Let It Ride Swap Card

Anyone love horses?

Every month (except when I'm too busy or overwhelmed) I'm involved in at least one swap

I'm in two swaps this month and the first one uses anything from the Occasions catalog.  I decided to use Let It Ride

I love to watercolor and thought this would be ideal for that.  I started with a piece of watercolor paper cut to 3 x 4-1/4".  I first stamped the mountains in basic gray using the Waterfront stamp set.  I used a little ink from the cover of the stamp pad to move some of the mountain down so it would reach the trees.

Next, I moved to the trees from Let It Ride.  I stamped some in Mossy Meadow and some in Old Olive.  Let those sit awhile and dry well (I came back later to add a little Old Olive in between the trees to create more of a forest.

The horses came next.  I stamped them in Soft Suede and let them dry well.  I then colored them in with some Crumb Cake ink.  

I went back to Old Olive to color in the grass and throughout the trees.  It's important not to use a very wet paintbrush or it will all run.  (if that happens in the trees, just let that dry and go back and stamp the trees again in Mossy Meadow to get more definition).

Last I added some sky using Balmy Blue.

LET DRY WELL!

You could use watercolor pencils or even Stampin' Blends for your coloring too--whatever works best for you.

I mounted the watercolor piece on a piece of Soft Suede cardstock cut to 4 x 5-1/4" using dimensionals.  That piece was then added to the Very Vanilla Thick card base.  

I cut a piece of Burlap ribbon at about 3-3/4" long and attached it to the bottom of the watercolor piece.  I then took about 4 inches of Copper trim and spread the ends, attaching it to the Burlap ribbon.  

I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock and cut it out with the squarish rectangle stitched die.  I then added it to the top of the ribbon using a dimensional at the bottom and snail at the top (since the watercolor piece was raised on dimensionals, I needed the bottom of the sentiment to also be raised.)

Don't forget about the inside of your card!  I stamped the "Live like someone left the gate open" sentiment on the inside and stamped one set of trees in the bottom right corner.

This would make a great birthday card (just change the sentiments) and a super masculine card.  

 

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Happy 2019!

Happy New Year! 

Wishing you all the very best the new year has to offer!

 

New Year's Eve

Happy New Year's Eve!  

What are your plans?  Do you party?  Do you stay home in your jammies?  Watch football?  Craft?  Shoot off fireworks?  Drink champagne?

Whatever you do, I hope you stay safe and have a wonderful time!

NEW Items added to Clearance Rack

 

Stampin' Up! added new items to the Clearance Rack today and they are selling fast!  There are ribbons, inks, stamp pads, cardstock, dies, punches, embellishments and more!  

If you are a planner person, you can pick up the Love Today Planner kit and its refill at over 60% off!  Order it now and be prepared for 2019.

Order today and use my Host Code C23ZA9K if your order is below $150 and I will send you a free gift.

Happy shopping and saving!

Signs of Santa Gift Card Holder/Money Holder

I needed some gift card holders and some money holders for my family because I give all the adults cash so they can get just what they want.  As soon as I saw the Santa's Signs stamp set and the matching Designer Series Paper, I knew they would be perfect for gift card holders.

To make the money holder:

Cardstock:

  • Whisper White Thick, 6-1/4" x 9-3/8", scored at 3-1/2" and 7"
  • Poppy Parade, 6" x 3-1/4"
  • Whisper White scraps for the sentiment
  • Poppy Parade Scrap for the scalloped oval

I stamped the sentiment on the front in Poppy Parade and cut it out with the Stitched Shapes Dies (Oval) and backed it with the poppy parade scalloped oval from the Layering Ovals Dies.  I cut a slice off the top of the inside piece to create a pocket and then used Tear & Tape to hold the long side together.   I stamped the inside sentiment from Signs of Santa and the "Happiest Christmas Wishes" comes from the Dashing Deer stamp set. 

And the Gift Card Holder:

Cardstock:

  • Poppy Parade, 4-1/4" x 11", scored at 5-1/2 and 9
  • Whisper White, 4" x 5-1/4"
  • Scraps of Whisper White for the sentiments
  • Scrap of Poppy Parade for the scalloped circle

For the front, I first cut the Designer Series paper 3-1/4" x 4" and adhered to the front piece. I stamped the sentiment in Poppy Parade on whisper white and punched out with the 1-1/2" Circle Punch.  I backed that with the Poppy Parade Scalloped Circle and put on the card with dimensionals.  

For the inside,  I cut a piece of the DSP to fit the pocket front (4" x 2-1/4") and adhered it.  Using the 1" circle punch, punch out half of a circle to make it easier to get the gift card out. I used Tear & Tape on each side to create the pocket.  The sentiment for this part of the card comes from the retired BYOP set--this set is ideal for gift cards and was designed for that purpose.  I stamped them on whisper white and die cut them with the new Rectangle Stitched Dies (#148551) from the Occasions catalog.  The "Ho Ho Ho" comes from the Labels to Love Stamp Set and was stamped on the far right side of the inside.  I left plenty of space to write a note and it will be hidden from view when the card is closed.

These money/gift card holders are really easy to make and you can use whatever pretty paper or stamp set you have for whatever occasion!

 

 

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Craft & Carry Bag for the Stamparatus

Now available for purchase is this cute Craft & Carry Bag for your Stamparatus.  

  

The Stamparatus is really the best stamping tool out there!  I know because I have several of the others (purchased before Stampin' Up! brought out the Stamparatus) and they simply don't compare.  Being able to use both sides of the stamping plates and being able to move them to different settings to stamp makes this tool really versatile.  I really love how I can set mine up with several stamps and not have to change them when I am making multiples of a card.  And if I don't ink up my stamp enough and don't get a clear image, I can ink it up again and stamp over and over until I am satisfied with my image.  No more halo images!

Don't have a Stamparatus yet?  Now's a great time to ask Santa for one!  You can get one bundled with the bag.  And don't forget to add the accessories!

 

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Snowflake Showcase Sales end Tomorrow 11/30

Sales for the Snowflake Showcase end tomorrow night at 11:50 MT or until supplies sell out.  Some items are already gone.  So if you love snowflakes as I do, you really don't want to pass these up! And the Happiness Surrounds stamp set makes great all-occasion cards year round!

The dies fit both stamp sets and make absolutely beautiful cards!  You can check out my Snowflake Showcase Pinterest Board for more great ideas!

 

 

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