Card Making

2016 Christmas Cards: Merry & Bright

I just love this time of year, the smell of the Christmas tree, listening to nothing but¬†Christmas music, and the feeling of jealousy of the people attending Ellen’s Twelve Days of Giveaways. Ahh… I just love it! ¬†And of course the rush to get Christmas cards made and sent, because we all know I like to wait until the last minute to do anything. It’s been a good while since I made a card but I really wanted to make Christmas cards this year. I made some last year but because we started packing our house up, they quickly fell to the bottom of my to-do list. Hopefully I get around to posting about those soon, emphasis on “hopefully”.

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This year I decided to use the Festive Sketch stamp set from the Tim Holtz Collection. I stamped a pattern of ornaments all over the front with my MISTI. Aligning the stamps like the photo below helped me stamp my cards very quickly.

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I used Post It tape to make some funky shapes over the ornaments and colored them in using my blending foam tool and some Papertrey Ink. The colors I decided to use are Soft Stone, Hibiscus Burst, New Leaf, Hawaiian Shores, and Pure Poppy. I love this color combo now but I was very hesitant at first because I am not a big fan of pink (but I love flamingos and pink lipstick?). If it were up to me, all my cards and layouts would be black and white, BUT I’m very happy with the pops of colors on this card.

I did the same thing, but in smaller triangles, with a Wink of Stella brush in clear.

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For my sentiment, I used PTI True Black paper, SSS white embossing ink, and Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad. It’s been such a long time that I’ve embossed anything, it warmed my heart and almost burned my fingers.

I adhered the sentiments with Scotch Permanent Mounting Squares.

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The inside of my card was stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black and my Martha Stewart clear stamp mount.

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This card was VERY simple to make, just how I like it! I made a total of fifteen cards and now all I have to do is get them in the mail, which I WILL DO this week!

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Love, love, love this year’s Christmas cards and I hope you do to!

On a side note, I decided to partake in the December Daily festivities and I cannot wait to show you what I’ve done so far!

Stamps Used: Tim Holtz Festive Sketch

Supplies Used: Martha Stewart Stamp Mount, MISTI, Ranger Blending Tool, SSS White Embossing Powder, Wink of Stella Clear Marker, Versamark Watermark Ink Pad

Paper Used: PTI True Black, PTI White Card Set

Ink Used: PTI Pure Poppy, PTI Hawaiian Shores, PTI New Leaf, PTI Hibiscus Burst, PTI Soft Stone, Memento Tuxedo Black

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January ’15 Top 5

Hey guys! I can’t believe this month is over already! January has been The Lovely Pear/Lana del Rey month for me. I listened to pretty much nothing but Lana del Rey’s album Born to Die, awesome album! And yes, I listened to it as I crafted this whole month. I’m very proud of myself for keeping up with the blog as I have been, I thought I might struggle because I wasn’t making that many cards but the blog is helping me become more creative and I’ve even been trying out new techniques!

At the end of each month I’m going to show my favorite 5 supplies that I bought during the month. Keep in mind, some of these items were probably released a while back but if they’re on my list that means I just bought it during the current month.

So here we go:

Ds Top 5

1. Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad Mini Kit #1 (Custard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade)

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These inks are so awesome! I love how easy it is to blend these colors, like I did on this card. I really had no idea you could do this and more with them and I will definitely be buying more!

2. Faber-Castell Gelatos

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I know I’m not using these to their full potential but I’m glad I bought them and I want to use them more often. I bought the blue set of four and I received the gold one in my Simon Says Stamp kit for February. I’ve already used the blue kit on this card, but I will be using these (and future gelatos) on more cards, maybe even scrapbook pages.

3. Some Odd Girl On Safari Stamp Set

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I just got this in yesterday and I’m already obsessed! How cute are these critters? I bought these because of the elephant stamps (for two babyshower cards I’ll be making) and now I’m glad the set included the giraffe and lion. I already broke these babies in last night and started practicing coloring them with Copics.

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4. Studio Calico Tiny Stars Wood Veneer Shapes

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I’m loving all the wood veneer shapes that are coming out right now, especially these tiny stars. I’ve already used them on a card with the gelatos and I hope to make a shaker card with them, and a Project Life layout as well.

5. Memory Box Whirlpool Burst Die

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I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there are some pictures on my blogs that have a bunch of little dots in the background, it’s because of this die. I love this die and I’m already coming up with an idea for a card as I type this and look at this picture. I already made a card with this but I didn’t post it just because I wanted to make another one and I was going to see which one I liked better, but since I haven’t made the second card, here is the first.

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So there’s my top 5 for January! Believe me, it was hard to pick only 5 because I bought so many supplies this month! And just incase you were wondering, yes, I have been keeping up with the money challenge and I have $15 in it! Woot woot (<– my victory yell)! And yes, I’m listening to Lana del Rey right now.

Bye guys, see you next month!

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