Sunday, September 15, 2013

Clearly Digi Stamps Blog Hop using Christmas Card Sentiments

***Important Announcement***
Today will be the last Blog Hop for our Clearly iStamp Blog. As a home schooling mom, Lori McCroskey has decided to close the Clearly Digi Stamps store at the end of this month. I was both happy and sad for her, knowing how hard it can be when life changes affect the direction of our lives. I'm happy that she has been sensitive to the leading of the Lord and is obedient to what is best for her family.  You can find her touching post here at the Clearly iStamp Blog.  She announced a special sale before the end of the month:
From now until the 30th of September all digis and SVG files will be 25% off!  Enjoy!
Enter this code at checkout:  SEPT30CLOSING

She also mentioned that Laurie Wilson will be gradually moving her fun digi sets to her blog, Doodle Pantry. I will also be joining the Doodle Pantry Design Team!
If you came here from Dana's blog you're on the right track for the blog hop. Today I'm using Lori McCroskey's stamp set "Christmas Card Sentiments." This is a great set of sentiments for the inside as well as the outside of your Christmas cards. It also contains Christmas Scriptures. Be sure to check out all of them at the link above.

Here is my CAS type Christmas card using Christmas Card Sentiments, Cricut Artbooking, 2 shades of Green Glitter paper, and the Sizzix/Tim Holtz "Wood Grain" embossing folder, using the Mojo Monday Sketch for this week and the Merry Monday Christmas Card Club #74 to use green, white, and woodgrain.

.  My outside sentiment was printed first before embossing. I folded a piece of cardstock to fit over and behind the sentiment before I embossed it so it wasn't as deeply embossed as the rest.

 The tree and the background woodgrain were both cut using the <L> key of the Cricut Artbooking cartridge. I really like the way you can size this woodgrain to fit your card using Real Dial Size. The square woodgrain overlay was cut at 6.25, just smaller than my card and trimmed off the right side to fit the 5" width. The center sentiment panel is 4" x 4" with the Pear mat cut at 4.25" square. The tree was cut at 3.75" to fit the panel. The left side strips were cut at 5/8" and 3/8."

This inside sentiment is my favorite and goes with the sentiment printed on the front since they both talk about the JOY we have in Christ.  Printing your own inside sentiment allows you to add your own "signature" like I did using MS Word or Photoshop. My card is 6.5" x 5" so I printed my sentiment easily on a 6" x 4" card. That makes it easy to print a stack of the sentiments to use inside cards.

Here you can see all of the other sentiments in the set:

If you comment and leave your email address, I'll put your name in a drawing to receive this stamp set free! The Winner will be chosen by 5pm eastern daylight savings time on Wednesday, September 18th, so leave your comment before then. I will contact the winner on Thursday. (If you've already gotten that set, you may select another set.)
To continue on the Blog Hop, you're ready to go to Jennifer's blog.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Craft-Room Challenge - Trees and/or leaves
Craft Your Passion #179 - Glitter and/or Gloss (CTMH green glitter cardstock)
Creative Creations #18 - Early Christmas Makes
Digi Makeover #105 - Make your own background
Merry Monday Christmas Card Club #74 - green, white, and woodgrain
Mojo Monday #310 - sketch
Our Daily Bread Designs SLC #170 - Get Ready for Christmas
Simon Says Stamp - Embossing
Stamps + Fun = Creativity #168 - Wood
Word Art Wednesday #97 - Anything Goes with Scripture or uplifting verse

6.5" x 5" Christmas Card Recipe:
Digital Stamps - CDS Christmas Card Sentiments
Paper - all CTMH - White Daisy, Pear, and Green Glitter Cardstock, retired "Believe" patterned paper (green stars-strip under the banner strip)
Tools - printer;  CTMH Cricut Artbooking cartridge; Sizzix Tim Holtz "Wood Grain" embossing folder



Notes by Nina said...

Both cards are lovely Vicki, Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday this week.

Karen Davis said...

Hi Vicki,
Your card is fabulous. I love the glitter elements. A beautiful inside page too. Thanks for joining in with the Merry Monday Challenge this week.

MiamiKel said...

Oh such a stunning CHRISTmas card, a beauty to behold! The glittery green tree is such a lovely touch with the crispness of the white and your verse, written message on the inside makes this a wonderful holiday card! Beautiful! TFS! Blessings!

Marsha said...

Really lovely card. Love the wood grain embossing. Such a beautiful sentiment on the inside too.

Bonnie said...

I love the way you've done the woodgrain embossing and the glittery tree and flag! Love the sentiment inside and out! Thanks so much for bringing this to Merry Monday to share with us!

D- said...

Your card is wonderful. TFS.
Crafty hugs
dmcardmaker at (AOL)

CanadianScraps43 said...

Great Card Vicki. Love the texture and layering on this one. The sentiment is totally amazing and so meaningful. Thanks for sharing.

Jennifer said...

This is just lovely! Fabulous background and inside sentiment!

Laura Sterckx said...

Fabulous card! I love the glitter, the embossing and the sentiment on the inside of the card! It looks great!

Thanks for joining us at the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog!

Unknown said...

This is such a pretty card, and I love the sentiments!

Beth F. said...

Your Christmas card is beautiful! I really like the glitter :)

Kathy D. said...

Thanks for the tip on putting extra between the layers so the embossing doesn't go so deep. Your card is beautiful with all the texture.

Natalie said...

Beautifully done, inside and out! Love the glittery look on the front, very festive!

Edwina said...

Such a pretty Christmas card. Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

Edwina said...

Forgot to leave my e-mail Edwina Brown

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Like the glitter Christmas Tree card. Just got the Artbooking cartridge and made a Halloween Mini Album.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

kReN said...

Love what you did to get us in the holiday spirit. We should all be working on our cards! Love the treatment and the sentiment is lovely.

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Patty said...

Beautiful card! I do love those sentiments.. Thanks for the chance to win!

CherylQuilts said...

Beautiful card, Vicki! I love the sparkle and the great MOJO layout! It's simply gorgeous! So glad you joined us this week for the ODBD challenge! Hugs!

Debi said...

Vickie - I am so glad you used this sentiment set! It is wonderful and now on my wish list. Also like the overlay you used from the cartridge, fantastic on this card. If you get a chance, stop by my blog for some more ideas using the cartridge. We had a great Christmas Card workshop on Saturday and I posted the 10 cards.

Antoinette/Cultivate Life in Joy said...

Lovely card. I love the inside sentiment. What a wonderful set of sentiments stamps to play with on my cards. Hugs,

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

This is gorgeous inside and out Vicki!! I love the sentiment on the inside displaying the joyous reason for Christmas, the glittery touches, and your design!! Thanks for joining us at ODBD!

hazel said...

A lovely Christmas card, thank you for joining us at Craft-Room Challenge.
xxx Hazel.

Linda Carson said...

Beautiful wood grain background for your glittering tree! Love the inside sentiment! What a blessing for those receiving your cards at Christmas! Thanks for joining ODBD!

Lorianna said...

This is FABULOUS!!!
Love your layout, and texture!!
It screams fresh and crisp!
Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful talent with all of us!!

tickmenot said...

The wood grain background was great! Love the glitter, too!!

Auntie Em said...

The wood grain and the pretty tree are lovely. A very elegant Christmas greeting! :)

Donna said...

I love sentiments especially for Christmas cards. I think the sentiment is the most important to convey your message! Gorgeous card!