Choose Happiness

choose happinessWe had our annual team stampin’ Christmas party this past weekend and it was a blast!  The entire room was decorated with beautiful Christmas decor, we had Christmas music playing and some amazing food! We had a “shoe box” swap so each of us brought a a project for everyone to make. And the theme…anything “non-Christmas” 🙂

The projects that we shared that day needed to be quick and simple since there were 19 of us in attendance at this event! Yes, I came home with 18 different card designs! Super fun! Anyway…for my project, I decide to showcase the Choose Happiness stamp set as I hadn’t really played around with it yet. I started with a piece of crumb cake cardstock for the base of the card. I used crumb cake ink for all of the stamping. Simply randomly stamp a few of the images from the Choose Happiness stamp set onto the crumb cake cardstock. I sponged a bit of crumb cake ink around the edges of the card and over some of the stamped images. The sentiment is stamped on a piece of white cardstock and sponged with the crumb cake ink. I cut out the Choose Happiness sentiment with the Artisan Label punch. Next, I punched out another Artisan label using early espresso cardstock…I simply snipped it in half and secured it to the back of the sentiment just to matte it out a bit. For the finishing touch, I added a piece of Venetian crochet trim and an antique brad. Enjoy!

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Many Merry Stars

manymerrystarscardI believe I have all of my Christmas cards designed for this holiday season! Now I just need to get busy making them all so I can send them out soon! 🙂  This was one of the favorites from the November Christmas club. It showcases the Many Merry Stars stamp set which contains some fun overlay images.

To make this card, start with a piece of cherry cobbler cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Stamp the various star images on the white cardstock using baked brown sugar and cherry cobbler ink. I love that the baked brown sugar ink looks like gold!  For the finishing touches, add a bit of ribbon and a little glimmer paper star. Now just in case you are looking for that red ribbon on the card…it’s retired. But you can easily substitute it for some other red ribbon you might have on hand or the cherry cobbler seam binding ribbon.  Super simple, yet elegant! Enjoy!

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Simply Snowflake

November2014PaperpumpkinThis month’s Paper Pumpkin kit was simply adorable…actually it’s called Simply Snowflake! And yes…I always think the kits are adorable! LOL! These kits just keep getting better and better!  They are just jammed full of fun projects!  This month’s kit came with all of the materials and supplies to put together 8 gorgeous fancy fold snowflake cards and 24 gift tags!  How cool is that?

If you are not familiar with the monthly Paper Pumpkin Program, let me fill you in!  Every month you receive a fully designed project that is cut, scored and all ready for you to assemble!  Plus, you receive stamps, ink and all of the materials you need to put together the projects!  it is such a great deal for only $19.95 plus tax (shipping is free)! And…as a Paper Pumpkin subscriber you can order past kits that you may have missed or order more of those kits that you absolutely loved!

And…you are not limited to just those projects in the kit!  Use your imagination and create a variety of other projects with the kit materials. Here are some other projects I put together simply by adding my own cardstock.
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Seasonally Scattered Thanks

sesonally scattered emboss resistSeasonally scattered seems to be a pretty popular stamp set this holiday season. If you are on Pinterest, then you have probably seen oodles of projects showcasing this set! Well here is another one to add to your collection! For this particular card, I decided to do a bit of heat embossing with some silver embossing powder and a bit of sponging with coastal cabana ink. I thought the silver and blue would look fabulous together, what do you think?

For those of you that are looking to recreate this card, here are the instructions…start with a piece of coastal cabana cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Emboss the “thanks” image, from the seasonally scattered stamp set, using silver embossing powder.  If you haven’t tried heating embossing, it’s pretty simple. You will “ink” up your image with versa mark, sprinkle the image with silver embossing powder (tap off the excess) and then heat to set the image. 🙂 Once you have embossed your image, simply sponge some coastal cabana ink in and around the image. For the finishing touch, add a bit of silver baker’s twine. Enjoy!

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Festival of Trees

Festival of TreesAre you enjoying all of the fun products in the 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog? I have just been having a blast!  The festival of trees bundle seems to be very popular this holiday season as I have seen oodles and oodles of creations with it! The bundle comes with some fun stamp images and a coordinating tree punch. For this particular project I did not use the tree punch but I just love it when Stampin’ Up! bundles products together.

For this particular project, I wanted to showcase some non-traditional Christmas colors. My daughter happened to be playing around with this stamp set and color combo so this card was really inspired by her work.  To make this card, start with a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 3 1/4 inch piece of baked brown sugar cardstock and a 5 x 3 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Stamp one of the tree images on the white cardstock using the baked brown sugar ink. I achieved the light and dark brown colors using the stamp off technique…which means you ink up your stamp, stamp the image once and then, without re-inking, stamp the image again. Once you have the tree images stamped across the card, embellish them with a few champagne glimmer stars and a 1 x 5 inch piece of glimmer paper, a bit of natural ribbon and a button. For the finishing touch, stamp one of the Christmas sentiments in the lower right hand corner of the card using baked brown sugar ink. Enjoy!


