Joyful Flurry

Stampin Up Joyful Flurry

It is always hard for me to make Autumn, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas cards in the summertime.  The weather is warm and the sun is shining and no one wants to think about snow and cold weather.  I know it is the last thing I want to think about but the 2022 July – December Mini Catalog is out and it is full of fall products that are just so amazing that I had to get some of them out to play with.

I know a lot of people looked at the new 2022 July – December Mini Catalog, saw the Joyful Flurry stamp set and the Frosted Flurry Dies and thought “Oh no!  More snowflakes!” but you need to take a closer look at them.  Yes, they are normal snowflakes but look at the coordinating dies!  Yes, they cut out the snowflake stamps but there are also dies that only partially cut out the card stock and make great backgrounds.  I just love that!

This card was super easy to make.  I first cut out the snowflake using one of the Frosted Flurry Dies in Blamy Blue card stock.  Then I used one of the Stitched Rectangle Dies to cut around that.  Next I stamped the sentiment in Night Of Navy ink.  I layered this piece on top of a slightly larger piece of Night Of Navy card stock. Next I stamped the background snowflakes on a piece 4″ x 5.25″ of Balmy Blue cardstock with Night Of Navy ink and layered that on top of a Night Of Navy card base.  When I was done putting everything together, I added a drop of Pearlized Enamel Effects Basics in White.  When that was dry I lifted up the cut out piece of the snowflakes to make it look 3D.  Isn’t that snowflake so pretty?

On a side note, you can make the dots using the Pearlized Enamel Effects ahead of time and let them dry so they are ready to use whenever you want them to be.  Just use your Silicone Mat or a piece of Window Sheets and make a bunch of dots in different sizes and let them dry.  You can also make hearts and stars by first putting a drop of it on the sheet and then taking something sharp and dragging it down.

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My Christmas Card

This year I made two Christmas cards that were very similar but used different designs of Designer Series Paper.  Of course, this is because I would have had to purchase 4 or 5 packs of it in order to make all the cards I needed to make.

I used the Snowfall Thinlits that were available during the month of November to make both of these cards.  If you purchased them you know they make the most gorgeous snowflakes.

The top card uses the Best Route Designer Series Paper with Real Red cardstock and a Basic Black card base.  I put a Rhinestone in the middle of the snowflake.  This was the card I gave to my Club Members at our annual Christmas card share.

The second card uses Festive Farmhouse DSP.  This paper is also Gray Granite but has Cherry Cobbler in it instead of Real Red.  Gray Granite has definitely become my new favorite neutral.  It goes with just about everything.

The sentiment on both of the cards is from the stamp set called Star Of Light and is in the 2018/2019 Annual Catalog.

I won’t be posting tomorrow since it is Christmas Day.  I wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year.  Thank you for reading my blog, purchasing from me and supporting me in this crazy craft I love so much.

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Making Christmas Bright

This is the last card we made at our monthly stamp club meeting inn October.  Before I showed them this card, I first showed them this:

Some of them had no clue what this thing was.  Those that knew kind of rolled their eyes but admitted they had one (somewhere but hadn’t taken it out in a while).  I rarely used mine because it was hard to get the paper in straight and turn the lever at the same time.  Well, now Stampin’ Up!®  has an embossing folder that does this!  It is called Corrugated Dynamic Textured Impressions and it is in the Holiday Catalog.  If you remember that contraption above, you need to get this embossing folder.

The stamp set we used on this card is also in the Holiday Catalog.  It is called Making Christmas Bright.  It has a matching punch called Christmas Bulb Builder and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle. There is also another stamp set in this catalog that fits the punch.  It is called Making Everyday Bright and is on Page 47.  Even though we did not use this stamp set, I have it listed below so you can look at it.

The colors we used on this card are Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover and Pineapple Punch.

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Christmas Quilt

This year has been another crazy November and December for me.  I traveled a lot.  A new baby boy grandchild was born, I had to go help my 92 year old Mother for a few days after her surgery and we went to see another grandchild who lives in Alabama.   Then, as you know, Rob had hip replacement surgery.

As a result of this I didn’t have a lot of time to make elaborate Christmas cards.   I needed to go simple and the stamp set called Christmas Quilt was perfect for this. This stamp set is in the Holiday Catalog and it has a set of matching dies called Quilt Builder Framelits. Unfortunately, it is going to retire at the end of this month for good so if you like it you will need to order it before then.  By the way, if you order the Bundle you can save 10%!

Christmas Quilt is a two step stamp set.  The tree is made up of two different stamps that you layer on top of each other to make one image.  The stamps are Photopolymer so it is super easy to line up.  The sentiment is from Star Of Light.

I would like to wish everyone and very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and an amazing New Year.  Thank you for all your purchases, comments and support you give me throughout the year.  It is wasn’t for you, I would not be writing this crazy blog.

