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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Wishing You Well Card Using the Thumping Technique

Today I have a really cool technique to show you. It’s called “thumping”. It gives you a multi-colored image. You get it by thumping or bouncing or tapping your Stampin’ Write Markers on your stamp. You’ll have to watch the video to see what I mean. I used this technique on the wreath image.

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The card base is Merry Merlot and that’s the color I used for the bow and the sentiments as well. I just love this Wishing You Well stamp set. The images are so pretty and delicate.

I used Pear Pizzaz to first ink up the stamp to get good coverage. Then I used these markers: Pear Pizzaz, Grapefruit Grove, Old Olive, Call Me Clover, Tranquil Tide and Fresh Fig. You can try whatever colors you have handy that would work well with the image you’re using.

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Once I thumped the markers on the stamp, I breathed on it to moisten the ink and then stamped it on a piece of 5 1/4 x 4 Very Vanilla. I stamped the bow in Merry Merlot over the bottom of the wreath. The strip of Very Vanilla for the sentiment is 1/2 x about 3 and then was cut using the Banner Triple Punch to give it a flag on both ends. I did the same with a 5/8 x 3 strip of Merry Merlot. The corners were punched with the Detailed Trio Punch.

I used this technique on the tree on a Christmas Card. Isn’t it pretty? I used the same greens but left out the Grapefruit Grove and Tranquil Tide and added Night of Navy.

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Watch the video to see how to do this technique, it’s really fun.

These are the products I used to make the Wishing You Well Card. You can click any of the products to purchase them on my Online Store.

The Christmas Card has a Night of Navy Card Base with a 5 1/4 x 4 layer of Silver Foil Paper and then a 5 x 3 3/4 layer of Night of Navy. I used the Thumping Technique for the tree from the Winter Woods Stamp Set and cut it out with the largest Layering Oval Die. I stamped the snowflakes from the Christmas Pines Stamp Set with Versamark and then added Silver Embossing Powder and heated with the Heat Tool. I also embossed the sentiment. Below is the list of products for this card.

Product of the Week - Wishing You Well Stamp Set

This week I’m featuring the Wishing You Well Stamp Set. It is so pretty and easy to use. The images are very delicate and the bow is so simple and sweet. These are the images that come in the set. They are red rubber and you can get Clear Mount or Wood Mount.

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You can purchase this stamp set by itself or Stampin’ Up! put some products together that you can purchase in a set to make these cards below.

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Stop back tomorrow when I’ll show you a neat tip/technique to add multiple colors to the image.

You can purchase the stamp set by clicking the product below in either Clear Mount or Wood Mount. You can also purchase the supplies together to make the samples that are in the catalog by clicking the card supplies set which include the stamp set.

Beautiful Falling For Leaves Card

Today I have such a beautiful card using the Falling For Leaves Bundle and Multipurpose Liquid Glue. How do they go together? Well, check out the video in this Blog Post to find out.

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The card base is Shaded Spruce and I embossed a 5 1/4 x 4 piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock with the Woodland Embossing Folder. The leaves were cut out of Joyous Noel Glimmer Paper using the Detailed Leaves Thinlits. The Glimmer Paper (I called it Glitter Paper in the video) comes in a 6x6 pack and includes Copper, Merry Merlot and Tranquil Tide which are fantastic colors for Autumn and Christmas.

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The sentiments that are included with this stamp set are perfect for Thanksgiving or just a Thank You card. Now, take a look at how the Multipurpose Liquid Glue works with the Glimmer Paper, intricate pieces and embossed layers.

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TIP of the Week - Using Multipurpose Liquid Glue

I have a great tip that I've seen other Demonstrators use and thought I would share it with you. Many people don't want to use the Multipurpose Liquid Glue because they squeeze too much on and it oozes out of the side of their project.   

My tip is to squeeze some on a Silicone Craft Sheet and then use a sponge or paintbrush to add it to your piece. This is especially helpful when trying to adhere an intricate embellishment to your project.  

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To clean your Silicone Craft Sheet, you just wait for the glue to dry and rub it off. You can wash your paint brush with a little soap and water. Give this a try, you may find this is your new go-to adhesive.

