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Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #476 Christmas

The Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge is a sketch this week.


When I saw this sketch, my mind went immediately to the new Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape.  It's perfect for the slanted stripes!  Are you ready for a little shimmer and shine?

CCMC #476 (2)

The card starts with the Thick Whisper White card stack cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.

The next layer is 4 x 5 1/4 in the Gold Foil.  Now it is really hard to waste this foil behind another layer.  I cut out the center to use another time.

CCMC #476 gold foil

The Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper is used for the next layer cut at 3 3/4 x 5.  Add 3 rows of the Year of Cheer Specialty Washi tape at a diagonal to this base.

The sentiment in the lower right corner is from the stamp set Christmas Pines.  Use the Embossing Buddy in the area, stamp with Versamark, and then heat emboss with Silver Embossing Powder.

Add a gold Foil Snowflake.  The center has more of the same background paper cut with the Layering Circles Framelits.

The snowflakes, one in Gold Foil and one in Silver Foil, are cut using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.

CCMC #476 inside

The inside of the card has more of the Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape again diagonally across the paper.  The sentiment is from Christmas Pines.

CCMC #476 Year of Cheer

So, here is a little bit of a fancy card without a lot of bother.  The Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper is just fantastic especially if you like a little sparkle in your life.  I'm not so much of a sparkle person, but I do love this card.  If you don't have those Foil Snowflakes, you must get them right away!

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Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge #474 Night of Bethlehem

Welcome to the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge #474.  Today we have a sketch for our challenge.


I may have taken a few liberties with the sketch on this one.  I admit that I had a tough time with this one for some reason.  You know how sometimes you feel like you have lost your mojo.  I finally had this idea and I do like how it turned out.

CCMC #474 Night of Bethlehem

I really just enlarged the circle and went from there with the sketch.  It's only September, but who can not make a Christmas card or so when the new Holiday catalog is live!!!

The card base is Smoky Slate.  These are not traditional Christmas colors, but it works. The base measures 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.

The medallion background circle is made using the new Embossing Paste and the Pattern Party Decorative Masks.  Spread the paste on the mask.  Hold this down with post it notes.  As soon as the mask is lifted, add Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  Don't forget to wash the paste supplies as soon as you finish!

The village is from the stamp set Night of Bethlehem.  It will need to be cut out by hand.  The sentiment is from the stamp set Christmas Pines.  This was also cut out. The smaller size seemed to fit much better.  Use the Basic Black Archival ink for this.

The label is stamped in black on Smoky Slate.  Punch it out using the new Everyday Label punch.  This stamp is in the Labels to Love stamp set.

Mary and Joseph were stamped in black on Whisper White.  Cut them out with the Bethlehem Edgelit Dies.  Adhere to the label with dimensionals.  Top this off with the Mini Sequin Trim in silver and a bow of the 1/8 inch silver ribbon.  Adhere those with glue dots.

Night of Bethlehem close up

The inside of the card uses the Night of Bethlehem stamp set.

Night of Bethlehem inside

It's a pretty card.  It makes me think of a masculine Christmas in a way.

CCMC #474

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Carols of Christmas, A Sneak Peek

Let me start off by saying that today is the last day of Bonus Days for July.  For every $5 you spend, you'll get a $5 coupon to spend in August.

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Why is this so important?  You'll want to get the new bundle Carols of Christmas!  It will be released early from the Holiday catalog.  The catalog goes live on Septemer 1st.  This bundle is available to you beginning August 1st.  Yea!  You can see a flyer about this bundle here.   This is my sneak peek.

Carols of Christmas

We'll be making this card at my Christmas card class near the end of August.

  • The card base is Pool Party 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.
  • The snowflakes are cut from Whisper White using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  Use a Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere.
  • The sentiment is stamped in Pool Party on Whisper White.  Cut out using the Layering Circles Framelits.  Adhere with dimensionals.
  • The the trees from Pear Pizzazz and the deer from Soft Suede.  Adhere with dimensionals.

That's all there is to it.

Carols of Christmas inside

For the inside stamp the snowflakes from Colorful Seasons.  Stamp some off for the lighter color.  The sentiment is from Star of Light.

Carols of Christmas card

Thanks for stopping by today.  I'll share more with you about the Carols of Christmas bundle coming soon, available to you August 1.

You're going to want to get this set!  More information will be coming.

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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.

Tennis 10

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.

Tennis 2

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.

Tennis 1

Here's a picture of both of the cards.

Tennis 6

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.

Tennis 4

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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!

Red bird 1

  • 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.

Red bird new

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.

Red bird 2

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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