Posted in 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog, Christmas, Guys cards, Masculine, Snowflakes, Stampin" Blends Alcohol Markers, Stampin' Up! 2021-2022 Annual Catalog

Stampin’ Up!® Snowflake Wishes Christmas Card

Welcome to my blog today! I have a card that I am submitting to the Cardz4Guyz Challenge #284 Gingham, Checks or Plaid. I had a lot of fun with this card. I wanted to use the Wonderful Snowflakes which are laser-cut snowflakes from an iridescent white paper. They are so beautiful!

I also used the So Many Snowflakes Dies to cut smaller snowflakes from the scrap left behind after punching the Wonderful Snowflakes out. Stampin’ Up! colors used are Pool Party, Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay.

The Snowflake Wishes stamp set has many snowflakes in different sizes. It also has a great sentiment that goes along with the snowflakes-“May Your Season Sparkle”. The sentiment inside is “Snowflake Wishes for a Merry Christmas”.

I made my own plaid by taking the black and white gingham from the Pattern Party Designer Series Paper and drawing a Bermuda Bay line over the center of the white column. I used the Pool Party Stampin’ Blend Alcohol maker on some of the the grey gingham squares to add more color.

The scalloped rectangle is a die from the Scalloped Contours Dies. And I added just a little Bling! with the Basic Rhinestone Jewels.

Stop by the Cardz4Guyz HERE to see more cards entered in the Challenge #284 Gingham, Checks and Plaid.

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I am so glad you stopped by today. I hope you have some time to be crafty today. Have a great day!

Theresa

Posted in 2020 August-December Mini Catalog, 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, Avid Stamper, Nature, Positive Thoughts, Snow, Winter Holiday

Cardz4guyz Challenge # 262- Let It Snow

I really love the snow. Mostly because I live in Arizona and don’t have to deal with it unless I choose to go up to the mountain to go skiing. Most years our family will venture up into the White Mountains for a weekend of skiing. This year we will not be going due to the Pandemic and the fact that there is very little snow. Arizona is currently in a drought. However, I decided to create a nice snowy forest scene for the Let It Snow Challenge. For this card I used stamps from Stampin’ Up! Winter Woods, Very Versailles and Snowflake Wishes stamp sets.

The snowy scene I created uses 3 layers on a base of Shaded Spruce Card Stock (CS). The first layer is a Basic White CS stamped in Shaded Spruce ink with the large tree in the Winter Woods stamp set. The center tree is stamped at full strength and the two trees in the back are Stamped Off. The little snowflakes on this first layer are from Snowflake Wishes and are stamped in Balmy Blue ink. The inside of the card is also stamped in the large tree and small snowflakes along the right-hand edge.

The second layer is the retired Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper cut out with one of the Stitched Nested Labels Dies. This is adhered to the back of a Basic White CS cut with a larger Stitched Nested Labels Die.

The top layer is also Basic White CS, cut from the Stitched Nested Labels Dies and is stamped with several different stamps from the Snowflake Wishes stamp set. The Stampin’ Up! ink colors are: Balmy Blue, Misty Moonlight and Highland Heather. The sentiment is from the Very Versailles stamp set and is stamped in Shaded Spruce ink. The final touch is the 3 die-cut snowflakes in the Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper.

Thank you for visiting my Cardz4Guyz Challenge # 262- Let It Snow. Check out other snow-themed projects HERE.

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

Snowflake Wishes Fun Fold Christmas Card Stampin’ Up!®

Wow! I can’t believe how fast the time is going! 11 days until Christmas! I still need to get my cards out. I have them all made, the letter is written, I just need to put the letter and card in an envelope and address them. That is my goal for today.

This is an easy Fun Fold using the Snowflake Wishes stamp set and Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper. You can put this card together quickly and have a festive winter card ready to send out in no time.

This lovely wintery card is great for showcasing your Designer Series Paper. I know I have quite a stash. Pick out 3 different designs of the Snowflake Splendor DSP.

Measurements: Pool Party Card Stock (CS) card base: 5 1/2 x 11 inches with score lines at 1 3/8 inch, 4 1/8 inches and 6 7/8 inches; Pool Party CS belly band: 1 1/4 x 10 inches scored at 3 1/2 inches and 7 5/8 inches; Snowflake Splendor DSP: two at 1 1/8 x 5 1/4 inches, 2 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches and 3 7/8 x 5 1/4 inches; and Whisper White CS: 2 1/2 x 4 inches, 2 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches and 3/4 x 4 inches. You will also need 10 inches of the 1/4 inch Snowflake Splendor Ribbon to adhere to the belly band, and you will need a bow.

With Bermuda Bay ink stamp the sentiment “May Your Season Sparkle” onto the 2 1/2 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS. Use Pool Party ink to stamp the group of small snowflakes on the corners. Note: Remember to use the Stampin’ Pierce Mat or a catalog to stamp on with the Photopolymer Stamps to be sure to get the best images.

