Monday, November 28, 2016

Joyful Nativity

When the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue (2016-2017) was released there were a few Christmas themed sets included.  One of them was Joyful Nativity and it was a set I thought about getting but kept putting that purchase aside.  A few months back I was fortunate to be selected to receive a stamp set for free (the names of the Inky Diva Challenges participants are put together each month and one name is drawn to receive a stamp set valued at $22.95).  I used the opportunity to select the Joyful Nativity set.  I don't make very many more traditional Christmas cards but I do like the idea of having a set in my collection for those times.

I saw a card posted by Amanda Bates on her blog - The Craft Spa - and knew it was going to be perfect for the recipient I had in mind.  You can see Amanda's card HERE.

I chose not to put a greeting on the front of the card and although it doesn't show very well, after stamping the "Bethlehem scene" with Smoky Slate ink I coloured over it with my clear Wink of Stella pen.  A very subtle but pretty bit of glimmer.

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Joyful Nativity
Ink - Night of Navy, Smoky Slate
Card Stock - Whisper White, Night of Navy
Other - Rhinestone, Wink of Stella

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Inky Divas Challenge - Week of November 21, 2016

This week Crystal's challenge was to make a card or project featuring tasty treats! It could be any theme, but there had to be 'food' or something food oriented featured on the card/project! 

I decided to use the project Judy and I will be making later this week.  It is a "Matchbook" style treat holder.  Two Ghiradelli chocolate squares fit inside.  We will get four treat holders from one 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of card stock.

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Teeny Tiny Wishes, Scentsational Season (retired)
Ink - Real Red, Soft Suede
Card Stock - Real Red, Whisper White, Candy Cane Lane DSP, Silver Foil, Red Glimmer
Other - Candy Cane Lane Baker's Twine, 2" Circle Punch, Layering Circles dies, Stampin' Dimensionals, Owl Builder Punch, Mini Glue Dots, Classic Label Punch, Holiday Collection dies (retired)

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Inky Divas Challenge - Week of November 14

This week Crystal asked us to make a windowed card.   Her sample had a shape cut out of the card front and then she had stamped a coordinating image on the inside.  I interpreted the challenge a little differently and quite literally made a window card.

If I find my window sheets I may redo the card to fit more with the challenge.

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Santa's Sleigh, Peaceful Pines
Ink - Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip
Card Stock - Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Crumb Cake, Gold Glimmer, Vellum
Other - Layering Circles Dies, Santa's Sleigh Dies, Swirly Scribble Dies, Hearth & Home Dies, Pretty Pines Dies, Brick Wall Embossing Folder, Rhinestones, Linen Thread, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Jingle Bells

Saturday, November 12, 2016


When I first saw the 2016 Stampin' Up! Occasions catalogue I really liked the Santa's Sleigh stamp set and coordinating framelits but resisted ordering them for a short while.  After seeing samples online I finally ordered them and am so happy that I did.  

This is one of the cards I have CASEd.  You can see the original HERE.  I had seen it on Pinterest but I don't know who the originator is - there is no watermark on the photo and it does not link to a website.

I used some retired DSP for my background but the rest is all current Stampin' Up! product.  The Shimmery White card stock was embossed using the Seaside embossing folder and then layered to create the "snowbanksÈ

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Santa's Sleigh
Ink - Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip
Card Stock - Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake, Shimmery White, Gold Glimmer, Under The Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper (retired)
Other - Santa's Sleigh Framelits, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Rhinestones, Pearls, Red Sharpie Marker

Friday, November 11, 2016

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Inky Divas Weekly Challenge - Week of November 7

This week the challenge was to use Whisper White, Real Red and Crumb Cake when making our project - we could add a bit of silver, black or gold if needed.  My card includes the three colours well as a bit of Silver Foil Card Stock.  I cheated a bit and used Chocolate Chip ink to stamp the reindeer image onto the Crumb Cake card stock - the Crumb Cake ink just didn't show as well as I wanted to outline the shape.

I lightly sponged the embossed trees with crumb cake ink.

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Santa's Sleigh, Christmas Pines
Ink - Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Real Red
Card Stock - Crumb Cake, Real Red, Whisper White, Silver Foil
Other - Santa's Sleigh dies, Pretty Pines dies, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Rhinestones, Woodlands Embossing Folder, Silver Cord

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Happy Christmas

This is another card Judy and I plan to make.  Judy had seen it online and we decided it would be fun to make (in spite of the fussy cutting) - you can see it HERE.  We didn't have the stamp set for the greeting on the original so we created something using our digital scrapbooking program.  The houses were cut from the Candy Cane Lane designer series paper as was the little tree.

Stampin' Supplies
Card Stock - Crumb Cake, Real Red, Whisper White, Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper
Other - Stampin' Dimensionals

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Candy Cane Lane

The next time Judy and I get together we are going to be making this card - again CASEd from one we had seen online.  I used the retired Scentsational Season stamp set along with the coordinating retired Holiday Collection Framelits.  The greeting was created using a digital scrapbooking program.

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Scentsational Season (retired)
Ink - Early Espresso
Card Stock - Early Espresso, Whisper White, Candy Cane Lane DSP, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, Red Glimmer Paper
Other - Holiday Collection Framelits (retired), nonSU Scallop Circle Die, Candy Cane Lane Baker's Twine, Owl Builder Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals