Jingle Bells

Hi!  Breaking up the fall cards to pop in this adorable Christmas card using the little deer from the Seasonal Chums stamp set.

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He is just so cute!  The Merry Medley Designer Series Paper has a sheet with Jingle Bells and I thought it perfect for my background.  The deer is stamped with Basic Black Archival ink on Crumb Cake card stock.  His antlers, spots and hooves are colored with Chocolate Chip marker, the ears with Pink Pirouette, the bow with Real Red and the bell with Crushed Curry.  While you can’t see it in this view, I colored over the bell with the Wink of Stella marker.   I used the coordinating framelits to cut him out – so quick and easy!

The sentiment is from the Merry Cafe stamp set.  A little gold ribbon to finish him off.  A pretty quick and easy card to make if you need to mass produce your cards.   He is one of the cards that will be available for attendees to make at the Sept 30 Stamp Buffet.

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Time for an Eclipse

Hi!  No, it isn’t a solar eclipse!  It is a new technique I tried and LOVE! and will be sharing at a workshop this afternoon.

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We won’t be making this exact card – this is one of the cards, tho, that folks can make at my Stamp Buffet on September 30th.

Here is how you make an eclipse card (or atleast, this is the way I did it):

  1. Stamp a 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 piece of Whisper White with the pine tree from Lovely as A Tree in Garden Green ink.  I stamped the image twice before reinking – so I’d get some depth to the trees.
  2. Stamp berries on the trees in Real Red to make ornaments.
  3. Die cut NOEL using the Large Letter Framelits from the Whisper White panel.
  4. Remove the letters and apply adhesive to the back of the panel and adhere to a Chocolate Chip mat that is 4 1/16 x 5 5/16.
  5. Set the “O” back in the opening and use that to adhere the center of the O to the mat.
  6. Tie a piece of 1/8″ Real Red ribbon around the bottom.
  7. Adhere the Chocolate Chip mat to a Garden Green base.
  8. Place mini dimensionals or strips of foam adhesive to the back of the letters and adhere in the openings to pop them up.

Other versions of this technique are to die-cut multiple letters and adhere all together to get the thickness you desire and then place the letters in the openings.   You can also offset the letters a little bit in the opening so you see the mat layer peeking through.

I hope my guests today enjoy this technique and those attending the stamp buffet on the 30th choose this as one of their cards.

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Christmas in August

Hi!  Yes, I know, it is usually Christmas in July – but Stampin’ Up! is giving YOU the opportunity to purchase the Carols of Christmas bundle this month – and I wanted to give it a little love to help entice you!

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I made this shaker ornament using the coordinating Card Front Builder dies along with the Layering Circle and Stitched Shapes framelits.  I just love that little deer!!   The trees and deer were die cut using the Card Front Builder framelits.  The remainder of the ornament uses the Circle and Coordinating Stitched Circle framelits.   I did use the retired Mica Flakes from last year’s Holiday catalog – but GOOD NEWS!!  – they are still available on the Clearance Rack!!  You will find them here.

If you are looking to get started on your Christmas cards or little gifts, I highly recommend ordering your bundle today!!

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To make the ornament, you will need the largest Stitched Frame Circle, matching Layering Circle and the next size down Circle.  Center the smaller of the two circles inside the Stitched Frame Circle and run both through the Big Shot together.  This will give you your outside frame.  Die cut the larger Layering Circle from solid Cardstock for your background as well as from a Window Sheet for your front.    Attach the Window Sheet to the Stitched Frame circle.   Die cut your trees from Garden Green card stock and your deer from Chocolate Chip.  Adhere the trees to the background circle with Snail and use a mini dimensional to adhere the deer.   Apply Foam Strip along the backside of the Stitched Frame circle leaving no gaps so the mica flakes do not fall out.  Remove the backing from 2/3rds of the foam strip leaving the top 1/3 covered so that you can add your Mica flakes.   After adding the flakes, make a loop/hangar using Whisper White 1/8″ ribbon and attach between the foam strip and the background circle when sealing the top of the ornament.   Make a bow and attach to the top with a glue dot.  No stamping involved and such a cute ornament!!

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A Little Sparkle – Team Stamp It! Blog Hop

Hi! Welcome to the Team Stamp It! Christmas in July Blog Hop!!  So excited to be hopping with you today!  I just love how this turned out and it is so easy to do!

