Night in Bethlehem

Hello Stampers! I’m really into making Christmas cards right now since I have a craft fair coming up in October. This is card number 1 for this month’s card classes. When I saw this bundle (Night in Bethlehem Stamp Set and Bethlehem Edgelits) I knew I had to have it. 

I was inspired by several different cards I’ve seen. The dies in this set are awesome. 

 

 

This card was well received by my first class and I’m pretty sure that tomorrow’s class will like it as well. 

The card base is Sahara Sand cut at 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″

The Whisper White measures 4″ x 4 1/4″  (I also did the same on the inside with a verse.)

The black strips on top and bottom are just strips of black cut at 1/4″ x 4 1/4″

 

Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Set – Night in Bethlehem

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper – Sahara Sand, Black, Whisper White, Gold Foil

Accessories – Bethlehem Edgelits

 

Try this card…it really is very nice and I like that it’s not using the usual Christmas colors. 

Until next time…Happy Stamping!    Donna

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Pop Up Book Birthday Card

Hello Stampers! Today I have a really cool card for you. I was inspired by Dawn Griffith (again). I love cards that are interactive or pop in some way. Dawn must be on the same page and she inspires me so much.

Don’t look at this card and say ” I can’t do that, it looks so difficult.” It may look difficult but it’s really easy! We did this card at my last month’s class and everyone really liked it.

OK, nothing difficult about some dry embossing and die cuts. Now watch…

There’s the WOW! Just the way you cut, score and fold makes this greeting pop out like a book. I’ll first list the products then get into the directions.

 

Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Sets – Butterfly Basics, Special Celebrations

Ink – Night of Navy

Paper – Night of Navy, So Saffron, Whisper White

Accessories – Sparkle Embossing Folder, Stitched Framelits

 

Now for the measurements:

Base – (Night of Navy) 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, score at 4 1/4″    

Front (Night of Navy)  3″ x 3″

Inside (Night of Navy) 2 1/4″ x 2 5/8″….cut 2

Front ( So Saffron) 4″ x 5 1/4″

Inside (So Saffron) 5″ x 8″

Front (Whisper White) 3″ x 3″  Stamp and then die cut with Stitched Square (will be smaller)

Inside (Whisper White) 2″ x 2 1/2″ …cut 2

Directions

  1. Take the inside So Saffron piece that is 5″ x 8″; on the Stampin’ Trimmer on the 5″ side – line up at 1″ then cut between 1″ and 7″, turn to other side and do the same.
  2. Same piece – on the 8″ side  SCORE between the cut lines at 1″ and 1 1/2″
  3. Same piece – now score the top and bottom (above and below the cut lines) at 21/2″
  4. Same piece – score all the way top to bottom at 4″
  5. Now turn and repeat steps 2 and 3
  6. Folding – top and bottom strips fold valley, mountain, valley;  center folds valley, mountain, valley in center, mountain, valley
  7. Adhere the inside center piece 1/4″ inside the edge of the Night of Navy card base…DO NOT TRY TO PUT THE CENTER FOLD INTO THE CENTER FOLD OF THE CARD BASE.
  8. Tip:  Put adhesive on only one side and attach, now fold the center panel up, put adhesive on that center piece and then close the card. This will insure that the card will fold properly with no buckling. 

You may have noticed that I also embossed the flap on the envelope. Very easy…just slide the flap inside the embossing folder and fold the envelope closed behind the embossing folder.

 

 

This fold can be used for any type card. It really gives a WOW to the card and the recipient will love it. 

Please try to make this card and IF I have forgotten anything (hope not) PLEASE contact me ASAP so that I can make a revision. 

Until my next post…Happy Stamping!    Donna

 

Medallion Birthday

Hello my dear Stampers!  Once again I must ask you to forgive me for missing a couple posts. I am having the WORST luck with my computer.  The keyboard had quit functioning once again. My husband was in the process of following the Costco Concierge on how to fix it and while it was doing it’s thing the manager he was speaking to had to leave since they were being evacuated in Ft. Meyers, FL. Until they return my computer is now totally dead. I decided I’d best try using my notebook so here goes. 

Still having trouble linking the Holiday Catalog – try this: Click Here

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Today’s card is simple and elegant and can be used for either male or female. I’m really loving Washi Tape and this card makes it happen.

See what I mean! I’m still using the retired Gold Glitter Washi Tape from last year (I bought a ton of it since I loved it so much!) I used the Eastern Medallions Thinlits – two together to get this design and the Washi Tape! That’s all! How easy is that! I decorated the envelope with one of the designs in the Eastern Beauty Stamp Set.

 

 

Just a simple Happy Birthday from the stamp set Rose Wonder and a bit more Washi and there you have it!

 

We did this card in my August class and the participants liked this design because it is so versatile. 

If this works then I’ll be ready for my Friday post! Until then…Happy Stamping!    Donna

Powder Pink Birthday

Hello Stampers! This month the theme for my classes was Birthday cards. Many of the participants asked for more masculine ones or cards that would be suitable for anyone. I had to have just one fluff card and here it is. 🙂

I absolutely LOVE this Happy Birthday die – the font, the size – this die has it all. I used the new In Color Powder Pink and it was a big hit. 

I used the circle I cut out from the front for the sentiment on the inside. I used silver embossing powder. I love the Stitched Framelits, they give all the shapes that extra touch. I added some Fresh Fig flowers for contrast. I used the Washi Tape from Paper Pumpkin on the corner of the envelope.

