Shana Gaff
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Monday, October 1, 2012

Dominican Countdown-2 Days

I HAVE to get packed today!  Tomorrow I have the twins, their sister, Easton plus one more little boy, so there will be NO time then!  We leave our house around 1:00 am Wednesday morning.  I am getting so anxious!

I know that we are barely into fall, but I am in the Christmas mood already.  It is so cold to me here, it feels like winter. :)  Can't wait for the 90s we are supposed to get in the DR!  As soon as I saw the color combination at Create with Connie and Mary's, I knew I wanted to do a Christmas card.
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I thought this was a nice and simple layout at Freshly Made Sketches to go along with the Christmas idea I had in my head.  
I don't have very many Christmas stamp sets left after the retirement in May, so I placed an order this week for some new Christmas goodies. :)   They won't be here until we get back from the DR though, so I had to use an old faithful for this one!  Delightful Decorations is a great set because it has a coordinating punch!  It looks great stamped in Cherry Cobbler too, don't ya think?
I used the Essentials Paper-Piercing pack to do the circles around the ornament and then sponged the edges with Cherry Cobbler ink.  The ornament was stamped separately, punched out and popped up on Dimensionals.  The circles that I pierced match the little stamp in the set perfectly, so I stamped that in Pink Pirouette and Cherry Cobbler.  The background was spritzed with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz.  Everything is sponged around the edges.  I organized all of my sponges for each color in a little box, so I have been using them so much more now.  It is amazing how you actually use things when you have some organization and remember you have them. :)
Stamp Set: Delightful Decorations
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White
Ink: Baja Breeze, Cherry Cobbler, Pink Pirouette
Tools: 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Ornament Punch, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack, Paper Piercer and mat, Sponges
Accessories: Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz, Dimensionals


  1. What a lovely Christmas card Shana .... I love the background texture and shimmer smooch .... this must look beautiful in real!
    Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!!!

  2. What a fun card for the Holidays! Love the little details: paper piercing & sponging!Thanks for playing along this week at Create with Connie & Mary!

  3. Wow! Your card has very charming details that make it a FABULOUS Christmas card. I really like the double rows of paper piercing. Thanks for adding your card to Create with Mary. Smiles, Elizabeth

  4. What a fun card Shana! Love that texture! Everyone needs a little smooch spray!!! Have a wonderful trip to the Dominican! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

  5. Very pretty, Shana! I love Cherry Cobbler with Baja Breeze. Have safe travels! Thanks for playing at Freshly Made Sketches!

  6. Have fun on your trip...great time of the year to visit that part of the world. I love the shimmer on your card and the paper piercing around the ornament. Thanks for playing the Create with Connie & Mary challenge this week!

  7. Very pretty Christmas card and the addition of the spritz is perfect! So glad you joined us this week at Create with Connie & Mary!

  8. Beautiful Christmas card! I love all you details - the sponging, the piercing and all the texture! Thanks for playiing the challenge at Create with Connie and Mary!

  9. A beautiful Christmas card - have a great trip - Jacqueline xx

  10. Such a pretty Christmas card. I love the embossed snowflake pattern. It looks so shimmery! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches and Create With Connie and Mary!

  11. What a wonderful Christmas card and have a wonderful trip! Thanks for playing along this week in the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!

  12. Pretty card, I love the pierced circles in the background! Have a wonderful trip to DR! Thanks for playing along with the color challenge this week on Create with Connie and Mary!

  13. Beautiful! The paper piercing looks great! I really need to try to do this more often!