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Jack Frost Nipping at Your Nose Christmas Card

Tammy Tutterow Logo_BlkJack Frost Nipping at Your Nose Christmas Card for Tammy Tutterow Creative Team

Hello, Friends!  It’s the time of year when you begin to feel Jack Frost Nipping at your nose.  I know I don’t usually post at this time of day, but I just finished the cutest card using my brand new stamps from Tammy Tutterow, and I just had to share it with you.

jack-frost-christmas-card-by-kathy-clement-product-by-tammy-tutterow-photo-1Isn’t it cute, cute, cute?  I actually created the black and white background using Tammy’s cool new Doodle Snowflake stamp.  I don’t know how she did it, but this stamp has 3-D shading built into it.  See how the stamp has both white and grey lines?  It was inked with ColorBox White Frost Pigment ink, but when it is stamped, you end up with a sort of very cool “shadow” layer.  How nifty is that?

After stamping onto black cardstock, I heat embossed the white ink with clear embossing powder. Then I spritzed the entire area with Tattered Angels Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Mist to give it a “frosted” look.

Next, I paper pieced the adorable Mittens stamp using Carta Bella Warm & Cozy papers.  I added Glossy Accents to the center heart and button to add a bit of shine and dimension.  My mom used to knit pretty mittens for us every Christmas, so I was all about this cutie pie stamp, let me tell you!

The Jack Frost sentiment is stamped onto watercolor paper and painted with Aged Mahogany and Festive Berries Distress Markers.  I just scribble the ink onto my non-stick craft mat and then pick up the color with a water pen. The edges are inked with Iced Spruce and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink using a blending tool.  Then I spattered some random ink dots all over to resemble a fanciful snow flurry.  As a final touch, Stardust Stickles were randomly added to the design.  Then I sewed up the layers and finished the card front with ribbon, a silver mitten charm and novelty button.

jack-frost-christmas-card-by-kathy-clement-product-by-tammy-tutterow-photo2The inside of the card has a sweet surprise tucked into a wee envelope I created with Tammy’s Window Mini Pocket Die.  The opening is the exact size to fit a mini Ghiradelli chocolate.  How fun is that?

Can you feel Jack Frost nipping at your  nose right now?

Thanks for stopping by!



Mr. & Mrs. Wedding Card

Mr. & Mrs. Wedding Card for Mojo Monday

Good Saturday morning to you, friends!  I have a great card for you to enjoy while you sip on your morning coffee.    Today I created an elegant Mr. & Mrs. Wedding Card for this week’s Mojo Monday sketch challenge.   Here’s the sketch:

….and here’s my interpretation:

MrandMrs Card SU 01  Has anyone else noticed that the ampersand is very trendy right now?  I love the stylized version Stampin’ Up uses in this Mr. & Mrs. stamp.  The clean lines of the font paired with the bold ampersand make for a striking image, especially when heat embossed. What could be better on a wedding card? ( I’ve also used this stamp to make thank you notes for the bride in the wedding colors…stunning!)

Mr & Mrs. Wedding Card Details

MrandMrs Card SU 03 I started this Mr. & Mrs wedding card by cutting a 4 1/4″ x 3″ panel from Crumb Cake cardstock.  I used my Embossing Buddy on the surface before stamping with  my ” Mr. & Mrs.”  stamp.  This helps keep the embossing powder from sticking in places you don’t want it to stick, and makes for a nice, clean impression. Next, I stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with black embossing powder.  The corners were punched with an old punch from Tonic Studios. At this point, the panel still looked a little “plain”, so  I inked up the botanical image with Versamark and just randomly stamped it around the Crumb Cake panel.  Then it was matted onto Basic Black  cardstock to really make the punched area pop.  A few copper brads in the corners, and the focal image for this card was finished. It was mounted on 6 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ panel of  flocked Mocha Morning paper, then matted with Basic Black cardstock for a finished size of 6 1/2″ x 5″.

MrandMrs Card SU 02  The side panel was a simple layering of Basic Black and Crumb Cake card stock with a thin strip of that gorgeous black flocked paper.  I used a copper ribbon slide and some mocha and black stitched ribbon at the top, and added this yummy shabby flower from May Arts.  Such a quick and easy card to make!

MrandMrs Card SU 05  The interior was hand-lettered, repeating the theme from the front of the card.  When I hand letter a card, I do two simple things to avoid disaster: I pencil in my sentiment and I use a T-square to keep my lines straight.  Then, I go back with a fine line Sharpie pen, trace over the lettering and once the ink is dry, I erase the pencil lines. 

MrandMrs Card SU 06  The interior of the envelope was lined with more paper from Mocha Morning…

MrandMrs Card SU 10….and the envelope flap was covered with a piece of that glorious flocked paper.  I know these are not traditional wedding colors…but the end result is elegant and I love it!

MrandMrs Card SU 04 So, what do you think of my Mr. & Mrs. wedding card?  If you don’t have the Mr. & Mrs. stamp in your collection, I highly recommend it.    If you need any information on any of the Stampin’ Up products used in today’s card, please let me know.  I’d be more than happy to help you.  And, you still have time to enter this week’s Mojo Monday challenge.  It’s open until Sunday, July 28th, 8PM (Mountain.)

That’s it for me today, folks.  I’ll be back again next week.  I hope you have a great weekend!  Thanks for taking the time to stop by the blog today, and thanks for all your kind comments.  They make me  happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,



Crafty Secrets July Linky Party, Announcement and Giveaway

Crafty Secrets July Linky Party, Announcement and Giveaway

Announcement, announcement, announcement!

