Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Peaceful Deer Trio

Hi friends!  I'm on a roll with Christmas cards again.  This time I've gone very clean and simple with this Peaceful Deer card.

I cut out the Deer Trio and the Star of Wonder from white cardstock  and adhered them to a 3.75" x 5"layer of navy cardstock.  I stamped the sentiment from the Christmas Sentiments stamp set (Impression Obsession) below the deer with navy ink.  This navy layer was adhered to a white layer, 4" x 5.25", and then these were adhered to an A2 navy card base (4.25" x 5.5").

This card is perfect for when you need a lot of cards.  Have an assembly line going with the die cutting, the stamping, and the gluing and you'll have a pile of these cards in no time.  I kept mine free from bulky embellishments so this will go in the mail with just one PO stamp.  You could add some glitter or some rhinestones or some pearls to jazz this up.

I know you want to go shopping, so head on over to Classy Cards 'n Such to order the dies and the stamp set that I used for this card.  You can save 10% by using this code, Holly-10, when you check out.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Sweet Stamps #93 - Cold and Snowy
Through the Craft Room Door #46 - Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Winter
Dutch Magnolia Lovers #45 - Let it Snow
Victorine Stamps #48 - Blue and White

Monday, November 26, 2012

Herringbone Ho Ho Ho

Howdy, friends!  Did you enjoy your Thanksgiving?  We had a wonderful time and all the food was wonderful.  Now we have less than a month to Christmas - yikes!  I better get busy with shopping and card making!!

For my card today, I tried something new.  I've never attempted the Herringbone technique before, and I love the way this turned out.  This Herringbone technique can be found in the 12/09 issue of Technique Junkies.  I thought it was going to be something really hard and complicated, but nope.  This is really easy and goes quickly as long as you follow the steps.  :-)

I started by cutting strips of paper from the Handmade Holiday 6x6 paper pad and then I followed the Herringbone Technique tutorial from Technique Junkies.  I layered this onto some vanilla cardstock and then onto a burgundy cardstock layer.  I wrapped some Chalk White seam binding around this herringbone layer and then I adhered this to my kraft card base.

Next, I stamped the sentiment from the Christmas Sentiments stamp set (Impression Obsession) with some burgundy ink onto kraft paper.  I cut that out with an oval die, and then I layered it with a vanilla oval die cut from the Classic Scallop Oval Small die set(Spellbinders).  I then layered the sentiment onto a burgundy oval die cut from the Lacey Ovals die set (Spellbinders).  This sentiment oval was adhered to the right side of the herringbone layer.

The last thing I did was cut out a Holly Corner (Cheery Lynn Designs) from some olive cardstock.  I cut off the little flourish that was on the side of the leaf and then glued the holly corner down next to the sentiment.  I needed some berries, but none of my pearls nor rhinestones were a deep burgundy color.  So I used a 1/8" hole punch to punch 3 circles from burgundy cardstock and affixed those to my holly corner.  

All of the supplies above (in the colored text) are from Classy Cards 'n Such.  You can click on them to go directly to that item in the store.  Don't forget, you can save 10% by using this code, Holly-10, when you place your order at Classy Cards 'n Such.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps #44 - Christmastime
Challenges 4 Everybody #8 - Anything Goes
Hiding in my Craft Room #73 - Christmas
Paper Creators Crafts #1 - All About Christmas

