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A Tennis Christmas

Each year I make tennis Christmas cards for my husband's tennis friends.  This is year 9.  You know, it's hard to think up that many different cards.  Each year the number I make seems to increase, too.  This year I made 30 for him.  Read to the end and I'll show you all of the rest of the cards.  Here is the card for 2017.

Tennis Christmas card 2017

Now, keep in mind that the tennis racket and the balls are not Stampin' Up!  They are stamps I picked up at a show several years back.

The base is Thick Whisper White measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.  This paper folds much much better if you do score it with the Simply Scored Scoring Tool or your Stampin' Trimmer.

The Emerald Envy layer is 3 1/4 x 4 1/4.  The next layer is 3 x 4 and is from the Be Merry Designer Series Paper.  It's in the annual catalog.  This size patterned paper is great because you can get 12 pieces from one sheet and no waste!

This year I'm using the Hang Your Stocking stamp set along with the Christmas Stocking Thinlits.  These are both in the annual catalog, too.  

The stocking is cut out in Emerald Envy card stock.  Stamp the toe, heel, and cuff of the stocking in Emerald Envy on white scraps and cut out.  Add a tree in white.  The stocking also has the holly leaves in green and the berries in Cherry Cobbler.  All of the decor is from the Christmas Stocking Thinlits.  Add a bow using the Linen Thread.  Fill the stocking with tennis balls.  These were stamped in black on Daffodil Delight card stock and punched out with the 1/2  inch circle punch.  The one in the middle is on a dimensional.

The tennis racket was also stamped in Memento Black and colored with the Light Smoky Slate Blender Pen.  Fussy cut.

The sentiment is from the Hang Your Stocking set.  Stamp it in Emerald Envy on white.  Cut out with the Layering Ovals Framelits.  Mount with dimensionals.  Glue on another tennis ball.

Tennis Christmas inside

The sentiment is from Hang Your Stockings.  Add a few more tennis balls.  In my 30 I messed up the inside on only one of them.  I stamped the words upside down.  That's not a good thing.  You can see that I stamped the words again on another piece of white card stock and punched it out with a circle punch.  It works.

Tennis Christmas 2017

So here is the card that I made for 2016.

Tennis Christmas card with Wondrous Wreath.

And here are the cards made in previous years.  Keep in mind that I didn't always use just Stampin' Up! supplies.  I did wise up though.

Tennis anyone

I just realized that I've had the tennis racket and ball stamps for over 9 years!  If you want to read about my other tennis posts go here.

I hope that you make your own Christmas cards.  I hope that you've already started on this.  Every year I send well over 100 Christmas cards and my husband sends his.  Each is made with love.  After all, that's what we do!  Spread the love.  If I can help you with supplies, just let me know.  You can access my online store below.  Did you know that these Christmas Stocking Thinlits are on sale on the Online Extravaganza?


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Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge #484, Pretty Pines

Hello and Happy Thursday!  Today's Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge is a sketch.


For this card, I wanted to use the Stitched Felt Embellishments.  I think it turned out well.


Start with a card base of Thick Whisper White measuring 4 1/4 x 11 and scored at 5 1/2.

The front of the card is covered with patterned paper from the Quilted Christmas 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper stack.  It measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.

A panel of Whisper White, 2 3/4 x 4 is added to the center of the front.  The corners were rounded with the retired corner rounder.

Add a banner 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 with more of the patterned paper from the Quilted Christmas pack.  Use the Triple Banner Punch to notch the end.  The thin strip is cut at 1/4 x 5 1/4.  It's from the same paper pack.

The pine cones, Soft Suede and Early Espresso, are cut from the Pretty Pines Thinlits.  The Garden Green sprigs and the Real Red ones are also cut with the Pretty Pines Thinlits.  Top off with the felt holly from the Stitched Felt Embellishments.  I added the felt with Tear & Tape.

The sentiment is from the Christmas Pines stamp set.  It's stamped in Real Red on a 1/2 inch scrap of Whisper White.

CCMC#484 close up

The inside of the card has a sentiment from Christmas Pines and more cut outs.  For the pine cone, cut the smaller pine cone shape from Soft Suede and then stamp with Early Espresso on top.

CCMC#484 inside

As I finished this card, I noticed that it is very similar to another card I posted recently.  You can see that card here.  It was from another Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge.

CCMC#484 Christmas Pines

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Card Front Builder Framelits and Christmas

I just can't believe that Christmas is so close.  Already the Hallmark movies are on around the clock.  I do admit that I love those movies.  They are perfect for stamping!  My card today is a Christmas card using the Card Front Builder Framelits.  We made this card in class recently.  We had not used the frame cut out in class.  I wanted to give them the experience.  Here is my card for today.

Card Front Builder Christmas card

I am loving the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper!  Those plaids are so cute!  They are right on trend, too.

Start the card with a base of Thick Whisper White card stock.  It measures 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and is scored at 4 1/4.

The patterned paper from Merry Little Christmas measures 4 x 5 1/4.  Use the frame from the Card Front Builder Framelits.  You will have to cut one end and then position to match the first cuts for the second.  I would run this through the Big Shots several times to get all those cuts.  Adhere to the card base.

Use the largest oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits to cut the oval from Whisper White card stock.

