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Festival of Trees

This week’s challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments is a color splash challenge with the colors of Tempting Turquoise, Smoky Slate and Pool Party.  As soon as I saw these colors I knew I wanted to create a card with the Festival of Trees bundle.  Creating this card was easy with the Tree Punch!

Stampin Up Festival of Trees Christmas card

I stamped the tree images with Versamark and heat embossed with Iridescent Ice Stampin’ Emboss Powder and embellished with rhinestones.  The background is Silver Glimmer Paper and the snow hill is Whisper White card stock.

For more inspiration visit Hand Stamped Sentiments to see more projects created by our talented design team.

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Festival of Trees Christmas Card

Size:  3.75″ h x 9.00″ w

Stamp Sets:  Festival of Trees

Paper:  Cardstock:  Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Smoky Slate, Pool Party, Special paper:  Silver Glimmer

Ink:  Tempting  Turquoise, Versamark

Accessories:  Iridescent Embossing Powder, Basic rhinestones, Tree Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Dimensionals,

Merry and Bright Ornament Card

This week’s challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments is an inspiration challenge.  Using the Ornament framelits and coordinating stamp set brought my card together so fast.  Love it!  To make the ornaments sparkly I embossed them with Iridescent Ice and embellished with rhinestones.  The colors I used for my ornaments are from this year’s In-Colors – Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple and Summer Starfruit.  I know they don’t sound like Christmas colors but I think they’re wonderfully bright and perfect for Christmas.

Stampin' Up! Ornament Keepsakes Christmas card

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Join us this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments and show us how this photo inspires you.

stampin up christmas inspiration challenge

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Merry and Bright Ornaments card

Size:  5.50″ H x 4.25″ W

Stamp Sets:  Ornament Keepsakes

Paper:  Whisper White

Ink:  Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit

Embellishments:  Versamark, Basic Rhinestones, Iridescent Embossing Powder, 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbons in Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, Raspberry Ripple, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Dimensionals

Dreaming of a White Christmas with a Fancy Fold Christmas Tree Card

This week at Hand Stamped Sentiments the challenge is fancy fold cards.  I’ve been wanting to make the Christmas tree card featured on page 181 of the Stampin’ Up! Idea book and Catalog.  I made the card in Whisper White and the sentiments stamped in Cherry Cobbler.  I also used the Snowflake Soiree stamp set.  The snowflake are stamped with versamark, heat and stick powder and glittered with Dazzling Diamonds.  I also used the Dazzling Details on the edges of the tree.  I wish you could see the card in person.  So much sparkle!

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Join us this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments and show us your fancy fold cards.

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Christmas tree Card

Size:  5.50″ H x 4.25″ W

Stamp Sets:  Snowflake Soiree

Paper:  Whisper White

Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Versamark

Embellishments:  Heat and Stick powder, Dazzling Diamonds, Dazzling Details, White Organza ribbon, dimensionals, Circle from Punch Pack

Technical Difficulties and Snowflakes

This past week my internet was down and was unable to post.  After a week of no internet we finally figured it was time to replace our router.  Although I was not able to post my project in time I still wanted you to see my project.  It’s a hybrid tag created on MDS2.  My project was for Hand Stamped Sentiments snowflake challenge.  I created a tag in MDS2 and die cut the snowflake using the snow flurry die and the paper is Stampin’ Up’s! champagne glitter paper.  I embellished the center of the snowflake with a large pearl.  MDS2 is so easy to use.

Hybrid MDS2 snowflake tag

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There’s still time to join Hand Stamped Sentiments for their snowflake challenge.

