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Happy DieCember!

It sure is hard to believe that it is already December! But, we all have lots to look forward to – like DieCember at Simon Says Stamp!

I was thrilled to get the chance to create with this new die from Simon Says Stamp “Joy to You” cover plate. I made several cards and a fun banner.

For my first card, I started by using the cover plate to die cut some deep, red cardstock. I splattered white acrylic paint to add snow to my background. Next, I die cut green cardstock so I could inlay a green tree on this card. I layered it onto a white panel and adhered it to a white, top folding A2 card base.

For this card, I used the letters from the previous card to determine my color palette. I found some pretty plaid patterned paper in my stash that I thought would work perfectly for this card. I used the cover plate to die cut some white cardstock. Next, I inlayed the red letters. I also used the cover plate to die cut some silver paper so I could get a silver tree to inlay. This was such a quick card to create, and I love how it turned out!

This next card really came together quickly! I die cut the cover plate from Simon Says Stamp silver glitter cardstock. Next, I added foam tape to the back, to give this panel some dimension. I die cut a green panel and adhered it to a white, top-folding A2 card base. Lastly, I adhered the silver panel. So sparkly and pretty!

This card is probably my favorite. I simply die cut the cover plate 3 times out of white cardstock. I adhered them all together and then rubbed the edges onto my embossing ink pad. Next, I sprinkled gold embossing powder and heat embossed the edges. Then, I splattered Lawn Fawn Liquid Stardust on the base panel. I adhered the die cut panel to the base panel and added them to a top-folding A2 card base. Lastly, I inlayed a green tree. I love how this card turned out!

For my last project, I created a fun little banner for my chalkboard wall. I was going for a rustic, farmhouse vibe. I die cut the cover plate from black cardstock and used a dauber to add some Ranger Picket Fence Distress Ink on it to make it look a little chalky. I adhered that panel to a banner shape that I created.

To create the banner shape, I cut a piece of white card stock to 4 x 5 3/4″. I found the center and measured up one inch from the bottom and drew a small dot where that measurement met the middle. Using an xacto knife, I cut from each of the bottom corners, diagonally up to where the dot was located, to make the banner shape. I cut several of these for the banner.

For the other banners, I die cut an oval out of kraft cardstock and adhered it to a gingham rectangle that was adhered to the banner piece. I die cut black trees using Simon Says Stamp Mod Tree Wafer Die and adhered them to the kraft ovals. Next, I punched holes so I could string up the banner. I added black jingle bells (which I found in the Target Dollar Spot) between the banners. I hung this on my chalkboard wall in my kitchen and I am loving it!

I hope you will consider Joy For You Cover Plate Die for your holiday crafting. I think it is a must have for creating quick and simple cards!

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Holiday Latte

How fun is the Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop? So many wonderful cards entered. I hope you are joining in!

I decided to create a holiday card, because it is time to get busy!

My card features an image from Cozy Vibes Coffee from Unity Stamps. I colored it with Copic Markers and went back in with the colorless blender to remove some of the color from the latte design. I also added some white gel pen to brighten it up. The sentiment is from Christmas Coffee Sayings by Impression Obsession. I stamped it with Momento Tuxedo Black Ink and then die cut it with a pennant die from Divinity Designs. I used some older punches to create my holly and pine accents. I splattered some white paint on the holly and pine to look like snow.

I’m linking this up to the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and also entering it in the current Caffeinated Christmas Card challenge #cccc11.

I look forward to seeing your caffeinated creations!

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Need A Little Christmas in July

I don’t know about you, but I really need to get a jump on my holiday cards. Every year I say I’m going to do it…but rarely do I actually fulfill it. This year I am teachig a class at the local papercrafting store and the theme for this month is Christmas in July. Lucky for me, I don’t have a choice but to start working on holiday cards.

This card features a wonderful stamp set from Dare2BArtzy. It is called Deck the Halls. I love the images as well as the sentiments.

For my card, I decided to go with a clean and simple layout. I really like how this one turned out! For my class, I thought it was a good card for students to practice their coloring skills by coloring the ornaments. Also, they could go with any color combination they chose, since the rest of the card is black and white.

For my ornaments, I colored with Spectrum Noir Tri Blend markers. I like how simple they are to use and that they take the guess work out of finding colors to blend together. I also added some silver gel pen details to the ornaments to make them even more festive. To give dimension, I added a cardstock layer to the square ornament and then a pop dot to the ornament in the foreground.

I hope this inspires you to start creating your holiday cards!

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Growing in Unity – Day 1

It’s hard for me to believe that this week is Thanksgiving. And I can’t believe my GIU week has finally arrived! I am so thrilled to get to share some of my ideas with you.

I thought I’d kick off my GIU week with some holiday inspiration.

This card was created using a kit of the month “Conspiracy of Love” from October 2017.

I stamped this pretty image in Momento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic markers. I wanted to go with some non traditional colors for this card. Next, I went over the image with clear Wink of Stella to add some sparkle and shine. I heat embossed the sentiment with Ranger Watering Can embossing powder and then cut out the panel. My original idea was to make a slimline card, but then I changed my mind and went with a standard 4 1/4 x 5 1/2” top folding card base. The layering panel is cut from Tonic Mirror Card in Burnished Rose. Isn’t that cardstock gorgeous?!? I’ve been hoarding that paper for a while but thought it would be pretty with these ornaments. Before adhering my stamped panel, I glued some white craft foam to the back to add some dimension to my card.

If you look closely, you’ll see the Wink of Stella.

I liked how this card turned out, so I decided to make another card. I followed a similar process, but I just stamped my sentiment on this version. This image is from the October 2018 kit of the month “All Winter Long” and the sentiment is from “Shine Bright Girls.”

I really like the soft, non-traditional colors and clean design of these cards.

I hope you will create some holiday cards this week. I know I still have lots to make!

Did you know that just by commenting on this blog post you might win some Unity goodies? I mean, who doesn’t want some free stamps, right?!?

I hope you’ll stop by tomorrow to see what I have to share!