Welcome to my first Christmas card blog post for the 2018 holiday season, a 3-D Pink Poinsettia. First of all, I want to give credit to Shannean Moncrieff for her brilliant idea of using the Rooted in Nature leaf to build a poinsettia. It was so inspiring, I had to try it!
Pink Poinsettia Christmas Card
I began by stamping six leaves from the Rooted in Nature stamp set in Cherry Cobbler ink on Whisper White cardstock. The matching die from the Nature’s Roots die set cut them out perfectly. Next, I used a Stampin’ Spritzer to wet the back of the leaves, and a stylus to roll around the back of the leaves to give them shape. While they were drying, I continued with other parts of the card.
My poinsettia would need “real” leaves, so I stamped three more leaves in Garden Green, and left these flat.
My pink poinsettia would also need a background, and Whisper White is always a good choice. The card base is Thick Whisper White cardstock, which is topped with a regular weight piece that I embossed with the Subtle Textured embossing folder. I used this folder to decorate the envelope flap also.
Before gluing the embossed piece to the card base, I added a strip of Polka Dot Tulle ribbon, and some strands of Gold Metallic thread.
The “Merry Christmas” sentiment (Garden Green) is from the Star of Light stamp set, fitting perfectly in in the Bunch of Banners die cut.
My poinsettia needed a center, so I asked Siri to show me an image of pink poinsettias. Good thing I had some gold Epoxy Shapes!
My lay-out was inspired by this week’s FAB FRI challenge, turned sideways.
I hope you enjoyed Christmas in August. I’ll be receiving my first Holiday catalog order soon, so sneak peeks to come. As always, thanks for stopping by my blog. I really appreciate you!
Aloha! I’ve just returned from vacationing in Hawaii. Here’s just one view while eating dinner at the Lanai restaurant, and I’ll be sharing more.
I miss being there already, but I’m excited to get back to my craft room. Challenges are great at giving me a kick-start into card making. I’m playing catch-up, so I’m using three challenges for this first project. They’ll be listed toward the bottom of my post.
Petal Palette post Hawaiian vacation
I began with the colors: Macaron Mint, Powder Pink, Mossy Meadow and Tranquil Tide. I had previously hand-cut flowers from the Share What You Love DSP, so they were easy to grab.
My Powder Pink bird, cut with a Petals & More die, was also ready to use.
And, one more previously die-cut item, the Whisper White Stitched Shapes circle.
I placed these on dimensionals, and my focal point was complete.
TIP: I recently started storing my “extra die-cuts” in the envelope with their coordinating dies. The Stampin’ Up info paper separates them from the dies, so they aren’t damaged. So far, it’s working, and easier to find things than in my “bit box” that was growing out of control.
My card base is Thick Whisper White cardstock, and the background is in three sections. The top section, vertical stripes, was made with a Petal Pair embossing folder. “Best Wishes” from the Petal Palette stamp set is stamped in Tranquil Tide ink. The bottom section is a Macaron Mint, diagonal stripe, from retired DSP. The top and middle sections are tied together with a flower cut with a die in the Petals & More die set.
Here are the three challenges I used for inspiration. Clicking on the pictures will take you to their pages, where you’ll see the designer’s projects and all of the entries.
Thank you for visiting me today. I think I’m still on Hawaiian time.
That is one, long title! The name of this paper, Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper, is slightly intimidating, but seriously, do not let it scare you. It’s easier to work with than you might imagine. I’d been looking at this circular pattern since receiving it, wondering what colors I would add to it. Today’s challenge at Fab Friday gave me my answer.
I found cardstock scraps in the colors of Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, and Powder Pink. I used two of the Layering Circles Dies and the 1/2″ Circle Punch to cut eight, pretty, pink circles.
As I was applying teeny tiny spots of glue to attach the circles, I was thinking of how I would explain it to you. I thought a picture of the backside would help.
The hardest part of the project was cutting the white cardstock for the back of the Laser-Cut piece. It had to fit within that tiny border, and difficult to measure. The easy solution would be to glue it directly to the card base, which is what I’ll do next time.
I wanted a Basic Black sentiment in the upper right corner, and found “Thank You” in the Hand Delivered Stamp Set. It was the right meaning and size in a pretty font. I used the Stamparatus for stamping, because I was not wanting to mess it up at this point.
And, here is the finished Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper Thank You Card Pretty in Pink:
Laser-Cut Paper Pretty in Pink
Before saying good-bye, I want to thank the designers at Fab Friday for selecting my card last week as the Fab Fave. What an honor! You all are a fabulous source of inspiration, and I look forward to playing along with your challenges!
Here’s last week’s Fab Fave, where you’ll see some of the Laser-Cut Paper included in this design also.
Graceful Glass Designer Vellum Birds in a Cage
Thanks for visiting my blog today!
I’m excited to give you a sneak peek of the new Graceful Glass Designer Vellum. It comes in a pack of 24 sheets; two of each design. There are many beautiful patterns, but my favorite is the birds in a cage.
