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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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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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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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!

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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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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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