Monday, November 19, 2018
Welcome once again to the monthly Tour de Freaks! This month we are celebrating all things warm and cozy - Home for the Holidays! You may have landed here from Debbie's blog, Debbie's Designs. Weren't her projects awesome? There are ten of us on this month's hop, so click the button at the bottom of each stop to hop on to the next stop!
When I think 'home for the holidays' I think of families gathering together from near and far, eating together, lots of laughter, and making new happy memories. Sadly, our own offspring won't be able to come this year, so it will just me and hubby and the fur kids. So, I built this little Dawn of Christmas Day scene and imagined the goings-on inside.
Dad woke up extra early to get the fire going in the fireplace while Mom hurried into the kitchen to start breakfast. The dog is hanging nearby, but not exactly under foot, hoping a treat will fall. Meanwhile, the cat is weaving in and out of her legs, demanding breakfast. (Sound familiar?) If Mom was smart, she'd have started a crock pot breakfast casserole the night before so the house would be smelling heavenly already, and she could relax. She's got the coffee pot going and now is settling down in the living room next to her honey to enjoy the fire.
Soon the kids are awake and running down the stairs to see what Santa has brought them. Chaos ensues, with many exclamations of happiness, wrapping paper flying everywhere, the cat pouncing on the ribbons & bows, and the dog is hoping one of those packages has treats, since nothing fell in the kitchen.
Well, that's how I imagined it, anyway. *smile* What really happened in our house was the kids would be awake long before dawn and would wake us up.....right up until they became teenagers. Then we'd be up and finished with a whole pot of coffee, with rumblings in our stomachs demanding breakfast, and finally at round 10:00 a.m.or so, we'd be waking them up, LOL.
Three stamp sets were used to create this card - Farmhouse Christmas for the house and bare tree, Nature Sings for the evergreens, and Hearts Come Home for the greeting. A scrap of Wood Textures DSP built the fence, with Poppy Parade bows to decorate it.
The Shimmery White background was sponged with Daffodil Delight, Grapefruit Grove, and Balmy Blue. After figuring where the snow was going to be, I stamped the evergreens on the background and filled them in with a Shaded Spruce Stampin' Write marker, then built the rest of the scene.
Up next is Melissa over at Rubber FUNatics - she's sure to make you feel right at home!
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Welcome to another edition of the Stamp Review Crew! The "Crew" is made up of a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world who pick a stamp set or bundle to highlight on the first and third Mondays of each month, with a bonus hop if there is a fifth Monday. You may have come from Mike's blog, Stampin' Style, or are just starting here. Either way, follow the links at the bottom to go on to the next stop, or click the banner above for the blog roll.
Today we are highlighting the versatile First Frost stamp set which is available in wood- or clear-mount (Holiday catalog, p. 37), and the coordinating Frosted Bouquet Framelits Dies, both of which I am very happy to announce will be carried over when the Holiday catalog ends!
I wanted to keep my card cool and frosty (like it's been in the mornings here lately), so I chose the silvery frosty patterned paper in the Frosted Floral Specialty DSP and added a few Tranquil Tide stamped sprigs to the DSP to coordinate with the color theme.
After I had stamped and framed the greeting and popped it up on the Silver Foil die cut sprigs, I thought it needed a blossom accent. I tried a couple of stamped ones, but they were just a little too large. Then it struck me that I could fussy cut some perfect-sized blossoms from the DSP, so I layered them, and added a bit of bling to match the silver sprigs.
The inside was stamped with more sprigs, in stamped off Tranquil Tide. I haven't decided what sentiment I want to put inside yet, so it's blank. The envelope was lined with more of the silvery DSP to tie it all together!
Up next is the lovely and talented Adriana over at Cup & Ink!
Friday, November 16, 2018
Safely home from my stamping adventures in Orlando (other than bringing a nasty cold back with me), and I wanted to share a quick sneak peek at a Sale-A-Bration freebie coming in January.Ohhh, this is just such a pretty set! It's called Lovely Lattice, and it's a JOY to color!
There isn't a coordinating die, so I fussy-cut it and popped it up on dimensionals. Some Wink of Stella was added to give the blossoms a subtle shimmer.
There are three other sneak peeks on this card.....can you spot them? The obvious one is the Gingham Gala DSP that's coming in the Occasions catalog. It's a 6" x 6" pack of small and medium gingham print in Daffodil Delight, Balmy Blue, Highland Heather, Lemon Lime Twist, and Grapefruit Grove. Love it!
The other two peeks are the Calypso Coral 3/8" Satin Ribbon, and the Old Olive Linen Thread. Believe me, there are some fabulous things coming in January! Keep checking here, because I'll have some more sneak peeks in the coming days and weeks.
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Did you just hear Willie Nelson singing that? HA! Today is my long haul back home. I'm sure the dog and cat will be happy to see me. And maybe my hubby, too. *grin* I know I will be happy to see them. And sleep in my OWN bed tonight!
Anyhoo, I thought I'd share another of the swap cards that I made. This was another "quick and easy" one (remember, making multiples) that uses the Flourish Filigree set in the Holiday catalog. You might have overlooked it on page 41, but it's worth checking out!
The filigree was heat embossed in copper, and the greeting was stamped in Shaded Spruce and punched out with the coordinating Pretty Label Punch. It was then adhered to a piece of Tranquil Tide punched with the Everyday Label Punch. Easy peasy and looks fancy shmancy!
Greeting: Whisper White 2" x 3"
Glimmer mat: Joyous Noel Glimmer 2" x 3"
Heat embossed: Whisper White 3" x 4"
Mat: Real Red 3-1/4" x 4-1/4"
DSP: Under the Mistletoe 4" x 5-1/4"
Card base: Whisper White 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored & folded at 4-1/4"