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Make a Christmas Card With the Carols of Christmas Bundle

Deck the Halls Cherry Cobbler Card

This is my first try at making a Christmas card with the Carols of Christmas Bundle. While I could have ordered it earlier in July, somehow with planning our vacation, going on vacation and getting back from vacation, I didn’t order it until the end of the month and just received it night before last. I had other things to do all day, and finally just before time to make dinner, I stopped and wanted to make a card with this new set, Carols of Christmas!

I pulled out my new Christmas paper in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. It’s called Be Merry Designer Series Paper.  If you are anxious to get started on Christmas cards and projects this month before the Holiday Catalog comes out, go ahead and order this Be Merry paper.  For this card, since Cherry Cobbler is one of the coordinating colors with the Be Merry paper, I chose Cherry Cobbler Cardstock for the card base. The patterned paper I chose was also Cherry Cobbler and to help it stand out a bit, I put a layer of Whisper White over the card base and the designer paper on top of that. I stamped the “Deck the Halls” greeting on a piece of Whisper White and decided to add the cute little ornaments to decorate.  These ornaments are very small, but adorable, so I was happy to use the Card Front Builder Framelits Dies to cut out the little bitty ornaments.

The ornaments are just placed above the greeting and I adhered a piece of Gold Metallic Thread to each one with either a Mini Stampin’ Dimensional (boy are they nice!) for the ones I wanted popped up or a Mini Glue Dot for the ones flat on the card. Then I draped the thread behind the top of the card held down with strips of Snail Adhesive.  I wanted something at the top so I decided on a piece of Cherry Cobbler 1/4″ Double-Stitched Ribbon.  After that, all the pieces were just glued down layer by layer with Fast Fuse Adhesive to hold real well.

Deck the Halls Cherry Cobbler Card CloseupI admit I wasn’t all that thrilled with this stamp set and bundle at first, or at least wanted to wait and see what was going to be in the Holiday Catalog.  As usual, as I saw some samples that other Demonstrators were making during our preorder opportunity, I knew I had to have it and placed it on my order!

You can make something simple, like my card today, or you can make some really fantastic cards and projects. I always say there is nothing too hard for even a beginner in stamping, as long as you have the materials and maybe someone to show you what to do! That’s just one of the many things I love about stamping! Nothing takes great SKILL, a person just has to know the techniques.

Carols of Christmas 2017

Get the  Carols of Christmas Stamp Set and the Card Front Builder Framelits Dies together in a Bundle and save 10%!  You will have something new from the Holiday Catalog before the Holiday Catalog comes out!  Then you can make a Christmas card With the Carols of Christmas Bundle like I have!

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Carols of Christmas: Early Release From the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog!

Carols of Christmas Banner

In September, the much anticipated Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog will go live!  In the meantime, the Carols of Christmas stamp set and dies have been released early for customers beginning today! When you saw information about this bundle last month, it was because the stamp set was part of a bonus offer for new Demonstrators who joined during July.

But now, the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set and the Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies are available separately AND as a Carols of Christmas Bundle if you would like both and want to save 10%!

Here are samples of the beautiful cards you can make with this set! These are samples from Stampin’ Up! but I have seen many other samples from Demonstrators and everyone agrees this is a beautiful set. You will want to order yours as soon as possible!  Get an early start on Christmas cards!

Carols of Christmas Card Peace on Earth

This card is fairly simple, using the die cut trees and deer and coloring the stamp with markers to get a multi-colored effect on the greeting.

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I love the red on this card paired with the green and a bit of Copper Trim Ribbon behind the greeting.

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If you want a different color scheme, these blues are beautiful using silver ribbon and sequin trim. This card uses the negative piece of paper after the trees are die cut.

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A lot of young families like to send photo cards at Christmas. Here is an example of dressing up the photo with a piece of die cut vellum and Christmasy greeting and ribbon on the top.

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This is my favorite sample because of the red and gold! So elegant and festive!

If you are wondering how you can make Christmas cards in August without Christmas paper, look in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog on page 188 and check out the Be Merry Designer Series Paper!  This is very cute paper that will get you started until you have more choices in the Holiday Catalog!

