Here’s the card we will be making in tomorrow’s class. I’d originally planned a slightly different color scheme, but after I finished my monthly friends & family cards I realized I had managed to all but wipe out my stock of Only Orange cardstock. Planning is everything isn’t it???

With that said, I started with Pumpkin Pie for the base card. I rolled Happy Jacks with Only Orange over the front of the card. The plaid square (4″)(ProvoCraft) was torn along one edge and then adhered. Next, I layered strips of Basic Black and Kiwi Green textured cardstock (American Crafts) and added 3 pieces of grosgrain ribbon in marigold, celery and black. The marigold and celery are folded in half and stapled to the layered kiwi and black piece and the black ribbon is tied once and adhered over the staple with a sticky glue dot. This piece was then adhered over the top of the plaid piece. The “B”, “O” are from Big Deal Alphabet and the cat is from Trick or Treat. They are stamped on Whisper White in Old Olive and Basic Black, cut out and arranged over the black and kiwi strip. I mounted the cat up on dimensionals so it pops off the card a little bit. The sentiment from October (Hero Arts) is stamped with Basic Black, and finally, for a last little bit of whimsy I added a double pair of googly eyes to the “B” and “O”.


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I had a group of absolutely delightful ladies over yesterday to make Christmas cards. Some were new to the whole thing, but as one of the veterans, I have to say their enthusiasm is wonderful! Reminds me of when I was a demonstrator and my customers were so excited about stamping. Now I teach a monthly class, try to attend a few of my own here and there, and basically just enjoy that enthusiasm and the fun of stamping.

This is our Christmas card for 2008. Lots of sparkle as you can see, but I LOVE how it turned out. I made (with more than a little help from my friend) 80 of these yesterday, and I have the glitter cheeks and aching shoulders to prove it!

Card base is Soft Sky, layered on Silver Metallic. The snowflake is stamped with Tempting Turquoise on white, coated with glue with a glue pad and glittered, then layered on Cool Caribbean. The stamps are from InkADinkADoo and Impression Obsession but I used the verse from Trim a Tree for the inside. “May your holidays sparkle, shimmer and shine with joy!” How apt is that!? The snowflakes in the background are stamped in both Cool Caribbean and Silver Encore.

Now, off to bed! I think I hear the sugarplums…

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I was sifting through emails today between bursts of creativity and a dire need to clean up my work area, and landed on Beate’s weekend sketch #57. I’ve never posted to one of her challenges specifically – or if I did I didn’t realize it- so hopefully I did everything right.

Anywhoo… here’s what I came up with. I bought the Jersey Shore DP back in July before it retired, and realized today it isn’t a half bad match for Tangerine Tango. Not perfect, but pretty darn close. I also had a virgin stamp set – Spring Solitude – to break in.

The Jersey Shore piece is folded back on itself with a slip of Night of Navy scalloped and glued between. The flowers in the background are randomly watercolored with the aqua pen or 2 way glue and liberally coated with glitter. The white square was stamped, colored and then coated with glue using the glue pad so I could add a layer of glitter to the whole thing. The Tangerine Tango flower is cut out and affixed using the rhinestone brad and then I added coordinating adhesive gems to the corners. Note: I don’t have the inverted corner rounder, so I use different sizes of circle punches to achieve the same look. Gotta love those double duty punches! Both the flower square and the Thank You are mounted up on dimensionals. The rest is self explanatory I think.

Thanks for looking!

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