Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Mojo CD Christmas Card

Every year one of my Christmas presents to my husband Owen is a subscription to the music magazine Mojo.  Every issue of the magazine comes with a free CD and back in 2005 a 'Blue Christmas' CD was the free offering.  A few years ago Owen had a clear out of a few CDs and the 'Blue Christmas' CD ended up in the discard pile.  I thought I'd be able to use the CD one day for a Christmas card so I saved it in my stash.  I found it a couple of weeks ago and decided that I would use the CD this year for Owen's Christmas card.

I love that the CD looks like a vinyl record!  I made a 5 3/4" square Basic Black card base and added a layer of patterned paper from the SU! 'Merry Music' DSP pack.  I die cut a large white CS circle, adhered that to the card front and popped the CD up on Dimensionals.  I then added some die cut snowflakes to the CD.


Here's the inside of the card.  I applied glue to the centres of the white snowflakes only so I could get some dimension.


I used the same pattern DSP to make an envelope with the Envelope Punch Board but chose the white and black colourway rather than the black and white.  I die cut a name label and popped that up.  This is one of the quickest cards I've made for Owen - which was just what I needed as I was so behind with my Christmas preparation this year!


Supplies:
Stamps: SU! 'Embellished Ornaments' set
CS: SU! Basic Black & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Merry Music' DSP pack
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools: SU! 'Apothecary Accents' die set, Grand Circle Nestabilities die
Embellishments & accessories: Mojo CD, SU! Dimensionals

Ruth

Thursday, 21 December 2017

December 2017 Card Group Projects

Today I'm finally sharing the two cards made at the December card group meeting - we had such a lovely afternoon!  December is hurtling by - I can't believe it's Christmas in just a few days!

The first card would be very suitable as a masculine birthday card.  I've used a colour combo of Island Indigo, Crushed Curry and Early Espresso.  After stamping and die cutting the feathers I shaped them a wee bit for some dimension and I adhered them to the Crushed Curry patterned paper tag.  I added texture to the strip of Early Espresso CS by using a feathers embossing folder.  I stamped the sentiment, added jute twine to the tag hole and popped the tag up.


Here's the inside and the envelope.


For the second card I used the SU! 'Paint Play' set.  I haven't got anything else like this set and I thought it would be good fun to play with - I love the paint like look of the images and sentiments! For this card I've gone for a colour combo of Berry Burst, Fresh Fig and a splash of zesty Lemon Lime Twist.  I stamped the base of the flowers in Powder Pink ink and stamped the swirl over the top in Berry Burst ink.  I cut out each flower using a circle punch.  I stamped the leaves and used a blender pen and Lemon Lime Twist ink to colour them in.  I popped up the white panel and also one of the flowers.  To complete the card front I added three sequins to the flagged banner.


Here's the inside and the envelope.


I'm taking a break from card group in January, we're getting together again on the first Thursday in February.  I am hoping to get a few days off from work in January and if so I plan on getting productive in my craft room - fingers crossed!  I've not had much crafting time at all recently and I miss it!

Wishing everyone a fun filled, festive Christmas!

Supplies for feathers card:
Stamps: SU! 'Four Feathers' & 'Butterfly Basics' sets
CS: SU! Island Indigo, Early Espresso & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Color Theory' DSP pack
Ink: SU! Early Espresso
Tools: SU! 'Feathers' Framelits dies, Creative Expressions Sue Wilson 'Pierced Tags' die set, Crafts Too 'Feathers' 7" x 5" embossing folder
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Jute Twine, Dimensionals


Supplies for flowers card:
Stamps: SU! 'Paint Play' set, Inkylicious 'Wonderful Day'
CS: SU! Berry Burst, Fresh Fig & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Fresh Florals' DSP stack
Ink: SU! Powder Pink, Berry Burst, Fresh Fig & Lemon Lime Twist
Tools: SU! Triple Banner punch, SU! circle punch, Blender Pen
Embellishments & accessories: sequins, SU! Dimensionals

Ruth



Thursday, 30 November 2017

Christmas Cards & Treat Bags For My Card Group Ladies

We had to get together today, a week early, for our December card group meeting.  We had a lovely, happy afternoon crafting, chatting, singing, exchanging cards and Secret Santa gifts.  Today I'm sharing the Christmas cards and mini treat bags I made for my ladies.  I made two of each design.

