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Monday, October 16, 2017

Merry Patterns Christmas Stampin Up! Cards

This set is only available with a $300 order/party, but I thought I'd show it off since I really enjoyed using it.

These three cards are virtually the same.  For the Tis the Season card, I used Real Red and Old Olive for the card base and ribbon (Olive or Red) and either 1/3 of a silver foil snowflake or silver thread.  Then I just added a silver foil snowflake from the Seasonal Chums bundle.  

I love the fun "'tis the season" and "to be jolly!" because you can place the to be jolly on the inside or the outside as you wish.  Placement required me to use the StampAMaJig even with the photopolymer stamps.  I'm just not that steady I guess.


 A deer in a sweater is too silly, and I think he is both masculine and comical.

The mini stampin' dimensionals are small enough to fit in the octagon in the middle of the snowflake...awesome!


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Friday, October 13, 2017

Inky Friends 2017 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog Blog Hop Inking Up the Season


Welcome to the Inky Friends' Inking Up the Season Blog Hop! Join us as we show you our favorites from the Wintry offerings in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. Should you get lost and need to see a list of participants, just click on the Inky Friends Blog.

You've likely arrived from Shelly's Blog, Miss Mad Stamper in which she displayed the beauty of the Wise Men from Afar set.

I'm using the Night in Bethlehem Bundle of stamps and matching framelits. A person can make such a variety of designs with this set. It is a ton of fun to use!

First, I have this Eclipse card in Soft Sky and Whisper White.  Three Soft Sky layers of the skyline die cut lift that portion of the card above the main layer.  The Soft Sky card base peeks through in the windows. I considered a So Saffron layer to "light" the windows but found it distracting. In Addition to the Night in Bethlehem set, I used the swirl from the Star of Light stamp set in the annual catalog to give a swath of color over the buildings.  I touched the large star and the stars in the swirl with Wink Of Stella for shine.


I made this next card with a Stamp A Stack (making several cards all alike) in mind.  It is Fresh Fig, Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake with a Gold Glimmer paper star.  The matching Fresh Fig ribbon gives it an extra detail.

The next card was a collaborative with my downline at our recent meeting. I gave them the Bridge card base and cut designer series paper and asked them to make a Christmas card using any items on the table.  My downline Kris made a snowflake card that I'll share next week, and my downline Valerie made this card. I only made a couple of small changes such as adding a bit of designer series paper under the top tower window and changing to the star from the Night of Bethlehem bundle on the right panel. 

The Snowflake Sentiments set with the Night of Bethlehem bundle just seems to be a nice match. It was a great sentiment and nice size for this Bridge card. I used Lyssa Zwolanek's tutorial for a bridge card that will fit nicely in a regular medium envelope. I chose to use the Christmas Around the World designer series paper with this Fun Fold.  The two prints I chose are some of the least obvious choices from that set of paper, and they are Pool Party and Basic Gray. I chose a Soft Sky card base to contrast with the Pool Party sprinkled print. The speckles are Soft Sky in my opinion.

This card is 4-1/4" by 8" and is scored at 1-1/4", 2.5", 5.5" and 6-3/4".  The bridge piece is 1-1/4" by 5-1/2".  It will fit in a medium SU! envelope. 


I like the idea of a time lapse between the journey and the star, so I made the front of this card daytime. Then, I made the inside have nighttime and the star.  A snip of So Saffron card stock behind one door makes it as if that could be a stable type situation with a lamp lit.  For the sand, I mixed a bit of embossing paste in a plastic spoon and just a drop of Soft Suede Ink Refill.  I was surprised that it matches Crumb Cake card stock nicely while Crumb Cake Ink Refill was grey-toned and very light.


This card is 4-1/4" by 9", and it is scored at 3-1/2".

This card is actually layered with dimensionals for depth, but it looks completely flat in pictures. Super strange!

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Now it is time to continue to Sarah's Ink Spot to see her lovely designs with the Brightly Lit Christmas set.






Friday, October 6, 2017

Stampin' Up! Carols of Christmas Woodland Trees card

Though there are several other cards made with die cut trees on Pinterest, I was most inspired for this card by Laurie from Stampin' Up North. However, her card is aqua, uses different sentiment and trees, has no ribbon and a heart instead of a deer as the focal point. :)

The sentiment is from the Star of Wonder set.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Stampin' Up! Seasonal Chums Snowman Card


Seasonal Chums Snowman Card MFTWSC353

The little snowman from the Seasonal Chums Stamp Set worked out nicely with the My Favorite Things Weekly Sketch Challenge #353.  I was looking for something simple enough for a Stamp A Stack card, and I think this is.  These colors are also some of my favorites for Christmas this year.


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