Usually I don’t know what I will end up when I start to make a card or project even when I “think” I know what I am going to make, as is the case with this Layered Letters Fa La La Christmas Card. And you never know where your inspiration will come from – and how much your final project will change from that inspiration!
I couldn’t fit just the three words on the card very well so I tried to see what else I could do. I thought the Christmas tree from Santa’s Sleigh would be nice. You can get the stamp set and framelits in a Bundle and save 10%! And in the Bundle you also get little bows, which I used to decorate the tree! I added a Rhinestone Jewel to each bow since I hadn’t stamped the bows first, and I like the way they look! I thought the background needed a little something, so as I looked for the Sparkle Embossing Folder, I came across the Cable Knit Dynamic Folder, which is probably good for almost anything! It’s so beautiful!
And that’s how my card turned out that started with just “Fa La La” in Cherry Cobbler on Very Vanilla turned out!
Did you know you could use our 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon to make a Burlap Ribbon Christmas Tree Card? I saw a similar idea on Pinterest that I thought was pretty cute, so I looked over my current Stampin’ Up! ribbons. I first thought I would use the Delightful Dijon ribbon in the Trio Pack, but then I spotted the Burlap Ribbon and I wondered if that would work! I suddenly liked the thought of a “rustic” look to the card! If you really wanted to be rustic, you might use a real twig for the tree trunk, but I just used a strip of Soft Suede cardstock. To adhere the ribbon to make the tree, I just used Stampin’ Dimensionals but kind of hid them under where the ribbon folded over. The top one is hidden underneath the star. At the very end of the ribbon, I used a couple of Glue Dots.
The star was a problem as I didn’t have a punch or framelit that seemed like quite the right size so I did die cut a star with one of the Mini Treat Bag dies, but then cut it down a little in size. It’s not perfect, but since it’s “rustic” it could be a little wonky! I could have stopped them, but oh no, I thought maybe those Enamel Dots might be fun to look like ornaments. The greeting comes from the Santa’s Sleigh Photopolymer Stamp Set. The card base is Early Espresso, the layer Real Red, and then the top layer Whisper White.
Check your ribbon selection and see what you can use to make a ribbon Christmas tree card like this one!
What would Christmas be without a Lovely As a Tree Christmas Card and matching Christmas Tags?! Lovely As a Tree is a classic stamp set, maybe the oldest stamp set that Stampin’ Up! carries. It’s been around as long as I’ve been a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. There was a funny moment at one Stampin’ Up! Convention when Shelli Gardner was on stage stamping and she couldn’t believe Lovely As a Tree was still a current stamp set! I’m not sure, but I think most all of us prefer to keep Lovely As a Tree around for a lot longer because it just works so well for many cards and projects. If you google this stamp set, you will find the most gorgeous, creative cards! I think it was one of the first stamp sets I ever bought as a customer!
To make the card, I tore a piece of computer paper to make a rough edge and laid it down along the bottom of the Thick Whisper White card base. Then I just sponged on some ink – Soft Sky at the bottom and Marina Mist farther up. Use a light touch because you can always go back and apply more ink.
For the fun part of stamping the evergreen tree, I used Pear Pizzazz, stamping once and then stamping again without reinking to get that lighter look. The stamped greeting is from the Wondrous Wreath Stamp Set. For a finishing touch, although you cannot see it in the photo, I used the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brushfor some shimmer and shine on the trees and here and there on the snow at the base of the card.
As long as I had my materials and stamps out, I thought I would make a couple Christmas tags. The smaller one is punched with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. If you prefer a different look, you can use the Ornate Tag Topper Punch which happens to be on sale in the Year-End Closeout.The little banner is from the Sweet Home Photopolymer Stamp Setas is the word “Merry”. It’s easy to cut out by hand with Paper Snips. The second tag I just cut by hand to make it wider. Again I sponged the snowy ground and sky with a scrap piece of cardstock that just happened to be curved. To make the snowflakes, I put down dots of glue with the Fine Tip Glue Penand sprinkled on Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter. Again, the Dazzling Diamonds Glitter is a long-time product of Stampin’ Up!, we have used it forever, and I personally hope they keep it around for a long time. So easy to use, although I have to say I miss the retired Glue Pen we used to use on the trees. Using the Fine Tip Glue Pen gives a bit of a 3-D look, which worked well with the tiny snowflakes.
