Friday, December 29, 2017

SSINKspiration Doilies and Lace: Basket of Birthday Wishes

Good morning!  We are having a wonderful holiday and are now in Williamsburg for a little getaway, Christmas Town was last night and today we're off to explore Colonial Williamsburg.  Before we head out I wanted to share this pretty birthday card I made that uses doilies and lace which the SSINKspiration designers are using to make fun cards today.  I needed a birthday card so decided to add a little coloring with the Stampin' Blends and a mix of Christmas DSP for this very non-Christmasy card.

I started with Crumb Cake cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock as a mat for the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper (several of the prints in this package are versatile can be used for other occasions.)

For the main stamped image I used the Basket of Wishes stamp set and stamped in Early Espresso ink on Whisper White cardstock to make this pretty succulent basket and then colored it in using Old Olive, Crumb Cake, and Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Blends.  After coloring I cut the image out using the Big Shot and Stitched Shapes framelits.  Before attaching to the cardfront I added a Silver Metallic Doily and some Very Vanilla 1/2" Lace Trim to peek out the sides and dimensionals helped pop up the stamped piece.

The final touch is the greeting, which is from the same stamp set and was stamped with Rich Razzleberry ink on Crumb Cake cardstock and then cut out with the Stitched Shapes Framelits (I used the square die and cut it twice to get the rectangular shape with stitching all around.

I have to say, these Stampin' Blends are so great to color with, and super easy, I'm hoping we get additional colors soon.  And it's great to use some Christmas products up on non-Christmas cards to help reduce by DSP stash (I'm not even admitting how much I have, haha!!)  Make sure to check out the other design teams cards and see what you can create using the great doilies and lace embellishments we have!

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Have a great weekend!

Diana
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Monday, December 25, 2017

2017 Eichfeld Christmas Card: Ready for Christmas

Merry Christmas!  All of the hustle and bustle of getting ready for Christmas is over and now is the time we relax and enjoy time with family, my favorite part.  I wanted to wait to reveal this years Christmas card until most people should have received it.  This years card was truly a labor love that may not soon be repeated, with watercoloring, and 14 different die cut pieces per card, I started these in August before our cruise and just finished the last up a couple of weeks ago.  As soon as I saw the Ready for Christmas bundle I started getting ideas in my head which quickly started to take shape.

I started with Whisper White Thick cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Lost Lagoon cardstock (the only thing that's retired on this card) and embossed it with the Big Shot and Pinewood Plank Dynamic Embossing Folder.  Next I used the Christmas Staircase Framelits to start cutting out pieces, Soft Suede for the staircase with Whisper White trim, Old Olive garland (this was stamped first with the garland stamp from the Ready for Christmas stamp set) and Red Glimmer Paper bows.

I stamped the three stockings, table, dog, and Santa cookies all in Memento Black ink on Whisper White cardstock and watercolored them with Watercolor Pencils and a Blender Pen.  I did write our names on the top of each stocking.  When it came to assembling (and that was on the easier side) I did use dimensionals and mini dimensionals as well as Tombo and the Thin Tip Glue Pen.

The final to touch was to add our picture, I designed it in My Digital Studio (which I still use) and designed it to fit in the 1 3/4" Circle Punch and added a black border before printing so it looked like a frame.  The cool thing was able to have 6 pictures printed on each 4"x6" print which cut down on the number of pictures I needed.

Despite everything that went into these cards I was so happy with how they turned out, it was designed to look like our house and reflect our crazy little family and I think it does (but Chris told me that Mocha isn't gray so that's one strike against me, haha!)  I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and enjoy your time with family and friends.  I am thankful for each and everyone of you and wish you nothing but health and happiness!

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Merry Christmas!

Diana
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Friday, December 22, 2017

Patriotic Elf Greetings: Festive Phrases

Happy Friday!  I'm so excited today is my last day of work for the year and we have a party this afternoon and then bring on the family time!!  Hubby is really into patriotic d├ęcor and when we first started dating we found a patriotic Santa stuffy that he just had to have and it's had a place on our couch every holiday season since.  I decided to take the patriotic theme as inspiration for today's card using the fun Festive Phrases stamp set (it's retiring so it's only available while supplies last or January 2).

I started with Crumb Cake cardstock for the cardbase and then used Night of Navy cardstock as the mat for a piece of designer series paper from the Be Merry DSP pack.  I also wrapped a piece of Night of Navy 1/8" Gingham Ribbon around the cardfront before attaching it to the cardbase.

For the stamped image I stamped the elf using Momento Black ink on Whisper White cardstock and then used the Big Shot and Stitched Shapes Framelits.  I used my Stampin' Blends to color in the elf and then attached the piece to the cardfront with dimensionals.  I wanted a little touch of bling so I took some Pearls and colored them using the Bronze Stampin' Blends and attached them to the Elf's shoes and hat.

I really like how this card turned out, it's nice and easy but has a classic holiday feel.

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Have a great weekend!

Diana
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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Fab Friday Free for All: Christmas Sweaters

Good morning!  Unfortunately sickness has hit the Eichfeld house and both the guys are under the weather so mama is trying as best I can to take care of them, sanitize everything in sight, and hopefully escape their fate, haha!  The need for Christmas cards continues, so I was excited to this weeks Fab Friday Free for All Challenge to make another fun card using the retiring Christmas Sweaters stamp set as well as some coloring fun with the new Stampin' Blends (these markers are awesome, if you don't have them there's still time to tell Santa you would love these for your Christmas gift (gift certificates fit perfectly in the stocking!!)

I started with Pool Party cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Night of Navy cardstock as a matt for the Crumb Cake cardfront.  On the cardfront I used the greeting from the Christmas Sweaters stamp set and stamped randomly in Cherry Cobbler and Night of Navy ink up from the bottom of the card.  I also added a few rhinestones in the top left corner for a little bling.




For the main image I used the Big Shot and Stitched Shapes framelits to cut a base out of Whisper White cardstock.  The sweater was stamped on a separate piece of Whisper White cardstock using Momento Black ink and then I used the Pool Party, Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy, and Ivory Stampin' Blends to color the sweater.  I used Paper Snips to cut out the sweater and then attached it to the circle piece using dimensionals.

I didn't use a lot of embellishments on this card so the stamping could really be the focus for this fun and festive card.  I've colored several more of the different sweater designs (I was able to take the markers and stamped images and color on the go) so I'll be finishing up several more cards and get them out soon!  Remember since this stamp set is retiring it will only be available until January 2, or while supplies last so even if you can't use it this year, you will want this in your stamp stash for next year!

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Enjoy!

Diana
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