A Black and White Birthday

As much as I enjoy making cards, sometimes I don’t have an hour to devote to one card.  That’s why I am so thankful for DCWV boxed card and envelope sets.  I was running out of time in October and needed to make a card for a special friend and I was able to make an elegant card in a few minutes.

I stamped a sentiment using a Stampin’ Up! cling stamp and softened the edges with an ink pad and a sponge.  I framed it in black cardstock and bumped it out with double-sided foamy mount tape; tied a Close to My Heart ribbon around it and added two pretty paper flowers.  Voila!  An elegant black and white card to be proud of.  Sometimes I feel like I’ve cheated when a card comes together quickly by taking a shortcut.  What do you think about using decorative card bases to build your design on?

Black and White Beauty

Black and White Beauty

Thanks for reading my blog post, and enjoy your weekend!

Christmas Cards and Tags from the December Stamp Camp

Here are the Christmas cards and gift tags I made at the December Stamp Camp at Terry Bolender‘s house earlier this month.  All of the items were made with Stampin’ Up! supplies, and you may click any picture on my blog for a larger image.  I know Christmas is over, but I have just one more holiday blog post after this and then I’ll go back to my random them of whatever-I-feel-like.  :)

Here are some festive Christmas tags we made with punches, Big Shot die cuts and stamps:

Stampin' Up! 2010 Christmas Tags

Stampin' Up! 2010 Christmas Tags

I love this card!  At the class, we folded different sized squares to make this tree.  A paper punch was used to make the red star.

Stampin' Up! Folded Christmas Tree Card

Stampin' Up! Folded Christmas Tree Card

This vintage-looking Christmas card reminds me of A Christmas Story because of its subdued colors.

Stampin' Up! Vintage "Season's Greetings" Card

Stampin' Up! Vintage "Season's Greetings" Card

This is a fun die-cut card that wished the recipient tidings of comfort and joy!

Stampin' Up! "Joy" Card

Stampin' Up! "Joy" Card

I *love* swirly-cues like you see in the reindeer’s antlers, so it was fun to use this stamp.  The “thread” in the button is an itsy-bitsy piece of cardstock – it’s not thread!

Stampin' Up! Reindeer Card

Stampin' Up! Reindeer Card

This is a clean Christmas card made with wheel stamps.  Snow was accented with a glue pen and fine glitter.

Stampin' Up! Blue "Season's Greetings" Card

Stampin' Up! Blue "Season's Greetings" Card

Thank you for taking the time to check out my blog post, and enjoy your day!

A Christmas Centerpiece… and My New Light Box!

Here is a Christmas centerpiece, place holder or favor for guests made from vellum and cardstock!  Terry Bolender showed me how to make this with Stampin’ Up! Products last month.  I used her Big Shot tool to cut out the gold scalloped square shape (for the base of the tree) and the box; then I used her circle punch to cut out a hole for the battery operated candle.  I traced a pyramid box pattern onto vellum cardstock (a really cool heavy-duty vellum!) and cut it out and scored it after stamping and clear embossing the green image.  I used the large star punch to cut out the top part of the tree and attached it with a pretty brad.

I wasn’t sure which picture to use because Jake made me a photo light tent/box for Christmas and I was testing the photography.  Thank you, Jayma Malme, for telling me about how to make a light box for photography!  I was using my new Ott light but the lighting is so blue!  I am shining the light directly at the image because it doesn’t get through the cardstock sides of the light box very well.  Here’s what I am talking about.

This is how my blog pictures normally look.  Can you tell the star is gold cardstock?  Uh, me, neither!

 

Christmas Tree Centerpiece - without the light box

Christmas Tree Centerpiece - without the light box

 

Now here is the same object in my new light box, with the light coming from the left through the cardstock walls.

 

Christmas Tree Centerpiece - in the light box

Christmas Tree Centerpiece - in the light box

 

Here it is again with the light shining head on the object.

 

Christmas Tree Centerpiece - in the light box, light head-on

Christmas Tree Centerpiece - in the light box, light head-on

 

This will need tweaking – I think the light box needs thinner wall covers, and after look at this post I realized I am supposed to put the cardstock base all the way at the top of the light box so there’s no ugly seam behind my object.  Anyway, I am happy I have this light box and I hope to have some better quality photos for my blog now!  This is the light box contraption:

 

My Homemade Light Box for Photography

My Homemade Light Box for Photography

Which photo do you think looks best: 1, 2, or 3?  Happy holidays, and thanks for reading my blog!

Eight More Christmas Cards!

It’s getting close to Christmas, and I’m not sure I have enough days to share my cards, so here are eight cards in one blog post.  Hold onto your hats, folks!

This was my 2009 holiday card, but the rest of the cards I am sharing were made this Fall.  I used DCWV paper and cardstock and cut the 12″ x 12″ sheets into three 4″ x 6″ cards.  This is a matchbook style card and the top panel tucks into the flap at the bottom.  I made the snowflake with my Cricut Expressions machine and added fine glitter to it with glue.

Blue, White & Silver Snowflake Matchbook Card

Blue, White & Silver Snowflake Matchbook Card

I used my Stampin’ Up! medallion stamp on shimmer paper and embossed the image in silver.  I used Stickles glitter glue and accidentally smudged it when I was stacking my cards, whoops!

 

Happy Holidays Card with Silver Medallion

Happy Holidays Card with Silver Medallion

I finally got to use these two stamps I bought a year or more ago at Impress Rubber Stamps!  I love how the swirls look like octopus legs.  :)

 

Happy Holidays with Tree and Flair

Happy Holidays Card with Tree and Flair

Here’s another similar card.  I love rub-ons, so this beautiful “Merry Christmas” you see at the top is just a rub-on sentiment.

 

Merry Christmas Card with Tree and Flair

Merry Christmas Card with Tree and Flair

This is another snowflake card from when I was in the mood to emboss everything.  The decorative edge was created using my favorite edge punch from Stampin’ Up!

 

Tis The Season - Snowflake Card

Tis The Season - Snowflake Card

This card is mainly made with CTMH products: the paper, stamp, ribbon and embellishment.  I found the holly paper tape at Hobby Lobby and was pleased that it seemed to go well with the CTMH products.

 

CTMH Snow Days Card

CTMH Snow Days Card

This shimmery green card was made with three kinds of Christmas paper tape, a rub-on sentiment, stick-on pearls & a poinsettia from CTMH, and a Fiskars edge punch.

 

Peace - Joy - Hope Card

Peace - Joy - Hope Card

This card was designed by the lovely and talented Christine David from Create with Christine!  She showed a small class how to make this lovely card using Close to My Heart (CTMH) products.  I love the cool blue colors!

 

Warm Winter Wishes

Warm Winter Wishes

I hope to post more blogs between now and Sunday (12/26), but if I miss a post – have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy this time with your loved ones.  Thank you for reading my blog.

Three Cards Made With One Punch

I bought a Christmas ornament-shaped paper punch last May so that I could make more floral corsages out of paper.  I was only going to use it for that purpose, but then I thought I might punch out shapes from Christmas paper to make use on cards.  Well, I gave in and bought an ornament stamp set that fits the ornament-shaped punch perfectly!  The stamp set and punch came from Stampin’ Up! and I wanted to share you three cards I made with the set and the punch.

I was on an embossing kick, so I inked up all my stamps in gold and embossed them with gold powder for a raised, dimensional effect.  To make things easy, I used paper and card bases from DCWV, plus some snowflake stamps from Close to My Heart.

 

Ornaments and Bells

Ornaments and Bells

 

 

Light Green & Red Ornament Card

Light Green & Red Ornament Card

 

 

Red and Dark Green Ornament Card

Red and Dark Green Ornament Card

 

These were fun, easy cards to make.  What took the longest was the embossing and tying of the stretchy gold cord.  Have a merry Christmas, and keep in mind that you can make beautiful cards very easily with a few embellishments.  Thanks for reading my blog!

By the way, I am really enjoying the Mike & Ike Holiday Medley candy I bought at Target last week.  I love fruity candy and these three flavors are delicious together or altogether in one bite.  YUM!

