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holiday mini blog hop

Welcome to Stampin’ Addicts Happy Holidays blog hop. The Happy Holidays blog Hop will feature sneak peaks of the different stamp sets and accessories the Holiday Mini Catalog has to offer. There are 40 jam packed pages of the Holiday Mini Catalog that will fit any of your holidays needs!

If you have been following the blog hop in order you’ve just seen Ashley”s wonderful creation’s at Stamp with Ashley featuring Just Beclause and the incredible Christmas Cocoa Designer Series Paper.

I’m featuring the set Berry Christmas.  This is such a great little set of 8 stamps that includes a weath,  a snowflake, a poinsettia, a bird, holly berries and leaves,  the Make Merry sentiment and a hanger for the wreath.

I had so much fun playing with this set.  I knew I could do something Christmasy with it, but I wanted to challenge myself to do something non-Christmas.   Here’s what I came up with – a cute little box of  thank you cards!  This is a standard A2 box that will easily hold 6 cards – in this case 3 of each design.  I kept these really simple, but you could easily dress them up with some ribbon or brads.

Thank You Card Set

Thank You Card Set

Here’s the recipe for this one:

Stamps:  Berry Christmas, Thank You Kindly

Paper:  Soft Suede  and Dusty Durango Textured cardstock,  Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Soft Suede and Whisper White cardstock

Ink:  Old Olive, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, and Dusty Durango Classic Ink

Accessories:  Scallop Edge Punch

Next up is a cute little gift bag because we cannot head into the holidays without lots of gift bag ideas, right?   This bag is from a tutorial created by Julie Ebersole.  I’ll link to her tutorial after the hop is over, so check back next week for instructions!

Vellum Gift Bag

Vellum Gift Bag

Isn’t this bag so fun!  It’s made with our Vellum cardstock and I hope you can see a little bit of the shimmer on the snowflakes.  Yes!  SU has shimmer paint!  It’s really so easy to use and takes so little paint to acheive the effect.  I inked my stamp with Bermuda Bay ink then applied a small amount of shimmer paint to the inked stamp using a sponge dauber.  Then I stamped the image onto the Vellum and Voila!  A Shimmery Snowflake!.    I did the same thing on Whisper White and punched it out for the gift tag.  I  sponged Bermuda Bay Shimmer Paint onto one of our 5/16″ Jumbo Brads to give a little more pizazz to the gift tag.  I’ll post more pictures and details for this project with the instructions next week.

Here’s a quick rundown of the recipe for this one:

Stamps:  Berry Christmas

Paper:  Bermuda Bay, Whisper White and Vellum cardstock

Ink:  Bermuda Bay Classic Ink, Champagne Shimmer Paint

Accessories:  Bermuda Bay Polka Dot Ribbon, 5/8″ Satin ribbon Whisper White, Linen Thread,  5/16″ Jumbo Brads, 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch

I know, you’re starting to wonder where the Christmas cards are right? After all, this is a holiday blog tour and I am using a Christmas set . . . .  well, wait no more, next up  . . .  Christmas Cards!

Berry Christmas Christmas Cards

Berry Christmas Christmas Cards

I kept all my projects simple this time as I think sometimes some of us – myself especially, tend to create overly complicated plans for our holiday season.  I thought it would be nice to imagine a simpler Christmas season this year.  We’ll see if I can actually pull it off.   I’ll be playing with the card on the left again – next week come back to see it dressed up and converted from a single layer card to a multi layer card.  Gretchen B did this on her blog a few weeks ago and I’ve been dying to try it , so next week I will with this card.

Single Layer Card Recipe (Left Card)

Stamps:  Berry Christmas

Ink:  Garden Green, Real Red, Chocolate Chip Classic Ink

Paper:  Very Vanilla cardstock.

Poinsettia Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Berry Christmas,  Snow Swirled

Paper:  Garden Green, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla cardstock, Christmas Cocoa DSP

Ink:  Garden Green, Real Red, Crushed Curry

Accessories:  1/4″ Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon

My last card was my husband’s favorite of these.  You can’t tell from the picture, but this paper is flocked.  The white portion is raised and soft.  It’s so very cool to work with.

Make Merry Christmas Card

Make Merry Christmas Card

Make Merry Recipe:

Stamps:  Berry Christmas

Paper:  Real Red and Whisper White cardstock, Christmas Cocoa DSP

Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Garden Green and Real Red Classic Ink.

