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After all those Christmas Cards I've made this year, I decided to check out my Christmas Card mailing list to see if I needed any more. Yikes! What have I been thinking! Just because we live in a lava zone that's been active of late is no excuse for totally not planning for our Christmas Cards!
How many more did I need? Would you believe TWENTY! Again, yikes!
So what I did was to go into a Stampin' Up! demonstrator's swap mode. Swaps are something we do throughout the year as new catalogs and occasions come our way. The idea is that we make 10 or 20 (more?) of the same card and swap them with other demonstrators. The hope is that we'll end up with lots of cards using different papers, embellishments and stamp sets to show off to our customers. Yes, every once in a while there is an "Over the Top Swap," but I can pretty well guarantee that you'll not find me in one of those. Instead, yes, I'll use several Stampin' Up! products, but I'll make cards that are quick and easy to make.
Today's cards took me exactly 55 minutes to make, start to finish.
These cards all use TWELVE Stampin' Up! products, all of which are shown below in the gallery of products I share at the end of most posts these days. So the key to this was to do these in an assembly line fashion that would hopefully allow for the fewest mistakes possible. (Mistakes! Happens with every project I make, and this was no exception, planning aside.)
So here are my steps in order:
- Cut five 8-1/2" x 11" pieces of Whisper White Cardstock into four 4-1/2" x 5-1/2" pieces of cardstock using the Stampin' Trimmer.
- Trim each of the embossed pieces of cardstock to be 4" x 5-1/4" and set them all aside. I feel like I get a cleaner edge if I emboss then trim than the other way around.
- Emboss each of the pieces using the Sizzix Big Shot and the On Point Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Don't those little triangles look like Christmas Trees to you?!
- Stamp the sentiment, "A Merry Little Wish," from the stamp set, Festival of Trees, using Cherry Cobbler Ink on Pear Pizzazz Cardstock. I spaced them from the edge and from each other to allow them to be punched easily.
- Punch the stamped Pear Pizzazz using the Tree Punch. Set these all aside.
- Fold and crease the cards in one set of Whisper White Cut and Ready Card Bases. OK – this was the BIG time saver with this project. Love those ready made card bases!
At this point I stopped to take of photo of where I was (didn't take long for that, for sure!).
- On the inside of each folded card stamp the sentiment, "For Lots of Joy at Christmas." Note the positioning of this step. This is where I typically make mistakes – smearing the stamped image, stamping it cooked – any number of mistakes! So, if I make a mistake at this point, I can just take the inside of the card and make it the outside, which will be covered by the textured layer. Happened twice today!
- Using Stampin' Up! SNAIL Adhesive, adhere the embossed layer to the front of the card, centering it all around.
- Apply two Stampin' Dimensionals to the back of each tree.
- Apply a tree to the front of each card. If you've trimmed each of the emobssed layers the same way, once you figure out where you want the tree, just place it near the same embossed tree on each card.
- Apply one Cherry Cobbler Candy Dot (from the Regals Candy Dot collection) to the top of each tree.
Done! Now to get them mailed out. They're going to be late this year, as are all our cards. We like to write a Christmas letter about our year, and we're still struggling how to make a hurricane that knocked seven big trees down in our garden and a lava flow that kicked us out of our house sound cheerful. Believe me, we will, as we still both have our sense of humor. But still, it's been more work than we anticipated!
Tomorrow I'm going to show off a couple of the cards that I received from a couple of Stampin' Up! demonstrator friends. Then it's on to Thank You notes! Love writing thank you notes no matter the season or the reason!
Here are all the products I used in today's projects. I usually only include special items that are not those you might usually have around your own craft area. But today I was trying to keep count, so everything is in here!
I have only one downline member who lives near me, and Dana is definitely a gem. Not only did she come over to work on some creative projects with me yesterday, she helped me finish unpacking my craft room! Thank you, Dana!
