Friday, 7 December 2018

December Birthday Cards


Happy Friday! Another week, come and and gone, and we're getting closer to Christmas! This weekend I have some friends coming over for some stamping and crafting fun. We're going to make holiday ornaments, cards, tags and just enjoy the season together. I'm really looking forward to it. I love that Stampin' Up! brought us all together, otherwise I doubt I would have met these amazing ladies, whom I'm grateful to now call my friends! The same goes for members of my "Serene Stampers" group, whom I adore. Each month I like to make birthday cards for these lovely gals and send them a little 'hug in the mail'. The cards I made for this month's birthday girls were based on a card demonstrated by Shelli Gardner, Stampin' Up's co-founder, at last month's On Stage event. Shelli used new product coming out in our Occasions catalogue and I used three different stamp sets on my version:

First I inked the doily image from "Very Vintage" with Daffodil Delight, stamping off first onto scrap paper. Next, I stamped the branch from "Colourful Seasons" with Old Olive ink and flowers with Daffodil Delight. The sentiment is from "Picture Perfect Birthday". I decided to add a little bird and butterflies from our "Enjoy Life" stamp set. I love combining stamp sets on a project!


This card was done the same as above, minus the butterflies. I also splattered on some Soft Suede ink, spritzed with Champagne Shimmer Mist Paint and finished with pearls and Dazzling Diamonds. Such an easy card, but imagine a set of these done up in different colours? I think it would make a very nice gift!

This card design is so simple and sweet but don't you just love it? This would also be a fabulous layout design for Christmas and other occasions too!

Supply List

Well, I'm heading outside to bring in some wood before the predicted snow comes later today and tomorrow. We're not supposed to get too much, mind you, but winds and temps are supposed to drop to -12. Yuck (I really don't care for the cold...). So I'm going to finish my morning coffee and then get moving. Later today I will be filming THREE new videos for you! One is for the card I shared yesterday, as I had some requests for a video tutorial. The second video is cute Christmas decor piece, which is also the make and take project for my "Serene Stampers" Virtual Christmas party this month (I sent the supplies to everyone participating!). The third video is long time coming and MUCH requested - an updated version of my Glitter Napkin Technique!!! Yessirre! FINALLY! The original version used products that have lone been retired from Stampin' Up! (ie. heat and stick powder) so I'm going to show a new way to create this WOW technique. Wait until you see the napkins I bought too - oh my gosh - I can't wait to put them to use! So stand by - these videos will be posted just as fast as I can so that you'll have lots of inspiration for more Christmas crafting and card making. 

Ok. Coffee and wood. Must run. Have a WONDERFUL day! xx

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Thursday, 6 December 2018

Dear Friend Very Vintage Card Tutorial


Today's card is one I created for this month's Leader's Project Group. I decided to use the Very Vintage Host set (because I love it) and watercolour paper (something I don't use often enough). I added a wash of colour using my aqua painters and ink pads - so quick and easy, especially when you aren't worried about staying within the lines! I really like the colour combination I chose too: Coastal Cabana, Merry Merlot & Gorgeous Grape. A bit of heat embossing, some Clear Wink of Stella for glimmer, a popped-up bee and torn edges - lots going on with this card, yet it went together quite quickly. I can't remember the last time I tore the edges of my cardstock - that was all the rage when I first became a demonstrator YEARS ago! It's fun to do and adds a nice ragged edge. I hope you enjoy today's project!



Measurements:
  • Gorgeous Grape: 5 ½” x 8 ½” & 3” x 4”
  • Coastal Cabana: 5 ½” x 4 ¼”
  • Merry Merlot: 2 ¾” x 3 ¾”
  • Watercolour Paper: 3 ½” x 2 ¾”
Instructions:

  1. Fold Gorgeous Grape card stock in half to create card base.
  2. Rub the Embossing Buddy over the right side of the 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Coastal Cabana card stock. Stamp image with Versamark; emboss with Clear Powder. Tear strip towards you along the right side to create a ragged edge.
  3. Wrap ribbon around Coastal Cabana card stock, securing into place, and glue to card base.
  4. Stamp flower image onto Watercolour Paper with Stazon Ink Pad. Use aqua painters and ink pads to colour. Add Clear Wink of Stella. Lightly add a wash of Coastal Cabana ink around the entire image. Tear left and right sides to create ragged edges. Glue to Merry Merlot card stock, then to Gorgeous Grape layer. Glue to card front.
  5. Tie a knot with ribbon and place on card with a glue dot.
  6. Stamp sentiment and fly onto scrap piece of watercolour (or vanilla) card stock. Colour fly with aqua painter and ink pads; add Clear Wink of Stella. Cut out fly and trim sentiment; apply each to card using Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.


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