Monday, October 19, 2009

October 2009 Tour de Freaks Blog Tour

Welcome to my blog entry on the October 2009 Tour de Freaks Blog Tour! This month's theme is Christmas Cards, and you should have just arrived from the blog of the talented Shona Watson.

I think my personal theme for this month is "non-traditional" holiday colors. I'm really enjoying using natural colors like Soft Suede, Sahara Sand, and Kraft.

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My first card is full of snowflakes, but there's nothing specifically Christmas-y about it, so you can send it even if you don't celebrate that holiday. It features the Serene Snowflakes stamp set and the Four the Holidays stamp set. To make the ribbon, I layered Very Vanilla Tafetta Ribbon over the solid side of the Soft Suede Polka Dot Ribbon. This is not a complicated card, but because of all the brads used on it, I probably would only make these for my very special card recipients!


This next card is made with the O Christmas Tree Popup Bigz XL Die, which you use with the Big Shot. It's really hard to get a picture to do it justice, but these cards are just spectacular to open up in person. Because of the numerous times through the Big Shot to get all the pieces you need, and to emboss the tree pieces, and cut out all the ornament pieces you need, I don't recommend making these in large multiples.


The next card was made with the Patterned Pines Hostess stamp set (available in the Holiday Mini Catalog) and the colors are Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry, with a Pale Plum layer. These colors coordinate with the Cottage Wall Designer Series Paper layer. There's a little bit of Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint around the edges of the Pale Plum layer, giving it a glittery look.


This last card is one that was created by a fellow demonstrator for a Susan G. Komen fundraising event I participated in earlier this month. I stamped some of it at the event, because I don't own this Yuletide Christmas stamp set--then I brought the pieces home and tried to remember what the card looked like! I added "snow" to the top of my card, using the Itty Bitty Backgrounds stamp set. This is a great card to make in multiples, because the stamping is easy and it goes together really fast.


Your next stop on the blog tour this month is Jan Tink's blog. Enjoy your Halloween, but don't forget to take notes along the blog tour so you can get a head start on your holiday cards. Before you know it, December will be here, and if you don't plan ahead, you'll find yourself too busy to enjoy the rewards of handmade holidays this year!

~Kimberley Morris
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator
http://kimberley.stampinup.net
procrastistamper@gmail.com

15 comments :

  1. Oh, wow! I like the sentiment banner and how you've woven the Modern Label through it using the Horizontal Slot punch. Totally noteworthy! :D

    TFS!
    Cindy

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  2. What a wonderful color combo for this beautiful snowflake card, Kimberley!! LOVE the little sentiment banner, too. It adds the perfect touch! :)

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  3. Loving the non-traditional purple and green combo! Great stuff!

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  4. I just passed up the $10 purchase of the O'Christmas Tree Die Cut and definetly regret it after seeing your beautifully simple & elegant dry embossed tree! I love how you used the small ornaments die cut on your card, too!

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  5. Kimberley...I really like all the non-traditional Christmas Colors you choose. Just goes to show you that even if you don't have "red & green" you can still make Christmas cards! Erin

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  6. I like the way you did the Peace on Earth banner...very clever. Of course the tree is outstanding!!

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  7. Hi Kimberly -- great projects, all of them. My favorite is the snowflake card done in Soft Suede and blue -- so very pretty! Thanks for sharing and so glad we're on the tour together this month! Blessings, gretchen

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  8. lorijane mittlestadtOct 20, 2009, 2:22:00 PM

    You have outdone yourself. What attention to detail! I wonder if you could do a faux brad for the snowflakes--then we could ALL get one of your cards in the mail! lorijane

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  9. LOL--I'd love to send everyone a card, I'm just not sure I have the resources to do it :-)

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  10. Oh my word! I absolutely LOVE that Serene Snowflakes card! Great job!

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  11. All your cards are wonderful! I love how you used the modern label punch on the sentiment in the first card...VERY creative!

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  12. I'm so glad I have one of these for all my very own!! Great projects, Kimberly!

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  13. Just wanted to post again to say congrats on your win! Well-deserved!!! :D

    Cindy

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  14. All of these are just wonderful! Lots of great inspiration and I really like to use non-traditional colors at Christmas too!! Congrats on winning Shelli's November challenge!

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  15. Congrats on winning, Kimberly!!

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