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Happy Reindeer

Ok, I love this happy reindeer from Paper Smooches. Doesn’t he just make you smile? This is my final project (I think) for my Online Card Class Holiday Style.

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I used some of my favorite RED SPARKLE embossing powder on the sentiment and the candy cane stripes! Can you see the sparkle? I love that stuff.

I had to do a bit of masking to add that HOLLY to the neck on the reindeer, and then to do some of the inking. Oh what fun this tag was to make!

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I used distress markers as watercolor to color that cutie. I think I’ll add the “To/From” to the back of this tag for a Christmas gift!

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Christmas Tree Baubles

Wow, this technique was so fun but time consuming! In the Holiday Style Online Card Class, May Park had an awesome sample of a triangle tree shape stamped with all kinds of small stamps and I thought I’d give it a try.

Turns out I have a LOT of small stamps that worked so well for this technique.

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I decided to round the bottom of my tree and make the sentiment curved to match. I used my GOLD delicata ink for the very first time (thank you, Wendi!) and I love it! See those stars? They are stamped with the gold ink.

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I used the same gold embossing powder on the sentiment and on the right and left edges of the card. So pretty. My husband loves this one! But I don’t think it’s a candidate for mass production. Lol. :)

Have a blessed Christmas!

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Vintage Christmas

This card was definitely out of my comfort zone. I was nervous to use brown distress ink over my stamping. But vintage fancy was the topic of the day at Online Card Classes Holiday Style!

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I used Neenah desert storm for the card base (I have a TON of this, but rarely use it) and I think it complements the vintage look.

After I finished all my stamping and inking I slapped some Versamark clear ink over it all and sprinkled Judikins sparkle embossing powder over it! Then I heat-set it and I think it turned out so fancy! I love that the glitter doesn’t come off on your hands when you use heat embossing.

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Well, Kristina Werner totally inspired me to try this card…something very new for me! What do you think?

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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O Christmas Tree!

So I tried my hand at a clean and simple christmas tree card. I used the Tim Holtz Scribble Trees and I’m ready to try making more. There are so many cute trees in this set!

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I used Evergreen Bough Distress ink to ink up the center of the card. This took me TWO tries! I really messed up the first one. This one turned out better. Laura Bassen warned that it takes a light hand and a lot of passes to really build up the color. I embossed the three trees with Ranger embossing powder.

I was going to add this card to a simple white card base, but it looked just too plain for me. So I jazzed it up with some sparkle tape!

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This card makes me think of picking out a Christmas tree in a tree lot. That’s so fun to do, but we now have an artificial tree and never go to the tree lots anymore. So sad. I think I’ll visit one this year just for fun. Lol.

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Snowflakes!

This card is for the Holiday Online Card Class soft and subtle cards.

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I used distress inks as watercolor (that twisted citron is a new favorite) behind those snowflakes. That snowflake die is from Simon Says Stamp “Eliza” and it’s one of my favorites, too!

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I used some glitter embossing powder on the snowflake and it looks so pretty, don’t you think?

That sentiment is from Mama Elephant. Such a pretty font! I hope you enjoy this card.

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Tis the Season to be Jolly

Well, this card was a bunch of firsts for me. A first with all that masking (thanks to Laura Bassen), and a first using EMBOSSING PASTE!! Wow. I might just be addicted to adding embossing paste. I need to play with this more.

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Isn’t this card fun? I used the gnome from Paper Smooches and some gifts from another Paper Smooches stamp set. The gnome and all those presents had to be masked first before I stamped another one. I thought this gnome was a Santa look-alike.

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See the snow there…that’s the embossing paste. It’s actually Ferro in the color “Pearl” because I don’t actually own any white embossing paste yet. Isn’t that funny? I have some silver and gold to play with and haven’t used those yet, either. Next time.

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Here you can see the shine from the pearl snow! And I added some stickles glitter to those gifts…in both platinum and gun smoke. I love a glittery bow.
You can also see a bit of Wink of Stella added to his beard.

But you want to know the best part? I took this picture at night in my new light studio box!! Yeow…that looks so bright and light! I think I’m going to have fun with this new present (it’s for Christmas, but I was forced to open it early! Lol.)

This is such a fun card class…see you with another card tomorrow!

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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A Very Happy Christmas (with glitter)

One more glitter card because I just could not stop! I love this background die from My Favorite Things, and it’s so fun using glitter paper with that die.

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That word die “Christmas” is embossed with glitter powder on the bottom and watercolored with distress inks on the top.

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This card was easy and a whole lot of fun to put together!

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Merry & Bright

I love glitter paper. Yep. I have a whole drawer just dedicated to glitter paper. So when the Holiday Card Class had a day devoted to shimmer and shine, I brought out the glitter!

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See that red glitter ampersand? It’s my favorite.
I played around with some distress markers for the merry word and bright word. It’s fun to try and blend two different colors. I added some glossy accents for shine. A few sequins and done!

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So. Fun. And merry. (and bright). :)

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Peace on Earth

Well Hello! I’m back with some Christmas cards to share. After a big move, my daughter and her family (including 2 granddaughters) moving in with us, my mother-in-law having a stroke, and my grandmother passing away, I am FINALLY back to posting on my blog. Whew.

A big thank you to Online Holiday Card Class 2015 for inspiring me to get back at it!

My first card is clean and simple:

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It’s hard to see in this picture, but there a little glittery snow in the background. I love this die edge and it’s the first time I’ve used it!

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I was inspired by Julie Ebersole for the snow. I used a glue pad and some Stickles dry glitter over the top. I’m loving this class and so glad I could participate!

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Stretch your Dies (day 5) — Masking Stamped Images

First, stamp your stamp on masking paper. Then air brush (or use distress ink) to color the background. Remove masks, stamp your image….and Voila! This card turned out cute, I think:

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I popped up the sun near the bottom of the card…just for a little fun. :)

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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