Tuesday, October 29, 2013

SSS October Thank You Card

Just a quick post today.  I wanted to share a card I created from the Simon Says Stamp October Card Kit.  Per usual, I am just now able to play in my October kit and November's has already arrived..lol.

This is a  standard sized top fold card.  All the papers and stamps are from the kit and the inks are from Close to My Heart.  I used my dauber and some Crystal Blue ink and lightly daubed my background around some die cut clouds.  I stamped the tree in Cocoa ink and the leaves in Autumn Terracotta and Goldrush.  I used my Wink of Stella glitter brush and lightly brushed over the leaves.  It may be hard to tell from photo, but it was just enough glitter to add some interest.  The sentiment was also from stamp set in the kit.  I masked off some of the words so I could just get the 'thank you' stamped at the bottom and then came back and stamped in the line. It's a very simple card in nature and was fun to make.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

My Last Polar Bear Card

This is the last of my little polar bear cards that I made.  I'm sure I'll be making more because they are so stinking cute.  This little guy was sledding and I wasn't really sure how I was going to incorporate him into a Christmas card.  In my striving for the easily mailed, yet dimensional Christmas cards, this is what I came up with.

I guess it can't count as a one layer card, because I do have my little polar bear on 3d foam tape, but it's close!  This one is pretty much all stamping and I think it's my favorite so far.  The card is a standard size card base, but it's left fold.   I used the Polar Bear Holiday stamp set for the bear, of course, and the snowflakes.  The border and the bottom snowflakes were from the Frosted WOTG cardmaking kit.  The sentiment is from the Merry and Bright stamp set.  I used the Ruby and Juniper alcohol markers and inks.  I used our silver metallic marker to draw the double line in the border.  I added some bitty sparkles to the snowflakes and that was it.  Ta da!

I am hung up on this color palette. I seem to do this every year.  I get one combo stuck in my head and then make all my Christmas cards accordingly.   I'm sure I'll have more in the making, but I am going to try to get some Thanksgiving cards done before it actually becomes Thanksgiving...lol. Oh, I do get distracted by shiny things :) 

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Another Polar Bear

Just popped in to share another Christmas card.  I just love these little polar bears.  They are so fun.   This is the second card I have made using the Polar Bear Holiday stamp set.  

This card is a standard sized top fold card. The striped paper is from the Sparkle and Shine paper pack.  I used the little skating polar bear and colored him with our alcohol markers in Ruby and Juniper.  I used my cool grey Copics for shadowing.  The packages are a separate stamp in the set.  I stamped them, colored them, and then cut them out.  I added attached them with some 3d foam tape.  The sentiment is from the A Holiday stamp set and is stamped in Juniper.  I believe the little snowflakes are from the Snowflakes stamp set. I added some bitty sparkles to add just a little bling. 

These little guys are just fun.  I love to color, so they are right up my alley.  That is the most time consuming part of this card.  Even with that being said, it was still a pretty quick card to put together.  And with only one raised piece, flat enough to be mailed easily. 

That's it for today.  I'm hoping I'll be able to put a few more together soon.  When I do, I'll be sure to share :) 

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Polar Bear Holiday

Happy Saturday to all my blog friends!  I thought I would start the weekend off with a quick post before I got out and about.  I am still posting the Christmas cards that I made last weekend.  This card uses another new stamp set from the Autumn/Winter idea book called Polar Bear Holiday.  I loved these little guys the first time I saw them and have been dying to use them.

I used the same technique as the previous card by covering a piece of White Daisy with the silver washi tape.  I used Ruby cardstock in the layering and Juniper in the accents.  To color my little bears I used Ruby and Juniper alcohol markers and the silver metallic marker.  The silver metallic marker is perfect to use with the Sparkle and Shine paper pack.  It's hard to tell from the picture, but I colored in the diamonds on his argyle sweater with the silver pen.  I used a cool grey copic for shadowing.  The little bow at the top is our Red Shimmer Trim.  I cut a small piece and notched out the edges.  I thought it worked out well for a tiny bow and kept the card relatively flat for mailing.   I added some mini banners and a few sparkles to top it all off. 

I love these little polar bears and I have a few more cards coming featuring them. I didn't take a picture of the inside of the card for some reason. Another sentiment, which I used on the inside,  from that set is "Wishing you joy to last the whole year through."  I surrounded that with the snowflakes that came with the set and thought it worked out perfectly.  

That's it for now.  I hope to have more posted this weekend.  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Frosted with Washi

I can see that the stamp set from the Frosted cardmaking workshop on the go is going to be one of my favorites for the season.   I still have several sets I haven't played in yet, but I'm working on it! Something else from the new mini catalog that I am really liking is the new washi tape.  We have two sets that have three tapes each.  The card below was made with the silver tape from the sparkle and shine set.  

