Be Merry

The holidays are my favorite time of the year!  It’s a time of celebration. A time to spend with family. It’s a time to for me to reflect upon the year and all of the blessings in my life. The family traditions and festivities are always fun! I look forward to them each and every year! One of my favorite holiday activities is creating handmade Christmas cards. I make a variety of cards ranging from super simple to very detailed. Today, I thought I would share a quick and simple idea with all of you.

This card idea came to me when I was playing around with the Merry Ornaments kit. The little Christmas Trees were left over pieces from creating the ornaments. And you know I can’t throw anything away!  To make this card, cut a piece of Garden Green cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 4 x 4-1/4 inch piece of the Christmas tree design from the Be Merry Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack; adhere this piece to the center of the card front. Cut a 1 x 4 inch piece of the small pattern green DSP and adhere to the lower half of the card as shown. Cut a 3/4 x 4 inch piece of Whisper White cardstock and stamp a little sentiment on it.  For the finishing touch, embellish a stitched circle with the Christmas tree and adhere to the card, as shown, with dimensionals. Easy peasy!

Now, an alternate design would be to stamp a sentiment in the white circle and eliminate the 3/4 x 4 inch piece of white cardstock. Lots of possibilities here!

 

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Christmas Quilt

More Quilted Christmas fun to share with you today! I have played with this bundle of products more than the bundles that I had on the top of my wish list! The stamp set has such fun images and the die cuts are just fabulous. Today I want to share one of my favorite creations with this set! It showcases a fun way to use the die cuts and the leftover pieces from the die cuts. Take a look.

To create this card, I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock for the base of the card. Now that Stampin’ Up! has the Thick Whisper White cardstock, I only use that for the base of the card. It works perfect because it’s a heavier weight, so it can handle all of the fun layers and embellishments that I like to add to my cards. Next I cut out a bunch of flowery images using the die cuts in the set.  So, not to confuse you but I used the regular Whisper White cardstock to cut out the flowers with the die cut. The die cuts and layers on the card do not have to be as thick as the base of the card. You can certainly use the thick white, it won’t cause issues. Notice that I used both the flower and the leftover pieces from the middle of the flower on the card. It has a really fun effect, hey? You can easily adhere the pieces with a few glue dots. For the focal point, I simply used the die to cut out two different patterns of the Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper (DSP). I added a green flower to the center of the DSP cut from a piece of Garden Green Cardstock and then added a little sentiment. For the finishing touch, I embellished the card with a few pearls.

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Be Merry

The Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog is LIVE!  There are so many fabulous products in this new catalog. Yes, I know…I say that all the time but it’s true!  Lots of fun die cuts, stamp sets, embellishments, paper, and oh so much more!  Today I want to share a super fun and pretty kit that is featured in the new catalog.  It’s called “Be Merry” and the kit includes everything you need to create 12 pretty Christmas ornaments! You could also use these as gift toppers instead of ornaments. There are so many fun things to do with them!

So pretty, hey?  They are so simple to create too!  Each rosette is already cut, scored and ready for you to assemble!  They even have an adhesive strip built right in! There are a total of 12 rosettes and 2 different designs which means you can create 6 of each design. All of the embellishments are pre-cut and ready for you to assemble as well! I would recommend using a hot glue gun for assembling but a strong, fast drying liquid glue would work well too!

These would make such a great gift this holiday season or use to decorate your Christmas tree!  It’s a fun kit that you are sure to enjoy! No stamps needed for this kit!

Grab yours today at www.lynndunn.stampinup.net

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Merry Tags

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Today I have a beautiful Christmas card idea to share with all of you.  This particular project was inspired by something that I saw on Pinterest!  It showcases the Merry Tags Framelit set and the gorgeous copper foil paper.  The copper foil paper along with the black accent gives the card such an elegant look.

