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Have you ever started a card design by wanting to match the envelope liner?

That is really backwards!  Were you able to do it or did you give up?

I did succeed!  I purchased the Santa Express Memories & More Cards & Envelopes from the mini thinking it would be a great way to save time and make 20 Christmas cards.  The cards are a bit bigger than our standard A2 size which I also liked. I know this is blurry but the pictures in the mini were so small!

The Poppy Parade (or Sweet Sorbet) card envelope liner is striped but the card is polka dots, whereas the Shaded Spruce card envelope liner is polka dot but the card has a bit of speckle like snow on a solid green front.

I am going to post these cards for ideas to help those of you who might have just a few, hopefully not 20, Christmas cards yet to make.

Two at a time!!  I started by working with one red and one green and I cut off one inch on the right front side of each.  I used the polka dots cut off from the red card to make the inside right side of a flap card on the green card with the green strip as its flap.  For the inside left side of the red card I used a 1″ X  6 1/4″ strip of polka dots from the Santa Express DSP which matches perfectly.  There was no red stripe in the Santa Express DSP paper to match the envelope liner but the Sweetest Christmas DSP had a stripe that I used to tie in the envelope liner.

.  You lost me.  How about a picture?

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Do you see how the polka dot strip on the green card right front comes from the red card base?  I used the green cut off strip to make the flap for the card by cutting off 2″ and scoring at 1″ so it glues behind the polka dot strip.  The 2″ part I cut off I used on the flap of the red card.

The red card uses a 1″ X 6 1/4″ strip of the striped paper in the Sweetest Christmas DSP for the right side and another strip 1″ X 4 1/4″  scored at 1″ for the flap. Stamp and corner round the flap, and glue it halfway down on the inside strip before gluing that strip down.  (I loved that the other side had little candy canes!)   The flaps are stamped with Versa Mark and embossed with white embossing powder with the greeting ‘Christmas Cheer’ from Sweet Candy Canes.  The ‘Candy Cane Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses’ greeting is also in the Sweet Candy Canes stamp set and cut with the Candy Canes die which has those two larger holes at the side which I used for ribbon.  The holes are large enough for a real candy cane to fit through with the greeting stamped vertically.

Serendipity!

I cut one candy cane from the Sweetest Christmas Designer Series Paper (DSP) for each card and cut two evergreen boughs from Shaded Spruce using the dies from the Christmas Banners Die set.  I cut a So Saffron Stem from the Banners die set and also five red berries in Real Red which I sparkled up with Wink of Stella.  I stamped two mistletoe boughs from the Sweet Candy Cane stamp set and cut them out with the Candy Canes Dies.  I punched three little white berries with a small hole punch and layered them above the mistletoe.

The layer under the candy cane and greenery is 2 3/4″ X 5 3/4″, one in Poppy Parade and one in Sweetest Christmas DSP.

The inside greeting is my favorite for this year-“May your days be happy, your heart be light, your Christmas Merry and the new year bright”-  from the Very Best Occasions Stamp Set, a great set for your stamp collection with greetings for birthday, love, gratefulness, thinking of you and Christmas!

 

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These next two cards use the Candy Canes Die that makes stripes!

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These card bases are larger than a standard A2 so the cut out wouldn’t cover the full base so start with a piece of DSP for the green card and poppy parade for the red card and cut them at 5 7/8 X 3 7/8 which leaves an uncut left side perfect for wrapping ribbon around.  The banner is from the Christmas Banners Die.  It is the best banners stamp and die set yet. ( I think I have about three sets from the past.) I did use a Shaded Spruce Stampin’ Blend to color in the green a little darker.


The last cards I want to show you use retired products.  The Seasons of Fun set has a little girl pulling a sled and my daughter just sent me a picture of our little granddaughter pulling her baby sister in a sled.

Did you know if you layer Lt Mossy Meadow and Lt Shaded Spruce you get Garden Green?

For the red card, I folded the dotted side to the back and embossed the front with a retired embossing folder.  I used the Stitched Seasons Framelits to cut the layers and also to cut the bow in polka dots to match the back.  ‘Christmas Cheer’ is in the retired Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set.


And here is the matching green card:

I cut the bow out of the color I wanted and then two other layers of basic white, gluing all three layers together to give the bow a bit more dimension.  Be sure and use your double back sticky sheets to do this so you don’t have a mess of glue.

One last example using the same Stitched Seasons Framelits and the matching Blended Seasons stamp set:

And that, my dear stamping friends, is how you start with an envelope and then tie in the card!!

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Karen

 

Case The Creator #9, Recessed Panel Card

It’s time for another Case The Creator card!

This time we are creating a Recessed Panel Card.

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The recessed DSP (designer series paper) on the front is a full size piece so when you open to the inside the back of the DSP is the top of the card and quite nice- just be warned to not use directional papers that might be upside down on the inside!

There are many different versions with different placement of the recessed panel.  I chose the dimensions used by France Martin of www.frenchiestamps.com.  To access her video click on the pdf file not the screen shot of the dimensions – the video won’t work from the screen shot.

Case The Creator #9 printable pdf file

Screen Shot of Directions

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.   That’s really cool and I like the picture of the fall card on the directions but what did you use?

That would be helpful, Sal, wouldn’t it?

The Christmas card I made uses the Painted Christmas Paper DSP for the recessed panel.  This DSP carried over from last year to the new fall mini catalog, so check your stash, you may have it already!

The base is Evening Evergreen and the mat is Basic White.  The greetings on the front are from the Hope & Peace stamp set and dry embossed with White Embossing Powder.   The inside greeting is from the same set and stamped with Evening Evergreen Ink.

The holly berries, stamped in real red, and leaves, stamped in garden green, are from Merriest Moments stamp set and Merriest Frames Dies, another carryover from last year that is one of my all time favorite sets.  The pine boughs are from Christmas Banner Dies cut from Garden Green cardstock.

 

Very helpful!  Did anyone participate in the challenge. 

Indeed they did, Sal!  Ann used the Sweet Candy Canes stamp set with Candy Canes Dies and the oh- so- cool Sweetest Christmas Designer Series Paper.   Her card is just beautiful and the green mat and mistletoe bough are perfect with the candy canes!  Such a great job!

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Do you see what I mean with the back of the DSP panel?  A lovely look!


Jo’s card has a recessed panel of many colored candies!  She used a punch to cut out even more candies to embellish her card and added glittery snowflakes!  So very fun!

 


Sharon used the smiley moose from our All Bundled Up stamp set!  She turned the panel the other way which looks great.  I love how the moose scarf is colored to match the DSP!  We don’t have a die to cut out the moose so she fussy cut him and then added an oval of gold behind him.  Beautiful work!

 


What’s up at the home office?  Surely something is happening!

Yes, Sal, we have ovals back!   They are designer ovals as well that will dress up any card.  Check out this video from Leana and Holly of the home office:

Did you hear what I heard?  The stamp and dies have the same name!

Yes, finally!  We have been begging the home office to make life easier on us by naming the dies the same as the stamp set!  Hurrah!!

Be warned!  The Framed Florets bundle will be available in the Mini Catalog that starts in January but the other products are available only through January 4, 2023.  The designer paper can be used year round and is luscious!


You have until November 10 to sign up for November’s Paper Pumpkin!  Click on the image to sign up!

.  Let’s see…. 50 days left until Christmas and less than that to get those cards mailed. 

AAAAHHHHHH……. I better run!

SAL,  Stamping A Lot of Christmas cards – (not yet)

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Christmas Stamp Camp

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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