Holly, Jolly & Bright Christmas!

May your Christmas be Holly, Jolly & Bright! What a fun sentiment for a Christmas card. The Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Paper has the copper foil designs which gives it a little sparkle. There’s a piece of Merry Merlot Glimmer Paper peaking out behind it; gotta love the glimmer and shine!

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The Sahara Sand card base coordinates perfectly with the DSP. I used the sentiment from the Peaceful Noel Stamp Set and stamped it in Merry Merlot on a Stitched Shapes Circle. That is layered on top of a larger Scalloped Circle that was cut from the Glimmer Paper.

Paper saving tip - Cut the scalloped circle from the Glimmer Paper where the hole can be covered by the DSP Layer.

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For the berries, I colored some Clear Faceted Gems with a Dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blend Marker. It matches the Cherry Cobbler nicely.

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Here’s another look….

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Joyous Noel Meets Dashing Deer

Are you loving this Joyous Noel Designer Series Paper yet? This pattern on the card I made today is my favorite in the package. The copper design is just so rich and gorgeous.

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The Deer was cut with the Detailed Deer Thinlits from the Copper Glimmer Paper. This paper is really strong and holds the glitter so it doesn’t come off.

The snowy piece was embossed with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder. I used the Framelits from In The Woods to get the hill shape. You can probably just cut it out freehand if you don’t have those Framelits.

I stamped the sentiment with Versamark and then heat embossed it with Copper Embossing Powder. There’s lots of sparkle on this card.

On the inside, I stamped the sentiment in Merry Merlot and then the floral image in Mossy Meadow. These are both from the Dashing Deer Stamp Set.

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Tip of the Week Coordinating Colors with DSP

Did you know that the label on the back of the Designer Series Paper package lists the colors that coordinate with the DSP? There’s usually a coordinating Cardstock pack but you can just look at the label to see what colors to use.

For the Joyous Noel Specialty DSP, you’ll see that it coordinates with Gray Granite, Merry Merlot, Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Tranquil Tide and Whisper White. Stampin’ Up! took the guesswork out of it for us.

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One the the best things about Stampin’ Up! is that everything coordinates; cardstock, DSP, ribbon, ink, markers, etc.

Here’s a simple card that I made using the Joyous Noel Specialty DSP. The DSP really makes the card. A piece of the Glimmer Paper, ribbon and sentiment and its a beautiful card.

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These are the pieces along with the dimensions:

  • Tranquil Tide Card Base - 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4

  • Joyous Noel DSP Layer - 5 1/4 x 4

  • Shaded Spruce Glimmer Layer - largest Scalloped Layering Square

  • Whisper White Sentiment Layer - 2nd to largest Layering Square

  • Piece of Tranquil Tide Velvet Ribbon

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Product of the Week Joyous Noel Specialty DSP

This week I’m featuring this gorgeous Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Paper. It is so rich and elegant and has designs with copper foil accents.

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Below are some samples from the 2018 Holiday Catalog on page 28. I’ll be making some cards and sharing this week here on my blog.

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You have to see it close up to really appreciate it but I took pictures of each showing the front and back. You get 12 sheets 2 of each design. Take a closer look.

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Along with this beautiful paper, you can get coordinating Glimmer Paper which comes in Coppy, Merry Merlot and Tranquil Tide.

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Thankful Card

Here’s another easy card I made with the Falling For Leaves Bundle. The colors are Grapefruit Grove, Tranquil Tide and Mint Macaron. I love the Tranquil Tide and Mint Macaron combo.

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I used the edge die to cut about a quarter inch off the side of the card. I had to do this twice to get across the length of the card. The second time, I fit the die in the grooves and then put a piece of Post-It Note to hold it in place.

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I added a 1/2 x 5 1/2 strip of the striped DSP from Nature’s Poem on the inside edge so it would show up when the card is closed.

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Next I stamped the leaf image randomly on the card front in Grapefruit Grove. I cut out the other leaf images in Mint Macaron and Tranquil Tide. The sentiment was stamped on a large Whisper White circle in Tranquil Tide and layered on a Tranquil Tide scalloped circle. I adhered the leaf images behind the circle and then adhered that using Dimensionals to the card front.

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Here’s a look at the inside. The Whisper White piece is cut at 3 3/4 x 5 1/2 to fit along the striped piece.

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Home Decor Project Falling For Leaves Candle

Today’s project is a little bit different. The only paper I’m using is a piece of tissue paper. I’ll show you how you can stamp on the tissue paper and then melt it onto a plain candle.

