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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!


Gift card technique – perfect timing!

This year almost all of my gifts are gift cards – my nieces and nephews seem to prefer them.  I like them because they are easy to buy and mail and when Splitcoast had a technique challenge on gift cards I went to work.

gift-cardoutside-finalOne of my gift cards is from Starbucks, so of course I had to do a coffee themed gift card enclosure!  The video instructions with the technical details are HERE, and I’ve modified them just a bit.  Instead of ending up with a square card, I wanted to use my long Nestabilities Curved Rectangles so I started with paper 12″ long as in the video, but 5.5″ tall to accomodate the large rectangle.   What I did was fold the paper as instructed, then punch the shape with the nestabilities, leaving the left side of the folded card not part of the cut out in order to preserve the fold. The paper is all Basic Grey, mostly from the Scarlett’s Letter collection.  I paper pierced the coffee cup and used Nestabilities Ovals to cut out the shapes.  The cup, swirls on the side and inside sentiment are all from Flourishes Simply Sophisticated set, Coffee with Friends, and Merry Christmas is from Flourishes Holiday Greetings  set.  The inside sentiment was stamped on a shape cut out with my new Slice Machine – which I absolutely love!  Sheer red ribbon and a red rhinestone finish it off.

Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for stopping by!


Inside look at the gift card

Supplies and Materials:

  • Stamps:  Coffee with Friends, Holiday Greetings
  • Paper:  Basic Grey Scarlett’s Letter, Chocolate Chip
  • Ink:  Chocolate Chip
  • Other:  Nestabilites, Slice machine, Sheer Red Ribbon and Red Rhinestones.