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Book Fold Candy Cane Christmas Card & Circle Tri Fold Card

Let’s look at two Christmas cards we made at the Christmas Stamp Camp.

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You know how it is–we say “I don’t need that stamp set…”  and then we see a wonderful card and, oh my, we must have the stamp set.  That is what happened when I saw this card made by Mary Deatherage.  She used The Sweet Candy Canes Bundle, bundle meaning a stamp set and die set sold together for 10% off.  The stamp set is Sweet Candy Canes and the dies are Candy Cane Dies.  Just as important to the card is the Sweetest Christmas Designer Series Paper.  The paper has candy canes that you can cut out with the dies- and the candy cane dies have a die that faces right and one that faces left to create what you see above.   The set is in the holiday mini catalog- pages 8-11.  I used the label die for threading ribbon but check out how a real candy cane could be used:

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Don’t miss those little Flat Jingle Bell Trinkets!  What fun to add those to your candy cane – or your cards!

Why would I want ‘flat’ bells?

Ahh, good question, Sal.  I received several cards in years past with the jingle bells that are 3D and the post office machines completely smashed the bells.  You also pay extra if your card doesn’t fit through a 1/4″ slot.  They actually test it at the post office and if it doesn’t fit their slot the card becomes a package and you pay a lot more to mail it.

Recipe for Book Fold Candy Cane Christmas card:

  • Base:  Garden Green, 4 1/4 X 11, scored at 5 1/2 and 6 3/4
    • Burnish the 5 1/2 score line in a valley fold and the 6 3/4 score line in a mountain fold
    • Adhere the front to back between the 5 1/2 and 6 3/4 score lines
  • Mats: Real Red
    • 1 1/8 X 4 1/8, left side small mat
    • 4 1/8 X 4 1/8, main front mat
    • 4 1/8 X 4 1/8, inside mat
  • Top Layers:  Note:  Build your front candy canes, labels and ribbon before adhering to red mat so you can adhere the ribbon under the DSP layer or the real red mat if you prefer the green ribbon matching up to the green base
    • Sweet Christmas DSP in candy canes, 1 X 4, left side small top layer
    • Sweet Christmas DSP in polka dots, 4 X 4, main front top layer
    • Basic White, 4 X 4, inside top layer
  • Candy Canes:  Sweet Christmas DSP, die cut one going left, one going right
    • Adhere directly to the DSP layer with liquid glue
  • Label: Basic White stamped with greeting from Sweet Candy Cane in Real Red Ink
    • Die cut with label die in Candy Canes Dies
  • Mistletoe:  Stamp two mistletoe sprigs in garden green and die cut with Candy Cane Die, adhere to right side of label
  • Ribbon:  Garden Green 3/8″
    • 5″ to wrap through the holes in the label adhering ends behind the DSP with glue dots
    • 8″ to tie a bow to attach to right side of label
  • Embellishments:  one red heart (retired) and three small pearls for the mistletoe berries
  • Inside is stamped in real red with a sentiment from the Sweet Candy Canes Stamp set and the mistletoe is stamped in garden green, once full strength and once stamped off

How many candy canes can you cut from the DSP?

Good question, Sal.  There are various colors of candy canes and two pieces of 12X12, so 32 from each sheet, 64 in total, if you don’t care which direction they are going or which color they are.  For my stamp camp I used the red and green candy canes but here is what the DSP looks like – minus the red and green I used for my class:

Oooh, I like the pastel colored one!

Yes, and the Christmas Whimsey paper with its beautiful pastels just got added to the Clearance Rack.


The second card we did is a case of Lavonne Schwendeman’s Santa train card design and Crystal Best’s Circle Tri Fold instructions adjusted by me to fit our standard A2 envelopes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJ0hUkZX_v0

Recipe for Circle Tri Fold Card

  • Base:  Evening Evergreen, 9 1/2 X 5 1/2
    • Score at  1 1/2, 3, 6 and 7 1/2, on the 9″ side, fold and burnish this side only
    • Score at 1 and 4 1/2, on the 5 1/2 side- do NOT fold and burnish
    • Partial Die cut with 3″ Layering Circle Die
      • Fold on 2nd score line
      • Center the circle die between the horizontal score lines with the edge hanging over so it won’t cut on the folded side
      • Place the cutting plate on the fold/die so the beveled edge is just barely beyond the score line and die cut
      • Repeat on the other side
    • Cut out the 1/8″ on the top and bottom of the circles from the circle to the horizontal score lines; look at the second picture and you will be able to see the 1/8  cut between the circle and the top score line
    • Cut the top horizontal score line from the 1/8″ cut out on the right side to the 1/8″ cut on the left side
    • Repeat on the bottom horizontal score line

I think I would tell them to ‘just watch the video’ for all that partial die cutting.  

It certainly helps.  From here I changed up a bit from what Lavonne did for decorating.  I did use the Santa Express DSP (that means designer series paper) for the train images but I just cut them out with the Layering Circle Dies even though the Santa Train Die set has dies that could cut out the images.

  • Top:  Santa Express DSP
    • DSP with trees
      • 1 3/8 X 5 3/8 (X2), right and left sides,
      • 1 3/8 X 7/8 (X2), bottom pieces to right and left of middle piece
      • 2 7/8 X 7/8, bottom middle piece
    • DSP with HO HO HO, Note- I purposely cut the right top little piece with the largest ‘Ho’
      • 1 3/8 X 7/8 (X2), top pieces to right and left of middle piece
      • 2 7/8 X 7/8, top middle piece
  • Circle Layers (X4):  Mint Macaron, die cut with Scalloped 3″ Layering Circle Die; 3 for front, 1 for back
  • Santa Train:  Santa Express DSP
    • use the 2 3/4 Layering Circle Die and cut one santa, one car with gifts, one car with reindeer
    • cut one 2 3/4 circle of the HO HO HO for back
    • cut one 2 3/4 circle in Blushing Bride cardstock, lay the two together and cut less than half way down on DSP to make the two layer nicely for the back
  • The greeting “Hoping the season….” comes from the Snowman Season retired stamp set.  To emphasize how it ties to the Ho, Ho, Ho, I wish I had used a red marker and colored the ‘h’ and the ‘o’ on the greeting.  Next time….
  • Embellishments:  I embellished differently than Lavonne, though she used current products
    • by stamping ‘Christmas Cheer’ from the Itty Bitty Christmas retired set over the train car with the reindeer
    • by adding a red jewel to the reindeer’s nose
    • by adding a little tiny bakers twine bow on one of the packages
    • by adding a whisp of smoke made with a bit of cotton ball
    • by adding  a white pearl to santa’s hat
    • by adding clear jewels to the wheels which showed the green perfectly

For my party favor I used another sheet of the Santa Express DSP which has four 3″ strips of scenes on one 12 X 12 that worked perfectly with the Pretty Pillowbox Die set.  I printed the attendee’s names on a Basic White cardstock and then used the Pillowbox Label Die to partial die cut one end, then lay the die on the partial cut label and cut the other end.  With the stitched label, the partially die cut portion sits nicely in the stitches so you have perfect alignment as you run the label through a second time.  Check out this cool die set!

Julie Gilson, of Stampingala.com, designed this box last year using the Frosted Gingerbread DSP.