If you don’t already own the Lovely As a Tree Stamp Set, please put it on your next order! You won’t be disappointed and will get lots of use out of it. I have the original wood-mount stamp set, but now you can also buy it in Clear-Mount. It’s great for masculine cards, Christmas cards, all-occasion cards, birthday cards, you name it!
Last year I decorated a kraft gift bag much like this Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Mini Treat Bag and it was quite popular. This year I thought I would try something similar with one of my favorite products, the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies! I loved this project because you can use the treat bag as a treat holder, a small gift holder, or as a Christmas card! If you look closely you can see the top of the card I inserted in the treat bag with a strip of the Candy Cane Lane Specialty Designer Series Paper.
The card is cut from Whisper White Cardstock to fit inside the treat bag. I adhered a strip of designer paper to the top and stamped a greeting from the Tin of Tags Stamp Set. You don’t have to have the Tin of Tags in order to make good use out of this stamp set. It stands on its own!
Check back tomorrow, December 1st (if you can believe that December will be here tomorrow!!!) to see the list of all items from the 2016 Holiday Catalog that are retiring and will no longer be available for purchase after January 3, 2017.
I don’t know yet what is on the list! We will all find out tomorrow! Check back here on my blog or at my Online Store HERE. I’m sure you will be able to click on the banner you see there to see all the products!
I hope you got a kick out of the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Mini Treat Bag and can use this inspiration for one of your own projects!
On the day after Thanksgiving, it seemed like a good idea to start working on my Paper Pumpkin November 2016 Kit Wonderful Winterland. This is a beautiful kit with these die cut scenes that are layered one on top of another but popped up with dimensionals with a vellum layer in the background and then adhered to the little note card. The snowflakes, trees and greeting are all stamped. The sequins and metallic baker’s twine add the finishing touches to the cards (as well as the twine holding the vellum in place so no adhesive will show!).
If you haven’t heard of Paper Pumpkin, it’s a monthly subscription kit from Stampin’ Up! that comes to you in the mail. Whether you are an advanced crafter or a beginner or not a crafter at all, it’s a kit that entices you to spend some time for yourself, relaxing, and enjoying making the project inside the box! With your first kit, you receive a clear acrylic block on which to mount the stamps. Each kit includes an exclusive stamp set and an ink spot (a 1″ square ink pad!) plus directions and all the materials you need for the project. Each month is a surprise! There is even a Stampin’ Up! video each month showing you how to assemble the kit if you like to watch rather than just read the directions.
Of course it’s your box, so you can change the project and make alternate creations or make it exactly as it is designed! Whatever you want, it’s your craft time! (Some would call it therapy time!!).
Join Paper Pumpkin by December 10th to receive the December kit! Once you are a subscriber, you can purchase any past kits or refills that are available. (There are some available now on the Online Extravaganza.)
Maybe you would like to gift someone with Paper Pumpkin for Christmas as well as getting a subscription for yourself! You can also order extra kits any month that you choose as long as you change the quantity by the 10th of any month. Skip a month when you need to or cancel your subscription if you must. No risk, no obligation! Worth a try!
In the midst of your Black Friday shopping, don’t forget the Stampin’ Up! version, the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza with items on sale such as a couple of things on my Sprinkles Punch Easy Holiday Card.
This is a super easy card to make! Just change the greeting and you can have a holiday card, a birthday card, a congratulations card, a new baby card, etc. I used a Whisper White card base with a Watermelon Wonder layer for color. On top of that, I added another Whisper White layer and then punched lots of In Color confetti with the Sprinkles Punch. The Sprinkles Punch is on sale through Monday, November 28, for 30% off! All it takes are some tiny drops of the Multipurpose Liquid Glueeither on the confetti piece or for the tiniest ones, just a tiny drop on the spot where you want to adhere the confetti. Then use a paper piercer to lightly stab the confetti to pick up and place over the glue!