I really have a lot for which to be thankful this year, and I'm looking forward to a week of getting ready to put a Thanksgiving dinner together with my husband and a couple of friends. Even though I'm still in a rental home, waiting to see if the lava really has stopped its assault on the town near our own home, it really does feel like home after having been here for over two months. And now, at the last minute, I'm looking forwrad to taking some time this weekend to finish up some Thanksgiving cards to send to my family on the U.S.A. mainland.
And I'm finally getting to use more of the products that I purchased from the Stampin' Up! 2014 Holiday Catalog. I bought the Wondrous Wreath Bundle from the catalog fully intending to use it a lot for fun fall projects. I have always loved decorating the entrance to my home for the fall and Thanksgiving time because it always seemed too cold to do much decorating around Christmas time (even colder when it was time to take the decorations down!).
For today's card I chose three colors for the three steps of the wreath – Tangerine Tango, Cherry Cobbler and Real Red. Especially when I lived in New Mexico, I loved to find the red berries that would go so beautifully with fall colored leaves, and I'd include a bow that captured the red of the berries. With neither fall berries nor colorful fall leaves here where I live in Hawaii, this is my one chance to create a fall wreath.
For the background to set off the wreath, I used the Mossy Meadow sheet from the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper set. I also used a small piece of another sheet from that set as part of the little banner at the bottom right cornr of the card.
The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set, stamped in Tangerine Tango and cut out with the Word Window Punch. I hand cut the banner paper and the Tangerine Tango mat behind it. To add a bit of texture to the Very Vanilla background layer, I ran it through my Sizzix Big Shot with the Zig Zag Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.
The Wondrous Wreath bundle consists of the first two products pictured below, and costs 15% less than the two products individually. I like 15% off!! The stamp set provides us with three different stamps to compose the wreath, each building on the one before. I always thought this was fun even back when we just had wood-mount stamp sets. Now with the Photopolymer stamps, stamping this kind of a project is a breeze and a delight. If you haven't tried it, I highly recommend you try this bundle as you get into the last 5 weeks of Christmas projects!
I hope you have as much fun with your wreath projects as I'm having!
While I do enjoy making greeting cards with a Halloween theme, I'm not much for trick or treating. So when the SUO Challenge came around with the theme, "The Treat's the Thing," I wanted to do something other than a Trick or Treat project. In looking through all my Stampin' Up 2014 Holiday Catalog goodies – that haven't been touched! – I found the Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper set, packed right next to my brand new (i.e., unused) Gift Box Punch Board. Now that looked like a great combination for making a box to hold some fun Christmas Treats. Oh, and I definitely need them because I'm hosting one of the clubs to which I belong for its annual Christmas dinner!
Besides the lovely colors, one feature of this Specialty Paper is that it is card stock weight! It's a nice thick Kraft cardstock with Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green prints. There's also most Early Espresso in the set, but I chose not to use any of it for this project. Nice color, though!
For this project, I used the measurements for the smallest box that the Gift Box Punch Board makes – a 1-3/4" cube. The instructions for using the Punch Board, as well as measurements for paper, are printed right on the Punch Board itself. That makes it SOOOO easy – and we know SOOOOO easy is my favorite kind of project! There is one feature that I had to practice a bit before I got it right. That feature is punching the slits in the four corners that come together to form the top of the box. I finally decided to turn the punch board over so that I could make sure that the point of each of the corners fit snugly into the cutting area for the slits.
This isn't the clearest of photos, but I'd like you to see that, on the back, there is a place for the point to sit. Once you have that in position, everything else will line up perfectly. What I did was to place the point into the notch, hold it tightly and then turn the punch board back to the front so that I could see just how the paper/cardstock was supposed to look from the front before punching. It took a few tries, but now I have it down pat.
Once I had everything cut and the folds creased as instructed, I found that I wanted to have some adhesive to hold the corners of the boxes in place. Because I was using cardstock-weight paper, I used Sticky Strip for my adhesive.
I first removed the Sticky Strip cover from the inside and folded the corners into the inside of the box. This shows the first one that I adhered. You can see the "outside" Sticky Strip ready to have its cover removed and adhered just to the right of where the corner is adhered. After I did this for all four corners, then I removed the covers of the Sticky Strip on the outside and adhered the sides of the boxes all together.