Use the Bermuda Bay ink to stamp the sentiment “Snowflake Wishes For a Merry Christmas” onto the 3/4 x 4 inch strip of Whisper White CS. Use Pool Party ink to stamp a snowflake onto the 2 1/2 x 4 inch Whisper White CS. Use the 2 1/4 inch Circle Punch to punch out the snowflake. Set aside.

Fold the Pool Party CS card base as shown. Use your Bone Folder to make all of the folds nice and crisp. Lay the card flat on the table.

Adhere one of the 1 1/8 x 5 1/4 inch pieces of the Snowflake Splendor DSP on the front flap.

Open the card and lay flat on the table. Adhere the other 1 1/8 x 5 1/4 inch piece of Snowflake Splendor DSP to the other side of the front flap. Next adhere the 2 1/2 x 5 1/4 inch Snowflake Splendor DSP and then the 2 1/2 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS with the sentiment stamped on it.

Finish with the 3 7/8 x 5 1/4 inch Snowflake Splendor DSP on the last panel.

Fold the card up again and wrap the 1 1/4 x 10 inch Pool Party CS around the card snuggly. This is the belly band. You want it to slide off easily but not fall off. Adhere the end in front.

Cut a banner end on both ends of the sentiment and adhere to the lower portion of the belly band.

Wrap the 10-inch piece of the Snowflake Splendor Ribbon around the belly band and glue in place with the ends meeting in front. Adhere the snowflake with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Adhere the Snowflake Splendor Ribbon bow with glue dots.

There are a lot of Bling! possibilities for this card to make it sparkle. I used both the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels and the Snowflake Adhesive-Backed Embellishments.

I placed the light blue Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels in the center of and around the large snowflake, then added the Snowflake Embellishments to the background.

Viola! You have a beautiful Fun Fold for sending Christmas Wishes!

I really appreciate you stopping by today. I hope you try this fun card. Best of luck with all your Christmas cards if you haven’t gotten them out yet.

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Theresa

Posted in #simplestamping, 2020 August-December Mini Catalog, beginner stamper, Christmas, Mini Catalog 2020, Winter Holiday

Snowflake Wishes #Simplestamping Christmas Card

It is Thanksgiving in a few days and like many we will not be visiting family as usual. Aside from the Thanksgiving festivities we will still try to have, I think it would be fun to make cards as a family. Stampin’ Up! Snowflake Wishes has many different snowflakes which makes this wonderful Christmas card simple and fun to stamp.

I love the colors of blue that Stampin’ Up! has! Pacific Point, Coastal Cabana and Pool Party are the colors on this wintery card.

Measurements: Whisper White Card Stock (CS): the card base, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches, and a 3 3/4 x 5 inch panel; Pacific Point CS: 4 x 5 1/4 inches.

The first step is to stamp a sentiment in Pacific Point ink on the lower right hand side. I chose this fancy “Merry Christmas” from the Tag Buffet stamp set. Note: when using the Photopolymer Stamps, the see-through stamps, you need a little padding to get a good image. The Stampin’ Pierce Mat works well. If you don’t have one try your Stampin’ Up! Catalog.

I decided on 4 different snowflakes ranging in size from large to small. The larger snowflake is stamped in Coastal Cabana ink slightly above the level of the sentiment.

The snowflake that is the next size smaller is Stamped Off using the Pool Party ink. Stamping Off: this is a technique whereby you first stamp onto a scrap of paper, then on your project. This allows you to stamp the image a shade lighter.

I decided I needed another large snowflake in the Coastal Cabana ink to balance the design by stamping in the lower right-hand corner.

Next I added several slightly smaller snowflakes in the Pool Party ink at full strength.

The smallest snowflake is Stamped Off in Pacific Point ink.

Here is the completed card front.

Now to stamp the inside of the card. Start with the larger snowflake in the Coastal Cabana ink in the lower right-hand corner of the 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch Whisper White CS card base.

Stamp Off to add the next size smaller snowflake in Pool Party ink. The next smaller snowflake after that is stamped in Pool Party ink at full strength.

The smallest snowflake is Stamped Off in Pacific Point ink.

This is the completed inside of the Whisper White CS card base.

Fold the card base at the 4 1/4 inch score line and press with the Bone Folder to get a crisp fold. Adhere the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Pacific Point CS to the front of the Whisper White CS card base. Adhere the stamped snowflake card piece to the Pacific Point CS.

You could leave the card as is. I have a passion for Bling! which is basically anything shiny and sparkly. I added the Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the center of most of the snowflakes. The Take Your Pick Tool makes transferring the Rhinestones to your card very easy.

Viola! You have a dazzling festive Christmas card to send off to someone! My goal was to make 40 Christmas cards by Thanksgiving. I am only halfway there, but I plan to keep at it in the next couple of days. Then I plan to enlist my husband’s help to address them all!

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Happy Thanksgiving, stay safe and Happy Crafting!

