Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Holly Jolly Christmas

Hi there,

I hope your New Year is off to a good start? I always look forward to January and February as they are usually quieter months for me as there isn't much to do outside in the garden.  I like to use these two months to catch up and hopefully get ahead with stamping duties and a general clean-up and re-organization of my stamping room.

We are putting in a totally new kitchen and have just signed off the paperwork with the contractor. Exciting - but chaos will soon be here! 

In the meantime, here is my January card for Christmas at Sweet Stampin', where this month we have the option of adding "sparkle"!

I received another stamp and die cut set with a magazine last month. The robin die was just so cute, so I made up this little card, using several elements from the set and added a fair amount of sparkle!

Coloring the trees with Stampin' Up markers and using a mask, I created a little forest.

The robin was cut from tan and red cardstock.

Once the trees were dry, I sponged in some Memento Summer Sky for the sky.

The tree trunk was stamped in Rich Cocoa and then colored in using a couple of brown markers. The sentiment was stamped in Memento Northern Pine. I then started to add my sparkle. Dimensional glue was added to the tops of the snow banks and covered with Twinkling Snow Flocking.

The Quickie Glue pen and some Sparkling Snow Glitter were added to give the trees some snowy sparkle.

Some more Dimensional Glue and Diamond Dust glitter was added to the tree trunk for some chunky ice effect. Winter Cranberry Glitter Accents for the red berries of the holly in the sentiment and then Fresh Snowfall Glitter accents were added to the bottom of the card front for twinkly snow.

The little robin was popped on top of the tree trunk and the card front was layered to a red card base, which finished off my card for today.

Here are a list of the products used in my card today:

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas Freebie from Cardmaking
(Stamp and Die set)
Stampin’ Up Water-based markers
Memento Summer Sky
Memento Rich Cocoa
Memento Northern Pine
Dimensional Glue
Twinking Clouds Flocking
Diamond Dust Glitter
Quickie Glue Pen
Sparkling Snow Glitter
Glitter Accents Winter Cranberry
Glitter Accents Fresh Snowfall
Ebony Black Nuvo Jewel Drops 

I'd like to join in the following challenge, please:

Friday, January 3, 2020

Butterfly Sympathy

Happy New Year everyone! 

My backyard header for January 2020 is Winterberry. The birds will eat it as a last resort, when there is nothing else left and the ground is frozen. 

Today I want to share a sympathy card with you that I unfortunately needed. My next door neighbor's Mom passed on New Year's eve. I used the Memory Box Butterfly Swell die, as this sweet little lady loved everything about butterflies.

There are other dies that would give you the same effect, like the Nellie's Choice Floral & Butterflies

Nellie's Choice - Hobby Solutions Die Cut "Floral & Butterflies"  (Ships January 6)

or the Sue Wilson Cascading Butterflies

I began with running the Darice Butterflies embossing folder through my embossing machine. 

The Memory Box Butterfly Swell was then die cut from the embossed piece. 

I looked through my home-made backings and found this piece that I wanted to use. I used to write on the back, how they were made! New Year resolution - get back to that habit!!

I then attached the background behind the die cut piece and cut off the excess.

The sentiment was stamped with Versafine Clair Morning Mist. While it was still wet I added some Sparkle Embossing Powder and this was then die cut with one of the Lawn Fawn Just For You Labels. 

I cut out the Butterfly Swell from vellum also and then fussy cut the three butterflies. They were then inked with Versamark and then sprinkled with Sparkle embossing powder.

A little dab of Scraperfect Best Glue Ever was added to the middle of each of the butterflies and the curled vellum butterflies were attached on top of the glue.

The sentiment was attached with foam tape and the other little butterfly was cut from the same orange cardstock as the layer on top of the card base (also inked up with Versamark and sprinkled with Sparkle embossing powder). This was all layered on to the white card base.

Here is a close up of the front of the card.

Here is a list of the products that I used today:

Religious Sympathy Set 383 (Sparkle N Sprinkle)
Scraperfect Best Glue Ever
Memory Box Butterfly Swell
Lawn Fawn “Just for You Labels” dies
Darice Butterflies Embossing Folder
Versafine Clair Morning Mist
Sparkle Embossing Powder (EP107)
Foam Tape

I'd like to join in the following challenges:
Scrapy Land Challenge #129: Anything Goes using a die that SL sells
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #12: Anything Goes
Classic Design Challenge #1: Anything Goes

Wishing you all a wonderful, happy and healthy New Year!

Till next time - happy stamping!


Friday, December 27, 2019

Cardinal Joy!

Hi there, 

I'm sharing my last 2019 card today !! I just don't know where this year went! Today I am highlighting Dee's Distinctively Cardinal Frame for DRU.

Here is the cardinal frame die cut:

I started with backing a piece of white cardstock with a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet. The die was placed face down on to the adhesive side, so that when I ran it through it only cut the adhesive sheet and not completely through to the cardstock.

I then ran the die cut through with red cardstock and fussy cut the two birds.

I picked off the protective backing from the cardinals and branches and placed the red cardstock cardinals in their appropriate spots. 

I then took Glistening Emeralds flocking and burnished it in to the remaining sticky surface.

The remainder of the protective backing was then peeled off and Sparkling Snow glitter was burnished in as a sparkly background.

I found the perfectly sized frame for my piece - the Cheery Lyn Celtic Square Boutique Stacker Frame. This particular one is not in the store, but there are other stacker frames. The medium sized frame was cut out of green cardstock.

This was layered to red cardstock and then to a white card base before adding the focal piece with foam tape for dimension. I added Nuvo Crystal Drops Ebony Black for the eyes.

The last step was to add the sentiment. I taped a piece of adhesive tape to a scrap of red cardstock. This time I put the "joy" die on the other side so that it would be sticky on the back of the word.

I took of the sticky backing from the die and stuck it on the top of the glittered panel.

It was a bit fiddly getting the adhesive off the back of the dot of the "joy", but I really liked the result. Hope you do too?

Here are the products that I used in my card today:

Memory Box Sketchblock Joy

Glistening Emeralds Flocking
Sparkling Snow Glitter
Nuvo Crystal Drops Ebony Black

Wishing you all a wonderful, happy and healthy New Year!
See you again in 2020!