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Seasonal Wreath Christmas Card Idea

I know – I said I was done with festive cards for this year, but you’d be missing out if I didn’t share this seasonal wreath Christmas card idea.  It was designed by one of my Kreative Kanuck friends, Paula for a swap at our last stamping party. 


And seeing as it’s Front & Centre Friday just a few days before Christmas, I thought is was the perfect time to showcase it!  


Isn’t it beautiful?


Seasonal Wreath Card Idea to make for the Holidays


Seasonal Wreath Christmas Card Idea


What’s not to love about Paula’s design?


  • a pretty watercolored wash background
  • the wash of Frost White shimmer paint over the fussy cut and embossed wreath (shem must have known I was going to feature embossing folders this week!)
  • super sparkly red glimmer paper greeting with a Real Red shadow
  • the perfectly placed red rhinestone berries on the wreath


Let’s take a little bit closer peek.


I LOVE this Seasonal Wreath Card Idea Using Frost White Shimmer Paint


The Seasonal Wreath embossing folder is a bit of a sleeper in the Annual Catalogue I think. Tucked away on page 223, it’s simply beautiful.


I used it a few weeks ago for this ultra quick and easy festive card.  


And did you notice Paula also embossed her envelope?


Embossed & Painted Seasonal Wreath Card Idea


Paula’s celebrated 8 years as part of my Kreative Kanucks family this fall and always has lovely ideas to share.  Here’s another one of her designs for our challenge at our last get together.



Again, what a pretty and fun way to share your love of stamping and paper crafting during the holiday season.  (And she won the challenge by the way!)


What I absolutely love about being part of the Stampin’ Up! family.  


  • Developing friendships like the one I share with Paula and the rest of the Kanucks.
  • Being constantly inspired by the fabulous creativity in this great group of ladies.
  • Having friends who “get it”, who really understand this passion for creating beautiful handmade things.
  • Sharing, sharing, sharing.  Of ideas, concerns, celebrations, questions, milestones…you name it, it’s up for chatter!


There’s lots of other benefits too you can read about in this other post.  Give me a shout to chat about how YOU can become part of this family too. 


While you’re mulling over whether you want to join the Stampin’ Up! family as part of my team, keep crafting!  


Here’s everything you’ll need to design one of these pretty cards at home.  Psst…before you order the Seasonal Wreath embossing folder, click on over to my Facebook Group to see Steal of  Deal until December 23rd!



Seasonal Wreath Christmas Card Idea

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Seasonal Wreath Card Idea to Make


If you need a pretty ornament for your tree, Paula’s mason jar lid decoration might be just the thing. 


Or if you still need a super special card for a loved one, take another peek at this gorgeous seasonal wreath Christmas card idea.

Make a Fall Wreath Card

How many items does it take to make a fall wreath card?  Five!  Yes, you can make a fall wreath card with just five things.

  1. one itty bitty punch
  2. one stamp
  3. a stamp pad
  4. some rhinestones and/or a bow
  5. coloured paper (5 colours to be exact).

It’s Thanksgiving this weekend in Canada and my friend Leslie made this card for me and it is bee-YOU-tee-ful!  Plus, the BESTest part ever?  

It’s super simple!

the Sprig punch does ALL the work to make a fall wreath card

I know. Another punch, right?

And to be honest, at first, I thought “Meh, not so sure I need it.”

But for those who know me well, you know I I might be just a tad bit punch crazy.  So I couldn’t resist, and next thing I knew, it popped right onto my demonstrator pre-order.

And now I have it?  This innocuous little Sprig punch?  It’s a paper crafter’s MUST HAVE dream punch! 😜

make a fall wreath card

It didn’t take long for me to go from “Meh” to “WOW“!  Let me tell you why.

First, it’s a bit larger than I thought.  Your punched sprig is about 1 1/2” long so it doesn’t get lost on your card or your desk.

I’ve used mine in SO many ways since it debuted in the 2018 Holiday catalogue. 

