Wonderland again!
Wonderland again!

Last week I shared a card I’d made that was CASed from my friend, Linda Heller, today I’m sharing the same card, but not the same.  It’s the same layout and stamps, but I changed the colors up a little.  I wanted to show you that you can use what you have to copy my work.  You could even use different stamp sets, one that immediately comes to mind is “Lovely as a Tree” you could even use “Happy Scenes“.   Here is a picture of the other card alongside this one.

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See there is actually little difference between the two.  The base card color on this one is Island Indigo but the techniques used to make this is the same as the last one.  I did change the colors just a little.  I sponged on Lost Lagoon and Blackberry Bliss.   The Lost Lagoon revealed quite a bit of green, which I was surprised about, but I like it.  What do you think?

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Here is some good news too!  Stampin’ Up! has started the Christmas shopping early!  Today through next Monday the Online Extravaganza goes on!  There are flash sales today and next Monday so hurry on to my online store now right here to get your hands on all the goodies.  These sales are for as long as supplies last, so don’t wait.  They will sell out.  Check out the Buy 3 get 1 free Designer Paper Packs (get the paper for your Christmas cards!)

Now, go and get your goodies at my online store HERE and enjoy the great prices.  Now go and create something sweet for somebody.

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Stamps  Wonderland  Ink Soft Sky, Lost Lagoon, Blackberry Bliss  and Basic Black Paper Island Indigo, Basic Black and Whisper White cardstock

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Wonderland…. Isn’t it wonderful?

Wonderland
Wonderland

Today I have a straight up CASE from my upline, Linda Heller.  Thank you Linda!  I absolutely adored her rendition of this card and had to do it.  I did change just a couple of things, like I added snowflakes in the sky and I used a different color card base.

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Can you see the snow flakes?  Is snowflakes one word or two?  I’m a Florida girl, born and bred, and I’ve only seen snow once, so I’m not too experienced in the fluffy stuff.  Now, rain, I know about rain oh and heat.  I understand heat…humidity, etc.  Well one word or two, they are there.  🙂

I used a Lost Lagoon card base, I sure hope when it’s time to change the In-Colors they will keep this one.  I love this greenish-blue!  Then I had a piece of Basic Black and a piece of Whisper White.  For the image after placing a 1″ circle post it note where I’d like my moon, I did my sponging with these colors, in this order, Soft Sky, Lost Lagoon and Rich Razzleberry.  Not too much of the Razzleberry because it would take over the card.   Then I took off the post it note and stamped the Pine image from the Wonderland stamp set in Basic Black ink several times, stamping twice without re-inking.  Next I added the snowflakes with Staz-On White.  I added the banner that I’d stamped in Basic Black and called it a day.

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What do you think of this card?  Does it make you long for starry nights in a pine forest?  It does for me!

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The stamp set Wonderland is on the retiring list for the Holiday Catalog.  So if you want it, order it before December 31 or it will be gone!   Remember not all of the stamps and dies will continue into the next catalog but some will.  To find out what other stamps and things will retire, go to my online store and check out the list HERE, it’s organized by type for you.  Gotta love that right?

Now, I’ve got to get back to making Christmas cards and decorations…it’s coming fast! Why don’t you go and create something sweet for somebody?!

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Stamps  Wonderland  Ink  Soft Sky, Lost Lagoon, Rich Razzleberry, Staz-On white  Paper  Lost Lagoon, Basic Black and Whisper White cardstocks  Tools  Sponge

Jolly Christmas!

Jolly Christmas!
Jolly Christmas!

I know, I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving (next week!) yet, but you also know that we crafters need to start early on our Christmas cards, gifts and decorations, if we are going to get them out before Christmas! LOL  So I’m working here!  I used the Jolly Christmas stamp set for this card today.  I fell in LOVE with this reindeer image when I first saw it and just knew that I’d use gold embossing powder on it.  It stamped beautifully and embossed like a dream.  All of the stamps used on this card are from this set, except the “Silent Night”.  That stamp is from the Wonderland stamp set.

