Tuesday night was my monthly Inspiration Night and I was really excited to share some fun Cookie Cutter Christmas Creations with all who attended. The unique thing about this class is that I showed how to take a holiday stamp set and use it to create cards for other occasions! I also paired Cookie Cutter Christmas with Suite Sayings so that only two stamp sets were used to create all of these cards with the exception of one additional stamp from Jolly Friends but I'll tell you about that in a minute. Another common element of these cards is that they all use Candy Cane Lane Designer Series paper and they are also all embellished with various sizes of pearls.
For now, let's take a closer look at this fun boxed set of note cards.
The box itself is made of one of our clear mount stamp cases. These cases are perfect for holding note card sized cards. The layered circle on the front is from the Circles Collection framelits. I love that this collection has both scallop circles and plain circles. Layering the circles, as shown below, makes a perfect background area for the focal point of a project,
Our first card was a birthday card with the same "pig tail" design that I shared about in my last post. You can create pig tails by stamping the gingerbread man twice and then on one of them cutting the arm pieces and attaching them to the head with glue dots. Two pearl buttons were added for dimension and texture.
The next card is a baby card. Isn't this bear sweet?
When you create the bear you have to stamp the ears first and then the bear on a separate piece of card stock that gets punched out with the coordinating punch and layered over the top where you align it with the stamped ears.
The next card is one of my favorites. When I was designing it I had a Tom Cruise movie playing in my stamp room. In the movie Tom was wearing sunglasses and looking sharp. Suddenly, I was inspired to put sun glasses and a black tie on this gingerbread man so I drew some glasses with a sharpie pen. However, just prior to hosting this class I received the stamp set Jolly Friends and I realized that the glasses in that set are the PERFECT fit for this guy so that is how I added an additional stamp set to this class. Thanks to Tom for being my inspiration for this hand stamped creation!
Doesn't he look handsome and successful with his black tie and cool glasses? These ladies at Inspiration Night certainly thought so.
I saved the BEST for last. This punch art creation has been in my stamp room for weeks but I've been waiting for the perfect opportunity to use it on a card. This card was definitely the most work but also the one that everyone got the most excited about as you can see below.
Are you ready? Here she is.
I just love this sweet mermaid. She is made of punches. Here is what you need.
The body, hair, bangs and mouth - Cookie Cutter Builder Punch. The hair and small flower - Tree Builder Punch. The tail - Jolly Hat Builder Punch. The end of the tail and shells - Holly Berry Punch. The Large Flower - Blossom Builder Punch.
The Fabulous Foil Acetate is perfect for this card but it can be challenging to punch it out so either trace and cut it with scissors or if you want to punch it here are some tips. First, remove the thin layer that covers the acetate. Place a piece of copy paper over and under the acetate before punching it to strengthen it and avoid getting it stuck in the punch.
Everyone's card came out a little bit different. The way people angled the hair or placed the pearls all gave each Mermaid a different personality.
I loved seeing all these beautiful Mermaids come to life and loved even more watching how great of a time everyone had as they created this card.
I think the two who had the most fun where these two ladies below, Terry and Lori.
Lori took off her jacket and placed it on Terry's head to resemble the long red hair of the Mermaid that we all know she is at heart. I think the photo and caption below, says it all!
In addition to making these fabulous projects the ladies all swapped some amazing Cookie Cutter Christmas swaps. I don't normally host a swap that features a single stamp set but everyone in my group purchased this set because they loved it, so it was the perfect time to host an swap themed after a stamp set.
Everyone made such beautiful cards and watching them share them with one another was wonderful.
Of course we were also spoiled by Chef Craig's delicious dinner. Tonight we had curry stew, rice and salad. Craig takes such amazing care of us every month as he blesses us with his God given talent for preparing food that is created and served with aloha.
It is always so much fun to gather for my monthly Inspiration Night. I love my Stamped With Aloha sisters who are so much fun to spend time with, even the "kolohe" (rascal) ones pictured below.
It was great to see all the smiling faces and know our time together was filled with inspiration, creativity, encouragement, fun and lots of aloha amongst us stamping sisters and friends.
I am so looking forward to our Holiday Stamp Camp this weekend and can't wait to share with you all about it soon. Until then, I hope you've been inspired to create some fun "non" Christmas projects with this amazing stamp set.
If you live on Oahu and would like to take this class, I will be offering it on Saturday, November 12th at 10am at my home. Cost is $15 and it comes with a package of pearls. Sign up now to reserve a spot for you and your friends. It will be great to share these Cookie Cutter Creations with all of you.