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.

Christmas town

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.

Ta for now!

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.

Ta for now!

 

Cards for Soldiers

Thought I would take a break from Christmas card making to talk about a project that is very dear to my heart – Cards for Soldiers.  This organization gathers together donated cards which are then placed into boxes of goodies that the military sends to their soldiers stationed abroad.  The cards serve two purposes:  First providing a much lifted lift to soldiers who are away from their homes and families and second supplying them with cards that they can then send to the folks back home.

The reason this is so dear to my heart is that I come from a multi-generational military family.  My father (Air Force) served in Vietnam, my brother (Air Force) served in Desert Storm, my son (Navy) served in Desert Storm, my husband (Navy) served in Vietnam and my nephew was in the Army.  So I spent a lot of time writing letters and sending cards as you can imagine.  I know firsthand how important it is to these men/women to receive support from us and how wonderful it is to get happy mail when you are so far away.

The organization I donate to and support wholeheartedly is Cards for Soldiers.  My wonderful contact there is Charly Matthews and she is so happy to take on the huge task of trying to fulfill the requests that come from all branches of the services.  She has quite a few she is trying to fill as I write this, so I have been busy making cards for the last two days.

Thankful

I know many of you out there have a stash of cards that could use a good home so won’t you consider sending some of them to her?  You can reach her via her Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/greetingcardsforsoldiers.   You can also see the types of cards they are desperately in need of right now.

And you can mail your cards to:  Cards for Soldiers
C/O Charly Mathews
388 E M 72 HGWY 
Grayling, MI 49738

Please consider joining in to help support our overseas troops.  Thanks, everyone!  Hope you have a wonderful Saturday!

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!

Oh Joy!

I was reminded by Facebook (and a particularly festive friend) that Christmas is less than 3 months away – oh joy!  So I guess it’s time I turned my attention back to holiday cards.  I tend to be a procrastinator which in previous years has found me frantically searching for cards a week before Christmas and praying they will get to the recipients in time.  I promised myself this year would be different.  Full of determination (which hopefully will last), I created today’s card.

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This is a very, very easy card to make and is would be great to mass produce – handy, right?  Especially for procrastinators like me LOL!

The base is Cherry Cobbler cardstock cut 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″.  I then pulled out my Eastern Beauty stamp set and lo and behold there is a stamp that looks just like a star.  I stamped three of these onto the upper third of the card base using Versamark and then heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder.

Next I cut a section of Bundle of Joy designer series paper measuring 3″ x 4″ which means you can get 12 pieces out of a 12″ x 12″ sheet!  This was adhered to the bottom part of the card base, leaving a narrow border of the Cherry Cobbler card base to peek through.  To hide the seam, I ran a thin strip of gold washi tape from the Year of Cheer Specialty series along the top of the designer paper.  I carried it from end to end, but you could just have it run the width of paper if you wanted.  Both looked good to me.

The sentiment is from the Watercolor Christmas stamp set.  I stamped it on Very Vanilla cardstock and then used the Everyday Label punch to cut it out.  I am loving this new punch y’all!  To help it stand out a bit more, I punched some Gold Glimmer Paper with the Everyday Label punch, then cut it in half vertically and adhered the pieces to the sides of the sentiment label.  This was then added to the card with Stampin Dimensionals.  The finishing touch is gold sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment which were added with just a touch of Tombow glue.

And that was pretty much that!  Once I had the design elements in mind it took no time at all to produce.  And it thrills me that I can get a dozen cards from 1 sheet of DSP, 6 sheets of cardstock and less than half a sheet of glimmer paper!

I hope that you will give this one a try.  Please let me know if you have any questions about this project.  As always, I am happy to help and would love to become your demonstrator for all things Stampin’ Up!  Just click on the store icon in the upper right of the page.  Ta ta for now!

Life Is Better With…….

Hi Y’all!  It’s been too long, I know.  Seems like life just got in the way for awhile (yep, a cop out if ever there was one but that’s my story and I’m sticking to it).  Any who, I promise to be better about posting which brings me to today’s card and I think the title says it all.  Life is, indeed, better with friends!  Keep scrolling for the details on how this one came together.

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I started with a base of Old Olive cardstock cut 4-1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5-1/2″.  I absolutely love the Painted Autumn designer series paper so cut a mat of 4-1/2″ x 3-3/4″.  This let the Old Olive ground it from being too busy.  This was glued to the base using my favorite Tombow multimedia glue.

Next, I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock measuring 3-1/4″ x 4″ but I didn’t do any stamping on it.  Rather it serves as the holder for the focal images and sentiment.  I grabbed the Pick A Pumpkin stamp set and got to stamping on a scrap of Whisper White.  I stamped the  large pumpkin and the medium pumpkin in Cajun Craze ink.  Then I stamped the gourd in Garden Green ink.  I stamped two of the bud-like leaves using Crushed Curry ink and two of the leafy stems again using Garden Green.  All of this went to the Big Shot and was die cut using the Patterned Pumpkins Thinlets.

Then I laid out the pieces to see what would be pleasing to the eye before gluing anything down. Once I was happy, I adhered the large pumpkin and the yellow stem behind it straight to the panel with Tombow glue.  Next, I popped up the medium pumpkin using a couple of Stampin Dimensionals.  I laid the first green stem between the two pumpkins and glued it down with Tombow.  I snuck the second green stem under and to the right of the medium pumpkin and glue it down with Tombow as well.  That just left the second yellow stem and the gourd.  I glued the second yellow stem on top of the green stem angling it so it fell over the top of the medium pumpkin.  Then I popped the gourd up over that using a couple of Mini Dimensionals.  I did let the bottoms of the pumpkins and the gourd hang over the bottom edge a smidge.  I then adhered that whole panel to a piece of Soft Suede card stock cut 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″.  This left just a tiny border all the way around but was perfect at framing it.  A quick coat of Wink of Stella on the pumpkins gave them a bit of sparkle.

Since there was so much white space left, I went with stamping the sentiment in Soft Suede on a scrap of Whisper White (the sentiment comes from the Just Add Text stamp set.  It is punched out with the Everyday Label Punch.  I then punched  out two more labels, one from the DSP and one from Soft Suede cardstock.  I cut each of these in half vertically and glued them to the ends for a nice frame.  The sentiment is popped up on the panel with dimensionals.

Lastly, I cut another piece of Whisper White measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ and glued that to the inside with Tombow.  I left it blank so it can be used for almost any occasion.

I hope you enjoyed the card and will give it a try yourself.  All the supplies listed are in bold above.  If you have any questions about it just drop me a comment.  If you would like to order the supplies to make it, just click on the link in the upper right of the page.  Thanks for stopping by!