Friday, January 17, 2014

A great way to stretch a stamp set

Doris over at The Stamping Tower did something I thought was quite ingenious with one of the stamps from the retired set, SU Country Pleasures. Go have a look at her cards (click on the pic for a closer view):

Three of a Kind

The church scene has a snowman which pretty much limits it to a winter scene. But she found creative ways to make it useful for all seasons.

Brava, Doris!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Winter Thanks

Just a simple after-Christmas thank-you card.

I used a snowman from the long-retired SU Winter Play set to carry the snowman theme inside and popped it out with foam tape to add interest.

Thanks for looking!

Stamps: SU Snowflakes, SU Country Pleasures, SU Many Thanks, SU Winter Play

CS: White, SU Bashful Blue

Inks: ColorBox Frost White, Brilliance Graphite Black, Versafine Onyx Black

Other: White embossing powder, clear embossing powder, misc. Copic markers, white satin ribbon, foam tape

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Christmas wedding card

I have never made a wedding card with a Christmas theme before, so this is my first time trying to combine the two. My daughter's fiance's aunt (got that?) asked me to make her a card with this in mind. So here's what I came up with:

I had a whimsical saying stamp from The Angel Company that went perfectly with the wedding cake from SU Sweet Treats. All I had to do was use green and red and make it a bit festive and it would work. The tricky part was the inside sentiment. I didn't have one in a similar font, and had I been more together I probably could've hunted down the font and made my own sentiment. Oh, well. As it was I was in a hurry to make this card in the midst of all the painting I was doing. Which is now why I'm only posting this in January, weeks after making the card.

To festive it up I used gems. They always jazz up a card. And I have them in my stash.

Another way I jazzed it up was to use a glimmer spray on the cake itself. I blocked the red ribbon and the flowers so it would only go on the cake. I did this by making a copy of the image and cutting out the parts I wanted to get glimmer spray on, leaving the rest to cover the other parts.

For the inside sentiment I used the I Corinthians 13 stamp from Our Daily Bread Designs because every married couple needs to know what love truly is.

I also carried some of the elements from the front to the inside.

I enjoyed sharing this card with you. I hope you have a marvelous new year filled with many blessings!

Stamps: SU Sweet Treats, TAC wedding saying, Our Daily Bread Designs I Corinthians 13 sentiment (inside)

CS: White, Red, SU Old Olive, Black

Inks: Brilliance Graphite Black, SU Real Red

Other: Cuttlebug Polka Dots and Birds and Swirls embossing folders, Nestabilities Scallop oval, and regular oval dies, SU Scallop Trim border punch, various Copic markers, glimmer spray, red gingham ribbon, clear ep, foam tape, gems, 1/8" hole punch