Happy New Year

Monday, October 20, 2014

Good Morning!
I just LOVED the card that Dawn made during this month's release showcasing the Twenty Fifteen stamp set.  I love how she clustered her stamped and die cut images together to create a really fun, graphic look.  I decided to create a similar design using different colors and dies.  Kraft, white, and red is another one of my favorite holiday color combinations. Using these colors I stamped my cluster of images from Twenty Fifteen as well as Little Bits and Dream Believer.

I added some rhinestones and a large layered snowflake using all 3 dies from the Snowflake Trio.  I used these layered snowflakes on my jars yesterday too.  Love how they look together!
Have a great day!

Cardstock: WP9 Kraft, White, PTI Pure Poppy
Stamps: WP9 Twenty Fifteen, Little Bits, and Dream Believer
Ink: WP9 White Pigment Ink, PTI Pure Poppy, Versafine Onyx
Dies: WP9 Snowflake Trio
Other: Rhinestones, Corner Rounder Punch

A few More Jars

Sunday, October 19, 2014

I really loved Melissa's jar idea and after making one and loving how it turned out, I decided to make a few more.  They are really quick and easy to do.  Perfect for gift giving!  I've already given one to my friend, Jackie, with a few tea light candles inside for her to display during the winter holidays.
White, silver and vellum make a beautiful, elegant combination that's perfect winter and not just Christmas.
After my jars were painted and sanded, I die cut my tags and vellum from some of my favorite tag dies.  I stamped all the images using WPlus9's Winter Woodland and Iconic Christmas in Silver Lining dye ink and also embossed some with silver embossing powder.  I created some layered snowflakes using Snowflake Trio dies to accent each tag.

The photos have a pinkish hue because I was wearing a pink sweater when I took these pics ;)
Hope you're having a great weekend!

Cardstock: Recollections White 110 lb., PTI Vellum
Stamps: WP9 Winter Woodland, Iconic Christmas
Ink: WP9 Silver Lining, Versamark
Dies: WP9 Snowflake Trio, PTI Tags
Other: Sparkle Spray, Rhinestones, Satin Ribbon, White Acrylic Paint

Merry Little Christmas

Monday, October 13, 2014

Hi! Just popping in to share a little card I made using the sketch from CAS(E) this sketch!  No work today so I'm spending the day doing laundry and making a few more jars for gifts this Christmas.  I plan to fill them with candles or cookies and hand them out to a few special co-workers.
 I did the same die embossing technique as yesterday, but only ran it through halfway. 
Thanks for stopping by!

Cardstock: WP9 Lake House, White
Stamps: WP9 Merry Little Christmas, Fair Isle
Ink: WP9 Silver Linings, Nautical Navy, Lake House, Versafine Onyx
Dies: WP9 Holiday Apertures
Other: Rhinestones

Halloween Apertures

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Holiday Apertures dies are not just for Christmas cards.  As I've said before, this is a die set that will take up permanent residence on your craft table.  I have separated my 4 pieces, but they very easily fit back together and can be held in place with a little bit of low-tack tape.  This is exactly what I've done here, but instead of running them through my machine with the intention of cutting, I've embossed.  I use a Cuttlebug and here is
my sandwich from the bottom up:
A Plate
B Plate
1 Tan Mat
Dies (Face Down)
B Plate
They create the most beautiful quilted look and feel and can be used to frame any images.  I've chosen to create a Halloween card to send to my nephews.  They're getting older and probably won't appreciate a Halloween card much longer.   Until then, I'll enjoy making these for them.

Have a great day!

Cardstock: PTI Black, Recollections 110lb. White
Paper: Scraps
Stamps: WP9 A Pocketful, A Pocketful Halloween
Ink: Versafine Onyx
Dies: WP9 Holiday Apertures, WP9 A Pocketful
Other: Sequins and Rhinestones

Christmas Greetings

Saturday, October 11, 2014

I love all of the brightly colored lights at Christmastime, but my favorite are the simple white twinkle lights.  I made a few tags last night using the string of lights from Festive Greetings.  I stamped them on grey cardstock and colored them with a white jellyroll pen.  To add a little sparkle I colored them with my clear Wink of Stella glitter pen.  Shock, I know ;)! 
 I gave each tag a different holiday sentiment found in the new Strictly Sentiments 6 stamp set.  I sprinkled around some tiny snowflakes from Winter Woodland and some rhinestones and my tags were done.
This morning I decided to turn these tags into cards using the new sketch from Retro Sketches
Even though I sometimes say, "these cards would be easy to mass produce" I never actually mass produce cards myself.  But since these tags were all ready to go when I sat down this morning, it made mass producing these a no-brainer.  All I had to do was emboss my backgrounds with the Snowflake Trio, add a little twine and some banners and they were all done.  It feels good to make a dent in my holiday card making this early!
Have a great long weekend! 
I am so excited to have 3 days off:) 

Cardstock: WP9 White, Black Dove Grey
Paper: Echo Park
Stamps: WP9 Festive Greetings, Strictly Sentiments 6, Winter Woodland
Ink: Versafine Onyx
Dies: WP9 Snowflake Trio, PTI Tag, Double Ended Banner
Other: Wink of Stella Silver and Clear, White Jellyroll Pen, Rhinestones, Twine

Merry Lights

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Just got home from physical therapy and decided I had a little creative energy to release too.  My leg is getting better slowly, but I'm happy to report I can walk up the stairs putting pressure on my leg.  Down the stairs is a different story, but I'm getting there.
I started off by running my card front through my Cuttlebug with the stitched border rectangle die from Holiday Apertures.  I then masked off the center ,lining the masks up with the stitched lines.
I then stamped the string of lights, from Festive Greetings, repeatedly to fill the space.  After coloring the lights with Copics, I added a highlight with a white gel pen, and finally I coated them with my clear Wink of Stella Glitter pen.  The metal caps on the lights were colored with a silver Wink of Stella glitter pen.

I gave that a second to dry and then I stamped the word Christmas from Hand Lettered Holiday.  I die cut the word Merry using the Hand Lettered Holiday Die and inlaid a second one that was die cut with black cardstock.  I couldn't resist covering the word in glitter too!
Have a great night. 
I'll be adding this week's projects to the

The Magic Of Christmas

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The WPlus9 release got me in the mood to start making Christmas cards.  Before that I just wasn't feelin' it.  It helps also, that the weather has started to cool down and make it feel like the holidays are actually not that far off.
For both of my cards I used one of the Landscape Border dies to create a mask.  Inside the masked area I stamped this little snowflake cluster from Winter Woodland in three different colors before removing the mask. I stamped the sentiment, also from Winter Woodland, in Versafine ink.

Each card front is framed out using the largest stitched rectangle from the Holiday Apertures die set.  After die cutting the Stag Trio from black cardstock, I chose the two I wanted to use on my cards, coated them with clear Wink Of Stella, and adhered them with foam adhesive.
You can reuse your mask over and over again which makes making these cards super easy to mass produce. 
 To me, the movement of the snowflakes towards the reindeer is like Christmas magic giving the reindeer flight.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cardstock: WP9 Cupid's Bow, White
Stamps: WP9 Winter Woodland
Ink: PTI Pure Poppy, New Leaf, Aqua Mist, Versafine Black Onyx
Dies: WP9 Stag Trio, Holiday Apertures, Landscape Borders
Other: Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Pen
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