Stampin’ Up! Good Tidings

I hope you all are going to have a good weekend. It doesn’t seem like a Saturday to me, but that’s what the calendar says, so I guess I will believe it.

My card for today uses the Good Tidings stamp set found in the holiday catalog. I had not had an opportunity to use it before, but had seen some nice cards online and have been itching to try it.

I love holly, and this set makes pretty realistic looking holly with a two step stamp. Actually, it is a four step if you include the berries-two step for the leaves and two step for the berries. Stampin’ Up has made it easy to use by labeling each piece, 1-a, 1-b, 1-c, etc, so you know which stamp to use first. The stem is another two step. Sounds like a dance doesn’t it? I digress.

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The card base is Whisper White to which I Liquid Glued a panel of Old Olive.

I began stamping with a panel of Merry Music Designer Series Paper on which to do my stamping. As I had not previously used this set, I did a few practice stamps on scratch paper to get the hang of it. I am glad I did though the end product is far from perfect. Maybe the next card will be perfect!!  HA!

Using the solid leaf stamp I stamped the design in Old Olive, then over stamped using the detail stamp in Garden Green. Next, I used Real Red for the solid berry and Cherry Cobbler for the detail. These stamps really do give detail and depth to the design. There are two more stamps to this design which I couldn’t figure out at first. They are the stems and dots on the berries. I had a bit of difficulty lining them up and wished I already had the brand new Stamparatus! For these I used Crumb Cake, then Soft Suede for the second stamp.

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On with the show, I mean, the stamping. Using the smaller holly leaf I used the same technique, putting one in each corner. This panel is Liquid Glued to a mat of Cherry Cobbler.

Using a length of Candy Cane Bakers Twine left over from last year (now retired), I wound it around this panel three times, securing it on the back with tape. The bow is made by wrapping the twine around three fingers three times and around two fingers three times, then pinching it together. Cut a small (5″) piece of twine to wrap around the middle, securing the loops, then tie it in a knot. You can then arrange the loops to your liking. A Glue dot holds the three strands of twine together and holds the bow as well, making it look like you tied the bow around your strands.

This panel is adhered to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the sentiment I stamped the Good Tidings from the stamp set of the same name in Cherry Cobbler on Whisper White and die cut it using a Layering Circles Framelit. I cut a second circle from Cherry Cobbler using one of the Layering Circles scalloped edged framelits. Liquid Glue adheres these together, and Stampin’ Dimensionals secure it to the music panel. A rhinestone colored with my Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker finishes it. Card front done!

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On the inside I pretty much repeated the front, only I did not stamp the larger holly leaf. Stamp the holly as before on the music, Liquid Glue the three panels together and into the card base.

I thought the music would make it difficult to read the sentiment, so it, also from the Glad Tidings set, is stamped in Cherry Cobbler on Whisper White and punched out with the Pretty Label Punch. Using my Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker I edged the piece to make it stand out from the music background and Liquid Glued it in place. On to the envelope.

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A small holly and berries, stamped as before, adorns the front while more Merry Music Designer Series Paper finishes the flap. Enjoy!

I like this set and will use it again and again, I think. I hope you like it too.

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Online Extravaganza Starts Monday!!

The Stampin’ Up! annual Online Extravaganza begins Monday, November 20 and runs through Sunday, November 26!!  Yay for a great sale just before the holiday rush!  There are some stamp sets that will be on sale for 20% off on Monday, November 20 only.  The rest of the items on the list will be on sale for the entire time!

Here is the list of stamp sets that will be on sale for 20% off on Monday, November 20 12:00 AM MT until 11:59 PM MT (click on the list to open a full size PDF for easier viewing and printing):

Here are the items that will be on sale from November 20-26!  Click on the list to open a full size PDF for easier viewing and printing:

Let me know if you have any questions.  Don’t forget that the stamp sets on the first list will only be on sale for 24 hours on Monday, November 20 so be sure to order that day if you’re wanting any of them!!

