Well so much for coming back "soon" huh! I should just stop saying that. Sigh... Isn't this just a crazy time of year for everyone though? It sneaked up on me this year - I haven't made my own Christmas cards yet, all the ones I've made are either as sample designs for teaching or to give away, nothing I can use to send myself!
Anyway, I thought I would be nice and share with you some photos of the cards and tags that were in the Stationery set I showed you earlier. I used lots of different stamps to make these items, I wanted to showcase a number of images but still tie them in together by using the same colours throughout. So here's the first pic:
The card on the left was inspired by a smaller one that my wonderful friend and team-mate, Pauline, shared with me. She had a fabulous idea for using some of the larger patterns in the Dashing Designer Series paper pack, which I was staring at and wondering what on earth I was going to do with them! Her original card was a square one using the same paper and a snowflake stamped in one section as I've done. I needed to make mine a standard size, so I simply used a "Merry Christmas" image from the Party Punch hostess set, punched it out with my Designer label punch (super quick, no cutting required!) and layered it over some of the beautitul wide red grosgrain ribbon. Easy!
The card on the right was also quick and easy to make. Inspired by a swap card made by one of my team, Tracee, it uses the masking technique where I sponged an oval shape onto the card front using Old Olive ink, then stamped the tree from Lovely As a Tree over the top, and added a greeting from Many Merry Messages. Thanks so much to Pauline and Tracee for giving me the inspiration I needed, to make these late at night!
The stationery set also held four "love notes"sized cards - these are 3 x 3 inches in size. Just perfect for attaching to a Christmas gift. The one on the left uses the masking technique to sponge a circle and then I used a snowflake from Short & Sweet to stamp on it and the "string" from Hung Up On the Holidays to turn it into a bauble. I added three gold brads for a bit of bling, and inked up just one of the sayings in the So Many Sayings hostess set using a Real Red marker pen on River Rock cardstock, punched that out with the word window punch and adhered that to the card. Phew - for a little card I suppose there was quite a lot to that one! Thanks to Diane Barnes for the inspiration - she had used the masking & sponging technique to make a bauble and that's where the idea stemmed from. The card on the right was a very simple one - using my favourite Christmas set, Seasons of Joy (only available for one more week!) to stamp the tree and saying on this card.
Last but not least, there were 4 Christmas tags in the stationery box. These were all made using the Tags for All stamp set and strips of Dashing DSP, and had a little red gingham ribbon added. The Tags for All set is also only available until the end of November - I will be very sad to see it go. I'm going to keep my set forever though - it's so useful for making Christmas tags, I won't ever have to use a store-bought one again!
Hope these have given you a little inspiration. If you would like to order any of the stamp sets you've seen used here, or anything else in the Spring Mini catalogue or main catalogue, just e-mail me (click here). I offer gift vouchers all year round too, so if you're in New Zealand, tell your friends and family to let me know how I can help with your own wish list and save them the hassle of fighting the crowds at the mall this season!
Thanks for dropping by!