Scroll to the 39 minute point where the pillowbox starts:

 

 

Recipe for Pretty Pillowbox Party Favor

  • Box for inside:  Granny Apple Green, 7 1/4 X 5 1/2
    • score 2″ on each side and burnish (that means rub real well) the scores
    • Cut the score lines on long side to the short side score lines, then cut out a diagonal piece from the end squares which makes a triangular tab on each corner
      • Add liquid glue to the end triangles and adhere to long side to create a box; Julie used tombow glue and little clothespins to hold the tabs in place while the glue dried
      • Base of the outside:  Real Red cardstock (X2), 4 1/2 X 6
        • cut two pillowbox dies
        • cut off the tabs on the base of both
        • cut off the circular edge of the tab part of the die cut; here is what the original die cut looks like and what it looks like after you cut off the tabs and the circle edge.  I used the Stampin’ Trimmer originally so I got nice straight lines instead of just fussy cutting like I did on these.
  • Punch a 3/4″ hole in the tops of each base
  • Overlap the square part of each piece and glue together to make a nice sturdy bottom base
  • Glue the granny apple green box you made above to the base, centering on the bottom and glue, then glue both sides to the base
  • Layers on the box
    • Santa Express DSP, 4 3/8 X 2 1/8 cut two pillowbox die portions (see picture) for the front and back
    • Santa Express DSP (X2), 1 1/2 X 2 for the sides of the box
    • One of your 3″ X 12″ strips of DSP will make the front, back and two sides
      • The die is upside down on the picture but I wanted to show you how it would lay on the 3″ strip of DSP where the top edge is right at the top of the scene.  You will cut on the score lines top and bottom of that section. 
  • Embellish!  I added the name plates, snowflakes from our retired gems, and an Evening Evergreen bow -8″
  • Red striped tissue paper and red striped mints make a perfect addition to the box

.  Why do you write out all the directions and have a youtube video?  Isn’t the youtube enough?

Good question, Sal!  First off, what if the youtube links don’t work in a year or a few years and one of my followers wants to make the box.  Secondly, it can be very time consuming to watch a youtube over and over, stopping and starting as you complete each step.  Thirdly, if you are hearing disabled, the written directions are important.

If any of you find corrections, please let me know in the comments.  I would appreciate being able to correct these directions so they are accurate for the reasons stated above.

Have a wonderful fall season!

SAL,  Sharing A Love of stamping

Karen

 

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Triangle Tri-Fold Card for Case The Creator #6

A card that twists from portrait to landscape?  Yes, really!  This was our Case The Creator card #6 in July.  The creator, Twila Davis, was featured on Splitcoast Stampers with this amazing fun fold card.  For this card I am using the Painted Christmas Designer Series Paper in Stampin’ Up!’s July-December Mini Catalog -pg 29.  For the greeting, holly berries and greenery, I am using the Merriest Moments from the same catalog – pg. 23.  It carried over from last year so you can check out last year’s creations with that set HERE.

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.  And the “JOY” stays upright even when you open the card!  That’s unique!

Definitely different.  I had to make one to wrap my mind around how it worked.  Here is a picture of the two diagonal pieces that are on the top and bottom and just look like strips from the front.


Here is a printable pdf of the instructions if you would like to case the case!!

Case The Creator #6 printable pdf file


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My fellow stampers made some great cards for the Zoom meeting!

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Joy Meadows used the Wonderful World Designer Series Paper and stamp set available until August 31 as part of the Sale A Bration products!

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Beautiful card creations!  Thank you, ladies, for participating!


Sale A Bration is going on for another five days!

Paper Pumpkin’s September kit will be a Halloween kit offering 18 treat boxes just right for goodies for the goblins!

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Sign up by September 10th HERE

Or go to the online store and buy a paper pumpkin subscription.  With a 3 month subscription you will be entitled to a free Sale A Bration item!

speaking of kits, how about that new Christmas kit with oranges and cinnamon sticks?

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It is lovely and will probably sell out soon so best to get it for Christmas cards – NOW!


Thank you for spending time with me as Sal and I bring you a “pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world!”

Our hostess code is X4C4NGU4 to use if your order is under $150.  At $150 you will receive the stampin’ rewards yourself.  If you don’t have a demonstrator I would be honored to have you shop with me or join my Carin’ Creators Team!

SAL,    Sharing A Love of stamping

Karen  Click on little Sal in the computer to go to the online store!

 

June Case The Creator Starburst Card

Hello Stamping Friends,

I made my first Christmas card!  June’s CTC – Case The Creator card was a fun starburst card and, having just received the beautiful Lights Aglow Designer Series Paper from the new mini catalog, I used it with its beautiful gold foil.  Take a look see:

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The greetings are from the Merriest Moments stamp set which carried over to the new Annual Catalog.  The base is Soft Succulent with a layer of Evening Evergreen and a triple bow in 3/8″ Soft Succulent Open Weave Ribbon.  A few embellishments of In Color Jewels and gold foil laser cut leaves and the card was done!

Here is a printable pdf for your files.  The Case The Creator pdf has a link to a video where you will see Kathleen Wingerson making a starburst card.  Click on the blue to access the pdf file.

Case The Creator #5 printable pdf file



I will post the card in the recipe box so you can look it up if you ever need the directions.  Just click on the thumbnail picture in the recipe box and you will be taken to the blog post with all the directions.

Let’s look at what the rest of the stampers made for the Zoom meeting:

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It is a great card design for using up those scraps of paper!

Thanks for joining me today as I play catch up on my blog!

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You could tell everyone our goal!

My fave – We are here to bring you a pinch of creativity to spice up your crafting world!

Thanks, Sal!  If you need catalogs or would like to book a personal party we can help with that as well, just text me at 303-815-0838.

SAL,   Stamp A Lot, Smile A Little and Share A Love as you stay Salt And Light to those you meet

Karen.  Click on Sal in the computer to go directly to my online store!  Thank you for all your support!

Gingerbread House Card Contest

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess Code for December is 6KSWKDMM.   There will be no organized swap in December just holiday greetings to one another if you choose.

The club Christmas party is on our standard second Tuesday, December 14, from 9:30 – whenever!  I provide lunch as a thank you for participation in club either as a member or guest.    We each bring a white elephant gift – garage sale value between $5 and $10.  We’ll make a  Christmas tree ornament this year.

January is our last club rotation so contact me if you would like to be a part of a new club rotation starting in February.  Guests are always welcome for a $5 fee or a $25 order.  We have such fun and have made lasting friendships!

November’s stamping schedule was way wacko since Paul tested positive for COVID and we had to isolate for 14 days.  (He is fine and said he has had worse colds than this.)  Our regular club meeting was moved to the day we would have had the Zoom meeting (4th Tuesday) with a Mystery Card Challenge.  So I created a new challenge – make a Gingerbread House using a Dutch Fold and bring it to club.   We will vote and the top Gingerbread House will receive a prize!

