The Twelve Days Of Christmas

I have been a Stampin Up! Demonstrator since 2008.  During this time, I have heard over and over again how making your own Christmas card takes too long and is too involved.  I have decided to help those stampers who feel this way by showing them how to make simple, yet pretty, Christmas cards.

Beginning tomorrow, I am going to be posting some examples of Christmas cards that are easy to make.  A couple of them have only one layer, yet I think they are elegant enough to send out as your annual card.  Some only have two layers but others may have more.  None of them are very complicated.  Each day, for twelve days, I will post a new card.  Feel free to use any of the designs as your own.  I won’t tell!

I hope you enjoy my Twelve Days of Christmas.  Oh, and by the way, this takes away your excuse for making Christmas cards this year so get moving!

 

Show & Tell Photopolymer Stamps

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Today is my sister, Emily’s, birthday.  I made her this card because she is one of the nicest people I know.  She will do anything for anyone at any time.  She volunteers at so many things.  She knows everyone and everyone knows her.  Today is the day we all need to celebrate her and all that she does.

I used a couple of different sets for this card.  The first set is one of Stampin Up’s Photopolymer Stamps Sets called Show & Tell 1.  The Photopolymer Stamps are really starting to grow on me.  The best things about them is that you can see exactly where you are placing them.

Happy Birthday, Emily.  I hope you have a terrific day!

Secret Garden Greetings

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I made this card using the stamp set called Secret Garden.  It has matching Framelits also called Secret Garden .  They are still one of my favorite sets.  I love the flowers but I dislike cutting them out.  This is why the Framelits are such a wonderful thing.  No more “fussy” cutting.  You just stamp and run it through the Big Shot.  The happy birthday banner is from a hostess set called Banner Greetings.  You can only buy this set for $8 with a qualifying order of $150.  You can get to this amount with a single order or a total workshop order.  If interested, please contact me!

 

By The Seashore

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My mother, who is 88, is an avid shell collector.  She goes to Florida every year for 8 weeks in a condo that is right on Lido Beach.  During this time, she gets up at the crack of dawn.  It is still dark.  I mean, still really dark.  She heads out with her flashlight to get the first shells on the beach.  She knows the name of every shell and “teaches” anyone else who asks.  What does she do with these shells, you ask?  She makes wreaths, and candles, and pictures and anything else you could possibly think of.  She has boxes and boxes AND boxes of them in her garage.  I have shells from her.  My kids have shells from her.  My friends have shells from her.

Of course, when I saw this set, I had to have it.  It is called By The Seashore.  Every time I use it, it reminds me of Mom.

Today is the last day to save 25% on 25 different stamp sets!

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Sparkly Festive Flurry Ornament

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The first thing I need to say is the picture above does not do this very sparkly snowflake justice! When you hold it up to the light it is amazing. You can use this ornament on a card or a package and attach it with removal tape so whomever you give it to can then hang it on the tree.

I cut the larger snowflake using the Stampin Up! Glimmer Paper in silver using the Festive Flurry Framelits. The middle snowflake was first stamped using a stamp from the set called Festive Flurry in Versamark (you can save 15% by buying the Festive Flurry Stamp Set and Framelits in a Bundle). Then I sprinkled Heat & Stick Powder and used my Heat Tool to melt the powder. After that I sprinkled the new Stampin Up! Silver Stampin Glitter from the Holiday Catalog. The ribbon is also from the Holiday Catalog and is called Silver 1/8″ Ribbon.

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Missing You Already

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The stamp set called Really Good Greetings really does have good greetings!  This one is my favorite and the main reason I bought the set but the other greetings in this set are also just as good.  There is one that says “Everything will be OK, even if we can’t see what OK is yet.”  I love that one too.  It could be used as a thinking of you, sympathy or get well and says all those sentiments in a nice, yet different way.

The background designs were made with the stamp set called Tape It.  The stamps look like they are Washi Tape but as long as you have ink, you won’t run out.  The shape behind the sentiment is the smallest Framelit from the Deco Label Framelit set.

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Really Good Greetings

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Stampin Up! has some really nice greetings this year in their catalog.  This one is actually called Really Good Greetings.  I like them because they are different.  They just don’t say the usual “Happy Birthday” or “Thinking of You”.  The meanings are the same, but the words are unique.

The Designer Series Paper I used is called Quatrefancy Specialty Paper.  I also used Deco Label Framelits in Calypso Coral and the Ovals Collection Framelits.  I like the way our Framelits mix and match, even when they don’t!  The banner was cut using Bitty Banners Framelits.  I stamped the greeting in Pear Pizzazz and then used a marker to color just the you!.  If you look closely you can see and embossed line of scallops and dashes.  This was made with the embossing folder called Needlepoint Border.  It comes with two different border folders.  The other one looks like a cross stitch border.

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