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It's time to post this card, of which I made a total of 11, most of which should have arrived by now. Yes, I actually managed to send some cards out this year. It's been a few years since I have managed to send out Christmas cards, highly ironic considering I started this hobby to, wait for it, SAVE MONEY on my Christmas cards!!! Once you stop laughing, you can keep reading.
The first batch of cards that I sent out were the ones I made using the November Paper Pumpkin kit. Once I had used those up, sending cards to my parents, my sister, my brother-in-law and sister-in-law, and other immediate family members, I decided I would send out cards to my nieces and their families. I have 7 nieces, and there were a few more friends I needed to send to as well.
I actually planned on just going through my large box of already made cards, but as so often happen I got carried away with the idea of making the same card for everyone, and I thought I would just make it easier on myself and copy something I had already made. I had made this back in September and just hadn't gotten around to posting it yet. And for some crazy reason, I thought that this card would be pretty easy to duplicate 10 times. Ha!
GOJUS! (YILM!) Some more views:
I did the trick where you make a flap that folds in.
There is a trick to making the snowflake that perfectly lines up over the flippy part. If you are very interested and haven't figured it out for yourself, I just might do a video if there is enough interest.
I actually simplified this part and didn't do it on the ten copies, because it was just too much to do. Instead I stamped the snowflake shape directly on the white cardstock with Soft Sky and stamped the Merry Christmas in Lost Lagoon over the top of that.
I hope my nieces enjoyed their cards because, even though none of this was hard to do, there were a lot of steps and little pieces that would go astray and have to be redone. By the end of making these, which stretched over a couple of days, I was heartily sick of them, LOL! And found all those little pieces that got lost underneath of or stuck to things on my desk.
Well, we've arrived at Christmas Eve. I hope you all have a blessed Christmas.
As for me, I get 3 days of paid vacation starting today, and since the weekend comes right after, I have 5 days off in a row! This hasn't happened in forever and is mostly because I had accrued a bunch of time off for working my tail off to earn them, but I could only carry over so many into the new year so I actually had to use them! Otherwise, your faithful medical transcriptionists are out there working, usually on the day of Christmas itself if they have hospital accounts or doctors who think that Christmas Eve or Christmas Day would be a great time to catch up on all that dictation they are behind on.
You can buy everything I used to make this card up until January 5th, so if you haven't snagged some of this yet, I would head on over to my website ASAP. Some of the Holiday Catalog stuff is on the Year End Closeout being offered right now, and they have just added new items!
I still have a few projects from my big workshop that I haven't posted yet, but I thought I should probably get this one out there since the big day is coming up!
In this case, I wanted a Halloween treat project, and my hostess had expressed interest in this set, so I fiddled around and this is what Icame up with:
This used the spritzers. I built a cardboard spray booth out of a couple SU! boxes to keep the spray from going all over the place, and made two colors, Tangerine Tango and Blackberry Bliss, by mixing some rubbing alcohol with reinker. The moon was masked using a post it note with the 1-3/4" circle punch.
Mixing rubbing alcohol with the reinker rather than water allows the tag to dry faster and without warping.
You can buy any of the schtuff I used to make this by clicking on any of the pictures below:
I hesitate to post cards like this one,because it is likely pretty similar to other cards you have seen with this set. The problem being that it really is almost impossible to improve on the basic card you can make with this set, and this set and the matching dies are really so easy to produce a great card that you can crank out multiples.
GOJUS! (YILM!) ANd really, how can you NOT produce a GOJUS card with this? I hesitate to even claim any kind of stampin' jeenyus.
Glimmery, shimmery, GOJUS!
And I like the inside too.
Wild Wasabi is one of those colors that is getting neglected this year, but it is really pairs up nice with Real Red and Garden Green, don't you think?
You can buy any of this schtuff just by clicking on a picture below:
This summer has been kind of hit and miss as far as my monthly class, but I'm happy to say we finally managed to get a day where both I and my students could be in the same place at the same time. And because this great bundle with the Star Framelits and the Bright & Beautiful set from the Holiday Catalog is available for free with the purchase of a Big Shot, I figured I should probably do a project with it.
