Friday, December 18, 2015

Christmas Cards-in-Boxes

Or is it Cards-in-a-Box? Or Card-in-Boxes?

We had a bit of a discussion about this the other day on our Stampin' Up! demonstrator discussion site. Don't think  we came to any definitive consensus. What do you think it is? Leave me a comment in the comment section at the bottom of my post and tell me what you think!

Anyway, I had a custom order for six Christmas cards, and my customer wanted three of them to be cards-in-boxes. I love making these, although they are time consuming - depending on how much detail you want. They are also a good way to use up scraps, retired designer paper, etc. Here is my collection:

The middle one of Santa going head-first down the chimney, was inspired by a fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator, Linda Bauwin, who had done it as a wrapper for a chocolate bar. The chimney is created using the Brick Wall embossing folder. Here's a side view:

There is a lot of sparkle from the Silver Glimmer Paper. The icicles at the top of the chimney are a scrap left over after cutting out words using the Christmas Greetings Thinlits dies. The word 'jolly' is glued onto a piece of clear acetate to make it look like it is floating.

Cherry Cobbler cardstock was embossed with the Brick Wall EF and I used a white gel pen to make the 'mortar' between the bricks.

Here's a side-view of the houses:

This uses the retired Holiday Home framelits and Frostwood Lodge designer paper.

And the snowmen:

The snowmen are from the retired Snow Much Fun stamp set and the designer paper is scraps I've been hoarding er - saving - from the Winter Frost designer paper.

Hope everyone is ready for the Christmas season and will enjoy spending time with friends and family!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Boughs & Berries

Playing around with a new embossing folder - Boughs & Berries - I decided to try colouring the embossed image.

I embossed a piece of Crumb Cake card stock, then "painted" the raised parts with Craft Whisper White ink and a Blender Pen. Colour was added by again using the Blender Pen and just touching it to the stamp pads to pick up colour. Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow, Garden Green and Soft Suede are the colours used.

The trees are done using the Festival of Trees stamp set stamped right onto the Crumb Cake with Mossy Meadow ink. For the middle tree, I stamped the solid background with Garden Green and stamped over that with Mossy Meadow and then punched it out with the Tree Punch. Both the tree and the Cherry Cobbler pot it's in are popped up using dimensionals. For the card base, I used Mossy Meadow card stock.

It has a country feel to it that I like as a contrast to all the Christmas shine, shimmer and bling. So, go ahead and colour your embossed images!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

It's all about Christmas!

Welcome to our last Blog Hop for 2015! Soon, everyone will be caught up in the excitement of the Christmas season and we have a lot of project ideas for all your Christmas card giving needs. And maybe a home decor item or two as a bonus.

 If you are following the Hop in order, you have arrived here from Marie's blog and your head is probably still spinning from her creativity! At any point in your journey, if you get off track, simply click on the Wacky Watercooler image above to go to the home blog.

My first project is a CAS - clean and simple - one layer card. Very suitable if you want to make multiples quickly and not worry about mailing issues because of weight or lots of embellishments. This is CASED (Copy And Share Everything) from a card I saw on Pinterest. It was created by Tracy May,  a fellow Stampin' Up! demo from the UK.
The sentiment is from the Wonderland stamp set - you know the one with those awesome trees! - and it's embossed with gold embossing powder. Of course, Basic Black cardstock is the base.

Using the Tree Punch, it was really easy to punch some trees out of the Winter Wonderland Specialty Designer Paper. Love all the patterns in the collection!

A tip as to how I lined up the trees: just put a mini glue-dot on the tip of one and attach the next one.

The sparkly gold detail behind the trees is strands of gold from the gold cord that is available in the Holiday Catalogue. I didn't have a star punch or die small enough, and also didn't have any of the gold thread. As I was pondering what to do, I cut a length of the gold cord and coiled it up, but it was just too thick.

Then, a lightbulb moment! Taking my paper piercing tool, I separated the strands and Ta-Da! - gold thread.

I think this is an elegant and sophisticated Christmas card. Do you think so too?

My next card is also a CASE - from the talented Sandi MacIver. Again, I found this on Pinterest. Hmmm - looks like I spend a lot of time on Pinterest!

The ornament shape was cut out of a scrap piece of paper and used the negative image to sponge the shape onto Whisper White cardstock using Island Indigo and Pool Party inks. I didn't have the lovely new snow flake stamp set, so I substituted the little snowflakes from the Wonderland stamp set and stamped them with Island Indigo - stamped off once.

