It's the Annual Tennis Christmas Card!

This is the 8th year.  Every year I make Christmas cards for my husband to send to his tennis buddies (well, really to their wives!).  It's one project I can check off my list for this year!  Are you a list maker?  Sometimes I think I waste a lot of time making lists. But I love the thrill of marking something off.  The problem is that I can't stand a messy list.  Thus, the wasting of a lot of time.  Oh, well, here is a picture of the last 7 years just in case you want to see them.

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Last year I had a post here about that card.  I mentioned that I was running out of ideas and a wreath was suggested.  So here is this year's card.

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It features the Wondrous Wreath stamp set and matching framelits.  This set is found in the annual Stampin' Up! catalog.

  • Start with a card base of Crumb Cake measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4, and folded.
  • Use the Hardwood background stamp and Crumb Cake ink to add a wood grain look to the card.
  • For the patterned paper insert, use a layer of Cherry Cobbler cut at 1 1/8 x 4 5/8 and a piece of This Christmas Specialty  Designer Series Paper, also in the annual catalog.  This piece measures 1 x 4 1/2.
  • The wreath is stamped on Very Vanilla card stock.  Use Old Olive and Always Artichoke for the leaves and Cherry Cobbler for the berries.  I will tell you that I used the MISTI to stamp this.  It made it so easy since I was making 26 of these cards.  Cut it out using the matching Wonderful Wreath framelits.  The Magnetic Platform makes it so easy to cut these out.  Attach the wreath with dimensionals.
  • This tennis ball is not Stampin' Up!  I found a stamp many years ago at a stamping craft show.  It is stamped in Basic Black Archival ink on Daffodil Delight card stock.  Punch it out with the 1/2 inch circle punch and glue them on.
  • Add a bow of Cherry Cobbler from the Silky Taffeta Ribbon Combo Pace in the Holiday catalog.  Since I was making so many of the card, I did run out of this ribbon.  I finished up with the Thick Baker's Twine in Cherry Cobbler.  That is now retired.
  • The sentiment is stamped in Cherry Cobbler and is from the Wondrous Wreath stamp set.

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Here's a picture of both of the cards.

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For the inside, I used a sentiment from Wondrous Wreath stamped in Always Artichoke.  The bow is from the stamp set Jar of Cheer and is stamped in Cherry Cobbler.

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Peace Be With You

Does a card idea ever just come to you?  This idea came to me about 4:00 am the other day.  I am an early riser, so I got up and made it.  It was one of those cards that worked!  In other words, it came together easily.  For some reason, I thought that the Christmas Greetings Thinlits were retired, but looking through the catalog, there they were!  The peace works great with the card.  Well, here it is!

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  • The card base is 4 1/4 x 11, scored at 5 1/2 and folded.  It uses the Thick Whisper White card stock.
  • The Cherry Cobbler layer is cut 3 3/4 x 5.  Here's a hint:  Cut the bird using the Birds & Blooms Thinlits from the center of this layer before adhering it to the card.  Another hint is that I used a regular hole punch for the holly berries. Punch those out of the cobbler paper, too.  Be careful not to get too close to the edge.  The patterned paper will cover that hole right up.
  • Use the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper.  I tried different options of this paper and I felt this one worked best.  Besides it can also look like a little snow fall.  I like that!  The size is 3 5/8 x 4 7/8.
  • The peace is cut from Thick Whisper White card stock.
  • The bird is positioned perched on the peace word.  I tried him with all of the little pieces punched out, but I like it better with the pieces left in.  Some of the pieces fell out, so I just left them out.  Hint:  Use the Silicone Craft Sheet to glue those intricate items.  Squeeze out a little glue in the corner.  Use a piece of sponge.  Dab on some glue and then dab it on the back of the design.  Don't move it around on the silicone sheet or you'll get glue on the front.  Just adhere where you want it on your project.  Connie Stewart has a video on this.  It's a great idea!
  • Use the Holly Berry Builder punch and Garden Green card stock to make the holly leaves.  Use the smaller leaf.  Yes, I did use a hole punch instead of the Holly Berry punch for the berries.  It's just faster.
  • Did you notice a little Early Espresso stem in the bird's mouth?  Use the peace word from Christmas Greetings.  It's the beginning of the p.

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Here's the inside of the card.  Add a little holly and some berries.  The sentiment is from the Star of Light stamp set.  A vintage card maker already knows this, but I made a mistake.  The s did not stamp well.  I just stamped on another piece of Whisper White, but it out, and glued it in place.  That's what we do!  Also let me apologize for the quality of the picture.

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This might be one of my favorites for the season.  I see that I'll be making more of them.  OK, I'll admit it.  I don't have my cards made for this Christmas.  I'm stressing a little about it.  It's on my list of course, but the list is long.

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NC Demo Happy Holidays Blog Hop!

Hello there.  I'm so happy that you have joined us for the North Carolina blog hop for November.  We are celebrating  Happy Holidays today.  I hope you complete the hop to get some great holiday ideas!  We have some very tallented demonstrators here in NC.

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Today I want to feature the Kraft Tag a Bag Gift Bags.  They are on page 176 in the catalog.  What a deal!  You get 10 for $3.50.  They are a great size for just a little something.  I came up with three designs.

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Want to know how to make them?  Here we go.

