Friday, October 21, 2011

Easy Breezy

A happy fall Friday to you, stampers!  Thanks for coming back to see what I have for you today!

It's a breezy fall day out there, but at least it's not raining (yet!).  The birch tree just outside my window is a beautiful shade of gold and I wish those leaves could cling for a while.  Unfortunately, they are falling like crazy and that means only one thing.... I'll soon be outside in the breezy fall day with a rake in my hand.  I do love the gorgeous colors of autumn... who doesn't?  However, I think those gorgeous colors are even more amazing with a backdrop of blue, blue sky (big sigh).  We sure haven't seen much of that lately, have we? 
But carry on we must, through gray and drizzle and whatever else mother nature has in store for us. 

Today's card is a little something different again, like yesterday's, for those of us who are easily bored and looking for something other than an ordinary 5 1/2 by 4 1/4 card.  Here it is...

This little gem is a 4 x 4 card.  You know, the one the US Postal Service likes to charge more for, if you mail it in a square envelope.  You can get around that, though, by just mailing your square card in a regular envelope.  I wouldn't suggest mailing this one, however, as the fabric ribbon makes quite a bulky knot when tied.  I would suggest hand-delivering this to the recipient.  If you must mail it, then a padded envelope (p. 182) would be the best way to go.

The colors here are Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke and Very Vanilla.  I just love that color combination for Christmas... so rich and classic.  The base of the card is Very Vanilla and the Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke panels are layered on top.  Inside, there's a little pocket that holds a gift card or cash.
I'm sure just about everyone on your guest list would like receiving one of these with a little surprise tucked inside.

The stamps are from the fabulous Tags til Christmas set (page 32).  This set of 9 tag stamps will keep you in Christmas tags for years and it's priced at only $22.95 for 9 stamps.  That's 2.55 per stamp, people!  What a great bargain for stamps.  And these are no ordinary stamps, as all of them have punches to match.   If this set is not already in your collection, you'll want to add it to an order very soon.

The December 25th stamp is punched out with the Decorative Label punch (p. 209) and then I added some of the beautiful Glass Stampin' Glitter ( p. 201).  This chunky glitter gives a vintage look and is so easy to apply.  I just went around the oval with Crystal Effects (p. 206), sprinkled it with the glitter, and set it aside to dry.  Crystal Effects not only gives a shiny look to leaves, flowers, and other stamped images.  It is also a powerful adhesive and it works great in an application like this.  The Very Vanilla panel behind the focal point is embossed with the lovely Finial Press embossing folder (p. 219). 

Tying the card closed is a strip of Deck the Halls Designer fabric (p. 196).  These beautiful fabrics come in an extra large "fat quarter" size.  I'm not a quilter.  I admit that I don't have the patience for a long-term project like that, so I don't really know what the term "fat quarter" means.   The actual dimensions of the fabric that you get from Stampin'Up! is 27" by 18".  The great thing about Stampin'Up!'s fabric is that it matches our designer papers, buttons, card stock and everything else, which makes color coordination so very easy.  Making ribbon from this fabric is easy too, just tear it into strips or cut it with pinking shears and you've got tons of "ribbon" to add color and dimension to your cards and paper-crafting projects. 

OK stampers!  That's my easy, but different, card for Friday. Thanks for stopping by today!  Enjoy this beautiful breezy fall day while it is still dry outside.  I hope you'll all enjoy the weekend ahead and that you'll have time to stamp something pretty.  Meet me back here on Monday for another classic card.


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