Category Archives: Christmas

a swanky snow family

Hello!  I have 2 posts today.  First I have another Paper Smooches card and later I’ll post my Dare To Get Dirty challenge for Splitcoast.  Also…don’t forget to add your name for the blog candy…it will close in less than 24 hours!

This card sort-of reminds me of the three bears.  LOL.

This snow family is from the Paper Smooches Swanky Snowdudes set.  I made this card for the Sparks Challenge but it also fits juliemlacey’s, JeanneS’s, and lisahenke’s DTGD challenges over at SCS. 

The sketch is from Designer Drafts 3- the middle one on the bottom.  What a fun sketch!

stamps- Paper Smooches Swanky Snowdudes; paper- kraft, vanilla, blue, kraft dp; ink- Memento Black, accessories- SU! heart punch, Copics.

another Safmat project

Have you seen the new Autumn Winter Collections released by Stampavie?  ♥ them!  There are so many sweet images that it was hard to choose what to work with first!  This one really caught my eye…I think it’s the endearing look in the reindeer’s face.  I also decided to pull out my Safmat and create a candy jar to match my card.

First, here’s a close up of the card.   The image is by Tina Wenke and it’s called Santa With Lamb and Reindeer.  The sentiment is from another Tina Wenke set called Holiday Wishes.   

I bought the jar from my friend, Tracy, and I didn’t really have any ideas at the time what I wanted to do with it.  So I’m happy to have used it.

After I colored my image, I scanned it to my computer and enlarged it a bit.  When you have your image to the size you need, just print it out onto a sheet of Safmat.  (Be sure to print it on the correct side…don’t ask me how I know.  LOL)  Then you just cut your image out and apply it to your project (like a big sticker!). 

TIP: I used a craft knife and metal ruler to lightly cut the transparent film without cutting through the paper backing.  This way I could remove my printed piece and still have a whole sheet of backing to feed through the printer again for another project.

Here’s the candy jar filled with yummy Christmas mints…

Normally the “background” would be more clear but when I scanned my image, my background wasn’t perfectly white.  It would have taken more patience than I had to remove the background around all those snowflakes, etc.  LOL.  So I left it as it was.  BUT I’m glad I did because it makes the glass look etched IRL…kinda cool, actually!

Here’s a better shot of the lid…the metal snowflake and jingle bell were from my friend Michele.  I didn’t use them on the project she gave them to me for but I don’t think she’ll mind.  :)

card:  stamps- Tina Wenke Santa With Lamb and Reindeer, Holiday Wishes by Stampavie; paper- Artichoke, white, dp by Provo Craft and Basic Grey; ink- Artichoke, Rose Red, Memento Black; accessories- Martha Stewart Arch Lattice punch, button, thread, Stickles.

candy jar:  stamps- Tina Wenke Santa With Lamb and Reindeer by Stampavie; ink- computer printer; accessories- Provo Craft jar, Letraset Safmat, fabric scrap, SU! Linen Thread, snowflake and jingle bell charms, Prima flowers, gemstones.

swanky pink snowlady

Second post for today~ lots to share this week and so I’m back with another fun Paper Smooches card.  These images are seriously addicting!!!

I used the Swanky Snowdudes stamp set, along with Kim’s Cool Shades for inspiration.  (The colors are from the top right corner of the June Cool Shades).

To create the background I used several of the words and images, carefully lining them up on the acrylic block.  Then it was stamped repeatedly several times to fill in the entire background. 

The “North Pole” image was stamped horizontally across the snow lady’s mid-section to create the bottom of her sweater.  She was colored and cut out, then the snowflakes were stamped with pink to make a pattern on the sweater.

This card was created for the Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge

Have a great day!

stamps- Paper Smooches Swanky Snowdudes; paper- Soft Sky, white; ink- Soft Sky, Pixie Pink, Memento Black; accessories- Copics, ribbon, Stickles.

Santa’s shorts

Yup..I’m back with another Paper Smooches card.  What can I say?  They’re addicting!  LOL.

This time it looks like Santa got some boxers for Christmas…or pj’s.  And Rudolf is sporting a matching night cap.  (It’s a good thing Santa’s beard covers most of his belly ’cause I have a feeling it aint a pretty sight) LOL.

I used the stamp with the dashed lines from the Santa Paws set to create the plaid on the shorts and small cap.  Both caps are popped up on dimensionals.  The sentiment is from Swanky Snowdudes

I was going to use Liquid Applique on the caps but I noticed that my white LA has yellowed.  Anyone have that problem?  So I found a Puffy Velvet marker and used it instead.  It works the same…it’s just more of a liquid when applied.  It’s hard to see, but I also applied Crystal Effects to Santa’s glasses.

  

The sketch I used is from Designer Drafts #6…the middle sketch on the right.

Have a great weekend!

stamps- Paper Smooches Santa Paws and Swanky Snowdudes; paper- white, Real Red, Basic Grey Figgy Pudding; ink- Memento Black; accessories- Copics, pop dots, Stickles, Marvy white Puffy Velvet Fabric Marker; Crystal Effects.

swanky snow play

Wow…two posts in one day.  I guess I was on a roll and didn’t want to stop.  lol.

