Monday, September 26, 2016

Layers And Texture

Hello everyone,

Today's one sheet wonder holly card couldn't be more straightforward.


The printed paper is Stampin' Up Home For Christmas layered on Bazzill Cardinal red which was textured with Sheena Holly embossing folder.  The sentiment is Kaisercraft Christmas Carol stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on Stampin' Up Very Vanilla, layered on Mossy Meadow and highlighted with Sakura Clear Star Gelly Roll pen.

This card came together in mere minutes!  I love this rather large, retro font sentiment.  It was the perfect size to work with the four rectangles of printed paper.  I can't believe that this is the first time I've blogged about the Sheena holly embossing folder.  I can't be 100% certain but I think it may actually be the first time I've used it.  Obviously I've possibly got one too many embossing folders in my stash - gulp!  This is one of the larger sized embossing folders that can take a somewhat larger piece of cardstock.  It's makes perfect background layers.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Simply Situated

Hello everyone,

Today's one sheet wonder card could be a little strange to some.


The printed paper is Stampin' Up Home For Christmas layered on Mossy Meadow and Bazzill Cardinal red.  The sentiment is Impression Obsession Triangle Trees stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.  The embellishment is Jolee's Boutique Embellished Trees.

I couldn't not craft a card in this series without stamping a horizontal sentiment on the vertical.  I can't quite figure out why I like doing this so much.  I came across this set of stitched and sequined felt trees when I found yesterday's wreath sticker.  It's a little more folksy than the more sophisticated holly paper but I thought with the simple font of the sentiment and the reds of the trees it would work just fine.  I actually really like the contrast.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Saturday, September 24, 2016

A Christmas Wish

Hello everyone,

Today's one sheet wonder holly Christmas card uses one of the most awesome embellishments I have in my stash.


The printed paper is Stampin' Up Home For Christmas layered on Bazzill Cardinal red and Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow.  The sentiment is Impression Obsession Christmas Sentiments stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.  The embellishment is from Recollections.

This amazing wreath sticker is made of green and red micro-beads and is utterly stunning.  It's not the perfect colour match but I don't care.  The layout of this card is reminiscent of a window and so this sticker made a ton of sense.  I did almost affix it upside down until I realized the bow was at the top of the wreath, not the bottom.  I think this Impression Obsession Christmas set is one of the first I ever purchased.  I love the font and have used it year after year proving it was a pretty good investment.  I wish I could say that about everything in my stash.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Friday, September 23, 2016

More Christmas For You

Hello everyone,

Today's post is another in this latest holly one sheet wonder series.


The printed paper is Stampin' Up Home For Christmas layered on Bazzill Cardinal red.  The sentiment is Hero Arts Holiday Sayings stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on Very Vanilla and layered on more Bazzill and Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow.  The embellishment is of unknown origin.

I find these square one sheet wonder pieces somewhat challenging when you're not using a square card.  While this is not a really different layout for me, I was reminded of this layout by some of the card my friend crafted at the Crop we went to last Saturday.  It turned out to be the perfect layout in this case.  The embellishment, which I've had in my Christmas stash for eons, works wonderfully with the holly images on the printed paper.  They both have the same pointed leave style, if not the greatest colour match, so I can live with it.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Christmas For You

Hello everyone,

Today's I'm posting card number five in the holly one sheet wonder series I've been posting.


The printed paper is Stampin' Up Home For Christmas layered on Bazzill Cardinal red and Mossy Meadow.  The sentiment is My Sentiments Exactly Holiday Sentiments stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on Very Vanilla.  The embellishments are Forever In Time Diamond Gem Strips.

I'm not following the exact layouts for this particular one sheet wonder.  Once I have the pieces cut, I usually just put the cards together as I see fit.  These two piece really confounded me however until I looked at the instructions.  Basically you're suppose to flip the smaller piece to the opposite print.  I would have done it too but the back of this piece is deer and it just looked much too weird.  I adapted and I'm very happy.  I love having the sentiment framed by the two printed pieces.  I raised the sentiment panel on dimensionals so it would stand out even more.  I probably could have used more pearls but I liked this more as it's kind of like the period on a exclamation mark.  A happy exclamation mark!

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Christmas Layers

Hello everyone,

Card number four in this holly one sheet wonder series.


The printed paper is Stampin' Up Home For Christmas layered on Mossy Meadow and Bazzill Cardinal red.  The background layers were textured with Sizzix Merry Christmas Phrases embossing folder.  The sentiment is Kaisercraft Christmas Sentiments stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on Very Vanilla.  The ribbon is Michael's Craft Narrows Ribbon Bow-tique.

As straightforward as yesterday's card was, today's is all about layers and textured.  I don't believe I've ever embossed two layers of cardstock at the same time and can't believe why on earth I haven't.  This background layer is amazing!  It adds wonderful texture and interest to this card.  I couldn't resist adding the plaid ribbon because it just makes me happy!  

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Christmas Simplicity

Hello everyone,

The third case is this current one sheet wonder series.


The printed paper is Stampin' Up Home For Christmas layered on Bazzill Cardinal red.  The image is Winterland Holly Cottage Cutz die cut from Mossy Meadow and Bazzill Cardinal.  The sentiment is My Sentiments Exactly Holiday Sentiments stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on Very Vanilla and layered on more Cardinal.

As with holly images, I've got quite a collection of holly dies and this series is the perfect excuse to experiment with some of them.  This particular die cut has both a large and a small branch.  I couldn't figure out how to use the smaller branch is a pleasing way so decided to just use the large branch.  It was a good choice because I think this would have appeared quite cluttered if I'd tried to use both.  I really like all the 'white' space that is behind the branch.  The font of this sentiment is quite effective too, not overpowering so that 'white' space is still effective.

I hope you enjoy this card and come back to SPI again soon.

Gisèle