Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Non-Traditional Christmas

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Welcome to the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop!  This month the theme is non-traditional Christmas projects.  We were not allowed to use any red or green in our projects.  


What do you think of this combination of Powder Pink, black and white?   I colored in the white design on the  Merry Little Christmas DSP with a Powder Pink marker and added a rhinestone to the center of each little starburst.  Yes, it was a lot of rhinestones.  I embossed the sentiment with a mix of black embossing powder and Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  


I hope you can see a little of the shine and sparkle that the Dazzling Diamonds glitter adds to the black embossing.  

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Black Stampin' Emboss Powder
Black Stampin' Emboss Powder


Now it is time for you to hop on over to see what non-traditional Christmas idea Laura has for you!

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Merry Little Christmas DSP and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge

In the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog there are a few packs of Black and White patterned paper (aka Designer Series Paper DSP).   This color scheme is quite different than the traditional red and green, we normally associate with Christmas.  I love it and will really miss the paper especially the Merry Little Christmas DSP.   


I made this card for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #488.  


Isn't it a great sketch?  When I saw the sketch I immediately thought of the Seasonal Layers thinlits and the 3 snowflakes dies.  It is as if they were made for this sketch.


The sentiment is from the Season to Sparkle set and it was perfect for this card and all the sparkly goodness on it.  I wanted to add some sparkle to the sentiment and since stamping on Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper is difficult I decided to recreate the look by stamping and then heat embossing the whole circle using a mix of Dazzling Diamonds glitter and Clear Embossing powder aka Glittery Goodness.


I hope you will join in the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #488.  You can get all the details  on the Create with Connie and Mary blog or the Create with Connie and Mary Facebook page.   Be sure to check out what the other design team members created for the challenge.

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Large Number Framelits for 2018

In the midst of making Christmas cards I needed to take a break and work on something else.  


This card is my backup in case I don't get all of my Christmas cards made or mailed.  I may not be ready for Christmas but I already have a plan for 2018! Love the Large Number Framelits! This card uses 2 new products that will be officially debuting January 3rd.  Can you spot them?


The Bubbles & Fizz DSP is a Sale-A-Bration choice, which means it is free with a $50 purchase (US)!  The Sale-A-Bration offerings are fun and fabulous.  The Lemon Lime Twist 3/8" Mini Striped Ribbon is so easy to tie and love this happy color.  If you are not already working with a demonstrator and would like a copy of the 2018 Occasions and Sale-A-bration catalog, send me an email ( and I will get one in the mail to you.


Did you notice that one of the "enamel" dots is not like the others?   I wanted a Lemon Lime "enamel" dot and so Stampin' Up! doesn't have them for sale I decided to make my own.  I cut some circles using the Mini Treat Bag thinlits and glued a couple on the card.  To make the dots shiny and dimensional, I carefully applied some glue using the Fine-Tip Glue pen.  The glue dries clear and maintains the rounded shape.   The Lemon Lime Twists dot are just a smidge smaller than the other dots.

Hope your Christmas crafting is going well and if not consider using the Large Number framelits to make New Year cards!

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Vertical Greetings Christmas

Still working on getting more Christmas cards made.  I got this idea in my head and needed to get it on paper.


This could be a quick and easy card except I decided I wanted to add the banner which then required me to fussy cut the topiary sections.  They really weren't difficult to cut it just took a little  time.  


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Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine
Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine


Did you notice the "berries".  Here's how I made them.  I rubbed VersaMark ink over a piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock and poured a mix  I call Glittery Goodness over the card stock.   Glittery Goodness is a mix of Dazzling Diamonds glitter and Clear embossing powder.  I heat set it and cut out circles using the Mini Treat Bag thinlits.  I attached the dots to the greenery and then applied Fine Tip Glue over the surface. 


I love how these DIY Glimmer dots turned out. They are sparkly and hold their shape.  Pretty cool huh?  Hope you will try this technique and make your own Glimmer dots!  I am just about done making my Christmas cards.   I have a few more to share before I start sharing some sneak peeks of the fun stamping goodies coming in January!

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Hearts Come Home Quick and Easy

This week I am working on quick and easy Christmas cards.  I need to get my cards made and sent.  


The only stamping on this card are the sentiments.  This sentiment on the front is  from the Hearts Come Home stamp set.  Don't you just love the font?  One day I hope to be able to letter this beautifully.  The greenery was cut using the Pretty Pines thinlits.  I used 2 different thinlits so the cutting went quickly.  The red glimmer berries were cut using the row of dots from the Mini Treat Bag thinlits.  I can cut 12 berries at one time so that was definitely fast and easy.  The background was embossed using the Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  



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Card Base:  Thick Whisper White 4-1/4" x 11 scored at 5-1/2"

Real Red: 4" x 5-1/4"

Thick Whisper White:  3-7/8" x  5-1/8"

Banner: 3/4" x 4" 

Hope you liked this quick and easy card.  I will be back tomorrow with another card idea for you.  Remember Free Shipping is only for 24 hours and ends Monday, December 11 at 11:59 pm(MT).  Please shop at my online store and remember to use the hostess code if your order is less than $150.

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Watercolor Christmas Card Kit, Free Shipping & a Giveaway!

Are you like me and scrambling to get your Christmas cards and shopping done?  I am here to offer you a little help.  First off here's a little help with your Christmas cards.


