Wednesday, December 28, 2016

DSC#211 Special Reason

Hello!  Well, it's the last DOstamperSTARS blog hop of 2016.  What fun we have had this year.  This week's sketch is one I've been wanting to try for awhile and now I have a "Special Reason" to make it!

I used the Special Reason stamp set from the new 2017 Occasions catalog. Now this set comes with a coordinating framelits set, however, I haven't purchased it yet.  I was lucky enough to win Prize Patrol at our On Stage event in November and this is the stamp set that I won.  They showed us some really fun ideas using the framelits so I can't wait to get them. Anyway, just so you know, the flower and leaf that are mounted with Dimensionals on the top half of the card were hand cut! LOL The colors I worked with this week are from the 2016-2018 In Color collection, I think they look very nice together.  

Stamp Set:  Special Reason
Paper:  Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White
Ink:  Sweet Sugarplum, Emerald Envy, Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo 

I hope you enjoyed today's blog hop.  I think I am going to take a few days off, so I will see you next year!  I wish you all a very healthy and Happy New Year.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Today I am sharing a card that I made for my parents using the stamp set that my Mom picked out for her cards.  I don't normally make her a card using her own set, but I thought I'd surprise her this year.  Of course, I did change the colors and added the pines just to change it up a bit.

The Wonder of Christmas is the name of the set.  Not only is the angel precious, but it came with several wonderful sentiments as well. I colored her using retired alcohol markers and then added some sparkle with the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.

If you look close you can see a little sparkle on her dress and the stars.

I hope each and every one of you has a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Gift Card Holder & Box

Hello!  Gift cards are often the gift of choice at our house.  Since they aren't too exciting to open I usually try to spruce up the gift card holders.  This is what I made this year for my husband and son.

Here's the front cover of the booklet.  I've used the Candy Cane Lane DSP on the covers for the holder, and as you can see I used my favorite Cookie Cutter Christmas gingerbread man to decorate it too.

I kept the first page simple (this is for guys after all).  These images are from the Snow Place stamp set.

This next page was decorated with Peaceful Pines stamp set and the Perfect Pines Framelits. (Normally I wouldn't use Crumb Cake and Early Espresso ink for Christmas gifts, but I was trying to keep with the color scheme! Except for the tree of course.  Just had to be traditional there.)

Another page using the Snow Place stamp set.

Last, I used the reindeer from Cookie Cutter Christmas.  If these were for girls I think I would have used ribbon, sequins, etc., but for my two guys this will do. 

I decided to make little boxes to put the gift card holders in.  This is the top of the box. Using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool it is so easy to make any size box you need. 

That's is for today.  Hope you all are able to take some time to relax and enjoy down time.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Santa's Deer

Hi! Today I am sharing two cards made using the Santa's Sleigh stamp set and Thinlits Dies.

I sponged the Night of Navy card base with Whisper White ink using one of the Seasonal Decorative Masks.  The Whisper White layer (snow) was torn at the top to make it look a little more like snow.

This card was made the same, I just moved the trees.  Having the matching Thinlits makes it so easy to cut out the images. I love both of these cards, and can just imagine how peaceful it would be to see a deer walking through the pine trees in a gently falling snow.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Santa's Sleigh

Hello! The Santa's Sleigh stamp set and coordinating Thinlits Dies was one set that I didn't get to do as much with as I would have liked this year.  I've seen so many cool things done with the sleigh, but never got around to making them.  I did get to make a few cards and have a couple to share today.
As you can see this sleigh base was cut out using silver metallic paper. It is amazing how cool this turned out using the Big Shot and the Thinlits. The card base on this one is Soft Sky.

On this card I use Night of Navy for the card base and gold metallic paper for the sleigh.  Both cards were fun to make, a little time consuming, but fun! Next year I'm going to try and make a 3D sleigh to hold candy - what a fun little gift that would be for someone.

Enjoy your day and thanks for spending a few minutes with me!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

More Cookie Cutter Christmas

Hi!  Here are the last of the Christmas cards I made using the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set and the coordinating punch.  I will be posting one more project later this week using the set, but this is the last of the cards.

I decided to use a layer of the Candy Cane Lane DSP on these two cards.  Boy, I really tried to use this stuff up, but I guess I hoarded more than I thought...still several sheets left!  Love the body and girl cooked and the sentiment on these cards.

How cute is this little guy?  This card just makes me smile!

Well, that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, December 19, 2016

The Last of Christmas Pines

Hello!  Well, I have to say that time has been getting away from me lately.  I have several cards photographed and ready to be posted on here, but I haven't gotten to it yet.  It seems that since I have retired that I do a lot less!  Anyway I decided to post the rest of the cards that I have made using the Christmas Pines stamp set and the Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies.

On this card two of the pine cones are stamped on the Very Vanilla cardstock and the center on has been cut out using the Thinlits. I sponged the edges with Early Espresso ink.

I love this card.  Since it's been so long since I've made it, I'm not sure who inspired me to make it, but I have seen several using the music paper and just had to make my own. The Bow Builder Punch was used to make the bow.

