Joyful Season Christmas Card

The card I’m sharing today is actually one that a demonstrator friend created for a swap she was in and she gave one to me as well!!  I absolutely LOVE the Joyful Season stamp set, in part because cardinals are my FAVORITE bird. Here’s the card she made:

Joyful Season, Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Joyful Season (139770) is the stamp set used for this card.

  • Joyful Season is a two-step stamp set.  The bird outline is stamped first, then filled in using the bird body stamp.  There are also two smaller stamps to use to fill in the beak and the dark face mask that the male cardinals have.  The tree branch is also two steps, with an outline and then a stamp to fill in that outline.  Even the berries have a coordinating fill in stamp, which would also be a great stamp to use for creating background papers!

  • Woodlands Textured Embossing Folder (139673) was used to create the tree trunks on the Crumb Cake border piece.  She VERY LIGHTLY sponged the tree trunks with Early Espresso ink.  (The edge of the Cherry Cobbler circle was also sponged with Early Espresso ink).

  • The small piece of Crumb Cake ⅜” stitched ribbon (138428) tied around the tree piece adds a nice balance to the card, as does the pop of red that mattes the bird image.

Wow!! Hard to believe that tomorrow is Thanksgiving!!  During this time of the year when we count our blessings I’d just like to let you know that I am thankful for the awesome opportunity being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator has given me to share inspiration and creativity with those who stop by to visit my blog.  I am also thankful for all the wonderful friends (both customers and demonstrators) that I have met on my demonstrator journey.  During this season of Thanksgiving…please take the time to stop and count your blessings as well, and make sure to let your family and friends know how much you appreciate them!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Only Four More Left…

BeeBug Creations 12 Weeks of Christmas

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Embellished Ornaments, Part 3

Here’s a third card that I created using the Embellished Ornaments stamp set and the Delicate Ornaments Thinlits Dies.  This one doesn’t have quite as much sparkle and shine as the two cards I shared last week, but it still is a beautiful card!!

Embellished Ornaments, Stampin' Up!

 

Project Notes:

  • Stamp set used for the sentiment was Embellished Ornaments (Wood 139756, Clear 139759).

  • The Delicate Ornament Thinlits Dies (139667) were used to cut the round ornament.  The stamp set and dies are also sold together in a bundle (Wood 140856, Clear 140857), saving you 15% over purchasing each item individually.

  • I decided to go with traditional Christmas colors for this card: Cherry Cobbler and Mossy Meadow.

  • Background Texture was created with the BoHo Chic embossing folder (138286).

  • The round die cut ornament fits perfectly over a 1 3/4″ circle (punch, 119850).

  • Gold Foil Sheets (132622) were used behind the cut out ornament and also as an ornament hangar.

  • White Perfect Accents (138416) are what I used for a “pop” on the ornament.

  • The two elements that I really think make this card work are the layers of color for the card focal point and the offset of the ornament.

  • I’d like to credit Michelle Long for the ornament idea.  The card layout is my own design.

Here are the links for you to see the other two cards I’ve recently shared using this same stamp set:

Card One

Card Two

Well, that’s my project share for today using the Embellished Ornaments stamp set and coordinating Delicate Ornaments Thinlits Dies.  I just want to take a moment to thank everyone who stops by to visit my blog.  I really do enjoy sharing projects with you and hope that what I share inspires you!  I’d be so appreciative if you’d leave a comment to let me know you stopped!!

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza starts TODAY!!

Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza starts today!!!

One day only deals on select packs of designer paper (buy 3, get one FREE!!), gift box punch board and envelope punch board.

Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza

Click here for a list of Online Extravaganza items.

Here are all the details:

  • Event dates are November 23 – 30

  • Two 24-hour flash sales for specific products happen on November 23 and November 30

  • Online Extravaganza savings are only available while supplies last (so get them while you can!!)

  • Bundles featured during this event will exist ONLY during Online Extravaganza.  You MUST use bundle numbers on the Online Extravaganza list.

  • No minimum purchase necessary.  

  • Discounts range from 20-50 percent.

  • Discounts apply on ALL order types

Note: Paper Pumpkin kits are only available to Paper Pumpkin Subscribers

Also note: Some of the stamp sets can only be found online (and are noted as such)

Here’s a link to shop my online store.

 

Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza Begins Monday!!

 

Stampin’ Up’s! Online Extravaganza starts on Monday, November 23.  There are one day only specials as well as week long deals…all items are available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!!

