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

An Easter Card from the Basket Builder Framelits

This Easter card made from the Stampin’ Up! Basket Builder framelits takes me back to the days when I’d go hunting for my hidden Easter basket first thing in the morning before we headed to church.  Our baskets always included marshmallow peeps, eggs (chocolate & dyed hard-boiled), a chocolate bunny, and various other goodies from toys to coloring books or school supplies we needed.  We always reused the same baskets, which were admittedly very large-and couldn’t be hidden in very many places so as we aged we discovered them more quickly since the same places seemed to be reused.  But the fun was in the discovery and love my parents put into the gifts.

This card features a rattan looking basket, die cut and inked in Crumb Cake, nestled in Garden Green grass and filled with die cut Peeps & some Pear Pizzazz grass trimmed to fit the basket.

Growing up in Pennsylvania, most of our Easter celebrations were held indoors because it was often raining outside.  So, I’ve included this in my card by using the rainy paper in the A Little Foxy DSP stack & some white die cut clouds created with the Up & Away Thinlits.

Perhaps you may not know that marshmallow peeps are also from Pennsylvania. So, it would be a rare Easter that those (then seasonal only) little Peeps & Chicks wouldn’t be in the basket or at least in the house.

I did not use the coordinating stamps for this particular card, but  I did buy the bundle and I expect to showcase other samples where the stamps & framelits were both used. I didn’t like that the stamp of the peep was missing a nose and the outline didn’t seem necessary for this card.  It was easy enough to hand dot/draw the eyes & nose with the black marker or my preference: the project life pens. This actually helped me produce them quicker too since I didn’t need to stamp first & line up the framelit to cut. I die cut first and drew faces on my whole pile of Peeps when I was done cutting. ***BTW: If this gives you an excuse to buy Peeps to see their little faces in real life, just blame it on research when you eat them.

By cutting the front of the blushing bride card stock 1/2″ shorter on one side (card stock will measure 4.25″x 10.5″ scored at 5.5″), I gave myself room to stamp “Happy Easter” from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set which is in view from the front and also when the card is open.  On the inside I also added 3 die cut peeps with hand drawn faces. My Peep inside colors = Sweet Sugarplum, Daffodil Delight & Soft Sky. I used Peekaboo Peach & Flirty Flamingo for others on the front of the card and I believe Mint Macaron & So Saffron might work well also.

A small rhinestone accent allows me to also skip the stamping on the chocolate bunny- created with Chocolate Chip card stock, of course and also the bow-Blushing Bride to match the card base color.

Easter is April 16th this year; only a few weeks to get some cards made & in the mail to arrive on time to a few family members who used to stop by and celebrate the holiday weekend with us. My Peeps 🙂

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:

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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:

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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

 

Cookie Cutter Christmas Teddy Bear

Do you or a family member have a beloved teddy bear?

I had a very dear teddy bear that I buckled into the seat of my first car on the way to my first day at college 4+hrs from home back in 1988.  He was a very fluffy and cuddly teddy bear that I often used as a pillow because he was that soft and large. He had to be washed often so that any allergens were controlled.  After thirty years he could no longer hold up to frequent allergy control laundering and I had to say goodbye.  He will always be missed.

This teddy bear from the Cookie Cutter Christmas Bundle really reminds me of my old bear.

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I was pleased when I stamped the image & achieved the fluffy, furry look my old teddy bear displayed in his great life. This effect occurred because I did not condition the stamp (usually done with an eraser) and I used a very inky Crumb Cake ink pad (which can cause pooling on bold or solid image stamps-especially photopolymer).  It is the exact look I wanted for this bear.

If you want a clear solid image, condition your stamp and do not use an over-inked pad.  If you want this furry bear look and have already conditioned your stamp and your ink pad moisture content is perfect, try inking your stamp and lightly tapping a cotton ball direct to the inked image before stamping.  It takes practice, but can give a nice furry texture to solid image stamps.

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Did you know that here in the USA we have a National Bring Your Teddy Bear To Work/School Day? It is celebrated annually on the second Wednesday of October.  This year that is Wednesday, October 12, 2016.

I have a 7 year-old shih-tzu who would happily drag her teddy bear by the ear to work or school if she had to to go to either of those places, but perhaps you & those you know are not so bold to take your favorite cuddly friend to work or school on this day.  Poor thing might pick up germs or get lost after all.

How else can we celebrate this day?  By sending a teddy bear card tucked away in a child or other loved one’s bag, purse, briefcase or lunch sac.  It might just be the thing that brightens their day.

So, if you have this bundle or another teddy bear stamp in your stash, why not create a cute card and celebrate this holiday?!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Happy World Card Making Day!

It is October 1, 2016.  How are you celebrating World Card Making Day?

I stated in an earlier post that I hope to get a good start on making some of my Christmas cards.  I already prepped a stack of card stock, by cutting the correct size for layers, bases, and die cuts I need for my intended cards and also  by scoring my bases. This way it is ready when I sit down to stamp and can make them rather quickly.  It also gives me a chance to do a card stock inventory when I’m creating things this way.

With all the great seasonal & holiday projects at this time of year, it is no surprise to me that I am running low on some colors of card stock I use a lot.   Great news is that Stampin’ Up! is running a special sale to celebrate World Card Making Day.  The sale extends from October 1-5, 2016.  Check out the details:

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ITEM DESCRIPTION DISCOUNT RETAIL PRICE SALE PRICE
138339 2015-2017 In Color Card Stock 15% $8 USD/$10 CAD $6.80 USD/$8.50 CAD
141413 2016-2018 In Color Card Stock 15% $8 USD/$10 CAD $6.80 USD/$8.50 CAD
141697 2015-2017 In Color Envelope Paper 25% $11 USD/$14.50 CAD $8.25 USD/$10.88 CAD
141698 2016-2018 In Color Envelope Paper 25% $11 USD/$14.50 CAD $8.25 USD/$10.88 CAD
133774 Envelope Punch Board 25% $20 USD/$27 CAD $15 USD/$20.25 CAD
141651 Designer Tin Of Cards Project Kit 25% $27 USD/$36 CAD $20.25 USD/$27 CAD
129027 Fast Fuse Adhesive Refill – Buy A Fast Fuse Adhesive (Item 129026) And Get A Refill For FREE! $7.50 USD/$10 CAD FREE With Purchase Of Fast Fuse Adhesive

AND a great Designer Series Paper (DSP) sale is going on for the entire month of October. Not only can I get some paper I need to restock, but I can get a great deal. I like that!

What Awesome sales!

I’ll definitely be stocking up on DSP this month.  I never feel like I have enough.

If you need anything, you can shop my store HERE.

I hope you enjoy the day & get a chance to make some cards.  I’ll be sharing another card idea tomorrow, but wanted you to know about these sales as soon as possible.

Until next time…

-Joanne