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!

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Have a Very Snowy Christmas

Merry Christmas, everyone!   Here are some cards (mainly snowflake cards) I made one weekend with my Cuttlebug and Cricut.

I bought the beautiful Trim the Tree Cricut cartridge with plans to make some beautiful cards.  It tended to be rather frustrating because the intricate details turn out more successfully with a larger sized project.  I tried a few different shapes and when I cut them at a small 2.75″ or 3″ size in height, the blade tore up my paper.  This bell is so large that I can’t mail the card in the matching A-2 envelope.  I’ll have to use a larger size.  Unless I get into scrapbooking or decorating the house with paper shapes, I do not see myself using this cartridge.  What a shame.

I added Stickles glitter glue to highlight parts of the elegant bell.

Green Bell Cricut Card

Green Bell Cricut Card

I dry-embossed red DCWV paper with my Cuttlebug and sanded / distressed the raised image to expose the white paper core.  I used my new Sizzix Sizzlits Basic Grey snowflake die in my Cuttlebug to cut some cardstock snowflakes and enhanced them with a crystal rhinestone and Stickles glitter glue.

Dry Embossed Snowlake Card

Dry Embossed Snowflake Card

Here’s another interpretation of the card.

Red and Green Snowflake Card

Red and Green Snowflake Card

I finally used my delicate snowflake stickers!  I had been intimidated by them because they are difficult to peel away without stretching.  Now that I have some special adhesive paper designed to transfer these stickers, I can move them onto my project without tearing or warping the image.  You can’t see it, but I outlined the teal DCWV brand paper with Stickles glitter glue.

White and Teal Snowflake Card
White and Teal Snowflake Card

I finally used a snowflake eyelet I’d had for over a year.  I used another detailed snowflake sticker and embossed an image I stamped with a CTMH clear acrylic stamp.

Teal and Silver Snowflake Card

Teal and Silver Snowflake Card

I love this color combo!

White and Light Blue Snowflake Card

White and Light Blue Snowflake Card

I got bold and used a large silver foil snowflake sticker to make this simple card.  I added a crystal rhinestone to the center for some added “bling.”

 

Silver Snowflake Card

Silver Snowflake Card

Here’s a difficult-to-photograph navy blue card with a metallic foil sticker and some freehand wisps of Stickles glitter glue.  This card looks terrible in this photo!!

 

Falling Snowflake Card

Falling Snowflake Card

As always, thank you so much 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.

Five Silver and Red Snowflake Cards

The other day I shared my silver and blue snowflake cards and today I’d like to share my red and blue snowflake cards with you.  I don’t think much of an explanation is needed, but please post a comment if you have any questions about the materials used in any one of the cards.

 

Red and Silver Embossed Snowflake Card with Decorative Accents

Red and Silver Embossed Snowflake Card with Decorative Accents

Red and Silver Embossed Snowflake Card with Silver Accent

Red and Silver Embossed Snowflake Card with Silver Accent

Red and Silver Embossed Snowflake Card with Ribbon

Red and Silver Embossed Snowflake Card with Ribbon

Simple Red and Silver Embossed Snowflake Card

Simple Red and Silver Embossed Snowflake Card

Red and Silver Embossed Snowflake Card on White

Red and Silver Embossed Snowflake Card on White

Thanks for reading my blog – I am so thankful for all my blog-readers! 🙂

 

Seven Silver and Blue Snowflake Cards

I think every crafter goes through phases, and I am no different.  When I first bought my heat embossing tool years ago, I embossed everything!  But then the thought of messing with powder and using the heat tool seemed exhausting, and I forgot about it.  Fortunately, during a crafty girls weekend with my good friend Rebecca, I became inspired to use the heat emboss technique and that set me off on a kick of embossing everything!

Here are some silver snowflake cards.  Maybe tomorrow I’ll share the red and silver ones but for now, please enjoy these silver and blue embossed cards.

 

Blue Embossed Snowflake Card 1 with Shimmery Paper

Blue Embossed Snowflake Card 1 with Shimmery Paper

Blue Embossed Snowflake Card 2 with Shimmery Paper

Blue Embossed Snowflake Card 2 with Shimmery Paper

Blue Embossed Snowflake Card 3

Blue Embossed Snowflake Card 3

 

Blue Embossed Snowflake Card 4

Blue Embossed Snowflake Card 4

I may add something to this card above. It’s almost too simple for me to handle!

 

Blue Embossed Snowflake Card 5

Blue Embossed Snowflake Card 5

Blue Embossed Snowflake Card 6

Blue Embossed Snowflake Card 6 with Shimmery Paper

 

Blue Embossed Snowflake Card 7
Blue Embossed Snowflake Card 7
Blue Embossed Snowflake Card 8
Blue Embossed Snowflake Card 8

That’s all, folks!  Thanks 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!

Christmas Cards Made with Odds and Ends

Years ago, when I first got into stamping, I would test-drive a new stamp by making a few embellishments with it.  What I mean is I would stamp and emboss it or color it, brayer over it – whatever – and save it for a future card.  Yeah… ummm, as a friend of mine asks, “How’s that working for you?” Not so well.  I have a box full of things I will use on cards someday an instead of digging through them, I’m always creating new cards from scratch.  When I went away for a crafty card-making weekend, I was determined to use up some of these odds and ends I had created!  So, this post is about the four cards I made from things I had stamped over a year ago.  It sure felt good to finally use them up, and I’m sure they are happy to finally be used.

I was inspired by a technique I saw the owner of Local King Rubber Stamp share at the CKC (Creating Keepsakes Convention) last year and wanted to try it myself.  I stamped the silhouette image onto glossy cardstock with a StazOn ink pad and then punched a circle from a sticky note and placed it where I wanted the moon.  Then I took a rubber Speedball brayer to a gradient Big and Juicy ink pad and inked it up until the brayer was juicy with ink.  I rolled it back and forth over my image and peeled off the sticky circle and filled it in with a yellow marker.

Santa's Sleigh

Santa's Sleigh

I just love this little gingerbread house stamp, but it’s a pain in the neck to color all the tiny details!  I used my sparkly Copic Spica AtYou glitter markers to color the image and then added puffy snow with white Liquid Applique.  I used a Fiskars border punch and threaded ribbon through the holes.  I guess it’s not designed for card-makers because even if I had punched it a little more to the left, I think I still wouldn’t have a perfectly symmetrical thread of ribbon… arggh.  I used a rub-on for the sentiment and embellished the card with ribbon from my growing stash.

Silent Night Gingerbread House Card

Silent Night Gingerbread House Card

These next two cards were made with very old embellishments!  I used to throw big holiday parties every year and I bought this stamp in 2002 or 2003 for the invitation.  I accented the “i” with a colorful rhinestone and added some festive holiday ribbon.

 

Silver and Purple Holiday Card

Silver and Purple Holiday Card

This card used TWO old embellishments – the embossed snowflake background and the stamped and embossed image!  I was so glad I could use two old items together to create one new card.

 

 

Silver and Red Holiday Card

Silver and Red Holiday Card

 

Do you have a stash of incomplete embellishments you’ll use for cards someday?  I challenge you to pull them out and make cards with them – you’ll feel so good to give life to those old stamped images you’ve had in a box for ages.

Thank you for reading my blog!  🙂

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