A Die-cut Christmas

Howdy folks!  It’s been a long while since I posted last.  Too many challenges with health and well-being, along with the great planning and excitement of my oldest son’s graduation from college! 🙂  I can’t tell you enough about how proud I am of his accomplishments!  He has a job lined up – 2 days after graduation – and starts in January 2015.

Since I have a bunch of pictures of the cards I made for this Christmas – I will list supplies for all of them at the end of this post.  I tried to remember everything I used, but I may have missed something – so if you have any questions, please leave me a comment, and I will try to address it as soon as I can.

While I own more stamps than any one woman should have, I also am in the same predicament with steel dies.  I love, love, love them!  The front of all the cards were done solely with dies – with the exception of one card.  All of the insides of the cards, however, do have stamped sentiments (from Penny Black’s Christmas Cheer stamp set).

Without further ado ….

Xmas Set 1 Xmas Set 2 Xmas Set 3 Xmas Set 4 Xmas Set 5 Xmas Set 6 Xmas Set 7 Xmas Set 8 Xmas Set 9 Xmas Set 10 Xmas Set 11 Xmas Set 12

I used really pretty shimmer cardstock and the pictures do not do them justice!  Even the shimmer from the Zig’s Wink of Stella pen does not show well in these pictures.  I guess I need to invest in a better camera – these are taken from a little digital camera — any recommendations?  I hear the DSLR cameras are great.   Any thoughts about the  Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR?  I noticed the reviews on Amazon are great (and the prices for the camera and accessories packages are dropping).

I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and pray for better health and happiness for the rest of this year and in 2015!  Don’t be a stranger! 🙂

Hugs,

Stephanie

Supply List

Stamps

Penny Black’s Christmas Cheer

Waltzingmousestamps.com Seasonal Flourish

Dies 

Memory Box Frosted Christmas Tree

Memory Box “Bells Are Ringing” (98683)

Memory Box Pine Needle Border (98467)

Memory Box Cosmic Star Set (98464)

Memory Box Holly Vine (98188)

Memory Box Grand Merry Christmas (98680)

Memory Box Gabriella Border (98649)

My Favorite Things’s Dienamics “MERRY” Photo Frame (mftstamps.com)

Savvy Dies “JOY”

Impression Obsession’s Small Snowlakes (iostamps.com DIE100-F)

Marianne Creatables Pine Branch (LR-0181)

Cottage Cutz Winter Pine Branch (CCE-045)

Lil’ Inker Designs Stitched Snowflakes (lilinkerdesigns.com)

Cheery Lynn Designs “Bows and Bells” (cheerylynndesigns.com DL163)

Dee’s Distinctively Christmas Tree #3

Simon Says Stamp “Merry Christmas” Die

Simon Says Stamp Falling Stars Die Plate

Craft Dies by Sue Wilson “Holly Accessory Kit” (CED3014)

Papertrey Ink’s One Liners Die Collection (papertreyink.com)

Spellbinders Ovals

Spellbinders Matting Sets A & B

Embossing Folders 

Stampin’ Up Textured Impressions Square Lattice

Anna Griffin Swedish Bells

Embossalicious Die’sire “Let It Snow”

Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Sheet Music A2

Darice Basketweave

Paper – Bases

Paperandmore.com Wood Grain Lumba White 111# (Best woodgrain paper out there IMHO)

Paperandmore.com Pine Linen Cardstock 80#

Paperandmore.com Cherry Red Cardstock 100#

Papertreyink.com Shimmer Paper – Cream, White, Scarlet, Raspberry

Paper – Accents 

Paperandmore.com Pearl Metallic 107# (5×7)

Paperandmore.com Gold Metallic 105# (5×7)

Paperandmore.com Crimson Red Metallic 105# (5×7)

Paperandmore.com Fairway Green Metallic 105# (5×7)

Bo Bunny Mistletoe  (6×6)

DCWV Burlap Mat Stack

DCWV Glitter Cardstock (6×6)

Lawn Fawn Peace, Love, Joy (6×6)

Fancy Pants “Oh, Deer” (6×6)

Carta Bella “So This Is Christmas” (6×6)

Crate Paper “Bundled up” (6×6)

Other 

Aluminum Tape

Ranger’s Tim Holtz Distress Inks – Mowed Lawn, Barn Door

Marvy Uchida Liquid Applique

Bling and pearls from stash

Various ribbons from Papermart.com

Versamark

Ranger Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder (sentiments inside some cards)

Memento Luxe Northern Pine Pigment Ink (inside some cards)

Ranger Liquid Pearls – Buttercup  (for some reason, it went  on great, but by next day -everything was a blob!

