Friday, November 21, 2014

Star Filled Christmas - Fab Friday 55

  Woo Hoo!  It's Friday!  I hope you have a fun filled weekend planned.  And make sure you add in some stamping time so you can join in the newest Fab Friday Challenge!  We have a great sketch challenge for you this time!


Check out what I did with this one!  I pulled my colors from my list of color combos that I see while I'm out and about and want to remember to try on a card.  Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray and Whisper White.  I threw some silver in there since it's Christmas time and I love sparkly stars at Christmas!  Seriously, I have a whole separate Christmas tree in my front hall that is onlydecorated with different kinds of stars.  I had collected so many that we couldn't fit the stars and the rest of the ornaments on one tree...and if you've seen the size of trees we get for the tv room you'd know that's a lot of star ornaments if I couldn't get them to fit!

  Star framelits were used for the big star cut out as well as the Glimmer Paper star.  The big cut out is backed with Flashback DSP.

  The Whisper White panel is embossed with the Stars embossing folder.  Then I used the small splatter stamp from Gorgeous Grunge to add some silver by embossing with silver e.p.

  I used rubbing alcohol and reinkers to color some scraps of Glimmer Paper to make it Pool Party and then punched a few small stars out and popped them up with dimensionals.

  I had a few small rhinestones that I had previously colored using the Bermuda Bay Blendabilities markers so I went ahead and used them up across the card front.

  The sentiment is stamped and embossed in Pool Party e.p. onto Basic Gray cardstock.  I flagged the end, added a rhinestone and popped it up over the strip of Smoky Slate ribbon.

  Head over to the Fab Friday Challenge to see what the rest of the Design Team did and play along with us!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, Good Greetings

Ink: Versamark, Pool Party reinker (to color small glimmer stars)

Paper: Pool Party, Whisper White, Basic Gray, Flashback DSP, Silver Glimmer Paper, Old Style Silver Glimmer Paper

Accessories: Star framelits, star punch, silver embossing powder, Pool Party embossing powder, Smoky Slate 1/8" taffeta ribbon, dimensionals, rhinestones

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bold Snowflakes

  I received a Christmas catalog for one store or another (there are so many lately!) and on the front cover was a Christmas tree decorated in Real Red, Old Olive, and Pacific Point.  I thought it was a great bold color combination for Christmas and wanted to try it on a card.

  I used the RetroSketches challenge for this week for my layout.

  I'm not sure I pulled off the color combo but it might inspire someone else out there to try their hand at a non-traditional color combo.  I might try this one again and not have the snowflakes go so far into the white panel...

   Check out some of the details... punched Christmas tree, Decorative Label punch for the sentiment, rhinestones on the Pacific Point snowflakes and the fun Real Red ribbon.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Endless Wishes, Festival of Trees

Ink: Real Red, Pacific Point, Old Olive

Paper: Old Olive, Whisper White

Accessories: corner rounder, tree punch, Decorative Label punch, Real Red ribbon, dimensionals, rhinestones

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

25 Days Christmas Star

  I bought the 25 Days stamp set way way way back when demonstrators got to preorder out of the Holiday Catalog.  And guess what?  I haven't used it at all until this card!

  I really need to use this set some more as there are a lot of fun possibilities.  I think it will be great for birthday cards least up until age 25!

  The sketch for this card came from this week's Mojo Monday challenge.

   I used a lot of different supplies to pull this design together.  The color combination was one I kind of fell into while I was cleaning up my stamp table.  These colors were what was left after putting things away from a few other products.  Stamping fate I tell ya!  Lost Lagoon, Real Red, Kraft and Very Vanilla make for a great Christmas color combination.

  Check out some of the details...

  Paper piercing on the side and around the scallop circle add some more texture to the Lost Lagoon and Core'dinations Very Vanilla.

  I stamped a few snowflakes from Endless Wishes down in the lower corner to add some subtle detail to the Kraft layer.

  Red Glimmer paper....need I say more?

  A small strip of Real Red punched scallops to tie in the scallop circle as well as the scallop pattern in the DSP.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: 25 Days, Endless Wishes

Ink: Lost Lagoon, Crumb Cake

Paper: Lost Lagoon, Kraft, Flashback DSP, Core'dinations Very Vanilla (retired), Real Red, Red Glimmer paper

Accessories:  corner rounder, scallop circle punch, star punch, star framelits, baker's twine, paper piercer, scallop edge punch, dimensionals

Monday, November 17, 2014

Trim the Tree Top

  Here's a little bit of a different take on a Christmas tree card!  The ladies over at CAS(e) this Sketch have a really neat challenge this week.  I decided to do a little bit of a herringbone pattern with narrow strips of DSP to make the very tip top of a Christmas tree.

