Christmas

Joy of Noel Snowflake Magic

It is Thursday and time for a new Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a sketch challenge and it is for two weeks.  

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This is one of the rare times that I knew what supplies I wanted to use and what I was going to make for the challenge. 

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  • Pretty Peacock card base 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2"
  • Snowflake Magic Specialty DSP 4" x 5-1/4" (unfortunately this appears to be sold out)
  • Pretty Peacock Glimmer strips 3/4" x 3-5/8" 
  • Joyous sentiment from the Joy of Noel stamp set fussy cut
  • Large leaves and berries from the Joy of Noel stamp set.  Image colored using Pretty Peacock and Lost Lagoon Stampin' Blends.  The berries were colored using the Pearlized Enamel Effects.  This takes a little bit of time to dry so apply the Enamel Effects last and set it aside to dry.
  • Real Red ribbon tied in a bow and attached to the leaf bouquet.

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Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!  We will see you back on December 28th with a new challenge.

Thank you and be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created.

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Merriest Trees Christmas Pudding

Ready for another Festive Friday challenge?   What is the Festive Friday challenge?  The Festive Friday challenge is a bi-weekly challenge that is inspired by a holiday/festivity.  An Inspo list of 10 items is created using the festivity as its inspiration.  To play in the challenge you need to use 3 items from the Inspo list on your project and enter it in the Festive Friday gallery.  We love seeing what you choose from the Inspo list and look forward to seeing what you create.

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I chose from the Inspo list White, Brown, Red, and Christmas pudding.  Are you wondering what is Christmas pudding?  I had to look it up, isn't the internet wonderful?  Christmas pudding should have 13 ingredients representing Jesus and the 12 disciples.  Here in the US we would call it plum pudding or figgy pudding.  I am not sure I have ever eaten it so I had to also look up what it looks like.

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I am not sure this is an accurate depiction of Christmas pudding.  

  • Card base is a Basic White note card.
  • DSP layer is from the Joy of Christmas DSP 3-1/4" x  4-3/4"
  • The pudding base is Early Espresso CS cut using the Fluffiest Friends dies (the die that looks like a dome.
  • The icing is Basic White CS also cut using the Fluffiest Friends die. The edge was hand cut to hopefully look like icing.
  • The Shaded Spruce CS was cut using the holly die from the Magical Meadow dies.
  • The glittery berries for he top of the pudding were cut in Red Glimmer paper using the Christmas Classics dies.
  • Both sentiments from the Merriest Trees stamp set were inked in Real Red and stamped on Basic White CS cut using the Stylish Shapes dies.

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The holly, berries, and sentiments were all popped up using Stampin' Dimensionals.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created using the Inso list.

 

The Festive Friday Challenge will be back on January 5th 2024 with new challenges!  Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Christmas Classics Peace on Earth

It is Thursday and time for a new Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a color challenge.  

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Here's what I do when starting to work on a color challenge.  I pull out the cardstock for the colors in the challenge.  I look through the DSP (Designer Series Paper) to see if there are any that have the  challenge colors in them.   If still nothing comes to mind I pull out any ribbon and/or embellishments that are in the challenge.  Doing these things usually sparks some ideas.  

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The Balmy Blue & White ribbon is what sparked the idea for the card.  

Let's talk about the sentiment.  The sentiment is from the Christmas Classics stamp set.  I wanted to emboss it but didn't have any red embossing powder.  This is what I did.  I inked up the stamp in Versamark ink first and then a Real Red pad.  This colors the sentiment and the Versamark makes it a little sticky and will hold the embossing powder.  I sprinkled Clear Embossing Powder over the sentiment and then used the Heat Tool.  

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Inside I stamped a sentiment from the Beary Cute stamp set.  I also added a few more dies from the Magical Meadow dies.

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Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created for the challenge,

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Handcrafted Elements Love & Joy

It is Thursday and time for a new Create with Connie and Mary Challenge.  This week we have a sketch challenge and it is another good one!                  

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This sketch is another one to remember.  I followed the sketch pretty closely.

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I used the Handcrafted Elements dies  to create the ornaments.  These dies are on the Last Chance list  and are 10% off, while supplies last.  The ornaments were cut using the Joy of Christmas DSP.  On one of the ornaments a sentiment was stamped from the Merriest Trees stamp set.  The embellishments on the ornaments are from the Adhesive-Backed Sparkle Gems.   The bows on the ornaments are from the Simply Elegant Trim.

The card base is Cherry Cobbler CS (5-1/2" x 8-1/2") with a layer of Cherry Cobbler CS (4" x 5-1/4") embossed with the Snowflake Sky 3D Embossing folder.  The strip of DSP is also from the Joy of Christmas DSP.  The silver glimmer paper is part of the Silver & Gold Adhesive-Backed Glimmer Paper, which also is no longer available.

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Inside of the card is a sentiment from the Very Best Occasions set found in the Annual Catalog.  This stamp set has sentiments for lots of different situations and I especially like this one for Christmas.  

