These are 6 of the 20 cards I made in one afternoon this weekend. OK, it was a full 5-hour afternoon. But still, it was 20 cards! And you can get everything you need to make these cards and more for just over $50! Read on to find out how I did this.
It All Started With the Gingerbread & Peppermint Papers
I’m sure you can imagine that, with all of the fab products in the new Stampin’ Up! July-December Mini Catalog, I cannot possibly buy everything. I want to, of course. But it’s not happening. So when it came to the Gingerbread & Peppermint Suite of products, I decided to limit myself to buying some of the Designer Series Paper. It looked liked it was going to have some gorgeous stripes and plaids and other prints, but also some fun shapes to cut out. And it does! So I started cutting out gingerbread cookies of every shape imaginable.
But what was I going to do with them?
Those Gingerbread Cards and Envelopes Were a Perfect Match
I originally thought I’d buy some of the Kraft Paper in the suite (I did, but for something else). It was when I was looking at that when I saw the kraft-colored Gingerbread & Pepperment Memories & More Cards & Envelopes on the catalog page just above the Kraft Paper. They were in the same suite so of course they were meant to go together. So off I went to order yet something more from that suite. (Can you see a pattern developing?)
So I Had to Order the Memories & More Card Pack
And there’s the completion of the pattern for this project. I added the Memories & More (M&M for short) Card Pack to my order and waited to see what I had. When I looked at the cards that are included in the photo in the catalog and on the website (same basic photo), I saw a few things that I thought might be nice accents for a few cards. But I wasn’t sure as there is usually a wide variety of types of cards in these packs. Boy was I surprised. All of the 3″ x 4″ cards and most of the 4″ x 6″ cards were PERFECT for greeting cards.
Here’s How the Cards Went Together
The M&M card that’s the center of this card is one of EIGHT of that print. In fact, four of the cards in the pack had eight duplicates. That was already too many for the number of cards in the cards and envelopes pack (20 in one of those packs). But I did make quite a few of each. To finish it, I added a folded piece of Double-Stitched Red Satin Ribbon and a Christmas Tree and Snowflake cookie cut-out from the paper set. I decorated the tree with some Holiday Rhinestones for a bit of sparkle.
The second card doesn’t have a M&M card on it. But the die-cut sentiment in the center of the card is one of the stickers in the M&M pack. I dusted off the back with a bit of cornstarch to remove the adhesive and added Stampin’ Dimensionals. For this card, I used some Real Red Sheer Ribbon as an accent.
Now the black metallic cookie sheet on this card is one that caught my eye when I first looked at the M&M Card Pack in the catalog. It’s just as cute in real life as in the picture. Why not line up some “cookies” on it? The little spatula and oven mitt, as well as the sentiment, are all stickers from the M&M pack.
How could I not love this sentiment on the front of every Christmas card? I could have made all 20 cards using this and have been perfectly happy to send them out to any of my friends. Alas, there were only 8 – and I used them all.
Be Sure To Decorate Your Envelopes!
The M&M Card Pack has some darling small stickers that you could add to the front of the envelopes in this set. But I have to admit that I gave it and did some stamping for my envelopes. I used the pine bought and Christmas lights stamp from the Festive and Bright Stamp Set, along with my trusty Stamparatus, to zip through all 20 envelopes.
Don’t Forget It’s Sale-a-bration!
If you just buy the products you’ll need for these cards, the price will be enough that you’ll be able to order something FREE from the Sale-a-bration brochure. Think that fun Peaceful Prints Designer Series Paper. Leftovers from the M&M card project will go beautifully with it! Let me know if you have any questions!
Happy card-making (with or without stamping)!