I confess! I'm a day late and a dollar short. This post was supposed to be written yesterday, but life sometimes happens. (What an odd statement! Life always happens, but sometimes it interferes with our plans.) I had a wonderful Christmas Stampers' Dozen on Wednesday night. We made 12 - note well- a dozen Christmas cards! Three each of four different designs. I thought I had chosen simple enough cards for the occasion, but I have been struggling with that aspect of my classes. The designs involved too many steps or maybe I should say, too many time consuming steps. My ladies and I worked HARD for four hours, but we finished! And they look beautiful! And I am heading back to the drawing board for my last Christmas Stampers' Dozen in November. I am going to get this right!
Yesterday morning, I had a meeting with someone who wants wedding invites designed and then took my DH to the hospital for a procedure on his eye, did some errands and just like that, it was dinner time!
I started making a card to post, but the design was not coming easily. I finally got it designed, but I had to wait for a thick layer of Crystal Effects to dry on an acorn, so figured I'd write my post, then add the photographs later.
Here is the design:
It uses a stamp set I have been wanting for a long time and finally ordered, Wonderfall. I just love the graphics and the designs on the leaves. I used the Autumn Accents Bigz Die and the Big Shot to cut out the leaf shapes. This is one time where you die cut first and then stamp, because otherwise the leaf shapes on the die are opposite to the stamp shapes. Odd, but it works okay.
I got the idea for the book-like spine from one of the wedding invites we were looking at, trying to come up with ideas. I am also so drawn to the Orchard Harvest DSP from the Holiday Mini Catalogue. I love the colours and the bold images. The torn Early Espresso paper with the lighter center is from the Core'dinations collection and comes in Early Espresso, Gumball Green and Cherry Cobbler. I am organizing groups of 3 people right now who are interested in doing a Paper Share of the three colours of core'dinations. Basically, you pay the price of one pack, but then you share the 3 colours. You would get 4 pieces of each colour. Let me know if you are interested in forming another group of three people. The cost is $12.26 each which includes shipping and tax.
The sentiment is from Word Play, one of the three stamp sets that Stampin' Up is promoting, from which you can also purchase single stamps from the set by themselves, in a pilot project that runs through to Jan. 2, 2012. See more here.
And I finally got to use one of the new Naturals Designer Buttons in wood grain. It's perfect for this project!
Well, that's it for now. Better late than never, I always say, but I'll take fifty lashes with a wet noodle for being tardy!
Stamps: Wonderfall (w128084; c128087); Word Play (w120308; c120651)
Paper: Orchard Harvest DSP (126895), Core'dinations Early Espresso cardstock (127848), Lucky Limeade (122926) and Very Vanilla (101650) cardstock
Ink: Classic Stampin' Pads in Island Indigo (126986), Lucky Limeade (126984), Raspberry Ripple (126859) and Cajun Craze (126965)
Accessories: Naturals Designer Buttons (127554); Linen Thread (104199); Crystal Effects (101055)
Tools: 2 1/2" Circle Punch (120906); 3" Circle Originals Die (122125); Autumn Accents Bigz Die (127812)