Ornament Keepsakes Christmas Cards

I think that the Ornament Keepsakes stamp set is the most popular set in the Holiday Catalog.  I know that it was one of the first sets that I put on my wish list.

There are numerous examples of cards that use the Holiday Frame Textured Impressions EF with one of the ornaments as the focal point.  I don’t have that folder so I did the reverse – framed the ornament by creating an embossed frame.

Here are my cards:

For the Raspberry Ripple card, I used a wooden frame with an oval cut out of it.  The frame is the same thickness as a Big Shot cutting pad so it can be used in the place of the cutting pad in the embossing sandwich   Because of the opening, the center part of the card stock does not get embossed.  I created a similar frame using a circle die and chipboard which I used for the Midnight Muse card.

I placed further emphasis on the ornaments by paper piercing around their outlines using the Ornaments Paper-Piercing mat from the Festive set.

To finish the cards, I used a metallic pen to color the centres of the embossed poinsettias.  The finishing touches are matching bows, a “Merry” tag using the Tiny Tags stamp set and some silver glitter.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stampin’ Up Supplies:

  • Stamps: Ornament Keepsakes, Tiny Tags
  • Paper: Raspberry Ripple, Midnight Muse, Whisper White
  • Ink: Raspberry Ripple, Midnight Muse
  • Accessories: Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack, Petals-a-Plenty Textured Impressions EF, Raspberry Ripple & Midnight Muse Stitched Satin Ribbon, Jewelry Tag Punch

Erin.

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Christmas Ornaments – Mojo 268

I missed two weeks of Mojo Monday sketches (http://mojomonday.blogspot.ca/), but I’m finally taking part again this week.  Here is a copy of the Mojo268 sketch:

Here is my version:

I inked up a new Christmas stamp set, Watercolour Winter, and stamped the pine bough repeatedly on the circle to create a branch from which to hang the ornaments.  I think that it looks pretty realistic and am happy with how it turned out.

The colour combination is not one I would normally gravitate to for Christmas cards but I am trying to expand beyond the traditional colour scheme this year.  I used the Color Coach to come up with this colour combo and have to say, I like it!  Not the red and green I would have selected but the Raspberry Ripple is really deep and rich so it pairs well with the Old Olive.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stampin’ Up Supplies:

  • Stamps: Ornament Keepsakes, Watercolor Winter, More Merry Messages
  • Paper: Raspberry Ripple, Old Olive, Whisper White
  • Ink: Raspberry Ripple, Old Olive
  • Accessories: Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies, Snow Burst Textured Impressions EF (retired)

Erin.

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A “Quilted” Christmas Heart

First a clarification  about my last post – I had a question about the Daydream Medallions Wreath card.  I neglected to include that I used a 1 3/4 circle punch for the centre of the top medallion.  I then free cut an opening in the bottom medallion that was slightly larger.  The top medallion covers this up so it does not have to be a perfect cut.  Sorry that I forgot to include this info in my post.

Now, on to today’s card.  I have to say that I really like how this one came together.  I saw a “quilted” heart on a card while perusing the internet.  I really like how it looked and wanted to use one on a card.  I had intended to make a thinking of you card but found some inspiration when looking through my stamps to find a sentiment.  The Christmas sentiment – welcome Christmas into you heart – from the Heard from the Heart stamp set combined with the “quilted” heart could be used to create a “cozy” Christmas card:

I created the heart by adhering 4 pieces of coordinating pattern paper to a piece of copy paper and used a framelit to cut it out.  I played up the “quilting” by faux stitching along the “seams” and embossing it.  To keep with the theme, I added faux stitching to the Very Vanilla layer and distressed the edges of both layers.  A simple bow using bakers twine completed the card.

It’s a very simple Christmas card but I think that this one is my favourite so far this year.

Thanks for looking!

Erin.

Stampin’ Up Supplies:

  • Stamps: Heard from the Heart (retired)
  • Ink: Cherry Cobbler
  • Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Festival Of Prints DSP Stack
  • Accessories: Heart Collection Framelit, Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack, Paper Piercer, Cherry Cobbler Marker, Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine, Lacy Brocade Textured Impressions EF
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Daydream Medallions Christmas Wreath

After a weekend visit to Winnipeg, followed by a 1500 km round trip for work and then a weekend of being sick, I’m finally blogging again.  Hopefully by tomorrow night I’ll be back in my craft area creating!  I’m getting behind on Christmas cards.  😦

This is a card that I created while I had the Daydream Medallions stamp set out on my table to create the wedding card in the last post.  I’ve seen several cards where a wreath is created using the medallions.  This is my version:

Thanks for stopping by!  I’ll be posting more regularly again starting tomorrow.