To complete the decorations, I cut a 24" strip of Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon, wrapped it around each box and tied it into a bow.
For the decoration on each box, I stamped the word, "joy" from the Endless Wishes Photopolymer Stamp Set onto a scrap of Very Vanilla Cardstock and trimmed it to make a small banner. I used both Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green Classic Ink for the stamping. I added one of the star shapes from the Basics Hodgepodge Clips along with either a Cherry Cobbler or Garden Green Candy Dot to decorate the base of the banner before I adhered it to each of the boxes with Glue Dots.
What a fun and easy project. It will be a cinch to have these boxes made for all the ladies in my club for our Christmas party. And there are so many things that I can put in these little boxes! M&Ms, Hershey Kisses, lots of little candies fit perfectly!
I know you're all probably now thinking of how you could make an even fancier treat holder. You are EXACTLY the people who should be showing off their treat holders in the SUO Challenges blog this time! So be sure to hop right over and enter this challenge!
Here are the products I featured in my project for today:
Yesterday was my husband's birthday. And for him I made my very first card using some brand new cardstock and papers.
The new paper that I used is a sheet from the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack. I've told you before how much I love these stacks with lots of small sheets of paper that are perfect for cutting up to make cards. (They're 4" x 6", so they're perfect for Project Life projects, too!)
I picked this sheet, with some of the new Lost Lagoon color after I'd decided on the colors of the cardstock that I was going to use. I wanted to use one of the new colors of cardstock, but I'm still not used to them and how they coordinate with other colors. So I went browsing through some magazines and found the perfect color combination on a page of a 2011 Paper Crafts Magazine called, "Color Inspiration for Card Makers." And, surprise! It was an inspiration! Actually not only was I inspired by the colors, I was inspired by the sketch, too.
The card base and the top of the front layer of the card are made with Lost Lagoon Cardstock. So far this is my favorite of the new colors. But I'm going to try out some of the others this week and, of course, I'll share them with you.
The other two colors in this card are from the 2013-2015 collection of In Colors – Baked Brown Sugar and Pistachio Pudding. I adhered the Baked Brown Sugar layer to the card base, then I constructed the rest of the card. I cut some Lost Lagoon and Pistachio Pudding into 5-1/4" wide by 2" high and taped them together. Then I adhered a piece of the Moonlight DSP to the middle of this makeshift layer after sponging all around with Baked Brown Sugar Classic Ink. At this point I used my Paper-Piercing Tool and one of the sheets from the Essentials Paper Piercing Pack to create a line of piercing around the periment of this layer. Then I stamped, "Happy Birthday," from the new Hostess Stamp Set, Bloom with Hope, using the Baked Brown Sugar ink.
For the elements in the middle of the card, I punched 3 layers alternating Baked Brown Sugar and Pistachio Pudding Card stock. The bottom layer is punched with the 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, the middle layer, which I stamped with a flower from the stamp set to give it some texture of its own, with the 1-3/8" Circle Punch, and the top layer with the 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch. Then I texturized all the layers together with the Perfect Polkadot Embossing Folder. Finally, I added a small brad from the Antique Brads collection.
I put the card together by first adhering the layer with the cardstock and paper to the Baked Brown Sugar layer on the card base. Then I added each of the scallop circle elements to the paper strip using Stampin' Dimensionals.
What a fun card this was to make – and I'm so looking forward to using all the other new colors before too long!
Today's project is from another blog post that was in last weekend's blog hop in which I participated. I've enjoyed making some of the "File Folder Cards" made using Stampin' Up!'s Envelope Punch Board. But this is the first time I've seen one where the "file folder" tab has been folded over and tucked into an element on the front of the card. What fun is that?! Thanks to Terri Tank for the idea!
