“Tabs for Everything Advent Calendar” Card

“Tabs for Everything Advent Calendar” Card

 

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Do you love advent calendars as much as I do?

I’ve always loved advent calendars, but the one I remember most vividly from my childhood was a Christmas card that had a mini advent calendar as its front with a tiny image under each of the 24 flaps.

So as soon as we received the “Tabs for Everything” stamp set at Onstage earlier this year, I knew I needed to buy the matching Circle Tap punch and try to recreate this mini advent calendar card from my childhood.

 

The calendar flaps are simply created by punching out garden green, whisper white and cherry cobbler card stock with the circle tab punch, then cutting these punches in half and adhering the “t-bar section” to the card with tear’n’tape. The numbers are stamped with the labeler alphabet stamp set and the wreath in the middle of the card is made using the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set and matching dies, adhered with stamping dimensionals and decorated with silver thread and Rhinestone jewels.

I’m really happy with the final result but I will admit it took me a while to figure out how to make this card because most of my stamps do not have small enough images to fit under the Circle Tab punch. It was only when I got my hands on the Be Merry DSP that I worked out how to do this. I used my 3/4 inch (1.9cm) circle punch to punch out tiny images from the DSP…they were just the right size to fit under the tab. And there was enough variety in the design of the paper to allow me to punch out 24 different images so that every day is a suprise!

Because the pattern of the DSP wasn’t always centred or even around the main image I’d punched out I simply took my Garden Green and cherry Cobbler Markers out and extended the pattern of the DSP to further enhance the tiny images. The picture below show the bottom 5 images before I used the marker to extend the pattern (the rest of the images have already been done).

And here they are all done…I had so much fun doing these!

I needed a fairly large sentiment inside the card because I had to make the card base quite big (6 x 6 inches) to fit the 24 tags onto the front, so I used a combination of the stamps from the “Oh, what Fun” stamp set.

If you look closely at some of the numbered flaps on the advent calendar you’ll see some brand new gorgeous little ornament shapes in whisper white that I’ve used to stamp the numbers onto.

These are dies from a new Christmas bundle called “Carols for Christmas”, which you can order from the 1st August, one month ahead of the Holiday catalogue release date. You can see these little dies on the “Deck the Halls” card below, but in this picture they’re stamped with the ornament stamp from the Carols for Christmas set.

I hope you enjoyed stopped by today. You can see all the other beautiful cards the Art With Heart Team have made by going to Claire’s blog.

You can also click on the links below to purchase any of the supplies I’ve used for this card.

I’ll be back next week with some more Christmas Card inspiration.

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“Boxwood Wreath” Card

“Boxwood Wreath” Card

Hello fellow crafters, it’s time for some weekly “Heart of Christmas” Christmas card inspiration with the Art with Heart Team.

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This week I’ve focused on the gorgeous little boxwood wreath embellishments and the Be Merry Designer Series Paper, which co-ordinates with the Merry Mistletoe stamp set. The colours in this paper are the very traditional Christmas colours of garden green, cherry cobbler and whisper white.

Because the background design of this card is quite simple, I added dimension and interest by attaching one of the lovely boxwood wreaths to the sentiment with a simple bow made out of 1/8 inch sheer ribbon in whisper white. The sentiment is from the Merry Mistletoe stamp set and stamped in whisper white onto cherry cobbler card stock, finished off with some white perfect accents. I always use the sponge daubers to apply whisper white to my stamps.

Here’s a close up of the gorgeous little wreath.

There are so many variations that would work equally well with this design. You could use any combination of this DSP for the background as the papers all coordinate. The sentiment would look beautiful if it was heat  embossed, and the wreath could be tied on with linen thread, whisper white bakers twine or some of the silver or gold 1/8 inch ribbon.

I’m so excited that I’ve already made 6 Christmas cards…and it’s still only the start of July!

Which one do you like best so far?

I hope you enjoyed stopped by today. You can see all the other beautiful cards the Art With Heart Team have made by going to Judy’s blog.

You can also click on the links below to purchase any of the supplies I’ve used for this card.

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Art With Heart the Heart of Christmas Week 4

Art With Heart the Heart of Christmas Week 4

 

Today I am participating in a new weekly blog along with some of the super talented ladies in the Art With Heart Team.

Every Wednesday morning we will be posting some Christmas card inspiration using products from the new 2017/2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue, as well as from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue (available in September).

“Crumb Cake Reindeer” Card

Okay, I’ll admit it.

I seem to be incapable at the moment of making a card without one of these elements:

  • crumb cake,
  • linen thread,
  • burlap,
  • stitched framelit dies, and
  • the new facetted gems.

And now I have one more ‘must include’ to add to this list…the amazing new burlap background stamp.

I just love how it gives my card such texture without adding weight or thickness, which is very important with Christmas cards that will be sent out in the post.

My crumb cake reindeer card ended up looking very different to the card I thought I was going to make.

Originally I intended to put one of the divine little Boxwood wreaths around the reindeer’s neck but they were just too big. So instead I CASED the annual catty’s photo staging (see page 112) and put the wreath around the necks of some porcelain reindeer I found for a couple of dollars at my local op shop…I just adore these reindeer and you’ll being seeing a lot more of these elegant fellows in my upcoming Christmas card blogs.

