Quick and Easy Thank You Note Card

Quick and Easy Thank You Notecard

Okay, the holidays and New Year are over, so now is the time to write those thank you notes for your gifts, parties, and hospitality like this Quick and Easy Thank You Note Card. Email thank yous are better than nothing but really a handwritten note is the proper way to go. Yes, I am old-fashioned! Stand out in the crowd!  Write a thank you note(s) to the people who deserve one.  They will be surprised and amazed!  After all, we all need more personal mail in our mailboxes!

The easiest way in the world to write a thank you note is to use the Stampin’ Up! Whisper White Note Cards and Envelopes. These note cards are the perfect size for a quick and easy thank you note and they come with envelopes. Find almost ANY “Thank You” stamp you have and stamp on the front of the notecard!  That’s it!  Write your note on the inside.  Now if you want to step it up a bit, tie a ribbon around the front of the card or stamp a little something or add a few sequins or small embellishments. Whatever you like. If you don’t have a thank you stamp in your collection, a “Just For You” would do, “Thinking of You”, or a nice flower stamp or something generic can be used!

Make the cards simple and get them done! The recipient will appreciate it!

Today is the LAST DAY for the Holiday Catalog!  Check the retiring products and be sure your order today if you want any of these products. Also check the items that are discounted on the Year-End Sale.

Tomorrow the new Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration promotion begins!! Get Ready!!

Go stamp some Thank You notes and get them in the mail! Make it simple like my quick and easy note card above. Here’s another example of a quick thank you card! Or make a fancy one, but just make one!

Picture Perfect Party for New Year’s 2018

Picture Perfect Party for New Year's 2018

Happy New Year!! When I wanted to make a card for the New Year, I didn’t have to look any further than the Picture Perfect Party 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper, coming SOON in the Occasions Catalog!  In fact, I had so many paper choices that I had to add a few to my card photograph!

My card base is Basic Black because that is elegant for New Year’s Eve, when I was making the card!  The paper appears to have confetti all over it, so how perfect! But look at just a few of the other sheets I also could have used that would be “partyish” for this card! This is a really fun pack of paper!

During the free shipping Stampin’ Up! offered awhile back, I purchased the Large Letters Framelits Dies but I already owned the Large Numbers Framelits Dieswhich certainly are perfect for New Year’s! Very easy way to cut out the numbers for the new year!  Also great for birthdays and anniversaries! I cut the numbers out of Gold Glimmer Paper and adhered them to a piece of Basic Black layered on a piece of Gold Glimmer Paper. It was that easy!

I hope you had a fun and safe New Year’s Eve and now are celebrating the beginning of a New Year!  The time sure seems to fly by!

The Occasions Catalog goes live Wednesday, January 3, and you’ll be able to get your hands on this fun Picture Perfect Party Paper as well as the coordinating Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set and all the embellishments! It’s all very cute!  Great for birthdays, anniversaries, all kinds of party themes!

If you need a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and would like the new Occasions Catalog plus Sale-A-Bration Brochure, just email me at Karen@Karenstamps.com and let me know.  I’d be happy to mail you the catalogs plus the Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog if you don’t have one already! It’s going to be so fun to switch over to non-holiday colors and products after the Christmas holidays! In the meantime, be sure to check if you want anything that is retiring from the Holiday Catalog before the last day, January 2, 2018.

HAPPY STAMPING NEW YEAR!!

Coffee Cafe Cards For a Gift

Coffee Cafe Cards

Here are some fun Coffee Cafe Bundle cards I made someone for a Christmas gift! You can purchase the stamp set Coffee Cafe and the Coffee Cups Framelits Dies separately or in a Bundle and save 10%! Since I’m not really a coffee person, even though I could see these were popular products, I didn’t purchase them until right before Christmas when I realized making these cards for someone would be a perfect gift. They were so fun to make, too!

You will also want the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper to match and for fun, the Corrugated Elementslittle corrugated kraft paper designs.

