Friday, December 31, 2010

Iridescent Ice - Serene Snowflakes

I thought this card was so pretty when I saw it!  And it used Iridescent Ice embossing powder which I had never (successfully) used before.  I wanted a "wow" card to send for Christmas thank yous and decided to give this a try.  It worked!  They are really pretty.  It's always difficult to capture glitter in photos, but I think you can get the idea.  The top panel is solid glitter - but it is heat embossed and doesn't rub off. 

To use the Irdescent Ice Embossing powder:
  1. Stamp the panel as desired.
  2. Blot the entire panel with a VersaMark stamp pad.  I tried "rubbing" the pad over the piece of card stock and "blotting" worked better.
  3. Sprinkle Iridescent Ice embossing powder over the panel and pour/tap off excess.
  4. When I did have to handle it, I touched the areas under where I would be placing the ribbon - that way if I rubbed off any versamark or embossing powder, it would later be hidden.
  5. Heat with tool gun until powder is completely melted.  Since I covered the entire panel, there was nowhere to hold without burning my fingers.  So I laid it in a tin pie pan on a thick wash cloth on a stool at my stampin' space.  The pie pan is good because it reflects the heat and speeds up the process. 
  6. When it is finished, there won't be any "powdery" areas.  It will feel a little rough - like fine sand paper.
  7. I made 19 cards and used almost an entire jar of the embossing powder - that surprised me.
Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Serene Snowflakes, Short & Sweet (later switched to Thank You Kindly).  Card Stock:  soft suede, very vanilla.  Stamp Pads:  versamark, soft suede.  Accessories:  very vanilla 5/8" satin ribbon, antique brads, iridescent ice embossing powder, adhesive pearls.  Tools:  eyelet border punch, sticky strip, heat gun.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Have a Seat - Miss You

This is the final "sample" card using Have a Seat stamp set.  I simplified this card.  Check out the rest of the Shabby Horse blog.  She has such an interesting life and takes fantastic photos. 

The last photo shows another advantage to using clear mount stamps.  I mounted all three chair stamps on the block at once.  I was able to line them up and I only had to stamp one time.  This is really handy when mass producing.

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Have a Seat, Three Little Words.  Card Stock:  baja breeze, soft suede, very vanilla, elegant soiree dsp.  Stamp Pads:  baja breeze, crumb cake.  Accessories:  neutral buttons, linen thread, dimensionals, white gel pen.  Tools:  scallop border punch, mat pack, paper piercer.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Have a Seat - Anniversary

Even though I strongly dislike the cold, I must admit that I loooove quiet nights with snow and our Christmas lights!  I'm kind of sad that the decorations will probably be coming down very soon.

This is another card sample I made to go with Mom's Christmas gifts.  It serves 2 purposes since I also need some Anniversary cards for my stash.  :o)  I thought the bench-for-two was cute for a couple's card.

CASEd from here.

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Have a Seat, Tiny Tags, Warm Words, Teeny Tiny Wishes.  Card Stock:  early espresso, baja breeze, very vanilla, elegant soiree dsp.  Stamp Pad:  early espresso.  Accessories:  latte button, early espresso 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, linen thread, dimensionals.  Tools:  jewelry tag punch, distressing tool. 

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Gingerbread Fancy Favor

I hope you had a fabulous Christmas!  We certainly did. 

I posted more pictures on facebook - check them out.

I made these gingerbread favor boxes a couple of days before Christmas.  It was too late to make them to pass out, but I was really in the mood to made Christmas projects.  Maybe I can make a bunch next year.  At least now I have a reminder.  I found them here.  She also has an adorable snowman that I would like to make next year.

Recipe:  Card Stock:  12x12 crumb cake and whisper white, pretty in pink.  Stamp Pad:  chocolate chip.  Accessories:  large white brads, real red 5/8" satin ribbon.  Tools:  fancy favor box die, tasteful trim die, big shot, 2-1/2 circle punch, 1-3/4" circle punch, 1/2" circle punch, sponge.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Top Note Gift Card Boxes

We are giving just a few gift cards this year for Christmas.  I wanted to make something cute to put them in.  I found this tutorial on SCS.  I couldn't stop at just one.  They're really fun to make and I love how they turned out!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

It's an Owl --- No, it's a Penguin

Have you noticed lately how some store bought cards have embellishments and layers?  We received a Christmas card with a line of penguins; some of which were popped up.  Jeff commented on it and asked if I could make penguins.  Can I make penguins?!?  Of course - the Stampin' Up! owl punch can be used for many different animals.

I thought this card was just so cute!  What you do you think?  Of course, I had to love the card with three penguins, not just one!  And yes, they are popped up on dimensionals.

This picture just isn't so good.  The ones with white card stock are the worse for me.  Too much light, I think.  I have a really good camera, I just must not be a very good photographer of my  projects.  (My personal photos are good, though).  Maybe one of my New Year's resolutions should be to learn to take better photos for my blog.  I wonder if a light box might help?  Ugh - techie stuff!

Recipe:  Stamp Set:  Short & Sweet.  Card Stock:  basic black, real red, whisper white, pumpkin pie.  Stamp Pad:  basic black.  Accessories:  dimensionals, dazzling diamonds.  Tools:  owl, heart to heart, bitty shapes and 5 petal flower punches, glue pen.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas M&M Treat Cards

When I made these cards with the candy corn filled test tubes, I knew I wanted to do something similar with red and green M&Ms.