Taking the positive image next, use it as a mask to cover up the sponged image. Sponge bits of Pool Party in the background. Two of the little spots and stars stamps from the Jingle All The Way stamp set, inked with Island Indigo, add groupings of detail.

Apparently, I'm all about bling for this Hop. Not sure why the 'merry' from the Christmas Greetings Thinlits and the sequins look gold. Everything is silver: Silver Glimmer Paper, silver sequins, a strand of silver from the silver cord (love that trick - will use it often!). A tiny rhinestone is placed beside each sequin.

My third project gives into the bling completely! I've seen many samples of using the Delicate Ornaments dies to make a Christmas tree ornament, so this was inspired by all of them.
The solid ornament shapes are cut from Silver Glimmer Paper and the lacy shapes are cut from the Red Foil. A few rhinestones set off the centre detail, also cut from Red Foil.

I did have a problem trying to glue the red foil pieces to the Silver Glimmer Paper. Neither the Tombow liquid glue or the fine tip glue pen would work. Ended up using Mini Glue Dots.

 And now, you are ready to carry on. Click on the 'Next' button below, and be transported to the wonderful world of Heidi's creations!

Monday, November 9, 2015

WWC41 - Jackie's Sketch

Whew! Talk about getting in just under the wire!

In my defence, I did have my project done a few days ago, but the weather here on the BC coast has been rainy and gloomy and not great for picture taking.

As I was pondering Jackie's sketch, - you can see it on the Watercooler Wednesday blog - my eye happened to fall on a stamp set that's been sitting on my table ever since I finally ordered it a few weeks ago after coveting it ever since the 2015-2016 annual catalogue was released.

That set is Remarkable You.

It is perfect for colouring! And I love to colour!!

Since I've also been going through all my craft/stamping stuff and trying to purge, I had recently come across my one and only set of long-retired Stampin' Up! Watercolour Crayons - and here is the result:
 I used Basic Black cardstock because I wanted the image to pop.  It is coloured with Blush Blossom, Pretty in Pink, and Certainly Celery. Image is stamped with Archival Basic Black. The colours are very subtle, so I hope you can see them.

The flower is popped up with dimensionals on a circle and the image panel is also popped up.
A strip from the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack and a few rhinestones finish it off.

Now, I better get this posted - only have minutes to spare!! 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Anything Goes for the October Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!

Fasten your seatbelts! This is sure to be an exciting ride as the theme for this month is Anything Goes. You can visit our home blog for the Wacky Watercooler by clicking here.

I'd like to welcome Lisa to our Hop - wasn't she full of surprises for you? Hope you enjoyed her masterpieces as much as I did!

Now, I'll just jump right in. Since it is Fall, and we do have some wonderful fall-themed items in the Holiday Catalogue, I thought I would do a birthday card and use the awesome Brick Wall embossing folder as well as some of the amazing Into the Woods Designer Series Paper. If you need to make a card in a hurry - this is it!
A colour I haven't used a lot of, is the Tip Top Taupe from the 2015-2017 In-Colour collection in the annual catalogue. I decided to use it as a base and also sponged a bit over the Very Vanilla cardstock after I ran it through the Big Shot with the Brick Wall Embossing Folder.

Mossy Meadow cardstock is perfect to show off one of the flower clusters from the DSP. That was cut using one of the circle framelits. Apologies for using a retired set for the sentiment - it was a piece laying on my table from a previous project and just seemed to be right for this. It is from Perfectly Penned.

I liked the Tip Top Taupe so much I used it for my next card, as well as a brand new stamp set - Winter Wishes. It just called out for a monochromatic look.

This also gave me the chance to use the very cute Reindeer paper clips! Also used the Wonderland trees stamped with Tip Top Taupe for background. The sled is stamped with Soft Suede and highlights are done with the white gel pen. Right behind the image panel is a piece of the fun white corrugated card stock that I sponged with Tip Top Taupe. Snowflakes stamped with white craft ink create a gentle snowfall.

And finally, I just had to play with those fabulous Delicate Ornaments Thinlits!
Using the Gold Foil, I cut the outline ornaments and then cut the solid ornament from the Winter Wonderland Specialty Designer Series Paper. I love the combo of the gold, black and white.

Just a bit of colour was added by stamping the holly in Mossy Meadow and Real Red. Scattered in the corners are Basic Black Candy Dots and pearls.

For the hanging ornament, I glued two of the solid die cuts back to back and the topped them with the gold foil detail die cuts. This is where the new Fine Tipped Glue Pen came in really handy!