Card Cuts: Whisper White: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″, inside sentiment 2″ x 2-1/2″, front sentiment 3″ x 3″; Cherry Cobbler: cut 2 mats 4″ x 5-1/4″, scalloped circle 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″; Old Olive: cut 2 mats 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″; Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper: Cut 2 3-3/4″ x 5″

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Stampin’ Up Night in Bethehem Diorama

Good Sunday to you all, and I hope your weekend is going well. Did you get that extra hour of sleep? I don’t think I did, though I am such a night owl it is hard to tell sometimes.

I had seen a diorama card on a You Tube video a while back and do not remember who did it. However, my first thought when I saw it was to use the Night in Bethlehem and try to make one.

You need 3 layers for this. I used Night of Navy and Shimmery White card stock. All of it is die cut. The only stamping is the sentiment.

I wanted this to be bold, so I decided to make it 5 x7. It does lay flat, so if you choose to mail it you can. I also made an envelope to fit it.

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Here is what I did:

First off I cut the two pieces of Night of Navy and scored them. Then I cut the Shimmery White and scored it.

Across the top of one of the Night of Navy pieces, I cut the moon and stars from the Card Front Builder Thinlits. This die is sized for the narrow side of an A2 card, so I had to move it over and very carefully line it up so I wouldn’t cut another moon, and only ran it partway through the big shot.  I have a 3-1/2″ circle die that I used for the opening in the Night of Navy, centering it side to side and up slightly from center top to bottom.

Then, matching up the score lines with those on the Shimmery White, I laid the Night of Navy over the Shimmery White and had the placement for the smaller circle. For this I used the largest of the Layering Circles dies, and simply put it inside the opening . I used the Magnetic Platform to aid in lining it up, then simply ran it through the Big Shot. Perfect.

You now have a whole Night of Navy panel (background), a Night of Navy panel with a moon and stars and a big circle cut out, and a Shimmery White panel with a smaller circle cut out.

Using the leftover pieces of the Shimmery White, I cut two of each of the Bethlehem Edgelits of the city and one large star.

Laying the Shimmery White piece with the circle cutout over the whole Night of Navy panel for placement, I liquid glued one of the die cut city pieces and the star to the Night of Navy panel. This is the background.

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Then, again laying the Shimmery White with the hole over the background, I arranged the second (different) city die cut and glued it to the Shimmery White and partially over the hole to show different buildings in my cityscape.

The final piece is the front of the card which has the circle cutout and the moon and stars. Using the final two city die cuts, I arranged them so they were different views of the buildings and cut off the parts that I didn’t need. These were liquid glued to the Night of Navy with liquid glue, up about 1/4″ from the bottom and about the same in from the sides.

Joseph, Mary and the donkey, and the shepherd, were die cut from Night of Navy and attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals and Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals over the top of the buildings on the front of the card.

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Since there is no inside for a sentiment, it has to go on the front. I used a 1/2″ strip of Night of Navy for this, stamping the sentiment from Joyful Nativity (retired) in Versamark, and heat embossing with White Embossing powder. Using my Paper Snips, I cut the flag ends. Stampin’ Dimensionals adhered it to the front, just under the stars on the right side. The cityscape tells the story, but I did want a sentiment. I just didn’t want it to overwhelm the rest of the piece.

To finish, fold the ends of the background UP on the score lines. Fold the Shimmery White BACK on the score lines. (Let me say here that you can adhere your Edgelits diecut on either side of the Shimmer white. Mine is on the top, but it could just as easily go on the back. I didn’t want the circle to show, and the lower edge is hidden by the city cuts on the front.) Do what makes your heart happy. It is YOUR card. You get to decide.

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I used Liquid Glue to adhere these tabs together, putting the Shimmery White on the inside of the background tabs. Folding the front tabs BACK, liquid glue them to the outside of the folded up tabs of the background.

I used the Envelope Punch Board to make an envelope from a subtly striped sheet of paper from my stash.

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Card Cuts: Night of Navy: background and front 5″ x 11″ scored 2″ from each end, sentiment 1/2″ x 3-1/2″, figures 2″ x 3″; Shimmer White: center 5″ x 9″ scored 1″ from each end.

NON STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED: 3-1/2″ circle die from Scrapbooking Made Simple, paper for envelope is from my stash

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Stampin’ Up! Musical Season

Good Monday morning Everyone! Wow! Where does the time go? I am already frantic and it is still 8 weeks until Christmas. I will NEVER be ready! Perhaps someone is trying to tell me something? Like, I need to get out of some of my (self-imposed) responsibilities?

