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.
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.
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!
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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This card was designed for a recent Christmas workshop and it’s design is perfect for this week’s Global Design Project challenge #GDP054. I chose to use This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper because of it’s traditional Christmas colors, making it a good choice to pair with the holly. I stamped the holly in three steps. First I used Early Espresso ink for the outline, then Garden Green for the leaves and finally Real Red for the berries. The photopolymer stamps in Holly Berry Happiness are clear, making it easy to line up. I chose a sentiment from Wrapped in Warmth and stamped it with Real Red ink. Gold Glimmer Paper was used as an accent.
This week will be a quiet one for me as I don’t have any classes scheduled, and I will delve into my pile of new goodies from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday 2016-17 Catalog. I am hoping to create some fun projects for my upcoming Christmas Stamp Camp but sometimes when I am not working under pressure, I simply cannot find my creative mojo. Does anyone else have that problem? I really hope that’s not the case this week, but if it is, then I guess I’ll switch gears and go work in the yard. We’re suppose to have some beautiful weather in western Oregon and until the rain sets in, there’s much to be done outside.
I hope I’ll have some projects to share with you as the week progresses…
Cold weather will be here before we know it, and with Stampin’ Up’s Cable Knit Dynamics Textured Embossing Folder (#143537), you can dress up your cards in warmth and style. This new folder works a little differently than it’s predecessors, because it is made with thicker plastic, creating a deeper impression. To use it, you simply eliminate one of the cutting plates for your Big Shot. Place your card stock in the folder, lay it on the white base platform and cover it with one clear cutting plate. Crank it through your Big Shot and prepare to be amazed!
When I first got my Cable Knit Dynamics Folder, I ran a bunch of different colored panels through it and then filed them away for future use. When I get going on a card, I simply pull out the desired color and it’s already embossed and ready to use!
What a pair…
Two stamp sets that really seem to work well together, are Holly Berry Happiness (#142061)and Wrapped in Warmth (#142054). The sayings in Wrapped in Warmth have a rustic look to them which pairs well with the holly leaves and berries. The Holly Berry Builder Punch (#141843) works like a breeze, making quick work with no fussy cutting. It is offered in a bundle with the stamp set for a 10% discount over ordering them separately.
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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!