Snowflakes and Sparkles – Quick Christmas Card

If you’re looking for a quick, eye-catching Christmas card, look no further!  Here is a design that you will enjoy making and you will be proud to give to friends and family.

I decided to “shop” my stamp collection to choose the images for this card.  There were three themes I wanted to include.   The first was an abstract background that I could stamp once or twice.  The second was a stamp set with great snowflake images.  And, the third was a fun Christmas sentiment to match the overall design.

Three stamp sets were used to create the card.  The first is Love What You Do which has a great background stamp.  The second stamp set is Colorful Seasons which is filled with amazing images for all seasons.  And, the last is the Christmas Pines stamp set which includes great sentiments as well as wonderful images.  “Shopping” your own stash can be a really fun way to pick images to use together to create new designs.

The basic instructions for making this card are shown below:

  • This is a one-layer card with a Thick Whisper White card stock base.  The base is cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  • Use the background image from the Love What You Do stamp set and Pool Party ink to stamp the background image onto the front of the card.  You can stamp the image either once or twice, as pictured.
  • Use Gray Granite ink and the snowflake images from the Colorful Seasons stamp set to stamp snowflake images on the card front.
  • Use Night of Navy ink and the pictured sentiment from the Christmas Pines stamp set to add a greeting to your card front, as pictured.
  • Die cut two or three snowflakes from Whisper White card stock with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies collection.  Adhere them to the front of the card to add dimension and interest to your design.  The Fine Glue Pen works very well to adhere the die cut snowflakes.
  • Add some bling to the card by adhering a few silver sequins.  I used some sequins that I had leftover from a Paper Pumpkin kit.
  • If you use your Stamparatus for the stamping, you will be amazed at how quickly you’ll be able to create a stack of these beautiful Christmas cards!

Below are the main products that I used to create today’s card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go directly to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie 

Stamparatus

$49.00



 

Peaceful Poinsettia Christmas Card

If you’re like me, you’ve started making your Christmas cards.  At our recent Stamp Club, the group made a gorgeous card using the Peaceful Poinsettia bundle.  Take a look at some of the variations of the card.

Which card do you like the best?  Did you look at the slight differences in the cards?

  • Green on green card – The die cut piece is adhered with dimensionals.  The center “dots” of the poinsettia flower were left in the die cut.

  • White on green card – The die cut piece is adhered directly to the top of the card.  The center “dots” of the poinsettia flower were taken out of the die cut.  Pearls were added to the sentiment on the ribbon.

  • White on white card – The die cut piece is adhered directly to the top of the card.  The center “dots” of the poinsettia flower were left in the die cut and covered with Basic Pearls.

Here are the basic instructions for the cards –

  • The card base is made from either Whisper White card stock or Mossy Meadow card stock.  Cut the card base piece to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″.
  • Choose the color you would like for the card front (either Whisper White card stock or Mossy Meadow card stock).  Cut the card front to 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″.
  • Use two dies from the Detailed Poinsettia Thinlits Dies set to decorate the card front.  Use the corner die that will leave the holly berry bows on the edges and in the corner.  Also, use the poinsettia die that leaves the detail pictured.
  • You can cut both dies at the same time if you would like.  The poinsettia die nestles into the corner die.
  • Make sure you save the die cut pieces for the bows.  You will adhere them to the front of the card as pictured.  This will give a nice embossing effect.  I recommend the Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere the bow pieces.
  • Choose your favorite piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) to make your ribbon.  I chose a piece of retired DSP from my stash.  Cut the DSP to 1 1/2″ to 6″.  Stamp the “Christmas Wishes” sentiment from the Peaceful Poinsettia stamp set onto the DSP.  Use Early Espresso ink.  Score the DSP at 3″ and fold in half.  Adhere the right 3″ piece to the bottom of the card front piece, and wrap the stamped piece onto the top right of the card.  Use scissors to cut a flag end on your ribbon.  Use your bone folder to give the ribbon some curl.  Adhere the ribbon to the card front as pictured.
  • Embellish your card as you would like with Basic Pearls or other pieces of bling.

This card would also be gorgeous in a red on red design with a pretty green ribbon.  And, how about blue on blue with a silver ribbon?  Yup, the options are endless!

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

Happy stamping!
Laurie



 

Color Your Season – Limited Time Offer

It’s hard to believe that we are already in August!  Where has this year gone.  I know everyone says time flies, especially when we’re all having fun stamping 🙂

During August (while supplies last), you have the opportunity to purchase products from the Color Your Season promotion.  Trust me – You will fall in love with the stamp set, framelits, and NEW watercolor pencils.  Take a look below at some amazing samples of cards that were made with these products.  The designs are so versatile that you’ll use the bundle to create cards for all occasions.  And, the watercolor pencils are just amazing!

Images of the stamp set, framelits, and watercolor pencils are shown below.  Aren’t they just gorgeous?

The Watercolor Pencils (Assortment 2) include the following colors:  Balmy Blue, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Flirty Flamingo, Garden Green, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, and Night of Navy.  These pencils are a wonderful addition to the first set of Watercolor Pencils that Stampin’ Up! offers.