A little bow tied with the Gold Cording and some more pearls set off the ornament on the card just right. Here's a closeup:
Your next stop on this journey is the inspirational Jean Fitch. Still have that seatbelt fastened? You're really going to need it!! Just click on the 'Next' button to continue.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

WWC35 - Marsha's "Anything Goes" Challenge

I have yet another Bokeh card! Hope you are not tired of seeing them as I don't seem to be tired of doing them. Since the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week is "Anything Goes", this is a perfect fit. You can see all the entries by clicking on Watercooler Wednesday.

And here is my entry:
The colours are Mossy Meadow, So Saffron and Daffodil Delight. As always, the circles are done with Whisper White craft ink.

For the trees, the Wonderland stamp set from the 2015 Holiday Catalogue is the perfect choice. Love these trees! I used a sentiment from the Moon Lake stamp set that was in the Occasions Catalogue. Unfortunately it is no longer available to order. I try not to use retired product for projects I post on my blog, but this one was just so perfect I had to use it!

The cardstock is Whisper White for the image and Thick Whisper White for the card base. What I love about this is it is really very simple and would be so easy to do a whole set in not very much time at all.

Now, go and see what the Watercooler Artists have come up with!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

September Free For All

Welcome to our September Mix-Up! Why a Mix-Up? Well, maybe it's because right now we have two fabulous catalogues to tempt us - the 2015-2016 Annual Catalogue and the Holiday Catalogue which we can order from until January 4, 2016.

Because our Hops always go in a circular fashion, if you are starting here, I'm the first stop on the journey. If you joined in somewhere along the line and are working your way around, you may have come from Deb's Stamp and Create blog. I don't how she comes up with all the amazing creations she shares with us!

Let's jump right in with my first project. The idea of the Free-For-All or Mix-Up is to use products from both catalogues. So my first project features the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and the Among the Branches stamp set - which very conveniently are offered in a bundle which saves you 15%. I teamed them up with the Thankful Forest Friends stamp set which is also in the Holiday Catalogue.

When I looked at the bear image, I immediately pictured him peeking out from behind one of the trees. I call this card Peek-A-Boo Bear. For products from the Annual Catalogue I used the sentiment stamps from Work of Art and punched it out with a retired punch because I didn't have any current punches that would work for this! Many apologies!

Next, I had to re-visit a favourite technique. Bokeh! Because it reminds me of bubbles, I teamed it up with this very fun jellyfish stamp from the Land to Sea set from the Annual Catalogue.
 The inks are all blues - Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay and Pool Party. To make the jellyfish pop - they are stamped with Versa Mark ink and embossed using White Embossing Powder. For an item from the Holiday Catalogue, I chose the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - again, because it can be bubbles or snowflakes!

Thick Whisper White card stock is perfect for the card base.

Finally, I had to go all Christmas. But, Christmas with Bokeh!
This is pretty much all from the Holiday Catalogue - except for the Night of Navy, Whisper White and Thick Whisper White cardstock.

The Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies are just way too much fun! And add such a WOW factor against the Bokeh sky with silver glitter that was so, so easy to do by dabbing small dots of glue using the Fine Tip Glue Pen. Love that glue!!

The 'peace' is cut from silver glimmer paper using the Christmas Greetings Thinlits Dies set. I used the same ink colour as with the jellyfish card.

So I have lots of new toys to play with, which is always fun. Hope I have given you some inspiration!
I know you will get a lot of inspiration from the next Hopper - Debbie. Just click on the 'Next' button, below, to continue your journey.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Sprinkle August With Life

Welcome to our Sprinkle August With Life Blog Hop! Love that title chosen by our very own Heidi who does such a wonderful job every month of keeping us on track. Thanks Heidi for all your efforts putting this together for us!

If you are following the Hop order, you've just come from Marie's blog. Didn't she capture the essence of our blog title perfectly?

This month we are highlighting the Sprinkles of Life stamp set and co-ordinating Tree Builder punch. Sprinkles of Life is the Ronald McDonald stamp set for the 2015-2016 catalogue. Each year Stampin' Up! designs a special stamp set for this designation and donates a portion of the sale of each set to the Ronald McDonald House program.

My first card is an idea that I've had rolling around in my brain for a while. I combined the Sprinkles of Life stamp set with the Hot Diggity Dog stamp set to create a dog sitting in a dog bed.
Ink colour for this card are Cucumber Crush, Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder, Soft Sky, Tip Top Taupe and Memento Tuxedo Black.

Cardstock is Tip Top Taupe and Thick Whisper White. The strip of Designer Series Paper at the bottom is from the Farmer's Market collection.

Now, my project featuring the Tree Builder Punch did not come together all that easily - even though, in my head, it wasn't all that difficult. Buuuut - it's not always easy to get the idea from the brain into an actual project.