Notice the kind of fun new way to do ribbon on the last card – just kind of squiggle it back and forth underneath a greeting or design element instead of just tying it around the card!

LAST CHANCE TODAY!!

While I was doing my Christmas cards, I sure wished I would have had the new Stamparatus coming out in the next Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog!  I could have placed my stamp, inserted each card and stamped exactly in the same proper place where I wanted my greeting!

If you want to get your hands on this Stamparatus Stamp Positioning Tool, the window closes TODAY, Dec. 30th!  Go to my Online Store HEREsign in to your account, then scroll down just a little until you see the Stamparatus on the right.  You will see the button to click to reserve yours. Click and then fill out your information and make sure you see at the bottom that you DID reserve a Stamparatus.  You will also receive an email within a few minutes confirming your reservation. When Stampin’ Up! gets yours in stock, they will place it in your Shopping Cart and email you that it is available (probably mid-March or later). At that time, if you complete your order like usual, adding any other products you may want (maybe it will be early enough to take advantage of Sale-A-Bration!) and at that point your credit card will be charged for the Stamparatus and anything else you ordered.  Your credit card will not be charged just for the reservation. It’s like you are reserving the opportunity to pre-order one before the Annual Catalog comes out!

AND…….

Stampin’ Up! Year-End Sales Event thru January 2, 2018

Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack 

Did You Get an Ugly Sweater For Christmas? Shop Stampin’ Up! Instead!

Ugly Christmas Sweater

Did you get an ugly sweater for Christmas or some other present you didn’t like?  Time to go shop at Stampin’ Up! and get yourself whatever you want! Might as well be good to yourself!

Reserve Your Stamparatus Stamp Positioning Tool

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Need a Last Minute Gift Idea! Give the Gift of a Paper Pumpkin Kit!

Paper Pumpkin Papercrafting Kit from Stampin' Up!Need a last minute gift idea?  Paper Pumpkin Kits by Stampin’ Up! to the rescue!!

Paper Pumpkin Kits are for almost anybody! If you need a gift for a crafter, a once-in-a-while-crafter, a wanna-be-crafter with no supplies, a non-crafter, a young person, an older person (ok, mature, wise person!), a relative, a friend, a teacher, a grandmother, a granddaughter, a grandson, a niece, a nephew, a group of friends, a neighbor, the dentist (who knows??), a grandfather (who knows??), your husband (probably not!), your roommate, your houseguests…….ok, you get the idea!

Everything comes in the kit to make the project, even a block to hold the stamps in the first kit. All they have to do it open the box, read the instructions, watch the video, and start creating! It might be cards or some other surprise project. And if they want to do something different with the supplies, that’s fine!  No rules!!

After awhile, after people have had time to create with their kits, you will always find alternative ideas online for the kit.  Naturally, the stamping community is so creative!  They will come up with many other ideas for the basic kit!

You can subscribe HERE for the month-by-month kit!

You can skip a month or cancel any time!

OR

You can go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store and choose  the number of kits for yourself or a gift!

You just add to an order like anything else.  In fact, you can add “anything else” to your order!  You will get an email from Stampin’ Up! explaining how to redeem the offer.

For a last minute Christmas gift, Paper Pumpkin will be perfect!  You can just make up a card or note or print the email and give it to the recipient!  When their kit arrives, they will thank you for the unique gift! And who knows, you might have a new stamping friend!

Quick and Easy Reindeer Small Treat Bag

Reindeer Small Treat Bag

If you need a quick and easy little treat, this Reindeer Small Treat Bag is easy to make!    Honestly, it only took me a few minutes before I went out the door!  Nothing like planning ahead!  I got the basic idea from another demonstrator, Angie Juda.

The paper I used for the bag is from the Be Merry Designer Series Paper package. Of course you can use any pattern, any paper, and make one for any occasion.  Keep in mind if there is a pattern going in one direction, think about which way you are cutting the paper!  I had to use the reverse side of the designer paper on another treat bag I was making because I didn’t pay attention to the pattern on the side I intended to use!