A little while ago I bought the SU! 'Trim Your Stocking' Thinlits dies set which can be used to make a stocking topped pillow box gift card holder.  I love the idea of cute, decorated Christmas stockings but I've got to admit I didn't enjoy trying to make a gift card holder!  Getting the rounded parts of the pillow box to fold neatly was impossible for me, I gave it a few attempts and wasn't at all happy with my results so I then admitted defeat.  I decided I'd be very happy to use the stocking elements on cards or as gift tags and just not bother with the gift card holder functionality of the die set!

The stocking is quite large so I made the card bases 5" x 7".  My colour combo is Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green and Whisper White and I've used different patterned papers from last year's SU! 'Warmth and Cheer' DSP stack.  I embossed the white background panel with a snowflakes embossing folder.  The sentiment was stamped in VersaMark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I punched a small circle in each stocking and added a ribbon loop.  I die cut the snowflakes twice, once in black CS and again in white CS and offset the two shapes to give a shadow effect.  I placed a clear faceted gem in the centre of each snowflake.  Each stocking is mounted to the card front using a wobble action spring so there's a fun movement element to the cards.

The treat bags were made using the SU! 'Mini Treat Bag' Thinlits die set.  I used the sweet gold library clips to attach a tag to each bag.  Each bag contains a clear Christmas stamp, an Options hot chocolate sachet and a Christmas lottery scratchcard.






Here's the back of the envelopes.


Here's the front of one Cherry Cobbler stocking card.


Here's the inside of one Cherry Cobbler stocking card.


Here's the front of one Garden Green stocking card.


Here's the inside of one Garden Green stocking card.


Here's one Cherry Cobbler treat bag.


Here's one Garden Green treat bag.


I'm happy how these turned out, quite festive and cheery I think!  They were a bit time consuming but I worked in an assembly line fashion and did each stage at a time.  I've been working on these for the past few weeks whenever I've had some crafting time and it was highly satisfying to see them all completed!

I'm having a break from card group in January so we'll be getting together again on Thursday 1st February - which seems a very long way away but I'm sure it will be here before I know it!

Supplies:
Stamps: Imaginisce 'Be Merry' Snag 'em stamp, Stampendous 'Snow Brackets'
CS: SU! Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Basic Black & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Warmth & Cheer' DSP stack
Ink: SU! Cherry Cobbler & Garden Green, VersaMark
Tools: SU! 'Trim Your Stocking' & 'Mini Treat Bag' Thinlits die sets, MFT Die-namics Blueprints 18 die set, Leane Creatief 'Snowflakes Background' embossing folder, Tonic Studios 'Slab Merry Christmas' die set, Sizzix 'Banners' die set, heat tool
Embellishments & accessories: SU! white embossing powder, clear faceted gems, gold library clips, rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals, action wobble springs

Ruth

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Poinsettia & Holly Merry Christmas Card

A little while ago I made this snowflake card using products from Apple Blossom.  I've used them again to make this poinsettia and holly Christmas card.  I love the rich colours of the die cuts against the crisp embossed Whisper White layer!


Here's a closer look at the poinsettia and holly die cuts.  I inked the edges of each flower with Cherry Cobbler ink using a sponge dauber, stacked three flower layers together and popped the whole poinsettia up.  I think the veining detail on the petals is fab!


Here's the inside and the envelope.


Supplies:
Stamps: Apple Blossom 'Wavy Sentiments' set, Stampendous 'Merry Wishes'
CS: SU! Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Whisper White & Gold Foil Sheet

Patterned paper: SU! 'Be Merry' DSP pack
Ink: SU! Cherry Cobbler & Garden Green
Tools: Apple Blossom 'Christmas Winter Snow' embossing folder, Apple Blossom 'Christmas Wintry Additions' die set, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Dimensionals

Ruth


Friday, 24 November 2017

Christmas Winter Snow Merry Christmas Card

A while ago I bought the gorgeous Apple Blossom 'All Occasion' embossing folder.  I then discovered the entire Apple Blossom 'All Occasion' collection and I just couldn't resist adding more products to the stash!  I got the 'Christmas Winter Snow' embossing folder, the 'Christmas Wintry Additions' die set and the 'Wavy Sentiments' stamp set!  They all work together beautifully!

For this Christmas Card I applied SU! Dapper Denim Ink to the inside of the 'Christmas Winter Snow' embossing folder using a brayer, carefully placed a piece of Whisper White thick CS inside the folder and ran it through my Big Shot.  The panel came out somewhat blotchy so I applied ink again to the inside of the folder, very carefully positioned the piece of CS inside the folder, making sure to line it up exactly and ran it through the Big Shot again - much better, more even coverage!  I love how the blue ink has missed the white raised embossed bits!