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Can you see the shimmer of the embossing?  I framed the Silent Night banner with a small piece from the Home for Christmas DSP then added one of my mom’s gold buttons with a little Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine.  I pulled a few of the gold sequins off of the Gold Sequin trim and scattered them around with a little bit of glue from the new Fine Tip Glue Pen.  If you haven’t tried this yet, you need to, the application is truly fine.  Use it sparingly and let it dry for a little while before moving your creation.

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The background, or base card, is Tip Top Taupe.  It looks different colors in these pictures, even though I tried to adjust the color but it didn’t quite make it.   You can get all of the products needed for this card (except Mom’s button LOL) from my online store HERE.   This card would be a quick and pretty easy card with a lot of WOW factor.

The card base is Tip Taupe Taupe cut 4 1/4 X 8 1/2.  The Mossy Meadow square is 2 3/4 X 3 and the Very Vanilla where the reindeer is stamped is 2 1/2 X 2 3/4.  The small strip of Home for Christmas DSP is 1″ X 3″ and the Very Vanilla strip is 1/2 ” X 3″.

So what are you waiting for?  Christmas is just around the corner!!! Get to creating something sweet for somebody!

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Stamps  Jolly Christmas, Wonderland  Ink  Versamark, Basic Black  Paper  Tip Top Taupe, Home for Christmas DSP, Mossy Meadow, Very Vanilla  Embellishments Gold Embossing Powder, Gold Sequin Trim, Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine  Tools  Heat Tool, Fine Tip Glue Pen

Festival of Trees

Festival of Trees
Festival of Trees

The other day my friend and side line with Stampin’ Up! posted a picture of a card that she liked on FB.  I saw it and fell IN LOVE!   And immediately I said to myself “Cathy, you could make that into a great Christmas card” .  I slept on it and bubbled up into my little brain was this card.  Here is the card that she shared.

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As you can see there isn’t a hint on the picture as to who made the card, which is sad because I’d love to thank them for this great lay out.

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The stamp set I used as the main focus was Festival of Trees with the matching Tree Punch.   The other stamps are from Sheltering Tree and that old standby Gorgeous Grunge.  The colors are Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Garden Green and Tip Top Taupe.  The embellishments are sequins from our Gold Sequin Trim and a gold button that used to be on one of my mother’s coats.  LOL.  She had a cool coat years ago that had this fantastic gold buttons when she got rid of the coat she cut the buttons off and saved them.  I found them in her things when she passed away and kept them because I knew they were special to her.  The funny thing is that these are just plastic gold colored buttons.

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So what do you think?  Is this a great layout for a card or what?  Let me know what you’d do different, or if you love it just as it is.  I hope I did it justice.  If you need supplies for your own Christmas cards, you can purchase them at my online store HERE.  Supplies for this particular card are listed below with links.

Now, go and create something sweet for somebody!

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Stamps   Festival of Trees, Sheltering Tree, Gorgeous Grunge  Ink  Watermelon Wonder, Garden Green, Cucumber Crush, Tip Top Taupe Paper  Wild Wasabi, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White cardstock,  Home for Christmas DSP  Tools   Tree Punch Embellishments  Gold Sequin Trim, Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine and my mom’s button!

Happy Scenes!

Happy Scenes
Happy Scenes

 

I know, I know, it’s October and I’ve got another CHRISTMAS card for you!  Remember, it takes awhile to make your own Christmas cards (especially if you’re making 60 or more!).  But today’s card was made with the Happy Scenes stamp set.  I love all the scenes in this set.  I stamped it in Chocolate Chip but before applying the stamp to the paper I wiped the ink off of the birds on the stamp and then reinked the stamp in those spots with Cherry Cobbler.  Then I sponged on a little bit of Soft Sky and then I stamped the “snow” with Lost Lagoon.  I framed it with the Hearth & Home Framelits in Mossy Meadow.  After I made the background it reminded me a little of candy corn, my personal favorite Halloween candy.  But that was not the look I was going for so I had to change it somehow so I added some Cherry Cobbler ribbon.  Then I added a Cherry Cobbler bow to the top of the window frame.

