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October 2010

Peaceful Winter White

Do you like to use frames on your card front?  I do.  The Ways to Use It Challenge on Splitcoaststampers was to use some form of a frame on your project.  I created an all white card with framed evergreen trees. 

KC The Moose is Loose 19

This was a fast and easy project.  The most time consuming thing was to make sure I could get my two Nestabilities die cuts to line up correctly to create my frame. I love the pop of green bursting out from all the white.  I think the embossed background adds a little texture to the card without distracting from the all white. Adding the little white pine sprigs to the bow seemed a perfect finishing touch of embellishment. This scene of trees bursting from the all white card seems so peaceful.

It’s Friday and I know we are all looking forward to a wonderful and restful weekend.  Make time to get in some fun stamping time if you can.

Stamps:  Rubbernecker Kittie Kits The Moose is Loose   Paper:  PTI White      Ink:  Peeled Paint    Accessories:  Taffeta, Cuttlebug Folder, Pine Punch, Nestabilities

Country Christmas Cardinal

Have you noticed how many companies have cardinals in their new Christmas release sets?  There are several really beautiful images but I still love the one in the retired Stampin’ Up! set Christmas Cardinal.  The Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge had an oval shape in the layout and inspired me to pull my cardinal out and use it.

I stamped the image twice on watercolor paper. One to paint and die cut and the other to paint and cut out all the leaves. I started the main image layer by painting a light blue wash around the bird for a soft sky. After I painted the images I popped up the cut holly leaves and attached with Glossy Accents and glue dots. I just could not decide on what contrasting paper to use with the image and finally decided on plain white and red and to stamp lots of pine around the background. The finishing touch was the country green gingham bow.

KC Christmas Cardinal 12

My photograph doesn’t show all the dimension with the popped up holly leaves. Here’s a little closer view.

KC Christmas Cardinal 12 close up

Check out my tutorial If you would like more information on how I tie my multi loop bow.  I hope you are having a good week.

Stamps: Christmas Cardinal, Rubbernecker Pine Set
Paper: PTI White, Real Red, Watercolor
Ink: Black Versafine, Fired Brick, Black Soot, Stormy Sky, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Lemonade, Meadow
Accessories: Brushes, Nestabilities, Border Punch, Crimper, Gingham, Glossy Accents, Glue Dots

Sending Warm Winter Wishes

The Splitcoaststampers Tuesday Color Challenge was fun with soft colors.  The challenge was to use Blushing Bride, Baja Breeze and Cookie Crumb.  Since I don’t have some of the new Stampin’ Up! colors I used a soft pink Prism cardstock, Baja Breeze and Kraft.  I couldn’t resist trying a snowman scene with these pretty colors and used my new favorite snowman set Be Jolly from Our Craft Lounge.

KC Be Jolly 4

I stamped the tree and snowman on kraft paper to cut out and paper piece.  I used creamy caramel to lightly wash the kraft pieces to bring them a little more to life. The snow on the tree limbs and ground was painted with white craft ink and embossed with white embossing powder. I stamped the snowman again on pink cardstock for the scarf and hat trim and then again on watercolor paper. The snowman was shaded using the blue, cut out  and then I paper pieced with all the little pieces- the kraft shaded hat, cane, and twig arms, pink hat trim and scarf and this finished up the snowman. I used a cloud template and ink blending sponge to create the cloudy sky background. I pieced the tree on the sky background and placed the snowman right behind the snowy ground area.  I love the dimension.  The little sentiment tag was punched with my SU oval punches and tied with linen thread. I thought it would look cute hanging from the tree. I can’t help myself.  I just love snowman winter scenes. 

