Sunday, July 24, 2016

Ho! Ho! Ho! It's Christmas in July!

It's been a little over a year now, since I've discovered my creative side through stamping and card making.  Although I loved the craft, I doubted my abilities and that my cards were "mail-worthy" and as a result, I sent not one...really...NOT one single Holiday card last year.  If you know anything about me at all, you'd know that typically after Thanksgiving, my first card goes in the mail.

Fast forward one year, to today, and I'm starting my Holiday Greeting cards because I absolutely will not miss sending cards this year.  Plus, I've gotten much better and my cards are definitely "mail-worthy".  But Christmas is over five months away you say!  Yes, absolutely true!  But time flies when you think you have plenty of it. (That's a good one...think I'll keep it :) )  So here are a couple of designs that I absolutely love.

Swirly Snow, A retired Stampin' Up! Set

Wondrous Wreath Stamp and Die Set
Item:135047
Item:  135851 

Oh Holy Night! A Starburst technique card


Do you have a favorite? I do...leave me a message and tell me which one is your favorite.

Interested in these or other stamp sets (not including retired items) to begin your Christmas in July?  Visit Stampin' Up! for your inks, paper, embellishments, and stamp needs.  Don't forget to shop Stampin' Up!'s  Bonus Days promotion.  Promotion ends 31 July 2016.

Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Totally Amaze-ballz - Xyron Create A Sticker




Amaaaazzzzinnng!  I'm sitting at my craft work space, taking this card I recent made from NOW to WOW by adding die-cut phrase. 



Card...Now version
 I'm sitting there painstakingly attempting to add adhesive to the lettering and getting frustrated while doing so then it dawned on me...you bought this thing for a reason, what better time to break it out!
Caron...WOW Version

Well I did...and I now I can't go back applying adhesive to detailed die cuts the "normal" way.  It has to be done with this totally incredible tool.

As a 1st time user of the Xyron, I have absolutely nothing but positive things to say.  Easy to use--check; not a very messy process--check; increase in efficiency---check.  

Here's a quick YouTube video on how to use it.


I'm thinking that I may get another one that can accommodate larger and wider images...but for now, the Xyron is one of my new favorite adhesive tools.
Happy Stampin!


Friday, July 8, 2016

Christmas in July - Starburst Card


Besides my birthday and Thanksgiving, Christmas is my absolutely favorite holiday!  Yes, indeedy it is!

Last year I started my card making journey and did you know, I didn't make not even one Christmas card?  Not a one--how horrible for a card maker.  I won't bore you with all the reasons (no, not excuses) why I didn't make and/or send any, but let's just say that I had competing craft interests--I was making jewelry pieces (my usual holiday gifts).  This year, so that I don't fall into the proverbial time trap--AGAIN--I'm starting to make Christmas (cards) in July!

The first card is made using a Masking and Sponging technique.  I saw this card on a YouTube video by Tami White - also a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and CAS it...not everything but mostly the technique.



Measurements:

Card base: 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" (Old Olive)
Whisper White Layer:  4 1/4" x 3 1/2" (used to stamp your image)
Silver Glimmer Paper:  4 1/2" x 3 3/4"

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

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JULY 2016 HOSTESS CODE:   RQP9WUNY
Marina Mist Classic Stampin Pad
Item:  126962
Silver Glimmer Paper
Item:  135314

Soft Suede Classic Stampin Pad
Item:  126978
Black Classic Stampin' Pad
Item:  149093

Old Olive Cardstock
Item:  100702

  

Whisper White Cardstock
Item:  100730
 

Other Items Used:

Stamp:  Stampendous Wood Mount N188 Traveling Far (2011)
Adhesive

I truly enjoyed making this card.  Remember, you can be creative...change colors, the focal stamp, or even the sentiment.  Just remember to have fun.  #creativeexpressions #feelingcrafty