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December 2014

Happy New Year and Watercolor Winter Simply Sent Kit - Group 4

Happy New Year's Eve! Before 2014 concludes, I wanted to share the last group of Christmas cards that I made with the Watercolor Winter Simply Sent Kit.

Each card in this group features a water-colored sentiment. I even used the negative pieces after removing some of the letters. I have had so much fun with this kit! Like I said yesterday, it's on sale for only $9.99 right now, so grab yourself one or two for your cards next year or even tags.

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Here's a complete look at all of the cards.

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Here is the design from the card kit. It's a little hard to see, but there are vellum holly leaves in the lower right corner next to the glimmer holly berries.

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This is very similar, but I added both Old Olive and Coastal Caban inks to the main letters, and used the red striped card for more contrast. Love those woodgrain embossed background panels too!

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Another variation using a different stamped greeting and some of the smaller letters.

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For this card, I used some leftover glitter paper stars, and made a watercolor red star as well. I think it has a little bit of a western feel with the woodgrain pattern stamped also.

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Ok, last one. This is one of my favorites. I love how this negative Merry & Bright piece turned out, the colors, the glimmer paper and even the little bow.

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Well, that is the last post for this series and for 2014! I am going to play around with the leftovers and make some tags to use next Christmas, so I may come back for one more holiday post. I have another Can You Case It card coming on Sunday, and some new projects featuring upcoming products from the Stampin' Up! Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogs. I hope you'll join me here again in 2015. Happy New Year!

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Watercolor Winter Simply Sent Kit - Group 3

Hello, and welcome back! Today I'm sharing the 3rd group of cards I made from the Watercolor Winter Simply Sent Kit. This kit is on sale here right now for only $9.99! That's 20 cards and envelopes for just under $10 or $.50 each. And, after making the 20 cards, there are plenty of supplies left to make some additional cards or tags. It's a beautiful bargain I tell you.

So, without further ado, here is group 3. This set of cards all feature the red sled. To the kit, I added some vellum cardstock and some snowflake sequins.

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You can see a little more of the dimension from this view.

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Here is the design from the card kit. I think it's simple but very pretty.

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This one is very similar, but I move the sled to the left and used a piece of vellum cardstock and snowflake sequins to embellish it.

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I cut the woodgrain embossed piece into a hill shape, and added a second hill from vellum cardstock. I used some of the additional alphabet lettes in the kit to make the banner greeting.

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I used the same two hills as the card above (from woodgrain embossing and vellum cardstock), added a tree and a greeting with extra letters and a stamped banner. The Watercolor Winter Too Stamp Set coordinates with the card kit.

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Here is the last card from this grouping, and I really varied this design from the original. It's good to experiment!

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Well, that is all for today. I'll be sharing group 4 tomorrow, and then have another CYCI Design Team card on Sunday. Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Watercolor Winter Simply Sent Kit - Group 2 and Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! Well, I think I'm a few minutes late for Central Time in the US, but in the Mountain and Pacific time zones it's still Christmas! I wanted to say Merry Christmas, and thank you to everyone that visits my blog and leaves comments. I appreciate you and the time you take to stop by my little corner of the world wide web. So, on to another round of my Watercolor Winter Christmas cards. I challenged myself to make 20 different cards with this kit, and this is batch #2. These five feature the vellum snowflake diecuts from the kit.

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It's a little easier to see some of the snowflakes from this angle.

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First up, the beautiful card design from the kit. The Merry & Bright letters are watercolored as well as the background stripes.

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In fact, I liked this design so much that I changed the colors only for my second card, and kept the rest of the design the same.

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For this card, I added a piece of watercolor paper, and then watercolored with Coastel Cabana and Bermuda Bay. The letters are left plain in watercolor paper, and some white sequins were added as well as the smaller vellum snowflake

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Next up, I used the negative space from the larger snowflake to watercolor the image onto the card front, and then adhered the smaller snowflake over the top. After I took this picture, I actually added some Bermuda Bay splatter to the card front to make it less "perfect".

