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November 2009

A Window on Winter Post

Welcome Back!  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with your family and friends. 

This year's family Thanksgiving feast was held at my sister's home.  We all brought appetizers, side dishes and desserts to complement the terrific turkey and ham that she made.  I am the oldest of six children and my parents were pleased to see five of us with our spouses and many of our children and grandchildren at the dinner table.  We sorely missed those who were not able to join us this year. 

Today's post is the second card I designed for my annual Christmas Card class.  This card continues the old fashioned Christmas card look using the Winter Post stamp set and the Merry Moments Designer Series Paper. 


The ice skaters are visible through a window created using the Big Shot and the Movers & Shapers Curly Label die.  This die cuts out the Real Red card, scores the fold, and punches out the window.  How cool is that!  In addition, the punch window can be located anywhere on the card front by positioning the magnetic window punch to your preference on the Movers & Shapers die. 

Merry Moments Designer Series Paper is used to further accent the card front.  An Old Olive cardstock strip is stamped in Chocolate Chip Classic with the snowflake from the Winter Post stamp set.  A Styled Vanilla round ribbon slide is threaded onto a piece of Chocolate Chip 1/4" grosgrain ribbon to add interest and dimension.  "Merry Christmas," from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, is stamped with Garden Green Classic on Very Vanilla, punched out with the Word Window punch, and placed on a piece of Chocolate Chip Textured cardstock punched with the Modern Label punch.  Note that all of the edges of the cardstock and Designer Series Paper pieces are sponged with Chocolate Chip Classic ink. 

To make sure that the skaters are positioned properly in the punch window, adhere the Very Vanilla cardstock to the card interior.  Close the card, and make small pencil dots where the Curly Label punch window bumps out into the punch window.  Open the card and stamp the skaters with Chocolate Chip Classic, positioning the upper part of the stamp in between the pencil dots.  Don't forget to erase the pencil dots!

The Very Vanilla envelope is stamped with "Merry Christmas" in Garden Green Classic and the ice skaters in Chocolate Chip Classic.


One thing that I am always concerned about with the Christmas cards I design is postage.  The Post Office has some pretty strict rules concerning the bulkiness of the envelope that passes through the postage machine.  This card might present a problem because of the Styled Vanilla ribbon slide.  Be sure to check with a postal clerk prior to mailing to ensure that those that receive the card in the mail don't have to pay the extra postage!


Stamps:  Winter Post, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks:  Chocolate Chip Classic, Garden Green Classic; Cardstock:  Chocolate Chip Textured, Old Olive, Real Red, Very Vanilla; Embellishments:  Chocolate Chip 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardward (round ribbon slide); Adhesives:  SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots, Sticky Strip; Tools:  Paper Snips, Paper Cutter/Scorer, Big Shot w/XL Cutting Plates, Movers & Shapers Curly Label die, Sponge, Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, pencil; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla envelope

Looking for Some Christmas Cheer

Hi there!  Another drought between blog posts...lots of stuff going on here in the last couple of weeks; some fun, some not so much.  That's the way it is sometimes. 

I have to say that life gives you plenty of opportunities to put things in perspective, though, and this week was no different.  A former co-worker died after a long and valiant battle with a particularly aggressive form of bone cancer.  I can't help but think of his wife and children and pray that God will shower them with the strength they need to move forward.  I will remember this fine man for his terrific sense of humor, his integrity, and his compassion. 

Mid-month, I conducted my annual Christmas card class.  In years past, I would offer 3 different cards and the class attendees would make 5 of each card.  This year, I changed it up and offered 5 cards and the class attendees would make 3 of each card.  So, today's post will look at one of these cards; in fact, the first one I designed for the class.  It's also my favorite card.   This card was inspired by a convention swap card made by my Stampin' Up! upline, Catherine Harwood.


I love the "old Santa" look of the card; but you can see that I couldn't pass up a little shimmer over the embossed flowers.  The embossed flowers were created in the Big Shot using the Petals-a-Plenty Textured Impressions embossing folder and a piece of Bravo Burgundy cardstock.  After embossing, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint was lightly sponged across the petals.  The edges of the Bravo Burgundy panel were sponged with Bravo Burgundy Classic ink.  The embossed flowers panel is attached to a panel of Not Quite Navy cardstock punched with the Eyelet Border punch.  The edges of the Not Quite Navy cardstock were sponged with Not Quite Navy Classic ink. 

