Jul 08 2016

Reason for the Season

Gosh!  I rarely have time to play along with challenges anymore, except for our Create with Connie and Mary ones, but The Paper Players has a Christmas in July theme and Freshly Made Sketches has a pretty sketch challenge…a match made in heaven!


FMS Final 244-001

Here’s what I came up with combining both challenges and using the new Stampin’ Up! This Christmas Specialty Designer Paper!  Aren’t those patterns pretty?


Reason for the Season

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Cherry Cobbler, folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of This Christmas Specialty DSP.  If you haven’t seen this DSP yet, it is a lighter newspaper weight DSP with MORE sheets per package of the same patterns!
  • On the reverse of the DSP was this fun stripe, so I cut off a row and used as the accent across the bottom.
  • The largest Layering Oval was used to cut the Very Vanilla cardstock, then Peace on Earth was stamped with Chocolate Chip Ink towards the bottom.
  • The outline poinsettia from Reason for the Season was stamped twice with Chocolate Chip Ink on Very Vanilla, then the inside with Cherry Cobbler and the leaves with Garden Green.  An AquaPainter and Cherry Cobbler Marker was used to fill in the rest of the petals.  The full flower was cut by hand, and the other center was cut out and popped up on top .
  • The branches were stamped with Chocolate Chip Ink and hand cut.
  • The center was filled with small Pearls.


That’s it!  I really like how this turned out!


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Dec 19 2013

CCMC282 Joyful Christmas

Well, I really haven't gone back to making Christmas cards.  This one has actually been done for a while for the Create with Connie and Mary Color Challenge this week!  These colors were perfect for ending up the holiday cards for me.




Here's my card using Joyful Christmas again!  It really has become one of my favorite new sets this season!




Lots of different techniques on this card and it is full of shine and sparkle with Silver Embossing and Silver Glimmer Paper!

  1. The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Whisper White, folded in half.
  2. I added a 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Cherry Cobbler cardstock.
  3. Across the center, I added a 3 x 4 piece of Season of Style Designer Paper.
  4. Down the right is a 1 1/4 x 5 piece of Silver Glimmer Paper.
  5. I stamped the Poinsettia and leaves from Joyful Christmas twice with Versamark Ink, once on Whisper White and once on Vellum Cardstock, then embossed with Silver Embossing Powder.  I cut the center out of the Vellum one and the complete poinsettia out of the Whisper White.  I sponged Cherry Cobber ink over the Whisper White poinsettia…making it darker in the center and lighter towards the edges.
  6. I layered the Vellum center over the larger poinsettia…it really is a cool effect with a little of the darker sponging showing thru the vellum.
  7. I sponged Old Olive on the leaves (not a color in the challenge, but the poinsettia really needed leaves…sorry!)
  8. I popped up all the leaves and flowers with Stampin' Dimensionals on the front.
  9. Finally, I stamped Joyful Tidings from Christmas Messages stamp set with Cherry Cobbler Ink, then cut it with the Oval Framelits and added it to the front with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Love all the glimmer and textures on this card!  Make sure to check out the rest of the Challenge Team over on Create with Connie and Mary, then grab your stamps, take a break and play along!



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Sep 30 2012

Watercolor Winter in Neutrals

Have you designed your holiday card yet?  Well, I thought I'd sneak in one more Watercolor Winter card this week…have you enjoyed the variety of looks I achieved with this stamp set?  This is one of the cards my Stamp Clubs did this month…and it was a hit!  I love the neutral look to the card, but yet, the Champagne Glimmer Paper really makes it WOW!  I've almost gone thru 2 packages of this Glimmer paper so far…just put in another order for more!  It just goes with SO many colors and I love it!



This card is pretty simple and fairly flat, so perfect for your holiday cards!  The most time required is cutting out the Poinsettias…but that is always a good TV watching activity for me!  Here are the supplies that you will need!  And, remember, place your $40 or more order today (from me!) and you get a FREE spool of 3/8" Satin Stitched Ribbon in your choice of colors!  $80 and get 2…and so on!  That's like getting 25% more product FREE!  ENDS September 30, 2012!


AND…you'll help me out, too!  I've very close to a performance bonus, so every order helps!  lol!

  • Watercolor Winter (#129727 Clear, $18.95, #129724 Wood, $25.95)
  • Greetings of the Season (#128033 Clear, $11.95, #128030 Wood, $15.95)
  • Champagne Glimmer Paper (#127885, $4.95)
  • Candlelight Christmas Designer Paper (#126901, $12.95)
  • Labels Collection Framelit (#125598, $26.95)
  • Pearl Basic Jewels (#119247, $4.95)
  • Very Vanilla cardstock (#101650, 40 sheets, $8.50)
  • Early Espresso Classic Ink (#126974, $6.95)



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  1. Base card is Very Vanilla.  Layer on 3 3/4 x 5 Candlelight Christmas Designer Paper.
  2. Stamp two poinsettias with Early Espresso Ink on Very Vanilla, cut out.
  3. Stamp Peace on Earth in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla, use Labels Collection Framelit (smallest one) to cut out, or use a decorative punch.
  4. Layer on a 1 1/4" Strip of Champagne Glimmer Paper over top of DSP.
  5. Add two Poinsettias with Stampin' Dimensionals
  6. Add Pearls to Center
  7. Tuck greeting under the petals of the Poinsettias.


