I can hardly believe I am finally able to post here. It has been forever due to moving, getting settled, and then a huge power struggle with WordPress whichI think I won.
I also became a Stampin’Up demonstrator, which has been lots of fun. As a demonstrator I am able to preorder products from the holiday catalogue so I have been playing with the stuff I got.
The cards I will show you today are all from the Quilted Christmas Suite. What is in the suite, you ask? Here goes! Stamps, dies, ribbon, felt embellishments, an embossing folder, and Designer Series Paper. Awesome.
I always like it when I can get more than one season out of a set that I purchase. The stamp and dies for this suite will easily go into spring, summer and fall by just changing ink colors and papers. I like that a lot.
For the card above I used the star die and cut it out of Whisper White card stock, then cut the whole thing out again from 2 of the DSP sheets and a sheet of Lemon Lime card. It was easy to inlay the colored pieces inside the white frame, and your end up with enough pieces of the DSP to make another card as well.
For this next card I used the stamps set. I stamped the stitched star outline on to Whisper White card and then used the striped and dotted quilt pieces to fill the star in. I cut the outline and the block out of one of the green DSP sheets and glued it over the top of the stamped panel. At the bottom of the card I used the tiny blanket stitch stamp that come with the set (be very careful- the blanket stitch and the cross stitch stamps are could easily go missing due to their size).
I don’t know what happened to the color on this picture but I am still including it because it showcases a second design in the stamp and die set. I used Pool Party card for this one as it is one of the colors that coordinates with the DSP. This flower shape is one of those that has two parts. The first piece just cuts out the inside design. This is how the 3 flowers on the side were cut. By adding the die that cuts the outside edge I got the flower that is shown on the top right-hand corner.
As I wasn’t thinking this card through from start to finish I ended up having to do some work-arounds to keep it from ending in the trash. First I die cut the three flowers and then used lots of dimensional to pop it up from the DSP I placed underneath. I stamped the sentiment knowing that I would be using the embossing folder afterward. So far, so good, or so I thought. It became very clear that there was a problem when I tried to put the card into the embossing folder. I was intending to emboss the entire front of the card but because of the dimension of the left-hand side of the panel the folder would only go so far before it got hung up on the thickness . After giving myself the stern “you should have thought this through more carefully” speech I decided to roll with it and made a choice to just emboss a portion of the right-hand side of the card. That kind of worked but the embossing looked like it was just floating in space. After I added a scored line right next to the embossing I was happier with it.
Besides the star and the flower stamps and dies there are triangle stamps and dies as well in the set. The triangle is made the same as the flowers in that there are 2 pieces to it. The inside piece doesn’t cut a triangle out but does cut what looks like a stitching line around the edge. The outside piece is the one what cuts the triangle out. The DSP has 4 sheets of paper that have rows of triangles in different patterns and colors which are the same size as the outside die. For a fun Christmas tree all you have to do is choose your favorite triangle, die cut it, add a stamped tree base and you are set (thanks to Mary Fish for this idea).
I used the stitched outline triangle and the patchwork stamps for the trees on this card and then cut them out with the outside die. Cuteness. You will notice that I used the embossing folder on both the Lemon Lime Twist card front and the Blushing Bride banner. I use the embossed side for the green and the debossed side for the pink. Just remember to stamp your sentiment on the banner before doing the embossing.
Getting excited? The holiday catalogue will come out in September, so you are almost there.