Monday, September 18, 2017

Hearts Come Home Christmas Card

Hello Peaches! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! We certainly did. Since my husband is going to be gone for a work event all week next week we did our best to spend as much family time together as we could. We've  actually never been apart that long since we've been married for the past 11 years, so I'm already a little sad because I know I'm going to miss him immensely. Hopefully the week will fly by and he'll be back before I know it. In the meantime , I have quite a few craft projects planned, because we all know that crafting makes time just pass way too fast, at least for me, lol.

On that note, here's today's project. Actually the colors were inspired by a question my team leader posed on our group page. She asked everyone what their favorite color combos for Christmas were. I'm more of a traditionalist so I love reds and greens with a touch of gold, but I got me thinking. What other color combos would look great together? I just love the look of Crumb Cake with Cherry Cobbler and of course touches of gold. I feel like these colors are very elegant, and rich, without being too overwhelming with the greens and reds of traditional Christmas colors.

So I started with a Crumb Cake cardstock base and cut the second layer 4" x 5 1/4" of the same color. I stamped the second layer with some of the house and tree stamps from the Hearts Come Home stamp set in Crumb Cake ink. Then I die cut the Detailed Santa Thinlit Die out of Whisper White cardstock. I then adhered it to a solid piece of Whisper White to create dimension.

Next I took some vellum, along with the 3 different house stamps from the stamp set and first stamped them in Versamark ink in a row on the vellum, and then added gold embossing powder, and heat set it. I also heart embossed one of the sentiments from the set in Whisper White embossing powder onto Basic Black cardstock. I also used the dies from this bundle to cut a row of houses that I trimmed down to fit my card.

I chose a few gold accents like the Mini Gold Sequin Trim (one of my absolute favorite embellishments from the new catty!!!) behind my layers of Cherry Cobbler, vellum, and Detailed Santa tag. Oh, by the way, to get the adorable scalloped tag top of the Santa tag, I just took my freshly die cut Santa piece and ran it through with the tag top die (the one with a tiny heart in it) from the Hearts Come Home bundle dies on the top portion of my Santa die cut and now you have an adorable Santa tag! This would be great for Christmas tags as well!

I just love this color combo and I'm so glad I gave it a try! What are your favorite Christmas color combos? I think I'll always be a traditionalist but I love giving new colors a try! Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll see you all next post!





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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Hang Your Stocking Christmas Card and Gift Box

Hello Peaches! Are you ready for another great 3-D project?! Now, keep in mind that I'm still new to them and still learning. I know there are lots of great tutorials out there on how to make gift boxes so mine will be a little more brief, but I'll show you how easily you can pair any gift box with the gorgeous "Hang Your Stocking" stamp set and dies for a real "wow" look.



First, I started with an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of thick Whisper White. I chose the thicker cardstock because its sturdier and will hold better. You will cut it down to a square shape (8 1/2 x 8 1/2). Then you will score @ 2 inches on each side. See picture below:



Next, cut on the indicated lateral lines below:


Before assembling your lid, you will need to stamp any images you plan to have on the lid as this becomes difficult later without a solid surface. I used the holy leaf and berries to create my background. Then I cut a piece of Emerald Envy cardstock at 11 x 1/2 inches for the belly band and warped it to find where it would need to be scored, marked it and scored those areas for easy folding.

For the bottom part of the box, I did the same thing as I did with the top except I made the measurements an 1/8th of an inch smaller. To finish off my box, I added my stocking, a few trimmed gold snowflakes, and some gold sequin trim.

For the card, I based my layout to be similar to my box, except I added a few pine sprigs. You could add some mini ornaments, ribbon, or whatever you like. I just love the traditional colors of these projects. They really put me in the mood for Christmas! Thanks so much for stopping by! See you next post!






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Monday, September 11, 2017

Watercolor Jellyfish Card

Hey there sweet Peaches! I have a fun technique tutorial for you today! One of my favorite ways to create is thriugh watercoloring. It is truly, for me, the most relaxing medium. I love how you can just add a little water and ink and the colors just move. There's no pressure to be perfect. Inherently, watercoloring is an imperfect art form. These are a few of the many great things about watercolor.



To start my watercolor jellyfish, I began with some watercolor paper, and this is key in order for your color to move on the paper. Using regular cardstock will not yield the same results. You will need water based inks as well as these react and move when exposed to water. I love the Stampin' Up! inks for this because they work beautifully with the water and are very vibrant, even as they dilute a bit from the water. Now a few key tips when watercoloring: 1. Be cautious of how much water you use. Too much water can result in a big sopping mess and/or hard water edges. 2. Go light with the color to start with, because you can always add more color (drying between each application so as to not over saturate) but you can't as easily take it away. 3. Just have fun! Don't try to think too much about it. Watercoloring is very organic. The more you let go and enjoy it, the more beautiful it will turn out in my experience.


For the main outline of the body, I used my Stampin' Write Markers in both Bermuda Bay and Pacific Point. I drew a basic somewhat scribbly shape for the body of the jellyfish and then went over it with my aqua painter to soften the shape. Then I squeezed my closed Bermuda Bay ink pad so that ink from the pad would be left in the well (lid) of the pad, and I used that to paint with. I did the same with both my Pacific Point and Lemon Lime Twist ink pads to vary the color of its body.



Next I took my markers and drew some "tentacles" coming from the body, drifting in the waves at different lengths. I also ran over these with my aqua painter as well. Then, to create the frillier looking tentacles, I swished in tiny, varied back and forth motions, first in Lemon Lime Twist. Then while the paper was still wet, I added drops of Bermuda Bay in various areas and then finished them off with a few drops of Pacific Point. I just love how realistic he turned out!





I wanted to mention how I created the Lemon Lime Twist/Bermuda Bay glimmer paper in my card. One of the new products that I think is overlooked but I just love in the new catalog are the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets. I took my Lemon Lime Twist cardstock, blended a little Bermuda Bay ink on the edges and applied it to one of these sheets, removed the release paper, and added some Dazzling Diamonds to it. To prevent the glitter from rubbing off I used my bone folder to burnish it into the paper. Full disclosure: some glitter will inevitably still come off but the burnishing will help to reduce this. And voilĂ , you've got glimmer paper in any color you wish!



Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you e enjoyed today's post! I'll see you next time!



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What could make hosting a holiday catalog event more fun? How about the chance to earn a FREE, exclusive stamp set? We’re calling it the Merry Patterns Host Promotion—and anyone can join in the fun. Here's how it works: if you host a party with $300 USD/$375 CAD in sales by October 31, you'll earn the Merry Patterns Stamp Set for FREE. The Merry Patterns Stamp Set is exclusive to this host promotion and will not be available after the last day of October, so grab it while you have the chance! There's also a great video with gorgeous samples to help you get a head start on making beautiful Christmas cards and projects with your “merry” new set. Check out the video below:





Hearts Come Home Christmas Card

Hello Peaches! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! We certainly did. Since my husband is going to be gone for a work event all week next wee...