Posted in 2020 August-December Mini Catalog, beginner stamper, Christmas, Fun/Fancy fold card, Winter Holiday

Stampin’ Up!® Snowflake Wishes Friday Fun-fold Gatefold card

Happy Friday! I hope you all made it through the week doing well. Now for the weekend and plenty of crafting! Yay!

The Fun-fold card for today is called a Gatefold Card with a Belly Band. I used the new Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper for extra sparkle on the Belly Band!

Here is what the card looks like when the Belly Band is in place. Fun!

This is the Snowflake Wishes stamp set by Stampin’ Up!® which is available in the 2020 August-December Stampin’ Up! Mini Catalog.

Measurements: Balmy Blue Card Stock (CS): 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches scored at 2 1/8 and 6 3/8 inches, and 1 1/2 x 9 1/8 inches scored at 2 3/8 and 6 3/4 inches; Whisper White CS: 4 x 5 1/4 inches, 3 x 4 inches and 1 x 4 1/2 inches; Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper (DSP): two 2 x 5 3/8 inches; and Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper: 1 1/4 x 9 inches scored at 2 1/4 and 6 5/8 inches.

Stamp one of the larger snowflakes from the Snowflake Wishes stamp set in Balmy Blue ink onto the 3 x 4 inch Whisper White CS. Use the 2 1/4 inch Circle Punch to punch the snowflake out. Set aside.

Stamp the sentiment “Snowflake Wishes for a Merry Christmas” in Pacific Point ink onto the 1 x 4 1/2 inch Whisper White CS. Cut a banner end on the right end.

Tip: To get a perfect banner end every time, first make a cut in the middle. Next make a cut from one corner to the top of the middle cut. Finally, cut from the other corner to the top of the middle cut. Works every time!

Use the Pacific Point ink to stamp the larger group of snowflakes on the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS. Switch to the Balmy Blue ink and stamp the smaller group of snowflakes onto the card piece. This will be the inside.

To make the Belly Band, adhere the 1 1/4 x 9 inch Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper to the 1 1/2 x 9 1/8 inch Balmy Blue CS. Be sure to line up the score lines. Fold and use the Bone Folder to make a crisp fold.

Adhere one of the 2 x 5 3/8 inch Snowflake Splendor DSP to each end of the 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch Balmy Blue CS card base.

Turn the card piece over, fold on the score lines and use the Bone Folder to make a crisp fold.

Open the card and adhere the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS piece that is stamped with the snowflakes to the middle.

Wrap the Belly Band around the card loose enough so it will slide off easily, but tight enough so it won’t fall off. Adhere the ends with adhesive. Tip: The Multipurpose Liquid Glue is good for adhering to the Glimmer Paper. Be sure to hold it together for about 10-20 seconds.

Adhere the sentiment so that it hangs off the bottom of the Belly Band. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the snowflake over the top of the sentiment.

Now for the Bling! The Blue Adhesive Backed Gems are perfect in combination with the snowflakes!

Viola! You have made a fun Gatefold card to add to your stack of Christmas cards. Now is the time for me to start making more Christmas cards so I can have cards ready to mail out on time. I need about 40 cards! I better get busy!

Thanks so much for stopping by. I really appreciate your comments. Please like my page and my blog if you haven’t already done so.

There is a sale on Designer Series Paper still going on until October 31, 2020. The Snowflake Splendor is on sale! So stock up now!

You may access my online store HERE, or click on any photo below to go directly to my online store.

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Hope you have a very crafty weekend!

Theresa

Posted in beginner stamper, Christmas, encouragement, Friendship, Inspiration, Religious, Winter Holiday

Dove of Hope to wish Peace, Joy, and Love

Recent events can sometimes make it hard to have hope for a good future. Nonetheless I am hopeful that Peace, Joy, and Love as stated on today’s card will prevail. This is a wonderful message to send out for the holidays. This card could also be sent for a Confirmation or First Communion, or just encouragement during these hard times.

Stampin’ Up!’s Dove of Hope stamp set also comes with Detailed Dove Dies in a Bundle saving you 10%. I made this card with the Beginner Stamper in mind, so I did not use the dies.

Measurements: Whisper White Card Stock (CS): 4 1/4 x 1 inches with a score line at 5 1/2 inches (this is the card base), 4 x 5 1/4 inches, 2 3/4 x 3 1/2 inches and a 1/2 x 4 1/8 inch strip; Night of Navy CS: 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 inches; Artistry Blooms Designer Series Paper (DSP).