  1. Use it as a simple embellishment in behind popped up greetings to frame it.
  2. Punch it out of patterned paper, glimmer and foil paper, or plain old cardstock.
  3. Glue it down for a whimsical tree for spring, summer, winter or fall.
  4. Add it as berries or sprigs (huh, go figure!) to foliage
  5. Perk it up with rhinestones to make holly or mistletoe.
  6. Make antlers for any little critter you want
  7. and I could go on…and on…

Really, it adds punch (pun intended☺️) and polish to my cards either as a simple embellishment or as a more elaborate focal point.  

If you haven’t picked one up yet, this card just might be the clincher!  The punch does ALL the work.

make a fall wreath card with the FAB Sprig punch

How can you make a fall wreath card?

  1. IMPORTANT TIP1:  If you wish to stamp, do it BEFORE you start your wreath and wrap your wreath around it.
  2. Punch out 15 sprigs in five different colours (3 of each).  Mossy Meadow, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Tranquil Tide, Blackberry Bliss (and Leslie has one lonely little Early Espresso sprig in there too!).
  3. Start with one colour and affix the end of sprig with a glue dot to your card. TIP2: start at the bottom of your greeting so you can add your bow on top.
  4. Overlap a second, different coloured sprig also adhered with a glue dot placing it about 3/8” away from the middle of your first branch.
  5. Continue with different colours until you have a circle created.


I LOVE using my new Sprig punch to make a fall wreath card

To add further embellishment, 

  • Colour clear rhinestones with a Daffodil Delight dark Stampin’ Blend.  TIP3: Put a jewel at the “bottom” of each sprig just in case you need to cover up a little bit of glue dot.  TIP4:Mmix bigger and smaller rhinestones for variety.
  • Craft a bow (Leslie’s is four strands of Linen Thread) and adhere with a glue dot.
  • Mount your square (4 1/2” x 4 1/2”) onto a piece of Country Lane designer series paper that is 4 5/8” square.
  • Adhere with dimensionals to a piece of Old Olive (4 7/8” x 4 7/8”) that you’ve run through the oh-so-yummy Tin Tile embossing folder.
  • Glue to a square folded Blackberry Bliss card (5” x 1”, scored at 5”).


So a question for you.  Do you know ANYONE who would NOT love to receive this for a Thanksgiving greeting? 

Here’s the list of supplies Leslie used.  I’d love it if you pick up your supplies here.  Thanks a bunch.

The AWESOME Sprig punch will make a fall wreath card

Are you punch crazy like me too? 

If you are, did you see my Halloween treat box made almost exclusively with punches?  

Or if you’ve ever used punches to create a focal point like Leslie, I’d like to hear about it. 

  • What punch? 
  • Which colours?
  • What was your focal point?

Even better? Send me a photo at [email protected].

And if you haven’t ever used a punch for a focal point, start today.  Make a fall wreath card with the super-duper, over-the-top, gotta-get-it, versatile sprig punch! 


Why I Love Big Shot Cutting Dies

Staying power – that’s just one more reason why I love Big Shot cutting dies. 

The Big Shot.  It’s got a pretty “big” name, but it’s really such a small thing. But boy does it pack plenty of power to bring your crafting to new levels.

Take a look at this beautiful card by my friend Eileen.

Why I Love Big Shot Cutting Dies

Eileen brought this card to my June Open House and it received rave reviews.  Although simple in design, her balanced layout and exact matting and alignment make it an unforgettable card.  The Artistically Asian stamp set is beautiful and she’s used it to perfection.

But how did she finish off the bottom like that?  With the Big Shot.

Do you remember the Top Note die?  It looks like this.

Why I Love Big Shot Cutting Dies

It was the very first die I ordered when I took the plunge and got my Big Shot.  In those days, our dies had a sturdy wood base and about 1 1/4” of foam with the blades encased inside.  This was to protect us from getting cut when we were using it.  

And you know I’ve used it again and again and again.

It’s hard to believe the Big Shot has only been around with Stampin’ Up! since 2009.  It became a can’t-live-without-it tool in a wink of an eye.  It was a big dollar decision to get one back then (and still a big decision now) but it’s one you will never regret.  I use mine every day I’m in my craft studio.

