Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Copic Christmas Poinsettia

With having recently purchased several Copic markers I've been itching to try and colour the poinsettia image in the SU Joyful Christmas set. So far I've only used that set once; to make my Christmas hamburger treat boxes.

I opted to stamp the image in black, although I also really want to try this with white or silver embossing powder.

I stamped my image 2 times and layers it. The first layer is the full flower. The outer petals are coloured with shading the inner petals are coloured in the darkest red only. On my second image I shaded the smaller petals and then fuzzy cut them and adhered on top of my full image using foam mounting tape cut to size. I then cut out the large image as well and adhered it to my card front with more foam tape.

I'm happy enough with the results but think I can do an even better colouring job if I give this image a few more tries. Guess there will be several poinsettia cards this Christmas.

The flower center is made of 8 small pearls that I coloured yellow using my Copic.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Bazzill, Recollections
Stamp: Joyful Christmas - SU
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
Alcohol markers: Copic: R17, R29, R89, Y 35, Blendabilities by SU: Olive green set
Dies: Apothecary Accents - SU
Embossing folder: Decorative Dots - SU
Misc.: 10 tiny 1/16" pearls, Always Artichoke seam binding ribbon - SU, foam mounting tape

Thanks for stopping by. This concludes my Christmas in July projects. Next up some more punch art fun with the new tree builder punch. Hope to see you again soon!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Christmas in July - in the Meadow we can build a Snowman

Fur me, Christmas time isn't Christmas time without snowy winter weather (although I know this doesn't apply for many other parts of the world), so I can't forget about Mr. Snowman while planning this theme.

My frosty little fellow is so cute with his flower buttons and eyes he just invokes a big smile.
I really utilized the new tree builder punch to create him. I found that it's a very versatile punch with a bit of imagination.

He's the perfect size to hold mints or TicTac, and even a little clear bag of snowman poop inside his belly will work well.

You could also make him one sided (skip the second die piece) and turn him into a cute gift tag or card front.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Recollections, Bazzill
Ink:  Mossy meadow, Tangelo Twist, Early Espresso, Marina Mist - all SU
Die: Curvy Keepsake - SU
Punches: see list noted in instructions below.
Misc.: black marker, white gel pen, rose/red chalk

Full punch art instructions below.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you again soon for a few more Christmas inspired creations.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Christmas in July - Merry and Bright

This fun favour is also made with the long side of the Curvy Keepsake die. It's so fast and easy to put together it lends itself perfectly for party favours or classroom gifts.

Due to the extra height of using the longer side of the die, just like my tree favour, this will fit a gift card. And it's easy to close, just tie a bit of ribbon through the front and back slot. You can also easily add a little gift tag to the tied ribbon, or stamp a sentiment on the front of the bulb.

Two peppermint patties fit very nicely and I nestled a gift card in between to show how neatly it fits inside. Below is a close up of the contents. But don't let that limit you. Any small gift item or sweet treat will work well (TicTacs, mini chocolate bars, packet of gum...)

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Bazzill silver, Recollections red
Ink: Cherry Cobbler - SU
Die: Curvy Keepsake - SU
Punch: Scallop square - SU (scallop edge scissor will work really well too)
Misc.: 5/8" silver ribbon, white gel pen

Instructions below:

Thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you again soon for a few more Christmas inspired creations.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Christmas in July - Oh Christms tree

I've been enjoying using the Curvy Keepsake die to make favours/treats, but as you may have noticed I repeatedly use the shorter "handled" side. Well for the next couple of projects I thought the longer, pointy side would be a better choice.

First up is this sparkly Christmas tree.

 I used the thin slot cut into the die to tie the top of the front and back together with a pretty ribbon. The bow also serves as my tree topper.

An added bonus to using the longer part of the die is it now fits a gift card.

I slid one between two peppermint patties to help it stay in place. This would make a really great stocking-stuffer.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Ink: Mossy Meadow, Chocolate Chip -  SU
Die: Curvy Keepsake - SU
Punch: Tree Builder - SU
Misc.: 5/8" gold organza ribbon, gold sequins, rhinestones and pearls.

Fill instructions below:

Thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you again soon for a few more Christmas inspired creations.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Christmas in July - Hark the Herald Angel sings

When I look back on Christmas time in my childhood my fondest memories are of Advent.
Each Advent Sunday we would sit at the kitchen table, light the candle(s) on our Advent wreath and read a Christmas story followed by a few Christmas carols. Often the night would end with Christmas baking or Christmas crafts.

One of my favourite crafts was making paper angels that we would use for decorating the table and bookcases. Although my little angel is a treat wrapper/favour it can easily serve the purpose of decorating a table or mantle. I could see several angels forming a choir or maybe add some with little instruments.

I opted for a little sparkle and used some of my very old Paper Adventures glitter paper for her dress, but she'd look Just as pretty with regular cardstock, or maybe embossed  (lace pattern) paper.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Paper Adventures, Bazzill
Ink: Blushing Bride, Crushed Curry, Marina Mist - SU, Memento - Tuxedo Black
Stamp: Provo Craft Paper doll faces
Die: Curvy Keepsake
Punches: see full instruction sheet below for a list of punches
Misc.: white gel pen, rose/red chalk, 5/8" gold organza ribbon

Punch art instructions:

Thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you again soon for a few more Christmas inspired creations.
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