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.