Start with a 6″ x 12″ piece of paper.  Score the length of the paper at 2″.  This will become the bottom flaps of the bag. Now turn the paper so you have the 12″ width going horizontal. Score at:  1″,  3 3/4″, 6 1/2″ and 9 1/4″. Crease the score lines. Cut off that tiniest portion under the 1″ section (it’s 2″ x 1″). On all those score lines you just made, cut up from the bottom to the 2″ score line to make the bottom flaps. Apply a strong adhesive to that 1″ flap and adhere the other side of the bag.  If you just fold the paper over in half you will see that it matches up with that 1″ section with the adhesive. Fold in the bottom flaps and use adhesive.  Reach inside the bag with a bone folder or something to press down to make the adhesive stick.

Now you have the basic bag made.  You could leave it open at the top, punch holes and run ribbon through to tie it, fold it over, staple it shut, or use a small clothespin (retired) like I did. Actually I cut a strip of paper to fold over the top and made the flag ends. I did put a little bit of Multipurpose Liquid Glue on the back of the front banner and let it dry, just a small circle of glue, in hopes it would be “reuseable”.

To decorate the bag, I stamped the reindeer from the Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set, gave him a Red Glimmer Paper nose, and punched him out with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.  Just turn it upside down for the reindeer!  Then I die cut a circle and a larger scallop circle to mount the reindeer on. Very cute and easy! Quick and easy, I should say, because I was really doing it before leaving the house for an appointment!

Check my blog for other past treat or gift bag ideas if you need some last minute ones! Here’s one with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit Dies.  Just click on the category you want or write something in the Search box!

I need more time to stamp more holiday projects I wanted to make! But if you want something simple to make, try this Reindeer Small Treat Bag for some candy treats, small gift, or maybe a gift card!

Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog Coming to an End Soon!

 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog 2017
This Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog that we have loved will be coming to an end on January 2, 2018!  Now that may still sound far off, but just wanted to remind you because some products in the catalog will be retiring for sure!  From now through January 2 will be your last chance to get them!

Click HERE to see the Holiday Catalog Retiring Products in the Online Store!

(be sure to let the whole page continue loading so you see everything!)

Stampin’ Up! Carryover List For the Holiday Catalog!

Below you see the list of products that will carry over through May 31, 2018 even though the Holiday Catalog is retired. You will still be able to purchase these products through that date.  At that point, they will either be available in the new Annual Catalog OR they will be retired.

Stamp Sets

ITEM PAGE DESCRIPTION PRICE
145153 42 À moitié pleins (FR) Clear Set $22.00 USD/$29.00 CAD
144999 42 Half Full Clear Set $22.00 USD/$29.00 CAD
144996 42 Half Full Wood Set $30.00 USD/$40.00 CAD
145526 39 Ensemble à Noël (FR) Clear Set $21.00 USD/$28.00 CAD
145416 39 Hearts Come Home Clear Set $21.00 USD/$28.00 CAD
145413 39 Hearts Come Home Wood Set $29.00 USD/$38.00 CAD
144967 45 Labels to Love Clear Set $21.00 USD/$28.00 CAD
144970 45 Labels to Love Wood Set $29.00 USD/$38.00 CAD
145034 26 Nuit à Bethléem (FR) Clear Set $21.00 USD/ $28.00 CAD
145282 26 Night In Bethlehem Clear Set $21.00 USD/ $28.00 CAD
144809 26 Night In Bethlehem Wood Set $29.00 USD/$38.00 CAD
145169 49 Récolte au pinceau (FR) Photopolymer Set $21.00 USD/ $26.00 CAD
144783 49 Painted Harvest Photopolymer Set $21.00 USD/ $26.00 CAD
145044 7 Prêts pour Noël (FR) Photopolymer Set $27.00 USD/ $33.00 CAD
144823 7 Ready for Christmas Photopolymer Set $27.00 USD/ $33.00 CAD
144948 47 Seasonal Chums Clear Set $21.00 USD/ $28.00 CAD
144945 47 Seasonal Chums Wood Set $29.00 USD/$38.00 CAD
145038 35 Souhaits en rafales (FR) Clear Set $22.00 USD/$29.00 CAD
144820 34 Snowflake Sentiments Clear Set $22.00 USD/$29.00 CAD
144817 34 Snowflake Sentiments Wood Set $30.00 USD/$40.00 CAD

