Colorful Seasons – Shadow Box Christmas Card

The Colorful Seasons Bundle is a wonderful pair of coordinating stamps and dies that work together incredibly well for all seasons throughout the year.  Pictured below is a shadow box Christmas card that showcases the bundle and mixed metal colored snowflakes.  The Dapper Denim cardstock is the perfect background for this special card.

Here are the main steps and products used to make the card.

  • Start with a piece of Dapper Denim cardstock cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″.  You can make two shadow box cards from one standard size of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock.
  • On the 11″ side, score the cardstock at at 1/2″, 1″, 4 1/2″, 5″, 5 1/2″, 6″, 6 1/2″, 10″, and 10 1/2″. A picture may be more helpful.  [Please note:  This picture is from a prior post and shows Calypso Coral cardstock!]

  • The folds are pretty straight forward when you see how the card comes together. The folds are – valley at the 1/2″ score line, mountain at the 1″ score line, mountain at the 4 1/2″ score line, valley at the 5″ score line, mountain at the 5 1/2″ score line, valley at the 6″ score line, mountain at the 6 1/2″ score line, mountain at the 10″ score line, and valley at the 10 1/2″ score line. Again, a picture may be more helpful.  [Again please note:  This picture is from a prior post.  Please reference it just for the visual guideline for folding the cardstock.  Ignore the die cut circle!]

  • For the Christmas card in this post, stamp “Have yourself a merry little Christmas” from the Christmas Quilt stamp set with Versamark onto the bottom middle of the card front.  Heat emboss the sentiment with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder.
  • Use the largest square framelit in the Stitched Shapes Framelits set to die cut a square in the top middle of the card front.  See the picture of the Christmas shadow box card above for reference.
  • Now, it’s time to assemble the shadow box card.  Start by folding the cardstock in half at the 5 1/2″ score line.  Step 1:  Put glue between the 5″ score line and the 6″ score line.  Adhere the glued areas together, as pictured below.  Step 2:  Put glue between the 1/2″ score line and the 1″ score line and between the 10″ score line and the 10 1/2″ score line.  Adhere the glued areas together, as pictured below.  You will then have your shadowbox card built.  This card will fit easily into a standard envelope for a 4 1/4″ x  5 1/2″ card.  You’ll flatten the card a little before mailing. [You know what I’m going to say!  Just use the pictures below for a guideline of where to put your glue!]
  • Use the same square die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits that you used on the card base to die cut a square from a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Then, use the next smallest square die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits to die cut a square from your choice of cards in the Color Theory Memories & More Card Pack.  Glue the smaller square into the middle of the larger square.
  • Glue the layered square in the middle of the back of the shadowbox card.  You can easily line up the square with the die cut square on the front of the card.
  • Finish your card with your choice of die cut snowflakes and metal colors.  There are three different snowflake dies in the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  Cut some snowflakes from Copper, Gold, and Silver Foil Sheets.  Adhere them to the inside and outside of your shadow box card.  The Fine-Tip Glue Pen really does the trick to get the snowflakes just where you want them.

  • Sit back and admire your work!  Shadow box cards are just plain fun.  They, literally, stand on their own and add an interesting twist to a Christmas card.

Below are the projects we made at our recent Stamp Club!  I’ll share details on the Christmas gift tag in my next post.

Below are the main products that I used to make the shadow box Christmas card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!


Stamparatus Reservations Open Today!

If you’re planning on reserving your Stamparatus today, take a few minutes to read through the following steps:

  • Reservations will open this afternoon at 4 pm (Eastern), 3 pm (Central)
  • Click here to go to my on-line store.
  • Then, click the banner ad for the Stamparatus and follow these instructions.
  • You will provide your credit card information with the reservation; however, you will not be charged until the Stamparatus is ready to ship (approximately February 1, 2018).
  • You will receive an email from Stampin’ Up! with further information regarding your reservation.

If you haven’t seen the Stamparatus in action, please take a look at my last post.  You’re going to be very impressed.

Happy stamping,


Meet the New Stamparatus!!!

I don’t remember when I have been so excited about a new stamping tool.  You are going to love the new Stamparatus!  And, you are going to want to reserve one for yourself beginning this Thursday, November 16.  Take a look at the video below to see why the new Stamparatus has features that are superior to other stamp positioning tools.

Why do YOU need one? You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!

  • You will be able to make multiples with ease.
  • You will consistently stamp crisp, clean images.
  • You will make fewer mistakes, saving time and money.
  • You will easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates.
  • You will develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement

Click the picture below to see how you will use the Stmparatus to create a 4-step butterfly with two reversible plates!!