Use Memento ink to stamp the dove in the upper left hand corner of the 2 3/4 x 3 1/2 inch Whisper White CS.

Stamp the berry branch under the dove with the Memento ink.

Use the Night of Navy ink to stamp the sentiment “Peace Joy Love” onto the 1/2 x 4 1/8 inch Whisper White CS strip. Tip: When stamping the sentiment, line up the capital letters to get the sentiment on straight.

Use Balmy Blue and Highland Heather ink to stamp a flurry of snowflakes on the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS. This will be the inside of the card.

Adhere the Whisper White CS with the flurry of snowflakes to the inside of the 4 1/4 x 11 inch Whisper White CS card base.

Adhere the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Artistry Blooms DSP to the 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 inch Night of Navy CS, then adhere the piece to the front of the Whisper White CS card Base.

To color the berry branch and dove I used the Stampin’ Write Markers in Real Red, Shaded Spruce and Smoky Slate.

Adhere the colored dove card piece and the sentiment strip to the card front.

And now for the Bling! I just love adding sparkle to a card! The Artistry Blooms Sequins have many different colors to add a little sparkle to just about any card!

I added a little bit of the sequins here and there until I felt satisfied with the overall look. Tip: Transferring the sequins is a breeze with the Take Your Pick tool.

Viola! You now have another fabulous Christmas or Holiday card ready to send out!

Thanks so much for visiting today. I really appreciate you! Please let me hear your thoughts by commenting. Thanks again!

Have a relaxing and creative day!

Theresa

Posted in 2020 August-December Mini Catalog, beginner stamper, Christmas, Designer Series Paper, Fun/Fancy fold card, Stamping-off technique, Winter Holiday

Fun Fold Friday with Winter Woods

I love fun folds, so much so that I signed up for a Fun Fold Swap at the last Stampin’ Up! Convention. There were 12 people in the group, so I went home with 11 new Fun Folds! This card is inspired by one from a stamper who hailed from the Netherlands. One thing I am missing this year is meeting new people from around the world at the Stampin’ Up! Onstage Convention. We are having one, but it is virtual so it will be me, myself and I attending!

This Fun Fold highlights the double-sided Regals Assortment of 6 x 6 inch Designer Series Paper (DSP), in this case- Shaded Spruce. And this will give you another Christmas Card to have ready this year!

Measurements: Whisper White Card Stock (CS): 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches (this is your card base), 4 x 5 1/4 inches and 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches; Shaded Spruce CS: 3 3/4 x 5 inches and 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches; one sheet of the Regals 6 x 6 inch DSP in Shaded Spruce; Forever Gold Laser Cut Specialty Paper: 2 bunches of leaves.

The first step in a Fun Fold card is to cut the paper. Place the Regals Shaded Spruce 6 x 6 inch DSP on your paper trimmer to cut at 5 inches. Rotate the paper and cut at 3 3/4 inches. Tip: I could never remember which of the blades was for cutting and which was for scoring. I made 12 pt labels and stuck them on the proper blades.

With the 5 inch side on top, cut down 1 1/2 inches at the 2 1/2 inch mark.

Mark the inside end of the 1 1/2 inch cut with a black marker. This will not show once the card is put together.

Gently score between the corner and the black dot on each side. Tip: Keep your pressure light so you do not accidentally tear the DSP with the Scoring Blade.

Use the Bone Folder to make a crisp fold on the score lines as shown.

Now for some stamping!

Use Shaded Spruce ink to stamp the sentiment ” Thinking of you this SEASON” onto the 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch Whisper White CS. Stamp in the middle and a little toward the left side so you can punch it out. Stamping Off Technique: Stamp the evergreen tree onto your scrap paper and then stamp onto the edge of the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS.

Punch the sentiment out with the Label Me Lovely Punch. Use the 2 1/4 inch Circle Punch to punch a circle from the 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch Shaded Spruce CS.

Adhere the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS with the evergreen tree stamped on it to the inside of the 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch Whisper White CS card base.

Adhere the folded Shaded Spruce DSP to the 3 3/4 x 5 inch Shaded Spruce CS. Next adhere this card piece to the front of the Whisper White CS card base. Adhere the 2 1/4 inch Shaded Spruce circle to the center of the card front.

