Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Visions of Santa Moose

Who's your favorite moose? While those dancing Santa's crack me up, this moose from the Visions of Santa stamp set makes me smile. I colored this guy in the same traditional red and green using my Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive Blendabilities Markers. I stamped the string of lights around his shoulders and added some bling to them with Dazzling Details.

I used the same piece of Santa & Co DSP with the evergreen trees in this set of three layout. This Nordic Designer Button adhering the sentiment is from the Holiday Catalog as well.

For the inside I used a narrow strip of another patterned paper from the Santa & Co DSP along with a Merry Christmas sentiment.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Visions of Santa Easel Card

Here are my dancing Santa again! I used all four of the Santa images from Visions of Santa stamp set from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. How can you not smile when you see these cute guys dancing and feeling frisky in their 'jamas or with their suit sleeves and pant legs rolled up?!

I placed all four of the photopolymer stamps onto my Acrylic Block and stamped the Santa boys all at one time. Because I made several of these cards, stamping them all at once saved a great deal of time as well as making it easy to get the same placement each time. 
This card is an easel card, so when it is opened, the dancing Santa's stand up as the card front folds in half and is propped behind the sentiment on the inside of the card. This 'May visions of Santas dance in your head' sentiment is placed on Stampin' Dimensionals so that it provides a prop stop for the card front.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Stampin' Addicts Winter Holiday Blog Hop


Welcome to the Winter Holiday Blog Hop from Stampin' Addicts where we are featuring those Winter Holiday themed products from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. And there are some gorgeous new products and stamp sets so I hope you find lots of inspiration in this blog hop. I am featuring the Partridge & Pears stamp set, which is a beautifully stylized set with a tree image and two coordinating sentiments.
Partridge & Pears stamp set has this stylized version of a pear tree with the partridge (of course!) perched on one of the lower branches. I stamped this image onto Whisper White cardstock and then colored it with my Blendabilities Markers, although this image also colors very well with Blender Pens or Brush Tipped Markers as well. I added a few layers of cardstock with lots of Big Shot Embossing, including the Fancy Fan and Argyle Textured Impressions Embossing Folders. Our new Venetian Crochet Trim is so lovely and lacy. I layered the Venetian Crochet Trim over the banner and then added the Christmas wishes sentiment over this. The sentiment is punched with the Extra Large Oval Punch. The narrow mat of Old Olive underneath is punched from the Decorative Label Punch and then I snipped it across the middle to pull it a little wider to create a curvy mat for the Oval piece.
Stamps: Partridge & Pears
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Old Olive, So Saffron, Whisper White
Ink: Memento Black, Blendabilities Markers
Accessories: Argyle TIEF, Fancy Fan TIEF, Venetian Crochet Trim, Extra Large Oval Punch, Decorative Label Punch

Here is an Spinner Hanging Tag I made using the same colors and pieces as the card above. This is a great gift tag with a To/From banner added to it and then it can be added to your Christmas tree. I colored two images of the tree and partridge and then die cut these with the Circles Thinlets. I love that I can get an exact placement of the Circle Die onto the stamped image using the Thinlets Dies and with the Magnetic Platform - a stampers dream! I also die cut two large star frames using the largest and second largest stars from the Stars Thinlets.
TIP: To create a perfectly balanced frame, place both dies on the cardstock at the same time. In addition to saving a rotation through the Big Shot machine, this also helps in the placement of the inner star and gives you a very balanced frame (instead of one that is off center on one side.)
To put the hanging tag together, I adhered a long loop of Gold Baker's Twine down the center of one Circle stamped image and used Mini Glue Dots to adhere it to the bottom and top of the Star Frame. Then I used plenty of adhesive to layer the other Circle stamped image cut to the back of the front piece. Finally, I adhered the second Star Frame to the back of the front Star Frame. To finish the Gold Baker's Twine hanger, I tied several knots and slid them together at the top of the Star Frame and one final knot at the end of the Baker's Twine pieces to create the hanger.

As I colored a few tree images with this partridge, I found myself coloring it the same color each time - however, what color is a partridge really? So for this card, I used my new FAVORITE color Blackberry Bliss. I stamped the image in Basic Black ink and then Heat Embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder.  I used a Blender Pen to color this tree, including a Blackberry Bliss, bright and oh-so-richly-jewel-toned, partridge.These are definitely not traditional Christmas colors, but this is my favorite card so far using this Partridge & Pears stamp set. I used part of a sentiment from Visions of Santa stamp set for the 'Tis the season tag, on a Real Red mat with the Ticket Duo Builder Punch.

Stamps: Partridge & Pears, Visions of Santa
Cardstock: Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango, Blackberry Bliss, Real Red
Ink: Basic Black, Blackberry Bliss, Blendabilities Markers
Accessories: Clear EP, Stylish Stripes TIEF, Blackberry Bliss Satin Stitched Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Be sure to click through to all the blogs on the Stampin' Addicts Winter Holiday Blog Hop. Use the Next and Previous buttons below to see more inspiration and ideas from Stampin' Addicts members. I also listed the Blog Roll at the bottom of this post. You'll find tons of creativity and inspiration! Happy Blog Hopping!


Blog Hop Order:

1) Cindy (CindyE) -- Cheerful Tags and the Gift Box Punch Board
2) Twila (tjdstamosalot) -- Wonderous Wreath Bundle
3) Kim (s1itcher45) -- Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlet
4) Betty (kittystamp) -- Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlet -- http://www.kittystamp.blogspot.com/
5) Mary T. (nuhddad) -- Holiday Home Bundle
6) Yapha -- Mingle All the Way
7) Jennifer (jentimko) -- Newborn King
8) Tina (tina123) -- Christmas Bauble
9) Heidi (hlw966) -- Festival of Trees
10) Paula (scrapshappen) -- Bright & Beautiful
11) Debra (WebDeb) -- Ornamental Pine
12) Tanya (tanya27) -- Visions of Santa
13) Rhonda (rhondag) -- Get your Santa On
14) Mary R. ( MaryR) -- Partridge & Pears

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Washi Tape

Washi Tape! So fun to use and such a variety of items you can decorate with it! However, here is a simple card using a few strips of the Santa & Co Washi Tape from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.

I don't use my Washi Tape as often as I might and whenever I do, I think I should use this more often!! The Santa & Co Washi Tape include three rolls including these two patterns and a wide roll of Olive Green pattern as well. This card is pretty simple to make with a few layers of cardstock, Big Shot Embossing and then two strips of Washi Tape, torn on both ends. I stamped the hello sentiment from Four You stamp set in Pacific Point ink and Heat Embossed it in Clear Embossing Powder. The Paper Piercing Mat helped me pierce three holes in a straight line, and evenly spaced, to add the underline of Mini Silver Brads. This is punched out with an Oval Punch and adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals for a little lift. So quick and easy!

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Visions of Santa Moose Card

This adorable moose from the Visions of Santa stamp set has been fun to play with. This card uses elements from several of the Santa & Co product suite, including the Santa & Co Washi Tape and the Santa & Co Epoxy Circles as well as the Santa & Co Designer Series Paper.

I stamped this guy in Memento Black ink and colored him in Crumb Cake and Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities markers. But my favorite little touch is the string of Christmas lights around his shoulders. This string of lights is one of the accessory images included in the Visions of Santa stamp set. After coloring these, I added a touch of Crystal Effects to the eyeglasses and dabs of Dazzling Detail to each of the light bulbs on the light string.

For the inside I used the HO HO HO stamp from the Oh Goodie! carryover stamp set with a narrow strip of paper from the Santa & Co DSP and one of the cute Santa dancing images from Vision & Co stamp set.

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