Our wish lists are growing daily.....
Our wish lists are growing daily.....
There are tons of great stamps and accessories to look forward to in the New Year. Please keep an eye on our calendars (and new websites as of Jan. 8!!!) for news of classes and special camps.
The technique is called Spotlighting with a Punch. What's great about it is you only color in a small circle instead of the entire image.
The snowflake is from Season of Joy, which is only available till Nov. 30 (Friday) in the Holiday Mini Catalog.
The colors on the card are Purely Pomegranate and Bashful Blue with a square ice rhinestone.
Stampin' Up! sent this set to every demonstrator! Can you imagine sending out 50,000+ stamp sets? Crazy!
In a letter that came with the set, SU! CEO and co-founder Shelli Gardner said, "Although I appreciate you every single day - and I hope you know that - I don't always get an opportunity to share that appreciation with you. So I decided a gift stamp set was a great way to express those feelings."
The colors in this card are Tempting Turquoise, Apricot Appeal and Cameo Coral. It's really soft and pretty in person. The watercoloring doesn't show up as intense as it is.
If you've been on the fence about signing up, why not take the plunge? It's great fun. The product is of the highest quality, and you'll get so many ideas and techniques!
The 5/8" Old Olive grosgrain acts as a belly band holding the Very Vanilla note in place.
Don't forget to embellish the envelope!
The flower was stamped in Classic Rose Red ink and cut out of Whisper White card stock. The smallest flower from the set was stamped (the inside is part of another stamp in the set), punched out with a 1/2" circle punch and mounted in a build-a-brad.
The chipboard is only attached to the Rose Red belly band, which holds the card closed.
The ribbon is SU!'s white taffeta, and the half pearl is from the Pretties Kit.
Trivia: An average household in America will mail out 28 Christmas cards each year and see 28 eight cards return in their place. (Source: www.corsinet.com/braincandy/xmastrivia.html)
Do you have your Christmas cards made yet?
It uses one stamp set (Big on Christmas), one punch (Ticket Corner), one embellishment (double-stitched Wild Wasabi ribbon), designer paper (from the Cutie Pie pack), a Rose Red marker and an aqua painter with the Wild Wasabi ink pad.
Trivia: The word "Noel" is French for Christmas.
Keeping the seam of the tube up, fold in half. Then open up and score 1/2" on either side of the fold you just made. From the side, when you fold the purse on the score lines, it should look like a "W."
Once the "W" is in place, bring the top pieces of the tube together and adhere only at the top (not inside the pockets). Use a horizontal slot punch to make a spot for the 5/8" red grosgrain handles and knot the ribbon on both ends and sides.
The purse is a perfect size for Love Notes!
This card opens in the middle (the snowman layers flip to the left). The Snow jumbo wheel (Holiday Mini) is rolled in Ballet Blue ink over the front of the card, with snowflakes highlighted with a Uni-bal white gel pen.
The horizontal slot punch holds the 5/8" brocade blue grosgrain knot, and in the bottom corner, a snow burst is stamped from In the Spotlight (Level 2 hostess set) and punched out with the Snow Blossom punch and a silver brad added in the center.
The snowman was colored in with watercolor crayons and an aqua painter.
Here's a snowflake ornament where White Craft ink was used on the snowflake and heat embossed. A 3/4" circle was punched out of Wintergreen paper (which covers the chipboard square behind the snowflake), with an Always Artichoke button stuck on with a mini glue dot.
Our silver elastic cord with a little knot of 5/8" celery grosgrain is knotted through white eyelets set with the Crop-a-dile (which punches through chipboard like butter!).
Then Wintergreen paper is glued onto the back of the chipboard for a nice pattern there and inside the snowflake form.
The middle of the snowflake has a 1" circle of Blue Bayou card stock with the "Merry" stamp from Love & Joy (Holiday Mini set) punched with the 3/4" circle punch and adhered to the layer with a dimensional.
As a final touch, the Crop-a-dile was used to make a 3/16" hole for a jumbo eyelet, through which double-stitched blue bayou ribbon was knotted.
