Festival of Trees – 4th Christmas Card for Hero Hugs

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This is another easy card for my Hero Hugs event.  I will let stampers choose between some of the trees in the set (Festival of Trees), but the rest of the card will be the same.

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This is the filigree version, and I think it is very pretty, but since I don’t know if the cards will go to men or women, I’ll set this tree aside.  Ignore the fact that I didn’t emboss the accent piece with the Lucky Stars embossing folder.  I actually made this version first, then decided I wanted a more masculine version (regardless of the Strawberry Slush accent piece) and chose the pine tree, and the embossed stars.  Because the color scheme has a contemporary flair, I don’t think it will offend the men.

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I wanted the front of the card design very clean, so I put both sentiment stamps on the same block and stamped them inside.

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The cardstock is Pistachio Pudding and Strawberry Slush, and the ink is Strawberry Slush.  I punched the star using the Itty Bitty Accents punch out of Gold Foil Sheets.  The banner for the tree is cut using the Banners Framelit.

Thanks for stopping by and come back Friday to see my next project.  To view my class list or purchase anything current you have seen, go to Stampin’ Bon.

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Beautiful Bunch PPA 222 Color Challenge

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I wasn’t sure how I felt about a color challenge, because you can literally do anything with it, so it makes it a little harder to focus.  I decided to pick a stamp set I liked, and just see what I could do with the colors.

I was actually relieved to have these colors, because I needed a break from all my Christmas cards.  This is a card I can use any time of year.  Just change the sentiment and it is good for birthday, thinking of you, or get well.  Even though the mat color is so dark and strong, the card comes across as very feminine.  But hey, maybe that’s because of the flowers and girly ribbon.

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I used lots of layers for this piece, because I didn’t want the different flowers and embellishments to sink into each other.  Even my velum sentiment has tiny pieces of Stampin’ DImensionals hidden under the Calypso Coral Candy Dots.  While my first flower is adhered directly to the mat, the second one is single “popped” and the third is double “popped”.P1020158

I had fun changing up the same flower stamp, to make each one look a little different.  That is my favorite flower in the Beautiful Bunch set, and I didn’t want to mix the various styles, so I just added color variations.

Flower #1 – is stamped in Early Espresso on So Saffron, but I stamped the image off onto a scratch piece of paper first, so the flower wouldn’t be so dark.  I then used a blender pen to pick up color from my Calypso Coral ink pad lid to color in the center and the outside edge of the center flower piece.  Just squish the ink pad together when it is closed, and you will have ink sitting on the lid when you open it,

Flower #2 – is stamped in Calypso Coral on Whisper White.  Ok, well that was easy.

Flower #3 – is stamped in So Saffron on Whisper White and the edges are sponged in Calypso Coral.  I also fussy cut (a dirty word in my book) the center splotch.  I’m sure there is a scientific word for whatever that thing is, but you know what I mean, and isn’t that the point of language?  See, my linguistics class wasn’t a waste.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll come back soon.  My next post focuses on another quick and easy Hero Hugs Christmas card.

To view my class list or purchase anything you have seen here, go to Stampin’ Bon.

Cheerful Christmas – 3rd Christmas card for Hero Hugs

First, I want to thank the Pals Paper Arts team for “picking” my Octopus card as one of the winners for the PPA 221 Sketch Challenge.  If you missed it, view it here.  I was so excited to see my name on their list!  If you ever need inspiration, visit Pals Paper Arts, and you will see tons of sketch ideas and color schemes, plus see how artists interpret the various challenges.

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And now, another simple Hero Hugs Christmas card for your viewing pleasure.  This one uses classic red and green.

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I embossed the cardbase with the Filigree Frame embossing folder, and it is a tight fit on the Hero Hugs card, because these cards are .25″ narrower than a standard A2 card (They are sized to fit in a special care package box).  When you use it for your own cards, it will fit just fine.

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I used a Sponge Dauber to color the swirls of the embossed image using Real Red ink.  I then stamped the Cheerful Christmas sentiment with Garden Green ink.  I will pre-emboss and ink the red swirls for my volunteers.  Volunteers will stamp the outside and inside sentiments, and then write something nice inside.  If this were a smaller group and we didn’t have 500+  cards to make, I would certainly have the volunteers emboss and ink this themselves.  That isn’t difficult, it just takes time.

As I mentioned on Wednesday, my Hero Hugs event is partially sponsored by Thrivent Financial.  If you are a Thrivent member, there is a new benefit that any member can apply for to get up to $250 to use for a service project.  Go to Thrivent.com/actionteam.  It was very easy to apply, and since Hero Hugs is a 501 c (3), my project qualified.  Previously, I paid for all the Hero Hugs supplies myself, so I really appreciate the opportunity to get assistance with the expenses!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll come back on Monday for a short interruption in Hero Hugs Christmas cards, so I can post my PPA 222 Color Challenge card.  To view my class list or purchase anything you have seen here, go to Stampin’ Bon.

Mingle All The Way – 2nd Christmas Card for Hero Hugs

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I am working on the rest of my cards for my Hero Hugs Christmas card making event on October 19th (cards for the deployed men and women in the military).  For this event, I am receiving partial sponsorship from Thrivent Financial, and I’ll share more about that on Friday.  If you missed the first card, view it here.  Because I have both experienced and inexperienced stampers help, I make the cards simple, so everyone can produce an aesthetically appealing card and enjoy the process.  For this card, I chose to make it contemporary and fun.

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I taped the Real Red Woven Satin Ribbon to the back of the Back to Black Designer Series Paper (DSP) with plain Scotch tape and then used Fast Fuse to adhere that to the Whisper White card base.  For the event, I will provide Scotch double sided tape, because that’s easier for most, but if you attend, and are experienced with Fast Fuse, I will be happy to let you use that while you are here. We need to use a strong adhesive like Fast Fuze or Scotch double sided tape, so the materials hold together in a variety of climates.  Unfortunatley, this is not the time for the easy to use “Snail” adhesive.

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The focal sentiment uses the Mingle All The Way set, stamped in Real Red ink, and I cut the Basic Black mat with the Starburst Framelit.  I will actually use up retired DSP to make most of the cards (see above), before switching to my current stock.  If you still have the retired DSP, you can make this card.  Just use Very Vanilla with the retired DSP, instead of Whisper White.  Other than that, it is made exactly the same.

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My next four cards will all focus on the designs I’m having volunteers make for Hero Hugs, so for anyone looking for quick and easy cards, or just cards you can make en masse, without stress, you will appreciate these posts.

Thanks for stopping by and come back soon.  To view my class list or purchase anything current you have seen, go to Stampin’ Bon.