Friday, December 15, 2017

December A Year of Card Techniques Stamp Your Background Blog Hop

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Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas. This month we’re going to stamp our own background for a unique customized look.  Hopefully, we’ll inspire you to try one yourself.  If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:
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We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today. 
 Since this is our last A Year Of Card Techniques hop and the holiday season is just around the corner,
we are going to give you some extra time to hop!  The winner will be announced on
 Saturday, December 30, 2017 on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to check her blog on Sunday.
 The winner will have until January 6, 2018 to claim their prize.  If you would like to be notified
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You should have arrived here from Wilma- 
 If you're visiting here first, you might want to start at the beginning so you don't miss a thing and increase your chances of
winning by commenting on each blog.
I followed a tutorial on YouTube-Stamping A Background to make my card.
I used a small Post-It note where the sentiment is as my masking square. 
The gingerbread stamps- clothes and decorations- are Recollections Christmas Noel and the gingerbread
die at the bottom also came with it. I use Recollections kraft paper to cut it using
my Cricut. I used Recollections Christmas Noel paper to cut the dress- another die- that came
with the stamp set. I used a black Sharpie to draw the face and bends in arms/legs of the
gingerbread doll. I used VersaColor Ultimate Pigment Ink 301 Noel on all the stamps except the jumpsuit and the sentiment. 
I used Stampin' Up! Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad on the jumpsuit and VersaFine Onyx Black Pigment Ink on the sentiment.
The sentiment is from a Christmas stamp set from my stash- I was given the stamp set without the original packaging.
I used a green Sharpie to draw a box around the sentiment.
Now you’re off to visit with Jodie- .
Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost:

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christmas Tree Waterfall Card

 I made this card from a pin/tutorial I found on Pinterest- My Crafts. The card base on mine is 4 in x 5.5 in whereas the card base used in the tutorial is 4.25 in x 5.5 in so my measurements are off a little. I used Heartfelt Creations Festive Holly Collection paper for the background paper, the green triangles to make the Christmas tree are from Recollections Christmas Noel Chalk Holiday 8.5 in x 11 in paper, the cream/tan paper is from Recollections Strawberry Cream 8.5 in x 11 in paper, and the bling is from my stash.
 The tree turns upside down when the pull/bottom piece is pulled to reveal the waterfall effect. The Jingle all the way sentiment stamp is from Hero Arts Christmas Clear Stamp set and stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black Pigment ink.
I used a circle die to punch out a circle on my card base with my Cricut since I don't have the old fashion ornament die like was used in the tutorial. The circle shows the back side of the patterned paper on the front of the card and I decided to stamp Merry Christmas in the middle with VersaFine ink again. This stamp is also from the Hero Arts Christmas set. I plan on mailing this out to one of my friends soon. I may add some ribbon or twine to the pull piece before I mail it. I still have to make about 5 cards before I'm done with all my cards! I still have a few gifts to buy and then wrap them all as well. Have a Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Growing In Unity Blog Hop

If you're looking for The North Pole Blog hop, CLICK HERE.

Welcome to the Growing In Unity Blog Hop! You should have arrived from MariLynn's blog-, but if not please start with Denise-
 Now for my card. I used Reason for the Season stamp set. The card base is Recollections Value Pack 4 in x 5.5 in. The paper is from Craft Smith Olde Time Christmas 6 in x 6 in paper pad. I colored in each nativity character and gifts from the wise men with various colored pencils. I'll add a note to the inside and mail it soon. I still have a few more Christmas cards to make. I'm trying to make them different this year so it's taking me longer. Have a Merry Christmas! Maria will chose 2 winners and post them on Growing in Unity Facebook page. If you're not a member of the group, I'll let you know if you won. TFL!

Here's the line-up if you get lost:

Friday, December 8, 2017

North Pole Blog Hop

Welcome to

The North Pole
Blog Hop
To the North Pole I'd like to go,
Over fields of ice and snow;
To see Santa dear,
Mrs. Claus and the elves would be
Waiting there for you and me;
Where they make the toys so busily!
Connie Can Crop ( is the beginning of this hop! You should have arrived from SANDY- If you need to start at the beginning head over to (CONNIE
This is a one day blog hop, but you have until Sunday to finish hopping and leaving your love for all of these talented elves.
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What do you need to do to win? Easy... become a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.
You will have until 10 pm Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments.
Winners will be announced on Wednesday 12/13/17 at Connie Can Crop.
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!
In his wonderful reindeer sleigh,
Santa would whisk us all away;
Flying merrily,
Non stop to the NORTH POLE!!
I made a double easel card. I used a YouTube tutorial from Double Easel Cards. All of my card except for the ink is from the Recollections Christmas Noel line. I used VersaColor Ultimate Pigment Ink 301 Noel- red, gold, and green- on the sweater of the Daddy of the Gingerbread family and the sentiment. The sentiment is from Hero Arts Christmas Clear Stamp set. The gingerbread family is cut from Recollections Kraft cardstock and the die came with the set. I cut the gingerbread family and the dress on the Mom using my Cuttlebug. I also used Stampin' Up Classic Stampin' Pad Old Olive water based die ink on the jumpsuit on the top left Boy gingerbread. I added the stickers- also Recollections Christmas Noel- to hold the bottom easel card open. I drew the faces and bends in the arms/legs on the gingerbread family with GellyRoll Metallic Silver pen. It closes up to fit inside an A2 envelope. I'll write my note on the green paper that can be seen when lifting the top easel card up. I wanted to use another stamp set on a double easel card, but this set that I used was more fitting for this hop. Please come back Sunday to hop along with me in a Growing In Unity hop. It will be me and a few other GIU girls from October and November.

Next head on over to Santa's workshop to visit with (SUE- I'm sure she has something awesome to share!

Here's our line up in case you get lost along the way.
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