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A Musical Season Christmas

It's hard to think about Christmas without music.  I just love all the Christmas carols.  Well, I do admit that I have a strong dislike of the song Jingle Bell Rock.  I know, I'm weird!  Could that song even be called a carol?  Well, I digress.

The card today uses the stamp set Musical Season and the coordinating Musical Instruments Framelits.  They are found on page 25 of the Holiday Catalog.  The Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper on page 13 compliments this set perfectly.

Musical Season

This card just makes me happy.  If I could carry a tune, I might break out in song.  I will anyway.  You can't hear me!

Start with a card base of Bermuda Bay.  It is cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4 and folded.

Cut one of the black sheets of the Merry Music patterned paper 4 x 5 1/4.

Use the Lots of Labels Framelits to cut the 2 shapes.  Cut the largest in Bermuda Bay and the next largest in the white Merry Music Specialty paper.  Press the Bermuda Bay ink pad to get some ink in the lid.  Using the Aqua Painter put a little color in the center of the white music sheet.  Don't put a lot of color because the water will make your paper wrinkle a little.

Stamp the lyre in black and the mandolin in Bermuda Bay and cut these out with the Musical Instruments Framelits.  Cut the treble clef in black.  The instruments are on dimensionals.

Put some of the Gold Metallic Thread behind the instruments.  Wrap this thread around your 4 fingers, slide off and attach with glue dots or dimensionals.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set.  It's embossed in gold.  It's stamped on a 1/2 inch strip of Whisper White scrap.  Notch the ends.  Mount this with dimensionals on the ends so that it will lay flat over the instruments.

Musical Seasons inside

For the inside color Bermuda Bay with the Aqua Painter where the words will be stamped.  The saying is from the same stamp set.  The bottom stamp is too.  Add another Treble Clef.

Musical Season card

I love this card!  I hope you'll try it!

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Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #480 Christmas Pines

Welcome to the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge.  This week we have a sketch.


Once the Holiday Catalog comes along, I often overlook the Christmas offerings in the Annual Catalog.  Today I'll be using the stamp set Christmas Pines and the Pretty Pines Thinlits that coordinate with it from the Annual Catalog.

CCMC #480 Christmas Pines

The card base is Thick Whisper White card stock cut at 4 1/4 x 11.  Score this at 5 1/2 and fold.

Cut the Real Red gingham patterned paper from the Quilted Christmas 6 x 6 stack to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 so that it covers the entire front of the card.  The Quilted Christmas stack is great.  It would not have to be just for Christmas.

Using the Stitched Shapes Framelits, cut the largest circle from Whisper White.

Cut a pine cone from each of the 3 types of pine cones in the thinlits.  The bottom layer is Soft Suede and the top layer is from Early Espresso.  The center pine cone is glued to the white circle.  The two on each side are adhered with dimensionals.  Cut some of the pine boughs from Emerald Envy.  Use Real Red to cut some of the other branches.  I don't know what they would be called.  They do appear to have berries at the end.  Place those around until you are happy with how they look.

Add a bow in the Crinkled Seam Binding in Emerald Envy.  That ribbon is the best!  Look how pretty it ties!

Pines 1

The sentiment is from Christmas Pines stamped in Emerald Envy.

I added some of the Enamel Shapes in Emerald Envy.  I did not realize that they are retired.  I try not to use retired products for my blog.  They just looked so perfect for the project.  I apologize.  We all need to use up some of that retired stuff, though.

Christmas Pines CCMC#480

This card was a lot of fun to make.  I just kept rearranging everything.  I've decided that I like this sketch a lot!

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A Merry Patterns Christmas

Merry Patterns is a stamp set that is available for a limited time only.  This set is free with an order of $300 until the end of October.  Here is the card I made for a local swap.

Merry Patterns

This size of patterned paper is great for a swap or a class.  It's 3 x 4.  It allows you to get 12 pieces from one sheet of 12 x 12 without any waste at all.  Here are the details for the card.

The card base is Thick Whisper White measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.

The patterned paper is from the Be Merry Designer Series Paper 3 x 4.  The Garden Green card stock is cut at 3 1/8 x 4 1/8.  Here's a hint.  Cut the scalloped oval from the green card stock before you adhere the patterned paper.  The hole won't show through and you save paper!

The candles are stamped in Basic Black Archival ink onto Whisper White.  The candle designs are stamped in Cherry Cobbler.  It's pretty easy to match the patterns inside the candles, but you might want to practice on your grid paper first.  The flames are stamped in Crushed Curry.  Again, you might want to practice.

To get the greenery, you will need to make a mask for the candles.  Simply stamp on a sticky note making sure to get some over the sticky part.  Cut this out and stick it over the candles.  Now do the stamping in Garden Green.  When finished pull off the sticky note.

Cut out using the Layering Ovals Framelits.  Adhere with dimensionals.

The sentiment is part of the Merry Patterns stamp set.  Stamp in Cherry Cobbler and punch with the Classic Label Punch.  Adhere with dimensionals.

Cut a piece of the Cherry Cobbler Double-stitched Ribbon and adhere with glue dots.

Merry Patterns inside

The inside sentiment, stamped in Cherry Cobbler is from the Star of Light stamp set.  It's in the annual catalog.

Merry Patterns card

Here is a picture of the stamp set.

Merry Patterns Photopolymer Stamp Set

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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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