More Christmas Blessings! (GDP065)

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Ok, so I have a problem…I can’t stop using all of our fabulous Christmas stamps…and I can’t help but use our brand new stamps from the Occasions Catalog (available January 4th)!  To solve my problem I combined them!

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The colors used on today’s card are from this week’s Global Design Project Color Challenge.  They are SO pretty for this season!

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The pretty watercolored flowers and the little leaves are stamps from the new So In Love set.  And the sentiment is from the Christmas Pines set.  This is definitely my favorite Christmas sentiment.

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The flowers are watercolored on watercolor paper.  To get the shading, I watercolored the flowers once and then when they dried I went back in a second time to darken portions of each flower.

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As I’ve been sitting here posting, my sweet little Elie has been sitting on my lap looking up at me.  I want you to see what I’m seeing…

Elie looking up at me

I can hardly work!!  Isn’t she too cute!  I think she wants me to stop and pet her 🙂

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Thank you for stopping by today!

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Stamps:  Christmas Pines, So In Love
Ink:  Crumb Cake and Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pads
Paper:  Whisper White and Early Espresso card stock and Watercolor Paper
Tools:  Aqua Pen, Real Red Stampin’ Marker
Embellishments:  Real Red 3/4″ Stitched Edge Ribbon, Delicate White Doilies

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Christmas Pineapple!

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Welcome for the holidays!  The pineapple is the symbol of “welcome,” and it seems very appropriate at this time of year as we get together with family and friends!

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For today’s card, the fabulous Pineapple stamp was stamped in Real Red ink on the bottom, and Garden Green ink on the top.  I did a lot of “huffing” on the stamp before I pressed it down.  Huffing, or breathing on the stamp with your mouth open to moisten it, really helps to get a good, deep color.

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Tombow ink was lightly splattered all over the card (use an Aqua Pen and add some glue to the tip, then splatter).  While that was wet, I poured Gold Mica Flakes over the splatter.

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A pretty bow tied with Gold Baker’s Twine finishes off the card.  What do you think about a Christmas pineapple card?  It might be a nice little gift to guests who visit your home over the next few weeks….

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Stamps:  Pineapple stamp
Ink:  Real Red and Garden Green 
Paper:  Whisper White card stock
Adhesive:  Tombow Liquid Glue
Embellishments:  Baker’s Twine Trio Pack, Mica Flakes Trio Pack

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Preview: So in Love!

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I wish I had a happier occasion to show you this beautiful new stamp set and dies.  But this is actually a sympathy card for a friend who just lost her adult son.  I’m so sad for her and wanted to create a pretty card to let her know I’m praying for her.

Sympathy envieFor this card I stamped some of the stamps from the new So In Love stamp set in a pretty pattern across the top portion of the card.  I blended the stamped images with an Aqua Painter.

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The So Detailed Thinlits are, let me say, GORGEOUS!!  For this card I just used a portion of one of the thinlits as a border along the bottom of the card.  Don’t you love the light detailed flowers?

Sympatjy holding R upThe sentiment here is from the Strength & Prayers stamp set and it’s stamped on a bit of one of the thinlits.

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This is a fabulous bundle.  Be sure to put it at the top of your list for when the new Occasions Catalog goes live in January of 2017!  You won’t be sorry!

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Stamps:  So In Love (available January 2017)
Ink:  Calypso Coral and Wild Wasabi
Paper:  Whisper White and Calypso Coral card stock and Watercolor Paper
Tools:  So Detailed Thinlits Dies (available January 2017), Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Aqua Painter
Embellishments:  Subtles Enamel Shapes

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Sneak Peek: Dragonfly Dreams!

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SNEAK PEEK!!  This is a little preview of a “d-r-e-a-m-y” bundle coming up in the NEW OCCASIONS CATALOG!  (The catalog will go live in January!)

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I have to tell you I got this stamp set in early November at On Stage, but this is the first time I’ve had to play with it!  (What’s that about?)  The beautiful dragonfly is made of vellum sponged on the back with Rich Razzleberry ink, and then cut with the new Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits ~ is it gorgeous or what??

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The dragonfly is set on a background of Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series paper.  I sponged the paper first with Mint Macaron ink, and then I sponged the corners with Rich Razzleberry ink.  After that I lightly splattered Rich Razzleberry ink from an Aquapainter.

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A few pearls were added onto the little dragonfly’s body as he is a very pretty dragonfly 🙂  Now, let me tell you – the sentiments in this new set are great!  I used one of them here on a little strip of vellum.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  Doesn’t this make you excited for the new catalog?  I’ll be showing you some more previews over the next month….so stop back by!

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Stamps:  Dragonfly Dreams
Ink:  Mint Macaron, Rich Razzleberry
Paper:  Whisper White and Rich Razzleberry card stock,
Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper, Vellum
Tools:  Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Aqua Painter
Embellishments:  Pearls Basic Jewels

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Beautiful Luminaries!

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My friend and downline, Robin Daus, has created some beautiful luminaries and I just have to show them to you!  Aren’t they gorgeous?

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For this luminary she’s used the Merry Medley stamp and embossed it using copper embossing powder on vellum paper.  Cool, right?  I got to see this in person and let me tell you, it’s amazing!!

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This Chanukah luminary is embossed in silver embossing powder, also on vellum paper.  She’s used the now retired Jewish Celebrations stamp set.

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The vellum is trimmed with our Silver Foil.  It’s genius the way she’s done this as it really grounds the luminary and makes it feel solid.

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Truthfully, the luminaries are very light.  They are simply rolled to about a 3-1/2″ diameter and the edges affixed together.  Just set the rolled luminary over a battery-operated tea light and there you have it!  Darling!