The pine boughs were cut from Old Olive card stock.  Use Soft Suede for the bottom layer and Early Espresso for the top layer.  All were cut using the Pretty Pines Thinlits.

Tie a bow for the top using the Real Red 1/8" Solid Ribbon found in the Holiday catalog.  Adhere with a glue dot.

The sentiment is from the Musical Seasons stamp set.  Stamp in red on a 1/2" strip of Whisper White.  Notch the ends.

Add some of the Black Rhinestone Jewels embellishments.

Nov Christmas 4

The Pretty Pines Thinlits are in the annual catalog.  They may have been a little overlooked this year with all the great stuff in the Holiday catalog.  They are beautiful!

Card Front Builder Christmas inside

For the inside of the card, use the Night in Bethlehem stamp set for the sentiment stamped in Real Red.  Add some pine boughs using the Christmas Pines stamp set.  Use Old Olive for this.  Add a pine cone.  Stamp the solid part in Soft Suede and the top detailed part in Early Espresso.  Don't look too closely.  I did not get my pine cone lined up very well!

Card Front Builder Christmas

Isn't this a pretty card?  I'm really proud of this one.  I will give you one more hint in making the card.  I did not match the top cut out to the bottom cut out very well for the frame.  I just covered each of those areas with the banner and the pine bough.  No one will ever know unless you tell them!

I hope you enjoyed the card today.  If you need any supplies, I would be happy to help you with that.  Click on the list below.  Thanks so much for spending time with me today.

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Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge #482, Boxwood Wreath

I just love Thursdays.  It's the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenges that I love.  Today we have a sketch.


My mind went to Christmas for this sketch.

CCMC #482

I've had my package of the Boxwood Wreaths just waiting for me to use them.  I decided this project was it.

Start with a card base of Thick Whisper White measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4.

The Be Merry Designer Series Paper is also perfect for this project.  This paper is in the annual catalog.  The larger Garden Green piece is 3 x 3 3/4.  The larger Cherry Cobbler piece is 2 1/2 x 3 3/4.  The two smaller strips measure 1/2 x 5.

I decided that this would be a card that would be handed to the recipient instead of mailed.  So I doubled the wreath to make it appear even fuller.  I simply pulled one of the wreaths out to be just a little bigger than the first.  So there is one wreath with another just outside of it.  I actually left an opening at the top of the wreath where the bow was to go.  These were attached to the paper with glue dots.

The Bow Builder Punch hasn't seen a lot of use lately so it was time to pull it out.  Again, I used the Be Merry paper to make the bow.  After the bow was in place, attached with a dimensional, I noticed that the wreath just did not seem complete.  I sniped a little 1 1/2 inch piece of wreath from another one of those in the package and tucked it in above the bow.  That looked so much better.  The Merry Christmas is from the At Home with You stamp set.  It's stamped in Cherry Cobber on a 1/2 inch strip of Whisper White.

CCMC # 482 close up

For the inside, I used a sentiment from the Christmas Quilt stamp set.  Put a 1/2 inch by 5 1/2 inch strip of designer paper across the bottom.

3D Wreath 5

It's a great card.  I must say to goes together quickly.

CCMC #482 Boxwood Wreath

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Wow! I Love You Leaf Punch!

Is there no end to the uses of the Painted Harvest bundle?  The ideas just keep coming.  Have you searched it on Pinterest?  I've seen a wreath made using the leaves from the Leaf Punch.  I wanted to give it a try with my own little something.  My wreath turned  more into an oval instead of a circle, but I really like it.  It filled up the card.  Here it is.

Wreath with the Leaf Punch

I have to say that this is one of my favorites.  Start with a card base of Early Espresso measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.

The Whisper White layer is 4 x 5 1/4.  Use the Layered Leaves  3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on this layer.

The wreath has several types of the leaves.  These leaves are from the Painted Harvest stamp set.  One type is punched from the Copper Foil Sheets.  Some leaves are stamped in Old Olive on Whisper White card stock.  The detailed and the solid are both stamped and then punched.  Some leaves are stamped in Old Olive on Old Olive card stock and punched with just the detailed stamp.  Some leaves are stamped in Old Olive on Vellum card stock and punched.  I used just the detailed stamp for that one.  Thank goodness for the Leaf Punch!

I placed the copper leaves first and then filled in with the others.  For the most part, I went in the order of copper, Old Olive on white, Old Olive on Old Olive, Vellum, Old Olive on Old Olive and then back to copper.

The berries are in Cherry Cobbler and just punched with a regular hole punch.

The branch, in Early Espresso, is from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.

The bird is also in Cherry Cobbler.  It's from the Birds & Blooms Thinlits.  I love that bird!!!  You have noticed the hearts in its tail, haven't you?

Finish with a banner at the bottom.  The Merry Christmas is from the Merry Patterns stamp set.  Notch those ends with the Triple Layer Punch.

Wreath with leaf punch inside

Here's the inside.  The sentiment is from the Musical Season stamp set.  I thought it went well since there is a bird on the outside.  Add leaves and berries.

Wreath with leaf punch

This is a beautiful card.  I will admit that it is a little labor intensive.  I do love a punch, though.  That speeds up the process.

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