Christmas Gleaming Holly and Berries

I tried something a little different using the holly stamp from the Christmas Gleaming set.

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I started with a piece of Mint Macaron card stock.  I stamped the image using the Delicata Silvery Shimmer Ink pad and embossed it using silver embossing powder.  I colored around the images using a Dark Basic Black Stampin' Blends.  The leaves were colored using both the Light and Dark Shaded Spruce Stampin' Blends.  The berries were colored using the Light and Dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blends.  The panel is layered on a piece or silver foil.

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The sentiment was also stamped in Delicata Silver Shimmery pad and embossed using  silver embossing powder.  I used the Scripty 3-D folder to emboss the Basic Black layer. The card base is Mint Macaron.

This was a fun coloring technique to try.  Next time I will work on the black so it is darker and more even.  Hope you liked this and will try it out.  

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Feels Like Frost and the #CCMC586

Halloween is over and time for me to get serious about Christmas cards.  Used the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge sketch #CCMC586 for today's card.

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I had lots of ideas on what products to use.  Decided on using the gorgeous Feels Like Frost DSP as the focal point.  

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The problem with the Feels Like Frost DSP is that both side of the paper are beautiful making it hard to make a decision on what side to use.  Fortunately you get 4 of each 12 designs.  The photographic images are stunning.  You really do not need to do very much to create beautiful cards.  

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The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set and the sweet snowflakes are from the Christmas Layers dies.  The stamp set and the dies are available as a bundle, which saves you 10%.  The gorgeous ribbon is the Seaside Spray 1/4" Metallic Ribbon available in the Holiday catalog.  The ribbon is so very pretty and easy to tie.

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Whenever I use a dark card stock for the card base I add a piece of  Whisper White or Very Vanilla to the inside of the card.  I had some scrap pieces of the Feels Like Frost DSP leftover so I cut more snowflakes using the Christmas Layers Dies.  Now the inside of the card is dressed up and ready to be written in and sent.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie & Mary design team created for the challenge.  If you are wondering about all the products used to make this card, I have listed them below my signature.  All the products link up to my store.

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Good Morning Magnolia and some Catching Up!

It feels like a long time since I last blogged and in fact it has been.  We have been on a trip and I scheduled some posts while I was gone so it has been a while since I have written.  

First, a card that I made a while ago but I don't think I shared.  

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The card base is from the Bird Ballard Laser-Cut Cards & Tin.  These card bases are so pretty and don't require much to make beautiful cards.  I lined the the front of the card with Petal Pink card stock cut just a little bit smaller than the front panel.  The label is from the Stitched Nested Label dies stamped with a sentiment from the Good Morning Magnolia set.  The magnolia bud image (Good Morning Magnolia set) was stamped using Memento ink and colored using Petal Pink Stampin' Blends and Old Olive Stampin' Blends.  In an effort to keep my cards flatter, I  cut 5 " of the Petal Pink Organdy Striped Ribbon and folded it in half and tucked the fold under the label.  These ribbon tails add a little something to the card but little bulk.  A couple of Gold Metallic Pearls finish off the embellishments.  

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While I was away Stampin' Up! released the new Paper Trimmer.  I purchased it and I like it!  One thing that is a big improvement is the scoring blade.  It creates a nice clean score  line with just one pass and very little pressure.  I noticed the Trimmer is a lighter in weight which is a plus when packing up for some off-site crafting.  I will report more as I gain more experience with the trimmer.

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Do you love the Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper?  Do you wish there were sheets that you had multiples of?  Well have I got the thing for you!  Let me tell you about the Magnolia Lane Bulk DSP!  

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This special pack of paper has 20 sheets- 10 each ot 2 designs from the Magnolia Lane DSP.   This yummy pack of paper was previously only available to demonstrators.  Now you can have it too!  Sometimes you just need more than 2 sheets of one design and this special bulk pack provides just that!

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Are you ready for more?  Let me introduce you to the  Christmastime is Here Product Suite.  This is a big suite of products!  

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Here's a closer look at the stamp set, dies, and DSP.

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This set is not just for Christmas.  I think it should have been called Big Beautiful Roses because it definitely can be used for more than your Christmas projects.

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Wow, that was a lot of catching up!  I wanted to tell you about the trip we took but that will have to wait for another post.  Check out all the new products and let me know if I can be of assistance to you!

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The Host Code for November is GXTNX6G7  When you place a Stampin' Up!®  order using this code I will send you a project tutorial.  If your order is $60 or more I will also send you a package of Toile Tidings Glitter Enamel Dots as a thank you gift.  This gift will be sent in December. 

Please do NOT use the host code if your order is over $150 (before tax and shipping). You will earn host rewards from Stampin’ Up! AND you'll also receive a project tutorial and a gift from me. 

 


Beauty & Joy Christmas

If you have followed my blog for a while you know that I am a fan of topiaries.  When I saw Beauty & Joy in the Holiday catalog I knew I would have to own it.  

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The pretty plaid paper is from the Wrapped in Plaid 6" x 6" Specialty DSP in the Holiday Catalog.  Love the gold foil lines in the plaid, so pretty!  I added Red Rhinestones to the topiary to dress it up a bit and a Gold Glimmer paper star.  The Merry Christmas sentiment is from the Christmas Gleaming stamp set.  The front panel is embossed using the Scripty 3-D embossing folder.

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The Cherry Cobbler flap lifts up and now you can see the Wrapped in Plaid DSP a little bit better.  

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The plaid flap folds down to reveal the inside sentiment which is from the Frosted Foliage stamp set.  Isn't this a fun fold?  It is like a little present that you unfold to discover the inner secret of a Christmas greeting.  Even though there are more layers than a typical card it is still flat enough to easily mail.

The Beauty & Joy stamp set is located on page 51 of the Holiday catalog.  It is in kind of an odd spot but definitely worth looking for!

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Happy Halloween Wild Roses

Happy Halloween!  Hope your day is full of treats!  This week the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge is a color challenge.

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I have never paired Terracotta Tile with Pumpkin Pie but they go together quite nicely!

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I brayered Terracotta Tile ink on to Pumpkin Pie cardstock using the Basic Pattern Decorative Masks.   I have been enjoying using the masks to create my own patterned paper especially the polka dots.  

The outline of the roses were stamped using Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  The bolder more filled in rose image was inked in Pumpkin Pie ink.  The accent stamp was inked with Terracotta Tile.  To a Wild Rose is one of my favorite Two-Step  stamp sets, when all the steps are complete the rose is so beautifully shaded.

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Now I will be honest, I am not sure about the black leaves.  Once I added the leaves  the whole card began to look very Halloweenish to me.  I decided to go with it since this post will go live on Halloween.  

Have a fun Halloween and be sure to check out the treats the other members of the design team created.

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Country Home and the Come to Gather DSP

The Country Home stamp set is quick and easy to color and it works for so many different occasions.  I love the little sentiments you can stamp in the label and the larger sentiments too.  It is great paired up with the Come to Gather DSP (Designer Series Paper).  

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I colored the image using Stampin' Blends and then with some Clear Wink of Stella.  The label on the pitcher was stamped,  fussy cut and added to the pitcher using Stampin' Dimensionals.  I had some itty bitty rhinestones in my stash that I used on the label.  

This card has a little surprise, in the way that it opens.

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The front panel folds down to reveal the inside of the card and sentiment.  Just something a little different to keep things fun.  

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I most recently used the Country Home stamp set in my Autumn sampler.  If you are looking for a set with great images that are easy to color and has lots of sentiments that you can mix and match, check out the Country Home stamp set.

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Band Together and the Bird Ballad Laser-Cut Cards

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge!  Love the sketch for this week's challenge.

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Recently I re-organized my craft table.  One of the things I moved was where I stored my note cards, Scalloped Note Cards and the ever so lovely Bird Ballad Laser-Cut cards.  They are now on my craft table and what I can see I will more likely use.   