It’s the first of July and that means it’s  time for another Crafty Secrets Linky Party!…but before I share this month’s project with you, I have a little announcement to make.  Did you notice anything different about my blog today?  See the new badge over in the side panel? Starting today, I am on the Crafty Secrets/Heartwarming Vintage Design Team!  Talk about being happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!  Sandy Redburn, owner of Crafty Secrets invited Elizabeth Lincoln and me to join the team earlier this month.  As soon as I managed to pick myself up off the floor, I responded with a hearty “YES!” 

Those of you who know me are aware of my love for all things vintage, and nobody does vintage better than Crafty Secrets.  The very first stamp I ever purchased was the adorable Little Chef set…and the rest is history!  LOL  I’m over the moon to be working alongside one of my crafting heroes: Vicki Chrisman, and her amazing design team :Michele Kovack, Darlene Pavlick, Melissa Bove, Rebekah Faries, Sheila Rumney, Elizabeth Lincoln and now ME!  ‘Scuze me for a moment…I have to get up and do a little happy dance! So the Crafty Secrets July Linky Party is my maiden voyage, and I can’t wait to get started

A Little Bit of Ink…and Some Digital Magic, too

Crafty Secrets has always had gorgeous papers.  Their Radiant pad was always one of my favorites, but is now out of print.  So I was tickled pink when Sandy decided to release it in a digital format.  I know, I know…I was reluctant to make the move toward digital, too.  I’m not as computer savvy as all the “youngsters” out there, and the thought of working with digital images made me nervous.  Plus, I just like the process of inking a stamp and putting it onto paper. 

But you know what?  Working with digital papers, images and ephemera is not that hard!  And you know what else?  It has some really distinct advantages: you have a never ending supply of paper on hand because you can print off as many copies as your little heart desires.  No more need to hoard a favorite pattern because it’s your last piece.  You can just print more.  Now, for a paper addict like me, that’s a dream come true!   You can also combine digital crafting with traditional crafting (this is called hybrid crafting.)  And that’s exactly what I did with this card:

Crafty Secrets July Linky Party01  I used the Radiant digital files to print off these fun papers.  The pink and white polka dot and the pink and black hounds tooth papers were printed right off my computer onto regular cardstock in a matter of seconds. I then pulled out one of my all time favorite clear art stamp sets: Glamour GirlCrafty Secrets July Linky Party03   Don’t you just love this sassy lady? (Pssst…of these clear art stamps are on sale!  Click the link and you can see the whole set. ) She was stamped onto watercolor paper twice using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I colored one image in with my Spectrum Noir markers, then cut both images out, using foam tape between the layers to create dimension.  Crafty Secrets July Linky Party03 (4)

I also stamped the martini twice using foam tape to layer the colored images. I stamped one of the fancy ladies in hats,matted the image with black cardstock and covered it with Glossy Accents.  This way, your stamped images can be used as embellishments, which is fun…and it saves a ton of money!

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Making a Custom Button from a Digital File

The other thing that is great about digital files is that you can use your computer to  size objects to go with your project.  I wanted a fancy black button for this card, but didn’t have a real button that was quite what I was looking for. I went into my Button Up digital file, re-sized this button to the exact size I wanted it, then printed it out.  I used a 1″ punch to cut it out, then cut three 1″ circle out of an old cereal box.  I glued these together, placed the button image on top, pierced the holes with my craft pick and sponged a little black ink around the edges to cover up the chipboard.  The button was tapped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. (Use your craft pick to clear the embossing powder out of the button holes before you heat emboss.)  I added a little Diamond Stickles and voila!  Almost instant designer button…for practically free.  Now, that’s exciting!017 (3)

You know I love to line envelopes, right?  (I have a tutorial on creating custom envelopes here.) In lining this envelope, I discovered another great thing about using digital papers and images: I printed the papers on plain printer paper!  They were easy to work with and didn’t add weight to the finished product, making it less expensive to mail.  How great is that?

Crafty Secrets July Linky Party07  Custom envelope flap…

Crafty Secrets July Linky Party08 Custom lined envelope…

Crafty Secrets July Linky Party09 …and a little stamp on the front, just for fun.

Hmmmm…I feel as though I am forgetting something…oh, yes…

A Giveaway!

To help  celebrate becoming a member of the Crafty Secrets Design team, Sandy has generously offered a $25 gift certificate for me to give away to one of my lucky followers. To win, just leave a comment on this blog post, telling me what you love about Crafty Secrets.  I’ll close the entries on Sunday, July 7th at 6PM EDT , and announce the winner right here on Monday.  How exciting is that?

Be sure to join in the fun at the Crafty Secrets July Linky Party.  All you have to do to play along is create something using Crafty Secrets Products and then add a photo of your project to the linky tool at the bottom of the blog post.    One lucky participant will win a $50.00 gift certificate, and everyone who plays along will receive a $6 gift certificate from Crafty Secrets.  Entries must be linked up by Sunday, so that gives you plenty of time to play along. Be sure to visit the other designers’ blogs; the links are in the opening paragraph of this blog post.

OK…I know this was a long post!  I just had so much to share.  LOL  Thanks for hanging in there with me…thanks for sharing my good news and the giveaway with your friends and family.  And thanks for always leaving such kind and thoughtful comments on my blog.  You make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,









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