Friday, December 24, 2021

Merry Christmas

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 I want to wish all my readers and customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for all your support in 2021 and here's hoping 2022 is a vast improvement! So far it's not looking good, but let's stay optimistic!

This was a card a made during my Cardathon on Dec. 4. It uses the Poinsettia Petals stamp set and the coordinating Poinsettia Dies. The background paper is the Ever Eden Specialty Designer Series Paper.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Painted Christmas Stationery Case for New at SU December Blog Hop

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Welcome to our December NEW AT SU! Blog hop! We are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world who are Hoppin’ with creative paper crafting ideas to share with you. Today we are featuring "anything but a card" using current products from the 2021/22 Stampin' Up! Catalogues. I'm highlighting the Painted Christmas Suite although I am making use of a number of Christmas sets as I create a beautiful stationery set for one of my downline, including standard sized cards, mini thank you cards and gift tags!

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This cute case is not difficult to make and is a nice gift for a friend or relative for Christmas. It contains four standard sized Christmas cards with envelopes, four 3" x 3" Thank You cards and four gift tags. 

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  • If you would like to learn how to make the basic stationary case I created a photo tutorial with the measurements and instructions that you can access through this link: CLICK HERE.
  • My palette for this project is Evening Evergreen, Soft Succulent, Blushing Bride, White and Gold. 
  • To make the medallion on the front of the case I used a sentiment from the Christmas to Remember stamp set, die cutting it with the Layering Circles dies and backing it with Brushed Metallic cardstock in gold.
  • The ribbon used here is the Gold 3/8" Shimmer Ribbon. I made good use of the Gold and Rose Gold 6' x 6" Metallic Specialty paper from the Annual Catalogue, both using the Sprig Punch and cut in strips for the tags.
  • Other stamp sets used were Snowflake Wishes for the Thank you sentiment, and Merriest Moments for the Joy sentiment. Otherwise, the images come from the Painted Christmas stamp sets.
  • The paper on the large cards is from the Ever Eden DSP - so beautiful!
Here's a final look:

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I hope you enjoyed this Christmas project with the Painted Christmas suite.  Now please hop on over to Terry Montgomery to see her "anything but a card" project!

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Here's the list of bloggers in our New At SU December Blog Hop to help you keep on track:

Please take a moment to comment at the bottom of this post and let me know how you liked my projects or ask me a question about the technique used. Don’t forget to scroll back up and keep hoppin’ with us! – Thank you!
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This is my first post today and it is just to give you a heads up that my Wednesday post will be published a little later than usual today as I'm part of an international blog hop called New at SU! Stay tuned and come back at 1 pm PDT today to enjoy a blog hop featuring the anything but a card using current products from the 2021/22 Stampin' Up! Catalogues. I know you'll enjoy it! I always look forward to it and I get great ideas from the other bloggers in this group.  

Friday, December 10, 2021

Speedy Gingerbread Cookies for As You See It Challenge #265

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 It's time once more for the dreaded As You See It Challenges' Speed Stamping Challenge and this time Design Team member Jane came up with the great theme of Snowflakes! 

As I considered what I could do to make a striking design with snowflakes in less than 10 minutes, I came across the Gingerbread & Peppermint 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper, which just happens to have some gingerbread cookies on it in snowflake designs. I thought that it would be different, colourful and fun, plus I could 'easily' fussy cut those little dudes out and slap them on the card in no time flat!

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The fussy cutting took quite a bit longer than I thought it would and couple that with embossing the sentiment in white on the Kraft paper, I only had 37 seconds left, for a total time of 9m23s.

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  • I've always loved kraft/Real Red/Old Olive/white as a Christmas colour palette so this ticked all my boxes.
  • I haven't found a lot of occasion to use the Gingerbread & Peppermint DSP and time is running out on that, so this was the perfect occasion.
  • I committed two no-nos when you're doing a speed stamping challenge: fussy cutting and heat embossing! I did get away with it, but it didn't leave a lot of time for anything else. Keep that in mind when you do your speed challenge entry!
  • The sentiment is from the Snowflake Wishes stamp set, heat embossed with White Stampin' Emboss Powder.
  • The fussy cut gingerbread snowflakes are popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals and topped with Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

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