very merry Christmas

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Last week I shared a Halloween card with this same house image but today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a Christmas card using the Ai 4926- Holiday Mansion Set and 4927- HM Accessory Set.  If you haven’t started your holiday cards, it’s a good time to start thinking about them!  I like to make a few here and there, all year long, but this year I haven’t followed that plan very well. lol.  I did create this sweet holiday house, though.

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Here’s a little tip…if you stamp an extra house and trim it a bit smaller (cutting off the chimney), then flip it over and use the backside, you can place it behind your finished house image so the background paper doesn’t show through.

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The little Christmas images from the 4927- HM Accessory Set were added in the windows and doors.  I decided to place the tree in the yard instead of a window.  You can move the pieces to wherever you want!

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Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

stamps- Art Impressions 4926- Holiday Mansion Set and 4927- HM Accessory Set; paper- white, MME- Merry Little Christmas; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, MFT Homespun Stitched Lines and Blueprints 20, Scor-Tape, foam dots, Stickles.

to perfection

Hello!  Art Impressions teamed up again this year with Simon Says Stamp for the SSS Stamptember celebration.  Bonnie came up with another great set and it’s only available for a limited time on the SSS website, beginning today!

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This is a really nice size image and I had a busy background so I kept layers/embellishments minimal. I just stamped the sentiment and added a little wood flower to accent.

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This set is called “4970E- To Perfection”.

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Have a blessed Sunday!

stamps- Art Impressions/SSS Exclusive 4970E- To Perfection; paper- white, doodlebug- Take Note; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, wood flower accent.

peace on earth

Good morning!

Today I am sharing this card on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog using the Peace on Earth and Christmas Botanicals stamp sets.  I think they coordinate together nicely.

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My plan was to stamp the dove to show through the oval cutout (as in the photo) but to emboss the words in white on the blackberry panel.  I just couldn’t envision how to complete it and I really wanted to also emboss the panel with this pretty embossing folder, so I decided to skip the embossed words and add a sentiment strip instead.  The flower and leaves were popped with foam tape and I added some pearls to finish.

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Peace on Earth and Christmas Botanicals; paper- white, SU! Blackberry Bliss and Soft Sky; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Blackberry Bliss; accessories- Copics, oval Nestabilities, foam tape, SU! Elegant Lines embossing folder, adhesive pearls.

rustic cabin

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Flowers & Foliage” and we are featuring the new Art Impressions Watercolor Release (all 10)! Here I used the following Art Impressions watercolor sets…

4962- WC Rustic Cabins Set, 4960- WC Fir Trees Set, 4966- WC Bird Bath Set, and 4051- WC Foliage Set.

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I created this as a masculine card and even though that tiny dotted stripe in the background is pink, I think it still works!

Now it’s your turn to break out your favorite stamps, make a card, and join us in the “Flowers & Foliage” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

stamps- Art Impressions 4962- WC Rustic Cabins Set, 4960- WC Fir Trees Set, 4966- WC Bird Bath Set, and 4051- WC Foliage Set; paper- white, SU! Pistachio Pudding, MME- Quite Contrary pre-made cards; ink- SU! markers- Really Rust, Soft Suede, Close to Cocoa, Handsome Hunter, Midnight Muse, Sahara Sand, Bashful Blue, Sage Shadow, Certainly Celery; accessories- Circle Nestabilities, Nuvo Buttermilk drops.

Susan’s birthday tag

Morning!

I don’t have a card today…this time I made a tag.  My stampy friends and I have dinner together once a month to celebrate birthdays. This month we had two birthdays and our friend Susan’s was one of them. She likes to make tags and has blessed everyone this year with one so I thought it fitting to create one for her.

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I started with a large manila tag and sponged it with Distress Tea Dye, then stamped an old SU! background (By Definition) with the Tea Dye ink.

Then I cut a piece of 3 1/4 x 7 1/4 white cardstock (just winging it here, lol) and sponged it with SU! Certainly Celery and Coastal Cabana inks. It was stamped with those same inks, plus Lucky Limeade, and the SU! Touches of Texture stamp set.  Then I cut each side @ 1″, leaving the center strip 1 1/4″ wide.  The three strips were then cut lengthwise @ 1 1/4″ intervals.

After adhering the pieces to the base tag, I added some burlap tape (1″ wide, cut in half) and glitter ribbon.  It was finished off with Prima flowers, ribbon, a button, and adhesive pearls.

Have a great day!

