Thursday, August 30, 2012

Christmas Keepsakes

Do you know why I love Christmas?  Well, besides the importance to me of the meaning of the celebration, it gives me an excuse to indulge the sentimental, sparkly side of my personality, without appearing maudlin or garish.  So I go for it!  I love shiny, colourful things, but I'm a bit too conservative to give myself permission to show that side of my nature very often. 

Christmas card making is my perfect excuse:

 
 
See what I mean?  I can't hold back, sorry!  There are a couple of things to note on this card.  First, I'm using Sahara Sand!  I never use Sahara Sand, and who'd have thought I'd start on a Christmas card of all things!
 
Notice that the Sahara Sand panels have been embossed and I bet you're wondering which embossing folder I used to get that design.  Well, it was... get this...the Holiday Frame folder.  I just used one of the sections of it for these little rectangles.  I also paper pieced the top of the ornament with the Silver Glimmer paper.  I paper pierced (read carefully) the Tempting Turquoise panel.  And one of my favourite parts of this card is the little bow at the bottom.  I like to call it a little Amanda fork bow, because I learned how to make it from my Stampin' Up buddy and sideline, Amanda Turner.  Here's a link to her blog instructions for this bow.  It's so easy and looks so cute!
 
 
 
This is my first time using the Ornament Keepsakes Bundle from the Holiday Mini catalogue, but I know it won't be my last.  They are so versatile, and there is such a great discount on the package.  It consists of the Ornament Keepsakes stamp set and the Holiday Ornaments framelits.  You get 15% off when you order both, and it's so good to have the framelits to match the stamps. (Framelits are used with a Big Shot die cutting machine to die cut your designs.)
 
I created this for The Paper Players Sketch Challenge #110.  Here's the sketch designed by LeAnne Pugliese:
 
Now, go out and make something sparkly!
 

Stamps: Ornament Keepsakes (w128048; c128051); More Merry Messages (w126400; c126402)
Paper: Sahara Sand (121043), Tempting Turquoise (102067) and Whisper White (100730) card stock; Silver Glimmer paper (124005)
Ink: Classic Stampin' Pads in Tempting Turquoise (126952) and Sahara Sand (126976) for sponging
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter (102023); 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon in Whisper White (109070); Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246)
Tools: Holiday Ornaments Framelits (127816; or bundled with the stamp set w129949; c129950)Holiday Frame Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (127820); Paper Piercing Tool (126189); Stampin' Pierce Mat (126199); Essentials Paper Piercing Pack (126187)
Holiday Frame Embossing Folder
Ornaments Keepsakes Bundle
Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter
Silver Glimmer Paper 
 


1 comment :

Amanda said...

Thanks for the shout out Heather! It means so much to me. And you're right it was the perfect spot. Very cute card.