Posted in 2021 Stampin' Up! July-December Mini Catalog, 3D Embossing Folder, Animals, Birds, Christmas, Coloring Techniques, Fun/Fancy fold card, Stampin" Blends Alcohol Markers, Winter Holiday

Stampin’ Up!® Happy Holly Days Happy Christmas card

I am on Day 9 of the “12 Days of Christmas Card Making Challenge” with my stamping buddy Christy. Today’s card is a Stampin’ Up!® Happy Holly Days Happy Christmas Card. Each day of this challenge my blog will focus on a new holiday card. The challenge goes until December 10, 2021. I plan to showcase a different stamp set with each card. This will allow you plenty of time to see the fabulous products that are available in the 2021 Stampin’ Up! July to December Mini Catalog, and to order in time to make your own Christmas cards! You can order HERE when you have your list ready! Tomorrow there is FREE shipping!

I was inspired to make this particular card by a Color Challenge that Stampin’ Up! puts out every month. This months colors are Mossy Meadow, Real Red, Crumb Cake and Gold. This Happy Holly Days Happy Christmas card shows all of these colors.


Happy Holly Days Happy Christmas card

  • Mossy Meadow Card Stock (CS) card base: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches scored at 4 1/4 inches. One end has been cut 1/2 inch shorter with the scalloped pattern in the Basic Borders Dies.
  • Basic White CS: 2 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches, 2 3/4 x 5 1/4 inches, 3 x 3 1/2 inches and 3/4 x 3 1/2 inches(not shown).
  • Real Red CS: 2 x 5 1/2 inches
  • Gold Brushed Metallic CS: 3 x 4 1/4 inches. Cut with the 3rd smallest Scalloped Contours Die.
  • Crumb Cake CS: 1 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches. Embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder


Stamp the bird image in Sahara Sand Ink onto the 3 x 3 1/2 inch Basic White CS. Then stamp the holly image 3 times onto the 2 3/4 x 5 1/2 inch Basic White CS.

Next stamp the holly image 2 times onto the corners of the 2 3/4 x 5 1/4 inch Basic White CS. Then stamp the sentiment in Mossy Meadow Ink. Also in Mossy Meadow Ink, stamp the sentiment “Happy Christmas” onto the 3/4 x 3 1/2 inch Basic White CS (not shown).

Coloring With Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers

I love the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers because you can blend the colors and create beautiful images. My bird doesn’t look as realistic as some, but I am satisfied with the results. I learned to use the Dark Blend first for small areas to create shadows. Then blend in the Light color. The colors here are: Dark Daffodil Delight, Dark Basic Black, and the Light and Dark Crumb Cake, Real Red and Mossy Meadow.

The same procedure, Dark Blend first followed by the Light, is followed for the holly images.

Fussy cut the bird and holly. Also fussy cut the “Happy Christmas” sentiment (not shown).

Tip: Sometimes it is very difficult to cut exactly and not have any white edge. I just use the Light Blend along the outer edge to hide the white.

Assembling the Card

Adhere the inside sentiment and the embossed Crumb Cake CS strip to the inside of the Mossy Meadow CS card base. Adhere the 2 x 5 1/2 inch Real Red CS to the front of the card base.

Now with Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere the Gold Brushed Metallic CS scalloped rectangle to the card front. Follow by adhering the bird with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Use Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals on the center of the back of the holly leaves. Adhere as desired under the bird. To finish, adhere the sentiment “Happy Christmas” under the Gold scalloped rectangle.

Add some Wonderful Gems to make the card front sparkle a little more.

Voila! You have a very festive Happy Christmas card!

I am submitting this card to the #sucolorchallenge and to my Glimmer Gals Team page for our color challenge as well. I hope you enjoyed Day 9 of the 12 Days of Christmas Card Making Challenge. See you tomorrow with card #10!

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Posted in 2020 August-December Mini Catalog, beginner stamper, Christmas, Designer Series Paper, Punch, Winter Holiday

Stampin’ Up!® Dove of Hope Peace on Earth Brightly Gleaming Holiday Card

Hello! This is day 2 of my 15-day Christmas Card Making Challenge. Today I am using Circle Punches and Designer Series Paper to make a shiny Holiday card.

This brightly gleaming Holiday card is made with the Dove of Hope stamp set (#153406) and the aptly named Brightly Gleaming Designer Series Paper (#150429).

Measurements: Mossy Meadow Card Stock (CS) card base: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches; Very Vanilla CS: two at 4 x 5 1/4 inches and 2 1/2 x 4 inches; Brushed Metallic CS in copper: 2 5/8 x 5 1/8 inches and 2 3/4 x 4 inches; Brightly Gleaming DSP: 2 1/2 x 5 inches. The bow is made with the Old Olive ribbon from the All the Trimmings Ribbon Combo Pack.

Use the Mossy Meadow ink to stamp the sentiment “Peace On Earth” onto the 2 1/2 x 4 inch Very Vanilla CS. Stamp the branch below the sentiment as shown.

Use the 2 inch Circle Punch to punch out the sentiment. Set aside.