A few weeks ago I came up with this Star Wars Inspiration BB8 Punch Art Handmade Birthday Card for my son-in-law’s birthday and I liked it so much I made another one for my son’s birthday a few days later. By now they both have received their cards in the mail so it’s safe to show it on my blog!
When you have a Star Wars fan in the family (who even appreciates your handmade cards), you just have to come up with a new idea for each birthday or occasion. After searching the internet of course, I came up with this card of BB8, one of the characters in the Star Wars movie that came out last year. The background paper is the foil embossed paper in the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper. I think it is perfect for this card. To make BB8 I used several circle punches. I probably used the 1 3/4″ Circle Punchfor the lower body, maybe the 1 3/8″ Circle Punch for the upper body, and then smaller punches for all the details. I’m sure you can try the punches you have and see what fits on your card the way you want it! Of course the birthday balloons are punched with the Balloon Bouquet Punch and punched out of Silver Glimmer Paper. The greeting piece is punched with the Classic Label Punch and I added a silver star from the Metallic Enamel Shapes.
I love these Enamel Shapes and ordered the Bundle of all of them yesterday on the 24-Hour Flash Sale on the Online Extravaganza. You missed that but you can still add them (not discounted) to your Online Extravaganza order any day this week until November 28! Don’t miss out on anything else! And be ready for the Flash Sale on the last day, Monday November 28!
Would you guess you could take a Christmas stamp set and make a baby card with it? Take a good look at your holiday stamp sets and see if you can get some other uses out of the stamps during the year before you put them away! For example, these Cookie Cutter Christmas bear baby cards are made with the bear in a Christmas stamp set and even with holiday or wintery designer paper. But if you don’t use the holiday patterns in the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack, there are plenty of generic patterns you can use at other times. While the Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Setis obviously for the holidays, once you notice the cute bear stamp, face, and ears, you can see that you can use that stamped image for other occasions!
These cards are square, 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″, with a Whisper White Thick Cardstockbase. The designer papers are from the Warmth & Cheer Paper Stack. The bear is stamped on Whisper White and then the circle is cut out with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies. Love these!! If you put them on your order now, even though they are backordered, you will be in line to get them sent to you as soon as they are available again. They have been so popular that Stampin’ Up! will have to turn the number off until they have sufficient supply again.
The baby card on the right is very similar. I added a strip of 1/8″ Gold Ribbon underneath the banner greeting. That greeting is from the Better Together Stamp Set. Once I looked at these two cards side by side I noticed the word “Congratulations” looks exactly the same even though they are two separate greetings from two different stamp sets! Hmmm!
So look at your stamp sets a little diffferently and see if you can get even more use out of them that they seem intended! This is very difficult for me until I see someone else’s idea!
If you want to make a Cookie Cutter Christmas Bear Baby Card and need some supplies, please click this link below to order your Stampin’ Up! products!
I will say the photograph of this Petals & Paisleys Copper Foil Thanksgiving Card does not do it justice! I think it is one of the prettiest cards I have ever made, not because I made it because it is a very simple design, but because of the materials! Just get the Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper and you will see why! Inside that package is this gorgeous Night of Navy paper with copper foil embossing on it! So pretty!!
I made the card base with Night of Navy Cardstock. When you are not sure what color to use with Stampin’ Up! designer paper, just look on the back of the package to see the list of coordinating colors (you might need your reading glasses though!)! It’s a great resource right at hand!
The greeting is from the Suite Seasons Stamp Set and is perfect for Thanksgiving. I wiped a piece of Very VanillaCardstock with my Embossing Buddy, which lessens the static on the paper and prevents the stray specks of embossing powder, for the most part. I stamped with Versamark Ink, sprinkled on the Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder, and heated with the Heat Tool. I can guarantee that each time you do heat embossing you will be amazed like the first time you ever saw it! It is just magical!
