Monday, July 25, 2016

Merry Christmas in July for Fab Friday and a Bonus for You!

I don't like it any more than you do, but, number one: it's a fact of life in the crafting world, and number two: these challenges keep happening! Christmas does come early in that crafters have to start early to prepare for it. In fact, this week sometime, I will get to feast my eyes on the new Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalogue! One of the many perks of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator! It's one of most lucrative seasons of the year for Stampin' Up! Demonstrators, as many crafters like to make their own Christmas cards and home and tree decor. I was trying to get my downline in the mood with a Christmas card featuring products from the Annual Catalogue and I saw that Fab Friday had a colour challenge going on:

This just so happens to be the main colours from our Christmas Designer Series Paper, This Christmas Specialty DSP, which I used on this card (with a wee pop of Crushed Curry for which I hope I'll be forgiven!).

  • The two designs of This Christmas designer paper that you see here, the flowers and the music, just happen to be flip sides of each other and so are an efficient way of using a sheet of DSP (Designer Series Paper). This is specialty paper because it has a weight and finish similar to newsprint, but a little heavier. The nice thing is that instead of only getting 2 sheets of each double-sided design you get 4 sheets. This is great for making multiples of the same card.
  • The poinsettia is made from the die cut flowers from the Flourish Thinlit Dies. The three dies that make up the flower are perfect matches for the three sections of the largest flower: outer, middle and inner. By layering them and slightly curving the petals, you create depth and fullness. I used Crushed Curry for the Center layer because Poinsettia's often have those yellow stamens in the middle, which I believe are the actual flower, while the rest are really leaves. 
  • The leaf die was used for cutting 3 green leaves and then they were attached to the rest of the flowers using glue dots. Glue Dots attached the whole poinsettia to the upper panel.
  • The ribbon is one of the new Mini Striped Ribbons in the 2015 - 2017 In Colours - Cucumber Crush used here.
  • The sentiment is from the Reason For the Season stamp set.

The Bonus for You is a card for which I will be offering a step by step photo tutorial for free in my August newsletter which comes out at the end of this week. It's a slider card made using the new Shooting Star stamp set and Sliding Star Framelits. You can make sure you get it by signing up for my email list by entering your email below. Don't worry, I won't flood your inbox with emails - just one or sometimes 2 a month. I am respectful of the privilege you have given me. My newsletter will let you know whats new with Stampin' Up!, what's new with me and my classes, and each month will feature a new free photo tutorial and a stamping tip. If I send you another email that month, it will be because Stampin' Up! has brought out a new promotion that can't wait until the next newsletter to let you know about it, but  never more than two.

Here's what this adorable card looks like:

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  1. Oh wow - you really pulled together the lovely details on this one - and I love your use of the sheet music paper! It's all so pretty! Thanks so much for playing at Fab Friday!

  2. This is just lovely, I love that background paper you used. Thanks for playing at Fab Friday!

  3. I didn't immediately recognize that DSP and I thought "wow! that's a great non-Christmas pattern to use for a Christmas card" Duh! Love the die cuts and the mix of patterns and kudos to you for getting ahead of the Christmas rush! Thanks for sharing at Fab Friday!

  4. Very pretty card!! Love the DSP patterns that you chose!! Thank you for joining us at Fab Friday!!


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