Thursday, July 26, 2012

Christmas in July LNS Challenge

This week's LNS challenge is to make any type of Christmas project.  For my first project, I embossed the lodge from the set, Christmas Lodge, on to a piece of Very Vanilla using Vanilla EP, a VersaMark IP and a heat gun.  I then used a sponge and rubbed Cherry Cobbler ink over the embossed image.  I wanted to use a shape other than a square for the main focal point, and decided to cut out the lodge image using one of the framelits from the Labels Collection Framelits.  I used the same framelit to cut out a piece of Cherry Cobbler c/s, and cut off the ends and layered them behind the image.  I used the new awesome SU! Paper-Piercing Pack to paper pierce just the ends.

The background image on the large piece of Very Vanilla c/s was made using the Northern Flurry Folder and I used the new Fancy Fan EF on the Cherry Cobbler strips.  Did you know that the 1" square punch is perfect to use to make the indentations on 1" strips, and the same goes for using the 1-1/4" square punch on the same size strips?  Here's the list of what I used:

Stamps: Christmas Lodge
Inks: Cherry Cobbler, VersaMark
Papers: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Big Shot, Northern Flurry EF, Fancy Fold EF, Labels Collection Framelit, 1-1/4" Square Punch, Paper-Piercing Pack, Paper Piercing Tool, Vintage Faceted Designer Button, Gumball Green Satin Ribbon, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Vanilla EP, Heat Gun, Sponge, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Scissors, Stampin' Pierce Mat

Non-Traditional Fold Card:

I choose to do a Stair Step Fold Card and you can find the tutorial HERE on SCS.  I think this would make such a fun stamp camp project and there are so many ways you can "dress up" the folds.  For the first front fold I embossed it using the new Delicate Designs Folders, and then added a Gumball Green bow and Merry Christmas saying.  For the second fold I punched a strip of Very Vanilla c/s using the Lace Ribbon Border Punch, and then layered a piece of Gumball Green Satin Ribbon over the middle.  For the back fold I embossed a scrap piece of Very Vanilla c/s using the Delicate Designs Folder and then cut it out.  I added some Cherry Cobbler brads to add some contrast.  For the focal point of the card, I started by cutting out circle using Cherry Cobbler c/s and the 3-1/2" Circle Die.  I layered on 3" Very Vanilla circle.  I stamped 2 ornaments - one in Cherry Cobbler and the other in Gumball Green.  They were punched out using the ornament punch and the leaves that they are "hooked" on were made using the Bird Builder Punch.  Here's the rest of the details:

Front view of the card

Side views

Stamps: Delightful Decorations
Inks: Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler
Papers: Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green
Accessories:  Big Shot, Delicate Designs Folders, 3-1/2" Circle Die, 3" Circle Die,  Lace Ribbon Border Punch, Ornament Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Bird Builder Punch, Cherry Cobbler Brads, Very Vanilla Brad, Gumball Green Stitched Satin Ribbon, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, White Baker's Twine, Dimensionals, Scissors

Holiday Focus - Masculine Christmas Card

Manly Christmas cards are hard to come by, and this is a great challenge that will offer up some great ideas!  For my card I used the trusty Lovely as Tree set, and like how this card turned out.  I embossed the tree onto a piece of First Edition Specialty DSP using Vanilla embossing powder, and the rubbed some Gumball Green and Cherry Cobbler ink around the image.  I took a scrap piece of Very Vanilla c/s and ran it through my Big Shot using the Square Lattice EF, and then folded it and tore the edges.  It's hard to see, but when I was finished I spritzed on some Vanilla Shimmer Smooch and love how it really gives the card a nice shimmer!

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree
Inks: Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler
Papers: Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, First Edition Specialty DSP
Accessories:  Big Shot, Square Lattice EF, Houndstooth EF, Vanilla EP, Heat Gun, Cherry Cobbler Button and Baker's Twine, Very Vanilla Brads, Paper Distressing Tool, Vanilla Shimmer Smooch, Sticky Strip Tape, Dimensionals, Scissors, Sponge


CherylAnn Robinson said...

Your Christmas cards are gorgeous. I love all the textures. I especially love the tree card. It is so dreamy and I like the texture at the bottom.

Deb Sumption said...

These are fabulous! Thank you for the inspiration to start my cards now. I love the different textures and the idea of tearing the layer of cs on the bottom of the masculine card is wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

MJ said...

Wow, love them all. What a great way to stay cool!