12 Weeks of Christmas – Week 2

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Can you believe that a week has gone past already? And does that mean it’s only 11 weeks to Christmas! Oh dear, it might be time to get shopping soon.

 

 

This week, I am featuring the Berry Merry stamp set. As soon as I saw it, I loved it and it was on my wish list straight away. But I have to confess that today is the first time I’ve used it. But it won’t be the last!!

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I wanted to use the Season’s Greetings stamp with the matching Boughs and Berries embossing folder. I think they look stunning together. I used the new thick Whisper White cardstock so there would be no tearing of the cardstock (that sometimes happens with the normal Whisper White when embossing). And then I inked up the sentiment in Real Red (such a Christmassy red). So it was looking pretty good, but needed a little something extra. Maybe a little bling.

So I used my versamark ink and inked around the edges of the card, all over the embossed area, then sprinkled over some heat and stick powder. There were a few places where you could see line from the ink pad so I just brushed the powder off those areas and then heated it up. I then added some dazzling diamonds (ok, I put the whole tub over it!!) and heated it up again to make it set. The photo doesn’t show just how sparkly it is!! This card is like the gift that keeps on giving, cos whenever you touch it, you get some sparkle on your fingers and then it’s every where!! Which glitter hating friend should I give this one too!! Hehe

 

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Here’s a close up to show you the glitter.  You get the idea.

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For my second card, I wanted to feature the Joy stamp. I came across an old sketch at Pagemaps, and knew it would work for my card.

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I embossed the word in Gold, and added a gold metallic doily behind. You can only just see it but I think it’s cute. I love the Winter Wonderland Specialty DSP but I’ve had trouble using it on my cards. I didn’t want a pattern that would overwhelm the stamp so I went with the gold and black pine cones which also has a matching vellum in the Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum stack. I love how it turned out.

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I hope you have enjoyed my cards this week. If you missed last week’s post, just click here.

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CTC51 – It’s a Winter Wonderland

This week at CASE-ing the Catty, we are caseing the Winter Wonderland section of the 2015 Holiday catalogue.

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There are so many lovely cards in this section, but I wanted to try out the Wonderland stamp set. I will never buy the Lovely as a Tree stamp set as it’s just not my thing. AND, if I do buy it, that will be the year it retires!!! So the tree in this set reminds of the stamps in Lovely as a Tree, so that’s the closest I’m getting to it!!

I was inspired to make 2 different cards with this set on pages 22 and 24.

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I really love the Winter Wonderland Specialty DSP but I’ve struggled to use some of the patterns as they are quite bold. I liked this card using the gold stripe and stamping directly on the DSP. I tried three different black inks (Staz on, Memento and the new archival basic black) and found I got the nicest image from the archival basic black. Whilst I waited for it to fully dry, I stamped the sentiment onto vellum and used the banner triple punch on the ends. The original has stitching on it but I’m not that keen to get my sewing machine out for literally 2 cms of stitching so banner it is!!

Did you notice that the original card also has a small piece of doily on it? I didn’t until I looked closely. I thought I would try out the spider web doilies for something different but I’m not sure it worked. Oh well. I added a snowflake and some gold cording trim.

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For my second sample, I used Cucumber Crush for the trees and Soft Sky for the snow. After having some stamping issues (after 3 attempts, I wasn’t doing it all again!!), I decided to add a gold banner, created once again with my new favourite punch!! Another snowflake and a gold bow and it’s all done!!

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