The embossing folder has 'Let It Snow' on the curvy strip portion but I'm not keen on that saying nowadays (I'd much prefer it if it didn't snow!) so I die cut the curvy strip, stamped 'Merry Christmas' on it and glued it over the top.  I trimmed the panel and mounted it onto the front of a 5 3/4" white card base.  I die cut a snowflake, glued a punched circle behind it and popped the snowflake up onto a Dapper Denim die cut stitched circle - which I also popped up.  I added a clear faceted gem to the centre of the snowflake to finish off the front.


Here's the inside and the envelope where I kept the snowflake theme going.


Supplies:
Stamps: Apple Blossom 'Wavy Sentiments' set, Hero Arts 'Very Merry Christmas' set
CS: SU! Dapper Denim & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Color Theory' DSP stack
Ink: SU! Dapper Denim
Tools: Apple Blossom 'Christmas Winter Snow' embossing folder, 'Christmas Wintry Additions' die set, SU! 'Stitched Shape' circle Framelits dies, circle punches, brayer
Embellishments & accessories: SU! clear faceted gem, rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals

Ruth

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Embossed & Die Cut Snowflakes Merry Christmas Card

The Sizzix 'Christmas is Here' stamp and die set contains a lovely snowflake and shadow background die.  The centre of the snowflake can be lifted up for some dimension and the snowflake is such a lovely size and shape - I'm a complete sucker for snowflakes!

For this card I've mixed embossing and die cutting to create a classic Christmas card.  My colour combo is Night of Navy, Coastal Cabana and Whisper White.  The card base measures 5 1/4" square.  The 'Merry Christmas' wording was made using a new Tonic Studios die - I just love that the words come with a shadow background (as does the snowflake die in the Sizzix set), it really makes a difference having that 'pop'!  The main image panel, the snowflake and the sentiment are all popped up.  I added a rhinestone jewel to the centre of the snowflake to complete the card front.


Here's a closer look at the gorgeous snowflake.


Here's the inside of the card and the envelope flap.


Here's the front of the envelope.


Yay, another Christmas card added to the box, I'm slowly getting there!

Supplies:
Stamps: Stampendous 'Snow Brackets', My Cute Stamps 'Let It Snow!' set
CS: SU! Night of Navy, Coastal Cabana & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Night of Navy
Tools: Leane Creatief 'Snowflakes Background' embossing folder, dies from the Sizzix 'Christmas is Here' die & stamp set, Cheery Lynn 'Sentiment Tag 2' die set, Tonic Studios 'Slab Merry Christmas' die set
Embellishments & accessories: SU! rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals

Ruth

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Card Group 2017 Secret Santa Gift Tags

We exchange Secret Santa gifts each year at card group and I always make a batch of tags for us to use.  I put a name on each tag, place the tags in a drawstring bag and then everyone draws out a tag, buys the person named on the tag a gift, wraps the gift and attaches the tag to the gift.  It's such a traditional part of our December get together now and I always look forward to it and enjoy it immensely!

I looked on Pinterest for some inspiration and saw these beautiful gold tags made by Linda Parker.  I based my design on Linda's tags but used a different stamp and introduced a pop of deep colour with Cherry Cobbler ink and ribbon.


Here's a closer look.


In the past I didn't like making a batch of stuff the same.  Nowadays I find it really helpful and enjoyable.  I think preparation is the key for me - I know now that if I make the effort to do the necessary prep work then the whole project will come together really smoothly and quickly.  I know I always love seeing a completed batch!  

I'm going out shopping today with a friend and I'm hoping to find the perfect Secret Santa gift! 

Supplies:
Stamps: SU! 'Labels to Love' set
CS: SU! Whisper White & Gold Foil Sheet

Patterned paper: SU! 'Year of Cheer' Specialty DSP
Ink: SU! Cherry Cobbler
Tools: SU! 'Scalloped Tag Topper' & 'Everyday Label' punches
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Cherry Cobbler taffeta ribbon, gold cord, Dimensionals

Ruth

Thursday, 2 November 2017

November 2017 Card Group Projects

This afternoon we got together for our card group meeting and I designed three Christmas cards for the ladies to make.  I cannot quite believe that next time will be our final meeting for 2017, this year seems to have rocketed by!

Card one is simple but the cut out design adds a stylish touch.  I challenged myself to use colours I tend to neglect - opting for Pacific Point and Tempting Turquoise.  I made a side opening A6 landscape card and used the border die to cut out the fancy design.  I cut three snowflakes using dies from the SU! 'Seasonal Layers' die set.  I was chuffed to see that the centre of the large snowflake matches the design of the cut out die!  I adhered punched Tempting Turquoise circles behind the snowflakes which made it easier to adhere them to the card front and adds a pop of contrast.  I stamped and die cut the sentiment label and glued that in place.  I used the dots die from the SU! 'Trim Your Stocking' die set to cut out Tempting Turquoise dots and I glued those on the cut out design portion.  I haven't popped anything up on this card so it will be a good one to send through the post.


Here's the inside and the envelope.  I love the snowflake cluster stamp from the SU! 'Perpetual Birthday Calendar' set, it's going to get used a LOT!  I thought a cluster of snowflakes was perfect to go with the 'sending you a flurry of warm Christmas wishes' sentiment!


The black, white and Old Olive colour combo of the SU! 'Merry Little Christmas' suite is such an unusual combo for Christmas cards but I really like it and it's good to go outside the norm now and again!  I've recently purchased the MFT Die-namics Blueprints 18 die set, I love how these sets make it easy and fast to put a card together.  I used one of the recommended layouts for the design of the card.  The angled panel dies are better suited to US sized 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"  cards.  As our cards are 4 1/8" wide it leaves just a tiny border but it was quick and simple enough to trim off a bit to get the size border I prefer!

I made an Old Olive A6 card base, attached the patterned paper angled layer and stamped the holly image in Old Olive ink.  I die cut the stitched circle, flagged banner and button which use dies from the Blueprints 18 set.  I stamped and fussy cut the ornament and popped that up.  I used a sweet little bow die from the SU! 'Christmas Stockings' set to embellish the ornament and added a rhinestone jewel.  I glued a black punched circle behind the Old Olive button and popped the button up.


Here's a closer look at the ornament - such a gorgeous stamp!


Here's the inside and the envelope.


Card three uses a new purchase as well - the Sizzix 'Christmas is Here' set of Framelits dies and stamps.  CraftStash have this set at £9.35 which is a great price and the set is wonderful, I couldn't resist!  

 I made an A6 landscape easel card using SU! Cherry Cobbler CS and added a strip of  Garden Green patterned paper from the SU! 'Be Merry' DSP pack.  I cut a piece of Whisper White CS to fit along the bottom of my image panel, tore it to create a snow bank and held it in place so I could judge where to stamp the trees.  I used full strength and stamped off once Garden Green ink for the trees.  I added Soft Sky ink to the torn edge using a sponge dauber and I applied a line of PVA glue using a fine tip applicator and then I sprinkled on SU! Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  I stamped the deer in Soft Suede ink, die cut the deer, glued the snowbank in place tucking the deer legs behind and popped up the deer body.  For the easel stop I used a stamped and die cut sentiment.  'Christmas is here bringing good cheer' - what a lovely sentiment!


Here's a closer look at the image panel.  Now I love a bit of fussy cutting but even I'd not attempt to cut that deer out - the legs and antlers are so delicate - so it's fab that there's a die to cut it out!


I glued a white panel to the bottom of the card, stamped some trees and added a sentiment.


Here's the envelope flap embellished using dies from the 'Christmas is Here' set.


So that's all our Christmas cards done for card group this year.  Our December meetings are always a lot of fun as we put on festive music and swap Secret Santa gifts as well as make a couple of projects.  I've started making the Christmas cards for my ladies, I've got all the pieces prepared and cut so it's a matter of assembling them.  I'm determined to have them made in good time!

Supplies for snowflakes card:
Stamps: SU! 'Flurry of Wishes' & 'Perpetual Birthday Calendar' sets
CS: SU! Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Pacific Point & Tempting Turquoise
Tools: SU! 'Eclectic Layers', 'Seasonal Layers' & 'Trim Your Stocking' Thinlits die sets, Spellbinders 'Labels Trio' die set, circle punches


Supplies for ornament card:
Stamps: Papermania Urban Home for Christmas 'Baubles' set, SU! 'Best Yet' set, Hero Arts 'Holiday Cheer' set
CS: SU! Old Olive, Basic Black & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! 'Merry Little Christmas' DSP
Ink: SU! Old Olive, Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools: MFT Die-namics Blueprints 18 die set, SU! 'Christmas Stockings' Thinlits die set 

