The 12 Cards of Christmas – Card 2

Remember in January I had a plan to design and make a Christmas card each month for the whole year.  It’s my plan to get ahead on Christmas cards for December.  If you want to read more or see card 1 – go here.  I’ve got two months done. So I wanted to share my February card with you. 

This card idea is actually from a swap card that I created using the Thoughtful Blooms stamp set that is part of our Sale-A-Bration promotion.  I created a thank you card that has been very well loved, so I thought I can turn that idea into a Christmas card by changing up the colors.  And adding a different set for the sentiment.  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. 

How I made it

The card base is Early Espresso with a white layer that was cut with the Stitched So Sweetly Dies.  I stamped the stem/leaf image in Mossy Meadow ink.  And then added flowers and berries in Merry Merlot.  I used the Small Bloom punch to punch out flowers from Merry Merlot card stock and stacked two together to make a flower.  To give the flower some curvature I like to put it on a Stampin’ Pierce mat and burnish the center with a stylus from the Take Your Pick tool – just roll it around in the center of each flower until they start to curl. 

Under the flower is a vellum circle – punched with the 1-1/4″ Circle Punch.  And in the center of the flower is a Basic Rhinestone.  To finish I tied a little bow with some Mossy Meadow twine from the Magnolia Lane Ribbon Combo Pack.  Celebrate the Season is from the Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set that carried over from the Holiday catalog. You can order all the products that I used for this card in my online store – the supply list is below.

 

Supply List

  • #152290 Thoughtful Blooms stamp set (free with a $50 order during Sale-A-Bration 2020)
  • #152316 Small Bloom Punch (free with a $100 order during Sale-A-Bration 2020 – and it may also be available in the 20-21 Annual catalog)
  • #150513 Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set
  • #151690 Stitched So Sweetly Dies
  • #143720 2-1/4″ Circle Punch
  • #119686 Early Espresso card stock
  • #100730 Whisper White card stock
  • #146979 Merry Merlot card stock
  • #101856 Vellum card stock
  • #107301 Medium Whisper White envelopes
  • #147111 Mossy Meadow classic ink
  • #147112 Merry Merlot classic ink
  • #147114 Early Espresso classic ink
  • #149485 Magnolia Lane Ribbon Combo Pack
  • #144220 Rhinestone Basic Jewels
  • #126199 Stampin’ Pierce Mat
  • #144107 Take Your Pick Tool
  • #104332 Snail Adhesive
  • #103683 Mini Glue Dots
  • #104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • #144108 Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals

 

You could get everything on this list and it would be enough to get the stamp set and punch for free with your Sale-A-Bration rewards and earn Stampin’ Rewards (more free product).  Or if you have the basics like ink, card stock and adhesive then get the stamp set for free and use another stamp or die to create a flower.  I hope you like Card 2 of the 12 Cards of Christmas Challenge.  Next to plan my March card.  

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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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Maui Achievers October Blog Hop

Hello.  I’m joining the Maui Trip Achievers Blog Hop this month.  It’s my first time to hop with this group and the first month of the Maui Trip Achievers Blog Hop.  I’m so excited to have earned this incentive trip and go on one of my bucket list trips.  And equally excited to join this blog hop for the first time – let’s hope that I got everything right!

This was one of the projects that we made at my Fall Retreat earlier this month.  It’s a quick project and can easily be adapted for other holiday’s or occasions.  You can watch my FB Live from October 14th to see how I made this fun tic tac holders – https://www.facebook.com/AtMonikasPlace/videos/2198657496906978/

Snowman Tic Tac Treat Holder

This project uses a 2″ wide strip of card stock and a tag topper punch.  Add a wrapped piece of Designer Series Paper and ribbon at the top.  These would be quick and easy to make.  See below for the supplies and measurements.

