A Cardinal Christmas Revisited

A Cardinal Christmas isn't a new stamp set this year, but I love it just the same.  You can either take the time to watercolor the beautiful cardinal image or simply stamp it and go — and it looks terrific either way!  I've used Bravo Burgundy and Old Olive here for a little different slant on the traditional red and green at Christmas.  The background is quick as can be with the Big Shot and Elegant Lines Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. The Big Shot also cuts out the oval in Very Vanilla card stock using the Ovals Originals Die.  I used a little Chocolate Chip classic ink and a Stamping Sponge to distress the edges of oval.   I used a piece of 1-1/4" Old Olive Striped Grosgrain Ribbon to back the cardinal image.  "Merry Christmas" is stamped on Old Olive card stock then punched out with a Modern Label Punch then adhered on a Very Vanilla card stock oval created with the medium-sized Oval Punch.  Two Gold Brads are added as accents to the tag using the Mat Pack and Paper-Piercing Tool.

THINGS YOU'LL NEED: 
Item No. 111760 A Cardinal Christmas $23.95
Item No. 113439 Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
Item No. 119277 Elegant Lines Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Item No. 114525 Ovals Originals Dies $15.95
Item No. 101610 Stamping Sponges (3) $3.50
Item No. 119849 Modern Label Punch $16.95
Item No. 119855 Oval Large $15.95
Item No. 115618 1-1/4" Old Olive Striped Grosgrain Ribbon $9.95
Item No. 104337 Gold Brads (200) $6.95
Item No. 105826 Mat Pack $9.95
Item No. 116631 Paper-Piercing Tool $3.50

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Christmas Cards

I'm beginning to receive such terrific hand-stamped Christmas cards in the mail!  It's so much fun to see what my friends have created!  Here's one using A Cardinal Christmas stamp set, along with the Top Note Die for the Big Shot, as well as the Scallop Oval Punch.  This  beauty was designed and created by Jeanne Gage of Naples, NY.

This next card is from Fern Legters of Bloomfield, NY.  Fern used the wonderful stamp set, Winter Post, to create her card.  I love the vintage feel of this card, and the color scheme is just perfect for that look.

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Dasher Tag Card

We're well into December – many people already have their Christmas cards done – and I'm just pulling out the very popular stamp called Dasher.  It was a "must have" when I first saw it, then I got busy with other things.  Do you know how that goes?  Anyway, thought I'd share what I came up with.

I made this card with a base of Real Red card stock stamped with the filigree stamp from Priceless stamp set.  I tore and layered on a couple of different prints from Merry Moments Designer Series Paper packet.  The red and vanilla print is also from that same packet.  Dasher is stamped in Chocolate Chip Classic ink, then a 2-Way Glue Pen holds some Dazzling Diamonds on his antlers.  I used the Crop-A-Dile to set a Pewter Jumbo Eyelet then threaded through some 1-1/4" Chocolate Chip Striped Grosgrain Ribbon and tied that off with a piece of Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon from the Ribbon Originals Mistletoe (Holiday Mini catalog).

The tag is not permanently adhered, so when you pull it out, here's what it looks like.  The "Merry Christmas" is from A Cardinal Christmas stamp set.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THINGS YOU'LL NEED:

Item No. 116816 Dasher   $8.95
Item No. 111760 A Cardinal Christmas   $23.95
Item No. 115672 Merry Moments DSP   $9.95
Item No. 115617 Chocolate Chip 1-1/4" Striped Ribbon   $8.95
Item No. 116792 Mistletoe Ribbon Originals   $10.95
Item No. 108362 Crop-A-Dile    $29.95
Item No. 108432 Pewter Jumbo Eyelets   $9.95
Item No. 109109 Vintage Brads (Pewter)   $8.95
Item No. 100425 2-Way Glue Pen   $3.50
Item No. 102023 Dazzling Diamonds Glitter   $4.50


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Posted on : Dec 06 2009
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Pam’s beautiful cardinal

I have the most talented customers!  And I absolutely LOVE when they share their creations with me!  I'm so proud to show you the top quality work they're turning out.  Here is one shining example from Pam Kane of Seneca Falls, New York.

For some reason, I couldn't get this to photograph in the correct color.  Pam used Very Vanilla, not Whisper White as it seems in the picture.  She used A Cardinal Christmas to create the image and the Big Shot along with the Petals A Plenty Textured Impressions Folder for the background.  I see a piece of that yummy Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon from last year–don't you miss that gorgeous ribbon?  And a Very Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware ribbon slide makes the perfect accessory.

I'm told Pam had a little help from a friend with water coloring the cardinal  image.  Watercolor pencils and classic ink, along with an Aqua Painter, were used to get this beautifully vibrant yet shaded look.

Won't you leave a comment and give Pam a "woo-hoo" for the first card she's shared?


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Stampin’ For Christmas Card Class Projects

While everyone else in the world was at New Moon Friday night, 15 dedicated stampers signed up for my Stampin' For Christmas Card class.  We had such a fun time making the 5 cards below.  Thought you might like to see what we created.

The first card I CASED from my 3rd level upline Missy Shipman, our Glad Heart team leader.  She created this card for our team swap, and I love the simplicity yet interest. 

I got the idea for the card below from one shown on the Stampin' Up! website.  I changed it a bit to make it my own.  The girls loved seeing that you could use the stamp set Always to create a Christmas Card.

I created the card below because I needed a swap and didn't have much time.  It went together so easily with the help of the Big Shot and the Top Note Die.

The card below is a combination of two separate ideas from the Stampin' Up! home office.  I loved the idea of using our Ornament Punch and Clear Window Sheets to create a stencil, then sponge inside to make this darling ornament.  I wanted the scallop on the edge of the main image to have a finer scallop than the Scallop Edge Punch, so I punched Ruby Red card stock with the Square Scallop Punch, cut that square in half, then overlapped the last scallop on one piece with the first scallop of the second piece.  You can't even tell where I seamed them together! 

This card was lovingly CASED from Heartfelt Stamper team member Jen Rios-Raner who did this beauty for a team swap.  Jen's designs are always a big hit!  After seeing this card the Snowflake Punch was a must-have!


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