Dec 182010

Lots of Christmas cards to share today.  They’re making a stop here before being sent on their way!

This card uses the “Bells and Boughs” set from SU’s Holiday Mini.  It is colored with Copics.

(At the end of my blog posts I usually list the “recipes” for the cards.  But today, because of the number of cards posted, I will put the recipe for each card directly following that card.  This will make it easier for those interested to find the ingredients used for each specific card.)

Poinsettia Card

Stamps: SU Bells & Boughs

Papers: SU Whisper White and Old Olive; Papertrey Ink Pure Poppy; Daisy D’s Paisley Sugarplum Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:

Accessories: GG Ribbon, Brads, SU Corners and Scalloped Edger Punches and Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder

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Love this birch tree image from Papertrey Ink.

On the first card, a small bird was punched from Memory Box’s “Mistletoe” designer paper and popped up on the trees.

On the second card one of the bird images from the set was stamped with Craft ink.

Brown Birch Tree Card

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Through the Trees; SU Teeny Tiny Wishes

Papers: Papertrey Ink Select White; SU Bravo Burgundy and Bashful Blue; Memory Box Mistletoe Designer Paper

Inks: SU Bravo Burgundy and Bashful Blue (for sponging)

Accessories: GG Ribbon; Kaiser Pearls; 3/4″ Round Punch

Black Birch Tree Card

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Through the Trees; SU Teeny Tiny Wishes

Papers: Papertrey Ink Select White, True Black and Pure Poppy; Memory Box Mistletoe Designer Paper

Inks: Archival Brilliance Graphite Black; SU Real Red Craft

Accessories: 1″ Double Stitched GG Ribbon; Kaiser Rhinestones

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As time got short, several cards with the same design had to be made.

I’m not a big fan of mass production, but this was a very fun, quick and easy one to do.

Love how the twine gives a touch of country charm.

Punched Trees Cards

Stamps: Verve O Christmas Tree

Papers: Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream and Pinefeather; Webster’s Pages Wonderfall Designer Paper (stripe); K & Company Christmas Cheer Designer Paper

Inks: SU Handsome Hunter

Accessories: Kaiser Rhinestones; Cuttlebug Snowflake Embossing Folder; Martha Stewart Pines Border Punch; Classic Circle Nestability Die; Twine

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I wasn’t going to post or use this next card until my son, seeing all the various cards spread across the dining table, said that this one was his favorite.  Must have a masculine appeal to it that I don’t appreciate!

Crown Card

Stamps: Flourishes City of David

Papers: Papertrey Ink True Black, SU Gold and Silver Metallic; Graphic 45 On the Boardwalk Designer Paper

Inks: Versamark

Accessories: Silver Embossing Powder; GG Ribbon; Cuttlebug Crown Die Cut & Embossing Folder; Fiskar’s Edger Punch; Brads

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This next design is one that I CASEd from a card kit that I saw on Ebay.  Unfortunately the auction ended, and I did not remember to record the designer of this clean and simple beauty.

This is such a creative use of this large medallion stamp from SU.  The center sentiment circle was cut out using a Circle Nestability Die and then popped up with foam tape.

Medallion Wreath Card

Stamps: SU Medallion; Verve O Christmas Tree

Papers: Papertrey Ink Select White and Pure Poppy

Inks: SU Handsome Hunter

Accessories: Classic Circle Nestability Die; Kaiser Rhinestones; Satin Ribbon

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This silhouetted bird image from Inkadinkado is stamped directly on to the designer paper.

A few of the flowers in the design were filled in with a white gel pen.  Stickles was added for some sparkle.

Silhouetted Bird Card

Stamps: Inkadinkado Winter Birds and Papertrey Ink Sign Language

Papers: Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream and Dark Chocolate; Basic Grey Designer Paper

Inks: Archival Jet Black; White Gel Pen

Accessories: Stickles; Satin Ribbon

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The final pair of cards uses Tim Holtz’s “Reindeer Flight” die cut and his “Tall Pines” embossing folder.

On the first card the designer paper and the Essentials by Ellen Craft-a-Board were cut separately and then adhered together with foam tape.

On the second card however, the designer paper was adhered to the craft-a-board before cutting out the reindeer.  Then both the paper and craft-a-board were cut at the same time.  This method worked much better and is what I would recommend.

