Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Finishing up 2015 Christmas Cards

I decided to add a few more Christmas cards to my stash.  This one you'll recognize from my Christmas Stamp-a-Stack.
I made enough of these until the Washi Tape edging ran out.  I believe it was about 7 or 8 more.

THIS card I saw on Pinterest, and loved it immediately!
Again, it's the Work of Art Stamp set!
He's definitely a happy snowman - no melting!  I embellished him with a rhinestone on his hat with the holly and flower.  There's also a rhinestone piece on his scarf.
These snowman cards were really fun to make!  They went really quickly, and were so much fun!

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Falling Leaves Window

I saw a version of this card on Pinterest as I was surfing at lunch one day, and wanted to play with this card technique.

The images in the background are colored using the ink pads, and the aqua painter.

I don't make many fall themed cards, but the technique really caught my eye and made me want to play with it.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

My FIRST Christmas Card Stamp-A-Stack

We used so many techniques to make these Christmas cards!  I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon with my customers, and I know they had fun as well!
Peaceful Wreath with Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies
 Each card uses a different technique, dry embossing, heat embossing,
Embellished Ornaments
 The ornament card, we stamped in the center, die-cut the ornament, then stamped the background images.
Joyful Season
 As you might know, I LOVE all things 2-step stamping.  This cardinal was right up my alley!  It uses this technique on the branch, berries, and cardinal!
Peaceful Pines and Perfect Pines Framelits Dies
 Stamping, punching, die cutting... lots of techniques here for the trees!
All Ye Faithful
 I LOVE this card!  Gold embossing powder, gold Washi tape...  so pretty!
This card front starts out white, and has the ink brayered on to get the gradations in color from dark to light.  LOVE this technique!!  So very beautiful.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Stained Glass Holy Family

You might not guess it, but I used the Stampin' Up! Markers on this card...  It gives a really beautiful water colored effect.

The background is the Brick Wall embossing folder with a piece of watercolor paper with the stamp embossed on it. 
I also embossed the sentiment in gold.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Stampin' Up! On Stage Swaps

Over the summer, we got notification that on November 14th, 2015 there would be a Stampin' Up!  On Stage event in Dallas!

ANY chance I have to get into Texas, I'm going to automatically jump at... and a stamping event at that!?!  Of COURSE I was going!!!
 The next things to worry about after you signed up and know all the particulars is to make your swaps.  An event like this where there were only 5 or 6 venues in the US, one in Belgium, Australia, New Zeland, as well as Austria...  I wanted to be prepared!  There were going to be LOTS of demonstrators!
 I made a total of 85 swap cards.  20 of the dinosaurs above.  They are from the stamp set No Bones About It.  We have a "new" baby in the family so I jumped at this set of stamps.  I then dug out my very FAVORITE stamp set.... Gorgeous Grunge and made 20 of the Camouflage card above.  I wasn't sure how these to cards would be received by the other demonstrators, but they ended up being very popular!!  I was pleasantly surprised.
Soft Sky, and Bermuda Bay
This one is my FAVORITE!  LOVE that Bermuda Bay!

 Now we get to my favorites.  I made 9 different color schemes with this butterfly design, 5 of each for 45 cards in all.
Pumpkin Pie, and Tangelo Twist with the black die cut overlay.
 Basically, all the butterfly cards were the same:  Soft Sky card, black mat, white card topper stamped with the Watercolor Wash stamp in Soft Sky (some in Marina Mist).  I then added the border along the right edge in Crumb Cake.  The sentiment is from the Tin of Cards stamp set/project. 
Soft Sky and Lost Lagoon stamped off.
 On captions under each butterfly, I've typed the names of the ink colors I used for each....but there are only 2, and I stamped 3 times!  How, you ask?  With the largest butterfly image, I used the first color, and stamped off.  Then for the 2nd layer (edges) I used the color full strength.  I then used the 2nd color for the centers.
Blushing Bride and Melon Mambo
 We (my upline Kathy Douglas, my demo partner Robin Smith) thought there were approximately 360 demonstrators at this event!  It sure seems like more than that.  10 tables across, 6 tables deep with 6 demos on each table?  There were LOTS of people!!
Pear Pizzazz and Tempting Turquoise

Perfect Plum and Elegant Eggplant
 Usually I come home with swaps I've made... but not this time!  I swapped out in about 30 minutes.  SO exciting!!!!!   
Daffodil Delight and Wisteria Wonder
 Now I have 85 different card designs for ideas!!
Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Christmas in July - July 31, 2015

MADE it finally!  July 31st.  Another month of Christmas cards done.. 
I do so love this technique.  I call it Triple-Double stamping.  It's a double layered stamp, on a triple layered card.
Please enjoy... it's one of my very favorites.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Christmas in July - July 30, 2015

There is one NEW product on this card!  I used the Washi Tape Label Punch for the sentiment.  
It's true that in my Christmas in July stamping of 31 cards in 31 days I dig into my Christmas stamp stash - which by this time you must know is quite extensive... but I used one new punch on this card.

The embossed background is the poinsettia background, and I also used another favorite stamp set "Watercolor Winter".  Love that stamp set!

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Christmas in July - July 29, 2015

 Yes, I used the Composer's Dream stamp on the background of a LOT of my Christmas cards this year.  I associate Christmas strongly with music....  movie musicals, all the great albums my parents keep in their back living room.... 
This stamp starts off with "O Holy Night"  how can you not sing it in your head for a bit after you read the beginning of the stamp?  I do it every single time. 

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Christmas in July - July 28, 2015

 Silhouettes of any kind remind me of a book series I read as a child...  "The Boxcar Children".  I always get that nostalgic feeling when I see them.
This verse is one of the pieces we had to memorize for our Christmas Eve program.  The younger children had little sentence verses to say, but when you got to be older, you got to say the narration pieces.  I looked forward to those for YEARS.  This is one of the verses I received one year in the program.  It has wonderful memories for me.
Please enjoy.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Christmas in July - July 27, 2015

In person, this card does not look like a Union Jack!  It's funny how the photo really gives that impression!

The music stamp is called Composer's Dream - the rest of the stamps are SU!
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas!

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