End of  Supplies

Holiday Card Workshop 2013 – Homework for Day 5

Day 5 is all about holiday cards designed for a male versus a female recipient.  Masculine cards tend to be less “fussy” – embellishments are minimal, color schemes are darker and more subdued. Feminine cards can be very ornate, soft and bright with no limits on embellishments!  You can even throw on the kitchen sink! lol

I chose to use the same card design on each of the cards, as well as the same stamps.  On the masculine card, I heat embossed the focal image with white embossing powder on the brown cardstock giving texture and dimension to the image.  For the feminine card, i just stamped the image on white — this gave a lighter and more “feminine” look as the lines of the image are very delicate looking, as compared to the masculine version.

For the background, I used the same stamp on both – but for the masculine card, I heat embossed with white embossing powder which gave a more matte look to the snowflake background. For the feminine card, I used a Prisma glitter embossing powder giving more shine and glitter to the background.

Here are the cards –

His & Hers Holiday

The sentiment inside both cards reads “Wishing You All the Wonder and Magic of Christmas”.

HIS Supplies:

  • Card Base – Gina K. Chocolate Cardstock
  • Layers – Papertrey Ink cardstock, inside – Neenah Solar White
  • Stamps – Stampendous! Winter Chapel Stamp, Rubbernecker Stamp’s Snowflake Panel, (inside) Hero Arts Magic of Christmas (CL462)
  • Dies – MFT Dienamic Blueprints 2 (banners), Lil Inker’s stitched circles
  • Punch – 2 3/4″ circle punch
  • Ink – Ranger Archival Coffee Ink (inside/outsidesentiment), Versamark
  • Other – Stamp n’ Stuff Detail White embossing powder, American Crafts ribbon

HER Supplies:

  • Card Base – WPlus9 Cranberry Crush Cardstock
  • Layers –  WPlus9 Cranberry Crush Cardstock, inside – Neenah Solar White
  • Stamps – Stampendous! Winter Chapel Stamp, Rubbernecker Stamp’s Snowflake Panel, (inside) Hero Arts Magic of Christmas (CL462)
  • Dies – MFT Dienamic Blueprints 2 (banners), Lil Inker’s stitched circles
  • Punch – 2 3/4″ circle punch
  • Ink – Adirondack Cranberry Pigment Inkside/outside sentiment), Versamark
  • Other – Judikins Sticky Stuff, Prisma Embossing Powder, Velvet Ribbon from Papermart.com

Hope all is well with you and yours! Hugs, Stephanie

OCC Summer Card Camp 2 – Week 2, Day 1, Sketch 2

Might as well go for the gold and do all three sketches today! 🙂  So here is my third, and last card, for today (pictured shut) –

ImageThis second picture shows it standing slightly open –

ImageProducts used:

  • Stamps: Hero Arts Hello set (CL266), Impression Obsession C-A-C Tapestry 2
  • Papers: Neenah Solar White, Gina K. brown
  • Punches & Dies: My Favorite Things Dienamics Blueprints 2 (stitched label die)
  •  Inks/Color Mediums: Versamark, Distress Inks (Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn and Salty Ocean, Tea Dye)
  • Embossing Powders: Zing! Leaf, Super Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
  • Other: Hemptique hemp cord – brown, buttons, Eclipse Masking Tape, Scotch ATG, Scotch Foam Tape

Till tomorrow! Hugs!

OCC Summer Camp 2 – Week 1, Day 5

While today is officially the start of  Week 2 at onlinecardclasses.com’s Summer Card Camp 2, I am just getting around to posting my homework from last Friday’s class (I had a very busy weekend!).

We were given the choice of 6 additional color combos with which to create a card, and I chose the 3rd color combo which included orange, aqua, purple, white and a pinkish-purple.  We could use all 5 colors or 4 out of 5 colors on our card.  I chose to use the white, orange, aqua and purple on my card.

ImageI stamped the sentiment from Hero Art’s Made with Love set (CL491) in Versamark ink and heat embossed with a white detail embossing powder.  Then, using My Favorite Things Abstract Art stamp set, I stamped over the embossed image in the various colors.  I did cut many of the dots in this set apart so i could ink them in seperate colors and stamp to make it appear more random.  For texture, the front of the card was dry embossed with Papertrey’s Linen Impression plate. Oh, the inks used are Adirondack Brights Sunset Orange, Ranger Archival Aquamarine, and Memento Grape Jelly.

I seem to migrate to bright bold colors and contrast. 🙂  Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Hugs!

OCC Summer Camp 2 – Week 1, Day 3, Card 1

Time for my daily homework from onlinecardclasses.com’s Summer Camp 2 class!  (Although today is really day 4 in the class, I am a day behind on my homework!) lol

For the day 3 homework, I combined the inspirations from two of the guest designers – Laura Bassen  (stitched banners) and  Kelly Purkey (masked backgrounds)!