Theresa

Posted in #simplestamping, 2020 August-December Mini Catalog, Aqua Painters, beginner stamper, Christmas, Coloring Techniques, Simple stamping, Watercolor wash background

Stampin’ Up!® Snowflake Wishes Watercolor Wash Notecards & Gift Box #simplestamping

Well, Thanksgiving is almost here and it is time to start thinking about Holiday Gifts. These festive Snowflake notecards and cheerful coordinating box will make a great handmade gift! This is a #SimpleStamping project because it is made primarily with Stamps, Ink and Paper. The only other tool you need is a Water Painter.

Although these cards look difficult, they are actually fairly simple. The variety of sentiments in the Snowflake Wishes stamp set makes this a great gift. There are lots of photos to easily guide you through this surprisingly simple project.

The Snowflake Wishes stamp set is rich with snowflake images. I am only going to use 5 of them.

The first step is to make the backgrounds. You will cut one sheet of the Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper at 4 3/4 inches. Next cut the 4 3/4 x 5 inch piece at 3 1/4 inches. This will give you 3 different backgrounds for 3 different notecards.

Watercolor Wash Background: Squeeze your Balmy Blue ink pad so some of the ink gets on the inside of the top. Using the Water Painter, apply a slight puddle of water on the 3 1/4 x 4 3/4 inch Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper. You want the puddle to be in the center, not touching the edge of the card piece. Note: I am using an old Aquapainter, but the new Water Painters can be found in the 2020-21 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog on page 146, item #151298.

Take up some of the Balmy Blue ink with the Water Painter and apply it to the puddle of water on the Watercolor Paper. Move the ink and water around until you like the shape of the Watercolor Wash. If you desire a more intense color you could put a drop of the Balmy Blue Ink Refill on the top lid of the stamp pad.

Now for a little trick to make a creative effect. Shake some coarse sea salt onto the puddle of water. You will see that the salt crystals will take up some of the water and ink right away. Let this dry completely.

Repeat the above procedure using the 2 1/4 x 5 inch piece of the Watercolor Paper and Pacific Point ink.

The remaining 1 3/4 x 4 3/4 inch Watercolor Paper piece is done in Pool Party ink.

For the next step you will need to open up a package of Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes. These are available in the 2020-2021 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog on page 153, item #131527. Note: these notecards also come in Very Vanilla #144236.

While the backgrounds dry, we can stamp the envelopes. This envelope is done in the Balmy Blue ink. The larger snowflake is stamped at full strength. The next snowflake is Stamped Off first.

I added a smaller snowflake at full strength to complete the front of the envelope. Next I stamped several snowflakes on the back flap of the envelope. Note: Be mindful of leaving space for someone to write an address and return address, and place a postage stamp.

The next envelope only uses 2 snowflake stamps and is stamped in Pacific Point ink. Again, stamp on the front and the back flap of the envelope.

The last envelope is stamped in Pool Party ink. I stamped the larger snowflake, one on top of the other, to make it look more full. The remainder are smaller snowflakes stamped on the envelope front and flap.

In order to give the backgrounds a little more time to dry, we will stamp the sentiments. Make 2 of the 3/4 x 4 inch Whisper White cardstock strips with the sentiment “Snowflake wishes for a Merry Christmas.” Make one of the “May your season sparkle” on 1 1/4 x 2 1/2 inch Whisper White cardstock.

Trim both ends of one of the “Snowflake wishes…” strips to make a banner end. Tip: Make a cut in the middle, then from one corner to the middle on each side to have the banner look even every time.

When the backgrounds have dried completely, brush the salt off of the card piece. Each will have a different look. The most noticeable effect is on the Pacific Point color. You can see that the ink is darker around where the salt crystal was. I just love this effect!

We will start with the Balmy Blue background. Stamp the sentiment “Thank you Snow much” in Pacific Point ink onto the lower right-hand corner. Then use the Balmy Blue ink to stamp the larger snowflake, followed by the medium snowflake and finally the smallest snowflake.

Now we will stamp on the Pacific Point ink background. Using Pacific Point ink, stamp the larger snowflake on the left-hand side followed by the group of snowflakes.

For the Pool Party ink background, I stamped one image on top of the other for the larger snowflake in Pool Party ink.

Now stamp the medium sized snowflake and finally the smaller snowflake in Pool Party ink.

Now we will put everything together.

Complete the Balmy Blue card by adhering the stamped card piece to the front of one of the notecards.

Adhere the background done in Pacific Point ink to the front of the notecard. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the “Snowflake Wishes…” sentiment with the banner ends onto the card front.

Adhere the Pool Party background to the front of a notecard. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the “May your season…” sentiment to the card front.

Now that we have all the awesome notecards done, let’s create a nice box for them to go in. The Mini Paper Pumpkin Boxes on page 152 of the 2020-21 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog are perfect for these notecards. Lay the box flat with the matte surface on top. Stamp the largest snowflake in Balmy Blue ink.

Follow with the Pool Party ink and a medium snowflake. Finish with a small snowflake in Pacific Point ink.

Assemble the box and add the second “Snowflake wishes….” sentiment to the front.

Match the envelopes to the notecards and place in the Mini Paper Pumpkin Box.

Viola! You have a cheerful set of Holiday cards in a lovely box to give to someone special.

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Theresa

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!