Shake and Make Snowflake Wishes for a Merry Christmas with the Snowflake Wishes stamp set and So Many Snowflakes Dies. Both of these items are on the Stampin’ Up! Last Chance Products Sale, going on now!
Do you make Christmas cards all year long? I do! For me, it’s too stressful to try to make all my cards during the busy holiday season. So I make about 10 every month. This way I get to use the products I already have. Then when the new Stampin’ Up! annual and holiday catalogs arrive in summer, I also can create some cards with new products!
Shake and Make Snowflake Wishes Easily
Making shaker cards is easy with a few essential supplies. Of course, you’ll need a punch or die for the shaker shape. You’ll also need cardstock, a snowflake greeting set such as Snowflake WIshes, foam adhesive strips, and a window sheet to make the basic shaker card. In addition – some ribbon, embellishments, an embossing folder, and the So Many Snowflake Dies will enhance your creation!
Begin by cutting a card base (Balmy Blue shown), 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, score at 4-1/4″ and fold.
Next cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of contrasting cardstock (Pacific Point shown) for the shaker layer. Use a punch or die (2-1/4″ circle punch shown) to cut out a circle. If desired, emboss this piece with an embossing folder (Wintry Snow shown).
Assembling the Shaker
To create the shaker, adhere a piece of window sheet, slightly larger than your punched circle on the back side of the 4″ x 5-1/4″ layer. Tear and Tape adhesive is a good option for attaching the window sheet.
Then add foam adhesive strips over the window sheet, following the shape of your shaker opening. Place sequins over the window sheet, within the area outlined by the foam adhesive strips.
Now cut a piece of snowflake paper 3-3/4″ x 5″ (Snowflake Splendor DSP shown), or create your own snowflake paper with the Snowflake Wishes stamps.
Next, remove the lining from the adhesive strips and lay the snowflake paper, desired pattern side down, and center over the shaker layer.
Finally, attach the shaker assembly to the card base.
Embellishing and Finishing the Snowflake Wishes Card
There are many ways to complete the shaker Snowflake Wishes card. First, consider tying a ribbon (1/4″ White Cotton shown) around the left side of the card. Secondly, use adhesive backed snowflakes or glittery enamel dots for accents. And finally, die cut a large snowflake with the So Many Snowflakes Dies from white glimmer paper to highlight the bottom of your shaker opening with glittery snowy sparkle!
I hope you are excited to create your own Shake and Make Snowflake Wishes card today! If you need any products, especially the Snowflake Wishes stamp set and So Many Snowflakes Dies (last chance!!!), please visit my online store today.
Say Yes to a card challenge? Why would you want to do that?
There are many reasons to participate in a card challenge, and just as many types of challenges to join! First of all, card-making challenges can help spark your creativity. They provide a starting point for your card design with a sketch, color combination, theme, or stamp set. Secondly, you can combine two or more challenges to create an even more unique card. Thirdly, you’ll get to see a wide variety of card ideas from the design team, as well as many participants. If you find a design you like, you can often visit the artist’s website for more details. Finally, challenges help beginners limit the design choices they’ll need to make in order to get started.
After I Say Yes to a Card Challenge, Where Do I Start?
One great challenge to start with, especially if you’re a beginner, is a Stampin’ Up! #Simplestamping Challenge. These challenges are designed to showcase cards that require minimal supplies and stamping techniques. The card we’ll create today falls under this challenge type. It’s a simple design using two colors of paper, two colors of ink, and one stamp set.
As you’ll see shortly, a few details like embossing and one die cut step this card up a wee bit. However, you could certainly skip the embossing step. You could also replace the die cut shape with a square or rectangle to create a simpler card.
Another struggle beginners sometimes face is what colors to use. By combining a #SimpleStamping challenge with a Color Challenge, that decision is made for you. The Color Challenge for this card uses a combo of Evening Evergreen, Merry Merlot and Crumb Cake. These are all colors in the current Stampin’ Up! color pallette. But feel free to substitute your favorites to make your card one you’ll be proud to send.
#Simplestamping Color Challenge Card
Now that we have a color pallette of Evening Evergreen, Merry Merlot and Crumb Cake, let’s get to the card details! Begin with an 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Crumb Cake cardstock, scored and folded at 4-1/4″ for the card base.