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Hybrid Snowflake Card

Size:  6.00″ H x 3.00″ W

Paper:  Very Vanilla, Champagne Glitter Paper

Digital Paper:  Beau Chateau #3 paper

Embellishments:  Big Shot, Snow flurry die, Pool Party 1/2″ Seam binding ribbon, Dimensionals

Fashion Inspired Bay Leaf Square Wreath card

Pals Paper Arts has a Fashion Inspiration {Holiday} challenge this week.  The greenery and the red along with the rich tapestry vest I was inspired to create the card below.  I made a bay leaf square wreath for my card.  I used the Petal Blossoms Builder punch and the Bird Punch.  Behind my wreath I embossed a Very Vanilla  panel with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder and sponged it with Gold Encore ink.

The base of my wreath is a  square frame then I sponged the edge of the leaves with Always Artichoke ink and used my Simply Scored to score the leaves.  I then glued the leaves all along the frame.  The holly leaves were created using the Bird Builder punch and the berries are pearls colored with a red Sharpie.  I finished my wreath with Real Red Satin Ribbon and an antique brad.  I then stamped my sentiment and embossed it with gold and curled the banner a bit.

Bay Leaf Square Wreath Card

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Bay Leaf Square Wreath card

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Inside of Square Wreath card

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Here’s the inspiration photo.


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Bay Leaf Square Wreath Card

Size:  5.00”  H x 5.00” W

Stamp sets: Curly Cute, Snow Swirled

Paper: Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke

Ink: Gold Encore, Versamark

Accessories: Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Textured Embossing Folder, Frame Sizzix Die, Blossom Petals Builder Punch, 1-1/4″ square punch, Basic Pearls, Bird Punch, Antique Brad, Real Red Satin Ribbon, Versamrk, Gold Stampin’ Embossing Powder

It’s not too early for Christmas

This week at Hand Stamped Sentiments we have a technique challenge.  You have your choice of making a project with a shaving cream, crayon or pastel technique  I chose to do the poppin’ pastel technique.  This is a very easy technique.  You stamp your image then use a sponge dauber with pastels and color away.  So easy!

For my card this week I chose to do a Christmas card with the Christmas Collage background stamp.  I inked up the stamp with Versamark then used Real Red, Always Artichoke and Chocolate Chip pastels to add color.  I distressed the edges then sponged with Soft Suede.

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I then stamped again just the 25 with Versamark and heat embossed with gold.  I punched it out with the 1-1/2″ circle punch then glittered the edges with Champagne glass glitter.  I had some leftover scraps of retired Deck the Halls dsp and punched with my Decorative Label punch.  I used the Versamark pen to outline the edges then heat embossed with gold.  I made a lollie from another scrap of 1″ x 12″ scrap of retired Deck the Halls DSP.  I then assembled my 25 then adhered to my card.  To frame the image I used the Eyelet border punch and punched some scraps from retired Deck the halls and heat embossed the edges with gold.  Such a pretty detail.

The sentiment Seasons Greeting is from Snow Swirled and I also heat embossed with gold.

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Hop on over to HHS and see more inspiration for this challenge from our talented Design Team.

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Christmas Collage Card

Size:  6.5o”  H x 5.00” W

Stamp sets: Christmas Collage, Snow Swirled

Paper: Cherry Cobbler Card base, Very Vanilla, retired Deck the Halls DSP

Ink: Versamark pad and pen, Stampin’ Pastels – Real Red, Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Basic Pearls, Champagne Glass Glitter, Gold Embossing Powder, Decorative Label Punch, 1-1/2″ inch circle punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Heat tool, Simply Scored

Stamp Camp Recap

What a great time we had on Saturday! We had lots of giveaways, food and of course stamping!  We’re already planning on doing a spring camp.

Each attendee made a set of 5 Christmas tags, Fall Wine Bottle Tag (great for a hostess gift), Christmas Card & Candy Wrapper box, Fall Sour Cream Treat Holder, Halloween Treat Sticks, Witches Treat Hat, Halloween Easel Card, Turkey Poop Treat, Turkey Chocolate Treat Gift.  You still have a chance to make these for yourself… details below.

 Stamp Camp Projects

Holiday Stamp Camp 2011

Here are closer pics of the projects courtesy of my fellow demo friend Erica Cerwin of Pink Buckaroo Design.