I have not blogged for almost two weeks. Between a couple of special events in which I was VERY involved that took 6 days out of my life, altering two bridesmaids dresses and making great-granddaughter’s mermaid costume for Halloween, I only made it to my craft room yesterday for the first time in 8 days. This is ridiculous! However, yesterday I resumed, not cardmaking, but reorganizing the area. I am not finished, but am making headway. The card for today was done in about 3 short sessions of stolen moments over a period of days.

That said, I am SO glad to be back to making cards. I decided that I would limit myself to one stamp bundle and chose the Musical Season set and the coordinating Musical Instruments dies. I also wanted to try the Eclipse method, of which I have seen a lot lately. Usually, if everyone else is doing it, I shy away from whatever it is. Call me a rebel! The eclipse method is intriguing, so try it I did. Here is my card for today.

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After choosing to use Night of Navy for my card base, I picked one of the sheets of Merry Music Designer Series Paper for the background of my card. First, I used the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to emboss it.

Next up I used the little drummer boy die from Musical Instruments to cut him out of the music. Then, I adhered the music to a sheet of the Champagne Foil Sheets (with the middle cut out, of course. For those of you new to following me, I normally cut the center out of a foil mat to conserve this more expensive paper. It is from this that I then cut smaller pieces and you would never know that there is not a whole sheet behind the art piece) with Snail. This was adhered to the card base with liquid glue.

I also used the drummer boy die to cut three in Night of Navy. Liquid glue adhered all four pieces together, then back into the background. My eclipse part of this card is finished. Perhaps I will try it again using the Large Letters sometime, but this will do for now.

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I really wanted to use the lyre in the set, but just couldn’t make it come out right, so those pieces are waiting to be used on another card sometime. The sentiment banner is cut from Night of Navy and heat embossed with white. I rubbed my Embossing Buddy over the card stock to eliminate static, then used the sentiment stamp from Musical Season, stamped it in Versamark and heat embossed. I cut the ends with the Triple Banner Punch. On the back I added Stampin’ Dimensionals, then whacked off a length of Silver Metallic Thread and wound it around, sticking it to the Dimensionals. This was then adhered to the front of the card.

The dies in the Musical Instruments set are really nice and I would love to use all of them. However, I limited myself to the spray of leaves and berries and the treble clef for this card.

The leaf design was stamped in Old Olive, four times, on Whisper White. Using my Stampin’ Blends, (which you will be able to order tomorrow…..just click on the Order Online button at right) I added color to the leaves and berries. I used the lighter of both Old Olive and Night of Navy to fill in the design, then die cut them. These were arranged rather like a wreath around the sentiment and liquid glued in place.

The clef is cut from the Champagne Foil Sheets as well as Night of Navy, and glued together with liquid glue. I offset these a bit to make a shadow, added some Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals and added it to the front of the card. A bit of liquid glue adhered it to the sentiment label. The front is finished!

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On to the inside. I repeated the Champagne Foil mat and Merry Music DSP, then cut two labels from Lots of Labels framelits for my sentiment. The larger one is in Night of Navy and the sentiment one is Whisper White, stamped with Night of Navy. The sentiment is also from the Musical Season set.

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Just so we don’t have a naked envelope, I added some of the DSP to the flap and

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stamped the drummer boy in Night of Navy on the front.

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I hope you like this card. If you haven’t tried the eclipse technique, try it. It is fun to do. However, my friend Mary did it using the Happy Birthday thinlits die, which has a gazillion pieces. I am not ready for that. She did a live video which you can see here.

There was a problem with the live feed, but the part with the eclipse technique is there.

Card Cuts: Night of Navy: card base 7″ x10″ scored at 5″, sentiment banner 3/4″ x 5″, drummer boy and clef 3″ x 5″, large label 3″ x 4-1/2″; Champagne Foil Sheets: front mat and inside mat (2) 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, clef 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″; Whisper White: leaves 4″ x 6″; Merry Music DSP: front art and inside liner (2) 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″.

