If you enjoyed Friday's Carols of Christmas card, hopefully you'll be happy I have two more cards to share with you today using the Carols of Christmas stamp & die bundle. This time in traditional shades of red & green. I do like a Christmas bauble so ...

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  1. Carols of Christmas - Decks the halls again
  2. JAI 372 colour challenge - Deck the halls
  3. Happy Birthday, Gorgeous - easel too
  4. Happy Birthday Gorgeous
  5. Easy in-colour embossed birthday
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Carols of Christmas - Decks the halls again


If you enjoyed Friday's Carols of Christmas card, hopefully you'll be happy I have two more cards to share with you today using the Carols of Christmas stamp & die bundle. This time in traditional shades of red & green.

I do like a Christmas bauble so it was fun to see two bauble stamps & coordinating dies in the bundle. I've used them very simply here with an asymmetrical layout.


The baubles are quick to stamp/cut as they're made in groups of three. I added a some individual baubles & strings, and popped some baubles up with mini-dimensionals.

I also played around with the sentiment, extending the serifs on the 'k' in deck so I could hang a bauble from it. Fun!


More baubles inside too, with a sentiment from Holly Berry Happiness.


I went for a brighter Christmas look for this one - thanks to the emerald envy & real red combination.


I am loving the totally clever corner dies in the set, which I LOVE. They're perfect for Christmas poinsettias or all year round flowers. I realise now it may be hard to see that the white panel has corner cut-outs. The whole white panel is popped up with dimensionals giving a really shadow look irl. Not sure you can see it here either but...


I stamped the sentiment, cut out the decorative corners, then popped the cut piece onto an emerald  envy piece (with dimensionals).  I then stamped & cut seven poinsettias & layered them over the negative cuts. Very cleverly, these flowers can be cut out with both corner dies in the set - definitely a time saver when you're making Christmas cards.

I kept the rest of the card simple, using a simple check print from the Pick a Pattern dsp pack. Pick a Pattern isn't a Christmas dsp pack, but I think this print works here.

Inside is again very simple, but carries over the colour & image them.


This card has had a mixed response. Some really like it & others not so much  (darling husband, I'm looking at you). Truthfully, I'm on the fence. I don't loath it, but I don't love it either & can't figure out why... maybe too much green? Either way, I hope it gives you some ideas to try. I have another card to share using the corner dies next time that I do LOVE, so pop back again soon to see more.

Until then, inky wishes from me.
Di

PS: Remember the Carols of Christmas bundle I've used is available to order this month, before the Holiday Catalogue officially begins in September.


Speaking of the Holiday Catalogue... here's a peek. Let me know if you'd like me to mail one to you, ready for September.


Project Supplies
To see & order any items used in today's project, just click on the items below to see them in my Online Store. You can order from me if you live anywhere in Australia. I would love to be your Demonstrator if you don't already have one.  Please allow "Demonstrator contact" in your preferences so I can thank you properly when you place your order.
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Deck the Halls with baubles

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Deck the Halls - Poinsettias
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JAI 372 colour challenge - Deck the halls


Hello & welcome. I'm so happy to say I have a new card to share with you, for the new Just Add Ink challenge. I haven't been able to play along with the team for a while due to some family & life stuff, but I'm gradually trying to get back to creating. I couldn't resist trying this beautiful colour of tranquil tide, pool party & powder pink, that Nikki came up with.


So lovely! I thought the colours would make a modern, pretty Christmas card combination, so I made this with our brand new Carols of Christmas stamp & die bundle.


I snuck in some silver embossing to make that fabulous sentiment from Carols of Christmas really shine. Love the pretty pattern on the pool party paper from the Petal Garden dsp stack too.


Are you wondering how I made the cut vellum border?  The Card Front Builder die set includes a really clever die that creates a border around your card base in two steps. I made a smaller border by overlapping the two cuts. I love the easy detail it adds.

You can't deck the halls without some holly so I took some artistic license & coloured my holly with powder pink & tranquil tide markers (17-19 in-color pack), then clear Wink of Stella. PS: no fussy cutting - there's a coordinating die in the set!


On the inside, I chose a sentiment from Holly Berry Happiness, as I liked the sentiment & the font teams well with the deck the halls font & added more holly.


So that's my take on this week's colours. I hope it's given you some ideas. Want even more? You must check out all the team's creations with it on the Just Add Ink blog.


I'll be sharing more cards I've made with Carols of Christmas over the coming week so pop back again soon for more ideas for this brilliant bundle. Thanks for visiting today.

Inky wishes, Di

Get Christmassy early with Carols of Christmas


The Carols of Christmas stamp set and coordinating Card Front Builder thinlit die set are an early release sneak peek of new Christmassy goodies in our 2017 Christmas-Holiday Catalogue, which begins next month. The images & dies give so many options  to make a bunch of different looks & techniques for your cards, tags & more. Many of the dies will do double duty all year round too, so they're even more useful.

You can order the stamps & dies as a bundle (and get a 10% discount), or get the stamps and dies separately. Trust me, you're going to need both (& the discount) as they give so many possibilities together and separately.

Follow the links in the supply list below to see more about them & order. Leave a comment or contact me if you have any questions.

Supplies
To see & order any items used in today's project, just click on the items below to see them in my Online Store. You can order from me if you live anywhere in Australia. I would love to be your Demonstrator if you don't already have one.  Please allow "Demonstrator contact" in your preferences so I can thank you properly when you place your order.
Actual items I used are listed first. Alternative purchase options are listed at the bottom of the supply list.

