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December 2009

A Pocket of Winter

Welcome back!  Thanks for taking the time to stop by during this busy season!  Today's post showcases the scrapbook pages made by the SASS Stamp Club at their November meeting and is also a submittal for the Pals Paper Arts Winter Wonderland Theme Challenge (PPA21).

One of the things we do most during the holidays is take photos of our loved ones and all the fun things we do together during this most special time of the year.  These 6" x 6" scrapbook pages were designed to document holiday memories AND provide a way to store some of the great mementos that we collect during the holidays:  Christmas Cards from loved ones (especially the handmade ones!).  A pocket page is a great way to keep treasured items that you don't want to permanently attach to a scrapbook page.  Pockets can hold all kinds of things:  loose photos, greeting cards, post cards, tickets, pamphlets, napkins, or other items that remind us of special events.  

These scrapbook pages use the Patterned Pines stamp set.  This Level 1 Hostess Set from the Holiday Mini has been VERY popular!  However, it is only available until January 4, 2010.  If you'd like to earn this set, contact me right away!  What better way to relax in the week after Christmas than by getting together with your friends to stamp!

SASS09_Patterned_Pines_6x6

The pocket is created using a Medium Window Sheet stamped with the snowflake from the Patterned Pines stamp set using White Opaque Staz-On ink.  Strips of Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper are punched with the Scallop Border punch.  The left and right strips are attached to the page with SNAIL.  Both ends of the top and bottom strips are cut at 45 degree angles and then attached to the top and bottom of the page. 

The pine trees are stamped with Soft Suede Classic ink.  The border strip on the right page is created with a piece of Shimmery White cardstock punched with the Scallop Border punch, layered with a piece of Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper and topped off with a piece of Soft Suede Dotted grosgrain ribbon.  The border is then attached to the page. 

And there you have it!  A simple, yet attractive way to showcase your holiday memories and mementos!  

Robertssiggy 

Stamps:  Patterned Pines; Inks:  Soft Suede Classic, White Opaque Staz-On; Cardstock:  Soft Suede Textured, Shimmery White; Designer Series Paper:  Christmas Cocoa Specialty; Embellishments:  Soft Suede 1/2" Dotted grosgrain, Medium Window Sheet; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Sticky Strip; Tools:  Paper Snips, Paper Cutter, ruler, pencil, Scallop Border punch; Other:  6" x 6" page protectors


Flocking the Holly Jolly

Hi there!  Feeling a little overwhelmed?  I am.  Where have the last few months gone?  Still so much to do and little time to get something (anything) accomplished.  Ho, ho, ho...

On an upbeat note, however, I'm pleased to announce a new addition to our household:  Zorro.

Zorro_5

In this picture, he's prepared for a dog show that was held in Orlando this past weekend.  Zorro is an 8 month old Shih Tzu.  Take a good look at that long hair because after Saturday, it will be gone.  Zorro is finished with the dog shows and will be a getting a much shorter (and easier to manage) haircut.  Having a puppy in the house is a change for my husband and I.  We'd forgotten how much attention they need, but Zorro is a good puppy and seems to be adjusting remarkably well to his new home.  Maxwell, our 5 year old Golden Retriever, however, is still deciding. 

Today's project is the final card from my annual Christmas Card class.  The designs for the first 4 cards were well fixed in my mind and seemed to create themselves.  This last card, however, was a challenge.  You see, I had this stack of Real Red curly labels that were discards from the Window on Winter Post card.  It just seemed silly to throw them away, so I challenged myself to create a card that would incorporate the label, the largest snowflake from the Serene Snowflakes stamp set, and the flocked paper from the Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I really hit a wall trying to come up with a design, so I decided to look at some designs from other cards I had created and found just the right thing when I ran across a card I had created for a Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge.

It turns out that this card is the one that most folks liked best.  It was also the quickest to make!

Holly_Jolly_Christmas

Two strips of flocked paper were adhered to Whisper White cardstock.  A piece of Mistletoe Ribbon was placed across the lower front, the ends folded to the back, and pressed into place with Sticky Strip.  This piece was then attached to the Real Red card front.  The "holly jolly" sentiment was stamped with Real Red on a Whisper White cardstock scrap and punched out with the Curly Label punch.  The punched image was adhered to the Real Red Curly Label punch window discard.  A hole was pierced through the "o" in "jolly" and a small clear Rhinestone brad was inserted.  Stampin' Dimensionals were placed on the back of this element which was placed at the center of the card card at the center of the ribbon. 

