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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A Wedding Card--#tgifc137

The sketch challenge at TGIF Challenges this week is a square card.  I love square cards!  I started the challenge by pulling out the Year of Cheer designer series paper which I have used only once or twice since I got it--it's hard to cut pretty paper!

The sketch has horizontal stripes, so I thought initially that I would cut strips of different patterns to create a Christmas card.  Well, that thought went slowly (because it took me a while to make up my mind) out the window as I fell in love with the gold and white plaid.  Plaid has horizontal stripes (also vertical stripes--but I am ignoring those!).

Next, I played around with ideas for a Christmas card involving trees and deer and pine fronds.  But . . . I couldn't get my mind off a certain hush-hush wedding that happened recently.   I can't say anything about it until all the "interested" parties are contacted (I got a text!) and the event is then announced to the world on Facebook (and in my opinion the bride and groom are taking far too long to accomplish this).

But I can create a wedding card:

Here's the sketch:

See some great projects using this sketch over at the TGIF Challenges Blog.

My supply list:
Colorful Seasons stamp set, photopolymer, #143726
Whisper White Thick card stock, #140272
Year of Cheer specialty designer series paper, #144640
Gold Foil Sheets, #132622
Foil Snowflakes, #144642
VersaMark ink pad, #102283
Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, #109129
Heat Tool, #129053
Year of Cheer Embellishments, #144643
Pearl Basic Jewels, #144219
Gold 1/8" ribbon, #134583
Layering Ovals Framelits, #141706
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, #143263 


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Creation Station Design Team OnStage Swaps

When I posted the card I made for the Creation Station design team swap for OnStage in November, I promised I would post photos of the other swaps.  I was unable to make it to OnStage, but Elizabeth Price was kind enough to take my swaps to the gathering and send me the beautiful projects I am showing you today.  Six members of the team were able to attend OnStage in Salt Lake City (we are a global design team, so some attended in their own countries and others, like me, were unable to attend):

Does this not look like a fun group!  I only know them through Facebook and, of course, through their blogs and was so sorry I could not attend OnStage to meet them all in person.  Next November, I plan to meet them in Orlando.

I will show you their cards in order from left to right.  First up is Julie Beltramo's card:

Such beautiful coloring with the new Blender Pens.  I love the crumb cake on crumb cake background details, too.  Julie always has lovely, elegant projects.

Next is Andrea Tracy-Tucker:

I love this card because it is all about Andrea--she is a horse woman--so this card made me smile as soon as I saw it.  I love the coloring on the boots, the detail of the Linen Thread behind the boots and the "yay!" on the pocket.  

Sara Levin's card is next:

If you remember, my swap used the same stamp set, Best Birds.  I thought is was fun that the two Saras on the team used the same stamp set.  I love Sara's watercoloring on this card  Look closely and you will see that she embossed the hatchwork background image in white.  I love the texture it gave the sky in her background.

Next up is Dena Rekow:

I love the details Dena used on each of her layers and I love the bold color combination.  Just a great card!  If you have not watched one of Dena's videos, you are missing out.

Here is Elizabeth Price's card:

What can I say--I love everything about this card.  Elizabeth has such beautiful details on all of her cards--from the silver foil basket, to the silver glimmer tassels, to the tinted rhinestones, to the colored Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper.  It's a wonderful card.  Elizabeth is one of two members of the Creation Station design team who were named to the 2018 Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team at OnStage.  The other is our Netherlands team member, Linda van Wely.  I am so excited for both of them!

Lastly, here is Kathy Kartak's card:

Love, love, love the copper embossing on the Wood Textures designer series paper paired with the beautiful copper trim.  So pretty with the pop of Lemon Lime Twist.

So, do you want to see more of these amazing artists' work?  Join us every first Sunday of the month for the Creation Station design team blog hop.  Here's the link to my post for the December 3rd blog hop.
Just click the "Next" button at the bottom of the post and hop around to see all of the Metallics Gone Wild inspiration.  


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Reindeer Pop-Up

Today, I am sharing the last of the 4 cards we made at my November Technique Tuesday card construction class.  I've hesitated to post it because the stamp set I used, Merry Patterns, was a limited edition hostess stamp set and is no longer available.  However, the pop-up fold is a fun one to use.  If you don't have the Merry Patterns stamp set, you can adapt this fold to other stamps and designer series paper.

