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I Brake For….Table Top Tree!!!

Hello stampers!  It’s my turn on the I Brake For Stamps Blog today.  I know we have not yet celebrated Thanksgiving , but I am in full Christmas mode!

This darling stamp is called Table Top Tree and can be found here.  Isn’t it just the cutest thing?  We have our main tree in the living room, but also have a small table top tree on the patio where we spend a lot of time.  I love the rustic and natural feel of this image.

I stamped it with Memento ink and colored it using a mix of copics and prisma pencils.  Then I sponged in some snowy hills in the background to make a wintery scene.

And I have two favorites on this card. First is my use of a stardust gel pen to get a sparkly look – I used it mainly on the tree branches – here is a closer look…

The second thing I love to see on holiday cards is plaid paper!!!!  I just love the look of plaids during the holiday.  It seems this year it was a main décor focus because I’ve seen so many things with plaid in the stores.  I found a great pad of paper at Michaels called Plaid Tidings that had 60 sheets of different plaid designs! I think I am set for many years to come with this pad of paper.

The sentiment is part of another stamp that I used last week called Happy Holidays Ornaments which can be found here. I just used the sentiment part of the stamp.

I hope your holiday season is going well.  Stop by the IBFS store and take a look at all the wintery and holiday stamps they have.  Use code SAVE10NANCY and get 10% off your order!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

 

I Brake For… Happy Holidays Ornaments!

Hello stampers –  it is my turn on the I Brake For Stamps blog and today it is all about Christmas! I have two items for you today.

I probably make and send about 25 Christmas cards each year and although I keep telling myself that I will start early and make cards throughout the year, somehow it never happens.  So when I do start I go with a few detailed and more time consuming stamps and a few simpler stamps for quick and easier cards

Todays card is one of those quick and easy ones.    I used the Happy Holidays Ornaments stamp, found here.

This is one of those stamps that you can go heavy on the layers and embellishments, or just go clean and simple.

I stamped the image with memento inks and colored it with copics.  Then, because I like my Christmas cards to sparkle, I used a stardust gel pen over the sentiment, ornaments and greenery.  Its a quick way to add sparkle without the mess of glitter.

Here is a closer look – it is hard to capture the sparkle in a photo, but you get the idea!

A couple of fancy edge dies were used along with some plaid paper and red ribbon to finish it off.  I already had the die shapes cut out, so this was one of those quick and easy to put together cards.

One of the great things about this stamp is that you don’t have to use the entire image.  In fact you could cut this apart and use the sentiment separately.

In this next piece I made an envelope to hold a gift card.  Much of my gift giving is done with gift cards since I live far away from family – it is just easier to send gift cards and know that the recipient is getting a card from a store they like.

I used the We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 Punch Board to make the envelope.  This is a great tool to have – it makes envelopes, boxes and bows in a variety of sizes.  I bought it this year and it has been a tool that I have used often.

The envelope is 4 x 4 made with some holiday paper I had from last year.  The Happy Holidays Ornaments was stamped on a stitched oval die cut, leaving out the sentiment, stamping only the image. It was colored with copics in shades of blue to coordinate with the patterned paper. I kept the bow white, but used the stardust gel pen overall on this image to add sparkle

Here is what it looks like before it is put together.

I just used a white satin ribbon as a band to keep everything together.  The ornament tag is popped up on the ribbon. Here is a close up with the sparkle added.

Hop on over to the I Brake For Stamps store – there are so many holiday stamps to chose from – I know you will find something you like! se code SAVE10NANCY and get 10% off your order.

Thanks for stopping by today!

 

Sisterhood of Crafters

Hello my fellow crafters!  It’s time once again for a new challenge at the Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge Blog.  Todays challenge is called “Let The Sparks Fly” – meaning anything that sparkles is air game!   Here is my card – doing a Christmas theme for this one!

Just about everything sparkles on this card!  I started with cardstock called Cryogen White – it is a lovely heavy duty card stock that has a beautiful shimmer to it.  It is not really a pure white, but more something between a try ivory and white.  Of course I have covered most of it up but it does shimmer -trust me!

Then I took my stamps and found a gold embossing powder that contained gold glitter.  I’ve had it for years and really only bring it out during the holidays.  The background stamps are from an old Waltzingmouse set called Nordic Winter and the phrase is from a Papertrey set of Christmas sentiments.  I used the glittery embossing powder on all the stamps.  Of course by the end I had the stuff all over me!  Even the ribbon I used has gold thread throughout it.

Here is a closer look – trying to capture the sparkle of the embossing powder – always hard to do in a photo!

I  hope you will join in with us over at the Sisterhood blog – thanks so much for stopping by today!

 

 

Sisterhood of Crafters

Hello crafty friends.  Today is the day where the Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge Blog starts a new challenge for the month.  Today’s challenge is to use dies.  Here is my card – my first Christmas card of the season.

I love this quilt die, but I have to admit it is a bit of a bear to work with.  I am only using part of the die – there are many smaller pieces surrounding the main star pattern, as well as a outline where you place all the pieces.  Like a jigsaw puzzle…which I was never really fond of!

The beautiful red paper is an old pattern called Lush from My Minds Eye.  The patterned paper is a velvet flock and is absolutely gorgeous.  I’ve hoarded my stash for years and make a couple of Christmas cards with it each year.  I only have a few sheets left of this and it will be hard when it is all used up!

This card will go to my older sister, who makes beautiful quilts.  This is about as close as I will get to making one!!

Hop on over to the Sisterhood of Crafters Blog and take a look at what the other designers have made and enter your own creation.  All the details can be found HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tropical Christmas

It’s the eve of Christmas Eve – and I hope all my crafty friends are doing well.  I was able to finish and mail all my holiday cards out in time this year – something that did not happen last year!  I hope I can start the new year by doing Christmas cards each month to avoid the rush at year end.

Here is my tropical Christmas card – I love this image!

The image is a digital stamp that I got from From The Heart Digital Stamps and is perfect for this Floridian!  I printed it on Copic X-Press it paper and colored it with copics. An embossed background and minimal embellishments are all that was needed.  I know I will use this stamp again – maybe make a nighttime scene.

So – Merry Christmas to all of you!  I hope you have a wonderful and peaceful holiday!