Beauty & Joy Christmas

Don't you love it when a card comes together quickly?  Believe me, it doesn't happen to me often enough.  


I found the stamped image above and the cut DSP stuck in the Beauty & Joy stamp case.  There were even card stock layers for the oval and the DSP in the case.  I don't remember when i did this or why I didn't finish the card but I am just happy it was there.  The only thing I had to do was cut a card base and decide where to place the image and the sentiment.  This took longer than it should considering there are not that many options.  



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Holly Jolly Christmas

This week the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge is a sketch challenge.


I decided to use the Holly Jolly bundle with the Let It Snow Specialty Designer Series paper.  


Don't you just love the die cut sentiment?  I love the font and would love more die cut words in this font.  Santa was colored in using Stampin' Blends and he's pretty cute too!  I am a big fan of the Let it Snow Specialty DSP.  This DSP is so fun and I really like the designs on both sides of the paper.  It is a very difficult decision deciding which side of the paper to use.  


Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created using this sketch. 

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Sneak Peek: Snowman Season

This will be a quick post.  I am running late and planned to have this post up much earlier.


This is the new Snowman Season stamp set and Snowman Builder punch aka as the Snowman Season bundle (save 10% when you purchase the bundle).  The bundle includes a 12 piece photopolymer stamp set and a punch that cuts out the snowman, hat and "arms".   The adorable Let it Snow Specialty paper is another one of the items that coordinates with the Snowman Season bundle and is part of the Let it Snow suite of products.  I love the fun and fresh color palette. 



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Frosted Foliage and the Festive Friday Challenge

It is time for the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0041!  


One of the cool things about the Festive Friday Challenge is that you have a choice of which theme to use.  You can use either or both for your challenge entry.  I chose Metallic.


You have probably figured it out that this is also a Holiday catalog sneak peek post.   The upcoming Stampin' Up!® Holiday Catalog(debuts September 4) is full of  beautiful stamps, paper, dies, punches and embellishments.  Many of the Designer Series Papers have metallic foil accents.  The Feels Like Frost Specialty Paper has gorgeous photographic images on one side and silver foil designs on the other.  The only bad thing about this paper is choosing which side to use.  


Here's how I made this card

    1. Card Base-Cut Thick Whisper White card stock  4-1/4" x 11" , scored at 5-1/2"

    2. Layer-4" x 5-1/4" Feels Like Frost DSP.  Adhere to the front of the Whisper White card base.

    3.  Frame-4-1/4" x 5" Silver foil.  Die cut using the Frosted Frames dies.  Attach to the Feels Like Frost DSP.

    4. Basic Black Layer- 2-3/4" x 3". Die cut using the Frosted Frames dies

    5.  Rub the Basic Black card stock with the Embossing Buddy.Stamp sentiment from the Frosted Foliage stamp set in Silvery Shimmer Delicata                        Metallic ink and sprinkle with Silver embossing powder.  Heat  emboss using the Heat Tool.   

    6.  Attach the Basic Black labet to the Silver frame using Stampin' Dimensionals.

    7.  Cut snowflakes using the Frosted Frames dies from a scrap piece of Silver Foil.  Attach to the corners of the Basic Black label.  Attach rhinestones to          the corners of the label.

I hope you will join in the fun of the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0041.  I would love to see your project in the Festive Friday gallery.

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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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Time for me to get back to Christmas list!

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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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