Category : Holiday

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I haven’t posted anything since before Christmas. A lot has happened between then and now. My sister had a major stroke just before Christmas. She actually died, but thanks to the paramedics who resuscitated her she is doing well with some loss of use to her left arm. She stayed with me while she recuperated and she is now back at her home.

I did keep up with my make-n-take classes during January and the most recent class was a Valentine’s make-n-take class last week. The first class sample card I completed was inspired from Connie Collins’ Global Design card challenge entry (see here. . . .). I had the new SU! Love Blossoms paper pack but I had used a lot of it for a technique class (I’ll post that card next) and knew I didn’t have enough full sheets for a background left. This use of scraps from the Love Blossoms paper pack worked well. I took the coordinating Bloomin’ Hearts thinlit die and cut a lacey heart out of Rose Red card stock and placed a Very Vanilla cut out heart behind it to make the heart stand out from the rest of the busy background.  I used retired SU! Well Scripted set for the word phrase “Love You Much”, which was embossed using silver embossing powder. The flower blossoms were die cut out of the Love Blossoms paper and accented with clear rhinestones.

 

LoveYouMuch 2016

 

I made another card using some scraps from SU! Stacked With Love paper pack along with the Love Blossoms paper pack and I think it turned out well too.

Valentine 2016

 

The other card I’m featuring uses last year’s featured SU! stamp set Wood You Be Mine (it was inspired by Cindy Shuster’s card – see here. . . )? I LOVE the lumberjack from this stamp set. I used the Hardwood background stamp with Basic Gray on Real Red card stock. I then layered a Basic Black mat with the stamped image with a hint of Sahara Sand showing from behind accented with some linen thread. I wanted to make the card look like a balck and white photo with the red heart signifying “love.” I used Smoky Slate for the shirt and Smoky Slate and Basic Gray Stampin’ Write markers to accent the lumberjack. The Wood You Be Mine? tag was stamped on Sahara Sand using Basic Gray. And, some tiny Basic Black hearts were placed at the bottom to balance the card using the Confetti Hearts border punch. Love this Card!

 

Wood You Be Mine 2016

 

I made another card very similar to this one, but as a shaker card.

WoodYouBeMineShaker 2016

Supplies Used for Bloomin Hearts cards: retired SU! Well Scripted (not pictured)

 

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Supplies for Wood You Be Mine Cards: basic gray stampin’ write marker, acetate and foam tape (not pictured)

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This is the third and final card I entered on the SUO Challenge #136. See previous posts for Card 1 and Card 2.

 

 

This is one of three cards my stamping group will be making at the next make-n-take. It is based on an October challenge card (see below). The card I created in October was going to be one of the make-n-take cards, but I felt it was just too big and used up too much paper (a little worried I wouldn’t have enough similar paper for everyone). I decided; if I could make a double window, I, certainly, could make a six-paned window using the Hearth and Home thinlit, and I was successful. Just make sure you hold the plates as they come out the other side of the Big Shot, because they are quite the projectile. I could see someone busting a window to bits or knocking somone in the head. I wanted to keep the sleigh ride scene from the original card; so, I carefully pulled apart the original card, cut down the window scene, made a new window, adhered the dimensionals, added the glitter, and then . . . . What a nightmare! I made the shaker card based off of a shaker card tutorial on YouTube. Note to self: DO NOT place the window on the table, put the glitter on the window sheet and then place the card upside-down onto the window. Ha! It wasn’t exactly where I wanted it, and well, you know, when you try to reposition something with dimensionals you are asking for a mess; especially, if glitter is involved. Needless to say, the glitter got on the adhesive part of the dimensionals and made it not adhere well; therefore, when the card was shaken, glitter filtered out the sides of the window. We certianly, DON’T want glitter snow in our house. So, if you make this card, be advised, put the card on the table, put the glitter on the card, and then place the window where it needs to be and DON’T put too much glitter either. I’m sure you can’t see the miniscule amount of glitter in this card, but there is still some left. And, no, I didn’t want to remake the card. No, no, no! I was so frustrated by the time I got it right, I wanted to pull my hair out. My friend, Cheyenne was over here making her card with me, and she had a good laugh at my expense. (Note: make sure to rub the embossing buddy on the side of the window sheet that will make contact with the glitter to get rid of the static electricity.)

Anywhoo, we felt the card needed a little bling. We took the wreath framelit from the Festive Fireplace set and cut out wreaths in silver glimmer paper; then, cut them in half to make boughs. We added EVEN MORE bling by making lights for me and berries for Cheyenne on the boughs with Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details. Real Red bows accent each bough. The bottom of the card looked so stark when we finished, I added joy in Cherry Cobbler cardstock from a retired SU! die (it’s really old).

