Farewell Christmas

Now I promise this will be the last post for Christmas 2009.

But I just had to post my two favourite cards. I embossed So Swirly on to a large piece of cardstock, turned it over and randomly stamped one of the bauble images the back. Then I cut it out and turned it over to match in with the other stamped image.

My all time favourite for this year is this card. It was inspired by a card I received as a swap at the Melbourne Regionals, by a demonstrator named Bridget Harrison.

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Fathers Day

FathersDayHorsesLate. Not late in making Father’s Day cards. Not late in giving Father’s Day cards. Just late in posting Father’s Day cards.

This year I made two cards, as both my children wanted to give their own card to their father.

This first card uses a combination of stamp sets. Wanted, All Scallops, Oval All and Occasional Greetings.

Team this up with Old Olive, Ridinghood Red, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla card stock and some retired DSP.

Throw in Photo corner, Oval and Scallop Oval Punch. And lastly don’t forget to use the Stamp-a-ma-jig. That is how all of this has come together. The Stamp-a-ma-jig is the best purchase I have made. I don’t even put it away, it sits on my desk, waiting to be used again.

 

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I have been waiting for over 6 months to use this ‘Lovely as a Tree”set on a Father’s Day card.

The technique used to add colour to the tree was taught to me by the talented Simone Bartrum. Firstly you stamp the image in Sahara Sand ink, then add colour with Pastels and re-stamp the image with Close to Cocoa. You definitely need a Stamp-a-ma-jig for this one. It makes the colour appear to be “within” the image, not just sitting on top.

I also wanted to try a Gatefold card as well, so this is how it looks on the inside.

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Confirmation

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It was my son’s confirmation over the weekend.  I should have been more prepared and ordered Special Blessing, but that didn’t happen. So,I ended up using my daughter’s non SU alphabet stamp set. I’m sure it would have been a whole lot easier to use if I had a Stamp-a-ma-jig.

I embossed the flourish from Baroque Motifs onto Riding Hood Red cardstock, stamped half an image with red ink along the top, and then layered it with Basic black cardstock. My daughter gave this to her brother.

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Next I needed a card from my hubby and I. Again my talented SIL sent Nathan a card for his confirmation. I didn’t case it, but I certainly used it for inspiration and it was a challenge to see what I could come up with.

Riding Hood Red was the perfect colour for the occasion. I teamed it up with Close to cocoa and used multiple stamp sets including Weathered, Lovely as a tree, Starring you and All scallops.

I sponged the edges of the cross to make it appear more natural, and distressed the edges of the card-stock to enhance the whole natural effect. As well as using markers to give depth to the tree image. To top it all off, dimensionals were added to adhere the cross.

Lovely as a forest

Another set I have been wanting to get for a while is Lovely as a Tree.

BdayfromBec

My talented SIL Rebecca(also a demonstrator-in a different state) sent me a birthday card. (See above.) I liked it so much, I tried to CASE it. But yet again, my design plans didn’t work out. I used the same colours and DSP, but I didn’t have the same stamp set. So I pulled out Lovely as a Tree. I stamped it in Chocolate chip, but I didn’t like the way it looked. (It looked like bare trees in the middle of winter.) I added some Kiwi Kiss colour, changed the greeting and added some coloured brads instead. I think it turned out OK. What do you think?

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