Saturday, September 24, 2016

Getting ready for a "SWEET" Christmas!

So today I'm sharing the second Christmas Card we made at this month's class.  It is very traditional, and very "sweet"!  I know I've mentioned it before - but I just think it was so smart that Stampin' Up! made the Cookie Cutter Builder punch to work for both Halloween/Fall images and the Christmas images.  Makes this punch, and these sets, just that much more desirable.  So for this project we used the Gingerbread man from Cookie Cutter Christmas, and stamped him in Crumb Cake and punched out.  Then sentiment says it all - would be so nice to pair with a plate of real cookies for a neighbor gift.
Below you can see the dimension we gave this card by the layers of cardstock, DSP, ribbon and twine - as well as popping images up on dimensionals.
And then we added a sprinkle of pearls - they reminded me of the little drops of frosting or the cute little sprinkles you add to cookies, and just seemed appropriate.
Here's hoping this inspired you to break out your Christmas stamps and get busy creating.  Christmas is just "3" months away!!

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Star of Light....

Okay - I'd be lying if I said I didn't have a ton of stuff from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog - and I cannot tell a lie :)   But, I have found a new favorite.  It is the amazing "Star of Light" set and Starlight Thinlit Dies.  I have check other blogs, Facebook and Pinterest - and it just seems like you can't make a bad card with this set.  It is amazingly beautiful!
So yesterday we made the above card in my Christmas card class.   Nothing difficult here - just pure elegance.  The music notes come from the "This Christmas" Specialty DSP in the regular catalog.  This paper is thinner and perfect for layering; and full of wonderful 2 sided designs!  We tore and sponged that layer just a little to help it POP against the Vanilla background and cover any red or green that may have shown through from the other side after tearing.  
The stars were cut out of black and gold using the Thinlit Dies - and just look at this negative space. I have to make something beautiful out of the also :)   The gold stars adhered with glue dots and the black star is popped up on dimensionals.  Here you can see it close up - and we added the little gem in the middle to cover the glue dot, and to give a little extra bling!
And here is how we finished off the inside.  So pretty!  I love the sentiments that come with this set.  The ones I used here are just beautiful for the season.  But there is also a series of more religious ones too, in the set - such as "Guide us to Thy perfect light" and "The Light of Heaven"..."Became the Light of the World" - and I love these. 
Hope you enjoyed - only 14 weeks till Christmas!   ~Maureen
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Monday, September 19, 2016

"BOO" wreath for Halloween

Yesterday I had my Halloween wreath class and it went great!  Here is the picture of the project we completed - it measures 18" diameter.   The project was made by adhering 12"x1" strips of DSP, glitter and black cardstock (11"x1") folded and overlapping, around a 6" wooden embroidery hoop.  You can use either piece of the hoop to do this, so you can actually make two with one hoop.
Once all the strips are adhered with SU's tear tape, we flagged the end of each of the pieces.  The next step was to build the scene.  We took a 6 1/2" circle of Pumpkin Pie - added a 2" circle of Daffodil for the moon, then sponged some black ink on to make spooky clouds.  We then added the TREE edgelit and FENCE edgelit from Halloween Scenes Edgelit dies.  The tree was adhered to the orange circle - then that was glued to the back of the wreath.  Next - using two glue dots we put the fence on the front of the wreath curving it just a bit to give dimension.  (see picture below)
After that we added our four bats (one up on the ring of the wreath) to our moon with glue dots.  You can see we folded the wings up and back again so they would pop up a little.

Here's a view from the bottom so you can see how the fence pops up.  Final step was to add the BOO of orange glitter letters and a hanger to the back.  Fun project - and it looks great on my wall!  See you soon.  ~Maureen
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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Ready to take wing....

Today I'm sharing the second card we made at this month's Cards and Coffee Class.  I love everything about this card.  The color combo, the collage look, the beautiful butterfly.  I cannot imagine anyone receiving this and not wanting to just "smile"! 
Here is a close up so you can see how we just layered some fun images randomly behind our butterfly to give it a light and airy collage look.
You can see below how the wings curve up and look like this butterfly is ready to just take off and fly.  Even after putting it in an envelope and mailing off - you will still have a bit of this feel once the envelope is opened again.  It's important to curve them gently with your fingers or bone folder ahead of time to keep this look.
Finally - I try to always decorate my envelopes - why not let the fun begin as soon as the recipient sees it amongst the pile of bills - lol! 

Hope you enjoyed this pretty card - see the pics below for the products we used to create this.  You can always see my upcoming local events (if you live the Prescott, AZ area) - by clicking the "Upcoming Stamping Events" link at the top of this page. ~Maureen
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