That's it!  Don't forget to order today for the RIBBON BONUS!

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Nov 15 2011

Flower Fest Poinsettias

Well, it's Tuesday already and this is my first post of the week!  I was looking around for a challenge to do, because I know you all MISS me posting, right?  I came across a pretty color combination from The Paper Players…and then a very neat sketch from Mojo Monday!  I don't know when was the last time I played along with Mojo Monday!



And here is my card using the combination of both challenges!



Yes, I made up some more of my Flower Fest stamp poinsettias!  Funny how changing the colors out on the card and a few details can make the card look totally different!  (If you want to see the last one I did with Poinsettias…you can see it HERE!)  On this one I started with a base of Always Artichoke and layered on River Rock that I ran thru the Big Shot with the Stripes Impressions Folder.  I lightly sponged River Rock Classic Ink across the raised areas for a weathered panel look.  I added the front layers  of Always Artichoke, Riding Hood Red and Very Vanilla according to the sketch.  I stamped Merry Christmas from Stampin' Up!'s Christmas Greetings stamp set in Always Artichoke on the front and added a stripe of Red Glimmer Paper.  I also punched along the bottom with the Pinking Hearts Border Punch. 


The Flower Fest flowers were stamped in Riding Hood Red and Always Artichoke and then punched with the 5 petal punch.  I added pearls to the centers, then popped them up on the front of the card.  I like the simple elegance of this one!



Nov 01 2011

Christmas Flower Fest Punch Art

I'm SO excited that I was asked to do a sample card for Splitcoaststamper's Wednesday Sketch Challenge #SC357!  I'm in the midst of cleaning out my back storage room and my actual stamping studio is holding all the things I pulled out.  Can you say big MESS!!!  I had to clear out an area just in order to stamp!  lol!  So, here was the SCS sketch for this week.



I was also excited to use my Stampin' Up! Flower Fest stamp set again, this time to make Christmas Poinsettias!  It worked perfectly!



This would be a great card to mass produce for your holiday cards!  I started with a base of Cherry Cobbler cardstock, and used a long base of 4 1/4 x 11, then folded it in half with the fold on the left side for something a little different..  I used the Petals A Plenty Impressions Folder on 2/3 of the Whisper White layer, leaving room at the bottom to stamp my greeting, Merry Christmas from Four the Holidays, in Cherry Cobber.  I covered the seam with Basic Gray Satin Ribbon and layered it on Basic Gray cardstock.  I stamped the flower from Flower Fest in Cherry Cobbler on Real Red four times and punched them out with the 5 Petal Flower Punch.  I then stamped the same flower again with Garden Green on Garden Green cardstock and punched them out for the leaves behind the red flowers.  I adhered them together, then pierced a hole in the center of the flowers and placed the Gold Glimmer Brads.  They were popped up on the front of the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. 


I think that the card has a quiet elegance that was quite easy to achieve!

Oct 23 2010

Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Challenge

It's time for the Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Challenge (CCMC-HM4)!  This challenge is for our subscribers to participate and earn a chance to win one of two $75 gift certificates or one of two free subscriptions to the next Edition of Create with Connie and Mary.  This week is a DOUBLE challenge…one using a color combination in Deck the Halls…Early Espresso, Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede and Crumb Cake AND making it a One of a Kind Card…one that you'd probably only make one of for a special person.  I know I had fun with it…I think our Guest Designers did, too! 


This week on Create with Connie and Mary, we've been focusing on Bells & Boughs, Christmas Collage, Christmas Postcard, Bell Wheel and Vintage Frames  from the Holiday Mini Catalog.  A big selection to choose from!  It's not too late to join this 8 week subscription!  We are just getting started.  You'll have access to all the previous posts and tutorials long after the session is over!


So here is my card using these colors…a little of the Deck the Halls Designer Paper in the background and one-of-a-kind elements.



I started with a base of Always Artichoke cardstock and layered on Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  I ran a piece of Very Vanilla thru the Big Shot with the Finial Press Impressions Folder, then sponged on Crumb Cake Classic Ink on the highlights with a sponge dauber.  I added the holly pattern from Deck the Halls DSP in the upper left corner and tore the edge…sponging it with Soft Suede Classic Ink.  I used the Distressing Tool on the edges and wrapped the Always Artichoke Seam Binding Ribbon around and tied a bow.  It was adhered to the base card.  Then I added the largest Pearls to the ribbon.


I took my 5 petal punch and punched out two Cherry Cobbler and one Real Red flower for EACH flower, sponged up the edges with Soft Suede and made "veins" with my Stylus.  I adhered together and put in a Gold Glimmer Brad in the center of each flower.  They were placed on the front with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I punched out another flower with Always Artichoke, made the veins again and sponged with Soft Suede, then cut them up to use as the leaves under the flowers.


I stamped Merry Christmas in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla and punched with the new Decorative Label punch, then sponged the edges with Soft Suede.  I punched the Decorative Label again with Early Espresso cardstock.  Then cut it in half and put one half under the top half and the other behind the bottom half for a layered look.  I placed it on the front with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I thought it made a very elegant looking card and I love the punched poinsettias!


Check out what the rest of our Design Team Members have done this week with the sketch challenge:


Mary Brown – StamperCamper's Corner

Cristena Bagne – Gettin' Crafty

Rochelle Gould – I stamp, I create, I have fun!

Jenn Picard – A New Ink on Life


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