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

It’s official: My One Year Blogiversary AND A Contest!

Who’s having a one year blogiversary?

I am! I am! Yippee!

My official launch of this blog was one year ago today! How time flies. It seems like just yesterday that I posted a punch art photo and got asked, “Why don’t you have a blog?” After a month of planning and a lot of learning and many bumps along the way, I launched this craftymademoiselle blog.

Thank you to all who visit and especially to those who comment. I love hearing from everyone.

I wish to say a huge thank you anyone who was or is ordering from me & a special hello to my down line. You keep me going! Without you I am just a woman with a paper craft hobby who is absolutely crazy about Stampin’ Up!

There are still so many things that I want to accomplish with this blog.  I’m learning as I go and have struggled getting my punch art downloads page and downloadable items to work properly. Once I was almost there and was hacked! A big reminder that this is the internet where some people are not living with a kindness motto. I had to delete much of that body of work and start over. Then my dear friend the Stampin’ Up! Owl punch was retired/discontinued. RIP, my friend. I still love you. Please never break on me. I will accomplish that download page. I’m just not sure the time frame. I’m thoroughly disappointed it is still not ready and working properly at this one year mark. Thanks for being oh so patient during these learning/growing pains.

Now to celebrate my blogiversary with what started it all…punch art!

The how to for the cute owl hanging out in the Sprinkles of Life tree above. Check it out:

*Note: Delightful Dijon (an In-color 2015-2017) was retired.  Try using Crushed Curry.  Also, if you need a replacement for the 3/8″/Owl punch circle or even the 1/8″, the Circles on the Cookie Cutter Builder punch work well.

 

Blogiversary Contest:

As a special One Year Blogiversary Celebration, comment on this blog post today thru noon EST World Card Day (Saturday, October 7, 2017) and you will be entered (one entry per person) to win this Owl card and a free surprise (Stampin’ Up! product) in the mail.  The winner will be chosen by random using random.org and announced Sunday at noon EST. Upon announcement the winner will be required to contact me within 48hrs to claim their prize and provide their mailing address so that the card + surprise can be mailed out on October 11. If this person fails to contact me with their address within those 48hrs, the card/surprise is forfeited.

Thanks for celebrating my blog year with me today!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Stampin’ Up! has some great deals this month which are worth checking out.

As if a deal on Designer Series Paper wasn’t enough there’s another sale on select stamp sets to celebrate October 7th World Card Making Day.

You can shop both sales and get more information about the World Card Making Day sale HERE.

 

Need cards quick? Turn to Memories & More by Stampin’ UP!

Once the Autumn leaves start falling it feels like I never have enough time or energy to accomplish things that need done.  That is when quick cards like this one can be made and sent without taking too much any time or energy I have remaining.

I always like to recognize those who truly do “make me smile.” It has been a week of things that have gone wrong, broken, or just not gone as I had wished or planned. In times like these, it is always great to have those who can bring laughter & smiles to the situation. Perspective changes and life goes on. I am so grateful to those who build me up, challenge my thinking, make me laugh uncontrollably, and make me a better person. I am blessed.

Do you send cards to those who brighten up your day? Or to those who need their day brightened?

It is simple to get this quick card to the post…

  • The leaf image is a Color Theory Memories & More card.
  • The “You make me Smile” phrase is from the Colorful Seasons photopolymer set and stamped with Black Archival ink.
  • The Memories and More card is matted to match the leaf.
  • The copper ribbon is added before mounting askew onto a piece of Wood Grain DSP.
  • The card front is then matted onto a Pumpkin Pie layer and Basic Black card base.
  • An interior Whisper White mat was added for my handwritten message.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll surely say it many more times- Memories and More cards are not only for quick scrapbook pages (traditional & pocket), but can be used for cards and….More – SU! Named this one well!

Make someone smile today!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Shop Now from the Stampin’ UP! Holiday Catalog

Any crafter knows that when it comes to handmade items for the holiday season, you must shop and get started creating early to get things done on time and so you do not feel frazzled last minute.