I like this card so much I think I will make more cards with the rest of that foil designer paper to send out at Thanksgiving! I often forget my own piece of advice – I used to always say “when you make one card, make three” because as long as you have the supplies out and the design in mind, make extras to have on hand!
Remember, the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies are or will go on backorder this week and by next week they will not be able to be ordered until Stampin’ Up! receives sufficient supply to fill orders. If you want them, I would add them to an order and hope that you still get one of the thousands of sets coming in to the warehouse by the end of the month. Otherwise it might be a longer wait.
The stamp sets on the November sale are still available so be sure to check those out!
I hope you will make a few Thanksgiving cards to mail out to special people. Just think how happy that will make their holiday!
The other day I mentioned taking inspiration from the Stampin’ Up! catalogs, which I did with these two Cookie Cutter Christmas Bear square Christmas cards. Even if you have paged through the catalogs hundreds of times, on any one particular day something new might jump out at you. Today it was a sample card for the Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set that I noticed and realized I had never thought about the bear image being in that stamp set!
I made the card base with the Whisper White Thick Cardstock and layered on a pattern from the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack. Don’t think that this paper is only for Christmas or the holiday season because as you can see from these patterns, you could use them almost any time. There are some Christmas patterns in the stack but remember there is always another side to the paper!
The circles are cut with the Big Shot and the newly introduced Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies. Stampin’ Up! announced this morning that these Stitched Shapes Framelits have been SO popular they are going on backorder and the number will be turned off in a week so they can replenish the supply. If you want these sooner rather than later I would order them right away, even if they say “backordered”. This will put you in line to get the ones that do come in, probably the end of the month. The entire supply they thought would last until the end of the year sold out in two weeks! These dies are great and I highly recommend them, but it’s too bad there will be a delay. But try to order them as soon as possible if you want them without waiting too long, hopefully!
The bear is stamped on the circle and then you do have to stamp his face and his ears! It took me a minute to realize what was wrong with the bear just stamped! In fact I was going to punch out the bear with the Cookie Cutter Punch and then I realized the ears were separate and I would have to stamp, cut out and glue on to the bear. That is doable, I just decided on the stamping for today! The bow tie is stamped on Whisper White cardstock with Real Red ink and punched out. The greeting comes in the stamp set. Just imagine how you could change the greeting and have a cute baby card or birthday card for a child! The catalog sample has a piece of Linen Threadtied around the card, but I did change it to the Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine. This twine is white with a red metallic thread. So pretty!
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Can you believe it is the middle of November, the month that just started, and that Thanksgiving is on its way?! I realized I should probably make a card with fall colors and ended up with this Flourish Thinlits Dies Thanksgiving Card. I really just kind of grabbed some scrap pieces of card stock in fall colors and I ended up with a 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ square card, Crumb Cake cardstock as the base. Later I decided to put the Very Vanilla front layer of the card over a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock for a thin border.
I just used my Big Shot and Flourish Thinlits Dies to cut as many pieces as I could fit on the cardstock scraps I had to make a bunch of pieces and then I could play with them and come up with something! The greeting is stamped from the Suite Seasons Stamp Set, one of the stamp sets on sale during November. I ordered it, along with the new Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, and I’m so glad I did. I’ve already used it several times on cards and projects! You can never have too many greeting stamp sets. As a side note, this stamp set has a greeting you can use for a sympathy card or some other kind of serious caring type card, and we often do not have a good saying to use for a card like that.
If you are new to stamping or do not have a Demonstrator, I’d be happy to mail you the current Stampin’ Up! catalogs! I have some extras right now and can send them out pronto! They make the best reading material!!
Time to be making some Thanksgiving cards if you plan to mail some out or Thanksgiving favors or decorations, so let me know if you need any ideas or help.
My new Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies arrived and I had to try them out on this quick Stitched Shapes Framelits Easy Christmas Card. Just making this quick card, I can tell you I love the Stitched Shapes Framelits! As you can see the stitched look just adds a little something, just a little accent. I think these framelits are going to be very popular!
