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What Will You Stamp? #145 – Christmas Sweaters

Over here in Australia, Christmas Sweaters are not a “huge” thing… however I have one wonderful friend who absolutely loves them so much she even has MATCHING Christmas Rashies (beach attire) with her partner!! So once I saw this stamp set, I knew it would be high on her wish list and lucky for us it is the feature set for this week’s What Will You Stamp? Challenge.

It was such a fun stamp set to use for #wwys145 that I will definitely be thinking about adding it to my collection before the end of the festive season.

I think the sweaters speak for themselves, so I wanted to make a simple yet effective card. I was originally going to do a clothes line full of the sweaters, but Santa kept jumping out at me. So I made this instead:

I used tone-on-tone (crumb cake) stamping for the background (so fun!) and then stamped the image in basic
black ink on whisper white cardstock and coloured it in with my Real Read Stampin’ Marker. You can’t see here, but in person, his beard and moustache and eyebrows shimmer. I added some Wink of Stella to make Santa a little bit extra special.

I would love to see what you make with this funky stamp set. I’m definitely going to be stamping with it a bit more before I have to return it to my friend! Pop on over to the What Will You Stamp? Challenge Blog and see who else had some fun this week. Then… I encourage you to have some fun and create you own project.

Happy Crafting,

 

What Will You Stamp? #144 – Santa’s Suit

You can imagine my excitement what I saw what this week’s feature stamp set was!!! I just adore this set as you can see in my previous blog posts here and here.

For #wwys144 we’re creating with the super cute Santa’s Suit which has coordinating framelits as well to perfectly cut out the big red man’s wardrobe! I just love everything about this set and I love the notion of Santa getting ready for his big trip… so I thought I’d put together a card that features his wardrobe and help him get dressed, so I created this fun waterfall card.

Simply pull the ribbon down and the card “flips” so that different items of Santa’s wardrobe appear. I tried to pop them in the order I thought he would get dressed. 🙂

                  

I used this great tutorial from Dawn at Dawn’s Stamping Thoughts. She makes it so easy to create awesome interactive cards! I stuck with the very simple colour theme of Real Red, Basic Black and Whisper White. I did emboss the red card base to give the card some more texture.

I cannot wait to see what challenge entries we have this week over at What Will You Stamp? Be sure to pop by the blog and see all the Design Team creations and then play along with us too!

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Crafting,

 

Santa’s Suit (a piece of magic is a hat)…

Sometimes you just make a card that you (a) LOVE! and that (b) sticks with you forever and that is what today’s card is based on. I made a similar card many moons ago (before I was blogging actually) and I have never forgotten. It is simple, yet so effective and even more important… so FUN to make.

I’m a sucker for a Santa stamp… not a traditional old-style Santa, but a fun, modern, cute on and that is what you’ll get when you use the new Santa’s Suit stamp set with matching framelits. Today’s card was so fun to make and anyone can make it. There is no “right” way to create this card, you just stamp, stamp, stamp until your cardstock is full! And then stamp, stamp, stamp some more for your two-step stamping technique to fill the hats in. I stamped the hats in Basic Black, then Real Red and if I didn’t happen to stamp so accurately, I used my Real Red marked (featured below) to touch up my images. Easy Peasy!

I used the Santa Suit stamps and Santa Builder framelits to “build” my Santa on the tag. I love how you can give him a little dimension by “building” him. I made sure he wasn’t too white and coloured his face in with the Calypso Coral watercolour pencil and an aqua painter. Just takes the edge of the stark white.

 

I see this stamp set getting a very big workout from me this Christmas. I’ve got another card to share with you next week… so stay tuned.

Happy Crafting,

 

By | October 16th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Cards, Christmas, Christmas, Colouring, Stampin' Up!|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

ESAD 2017 Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop

Hi There! And welcome to the ESAD 2017 Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop! You’re sure to find loads of inspiration through the hop for the new holiday products that became available for purchase yesterday! YAY!!! What is ESAD you ask?

As always, I’m excited to share with you my projects, but especially excited for one of them because I finally did a technique I’ve been avoiding because I thought it was “too hard”…. it wasn’t too hard I found out, just messy! lol

Christmas is my favourite holiday of the year and I especially love the magic that comes with children looking for Santa in the night sky and that was my inspiration for today’s first card.

To create the card, I used the 1 3/4″ circle punch (in vellum) to create a mask for the moon and lightly adhered that to my card. I then sponged using Tempting Turquoise Pacific Point, Night of Navy and Rich Razzleberry inks to create the night sky. I sponged in circles to create the effect and then once I had a coat of each colour, I spent some time going back over them to blend each colour.

I stamped the Santa image and the sentiment from the new Hearts Come Home stamp set. I didn’t want the sentiment to take over the card, so stamped in black in between the Pacific Point and Night of Navy section of the card.

I can’t get over the “magic” feel of this card. I added some white dots which can be interpreted as “stars” or “snows”, whatever tickles your fancy. I can’t wait to make another!

My next project is something I always LOVE to make at Christmas time – red & white stripes are my go to for the festive season. They always look so crisp and clean and the new Around the World Designer Series Paper has a gorgeous sheet exactly like that!

