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Christmas Card Throwdown

Christmas Card features Carols of Christmas and Santa's Sleigh Stamp Sets

Christmas in July

Stampin’ UP made it Christmas in July by letting demonstrators get their hands on the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set before the Holiday Catalog even came out.  Become a demonstrator before July 31st and you can get this stamp set included in your demo kit for FREE!

Here is what you receive in your Essentials Gift Pack for FREE:

118485 D Block (X2)
130148 Grid Paper
103579 Paper Snips
104332 SNAIL Adhesive
102300 Bone Folder
144804 Carols of Christmas Stamp Set

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* Your choice of up to $125 worth of any current Stampin’ Up! products!

* A business supply pack valued at $50!

* Free Essentials gift pack

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Card Challenges

This card was made from the inspiration of three challenge blogs.  Take some time and visit these fabulous blogs for ideas for your next creation.

Stamp Ink Paper


Christmas Card Throwdown


TGIF Challenges


Emboss Resist Technique

The background of this card uses the emboss resist technique with the Sheet Music background stamp.  The image is stamped using Versamark ink and gold embossing powder.  Using sponges, various ink colors were daubed in a diagonal pattern across the cardstock.

The sentiments were also stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.

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Shaker Santa



A Special Gift

This gift duo will be a hit as a hostess gift or for a special friend.  The candle was purchased from Bath and Body Works. I sprinkled the green mica flakes in the cellophane bag for some glitz and then tied it closed with the Real Red 3/4 inch Stitched Edge Ribbon.

The Santa shaker card is filled with the white mica flakes and is popped up with the foam strips from the annual catalog.

The Christmas Greetings thinlit die with the jolly sentiment adds the right touch of glitter to the Detailed Santa thinlit die.  It is framed with a banner and a doily background.  I cut my whisper white cardstock to 4″x4″ to make sure when I cut out the Santa that I had enough edge for the foam adhesive strips.

I recommend using the Precision Base Plate with this die because of the detail.  Also, use the Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere the Santa to the window sheet.  The trick to not making a mess is to let the glue dry for a few minutes so it is just tacky and then stick it to the window sheet.  It won’t ooze all over then.

Santa’s eyes and nose are made with the Rhinestone Basic Jewels colored with a black and red Sharpie marker. Finish the envelope off with a liner cut from the Candy Cane Lane DSP.

Inside the Cardjollysanta5-1

The inside of he card is stamped with a sentiment from the Peace this Christmas stamp set.  Stamp the sentiment in Real Red ink.  It is set off with a strip of leftover DSP from the Candy Cane Lane DSP pack and a layer of crumb cake cardstock behind it.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project.  Please leave me a comment. I love hearing from you!


Peace This Christmas Stamp Set


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Swirly Snowman CASE

Swirly snowman with Santa hat


Every crafter knows that the best source on the Internet for new ideas is Pinterest.  I have seen so many versions of the Swirly Bird snowman that I decided to “CASE” it.  “CASE”ing, according to Stampin’ UP means Copy and Share Everything. To me, it means taking an basic idea and adding your own flair to it.

The snowman body is cut out on the Big Shot using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits and the precision base plate.  His carrot nose is created with a scrap of Pumpkin Pie paper and the larger wing shape from the same thinlit set.

So many of the versions that I saw on Pinterest had no arms or face.  I couldn’t help but put the Santa hat on his head with the Jolly Hat punch!  He looks great with his “coal” eyes, mouth and buttons.  To add the black color to the rhinestones, simply color them with a black Sharpie marker.  His arms are the Tree Builder Punch‘s trunk punched out in Early Espresso.  His scarf is a knotted ribbon attached with a glue dot.  (This ribbon was from last year’s Holiday Catalog, but there is a Real Red ribbon that you can easily substitute in the Annual catalog)

My swirly snowman looks fabulous on a background of Soft Sky embossed with the Seaside embossing folder from the Annual Catalog. Since there is no sentiment on the outside of the card, I added it to the inside of the card.

Swirly snowman - inside of card

thinkyouTime of Year

The sentiment inside the card was created with the Time of Year stamp set.  This stamp set has a lot of great greetings for every occasion.  It is available as a Host set.  This means it is available to get online with a purchase of $150 or more in my online store.  You can use your Stampin’ Rewards to purchase it.


Hope you enjoyed my “CASE” project today.  Please consider visiting my online store.  I would love to count you among my valued customers!  Just click any image in the supply list to go there now.

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Fab Friday 97

Image of Stampin UP Holly Berry Happiness


Fab Friday Challenge 97 image

A Vintage Feel

These happy Holly Berries have a vintage feel to them.  A color palette with a vintage feel seemed appropriate. They are featured in Fab Friday’s blog challenge for this week.   A few of the new products in the Holiday Catalog from Stampin’ UP are also featured on this card.  Here is the link to Fab Friday Challenge #97.