Halloween mansion with tea light

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a Halloween card using the Ai 4926- Holiday Mansion Set, 4927- HM Accessory Set, and 4784- Old Bat Set (for the moon!).

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When we were making samples of the new releases for display at the trade show, I was asked if I could make a Halloween version of the mansion in an easel type card with a battery operated tea light behind it.  What a fun challenge!

Since the mansion is quite tall, I kept the normal size of the card (4 1/4 x 5 1/2).  To create the base for it to sit on, I added a piece of 4 1/4 x 9 inch cardstock, scored at 5 1/2.  The 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 section of this piece was layered onto the card back (I just doubled the thickness of it).  The smaller section folds to the inside when closed and has the die cut wooden boards image popped up to hold the card front when the card is opened.

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To create tinted windows and an eerie glow inside, I sponged purple ink onto both sides of a piece of vellum.  The windows and doors of the mansion were diecut and then it was held in place on the front with temporary tape so the openings could be traced. Once it was removed, the dies were lined up and cut a second time through the front layers.  The vellum was adhered to the back of the mansion and then the mansion was lined back up to the diecut openings on the card base.

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Smaller elements from the 4927- HM Accessory Set were added and the moon is from the 4784- Old Bat Set.  Additional images and a sentiment were placed on the inside, along with the tea light.

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Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

stamps- Art Impressions 4926- Holiday Mansion Set, 4927- HM Accessory Set, and 4784- Old Bat Set; paper- white, black, SU! Smoky Slate, vellum, Recollections- Midnight Magic Halloween; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress- Dusty Concord; accessories- Copics, battery operated tea light candle, MFT Blueprints 20, MFT Sheltering Tree & Leaf Trio, Stickles.

are YOU on the list?

Good morning!

Just popping in with another Christmas card using some of the new stamps this month on the Sweet ‘n Sassy website.  Here I used Christmas Blocks again, this time with a cute little elf.

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The inside reads: naughty or nice?

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Have a blessed Sunday!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Christmas Blocks; paper- white, black, SU! Poppy Parade and Pear Pizzazz, Recollections Jingle Jolly Assorted Box of Cards; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, Clear Wink of Stella, Stickles, foam tape, retired SNSS Speech Bubbles dies, Nuvo drops, MFT Stitched Traditional Tags and Blueprints 15.

baseball get well

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using 4904- Baseball Set.  I didn’t have any patterned papers specific to the baseball theme, so I went with the “wildcats” and added an animal print.  lol.

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This sentiment is perfect for a get well card… I love it!  Paired with a fantastic Ai image, it’s a winner!  :)

Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

stamps- Art Impressions 4904- Baseball Set; paper- white, black, SU! Smoky Slate and Wisteria Wonder, The Paper Studio- Safari Untamed; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, corner rounder, MFT Blueprints 14, 15, and 20, rhinestones.

Christmas Blocks

Good morning!

Today I am sharing two cards on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog using the new Christmas Blocks stamp set released this week on the Sweet ‘n Sassy website.  When it comes to making Christmas cards, I am usually making multiples so I need to make them quick & easy!  One great way to make CAS cards is to start with an assorted box of pre-printed card bases.  Just add your stamps and embellishments!

For the first card, I stamped and colored the Santa face, popped him up with foam tape, and stamped the sentiment.  Some Stickles and Wink of Stella add a bit of sparkle to complete the cards.

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The second card had a snowman pre-printed on the front.  I simply die cut a speech bubble window and stamped the sentiment on the inside to peek through.

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When opened, you see a second sentiment stamped beneath the first one. I also added the little present image in the corner and kept the coloring minimal.  Some Stickles added to the card front finished this one as well.

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Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Christmas Blocks; paper- white, Recollections Jingle Jolly Assorted Box of Cards; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, Clear Wink of Stella, Stickles, foam tape, retired SNSS Speech Bubbles dies.

my favorite creeper

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Off Kilter” (angled panels) and we are featuring the new Art Impressions Halloween Clear & Mansion Release! Here I used the Art Impressions 4941 Spooktacular Set.

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I angled my panels and cut a wavy strip with an old Creative Memories Decorative Trimmer. How fun is that sentiment?

Now it’s your turn to break out your favorite stamps, make a card, and join us in the “Off Kilter” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

stamps- Art Impressions 4941 Spooktacular Set; paper- husk, black, MME- the Spider’s Web; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, foam tape, Creative Memories Decorative Trimmer, rhinestones.