Stampin’ Up Supplies:

  • Stamps: Daydream Medallions, Petite Pairs
  • Ink: Garden Green, Real Red
  • Paper: Garden Green, Real Red, Whisper White
  • Accessories: Real Red Ribbon (retired), Rhinestones (coloured with a red permanent marker), Petals-A-Plenty Textured Impressions EF

Erin.

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Daydream Medallions Wedding Card

I’m going to a friend’s wedding this weekend.  We’ve been friends since Gr. 8 – a long time ago – so I had to make a card, a store bought one just won’t do in this case.

The motif on the invitation made me think of the Daydream Medallions stamp set so I knew that I would incorporate it into the design some how.  After creating the medallion, I set it on the invitation to see how well the colours match.  In doing this, I really liked how the medallion looked using the invitation as the background.  Thanks to some great feedback on Splitcoaststampers, I decided to go ahead and use the invitation as the background for my card.  The result is fabulous if I do say so.  Very effective but ever so easy.

I even pulled out the coordinating wheel and decorated an envelope to match.

How cool is that!

While I had the stamp set out, I stamped some medallions in other colours that you’ll see on some upcoming Christmas cards.  Stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stampin’ Up Supplies:

  • Stamps: Daydream Medallions, Daydream Jumbo Wheel, Embellished Events, Whimsical Words (sentiment inside)
  • Ink: Soft Suede, Perfect Plum
  • Paper: Perfect Plum, Whisper White, Invitation
  • Accessories: Floral Frames Framelits, Rhinestones

Erin.

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Christmas Mojo 265

I’m definitely behind on creating Christmas cards.  Since it is now November, I’ll be focusing on Christmas cards for the next while.  This week’s Mojo Monday sketch (http://mojomonday.blogspot.ca/) is a perfect opportunity.  Here is a copy of the Mojo265 sketch:

Here is my version:

I tried to add an embellishment like the sketch but I couldn’t find anything that looked right to me so I left it off.  I also decided to make an A2 size card instead of a square – just a personal preference of mine.

The stamp set is Ornament Keepsakes – it’s a great collection of ornaments.  And the thing that makes this set a favourite of mine even though this is my first time using it is the fact that there are matching framelits.  Makes it so easy to cut out the ornaments!  A little bit of bling and some baker’s twine and you have a perfect ornament to add to a card.

I modified the design to create a second card:

I really like the addition of the faux stitching around the Very Vanilla layer.  I decided to omit on of the mats behind the ornament to better accommodate the faux stitching.  If I were to make this card over again, I would use Old Olive for the mat instead of River Rock to make it pop.  I think that if I were to do this, I would like the second card better.  Which one do you like?

Thanks for stopping by!

Stampin’ Up Supplies:

  • Stamps: Ornament Keepsakes, Greetings of the Season
  • Paper: Real Red, Old Olive, River Rock, Very Vanilla
  • Ink: Real Red
  • Accessories: Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Pierce Mat, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Real Red marker, Lucky Limeade Baker’s Twine, Rhinestones

Erin.

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Congradulations to a Good Friend

I think that getting your Masters deserves a card!  Goodness knows I couldn’t go back and do more school.  Yesterday, a good friend of mine earned three more letters to put beside her name.  I put this card in the mail for her:

I found a graduation card on Splitcoast that I used as my inspiration.  I couldn’t resist using the owl punch again.  I’ve been told that it is addicting and they were right!  I cut the grad cap and glasses on my electronic cutter.

Surprising as it may sound, I don’t really have any graduation specific stamps.  I could have used a congratulations stamp but since this was a momentous event, I wanted a graduation stamp.  My Digital Studio to the rescue!  MDS2+ includes several stamp sets and luckily one of them, You Go Grad, had something that I could work with.  Using the colouring tool, I was able to emphasis the “grad” part of the sentiment.

Congradulations Christy!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stampin’ Up Supplies:

  • Stamps: You Go Grad (MDS)
  • Paper: Old Olive, Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive DSP (retired)
  • Accessories: Chevron Textured Impressions EF, Owl Punch

Erin.