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Snowy Christmas Card

Well, like it or not, ready or not, in about 9-1/2 weeks, Christmas will arrive. Yikes! You would think that one didn’t know it was coming with all the last minute activity going on. I have nearly stopped sending cards, but now that I am making them, I want to send LOTS! That means I have to MAKE LOTS! Today was a beginning. I may not get as many done as I would like, but there will be a fair number sent.

I was really just playing around with stamps and dies and a variety of paper today. I like rustic and have this old paper that I should clear out of my stash. It is sort of wood grained blue, sort of scruffy (like peeling paint scruffy) with snowflakes on it. That was my inspiration for this card. Well, really, two card fronts.

As I said, I was playing around and what I did on the inside I didn’t like for a card inside, so it became a card front for a second card. I am showing the fronts today, and at a future, yet-to-be-determined date, I will show you how I decided to finish them.

On the original front, I used a card base of Night of navy. The printed paper already has a wood grain look, but I ran it through the Big Shot with my Stampin’ Up! Pinewood Planks 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder.

card front

Using a die from Tonic Studios I cut a large snowflake in Very Vanilla and another in Sahara Sand. I thought the Very Vanilla was TOO bright and fresh for the aged looking paper. The Sahara Sand did a nice job of toning down the brightness. These were adhered together, offset a bit, with liquid glue.

From the Seasonal Layers dies I chose the two small snowflakes and cut them in Very Vanilla. I proceeded to lose one of them, and decided the card didn’t need it anyway, so didn’t cut another. This was liquid glued to the printed panel.

The 1″ strip cut off a full sheet of card stock when making a 5″ x 7″ card became my sentiment strip. The sentiment is from Merry Patterns. I love this font and it is the perfect size for this card. Using my Paper Snips, I cut a flag at one end and liquid glued it to the printed panel.

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A length of Linen Thread was wrapped around 3 times and taped to the back. Over this, I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the layered snowflake. The final touch was a Linen Thread bow made by wrapping it around 3 fingers 4 times and tying it with another length of thread that I wrapped around the bow 3 times. A Glue Dot holds it in place above the sentiment. Nice.

ON to the inside, er, uh, the second card front. When I decided I didn’t like this for an inside, I simply used my Stampin’ Trimmer and cut the card into two pieces. Easy Peasy!

Another piece of the snowflake, worn looking paper is the mat for the Very Vanilla die cut piece. I used the Swirly Snowflakes dies to cut the bottom half of the panel and liquid glued it to the printed mat. The sentiment from Snowflake Sentiments was stamped in Night of Navy off to the right, leaving room for a couple of Seasonal Layers snowflakes, also in Night of Navy.

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I did not dry emboss this printed paper, but I think any future cards using this will be embossed. I think it gives a richer look to the finished piece.

This is a very nice front of the card, but not for the inside. I just think the whole look says, “I am the front of the card.”

The medium Very Vanilla Envelope was stamped on the front with the three small snowflakes stamp from Snowflake Sentiments in Night of Navy across the bottom of the front. This is a lovely little stamp with a lot of potential. The flap is dry embossed with a Darice embossing folder of swirling snowflakes. When I finish the two cards I will need to make a second envelope, but for now this is all there is.

envelope front

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While this is not the type of card I will send at Christmas, it could be part of a set of cards as a gift for someone. And with a different sentiment, perhaps “Thank You?” it could be an any occasion type of card.

I hope you enjoyed my experimenting. What fun is it to have all these things to play with and not try anything new? Be brave, and do some experimenting on your own. It is only paper and ink!

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The Merry Patterns Host promotion also ends October 31. To get this lovely stamp set FREE, just have sales of $300. You can order this yourself, or get some friends together and place your order. This is a great set, very versatile.

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Card Cuts: Night of Navy: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″, 2 small snowflakes 2″ x 3″; Very Vanilla: large snowflake 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″, sentiment panel 1″ x 5-1/4″, small snowflake 2″ x 2″, inside (or second card front) 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″; Printed paper: front mat 4″ z 5-1/4″, inside mat (or second card front) 4″ x 5-1/4″; Sahara Sand: snowflake 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″

NON Stampin’ Up! products used: Tonic large snowflake die, printed paper, Darice swirling snowflakes embossing folder (envelope)

 

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Christmas is Coming!