I decided to participate in the Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge so last night I pulled out a few stamp sets that recently arrived.  I wanted to think “outside the box” and this card was so much fun to put together!

Soooo…we all know about the reindeer games, but what games do snowmen play?  hmmm. 

I thought these two swanky snowdudes with their outstretched arms might like to play some tetherball (am I dating myself here?).  With a snowball on a string, of course.  I used the “North pole” to anchor the baker’s twine…and they’re just a-chillin’.

Here’s a close up…

Kim Hughes has some fun sketches and color combos posted on her site.  I used the first row of colors (top to bottom) from the #6 Cool Shades here.  I also used a sketch from the Designer Drafts #1 (first one in second row).   You can click on the banner to see all the details:

Have a swanky fun weekend!

stamps- Paper Smooches Swanky Snowdudes; paper- white, tan, Bashful Blue; ink- Memento Black, Bashful Blue; accessories- Copics, Baker’s Twine, pom pom.

Merry Christmas!

I can’t believe that Christmas Eve is here already!  I am still enjoying the holiday preparations and wonderful Christmas music.  It makes me a bit sad to think that it will soon be over.  But I am looking forward to the weekend!

Here’s a gift bag that I made with the Laurence Design image called Polar Present by Stampavie.  This was one of my favorites as soon as I first saw it and I finally had a chance to ink it up!

It is a very simple layout and I hope it inspires you for any last minute gifts you may need to wrap.  I know I always have last minute wrapping to do! 

Here’s a close up of the polar pals… 

Wishing you a very merry Christmas!  Enjoy the blessings of the holiday!

stamps- Laurence Design Polar Present by Stampavie, AmyR Holiday Greetings; paper- SU! Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, white, Making Memories Carousel Cherry, KI Memories festive dp; ink- Memento Black; accessories- Copics, Labels 8 Nestabilities, ribbon, Stickles, buttons, clear button, 3/4″ circle punch, thread.

sweet holiday treat

In the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s always nice to have one or two quick and easy holiday treats for last minute gifting.  A covered giant Hershey bar is one of those little treats that is always a no-fail project.  And they are fun to make…as long as you can hold off from eating them yourself!  LOL.

This one was made for my Secret Santa person who said she likes dark chocolate.  I’m pretty sure she doesn’t ever see my blog but it’s time for our reveal anyway.  I hope she enjoyed it!  I think I’m addicted to paper-piecing this bear!  He looks great that way and it makes for a super easy project. 

I hope you are relaxing and having a stress free week!  Besides the busy time of year, we are having car problems.  Dead batteries and deer.  ugh. 

stamps- C.C. Designs Polar Bear, AmyR Holiday Greetings; paper- Vanilla, SU! Manchester dp, ProvoCraft Snowflakes on Red; ink- Memento Black, SU! Close to Cocoa, Baroque Burgundy; accessories- Hershey bar, SU! Tinsel Trim, button, brad, SU! Scalloped Oval punch.

a little Christmas note…

Hello friends!  Just popping in to share another card I made this week.  This time I used the new C.C. Designs Brrr Emma and the Polar Bear

Since Emma’s head was placed over a felt snowflake, the rest of her is popped up on dimensionals.  The polar bear just melts my ♥. 

I hope you have a very productive (& relaxing!) weekend!  

stamps- Polar Bear and Brrr Emma by C.C. Designs, AmyR Holiday Greetings, SU! Weathered background; paper- blue, cream; ink- Vanilla craft; accessories- Copics, SU! Oval punch, SU! felt snowflakes, Stickles.

Teddy Emma

I’ve been short on time lately, so this will be a quick post.  But on the plus side…my shopping is done!  yay!

I made 2 more cards this past week with the sweet new Emma images from C.C. Designs.  Here is the first one and hopefully I’ll be able to post the other one tomorrow.  I love using snowy images and sentiments, so these were lots of fun!

Isn’t she so cute?  I just ♥ her in a Clean & Simple style card…really makes her stand out!

stamps- Teddy Emma by C.C. Designs, AmyR Merry & Bright; paper- cream; ink- Memento Black; accessories- Copics, Cuttlebug Candy Cane Stripe folder, Sizzix Frost folder, SU! Oval punches, gemstone.

Santa’s Sleigh

Hello friends!  Today I have a card using the Santa’s Sleigh image from the Laurence Design collection at Stampavie.  This whimsical Santa and reindeer image was quite fun to use in making some additional Christmas cards!

I wanted to create a night-time scene looking through a window and this came together pretty easily.  The Santa was stamped onto a medium-light color of blue cardstock and the edges were sponged with Navy ink.  Then I cut the main image into 4 equal “panes” and attached them to a Navy layer.  Some Stickles gave it a little sparkle and of course I had to use a bit of red on Rudolf’s nose.  ;) 

I hope you have a great weekend!  Enjoy the shopping, baking, decorating, and many other preparations to be made during the holiday season!

stamp- Santa’s Sleigh by Stampavie; paper- Baja, Navy, cream, green, dp- Heidi Grace; ink- Memento Black, SU! Night of Navy; accessories- Cuttlebug Ice Crystal die, Cuttlebug Flurries embossing folder (HSN), SU! Photo Corner punch, Stickles, gemstones.

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