If you love Stampin’ UP! products and create your own holiday cards, gift packaging, or enjoy saving your photos in beautiful Scrapbook pages, then September 1st was a day of joy seeing the new items which you can now purchase for your holiday creations.

Last Thursday, I shared a few card samples with the Christmas Quilt Bundle from the holiday catalog which made the top of my list.  As I mentioned, this set can be played with for hours, never creating the same design.  Today, I share a few more items I created with this Bundle.

You’ll notice a few small 3″x3″ cards.  Exciting news: the holiday catalog contains the envelopes for this size! Yippee! Once retired, now returned for the holiday (and one can hope/dream beyond) catalog.  This size is perfect for gift bags and packages or even lunch box notes.

There are also some very cute Pizza Boxes in which the 3″x3″ size cards & envelopes will fit. The sample below was decorated with a bit of Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper, matching card stock, a tree stamped & cut with the Christmas Quilt bundle & a small tag from the Bunch of Banners dies.

The inside of these boxes is food grade gloss-lined. They would easily hold a cookie or chocolates, or perhaps a bracelet or other jewelry, but they also quite nicely contain some of the 3″x3″ cards and envelopes seen above. Design them to match a roll of wrapping paper and you have the perfect gift for an early December gift exchange.

Before you know it the holidays will arrive and you’ll wish you started creating things just a little earlier. Get started now so you can get it all done. Plus, avoid that frazzled feeling that inevitably occurs as we wait to long to start that holiday craft project.

SHOP NOW

Until next time…

-Joanne

Scrapbooking: Using Project Life® cards Day 2

Yesterday I shared how to create a 12″x12″ scrapbook layout with the Hello Lovely Project Life cards.  Today, you will see the coordinating Project life page in the hybrid layout and get a description of the printer I used (Selphy cp1200) to print all the photos in these pages.

This printer has been a game-changer for me in that I am FINALLY getting my photos printed as I design the pages.  This gets me using my Stampin’ Up! supplies and gets me to my ultimate goal of preserving memories.

The double page scrapbook spread looks like this:

The first thing you may notice about page 2 is that the bottom left photo features a horrible glare and is quite grainy.  Sadly, this is just a poor job by me in taking this photo, not a result of printing the photo. I chose to use it anyway because it was part of the narrative I wanted to tell.  I think that is often more important than a perfect photo.  Perhaps others would disagree. (Yes, as I’m about to post this I realize I cut off the top of page 2 …ugh!)

You can see how the Project Life cards on page 2 match in colors with those in my 12″x12″ layout on page 1 since I first pulled all those matching colors and knew from which cards I could then choose to make a nice cohesive color flow from page to page.

I even used the new colored pencils in the 2017 Occasions catalog to color the wood embellishment from the Hello Lovely embellishment pack so that it would match the layout and not be plain balsa wood.

As for printing the photos on my Selphy printer, here is my review of this little photo printer:

LIKES:

  1. I really like being able to print the photos when I am in the mood to scrapbook.  Not ordering a lot of photos at a time and/or waiting for another source to print them is the biggest plus to actually getting things done.
  2. I can decide on the spot which size photos I need/want and use an app to size them accordingly.  When doing a layout it is great to have the ability to get just the right size at just the right moment you are planning.
  3. The quality of the photos.  I’ve used various printers over the years and find this dye sublimation to look better than some of the local store bought prints I’ve purchased as of late.  (It isn’t as good as some online sources, however.)
  4. It is small enough that it is VERY portable and can be easily stored in a drawer when not in use.
  5. Ease of use. It was just plain simple to set up and use out of the box.
  6. Wireless prints from phone- finally gets all those photos off my phone and scrapped!

