Hang Your Stockings

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stocking were hung by the chimney with care… And aren’t they adorable? I can’t believe Christmas is less than a week away!  How exciting!

These cards were super fun to make! All of the stocking and embellishments I added to this card came from the die set that coordinating with the Hang Your Stocking stamp set.  However, I also used the fun little boxwood wreaths. Simply open them up to create garland (instead of a wreath) and adhere them to your card with glue dots.  But before you do all of that, you need to create the embossed background for your card. The embossing paste works perfect with this stamp set, in fact, I had envisioned this card as soon as I saw the new embossing paste and the brick decorative mask.

So the first thing you need to do is gather your supplies. You will need a jar of embossing paste, some decorative masks (stencils) and something to spread the paste with like the palette knives. Lay the mask on a piece of cardstock. For this particular project, I used a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of Crumb Cake cardstock. Grab some of the embossing paste from the jar using the palette knife. Spread the paste across the template so that it fills in the pattern. Now you don’t have to fill in every inch of the template with paste. I actually just spread the paste across the template on an angle leaving a few open spots on the cardstock.

Once you spread a thin layer of embossing paste across the cardstock and you have a design that you are happy with, remove the template and let the embossing paste dry. It dries pretty quickly so while you are waiting for your project to dry, go rinse off the template and the palette knife. It cleans up nicely with warm soapy water. Oh, and cover the paste too! Now you might have noticed that the embossing paste on my card is dark brown, not white.  Yes, you guessed it!  You can make the embossing paste whatever color you want!  Simply scoop out some paste, put it on a silicon mat, and add a few drops of ink to it. Mix the ink drops into the paste and continue to add a drop here and there until you achieve the color you are looking for. How fun!  There are so many great uses for the embossing paste and I’m super exciting about the NEW embossing paste coming out in the 2018 Occasions catalog!

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Gold Foil Christmas Tags

This holiday season I have been so inspired to create Christmas tags!  There are so many different ways you can use tags. You can create pretty packages, use them on cards or even on your scrapbook pages. I received a fun package of sparkly gold products in the mail from a friend of mine so I decided to turn them into pretty little tags.

What you might find interesting is that the designer paper used to create these beautiful tags was not Christmas paper at it. It is a beautiful pack of designer paper from the Bundle of Love suite. But it certainly worked well for these tags.

There are some fabulous gold products in the catalogs this year. Gold sequins, foil snowflakes, ribbon, glimmer paper, foil, patterned paper…just to name a few. I just love the elegant and sparkly look of gold on my projects.

Now there are a variety of different die cuts and punches you can use to create your tags. So grab some of your favorite supplies and get busy creating! I find that when I layer different shapes together it gives my projects a fun look!

To create the tag, I would recommend using the scalloped tag topper punch. It creates a pretty little top for your tag with very little effort. The tags I showcased here measure 2 x 4-1/4 inches in size. The opening for the tag punch is 2 inches so you will want to keep your tags 2 inches or less in width. Once you have created the base of the tag, then decorate as desired!

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Christmas Tags

Tis’ the season of decorating and gift wrapping! There are so many fun ways to package up gifts! And a handmade tag adds the perfect little touch to your Christmas gifts. I have been busy creating a variety of Christmas tags by using my punches and, of course, doing a bit of fussy cutting. But don’t worry, the fussy cutting is simple to do! You can create a bunch of fun Christmas tags, like these, to decorate your gifts!

Elves, Reindeer, and Santa!  How adorable are these?

You can get all of the details on how to create these adorable little tags by watching the video tutorial at >>> https://www.facebook.com/stamptasticdesigns/videos/1875527599141599/

I hope you enjoy them!  Happy Holidays!





Elegant Quilt Builder

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Today I want to showcase the versatility of the products in the Quilted Christmas suite. In particular, I want to focus on the Quilt Builder Framelits. This product suite is all about quilting and gives your projects the homey, handmade feel. But wait until you see what else you can create with these products!

This was one of the first projects I created with the Quilted Christmas product suite. And by looking at this card, you wouldn’t automatically think quilting. The framelits (die cuts) in this products suite are called Quilt Builder Framelits. There are a few detailed flower and quilt patterns that, when combined together, create a beautiful focal point for your card. For this project, I embossed the card front with the Quilt Top Textured Embossing Folder. I used one of my stitched framelits to cut out a large square and then embossed the center of it with the large quilt patterned die in the set. The focal point on this card is simply cut with the solid and detailed flower dies. I layered them together and secured them to the center of the square. It was quite simple and this is one of my favorite cards created with the product suite.

