Friday, July 20, 2012

SNS July Digi Stamp Release - Christmas in July

For this month's digi stamp release, we're having a blog hop.  Be sure to visit the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge blog for all the details.  You'll also want to visit each of the blogs in the hop and leave a comment.  One of us is a mystery blogger.  The mystery blogger will randomly choose one of the commenters on her blog to receive the entire July Digi Stamp Release.

There is a challenge to go with this week's digi release (SNSDC63).  Appropriately the challenge for this week is to make a Christmas card.

I'm actually getting to use 3 of the new releases.


I chose to make an easel card.  I paper pieced the poinsettias and added a pearl to the center of each flower.

When I packed my scrapping supplies for our recent move, I was obviously exhausted.  I own the Cuttlebug (CB) and the Grand Calibur (GC).  Apparently I packed the plates and machines in 4 separate boxes. What was I thinking?!? We're in temporary housing for the next couple weeks so all I've been able to find so far is my GC machine and the CB plates.  The reason I'm confessing *grin* is to give an example of how to use your spellbinders dies without a machine.  I traced the interior of one die around my sentiment.  I traced the exterior of the same die on patterned paper for a mat.  I then handcut them both out (you'll notice I chose a pretty simple die with fairly straight lines - ha!). I thought the mat was a little wide so I got brave and handcut another mat (the green one) for in between the sentiment and the burgundy mat.

I thought the patterned paper that I used at the top of the card would look good accented with something.  My glitter pens are hiding from me so I used pearls to make a lacey look. Tweezers are your friend when placing pearls/gems like this.   I thought the lacey edge on the paper by Anna Griffin helped with the "lace" theme.

Card base:  Strathmore Bristol
Patterned Paper:  Basic Grey (Figgy Pudding), Anna Griffin
Stamps:  Sweet 'n Sassy Digis (Immanuel, Poinsettia, Christmas Sentiments)
Embellishments/Tools:  pearls in flower centers (Queen & Co. - pearl), small pearl flourishes (Recollections), all other pearls (SU Jewels Basic - Pearls), Spellbinders Labels 7, Colorbox fluidchalk (chestnut roan), CM fine tip black pen

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Card Positioning System #274 - sketch
Going Gray with Scrap Creations (GGSC122) - Christmas in July
Shopping Our Stash #60 - use a precious/hoarded item (I used the Anna Griffin paper - I've had it in my stash for about 10 mos., the Figgy Pudding paper has been in my stash for a couple years)
Love to Create #24 - Use 3 of something (I used 3 poinsettias and 3 different digi stamps)
Terrifically Thrilling Thursday - Show us What You Got Christmas Edition
Word Art Wednesday #37 - Use Scripture
Divas by Design #44 - Anything Goes
52 Card Pickup - make a card

Here is the full blog hop list.  Be sure to visit each one and leave your comment for the best chance to win the full release.
Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you'll come back soon.  And remember....when packing your scrappy tools, ALWAYS pack your die cutting machine in the same box as the plates that go with it.  *smile*


Rose said...

Stephanie, your layered Poinsettias with the Immanuel and Christmas sentiments look fabulous on this lovely Christmas easel card. TFS! Hugz, ~ Rose

Scrappychick said...

SImply stunning!!

Ceal said...

Gorgeous! I love how you used the spellbinder die to make it look like a book.

Patricia said...

Wow - lots of great stuff to mention here! I really like your non-traditional color scheme and all the pearls (and I agree with you about the tweezers). The die you chose for the Bible verse resembles an open book, and that is really cool. And I am impressed that you cut a relatively small size of the poinsettia image, not just once, but three times! Fabulous job all-around!

Stephanie said...

Oh this is Beautiful!

Pati said...

Very nice card! Lovely paper-piecing, layers & colors! Great job bringing it all together by hand! :)

Sarah said...

So beautiful! Love all the pearls and the poinsettias are gorgeous! Hugs

Debbie said...

This is absolutely gorgeous!! I love the papers, pearls, and sparkle!! Great job on the dies without a machine!!

Melinda Gleissner said...

Wow, this is wonderful! I love your poinsettias and all of the pearl accents. Stephanie, this is really stunning.

Patrice said...

Lovely card - I hope you'll link up at 52 Card Pickup this week!

SAHLERS said...

Wow love your card thanks for joining us at Divas by Design

Sue said...

Fabulous card! Sue x

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

Absolutely beautiful Sue!! Thanks so much for joining our "CHRISTMAS IN JULY" challenge at Shelly's Images! Please come back and join us again real soon!!
Shelly's Images DT

Lozzapops said...

Thank you for sharing this fab card with us at Love to Create! Laura x

Marlena M. said...

Don't you hate when those rascally tools hide? LOL. You did an amazing job working around your situation. Your card is beautiful! We appreciate you sharing this lovely piece at Word Art Wednesday!

Karen Letchworth said...

Hi Steph: I'm always so blessed to see your beautiful cards in our challenges at Word Art Wednesday, and I'm so glad you were able to play along this week. Hope you are doing well this summer. I'd love to see more of you, my friend. Beautiful card!
Word Art Wednesday

jimlynn said...

Great hand cutting on this gorgeous card! So very pretty!
Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash.

alicaz said...

Wonderful Christmas card! Very festive and elegant!
Thank you for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

Hugs, Alica ;)


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