These 2 cards are from the Watercolor Christmas project kit.  I added a few extra sequins and a layer of Emerald Envy card stock around the season of cheer layer but that is it.  These cards are quick to make and look fabulous.  Everything comes in the kit to make 20 cards except for the stamp set, black ink pad and adhesives.  The watercolored pieces are all pre-done and look great.  You also get envelopes with gold foil liners. 


Here are the other 2 designs that come in the kit.  I added some enamel dots and rhinestones but they are totally not necessary.  

Now for a little help with your shopping.   Ready?


Surprise!  Stampin' Up! is offering 24 hours of FREE SHIPPING on Monday, December 11!  I am excited and thinking about all the ways I can send  some crafting cheer!   For my crafty peeps who live close by I will have the goodies sent to me so I can wrap and deliver them.  For those crafty friends who live too far away, I can send them some them some SU! fun direct to them.  I will warn them not to open the box until Christmas.  This one move will also save me lots of time spent waiting at the Post Office.  

I have another extra little bonus for you. I was cleaning up my stamp room and  found a brand new Merry Patterns  Hostess stamp set.  When you place an order with me on December 11 and use the Hostess Code UZYE42HY, I will enter your name in a drawing to win this set.  On Tuesday, December 12 I will draw one lucky winner and I will send that person the stamp set.  Free Shipping and a chance to win the Merry Patterns stamp set, pretty sweet deal!

I am off to work on my Christmas Gift list and more cards.  I will be sharing my quick and easy cards here on the blog and also on my Facebook page (  

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Seasonal Lantern and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge

It is Thursday and that means it is time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge!  Every week the challenge alternates between a sketch or color challenge.  This week it is a color challenge.  Can you guess the colors?


If you guessed, Tranquil Tide, Calypso Coral and So Saffron, you are correct.


I wanted to use one of my favorite sets from the Holiday Catalog, Seasonal Lantern Bundle.   Why is this one of my favorites?   This is a very versatile bundle with lots of images that can be used for many different occasions.   The images are clean and simple in the best possible way.  I have used the bundle to create more handsome cards.  I hope that makes sense.   The set has 2 and 3 step images to stamp which makes it really easy to add color.  If you don't have this bundle in your craft room you might want to get it soon, it is on the Retiring list and won't be available after January  2. (The stamp set is guaranteed to be available until December 21.  The framelits are available while supplies last).



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I hope you will join in this fun color challenge!  I would love to see what you create.  You can post your creation to the Create with Connie and Mary Facebook page. 

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Festive Phrases and the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #351

It is time for the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge.   What a great sketch we have this week to work with.

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Optional theme is Winter Time.

I knew I wanted to use Designer Series Paper (DSP) for this sketch.  I chose the Quilted Christmas 6" x 6" DSP to use.  This pack of paper has 4 each of 12 double sided designs for a total of 48 sheets.   There are lots of fun designs to chose from and more times than not I like both sides!  Sometimes deciding which side of the paper to use is the hardest part.


I used the Festive Phrases stamp set.  This set is one I have been reaching for more and more.  I used another of the images in the stamp set for the Try Stampin' on Tuesday challenge #349.


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Here's a close up of the lights.


I colored the lights in with Stampin' Write markers,  covered them with Fine-Tip Glue, and then sprinkled them with Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  Love how sparkly they look.

For the past 5 weeks, I have been sending out to my email subscribers a weekly email featuring a project sheet for a card and a 3-D item.  There are 3 weeks left in my 8 Weeks of the Holidays series.  If you are interested sign up for my email list on the right hand side of the blog. 

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Sneak Peek...Flying Home

I have a little sneak peek for you of a new stamp set in the upcoming Occasions Catalog called Flying Home.  I know it seems a little early to be sharing sneak peeks.  There is a reason I am and I think once you see the sample you will know why.


Isn't it sweet?  I love how this card turned out.  The image is so pretty and fun to color using the Stampin' Blends.  I really like the black and white plaid DSP.  Do you know what paper pack that is in?  It is in the Merry Little Christmas DSP which is on the retiring list.   Now you see why I am sharing this card now.  The Merry Little Christmas DSP is definitely not just for Christmas.  One side of each paper features a holiday design and the other a more neutral year round design.  The items on the retiring list are only available while supplies last so don't delay in placing your order.

 The following supply list doesn't include the Flying Home stamp set or the Stampin' Blends.  I used so many colors of Blends and I didn't keep track of each color used.

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If you have any questions about the products used or about the Year End Sale or retiring list please leave me a comment. 

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Year End Sales Event!

Year end sales 2017

It's hard to believe that it is December already!  Today marks the beginning of Stampin' Up!'s Year End Sales Event! What does that mean?  There are select items from the Holiday Catalog that are on sale!  It also means that we know which items from the  Holiday catalog that will not be available for purchase after January 2!  The biggest thing to remember is that the items retiring are only available while supplies last!  If you see something on the list especially if it is on sale be sure to grab it quickly as it might be sold out the next time you look. 

                        Click here for the list.

Be sure to pay attention to the asterisks *.  If you see 2 asterisks (**) it means there are products in the bundle that are NOT retiring.  If you see 3(***) asterisks it means the bundle will no longer be available at the special bundle price after January 2, 2018.  

Here's a few projects previously featured on the blog that contain items that are retiring.  If you click on the picture it will take you to the blog post that it was featured on.

AstheInkDriesTSOT349 AstheInkDriesSDBH1017 AstheInkDriesCCMC474

There is a new hostess code and I would appreciate you using the code (UZYE42HY) when you shop with me online.   If your order is $150 or more please do not use the code.  Thank you!

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