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I used the Falling For Leaves Stamp set and the Ink Pads are Merry Merlot, Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Garden Green and Crushed Curry. Perfect for fall!

First cut a piece of white tissue paper just a little shorter than the height of the candle and wrap it around to just barely have the ends meet.

Then Stamp all over the tissue paper with a random pattern starting with your largest images first and filling in with your smaller images.

Next wrap the tissue paper around the candle and heat it on the LOW setting of your heat tool. You’ll see the wax start to melt and the tissue paper adhere to the candle.

Work your way around the candle and then go back and melt any air bubbles.

Easy right! Look how beautiful the candle is. I plan on making some smaller with Christmas stamps next month. Watch the video to see how I did it.

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Tip of the Week - Extending a Die Cutout

Did you ever have a die that was too short for your card? I wanted to use the lacy piece on a card and it needed to be 5 1/2 inches but the die was too short. What to do, what to do??? I decided to cut 2 pieces and hide where they met behind an embellishment.

See how short it is?

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Cut a second one and place them with the seam where you can place an embellishment over it. Cut the excess pieces off and save them for another project.

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Adhere an embellishment over the seam and no one will ever know it’s not one long piece.

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Product of the Week - Falling For Leaves Bundle

Autumn is in full swing but here in Florida, it still feels like summer. It seems to me that its been getting hotter as the days go on. I love all things Fall though, especially the colors of the leaves back in New York. This was my favorite time of year.

The Falling For Leaves Bundle has some great images and thinlits. If you bundle it, you can save 10%

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Here are some samples from the Holiday Catalog on page 45. Aren’t they beautiful?

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To Thank You For All You Do

Here’s another card using the Corrugated Embossing Folder. Adding an embossed layer gives the card some texture. The stamp set is one of my favorites, Rooted In Nature.

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Make sure you start with a piece of cardstock a little longer than needed. When you emboss it with this folder, you lose about a quarter inch.

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For the tree image I colored the trunk with Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker and the leaves with Old Olive. You can use whatever brown and green water-based markers you have on hand. Breath on the stamp to moisten it and stamp on your cardstock.

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I didn’t have any Cherry Cobbler pearls so I colored them with my Dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends. These are alcohol markers which dry really fast.

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I wrapped a piece of Striped Burlap Trim around the layers and then attached the banner with the sentiment to it.

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Here’s a look at the inside.

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The Dimensions for this card are:

  • Early Espresso Card Base - 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4

  • Cherry Cobbler Layer - 5 1/8 x 3 7/8

  • Crumb Cake Layer (after embossed - 5 x 3 3/4

  • Banner Strip - 1/2 x 3 1/4

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Corrugated Wreath Happiest Christmas Wishes

A fun way to use the Corrugated Embossing Folder is to emboss shapes. I made this wreath using the Scalloped Layering Circle Framelits and then ran it through my Big Shot with the Corrugated Embossing Folder. I love how it came out.

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Once I had the wreath made, I decorated it with a bow made from a piece of Cherry Cobbler Cotton Twine. I wanted to add some berries to it but didn’t have anything in my stash to match so I decided to color some Pearl Basic Jewels with a Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blend and it came out great. I love that you can color the pearls with those alcohol markers and match your project perfectly.

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The sentiments came from the Dashing Deer Stamp Set. I love “Happiest Christmas Wishes”….what a sweet sentiment.

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Tip of the Week - Corrugated Card Protector

My customers have given me a great tip for protecting the embellishments on cards when mailing. They place a piece of corrugated cardstock over the card front before putting it in the envelope.

With the new Corrugated Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, this will be very easy. Cut a piece of cardstock, something that’s old or you don’t use much at 5 1/4 x 4 and then use the Corrugated Embossing Folder to emboss it. Place it over your card and put it in an envelope.

It’s easy to do and protects all your hard work. You can make a bunch up ahead of time to have them on hand.

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Product Of The Week - Corrugated Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

This week I’ll be featuring the Corrugated Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder from the 2018 Holiday Catalog. I used to have one of those crimpers that you would put the cardstock through to get this look but this embossing folder is so much easier to use.

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Here’s a sample from the catalog. Embossing folders add so much dimension to your project and they are so easy to use.

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Check in tomorrow for a quick tip and the rest of the week to what I plan to make using this embossing folder.

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Woodsy Christmas Card

Here’s a quick Christmas card I made for a challenge to use new embellishments. I love how you can add just a few embellishments to a card to pull it together. This was so easy to make.

