Cards - Christmas

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.

Be on the look out for the Year End Close Out Sale.  It starts December 1.

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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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Embellished Ornaments Christmas Card

I get so excited about the Holiday catalog that I sometimes forget about the annual Stampin' Up! catalog.  I'm so glad they included Christmas stamp sets in the annual catalog.  It lets you get a jump on the season.  Here's a simple card using the Embellished Ornaments stamp set and the coordinating Delicate Ornament Thinlit Dies.

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This was a favorite at my classes last week.  It's elegant without being too involved.  I did have some help from Pinterest on this one.  There are many that are very close. This card used the Pine Bough Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  That's the elegant touch.  For the front of the card, I put the paper in the embossing folder side ways.  It's hard to see on this picture, but maybe it helps.

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I stamped the ornament in Cherry Cobbler and cut it out with the coordinating thinlit. Glue it onto the card.  I used the Golf Foil Sheets for the decoration and the ornament topper.  Embellish with pearls in the center and a bow of gold twine from the Baker's Twine Trio Pack.  All that's left is the sentiment from the same set and a few sparkles from the Metallics Sequin Assortment.

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Do you ever think about embossing the inside of the card?  This time I embossed in the folder with the paper turned in the usual way.  Add the sentiment and the inside is done.  This sentiment is also from the Embellished Ornaments stamp set.

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So, there you have it.  I must tell you that the gold embellishment in the center of the card goes a certain way on there to cover the white lines.  It's not too hard to figure out.  If you need a pretty, but easy card, this one fits the bill.



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Bus Swap on the way to Atlanta!

On my last post, I shared my swap for OnStage Atlanta.  Nine of us from the NC Demo Facebook group rode down in a van.  We decided to do a bus swap.  This was my swap.

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For information and details about this card, go here.  Today I want to share the rest of the cards I received on the bus.

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Kaye Owenby made this card.  She is part of my Luv 2 Create group.  The next card was made by Martha Morin.  She is also a part of my downline.

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I also belong to a group of local demonstrators called the Southern Belles.  We meet once a month and all live in what is called the Unifour area of NC.  Along with my Luv 2 Create group the next two cards were made from ladies in that group.  Want to be a part of this group?  Let me know.

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This card was made by Tina Lesson.

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Beth Fox made this card.

Making new friends and getting to know them better is so important.  I so enjoyed having the next ladies on the van and knowing them better.

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This card was made by Beverly Carlen.

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Wanda Williams made this card.

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Shavon Borders made this card.

Sandy Herman has been a friend for a while.  She has attended my Stampin' Up! catalog Bingo events.  She won the Merry Medley stamp set and made this card for the swap.

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So you can see that we have some super talented people here in North Carolina.  I think we are all ready to attend the Savannah OnStage event in April!  Want to go?  If you aren't a demonstrator it's really easy to become one.  Just let me know if I can help!  See you next time with another craft fair project.