Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Poinsettia Strip

Hello everyone,

Today's Christmas card use another beautiful strip of printed paper.


The printed paper is Echo Park "I Love Christmas" Border Strips layered on a red and green Bazzill.  The sentiment is Kaisercraft Christmas Sentiments stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on Stampin' Up Whisper White and layered on more red Bazzill.  The embellishments are Recollections Rhinestones.

I had such success with the truck strips paper that when I saw more great Christmas strips I decided to try my luck again.  I must have used all my bad carding karma on yesterday's card because this is all good!  I chose this particular sentiment because the font style speaks to the pine boughs on the printed paper.  I had originally stamped the sentiment directly on the printed paper (hoping for quick and easy) but the impression was really bad and I didn't want to risk flubbing it further by trying again with my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.  A cover-up was the solution and even though it hides some of the printed paper, I think this card turned out just fine.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Monday, April 24, 2017

Flakes In Blue And Grey

Hello everyone,

Today's post is the second non-traditional card crafted with the same image/sentiment as yesterday's card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Recollections grey and a shimmery blue Bazzill.  The grey layer was embossed with Darice Snowflakes embossing folder.  The image/sentiment is Stampin' Up Nature's Secret stamped in Altenew Desert Night on Very Vanilla.  The card is highlighted with Disco Ball Stickles.

Of all the cards I crafted, this was the one which gave me the most challenges.  I thought about it too much in choosing the layering papers.  I even spent time considering using the printed paper as a layer for the image.  Once I finally settle on these papers, things came together rather well.  I love the grey, and embossed with the snowflakes, it's really lovely.  I think my bottle of Disco Ball Stickles is getting old because it doesn't flow like the others.  It's very dry and I have to carefully manipulate it into a dot.  I think it was inevitable given the issues I had with this card.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Purple Peace

Hello everyone,

A few weeks ago I stamped a ream of images from a set I borrowed from a neighbor.  The next couple of posts shows what I did with the Christmas images.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on a shimmery ivory of unknown origin and Close To My Heart Thistle.  The image is Stampin' Up Nature's Secret stamped in Altenew Cosmic Berry on Very Vanilla.  The ribbon is of unknown origin.

I love mixing things up every now and again to craft a really non-traditional Christmas card.  This card is really, really purple in the photo but quite a bit more pink in reality.  I bemoan my picture-taking skills.  Regardless, the ink colours were choose specifically to work with the printed chevron paper upon which the image is layered.  It has some beautiful and rich non-traditional winter colours.  I love this type of image/sentiment because the focal point is all in a single panel.  These images are little large in scale for the card size but I rather like the boldness.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle  

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Holly On Black

Hello everyone,

Today's Christmas card uses another beautiful scrap of holly paper.


The printed paper is Anna Griffin layered on Stampin' Up Basic Black and Bazzill green.  The sentiment is Stampin' Up Embellished Ornaments stamped in Altenew Jet Black on an unknown ivory and layered on more Basic Black.  The ribbon is Offray.

I have a number of sheets of this paper and always planned to craft a one sheet wonder but just haven't gotten around to it.  After today's card however, I'm itching to give it a go.  I so liked the black that I used on this past Wednesday's card I thought I try it again here.  The black really makes this lime green colour pop and there is enough black in the print, that it doesn't look off.  I really wanted to use some ribbon (I have tons) and decided on this black and white plaid even though the base of the paper is more of an ivory as opposed to white.  Unless you look really closely and critically, I don't think it matters over much.  I really love this card so expect a one sheet wonder soon.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Friday, April 21, 2017

Simple Holly Sprigs

Hello everyone,

There was no way a craft Christmas cards without using some holly paper.


The printed paper is Echo Park "The Story of Christmas" Holly layered on Bazzill Red Devil.  The sentiment is Rubber Soul Wordsworth Merry Christmas stamped in Altenew Evergreen on Recollections Vanilla and layered on more Red Devil.  The embellishments are BoBunny Elf Magic Jewels.

Given I was determined to do this card crafting blitz, I knew the cards had to be relatively simple and extremely straightforward.  That said, I still wanted them to be beautiful.  This is a perfect example.  I thought the font in this simple sentiment had the same look and feel as the images in the printed paper.  It's a bit of a larger sentiment but it isn't heavy because of the simple lines.  A few small Christmas pearls were all the extra embellishment needed.  I love the results.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Sweet Santa

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another really quick and easy Christmas card.


The printed paper is of unknown origin layered on Recollections Grey and green Jim Holtz Ranger Core'dinations.  The sentiment is Hero Arts Clear Stamps Set stamped in Altenew Jet Black on Recollections Vanilla and layered on a glittered platinum/brown of unknown origin.

This is a truly amazing card that came together in minutes.  I carefully trimmed this image from a 12 X 12 sheet of paper to fit the dimensions of the card base.  I chose a straight forward sentiment that fit in this oval punch.  I wanted a bit of sparkles so I punched the layer from a great piece of glittered paper.  The platinum/brown colour works perfectly with the vintage style of the image.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Another Christmas Delivery

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another card crafted during an afternoon blitz.


The printed papers are of unknown origin layered on Bazzill Red Devil.  The sentiment is Stampendous Script Greetings stamped in Altenew Jet Black on Stampin’ Up Very Vanilla.  The embellishment is American Crafts.

I didn't originally plan to craft two cards with this single 12X12 strip but these trucks were too irresistible.  I debated using the red and green layers again but when I saw this snowflake paper in the pile, I thought it would work perfectly.  I don't usually think of using black in Christmas cards but in this case, with the black elements in the trucks it really works.  The Altenew black ink doesn't stamp as crisp as the Versafine Onyx Black but I found it worked really well with these more vintage style papers.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle