Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Christmas Stamp-a-Stack

First let me aplologize for not being a more faithful blogger. My intentions were good and I just found that I wasn't making the time for it. So here goes again. Probably not the best timing now that it is December - what the heck.

It is the first snowfall of the year today - if you don't count the crazy 21 inches we got in October. So here I sit - at 6:52 STILL sitting in traffic on my way home from work. I can only hope that the snowy commute will be better in the new house. So I am blogging on my blackberry - don't you just love technology?

Well tomorrow is my first stamp-a-stack and it is for Christmas. Of course - that is the most fun holiday to make and send cards for. And it my most favorite holiday. We are making 4 cards of each of 4 designs. 16 is a great start to anyone's list of Christmas card list right? It will be a small turnout for my first stamp-a-stack but that's okay.

The first card is using my favorite color - pink. I know that may come as a surprise to some. :). Just wait until you see my new crafting room in the new house. I LOVE to emboss (thanks Lyns)!! The base of the card is in Basic Gray which I think looks great with the pinks!

Card Recipe:
Stamp Set: Christmas Chatter Wheel
Ink: VersaMark
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Gray, Purely Pomegranate (retired), Pink Pirouette
Accessories: Dimensionals, Pink Pirouette Ribbon, Silver Embossing Powder
Tools: Embossing

The next one is using the Big on Christmas set which is a great and versatile set! Check out the other sentiments for great Christmas cards - this is a must have set!

Card Recipe:
Stamp Set: Big on Christmas
Ink: Basic Black, Old Olive marker, Real Red marker
Cardstock: Whisper White, Old Olive, Real Red, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Dimensionals, Old Olive Ribbon, Silver Brad, Silver Eyelet, Photo corner punch, Ski Slope Designer Paper

The third card uses the super duper cute reindeer from the Winter Post set that can be found in the holiday mini. I think this set is wonderful and classic, and I just can't get enough of the reindeer. The snowflake that is stamped in VersaMark is also from the same set, and I think is my favorite snowflake! The Designer paper is again from the Ski Slope pack, topped off with Real Red Ribbon. The sentiment on the bottom is from the Hostess set, Best Yet. A little paper piercing (how therapeutic!!) and sponging (one of my favorite techniques) and you have a great card!

Card Recipe:
Stamp Set: Best Yet (Hostess), Winter Post (Holiday mini)
Ink: VersaMark, Chocolate Chip
Cardstock: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Dimensionals, Real Red Ribbon, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Punch
Tools: Sponging

And lastly, but certainly not least - this is my favorite one to make! Take an entire piece of the Whisper White cardstock and stamp your snowflakes on it - go crazy! Then cut the paper into the size you need for the front of your card - makes it seem more 'random' that way. Then a piece of vellum cut to the same size goes over the top of the stamped cardstock to mute the colors a bit. Secure with the brads and ribbon at top - easy peasy!!

Card Recipe:
Stamp Set: Best Yet (hostess), Snow Burst
Ink: Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Basic Black
Cardstock: Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, Vellum
Accessories: Baja Breeze Ribbon, Silver Brad

So - there ya have it. If you are wondering if I am still in my car typing this on my blackberry - breathe a sigh of relief! I typed up everything for the first 2 cards, then came home, uploaded the pictures, and finished the post. It was 7:30 by the time I got to Wal-Mart, though. A ridiculous amount of time, if you ask me! I'm off to bed. Thanks for coming by!