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Seasonal Chums Front and Back Fun

Seasonal Chums Front and Back Fun

My friend Leslie made me this absolutely adorable Seasonal Chums front and back fun card for my Occasions Open House. Introduced in the Holiday Catalogue, it seemed it was just a so-so set with my customers. But it quickly became a favourite once we showed off her design! (In fact, two customers decided they HAD to add it to their order that night!)

With this card such hit that at my Open House I knew I HAD to feature it on a Front and Centre Friday to share with all of you. No clue what that means? I love to showcase YOUR designs on my blog and every Friday I do just that. It’s SO easy, it’s almost criminal!

Just send me a card, electronic or snail mail (honestly my preferred choice) and a few notes on what current Stampin’ Up! supplies you used. You can get my address at the bottom of this post.  Then your design will be featured here, just like this one…PSSST, you’re gonna LUV it!

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So what’s the first thing you thought when you look at the front? Well yeah, cute, but Jo, it’s not THAT adorable! (And sorry to tell you but her snowmen are backwards.)? Well take a second look!

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See, I told you! Isn’t it the sweetest? I sure didn’t think to turn those Seasonal Chums tags into a front and back card. In fact, I didn’t even BUY that set and framelits – well, not YET! And the great news is both you AND I can order it TODAY since it’s carried over from the Holiday Catalogue. Race you to the order button!  LOL!

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There are a few steps but here’s how you can make this seasonal chums front and back fun card:

  1. stamp, colour and die cut the snowman and reindeer after stamping in Basic Black archival ink
  2. cut them out along the top so they’re not a tag anymore
  3. hand cut two pieces of Thick Whisper White in the same shape for the snow-ground
  4. cut a 5 1/2”x 8 1/2” piece of window sheet and score it at 4 1/4”
  5. sandwich the window sheet front between the two snow-grounds gluing with Liquid Glue or Fast Fuse
  6. stamp and emboss snow flakes on the top of a piece of designer paper (Leslie used Serene Scenery from last year’s catalogue and now retired) (she used the Merriest Wishes stamp set also retired
  7. cut a 4 1/4” x 5 1/2” piece of thick Whisper White and sandwich the window sheet between the scene and the thick cardstock

You’ve gotta give this fun, almost 3D card a try. How about a birthday rather than Christmas? Or a thinking of you winter card? No matter which you choose, when you order this sweet set and framelits today, you’ll be busy crafting it in a little over a week. Here’s everything you need.

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Turn your stamps into something unexpected like Leslie did. And don’t forget when you do, I want to share it with everyone! Make sure to grab this set and framelits today so you can play with seasonal chums front and back fun too.

Fancy Christmas Gift Boxes to Make

Fancy Christmas Gift Boxes to Make

When you’ve found the absolute best gift for a loved one, you want to package it in fancy Christmas gift boxes to make, don’t you? Today I want to show you an easy, yet oh-so-elegant box idea, that’s actually two bags fit together. Yup, you heard me right, two BAGS. I’ll tell you the secret below. But in the meantime, if you like glitz and glamour and sheen and shine, you’re going to flip over this beautiful gift box.

Fancy Christmas Gift Boxes to Make

I thought you’d like it. Doesn’t that copper have an absolutely gorgeous shine? The Year of Cheer designer series specialty paper has practically flown off the shelves this year and this piece is one of the reasons why. Not only is it incredibly shiny, it’s got a mix of copper and champagne foil with a lovely texture. The leaves and berries are just slightly debossed so the edges pick up the light. When it’s matched with the copper foil sheets and the ornate stocking, it’s a winning combination.

From cards, to bags, to tags and more, your holiday paper crafts will take on a totally over-the-top elegance.  But you’ll want to stock up now since the Year of Cheer paper is being retired 🙁 and will be gone as of January.

Fancy Christmas Gift Boxes to Make

Now I told you earlier, this box is actually two bags. Hard to believe, but there are two different bag sizes here made with the gift bag punch board. See what I mean?

fancy Christmas gift boxes to make

The thick Whisper White bag/box stands about 7” high and the smaller copper one is close to 3” high. You make them exactly the same way with the gift bag punch board and then the smaller one fits neatly right over the top to close your box. I tied my silver edged ribbon around the “join” to fancy it up even more. Pretty awesome.

If you haven’t seen the gift bag punch board in action, you might want to take a closer look. In fact, can you tell I created this festive gift bag also with it? It looks totally different doesn’t it? It’s amazing what variety you can build with this unassuming little tool.

Let’s take a closer peek at that tag.

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Fancy Christmas Gift Boxes to Make

I have a confession. My Christmas Stocking Thinlits dies had been sitting in my cupboard since last October – yeah October 2016. I know that never happens to you, right? But when I stumbled upon the nice pristine package this fall, I knew I had to christen it. I loved them last year when they made their way onto my order – and I still think they’re pretty spectacular a year later.