Embellishments & accessories: SU! rhinestone jewel, Dimensionals

Supplies for trees and deer card:
Stamps: Sizzix 'Christmas is Here' stamps & dies combo set
CS: SU! Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green & Whisper White

Patterned paper:  SU! 'Be Merry' DSP
Ink: SU! Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Soft Sky & Soft Suede
Tools: Sizzix 'Christmas is Here' dies & stamps combo set, sponge dauber, fine tip glue applicator
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Dimensionals

Ruth

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Two Snowflake Border Season's Greetings Cards

The Works have some really great dies and they're great value too!  As I love snowflake designs I couldn't resist the snowflake border die.  I knew I wanted an Island Indigo and Pool Party colour combo but wasn't sure whether I wanted a white or silver foil snowflake border so I cut out both.  As I'd cut out two borders I thought I may as well make two cards!

This card was the one I put together first.  I've used a die from the MFT 'Blueprints 18' set to cut an angled shape mat layer and I glued the border to the shape.  I stamped the sentiment using VersaMark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I adhered three snowflake sequins and added rhinestone jewels to the snowflake border.


For the second card I decided to emboss the Island Indigo angled mat layer and I used the SU! 'Softly Falling' folder.  This time I stamped the sentiment on the Pool Party card front using Island Indigo ink.  I die cut a silver foil snowflake from the SU! 'Seasonal Layers' die set, glued a 3/4" Pool Party circle behind and adhered the snowflake to the mat layer with a large glue dot.


I stamped the same sentiments and images on the insides of both cards and envelopes.  


I stamped a snowflake border on both envelope fronts.


Nothing is popped up on these two cards so they'll be perfect for posting.  I'm happy that I've added another two Christmas cards to the box!

Supplies:
Stamps: SU! 'Snowflake Sentiments' set, Penny Black 'Snow Brackets' stamp, My Cute Stamps 'Let It Snow!' set
CS: SU! Island Indigo, Pool Party& Whisper White, SU! Silver Foil Sheet
Ink: SU! Island Indigo, VersaMark
Tools: MFT Die-namics 'Blueprints 18' set, M&C Boutique snowflake border die from The Works, SU! 'Seasonal Layers' Thinlits die set, 'Softly Falling' embossing folder, 3/4" circle punch
Embellishments & accessories: SU! white EP, rhinestone jewels, snowflake sequins, Dimensionals, large glue dot

Ruth

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Cut Out Design & Ornament Warmth Of Christmas Card

A while ago I bought the Sizzix Tim Holtz Mixed Media and Mixed Media #2 sets of dies but hadn't got around to using them on a card.  I like that the negative cut out designs are large enough to make an impact on a card front so that not a lot else needs to be added.  Cards that come together quickly are great for me as my crafting time is limited these days - and quick Christmas cards are definitely what I need this year!

I made a Bermuda Bay A6 sized card base and die cut the design from a layer of Whisper White CS.  As I'd used an elegant cut out design I chose an elegant Christmas ornament to go on the card front.  I placed the ornament without sticking it down so that I could gauge where I wanted the sentiment to go and decided on a split sentiment.  I've cut the 'Wishing you a season...' sentiment stamp apart as that's easier than masking off part of the stamp.  I added a die cut silver foil ornament topper to the ornament, added some silver cord, popped the ornament up and sprinkled on a few silver sequins.


Here's the inside and the envelope.  I've used the lovely stringed ornaments stamps from the SU! 'Carols of Christmas' set and I couldn't resist hanging one from the sentiment!  The 'Merry Christmas' stamp is another one that I've cut apart as I know I'll use it more that way.  To finish off I sprinkled three more silver sequins inside the card.


Supplies:
Stamps: SU! 'Carols of Christmas', 'Ornament Keepsakes' & 'Snowflake Sentiments' sets
CS: SU! Bermuda Bay & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Bermuda Bay
Tools: Sizzix Tim Holtz 'Mixed Media' Thinlits die set, SU! 'Holiday Ornament' Framelits die set, SU! 'Delicate Ornament' Thinlits die set, SU! circle punches
Embellishments & accessories: SU! silver sequins, Dimensionals


Ruth

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Leaves & Daisies Thank You So Much Card

My lovely friend Lesley gave me a gorgeous leaves die from The Works.  I just had to die cut it as soon as possible, it's beautiful, especially cut from gold foil CS!  I didn't have time to make a card with it then so the die cut has sat on my desk for over a week and now I've been able to create a card with it - a thank you card for Lesley.