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Many Merry Stars Kit Creations

manymerrystars1Today I want to share some fun projects I put together with the Many Merry Stars kit!  The kit contains tons of materials! There are enough materials in this kit to make 26 star boxes…or you can change it up a bit and make star boxes, cards and tags! These are just a few of the things I put together with the kit. So far I have made over 20 different projects with the materials in the kit and I still have lots of fun things left to play with.

So let’s talk a little bit about these projects.  The kit comes with instructions for assembling the boxes so I won’t focus on that. Instead, let’s focus on the tags and the cards. You will need some additional supplies to put together the cards and tags: cardstock, ink and one of your favorite stamp sets. I decided to use the Bright & Beautiful stamp set, some white and crumb cake cardstock, cherry cobbler and crumb cake ink, and the scalloped tag topper. I also used a 4 x4 inch piece of the new Under the Tree Specialty Designer Paper to create one of the cards.

To make the tags, simply cut a 2 x 4 inch piece of cardstock, punch out the top with the scallop tag topper and decorate it! The star tag was created with all of the materials found in the kit. All of the embellishments, baker’s twine, and stars that I used on the cards came from the kit.  I encourage you to check out all this kit has to offer.  The possibilities for creating are endless! Enjoy!

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wintertimeDid you know that Christmas is exactly 7 weeks away! Yikes! And I have so much to do yet! Like…finish up my Christmas cards! This particular Christmas card was one that we made at my stamp a stack last month and it seemed to be everyone’s favorite! It showcases some elegant holiday products and non-traditional Christmas colors. Let me give you some instructions on how to make this.

Start with a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of your card. Emboss the front of the cardstock using the filigree frame textured embossing folder. Cut a 5 1/4 x 1 1/2 inch piece of the beautiful blue patterned paper in the All is Calm Designer Series Paper Pack. Cut a 5 1/4 x 3/4 inch piece of silver glimmer paper. Adhere these pieces to the left side of the card as shown.

Grab another piece of whisper white cardstock. Stamp the Wintertime image on the cardstock using lost lagoon ink and then cut it out with one of the oval framelits. Now you if you want to keep the “happy winter” sentiment, then your card is complete (see Wintertime stamped image below)!  However, if you want to change out the happy winter sentiment for something else, then simply follow these instructions: Cut a 3 1/4 x 1 1/8 inch piece of lost lagoon cardstock to make a small banner (this piece covers up the “Happy Winter” sentiment so that you just see the beautiful scrollwork from the image).  Punch out a 7/8 inch scalloped circle from glimmer paper. Stamp your favorite Christmas sentiment and punch it out with the modern label punch. Adhere all of these piece to the center of your card (over the top of the Happy Winter sentiment). For the finishing touch, add a few rhinestones. Enjoy!

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O’ Christmas Tree

As part of my week long celebration of the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog, I have another Christmas card design to share with all of you! It was another one of the favorites from the Christmas event I held in July! This creation showcases a variety of products…and not just those products from the Holiday Catalog!  

Let’s start out with the designer paper in which the Christmas Tree is stamped upon!  This Designer Series Paper (DSP) is called Modern Medley and is found in the annual catalog (not the holiday one).  I really like the versatility of this particular DSP as you can use it for Christmas cards (like I did) and you can also use it for everyday cards, wedding cards and so much more!  Check it out here!

The stamp set is called Special Season and it contains some very elegant Christmas images!  I wanted to capture the elegance of this stamp set which is why I chose to stamp the tree image over the top of the DSP that had music notes.  I sponged a bit of crumb cake ink all over the music notes to give it a vintage look. The card was embellished with a bit of cherry cobbler seam binding ribbon and the gorgeous frosted finishes! Once I assembled the card, I added the finishing touch….I bit of crystal effects on the tree sprinkled with some dazzling diamonds!

Card Dimensions: To make this card, start with a piece of basic black cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of cherry cobbler cardstock and a 4 x 3 3/4 inch piece of the Modern Medley DSP. Stamp the tree image, from the Special Season stamp set, onto the lower right hand side of the DSP using Always Artichoke ink. The little Christmas banner is simply a piece of very vanilla cardstock cut to 1 x 4 inches (just large enough to stamp the sentiment)…then just snip the ends to make it a banner. The sentiment is stamped using cherry cobbler ink then I did a bit of crumb cake sponging on and around the sentiment. Enjoy!

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Modern Medley Designer Series Paper

Modern Medley Designer Series Paper
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