A Christmas Card Challenge

Good morning everyone.  Today is another day for a new Stamp Off Challenge.  This time our challenge is to make a Christmas Card (or project).

Here is the front of my card.

I decided to make a Fun Fold Card so here is what happens when you open the next part of the card.

This is what it looks like when you open the last part of the card.

I used the stamp set called Timeless Tidings.  This is a great holiday sentiment set that is in the 2018 Holiday Catalog.  I really like the font and there are also three little images (the other two are a poinsettia and holly).  The Designer Series Paper  is called Festive Farmhouse.  I love this paper so much I actually used it on my personal Christmas cards I sent out.  I will show you that card in the next couple of weeks.  The colors I used are Gray Granite (one of my new favorite colors) and Cherry Cobbler (an old favorite).

Here are some of the dimensions of the cardstock I used.

4.25″ x 5.5″ Gray Granite cardstock (for the card base)

3″ x 11″ Whisper White cardstock scored at 5.5″

3″ x 5.5″ piece of Designer Series Paper

3.25″ x 5.5″ Cherry Cobbler cardstock

1″ x 5.5″ Cherry Cobbler cardstock (for the banner) scored at 4 1/8″.  I hand cut the points on the end.

Now let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie made.  It is alway such a pleasant surprise!

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Last Day To Order In Time For Christmas

Today is the last day you can order and still receive the products before Christmas.  After this day Stampin’ Up! won’t guarantee your package will arrive in time (unless you expedite).  You need to leave that Wish List out today so your spouse or better half can see it.  I mean let’s face it.  Wouldn’t you rather have stamps or a Big Shot then a frying pan or vacuum purchased Christmas Eve because he or she could not think of anything else to get you while wandering around the stores at the mall?  If you think they will need help ordering, tell them to email me and I’ll help them.  I am sure they will appreciate not having to shop at 5:00 on Christmas Eve!

Speaking of wishes, I made this birthday card for a friend of mine.

I used the stamp set that is part of a Suite in the Stampin’ Up!® Annual catalog.  The Suite is called Broadway Bound and includes the stamp set called Broadway Birthday, a set of matching dies called Broadway Lights Framelits (and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle), Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series Paper, ribbon and embellishments.  One for the fun things about this suite is some of the dies cut out some of the designs in the Designer Series Paper such as the hats I used on the card.

The colors I used on this card are Lemon Lime Twist, Lovely Lipstick and Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.

Happy Birthday, Ann.  I hope you had a terrific day!

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Sneak Peek Garage Gears

One of my favorites things about being a Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator is I get to get my hands on new products early.  I am not a patient person and when I start seeing peeks of new products I want them NOW!.  I can do that being a Demonstrator!

I made this card using a new set of dies called Garage Gears Thinlits (item#148521).  When I saw that die with the gears, I knew I had to have it!   It is one large die, although the set does include individual gear dies too.  This set of dies does have a matching stamp set called Geared Up Garage (item#148590) but I did not use it on this card.  You can buy both of these products now if you are a Demonstrator.  Otherwise they will be available to everyone on January 2nd.  You can also save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle (item#150610).  I can’t list these items at the bottom of my page because they are not available yet.

I made the background of the card using the Chicken Wire Elements that are in the Holiday Catalog.  I taped a piece of Whisper White cardstock and one Chicken Wire Element to a board and then used a Stamping Sponge to dab Gray Granite ink over it.

I cut the gears out of Blackberry Bliss cardstock.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Picture Perfect Birthday.

If you are impatient as I am and are interested in becoming a Demonstrator you can click on the link to the right of this post that says “Join Now”.  If you have any questions about it, leave a comment or send me an email.

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Barn Door

This is one of the cards we made at our monthly stamp club meeting last week.  It uses the stamp set called Barn Door that is in the 2018/2019 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  This stamp set has matching dies called Sliding Door Framelits.  Normally this set is used as a slider card where the barn door slides back and forth.  I actually made another card as a slider using these products and will show it to you soon but we did not make a slider with this card.  Instead we made the barn doors open and this is what the inside looks like.