I made the card base with Soft Suede. (I actually meant to grab Crumb Cake Cardstock, but decided that Soft Suede would be fine, too!) For the Real Red layer, I embossed it with the Sparkle Embossing Folder. The greeting is stamped from the Suite Seasons Clear-Mount Stamp Set. You can get this set ON SALE during November for 25% off! Don’t miss it!
Here are 5 ways to relieve the election stress the day after! Whether you are celebrating or disappointed today, take some time for yourself, and of course, Stampin’ Up! has all the perfect things! We all know stamping is therapy!
Join Paper Pumpkin and have stress-free crafting time once a month when your Stampin’ Up! kit arrives in the mail! All supplies are included in the box (normally red!). All you have to do is sit down and craft! It comes with a video and directions. Subscribe by tomorrowto get the November Kit in this Special Edition Holiday Box. Stampin’ Up! says if you like the box, you’ll love what’s inside! Can’t wait! Click HERE!
2. Treat yourself to the brand new Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies that just came out November 1st. These will be in the new annual catalog later on so this is an exciting pre-release! Mine are coming today!! And of course get yourself a Big Shot, too, if you don’t have one! I use mine almost everyday!
3. Order anything you want from Stampin’ Up! Go ahead, your husband said you could after the election! See, even Stampin’ Up! says on their banner, “now do something nice for you!” Click HERE to shop!
4. Sit down with the therapeutic Stampin’ Up! catalogs and enjoy the inspiration! Every time you look through the catalogs you will notice a new idea or want to try something you see! Best reading material on the planet!!
5. STAMP!! Go ahead! Just sit down with your supplies at hand and STAMP! That stamp and block in your hand can work miracles! Just STAMP! Get your desk all messy with your paper, ink and stamps, then stand back and admire all the beautiful colors and materials!
There you go! The 5 ways to relieve election stress! Hope you enjoy your day!
Today is Election Day 2016 in the US and this Stampin’ Up! Cookie Cutter Citizen has voted! Have you? If you haven’t early-voted, absentee-voted, mail-in-voted, then you need to go to your polling place today and cast your vote. There are lots of places to find out your polling location if you are not sure, so be sure to check.
I looked for ideas for inspiration to make this card and combined a few things, plus made up my own! I saw a really cute patriotic owl made with the Owl Punch(what punch has ever been so versatile??!) and as I was reaching for the punch, I got the idea to try making something with the Cookie Cutter Punch! I punched some red, white and blue clothes for the gingerbread man and decorated his shirt with some stars from the Confetti Stars Punch (some teeny tiny stars!).
I’m calling these Christmas Thank You Note Cards, but can’t you see that you could use them almost any time? If you send thank you notes (and we all should) you will be sending them after the Christmas holidays, so these made with the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack have a lot of wintery looking papers, perfect to use after Christmas! But there are also other patterns that are other designs that you can use just any time.
To save time, I used theWhisper White Note Cards and Envelopes. These cards are a little smaller than the cards we normally make, but not too small that they can’t be used for writing notes. I think these Stampin’ Up! Note Cards are one of the most overlooked items in the catalog! They are so handy, you should really keep a pack or two on hand. On these thank you notes, I covered the note cards with the designer paper, but you could also quickly stamp an image on the front of the plain note card and write a note inside. Quick and easy! There are also Crumb Cake Note Cards and Envelopes if that color suits your purpose better!
Why am I mentioning thank you notes now?? Well, sometimes I think it is better to start from the end and work forward! Sometimes I do my packing for a trip this way! For the holidays you know you have shopping and wrapping and cooking and cleaning to do, but by the time you get to handmade thank you notes, you are not going to take the time. So do those now to keep on hand because you KNOW the shopping, the wrapping, the cooking and cleaning WILL get done! And besides, it’s not just Christmas! Maybe you will get a hostess gift from a guest at Thanksgiving dinner or maybe you will be a guest at someone’s house for Thanksgiving. Wouldn’t it be nice to have thank you notes ready to send after Thanksgiving? Which would be more fun? Getting an email saying “Thank you for the dinner!” or receiving one of these cards in the mailbox with your handwritten note personally thanking your host?? Email is more convenient (unless the recipient doesn’t check their email as timely as you do!) but a handwritten card means and says so much more. And since that’s what we love to do – stamp and make cards – let’s DO that!
