Monday, July 25, 2016

Christmas in July

This has been a very Merry month on my blog with LOTS of Christmas projects featured. Something about the thought that Christmas is just 5 short months away always makes me want to get busy creating all those projects I know that I am going to want to have ready. Plus Christmas just puts me in a good mood :)

This time I have a pair of cards using two different techniques to achieve a similar effect. 

This one is the more simple of the two. I used some retired Fancy Foil Vellum from last year's Holiday Mini. Yes, I was hoarding it. I am trying to overcome that tendency since it always looks better on a project than taking up space in my crafting area :)
  • Cut a piece of Smoky Slate card stock to 4"x5¼". Cut a piece of the Fancy Foil Vellum to 3¾"x5". Apply a dab of adhesive behind where the banner will go and tack to the Smoky Slate, then stitch down with sewing machine.
  • Die cut the "jolly" from Christmas Greetings thinlits set out of Silver Glimmer paper. Die cut the double banner from Bunch of Banners framelits. 
  • Use the Embossing Buddy on the double banner. Lay the "jolly" over the double banner to find placement for the "Holly" and "Christmas" stamps, then stamp in Versamark. Heat emboss with Silver embossing powder. 
  • Use Fine-tip Glue Pen to adhere the "jolly" to the double banner. Apply dimensionals to the back of the double banner and remove the backing from the dimensionals.
  • Create a nest of Silver thread by wrapping the thread around 3-4 of your fingers several times, then place over the exposed dimensionals on the back of the banner element. Adhere this to the stitched vellum panel. 
  • Adhere the completed panel to a Thick Whisper White card base. 
  • For the inside of the card, I inked up the big snowflake from Holly Jolly Greetings with Smoky Slate ink, then stamped it a few times without reinking between impressions, then added some of the speckles image. All done!
 This simple card packs a lot of jolly without a lot of effort!

This one required more effort, but actually met the requirements of the July 2016 Creative Crew Challenge I made it for! I have not ordered the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate yet, so I had to improvise. Now if I had the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate, this would have been a very fast and easy card, just like the vellum one :) For this one, I did all the same steps, but first I had to get the silver foil look on my Acetate! So, I took dies from the Flourish and Delicate Ornaments framelit sets and die cut a bunch of "snowflakes" out of Silver Foil card stock. Then I used the Fine-Tip Glue Pen to adhere them to a 4"x5¼" piece of Window Sheet.

And I learned that alcohol wipes will neatly remove any extra Fine-Tip Glue Pen adhesive from the acetate, yeah!! And that the Fine-Tip Glue pen does an excellent job of adhering stuff to acetate :)

So which of these do you like better? And do you have the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate? If so, then you may have just found one more way to use it :)

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Stamp Review Crew Bonus Hop: Thoughtful Branches Edition

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The Stamp Review Crew has a special Bonus Hop for you today. We could not resist sharing our love for the Thoughtful Branches bundle!
When I saw the limited time bundle that Stampin' Up! is offering for the month of August, I knew I had to have it. It is so very versatile, and who can resist those sentiments?! Oh, wait, you maybe haven't seen it yet ;)  Trust me, you are going to love it!

For those who are new to the Stamp Review Crew, here is a little background. We are an international group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators that gets together on the first and third Mondays of every month to do a blog hop. Each hop features a single stamp set to give you loads of inspiration for that set! The hops are archived at the Stamp Review Crew blog, and you will be able to click through each hop at any time, going directly to the posts for that hop whenever you want! And you can click on the banner of this post to go to the master blog roll for this hop also.  

If you are following along in order, then you just arrived from Sue Plote's blog where she will fill you with amazement!

Here is the first and only card I have made with this set so far. I got it the day before I had to work and have not had time to fully relish it's beauty! This is a sympathy card, and I kind of like it. I think I like it more each time I look at it :)

Here is a side view to get an idea of the dimension on the card.

And the inside.

I hope you like it!

Now it is time to go see what wonderment Bruno Bertucci has created for us!

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If you have seen something you need for your crafting life, just click the image in the supply list below and it will take you to my store! If you order less than $150, please use this month's Host Code, which can be found at the top of the sidebar on the right.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Brick Fruit

Well, my steady diet of fruit is rubbing off on my stamping choices! Here we have three kinds of fruity goodness, with a technique! I talked about how hard it is to find good peaches where I live, but there are lots of strawberries here. And I have found wonderful pears, but mostly in the winter. That is ok, we need fruit in the winter time too! And by eating what is in season, I rotate my foods a bit :)



I made a video for the pear card, and I hope you enjoy it!

All of the cards are on a Crumb Cake card base 4¼"x8½" scored in half, then the colored mat is 3¾" square, and the Whisper White image panel is 3½" square. The vellum strips are about ¾"x3¾".

First up, we have the pear card. I used Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry, and Garden Green on this one,

Then the strawberry card uses Watermelon Wonder under a rock-n-rolled Cherry Cobbler, with a Garden Green top.


And the peach card, which uses Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder, and Emerald Envy.

Here is a little peek inside all of them. Lots of lovely fruit! Now, if you order from me this month, you just might get one of these in the mail :)



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Don't forget the July Bonus Days special, and earn yourself some $5 coupons towards Stampin' Up! product in August! And I am telling you right now, there is a limited time product coming that you are going to have to have :)


If you need your very own catalog, contact me with your address and I will send you one!



If you have seen something you need for your crafting life, just click the image in the supply list below and it will take you to my store! If you order less than $150, please use this month's Host Code, which can be found at the top of the sidebar on the right.

And be sure to check the box allowing me to contact you when you check out. I can't send you a thank you card if I don't know your address! And I promise to only send you happy mail, no junk mail :)


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