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Hello Stamping Friends,
It isn’t too early to start thinking about the holidays! Accordingly, our September club was all about Thanksgiving… sort of…..
The new Holiday catalog is so full of yummy stamp sets and tools that I was tempted to jump straight to Christmas cards but I didn’t….not exactly….. My first card is the standard for a Thanksgiving card but my second card could actually be used for either Thanksgiving or Christmas. My daughter, Stacia, lives in Steamboat Springs and the snow will be falling at Thanksgiving so the snowy card is perfect for that mountainous world.
Card 1: Grateful For You
And for the inside:
The base of the card is Cajun Craze. The Brick Embossing Folder was used to emboss Very Vanilla paper and then sponged with Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar, and Cajun Craze. I sponged and responged until I reached the deep rich color I was after.
The leaves were stamped with the Vintage Leaves on Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze, and Crushed Curry and then cut with the Leaflets Framelits. The “You” comes from the Hello You Thinlits using Early Espresso Card stock and the new Precision Base Plate! No more running the card stock back and forth several times to get a good cut. The plate is a wonderful tool!
The Happy Thanksgiving is from Teeny Tiny Wishes and punched out with the Word Window punch. The garland is from Thankful Forest Friends and the little leaves are punched out with one of many thinlits in the Square Pillow Box Thinlit Die set. An Early Espresso Candy Dot ties all the colors from the front into the inside. Here are the supplies I used; click on any image to go straight to the store!
Card 2: Thinking of You
This was a fun card and a great introduction to the new holiday catalog. The stamp set with both types of trees is the Happy Scenes stamp set on page 11 of the catalog. It can be bundled with the Hearth and Home Thinlits Dies that I used for the window. (Bundling saves you 15% over buying each separately.) I cut out two windows and glued them in the middle to make a nice big picture window. The little dog comes from the Jingle All The Way stamp set on page 12. One of my stampers used the fox from that set for a wild look. The greeting is from the Happy Scenes set and bordered with dazzling diamonds glimmer paper cut out with the Bitty Banners Framelits. The glimmer paper is a full size banner cut out. The greeting is cut with the same framelit twice to shorten it. I am sure you recognize those apples from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set with its matching Tree Builder punch, and the cupcake base in the stamp set makes a perfect basket when bordered with a tiny bit of Tea Lace Paper Doilies. The little bow is Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine. The scene is stamped on our dotted specialty designer paper to give the look of falling snow. This card uses the symmetrical embossed dotted paper from Sale A Bration but we have a more snowy looking paper on page 142 of the big catalog called the Color Me Irresistible Specialty Designer Paper.
For the inside I just had to play with more products from the catalog:
The greeting is the Six Sayings host set in the holiday catalog (you host and earn the stamp set, I’ll do the work)! See page 51. The snow flakes are from the Flurry of Wishes stamp set, page 25, and punched with the Snow Flurry Punch-another pair you can bundle and save 15%! The Curvy Corner Trio punch is on page 18 and another must have. We were so sad when our little ribbon slide punch retired but now we have it back with two other punches all in one.