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.
I was recently asked if the Christmas cards that I’m posting on my blog will be the cards we make in my Christmas Stamp Camp…and the answer is “no”. The stamp camp cards are under lock and key until the big day(s) because I know my customers love to be surprised and I sure don’t want to disappoint! Stamp camp dates are as follows: October 28, 29 and November 4, 5, & 12. We’ll be making 8 cards plus a bonus project (or 2) and as always, we’ll have loads of fun with door prizes, lunch, dessert and great fellowship! So now that you know I’m not spoiling any surprises, how about checking out this CookieCutter Christmas card.
One punch for multiple stamping options…
Stampin’ Up has done it again! They’ve created an awesome punch in the shape of a gingerbread man and have given us lots of designs that coordinate with it. Cookie Cutter Christmas is a set with 5 different winter options…an eskimo, gingerbread man, reindeer, Santa and teddy bear. Then there’s Cookie Cutter Halloween with 4 fall options: a scarecrow, mummy, skeleton and vampire. I can’t wait to see if they come out with some spring images for this punch as well. Wouldn’t that just be awesome??
For the reindeer on this card, you simply use the punch upside-down. How clever is that? The background stamp is Merry Medley which I stamped with Early Espresso ink on Crumb Cake card stock. The candy accents on the bottom corner are from Candy Cane Christmas.
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Today I created a fun and festive Christmas card using the llamas from Birthday Fiesta and Fa-la-la-la Friends. The background paper, Warmth & Cheer, is a 6 x 6 pad of plaids, stripes and hand-stitched looking papers, and they’re just lovely and perfect for the holidays. (These products are shown at the end of the post)
Decking the halls with Christmas llamas…
To begin, I stamped the Birthday Fiesta llama on Cherry Cobbler & Garden Green card stock with VersaMark ink and then sprinkled them with white embossing powder. After tapping off the extra powder, I then cooked them with my heat tool. Next, I stamped the llama from Fa-la-la-la Friends onto Whisper White card stock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored in the Christmas lights with Cherry Cobber & Garden Green markers. All three llamas were then cut out with the coordinating framelit, which is part of the Birthday Fiesta Bundle shown at the end of this post.
The Crumb Cake oval behind the llamas is from a retired framelit set and gives the llamas a more neutral, less busy background. Banners (from Birthday Fiesta) and a bow (from Holly Berry Happiness) top off this happy card!
I need your help…
With only one month left in the Stampin’ Up fiscal year, I am giving a final push to the finish line in hopes of achieving the incentive trip to Thailand. I am so close I can taste it, but I’m not there quite yet. I need your help! If you don’t already have a demonstrator, I would love to earn your business and will be here to help with your stamping needs. If you would like to place an order for any of the products shown in this post, simply click on the product picture below which will take you to my store. I would love to be your demonstrator!
When I saw this week’s Paper Craft Crew Challenge sketch # PCC208, I knew I needed to play along. With all of my new Christmas products needing some love, it should have been a hard choice which stamp to use. But I knew immediately that the moose from Jolly Friends was the right place to start.
Here’s the sketch…
And here’s my Jolly Friends, Naughty or Nice? PCC208 card, featuring the moose from Jolly Friends peering over the top of his sunglasses and asking his standard question, “naughty or nice?”. The inside of the card says “…either way, you’re on my list!”.
I thought the holly would be a nice background accent and because the stamps are photopolymer, it was so easy to line up the images. All of the leaves were stamped with Garden Green, in 1st, 2nd and 3rd generations. If you’re not familiar with generation stamping, it simply means re-stamping an image without re-inking the stamp. So if you ink up your image and stamp it, that would be 1st generation, stamping again without re-inking would be 2nd generation and so on. The color gets lighter and lighter with each generation.
Behind the moose is a Garden Green panel which is embossed with the new Cable Knit Dynamics Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (#143537) which creates a deep impression. The folder itself is very thick and only requires the use of one embossing pad when you run it through your Big Shot.
Thanks for visiting today. Feel free to leave a little feedback by clicking on the word bubble at the top of this post. Let me know if you’ve been naughty or nice and I’ll pass the info on to Santa! I hope you stamp today!
I promised in my last post that I would be sharing some more Christmas projects, so here’s another. This one is a Gate Fold card that was made using This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper and Joyful Nativity stamp set. If you have a long holiday card list, you’ll really appreciate this pack of DSP because there are four of each design, making it easy to duplicate a card many times.
