December 12, 2017

My 2017 Christmas Cards

Twelve days before Christmas and I am just starting on my Christmas cards. The design I had in my head (months earlier) came when I saw a set of tiny Santa and Mrs. Claus rubber stamps for sale. I bought the stamps then set them aside. The idea was to stamp Santa and the Mrs. in a circle and fill the circle with some type of round image. I just finished a commission job for a lady today, so decided today was the day I would start my own cards.

Using my light box and a circle template I stamped Santa and Mrs. Claus (what is her first name anyway???) in a circle, alternating them. I colored in their outfits and faces then cut the card stock into a square. Next I had to decide what image I wanted in the center. Did I want an image or a greeting? I decided on both...a tree image with a sentiment that circled the tree. Next I die cut a green layer to back the stamped circle and a larger red circle that would fill the inside of the Claus couple circle. The stamped tree image I backed with pop dots to raise it off the card a bit. Before adding the layers to the base card (red 5-1/2" square card) I added a few tiny white pearls to the tree. Once the layers were attached to the card, I added a tiny shiny metallic green brad at each corner.

Card Stock - Stampin' Up!
Santa and Mrs. Claus - Hero Arts
Ink - (Santa) Versafine Onyx Black
Ink - (Clothing) Red Le Pen
Ink - (Christmas Tree) Stampin' Up! Garden Green

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November 6, 2017

Decorative Layers - Quick & Easy Card

In a rush to make a last-minute card? A decorative background layer may be your answer. I recently purchased some decorative card stock in a 4-1/2" x 6-1/2" format that had butterflies, frames and swirls on it. I just thought it was pretty and wondered how I would use it. When I had to make a birthday card (that I had put off making), I immediately thought of that card stock.

With this layer all I had to do was stamp the happy birthday sentiment and add a die cut butterfly, which went well with the sparkly butterflies in the background. I attached it to a 5" x 7" base card that coordinated with the colors in the decorative layer then stamped a sentiment inside. I like quick and easy!

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September 7, 2017

Frightening Feline Halloween Treat Box

I love CD cases. Why, you ask? Because they are perfect little cases to alter. Remove the tray part (of a standard size case) and you have a clear case that can be decorated to hold goodies. I've made dozens of them to hold candy, gift cards, die cuts, embellishments, and more. This week I started on my Halloween treat cases.

I began by making a front and back cover for my case. On the front I attached a stamped image of the Stampin' Up! Frightening Feline, backed with a die cut black layer. Inside will hold 4 Ghirardelli chocolates as a treat.

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August 28, 2017

The Paper Players Sketch Challenge 359

With hurricane Harvey keeping us indoors, I've been doing a lot of die cutting to keep myself busy. Today I thought I'd participate in the challenge over at The Paper Players challenge blog. I started with a 5" x 7" card and a botanical paper layer. I then added a curved shape at the bottom then added a little punched butterfly (embellished with tiny pearls) at the top of the curve. To add more dimension, I added a die cut Monarch butterfly at the top. I added a second butterfly die cut (gluing only at the center), so the wings would lift up.

Lastly, I stamped a sentiment on an oval and backed it with a green card stock. Sentiment was placed at the bottom.

Botanicals Decorative Paper - The Paper Studio
Large Butterfly Die Cut - Marianne Designs
Small Butterfly Punch - The Paper Studio
Sentiment - Stampin' Up!

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August 20, 2017

Thoughts And Prayers

This past week I was commissioned to make some greeting cards to send to church members. The focus of the card was to let them know they were being prayed for. I knew exactly which sentiment stamps I would use and had an idea of the type of card I wanted to make. Since I had been making cards with a curved decorative layer, I decided to use the same type of layout.

I sorted through my scrapbook paper and found this gorgeous paper in a light blue color. I cut the curved piece and attached it to the left side of a 5" x 7" card. The sentiment I wanted to use for the front was "Amazing grace will bring us through". I stamped the sentiment at the bottom of the card. I die cut a butterfly in a yellow contrasting color and attached it to the top. It needed just a little something more, so I found a berryvine flourish image and stamped it under the butterfly. The inside message read, "You are in our thoughts and prayers" and signed it from the church family at White Horse Revival Church.

Amazing Grace Sentiment- Verve Rubber Stamp
Berryvine Border Stamp - Stampabilities
Butterfly Die Cut - Marianne Designs
Stamping ink - Stampin' Up! Pacific Point

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August 16, 2017

Quick and Easy Birthday Card

I am making more and more cards with a curved decorative background paper because I really like the way it looks. Today I made the curved piece so it would fit the left side of the card. I had this gorgeous floral paper, so cut it using my curved template and attached it to an A-2 card. I used Orchid Opulence ink for the happy birthday sentiment, which I stamped at the top. I used one of my die cut butterflies (trying to match the color of the ink) at the bottom.

Happy Birthday Greeting - Verve
Butterfly Die Cut - Joy Crafts
Ink - Stampin' Up! Orchid Opulence

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