Stamp a branch onto the upper right-hand corner of one of the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Very Vanilla CS pieces. Add the ornament and the sentiment. This is the inside of the card.

Adhere the Brightly Gleaming DSP to the Brushed Metallic CS, then adhere them to the second 4 x 5 1/4 inch Very Vanilla CS card piece.

Use the Bone Folder to fold the Mossy Meadow CS card base in half at the 4 1/4 inch score line. Open the card base and adhere the 4 x 51/4 inch Very Vanilla inside card piece to the inside of the card base.

Adhere the prepared Very Vanilla CS and DSP card piece to the front of the Mossy Meadow CS card base.

Use the 2 1/4 inch Circle Punch to punch out a circle from the 2 3/4 x 4 inch copper Brushed Metallic CS. Adhere the “Peace On Earth” circle to the copper circle.

Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the sentiment piece to the card front. Use a Mini Glue Dot to adhere the bow. Note: I made a double bow by using the Bow-Easy™© by the Posi-Bendr Company.

Now for the Bling! Even though the Gilded Gems are gold and the card is more copper-colored, I thought the gems would add some more sparkle.

Use the Take Your Pick tool to easily transfer the Gilded Gems from the acetate to the front of your card.

Viola! You have a brightly gleaming Holiday card to wish some “Peace On Earth” to someone this Holiday season!

If this is your first visit to my blog, check out the post from yesterday. I am participating in a 15-day Christmas Card Challenge and I started on December 1st. Thanks for stopping by! Please leave me a comment and let me know how I am doing.

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Posted in 2020 August-December Mini Catalog, 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, Autumn, Love/Affection, Masculine, Thanksgiving

Beautiful Autumn Harvest Blessings Stampin’ Up!®

Even though it is still in the lower 90’s (degrees F) I am anxiously anticipating the cooler weather–soon I hope! I am in the mood for Autumn so I have been making cards with that theme.

The Autumn Punch Pack consists of two leaf punches which I used for the wreath on this lovely autumn card. There is also an acorn punch in the Punch Pack. The sentiment is from an awesome stamp set called Country Home. I have made many cards with this sentiment.

Measurements: Very Vanilla Card Stock (CS): 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch card base with a score line at 4 1/4 inches and 3/4 x 3 inches; Bumble Bee CS: 4 x 5 1/4 inches; Forever Gold Laser-Cut Specialty Paper: one panel; scraps that measure at least 1 1/2 x 3 inches in Mango Melody CS, Cajun Craze CS, Pumpkin Pie CS and the Brushed Metal 12 x 12 inch CS in the copper and the gold. You will also need one of the Gold Hoops Embellishments and two of the Acorn Trinkets (not shown).

Stamp the sentiment “Happy harvest Blessings” in Cajun Craze ink onto the 3/4 x 3 inch Very Vanilla CS.

Punch the leaves out with the Autumn Punch Pack leaf punches. I punched out 3 of each of the colors of scrap CS with a mixture of the two leaf types.

The easiest way to adhere the leaves to the card is with the Mini Glue Dots. I stick the end of the leaf onto the Mini Glue Dot right on the roll. When I am ready to use the leaf, I just carefully peel it off of the sheet.

Use the Bone Folder to make a crisp fold at the 4 1/4 inch score line on the Very Vanilla CS card base. Adhere the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Bumble Bee CS and then the Forever Gold Laser-Cut Specialty Paper panel. To adhere the gold panel, I applied the Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue around the perimeter very sparingly. Adhere the Gold Hoop Embellishment by applying the Liquid Glue to the back sparingly. Put in place on the card front and apply pressure by placing something like a large punch on top to weight it down for 5 minutes.

Start by applying two Gold Brushed Metallic CS oak leaves slightly to the left of center on the Gold Hoop.

Add one leaf at a time behind the oak leaves. Use a mixture of the colors and different leaf types. Go as far as is pleasing to you.

Cut a banner end on the sentiment card piece. Apply the sentiment to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Add a leaf if desired on the end of the sentiment.

This is a little difficult to see. I used the gold twine in the Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack to make two bows. The twine was tied onto the two Acorn Trinkets before tying the bow.

To adhere the Acorn Trinkets and bows, use the Mini Glue Dots. Transfer two Mini Glue Dots with the Take Your Pick Tool and place them at the base of the gold oak leaves. Adhere the bow with the Acorn Trinkets, then apply another Mini Glue Dot and adhere the second gold twine bow. NOTE: This card will not be able to be mailed in a standard envelope because the trinkets are too large. You will need to mail it in a bubble envelope.

Now for the Bling! I added the Mango Melody sequins from the Artistry Blooms Sequins. They are very subtle but do add a little more sparkle to the card. Tip: Use the Take Your Pick tool to transfer the sequins-much easier. If you do not yet have the Take Your Pick tool, you can use a toothpick.

Viola! There you have a shiny golden leaf wreath for Autumn!

Thank you for viewing my blog today. Please “like” my blog and leave a comment to let me know what you think. And remember to mail this one in a bubble envelope because of the Acorn Trinkets.

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