The Gate Fold technique is easy enough to do. Simply start with an 8.5″ x 5.5″ piece of card stock. In this case, I used Cherry Cobbler. On the 8.5″ side, score at 2 1/8″ then rotate 90 degrees (or flip the card end to end) and score at 2 1/8″ again. Fold the ends towards each other and you have a Gate Fold. For my card, I added the nativity scene which is glued to the left side, and then the sentiment which is glued to the right.
To finish the inside of the card, I cut a Very Vanilla panel to 5.25″ x 4″ and stamped JOY. Inside of the “O” I stamped “Wishing You” which is from Holly Jolly Greetings. You can see all of the details in the pictures below.
Gate Fold shown in detail…
Inside view of card…
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Are you ready for Christmas? It’s a long ways away, but crafters need time to get projects finished, so July and August are good months to get started. Stampin’ Up! will release it’s Holiday Catalog in two short months and I’m positive it’s going to be full of fabulous products. But if you’re one of those Christmas early bird crafters and you don’t want to wait until September to get started, then fear not. The 2016-17 Annual Catalog has a Christmas section where you’re sure to find inspiration! If you look beyond the designated Christmas section, and think outside the box a bit, you’ll find other stamps, such as this dove from Strength & Prayers, that are perfect for Christmas projects!
The challenge is on!
As a designer for the Creative Crew team on Split Coast Stampers, I was given the challenge of creating four Christmas projects for the July 2016 gallery found here.
Challenge #1: Create a card using the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate found on page 175 of the 2016-17 Stampin’ Up! annual catalog. This wonderful product has a gold design on one side and then silver on the reverse. The dove is from Strength & Prayers (#141856) and although it isn’t a Christmas set, I love how it turned out!
Relax and stamp…
I started creating my challenge projects while we were camping in beautiful Charleston, Oregon, just steps from the Pacific Ocean. I could hear the waves and smell the salt air and I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed crafting more! I’ll be sharing the rest of my Christmas challenges in the coming days, so stay tuned and thanks for visiting!
During my December Creative Card Design classes, participants got to choose their Christmas Cutie…either the elf, angel or little boy. I can’t say that there was a favorite because I think they were all chosen equally.
I kept the background very neutral so that the cuties could be any choice of colors.
Which one is your favorite?
We had to use scissors to cut out our cuties since there aren’t any framelits for this stamp set. I like to refer to it as “fussy-cutting”.
I was inspired by the bright, beautiful colors that Patty Bennett chose to use for the little boy, so I totally & shamelessly CASE’d her colors. You can see her version here.
My cuties were colored with PrimaColor Pencils while hers were done with Copic Markers. And if you’re not familiar with “CASEing”, it stands for “Copy And Share Everything”!
Base Card: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
Sahara Sand mat: 4″ x 5 1/4″
snow piece: 3″ x 5 1/4″ then torn in half and layered
Thanks to my wonderful husband and his silly sense of humor, this card became a double pun on words with the added word bubble “I can bearly believe it” which was computer generated. The snowman’s hat is from the Guy Greetings stamp set rather than the one from Snow Place which just looked too big next to the bear.
I have gotten a lot of use from the trees in the Happy Scenes stamp set, and have used it often for adding backgrounds and creating winter scenes.
The light green card stock is a retired In Color, Pistachio Pudding, while the red snowflakes are made with a Martha Stewart punch. I used the Occasions Paper Piercing Pack on the edge of the green oval.
During my Techniques Classes in November, participants got to make this Twist Turn technique card which I learned when I visited Dawn Griffith’s blog here or on YouTube here.
We used Soft Sky as our card base and then sponged 3 panels for our skies with Soft Sky, Perfect Plum and Night of Navy. We then used Night of Navy ink and stamped the stars in the sky with a stamp from Holly Jolly Greetings. We punched a 2″ circle from one of the sponged panels and then used the same punch around the horse and sleigh cut-out from Sleigh Ride Framelits. These two circles were then glued together and placed on the Night of Navy square which we stamped and heat embossed with the sun from Kinda Eclectic. The banner is from Endless Thanks and the words are from Holly Jolly Greetings. We finished off the inside of the card by cutting out “merry” from Christmas Greetings Thinlits & Night of Navy card stock and stamped “Christmas” below it. It’s a fun card and pretty simple to make!
Check out the Twist Turn directions on Dawn’s website and thanks for visiting mine!
Do you love Stampin’ Up!’s Rich Razzleberry and Blackberry Bliss as much as I do? They are so rich together, especially with the metallic gold accents and embossing. For this Flurry of Wishes card, I added banners of Melon Mambo and metallic gold behind the snowflakes and some flourishes from Everything Eleanor. I finished the card off with a few gold sequins scattered about.