Quick Christmas Package Tags With The Scalloped Tag Topper Punch

Today I have easy tags for you to make with some scraps of paper and the Stampin’ Up! Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.

It is a great project to use up any 1/2” or 3/4” strips of Designer Series Paper you have sitting about. Plus if you have strips of 2 3/4” or 3” Whisper White strips as small as 1 15/16” long, you are set.

With Christmas just over a week away I had to start wrapping & tagging the gifts, but I didn’t have any Christmas tags in my wrapping supplies. Instead of running out and getting some at the store, I was able to whip these up in about 30 minutes -clean up & sizing/design included!

I started with one strip of 3”x10” Whisper White Thick cardstock & two strips which were 2 3/4”x10. As long as you have a piece bigger than the final 1 15/16” long Tag you are fine.

I placed Designer Series Paper as shown in the diagram before I cut to the smaller tag size. Doing this as a full piece saved me a little time. Once at this stage, I cut each to the 1 15/16” length and then punched the largest white end using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.

From this point, I The stamped to/from from Cookie Cutter Christmas and added some ribbon.  Of course, you could also just hand write the to/from & use packaging Christmas ribbon if you’re in a pinch and have them on hand.

I didn’t have to run to the store AND I used up some scraps I had on hand.    Now, when I need tags for other occasions I’ve already figured out the sizing and will easily be able to tag any party gift by just switching out the Designer Series Paper to fit the occasion. Thank you Scalloped Tag Topper Punch!

I hope this helps you during times you need tags. Especially Christmas Eve when many of you are up all night wrapping gifts!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Stampin’ Up! Seasonal Chums Holiday Cards

Today I’m sharing with you cards created with the darling deer & snowman from the Seasonal Chums Stamp & die bundle by Stampin’ Up!

Stampin’ Up! Seasonal Chums

There are quite a few pieces to cut for this card, but it really goes quite quickly. Okay, coloring the Seasnal Chums characters takes a bit of time. Perhaps a good activity to do while watching television, waiting at appointments, or even a family friendly holiday craft for your child(ren) to participate and add to the family Christmas card or Christmas thank you card!

Those Foil snowflakes are not sticking around past the holiday catalog. You’ll want to SHOP NOW if you really want them. Once they are gone, they are gone.

I know you’ll want the measurements for for this card. It will be a great starting point for other Cardstock & Designer Series Papers. Here it is:

 

While we just got news Seasonal Chums items will be offered as a carry over from the holiday catalog (meaning the stamps & dies will be around until May 2018, but are not guaranteed to be in the next annual catalog in June), if you like them getting them as a bundle now saves you 10%! Bundle price discounts do not carry on beyond the original catalog release publication.

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Enter the hostess code E9C33N4F during your order (Code good thru December 2017) and I will personally send you a thank you in the mail which will include a few Designer Series  paper samples from the 2018 Occasions catalog.

As always, thank you for stopping by.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Christmas in the Making with craftymademoiselle

If you saw all the Rubbermaid totes of Christmas items I have been unpacking and placing (7 emptied so far!) about my house, you’d know that “ Christmas in the Making ”is no joke for me. It is a process I quite enjoy. I only wish I had a healthy dose of energy to accomplish the final results quicker. All the same, the end results come eventually-kind of like these cards. I shared the Blends images back in a November blog post and am just now getting to share the final cards. My apologies for the delay. I hope it was worth the wait.

I love this image of girl, presents, & cat (although I would love it to be a dog) and even think it could be a great birthday card image.

I think the color combination of Black, White & Bermuda Bay gives this card a bit of a vintage feel to fit with the stamped image.

Of course, Old Olive is more along traditional color lines for the holiday.

Framing things differently can give these images a fresh look. I love all the layered framelits Stampin’ Up! offers. The stitched framelits are one of my favorites.

A Merry Christmas in the Making would have to include making and mailing cards. I hope to get them all in the mail in the next three days. They are all created! Now to write, address, and mail. I’m a bit apprehensive this year as last month my mom received a card from me which my post office approved for regular postage and when she received it it was postage due for the difference between a forever stamp & the 70cent stamps. I hope none of my recipients get a postage due notice as I do get my p.o. to approve the rate. Apparently all post offices in the U.S. are not in agreement- sadly.

The last card share today and my wish for you…Merry Christmas! Or Holiday Wishes to those who celebrate other holidays this time of year. It is a great time of year of making, creating, and enjoying company.

As a year end celebration, Stampin’ Up! will be having an end of year sale as the holiday catalog products come to an end. They have to make room for some great new Occasions & Sale-a-Bration items in the new year.

Click this link to be taken directly to my online store.

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

You’ve Got Style Mrs. Claus

I wonder how much Santa & the elves would be accomplishing at this time of year without the gentle nudge (big push!) from Mrs. Claus.

In today’s post we learn how to celebrate Christmas Mrs. Claus style!  How to create her from the You’ve Got Style stamp set ( see below) by Stampin’ UP! Plus, how to use that embossing paste to create dimensional fur on the stylish coat Mrs. Claus is sporting.

I always like to stretch the use of sets beyond the original and immediate planned use. This set didn’t speak to me at first, but later I realized the multiple uses for the elements in the set. Sometimes with a few simple alterations, a stamp can become something entirely different.

Turn the fur coat woman into Mrs. Claus:

After you stamp this woman from the You’ve Got Style stamp set, you will need to draw a few lines to create the pom-pom part of the Christmas hat. It’s very easy, as you see in the diagram below.

You can also draw in lines to widen her legs, then color in the entire “x” area with black marker.

After you Color her in, why not add texture paste to mimic fur? What worked well for me was using a q-tip dipped in the container and patting into the areas of the stamp where I wanted the fur effect.

I think the real Mrs. Claus celebrates with her husband (Santa) and a glass of her favorite beverage. She’s got to be a sweet but sassy woman to deal with all those elves AND her husband leaving her every year for a trip around the world, dropping down chimneys and eating all those goodies while she sits at home waiting for his return. I’m certain she celebrates. Don’t you agree?

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Night in Bethlehem: Variations of a Card Design

The announcement of the blogiversary contest winner can be found at the end of this post on Christmas card design variations using the new Stampin’ UP! holiday catalog release Night in Bethlehem.

While I really liked this simple card design of the sky, buildings, and figures which you can see in the stack of cards below, I decided to share how subtle changes in the same design can be made for those who may not have a Big Shot or those who prefer adding dimension, glitter or even a little bling. It is important to me that beginners understand that most stampers begin with paper, ink, stamps, & adhesive and over time build their stash of supplies. So, if you Are just beginning  you can still make your own Christmas cards.

Perhaps you simply want to stamp and do no die cut images because all that extra is too much this time of year. If you just want to work with  paper, ink, stamps, & adhesive only, then this is the design for you:

With the addition of the Wink of Stella clear you can Step it up: Add Wink of Stella to add some glitter to the North Star and/or the buildings.

If you want to add just a bit of dimension, Stamp & use your Big Shot to die cut Mary & Joseph and/or the North Star and attach with mini dimensionals.

A slight change to the star may be made by adding bling. In this example a glitter enamel dot in matching Crushed Curry was added to the center of the star.

Of course you can go all out: die cut, dimensionals, Wink of Stella, and glitter enamel dots. Why not?!

The inside panel of this card could have been the design for a whole new card front, but I think it works well on the interior of the card.

Perhaps you are not a beginner, but you are one that likes to make the same card design for your entire mailing list. If you don’t have the glitter enamel dots for that many people or patience to cut out that many die cuts, then remember the design can often stay the same and slight variations can be made to stamp the number you need. Over 100 die cuts of the same image gets old- I can thoroughly attest to that!

 

***Blogiversary Contest Winner Announcement:

And now to announce the winner of the owl card and a surprise package of  SU! Product…  drumroll… Random.org generated the name…

🎉KATHE GINTHER 🎉

Since I already have your address, you do not need to contact me to claim your prize and provide your address. It will be on its way to you this week.😀

Thank you to those who commented.

Having comments increases online visibility AND most importantly it is just really nice to hear from those of you who are reading/viewing my blog.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Christmas in the Making Meets Lovely as a Tree

I am one happy camper when I can break out Stampin’ UP’s oldest current set Lovely as a Tree and pair it with a new set such as Christmas in the Making.