To make this card I first stamped two doors onto a piece of Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper using Gray Granite ink.  This particular paper has the wood look to it so I thought was perfect to make barn doors out of.  Then I cut them out using one of the dies in the set.  I attached the doors to a piece of Gray Granite cardstock that is 9″ x 3 3.8″ that I scored at 2.25″ and 6.75. I put a 21″ piece of the Cherry Cobbler twine behind this and then  adhered that to a 3 5/8″ x 4.75″ piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Inside the doors is a piece of 3″ x 4″ of Whisper White cardstock.  The sign was stamped in Blueberry Bushel Ink and the flowers are in Crushed Curry.  The door handles and the inside corner cuts were also made using dies that I cut out of Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  The inside corner cuts are actually a square that I cut diagonally.

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Making Christmas Bright

Making Christmas Bright is a fun stamp set that is in the 2018 Holiday Catalog.  It has a matching punch called Christmas Bulb Builder Punch and you can save 10% by purchasing them both in a Bundle.  Plus there is another set in the Holiday Catalog called Making Everyday Bright (page 47) which also goes with the punch.  I love it when Stampin’ Up!® mixes and matches items that all go together.

The colors I used for this card are all the 2018/2020 In Colors.  They are Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, Grapefruit Grove, Lovely Lipstick and Pineapple Punch.  These colors are fun and bright.  I hand drew the line between the bulbs using a Call Me Clover Stampin’ Write Marker.

Speaking of Christmas, if you would like to order something from Stampin’ Up! or if you want your better half to order something for you for Christmas you will need to do it by December 13th.  After that you might not get it in time.  So don’t forget to leave that Wish List where someone will see it before that date.  If anyone needs help ordering for you, feel free to have them contact me.

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Merry Christmas To All

I forgot to show the third card we made at our monthly stamp club meeting in November.  We made it using products from the All Is Bright Suite in the 2018 Holiday Catalog.  The stamp set is called Merry Christmas To All.  It has a ton of different sentiments that all go with each other plus a label and some swishes.  Of course, they are matching dies called Merry Christmas Thinlits dies that have big sentiments (which you all know I love).

To make this I first cut out the “Merry” using the Thinlits from the Galvanized Metallic Paper and adhered it to an oval cut out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies in Whisper White cardstock.  Then I stamped the word Christmas onto Real Red cardstock with Versamark and embossed it using Stampin’ Emboss Powder in White and heating it with the Heat Tool.  The Merry Christmas Thinlits have a die that cut out the sentiment.  The Designer Series Paper is called Under The Mistletoe and is in the 2018/2019 Annual Catalog.  Lastly I cut out two sprigs using the Sprig Punch and adhered them underneath the sentiment.  The card base is Old Olive cardstock.

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First Frost

It is amazing what happens when you break out of your comfort level and try new things or products.  All my life I refused to eat Avocados.  I actually never had even tried them! Then my sister, Katherine and I went out for lunch together one day and she wanted to order a pizza to share.  She really wanted avocados on this pizza (I know.  Sounds awful) and I for some crazy reason let her.  Well, it turns out I really like Avocados!  Who knew!  It only took me 40 years to like them!

The same is true for Stampin’ Up!® products.  When I first looked at First Frost I knew immediately it was not something I would buy or use.  Then I started to see cards made with this set online and decided to try it.  Now, I love it.  It is gorgeous and the matching Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper  is amazing.  It has glimmer to it and the patterns are beautiful.  Plus this stamp set has matching dies called Frosted Bouquet Framelits (and yes, you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle). You can expect to see lots of cards made with this Suite of products!

The colors I used for this card are Pear Pizzazz and Blackberry Bliss.  This card would be a great card for beginners because it doesn’t require a lot of products.  #simplestamping

Next time you look at a suite of products and think to yourself “no way”, go out of your comfort zone and try them anyway.  You never know, you might like Avocados too!

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