There are a lot of Dutch Fold Cards on social media but the one that inspired me was Anna Helman’s Hen House:

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She has all the instructions on Youtube which I posted here and we need only to change it to a gingerbread house.  In the video the basics of the house structure runs from about the 2 minute mark to the 10 minute mark. From there your creative genius kicks in to do a gingerbread house.

https://youtu.be/GaBdUh5wb6M

Basics for a house-

  • 11 x 5 3/4″ Card Base, Scored Vertically at 1 1/2″ and 3″ then turn and  Score Horizontally at 2 3/4″ and 8 1/4″ (this gives you 2 3/4″ on each side).  The vertical scores are the roof and lay horizontally on the house.
    • Cut off the top section on both sides cutting along the 3″ vertical score line to the 2 3/4 ” horizontal score line and then cut to the top
    • Burnish the folds; Bottom should have two folds like doors that meet in the middle and the top folds down from the     1 1/2 score line to the 3″ score line- this is the roof
    • Make the gables on your roof by making a pencil mark 1 1/2″ from the right and 1 1/2″ from the left on the folded roof and cutting through both layers in a diagonal from 1 1/2″ mark on each side to the 2 3/4″ score line (the top of your door).
  • Think Gingerbread House and have fun!

I pulled out my left overs from last year’s Paper Pumpkin for a front entryway to my house and die cut little windows with the Tailored Tag hole reinforcers.  The icing on the roof and below the windows is from the Gingerbread Dies and the icing on the walls and the snow on the ground are from the Polar Bears Dies. The greeting, the tag, the little candies and the stamped entryway are all from the Paper Pumpkin.  I had trouble keeping the front shut so I dug up one of my little reindeer paper clips from Stampin’ Up! retired products.  A square of gold glimmer paper behind the star and two jewel doorknobs complete the front.

When you open up the roof you can see the extra chimneys that show on the front:

 

For the inside I used a greeting from the retired Wrapped In Warmth stamp set and die cut it out with a Hippo die. The greeting was mounted on two more of the little house pieces from Paper Pumpkin.

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Let’s look at the contestants since yours obviously can’t be entered.

It would be weird to win your own prize.  Sort of defeats the purpose of a contest.

The winner of the prize was Jo Brooks:

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The details, the wreath, the designer series paper and the glitter paper – oh my!  Just beautiful!

So what was the prize?  

A box of gingerbread cookies!  Fitting don’t you think?!

Ann Hausmann made a gnome house:

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Those little gnomes are so cute!  And remember they had to figure out all the layers themselves.  They just had directions for the base.

And a hen house video!

Well, they did have that and Sharon even did the pop ups on the inside of her house like the video showed:

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She put an amazing amount of work into the inside.  With most of her cards, the inside is as creative as the outside!

Lori went with a different roof line on an Early Espresso base, oodles of candies and puff paint!

Love those heart windows!

Thank you, friends for participating in a fun challenge.

I would love to see what you make as a gingerbread dutch fold card!  Send pictures!

  Anything else happening at Stampin’ Up!?

This month is the last for the mini catalog and the home office has posted the retiring list  – with savings!

Jul-Dec-2021-Mini-Catalog-PDF Last-Chance-Products_page order

And today is the last day to sign up for Paper Pumpkin in January, a Lots of Pun kit!

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If you are a demonstrator you can preorder now from the new mini catalog and even earn the Sale A Bration products!

If you would like the perks of being a demonstrator, contact me and I will help you get started.  Learn more by clicking on the blue ‘Join The Fun’ link.  There is no pressure to sell and no penalty if you decide it is not for you.  There are hobby demonstrators and there are business demonstrators so you can join to just get the discounted products or to make a little extra, it is all in your own control!  You pay $99 for a starter kit and you get $125 of products that you choose for your kit!  Win – Win!

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Thanks for stopping by to see some fun cards!  Come back again soon.

SAL,  Sparing A Little time to have some fun

Karen

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Merriest Moments and Poinsettia Petals Center Panel Easel Cards

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Hello Stamping Friends,

I don’t know when I have had as much fun with a stamp set as I had with Stampin’ Up!’s ‘Merriest Moments’!  Usually I search and search for just the right card to teach at club and then I combine different ideas from different cards to come up with what I like.  This time was different; I found so many cards that I loved.  If you are still on the fence about which stamp set to buy to make your Christmas cards, I recommend the Merriest Moments bundle.  It has a stamp set, a set of dies and a hybrid embossing folder.  You could make dozens of Christmas cards without a hint of boredom.

Join me here on Youtube or in the written words as I show off this amazing set with the Poinsettia Petals set coming along for fun!

 

Thank you, Julianne Richards, for the inspiration to make these easel cards! Stampin With Julie Richards.com

Let’s start with the Poinsettia Petals-

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Recipe

  • Stamps:  Poinsettia Petals
  • Tools:  Poinsettia Dies, Ornate Layers Dies, Stitched Rectangle dies, Double Oval Punch, sponge daubers
  • Ink:  Shaded Spruce
  • Base:  Shaded Spruce, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4.  Cut 1 1/2 inches from the score line to the front bottom edge on both the right and left sides.  Cut 1″ off the middle flap front edge then score 2 1/4″ from the score line to the cut edge.  Glue down the side flaps.
  • Side Flaps:  Expressions In Ink DSP, 4 1/8″ X 1 3/8″
  • Ornate Layer:  Shaded Spruce, 5 X 3 1/2, Use the 2nd largest Ornate Layer Die to cut.  TIP:  Place a dryer sheet folded in half under the cardstock before die cutting to hold all the little pieces.  Also place a piece of copy paper 2 1/2 X 1 3/4 under the cardstock on top of the dryer sheet to prevent a film on the back of your die cut piece since it will be visible from back.
  • Middle Greeting:  Basic White, 2 3/4 X 4, Die cut with the fourth from smallest Stitched Rectangle die; I usually say stamp first then die cut but in this case it is better to see the actual corners for stamping
  • Oval Greeting:  Basic White, 1 1/2 X 3,  stamp then punch with the double oval punch
  • Stitched Rectangle, three leaves and leaves for tiny flower :  Just Jade, 2 3/4 X 5 1/2; picture below; cut one large and two small leaves and one tiny flower to be the leaves behind the poinsettia.  Sponge the edge with Shaded Spruce and they come alive!
  • Poinsettias:  Cherry Cobbler, 4 1/4 X 5 1/2, Die cut four smaller flowers, 4 tiny flowers and 2 circle tops; picture below.  TIP: place double back adhesive tape under the cherry cobbler on the 2 circle tops so you can easily glue them to the gold centers; if you are really careful you can place the tape so it only covers 2/3 or so of the circle and then it is easy to pull off.  Happened by serendipity for me.  The poinsettias are layered with two same size flowers offset and then a tiny one on top with gold solid centers covered with the red center with holes.   TIP:  Roll the edges of the flowers toward the middle with a pencil and sponge the edges with Cherry Cobbler.
  • Gold Sprigs and centers:  Gold Foil, (X2) 1 1/2 X 2 1/2, Die cut one solid round center and one sprig. TIP: cut two separate foil pieces; running foil through the cut and emboss machine can show lines from the cutting pad.  Cut one little ball off the sprig for the center of the tiny poinsettia
  • Inside Greeting:  Basic White, 2 X 2 3/4 (Or use the stitched rectangle in the Merriest Frames dies)

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The Just Jade rectangle is a duplicate.  If you have a scrap you won’t need the length shown on the right. You need two of the gold foils and don’t forget to back the tiny Cherry Cobbler circles with double back adhesive tape.