Today’s keep it basic ink to paper card features the stamp of the gorgeous ornament girl in the holiday release set Christmas in the Making.

Keep it basic are what I call cards which just have ink applied to paper.  (aka SIP:stamps ink paper) This creation is stamped onto Shimmery White cardstock, then colored with blender pens or straight markers, and clouds were created with torn paper and daubers (read below for more details).

How to create clouds with daubers & torn paper:

  1. Tear a scrap of tablet or printer paper to get rounded bubble and valley shapes.
  2. Start inking at the top of the sky and work down your cardstock. Apply your torn strip and add your favorite blue ink for the sky using daubers (substitute a cotton ball if you don’t have a dauber) and push from the torn paper towards the cardstock. Lightly adding color is best-you’ll notice you don’t need much.
  3. Move your paper down and change angle slightly to achieve variation in cloud shapes (or flip over your torn paper for a slight change).
  4. Repeat inking until your sky is complete.

Remember, you don’t need a lot of supplies to create something. You can always find ways to use what you have on hand and add new items to items you already own.

Thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions or need help using Stampin’ UP! supplies you already own, feel free to ask me how something is done. If you aren’t making things with your purchases, I’d like to get you creating again.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Jar of Haunts: Holiday Traditions

Halloween may be long over, but don’t put away that Jar of Haunts stamp set yet.

The sinister eyes in the Jar of Haunts stamp set was the reason I initially bought this set. They screamed “BUY ME” so loudly that I almost didn’t give the rest of the set a second thought. It wasn’t until I played with the entire set that I really began to like them all.  BUT this image is still my absolute favorite in the set, because I knew I was going to make this guy:

su-sinister-eyes-jar-of-haunts-punch-art

Isn’t he great?!

I really love how this turned out and believe I will be making quite a few of this punch art this season and probably for years to come.  They are quite easy to make and everyone in my family loves holiday television specials, with this guy featuring as one of our favorite characters.  His transformation reminds us of love and that Christmas means more than things. It is this reminder we all need at the holidays.

Materials Needed:

  • Jar of Haunts stamp set
  • Acrylic block (I used D block)
  • Fine tip Scissors such as SU! Paper Snips
  • 1 3/4″ circle punch
  • Stazon Jet Black Ink
  • Project Life Black Pens
  • Old Olive card stock
  • Crushed Curry card stock
  • Fine Tip Glue Pen (or your preferred adhesive)
  • Jolly Hat Builder Punch
  • Cherry Cobbler card stock
  • Whisper White card stock

The Instructions:

  • Punch an Old Olive 1 3/4″ circle.
  • Stamp the eye image in black on this circle towards the top 1/2 of the circle (where eyes would be) & also stamp onto a scrap of Crushed Curry.
  • Cut out just the Crushed Curry eyes, leaving the black border intact, and attach over the Old Olive image.
  • Use a black Project Life Pen to draw the nose, grin, chin mark, and extra eyebrow markings.
  • Add a Cherry Cobbler & Whisper White Christmas hat made from the Jolly Hat Builder Punch.
  • Add a Whisper White fur strip from the Jolly Hat Builder Punch & then Cherry Cobbler one under it to mimic his collar & shirt.

I thought he would be cute to put in cards; punch a small hole and add a string for an inexpensive little decoration to send along in some of my cards as an added surprise.  Then I decided I also wanted to make him into a card.  This is how that turned out:

su-sinister-eyes-jar-of-haunts-christmas-card

The additional materials needed to make the card include:

  • Moroccan DSP (Delightful Dijon quatrafoil pattern) cut 3″x4″
  • Soft Suede CS cut 2 1/8″x4″
  • Old Olive CS for card base 5.5″x8.5″, scored in half @ 4.25″
  • Old Olive CS  2″x3″ for Scalloped Oval Die cut
  • Whisper White CS  2″x3″ for Oval Die cut
  • Early Espresso CS cut 1/2″x4″
  • Soft Suede Ink
  • Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
  • Big Shot
  • SU! Snips
  • Layered Ovals Framelits
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp “Merry Christmas”
  • Acrylic Block D (can use smaller, I prefer this size for hand grasp)
  • A small scrap of Cherry Cobbler CS for hand cut heart
  • dauber
  • Dimensionals &/or Foam Adhesive Strips (I recommend having both)
  • Access to running water
  • Paper towel or old towel
  • Fine Tip Glue Pen