  This design is a great way to use up bits and pieces of DSP that you are hanging onto.  I used the Trim the Tree DSP stack for my tree.

  The smallest star framelit is just the right size to make a gold Glimmer paper tree topper.

  The sketch doesn't call for an element at the top but I just couldn't bring myself to leave it completely bare and totally CAS so I added a Cherry Cobbler seam binding fork bow.

  So no stamping except for the greeting on the inside but a cute "stamped" card anyway right?

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: none

Ink: none

Paper: Garden Green, Whisper White, Trim the Tree DSP stack, Gold Glimmer paper

Accessories: star framelits, Cherry Cobbler seam binding

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Masculine Birthday Blocks

  I spent some time in the stamp room this afternoon after doing some yard work.  We had fun with the piles of leaves and the warmer day.

  I combined 2 challenges to make this simple masculine birthday card.  I brought in some details by embossing; with the Big Shot and the Simply Scored board.

  The colors are from Colour Me! and the layout is from Friday Mashup.

  I used the arrows embossing folder for my Tangelo Twist and Night of Navy blocks and then I stamped the Happy Birthday from Endless Birthday Wishes.  I used the Simply Scored to make lines across the card lifting up the stylus when I came to the sentiment.

  I rounded the bottom corners and added some silver brads for the final details.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Endless Birthday Wishes

Ink: Night of Navy

Paper: Night of Navy, Tangelo Twist, Kraft

Accessories: Arrows embossing folder, Simply Scored, corner rounder, silver brads (retired)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Falling Leaves

  Another few cold windy days like we've had and all the leaves will be down.  The oak trees around us have really started to turn red.  It's a beautiful sight on my morning walk with the early sun lighting up the trees.  

  The colors at ColourQ this week will inspire a fall card for sure!  I didn't have the exact matches as some of the colors are older retired ones but we have current colors that are very similar so I went with those.

  I used the Fall Fest stamp set paired up with the matching Fun Fall framelits.  I simply stamped the leaves on a narrow strip if Whisper White, added some scalloped trim and then adhered it to my card front which is covered by an embossed piece of Whisper White that I had sitting on my stamping desk.

  The sentiment is stamped on an even narrower strip in Chocolate Chip ink.  I tied a bit of wide Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon around it and added a linen thread bow.

  I used the framelits to cut one of each leaf and popped them up around the end of the sentiment strip.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

  Stamps: Fall Fest, Sweet Essentials (retired)

  Ink: Old Olive, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip

  Paper: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White

  Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots e.f., Fun Fall framelits, dimensionals, scallop edgelit, wide grosgrain ribbon (retired), corner rounder, linen thread

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Lovely Christmas Tree

  The winter chill has arrived in Central Virginia!  It was in the 40s today and cloudy and damp and windy.  Brrrrrr!  I have dusted off the long johns and I think they will be in regular rotation by the looks of the weather forecasts.

  I haven't had much time to stamp lately so I combined two challenges to get the mojo flowing.  Freshly Made Sketches and The Paper Players always have great inspiration.


  I love this combination of old supplies and new supplies.  The pine tree from Lovely as a Tree always makes a classic Christmas tree.  I paired it up with some Champagne Glimmer paper and the Hardwood background.  To define the edges of the top Very Vanilla panel I lightly sponged them with gold ink.

  The new is the Mossy Meadow from the newest collection of In Colors and the Cherry Cobbler plaid DSP from the Trim the Tree DSP stack.

  Get out some of those old stamps and supplies and see how well they pair up with some of your newer stamping stash.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Lovely As A Tree, Hardwood, Petite Pairs

Ink: Mossy Meadow, Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Mossy Meadow, Trim the Tree DSP stack, Very Vanilla, Champagne Glimmer paper

Accessories: star punch, star framelits, circle punch, gold bakers twine, dimensionals


Monday, November 10, 2014

Clean and Simple Sympathy

  Sometimes simple is the way to go for a card and with sympathy cards that's the direction I usually take.  Here is a very simple design using the classic Lovely as A Tree.

  The base and stamped layer are both Natural Ivory cardstock.  The Trees are stamped in Always Artichoke.  The smudging was a happy accident as the ink didn't dry right away and I got my finger on the image and it smeared a bit.  I thought I would go with it and just rubbed my finger over the rest of the image.

  The sentiment is stamped in Elegant Eggplant and then I added a line of paper piercing.  The image panel is mounted onto a layer of Sahara Sand.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Lovely As A Tree, Sweet Essentials (retired)

Ink: Always Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant

Paper: Naturals Ivory, Sahara Sand

Accessories: paper piercer