Frosty Noel

I love soft blue and white winter cards – they look so elegant without having to fuss much.  And I love snowflakes die cut from our Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper – they really do look so frosty!  So this card uses both and comes together very quickly.

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I started with a card base of Soft Sky cardstock cut 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″.  Next I took a panel of Whisper White cardstock measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ and ran it through the Big Shot using the Winter Wonder Textured Impressions embossing folder.  I cut a length of Silver Satin Ribbon to wrap around the bottom of the panel and adhered the ends on the back using Fast Fuse.  The panel was then glued straight to the card base with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Next, I stamped the letters on a scrap of Whisper White in Soft Sky ink.  The letters are from the Brushwork Alphabet stamp set – love that script font!  Then, I die cut each of the letters using the smallest of the Stitched Shapes square dies, and while I had the Big Shot out then cut 4 squares of Soft Sky cardstock using the next size up Stitched Shapes square die.  The letter squares are popped up onto their mats using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The completed squares are glued directly to the embossed panel using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

For finishing touches, I made a bow with more of the Silver Satin Ribbon and adhered it to the bottom with a glue dot.  I had some extra small snowflakes die cut from our Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper left over from another card and they were perfect as accents here and there.  (The snowflake die is from the Seasonal Layers Thinlets set).  For an extra bit of sparkle I added rhinestones to the center of each  And that completed the card!

I hope you enjoyed this one – it really is quite easy to put together so I hope you will give it a try.  Let me know if you have any questions about how this card was made.  And if you need any supplies, please consider shopping with me by clicking the Shop Online button in the upper right.  I would love to be your demonstrator!

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Peaceful and Bright

Sometimes you just want a card that is simple yet conveys how lovely the season can be – when we forget about all the hustle and bustle that is!  Each Christmas Eve I try to take a moment to go outside, look at the sky and enjoy a quiet moment.  It really puts things into perspective.  Last year, I took my granddaughter out with me and even though she can be quite the chatterbox, she took my hand and just looked at the stars silently.  Maybe she will learn to do this as well and a new tradition will take hold for her.  Anyway, this card reminds me of the feeling I get then.

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The card base is Cherry Cobbler cardstock cut 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″ .  Next, I took a panel of Cherry Cobbler cardstock cut 3-3/4″ x 5″ and dusted it with the Embossing Buddy to remove any oils or fingerprints.  I grabbed the set of trees from Lovely as a Tree stamp set, inked it with Versamark and stamped it along the bottom of the panel.  I covered it with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder and then set it with the Heat Tool.  I then took the sentiment from the Star of Light stamp set, stamped it in Versamark, covered it with white embossing powder and heat set it.    I wanted just a few accents to balance the top of the card so took one of the small stars from the same stamp set, inked it Versamark, stamped it three times, and embossed them.

Such a beautiful panel called for a simple, elegant mat so I grabbed some of our gorgeous Champagne Foil and cut it just a teeny bit larger at 4″ x 5-1/4″.  The focal panel was  adhered to the foil with Tombow Liquid Glue and then this was mounted on Stampin’ Dimensionals and added to the card base.

Lastly, the inside needed a panel of Whisper White cardstock cut 3-3/4″ x 5″ which was adhered using Tombow Liquid glue.

This card is one I will make again and again for special friends who I know also enjoy those quiet moments during the holidays.  Maybe you have some friends like that too.  I hope you enjoyed today’s card.  If you have any questions about it please drop me a note and I will get right back to you.  All of the products used can be purchased from my online store by clicking the Shop Online button in the upper right corner.  I would love to have you as a customer!

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Home for Christmas for the Stamp Ink Paper challenge #121

Hi y’all!  Decided it was time to take the plunge and participate in my favorite challenge group – Stamp, Ink, Paper.  So, here goes!

Sometimes, you look at a new stamp set and immediately know how you are going to use it for a card.  Doesn’t happen to me often, but when it does everything else gets put on hold until I can get that image out of my head and onto the paper.  And so it was with this card (I am still apologizing to my poor hungry husband about this one).

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I started with Dapper Denim cardstock.  Was going to use Night of Navy, but behind the vellum it was just too dark.  I cut the Dapper Denim to my usual 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″.  Next I grabbed a piece of Whisper White and the Big Shot, and using one of the sets of houses from the Hometown Edgelits Greetings dies cut the background image.  This was mounted onto the card base using Tombow Liquid Glue.