And least I forget, the scene was made on Whisper White paper. I cut a circle out of copy paper and placed it on the background piece of cardstock. I sponged Coastal Cabana and Midnight Muse to create the night sky. The trees are from the SU! Wonderland set stamped in Midnight Muse. The sleigh thinlit was used for the sleigh rider and horse, cut in Whisper White cardstock. The background mats are Night of Navy and Whisper White, with the Whisper White embossed with the Stripes folder.

 

PCCCS165October Card

I think the revised version of the first card is much more to my liking. Either way, I really love this card.

Supplies: SU! retired Joy die. Note – it looks like Midnight Muse ink is not available, you can substitute Night of Navy (I listed it in the supplies).

 

Price: $110.00

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If you read the first post for the first card I entered for the SUO Challenge #136, you will recognize this is the second entry based on the title of the blog. Sometimes, I come up with original ideas for my Christmas make-n-takes and sometimes I use Pinterest when my brain just can’t be creative anymore. This is an original card based on many cards on Pinterest. There’s not too many ways you can have a fireplace with stockings on a card other than changing the color scheme. This is my favorite card out of all seven designs offered at my make-n-takes.

 

Again, if you read my first post, you can see Cherry Cobbler is a central focus of this card as it is one of my favorite SU! colors. I think the Crumb Cake wainscoat really sets the card up to make the fireplace/mantel really pop. Since you can’t hold this card in your hand and see all of the 3D detail, I’ll give you the run down on what is popped and what is not. Everything has dimensionals on it except the background mats, the inside of the fireplace and the bow on the wreath. I used SU! Festive Fireplace Photopolymer Bundle to make this card. I stamped the fireplace with Staz-on black ink onto Cherry Cobbler and went back through with Whisper White and Pretty in Pink Craft inks to highlight the bricks (I used a q-tip). I cut the center of the fireplace out and placed a piece of Basic Gray in the opening (I think it makes the flames stand out). The flames are watercolored and the logs are stamped onto Chocolate Chip paper with some watercolor shading. The stockings were colored with Stampin’ Write Markers. The wreath was stamped using Mossy Meadow on Pear Pizzaz (I think – better double-check that before my class this Saturday or I used Garden Green ink) and has a splash of glitz using the Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details from SU! The cat was stamped on Smoky Slate and sponged with Basic Gray. I love the cat, It makes me think of my friend Cindy Hilton and her love for ALL things cats. I did use the framelits to cut out the fireplace, mantle, and cat, but I didn’t like having a “huge” border; so, I either trimmed all the way down to the stamped line or trimmed very close to the stamped image. I can’t forget to mention the top background mat of Cherry Cobbler is stamped with the SU! retired background stamp Netting; it just gives the top part of the card a little depth. The bottom background of Crumb Cake was embossed using the SU! Stripes embossing folder.

Well, I think the above description of how I made the card sums it up. Love it!

Supplies: Note – to make a pink craft ink combine a drop of Cherry Cobbler reinker to a spoon size amount of Whisper White Craft re-inker and blend – adjust as necessary to get desired color.
SU! reitred background stamp Netting

 

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It has been a few weeks since I last posted. In that time, I had a Christmas Stamp-a-Stack make-n-take, our group of stampers had our four day weekend Stamp Camp, and my family had Thanksgiving at my daughter’s new home with family and friends. On top of this, I will be having a Christmas card make-n-take featuring more detailed cards, which take a good bit longer to make than the stamp-a-stack cards (I will have separate posts on all these card events I have mentioned).

I have been wanting to post to a card challenge in this time, but I have been very busy and didn’t have time to come up with a “this week” idea. So, I was very pleased to see SUO Challenge 136 where I could enter some of my original Christmas (favorite holiday colors) card ideas. The first card I’m going to feature is a snowman card. I have to have at least one snowman card every year for my Christmas make-n-take classes.

 

SUO 136

I think the Hearth and Home thinlits are one of the most versatile thinlits EVER! I combine this thinlit with the Perfect Pine Framelits, the Softly Falling embossing folder, Brick Wall Texture embossing folder, and the retired SU! stamp set Snow Much Fun. Some of my favorite colors to use for Christmas cards are Cherry Cobbler, any of the SU! green card stocks, Whisper White (of course), and Real Red. This card took a little bit of time to make, but I think it was worth the effort. Ooops, I forgot to mention this was one of the Christmas Stamp-a-Stack cards. Just too cute!

Supplies: SU! Retired Snow Much Fun (not pictured)

 

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