Christmas Season

Hello everyone!  Today is our last Stamp Off Challenge for a while.  Buffy, Jackie and I have been doing our challenges for almost six years.  It is hard to believe it has been that long.  I have enjoyed every single one of our challenges but, as a group, we have decided to take a break from regularly scheduled bi-weekly challenges and just do them when time permits.  I have to say that working with Buffy and Jackie has been one of the highlights of my stamping career.  They are both so talented and I have learned so much from them.  The good part is we will always be good friends.  We just aren’t going to do a bi-weekly challenge.

In any case our challenge this week is to showcase our own Christmas cards.

Stampin Up Christmas Season

I decided to use the stamp set called Christmas Season for my card.  This stamp set has coordinating dies called Seasonal Labels.  This bundle is in the July – December Mini Catalog but I am happy to know that it is not retiring and will be available after that catalog is over.  If you order it before January 4th, though, you can still get the 10% bundle discount.  That will go away once this Mini Catalog ends.  The things I love about this bundle are the pinecones and the different leaves in this set as well as all the different labels it includes.

To make this card I first embossed a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White card stock using the Merry Melody 3D embossing folder.  I am so happy because this folder is also being carried over.  Next I stamped the pinecones in Crumb Cake and Soft Suede ink and cut them out using the coordinating die.  These stamps are two-step stamps which means it takes two or more stamps to make one image.  Next I stamped the different leaves in Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen ink and cut them out using the dies too.  I layered them on the embossed piece of Basic White and then onto a Cherry Cobbler card base.

I do have to admit I had to change my original card a bit.  When I first designed it I had stamp the sentiment (from the stamp set called Heartfelt Wishes which will retire on January 3rd) in Cherry Cobbler ink and then embossed it with the Merry Melody embossing folder.  Then I began to mass produce my card and after I had embossed everything, I realized I had forgotten to stamp them first.  There was no way I was going to throw out 60 embossed pieces of card stock so I change the design up a bit.  I stamped the sentiment on a strip of Basic White card stock that I layered it on a strip of Cherry Cobbler card stock.

Lastly I added three Matte Decorative Dots around the images.

On another note, I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year.  Thanks for all your kind comments on our challenges.  Each one made me smile.

Now let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made for their Christmas cards.  I am sure they are going to be gorgeous! 

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Mountain Air

My eldest sister, Katherine, asked me to make her some Christmas cards for her to send to some friends. She lives in Vermont and loves nature and winter so designed this card for her.

To make it I first took some Whisper White ink and a Blending Brush and made the “snow” along the bottom of a piece of Crumb Cake card stock. Then I stamp the moon using the stamp set called Mountain Air. I dried the ink using my Heat Tool and then did both things a couple of more times to make the ink more opaque. After it was dry I stamped the trees randomly in Mossy Meadow and Old Olive ink. The sentiment is from a retired stamp set called Christmas Pines. I chose this sentiment because it has a special meaning to my sister. The last thing I did was put the snowflakes around using a white gel pen. I layered the stamped piece on a larger piece of Mossy Meadow card stock and a Crumb Cake card base.

I was reaching into my drawer of envelopes to pull some out for her when I saw some retired Crumb Cake (or maybe Kraft) envelopes that went well with this card. I added a piece of Beauty Of The Earth Designer Series Paper to the inside of the envelope which matched the card perfectly.

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Whimsical Trees

Stampin Up Whimsical Trees

The things that help me make a decision on what I buy for crafting supplies are (1) if it catches my eye immediately, (2) I can come up with at least 5 ways to use it, and (3) I can mix and match it with other products.  The Whimsical Trees Bundle had all three of these requirements.  It immediately caught my eye as something I did not have before.  It can be used for Christmas as well as other occasions.  Trees can be used for year round.  It has a lot of Christmas images but one of the trees looks like it has lights on it or it could be snow.  I love the sentiments in this set because they are different.  The bad thing about this bundle is it is going to retire on January 3rd.

