Christmas Sampler Framed Art

Hello stampers! Framed art samplers are like scrapbooking for the wall. It’s like card making taken to a different level. I love creating seasonal samplers that can be interchanged in the same frame. Let’s be real. If we kept making beautiful samplers and adding them to the walls we would soon run out of wall space and our homes would look like a scrapbooking store! This year I wanted to make a sampler using the beautiful Year of Cheer suite, but I also wanted to combine it with the stunning Santa’s Sleigh framelits. This is what I came up with.

 

Santa's Sleigh and Season of Cheer make for great art and great gift giving.

 

As you can see this would also make a great gift for someone on your list. It really doesn’t take much time to make because the smaller squares are so simple; the patterned paper is so beautiful it stands up all by itself! The mats for the small squares are made of champagne foil paper and they are 2 1/4 inches square. The inside squares are 2″ square pieces of Year of Cheer specialty paper. One of the squares is made of copper foil paper embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder. Here is a close-up:

 

Gold glimmer paper and dazzling diamonds glitter paper make for beautiful trees.

To coordinate with the Year of Cheer paper, which is very rich and metallic, I used gold glimmer paper, dazzling diamonds glimmer paper and copper foil paper for the trees and for the deer and sleigh. I added early espresso behind the deer and one of the trees to add both depth and contrast. I also thought that the little red bow on the gold embossed wreath added just the right pop of colour. All these dies come from the Santa’s Sleigh set. I found that laying the foil sheets upside down helped for cutting them out so they would delaminate. It also made the sleigh and deer face in the right direction for what I needed. That is what is so nice about using either foil sheets or glimmer paper. If you turn them around you can have your image facing in two different directions.

 

The sampler fits into a 12x12 frame with an 8x8" matted opening.

 

This frame is 12×12″ with a matted 8×8″ opening. I found them last year at Wal-Mart and I am guessing that at this time of year they will once again have a great selection of frames. The whole thing is “built” on an 8″ square of early espresso cardstock. The biggest square is 4 3/4″ square of whisper white and 4 1/2″ square of champagne foil paper. The foil paper was first embossed with the Winter Wonder embossing folder. If you were planning on giving this away as a gift you could pair it with this beautiful card:

 

Washi tape combined with Swirly Snowflakes thinlet dies makes for a stunning card.

 

I used champagne foil paper with the Swirly Snowflake thinlets dies together with the Year of Cheer washi tape to make a stunning Christmas card. The sentiment is embossed with copper and I used the ever popular and useful Stitched Framelits to cut it out. The last thing I want to share is a cute little idea for using your left over Year of Cheer specialty paper. This paper is so beautiful that it makes any small gift extra special. I used it to wrap these Ferrero Rocher chocolates. I found a case of these at Costco with a dozen packages of three in a box.

 

 

I simply wrapped a 3″ by 5″ piece of paper around the chocolates and then tied a piece of metallic edge ribbon around it.

 

Class to Go Offer

 

As you might know, my house is up for sale and when Rachel is done school in June I will most likely be moving away from Chatham. I hope to continue teaching classes in person but I also realize that more of my income will depend on online sales. With that in mind I am starting to offer “classes to go”. The Christmas art sampler will be $25 including shipping to anywhere in Canada. Frame not included. Payment can be made through PayPal or etransfer. I haven’t added an online shopping feature for this yet, but if you comment below or message me we will get the job done!

Christmas Sparkle with Year of Cheer Suite

Put a little sparkle in your life…simply!

A lot of card makers are like crows, they like things that sparkle! The Year of Cheer suite definitely has sparkle with all the metallic papers, the pretty embellishments and the amazing washi tape that all go with this suite. You can even go over the top and mix it with our glimmer paper. I am so thankful to Barb Stewart for designing these beautiful cards. As soon as I saw them I knew I would offer a class with them and everyone was in love. The best part is that you get a beautiful card with very little effort and that is what many of us long for. Simplicity. Beauty. A little extra time to just relax. These cards do all of that!