The gold foil in the designer series paper and the gold sprigs make this card a wow!  

I agree and last year we used the same tools for this card so the set is a great addition to a crafter’s stash!   Click to see that post:

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Now on to the Merriest Moments Bundle:

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Don’t you just love those large greetings!  Our cards today will use almost everyone of those stamps.  So let’s start with the club card:

Merriest Moments Center Panel Easel Card

Recipe

  • Stamps:  Merriest Moments
  • Tools:  Merriest Frames Dies and Hybrid Embossing Folder, Stitched Rectangle dies,
  • Ink:  Shaded Spruce, Cherry Cobbler, Evening Evergreen, Versa Mark
  • Base:  Shaded Spruce, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4.  Cut 1 1/2 inches from the score line to the front bottom edge on both the right and left sides.  Cut 1″ off the middle flap front edge then score 2 1/4″ from the score line to the cut edge.  Glue down the side flaps.
  • Side Flaps:  Expressions In Ink DSP, 4 1/8″ X 1 3/8″
  • Gold Foil Layer:  Gold Foil, 5 5/8 X 4 3/8; place the border die inside the embossing folder and you can cut and emboss the gold layer at the same time.  Of course, in our instance we really just need to cut the layer using the border die from the gold foil but it is so cool to see how it looks embossed!  Just playing….
  • Detail Layer on the gold:  Shaded Spruce, 5 1/2 X 4 1/4, Two steps – 1-cut with the detailed die, 2- place in embossing folder and emboss
  • Front and Inside Greeting:  Basic White (X2), 2 1/4 X 3; die cut with stitched rectangle in the Merriest Frames Dies
  • Bottom Greeting and Easel:  Just Jade, 2 3/4 X 1 1/2, Stamp ‘Joy’ with Versa Mark, apply gold embossing powder, heat
  • Stamped Images:  Basic White, 5 1/2 X 4 1/4;  I set up the Stamparatus with all the geenery on one plate and all the flower and berry parts on a separate plate.  Stamp the greenery in Evening Evergreen and the Flowers and Berries in Cherry Cobbler.  With the stamparatus, I could stamp the Evening Evergreen more than once to get a darker color. Stamp one of each of the greeneries from the set, one large and one small flower, one flower middle and one set of berries.

I used a little extra spacing so we could be sure and die cut each stamped image.

Glue the layers, embellish with three of the In Color jewels and you have one more Christmas card ready to send.

Do we get to see all the other cards you made with this set since you were so insistent that this is the one set we need for all our Christmas cards? 

Oh yes, Sal, just remember that many are duplicates of what is on pinterest and all I had to do was add my special touches with different embossing, different DSP and of course – an inside!

Card #1

Inspired by StampWithTami.com using the detail cut out and a separate piece of Night of Navy for the greeting

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There is a separate full card front layer of Night of Navy that is embossed with the Wintry 3D boughs embossing folder.  Don’t be afraid of this mini embossing folder.  You can run it through twice to cover the front.    I stamped the “Glory to the Newborn King” in versa mark, embossed with white, then fussy cut around the words.

Stamps:  For Unto Us, Music From The Heart (retired – but I really wanted music notes)

Card #2

Red Velvet meets Merriest Moments inspired by Margi Stamps:

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The pictures don’t do justice to the simple beauty of this card.  The outside is embossed on a separate layer of Basic White.  Look at all the little snowflakes or stars around the embossed greenery.  Love it!   The greeting is stamped directly on the embossed front.  Red Velvet Paper is on page 41 of the mini.  I suggest stocking up.

I wanted to carry the idea of the frame to the middle so I cut a piece of basic white 3 1/4 X 2 1/2 expecting to trim off the edges but I loved the extra embossing around the frame and left it untrimmed.

The outside greeting is ‘Merriest Moments’ and inside is a greeting from the ‘Snowman Season’ stamp set with the Merry Christmas from ‘For Unto Us’.  Together is the best place to build heartwarming memories!

Card #3

Jenny Hayward at A Stamping Journey inspired this partial die cut:

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I used the center ‘frame only’ idea and ‘Painted Christmas’ Designer Series Paper (DSP) with the detailed Merriest Moments die- cut first, then embossed and cut in half for a side partial die.   There is an additional layer of Basic White added on the inside and a matching piece of DSP cut with the stitched rectangle in the set.  I used the bough stamp in the Merriest Moments stamp set to do 2nd and 3rd generation stamping for the boughs.  The inside greeting and the pinecone are in the ‘Perfectly Plaid’ stamp set.  The boughs Wintry 3D embossing folder is used on the right edge.

Card #4

Another partial die cut layered on the side inspired by Jenny Hayward at A Stamping Journey:

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I used the ‘Snowflake Wishes’ stamp set for the outside greeting and inside snowflakes,  The inside greeting is Merriest Moments and the side DSP is from the ‘Gingerbread and Peppermint’ DSP.  The large snowflake comes from the set of 24 iridescent snowflakes called Wonderful Snowflakes.  (see page 25 of the mini) One of the Stitched Rectangle Dies cut out the greeting perfectly!

Card #5

Inspired by Lori Pinto at Lolly Pop Papers & Ink:

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Similar to our easel card in its layering and yet exceptional in the use of Evening Evergreen for the background and Crumb Cake for a layer and the greeting.  The greeting is a separate stitched rectangle cut and popped up on the detailed embossed layer.

A ‘Snowman Season’ greeting is used for the inside and Merry Christmas from ‘For Unto Us’.  I wanted to bring the outside colors in so I cut Crumb Cake squares diagonally in half and layered them with a little larger diagonal cut square in Evening Evergreen.

Card #6

Here is a different use of the dies by Stamp It Up With Jamie. She cut out the middle and popped up the embossed detail with stampin’ dimensionals (lots) on DSP.  I didn’t have the DSP she used so I came up with this using ‘Painted Christmas’ DSP:

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The greeting comes from the ‘Frosted Gingerbread’ stamp set.  The pine cones are fussy cut from the DSP.

Card #7

Jenny Hayward at A Stamping Journey used vellum so I had to give that a try.

Isn’t it beautiful?!  The inside greeting is from ‘Perfectly Plaid’ but everything else is ‘Merriest Moments’.  The base is Fresh
Freesia as are the stamped flowers.  The greenery is stamped in Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen.  I used three of the smallest In Color gems for the inside of the flower.

You know, it is a good thing they don’t limit you to the number of words you can use! 

..or pictures, Sal, I would be in trouble!

So, Stamping Friends, you have 8 Merriest Moments cards for inspiration and 1 Poinsettia Petal card.  Which would you use for your Christmas cards if you were to make just one version??  I would love to hear from you!

SAL,   Sharing A Lot of Merriest Moments

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September Swaps and Mystery Card #16-Origami Frame Card

Hello Stamping Friends,

It is almost over- September – and summer – and ….. boo hoo

. NO it is “Woo hoo” – that means fall is here, with its pumpkins and scarecrows and pumpkin spice lattes and …..

.  And only 86 days until Christmas!  Just sayin……

We will be ready!!

Mystery Card Challenge #16 printable pdf file

It is an Origami Frame Card (also called Shadow Box Technique, Folded Paper Frame, and Origami Window Frame)!