 

Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza

Click here for a list of Online Extravaganza items.

Here are all the details:

  • Event dates are November 23 – 30

  • Two 24-hour flash sales for specific products happen on November 23 and November 30

  • Online Extravaganza savings are only available while supplies last (so get them while you can!!)

  • Bundles featured during this event will exist ONLY during Online Extravaganza.  You MUST use bundle numbers on the Online Extravaganza list.

  • No minimum purchase necessary.  

  • Discounts range from 20-50 percent.

  • Discounts apply on ALL order types

Note: Paper Pumpkin kits are only available to Paper Pumpkin Subscribers

Also note: Some of the stamp sets can only be found online (and are noted as such)

Here’s a link to shop my online store.

 

 

 

 

The Elegance of Embellished Ornaments, Part 2

On Monday I shared an elegant card I created using the Embellished Ornaments stamp set and coordinating Delicate Ornaments Thinlits dies from Stampin’ Up!  Here’s a link to that project. Well, today I’m back to share another elegant Christmas card with you and here it is…

Embellished Ornaments Stampin' Up!

This card design is loosely based on a card I found on Pinterest.  Why re-invent the wheel when you find something you like??  It was a card from the Papercraft Crew Challenges.  I copied the center design, but created my own background.

Project Notes:

  • I didn’t use the Embellished Ornaments stamp set at all on this card.  Instead it is just created with one of the dies from the Delicate Ornament Thinlits Dies (139667).  However, the dies are sold together with the Embellished Ornaments stamp set in a bundle (Wood 140856, Clear 140857), saving you 15% over purchasing each item individually.

  • I made the cut ornament and ornament hangar from the Silver Foil Sheets (132178).  I glued the ornament onto a Night of Navy ornament shape using the Fine Tip Glue Pen (138309) and attached the ornament hangar with a glue dot.

  • Sentiment is from the Petite Pairs stamp set (Wood 128706, Clear 122497) and stamped in Night of Navy ink (126970).

  • The background designer paper is from the Season of Cheer designer paper pack (139590).  The look of this snowflake image paper is distressed and the snowflakes were white.  I wanted a more subtle look to the snowflakes and a more solid blue background, so I sponged Night of Navy ink over the designer paper piece.

  • The decorative bow is made using the Silver CordingTrim (139620).

  • A note about this card layout….it’s a great go-to layout for creating a card for ANY occasion!!  All that is needed is a large, focal point image and designer paper that matches the theme of the card.  This card layout is a quick and easy one that would go together in a matter of 10 minutes or less!!

Well, that’s the card project and tips I have to share with you today.  If you are interested in purchasing the Embellished Ornaments stamp set and/or the coordinating Delicate Ornaments Thinlits dies, you can find them here in my online store, or by clicking any of the product links in my post.

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

The Elegance of Embellished Ornaments

If you are looking for a stamp set that helps you create ELEGANT handmade Christmas cards, look no further than the Embellished Ornaments stamp set and coordinating Delicate Ornament Thinlits Dies from Stampin’ Up! Here’s a card I created using the Delicate Ornament Thinlits Dies.

Embellished Ornaments Stampin' Up!

I LOVE glittery Christmas cards, and this one certainly fits the bill!!  And, using Elegant Eggplant gives a non-traditional color combination for a Christmas card.  By the way…anytime you want to make an elegant card…purple, white and silver are ALWAYS a winning combination!!

Project Notes:

  • Stamp set used for the sentiment was Embellished Ornaments (Wood 139756, Clear 139759).

  • The Delicate Ornament Thinlits Dies (139667) were used to cut the ornament and center flower.  The stamp set and dies are also sold together in a bundle (Wood 140856, Clear 140857), saving you 15% over purchasing each item individually.

  • Sentiment was embossed using silver embossing powder (109131).  Remember to always use the embossing buddy (103083) before stamping with VersaMark ink (102283).  This helps eliminate the stray flecks of embossing powder that stick to your project.

  • Silver Glimmer Paper (135314) was used for the center flower and ornament hangar at the top.

  • Silver Foil Sheets (132178) were used behind the purple cutout ornament.

  • Fine Tip Glue Pen (138309) works wonderfully to attach the purple ornament to the underlying silver foil paper piece.

