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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

My Three-Mistakes Card

You know those new foil sheets in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog?  Well, I wanted to use the gold to cut out some snowflakes using the Festive Flurry Framelits dies.  That's when my mistakes happened.


Mistake number one:  I was cutting out two snowflakes, but after I ran them through the Big Shot, I realized I had put one die upside down.  Yep, it didn't cut, but it left the gold foil paper with a nice impression of the snowflake.  Well, I had one snowflake and a ruined piece of gold foil paper -- or so I thought.

Mistake number two:  I cut the white background cardstock to emboss it using the Pretty Print Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  After I embossed it, I realized I had cut it too small.  Drat.

Mistake number three:  I heat embossed (using gold embossing powder) the greeting (from the Joy to the World stamp set in the holiday catalog).  It was perfect -- until I noticed a mark to the right of the word "Holidays."  I tried to tell myself the recipient probably wouldn't notice it, but it was all I could see.

It all came together  for me, though, when I used that ruined piece of gold foil paper as the bottom layer.  The ruined part doesn't show now.  It also made the white embossed layer a perfect size. 

And, remember that one snowflake I had cut?  It worked great to cover that stray mark that was just after the word "Holidays."  All it needed was a bit of silver sparkle, and the Glimmer Paper was perfect for the job.

I think someone special will get this card this Christmas.


Monday, September 23, 2013

Now I can post this card

I made the card below for my friend, Pennie.  I had to wait until I gave it to her before I posted it (happy birthday, Pennie).  I embossed the back flap of the envelope as well as the card front with the new Pretty Print Textured Impressions Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!


If you look at the close-up picture below, you may be able to see the sparkle on the flower. 


I made the card several weeks ago and could hardly wait to give it to her.  I took it to her yesterday, so now I can post it.  I don't know about you, but that happens to me all the time.  Whenever I make a card for someone, I want to give it to that person right then.  You can imagine the trouble I'm having with all the Christmas cards I'm making.  I know who some of them are for, and I want to send them off today.  I will wait, though, at least until the first of December.




Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Festive Flurry

I wanted to make a Christmas card for a coworker that I knew (hoped?) she would love.  The result is below.  I sure hope she oohs and aahs over it when she gets it.  I guess  have to wait until December to find out.


The Details
I used the Stampin' Up! Festive Flurry Framelits Dies and Festive Flurry stamp set.  The Designer Series Paper is the Winter Frost paper in the holiday catalog.  You can't quite tell from the photo, but I used the silver foil sheet for the background square (behind the white) as well as for two snowflake cuts.  You can see the solid silver points in the snowflake layers.  The card stock for the card itself is Smoky Slate.  A Frosted Finishes Embellishment is in the center.  Perfect!

I had planned to put a sentiment on the front, but decided I liked the card as it is.  Now, I must wait since it's three months until Christmas.  I don't know about you, but when I make a card specifically for someone, I want to give it to that person right away.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

It's not too soon to plan for Christmas

I was so inspired by a card done by Brian King that I did a few variations of it.  You can see his original card at his blog at stampwithbrian.com.  His blog is worth checking out and adding to your list to follow.  Even if you don't stamp, his writing is entertaining and interesting (synonyms?).

The card below is basically the same card Brian made only I turned the star background on point.


The next version of the card is basically the same but is done in blues.  I sponged the silver glimmer paper with soft sky ink.


I stepped it up a bit for this last card.  I trimmed the layers in Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  It sure sets it all off nicely. 


Supplies Used:

Glimmer Paper:  Silver, Champagne
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Brushed Gold (in top card), Baked Brown Sugar (in bottom card), Soft Sky, and Island Indigo (in middle card)
Stamp Set:  More Merry Messages
Big Shot and Festive Flurry Framelits Dies