This is the one I created with the specific instructions.  I used the wintry 3D embossing folder and since it is made for the mini machine, I just rotated the folder 180 degrees so there were no half embossed images and ran it a second time.  I used the Baby Wipe Technique for the greeting from the Frosted Gingerbread stamp set by placing a baby wipe on our largest acrylic block and then drip dropping red and green ink from the reinkers on the baby wipe to create my own mixed color ink ‘pad’.  The base is Cinnamon Cider and the DSP is Gingerbread & Peppermint DSP from the mini catalog.

  • The 4X4 DSP is folded lightly in half and then opened up and folded lightly in half again to find the middle point, or use a pencil and a ruler to draw diagonal lines from each corner to corner to find the middle, then erase the pencil mark.
  • Unfold and fold each corner with its point exactly in the center.   Burnish well with your bone folder (1st folds)
  • Fold back the corner points to about 1/8″ over the 1st folds and burnish well.
  • Place at least two glue dots underneath the frame folds at the very edge of the 1st fold, you want the folds to pop a little at the second fold but be held in place at the first fold.  Glue dots were less visible than when I used the mini dimensionals.

There are several different ways to place the frame on your card. In the card above, I used the 3X3 square offset from the frame to make added points to the frame but in this card I placed the 3X3 exactly under the frame for just a border:

I used an extra layer of Old Olive since I was using DSP from the Gingerbread & Peppermint DSP which was a bit busy.

  • Old Olive Layer, 4 1/8 X 5 3/8
  • DSP Layer, 4 X 5 1/4
  • Basic White for stamping the greeting,  2 3/4 X 2 3/4 (I had fun with all the dies in the Gingerbread Dies!)

This next card uses the 3X3 for a border again instead of extra points since the back of the DSP that folds out is the same blue and got lost when I looked at having the extra points with blue on blue.  This uses the Back On Your Feet stamp set.

Differences from the original:

  • Beauty of The Earth DSP,  4 X 5 1/4
  • Cinnamon Cider, 3 3/4  X  5, embossed with Painted Texture 3D embossing folder
  • Basic White for stamping the greeting,  2 3/4 X 2 3/4

The Origami Frame would also fit on a card with a horizontal alignment.

Sharon used the 3X3 for extra points and made a stunning card with the Sale A Bration Peaceful Prints DSP, Cherry Cobbler and Basic Black:

 

Joy’s card uses the Hand Penned DSP and Gorgeous Grape with the Timeworn Type 3D Embossing Folder:

 

Ann made two cards in differing colors and two different embossing folders- the Ornate Floral 3D on the left and the Timber 3D on the right:

 

Thank you for participating in the Mystery Card Challenge and sharing your cards!

We Zoom on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 9:30 to share our swaps and do a Mystery Card Challenge.  Hop on by some time, just send your email address to me at [email protected].

  Don’t go until you share those swap cards!

Oh dear, I almost did. This was my swap and if you click on the picture you can go to the blog post with all the directions and even a video:

  


Sharon’s card celebrates the beauty of fall with gorgeous die cut leaves on fall DSP and she used the Autumn Wheelbarrow Dies from last year’s holiday mini, Pierced Blooms Dies, Seasonal Layers Dies, and Autumn Wishes from Close To My Heart.

 


Jo’s Card uses Stampin’ Up! Reflected In Nature stamps on Thick Basic White with a full panel of brown embossed with the Wood Grain embossing folder.  The shiny strip is Stampin’ Up! Rose Specialty Paper:


I wish you could see the sparkle on Joy’s card.  She used the Triple Time Stamping Technique with the Stampin’ Up! Daisy Garden and Vine Design stamp sets with a border between her layers of Blackberry Beauty DSP.   The little dragonfly is punched in black and then sparkled with the gold!


 Ann’s card is a fun Halloween card using Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black.  She sponged the edge of the Pumpkin Pie with black for a smoky look.  She used Stampin’ Up!’s Frightfully Cute stamp set, the Scalloped Contour Dies, the Frightful Tag Dies, the Cute Halloween DSP, and Black Glitter Paper.  The star sequins and black and white gingham ribbon are the perfect embellishment!


  Your blog is like a virtual scrapbook of cards!

So true!  And for you travelers and out of staters who missed the Mystery card, you can still make one and send me the picture and I can add it to the ‘virtual scrapbook’.  I think it really helps everyone see the amazing things we can do with a bit of paper, stamps, tools and ink.  An added benefit of our card scrapbook is to go back and see a card that we may have already mailed out but now want to make one like it.  Well, here is your place to go to see those past cards.  My cards are in the recipe box because they are linked to the full directions but you can always do a search by “swaps” and find the others.

And the ‘scrapbook’  brings a pinch of creativity to spice up their crafting worlds!  

Mustn’t forget to say that, Sal, so they see where you come in!

SAL,   Share A Love

Karen (Click on little Sal in the computer to go to the online store)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pinwheel Tower Cards

Hello Stamping Friends,

Remember to click the heading after you open your email to access the full blog.

The little pumpkin sandwiched nicely in the dash of my car made little Emma in the back carseat giggle as we headed to Steamboat Springs.   She helped with the construction!

 

Pinwheel Tower Card

These cards are the new rage on social media so I had an open house crafting day to gather together and make one.  There were so many different versions online that I sent out three videos and the stampers picked the style of their choice and brought the kit components to the house.  It was a fun morning!

This is how my work table looked to start:

The card cuts here are those used by Meg Loven though all the colors are different:

Recipe:

  • Tower Base:  Granny Apple Green, 4 1/4 X 4 1/4; Score at 1″, 2″, 3″ and 4″.  This leaves a little 1/4″ tab on which you will put a piece of tear and tape, then lay it flat on your work surface and bring the opposite side over and press it down on the tab.  This works so much better than trying to hold it in your hands and match the sides.
  • Panels (X4):  Granny Apple Green, 4 1/4 X 2 3/4
  • Borders (X4):  Basic Black, 4 X 2 1/2
  • Borders (X4):  Basic Black, 4 X 1 1/2
  • Layers for stamping (X4):  Basic White, 3 3/4 X 2 1/4
  • Layers for pretty (X4):  Pattern Party DSP,  3 3/4 X 1 1/4

That’s really all there is for pieces and now comes the fun part of decorating!  I used the Counting Sheep Stamp Set and Sheep Dies, (each are free during Sale A Bration (ends September 30) with a $50 order).   Emma’s birthday is this month and she turns 3, so the three sheep were perfect!  I used the streamers and bow tie from the Birthday Chick Dies and stamps from the Hey Birthday Chick stamp set.

The sheep are all stamped directly on the Basic White, however,  by outlining the image with a Light Smoky Slate Blend and then using the Color Lifter to soften the shadow you create a look of a whiter white.  The candles are from a retired punch and the frosting is a piece of doily.  The flames are made real with a drop of our Shimmery Crystal Effects.

Even if you don’t need the sheep, the sheep dies have this cool pennant, the sun, the balloon, clouds and the birthday hat.  The grass, the greeting and the birthday hat come from the Counting Sheep stamp set.  The streamers are in the Birthday Chick die set.

On this side I used a number 3 from the Playful Alphabet set, more Hey Chick streamers, a doily and a cute bow tie from the Birthday Chick Dies.