Here is my homework, using the second sketch and the color palette for this week –

ImageI love the “you rock” sentiment from Paper Smooches Knick Knacks stamp set!  It’s just too cute!

Products used:

Hope you all are keeping up on your homework! (I am off to watch today’s videos and more homework!) Hugs!

OCC Summer Camp 2 – Week 1, Day 2, Card 2

I’m back!  Needing to make another card – this one is for my soon-to-be 22 year old son’s birthday – I thought I could whack two birds with one stone, so to speak – a birthday card for my son that also fit the requirements of one of today’s lessons!  However, this really ended up to be an exercise in problem fixing – as you will soon see what I mean!

I was doing the multi-inking technique for my card, actually finishing the card, thinking “oh this turned out great!” – THEN, I took a picture.  If you take pictures of your cards then you know that the picture shows EVERY LITTLE FLAW!!! lol  Here’s the picture, of what I thought was a finished card —

ImageApparently, I did not ink up the “Let’s Celebrate” very well.  So, I was going to stamp back over it, which would be easy enough as it is a clear stamp.  Just as I was going down to press, my hands tremored (good ol’ Multiple Sclerosis!) and this is what I ended up with —

ImageNot so pretty, huh?  Well, I wasn’t going to let all that great cardstock, ink and effort go to waste – so, I came up with a “fix” — I re-stamped the sentiment on a seperate piece of cardstock and die cut it out with a Spellbinders die from the A2 Matting Basics B die set. I inked the edges to add some definition to the shape. Then, I popped it up with dimensional foam tape.  I wanted to be able to read the sentiment above and below it, so I went with the smallest rectangle that would fit the sentiment.  I actually like this look better! Here it is –

ImageSo what do you all think?  I appreciate any feedback or other fix strategies! 🙂  Have a wonderful day! Hugs!

Moxie Fab’s Tuesday Trigger: Scene in Tangerine Challenge

I was SO inspired by the colors in this weeks Moxie Fab’s Tuesday Trigger: Scene in Tangerine challenge!  Love this color combination! Cath has done it again – giving us another wonderful color challenge! 🙂   Just click on the following image for all the details and join in!  The more the merrier!

Here’s my card –

ImageI had tons of fun making this card!  Items used in the card include Paper Smooches “Believe in the Magic” sentiment from their Joyful Greetings set (on the inside, I wrote “… of you” — so it’s Believe in the Magic of You! – cute, huh?)

The striped background was made by using Memento Markers which I colored directly onto Impressions Obsessions’s  C-A-C Thick and Thin striped background, misted with water, then pressed a piece of  Neenah Solar White Super Smooth cardstock.  Papertrey Ink’s Rick Rack border die was used on green, yellow and orange Bazzill cardstock.  I ran the rick rack pieces through my Vagabond in a Sizzix dots embossing folder.

The yellow and white squares were textured with Papertrey Ink’s Canvas Impression plate, and then, run back through the Vagabond with Lil’ Inker’s Stitched Square Mats dies.  The little banners (used with orange striped brads) are die cuts made with a dies from My Favorite Things Die-namics Blueprints One set.  They are also moveable!

The card is an A2 sized card.  It’s such a bright and cheerful card. Fun, fun, fun!!!

Please leave your comments – I love hearing from everyone and anyone! Hope you all are staying cool.  Here in Oklahoma, we had a cool front come through, and it’s beautiful outside!

Take care! Hugs!

Emma’s 5th Birthday Card

Hi all! I just wanted to share a birthday card I made for my great-niece’s 5th birthday.

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The stamp set is called Cupcake Cutie from My Favorite Things. I colored the little girl,the puppy  and balloon with Copic markers. Glossy Accents was applied for dimension and shine on the balloon.  I fussy cut all the images from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock.  The tablecloth was paper pieced with mulberry paper.  (The purple and hot pink paper elements are from some left over mulberry paper I had in my stash.)  I used Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust pens to color the trim and waistband on the girl’s dress, as well as on the cupcake wrappers. The table base was colored with a black Sakura Glaze Pen, and the icing on the cupcakes was colored with Sakura Souffle Pens. Dies used for cutting the mats for the table are Sizzix Scallop Ovals.  The bow is made from the purple crafter’s cord from Hemptique’s Vintage collection.

The “happy birthday” sentiment from this set is stamped on the inside of the card, as well as the cute puppy with the balloon!

The little girl reminds me so much of Emma! 🙂

Hope you all are having a long, fun and safe weekend! Hugs!