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And, one last card for today. I watercolored the background again, but this time more lightly and randomnly and also added splatters. I used both the large and small snowflakces, and the glitter and stamped titles.

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Well, that is all for today! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men!

 

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Can You Case It #50 - Designers Choice Holiday Edition

Hello and welcome back. Today I'm posting for the Can You Case It Design Team, our 50th Challenge! This week we are focusing on holiday projects of our choice. I made this mini card with the Wonderful Wreath Stamp Set. I had high hopes of making a set of mini cards and tags, but time is getting away from me leading up to Christmas. I'm hoping to have some time this weekend to complete a set with these fun stamps.

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So, here is my mini card for you today. In addition to the stamps and dies, I used some background paper from the Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack.

Wonderous Wreath, Christmas Mini Card by Marisa Gunn

 

I love the little bow and hanging element that come with this wreath set. They look great with added Stampin' Dimensionals. The colors I stamped on the wreath are Pistachio Pudding, Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler.

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The greeting is stamped on Vellum Cardstock. I love using this because it doesn't detract from the rest of the project.

Wonderous Wreath, Christmas Mini Card by Marisa Gunn

 

Well, that is all for today. I hope you'll join us at the Can You Case It site, and link up a holiday project of your own! Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Holidays!

 

 

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Watercolor Winter Simply Sent Kit - Group 1

Hello there, and welcome back! Today is the first of four different posts featuring 20 different cards that I made with the Watercolor Winter Simply Sent Kit. This is a beautiful kit, and might be my favorite Stampin' Up! kit of all time. Of course, I love, love, love watercolor and have for a long time. I bought four kits already, and will use these to send as my Christmas cards this year (with an MDS printed card inside as well). This kit is even on sale, and I'll probably buy one more to make lots of tags out of! I'm not kidding you...I love this kit.

Ok, so here are the first 5 cards I made. I posted this first photo on Instragram as a sneak of today's post.

Watercolor Winter Kit, Group 1 with 5 cards featuring trees, by Marisa Gunn

 

There are enough supplies in the kit to make 20 cards, and it even includes color printed envelopes. The kit has designs for 4 different cards. So, I made each of those designs and then made 4 variations on each of their themes to get to 20 cards total.

Watercolor Winter Kit, Group 1 with 5 cards featuring trees, by Marisa Gunn

 

Here is the kit card example using the trees. The diecut trees are watercolored and then adhered to glitter trees. I love all the details including the glitter diecut word, the diecut banners to match the coordinating stamp set, the woodgrain embossed white layer, and the red striped printed card base. There are even sequins and twine too!

Watercolor Winter Kit, Group 1 with 5 cards featuring trees, by Marisa Gunn

 

This was my first variation. I watercolored snow in the background, and used a scrap of the watercolor paper colored red to back the trees with. The joy was cut from the "joyeux" sentiment as you get the glitter words in all of the languages that Stampin' Up has available.

Watercolor Winter Kit, Group 1 with 5 cards featuring trees, by Marisa Gunn

 

Next I added a handcut hill from Crumb Cake cardstock, and used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to stamp "snow" in the background with Coastal Cabana ink. I used the Merry & Bright letters and banner concept from one of the other kit design cards that you'll see later.

Watercolor Winter Kit, Group 1 with 5 cards featuring trees, by Marisa Gunn

 

Next, I decided to cut the white woodgrain embossed pieces in two, with a curve to look like a hill. And, I used the glitter trees alone trimmed with the twine. I also used a strip of leftover watercolor paper colored with Old Olive at the bottom of the greeting.

Watercolor Winter Kit, Group 1 with 5 cards featuring trees, by Marisa Gunn

 

This was a variation of the above card. I added some Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine with more wraps around the trees, used the snowy background printed card base and colored the watercolor strip with Cherry Cobbler ink. Added some more sequins, which made it onto most of the cards!