Be Merry Designer Series Paper

It’s too hot in some places, like here in Houston, to do much of anything, so go ahead and treat yourself to this new Carols of Christmas Bundle and get a head start on Christmas! Put on some holiday music and pretend like it is snowing outside, as you run the a/c and wear your swimsuit or shorts!!

Remember to use your Bonus Coupons that you earned in July!  You should have received an email immediately after you ordered from Stampin’ Up! with your codes.  When you place your August order(s), you will see prompts on how to use your codes.

Shop for the Carols of Christmas Bundle at Stampin’ Up! Today!

Stampin’ Up! Bonus Days, Christmas in July, and a Bundle in August!

Stampin' Up! Bonus Days 2017 Stampin’ Up! has two fantastic offers for you, Stampin’ Up! Bonus Days and Christmas in July!

BONUS DAYS!

For every $50 you spend during the whole month of July (before shipping and tax), you will receive a $5 Bonus Days Coupon that you can use during the month of August!

*There is no limit to the number of coupons you can receive per order or throughout the duration of the promotion.
*When you receive your coupon code via email, write down the codes in case anything happens to your email.  Codes cannot be resent.
*An email address is required to participate; Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered via email. (If you don’t have an email address, we can work around that.)

Deadline:
July 31, 2017 by 11:50 PM (MT)

REDEEM IN AUGUST!
*There is no limit to the number of coupons you can redeem on any order in August.
*Bonus Days coupon codes can be redeemed for any product, excluding Starter Kits and Paper Pumpkin subscriptions. New prepaid Paper Pumpkin codes (the 1-, 3-, 6-, and 12-month prepaid subscriptions in the Stampin’ Up! Online Store) can be discounted with Bonus Days coupons.

SO…..Shop during July in $50 increments and earn a $5 Bonus Coupon for each $50 to apply to your order(s) in August! Don’t lose the emails with the coupon codes!

And I have just the thing for you to spend your Bonus Coupons on in August!

Carols of Christmas 2017

Stampin’ Up! will be releasing one of the top-trending bundles from the upcoming Holiday Catalog in August, the Carols of Christmas Bundle!  Save 10% on the Bundle and use your July Bonus Coupons to help pay for it!  You will be able to order this Bundle from August 1-31.

This bundle will be available in the 2017 Holiday Catalog. This is just an opportunity to get your hands on this bundle early.  You may order the bundle or the individual products.

Click here to read and download the Carols of Christmas flyer!

Carols of Christmas Product Listing

And if that all wasn’t enough……!

Christmas In July Recruiting Banner

This is quite the deal!! If you have ever thought of starting your own business, earning a little extra income for yourself or your family, try out Stampin’ Up! and become a Demonstrator! Run your business as small or as big as you like! I am here to help as well as Stampin’ Up!, of course!

When you sign up to be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, you will purchase the Starter Kit for $99 and choose the contents of your kit yourself! Plus, Stampin’ Up! gives you business supplies to help get you started. All this valued at $125, but you pay only $99.

During Christmas in July, though, you will receive ALL these extras!!

Christmas in July Recruiting Essentials

That’s a $72 value, and yes, the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set is included! Once you are a Demonstrator (in minutes after you sign up!) you can go ahead and preorder the rest of that Carols of Christmas collection during July if you like.

For more information about becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, click HERE.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Remember, Stampin’ Up! Bonus Days have started! With every $50 you spend, you will be emailed with your $5 Bonus Coupon Codes to spend in August!

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Stampin’ Up! Bonus Days, Christmas in July, and a Bundle in August!

Stampin' Up! Bonus Days 2017 Stampin’ Up! is starting July off with a big old firecracker BANG!  There are two fantastic offers for you, Stampin’ Up! Bonus Days and Christmas in July!

BONUS DAYS!

For every $50 you spend during the whole month of July (before shipping and tax), you will receive a $5 Bonus Days Coupon that you can use during the month of August!

*There is no limit to the number of coupons you can receive per order or throughout the duration of the promotion.
*When you receive your coupon code via email, write down the codes in case anything happens to your email.  Codes cannot be resent.
*An email address is required to participate; Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered via email. (If you don’t have an email address, we can work around that.)

