Monday, September 26, 2016

Still the 7th Day of Christmas!

I mentioned I was working with the new Copper Foil Cardstock Sheets!
Had to get the pictures to show you these cards:

 
Isn't this  Copper Foil Gorgeous!
 
I cut out from the Copper Foil Cardstock and
also Whisper White Cardstock the Pine Sprigs, Berries, and Pine Cones,
 all from the "Pretty Pines Thinlits".
One of each the Copper Foil and the Whisper White.
I used the Copper Foil as a mat behind the "Softly Falling" Embossed Panel.
The Greeting is from the "Christmas Pines" Stamp Set. I used the Copper Embossing Powder for the Greeting!
 
Squeak! This stuff is so pretty!

 
The inside of the card I stamped the sentiment from the "Christmas Pines" Stamp Set too! I stamped it in Versa Mark and then sprinkled the Copper Embossing Powder on it and heated it up...
Wowsers! This stuff is great!
 I LOVE it as much as the retired Pewter Embossing Powder!
I stamped the Pine Sprig in 'Garden Green' and the Pine Cone in 'Early Espresso'. I was going to Emboss the Pine Cone in Copper, but I felt it would be too much.
I hope you like this and you can contact me for any supplies or go to
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go to the 'store' and place your order.
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If you do not have a Demonstrator,
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check, YES, so your Demonstrator knows you ordered from them and they can acknowledge you! I will too if you select me.
 
I posted 2 posts today! I realized I forgot to post yesterday...
 
Till next Post...Blessings to ALL of you!

The 7th Day of Christmas...

In Triplicate!
I have Three cards to show you. They are alike, but one or two things make them different! I made 5 each of these! I mentioned to you, awhile back, that I have a large mailing of Christmas Cards to make!

These cards I envisioned making when I saw the "Pretty Pines Thinlits" and the "Christmas Pines Stamp Set". This is a Bundle offered in the Holiday Catalog from Stampin'Up! It is on page 19. You save 10% when you Bundle and buy both, let me tell you, that is a Bargain!
I also used 3 Different Embossing Folders. They are...the "Pine Bough",  "Softly Falling" Embossing Folders from Stampin'Up!, and an Embossing Folder with a 'Wood Grain' from Darice.  I have since purchased the "Woodgrain" Embossing Folder from Stampin'Up! It is a much softer Wood Grain for the cards.

These cards were a labor of love...
I took 'Whisper White' Cardstock 8 1/2" X 11".
I cut them in half to make 8 1/2" X  5 1/2".
I pre-cut 10 of this size.
I then used the "Timeless Textures" Stamp Set and "Gorgeous Grunge" Stamp Set.
I stamped in an even pattern a different 'Texture' Stamp, in 'Early Espresso' on each 5 1/2" X 8 1/2" cardstock. 
I then took the retired Stampin'Up! 'Color Spritzer' and spritzed all the cardstock pages, except the Berry Sprigs and the Pine Cones, with 3 Different color green 'Stampin' Write Markers',  'Always Artichoke', 'Garden Green', and 'Old Olive'.
I then took 'So Saffron' Stampin' Write marker and spritzed spottily over the green spritzes.
I then cut out with the "Pretty Pines Thinlits" all the pine sprigs and the Berry Sprigs and the Pine Cones.
I did not spritze the Berries or the Pine Cones.
I left them stamped only with the 'Early Espresso' Texture Stamp. 
With 'Real Red' Cardstock, I cut out both size bows from the "Pretty Pines Thinlits" and adhered them together with a 'Mini Glue Dot'.
I used 'Real Red'  Stampin' Write Marker to color in the berries on each berry sprig.
I then used the 'Mini Glue Dots' to adhere together the Pine Boughs, Berry sprigs, and Pine Cones, with the bows on top!

Here are the cards:

 
This Card I used the Wood Grain embossing Folder. I also Matted this one with Early Espresso Cardstock. The greeting is from the "Star of Light" Stamp Set, from the Holiday Catalog.

 
This Card I used the "Pine Bough Textured" Embossing Folder. The greeting is from the "Reason for the Season" Stamp Set in the Annual Catalog from Stampin'Up!
 

