Friday, November 24, 2017

Night in Bethlehem-Ornaments

 Do you like the look of handcrafted ornaments?  I have gone through the ornaments I have saved over the years and kept only the hand crafted ornaments.  The kids have moved, and the tree is smaller, and in trying to downsize I am happy with my decision.  

What did I use to make these ornaments?

1. Foil snowflakes, two per ornament, gold and silver glued together.

2. Silver and Gold Foil card stock.

3. Layering Ovals framelits

4. Oh My Stars embossing folder

The ornaments are reversible.

I reversed the gold and silver foil, the foil snowflakes and featured a different part of the stamp set on each side.  It was great fun.

Next week I will be sharing all the projects I made with the Snowflake Sentiments bundle.  These were also make for the Holiday Catalog Launch party so be prepared to see quite a variety.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Night in Bethlehem-Envelope Punch board box with cards

 Did you know you can make a box with the envelope punch board.  Here are the steps to follow.

1. Look on the punch board for your card size.  Mine was 3 by 3.

2. Add 1 1/4 inches to the paper size.  A 3 by 3 card need paper sized at 5 1/4 by 5 1/4.  So adding 1 1/4 would make the new size for the paper 6 1/2 by 6 1/2.

3. Find the score line for your card and add 1/4 inch to the score line.
3 by 3 score line is 2 5/8 so the new score line would be 2 7/8.

4. Make your first score and punch.

5. Move over 1" and score and punch again.  Continue like you would with an envelope only you are scoring and punch twice before turning 90 degrees.  

I think I have an idea for my next Youtube video.  One of my goals is to do more videos.  

Once your box is put together, then you can make some 3 by 3 cards to put inside the box.  Making some kind of a belly band will help the box stay together with having to seal it. What would you make your box and cards from?

Happy Thanksgiving one and all.  I hope today finds you with family and friends.  I am in Tennessee with my children and grandchildren and loving every minute.

Tomorrow I will share some ornaments I made for the tree using this great and versatile set.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Night in Bethlehem-Framed Art

 Do you like to display your art work on the walls of your home?  I think it is fun now and then to make something that can hang on the walls. In preparation for the Holiday Launch party I was encouraged to make a variety of items with the same stamp set.  That was so much fun, I have to figure out a way to do that with each new set I receive.  It helps me realize the versatility of a stamp set and helps me share these ideas with all of you.

I had some long frames in my garage and decided to try to make a picture inside.  The background paper is from the designer paper stack called Delightful Daisy.  Yes, that is correct!  There were flowers on one side but this delightful blue pattern on the back that reminded me of the night sky.  So remember there are 2 sides to each designer paper.

1. The city scene was repeated twice using both the framelits.  The top layer was raised using dimensionals.

2. A foil snowflake was cut in half to be used as background to one of the sayings in the stamp set.

3. The star was cut out from gold foil paper.

It was a lot of fun to make and encouraged me to try more framed art projects.

Tomorrow I will share a cute box I made using the envelope punch board with some 3 by 3 cards inside.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Night in Bethlehem-Stencil technique

  Have you ever sponged using a stencil?  To make this card I first used the Big Shot to cut out one of the city layouts.

1. Lay the cut out image over your whisper white card stock.

2. Start with your lightest color and gently sponge over the cut out. I used Fresh Fig.

3. Next choose a darker color and sponge once more making sure to keep the cut out on the paper. I used Dapper Denim.

4. The third color should be the darkest yet.  As you sponge each color try to blend a little with the previous color so there is not a sharp line. My final color was Night of Navy.

5. Allow the ink to dry a bit and then using versa mark, stamp the star in the sky and emboss with gold embossing powder. 

This was a very simple card to make but very elegant when finished.  I have swapped this card in several of my stamping events.  The latest was at OnStage.  This was also the Christmas Through the Year card for November. 

At Christmas Through the Year the stampers make 3 cards of the same design for $5.  The class meets every month so by the end of the year attendees have 36 handmade Christmas cards ready to be mailed.

Tomorrow I will share a framed art picture that I made to display at the Holiday Catalog launch I was a part of in early October.  Look for information about a Occasions and Sale a Bration catalog launch at the end of January.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Night in Bethlehem-Cards

  Aren't the framelits in the Night in Bethlehem bundle outstanding?  I loved them as soon as I saw them in the Holiday catalog.  Did you know the Holiday catalog is still current until January 3rd?

Here are two cards I made using these framelits.
 I love how you do not need much other than the framelits and a simple saying to make a great looking card.  There are two Bethlehem cities to choose from.  One is a little longer at the bottom than the other. I chose the shorter one for this card.

Basic Black for the city
Black ink for Mary and Joseph and the saying
Gold foil for the star

I made this as a sample for our Holiday Launch party, but now am anxious to mail it to a special friend.

How about a card where the city is white instead of black?

I sponged several colors I thought would look good as a night sky.  I embossed the saying in black embossing powdered.

The city has been cut out using both cityscapes and whisper white card stock.  The star has also been cut out with whisper white.

Isn't it amazing how changing up the background and the color of the framelit makes the card look so much different.

Tomorrow I will show you one of my swap cards for OnStage where I used the city in a totally different way.