To make this card, start with a piece of Basic Black cardstock for the base of your card. Create a layer of mattes by cutting a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white, a 5 x 3-3/4 inch piece of Basic Black, and a 4-3/4 x 3-1/2 inch piece of copper foil. Emboss the copper foil with the Pine Bough Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Adhere all of the pieces together on the front of the card. Grab the Merry Tags framelit set and cut out the wooded ornament scene using black cardstock. Cut out a solid white ornament from whisper white cardstock; adhere together. Once the ornament is complete, adhere it to one of the pine boughs with dimensionals. For the finishing touch, add a little black ribbon tied into a bow on the top of the ornament. Enjoy!

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Winter Wonderland

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  It’s snowing in Wisconsin today so, of course, I am busy stampin’ and getting all of my Christmas cards ready to send out!  However, in between all of that, I wanted to share some of the fun Christmas cards I created with the November Paper Pumpkin kit!  These were such adorable little cards!  I loved the colors and the winter scene!

Now there was enough materials in the kit to create 8 Christmas cards.  I decide to create 6 of them just like the kit…but I used the rest of the materials, and some materials I had on hand, to create a variety of other fun cards!

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Quick & Simple Treat Holder Idea

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Today I have a quick and simple treat holder idea for you!  The envelope punch board is highly recommended for this particular project because that’s what makes it so quick and simple!  I designed these little treat holders as a gift for all of my Christmas Club members. They make fun little gifts for family, friends, colleagues…I mean who doesn’t love getting an adorable little gift especially when chocolate is involved?! Plus, you can really create these for any occasion…simple change out the patterned paper and decorations!

Watch the video tutorial to learn more…

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Christmas Bells

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Christmas is in the air!  And it’s my favorite time of year! I have been working on putting together around 300 Christmas cards this year! Yes, 300!  It’s been so much fun creating them with all of the great products in this year’s holiday catalog. Today I have a little z-fold card to share with all of you. This fun fold card is quick and simple to put together and has that “wow” factor because of the fun fold.  Let me show you how simple it is!

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To make this card, start with a 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inch piece of Real Red cardstock for the base of your card. On the 8-1/2 inch side, score at 2-1/8 and at 5-1/2. Fold the card in half on the 5-1/2 inch score line. Then fold the 2-1/8 inch flap back onto itself (fold it towards the 5-1/2 inch fold). If you need visual of how to fold the card, then check out this little video tutorial I put together last year  >>> http://stamptasticdesigns.com/2015/05/04/z-fold-card-painted-petals/ 

Once you have the base of the card created, cut a 5-1/4 x 1-7/8 inch piece of the bell pattern from the Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. Adhere this piece to the outside flap of the card as shown. Cut a 3 x 3 inch piece of Real Red cardstock and, using the stitched shapes framelits, cut out the largest square from a piece of whisper white cardstock. Adhere these two pieces together. Stamp two different bells on a scrap piece of white cardstock using Versa Mark, sprinkle them with gold embossing powder, tap off the excess and heat to set. Punch out the Bells with the coordinating Bell punch. Adhere the bells to the square white cardstock with a few dimensionals. Stamp a little bow in Versa Mark, using the Holly Berry Happiness bundle, on a piece of Real Red cardstock, sprinkle it with gold embossing powder, tap off the excess and heat to set. You could also just embellish the bells with a piece of red ribbon tied in a bow.  Adhere the left side of the 3 x 3 inch piece (with the bells) to the flap of the card front (be sure to only add adhesive to the left side of that piece). For the finishing touch, cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of Delightful Dijon cardstock and adhere it to the inside of the card.  You can also stamp or emboss a little sentiment on the inside of the card. Enjoy!

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Hang Your Stockings

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  I apologize for the delay in my posting! I was hit with a nasty little flu bug that took me out of my stamping room for days!  Thank goodness that’s over with! 🙂 So today I have a fun Christmas card idea for you featuring the Hang Your Stockings bundle!  This bundle of products was one of the first items in the holiday catalog that I was attracted to, yet, it is one of the last sets that I actually played with! Not sure how that happened! In any event, it is an adorable set and I had a lot of fun creating this card!