Deadline:
July 31, 2017 by 11:50 PM (MT)

REDEEM IN AUGUST!
*There is no limit to the number of coupons you can redeem on any order in August.
*Bonus Days coupon codes can be redeemed for any product, excluding Starter Kits and Paper Pumpkin subscriptions. New prepaid Paper Pumpkin codes (the 1-, 3-, 6-, and 12-month prepaid subscriptions in the Stampin’ Up! Online Store) can be discounted with Bonus Days coupons.

SO…..Shop during July in $50 increments and earn a $5 Bonus Coupon for each $50 to apply to your order(s) in August! Don’t lose the emails with the coupon codes!

And I have just the thing for you to spend your Bonus Coupons on in August!

Carols of Christmas 2017

Stampin’ Up! will be releasing one of the top-trending bundles from the upcoming Holiday Catalog in August, the Carols of Christmas Bundle!  Save 10% on the Bundle and use your July Bonus Coupons to help pay for it!  You will be able to order this Bundle from August 1-31.

This bundle will be available in the 2017 Holiday Catalog. This is just an opportunity to get your hands on this bundle early.  You may order the bundle or the individual products.

Click here to read and download the Carols of Christmas flyer!

Carols of Christmas Product Listing

And if that all wasn’t enough……!

Christmas In July Recruiting Banner

This is quite the deal!! If you have ever thought of starting your own business, earning a little extra income for yourself or your family, try out Stampin’ Up! and become a Demonstrator! Run your business as small or as big as you like! I am here to help as well as Stampin’ Up!, of course!

When you sign up to be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, you will purchase the Starter Kit for $99 and choose the contents of your kit yourself! Plus, Stampin’ Up! gives you business supplies to help get you started. All this valued at $125, but you pay only $99.

During Christmas in July, though, you will receive ALL these extras!!

Christmas in July Recruiting Essentials

That’s a $72 value, and yes, the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set is included! Once you are a Demonstrator (in minutes after you sign up!) you can go ahead and preorder the rest of that Carols of Christmas collection during July if you like.

For more information about becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, click HERE.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Remember, Stampin’ Up! Bonus Days have started! With every $50 you spend, you will be emailed with your $5 Bonus Coupon Codes to spend in August!

Click Here to Shop Stampin’ Up! Online 24/7!

 

April Fool’s Day! Making Christmas Cards From Paper Scraps!

Christmas Cards From Scraps

It’s time to make Christmas cards and tags! Happy April Fool’s Day! Actually, I’m not really purposely making Christmas cards on April Fool’s Day, but I am using up some paper scraps! And I found this sleigh all made up and this die cut reindeer plus the Candy Cane Lane scrap of designer paper in my scrap box! Even the Z-Fold card and the Early Espresso tag was in the box as well! The other card stock was also scraps which I keep in my cardstock package as it comes from Stampin’ Up!

Box of Paper Scraps

Here is my box of scraps of die cuts and punched shapes and whatever miscellaneous got thrown in here!  You might recognize the box as a Paper Pumpkin box with the lid cut off! Looks like a perfect size to keep just enough but not too many paper scraps in!

Made From Paper Scraps

Here is another card I made with my paper scraps on April Fool’s Day!  I had lots of die cut flowers from the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies and some stamped with the Botanical Blooms Photopolymer Stamp Set.  I even had two halves of doilies and this punched Whisper White tag on which I placed the flowers and leaves. And guess what else I found in my box of scraps?  A tiny watercolored butterfly!  Or “fooffly” as our daughter used to say! For some pizzazz I added Rhinestone Jewels on the flowers and Pearls on the butterfly.

On another Early Espresso tag made with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, I made a birthday tag with some die cut balloons from the Balloon Adventures Photopolymer BundleI just drew on some black lines for the balloon strings and added a greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

What kind of paper scraps do you have laying around?  Time to dig in and use some of them up! Challenge yourself to create with what you already have on hand – plus it saves time of making those elements.  You’ll probably be surprised how much you can make with your scraps!

Happy April Fool’s Day!

End of the Year Stampin’ Up! Reminders!

Stampin' Up! Closeout Sale Banner 2016The Stampin’ Up! Closeout Sale goes a little bit past the end of the year, until January 3rd, but since you have been busy with the holidays, you want to be sure to check this out, or check it out again and see if any of these deals are for you!  Be sure the drop down box on the right of the Closeout page shows:  “ALL” so you don’t miss anything.  Other wise you have to click for the next page and the next.