Actually, I had the other two cards already made since my class last month didn't happen at the last minute, but I was still short one card, and I literally made this one hour before class. And yes, it's another blue card, but I hope you can forgive me! Lookie:
GOJUS! (YILM!) My students loved this set and the great deal on the bundle when you bought a Big Shot. I knew one of my students had been debating about getting one for a while, and this was the perfect promotion for her to get the most bang for her buck! Christmas is coming a wee bit early in her house!
Ms. Card, Mr. Demille wants to know if are you ready for your closeup. Yes, yes, she is!
We heat embossed all the images with white EP on the Lost Lagood cardstock, and we layered the star image up on silver foil cardstock that had been die cut with the star framelit and pierced using the Eclectic Paper Piercing pack. Accented with 1/8" silver ribbon and Rhinestone Basic Jewels, this is one shiny card!
If you've been on the fence about buying a Big Shot, this is a great promotion, getting you a set of Framelits and stamps worth over $50 absolutely free when you purchase a Big Shot! If you've already got a Big Shot, you can save 15% on the price of these items by purchasing a bundle.
If you're interested in the Big Shot promotion, here's a link to the flyer:
Right now, we have a Big Shot special going on. If you buy a Big Shot, you get your choice of several stamp/die bundles free! If you already have a Big Shot, you can purchase one of these special bundles for 15% off. This is available through August 31st.
I was excited because one of the bundles offered is a new set from the Holiday Catalog plus the Star Framelits from the catalog, both of which were on my wish list so the bundle went on my preorder. I've been wanting a set of star Framelits for just for-ev-er,and the new set is the bomb-diggity-bomb, so when I got these, I got all kinds of inspired and this is the result:
GOJUS! (YILM!) I actually got out my Sew Mini and sewed the vellum to the patterned paper:
I need to get busy again with my holiday mini sets. I spent a lot of time yesterday prepping older cards for my Etsy shop, but today is going to be for play! And going to Target to buy stuff so my younger two can be equipped for school tomorrow. Will managed to put holes in his jeans, holes in his backpack, and holes in his shoes so it all has to be bought along with the usual binders, notebooks, pens, and paper for both of them. They already went to orientation on Friday, where I got to drop an astonishing $656 on books ("only $10 away from the number of the beast!" quipped one of the teachers checking us out (only at a Catholic school do you get this sort of humor). I had to ask my parents for their usual contribution to the Tinklenberg tuition fund just to cover that! Laurel still has a couple weeks before she heads back to Hogwarts, which is what we call College for Creative Studies where she is studies illustration. She's looking forward to getting back there and away from the Muggles.
If you're interested in the Big Shot promotion, here's a link to the flyer:
I recently bought some Designer Series Paper with the sale going on right now (buy 3 standard paper packs get 1 free!) so I kind of felt I should do something keyed into one of the ones I bought. I also wanted to play with my new Blendability colors, and I had to find something to color with them that I had not colored yet, and so here we are. I chose the ark Lane paper because it has Calypso Coral as one of the colors, and I just got the Blendabilities in that color.
You need to brace yourself, though, because this is one of the most STUNNING cards I have ever made (YILM!) Lookie:
GOJUS! (YILM!) I am going to be using These are My Stamps from now on, so the supply list will be below.
Loving the new Striped Scallop thinlet! I used the 2-way glue pen to stick it down. I used the 1" square punch to do the banner tail on the smaller pieces and the Banner Framelits for the bigger one.
Beautiful color with Blendabilities. I colored the rhinestones as well. Leaves are from the Bird Builder punch.
Subtle texture with Simply Scored.
You can buy everything to make this card in my webstore:
The funny thing about this time of year is that when I post a project, it will likely be with a set that was at the top of my wishlist because that's what I order when the catalog goes live. So here I am again with another set from the top of my wishlist, Fast Food Friends. When I saw it, I had to have it. I had to have the hamburger box and the fry box dies too so I decided to make a fry box first with this set because of the sentimen "Every day is fry day!" Lookie:
Ingredients: Stamps - Fast Food Friends; Paper - Neutrals Patterns Paper Stack, Real Red, Whisper White; Ink - Real Red, Daffodil Delight; Other - Fry Box die, Hamburger Box die (label), Labels Collections Framelits, Festive Paper Piercing templates, Basic Gray baker's twine, Daffodil Delight 1/4" cotton ribbon, Basic Black marker, dimensionals, cello bag.
STINKIN' CUTE! (YILM!) The treat inside is potato sticks, which goes with the theme. Lookie:
And now here's the back.