So far, so good but really wanted a snowy look to it.  Our Vellum cardstock came to my rescue.  I cut a panel the same size as the card front and ran it through the Big Shot with the Softly Falling embossing folder.  Love how it softened the Dapper Denim and created that winter feel.

Then I got stuck on how to, well, stick the vellum to the card base without the adhesive showing?  Plus, I did want to give the card more depth.  I grabbed the Card Front Builder Thinlets and die cut the tree images.  These were glued directly onto the vellum with Tombow Liquid Glue.  So that took care of how I could attach the bottom.  Still needed a sentiment, so went to the Hearts Come Home stamp set and heat embossed it using our Silver Embossing Powder onto a piece of Whisper White cut with one of the ovals from the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies.  I popped the sentiment up onto the vellum using Stampin’ Mini Dimensionals.  Now I had three points where I could attach the vellum to the card base.

Great, right?  Well, no.  The top of the vellum was kinda flopping away from the base.  And I felt the card still needed a little something to finish it off.  Then I remembered out beautiful Silver Satin Ribbon.  I tied the tiniest of bows possible with the width of the ribbon and added it right at the top center of card giving me the final place to put a glue dot to solve the flapping of the vellum at the top!  Success!

While this card has a lot of elements to it, it really is fairly simple to put together.  I hope you will give it a try.  You can purchase the products used to make the card by clicking on the Shop Online button in the upper right corner.  I would be delighted to have you as my customer!  If you have any questions at all about the card please leave me a comment and I promise to get right back to you (well, after I feed hubby that is).  Ta for now!

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North Pole cards

It was a cool, rainy day here yesterday – perfect for holing up in my craft room and designing cards.  I think I made about 20 of them yesterday LOL!  Designing cards is hit and miss with me, it either comes to me in a flash or I have to tease it out slowly.  Luckily, these two came quickly.

My brother was in the Air Force and I had the opportunity to visit him when he was stationed in Alaska some years ago.  Instead of living on base, he opted to live near a town called North Pole.  It of course had a huge Christmas village in it but what struck me more was how quaint the town itself was.  That was the inspiration for these cards.

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They both start out exactly the same.  I cut Whisper White cardstock to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″ and folded.  I pulled out the Hearts Come Home stamp set and arranged the three houses and two trees on a stamp platform until I had the layout I wanted.  This was stamped using Garden Green ink straight onto the card base.  I wanted more trees, so re-positioned them and stamped again in Garden Green ink.  Once I was happy with the number of trees, I added the sentiment, again from Hearts Come Home this time stamping with Cherry Cobbler ink.

I was happy with the design but felt it could be stepped up a notch.  Hmm, what to do?  Thought about die cutting some trees to add but really wanted to keep this simple.  Luckily, we have the Card Front Builders dies which will really add some pop to your cards.  But which of the dies to use?   Well I had two cards so why not try two different ones?  I love how clean and simple the frame die looks so that went on one.  And then those poinsettia flowers were perfect for the upper corners of the other one.  Once I ran each card through the Big Shot with the appropriate dies, I added a panel of Cherry Cobbler cardstock to the back of the front panel with Tombow Liquid Glue for drama and WOW did I love how that made each of them pop!  Lastly, I went over the roofs and trees with a little Wink of Stella.  A girl’s gotta have a little glitter!

So there you have it, two completely different looks using the exact same stamps.  I hope you have enjoyed today’s cards and will look through your stash to see what dies you can use to bring a little drama to your cards.

As always, if you have any questions about the card please drop me a comment below.    And if you are looking for a demonstrator, I would love to have you as a customer!  You can shop for supplies by clicking the shopping icon in the upper right corner.

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The Warmth of Christmas

Hi all!  Took a break from blogging for a few days to get all the cards done to send Cards for Soldiers.  If you missed that post from last week, please do have a look at it to find out more about this great organization.

Today’s card continues with the Christmas series.  I just received the Merry Patterns stamp set and could not wait to play with it.   There are so many ways to use it but I knew just what I wanted to do.  And that’s how this card came about!

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It starts with a card base of Very Vanilla thick cardstock cut just a bit narrower at 4″ x 11″ so it would look tall and sleek.  This was scored at 5-1/2″, folded and burnished.  Now on to the stamping!

