Friday, September 30, 2016

Stamp Off Fav Star of Light

Hey Friends.  It's been a busy week, but I'm happy to
report back for our Stamp Off Challenge 
with my wonderful and talented friends Buffy and Susan.
This week, our challenge is to pick our favorite item or set
from the 2016 Holiday Catalog.  I admit, I have a number
of favorite items.  I may have to close my eyes and
pick a card from among several, in order to 
fulfill this challenge!
In the final analysis,
I will have to go with the Star of Light set with bundled
Starlight Thinlits Dies on page 9.  I tend to prefer "serious"
Christmas cards to cute cards.  This set has so many wonderful
holiday sentiments, that that influenced me a great deal.
Then, there is the fact that you can do SO MUCH, with the
Thinlit Dies.  They can be layered, used to make a shaker card,
3-d stars or for a variety of techniques.  
In the sample above, I embossed a star in white, and then simply
sponged around it to create greater contrast.
I added a strip of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
(page 175) and then layered 5/8" Burlap Ribbon (p178) over top,
so that the sparkle sort of peaks through.  I added a couple
of White Perfect Accents (p 177), to pull in a little more white.
Admittedly, I like a number of the bundles from this
Holiday catalog, but this set is the one that I would use for
my personal Christmas cards.  The Holiday Catalog shows
a host of samples, so you are primed for using this bundle!
Now please click on over to Buffy and Susan's blogs,
so that you can enjoy their Holiday Catalog picks!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Fresh Fruit Birthday

The Fresh Fruit set on page 149 is a beautiful set.
Whether you like fruit, or flowers, this photopolymer set
allows you to make beautiful two-step stamped backgrounds
and focal images.  It doesn't require a bunch of embellishments
or fancy cutting.  Just back to basics stamping, with the
addition of one of the lovely sentiments included
with this set.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Stamp Off Autumn Flourishing Phrases

Happy Friday!  Susan, Buffy and I are ready for you,
with another Stamp Off Challenge.

Today, we are featuring an Autumn theme.  It's pretty
warm here in Dayton, but fall is on its way!

 I continue to find so many uses for Flourishing Phrases,
on page 49.  In this example, the leaf stamp enabled a
scattering of fall colors.  I added Gold and Garden Green strands from the Baker's Twine Trio pack on page 16 of
the Holiday Catalog.   The sentiment was created with the 
photopolymer Labeler Alphabet on page 156.   
I love this double alphabet set,
because I can create any sentiment required 
by a given situation.  In this case, I wanted something going
in a vertical direction, which was easily accomplished.

Now please click on over to check out the beautiful
samples offered by Buffy and Susan.
Their fall projects will dazzle!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Cookie Cutter Scare Crow

As you will see in the coming weeks, I created a number
of cards using this card sketch.  Last week's Stamp Off challenge
kind of started things off.  Sometimes, when something
works for you, you stick with it.  Part of the reason I used
this sketch is that I love the feel of the Cable Knit Dynamic
Textured Impressions Embossing folder (p 13).
It just works, for fall or winter cards, because it exudes warmth.
The sentiment comes from a retired set. 

The scare crow comes from the Cookie Cutter Halloween
set on page 53.  He's cute and quick to color.  Having the
Cookie Cutter Builder Punch on page 6 means that you don't
have to do any nasty fussy cutting!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Flourish Thinlits with Flourishing Phrases

 Back to a personal favorite!
Flourish Thinlits on page 194, paired/bundled with
Flourishing Phrases stamp set on page 49.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Stamp Off Merry Tags

Welcome, welcome to our Friday Stamp Off Challenge.
This week, Buffy, Susan and I are having a Tag challenge.

I thought that the Merry Tags Framelits Dies, with Merriest Wishes
stamp set, on page 21 of the Holiday catalog, were a perfect
option for this challenge.  Whether you use these tags
alone, or as an accessory on a card, this new bundle is lovely. 

The colors for this project are Copper, Real Red and 
Garden Green.  The Cable Knit Textured Impressions
Embossing Folder (on page 13 of the Holiday Catalog)
was used to emboss the red layer.  I added a bow from the
Baker's Twine Trio Pack on page 16, to finish off the tag.

Now please click on over to Buffy and Susan's blogs,
to check out their lovely offerings.

Have a great Friday!