Using the same dimensions as the candy corn card, I made the one shown on the left.  It is really cute but I wanted to put a tag on the test tube and have more of the candy show.  Like this card.  So I changed the dimensions; the card on the right is the result. 

I have 24 of them ready to pass out at church Friday evening.

 I'm not sure which is cuter; the cards or my Longaberger "Santa Belly" Market Basket.

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Jolly Old St Nick, Tags till Christmas.  Card Stock:  real red, whisper white, garden green, Candy Cane Christmas specialty.  Stamp Pads:  black staz-on, real red.  Accessories:  real red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, perfect polk-dots embossing folder, dimensionals, linen thread.  Tools:  big shot, 1-1/4" square punch, scallop square punch, scallop border punch, 1/16" hole punch.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Have a Seat - one layer

You all know that I love layers, textures and embellishments.  But sometimes one-layer cards are nice (and actually necessary).  I thought this one was really cute.  I included it with the samples with my mom's Christmas set.

Speaking of Christmas ... are you ready?  I just have a few little presents/stock stuffers to wrap.  And I'm working on a few treats to pass out at church Christmas Eve.  That's it!  I thought about doing a little house cleaning.  But my time would be better spent doing that AFTER our kids and grandkids leave.  ha!    Bonus this year --- Christmas falls on Jeff's weekend off!  Yay!

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Have a Seat, Curly Cute, Aviary.  Card Stock:  whisper white.  Stamp Pads:  basic black, real red.  Tool:  stamp-a-ma-jig.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Have a Seat - Christmas

I bought the "Have a Seat" stamp set for my mom for Christmas and made her a few card samples with it.  This is one that I made.  I had seen the idea here on Inking Idaho blog, but wanted a simpler/cleaner card.

I know I say this a lot - but it is so much prettier in real life!  The wreath is made with the boho blossoms punch.  I punched the largest flower twice and staggered them.  I added a bow from 1/8" real red taffeta ribbon and mounted the wreath over the bench on dimensionals.  The whole panel is also raised.

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Have a Seat, Christmas Greetings.  Card Stock:  basic black, whisper white.  Stamp Pad:  basic black.  Accessories:  real red 1/8" taffeta ribbon, dimensionals.  Tools:  boho blossoms punch.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Come to Bethlehem - monochromatic

This is the final Christmas card I made for 2010.  I think it's my favorite, too.

I had a difficult time getting any black ink to stamp solid.  So I used my versamark pad and black embossing poweder and heat embossed the main image.  Simple and pretty!

CASEd from here.

Recipe:  Stamp Set:  Come to Bethlehem.  Card Stock:  very vanilla, basic black.  Stamp Pads:  versamark, basic black.  Accessories:  basic black 1/8 taffeta ribbon, rhinestone, square lattice embossing folder, black embossing powder.  Tools:  big shot, heat gun.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Filled With Love Promotion

Valentines' Day is the second most popular card-sending holiday.  And it's not too early to start planning your cards and projects.

Now through January 24, Stampin' Up! is offering a great promotion.  Purchase the Filled with Love bundle and receive FREE Bitty Buttons ($4.95 value).  The special stamp set and designer paper will only be available until the end of this promotion.

Click HERE to place your online order.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Vintage Snowflake Christmas Card

What a perfect day to post a snowy card!  It is really coming down hard here.  It's so pretty!

I absolutely love this card!  Only 4 of the antique brads have that white wash on it, so I made 4 cards like this.  I lightly sponged the embossed panel with crumb cake ink.  I also sprayed the 2 snowflakes with very vanilla smooch spray, which doesn't really show in photos, but adds such a pretty touch. 

Jill Hilliard made two great cards and posted them here.  I love the other one, too, but haven't gotten around to making it .... yet....

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  All Holidays, Christmas Punches, Come to Bethlehem.  Card Stock:  crumb cake, whisper white, bashful blue.  Stamp Pads:  crumb cake, bashful blue.  Accessories:  antique brads, vintage wallpaper embossing folder, dimensionalsm vanilla smooch spritz.  Tools:  decorative label punch, snowflake #2 die, big shot, snowflake punch, sponge.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Peppermint Ghirardelli Squares

During my hours of exploring and surfing, I have seen holders for Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares.  So, while Christmas shopping, I bought a couple of bags of the peppermint bark.  And when I finally got around to doing something with them, I could only find this one tutorial on SCS.

I had 2 full sheets of the dsp left over from the Candy Cane Christmas Specialty pack and thought it was appropriate since I was using the peppermint bark.

I had a meeting at church last night and passed these out with the agendas.  It became a game as each person came in to see if they could open the box.  All you have to do is untuck the flap (red) from behind the scallop.  Even after I showed that, most people closed it by sticking the flap inside the box instead of tucking it back behind the scallop.  Funny!  Maybe I thought it was easy because I watched the tutorial before I made them.  I certainly wasn't expecting it to be a puzzle, but it was fun and everyone liked them.

Recipe:  Stamp Set:  Tags till Christmas.  Card Stock:  real red, whisper white, blushing bride, Candy Cane Christmas specialty.  Stamp Pad:  real red.  Accessories:  dimensionals.  Tools:  1-3/8" circle punch, scallop circle punch, paper trimmer (for scoring).
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