Because I knew, I just KNEW you'd ask how I did the belly band on this, I made a video to show you. Here ya go:
You can buy any of the schtuff I used to make this box in my webstore:
I thought I'd show you another project today from my recent party!
First, I have to tell you that this was a big party, over 20 stampers, and almost all of them were experienced and had been attending parties for years, so they already had seen anything that was older. That meant I really had to use everything new from the Occasions catalog BUT I also had to design projects that didn't take a long time AND were still somewhat challenging and fun for more experienced stampers. The projects also needed to be able to be done without me standing over them the entire time saying "Now do this" because this workshop had 5 projects and was entirely self-directed. I had instructions on the table along with the sample, and I went over what I thought were any points to each projects which might not be clear, but otherwise everyone worked on their own and people who were new got helped by people who were more experienced.We had 4 tables going, the two small projects at one table, and one project at each of the other three. And it worked beautifully. I hung out at the Big Shot table to help people with those, and occasionally walked around to see how things were going. When I wasn't sitting there feeling terrible, I was having a blast. Just wish I'd felt better!
ANYWAY, this is one of the cards. I came up with this a cuple days before and I really love how it turned out (and the people there did too!) Lookie:
Ingredients: Stamps - Just Sayin', Flower Shop, Petite Petals; Paper - Sweet Sorbet DSP, Pool Party, Whisper White, Crisp Canteloupe, Smoky Slate, Summer Starfruit; Ink - Versamark; Other - Hexagon Hive Thinlits die, Pansy Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Lovely Leaves Sizzlit die, Summer Starfruit stitched satin ribbon, Neutrals candy dots, Whisper White EP, dimensionals.
GOJUS!!! (YILM!) One of the challenges of the large stamping party is having enough supplies for so many people to do the project. I had just enough of the Sweet Sorbet paper that I could do a project that used such a large piece of it and had also bought enough of the Neutrals candy dots that I had two of the Smoky Slate ones for everyone. Some people flipped the paper and used the other side, which was also cute.
This was another challenge project for the Creative Crew:
Holiday focus: January is National Hobby month, share something crafty besides a card, it can be a wreath, a banner, a tablescape, or picture frame, a headband, some jewelry, something crocheted with our crochet cotton, it's totally up to you.
This is the sort of thing that makes me panic. Cards are way easier to come up with than this stuff. So I went to the closet wherein resides so many of the things I bought to do "stuff" with because I remembered that I had bought a wire wreath form at one point, and there it was. I already knew what I would do with it, since I had bought it after seeing a similar wreath more than a year ago.
I decided to start this on Sunday afternoon once I got home from church. And it took me the rest of the day, because you can't just slap a few rosettes on a wire frame and have it look good. You have to have SERIOUS amounts of these things. So I set up Netflix with Dr. Who season 2 and enjoyed watching David Tennant do his thing once again and got on with it. Lookie:
Ingredients: Paper - Polka Dot Parade DSP, Brights Color Collection DSP, Subtles Color Collection DSP, I Am Me DSP, Real Red glimmer; Other - Wire wreath frame, Hearts Framelits, Designer Rosette, Whisper White Organza ribbon, silver 1/8" ribbon, Real Red Stitched Grosgrain, 7/8" scallop circle punch, Large rhinestone jewels, Neutrals & Subtles designer buttons, Scallop border punch.
GOJUS (YILM!) The hearts that are hanging in the center are are two hearts back to back with the ribbon sandwiched in between.
I'm looking forward to putting this on my door, but you can bet I'm waiting for the weather to WARM UP first! We've been hunkered down here since Monday. I ventured out yesterday just because my husband needed a prescription, but otherwise we have not set foot outside except to put garbage out. It's finally made it up to 12 degrees outside! Woohoo! My kids have had school canceled for the past two days (Monday was a records day so they had it off anyway). At any rate, in colder temps, chances are that this wreath would come apart if the glue dots I used for attaching the buttons, bows, and hearts in the center froze.
I got many different sizes of rosettes by altering the width of the strips I used. Since we don't have Valentines paper this year, I used Valentine colors from the color collection stacks and a few other papers from other DSP that matched. I've always liked the red + aqua color combo for Valentines over the red + pink you usually see.
You can buy this die plus any of the other schtuff I used to make this project in my webstore: