Sunday, December 21, 2014

Festival of Trees Quick & Easy Christmas Card

Pin It Now! Here's a quick, fun card using the coordinating punch and photopolymer stamps in the Festival of Trees bundle.
The punched tree fits nicely into a circle punched with the 2-1/2" circle punch. Double layer the tree to give it a pop-up look. 
it's not your eyes...this is a blurry photo...sorry!
Inside...that's some old patterned paper, Be of Good Cheer!  It always comes in handy eventually :)

Anyway, these are quick and easy for those last minute cards you need for folks.  
Have a blessed and creative day!

STAMPS:  Festival of Trees bundle with punch
INK:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler
PAPER: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Garden Green, Beof Good Cheer DSP-retired, Gold Glimmer
EMBELLISHMENTS:  Cheery Cobbler Dazzling Details, Baked Brown Sugar thick twine, Swiss dots embossing folder, 2-1/2"circle punch, Itty Bitty Accents punch pack(star), 

Monday, December 15, 2014

5 Minute Christmas Card From Leftover Parts HSSSC201

Pin It Now! So, I was on my way out of town at 4:30 this morning. Packed and prepped for a 1,000 mile trip to Dallas, and I'm taking my final walk through, when suddenly I realize that I need to - WANT to - make my card for the HSS DT that needs to post Monday. And I don't return til Tuesday!  Dilemma.  I realize I have exactly 5 minutes before my hubby comes looking for me. Looking around at my blown-up desk from gift making, I find the parts to make this card...
Every bit of this card was tucked here and there. 
Tag parts from last year. 
Santa for gift card holders I made for a friend. 
Scraps of retired DSP - it's actually 2 pieces hidden behind that white tag. 
Oh, and the JOY!  From the Watercolor kit!  It's cut from "joyeaux". 
Here's the sketch:
I have to admit, I didn't even have the sketch I the same room while making my card...just made it from memory. The key element I remembered was the circle. It's close enough for me :)
I did cut the card base at 3-3/4" x 5-1/2" so the Santa tag could hang off a bit. 

So what do you think?  Do you have a few minutes to make a "Franken-card" from your scraps?!  I'd love to see what you do!  

Have a blessed and creative day~ Erika 

Monday, December 1, 2014

An Icy Color Combo for Christmas & Hanukkah! HSS200

Pin It Now! I can't believe Hand Stamped Sentiments is hitting this huge milestone...200 crafty challenges!  I've been with them for over two years now, and it's been so fun and such a blast.

This week the challenge is a unique color combo.  It had me scratching my head, but I came up with a design that was great for both Christmas and Hanukkah!
Look at these colors!  So cool and crisp. 
A closer look at them...My final Christmas design features Ornamental Pine embossed with Smoky Slate Stampin' Emboss, and rubbed with a sponge and Tempting Turquoise ink.  I like the glow that it gives the Pool Party cardstock. 
I decided to try it out with my Hanukkah stamp - lovely! 
And my first design, basically the same as the first Christmas card, but without the stepped up embellishments.  This is a great card for mailing!
Won't you join us at Hand Stamped Sentiments this week?  I'd love to see how you're inspired!

STAMPS: Happy Hanukkah, Ornamental Pine
INK:  Tempting Turquoise, Versamark, Stampin Emboss White
PAPER:  Whisper White, Pool Party, Smoky Slate
EMBELLISHMENTS:  Tea Lace Doilies, Frosted Sequins, Basic Rhinestones, Pool Party Thick Twine, Pool Party Bakers Twine
OTHER: 1/8" white satin ribbon (Hanukkah card)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Santa Stache with a Simple Sketch

Pin It Now! Love my Santa Stache!  This is a too-cute set that's easy to color and packs a punch.  The coordinating Framelits moustache makes it way cuter!
We have a great, simple sketch at HSS for the next two weeks.  Use it to get started on Christmas cards!  I followed the sketch exactly and I love the results. Clean, bright, and symmetrical.  
A right jolly old elf, eh?  Love the Blendabilities to color him with. This is a great stamp to try them out with. Not much coloring, so what you do really stands out.  I used the Cherry Cobbler set and the skin tone assortment.  
Swing on over to Hand Stamped Sentiments and give this sketch a try!  I can't wait to see what you do!