My idea was a combination of a sort of snow globe in a clear glass ornament. Sounds pretty simple, right? Well, take a look first:
I've actually had this ornament - and about 11 others that I bought two years ago when they were marked down to under $1 each after Christmas. Figured it was about time I did something with them!

These particular ornaments are meant to have a photo put into them. I used the template that's in the ornament to cut a piece of Windowsheet onto which I used mini-glue dots to adhere the tree trunk and branches onto. I cut two of the tree trunks out of Whisper White card stock and glued one on either side off the window sheet to hide the glue dots.

Then I punched four of the little flower shaped from the WW cardstock. I needed something very fine to use as a loop for them to hang from the branches, and took the gold thread from a piece of gold metallic Baker's Twine. A tiny spot of Tombow holds the gold thread between two punched flowers.

In the bottom of the ornament, is a combination of the snowflake shapes from the Frosted Sequins. I also punched several more of the flower shapes from gold and silver glitter paper to mix with the snowflakes.

This project presented several problems I did not forsee until I actually started putting it together. Because the window sheet with the tree trunks on it essentially divides the ornament in half, it was a bit tricky trying to get the snowflakes/glitter flower bits divided equally. Then, when I closed the two halves of the ornament, some of the snowflakes got stuck in the branches of the tree. After almost half an hour of fiddling around trying to get them unstuck - I gave up.

The next challenge came when it was time to take photos of my projects - particularly this one. 'Cause the main problem is it reflects the light from the flash. I tried several locations in my house and nothing really worked. Of course by the time I tried all the places I could think of, it was starting to get dark outside.

Finally, I set it on the windowsill of  the window in my living room, and finally got this silhouette effect that kind of works. Except the glimmer paper bits don't show at all!

Now for the third part of our assignment, I cased a sample from the 2015 - 2016 catalogue. On page 14, a card done with the photopolymer set Another Thank You caught my eye. I think I might have made this project more complicated than what the concept artist who designed it did.
After I had this all done, it suddenly occured to me that the background would probably be a lot simpler to do by using an acrylic block, putting ink on it with markers then spritz with water and stamp on the watercolour paper.

What I did instead was to tape the piece of watercolour paper down with some Washi Tape, spritz with water, then brush colour onto it using an Aqua Painter. That meant I had to dry it with my heat tool. Then, a closer look at the catalogue sample convinced me that the creator of the sample had done the Bokeh technique. So, I had to hunt for my template I had previously made with all the different sized circles punched out. Couldn't find it. Still haven't found it. Will probably  stumble across it next week.

So I used a scrap piece of cardstock and punched a 1 1/4" circle, sponged with Whisper White Craft ink. That meant drying again with the heat tool.

All the different Thank Yous were arranged on an acrylic block and inked with Staz On Black.
The card base is Thick Whisper White on which I stamped the little heart from the Another Thank You set in Tangerine Tango and Staz On. I did the Tangerine Tango spatters with the Aqua Painter.

On the catalogue sample, it looks like Very Vanilla Thick Baker's Twine was used. I didn't have that so I cut a couple of threads from the White Jute ribbon to tie the bow. And a sequin finishes it off.

Now you're off to visit Jean who has some wonderful projects for you! Just click on the 'Next' button to continue your journey.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

WCC28 Buffy's Colour Challenge

Colour challenges are a great way to get out of your comfort zone. I love colour challenges for that reason and Buffy has picked a doozy! Just look at this combo:
You can see what the Watercooler Design Team has come up with by clicking here.

To give you an idea of how much out of my comfort zone these colours are, the first thing I like to do is get the stamp pads and cardstock together. These particular stamp pads all needed re-inking! I have probably used the Pool Party more recently than the others, but it is not a colour I reach for often.

And I like all these colours! I really do. But I always seem to gravitate to the Neutrals and Regals the most. So, after I decided that Melon Mambo would be the base for my card, as it is the strongest colour in the group, the next decision was the stamp set/sets.

I thought I would pick a stamp set that had enough images in it that I could use all - or most - of them in all of the colours. The set that filled the bill for me was Bohemian Borders. My first intention was that my card would be in portrait orientation and I would fill the entire Thick Whisper White panel with alternating patterns.

However, once I had done one each of each pattern and colour, I just happened to turn the cardstock sideways - landscape - and the lightbulb went on! I immediately thought of a sample I had just seen on Pinterest by a Stampin' Up! demonstrator in England. See her card here. And this is what I pictured:

The buttefly and the sentiment are from the Best Thoughts stamp set, which is available only with Stampin' Rewards which can be earned either by hosting a workshop or placing a qualifying order.

