Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Wishing all of my readers a very Merry Christmas!  I hope  your Christmas is truly wonderful.

Here's a little card and gift combo that I made.  I used the Petal Cone Die to create both the 3d item and the tree on the card.  They were both embossed with the retired Finial Press Embossing Folder and the stars on top were made with the retired Stars #2 die.
 The presents on the card are just small squares and rectangles cut from Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper.  The bows were made with one of the punches from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack.

The message is from one of the hostess sets in the current Holiday Catalog.  The center is punched with the 1" Circle Punch and the outer layer is punched with the 1 1/4" Scallop Punch.
 This 3d tree opens on the bottom, so you can fill it with candy or a small gift.  It looks cute with a cut out from the Scallop Circle die as a tree skirt and little boxes around it for presents.
Between sickness and family visits, I know it's been a week since my last post.  Since we're lucky enough to have continuing family visits, it will probably be a while until my next post.  Hope you, too, will continue to enjoy the holiday season and I'll be back in the new year.

In the meantime, my next class is January 9th.  Check out my whole schedule here and then contact me to register.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Bells and Boughs Card and Gift Card Holder

I have two coordinating projects to share today - a card and a gift card holder.

The card was made first using the Bells and Boughs stamp set, Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder, the oval from the Designer Frames embossing folders, the Scallop Oval punch, and my Big Shot.  The ink is Always Artichoke and the Cardstock is Crumb Cake, Always Artichoke, and Cherry Cobbler Core'dinations (which has been sanded to make the embossed image stand out).

I wanted a gift card holder for a class and I really liked the above card, so I modified it to look like this.  I used the Top Note die for the shape and changed up the colors a bit.
The brad creates a hinge to open the gift card holder.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  If you'd like to learn to make great projects like this gift card holder, please join me at a class sometime.  Or, join a stamp club and get free classes by purchasing great Stampin' Up products.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Holiday Frame with 3-D Ornament

This Christmas card, which we made in a recent class, uses the same process as making a 3-D ornament from stamped and cut images.  But, instead of 6 stamped ornaments, it only takes three since the card only has a half of an ornament on the front.  It was made with the Ornaments Keepsakes stamp set and Holiday Ornaments framelits.  The ornament is layered on a wreath that has been embossed with the  Holiday Frame embossing folder and Big Shot.
 Here is an angled view to show the ornament better.  Bonus: the ornament will lay flat to mail.
Here is another example of this type of card.  This wreath was layered on Crumb Cake card stock embossed with the Woodgrain embossing folder.  I think the wood grain makes it look like the wreath is hanging on a front door.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Holiday Frame with Berries

Wreath Card
I embossed the wreath on Whisper White card stock using the Holiday Frame Embossing Folder and the Big Shot.  Then I cut out the wreath and sponged it using sponge daubers and three different green inks.  I used the circle from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack to make the berries and then mounted the wreath on a piece that had been embossed with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Blast Off - December Stamp Set of the Month

Where has the month gone?  We're already a third of the way through December, Christmas will be here before we know it, and I'm just getting the December Stamp Set and Card Kit info posted.  I think it's that part about Christmas fast approaching that's to blame.
So much to do!

“Blast Off”
Accessory of the Month: Rhinestones

When you order the December “Stamp Set of the Month” Bundle, you’ll get a kit containing all of the precut pieces needed to make 6 of the cards shown above for FREE! Additionally, you’ll be e-mailed a PDF File that contains step-by-step instructions on how to make the card shown above along with 3 BONUS designs for creative inspiration on other things that can be done with the featured stamp set so you can see its versatility and get the most bang for the buck! Supply Lists are included for the bonus designs.

Want more precut pieces? No problem! When you order the Stamp Set of the Month Bundle, you can order additional quantities of precut cardstock pieces in increments of 6 so that you can make as many as you want to have on hand!

Note: The designer paper shown will vary within the 2011-2012 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack for the kits.

December Stamp Set of the Month WOOD Bundle: 33.90 + Shipping and Tax
(Includes your order for the “Blast Off” stamp set in wood mount and 1 pack of Rhinestones plus the FREE kit)

 December Stamp Set of the Month CLEAR Bundle: $25.90 + Shipping and Tax
(Includes your order for the “Blast Off” stamp set in clear mount and 1 pack of Rhinestones plus the FREE kit)

Additional Quantities of the December Kit: $6 + Shipping for every set of 6 cards

Other supplies you’ll want to order:  Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, and Tangerine Tango Classic Ink Pads; Big Shot; Stripes Embossing Folder; 1 1/4” and 1 3/8” Punches; Paper Snips; Whisper White Envelopes; Stampin’ Dimensionals; and SNAIL Adhesive.

