Thursday, December 8, 2016

One Sheet Wonder

The use of Designer Series Paper is one of the best ways to make a lot of really amazing cards quickly.  You can either find a design that you like and mass produce cards using the same design and different patterns of Designer Series Paper or you can do a One Sheet Wonder and use one sheet of Designer Series Paper to make several different designs.  

This week I chose to make two different One Sheet Wonders-one making mostly Christmas cards with one sympathy card thrown in and one making a variety of cards.  When choosing to make One Sheet Wonders, Stampin' Up makes it so easy with their coordinating products.  Choose a One Sheet Wonder pattern you are going to use (There are a lot available on Pinterest).  Then, select coordinating cardstock and ink colors and choose which stamps you want to use.  To find coordinating color names, just look at the sticker on the back of the package of Designer Series Paper.

One Sheet Wonder with Floral Boutique DSP (#141663)
One Sheet Wonder using Candy Cane Lane DSP (retired)

I do have one piece of advice before you begin your One Sheet Wonder project.  There are cards you can plan ahead and have time to prepare in advance--like holidays and birthdays.  It has been my unfortunate experience this year that you should have sympathy cards on hand.  Those are the one type of card that you don't expect to need and don't always feel like card making or have time for it when you discover you need one.  So, I would recommend always having some on hand.  And, thank you card are another genre that is always nice to have on hand as well.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

I spent this Saturday working on Christmas tags.   I had hoped to get to share this experience with lots of friends and family, but it didn't work out that way.  Instead, my son and I got to spend the day crafting together.  It must have had a positive impact on him because this afternoon he was asking specific questions about where to find which products so he could make another tag.  He even remember the importance of cleaning the stamps before putting them away and found the stamp cleaner and stampin' scrub all on his own.

Here are photos of the tags I made as well of a list of products needed to create them for yourself:
Tags using Christmas Tree punch

For these tags, I punched Christmas trees out of This Christmas DSP (#141628) with a retired Christmas tree punch.  I then attached them to tags made of Whisper White (#100730) or Cherry Cobbler Cardstock (#119685).  Then Sentiments were added from either Stitched with Cheer stamp set (#142182) or Tin of Tags stamp set (#142180) either directly on the tag or on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock (#101650) and cut it out with a 1" Circle Punch (#119868).  The then finished up with accents from Metallic Enamel Shapes (#141678) and Presents and Pinecones Designer Washi Tape (#141988) and then finished them off with a ribbons at the top.

Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamps Tags

For these tags, images from the Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp set (#142403) on Whisper White cardstock (#100730) and then punched them out with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch (#140396).  The Gingerbread Girl and Bear were stamped with Soft Suede Ink (#126978) and the Reindeer and Santa were colored in with markers or Aqua Painters (#103954).  The bows were stamped with Real Red Ink (#126949). The reindeer tag was made with retired DSP attached to a Whisper White Cardstock tag with a strip of Garden Green Cardstock (#102584)  and the other tags were made with wither Whisper White cardstock, Real Red Cardstock (#102482) or Early Espresso Cardstock (#119686) with strips of Candy Cane Lane DSP (Retired).  I then adhered the Cookie Cutter Christmas characters with Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430), sentiments were stamped from Cookie Cutter Christmas or Tin of Tags stamp set and the tags were finished off with ribbons.

Fa La La La Llama Tag

This tag was created from Whisper White Cardstock (#100730) and then stamped with Fa-La-La-La Friends Stamp Set (#1421267)  in Tuxedo Black Momento Ink (#132708) .  I then colored in the lights with Stampin' Up markers and added a Wisteria Wonder ribbon (#134572) to finish it off.

Christmas Gift Tags

These tags were made using Whisper White Cardstock (#100730) and stamped with retired Christmas Gift Tags set in Tuxedo Black Momento Ink (#132708).  One card with first watercolored with Garden Green ink (#126973) with Aqua Painters (#103954).  The Snowmen were then colored in with Stampin' Up markers and the tags were finished off with Wild Wasabi ribbons (#134570)
Tags with added Bling
It's always fun to add some bling to paper projects.  Here are some tags made with added bling.  I used a Crumb cake cardstock (#120953)  to make the first tag and stamped snowflakes from Star of Light (#142110) and Tin of Tags (#142180) stamp sets in Whisper White Craft Ink (#101731).  The second tag was made with Whisper White Cardstock (#100730) and use the Star of Light and  Banner Blessings stamp sets in Elegant Eggplant (#126969) and Perfect Plum (#126963) stamp pads.  I then finished them off with Metallic Enamel Shapes (#141678), Pearl Basic Jewels (#119247), Rhinestone Basic Jewels (#119246), and ribbons.

Tin of Tags Christmas Tags

To make these tags I use Aqua Painters (#103954) and Perfect Plum (#126963) and Tempting Turquoise (#126592) inks to make backgrounds on Whisper White cardstock (#100730)  and then stamped the Tin of Tags stamp set (#142180) in Elegant Eggplant (#126969) and Pacific Point (#126951) inks.  I then added embellishments from Metallic Enamel Shapes (#141678) and Rhinestone Basic Jewel (#119247) and finished them off with ribbon or baker's twine.

On all the tags if you can't see To: From: on the front, it is stamped on the back so you can personalize the tag.  I hope you all have a great time making your own gift tags.

Tin of Tags kit and stamp sets are on the Year End Close Out sale.  Check them out if you want all your gift tag needs in one place or use my ideas or come up with your own.  And, I would love if you would send me pics of what you create.
Tin of Tags Stamp Set
Tin of Tags Kit

Monday, December 5, 2016

Global Design Project 070 | Skech Challenge

The holidays are over and since there were no medical emergencies this week, I can participate in the Global Design Challenge.  I am so excited to get back into the creative mindset.  This week was a sketch challenge. 

I used the inspiration to create a baby card using the Pop of Pink Specialty DSP.  I used the coordinating colors and even put some of the coordinating Washi Tape on the small strip of Melon Mambo where I stamped the sentiment.
 I was so excited to use stamp sets from the new Occasions catalog and emboss the crown on the sweet kitten in sliver embossing powder to add some bling.  :)

Products used to create this card:
Paper: Basic Black Cardstock
           Whisper White Cardstock
           Melon Mambo Cardstock
           Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper
Stamps: Bookcase Builder
              Iconic Occasions
              Little Cuties.
Ink: Melon Mambo Classic Stampin' Pad
        Tuxedo Black Momento Ink
        Versamark Ink
Pop of Pink Washi Tap
Layering Clrcles Framelets
Sliver Embossing Powder

To see the inspiration for #GDP070 and all the entries, click on this link  Global Design Project