Gettin’ that Holiday Spirit

Yes, it’s getting to feel a lot like Christmas (go ahead, sing along. You know you want to.) And Chanukah. (Hmmm…. no good Chanukah melody. Sigh.)

Here are three cards to get the season going:

The card above was made while I was working on my mixed media article for Crafts ‘n things magazine. I used Donna Salazar’s new Mix’d Media Inx, a  creamy, slow-drying pigment ink from Clearsnap (ColorBox). I stamped in white on navy blue card stock, then embossed with clear powder. (long design is a bolio from JudiKins; menorah is a very old stamp from Limited Edition.)

And something a little different … sort of seasonal, sort of wedding, sort of any time…. I dunno. I just felt this was a good time to share it.

(Spellbinders’ Nestabilities die cut flower; border punch; gold mum paper from Paper Source.)

And a similar card: (I think if I replace the “happy” with a seasonal greeting, it would work as a Christmas card.)

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Fabulous Finds Friday — New Ways to Embellish

Today I’m featuring two new embellishments (both seen at CHA, of course!) — Nestabling and Candi.

As if Spellbinders’ Nestabilities dies aren’t cool enough, bling makes them even cooler.

Check it out:

(sorry for the blurry photo)

Nestablings are made by Want2Scrap and match many of the Nestabilities dies. They are easier to use than I thought — I pick them up with the tip of my craft knife and carefully line them up with the die-cut shape. I just love how they set off the die cut and add just a little somethin’-somethin’.

My other find is Candi by Craftwork Cards. Candi is like a sweet treat for your cards or projects! These small dots are sort of like brads, but without the legs. About the same size as a medium brad, they are paper-based so they can be stamped, glittered, inked, colored, embossed, etc.  Because they have a cup-like dip on the back, they are best adhered with dimensional dots (or Craftwork’s own Candi Fix pop-up dots.) You can also use them upside down. Take a look:

And look at the beautiful roses, made from turning the Candi upside down:

And here’s a (blurry — sorry ’bout that) step-by-step look at building that rose:

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CHA … People, Ideas, Creativity!

An action-packed day at CHA today as the doors opened and the craftivity began.

I’ll have a full report when the show ends and my head stops spinning! But in the meantime, live vicariously through me and these snaps of stamp people:

Hero Arts artists Nancy Taylor and Sally Traidman are all smiles and flowers as they get everyone bloomin’ at the Hero Arts make and take.

Posh-a-licious Dee Gruenig is all smiles… she and husband Warren have retired. Dee is considered a pioneer in stamping circles, having started her Posh Impressions stamp line more than 30 years ago. Many of her images can now be found through Judikins.

The charming Stacey Caron, the wizard behind Spellbinders dies, autographs copies of her new book, “Nestabililities Basics & Beyond,” a magical idea book using Spellbinders’ Nestabilities dies. The company also previewed several new products, including new Nestabilities  (I am lusting after the darling banner basics — so cute). Another new product is the Grand Caliber, which has a large platform, letting you cut several dies at a time, including larger Nestabilities.

Fabulous Finds Friday — Nesties

OK, Nestabilities are not really new finds… but I do love them! I bought these frames quite a while ago but never used them. I finally broke them out last weekend, and once I got started, I couldn’t stop. (And I used up lots more scraps… and yet there is more…)

Take a look:

For the base, I cut out two pieces of card stock using the largest Nestabilitie frame. Since I was covering the front with decorative paper, I used old folders that had writing on one side. The white strip in the center was embossed using a Cuttlebug die and my Sizzix Big Kick. The butterflies are a Martha Stewart punch. The sentiment is Hero Arts.


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