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For a New Baby Using Mojo Monday Sketch 264

A good friend of mine is expecting her second baby.  Her due date was my husband’s birthday but that has come and gone so it looks like they won’t be sharing.  It’s been a couple of days since there has been an update so let’s hope that he has arrived.  Especially for his mom’s sake!

The card is based on this week’s Mojo Monday sketch (http://mojomonday.blogspot.ca/).  Here is a copy of the Mojo264 sketch:

Here is my version:

Lots of different stamp sets were used for this one!  The only change I would make if I were to create this card again would be to make the banner a little wider – it kind of gets lost with all of the other elements.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stampin’ Up Supplies:

  • Stamps: Baby Prints, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Button Button, Confetti, Polka Dot (retired)
  • Paper: Marina Mist, Whisper White
  • Ink: Marina Mist, So Saffron, Soft Suede
  • Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions EF, Word Window Punch, Stampin’ Pierce Mat, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Paper Piercer, Sponge, So Saffron Subtles Designer Button, 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon in Soft Suede

Erin.

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A Halloween Card for a “Big” Boy

Yesterday I shared the Halloween card I made for my youngest nephew.  Today I’m sharing the Halloween card I’ve made for his older brother who is 4 and a “big” boy.  He likes “scary” and is fully versed in all things Halloween.

Here is the card I created:

For the background, I used the same technique that I used for this card.

Do you recognize the frame?  It’s from the Peekaboo Frames Bigz L die.  This die has a several frames complete with flaps built in.

The sentiment I wanted to use on the flap is unique.  I was going to just type something up in MS Word but then thought, I should try using My Digital Studio.  In MDS, I opened the Curvy Label punch to create an area in which to work – the punches in MDS are true to size meaning that they match the real world punches.  I added the spider web from Spooky Bingo Bits in Basic Gray and then typed my sentiment in a text box and placed it on top of the spider web and sized everything to fit within the punch shape.  The next step is important, before printing, delete the punch shape otherwise it will be printed – ask me how I know.  It was only there to help with the sizing of the sentiment.  Once printed, I was able to punch out my sentiment and just like I planned, it all fit within the punch opening.  This method for generating sentiments works like a charm!  I’ll have to remember this for future cards!  I added some Crystal Effects to the spider to give it some dimension.

Now, what’s under the flap??  Take a look:

Get it!?  Peek-a-boooo!  Hee hee.   Hopefully my nephew thinks it’s as funny as his auntie does!  🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

Stampin’ Up Supplies:

  • Stamps: Googly Ghouls, Spooky Bingo Bits (MDS)
  • Paper: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
  • Ink: Basic Black, Illuminate Glimmer Watermark pad
  • Accessories: My Digital Studio, Peekaboo Frames Bigz L Die, Spider Web Textured Impressions EF, Curvy Label Punch, Googlies

Erin.

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Halloween Card for a Toddler

Today I’m sharing a Halloween card I made for my youngest nephew.  He is 1 1/2 and doesn’t really get the concept of Halloween yet.  I do know that he is crazy about pumpkins right now so his Halloween card should have a pumpkin.  He also loves animals.  And finally, given his age, it can’t be a scary Halloween card.

Here is the card I created:

I think that he’ll love the Frightening Feline cat hiding behind a pumpkin.  Perhaps in this case it should be Frightened Feline not Frightening Feline.  To appeal to my nephew’s age, I chose bright colours and embossed background to hopefully add some interest.  The really fun part, I added googly eyes.  I’ll know that he likes the card if it manages to get his attention for more than a second or two.  Here’s hoping.

Before signing off, I want to share a quick tip on how I added two colours to the sentiment:

  1. I put a post-it note over the words and tapped my Tangerine Tango stamp pad on the pumpkin in the sentiment.
  2. I then removed the post-it note and used my blender pen to remove the little bit of Tangerine Tango ink that got on the words.  The blender pen is a great way to remove any stray ink from a stamp, especially if you are trying to get it off of a small area.  This is a great tip that I learned along the way that makes colouring on stamps so much easier!
  3. Finally, I used my Basic Black marker to colour in the words.

Stampin’ Up Supplies:

  • Stamps: Frightening Feline, Delightful Dozen
  • Paper: Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, Lucky Limeade
  • Ink: Basic Black, Tangerine Tango
  • Accessories: Oval and Scallop Oval Punches, Chevron Textured Impressions EF, Basic Black marker, Googlies

Thanks for stopping by!

Erin.

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