Versamark Pad
Heat Tool
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Big Shot
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Happy Birthday, Gorgeous - easel too


If today's cards look familiar, it's because I gave my seaside easel card (from the JAI362 colour challenge) a couple of mini makeovers. I love seeing how a simple change can create a different look & hope you do too. First up is this birthday card.


I used dapper denim for the base & happy birthday sentiment, which gives more contrast against the seaside panel and a more masculine look.

The brilliant adirondack chair from the Seasonal Layers die set (cut with regular card & backed with the thick card that backs our paper packs) is popped it up on dimensionals.


I also stamped each of the sections in full strength ink, rather than stamping off, as I did on the original. You can see the difference this makes here when you see both card fronts together.


Easel Card Too

I really liked the boldness of the dapper denim birthday sentiment, so I changed up the original easel card for my Happy Birthday, Gorgeous class. Here's how it looks flat.


and with the easel popped up.


We brayered & stamped this one on shimmery white card & it gave such a lovely look. I also changed the bottom panel to include more sponge brayered peekaboo peach to coordinate with the sand at the bottom of the front. I added a banner (popped up on dimensionals) to make the easel easy to stand up. 


So what do you think about the changes? I hope you've enjoyed seeing these variations & hope they give you some ideas. Thanks for visiting today. I'll be back soon with some other easy ideas to change up a look using Happy Birthday, Gorgeous.

Inky wishes, Di




Supplies
To see & order any items used in today's project, just click on the items below to see them in my Online Store. You can order from me if you live anywhere in Australia. I would love to be your Demonstrator if you don't already have one.  Please allow "Demonstrator contact" in your preferences so I can thank you properly when you place your order.
Actual items I used are listed first. Alternative purchase options are listed at the bottom of the supply list.




Big Shot
$159.00
    
 

Happy Birthday Gorgeous

If you didn't know it already, the brilliant, scripty Happy Birthday die is an absolute essential new addition to everyone's die collection. Teamed with its bundle buddy, the Happy Birthday, Gorgeous stamp set, it's even more fun.

Today's cards show them together, in two variations of the same design, using three new in-colours - fresh fig, berry burst & powder pink. I cannot stop using them together. Love!


First up, is the original - a make & take from my SU Diamond Stampers team day.


I'm really enjoying making text backgrounds using stamps. This time I kept it simple, using a fun happy birthday image from Happy Birthday, Gorgeous in powder pink.

The largest stitched circle is getting a work out with the birthday die. I included a vellum scallop circle behind this one.

Version two is a project from my Happy Birthday, Gorgeous class.
 

For this one, I swapped the text background for a super easy ombre background using berry burst paper from the Colour Theory stack.

Now, let's talk balloons - Happy Birthday, Gorgeous includes two balloon stamps that can be punched out with the smaller balloon shape of the Balloon Bouquet punch - hooray indeed! I've used them together & separately here. Don't they look great?


You'll notice that the outline punches out very close to the image edges, which I love. You might also notice that I changed the balloon & sentiment placement slightly on this version so the balloons seem to be attached to the flourishy y in happy. Little things like this make me happy too.

I kept the inside simple, but coordinated using two more sentiments from Happy Birthday, Gorgeous,  & another balloon.


I think that's all I have to say about the cards except to ask, which one's your favourite? I can see a bunch of these in lots of different colour combinations.


Thanks heaps for visiting today & hope you enjoyed the cards. Leave me a comment if you have any other questions about them. I'll be back soon with more.

Inky wishes, Di

PS: Remember each $90 purchase in July earns you a $9 voucher to shop on SU next month with our Bonus Days offer.


Get our best deal - join my Diamond Stampers Team in July & you'll get $356 of goodies for just $169 with our Christmas in July offer. See more & join online here



Card Supplies
To see & order any items used in today's project, just click on the items below to see them in my Online Store. You can order from me if you live anywhere in Australia. I would love to be your Demonstrator if you don't already have one.  Please allow "Demonstrator contact" in your preferences so I can thank you properly when you place your order.
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Big Shot
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Easy in-colour embossed birthday


I have a very quick & easy card for you today, that's all about 2017-19 in-colours & the best happy birthday die ever.


It's such an easy card to make & you could make a bunch of them in all sorts of colour & size combinations, or using scraps. I was inspired to use all the in-colours together after seeing this fab card by Mary Fish.

I cut a 2cm wide strip of each card colour, adhered them onto a piece of copy paper, then embossed them with the Hexagon dynamic embossing folder to create texture. The effect is really striking irl.

The white Happy Birthday die cut really pops on the bold colours, & coordinated glitter enamel dots finish off the look.  I recommend you purchase the die as a bundle with the Happy Birthday, Gorgeous stamp set, as they work so well together & you get a 10% discount on both when you buy them together. See the links below for a closer look.

No scraps wasted!



I couldn't bear to throw out the leftover bits, so I trimmed them into random sizes, adhered onto black card & embossed the piece too. The colours really pop on the black.

You'll be seeing A LOT of this birthday die so I hope you love it as much as me. I'll say bye for now though & be back soon with more ideas. Pin these in the meantime for later inspiration.

Inky wishes, Di

Supplies
To see & order any items used in today's project, just click on the items below to see them in my Online Store. You can order from me if you live anywhere in Australia. I would love to be your Demonstrator if you don't already have one.  Please allow "Demonstrator contact" in your preferences so I can thank you properly when you place your order.
Actual items I used are listed first. Alternative purchase options are listed at the bottom of the supply list.

Big Shot
$159.00
    
 

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