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To make this card, start with a piece of Early Espresso cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of Crumb Cake cardstock and emboss it with the Brick Wall embossing folder. Tear the top of edge of the Crumb Cake cardstock and sponge a bit of Early Espresso ink on it to give it a bit of a worn look. Cut a 1 x 4 inch piece of some festive holiday paper, such as one of the red prints from the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack and adhere it to the top of the Early Espresso card front. Once the DSP is in place, adhere the embossed crumb cake piece slightly overlapping onto the DSP. Cut a 1/2 x 4 inch piece of Early Espresso cardstock and adhere to the card as shown. It will serve as the “mantel” in which to hang your stocking. Using the Christmas stocking framelits from the bundle, cut out a stocking and the trimmings using real red and whisper white cardstock. You can stamp all of the images such as the holly, berries, stocking trim on some white cardstock and then cut them out with the coordinating framelits in the set.  For the finishing touch, I used the new Stitched Shapes Framelits to cut out the oval for the Christmas sentiment and embellished the card with a few rhinestones!  Enjoy!

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Jolly Friends

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Did you have a nice Thanksgiving?  The holiday season is my favorite time of the year.  I love creating fun holiday projects and decorating! It’s our family tradition to put up the Christmas tree and decorate the house the day after Thanksgiving. So that’s what we will be doing this weekend!  And, of course, a little crafting in between! 🙂  Today I have a fun little Christmas card idea to share.  Beside decorating and putting up the tree, I also start sending out my Christmas cards right after Thanksgiving.  And this year I had a blast creating cards with all of the fabulous products in the new catalog!  Today’s project showcases a fun little Christmas Moose.

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To make this card, start with a piece of Real Red cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 3 x4 inch piece of some of your favorite designer series paper (DSP). I used a piece from the Candy Cane Lane DSP pack. Cut a 3-1/4 x 4-1/4 inch piece of Early Espresso cardstock.  Adhere these two pieces together; run a piece of the Real Red 3/4″ Stitched Edge Ribbon across the left side of this piece then adhere to your card front, as shown, with a few dimensionals. Stamp a little Christmas greeting  on a scrap piece of white cardstock. Cut it out with one of the square Stitched Shape Framelits (use one that fits your sentiment). Adhere to the front of your card by covering up a corner of the DSP.  Stamp the moose image, from the Jolly Friends stamp set, on a scrap piece of crumb cake cardstock using Early Espresso ink. Cut out the moose by hand…yes, you will have to do a bit of fussy cutting. For the finishing touch, punch out a little Santa hat using the Jolly Hat Builder punch and embellish the moose. Enjoy!
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Fun with thinlits

Good Morning Stampin’ Friends! First of all…Congrats to the Chicago Cubs on winning the World Series!  WOW that was an exciting game!  I was busy crafting in between plays, of course. 🙂  So today I want to share a fun little project with all of you that was created by accident! I was busy cutting out the word “Noel” with one of the dies from the Christmas Stockings Thinlit set when I decided that I needed to use both pieces…the cut out word and the outline that was left over on the scrap piece of paper I was using.  It turned out so pretty that I just had to share it!

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To make this card, start with a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 4 x 5-1/2 inch piece of one of the pretty patterns from the Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack and adhere it to your card front. Cut a 1-3/4 x 5-1/2 inch piece of Emerald Envy cardstock; using the die from the Christmas Stocking Thinlit set, cut out the word “Noel” in the center of the cardstock. Save the Noel cut out for a different project. Cut a 5-1/2 x 1-1/2 inch piece of a red pattern paper from the Presents & Pinecones DSP pack; adhere this piece behind the Noel. Cut a 2 x 5-1/2 inch piece of whisper white cardstock and adhere the Noel piece on top (the white cardstock serves as a matte).  For the finishing touch, embellish the card with anything that you have on hand!  I used some pine branches and a little bow that I cut from some cherry cobbler and mint macaron cardstock using the Pretty Pines Thinlit Die set. Did you happen to notice that no stamping was involved! Yikes! But it sure was fun to play with a few different die cuts. Enjoy!

 

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