Monday, November 17, 2014

Santa Stache with a Simple Sketch

Pin It Now! Love my Santa Stache!  This is a too-cute set that's easy to color and packs a punch.  The coordinating Framelits moustache makes it way cuter!
We have a great, simple sketch at HSS for the next two weeks.  Use it to get started on Christmas cards!  I followed the sketch exactly and I love the results. Clean, bright, and symmetrical.  
A right jolly old elf, eh?  Love the Blendabilities to color him with. This is a great stamp to try them out with. Not much coloring, so what you do really stands out.  I used the Cherry Cobbler set and the skin tone assortment.  
Swing on over to Hand Stamped Sentiments and give this sketch a try!  I can't wait to see what you do!

STAMPS:  Santa Stache
INK:  Memento Black, Blendabilities Cherry Cobbler/Skin Tone assortment, Early Espresso
PAPER:  Trim the Tree DSP stack, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Whisper White
EMBELLISHMENTS:  Cherry Cobbler 1" Sheer Linen Ribbon, Linen Thread, Sequin Assortment
Other:  Ovals cutting tool (Creative Memories), Corner rounding tool (Fiskars)

Monday, November 3, 2014

Clean & Simple Christmas Cheer

Pin It Now! I've decided to use a clean and simple card for mailing at Christmas this year.

What I haven't decided is which card to use!  The next few posts will feature my mailable, CAS Christmas card series.  The DSP will provide most of the embellishment, and the sentiment will be clear and bold!

Here's one featuring Nordic Noel DSP, Cheerful Christmas stamp set, and a couple of embellishments.
The color pallette is from our latest challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments!  Love these holiday season colors!
I substituted the Garden Green for the dark shade of Old Olive Blendabilities. These markers work great for so many techniques!  This time I used one to color the pine boughs that were heat embossed with white.
Inside, Christmas merriness!
I think the rounded corners add a little more interest to my mailable card.  The little strip of black and white, too.  I have learned this cool look from one of our 2014-2015 Artisans, Teneale Williams.  She is a master of graphic design!
Have a blessed and creative day!  ~ erika

STAMPS:  Cheerful Christmas, More Merry Messages
INK:  White Stampin' Emboss, Basic Black, Real Red, Blendabilities Old Olive
PAPER:  Nordic Noel DSP, Typeset Specialty DSP, Whisper White, Real Red,  Basic Black
EMBELLISHMENTS:  Frosted Sequins, Basic Rhinestones
OTHER:  Corner rounding punch (Fiskars)

Nordic Noel Dazzles With No Embellishments!

Pin It Now! A mailable, barely lumpy Christmas card for you today!

I'm working on my Christmas cards to mail out in just a few weeks.  Already! Wow!

This one lets the DSP do most of the talkin', and a little glimmer paper to make it pop.
There's a challenge at Christmas Card Challenges to create a card with NO embellishments, and this one made me joyful!  When it came time to stick something extra on it, I said NOPE!  We are done.  How liberating! Thanks, CCC!
Do you dare to make a card with no ribbon?  Rhinestones?  Buttons? Sequins??? I dare you to try!
Have a blessed and creative day!  ~ Erika

STAMPS:  Heart of Christmas (retired), More Merry Messages
INK:  White Stampin Emboss, Basic Black, Real Red
PAPER:  Nordic Noel DSP, Typeset Specialty, Basic Black, Red Glimmer Paper, Whisper White