Accessories

ITEM PAGE DESCRIPTION PRICE
145829 44 Envelopes 3×3 $9.00 USD/ $11.75 CAD
144748 37 Foil Sheets Champagne $4.00 USD/ $5.25 CAD
144687 5 Big Shot Quilt Top TIEF $8.50 USD/ $11.25 CAD
144685 46 Big Shot Seasonal Tags Framelits $29.00 USD/$38.00 CAD
144679 6 Big Shot Thinlits Christmas Staircase $39.00 USD/ $51.00 CAD
144678 35 Big Shot Swirly Snowflakes Edgelits $30.00 USD/$40.00 CAD
144676 26 Big Shot Bethlehem Edgelit $32.00 USD/$42.00 CAD
144668 11 Punch Everyday Label $18.00 USD/$23.50 CAD
144667 49 Punch Leaf $16.00 USD/$21.50 CAD
144666 53 Punch Cat $18.00 USD/$23.50 CAD
144645 44 Mini Pizza Boxes $6.00 USD/$8.00 CAD
144631 29 Ribbon Solid 1/8″ Real Red $7.00 USD/$9.25 CAD
144628 13 Clear Acetate Boxes (NA) $6.50 USD/$8.50 CAD
144671 38 Big Shot Edgelits Hometown Greetings $32.00 USD/$42.00 CAD

AND

The Stampin’ Up! Year-End Sales Event continues through January 2, 2018 with the retiring Holiday Catalog products and excess inventory DISCOUNTED!  Be sure to check it out!

In the busyness of the holiday season, I just wanted to remind you so you don’t miss out on something you want!  Perhaps “someone” can order for you and just let you know with a note that this is your Christmas present even if the package isn’t under the tree!

Not to mention the Clearance Rack that was updated the other day!

Take a few minutes out of your busy day and take care of yourself by looking over the Stampin’ Up! Online Store!  Even without a purchase, it will be a relaxing, calming few minutes!! Stamping is therapy!

Lovely As a Tree Christmas Card with Merry Little Christmas

Lovely As a Tree Christmas Card with Merry Little Christmas

Lovely As a Tree has to be the best, most universal stamp set ever created, and it makes a great Christmas card such as this Lovely As a Tree Christmas Card with Merry Little Christmas.  I have probably used the Lovely As a Tree Stamp Set every Christmas since I bought it, which has been at least 15 years. I have also used it many other times throughout the year because it is not just for Christmas.  It is not “just” for anything! It is so versatile!

One of the early cards I learned to make was to stamp this tree over and over again across the paper, sometimes without reinking, to give the look of a forest of trees.  The I squiggled glue over the trees and added Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. It always makes a beautiful card and is so easy.

For this card, I updated the Lovely As a Tree look a little bit by using the Merry Little Christmas paper.  The card base is Old Olive Cardstock, layered narrowly with Basic Black and then a layer of the green and black plaid paper.   I wasn’t sure at first how I was going to place the tree on this card because  a regular layer would cover up all the plaid that I wanted to show.  So I cut just a narrow strip and stamped that.  In the end, I cut the strip to basically fit the stamp, about 2″ x 4″ so there would be room for a greeting from Hearts Come Home. I decided to layer the tree on Gold Foil and then I added some strips on the sides of Gold Glimmer Paper.  All that took were some scraps! Then I added the greeting with some Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back to lift it over the tree piece (since I didn’t place it high enough on the card!).

