Night in Bethlehem

Have you seen the eclipse technique! It is the latest crafting craze on Pinterest!  There are so many beautiful cards that have been created with this technique!  I have made a few and just absolutely love it!  As I was playing around with this technique, I decided to try something a little different. Instead of popping up the letters on the card, I decided to use them to create a different card! So I used the negative space on one card and the letters on a different one. They turned out awesome!  Thank you to my team member, Tammy Wrobel, for the design idea with this stamp set!

The technique is very simple. Start with a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of white cardstock.  Stamp your images on the cardstock around the area that you plan to cut out the letters. In this case, I stamped the images starting around the middle of the cardstock, up towards to top. I stamped a little sentiment on the bottom. Note:  I recommend you stamp your sentiment first to make sure that you have enough room for the other images and the letters. For this card, I used Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay and Soft Sky. Once I had all of the images stamped, I used the Large Letter Framelit dies to cut out the word NOEL.  I saved the letters for the card showcased below but I used the negative space left from cutting out the letters to create the card.  I simply adhered it to a card front created with Night of Navy cardstock. I love the look!

For this card, I started with Soft Sky cardstock for the base of the card. I embossed the front of the cardstock with the Winter Wonder Textured Embossed folder. Then, I simply adhered the letter across the snowflake and embellished with a few rhinestones. How cool is that?

Two completely different cards created from one set of stamped letters!  You can create all sorts of fun cards with this technique! Enjoy!

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Pining for Plaid

Pining for Plaid was the name of the October Paper Pumpkin kit. The kit contained some super fun shaker cards with coordinating plaid lined envelopes!  It was such a popular kit that when Stampin’ Up! put the extras up for sale, they sold out in 30 minutes! WOW! The cards were so pretty and the kit was simple to put together!  Most of the time the projects take less than a half hour to create.

There were lots of extra materials in this kit.  I used all of the little circles that were left over from the centers of the kit cards to create several extra projects. If you cut the circles in half, you can create an adorable little snowman. Leave the circles whole to create some fun ornaments!  You can also use the leftover sequins to embellish your cards!

The November kit coordinates with the October one!  I can’t wait to see the fun projects this month!  Wanna get in on the fun? Subscribe before the 10th of the month at >>> https://mypaperpumpkin.com/?demoid=2092731

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Feeling of Christmas

It’s November already!  That means Thanksgiving is right around the corner and Christmas will be here before you know it! So I have been busy making Christmas cards with my stampin’ friends. I usually send out around 200 Christmas cards each year so I am always trying to come up with a few different quick and simple card ideas. Like this one.

I love the elegance and simplicity of this card. It features a stamp set called the Feeling of Christmas. Such beautiful images in this set and it’s so simple to use.  I started with a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of the card. I scored it about a 1/4 inch all the way around the card front. I stamped the beautiful wreath image in the center of the card using old olive ink, then I stamped an overlay image, sort of a watercolored image, on the wreath using pear pizzazz ink. This overlay image helps fill in the green color on the wreath. I stamped a few berries using real red ink and the sentiment is stamped in black. For the finishing touch, I embellished it with a little bow and some rhinestones. Super simple yet elegant! I hope you enjoyed it!

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Merry Little Labels

Tis’ the season for Christmas cards! This weekend I held my monthly Christmas class! It’s a Stamp-A-Stack which means we created 4 cards for each of the 3 different designs for a total of 12!  This particular card that I am showcasing today was created by my team member, Mona Krimmer!  It was the most popular card as it was just absolutely gorgeous!