 
This card I used the "Softly Falling" Embossing Folder. The greeting is from the "Christmas Pines" Stamp Set from the Holiday Catalog.
I used the Thick Whisper White Cardstock for the base of all these cards!
 
Aren't they Pretty? As I mentioned, I made 5 of each of these!!!!
 

 
 
I used the same Sentiment inside all of these cards. It is from the
"Star of Light" Stamp Set in the Holiday Catalog. I do Love this
Greeting for the inside of the cards...This greeting will be getting much use for my Christmas Cards!
 
I hope these cards spark you to get your cards going!
Feel free to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) these cards.
Any Questions, e-mail me
 
The e-mail at the top of the blog is not the correct e-mail. I moved and my Carrier is Suddenlink. I still haven't figured out how to change it. Believe me I have tried. If anyone knows how to do this...Please contact me
by my NEW e-mail!
 
As I mentioned in the previous post...I am working on another style similar to these cards but done with the new 'Copper Foil Cardstock'!
Oh My Goodness!
It is Gorgeous!
 It took me a bit to warm up to the Copper, but now I Love it!
 
 
 
 Until next Posting...Blessings and Love to you ALL!




Saturday, September 24, 2016

The 6th Day of Christmas...

Hello Stampers!
What a gorgeous day here in NC. After what seems like forever rain from that Tropical Storm 'Julia'...the storm has finally pulled away from the coast here and things are starting to dry out.
My heartfelt Prayers go to the Families, North of me, who had some devastating flooding...through their homes and businesses too.
Prayers for continued aid to these families. The area has been deemed a disaster zone by the Governor of this State...hopefully the aid will get there fast as the waters start to recede. Pray with me...

So today's Card is one of my favorite cards. It is what I had in mind when I purchased the New 'Pretty Pines Thinlits' from Stampin'Up! (tomorrow's cards will have the same but really different technique!)

Here is Today's Card:

 
 
I used Garden Green Cardstock for the base of the card. I took a panel of Whisper White Cardstock and embossed it with the 'Softly Falling' Embossing Folder, all from Stampin'Up! I then used Garden Green and Whisper White Cardstock and cut out the large and small Pine needles and the Pine Cones with the New 'Pretty Pines Thinlits'. I used Early Espresso for the Pine Cones. I layered them all together with Mini Glue Dots and then attached them to the card. I made a small 'fork bow' with some Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon that is now retired. The Sentiment is stamped from the New Stamp Set named 'Christmas Pines'.
 
 
Here is the inside of the card:
 

 
I cut a Whisper White Panel for the inside of the card. I cut a small pine sprig and a solid pine cone with the 'Pretty Pines Thinlits', used Mini Glue Dots to layer and then attach to the inside of the card. The sentiment is from the 'Christmas Pines' Stamp Set from Stampin'Up!
You can get the 'Pretty Pines' Thinlits and the 'Christmas Pines' Stamp Set as a Bundle from the New Holiday Catalog. Purchased as a Bundle, it is 10% off the price of the two sold separately!
 
If you have any questions or would like to order any of these supplies, and you do not have a demonstrator, I will be happy to help you order.
I have tried repeatedly to change the e-mail over my Blog, I can't seem to figure out how. I have moved and I have a new carrier for my computer.
My new e-mail is: c.mcaskill@suddenlink.net
 
OR you can go straight to Stampin'Up!  stampinup.com and go straight to the store and order! Easy Peasy! When you are at the store, at the top of the page it asks if you have a Demonstrator or search for one...put in your Demonstrator's name and they will get credit for your order! If you do not have a Demonstrator, then add my name. At the bottom of the page it will ask also if you want to be contacted...say yes...it will notify your Demonstrator that you have ordered and they can then acknowledge you by a 'Thank You'...I will too if you select me...but only select me if you do not have a Demonstrator! We all work together to share what we love! So that you can also love what we share and CASE (Copy And Share Everything!)
 
 
 Until Tomorrow...Blessings to ALL of You!
 

Friday, September 23, 2016

On the Fifth Day of Christmas...

Eight Ornament Cards! Yup! 
Four of each of these cards!
I have to make over 65 cards to mail out at Christmas!
I have a very Large Family! So with no further fanfare...

Here are the two styles of the same card...