Watercolor Winter Kit, Group 1 with 5 cards featuring trees, by Marisa Gunn

 

Well, that is all for today. You'll find the link to this beautiful card kit below. Right now it's on sale for $17.49 U.S. which is less than $1 per card including the envelope! It's beautiful AND it's a bargain! I'll share the other 3 groups of 5 cards this week. Thanks for stopping by...

 

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November My Paper Pumpkin Projects and Alternates

Hello and welcome back! Today I'm sharing my Paper Pumpkin projects and alternates using the November 2014 kit called Simply Snowflake (here is the refill option for this kit).

Here is the overview of my projects. I made 2 different styles of cards and 4 styles of tags.

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Here is the kit card. The snowflakes are all diecut for you, and the stamps, ink and envelopes are included in the kit.

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Here is the inside of the card.

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Here is my alternate card. I had to add the white card base and a 3.25" x 4.5" piece of Soft Sky cardstock. I used left over Lost Lagoon and silver snowflakes, and also stamped in Soft Sky on the white card base. I also used the washi tape.

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Here are the tags that were created with the kit instructions. Love these!

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I used the letters from the above tags to add to some Smoky Slate tags with washi tape.

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Here is the process I used to easily line up the letters on the gray tag.

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Here I cut up the sheet that the silver snowflakes came from, and adhered them to the middle of Soft Sky tags cut with the tab topper punch. I also stamped the snowflurry image along the sides first in Whisper White Craft ink.

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I did the same type of thing with the Lost Lagoon snowflake sheet, but added some rhinestones to the center of each snowflake. The greetings are in the stamp set as well.

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Even though I have only showed 12 items, the kit contains enough to make several more cards and tags, both of the original designs and of mine. These kits really are a great value! Well, that is all for today. Thanks for stopping by, and please come back to see more Christmas projects over the next few weeks.

 

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Festival of Trees Tag Set

Hello and welcome back! I'm sharing a set of tags that I made with the Festival of Trees Stamp Set and matching punch. I shared this picture of them before during the Creative Blog Hop, but I thought it would be nice to show them close up and give you more details on the supplies used.

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I did stick with only the Festival of Trees stamp set. It's a cute set with different styles of trees and several greetings, and is very versatile. The matching punch makes it easy to punch out the stamped images or to just punch the trees out of patterned paper. The top tag has three punched trees stapled together and bent in half for dimension. On the lower left tag I added Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details over the stamped image. And, the lower right tag was heat embossed in white and then I added Basics Rhinestones colored with the Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities Markers.

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The patterned papers are all from the Trim The Tree Designer Series Paper Stack. I also used some solid colors of cardstock for the banners and circles, and some are punched from the Kraft 12" X 12" Card Stock. On the left tag, I used only the layered stamps in Pistachio Pudding, Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler. On the right tag, I stamped the tree in Gold Encore ink, and then stamped the second layer in Cherry Cobbler ink. Oh, and I added a star punched from the Gold Glimmer Paper.

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The greetings are all diecut using the Bitty Banners Framelits. I used several ribbons from the holiday catalog and regular catalog as well as a few colors of baker's twine. The little bird is included in the stamp set too. I also used the Scallop Edge Border Punch and the Finishing Touches Edgelits Die to shape the bottom layer of two of the tags. I used Stampin Dimensionals in several places too. On the right tag I used silver embossing for the tinsel on the tree.

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The circles were created with the 2-1/2" Circle Punch.

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Well, that is all for today. I hope you enjoyed seeing the tags close up. I'm planning to make another set or two of these for Christmas, and they would make a great gift for a neighbor or co-worker as well. I'll have many more Christmas projects to share over the next couple of weeks. Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Can You Case It #49 - Clean and Quick

Hello, and welcome back! Today I'm sharing another card for the Can You Case It Challenge Blog. This week's theme is Clean and Quick and includes using a button or other embellishment.