For my card I'd originally decided to use just the Designer Series Paper (DSP), High Tide as my card base. But as the card took shape, I changed my mind and added Calypso Coral Cardstock. As I'd mostly completed the card by then, I didn't quite get everything lined up as I'd like. But it wasn't possible to redo the whole card because I'm about out of the High Tide Paper, which will no longer be available as of Sunday. As I don't particularly care to share with you things you can't purchase from me, I won't be ordering any more. I think there's still plenty available, though, if you'd like to buy some before Sunday (that catalog goes through June 1st). Just click on the picture link at the end of this post.
But I digress. First let's look at the central element into which the tab slips. I just love how the starfish from the By the Seashore Stamp Set coordinates with this paper (or is that the other way around?) It was fun stamping in in Calypso Coral Classic Ink and then cutting it out so it stands out on the circle, which is Soft Sky Cardstock punched with the 1-3/4" Circle Punch. I then used one of the circles in the Circles Collection Framelits to cut a slightly larger circle from some Summer Starfruit Cardstock. I finished by punching Pacific Point Cardstock with the 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch. I love how those all worked so well together!
Here's how the card looks with the flap opened. I do have a tutorial and layout for this project and I'll be including information about how to get it in this Saturday's blog post so stay tuned! Hint: You won't have to pay a penny!
Here's a list of the products I used in today's project. Only the Summer Starfruit Cardstock is no longer available for purchase as of today.
This past weekend I was part of a blog hop, and I just loved so many of the projects that I decided that I had to CASE (Copy And Share with Everyone) at least a few of them. And, as this is the last week of the current Stampin' Up! catalog, I really needed some new ideas because I'm about out of about-to-be-retired Designer Series Papers. Next week you can be sure I'll be sharing some new papers and colors and stamp sets to entice you to buy some of them from me! Of course, if you're enticed to buy something because of this week's projects, go for it! There's still time to buy retiring products (as long as there's still some left!)
The original of this design was NOT a sympathy card. But as I was looking around for colors that I was in the mood for using, I came across the idea to use Perfect Plum and Old Olive as a combo. Then I realized that I had no sympathy cards in my stash, and that's not a good thing. Most of the time when I or any of my card customers need a sympathy card, we want it right now. So best to have one on hand.
What I loved about the original project by Deborah Robb was that tiny little envelope with the card peeking out from it. I made the envelope using the Perfect Plum Cardstock and the Envelope Punch Board. Yes, you can make tiny envelopes with the punch board as well as well as really big ones. This particular mini envelope starts with a 3-5/8" square of cardstock (I used Very Vanilla for my project) with the first punch and score at 1-7/8". The little tag that's peeking out of the envelope is made with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and Very Vanilla Cardstock, That tag topper punch creates a topper for a piece of paper/cardstock just shy of 2" wide. Perfect fit for this little envelope! The sentiment is one of the stamps in the Petite Pairs Stamp Set. For the stamp, I used Elegant Eggplant Classic Ink. I also used some Elegant Eggplant Cardstock to accent the matting on the card once I put it together.
Deborah's project had some lovely 3-dimensional flowers. I think they would have been perfect for this project as well. But I wanted a card that would have no trouble getting through the mail with minimum postage. So I created some layers of flowers that were flat and wouldn't create much weight for the card either. I used the Pansy Punch and the Flower Shop Stamp Set to create the large flowers. I stamped two flowers before punching them and just punched Perfect Plum Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack paper with the punch for the third large flower. To make the smaller flowers, I used the Petite Petals Punch to punch more DSP Stack papers. I adhered the envelope to the card front, which I'd texturized with the Perfect Polkadots Embossing Folder and then just layered the flowers around the left base of the envelope until I thought they looked nice. As soon as I had that arrangement done, it occurred to me that this looked like many floral arrangements I've seen at memorial services – with the little note card inserted into the bouquet. Perfect.
To add some leaves, I used the Bird Builder Punch to punch the leaf branch using Old Olive Cardstock.
You know I love ribbon on my projects! I used Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon to wrap the envelope and a little piece of Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon to accent the tag topper "card." Then I finished the project off by adding some Candy Dots – Very Vanilla, Old Olive and Perfect Plum.