Easy card to make if you need a last minute idea! And who doesn’t need last minute ideas at this point?!  I need a last minute elf, actually, to help!!

If you don’t already own Lovely As a Tree, it should be on your list for the New Year! It is a classic and I hope Stampin’ Up! will keep it around forever.

The upcoming Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs have been mailed from Stampin’ Up!  You probably should have received yours by now if you are a regular customer of mine, or it should be coming soon, so watch for them in your mail.  They come separately.  If you are new and  would like copies, just email me and I’ll send them to you.

 

Star of Light Christmas Card

Star of Light Christmas Card

One of my downline sent me this Star of Light Christmas Card, and I want to tell you it is an absolutely beautiful card!  Just stunning in real life!  The photograph doesn’t really do it justice because of the glare from the gold foil. The Star of Light Stamp Set is a perfect one for the Christmas season, not only with beautiful artwork but lots of sentiments to use.

The card starts on just a Whisper White base, layered with a piece of Gold Foil. The top layer is Night of Navy embossed with the Sparkle Embossing Folder.  Underneath this Night of Navy layer are strips of Silver Glimmer Paper on each side, very narrow margins. It just looks beautiful along with the Gold Foil and Night of Navy cardstock!  The Star of Wonder is made with the Starlight Thinlits Dies using the Gold Foil and the Silver Glimmer Paper in all the layers.

The greeting is embossed in gold and layered on Gold Foil with a bit of the Gold 1/8″ Ribbon folded behind. There is also a small Rhinestone Jewel on the front.

For texture, shine, and eye-catching beauty, this card really can’t be beat! All the elements are there from the embossing folder, the Gold Foil and Silver Glimmer Paper and the beautiful die-cutting and layering of the star with the Starlight Thinlits Dies. Really pretty!

You will find this Star of Light Photopolymer Stamp Set and Starlight Thinlits Dies in the  Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog on page 122, so it can be ordered any time.  Perhaps you will want to get a head start on NEXT Christmas by making this card in January! This Star of Light Christmas card is one that will turn out beautifully!

Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack Updated Today! Get Some Bargains!

Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack Banner 2016

SURPRISE!  The Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack has been updated!  New items have been added to the Clearance Rack in the online store! Supplies are limited, and with discounts up to 70%, products will go quickly. Shop now and stock up.

You will find cardstock, dies, ribbons, embellishments, designer paper, punches, and more!  Of course it’s all “while supplies last”!  Check it out right now!  The Early Bird gets the worm!

Don’t forget the Year-End Sales Event going on, too!

This sale has surplus inventory at reduced prices and retiring products from the Holiday Catalog!

Don’t forget!  Last day to order from the Holiday Catalog is January 2, 2018.

                         Last day to order from the Year-End Sales Event is January 2, 2018.

AND: You can “reserve” your Stamparatus, the new stamp positioning tool  until December 30, 2017. This is an earlier way to receive your tool before it appears in the next annual Stampin’ Up! catalog!

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  • Just go to my Online Store, sign in to your account, scroll down until you see the Stamparatus.
  • You will see a link to click to go through the reservation process.  Just put in your name and credit card number.
  • Your credit card will NOT be charged until the Stamparatus has been received by Stampin’ Up! and put in your Shopping Cart.
  • At that point, you can go ahead and add to your order, if you choose, or just complete your order as always.
  • You will want to be the first kid on the block to own the Stamparatus!  First reservations in, first Stamparatus out! Reserve yours today before time slips away.  You can always cancel if you change your mind.

Go check out all these Stampin’ Up! bargains and deals!

Make a Quick and Easy Rudolph the Reindeer Gift Bag

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Gift Bag

If you are one of the lucky people who have finished your Christmas shopping, you are probably ready to wrap the gifts, so here is a way to make a quick and easy Rudolph the Reindeer gift bag.  You probably picked up one of these kraft (or other color) shopping bags when you were shopping, and they are great for decorating and personalizing for gift-giving.  Even if the store name is printed on the side, just cover it up with cardstock and decorate!  I do it all the time!

