Gold Soiree Making Spirits Bright

Gold Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper, Making Spirits Bright Stamp set
The New Year approaches!  I don't send too many cards for New Years, but these are bright and shiny, and would make good layouts for a party invite too.
Brushed Gold Card Stock, and Gold heat embossing coordinate with
the gold foil accents in the Gold Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper

The first card I made has a Tangerine Tango card base, and a piece of the beautiful Gold Soiree paper. I rounded the corners on both the base and the background. Then I stamped the champagne toast stamp from Making Spirits Bright in Versamark on Pistachio Pudding, and heat embossed it using the Gold Embossing powder. I stamped the Happy New Year greeting from the Making Spirits Bright stamp set in Gold Encore Ink onto Crisp Cantaloupe.These are popped up using the Stampin' Dimensionals, and layered over a banner of Brushed Gold card stock. I added a sprinkle of the In Color Sequins. Sparkly and shiny, but not overly fussy.

The second card was a bit more fussy!
Confetti Stars Punch and This and That Epic Day Washi tape

Shiny!
For the second card I added some layers and texture by changing the first layer over the Gold Soiree paper. I used Epic Day Washi Tape, the colors are coordinated to the card theme, and I like the subtle numbers in the tape on the right side. I used the same heat embossed image on Pistachio, but changed up the Happy New Year sentiment, stamped in Garden Green, and placed it as a banner too. These are popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals. I switched out the vertical gold banner to horizontal, and punched it with the Confetti Stars Border Punch. I added some stapled 1/8" Gold Ribbon, tying a little knot over the staple. A little more fuss.

I'm not sure which I like more, but I do know I am in love with the Gold Soiree Specialty Designer Series paper! Such a very pretty set!
Happy Crafting!
-Angie

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Day to Day Choose Happiness in the New Year Blendabilities


Project Life Day to Day Stampin Up Choose Happiness Motley Monsters MIDNIGHTCRAFTING
Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper - HAH! for New Years!! 
You know those cards that start out one way, and end up COMPLETELY different than you imagined? That's today's card. I love how it turned out, but what a process!!

The card base is Coastal Cabana, with the Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper star pattern, and a piece of the Window Sheets clear acrylic. I stamped the images on the acrylic with White Craft Ink and Black Staz On ink, Using the Project Life Day to Day Stamp Set and the Choose Happiness Set. the finishing touches include the 1/8" Gold Ribbon, Basic Jewels Rhinestones, and a few of the In Color Sequin Assortment. Don't you like the restraint I showed in my embellishments today? LOL

The Project Life Day to Day set is pretty amazing, I think it will be so useful to add personalized wedding and anniversary dates, custom birthday card dates and ages, to make neat planning notes and lists - maybe for my fancy planner I plan to try this new year! ;-) Anyhow, Useful!

For this card I used the January stamp with the accent dots and then added 2015. The nice thing about polymer stamps is the ease of placing them on the block in the arrangement you like, and then stamping all at once! Of course, they also make stamping multiple times to get a complex image easier too, but I kind of like the custom one-and-done technique.
Project Life Day to Day Stampin Up Choose Happiness Motley Monsters  1MIDNIGHTCRAFTING
Stampin' on Acrylic for the clear inset window, colored with Blendabilities Markers
I stamped the date in White Craft Ink, which I imagined popping on the acrylic Window Sheet against the dark Coastal Cabana of the Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper... but then I realized that for someone to write a note inside the card, that design was a little too dark and busy! Luckily, the yellow reverse pattern worked great! I then stamped the Choose Happiness sentiment in Staz On black, which REALLY pops against the back pattern. Dangit! Should have done both in black - but then I wouldn't have been able to USE MY Stampin' BLENDABILITIES MARKERS to give the date that ombre effect! (I know, I COLORED! can you believe it?!?) But it took a few steps: I added clear embossing powder to the image, and (lightly) heat embossed it. The acrylic is pretty sensitive to heat, watch how much you do at once, and the angle of your heat gun, or it will warp beyond saving! Ask me how I know... Sigh.