 

The Happy Birthday is another die in the Birthday Chick die set and the balloons are in the Sheep Dies.  I cut the words once in basic black and once in the Pattern Party paper with horizontal stripes for a different look.

This is what the work table looks like at the end of making the card:

Ugh — I thought all the skeletons and halloween decorations were scary but this is worse. 

A normal day in the life of a crafter!

Let’s look at the cards made by the others.  Thank you Stampers for your amazing creations and letting me share them!


Sharon Fincham’s Christmas Card:

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Joy Meadows also made a Christmas card and used the Whimsy & Wonder Specialty Paper and the Christmas Trees Dies.  The sparkly gold is the Sale A Bration Be Dazzling specialty paper:

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Heather Guitreau- for a friend using the Pierced Blooms Dies:

 


Heather Guitreau- for Halloween using the Cute Halloween Designer Series Paper, the Cutest Halloween Stamp set and the Frightful Tags dies with the Black Glitter Paper from Stampin’ Up! and other fun Halloween sets.  Those ghosts are upside down tulip punches.


Heather Guitreau- for her Mother

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Ann Hausmann made a Halloween card as well!  I must say, the Black Glitter Paper just makes the card awesome as does the Designer Series Paper with bats and cute little ghosts.  Of course without the dies to cut the glimmer paper into owls and spider webs, and a witch hat and a tree and a fence, well — yes, my pretty, we must have dies! (she says in a witch’s voice!)

Did those wonderful cards inspire you to make your own Pinwheel Tower Card?  When it is a very special occasion, it is worth taking time for a very special card!

SAL,   Smile A Little as you stamp your way to Christmas- only 87 days away

Karen.  (Click on little Sal in the computer to go to the online store)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August Swaps and Mystery Card #15

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess code:  WKQ6CJ7R with Cindy as our hostess this month.

I just had the most incredible weekend with the Backstage At Home Stampin’ Up! virtual leader’s event.  The speakers were tremendous and the chance to network with demonstrators all over the world was delightful!  Next year the event will be in person in New Orleans!  Join my team of Carin’ Crafters and/or let me help you promote so you, too, can attend these events!

Would you like to attend a virtual Stampin’ Up! conference for any level of demonstrator November 11-13?   Join my team, if you haven’t, and we’ll meet here and have fun together; for you out of town folks, we will set up a Zoom with you so you feel a part of the PARTY!  Don’t have an upline nearby?  Come and join the fun, we are all a family of stampers no matter what!   So hop on over to your website tomorrow, August 31, and sign up for the November event, then block it out on your calendar so you don’t make appointments on those days.  Click on the “Events” tab in your demonstrator website and find out all about it!

Wow!  You really have a lot of enthusiasm today!

I do, Sal!  And I can’t wait to hear all the other speakers when the videos are posted.  We had to choose just one speaker for each session.  It was hard to choose since the topics all sounded interesting.

Now– let’s go on to today’s agenda of posting the Mystery card and the swaps from August.  We meet on the second Tuesday of the month for club, or for some event I conjure up, and then we meet by Zoom on the fourth Tuesday of the month for a Mystery Card challenge and to share our swaps.  September 14 we are having casual crafting at my house to make a Pinwheel Tower Card at 9:30.  Prepare your own kit and we will work together to make the cards.  The tower card is the new rage on social media and I think every video I have watched uses different measurements.  Choose one of the videos you like and make a kit to bring on the 14th at 9:30.  I will put on the coffee!


Mystery Card Challenge #15 printable file

Step 1:  Adhere the large DSP (Designer Series Paper) section to the front of the card base.

Step 2:  Adhere the 1″ scored section of the card base strip at the middle of the inside of the card base 1/8″ over from right

Step 3:  Turn the strip of DSP over to its other side and adhere to the neutral  4” X 5 ¼” piece on the right side

Step 4:  Adhere the neutral and its DSP on top of the strip glued on in step 2

Step 5:  Add a greeting or an image on the strip that folds over the front and decorate

I used the ‘Gingerbread & Peppermint’ DSP from the Mini Catalog and fussy cut out the ornaments and peppermints.  If I had purchased the bundle or the entire suite I would have had dies to cut out both.  There are five 5! sizes of circles in this die set so imagine the possibilities!  Do you know where that tag comes from?  It is in the new ‘Pretty Pillow Box Dies’.  The greetings are in the ‘Snowman Season Stamp Set’, a carryover in the Annual Catalog.

 

It isn’t even September and you have a Christmas card made!  I am impressed!

It is a record, Sal!  Maybe next year I will do a ‘Christmas in July’ like so many others like to do.

Sharon Fincham used the ‘Turtle Friends’ stamp set on retired Whale of A Time DSP.  She hooked her flap under the ‘Story Label Punch’ to keep the card shut.  Great idea, Sharon.

Heather Guitreau used the ‘In The Wild’ DSP and ‘Big Cats’ dies.  She made a great closing flap and used a greeting from the ‘Wild Cats’ stamp set:

 

She made a second card thinking she needed to follow directions but we all know that the best creativity often happens outside the box!

 

Joy Meadow’s card uses the ‘Pansy Petals’ DSP with the greeting from the ‘Pansy Patch’ stamp set on a ‘Story Label’ punch.

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Ann Hausmann used the ‘Beautifully Penned’ DSP that is free with a $50 purchase during this round of Sale A Bration which goes through September 30.  I love the pop of color on the black and white.

Jo Brooks’ card made me wish I had purchased the Playful Pets DSP from the last catalog.  However, we have pets DSP in our new mini called ‘Sweet Stockings’ and it is now on my wish list!

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Is that as cute as it gets?!    Thank you everyone for a fun time of Mystery Stamping.  I ran out of time and sent you a video instead of walking you through each step but I will get back to normal in September!

You even have the Mystery card picked out I hear! 

Shhhh, Sal, or I will start talking about it and give everything mysterious away!


August 2021 Swaps

Jo Brooks used the ‘Stitched Triangle’ dies and for the bouquet of flowers, the stamps in ‘Welcoming Window’.  It is the great two step stamping that we love with a stamp for the greenery and another stamp for the flowers.  Adding the lace was genius!

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Sharon Fincham used the ‘Turtle Friends’ and ‘Scalloped Contours’ die for this delightful card:

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Joy Meadows used the ‘Pattern Party’ DSP available to hostess’ and the ‘Dragonflies’ punch with lots of added sparkle on the black.  Note how she used a flap on the front of the base instead of the standard base.  Very cool and shows off both sides of the pretty DSP.

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Ann Hausmann found the cutest little lip gloss containers that looked like popsicles at Target and made a fun popsicle card with Very Vanilla and Pool Party.  The popsicle images are in the ‘Sweet Ice Cream’ stamp set, retired from the last mini,  but Ann hand drew all the faces to match the lip gloss container.  You are the cool one, Ann!!

Lori had fun with the ‘Nothing’s Better Than’ stamp set which carried over to the Annual Catalog.  She formatted the front words on her computer, printed them on card stock then added the words and images which she cut with her Brother Scan and Cut.  The coloring is awesome as she matched the coloring on the words to the colored images.  So Creative!