 
 
I made the cards the same, but the ornament is a different color on each card. I used the retired Green and Red foil papers for the ornaments I cut them out using the 'Delicate Ornament Thinlits' (page 194 in the Annual Catalog). I used the retired Brushed Gold paper for the Ornament Tops (included in the Thinlits Set). It pays to hang onto stuff! (Sometimes!)
 

 
 
I used the New Pine Bough Textured Impressions Embossing Folder for the front of the card. For the Sentiment I used a Greeting from 'Embellished Ornaments' stamp set (page 33 in the Annual Catalog). The Sentiment was stamped in Versa Mark and I then used the NEW Real Red Glitter Stampin' Emboss Powder (page 7 in the Holiday Catalog).  For the card base I used the Thick Whisper White Cardstock. For the Embossed Panel I used regular Whisper White Cardstock.

 
I assembled the Ornaments together with a Mini Glue Dot, then I added
three Mini Glue Dots to the Back of the Ornament and strategically placed
it to look has if it is hanging from the Embossed Branch!
 
On one card I used the Real Red Cardstock to Mat the Embossed Panel and on the other card I used Garden Green to mat the Embossed Panel. I didn't get a picture...but the inside is stamped with a greeting from the Embellished Ornament Stamp Set...it reads:
'With Loving Wishes For A Bright & Beautiful Season'
 
I hope this inspires you to get your Christmas Cards made for the Upcoming Holiday! I mail ALL my cards out the Day After Thanksgiving!
 
Then I can focus on just the Holiday and all that goes with it!
 
When I am finished with these Christmas Cards I will make up 10 Thanksgiving Cards for my immediate Family (Dad, and all the Sissie's and Bros and a couple of very close friends!
 
Till next Posting...Blessings to ALL of you!
 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Fourth Day of Christmas...

This card is a 'twofer'. I made the same card is two different card stock base colors. I used Real Red and Crumb Cake from Stampin'Up! I also used the new 'Candy Cane Lane' DSP from Stampin'Up! too. The Stamp Set I used is named "Star of Light'. I love all the Sentiments in this set! Also the stamps are great too! This Stamp Set can also be bought in a Bundle with the "Starlight Thinlits" for a 10% Discount! See page 9 in the new Holiday Catalog.  I haven't played with the Thinlits yet...Oh! but it will be played with!

Here are the cards:
 
The Sentiment peeking through is from the "Star of Light" stamp set.
The Star and the background are also from the same stamp set. I used Crumb Cake Classic Ink Pad to stamp the swirled stars behind the main Star which I then colored in using Real Red and Early Espresso Stampin' Write Markers.

 
This is called a Gate fold Card. It has been modified to show the Greeting from the inside of the card. The base measures 5 1/2" X 7 1/2" and it is scored at 1 1/2" from both sides. The Panels are cut 5 1/4" X 1 1/4" and the DSP is cut 1" X 5". The Square panel is 2 1/2" X 2 1/2". The Whisper White square is cut 2 1/4" X 2 1/2".

 
Here is the inside of the card...I used the other stamp from the Sentiments in the "Star of Lights" stamp set. I really like the saying and I used it on other cards I made!
 
 
Here are the cards next to each other...kind of hard to tell them apart!
I made 2 each of these cards.
 
Feel free to CASE (Copy And Share Everything). I did...I will have to give credit where credit is due...I copied Dawn Griffith. I made my opening wider because I wanted to use a larger font stamp than Dawn used for her card. That is how you make the cards your own!
 
Till next time...Blessings to ALL of you!
 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Third Day Of Christmas...



The Third in this series!

First I need to apologize for the delay...We had out of town Guests and just before they arrived, my computer crashed. So I didn't really have time to play with trying to see what is wrong...so...This morning "My Hubster" fixed my computer! I picked up something and it wreaked havoc, but it is fixed and I am able to post...I had all 12 posts ready...just didn't expect the computer to do it's own thing! Anyway, I can now post today! I told "Mr. Hubster" that I bow down to him and am in AWE of his computer skill!

This card is one I had a vision for when I purchased the 'Hearth and Home' Framelits. The 'wallpaper' isn't what I really wanted, but it is what I had on hand...it really isn't bad...but I wouldn't do this in my home!!!

