Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Serendipity Stamps December Challenge: Easter and Valentine's Day

Just in time to make your Christmas wish list for Santa are Serendipity Stamps line of Easter and Valentine stamps. Today the design team will be previewing cards made with both holdiay themes.

My first card for Easter is made using cling set 567QCL titled "Faith is the Assurance" and can be found in the catalogue HERE. This was a very fun image to color. The inside sentiment reads: "Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. - Hebrews 11:1

Card Recipe:
Stamp: Serendipity Stamps 567QCL
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black and the image was colored with copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up!
Accessories: Cuttlebug embossing folder and fancy corner die, Martha Stewart border punch, grosgrain ribbon and pearls.

My Valentine card was a lot of fun to make and surprisingly (to me) simple to do. This cling set has two beautiful heart shape with words stamps in the set and you can find them in the Serendipity stamp catalogue HERE. If you would like to try this pretty heart shaped punched medalion on one of your cards you can find Becca Feeken's fabulous video directions/explanation of how to do it HERE. And below is a closeup of the heart shaped punched medalion:

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Serendipity Stamps 419QCL Hearts with Words Cling stamp set
Ink: Momento Rose Bud
Design Paper: Pink Roses by amscan Inc., and Bazzil cardstock
Accessories: EKSuccess Heart Shaped punch, Pearls, Nestibilities circle and scalloped circle dies.

Be sure to stop by the rest of the Serendipity Stamp team's blogs to view the Easter and Valentine cards they've created for this month's challenge:

Amy Cokley
Anya Schrier
Kathie Bailey
Kelli Richardson
Lynda Benden
Sue Eldred



Saturday, December 12, 2009

Friday Sketchers challenge #82

It has been a long time since I've participated in a Friday Sketchers challenge and I certainly have missed them. This was such a fun card to make using the sketch provided below:

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Whiff of Joy
Design Paper: Bo-Bunny Press (Back to Basics)
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black and colored with copic markers
Accessories: Martha Stewart border punch and snowflake punch, Nestibilities rectangle and deckled rectangle dies, Martha Stewart glitters, pearls.

Hope on over to Friday Sketchers to see lots of wonderful cards using this week's sketch.



Friday, December 11, 2009

Save Earth...

I'm deep into last minute Christmas card creations when it occured to me that I need a birthday card...and fast! This Whimsie Doodle digital image was exactly the card I'd create for my birthday pal. Who can resist cupcakes, chocolate and conservation?

Card Recipe:
Image: Whimsie Doodles digital images
Design Paper: Making Memories English Garden collection
Card Stock: Stampin' Up!
Coloring: Copic Markers
Embellishments: Nestibilities circle and scalloped circle dies, Ultra fine glitter and micro beads (for the sprinkles), Clear dimensional glaze on Earth, stickles, white gel pen.

Back to my Christmas cards...


Thursday, December 10, 2009

We're the Perfect Mix

How fun to use super cute images combined with two online challenges. This week's Mojo Monday #116 challenge (as seen in the sketch layout below) provided the inspiration for the layout.

And this sweet gingerbread image is one of Whimsie Doodles digital images from the Gingerbread collection. This week's challenge using a whimsie doodle image was to be "cookie inspired" for santa's treats. I think the jolly old elf will enjoy a little gingerbread, don't you?

Card Recipe:
Image: Whimsie Doodles digital images
Colored with Copic markers
Design Paper: Martha Stewart collection
Accessories: Nestibilities Circle and Blossom dies, button brads, gingham ribbon, Liquid Pearls (white and red)

So I combined the two challenges for this card. Hmmmmm...the idea of gingerbread sound very, very tasty. I think I'll get off the computer now and bake some.

Hope you are having a warm and cozy day.



Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Heart Quilt

I want to share with you a couple of cards I made using one set of Serendipity Stamps. The set is called Heart Quilt 973QCL and I decided I'd use all of the stamps in the set to make different styles of cards using the set.

The primitive heart stamp was used as the background paper and the sentiment as the main focal point in the first card. I love making cards in which I have to color and decorate the image but sometimes we are in need of a sentiment card that is elegant and lovely but not with the images to color.

In this second card I used the Heart Quilt stamp and then faux quilted the designer paper background. I stamped the quilt twice and mounted the second quilt on foam tape on top of the first stamped image to give it dimension and the illusion of an actual hanging quilt.

Below is the Serendipity Stamps set, Heart Quilt 973QCL, that I used with these cards:

We are currently in the midst of a snow storm. It is coming down really hard, fast and furiously so I think today is going to be a stay at home stamping day for me.



Sunday, December 6, 2009

Christmas Magic

Some of my Christmas cards that I'll be sending out this year is this one using the original Gumball Graphics Santa. Gumball Graphics discontinued this stamp and retired the original plates several years ago. I was very fortunate to purchase this stamp from a stamping buddy who decided to sell it.

In making this card I originally was going to go all out with details and embellishments but then decided that this image is so striking that a simple background would be better. So this is the card I came up with. Perhaps in future years when I use this stamp I'll get more elegant/fancy with it, but for now, this is this year's card.

I wanted to show you an upclose view of the image. The artist who designed this stamp gave such wonderful attention to detail and yet, even with the fine details in Santa's eyes and face you almost feel like you are looking at the jolly old elf himself.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Gumball Graphics Santa, Sentiment stamp is from A Muse Artstamps
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black and Stampin' Up! Brocade Blue
Image colored with Copic Markers
Accessories: Cuttlebug Snowflake embossing folder, Martha Stewart Snowflake punch, Stampin' Up! Slit Punch, Ultra fine glitter, Blue Pearls and Sepia Antique Glass liquid embossing glaze.

Until next time...



Saturday, December 5, 2009

Gingerbread Greetings

Mmmmm...nuthin' better than gingerbread and hot tea on a cold winter's day. This darling image is one of Whimsie Doodles digital images from the Kitchen Gingers collection.

The layout is this week's Mojo Monday Challenge offered by Julee. Here is her sketch challenge:

Card Recipe:
Image: Whimsie Doodles digital image
Colored with Copic Markers
Paper: Stampin' Up!
Accessories: Nestibilities circle and scalloped circle and tag dies, Rick-Rack, stickles

A very simple card and one I hope the recipient who receives it will cheer their day.

I hope you have a happy day too!


Friday, December 4, 2009

Easter Tree

My Christmas cards aren't finished and yet I'm making an Easter card. It is never too soon to plan ahead and perhaps you might want to ask Santa for stamps in your stocking, so over the next few days I'll be previewing some Easter and Valentine stamps from Serendipity Stamps.

The set used for this card is Easter Tree 843QCL .

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Serendipity Stamps Easter Tree 843QCL
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Designer Paper: Making Memories English Garden
Image Colored with Copic Markers
Accessories: Green Flower Soft for the grass, Pale Pink Organza ribbon, Nestibilities rectangle and scalloped rectangle dies, white liquid pearls and yellow crystals.

Thanks for dropping by. Now off to do some holiday baking!