Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I LOVE this paper!!

The patterns in the Santa & Co. designer series paper are very bold and whimsical; lots of fun for Christmas cards, but also good for other times of the year.  I love how this one sort of reminds me of stained glass.  The DSP colors include Real Red, but I think Cherry Cobbler goes well with this pattern because there is a darker red in there too.  I combined it with the new Bright and Beautiful stamp set to create this card.

The focal image was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock that measures 2 7/8 x 3 1/4 inches.  I used the larger star from Bright and Beautiful, and inked it up in Pear Pizzazz, then stamped off once before stamping the star onto the cardstock.  I stamped the sentiment over that with Cherry Cobbler ink (full strength).  The bow is made with Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon, and embellished with a (retired) Frosted Finishes star.  I love those little stars - I wish they were still available!  The new snowflake embellishments would be a perfect substitute, but I don't have any of those yet.  I'll link them below anyway.  :)

Have a great day, and drive safely if you're traveling anywhere this week!

Sympathy Card in Navy

A sympathy card is one of those things you wish you didn't need, but when you do it's nice to have a hand made one to give.  I like using neutral colors on a sympathy card, but I also like a little bit of color; just not anything too bright.  I love the combination of Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, and Very Vanilla.  I think it's just the right amount of color, while still subdued enough to be appropriate for the occasion.

To make this card, I created an A2 card base from Night of Navy cardstock (8.5 x 5.5 inches, folded in half).  Then I cut another panel of Night of Navy and ran it through the Big Shot with the Modern Mosaic embossing folder.  I used snail to adhere that layer directly to the card base.  The stamped panel is a piece of Very Vanilla cut to 2.5 x 3.5 inches, matted on a piece of Crumb Cake that is 2.75 x 3.75 inches.  The floral image is from the Flowering Flourishes set, stamped in Crumb Cake ink.  For the ribbon ruffle, I used Crumb Cake seam binding and a piece of Sticky Strip, just gathering and sticking down the ribbon, and letting it hang off the edges of the panel a little.  The sentiment is from the retired Simply Sketched stamp set, stamped in Night of Navy ink, and the flowers are embellished with some small pearls.  I attached the focal image panel with Stampin' Dimensionals to make it pop off the embossed layer.  The inside of the card is lined with Very Vanilla, and it is blank for writing a personal message.

Today we are cleaning the house and getting ready for a cozy Thanksgiving weekend.  I love this time of year!  Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, and thanks for stopping by!

To purchase any of the supplies I used to make this card, click on the links below.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Cheerful Christmas in Blackberry

I know that everyone who has this Cheerful Christmas stamp set has made some kind of card like this.  But it's just so darn cute, and easy to do!  This is my take on the design.  I used Very Vanilla, Blackberry Bliss, and Gumball Green against a Kraft card base.  Gumball Green is retired now, but Garden Green would be a perfect substitute.  To make the card, I first stamped the rosette from the Cheerful Christmas stamp set in opposite corners of a Very Vanilla panel, after coloring it with markers.  I really was only concerned about getting the outer corners inked up, because I knew that the center would be covered up eventually: 

Then I used the same markers to color the large sentiment, and stamped it on another piece of Very Vanilla.  I cut it out with the Ovals Framelits, along with a larger oval in Gumball Green.  Here are the two panels finished and ready to mount onto the card base.

The oval panel is popped up on dimensionals.  Then to balance out the corners, I added three Candy Dots from the Brights collection and a Blackberry Bliss bow.  The photo below shows how the rhinestones I added really sparkle in the light (click to see it better).  I just covered all of the dots on the sentiment panel with various sizes of rhinestones.  I left them clear on this card but they would also look adorable colored in with the Blendabilities markers!

Hope you like the quick and easy project for today!  This stamp set is PERFECT for quick and easy cards.  To buy any of the supplies I used to make it, click on the links below.  Have a great weekend!

Product List
Gumball Green 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
Gumball Green 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
2012-2014 In Color Stampin' Write Markers
2012-2014 In Color Stampin' Write Markers
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