Sunday, November 29, 2009

Another fun stamp set for fall cards is Autumn Harvest. One of the stamps is a Jack-o-lantern face so its great for Halloween, too. I used the masking technique on this card to stamp the images on Very Vanilla card stock, layered it on Old Olive, and glued it to the Really Rust card base. I love background stamps and the one here is the retired Canvas. I stamped my greeting with another retired set, Small Script, on Really Rust card stock punched with the small oval. I used watercolor pencils to color the images and finished up with the Ticket Corner punch and natural hemp.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Got your turkey in the oven? Mine's embossed on this free standing pop up card. I'm not sure if you can see it (if not, click on the photo to enlarge it) but I also used an embossing folder to emboss the front panel of the card base. Next I punched 3 ovals from Only Orange card stock, sponged the edges with Pumpkin Pie ink and layered them to make the pumpkin. The stem and leaves were cut with the Little Leaves Sizzlit die. The turkey is embossed with Soft Suede and VersaMark ink and clear embossing powder on Very Vanilla card stock. The VV card stock is layered on Kraft to create a tag. The greeting was also stamped on Very Vanilla and layered on Dusty Durango. I punched 2 circles out of Dusty Durango and Crushed Curry, folded them in half over the top of the tag and set a jumbo eyelet to run the Dusty Durango ribbon through. This is such a fun card to make and it folds flat for mailing! Happy Thanksgiving to all my stamping friends!!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Are you a Black Friday shopper? Or maybe you prefer to do your holiday shopping online? Which ever you prefer, don't miss SU's Online Extravaganza beginning Monday, Nov 23rd! Whether you're doing a little holiday shopping or adding to your own collection, log in to place your order and take advantage of discounts up to 50 percent. The cornucopia and fruit on this easel card were cut using some Sizzix dies I've had for a long, long time. I glued the cornucopia on Dusty Durango card stock, punched the corners with the Ticket Corner punch, and layered it on the Chocolate Chip card base. The greeting was stamped on Whisper White, punched with the Word Window punch and then layered onto Chocolate Chip punched with the Modern Label punch. The dotted layer is the retired Summer Picnic designer series paper (DSP) and the button is a red Designer button. Here's a side view so you can see how the button holds the card in place forming the easel.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought I'd post some fall themed items. This is a birthday card I made for my brother in law who loves to hunt. I used the Autumn Days stamp set for the pheasant and background images, Soft Suede ink, Always Artichoke, Soft Suede, and Very Vanilla card stock, DSP from a past hostess Pattern Pack, and my watercolor pencils.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

My mom has a 6 year old friend who LOVES pirates so she asked me to make a Christmas card that she could give to him. I used the retired set, Ahoy Matey, for the pirate and greeting and the Punch Pals set for the Christmas tree and gifts. The sky was sponged on Whisper White, the sand is Kraft, and the card base is Real Red card stock. I stamped Merry Christmas on the inside using the Many Merry Messages stamp set.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Another of my favorite Christmas stamp sets is A Cardinal Christmas. The background on this card was made with the Petals A Plenty embossing folder. I used my Big Shot to cut a photo frame from chipboard and added it as a layer when I embossed the Whisper White card stock to leave the center unembossed/smooth for stamping the image. The card base is Real Red card stock. This card uses another stamp in the cardinal set to create the background. The card stock used is Always Artichoke for the base, River Rock (a retired In Color) for the background, and Very Vanilla for the scalloped oval where I stamped the image. The images on both cards were colored with SU watercolor pencils and a blending pen.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Holy Triptych is one of my favorite Christmas stamp sets. The card below was cased from one created by another SU demo and posted to her gallery on SplitCoastStampers a few years ago. Unfortunately, I don't remember her name so can't give her proper credit. I used the Stained Glass technique to color the angel. Cardstock used is Elegant Eggplant, brushed gold, Whisper White, and vellum. The images are embossed in gold on the vellum and the angel's wings are glittered with Dazzling Diamonds.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

This blog is created to share ideas and projects with you, my stamping friends. I don't know how often I'll be able to add new posts but hope it is often enough for you to check back to see what's going on in my stamping studio. Actually, I was inspired to begin blogging by the challenge cards made by my sisters in our monthly stamp club. Our challenge was to create a Christmas card using non-traditional colors. My sister Sarah chose Melon Mambo and Bermuda Bay as the colors and used the ornament punch and Delightful Decorations stamp set from the current Stampin' Up! Holiday mini catalog to create this card:

I was truly challenged to come up with a card using non-traditional colors. I finally decided to use two retired colors from the first set of In Colors from Stampin' Up! - Vintage Violet and Cool Caribbean. The penguin is from the Punch Pals stamp set, the sentiment is from Short and Sweet, and the snowflakes (hope you can see them...they are embossed with Iridescent Ice behind the penguin) are from Serene Snowflakes.

Everyone's favorite card was the one created by my sister Lauren. She chose pink and brown and used the Forest Friends and Hit the Road stamp sets.
Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or would like more details on the cards shown. I have more holiday cards to share and will try to post them soon.