I hope you enjoyed my sneak peek at the new Berry Christmas stamp set! I know it makes so in the mood for the holidays!  I’m ready to light the fire and sip some cocoa!

The hop is over but you can still check out the projects by clicking on any of the links below.

1 Tracy: Sweet Centers (Tracy’s Stamp Therapy)
2. Michelle: Grateful Greetings (Come Stamp with Me)
3. Sarah: Pumpkin Patch (Sarah’s Ink Spot)
4. Twila: Twick or Tweet (Stamp a Little Longer)
5. Sara: Haunting Hill & DSP (Lily’s Ink Pad)
6. Marie: Night & Day DSP (From Combat Boots…)
7. Holly: Autumn Splendor & Tablesetting Die (InkPaperStamps)
8. Joyce: Autumn Meadows DSP (Stampin’ Central)
9. Lyssa: Calendar Kit with Magnetic Box (Song of My Heart Stampers)
10. Trina: Gifts of the Earth (Stamps and Whiskers)
11. Kim: Wandering Words (Stitchin’ N Stampin’ on Paper)
12. Carmen: Cold & Cuddly (Stamping Addiction)
13. Ashley: Just Beclause & Christmas Cocoa DSP (Stamp with Ashley)

14. Dawnmarie: Berry Christmas (DM Dezigns)
15. Rhonda: Holy Family (The Stampin’ Bunny)
16. Kat: Delightful Decorations and Punch (Kat’s Kards)
17. Cheryl: Icicle and Merry & Bright Rub-Ons (Love to Stamp and Scrap)
18. Holly/catrules: Serene Snowflakes (Holly’s Stampin’ Mania)
19. Paula/scrapshappen: Décor Elements & wood blocks (Stamping with Paula)
20. Linda: Charming (Olive Stamps)
21. Barbara/cre8tivestamper: Simply Adorned (Creative Stampin’ Spot)
22. Yapha: Bear Bigz Die and clothes (Yapha Stamps)

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holiday mini blog hop

Sorry I’ve been a little MIA this week!  I’ve been busy getting ready for this weekend’s blog hop!   I’m so excited to be featuring the set Berry Christmas that’s appearing in the new Holiday Mini that will be live September 1.  Don’t think it’s all Christmas around here this weekend though – I’ve come up with a project using this set that is not Christmas!  I know you’ll like it.

A blog hop is a “loop” of blogs that are connected for a special occasion – like kicking off a new mini catalog! – by easy to find links.   This weekend’s hop starts Saturday at noon EST and continues through Monday.   With all the amazing new products in this mini catalog you can be certain there will be lots of cool stuff to see.  Be sure to stop by for a party full of amazing projects!


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Last week, I shared a sample from convention and my first attempt at recreating it.  I’ve finally gotten to play some more, so today I have more to share and a new technique!

We’ll start with the finished card I made for my Aunt’s 60th birthday.   I decided not to add ribbon or a sentiment to the outside because it seemed complete the way it was.

Brayered Window Sheet Birthday card

Brayered Window Sheet Birthday card

I did add a sentiment to the inside.

Inside of card.

Inside of card.

This is an easy technique and I think it really gives a nice WOW factor to the card.

To create the background:

1.  Add 2 drops of reinker about an inch apart from each other on a piece of wax paper.   Then stagger 2 more drops of a different color about a 1/2 inch below the first two.

2.  Spritz the reinker/wax paper with rubbing alcohol.  Roll the Brayer in the inch and apply to glossy card stock.

3.  Sprtiz the brayed card stock with rubbing alcohol.  And place the paper, glossy side down on the inked portion of the wax paper.   Brayer the back of the cardstock.

4.  Allow to dry.

You’ll end up with something similar to this.  A heavier spritz on the brayered side at step 3 will give more interest and variability to the finished sheet.  I used the retired Baha Breeze and Pacific Point reinkers for this one.

Brayered background

Brayered background

5.  Using a dry aqua painter (that’s right, no water in it), touch the brush to your craft ink pad (for this one I used Tempting Turquoise, on the tree below, I used Whisper White).  Apply the craft ink to the window sheet to add accent (for the flowers, I just did the center.  For the tree, I  was creating snow on the leaves and branches) .

6.  Add Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder and set with heat tool.  When you are using the heat tool, keep the tool moving.  Don’t hover over 1 place or you’ll burn the window sheet.