I know. That is no secret. It also amazes me that every year about this time I start to panic that I won’t get everything done that I WANT to do before then. I times past, either I was better organized, did less, or did fewer things that were time intensive. By Halloween I ALWAYS had my shopping done, cards were mailed by December 1 and by Thanksgiving most of the wrapping was done as well. That left December free for getting together with relatives to bake and decorate dozens of cookies, to make candy, attend events, practice for the church Christmas program and such things. Now……well.

Today’s card is a Christmas card, though I typically don’t send this kind of card. I honestly think that since Jesus is the reason for the season, my cards should reflect that belief. I do like the red and green traditional colors, the Santa Claus figure, deer, Christmas trees, etc. I just don’t usually send those kinds of cards. However, others do, and our Women’s Club has a bake sale and bazaar the first Saturday of December, so I may sell these for their fundraiser. At any rate, I like this card, and I hope you do too.

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I began by using the lantern die from the Seasonal Lantern bundle to cut the lantern from Gold Foil Sheets. Using the same die, I cut another out of Very Vanilla card stock so I would have the middle of the lantern to stamp my candle, saving the rest of the lantern for another project. I then used the larger lantern, solid die, to cut one from Real Red Card Stock. I adhered the Gold one to the red lantern with Liquid Glue.

From Old Olive and Garden Green I die cut pine boughs using the Pretty Pines thinlits. Using the Holly Berry Happiness stamp set, I stamped several of the smaller leaves in Garden Green on Garden Green Card stock and the three berries in Real Red on Real Red card stock. These were punched out using the Holly  Berry Builder Punch.card-front.jpg

On the center panel of the lantern, I stamped the Seasonal Lantern candle in Real red and the flame and ‘glow’ in Crushed Curry. I outlined the flame in Real Red with my Stampin’ Write Marker. Using a white gel pen, I added a little highlight on the side of the candle. This piece was then liquid glued into the lantern.

I dry embossed a panel of Real Red using the Holly Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Using Real Red as my card base, I liquid glued a panel of plaid paper to a panel of Garden Green and onto the card base. On the embossed red panel, I wrapped a piece of gold and white ribbon around, taping it to the back.

I assembled all the pieces of the lantern using liquid glue and Stampin’ Dimensionals and Mini-Stampin’ Dimensionals, then used Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the finished lantern to the embossed panel.

Taking my sentiment from the Wonder of Christmas stamp set (retired) I stamped it in Versamark on a panel of Very Vanilla and heat embossed it with Gold Emboss Powder. This was punched out using the Everyday Label Punch. I punched out another in Garden Green to use as a mat for the sentiment label. This one was cut in half vertically and liquid glued to the back of the sentiment. Stampin’ Dimensionals adhered it over the ribbon.front

This finished panel was put on the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals also.

The inside of the card was made with a plaid panel on a Garden Green mat and adhered to the card base. This sentiment, also from Wonder of Christmas, was heat embossed in gold on a panel of Very Vanilla and adhered to a Real Red mat using Liquid Glue. I lightly drew three holly leaves and filled them in with my Garden Green Stampin’ Write marker. Ditto the red berries, using a Real Red Stampin’ Write marker. I deliberately placed the sentiment toward the left side of the panel to leave room to hand write a message. If I am going to the trouble to make a card for someone, I am going to write a few words of personal greeting as well.

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The envelope received a plaid flap and a Garden Green lantern, embossed with Gold on the front.flap

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I am having a little difficulty in wrapping my mind around the fact that October is nearly 1/3 gone already. YIKES! There are only 24 hours in a day, and I think I need at least 30! Either that, or I don’t need to sleep.

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Card Cuts: Real Red: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″, embossed panel 4″ x 5″, inside mat 3-3/4″ x 5-3/4″, solid lantern 3″ x 4″; Garden Green: front mat and inside mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, mat for sentiment 2″ x 3″, scraps for holly leaves and pine boughs; Very Vanilla: sentiment 2″ x 3″, lantern 3″ x 4″, inside sentiment panel 3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″; Gold Foil sheets: lantern 3″ x 4″; Plaid Designer Paper: front and inside 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″

NON Stampin’ Up! products used: ribbon, plaid paper. I wanted to use up some older stock, so used these from my stash. You could use instead the DSP Around the world and the gold stripe ribbon, which I will put in my product list.