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Thanks for stopping by today!  Robin doesn’t have a blog, but she will see any comments you leave for her 🙂  Also, if you hae any questions for her, leave it in a comment and she will answer you!!

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Stamps:  Merry Medley and Jewish Celebrations (now retired)
Ink:  Versamark Ink, Copper Embossing Powder and Silver Embossing Powder
Paper:  Vellum Paper, Gold Foil and Silver Foil
Tools:  Heat Tool

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Presents Nice!!

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Do you need some little gifts?  These Clear Tiny Treat Boxes are so great for table favors, party favors, tiny teacher gifts…anything!

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Mine are filled with individually wrapped peppermint candies, but you can fill the with anything.  And, you can decorate them any way you like!

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These are wrapped in This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper (in the Annual Catalog).  Pine branches cut with the Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies peek out from behind a flower punched from the Petite Petals Punch.  The Gold Glimmer Paper flower was punched with a retired punch I have in my stash 🙂

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I think these are just TOO cute!  And, they are a snap to make.  I bet you can think of some fabulous things to do with them!

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Box:  Clear Tiny Treat Boxes
Paper:  This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Gold Glimmer Paper,
Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler card stock
Tools:  Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Petite Petals Punch

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Copper Christmas!

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The star is a spectacular symbol of Christmas, and so traditional and classic.  The Starlight Thinlits Dies have to be the most beautiful star dies ever, and this particular die is my favorite of the set!

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I tried to keep this card neutral, letting the copper stand out.  To give some texture to the card, I did a light neutral watercolor wash on Watercolor Paper.  Then I copper embossed some little bitty stars over that, and finished off with a splatter of Black Archival Ink.

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A thin strip of musical note dsp was glued onto the bottom of the watercolored panel and then the beautiful Copper Foil star was set on with Dimensionals.  This was all layered on top of a piece of Copper Foil and a Very Vanilla card base.

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This card is going to someone special for Christmas!  What about you?  Have you made a special card for a special person in your life this season?  I’d love to know, leave me a comment and tell me about it!  I love your comments!

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Stamps:  Christmas Pines (for the tiny stars)
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand, Versamark, Black Archival Ink
Paper:  Very Vanilla card stock, Watercolor Paper, Copper Foil, This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper
Tools:  Starlight Framelits Dies, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Aqua Pens

 

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Wonder of Christmas!

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The Christmas season has officially begun!!  Joy to the World!!!  I just love this darling angel and she perfectly expresses my joy this season!

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The angel and the stars (another stamp in the set) are heat embossed in white and then the whole panel is sponged with Sweet Sugarplum ink.  Doesn’t it just seem appropriate that we use Sweet Sugarplum at this time of the year?

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The angel panel is mounted on a background piece of Sweet Sugarplum card stock and then everything is set on a Whisper White card base.

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So let’s enjoy this wonderful time of year!  Even though we have lots to do, let’s try to be thankful and give joy to others during this season.  That’s my goal and I hope you’ll join me!

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Stamps:  Wonder of Christmas
Ink:  Versamark and White Embossing Powder
Paper:  Whisper White and Sweet Sugarplum card stock
Tools:  Sponge Daubers, Heat Tool
Embellishments:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels

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Thanksgiving Table Setting!

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Just thought I’d pop in today to help you with your holiday preparations!!  If you are hosting a Thanksgiving meal like I am, you may want to make some name tags or pretty place holders.

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These napkin name tags were inspired by Artisan Amy O’Neill.  She created something similar and I took her idea and did my own thing.  Now, I know my napkin is a bit wrinkly…I plan on ironing all of them before I set the table!!! 🙂

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The pretty Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper makes a lovely napkin band.  The paper was cut at 2″ x 12,” wrapped around the napkin and affixed at the back.  On the front I layered a Delicate White Doily, a doily from the 2015-17 In Color Doilies, and topped with a circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  The stamp from the Basket of Wishes set is just what I feel about each of my family members coming to dinner!

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And you know what?  It’s also how I feel about each one of you, my blog readers!  You are each a blessing to me and I thank you so much for faithfully reading my blog!  Happy Thanksgiving!

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(except for the wrinkly napkin!!)

Stamps:  Basket of Wishes
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry
Paper:  Very Vanilla card stock and Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper
Tools:  Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies and Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
Embellishments:  Delicate White Doilies,  2015-2017 In Color Doilies

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Holiday Craft: Rolled Paper Tree!

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Need a quick Christmas craft?  This is a fun one!  I’m casing this project from several that I saw at World Card Making Day in Atlanta.  It’s an easy little project!

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For mine, I made the tree on a 5″ x 7″ piece of Kraft Paper.  I wanted to display the finished tree on this blackboard clipboard, but this standard size will fit in an open frame also.

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You simply roll 2″ wide pieces of designer series paper (this is Candy Cane Lane dsp) around a pencil.  You will want to pre-cut your pieces in varying lengths (I started at 4″ long and progressed down from there).  Roll on a pencil and affix with Tear & Tape Adhesive.  After you have all the little rolls made, arrange them on the Kraft Paper.  I also used Tear & Tape Adhesive to stick them down, but think a hot glue gun would work.  I used two short rolls of Chocolate Chip card stock for the tree trunk.

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A sweet Real Red bow made with the Bow Builder Punch finishes off the tree.  I love the way it turned out!  In a few weeks I’m going to be part of a make and take event and this is one of the projects I’m contributing!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!

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Paper:  Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper, Kraft Paper,
Real Red and Chocolate Chip card stock
Tools:  Bow Builder Punch
Adhesive:  Tear & Tape Adhesive

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