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  • The Cherry Cobbler layer on the bottom measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.
  • The Basic Black layer is 4 x 5 1/4.  It's stamped in Whisper White Craft Stampin' Ink.  It's a rich permanent white.  Do lay it aside and allow it a little time to dry completely.  The stamp set is Merry Medley.
  • The topper uses half of a Delicate Doily and half of a Cherry Cobbler circle.  Use the new Stitched Shaped framelits and cut the largest circle.
  • The Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies were used to make the boughs and pine cone.  I used Emerald Envy, Early Espresso, and Soft Suede.
  • Clip the topper on with a Gold Binder Clip.  They are so pretty.
  • Add an Emerald Envy bow with a glue dot.  The Silky Taffeta Ribbon combo Pack has two great ribbons in Emerald Envy and Cherry Cobbler.  I can only say it is yummy.  I thought I could live without it, but I found that I couldn't!

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I tried to make this bag look like a Christmas sweater.  What do you think?

  • Use the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper.  Cut out some of the shapes and glue them onto the bag.
  • Run the bag through the Big Shot with the Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Wow, I just had to put its whole name.  It's a large name with large results.  Love it!  Part of your bag will not fit in the folder. I put that at the top and just used it as my folding place.  For this bag, I folded it to the back so we could see all of the sweater.
  • Use the Simply Scored with your Crumb Cake card stock.  Cut a piece 1 x 6. Score on every score line.  Cut your strip in half so that you have two 1/2 inch pieces. Place one along the bottom and trim to fit.  Place the other down the center of your paper and trim it to fit.  Add some of the candy pieces from the patterned paper punched out with the 1/2 inch punch for the buttons.
  • The tag is stamped on Thick Whisper White measuring 1 1/2 inches wide and used the Candy Cane Christmas stamp set.  Use Real Red ink.  Punch the end with the Triple Banner Punch.  I also cut out the gingerbread man from the Candy Cane Lane paper.  Place the tag how you want it and just trim along the top to fit. 
  • Use the Gold Binder Clip to hold this on.  Use the Candy Cane Lane Baker's Twine to tie a bow.  Use both twines together and added it to the clip with a glue dot.

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  • For this bag I used the Warmth & Cheer Designer Washi Tape.  Just add strips across the bag.
  • Use the Santa's Sleigh Thinlits Dies to make your sleigh.  Use Early Espresso for the back piece and Cherry Cobbler for the front.
  • Use the same dies to make a reindeer out of Early Espresso.  I glued a same clothespin to the back of him and added a Cherry Cobbler bow using the Silky Taffeta ribbon again.  It's a fast and easy bag to make.


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Loving the Palm Tree from Totally Trees

I love the palm tree!  I don't know why.  Today's card is inspired by Kimberly Van Diepen, but I did change a few things.  Here is my card.

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I made another palm tree card here.  You might want to check it out.  But I just might like this card as well.  I think it's the Moroccan Designer Series Paper that I like so much.  Here are the details for the card.

  • The card base is Emerald Envy 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4 and folded.
  • The next layer is Very Vanilla cut 4 x 5 1/4.  Run it through the Big Shot with the Petal Burst embossing folder.
  • I used the Moroccan Designer Series Paper.  The largest piece on the bottom measures 2 1/2 x 4.  The smaller piece measures 1/2 x 4.
  • Use the new Stitched Shapes for the Very Vanilla circle.  Use the largest one.  The largest Layering Circles were used to make the Emerald Envy Scallop circle.  It is also the largest one.
  • The colors used for the stamping on the circle are Early Espresso, Emerald Envy, and Delightful Dijon.
  • Glue the circles to each other and then attach the scalloped circle with dimensionals to the card.
  • A bow of Linen Thread was added to the base of the tree.
  • The sentiment on the card is from the stamp set Sunshine Sayings.  It's stamped in Emerald Envy on Very Vanilla and cut out with snips.

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For the inside of the card, I stamped another palm.  I left the rest for writing.  Here's a little secret.  I don't like to write in cards.  That's why I always finish the inside.

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This card could be used for any occasion.  It would be a great pick me up card! 

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A Christmas Thank You

It's getting to be time for December class, so I've been working on designing cards for it.  I have to say that this time, I'm getting a lot of ideas from Pinterest.  We are so lucky to have this tool available.  I've been busy with Christmas crafting so it's just nice to rely on the creativity of others.  Today's card is my own.  I had a request to use the Cable Knit embossing folder.  I told my customers no Christmas for December class.  I'm reneging a little on this.  It's a Christmas thank you card.  I'm sure we all have someone we need to thank.

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It doesn't scream Christmas.  You know, that could just be a winter tree.  Here are the details.

  • Start with a card base of Garden Green cut 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4 and folded.
  • The Very Vanilla layer measures 4 x 5 1/4.  Run it through the Big Shot with the Cable Knit embossing folder.  This folder is so thick.  Run it through like usual but use only one of your plastic plates.  Also, when using one of the larger folders, be sure to put the bended part of your folder on one of the ends instead of the side of the plate.
  • I used the new Stitched Shapes to cut ovals from Garden Green (largest oval) and Whisper White (next largest oval).
  • I used the Perfect Pines Framelits for the tree.  They're in the annual catalog.  I used the middle sized tree.  The Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper is perfect for this.
  • The Garden Green twine from the Baker's Twine Trio Pack was used for the bow on top of the tree.
  • The banner at the bottom uses the Home Sweet Home bundle.  The banner is in the stamp set Sweet Home.  Cut it out with the framelit in Home Sweet Home. You can purchase these as a bundle in the Holiday catalog.  The sentiment itself comes from the Designer Tin of Cards stamp set.  It's all stamped in Basic Black Archival Ink.
  • Glue the ovals to each other and then attach to the card with dimensionals.

Here's the inside of the card.

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I cut another tree with the smallest tree from Perfect Pines.  The sentiment is from Thankful Thoughts and is stamped in black.

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I do like how this card turned out.  If you want to make one, the supply list follows. OR, you could just come to my classes on December 1st or 2nd if you live near Conover, NC.  Contact me.

 

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