You can order the December Stamp Set bundle and any other items you need through my Online Store or you can order directly through me, Sue Root.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Silver Bells, Silver Bells

This card, which uses the Stampin' Up set Bells and Boughs, makes me think of the Christmas carol, Silver Bells (which gave me the title for this post).  It's so much fun to put on Christmas carols and work away on my Christmas stamping projects.

I used markers to color the stamp - Gumball Green (leaves) and Cherry Cobbler (ribbon and berries) Stampin' Write markers and the Silver Stampin' Dazzle Marker for the bells.  I use the Stampin' Dazzle markers a lot. The silver and the gold are both great for coloring the tops of the ornaments in the Ornament Keepsakes set (as I did on this gift card holder).  The stamp is framed by the Window Frames Framelits.  The Gumball Green framelit was cut from Core'dinations card stock and then I used the Stampin' Sanding Blocks to distress it a bit.  The background Designer Series Paper is from the Festival of Prints pack.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Baby Jesus Christmas Card

This card was made with the 25 and Counting stamp set. I colored the image with Stampin' Write markers, leaving the number without ink.  The background was embossed with the Holiday Frame embossing folder on Cherry Cobbler Core'dinations card stock, which was then sanded to show the lighter core.

Note:  For newsletter subscribers who are looking for a home decor item - it didn't turn out quite as I expected and I want to improve it a bit before posting it on my blog.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Holiday Packaging Bundles


Holiday Packaging Bundles

Around the holidays, people are always looking for cute ways to package little treats and gifts for co-workers, teachers, neighbors, and friends. At 20% savings, holiday packaging bundles are an affordable and adorable solution. Simply add a treat or gift and assemble.


Available November 29-January 2

Trimmings & Tags Bundle
Item 132769
$13.50 (a $16.85 value)
  • Gusseted Cellophane Bags (25 bags; 5" x 3" x 11-1/2")
  • Snow Festival Designer Printed Tags (25 double-sided tags; 4-1/2" x 3-1/8")
  • Cherry Cobbler 1/4" Sweater Trim (10 yards)
Petite Treats Bundle
Item 132770
$13.50 (a $16.85 value)
  • Glassine Bags with die-cut edges (10 bags; 3" x 5" x 1-1/2")
  • Handmade Holidays Stitched Felt (8 pieces)
  • Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon (10 yards) 
Order Online or contact me to participate in a Group Order.  I will be placing two group orders this month - 12/4 and 12/12.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Double Sponged Sunflowers

We made this sunflower card in a recent class.  I love the Sunflower stamp.  It's so big and cheery.  I call the sponging around the outside "Double Sponging" - basically, we sponged in two colors.  We sponged More Mustard ink around the edges and towards the center and then filled in around the edges by sponging Chocolate Chip ink.  We left the Chocolate Chip ink out of the center to keep it brighter.  I think Double Sponging adds a lot of depth and visual interest.

 This is a variation of the Double Sponging card.  I layered scallops and the sentiment in the center of the sunflower.  On the above card I used a sponge dauber to add Daffodil Delight ink to the petals.  On the card below I did not do that.

On this last card I colored the Sunflower stamp with Stampin' Write Markers.  After coloring the petals on the stamp with More Mustard, I went along one side of each petal with the Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker.  It took a little more time, but I really like the effect.  I also like the First Edition Designer Series Paper under the stamped image and how it shows through.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Friendship Preserves Shaped Card and Envelope

We made both of these items in a recent class.  We used the Window Frames framelits and the Friendship Preserves stamp set to make this little shaped card.  It's perfect for a quick note.  
The above card can fit in a 3 x 3 envelope, which you can get from Stampin' Up - or you can make your own using Designer Series Paper and the Diagonal Score Plate, like we did.  The center is blank so that you can add the recipient's name.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Friendship Preserves Hello

We made this Hello card at a recent class.  It uses Friendship Preserves, Window Frame Framelits, the Tasteful Trim die, the Square Lattice embossing folder, and First Edition Designer Series Paper.

The colors are Elegant Eggplant, More Mustard and Very Vanilla.


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