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Friday, December 21, 2012

Mr Cardmaker is Having an Affair

I have a real love affair with stamp sets that have coordinating dies.  I say love affair, because I also have a crazy, nut-case addiction to punches, and it's just not like that with the stamp/die thing.  I REALLY love these things.  Like, really.  ANd, I am super selective with what I do and what I buy with these things.

This year, I bought PTI's In the Meadow set, and the dies that went with it.  I loved these the moment I saw them.  I also bought a set of two Sizzix embossing folders somewhere, and I really liked those SO much as well.  oh yeah, and the PTI Wonderful Words Holiday stamps and dies too.

Anyway, I put them to good use, I think. 

I made these--


 Doesn't that sledder look like he's flying? 
To make the letters pop, I used white pigment ink direct from the pad, rubbing ever so gently over the raised portions.  I did it on the snowflakes in the blue card above, as well.  The branches are done with Martha Stewart's branch punch, and the birds are actually die cuts!  The snow is torn shimmer paper.
The snowflakes are so pretty in this set.  The tree is stamped onto its die cut.  All the figures in these die cuts are from a pewter colored shimmer paper by DCWV.

 

The green version of the sledder.
This one is just stamping, with no die cuts.  The tree is done in Versamark, and embossed with MS gold glitter embossing powder, then topped with VersaPEN around the edges and re-embossed with holographic embossing powder.  The snowflakes are in gold embossing powder and white pigment ink.  The photo doesn't do this justice.  It was one of my faves!
 
 

 
Another fave.  This embossing folder really blows my skirt up.  The aqua shimmer paper die cut against the the River Rock  card stock, and the placement of the sentiment stamp....me likey.
The white is popped off the surface with foam adhesive, as is the feeding deer, to push him into the foreground a bit.  So is the word "peace."
 
So, what's NOT to love about these stamps and dies?  See what I mean??
 
Well, it is snowing like crazy out my window right now, and everything is gorgeous.  What a solstice! 
 
I don't have much more to share, and I am out of here for the weekend.  I'll share the last of my cards soon! 
 
Happy Solstice, everyone.  Welcome back to the sun!
 
Thanks for stopping by!
All Best-
Richard

8 comments:

  1. Cards are lovely, creative, fun!
    As for snow; sure you 'like' it now.....
    I remember the lovely leaf fiasco.......just sayin!
    Merry Christmas to you & yours!

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  2. Beautiful cards - so impressive! Blessed Solstice to you...

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  3. Love your cards and what you have done with those dies. That stamp and die set has been on my wish list for awhile. I just might have to break down and get it.

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  4. Great cards! I know what you mean about the stamp and die sets. I bought these sets, too. Once I had purchased dies that match this set...well, I had to buy a few others also. It's so much fun using them together.
    Happy Holidays Richard!

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  5. Richard....you know how to bring the holiday cheer! I am so so soooo proud and just smiling ear to ear cuz I have one of your stunning creations that you showed above!!! It just flew into my mailbox yesterday and now sits in my LR so I can keep peeking at it!!! I love that little sledder...adorable!!! Thank you so much for adding to my Christmas joy my friend!!!! Hugs!!!

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