New Year’s Preview

Hello friends!  I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas!  As I am out on break at the moment, I thought I would share some of Stampin’Up’s upcoming goodies for the new year.  I will be using these products in the next few videos.

 

 

 

I am so excited to do some projects with these new products.

Until then, take care and have a safe and joyous New Year.  See you in 2017!!!

Blessings,

Cat

 

Hi There, Tuesday!!

Hello again to another beautiful Tuesday.  I decided to take a little break from Christmas cards today and feature this cute little bear from Ellen Hutson’s All Inside stamp set and matching dies. This little ray of sunshine is 4 x 4…small but adorable.

The flower is from the Gourd-Jus die set, also by Ellen Hutson. Both sets were designed by the amazingly talented Julie Ebersole exclusively for Ellen Hutson. You rock, JE!!!

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Is this little guy adorable, or what?? The bear die from this set is a solid die so I die cut him out of watercolor paper first and then I stamped the image on top of it.  I used Distress inks to color him. Notice how the die cuts out his arms and hands?  Genius.

I then die cut “gourd-jus” flower from water color paper and again used distress inks to color it.

Once everything was dry, I adhered them just so, onto a stitched square panel made from Neena Solar White card stock and Simon Says Stamp Stitched Squares die set.  I white embossed the sentiment, also from the All Inside stamp set, onto a scrap of black cardstock and added it to my panel. Then of course, since I just can’t help myself, I added some Black Soot Distress Paint splatters.

I adhered it all to a 4 x 4 Neena Solar White card base and then added a few Pretty Pink Posh sequins to finish it off.

I love this little guy.  He makes me happy. Enter enthusiastic clapping here!

Well…back to my Christmas preparations.  Our daughter comes home from college for the Christmas holiday this Saturday and we are bustling with excitement. Can’t wait to see that girl!!

How is your holiday prep going???  Chime in and let me know!!

Hope you all have a wonderful day,

Cathy

 

 

 

 

It IS the “most wonderful time of the year”!!!

Hello, friends!  Thank you for popping in this Tuesday!

Today’s card is so easy, I made it in less than seven minutes.  Seriously. Ok…maybe fifteen minutes if you count the drying time.  Drying time???  VERY important when you are using Stickles or Glossy accents.  Ask me how I know!!? lololol

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The gorgeous sentiment is from Ellen Hutson’s Holly Jolly Stamp set, embossed in Gold. The pines surrounding the sentiment is from another Ellen Hutson set, Christmas Scribbles.  Just draw in some red berries, and BAM…”Bob’s your Uncle”!  Does anyone really know what that means???  Hmmmmmmm…..

After gold embossing the sentiment, I repeatedly stamped the branch (is that what it’s called?) with Stampin’Up’s Old Olive, re-inking only after stamping the image twice. After I stamped enough to just the way I liked it, I drew in the berries with Stampin’Up’s Real Red marker. Then I took some gold watercolor and splattered it on the panel to add just another bit of dimension and shimmer.

I cut down the panel 1/4 inch all around and adhered it to some Stampin’Up Crumb Cake card stock.  

Anyway…as with many of my simple design cards, the fun is in the details. Here is a closer look…..

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Notice all the gold glow?  Notice the Stickles around the perimeter? Notice the glossy accents on the berries??  SO SO SO fun!!  All these little extra elements give the card lots of dimension and make it that much more special.  AND….there is very little bulk so you don’t need extra postage!  That is truly a bonus when you are sending out a huge stack of Christmas cards.

I added a bead of Ranger Stickles in Gold all around the perimeter of the main panel and then added Glossy Accents to all the berries.  Then I WAITED for it all to dry.  VERY important to give it at least 15 minutes for all the elements to dry before touching it.  Trust me! LOLOL

Hope this inspires you to craft today. I truly hope that this IS the “most wonderful time of the year” for all!

Blessings,

Cat