Vertical Greetings Quick and Easy Gift Card Holder

Are you like me and still working on Christmas gifts?  Here's a quick and easy gift card holder/ Christmas card.   I am using the Vertical Greetings stamp set, All is Bright DSP, and sentiments from Signs of Santa and Dashing Deer.


I was looking through my stamp sets and the very last set ( I store mine alphabetically) was Vertical Greetings.  I thought I could dress up one of the topiaries for Christmas.  What do you think? 

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Here's how you make this easygift card holder.  

Card base: 4-1/4" x 11"  scored at 4-1/2", 10"

Inside of card: 4" x 4-3/4"

Adhere the inside of the card to the card base.  Use two 1" strips of Tear & Tape adhesive and  create a pocket by securing the 1" sides to the card base.  This shallow pocket will hold the gift card.  The card fits in a medium envelope (A-2) and comes together very quickly.  Perfect way to package some last minute gift cards.


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Signs of Santa and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

There were so many fabulous stamp sets and bundles in the 2018 Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog.  So many sets I am going to miss.  I had so much fun with the Signs of Santa stamp set and the coordinating dies and wanted to play with them for this week's Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.


I saw the long strip behind the oval and immediately thought of the North Pole sign in the Signs of Santa stamp set.  The rest of the card just fell into place after that.


Unfortunately it appears that the Santa's Signpost framelits are no longer available.  I used them to cut out the pole and Santa.  Fortunately, most of the images  in this stamp set are not very intricate so it wouldn't be too difficult to cut them by hand.  The patterned paper I used is the Santa's Workshop Specialty DSP. I cut out the scallop from one of the designs to use as a border.  The Poppy Parade polka dot is also from the Santa's Workshop paper pack.

This challenge is for 2 weeks so the design team will have a little break to prepare and enjoy the holidays.  This will also give you a little extra time to check out what the other designers created for this challenge.

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Peaceful Poinsettias and the Blizzard

I promise this is the last Peaceful Poinsettia post...for this week at least!  On my stamp table I have a box where I keep bits and pieces of things.  I went through the box to see if there were any treasures I could use for today's post.  I found a sparkly poinsettia.  Now I have already shown you sparkly poinsettias with the Buffalo Check,  sparkly poinsettias with DSP herehere, and  a sparkly poinsettias on a box,  What was left to do?  A sparkly poinsettia on a sparkly background.


The beautiful Blizzard thinlit is also on the Year End Close-Out and discounted!  Don't delay shopping, items on the Year End Close-Out are only available while supplies last.  I wish you could see all the sparkle of the snowflakes and the poinsettia.  I am definitely making more of these for my Christmas cards.



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Peaceful Poinsettias in Powder Pink

I hope you aren't tired of the Peaceful Poinsettia bundle!  I found another card that I forgot to share with you.  


I made this card for the November Stamper's Dozen blog hop which was a color challenge using Powder Pink, Merry Merlot and Silver. I ended up not sharing and chose to share this card instead.  So, what do you think of Powder Pink for Christmas?  I used my favorite 6" x 6" DSP.  I'm sure you have noticed that I am a big fan of polka dots and stripes.   The poinsettia swap is embossed with silver embossing powder and then colored using an Aqua Painter and Powder Pink and Merry Merlot ink refills.  


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The Peaceful Poinsettia bundle is on the Retiring Products list.and is only available while supplies last.  I found one more sample to share with you using this bundle and will share that with you tomorrow.

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Peaceful Poinsettias Sparkle

I was cleaning up my computer files and came across this card using the Peaceful Poinsettia bundle and Sparkle Glimmer paper.  I made this card when I first received this bundle and it made me fall hard for the bundle.  I did a quick search and I don't think I have shared this one with you before.   Maybe I just missed the post where I shared this but it is among my favorite cards I made using this bundle so humor me.  


Cut the Whisper White card stock using  the Detailed Poinsettia dies and then stamp the sentiment using Real Red ink.  Use the Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere the Whisper White card stock to Sparkle Glimmer paper.  To help the Whisper White card stock adhere to the Glimmer paper, I put it under a book for a few minutes which helps the glue get into the irregular surface of the Sparkle Glimmer paper.  I wanted to add some sparkly berries so I embossed a piece of Real Red card stock inked with VersaMark sprinkled with a mix of Dazzling Diamonds glitter with Clear embossing powder aka Glittery Goodness.  


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Apron of Love for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

I cannot decide which I like better Color Challenges or Sketch Challenges but I do know that I certainly enjoy the Create with Connie & Mary Challenges.  This week it is a color challenge, Gray Granite, Mossy Meadow and Cherry Cobbler.


I have been wanting to create a little treat holder to house some kisses as little favors.  Looking through my dies I came across the Apron Builder framelits and thought they just might be perfect.  I haven't used these framelits or the coordinating Apron of Love stamp set nearly enough. 


I created a little box and sandwiched it between two aprons  and decorated it using the Peaceful Poinsettia bundle which is one of my  favorite bundles.  The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.  The little 3" x 3" card is decorated with the cute wreath from the Barn Door stamp set and the Sliding Door Framelits.  

Here's all the things I used to make today's projects.


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

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ICS Blog Hop...Peaceful Poinsettias

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Welcome to the Inspire, Create & Share Blog Hop!  This month's theme is Christmas Cards Galore!  I am using Peaceful Poinsettias, one of my favorite bundles  (stamp set/thinlit dies) from the 2018 Stampin' Up!® Holiday Catalog.

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I love a black and white card.  Creating your own black and white plaid is so easy with the Buffalo check background stamps, also in the Holiday catalog.  The little splashes of red rhinestone bling really makes me happy and adds just a sparkly touch of color. 


Now it is time to hop on over to see what Jenilee Pauls has created for you!

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Winter Woods Christmas

I made this card quite a while ago and somehow I forgot to post it. 


The lovely trees are from the Winter Woods stamp set and cut using the coordinating In the Woods framelits dies.  There are so many lovely ideas floating around using this bundle and we know for sure that the stamp set will be carried over.  If you purchase the stamp set and dies as a bundle you will save 10% but the bundle price is only available while the Holiday catalog is live, which is until January 2nd 2019.

The words are from the Merry Christmas to All bundle which includes the Merry Christmas to All stamp set and the Merry Christmas Thinlits.   I love the font used for these words and dies.  


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Snowflake Showcase

Today (November 30) is the last day you can order products from the Snowflake Showcase.  I have enjoyed creating cards using the Snow is Glistening stamp set and the Snowfall Thinlits.  I have a few more cards to share with you using these products.

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Lots of sparkle and shine. I used the Sparkle Glimmer paper, Silver Foil, and rhinestones to create this card.  Love how this reflects the light and just shines!

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The large snowflake is simply stunning.  Here it is cut out in Sparkle Glimmer paper with a smaller snowflake layered over it.  I stamped and embossed the flurry of snowflakes at the top of the card.  


Here I cut out a frame using the Layering Squares framelits.  I sponged Lemon Lime Twist,  Bermuda Bay and Highland Heather ink and then sprayed it with a mix of alcohol and White Frost Shimmer paint.  It is hard to see the shimmer in the picture but in real life it is very pretty.  

If you would like to see more samples using these products  you can check out this post,  this post,  this post, and this post.   You will see that these products are very versatile and not just for Christmas cards.

You can shop online here  and with a $60 order I will send you a collection of 12 tutorials using products in the Snowflake Showcase. Don't miss out on these great products! Thank you!

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