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Ornamental Christmas

Howdy, friends!  It's been a wonderful weekend - nice cool weather and sunny gorgeous days.  It's finally starting to feel like the holidays are almost here - less than a week to Thanksgiving!  That means Christmas will be here before you know it!  I've got another Christmas card to share with you today.  I pulled out a bunch of my supplies and had a great time mixing and matching to put this card together. 
The supplies from Classy Cards 'n Such that I've used on this card are:
Lacey Ovals dies (Spellbinders)
Merry Christmas dies (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Joy Foam pads (small)
I started with a green card base and I cut a small strip of the ornament paper and adhered it to the right side of the card.  The Merry Christmas was die cut from vanilla cardstock and adhered to the bottom left of the card.  I stamped the ornament with green ink, cut it with the matching 2012 Heirloom Ornament die, and colored it with Copic markers.  I cut a Lacey Oval from vanilla cardstock and a smaller plain oval from red cardstock.  I embossed the red oval with the Holiday Magic embossing folder and then used a Cuttlebug Highlights technique from Technique Junkies to make the embossing pop out.  The embossed red oval was adhered to the lacey oval, and then I used some Joy foam pads to adhere the ornament to the embossed red oval.  The last thing I did was fashion a bow from the Chalk White seam binding and affixed it to the top of the ornament.

You've still got time to stock up on those supplies that you need for making your Christmas cards.  Go shopping at Classy Cards 'n Such and save 10% off your order by using this code, Holly-10, when you check out.  

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Great Impressions - Holidays
Stamping Sensations - Traditional Christmas
Paper Creators Crafts #1 - All about Christmas

Monday, November 12, 2012

Stained Glass Christmas Window

Hello, dear readers!  I've created this glittery stained glass window card to share with you.  The products from Classy Cards 'n Such that I've used on this card are:

Grand Gothic Window die (Poppystamps)
Embellishment #2 die set (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Wreath Strip die (Cheery Lynn Designs)

I started by embossing the Brick pattern onto my white card base, and then I swiped a pale gray ink over the "grout."  I cut out the Gothic window and the Luminary window from white cardstock and adhered the Luminary window inside the Gothic window.  I hand-cut a piece of clear acetate to fit the window and carefully glued it to the back of the window die.  I then used the Stained Glass Stickles Technique from Technique Junkies to achieve the glittery red and clear areas in my window.

Once the glittery window was dry, I adhered it to my card base.  Then I die cut the Wreath Strips from olive cardstock and affixed them to the bottom of the window.  The three little white flowers are from the Embellishment #2 die set, and I added a little dab of Yellow Viva pearl  to the center of each flower.  Once the yellow pearls were dry, I glued them onto the greenery at the bottom of the window.

I love the pop of red and green color against this mostly white card.  This card is intended to be a Christmas card, but you could use it for anything.  Just change the colors to suit your theme, and you have a wide variety of cards you can make from these awesome window dies!

Don't forget, you can save 10% off your order by using this code, Holly-10, when you check out at Classy Cards 'n Such.  You can pick up all the supplies that I used on this card as well as tons of other fun crafting supplies.  There is new stuff in the store every week, so keep checking back for the latest and greatest!  

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Crafty Cardmakers #79 - More than 1 punch/die cut (I've used 4 dies)
The Pink Elephant #174 - Punches/dies
Card Mania #7 - Embossing

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thanksgiving Pumpkins

Can you believe Thanksgiving is almost here??  Wasn't it just summertime last week??  Time just flew by, didn't it?  :-)  I have a quick and classy Thanksgiving card to share with you today.  

I started by stamping the Gingham Cover-a-Card stamp onto some mustard cardstock and I used the Curled Corner technique from Technique Junkies on the upper left corner.  I adhered this mustard layer onto a dark brown card base.  The same dark brown cardstock was used to die cut the Happy and Thanksgiving dies from Cheery Lynn Designs and then I adhered them onto the mustard layer.  I used some orange and green cardstock to cut the pumpkins and leaves from the Pumpkins die set (also from Cheery Lynn Designs).  To give the pumpkins some depth, I sponged a darker orange ink onto the edges and I used a marker to color the stems.  I then affixed the pumpkins to the mustard layer with some Joy foam pads (small) and adhered the leaves and tendrils in a random fashion around the pumpkins.  It's really fast and easy to adhere these die cuts with the Quickie Glue Pen - it's the perfect size for these fonts and the delicate tendrils.  

