Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Merry Christmas to ME!!

Well, sort of.  I'm a registered nurse in real life.  Sometimes the census (number of patients on the unit) is low and someone gets to be called off.  My phone rang this morning at around 5 a.m. and it was the charge nurse from night shift:  "Jen?  Hope I didn't wake up your family.  I have to call someone off for 8 hours . . . "  Before she could even finish, I sleepily exclaimed, "I'll take it!"  Now, usually, you get called and they say they need to call someone off for four hours.  Kinda nice if you want to sleep in, but kinda sucks 'cause then you have to wait around til about 9 a.m. to find out whether or not you get the WHOLE day off.  So getting the whole eight right off the bat is SA-WEETTT!!

So, after I caught a few more winks of beauty sleep (I know, keep trying, right? ;) ) I got up, started in on the laundry, and started thinking about the swap I have coming up at my upline's next meeting in September.  I knew I wanted to use the new silver Glimmer paper & Bright Hopes stamp set from the upcoming holiday mini (speaking of which, it starts September 1st - have you requested your copy from me yet?!)  The original idea I came up with was this:

It's okay, but I was kinda "Meh".  I did the same design using silver embossing powder mixed with iridescent ice to pick up the sparkle in the glimmer paper, but all that did was fade out the stamped images.  Plus my hubby thought it was too much blue.  And I still wasn't really happy with it.  So I put everything away for a while and kept pondering.  I knew I was going to come up short on this designer paper from the Letters to Santa DSP pack since I'd already used a couple of pieces experimenting with the first card and I REALLY don't want to put another order in right now :)  (Well, I can always find a way to justify ordering more Stampin' Up! stuff, but I'm TRYING to be good lol)

So, I went through my stash to see what I had the most color of on hand in my cardstock drawers.  I have a lot of Early Espresso and Cherry Cobbler left over from some past projects, and the plaid in this DSP coordinates with EE and Real Red, so the Cherry Cobbler might kind of work, I thought.  I also needed to find a way to use what I had left of the plaid DSP to make 13 swap cards.  Here's what I finally came up with:

I embossed the wreath image from Bright Hopes in white on Old Olive and punched it out with the scallop circle punch and layered it on the silver glimmer paper punched out with the 2 1/2" circle punch.  I used Cherry Cobbler for the bottom panel, stamped the snowflake image from Bright Hopes randomly all over it and punched the edge with the scallop trim border punch.  The plaid DSP from Letters to Santa is pieced on top, then I used Whisper White satin ribbon to cover the seam and add some interest.  I cut a small banner from Whisper White textured cardstock and stamped the sentiment from Bright Hopes in Old Olive.  Finally, I added a little bling with Rhinestone embellishments and layered the whole piece onto Early Espresso to pick up the EE in the plaid.

Don't forget, you only have until August 31 to take advantage of the Buy 3, Get 1 Free DSP event!  Great buy on our beautiful designer paper.

Also, don't forget, I have Christmas Stamp-a-Stack coming up in October!  Check the "Events" tab on my Stampin' Up! website to sign up.  I promise a fun time while you make 20 beautiful, hand-stamped Christmas cards for only $20!

Happy stamping!


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