To make this card, you start with a 4-1/4" X 11" card base scored along the long side at 4-1/4" and 8-1/2".  Fold the large flap up to the 8-1/2" score line and the short flap down over it.  Cut a 4" X 4" piece of designer series paper to layer on the front of the larger flap and  a 4" X 2-1/4 piece of coordinating paper to layer over the short flap.  Then punch out or die cut your circle.  When you cut your circle, place your punch or or circle die on your card so it is  centered across the 8-1/2" score line (the top of the short flap):

For my circle I used the 2-3/8" circle die from the Layering Circles Framelits set.  To create the actual pop-up, I die cut a circle out of Cherry Cobbler card stock with the second largest circle in the Stitched Shapes Framelits set (this circle was slightly smaller than the circle framelit I used to die cut the hole). Then I stamped the reindeer image in Soft Suede ink onto Whisper White card stock and die cut it with the 1-7/8" circle framelit.  I popped it over the Cherry Cobbler circle with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I layered the prepared reindeer circle piece on top of the large flap using Fast Fuse (or you can use tear and tape adhesive) only on the bottom half of the circle piece.  The best way to insure proper placement of the circle is to close the top flap down and place your image circle inside the circle opening.  Make sure when you do this that the height of the card--including the pop-up is only 5-1/2" so that your card will fit inside a medium envelope. 

Then I decorated the front of the card with a gold foil snowflake, burlap ribbon and a Merry Christmas banner stamped in Garden Green.  I also stamped the 4" x 4" whisper white layer on the inside of the card:


Here's my supply list:
Merry Patterns Hostess stamp set, 144973 (no longer available)
Card stock:  Crumb Cake, #120953; Whisper White Thick, #140272; Cherry Cobbler, #119685
Be Merry designer series paper, #144111
Ink:  Soft Suede, #126978; Garden Green, #126973
Foil Snowflakes, #144748
5/8" Burlap ribbon, #141487
Banner Triple punch, #138292
Layering Circles Framelits, #141705
Stitched Shapes Framelits, #145372


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Christmas Wreath--#tgifc136

TGIF Challenges has an elegant color challenge this week:  Cherry Cobbler, Gold and Very Vanilla.  So I created a simple, elegant card:

I made a front door using Cherry Cobbler card stock and the Pinewood Planks dynamic embossing folder.  I hung a wreath made with Gold Foil Sheets and two different Swirly Scribbles Thinlits layered together.  I completed the wreath with a Gold Metallic-edge ribbon and the card front with a gold embossed sentiment and a Metallic Enamel Shapes gold dot. 

See some beautiful, elegant project ideas at TGIF Challenges here.

Here's my supply list:
Holly Berry Happiness stamp set, photopolymer, #142061
Card stock:  Very Vanilla Thick, #144237; Cherry Cobbler, #119685
Gold Foil Sheets, #132622
VersaMark ink pad, #102283
Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, #109129
Heat Tool, #129053
Metallic Enamel Shapes, #141678
Gold 3/8" Metallic-Edge Ribbon, #144146
Banner Triple punch, #138292
Pinewood Planks 3D Dynamic embossing folder, #143708
Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, #141497


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Creation Station December Blog Hop--Metallics Gone Wild

Welcome to the December Creation Station Blog Hop!  This month's theme is Metallics Gone Wild.  We will be featuring Stampin' Up!'s metallic and shimmery products.  Stampin' Up! has lots of metallic and shimmery products to chose from, so you are going to get some terrific and varied ideas this month.  Be sure to hit the "Next" button at the end of each post to see them all.

With family spread all across the United States, I send gifts that are easy to mail.  That means gift cards and/or cash gifts.  I always want to create fancy packaging to make such a seemingly impersonal gift special.  "Fancy" equals "metallics gone wild" to me!

The Mini Treat Bag Thinlits dies make the perfect little packets to enclose a Christmas note and a gift card or check.  I made two for this season--one for a young woman and one for a young man:

First the "girly" one:

My inspiration for this treat bag was the gold and silver snowflake pattern from the Year of Cheer specialty designer series paper.  I used gold and silver accents and die cuts from the Santa's Sleigh Framelits dies to decorate it.  I added a 3" X 5" Whisper White card with a band of Gold Foil at the top for my note inside this treat bag.

