Friday, September 25, 2009

New SU Christmas Sets...I'm in Love, AGAIN!

Do you ever feel like a stamp whore? Golly, there are so many stamps I love, and my newest StampinUp Christmas sets both have my heart going pitter-patter. They are Tree Trimmings and Berry Christmas. My new loves. Plural.

I decided to use every image in both sets at least once BEFORE putting them away (remember my new year's resolution?), and it has been so EASY! Today's card I made using Tree Trimmings, found on page 28 of the current catalog.

I stamped the ornaments in Atlantic and Smoke Blue VersaColor cubes. I drew the lines with a black Micron pen and edged the whole panel with a silver metallic pen. The sentiment is from PTI's Signature Christmas.

This card is actually oversized at 6.25 x 5 inches, which will fit into a 5x7 envelope. I originally tried the stamped panel on a standard 5.5" x 4.25" card, but it looked cramped. There's a lot going on here, even though it's very clean, and it needed a bigger matte to let the panel breathe. I finished it off with three silver, self-adhesive half-beads I bought at Hobby Lobby. Very cool.

These colors are so peaceful yet crisp, don't you think? VersaColor's Atlantic blue is a dead ringer for SU brocade blue, and I just love having a creamy ink option to go with SU's papers. I only have SU white craft ink, which I adore, but with so many ink pads, I can't justify buying the craft spots.

Also, I'm in love with PTI's Signature Christmas, which is wonderful and will definitely be my go-to Christmas sentiment set for a long time.

See, I'm not even loyal to just one stamp company!

stamps: SU Tree Trimmings, PTI Signature Christmas
paper: PTI white, SU brocade blue
ink: VersaColor atlantic, smoke blue; Palette noir
accessories: silver beads, silver metallic marker, dimensionals


  1. True ELEGANCE! LOVE the silver beads!!

  2. Just lovely! This is one of the sets I hemmed and hawed over...and didn't end up getting (yet). I look forward to your Berry Christmas card(s), though -- I do have that one and also made cards using every image as soon as I got it!
    PS: I read your blog daily, but I'm trying to be better about commenting...we'll see how I do! Thanks for all the inspiration!

  3. BEAUTIFUL card susan!
    i love the blue and white. very peaceful and elegant. you are amazing!! thanks soo much for your inspiration. marty ferraro

  4. Those silver beads are a stupendous finishing touch. You are right, the colors are crisp and relaxing and seasonal. Super card.

  5. VERY pretty---this is one of my fav new sets! The silver beads are perfect for these colors as well!

  6. Elegant! I really love how you edged and drew the lines for the shadow effect! (Another tutorial?)

  7. Gorgeous and elegant ornaments! I also like the non-traditional colours!

  8. Thanks so much for sharing your creative process and thought process with us! Your cards are works of art, but I'm especially interested in how you decide to put it all together. This card is a stunner...oh, heck, all your cards are stunners.

  9. Susan, Your blog title says it - your "simple" design and elegance speaks directly to people through the heart! I've just discovered your blog, and will be spending any spare time I have reading through your entries - your work is beautiful and it's great to see cards that can be simple and elegant (especially for me, as I can't do complicated successfully!)
    Thank you for your inspiration, Jo

  10. This is beautiful Susan, those colours are so stylish. Aren't you a lucky girl to have those new PTI stamps!!!! Jo x

  11. Lovely, Susan! Makes me look at my ornament stamps in a whole new way this're the queen! (I'm waiting for PTI to get this new sentiment set back in stock!!) Have a great day"!

  12. this is so funny because when I was looking through the newest SU mini catty I kept saying ... "oooh that reminds me of Susan" or "I bet Susan will like that one". In fact, I remember thinking that you were going to want to buy a lot of new stamps!!

  13. Oh sooooooo beautiful I just love this card.


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