Instructions for card:

  • Attach Moroccan DSP using SU! Snail adhesive to top half of card leaving equal edge borders.
  • Attach Punch art character to Moroccan DSP.  Use Dimensionals or Foam Adhesive strips to raise hat & head portion, while applying SU! Snail adhesive to Collar portion.  *Collar bottom should line up with DSP bottom.
  • Stamp “Merry Christmas” from Teeny Tiny Wishes set onto Whisper White CS
  • Cut Merry Christmas sentiment (center it) using Layering Oval (2nd smallest oval) Framelit & Big Shot
  • Attach White Oval to Scalloped Oval with Dimensionals
  • Cut Layering Framelits Scalloped Oval from Old Olive CS
  • Apply Soft Suede Ink directly to raised side of the Brick Wall Textured Embossing Folder and run Soft Suede CS thru Big Shot. *Pay attention that bricks are running length of CS in proper orientation for card
  • Immediately run your empty inky embossing folder under water to rinse away ink.  Dry with towel.
  • Using Dauber & Soft Suede Ink, add ink to edges and any additional to bricks as you desire to give aged appearance.
  • Attach brick CS to lower half of card base using Dimensionals or Foam Adhesive Strips
  • Adhere Early Espresso CS strip so that it covers both brick & DSP area evenly.
  • Adhere Sentiment Oval directly to brick
  • Hand cut a Cherry Cobbler heart (use pencil to draw first if desired) & attach directly to brick
  • Add Fine Tip Glue Pen to entire heart to make glossy (this will take time-usually many hours/overnight+ to dry completely.  So, you may wish to omit if you can not leave it undisturbed for this long)

I have not yet completed an insert panel for this card, but I was thinking of using the stamp “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” as the interior sentiment.

I hope you now look at these eyes differently and find the Jar of Haunts set is not just for Halloween.

If you wish to purchase anything from the Holiday or Annual catalog and do not already have a demonstrator, I would love if you would shop with me HERE.  Every single order increment of $25.00 (before shipping & tax) between now & December 31, 2016 qualifies for one entry into my Happy Holidays Drawing.  (Example: order $25.00 in product-1 entry, order $65.00 in product-2 entries, order $101.00 in product-4 entries)  ONE winner will be randomly (using random.org) selected from qualified entries for a package containing these products:

  • 1 New Hostess Set (My choice)
  • 1 New Ink Pad (My choice)
  • Every 4 entries (from all my customers total during this period) adds additional items to the winning package.  More purchases = A bigger  winner’s gift package!  The winner is guaranteed to win the Hostess Set & Ink pad regardless of sales.

Winner will be announced January 1, 2017 around noon EST. Items will be mailed out no later than January 7, 2017.

Everyone who makes a purchase from me during this time will receive a card in the mail from me.  This card will contain an extra surprise! 🙂

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Making kid friendly Christmas cards

In addition to the Christmas cards posted this week, I also made some kid friendly Christmas cards for my friends & family members who have little ones.  I am at least half way through the process of making this year’s cards which will be mailed.  That is pretty good progress for me.

Were you busy making Christmas cards or other cards yesterday during World Card Making Day?

During my productive card making day,  I even remembered this year to keep those cards which I am mailing from needing extra postage or hand cancelling.  So, they should be easier and less expensive to mail.  I’ll hand deliver some more embellished versions to those I see in person.

I have a lot of family & friends who have young children who have told me they really enjoy my cards.  I try to remember to send cards to which a child can relate to these families.  This creation with the Cookie Cutter Christmas reindeer fits that category:

cookie-cutter-christmas-reindeer-card

I think most children start singing songs about that cute red-nosed reindeer around Thanksgiving here in the USA.

