Sunday, October 22, 2017

Merry Season for Sunday Stamps

Happy Sunday! I hope you are enjoying your weekend! I know I've been MIA in blogland the past week...and I do apologize to my faithful followers. I'm currently in Niagara Falls holding my Fall Fling Stamp 'n' Scrap Retreat. The days leading up to this event as well as this weekend have been a little bit crazy! I'm looking forward to some downtime and getting back to my regular schedule.

That said, the retreat has been a BLAST so far! I am having so much fun stamping and sharing with my friends...what a great weekend away it has been!

Today marks the start of a new sketch challenge over at Sunday Stamps. Check it out...

Here is my card for the challenge, using the Merry Patterns stamp set...

I began with a piece of Real Red card stock which I embossed using the Holly TIEF. I added a strip of Merry Little Christmas DSP, a gold glimmer banner and some Real Red, Basic Black and gold baker's twine and then adhered it to a Basic Black card stock base.

The sentiment is stamped first in Basic Black and then the letters are filled in with Real Red. I offset the letters slightly for a 3-D effect. I added some pine branches along the bottom edge in Old Olive ink and layered the stamped panel on a slightly-larger piece of Basic Black. I added a few black rhinestones to the flourish and voila...quick and easy Christmas card!

On the insde I added a Whisper White card stock panel on which I stamped the sentiment is Real Red and more pine boughs in Old Olive.

This sketch is many more ideas swimming around in my head...I just need more hours in the day to bring them to life. Give this one a try and be sure to share with us at Sunday Stamps.

Have a fabulous Sunday!

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Quilted Peace Two Ways

Have you started your Christmas cards yet? I have been designing Christmas cards since July! Today I have a project that features the Quilted Christmas of my favourites from the Holiday Catalogue! The first card is one I made at a demonstrator training event I attended in Pennsylvania this summer. It was designed by Connie Heisey.

This is a fairly quick and simple design and, as you know if you've been following my blog for any length of time, I like to step my projects up just a touch. So I redesigned this card and stepped it up...

I love that this card totally works both ways. Quick and easy for the novice crafter (or those in a hurry!) and stepped up for the seasoned stamper. Can you spot all of the differences between the two cards? Here is a side-by-side photo...

Firstly, I added an additional layer of Real Red card stock over the card base, adhering the DSP strip to the Real Red layer and then running it through the Big Shot with the Quilt Top TEIF. I love the extra texture it adds. Using embossing folders is a simple, yet stunning way to step up any project!

Next, I used the stitched detail die on the solid Garden Green pinwheel to add interest. I also added a few sprigs of pine greenery behind the sentiment banner. I swapped out the ribbon, favouring the Real Red, which pops nicely against the greenery.

The inside of the first card wasn't decorated at all, so it was easy to step it up ;) I added a Whisper White panel, stamped a sentiment from the Christmas Quilt stamp set and adhered another strip of DSP.

Isn't it amazing what just a few extra details can do to take a project from fun to fabulous??

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Season's Greetings

Happy Sunday! I hope you are enjoying the weekend. We are celebrating our Thanksgiving here in Canada, so I am off to stuff a turkey as soon as I finish this post!

Today marks the start of a new colour challenge over at Sunday Stamps....

Here is my take on the challenge:

I love blue with pops of red for Christmas, so this challenge immediately inspired a holiday card. I began with a piece of Cheer All Year specialty DSP and then sponged on Tempting Turquoise and Island Indigo inks. I love the way the silver foil pattern pops against the blue background. I layered the sponged DSP on a mat of Real Red card stock and then mounted it on an Island Indigo card stock base.

The sentiment, from the Cheers to the Year stamp set, is heat embossed in silver over a stamped snowflake in Tempting Turquoise ink. I added a pop of Real Red with the swirled circle image from the same stamp set. I punched the stamped images out using my 2" circle punch and then layered it on a Tempting Turquoise mat, punched with the starburst punch. Behind that I added a silver foil swirl, die-cut using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits. I added a silver Year of Cheer Embellishment and a little Real Red bow. The final touch was a few scattered silver sequins.

On the inside I added a Whisper White card stock panel on which I stamped more of the snowflakes from the Cheers to the Year stamp set in Tempting Turquoise and Island Indigo inks.

This is a fun colour challenge because it works for everything from birthdays to Christmas. Give it a go and then be sure to share with us over at Sunday Stamps. We'd love to see your work!

Now, I'm off to get up close and personal with a rather large bird ;)

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Cheer All Year Photopolymer Stamp Set
Cheer All Year Photopolymer Stamp Set
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