Reindeer Card #1

Stamps: SU Itty Bitty Backgrounds (stamped on reindeer cardstock)

Papers: Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream, Fine Linen, Ocean Tides and Dark Chocolate; Webster’s Pages Waiting for Santa

Inks: SU Chocolate Chip and Close to Cocoa

Accessories: Essentials by Ellen Craft-a-Board; Tim Holtz’s Reindeer Flight Die Cut and Tall Pines Embossing Folder; GG Ribbon; Velvet and Lace Ribbon; Ruffled Ribbon; Metallic Rope; Kaiser Pearl; SU Corners Punch

Reindeer Card #2

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Sign Language

Papers: Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream, Fine Linen, Ocean Tides and Dark Chocolate; Webster’s Pages Waiting for Santa

Inks: SU Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa and Handsome Hunter

Accessories: Essentials by Ellen Craft-a-Board; Tim Holtz’s Reindeer Flight Die Cut and Tall Pines Embossing Folder; GG Ribbons; Metallic Rope; Kaiser Pearl; SU Corners Punch

Thanks for dropping by today.  Hope that everyone is having a wonderful Holiday Season.

Dec 122010

He did it!

Our third son graduated from college this week with a degree in Computer Science.  It’s been quite a ride for Gary.  Going to school full-time with a family and working 30 hours a week… but he did it!  His dad and I are SO PROUD of him!  And you know what the very best part of it is?  He got a job.. in his field of study as a programmer!!  Yeah!!

He just recently had a birthday, too.  The sentiment is stamped on an Inchie.  Love those things!

And since I still need a few more, I used the same-ish sketch for a quick Christmas card.

Again, an Inchie was used for the sentiment as well as an Inchie+ for even more dimension.

JOY!  That is what I’m feeling today.  So much to be grateful for….

Thanks for dropping by.  Happy Crafting!

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Graduation Card

Stamps: SU Go Graduate

Papers: Papertrey Ink True Black and Terracotta Tile

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:

100, C00, C4, C7, C9

YR000, YR04, YR09, R20, R24, R29, Y19

B000, B23, B26

Skin Tones: E0000, E00, E11, E15

0-Colorless Blender

Accessories: Nestabilities; GG Ribbon, Mini Brad

Birthday Card

Stamps: Verve Birthday Bash

Papers: Papertrey Ink Select White, True Black; Provo Craft River Rock Collection

Inks: SU Markers Really Rust and Basic Black

Accessories: Inchie Art Inchie; Fiscars Diamond Edger Punch; SU Striped GG Ribbon; Brad

Christmas Card

Stamps: Inkadinkadoo Winter Wonderland

Papers: Papertrey Ink Select White and Ripe Avocado; Memory Box Mistletoe

Inks: SU Real Red Craft and Marker; White Gel Pen

Accessories: Inchie Arts Inchie and Inchie+; MayArts GG Ribbon with Satin Edge; Martha Stewart Holly Border Punch; Stickles; SU Button; Decorative Ribbon from Michael’s


Today’s Clean and Simple Challenge on Splitcoaststampers is to use bows.  I LOVE anything to do with ribbon so of course I had to play along.  Plus it was the perfect opportunity to add one more creation to my not-yet-big-enough Christmas card stack.

Isn’t this the sweetest little stamp set.  It’s from Papertrey Ink and called “Merry Little Christmas”.  The images and sentiment are stamped directly onto the designer paper.

And I couldn’t resist adding a little more cuteness to the inside as well.

One more card done.  I’m having so much fun!

Thanks for dropping by today.  Happy Crafting!

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Stamps: Papertrey Ink ‘Merry Little Christmas’

Papers: Papertrey Ink ‘Pinefeather’, ‘Pure Poppy’ and ‘Vintage Cream’ (inside); Webster’s Pages ‘Wonderfall’ Designer Paper

Inks: Memento ‘Rich Cocoa’ and ‘Tuxedo Black’; White Gel Pen;  Copics:

Accessories: Martha Stewart Edger Punch; Kaiser Rhinestones; Gingham Ribbon

Dec 012010

It’s down to the wire and there are still lots of Christmas cards that need to be made.  So that means only one thing.  Keep it simple!

The puffy trees are satin cutouts from May Arts.  They make quick and fun focal points.  I will be able to easily duplicate these if needed.

A stamped sentiment on the inside, and they’re ready to go!  Now only a couple dozen more cards and I’m there!

(Tip:  Stamp sentiments before embossing.)

Thanks so much for dropping by today.

Happy Crafting!

Stamps: SU “A Cardinal Christmas”

Papers: Papertrey Ink “Select White”; SU “Handsome Hunter”

Inks: SU “Handsome Hunter” Marker

Accessories: May Arts White GG Ribbon With Satin Border, Puffy Tree Satin Cutouts; Green Gingham Ribbon; Cuttlebug “Swiss Dot” and “Snowflakes” Embossing Folders; Star Brads

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