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Isn't it great when so much of a card's design is done for you.  The intricate card front is simply  gorgeous.  I layered a piece of Petal Pink card stock to the inside of the front of the card.  Why?  For one, to add a little more color and two, to cover up the adhesive that would show through from the things I attached to the front.

The Band Together flowers were stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored using Petal Pink and Calypso Coral Stampin' Blends.  The larger flower was cut out using the Detailed Bands die (part of the Band Together bundle) . The smaller flower was fussy cut, fortunately the flower is not very fussy at all.  The leaf was stamped on a piece of Old Olive card stock and cut out using the Detailed Bands dies.

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Did you notice the little gold dots?  They are glitter gold enamel dots!  Don't look for them in the catalogs, they are an embellishment that is being released on November 1, part of the Christmastime is here suite.   They are subtle little dots of gold sparkle-love!

Be sure to check out what the other members of the Create with Connie & Mary design team created for this challenge!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! All of the products I used on this card are listed below. You can click on any of the photos to go directly to my Stampin’ Up!® online store

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Festive Friday Challenge #FF0045

Ahhh, it is Friday and time for the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0045.  The festivity that is inspiring the Inspo List is the Day of the Dead.  All I have to do is pick a minimum of 3 items from the Inspo list to use on my project. This change to the Festive Friday Challenge makes me SO happy and in my opinion so much easier to play along with the challenge.  Check out the Inspo list.

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I loved the Inspo list for this challenge, I may have even gotten a little carried away.

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From the Inspo list I used black, bright colors, sparkle, flowers, stencils & wreaths.  This card was so much fun to make.  It was great to mix products from the Holiday catalog and some from the 2019-20 Stampin' Up!® Annual catalog.  The fabulous products in the Annual catalog often get forgotten with the introduction of the Holiday catalog.  I am trying to mix it up a bit.  

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The sparkly black wreath was cut from a little scrap of black glimmer paper that I had leftover and isn't currently available from Stampin' Up!.  If you like the glittery look and do not have any glimmer paper in the right color, you can heat emboss the card stock with a mix of clear embossing powder and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.  I keep a little container of this mix so I can add glitter and shine to any color.  

Click here for a tutorial I made for this card.   

Thank you for stopping by my blog.  Listed below are all the products used to make this card.  If you are interested in any of the products just click on the picture and you will be whisked away to my online store.

 

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The Host Code for October is B6BEM3GW.  When you place a Stampin' Up!®  order using this code I will send you a project tutorial.  If your order is $50 or more I will also send you a package of Black Stampin' Dimensionals as a thank you gift.  This gift will be sent in November. 

Please do NOT use the host code if your order is over $150 (before tax and shipping). You will earn host rewards from Stampin’ Up! AND you'll also receive a project tutorial and a gift from me. 

Looking forward to seeing your creation in the Festive Friday gallery!

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Daisy Lane and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

The Create with Connie & Mary Challenge #CCMC583 has a fun color combination for this week's challenge.

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Isn't this a great color combination?  

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These are such happy colors!  I used  Pretty Peacock as the card base and Bermuda Bay DSP (6" x 6" Brights DSP pack) for the patterned paper.  (I realize that the Bermuda Bay looks more like turquoise, I just couldn't get the lighting just right).  I stacked 2 of the Medium Daisy punches and slightly offset them to create the daisies.  The daisy centers are Old Olive foil which is part of the Noble Peacock Foil Sheets.  The Old Olive leaves were cut using the Nature's Roots dies.  I love this  leaf  because there is a die to cut the leaf and another to emboss the vein details, the leaf looks so realistic.  I arranged the daisies so that 2 are on the belly band and one is attached to the card.

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Isn't this a great way to show off the Designer Series Paper (aka DSP)?  If you are interested I have a tutorial HERE on the basic fold to make this card.  The sentiment on the front of the card is from the On to Adventure stamp set and the happy birthday is from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set.  

Be sure to check out what the other members of the Create with Connie & Mary design team created for this Color Challenge.  Thanks for stopping by!

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