Christmas Pines

Earlier this week I was talking about using some of the older but still current products that we tend to forget about when new things come out.  It is kind of like when waving new shiny things in front of you, you forget what you are doing.

Christmas Pines is another stamp set that is in the 2017/2018 Stamping’ Up! Annual Catalog that I had forgotten about.  It is a beautiful stamp set that has matching Thinlits called Pretty Pines.  I love these Thinlits because they make beautiful pine cones and sprigs of pine branches.  My next door neighbor is so talented and she has these on her windows of her house (for real).  They are just beautiful and I wish I was that talented.  I keep trying to get her to come decorate my house but she still hasn’t shown up!  She is an amazing gardener her.  I won’t even talk about what my gardens look like!  They are pathetic!

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My Hero Christmas Card

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Christmas is only ten days away.  I just can not believe how quickly it got here.  I am not sure November even happened this year.  I barely remember anything about it.  I just know it was Halloween and then December.  I’m afraid that if you haven’t made your Christmas cards by now, you either better find some time to start making them today or just be ok with mailing them out late (I know you will all make them because that is what stampers do!).

I made this card using a new embossing folder that is in the 2016 Holiday Catalog called Cable Knit Dynamic.  The reason it is called Dynamic is because it makes a 3D kind of impression.  It is deeper than a normal embossing folder with more dimension.  The best way to use this embossing folder is to lightly spritz your card stock with water before embossing.  That helps break up some of the fibers in the paper and doesn’t harm the paper in any way.

I also used the Stitched Shapes Framelits that will be in the 2017 Annual Catalog.  Stampin’ Up! decided to release them early and they sold out so quickly that you can’t order them right now.  Stampin’ Up! did place another order for them so hopefully they will be back in stock soon.

Other items I used to make this card is the stamp set called My Hero.  It is the Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set.  Stampin’ Up! donates $3 for every stamp set it sells to the Ronald McDonald House.  It is a great set that matches a lot of the punches and Framelits in the catalog.  I also used the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon that is in the Annual Catalog.  This ribbon has a bit of sparkle to it which I love.  Finally I used the Pretty Pines Thinlits to make the evergreen branches.

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Christmas Pines

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This is another card we did at our monthly club meeting.  It uses the stamp set that is in the 2016 Holiday Catalog.called Christmas Pines.  This set has a matching set of Thinlits called Pretty Pines.  You can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.

First we stamped the full set of pine boughs in Garden Green and then the partial set in Pear Pizzazz.  The pine cones’ backgrounds are stamped in Crumb Cake and then the detail in Early Espresso.  There is a die that cut them out perfectly.  Also the bow is a die which we cut out Cherry Cobbler cardstock with.  The “Noel” is stamped in Cherry Cobbler also.

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