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Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created with this sketch,

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Festive & Fun Bay Window

Ready for another Festive Friday challenge?   What is the Festive Friday challenge?  The Festive Friday challenge is a bi-weekly challenge that is inspired by a holiday/festivity.  An Inspo list of 10 items is created using the festivity as its inspiration.  To play in the challenge you need to use 3 items from the Inspo list on your project and enter it in the Festive Friday gallery.  We love seeing what you choose from the Inspo list and look forward to seeing what you create.

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I used from the Inspo List texture, fun fold, alcohol markers, animals/critters/birds, and stripes.  

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The texture comes from the Christmas Tidings Embossing folder.  The Basic White panels were all embossed using the folder.  The folder is on the Last Chance List and is 10% off, while supplies last.   The animals/critters/birds are from the super cute Festive & Fun stamp set.  This stamp set is also on the Last Chance Products list so grab it while yo can.  The animals were all colored using Stampin' Blends (alcohol markers).  Here's the list of the colors I used-Smoky Slate, Pool Party, Flirty Flamingo, Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight, Shaded Spruce, Lemon Lime Twist, Blueberry Bushel, and Granny Apple Green.  The colors I used are from the fun and bright striped pattern in the Merry Bold and Bright DSP.   This pack of paper is also on the Last Chance list.  I will definitely miss this pack of paper.  I have enjoyed the bright polka dots and stripes.

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Here is another look at the fun fold and why it is called the Bay Window fold.  This is an easy fold since the scoring does all the work.  The card base is 4-1/4" x 11" Blueberry Bushel.  The scoring is 3/4",  2", 3-1/2", 4-3/4", 5-1/2".  The DSP pieces 1/2" x 4"  and   1" x 4" (cut 2).  The textured Basic White pieces 1/2" x 4" (cut 2) and 1-1/4" x 4".   You will also need a 4" x 5-1/4" of Basic White CS for the inside of the card.

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The 3/4" score line nearest the fold is secured down.  Inside the sentiment is from the  Beary Cute stamp set (also on the Last Chance list).  

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The greenery behind the animal panel was cut using the Christmas Classics dies in Lemon Lime Twist CS.  These beautiful dies are also on the Last Chance List.  The sparkly berries are from the Adhesive-Backed Glitter Sequins and yes, they too are on the Last Chance List.  So many fabulous things are on the list!  You can check out the whole list HERE.   There are things on the list that are already sold out.  Shop early to avoid  disappointment.

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created for the challenge.

 

I look forward to seeing your creations in the Festive Friday Challenge gallery!

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Handcrafted Elements in Tartan Foil

It is Thursday and time for a new Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week we have a color challenge. Honestly when I first saw this combination I was stumped.  

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Hmmm,  then it dawned on me that these are the same colors in the Tartan Foil Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP).  The Tartan Foil Specialty DSP is part of the Online Exclusives offerings and the colors in the DSP pack are...you guessed it, Copper Clay, Pebbled Path, and Lost Lagoon.  Once I figured that out it was much easier.

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Not your traditional Christmas colors but I think it works.  The Tartan Foil DSP has a subtle foil shine-you can kind of see it in the photo.  If you like the full on shine of foil this isn't it.  On this card I used both side of the DSP.  The centers of the ornaments are the same color but with the addition of white.

The Handcrafted Elements dies was a standalone die set in the 2023 September-December Mini Catalog (page 21) and are currently 10% off, while supplies last.  I die cut each ornament in the corresponding card stock and then added the middle piece in the Tartan Foil.  The ornaments also have embossed designs on them in addition to the stitching.  They are so pretty!  I am going to make a few for my Christmas tree.

On each ornament I have a bow tied using the Silver & White 1/2" Sheer Ribbon.  I really like this ribbon.  Not only is it so pretty but it ties beautifully. The ribbon is on the Carryover List so you will still be able to purchase it.  YAY!  I also added a bit of sparkle to each ornament, the Adhesive Backed Glitter Sequins.   These sparkly sequins are not carrying over so you need to purchase them now.  The sequins can be used all year round and they come in blue, white (what i used), and Old Olive. 

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The sentiment is from the Beary Cute stamp set.  Unfortunately the whole Beary Christmas Suite is on the Last Chance list.  You can see the Last Chance List here.   Items on the list are only available while supplies last and some items have already sold out.  Be sure to check out the list!

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created for the challenge!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Creativity Abounds Blog Hop...Holiday Packaging/Gift Giving/Decorations

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Welcome to the Creativity Abounds Blog Hop!  We are an international group of Stampin' Up!® demonstrators.  We hop together on the third Wednesday of every month.  Our hops focus around a particular bundle, holiday, occasion or product suite.  This month we are focusing on the Holiday Packaging/Gift Giving/Decorations.

Every month we create a tutorial bundle. The tutorial bundle is available as a gift with a qualifying purchase or can also be purchased.   We also have a stamp camp 3 times a year.  The next camp will be on February 9th and 10th 2024 and feature the Notes of Nature bundle (coming soon in the 2024 January-April Mini Catalog).