I decided to pair the Whimsical Trees bundle with the Stitched Greenery die for this card.  I love a little sparkle so I die cut a piece of the Silver Foil Specialty Pack for the background using that die.  I love how that die cuts little lines in the card stock but doesn’t cut anything out.  I also cut out the stars to go on top of the trees in the Silver Foil.

Then I stamped out the trees in Shaded Spruce ink and cut them out using the coordinating Christmas Trees Dies.  I layered them on top of a piece of Peaceful Place Designer Series Paper using Seal and Dimensionals.  This DSP has silver throughout many of the sheets.  I stamped the sentiment in Versamark Ink, sprinkled Silver Embossing Powder on it and heat set it with my Heat Tool.

I think this is such a sweet Christmas card with a lot of sparkle and shine.  What could be better?

Remember that the Whimsical Tree stamp set, the coordinating Christmas Trees Dies and the Peaceful Place Designer Series Paper are all retiring on January 3rd.  They are available while supplies last.

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Merry Snowflakes

Stampin Up Merry Snowflakes

Merry Snowflakes is a stamp set that is in the Stampin’ Up!® July – December Mini Catalog (also known as the Holiday Catalog).  It has a set of coordinating dies called Stitched Snowflakes and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  The die set is is gorgeous.  There are 14 dies in all.  Some of them cut out the outside of a snowflake and some cut these beautiful snowflakes with stitches in them. There is also a die that cuts a bunch of snowflakes into cardstock without actually cutting the shapes.  These are great for a background.  Sadly, this set is retiring at the end of this catalog so if you like them, you need to purchase them quickly before they are gone for good.  Some of the products that are retiring may already be gone and once they are gone, they are gone for good.

I decided I wanted to make a non-traditional Holiday card using non-traditional colors.  That way I could use it for a variety of occasions such as Christmas, Hanukkah or even a birthday card.  Therefore, I went with Blushing Bride and Basic Black.

I first used a piece of the Pattern Party Designer Series Paper that is in the 2021/2022 Annual Catalog.  I colored it using a set of retired Blends (Pink Pirouette).  I apologize for this.  I thought they were Blushing Bride until I went to add the link below and realized then that there are no Blushing Bride Blends.  That certainly needs to change!  You could color your Designer Series Paper very easily with color of Blends because they don’t leave lines like markers might.

I decided I wanted to have a shiny snowflake so I pressed my Versamark Ink Pad on a piece of Basic Black card stock, sprinkled it with Clear Embossing Powder and heat set it with my Heat Tool. I did this a couple of times so the snowflake would have a little more dimension to it and be even shinier.  Then I cut it out using one of the snowflake dies in the Stitched Snowflake die set.  It is hard to see in the photograph but it has a nice shine to it.  I then cut a circle using the Layering Circles dies around where I had cut out the snowflake  (so it was shiny too) and layered a Blushing Bride circle on top.  I adhered that to the Designer Series Paper using Dimensionals.

Then I stamped the sentiment twice from the Merry Snowflakes stamp set in Versamark, sprinkled them with Clear Embossing Powder and heat set them with my Heat Tool.  Then I cut them apart and adhered them to the card using Dimensionals.  Lastly I layered every thing on a Blushing Bride card base.

Remember there is not a lot of time left to order the retiring products from the July – December Mini Catalog.  Some of the items are even on sale!

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Merriest Moments

Stampin Up Merriest Moments

Once again, I apologize for this post.  My computer is in the shop so I had to use my phone and it doesn’t quite work as well so things may not be lined up correctly or the colors may be off.  I figured something posted crazy like is better than no post (maybe).

I made this card using the stamp set called Merriest Moments.  This set is in the 2021 July – December MIni Catalog.  It has a coordinating die set and embossing folder called Merriest Frames (although I did not use them for this card) and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a bundle.

The colors I used are Soft Succulent, Evening Evergreen, Fresh Freesia, Blushing Bride and Rich Razzleberry.  To make this card, I first drew a circle using a pencil which made it easier to lines things up where I wanted them.  Then I stamped the flowers and leaves over that circle.  When I was done, I erased it so you can’t see it.  Next I stamped the sentiment in Soft Succulent ink.  I felt like it needed something more so I randomly stamped some splatters in Rich Razzleberry ink.  Lastly I added some Elegant Faceted Gems in various places.

