Creation Station Blog Tour – Wondrous Wreath

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Welcome to our mid-October Creation Station Blog Tour – it’s great to see you again!

I’m so happy to be back online and posting – not that I haven’t been crafting- the fact is I’ve been so busy creating, I haven’t had time to post!  So sorry about that!  The good news is – my busy crafting means that I have lots of pictures to share with you for the next little while!

Today’s Blog Tour focus is on the fabulous Wondrous Wreath stamp set, which also comes with matching Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies.  This is one set that I highly recommend you purchase the bundle of both the stamp set & framelit set – it’s just a breeze to stamp and then perfectly cut out your wreath; as usual, Stampin’ Up!  makes you look like a pro!  We’re also featuring the Gift Box Punch Board – another one of those tools that you *think* you don’t need – until you have it!!  Yes, we can all figure out how to make boxes from scratch, on our own; but seriously – you can make them so much faster, with cute closures and lots of sizes with the Gift Box Punch Board – which means you can spend more time on decorating the box or making something super-cute to put inside!

If you haven’t taken a blog tour before, no worries – it’s easy peasy!  All of our blogs are linked by the ‘Next’ and ‘Back’ buttons at the bottom of the page, so all you need to do is click on the button to go forward or backward to the next blog – you won’t miss a single fabulous creation!  If you’ve been travelling forward, you’ve come to my blog from the talented Jennifer Downey – isn’t she amazing?!  If you’re travelling backwards (no judgment here – just sayin’!) then you’ve come from Justin Krieger’s blog; he’s a hard act to follow, so I’m glad I’m before him on the list! LOL 🙂

For my projects, I decided to focus on the Wondrous Wreath stamp set and matching Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies – it bears repeating that this is a great set – at at 15% Off for the bundled price, it’s a great price, too!

My first project involves some punch art:

I don’t know about you, but a lamp glowing in the dusk, with snow all around just speaks to winter for me!  Of course, we don’t actually have these types of lamp posts in the streets here, but in some gardens in the winter – we have Van Dusen gardens in Vancouver that do a spectacular Christmas light show! – they look great 🙂  I used a couple of punches for the lamp; the Artisan Label and Mosaic punches; and sponged Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Real Red ink using Sponge Daubers to create the ‘glow’ in the lamp.  For the dusk sky, I sponged Soft Sky, Pool Party and Midnight Muse.  To make the snow banks, I masked off in layers and sponged with the Soft Sky ink, and made shadows using Wisteria Wonder.  I combined Pear Pizzaz and Mossy Meadow for the leaves, and Real Red for the berries and the ribbon (which is also included in the stamp set & framelits dies).

The idea for my next card came from another demonstrator, Diane Malcor; I took her idea and changed it  up a bit, to reflect how I decorate the banister in my own house!

This is a unique way of using the wreath – I stamped it as before with Pear Pizzaz and Mossy Meadow; this time I used Cherry Cobbler for the berries and bows.  I then cut the wreath into 3 pieces to create a garland for the ‘banister’ that I created by stamping Crumb Cake card stock with Soft Suede ink using the Hardwood background stamp.  The sentiment – stamped in Cherry Cobbler on Whisper White and mounted on Crumb Cake card stock – is also from the Wondrous Wreath stamp set; the idea being to make it look like a plaque or framed sentiment on the wall behind the banister.  Did it work?!

That’s it for my projects this time – I hope you enjoyed them, and gave you some ideas for using this terrific Wondrous Wreath stamp set (have I mentioned that I like it?!) 🙂   I hope you’ll take the time to leave me a comment – I love to read what you think about my creations!  If you’d like to purchase any of the products I’ve used in the cards, just click on the picture at the bottom of this post, and it will take you directly to my online store.  Or, give me a call to place your order 🙂

Now you’ll want  to hop on over to Justin’s blog, to see what magic he has wrought – I’m sure you’ll love it!  I always get great ideas from Justin’s creations.  Just click the ‘Next’ button to go there, or if you want to go back and have another look at Jennifer’s projects (always worth a second look!), click on the ‘Back’ button.  A list of all the participating blogs is also listed, in case you get lost, or just want to wander about 🙂

Thanks for spending some time with me today – until next time, Happy Stamping!

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Participating Blogs:

Ilina Crouse

Kathy Kartak

Cindy Beach

Teneale Williams

Sara Levin

Heidi Boos

Jennifer Downey

Deborah Smart – You are here!

Justin Krieger

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10 Responses to “Creation Station Blog Tour – Wondrous Wreath”

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  1. ter says:

    good job. I did a card similar to your second one at the shoebox swap last week. I hope to post about it eventually. However you can feel free to stop by my blog today for the watercooler challenge if you want!

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Thanks for visiting the blog tour, Ter! I’ll head on over to check out your Watercooler Challenge, too!

  2. Kathy Kartak says:

    Deborah: Your punch art lamp post is fabulous!! What a great idea! And your sponging on the card is great. I also love the decorated bannister. What a smart way to change up the “traditional” way to use this set and framelits!!

  3. Very clever ideas, I just knew you would have the most clever ideas on using this stamp set and you never fail to amaze me with your creations.

  4. I like your idea of decorating the banister, it looks really nice

  5. Heidi Weaver says:

    Hi Deb, love the lamp post idea. The punch art worked out beautifully. I especially like the second project and the way you’ve used the wreath. It’s nice to see different ways to use it otherwise it simply becomes a “one trick pony”. TFS

    • Deborah Smart says:

      So glad you liked the lamp post, Heidi! It was something new for me, sponging the snow 🙂 I hope you enjoyed the whole blog tour!

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