Non-Traditional Snowflakes

Hi!  Deciding to shake things up a little bit today with a Christmas card – for those that celebrate Christmas in July!  I pulled out the Flurry of Wishes stamp set and the new Copper Embossing powder and here’s what I came up with:

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The background is sponged with Soft Sky and Pear Pizzazz inks before the snowflakes are stamped with VersaMark.  Emboss the snowflakes with Copper Embossing Powder, and there you have it.  I really like how it turned out.  What about you?  Like it or hate it?  Would you send this out to friends as your Christmas card?  (I do think it needs some ribbon tucked behind the sentiment- but, alas, I didn’t have anything current that would work).

Thanks for stopping by – and just maybe, I cooled you off on a hot summer day.

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What’s Your Favorite?

If you have seen the Nutcracker, what is your favorite part?  For the past four years, my girls have been dancing in Dance Prism’s The Nutcracker and I love the battle scene, snow and the Russian Dance.  The girls are part of the touring cast, so we travel to 5 different towns in MA over 4 weekends to perform 11 shows between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  At the end of the run, there is a party and the girls exchange little gifts with the other performers.  I have made something to hold treats every year.  This year, here is one of the treat holders that I am making:

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I love how they are turning out!  Each little guy holds 3 Lindt Truffles.  The base is made using the Curvy Keepsake dies.  The Nutcracker is stamped in Black Archival ink and colored with Blendabilities.  Yes, I miss our blendabilities and hope that Stampin’ Up! can find a new supplier to provide us with alcohol markers.   Hope you don’t mind me taking a trip down memory lane and using retired product for this project – but I thought he was too cute not to share!  There are so many great ideas for dressing up the Curvy Keepsake box – that you won’t mind my little foray into past products.

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Teresa

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He’s On His Way

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Santa that is!  Playing with some sets from the Holiday catalog that will be retiring on January 4th – if you haven’t gotten them yet – get them soon before they are gone for good!  I loved pairing these two sets together – the trees from Wonderland  and Santa with his Reindeer from Cozy Christmas – a child’s dream come true to see Santa flying through the sky.  The sky is created by first creating a mask for the moon – I used a 1 1/4″ circle and then sponging Rich Razzleberry, followed by Island Indigo, and topped with Night of Navy.   The trees were stamped using Garden Green and Santa and his reindeer using the new Archival Basic Black ink.  I ended with randomly dotting snow using the Signo Gel-Pen.  The sentiment is from Versatile Christmas and is embossed in White Embossing Powder.  I also wanted to show you the inside of the card (as I rarely finish the inside… bad me!) but, today I did:

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The inside sentiment is also from Versatile Christmas.  Do you stamp the inside of your cards for a more finished look?

One more item for you, the weekly deals this week include the Big Shot Precision Base Plate – this is an awesome addition for those intricate dies if you own a Big Shot.  For the next 7 days, you can purchase this for just $18.75!  (Plus S/H and tax!)  You will find this great deal and more in my On-line store.

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Teresa

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Joyful Wreath

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Good morning!  Back to working on Christmas cards and decided to try my hand at the wreath from the set Peaceful Wreath in the Holiday catalog.  There are matching dies in the Annual Catalog that make cutting this out a breeze!  The sentiment is also included in the framelit set – a bonus!  The wreath was colored using a blender pen to give it a softer look.  Have you tried using blender pens for a water color feel?   I also stamped the Hardwood stamp in Crumb Cake ink on Crumb Cake card stock to give it more of a door look.  Hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration!

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Teresa

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Santa Wishes

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A quick card to share with you made for the Global Design Project #GDP012 challenge.  For my card, I decided to CASE the colors – (tho I changed from Cherry Cobbler to Real Red), Pool Party and Whisper White.  I love this Designer Series Paper – it helps make very quick cards when needed.  I have a hard time just sticking with one card for my Christmas cards – so I like to have a few quick, cute cards that I can whip out quickly.  What about you – do you like quick cards or more complicated ones?

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A Sale For You…

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and some really cute penguins!  I was having fun a few weeks ago making this pop-up card fold that Tami White showed me at our demonstrator meeting.  I loved it and decided I had to make some of my own for my swap card for Technique Club.  As I mentioned the other day, this is my favorite bundle in the Holiday catalog – I showed you the Snowmen in my last post – well here is the penguin.  Such fun winter characters that can be used into the New Year.

Well, I started with a comment about a sale!  It is here!  Stampin’ Up!’s On-Line Extravaganza where you can save up to 50% on select product!  How cool is that!

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You can check out all the great deals plus today’s FLASH SALE items in my on-line store at:  Teresa’s Stampin’ Spot

I’m planning on picking up some Christmas gifts and some stocking stuffers with these great deals.  Hope you’ll join me for some great savings!

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Snowman Set

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I am in LOVE!!  The Snow Place bundle is my favorite bundle in the holiday catalog.  These guys are just so cute!  And the penguin? Adorable!!  Love all the little accessory pieces.  Yes – a little more work – but well worth it!  This little set features a Twisted Fold gift card holder (on the left) and a Hershey Nugget snowman.  I can see making more of these for teachers, the bus driver, friends, co-workers, and the list goes on.  The nice thing about the Twisted Fold card – it will fit in a regular envelope! What a great way to send a gift card to a friend or family.  For the nugget snowman, the hat and scarf are attached on the outside of the cellophane bag – making it easier to fit in the bag!   The face on the nugget is from the large snowman -just use a marker to color in the face and stamp on your card stock.  The nuggets are covered with 1″ x 3″ strips of Whisper White card stock.  (Stamp your snowman details before you wrap the paper around the nugget).

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Pine Bough Wreath

Good morning!  Today I am sharing a card that we made at the second Christmas Stamp-A-Stack class on Friday night.  Making wreaths with stamps is fun and easy!  This wreath is made using the pine branches and pine cones in the Berry Merry stamp set from the Holiday catalog and was inspired by Dena Rekow and Oksana Semenski.

BerryWreath_small  I  created a template from the card board found in the Designer Series Paper packaging the same size as my front panel.  Then I punched a 2 1/2″ circle in the template.  When you line up your card stock underneath the template, simply take a pencil and lightly trace the circle.  Now you have the base for your wreath!  Just stamp the pine branches using the circle as your guide.  Pretty easy!  The large pine branch is stamped with Pear Pizzazz while the smaller branch is stamped with Garden Green ink.  The pine cones are added last and they are stamped in Soft Suede.  The flower is punched from Cherry Cobbler scraps with the Petite Petal punch.  Layer one on top of the over, offsetting the petals just a bit.  Finally, add an Iced  Rhinestone to the center and your wreath is complete.  The sentiment is from Six Sayings hostess set found in the Holiday catalog.  Hope you like it!

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Pretty Poinsettia

Good morning!  Today I am sharing a card I made for Friday’s last Christmas Stamp-A-Stack.  This card uses the Reason for the Season stamp set.  I love poinsettias – and creating them with this set is so easy to do.  Have you started on your Christmas cards yet?

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