I find when you’re a working mum, have a family or just a busy woman but still want to craft, you need quick an easy Christmas cards to create! Then this is the perfect card for you… or even you could use the sketch/ layout of the card to create your own design.

The stunning cursive sentiment is from the Watercolor Christmas stamp set that accompanies one of the fun kits in the new Holiday catalogue. How beautiful is that font?

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed my cards (feel free to leave a comment below) and the blog hop has got you thinking about what you’re going to make for your Christmas projects this year. Hop on over to Ellen from Ellen the Happy Stamper to see what she has created to inspire you; her projects are just gorgeous!

Happy Crafting,

Create these cards at home using these Stampin’ Up! products:

Glue Dots

$8.00

 

Got lost along the way? Here is a full list of the Blog Hop participants:

  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Megan Lenske
  3. Amity Knight
  4. Courtenay Heuston
  5. Kelly Kent
  6. Josie Dean
  7. Cheryl Algie
  8. Maree McIntosh
  9. Kristel Rimmer
  10. Chloe Evans
  11. Sharon Dalton
  12. Carly Middleton
  13. Nicole Wilson
  14. Peta Stephen
  15. Angela Meiritz-Reid
  16. Rachael Lewsley
  17. Kim Oliver
  18. Monique Fielder
  19. Sandra Mastello
  20. Cathy Pinchbeck
  21. Rose Packer
  22. Barbara Williams
  23. Jessie Holton
  24. Rosalie Desmond
  25. Liv Ingle – YOU ARE HERE.
  26. Ellen Woodbridge
  27. Rebecca Scurr
  28. Mandy Depiazzi
  29. Samantha White
  30. Libby Dyson
  31. Lisa Gibson
  32. Delys Cram

By | September 3rd, 2017|Categories: Christmas, Christmas, Holidays, Stampin' Up!|Tags: , , , , , , , |42 Comments

Christmas in July…

Today I’m back to spread a little bit of festive cheer! Yep, I know it’s only July but it is never too early to think about your Christmas projects as before we know it, the big red man will be here and he’ll checking his naughty or nice list… which one will you be on?

I’ve got quite a few projects for you today… some cards, a few 3D/ gift packaging items and then a scrapbooking page! I don’t get to scrapbook anywhere near as much as I used to but had a wonderful time preserving a very special memory. There are a lot of photos in my post today… so curl up on the couch with your cup of tea (or coffee or hot chocolate), relax and enjoy my projects knowing you’ve still got a few more months ahead of you to finish your Christmas shopping!

My first card today is using the cute reindeer from the new Merry Mistletoe stamp set. I can never go past a reindeer, particularly when I can add a gorgeous red glimmer nose to make him like that extra special reindeer we all know!

I stamped the reindeer in crumb cake ink and coloured over his antlers with the early espresso watercolour pencil to make them darker and to add some contrast. I also sponged around the reindeer using crumb cake ink to take away the “white edges’ from cutting him out which gave his coat a bit of contrast too. The matching red reindeer paper at the base of the card is from the new Be Merry Designer Series Paper. Great DSP for your festive projects and I loved that the reindeer is the same style/ shape as the stamp. The “merry” sentiment I created using the Labeler Alphabet stamp set and randomly stamped that on the card base in crumb cake ink (I didn’t want them to be exactly straight).

I don’t deny that I love “matching” cards and gift packaging, so I made a gorgeous treat bag to match my reindeer card. The new striped treat bags are to die for!

                 

My next card is using my new favourite technique – faux woodgrain. You make the woodgrain background purely by using ink! I used crumb cake and soft suede for this background, like the card I made here. The new Boxwood Wreath embellishments were too good to not use on a woodgrain look card.

I used the cookie cutter punch (again!) to punch the bow in red glimmer paper and adhered them to the top of the wreaths with a small glue dot

My last card is based around the new sheet music background stamp.

I distressed the edges of the stamped very vanilla cardstock and sponged them with crumb cake ink to give them a bit of a vintage feel. I used the “Christmas wishes” sentiment from the Merry Mistletoe stamp set and embossed it in gold and combined it with the “to you” from a stamp in the Mixed Drinks stamp set.

Part of the fun for me at Christmas is watching the suspense on my boy’s faces all through December as they stare at the Christmas tree wondering what is waiting for them underneath and that is what inspired me for my next little gift box.

I made the gift box using the Stampin’ Up! Gift Box Punch board and again featured the Be Merry DSP as “ribbon” wrapped around the box. I used the new circle tab punch to create a little “clipboard” look for my “don’t peek” sign!

Lastly, I created a scrapbook page. Master INK loves meeting up with Santa every year and I can’t get enough of the amazement and mesmerising look he gives him… like he just can’t believe he is touching Santa!

           

      I used the ruffled dynamic textured impressions embossing folder to create the effect of Santa’s beard down the side of the page. This adds great texture to the page.

Phew! Told you it was a big post with lots of different techniques. Thanks for stopping by today and I hope I’ve inspired you to get your “Santa hat” on and start thinking about your Christmas cards and projects.

Happy Crafting,