Stamps: Our Craft Lounge-Be Jolly, Tweet Winter Wishes (sentiment)
Paper: Kraft, Baja Breeze, Prism Pink
Ink: Black Versafine, Creamy Caramel, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Oval Punches, Snips, White EP, Linen Thread, Deckle Scissors, Cloud Template, Glue Dots, Glossy Accents for Paper Piecing Adhesive

Gingham and Evergreen Wreath and Snow Cuddles

I don’t usually try clean and simple card designs as I usually get too busy adding scenery or other stuff. I checked the Monday CAS challenge while I was on my lunch break and knew I had to play as soon as I got home.  The challenge was to use either gingham or checks. I love all gingham but none more than red and white and especially on Christmas cards.  Tie it in a bow, add some punched greenery, a punched bird and layer over a pure white background and you get a quick, clean and simple holiday greeting.  No stamps necessary!!!. Check out my multi loop bow tutorial for instructions on how I make my bows.

KC SU Bird Punch

I have another card to share that I made a few days ago.  It is a precious Stampavie snowman couple called Snow Cuddles by Penny Johnson.  I thought the mostly white snow couple looked great layered over the dark BasicGrey Jovial designer paper. I love the little touch of Polar White Flower Soft at their feet.

KC Penny Johnson Snow Cuddles

Have you started your holiday cards yet?  Time is marching by!

Project 1:

No Stamps or Ink
Paper: PTI White, Real Red, Old Olive
Accessories: MS Evergreen/Fern Punch, SU Bird Punch, SU Border Punch

Project 2:

Stamps: Stampavie Penny Johnson Snow Cuddles
Paper: BasicGrey Jovial, Red, Watercolor
Ink: Black Soot, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Broken China, Pumpkin Pie, Chinese White Watercolor Paint
Accessories: Grosgrain, Brushes, Flower Soft

Polar Present, Nature Inspired and Fun Holiday Cards

I had so much fun stamping this past week and weekend.  I wanted to share my projects with you.  It is my turn to do the Stampavie blog post today so I am starting off with Laurence Design Polar Present. These two have the cutest expressions on their faces.

KC Laurence Design Polar Present

I love nature inspired holiday cards.  The first is a Rubbernecker Pine Branch image.  The second is a retired Stampin’ Up image from Feathered Hope. Both of these projects were stamped on plain white PTI cardstock. 

KC Pine Branch

KC Feathered Hope 9

The last two are fun holiday cards with a more jovial theme. The first is from Rubbernecker Winter Collection.  The second is a retired Stampin’ Up image from Festive Favorites.

KC Mitten Large

KC Festive Favorites 11

As you can see I had lots of fun creating Christmas cards to add to my stash.  I hope you have time this week to get your fingers inky.

Project 1.

Stamps: Stampavie Laurence Design Polar Present, Rubbernecker Tree Set
Paper: Cool Caribbean, Ruby Red, Watercolor
Ink: Old Paper, Brushed Corduroy, Black Soot, Fired Brick, Olive and White Craft Ink, Versa Fine, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Tumbled Glass
Accessories: White EP, Taffeta, Sponge, Brushes

Project 2.

Stamps: Rubbernecker Winter Holiday #2-Pine Branch 394-08, SU Season's Greetings-retired
Paper: Artichoke, White
Ink: Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Walnut Stain, Brushed Corduroy, Versafine Black
Accessories: Versa, Gold EP, Grosgrain

Project 3.

Stamps: Retired SU Feathered Hope
Paper: PTI White, Red, Artichoke
Ink: Lemonade, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Brushed Corduroy, Stormy Sky,
Accessories: Red SU Marker, Stickles, Organdy

Project 4.

Stamps: Rubbernecker Winter Holiday Collection #1 Grand Mitten
Paper: Cottage Christmas, Eskimo Kisses, Wasabi, White
Ink: Versa Fine Black
Accessories: Diamond Dust Glitter, Spellbinder Snowflake Die, SU Chipboard Flower, Glossy Accents, Linen Thread, Button

Project 5.

Stamps: Retired Festive Favorites, Happy Winter and Flannel Plaid
Paper: Artichoke, White, Red
Ink: Versafine Black, Forest Moss, Peeled Paint, Brushed Corduroy, Bashful Blue
Accessories: Tag Punch, Deckle Scissors, Gingham, Flower Soft, Color Box Stylus and Foam Tip