DISLIKES:

  1. Not a true 4″x6″ photo size.  * This was the biggest reason I waited so long to purchase this printer. * It is my biggest dislike of the product, but the workarounds (changing photo mat size/adding photo mats) are there and easy enough to make it work.
  2. I’ve noticed a few very faint scratches on the photos (the printer moves the photo paper in/out 3x as it lays down color so I’m not surprised by intake scratches.) They can only be seen at an angle.
  3. I get communication errors frequently and must reboot the printer in a specific order: turn off, turn on before opening phone app, and turn off when a series of photos is done printing -as it sits idle it is more apt to give me the error message.
  4. Prints cost about 28 cents USD a piece.  Not a huge amount by other source comparisons, but I wish they cost less.

What I can say is that I would buy this printer again now that I have it and have tried it for a few weeks, despite my dislikes.  Yes, I really wish they were truely 4″x6″ prints and not postcard size prints. Then I wouldn’t have to work around the size issues by trimming and adding photo mats (especially annoying so that they fit & don’t fall out of the pocket pages),  BUT the fact that I can get things scrapped immediately adds so much that I can work around that issue.

I’m now using my Project Life cards and Stampin’ Up! stash more because I’m no longer waiting for that day to sit down and order a whole bunch of prints.  Happily, I’m now getting photos in finished pages and not procrastinating.  Seeing all my photos in finished pages alone makes this product worth it! Using my Stampin’ Up! stash as I intended when I purchased it is also a huge bonus.

I even purchased the online versions of some of the Stampin’ Up! Project Life cards from Becky Higgins so that I can make cute little postcards with borders and my own photos (the Santa is one of my own Christmas decorations) to send in the mail since they are perfect postcard size.  This is my Selphy & a test print when I first started playing:

Overall, I think with this printer I’ll be more apt to keep up to date with photos and may even find myself doing more traditional Project Life pages to get everyday non-event type photos in my scrapbook.  I’ll still do 12″x12″ pages regularly when I have enough photos, but with this little printer my everyday life may be easier to document and preserve with PL pages.

Happy scrapping!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Lift Me Up: Encouragement with the New Occasions catalog launch

Who couldn’t use a little encouragement these days?!  Catalog launch day was one of those for me.  Such an exhausting day for me that I crawled in bed and called it a day at 7:00 p.m.  I had no energy to finish off my catalog launch post, which I realize should have been completed before then BUT it wasn’t.

I guess it is better late than never at posting how excited I am about the Occasions & Sale-A-Bration catalog Launch though…

I’m thrilled that Stampin’ Up! has come to the plate with uplifting words, phrases, stamps, and fun things in its new Occasions catalog, which launched three days ago.  This catalog is filled with stamps which are happy, thoughtful, and encouraging.  Way to go SU!

I bought the Lift Me Up Bundle from the new occasions catalog because I really loved the sentiments and among all the fabulous cloud & balloon dies there is a nice size a heart, which I’ll find a lot of use for with Valentine’s Day coming up.

Stampin’ Up! shows the images of this bundle (and a sample) best in their online store picture:

Of course I must show you a few ideas I created one day last week with this set:

Those two little bags are super easy box bottom bags.  I changed the dimensions to fit my needs, but this bag has many youtube and pinterest posts about it, so I’m not currently going to share the how to information. Different sizes can be perfect for little candies or gift cards too.

Making the large balloon different colors is super easy too with all those dies to cut the various areas.  Deciding the colors for your balloon is going to be the hardest part.  Yes, I made several and still want to try other color combinations!

As I stated at the beginning of the week, I’m hoping to send more cards this year- “spreading happiness with cards”- and the ones below have been made and are ready for my next round of mailings once I sit down and write a personal note and address them.

You can see all the items needed to recreate the note cards in the post above.  They are Very quick to make in quantity too.  The photo on the right shows how I stamped the inside sentiment.

The balloon dies in this bundle have a bonus feature : Shrinking your paper scrap pile!  Since balloons can be any color and there are different sizes in this set,  I used a bunch of different card stock scraps I had sitting around to make the balloons.  Any time my paper scrap pile shrinks and I haven’t wasted paper, I am extremely happy.

