Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Stocking Surprise - A WOW Card

Well, I've made you wait long enough I guess.
I realize that I haven't posted since Thursday - and honestly, I'm sad about that. I really do love to get on here and share my thoughts and artwork with you, and I love to hear back from the many of you who choose to comment or e-mail me.

But the last 4 days have been a whirlwind both for me and my family.
Emma's skating season has begun in earnest.

Yep, if you follow my blog, then you understand the weight of those words. HA!
Pretty much between now and the middle of March, our lives are not our own. If I don't schedule time for something AND write it on the calendar, it just doesn't happen - simple as that.

Last Friday we traveled for Emma's first synchronized skating competition this year. We headed down to Hillsborough, NC for the Carolina Synchro Classic - a first for her team, the National Blades.
Anyway, I'd intended to write my blog post on Friday morning AND I even packed the computer so I could blog while we were there.
Alas, it was not to be. My "To Do" list was much longer than the hours in the days and so here I am now, finally showing you the last of my WOW! Christmas Cards projects.

Oh, and because some of you may want to know - Emma's team earned a Silver Medal! Awesome job! Here's a pic of the medal ceremony:

And a pic of Emma and a few of her teammates about to take the ice to skate:

I know their dresses look a bit "Elvisy" if that's even a word - but they look awesome on the ice! They are skating to the Glee version of Singing in the Rain and Rhianna's Umbrella. Pretty catchy!

Here's something else that's catchy - the last WOW! card:

This one was a card and an ornament gift all in one, so of course it has it's own bag and bag topper! I used the Large Cello Bag to hold the finished project and made my bag topper with a piece of Whisper White cut at 4" x 6 1/4". Half of it was embossed with the Big Shot and the Snowburst Embossing Folder to give it some texture.

Now for the prize inside!
We used the Holly Berry Specialty Designer papers with Real Red cardstock. The stocking was made by folding the cardstock in half and placing the fold just below the top cut line of the stocking on the Big Shot Stocking Die. Then the front was texturized with the Snowburst Embossing folder before the Designer paper cuff, toe and heel were added with Tombow.

Here's a close up of the removable ornament:

An Antique Brad holds it in place on the card for giving, just remove it and you have a hole for your wire ornament hanger for hanging on the tree. The brad goes back in place on the card for an accent.
I loved some ornaments on my friends Diana Gibbs and Kimberly VanDiepen's blogs, so I took their ideas and made my own design for this card.
We have a base of Silver Glimmer Paper cut with the Scallop Squares Duo Die (that always makes me laugh to say that "Duo Die". Sounds like "do or die". Well, it's funny to me anyway!)
It's layered with a rosette made of Holly Berry DSP and decorated with a stamped image from A Beautiful Season on Watercolor Paper. It's colored in with classic ink reinkers and the Aqua Painters, punched out with the 1 3/4" Circle Punch and glued on with Tombow. I used a sponge brush to add a thin layer of Tombow around the outside edge and pressed it into a pile of Mica Flakes to give it the fluffy, glittery look.
Each ornament had either a Real Red or Wild Wasabi Holly Berry Button on it with some Baker's Twine for a bow.
Some Very Vanilla Velvet Ribbon was added under the rosette for a soft accent.
I really loved this part of the project - a lot!!!

Here's a picture of the greeting on the front of the card:

It's stamped on Whisper White cardstock, punched out with the Designer Label Punch and edged with Dazzling Diamonds glitter.
The inside greeting was very simple and leaves lots of room for your personal message:

We used all the stamps from A Beautiful Season stamp set for this card.

So, there's a lot going on with this card/ornament project, but I loved it so much! It's not really a difficult project at all, just a lot of steps, but it would be very easy to mass produce for some special friends.
Here's a few of the projects we used to create this beauty:

#125637 - Very Vanilla Velvet Stitched Ribbon - $7.95 10 yard roll
#124098 - Holiday Stocking Die - $32.95
#124096 - Snowburst Embossing Folder - $7.95

#122334 - Simply Scored Scoring Tool - $29.95

#124004 - Holly Berry Bouquet Specialty Designer Paper - $12.95 12 sheet pack

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Have a great Tuesday everyone! Emma is off school today, so it's kind of a lazy day for us here - just playing catch up and hoping to stamp some today!
And Hey - Don't forget to VOTE today! If you don't get any other exercise - be sure to exercise your Right to Vote!

Have a great day!

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  1. very pretty. i love how you used tge mica flakes. i also love that the ornament is removable. thaks so much for sharing and taking the time to add the details. mary

  2. How beautiful is this! What a great card and gift! Thanks for sharing.

  3. What a fun idea! I think I have just found my ornaments for my grandchildren this year. Thanks for all you do. You are truly one of the joys in my life!


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