 

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My swap card was a clean and simple card.  I wanted to show the swappers the beautiful ‘In Color Shimmer Vellum’  (the pink layer on the card) and the ‘Expressions In Ink’ DSP with its gold foil on the pink that looks like the alcohol ink on vellum technique we just learned.  I used the ‘Tailored Tags’ dies with a cutout of gold for the reinforcement ring.  The ribbon is the In Color 3/8″ Open Weave ribbon.  To get the ribbon to lay on the tag the way I wanted, I used two pieces.  I used glue dots to loop the bows on the right and left with nice little tails and then used a second piece and more glue dots to tie a middle around the bow.  I secured the knot and the tails of this piece of ribbon on back of the tag.  The good sized thanks is in the ‘Artistically Inked’ stamp set. Can you see the shimmer of the pink vellum?

Recipe for Thank You Card

  • Base:  Thick Basic White, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer:  Polished Pink Shimmer Vellum, 5 1/2 X 4 1/4
  • Top:  Expressions in Ink DSP, 5 1/4 X 4
  • Tag:  Basic White, 3 1/2 X 1 1/2, die cut with Tailor Made Tag, third from the largest plain tag
    • Gold Foil, Scrap, cut with the square reinforcement ring
  • Inside Border Strip: Polished Pink Shimmer Vellum, 4 1/4 X 1
  • Inside Top Layer:  Expressions In Ink DSP, 4 X 3/4
  • Embellishment:  3 In Color gems
  • Ink:  Polished Pink
  • Stamp Set:  Artistically Inked

Did you enjoy that show?  It is like having a scrapbook of cards that I hope inspires you to make your own special creation.


Remember to join Paper Pumpkin before September 10th if you want this special fall kit:


We have one more month to take advantage of Sale A Bration’s free products!



And remember to sign up for On Stage and sign up to be a part of my team if you would like to attend On Stage.  (Think Prize Patrol, A goody bag, Make and Takes, The Upcoming catalog and lots of fun!)  Click on the JOIN button here or at the tab on the blog.

Hostess code:  WKQ6CJ7R with Cindy as our hostess this month.  Cindy’s craft room is gradually getting set up there in Tehachapi, California and she made this cool card:

Since we didn’t have club in September, I set Cindy up as hostess to help her get back into stamping.  She has been regularly placing outside orders that were credited to club members hostess codes so it seemed right to give her a chance at free products!

We hope to see you on Zoom some fourth Tuesday of a month, Cindy!

Her Hostess code:  WKQ6CJ7R, click on little Sal to go to the online store!

SAL,   Stay And Linger a bit dear summer

Karen (Thank you for choosing me as your demonstrator.  After this past weekend of meeting and seeing  many talented demonstrators, I felt honored to have so many of you following me.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dove of Hope Ornament & Gift Box

Hello Stamping Friends and Followers,

Remember to click on the header if you are reading this is in your mobile device so you access the full blog where the videos work.

December hostess code is:  F3ZE2UD2

Yesterday was a delightful time with virtual stamping and a virtual party!!  I host a Christmas party each year for my club members to thank them for their faithful support.  I opted for a Zoom party this year and it was fun!  The theme was Snowmen and I was able to find snowmen gift bags and snowmen boxes and a snowman mug, and snowmen plates and napkins and kitchen towels and a snowman buddy to keep them company.  So if anyone is looking for a way to connect this Christmas season, read on for a few ideas and CASE (copy and share everything)  what you can.  Leave me a comment if this helped and add your ideas for others to read.

Christmas Party Bag:

  • Snowman Bag
  • Snowman Buddy to sit beside you
  • Dryer Sheets (just because everyone needs these for cutting out the intricate dies and cleaning up glitter)
  • Snowman round box filled with cotton balls for the game
  • Sleep Mask and plastic spoon on top to blindfold yourself for the cotton ball game
  • Hot Chocolate holder with a candy cane and snowman Ghirdellis (tradition)
  • Microwave popcorn holder
  • Snowman mug, plates, napkin, and cleanup towel
  • Chex Mix and Honey Roasted Nuts
  • Christmas Feud Game Cards packaged with two plain white face masks to stamp
  • Christmas Song Bingo Card with packet of buttons for bingo markers, and craft supplies-red and green sparkly pipe cleaners, bells and ribbon to make a pipe cleaner ornament.  I saw this on Pinterest.

I purchased and downloaded the Christmas song Bingo cards on Etsy and used Spotify on my phone to create a playlist for the songs that were on the Bingo cards.

I purchased the Christmas Feud cards from Etsy.

The plain white face masks were at the Dollar Store as were many of the other items.  It was amazing to see what these creative crafters did to decorate their face masks.  Give a creative person a blank canvas and just watch them go to work!

Masks were scored on basis of :  Participation, something with the snowman theme, image was recognizable, someone said oohhh or ahhhh, it made us laugh.

The round boxes were filled with cotton balls and the party goers were instructed to use the sleep mask (Walmart) to blindfold themselves, place the top of the plastic spoon in their mouth and see how many cotton balls they could dish out of the round box and place in the lid in two minutes.  Points were given for each cotton ball that made it to the lid.

Three rounds of Bingo were played with scores of 3 points for the first bingo, 2 points for the second bingo(s), 1 point(s) for the third bingo(s).

Family Feud was scored as per the game cards.

I kept a running list of scores and then the person with the lowest score got to choose from the first white elephant gift, then up the line to the top score with each person able to keep or steal.

Here are some close ups just for fun:

Recipe for a hot chocolate holder:

  • Pacific Point,  8 1/2 X 5 1/2  Scored lightly at 4 1/4 and then diagonally from 1 3/4 at top to 2 1/2 at side.  The front is stamped randomly with the tiny snowflake stamp from the Snowflake Wishes stamp set in Whisper White.  Use tear and tape to glue the diagonal to the inside and to glue the bottom and side of the holder.
  • Bottom Strip:  Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper, 1 1/2 X 4 1/4.
  • Whisper White:  5 1/2 X 4 1/4, die cut three snowflakes from So Many Snowflakes Dies. Stamp in Pacific Point ink the outer ring of the greeting with the Warm Hugs stamp set as well as the greeting from the Warm Hugs set.  They are both die cut with the Warm Wraps Dies and glued together.  The coffee mug can be stamped right through the circle, stamped again to color the mug and then the steam is stamped in smoky slate.
  • Small Rhinestones were added to the center of the snowflakes and two on the greeting.
  • Insert bow wrapped candy cane and hot chocolate.  The ribbon I used is retired.

My darling Paul made all of the hot chocolate holders after I gave him a prototype so I could make snowmen popcorn holders.  Thank you, my love.

Look at the different plaids on these snowmen!

I loved choosing scarf and hat band colors from the exceptional, gorgeous, amazing Plaid Tidings 6 X 6 paper.  The paper will be retiring on January 4.  It is in the mini on page 57 and is $11.50 for 48 sheets.  Item #153527.

Recipe:

  • Base: Whisper White, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2, scored at 2 1/8 and 6 1/4.  Check your popcorn before scoring!
  • Nose: Pumpkin Pie, one petal of the Large Daisy Punch
  • Eyes: Stamp directly on base with the largest of the Sweetest Time holly berries.  Use a sticky note and punch two circles and you can have perfect alignment each time and no masking:

It looks like you were trying to make an eyebrow and not doing too well. 