The bow, pine cone and the green leaves were all cut out using the Big Shot and the Thinlits.

For some reason I don't usually photograph the inside of my cards, but this time I remembered!  It really adds a lot when you stamp on the inside too.  I think my stamping New Year's resolution is to do more of that! 

Hope you enjoyed these cards, and as always, thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

DSC#210 Metallics

Hi!  Boy, I have to admit that when I saw today's challenge that I panicked for a minute.  Metallics are just not my thing, but I owned more than I thought I did and it all worked out!  As a matter of fact, I ended up making not one, but three cards! LOL

First, I tried playing with my gold and silver foil paper and the Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies.  I stamped on the Real Red card base with Real Red ink and a stamp from the Christmas Pines stamp set.  I glued the pieces onto the card and then added a bow with some Candy Cane Lane Baker's Twine.  It's hard to see, but it has some red metallic thread weaved in there!

For this card I used Whisper White cardstock and heat embossed two trees using the Peaceful Pines stamp set and Silver and Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder.  Both trees were cut out using my Big Shot and the Perfect Pines Framelits Dies.  FYI - the little tag at the top is from a retired framelits set,  and it is attached using several strands of Copper Metallic Thread. (Sorry this photo is so lame. It's really a pretty, and shiny card.)

Last, I heat embossed the two outside Peaceful Pines with Copper Emboss Powder and the middle one was heat embossed with Silver Emboss Powder.  As you can tell, I also cut these out using Perfect Pines Framelits and my Big Shot. I added a bow made with Copper Metallic Thread to the top of the silver one for a little extra something! 

This was a fun challenge for me - always nice to step out of your comfort zone and try something new.

Stamp Sets:  Peaceful Pines, Christmas Pines
Paper:  Whisper White, Garden Green, Night of Navy, Real Red, Gold & Silver Metallic
Ink:  VersaMark, Real Red
Big Shot:  Perfect Pines Framelits, Pretty Pines Thinlits
Ribbon:  Copper Metallic Thread, Candy Cane Lane Baker's Twine

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Occasions Catalog Sneak Peak

Hello!  I thought I would take a break from Christmas cards and show you what we made last month at the Stampin' Up! On Stage event.  I really like a lot of the new items that will be available on January 4th. Surprised, aren't you?  LOL
I colored the blank DSP with watercolor pencils.  Yep, they are bringing back watercolor pencils!!!! Yippee!!! The paper is a Sale-A-Bration item, which means it's FREE with a $50 purchase.

Here's a new stamp set called Balloon Adventures and Party Animal DSP.

How pretty is this card? The stamp set is called So in Love, the thinlits are called So Detailed and the DSP is called Falling in Love.

Last, but not least, are these little Valentine cards.  This stamp set is calledSealed with Love and it coordinates with the Love Note Framelits. I already ordered this suite!

That's it for today.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

DSC#209 Another Christmas Cookie

Hi!  This week's challenge just makes me think of cookies! Ha! I guess you can see what's coming...that's right, another Cookie Cutter Christmas card!  Boy, I sure have gotten my monies worth out the this stamp set this year!

This is a "Z" fold card.  I used the Peaceful Pines stamp set and coordinating Perfect Pines Framelits to make the trees. The Candy Cane Lane DSP was the perfect backdrop for these cute little cookies!

Here's a view from the top. I love making these cards, they are so much fun!

I cut a small whisper White rectangle to stamp the sentiment on and adhered it to the side panel.  (I signed the card before I put the Crumb Cake strip on, it made it a lot easier to do!)

Stamp Sets:  Cookie Cutter Christmas, Peaceful Pines
Paper:  Real Red, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Garden Green,Candy Cane Lane DSP
Ink:  Early Espresso, Real Red, Garden Green
Punch:  Cookie cutter Builder
Big Shot:  Perfect Pines Framelits
Extras: Simply Scored Scoring Tool

Thanks for checking out our blog hop today. Hope you had fun and got some ideas for your next card!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Christmas Pines in Mint

Hello!  I spend a lot of time looking on Pinterest at cards.  I saw quite a few cards made using the Christmas Pines stamp set using lighter/pastel greens.  This is not something I would think of to do on my own, however I was inspired by several different stampers to give it a try. 
My card base is Very Vanilla, the darker layer is Soft Suede (although it looks darker than that in these photos, and the stamped layer is Very Vanilla. The pines are stamped in Mint Macaron and the sentiment is stamped in Soft Suede.

I used the same colors on this card.  Did you notice the ribbon?  I finally opened my spool of Copper Metallic Thread!!! These were a lot of fun to make and I was very happy with how they turned out.  Now, who to send them to...

Stamp Sets: Christmas Pines, Reason for the Season
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Soft Suede
Ink: Soft Suede, Mint Macaron
Big shot:  Pretty Pines Thinlits
Ribbon:  Copper Metallic

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

Flying Home

Hello! Just a quick post showing you what I made with the Flying Home stamp set that can be found in this year's Occasions Catalog. As s...