North Woods Merry & Bright

Last week I was over on the LDRS Inspiration blog with another card using the North Woods stamp and die set from LDRS. This is a card that just evolved as I was putting it together. I did a lot of experimenting before I found two design papers in my stash that captured the wintery woodsy theme that I wanted, but also coordinated with each other.

Once I made the final selection, I cut one flag from each paper using the largest die in the Creative Basics Stitched Flags die set. I stamped the moose and trees on X-Press It Blending Card by Copic, colored them with copic markers, and cut them out using the coordinating dies that come with the North Woods stamp set. The front sentiment was a little tricky – the paper was shaped by cutting two ovals — one in white and one in green — using the Creative Basics Pierced Ovals die set. I used one of the smaller oval dies in the set to cut a swoop into the green oval and attached it to the white oval. I attached the moose with thin foam squares and tucked the die cut trees in behind the oval.

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The inside of the card is pretty straight forward. The paper for the sentiment was cut using the Creative Basics Fancy Rectangles & Layers die set and adhered to the background paper.

SUPPLIES

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Mistletoe & Holly 12×12 paper pad by Nicole; X-Press Blending Card by Copic
Stamps: North Woods Clear Stamps & Dies(*) by LDRS Creative
DiesCreative Basics Basic Stitched Flags(*); Creative Basics Pierced Ovals(*); Creative Basics Fancy Rectangles & Layers Die Set(*)
Copics: E41, E42, E43, E44 (moose); YG21, YG03, YG17, YG67 (trees)

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

Christmas Country Landscape

As it gets closer to Christmas, I start relying more on my collection of dies and sentiments to get a quick supply of cards put together to send out. I love the style and simplicity of the sentiments from the Paper Smooches Christmas Sampler stamp set and I’ve used them a lot this season. I bought the Country Landscape die from Memory Box awhile back and never got a chance to use it until now.

A little design paper and a simple sentiment stamped on the inside and you have a quick but elegant card.

Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Christmas Sampler by Paper Smooches
Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Christmas Sampler by Paper Smooches

SUPPLIES

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Mistletoe & Holly 12×12 paper pad by Nicole
Stamps: Christmas Sampler by Paper Smooches
Ink: Versafine in Onyx Black by Tsukineko
Dies: Country Landscape by Memory Box; Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp!

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

A Thorny Affair

Back today with another holiday card, this time featuring this cute image from Penny Black. I love the Penny Black animal images particularly the holiday themed images. The menagerie of mice, cats and hedgehogs always bring a smile to my face. Add some colorful design paper from Doodlebug, a Lawn Fawn die cut from foil paper and a bit of ribbon and you have a quick, colorful, and fun card that goes together quickly.

Here’s a look at the inside.

Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Christmas Cheer by Penny Black
Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Christmas Cheer by Penny Black

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copics; Happy Holly Days by Doodlebug*; Bazzill Basics in Red Foil*
Stamps: A Thorny Affair by Penny Black: Christmas Cheer by Penny Black
Inks: Memento in Tuxedo Black (image) and Versafine in Onyx Black (sentiments) by Tsukineko
Dies: Scripty Joy by Lawn Fawn; Tagged by Penny Black
Copics: YG21, YG03, YG17, YG67 (leaves); R17, R29, R46, R59 (berries); E34, E37 (stem); E50, E31, E17, E25, RV10 (hedgehog); BV20 (shadow)

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

Jolly XMas Kitty

With a household of tuxedo cats, I knew that I just HAD to color this image. The hat is a bit of a challenge blending those reds (and keeping them from bleeding outside the lines) but a little care and patience does the trick. I put down a base coat of R17 to saturate the paper and then added R59 for shading. I extended the shading with R46 followed by R29 and then finished the gradient with R17. Red can be tricky to work. Since my blending still looked a little rough, I added a second layer of ink repeating each color. That really brought everything together and gave me the richness that I was trying to achieve.

Here’s a look at the inside, featuring a sentiment stamp from Paper Smooches.

Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Christmas Sampler by Paper Smooches
Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Christmas Sampler by Paper Smooches

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to come back tomorrow for another holiday card featuring the Penny Black hedgehog!

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copics; Neenah Index in White; Bazzill Basics in Admiral; Snow Day by Echo Park Paper Co.
Stamps: Jolly Xmas Kitty by Penny Black; Christmas Sampler by Paper Smooches
Dies: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp!
Embellishments: Nuvo Crystal Drops in Autumn Red and Midnight Blue
Copics:  E02, C00, C0C1, C2, C6, R20 (cat); R17, R27, R46, R59, E02, B0000, B000, B00, BG10 (hat); YG03, YG17, YG67, R17, R46 (holly)

Stand Here

Stand Here by Power PoppyIt’s the fifth of the month so it must be time for another new digital release from Power Poppy! When you just need to have that Christmas kiss, like, right now. All you have to do is print out this bunch of Mistletoe tied up in a bow! With two sentiments for your holiday loves. Illustrated with a whole lotta love by Marcella Hawley.

Need a little inspiration? Take a look at what the Instant Gardeners have for you. And be sure to stop by the Power Poppy blog for the latest news.

Cheryl Scrivens
Stacy  Morgan
Nancy Sheads (that’s me!)

SUPPLIES

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press It Blending Card by Copic; Mistletoe & Holly 12×12 paper pad by Love Nicole
Stamp: Stand Here* by Power Poppy
Die: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp!
Copics: R35, R37, R39, R59 (ribbon); G20, G40, G82, YG00, Y000 (berries); G40, G82, G46, G00 (leaves); R35, R37, R39 (lettering): B0000, B000, B00, BG10, BV000, RV10 (background)

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.