Sunday, December 14, 2014

Wondrous Wreath Christmas

The Wondrous Wreath stamps and Wonderful Wreath Framelits dies are so much fun!
I had a great evening with friends stamping out a series of Christmas cards.

I am loving the Hardwood background stamp, which I bought recently, I'm sure I'll be using this a lot in the new year, too, for all sorts of cards, especially now that I've got the newer larger Stampin' Scrub (at last!) which makes it so much easier to clean the large background stamps!

For this card I used the retired Polka Dot background and a retired border punch.

And here's a card similar to the first one, using Melon Mambo instead of Real Red.
I love the way Soft Suede and Baked Brown Sugar work together on these cards.

Colours: Soft Suede, Baked Brown Sugar, Pear Pizazz, Old Olive, Real Red, Melon Mambo, Whisper White

Stamps: Wondrous Wreath, Good Greetings; 
(the Merry Christmas on the first card is from a retired set)

Dies: Wonderful Wreath Framelits die

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Holiday Home

As soon as I saw the Holiday Home stamp set, I knew I wanted it.
But when I first played with it, I had trouble knowing just what I wanted to do with it.
Stamped on white it looked kind of plain, and it was hard to colour in a way that looked effective.
Then I saw the set stamped on Crumb Cake, and from that moment I haven't looked back!
I stamped the houses on Crumb Cake and Soft Suede, and used a white pencil to create highlights on the glass. I love using Prismacolor pencils for this type of colouring.
 I created a rich background using a dark blue with some daubing around the edge, and stars stamped in white, and made the lamplight "glow" using two shades of yellow.
This has to be one of my favourite cards ever.

I made a few other cards using the Holiday Home set, with the snow scene from White Christmas in the background.

The greeting is from the retired Mixed Medley set.

And once more, this time coupled with some lacy adhesive tape for a pretty Scandinavian effect.
Once again I loved using my white prismacolor pencil to colour snow and highlights.
The Stampin' Up! white chalk pen is also great for drawing snow falling or sitting on top of branches.

I posted all my cards today, these ones are sitting out in the street post box now, waiting to cheer someone's Christmas.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas Card Class this Week

I've got a few spots left in my class this Wednesday night!

We'll be using some of my favourite stamps of this year.
Here's a sneak peek of two of the cards:

Wednesday 10th Dec, 7.30-9.30pm
$25.00 to make 8 cards.
Supper and ALL tools & materials included
Address: northern Sydney, address given on enrolment
Book: email me to receive details of address and payment method.

I hope you can come!