Today, I am sharing 2 die sets and one more stamp set with you, to complete the Holiday Collection for 2013. Today I'll be sharing a bunch of projects, featuring:
Under the Mistletoe Dies
Stitched Holiday Icons Dies
Silver Bells Stamps and Dies
Again, Dawn outdid herself with these products, and it was tough for me to keep the number of projects to a reasonable volume!
First up, Under the Mistletoe dies... this is a really great set for adding little details to your projects, and you've seen me use it a few times on these projects over the past month. Today I tried to let them be the center of attention so you could really get a good look.
First up, I created a really simple belly band for a would-be tin of sweets. I don't keep a lot of that type of thing in the house, so I decided you would probably be okay using your imagination, and see something delicious in that tin instead of shredded paper! *wink*
Again, I used the hurricane image and a sentiment from Merry & Bright for my label. I kept this really simple, because I didn't want my holly sprigs to become overwhelmed. And yes, I took creative license and decided holly berries could be red!
Next, I made a simple tag using this same die, and the bow from the same set.
I embossed my sentiment in gold powder, for a really classic, but trendy scheme. And this bow cut out of felt is delicious!
I also created another gift card holder, since they're so handy this time of year.
Same thing, I cut out some patterned paper using the Vintage Envelope Die, and then adhered the label from Fresh Picked - but I decided to turn it upside down. It works, and gives it a whole new look! These are the bells from the die set - can you see the detail debossed on the bells? I also stamped those with some small flakes from Folk Art Flurries.
So then I thought I should show you how these dies would work really well for a non-holiday card as well!
If you notice, all the WPlus9 on here is holiday product - only I created a wedding card! I used one of the sentiments from Pretty Patches: Christmas, and then cut the bells from glitter paper (and the detail still showed up!). I also stamped the greenery boughs from Heartfelt Holiday to frame the whole thing.
So let's switch gears, and I'll show you the other set of dies released in the Holiday Collection this year.
I was inspired by this card I found on Pinterest, by Betsy Veldman (she's ah-mazing, have you noticed?), and made my own version using various WPlus9 sets. I used the greenery from Merry & Bright, and created my boughs. Then I used the snowflakes from Iconic Christmas in my background. I cut stocking from the Stitched Holiday Icons dies, and then added some bows from the Silver Bells and Heartfelt Holiday. My sentiment is also from Silver Bells.
Next, I created a set of tags to give to a friend for her cookie exchange.
They're simple, but they're SO cute! She specifically asked me to use the sentiment "Merry Christmas", and the one included in the Peaceful Poinsettias set happened to fit on this little guy's tummy so perfectly!
Here's a close up:
Last, I made a really simple, and kind of rustic card, to show off the Christmas tree in the die set.
Somehow, when I was playing around with the star and tree in the die set, this sentiment from Iconic Christmas popped into my head, and gave me an idea. I stamped the background with the Folk Art Flurries and the sentiment before embossing my panel, and then adhered my tree and star with dimensional adhesive.
Switching gears now, my last few projects are showcasing Silver Bells and the coordinating dies. This set has a classic, vintage feel, and I had so much fun working with it!
I loved this card created by Jean Martin, and wanted to create my own version using the greenery in this set.
I traced a circle to use as a vague guideline, and because I am *super* lazy, I didn't mask the way that Jean did. I'm just going to say that it's the look I was going for, and stick with that...
All of the stamps on this card came from Silver Bells, so as you can see, you get a lot of totally different details in this set!
Next, I decided to create my own background (you're shocked, I can tell), and I was aiming for a real vintage vibe.
I stamped the bells in grey ink, then gave them a quick colour job - nothing too detailed or fancy. Then I stamped the coordinating images on their die cuts and assembled everything. I loved this card by Debbie Hughes, and kind of CASE'd her a bit for mine.
For my last project - I won't lie - I saved my favourite one to share last. I combined this set with my favourite one of the release, Peaceful Poinsettias, and it just sort of took shape from there.
Again, I stamped and embossed my background. I created my focal point using the Label Layers 2 die, and stamped the images onto their die cuts before mounting them on my label. I love how it all came together, and there's a chance this card won't find a home because I may not be able to part with it!
This is the part where I need to send a massive *thank you* Dawn from WPlus9 for this incredible opportunity - I am so honoured that she asked me, and I can't even tell you the fun I've had!
Thank you all for following along this month... and keep an eye out because Dawn has been peeking some pretty amazing hints from the upcoming release - it looks amazing as always!