I had so much fun making this card for The Paper Players sketch challenge #323.
I enjoy starting my creative process with a sketch and this one was perfect for the lamb from Barnyard Babies. This stamp set was gathering dust on the shelf and needed some lovin’ and I’m so happy with the end result. I used a new product, Stitched Shapes Framelits, which puts a stitch line around the circles, ovals and squares in the set. It gives each shape a finished look, reducing the need for layering or sponging. After stamping the lamb in black ink, I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to properly place the Santa hat which is colored in with a red Prismacolor pencil. I used a grey pencil to shade around the lamb.
I wanted the pine boughs to blend into the background for a subtle effect, so I used Garden Green card stock on top of the Garden Green decorative paper from This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper and then topped it with a red bow.
The fence was made with the Halloween Scenes Edgelits Dies, which I purchased just for the fence! I knew it would come in handy.
Ring those Christmas Bells!
One of the sounds that we always hear at Christmas time are bells. You know the season has begun when the Salvation Army bell ringers are braving the weather outside of the stores, ringing their bell and receiving donations. I always try to drop some money in their buckets, even if it’s not much, because it goes to help those in need. I am so blessed to have a roof over my head, food in the fridge and clean clothes to wear. There are many who do not have those basic necessities and Christmas is a great time to share our abundance.
Another Christmas stamp camp project…
The above card was one of my Christmas stamp camp projects using Seasonal Bells and the coordinating punch. The embossed background was done using Pine Bough Textured Embossing Folder, which happens to be on sale this week during Stampin’ Up!’s Online Extravaganza. You can view the sale items here.
The sale includes Flash Sales on November 21 and 28, with on-going sales all week and some items are only available while supplies last.
Another color option that I made with the same design is shown below. I am still not sure which one I like better, so maybe you can share your opinions with me! The bows are made with framelits from the Home Sweet Home set.
White background or Mint? Which one is your favorite?? You can leave a comment by clicking on the little word bubble on the right side of the title at the beginning of this post.
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Blackberry Bliss 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock
Lost Lagoon 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock
Another Christmas Stamp Camp project…
While Thanksgiving is less than a week away, stampers everywhere have been in Christmas mode for several months now. It takes time to make a hand made card, starting with the design process. Sometimes I have an idea in my head but I can’t seem to make it work on paper. That was the case with this card featuring the moose from Jolly Friends stamp set. I was stewing over my original finished project, not loving it, when my friend Jen G. stopped by. Sometimes having fresh eyes on something really helps. She jumped right in and starting suggesting things. Many of them I vetoed, some we tried and then discarded and finally it all came together. So this card was a joint effort and I love it! Thanks for your help, Jen!
How to change a mouse into a moose…
One of my wishes for this card was the saying “Merry Christmoose”, but I didn’t want to use a time-consuming alphabet set to spell it out and I know my stamp camp attendees appreciated that! I had one of those ah-ha moments when I realized that by using the “Merry Christmouse” stamp from Merry Mice, and changing the “u” to an “o” using a red marker, my problem was solved. Quick and easy!
The wreath was cut with Wonderful Wreath framelits out of silver foil paper and then embossed with a retired embossing folder, Petals a Plenty. With the exception of that folder, everything else I used is currently available and can be ordered by clicking on the product pictures below. You will be taken to my store where you can shop for all of your stamping needs. If you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I’d love to be yours. Let me know if I can answer any of your stamping questions.
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Petals-A-Plenty Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die
Christmas Holly Berry Swag
Today I am sharing another card from my Christmas Stamp Camp made with Holly Berry Happiness and it’s coordinating punch, Holly Berry Builder. This stamp set features 2-step stamping, which means that you stamp one image over the top of another. For example, the holly swag was first stamped with black ink onto Wild Wasabi card stock, then I used a solid leaf stamp with Wild Wasabi ink to “fill in” each leaf outline. By doing this on the already green card stock, it creates depth and interest, and because the stamps are photopolymer (see through) it’s easy to do!
And the challenge is…
This card qualifies for the Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #74, which is a Clean & Simple Christmas theme.
How to make a 3D bow…
Here’s what I did to make a 3D bow with the Holly Berry Builder punch. Punch bow twice, then trim the tails off of one. Glue the cut bow just in the center, bending the sides up (sort of like a butterfly in flight). How was that for a quick and easy tutorial?
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My 2016 Christmas stamp camp is finally over, after 3 weekends and 65 participants total. Whew!! While is was loads of fun, I am ready to move on to something else and I’m also ready to share the projects with you, my blog readers. Over the next 2 weeks, I will post all of the projects, starting with my favorite which was probably the most time-consuming card of the bunch.
Jars of Love for Christmas
I used Jars of Love stamp set, filling the jars using Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper. I made a diagonal cut for the background out of Garden Green and Wild Wasabi using Festive Textured Impression Embossing Folder and a retired polka dot background stamp to dress up each triangle.
Camp participants stamped three jars, three lids and a banner (from Sweet Home stamp set). They used the coordinating framelits to cut them out and then pieced the card together. The gingerbread man was cut from Candy Cane Lane DSP, available in the 2016 Holiday Catalog.
The tag at the top of the card was cut using a retired framelit set, Hearts a Flutter and a saying from Stitched with Cheer.
