Two more quick cards

OK, I was down to the deadline for mailing local cards the other night and made two each of the following:

The first card has a verse stamped inside, uses a snowflake diecut ( #DL169), a Tim Holtz snowflake topped with a smaller snowflake (cuttlebug die) and rhinestones, glitter embossed paper,  some cream braid and again my "go to" sketch. Well, the people receiving the card don't know that fact, unless they read my blog LOL!!! I keep a list each year of which card I send to each person, so they don't receive the same design two years in a row.

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On the second card I stamped the verse in Versamark and covered with fine silver EP (Close to my Heart clear acrylic set "Holiday Commentary #C1379), cut the strip at 1-1/2" wide and layered/popped up on a snowflake embossed background. The paper is by Stampin'Up "Shimmery White".

The intricate snowflake border is a die by Memory Box "Frosty Border" #98171 which I cut from the same silver cardstock as the card and highlighted with silver Stickles for some bling.

I might do more of these next year as they make up quickly as well!!

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Deck the Halls

I got a new poinsetta die by Memory Box a few weeks ago. I like how it layers and has the embossed "ribs" on both the flower leaves and green leaves giving the layers some dimension. I stamped red bazill paper with a music stamp before die-cutting. Sponged Aged Mahogany on the edges of the petals, and Tea Dye on the leaves.
The centre piece is also part of the die set which I cut out of shiny gold paper.

The verse is from a mini set of 3 clear cling stamps by Inkadinkadoo "Winter Expressions" #60-30282 and is stamped with SU Forest Foliage ink; embossed with clear EP; sponged with Festive Berries and Tea Dye DI. The tag is a die by Just Rite"Vintage labels".  Holly paper is from my scrap stash. I added red Stickles glitter to all the holly berries for bling, and a bit of ribbon.

I made three in no time and it's fairly flat for easy mailing. I realize that it's the same sketch as the Cottage Cutz card; however, this is my "go to" design for quick cards!

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ABC Challenge - "D" for Deck the Halls

Cottage Cutz Poinsetta Die

The Cottage Cutz poinsetta die is quite intricate. I cut several of them in both red and green cardstock. Next, I cut & pasted the green leafy parts on to the main red die, added another large flower popped up for dimension, and covered the scroll with gold Stickles.  I also sponged Aged Mahogany, Tea Dye, and Festive Berries distress ink on the poinsetta leaves, along with a bit of white chalk for highlights. Paper is Basic Grey Figgy Pudding scraps from my stash. Verse is a cling stamp by Stampendous and is embossed with clear EP.

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close-up of shading on poinsetta

Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Merry Christmas

Stamptacular Sunday: Christmas Time

Chocolate,Coffee & Cards Challenges: Recipe - 3 flowers, 2 papers,1 ribbon

Two Tags

A while ago, Linda from the Funkie Junkie posted her Christmas Tag 10 which was done with a brick embossing folder and sponged with several Tim Holtz distress inks. I made three of the backgrounds, but only managed to get one tag fully finished. Well, I'll have two backgrounds done for next year's tags, eh?

Here are my tags. The Santa one is going on my sister Kim's prezzie. I didn't have an icicle die so I freehand cut a border from self-adhesive clear acrylic and covered it with Star Dust stickles and fine glitter. The mini calendar is a free clipart from Crafty Secrets and this link will take you to the free 2013 calendar sheets.  Numerals are a Tim Holtz die. The Santa is covered in clear self-adhesive acrylic and cut it from an old christmas card.

The second tag is going on my sister Dana's present. It, too, is inspired from Linda's Week #10 tag with the free clipart of vintage dolls that she offered. I covered the ornament with Glitter Ritz Cool Highlite glitter and Stickles Star Dust around the edge. The ticket is a Tim Holtz stamp; Tim Holtz snowflake die, edge punch, and vintage lace are added.

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Dec. 19/2012

LaBlanche Santa

My daughter recently  had her first baby on Nov. 19th, a boy, and I'm a first-time Nanny! Baby Connor is the best present we could have ever received!

So between running back and forth to the City where they live, and she & baby came to stay for 9 days while hubby was working long hours overtime as journeyman electrician, I didn't get as many hand-made cards done as I usually do each year. However, I made a few christmas cards for special friends and will post them over the next few days.

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close-up of glitter and flocking

This card uses the LaBlanche Santa stamp I purchased last year. After colouring Santa and leaves with Copic markers, I masked him off, and sprayed the background with Smooch Gold spritz. Then distressed the edges with Tim Holtz distressor thingy, sponged with Tea Dye and Vintage Photo DI.  I applied white flocking to Santa's fur on his suit and boots, and Crystal Glaze to his glasses. It is layered on holly paper by Basic Grey, another layer (SU label die) from scraps, and green metallic music paper cut with Martha Stewart  edge die. Tag is a Spellbinders die, verse from 7 Gypsies "Christmas Greetings" set.

Flower is a ready-made embellie, but it is layered on a Cottage Cutz flourish (part of poinsetta die leftover from doing the poinsettas from another card) covered with Gold Stickles.

I'm entering this card into several challenges as noted below.


Fashionable Stamping Challenges #37  - Mask It

Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Merry Christmas

Make My Monday - Bingo (Patterned Paper, Punches, Distressing)

Party Time Tuesday - Colour Challenge