Product details:

  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamps
  • Includes foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines provide quick measuring
  • Two open sides allow you to stamp on larger paper
  • Two reversible plates means there are four work surfaces
  • Includes two magnets to hold your paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas are provided on the bottom of the tool
  • Amazing price $49.00

Beginning this Thursday, November 16, (2:00 PM Mountain Time; 3:00 PM Central Time; 4:00 PM Eastern Time) you can reserve your own Stamparatus Details are below.  The global launch will feature three reservation windows. For each window, please note the following:

  • Reservation quantities are while supplies last.
  • Limit is one tool per customer per reservation window.
  • You may participate in multiple reservation windows.
  • In order to reserve your Stamparatus, you are required to provide your credit card information.
  • Credit cards will not be charged until the Stamparatus ships from our facility. When you close your order, be sure to verify that your credit card and shipping information is correct.
Reservation Windows Available to Ship
November 16–30, 2017 Approx. February 1, 2018
December 5–30, 2017 Approx. March 19, 2018
January 15–30, 2018 Approx. April 15, 2018

Have more questions? Check out the PDFs below.


Happy stamping!


Today is the Deadline!!

I’m sure you heard that the October Paper Pumpkin was an incredible hit and that the additional kits that were available sold out in about half an hour!!  Well… if you don’t know, the November Paper Pumpkin kit was designed to coordinate with the October kit.  But, remember, both kits stand on their own.  TODAY is the last day to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin and be assured that you’ll get the November kit.

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???  Did I mention there is absolutely no obligation after you get your November kit.  You can cancel at any time without a penalty.  You can skip a month any time.  You can also change the number of kits in your subscription.  You just need to remember to make all changes by the 10th of each month.  What have you got to lose??

Click here now to subscribe and get in on the fun!  Here is the blurb that Stampin’ Up! gave its demonstrators about the November kit.

If you have customers who love the holidays and want to make something festive and fun that only takes a few minutes to assemble—we have a solution. It’s called November’s Paper Pumpkin kit, and it is amazing. When they open the box they’ll find ten little somethings that they might want to hang by the chimney with care—or on a wrapped gift or a neighbor’s door.

Maybe a review of the October kit will be the last motivation that you’ll need!  Take a look at the video below.

I look forward to welcoming you to Paper Pumpkin!

Happy stamping,




Colorful Seasons – Happy Birthday Card

Recently while I have been driving around town, I have caught myself smiling at the beautiful autumn colors.  This year, the colors seem more intense and vivid than in past years.  Perhaps, I’m just appreciating the beauty more.  Either way, the foliage is just gorgeous!

Last week, I shared a card that I made for an NC Demos Blog Hop.  You can see that card here.  Using a similar layout, I also created a birthday card for our older daughter, Corie.  The birthday card captures the beauty of the season and shows the simple elegance of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack.  It features the wonderful fall color, Cherry Cobbler.

Below are steps and hints for you to follow to make this card.

  • The card base is made from Thick Whisper White card stock, cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.  I like to use Thick Whisper White card stock as the base for cards when there are multiple layers to add to the card front.
  • The card front is a piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock, cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″.  To give the card front a beautiful dimension, the piece was embossed with the Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.
  • The sentiment is stamped with the Stylized Birthday Stamp onto a piece of the Wood Textures DSP which is cut to 3″ x 3″.  I used my Stamp-a-Ma-Jig to stamp Happy Birthday and stamped the sentiment twice.  The first time, I used Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  The second time, I shifted the Stamp-a-Ma-Jig just a tad to the left and stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink.  The result is a shadow effect on the lettering.
  • The DSP is then cut into three strips.  Each is 1″ x 3″, as pictured.  To add a little depth to the wood “planks”, I sponged the edges of each piece with Early Espresso ink.  Two scrap pieces of the DSP are used as the base to glue on the “planks”.  You can see those scrap pieces on either side of the “planks” in the picture.
  • At this point, I recommend that you start putting your card together.  Adhere the card front to your card base.  Then, use dimensionals to adhere the sentiment piece to the card front.
  • Now, it’s time to make the leaves.  Grab a few scrap pieces of your Wood Textures DSP and the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  Use Tuxedo Black Memento Ink to stamp the large, veined leaf stamp onto the DSP.  Watercolor the leaves with your choice of color from your Watercolor Pencils.  Blend the colors with your Aqua Painter, using the absolute least amount possible of water on the Aqua Painter brush.  You can add more color to the leaves when they are still wet.  You’re going to love this technique!  Use the corresponding leaf die from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Die set to cut out your colored leaves.
  • You can also use the smaller leaf die in Seasonal Layers Thinlits Die set to cut leaves from the scrap Wood Textures DSP.
  • The final leaves are made from the detailed leaf die and gold paper.  [You can also cheat if you have leftover gold leaf stickers from the October Paper Pumpkin kit!]
  • Assemble the leaves as you would like and adhere them to your card.
  • And, there you have it!  A really pretty autumn birthday card that helps capture the beauty of the season.

Below are the main products that I used to make this card.  Click on any picture and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Here the two recent posts with a similar design side-by-side.  Which one do you prefer?

Happy stamping!