Friday, August 26, 2016

Sweet Sugarplum Christmas

Today is Heart's Delight Cards 8th blogaversary! I can't believe it's been eight years since starting this adventure. 'Time sure flies when you're having fun' couldn't be more true! I started blogging mainly so I could show my long-distance BFF (who I blame, er, credit for my obsession) what I was making. It still tickles me silly that other people actually take time out of their day to visit here. Thank you, whoever and wherever you are!

Continuing my love for non-traditional Christmas colors, this sweet card uses Sweet Sugarplum and coordinating colors. That ruched ribbon didn't come that way - you can do it yourself by pulling up a thread on each side of the ribbon. It works really well with the ribbons in the Glitter Ribbon Combo Pack. Easy peasy!

Here's the "How To"
 Reindeer: Whisper White Thick 2" x 3"
 DSP background: Fruit Stand 3-3/4" x 5"
 Mat behind DSP: Whisper White 4" x 5-1/4"
 Card base: Sweet Sugarplum 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored and folded at 4-1/4"
  1. Stamp medallion in Sweet Sugarplum on DSP. Pull up threads to gather ribbon and adhere to DSP, wrapping ends to back.
  2. Attach DSP to white mat, and then to card base.
  3. Stamp reindeer in Rich Razzleberry on Whisper White Thick and die-cut using reindeer from Santa's Sleigh Framelits. Attach to card with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  4. Stamp greeting from Greetings From Santa in Rich Razzleberry below ribbon.
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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thoughtful Branches Thanks

There are only seven more days (counting today) that the Thoughtful Branches stamp set and Beautiful Branches Thinlits will be available. I am so loving this set!!! This card is going out to one of the new stamping friends I recently made, here in Tennessee. Turns out, people like to stamp and be creative here, too! (Just kidding - I knew that would be the case, lol.)

Smiley from Millan.Net

I believe everybody is born with creativity already inside them. For some people it flows out naturally, others need to be shown how to tap into it. But EVERYBODY has it! People who say, "Oh, I'm just not creative" make me a little sad. They are creating all day, and just don't know it! They created the outfit they put on in the morning, and the meal they prepared that night. That's artistry too, and they don't realize it!

I used the baby wipe "ink pad" technique for the leaves. The rock n roll technique was tried first, but I didn't like the hard edge between the colors. If you haven't done the baby wipe technique, it's really simple. Fold up a baby wipe, placed several drops of ink refill randomly on the wipe (Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, and Crushed Curry used here), and use it as an ink pad! Just be sure to put the wipe on something to protect your work surface.

The Copper Foil is sooooo gorgeous, and sooooo hard to photograph! Here's a shot with it turned more toward the light source.

Here's the "How To"
 Leaves: scraps of Whisper White
 Tree: Copper Foil Sheet 3-1/2" x 3-1/2"
 Embossed background: Whisper White Thick 4-1/8" x 5-3/8"
 Card base: Pumpkin Pie 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored and folded at 4-1/4"
  1. Stamps leaves and cut with coordinating die from Beautiful Branches Thinlits dies.
  2. Cut tree from Copper Foil. Note: I keep a new cutting pad just for use as the top pad when die cutting any foil. That way the scars from an old pad aren't impressed into the foil. Learned that one the hard way, lol.
  3. Stamp greeting on lower right of Whisper White Thick cardstock having bottom of greeting approximately 1-1/4" from bottom of cardstock, then emboss with Woodland embossing folder.
  4. Using Tear & Tape adhesive, adhere burlap ribbon to bottom edge; trim ends even with background. Adhere both to card base.
  5. Attach tree toward left of card, using Fine-Tip Glue Pen. Attach leaves to burlap ribbon using Glue Dots.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Thanks, Again

Yet another thank you card sent out this week......I really do have the most amazing, wonderful, supportive stamping friends, and I never would have met any of them if I hadn't joined Stampin' Up! It's really something, when you think about it. Many of these people I consider as close as family! They are all funny, kind, creative women, who share a love of stamping - whether it's card making, scrap-booking, or just paper crafts in general. I feel truly blessed!

I'm sure this hasn't been delivered yet, so I'm not saying who it is for. But when she gets it, I hope she realizes what a blessing she is to me!

I finally cut into my Fruit Stand DSP pack. This particular sheet, so bright and cheerful with the flowers and strawberries, is what sold me on it in the first place. And *gasp* I'm not hoarding it!!! So if you receive a card from me with some of this DSP on it, please know that I think you are pretty special!

Here's the "How To"
 Greeting: Whisper White 3-1/2" x 3-1/2"
 Scalloped mat: Watermelon Wonder 3-1/2" x 3-1/2"
 DSP: Fruit Stand 1-3/4" x 5-1/8" and 3-7/8" x 5-1/8"
 Glimmer mat: Blushing Bride 2" x 5-1/8"
 Background mat: Watermelon Wonder 4" x 5-1/4"
 Card base: Whisper White 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored and folded at 4-1/4"
  1. Stamp greeting (centered) on Whisper White square and cut with largest circle in Layering Circles Framelits. Color words with Flirty Flamingo marker.
  2. Cut Watermelon Wonder square with largest scalloped circle from Layering Circles Framelits. Adhere greeting to scalloped circle.
  3. Adhere DSP strip to glimmer paper, then both to the larger DSP background. Adhere to Watermelon Wonder mat on back of DSP, and then to card base. (NOTE: When attaching something to the glittery side of Glimmer Paper, use a strong adhesive, such as Tear & Tape, Fast Fuse, or sticky tape. You can even use Glue Dots. It will hold much better!)
  4. Attach greeting with Stampin' Dimensionals. Stamp smaller greeting at lower right, if desired.
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