The largest snowflake from the Serene Snowflakes stamp set was inked with Platinum Shimmer Paint and stamped onto the Real Red circle (die cut using the Big Shot).  The Real Red circle was layered onto a Whisper White Scallop circle (also die cut using the Big Shot).  A hole was pierced at the center of the snowflake and a large clear Rhinestone brad was inserted.  Stampin' Dimensionals were placed onto the back of the Whisper White Scallop circle and this element was placed on the upper center of the card front.   

The snowflake was inked with Platinum Shimmer Paint and stamped onto the back flap of the Medium Whisper White envelope.

Holly_Jolly_Christmas_Envelope

As I was making this card, I couldn't help but think of my grandmother.  She had bright red wallpaper with white flocking on her dining room walls for as long as I could remember.  She also had a green stripe with gold flocking version in her guest bathroom.  It was over the top, but as a child, you don't realize that.  It's just one of those visuals that pop up when you least expect them to and make you smile.  Just thinking of my grandmother and how much she loved the holidays brings me a wonderful feeling of calm.  I miss her.

To close, I'd like to remind you that you don't have to think up a design for every (any) card you make.  If you run into a wall look back at other cards or paper crafting projects you've made for inspiration.  Other sources of inspiration are magazine ads, catalogs, photos or paintings for color combinations.  There are multitudes of web sites and books devoted to sketches for card making, scrapbooking and other paper crafting projects.  Links to a few of my favorite sites for card design sketches can be found under the Challenge Blogs header in the lower right column of this blog.  Check them out! 

Robertssiggy 

Stamps:  Christmas Punch, Serene Snowflakes; Inks:  Real Red Classic, Platinum Shimmer Paint; Cardstock:  Real Red, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Christmas Cocoa Specialty; Embellishments:  Mistletoe Ribbon Originals, large and small clear Rhinestone Brads; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip; Tools:  Paper Snips, Paper Cutter/Scorer, Curly Label punch, sponge, Big Shot w/XL Cutting Plates, Movers & Shapers Curly Label Die, Bigz Scallop Circle #2, Standard Cutting Plates, Sizzix Originals Circle #2, Paper Piercing tool, Mat Pack, sponge dauber; Other:  Medium Whisper White envelope


12 Days of Holiday Sales!



These might be the most exciting 12 days of December with select Big Shot dies and vinyl sheets for the Big Shot on sale! The 12 Days of Holiday Sales begin today and runs through December 22.

Some of the items introduced in this sale are new colors of Décor Elements vinyl sheets. There are 18 new colors to choose from, and they make great projects when you use them with Big Shot dies. Consider pairing the Clear Décor Elements vinyl sheets with the Tulipe Bigz die to create an etched-like design on a vase. Or use the Decorative Accent Bigz dies with the Old Olive Décor Element vinyl sheets to enhance a frame. The combination of Big Shot dies and Décor Elements vinyl sheets is sure to take your creativity to a new level!

Tell your husband!!! Shop now --- sale is only until Dec. 22nd!

Item

Page #

Description

Regular Price

Discounted Price

114515

195

Flower Burst Embosslits die

$11.95

$8.96

114516

195

Cherry Blossom Embosslits die

$11.95

$8.96

115957

195

Thanks Embosslits die

$11.95

$8.96

114513

195

Sweetest Stem Embosslits die

$11.95

$8.96

115952

195

Hi Embosslits die

$11.95

$8.96

115951

197

Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Medium Sizzlits die

$74.95

$59.96

113446

197

Build a Flower #2 Set Sizzlits 4-Pack die

$19.95

$16.96

114509

197

Big Bold Cupcakes Sizzlits 4-Pack die

$21.95

$18.66

113448

197

Hearts Set Sizzlits 4-Pack die

$19.95

$16.96

113457

198

Tulipe Bigz die

$21.95

$16.46

115954

198

Two Tags Bigz die

$21.95

$18.66

114524

199

Fringed Flower Bigz die

$19.95

$15.96

114523

199

Decorative Accents Bigz die

$19.95

$15.96

114534

199

Flower Bigz Clear die

$19.95

$15.96

113473

199

5-Point 3D Star Bigz die

$19.95

$16.96

113472

199

Circle 3D Ornament Bigz die

$19.95

$16.96

113470

199

Flower Layers w/Leaf Bigz die

$19.95

$16.96

113465

199

Bird w/Leaves and Flower Bigz die

$19.95

$16.96

115961

200

Perfect Setting Bigz XL die

$42.95

$32.21

113483

200

Pennant Bigz XL die

$39.95

$29.96

113484

200

Baskets & Blooms Bigz XL die

$39.95

$31.96

116760

201

Pop-Up Three Tier Cake Bigz XL die

$39.95

$29.96

116759

201

Pop-Up 3D Ball Bigz XL die

$39.95

$29.96

114890

201

Matchbox Bigz XL die

$42.95

$36.51

113458

202

Flower Layers Originals die

$15.95

$13.56

114336

158

Kraft Décor Elements sheets 12" x 24" (2)

