Saturday, November 28, 2009

ChristmasTeacher's Gift

Colours: Bermuda Blue, Tempting Turquiose and Night of Navy.

Colours: Real Red and Garden Green.

These two creations are a no brainer and are perfect as a Christmas gift for a teacher or even a hostess gift during this holiday season. I just had to share these too.

I am always so amazed when I take my heating tool to the candle and the image just melts into it. I have to admit I am in awe each time. Matching the card to the candle is such a nice touch I think. The two stamp sets I used for these two projects are Best Wishes and More and Baroque Motifs.

Very Merry Vanilla

This is by far my favorite Christmas card . Yes, again I used Seasonal Joy. See how versatile this set is. This card was all about texture, embossing and creating softness.

I love the bottom of this card. I used Stampin'Up Petals A-Plenty ( from the Holiday Mini). After I impressed it I used Rose Red Stampin' Pastels all over it. To highlight the centres of the flowers and the other dots I took my Rose Red Stampin' Marker to add more distinction. Then I used Versa Mark all over the piece and poured Stampin' Emboss Clear. This next step is functional because it protects the Stampin' Pastels but the Clear Emboss also adds a pretty effect. To finish off the bottom I used a beautiful Stampin' Designer ribbon in Vanilla.

The whole card was created with Very Vanilla. I placed the Petals A-Plenty design on a Very Vanilla piece of 4" x 5 1/4" with a piece of Brushed Silver. The Christmas tree is emboss with Stampin' Silver emboss powder as well as the greeting, "Merry Christmas". Then this whole top of the card is placed on a standard size card, (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") of Very Vanilla with Stampin' Dimensionals.

This card has a simple feel and look but it does have several steps. I love this card because of the look and how it is made! I hope you do too.

More Pearl Ex...Season's Greeting!

Seasonal Joy stamp set is so versitile and I definitely think this is a must have Stampin'Up stamp set.

This is a 6 1/2" x 3 1/4" card. I stamped Versa Mark on Cool Caribbean and then used the Stampin'Up Pearl Ex. I cut out the tree and the put Crystal Effects on it and the detailed the tree with the clear micro beads to add some sparkle on the tree. I stamped off the background trees. I love the look of this card because it has clean lines and crisp feel to it.

Pearl Ex...Cool Carribean...Felt Snowflakes...remember?

Three days to December 1st and I've finished the rest of my Christmas cards and I wanted to share a few more. So, here is the first of three.

I still love using Stampin'Up's Pearl Ex. This very fine powder can add some subtle glitz to a card and my favorite colour is gold. I also adore Cool Caribbean card stock. I put the two together and created this elegant card. I used Versa Mark to adhere the Pearl Ex gold and used Cool Caribbean Ink. I used a small red felt snowflake with a clear crystal (I took out the crystal out of the brad.) to add a little pop to the card.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Majestic Dasher

I think this is my favorite single stamp from Stampin'Up. The Dasher stamp is so regal with is majestic antlers. I couldn't help pair him with the Specialty Designer Series Paper Christmas Cocoa Specialty from the Holiday Mini. I love how the white velvety pattern feels. I gave these two cards a traditional look and I hope you can sense that. I stamped Dasher in Real Red on both cards.

I stamped this Dasher on Whisper White and dotted his antlers with Crystal Effects then sprinkled Dazzling Diamond. He is surrounded by Basic Black and a Brushed Silver paper. The Merry Christmas is from Teeny Tiny Wishes which I embossed in silver. The ribbon is the Real Red Gingham.

With this card I stamped Dasher on Glossy Paper then I also added Crystal Effects on his antlers and sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds too. This handsome Dasher was made on Garden Green SU cardstock and surround by a Garden Green and Whisper White border. The Merry Christmas is the Christmas Greeting SU stamp set. It is stamped in Real Red on Whisper White then layered on Chocolate chip. I've also tied a bow with Real Red Gingham.

These are simple laid out cards but with such a gorgeous Specialty Designer Series Paper as a back drop and a majestic deer image this card definitely gives a feeling of winter wonderland and the Christmas spirit.

Matching Gift and Greeting Card

I love to coordinate gifts and cards as much as I can. That was one of the main reasons why I fell in love with Stampin'Up. Everything they have coordinates together seamlessly. Here are two sets I've put together effortless. Candles and a matching card make for a cute little birthday gift. These birthday gifts could easily be turned into Hostess gifts for the holidays or even a teachers appreciation gift or pretty much any type of gift you want.

These are fun and inexpensive gifts that you can make and whoever receives special handmade present would be thrilled and amazed.

Lovely Crystal Tree

One winter when I briefly lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, I experienced my first ever Ice Storm. It wasn't pleasant at the time but the very next day it turned to be a clear blue sky sunny day. My son, Nathan, was only 3 years old at the time and of course wanted to go outside to check things out. Well, we stepped out into a crystal world. Everything was literally incased in ice. Even the smallest twig of a tree was separately incased in ice and everytime the wind blew through the trees it made the ice covered tree chime. I know that Ice Storms are and can be devasting but boy can it also be so very beautiful.

Here is card I was inspired to create by the Ice Storm I experience back in 2000. It is a fast and easy card but lovely at the same time. I used Branch Out and the colours in the card are Bordering Blue, Ruby Red and Chocolate Chip. I used Stampin'Up Heat & Stick powder to adhere Dazzeling Diamonds to the tree. I love things that sparkle! I used Ruby Red and Chocolate Stampin'Write to create my little dear robin in the tree.

Never Ending Christmas Spirit

I recently discovered Never Ending Cards and here is my take on a Christmas card. I'm using an oldie but goodie set from Stampin'Up and I used a combination of paper. Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Rose Red and Naturals White plus a DSW.

Front of the card...

second flip...

third flip...

and last flip and the back of the card.

I kept the back blank so that I can write a message to the person receiving the card. Although you could write little messages at every turn of the card. I think these are super fun to make and you can get very creative with them using all sorts of Stampin'Up images and Stampin'Up paper.

Questions about this card please don't hesitate to email me. I think my Stamp Club may get to try this next month.....hmmmm......what to design?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

My Digital Studio

I do have some wonderful new cards I want to post but just haven't gotten around to it but now that Halloween is over I will get chance to upload a couple of Christmas designs I manage to make this past week.

In the meantime if anyone hasn't had a chance to check out Stampin'Up's newest product, "My Digital Studio", you should. It's a wonderful way to scrapbook, publish beautiful photo albums and other projects like calendars.

Here is a link to my demonstrator website that takes you to a video about My Digital Studio.

If you have any questions regarding this amazing new Stampin'Up product please contact me.