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A Sketch Stamp Off Challenge

This is the first week of our new schedule at BS & J Productions.  In case you missed it, we have decided to do our challenges every other week.  Sometimes life gets in the way of stamping, which is totally ridiculous if you ask me.  Nothing is more important than stamping, is it?  Well, maybe grandchildren are!

Today’s challenge is a sketch challenge.  I think maybe Jackie designed it but I usually get that wrong.

Here is my card:

Of course, I decided to take some liberties with the sketch.  It is what I do!.  I made this card using merchandise from the awesome 2017 Holiday Catalog.  The stamp set is called Snowflake Sentiments  This set has matching Thinlits called Swirly Snowflakes (although I didn’t use them) and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.

The gold snowflake behind the sentiment is also from the Holiday Catalog.  They are called Foil Snowflakes and they come in gold or silver.  The back of them is actually white so you can put some ink on them and make them any color you wish.  You could even stamp them in Versamark and put a little Copper Embossing Powder on them to make them copper.  That would be awesome!

Lastly, the Washi Tape I used is called Year Of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape.  It it is also in the Holiday Catalog.  I used three pieces of the tape on this card.  The top and bottom thin gold tape is one and the middle section is another.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made with this sketch.

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Santa’s Sleigh

Santa's Sleigh, Stampin Up,

We all know that red and green are Christmas colors but you don’t always have to stick with them.  Sometimes you can use other colors just to be different.  I made this Christmas card using Sweet Sugarplum and Smoky Slate.  I think it looks a little elegant with these colors.  Plus, to top it all off, I used a lot of sparkle on this card.  It is hard to see in the picture but not only does the ribbon sparkle, but the scallops on the bottom are silver, the sleigh overlay is silver and the sequins added a bit more glitter to the card.

I used the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set along with the matching Thinlits (you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle).  The ribbon is the 3/8″ Glitter Ribbon Combo Pack in Sweet Sugarplum.  You also get a roll in silver with this pack.  The sequins are Fancy Frost Sequins.  All of the products above are in the 2016 Holiday Catalog.  Remember, this catalog ends on January 3rd.  Last but not least, is the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate on the bottom of the card.  This acetate is silver on one side and gold on the other.  I love it!


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More Christmas Cards From Friends


I received these two beautiful, homemade Christmas cards in the mail the other day. The one on the left is from one of my Downline (a Downline is someone who signed up to be a Stampin Up! Demonstrator under me).  Her name is Kim and she makes awesome cards.   Her card is beautifully embossed and looks even prettier in person.

The card on the right is from my friend, Ann.  Ann’s card is very sparkly, although it is hard to tell from the picture.  She used the Merry Mini Punch Pack to punch out the trees, ornament and star and the Hexagon Punch to punch out the hexagons (obviously!).  The Merry Christmas is from Sassy Salutations which is in the annual catalog.

Both cards are beautiful.  Thanks Kim & Ann!

Christmas Cards From Club Members

I think all my begging, shaming and cajoling about making Christmas cards might have paid off this year.  I am beginning to get some very nice homemade cards from some friends and club members.  DSC01791These two cards were made by Amy L. (on the left) and Sherry D (on the right).  Funny how they used the same colors!  Amy did a great fun fold and used the Hostess Stamp Set called Warmth & Wonder from the Holiday Catalog.  You can only get this set if you are a hostess for a workshop.  Sherry’s card used Snow Day which makes the cutest snowmen (or women).  They both made beautiful cards!  Thanks Amy & Sherry!

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas


I love Christmas cards.  I love making them and I love getting them especially when they are homemade.  If you haven’t started your cards after my Twelve Days of Christmas Series I did November 1st – 12th, then you need to get moving (yes, I am bossy!).  Just in case you need another idea, here is a card using the stamp called Merry Little Christmas.   I stamped the background using the snowflakes from Festive Flurry in Illuminate Ink.  I love that ink for snowflakes because it gives them a little shine.  The shape on the top of the card was cut out in Marina Mist and Silver Glimmer Paper using a Big Shot die called Oval Accent Bigz Clear.  If you cut it exactly in half you can make two cards with this design.  I topped off the card with a Frosted Finishes Embellishment.  These are so beautiful in person and is hard to capture in a picture.  They just sparkle and shine when the light hits them.

The Twelve Days Of Christmas – Day 6


Welcome the the sixth day of The Twelve Days Of Christmas Series.  I hope you are enjoying seeing all the different Christmas Cards you can make quickly and easily.

This card uses the stamp set called Serene Silhouettes.  The greeting is from the set called Petite Pairs.  All you need to do to make this card is use your Real Red Marker to color the birds.  Then use your Early Expresso Marker to color the branches.  Huff on your stamp and stamp it on Whisper White card stock.  Then stamp your greeting in Real Red and put your card together.  It can’t get much simpler than that!  Easy!