I made an A6 card from SU! Basic Black CS, added a layer of gold foil CS and cut a black CS square to mount the leaves and flowers onto.  I chose to use open petalled die cut flowers to tie in with the open design of the leaves.  Black, white and gold is such an elegant combo!  The stamped and die cut sentiment label is popped up.  A fab die from the SU! 'Trim Your Stocking' die set was used to cut out gold foil dots which I placed on the sentiment label and flower centres.  It's going to be a die I reach for often as small dots come in so handy and the die cuts out 8 at a time - brilliant!


I came across Concord & 9th's 'Select a Size Edge' dies whilst looking for something else and I thought they looked really interesting.  I made the mistake of watching the video and you know what happened next, that's right, the die set was added to the cart.  I've used one of the dies in the set to cut a fancy edge on the panel for the inside of the card.  I love the fact that there are alignment tabs on the dies so you know what size to trim your paper to and then you can easily align the die and get a perfectly centred cut.  I added a strip of patterned paper, stamped a sentiment, stamped some sequins and added 3 gold foil dots.


Out came my wonderful envelope punch board and in a jiffy I'd made an envelope.  I popped up a stamped and die cut name label and added a couple of gold foil dots to finish.


Supplies:
Stamps: Hero Arts 'Sending You Love' set, SU! 'Painted Petals' & 'Hello Darling' sets
CS: SU! Basic Black, Whisper White & gold foil CS
Ink: SU! Basic Black Archival
Tools: Leaves die from The Works, Sweet Dixie 'Daisy Set' dies, Hero Arts 'Small Tag Frame' Frame Cuts die, Concord & 9th 'Select a Size Edge' die set, SU! 'Trim Your Stocking' Thinlits die set, SU Envelope Punch Board

Embellishments & accessories: SU! Dimensionals
Ruth

Saturday, 14 October 2017

20 Christmas Cards - SU! Watercolor Christmas Project Kit

I am very behind on making my Christmas cards this year so I reckoned that getting the SU! 'Watercolor Christmas Project Kit' and the 'Watercolor Christmas' stamp set was a great idea!  A couple of afternoons in my craft room resulted in twenty Christmas cards to add to the stash!  I made each card design in turn and used a production line method so the cards came together really quickly.
 
Here are all four card designs together.


Here is card design number one.  I added rhinestone jewels to three of the trees.


Here is card design number two.  I stamped the sentiment in Emerald Envy rather than black.  I glued normal sized gold sequins on the card front - no way was I attempting to glue those teeny tiny mini sequins from the gold sequin trim provided in the kit!  


Here is card design number three.  I had an issue with the original card design from the kit in that there is no Christmas motif on the card - maybe I'm weird but I'm funny about that - I like all my cards to feature a motif, not just a sentiment and embellishments!  The other cards feature trees, holly and a wreath so I just had to add a motif - snowflakes from the SU! 'Snowflake Sentiments' set. I stamped the snowflakes in Pool Party ink and the sentiment in Emerald Envy ink.  I added a pop of red to the sentiment by using a red pearl as the dot over the 'j' in 'joy'.


Here is card design number four.  Again, I stamped the sentiment in Emerald Envy ink instead of black ink.  I used the Wink of Stella pen on the red berries to add some subtle shimmer.


Naturally I had to stamp the insides of all of the cards and the envelope flaps!  I stamped the snowflake cluster stamp from the SU! 'Perpetual Birthday Calendar' set in Pool Party ink, both sentiments were stamped in Real Red ink and the row of three snowflakes was stamped using Emerald Envy ink.  I used the MISTI, it's so helpful when you're stamping a batch of cards!  This kit came with gold foil envelope liners but they were so thick that folding them resulted in a really ugly crease.  I opted not to use them as envelope liners and will use them as gold foil CS instead!


Here are all of the cards ready to go in the Christmas card box.  It was a great feeling to see them all together!


Supplies:
Stamps: SU! 'Watercolor Christmas', 'Snowflake Sentiments' & 'Perpetual Birthday Calendar' sets
CS: SU! 'Watercolor Christmas Project Kit'
Ink: SU! Archival Black, Emerald Envy, Pool Party & Real Red

Tools: MISTI
Embellishments & accessories: SU! gold mini sequin trim(from kit), SU! rhinestone jewels, SU! Dimensionals, red pearls, gold sequins, Wink of Stella pen

Ruth