Friday, November 18, 2022

Layered Pine Tree Card

Hello!  Today's card is perfect for mass producing or those last minute cards that we all seem to need as the holidays draw nearer.  (Please tell me I'm not the only one scrounging for cards at the last minute!)  But just because time is limited doesn't mean the card can't still be beautiful, right?  And if you know me, these clean and simple cards are really what makes my heart happy anyway, so let's get started.

This card comes together in a snap!  Start by blending on your background with the beautiful Layered Foliage Winter Stencils.  I used all three layers here, but by using just a single ink color, I made the process even quicker.  
For a simple but impactful focal point, I cut the largest tree in the Pine Tree Dies (LOVE them!) four times in varying shades of coral.  I scored down the middle of each die and layered them for an ombre effect.  I adhered just down the center line, so I could fluff them up at varying heights.  This allows for some awesome dimension and ups the interest factor.
I finished the card off by embossing a sentiment from the new Holiday Sentiments stamp set.  This set is so useful!  With so many options, it's easy to find the perfect sentiment for your project.
And there you have it!  I'm hoping you find yourself with all the holiday crafting time you need ;) but just in case, I hope this simple but still special Christmas card encourages you that you can totally do this!  Squeeze in just a smidgen more of time and send that extra card to someone who needs it! 

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Poinsettia Tag

Good morning!   I thought I would switch things up today and make a tag.  Tis' the season, right? This quick and easy Christmas tag uses the fabulous Winter Foliage dies by Pretty Pink Posh.  I know, I know.  I can't stop using them. 

For my tag base, I pulled out my long time favorite tag from the Birthday Circles Dies.  I cut it in white, and then backed it with a deep purple. 

For the focal point, I cut the Winter Foliage dies in silver and white.  You could always create the flower in just a single color, but I love mixing colors and even patterns in the layers.  To create my poinsettia, I used the largest flower base in silver and white with a white smaller flower on top.  My favorite way to make the flower look full and a little more organic is to just slightly offset each layer.  Each flower seems to have a sweet spot for layering. 

I used the tiniest flower and the triple berry die cut in silver cardstock for the center.  I cut both sizes of leaves in teal and then tucked in a couple berry sprigs.  Don't you just love the stitching detail on each of the layers?

Thanks so much for joining me today!  I am having so much fun creating with this new release, but making this tag has me missing Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags.  I sure loved that!  But at least I always think of her when I make a tag now, which definitely brings a smile, so that's still a win. :) 

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Merry & Bright

Good morning!  I just wanted to quickly pop in and give you a peek of a card I shared on the Pretty Pink Posh blog yesterday. It uses those amazing Winter Foliage Dies again.  I’m quite fond of this one.  You know me and simplicity. ;) You can check out my post HERE. And it happens to be part of another day of hopping, so by commenting over there you will have another chance to win a gift certificate.  Just sayin’. :)

Monday, October 17, 2022

Pretty Pink Posh October Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY

Good morning!  Welcome to Day 1 of Pretty Pink Posh's October Release Blog Hop!  You should have arrived from the amazing Tammy Stark.  

Alright you guys...I am super excited to share this card with you today.  I've been waiting for weeks! (And my family can tell you how patient I am when I want to share something I'm really excited about...just ask my sister who I have already begged multiple times to let me give her her birthday present early because I just don't think I can wait until the end of the month.) 

Okay, I am completely smitten by the new Winter Mugs Dies.  I love them!  LOVE love them!  I've totally decked them out for Christmas here, but the dies actually include some darling Halloween and Fall elements as well.  

Truth be told, the inspiration for this card came from Pottery Barn.  They had a photo of some stacked Christmas mugs, and I knew instantly that I wanted to create my own version of that. I pulled out Concord & 9th's Poppy and Evergreen cardstock and got to work.  

I die cut three mugs and dressed up each one.  The evergreen mug is adorned with a snowflake (also included in the Winter Mugs Dies), the white mug is stamped with "joy" found in the new Pine Wreath Stamp Set, and the poppy red mug is decorated with holly leaves and berries from the new Winter Foliage Dies.  Then I filled it to the brim! 

A little note about the berries.  It's actually just one circle berry die, but I wanted it to look like the berries overlapped, so after cutting the berry, I put the circle die partially over the die cut and cut a notch out of it.  By doing this, the notch perfectly lines up with the other berries.  

Okay, onto the fillers.  I used a shimmery grey cardstock to cut lots and lots of berries, pines, and leaves using the new Winter Foliage Dies. (Spoiler alert: these are hands down my favorite dies.  You'll see in the coming days that I literally cannot stop using them.  They make an appearance on pretty much everything I make these days, and if they aren't on there, I exercised some serious restraint to not use them.)  I stuffed my cup full of foliage, and then I added two layered candy canes from the Winter Mugs set.  

On my slimline card base, I blended Dove ink lightly through the Layered Snowflakes Stencils.  Then I stacked my mugs a little skiwampus.  The mugs have a slit cut in them, which makes them easy to fill and stack.

This card is extra special because I actually die cut extras and had a card making session with my mom and aunt who was visiting from across the country.  It brought me a lot of joy to see how excited they were with their cards when they were finished making them.  

Thanks so much for visiting today!    You are in for a real treat as you finish hopping along.  Your next stop is the super talented Kristie Marcotte.  Just in case you missed a stop, I'll include the full hop list below. 

Blog Hop

Don't forget to leave a comment at all the stops.  There are three $30 gift certificates up for grabs (one winner for each day of the hop).  Winners with be picked randomly along the hop.  Comments must be left by 11:59 PM PST on 10/24/2022.  (Winners will be announced on the PPP Blog). 

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Pretty Pink Posh STAMPtember Exclusive - Coffee Friends

Hello!  I'm happy to be participating in Simon Says Stamp's STAMPtember festivities today sharing the Pretty Pink Posh exclusive STAMPtember collaboration set called Coffee Friends.  This is a fun set that will carry you through the fall and winter seasons, and if coffee isn't your thing, it can surely work for hot cocoa as well.  

I started by stamping a couple of the cups using Altenew's Rouge and Paper Bag inks.  I dressed them up a bit by masking and blending a little color around the band of one cup and adding a little heart to the other. 

I set my cups aside and pulled out Pretty Pink Posh's Layered Foliage Stencils.  I used just the leaf stencil and blended Altenew's Caramel Toffee, Paper Bag, and Rouge inks to create a frame around my card. 

Then I used the same colors to stamp the tiniest heart stamp included in Coffee Friends around the frame.  Finally, I splattered on various inks and added some Metallic Gold Jewels.

To finish my card, I stamped one of the sentiments included in Coffee Friends, popped up the cups, and stamped little steam swirls above them.  

Thanks so much for visiting today!  Remember, there is a limited quantity of this exclusive set, so make sure you quickly head over to Simon Says Stamp to snatch up the Coffee Friends Stamps + Dies before they sell out!