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

Monday, October 20, 2014

Terrific Trendy Sketch - 2 Ways! HSS197

Pin It Now! I was thrilled to be able to work with this lovely sketch at Handstamped Sentiments, courtesy of the talented Elizabeth Price!  Very fun.

I love the offset panel trend.  It lends an unexpected element to the typical rectangular greeting card.
The cut background is a nice way to break up a pattern.  I added gold embossing to an Autumn Wooden Element.  I hugged the tiny package of these when they arrived in my Stampin' Up! order. They are endlessly cute.  Much thinner than the big box craft stores' wood embellishments, so they're much better to use on a card that you're going to send.
I originally created the stamped strip panel at 4" x 5-1/4" out of habit, and realized the sketch called for a shorter one.  So I used the extra to decorate the inside.  
I was so crazy about this sketch, that I made a second card. While cleaning up from the first, I noticed my washi tape stack, and thought it would work great for a quick, clean card.  This was easy!  I cut the angled panel twice, stamped the greeting on the bottom piece, and used the large oval punch on the top panel to make a window.   A little sequin trim and linen thread bow, and it's simple, sweet, and ready to send. 
Head on over to Hand Stamped Sentiments for more inspiration on this fabulous sketch!  I'd love to see what you're inspired to create!

STAMPS:  For All Things, Petite Pairs,Hardwood 
INK: Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey, Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Gold Embossing, Early Espresso
PAPER:  Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow, Very Vanilla
EMBELLISHMENTS:  Gold Sequin Trim, Autumn Wooden Elements, Linen Thread, Gold 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Gold Washi Tape
PUNCHES: Large Oval

Saturday, October 18, 2014

For All Things

Pin It Now! Today, I'm giving thanks for this sweet new stamp set, and an hour to play with it.

I love stamping scattered leaves!  I never get tired of a nice autumn set.

The sentiment is die cut with Chalk Talk Framelits, and backed with a couple of punches cut in half. 

And check out that acorn wooden embellishment! I painted it with some old Smooches I keep close by. It's super sweet plain, too. 
Inside, a little extra stampiness.

I was inspired by the color combo of this beautiful dish from the VIETRI site, found on the Saturday inspiration challenge at Splitcoast Stampers. Cute!  

Have a blessed and creative day! 

STAMPS: For All Things
INK: Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Hello Honey
PAPER:  Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
EMBELLISHMENTS:   Autumn Wooden Elements, Filigree Frames embossing folder, Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon, Baked Brown Sugar thick twine, Chalk Talk Framelits
OTHER: Gold Lame' Smooches paint

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Batty Punch Art Circle Flip Card - Halloween!

Pin It Now! A fun idea that I discovered from last year on Pinterest from Susan Campfield.  My layout is updated a bit with current supplies from the catalog and the Holiday Mini DSP, the cute Lucky Stars embossing folder, and tiny bats from Holiday Home.

Check out this wide eyed punch art bat!
The bat wings are made with the smallest butterfly from the Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, and the silver Glimmer bat punch is retired. 

I like this little ticket (That's the Ticket stamp set)!  I found it by accident rummaging for Halloween themed stamps :). The Blackberry Bliss ticket is stamped with Hardwood, and sponged around the edges. The bat (Owl Punch) hangs off the edge of my Hello Honey moon, and a flurry of bats fly off into the night (Holiday Home). On the flip side, a Halloween greeting, and more bats!
Have a blessed and creative day! ~ Erika

STAMPS: Holiday Home, That's the Ticket, Delighful Dozen (Retired), Hardwood
INK:  Jet Black Staz On, Hello Honey, Black Stampin' Emboss with VersaMark.
EMBELLISHMENTS:  Hello Honey Stitched Satin Ribbon
PAPER:  Moonlight DSP Stack, Basic Black, Hello Honey, Whisper White
PUNCHES:  Bat (Retired), Owl Builder, Bird Builder, Ticket Duo Builder, 1/2" Circle (bat wings), 2-1/2" Circle (moon)
BIG SHOT:  Circle Thinlits Flip Card, Lucky Stars TIEF, Bigz Beautiful Butterflies Die (Ret.)