Year of Cheer Part 1

Triple Joy Cheer '17 1

I love the Year of Cheer Suite!  So many glittery things, so little time. For the card above I used 2 of the DSP’s, the Cheers to the Year Stamp set, and gold and silver embossing powder.  Super fast and easy.

Copper Doily Joy '17 1

There are several items on this card that are not SU! but I am including it anyway because I like it so much.  The large label backing is a pearlescent card stock and I am guessing that the SU! Shimmery White cardstock would work as well.  The specialty DSP has both the copper and the pearlescent colors on it.  I cut out the doily with a die that I think got at Michaels, I think.  The “joy” and the circle were embossed with copper embossing powder.

Gold and Silve rDoily Peace '17 1

The metallic doilies are so pretty!    I gave the sentiment (retired) some dimension by cutting out 1 in silver paper and two out of Whisper White cardstock and then layering them together using Tombow glue.   Another fairly quick card.

More sparkle next week!

Christmas Card N Tags

CardnTag Olive Front 17

CardnTag Olive Inside 17

Back in 2015 I was wondering if there was a way to do more with Christmas cards than just look at them. The idea of having a card that could enjoyed and also be used really appealed to me.  So with some fiddling with my Silhouette I came up with this card.

Card n tag 2015 front

2015 Card’n’Tag

Card n tag 2015 Inside I took it to a card swap at a scrapbooking event but I realized that it would be very difficult to recreate without an electronic cir cutting machine.

It wasn’t until this year that the idea came back to mind as I was playing with the Scalloped Tag Topper.  One of the reasons I used my Silhouette was because I wanted to have tags that had tag-shaped ends. With the tag topper I had my solution.

So lets get started with this card:

Cand n Tag cut and score .linesl step 1 '17

You will need a piece of card stock that measures 8″ x 5 1/2″.  Score it at 4 1/4″

Card n tag scored trimmed and tags '17 cut

To make the tags start by cutting 1/4″ off of both ends of the 4″ side of the card to the score line. This way you will have tags that are all 1″ wide. Now the tag ends need to be punched. Before punching them it is easier to fold all of the tags on the fold line so that you can fold the 4 tags you aren’t punching out of the way. Slide each tag into the punch and center it in the punch like this:

scallop tag topper up close

Now all that is left is the decorating of the cards.  It is easy to get confused about where everything goes so here are the pics of the 2 sides of the card.

Card n Tag finished. front '17jpg

Card na tag inside finished '17

The easiest way to stamp on the tags is to slide a piece of scrap paper under the tag you want to stamp and over the rest of the tags like this:

Card n Tag masking for tags 17

Here are some other cards using this technique.

Peace Wreath '16

Inside Card n TAg '16

There wreath is retired this year but the images stamped on the tags are from the Peace This Christmas stamp set.

CardnTag Red Outside 17

CardnTAg Red Inside '17

I used the Merry Little Christmas DSP on both the Old Love and the Real Red card.The label dies that I used were not SU! ones but the Lots of Labels Framelits would work perfectly.  The sentiments were inked with Versamark  ink and embossed with white embossing powder

The stamps that I used for the Old Olive card are from the Peace This Christmas stamp set.  The Real Red card also used the Watercolor Christmas and Cheer The Year sets . I embossed one of the labels on the red card with the Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. The “to and from” was from the Labels of Love.

Happy stamping!

Stampin’Up! Quilted Christmas Suite

Peaceful Star '17Wow!

I can hardly believe I am finally able to post here. It has been forever due to moving, getting settled, and then a huge power struggle with WordPress whichI think I won.

I also  became a Stampin’Up demonstrator, which has been lots of fun.  As a demonstrator I am able to preorder products from the holiday catalogue so I have been playing with the stuff I got.

The cards I will show you today are all from the Quilted Christmas Suite. What is in the suite, you ask?  Here goes! Stamps, dies, ribbon, felt embellishments, an embossing folder, and Designer Series Paper. Awesome.

I always like it when I can get more than one season out of a set that I purchase.  The stamp and dies for this suite will easily go into spring, summer and fall by just changing ink colors and papers.  I like that a lot.

For the card above I used the star die and cut it out of Whisper White card stock, then cut the whole thing out again from 2 of the DSP sheets and a sheet of Lemon Lime card.  It was easy to inlay the colored pieces inside the white frame, and your end up with enough pieces of the DSP to make another card as well.

Pool Party Lemon Lime star Block '17For this next card I used the stamps set.  I stamped the stitched star outline on to Whisper White card and then used the striped and dotted quilt pieces to fill the star in.  I  cut the outline and the block out of one of the green DSP sheets and glued it over the top of the stamped panel.  At the bottom of the card I used the tiny blanket stitch stamp that come with the set (be very careful- the blanket stitch and the cross stitch stamps are could easily go missing due to their size).

Quilted Flowers '17

I don’t know what happened to the color on this picture but I am still including it because it showcases a second design in the stamp and die set.  I used Pool Party card for this one as it is one of the colors that coordinates with the DSP.  This flower  shape is one of those that has two parts.  The first piece just cuts out the inside design.  This is how the 3 flowers on the side were cut. By adding the die that cuts the outside edge I got the flower that is shown on the top right-hand corner.

As I wasn’t thinking this card through from start to finish I ended up having to do some work-arounds to keep it from ending in the trash.  First I die cut the three flowers and then used lots of dimensional to pop it up from the DSP  I placed underneath.  I stamped the sentiment knowing that I would be using the embossing folder afterward.  So far, so good, or so I thought.  It became very clear that there was a problem when I tried to put the card  into the embossing folder. I was intending to emboss the entire front of the card but because of the dimension of the left-hand side of the panel the folder would only go so far before it got hung up on the thickness .  After giving myself the stern “you should have thought this through more carefully” speech I decided to roll with it and made a choice to just emboss a portion of the right-hand side of the card. That kind of worked but the embossing looked like it was just floating in space.  After I added a scored line right next to the embossing I was happier with it.

Triple Tree Merry Little '17

Besides the star and the flower stamps and dies there are triangle stamps and dies as well in the set.  The triangle is made the same as the flowers in that there are 2 pieces to it.  The inside piece doesn’t cut a triangle out but does cut what  looks like a stitching line around the edge.  The outside piece is the one what cuts the triangle out.   The DSP has 4 sheets of paper that  have rows of triangles in different patterns and colors which are the same size as the outside die. For a fun Christmas tree all you have to do is choose your favorite triangle, die cut it, add a stamped tree base and you are set (thanks to Mary Fish for this idea).

I used the stitched outline triangle and the patchwork stamps for the trees on this card and then cut them out with the outside die.  Cuteness.  You will notice that I used the embossing folder on both the Lemon Lime Twist card front and the Blushing Bride banner.   I use the embossed side for the green and the debossed side for the pink. Just remember to stamp your sentiment on the banner before doing the embossing.

Getting excited?  The holiday catalogue will come out in September, so you are almost there.

Price: $110.00