Once the flower section is complete, stamp the single bird image in Merry Merlot ink at the bottom of the card front. Be sure to leave enough room on the right for the greeting! Next, die cut the small label shape from Evening Evergreen cardstock with the Stitched So Sweetly Dies. Alternatively, cut out a small square or rectangle to place behind the sentiment. Also stamp the Hello greeting on a small strip of Crumb Cake cardstock in either Merry Merlot or Evening Evergreen ink. Attach this greeting on top of the Evening Evergreen shape with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Add the Perfect Finishing Touch
Finally, add a little bling to the flower centers, and in a few random places, with the 2021-2021 In Color Jewels (Evening Evergreen jewels). These gems add a gorgeous sparkle to keep the card from being too plain and are the perfect finishing touch!
If you purchase the suggested products for this card, or any other products totaling at least $50, during Sale-a-Bration, you get a Free Sale-a-Bration item! This opportunity ends February 28, 2022, so check out the details today.
Whip up some whimsical birthday cards with these three easy card designs today! To get started, you’ll need stamps, ink, paper and the Stampin’ Up! Stitched with Whimsy Dies. Create one, two, or all three!
The Stitched with Whimsy Dies feature cute decorative stitching with irregular edges. Unlike most dies, they do not cut out a shape. Instead, they create a frame around a focal point, background, or sentiment. This die set includes 6 dies, both square and rectangular. The largest die is 5-1/2″ x 4-1/16″. So they’re perfect for framing elements on scrapbook pages, as well as on handmade cards and other projects.
Three Whimsical Birthday Cards
Today we’ll be looking at three birthday cards featuring the Stitched With Whimsy Dies. The smaller dies are great for creating a frame around a sentiment.
Designing for a Square Sentiment
First, showcase a square greeting with one of the three square dies shown above. Live Life in Full Bloom is a great option, from the Flowering Rain Boots stamp set. The gorgeous colorful flowered paper is a Sale-a-Bration product called Daffodil Afternoon. It coordinates with the Daffodil Daydream Bundle in the 2022 January-June Mini Catalog. Stamp the swirly design from this set in Versamark ink and heat emboss it for added detail.
During Sale-a-Bration, which ends February 28, 2022, you can maximize your crafting dollars by choosing a free item every time you spend $50 (USD) or more on catalog products. So, for instance, if you purchase the Stitched With Whimsy Dies ($29 USD) or the Flowering Rain Boots Bundle ($49.50 USD) and some cardstock or embellishments, you’ll qualify for a free item. The Daffodil Afternoon paper is just one option! See all the other options available by visiting the Sale-a-Bration page in my store.
A Whimsical Birthday Card with a Rectangular Greeting
Our second card is another simple design. This time, use a 4″ x 4″ square of pretty paper on the left. Then cut a 2″ x 4-1/2″ piece of coordinating paper. Mat it with Basic Black cardstock, 2-1/8″ x 4-5/8″ so that you have a very thin black border. Stamp a greeting on white cardstock and use the smallest rectangular die to frame it.
Frame a Whole Layer for Design 3
With the varying die sizes, you’re not limited to just framing the sentiment. But when you use the larger dies, you may wish to choose the size of your layer first. Next, add the frame. And finally, stamp the greeting and decorations, and finish off with a couple of rhinestones.
I love to mix new products with older ones! Look through your supplies for some paper to use with these three designs. Then consider purchasing the Stitched With Whimsy Dies to uniquely frame your card elements. Be sure to maximize your crafting dollars by taking advantage of Sale-a-Bration freebies too!
Peaceful Prancing Deer make it easy to create quick Christmas cards! Today we’re focusing on three ways to use the Peaceful Deer Bundle and a few other supplies. Check your stash and see if you have some pretty paper, a punch, maybe a die, and vellum or foil to use for these easy layouts.
Stamp on Background Paper
Firstly, choose a card base and background paper to go with the punch or die you’ve chosen. This sample shows a Sahara Sand base, with Peaceful Prints Designer Series Paper.
Secondly, stamp the trees from Peaceful Deer, or your chosen stamp set, right on the background paper. Use an ink color that coordinates with your background, in this case Garden Green.