If you don’t have a kraft shopping bag in your bag stash, you can purchase them at the craft store. To make the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Gift Bag, I used the Tree Builder Punch for his antlers. If you don’t own this punch, just cut some antlers free-hand.  It wouldn’t be that hard! On this bag, I actually used two “trees” on each side (trimming them to fit together) to make the antlers longer and larger.  You could add even more if you have a larger bag. I adhered the “trees” entirely on the bag because they would be too fragile to be sticking out over the top.  The eyes are punched with the  3/4″ Circle Punch and the 1″ Circle Punch.  Of course you can use sizes that complement the size of your bag or project.   The great big red nose for Rudolph is made with the Red Glimmer Paper, punched with the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch.  Then just tie a ribbon around the bag handles if you like with whatever ribbon you have.

It is really quick and easy to make a gift bag like this and the recipient will love it! There are an infinite number of ways to decorate these shopping bags that you probably already have in your “bag of bags”!

Here’s an example of a bag that had the company name printed on it.  I just covered it with a piece of cardstock and added the decorations and embellishments.

Try making a few gift bags for your holiday gifts!  You will enjoy doing it and your recipients will love it! Just think of making a Quick and Easy Rudolph the Reindeer Gift Bag for a child!

Need anything at Stampin’ Up!?  Just shop here! Remember the Year-End Sale is going on!

Have A Friend Into Star Wars – The Last Jedi? Here’s A Card For Them!

Golden Canyon Star Wars MDS

Made in Stampin’ Up! My Digital Studio

Today the new Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, comes out so maybe you have a friend into Star Wars and want to make them a Star Wars card! My husband, my boys and my son-in-law are all Star Wars fans, and I admit to seeing a few of the movies myself.  If you want to give a Star Wars fan a thrill, either now or maybe their birthday, here are some handmade Star Wars cards from the past. They were mostly ones I’d found on the internet, of course, and copied from people who were more creative than I was. I know my son-in-law has his cards on display, which makes me happy that he enjoys them! Mostly it just takes paper and punches to make all of these!

The picture above I made when Stampin’ Up! had My Digital Studio. Our family went to Death Valley a few years ago (Fantastic trip and scenery!  If you haven’t been there, you need to put it on your list!) and although we didn’t know it at the time I don’t think, there was at least one hike we were on that my guys commented looked like something out of Star Wars. When we got home and researched it, it turned out that some scenes were filmed in this area!  So I had a photo of my son on this hike and with My Digital Studio added a light saber!

But here are some other Star Wars cards I have made that you can keep on file!

Star Wars R2D2 Punch Art Birthday Card

This is a punch art R2D2 card, a little bit involved with all the small pieces! You can see it in my blog post HERE.

Star Wars Birthday Card Yoda and Darth Vader

This might have been my first Star Wars card I made with Darth Vader and Yoda! I know I found some kind of “Yoda Language Generator” site where you could type in your message and they would translate it into how Yoda would say it! Here is the blog post about this card.

Star Wars Inspiration BB8 Handmade Birthday Card

This card was fun with the BB8 character! You can read about the making of this card HERE.

Star Wars Day Yoda Card

I like this Yoda card, maybe because of the colors! You can read about this card on this blog post HERE.  I made this card for Star Wars Day, May 4th (as in…..May the 4th be with you!)

Are you going to see the new Star Wars movie? I don’t know if I will or not. It will be a Christmas holiday activity for the rest of the family home for the holidays.  If you have a friend into Star Wars, you might like to make a special Star Wars card for them to commemorate the new movie, The Last Jedi.