Use a small amount of Multipurpose Liquid Glue on the stems of the leaves and adhere them to the 2 1/4 inch Shaded Spruce circle.

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the sentiment and adhere it to the 2 1/4 inch Shaded Spruce circle.

Now for some Bling! The Gilded Gems are so gorgeous and shiny! The facets really make the gems sparkle!

I added 3 gems in decreasing size with the Take Your Pick tool.

Viola! You have a very easy but elegant Fun Fold winter holiday card! Add one more to your Christmas card stash!

Thank you for joining me today.

I want to share a Joining Special that Stampin’ Up! is having. When you Join My Stamping Gems Team this month you can take advantage of the Get & Go Starter Pack. You pay $99 + tax (free shipping) for $125 worth of product and you also get:

  • Enough card stock pieces to make 16 cards,
  • A pack of Rhinestone Basic Jewels,
  • So Much Love stamp set, and
  • Queen Anne’s Lace stamp set! 
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The card stock pieces include:

8 packs of precut card stock of the coastal cabana pack will be provided, and 8 packs of precut cardstock of the Granny Apple Green pack, for a total of 16 cards (packs include envelopes).

  • Coastal Cabana card pack contents
    2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″ (5.7 x 8.9 cm) Whisper White Cardstock
    2-3/4″ x 4″ (7 x 10.2 cm) Daffodil Delight Cardstock
    3″ x 4″ (7.6 x 10.2 cm) Bermuda Bay Cardstock
    8-1/2 x 5-1/2″ (21.6 x 14 cm) Coastal Cabana Cardstock
    5-3/4″ x 4-3/8″ (14.6 x 11.1 cm) Whisper White Envelope
  • Granny Apple Green card pack contents
    8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ (21.6 x 14 cm) Granny Apple Green Cardstock
    3″x 4″ (7.6 x 10.2 cm) Bermuda Bay Cardstock
    3″x 4″ (7.6 x 10.2 cm) Coastal Cabana Cardstock
    3/4″x 4″ (1.9 x 10.2 cm) Daffodil Delight Cardstock
    5-3/4″ x 4-3/8″ (14.6 x 11.1 cm) Whisper White Envelope

I hope you take advantage of this wonderful offer and join my Stamping Gems Team. To join go to https://bit.ly/JoinTheresasStampingGems and choose the JOIN tab. There is a suggested Starter Kit but you may choose whatever you want that totals a maximum of $125. This offer ends on September 30, 2020 so don’t wait and join today!

Products used for today’s card as shown below. Click on any photo to go to my Online Store.

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Have a most wonderful and creative day!

Theresa

Posted in 2020 August-December Mini Catalog, Blender Pen, Christmas, Coloring Techniques, Sponging technique, Stampin" Blends Alcohol Markers, Vintage, Winter Holiday

Kylie’s Demonstrator Training Blog Hop- August 2020

Hi! Welcome to Theresa’s Treasures. I’m Theresa and I’m an Independent Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator in Arizona, USA. I’m so excited to be taking part in Kylie’s Demonstrator Training Blog Hop today. We are a group of Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrators from around the world that are taking part in training that is helping us to build a successful Stampin’ Up!® business and reach some goals we have set. We appreciate your support. This Blog Hop is a really fun way to see projects from Demonstrators around the world! I just love all the creativity! You may be starting here or have come from another blog – either way you can find the link list at the bottom of this post so that you can see every blog post and idea today. Please try and visit all sites and see how inspired you can become!

I can’t believe the Stampin’ Up!® August-December 2020 Mini Catalog is live already! I chose the Poinsettia Place Suite for my card today. So much loveliness!

I made a lot of different poinsettia cards by placing the Poinsettia Petals stamps on my Stamparatus and stamping a bunch of them onto 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Very Vanilla Card Stock (CS). I colored each one in a different color scheme using the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers then ran them through my cutting machine. I’ve made about 4 different poinsettia cards so far. This was a really quick way to stamp a bunch of poinsettia pieces.

I stamped the poinsettia and leaves for this card in Soft Suede ink. I used a blender pen for shadowing, then sponged the edges of the poinsettia in Soft Suede ink. The leaves were sponged with Garden Green ink, then Soft Suede ink on the edges. I crinkled the paper a little before laying it out on the card for added dimension.