New Technique 

This muted image of the holly is actually a new technique to me but has been around on YouTube for awhile.  It is the dryer sheet technique.  After stamping your image, cover the image with glue from a glue stick and smooth out a used dryer sheet over the entire piece.  Then cover the image in dazzling diamonds glitter, shaking off the excess.  Set it aside to dry completely.  Then cut it out with a framelit on your Big Shot.


The background paper is from the Candy Cane Lane DSP pack. It also has an embossed background done in Real Red using the Holly Textured Impressions Embossing folder. I hope you enjoyed today’s project.  Thanks for visiting my blog and you can click any item in the supply list to go to my online store!

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Christmas Magic Locomotive

Locomotive in Christmas Magic Stamp Set by Stampin' UP 2016

A Little Christmas Magic

This sweet little train is just one of the nostalgic images in the new Christmas Magic stamp set found in Stampin’ UP’s new holiday catalog.  It also comes with three lovely sentiments to make your holiday cards unique and wonderful.  The images in the stamp set lend themselves to coloring in with markers or watercoloring.

Christmas Magic Stamp Set by Stampin UP 2016

Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

I wanted to make a point to note that this is a new product from Stampin’ UP.  It is not a regular embossing folder that we are all used to because it is a lot thicker.  When you get ready to run your paper through the Big Shot with this folder, be sure to spritz it with water first.  This will help the paper soften a bit so it won’t crack when you run it through the Big Shot.  I included the Stampin’ Spritzer in my supply list.

Also, because of the thickness of the folder , you only need one plate as a top plate and your regular platform. It is a really neat effect because the texture feels more three dimensional.  I am sure that this will not be the only one of these that we see from Stampin’ UP.


Make sure you check out this week’s special offers.  The Layering Oval Framelits are on sale! Instead of being $35, they are $26.25.  Click on any of the products in my supply list to go to my store.

I hope you like my card for today.  Leave me a comment and please share this post on Pinterest and Facebook.  Have a wonderful day!

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Price: $110.00



Merriest Wishes for GDP052



Case The Designer

The Global Design Project always has some fun ideas to try out.  This card by Teneale Williams gave me the inspiration for the layout of this card although I tried it out with some deeper shades of blue and green.  This year’s In colors are some of my new favorites. Here is the link to the Global Design Project Challenge:

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Merriest Wishes Bundle

When I saw this bundle in the Holiday Catalog, it went on my wishlist as a top priority.  I love the framelits that match the stamp set because I love to make my own gift tags for Christmas every year.  It also makes lovely Christmas cards as well.




I paired it with the Pine Bough Embossing Folder to add a little more texture to the card base.  The stamped snowflakes add a little pizzazz and a punch of color.


First you want to start with a Emerald Envy card base of 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″. Run the card base through the Big Shot using the Pine Bough Embossing Folder so that the pine image will be on the left side of the card.

Cut a piece of Whisper White card stock to 3″ x 4 1/4″. Stamp the snow image on the right side of the card stock, once at the top and once at the bottom in Dapper Denim ink.

Cut out the deer tag using the Merry Tags framelit die on the Big Shot, once from the Emerald Envy card stock, once from the Dazzling Diamonds glitter paper and once from the Chocolate Chip card stock.  Punch out a 2 inch circle with the circle punch.

Using the Emerald Envy tag as the base, remove the green deer with your paper snips. Snip off the tab at the top of the tag.

From the Dazzling Diamonds tag, remove the deer, trees and snow.  On the Chocolate Chip tag, remove the deer.  img_1291-1

Glue the Dazzling Diamond trees behind the Emerald Envy trees.  Glue the Dazzling Diamond snow to the front of the Emerald Envy tag. Glue the entire Emerald Envy tag to the Dapper Denim circle centering it in the middle.  Glue the Chocolate Chip deer to his proper place.

Wrap a piece of the ribbon around the left edge of the snow stamped on the white card stock.  Fasten the deer tag in the middle with dimensionals. Add a ribbon bow to the top of the deer tag. Attach it to the front of the card with dimensionals.

Stamp the Merriest Wishes sentiment in Dapper Denim ink on whisper white card stock. Punch it out with the Duet Banner punch.  Punch an additional banner out of Emerald Envy card stock and glue to the back of the banner.  Please note that when you punch out your sentiment, it will be upside down.  It follows the curve of the tag that way.  Attach the banner to the card front with dimensionals.


I added a scrap of Dapper denim paper to the inside of the card as well as a stamped sentiment from the Merriest Wishes stamp set.  If you liked my card, and want to make one yourself, visit my online store by clicking any of the supplies below. Thanks for visiting today.  Leave me a comment and feel free to share my project!