This tag slips over a bottle of wine. Perfect for a hostess gift.

Super cute as a place card for Thanksgiving.

Another cute treat for Thanksgiving.

Gorgeous embossed card and candy wrapper.

I contributed these projects to the stamp camp therefore the more detailed pics. The witch hat treat box would be great for a dinner party place card. The easel card is perfect for a Halloween invitation or greeting.

Easy Halloween Treats!

Cute Christmas Tags! You can't have too many.

~Stamp Camp Project Kits $40.00~
Wish you could have come to spend the day crafting, chatting, winning and more? Well definitely register for next year’s Stamp Camp but if you would like to at least make the projects from this amazing day you are in luck!!! There are 4 to-go-kits available. Each kit has ALL the consumable supplies you need to make these projects. You will get a list of tools you need to complete these projects AND you will get private access to the tutorial videos for each project. You will be able to pause, rewind, or even stop and replay them as your schedule permits. Simply purchase the kit through the PayPal link below. If you are local we can arrange pickup, and if you are not then click on Option 2 Long Distance Mail to add $4.95 for shipping and I’ll mail it to you.

Stamp Camp Project Kit - Local

Option 2 Project Kit - Long Distance

Stamp Camp Update!!

I have had many of you ask if there was a way to get the projects from the stamp camp because  can’t attend or stay the entire time, so I aim to please.  Another bonus of those who register (for any of the options) will get access to a PRIVATE Youtube video of each project that you can view in your own home on your own time frame.  You can pause, rewind, replay, or stop it and come back to it later. Flexibility just for you!!  Now you will be able to recreate all the projects created at the camp for future needs for any occasion.


Here are some OTHER camp fee options for you in addition to the regular admission …
note that the fees of these options go up by $10 if you register AFTER 9/23 or pay at the door.
~Early Bird Stamp Camp OPTION $40.00~
You want to come and spend the day making adorable projects that you will be able to recreate and use for all different occasions.  You will get to take advantage of FREE Stampin’ Up! prizes given out ALL DAY and receive a delicious lunch included in your fee.  You will have access to a tutorial video after the event to assist you in making these projects again at home.  Earn tickets for free give aways for making a purchase the day of the camp, registering a friend, making and wearing a creative name tag to the camp, and many more ways as well!!!

Early Bird Option $40

~Can’t Stay ALL Day & Play OPTION $40.00~
Want to attend the Holiday Stamp Camp but can’t make it all day, NO PROBLEM!!! Register today and come to the camp as ling or as little as you want. You will receive all of the consumable supplies for the projects and you get access to a PRIVATE Youtube channel to view video tutorials of each project. Pause, rewind, even stop and come back to them as you need to finish your projects. You will get access to these videos after the Camp date.

Can't Stay All Day & Play Option $40

~Can’t Play THAT Day OPTION $35.00~
Wish you could attend the Holiday Stamp Camp, but can’t due to Family or other commitments– No Worries, we have an option for you!! You will get ALL the consumable supplies of every project made at the camp AND you will also get access to a PRIVATE Youtube channel to view tutorials of each project.

Can't Play that Day Option $35

~Mom & Me Stamp Helper Camp OPTION $60.00~
What fun would it be for you and your tween or pre-tween stamp helper to spend a day together crafting ? Here is your chance, this camp option allows you and your child 11+ to stamp together making (1) one set of projects. The adult camp fee is just $40, and your 11+ counterpart attends for just $20. Each of you are eligible for the ALL DAY give-aways and both receive lunch in your camp fee.

Mom & Me Option $60

~Mom & Me Stamp Camp OPTION 2 – $80.00~
Have FUN stamping with your tween or pre-tween counterpart for an entire day of FREE prizes, amazing projects and great food for BOTH!!! You AND your counterpart will EACH make all the projects offered for the day. You BOTH will be eligible for free give-aways and BOTH receive lunch included in your camp fee.
***Please note that if you are selecting one of the Mom & Me options that you will need to stamp along side with your 11+ counterpart during the event***
Click on the image to see all the details for the STAMP CAMP, don’t wait any longer spots are filling up quickly and space is limited.

