Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Embellished Ornaments With Silver Accents

Have you ever had one of those days that you're not sure what to do, so you just spin?  That was me for awhile.  My dad, who is 82, is in the hospital and I just get worked up about it.  As a family we have been through the ups and downs of aging and it never gets easier.  Oh, the logical self says, "it is what it is", but the soul just gets sad and worried.

Anyhoo, to take my mind away from something I can do nothing about, I thought I would post this project I made a few weeks ago.  It was actually the first card I made when I received my Embellished Ornaments stamp set.  I actually used the dryer sheet method when I ran these through the Big Shot.

If you're unfamiliar with that way of cutting, just take a "well" used dryer sheet and fold it in fourths. Put it on the bottom, next to the cutting mat and then place your card stock, then your die, then your other cutting mat.  I ran it back and forth about 4 times and then took out the ornaments and they came out beautifully.  I used the Silver Foil sheets for the toppers and hooks and I embossed with Silver Embossing Powder.  To glam it up a bit I used the Silver Dazzling Details and that's about it.

So, if you pray, please just add a short one for my dad to do well with a procedure tomorrow and thank you for stopping by.  Have a blessed evening.  --Tammie
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

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Glitter, Glam and Embellished Ornaments Equal Merry Christmas

What's not to love about this ornament set in the new Holiday Catalog?  It's delicate, artistic, and very glamorous!  The gold embossing and foil sheets, along with the glimmer paper just cry out to be included with this beautiful set.  Embellished Ornaments take a simple card into the "WOW" category very easily!  Enjoy making your holiday cards with this set.  I'd love to see what you come up with;)--Tammie
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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Lovely as a Tree Glittered

I love traditions, and one of those is using the Christmas colors red and green.  However, over the years I have come to see that Christmas colors are "all-inclusive" depending upon mood, desires and the need for change.

I like the Crushed Curry with the Chocolate Chip with the Lost Lagoon.  I think it's a really sharp color combo.  What do you think?

I chose to profile this card because when I showed it to my club my purpose was to show how to use Heat and Stick Powder with glitter.  Using this tree stamp from a longtime favorite set, Lovely as a Tree, I inked the tree with Versamark.  Next I added the Heat and Stick Powder and melted it with my Heat Tool.  I poured on the Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, pressed it into place, shook off the excess and reheated to seal the deal.

The reason to use this powder is that it assures that your project will remain glittered for a very long time and the glitter won't just come off in a short time due to handling, placing in the envelope, etc.

Enjoy your weekend and I'll be back with another project soon.  --Tammie
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Friday, September 18, 2015

Cardinals and Christmas

Such a joy to look out the window and see the bright red of the flitting cardinal in my yard.  He's even more stunning against the glistening white of a Christmas snow.  The cardinal that Stampin' Up! has designed for the year's Holiday Catalog is simply beautiful.  I love how they have made it a two-step gives the dimension that this beautiful bird deserves!

I stamped him on Watercolor Paper and then added him to the rest of my design.  I used Crystal Effects on the berries to give more texture to my card.

Have fun designing your cardinal with this amazing stamp set!  Have a great Friday:)  WOO HOO!!!!
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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Occasions Card Event

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Faux Metal and Doilies for Christmas

Faux metal stamping has been one of my favorites for years! Especially when making holiday cards!!  It's a great way to embellish and simple to do.

The process is as follows:  Take a piece of plain card stock and with your versamark pad ink a spot large enough for your intended stamp. Pour your embossing powder over the entire area and heat. Do this 3 more times (total of 4) and with the final heating, make sure you get the melted powder very warm. IMMEDIATELY press your stamp into the melted powder and firmly apply even pressure for a few seconds.  Remove your stamp and WALA, magic!  If your image does not turn out as desired, simply remelt your powder and try again.

For the bow on my wreath I used a window sheet and inked it up then carefully heated it until the ink was dry. 

Let me know if you have any questions.  Have a great day exploring the possibilities in your stampin' haven.

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Give Thanks

This is definitely a Thanksgiving card, but use a different sentiment and it could easily be a "Welcome fall!" one.  I love the vibrant colors that the season that is upon us brings and today it actually seems like fall is upon us.  I love the heat of summer, but the cool crispness that the autumn season brings cannot be beat!!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Howl-O-Ween Treat

                                                                                     I DO love owls!  This little guy is no exception.  And yes, if you read my previous entry, you know he is stamped in Tangelo Twist...LOL!  His little eyes are dimensional with the use of Crystal Effects and what do you think about the stars on his hat?  Our Confetti Stars Border punch creates the perfect size stars for his hat.  Oh, and that black Glimmer Paper...YES!  Perfect for Halloween!!  How about the coordinating framelits, Boo To You?!  So, so, so, so cool to use:)  Finally, the new black ink.  It's "unsmearable" and goes on so evenly.  It's Archival ink and it also comes in Gray.  YAY!!!!!  We've been needing a "Stampin' Up!" Black and Gray ink for a while and now we have an amazing product to share.  Thanks again, Stampin' Up!  You're always looking for ways to improve your already fabulous product lines.
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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

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Kind Koala From Stampin' Up!

When I originally saw this cute koala I watercolored him and I colored him with markers, but hadn't thought to DSP him;)  So I was sitting in my studio one day, and looking through my new In Color DSP stack that I had just received and it occurred to me...AH, a patterned koala!  DUH.  And for whatever reason, all that week I was in a Cucumber Crush and Tangelo Twist kind of mood.  Don't ask...I have no answer, other than to say I think they go rather well together.  So I stamped first on my Whisper White piece and then on my DSP.  I used the black Stazon Pad for the outline and then came back in with my Stampin' Write Markers, Tangelo Twist, Crushed Curry and Cucumber Crush to color.  I fussy cut the little guy, glued him on my WW piece I added the little start clip, which is no longer available:(, for a little accent.  Wonder what your little koala will look like.  So many possibilities!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Happy Birthday...Let's Celebrate

I saw a balloon card on Pinterest and loved it so much that I decided to make one of my own.  I loved the brightness of the balloons in that pin so I used bright rainbow colors, too. I used the Celebrate Today photopolymer stamp set and after I inked my stamp I spritzed it 2-3 times with a light misting of rubbing alcohol.  I then tilted the stamp, letting the ink run and then stamped on the Whisper White card stock.  Next I cut the balloons out with the coordinating Balloon Framelit and using a sponge, filled in the white left behind after I had used the die. I added the "Celebrate" sentiment from the Expressions Natural Elements after dying it with white Stazon.  The bows are white Baker's Twine.  When I see this card it brings a smile to my face.  I guess it's the cheery colors:)
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