After stamping the sentiment in Melon Mambo, I stamped the butterfly with Memento Black ink onto a scrap of Thick Whisper White. To colour it, I used a method I had been wanting to try and that is to fill an Aqua Painter with alcohol instead of water. I used all the five colours from the challenge to colour the butterfly by squeezing a bit of ink into the lid of the stamp pad and picking it up with the Aqua Painter. The alcohol makes it dry really fast and makes the colour more vibrant than when colouring with water. I can see me doing this method a lot!

And there you have it. I challenge you to give it a try. You never know what you will come up with and I would love to see your creations!!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Christmas in July - and other things!

Wow! If you are following our Hop in order, you have just come from Heidi's blog and I'm sure your head is spinning from her creations. In fact, my head is kind of spinning as I am sandwiched between two incredibly talented stampers because your next stop is Deborah.

I'm starting with the "other things". One of our assignments this time around is to CASE the new catalogue. The hardest part of this was deciding which project to CASE - there are so many samples in the 2015-2016 catalogue that I paged through many, many times before finally settling on the sample on Page 124 which features the Butterfly Basics stamp set and the Butterflies Thinlits Bundle. This Bundle is an excellent value! At the top of Page 124 is the heading "Layering". And this card certainly has layers!
The card base is the Kraft cardstock on which I stamped the honeycomb image from the stamp set with White Craft ink. For the main image panel I chose the amazing new Thick Whisper White cardstock - I just can't stop using that stuff!

First I inked the flower image stamp with Cucumber Crush and Watermelon Wonder markers and stamped onto the white cardstock. Using a blender pen and picking up ink from the Cucumber Crush and Watermelon Wonder stamp pads, I coloured in the image. It's pure joy to colour this way on the Thick Whisper White because it stands up so well and doesn't pill.

I stamped the image again on scrap paper, cut it out and used it as a mask so I could stamp the fern image in Old Olive to look like the flower is layered over it. It took a while to cut the image, but I will keep it with the stamp set and can use it next time I want to do masking.

The rest of this card is quickly done - a length of the Cucumber Crush Dotted Lace Trim, the larger butterfly from the set stamped in Cucumber Crush and cut out with the corresponding die from the thinlits set and then the medium butterfly die use to cut the gold foil butterfly. Now, I have a confession to make. I've had the gold foil paper - and the silver foil paper for months and this is the first time I've used either one of them!

The greeting is also from the Butterfly Basics set, stamped on the Thick Whisper White and puched at the top with the scallop top tag punch and finished with a piece of white Baker's Twine, folded over and knotted.

There are indeed many layers on this card!

Next up - Christmas! Since I already had the gold foil paper out, I used it on this card also.

This card has fewer layers than the first one: Mossy Meadow and the gold foil. The stamp set is Lots of Joy which can be found on Page 69 of the 2015-2016 catalogue. Isn't it great that Stampin' Up put Christmas back in the main catalogue?

Colours used here are Cherry Cobbler and Mossy Meadow. I think they are the perfect Christmas combo. Each ornament is topped with a bow tied with metallic gold Baker's Twine.

Oh - in case you are wondering, the images are stamped on the awesome Thick Whisper White cardstock!

Since I am already thinking Christmas I thought I would continue the theme with the third part of our Hop assignment: use a new punch.
This card actually features two punches, both of which are new to me but only the Tree Builder Punch qualifies as new-new. It co-ordinates with this year's Ronald McDonald stamp set. Every year Stampin' Up designs a very special stamp set and donates $3 from each sale to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

There are three images in this set that can be used as either a cupcake, scoop of ice cream or a cloud. There are already many samples where the image is used as clouds. I thought it would make perfect snowbanks!

I stamped the image with Soft Sky on the Thick Whisper White, punched it out with the corresponding part of the Tree Builder Punch and for sparkle, added Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details.

The trees are stamped with Cucumber Crush using the tree from Lots of Joy and punched with the Tree Punch (page 167). The sentiment stamped with Watermelon Wonder adds a bit of Christmassy colour.

I almost forgot about the background! It is stamped with a brand new background stamp, Watercolour Wash seen on Page 129 inked with Soft Sky.

Because this card measures 4 1/2" X 5 1/2" I just had to make an envelope for it using the brand new Envelope Paper (page 149). It's almost as wonderful as the Thick Whisper White cardstock and stamping on it is just as great. I decorated the envelope with more images from Lots of Joy.

And that's it! Now click on the 'Next' button to see what Deborah has in store for you. I promise you it is amazing!


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