For the “Merry Christmas” sentiment I stamped it in Early Espresso ink then cut it out with the Stitched Rectangle Dies by extending the rectangle to fit the sentiment with partial die cutting. The edges of the sentiment as well as the edges of the 1st layer of Very Vanilla CS were also sponged in Soft Suede ink.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. If your have any questions or comments, please leave them below or send to theresastreasures.az@gmail.com.

Don’t miss one blog link. Remember you are currently on my page – Theresa McEntee Theresa’s Treasures- see who is below me to know where to go next.

The supplies are pictured below. To go to my online store, click on any of the photos.

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Posted in 3D Technique, Christmas, Holiday Catalog 2019

Handmade Brightly Gleaming Christmas Ornament

Well it is Christmas Eve! Luckily I have gotten all the shopping done and have started to wrap some gifts. I am very fortunate and Blessed to have all 4 of my children here for Christmas this year!

Today’s post is a little different. It’s an ornament! It is made using Stampin’ Up!’s Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) and the Gleaming Ornaments Punch Pack. It looks difficult, but it really isn’t if you just go step by step. This is a long post but not a difficult one.

Measurements: 12 x 12 inches of 2 designs from the Brightly Gleaming DSP; an 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of Pretty Peacock card stock; a piece of the Brightly Gleaming DSP with 2 ornaments on it to use in the center of the ornament; 2 1/4 x 4 inch of Very Vanilla and 2 x 4 inch of Copper Foil.

In addition to the Gleaming Ornament Punch Pack, you will need a 2 inch circle punch, a 1 3/8 inch scalloped circle punch and a 1 inch circle punch.

Punch 30 of the larger ornaments, 20 of the Pretty Peacock small ornaments and 10 of the Brightly Gleaming DSP small ornament.

Also punch a 2 inch circle from the Very Vanilla and two 1 3/8 inch scalloped circles from the Copper Foil.

Punch two of the ornaments out of the Brightly Gleaming DSP with the 1 inch circle punch. (Boy! My table is getting scratched!)

The next step involves making a scoreline down the center of each of the punched ornaments. Stampin’ Up! has a Simply Scored Scoring Tool to make this very easy to do.

Just line the larger ornament piece up and use the tool to make a score line down the center. This makes it much easier to fold the ornament pieces in half.

Do the same for the smaller ornament pieces.

Fold 3 of the larger ornament pieces in half.

Tip: Use the Silicon Craft Sheet when gluing all the pieces together. Nothing sticks to it!

Apply the Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue to one side of a folded ornament piece. Adhere a second ornament piece to the first one.

Adhere the third ornament piece to the side of the second. You will have a 3-D 3 piece ornament. Repeat until you have ten 3 piece ornaments.

Fold all of the smaller ornament pieces. For this 3 piece ornament, you will adhere the Pretty Peacock ornament piece on either side of the Brightly Gleaming DSP ornament piece.

Here is the completed smaller 3 piece ornament. Repeat until you have ten 3 piece ornaments.

You will have ten of each type of ornament.

Place the 2 inch Very Vanilla card stock circle on the Silicon Craft Sheet. Lay two of the larger ornaments down to get your placement.

Lay down 3 more pieces for placement. You will have a star shape after all 5 pieces are placed. The other 5 pieces are for the other side of the completed ornament.

Lift up one ornament at a time and apply the glue to the upper portion. Adhere each piece to the Very Vanilla circle.

Here is the front and the back after the 5 pieces have been glued to the Very Vanilla 2 inch circle.

Lay the smaller ornament pieces in between the larger ornaments. You may need to pinch the one with the design a little to slide the piece in.

Take one of the small ornaments out at a time and apply the glue to the upper half. Adhere to the ornament.

Here is what the front and the back look like after all of the pieces for one side are glued in place.

Cut a 10 inch piece of the 1/4 inch Copper Trim, fold in half and tape to the back of the ornament as shown. This will be the hanger.

Apply glue to the back of the larger 3 piece ornament, line it up with the top ornament piece, and hold in place for 10 seconds.

Be sure the points line up.

Adhere one at a time until all 5 of the larger 3 piece ornaments are in place.

Apply glue to each of the smaller 3 piece ornaments one at a time and adhere being sure the points line up.

Now you have all the 3 piece ornament pieces in place!

We will use the Stampin’ Dimensionals to create the center of the ornament.

Apply one Stampin’ Dimensional for the first layer. Remove the protective sheet and apply 3 Stampin’ Dimensionals for the second layer.

Remove the protective sheets and apply a third layer with 3 more Stampin’ Dimensionals. Remove the protective sheet and adhere one of the scalloped Copper Foil circles to the center.

Repeat for the other side then gently squeeze together.

Apply a Stampin’ Dimensional to the center of the 1 inch circle ornament.

Adhere the 1 inch ornament to the center of the 1 3/8 inch Copper Foil scalloped circle.

Tie a 12 inch piece of the 1/4 inch Copper Trim around the hanger at the top of the ornament. Flip the ornament over and tie a second 12 inch piece around the top.

Tie the first side into a bow, then flip the ornament and tie the second piece in a bow.

And Viola! you have a very unique handmade ornament for your tree or to gift to someone else! I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

I hope you enjoyed seeing how this ornament is put together. Please leave a comment and let me know how I am doing with this blog. I have been blogging for 1 year and would love any feedback you have. Thanks in advance!

There is still time to shop the Stampin’ Up! 2019 Holiday Catalog until January 2, 2020. If you would like to order, please select the “shop now-click here for my store” button on this blog and you will be taken to my online store.

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Punches: Gleaming Ornament Punch Pack #150647, 2 inch circle #133782, 1 inch circle #119868, 1 3/8 inch scalloped circle #146139; Paper: Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper #150429, Very Vanilla card stock #101650, Pretty Peacock card stock #150880 and Copper Foil #140020; Ribbon: 1/4 inch Copper Trim #144179; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755, Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Silicon Craft Sheet #127853; Simply Scoring Tool #122334.

Posted in beginner stamper, Blender Pen, Christmas, Designer Series Paper, Holiday Catalog 2019

Brightly Gleaming Stack of Presents

Hi there! It is only one more week until Christmas and I still haven’t gotten my cards in the mail! I have just now printed out our little family newsletter, so I am one step closer. In case you are also a bit behind schedule, here is a quick and simple card that looks really nice.

This card uses the Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper(DSP) and the Christmas Gleaming stamp set from Stampin’ Up!.

Measurements: Very Vanilla 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base scored at 4 1/4 inches and a 4 x 2 inch piece; Copper Foil: 3 1/8 x 2 1/8 inches, 2 5/8 x 1 5/8 inches, 2 1/8 x 1 1/8 inches and 2 x 4 inches; Brightly Gleaming DSP 3 x 2 inches, 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches and 2 x 1 inch; and Pretty Peacock 5 1/4 x 4 inches.

Using the Pretty Peacock Stampin’ Up! ink pad, stamp the small ornament onto the 4 x 2 inch piece of Very Vanilla at one end.

Before the ink is dry, use a Stampin’ Up! Blender Pen to blend some of the ink to make a shadow along the right hand side. This helps to add dimension and make the card more interesting.

Use the small ornament punch from the Brightly Gleaming Ornaments Punch Pack to punch out the small ornament.

Adhere the Brightly Gleaming DSP to the corresponding Copper Foil to make the presents.

Lay the stack of presents on the 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of Pretty Peacock to get an idea of how to adhere them together. Remove them from the Pretty Peacock piece and adhere them together.

Measure out about 5 1/2 inches of the 1/2 inch Classic Weave Ribbon.

Use Glue Dots to adhere to the stack of presents. Tip: Put the ribbon right on the glue dot and then remove the dot from the roll.

I tried to place the “Merry Christmas” on the ribbon to show after I added the bow on top. I probably could of placed the sentiment a bit more toward the bottom of the stack of presents as the ornament ended up covering the “Christmas” portion.

Use the Bone Folder to get a crisp fold on the Very Vanilla 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base at the 4 1/4 inch score line.

Adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of Pretty Peacock to the front of the card base.

Now adhere the stack of presents to the card front.

Punch out 2 Sprigs from the Copper Foil with the Sprig Punch.

Adhere the Copper Foil Sprigs to the top of the stack of presents.

Apply a Stampin’ Dimensional to the back of the small ornament.

Adhere the ornament to the stack of presents. On hindsight, I adhered the small ornament a bit too low. It would probably look better more near the top of the stack of presents. I thought I would leave room for the bow, but this probably wasn’t necessary and actually covered the sentiment on the ribbon.