7.  Attach the window sheet to your background using glue dots and finish your card.

I tried this with Dazzling Diamonds glitter earlier in the week.  The main difference is the glitter is flat on the surface and the embossing powder is puffy and raised.  So especially on the tree, it adds dimension and feels more like snow.

Here’s a picture of the tree done with the embossing powder.

Embossed Tree Window Sheet

Embossed Tree Window Sheet

I really love how this makes such wonderful snow!  And it doesn’t come off the card like glitter does!    I hope you enjoyed seeing how to do this!  I’d love to see what someone else comes up with !

Dawnmarie

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holiday mini blog hop

The brand new  holiday mini catalog is going to be here on September 1 and I can’t wait!   There are some incredible products in this mini and you are not going to want to miss them!  In order to properly lauch this promotion, some of my fellow  Stampin’ Addicts and I will be presenting projects that showcase some of our favorite products from this mini catalog beginning at noon on Saturday August 29th and continuing through Monday August 31.  Mark your calendars to be here and see all the wonderful projects that are planned!

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I’m not sure what to call this technique, but I learned it at convention.  I was so inspired that I actually ordered window sheets.  I have completely avoided them until now.

So, without further ado,  here’s the finished card (it has been changed from the one they showed at convention.)

Window Sheet Tree Card

Window Sheet Tree Card

Here’s the one they showed us at convention.

Convention Window Sheet Card.

Convention Window Sheet Card.

Isn’t it so wonderful!

I made a few changes on mine – I didn’t have iridescent ice embossing powder, so I used dazzling diamonds – so the look  on mine is different.    I’ll be posting the directions for both, later this week.

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It seems that when you go to an event like convention, there are always things you “take away” from it.

One of the most obvious is of course, the make and takes.  I finally had a chance to sit down and actually do these.  Here’s just a few of them.

Holiday Treat Bag

Holiday Treat Bag

This is a simple way to  dress up one of our treat bags.  It uses our double sided real red polka dot ribbon.  For this bag, I used the plain side.  It also uses the spotlighting technique to dress up the tag.

Hello Again Card

Hello Again Card

This card uses the set Hello Again that coordinates well with the set Season of Friendship.  It’s a really quick and simple card that still looks quite cute.

cello bag of cards

cello bag of cards

This is a cute little set of cards made using the set Things I love.  Again, very simple and easy to do.

Christmas Card

Christmas Card

One more really quick card.  This one is held closed by a belly band and again uses our double sided polka dot ribbon.  I love that you can choose which side to use!

I was going to share a technique I saw at convention and have been wanting to try – but I’m going to save it for Tuesday.  Just a hint – it uses our window sheets!  I haven’t had any desire to play with these until convention.  Check back Tuesday.  This is a cool technique.

Dawnmarie

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I’m still on a convention high and sorting through all my goodies!   Today I’m going to share a few of the swaps I either saw or received that I really liked!  For the most part, I’m unable to give credit because I simply don’t know who made them.  If you see your work, please let me know so I can give you proper credit.   My new stuff got here last night, but I haven’t gotten to play yet – hopefully today I can play a little.

Enjoy the swaps – there’s some great ones here.

Paper Bag Coupon Holder

Paper Bag Coupon Holder

Isn’t this just lovely?  Sorry I didn’t get the name of the lady who made it.  She was in line next to me at Memento Mall.  She made this using paper bags and keeps one on her frig to hold coupons.  Awesome work and idea!  UPDATE:  I just got an email and now I can tell you that Beverlee Morales  made this coupon holder!  Didn’t she do a great job!

This next one is gorgeous althought the pic is a little blurry – again it was taken in line and I was (GASP!) out of swaps!   It uses the Medallion Stamp and the En Francais background stamp.   She used the stuff (sorry forgot the name) that you use to treat canvas prior to painting on it  to give texture to the Background, then embossed the medallion on top of it.  I love the texture and the look.  It’s wonderful!

Medallion Card

Medallion Card

Isn’t this just a beautiful and simple Christmas Card? And it’s a great way to use the Autumn Days set!

Christmas Card

Christmas Card

Look at the Christmas Tree on this one – Isn’t it just too cute!

Christmas Tree Card

Christmas Tree Card

This card using the Big Shot Daisy Die is really cute!

Daisy Card

Daisy Card

I hope you enjoyed sharing these swaps with me!   I’ve got to get to work now!  Have a great day!

Dawnmarie

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