Thanks for being so patient while I wait for my laptop to be fixed.  It is a fairly new one and the battery was only lasting one to two hours before needing charging and it was running very hot.  Of course, they had to send it in for repairs because they could not fix it in the store.  Such is life.

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Whimsical Trees

Stampin Up Whimsical Trees

Here is a Clean and Simple (CAS) Holiday card you can make quickly and easily.  I usually make between 50-60 of the same Christmas cards to send to friends and family.  That is a lot of cards to make at once but I try to make it fairly simple if I can.  This is a perfect example of a card you can mass produce using your Stamparatus.

To make this card I first took a piece of Basic White card stock and put it in my Stamparatus.  I lined up the large tree stamp from the set called Whimsical Trees and closed a plate over it so it picked up the stamp.  I used Evening Evergreen ink and stamped it onto the card stock.  I reason I use my Stamparatus is because I can just pop another piece of the same sized card stock in the same place and stamp another tree.  This can be done as many times as you want, although I do recommend cleaning off the stamp occasionally.

Next I took the stamp that looks like Christmas lights and layered that over the Evening Evergreen tree and picked it up with a Stamparatus plate.  I inked it up using Daffodil Delight ink and stamped it on the tree.  Again, you can do this with all the other pieces you stamped the tree on over and over.  It truly makes mass producing multiple cards so easy to do.

After all my stamping was done, I layered the Basic White card stock on a piece of Evening Evergreen that I had cut out using the largest Stitched So Sweetly die.  I then layered that on top of a piece of Peaceful Place Specialty Designer Series Paper using Dimensionals.  The card base is Evening Evergreen.  Lastly I adhered the sentiment and the star using Multipurpose Glue.

A few days ago, Stampin’ Up!® released a copy of the 2022 January – June Mini Catalog to all the Demonstrators.  They also released the list of what will be retiring from the 2021 July – December Mini Catalog.  Unfortunately, The Whimsical Tree stamp set, the coordinating Christmas Tree dies and the Peaceful Place Specialty Designer Series Paper are all retiring.  There are also a lot of other products retiring so if you love something from this catalog make sure you purchase them soon.

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Embossing With A Decorative Mask

Stampin Up Poinsettia Petals

Hello everyone.  Here is a fun card I made using one of the Stampin’ Up!® Decorative Masks from the set called Adorning Designs.  It is the snowflake one from this pack and it is in the 2021 July – December Mini Catalog (also known as the Holiday Catalog).  It is another fun way to use your Decorative Masks.

To make this card you need to have an Impressions Mat.  Right now Stampin’ Up!® does not have one available but hopefully one will be soon.  I had one from my old Big Shot so I used that. I first cut out a piece of Gold Foil using a die from the Stitched Rectangle dies.  It is better to cut it before you emboss it so it does not flatten the design when running it through.   The sandwich I used in my Cut & Emboss machine to emboss it is as follows:  the main base plate>#3 plate>impressions mat>Gold Foil shiny side up> Decorative Mask and #4 plate.  You can use regular card stock too with the same sandwich.  It left a beautiful snowflake impression on my Gold Foil and turns your Decorative Mask into  an embossing folder.  I love it!

After running the Gold Foil through my Cut ‘N Emboss machine I adhered it to a Basic White card base using Multipurpose Glue.  I cut the Poinsettia flowers out using the Poinsettia Dies in Basic White card stock and the center of the flower in Gold Foil.  After I glued them together, I bent the petals up to make it more 3D.  I stamped the sentiment (from a retired stamp set called Four The Holidays) in Versamark and heat embossed it with Gold Embossing powder.

It looks beautiful in the photograph but even prettier in person.  I think it would look beautiful using Shimmer card stock too.  You could do this technique with any Decorative Masks.