Supply List

  • #102482 Real Red cardstock 2″ x 8-1/2″, score at 3-7/8″, 4-5/8″
  • #149518 Delightful Tag Topper
  • #150393 Let it Snow Specialty Designer Series Paper 2-1/2″ x 5-3/4″, score so the front section is 2″ and then either side is 3/4″, and the back will overlap
  • #150426 Real Red Curly Ribbon – tie the ends in a knot after you cut it so they don’t unravel
  • #150644 Mini Curvy Keepsake Dies
  • #150460 Tiny Keepsakes Stamp Set
  • #147084 Real Red Ink
  • #110755 Multi-purpose Liquid Glue
  • Trimmer (coming soon)
  • Die cutting machine

The Blog Hop Continues

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Farmhouse Christmas Tags

Just a quick post to share some tags that I made this year.  These use the Farmhouse Christmas Suite of products.

Strips of the Festive Farmhouse Designer Series paper on the tag base.  Stamp and punch the circle greeting.  Add the sprig punch.  Add twine with an accent from the burlap ribbon and a holiday clip.  You could pull something like this together with bits and piece of things that you have lying on your craft table.

Supply List

  • All is Bright Paper Clips
  • Farmhouse Christmas stamp set
  • Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper
  • Cherry Cobbler Ink
  • Festive Farmhouse Cotton Twine
  • 5/8″ Striped Burlap ribbon
  • Gray Granite card stock
  • Whisper white card stock
  • Cherry Cobbler card stock
  • Mossy Meadow card stock
  • Sprig Punch
  • Detailed Trio Punch
  • Layering Circles Framelits
  • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
  • 2-1/4″ Circle Punch

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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Plaid Deer Treats

Did you know you can make plaid deer?  Use the Buffalo Check background stamp.  And good news – it’s one of the stamp sets that will be carrying over from the Holiday catalog into the new year.  Yay!  Check out these quick little treats…

I folded some card stock – measure the bottom to fit the width of what you are putting inside and add a flap at the top to fold over the front.  I punched two holes and tied the braided linen thread through.  The top flap has been stamped with Buffalo Plaid stamp and so have the deer die cuts.  Aren’t they cute?  Even though it looks like black I actually used Basic Gray for all of the stamping.

Supply List

  • Buffalo Check stamp
  • Detailed Deer Thinlits Dies
  • Christmas Pines stamp set
  • Thick Whisper White Card Stock
  • Real Red card stock
  • Basic Gray ink
  • Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker
  • Basic Gray Stampin’ Write Marker
  • Metallic Pearls
  • Braided Linen Trim
  • 1/8″ Handheld punch
  • Stampin’ Trimmer
  • Stamparatus
  • Big Shot Die Cut Machine

In case you are wondering what is inside mine – well it’s Walker’s Shortbread Fingers.  They are packaged in a plaid wrapper and coordinated perfectly with this project.  I was able to find some at Tuesday Morning.

Merry Christmas to You!

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Christmas Crate

This is a fun little treat idea if you need something to gift this weekend.  We made this in my Tags & Treats class and I gifted one to the mail lady.  I’m trying to get my Christmas cards out.  Yesterday I had 75 go out and today another 40.  There will be one more batch going out on Monday.  I’m not sure if any will arrive before Christmas but as long as I get them in the mail by Christmas eve I’m ok with that.  Hopefully the recipient will be too.

This is the gable box turned into a crate style box.  Inside I have some festive cake balls.  I stuck with a Red, White and Silver theme for this one.  It’s a bit hard to see in the catalog but the Lustrous White Gable boxes have a shimmer to them – they aren’t just plain white.

Supply List

  • Lustrous White Mini Gable Box
  • 2×8 Cellophane bag
  • Silver Glimmer Paper
  • Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon
  • 1/8″ Solid Real Red Ribbon
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Real Red Ink
  • Dashing Deer Bundle – Dashing Deer stamp set + Detailed Deer Thinlits die
  • Big Shot Die cutting machine
  • Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets

I used some red striped paper straws to create the handle.  So that you don’t tear the box use a hole punch the size of the straw at the top of the little slot.  Mine was just a standard size hole punch like you get from the office supply store.  And I used some scotch tape to hold the little cello bag shut after I put the cake balls inside.  Enjoy!

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