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Stampin’ Up! Softly Falling

frontGood Thursday morning to you all! Here it is almost the end of another week, and the end of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. However, the work of recovering from the devastation wrought by Harvey will just be beginning.

My nephew and family finally had to evacuate yesterday..two boat rides, a truck ride and a walk through flood waters later, they are safe with a family friend. When he tried to return to their home today to see the situation, he was turned back by law enforcement. They are trying to prevent looting and other crimes against persons. Prayers continue for the situation down there. Makes me want to get in my car and go do something to help, but I would probably be more hindrance than help. Donations to churches in the area would probably be the best way to help at this point in time.

OK. On with today’s card, a pretty simple one, but one that also uses a new-to-me technique.

Did you know that you can use your dies to stamp and/or emboss a design? You can! The front of my card is embossed with the Softly Falling TIEF AND the little snowflake dies in the Seasonal Layers Thinlits set.

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To emboss with dies and your Big Shot, you will need the Sizzix Emboss and Transfer set accessory which includes a Silicone Rubber Mat (squishy) and a hard Impressions Pad. You will actually only use the squishy mat for this process.

Using your multipurpose platform on Tab 1 (the one you use when using an embossing folder) layer as follows: cut plate, die, cutting side up, paper, squishy, cut plate. Run this through your Big Shot. It will go very smoothly and you might think nothing is happening. However, your dies will emboss your paper. Cool! I would suggest doing a test run to make sure the embossing is embossing the correct side of your paper instead of debossing it.

I see all kinds of possibilities for the dies that I already have. It is more effective with detailed dies.

After embossing, I rounded the corners of the embossed panel and the corners of the card base, using the 3/16″corner punch. This is a good time to also round the corners of the inside sentiment panel.

Using a length of ribbon from my ribbon stash, I wrapped it around the embossed panel, taping it on the back, and liquid glued the panel to the Garden Green card base.

Using the tree dies from Card Front Builder die set, available tomorrow from the Holiday catalog, I cut one of the double tree and one of the single tree in Always Artichoke card stock. These were liquid glued to the embossed panel as background trees. Next, I cut two of the double tree and one of the single tree in Garden Green card stock. The double tree on the right hand side was liquid glued to the panel and the others were adhered using Mini-Stampin’ Dimensionals and Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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The sentiment is from the old Wonderland stamp set. I stamped it in Garden Green on Whisper White card stock and die cut it with the number 2 (numbered from smallest to largest) die in the Lots of Labels Framelits. I also cut one in Garden Green using the Number 3 size to use as a mat and adhered it with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The scene, to me, is reminiscent of a still, silent, nighttime snowfall and I wanted the Silent Night sentiment.

It looked a little bare, so I die cut two small deer from Early Espresso card stock using the die from the Card Front Builder Thinlits, tucking one back into the trees and adhering both with Glue Dots.

To finish the card front, a white gel pen made some snowflakes on the trees and piled up snow on the tops of the letters of the sentiment. A few tiny pearls from the Pearl Basic Jewels complete the front.

Inside, I used the dies that cut the trees for the front, only I used them to emboss the trees on the inside. Then, using my Garden Green Stampin’ Write marker, I colored them in. The photo does not show the embossing, but it is there. There was no tree stamp to coordinate with this die set, so the embossing technique allowed me to use the trees on the inside without the bulk of die cuts.

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The sentiment at the bottom is also from the Wonderland set, while the main sentiment is from the Holly Berry Happiness stamp set.

The envelope front received a pine bough and pine cone in Garden Green and Early Espresso using the marker to stamp method of inking. The flap is embossed with the Softly Falling TIEF.

I encourage you to try using your dies to emboss and/or stamp. To use them to stamp, just tap, tap, tap your ink pad over the cutting side of the die and run it through your Big Shot as detailed above. I love to be able to use products I have in unexpected ways.

