Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!  I was perusing Pinterest and came across this card by Karen Gooch, and fell in love.  It was such an elegant way to use the Wonderful Wreath stamp set, and I knew I wanted to make a version of this card.

I think the only thing I changed was to put the wreath and the gold and black layers on a Cherry Cobbler card base, instead of a Basic Black base.  The black was stunning, but I love the Cherry Cobbler.  It's also easier to write on the inside and have it show up. :)

The wreath is embossed with gold embossing powder and  I used Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details for the berries. 

Stamps:  Wonderful Wreath, Good Greetings
Ink:  Gold
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler and Basic Black card stock, Gold Foil sheet
Accessories:  Big Shot, Wondrous Wreath Framelits, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon, Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details

Merry Christmas, everyone!  I hope this day is full of joy and celebrating the Greatest Gift!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Bright & Beautiful Shaker Card

Oh my all the busyness of the season, I keep forgetting to post this card!  This is a really fun shaker card that makes use of the beautiful blues in the All is Calm Designer Series Paper.

I've never made a shaker card before, but I'm hooked.  It is so easy.  I can't wait to make more!

Tips & Tricks

  • To make this shaker card, I stamped the medium star from Bright & Beautiful, then cut it out with the coordinating Stars Framellits.  
  • Next, I punched a circle in the center of the star.  
  • I then cut out a larger circle in whisper white and stamped the smallest star in Lost Lagoon. 
  • I also cut out a larger circle from a piece of Window Sheet.
  • Adhere the Window Sheet to the back of the star, and set aside to dry.
  • Then, take one of the foam circles from the Shaker Frames, and adhere it to the Whisper White circle.  These are great, because you'll get six sets of foam circles in different sizes to make tons of shaker cards!  Think Stampin' Dimensionals, only in circle form.
  • Before you remove the backing off the top of the Shaker Frames, put some glitter or other filler into the circle.  I just used glitter, but if you have the Star Confetti Punch, you could punch some little stars in different colors and put those in.  Or, do a combination of both!
  • Remove the adhesive backing, and set the large star on top of the Whisper White/Shaker Frames piece.  
  • That's is, now you have the hardest part done!  And it wasn't even that hard!
  • To finish this card, I placed some Soft Sky card stock and All is Calm DSP on the front of a Lost Lagoon card base.  I tied a piece of Soft Sky Seam Binding Ribbon where the two papers meet, stamped "Merry Christmas" at the bottom, and then adhered my star to the front.

If you haven't made a shaker card, what are you waiting for?  Don't wait as long as I did...these are so fun!

Stamps:  Bright & Beautiful, Good Greatings
Ink:  Lost Lagoon
Paper:  Lost Lagoon, Soft Sky, and Whisper White card stock, All is Calm DSP, Window Sheets
Accessories:  Big Shot, Stars Framelits, 1" and 1 1/4" Circle Punches,  glitter

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Frozen Snowflake Card

While making snowflake cards this year, I was inspired to make a "Frozen" card for my great nieces.  I think this fits the's snowy and sparkly, and just what those little girls will love.  Of course, they will just think it's great to get a card in the mail.  It doesn't take a lot to impress a four year old.  This is very similar to past snowflake cards I've made, so I won't go into detail on how I did it.  But if you need specifics, be sure to let me know!
Stamps: Letterpress Winter
Ink:  Lost Lagoon, Whisper White
Paper:  Soft Sky card stock, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
Accessories:  Big Shot, Snowflake Card Thinlits

Monday, December 8, 2014

Bright & Beautiful Christmas Card

I'm late getting this posted today.  It was an insanely crazy day, as I had two classes for kids today, plus we put in new kitchen counter tops.  That was not great planning.  My kitchen looks like it exploded into my dining room, and there were kids bouncing off my basement walls.  Whew!  I'm glad it's over and I can just sit and veg for the rest of the night.

This gold star card is a little bit involved.  It's not hard, but there are a lot of steps, and trying to perfectly place the largest star from the Bright & Beautiful stamp set is a little tricky because of the giant wood block it's mounted on.

Every star on this card is embossed with gold embossing powder, and I love the way it looks.  The middle layer of the focal star is cut from gold glimmer paper.  There is so much sparkle and shine on this card, and even though I don't normally love gold, I love this card.

Stamps:  Bright & Beautiful, Good Greetings
Ink:  Gold
Paper:  Naturals Ivory and Brushed Gold card stock, Gold Glimmer paper
Accessories:  Big Shot, Stars Framelits, Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon, Heat Tool, Gold embossing powder

Friday, December 5, 2014

Simple Endless Wishes Card

This fun Christmas card is a CASE of this one by Debra Currier.  This is such a super-simple card, and is another great one to make use of scraps of Christmas Designer Series Papers.  I used a strip of Trim the Tree DSP, but I have some other, older papers that I could also use.  I tend to make fairly elaborate cards to send out, but this year I'm really wanting to go simple.  I think I might make a few variations of this card to send out.

I don't think this card really needs an explanation, but I do want to point out the dot of Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details in the center of the snowflakes.  It gives just a little pop to an otherwise flat (but super cute!) card. 

Stamps:  Endless Wishes
Ink:  Crumb Cake and Cherry Cobbler
Paper:  Crumb Cake and Cherry Cobbler card stock, Trim the Tree DSP stack
Accessories:  Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Quilted Gingerbread Christmas

I'm all about simple Christmas cards this week.  And while this one makes use of some retired Designer Series Paper I had in my stash, any paper could be used to make this card.  It really is a great way to use up some scraps!

To make this card, I simply punched out six different patterns of DSP with my square punch.  I adhered them to a piece of Garden Green card stock, then ran it through my Big Shot using the Argyle embossing folder.  I also love the now-retired Square Lattice embossing folder, but when I made this card, I wanted to use something current.  While nothing gives a quilted look the way the Square Lattice folder does, the good news is that the Argyle folder is a great alternative.

I used an old (but much loved!) stamp set called Gingerbread Christmas, and colored in the image with Aquapainters and ink.  I punched it out with the Decorative Label punch, added some seam binding ribbon, and that's it!  I did offset the quilted piece intentionally, but as I study the picture, I think it might look better if it's centered.  If you try it that way, I'd love to see a picture!

Stamps:  Gingerbread Christmas (retired)
Ink:  Garden Green and Real Red ink, StazOn Jet Black ink
Paper:  Real Red, Garden Green, and Naturals Ivory card stock, Holly Berry Bouquet DSP
Accessories:  Big Shot, Argyle embossing folder, Decorative Label punch, Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon

Monday, December 1, 2014

Golden Endless Wishes

Did you have a happy Thanksgiving?  Ours was nice, although we were definitely missing my brother-in-law.  And then just like that, it turned into Christmas-time.  I would have preferred to enjoy fall a little longer, but the snow on the ground made that kind of hard!

I've been having fun making Christmas cards in non-traditional colors this year.  I've made a few in browns and golds, which isn't something I would expect myself to like.  This one uses Soft Suede and gold, and a bit of Naturals White.  It's a simple card, but I added a little bit of sparkle to the Endless Wishes snowflakes by putting a dot of Dazzling Details in the center of each.

Stamps:  Endless Wishes
Ink:  Gold
Paper:  Soft Suede, Naturals White, Gold Foil Sheets
Accessories:  Wonderful Wreath Framelits, Big Shot, Deco Frames Framelits, cotton ribbon (retired), Dazzling Details-gold