Thursday, November 13, 2008

Martha Stewart Items on Sale at Michaels

Just thought you might be interested to know that Martha Stewart Scrapping & Stamping Supplies are 30% off at Michaels. I picked up the branch punch tonight and thought it would make great holly sprigs and couldn't wait to try it out.

I created the scalloped border with another Martha punch I picked up at Wally World (aka Walmart) then used the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder with my Big Shot to create the dotted background. Next I punched 6 branches 3 in Certainly Celery and 3 from Garden Green cardstock, ran them through my XYRON and adhered 3 in each of the upper corners. I used glitter brads I picked up at Hobby Lobby to make the berries. I LOVED the card up to this point. From here on out I struggled.

I knew I wanted the oval backed by the Bravo Burgundy Scalloped Oval. The problem was none of the Christmas images I own was elegant enough to fit the card. The ones that fit in the oval were too cutesy or homespun and the ones that were the right image were too large! UGH! So frustrating!!!!

As you can see I decided on a greeting and stamped it off center in the oval in Bravo Burgundy. I then stamped a snowflake in my gluepad and then over the image so that I could add some Diamond Dust glitter for a bit of glitz. To finish I created a holly spray from the branch punch and brads and added it to the oval.

My next mission is to find a beautiful Christmas stamp to fit the oval so I can try this again. Next time I am planning on positioning the holly spray in the bottom left of the oval . This image looks a little top heavy to me.

That's it for today. Thanks for visiting and as always feel free to leave a comment or email me with suggestions for future tutorials or techniques you would like to see featured.



Gloria W said...

oh my!
I was at Wal-Mart this afternoon looking over the Martha Stewart punches, I saw the lace border and almost bought it, but thought I should use a % off coupon at Mikes.
I also looked at that leaf, as I have seen it on a couple other cards.
Now, I "need" to go get BOTH of them!
I like how the holly sprigs look!
Tell me how you get the scalloped oval? That is probably something I do not have either!
The card is very beautiful!
I sure do want to CASE this one!

Bonnie W said...

Really like the card! Have been wondering whether the MS border punches work better on cardstock than the Fiskars.