Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Coldwater, Michigan -

Sunday, December 18, 2011

easy adventures

I wanted to make gifts for some of my friends - these were so easy, it's hard to take as much credit as "hand made" sounds - I'll just call them hand stamped:
stamp set - The Sounding Joy; versamark ink and Gold Stampin' Emboss powder; 
not available from Stampin' Up!® - Blazing Red StazOn ink
I got the idea from another Stampin' Up!® demonstrator who posted her ornament at Stampin' Connection (the website for Stampin' Up!® demonstrators to share with each other).  The Darice® ceramic star ornaments are available from DJ's Ceramic Supply, but if you live near me and just want one or two give me a call (or email) - I bought more than I needed.

Here's a close-up of the prototype, which now hangs on our tree:
Even before Shopping Our Stash challenged us to make a tag , I'd been planning to make some hand-stamped gift tags for my friend, Janet.  (hmm, hope she's not reading my blog these days).  I gave her some a year or two ago, and she told me they're "too special" to use.  I thought maybe if she had bunches, she'd be ready to give up some of them, so here are some for this year, in a tin that she can keep:
 stamp sets - Gift Givers, Punch Pals, Perfect Punches, Delightful Decorations; ink - Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist, Old Olive, Garden Green, Real Red; card stock - Riding Hood Red, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Garden Green, Real Red; punches - Stocking builder, large Tag, Scallop Circle, Ornament, Decorative Label; Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details

The only the reason these projects took any time at all to complete is that I was making multiples, so I had plenty of time to make one more Christmas card for someone who was left out of last week's mass mailings, since I didn't have their address until today:
stamp set - Perfect Punches; ink - Versamark with Gold Stampin' Emboss powder; card stock - Early Espresso, textured Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler; designer series paper - Deck the Halls (retired); Victoria 5/8" crochet trim, Stampin Dimensionals
It was also quite easy, because I started with sketch #171 from Clean & Simple, the Music theme from Less is More, and the SU-Only Challenge to "express those bright, cheerful and joyous feeling of the holidays".  With all of that to start out with, it was just a matter of choosing paper and coordinating colors of card stock!  I'm not really sure it's a clean and simple design according to the Less is More guidelines, I may have to try that challenge again, but I like the card nonetheless.


Ivanka said...

Your card is beautiful. I really love the stamped stars, will have to remember that for next year. And the gift of tags? That is a very thoughtful idea, I would love a gift like that.

Deborah Frings said...

Such a lovely traditional feel to your card - it's fab! Love the stamped stars - will look great on the tree!

Chrissie said...

This is lovely Kathe, many layered but fab CAS design and after all it's not one layer week this week!
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Kathyk said...

A SUPER card from you - love the rich red

Seasons Greetings


Deena said...

these projects are spectacular...absolutely loving the star! might have to make an idea something like that myself...sooo pretty! thanks for playing with shopping our stash this week!

lauren bergold said...

GORGEOUS ornaments! awesome set of tags! and one last FABBBBBBBBBBBULOUS holiday card! well done, you!!! ♥

Mandi said...

FAB card Kathe
Love the gifts too, so thougthful
Many thanks
"Less is More"

Cindy said...

Love the card - it's so classic looking, and the tags are truly special....lucky friend! Thanks for joining us this week at SUO Challenges!

Crystal said...

Fabulous creations LOVE the tag kit! Thanks for joining us over at SOS this week :)

June Houck said...

What a fun-filled post, Kathe. Your ceramic star is lovely, I hope your friend uses her new set of tags...too pretty NOT to share with others, and your card has such a warm and cozy feel (love those colors!)

Mary Brown said...

What great projects! LOVE your ornaments and tags along with your card! Thanks for playing along in the SUO challenge!