I'm inspired by witty, clever people, and Beverly Rousch is one of them. She's very funny, but she is also a military wife (always impresses me!) and a homeschool mom. She's been through a ton of stuff the past year – and yet, she's still smiling. She's an amazing woman – and a very clever stamper. I've gotten so many ideas from her blog. Here's the latest.
Isn't that clever? It's pretty simple, too. I used Holiday Treasures designer paper, and cut 12 of them 1 1/4" square. Adhere to card stock, and then run the whole thing through the Big Shot.
I started the poinsettia (from "Christ Is Born") last night. I don't know if it was the pressure of trying to come up with an idea late at night (with no inspiration) or what, but I just scrapped it and came back to it today. The technique is "Poppin' Pastels" – stamp the image in versamark on light colored card stock (I used Very Vanilla), then use a sponge dauber with your chalks to color it. Don't rub; just dab color on so your image doesn't smear. When you're finished, you can use the chalk eraser (it comes with your Stampin' Pastels) to clean up any chalk residue. I left mine with a little pink halo, though.
I smooshed the whole thing in VersaMark, then embossed with Iridescent Ice. The center is a combo – the So Saffron piece is from the Blossoms & Blooms die (also embossed with Iridescent Ice), and the Build a Brad is just a 1/2" Old Olive circle dipped in versamark. Then I used Heat & Stick powder and the green glitter from the Fine Cosmo Glitter assortment to make it sparkly. The leaf is also a Blossoms & Blooms die cut that I crimped.
The hardware is from the Styled Silver assortment, and the felt flowers are from Flower Fusion and Flower Fusion Too. (Hey, Cris & Donna – and any other quilters out there – I thought of you while I was making this!)
Here's another "Inspired by Others" card. A card very similar to this one was on Card Maker magazine last year. I had to try it!
I stamped snowflakes from "Snowburst" in Gold Encore ink and embossed with gold embossing powder. I also ran the edges of that panel through the gold ink – and after it smeared (on the other side), I decided to emboss that, too.
You can't tell very well in the scan, but I stippled Ruby Red ink on the Ruby Red panel (next to the bottom layer). I wanted a little depth to the card stock – and also wanted it to be a little different than the Ruby Red layer with the snowflakes.
Christ Is Born is stamped in Ruby Red on Blush Blossom, and edged with Ruby Red. It's layered on brushed gold metallic card stock. And that's the gold cord that's in the Holiday Mini Catalog.
So that's it for today. I have 3 more cards, but I'll be out of town until Sunday. I'm going to get each day's blog ready to post, then post them while I'm gone. (So if they sound weird, that's because I'm writing 2-3 days ahead!)
Have a wonderful weekend.