It’s the return of the adorable stamp set with no coordinating framelits, So Santa, for another Silly Christmas Card with So Santa and Stampin’ Blends. Today I present a silly surfer Santa in a multi-purpose Christmas card and gift card holder in one.
Yes, you can create special cards without fancy image-cutting framelits and thinlets. Surfer Santa was colored with an easy watercolor technique and cropped using one of my favorite crafting tools, Stitched Shapes Framelits, to make a delightful beachy card front. No silhouette-cutting required.
To created the card front, Surfer Santa was stamped with the help of the amazing positioning tool, the Stamparatus. First Santa was stamped using Gray Granite followed with another inking in VersaMark. This process prepared the image for Clear Embossing Powder, which was heat set. The heat embossing technique helps keep the watercoloring from creeping into unwanted areas.
So Santa and his surfboard were colored using Stampin’ Blends, while the sand and sky were colored using an Aqua Painter dipped in Pool Party ink.
For cutting and scoring instructions to create the gift card holder, click here.
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Holy smoke! Is it really December? Only 21 days ’til Christmas.
Today we’re exploring the wonderful world of stamping with a stamp set sans coordinating framelits.
Be honest. As you study the pages of stunning projects in a Stampin’ Up! catalog, do you flip right past stamps that don’t have coordinating framelits or thinlets?
Shame, shame. I hope not, but I know many stampers do. It’s a pity because one of the most adorable sets in the holiday catalog falls into that category. So Santa is a set of 10 stamps with three silly Santa caricatures and the perfect punny sentiments to complete fun Christmas cards. It even includes a couple of accent stamps.
There are so many ways to steer your designs; you won’t even miss silhouette-cutting the images. No coordinating framelits are needed.
Today in Part 1, I’m showing a bright Christmas red card with a hint of tartan plaid to prop jolly Santa as he delivers toys on his fuel efficient motor scooter. I’m calling it the Silly Christmas Card with So Santa and Stampin’ Blends.
Santa has been stamped using a Memento ink pad and cropped using the Stitched Shapes Framelits. To color this and the other two Santa images, Stampin’ Blends are the best. Hands. Down. Even the beginning stamper can produce a piece of art.
Here’s What I Used to Make a Silly Christmas Card with So Santa and Stampin’ Blends
I’m no farmer, and I won’t be harvesting any crops this year, but I’ll still celebrate Thanksgiving this November 22. No matter how big or small the feast, no matter how many friends and family gather, turkey or no turkey — gratitude and blessings are the order of the day.
Since the gatherings seem to be shrinking in my household every year, sending hand-crafted greetings seems apropos. It’s a great way to tell someone they’re in my thoughts despite their absence at the table.
Stampin’ Up!’s Country Home 14-piece stamp set has all the trendy farmhouse elements and sweet sentiments one needs to create kind greeting cards or photo album pages. Pair it with the rich fall colors and designs of the Country Lane Designer Series Paper and create away. I used this card to jump start my creativity.
Here’s What I Did to Make a Happy Harvest Blessings Card
Create a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4″ Mint Macaron card base using the Stampin’ Trimmer to cut and score. Cut a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock to 5 x 3 /3/4″. Ink the raised side of the Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder with the Crumb Cake Ink Pad and emboss the card stock using the Big Shot. Adhere to the card base using Multi-Purpose Glue.
Trim a 1 x 5″ piece of the Early Espresso wood print DSP and a 2 x 4″ piece of the Mint Macaron/Whisper White cotton DSP. Adhere to the card base with Multi-Purpose Glue.
Using the Black Memento Pad stamp the cotton floral and pitcher images on a 2 3/4 x 4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock. Crop using the second largest of the ovals from the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies and the Big Shot. Add color using the Light Crumb Cake, Light Blackberry Bliss, Light Pool Party and Light Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Blends. Adhere using Multi-Purpose Glue.
Stamp the pitcher on Galvanized Metallic Paper. Hand-snip the pitcher without the handle and adhere using a Stampin’ Dimensional.
Stamp the sentiment on to a piece of Mint Macaron in Early Espresso ink. Trim and adhere using one Stampin’ Dimensional on the right and Multi-Purpose Glue on the left.
Embellish with a small bow tied using 3/16″ Braided Linen Thread.
Here’s What I Used to Make a Happy Harvest Blessings Card
With Christmas less than 11 weeks away, the countdown to the happiest time of the year is on! If you were hoping to send special hand-crafted cards this year, I have the perfect offer for you today. Sign up to create 16 traditional style Christmas cards with me on Saturday, Oct 27, from 11 am to 2 pm. You’ll have your beautiful cards ready before Halloween arrives.
Your friends and family will be thrilled with your keepsake hand-made cards. Each of these simply elegant cards feature some of my favorite new stamps and tools from Stampin’ Up!’s Holiday Catalog. All have been designed in traditional colors, include the perfect sentiments, and the right embellishments to make each one a mail-able holiday greeting card.
The class includes materials to make four each of four designs, plus envelopes. Everything will be prepped and ready for you to enjoy stamping and assembling your cards. Adhesive is not included in the class fee, but is available to pre-order or purchase the day of class.
RSVP and prepayment by Monday, Oct. 15, is a must. Your materials will be ordered and prepared just for you. Email me for the registration link at email@example.com today to reserve your spot.
Come October first, it’s officially Bring on the Candy Season for me. Of course, I like to share the sugar and treats as small gifts for loved ones all through the month. Look at the adorable Halloween Takeout Treat Box I created to present the treats to my canine, feline and human pals. The witchy pooch and mummy kitty warm my heart and make me smile.