Now, don’t delay!  Make sure you place your order today.  Just click on any picture below, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie



 

Merry & Bright Gift Tag

I hope each of you and your families had a very Happy Thanksgiving!  We certainly did!  After the main meal and before dessert, we have a tradition of a team activity.  This year, we had our own version of the Food Channel’s “Chopped” show.  Two teams had mystery containers and were asked to create desserts.  The ingredients to work with included cream cheese, cocoa nibs, sweet potato tortilla chips, dried cranberries, lady finger cookies, and the team’s choice from six Mexican spices.  As the judges, my mom and I sampled the finished dishes.  It was a lot of fun!

If you’re like me, you’ve turned your attention to getting ready for Christmas.  Whether you’re an in-the-store shopper or an on-line shopper, you’re going to need to make gift tags for all the bargains that you find.  Today’s post focuses on the cute Merry & Bright gift tag pictured in the center of the banner picture and also pictured below.  This tag was inspired by one that Mary Fish posted.

Here are the directions and tricks for making the gift tag:

  • Cut a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock to 2″ x 5 1/2″.
  • Use the scalloped topper die cut from the Hometown Greetings Edgelits Dies to die cut the top of the tag.  This die cut is really cute.  The hole that is cut is in the shape of a heart!  Be sure to save the heart piece.  You never know when you may be able to use it in another project.
  • Grab a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Use your choice of building scenes from the Hometown Greetings Edgelits Dies collection to die cut a scene.  I used the piece that has the church.  Determine which piece of the building scene you want to use on your tag.  Cut the building scene to 2″ wide.  Leave about 1 1/2″ of white space under the buildings to have room for your sentiment.  [Tip:  If there are extra buildings or trees in the 2″ wide section, simply use your scissors to trim out the extra pieces.  I cut out part of the building that was next to the church!]
  • Stamp “Merry & Bright” from the Hearts Come Home stamp set on the bottom of the die cut piece.  I used Garden Green ink for the stamp.
  • To add the scallops underneath the bottom of the die cut piece, I had to scour my die collection to find something that would work.  I used the scalloped edge die from the Window Box Thinlits collection and Real Red cardstock to make the edging.  It is so much fun to challenge yourself to look at your dies and stamps in different ways.
  • To finish the tag, adhere the scalloped edge under the die cut piece and trim any excess from the sides.  Use dimensionals to attach the die cut piece to the tag.  [Tip:  The mini dimensionals are perfect for adhering the tree and church!]  Use a piece of the Quilted Christmas 1/4″ ribbon to add a bow to the top.  And, finally, add your choice of a small embellishment to the tree.

This is the perfect project to work on while you’re watching your favorite show or just winding down from the day.  I bet the tag would also look great on a card front.

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

Happy stamping!
Laurie



 

Hearts Come Home – Christmas Card

It is almost November!  Isn’t that just crazy?!  And, it’s definitely not too early to start making your Christmas cards.  The card pictured below is one of the designs that my husband, Bruce, and I will be sending to friends and family this year.

The focal point for this card is the amazing tiered winter village scene that is created with the Hometown Greetings Edgelits Dies.  They are fun to work with and were also used in another card that I recently posted.  You can see that post here.

After you get the pieces together for the Hearts Come Home Christmas card, you’ll find that it is a pretty easy card to finish and great for mass production.  It’s perfect to do when you’re watching TV with your family, Skyping with friends, or listening to the radio and crafting.  Here are the main pieces and basic steps for the card:

  • Use Thick Whisper White cardstock to create your card base – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.  The Thick Whisper White cardstock will give a sturdy base for this card.
  • Believe it or not, the “snow background” is from one of the patterns in the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (DSP)!!  I think it is just perfect for this card.  Don’t you?  The “snow background” DSP is cut to 4 1/4″ x 3″.
  • The three levels of the winter village scene are cut from Whisper White cardstock.  The effect is even more spectacular in person.  Trust me!
  • To test where I needed to make the die cuts for the card, I started with three pieces of Whisper White cardstock cut to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.  I die cut each piece using a different layer of the winter scene.  There are three dies in the set.  Then, I used my test pieces to determine how much room I needed between each and taped the three die cut pieces together.
  • Next, take another piece of Whisper White cardstock (or a scrap piece of cardstock) cut to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ as your model.  Put the taped pieces on top of your model piece and allow the left side of the model piece to show about 1/2″.  Draw pencil or pen marks on your model to show where each die should be cut.
  • Adhere the DSP piece to the top of your card base, as pictured.
  • Adhere the tallest die cut piece on top of the DSP and card base.  In the picture above, this is the die cut piece with the double trees and snowman.
  • Use Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the second die cut piece on top of the first die cut piece, as pictured.  The bottom and sides of this piece will be flush with the card base.  Cut some of the mini dimensionals to make sure you adhere the trees and church steeple.
  • In the bottom right hand corner of the final die cut piece, stamp “All Hearts Come Home for Christmas” using Pool Party ink.  The stamp is from the Hearts Come Home stamp set.
  • Use Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the stamped, third die cut piece to the front of the card.
  • And, there you have it!  A gorgeous Christmas card that you will be proud to send this season.  I hope you enjoy making this card!

The main products that I used to make the card are shown below.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.  Enjoy getting started on your Christmas cards!!

Happy stamping!
Laurie