$12.95

$10.36

114334

158

Dark Gray Décor Elements sheets 12" x 24" (2)

$12.95

$10.36

114337

158

Chocolate Décor Elements sheets 12" x 24" (2)

$12.95

$10.36

114335

158

White Décor Elements sheets 12" x 24" (2)

$12.95

$10.36

118797

n/a

So Saffron Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)

$12.95

$9.71

118798

n/a

Rose Red Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)

$12.95

$9.71

118799

n/a

Taken With Teal Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)

$12.95

$9.71

118800

n/a

Pretty In Pink Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)

$12.95

$9.71

118801

n/a

Bashful Blue Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)

$12.95

$9.71

118802

n/a

Real Red Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)

$12.95

$9.71

118803

n/a

Old Olive Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)

$12.95

$9.71

118804

n/a

Black Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)

$12.95

$9.71

118805

n/a

Night of Navy Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)

$12.95

$9.71

118806

n/a

Certainly Celery Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)

$12.95

$9.71

118807

n/a

Tempting Turquoise Décor Elements Sheets 15" x 24" (2)

$12.95

$9.71

118808

n/a

Clear Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)

$12.95

$9.71

118809

n/a

Pumpkin Pie Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)

$12.95

$9.71

118810

n/a

Pixie Pink Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)

$12.95

$9.71

118812

n/a

Sahara Sand Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)

$12.95

$9.71

118813

n/a

Gable Green Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)

$12.95

$9.71

118814

n/a

Basic Gray Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)

$12.95

$9.71

118815

n/a

Chalkboard Décor Elements sheets 15" x 24" (2)

$14.95

$11.21


Gift Your Holiday Best

Hello!  Another drought between postings...and two more funerals. 

People have been telling me that these types of events seem to come in threes; even one is too many, though.  These deaths are family impacts.  The first was a dear Aunt who lost a valiant battle with breast cancer and the second was my brother-in-law who was killed in a car accident.  Both losses so very significant to their families and friends.  I ache for my cousins and their children.  I ache for my sister, her children and grandson.  I pray for them in their grief that they may find the strength to move forward and reach again for joy.  

Today's post continues presentation of the projects from my annual Christmas Card class.  The first three cards used traditional images in darker colors and hints of shimmer.  This card is all about the shimmer and shine.

Merry_Christmas

The Rich Razzleberry card front is trimmed to 4 7/8" long and then punched with the Scallop Edge punch.  Brushed Gold and Shimmery White cardstock are layered on top of the Rich Razzleberry cardstock.  A Whisper White 5/8" Satin ribbon is knotted on the front to allow two bright ornaments to hang from the ribbon.

The first ornament is made by stamping the "Merry Christmas" image from the Holiday Best stamp set with Rich Razzleberry on Rich Razzleberry cardstock and on Whisper White cardstock.  The Rich Razzleberry image is punched out with the Ornament punch.  "Merry Christmas" is cut out of the Whisper White cardstock and mounted on the ornament with a Stampin' Dimensional.  A piece of 4" gold elastic cord was wrapped around the neck of the ornament and tied in a knot on the back of the ornament; the ends trimmed close to the knot.  A 5" piece of gold elastic cord was looped over the ribbon and then placed on the ornament (which is face down on the card front) so that the ends of the cord are approximately 2/3 of the way down the center of the ornament.  A Stampin' Dimensional is placed over the gathered ends.  Another Stampin' Dimensional is placed about 1/2" above the first near the neck of the ornament.  Two more Stampin' Dimensionals are placed on the wide part of the ornament to the right and left of the gold cord.  Remove the adhesive covers from the Stampin' Dimensionals, flip the ornament over, and press the ornament in place on the left side of the card front. 

The second ornament uses the small snowflake stamp from the Serene Snowflakes stamp set stamped in Versamark, dusted with White Stampin' Emboss powder, and heat embossed onto Brushed Gold cardstock.  The cardstock is then punched with the Ornament punch.  The process for securing the ornament to the card front is the same as for the Rich Razzleberry ornament; however, this time a 6" piece of gold elastic cord is looped over the ribbon.

A piece of 2" x 4 1/4" piece of Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper is adhered with SNAIL to the inside of the card and aligned with the bottom edge and right and left sides.  The corners are rounded with the 3/16" corner rounder.  A 3 3/4" x 4 1/8" piece of Whisper White cardstock is placed on the inside of the card (not shown) so that the 3 3/4" edge is centered between the right and left sides approximately 1/8" below the fold line. 

The lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White envelope was stamped with the "Merry Christmas" image using Rich Razzleberry ink. 

Merry_Christmas_Envelope

People ask me why I go to the trouble to make Christmas cards every year instead of going to the Dollar Store to pick up a box of 100 for $1.  I reply that when I send a Christmas card that I've made myself, I'm sending a gift to everyone on my Christmas Card List.  I hear back from my friends and family that they treasure the cards that I've sent them and save them to display with their Christmas decorations in the years that follow.  I have handmade cards that I have saved and display that I've received from friends and family (especially from my Mother).  When I look at them, I think of the love and care that went into making that card just for me and my family.  That's the best gift of all!

Robertssiggy 

Stamps:  Holiday Best, Serene Snowflakes; Inks:  Rich Razzleberry Classic, Versamark; Cardstock:  Brushed Gold, Rich Razzleberry, Shimmery White, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Christmas Cocoa Specialty; Embellishments:  Gold Elastic Cord, Whisper White 5/8" Satin ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Snips, Paper Cutter/Scorer, Ornament punch, sponge, Scallop Edge punch, Heat Tool, White Stampin' Emboss powder, 3/16" corner rounder; Other:  Medium Whisper White envelope


Let's Make Merry!

Hello there!  Thanks for stopping by to visit!  I'm looking at the calendar and I can't believe it's December!  Holy Cow!  I believe I am beginning to feel holiday panic tickling the back of my neck...  So how are you doing with your holiday preparations?  Hmmmmm.... Maybe it's best if we just change the subject.

Today's Christmas card was the third designed for my annual Christmas Card Class.  It has a somewhat "Country" theme, I think, with it's subdued feel, that is punched up with the bright red bird, wreath bow, and berries.  The stamping design for this card was inspired by a Make & Take card from this Fall's Stampin' Up! Regionals.  I liked the idea of the wreath hanging from the branch and the berries popping up from the wreath.

Make_Merry

One thing I learned when I made this card was that if you "free-hand" the stamping (rather than using the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig for exact stamp placement) you can get some interesting results.  For example, the wreath bow ends slightly above the wreath and it's tilted a bit.  I told the stampers in my class that there was a slight breeze blowing when I created this card.

Another thing I learned is that we tend to want to stamp in the middle of the cardstock.  The stamping for this card actually takes place on the right center of the Naturals Ivory cardstock.  To help my stampers, I had them stamp the branch then adhere the Soft Suede Textured cardstock to the Naturals Ivory cardstock with SNAIL so that they could see exactly what cardstock was available for stamping.  Once the stamping was completed, they placed their ribbon on the Soft Suede Textured cardstock, folding the ends to the back and adhering to the Naturals Ivory cardstock with Sticky Strip.  The Naturals Ivory cardstock was then adhered to the Old Olive card front.  The berries were stamped on a scrap of Naturals Ivory cardstock and punched out with a 1/2" circle punch.  A Stampin' Dimensional was placed on the back of each circle and the berries were placed on the wreath.

The Naturals Ivory envelope uses the branch and bird stamps; but instead of perching inside the wreath, this bird sits on the branch!

Make_Merry_Envelope

This card is a great candidate for those who need to make a number of cards in a short time.  There are minimal supplies and simple cardstock cuts.  This year, get the whole family involved in making Christmas cards!  Assign one or two persons to cutting, one or two persons to stamping, one or two persons to assembly and you're done! 

While you're at it, send the cards back through the line so that every member of the family can sign.  This was a significant after dinner event in December for my children when they were growing up.  I would begin the line by addressing the envelope and writing the names of the people receiving the card in the sentiment area of the card ("Dear Uncle Rob and Aunt Carol:").  I'd tell the children who the card was for, and then the card would pass around the table for their signatures, ending with my husband.  Grandparents, aunts and uncles, and family friends loved seeing how the children's handwriting changed from year to year and were tickled to see a sentence or two of greeting from a tween or teen.   This process also sparked lively discussion of family members near and far as we all shared our remembrances.  It's a memory dear to my heart and a very special way to Make Merry!

Robertssiggy 

Stamps:  Berry Christmas; Inks:  Old Olive Classic, Real Red Classic, Soft Suede Classic; Cardstock:  Naturals Ivory, Old Olive, Soft Suede Textured; Many Marvelous Markers:  Old Olive; In Color Stampin' Write Marker:  Soft Suede; Embellishments:  Sleigh Bells Twill ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip; Tools:  Paper Snips, Paper Cutter/Scorer, 1/2" circle punch, sponge; Other:  Medium Naturals Ivory envelope