This card design was actually inspired by the pieces left over from created the previous card. I saved all of the little petal pieces from cutting out the detailed flower (the center flower on this card and the previous one) and then created the flowers on each side of this card. It gives it an elegant and fun look. Plus there is no waste as I used all of the scrap pieces! The flowers are secured to a 2 x 5-1/2 inch piece of white cardstock embossed with the Softly Falling Textured Embossing folder. You can add a bit of gold glimmer paper to the top and, of course, embellish the flowers with some gold metallic shapes or shapes cut from glimmer paper. The sentiment is embossed in gold too! I hope you enjoyed the projects!

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Cheers to the Year

Have you noticed that many of the products featured in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog can be used for more than just holiday cards?  That’s right, they can!  The Cheers to the Year stamp set and product suite is one of those. The stamp set has some fun images for the holidays but there are also images to create beautiful wedding cards like this!

This card features one of the patterns from the Year of Cheer Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack and the “Mr & Mrs” stamped images. This DSP will give your projects an elegant look. The foil designs are perfect for holidays, weddings, and anniversaries.

Of course there are also fun images and products that you can use to create holiday cards!  This card showcases the Winter Wonder textured embossing folder and the stamped image from the Cheers to the Year set. I love the look of the snowflake embossed on some silver foil paper. So many possibilities with these products! Get creative with it!

Grab some of these fun products at >>> www.lynndunn.stampinup.net

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Mr. & Mrs. Claus

December is the most wonderful time of the year! Decorating the tree, hanging the stockings, wrapping presents, making Christmas cards, and waiting for the snow to fall 🙂  Ahhhh the holidays in Wisconsin! And Jolly ole St. Nick will be arriving this week! And I have been busy creating a variety of different  “Santa” themed projects!  My favorite Santa projects are the ones created with just his belt! There are a variety of fun ways to do this. All you need is some red and black cardstock and a bit of silver glimmer paper to create the belt! Once you see how easy it is to create these, you will be adding Santa’s belt to everything! Ho! Ho! Ho!

Start with a piece of black cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of Real Red cardstock and adhere it to the front of the black card. I embossed the red cardstock with the Cable Knit embossing folder to add a bit more texture but that is purely an optional step. Next, cut a 1 x 4 inch piece of  of black cardstock and adhere it across the center of the red cardstock. Cut a 1-3/8 x 1-3/8 inch square from a piece of silver glimmer paper and a 1 x 1 inch square from a piece of black cardstock. Adhere the two pieces together to create the “belt buckle” then add it to the center of the 1 x 4 inch black strip. That’s it!  How simple and adorable is that?

You can also use the same measurements to create a Mrs. Claus card. Simply add a white doily to the top of the card and embellish it with some pearls. For the belt buckle, use circles instead of squares. Easy peasy! Plus, you can create some fun coordinating treat containers. I use the treat tubes to create a coordinating Mr & Mrs Claus gift for my cards! Get creative with it!

Check out the live video session I completed on these projects at https://www.facebook.com/stamptasticdesigns/videos/1866802050014154/


Holiday Treat Pouches

Looking for a quick and simple stocking stuffer?  Well these fun little treat pouches are perfect for the upcoming Christmas season! You can use them for packaging up some sweet treats or for any other small gift! I created my little treat pouches with the Be Merry Designer Series Paper (DSP) but you can use any papers that you have on hand. The possibilities are endless!

I actually put together a few of these for Thanksgiving (using Autumn themed papers of course). They were a fun way to decorate the table especially since I personalized them with everyone’s name! All you need to make these is a 6 x 6 inch piece of your favorite patterned papers.

You won’t believe how easy they are to create! Check out the Facebook live video tutorial below to learn how to create them!

Painted Harvest Christmas

Sunflowers for Christmas? Of course! You can create a beautiful Christmas card with the sunflower image in the Painted Harvest stamp set! The image creates a fun little wreath that you can use for just about any occasion.  I just love it when I can use a stamp set in a variety of different ways!

To make this card, start with a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a paper doily in half and tuck it behind a 3 x 4 inch piece of the green speckled pattern from the Be Merry Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. Adhere to the center of your card front as shown. Cut out a square, from a piece of white cardstock, that measures approximately 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches. Note:  I used the large square from the Stitched Shapes Framelit set.  Then, simply stamp the sunflower image on the square. This image is stamped with Garden Green ink to coordinate with the color in the DSP. You can even use the little dot images in the stamp set to create berries for the wreath! For the finishing touch, embellish with a little bow. Quick and simple, yet very elegant!

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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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