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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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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Twinkle Trees

Good Morning Stampin’ Friends!  Today I have a fun little Christmas card idea that showcases the Twinkle Trees stamp set. When I first saw this set, I thought it was very cleverly designed. The images in the stamp set allow you to “decorate” your Christmas tree any way you like! I love working with splatter images as well as other fun image clusters. It reminds me of the Timeless Textures stamp set except with a Christmas theme!

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To make this card, start with a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock for the base of the card. Emboss the front of the card with the Holly Textured Embossing Folder. Now I usually use all Stampin’ Up! products but I had a fun embossing folder that I thought would show off this stamp set really well. But you don’t need this fancy frame to make a cute card! Simply cut a 3 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock to stamp your images on and then cut a 3-1/4 x 4-1/4 inch piece of Emerald Envy cardstock to serve as a matte. Stamp your sentiment on the bottom first. Directly above your sentiment, stamp the squiggly lines, which is the outline of your tree, using Emerald Envy ink. Then simply “decorate” your tree by randomly stamping other fun images on and around the squiggly lines. I used the “dots” with Mint Macaron ink and the “stars” with Daffodil Delight ink. That’s it! Super simple, hey?

 

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Christmas Stars

Good Morning Stampin’ Friends! Today I have another Star of Light Christmas card idea for you. As I mentioned the other day, this bundle of products has some simply gorgeous die cuts and images. For this particular card, I decided to go with the Night of Navy and White color combo. This is one of my favorite color combos for making elegant Christmas cards.

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To make this card, start with a piece of Night of Navy cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Stamp a little Christmas sentiment in the upper right hand corner of the white cardstock. Grab the Softly Falling embossing folder and embossing the entire lower part of the white cardstock by positioning the edge of the embossing folder just under the sentiment.  You will only emboss the cardstock that is inside the folder.  Run a piece of silver glimmer ribbon across the top, just under the sentiment.  Using your Big Shot (or other) embossing machine, cut out a few stars with the coordinating dies found in the bundle and adhere them to your card front with glue dots.  For the finishing touch, embellish with a few rhinestones!

 

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Star of Light

Good Morning Stampin’ Friends! Today I want to share a little Christmas card idea with you. This particular card was created with products from the new Star of Light bundle. The bundle has some absolutely stunning images in it! Not to mention the gorgeous detailed die cuts! It’s one of my absolute favorite sets for creating elegant Christmas cards.

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To make this card, start with a piece of Soft Sky cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of silver foil paper. Cut a 5 x 3-3/4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock; this is the piece that you will do your stamping on. Stamp the large “star dust” image across the white cardstock, as shown, using soft sky ink. Randomly stamp some small star images around the star dust. In layers, adhere the silver foil and white cardstock (with your stamped images) on your soft sky card front. Take the large star framelit die and your Big Shot Embossing machine, cut out a star from silver glimmer paper (You could also cut out the star from the center of the silver foil paper before you use it on the card as a matte. It saves on paper.) Stamp the Merry Christmas sentiment on a scrap piece of white paper using versa mark. Sprinkle some silver embossing powder on the versa mark, tap off the excess; use the heat tool to set the image. Cut out a little banner, as shown, and adhere the sentiment to the white cardstock. For the finishing touch, embellish your card with some rhinestones!

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Holly Berry Happiness

Good Morning Stampin’ Friends!  Today I want to share one of the cards from this year’s Christmas Club!  Each year I hold a Christmas stamp-a-stack event. We get together once a month for 3 months…September, October and November…to stamp-a-stack of Christmas cards. Not familiar with a stamp-a-stack? Basically we make a total of 12 cards each night.  There are 3 different Christmas card designs and each club member makes 4 of each of the designs.  So by the end of November, each participant has 36 beautiful Christmas cards to sent out! Just in time for Christmas! This was one of the cards we made this month!

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To make this card, start with a piece of basic black cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/2 x 3 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Stamp one of the sentiments from the Holy Berry Happiness stamp set on the lower right hand side of the cardstock using black ink. Randomly stamp the outline of the holly across the top of the white cardstock using black ink. The holly is a 2-step stamping process so once you have the outline stamped, grab the coordinating “fill in” stamp (the one with the solid leaves). Ink up the stamp with the solid leaves using garden green ink and stamp them in the black outlines. Add some holly berries, using real red ink, with the coordinating holly berry stamp. The nice thing about these stamps are that they are photopolymer so you can see where you are stamping the images before you actually stamp them!  It makes it easier to line everything up!   Cut a 1/2 x 5-1/2 inch piece of real red cardstock and a piece of the green patterned paper from the Warmth & Cheer designer paper pack (DSP). Adhere these pieces behind the top part of the white cardstock as shown; then adhere the entire piece to the front of your basic black card base. For the finishing touch, stamp a few bows (using the bow outline image) on some real red cardstock with black ink. Punch out the bows with the coordinating punch and embellish them with a few rhinestones. Enjoy!