Pay special attention to the Bundles, because even if the items are carried over, they won’t be in a bundle and you won’t save 10% like you will now.

Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog 2016Don’t forget!  The Holiday Catalog is retiring January 3rd!  I HATE to say that!  I loved this catalog, as I usually love the holiday catalogs the most!

Here is the list of Retiring Products from the Holiday Catalog. Be sure to get them while you can!

Holiday Carryover List Banner

Here are the Holiday Catalog items carrying over, that will still be available, although not in Bundles.

You can click on any photo to go to my online store for more information or to order!

 Happy Shopping!

Happy Festivus! Last Minute Christmas Ideas!

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Gift Bag

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If you were a Seinfeld fan back in the day (and still are!) as we were, you must know that December 23 is Festivus! Festivus is a non-commercial holiday celebration with a Festivus dinner (meatloaf), an unadorned aluminum pole, the “Airing of Grievances” and more. My only “grievance” today is lack of time before our kids arrive this evening!

Since many of you probably feel the same way, I thought I would pull up some past Christmas ideas from last year that might help with tags and bags for wrapping gifts at the last minute (I haven’t started!). Maybe you have these stamps and paper as opposed to some newer ones from this year. Just click on the photo to go to the blog post if you need the instructions and information!

Tree Punch Christmas Tree Tag

Embellished Ornament Christmas Card

Easy Christmas Tree Punch Gift Bag

Festival of Trees Christmas Tags

Christmas Candy Bar Wrapper Ideas

Snowman Christmas Tags

Christmas Fudge Candy Bag

Hope these last minute Christmas ideas give you some inspiration for today! If you are celebrating “Festivus” today, just “air your grievances” for a minute and then get back into the holiday mood!  Do what you can and let the rest go! If you need more ideas from my blog, just click on the drop down box in Categories and select Christmas!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

 

Easy to Make Suite Seasons Christmas Gift Bag

Easy to Make Suite Seasons Christmas Gift Bag

Today is the first day of Winter and only four days until Christmas!!  Are you ready??  If not, maybe it is because you need a few more gift bags! When you need a few more gift bags and wrapping for your last minute gifts, don’t run out to the store, just look in your collection of bags you know you have. Find a plain bag or even one with the store’s printing that you can cover up and decorate as simply or as elaborately as you like!

For this bag, I found one in my utility room (You can also buy a bunch at the craft store!) and covered the store label with my card stock. I used a piece of Real Red cardstock, covered with a layer of Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper (sold out).  This is often a good time to use up some of your older designer paper you are hoarding! Stamp a greeting, as I did from Suite Seasons, punch or die cut and add a layer underneath!  I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (coming back in mid-January!) and layered on a scalloped circle from the Layering Circles Framelits Dies.   The ribbon is a lovely retired one that I happened to have out on my table. Now you could add even more things to decorate your bag, but I was keeping it simple and last minute.

Don’t forget the Stampin’ Up! Year-End Closeout Sale! Unless you expedite, it’s too late for Stampin’ Up! ordering, but you can always make up a gift certificate or “IOU” if you want to gift someone!

Go make some easy Christmas gift bags so you will have some ready for those last minute gifts!

Santa’s Sleigh Double Z Fold Christmas Card

Santa's Sleigh Double Z Fold Christmas Card

Wow!  This Santa’s Sleigh Double Z Fold Christmas Card is a masterpiece!  I’m not bragging on myself, though, because I copied nearly exactly another Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator’s card!  I had been seeing a lot of Demonstrators, in a group I’m in, making some really pretty double z fold Christmas cards of various styles. Somehow I picked this particular one to copy and decided to make 4 cards all at the same time! So it was a little time consuming, but so much fun to see how pretty it would all turn out! Actually, I think I chose this one to copy because she used a window sheet rather than cardstock for that z fold strip that makes this type of card so interesting.