Because the Year of Cheer Suite is all about combining different metallics, I wanted to do my manly treat bag in copper and champagne, the other two metallics in this suite:

I decided to use Dapper Denim for this treat bag.  I clear embossed the little stars for a background, then stamped and embossed the tree in copper.  I also embossed the wood star and greeting in copper.  I die cut the deer out of champagne foil and added a piece of that foil to the top of my note inside the treat bag. 

Since I have a small little gift to wrap, I went wild with metallics and created a fancy little box with the Window Box Thinlits.  I used the gold foil and Dapper Denim pattern from the Eastern Palace Specialty designer series paper pack to make my box, then added snowflakes die cut from Gold Glimmer paper.  the gold metallic-edge ribbon was the perfect addition:


I hope you were inspired by these fun shimmery and shiny projects.  Hit the "Next" button below to see some beautiful inspiration from Julie.

Julie's blog . . .

Here are my supply lists:

Gold & Silver Mini Treat Bag:
Year of Cheer specialty designer series paper, #144640
Gold Foil Sheets, #132622
Silver Foil Sheets, #132178
Gold Glimmer paper, #133719
Whisper White thick card stock, #140272
Gold Binder Clips, #141673
Gold 1/8" ribbon, #134583
Gold Mini Sequin Trim, #144128
Silver Mini Sequin Trim, #144230
Banner Triple Punch, #138292
Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, #137547
Santa's Sleigh Thinlits, #140278

Dapper Denim, Copper & Champagne Treat Bag:
Santa's Sleigh stamp set, photopolymer, #142057
Card stock:  Dapper Denim, #141414; Whisper White Thick, #140272
Champagne Foil Sheets, #144748
VersaMark ink pad, #102283
Stampin' Emboss Powder:  Copper, #141636; Clear #109130
Heat Tool, #129053
Hearts & Stars Elements, #144215

1/4" Copper Trim, #144179
Triple Banner Punch, #138292
Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, #137547
Santa's Sleigh Thinlits, #142057

Snowflake Box:
Eastern Palace specialty designer series paper, #144147
Whisper White thick card stock, #140272
Gold Glimmer paper, #133719
Gold 3/8" Metallic-Edge ribbon, #144146
Window Box Thinlits, #142762
Seasonal Layers Thinlits, #143751
Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, #137547
Lots of Labels Framelits, #138281

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


This week's technique challenge at TGIF Challenges is "Ombre".  This is a popular technique using graduated color.  I have been wanting to create a card with watercolored ombre letters, so this challenge was my impetus to "just do it".  I love how it turned out:

I stamped and heat embossed white snowflakes randomly across two 3" x 7" pieces of Watercolor paper.  One I used as the background with the addition of three snowflakes die cut out of Silver Foil.  The second piece I watercolored with Dapper Denim ink and a 1" wide paint brush, graduating the color from light to dark.  I die cut the letters out of this piece and popped them over the background using adhesive strips.  I layered the finished piece over a piece of Dapper Denim card stock and then placed it on the 3-1/2" X 7-1/2" card base.  I tied on Silver 1/8" ribbon for a finishing touch. 

The Ombre technique can be used in many ways on card projects.  You can see more over at the TGIF Challenges Blog.

Here's my supply list:
Colorful Seasons Bundle, #145348, includes at 10% off:
     Colorful Seasons stamp set, photopolymer, #143726
     Seasonal Layers Thinlits, #143751
Card stock:  Whisper White Thick, #140272; Dapper Denim, #141414
Watercolor paper, #122959
Silver Foil Sheets, #132178
Dapper Denim classic ink refill, #141399
VersaMark ink pad, #102283
White Stampin' Emboss Powder, #109132
Silver 1/8" ribbon, #132137
Large Letter Framelits, #141712


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving from Our Home to Yours

I love the Painted Autumn Suite of products in the Holiday Catalog!
This sampler uses the Painted Autumn designer series paper, the Painted Harvest, Gourd Goodness and Pick a Pumpkin stamp sets and the Patterned Pumpkins thinlits dies from this suite.  I just added in some Linen Thread and a couple of background stamps.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving and know that when I count my blessings this year, you are included on the list!