Once it was heat embossed, I started at the top of January with the darkest Coastal Cabana Blendabilites Marker and just dabbed the color on. Then I quickly smeared the color down the letters with the tip of my finger. Yes. Smeared. Sorry to get all technical on ya! I did the same thing with the bottom of the year, smearing upwards. I used the Color Lifter Blendabilities Marker to remove any stray marks. Then I used the White Stampin' Chalk Marker to add a little density to the white parts. I used the color lifter to take any stray marks off from that process too! The Chalk Marker is permanent) For the center line of dots I probably could have left them white, but I dotted on some of the darkest Cabana too. I then colored in the leaves and swirls on the Choose Happiness stamp. I wasn't happy with the contrast, as I really wanted to emphasize the Choose Happiness part, so I added a Whisper White Artisan Label Punch behind the acrylic. I adhered it with glue dots in the leaves, tricky! You have to be clever with glue, as you can totally see it through the clear acrylic.
To finish off this center section - and OMG, was I finished yet?!?! - I lightly ran the tip of the lightest Coastal Cabana Blendabilities Marker on the edge of the Motley Monster Designer Series paper where the cut edge was a little too white in the scheme of the design. It was kind of cool how the paper absorbed the ink, but you might practice first on a scrap paper - the ink will bleed unexpectedly, which may or may notwork with your intended effect.

Whew!! Not the card I had set out to make. But I think it worked itself into a pretty new years card!
Project Life Day to Day Stampin Up Choose Happiness Motley Monsters  2MIDNIGHTCRAFTING
Choose Happiness, in the new year and always! :-)
Anyhow.
These acrylic inset cards are interesting. I will definitely try again! Any tips for me?

Happy Crafting!
-Angie

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Teeny Tiny Wishes New Year Stars

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Today's cards are more New Year's greetings. I used the number pattern from the Typeset Specialty Designer Paper, with a layer of Gold Glimmer Paper, and die cut and punched stars. I added some In Color Sequins and pearls... I've been on an excessive Bling kick lately!!

Star Framelits diecut the sprinkled star border,
with the star punch from Itty Bitty Accent Punch Set
The Happy New Year is stamped in the Gold Encore Ink. The card base is Crushed Curry, with Very Vanilla stars added. I also did another version (of course) in Pacific Point and Silver with Very Vanilla:
Horizontal New Year Card - Pacific Point and Silver Glimmer
For the blue one, I used the Star Framelits again to die cut stars in Pacific Point, Silver Glimmer, and Very Vanilla, but I also punched the Silver Glimmer strip at the bottom and layered it over a Pacific Point strip. In retrospect, I could have cut the number print layer a little shorter and just let the card stock show through, but I'll try that another time! The silver layer on this card is popped up on dimensionals, and I used the Basic Jewels Rhinestones to add more sparkle.

New Year's Eve is all about sparkle, in my opinion!
Got plans this year? How are you celebrating?
Happy Crafting!
 -Angie

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Bright and Beautiful New Year

Bright & Beautiful Shiny New Year
I'm obviously getting my holidays confused! Or enjoying some Non-traditional New Year's Color Combos! This is a confusing crafty-time of year. Must start the Valentines, but there's still Christmas to enjoy, and New Years to look forward too... sigh. #firstworldproblems #craftylife

MORE Embellies!! lol
Sequins, Glimmer Paper, Silver Ink, Rhinestones
Today's card was fun to make though! So bright and shiny, with bling and sparkle!! I love the Silver Encore Ink, it works best with the bold images, as you can see from the difference between the star and the sentiment stamped onto the Melon Mambo card base. I inked only the bottom half of the sentiment stamp from the Bright & Beautiful set to make this a New Years card. Stamped in silver on Tempting Turquoise card stock, the smallest star was then punched with the star punch from Itty Bitty Accents. Then that strip is layered over Silver Glimmer Paper. I used the same smallest star to stamp around the middle star from the set. I colored my Rhinestones (my new obsession!) and added some of the punched turquoise stars,with some sequins from the Frosted Sequins set.

Winter Christmas Set & embellishments used for a New Years card, in Valentines colors. hmmm. What do you think??
Bright &  Beautiful New Year that Shines with Happiness! 

Happy Crafting!
-Angie
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