I hope you like my card and the festive Christmas colors represented on it. Current products are listed below and can be ordered simply by clicking on the picture which will take you to my store. If you do not have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I’d love to be yours and I would appreciate your business. Please let me know if I can help with any stamping questions.
I always love purple on a Christmas card. It’s a color for royalty and in that sense is quite fitting for Christmas. I am not usually a “Santa” lover and feel that Christ should be at the center of Christmas, but this Santa from Father Christmas spoke to my nostalgia and I couldn’t resist the stamp set.
When I was a little girl, we always went to church on Christmas Eve and then came home to discover that Santa had visited while we were gone. My grandparents often made the trip from California to spend the holiday with us, and I knew that they had played the role of Santa while we were at church. It was always magical even though I “knew”.
I used two retired colors on this card, Blackberry Bliss and Lucky Limeade. The card itself is a current In Color, Sweet Sugarplum. Santa was colored with PrismaColor Pencils, my very favorite coloring medium.
Blackberry Bliss 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock
We have had some decent rain here in the northwest over the past couple days, with lots more forecast for this weekend. It’s that kind of weather that makes me happy to curl up with a good book and a cup of tea. But, alas, with my Christmas Stamp Camp quickly approaching, I have spent most of my recent days in the craft room getting ready. Although the card I’m sharing today is not one that we’ll be doing at camp, we will be using the Merry Mice stamp set for a different card which I’ll share at a later date.
Merry Mice on an Outdoor Adventure
Merry Mice stamp set by Stampin’ Up! features some really cute little critters! This trio of mice are set into a mountain scene, traveling to grandma’s house. It brings to my mind “over the river and through the woods” which I would love to see incorporated into a stamp set. The scenery was created with the Outdoor Adventure Framelits Dies and I hand-printed the sign with a Micron pen.
The mice are colored with Prismacolor pencils. Card stock colors are Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Sky, Whisper White and Sweet Sugarplum.
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I started my day off really early today, at 4:30 a.m., after tossing and turning for at least an hour. I decided to get up, make a pot of coffee and work on the color challenge offered by Global Design Project.
I made a similar card several months ago using the Flourish Thinlits and have never shared it online, so I remade it with the challenge colors and I like it better than the original. The sentiment is from Watercolor Wishes which is sold as a bundle with a wonderful card kit that I just love. If you need a quick but beautiful card, check into that bundle. The product picture below will take you directly to my store where you can shop to your heart’s content.
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Curvy Corner Trio Punch
While browsing on the internet, I stumbled onto a video on YouTube and instantly I knew we had to do this technique in my September classes. I have quite a stash of stencils, so the hunt began as I thought about what theme I wanted to use. With summer behind us, I decided to make a fall card.
My inspiration came from this video by Sandy Allnock, here.
I chose to use the maple leaf from Stampin’ Up’s Leaflet Framelits, filling in the center with honeycombs from a stencil I made on my e-cutter.
Tools you’ll need:
Leaflets Framelits (#138283)
Micron Pen (.05 tip)
Trace the inside edge of the framelit diagonally on the vanilla panel (3 1/2″ square).
Lay the honeycomb stencil over the traced leaf. Using the Micron Pen, trace only the honeycombs that are within the borders of the leaf. You’ll have lots of partial honeycombs along the edges.
Color the honeycombs with colored pencils. I used the following 3 Prismacolors:
PC 1005 Limepeel
PC 1032 Pumpkin Orange
PC 1034 Goldenrod
As a border around the leaf, I chose a stamp from one of last year’s Sale-a-Bration sets, Hello (now retired). Turns out that it was the exact size that was needed and I liked how it looked. Perfect!
The background panel is Crumb Cake card stock and is stamped with the Woodgrain background stamp (now retired) in Crumb Cake ink. The sentiment is from Me=Grateful stamp set and is stamped with Early Espresso ink.
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I hope you’ll pull out your stencils and dies and see what you can mix up and match to do this technique! Thanks for stopping by today.
Garden in Bloom is a set that offers a great variety of 2 & 3 step stamping options. If you’re not familiar with 2 or 3 step stamping, it just means that you layer stamps on top of each other. For instance, on the large orange flowers I started with the outline stamp in 1st generation ink (full strength) in Tangerine Tango. Then I stamped the petals with 2nd generation ink (stamping on a place mat before stamping onto the card), which results in a lighter shade of the same color. The centers were stamped in Crushed Curry. The small blue flowers and all of the leaves were stamped in the same fashion, using 1st and 2nd generations of ink.
The colors in this card are Night of Navy, Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango and Emerald Envy, which qualifies it for Paper Craft Crew’s Challenge #212.
After completing my card, I realized that in the small print of the challenge box below, it says to use 3 of the 4 colors and I used all four. So maybe I need to have my eyes checked! Oh well, I still like how my card turned out and hopefully the Paper Craft Crew will accept my submission in spite of my oops!
*Update- I got sidetracked when my grandkids stopped by and I missed the submission time for PCC212. I guess it wasn’t meant to be…
It also qualifies for the Global Design Project Challenge #055. That challenge is all about Random Acts of Kindness which are unexpected kindnesses to a friend or a stranger.
I was the recipient of a RAK during a trip through McDonald’s drive through window where the man ahead of me paid my bill. I paid it forward and picked up the tab for the person behind me. Our world can be a better place when strangers and friends alike take a moment to care for each other.
I hope you like my card! Please come back later in the week when I hope to have some holiday cards ready to share.