Monday 21 August 2017

Ready for Christmas Birthday Card - Sneak Peek 2017 Holiday Catalogue

Despite its name, I was pretty sure that this wonderful stamp set (and coordinating dies) would be very versatile and useful for so much more than Christmas cards!

This card is for a friend who has two dachshunds and, I confess, that was my main prompt for purchasing the set!
Holiday Catalogue 2017, Sneak Peek, Ready for Christmas, Half Full, #thecraftythinker, Stampin' Up Australia Demonstrator, Stephanie Fischer, Sydney NSW

What did I use?
2017 Holiday Catalogue (sneak Peek)

The Ready for Christmas stamp set from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue (dogs, table, cookies and gifts)
The wine glass is from the Half Full stamp set
Annual Catalogue
The balloons are made with the Birthday Delivery bundle 
The banner and words are stamped with the Banners For You set
The banner is cut with the Bunch of Banners coordinating die
I used a Layering Circle die to cut out the main scene
The decorative paper is from the Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack
The basic 5 3/4" square card is made with Night of Navy cardstock

How did I do it?
  • On a piece of Whisper White cardstock I stamped the table with Crumb Cake ink and the complete dog with Basic Black ink.
  • I then used the reflection technique to produce the second dog (used Basic Black ink to stamp the dog onto my Stamp-a-ma-Jig sheet, turned it ink side down onto the cardstock and pressed the ink onto the card).
  • I watercoloured this little scene using Peekaboo Peach, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate, Pool Party and Night of Navy inks and the teeniest bit of Cherry Cobbler for one of the dog collars.
  • I used the out of the box technique to cut out the scene with the circle die, leaving the lower part of the dog's body  outside the circle.
  • On a scrap piece of Whisper White card I stamped the wine glass with Smoky Slate ink and the plate of biscuits with Basic Black ink, watercoloured them, fussy cut and glued them to the table top.
  • The presents were also stamped on a scrap piece of Whisper White with Basic Black ink and coloured before fussy cutting them and gluing them to the card front.
  • For the balloons, I used some Night of Navy ink to apply a light watercolour wash to a scrap piece of Whisper White card.  When it was dry, I stamped the balloons with Night of Navy ink and then cut them with the coordinating die before adhering them to the card front and hand drawing the strings and bows with a Basic Black Stampin' Write marker.
watercolouring Birthday Delivery ballooons, #thecraftythinker, Stampin' Up Australia Demonstrator, Stephanie Fischer, Sydney NSW
Preparing the balloons from Birthday Delivery for cutting with the coordinating die
Naturally the inside of the card had to be decorated to match!  The presents are stamped and coloured directly onto the card but the balloon was made separately and glued in.
Holiday Catalogue 2017, Sneak Peek, Ready for Christmas, Half Full, #thecraftythinker, Stampin' Up Australia Demonstrator, Stephanie Fischer, Sydney NSW
The greeting is from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set
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'Til next time!

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  1. Stephanie you are so clever and very creative. I adore your work.
    I didn't take much notice of this Stamp Set but seeing this, this has taught me to study the catalogue and really think about what you can do with it away from the actual surroundings.
    Beautiful Work. Adorable 🐶

    1. Thank you, Christine, for your very kind words! I think that thinking outside the square is something that we "Crazies" have in common!

  2. What a fun, beautiful card, Stephanie! Love what you have created. TFS

    1. Thank you, RaeDeen! It's always such a pleasure to hear from you!

  3. Oh My Goodness.... Love what you made here!! I too, bought the set because of the Doxies... I have three... and I knew the plate of cookies could be done without the Santa note.... Thanks so much for Sharing.... I'm inspired... Faith

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your lovely message, Faith! I really appreciate your kind words! ... Sounds like you have your hands full!