Category Archives: Christmas

no peeking!

Recently some friends and I got together for a day of stamping fun. Most of us are from NY and PA. We all plan a card for everyone to make and I love our November get together because I end up with a great addition to my Christmas card pile!

For my project, I used the SU! Santa’s Suit stamp set and an old sentiment from my stash.

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I saw a card somewhere where someone cut Santa’s pants and it was too cute not to CASE. I borrowed a layout from another card and I was happy with it. Here’s the front “opened”.

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Have a great day!

stamps- SU! Santa’s Suit, AmyR Winter Sentiments; paper- red, white, kraft, SU! Blush Blossom; ink- Real Red, Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- SU! Lucky Stars embossing folder, Cuttlebug Candy Cane Stripes embossing folder, MISTI tool, Promarker- Soft Peach, twine, craft knife and cutting mat, gold sequins, SU! small oval punch and Banners Framelits.

Christmas pine

Good morning!

Just popping in with a CAS Christmas card using some Sweet ‘n Sassy stamps.  Here I used Christmas Pine.

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This really was pretty quick & easy to create…in fact, I made 4 in a short time for my holiday cards. I stamped the pinecone first and masked it before stamping the branches. The background was lightly sponged over a stencil and the brown “splatters” were from an old stamp. Instead of coloring the pinecone, I simply sponged on a bit of brown and added a little Stickles for some sparkle.

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Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Christmas Pine; paper- white, brown, SU! Old Olive; ink- SU! Old Olive, Soft Suede and Early Espresso; accessories- The Crafter’s Workshop- Mini Quatrefoil Reversed stencil, ribbon, glue dots, Stickles.

ugly sweaters

Hello friends and Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you all are able to spend this day with family and friends, giving thanks for all God has blessed us with!

It may be Thanksgiving, but today the Art Impressions team is featuring the new Ai Michael’s exclusive Christmas Clear & PopCards Sets! Here I used the SC0799- Ugly Sweater set.

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I’ve been wanting to make some CAS cards with a little selective, “spotlight”, coloring and I thought this gal would be perfect for it! I tried 2 different styles with masking and sponging on each. Both used a combination of masking with a post-it note and some masking fluid for the tiny areas. On the first one, I simply sponged green ink on the right side.

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For the second one, I covered the masked image with a dotted stencil and sponged on some red ink. For both, I kept my image close to the bottom so I could add a strip of patterned paper to the top. After selectively coloring a few areas, I finished them with some Stickles and tied on some linen thread.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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stamps- Art Impressions SC0799- Ugly Sweater Set; paper- white, patterned paper scraps; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black, SU! Riding Hood Red and Gumball Green; accessories- Copics, SU! Seasonal Decorative Masks, linen thread, Post-it note, Fineline Masking Fluid pen, Misti, Stickles.

more wood slice ornaments

Good morning!

Today I am sharing some more wood slice ornaments on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog. This time I used my Holiday Hugs and Poinsettias & Candles stamp sets along with We Three Kings.

The ornaments were stamped with Archival ink and watercolored with Inktense pencils. The first two are from Poinsettias & Candles and We Three Kings.  I added some Wink of Stella to the star, base, and flames on the first one and a tiny rhinestone to the star on the wise men one.

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The back side of the first two…

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The third and fourth use Poinsettias & Candles and Holiday Hugs. More Wink of Stella on the flower centers and snow angel wings.

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The back side of the third and fourth…

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Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Holiday Hugs, Poinsettias & Candles and We Three Kings; ink- Archival Black; accessories- wood slices, Inktense pencils, #10 brush, Artminds wood beads, twine.

here we come a-caroling tag

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Tag It!” and we are featuring the new Art Impressions Thanksgiving & Christmas Clear Sets! Here I used 4936- Christmas Wonder Set to create my tag.

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I started with a 4×7 piece of kraft cardstock for the base and die cut the bottom edge with an old PaperTrey Ink die, Edgers #2. The top corners were cut with a trimmer after tracing half of a 1″ square cut diagonally.

Then I sponged red ink over a stencil onto a 3 3/4 x 4 1/4 white cardstock for the diagonal stripes. A heart was diecut in the striped layer and I adhered patterned paper behind.

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These caroling critters are so sweet! I popped them up with foam dots. The lamppost and sentiment were added, along with some ribbons and trim. I finished it off with a red snowflake cut from Ai’s 4804- Snowflake Dies.

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

Happy stamping!

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stamps- Art Impressions 4936- Christmas Wonder Set; paper- white, kraft, SU! Cherry Cobbler, Jillibean Soup- Christmas Eve Chowder; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black, SU! Cherry Cobbler; accessories- Art Impressions 4804- Snowflake Dies, Copics, rhinestone, Scor-Tape, foam tape, Heart Nestabilities, PaperTrey Ink Edgers #2, SU! Seasonal Decorative Masks and Real Red pom pom trim, ribbon, crochet thread.

wood slice ornaments

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a Christmas project using two different Ai stamp sets… 4943 Singing Snowmen PopCard and 4809- Nativity MTF. The PopCards and Mini TryFolds images are SO fun to use as they were intended (creating interactive cards) but can also be used many other ways! Today I made some Birch Tag (wood slice) ornaments!

