Star-Spangled Christmas Card for DD#84

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Good morning! What is on your agenda for the day? I still have some decorations to put up, ha!, and I haven’t even started addressing Christmas cards. They’re all made — 88 of them — but the letter isn’t written, and the labels aren’t printed, and my hand hasn’t started cramping from all the signing. Meanwhile, we got snowed in at my MIL’s last night, because we had about 3 inches of snow in a 2-hour period and didn’t want to drive home at night in Christmas traffic in fresh snow.

This week’s challenge at Dynamic Duos is a Black Tie event — use Basic Black and Cherry Cobbler, with the dessert *option* of sparkle. Well, you know if I have an option of sparkle, I’m taking the option! I love glitter and shiny, in case that isn’t clear.

Dynamic Duos #84 - DD#84 - Stampin' Up! Simply Stars and More Merry Messages - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

My card base is Basic Black. I embossed the Cherry Cobbler panel with the Perfect Polka Dots folder, then punched the stars out using the Merry Minis punch pack.

For the shiny background strip, I just punched a bunch of circles out of Silver Glimmer Paper using the 3/4″, 1/2″, and 1″ Circle punches and glued them to the background using Tombow Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue. Then I stamped a ton of stars from the Simply Stars stamp set in Cherry Cobbler ink on Whisper White cardstock. I stamped some of the stars before I re-inked my pad and some after re-inking. I also sponged around the edges of each star for extra depth, and I liked the effect of that. Unfortunately, we don’t have coordinating star punches or framelits, so these are all fussy-cut. Yeah, it took a while, but it was worth it.

My sentiment is from More Merry Messages, stamped in Jet Black StazOn then cut out with a Bitty Banners framelit. I layered that on a banner of Season of Style paper, which I cut out using one of the accessory thinlits that come with the Circle Card thinlits dies.

I added a few sequins and  couple of rhinestones to finish off the card.

Head on over to the Dynamic Duos blog to see the rest of the design team’s fabulous samples. I think everyone did a fantastic job this week! And we’d love to see what you make, so please play along!

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The Dynamic Duos Challenge Blog
Anne Marie Hile
Annette Elliott
Angel Johns
Caroline Bredeson
Cindy Brumbaugh
Holly Endress
JoAnn Burnham
Julie Gearinger
Michelle Bala
Sarah Fleming
Tenia Nelson

You can find all the supplies (except the sequins) to make the card in my online Stampin’ Up! store.

Supplies:
Paper: Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, and Whisper White cardstock; Season of Style designer series paper stack; Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Jet Black StazOn
Stamps: Simply Stars, More Merry Messages
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, 1″ Circle punch, 3/4″ Circle punch, 1/2″ Circle punch, Merry Minis punch pack, Circle Card thinlits, Bitty Banners framelits, Stampin’ Trimmer, Paper Snips
Embellishments/Adhesives: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Tombow Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue

Winter is Coming

Winter is Coming - Dynamic Duos #78 - Stampin' Up! Lovely as a Tree and Christmas Tagables photopolymer set - Festive Flurry framelits - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

I don’t watch or read Game of Thrones, but I’m a geek with a geek husband, so I thought the title was appropriate. :)

Dynamic Duos #78

This week at Dynamic Duos, we have a pair of subtle colors. Anyone else have a hard time using more muted colors? They are not my strength! And that’s why it’s called a “challenge”!

I actually started with the non-Artichoke, non-Crumb Cake embossed tree. I didn’t mean to start with the metallics, but I had just finished a Christmas cards and tags class where we had embossed this tree in Gold, and I reeeeeally wanted to use it.

My sentiment (stamped in Always Artichoke) is from the Christmas Tagables photopolymer set that came out last month to accompany the Pop ‘n’ Place easy gift tags. I love so many of the stamps in this set, and it coordinates with so many punches and framelits, so I’ve been using it a lot. I cropped the sentiment with the 7/8″ Scalloped Circle punch, then added a Vintage Trinket and popped it up on a 1″ Circle of Always Artichoke paper from the Regals DSP stack.

That wonderful birch paper is from the Thanksgiving Tablescapes kit, and I can’t get enough of it. One thing about that paper, though — it has so much texture that it’s hard to actually adhere using something like a tape runner, so I’d recommend using the Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue or maybe Crystal Effects. I haven’t tried either on it, but I know that my little strip is trying to come off my card already, so I’ll need to figure it out before I can mail it! Have you used it? What adhesive did you use?

That beautiful snowflake is cut from Champagne Glimmer Paper using two of the framelits from the Festive Flurry set. My final touch is a Very Vintage Button accented with Linen Thread.

