Watercolor Christmas Card and FREE SHIPPING Today ONLY!

My card today is recreated from one I found on Pinterest by Pam Staples.  I loved it so much that I pretty much copied it exactly, with the exception of the size, opening, and one item she used that I didn’t.  Usually when I CASE a design that I find on online, I try to change it up to make it my own, but this one I thought was perfect as is!  The only differences between hers and my version are that her original card was square and opened like a tent, and had silver metallic thread behind the sentiment.  I kept mine a standard size card (5-1/2 x 4-1/4 inches) that opened left to right, and did not use the metallic thread, but honestly, I didn’t use it only because I was out and didn’t have any!  I love the bright red and white contrasted with the silver foil of the snowflakes and stars.  And you already know how much I LOVE the Watercolor Christmas stamp set!  I am SO sad that it is retiring!

I am grateful every day that so many talented crafters share their work with the rest of us, so that we can be inspired and get ideas with just a few clicks of the keyboard!  This card was one of many that I made for my son’s school Christmas Bazaar, and I love its clean and simple design.  I needed a bunch of different cards FAST, and Pinterest was a life saver the week I made them!   Thank you to Pam and the many other demonstrators and crafters that I borrowed ideas from this year!  🙂

And don’t forget, Stampin’ Up! is offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders today!  Combine that with the year end sale and you could save a bunch of money!  But the free shipping offer ends tonight at 11:59 pm MT, so don’t wait too long or you might miss out!

Thanks for checking in today!  Have a great day!

Nicolle

 

Preorder Your Stamparatus TODAY and Winter Wonder Snowflake Card

Don’t forget that the second and final preorder window for the Stamparatus opens today at 2:00 pm MT!  Check out my blog post from yesterday for all the important info!  And please contact me if you need help or have questions!

Today’s card was simple and fun to make.  When I saw the Winter Wonder Textured Impressions Embossing Folder in the Holiday Catalog, I had to have it!  Honestly, I have a little bit of an embossing folder problem.  Some crafters hoard stamps or paper…I hoard embossing folders.  I have over 150 of them, and I just received an order yesterday with three more.  I never get rid of them!  I really love the added texture and wow factor that embossing gives to projects!   The Winter Wonder folder has a very simple design that really becomes the main focus of the card.  I embossed the snowflake in the center, and stamped the Season’s Greetings sentiment, which is from the Cheers to the Year stamp set.  I then layered the top layer with silver foil, attached it to the base with Dimensionals, added a few pearls, and it was done!  So easy!

Sadly, both the Winter Wonder embossing folder and the Cheers to the Year stamp set are retiring January 2nd.  But you can still order them for a little while longer!  You can find them here.  But don’t wait too long, as retiring products are only available while supplies last!  If they sell out before January 2nd, they will be gone for good!

This would be a great card to make with beginning stampers, or a good one to make if you need to make a lot of cards but don’t have a lot of time.  Hope you like it!

Nicolle

 

Snowflake Sentiments Meets Year of Cheer DSP

Today’s card features the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set and Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper!  It was inspired by a card I found on Pinterest by demonstrator Ronda Wade.  The Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Paper has four different, gorgeous metallic patterns! The one I chose for this card has snowflakes in both silver and gold foil.  The card has a very simple layout, which is one of the things I love the most about it!  It’s a Fresh Fig base, with a 3-3/4 x 5 inch Whisper White layer on top.  The DSP strip is cut to fit the width of the white layer and is 2-1/4 inches wide.  It is layered with a silver foil snowflake, and then the sentiment piece, which is stamped in Fresh Fig ink to match the base.

Here is a picture of the card that this one is based on.  It is the one farthest to the right:

I just switched it up a little by using a different pattern of the DSP and a silver snowflake instead of a gold one.  She also embellished her card with one of the Year of Cheer embellishments.  I decided to just make a small bow from Silver Glimmer Paper and add a rhinestone in the middle.  The die I used to cut the bow is from the Pretty Pines Thinlits.  Here’s a closeup:

I love how the foil in the paper and the foil in the snowflake give this card just enough shine to give it a very elegant look, even though it’s such a simple design!  The little bit of glitter from the glimmer paper adds a nice touch as well!  Hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Nicolle

 

Bold and Bright Dragonfly Birthday Card

This week I will be featuring some of the cards that I made with my World Cardmaking Day event guests!  Most of the cards were already made and posted on my blog and Facebook page over the past couple of months.  But I did come up with a few new ones just for the occasion!  This first one was hands down the most popular card at my event.  Pretty much everyone who attended made at least one of these!  It was actually one of the more simple cards to make too!  It features a silver dragonfly, set against a background of bold blocks of color, and finished with a soft, shimmery, Pool Party ribbon and knot.  The layer behind the dragonfly was embossed using the Sparkle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder for a little extra added detail.  The Happy Birthday sentiment is from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set.

The color combo for this card was chosen from one I found on Pinterest that I’ve been wanting to try for awhile!  I added the silver myself, but here are all of the colors that were used (besides the silver):

I do tend to gravitate toward neutrals and subtles, but every once in awhile I want to experiment with other colors! I love, love , LOVE these colors together, and I love how the silver adds just a bit of contrast and shine to this card as well!

I hope you like this card as much as I do! Thanks for checking in today!

Nicolle

For a complete list of all of the products used on this card, please see below:

Taking inspiration from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog

Sometimes, the best place to look for inspiration is the Stampin’ Up! catalog!  Not only do the catalogs beautifully showcase all of the great products that Stampin’ Up! sells, but there are also loads of full color samples throughout to show many ways the products can be used!  The card in this post was inspired by a sample on page 36 of the Holiday Catalog.  I loved the sample as it is shown in the catalog, but wanted to change it up and make it with the more traditional Christmas colors of red and green. (Or in this case, Real Red and Garden Green!)

Here is the original card as it is shown in the catalog:

I really love the layout and design of this card, so I wanted to keep my final version as close to the original as possible.  I simply substituted a different paper and greeting, and added some extra sequins for a little more bling!  For my version, I used paper from the Quilted Christmas 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper and an alternate greeting from the Cheers to the Year stamp set (which is the same set that was used on the sample in the catalog). I kept the large snowflake background, which was made with the Winter Wonder Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, as well as the Silver Mini Sequin Trim.  The extra sequins I added are from the Metallics Sequins Assortment.  I’m very pleased with how it came out!

You can find all of the supplies used to make this card below:

Copper Foil Wedding Card with Flourish Thinlits

Weddings usually call for something a little more elegant than your average, everyday card.  There are a few different ways that you can step up the wow factor, while still keeping things simple!  For this card, I used a combination of Shimmery White Cardstock, Copper Foil Sheets, and glittery Embossing Paste to make this card more elegant!

First, I used Shimmery White Cardstock to make both the card base and top layer of this card. Next, I mixed some Dazzling Diamonds glitter into a small amount of Embossing Paste and applied to the top layer using Palette Knives and the Pattern Party Decorative Masks. The Embossing Paste does takes a bit of time to dry, so I set the top layer aside while I worked on the rest of the card.

I used my Big Shot and Flourish Thinlits to cut the large flourish from Copper Foil Sheets.  I stamped the “Side by Side” sentiment, which is from the Beautiful Bouquet Photopolymer stamp set, in Basic Black Archival Ink, just below the bottom edge of the Embossing Paste. I adhered the flourish using Multipurpose Glue. Once the top layer was fully completed, I adhered it to the base using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Using the Dimensionals gives the card added detail to step it up a bit a more!

You can find all of the supplies used to make this card below: