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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Quilt Builder Framelits Dies

I have to admit, the Christmas Quilt bundle is a new favorite. I truly hope this set is carried over into next year's core catalog. Every card I made using this set sold at the Holiday Bazaar last weekend, so I need to start making more. This one is the result of finding an easier way to use the framelits for a card. I merely cut out the shape (you need to put the square with the star framelit inside the square to cut this) and laid it over a piece of designer paper from the Quilted Christmas Cardstock Pack. I love the fact the Stampin' Up! is no longer binding the paper stacks! The gingham is a leftover strip from a previously made card and just added that "something else" above the bottom strip. I think this fairly simple card is one of my favorites! I have a friend who is known for her quilts and I just might convert this card to an anniversary card in December. At this point, however, there is absoluely no stamping on this card.

Products Used:
Quilt Builder Framelits Dies (15), 144673, $30.00
Garden Green 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 102584, $8.00
Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $9.00
Quilted Christmas 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper (48), 144617, $9.00

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

A Wintry Sheltering Tree

As I was working through all the pre-cut pieces of card stock in my stamp room, I discovered a lot of Smoky Slate and Midnight Muse. So I decided to combine those two colors and make a masculine card for those winter birthdays (we have two in December and one in January, not counting the female birthdays in January—a busy season for us on top of Christmas). The tree itself is stamped in Basic Gray, but everything else is Smoky Slate and Midnight Muse. All stamping is from the Sheltering Tree stamp set except the greeting, which comes from the Birthday Blossoms set. If you wish to duplicate this card, Dapper Denim is similar to the Midnight Muse. [Sorry this card was placed in the scanner rather crookedly.]

Products Used:
Sheltering Tree photopolymer stamp set (14), 137163, $25.00
Birthday Blossoms rubber stamp set (8), W 139167, $27.00; C 139471, $19.00
Smoky Slate 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 131202, $8.00
Midnight Muse 8-1/2" x 11" card stock, discontinued
Basic Gray Archival Stampin' Pad, 140932, $7.00
Midnight Muse Classic Stampin' Pad, discontinued

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Christmas Tree

As I was preparing for the holiday bazaar, I was also trying to use up all those little pieces of card stock and dsp laying around my stamp room, some from kits I had cut for previous classes. This card was made from one of those kits and uses retired products. I loved this embossing folder from a couple years ago. Looking closely at it, I decided a Christmas tree would fit perfectly and used the tree from the Foxy Friends stamp set. I also have the retired Perfect Pines Framelits which fit the trees in the Foxy Friends stamp set. But when I stacked the pieces together, I realized the card needed something else to make it special. The Gold Metallic Thread was the perfect answer. I merely added a strip of Fast fuse in the center of the oval embossing and pressed my gold thread on that. Then I put a strip of dimensionals taken from the edges over the fast fuse and added the tree. The gold star was punched from our Gold Glimmer paper with a retired mini star punch. Amazing how much something as simple as metallic thread can add to the overall look of a card.


Monday, November 27, 2017

Foxy Friends

I haven't used my Foxy Friends stamp set in a while. I guess I've accumulated way too many stamp sets to use them all as much as I would like. I think this card is so cute and will be so much fun to give to men and boys on my list!

As you can probably tell, I stamped the trees several times without re-inking the stamp. The ground and sky are sponged (I seem to have begun sponging much more than I used to). Although I have the coordinating punch for the fox, I used the single piece image and fussy cut this little guy, using Stampin' Dimensionals behind him. Just wish I had realized I needed more ink on the greeting (from a retired set), but it still works. Now to decide who will be the recipient of this card... Maybe my son-in-law, whose birthday is just over a week away!

Products used:
Foxy Friends photopolymer stamp set (29), 141549, $27.00
Very Vanilla 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 101650, $9.00
Tranquil Tide 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 144246, $8.00
Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin' Pad, 144085, $6.50
Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Pad, 126983, $6.50
Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad, 126974, $6.50
Soft Sky Classic Stampin' Pad, 131181, $6.50
Stampin' Sponges (141337), $3.50

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Table at Holiday Bazaar

I trust you have all had a very happy Thanksgiving feasting and spending time with family.

I promised some pictures of my table at the LeTourneau Holiday Bazaar, which took place last week. My angel ornaments didn't make it to the picture because they were all purchased by another vendor before we even opened the event! I even took home an order for nine more—and then discovered how under-priced they were. Or at least how little I was earning for my time.





I did very well this year, selling a lot of my items. The purses were a hit, as well as the flower-box cards. Even my card sets sold. I used the napkin rings that did not sell for my table yesterday (Thanksgiving) and then wondered what happened to them all. The little girls just loved the glittery acorns and they confiscated every one of them! I think the youngest was even able to use them as a bracelet.

Adding the display board this year drew more attention to my cards, which people didn't notice as much other years, and consequently sold many more. Every card made with the quilt pattern sold as well as most of my Christmas cards.

One thing I love about creating for a bazaar is the freedom to use retired/discontinued items. And I love socializing with the other vendors during the slow times. The luncheon that precedes the bazaar was incredibly good! So good that I knew I wouldn't be hungry enough to fix dinner, so Bob and I went to Wegmans where he could eat all he wanted and I could choose something light. Saturday's supper was in the crockpot, although LeTourneau also provided a $6 lunch and even a donation-only pancake breakfast. I love LeTourneau Christian Camp and try to attend the ladies' luncheons every month.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

From "At Home With You"

I have been incredibly busy preparing for a holiday bazaar that took place Friday and Saturday at LeTourneau Christian Camp. I'll post pictures after Thanksgiving. I will have a full house tomorrow and still have some baking to do, although my daughters have pitched in to help with the food. Since we just filled our freezer with a meet order, I haven't been able to freeze things ahead this year. I'm trusting there will be enough space soon to bake and freeze Christmas cookies.

As excited as I was to get the stamp set, "At Home With You", I haven't worked with it to speak of. I have the coordinating dies, too, but didn't use them for this card. I wanted a card with a fall flavor to add to my collection of Christmas and everyday cards. This is just one of them.

By stamping the image with Archival Basic Black ink, I was able to use markers to color in the details, often using the narrow tip. I have just begun collecting the Stampin' Blends and used the Old Olive on the stems and leaves. I do wish we still had this Pumpkin Pie ribbon, though. I only have one small piece of it left...

I stamped the greeting on a piece of Very Vanilla cut exactly one inch wide so I could use the Banner Triple Punch but since I do things in increments of one quarter inch, I had to scissor cut the Pumpkin Pie piece behind it. The punch dove tails pieces in 1", 1-1/2" and 2" widths

Products Used:
At Home with You photopolymer stamp set (25), 143681, $26.00
Birthday Blossoms rubber stamp set (8), W 139167, $27.00; C 139471, $19.00
Pumpkin Pie 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 105117, $8.00
Early Espresso 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24),  119686, $8.00
Very Vanilla 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 101650, $9.00
Basic Black Archival Stampin' Ink Pad, 140931, $7.00
Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad, 126945, $6.50
Layering Circles Framelits (16), 141705, $35.00
Markers from Neutrals, Brights and Regals Collections

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Window Christmas Quilt Card

The idea for this card came from a Stampin' Success magazine demonstrators receive, although I tweaked it a little.

I found that a large Post-It note was a big help in lining things up just the way I wanted them. I also discovered that the stamps used have to line up just right, so be sure you turn the stamp according to the way the square was cut from the front of the card.

The first step on this card was to place the framelit on the 4-1/4" x 11" card base just below the score line (5-1/2"). There is a Whisper White liner inside the card (4" x 5'1/4"). I used the layering square framelits for cutting my Whisper White and Real Red card stocks for inside the card. When I finished stamping and adhering the unit, I lined them up beneath the "window" and firmly pressed a Post-It note across the window and stamped piece. Leaving it attached, I ran snail across the back of the Real Red scalloped square and then closed the card, pressing firmly. Remove the Post-It and attach the dsp and ribbon. Stamp the verse inside the card.






Products Used:
Christmas Quilt Bundle, 146026, $45.75
     Christmas Quilt photopolymer stamp set (16), 144793, $21.00
     Quilt Builder Framelits Dies (15), 144673, $30.00
Real Red 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 102482, $8.00
Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), $9.00
Quilted Christmas 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper, 144617, $9.00
Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad, 126949, $6.50
Emerald Envy Classic Stampin' Pad, 141396, $6.50
Emerald Envy 5/8" Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon (10 yards), 144190, $8.00
     (The satin ribbon on this card is retired)
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, 143263, $110.00

Monday, November 6, 2017

Quilted Christmas Card

I tried to design a fairly easy card for my stamp class using the Quilt Builder Framelits Dies that coordinate with the Christmas Quilt stamp set. Using a 3" wide piece of Quilted Christmas 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper in the middle of my card enabled me to turn the quilt square on its point and have the gingham show through. Because the gingham design occurs in both Real Red and Garden Green in the paper stack, some attendees made red with green cards while others made green with red, as seen in my sample below. I precut the quilt square and saved the small pieces that we then added to the quilt to make the "star" stand out.  When everything was attached to the card front, we ran it through the Big Shot using the Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Everyone was amazed what a difference that finishing touch made. Unless your Big Shot is loose, you need to be careful not to fold the card around the folder; line up the score line with the edge of the folder before running through the Big Shot.

Note: To cut out the square, you need to use both the designed framelit and the plain square. I put both framelits on my card stock at once and then ran them through the Big Shot for cutting.


[Sorry; it looks like I placed this card in my scanner rather crookedly, but you get the idea.]