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I’m having a lot of fun making these Christmas cards and I hope you are enjoying seeing them.  If you’d like to make your own all of the supplies can be purchased on my online store HERE.  I’ve listed them at the bottom of this post to help you.

Here’s a last look at the card.

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Stamps  Happy Scenes  Ink  Chocolate Chip, Cherry Cobbler   Paper  Mossy Meadow, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla, Whisper White Embellishments Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding  Tools  Hearth & Home Framelits

Festival of Trees

Festival of Trees
Festival of Trees

I’m really getting started on my Christmas cards and I’m sharing them with you so you can get inspired to make YOURS!   I pulled out a stamp set from the Annual Catalog, Festival of Trees and created a snow forest scene.   Then I trimmed out a Rudolph the red nosed reindeer and sat him under one of the trees.

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Isn’t he just the cutest thing?  I used several different shades of blue to create the snow scene these included Lost Lagoon, Marina Mist, and Soft Sky.  I sponged the color on and used a blank piece of paper that I cut a slope out of it to give the illusion of drifts.

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Can you see the falling snow?  If it doesn’t look convincing I have an excuse, I live in Florida, I’ve only seen snow in real life once! Please be gentle with your comments.  🙂

Now go and create something sweet for somebody!

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Stamps  Festival of Trees  Ink Lost Lagoon, Marina Mist, Soft Sky, Mossy Meadow, Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip Paper Island Indigo, Crushed Curry, Mossy Meadow cardstock, Home for Christmas DSP Tools  Tree Punch

A Festive Fireplace

A Festive Fireplace
A Festive Fireplace

Today I have a Christmas Card for you.  I know, it’s not even Halloween yet!  But if you are going to make your cards, you need to get started soon, right?  Every year my husband and I send out about 60 to 75 Christmas cards to just our closest friends.  My hubby usually helps me make them by cutting or running the Big Shot for me and then I do all the stamping.  This year, we will have a little head start with the Christmas cards I’ve made and will be making over the next few weeks and sharing with you.  Hope you like them!

Today’s card is a combination of Festive Fireplace and White Christmas.  I cut out the fireplace after stamping it on Smoking Slate in Chocolate Chip.  After stamping and cutting it I used my Aquapainter and dabbed on a little bit of Cajun Craze, Chocolate Chip and Delightful Dijon.  Then I trimmed out the banner “Merry Christmas” from White Christmas and strung it from the mantle.  I placed the green garland from Festive Fireplace after using the framelits to cut it out.

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The “wallpaper” is a sheet from Farmer’s Market, it’s not even a Christmas paper.  🙂 But whose house has Christmas wallpaper, right?  Then I strung a little bit of the Real Red Pom Pom trim across the top.

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Sorry the picture is so dark, you’d think it would be brighter, seeing it’s a FIRE in a fireplace!  LOL But I did stamp it twice, once in chocolate chip on chocolate chip and once in chocolate chip on Cajun Craze.  Then I trimmed the fire away from the logs and then glued them onto the chocolate chip one.  I know that’s a lot of trimming by hand, but I just love the look.  You could just stamp on Cajun Craze and color the log portion in with Chocolate Chip.

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Here’s another look at the entire card.  If you’d like to create your own, I’ve listed all the supplies needed at the bottom of the post and you can purchase them here.

Now, go and create something sweet for somebody!

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Stamps  Festive Fireplace, White Christmas Ink Chocolate Chip, Cajun Craze, Delightful Dijon, Garden Green Embellishments  Real Red Pom Pom trim, Silver Dazzling Details  Paper  Smoky Slate, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Farmer’s Market DSP Tools  Festive Fireside Framelits.