 

Year of Cheer suite and Add a Little Glitz

 

I did add one extra card to the class out of sheer necessity. You see when I decided to offer this as a class I was totally out of the foil snowflakes, so I wanted to offer an alternative. I ended up using the stars from the Starlight Thinlets and it turned out beautifully. The stars are so very lovely, but the foil snowflakes are immediate gratification. I will share a video at the end of this post to show you how to make the stars in the most easy and efficient way.

 

Starlight Thinlets Alternative

 

The starlight thinlets coordinate with the Star of Light stamp set. I love this 21 piece stamp set because not only does it have beautiful star images including star dust that can be used on Disney cards as fairy dust, it also has lots of beautiful sayings.

 

Use starlight thinlets as the focal point of this card.

 

When my customers saw this card they thought I had embossed the star. Really it is just two star framelits layered on top of each other. I have some pictures here, but please note that in the second picture the stars are just laying on top of each other, I haven’t adhered them yet because I want to do that in my video and I don’t want to have to make more stars!!

 

Layered stars in different foil and glimmer papers are just stunning.

 

Measurements

Now for the important information. Measurements do make everything easier right? No need for guesswork. Here you go. All the cards are the same which is just wonderful.

heavy white cardstock: 4 1/4″ by 11″ scored at 5 1/2″

foil paper (I used champagne, silver and gold but copper also works) 3 3/4″ by 4 3/4″

patterned paper from Year of Cheer- 3 1/2″ by 4 1/2″

for the sentiment- whisper white cardstock 1 1/4″ by 3 3/4′ metallic 1 1/2″ by 4″

One of the cards uses soft suede for the matting and this also looks quite wonderful, so if you need to save some money you could use this instead of the foil paper. To make your foil paper last longer be sure to cut out stars from your big mat before you put the patterned paper over top, just be sure to leave a 1/4 inch margin all around!

 

Foil snowflakes are the perfect easy accent for this card.

 

Did you know that you get 12 gold and 12 silver foil snowflakes in each package and that they are cream coloured on the back? So you can use them as a neutral accent or you can sponge them with any colour you like, or you can stamp the whole snowflake with versamark and emboss in gold, silver or copper for a thicker, more luxurious finish.

 

Here is another inspiration for the Add a Little Glitz stamp set that the saying “May your season sparkle”.

 

Finally here is the video on how to use your star framelits with the least amount of frustration.

 

I hope you have a great weekend! Remember if you live in Canada and don’t already have a demonstrator I would love to have you order from me or even better, join my team and get your own discount.

 

Holiday Catalog Swap Cards Continued

Second Batch of Holiday Catalog Swap Cards

Good morning stampers! 20 Canadian demonstrators participated in this swap and 90% of us made Christmas cards. I really do think that most stampers are suckers for Christmas cards. I try not to get started on them in my classes until October, but it sure is rewarding to have a big stack of them all ready to out on December 1 so that there is no stress about making them. It is also so very nice to have enough hand made cards to give to everyone on my list. The first card I am sharing today is a clean and simple card by Sharon Davies. It really is stunning in its simplicity. The Winter Wonder embossing folder, silver foil sheets and rhinestones work so well together. Cheers to the Year is the stamp set used. I love you this set can be used not only for Christmas and New Year but also for weddings!

 

 

This next card uses the faux silk technique and was made by Winona Semler. It uses the stamp set Painted Harvest and the coordinating leaf punch. I love the soft look Winona created with the repeated leaf stamped background and the Layered Leaves embossing folder. The glitter enamel dots add just the right amount of sparkle to keep it lively.

 

 

This fun assymetrical card (big word that basically means things are at an angle or slightly offset) is made by Anne Granger. She used the Winter Wonder embossing folder and the stamp set Merry Cafe. The great thing about this set is that it coordinates with the Coffee Cafe suite in the annual catalog. This set embraces so many occasions. Fall with the pumpkin spice latte, Halloween with “witches brew with scream & sugar”, apple cider, Valentine’s Day with “love is brewing” and “I love you and coffee”. There is also a saying for tea lovers, for Christmas and for New Year.

 

 

Do you love traditional, sparkly Christmas scenes? If so, you will fall in love with this card by Cynthia Millan. She used embossing paste and dazzling diamonds glitter for the snow. The star of this card is the Hearts Come Home bundle. This bundle was at the top of my wish list for this holiday catalog.