Product of the Week - Multipurpose Liquid Glue

One of my favorite adhesives is the Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  It's very strong and dries clear.  It has a fine tip (which is what I mostly use) and a broad tip.

The thing I like best is that you get a little time to get your pieces in just the right place before it dries. 

It's only $4.00 and goes a long way.

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These are some of the ways I like to use the Multipurpose Liquid Glue:

  • It's strong enough to hold boxes and bags together.

  • Great for embossed layers because it goes into all the nooks and crannies whether you use the embossed or debossed side of your piece. 

  • Holds Burlap or heavier ribbon in place. 

  • Simple for adhering sequins to your piece, just put a tiny drop where you want your sequin and then place it on top. 

  • Great for rough surfaces like Glimmer Paper. 

Check in tomorrow for some tips on using this adhesive.

Beautiful Christmas Cards Kit

I can't wait for you to see the video on the Timeless Tidings Project Kit.  You can purchase it from the new Holiday Catalog which goes live today, September 5, 2018. 

The kit includes all the card bases, gold foil elements, banners and circles for your sentiments, layered images and elegant gold trimmed envelopes to make 20 cards. Aren't they beautiful? 

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Take a look at each card.  There is gold foil on each card a a beautiful sentiment.  Also, a little glitz with some rhinestones in either green or gold. 

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There are a few items you'll need to complete these cards.  You need the Timeless Tidings Stamp Set, StazOn Ink, Dimensionals and Snail.  You need clear blocks for the stamps or the Stamparatus.  I have some tips on my blog post yesterday on getting your sentiments lined up perfectly using the Stamparatus. 

Why not get some friends together, chip in for the Stamp Set and ink and make your cards together.  You can purchase multiple kits if you need to make more than 20 Christmast cards. 

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Watch the video to see how easy these are to make.

Watch the video below to see how I made these cards.

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It's Here, It's Here!!!  The 2018 Holiday Catalog is now available for ordering.

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I'm so excited to share this new catalog with you.  It is chock full of fantastic products for the upcoming holidays.  The samples in the catalog are so beautiful.  Here are some quick videos highlighting some of the products in the catalog.

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Now is the time to redeem your Bonus Coupons.  You should have emails from Stampin' Up! with your coupon code.

Let me know if you need a catalog or if you have any questions.  You can click on the catalog icon on the right to see a pdf file of the catalog or go to my online store to see products and order.

TIP of the Week - Using your Stamparatus with your Project Kit!

Did you ever stamp and the image wasn't dark enough or you didn't quite get all the the image inked.  This happens to me and its ok if I can just cut another piece of cardstock but when I'm making a kit with prepared pieces, I don't want to waste any of them with a mistake.  

Stamparatus to the rescue!!!!

I made these cards from the Timeless Tidings Project Kit.  I plan on using the Stamparatus to make the rest so I can be sure they are all stamped perfectly.

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Here are some tips for the circles.  Punch out all the circles keeping the small and large separate.  Use the leftover sheet as a template, placing the circle in one of the punch-outs and lining up the stamp just where you want it.  Make sure you use the magnet on the edge of the circle because you won't want it to move if you have to re-stamp.  Just keep adding your circles until all are stamped. 

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For the banners, you can do the same; punch them all out and use the leftover piece as a template.  The trick with this narrow banner is getting the Merry Christmas sentiment in just the right place.  Using a piece of scrap paper, do some testing until you get it right and then remove the scrap, add the banner and stamp away. 

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Come back September 5 and you can see the video I made with the Timeless Tidings Project Kit.  You can also start ordering from the catalog.  

Let me know if you need a catalog!!!

Product of the Week - Timeless Tidings Project Kit!!!

This week I'm featuring the Timeless Tidings Project Kit.  I have to tell you that the cards are so beautiful.  They really knocked it out of the park with this kit.  It's available starting September 5th in the new Holiday Catalog. 

