Friday, December 15, 2017

Day 8: Trios of trees

We're up to Day 8 of my 12 Days of Christmas series, and I'm going to share one last card design featuring the Christmas Quilt bundle. Here is a colorful trio of trees:

Supplies (all Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Christmas Quilt
Paper: Whisper White note cards and envelopes; Whisper White, Pool Party card stock; Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper (DSP)
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Quilt Builder Framelits dies, white baker's twine, Quilt Top embossing folder, pearls, Mono Multi liquid glue, Dimensionals

Instead of focusing on the stamps for this card design, I used the Quilt Builder Framelits dies to cut out triangles from one of the Quilted Christmas DSP patterns. (I did use one of the stamps to create the tree trunks, which I cut out by hand and glued to the backs of the triangles.) For a simple background, I embossed a piece of Pool Party card stock with the Quilt Top embossing folder, tied a piece of white baker's twine around it and adhered it to a Whisper White note card. I added a few small pearls around one of the trees, which reminds me of snowflakes.

To make the trees, I actually used two dies: one die cut out the triangle, and the other added the "stitching." Since I made several cards with this layout, and I had to die cut each tree individually, I wanted to speed up the process a bit. Rather than having to position both dies before each cut, I taped the dies to each other so I could position them together.

First I arranged the two dies over one of the triangles on the DSP. I used two small pieces of washi tape to secure the dies together and to the DSP. I ran the paper and dies through my Big Shot to cut out the triangle, removed the cut-out piece from the dies, and then carefully pulled the dies off the remaining DSP, being sure to leave the washi tape on the dies so they stayed together. Then it was easy to place the dies over the next triangle, cut out that tree, and so on.

Once all the trees were cut out, I arranged them into groups of three and assembled the cards. Here is another version with a different color combo:

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Day 7: Christmas star

I had a lot of fun playing with the Christmas Quilt bundle, so here is another quilt-themed card design for my 12 Days of Christmas series:

Supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Christmas Quilt
Paper: Whisper White note cards and envelopes, Whisper White card stock, Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper (DSP)
Ink: Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist, Garden Green
Accessories: Quilt Builder Framelits dies, red button (Making Memories), white baker's twine, Dimensionals

I had to do a quick online search, but I think this style of quilt block is called the Lone Star. I stamped and die cut the star, added a button in the middle and used Dimensionals to attach it to a 3" x 3" square of Real Red DSP. I struggled a bit with the rest of the layout, but I finally decided to adhere the block to the middle of the card front and add a strip of contrasting DSP on either side. I like that the star shape is repeated in the DSP, and the color helps bring out the Garden Green "stitches" on the focal image.

I have one more "quilty" card to share in my next post. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Day 6: Quilted Christmas flower

For the next few posts in my 12 Days of Christmas series, I'm going to focus on the Christmas Quilt stamp set and Quilt Builder Framelits from Stampin' Up!

Supplies (all Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Christmas Quilt

Paper: Whisper White note cards and envelopes; Whisper White, Garden Green card stock; Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper (DSP)
Ink: Lemon Lime Twist, Real Red, Garden Green
Accessories: Quilt Builder, Stitched Shapes, Layering Squares Framelits dies; Quilt Top embossing folder; pearls; Dimensionals

I really didn't think I would like Lemon Lime Twist when it was introduced as one of the 2017 - 19 In Colors. But it's definitely grown on me. And I love it here with Real Red and Garden Green; that bright green flower adds a punch of energy to a classic Christmas color combo.

I also had fun playing with the various quilting-themed supplies: stamps, dies, DSP and embossing folder. It's a little hard to see the embossing on the DSP because of the "stitching" in the pattern, but I like the subtle texture.

We're halfway through the 12 Days of Christmas series. I hope you're enjoying it and finding something to inspire your holiday crafting this year or to tuck away for next year. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Day 5: Stocking mouse

For Day 5 of my 12 Days of Christmas series, I'm going to share a card that I made during my October craft weekend.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Jolly Friends (Penny Black), Christmas Pines, spirals (Block Wallah)
Paper: Whisper White, thick Whisper White, Poppy Parade card stock; gold foil paper (Paper Pumpkin kit leftover)
Ink: Cucumber Crush, Memento Tuxedo Black, alcohol markers (Stampin' Up!, Copic)
Accessories: Layering Ovals dies, gold sequins (Craft Medley), white baker's twine, gel printing plate (Gelli Arts), acrylic paint (various), Art Glitter Glue (Art Institute Glitter)

I honestly can't remember the specific details of how I made the green background piece. I was experimenting with my gel printing plate, acrylic paints, and a cool wood block spiral stamp. Some of the pieces "worked," and some didn't. This piece seemed like the perfect background for a Christmas card.

For the focal image, I chose this adorable mouse snoozing in a Christmas stocking and colored it with alcohol markers. I cut it out with an oval die and mounted it on a red scalloped oval. I adhered the image to the middle of the background piece, which I trimmed down a bit, and added a white bow and a few gold sequins. I also used a strip of gold foil paper leftover from a Paper Pumpkin kit as a border between the background and the stamped sentiment.

I dressed up the inside of the card just a little. I glued the piece I trimmed off the green background along the bottom of the card and added a strip of red card stock just above it. It's not terribly fancy, but I like how it ties in the front of the card.

I can't believe Christmas is just over two weeks away. There is so much left to do! Someday I will have everything done early so I can enjoy all the fun holiday things like going to Christmas concerts, getting together with friends and maybe even making cookies.

I hope your holiday preparations are going smoothly! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Day 4: A deer in winter

I have another animal card to share for Day 4 in my 12 Days of Christmas series:

Supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Modern Deer (Altenew)
Paper: Whisper White, Early Espresso card stock; red foil paper
Ink: Creamy Caramel, Early Espresso
Accessories: Woodland embossing folder, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits dies, Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers), 4mm and 6mm sparkling clear sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Art Glitter Glue (Art Institute Glitter)

I love the realistic look of this deer image, and it was so easy to stamp, too: the main body of the deer was one stamp, and all the little accents (hooves, eyes, etc.) were together on a second stamp. It was pretty painless to cut her out by hand, too.

For the background, I embossed a piece of white card stock with the Woodland embossing folder, rounded the upper right and lower left corners, and adhered the panel to an Early Espresso card base. I used Dimensionals to attach the deer and added a few sparkling sequins to look like snowflakes.

I loved the clean and elegant look of this layout, but I felt like it needed a little touch of color. My first idea was to add a small cardinal on one of the tree branches, but I didn't have a stamp or die that was the right size. So instead, I used one of the accent dies from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits set to cut a small heart out of red foil, which I placed in the upper left corner. I think that finished everything off nicely.

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