Posts tagged ‘Joyous celebrations’

April 4, 2015

Joyous celebrations and an ink technique …

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We have a brand new hostess this week at 52 Christmas Card ThrowdownLouise has set us a sketch challenge, and a rather unusual one too.  When I first saw it, it reminded me of a card I made a while back using the retiform technique, so I thought it would be fun to make another …

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It was difficult deciding which stamp set to use – there are so many that would be perfect for this challenge. After some deliberating, I chose the  “joyous celebrations” set, as it had lots of small images to make patterns with…

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I loved the vintage look the sponging gave to the card …

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Not a lot of supplies were needed – just some inks, cardstock and a stamp set! If you like this technique and would like to try it for yourself, SplitCoast Stampers have a fab tutorial available. 

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I hope you like my card for this week.  Now it’s time to see what the rest of the Design Team have been up to at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. We do hope you’ll join us.

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stamps:  joyous celebrations;

inks: early espresso, cherry cobbler, crumb cake;

cardstock: very vanilla, cherry cobbler;

accessories: sponge daubers. 

All supplies from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise stated. 

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June 21, 2014

In joyous celebration of Rudolph …

Hmmm – this week’s challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown had me a little stumped.  It wasn’t for lack of ideas, just lack of stamps (can you believe it?!)  The theme challenge this week is Rudolph and to make this the focus of your card. Of all the current Christmas stamp sets I own from Stampin’ Up, none have a reindeer image – sigh. So instead, I turned to my (rather large) library of Stampin’ Up stamp sets, old and new, to find this cute little reindeer silhouette and oval frame, from a set I’m ashamed to say I had not even inked up before today! It was still sitting in the box, brand new and waiting to be put together! How did that happen?!  Retired before its time, me thinks …

Joyous celebrations card by Stampin Up

I started by punching a 2” piece of very vanilla cardstock with the tag topper punch, and corner rounding the bottom corners.  Next, I used my stamp-a-majig to stamp the oval frame in the centre of the tag, which was to be a perfect place for my little reindeer … 

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I inked up this little guy in chocolate chip ink and then used a blender pen to remove the ink from his nose, before adding real red ink to it with a marker pen, huffing on the stamp and plotting it dead centre of the frame.  I could not have achieved this without my handy-dandy stamp-a-majig – would be totally lost without this fantastic tool! 

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Next came the layering, and I just had fun – furtling in my scraps box to find a piece of tartan-looking dsp.  I die cut this using the top note die, trimmed off around the stitching line and adhered it to the base card made from two  pieces of naturals white cardstock cut with the same die.  Next came a doily die cut from old olive cardstock – it took a bit of poking out, all those little die cut pieces, but worth it in the end – green confetti anyone?  …

Joyous celebrations by Stampin Up close up

Finally, I adhered all the layers together and added a hand-tied organza bow, and a tiny rhinestone for a little Christmas bling. 

I hope you like my card this week, and if you’ve been inspired, please pop along to 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown and join in the challenge – we would love to see what you make.  

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cardstock: naturals white, chocolate chip, old olive, very vanilla;

stamp sets: joyous celebrations;

inks: chocolate chip, real red;

punches & dies: tag topper, corner rounder, 1” circle, doily, top note;

accessories: dsp, stampin’ dimensionals, whisper white organza ribbon, mini glue dots, stamp-a-majig.

All supplies from Stampin’ Up.  

I will be linking my card to these challenges:

Sparkles Christmas

Jingle Belles

Christmas Stampin’ All Year Long

Completely Christmas

CHNC Challenge Extra

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