Monday, October 15, 2018

Signs of Santa for Freshly Made Sketches

I had an urge to stamp with Signs of Santa again. I'm really drawn to this cute stamp set, even though I don't usually buy the cartoony type sets. I'm not sure why this one has caught my eye. I think that one reason is because the images stamp so clearly and because they are easy to colour in with my Stampin' Blends. Other than that, I guess it's because they are just too cute!

I saw the sketch for Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #358 this week and thought this set would also be perfect for it:

And it was perfect, keeping in mind that the card needed to measure 5" x 7" in order to fit in all the images in that configuration! But I didn't let that daunt me! Here is the large card in all it's glory:

  1. You'll notice that the Official Seal of the North Pole and the North Pole signpost appear to be in behind Santa Claus himself. All those are separate stamps from the Signs of Santa set, so how do you achieve that composite look of perspective that looks like a single stamp? You do some masking! 
  • After I had stamped Santa, I stamped his image again on a piece of Full Adhesive Post It Note and cut it out, just slightly inside the stamped line. Then I matched this image up with the stamped image on the panel and pressed it in place. I then stamped the images to the right and left and removed the Post It Note. It made it look as though the plane and the North Pole sign were right behind Santa.
  • I stamped all the images in Memento Tuxedo Black ink so I could colour them in with my Stampin' Blends alcohol markers. Note my list of products below to see which ones I used.
  • I die cut Santa and his backing with the retired Circles Collection Framelits because I needed a bigger size than the Layering Circles Framelits could provide me.
  • The elves and Mrs. Claus along with their backings were die cut using the Layering Circles Framelit Dies.
  • The background paper is from the Under the Mistletoe Designer Series Paper Collection. The ribbon is the 3/8" Mixed Satin Ribbon.
Although it was kind of fun make a larger scale 5 x 7 card, it isn't an efficient use of paper, so I wouldn't do it on a regular basis.

Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.

Product List
Pink Pirouette Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack
Pink Pirouette Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack
Circles Collection Framelits Die
Circles Collection Framelits Die
Big Shot
Glue Dots

Friday, October 12, 2018

Snowflake Showcase Sample

In November, you're going to have the opportunity to order one of the most beautiful limited time product suites I've seen for a long time. Stampin' Up! is offering the gorgeous Snowflake Showcase Suite starting November 1 and only available until November 30 or while supplies last so you'd better start saving your pennies, cause trust me, you're really going want this!

My demonstrator preorder just arrived yesterday (one of the main benefits of being a Demonstrator - getting new products early!!) and I just couldn't wait to put a card together with it! This is one of the two stamp sets that are part of the suite, Snow is Glistening, and it reminds me of the old Snow Swirled stamp set of years ago. I just know it's going to be a top seller! And the coordinating Snowfall Thinlit Dies are going to be Stars in their own right with every size and shape of snowflake that you can imagine plus a gorgeous snow flourish full of snowflakes! But it also coordinates with another stamp set called Happiness Surrounds which is more all occasion and folksy - suitable for all year long!

Take a closer look at my card:

Other parts of the suite include White Velveteen Paper in packs of two 12 x 12 sheets, and some low profile snowflake trinkets. You will definitely be seeing more samples as the month progresses.

Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.

Product List
Heat Tool

*Products not available until November 1, then until Nov. 30 while supplies last.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Guest Designer with Winter Woods

How was your Thanksgiving? I had a great visit with my youngest daughter, her hubby and my two young grandsons! One of the most special times I had was an opportunity to craft with my daughter. It doesn't happen very often and we both enjoyed the time to stamp and talk together. She loved the opportunity to design her own Christmas card and she gave me permission to share it on my blog today. She used two new bundles, the Winter Woods bundle and the Merry Christmas to All bundle.

Jaimie says she enjoys traditional Christmas colours and a rustic feel so included Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow, Soft Sea Foam and Crumb Cake in her palette. Here's a closer look at her creation:

  • She used a background of Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper in a Cherry Cobbler plaid on her Crumb Cake card base topped with a panel of Very Vanilla backed with Soft Sea Foam.
  • She stamped many of the little fir twigs from Winter Woods in Mossy Meadow on Soft Sea Foam card stock. This is where it's so handy that the In the Woods Framelits has three identical framelits to die cut these little dudes out otherwise you could be standing there for hours.
  • She stamped the pinecones in Soft Suede on Crumb Cake cardstock and use the two identical framelits to die cut those in record time as well.
  • From the Merry Christmas to All bundle, she stamped the frame and the sentiment you see and used the framelit to die cut it, then backed it with a slightly larger rectangle of Crumb Cake, trimming the ends and corners to match by hand. It is popped up on Dimensionals.
  • A double round of the Braided Linen Trim adds a rustic finishing touch to her Christmas Greeting card. So cute!!

Today is the last day in the flash sale for new subscribers to Paper Pumpkin! If you've never been a subscriber before, this is a great time to try it out! There is a limited supply of October kits available for first time subscribers at the amazing price of $7 a kit. If supplies run out, then new subscribers will be given a November kit for the same price. To take advantage of this offer, just go to my Paper Pumpkin Page and click on subscribe. Enter the Promotion Code: FLASH1018 when you go to pay.

Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.

Product List
Glue Dots