece to a 4" by 5-1/4" Soft Suede Card Stock mat and then onto a 4-1/8" by 5-3/8" Blackberry Bliss Card Stock mat.

I stamped the sentiment from the same set in Soft Suede Ink onto So Saffron Card Stock and cut it out with one of the Seasonal Labels Dies--also from the July to December Mini. The die was too long, so I shortened the label by repositioning the die and cutting the label again. I adhered this to the card with Early Espresso Suede Ribbon and a few Stampin' Dimensionals.

To finish the card, I added three Gold Metallic Pearls to the label.

I can't wait to see what the rest of our Creation Station Design Team has in store for us. Just click on the next button or visit Jeanna's blog post and you can begin your international seasonal trip around the world!

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