Friday, December 4, 2020

Classic Christmas Cherish the Season for AYSI #240

 

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Every second Friday over at As You See It Challenges, we have a new challenge for you and today is the day. This time it's a Recipe Challenge and you are given some specific ingredients that you have to use to build your project. Here's our Challenge banner:

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As a Design Team member, I have to do a sample card for the challenge and I felt for the first time this year, that I was almost done with making Christmas cards! Mind you, this doesn't have to be a Christmas card, that's not specified anywhere on the challenge, but with snowflakes, red or green and mitten symbols on the graphic, it does make you think of Christmas! AND it's our last challenge before Christmas, too, so there's that!

I used a potpourri of different sets including the Classic Christmas 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper, the Cherish the Season stamp set, the Wonder of the Season Ribbon Combo Pack, and the So Many Snowflakes Dies to get in all the elements. Take a look:

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  • On a base of Thick Whisper White cardstock, I embossed the sentiment from the Cherish the Season stamp set with Gold Embossing Powdeer.
  • I added some of the Cherry Cobbler DSP from the Classic Christmas DSP which is only available until January 4th. Around the piece of DSP I added a piece of the Shaded Spruce ribbon and the Gold Cord from the Wonder of the Season Ribbon Combo Pack.
  • I used the Brass Brushed Metallic Cardstock from which to die cut a couple of snowflake die cuts using the So Many Snowflakes die set.
We've been decorating at our house and I'm getting back to it tonight. We've got our tree up:






I don't always put this much effort into it, because we usually go away for Christmas to be with one of our 3 daughters, but this year it looks like we'll be on our own, so we're having fun enhancing our environment! Just bought a whole whack of jigsaw puzzles, too! We're ready!

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Finally - October's Paper Pumpkin Kit!

 


Finally, I'm getting around to working on my October Paper Pumpkin kit! I don't know what took me so long. Named "Joy to the World", it was called that because, instead of only being available in North America, this kit was available all over Stampin' Up!'s markets, which also cover Europe and the South Pacific. We were also encouraged to send cards to someone else in this market, using the multilingual diecut words in the kit.

Today, I wanted to share with you how much fun I have working on my Paper Pumpkin kit, and when it's done, how I love using the extra bits with coordinating Stampin' Up! products to create extra cards or other products. To me it's like a real holiday from my business, because Paper Pumpkin has done all the design work for me, unless I want to branch out. I love giving my brain a rest and just following directions for a change!

You might have been noticing the uptick in quality that you get in the kits, if you compare them with the first ones that came out. There really is no comparison!!

Here's a closer look:


  • The two front cards are the ones built from the directions in the kit. The card in the back is one I designed with some leftover material.
  • Would you be embarrassed to send these Christmas cards to friend and family? I sure wouldn't be. They are beautiful! The kit makes 8 cards and with the leftover pieces and stamp set, you can add your own products and get a ton more cards out of it. What a good deal for only $30, delivered right to your door with everything you need inside!
  • I always recommend Paper Pumpkin to my customers who are short on time, room or money to have a big collection of tools and materials. I also recommend it for customers who have children who love to craft with them. It's great for some parent/child quality time together.
  • If you've had bad experiences getting stuck in a subscription service with endless hoops to jump through in order to cancel, you'll be pleasantly surprised with Paper Pumpkin. All you need do is go to your account on the website, and click on suspend if you want to take a break or cancel if you want to quit altogether. You will need to do that before the 10th of the month in order for it to affect that month's kit. It's as easy as that!

December's Paper Pumpkin kit looks like it will be beary comforting for the end of a really tough year. Send these cards to someone that has really struggled through 2020!

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and Products from the October 2020 Paper Pumpkin Kit, Joy to the World

Monday, November 30, 2020

A Side Step Card with Peaceful Boughs

 

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Stampin' Up! has so many beautiful die sets that make trees now that it isn't hard to create a die cut forest of snowy trees to populate a snowy diorama-like display for a Side Step Fancy Fold card. I've been thinking about doing something like this for awhile, and since I got my newsletter finished and posted yesterday, I had a little time today to come up with an interesting design.

I'm planning to recreate this card and show you how to do a side step fancy fold in my Facebook Live session today at 11 am on my Playing with Papercrafting Facebook page. It's been converted into a YouTube video for you here:

           

Now, take a closer look and I'll list the materials and measurements here:

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  • To create the card base for this fancy fold Side Step card, I used the following template (cut on the solid lines and score and fold on the dotted lines):
sidestep diagram

  • After scoring and folding the card base I used the curved snow bank dies from the Pine Woods Die set to die cut the snow curves for the steps. I started with Whisper White cardstock with these dimensions:
        5 1/2" x 1 1/4", 3 1/2" x 1 1/2", and 3 1/2" x 2 1/4"
  • The sentiment on the side piece is from Peaceful Boughs and it's embossed in Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder on a piece of Whisper White cardstock that measures 2 3/4" x 3 1/4".
  • The reindeer is die cut from Bronze Brushed Metallic cardstock measuring 2" x 3".
  • The white trees can be die cut with the dies from In the Woods die set on a piece of Whisper White measuring 3 1/2" square.
  • The large evergreen is from the Pine Woods Dies and is die cut from a piece of Silver Foil at least 2 1/4" x 3 1/4". You'll need 2 of those.
  • You'll need 3 smaller evergreens, die cut from Silver Foil pieces at least 2 1/4" x 3 1/4".
  • Then you just have to glue everything on the card base, making sure the edges of the objects do not overextend the edge of the card.
And that's it! Watch for the video later today!

Happy Stampin'

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If you live in Canada, and don't have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I'd love to be yours. I can help you with ideas, get you catalogues and provide you with Stampin' Up products. You can leave a message in the comments or contact me using any of the methods listed in the right side bar at the top of the page. You can shop with me from anywhere in Canada by clicking on the SHOP NOW button in the top menu or clicking on any of products below from my Online Store.

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