Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Joy!

While visiting in California a few years ago, I attended a Stampin' Up cardmaking class given by my sister, who was then a Stampin' Up demonstrator.  She had several Christmas card ideas that we could choose to make.  The one I chose is a case from a card made back in November, 2011 by Loll Thompson for Splitcoast Stampers Sketch #359.

My first decision was to make my card larger than the standard A2 sizing.  My card is 4-3/4" x 5-3/4."  I used the Watercolor Winter stamp set for my pinecones and branches and the Broadstreet Alphabet instead of the stamps that Loll used:  Autumn Days (for the pinecones) and Season of Joy (for the letters).  I changed up from a green glitter paper to Stampin' Up's Red Glimmer, and I used the Postage Stamp punch to make red Glimmer framing squares for my JOY lettering.  My final touch was to add a little twine and a dark brown button embellishments.  I decided that this card would cross the country to my cousin who lives in New Jersey.  I hope she likes my crafty little Christmas card that looks like it was made with her in mind.  Hmm...perhaps that's why I chose it just for her!

Following is the inside design that I made to compliment the outside creation.  I composed the verse on my computer and printed to Whisper White cardstock in a Cherry Cobbler shade of ink.

Recipe:  SU cardstocks:  Early Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Old Olive, Red Glimmer.  SU stamps:  Watercolor Winter (pines/cones), Broadstreet Alphabet, Four Seasons (snowflake).  SU Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Old Olive.  SU punch: Postage Stamp square, 1" Square.  May Arts Hemp twine.  SU Naturals button.  Recollections red rhinestones.  Spellbinders: Scalloped Labels One (inside).  Other: Pinking shears.

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