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.
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!