  • Stylish Stripes embossing folder (132174) was used on the bottom only of the Whisper White card stock piece.  The Elegant Eggplant border piece was used to cover where the embossing folder stopped on the Whisper White card stock.

  • White 3/8″ Glitter Ribbon (139614) was used to add some additional sparkle to the card.

  • This is not an original design with me.  I found it on Pinterest and Judy May was the creator.

I’m sharing projects made with the Embellished Ornaments stamp set all this month in my weekly newsletter sent to my subscribers.  I’ve already shared two projects this month, but still have two more to go.  My newsletter will be sent tomorrow (Tuesday) at 1pm CST.  If you aren’t already on my mailing list, make sure to sign up in the box in my right sidebar.  Then you can also receive the last two projects I’m sharing using this stamp set.

And, stop back on Wednesday when I will have another Elegant Embellished Ornaments card to share right here on my blog!

Until then..

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Glue Flicking produces stunning results!!

Glue Flicking…doesn’t it sound like a glue fight????  Well, actually it’s the technique that I used on the card I’m sharing with you today.  It was a technique that was shared this summer at the Stampin’ Up! Convention.  Here’s the result…(and the photo doesn’t do it justice by the way!!)

Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Embellished Ornaments (Wood 139756, Clear 139759)  was the stamp set used for the sentiment. 

  • Crumb Cake and Chocolate Chip is the color combination on this card.

  • Woodlands Textured Impression Embossing Folder (139673) was used to create the trees.  I wouldn’t be surprised if this product is the most popular one from the holiday catalog!!

  • White Glitter Ribbon (139614) was used to create the border piece.  I just LOVE the way it sparkles!!

  • I lightly sponged a bit of Chocolate Chip ink (126979) onto the raised, embossed tree trunks to make them show a bit more.

  • Glue Flicking requires MultiPurpose Liquid Glue (110755) and an AquaPainter (103954) filled with water.  Use the AquaPainter and water to “water down” the glue to flicking consistency.  Then you fling the glue randomly onto your card stock.  I sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds glitter (133751) to give the effect of glistening snow falling in the woods.  I was amazed at the results!!

  • I wanted the look of falling snow on my card so I used Dazzling Diamonds, but depending on the style of your card, gold glitter (133457) or silver glitter (133756) could be used to create the glue highlights instead.

  • I used an old plastic placemat underneath my work area when I was flicking the glue.  That way, any stray flying glue doesn’t get on your table surface.

I hope that you have enjoyed the card that I’ve shared today.  The glue flicking technique is a fun one to try.  It produces amazing results and I’d encourage you to try it.  If you need any of the supplies, you can find them by clicking the links above or shopping in my online store.

Thanks for stopping…

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Fall Themed Happy Birthday Card

“Happy Birthday, Everyone” and “For the New Two” are the two stamp sets I decided to combine on the card I’m sharing today.  Here’s what I came up with:

For the New Two; Happy Birthday Everyone, Stampin' Up!

I really had fun creating this card I sent to customers celebrating their birthday in November.  I like the way I was able to combine two totally different themed stamp sets and came up with an awesome fall themed card.

PROJECT NOTES:

  • Stamp sets used to stamp the flowers was For The New Two (Wood 137147, Clear 138562).  I have always LOVED this little bouquet of flowers.  It is perfect for ANY theme card!!

  • Happy Birthday, Everyone (Wood 139171, Clear 139958), which is a Host Exclusive stamp set, was what I used for the sentiment.  I really like the bold look of this greeting.

  • Curvy Corner Trio Punch (139683) was used to embellish the corners.  I was careful in the placement of my flower images so that I wouldn’t punch into them when I punched the corners.

  • I used an Aqua Painter (103954) and ink to watercolor the flower images.  Ink colors used were Mossy Meadow, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry.

  • That’s it!!  A pretty simple (but stunning) card.

I’ve got a challenge for you today.  Take a look at two stamp sets that you already own that seem to be totally unrelated and find a way to combine them to make a card.  Then, take it a step further and send the card to brighten someone’s day!!  Leave a comment to let me know if you took my challenge, and also include a picture of your card as well.

Thanks for taking time to visit…I appreciate it!!

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

More Happy Scenes for Winter

 

I’m back with two more winter themed cards using the Happy Scenes stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  I shared two other ideas on my blog on Monday.  If you want to check those cards out, you can see them here.  Make sure to read through all the project notes as I have included some great tips to use when working with this stamp set.