The cards feature the Merry Little Labels stamp set and some of the beautiful die cuts from the Swirly Snowflake. Since I had a lot of requests for instructions, I thought I would share!  Start with a piece of garden green cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock and emboss it with the Softly Falling embossing folder. Cut 2 pieces of the green splatter pattern from the Be Merry Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack at 1-1/2 x 4 inches (FYI…this paper pack is part of the Buy 3 Get 1 FREE sale during the month of October)! Adhere the DSP to the top and bottom of the card with a few stampin’ dimensionals. Adhere a silver foil snowflake to the center of the card. Stamp the “Let it Snow” sentiment on a scrap piece of white cardstock and punch it out with the Everyday Label Punch; adhere to the card, as shown, with a few dimensionals.  Cut out a variety of the swirly snowflake images from some silver foil paper and adhere to the card as shown. For the finishing touch, embellish with a little bow!  Fabulous card Mona!

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One Sheet Wonder Club

Looking for ways to use those pretty patterned papers you have on hand? Well I have a NEW One Sheet Wonder club starting November 5th!

One Sheet Wonder (OSW) is a term used to describe how to cut a full sheet of pretty patterned paper without having any leftover scraps!  The number of projects I showcase each month in the tutorial will depend on the size of the patterned paper we are using! I will be showcasing OSW projects created with one of the following sized papers: 6 x 6 inch paper, 8-1/2 x 11 inch paper or 12 x 12 inch paper.

You will learn how cut up an entire sheet of pretty paper to create a variety of cards like this!

This new club starts November 5th! The great thing is…you can participate whenever you want!

On the 5th of each month I will send out an email with a sneak peek of the One Sheet Wonder projects that will be showcased in that month’s tutorial and information on how to participate in the club for that month. When you participate in this club, you will receive the monthly tutorial for free when you place a qualifying order. You also qualify for my new rewards program!

All of my clubs have fun ideas and templates that you can use over and over again!

Learn more at >>> http://stamptasticdesigns.com/stampingclubs/

Merry Little Christmas

What kind of cards are you busy making?  This time of the year there are so many fabulous occasions to create cards for that sometimes I’m not sure what to do first!  I have shared a variety of Halloween, Fall, and Christmas projects already but Christmas is, by far, the biggest card making event of the year for me.  Last year I sent out over 200 cards! I haven’t even counted up the number of people on my Christmas card list this year but I know that it has grown! So that means I need a few quick and simple Christmas card ideas so that I can get ready for this holiday season!

One of the quickest ways to create some fabulous Christmas cards is with the Merry Little Christmas Memories & More Card pack! I had a lot of fun putting together a bunch of Christmas cards with the Memories & More card pack for my Fall Stampin’ Extravaganza that is coming up this weekend! I’m pretty sure the ladies are gonna love them! The Memories & More card pack comes with 72 double sided cards that can be used for card making (or scrapbooking). The cards in this pack come in two different sizes: 52 cards that are 3 x 4 inches and 20 cards that are 4 x 6 inches. The larger size requires a bit of cutting (one slice off the 6 inch sided) to fit on a regular sized card but the smaller sized cards don’t require any cutting…yep, you can use them as is! The cards have fun Christmas patterns and saying which makes it so easy to create cards! You don’t even need to do any stamping as there are fabulous sentiments in the pack! But of course you could stamp if you want to!

Now I can’t show you all of the cards I created but I can show you a few that are not showcased in my event for this weekend. The card pictured above was create with one of the Memories & More cards that had a variety of ornaments on it.  I started with cherry cobbler cardstock to create the base of the card. Then I simply cut the Memories & More card (with the ornaments) to a 4 x 4 size and adhered it to the center of the cherry cobbler card front. The green striped pieces I cut off of one of the other Memories & More cards. These pieces I cut to 1/2 x 4 inches and adhered them as shown. For the finishing touch, I stamped a sentiment on the card using old olive ink. Super simple!

The card pack also comes with some fun stickers that you can use as accents on your cards. You can also use the stickers to create a fun little card like this!

I highly encourage you to check out the Merry Little Christmas Memories & More card pack!  There are so many card making possibilities! Enjoy!

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Be Merry

Everyone loves pretty patterned papers, right?  Well Stampin’ Up! has a fabulous buy 3 get 1 FREE sale going on through the month of October!  It’s a great time to stock up on all your favorites!  One of my favorite patterns is the Be Merry Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. It has all of the traditional Christmas colors and some fun patterns!  Here’s one of the projects I created that showcases some of the Be Merry patterns.