Here, the snowman is highlighted using a 1 1/4" circle punch, layered on Sage Shadow card stock with the 1 3/8" circle punch, and then a scallop punched out of Always Artichoke.
The designer paper comes from the Wintergreen pack, and the background is the Polka Dot stamp.
Adorable, isn't it? The flowers are punched from patterned paper and topped off with a gorgeous build-a-brad that also uses patterned paper.
You probably can't tell that the Soft Sky card stock is textured, and looks beautiful with the Blue Bayou double-stitched ribbon and ink. The greeting is from Sincere Salutations.
The only thing added to this page that doesn't come in the kit - some 5/8" red grosgrain.
The kits feature textured card stock and double-sided patterned paper. They're awesome!!!
This card uses some different colors for a Season of Joy Christmas - Really Rust, River Rock and Soft Sky.
The background is stamped with Linen, and all of the layers were changed up in other versions of my swap using the ticket corner punch on both layers.
The tag is too cute with the mini library clip (the red gingham knot is on the back lever of the clip) holding a folded So Saffron 3/4" circle onto a tag.
The word stamp was stamped twice - once on Whisper White, then again on a Soft Sky scrap (and cut out to accent the word "Friend.")
I love the way Basic Gray gives a nice neutral pallette to the card. I'm ordering some today!
The card is 12" x 4" and is scored at 4" and 8", with a diagonal score between those two score lines from top to bottom.
The word "FRIEND" comes from Fundamental Phrases, and the flower is from So Much.
The 5/8" chocolate grosgrain is held on with a couple of mini glue dots and adhered to the back of the Almost Amethyst layer.
Spotlighting with a punch is a favorite technique - especially with swaps. You don't have to color in the larger image!
Here, the cat is stamped in Basic Black and colored in with a blender pen and Stampin' Pastels. Then the "spray" was added using a black marker and color spritzer.
The top of the card is paper from Creepy Crawly. It makes Halloween projects a cinch!
Earth Elements watercolor crayons and an aqua painter were used to color in the cauldron.
The main card is Pumpkin Pie card stock, with Really Rust on the bottom. Also, the black strip is pierced.
Halloween trivia: Some people believe that if you see a spider on Halloween, it is the spirit of a loved one watching over you. (Source: www.bonita.k12.ca.us/allen/Fun/Halloween.htm)
The angel image from Holy Triptych is stamped in black StazOn on vellum card stock and embossed with Hologram Highlights powder. It's a favorite because it leaves a heavenly sparkle.
The angel is then layered on Whisper White card stock, both layers held together at the top with the silver brads, and then ripped at the bottom and sponged with Bashful Blue ink and layered on Brushed Silver card stock.
Silver elastic cord (also found in the Holiday Mini) is wrapped around the top a few times and knotted, while noel from Many Merry Messages is stamped and embossed like the angel.
This set, Season of Joy, is out of the Holiday Mini Collection. I love the variety of stamps in the set!
I was experimenting with the paper piercing. I might've gotten carried away.
Batty for You works so well with our circle punches - and the stamps fit perfectly inside our scallop punch. What's not to love about that?
The FOR YOU comes from Happy Everything, and the Sanded background stamp adds great texture.
For this 6" x 6" scrapbook page, the top and bottom images are stamped in the same color they're layered on. For the middle image, the greeting is stamped in Close to Cocoa with Real Red poinsettias around the edges. Use a 1 1/4" square punch for the top layers, and the 1 3/8" square punch for the back layers.
The River Rock strip under the squares is stamped in that same color ink with the Aida Cloth background stamp. And double-stitched River Rock ribbon is first threaded through some Hodgepodge Hardware before getting adhered to the Dashing designer paper with sticky strip. No snowman or snow - great for those warm places during the holidays!
These were Louise's swaps for our group meeting. She used the True Friend stamp set from the Holiday Mini Collection, along with the scallop and photo corner punches. A double circle punch used on the photo corner makes it easy to thread the white taffeta ribbon. The colored brad is from the Earth Elements.