Here is the picture:

 
 
I used the 'Hearth and Home' Framelits. I cut the crossbars out of the window and it became the fireplace! I used Early Espresso card stock for the fireplace, the mantle is Tip Top Taupe. The inside of the fireplace is Cherry Cobbler and I used the Embossing Folder 'Brick Wall'.
The wallpaper is retired Stampin'Up! DSP. I used a small strip of Whisper White card stock for the chair rail. I stamped the stocking with the stocking from "Hang Your Stocking" Stamp Set from Stampin'Up!
I cut out the stocking, bow, Christmas trees, and the andirons with the "Christmas Stockings Thinlits Dies.
The Stocking Stamp Set and the Thinlits are in the Holiday Catalog on page 15. They may be purchased as a bundle for a 10% savings!
The 'Flower' above the fireplace is a retired 'brushed gold' DSP from Stampin'Up! I used the new "Flourish Thinlits"
to cut out that flower. I used the small flower in that Thinlits set.
 
 
I think this turned out so cute! I made two of these. I am going to make a couple more of these using different Stampin'Up! DSP. I will post those when I make them...!

 
This is the inside of the card. I used a retired Stamp Set called
"Four the Holidays". There are some Stamp Sets I am not willing to part with...I DO use them each Christmas. I love this font!
 
I will catch you next post! Until then...Blessings to ALL of you!






Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Second Day of Christmas...

Hello Fellow Stampers!
I realize last post...The 1st Day of Christmas...I had already posted that card! Silly me! Well at least we worked together to finish the card! I do like the scored lines across the front. I went and did it to the other 3 cards!

For the next card, I used Another retired Stamp Set, last years 'Wonderland'  Stamp Set. I just gave that away to a new friend too! Along with the matching DSP and Vellum. BTW the Vellum is on the Clearance Rack at Stampin'Up! It's a good deal!

Back to the Card, Here it is:

 
I used Always  Artichoke Card Stock and Classic Stampin' Pad in Always Artichoke to stamp the trees and the Sentiment. The Snowflakes are from the same stamp set and I used Sky Blue Classic Stampin' Ink Pad for the Flakes! The Sentiment is from the New 'Holiday catalog' from a Stamp Set named 'Holly Berry Happiness'. I am going to have to play with that one more! (It also has a punch to match the stamp set!) This set is a great 'Bundle Buy' for a 10% discount on that Bundle! I only made 2 of these for the stash. But there is a quite a few tree Stamp Sets in the Annual Catalog and in the Holiday Catalog that you could use instead of the retired set. Right of the top of my head...Lovely as a Tree Stamp Set! There is a single Christmas tree that you could stamp one at a time, up or down on the Whisper White Card Stock and achieve the same look!
 
There really isn't any tree you couldn't use and get the same results. Maybe not identical, but that is one way to make it your own!
 
I wish you all the Best!
 
Until the next Post...Blessings to all of you!

On the First Day of Christmas...

Just kidding! But I do have 12 days of cards to show you! I am only going to post one a day, otherwise this post will be picture heavy and wordy. So we will keep it to a card a day! Perhaps we can be inspired to get our cards done early for the Holiday Mailing!

Here is Day 1 card:

 
This is a close up of the card! I used Always Artichoke Card stock from Stampin'Up! The stamp set I used is called 'Festival of Trees'. The punch was a 'Tree' Punch that matched the set...when I went to look it up, it wasn't in the Catalog...it must be retired, if it isn't in the Catalog anymore, it is retired. Sorry, I didn't know it was retired before I made the card. These Trees could be cut out by hand like this...straight cuts! For the Star I stamped it in Crushed Curry and punch out with the Itty Bitty Accents punch (it is on the Clearance Rack!) I also used the Gold Wink of Stella on the star to bling it up! The ornaments are stamped in Cherry Cobbler and then I put a drop of Dazzling Details Cherry Cobbler on each ornament to bling them up too! I saw that this was retired too...:( 
Red Stickles should work too!
The sentiment Is a retired Stamp Set named 'Four the Holidays' I think I will be using this set forever! I still love it!
So I made Four of these cards for the Mailing stash. I'm getting there!