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Let me show you a close up of the tree – and then explain what I did:

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Do you see all that sparkle?  I added Dazzling Diamond Glitter to the Embossing Paste and then swiped it over my stamped image!  IRL it looks like it is snowing!  With just a thin layer of Embossing Paste, the glitter sticks and looks so pretty!

As you probably guessed, I used Lovely As A Tree for my image.  I colored the tree with Garden Green and the trunk with Chocolate Chip.  Once it dried, I covered the entire layer with the mixture of Dazzling Diamonds and Embossing Paste.  The paste dried in no time!

I layered the image on Basic Black.  I tied silver thread around the top and then layered the panel on a piece of Designer Series Paper from the Be Merry DSP pack.  That was then layered on Silver Foil and finally onto a Garden Green base.

The sentiment is stamped in Basic Black Archival ink on a scrap of Whisper White then die cut with the Bunch of Banners Framelits.  This was popped into a banner of Garden Green using the same die.  Lastly, a scrap of SIlver Foil was used again with the same die, cut in half and adhered to the back.

I’d love to know what you think of this card.  I’ll be making some of these for my cards this year as I am just so happy with how it looks!

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Dazzling Christmas Tree

Hi!  Today I have a sparkly creation for you – I hope you like it!

SU! Lovely As A Tree

I just love how this tree sparkles like it is in the midst of a snowfall.  To achieve the look – stamp your tree (I colored my tree with markers – Garden Green and Chocolate Chip) and stamp it in the center of your card stock.  Without reinking, stamp again to the left and right.  Sponge Night of Navy around the tree for the sky.  Next, apply Versa Mark over the entire image by running the pad directly over the paper.  Sprinkle Heat & Stick Powder to the VersaMark and then heat gently to melt.  Quickly sprinkle on Dazzling Diamonds glitter, tap off excess and then heat gently to adhere the glitter.  Pretty simply and oh so pretty!  I did use a retired die from the Apothecary Accents set to die cut my tree  but you could easily do this with the Layering Ovals set and/or if you were able to purchase them in November, the Stitched Ovals.

If you still have a crafty friend to buy for this year, consider giving them a gift of Paper Pumpkin – this is a sweet box that arrives once a month to their door filled with a little crafty break – complete with stamps, ink, papers, card stock and embellishments.  Each month is a different kit.  Subscriptions can be for 1, 3, 6 or 12 months.  Stampin’ Up! will even send you an email with a gift certificate that you can print out to give to your recipient!  Can’t get any easier than that!

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Quick Picks

Hi!  Yesterday, my girls finished up their run of Dance Prism’s The Nutcracker and there was a cast party at the end.  The girls exchanged little gifts with their friends and we made a few gifts for the adults who helped them with choreography and quick changes.  It had been a pretty busy week, so we went simple and used the boxes Stampin’ Up! has in their catalogs.  For one of the girls, we made these boxes:

SU! Presents & Pinecones, White 3x3 Boxes

I love these boxes found in the Holiday Catalog!  Thankfully they are carrying over for the rest of this catalog year – they were easy to decorate and the clear plastic sleeve adds a nice finishing touch.  The Designer Paper used is the Presents & Pinecones (which IS retiring).  To finish up the package, we made little tags with coordinating paper on which to write the recipient’s name.  The boxes are 3×3 and fit 10 Lindt truffles.  I am not a bow maker, so we did use some bows we had on hand for the tops.

For my other child, we made these boxes:

SU! Candy Cane Lane

These are the retired 2×2 boxes, but you could easily use the clear 2×2 boxes we now carry (I didn’t happen to have any – not sure how THAT happened and they are going on my next order!).  We chose the Candy Cane Lane paper to decorate the sides and then used the Real Red trimmed ribbon and the coordinating Gingerbread trinkets to finish off the box.  These hold 6 Ghiradelli squares perfectly!

These really are quick and easy to put together and are great to have on hand for when you need a small package for a friend or neighbor.

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A Country Snowman

Hi!  Today I have a card for you that I did for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches #267   The idea of doing a country snowman hit me – not sure I achieved it – but here is my attempt:

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I thought I had some plaid Designer Series Paper – but alas, I didn’t – so I went with the burlap ribbon instead.  While it wasn’t quite what I had pictured, I think it came out cute.

The snowman is from the Christmas Magic stamp set found in the Holiday catalog and is embossed on Crumb Cake card stock using White Embossing powder.  I think the little bit of Cherry Cobbler helps him pop on the card.

