Thursday, September 15, 2016

Holiday Catalogue Favourites

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How did this happen? It's the middle of September already - feeling like fall with leaves falling and a nip in the air. And, of course, the release of Stampin' Up!'s 2016 Holiday Catalogue.

If you haven't seen it yet - you will want to after browsing through all the gorgeous projects in this September edition of the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!

And if you just came from Christine's blog you already are off to a good start!

First up, for me, is a card I made using a stamp set intended for Halloween. I don't do Halloween cards or decor, but as soon as I saw this Ghoulish Grunge set - I knew I had to have it. This set has such fabulous textures that I know it will be a staple in my stamp collection. Here, I used the image that looks like cheesecloth:
Using Crumb Cake ink, I stamped it on Very Vanilla cardstock and then stamped the fern from Butterfly Basics on top of that with Emerald Envy ink.

The sentiment is from Work of Art, stamped with Dapper Denim on Very Vanilla, cut with Lots of Labels Framelits and mounted on Emerald Envy cardstock.

My newest obsession seems to be embossing the Basic Pearls with Copper Embossing Powder. That's what I did here to embellish the die cut.

I think this has a really woodsy feel to it and could be a great masculine-theme for any occasion.

Staying with using Halloween-themed products for non-Halloween projects, for this next one I used DSP from the Halloween Night Specialty DSP.
I wish I could get a whole pack of just this brick wall pattern in tones of Basic Gray! The pine boughs are done by inking the raised portion of the Pine Bough Embossing Folder with Always Artichoke ink, and then stamping it onto the DSP.

This card is also my very first Shaker Card! Using the new Foam Adhesive Strips from the 2016-2017 Annual Catalogue really makes it easy to do this.

I stamped the sentiment from Santa's Wish in Sweet Sugarplum on Whisper White. Then I used both White Mica Flakes and Fancy Frost Sequins to fill the ornament, set off with a frame of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock. A little sponging with Smoky Slate around the edges finishes things nicely and goes well with the Always Artichoke card base.
I'm really liking this colour combo of Sweet Sugarplum, Always Artichoke and Basic Gray.

And last - but not least, as they say! - a full-on Christmas design! I really had no plan when I set out to do this, other than to use the Candy Cane Lane DSP collection. It has such cute images that just beg to be fussy-cut. So I did!
This card kind of evolved as I went - first cutting out the little houses. Then I thought the gingerbread men would look cute with the houses. And, of course, a Christmas tree or two had to be added.

A few sequins from the Fancy Frost collection are dotted across the DSP "snowy background" and Dazzling Diamonds sparkles on the rooftops of the houses. The sentiment is 3 different stamps from Thoughtful Banners, stamped with Early Espresso.

The "snow banks" at the bottom are a piece of Shimmery White CS, roughly torn. I used the Fine Tip Glue Pen where I wanted some sparkle, and sprinkled on Dazzling Diamonds.
Real Red cardstock for the card base completes a fun Christmas theme!

Next stop on your tour is Heidi. Oh, I can't wait for you to see what she has done! Just click on the 'Next' button below to continue.
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14 comments:

  1. Wow Gail. Three awesome projects! Congrats on making your first shaker card. They're so much fun and easy to make with the foam adhesive tape? I really like the colors you chose for that card. Way to go using Halloween products for non-Halloween cards. Both were wonderful!.

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    1. Thanks Penny! I don't know why it took me so long to try shaker card.

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  2. I had to get the Ghoulish Grunge set also, even though I don't do Halloween cards either! I agree there is so much more to be done with the set than then intended use. Great use of the set! Love the way you used the Halloween Night Specialty DSP too! Great projects. TFS

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    1. Thanks Marie. I'm really into the texture stamps. Trying to think of something non-Halloweeney to do with the spider web image.

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  3. These are three fabulous creations, Gail! Yes, congrats on making your first shaker card! I love the way you've inked the leaves on the DSP too. So clever to use Halloween sets for other things in both cards and the way you've arranged and embellished the DSP images in your last card is stunning too - I just might have to get that DSP now too :-) x

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    1. Thanks Jan. Doing these Hops has really made me stretch my creativity!

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  4. Gail, you're twisting my arm the way you're showing the versatility of the Ghoulish Grunge set. I love that cheesecloth look behind your ferns. Great choice of colours for that card--simple but elegant. And then there is that brick patterned DSP which I so wanted in time for my own project. Love, love, love the way it looks as a background for your shaker. The pine branches, too, are just right against it. I wish the whole package would be nothing but that pattern but I'll do what I can with the two pages I will be getting. You're as bad for fussy-cutting as I am, but I agree--those images really do beg to be released from the paper, don't they? Love what you've created with your DSP. It's such a whimsical Christmas scene. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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    1. Thanks Heidi. Too bad you didn't get the DSP in time for this Hop - but now you have lots more ideas for it! Yes, I admit it - I do love fussy-cutting. Takes me back to the days of the paper dolls.

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  5. Great projects - I love the use of the DSP on the card - inspired

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    1. Thanks Fiona. That DSP has some really nice patterns, but this one my favourite.

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  6. Ghoulish Grunge is on my list. Now I definitely have to put it on my next order. Your cards are gorgeous. I love the gingerbread card.

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    1. Thanks Christine. Yes, you do have to get Ghoulish Grunge! I'm so glad I did.

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  7. Totally love the shaker card! Great colors, and using the Halloween paper for the background was a wonderful idea! And you used two of my favs on your first card--the Butterfly Basics against the Ghoulish Grunge was definitely new and something to CASE. Thanks!

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  8. Thanks Priscilla. So happy you found something to CASE!

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