Instructions to recreate this card:

  1. Card Base is Cherry Cobbler card stock (CS), cut to 4.25″x11″ and scored/folded in half @ 5.5″ (Going forward, score is on your left)
  2. Layer 1 is This Christmas Designer Series Paper (DSP) is cut to 5.25″x4″ Attach to the Card Base using Snail adhesive (or your favorite)
  3. Layer 2 is Very Vanilla CS cut to 3.75″x5″ and embossed using the Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder & the Big Shot. Attach to the DSP layer using Snail adhesive (or your favorite)
  4. Stamp the reindeer from Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle onto Tip Top Taupe CS with Stazon Jet Black Ink (or your favorite black) and punch out.
  5. Stamp the Banner & sentiment from Banners for Christmas stamp set onto Garden Green CS using Stazon Jet Black Ink (or your favorite black) and die cut using Bunch of Banners Framelits Dies
  6. Punch a Cherry Cobbler CS circle from the Owl Builder Punch (use the largest circle in the punch)
  7. Attach banner and reindeer to the embossed card layer using dimensionals
  8. Attach nose to the reindeer using the Fine Tip Glue Pen
  9. Adding a shiny nose is important  (it is part of the song, after all) and can be easily accomplished with the Fine Tip glue Pen or replacing the Cherry Cobbler nose with Red Glimmer Paper. If you are already using the Fine Tip Glue Pen for the nose, I suggest adding to the eyes also.

Here is the inside of the card:

cookie-cutter-christmas-reindeer-card-insertI wanted to continue with things kids associate with Christmas for the interior of the card. Kids (and adults too) love treats; one of the most popular Christmas treats is the candy cane. Banners for Christmas, which was already used for the exterior card sentiment, contains a wonderfully large candy cane in the set.  Adding a few of the words from the same set, I created the insert or interior panel of the card.

Instructions for the card Insert:

  1. Cut your insert of Very Vanilla CS to 4″x5.25″
  2. Stamp the Candy Cane from Banners for Christmas in Cherry Cobbler Ink
  3. Line the sentiment words Merry & Christmas from Banners for Christmas so that the curves come close to mimicking those of the candy cane, then drop your acrylic block to pick up the stamps in that position.
  4. Stamp Merry Christmas using Stazon Jet Black ink (or your favorite black)
  5. Adhere insert to card base.

I believe some children & adults are going to enjoy this card this year.

If you have decided to make this or any other project I’ve posted and need supplies, you can shop online HERE.

Thank you for stopping by.

Until next time…

-Joanne

World Card Day: Getting Cards Ready

It is time to get those holiday cards ready.  I like to mail them Black Friday, so that I can have the rest of the season to do other things.  So, making Christmas cards has to come long before November rolls around if I wish to include handwritten messages and address the envelopes in time for my personal mailing deadline.

World Card Day is Saturday, October 1, 2016.  What a great day to create cards for my holiday mailing list!

These are some of the handmade cards I’ll be sending out this year.

SU! Holiday Cards 2016

These cards were all made with supplies from the Stampin’ Up! holiday catalog for the 2016 season.  I really love the subway art look of the Christmas Medley background stamp.  I used it with Whisper White ink on Basic Black cardstock  to create the backgrounds for each of these cards.  Adding just a little focal point popped up on dimensionals from Banners for Christmas or Father Christmas really made the cards.  Of course a little bit of ribbon, twine, glittery Wink of Stella, or a few rhinestones were easy additions to make special, but simple cards.

I know many people say it is no longer a trend to send cards, but I don’t care.  I’m going to continue with my card making and sending tradition, because I enjoy doing it.  From time to time I’m even fortunate enough to hear that those who have received my cards look forward to getting them and the little messages written inside – I always hand write something.  It is no fair just to sign my name after all that effort!  I’m happy some people still share their gratitude for small things.  Funny that sending a card now often gets a thank you from the recipient.  It used to be that the card had to be included with something for it to earn a call, email, text, or in-person shout out. It just shows that people think of cards as mini-gifts in this cards-in-the-mail-aren’t-trendy era.   So, here’s to the new thinking of these little happy mail gems being not just cards, but a work of art from the heart and a handmade mini-gift to those we hold dear.

Are you going to be creating new or stamping prior card creations on World Card day?

Remember you don’t have to be on trend to do something you love doing. Traditions & Trends start somewhere.  Let that be with you.

Have another crafty day.  Until next time…

-Joanne