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Merriest Moments

Hello everyone.  It is once again time for another Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie, Buffy and me.  This time our challenge was to use our favorite products from the Stampin’ Up!® 2021 July – December Mini Catalog.  I have a lot of favorites from this catalog but I ended up choosing the Merriest Moments Bundle.  This bundle includes the stamp set called Merriest Moments and a die set with an embossing folder bundle called Merriest Frames.  I love the way the dies cut out the embossing folder design in this set. The stamp set has a lot of different leaves along with beautiful sentiments.  I made a card using the stamp set, dies and embossing folder HERE and another card showing you how the Embossing Folder works with the dies HERE.  It is just beautiful!

Stampin Up Merriest Moments

To make this card I first tied a piece of Evening Evergreen 3/8″ Chevron Weave ribbon around a piece of Tidings Of Christmas 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper.  Then I adhered it to an Evening Evergreen card base.  Next I stamped the two layers of the Poinsettia in Cherry Cobbler ink and cut them out using the coordinating dies.  I layered them on top of each other using Dimensionals.

After that I stamped the various leaves in Evening Evergreen and Soft Succulent ink and then adhered the Poinsettia in the center.  Lastly I stamped the sentiment in Cherry Cobbler ink and added a Matte Decorative Dot to the middle of the flower.

Now let’s go see what products Buffy and Jackie made using their favorites from the Mini Catalog. 

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Merriest Moments

Stampin Up Merriest Moments

On Wednesday I showed you a card I made using the Merriest Moments stamp set and the coordinating Merriest Frames Hybrid Embossing Folder Bundle.  This is a fantastic bundle in the Stampin’ Up!® 2021 July-December Mini Catalog.  What makes it different is it includes an embossing folder that along with the dies, you can use together to make a beautiful background for your cards.  Wednesday’s card just showed you an example using the embossing folder as usual.  Today’s card shows you how you can cut and emboss at the same time.

To use both the dies and the embossing folder together all you need to do it line them up and run it through your Cut “n Emboss machine.  This first photo shows you how the outline die fits in the embossing folder.  You can add card stock and run it through your machine.

Stampin Up Merriest Moments

The photo below shows how you line up the more detailed die.  In this case you would put the cardstock in and then line up the die and run it through your machine.

For my card I first cut out the outline using Evening Evergreen card stock and just the die.  The detailed layered on my card uses the detailed die and the embossing folder with Soft Succulent card stock.  It is just gorgeous!

To finish the card I stamped the sentiment in Cherry Cobbler and cut it out using the coordinating die.  I also stamped two of the flowers in Cherry Cobbler ink and the middle one I stamped off on a piece of scrap paper before stamping it on Basic card stock making it a little bit lighter for contrast.  Then I cut them out using the dies.  I layered everything onto a piece of Tidings Of Christmas Designer Series Paper and a Basic White card base.

If you don’t have the Merriest Moments Bundle you really need to get it.  If you purchase it in a bundle you can save 10%.

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Christmas Season

Stampin Up Christmas Season

Here is another card that I made using the Painted Christmas Suite.  This is a very large suite of products that all coordinate together to make beautiful Christmas or winter cards.  It includes two stamp sets, two coordinating die sets, Painted Christmas Designer Series Paper, gorgeous Cherry Cobbler & Gold ribbon and Gold Holly Leaves.  I love everything about this suite!

To make this card I first layered a piece of Tidings Of Christmas Designer Series Paper on a piece of Evening Evergreen card stock with a Soft Succulent card base.  This DSP is in the 2021/2022 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  I stamped the pine cones from the stamp set called Christmas Season in Sahara Sand and Soft Suede ink.  The pine cones in this set are two step which means two or more stamps to make on image.  They are very easy to line up so your pinecones look pretty realistic.  I stamped the leaves in Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen ink and the berries in Cherry Cobbler ink.  Then I cut them all out using the Seasonal Labels Dies.  If you purchase this stamp set and dies in a bundle you can save 10%.   I layered these all on a piece of Basic White cardstock.  Then I stamped the sentiment in Evening Evergreen Ink.


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