Mojo Monday Card Challenge 169

Yesterday my friend Jayma Malme and I were talking via Twitter about card-making.  She saw my recent blog post about Christmas cards and was inspired to create a card based on two of the designs.  I loved the card she came up with and I suggested we trade card ideas and put our own twists on cards the other person has made.

She asked me if I had heard of Mojo Monday and their weekly card challenges.  I didn’t think I had, so I looked at the website and saw a card sketch.  It was Monday night so I thought, “Why not?” and immediately sat down and made a card to enter!  It was fun being challenged and given a suggestion for a fresh new card layout.

So, I’m taking a momentary break from sharing Christmas cards to show you the card I made for this card challenge. Here is the sketch my card was patterned after:

Mojo Monday Card Sketch Challenge 169

Mojo Monday Card Sketch Challenge 169

This is the card I designed.  I’m showing two pictures because I like the artsy angle of the first image, but figured I should include a picture of the card head-on, as well.  Be sure and check out the beautiful cards the other crafters have entered by visiting the Mojo Monday blog post associated with this challenge.

Mojo Monday Challenge Card - Anniversary 12-13-10

Mojo Monday Challenge Card - Anniversary 12-13-10

I used regular 8.5″ x 11″ red and black craft cardstock and the beautiful background paper is from Stampin’ Up! The stamp is something I found at Hobby Lobby in Fort Collins, CO and it’s made by Stampabilities.  The double layer of flowers are from Close to My Heart and the satin button-like brad is from K & Company.

Mojo Monday Challenge - Anniversary Card 12-13-10

Mojo Monday Challenge - Anniversary Card 12-13-10

Thanks for reading my blog, and if you’re a fellow paper-crafter, you should enter a card for the weekly challenge!  :)

Stampin’ Up! Christmas Cards

In early November, I attended a Stamp Camp at my friend Terry Bolender‘s house.  If you read my blog regularly, you know that Terry is my Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and she has monthly stamp camps where we stop by and make 6 to 7 cards for $10.  She shows us how they should look and provides all of the card-making materials.  It’s fun and it’s a great way to learn new techniques and sample some great products.

I didn’t want to post Christmas cards in my November blog posts because I’m a firm believer in celebrating holidays in the proper month.  You may be finished with your Christmas cards, so maybe this post will come in handy for next year’s cards.  ;)  I am so behind on Christmas cards this year, that I think this will be the first year I have ever not sent out any cards.  So if you were hoping to get one from me, I am sorry if I let you down.  Instead, please enjoy pictures of cards you may receive in the future!

This is the group photo of the cards made at the Stamp Camp:

Stampin' Up! Christmas Cards

Stampin' Up! Christmas Cards

Here are close-ups of each card.  Remember, you may click any photo on my blog to see an enlarged image.

Happy Holidays Card

Happy Holidays Card

It’s hard to see, but the tree image and words were stamped with gold ink and embossed in gold, so they are raised up and glossy.  The gold and cream card stock is slightly shimmery, too.

Peace - Love - Joy

Peace - Love - Joy

This vintage Christmas card was created with a large background stamp, old-fashioned glass glitter, and pleated ribbon.  Everything you see on each card was created with Stampin’ Up! products.

Vintage Christmas Card

Vintage Christmas Card

The color of this card reminds me of something from the era of A Christmas Story with it’s browns and burgundy colors.  This was made using the new fabric Stampin’ Up! sells for crafting.  It cut very nicely in the Big Shot machine!

Old Fashioned Christmas

Old Fashioned Christmas

I am crazy about dry embossing because I love the crisp results.  Look at these gorgeous snowflakes!  This card was SO easy to make.

Merry & Bright

Merry & Bright

For this card, I ran some vellum through the Big Shot and placed it over the stamped trees.  I love how it looks like snow!  Then I stamped a third tree and cut it out.  Look at all these layers!  It was fun to make these beautiful cards Terry designed.

 

Holly Jolly Christmas

Holly Jolly Christmas

Thank you for reading my blog and enjoy the holiday season!

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