Monday, November 16, 2015

Merry & Bright

Hello again!

Hope you're enjoying your day. We have a bit of a respite from the coming chilly weather with a bit of a warm spell this week. I'll take it for as long as it lasts, 'cause we all know what's coming after! Brrrr ...

I have been producing cards like crazy for my upcoming sales. I wish I were like Santa in that I could have hundreds of helpful Elves on the Production Line in my Craft Room! But I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel (phew!).

Just sharing a card I made with a new die set that I just HAD to have (ummmm ... yeah ... like every other die I have LOL).

The only sad part of this post is the fact that it's hard to see the background on this card, which was stamped in Versamark Frost Dazzle Ink, which gives it a hint of sparkle and detail :-(

I'll get down to the details/supplies so you can be on your way, but not before saying "thank you" for dropping in to have a peek.

Stamps: My Favorite Things Hand Lettered Holiday; Stampin' Up White Christmas; Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow Background
Accessories: Poppystamps Stick Pine Tree Dies, Poppystamps Stitched Pine Trees dies, Diamond Stickles; Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Border dies
Ink: Stampin' Up Baja Breeze, Versamark Frost Dazzle
Paper: Michael's (Recollections) Gold Glitter 12X12; Stampin' Up Baja Breeze & Early Espresso; Michael's light blue cardstock
Etc: Gold Embossing Powder, Recollections Glitter Cardstock (Michael's)

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Christmas Presents!


Back again with yet another Christmas card design, a very CAS one that took no time at all to put together. In fact, the most time consuming aspect of this was finding the perfect flourish stamp in my stash. I would have preferred something more "explosive" ... like a spray of lines & flourishes, but, what's a gal to do when she doesn't own EVERYTHING??? LOL

There is a lot of gold embossing going on with this card! The gorgeous red metallic DP was a previous purchase at Michael's, so it felt good using something that I had been hoarding for some time. The "ribbon" surrounding the gift box was embossed with a Small Star Embossing Folder to give it some texture, topped off with a lovely gold bow diecut.

The sentiment comes from my current favourite Holiday sentiment set - I just can't stop using this lovely set!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: My Favorite Things Hand Lettered Holiday Sentiments; Artemio Flourish stamps
Accessories: My Favorite Things Winter Wreath Die-namics (bow); Gold Embossing Powder; Lifestyle Star Embossing Folder set

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Bringing Home The Christmas Tree/CASology Week #171

Happy Sunday -

We interrupt this regularly programmed schedule to bring you ... yes ... ANOTHER Holiday card!

I have enjoyed so many beautiful and inspiring cards made with this new Stampin' Up holiday release stamp set that I just had to have it. I finally got around to using it yesterday and put this CAS card together.

This card definitely involved a lot of fussy cutting (especially when you're making multiples of the same card), but IMO, it was well worth it as I love how it turned out. And why is it that, only when you take that final photo of your card to put on your blog for everybody in blogland to see, all the flaws in your time-consuming use of scissors shows up?? LOL

I stamped the vehicle image in Versafine Black ink on white cardstock, then coloured it with my Real Red, Basic Black, and Summer Sun (headlight) markers. I then used a drop of Viva Pearl Pen in Silver for each of the hubcaps. The tree image was stamped in Forest Moss Distress Ink on Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow cardstock (my current fave green).

The background starry sky was created using the Hero Arts Star Background. I applied Versamark, then iridescent embossing powder, applied heat, and got this lovely multi-coloured image. A little bit of sponging with Stampin' Up Marina Mist and it was ready to assemble.

The vehicle and tree images were glued down with adhesive pop dots along the bottom edge of the starry background, which allowed space for the sentiment, also stamped in Versafine Black ink.

Is there any other image that is so quintessentially "Christmas" as seeing trees go by on vehicles, being brought home to be decorated for the holidays?

Over at CASology: Week 171, the challenge is to incorporate a "vehicle" in your creation, so I'm entering this card.

Well, back at it for me. Hope you're enjoying your day and thanks for stopping by for a peek!

Stamps - Stampin' Up White Christmas; PTI's Think Big Favorites #20; Hero Arts Star Background
Ink - Versafine Black Ink; Stampin' Up Real Red, Basic Black, Marina Mist, Summer Sun; Forest Moss Distress Ink
Etc - Iridescent Embossing Powder; Silver Viva Pearl Pen