Why I Love Big Shot Cutting Dies

Why I Love Big Shot Cutting Dies

  • They never wear out.  (At least I haven’t had one yet!)
  • Precise cuts no matter how many times you run them through.  Use them lots like I do with my faves (below) the cost per cut dwindles to almost nothing!) 
  • Staying power.  Classic shapes you’ll use again and again (like I have with the Top Note)
  • Easy to use.  So quick and easy to run your die through.  No more time consuming fussy cutting!
  • Design options.  Cut into folded cards, like Eileen did, cut out shapes, make tags, boxes, treat holders.  You name it, you can pretty much make it.
  • Versatility.  Paper is only the beginning. Cut all kinds of materials like fabric, light balsa wood, foam, felt, leather, light magnet, plastic, chipboard…
  • Selection.  There are so many dies available for just about every occasion, holiday and hobby.  Every sport and passion.  From babies to toddlers, teens and adults, you’ll find a die perfect for anyone.
  • Coordination.  When dies perfectly fit my stamped images or my patterned paper designs, I’m in heaven!


Why I Love Big Shot Cutting Dies


Which dies do I use over and over?

And every time we have a new catalogue offering there’s always one that catches my eye and quickly goes into my “never-going-away” pile.


So if you’ve sat on the fence for a while about getting a Big Shot, sit no more.  I can’t imagine any greater investment to take your paper crafting to new heights than a Big Shot.  I’m so sure of it, if you find you never use it, I’ll buy it back from you.  Guaranteed.


Why I Love Big Shot Cutting Dies

And don’t forget to pull out some of your old favourite dies like Eileen did.  I predict you’ll be singing their praises and telling everyone who’ll listen, “why I love Big Shot cutting dies.”

Cardmaking with the Stampin Up Stained Glass Thinlits

Cardmaking with Stampin Up Stained Glass Thinlits

My friend Marilyn shared this special card at our team stamping party and I thought you might like to see it too. It shows just how beautiful cardmaking with Stampin Up Stained Glass thinlits can be for heartfelt sympathy cards.

Marilyn used both the stamp set and thinlits to create a detailed background window with pretty hand-coloured butterflies.  She says this was one of the first new sets she purchased and she took advantage of bundled pricing to save 10% off the total.  Really when you can get seamless and stress-free crafting at a reduced cost, why wouldn’t you?

Cardmaking with the Stampin Up Stained Glass Thinlits

Isn’t it pretty?  And isn’t the colour combination just a bit different?  Blushing Bride, Cajun Craze and Basic Black cardstock.  Then her butterflies are coloured with the Stampin’ Write markers in Coastal Cabana, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight and Cherry Cobbler with just a touch of Flirty flamingo.

Cardmaking with the Stampin Up Stained Glass Thinlits

The sentiments in this stamp set are a different script from our usual style.  Being a calligrapher, I was immediately attracted to the bold gothic style letters.  They’re solid, expressive and beautiful.  Plus, they’re an ideal complement to the stained glass effect and have an almost cathedral-like feel.  

But there’s more than just a stamp set and thinlits.  In fact, there’s an entire suite of products for coordinated crafting.  Gorgeous stamped vellum, faceted buttons and shiny black cord round out the supplies.  

You can see it all on page 164-165 of the Annual Catalogue. But you can also see it in action right here in Stampin’ Up!’s video.  (Pssst.   You won’t want to miss Brian’s great tips for different colouring techniques on vellum.)


Look how spectacular these designs are when our 2018-20 In Colors spice things up a bit. Which one is your favourite?


cardmaking with Stampin Up Stained Glass thinlits

Have you ever gone all-out and purchased everything in one of our suites?

Why would you want to?

  • Three words:  coordination, coordination, coordination.  In paper, colours, embellishments, tools, stamps, ribbons and dies.
  • Paper crafting at its absolute quickest and easiest with stamped images you can cut out fast with framelits and punches.
  • Loads of ideas you can CASE (Copy And Share Everything) directly from the catalogue.
  • And let’s not forget cost savings.

There are 14 suites in our Annual Catalogue.  And every single suite has a bundle of some kind.  Whether it’s stamps and dies or stamps and a punch, or stamps and an embossing folder, you’ll save 10%.

