Festival of Christmas Cards

Hello there, stamping friends!  I hope you’ve been keeping well, and enjoying yourself stamping & creating! 🙂
I’ve been keeping busy – we just had fun on Sunday at my annual stamp-a-stack.  Each guest made 10 cards, 2 each of 5 different designs.  Lots of the newest stamps from the current Holiday catalogue were used, along with heat embossing, texture embossing and even Blendabilities being used!

Okay, if you insist – I’ll share the cards with you 🙂  (you know I want to; you just had to ask!)

Here’s how I had things set up; each card had it’s own ‘basket’ with the supplies needed, and kits prepared for each card.  Each guest just had to decide which card to work on, pick up the entire basket to take back to their work area, and make the cards.  That way everyone gets to work at their own pace, with no or minimal sharing of stamp sets and ink pads – lots of fun, and easy!

Festival of Cards set-up

We had Christmas music playing in the background, and mulled cider simmering on the stove!  It was beginning to feel a bit like Christmas! 🙂

This is one of the cards:

White Christmas

I’ve said it before – I love the White Christmas stamp set!  I think the Polar Bear is too cute for words.  The bear was stamped on a separate piece of Whisper White card stock in Memento black ink, then filled in with Flower Soft, to give him that ‘fuzzy’ look.  The trees/hills and snowflakes were stamped on Night of Navy card stock in VersaMark, then heat embossed with White embossing powder.  I added a little Flower Soft on the trees & hills, just to add some dimension to the snow  The star was punched out in Silver Glimmer Paper.  The Night of Navy panel was popped up on a panel of Smoky Slate card stock, and all mounted on a Whisper White card stock base.

The inspiration for this next card came from our Canadian Conference, using the Christmas Bauble stamp.

Bauble

A panel of Real Red card stock was embossed with the Lucky Stars embossing folder and glued onto a card base of Crumb Cake card stock.  The Bauble was stamped in VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Gold embossing powder, and coloured with Blendabilities markers in Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler.  It was layered onto Old Olive card stock, on top of the embossed Real Red panel.  Underneath, the sentiment (from the Ornamental Pine stamp set) was stamped on Whisper White in Real Red ink.  Since I don’t have the Framelit (from the Project Life set) that makes this shape, I accomplished it by simply using a small Circle Punch to snip off each corner of the card stock.  Both the Bauble image and the sentiment are attached using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I got so caught up in the fun, and helping people with their cards that I forgot about my camera!  I did manage to get a couple of pictures of some of the ladies working on their cards:

Domani & Lynn

Here’s Domani & Lynn – both regulars at my classes – putting their cards together.

Janet

This was Janet’s first time at stamping & card making – and she did a fabulous job!!  Not only that, but she loved it, and will be coming back 🙂

This is the card that you can see Janet working on – it uses the Ornamental Pine stamp set, and it was inspired by a card I saw on our demo-only site.

Pine & Candles

 

I bet you were expecting to see the whole pine bough, with pine cone, right?!  Well, the pine accent behind the candles is a big part of this card, I think.  It puts me in mind of Advent wreaths that I’ve made in the past – in my ‘other’ life as a florist.  The card base is the new Mossy Meadow, topped with a panel of Lost Lagoon card stock.  The front panel is Whisper White card stock, with the pine stamped in Mossy Meadow.  It’s such a rich, beautiful green!  The two ‘candles’ are in Lost Lagoon and Brushed Silver card stock; embossed with the Lucky Stars and Stylish Stripes embossing folders.  I popped up the silver star with Dimensionals, to add some extra interest.  The sentiment is stamped in Lost Lagoon on Whisper White, layered on a panel of Lost Lagoon.  This is popped up with Dimensionals, also.  A few sequins from the Frosted Sequins finishes off the card.

We took a break for lunch, and enjoyed some yummy mini quiche, sausage rolls, veggie platter with mini red-velvet cupcakes and ginger cookies for treats!  Of course, I forgot to take pictures of that, too!

This next card uses the Bright & Beautiful stamp set.

Bright & Beautiful

 

I love the Crumb Cake & Cherry Cobbler combination.  This card is very simple, but elegant; the largest star is stamped onto Very Vanilla card stock in Crumb Cake ink, and the sentiment – also from this set – is stamped over the star in Cherry Cobbler ink.  An All is Calm Snowflake Embellishment hangs above the star, supported by a bow of sheer Cherry Cobbler ribbon.  The front panel is layered onto Crumb Cake card stock, and the card base is of Cherry Cobbler.

The focus of the last card is the Northern Flurry embossing folder; it’s one of my favourites, and it’s also one of my very first embossing folders I bought when I signed up as a demonstrator!  That  makes it 3 years old, as I just celebrated my 3rd Stampin’ Up! Anniversary on October 19th 🙂

Northern Flurry

 

I love this frosted look – which is achieved by embossing Vellum card stock with the Northern Flurry embossing folder.  It’s layered on top of All is Calm designer series paper, layered on Whisper White card stock, and a card base of Smoky Slate.  The sentiment is from the Good Greetings stamp set (limited release hostess set) in Real Red ink, and a strip of Real Red ribbon across the top ties it all together, with rhinestones for added shine.

I hope you’ve enjoyed see the cards we made, as much as we enjoyed making them!  Now I’m prepping for a Technique Club meeting at the end of the month, as well as a Vendor/Craft Fair on November 28th.  I’ll be back to share some of the projects I’m putting together!

Until next time – Happy Stamping!

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  1. Gail says:

    I love the door card you made.. do you have the measurements posted?

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Sorry I didn’t see your comment earlier, Gail! I used the standard 4 1/4″ x 11″ card stock base, scored and folded at 5 1/2″. Then I just used the Oval framelits die to cut the top of the door shape. I hope you’ll try making one – they’re easy, and different 🙂

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