Monday, November 24, 2008

Two Holiday Cards ...and a SALE!

Hi everyone! How are you this fine Monday morning??

I have something exciting to share.... Michelle Rodgers is having an awesome holiday sale at Stamper's Dream. Now through November 30th ALL holiday stamps are 15% off. All you have to do is enter coupon code HOLIDAYS on the checkout page!! How cool is that?!!

I have two cards to show you today. The first one is the Impression Obsession Ornament Chickadee stamp. This one is going to one of my fellow stamping pals...someone who is evidently BIG TIME into birds and always leaves me such sweet comments when I use this stamp. I hope she likes it. :)

The card base was embossed with my snowflakes cuttlebug folder. The chickadee was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copic markers (see recipe for numbers). I stamped a second image on the Fancy Pants Happy Holidays DP (basically just the side of the image with the ornament), cut out the ornament, and paper pieced it over the image. The edges of the main image were sponged with Pumpkin Pie ink. The gold metallic string (love this stuff!) and black velvet ribbon were glued down with sticky strip, and the velvet ribbon wraps all the way around the card. The sentiment was stamped onto white CS, cut with a circle Nestabilities die, sponged with Pumpkin Pie ink and then matted against a black scallop circle Nestabilities die. I punched four snowflakes using my Martha Stewart snowflake punch in the Fancy Pants DP, glued them to the back of the black scallop circle, and then glued down the whole layered sentiment with dimensionals. The layout is Beate's Weekend Sketch #67, and the inside of the card follows basically the same layout.

RECIPE (chickadee card) ~
Stamps: Impression Obsession Ornament Chickadee, SU Circle of Friendship (sentiment)
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, PTI Select White, Fancy Pants Happy Holidays DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics: 0 Colorless Blender, C1 Cool Gray, C5 Cool Gray, E02 Fruit Pink, E33 Sand, E51 Milky White, E57 Light Walnut
Accessories: Gold Metallic String, Black Velvet Ribbon, Circle and Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Dimensionals, Snowflake Embossing Folder
Technique: Dry Embossing, Sponging



The second card is the Artful Stamper Cat Nap stamp. I just wanted to make another Christmas card with this adorable image. Love that cat's sweet face. My grandmom has an orange cat so I think this one will go to her this year.

I started with an 8" x 8" piece of Riding Hood Red CS and folded it in half. This size fits nicely into a regular #10 envelope. The Cat Nap image was stamped in Versafine Black Onyx and watercolored with a damp watercolor brush and inkpads/reinkers. The bell was colored with Golden Opal Twinkling H20's. The edges were sponged with Pumpkin Pie ink, mounted against Basic Black, and popped up on thick foam tape from Taylored Expressions. The red rhinestones were all glued down with a small dot of Crystal Effects.

RECIPE (cat nap card)~
Stamps: Artful Stamper Cat Nap, SU Snow Swirled (sentiments)
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, PTI Select White, Fancy Pants Happy Holidays DP
Ink: Versafine Black Onyx, Pumpkin Pie, Riding Hood Red, Old Olive, Creamy Caramel, Pretty in Pink, Basic Black
Accessories: Red Rhinestones, Crystal Effects, Riding Hood Red Ribbon, Golden Opal Twinkling H20's, Thick Foam Tape
Technique: Watercoloring

Have an awesome day, and don't forget to check out the sale!

26 comments:

Michelle said...

OH MY GOSH! Girl, you have been stamping your little heart out, haven't you?

Both cards are breathtakingly beautiful! I love what you've done with the Ornament Chickadee and that fabulous Fancy Pants paper.

And the Cat Nap image is so gorgeous the way you colored and embellished. Honestly, the inside is just as beautiful as the outside.

Thanks so, so much my dear friend! You TOTALLY ROCK! :-)

Tricia said...

Love the tip about the 8x8 cardstock!!! Thanks!

Gabriela said...

Boy do I love your work! Both cards are mesmerizing!

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Alexandra said...

WOW!!!! Absolutely beautiful cards!! I love the papers and the coloring is amazing - that little cat is so cute, and the embellies are PERFECT Denise - two fabulous cards! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

My lifes inky escape and more said...

I'm so excited when I've seen what you've created! You do such a wonderful job...I wish I could do what you do!

Janice M said...

Beautiful!!!

JenMarie said...

OMGosh, these are both so totally FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!

LeAnne said...

Well, these are both adorable...birds & kittens, can't go wrong with either of those. I love how you made a "bigger" snowflake with your MS punch---I'll have to try that!
LeAnne

dpkennedy said...

Oh these are so wonderful! both that chickadee and kitty with the mouse is so sweet! I love the dp and great layouts! OH, and the inside too!!

Terri said...

LOVE both cards and of course your attention to detail on the "inside" is great as ever! You have me obsessed with putting some little "goodie" on the inside of all of my cards now...they just seem n@ked without it! Keep up the good work, love seeing what you create every day!

Kimberly said...

Oh my, this is SO gorgeous, I mean both of them!! So soft and warm-sigh!! :)

Monika/Buzsy said...

Great cards Denise... love the colors and the coloring is fantastic. TFS!

Dawn Easton said...

Wow Denise...both are fabulous!! Love the images....the bird is beautiful! Your kitty image is so precious!

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

Girl, these are gorgeous!! You so rarely sponge the edges, but it works so beautifully with these warm colors!! Hugs, Jami

silkeledlow said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous - Denise!!! I love your take on both of them - inside and out!!!

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

You...are seriously...amazing...
You REALLY are...WOW!

Rose Ann said...

Goodness, Denise...both of these are so fabulous!! I love the images, papers, accents....everything about them!!

Amy Johnson said...

I'm absolutely in love with both cards! I love the colors! I love how you embossed the snowflakes onto the red cardstock, and I love the Layout and gems on the kitty card. Great job on both!

Shannon Erskine aka e3stamper said...

Both cards are beautiful Denise! Love your paper pieced ornament on your bird card and I adore that cat image!!! So cute!!

Jerri Kay said...

Both cards are adorable and goregous, fabulous designs Denise!

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

Oh Denise, these are both just beautiful! Love your colours and papers and of course your colouring amazes me!

Jackie Pedro said...

These cards are stunning, Denise!! Great job on both...love the colors!!

Jennifer Meyer said...

Hi Denise :) Both cards are just beautiful!

Hope your having a wonderful week,
Jennifer :)

Stamp Talk with Tosh said...

OH MY!! What gorgeous cards!!! Love the chickadee!! Love it!! And the sweet cat with the rhinestones...ADORABLE!! You are such an inspiration Denise!!

Jetstudio Designs said...

Your cards are so pretty! I really like the cat one!! I might just need to find that stamp :)

Thanks for the tips too!