So maybe going “all out” is a pretty great thing!

Let’s get back to how Marilyn made her card.

Cardmaking with the Stampin Up Stained Glass Thinlits

Top Tips to Cardmaking with Stampin Up Stained Glass Thinlits

  • Stamp the three butterflies, colour them with your Stampin’ Writes then cut out with your Big Shot and framelit.
  • Use your Precision Base Plate to make quick work of the detailed thinlit cutting.
  • Use your silicone craft sheet, a sponge and multipurpose liquid glue to add adhesive to the back of your detailed thinlits.  See exactly how in this cool “VersaWink” YouTube project.
  • Stamp your label outline first then your words inside for easier placement.  Alternatively, use your Stamparatus to get your words aligned precisely.  See how in my short video here.
  • Have each butterfly face a slightly different direction for more natural feel.

Wanna make this card?  Here’s everything Marilyn used. Make sure to take advantage of the bundled savings on this classic, conservative and beautiful suite.


Cardmaking with the Stampin Up Stained Glass Thinlits

This suite has something for everyone.  Go classic and conservative like Marilyn’s sympathy card.  Or you can fun it up like I did with this “little bit wild” card where I featured the vellum and cord.  

Either way, you’ll be cardmaking with Stampin Up Stained Glass thinlits, and this gorgeous suite for years to come.

A Different Card Design with Garden Impressions Paper

My friend and fellow Kreative Kanuck Paula shared a different card design with Garden Impressions paper with me I want you to see.  Not only is it beautiful, it’s quick and easy too so you could whip up a few of these for lots of different card-giving occasions.

Friday is awesome! Not only is it the end of (most people’s) work week, it’s Front and Centre Friday here at Design with Jo!  I get to showcase lovely works of art made by my paper crafting friends.  Fabulous designs just like this one.

a different card design with garden impressions paper

Paula took her inspiration from browsing through her pins on Pinterest to come up with a different card design with Garden Impressions paper.  She was thrilled to use up a piece of this lovely designer series paper along with her Abstract Impressions bundle she snapped up as soon as she could from the new catalogue.  It’s hard to miss this one, but you might want another peek at the gorgeous designs Stampin’ Up! created for us with this suite.

a different card design with garden impressions paper

Such a pretty suite with the coordinated thinlits, stamp set and paper.  Paula’s hardest decision was which paper to use but she settled on this watercoloured floral one with its mix of pretty colours.  So Saffron, Night of Navy, Shaded Spruce, Melon Mambo and Calypso Coral which she then used as her card base.

Things to note about this pretty card

a different card design with garden impressions paper

  • Paula’s card has a Calypso Coral panel on top of the same colour of cardstock for a neat effect sized at 4” x 5 1/4”
  • She created a tone-on-tone background with one of the smaller flowers from the stamp set to add depth and interest
  • A single So Saffron flower thinly accent the point of the unique cut of her patterned paper
  • Her Whisper White pole dot tulle ribbon is a “barely there” detail to draw you closer’
  • Paula opted to not have a greeting at all on the front of her card – and doesn’t it still work wonderfully?

a different card design with garden impressions paper

Here is the measurement of the designer paper on top of the Calypso Coral panel.a different card design with garden impressions paperThink how many of these you can whip up in an hour or so!  Perfect to pull out and add a greeting inside whenever you need it.  Birthday, wedding, thank you, friend, thinking of you, sympathy…leave me a comment on which occasions you would use it for.

You can recreate Paula’s card with these supplies.  A simple click will take you to my online store where you can order and have it shipped directly to your doorstep.  Thanks so much for shopping with me.

a different card design with garden impressions paper

If you loved this card of Paula’s, I image you will also enjoy seeing this elegant wedding card she created with monochromatic colours earlier this spring.  And if you want to get featured on Front and Centre Friday like Paula why not send me your paper crafted projects?  I adore getting snail mail at  Box 911, Blackfalds, Alberta T0M0J0.

Who knows?  You might be the next I feature!  You might like to create a different card design with Garden Impressions paper just like Paula – or you might like to give another pretty paper a try!



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