You have to admit that swirly copper stocking is one heck of a reason to rip that package open. It’s a pretty simple tag really. The stocking, a little bit of copper embossing and a strip of the Year of Cheer washi tape.

Here are a couple tips for your fancy Christmas gift boxes to make:

  • Decide how big you need your bottom bag to be first. Then the top should be about 1/3 to 1/2 the size.
  • Pick two coordinating patterned papers or one solid cardstock and a patterned paper for extra pizzazz.
  • Make sure to use a really strong glue to hold your box. I used Fast Fuse for mine.
  • If you pinch the top edges of the bottom bag/box just a little, the smaller top will fit even better.
  • Tie your tag to the bigger metallic ribbon with extra lengths of metallic thread. That way you can make double bows which are ultra pretty like I did.

When you’re getting ready to wrap your holiday presents, you will want to have one of these handy dandy gift bag punch boards close by. Whip up a bag, or a box in mere minutes that have extra special personality.

How about a last look at this bee-you-tiful set of boxes.

Fancy Christmas Gift Boxes to Make

 

As the gift giver, you’ll have fun creating with your special person in mind. As the lucky recipient, they’ll know exactly how loved they are. When you take the time for fancy Christmas gift boxes to make this holiday, be prepared for outstanding reviews – they might not even get to what’s inside!

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Card Fold Technique for Cardmakers

Card Fold Technique for Cardmakers

Today I’m sharing my absolutely EASIEST card fold technique for cardmakers in this super classy Christmas greeting. Not only is is easy, it’s super fast so you can make a bunch of these and get them into the mail lickety split! Let’s see…

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Wouldn’t you like to receive this with your holiday mail? Thought so. So I figure you could make this card in about 5 minutes, certainly less than 10! What about it makes it so quick?

  • Using foil snowflakes from a package
  • Decorating with a designer series paper strip
  • Embossing only one small greeting

Take another peek.

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So I did say there was a fold technique for cardmakers in this card didn’t I? It might be hard to notice, but there’s really only ONE teeny tiny, ultra simple fold! The front panel of the card is folded back so one inch of the inside of the card is showing. That’s it! And although that might seem small, it’s one HUGE way to add variety and interest to your card making. Not only for you, but for your recipients too.  (If you’d rather not have a fold, you can achieve a similar look like on this pretty card from my Front and Centre Friday series made by my firend Lillian.)

Ingredients

  • Shimmery White cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4” AND 7 1/2”
  • Year of Cheer designer paper 7/8” x 5 1/2”

How do you make this card? Six ultra easy steps:

  1. Fold and burnish card along score lines with folding bone.
  2. Stamp greeting at top left near card fold and sprinkle with silver embossing powder. Heat.
  3. Cut foil snowflake in half, add a glue dot to the middle and place under the folded back strip of card so it shows to the left and you don’t see the edge.  (TIP: There are both silver and gold snowflakes in the package – so make some of each.)
  4. Use Fast Fuse or Tear & Tape to glue down folded back strip over top of snowflake.
  5. Adhere strip of patterned paper to front of glued down strip.
  6. Attach rhinestone in centre of snowflake.

Tadah! You’re done. Pop that into a Very Vanilla envelope and sit back to hear the rave reviews.

If you haven’t picked up a package of either the foil snowflakes or Year of Cheer paper, do not delay. They are on the Holiday Catalogue retiring list and when they’re gone, they’re really gone! Click on the images below to order yours now!

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At this hectic time of year, you may think hand making your holiday cards is a pipe dream. Not so! Not only can you make them quickly, you can add a twist with a simple unexpected touch. Incorporate my card fold technique for cardmakers into your toolkit and you’ll always have fun cards to give to family and friends.

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Inspirational Carols Greeting Cards

Inspirational Carols Greeting Cards

Do you love inspirational carols greeting cards for Christmas? If you’re like me, the traditional carols where we know the words by heart are one of THE best parts of the Christmas season. I don’t know about you, but Christmas carols have been piping out of my iPod for weeks now (much to the dismay of my husband). I think it’s NEVER too early to crank up the holiday tunes and sing along.

So if this sounds like you too, look no further than today’s card for an idea that combines your love of carols with your love of paper crafting. I’ve created it with patterned paper, the detailed star die and bold green and black colours.

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Don’tcha think this one would be perfect for the men on your holiday card list.? Do you recognize the sentiment carol? It’s the first two opening lines of the classic We Three Kings (you’ve got the tune whispering in your ear now don’t you?).

I think the mix of fonts on this greeting is absolutely beautiful. Contemporary yet classy at the same time with those two little flourishes. I’ve stamped it in Versamark ink then heat embossed white powder for a shiny raised greeting that just POPS against the black panel.

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This detailed star from the Starlights Thinlits is just breathtaking. I cut it in clean and crisp thick Whisper White card stock with the Precision Base Plate.  With all those little nooks and crannies, the precision base plate makes cutting it a breeze.  And to get all those intricate bits out, the Big Shot Die Brush makes your life SO much easier.

