Christmas + Cactus = One Fun Card

Hi, guys!

Have you started thinking about making Christmas cards? I’m a long way out from picking a design to make mass quantities of this year, but I’ve been having fun trying out some different stamp sets to make one-of-a-kind cards.

Yes, I say one-of-a-kind cards. Still playing around, trying to find “that” card that will be the one I make lots of. Today’s card is definitely a contender though for me making more like it.

Without anymore delay, meet today’s card.

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It’s a bit non-traditional for a Christmas card, which is a big reason why I love it.

The cactus and words are form the Christmas Cactus stamp set designed by Ann Corbiere-Scott for Scraps of Love, a fun scrapbook store I recently visited in Arizona. Ann created a whole collection of  hand-drawn stamp sets for them, a number of which have a sweet Arizona twist.

I couldn’t resist making a Santa-themed cactus with the stamps. I stamped the three cactus plant on white cardstock, plus one Santa hat, and colored them in with markers and pencils. I fussy cut them out and then pieced them together to make the little scene you see here. (By the way, I wanted the images to really stand out so I sponged blue ink on my card base, plus I added some extra detail to the large cactus by adding a few drops of Glossy Accents. Those drops really add something special.)

Merry Cactus stamped Christmas card by Teri | terisplace.wordpress.com

While I used a combination of markers and pencils to color in the cactus plants, I decided to do something different with the sentiment. I bypassed the markers and simply used colored pencils. I love how it looks.

I also added a few more drops of Glossy Accents to my overall card design, and I added some texture to the white spaces on Santa’s hat with the help of my white Nuvo Crystal Drops.

Anyway, I think this card turned out fun. I just might make some more like it.

Thanks for stopping by. I’ll be back again soon, friends.

A Sympathy Card

Hi, friends!

Sympathy cards are not my favorite card to make, but it seems like they are the one card I always need to have on hand… just in case the need sadly arises for one. I can make a lot of cards on demand, but sympathy cards are the one card that I just cannot make on the spur of the moment.

So today’s card came about because I felt the need to make a few to add to my card making stash.

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The flowers and words are from the Cherished Memories stamp set from Altenew. It’s lovely stamp set, featuring some really pretty (and modern… yet classy) blooms and leaves. Plus, they are wide open and really easy to color in.

I stamped a couple blooms and leaves and simply colored them with my Copic markers. To give the leaves and blooms a little extra “umph”, I added a little bit of shadow red and green colored pencils. If you look close at the card, you’ll see it. Just look at the darkest spots on the flowers and leaves.

I sponged some blue ink on the card base and glued the leaves right to it. I used Thin 3D Foam Squares from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L to affix the flowers. Now, confession time, I fussy the stamped flowers rather than cutting them with the matching dies. A tight budget means no dies for that stamp set for me. (Wink! Raise your hand if you can feel what I’m talking about.)

A handmade sympathy card by Teri | terisplace.wordpress.com

I picked this sentiment because I thought it was a lovely one for a sympathy card, but I do think this card could probably be used as an encouragement card too or as a card to just let a dear friend you are thinking of them too.

Alright. That’s it for now. I’ll be back again later, friends. Thank you, as always, for taking the time to stop by. I sure appreciate your kind words.

Avocado Arts: Project Share (2-15)

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Hi all!

Say hello to today’s card!

Playing again with stamps from Avocado Arts. Challenging myself, too, to use a few different stamping techniques, too.

The Friends Forever sentiment is from their Special Delivery set. It’s a wee bit hard to tell above, but I used it to make a DIY  patterned paper. I stamped it over and over on the blue cardstock with a slightly darker blue. I am a huge fan of all things text and ledger paper related so it was totally fun to make own text paper with it.

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The circle is a piece of sticky canvas. I stamped sentiment and flowers (from Avocado Arts’ new set that comes out in March) right on top. I colored the flowers with good old colored pencils.

I’m not the only one playing with Avocado Arts stamps today. This sweet girls are, too!

And be sure to swing on the Avocado Arts blog. They love to hear from good folks. It really does make their day!

Today’s card (2-14)

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Hi all!

Another day, another card!

I’m playing along again with the sweet gals from the CASE Study blog. (Hi, girls!) They are using this card of mine for inspiration this week.

I threw a bit of caution to the wind, opting to (loosely) be inspired by the layered circles on the original card.

The dies here are from Pink Paislee. The doily is from …. I don’t know who. 😉 And the words are from the Journal It – For the Record set by  Liana Lamb from My Favorite Things. If you haven’t checked out Liana’s stamps, do! They are awesome!

Before I go, I want to mention one more thing.

Have you heard about True Stamp 2013?

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It’s a new online, one-day event with classes from these companies:
-Technique Tuesday
-Lawn Fawn
-Simon Says Stamp
-Paper Smooches
-Unity Stamp Co.
-Raisin Boat

Lain Ehmann is coordinating and hosting it.

Students get access to all six classes, as well as eternal access to all class recordings, as well as some prizes, freebies and a virtual goodie bag.

For more information, check out the class info page.