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I decided to make an ornament shape using the Festive Paper-Piercing Pack. The ornament stamps and dies are retired (but while supplies last you can actually get them on the clearance rack right now here and here). First, I pierced the ornament shape, and then stamp and white heat embossed the greeting in the middle of the ornament. After that, I stitched around using a running stitch. I added the fancy Nordic Designer Buttons to the top, and some more white embroidery floss for the ornament to hang from.

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The background paper is the ornament pattern from the Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper. I love this print! It makes the perfect backdrop to the simple focal point, and has so much wonderful color and detail. The stitched ornament piece is adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals.

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Well, that is all for today. I have some more Christmas projects to share soon, including Christmas tags, cards from the Watercolor Winter Kit and the Many Merry Stars Kit. Hope to see you again soon, and thanks for stopping by!

 

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Can You Case It #48 - Color Challenge

Hello, and welcome back! I'm back today with a color challenge from the Can You Case It blog. I love this color combo of Blackberry Bliss, Coastal Cabana and Crumb Cake (although I used Sahara Sand for both of my projects).

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I love this Merry image from the Seasonally Scattered Stamp Set. It makes me want to scatter snowflakes and sequins everywhere! So, that's sort of what I did for this card. I added the tan pattern from the Trim The Tree Designer Series Paper Stack and some Coastal Cabana Thick Baker's Twine to finish the card. Also, the greeting is stamped in Blackberry Bliss onto Vellum Cardstock, which is also layered over a Naturals White card.

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Once I got started with these colors, I decided to make one more mini-card with the same color combo. I stamped the wreath first in Sahara Sand, then Coastal Cabana and the berries in Blackberry Bliss along with the die cut bow. I diecut the word "joy" from Coastal Cabana cardstock, and then painted over it with the Smooch Spritz to make it stand out a little more. It's had to see in this photo, but it gives it a nice shine in real life. I also sponged a little white ink behind the wreath to make it stand out a little more.

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Well, that is all for today! Thanks for stopping by, and please join us at the Can You Case It website for our challenge!

 

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My Paper Pumpkin - November 2013

Hello and welcome back! Today I wanted to share the projects that I made with the My Paper Pumpkin November 2013 kit. Yes I know...I received this kit a year ago and am just now getting around to using it! I had a lot of fun with this kit though. It was originally designed to make 4 cards, but I stretched it to 6 cards and 4 tags. And, I still have almost a whole strand of the star garland left to make more tags or cards with.

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Here is the card the kit was designed to make. I love the printed stripe on the cards and the start garland. I thought this was navy blue, but it's actually shades of gray and silver with the red.

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The star in the Noel and the bottom greeting are the stamps that came with the set along with a Real Red Stampin' Spot inkpad.

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Here is my first alternate card. To stretch my kit, I used 1 piece of Real Red 12x12 cardstock and 2 pieces of Very Vanilla 12x12 cardstock to complete the rest of the projects. Here I used the Real Red to make the card bases from. I also cut out the Noel image from the banner, and mounted it on a piece of the stripe card with the star garland dangling from it.

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The pieces of star garland are attached to the back of the squares, and the bottom stars are attached to the card front with mini glue dots.

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I added another cardstock panel inside with a greeting and space to write on a light surface.

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I think this might be my favorite card. The card base is Very Vanilla, with half of a striped card covering the front, then a layer of Real Red and a piece of Very Vanilla for the tree.

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The star garland was wrapped around the tree with part of the greeting at the bottom.

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Last but not least is the tag design. I used one of the new tag topper punches and Real Red ribbon from the Holiday Catalog. With a little more plain color cardstock, I plan to make more tags with the rest of the star garland that I have left.

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Well, that is is it for today. I'll have more tags to share this week, and what I've done with the November 2014 My Paper Pumpkin Kit soon. Thanks for stopping by!

 

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