This is another very simple card, except this one has a few layers.  The cardstock is Ruby and Juniper.  The sentiment is from the Frosted cardmaking wotg and stamped in Ruby ink.  Although, it may be a little hard to tell from the photo, the second layer is White Daisy cardstock which I covered with strips of the silver washi tape from the sparkle and shine pack.  This silver washi is perfect to add that soft sparkle to cards and pages.  The button and the twine are from the Ruby mini medley collection. 

That's it for tonight.  I got to play with my the little polar bear stamp set and I'll be posting those next. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The First Christmas Card of the Season!

I'm not sure it's technically 'the season' yet, but it's the first Christmas I have made this year..lol.  I'm just getting warmed up!   I  got my new Sparkle and Shine paper pack and all the other goodies from the new mini catalog last week.  This past weekend I got to make a few Christmas cards with them.  I am in love with this color palette.

The stamps are from the Frosted cardmaking WOTG.   I cut about 1/2 inch off the front of the card face and then used our new scalloped edge border punch.  I really like the little scallops.  The strip of Ruby cardstock is on the inside of the card.  It's pulling double duty by decorating the inside of the card as well.   I used Juniper ink and stamped the trees in first and second generation stamping.  The sentiment is stamped in Ruby.  I used our silver metallic marker and added the lines above and below the border stamp and below the sentiment.  I added a couple of sparkles and called it done.  

This card was very quick and easy.  My favorite kind.  I think the next one I make I will try dusting the trees in some prisma glitter.   Another plus to this card is it's a one layer card, making it easily mailed.   

That's it for tonight.  I'll be getting more posted soon.  Thanks for stopping by! 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

A Little Behind as Usual

Par for the course for me.  I've been behind on posting on here. Sorry, my blog friends.  The first update is that the Holidays from the Heart gift guide has gone live.  Woohoo!  This little mini catalog from Close to My Heart has some new goodies.  Although, we can order from this catalog, in addition to the regular Autumn/Winter Idea Book, until December 31st, there will be some items that will be 'while supplies last.'

Not only is there some really great stuff in this little book, but there is a special that will run for the life of the catalog.  That is for every $100 or more of current catalog items you order you are able to select a "star" item for free.   There are several different items that are marked throughout the book with little stars.  

I personally am in love with the new Sparkle and Shine paper pack that is shown in the picture above.  It features the colors Slate, Juniper, and Ruby.   This weekend I finally got to sit down at my craft table and make a few cards.  I can't wait to show you what I came up with.  Be on the lookout in the upcoming weeks to see some new Christmas cards using some new paper and new stamps. 

Last year around this time I had posted some 'Krafty Christmas cards' which turned out to be some of my most favorite Christmas cards.  I had a friend that had a birthday last month and it just so happened she loved that card and stars.  So...you guessed it.  A new star card was born.   

I used the same design with different colors and papers.   I changed the sentiment and voila!  A birthday card.   I really think this would be super cute for a baby card as well.   That's on my list, too.  It's a rather long list, but it's on there!  

That's it for today.  Check back later in the week for some new Christmas cards.  Somehow,  I skipped over Thanksgiving, but I'm sure I'll get to it before it actually happens.  I have a few new Thanksgiving stamps I want to give a whirl, too.  

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Sunflower Congrats

As I was about to post these cards I saw where I had a post on October 9, 2012, called More Sunflower Cards.  Hmm..I'm not sure what it is about October and sunflowers, but here's some more sunflower cards..lol.

We have a wedding in the family coming up and they are using sunflowers in the wedding.  When I heard that, I thought, Oh..I have sunflowers!  Naturally, I wanted to make a card.  I had stamped several sunflower images in hopes that somewhere amidst my indecisiveness I might could come up with one card I wanted to give.

The patterned paper is actually White Daisy cardstock and I not so randomly stamped Sunny Yellow, Desert Sand, and Black ink to form sort of a plaid design. The sunflower is from a retired stamp of the month set from last year, Friendship Bouquet.  I colored the flowers with copics.  I also went over the petals with my new found love,  the Wink of Stella glitter brush.  It adds just enough shimmer to get a little sparkle without being overpowering.  I really like it.   Here's a closer look at the cards.  You can barely see it with my lighting. 

The card above is a 5x7 and the one below is a standard card base from CTMH. 

This card is a standard size, but top fold cut from White Daisy cardstock. 

This little mini was cut from leftovers, of course.  I always try to use up all my scraps from a project. All my sunflowers were a little big for this little card, so he got a butterfly instead. 

That's all the sunflowers for now.   Thanks for stopping by!