Holiday Card Series 2014 – Best Wishes Jingle Bell

Card #5  | This card happens to be one of my very favorite in the entire series… couldn’t wait to share this one with you!

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I started with a square base card in vanilla, measuring 4.25”. I added a panel of Twas the Night card stock slightly smaller at 4” square. I then cute a Labels 8 die panel out of cherry card stock and heat embossed a greeting from the Wishing You the Merriest stamp set in white embossing powder.

I die cut one of the snowflakes from the Snowflake Trio 2 set, the largest one, out of fern card stock and cut it into pieces to resemble a pine bough, gluing them together with some adhesive to form a little bunch. I glued them to the sentiment panel, wrapped a bit of French roast & white baker’s twine around the panel and attached a jingle bell (the larger of the two sizes offered by A|S). I then attached the entire sentiment panel to the base card using 3D foam adhesive.

This card has such a nice, traditional Christmas design and I love the added touch of the jingle bell, even though this card might be difficult to mail because of it. If you love this card too, but will need to mail it, try wrapping some vanilla satin ribbon around the sentiment panel and tying it in a knot with tails instead of incorporating the jingle bell. This might help it get through the postal machines a bit better, and arrive safely to your recipient.

Thanks to those of you leaving feedback in the comments! I read every comment and truly appreciate them.

If you would like to purchase the supplies to make this card at home, you can shop right HERE.

Until next time…

2014 Holiday Card Series – Package Tower

Card # 4  |  What would Christmas be without a few gifts under the tree?!

For this festive card I started with a base card in cherry petite pinstripe. This card is top folding and I rounded the bottom corners with my Corner Chomper tool on the 1/4″ rounded setting.

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For the package tower, I stamped the image from the Oh What Fun stamp set using Memento tuxedo black ink and colored it in with Copic markers using two shades of green (YG17 + YG25) and two shades of red (R29 + R39) to create some depth. I then cut the package tower out of the white card stock using the corresponding die (sold separately).

NOTE | If you are having trouble cutting out stamped images from our corresponding dies please let me know in the comments!! I can provide a trick that will make lining up the dies with the images a snap!

I layered a cherry circle cut from the small circle dies, to the pinstripe base card and then attached the package tower with some 3D foam squares. I then cut a strip of white card stock, stamped a sentiment from this same stamp set in cherry ink and cut each end in a fish tail before adding it on top of the package tower image with adhesive.

The last step was to add a few cherry sequins to make the card shine… glue dots work great for this!

Thanks for having a look!  If you’d like to order the supplies I used to make this card you can do that HERE in my stamp shop!

2014 Holiday Card Series – Bottle Brush Forest 2

Card #3  |  Today I have another simple card to share using Bottle Brush Forest

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This clean & simple, one-layer card starts with a base card in sky. I then stamped a few trees in grass ink, and a deer in French roast ink. I took my quickie glue pen and drew in a little hill behind the trees which I then dusted with diamond glitter to give the “snow” some sparkle. I stamped a few snowflakes in Bermuda ink above the trees and finished it off with a sentiment from this stamp set, in cherry ink.

This is such a simple, easy, classic-style Christmas card, it could be fun to reproduce for holiday cards this year.

Thanks for the look!

You can pick up all of the supplies you’d need
to make this card right here.

 

2014 Holiday Card Series – Snowflake Cluster

Card #2  |  I knew the minute I opened the 2014 A|S Holiday Catalog that I was going to have to get that Snowflake stamp set! I have many, many (many!) snowflake images in my collection, but I can never resist another!

HCS-14_SnowflakeCluster copy For this card I started with a base card in white and rounded the outside corners with my Corner Chomper tool. I stamped a sweet sentiment from the Very Merry stamp set in Slate ink on a separate square panel of white card stock. On the base card, I randomly stamped three different snowflake sizes in a cluster, using sage, Bermuda and heather ink colors. I added some lime twinkles to the center of the Bermuda snowflakes to add a bit of sparkle.

A more traditional color combination can be used, but I chose cool, soft, wintery colors for a more modern, graphic design.

Thanks for taking a look! If you’d like to purchase the supplies to make this card, you can do so here.

2014 Holiday Card Series – Felt Snowflake Medallion

Card #1 | I’m kicking off the Holiday Card Series 2014 with a Christmas card using some felt! A|S has brought back a few colors of felt through the 2014 Holiday Catalog – Red, Green & White. I used white felt along with our new Snowflake Trio Too die set to cut the medium snowflake for this card…

HCS-14_FeltSnowflake copy I started with a base card in sky and added a strip of grid card stock, cutting the bottom into a fish tail pennant shape with my scissors. I stamped on a sentiment in cherry ink from the Very Merry stamp set.

