Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Christmas in July

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Welcome to the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop!  This month's theme is Christmas in July.   Wait, I am not even ready to start thinking about Christmas.  I have a few Christmas stamp sets from prior years but somehow that didn't feel right, then an idea came to me.  


I just received the hostess reward set, Artfully Folded and thought it would be a  great set to use for Christmas.  Origami cranes are a symbol of hope and healing during challenging times.  It is believed that if you fold a 1000 origami cranes your wish will come true.  In fact when we got married (it will be 32 years this September) friends of mine folded 1000 gold cranes for us.  At our reception I had strings of gold cranes hanging from a white paper umbrella.  It was beautiful and full of so many wishes for a happy life.


All the images on the card are embossed in silver embossing powder.  If you look very closely you can see a few flecks of glitter in the swirl image (Star of Light stamp set).  I mixed in some Dazzling Diamonds glitter with the silver embossing powder.  I wanted to add just a little more shine to the star swirl.  Do you see the shimmer in the crane?  I first colored in the crane using Wink of Stella.  It was pretty but very subtle.  I had a Wink of Stella that was pretty much empty and one of my team members reminded me that I could add some alcohol to it and even some ink refill, so I did.  I filled the Wink of Stella pen with alcohol and added a drop of Smoky Slate ink refill.  The result is a silvery Wink of Stella shine.  Love it!


Be sure to check out all the projects on the hop.


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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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If you have just come from Laura's blog, hop on the other direction and see what BJ has created.

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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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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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Snowflakes and the Color Theory DSP Stack

Today's card is another quick and simple Christmas card.  


I cut out the snowflakes using the die from the Trim Your Stocking Thinlit dies.  To make the cutting easier peel away the backing of the Glimmer paper and place the die against the back of the paper.  Each snowflake was backed by a stitched circle that was cut from the Color Theory DSP.  A Glimmer Enamel Dot was placed in the center of each snowflake and also around the sentiment.



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The Color Theory DSP Stack is one of the choices for the Buy 3 Get 1 Free Paper DSP Deal.   You can see all the papers that are a part of the deal HERE.   Don't wait too long to get your DSP, the deal ends soon.

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Jar of Love and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #480

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge.  I  am excited to show you the card I made.  First things first, here is the sketch for this week.


Here's what I made for this week's sketch challenge.


What do you think?  Don't you love the little deer?  I stamped her using the Carols of Christmas stamp set and then cut her out using the Card Front Builder Thinlit dies.   The tree is also from the Card Front Builder Thinlit dies.  I smooshed some Embossing Paste on the tree to mimic snow, then poured on some Dazzling Diamond Glitter, and set it aside to dry.  Really fun way to use the Embossing Paste.   Those itty bitty stars are also from the Card Front Builder dies.  


I stamped the medium jar from the Jar of Love stamp set on Vellum card stock and cut it out using the Everyday Jar Framelits.  I layered the stars, tree, and deer on the vellum and then layered a window sheet that I cut using the jar framelits over it.  I partially embossed the Winter Wonder Embossing folder and then layered the "snow globe" on it.  The sentiment is from the Season to Sparkle stamp set.  


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Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created for this sketch.  I think you will be inspired by all the ideas.  I hope you too will join in the challenge.  

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Festive Phrases...I Couldn't Resist!

Yes, I said I wasn't going to purchase anymore from the Holiday Catalog BUT I just could no longer resist the call of the Festive Phrases stamp set.  


This little elf just makes me smile.  It is quick and easy to get him colored and a few enamel shapes on his hat and shoes ramps up the cute factor in a snap.   It has been a while since I have used the Bow Builder punch. Making this bow just reminded me of how cute they are and how quick they are to make.  Definitely a good punch to have on hand.



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What do you think of the color combination?  I don't usually equate Bermuda Bay with Christmas but I do like how everything looks together.  If you need any supplies, you can just click on the pictures  and you will be taken to my online store.  

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