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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Totally Loving Christmas!

I attended a Stampin' Up card extravaganza given by my upline, Liz Thayer, in October.  We made ten different Christmas cards, and the designs were all wonderful.  Some of them, I absolutely loved and re-created several of them for family and friends.  I did take some liberties with the design by adding more background layering to increase the size as I like cards larger than the standard A2 size (4-1/4" x 5-1/2")  that are usually presented at most Stampin' Up events.  Following are the cards that I cased from this event and enlarged with additional background layers, though the remainder of the card remains true to the original designs by Liz Thayer.



On Card #1, I added the bottom Night of Navy cardbase and the next layer of solid Silver foil.  Not only did this increase the size the the card, but I really like the additional framing it provided as a background to the original card.



On Card #2,  the original done at the TLC event used a color scheme of Blushing Bride pink.  I already published my pink version on my blog on December 6, 2014.  In the blog report, I mentioned that I added the two layers of the Smokey Slate cardbase and the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper layer.  The original was done on a white cardbase with no glimmer.  I also made my aqua panel a bit wider and added the Scallop Oval layer under the sentiment.



On Card #3, I added the bottom Cherry Cobbler cardbase and the Diagonal Stripe DSP.  I also decided to center my Baker's twines over my Santa tag instead of typing it to the left of the tag.   I thought the stamp set was darling when I saw it in the Holiday catalog, and after seeing it made up, it did not disappoint!



Card #4 is like the navy Card #1; I simply added two more layers under what was the Very Vanilla cardbase.  My re-creation then had a Blackberry Bliss cardbase topped with a Gold Foil layer and then was finally topped with the card as it originally looked.  I like the added layers as I think it Makes the gold foil JOY and little metallic gold ribbon bow stand out more.  Though this picture doesn't show it well, the Blackberry Bliss top layer is embossed with the Filigree Frame embossing folder from the 2014 Holiday catalog.



To this Card #5, I just added the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper between the Cherry Cobbler cardbase and the Crumb Cake layer.  I did have to cut a new and larger carbase to accommodate the added layer, but the rest of the card is true to Liz's original design.



To Card #6, I added two layers in between the white cardbase and the Soft Sky top pinecone layer:  Lost Lagoon and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer cardstocks.  I also decided to move the vertical Lost Lagoon and 1/8" Silver ribbons and layer them horizontally across the card and under the sentiment banner.  I also decided to use a larger double bow on the left of the sentiment rather than the much smaller single bows on the original card.  In addition, I shortened my sentiment banner to show off the ribbon added underneath and give the double bow a place to sit.


On Card #7, I added patterned paper between the cardbase and the black layer.  I also enlarged the black layer to better accommodate the enlarged Very Vanilla stamped layer.  This allowed most of the entire tree limb of the bird stamp to show rather than quite a bit of the tip to be cut off.  I moved the burlap ribbon a tad to the right and shortened and centered my sentiment fishtail banner.  I like the balance I achieved by doing these small touches.  Once again, the original design had Argyle embossing on the black layer, but it doesn't display well in the picture.  I colored my bird with Blendabilities and some Copics rather than the Stampin' Up markers.



Card #8 was another of my favorite designs presented at the TLC Extravaganza.  Again, I added two layers between the bottom Whisper White cardbase and the very top Real Red layer on which the dotted dsp and the tag rests.  I needed to enlarge my white cardbase because of the increased size to the card with the added layers of Real Red and the Diagonal Striped DSP.  Other than adding those two in-between layers, the card remains true to Liz's original design.

Thanks Liz for the wonderful Totally Lovin' Christmas Extravaganza and the wonderful card designs.  In re-creating my own cards, I totally cased your cards, but added a bit of my own touches.

Recipes:
Card #1 -   Stampin' Up papers:  Cardstocks--Night of Navy, Whisper White;  Vellum--Fancy Foil Vellum-Silver.  DCWV Foil Stack: Silver.  Stampin' Up stamps:  Lovely As A Tree (Annual), Making Spirits Brights (sentiment-2014 Holiday), Holiday Home (stars-2014 Holiday).  Stampin' Up Ink: White Craft, Night of Navy.  Stampin' Up Punch: Modern Labels.  Stampin' Up Ribbon: 5/8” White Satin.  Other: Mini silver brads, Mini Rhinestones.  Size:  5-1/4” x 6-1/4”.

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