Finally, use the Deer Builder Punch to punch one of the plaid deer from the Peaceful Prints paper. Add it next to the sentiment with dimensionals to finish this quick Christmas card. Alternatively, stamp and punch the deer from another pretty coordinating paper!
Create Your Own Background for the Peaceful Prancing Deer
For the next card, begin with a standard green card base. Then create a background layer with stamps or stencils on Basic White cardstock. Continue by layering vellum over the background paper.
In addition, stamp a Peaceful Deer greeting in green ink on Basic White paper. Enhance your sentiment by cutting it with the Stitched Rectangle Dies for extra detail.
Alternatively, cutting a rectangle with your paper trimmer works also. Adhere the sentiment with Stampin’ Dimensionals to add a little depth, without adding a lot of bulk.
To finish off, stamp the Peaceful Deer image in Soft Suede Ink on Basic White Paper. Next punch it out with the Deer Builder Punch. Finally, adhere the top of the deer to the raised greeting with your favorite adhesive. The prancing deer’s feet will float over your pretty design!
Add a Foil Backdrop for Your Pretty Paper
For the third card layout, use a foil square behind your pretty paper to make the whole card shine! A 3-3/4″ square of Red Foil, along with a 3-1/2″ square of Designer Series Paper creates the background for this prancing deer. If you need foil sheets, the Red & Green Foil in the Last Chance Products Sale is still available this morning.
Begin with a Very Vanilla card base. Choose your background paper, such as this striped Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla pattern. Adhere the paper in the center of the foil layer. After that, adhere the foil layer to the card base.
Create the deer image from Peaceful Deer with Cherry Cobbler ink on Very Vanilla cardstock to coordinate with the background. Using the Deer Builder Punch to cut the image out leaves a vanilla border around the stamped image, which helps the deer stand out from the backdrop. Adhere the deer with Stampin’ Dimensionals behind the head and body.
Stamp and adhere a sentiment to complete the design. I love the Merry Christmas from the (now retired) Merry Christmas to All stamp set! Oh, and don’t forget a few embellishments – lol!
In summary, we’ve showcased three ways to use the Peaceful Deer Bundle:
By stamping on Designer Series Paper
Through creating your own background
By layering Designer Series Paper on a foil background
In addition, we’ve shown the plaid deer image punched from Designer Series Paper, as well as the stamped deer outline and patterned images from the bundle. Whether you choose to recreate one of these designs, or come up with your own, I hope you are inspired to make a card today!
Peaceful Prancing Deer Bundle – Last Chance This Year
The Peaceful Deer Bundle is available in the Last Chance Products Sale, going on now. You can purchase it today, while supply lasts. But if you miss out, due to popular demand, the stamp set and dies will be carrying over to a new catalog! However, they will not be bundled at a 10% savings.
You’ll find even more ideas for the Peaceful Deer Bundle here. With this bundle, you can get a head start on Christmas cards for next year. The deer, bunny and tree images are also perfect for birthday cards throughout the year!
Can you fold paper? That’s basically all you need to do to create these origami ornaments! It’s also a great way to use some of that paper you’ve been hoarding saving for a special project. If you’re like me, you’ll want to create these ornaments for every season! So far, I’ve got fall, Halloween, Christmas and spring covered, plus a beachy ornament as a gift for a friend.
I’ll share a link to the video from Nellie that inspired these creations at the end of the post. If you prefer video format, be sure to watch! They look complicated to make, but they’re actually pretty easy! Fitting the pieces together is shown a little more clearly while viewing the video. But I’ll do my best to give you step by step written instructions as well.
Where to Start
Firstly, decide on your theme. This can be a holiday, birthday, seasonal, or any other theme you can dream up.
Next, choose a 12″ x 12″ piece of Designer Series Paper. Lighter weight paper works well too, but heavier paper like cardstock is hard to manipulate during folding. Cut the paper into nine 4″ x 4″ pieces. Eight squares will be used for the ornament, and the last one can be used along with an easy layout idea for a card.
Alternatively, choose two coordinating paper patterns. If you choose this option, cut four pieces of each pattern. Optionally, cut another square to make a matching card as well.
Thirdly, gather stamps, die cuts, tags, ribbon and embellishments for decorating the ornament. Stickers, rhinestones, jingle bells, pearls and glimmer paper are also wonderful additions!