I hope you like my card. Head on over to Dynamic Duos and the other design team blogs to see the fun, festive, and beautiful cards the other designers have come up with. And please play along — I can’t wait to see your designs! Thanks for stopping by, and have a great Saturday!

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The Dynamic Duos Challenge Blog
Anne Marie Hile
Annette Elliott
Angel Johns
Caroline Bredeson
Cindy Brumbaugh
Holly Endress
JoAnn Burnham
Julie Gearinger
Michelle Bala
Sarah Fleming
Tenia Nelson

Supplies used:
Paper: Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, and Whisper White cardstock; Champagne Glimmer Paper
Ink: Versamark, Always Artichoke
Stamps: Christmas Tagables, Lovely as a Tree
Tools/Accessories: Festive Flurry framelits, 7/8″ Circle punch, 1″ Circle punch, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Trimmer, Thanksgiving Tablescapes Simply Created Kit
Embellishments/Adhesives: Vintage Trinkets, Very Vintage Buttons, Linen Thread, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Stampin' Up! Lovely as a Tree

Stampin' Up! Christmas Tagables

Lovely Romance failure and an Amazing card

Amazing Lovely Romance

I’m currently reading the Jon Acuff book Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters. It’s the punching fear in the face that I am having the most trouble with, but I’m going to give it a shot right now. I’m going to show you one of my failures.

It all started when I saw the preview of the new annual catalog. (I should stop calling it new since it’s already been out for a couple months, but I had a baby mid-May, and the catalog came out June 1st, then we were in Texas, then SLC for Convention… so it’s still new to me, since I didn’t get to start using the new stuff in earnest until about two weeks ago, and whoa, this is a long parenthetical. As my daughter says, “Okay, I will stop doing that.”) I saw the Lovely Romance stamp set and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and make the thing that one of the stamps is obviously meant for.

Cinderella’s pumpkin coach. I saw this stamp and flipped back and forth through the catalog several times wondering why there was no example of Cinderella’s carriage using this stamp. Probably copyrights.

So I tried it this weekend, convinced that what was in my head would come out on paper, and it would be the most amazing thing of all things in the history of everything.

Cinderella Draft 1

It wasn’t.

Grr.

I got really excited when I saw that the wheels from the bike in Cycle Celebration were the perfect size for the carriage. What I forgot to account for was my lack of skills in making my vision materialize in front of me. Do you like my lopsided hand-drawn thingies that connect the sitting area of the coach to the wheels? Haha, it is too early for me to google what things are called.

Anyway, I’m calling this draft #1. After flitting around the interwebs for a while this weekend, I know the main problem is that my carriage has only two wheels. So draft #2 will have four wheels. I will keep you updated on my progress. See, I have a daughter with a princess name (Buttercup), and while the original Buttercup’s not a Disney princess, she’s one of the most awesome princesses ever. So my Buttercup’s scrapbook must have lots of princessy things. Plus I’m holding out hope that Disney will buy The Princess Bride so someone will someday make the Buttercup wedding dress (hey, they bought Leia, so it’s not that far-fetched), and I can insist like a good mother that Buttercup wear that dress from the Disney gift shop because I said so.

I played along with the Pals Paper Arts color challenge for both cards (I made the almost-carriage card first), since I clearly cannot enter my almost-carriage card in a challenge.

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Amazing Lovely Romance card detail

Okay, back to the Amazing card. Mmm, look at that Ruffle Stretch Trim ribbon. I finally got this last week, and oh, it’s wonderful. And the pearls — my favorite thing about the rhinestones and pearls is that they both come with individual jewels as well as long strips. So I didn’t have to individually place all of those pearls, since that would never have happened. I just used the strips, curved them into place, and DONE. I love it when a card element is really easy and looks really hard.

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Stampin’ Up! supplies used:

Amazing Card:
Paper: Crisp Cantaloupe, Very Vanilla, Coastal Cabana, and Pistachio Pudding cardstock; Venetian Romance designer series paper
Ink: Coastal Cabana and Pistachio Pudding
Stamps: Lovely Romance
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Chalk Talk framelits, Deco Labels Collection framelits, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Pistachio Pudding Ruffle Stretch Trim ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Tombow Multi glue

Almost-Carriage Card:
Paper: Coastal Cabana, Very Vanilla, and Pistachio Pudding cardstock; Venetian Romance designer series paper
Ink: Coastal Cabana and Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana Stampin’ Write marker
Stamps: Lovely Romance, A Dozen Thoughts, Cycle Celebration
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Ovals Collection framelits, Artisan Label punch, 1″ Circle punch, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: In Color Boutique Details, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Neutrals Candy Dots, Pistachio Pudding Ruffle Stretch Trim ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots

You can find all of these products in my Stampin’ Up! store!