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I stamped the trees from the Winter Woods Stamp Set in Gray Granite on a piece of 5 x 3 3/4 Wood Textures DSP. I layered that on a 5 1/4 x 4 piece of Real Red Cardstock and then layered that on the Crumb Cake card base.

The sentiment was stamped in Real Red on a strip of Whisper White Cardstock and then I cut the end with the Banner Triple Punch. The Banner was clipped to the Wood Textures Layer using a Galvanized Clip and that layer was adhered to the Real Red layer and then to the card base. I tied a piece of Braided Linen Trim around the card and tied a bow. To finish it off, I added 3 Clear Epoxy Droplets.

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Pretty Wishing You All The Best Card

I decided to make a similar card to yesterday’s, I just changed it up a bit. Instead of all the layers, I only have one 5 1/4 x 4 Frosted Floral DSP layer.

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Next I cut a Basic Black border using the Detailed Leaves Framelits. It’s a very delicate border piece and I added some rhinestones to it to glam it up a bit. The sentiment is from the First Frost Stamp Set in Black Memento. The branch images were stamped in Gray Granite, directly and then a second time without re-inking.

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First Frost

This week I’ve been featuring the Stampin’ Trimmer and sharing dimensions for card bases and layers. I thought I would put this into action with these cards.

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The First Frost Stamp Set and the Frosted Floral DSP coordinate so well together. This DSP is just gorgeous; it has a pearlized glimmer to it. For the flower image, I used Stampin’ Write Markers in Pear Pizzaz and Powder Pink. I colored the stamp with the markers and then breathed on it to moisten before stamping. Three Frosted Epoxy Droplets were added just below the image.

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Here are the dimensions:
Card Base - 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
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4 1/4 x 11, scored at 5 1/2 (top folding)
Basic Black Layer - 5 1/4 x 4
Basic Gray Layer - 5 x 3 3/4
Smaller Basic Black Layer - 3 5/8 x 2 5/8
Whisper White Layer - 3 1/2 x 2 1/2

On the inside, I have a 5 1/4 x 4 layer that was stamped with the sprigs in Pear Pizzaz and Gray Granite (I stamped off the Gray Granite first to make it a little lighter.

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Follow along with the video below.

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Tips of the Week - Stampin' Trimmer / Standard Layering Dimensions

I have a few things to share with you today that I hope are helpful when making cards.

First, a couple of tips to help you avoid cutting instead of scoring. Has that ever happened to you? With the Stampin’ Trimmer, there is a light gray scoring blade and a dark gray cutting blade and sometimes I’ve used the wrong one. This is ok if you accidentally score instead of cut, BUT if you cut instead of score, there’s no fixing it.

One tip is to mark the cutting blade with red nail polish or something similar. It will sort of jump out at you that its the cutting blade.

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Another way to avoid this is to remove the scoring blade and use your Bone Folder instead. If you saw my post yesterday, there is a video that shows how to remove your blades. Once you remove the scoring blade, use your Bone Folder right in the groove where the blades sit.

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I also want to share some standard dimensions that I use for A2 size cards. Those are the cards that fit into our medium size envelopes or an invitation size envelope.

You can cut your 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock on the 11” side at 5 1/2 and score at 4 1/4.

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Or cut the 8 1/2” side at 4 1/4 and score at 5 1/2”.

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Then I usually go down a 1/4” for each layer. If I want a tighter layer (smaller border), I go down an 1/8”.

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Tools are so important in paper crafting and I wanted to share with you information about the Stampin’ Trimmer. It allows you to cut and score and fits 12x12 paper.

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Here’s a quick video to show the highlights of this tool from Stampin’ Up!

Tomorrow I’ll give you some tips and share standard measurements for making cards with layers. You can click on the products below to purchase them on my online store.

Sweet Just A Note Card

Here’s another card using the Wishing You Well Stamp Set. I am really loving this set, its so sweet and simple.

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Here’s the dimensions:

  • Night of Navy Card Base - 8 1/2 x 5, scored at 4 1/4

  • Soft Sea Foam Layer - 5 1/4 x 4

  • Fresh Fig Layer - 3 7/8 x 2 7/8

  • Whisper White Layer - 3 3/4 x 2 3/4

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I used the Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to emboss the Soft Sea Foam Layer.

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The floral bunch was stamped in Soft Sea Foam and the bow in Night of Navy. The flowers and sentiment are Fresh Fig.

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I stamped the Floral Bunch in both Soft Sea Foam and Fresh Fig, offsetting it a little to give it some depth. I like how it came out.

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