Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Christmas in July

Eventhough it's summer, everywhere I look I see Christmas cards. To make things worse, all over the internet sneek peaks of SU's Holiday catalgue are popping up and I found myself liking a lot of it.
Considering I haven't been able to afford the items on my wishlist from the annual catalogue I sure don't have the funds for much in the Holiday special at the moment (my Birthday is coming up in 6 weeks though so I've been leaving plenty of hints with my family).

This promnpted me to look through my current inventory of Christmas stamps, which are by far the largest category of stamps (other than sentinements) that I own. While looking through my sets I quickly came to realized that many (if not most) had not been used more than a few times (if at all). And hoenstly, I doubt I'm the only one with this issue.

I therefore challenged myself to come up with at least 5 different designs for the most unused and never used sets.

I started with Stampin' Up's Season of Joy.

The first card I designed is very simple.
Deck the Halls:

I used only the triple flower and "Deck the Halls" portion of the large sentiment stamp.
My silver embossed accent was created by sticking self adhesive aluminum tape onto white cardstock which was then embossed and cut to shape. Flower images where hand cut and layered using foam squares. Greeting and flower banner are also foam mounted. The banners were hand cut.
Supplies used:
Stamps: Season of Joy - SU

Cardstock: Bazzill (I believe it's hunter green - my cardtsock supply is old and most colours are retired)
Ink: Olive Green - SU, Real Red - SU, Basic Black - SU
Embossing folder: Regal Flourishes - Sizzix - Tim Holtz
Misc.: scrap of wine red Magic Mesh, 1 x 1/4" rhinestone, foam mounting squares

Friday, July 18, 2014

Crocodile/Alligator Card

Today I have the last of my second trio of Zoo characters for you, my Crocodile (or Alligator).
You'll notice he has change slightly from my original photo. I made the head all one colour and only have the mouth down to his belly in the lighter green. I think he looks better this way.

This one is a 6x6" card base.

Cardstock: Bazzill
Ink: Olive Green - SU, Warm Red - Colorbox, Basic Black - SU
Stamp: See Ya Later - SU
Die: Label 18 - Nestabilities - Spellbinder
Embossing folder: Tiny Mosaic - Cuttlebug
Misc.: 5/8" light pink grosgrain ribbon, foam mounting squares, black ink marker - SU, white gel pen.
Full punch art instructions below:

Monday, July 14, 2014

Wish Big Elephant Card

Today I have for you my elephant birthday card. He'd also be great for a "welcome baby" or a "big announcement" card.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Ink: Colorbox black, silver and warm red, elegant eggplant and crushed curry - SU
Stamp: Pennant Parade - SU
Embossing Folder: Just My Type (dots border) - Cuttlebug
Misc.: black marker, white gel pen, red/pink chalk
Full punch art instructions below.

Up next will be my crocodile/alligator card, so come back soon for the full instructions.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Birthday Zebra

We are still in the midst of painting so I only have time for a quick post.

Here is my Zebra Birthday card.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Bazzill (these are really old so am unsure of the colours. I think maybe forest green and copper for the background)
Ink: Always Artichoke - SU, Crushed Curry - SU, Sahara Sand - SU, Copper - Colorbox, Warm Red - Colorbox
Stamp: Pennant Parade - SU,
Die: A2 Curved Borders One - Borderabilities - Spellbinder
Punches for Balloon: Owl Builder (body and heart) - SU
Misc.: Butcher's Twint, foam mounting squares, Basic Black marker, White gell pen
Full punch art instructions are below.
Come back soon for my elephant instructions.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Giraffe Punch Art

Here is one more member of my little Zoo, a loveable little big giraffe.
Don't let my colour choices fool you, this fellow is not just for girls. He'd be great on a boy card as well as a scrapbook layout.
On a card (mine are standard A2, 4.25x5 ins) a full body giraffe won't fit very well. Hence I only created him from the neck up.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Ink: Colorbox red and Walnut brown chalk ink, Melon Mambo and Crushed Curry - SU
Stamp: Banner Greetings
Punch: for the fence - Modern Label - SU
Misc.: white gel pen (SU), Black Zig marker

Full punch art instructions for the giraffe are below.

Come back soon for three more Zoo creations - quick little preview below.

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