Make it simple for yourself in this busy time. Get a pack or two of note cards and make up a few thank you notes to send when the occasion calls for it.
Did you watch Game 7 of the World Series last night with the Cleveland Indians playing the Chicago Cubs? Wow! What a game! Isn’t it fun that with stamping you can make a card that has something to do with current events like my World Series 2016 Cubs Win Celebration Card. I’m sure some relatives of mine, lots of them from Chicago, who I remember being Cubs fans, like my grandpa’s brother, were celebrating in heaven last night! I couldn’t help but root for the Cubs because of their history and being from St. Louis (which isn’t too far from Chicago!), even though my son-in-law was mad they beat his Dodgers! He enjoyed the game itself anyway!
I very quickly made this card celebrating baseball, the World Series, and the Cubs victory. For the baseball I just punched a 2″ circle and drew on the baseball stitching lines with a Real Red marker. The word Celebrate is from the Ronald McDonald House Charity stamp set from Stampin’ Up! called My Hero . (A worthy cause while you add to your stamping collection!!) The little stars I just punched with a small retired punch from Gold Foil Sheets.
Whichever team you were rooting for, I hope you enjoyed the World Series this year!
Yesterday Stampin’ Up! announced a 25% off sale of select stamp sets that perhaps coordinate nicely with the newly introduced Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies. Here I used one of the stamp sets on sale, Tin of Tags Photopolymer Stamp Set, to make two easy Christmas cards! It’s that time of year! I don’t have the framelits yet, but I think they would add a nice touch to my greetings on my cards as a border.
Watch the Stampin’ Up! video below to see how to use the new Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies!
My Christmas cards were very easy to make. I decided to make a 4 1/4″ square card. Instead of cutting the cardstock in half horizontally as we usually do, cut the length to 8 1/2″, then cut in half vertically (well, if you start with a full sheet of cardstock, cut in half vertically and then trim each strip to 8 1/2″.) Score at 4 1/4″ and fold in half. I used a layer of the Warmth and Cheer Designer Series Paper Stackas a background. The greetings on each card are stamped from the Tin of Tags Stamp Set. I die cut the squares with the Layering Squares Framelits Dies, but if you don’t have those, just cut your own squares. I also used the gold Metallic Enamel Shapesto add little accents on the one card.
The Tin of Tags Photopolymer Stamp Set of course coordinates with the cute Tin of Tags Project Kit.Such a fun and easy way to sit down for a little while and make 30 tags to use on your Christmas gifts! And you still have the cute red tin! I love red, so in my case, I bought the red tin and the kit just came with it!! But you can use the stamp set a million ways without the project kit, so don’t let that stop you.
Now that Halloween is over, you know Christmas is just around the corner and the time to be working on cards and gifts is here! Every week I send out a special holiday email to my mailing list subscribers with a new holiday idea! We have already done four weeks of cards! Next up are gift ideas and then gift wrap ideas. You can still get the rest of my 12 Weeks of Christmas emails if you sign up today! The next issue goes out in less than 24 hours! You don’t want to miss any!
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Something brand new for November from Stampin’ Up! And a stamp sale!
Not only are stitches a classic trend, they illustrate the quality, precision, and extra care taken when creating a piece. Giving a stitched gift shows just how much you value that relationship. Now you have the opportunity to purchase Stitched Shapes Framelits ahead of their official release in the 2017-2018 annual catalog and get25% off coordinating stamp sets. These stamp sets bring out the beauty of the framelits.
WithStitched Shapes Framelits you can make paper stitches in seconds, turning any project into one that is stitched from the heart. And there’s more great news…although the 25% off stamps sets ends November 30, you will still be able to get the Stitched Shapes Framelits after that date.