Finally, you’ll need a hole punch, crop-a-dile, or Take Your Pick tool to make a hole to attach the ribbon or twine for hanging your creation. Plus, a bone folder is a handy, inexpensive tool for burnishing your folds.
Can You Fold Paper? Here’s How to Create a Spring Ornament
For the first ornament, my theme is spring, with Painted Blooms paper. Since you’ve already cut eight 4″ x 4″ squares of one or two patterned papers, folding is next. Begin by folding one square in half.
Unfold the square, then fold each side to the center fold line.
The next step is to fold the bottom edge to meet the top. With open ends at the top, fold the left corner down to meet the bottom edge. Continue by folding the right corner down as well.
Next, fold the two pointed ends together. Repeat these steps for each of the squares.
Once all the pieces are folded, pick up two of them and hold them so they’re facing with the points to the left, and pockets on top. Carefully slide the points of one piece inside the pockets of the other piece.
Continue attaching the pieces together until the circle is connected. Adjust as needed to form a wreath shape.
Hanging Your Finished Ornament
Most importantly, if you’re planning to hang your ornament, it needs a hole for the hanger. On the first ornament, the green Christmas one, I tried a hole punch. But the hole was a bit messy. So for the others, I chose the Take Your Pick tool.
Use the paper-piercer end of the tool to poke a hole straight down through the ornament as shown below. Then add twine or ribbon to hang the ornament.
Since this ornament is designed for spring, use the Timeless Tulips stamp set for stamping tulips in Wild Wasabi and Daffodil Delight inks. To complete the project, add the Happy Easter Happy Spring sentiment in Pacific Point ink.
More Decorating Theme Ideas
To get you started, here are a couple more decorating ideas. The first ornament is beach-themed and is a gift for a friend. The paper shown is from Peaceful Prints, which was a free Sale-a-Bration item a few months ago.
Cut glimmery paper with Layering Circles Dies and layer it on top of the wreath before adding die cuts. Not only does this layer add sparkle, but it also helps hold your wreath together.
Finally, on a small white tag, stamp the sentiment in Pool Party ink. Attach it with a small piece of twine to the ornament hanger to complete this beach-themed ornament.
Next up is a Christmas version featuring the recently retired Penguin Playmates paper and characters. Accent it with a couple of large Opal Rounds.
For the next Christmas ornament, the paper is from Peaceful Prints. The little jingle bells were in my stash from a previous catalog and provide a cute accent. Since they’re too bulky to add to a card for mailing, a 3D item is the perfect way to use them! Merry Christmas is from the Christmas to Remember stamp set, one of my holiday favorites!
Even though it’s past Halloween, here’s a Frightfully Cute ornament for you. As a reminder, the Last Chance Sale is going on now, so this bundle will only be available while supply lasts!
One last ornament for fall! This one uses envelope paper, which is lighter-weight and a little easier to fold. Which one is your favorite?
As promised earlier, here is the link to Nellie’s video. She shares a great way to attach your ornament to a card, so be sure to check it out and let us know what you think!
For your convenience, I have links to many products in my online store for creating these ornaments. If you need a tool, some paper, or embellishments, just click the link to go directly to that product or go to my store. Of course, you can use any craft supplies you have too! We’d love to see what you’re creating! Share your project on our Facebook page.
For unto us a child is born. Glory to the newborn king. Oh come let us adore him. All beautiful sentiments for handmade Christian Christmas cards in the For Unto Us stamp set! This set is on the Last Chance Products list, so act now to get these beautiful greetings before they’re gone! Today I’m sharing two cards ideas for this set.
Use All the For Unto Us Sentiments with the Stamparatus!
The first Christmas card is simple, and showcases all the greetings. Choose whether you want them all within the card front, or whether you’d like some to extend off the edges. To create the version shown below, start with a Very Vanilla standard card base. Also cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ Very Vanilla layer. Next sponge Early Espresso ink on the edges of this layer with a Sponge Dauber to achieve an aged paper look.
In order to arrange all the sentiments on the card front, it’s easiest to use the Stamparatus. With this tool, position the card layer using the built-in grid lines. Alternatively, use the Deluxe Foam Mat or Small Grid Paper to line things up. I prefer using the grid paper so I can mark the outline, as well as write notes on it.
