December 30, 2014

DIY Star Box

'Tis the season to be fancy!   I bought my husband a set of Darth Vadar cuff links this Christmas and the box they came in was SO boring!  That just wouldn't do.  I was kicking myself for not ordering the Many Merry Stars kit, but I still really didn't need 26 stars, so I decided to just make my own.  It's really quite easy - Stampin' Up has a tutorial on their website if you want to check it out, or scan the QR Code on page 25 of the Holiday Catalog. 

I loved how this came together!  In fact, I loved it so much that I kept it.  I gave him the cufflinks in the boring blue box and this is hanging in my office with some of my other favourite creations.  Whoops!  :)

Tomorrow is a blogging day off for me while we ring in the new year, but I can't WAIT to share some brand new projects with you on January 1st, 2015.  See you then!  

December 29, 2014

No stamps? No problem!

I've posted before about our monthly team challenges - we are given a set of criteria by which to create a project.  I love these because they really push me out of my comfort zone.  I was a little worried when I saw this month's challenge - "No stamps!" - but it came together much more easily than expected! 

The star of the show on this project is the beautiful Under The Tree Specialty DSP.  This printed, heavy-weight Kraft cardstock is SO beautiful.  The colours are so classically Christmas and all work beautifully together, and Kraft is the perfect neutral that goes with everything.  Love love love!  I will sure miss this when it's gone...

I used the papers for most every element of this card - the main background, the contrast piece, and the embellishment.  With the embellishment, I wanted to try a number of different techniques with the paper and put it all together.

...and really, it wasn't too hard!  Punch a scalloped circle and smush it up, ruffle a piece and sew it into ribbon trim, punch out some leaves, and do a twisted/rolled flower.  So many options!  For the lighter pieces (the flower and the "ribbon"), I used my bone folder to separate the two halves of the paper and lighten the load a little bit - it takes patience, but it works beautifully.

Last but not least, I needed a sentiment.  No stamps?  Hmm... better go with those fabulous little wood pieces from the Hello December Project Life kit.  Crystal Effects adheres them without issue.

I have one last project for the holiday season tomorrow - check back then before we kick off the new year with the new Occasions Catalog!  

December 28, 2014

Typeset DSP tree ornament

I've got a few Christmas things that I want to share before the month is over, so there will be a few days of daily posting before we kick off the new year with new products from the new catalog!

First up is a bit of an oldie - I made this back in October.  There's something about the Typeset DSP that I just love for Christmas (and every day!) - it's so beautifully vintage.  The black and vanilla pairs perfectly with traditional Christmas colours and it's really quite a perfect neutral.  I adore this stuff.

This little ornament comes together in a flash with scallop circle punches, bits of trim (I like to take my Baker's Twine apart for a lighter look) and Sticky Strip.  I swear you could build a house with Sticky Strip - it will hold ANYTHING together.

I basically make this ornament twice and then adhered them back-to-back so that when it moves around on the tree, both sides look great.

See you again tomorrow! 

December 25, 2014

Triple-Up Thursday: Visions of Santa!

It's another Triple-Up Thursday - a regular feature where I take one stamp set, a set of 5 colours, and create three 3x3" cards!  Proof that you don't need a ton of supplies to make fabulous creations.

I was SO excited when I saw that Christmas falls on a Thursday this year - the Visions of Santa stamp set was calling my name!  This is - I hate to say it - a love it or hate it set.  People either think it's SUPER fun, or SUPER creepy.  I love it - it was a fast favourite when I first saw the holiday catalog.

Anyway, onto my cards!

I chose a mix of traditional and non-traditional colours this time - and I cheated and added a bonus colour, but it's Basic Black so that doesn't really count.  Right?  Everyone has a black ink pad!  I had lots of fun mixing Real Red, Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, Smoky Slate, and Basic Black.

The images in this set lend themselves to making custom DSP, so I went with that theme.

(If you don't know how to resize the speech bubble framelits, google it - it's one of my favourite techniques!) 

Love that moose in his onesie.  That DSP was a little scrap from my stash, from the coordinating Santa & Co. DSP.

SUPER simple card, with that sweet little gold star clip - the perfect touch for Christmas!  

I hope you enjoyed this week's Triple-Up Thursday - see you again soon!  

Cheers and Merry Christmas,