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Cookie Cutter Christmas

Good Morning Stampin’ Friends!  I thought I would post a little holiday project today to give you a sneak peek of one of products from the new Stampin’ Up! holiday catalog which comes out September 1, 2016!  The products in this catalog are truly AMAZING! There are so many different bundles of products that can be used interchangeably with products from the current annual catalog.  Stampin’ Up! truly amazes me with all of the fabulous products they come out with! This little project showcases a fun new bundle of products called Cookie Cutter Christmas.  An adorable little stamp set and coordinating punch! Super fun to play with!

Cookie Cutter Christmas

Look at how adorable this little gingerbread man is! 🙂  Plus this card is super simple to make! It’s the perfect card to make if you have a lot of Christmas cards to send! To make this card, start with a piece of soft suede cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Using the new Candy Cane Lane washi tape, simply run a strip of each of the 5 different designs across the white cardstock as shown. Stamp the gingerbread man using soft suede ink and use the coordinating punch to cut him out! Then stamp a little red bow and punch it out! For the finishing touch, add a little sentiment!  Cute! Cute!

To find out how to get your FREE copy of the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog, simply visit http://stamptasticdesigns.com/request-a-catalog/

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Holiday Vellum Christmas Cards

Holiday Fancy Foil CardOne of my favorite Christmas color combos is the use of silver, navy and white. There is just something so elegant about this particular color combination. And it is the perfect combination for Christmas cards that showcase images such as snowflakes. So if you are looking for a beautiful Christmas card that showcases some non-traditional colors, this might be the project for you.

To make this card, start with a piece of night of navy 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 textured embossing folder. Cut a 4 x 3 inch piece of the silver snowflake design from the Holiday Vellum pack. Add a bit of adhesive to the top and bottom part of the vellum and secure it to the center of your card. I recommend adding the adhesive to the vellum in areas that will be covered up with other pieces of cardstock or embellishments so that you do not see the adhesive through the vellum. Cut a 1/2 x 4 inch piece of silver glimmer paper and adhere it to the card by overlapping it a bit onto the bottom of the vellum to cover up your adhesive line. Cut a 1/2 x 3 3/4 inch piece of night of navy cardstock, snip one end into a banner, and adhere this piece to the top part of the vellum.  Stamp a little Christmas sentiment on a scrap piece of paper and cut it out with your favorite punch (I used the washi label punch). Adhere the sentiment as shown with dimensionals. For the finishing touch, embellish the banner with a wooden snowflake element and iced rhinestone. Enjoy!

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Red Foil Embellished Ornaments

red foil embellished ornamentsAre you thinking Christmas yet?  If you are following along with my posts you probably are. 🙂 Today I have another fun card idea for you showcasing the embellished ornaments stamp set.  This is just a beautiful set! I love all of the detail in the ornaments and they make such gorgeous embellishments on your cards.

To make this card, start with a piece of crumb cake cardstock for the base of your card. Emboss the front of the crumb cake cardstock with the Boughs & Berries textured embossing folder. Sponge a bit of crumb cake ink on the raised images from the embossing. Cut a 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 inch piece of cherry cobbler cardstock and 4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Stamp a Christmas sentiment in the lower left hand corner of the 4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Stamp the holly berry branches on the top part of your white cardstock using old olive ink. Much like the card I shared the other day, you will be sponging a bit of pear pizzazz ink all over the branches and highlighting the holly berries with a red marker (cherry cobbler is the one I used). Optional:  You can distress the edges of your white cardstock for a more vintage look; then just sponge a bit of crumb cake ink on the edges. Cut out the small ornament from red foil paper using the framelit set that coordinates with the embellished ornaments stamp set. Adhere the red foil ornament to your card with glue dots; be sure to make it look like it is hanging from one of the branches. For the finishing touch, add a little gold trim, to the top of your ornament, tied into a bow. Enjoy!

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