Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Dynamic Christmas

I just love Midnight Muse, and I love silver bling, so this week's challenge at Dynamic Duos caught my eye.  Luckily I have had time to create an entry for this challenge, just in time too as it closes tomorrow! 

I have only just bought myself the Window Frames Framelits and they were just perfect to frame up my little glimmer paper snowflakes cut with my Snow Flurry die, the smallest I stained using re-inker to give it the blue tinge.  The sentiment is from Greetings of the Season, and if you visit my blog regularly you will know that this is my "go to" Christmas sentiment stamp set!  a 1/2" strip of silver glimmer paper topped with the beautiful new in-colour ribbon, and some rhinestones gave it some balance and some additional bling!  

Happy Stamping

Monday, November 26, 2012

Count Down to Christmas

I just wanted to share with you something that I whipped up this afternoon after sending our daughter off on a 4 week holiday to Queensland to visit family.  I work with a lovely lady who every day in the last couple of weeks has said "X working days until Christmas"!  This inspired me to create this countdown frame ...

I used an A4 photo frame and my fun little Scentsational Season stamp set, then added a couple of frames cut with the Labels Collection Framelits.  The idea is that each day we can add the number of days left to the glass with a whiteboard pen and do the count down in style!  Also it will make my desk that little bit more Christmassy!

Happy Stamping

Friday, November 23, 2012

Festive Friday #46

Another week closer to Christmas and time for another Festive Friday Challenge.  This week we have a fun sketch which I ended up doing two ways!

 This is my first go at the challenge, I knew when I saw the wavy part of the sketch that I wanted to use the lovely tulle and use the heat tool on it to melt it, but then I chose to cut it in half long ways to give a single edged ruffle. The second half of the ruffled ribbon I used to create the little rosette.  I love the new Speciality DSP and wanted to add some colour with some sponging to let the embossing show through a little more.

Now I looked at this and knew something wasn't quite right, I loved the cup but it just didn't match the card as much as I had hoped.  I think this image would have been perfect with a different colour scheme, but for this move vintage look it wasn't what I was looking for.

 I decided to remove the panel with the cup on it, and recreate it with a landscape rather than portrait orientation, and added a simple sentiment from the Greetings of the Season embossed in gold on Very Vanilla.  I think this is a much better use of the sketch, what do you think?

Either way I hope I have given you some inspiration to join in this week.  Pop on over to Nicole's blog and check out what the rest of the Design Team have created with this sketch, and I hope you will take the opportunity to join in, there aren't many weeks left before Christmas and this is a great opportunity to get another Christmas card made.

Happy Stamping

Friday, November 9, 2012

Festive Friday #44

Isn't this a great picture!  It reminds me a little of the lolly bar that we had at our Stampin' Up! Convention this year - beautiful jars and bowls filled with lollies.  This one clearly reminds me of Christmas and I can almost taste the peppermint just looking at it!  This great photo is the inspiration for this week's Festive Friday Challenge.

I decided to keep my card almost monochromatic using the red and white from the candy canes as my inspiration, although there is a touch of green in the stripes on the DSP, much like the napkin in the front of the photo - good planning, or good luck ... I'll let you be the judge!  I used one of the new Edgelits to create the border on what I think of as the railing.

I wanted to show you a bit of a closer view of the ornaments, stamped with my new wonderful Ornament Keepsakes stamp set and then hand cut.  Now, you don't have to hand cut them because there is a matching set of Framelits that cut them all out perfectly, however I wanted to use this to cut the glimmer paper to back the ornaments and add some sparkle.  For the ornament on the left I stamped in Real Red and then used my sponge dauber to lightly tap some Platinum Shimmer Paint around the edges, the photos don't really do this justice.  I decided to add the sentiment in the ornament shape, and used the new Paper Piercing set to make an outline for cutting the inner shape before adding the Red Glimmer Paper backing.  

I finished off the ornaments with some of the new Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon and some Rhinestones and Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details.

Come and join in this week and share what inspires you about the challenge photo.

Happy Stamping