Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sleighbells Ring....

There's something just wrong about posting a Christmas card when it is still August, but today I'm doing just that.  You see, I'm planning some projects for my Christmas Stampers' Dozens, the first of which takes place in two and a half weeks.  So I have to wrap my head around some Christmas ideas and try to get into the holiday spirit.  You can't create a true Christmas card until you've managed to work up at least a smidgen of Christmas spirit!

Here's my first sample, based on the MOJO Monday sketch for this week:

Here's the MOJO sketch:
It's Round or Square week and I chose square as usual.  I'm going to have to try round one of these days.  I was quite proud of this one because I tried two new ideas.  One was using the Holiday Frame Embossing Folder to emboss one of the window shapes, from the new Window Frames Collection Framelits.  The reason I was so pleased with myself is that the Holiday Frame Embossing Folder is oval shaped and you wouldn't think of using it for this window shape, but it works very well, especially on the Core'dinations card stock - Early Espresso used here.  I also stamped on ribbon for the first time - using the new 7/8" Cotton Ribbon and the Border Banter stamp set, made just for this purpose.

I used a framelit two sizes smaller, to cut a piece of Very Vanilla card stock and stamped it with the Traditional Touches single stamp, inking it up with Stampin' Write markers in order to get the different colours.
The second vertical flag was made from Cherry Cobbler Core'dinations card stock, embossed with the Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing folder and sanded with a new Stampin' Up Sanding System block to bring out the lighter coloured layer of card stock underneath.  I added a little bow made with 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon in Real Red and topped it with a little Gumball Green Dahlia.
So, Ho Ho Ho!  There you go!
Stamps:  Traditional Touches (w128018); Border Banter (w128927; c128930)
Paper: Be of Good Cheer (126896) and Snow Festival (126908) Designer Series paper; Core'dinations card stock in Cherry Cobbler (127846) and Early Espresso (127848), Gumball Green card stock (126840)
Ink: Classic Stampin' Pad in Cherry Cobbler (126966), Stampin' Write Markers in Gumball Green (Part of In Colour collection: 126856), Early Espresso (119680)
Accessories:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246); 1/8" Taffeta ribbon in Real Red (119251); 7/8" Cotton Ribbon (127844); In Colour Dahlias (127556)
Tools:  Window Frames Collection Framelits (129021); Holiday Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (127820); Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (127749); Stampin' Sanding Block (129367)

Holiday Frame Embossing Folder
Window Frames Framelits
Traditional Touches
7/8" Cotton Ribbon
Snow Festival DSP


  1. I really like how you used the Holiday frame embossing folder, nice card.

  2. I love the Mojo Monday sketches, but I've always wondered how you do a circular card?

    1. You need a circular die large enough.... or a plate and hand cut! lol I have a scallop circle die, but it's only about 3" in diameter, not big enough for a card base. I think I googled the how-to once, but didn't use it because I didn't have large enough dies.


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