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Thursday, October 11, 2012

October Release Blog Hop



Hello dear friends and Happy Release Day to you!!  The SNSS DT has been busy preparing for today's fabulous blog hop and virtual stamp day and we hope you will join us in celebrating our newest stamp sets--this month we are focusing on Christmas! 
If you've just arrived from the very talented Jessica Flick, you are on the right track.  If not, you'll want to head on over to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog to start the hop at the beginning.  We've got lots of eye candy to share that will certainly put you in the holiday mood. :)  Be sure not to miss a single stop along the way because we'll be drawing one lucky commenter from a random DT blog to win a $25 credit to the store!!
Here's the list of stops along the hop today:
Cathy McCauley<---You are here!

I'll be sharing projects from two of the wonderful Christmas sets being released.


Creative Nugget:  The Seek Him Still clear stamp set includes one collage image, one star, and five sentiments perfect for sharing the true meaning of Christmas.  I know this set will get a lot of use.  The patterned papers from the Festive Collection by Authentique were matted on True Black and stitched to a Vintage Cream panel.  This was adhered to a Kraft card base. To make the main image panel, some Frayed Burlap, Faded Jeans, and Dusty Concord Distress Inks were swiped on a craft sheet.  This was spritzed with water and a scrap piece of Vintage Cream card stock was dabbed onto the beaded inks and dried with a heat gun.  The wise men image was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  A rectangle Nestie was used to cut out the image.  This panel was scrunched into a ball and opened up.  A Walnut Stain Distress pad was swiped across the folds to create an aged look.  The panel was ironed before mounting it onto the card with Dimensionals.  The sentiment was stamped on the bottom, a Kraft bow and a rhinestone sticker were added to finish the card!

Creative Nugget:  My second sample is from the Holiday Baubles clear stamp set.  This set includes twenty-three whopping images and four Christmas greetings, providing endless design possibilities!  The Quatrefoil Cutting Plate Die by Taylored Expressions was stitched to a piece of patterned paper from the Very Merry Christmas paper pad by Echo Park. This was adhered to a Vintage Cream card base that had the edges taped and glittered.  The Floral Oval Die by Spellbinders was  cut from Riding Hood Red card stock.  Since I needed a large sentiment, I used the Merry Christmas from the Christmas Sentiments clear stamp set, also being released today!  The sentiment was curved on the acrylic block making it rounded to fit the contours of the die.  The ornaments were added to the string of bows with Always Artichoke, Riding Hood Red, Early Espresso, and Creamy Caramel ink.  Some Baker's Twine bows, Rhinestone Stickers, and Stickles finish the card.
I hope you've enjoyed my samples!  Are you getting in the mood for Christmas yet?  The fun has just begun...there's a lot more inspiration to come.  Hop on over to the very sweet and talented, Mary Faus for another taste of Christmas!
After you're done hopping we invite you to join us for a fun day of challenges during our Virtual Stamp Day in our Splitcoaststampers Member Company Forum.  We're giving away more fun prizes so you won't want to miss it!
Enjoy the hop and happy stamping!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hugs,
Cathymac

34 comments:

Bridget said...

Cathy, what a stunning bg you created for the wisemen, just beautiful! And I love the little garland of ornaments in the lacy oval too!

Teri said...

Absolutely phenomenal job!

merrymstamper said...

Wow!!! Your cards always leave me in stunned silence Cathy. both your cards are gorgeous...love the background on the Wisemen card. Thanks for sharing the technique.

Kim said...

Stunning Cathy! Your first card is amazing with those colors combined with the soft colors of the cardstock and the second is just...well...wonderful! XXOO

Kim S said...

The colors on your wise men are truly stunning and I love the hint of music and pine! The layout on the Christmas ornaments is perfect!

Jennie said...

Love your cards Cathy! The layers on your Still Seek Him is fab and love the colors and sweet Holiday Baubles design.

Rebecca Wagner said...

Both cards are just beautiful. I love the red and green ornament the best!

Basslady said...

your cards are so splendid!

hugs and kisses from germany,
silvi xoxo

Marla said...

Love all the layers on your cards and the die you used for the ornament card is beautiful!! TFS

jimlynn said...

Love the beauty of that first card and the design and the second is so pretty. The frame around it is gorgeous!
Lynn

Maureen R said...

Beautiful cards! You've given me some much needed inspiration today!
Hugs,
maureen

Marsha said...

LOVELY. Really like all the details on your first card and the main image stamped on the multicolored paper. 2nd card is a combination of striking and fun. Beautiful ideas.

Sue D said...

Wonderful--great layout on the first and I like the papers on both.

Miriam Prantner said...

Love the coloring on the background of that first card, and I'm really loving Holiday Baubles!

Gloria Stengel said...

Such stunning work. I am blown away!

Stampin_melissa said...

I just LOVE your first card! I love this stamp set as well! Great job!

jan farnworth said...

very nice cards.

Faye said...

Cathy, both of these cards are marvellous. I really like the first, because of the soft colours you pulled out with the papers and the pop of green you pulled out of the sky. Lovely. xx

Dina Kowal said...

Absolutely gorgeous - I love your night sky! Thanks for showing how versatile this stamp can be!

buggin2stamp said...

Gorgeous cards Cathy. I love how you curved the stamps on that second card. Looks so cool!

Shannon White said...

Oh Wow Miss Cathy!! Love your Wismen card! Just Gorgeous and your second one is so Cheery and Sweet! Just makes me smile!

Hugs
Shannon

Carol L said...

Your cards are so pretty, especially the coloring on the first! I love the design too! The pretty decorative shape on the 2nd is very pretty, and those little bows on the ornaments really look cute strung from side to side. Well done!

Flo S. said...

Both of your cards are beautiful. Love the wiseman stamp.

Amy Kolling said...

That wiseman figurine image is awesome! Look at the detail

StampingJudy said...

This is a beautiful card! Lovely shading on the 3 Wise Men card.

Monika/Buzsy said...

Such pretty cards Cathy. Love the backgroud paper you used for the Seek Him Still image. The colors look great and it's a neat technique! Your ornaments are so sweet! Love the elegant oval frame!

*Vicki* said...

Absolutely stunning creations!! I love your gorgeous designs on both of them!! WOW! Thanks for the fun blog hop! HUGS!

Mary Kruschke said...

Cathy, these cards are so totally different but you use the stamps to such detail! Love your color combos to the max!

Makiko Jones said...

Wow! Super gorgeous cards, Cathy!!

Heather said...

Wow, these are both amazing! I love sets that incorporate the real meaning of Christmas and I have been eyeing wisemen sets lately. This one is beautiful. And I LOVE your Christmas baubles card. The papers are gorgeous.

Debbie said...

These are both beautiful!! I really love the wise men card!!

DJ Rants said...

Love both of your cards!! Fabulous coloring on the WM image, love the purple bg!! Great idea to frame your ornament swag, very pretty!!

rizzosw said...

Beautiful cards, thanks for sharing.

ajax said...

Cathy, you really do a job on cards. The wise men look so alive and the Holiday Baubles are so beautiful with the oval die and the striped paper. Thanks for the designs.