Today we got to 36 degrees Celsius, yesterday it was 40. We’re into our 2nd week of high 30’s and it’s not even summer – what’s a gal to do? Craft of course!
I started writing my Christmas cards yesterday, need to get my US/Canadian cards into the mail if they’re to make it on time and I’m still a few cards short.
So off to some challenges I go for inspiration.
Up first is a card I’m entering over at Sunday Stamps which is a sketch challenge and SU! Only Challenges which is to create a card celebrating a winter holiday. I’m hoping thinking about winter will make me feel cooler on this hot day.
My card uses all Stampin Up products. The sleigh is from a set called Cozy Christmas and the sentiment is from Greetings from Santa. I gold embossed the sleigh and white embossed the sentiment. I then sponged the whisper white panel with lemon lime twist ink and splattered it with some water to simulate snow. the close up shows the sentiment a little bit better.
Next up is a card for my daughter’s teacher. Miss K wanted me to make a shaker card, so I die cut the Stampin Up detailed Santa thinlit out of silver glitter paper, popped it up and filled it with green and blue sequins.
I can’t believe that it is 4 weeks until Christmas and I’ve only made 17 cards for my own stash, so I’ve decided today that I had better get crafty. I did some calculations and need about another 43 cards – eeeeek!
My first card I made today I’ll be giving to my hubby for his birthday in December. The current challenge over at CASology inspired my design.
I used a stamp set from Unity CO Stamps called ‘Keep calm, have a beer’. I stamped the first image and then used a mirror stamp from So Suzy Stamps to create the second mug. I coloured them in with my SU Blends in daffodil delight and then used some puff paint for the foam tops. I created the sentiment on my computer and added it to a black base.
My next two cards have added to my Christmas card stash so now I’m down to 41 needed!
I created this card with the Painted Harvest set from Stampin Up stamped in Sweet sugarplum, Rose red and Bermuda bay inks. Nice and simple yet I think pretty.
The final card I created based on a tutorial I had seen over on Pinterest (sorry can’t remember who was the originator). I’m entering it for the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.
I created my own tree stamps using a die and some fun foam.
I stamped them three times using inks from Stampin Up in Lemon lime twist, Tranquil tide and Old olive. I used some Wink of Stella to give it that bit of sparkle and the sentiment is from The Ton set called ‘Mistletoe Kisses’. I used water-colour paper for the stamping which allowed the inks to blend when lightly spritzed with water.
I’m off to make some more Christmas cards. Thanks for looking and have a great day.
I coloured my Santa cat with my Prisma pencils and added a hat I’d had ready in my stash that is from a Tim Holtz set called ‘Crazy things”, there’s a bit of puff paint on the hat to simulate the white fluffy trim. The sentiment I printed on my PC using a font called ‘Dancing Jungle’.
Not your traditional Santa card but I know exactly the friend this is being sent to.
Now I must admit that I’m not really feeling the warm and cozy for The Paper Players challenge as we’re having a week of hot weather here as we’re heading into summer but I never can say no to a good cup of java!
My twist on the sketch was using the coffee steam as the long vertical panel which I stamped in gold to suit the JUGS color theme and this next picture might show the turquoise, brown and gold colours better. I paper pieced the DSP for the coffee mug and coloured the coffee with the baked brown sugar ink.
Stamps – SSS ‘what’s brewing’ and YNS ‘thanks a latte’
Inks – SU baked brown sugar, CPD black jack and Brilliance galaxy gold
My card is a hybrid digital/stamped card. I used an old Stampin Up digital image ‘Extreme surfboard’ that I printed onto a card piece I’d sponged with Stampin Up soft sky and island indigo inks, then added some water drops to simulate the look of the surf. The sentiment is from Altenew ‘Birthday bash’ and the black and white DSP is a left-over piece I had lying around.
My next card is inspired by the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches #313 – A Sketch by Karren and uses a stamp set (best in you) and inks (melon ice, lime rickey, grass skirt, tiara, tiki torch, orange twist and black jack) from Catherine Pooler Designs.
I followed the Bow/Elegant/Heat Emboss line of the Tic Tac Toe challenge and I really like how this card came out. The bow is made using the Stampin Up Bow maker punch with some white glimmer paper. The aqua piece was sponged with Ranger Peacock feathers distress oxide ink over the heat embossed snow flake from Kanban. I used Stampin Up iridescent ice embossing powder, the close up really shows how much it sparkles.
I ended up making 2 cards using this design, 1 for a birthday and 1 for Christmas.
I used products from Stampin Up for both cards. Card 1 – Pool party cardstock and ink, Sycamore Street DSP and enamel dots. The sentiment is from Mama Elephant ‘make a wish’. Card 2 – Pear pizzaz cardstock and ink, Season of cheer DSP & Brights enamel dots with the sentiment from The Ton ‘mistletoe kisses’
To make my ornament, I stamped the large ornament 20 times as you need 4 to make each bauble shape. I then did the same with the small ornament. I had to die cute each ornament – which was running them through my BigShot 40 times!
I make each bauble shape you score down the center of 3 of them, saving 1 to be the base and then you glue them together. I did this 10 times and then made the center piece by scoring a rectangle strip and joining it to make a pinwheel shape.
I cut a large circle to use as the base to hold all the bauble shapes and glued them on using my hot glue gun. I added the satin ribbon to hang the ornament and filled in the gaps with bits of tulle.
It’s quite time-consuming but you sort of get on a roll with doing each part on its own and I think the final outcome is certainly worth it.
Today my card is based on a sketch from the Clean & Simple #41 challenge. CAS style cards are right up my alley as I really like having white space to rest my eyes and draw my attention to the main element on the card and as you can see in this sketch the trio of circles at the top certainly draw your eye to the focal point.
I used the circles to create little peek-a-boo holes for Santa to look through. This really was a super quick card to make. I already had the Santas fussy cut out, so it was just a matter of punching the holes, stamping the sentiment and then assembling the card.
Cardstock – Stampin Up Whisper white, Old olive & DSP Home for Christmas
Stamps – The Ton Mistletoe Kisses
Ink – Catherine Pooler Designs Black Jack
Misc. – Red & white striped ribbon, 1 inch circle punch
I’m trying to build up my Christmas card stash at every opportunity I get and sometimes it’s fun to make a card with no stamping and don’t you think that sponging is rather relaxing. The current challenge over at AAA Cards #102 is all about ink blending and inspired my card.
To create my scene, I masked off a circle to represent the moon and then used inks from Stamping Up to sponge the night sky. I die cut the sleigh and trees and placed them over the sky piece and I was done.
It’s not a traditional CAS card but maybe the night sky gives the illusions of white space?
Inks – Stampin Up Night of Navy, Dapper Denim Soft Sky, & Basic Black
Misc. – Santa Sleigh die, Christmas tree die & star sequins
Cardstock – Stampin Up Basic Black & Whisper White