Across these panels is a piece of Kraft Taffeta ribbon and the big "Wow" for this card.  In order to save ribbon, a 10 1/2" piece was tied around the cap of a Stampin' Mist bottle and tied in a knot, leaving equal ends of ribbon hanging from the knot.  Slide the loop from the cap and cut the loop in half.  There's your knot for the front of the card!  Place a glue dot under the knot and press it in place on the card front.  Apply SNAIL to the ends of the ribbon and fold them under the Not Quite Navy panel.  Then adhere the panels to the card front.  How cool is that??!!  

The Santa stamp comes from the Level 2 Hostess Set, Christmas Punch.  It's stamped with Basic Brown on Very Vanilla cardstock and punched with the 1 1/4" square punch.  The edges are distressed and sponged with Basic Brown, and then adhered to a 1 3/8" punched square of Bravo Burgundy sponged with Bravo Burgundy Classic.  The edges of Kraft cardstock card front were sponged with Basic Brown.  The Santas were then adhered to the card front with SNAIL. 

The Kraft envelope was stamped with the Santas along the left front edge of the envelope using Basic Brown ink. 


As you can see, this eye-catching card is pretty simple to make; especially in bulk.  While the stamp set isn't available for purchase, it can be earned by hosting a Stampin' Up! workshop with at least $300 in merchandise sales OR by placing an order for at least $300 in merchandise.  

This week's Online Extravaganza makes it easy to combine your holiday shopping with your Christmas card supply order.  To take advantage of the 30% to 50% savings, check out the Online Extravaganza by clicking on the link on the left side of this page OR by going to the Stampin' Up! website.   

Stamps:  Christmas Punch; Inks:  Basic Brown, Bravo Burgundy Classic, Not Quite Navy Classic, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint; Cardstock:  Bravo Burgundy, Kraft, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla; Embellishments:  Kraft Taffeta ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Snips, Paper Cutter/Scorer, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates and Multi-Purpose Platform, Petals-a-Plenty Textured Impressions embossing folder, Sponge, Sponge dauber, 1 1/4" square punch, 1 3/8" square punch, Edge Distresser (Cutter Kit), Eyelet Border punch; Other:  Medium Kraft envelope

There's Joy in That Sparkle!

Hello!  Thanks for stopping by to visit today!  This week I've been busy working on Christmas cards.  It's time for my annual Christmas Card class and I'm really getting excited about the projects we'll be making at this weekend's event (November 14 and 15).  In years past, we've made 5 cards each of 3 different designs.  This year we'll turn that around to 3 cards each of 5 different designs.  There are still a couple of openings in the Saturday and Sunday sessions, so if you live on Florida's Space Coast and would like to attend, the class cost is $25.  Be sure to give me a call right away to reserve your spot.  Each day's session runs from 1 to 5 p.m. and is limited to 7 participants.

Today's post showcases the second card from last weekend's SASS Stamp Club meeting.  Quite a few of my club members are big into snowflakes and sparkle, so I designed a card I was sure would catch their attention.


Here are some of the features of the card:

  • The snowflakes on the Night of Navy cardstock behind the ornament are stamped with Frost White Shimmer Paint using the 3-snowflake stamp from Serene Snowflake
  • The ornament is stamped with Night of Navy Craft ink and dusted with Iridescent Ice Stampin' Emboss powder and embossed with the Heat Tool
  • The ornament is punched with the Ornament punch and matted on a piece of Brushed Silver cardstock die cut using the Magnetic Movers & Shapers Holiday (ornament) Punch Window in the Big Shot
  • A 4" piece of Silver Elastic Cord is folded over the Whisper White Taffeta ribbon knot and held in place on the back of the ornament with Stampin' Dimensionals (one placed just below the neck of the ornament and the other placed at the ends of the Silver Elastic Cord)
  • Whisper White cardstock is layered on top of the Night of Navy card base and then layered with Brushed Silver
  • Whisper White cardstock is used to mat the Night of Navy cardstock (stamped with snowflakes) behind the ornament
  • All of the Whisper White and Night of Navy cardstock edges are sponged with Night of Navy Classic ink (with the exception of the ornament)

A few of the Stamp Club members chose to stamp "sparkle" from the Warm Words stamp set under the ornament on the card front.  A few used Night of Navy Classic ink to stamp the image; and one of the braver club members used Night of Navy Craft ink with the Iridescent Ice Stampin' Emboss powder and embossed with the Heat Tool.


The small and medium sized snowflakes from the Serene Snowflakes stamp set were stamped randomly with Night of Navy Classic ink on the left front of the envelope.  Some of my club members chose, instead, to stamp the envelope flap and sponge the edges of the flap.  It looked lovely either way.

I think that's the best part of paper crafting.  We have a vision and, with the right tools, get to choose how to achieve it.  What's your vision?