 

Happy Scenes Stampin' Up!

Project Notes for the photo above:

  • The Happy Scenes stamp set (139821) was used to create this card.

  • The coordinating Hearth and Home Thinlits Die (139666) was used to cut the window frame.  The framelit and stamp set can be purchased together in a bundle (140853), saving 15% over purchasing each item individually.

  • I used the Hardwood Background Stamp (Wood 133032, Clear 133035) to create the woodgrain look on the frame and the border piece. The frame is cut from Crumb Cake card stock and I used Crumb Cake ink to stamp with.

  • Sentiment is stamped in Crumb Cake ink.  Card base is Soft Sky card stock.

  • Decorative Dots embossing folder (133520) was used to create the background.

  • Sky is sponged using Soft Sky ink.

  • It’s hard to see, but I used a light line of Dazzling Details (124117) just under the stamped snow line.  I also used some on the snow spots on the pine trees.  It adds a subtle sparkle to the card and looks like sun glistening off the snow.

  • I cut the hole for the window in the Whisper White card stock using the Squares Collection Framelits (130921).  I don’t remember which size I used (you can measure the window die against the framelit), but the hole is a fraction too small for the window frame.  You will have to trim off about 1/4” of the white so that it doesn’t show when the frame is attached.

  • Here’s a tip for you….Attach the frame to the embossed Whisper White piece before placing the piece over the stamped tree image.  Also, stamp the tree image on a piece of Whisper White card stock that is larger than the window opening.  Then you can move the stamped image and position it where you want it in relation to the window bars.

Here’s the second card I have to share today:

 

Happy Scenes Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Happy Scenes stamp set (139821) was used to create this card.

  • The coordinating Hearth and Home Thinlits Die (139666) was used to cut the window frames.  The framelit and stamp set can be purchased together in a bundle (140853), saving 15% over purchasing each item individually.

  • I used the Hardwood Background Stamp (Wood 133032, Clear 133035) to create the woodgrain look on the frame. The frame is cut from Crumb Cake card stock and I used Crumb Cake ink to stamp with.

  • Here’s how to create a double window using the Hearth and Home Thinlits. (Notice that I cut out the vertical window bars to create double hung windows).  Cut two windows from the Crumb Cake card stock.  On one of the window frames, cut the little notches from the left side.  Place the two window pieces so that the center bars are in line with one another and the trimmed window is on top of the other.  Glue the two pieces together.

  • It’s hard to see, but I used a light line of Dazzling Details (124117) just under the stamped snow line.  I also used some on the snow spots on the pine trees. 

  • One really cool thing that I discovered about this stamp set is that if you want to create a “scene” the two winter images line up perfectly.  It’s easy to do too because the stamps in this set are photopolymer…clear so you can see through for perfect placement.

  • Again, I stamped the image  on a slightly larger piece of Whisper White card stock so that I could move the stamped image and position it where I wanted it in relation to the window bars.  I trimmed the Whisper White piece to 4 3/4” x 3 1/4” after I decided where I wanted the window to be.

  • One other tip for using the Happy Scenes stamp set….by changing the amount of “white” showing in relation to the bottom window, you can make the images look closer or at a distance.

I certainly hope you have enjoyed the Happy Scenes cards I have shared this week.  If you’d like to order this set (or the bundle) for yourself, you can find it here in my online store.

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Happy Scenes for Winter

Happy Scenes Stampin' Up!

To start out the month of November here on my blog I’m going to be sharing four cards I made using the Happy Scenes stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  I’ll be sharing two of the cards today, and the other two on Wednesday.  Make sure you read through the project notes because I’m going to be sharing some tips for using this stamp set and coordinating framelits.

Here are the project notes for the card pictured above:

  • The Happy Scenes stamp set (139821) was used to create this card.  I stamped image I used was the winter tree with cardinals…cardinals are my favorite bird!

  • Boughs and Berries embossing folder (139671) was used for the border.  I only used part of the embossed image.  This makes a really fun border!!

  • This layout is certainly a clean and simple card idea that could be adapted for many occasions.  Designer paper could be substituted for the embossed border piece.

Here’s the second card I want to share with you today.

Happy Scenes Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

I just LOVE this stamp set from the current Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog.  The images in the Happy Scenes stamp set are very simple lined images but the cards that can be created with them are stunning!!  Make sure that you stop back on Wednesday as I will have two more Happy Scenes cards to share (along with a couple fun tips for using this stamp set).