The card I copied was made by a Demonstrator in Australia, I believe, named Chloe.  I am going to give you the link to her YouTube video because she did such a good job explaining how she made this card.  The video is long, but you’ll really learn how she made the card.  You might choose to do your card in a slightly different way, but at least you’ll know all the steps she took to make this beautiful card.  I did use the evergreen tree in Lovely As a Tree rather than the one she used, and I used Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper for the moon rather than Silver Foil.  I put a tree in my sleigh!  The next time I might not bother adding the trees on the acetate that she adds in the center. And I only gave a red Jingle Bell to Rudolph and a silver bell to the reindeer on the front.  She put bells on each reindeer.

Santa’s Sleigh Double Z Fold Card Link

I’m keeping one of the four cards I made for my own Christmas decoration!  So if you have all your Christmas preparations done, or if you want to wait until a quiet day after Christmas, make a Santa’s Sleigh Double Z Fold Christmas Card for yourself for next Christmas!

 

How About a Quick and Easy Christmas Card Anyone Can Make?

Washi Tape Christmas Tree Card

How about a quick and easy Christmas card anyone can make? I know you have a stash of washi tape, and if you don’t, just substitute strips of designer paper or cardstock for the washi tape. Just cut or tear strips of washi tape and place them on the card front, straight or crooked, it doesn’t matter! Make a little tree trunk, add a greeting, maybe put a star on top and you’re done!

For this card I used the Candy Cane Lane Washi Tape, now on sale in the Stampin’ Up! Year-End Closeout Sale.  I cut the ends with scissors to make them straight, but you could just as well just tear the tape off and have irregular edges. For the star on top I used the smallest die in the Stars Framelits Dies. For a little extra pizzazz I added a few of the Metallics SequinsOn the greeting strip (greeting from Santa’s Sleigh Stamp Set) I added a couple Brights Enamel Dots.

Doesn’t that sound like a quick and easy Christmas card to make now that we are getting down to the wire?!  And a good way to use up excess washi tape!  You know you have it!

Santa’s Sleigh Warmth & Cheer Christmas Tree Card

Santa's Sleigh Warmth & Cheer Christmas Tree Card

I saw an idea on Pinterest similar to this Santa’s Sleigh Warmth & Cheer Christmas Tree Card, but the person used washi tape behind the tree. I thought it looked like a nice simple design, but I got the idea to use the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack (It’s on sale right now for half-price on the Year End Closeout Sale!) behind the die-cut tree.

Just start with a card base of Whisper White and add a layer of colored cardstock. I decided to use three of the different green patterns in the pattern stack, so on two cards I used Real Red cardstock for a layer and on one I used Garden Green. Just to make another change, I used Crumb Cake for the top layer. I used my Big Shot and the tree framelit in the Santa’s Sleigh set of dies. Then just adhere a piece of the patterned paper behind the cut out, making sure the whole open area is covered!  Save the trees you cut out, maybe you can use them on another project! If you wanted to, you could adhere a piece of brown cardstock for the tree trunk. There is a small star die in the Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits Dies so I cut a gold foil star for each card. The greeting is in the Santa’s Sleigh Photopolymer Stamp Set, but you could use any greeting you liked.

Here is a close up so you can see the die cut and the patterned paper underneath.

Santa's Sleigh Warmth & Cheer Christmas Tree Card

You could probably even add some bling to this card if you wanted to like some sequins or Enamel Dots or some die cut bows, but I think it looks perfectly fine simple as it is! Sometimes you have to know when to stop!  Try this Santa’s Sleigh Warmth & Cheer Christmas Tree Card for a simple design and easy assembly.

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Layered Letters Fa La La Christmas Card

Layered Letters Fa La La Christmas Card

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!

On a store website, I saw a pillow with “Fa La La” printed on it, and I immediately thought of the Layered Letters Alphabet Stamp Set.  I thought their colors looked a lot like Cherry Cobbler so that is how I started. I decided to stamp the letters and then die cut with the new  Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  These dies are unavailable right now but will be back! The Garden Green background layer is cut with the Layering Squares Framelits Dies.

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 FolderI came across the Cable Knit Dynamic Folderwhich 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!

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Burlap Ribbon Christmas Tree Card

Burlap Ribbon Christmas Tree Card

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!

Shop Stampin’ Up! Online for all the best supplies!  In fact, if you need some ribbon to make ribbon Christmas trees, check the Year-End Closeout Sale by Stampin’ Up! There are several you could pick from!