Hello there! I think I’ve hit a comment record high with the CASology Blog Hop! Thank you so very much for all of your lovely and kind comments. I’m really humbled. You have until July 31 to finish up commenting. July 31 is also the last day you can sign up to be a member of my Creative Stampers Team with Stampin’ Up! to receive the additional $212 in FREE product; $72 from SU and $150 from me. The Starter Kit is $99 and you’re good to go with 2 pre-order periods of the Holiday Catalog and Occasions 2018. After that, you will be out of your $300 quarter qualifying and look at everything you’ve gained at a significant discount. No obligations or pressure, ever. Please read this BLOG POST for all of the information you need. The blog post looks all about Paper Pumpkin. It’s the graphic links under my signature that you want to click on for the specials and promotions for July. There’s a lot of them going on. I just can’t bring myself to put you, or myself, through a link bomb with every single blog post. I’d personally go nuts. I think I have a Page in my Nav Bar for promotions. If so, then I will put the graphics there too. If not, I’ll make one up.
I have a packed calendar this week of getting out a lot of packages and making my August 2018 Card Kit. It’s your consensus that you would rather have the card stock, ribbon, embellishments, etc., rather than the stamp set addition, which really jacks up the price point as well; so….that’s what my card kits are going to be about from now on. Also remember in any month, if you make a $50 purchase or more from my Stampin’ Up! Online Boutique, you will receive a card kit for free. Craft room purges do not qualify. That’s an entirely different ballgame. The regular card kit price is $35 and I am very generous with my kits. I do know I have a page on that with a video for the July Card Kit.
Let’s get to this Christmas card that I made using At Home With You and Hang Your Stocking. At Home With You is a new bundle and it’s absolutely fabulous. I watercolored the darling wreaths using Stampin’ Write Markers of Real Red for the holly berries and Pear Pizzazz with Old Olive mixed in for the holly leaves. The image was embossed with silver embossing powder. On one wreath, I barely cooked the cardstock for too long in a section, and that kills the raised embossing, dulls the shine, and trashes the “wells” heat embossing creates for you when you watercolor. Of course, I found this out the hard way when I started to watercolor. I will never watercolor an image that small again. I’m too old, blind as a bat, and my eyes had no problem screaming about it either. It was one of those images that you literally hold up tilted under your brightest lamp and dab in the holly leaves with color. I tapped the markers onto a clear block to grab my color from using a damp AquaPainter brush. For the holly berries, I used the fine tip of the marker and held it straight up, pressed down a teeny bit and got the dark Real Red color that I desperately needed to have those berries show up. I did put down the Real Red before the Old Olive/Pear Pizzazz. With this color combination, a full on ink smear would go quickly south on you and it’s a no-save. This was not about to end up in File 13 aka the garbage. Another bundle to use that would work out great is Holly Berry Happiness.
For the holly leaves and berries in the center square panel, that was stamped out with Hang Your Stocking in Real Red and Old Olive, then die-cut with the coordinating Thinlets. The NOEL sentiment was also die-cut out from Hang Your Stocking with Old Olive card stock. There was a line under the die that I had butted up against the Old Olive panel that is adhered to the Real Read card stock base dry embossed using the Holly embossing folder, that looked ugly. After watercoloring, it was time to walk away from this card for a little while to clear my head as I now had to find something to cover up the ugly. The new 3 mm Silver Sequins hit the spot. It enhanced the silver embossing powder and tied them together and the card actually really needed that when I came back to it. I applied a thin line of liquid adhesive, attached the sequins under the NOEL while still on the roll, and placed another clear block over it to set it up to dry. I snipped the ends and done. This is a side-folding A2 card.
I rarely, close to never, straight out emboss the front of a cardstock panel. This card was made for the Clean & Simple Stamping Blog. I designed for them for years. Natasha started her family, closed down the blog for a few years, and just now started it back up. I loved Natasha’s card so much that I used the same colors. The rest is mine and after everything that I went through to make this clean and simple card, I’m pretty happy with it. This will be a one-of-a-kind Christmas card. Oh, the wreaths were popped up with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals and the holly berries and leaves were popped up with Glue Dots.
Heads up, as I was editing the card, I did see where I die-cut the NOEL twice and stacked them – I can never stack straight, sad. This was out of pure necessity. I’ve noticed that if you use an electronic die-cutting machine with Stampin’ Up! intricate Thinlits, the ones with a bunch of holes in them, those holes will show up on your die. If you use the regular hand-cranked Big Shot, no holes.
Thank you so very much for stopping by today to visit me. I hope that you enjoyed this Christmas card. Take care and God bless!