If all goes well, I’ll post again soon.  I’ve got to update you all with my thoughts on my new Selphy too.  Hint: I’m finally getting some photos off my phone and computer and thanks to Project life (so glad SU! carries this product line with all the great matching products) I’m making slow but steady progress and 2016 may actually be completed before too long into 2017- Yippee!

To check out all the new products, including the Lift Me Up Bundle shown here today, shop at my online Stampin’ Up! store-  CLICK HERE.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Day 3 of Scrapping those 2016 Christmas Photos

Are you following along and scrapping your 2016 Christmas Photos?

I used this layout to scrap photos which I knew had a story behind them, so I included a decent sized journal card to hand write all the things about the photos. It is important to remember those little details and I like to include the basics when I journal: who is in the photo(s), what is going on, when did this happen, where is this taking place, why the photo is important to me.

Directions on how to recreate this layout:

  • 12″x12″ Cherry Cobbler card stock is the base of the layout.
  • This Christmas DSP from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog was cut to 7.5″x11″ and used for the background area of the photo mats. It is adhered 1″ from the top, bottom, and right edge.
  • Garden Green card stock was used for the photo mats.  There are 2 mats measuring 4.25″x6.25″ and 1 mat measuring 3.25″x4.25″
  • The journal card is 2.5″x4.75″ and stamped with light garland and candy cane from the Host(ess) set called Holly Jolly Layers available only during the Holiday Catalog 2016 sales period with qualifying orders.
  • The thin strips are 1/2″x12″ for the This Christmas DSP layer and 3/4″ for the Very Vanilla layer.  They intersect @ 4″ in from the left of the page and 6″ from top or bottom.
  • The embellishment is also created from the Host(ess) set called Holly Jolly Layers.  It is stamped in Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green ink on Very Vanilla card stock and the center circle is stamped a second time so it could be die cut separately. Both layers are cut out using the Layering Circles Framelits & Big Shot and dimensionals are applied to pop it off the page and also to pop the center holly off the embellishment in order to give the look of a nice layered item to the page.

If you don’t have these papers or have missed out on getting the host(ess) stamp set which I’ve used, don’t fret.  Remember, you can turn any Stampin’ Up! papers, stamps, ink, and die cuts into a page which will work with these dimensions.  It doesn’t even have to be a Christmas layout when you are done!

To do this you just need to:

  1. Choose your Designer series paper. You can use the front for the background piece and back for the strips, if you choose.  Or two different but matching papers.
  2. Choose a 12″x12″ base card stock which matches your DSP.
  3. Choose a card stock which matches your DSP for the Photo mats (1 piece of 8.5″x11″ will make these 3 photo mats).
  4. Choose a light color card stock which matches your DSP for your journal tag.  It helps if the solid strip card stock matches to tie it together.
  5. Choose a die cut or punch art item for the intersection.
  6. Choose Stamps that work with your layout subject/title.  Stamp them using colors which match the papers you chose.

Have fun scrapping!  Tomorrow will be day 4 of this mini-series of scrapping your Christmas photos.  It will be the final day in the series and then I will turn my attention and yours to our new Occasions & Sale-A-Bration catalogs which will launch January 4th.

If you have any last minute holiday catalog orders, don’t forget to place that order soon!  Many things have already sold out as the end of this holiday catalog is near.  Check out what is still available and order directly from my demonstrator business site by clicking this link HERE.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Day 1 of Scrapping those 2016 Christmas Photos

Did you take a lot of Christmas photos over the past week?  I sure did!  I have prepared some simple layouts to get those photos into your scrapbook in no time.  Now you just have to figure out where to get your photos printed. I’m pleased to say mine have already been printed and added to all of the Christmas layouts I created this year, because I got a Selphy cp1200 photo printer for Christmas. Woo-hoo!  Yes, total game changer for me.  I’ve never had ALL my Christmas photos scrapped the day after Christmas before.  In 2 hours too!  Having these layouts which I’ll be sharing this week completed ahead of time really helped too.  Just add photos & journalling…DONE!