Mom & Me Option 2 $80

The Stamp Camp is being held at the Point Bluff Clubhouse located in Rogers Ranch Subdivision, 18003 Point Bluff Drive, San Antonio, TX 78260

From Hwy. 281 and Loop 1604, travel west on 1604 to Bitters/Rogers Ranch Pkwy. exit, turn right into Rogers Ranch, left on Point Bluff Drive.  Clubhouse is on the right as soon as you go through the gate.

Another Vintage Christmas Card with My Digital Studio

This week at Hand Stamped Sentiments we have a sketch challenge.  The sketch is featured in the December Success SU demonstrator magazine.  It’s an interesting sketch and since I had recently downloaded the vintage brads and crochet ribbon for My Digital Studio software, I had to use them for this project.  I created this card on MDS using my new downloads and Deck the Halls digital DSP.  I love the vintage suite which is available until January 3rd, 2011.  I also added a Soft Suede Vintage Overlay Texture on the Holly DSP to look like sponging.  It’s very subtle but it adds some darkening on the edges.  You’ll need to enlarge the card to see it.  I also used the Tearing Edge stamp set on the Cherry Cobbler layer.  I hope you get inspired to create with My Digital Studio.

December Sketch challenge
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Digital Vintage Christmas Card – This card was created with Stampin’ Up!’s My Digital Studio

Digital Stamp Sets: A Cardinal Christmas (sentiment), Old Saint Nick, Vintage Overlay Texture, Torn Edges

Digital Paper: Card stock:  Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler; DSP:  Deck The Halls Photocard Digital Kit

Digital Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive

Digital Accessories: Vintage brads, Eyelet border punch, Modern Label punch, Crochet Ribbon

Techniques: Digital Crafting

Snowflakes in San Antonio

I hope all of you have mailed your Christmas cards and have your shopping done.  As for me all my cards are done.  I’m just in the process of addressing.  I hope to get these in the mail by Wednesday.  Finally the weather here has turned cold.  It’s not so motivating to get Christmas activities completed when it’s warm outside.  Now it feels like Christmas.  Although it doesn’t normally snow here in San Antonio I can still wish for a white Christmas or at least on my Christmas cards.  So here at my craft table there are snowflakes in San Antonio.  This week at Hand Stamped Sentiments we have a snowflake theme challenge.  Create any project with snowflakes.  You’re welcome to use any brand products.  I look forward to seeing your projects.  So hop on over to HSS and take the challenge.

I’ve been wanting to use the Shimmery White paper from SU and my snowflake die and this challenge was perfect.  I love the elegance of the Shimmery White paper.  So beautiful!  I hope you can see how the paper shimmers in my card below.  This card was very easy to create.  I embossed the front of my card with the Northern Flurry embossing folder and used SU Dazzling Diamonds on the embossed and the die cut snowflakes.  I also embellished them with the self-adhesive Basic Pearls.   These are the perfect embellishment for your Christmas cards.  I adhered the die cut snowflake with Dimensionals and added a Very Vanilla satin bow.  The embellishment is from the Snow Swirled stamp set and is embossed in silver.  I hope your inspired to create your snowflake project.   See you at HSS.

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HSS Snowflake Theme Challenge #46

snowflake theme card

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Snowflake card

Finished Size: 5.25″ w x 5.25″ h

Stamp Sets: Snow Swirled (sentiment)

Paper: Card stock:  Shimmery White

Ink: Versamark

Accessories: Big Shot, Northern Flurry embossing folder, Snowflake #2 Original Die, 1-1/4 square punch for ends of banner, Silver embossing powder, Heat tool, Basic Pearls, Dazzling Diamonds, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon

Techniques: Stamping, Heat Embossing, Dry Embossing

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