Here’s a close up of the sentiment. 

 

Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Set – Bunch of Blossoms

Ink – Versamark

Paper – Whisper White, Powder Pink, Silver Foil, Fresh Fig, Fresh Florals DSP

Accessories – Whisper White Seam Binding, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Happy Birthday Thinlits, Seasonal Layers Thinlits, Embossing Buddy, Silver Embossing Powder, Heat Gun

 

This is a nice clean design with a lot of appeal. Hope you enjoyed seeing one of my latest cards. I have a few more ready for you so keep watching for my posts. 

Quick Note…I’m having trouble linking the new catalog to the image but I did post it here on September 1 so just scroll to that post. I also have the catalogs on my Weekly Newsletter as well as my new class schedule for 2018. If you are not receiving my Newsletter please email and ask to be added to my email list. That is where I provide all the promotions as well as catalogs and schedules. 

Until my next post…Happy Stamping!      Donna

 

 

Holiday Catalog is now LIVE!

Good Morning Stampers! Today is the day that the Holiday Catalog goes LIVE!

As usual, I’m having difficulty linking the catalog photo to the actual catalog. This happens with each new catalog – so I’m posting the catalog here for you.

 

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Just click on the photo to view the wonderful items inside this super Holiday Catalog.

Have fun! You can order on line using my Shop Now button or you can call me with your order. 

Happy Stamping and Happy shopping!

Donna

Rudolph and Deck the Halls Tri-Fold Pocket Card

Hello Stampers! Today I have a GREAT fold card that I learned from Dawn Griffith. As I’m sure you’ve already noticed I do love different folded cards. This one will be a keeper for sure! Originally Dawn showed a square card but I decided that I could make it a regular A2 card by just adhering the square to a piece of 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ cardstock. I’ll show you both my designs.

First, I made the square card.

It just looks like a cute square card, right…

Open it up and you have a nifty little pocket for a greeting, letter, gift card or money. That black and Very Vanilla card comes out and you can add your greeting. The added touch made by the Card Front Builder Thinlits really adds to the seasonal theme.  (From the new Early Release of the Carols of Christmas Bundle.) I love it!

Knowing the post office is not fond of square envelopes I made this card.

I made another square card and adhered it to a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock. I used the new Early Release stamp set Carols of Christmas. 

 

Since we usually send a Christmas letter to all our distant friends we don’t get to see often I worked on folding the letter so that it would fit in the pocket. I’ll probably put another square on the opposite side of the pocket with my greeting. In this case in Very Vanilla.

Don’t be surprised if you see a few more cards designed incorporating this awesome fold. My September classes will be focused on Christmas and a few Hanukkah cards so we’ll be in the holiday mood. I make all my Christmas cards…a LOT of them so I change up the designs so I don’t get bored. Plus, I’m doing a Fall Craft Fair at our church and I’d like to make boxes of Christmas cards to sell. My studio will become Santa’s Card Shop! 

Rather than my trying to explain the Tri-fold Pocket Card I’m going to give you the video done by Dawn Griffith. She does an outstanding job so why re-invent the wheel. 🙂

 

Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Rudolph

Stamp Set – Cookie Cutter Christmas

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin’ Markers

Paper – Real Red, DSP, Black, Very Vanilla

Accessories – Card Front Builder Thinlits, Real Red Ribbon

Deck the Halls

Stamp Set – Carols of Christmas

Ink – Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Real Red, Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper – Cherry Cobbler, DSP, Black, Very Vanilla

Accessories – Gold Glitter Washi Tape, Gold Ribbon

 

There are so many wonderful NEW items in the Holiday Catalog! I can’t wait to share them with you. I can’t put the catalog on line until September 1st when you can also order from it.  Just two weeks away!

I made my 2018 Class Schedule so please check it out (in the right hand side bar) and see if you will be able to attend any of them. They are always on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. 

Until my next post…Happy Stamping!    Donna

Nine Year Old Guest Stamper

Hello Stampers! Sorry I missed my Monday blog post but I had my 9 year old granddaughter with us for the week and we were so busy the time just flew by! I’ve also had major computer problems. I was ready to send it in for repair (still under warranty) but it decided to behave! I swear computers have a mind of their own!

While here Ashlyn, my granddaughter, wanted to make cards. She is crazy about cardmaking and she is really becoming very good for nine years old! I thought I’d share her cards today and make her my Guest Stamper!

Here’s her first card. Needs to work on inking but loved punching out the flowers. I did help her with the ribbon.

Card #2 and she learned how to dry emboss. That was great fun for her. Again, she LOVES the punches!

Card #3. This time we talked about used DSP as a background. She really liked this die. She is now crazy about the Big Shot and dies!

Card #4 we got into some real stamping! Next time we’ll need to work on getting the leaves in place. But I think she did a great job!

This was her last card and I think the most impressive. As I said…she really likes using the Big Shot and dies. 

So…if you know someone who says “oh, I’m not crafty”…tell or show them what a 9 year old can do with a little guidance. When you come to my classes I will guide you through the steps.  Even if you have NEVER stamped…you can be successful. There is no failure in card making. (When we goof, we find a way to cover it up or change it in some way.)

Fingers crossed my computer behaves for me and I’ll have another card for you on Friday. Until then…Happy Stamping!    Donna