Yes, I’ll be sharing my experience with my new Selphy next week.  I want some more time to play with it to really give you my impression and any tips I learned using it.  First impression though- I’m in love with this little machine!

Materials Used:

  • This Christmas Designer Series Paper (Annual Catalog)
  • 12″x12″ Cherry Cobbler Card stock
  • 1 piece each 8.5″x11″ Garden Green CS, Very Vanilla CS, Early Espresso CS
  • Cherry Cobbler & Crumb Cake Ink Pads
  • Size D Acrylic Stamp Block
  • Big Shot
  • Layering Ovals Framelits
  • Holly Jolly Layers Host(ess) stamp set for candy cane
  • Layered Letters Alphabet for main title
  • Christmas Greeting Thinlits Dies for “Merry” in title
  • Adhesive(s)-I used Snail, Dimensionals & the Fine Tip Glue Pen
  • Scissors-I used Stampin’ Up! Snips as I like the precision cut
  • Gold Wink of Stella

Dimensions of Paper cuts used:

  • Photo Mats are 4.5″x6.5″- I mat ALL my photos as I like the look.
  • This Christmas DSP strips: 2) 1″x12″ strips and 1) 2.5″x12″ strip

For the Title, the “merry” was die cut in both Very Vanilla & Garden Green and offset before gluing the pieces together with the Fine Tip Glue Pen.

The Layered Letters Alphabet set has a rectangular background stamp which I used in Crumb Cake ink on Very Vanilla CS to create the blocks before going back and stamping each letter in Cherry Cobbler ink.  I used scissors to cut around the Crumb Cake rectangle, mounted to Early Espresso CS and trimmed with a slight border.  Since it is hand cut it is kind of rustic looking and my holiday decor (tends towards primitive country) fits perfect with this look.

The embellishment for this page was placed at the intersection of the 1″x12″ DSP strips.  Layering ovals were used with dimensionals to create a raised, yet recessed image.  As you can see from the photo above, the center were removed from the Green and Gold (started Very Vanilla and used Gold Wink of Stella for Gold color) layer- the size of the Very Vanilla Candy Cane piece.  The Stamped oval image then is recessed and adhered directly to the Early Espresso base.

Stop by tomorrow for the 2nd page in the series.

Until next time…

-Joanne

A Fox Punch Merry Christmas

My last daily punch art share before I take a break to enjoy the Christmas holiday is this little pine tree.

The finished tree is only a little over 1″ tall.

I made an adorable mantel scene with this tree and some other cute holiday items to adorn it (all Fox Builder Punch Art items), but due to my recent health issues I didn’t finish the tutorials or photographs for mantel scene I created.  So, the sharing of that scene will have to wait for some future date.

From me to you I wanted to share my gratitude for all the support, kindness, and friendship you all have shared this year as I’ve launched this blog and then proceeded to increasingly struggle with ongoing health issues which have prevented me from making this blog everything I wanted.  Stampin’ Up! recently  had a stamp that said, “Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful” and I so agree. Crafting creates happiness and meeting great people during the creative process is such a fantastic added bonus.  I appreciate each one of you!

Enjoy each moment of this week, however you may choose to celebrate the days ahead.  I’ll be back to posting after Christmas to share some layouts so you can get your Christmas photos in scrapbooks.  Plus I’ll have some cards to highlight products from the upcoming (Launching January 4, 2017) Occasions & Sale-A-Bration Catalogs.

I wish you happiness, health, & blessings.

Until next time…

-Joanne

How to make a Punch Art Baby

The Fox & Owl Builder Punches are must haves for little creations like this cute little punch art baby.

While I made my baby with black hair and a pink bow, you could easily change these colors to better suit your little one’s identity.

I don’t find myself making too many baby cards anymore, so having the Fox & Owl builder punches doing double duty when I need to make one or two is quite nice.

I imagine it might be quite cute to give this little baby a diaper or onesie to wear also.  So, I might do that in the future.

Are you enjoying all the punch art creations?

Stop by again tomorrow as I continue sharing some more of my punch art designs.

Until next time…

-Joanne