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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Count My Blessings

Count My Blessings is such a great name for this stamp set. The set contains beautiful images from nature and sentiments that will let the special people in your life know that you are thinking of them.

This card was designed for a swap that I participated in with my team.  The theme of the swap was fall (autumn). I thought the little acorns in this stamp set would be perfect for the theme of the swap.  To make this card, I started with a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock. I also decided to use the large burlap background stamp to create a subtle backdrop for my card. I simply stamped the burlap image using Crumb Cake ink.  The acorn images were added using Early Espresso ink. In the middle of the card, I added a variety of different ribbons and trim. I also added a 1 x 3 inch piece of one of the wood texture patterned papers; snipping the end into a little banner. The focal point of the card is the large “thinking of you” sentiment stamped in Early Espresso ink. I used different sized framelits to create the layered look.

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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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Layered Leaves

The September Paper Pumpkin kit was my absolute favorite kit of the year so far! The kit was called Layered Leaves and it has some beautiful note card and gift box projects! 8 of each! As you can see, the kit was all about autumn leaves. The exclusive stamp set had some beautiful leaf images, some of which coordinated with the thinlit dies that are in the annual catalog! How cool is that?

As with all of the kits, I like to play around with the extra materials and stamp set to create even more fun projects!  It seems that each kit I have received has lots of extra materials to play with which makes it so fun and exciting!  I decided to create a variety of different cards using the leftover materials and the stamp set. Of course I added some of my own cardstock and supplies too.  Take a look at these fun additional projects:

    

I always create additional cards to send to all of my Paper Pumpkin subscribers!  It’s my way of thanking them for being a subscriber as well as providing them with a fun card idea that they can create with their kit!

Wanna get in on the fun?  Subscribe today at >>> https://mypaperpumpkin.com/?demoid=2092731

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Cheers to the Years

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Happy Friday!  I always look forward to the weekends as that is really the only “me” time I tend to get as my week is so busy with work! Working as a nurse, I always look forward to spending at least one day a week just stamping. It’s my way to relax, unwind and refresh myself!  This weekend I will be putting the finishing touches on the projects for my Fall Stampin’ Extravaganza! I can’t believe October 21st is only a few weeks away! So before I get busy this weekend, I wanted to share some quick and simple projects I was working on during the week!

The projects showcase the beautiful paper in the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack.  This DSP has a variety of shiny gold and silver patterned papers. They are absolutely stunning papers!  I decided to showcase a project create with the coordinating stamp set, Cheers to the Year, as well as a completely different set called Every Good Wish.

For this project, I used the Cheers to the Year stamp set. All of the stamped images on this card are heat embossed in gold. The base of the card is whisper white. I cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of the gold checkered DSP pattern and adhered it to the white card front. I cut out a circle with the Stitched Framelit and embossing the gold string like patterned on the circle. The fun die cut behind the white circle is one of the new Foil Snowflakes! Love them! I cut a small banner from a piece of white cardstock and embossed the word JOY in gold. Then I simply embellished the card with a few Year of Cheer embellishments. It was so simple, yet so elegant!

For this card, I used white cardstock with another 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of the gold checkered patterned DSP. Only this time, I used some layering labels to stamp my images and create the focal point on the card.  The colors are cherry cobbler, old olive and a few gold embossed splatter images. Simple and pretty.

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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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Spooky Night ~ Eclipse Technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Today I have a fun and simple technique to share with you!  It’s the latest craze that seems to be popping up all over social media.  It’s called the “eclipse” technique and really is super simple!  It involves the Large Letter Framelits and, in this case, a piece of designer series paper (DSP). But I have also seen some beautiful eclipse cards created with stamped images and the use of the Large Letter Framelits.  Let me show you how easy it is to create an eclipse card!

For this card, I started with a piece of Cajun Craze cardstock for the base of the card. I cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of Basic Black to serve as a matte and backdrop for my eclipsed “B-O-O.” Adhere the black cardstock to the front of the Cajun Craze card base. Next, cut a 5 x 3-3/4 inch piece of the pumpkin patterned paper from the Spooky Night DSP pack. Take the DSP over to your embossing machine and lay the letters “B-O” on the DSP.  Note: There is only one “O” letter in the framelit set so you will have to cut the “B-O” first and then send the DSP through again with just the “O” framelit to create the second “O” in BOO. So make sure you leave enough space for that second “O.”  Once you have the word “B-O-O” cut out of the DSP, adhere the DSP to the black cardstock with a bit of SNAIL or other adhesive.  Take the letters and adhere them to their cut out area on the DSP…you are going to use dimensionals to “pop” them up. This is what gives the “eclipse” look. That’s it!  I told you it was super simple!  Now you can create any words, use any DSP or even stamp some cardstock with images and cut out letters.  Get creative with it!

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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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