Christmas Wishes

This weekend is my first Christmas card class of the season.  I’m starting with a class featuring the Watercolor Christmas Project Kit from the Holiday Catalog.  The kit makes some really beautiful cards and I added stamping on my envelopes too.

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Everyone coming to the class will get a start on their cards for the season – we will finish 20 cards in this class.

But today I wanted to show you how fun the coordinating stamp set is.  This is a card I made with the stamp set.

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I used the Watercolor Christmas stamp set along with Tranquil Tide card stock and ink.  I added a piece of the Wood Textures Designer Paper Stack (It’s part of the paper sale going on this month).  The large circle is cut with the Layering Circle Framelits.

The Corrugated Elements embellishment and the little stamped hand cut tree are stapled on.  Yes I still use my retired Stampin’ Up! stapler.  But any stapler will do – this one just uses smaller staples than those normal office sized ones.

It’s a quick and easy card.  With just a few supplies you could make a stack of these and add them to the stack from the project kit and be ready for your holiday card sending in no time.

Thanks for visiting.

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What happens when you cut it?

The Acetate Boxes are on page 13 in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog.  You might have missed them.  They are the perfect size to hold 5 cards and envelopes.  Making them nice for storing a set of cards or better yet – giving a set of handmade cards as a gift!  Who would you give some too?

But what happens when you cut one of those nice boxes in half?  Well you get two small open-ended boxes that you can use for holding little treats or tags or any number of things.

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I used a Guillotine cutter to cut them exactly in half.  The paper trimmer won’t work.  Or you could measure and use some heavy duty scissors being careful to get a straight edge.  In either case I used Designer series paper along my top edge – so if your cut isn’t perfect the paper can hide it.  The paper I used was from the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper.

To finish decorating my box I stamped a tag from the Merry Little Labels stamp set and punched it out with the Everyday Label Punch.  To the back of it I added two vellum Leaf punches – that’s the new Leaf Punch – and then added that to an Old Olive piece of card stock.  To the back of that I’ve added a piece of Mini Gold Sequin Trim and a piece of the Foil Snowflake – I used a gold one.  Then I put the whole thing on my box with some Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Finally I tied around a piece of Jute Twine.

Now fill with goodies!

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I found these Honey Caramel Chocolate Peanut clusters at Sam’s Warehouse.  They come in a big bag but are individually wrapped – plus the green foil went nicely with my paper! Actually I bought the candy first and then went through my paper to find what looked good with the candy!

Be sweet!  Thanks for stopping by.

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The Cutest Reindeer

The little reindeer in Seasonal Chums is just the cutest thing.  I just love how he turns out when I watercolor with my Aqua-painter.

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Here I’ve used the exact same layout as my pumpkin card.  Just a new image, different colors and different Designer Series paper.  I stamped the reindeer on Watercolor paper with my Basic Black Archival Ink and then water-colored him.  Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Garden Green.

The Designer Series Paper is the Quilted Christmas Paper stack – it’s a 6×6 stack.  The die cut snowflake is part of the Seasonal Tags Framelits dies that match the Seasonal Chums stamp set.  And the circles are from the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

Like the last card I posted this is one with a short front.  The strip of Designer Series Paper is on the inside.  Here is a photo so you can see what I mean.

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It’s fun because when the card is opened you have the paper still showing.  And easy solution for a card base that has been mis-cut or mis-scored.

Have a great day!

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Seasonal Tags for Cards

I love the new Seasonal Chums stamp set and Seasonal Tags Framelits Dies in the Holiday catalog.  They make quick and easy fold over tags.  Each image has a front and a back and the dies cut out both at the same time.  But the images are perfect for cards too.

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This one uses the Pumpkin for a Halloween card – and there is the little bat in the die set!

So the story behind this card design is this – I was preparing for a card class and cut and scored a stack of card bases.  Only to realize that I had scored them all at 4″ instead of 4-1/4″.  Oops!  I didn’t want to throw out all my nice thick card stock so I set it aside until I figured out what to do.  Later this card design was born.  I trimmed the back side to 4-1/4″ and that left the front side short at 4″.  The solution was to add a strip of Designer Paper on the inside so it peeks out to the front!  I really loved this – it’s also a great way to use up little strips of designer paper.

For this card I used the Painted Harvest Designer Series Paper – it’s part of the October Paper Sale.  The colors of my Stitched Circles came from the paper – Lemon Lime Twist and Peekaboo Peach.  I also water-colored my pumpkins to match using the Tangerine Tango, Garden Green in addition to the Peekaboo Peach and Lemon Lime Twist.

After stamping and water-coloring the pumpkins I cut them with the dies and then cut the front and back apart to add to the card.  There is also some Black Metallic Thread and the little bat.

So don’t worry when you cut or score something wrong – just set it aside for a bit until an idea comes up.  You never know what creations you will get out of the mistakes you make.  Sometimes they are better than what you started with!

Enjoy your day!

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Cat Tags

Quick and cute little tags using the cat punch.

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I used just a few basic supplies to make these tags.

Very Vanilla card stock cut with the Layering Circles Framelits.  Basic Black card stock punched with the Starburst punch.  And of course the cat is punched with the cat punch – it’s actually the Spooky Night Designer Series paper – the cat print matches right up with the punch. The words are from the Pieces & Patterns stamp set.

I did pull in some retired Baker’s Twine that was Pumpkin Pie & Black. That was fun twine I think from last years Holiday Catalog.  I tend to have lots of Baker’s Twine and keep all of it to use on my tags.

Have a great day!

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Halloween Pumpkins

Remember  a few days ago I posted about the Spooky Cat Bundle and the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper – you can read it HERE.  I was telling you about the Designer Series paper and how some of the designs were special.  For this card I used the Pumpkin print paper which coordinates with the Patterned Pumpkins Thinlits Dies.

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Those little pumpkins are from the Spooky Nights Designer Series paper – cut perfectly with the Patterned Pumpkins Thinlits Dies.  I also used two other strips of paper from the pack.  The stamps are from the Spooky Cat stamp set – the “Happy Halloween” and also the little striped image at the top.  Plus I added Black Rhinestone Jewels.

It’s a very quick and easy card.

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Fall Colors

There are many colors in the Stampin’ Up! color families that can be considered fall colors.  Even though I usually say that my favorite time of the year is spring; I think my favorite colors of the year are the fall colors.  I love all the earthy natural colors that are considered the colors of fall.

The card I have today actually came from a project that a demonstrator friend, Erica Cerwin, created.  She made these cute fall boxes filled with some type of candy.  She always finds the neatest stuff.  I loved the project but was working on card ideas for my stamp club and decided to take what she did on the box and turn it into a card.  If you follow Erica you will see that this looks familiar.

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These are the colors that I used – Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach, Tangerine Tango, Garden Green, Soft Suede.

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The stamp set is called Pick a Pumpkin and the coordinating Patterned Pumpkins Thinlits Dies.  You can get them as a bundle. The dies also match the pumpkins on one of the Spooky Night Designer Series paper patterns.  The stamp set has no words with it so I used the set Banners For You and the Bunch of Banners Framelits to add a greeting to my card.

I’m not sure if you can see the large scallop in the Soft Suede – it’s part of the background and that die is in the Seasonal Layers Thinlits die set.  I love the big scallop edge.

Enjoy your week!

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