Monday, December 30, 2013

Color Around

I started this set coloring the in stamp with markers in grey tones because I intended mounting them on colorful cards.  It is an interesting look I think.

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Cardstock - Stampin Up
Stamps - Stampin Up, Hero Arts
Ribbon - Stampin Up, Ellen Hutson
Markers - Spectrum Noir

Friday, December 27, 2013

Just a note...set

Sometimes I like working with the same image several times, but changing up the colors. For me this is how note card sets are born.

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Papers - Stampin Up
Punches - Stampin Up
Markers - Spectrum Noir, Ink
Memento - Tuxedo Black

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Feel Better

A friend of mine is recovering from surgery and I wanted to send her a cheery card.

The stamps are from Stampin Up, the stems were hand drawn,  the ink is Hero Arts, and the twine was a gift.  I often struggle with placement of moveable items on my card fronts.  I finally after 15 minutes of pushing these flowers around got the arrangement I was happy with.

Now the big question...could I duplicate it...take a photo maybe?  Nope.  I placed a piece of card stock on top of it and flipped the card with the blooms on it upside down.  I removed the cardstock carefully so none of my punched blossoms moved. Then I used several long strips of sticky tape across the backs, placed carefully so they maintained their arrangement. Next I peeled the backer off and Voila, I was able to set it down on my card front in the same arrangement.

I added the twine bow with glossy accents, and decorated the inside of the card with flowers and a feel better sentiment.  The flower centers also have a touch of glitz from a wink of stella pen.

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

More from a pretty paper pack

This American Crafts paper pack is full of lots of fun Christmas papers, and some that are neutral as well.  I was sending off a package from the hubs and I and figured I needed a card inside the package to house the gift card sent along with the other items.  I needed to get it out to the mail quickly, so a fast card was needed.

Patterned paper, a die cut and a bit of ribbon.

Papers  American Crafts
Die Simon Says Stamp
Ribbon unknown bit

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Simple Holiday Card

Hubs asked me to make holiday greeting cards for some of his clients. He needed 25 cards and wanted them to be simple.  I used my favorite technique, heat embossing.

Hard to see it here, the silver embossing really is shiny and beautiful against the white.

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Cardstock - Neenah Aspen White 110#
Stamps - Hero Arts, Stampin Up
Ink - Versamark
Embossing Powder - Hero Arts

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Quick Cards

Hubs and I needed some quick cards to put in the mail for the niece and nephews.  Each card has a little pocket or envelope for a monetary gift.

I had gotten a 12x12 Christmas paper pad, I found this sheet to be fun.  I used my envelope punch board for the little envelopes inside the cards.

Papers - American Crafts
String - DMC
Ink - Versafine. Hero Arts
Stamps - Simon Says Stamp, Stampin Up, Hero Arts

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Friday, December 20, 2013

silver and blue

I went to some old Hero Art stamp sets to make this card.  I used a Stampin Up blue cardstock, then heat embossed snowflakes from two sets, in silver and white.  I stamped the larger ones first added the silver powder  but did not heat them. 

Then I added the smaller and poured the white over.  Some of the white embossing powder landed and stuck to the silver powdered flakes. Once melted I like the look on the mixed flakes.  

I heat embossed the snowman in silver as well, and the greeting in white.  A length of white velvet ribbon and its finished.  

The card is soft, fun and playful.  Have a wonderful holiday season, thanks for stopping by.

 Edited to add - Submitting to Die Cut Diva's Holiday's and Celebrations.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Waiting a long time...

My wonderful MIL gave me a Christmas stamp last year.  I had already made my holiday cards for the year; but, I wanted to be sure to use it this year.  

I had to figure out a design that made making 50 of them not too difficult or time consuming. I like the metallic look this year and decided on gold embossing. I had purchased gold cardstock for my Thanksgiving cards, but did not end up using it.  Luckily I had just enough for my holiday cards.

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Cardstock - Neenah Aspen White, Recollections
Ink - Versamakr
Embossing Powder - Hero Arts
Embossing Folder - Provo Craft
Stamps - Inkadinkado, Stampin Up (interior)
Dies - Lifestyle Crafts

Edited to add - Thanks Arlene, for the tip.  Adding this to Die Cut Diva's Holidays & Celebrations, thanks Arlene.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Merry Christmas

I picked up a poinsettia die by Sizzix, and decided to play.  I anticipate using this one quite a few times while making holiday cards this year. I did tear the larges of leaves and made a tighter base for the remaining layers to rest on. I thought this paper was a perfect foil for the large bloom.

Hubs, who is not fond of black on cards, claimed this on to be in his top ten favorites of all time.  I have to agree that it is quite eye-catching.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cardstock - Neenah Aspen White 110#
Paper - American Crafts, Stampin Up
Embellishment - Stampin Up
Embossing folder - Sizzix
Die - Sizzix 

EDITED TO ADD: Thank you Greta, I believe I will enter this into the Through the Purple Haze Challenge; the topic is Here comes Christmas Day. One more entry for this one Die Cut Diva's Holidays & Celebrations. Thank you Arlene.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Merry Christmas

Just a quick card, die cuts for all the front.  I covered them all with glue and dumped on glitter.  A bit of white string, and that's it.
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Glitter- EK Success
Dies- Memory Box, Simon Says Stamp

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Negative Die Cut

I am still loving this cute little snow man from Hero Arts.

I had embossed him for another card and used the die to cut him out.  I saved the negative and created this card.  Stamping the snowman on light blue card, then using an embossing folder on the negative die cut paper to create some snow.  I cut the panel to fit the card, added a sentiment block and added just a bit of wink of stella to the "snow".  Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Tis the Season

I just love that little DeNami Designs lantern.  So cute.  

Image- De Nami Designs
Sentiment- Hero Arts
Embossing Folder- Provo Craft

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Happy Holidays

Just a quick post.  I am trying to make a few extra cards for my Dad to send out for Christmas.  I left a few for him in California, but he might run out so send off a few more this week. Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season.  I need to finish my shopping...well maybe get more than just the barest start that I have.  Yikes, the days are going to fly by.

Image - Denami Designs
Ink- Memento
Markers - Copic
Dies - Spellbinders
Sentiment - Hero Arts
Washi - Target

Monday, December 9, 2013

Trying a Tag

Thought this paper was so much fun, I decided to try a tag card.

Papers - American Craafts, Stampin Up
Stamp -  Hero Arts
Embossing Powder - Hero Arts
Ribbon - Offray
String - Dmc 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Another Mojo Monday

Decided to play along with the current Mojo Monday #322 sketch.   I am using papers from American Crafts,(I am so in love with this patterned paper!) Coredinations, Ribbon from American Crafts, Tim Holtz die, Hero Arts stamp and embossing powder and an unknown yellow sparkly dot. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Monogram Set

I made a set of note cards for a friend having a birthday.  She is one of the last great note writers.  Her thank you notes are always so heartfelt and well written.  She is a master of a lost art in my opinion. To have such a way with words would be a gift! 

I first laid out the monogram on my computer in a word processing program.  I got 4 images on a piece of 8.5 by 11 inch paper. I printed the sheet out. Then stamped a large zinnia in Golden Glitz Ink over the top of the printed cardstock piece. I cut them to size, matted them and placed them on red card bases. 

It might have been better to try stamping first, then printing over the dry stamp.  Next time I'll try it that way!

Thanks for stopping by.

Stamp - Stampendous
Cardstock - Stampin UP
Ink - Delicata (Tsukineko)