Sunday, November 9, 2014

Christmas is almost here! Yikes!

Once again I have gotten behind on posting here.  I'm sure I speak for most everyone, but I honestly don't know where the time goes.  As a way of catching up a little bit, I'm going to show several cards that I posted on the Poppystamps blog. 

I'll start with an all occasion card made with the Claudette Frame.  As can be seen, I snipped off one side to create room for the stem of the Elsa Butterfly Branch.  For the background on the card base and on the smaller piece added to the center of the frame, I used Shabby Shutters Distress Ink to sponge through the Textured Flourish stencil from Memory Box, which is sadly no longer available. There are a couple of new ones though that are just as ornate and beautiful, one called Adornment, and another called Lanthenay, which could also be used for this card.

I cut the Elsa Butterfly Branch from green card stock, and another one from a bright pink card stock.  I snipped the butterfly from the pink card stock and glued it directly over the green butterfly, and also did the same with the two flower buds.  I cut the Elsa Butterfly also from the pink card stock and glued just the center of it on top of the other pink butterfly, lifting the wings for dimension. I found some pretty pinl flower bling to add as shown.

Next is a fall card that was easy and fun to create.  The leaves were cut from white card stock and sponged with Distress Inks: Scattered Straw, Dried Marigold, Wild Honey, Peeled Paint, and a touch of Fired Brick .  The dies used were the Maple Leaf Border and the Massa Leaf Frame.  I cut a square of white card stock just a smidge larger than the opening in the frame, stamped the sentiment, and then glued it to the back of the frame.  I added mounting tape to the back for dimension, then added the sponged leaves as shown, along with a little bling.  Very quick and easy!

Next is a Christmas card featuring the Small Luxe Poinsettia Outline die and the Small Luxe Poinsettia Background die, the Dianna Border die (one of my all time favorites dies), the Pine Sprigs die and the Frozen Flakes die. 

I first sponged the background using white pigment ink through the Memory Box Textured Flourish stencil.  After removing the stencil, I embossed the background with clear embossing powder, then arranged the poinsettia pieces and greenery as shown.  I cut one of the snowflakes from the Frozen Flakes die cut, curved the piece and added it to the center.  I found some plastic snowflakes in my stash and added them as shown.

I had so much fun cutting up the Frosty Flakes die cut that I ended up with the 3" x 3" card you see below.  I cut another die from a dark red card stock, snipping two of the snowflakes, and added a white one from the previously cut piece used on the card above.  I have friends who just love the little 3" x 3" cards, and honestly I get into another zone making these.  They're so much fun, and they're great to make in sets to give as gifts!

The last card for this time around is a very clean and simple Christmas card made with the same Small Luxe Poinsettia Outline die and Pine Sprigs used above.  I used mounting tape on a white piece of card stock cut at 3.75" x 5" and adhered this to the card base.  I cut a 1.5" x 4" piece of gold foil, cut one end Chevron style, and glued this to the front.  I cut another piece of white card stock, a little wider, same length.  I embossed that piece, and used mounting tape to adhere this on top of the gold, offsetting it as shown.

I cut three of the poinsettias from the gold foil card stock, shaped the petals, and adhered them one on top of the other, offsetting each one.  I glued three of the pine sprigs as shown, and mounted the assembled poinsettia just slightly to the left of the embossed piece.  Added the gold bling and sentiment, and it was done!

I hope you've enjoyed these cards and that you've been inspired to get those Christmas cards made.  It's coming fast!

On November 19th, I will be teaching a class at Ultimate Hobbies using a mixture of Poppystamps and Obsession Impression dies and a Memory Box stencil, so if you're in the area, I'd love to see you in class.  The deadline to sign up is this Friday, November 14th.  If you can't make the class, those cards will be posted on this blog after the class date.

Until next time, thanks for stopping by!


Anonymous said...

Love all of the ideas! Great inspiration! TFS!!

Pam Sparks said...

Gorgeous cards Sherry! So many wonderful details! TFS!