To create this card, start with a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of basic black cardstock. Cut a 5-1/4 x 2 inch piece of the Merry Music DSP and adhere to the left side of the black cardstock.  Cut a 5 x 1-1/2 inch piece of the green patterned Be Merry DSP and a 2 x 4 inch piece of the red patterned Be Merry DSP; snip the end into a banner. Adhere these banners to the card as shown. Adhere a silver foil snowflake to the top part of the card. Cut out a few circles to layer together using the stitched framelits. Stamp a little sentiment on the white circle and adhere these circles, as shown, to the center of the snowflake.  That’s it!  Super simple!

Don’t forget! The Be Merry DSP is part of the buy 3 get one FREE DSP sale this month!

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Good Tidings

Good Morning and Happy Friday! Hope you had a wonderful and crafty week!  Today I want to share a fun Christmas card idea that actually came to me by accident!  I was attempting to create a fun fold card when I accidentally scored it in the wrong spot! Instead of cutting up the card and using it for scraps, I decided to cut off the scored area and, in doing so, I created a unique little design for the front of the card!  Take a look!

How fun is this?  It actually looks a bit like a piano (which was totally unintended). So this is your basic 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 inch card size. I simply cut a rounded shape on the front flap of the basic black card base. Next, I cut a 5 x 3-3/4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock and adhered it to the inside of the card. I stamped the Good Tidings of Great Joy sentiment on the white cardstock inside the card using black ink. Then I simple embellished the card with a bit of designer paper, rhinestones and some hand-stamped holly…yes, you have to cut out the holly by hand. I think it turned out absolutely fabulous! A happy accident for sure!

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Ready For Christmas

Are you ready for Christmas? I know it’s only September but it’s the beginning of the Fall season and that means Christmas will be here before you know it!  It’s my absolute favorite time of the year! And, of course, there are so many fun holiday products to play with! For this project, I used the new embossing paste along with a fun new bundle of products called Ready for Christmas!

This project is a little putzy but it’s easy to create!  And once it’s created, it’s absolutely beautiful!  To get started, cut a piece of Old Olive Cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock. Scoop a bit of embossing paste onto a silicone mate. Add a few drops of crumb cake or other brown colored ink and mix it in the paste until you achieve the desired color. Grab the piece of cherry cobbler cardstock and lay the brick wall template (decorative mask) on top. Spread the embossing paste across the template using a palette knife. Remove the template and let dry.  Now, to create the wreath! I cut out 8 pine branches, with the thinlits from the Ready for Christmas bundle, using old olive cardstock. Once I cut out all of the pine branches, I simply layered them in a circle in the middle of the brick wall to create the wreath. You can adhere the pine branches with a few glue dots. Embellish as desired!

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Year of Cheer

The Year of Cheer Suite has some simply beautiful products that can be used all year long. You can create gorgeous wintry projects for Christmas or even cards for a Wedding.  The elegant foil and intricate designs make these products fabulous for any occasion. For this project, I decided to go with the wintry look.

To make this card, start with a piece of Smoky Slate cardstock for the base. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock and emboss the top half with the Softly Falling Textured Embossing Folder. To emboss only the top half of your cardstock, simply leave part of it hanging out of the folder; if it’s not in the folder, it won’t be embossed. Cut a 5-1/4 x 2 inch piece of one of the patterns of paper in the new Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. Adhere this piece to the lower half of the white cardstock (the part that is not embossed).  Adhere a piece of the silver trim ribbon across the center of the card as shown. Cut out a scalloped square (or other fun shape) to use as a matte for the silver foil snowflake; adhere to the card front as shown. For the finishing touch, stamp a little sentiment on a scrap piece of white cardstock, cut it out with a fun framelit shape and adhere to the foil snowflake with a few dimensionals. Embellish as desired!

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