Just a reminder, if you didn’t place your order yet for your favorites in the Holiday Catalog – better do so soon – the catalog ends on January 3rd.  You can find all kinds of great deals on retiring products and more in Stampin’ Up!’s Year End Closeout Sale in my online store here.

If friends and family are still trying to find the perfect gift for you, tell them to consider a Stampin’ Up! Gift Certificate from me (good in the USA only).  With the new Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration kicking off on January 4th – its the perfect gift!

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It’s Frosty!

Hi! How are you today?  It is pretty chilly here this morning in Massachusetts.

Before I get to my project for today, I want to Congratulate Diane!  She is the winner of the card set posted last week!  I’ll send you an email Diane so you can send me your address!

So, on to today’s project.  I am making some little treat bags for co-workers and thought I’d  share them with you.

SU! Letters for You, Work of Art, Gift Bag Punch Board

Isn’t he cute?  I used the Gift Bag Punch Board to make the little bag.  My base is 6″ x 10″.  Use the Small setting on the board.  After you have punched and scored the bag, flip it over so the front panel is lined up with the Start Line and punch and make the horizontal score line.  Move to the next vertical score line and punch and make the horizontal score line.  After this punch, just score the horizontal line across the rest of the paper.   You will then trim off from that second punch along the horizontal score line to the end.  You should have this (without the stamping) when you are done:

SU! Gift Bag Punch Board, Snowman, Letters For You, Work of Art

I then stamped his face – the eyes and mouth use the dot from the question mark or exclamation point in the Letters For You set.  The nose uses half the heart from Work of Art – but you could also use the bottom of the exclamation point from Letters for You – it would be perfect! (Why didn’t I use it then? Because I had already inked up the dot from the exclamation point for the eyes and mouth and thus couldn’t use it).

Place Tear & Tape on the left most flap pictured above as well as the back side of the flap under his mouth.  Fold on all your score lines and form your bag.

Once the bag was made, I then used the smallest hand-held hole punch to punch two small holes on the flap above his eyes.  I used these holes as my guide for the holes on the back side of the bag so I could run bakers twine to close the flap.  Here is the back side:

I was able to place 5 Hershey Kisses and 2 Lindt Chocolates in my little bag.

The hat is made with a 2 3/4 x 1/2″ strip of Basic Black card stock, a piece of black punched from the Decorative Label punch and the Real Red stitched ribbon.

I hope my co-workers like them!

There is still time to order crafty goodies for yourself or family and friends!  SU! highly recommends ordering by Dec 15 to guarantee holiday arrival in the US.  Check out my on-line store here for all your crafting goods!

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Snowman Art

Hi!  How are you?  Have you gotten any snow where you live yet?  We’ve had a little bit (check out the background) so I decided to share my snowman card with you.

SU! Work of Art

Do you recognize the stamp set?  It is the Work of Art set!  How cool is that?  Such a versatile set – you can use the pieces to make a snowman!  I love getting more out of a stamp set than I had thought I might.  Here is the breakdown:

  • Hat – Thick swish and line
  • Eyes & Mouth – Circle
  • Nose – Half the heart
  • Scarf – Medium Swish

The decoration for the hat are from retired punches – BUT – the Holly Berry Punch in the current catalog would be perfect! (I didn’t own it at the time I made this card).

What do you think?  Going to try him out? I hope you do!  If you don’t own the Work of Art stamp set yet – I highly recommend you get it soon!  Maybe even ask Santa for it!

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A Kiss & A Gift

Hi!  Last night I held my annual Gift class where attendees made 4 gifts for the upcoming holidays.  This was one of the favorites from the class:

SU! Oh, What Fun!

Is this not just the sweetest?  Thanks to Dawn Griffin for her video on how to make these.

For my version, I used Very Vanilla for my base and the snowflake sheet from This Christmas Designer Series Paper pack.  I used the Classic Label punch to create my window.  The sentiment is from the Oh, What Fun! stamp set.  A little Real Red ribbon, and there you go.

Did you notice the little notch in top?  You can slide a Gift Card into the opening!

SU! Oh, What Fun!

These are pretty easy to make, too!  I’ll be making more as I think these are perfect for bus drivers, teachers, the mail man and of course the UPS person who delivers my Stampin’ Up! goodies!

I hope you’ll give these cute boxes a try!

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PS – Don’t forget about the Year End Closeout Sale!  You’ll find tons of great deals in my on-line store.

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