I tried the star first just by itself on the black panel. But it just didn’t have enough OOMPH. Then I added another layer in the Merry Little Christmas designer paper on an Old Olive strip. I picked this pattern since it had diamonds and stars so was a super complement to the star shape itself.  I was pretty happy adding just that little touch and didn’t play around any further.  Finally just a large rhinestone in the star’s centre is enough to add some sparkle.

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Of course our carol isn’t only two lines long. But it would’ve been a mite bit difficult to get the whole song onto a stamp. But what we do have is the final line of the carol to perfectly coordinate and complete the inside of our inspirational carols greeting cards.

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I’ll be honest. The ENTIRE reason I bought this set last year when it debuted was because of that gorgeous swoosh. Yup, one image alone was enough to add it to my shopping bag! It just speaks the word “magic” to me. But I tell ya, once I had the whole set, the other images and greetings have seen some ink too!  One of my most pinned projects earlier this year was this card also made with the Star of Light set.

Here’s my product supply list. Just click on the products to shop with me online.

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So now it’s time to turn up the Christmas tunes and get busy! Hum or sing along to your favourites while you create some inspirational carols greeting cards for the folks on your holiday list this year.

Craft Faux Silver Foil Finishes with a Heat Embossing Tool

Craft Faux Silver Foil Finishes with a Heat Embossing Tool

Have you tried to craft faux silver foil finishes with a heat embossing tool? If you love the look of shiny metallics, I’ve got a secret to share with you for a fast and fun technique.  Then look no further than foil paper, your embossing powder and heat tool to create awesome results like this.

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See that silvery shine?  Isn’t it beautiful? And let me tell ya, it’s even more gorgeous in person!  I’ve got all the steps to get such an awesome silver foil background which reflects just like metal. (check below for the steps and my secret “reveal”)

And the textured marble surface I created with embossing powder just BEGS to be touched (in fact I’m so geeky I JUST did that myself after I typed those words!) I chose basic black, red and white colours to really showcase the swirled silver foil and one large bold greeting.  I’m really loving these colours for the holidays this year.  In fact this card, and this special gift package are the perfect match don’t you think?

craft faux silver foil finishes with a heat embossing tool

In fact it’s hard to see here, but my greeting is embossed too. Only this time with a shiny black which also catches the light when you pick up the card. Just one more way to surprise friends and family with your card creations. The large sentiments from the Carols of Christmas set is a perfect stand-alone greeting when it’s framed with the two largest Lots of Labels dies. For classic, exactly-matted frames, this one’s my favourite to pull out. The two black rhinestones fit on each end and add the final glistening touch to your card.

So now let me tell you how easy it is to craft faux silver foil finishes with a heat embossing tool. I haven’t used many of my background stamps lately and sometimes forget how quick and easy they are to use. This Marbled one was a MUST HAVE when I saw it in this year’s Annual Catalogue. Did you think the same thing or did you miss it?  Take a peek at this innocent little sample in the top left corner that did it for me:

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It’s on page 182 of your Annual Catalague.  I think it’s just so cute and pretty and I NEEDED to know how to get that fabulous background.  (Am I the only one that happens to?)  I thought at first it was designer paper, but was so excited to see it was a background stamp.

Take a closer look at how the texture it creates on the silver foil is so touchable!

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Here’s how I used it on my card today.

  1. Ink your Marbled background in Versamark ink and lay your 3 3/4” x 4 1/4” silver foil panel silver side down on top.
  2. Lay a clean piece of plain white bond paper over top and smooth with your hand being careful to not move the panel piece. (TIP:  This stops you from getting ink on your hands.)
  3. Remove bond paper and carefully lift up the edge of your piece of silver foil.
  4. Sprinkle with clear embossing (yup, that’s not a typo – my SECRET is to use CLEAR!) powder and heat with your heat tool.
  5. Let it cool slightly and you’re ready to add it to your card.

I did try exactly the same background with my silver embossing powder too, but I really prefer this look with the clear. It seems to just sit on top and become part of the silver foil and there’s no two silvers competing for your attention. The silver powder to me almost looked a bit too “overdone”.

Give it a shot yourself to see what I mean with everything you might need to create this card yourself.  Simply click on each image to take you right to my online shopping store to have it shipped directly to you.

craft faux silver foil finishes with a heat embossing tool

Christmas is the season of glitz so the more ways you can add sheen, shine and glitter to your paper crafts will be much appreciated by the recipients. But don’t limit yourself to only Christmas. Change up the greeting for a thank you or happy birthday and you’ve got a classic greeting fit for guys and gals alike.  That’s a fantastic way to get more versatility from the items your already own.

So now my secret’s out, when are you going to add textured embossing to craft faux silver foil finishes with a heat embossing tool to your own paper crafting toolkit?

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