Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Glittery Pocket Card

I needed some special cards for some special people, and decided to make a pocket card for them.  I went with an outdoorsy feel but thought it needed some blinging up!

This is the card with the greeting inserted into the envelope.  The stamp set is Ornamental Pines.  I know it's retired, but I never got around to using it last year so I decided to use it this year!

And this is the card showing both pieces. 

I made the pine needles using the dryer sheet method.  (See below).  I stamped the pinecones and then glittered them up.  I cut them out using one of Dave the Die Guy's dies that coordinate with the stamps set perfectly.

Ink: Mossy Meadow (pine needles and greeting), Chocolate Chip (pine cones)
Stamp Set: Ornamental Pine

To make the envelope, I started with a piece of 4 1/4 x 11 paper and scored it at 5 1/2.  After I folded it, I made a light tick mark on the bottom right edge 1 1/4" from the bottom.  I lined that tick mark up with the top corner on my cutter and made the diagonal cut.  I did the same thing for the other layers but decreased each piece by 1/4 (horizontal and vertical as well as for the tick mark).

For the dryer sheet method, I stamped the pine needles and then sprayed it with a spray adhesive.  I covered it with a used dryer sheet and then applied a bit more spray adhesive.  I sprinkled the Dazzling Diamonds on it, pressed it in really well and that was it!

For the pine cones, I stamped the pine cones, sprayed with some spray adhesive and sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds on them.  I cut them out with dies made by Dave the Die Guy.

I made these assembly line style and that made the process go pretty quickly.  

So, what do you think?

Monday, December 21, 2015

One Design; Three Cards!

It's that time of year when we're all feeling "the crunch", and I'm right there in that boat!  Since I needed some thank you cards for some Christmas presents and some Christmas and Seasons Greetings cards, I decided on one simple design and went to town making them, changing up a few things and crossing it off my to-do list!

The base of all of these cards was made the same:
 - the card front was embossed using the Northern Flurry embossing folder;
 - the mittens were punched out using the Mitten Builder punch;
 - the mittens (except for the cuffs) were embossed using the Lattice embossing folder.

To make the mittens, I punched out the mitten and ran it through the embossing folder; then I punched out just the top of the mitten in a coordinating color, trimmed it up to the cuff and glued it on.  Then I added a tiny pearl for a bit of pizzazz.  I used some coordinating brads and floss I had to "hang" them.

Thank You Card:
Cardstock:  Real Red, Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla
Stamp Set:  Itty Bitty Banners
Framelit Set: Bitty Banners
Ink:  Real Red

Merry Christmas Card:
Cardstock:  Real Red, Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla
Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Punches:  Word Window; Modern Window
Ink: Real Red

Season's Greetings Card:
Cardstock:  Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party, Very Vanilla
Stamp Set: Happy Scenes
Punches:  Word Window, Modern Window
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party (to sponge the edge of the tag)

I hope that you can find a design that is easily adaptable to use for different purposes!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December Bloggin' Friends Blog Hop!

Welcome to the December Blogging Friends Blog Hop!  This month's theme is Winter/Christmas.  I'm sure you'll find loads of inspiration as you travel from blog to blog.  The talent is amazing, so please play along with us!

Since I had to make Christmas cards, I chose to use them for the blog hop.  I usually design a few different cards.  This way I don't get bored with the card by the time I'm finished with the 100th one, and so that I can also send a card that is most suitable for the recipient.

Gentle Peace 
I got this stamp set last year but never got around to using it so I took it out again this year and made some cards with it.  I stamped the image using Versamark Ink on vellum and heat embossed using silver embossing powder.  I colored the image in on the back side of the vellum and carefully cut it out.  The card base is Marina Mist cardstock stamped with White Craft ink.  The ribbon is not an SU product -- it's some really inexpensive ribbon I picked up at Michael's a while back (for 10 cents a roll!). I thought it was time to finally use it.

Cardstock: Whisper White Thick, Marina Mist, Vellum 
Ink: Whisper White Craft, Versamark
Stamp Set: Gentle Peace
Markers:  Brights, Subtles, Regals, Neutrals
Other: Silver Embossing Powder

O Christmas Tree
I just love the sparkle on this card and the glittery gold star hits home for me because we always had a beautiful gold star on the top of our Christmas tree when I was growing up.  The background paper is Cherry Cobbler and it was embossed with the Brick Wall embossing folder.  I highlighted the raised lines by dabbing lightly with White Craft Ink to simulate snow on the bricks.  I cut out the window and the window box with the Hearth and Home Framelits.  The tree is stamped in Mossy Meadow with one of the trees from Lovely as a Tree.  I randomly applied some glue to the tree and then sprinkled Diamond Glaze over it to make the tree shimmer.  The star was punched out with the star from the Itty Bitty Accent set from Gold Glimmer Paper.  The greenery on the window box is from a Martha Stewart punch.  The ribbon is Cherry Cobbler seam binding (retired)

Cardstock: Crumb Cake (window box), Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White (window), Very Vanilla (behind the tree), Gold Glimmer
Ink: Whisper White Craft, Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake
Stamp Set: Lovely as a Tree
Punches: Itty Bitty Accent
Embossing Folder: Brick Wall
Framelit: Hearth and Home
Ribbon:  Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding (retired)

Joyful Wreath
I've seen variations of this card on Pinterest and I just loved the design so I decided to make my own version of it.  I used the Wondrous Wreath bundle for the wreath.  The "Joy" is a bonus die in the framelit set and I cut that out with gold glimmer paper.  After I stamped the holly berries on the wreath, I went over them with a bit of Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Diamonds.  The DSP is from a retired paper stack, Trim the Tree.

Cardstock: Whisper White Thick
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler
Stamp/Framelit Bundle:  Wondrous Wreath
Other:  Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details
DSP:  Under the Tree (retired)

From Our Family to Yours
I have previously posted a version of this card that we did at one of my classes.  I had ideas of dressing it up a bit when I made it for my own Christmas Cards, but, honestly, after cutting out all the different parts, I didn't have the stamina anymore.  What I did do was add the holly to the "dad's" hat and added some red Liquid Pearls to the berries.  I also filled in the pom pom on "mom's" hat with some dazzling details

Card Stock:  Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Soft Sky
Stamp Set/Thinlit Die:  Snow Place bundle, Happy Scenes
Ink: Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, Rich Razzleberry, Rose Red, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black
Markers:  Pumpkin Pie
Other:  Dazzling Details

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