STAMPS:  Santa Stache
INK:  Memento Black, Blendabilities Cherry Cobbler/Skin Tone assortment, Early Espresso
PAPER:  Trim the Tree DSP stack, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Whisper White
EMBELLISHMENTS:  Cherry Cobbler 1" Sheer Linen Ribbon, Linen Thread, Sequin Assortment
Other:  Ovals cutting tool (Creative Memories), Corner rounding tool (Fiskars)

Monday, November 3, 2014

Clean & Simple Christmas Cheer

Pin It Now! I've decided to use a clean and simple card for mailing at Christmas this year.

What I haven't decided is which card to use!  The next few posts will feature my mailable, CAS Christmas card series.  The DSP will provide most of the embellishment, and the sentiment will be clear and bold!

Here's one featuring Nordic Noel DSP, Cheerful Christmas stamp set, and a couple of embellishments.
The color pallette is from our latest challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments!  Love these holiday season colors!
I substituted the Garden Green for the dark shade of Old Olive Blendabilities. These markers work great for so many techniques!  This time I used one to color the pine boughs that were heat embossed with white.
Inside, Christmas merriness!
I think the rounded corners add a little more interest to my mailable card.  The little strip of black and white, too.  I have learned this cool look from one of our 2014-2015 Artisans, Teneale Williams.  She is a master of graphic design!
Have a blessed and creative day!  ~ erika

STAMPS:  Cheerful Christmas, More Merry Messages
INK:  White Stampin' Emboss, Basic Black, Real Red, Blendabilities Old Olive
PAPER:  Nordic Noel DSP, Typeset Specialty DSP, Whisper White, Real Red,  Basic Black
EMBELLISHMENTS:  Frosted Sequins, Basic Rhinestones
OTHER:  Corner rounding punch (Fiskars)

Nordic Noel Dazzles With No Embellishments!

Pin It Now! A mailable, barely lumpy Christmas card for you today!

I'm working on my Christmas cards to mail out in just a few weeks.  Already! Wow!

This one lets the DSP do most of the talkin', and a little glimmer paper to make it pop.
There's a challenge at Christmas Card Challenges to create a card with NO embellishments, and this one made me joyful!  When it came time to stick something extra on it, I said NOPE!  We are done.  How liberating! Thanks, CCC!
Do you dare to make a card with no ribbon?  Rhinestones?  Buttons? Sequins??? I dare you to try!
Have a blessed and creative day!  ~ Erika

STAMPS:  Heart of Christmas (retired), More Merry Messages
INK:  White Stampin Emboss, Basic Black, Real Red
PAPER:  Nordic Noel DSP, Typeset Specialty, Basic Black, Red Glimmer Paper, Whisper White

Monday, October 27, 2014

Happy Halloween with Holiday Home

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I was finding myself short-handed on Halloween cards to mail out this week, so I made up a batch of these clean and simple cards with the Holiday Home bundle. 
The house was heat embossed with Smoky Slate powder, die cut with the coordinating Framelit, and then I also die cut the white cardstock and inlaid the house so that it's flat on the card.  I think it looks more CAS this way, and the stars add texture.

Isn't that spider web cute?

The "Happy Halloween: sentiment is cut from one of the Apothecary Accents Framelits, and cut about 2/3 up. 
That orange ribbon? It's very retired Sycamore Street from a past Sale-A-Bration. Using the stash!  
Have a blessed and creative day! ~ Erika

Supply List:
STAMPS:  Holiday Home, Delightful Dozen (Ret)
INK:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Blackberry Bliss, Tangelo Twist
PAPER:  Moonlight DSP Stack, Whisper White, Basic Black
EMBELLISHMENTS:  Basic Rhinestone, retired orange ribbon
BIG SHOT:  Lucky Stars embossing folder, Homemade Holiday Framelits, Apothecary Accents Framelits