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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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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:

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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

Peaceful Night

Hello Stampers!

As promised I have a Christmas card today using the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set and Card Front Builder Thinlits Bundle (available to you August 1st). The more I play around with this bundle the more I like it. The big bold sentiments are great for those who make a lot of Christmas cards because they almost fill the front of the card. I have a church craft fair coming up the last Sunday in October and I plan to make sets of Christmas cards to sell so I’ll be working on cards that can be mass produced!

For lack of a better name I call this my Triple Fold Out card. I know I got the inspiration from another but can’t remember where I saw this.

This gives you an idea of the three fold outs. See that great sentiment for the inside? It’s hard to tell but it is stamped on a rectangular Stitches Shape. I scalloped the front panel at the top using Seasonal Layers Framelits.

I used the Card Front Builder Thinlits to design the night sky, the trees and the deer. This set is FANTASTIC!  I just hand cut Whisper White Cardstock to form the snow drifts so the trees had perspective. I brushed a bit of Craft Stampin’ Ink in Whisper White on the trees for snow.

This is an easy fold and will make your cards really stand out. The base card measures 4 1/4″ x 11″, score at 5 1/2″ and 8 1/4″.  The Whisper White front panel measures 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ but I cut some off with the scallop die. I used scraps of Whisper White to hand cut the snow drifts. Then you decorate as you like.

 

Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Set – Carols of Christmas

Ink – Tranquil Tide, Craft Stampin’ Ink Whisper White, Chocolate Chip (for deer on the envelope)

Paper – Tranquil Tide, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip

Accessories – Card Front Builder Thinlits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Seasonal Layers Framelits

 

I’ll have some more Christmas Cards using this wonderful bundle for you soon. Since we always send a letter in our cards I’m working on a way to enclose it without it just being in the card. Stay tuned! 

Until my next post…Happy Stamping!

Money Holder

Hello my friends, hope you all had a wonderful Christmas/holiday.  My husband and I had a great time with our daughter, three grandchildren and my 93 year old mom. Hopefully next year our son in law will be with us. (He has been in Okinawa with the Marines for almost a year now.)

Today’s item may be too late for some of you but…there’s always next year! I actually made this on Christmas Eve. I always forget something!

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Our daughter loves to see these little envelopes on the tree! This one is quick and easy.

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The flap slides under the tag to close. I used some of last years gold cord to top it off.

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Special note:  punch a half circle (above the tag) to make it easier to remove the $$$. I forgot to put that on the direction sheet below.

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I think I have all the measurements on this sheet for scoring and cutting. The only thing I forgot was the half circle punch.

 

Products Used:

Stamp Sets – Oh, What Fun, Cookie-Cutter Christmas

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black, Real Red, Garden Green

Paper – Real Red, Whisper White, Candy Cane Lane DSP

Accessories – 1″ Circle Punch, Gold Cord, Ornate Tag Topper (R)

 

Look for some Sneak Peeks of new items from the Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration in my next blog post! Until then…Happy Stamping!

Christmas Gift Card Holders

Happy Monday, Stampers! Today I will show you just a few really neat gift card holders. The first one isn’t so Christmas like but it’s for my friend who loves yellow.

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This card and the next two were made using the Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits. This is another one of those super handy die sets that you must have. You may notice that I also used the new Stitched Framelits. Love those! I forgot to mention that I also used them on some of my gift tags on Friday.

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I used This Christmas Specialty DSP on this one. Love the music notes! I also used the Stitched Framelits with Oh, What Fun Stamp Set.

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Again I used This Christmas Specialty DSP and then Cherry Cobbler Cardstock for the poinsettia. The flower was made with the Festive Flower Builder Punch. That is another MUST HAVE punch. I used Gold Glimmer Paper for the center.

This card holder is a bit different – here it is on the front…

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Now open it up…

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Really cool, huh! Once again I used that wonderful Candy Cane Lane DSP with the Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set. Some bright Silver Glimmer Paper stars to add to the falling snow. 🙂

Directions for Gift Card Holder:

Cut paper 4 1/4″ x 11″;  Score at 3″, 5 1/2″, 8″;  Do Not fold on score lines yet!  Using your Stampin’ Trimmer cut 3/8″ from top of center score line (that would be the 5 1/2″ line) to 3/8″ from bottom of that line. Now fold on your score lines so that the slit score is in the center. Using Tear and Tape adhere the two center pieces – careful to put the tape only on the edges and not the slit side. (Ha, ha…you laugh!) Use a 1″ circle punch to make a place to pull the gift card out (see photo). Now you are ready to decorate to your hearts content!

You can tie the booklet together (as shown) or use a belly band and incorporate it into your design. We tried both Baker’s Twine and ribbon. I think I’d rather incorporate a belly band next time.

I hope you enjoyed seeing these gift card creations. I sure enjoyed making them!

I’ll have a non-Christmas post on Friday. I’m sneaking in a wedding card. 🙂

Have a great week and I’ll see you on Friday…until then…Happy Stamping!

Christmas Tags!

Greetings my fellow stampers! Today I have a few of the many tags we made at my last classes. I put out all my Christmas papers, ribbons, etc. and let my class participants “go wild” making their own tags after we finished a few I designed. Some of the gals made as many as 20 tags and they are all set for wrapping time.

Here’s a cute little circle tag using the Merry Tags Framelits. This is such an awesome set of dies. I love it!

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Here’s one using Cheerful Tags Framelits and the Tin of Tags Stamp Set…

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This is what’s inside…

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Trim the Tree Tag using the Merry Tag Framelits and Cheerful Tags Framelits again along with the Merriest Wishes Stamp Set.

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I used the Cheerful Tags Framelits to make this stunning bottle tag. These framelits do all the work for you!

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Inside this tag I continued the gold look…

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See the hole…that’s where you slip the tag onto the neck of any bottle – wine, lotion, anything!

Here’s one more…using the Merry Tags Framelits.

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I also used the new Cable Knit Dynamic Embossing Folder. Sorry about the names but we experimented to see if it would be too difficult to write on the embossing – result was “no problem”.

Let me tell you…making tags was a breeze with our new framelits. If you haven’t already purchased them…do it now. You will use these forever.

Have a great weekend and I’ll have a new post for you on Monday with Christmas Gift Card Holders.

Until Monday…Happy Stamping!

Pocket Christmas Card

Hello Stampers! Today I have a different kind of Christmas Card for you. This is a pocket where you can put a one page greeting and/or add a photograph.

Check it out…

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I made the pocket with Kraft Paper and then decorated the outside so that I could slip a photo in the pocket. That Candy Cane Lane DSP is fantastic!

Here’s the back so you can see how it went together in case you’d like to try this.

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Directions for Pocket Card:

Cut Kraft Cardstock 9 1/4″ x 6″; score at 2 1/2″, 6 3/4″; turn and score at 1/2″ (that forms the little tab at the bottom)

Cut off the two side strips of the 1/2″ area, round the corners of the remaining tab

Inside card measures 4″ x 5 1/2″ if you choose to decorate an inside sentiment card.

 

It’s really quite easy and yet it is so very different your family and friends will love it.

 

Products Used:

Stamp Set – Star of Light

Ink – Chocolate Chip, Real Red

Paper – Kraft Cardstock, Real Red, Whisper White, Candy Cane Lane DSP

Accessories – Circle Framelits, 1″ circle punch

 

I hope you enjoyed seeing this clever Christmas card and will try it out for yourself.  Have a great weekend and I’ll be waiting for you to pop in on Friday.

Until then…Happy Stamping!