Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Man in Red

It seems like I've been doing a lot of things with Endless Wishes lately and not using the other Christmas sets I have, so today I decided to break out Santa Stache and make something.  What do you think?

I considered getting some white ink refill and using it to watercolor Santa's beard and part of his hat, but I kinda liked this the way it is, simple white-on-red.  The thing that took the longest on this card was deciding on the patterned paper :)  I used the brand-new sketch from Freshly Made:

Easy peasy lemon squeezy!  I made the background panels larger but definitely followed the sketch.

Well, that's it for me today, peeps.  I still need to write my Christmas letter and get packages ready to send and about a hundred other tasks before Christmas....cheers!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Santa Stache
Ink:  Versamark, Garden Green
Paper:  Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green, Real Red, Nordic Noel DSP
Accessories:  White EP, Dimensionals

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Nachos: Stellar Christmas

Good mornin', Nacho Average Challenge chasers!  Do we have any of those?  I hope so.  This morning, we've got a great color combo for you:

Lost Lagoon and Pear Pizzazz are two of the colors in the All Is Calm DSP, so I had to use that for my creation:

I think it looks a little better IRL than it does on the computer screen.  And you might recognize the sketch from a few weeks ago:

So this is a double Nacho card :)  Check out the other Nacho DT creations and then go make something pretty for us!

Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Endless Wishes (again)
Ink:  Lost Lagoon, Pear Pizzazz
Paper:  Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, All is Calm DSP, Silver Glimmer Paper
Accessories:  Stars Framelits, Hexagon punch, Dimensionals

Monday, December 15, 2014

Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?

It may have been a balmy 72 degrees here in 'Bama today, but I did build a snowman. 

With circle Framelits and glitter, anyway :)  Not the best picture in the world, but this is what I get for waiting until after dark to make my card and get it photographed.

The technique I used is called Glitter Window, basically you cut a shape out of cardstock and put packing tape over the hole, with the sticky side facing up.  Cover the packing tape with glitter, and whatever is under the glitter window you can stamp or decorate or whatever.  I left my white cardstock alone since it's a snowman :)  I did put the black Candy Dots on the packing tape before I added the glitter, and really I used Hologram Highlights embossing powder because either a.) I can't find my glitter or b.) I got mad at how messy glitter is and threw it away, and then blocked the incident from my memory.

But anyway!  I used the brand new sketch from Retro Sketches:

Actually I got the idea for doing a snowman like this from seeing a card at Ruth's Stamping Corner.  Hers was a shaker card, but it's what made me think of trotting out the old Glitter Window technique.

That's it for me today, peeps.  I'm off to Panera for dinner!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Endless Wishes
Ink:  Coastal Cabana, Pacific Point
Paper:  Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush
Accessories:  Circles Framelits, Neutrals Candy Dots, Hologram Highlights EP

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Flashback: Christmas Punch

It's Friday!  And that means Friday Flashback.  This week's featured stamp set is Christmas Punch, a hostess set from 2009-2010, and it's yet another example of my bad track record for actually using hostess sets.  (At least they're free?)  This Flashback is a bit on the short side.

Also features Weather or Not (mittens)

Yep, that's it.  The snowflakes on the background are from Christmas Punch.  As you might guess from the name of the stamp set, every stamp in it coordinates with a punch, and they're pretty cute even if I never got around to using them much.  But I did make a new card today:

That Santa stamp (haha, it's a stamp that looks like a postage stamp) is, I think, supposed to coordinate with the postage stamp punch but the outline didn't line up correctly.  So I punched out the image part with a 1" square punch and then put it on plain white cardstock that I punched out with the postage stamp punch.  Can't have the stamped image and punched edges not line up, it would offend my OCD.

Anyhow, I used this week's Nacho Average Challenges sketch because it's just perfect for showcasing smaller stamped images.

Well, peeps, that's all I've got for you this week.  Hope you have a great weekend; hubs and I will be volunteering for the Humane Society tomorrow so I get to play with puppies (sadly, the hubs already said I can't bring any of them home).  And then I need to write my Christmas letter and start getting cards in the mail, so busy busy!

Christmas cheers, peeps!

Supplies, last card only:
Stamps:  Christmas Punch, More Merry Messages
Ink:  Riding Hood Red, Blushing Bride, Marina Mist, Early Espresso
Paper:  Old Olive, Whisper White, Letters to Santa DSP
Accessories:  Riding Hood Red taffeta, 1" square & postage stamp punches, Dimensionals

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Very Merry Wishes

Well, if I only have a small selection of current Christmas stamps, then you're gonna be seeing the same ones a few times over :)  And today it's Endless Wishes.

Which is okay because I never used it last year.  This color combo (very similar to the one I used on Monday's gift card box) is from the Color Throwdown:

I'm still not a fan of hot pink with red, but it does kind of make for a playful color combination.  If I'd had Garden Green baker's twine I would have used that, but instead I found the gold twine that I hadn't used since I made swaps months ago and I figured I'd use a gold button too.  Because Christmas cards should sparkle, right?

I used this week's sketch from Freshly Made Sketches:

Fun sketch, I like it.  I like the white space on it...or in this case, Coastal Cabana space.

That's it for me today, peeps.  Hope you have a very merry day!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Endless Wishes
Ink:  Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Real Red, Garden Green
Paper:  Coastal Cabana, Real Red, Whisper White
Accessories:  Gold baker's twine, gold button, scallop border punch, Dimensionals

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Silver Snowflake

Quick post today as I've got sticky toffee pudding just out of the oven and I need to finish the toffee part.

The only Christmas-specific stamp set I bought this year is Santa Stache (which I need to use more) and I miss having several seasonal sets to choose from.  So I dusted off Festive Favorites (which was recently on the SU! Clearance Rack for a hot second) and made a snowflake card.  I used this week's Colour Me...! challenge:

And the Mojo Monday sketch:

And that's that.  Have a great day, peeps.

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Festive Flurry, Merry Everything
Ink:  Versamark, Night of Navy
Paper:  Brushed Silver, Night of Navy, Whisper White
Accessories:  Silver EP, Festive Flurry Framelits, Rhinestone, Dimensionals, Lucky Stars EF

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Nachos: Very Merry Everything

Happy Tuesday morning, Nacho fans!  It's time for another great sketch from Nacho Average Challenges, so check out this beauty:

I had quite a few ideas for this one, but it's definitely time to buckle down and make some Christmas cards!  So here's my slightly nontraditional card:

I loved last year's winter DSP that had lots of Bermuda Bay in it and thought I could make that work with this year's All Is Calm DSP.  I tilted the DSP panel just for funsies, and I really wanted Bermuda Bay Candy Dots to put on the bottom but I'm out of that color and no matter how often I put on mood music and turn down the lights in my craft room, my remaining Candy Dots flatly refuse to get together and make new little baby Candy Dots for me.  So I used white Candy Dots instead and added a teensy border of torn Bermuda Bay cardstock, which turned out better than I'd anticipated it would.  Yay.

So you know what's next:  it's your turn!  Visit the Nacho blog for more eye candy and then make your own project for us to ooh and ahh over.  Cheers, peeps!

Supplies, all SU!
Stamps:  Merry Everything
Ink:  Bermuda Bay
Paper:  Smoky Slate, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, All Is Calm DSP
Accessories:  Note Tag punch, Neutrals Candy Dots, Dimensionals, white organza ribbon