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!
Laurie



 

Stampin’ Blends are Here!!

You may have heard through the grapevine that Stampin’ Up! is launching a new product line.  It has been available to demonstrators during the month of October.  Beginning today, the new Stampin’ Blends are available to everyone!

Take a look at the brochure below to get a great overview of the new product line.  Then, be sure to check out the videos below.  They are great tutorials for the Stampin’ Blends.

I’ll have a lot more to share with you over the next few days.  You’re going to love Stampin’ Blends and will want to add them to your color collection.

Happy Blending!
Laurie



 

Daisy Punch – Available to Order!!!

The incredibly popular Daisy Punch is now able to be ordered!!!  The demand for this punch has over exceeded all expectations to the point that the punch has already been on backorder and even on the unable to order list.  BUT – IT’S AVAILABLE AGAIN!!  If you don’t already have this punch in your stash, don’t delay ordering!

Here are a few pictures of cards that I have posted recently that use the Daisy Punch:

Click on the picture below for the Daisy Punch or the Delightful Daisy Bundle.  You’ll go to my on-line store and can place your order!!

Happy stamping,
Laurie

Daisy Punch

$18.00



 

Avant Garden and Watercolor Pencils – What a great pair!

The Avant Garden stamp set is absolutely amazing!  And, maybe even more amazing – you can get the Avant Garden stamp set free during Sale-a-Bration when you place a $50 order!  Below is the first of three designs that I will share with you using this set. Click on the picture to get a better view of the detail.  Remember my motto:  One stamp set – Three designs – Endless possibilities.

There are a few keys to this card:

  • The new Watercolor Pencils from Stampin’ Up!  Take a close look at the great color and blending on the flowers.  I used the Watercolor Pencils (#4 Daffodil Delight, #5 Old Olive, #8 Rich Razzleberry, and # 9 Melon Mambo} to color the flowers, stem, and leaves.  Then, I used a Blender Pen to easily blend the colors together.  The result is gorgeous!  Click on the photo below to see the wonderful detail in the petals.

  • Designer Series Paper for a quick, interesting background.  I used the Fruit Stand DSP for this card.  There are wonderful gradients of color in the paper that add an easy Wow! factor.
  • Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  They’re back!!!  Four sizes of ovals, circles, and squares with a beautiful stitching finish – what more is there to say?  You really need to add these to your collection.
  • Basic Black Cardstock Border.  The black cardstock piece under the DSP is cut to allow 1/16″ border on each side.  It adds a clean and classic feel to the card.  The Basic Black oval is a nice backdrop for the flowers.  It was also cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies.
  • Subtle Background for the Flowers.  There is a background dot stamp in the Avant Garden stamp set.  I used Daffodil Delight and Blushing Bride ink to create the background.
  • Smoky Slate Ink on the Sentiment.  The “Happy Birthday Wishes” sentiment was stamped with Flirty Flamingo ink.  To give a little depth to the words, I used Smoky Slate ink and stamped the sentiment over the Flirty Flamingo.  If you try this technique, stamp off the Smoky Slate before stamping.  The layering of ink colors really adds dimension.

I have the second design using the Avant Garden stamp set under way.  Check back to see the second card featuring this amazing set.  Remember:  One stamp set – Three designs – Endless possibilities!

The supplies I used for this project are shown below.  Click on any picture, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie

Blender Pens

$10.00


 

Thanksgiving Turkey Gingerbread Contest

I realize this isn’t really card related – but, there was a lot of creativity involved that really needs to be shared!   We had a great group of folks over for Thanksgiving yesterday.  After the main meal, we needed a break before having dessert.  The break was a friendly Turkey Gingerbread contest!

Three teams were randomly chosen – okay not really very randomly since my mom and I had previously figured out who would be on the teams – but that’s completely irrelevant now!  Before the teams had any idea they were going to build a turkey gingerbread, each team chose two items to use.  We had buttons, sea shells, stickers, fabric, and foam backed stars.

After the teams made their frosting, the turkey gingerbread boxes were revealed.  Each team had five minutes to come up with a plan and then thirty minutes to put the turkey gingerbread together.  The teams were judged on creativity, neatness, and use of the additional items that they chose.

Here is a picture of the box

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Here is a picture of one of the creations

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And, here is another creation

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Drum roll, please….  Here is the picture of the winning (non)turkey gingerbread.

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It was a lot of fun!  Looking forward to next year…. 🙂

-Laurie