Thought for Today: If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere. Vincent Van Gogh

Card Cuts: Garden Green: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″, trees 2-1/2″ x 7″, sentiment label mat 1-3/4″ x 3″; Always Artichoke: trees 2-1/2″ x 5″; Whisper White: (2) 4-3//4″ x 6-3/4″ inside sentiment panel and front panel, sentiment label 1-3/4″ x 2″; Early Espresso:  deer 1″ x 2″.

Products used not listed below: Retired Wonderland Stamp set, Sizzix Big Shot Accessory Emboss and Transfer set.

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Stampin’ Up! Deck the Halls

I hope you all are having a Wonderful Wednesday, unless of course you are in Texas or Louisiana and dealing with Hurricane/tropical storm Harvey. If that is the case, I am sure you have had better days! I cannot imagine what you are going through down there, but many of us are praying for your safety and the strength to deal with everything.

My card for today looks ahead to brighter days, happier days, days where we can sing again. Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la. Yes, this is my Deck the Halls card, using elements from the Carols of Christmas stamp set as well as some others. Front

The mat for the music is from the Petal Garden Designer Series Paper stack. The music is from the Merry Music Specialty DSP.  I love this paper! These were liquid glued together, and Linen Thread wrapped around three times and taped on the back. This was then glued to the Basic Black card base on an angle.

For the sentiment, the Deck the Halls, from Carols of Christmas, is stamped in Basic Black with a stamped-off-once Old Olive pine branch and Soft Suede pine cone from Christmas Pines. All this is on a panel of the white Wood Textures DSP. This was liquid glued to a Basic Black mat, then glued to a scalloped Old Olive mat cut from the Layering Squares framelits.

“But it isn’t a square”, you say. You are correct. I only ran the square about halfway through the Big Shot, then turned the paper and moved the die to the opposite end of the needed rectangle and finished cutting it. If you carefully place the cutting ridge in some of the previously cut scallops, it will hold the die in place to finish the cutting. A magnetic plate helps also.

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Next it is time to do a dry assembly with the sentiment mat and all the pieces of the pine and holly. Two of the pine boughs and the holly leaves are cut from Old Olive. One pine branch is cut from Always Artichoke. The pine cone, stamped in Soft Suede on Soft Suede card stock is from the Pretty Pines thinlits, as are all the pine boughs.

The holly leaves and berries are from the Holly Berry Happiness stamp set and cut with the Holly Berry Builder punch. The berries are in Real Red ink on Real Red card stock. After all, the halls were decked ‘with boughs of holly’, so I thought the card should reflect the song. I just added the pine because I like it.

After dry assembly, I used glue dots to hold the pieces in place and adhered them to the music with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The sentiment panel is also adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I made a bow from the Linen Thread and added it to the front with a Stampin’ Dimensionals. This completes the front of the card.

On the inside another panel of the Wood Textures DSP was stamped with a Soft Suede pinecone. Using a mask of the pinecone I had cut previously, I laid it over the stamped pinecone and stamped the Old Olive Pine branch, all from Christmas Pines. A bow, stamped in Real Red on Real Red card stock was punched using the Holly Berry Builder punch.

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The sentiments, also from Christmas Pines, were stamped in Basic Black. This panel was liquid glued to an Old Olive mat and into the Basic Black card base.

The envelope front also was stamped as the inside with an Old Olive pine branch and Soft Suede pinecone. A leftover piece of the Wood Textures DSP was glued to the envelope flap. No naked envelopes here, no siree!

I hope you like this card.

Thought for today: Today will never come again. Be a blessing. Be a friend. Encourage someone. Take time to care. Let your words heal and not wound.

Card Cuts: Basic Black: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, sentiment mat 2-7/8″ x 3-11/16″; Old Olive: scalloped rectangle 3″ x 3-13/16″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; pine branches, holly leaves 2″ x 3″; Wood Textures DSP: front sentiment 2-3/4″ x 3-1/2″, inside sentiment 3-3/4″ x 5″; Petal Garden DSP: mat for music paper 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″ ; Merry Music DSP: 3-1/8″ x 4-3/8″; Soft Suede: pine cone 1-1/2″ x 2″; Real Red: holly branch and berries 1″ x 2″, bow 1″ x 1-1/2″; Always Artichoke: pine branch 1″ x 2″

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