Friday, December 19, 2014

Stamp and Color on Velum with Lost Coast Designs



Hello Everyone!
Been super busy getting all my gift shopping finished.  Everything has to be wrapped......  Haven't started baking yet either.  I think I will get a start on the baking tomorrow.   Lots of cookies!  YUM.  I still have a few Christmas cards to post.  Today's card was made by stamping on velum and coloring on the reverse side.  I used Lost Coast Design Stamps.

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Carmen's Veranda

Announcing Carmen Veranda Stamps!!  Carmen Veranda images are back and available from Lost Coast Designs!!!  Carmen Veranda stamps are loaded with whimsy and flights of fancy.    See the Catalog here.  

Stayed tuned for projects made with Carmen Veranda stamps!!!
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Reminder:
The 7th Challenge on the Lost Coast Designs blog is still open.  The theme is Christmas + a Lost Coast Design Stamp!




Materials List:
Stamps: Mary and Angels, and Party Words both from Lost Coast Designs
Ink: black, red
CS:Real Red, Handsome Hunter from Stampin' Up; White
Velum
Vellum Writer Marker from Zig
Ribbon


Instructions:

  • Make card from Real Red CS and layer with Handsome Hunter
  • Stamp Mary and Angels with black ink on velum
  • Make sure ink is dry and turn over
  • Color on the back with a red Vellum Writer maker
  • Layer velum on white CS and add to card


  • Stamp another  Mary and cut out
  • Add the Mary to the card with dimensional adhesive
  • Stamp sentiment with red ink and add to card
  • Tie ribbon in bow and add to card
This is a fun technique to add some pizzazz to the velum!  Purple marker would have been cool too.  

Challenges for Mary and Angels on Velum:
A Crafty Mess: Anything goes with Traditional Christmas colors
Southern Girls: Get Your Christmas Cheer flowing


I will be back next time with a fun Christmas card with....Trees!  See you then.  Hope you are having a great day.  Love ya
Karen


Monday, December 15, 2014

Glittery Christmas Cards with Lost Coast Designs

Hello Dreamers!
Hope you had a great weekend!  We had a surprise visitor in our yard yesterday.



I looked him/her up in the "Birds of North America" and I think it is an immature Cooper's Hawk.   The tail has a wide stripe.  Very interesting site in the backyard.  Now on to some more Christmas Cards.



Materials:
Stamps: Mary and Angels and Party Words from Lost Coast Designs
CS: white, cream; purple and  brown from Bazzill; Electric Red from My Favorite Things; Black and Night of Navy from Stampin' Up 
Ink: Sahara Sand Versa Color chalk ink; Rich Cocoa Memento; black
Antique Linen Distress Ink
Lumiere Paint- Stampin' Up
Diamond Glitter - Amuse Studios
Tarnished Brass Distress Stains
Ribbons
Glue Pad - optional




Instructions:
  • Make cards from purple, Night of Navy, and Electric Red CS
  • Distress the edges with: Purple with Sahara Sand Chalk; Night of Navy with Tarnished Brass Distress Stain
  • Stamp Mary and the Angels with Sahara Sand Chalk and Black ink on cream and white CS respectively
  • Stamp an extra Mary to cut out: distress with Antique Linen




  •  Paint the images with Lumiere Paint and before the paint dries, sprinkle glitter all over
Note: if the paint dries too quickly, use a glue pad to apply the glitter
  • Layer each piece with brown or black CS and add to the card bases




  • Add the extra cut out Mary's with dimensional adhesive
  • Stamp the sentiments and add to the cards
  • Tie ribbons in bows and add to cards







The cards really sparkle --you just can't see it as much in the photos.

Challenges for Mary and the Angels Glitter Cards
Simon's Wednesday: Bling it on
Sparkle and Sprinkle Creative Challenge: loose glitter, embossing powder and/or flocking
Dragonfly Dreams: vintage
Cheerful Stamp pad: mixed media with Christmas
Dream Valley: Christmas
Simon's Monday: mixed media + Anything goes

See you next time for more Christmas Cards.  I have another of the Mary and Angels stamped on vellum.  I will share that soon.  I hope you have a lovely day!
Karen

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Quick and Easy Christmas Cards

Hello Everyone!
More Christmas fun today!  I made a few cards with washi tape and a pretty die cut flower from Memory Box.  I used traditional Christmas colors.



Materials:
Stamps: various holiday sentiments
Inks: Real Red and Old Olive- Stampin' Up
CS: Red, green, gold, white
Washi tape
Flower die cut -Memory Box
Red and green gems


Instructions:

  • Make cards from red and green CS
  • Layer with gold CS
  • Die cut the flowers from the gold CS



  •  Add three strips of washi tape to White CS
  • Stamp the sentiment
  • Add to the card base
  • Add the die cut and glue a gem to the center
  • Add three more gems under the sentiment




The cards were pretty quick and easy.  I made four in no time at all.  They have already been sent out in the mail.

Challenges for my Washi tape Christmas Cards:
Inkspirational: anything with gold
Come and Get It: Merry Christmas
Pile IT ON: Christmas/holiday
Chocolate, Coffee, Cards: Christmas
Crafts 4 Eternity: Christmas


See you tomorrow for some glittery Christmas inspiration!!  Hope you are having a great weekend!!  Love ya
Karen

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Trees in non Traditional Colors

Hello Dreamers!
Back today with more Christmas cards!   I did lots of die cutting and punching to make the cards.  I used a non traditional color scheme as well.  Take a look.