Stamps:  Delightful Decorations, Serene Snowflakes, Warm Words (optional); Inks:  Night of Navy Classic, Night of Navy Craft, Frost White Shimmer Paint; Cardstock:  Brushed Silver, Night of Navy, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Silver Elastic Cord, Whisper White Taffeta ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Snips, Paper Cutter/Scorer, Big Shot w/Extended Cutting Plates, Movers & Shapers Curly Label die, Magnetic Movers & Shapers Holiday (ornament) Punch Window, Ornament punch, Iridescent Ice Stampin' Emboss powder, Heat Tool, Sponge; Other:  Medium Whisper White envelope

Feeling Better Can Be Punny

Hi there!  Time sure does fly by quickly this time of year!  I haven't been posting as regularly as I would have liked; work, family, and even pets seem to intrude from time to time and put a major hurt on my available stamping time.  What's up with that?

One thing that happened since the last time I posted was that our five year-old Golden Retriever, Maxwell, was used as a "model" in a grooming competition.  He certainly looked a whole lot different when my niece, Melody (the groomer) finished with him.  She even used "doggy makeup" to cover up the gray on his muzzle and eyebrows!  I watched the competition from a distance (so that Maxwell wouldn't see me) and it was quite an amazing experience to see so many groomers working so feverishly on so many dogs at one time.  The hair was flying!  Maxwell was quite a trooper through it all; I don't think he's ever stood so long at one time (more than 2 hours) and was surprisingly cooperative in spite of all the chaos around him.  A tribute to the skill of the groomer, I'm sure!  Here's a picture of Maxwell and Melody while they were waiting to be judged.  Melody was awarded 2nd place in her division for her work on Maxwell.  Way to go, Melody!


Another event that occurred was a meeting of the SASS Stamp Club this weekend.  We had a great turnout and I think everyone enjoyed the projects!  I'll be showing them to you in the next few posts.  The first project the group made was a Get Well card using the Puns From the Past stamp set.  I've had this stamp set for some time and was excited to finally put it to use.  In addition, I knew that the small, antique-looking images in this set were a perfect accompaniment for the somewhat distressed look that I wanted to achieve with this card.


The Kraft card front was embossed in the Big Shot using the Elegant Bouquet Textured Impressions embossing folder.  Chocolate Chip Classic ink was rubbed across the raised embossing with a sponge to bring the embossed areas into relief.  A small piece of Always Artichoke ribbon was knotted and attached to the bouquet branch with a Mini Glue Dot.  The Kraft card front was mounted to a double mat of Really Rust and Always Artichoke.  To continue the distressed theme, all the cardstock edges were sponged with their corresponding Classic ink colors and Chocolate Chip Classic for the Kraft cardstock.  A small medallion of Always Artichoke and Really Rust were sponged with their corresponding Classic inks, matted, and attached to the open area of the card front with SNAIL.  The coffee pot image was stamped on Very Vanilla with Chocolate Chip Classic.  The image and the pun were cut out with Paper Snips.  The coffee pot was adhered to the Really Rust with SNAIL.  The pun edges were sponged with Chocolate Chip Classic and attached to the Really Rust with a Stampin' Dimensional just below the coffee pot.

The back flap of the envelope was also embossed in the Big Shot using the Elegant Bouquet Textured Impressions embossing folder.  The embossing on the envelope flap was also sponged with Chocolate Chip Classic ink.


As with the card, I put only the element to be embossed inside the embossing folder.  The rest of the element was left outside the folder.  When using the embossing folders in the Big Shot, there's plenty of room to turn the folder 90 degrees without running the risk of mangling the cardstock (or envelope) that is left outside the folder as the folder is run through the Big Shot.  One thing to note is that the embossing image doesn't run all the way to the edge of the folder.  So if you want your embossed image to continue to the score line on the card front and/or the score line on the envelope flap, you'll need to make sure that the score line is even with the edge of the embossing on the folder rather than the edge of the folder.

The SASS Stamp Club enjoyed making this card; many were surprised at how quick and easy it was to make.  The Puns From the Past stamp set has a wonderful variety of charming images and corresponding quips that would lend themselves easily to a great stack of stamped cards to present to a friend or family member as a gift.


Stamps:  Puns From the Past; Classic Inks:  Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Really Rust; Cardstock:  Always Artichoke, Kraft, Really Rust, Very Vanilla; Embellishments:  Always Artichoke 1/4" grosgrain ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Snips, Paper Cutter/Scorer, Big Shot with Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Elegant Bouquet Textured Impressions embossing folder; Other:  Medium Kraft envelope