Believe it or not, every product I used on today's project is current, so you an buy any of them today! I have an offer in my most recent newsletter for those who purchase Stampin' Up! products from me between now and the end of May. Don't miss out on that if you're thinking about buying anything – including retiring products – now!
Welcome to the first Blog Hop of the year for the Stampin' Up! lovers group, VC Rocks! VC stands for Virtual Convention, and this group started out as an annual summer group for those of us who might not have a chance to attend Stampin' Up!'s annual convention, for whatever reason. Now it's just an annual group that gets together to talk Stampin' Up! talk, catch up with each other's lives, and do fun things with our Stampin' Up! products. At the end of this blog post there's a link back to the VC Rocks Blog to find links to others in our blog hop this weekend.
Each of our hops has a theme, and the theme for this weekend is "Stampin' Up! Tools." The tool I've picked to show off is the Simply Scored scoring tool, and the Diagonal Plate that goes with it. Most of the time when I pull my simply scored tool out it's to help me get all the scores right for a 3-dimensional projects such as a box or bag. But for today's projects, I'm using Simply Scored just to make scores to show up on card front – and fun scores they are. They're to make diagonal grids!
Having forgotten basic geometry from the start of this project, it wasn't until some frustrating trial and error that I came up with the measurements to create a square similar to what I wanted. But create I did, and this is the card that resulted. I thought the sentiment, "a thousand thanks" somewhat pulled together the thank you thought and all those little flowers! Not a thousand, but a lot.
For my second card, I wanted a smaller grid. I had seen quite some time ago some printed paper that had something of a diagonal plaid print on it. I wondered then how hard it would be to make my own plaid and that "wonder" came to mind as I was creating my first card.
So I found another measurement that made a smaller grid and I took my Stampin' Write Markers that matched the prints in the Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack and started tracing the gridlines. What fun that was!
If you've been following my blog, you might recognize some of the colors in the papers I've used in these two projects as being the same colors in the Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack that I used in yesterday's project. Yup, same papers set! I haven't used it that much; but now that I have, I'm really going to miss it!
If you'd like to know the measurements for the two grids I created for these projects – as well as the instructions for making the cards! – you'll find them in my latest Robin's Craft Room Newsletter. If you'd like to get that issue of my newsletter – and more to come – just sign up on the form on the upper left of this blog post! I'm mailing out follow up copies of the newsletter on Monday morning, so sign up now if you'd like the instructions!
Of course there are quite a few other blogs with projects related to other Stampin' Up! tools in this blog hop. To find all the links, click here to go to the VC Rocks Blog and see all the links! You'll enjoy this fun addition to your hoiday weekend!
Have fun with the blog hop!
Today I received one of my favorite pieces of e-mail news – that one of my favorite magazines was ready for me to peruse online! This time the magazine was CardMaker magazine, and it's one that ALWAYS gtives me fun ideas. This month was no exception, with a fun tutorial to make a Floral Clutch Card. So I had to get my Stampin' Up! stamps, papers, cardstock and tools out right away to make it!
Unfortunately, the instructions had several incorrect measurements in them, so my first try was not quite what I had hoped it would be. Nonetheless, I thought it was good enough to share with you. In fact, now that I know what the measurements SHOULD be, and now that I have a sense of how to use Stampin' Up! products to their best advantage in this card, I've decided to write my own tutorial for both me AND you to use!
But, no, I'm not offering it here. I still have to write the tutorial, including photos, measurements, and layouts – and I'm going to be sharing it with you in my April 2014 Newsletter! Not on my Newsletter mailing list? All you have to do is complete the form up on the left, click Submit, and you'll be on my list! When you sign up, you'll get yet another tutorial just as a gift for signing up. So sign up today, and you'll have two tutorials before you know it!
I'll be publishing my Newsletter next Tuesday, April 8th, so don't delay!
Now off to check out some of the other projects in this month's magazine – and make at least one or two more with Stampin' Up! products – and I'll be sure to share them here!
