Sweet Gingerbread

Hi!  Today I am playing along with this week’s Global Design Projects Theme Challenge – #GPD051 which is FOOD!

I love food!  Since I had out new goodies from the Holiday Catalog – which is now available for everyone to purchase! I decided to use the Cookie Cutter Christmas set and make this card:

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Are these not the cutest?  I love this product suite and the Cookie Cutter Halloween (see last Saturday’s post!) set.  The Cookie Cutter Christmas is bundled with a coordinating punch!  You save 10% when you purchase the bundle.  The sentiment is from the Oh! What Fun set in the Annual Catalog and I think is just perfect for this card.  I did fussy cut the banner part of the sentiment so that I could change the color and make it pop on the card.  It’s pretty easy to do.  The edge of the Design Series Paper was cut using the Swirly Scribbles die.

Well, I hope you like my take on this week’s challenge!  I’d love to hear what you think!

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Still Shaking

Hi!  Back today with two more shaker cards – both of these cards feature elements from the Thoughtful Branches bundle (which is only available through August 31st – so DON’T MISS OUT!!)

First up – using the stamp set – this Christmas Card:

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This is so quick and easy to make – the photopolymer stamps make it easy to line up the branches with the trunk in this two step stamping.  The snow in the window is a sneak peek of a product that will be available on September 1 when the new Holiday Catalog debuts called Mica Flakes – you get 3 different colors!  Love how the layering dies made it so easy to make the Garden Green oval border – I just nested the smaller oval inside the big one and ran through the Big Shot once!  I also embossed the outside panel with the Gently Falling embossing folder.

Next up – using one of the dies in the bundle:

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Do you see it?  Yes! The coral in the lower left!  This is actually part of the tree die cut down to make coral! How clever is that?  More uses than just a tree.  The background was embossed using the Seaside embossing folder.  The fish is stamped in Dapper Denim and hand cut.  The background designer paper in the shaker window is from the By the Shore Designer paper.

We used sand and shells from a local craft store for our filler.

A few tips shared by the Shaker Class attendees:

  1. The Foam Adhesive strips are very easy to manipulate and you can actually form a complete circle with one strip for the fish card – makes it easier to keep the fill inside.  Start at the top of the hole tho – to keep where there might be a little gap – less likely for the fill to fall out.
  2. For the tree card – one attendee suggested just using light pencil marks to mark the top and bottom of the oval on the panel used for stamping so that you don’t accidentally get ink on the front panel.  I thought this wise – saves from smudging the front of your card.
  3. To make it easier to fill the tree card – adhere all but the top of the back panel and slowly pour the fill down the opening – this creates less of a mess and is easy for you to see if you have enough snow for the bottom.

Hope you enjoyed today’s creations and a few more tips for making Shaker cards.

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Christmas Bear

Hi!  How are you today?  One more Christmas in July card for you – this time playing along with #GDP046 Sketch challenge.  I chose to use the Baby Bear stamp set – he is just too cute! And pair him up with the Snow Place set for his hat and scarf.

SU! Baby Bear, Snow Place, Oh What Fun

I found it easier to start with the most detailed bear stamp using Chocolate Chip, then the next less detailed in a stamp-off once Chocolate Chip, and then the entire bear stamp inked in Crumb Cake.  I did try stamping it in the reverse order first, but found it easier to line up the other way.  So, what do you think?

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Thanks for stopping by!  Time for me to get busy prepping for Saturday’s Pop Of Pink class.

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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:

SU! Flurry of Wishes

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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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?

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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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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.

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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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