 

 

This classic card by Alison Solven in black and white with a touch of red and green is stunning. She used the Carols of Christmas stamp set, the Merry Music Specialty paper and the 7/8″ striped ribbon from the Merry Little Suite of Christmas on page 11 and 12 of the holiday catalog.

 

 

The next card involves embossing on vellum which almost makes the vellum look like frosted glass. Great job Lisa Althouse.  Lisa used Snowflake Sentiments and Winter Wonder embossing folder. I really like how she used the stitched framelits and the layering squares framelits to make a unique focal point with the sentiment.

 

 

So this is the end of the second batch of swap cards. There will be one more batch tomorrow. I hope you are enjoying these cards as much as I did. The only hard thing will be deciding which card to CASE first!

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The Joy of Swaps

Hello stampers! We all love happy mail, and participating in a mailed in swap is like happy mail on steroids. You get this huge envelope with 20 cards made by your talented fellow demonstrators. Wow! We all need more joy in our lives, and it never ceases to amaze me how much joy a handmade card can give, especially one that has been mailed. I challenge you to try it. Make a card and pop it in the mail and see what happens.

The swap that I participated in was just for Canadian demonstrators since postage to the States can be too costly. I hope you enjoy all the talent even though the pictures are never as good as the real thing.

 

The card above by Zahra Premji uses the stamp set Snowflake Sentiments and the matching framelits on page 35 of the holiday mini. I love her colour wash technique in the background.

 

 

The card above was made by Jenn Tinline. I love how she used non-traditional paper for the background, it comes from Delightful Daisy designer series paper. The stamp set that Jenn used is called Hearts Come Home from page 39 of the Holiday Catalog.

 

 

The card above was made by Selina Merali. I love the patterned paper, it reminds me of a vintage Canadian flannel shirt. The black shimmer ribbon looks fantastic on this card and I had totally overlooked it in the annual catalog. I found it on page 199, but you can just click here to read all about it. Selina used the stamp set Watercolour Christmas.

 

 

Lynsay Mahon made the card above using the stamp set Hug in a Mug.  It combines very well with the Coffee Cafe suite. I really love how Lynsay used the brown and pink together. See those cute snowflake stars along the left side? She didn’t painstakingly stamp all of those, it’s washi tape!! You can find it on page 195 in the Basics Pack 1 (not an enticing name but very versatile indeed).

 

 

This card by Lesley Poper is right up my alley! I do love my glass of wine every day with supper and I also love all the little details that make this card really shine. Lesley used sequins from the mini sequin trim, she used fine tip glue to make the grapes glisten and she clear embossed the wine bottle to give it shine. The wine glasses are stamped multiple times to make a great background paper and then she embossed it with the Hexagon 3D dynamic textured impressions embossing folder. What a mouthful, but it sure is a great embossing folder. The stamp set used is called  Half Full.

 

 

This beautiful card by Ange Mckay is very rich looking with all the combinations of gold, silver, copper and champagne. The Season’s Greetings is copper embossed, the year of cheer embellishment is silver and the snowflake and the “dotty” border are champagne foil. The background is from the stunning year of cheer specialty designer series paper. You can find all this on page 37 of the holiday catalog, or click here.

 

 

This was my card! I also used the Year of Cheer Specialty designer series paper and the foil snowflakes and mini sequin trim. The sentiment is from Half Full. I love snow and winter and of course Christmas. The new Winter Wonder embossing folder is also quite lovely. I liked putting it off to the side so that you could still see it and not have it hidden behind the foil snowflake. I also like that the specialty paper which is more money than the regular can be stretched when you use it in narrow strips like this (1/2″ and 3/4″)

 

 

One more card with the Year of Cheer specialty paper. This beauty was made by Christine Dionne. She went with non-traditional Christmas colours, bermuda bay and pool party. Season Like Christmas is a great two-step stamp set. It has a watercolour look to it and also has a great way that you can get two colours in your tree, a brown tree trunk with coloured branches. I love that.

 

That’s all for now, but I will be sharing more cards later this week, so stay tuned. I have only shared 8 cards out of the 20 that I received, but now it’s time to play a game with my daughter Rachel. This is her last year at home and I want to cherish my time with her.