Graceful Glass Designer Vellum Birds in a Cage
I first cut the strip of birds from the 6X6″ piece of Designer Vellum. It cuts very easily with the Stampin’ Trim. The birds look nice in black and white, but I couldn’t wait to color them with my Stampin’ Blend alcohol markers. The colors I chose match (almost) this week’s Paper Players challenge.
I colored the birds on the back side of the vellum, which gives a softer look when turning it over. Aren’t the birds pretty? Plus, it makes the black lines stand out beautifully. You can actually feel that they are raised.
Rather than gluing the birds directly to the Very Vanilla card base, I glued them to a piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut the same size. I anticipated the glue dots would show, so had Black Rhinestone Jewels ready for coverage. I put a tiny dot of glue at the top and bottom of each black line. I’m happy to report, the Tombow glue didn’t show at all, but I embellished the four corners anyway.
Do you see the Very Vanilla lace detail beneath the bird cage? This is from the Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper. Love it! I used dimensionals, so the bird cage was raised over it.
The layout for my card was inspired by Fab Friday. Can you see why I added the Laser-Cut paper? It really makes a difference.
The birds wanted to say, “Best wishes from all of us,” and this perfect sentiment is in the new stamp set, Itty, Bitty Wishes.
I decorated the envelope flap with colored dots from Share What You Love DSP. I’m sure the Paper Player’s colors are in there.
For the inside sentiment, I used the Happy Birthday Die for an extra large wish. I layered Very Vanilla on Basic Black for definition. The little bird perched on the “B” is from the Painted Glass Bundle; stamped, colored and die-cut.
I hope you enjoyed this introduction to the new Graceful Glass Vellum and Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut papers. You can order them at my store starting June 1st.
The Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper is extraordinary! One of my favorite sheets is predominately Mint Macaron, a popular returning color. You can’t imagine how happy I am that it is back!
Share What You Love with Celebrate You
Mint Macaron is such a beautiful shade of green, I bought a pack of it when I knew it was retiring last year. So, I was prepared with plenty, and cut a piece in half (5 1/2 X 4 1/4) for this card base. Next, I cut a piece of this gorgeous designer paper (5 1/4 X 4), and used Snail Glue to adhere it to the card base.
The rest of the lay-out was determined by the challenge at Fab Friday. Here is their sketch:
I used another piece of Mint Macaron for the center rectangle. After contemplating different embossing folders, I decided on the Scattered Sequins. Now I have a shower of Mint Macaron sequins. Don’t they look real?
For the banner underneath the rectangle, I used the Banner Triple Punch with a piece of Pear Pizzazz. I embossed it with the Petal pair Embossing Folder.
The bow in the sketch was an easy choice, because I was dying to use our new Mint Macaron Nature’s Twine. I attached it with a Mini Glue Dot, and it is holding fast.
For the sentiment, I wanted to use paper words from the Celebrate You Die Set. I cut the word, “amazing” from the color, Old Olive, double layered it, and used Tombow for gluing.
If you haven’t heard, Old Olive is moving from the “Brights Collection” to the “Regals Collection.” I’m all about green, so as long as it’s in there, I’m happy.
I got carried away on the inside of the card, wanting to use another piece of the DSP. I cut a second banner, the same size as the one on the front. Don’t you love this designer paper? And, I cut “You” with a Celebrate You die, double layered, and Tombow glued.
“Happy Birthday” is from the Better Together Stamp Set, which I stamped in Tranquil Tide. I recently purchased Better Together, a two part set. It has many great sentiments, and will be put to good use. The question is, why did I wait so long?
Thank you for visiting me in my happy, Share What You Love, Mint Macaron world.
For those of you who receive my daily blog post, you know I love a good challenge. (If you don’t receive it, and would like to, please sign up). There happened to be several challenges within the same time frame, and I decided to combine the requirements of not one, not two, but three challenges!
Tic Tac Toe, using a diagonal row, would give me “oval-FREE-die cut.”
CAS(E) this sketch! would provide the lay-out.
Fab Friday would give me my three colors.
Wouldn’t this be fun? The Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper is my “go to” for these fall colors, and I selected a piece of Pumpkin Pie and Tangerine Tango for the background. I chose a card base of Thick Very Vanilla to match the dots in the DSP.
The circles in CAS(E) this sketch became ovals, which I die cut with the Layering Ovals, to satisfy the Tic Tac Toe challenge. I also used die cutting (Layering Seasons die set) for the leaves.
The sentiment (retired from Lighthearted Leaves) was stamped in Fresh Fig ink, for the Fab Fri color challenge. This color was also used for one of the die cut leaves.
For the Tic Tac Toe “free” square, I added lace at the bottom in honor of Peggy Noe, (she loves lace) who is this week’s designer.
I like to send a few Thanksgiving cards, so this one will come in handy. Thanks to the three great challenges for providing inspiration!
If you click on their graphics, it will take you to their sites.