Sunday, July 16, 2023

Merry Christmas-Coffee And Cards With Celeste And Deb

This month Deb and I decided to do Christmas in July for our theme. I usually send out about 50-60 Christmas cards each year, and July is when I start prepping for that. I was recently gifted a few gently used stamp sets from my buddy Cristina. One of the stamp sets she gave me is the now retired Close To My Heart Snow Friends. The second I saw this set I knew I had to use the adorable little row of snowmen. To create my card I started by layering some gingerbread cardstock from Hobby Lobby onto my white A2 card. I then stamped a white panel with Gina K Designs ocean mist ink using the Recollections Christmas/Noel background stamp. I cut the panel down using a Paper Roses stitched edge rectangle die, and edged the panel with a foam blender and more of the same ink. I adhered that directly to my card panel. I then stamped the row of snowmen onto some white Copic-friendly cardstock, colored them with my alcohol markers, and cut the panel down to a narrow strip. I mounted it onto some crumbcake cardstock from Stampin' UP, and then attached a scalloped border at the bottom using more gingerbread cardstock and a Fiskars scalloped edge punch. I popped that panel up off of my card using 3M foam tape, and finished the card off with some clear Nuvo glitter drops on the snow and the snowflakes for some extra shimmer and shine. I love this adorable little card!
Even though we are celebrating Christmas in July it has been quite hot (rude, one could say) here in the Midwest. So, my coffee choice this month is a Scooter's iced Turtle latte with a double shot of espresso! Now, be sure to head on over to Deb's blog to see what she how she was inspired this month!


Saturday, July 1, 2023

Naughty Or Nice? Send A Smile 4 Kids


This month at Send A Smile 4 Kids we are creating Christmas cards for kids. I recently picked up the Sweet N Sassy Christmas Blocks stamp set on sale and had to use this adorable stamp set for this challenge. I started by stamping the adorable Santa image and sentiment from the stamp set onto some white Copic-friendly cardstock and doing some simple coloring on his hat, beard, and face. I cut the image out using a Spellbinders nesting circle die. I adhered that panel to a scalloped border that I created using a Spellbinders nesting scalloped border die and real red cardstock from Stampin' UP. Then I layered some green cardstock from Hobby Lobby directly onto my white A2 card base. I adhered a piece of striped patterned paper from Doodlebug Design's Home For The Holidays 6x6 paper pad on top. I then cut down a white panel and added a scalloped edge at the top using a Fiskars punch. I layered some more of the green cardstock onto the panel after creating a scalloped border at the bottom. I added more patterned paper from the same Doodlebug Design paper pad on top of the green cardstock, and popped the whole panel up onto the card at an angle. I stamped the other sentiment at the bottom of the panel from the same stamp set, added some white mini brads from my stash to the corners, and adhered the whole panel up off of the card using 3M foam tape. I finished off the card by adhering the Santa panel to the focal panel and adding some fun shimmer and dimension by adding Nuvo glitter drops to the beard, hat, and pom pom. Thank you for visiting my blog today. Be sure to hop over to the Send A Smile 4 Kids blog and see how the other design team members were inspired this month!