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Monday, December 27, 2010

Wishing You Peace and JOY

top view

closed view

This was my holiday card this year!  I always like to incorporate my boys
picture in our card.  So I designed a flip card to hold a wallet sized pic.
I did this by creating a 3 way slit with a mountain fold in which my picture
side view of mountain fold
rear view of "easel"
could be showcased.  The dimensions of the card are "my normal"(I never err too far!) 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  I uses whisper white ,old olive and night of navy as my color palette.  The easel or flip part is a piece of 3 3/4"x 5"  night of navy,spritzed with SU's vanilla shimmer smooch spritz.,and impressed with our Northern Flurry Impressions embossing folder.  To make the flip part,cut a slit from the1" mark to the 4" mark on the 5"side.  Do this 1/2" from the bottom.  From there turn to your 3 3/4"and cut from the 1/2"mark to 3". Do this to both sides.  This will create a "flap",and will be scored at the top(the 3" window part).  Only score within the window =).  You will also need to create an easel in this window.  To do this score 1" and 2"(and the 3",if you did not already do this;)) from the edge of the 5'side. Make sure you only score within the window area.  Hope this picture below helps=).

  I then created a tag to open and close the easel part.  My tag was 3 1/2"H x3 1/4"W. I used a circle as a topper and the ticket punch on the corners.  Attach this to the back of the easel on the bottom score ONLY.

Attach your artwork or photo to the front(only) of your mountain fold. 
Attach your easel part to the card base.  Make sure not to tape to close to your window, to make sure your window slides.  Hope you understand all my babbling...LOL.  The boys are home from school and already I feel a little babbly...
Wishing you and yours a JOYful holiday season!
Until Next Thought,

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Vintage-style Winter Post

Vintage-Swing Card

 I wanted to make a "swing" card using my movers and shakers die and the ornament from  the Holiday Windows Magnetic Movers and Shapers. I first saw this technique done by a SU! demonstrator Deb Valder.  Click HERE for video. I had to mess around a wee bit to get it just right, because the scallop circle is more forgiving then my ornament;), but I absolutely LOVE my finished project.  I stamped my image of the skaters from the Winter Post Stamp Set with black staz-on ink on very vanilla cs. I lightly used my blender pen and some ink pads to add a little color to their outfits. (Hint* do not color too dark as color bleeds a little with the embossing technique).I then punched out the skaters with the xl ornament punch.  I used the crackle emboss technique over the entire ornament.  If you need to know how to do this technique-contact me;).  After taking image from freezer and cracking, I use my sponge with some of SU!s espresso ink and sponged over ornament, making sure ink got into those crevices,giving it the vintage look. As in this picture- 

I added some elements from the Tiny Tags stamp set,Victoria Crochet Trim,a safety pin from our Vintage Trinkets,some "faux"ribbon with the scallop edge and dotted scallop ribbon punches, and embossing with the big shot and Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder!

Here is a little side view, to show how the "swing" works.

Hope you enjoy!! And,as always, any questions, contact me=))

Until Next Thought,

Friday, December 10, 2010

Gift Giving Cookie Box

Cookie Box

Stamp Sets: Days of Gratitude,Tags til Christmas
Colors: Crumb cake and garden green
Supplies and Accessories: Bone Folder,corner round punch, scallop square punch, acetate sheet, ribbon, linen thread

This is such a great gift!  Everyone loves to share those Christmas cookies, right? This was a great tutorial I found on our Stampin' Up Demonstrator Connection.  The credit goes to Natasha Zandbergen  (if you click on Natasha's name it will link you to the tutorial=)).

This is sooooo simple to make and is great for a dozen cookies or whatever you would like to put in it;).  It uses one 12x12 sheet of card stock! How awesome is that!
And of course you can use any stamp set you like, I chose to use Days of Gratitude.  I used the extra paper that I cut for the window as my punch,so it still has the great pattern that is stamped.
I stamped the sentiment in Garden Green on very vanilla card stock, and punched out as well, with the coordinating scallop square punch.  I wrapped my box in the 1-1/4" striped grosgrain ribbon and attached my punched sentiments with linen thread.
Hope you try this one!!

Until Next Thought~

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Last Years Christmas Card revisited!

My Heart

This was our family card of last year.  I used a simple step card so that a picture of my boys could be seen at all times;).  Take note* it says "we have been good!" on the photo(this is subject to opinion!)  I kept my color palette simple on this using very vanilla and soft suede.  I used the Tree Trimming and Heard From the Heart stamp sets,the lots of tags sizzlits die cut,wide oval punch, gold string,round tab punch(folded in half,held together with a gold brad -holds the picture in place)and the perfect details texturz plate for the swirls behind my ornament.  Hope you enjoy!!
Until Next Thought~

Friday, December 3, 2010

I hear the sleigh bells jinglin....

Time to start working on those Christmas cards!!

Well I do have several posts to add,but I am trying to work on all the things that I have to do in December-AGHHH!
Anyway, I will try to get some projects posted for you to enjoy=).
This little reindeer is a little"Vixen".  She is made with the wide oval punch(kraft CS),the scallop circle(cut with the wide oval punched in early espresso CS,so none of her gorgeous hairs are out of place;)! )  I have seen punch art reindeer done a lot of ways, and this is my version.  I used the itty bitty punch pack for the poppy parade flower in her hair, and of course she needs a lil bling so I added a rhinestone from SU!'s rhinestone pack. Most reindeer seem to use the snowflake for antlers (and girls really don't have antlers,do they? oops! so they must be awful big ears?) I used a "question mark" from a diecut.  You could also use the "Y" that would be much more masculine;) LOL, or the snowflake punch. Her nose is a 1/2" real red circle spritzed with shimmer mist spray(not really visible in pic,but in person she is quite a sparkly gal;)).  The eyes are a circle punched from the itty bitty punch and the black is a regular size whole punch, a little white gel pen adds a little twinkle to her eyes!  I used DSP paper from the greenhouse gala series as a background and layered it on poppy parade card stock.  The "do not open" (stamped in espresso ink) is from the tags til Christmas bundle found in the Holiday Mini and it is punched with the XLdecorative label punch in poppy parade paper.
Until Next Thought~