Tie a bow with the 1/2 inch Classic Weave Ribbon. Apply a Stampin’ Dimensional to the top of the stack of presents and adhere the bow to the card front. Note: You can watch a video on how to make a bow in the post from November 19, 2019. https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/theresas-treasures.com/2715

To make the card a little more special, I added a star from the Star Designer Elements.

Use the pick on the Take Your Pick tool to transfer the star elements from the package to the card. I am using a retired pick.

And Viola! there you have your Christmas card! This one doesn’t take too long to make, so you could make several in a short time and get caught up.

I am an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and you can go directly to my online store by selecting the “Show Now” button. I would love for you to shop with me! The products I used for this card are listed below with the item number to make shopping easier for you.

Hope you are taking time to enjoy the holidays. Crafting is a great way to enjoy the season, especially if you share your craft with others. I just love it when someone makes something special for me! See you next time!

Stampin’ Up! products used include: Stamp Set: Christmas Gleaming #150464; Clear Block: C #118486; Paper: Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP #150429, Very Vanilla #101650, Pretty Peacock #150880; Copper Foil #142020; Ink: Pretty Peacock #150083; Punch: Gleaming Ornaments Punch Pack #150647 and Sprig 148012; Ribbon: 1/2 inch Classic Weave #150394; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue # 110755, Glue Dots #103683, and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Star Designer Elements #150430 and the Take Your Pick tool #144107.

Posted in beginner stamper, Christmas

Brightly Gleaming

Time is flying by and I am not as ready as I would like for the Holidays. I have family coming, which means the house needs to be cleaned up (except for my craft room!). I do have my Christmas cards made. Now I need to address them and send them out.

The Brightly Gleaming Suite in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog is one of my favorites. I made several of my cards from this suite. The card for today is one of those cards.

One great thing about the Suite is the Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP). Many of the pages have a shiny copper foil on them. I just love anything that sparkles and shines!

The stamp set for this suite is the Christmas Gleaming set. There are two ornament punches that come as a pack, to punch out both of the ornament sizes. Today we will use the small ornament punch.

The other two Stampin’ Up! stamp sets I used are the Itty Bitty Christmas and the Beautiful Bouquet. Both of these sets are so versatile! The Beautiful Bouquet is the perfect set for a beginner stamper because it has sentiments for Birthday, Anniversary, Thank you, Wedding and Congratulations. The Itty Bitty Christmas set has just about any sentiment you would need for the holidays. Note: If you need a Hanukkah greeting there is one in the Itty Bitty Greetings #151331 found in the Annual Catalog.

To make this card you will need Stampin’ Up! Pretty Peacock and Night of Navy ink, the Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Marker and the Designer Elements in the Annual Catalog.

Measurements: Very Vanilla 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base scored at 4 1/4 inches, 3 1/4 x 2 1/4 inches, 3 x 1/2 inches and a scrap about 2 inches wide; Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP 4 x 2 3/4 inches; and Pretty Peacock 5 1/4 x 4 inches.

First we will stamp everything that needs stamping. Start with the “Merry Christmas” sentiment from the Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set. It is part of a larger sentiment that also says “and a Happy New Year”. Use the brush tip of the Night of Navy Stampin’ Write marker to put ink on the “Merry Christmas” only.

Once the sentiment is all inked up, huff on it and stamp it onto the 3 x 1/2 inch strip of Very Vanilla cardstock.

Next stamp the larger ornament in Pretty Peacock ink onto the lower left side of the 3 1/4 x 2 1/2 inch piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. Stamp the smaller ornament in Night of Navy ink onto the 2 inch wide scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock.

Use the smaller ornament punch to punch out the small ornament. To use the punch, lay it upside down on the table and use the heel of your hand to push firmly and quickly once you have it positioned.

Lay the smaller ornament next to the larger ornament and use a pencil to make a small mark above it.

Now use a ruler with the Night of Navy Stampin’ Write marker and draw two lines to be the strings for the ornaments.

Stamp the small bow from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set in Night of Navy ink as shown.

That is all the stamping. Now let’s put it all together!

Fold the Very Vanilla 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base on the 4 1/4 inch score line. Use the Bone Folder to get a crisp fold.

Adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of Pretty Peacock cardstock to the card front. Now adhere the stamped ornament piece to the 4 x 2 3/4 inch piece of the Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP.