As always, you can save 10% off your order by using this code, Holly-10, when you check out at Classy Cards 'n Such.  There is a wonderful variety of 6x6 paper pads, stamps, die cuts, and more to choose from.  New stuff arrives in the store every week!  :-)

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Broken Box Stock #13 - Thanksgiving
Card Makin' Mamas - Thanksgiving
Sentimental Sundays #128 - Thanks/Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Snowflower Season

Hi friends!  Today, I'm sharing this clean and simple Snowflower Season card.  Sometimes you just want to make some quick and easy Christmas cards so you can get them addressed and in the mail before the season is over, and this card fits the bill.  Other than the drying time for the liquid Gold Viva pearls, this card can be made in less than 10 minutes.

These are the products from Classy Cards 'n Such that I used on my card:

Christmas Sentiments stamp set (Impression Obsession)
Snowflowers Set 1 dies (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Snowflowers Set 2 dies (Cheery Lynn Designs)

I started with a card base made from kraft cardstock and then I added a layer of dark brown cardstock.  I cut a sheet of patterned paper from the Rejoice 6x6 paper pad and layered it onto the dark brown cardstock.  Next, a small strip of green cardstock was adhered near the bottom of the card.  The sentiment was stamped onto kraft cardstock and then cut out with an oval die.  I layered that onto a Classic Scalloped Oval Large die cut from dark brown cardstock, and then adhered this to the small green cardstock strip.

The fun part was cutting out the new Snowflowers from Cheery Lynn Designs and playing around with the layout to see which snowflowers I wanted to use on my card.  I ended up using only five of the six Snowflower die cuts and I affixed them to the card in a random fashion.  The snowflowers needed a little oomph so I squeezed some Gold pearls into the centers.  This Gold Viva pearl pen is a thick liquid that you can squeeze onto your projects.  You can make round pearls or you can make squiggles or lines, whatever you want.  You can see how the pearls are different sizes on my card - that's the versatility of these pearl pens.  Love that!  :-)

You can save 10% by using this code, Holly-10, when you check out at Classy Cards 'n Such.  There's a ton of new stuff in the store, and Bev (the owner) just added red and green Viva Decor pearl pens!  Can you guess what jumped into my shopping cart last night??  :-)

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

LEJ Designs #28 - Die Cuts or Punches
Ooh La La #117 - Christmas
Stamps and Fun #124 - Christmas

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Autumn Birthday Wishes

Hi y'all!  I'm sharing a birthday card that I made for a special someone.  I wanted this card to be classy and elegant and still reflect the gorgeous colors of this fall season.  Here are the supplies from Classy Cards 'n Such that I used:
Floral Ovals dies - Spellbinders
Light Coral pearls - Want2Scrap
Francesca border die - Cheery Lynn Designs (not currently in stock, but can be ordered by contacting Beverly)
I started by adhering one of the gorgeous floral papers from the Romantique paper pad to a brown card base and I added a Francesca die cut border (in dark rust cardstock) to the top of the card.  The little flagtail strip on the side is handcut from another sheet of paper from the Romantique paper pad.  I tied the seam binding around the top and affixed two of the pearls to the bottom right corner.  I stamped the sentiment onto one of the cream-colored papers from the Romantique paper pad and cut it out with an oval die.  This was adhered to a larger oval die cut from a dark rust cardstock and then that was adhered to a brown Floral Oval die cut. 

I know you are itching to go shopping at Classy Cards 'n Such, so here's a code for you to save some money: Holly-10.  Enter that code when you check out and you will save 10% off your entire order.  :-)
I've already sent this to the birthday girl so she would have it before I posted this.  Hopefully she will enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it for her.  :-)  Happy Birthday, sweetie!!

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Card Crafter's Circle #47 - patterned paper
Card Makin' Mamas - Anything Goes
Pause Dream Enjoy #44 - Orange and Brown

Wags 'n Whiskers #91 - Fall Colors