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The kit includes almost everything you need to make 20 cards.  There are 4 different designs and you make 5 of each.  There is a gorgeous gold foil piece for each card.  The envelopes have gold foil trim and a pretty striped liner.

You'll need to get the coordinating Timeless Tidings Stamp Set as well as StazOn Ink, Snail and Dimensionals.

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Why not get some friends together and make your Christmas cards?  You can chip in for the stamp set and supplies and then each buy a kit or two, depending on how many cards you want to send. 

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Country Christmas Card with Tin Tile Embossing Folder

This week I've been featuring the Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder.  Today I have a Christmas card using a border layer that I embossed with this folder. 

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This was pretty easy to make and I love the colors, Cherry Cobbler and Mossy Meadow.  It really has a country feel to it. The sentiment is from the Timeless Tidings Stamp Set.

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Below are the pieces you need:
--Cherry Cobbler Card Base - 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4
--Strip of Mossy Meadow - 1 1/2 x 5 1/4
--Very Vanilla Layer - 5 1/4 x 4
--Festive Farmhouse DSP Layer - 4 3/4 x 3

--Cherry Cobbler Scallop Circle
--Very Vanilla Circle

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This Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper has so many nice country patterns.  I just love plaid for the holidays. 

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Emboss the strip of Mossy Meadow and then trim as needed.  I usually start with a piece a little longer than needed because it shrinks a little when you emboss it.  Trim it after you emboss it. 

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I adhered the layers down with Liquid Multi-Purpose Glue and then the sentiment was popped up with Dimensionals.  I cut 3 strands of Linen Thread and tied a small bow and then attached with a glue dot.

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Getting Ready for Autumn!

I've been featuring the Tin Tile Dynamic Impressions Embossing Folder and today I have a video with some autumn cards and details on the tips I shared yesterday.  The stamp set is called Country Home and has some really pretty images.  Both are available starting September 5, 2018 in the new Holiday Catalog.

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Aren't these cards just beautiful.  I love this country style.  The embossing folder just adds so much texture to the cards.   

This first card was made with a Rich Razzleberry card base and the embossed layer is Petal Pink. The Whisper White layer is 2 1/2 x 4 and I stamped the images in Memento Ink. I used my smallest circle punch to punch the corners.  The jug and flowers were colored with Stampin' Blends and tied two strands of Linen Thread into a bow and added it with a glue dot. 

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This card base is Cajun Craze and the layer is Crushed Curry that was embossed and then sponged with Crushed Curry.  I love the look that sponging gives it.  The 2 1/2 x 4 layer is Very Vanilla and then stamped with the other flower bunch from the Country Home set.  I sponged the edges of both layers and wrapped a piece of Striped Burlap Trim to the embossed layer before adhering it.  The Black Faceted Dots were adhered to each corner.

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Which card do you like better?  Take a look at my video for some tips on coloring the embossed layer. 

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TIP of the Week - Adding Color to Embossed Layers!!!

This week I have some tips on adding color to dry embossed layers.  I'm featuring a fabulous embossing folder.  It's called the Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and its new in the Stampin' Up! 2018 Holiday Catalog.   

Here are 3 tips: 

1.  Use sponge to dab color on embossed piece.

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2. Use Sponge Brayer to lightly add ink to embossed piece.

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3. Use Sponge Dauber to add color to embossing folder and then emboss your cardstock.

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Watch my video tomorrow where I will describe these techniques in more detail. 

Product of the Week!!!

This week I'm featuring the new Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder!  Boy, that's a mouthful! This is a product in the new Holiday Catalog that you can start ordering from on September 5th.

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This embossing folder is so cool, it really looks like a tin tile!  Its 6 x 6 and its one of those Dynamic Textured Impressions Folders that you only need one plate when running it through the Big Shot. 

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Here are some samples that I made while I was playing with it.  The first is with a Copper Foil Sheet, then I used the new Galvanized Metallic Paper from the new Holiday Catalog.  I also used Basic Black and Basic Gray Cardstock.  If you spritz cardstock with a little water before you put it in the Big Shot, you get deeper embossing. 

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Let me know if you need a catalog.  Check back later for some tips on adding color to these embossed pieces.