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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Christmas Card Craft Mode

Yes, I am into Christmas Card Craft Mode now. It is so close to the time I will need to send overseas cards. The last class I had here was about Christmas. Here's the Julie Gearinger inspired card we made:


The colours are Always Artichoke and Cajun Craze, with Ivory cardstock as a base for the main images. I used Crumb Cake for the background, using the letterign from the Open Sea stamp set. The Flowering Flourishes set is so pretty for the swirly bits. I used my new That's the Ticket stamp set for the sentiment (there is also a matching punch). We stamped and coloured the images, then masked them to add the background, added shadows to increase the look of depth for the swirly bits, then sponged around the edges in Crumb Cake and finally distressed and curled/split the corners. We added plain glitter glue to the circles, though some class members added rhinestones or pearls instead.

The sentiment is heat embossed in gold and the double bow is made from 7/8" Cotton Ribbon.

All products are available in the main Stampin' Up! catalogue or in the current mini catalogue.

We also made a little gift bag using the Christmas Star stamp. I'll show that to you later :)

Now I am off to the craft desk for more Christmas Card Craft!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

A File Folder Card

 I realised tonight that I may not have shared one of the cards we made at Craft Class recently. I think I showed you the Merry file folder card though? I made this one the same day in case anyone had a birthday or other special event coming up, or in this case needing a thank you card.

Yes, the card is definitely made with the Envelope Punch Board that makes it so easy to make the file tabs on the card and its insert. I put a diagonal corner on the insert so I could add a gift card to it when I give it away.

I even made the matching envelope with the Envelope Punch Board!! Punches and Thinlits were of great use too :) I like to make this type of card a little bigger than usual so it is really nice to be able to make a pretty envelope that fits the card comfortably.

What craft project are you working on now? For me it is time to make my personal Christmas cards. I gave all the ones I made this year away to the Cards for Troops drive, so I need to get busy. I'm going to go to a craft retreat this weekend and that is what I plan to work on. I hope I get lots done. As I am going away with friends, there is lots of chatting to catch up on too! Lol!

If you want to know what specific supplies I used on this card, leave me a note and I will edit this post. You can always shop 24/7 at SusanSalutations.

Happy crafting!


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Christmas Star

The single stamp The Christmas Star is really fun to play with. I love that you can stamp it flat, or can score its lines and make it 3d. You can even put it back to back with another stamped and folded star to make a 3d tag or ornament! I saw it made into an even bigger ornament by pairing it with the Rosette die.

Here's a card I made with the stamp as a 3d image with some glitter glue picking out the design. I put a rhinestone in the middle of the star:


That's the Winter Frost Designer Series paper stack in the background with the pretty silver ribbon under the star. Both are in the mini catalogue and available till the end of December. I used a retired sentiment stamp. The star is stamped in Island Indigo.

I've been crafting again today with the Christmas Stamp so will show you what I made after Craft Class on Tuesday :)

Meanwhile, I am also getting ready for a weekend Retreat next weekend. I want to make loads of Christmas Cards fro my friends and relatives. I can't wait!

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Clowns

While I was away in the Motorhome, I had a few craft supplies with me. It just so happened that two little grandsons had their birthdays during that time. They are brothers and I wanted to make them similar cards to send so they could have an almost matching pair but still be able to tell whose was whose. I had oval and scallop punches, and started to play with those shapes. A couple of little clowns were soon grinning up at me, and they became the basis for my two cards!

I drew their faces with my Stampin' Write markers and added non Stampin' Up! glitter spots to their hats. The little bow ties were hand cut too, from designer series paper. The designer series paper is from a Christmas stack (shown in the new seasonal catalogue). I flipped the pieces of designer series paper so the two cards were even easier to tell apart. 

Happy birthdays, boys!

Shopping List:

Whisper White cardstock (106549)
Tangerine Tango cardstock (116204)
Winter Frost Designer Series Paper Stack (132183)
Large Oval Punch (119855)
7/8" Scallop Punch (129404)
Perfectly Penned Stamp Set (128703 - clear) (132726 - wood)
Island Indigo inkpad (126986)
Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246)