Friday, November 30, 2012

Polka Dot Holly for the Holidays

I'm squeaking in at the last minute with my SFYTT sketch challenge card for November.  I went a little crazy with the polka dots, but it was worth it!

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Isn't that cute!  Serious polka dot overload.  I stamped and cut out the holly leaves from my Holiday Button Bits set, and then added stamped berries using a circle from Take a Bough.  (hand cut since I don't have the right size circle punch, naturally)  The sentiment is from Friendship Jar: Holiday Fillers.

Obviously, I used three different embossing folders, two of which just happen to be polka dots.  :)  I got the color combo from a previous Papertrey Ink blog hop challenge.  (October, I think)  It's a very modern take on the traditional red, white, and green.  I really like it!  This card was very fun to make.  :)

Stamps:  Holiday Button Bits, Take a Bough, Friendship Jar: Holiday Fillers (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Vintage Cream, Pure Poppy, Ocean Tides (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Pinefeather (Papertrey Ink); Real Red (Stampin' Up)
Misc:  Holly, Polka Dots, Swiss Dots (Cuttlebug embossing folders); Classic Inverted Scalloped Circle die, Standard Circle die (Spellbinders) 

Workshop Cards: Gingerbread Men

This card is adorable!  How can you not like these sweet little gingerbread men?  They even smell like sugar & spice!  This is the final card I made at my Stampin' Up demonstrator's house last week.

The back piece of Sahara Sand cardstock is embossed with the Petals-a-Plenty folder.  It's such a pretty pattern that I really need to get it next time I place an order.   lol  The three gingerbread men is embossed with a sugar & spice scented embossing powder.  Too fun!  The little red heart is punched from glitter paper, and the sentiment is stamped on a shape from the Decorative Label punch.  A bit of seam binding ribbon is the final touch!

Stamps:  Scentsational Season (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, red Glimmer paper (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler (Stampin' Up); VersaMark
Misc:  Holiday Collection framelit die, Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder, Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon, Decorative Label punch, Owl Builder punch, Sugar & Spice scented embossing powder (Stampin' Up); pop-dots  

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Workshop Cards: Evergreen Tree

I love this card!  It uses the new Evergreen set from the holiday catalog.  This is the fourth card I made at my Stampin' Up demonstrator's house.

Isn't that pretty?  Wild Wasabi ink was sponged all over the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder before putting in the Wild Wasabi cardstock.  It gives a wonderful two-tone letterpress effect.  I absolutely love the look!

I stamped the tree on vanilla cardstock and then embossed the words in gold over top. Since I didn't use an embossing buddy on the paper first, there are lots of gold specks between the words and it makes the tree look like it was sprinkled in gold dust.  Very cool!  The star is punched from gold glitter paper.  Then I just added a bow and put it all together.   :)

Stamps:  Evergreen (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla, gold glitter paper (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Wild Wasabi (Stampin' Up); VersaMark
Misc:  seam binding ribbon, gold embossing powder, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder (Stampin' Up), pop-dots  

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Workshop Cards: Angel

This is the third card I made at my Stampin' Up demonstrator's house last week.  I used Rejoicing With You from the main catalog.

Isn't that pretty?  I love the blue and cream colors with the silver.  Both the angel and sentiment were embossed with silver powder.  Again, it's a simple card, but very striking.

Stamps:  Rejoicing With You (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy, Silver, unknown dp (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  VersaMark
Misc:  silver embossing powder, Top Note die (Stampin' Up) 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Workshop Cards: Holly Branch

This is the second card I made at my Stampin' Up demonstrator's house.  Very simple!  It uses the new Watercolor Winter set.

I embossed the red mat with the Northern Flurry folder and added three sparkly rhinestones to three of the flakes.  Simple matting and a bow, and there you have it!

Stamps:  Watercolor Winter (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Whisper White, Real Red, Garden Green (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Black (StazOn)
Misc:  Real Red marker, Garden Green marker; rhinestones, red taffeta ribbon, Northern Flurry embossing folder (Stampin' Up); pop-dots 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Workshop Cards: Ornaments

I made five cards at my Stampin' Up demonstrator's house a week ago.  It was good fun!  I love making cute cards when I don't have to think up the design.  I can just stamp and chat!  I got to play with several of the newer sets.  This card uses Ornament Keepsakes and some adorable baker's twine.

I only used the dies for the round ornament which is popped up.  The other two ornaments were stamped directly on the cardstock.  Baker's twine was added to "hang" the ornaments, along with some rhinestones for a little bling.   :)   Love it!

Stamps:  Ornament Keepsakes, sentiment unknown (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Whisper White, Raspberry Ripple (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Raspberry Ripple, Certainly Celery, Old Olive (Stampin' Up)
Misc: Holiday Ornaments die, Cherry Cobbler baker's twine, rhinestones (Stampin' Up), pop-dots  

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Cover Art Trees

It's time for the monthly Papertrey Ink blog hop!  This time we were given the challenge to create a card based on book cover art with the following inspiration photo as a jumping point.

The Wizard of Oz cover immediately caught my eye with its colorful graphic characters and black background.  I experimented quite a bit before I came up with this card.  My first thought was to do the cool stacked words, but I don't have any large PTI sentiments or alphabet dies.  So I did the next best thing.  I used my Wonderful Words: Holiday die to cut the word "merry" from two different colors and glued them together to look shaded.  I embossed the word "christmas" on a narrow strip of green underneath.

Please excuse the picture.  I had to take it indoors since the sun went down before I finished, and I just couldn't get it to turn out right.  The card is much better-looking in person!!  I need to rig up a photo tent with lamps for future situations like this.  I'll take another picture in the morning.

Edited to add much better pictures.  :)

I diecut several trees using cardstock in the same colors as the characters on the Wizard of Oz book cover and then stamped a swirl pattern on each in their matching colors.  To mimic the blue outline, I drew a frame of glue on the black mat and sprinkled it with blue glitter.  I glittered a blue star to place over the center tree as well.

This certainly was an interesting experiment.  It's not quite what I originally pictured in my head, but I kept playing until I was happy with the result.  Definitely a non-traditional Christmas card!   :)

Stamps:  Merry & Bright, Merry & Bright Additions, Tree Trimming Trio (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Lemon Tart, True Black, Spring Rain, Summer Sunrise, New Leaf, Orange Zest (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  New Leaf, Summer Sunrise, Lemon Tart, Spring Rain (Papertrey Ink); VersaMark
Misc:  Wonderful Words: Holiday die, Merry & Bright die (Papertrey Ink); white embossing powder; Blue Topaz glitter (Martha Stewart)