Materials:
Stamps: Festival of Trees from Stampin' Up
Punches and dies: Tree - Stampin Up; Scallop Circle - Sizzix; Circles
CS: Red, teal, white, glitter paper
DP: My Mind's Eye and Stampin' Up
Ink: Real Red and Bermuda Bay - SU




Instructions:

  • Make cards from Red C and layer with DP
  • Die cut circles from teal CS and glitter paper
  • Score and pleat fold a strip of DP
  • Stamp the tree with Bermuda Bay ink and punch out



  • Add all the elements to the card front
  • Stamp and cut out the sentiment
  • Add a bow
  • Stamp a sentiment on the inside



I made a second version with three trees and a little cardinal.




Challenges for my Teal Christmas Trees:
Mod Squad: use more than two die cuts
Creative moments: anything goes + optional winter
Inspiration destination: anything goes
The sisterhood of crafters: name that tune---Oh Christmas Tree
Holly Jolly Christmas: Christmas only + anything goes


I will be back next time with some super glittery Christmas cards!!  See you then!!  Love ya
Karen


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Santa is Dancing-What a Vision

Hello Dreamers,
I sent out all my Christmas cards today...so they are all on their way!!  Good to get that done.  Now on to some Christmas shopping.  I am doing some on line and some in stores.  Getting a lot done, I am glad to say.   And, I did get all my photos edited so now I can post another Christmas card.  Oh boy!!  Here is a funny card.....



Materials:
Stamps: Visions of Santa- from Stampin' Up
CS: red and green
DP: polka dot
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento; Old Olive Stampin' Up
Copic Markers
Spellbinders die cuts
Ribbon
Bakers Twine


Instructions:

  • Make a card from Green CS
  • Wrap ribbon around DP and add to the card base
  • Stamp the Santa and color with Copic markers
  • Die Cut Santa and a layer of red CS





  • Stamp the sentiment and cut out in shape of tag
  • Punch a hole in tag and tie on twine
  • Add to ribbon
  • Stamp sentiment on the inside






A Few Merry Challenges for my Santa:
Simon's Wednesday: Christmas/ Holidays
Come and Get it: Merry Christmas
Crafty cardmakers: Christmas
Use your Stuff: red and green
Cuttlebug Mania: anything Christmas


Fun, fun, fun!  Isn't this stamp set a hoot!!  Love it.   I will be back in a couple days with more Christmas cards!!  See you then.  Love ya
Karen

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Merry Moosemas-Fun Christmas Card

Hello Dreamers!
I am slowly getting all the pics of my Christmas cards edited and ready for posting.  I don't seem to be able to spend as much time on the computer lately.  Have lots going on and am trying to do some house cleaning too.  But, I did get this set of card photos edited!
For today, I have a set of three brightly colored Christmas cards made with a fun Moose stamp from Stampin' Up.  Check them out:



Materials:
Stamps: Visions of Santa - Stampin' Up; sentiment on inside: The Artful Stamper
CS: Green Polka Dot from A Muse Studios; reds and green
DP: red and green
Ink: Black; Real Red, Old Olive, Crushed Curry- Stampin' Up
Copic Markers
Ribbons
Scallop square punches




Instructions:

  • Make red and green card bases
  • Add a strip or  full piece  of DP
  • Stamp the Moose on White CS and color with Copics
  • Punch out
  • Tie two ribbons around card
  • Add sentiment
  • Decorate the inside



Variation two:

I cut tags from CS and DP.  And then  added them to the card bases.  Moose were colored with Copics.  Stars are stamped with Crushed Curry.

Variation three


Challenges for my fancy Moose Christmas cards:
Simon's Wednesday: holiday/Christmas
Crafting by Design: anything for Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's Pattern Paper: anything with DP
4 Crafty Chicks: animals
Winter Wonderland: dies/punches
Amusing Challenge: anything goes

I will be back next time with more Christmas inspiration!   Are you making any cards this year??  Hope you have a great day!!  Love ya
Karen

Monday, December 1, 2014

Vintage Stamping Challenge-Christmas Songs

Hello Everyone!
Hope everyone had a great weekend.  It is the first Monday of the month and that means a new Challenge on the Vintage Stamping Challenge blog.
The theme for this month is:

Christmas Songs

Make a project with stamping inspired by a Christmas song or carol.  The challenge runs through the month of December.  One winner will receive a $20 GC to Flonzcraft Stamps!!

**The carol that inspired my tri-fold Holiday card is "Here We Come A Wassailing"
Lyrics:
Here we come a-wassailing
Among the leaves so green;
Here we come a-wand'ring
So fair to be seen.

REFRAIN:
Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail too;
And God bless you and send you a Happy New Year
And God send you a Happy New Year.





Materials List:
Stamp: Merrie Christmas set from Flonzcraft Stamps
CS: Old Olive and Very Vanilla - Stampin' Up; rust red
Ink: Chocolate Chip - Stampin' Up
DP: Found Christmas pad - MME
Ribbon
Pearls
Scallop edge Punch
Dots Embossing Folder 




Instructions:
  • Cut a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 " piece of rust red CS
  • Score at: 2 1/8" and 6 3/8"
  • Fold on the score line
  • Dry Emboss the bottom flap
  • Cut DP to fit the top flap and layer with Old Olive CS


  • Punch a strip of Old Olive and add to top flap
  • Wrap ribbon around top flap
  • Add Pearls 
  • Stamp the Merrie Christmas stamp with Chocolate Chip ink on Very Vanilla CS
  • Layer with red and green CS
  • Add to top flap with dimensional adhesive---Note: be careful to place the dimensional adhesive only on the top half of the stamped piece



Challenges for my Here We come A wassailing card:

Eclectic Ellapu: vintage Christmas
Stamp and Create: anything Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas: anything Christmas
Crafty Calender: Christmas
ABC Christmas: Christmas music

Hope you will make your own project and link up on the Vintage Stamping Challenge Blog!!  I will see you again soon with more Christmas card inspiration.  Love ya.
Karen