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October 2016

Christmas Pines by Stampin Up

I have a quick card to share that I made with the "Christmas Pines" stamp set and "Pretty Pines" framelit dies.

I'm loving this set. I think the die cut pine cones are the! (especially when cut from copper, gold or silver foil sheets)


I mixed gold and silver foils when creating this card. The silver metallic foil doily makes a great frame around the pinecone that is diecut in gold foil sheets.

This is a two-step stamp set as you can see by the beautiful pines. I used pear pizazz and always artichoke inks to give the pines a two tone look. They almost look real!


I topped if off with a cherry cobbler die cut bow and a pear pizazz enamel dot.

I'm off to create more fabulous Christmas cards for my upcoming workshops and classes.

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Stampin Up Blooms and Wishes with the Color Block, Masking Technique

Last week I posted a card using this same color block masking technique. It was a fall card using the "Every Occasion" stamp set. I also posted a tutorial- which you can view here.

Today I used the "Blooms and Wishes" stamp set to design a colorful birthday card.

I had the idea to use it in a kind of ombre way... so I used 3 shades of ink that were in the coral color family from lighest to darkest.


I used a simple masking pattern by only blocking off three diagonal lines. I started with the lightest color, flirty flamingo at the bottom, with calypso coral in the middle and topped it off with watermelon wonder ink. So simple and so pretty.

I used the 1 1/2" and 1 3/4" circle punches to frame the greeting from the "Blooms and Wishes" stamp set. I love how this set gives the flowers a watercolor vibe.


I framed the flowers with basic black cardstock and used flirty flamingo cardstock for the card base. The punch circle is watermelon wonder cardstock. Again I used the Project Life Journal pen for the fine dotted line.

Its hard to see, but I added a piece of calypso coral cardstock on the inside and stamped the small flower with watermelon wonder.


I think it turned out sweet. I hope you give this technique a try. Its super easy and super fun!

Until the next time...

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Stampin Up Star of Light- quick and easy Christmas Card

I had to design a quick and easy Christmas card for my last workshop. There were a few new stampers and I wanted to create something that they would enjoy making.

I used the "Star of Light" stamp set as well as the coordinating "Starlight" thinlits. I chose the color scheme of night of navy and silver foil sheets. It reminds me of the shimmery stars in the evening sky.


I also used soft sky ink for the spray of stars in the background as well as silver glimmer paper for the die cut star.


I added rhinestone jewels for a little more sparkle and shine.


The new stampers as well as the seasoned stampers, loved the simplicity of the card and were excited to know that they could re-create this into 50 Christmas cards in no time at all!


Are you looking for a quick and easy duplicatable card to whip up for your Christmas card mailings? Then this is what you've been looking for!

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Christmas Cards at Kim's Card Class- Holly Berry Happiness

Today I'm sharing another card that we made at my last card class. Its made with the "Holly Berry Happiness" stamp set.

Its a sweet and simple design and perfect for sending to your loved ones at Christmas.


I love holly and I totally love that Stampin' Up has a Holly Berry Punch that also coordinates with this set.

I used some cherry cobbler bakers twine under the Decorative Label punch to make it stand out against the white background that is embossed with the Softly Falling emboss folder.


I used wild wasabi cardstock for the holly and cucumber crush ink for the holly stamp. The berries are also cherry cobbler to match the twine. Crumb cake ink was used to stamp the verse.


Quick, easy and elegant. Its the perfect card to make dozens of during the holidays.

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Stamping Technique - Bringing it back

Today I had some fun bringing back a stamping technique that I haven't done in ages. Its a color block masking technique.

I just love it! It uses one of my favorite accessories- sponges! So, for this card, I used the "Every Occasion" stamp set. Bold stamps work really well with this awesome stamping technique. I have a quick tutorial to share as well.

Here's the finished fall themed card:


I started by using post it notes to mask off a section on the whisper white cardstock. I then stamped a solid image within that block and used the same color ink to sponge inside the block before I removed the post it note.


I continued to mask off blocks or shapes on the whisper white cardstock, while also making sure to cover what I had just stamped so not to overlap the images or inks.



Feel free to use any shapes and sizes of masking areas. Each card will be unique and have its own special pattern.


Also be sure to use a different color for each block to create contrast.


Here's the masking all removed.


Normally I don't outline the blocks, but today I decided to use the Project Life Journaling Pen to outline each shape. I used a ruler and did a dotted line around all the shapes. We call this technique, faux stitching.


I love how all the warm fall colors mesh together and form sort of a quilt-like pattern.


I used the "Endless Birthday Wishes" stamp set for the greeting, "hello"


One of my all time favorite color blocking techniques, for sure.


I hope you give this cool stamping technique a try. The "Every Occasion" stamp set is perfect for this stamping technique. It has a variety of solid images for every occasion and season.


I appreciate the time you spent viewing my blog today. I hope it inspires you to create an amazing fall card as well.

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Craftiness and Local Craft Shows

I have a bright and jolly Christmas card to share with you today. We actually made this at my Card Class last week, but it reminded me of all the awesome holiday crafts that we saw when my friends and I visited one of our local craft fairs this past weekend.

Here's the sparkly, jolly ole card we made. I used the "Jolly Friends" stamp set (the greeting is from the Christmas Pines stamp set) along with the "Cable Knit" emboss folder- one of my very favorite folders of all time!


This set has a coordinating "Jolly Hat" punch that I used to punch out the hat and trim, using the dazzling diamonds and red glimmer paper. Notice the pink cheeks? The cheeks were stamped with the small pom pom stamp from the "Jolly Friends" stamp set. It was the perfect size to make Santa's cheeks in the blushing bride colored ink.


This is a peek at the Christmas in the Woods craft fair and all the amazing hand made crafts that we enjoyed last weekend. Do you see the cute santa plaques?


Me and my crew, thouroughly enjoyed the day. Our friend, Lucy even drove 20 hours from Florida, just to attend our annual fall craft shows!


This was one of my favorite booths. I love browsing through all the hand painted signage. I know my friend Cindy, who lives in Hawaii would appreciate the Welcome pineapple. Cindy is who inspired my love of pineapples. Too bad she couldn't drive here from HI to attend- I know she would if she could!


We kind of made a detour on the way home to stop at one of our favorite Christmas shops, just to see the beautiful Christmas tree displays. If you are from western PA- you know all about the famous Kraynaks store.


Anyway- back to the "Jolly Friends" santa card. Here's one last look.


I'm glad I chose the bright, traditional colors of Christmas for this card. ... real red and cucumber crush. It really pops with the gold foil doily and gold foil sheets.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I hope you keep coming back!

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