For the medallion, I cut a scalloped circle in cherry card stock and a regular circle one size smaller in sage card stock and layered them together. I attached the felt snowflake with a glue dot and then added a Bermuda sequin and a pearl sticker to the center of the snowflake with additional glue dots.

This color combination is fun and whimsical and the felt snowflake adds some nice texture!  Thanks for taking a peek!

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I don’t mean to rush the holidays, I really don’t, but I want to let you know that my 2014 Holiday Card Series is right around the corner! Starting this Wednesday, October 15th, for 12 days straight, I will be sharing a handmade Christmas card to get you thinking about making your own cards this year and hopefully provide some inspiration!

To kick off the anticipation, I chose Bottle Brush Forest for my card today, it’s one of the new stamp sets in the A|S Holiday Catalog for 2014…

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For this card, I started with a white card base. I thought a subtle background would make this card a bit more special so I inked up the Haunted Mansion Background stamp in pebble ink and stamped the front of the card. I then stamped a few of the larger limbed trees in a row, using fern ink. The sentiment, Season’s Greetings, is included with this stamp set. I cut a small strip of cherry card stock and heat embossed the greeting with Versamark ink, white embossing powder and my Milwaukee Heat Tool, popping the sentiment strip off of the card front with 3D foam adhesive. The finishing touch was to add a few cherry sparkle stickers. Every holiday card needs a little sparkle!

This clean and simple Christmas card would be super easy to mass produce and wouldn’t require a lot of supplies. Just enough “cuteness” to put some magic in someone’s mailbox this holiday season!

I hope you’re excited about the Holiday Card Series for 2014… I have lots to share and hope you will respond with comments!  Thanks so much!

Until Wednesday…

 

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Kristine Vicente
A Muse Studio Creative Consultant #1340
Glastonbury, CT

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Today I pulled out my Wicked Web stamp set and had a little “spider” fun…

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This card was super quick and easy!  I cut two circles and one scalloped circle using my Nestie dies from Spellbinders and also offered in the A Muse Studio catalog.  On the white circle I stamped the web image in Seattle ink. I then stamped the little spider in onyx ink and added some onyx pearl stickers to give some dimension to his body. I centered this on my card front and then added the Happy Halloween sentiment from the Say it in Style stamp set. The final step was to round the bottom corners with my Corner Chomper tool. Crisp, clean and very simple today…  Enjoy and have a lovely Sunday!

If you have a few more minutes to read further…

A Little Spider Story |  I don’t like spiders, and I’m sure more than a few of you can relate, but last September I found an orb weaver spider in an incredible web in the center of my front window, thankfully on the outside, and now I have a whole new appreciation for these amazing little creatures. This spider (which I soon referred to as Charlotte, after Charlotte’s Web, one of my favorite childhood stories) lived in my window for 6 weeks and I had a front row seat for her end of life cycle, as orb weavers generally live only one season. They hatch out of the birth sac in the Spring, with hundreds of brothers and sisters, many who never survive a week, and live just one summer. These spiders spin a fresh, intricate, web every night and since their eye sight is quite poor, rely on the vibrations of the web strands to know when they have caught something to eat. They know exactly where to step on the web, where the strands are not sticky, to avoid getting caught themselves, and they are very patient hunters.

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This was my “Charlotte”. I know she looks big and ugly and my first reaction was, “YUCK!”, but the more I watched her, the more she fascinated me, right to the very end…

This particular spider was tough as nails! One Sunday afternoon I watched as she avoided a bird attack, nearly becoming a meal herself, not once, but twice and then carefully ascended to the top of her web just under the window frame to avoid a third attack.  As the summer came to a close, I watched her get weaker and weaker as her webs became smaller and more sloppy, as her life came to a close. She never did create an egg sac with eggs in it before she died, at least I couldn’t find one and probably would have since they typically choose a safe spot near the web for their eggs to winter over. I really enjoyed the experience of checking on her morning and night to see where she was, what she was up to and the masterful creation of her beautiful, intricate webs. There are so many miracles in nature, large and small and I feel grateful for having the opportunity to witness the little miracle of the orb weaver spider.

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KRISTINE VICENTE
A Muse Studio Creative Consultant #1340
Glastonbury, CT
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