Using the Stamparatus Magnets to hold your card layer in place, start arranging your sentiments on the card front. Once you have them all in position, bring the plate down to pick the stamps up. Ink them with Early Espresso ink and stamp the Very Vanilla layer. Finally, add some stars with yellow ink in between the sentiments.
Of course, this card could also be created with multiple ink colors. Just position the stamps for one color on one plate. Use the other side of the plate, or a 2nd plate for the next ink color. Continue until you have as many colors as you’d like.
Shimmery Ribbon Embellishment
For this simple card, embellish it with the Gold 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon. This ribbon is on the Carryover-List which means that it is available to order until the July-December Mini Catalog ends on January 3, 2022. After that, it won’t be available again until the July-December 2022 catalog is released next year. See more details at the bottom of this post.
Since I didn’t want to cover up any of the greetings, I adhered the gold ribbon between two lines of sentiments. Then I attached the layer to the card front. The ribbon adds just the right touch of sparkle!
Add Dimension with Evergreen Forest and Beauty of the Earth
On the second Christmas card, Beauty of the Earth paper takes the spotlight. It would be pretty on its own, but enhanced with the Evergreen Forest Embossing Folder, a foil border, and Wink of Stella — it’s spectacular!
This is a card anyone can make! For beginners, skip the embossing. Start with an 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ Sahara Sand card base. Next adhere a 4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Beauty of the Earth paper to foil. The photo shows Champagne foil, cut to 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″. Of course, you can choose any color of foil you have! Or even leave off the foil layer to keep it really simple. Attach this layer in the center of your card front.
Finishing Your Card with a Message of Hope (and some sparkle)!
Use Wink of Stella as an easy brush-on, sparkly accent for the trees on this card. In addition, you may wish to add Champagne Jewels or other shiny embellishments!
Lastly, don’t forget the sentiment from For Unto Us! Sharing with you the Glory, Wonder & Miracle of this Holy Season fits perfectly on a 3-7/8″ x 1″ piece of white cardstock. Stamp it in Mossy Meadow ink before adding it at the bottom center. Now you have an easy and gorgeous Christmas card to send a message of hope this holiday season.
Speaking of items that will be gone soon, visit the Last Chance Products Sale page. There you’ll see which goodies are still available for a limited time. The For Unto Us stamp set was still available this morning!
In addition, you can Download the Carryover Products List now. This is a printable list of July-December Mini Catalog items that will be returning in the future. They are available to order now, until supply runs out or the mini catalog ends on January 3, 2022. Then they’ll be unavailable until the next year’s holiday season.
With the December 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit, quickly switch gears from holiday crafting to all-occasions card making!
What’s not to “loaf” about a punny joke? It never hurts to have a little laughter, light-heartedness, and humor sprinkled into your schedule. So if you’re a fan of fun, get a kick out of clever crafts, and can’t keep it together when you hear a classic knee-slapper, you’ll go bananas over this month’s cute ‘n’ quirky kit!
The Lots of Pun Paper Pumpkin Kit includes enough egg-citing elements to create nine cards and coordinating envelopes. While ranging from giddy gingham to splatters and stripes, this playful Paper Pumpkin kit features a fun and fresh look with one-of-a-kind patterns and designs! Egg-cellent for any occasion, reason, or season throughout the year, the kit’s pun-packed stamp set provides completely customizable characters for a very versatile crafting experience. Pair each stamp with its matching die-cut snack, then mix up the faces and accessories for an absolutely adorable accent!
Pick up your friends and family with pun-filled projects. December’s delightful kit is sure to make ‘em smile!
The kit contains enough elements to create 9 cards—3 each of 3 designs—and 9 coordinating envelopes.
This all-inclusive kit includes printed card bases, die-cut paper pieces, embellishments, adhesive, and more!
Also it includes exclusive stamps: The Lots of Pun builder stamp set! In other words, the included images can be mixed and matched to build a variety of unique characters with different looks and features.
Card size: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (10.8 x 14 cm)
Envelope size: 4-1/2″ x 5-3/4″ (11.4 x 14.6 cm)
Coordinating colors: Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Pool Party, Granny Apple Green, Poppy Parade