I chose the fill-in stamp for the reindeer, inked it up in Garden Green and stamped it onto the bottom portion of the card base – yup, right on the card base.  Was taking a chance there but since this set is photopolymer it was pretty easy to make sure I had it straight.  Next, I inked up the pine bough image in Garden Green and stamped it about 5 times in the upper right corner to give the card some balance.  I did stamp off for a couple of the branches to give it some depth.  Now on to the scary part – the sentiment!  I chose it from the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set – it is perfect to pair with the reindeer who looks to be wearing a sweater.  This was done with Garden Green ink as well.  Lastly, I cut a 1-1/2″ strip of the gorgeous plaid paper from Christmas Around the World  DSP pack and glued it using Tombow Mono Multi.  And that was that!

Easy card with a great look to it – I absolutely love how it turned out.  Hope you will give it a try.  Be sure to leave any questions about the card or the supplies used in the comments below and I will get right back to you.

Should you need to order anything, just click on the shopping icon in the upper right corner. I would love to have you as a customer!  You can earn the Merry Patterns stamp set with a $350 order so gather your friends and put in a group order.  The Around the World DSP is part of a buy 3 get 1 free group of papers through the end of the month.   And this month, every purchase comes with a little gift from me.  Could be ribbon, could be foil snowflakes or even the mini ornaments.  You just never know!  Oh, and don’t forget about the Paper Pumpkin kits for this month and next – they coordinate with each other just in time for your holiday crafting.  So many things going on it can make you downright dizzy!  I’m here to answer any of your questions about these or any other Stampin’ Up! products.

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Christmas Clean and Simple!

My third blog post this week and another Christmas card!  Woo hoo, I’m on a roll y’all!  This is another super simple card that still has that glam feeling to it but is much more traditional.  And you can literally make it in about 15-20 minutes – how’s that for fast!  Great for mass producing as long as you have the patience to glue on all this little sequins (or a helper).  All you need are 2 pieces of cardstock, 2 stamps, a bit of ribbon and a few sequins.

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I started with some Cherry Cobbler cardstock (love this color for Christmas) cut 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″  Then I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock that measures 4″ x 5-1/4″ for my focal panel (HINT:  Cut two of these as you will need the other one for the inside of the card).  Onto this I stamped the Christmas tree from Ready for Christmas using Garden Green ink full strength.  Gorgeous!  I then stamped the sentiment, also from Ready for Christmas in Cherry Cobbler ink towards the upper right leaving room for the ribbon trim.  I then cut a length of the 1/4″ Quilted Christmas ribbon and wrapped it around the Whisper White panel, tying it in a double loop bow (I’m getting a lot of practice with bows this week).  A few strategically placed Mini Glue Dots hold it in place nicely.  The panel is adhered to the card base using our Liquid Glue.  I took the second piece of Whisper White mentioned in my above hint and glued it to the inside of the card again using Liquid Glue.  Lastly, I glued Old Olive and Real Red sequins from the Brights Sequin assortment diagonally down the tree to mimic a garland.  And that’s it folks!

This is probably the shortest set of instructions I have written which just goes to show you how simple this one really is.  Give it a try!

As always, please let me know if you have any questions about this card.  You can order all of the supplies by clicking on the shop button at the upper right corner.  I would love to be your demonstrator!

 

Oh Joy Part 2 – A Quick and Easy Christmas Card

In keeping with my resolution (and it isn’t even New Year’s yet) of getting my holiday cards done with plenty of time to mail them, here is the second in this series.  If you thought the last one was easy, just wait until you see this one!

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Looks scrumptious, right?

It starts with a card base of Fresh Fig cardstock cut 4-14″ x 11″ and scored and folded at 5-1/2″.  Next comes a layer of Year of Cheer Designer Series Paper cut 4″ x 4″.  That means you can get 9 cards out of one sheet of DSP!  This panel is adhered to the card base with Tombow glue.  To hide the seam, I use a strip of the gold washi tape from the Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape pack.  This time I only ran it the width of the designer series paper for a clean look.

The sentiment is from Watercolor Christmas and was heat embossed on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock using Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  This was then cut out using one of the Stitched Shapes Framelits oval dies and then adhered to the card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For embellishments, I tied a double loop bow with the 1/4″ Copper Trim and attached it to the left side of the card, on top of the washi tape, using a Mini Glue Dot.  Lastly, three Rhinestone Basic Jewels were added (one on the bow and the other two on the sentiment panel) as finishing touches.

And – we’re done!  See, I told you this one was super easy!  I hope you enjoyed learning about this project.  Let me know if you have any questions about how to create this lovely holiday card.  As always, I would love to be your demonstrator – you can shop for everything used for this card by clicking on the shopping icon in the upper right corner of your screen.

Thanks!  See you for the next card in the series coming up soon!