Thanks for stopping…

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Trick and Treat for Halloween

Today I’m sharing two fun projects for Halloween treat giving.  Sometimes I like to give Halloween treats to special people and like to “step up” the treat presentation.  Either of these projects would be a great way to do that.  Here’s the first one…I like to call it a “Boo Bag“.

Happy Scenes Stampin' Up!

 

Project Notes:

  • Happy Scenes (139821) was the stamp set that was used for this project.  I LOVED the little spider and web that comes with this set.  Such a cute image to put in the window.

  • The Hearth and Home Thinlits Dies (139666) was what I used to cut the window frame, then I trimmed it down to mount it on the black card stock.  This Big Shot die is sold in a bundle with the coordinating Happy Scenes stamp set (Bundle, 140853) at a 15% savings.

  • The Mini Treat Bag Thinlits (137547) was used to create the gift bag.  This bag is a generous size (approx 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″), so larger treats can easily fit inside.

  • The Black Glimmer Paper (139605), found in the holiday catalog, made a perfect finishing touch at the bottom of the bag!

 

Here’s the second project I have to share today:

Howl-O-Ween Stampin' Up!

This is a double pocket fold card that I made using the Happy Haunting designer series paper pack (139584).  The “Trick or Treat” sentiment from the Howl-O-Ween stamp set (wood 139687, clear 139690) made a perfect image to use on the front!  The spider from that stamp set made the perfect accompaniment to the spider web doily (139622) in the upper right corner of the card.

This card actually has two pockets, one behind the first orange stripes.  I think this is the area I’d tuck my treat in.  The other pocket is where the spider web is, and that’s where I chose to put a piece for adding a note.  Here’s a another photo of the card showing the insert.

Double Pocket Card Stampin' Up!

I shared the actual step-by-step instructions for making a card like this in my online stamping club (I used different paper and chose a different theme) and I had one club member email me to let me know this was a perfect project (with a little bit of size alteration) for sending photos in the mail!  It always makes me so happy to hear my customers actually USING the ideas I share!!

Hope that you have enjoyed the Halloween projects I shared today.  I always appreciate it when you take time to leave me a comment.  

Thanks for stopping!

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

There’s Still Time…

BeeBug Creations 12 Weeks of Christmas

I’ve already sent out four projects to my mailing list subscribers during the 12 Weeks of Christmas promotion.  However, there’s still time to sign up for my mailing list and receive the remaining eight projects.  Use the sign up box in my blog sidebar.  The next project will be sent at 1pm TOMORROW (Wednesday, October 28).

Summer Silhouettes Fall Theme Card

Summer Silhouettes Stampin' Up!

 

You probably think of summer themed cards when I mention Summer Silhouettes, but this Stampin’ Up! stamp set also makes a fantastic fall themed card, as you can see from the photo above.  The colors used on a card or project do so much to add to the theme.  This same card could be made with a spring theme simply by changing the colors (pinks and yellows), adding a lighter shade of green (Wild Wasabi for instance) and using different designer paper.

Project notes:

  • Stamp sets used were Summer Silhouettes (wood 132082, clear 126447) and Best Thoughts – sentiment (wood 139234, clear 138700, a stamp set available only to hosts).

  • Colors used were Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight and Soft Suede.

  • Designer paper strip is a piece of Into The Woods Designer Paper (139586).

  • I used three pieces of color card stock to create a matte.  Doing this created a balance of all the colors used.

  • Flowers were fussy cut.  Yes, this took a bit of time but the look was well worth the little bit of time the cutting took.  If cutting is a challenge for you, I have a video with some tips to make it easier.

  • The bottom left corner of the card gives you a peek as to what I stamped on the inside.

 

I created a similar card for this month’s Online Stamping Club.  Each month I create three fabulous stamping projects to share with club members.  Videos and written, step-by-step directions are included.

  • One of the projects always teaches a new technique.
  • Another of the projects is always what I call a “quick and easy” card…a layout that goes together easily and can be used again and again.
  • The third project is always a more complex project…a fancy fold card, a fun to make 3-D item, etc.

It’s easy to become a club member.  Commit to spending $30 each month in my online store (for a period of six months) and each month you will receive my new club projects via email.  Click here to read all the details and sign up for the club.

Thanks for taking time to stop…

Have fun “stampin it up!”