After I have used all the full sized Stampin’ Dimensionals, I cut up the edge to make 1/2 sized Dimensionals. Use Dimensionals on the back of the ornament/DSP piece and the smaller ornament.

Adhere the ornament/DSP piece to the card front leaving space underneath for the sentiment. Adhere the small ornament in its place.

Trim the sentiment.

Cut each end into a banner as shown.

Here is the finished sentiment.

Use Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the sentiment and adhere to the card front.

Now for some bling!

Use the Take Your Pick tool to transfer the Designer Element bling from the package to the card front. Hold down gently to slide the pick out and apply firm pressure to stick the Designer Element completely.

Apply as many of the Designer Elements as suits you.

And Viola! you have a Brightly Gleaming Christmas card! I hope you all are having fun making cards for your friends and family. I love doing it! And I hear very nice complements which helps fuel my motivation for continuing to make my own cards.

Stampin’ Up! products used included: Stamp Set: Christmas Gleaming #150464, Itty Bitty Christmas #150513 and Beautiful Bouquet #143666; Paper: Very Vanilla #101650 and Pretty Peacock #150880 card stock, and Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP #150429; Ink: Night of Navy #100867 and Pretty Peacock #150083 ink pads and the Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Marker in the Neutrals Stampin’ Write Markers #147058; Clear Blocks: B #117147, C #118486 and D #118485; Punches: Gleaming Ornaments Punch Pack #150647; Adhesives: Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755 and Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430; Paper Snips #103579; Take Your Pick tool #144107; and Designer Elements #149586.

Posted in beginner stamper, Christmas, Ornaments

Stamped on Wood Christmas Ornaments

Hello! I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving Holiday. Now it’s time to get ready for Christmas. I have a church Bazaar coming up so I am making a few things to sell.

I made these fun wooden Christmas ornaments. Some of the stamps are retired, but there are many images that are current that will work too. I bought the wooden pieces on Amazon. They came with the twine and a hole drilled in the top.

I just stamped on them, then used a glitter spray paint followed by a clear spray paint to further decorate the ornament.

The current Stampin’ Up! stamp sets I used are: Merry Moose, Christmas Gleaming and Snowman Season.

I’ll be back next week with the usual post. I just needed to get myself ready for the Bazaar this week. Happy Crafting!

Posted in beginner stamper, Christmas, Stampin" Blends Alcohol Markers

Peace this Christmas

It seems we often get caught up in the flurry of activity associated with the Holidays and forget to take time to feel the “Light and Peace” of Christmas.

This card is very easy to make and reminds us to receive the “Light and Peace” Christmas can bring to us. Making Christmas cards for others really helps me feel peaceful and by sending the cards to my loved ones, I feel I am sharing a little Light.

For this card I used the Stampin’ Up! Light and Peace stamp set.

Measurements: Whisper White cardstock: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card base with a scoreline at 4 1/4 inches, 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches, and 3 x 2 inches; Night of Navy cardstock: 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches and 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches; Copper Foil: 3 1/4 x 2 1/4 inches; and the Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP): 5 1/4 x 4 inches.

Additional supplies: Memento ink, Clear Blocks C and H, Every Day Label Punch, Paper Snips, Take Your Pick tool, Stampin’ Blends (Light Petal Pink, Light and Dark Balmy Blue and Dark Daffodil Delight), Bone Folder, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals and Star Designer Elements.

Place the angel and the sentiment “May this Christmas bring you Light and Peace” on the clear blocks. The angel will be stamped onto the 3 x 2 inch piece of Whisper White, and the sentiment on the 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 inch piece of Whisper White.

Stamp the sentiment in Memento ink onto the bottom half of the 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 inch piece of Whisper White. Oops! I didn’t apply even pressure so the “C” did not stamp. Not to worry.

Just flip the paper and stamp on the other side. When you punch the sentiment out it will be fine.

Now stamp the angel in Memento ink onto the 3 x 2 inch piece of Whisper White. Boy! It isn’t my day. This extra mark from the edge of the stamp is called a Halo. This can happen if you rock the stamp instead of pushing straight down and up. Also, some stamps just make a halo even if your stamping technique is good.

When I get a halo, I usually will trim off the excess rubber to decrease the chance of it happening again. Just take your paper snips and trim a small amount away.

I will try it again now. Viola! No halo!