No, Sal, that is just the other two berries on the holly berry stamp.  I chose that stamp because it has the little white semicircle to add twinkle to the eye.  I usually use my white marker but this looked better and saved an extra step.  I found that if I started with the eyes I could line the sticky note up exactly where I wanted the hat brim which helped me glue the brim on straight.  The top of the hat then lined up perfectly at the back on the white base so I could glue it on quickly.  Back to the recipe:

  • Mouth, Black Marker and a 2 1/2 inch circle template to draw around.  Be careful and replace it once in a while or the black ink will build up and get ink on your snowman.  Yep- found that out the hard way!
  • Hat Brim:  Basic Black, 4 1/2 X 1 1/2
  • Hat Top:  Basic Black, 2 3/4 X 3, this gives you 7/8 inch on each side of brim
  • Hat Band:   Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper (DSP), 1/2 X 2 3/4
  • Scarf:  Matching Plaid Tidings DSP,  5/8 X 5 1/2 (X2), make little cuts at the ends for fringe
  • Back: Matching Plaid Tidings DSP,  1 X 5 1/2,  Note- put adhesive on the white base on the right hand fold, attach the strip, place adhesive on the left hand side of whisper white base and then place popcorn in the holder and fold the right over the left.  I found the popcorn bags weren’t all consistently filled so I had to flatten them as best I could before putting them in their holder.    This one got an extra little strip because my glue went outside the band.  I also had to glue a matching strip over the back of the scarf since I ran my glue clear to the end of the scarf.

If you just add a couple glue dots to hold the popcorn bag, the recipient shouldn’t have to ruin the holder and it can be regifted.

but I like it with extra matching DSP on the back of the scarf.  

It does match nicely and if you have the time it is great!  If you are scrambling three days before a party-maybe not an option, but definitely better than trying to get the glue off the back of the scarf!  Where’s your snowman, Sal?

Better?

 

Yes, but I will have to get you one of the face masks the ladies made!

Dove Ornament and Gift Box

My goal is to be consistent with ‘Take A Break Tuesday’ facebook live at 9:30 on the second Tuesday of each month. Check it out-

 

Mini Paper Pumpkin Gift Box:

Recipe:

  • Mini Paper Pumpkin Box from Annual Catalog page 152,  #153069, $7.50 for 10
  • Mats (border) for box:  Copper Foil Sheet,  Top= 3 5/8 X 5 3/8, Short Side= 7/8 X 3 5/8 (X2), Long Side=7/8 X 5 5/8 (X2)
  • Designer Series Paper:  Brightly Gleaming, Top=3 1/2 X 5 1/4, Short Side= 3/4 X 3 1/2 (X2), Long Side=3/4 X 5 1/2 (X2)
  • Greeting on Box Top:  Whisper White, 4 3/4 X 3 1/2, Die cut with Celebration Labels Dies, third largest
  • Inside Heart:  Whisper White, 3 X 3, punched with heart punch or die
  • Memento Black Ink, Old Olive Ink and a sponge dauber

I cut out the copper layer for the inside of the box from the copper rectangle mat we used on the top and die cut it with the third largest Celebration die.   I also cut out the Designer Series Paper for the inside using the 4th largest Celebration die and the rectangle I cut for the top of the box.  No need to waste that beautiful paper that will be hidden by the Whisper White top layer!

If you still have some of the retired copper embossing powder from the previous catalog you could emboss the “peace, love, joy”  and the inside greeting in copper for a nice touch!

Dove Ornament

I found this ornament on Pinterest made by Andrea Sargent of Valley Inspiration with Andrea. Thank you, Andrea!

Recipe:

  • Dove:  Whisper White, 3 3/4 X 5 1/2, die cut two detailed wings and one body
  • Dove:  Vellum, 3 3/4 X 5 1/2, die cut two plain wings, one body and one of the small plain tail pieces
  • Olive Branch:  Old Olive, 1 1/2 X 1 1/2, die cut with small olive branch die
  • Gold Hoop:  Page 156 of Annual Catalog
  • Gold Cording:  11″, page 31 of the Mini Catalog
  • Glue dots, Tombow liquid glue and mini dimensionals.   The vellum is glued to the whisper white with liquid glue in just the areas that are solid,  the peace branch is glued to the beak with liquid glue, the wings are then mounted with mini dimensionals to the body and the dove is then attached to the hoop with glue dots at the tail, the branch and the front wing only,  making sure the glue dots are stretched and rolled to not have any excess between the dove and the hoop.
  • Fold the gold cording in half and loop it over the hoop and then tie it in a knot at the top, cutting off the excess.

And with Christmas only 16 days away, do you think anyone will make any of these? 

Sal, these would all be perfect for Christmas craft fairs next year and those projects must be started months ahead of time.  Consider me ahead of things instead of a procrastinator!

 Choke……

I know.

Have a wonderful day ladies and click on over to the online store where you can see what products from the mini are on sale and which are discounted – some 50%!

The Clearance Rack has also been refreshed with new products so check those out.  They go quickly!

December hostess code is:  F3ZE2UD2

SAL,  Sing A Lot of Christmas carols

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curvy Christmas Card

Hello Stampin’ Friends:

I created this month’s swap card combining the Curvy Die with a greeting from the Curvy Christmas Stamp set and using the Plush Poinsettia Specialty Paper and Poinsettia Dies:

 

With the Curvy Dies, I could either turn the die to create little dots all the way across or use the edge with no dots.  I chose no dots since the paper was embellished enough.  The Poinsettia Die cut out plush poinsettias from the designer paper and all the poinsettias on the DSP are the same size so I could have enough die cuts to layer two poinsettias.

Recipe:

Supplies:

  • Curvy Christmas Stamp Set for the greeting and the bow
  • Curvy Dies
  • Plush Poinsettia Specialty Paper
  • Poinsettia Dies
  • Wrapped In Christmas Stamp Set for inside greeting
  • Cherry Cobbler Ink for inside greeting
  • Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels and Pearl Basic Jewels
  • White embossing powder and Versa Mark
  • Heat tool
  • Specialty Vellum Adhesive or glue dots and regular adhesives

Cuts:

  • Base:  Whisper White, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
  • Layer 1- make 2:  Cherry Cobbler, 5 1/2 X 4 1/4
  • DSP:  Plush Poinsettia 5 1/2 X 4 1/4 cut with the Curvy Die to leave red base 1/2″ on the left side and 1 3/4″ on the right side from the bottom.
  • Two Plush Poinsettias cut out from the DSP with the Poinsettia die
  • Bow:  Cherry Cobbler, 1 X 2 embossed with versa mark ink and white embossing powder, with red thread (retired) swirled underneath the bow
  • Inside Layer:  Whisper White, 5 X  3 3/4
  • Inside Strip:  Cherry Cobbler 4 X 1 with 4 X 3/4 layer of the plush DSP

Would it be a dumb question to ask why you used a full layer of Cherry Cobbler on the front and the inside instead of just using a Cherry Cobbler base?

A reasonable question, Sal.  With the inside of the card having a full white base section at the top,  you have room to write a long Christmas note. Writing on the dark Cherry Cobbler is hard to read.  I think it brightens up the card as well and I love the extra weight that layers add to a card so it is not as flimsy.  Necessary?  Not at all.

SAL,  Share A Lot

Karen

 

 

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