Polka Dot Christmas

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Since we’re packing all weekend, I thought I would dig into the archives and share one on my first Christmas cards that I blogged about on my old blog.  It’s a classic and you can substitute any greeting here.  Hope you enjoy it! SmileClean and simple Christmas card 003

The circles were punched using a 3/4”, 1/2”, and the circle punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack.  The banner was made using a Square Punch, and Decorative label Punch.  It’s a fairly simple card that has a classic contemporary look to it.

The colors are Cherry Cobbler and retired – Baja Breeze and Lucky Limeade. 

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Non-traditional Festive Flurry

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Today marks the opening of the Festive Flurry – Class of the Month in the classroom.  So I thought I’d make you a clean and simple non-traditional card using this stamp set!  If you like this card – check out the class here.

Creative Tips –

  • To pick non-traditional colors, use your color coach for inspiration.  Here you see a combination of Sahara Sand, Pear Pizazz and Early Espresso.  It’s quite contemporary in feel.Festive Flurry 001 005
  • Since this card is a straightforward clean and simple card, you can add some depth by popping up the large snowflake and card front on Stamping Dimensionals. Festive Flurry 001 007
  • The three snowflakes on top were stamped in white, one in each color, with the largest (3rd largest snowflake) stamped in Pear Pizazz and then rock n rolled in Early Espresso.
  • You can give a little added fill without competing with the card by adding snowflakes of various size in Pear Pizazz on the Pear Pizazz card stock.Festive Flurry 001 006
  • If you want to add a little sparkle – use your two way glue pen and some Dazzling Diamonds to make the centers of the snowflakes shine.
  • To keep with the contemporary feel of the card, this greeting from More Merry Messages is perfect!  You’ll only find it in my online stamp store – not the holiday catalog.Festive Flurry 001 003
  • To cut the snowflakes out perfectly, use the matching Festive Flurry Collection Framelits or get them as a bundle with the stamp set and save 15% here.

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Stamp Sets – Festive Flurry (131781c, 131778w), Festive Flurry Bundle (133285c, 133284w), More Merry Messages (126402c, 132400w) Paper – Sahara Sand, Pear Pizazz, Early Espresso, Whisper White Ink – Pear Pizazz, Early Espresso Cool Tools – 2 way glue pen, Festive Flurry Framelits (132193) The Perfect Finish – Stampin’ Dimensionals, Dazzling Diamonds

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Mojo Mosaic Madness Christmas

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When I saw the Mosaic Madness stamp set for the first time, my very first thought was “That will make awesome Christmas cards!”  I’m actually shocked that it took me this long to make you the first Christmas Card for the upcoming holiday season.  The Mojo Monday sketch for today took me right to Christmas, and I found it was quite easy to come up with a sketch for this project.  And here it is – I hope you love it!

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Creative Tips –

  • My first thought when I saw the Mojo298 sketch was Cherry Cobbler, which lead to Christmas, which led to Pear Pizazz.  Looking at the sketch, I knew I wanted to use the new Regals Designer Series Paper Stack and although it’s in white, I find that I’m combining a lot of Very Vanilla and Whisper White for a rather cool look. 
  • I didn’t want the Pear Pizazz to overtake the card, nor the Cherry Cobbler, and I find the color proportions in this particular sketch are spot on.
  • I used the Early Espresso to provide a 1/16” matte for my larger pieces and the Very Vanilla to give just the right amount of neutrality to tone down the card. Mosaic Madness 003 Ornaments
  • Once I had my Mosaic Madness pieces stamped and cut out, I popped them up using Stampin’ Dimensionals onto a piece of Crumb Cake that I embossed using the new Beautifully Baroque Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (TIEF).  I made sure to attach a piece of Linen Thread to ‘hang’ the ornament from the top of my card.  Mosaic Madness 003 Height
  • I added a small popped up banner using the greeting set Petite Pairs.  This set covers the whole year, and is on sale for 25% until the end of June! It’s a great set because it has a saying for the front and inside of the card for each one. Check out this video tutorial for Banner Flags
  • The card needed a little something in the background, so I added the light lines using the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set in Pear Pizazz.  I can’t stop using this set!
  • I’m not a bow person, so I added a Cherry Cobbler flat knot using the 1/2” Seam Binding Ribbon.Mosaic Madness 003 CU
  • I added a little more dry embossing to the Very Vanilla strip using the Beautifully Baroque TIEF and my Big Shot.
  • For a finishing touch, I added the three sizes of our Pearl Basic Jewels to the banner and two ornaments.Mosaic Madness 003 Side

This is a great color combination and I love the end result.  I can’t wait to see what you do with this sketch. 

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Stamp Sets – Mosaic Madness (130249c, 130246w) Bundle (132733c, 132734w), Petite Pairs (122497c, 128706w) Ink – Cherry Cobbler (126966), Pear Pizazz (131180)  Paper – Very Vanilla (101650), Crumb Cake (120953), Pear Pizazz (131201), Early Espresso (119686), Regals DSP Stack (130139) Cool Tools – Mosaic Punch (131267), 1” Square Punch (124094) Beautifully Baroque TIEF (130917) Finishing Touch – Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Pearl Basic Jewels (119247), Cherry Cobbler 1/2” Seam Binding Ribbon (120992)

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