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I chose to create a little bag using the A Walk in the Forest DSP.  The bag is a no glue bag and sized to fit some little jars.  

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The tag was cut in Soft Sea Foam CS using a die from the Merriest Trees.    The Garden Green tree was also cut using the dies.  I cut one of each of the tree pieces.  Starting with the largest tree and adding the next largest until the smallest portion of the tree.  Along the edges I used a dauber to add a little "snow" (White Craft ink).  The giraffe is from the Festive & Fun set.  The giraffe was colored using Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, Pecan Pie, Wild Wheat, Real Red, and Soft Sea Foam Stampin' Blends and fussy cut.  

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Here you can see all the layers of the tree.  I added some Pearlized Enamel Effects in white to the hat-around the brim and the pom pom.

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The piece of DSP measures 7" x 12" scored at 5" and 7" along the long edge and 1-3/4" from each side.  Are you wondering what the jars are?  It is Pinderkaas aka peanut butter.  We saw these fun flavored peanut butters in Amsterdam and knew we wanted to bring some back for a peanut butter loving friend.   The 2 flavors here are Stroopwafel (A stroopwafel is a thin, round waffle cookie made from two layers of sweet baked dough held together by caramel filling) and Koffie (coffee).  

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If you want more information about how to make this bag, let me know.  

Be sure to check out all the stops on the hop.  There are so many fun and lovely ideas!

 

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the Seasonal Sale before it ends on November 16th!

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ICS Blog Hop...All About Christmas

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Welcome to the Inspire Create Share Blog Hop!  We are a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators that hop together on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.  Every month there is a theme for the hop.    This month the theme is All About Christmas.

There are so many beautiful, fun and festive Christmas stamp sets and bundles in the Sept-Dec Mini Catalog and the 2023-24 Annual Stampin' Up! catalog.   I love all the choices!  On today's project I am using products from both catalogs.  

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There's lots of shine and sparkle on the card.  The berries  shine with Wink of Stella.  

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Love seeing the sparkle from the Silver Glimmer paper through the Tiny Christmas Trees dies. 

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Inside another sentiment from the Very Best Occasions stamp set and a little branch of berries from the Joy of Noel stamp set.

Now it is time for you to hop on over to  see what Debbi Green has created to share with you.

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Thank you for stopping by and enjoy all the stops on the hop!

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Simple Sunday: Merriest Trees Goes Bright

Prior to the start of the stamp camp we have a few stamping challenges.  One of them was a color challenge and it was a beautiful one.  You have to pick at least 3 of the colors and create a card. The colors-Lemon Lime Twist, Petal Pink, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, and Calypso Coral.  I was in a Christmas  card making mode and the Merriest Trees stamp set was on my table.

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I stamped the tree in the different colors on the corresponding cardstock and this is the result.  A bold and bright Christmas tree forest!  The result was super fun and whimsical.  Because the colors were so vivid and the image large I decided to keep it simple.  I used a long retired Stampin' Up! die (there are many things I re-discovered when I packed up my craft room) and cut it on the silver glimmer paper from the Silver & Gold Adhesive-Backed Glimmer Paper (Online Exclusive).   The Glimmer paper cuts pretty easily and the adhesive backing makes application fast and clean.  If you like glimmer be sure to check out this Online Exclusive offering.

Thanks for stopping by and get ready more Online Exclusives will be debuting on November 7th!

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Magical Meadow Season of Sparkle

A couple of weekends ago I participated in the Creativity Abounds Winter Meadow stamp camp.  It was a fabulous 2 days with lots of inspiration, sharing, Lives, just so much.  We do these stamp camps 3 times a year and the next one will be in February.  Let me know if you would like more information.  

I was so inspired during the camp that I worked on some additional samples using the Winter Meadow Suite.  I know the suite has been been very popular and it is currently not orderable.  However the only item I can see that is not available is the gems.  It is more work to order things individually but most of the suite is available.

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This is a simple card that shows off the Winter Meadow DSP.  The strips measure 1" x 3"(cut 2) and 1" x 4-1/4" ( cut 2).  The center piece was also cut out using the Winter Meadow DSP and measures 1-7/8" x 3-1/8".   I die cut some sprigs and berries using the Magical Meadow dies and the Snowflake Magic DSP.  The bow was tie with the Silver & White Sheer Ribbon and adhered with a Mini Glue Dot.

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Inside a strip of DSP and another sprig cut out using the Snowflake Magic DSP.  This card would be easy to mass produce.

Thanks for stopping by and think about participating in the next Creativity Abounds stamp camp.

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Beary Christmas DSP Love & Joy

It is Thursday and time for a new Create with Connie & Mary Challenge.  This week it is a sketch challenge.  

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I will admit I took a little liberty with the sketch.  I think you can still see the bones of the sketch.

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Once again the only stamping is the sentiment-love and joy from the Merriest Trees stamp set.   

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Can you see the sketch?  I hope so.

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Inside I added another strip of DSP and more adorable fussy cut images from the Beary Christmas DSP.   The sentiment is from the Beary Cute stamp set.  

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created for this challenge,

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