Did you know that all but one of the members of my Stampin' Up! downline do NOT live in Hawaii?! I have lots of chances to visit and craft with my local downline. But it's rare that I have another downline come to visit. So imagine how thrilled I was to have the rare pleasure to welcome my downline, Gala Miller, from Alaska, along with her new mother-in-law, Robin Miller. Gala has family on my island, and she and several relatives from Alaska, came to help celebrate her wedding! Congratulations, again, Gala!
But just because there's a wedding involved in this trip does not mean that Gala and Robin did not want to spent lots of time crafting, and they spent this morning with me!
We set up a small card table in my Craft Room and they both agreed that they'd like to make the Box in a Card (aka Card in a Box) that's been all the rage for the last couple of months. I'd just made my own Box in a Card a few weeks ago, and they decided to go with the same basic design as mine. We all used the Backyard Basics Stamp Set and the Coordinating Backyard Basic Framelits Set to create the "pop up" part of this fun project.
Gala, on the left in the photo above, loves anything purple, so used Elegant Eggplant and Wisteria Wonder Cardstock for most of her project, adding in some Pear Pizzazz as she got into embellishments her project. She used the Designer Series Paper Set, Afternoon Tea with its nice touch of Wisteria Wonder in it. Robin chose the Designer Series Paper Set, Gingham Garden along with Island Indigo and Soft Sky Cardstock. You can almost see how many colors these ladies used to color in the stamped images with that large stack of Stampin' Write Markers – almost, because there are just as many markers that got cut off when I cropped the photo!
Here are their finished projects –
Gala's project is on the top and Robin's is on the bottom.
Here's the project I made to give them some inspiration! This is also the project on which I based my tutorial, which has detailed instructions along with photographs of each of the steps that I took to make the box. If you'd like the tutorial and are not on my mailing list, just sign up by completing the form up on the left, and I'll send you a copy of the tutorial as soon as your sign up is complete!
Oh, and if you're considering joining Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator, do consider joining up as part of my group, The Big Island Stampers. OK – there are only 2 of us actually ON the Big Island of Hawaii! But I take really good care of my downline who live elsewhere in the United States. There are extra benefits if you join up during Sale-A-Bration, which ends on the 31st of this month. If you'd like more information, just send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
But whatever you do, I hope you have as much fun doing it as Gala, the "other Robin" and I had with our Craft Room project this morning!
After trying out the Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper yesterday, I managed to leave it out on my work table while I tended to some other non-stamping projects. Then I came back and got a reminder that it was time for my Sketch Frenzy Friday Design Team project. So guess what paper I decided to use?
Yep – Kaleidoscope (I'm trying to type that a lot this week so my fingers are used to spelling it correctly!) Actually, I did the sketch for this week's Sketch Frenzy Friday challenge, so it wasn't hard for me to decide to use this paper with all its triangles in so many different colors. So why not go get that Triangle Punch and use that rather than stamping the triangles (great patterns in the Geometrical Stamp Set, though!)? I picked three of the six sheets with triangles to use for this layout.
Once I had the triangles all laid out, I had to decide on my central image for the card. Looking around for new products that I'd not yet used, I spotted my brand new Fringe Scissors AND the Starburst Framelits Dies from the 2014 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog! I'd been playing with them, but still hadn't gotten around to using them in a blog post project. I decided now was the time! So I cut a circle from the framelits set and added two layers of fringe all around! The final piece of the central element was another geometrical shape, the Hexagon Punch, and two stamps from the Six Sided Sampler Stamp Set.
Some Basic Black Candy Dots and Basic Black 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon to tie the project all together and I was done!
And now for those Mini-Tutorials. There are two: one for getting those triangles all nicely lined up and one for making the fringer for the circles. If you'd like a copy of them (both on one sheet) just click here and save it or print it!
Oh, and one other thing. I mention in the tutorial about the triangles that I used my Grid Paper for lining up the elements on the cardstock. The Grid Paper is a wonderful tool and a great buy with 100 11" x 17" sheets in a pad – and it's in the Stampin' Up! Catalog! To order click here and add the Grid Paper (item #130148) to your shopping bag.