Stampin’ Up!’s Trick or Tweet, Spooky Sweets and Takeout Thinlits Dies helped create the take away boxes super easily.
One of the sentiments, along with the spooky bats that can be quickly cropped with the set’s coordinating Spooky Bats Punch, was borrowed from Spooky Sweets. For another Just Stamp project using Stampin’ Up!’s Trick or Tweet stamp set, click here.
Here’s What I Did to Make the Halloween Takeout Treat Boxes
Using the Big Shot, die cut two box thinlits in Pumpkin Pie and Gorgeous Grape. As the Big Shot cuts, it also creates the score lines needed to construct the box. Apply Tear & Tape Adhesive on one base and along the tabs to assemble.
Stamp the characters with Memento Black on Whisper White cardstock. To create the circle bursts — the hat point and tail curve that burst out of the circle — hand snip only around the edges. Slip the 1 5/8″ circle thinlit from the Layering Circles Framelits under the snipped image area before cranking through the Big Shot. Add color using Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Smoky Slate and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends.
Punch Crushed Curry and Gorgeous Grape circles using the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch. Adhere beneath the stamped images, then adhere to box.
Stamp sentiments on Basic Black(VersaMark Pad) and Granny Apple Green(Memento Pad). Use Whisper White Embossing Powder. Crop to size and adhere.
Stamp trio of bats on Whisper White and crop with the Spooky Bats Punch. Adhere using a Mini Stampin’ Dimensional.
Add the finishing touch: a 12″ ribbon of 3/8″ Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon
Voilá! Now that we have made an adorable treat box to gift four- and two-legged pals, I must confess that I feel somewhat of an enabler. My health conscious son lectures me on the evils of sugar that is temptingly packaged as cookies, chocolates, candy … Now, we have gone yet a step further to package the already temptingly packaged sweets into adorable takeout boxes. Do I feel guilty? Not enough to stop the practice!
How ’bout you? Leave a comment if you love gifting treats in cute packaging too.
Here’s What I Used to Make Halloween Takeout Treat Boxes
Have you stepped inside your local pet supply store? It’s clear Halloween isn’t just for humans anymore. Your canine or feline companion can participate in a costume contest and enjoy holiday treats just like their human.
So today I offer the holiday greeting created with Stampin’ Up!’s adorable Trick or Tweet stamp set. You or your canine or feline companion can send it off to a favorite pal — two-legged or four-legged. Months ago when I first cracked open my Holiday Catalog, Trick or Tweet was the first set on my wish list.
Here’s What I Did to Create My Halloween Greeting From the Dog
Start with a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″ Gorgeous Grape card base trimmed and scored with the help of the Stampin’ Trimmer.
Using the Stamparatus, Memento Pad and the must-have Buffalo Check background stamp — also from the Holiday Catalog — stamp the background on to Whisper White cardstock and trim to 4 x 5 1/4″. Adhere to card base.
Use the Big Shot and the Corrugated Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, emboss a 2 1/2 x 4 1/4″ wide Pumpkin Pie scrap. Trim to 2 1/2 x 4″ and adhere to card.
Crop a circle using the largest circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits and the dotted Lemon Lime Twist pattern from Toil & Trouble Designer Series Paper. Adhere to card using Dimensionals.
Stamp the costumed hound on Whisper White. Add color using Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie and Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends. Crop using the 2″ Circle Punch. Adhere to the card.
Stamp the sentiment in Memento Black on Whisper White measuring 1 x 1 3/4″. Snip the ends with the Banner Triple Punch and tuck behind the focal point circle.
Add the finishing touch — a sparkly bow created with Black 3/8″ Glittered Organdy Ribbon.
Here’s What I Used to Make a Halloween Greeting from the Dog
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August Paper Pumpkin Includes the Best Ever Sentiment for a Sympathy Card
The August Paper Pumpkin kit, Blissful Blooms, makes it super easy to fit crafting pretty cards for friends and family into your schedule. The kit includes watercolor style cards, elegant lined envelopes with silver foil trim, and the best ever sentiment for a sympathy card.
This month’s kit is a great example of why I love the monthly subscription service that delivers an all-inclusive craft kit to your snail mail box every month. Everything is prepped for you to relax and craft a supply of beautiful cards to have on hand as needed. This month’s stamp set includes stamps for sympathy, thank you notes, congratulations and “just because.”
Have a Look!
You’re going to be tempted to experiment with this kit. Here’s a peek at some alternative projects.
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Next month’s kit is a Halloween project set to arrive in a scary-cute, special edition box. You must subscribe by September 10. Click here to subscribe. Remember to select AnaMarie Palmerin as your demonstrator.
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Cards and gifts, they go together. Today I share a creation to marry the two, card and gift, into one. It’s a multi-functional card.
This multi-functional card template is the little black dress that’s perfect for scads of occasions. This design features the new Broadway Bound Suite and makes a glitzy birthday card and gift card holder.
Open and Peek
Outside the card, the retro style sign shouts a happy message. Open the card to find the birthday message on the right, and a slot to secure the gift card on the left. No slipping and sliding. The slot fits the gift card just right.
Here’s What I Did To Make a Multi-Functional Card
Begin with the 4 1/4 x 11 inch card base scored at 2 3/4 and 5 1/2 inches. Next, trim 1/8 inch off the side nearest the 2 3/4 inch score. Fold at the 5 1/2 inch score, then fold the short panel inwardly.
Decorate the card by adhering solid and patterned papers to suit your occasion.
Punch a semi-circle notch on the short panel using a 1 1/4 inch circle punch. Add Tear and Tape or Tombow Multi-purpose glue to the top and bottom of the short panel. Do not add adhesive to the notched edge.
Here’s What I Used To Make a Multi-Functional Card