Friday, December 5, 2014

December Card Class - Half Dome Ornament

I was inspired and purchased ornaments, stamps, and dies sold by an online retailer -, but I thought a half-dome ornament will be just as cute filled with Stampin' Up! stamps, so I tried it!

You can also purchase 80 mm clear plastic ornaments from and the cool part is since you are only using half of the ornament your money goes twice as far! 

You use Shimmery White and Pool Party cardstock with Black Stazon Ink and Real Red ink, plus you will be coloring with Hello Honey, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake and Real Red Stampin' Write markers. The two stamp sets are White Christmas photopolymer and Good Greetings.

You will cut two Pool Party scallop circles from the papertreyink dies using the Magnetic Platform on the Big Shot. Then using a 3" circle die on the Big Shot cut two Shimmery White circles. Stamp the tree portion on the first white circle, then stamp it again with fresh ink on the second circle, then add the cute snowman on the second circle. The bird can be stamped on a tree branch of the first circle. The mini star is stamped on a scrap and cut out by hand with paper snips then colored with the Hello Honey marker. Then you will carefully fussy-cut the snowman and snow mound from the second circle. Stamp "joy" in Real Red onto the full circle. Use a glue dot to affix the star to the top of the tree. Color in the snowman, bird, and tree trunks with the markers. Layer the two white pieces with dimensionals making sure they fit inside of the dome. Add dimensionals to the back of the tree layer and attach the first Pool Party scallop circle making sure there is an adequate and equal edge all around the dome. Before gluing the dome to the paper, add 1 tablespoon of "snow" inside the dome. Make sure you keep the open side of the dome facing UP or the snow will spill.  Using Tombow Liquid Multipurpose Glue carefully run a narrow bead of glue around the edge of the plastic dome and carefully sit the set of 3 layers onto the glue. Let dry for several hours. Once dry, you can scotch tape about 3 pennies (for weight) to the lower half of the pool party paper that's attached to the dome, then squeeze in dimensionals (or parts of them) to make a secure seal with the second piece of pool party.  Use Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine to make a hanger. Don't forget to sign and date your creation! Done and so, so cute!
Happy Holidays Everyone!

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

December Card Class - Gift Box Tower

I'd like to give credit to whomever posted their version of this tower, but for the life of me I can't find the idea on the internet again. If it's yours, please let me know.

I used 3 of the 3x3x2.5" kraft boxes from the Annual Catalog to create this fun gift idea. I stamped them all over with the snowflakes from the Endless Wishes set in White Craft Ink. You have to wave the box in the air a bit before you go to the opposite side of the box to give the ink a chance to dry a bit. The alphabet die set I used is a retired set, but you can use whatever alphabet you might have. I cut the letters in Cherry Cobbler cardstock. Using the SU 2-3/8" scallop circle punch I punched 3 Whisper White scalloped circles. Then using Brushed Silver cardstock I punched 3 2-1/4" circles from an EK Brand circle punch. The little mini banner flags were punched with a retired SU punch, but you can easily cut your own by hand. I used Fast Fuse adhesive for the circle and banner pieces, and then Tombow Liquid Multipurpose Glue to affix the letter to the silver circle. Let that dry a bit. After adhering the badge to the box, I added one rhinestone to each badge. In order for the boxes to stay together you definitely need a stretchy rubber band that will hide under the 1 yard of Cherry Cobbler 1" sheer linen ribbon tied into a pretty bow.

I see gift cards, socks, candy and so many other ideas going into these cute boxes and they will be reusable for a few years too!

Thanks for taking a look!

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

December Card Class - Merry card

Patrice Halliday-Larsen's card design was my inspiration to use the Seasonally Scattered stamp set. This card size is about 3 x 6 which fits some old envelopes that Stampin' Up! used to sell. You can easily make your own now with the Envelope Punch Board.

The color scheme is Smokey Slate, Night of Navy, Marina Mist, and Whisper White. 
Starting on the Whisper White layer you stamp the "Merry" from the stamp set in Versamark ink and heat emboss with White Embossing Powder. Now the fun begins - take a sponge dauber and daub Night of Navy ink just over the "merry." Then take a sponge wedge and lightly sponge Marina Mist ink over the rest of the Whisper White paper. Next using the Endless Wishes stamp set, take the smallest snowflake and stamp the small snowflake all over the sponged ink also in Marina Mist ink. Move to the Marina Mist cardstock layer and stamp the snowflake around the edges also in Marina Mist ink. Top and second layer done. The Night of Navy layer has silver ink used to stamp the same snowflake around the paper edges. Then for accent, I used some retired Illumination ink to stamp more snowflakes around the edges and help it all "pop"!
To finish the card, I glued the Whisper White and Marina Mist layers together then wrapped with the 1/8" silver ribbon and added some rhinestone bling. Then that combined layer was raised with dimensionals attached to the smokey slate and night of navy layers.
I love the wintery look of this card. Hope you do too!

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

December Card Class - Starry Card

This card design was inspired by Cindee Wilkinson, but I changed up her color scheme and placement of the greeting. Start with a Crumb Cake cardstock base, Layer Garden Green cardstock next. The top layer is Whisper White embossed with the Lucky Stars embossing folder, done on the Big Shot. The star is made using the Star Framelits cut on the Big Shot. The largest star is cut from Crumb Cake cardstock. Then next I cut out the green star from retired Designer Series Paper I had on hand but I used the star framelit that was the outside size so it would fit under the Champagne Glimmer Paper star once I cut that.  So the Champagne Glimmer Paper star was cut at the same time using two coordinating sized star framelits held by the Magnetic Platform on the Big Shot. So once the green layer and glimmer layers were cut out, I glued them together and trimmed off any excess with my paper snips. The greeting comes from the hostess set Good Greetings stamped in Garden Green ink. It was punched out with the Modern Label punch. I had a retired button that was just the right shade and threaded it with Whisper White Baker's Twine. Definitely a Star studded card!

Thanks for taking a look!

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Monday, December 1, 2014

December Card Class - Holiday Home card

I couldn't resist doing a direct CASE of Stampin' Up! Artisan designer, Cindy Schuster's card. This card is just so cute and easy to do. You start with a Whisper White cardstock base with rounding all the lower corners using your Envelope Punch Board corner rounder feature. Next I drew a very light pencil line  with a ruler of where I wanted to stamp the base of the houses. The photopolymer (see through) stamp set is Holiday Home with its matching framelits. The two stamped houses and Santa were done with Crumb Cake ink. Then the wreaths were stamped in Garden Green ink. The string of lights were stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink. Next, cut out one house on your Big Shot with the house framelits from Crumb Cake cardstock. I found the hardest part was tying the small "house package" with the Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine. Once I got the bow tied, I scotch taped the back for insurance and used dimensionals to place the center house in position. I love it!

Thanks for taking a look!
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