 
Another close look at the card. Oh I forgot...I used the 'Decorative Dots' Embossing Folder from Stampin'Up! I cut 3 pieces of the cardboard (that comes in our DSP packages) into rectangles the size of the area of the 'Decorative Dots'. I glued them together and then put the card front into the Embossing folder with the cardboard where I wanted the dots...Use no top plate when running it through the Big Shot. You will only get the area with the dots embossed on the card. I wanted the smooth area for the Sentiment!
Then I took a sponge dauber, dipped into Whisper White Craft ink pad and touched gently each dot...then I took a cotton pad folded and wiped over all the dots gently to soften up the dots. I may add a scored lined across the front to divide...funny how you think of these things after!


 


Hey! I like it! So score two lines across the card before you attach the trees with 'Mini Glue Dots'. I think it finishes the card! So happy we can discover these things together! This is still a learning process at all times!
 
I love being a Card Maker! Most of all I Love being a Stampin'Up!
Card Maker! An Independent Stampin'Up! Demonstrator! Although I am a 'Hobby Demonstrator' I am here if you need anything from Stampin'Up!
If you have a Demonstrator..by all means order from them...If you do not have a Demonstrator...I would be Happy to help you. Just contact me via my e-mail and I will get right back to you. Thank you for visiting today.
 
Until the next post...Blessings to ALL of you!

Monday, September 12, 2016

In The "Holiday" Spirit!

Hello Fellow Stampers!

It's been a very busy weekend! Started last Tuesday...I received notice from the Homeowners E-mail that there was going to be a 'Sale/Swap' for Stampers and Scrappers in one of the meeting rooms at the Center! Oh my!
I was so excited to see there are others here that do what I do! It's been rather depressing not having someone here that has the same interest that I have too! What a great bunch of Ladies!! All of us got to meet, swap information and our stuff! I thought I had purged and given most of my stuff to a friend up North...but I was wrong! So I did have quite a bit to swap out! The gathering was from 9am-2pm...we all ended up packing up and leaving about noon...next time we will advertise well ahead of time. But it wasn't the bust that you may think...it was a great time to share, touch base and a promise to get together...I'm thinking monthly! I need to book the room for the year! I think a monthly card gathering would be fun! We shall see how this plays out too! I'm working on it!

So as you can tell, I was inspired and energetic! I went cracking on some cards for Christmas...I mail out about 65 cards a year...so I have many to make. Most cards I make, I make 2-4 of them of the same design. I had a few left over from last year...So I made more and I will share them with you! The first 2 picture are Santa Hat Tags I made from the new 'Jolly Hat Builder Punch' from Stampin'Up! I punched out the hats and assembled them using the "Fine Tip Glue Pen" from Stampin'Up! I then popped them up on the tags using "Stampin' Dimensionals".

 Here they are:
 
Aren't they Cute!

 
Here's one up close! The Stamps set I used were: 1 retired set for the tag itself, and for the Greeting I used the 'Hang your Stocking' Stamp Set!
I used some Garden Green striped Baker's Twine, and looped it for the tag. Ready to go...on the back (sorry I didn't get a picture, I thought I did) it says the traditional "To:" and "From:".
 
Then I made a box for them with the "Gift Box Punch Board"
I stamped and punched hats for the four sides of the box.
I like how these turned out! There are 12 Tags in the box.
Then I tied the box shut like a wrapped package with more
Garden Green Striped Baker's Twine. Done!
 
 
 
This first card, I used a technique to emboss only part of the card front.
I wanted some flat area to stamp my Greeting.
 
 
 
As you can see I made 4 of these cards!

 
I used the Festive Trees punch from last year along with the stamp set that matched. Unfortunately they are now retired and now unable to be purchased. I get this stuff to use but by the time I use them they get retired.
I make my cards up early in the year, because I have so many to mail. So When I start the following year...Some things get retired. I did get a late start this year on my cards because of the move, and then getting settled. So I did use some retired toys and also the new toys!
 
With that all said, if you have the punches/thinlits/framelits/bundles/stamp sets/card stock/DSP that are retired USE THEM! I buy to use my stuff over and over! When I'm done with any particular set...I set it aside and then I will sell them within the group I belong to from my 'Upline'. I also sold and gave away some stamp sets last Saturday. I love this and I want others to enjoy this as much as I do! Don't NOT use anything because it is retired...You can still get new, but as you can see, I mix and match sets!
Till next posting...Blessings to you All!
 
 



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