The 12 Cards of Christmas – Card 1

So Christmas came and went and I thought I was prepared for all the cards I wanted to mail out.  I was wrong.  This year I mailed out about 120 cards just before Christmas – short of the 170 on my list.  I told myself that I had to come up with a new system.  So I spent a while trying to figure out how to tackle making all my cards.  Normally I start creating Christmas cards late in the fall just before the holidays start.  I’ve never been a Christmas in July person.  But this year I’m trying something new – making Christmas cards all year long! 

Here is my plan: 

One day each month I’ll design, cut, stamp, and assemble a set of Christmas cards.  If I plan to make 12 cards (one design) each month, in December that would give me 144 cards.  Then I’ll add the normal cards from my classes leading up to the holidays.  So each month I’ll share my card and if you’d like to join me in this card challenge you can copy my card or create your own.  Let me know how many you are making.  Let’s start with January’s card.

This card I cased from another demonstrator – Ashley VanCamp.  I had saved her version and decided to tweak it for my 12 Cards of Christmas project.  I wanted to stick to current products.  And yes everything I used on this card is current – so if you don’t have it you can order it and make this card too.  I gathered up all my supplies, worked on all my pieces, and then sat and assembled everything – including stamping the inside of the card and a matching envelope. 

The front layer is Shimmery White card stock.  I started by using my Aqua-painter filled with water and getting the front wet.  Then came back with the Aqua-painter loaded with Balmy Blue ink and water colored the background.  To speed up the drying I used my heat tool.  I stamped Shaded Spruce trees from the Perfectly Plaid Stamp set.  Those were punched with the Pine Tree Punch and a vellum tree and a white tree.  Using the Word Wishes dies, I cut “Merry” out of Gold Foil.  Christmas comes from the A Wish For Everything stamp set – stamped on a scrap of white and I just cut straight around the word.  The card is finished with Linen Thread and Gold Metallic Pearls. You can order all the products that I used for this card in my online store – the supply list is below.

Supply List

  • #149418 Perfectly Plaid stamp set
  • #149521 Pine Tree Punch
  • #149320 A Wish For Everything stamp set (available as a bundle)
  • #149629 Word Wishes Dies (available as a bundle)
  • #146982 Balmy Blue card stock
  • #100730 Whisper White card stock
  • #101910 Shimmery White card stock
  • #101856 Vellum card stock
  • #132622 Gold Foil Sheets
  • #107301 Medium Whisper White envelopes
  • #147088 Shaded Spruce classic ink
  • #147168 Balmy Blue classic ink refill
  • #104199 Linen Thread
  • #146282 Metallic Pearls
  • #103954 Aqua Painter
  • #129053 Heat Tool
  • #104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • #144108 Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals

 

So that’s Card 1 of the 12 Cards of Christmas Challenge.  Now to start thinking what I want to use for February. 

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Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop – Something for Everything

Welcome to the monthly A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop.  Every month a group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators take the monthly Paper Pumpkin kit and create some alternate ideas.  Visit all the blogs to get lots of options for the components in each kit.  The kit we are featuring in this hop is the Something For Everything kit from Dec. 2019. We are a little later than normal because the kits shipped late, and took longer to arrive with all the holiday shipping going on.  Hopefully your kit has arrived by now. If you are one of my subscribers and need me to track  your kit please let me know.

The Something For Everything kit has a really nice stamp set filled with a whole bunch of greetings for every occasion.  The kit came with everything you need to complete 12 full sized cards.   A perfect set for getting a stack of cards prepared for the new year.  You could even complete the cards and wait to add the stamped labels as you have an occasion pop up.  Just store everything in your Paper Pumpkin box until you need a card.

Here is a look at the stamp set that was included and all the different options you have.  It’s why they called it Something for Everything – these cover all kinds of occasions.

For my idea I decided that the cards in the kit were very feminine and that I wanted to make some more masculine looking cards.  This month I also pulled out the pieces and did not look at the instruction sheet.  I thought I would just play with the pieces and not use the designed cards as a starting point. 

His & Hers Cards

The cards in the kit have a printed front and a solid color for the back, so for my cards I cut the original cards in half and trimmed each side to be 5-1/4″ x 4″ so I could use them as a layer on a plain Whisper White card base. This doubles the number of cards you can get from the kit just by adding a few supplies. I used a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker for some added doodling on a couple of the cards.  And a small circle punch to punch out from the leftover sheet of gold foil embellishments.  For each card base in the kit I created two cards – a his and hers version. 

Supply List

The additional supplies that I added to complete the Shaded Spruce cards:

  • Card stock – Thick Whisper White (card base)
  • Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker (little dots in the center of small flowers, doodle around edge of card)
  • Whisper White Envelope (for the masculine card)

Supply List

The additional supplies that I added to complete the Terracotta Tile cards:

  • Card stock – Thick Whisper White (card base)
  • Whisper White Envelope (for the masculine card)

Supply List

The additional supplies that I added to complete the Crushed Curry cards:

  • Card stock – Thick Whisper White (card base)
  • Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker (doodle around edge of card)
  • 1/2″ circle punch (to punch gold foil circles)
  • Whisper White Envelope (for the masculine card)

I hope you liked this alternate idea for the monthly Paper Pumpkin kit. Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.

The Blog Hop Continues

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Don’t forget you have until the 10th of the month to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin and get that month’s kit. 

The January 2020 Kit is all about Love and it coordinates with the new Heart Punch Pack coming out in the new Mini Catalog.

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Let’s Celebrate the New Year

Happy New Year!  I wish you all a happy, healthy and fabulous 2020. 

I have a fun card to share today to celebrate the new year or a birthday or any other special occasion.  It combines some products from the Holiday catalog with the Annual Catalog.  Jan. 2nd is the official end of the Holiday catalog and the year-end close out sale.  Be sure to order what you want before it ends.  I’m using the Stitched Stars dies that are in the Holiday catalog and will be a carryover item.  The coordinating So Many Stars stamp set will however retire. I used one of the samples in the catalog as my inspiration for this card but made some changes by using a different stamp set.

I did use the the Mercury Glass Designer Acetate on the big star.  But just a silver foil start would work too.  The background has a stamped swirl and the words that are on the label are from the For the Love of Felt stamp set in the Annual Catalog.  I cut the swoosh of stars which gives me the back ground behind the large star and also the 5 smaller stars all in one pass through the die cut machine.  

Supply List

  • #149507 For the Love of Felt stamp set
  • #150653 Stitched Stars Dies
  • #150441 Mercury Glass Designer Acetate (retires Jan 2nd)
  • #140272 Thick White card stock
  • #100730 Whisper White card stock
  • #150880 Pretty Peacock card stock
  • #150083 Pretty Peacock ink
  • #149494 Noble Peacock Rhinestones

Happy New Year to you and your family!

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Free Shipping December 11

FREE Shipping

One Day only – Wednesday December 11, 2019         

      Time to stock up and save on your favorite Stampin’ Up! products! What’s the big occasion? On December 11 only, we are offering FREE shipping on orders of $50 or more (before tax). This incredible deal lasts for 24 hours only!       

Buy a gift for yourself or a crafty friend.  Stock up on basics like card stock, envelopes and adhesive!  You can even add a brand new product available now – Cutting Plates for your die-cutting machine.  Everyone deserves a fresh new set of plates under the tree. Item #150815 for $11. 

 

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