This month for Christmas Card Club I turned to an old favorite – an adorable snowman image from Serendipity Stamps (now owned by Impression Obsession) I paired him up with a beautiful embossing folder from Taylored Expressions and a glitter paper bow using a Sizzix die. He’s colored in with Polychromos pencils and adorned with loose glitter, stickles and glossy accents – I love this happy fellow! This card is perfect for the current challenge at Jingle Belles – Baby it’s Cold Outside; cards featuring things you wear when it’s cold outside …
Still 11 days left before this month’s Christmas Card Club and I already have the card designed! This month I channeled all my favorite things – wood, plaid, gingham and a rustic cabin feel. I used Stampers Anonymous “Festive Overlays” set (another favorite thing) for the main image and sentiment. (die cut with Taylored Expressions awesome stitched and scallop sets). The plaid is a Studio 490 background stamp and the woodgrain is a Sizzix 3D embossing folder. My all time favorite May Arts ribbon, some die cuts from Penny Blackj and Elizabeth Crafts, along with a sprinkling of star sequins from Buttons Galore finish it off (not to mention a bunch of distress ink)!
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Over and over again I hear how hard it is to create a guy card – very challenging,people say, not much stuff out there for masculine cards, they say… So when I saw this weeks challenge at Shopping Our Stash – “Happy Birthday Dude” I really thought about what would make a card personal for my husband. We live in a lake house with wood virtually everywhere – wood paneling, wood floors, wood burning stove, 7 cords of wood stacked outside, you get the idea. So, I knew wood had to be featured, and anyways, I really wanted to try the new Tim Holtz wood planks die and 3D embossing folder. Now, my husband has this old flannel shirt that he wears ALL THE TIME, I mean he really loves this shirt (and I love plaid and green) so I decided to recreate the look for a background panel. First I stamped the Altenew Buffalo check background stamp on moss green paper with Bluebird Archival ink, then I used one of the lines from the MFT Plaid Builder stamp set and alternated Prickly Pear and Peat Moss archival inks in between the Buffalo check..a touch of vintage photo distress ink to soften the edges and viola – an old plaid shirt. The letters are die cut from Tim Holtz’ metallic kraft stock with the Sizzix Alphanumeric dies – 3/4″, then sanded roughly and inked with more vintage photo. This was one of those rare times when the card ended up looking exactly like I saw it in my mind!
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Every year we do a Christmas card swap at Paper Anthology and I’m always in awe at the beautiful designs everyone comes up with. For those of you that haven’t submitted your cards yet for this year, please get them to the store as soon as possible so I can get all the cards out to everyone. Once they’re all in, I’ll choose 3 to spotlight here on the blog. I haven’t joined the fun for several years as November is a very busy time of the year at the store, but this year I vowed to carve out some time! I may have mentioned once or twice how much I loved Taylored Expressions’ Holiday release this year- honestly every single thing was fantastic – so I decided to feature a few things from them on my swap card:
I die cut the Taylored Expressions moose from Altenew’s wood paper ( this is super cool ultra thin real wood that die cuts like a dream) The background is stamped with Taylored Expressions Buffalo check background stamp. The sentiment is from Stampers Anonymous “Christmastime” set (adore these sentiments!) The blanket stitch die cut is from Waffle Flower and the smaller die cut is from Sizzix, stitched rectangles. The tiny twine bow just added the perfect touch!
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With all the Christmas cards I design throughout the year, you’d think I would have done a Jingle Belles challenge before this! Well, I finally did one, just in time for their Holiday break! The girls at Jingle Belles asked us to “bring them some Figgy pudding” and design a card inspired by festive food! Since Lauren says her favorite holiday treat is Xmas cookies, I decided to make her a plate full!
I used a bunch of Sizzix dies on this one: Stitched circles, Doily and Fresh Baked # 1 and # 2. Sentiment and Frame is from one of my favorite sets from Stampers Anonymous, Simple Saying – CMS155. (If you don’t have this one in your collection, get it – you will reach for it over and over again!) The patterned paper is from the Authentique “Jingle” collection. Oh, and glossy accents – lots of glossy accents.
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