Products Used:
Christmas Quilt photopolymer stamp set (16), 144793, $21.00
Quilt Builder Framelits Dies (15), 144673, $30.00
     [Bundle and save: 146026, $45.75]
Garden Green 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 10254, $8.00
Real Red -1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 102482, $8.00
Whisper White -1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $9.00
Quilted Christmas 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper (48), 144617, $9.00
Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 144687, $8.50
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, 143263, $110.00

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Musical Season

I tried to resist purchasing yet another Christmas stamp set, but I just had to have this one. We made this card as well at my October stamp class.

Berry Burst, one of our in-colors, seemed to fit the designs of this stamp set, so I used that for all the stamping except the Sheet Music, which was done in Basic Black, of course. I stamped the pattern around the edges of the 4" x 5-1/4" Berry Burst card stock using the same color ink. I then added the 3" x 4" "Sheet Music" to the center. After stamping the instruments in Berry Burst on Whisper White, I cut them out using the coordinating dies. The new Champagne Foil was perfect for the French Horn.

Products Used:
Musical Season rubber stamp set (7), W 144814, $25.00; C 14411, $18.00
Musical Instruments Framelits Dies (6), 144677, $29.00
     [Bundle and save: W 146045, $48.50; C 146049, $42.25]
Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $9.00
Berry Burst 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 144243, $8.00
Basic Black 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 121045, $8.00
Champagne Foil 12" x 12" Sheets (2), 144748, $4.00
Berry Burst Classic Stampin' Pad, 14403, $6.50
Basic Black Archival Stampin' Ink Pad, 140931, $7.00
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, 143263, $110.00

Friday, November 3, 2017

Night in Bethlehem

I have seen so many impressive cards made with this set and its accompanying dies, but this is the one I designed for my October stamp class.

One thing you should know: the village of Bethlehem stamp does not fit the Edgelits Dies. Looking at the catalog now, I think I could actually have stamped the village above and behind the die-cuts.

The first step in making this card was to sponge some Soft Sky and Crumb Cake inks on the front of my Whisper White card. Next we stamped the greeting in Night of Navy ink. While we were at it, we used the same ink to stamp Mary and Joseph on a scrap piece of card stock so we could cut them out with a framelit. The stars were then stamped with Smoky Slate ink. Since I pre-cut the Bethlehem Edgelits, all we had to do was attach them. I glued down the taller of the two "villages", and mounted the smaller one slightly below the first using Stampin' Dimensionals (the minis were a real help on some of the smaller parts). I glued the heads of Mary and Joseph to the buildings and added mini dimensionals on lower portion.

Products Used:
Night in Bethlehem rubber stamp set (8), W 144809, $29.00; C 145282, $21.00
Bethlehem Edgelits Dies (t), 144676, $32.00
     [Order Bundle and save: W 146043, $54.75; C 146044, $47.50]
Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $9.00
Crumb Cake 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 120953, $8.00
Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad, 126975, $6.50
Night of Navy Classic Stampin' Pad, 126970, $6.50
Soft Sky Classic Stampin' Pad, 131203, $6.50
Stamping Sponges (3; I cut mine into 4 wedges), 141337, $3.50
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, 143263, $110.00

Thursday, November 2, 2017

More Christmas Elegance

Another simple but elegant card. As you can tell, I just love the metallic foil snowflakes. For this card, I chose to use silver and Night of Navy (the package of Foil Snowflakes includes 12 of silver and 12 of gold). The silver snowflakes stamped on the Night of Navy card stock are actually stars from The Night in Bethlehem stamp set, but I think they easily pass for snowflakes.

I cut the silver foil snowflake in half to place against the 2" x 5-1/4" strip of Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper on the 4" x 5-1/4" Night of Navy card stock. A piece of 1/8" silver ribbon covers the "seam" and adds the extra special touch the card needed. I chose to use "peace" from the Christmas Quilt stamp set because a snowy day always seems so quiet and peaceful to me.

Products Used:
Night in Bethlehem rubber stamp set (8), 144809, $29.00; C 145282 $21.00
Christmas Quilt photopolymer stamp set (16), 144793, $21.00
Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $9.00
Night of Navy 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 100867, $8.00
Night of Navy Classic Stampin' Pad, 126970, $6.50
Year of Cheer 12" x 12" Specialty Designer Series Paper (12), 144640, $13.00
Foil Snowflakes (24), 144748, $4.00
Silver 1/8" Ribbon (10 yards), 132137, $5.00

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Easy Christmas Elegance

Want a super easy but elegant Christmas card? This one fits the bill perfectly. All you need to do is adhere a 2" x 5" strip of Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper on a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White card stock after stamping y our greeting in Night of Navy ink. Mount that on 4" x 5-1/4" Night of Navy card stock and adhere to a Whisper White card front. Add a gold Foil Snowflake and a large rhinestone and your card is finished—except for your inside greeting.


Products Used:
Musical Season rubber stamp set (7), W 144814, $25.00; C 144811, $18.00
Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $9.00
Night of Navy 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 100867, $8.00
Night of Navy Classic Stampin' Pad, 126970, $6.50
Year of Cheer 12" x 12" Specialty Designer Series Paper (12), 144640, $13.00
Foil Snowflakes (24), 144748, $4.00