Tuesday, November 23, 2010

2-Step Bird Punch Christmas Cardinal

Here is another card we made at my Christmas Stamp-a-Stack this past weekend. The idea of using the 2-step bird punch to make a cardinal isn't mine; I think I first saw it on Becky Jensen's blog. I used a Basic Black Stampin' Write marker to draw in the detail on the bird's face, and a white gel pen for the eye. A bit of sponging around the edges of the bird adds depth, and the point on his head is simply another wing stuck behind the head. I found that the weight of the grosgrain ribbon didn't work well for this ruffled ribbon treatment; it lifted off the adhesive after a few days, so I changed the look of the ribbon to a knot for the class.

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Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Contempo Christmas
Paper: Crumb Cake, Real Red
Ink: Real Red, Early Espresso, Old Olive
Accessories: 2-Step Bird Punch, Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (retired), Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker, Signo White Gel Pen

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Demonstrator Starter Kit 50% Off!

From November 15 through November 30, 2010 you can purchase the Standard or Digital+ Starter Kits for only $107.50--that is 50 percent off the regular price of $215 for over $375 worth of paper or digital crafting and business supplies!

This never-before-seen promotion is only available for a very limited time. Contact me today for more information!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Dasher Christmas Card

Dasher is one of my all-time favourite Christmas stamps from Stampin' Up! He is graceful and elegant, and yet he also evokes the fun and magic of the Christmas season. This is fairly quick and simple card that we will be making at my upcoming Christmas Stamp-a-Stack.

I cased the layout from Becky Jensen. Dasher is stamped in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla cardstock. I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to position the sentiment in just the right spot. I ran the Riding Hood Red layer through the Big Shot with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, and sponged it lightly on the raised parts with Early Espresso ink. This really makes the texture pop! I spritzed some Champagne Mist shimmer mist all over for a bit of glow.

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Stamps: Dasher, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Riding Hood Red, Early Espresso
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Early Espresso ribbon, Basic Rhinestones, Riding Hood Red/Very Vanilla wide ribbon (retired), Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Clean & Simple: Contempo Christmas

I love this stamp set! It lends itself well to clean and simple cards, which is a style I lean towards most of the time. Right now you can get Contempo Christmas, along with the Jolly Holidays Designer Paper, in a bundle for 20% off! What a great deal. I used the Scallop Rectangle Clearlit to make the Real Red mat for the stamped tree. It isn't quite big enough to fit the tree, so I die cut one and one half scallop rectangles, and pieced them together behind the Very Vanilla piece.

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Stamps: Contempo Christmas
Paper: Old Olive, Real Red, Very Vanilla
Ink: Old Olive, Real Red, Early Espresso
Accessories: Basic Rhinestone, Scallop Rectangle Clearlit, Scallop Border Punch

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Northern Flurry Christmas Card

Now that Halloween has passed, I am gearing up for Christmas! Here is a Christmas card I made recently with some new products from the Holiday Mini Catalogue. I sponged the snowflakes on the embossed background piece lightly with Whisper White Craft Ink and a sponge dauber. It's hard to tell from the photo, but I also added some Dazzling Diamonds glitter to them with the 2-Way Glue Pen. The little white snowflake above the greeting is from the Northern Frost Decorative Strip. This product offers great value as it gives you eight different snowflakes on one Big Shot die! A few rhinestones on the centres of the snowflakes add shine.

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Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, Northern Frost Decorative Strip, Curly Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, Basic Rhinestones, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Kraft Taffeta Ribbon (retired)


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