Sunday, August 20, 2017

Add a Little Glitz with Snowflakes! (Sneak Peek)

Well, you KNOW I just HAD to get every snowflake-related item in the new Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog, didn't you? If it sparkles, or if it's shiny, or if it's snowflakes or snowmen, you can bet it will end up in my craft room!

And ESPECIALLY if it's snowy-somethings that can be used with Mr. Big! So the Winter Wonder embossing folder was a no-brainer, as was the snowflake die in the Trim Your Stocking Thinlits Dies. And they happened to coordinate beautifully with the snowflakes in the Seasonal Layers Thinlits, too!

You just really can't go wrong with snowflakes, and the silver sparkly ones paired beautifully with the greeting in Add a Little Glitz!

Here is a helpful hint for the Winter Wonder embossing folder: I was having trouble with wrinkles in the regular Whisper White cardstock after running it through the Big Shot. I tried a quarter sheet of Whisper White Thick cardstock and lightly spritzed the back of it with water, then blotted it with a paper towel. While it was still damp, I embossed it, and then let it dry before trimming it down for the card front. It worked perfectly; no wrinkles at all!

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Hearts Come Home, Another Sneak Peek

That idea I had yesterday for doing a watercolor background translated into this fun card! Not only do the Hometown Greetings Edgelits Dies have the scenes shown in yesterday's cards, but also a cute little house trio silhouette plus a tag top die. They fit perfectly on cardstock cut 2" wide!

For this card, I started with a 2" x 4" piece of watercolor paper. After heat embossing the moon and stars from Hearts Come Home in white, I watercolored the background with an Aqua Painter and Night of Navy ink. The tag top die was used to cut the top of the watercolor paper, and the trio of houses die was used on a 1-3/4" x 2" piece of Shimmery White after stamping the greeting. Liquid glue fastened it to the bottom of the tag, and Night of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon and Jute Twine were added to the top.

I thought the background looked a little too plain, so the Quilt Top embossing folder was used to add texture.....but it still needed "something." Then I remembered the fabulous pine sprigs in the Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies. Ta-DA! That's just what was needed to make the card complete!

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Hearts Come Home Bundle, Five Minute Christmas Cards

The Hearts Come Home bundle in the Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday catalog makes hand crafted Christmas cards so quick and easy, I whipped these out in no time! The three building outlines are part of the Hometown Greetings Edgelits Dies, and can all be run through the Big Shot at once, so just one pass makes three cards.

There are several options for the background "sky." These three use patterns from the Delightful Daisy, Naturally Eclectic, and Eastern Palace Specialty DSP packs. But you could just as easily do a quick watercolor wash. Hmmm, I think I'll try that next time!

So, once the outlines were cut, it was a quick job to adhere them to the DSP, and then to the card bases. The greetings are all in the Hearts Come Home stamp set (wood or clear mount). The only thing I added that wasn't part of that bundle was the Dazzling Diamons Glimmer Paper star, which was cut with a die from the Starlight Thinlits. Oh! And the moon was made with the 1" circle punch. Super simple!

Altogether, including cutting the cardstock and DSP, I spent maybe 15 minutes on these. I'm sure it would go even faster if I got an assembly line going!

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Painted Harvest Thankful for You (Sneak Peek)

This is a slight variation of a card we made last week in our stamp club. We used the Painted Harvest stamp set from the upcoming Holiday catalog, along with some Touches of Nature wooden elements, and the pretty Painted Autumn DSP. They are all part of the Painted Autumn Suite in the new catalog.

I have seen some really lovely cards on Pinterest using this suite, and plan to CASE some of them when I have the time! Like this winter, when the garden is sleeping under a blanket of snow, and there is a fire going in the wood stove, and the dog and cat are laying next to it to soak up the warmth.

Meanwhile, it's hot and muggy, and I don't feel like canning anymore but I have to because I don't want that lovely fresh produce in the garden to go to waste!

 Image:Very Vanilla 2-1/4" x 2-1/4"
 Mat 1: Very Vanilla 2-1/2" x 2-1/2"
 Mat 2: Early Espresso 2-3/4" x 2-3/4"
 DSP: Painted Autumn 4" x 5-1/4"
 Card base: Very Vanilla 5-1/2'" x 8-1/2" scored & folded at 4-1/4"

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