The gorgeous sentiment is from a new set called Merry Mistletoe and I can see myself using this one a lot too.

This card would work with so many other colour combinations and it really is quick and easy to make, ideal for when you need to mass produce.

Live in Australia?

Listed below are all the supplies I used to make my card.  If you click on one of the images, you will be taken to my online store, where you can buy the products for yourself.

You can go back to Claire’s blog to find the links to the other team members who are participating this week.

Thanks for stopping bye,

Cathy
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Eastern Palace Bundle

Eastern Palace Bundle

Today I wanted to share with you three cards I made with the new Eastern Beauty Bundle. I really challenged myself with these cards because Whisper White or Crumb Cake are my default base colours and I don’t usually feel as comfortable with Very Vanilla, however I really love these colour combinations. And the new Very Vanilla notecards make card making quick and easy because there’s no pre-cutting of card stock required by you.

This first card combines 2 of the new in colours: Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist and I’ve used some of the smaller stamps from the Eastern Beauty stamp set to create the diagonal pattern. The beautiful Eastern Palace Specially DSP is used on the front of the card as well as to make the matching envelope.

My second card teams up Lemon Lime Twist with Dapper Denim. It’s amazing how beautiful Lemon Lime Twist looks with so many other colours. It is such a vibrant colour but it actually works like a neutral, combining easily with such a wide range of colours.

Even though I’m more of a silver girl than a gold girl, I think this card is my favourite of the 3 cards. These Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers and the stunning Gold DSP really pop on this card and gold and purple as such an elegant and timeless colour combination!

Even though I’ve use the matching DSP for these cards, the Eastern Beauty Bundle would work equally well using many other DSPs and ink colours. In fact, as soon as I get my hands on my new DSP this week I am going to try this design with the Foil Frenzy DSP and the matching inks.

What DSP would you use if you were gong to CASE this design and give it a fresh new look?

If you’d like to order any of the products I’ve used for this card, you’ll find the links below.

Happy crafting!

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Art With Heart the Heart of Christmas

Art With Heart the Heart of Christmas

 

Today I am participating in a new weekly blog along with some of the super talented ladies in the Art With Heart Team.

Every Wednesday morning we will be posting some Christmas card inspiration using products from the new 2017/2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue, as well as from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue (available in September).

“May Your Christmas Sparkle” Card

Because it’s winter here I decided to make a Christmas card that made me feel warm and cosy. I began this card with some smoky slate card stock that I embossed with the Cable Knit Dynamic embossing folder.

I just love grey, silver and white together so I used my Pretty Pines thinlits to cut whisper white and silver foil card stock. I wrapped the embossed card stock with some of the new 1/8″ silver and white ribbon–don’t you just adore this ribbon?

Pretty Label Punch, Faceted Gems & Touches of Nature Elements

Three new products that I’ve used here and are so incredibly versatile are the pretty label punch, the touches of nature elements and the faceted gems.

The pretty label punch comes with a matching stamp set (Label Me Pretty) but so many other sentiments from different stamp sets also fit perfectly into it.

This sentiment is from the Christmas Pines stamp set–it is the perfect sentiment for these sparkling faceted gem embellishments!

And the touches of nature elements can be used with either the wood side or the white side (that you can colour with your markers) up–I used the white side for this card.

This card would work in so many different colours and would look equally as beautiful with the gold faceted gems and gold ribbon.

You can go back to Claire’s blog to find the links to the other team members who are participating this week.

Thanks for stopping bye,

Cathy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art With Heart the Heart of Christmas

Art With Heart the Heart of Christmas

 

Today I am participating in a new weekly blog hop along with some of the super talented ladies in the Art With Heart Team.

Every Wednesday morning we will be posting some Christmas card inspiration using products from the new 2017/2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue, as well as from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue (available in September).

Holly Berry Happiness Wreath Card

This card was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest which used the (now retired) Wondrous Wreath bundle. I just loved the colours and the design so I thought I would C.A.S.E. it using the Holy Berry Happiness stamp set instead.

I made the wreath by firstly drawing a circle on very vanilla cardstock. I bent the photopolymer holly stamp slightly and then stamped it in Sahara sand several times around the circle so it formed a wreath.

Then I stamped the matching berry stamp in real red and wrapped the stamped image with linen thread.

The sentiment (stamped in real red) is part of a sentiment from the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set, which I then punched out with the classic label punch.

 

Finally, I used a sponge dauber to add some Sahara sand to the edges, mounted it onto some real red cardstock and then onto a very vanilla notecard.

Matching envelope

To complete this card I simply stamped on the back of the very vanilla envelope with other stamps from the same Holly Berry Happiness card.

I love the simplicity of this card–you don’t need fancy equipment to create something quite timeless.

 

 

 

 

You can go back to Claire’s blog to find the links to the other team members who are participating this week.

And I know it might seem a little early for Christmas cards, but just remember there are only 28 weeks to go!

Thanks for stopping bye,

Cathy