Friday, September 26, 2008

To You & Yours

In addition to Thanksgiving cards, I've been trying to decide on a design (or two) for our Christmas cards. I needed a fairly simple design this year, so I decided to go with the To You & Yours set from the Fall/Winter catalog. I thought the images could stand alone without a lot of additional detail added to them.

For both cards, I stamped the house image in Chocolate Chip and used my rectangle nestibilities to cut it out along with the scalloped mat. On the first card, I embossed pieces of both Riding Hood Red and Chocolate Chip with the Textile Embossing Folder and added a scalloped piece of Kraft layered with the new Alpine striped ribbon (from the Holiday mini) in the middle.

The tag is stamped with one of the sentiments from the set, "From Our House To Yours", and is attached with a piece of Linen Thread.

The second card uses most of the same elements, just a different layout and different ribbon. For this card, I used the Chocolate Chip felt ribbon that is also part of the Alpine Ribbon Originals in the Holiday mini. I love the texture of the ribbon, but I think it's probably a little too bulky to mail. If I end up using it on any of our cards, it will probably only be ones that can be hand-delivered. Otherwise, I could always use the taffeta ribbon with this layout.

I'm pretty sure I'll use the first one as one of our designs, but I'm not sure about the others yet. If you happen to have any suggestions for this set and these colors, I'd love to hear them!

Thanks for looking!

Stamps: To You & Yours
Cardstock: Kraft, Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Alpine Ribbon Originals, Linen Thread, Vintage Brads
Tools: Textile Embossing Folder, Rectangle and Scallop Rectange Nestibilities, Scallop Edge Punch

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Season of Friendship

This card uses another set from the upcoming Holiday Mini - Season of Friendship. The set contains the tree image, leaves, snowflake, flower, bird, and sentiment that says "The season of friendship lasts forever." It also uses the Autumn Vine DSP available in the mini. The DSP has several patterns that incorporate More Mustard, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, and Sage Shadow.

The card itself is pretty simple, finished size is 5" square. The tree is stamped in Chocolate Chip, and the leaves are stamped in 1st and 2nd generation More Mustard and Really Rust. The edges of the Chocolate Chip and Really Rust mat layers were distressed before adhering. The sentiment is from Stem Silhouettes. (I used it because I am working on some possibilities for my Thanksgiving cards.) It is stamped in Really Rust, and the edges were also sponged in Really Rust. The buttons are from the Earth Elements collection and have linen thread tied through the holes.

Thanks for looking!

Recipe: (All supplies SU!)
Stamps: Season of Friendship, Stem Silhouettes
Cardstock: More Mustard, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
DSP: Autumn Vine
Ink: Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Really Rust
Accessories: Earth Elements Buttons, Linen Thread

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Halloween Frights

Once again I have to apologize for the lack of posts over the last few weeks. Besides stamp club 2 weeks ago, I hadn't done any stamping until this weekend. I got my preorder from the Holiday Mini and some new things from the catalog and couldn't let them sit long before trying them out. Anyway, I have a few things to share this week.

The first is a layout I've had in my head since I saw the Halloween Frights set in the mini. Sorry for the less than perfect picture. I haven't quite figured out how to take a decent picture of a 12x12 layout yet. Anyway, the base of the layout is Basic Grey with a 10 1/2 x 8 1/2" square of Basic Black layered on top for the frame of the pictures. The white rectangles are just placeholders for now for 2 4x6 pictures. The other 2 are 4x4 squares.

To make the halloween scenes, I started with glossy paper and cut out a mask from a post-it note of the moon image (for the bottom one). I brayered both with Pumpkin Pie ink and then removed my mask before stamping the remainder of the images with Basic Black. I finished the squares with a few accents from the white gel pen.

The tree image in the top square is from Seasons of Friendship, and the wheel in the bottom square is called Frightful Fence. Otherwise, all of the other images are from Halloween Frights. All of these are available in the Holiday Mini starting on October 1st.

The tag in the upper right was stamped with October from the Full Calendar set in Pumpkin Pie and 31st from Short Order Numbers in Basic Grey. It is attached with a piece of silver elastic cord (also available in the mini). I bought mine for a project last year and didn't end up using it, so I was glad to see it back this year! The cord is held in place by a mini library clip clipped to the side of the Basic Black piece.

Finally, the bottom was created with strips from Ghostly Greetings DSP as well as strips of Basic Black and Pumpkin Pie stamped with the 2 sentiments from Halloween Frights.

Thanks for looking!

Recipe: (All Supplies SU!)
Stamps: Halloween Frights, Frightful Fence Jumbo Wheel, Season of Friendship, Full Calendar, Short Order Numbers
Cardstock: Basic Grey, Basic Black, Glossy White, Pumpkin Pie
DSP: Ghostly Greetings
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Whisper White, Basic Grey, Signo White Gel Pen
Accessories: Silver Elastic Cord, Mini Library Clip
Tools: Brayer

Friday, September 5, 2008


Sorry I haven't had anything to share lately. I just haven't felt very creative, so I decided to let myself take a little break. I needed a birthday card, so I did manage to at least finish this card. I debated about sharing it though because I don't think I like it very well. It looked so much better in my head than it does IRL. Oh well - I guess that happens sometimes!

I used the same layout as my Wild About You baby card. I also used lots of Crystal Effects on this card. All of the flowers, the butterfly, and the inside of the silver label holder are covered with Crystal Effects. I love that stuff, but I think I got a little carried away with it here!

Anyway, thanks for looking! Have a great weekend!

Stamps: Green Thumb & Little Lady (Papertrey)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, So Saffron
Ink: Riding Hood Red, So Saffron, Basic Black, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Stylized Silver Hodgepodge Hardward
Tools: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, 1 3/8" Square Punch, Scallop Edge Punch
Other: Crystal Effects

I was also given an award that I haven't shared yet. Regina, from Stamping Heaven gave me the "I love your blog" award. Thanks Regina! Be sure to check out her blog too when you get a chance. She has some great projects!