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Christmas in July


This Christmas Suite

Christmas is actually my favorite time to work on craft projects, especially card making.  Fab Friday #92 gave me a little nudge to try some of the new product suite in the annual Stampin’ UP catalog.  The “This Christmas Suite” features a lovely new stamp set called Peace This Christmas.  The DSP featured in this suite uses the colors that Fab Friday featured in this challenge.  Check out all the beautiful coordinating products on page 27 of the annual catalog.

New Layering Oval Framelits

If you have been wondering if you really need another set of oval framelits, you do! These are really wonderful for creating all the beautiful layers around your sentiments, plus the include the scalloped edge dies too.

Product Coordination

Stampin’ UP makes beautiful paper packaging products to use for teacher gifts, your postman, kid’s holiday parties, and hostess gifts.  The envelope has a matching liner to the card.  Also, I included a little gift box project that takes minutes to make using the bow punch.  The little bow works great for the clear boxes that are also in the catalog this year.  The clear tiny treat boxes are a great value because you get 16 for only $7.50!  Time to get a jump start on the crafting for the season. Click on any product in the supply lists to order it directly from my online store.

Click here to see the Fab Friday #92 challenge blog.

I was one of the winners for this challenge!



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Christmas Cutie Tags


These cute little tags are a welcome addition to holiday gifts this Christmas season.  They are simple to make with the Lots of Labels dies.

Lots Of Labels Framelits Dies 138281 Price: $27.00

All of the tags are cut on the Big Shot using the two largest dies.  I used silver foil, gold foil and dazzling diamonds paper for the outer layer.  Continue reading Christmas Cutie Tags

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #294


This little nutcracker card was inspired by Sweet Sunday Sketches #294 and the color palette from the Season of Cheer DSP pack in the annual catalog.  I put the mat and nutcracker decoration on a 6 inch x 12 inch card base, scored at 6 inches. I used the Sparkly Seasons stamp set for the little nutcracker.  I hope you enjoy my entry!

Feel free to leave me a comment! I enjoy your feedback.

Color Combo 10


Country Christmas


“Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas . . . perhaps . . .means a little bit more!”Theodor Seuss Geisel, How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Color Combo 8

Handmade cards and gifts really make family and friends feel special.  This cute little card feels like an old fashioned Christmas to me.  Set on a basic background of Crumb Cake cardstock with a hint of vintage crochet trim at the bottom, the recipient will be sure to light up with a big smile.

Starting with a base card of crumb cake, add layer of cherry cobbler card stock cut at 5 1/4″ x 4.  Cut another layer of crumb cake card stock at 5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″.  Emboss the crumb cake layer with the Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

Stamp 3 tree images, one in crumb cake ink, one in old olive ink and the last one in cherry cobbler ink.  Punch the trees out with the tree punch.

Cut a 1 1/2″ x 5 1/8″ strip of the plaid paper from the Merry Moments Designer Series Paper pack and adhere a 6″ piece of the Venetian Crochet Trim to the bottom edge.  Adhere the plaid strip to the crumb cake layer wrapping the ends the trim around the cardstock.  Adhere the layer to the front of the card.

Adhere two trees on the right side of the strip with snail and pop the red tree up on dimensionals.  Cut a flower on the polka dot paper with the Floral Frames Collection Framelits Die on the big shot.  Using the Lots Of Labels Framelits Die, cut a label from the cherry cobbler paper.  Stamp the Merry Christmas sentiment from the  Lots of Joy stamp set in old olive ink on whisper white paper.  Cut the sentiment out with the 2″ circle punch.  Layer all of these on dimensionals and attach to the left side of the card.

Thread a piece of Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine through a Gold Basic Metal Button and make a bow.  Attach the button to the right side of the sentiment.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project.  Please visit my store and let me know what you think in the comments.  Have a great day!

Festival Of Trees Photopolymer Bundle137640 Price: $28.75
Festival Of Trees Photopolymer Bundle 137640
Price: $28.75
Lots Of Joy Clear-Mount Stamp Set139468 Price: $19.00
Lots Of Joy Clear-Mount Stamp Set 139468
Price: $19.00
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  • Crumb Cake 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock 120953 Price: $7.00
  • Cherry Cobbler 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock 119685 Price: $7.00
  • Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder 133520 Price: $7.50
  • Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin’ Pad 126966 Price: $6.50
  • Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Pad 126975 Price: $6.50
  • Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad 126953 Price: $6.50
  • Tree Punch 135859 Price: $18.00
  • Merry Moments Designer Series Paper 138450 Price: $11.00
  • Venetian Crochet Trim 134581 Price: $7.00 Sale $5.25
  • Floral Frames Collection Framelits Dies 127012 Price: $27.00
  • Lots Of Labels Framelits Dies 138281 Price: $27.00
  • 2″ Circle Punch 133782 Price: $18.00
  • Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine 123125 Price: $3.00
  • Gold Basic Metal Buttons 133763 Price: $8.00