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To begin, purchase some wood slices (or cut them yourself if you can!).  I purchased these Birch Tags at Michael’s and Hobby Lobby. I’ve also ordered some from Amazon which are a different type of wood and I haven’t used them yet. But I’m assuming I will have similar results.  The wood slices from Amazon are approx. 3/16″ in thickness compared to the M’s and H.L. ones which are 1/2″ thick.  My husband drilled holes in these for me but some come pre-drilled too.

Next you need to choose the Ai images you want to use. Remember that you can use just a portion of your image if it is too large.  The snowmen I used are from the new Singing Snowmen PopCard. For one, I stamped and masked the songbook before stamping the snowman.  Stazon ink works well but I used my Archival Black because that pad of mine seemed juicier at the moment and it also gave me the permanent ink that I needed for coloring.

I wanted to try the Inktense pencils on them and add water with a brush so the color would smooth out and wouldn’t just sit on top of the wood.  It might be easier to do some shading if you just use regular colored pencils such as Prismacolor.  It’s difficult to blend or shade this way but I do like the look. The wood soaks up the water so quick…you don’t need to worry too much about bleeding out of the lines as long as your pencil color stays within! I used a tiny #10 brush.

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Here are my finished ornaments. A sentiment was stamped on the back of the snowmen ones. Don’t forget to also sign and date!  I also added some “snowflake” dots with a white paint pen. To finish them, I added a small wood bead to the top of the twine (use a 9″ piece).

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I wanted the nativities to be more rustic, so I only spotlighted the star and manger by coloring with shades of brown.

Inktense colors- Beech Green, Cherry, Chilli Red, Carmine Pink (cheeks), Neutral Gray, Sienna Gold, Saddle Brown, Amber, Tan.

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Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

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stamps- Art Impressions 4943 Singing Snowmen PopCard and 4809- Nativity ; ink- Stazon or Archival Black; accessories- wood slices (Artminds Birch Tags), Inktense pencils, #10 brush, Sharpie white paint pen (water based), Artminds wood beads, twine.

Christmas topiary

Good morning!

It may be Halloween, but I am popping in with a CAS Christmas card using some Sweet ‘n Sassy stamps.  Here I used Christmas Topiaries.

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I started by sponging a light turquoise ink over the Tim Holtz Nordic stencil. Then I realized that if I turn the stencil 90° and sponge again, it looks kinda like a flower! After I edited my pic, though, I see white Xs…lol.  Focus on the blue! 😉

The topiary was cut out and popped with dimensionals.

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Christmas Topiaries; paper- white; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, Tim Holtz Nordic stencil, foam dimensionals.

6×6 pumpkin gingerbread

Good morning!

Just popping in with a 6×6 recipe card using some Sweet ‘n Sassy images.  Here I used the Rhubarb’s Gingerbread Man digital image plus some snowflakes from my Snowy Hello stamp set.

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This is one of our favorite breads and I occasionally make it all winter…not just for the holiday!  I ran out of space on the front so I added the directions on the back.

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I hope you enjoy it too. Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Rhubarb’s Gingerbread Man digital image and Snowy Hello stamp set; paper- white, kraft, red, Recollections- Noel; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Soft Suede; accessories- Copics, Magnolia Doohickeys- Dream Tag, MFT Blueprints 20, Stickles.

dashing penguin

Good morning!

Today I am sharing this card on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog using my Holiday Hugs stamp set.  I was inspired by a Partial Die Cutting technique by Jennifer McGuire.  I didn’t use any dies here, but trimmed around the bottom of the penguin image with scissors after cutting the sides with a paper trimmer.

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I layered a colored panel inside, as Jennifer did, with the sentiments.

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Give this technique a try…it’s quite easy and fun! Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Holiday Hugs; paper- white, SU! Baja Breeze; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black and New Sprout, SU! Baja Breeze; accessories- Copics, Stickles.

Magical Christmas MTF

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Stamp a Scene” and we are featuring the new Art Impressions Mini TryFolds! Here I used 4930- Magical Christmas MTF.  These sets include matching dies to cut the openings so you can peek through to the inside.

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Here’s the card completely closed. One die cuts the door so it can be opened (as shown above).  Another cuts the wreath which I’ve mounted with foam dots.

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When you open the first fold, you see the fireplace. The third die cuts the opening in the fireplace.  Look who’s peeking through!

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Here both sides are open to see the final image inside. I decided to add my sentiment there as well.

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

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4930- Magical Christmas MTF; paper- white, doodlebug- home for the holidays; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, MFT Cross Stitch Circles & Squares, foam dimensionals, Stickles.