 

 

Christmas Card With Foil Frenzy Christmas Trees

Christmas Card with Foil Frenzy Christmas TreesIn keeping with my Christmas trees theme of yesterday, I got the idea to die cut Christmas trees with the Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper to make a Christmas card. Using this colorful paper with foil colors and patterns makes for a more whimsical card! The foil patterns are printed on heavyweight kraft paper so besides cards, this paper is good for making boxes and other 3D projects for any occasion, not just Christmas! Check out the Foil Frenzy Paper!

One of the coordinating colors of the foil is Berry Burst, one of the In Colors, so I used that color for my card base.  The card layer is, again, Shimmery White. After I die cut the three Christmas trees with the tree in the Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits Dies, I decided to slide them all over to the right and add a bow to the side. The card is wrapped with the Berry Burst Ribbon, and I also added a piece of the 1/8″ Gold Ribbon for an added accent. The bow is a “cheater bow” – I adhered the strip of ribbon around the card layer but then tied the bow separately and adhered it to the ribbon with several Glue Dots. Makes it a little easier to just attach the bow rather than to tie it actually on the card!

The greeting is one from Oh What Fun and I simply stamped the whole thing with Berry Burst ink.  Another thing you can do with markers is to color right on the stamp, coloring different areas different colors.  After the coloring and before stamping, be sure to “huff” or breathe on the stamp to remoisten the ink, then stamp!  This will give a slightly lighter inked image than if you inked up with an ink pad directly, but it is a good technique to use sometimes.

Even when you start with an idea of what you are going to stamp, often another idea comes to mind while you are creating.  Just go with it and see what happens! If it doesn’t work, just keep working on it and you probably will find just the right combination of what looks good for your project!

Be sure to check out my card from yesterday in THIS POST to see the more typical way to use the Santa’s Sleigh tree die – or is there really a typical way to use any of our products?!  It’s all about the creativity!

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Santa’s Sleigh Christmas Tree Christmas Card

Santa's Sleigh Christmas Tree Christmas Card

Can you tell the difference in these two Santa’s Sleigh Christmas Tree Christmas Cards?  I found this sample in a magazine we Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators receive from Stampin’ Up! quarterly, in an issue from last year, when the Santa’s Sleigh Stamp Set was new.  The sample was made pretty much like my card on the left. When I looked at it closely and looked at the list of supplies to make it, I was surprised that it wasn’t actually made like my card on the right!

The original sample, the card on the left, is actually made with some brown colors rather that metallics like my card on the right. In the sample, one tree is die cut with the Santa’s Sleigh Dies Thinlits out of Soft Suede Cardstock and the other tree out of Crumb Cake Cardstock. The center tree is stamped with Soft Suede Ink and die cut.  The card base and layer are made from the beautiful Shimmery White Cardstock. The center tree is made with this cardstock as well.  There are also some Soft Suede stamped stars and some die cut stars.

Since I originally thought the sample was made with metallics, I made another card with the Shimmery White cardstock.  The center tree is stamped with Versamark Ink and embossed with Gold Emboss Powder using the Heat Tool. The other two trees are die cut from the Gold Foil Sheets and the Copper Foil Sheet.

The center tree on both cards are popped up with both Stampin’ Dimensionals and the new Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. In some cases, even the Mini Dimensionals are too large. If this is the case you can cut along the edges of the dimensional sheet as necessary.

To finish off the card, Linen Thread is wrapped around the card layer. On the metallic card, I tried some other ribbons, but mostly they were too large since the trees take up a lot of space. The greeting is stamped, in both cases, with Soft Suede Ink, although it could also be embossed in gold. In the original sample, the linen thread goes entirely over all the trees (not tucked under the center tree) and the greeting as well was adhered up by the trees and tucked under the linen thread. I chose to just put the greeting at the bottom of the card.

Both of these styles of Christmas cards are very pretty!  I would say using the embossing and foil steps it up a bit. I’m even going to try some other designer paper.  I think you could do many variations with this card!  Just get started and then see where your creativity takes you!  You can copy these samples of the Santa’s Sleigh Christmas Tree Christmas Card and see what you come up with!

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