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Ornamental Pine Meets Northern Flurry


Handmade Christmas card using Ornamental Pine stamp set and Northern Flurry Tea Light HolderIf you had come to my class last Tuesday, you would have learned how to make this beautiful vellum tea light holder and matching Christmas card.

We cut card stock vellum with the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Dies (135853). Then we dry embossed the pieces with the Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (120902) and the Big Shot. We curled the pieces slightly with bone folders.

Next we stamped the pine cone from the Ornamental Pine stamp set (wood – 135104, clear – 135107) twice on Whisper White card stock with Soft Suede Suede ink and cut them out. Dazzling Details (124117) was applied to the white areas of the pine cones and then they were cut out. A little Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755) was used to attach them to a short piece of Linen Thread (104199) and attached to just one side of the overlapping flaps of the box.

A bow of Lost Lagoon 3/8″ Silky Taffeta Ribbon (135841) was attached on top with a glue dot. We placed a flameless tea light inside. I love the soft glow of the tea light through the vellum and the embossed area gives a lacy look to the box. See other Curvy Keepsake Boxes I have created here and here.

To go along with the tea light holder we created a Christmas card with a vellum overlay. The overlay was embossed with the Northern Flurry embossing folder and applied to the Soft Sky card base with SNAIL adhesive along the top edge. A length of the Lost Lagoon ribbon was tied around the card front to cover where the vellum was attached. The pine bough was stamped on the Soft Sky card base in the lower right corner. We used the Noel framelit from the Wondrous Wreath Framelits Dies (135851) to cut out the word from Gold Glimmer paper (133719) and glued it to the vellum layer with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

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Washi Wednesday – Washi Christmas Cards

Handmade Christmas card using All Is Calm Designer Washi Tape and Snowflake Card Thinlits DiesYep…here is another Washi Wednesday with three more cards using washi tape. This first one uses the All Is Calm Designer Washi Tape (135844) to create a series of banners behind the snowflake. I had cut out the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper (135315) with the Snowflake Card Thinlits die and found it lying on my stamping table. I cut the blue snowflake from Lost Lagoon cardstock and the Joy from a Gold Foil Sheet (132622) using other dies from the Snowflake Card Thinlits Dies (135855).

In this post, I described how I cut out the large snowflake from glimmer paper. Since then I actually took the time to watch Stampin’ Up’s video on how to use the die and learned a much easier way to cut out the snowflake:

  1. Place a 3 3/4″ square of cardstock/glimmer paper under the snowflake part of the card base die and run it through the Big Shot.
  2. Remove the cardstock , turn it 90 degrees, and replace it under the die lining up the cut parts with the corresponding parts of the snowflake.
  3. Run it through the Big Shot again. Voila! You now have a perfectly cut snowflake. This is also the way to cut out the large snowflake from the Letterpress Winter stamp set (photopolymer 135145). However, lining up the die to the stamped image is very difficult. I found it much easier to first cut the snowflake shape out and then stamp the image on it. The photopolymer stamp make placement of the image on the die cut much, much easier.

Handmade Christmas card using the Santa and Company Designer Washi tape and Letterpress Winter stamp set Handmade Christmas card using the Santa & Co Designer Washi Tape and Wondrous Wreat Thinlit DiesThese are two more versions of this washi tape Christmas card. The top card shows the result of following the directions above using the large snowflake die from the Letterpress Winter stamp set (135143). I used the Santa and Co. Designer Washi Tape (135843) on this card and the next one. The Joy and the larger snowflake were cut from Gold Glimmer paper (133719) using one of the dies from the Snowflake Card Thinlits Dies as was the Marina Mist smallest snowflake. I love how the various stamp sets and dies work so well together!

The third card is a little less detailed. I used the Santa and Co. Designer Washi tape and added the word ‘joy’ cut from Red Glimmer paper (121790). I added a bow from Silver 1/8″ Ribbon (132137). I don’t know which one I like best. How about you? Leave your choice in a comment below. To order the supplies to make these cards, click on the images below.

MDS Monday – Herringbone Technique

Digital birthday card with a herringbone background using Be Yourself designer series papers

Welcome to MDS Monday. This week our challenge is to make a herringbone background using narrow rectangles. Here is the challenge sketch:

MDSM86 challenge sketch using a herringbone backgroundI filled rectangles with various patterns of designer series paper from Be Yourself May Digital Download and solid colors chosen by the color picker to match the designer series paper. The grosgrain ribbon started out as Regal Rose and I recolored it with Rich Razzleberry color. The starburst came with the Game Daby Photobook template.

The technique is shared in this video by Juanita Golson


To order the downloads I used, click on the links below.

Halloween Wondrous Wreath

Handmade Halloween card created with the Woundrous Wreath stamp set and diesHere is another great idea I had for the Wondrous Wreath bundle. I am having so much fun with this stamp set and corresponding dies. I love how Stampin’ Up! attached little handles to the wreath stamps and to their corresponding dies so we have a reference point for lining them up correctly. I used the little bats stamp and the greeting from the Holiday Home stamp set. I wish the bats were a little larger though. I guess the wreath is just full of baby bats….LOL!

If you missed the other cards I created with this Wondrous Wreath bundle check this post. Have I convinced you yet that you need this stamp set? Go order it and the supplies needed to make this card now by clicking on the images below.

World Card Making Day – Wondrous Wreath

I told you yesterday to come back later in the day to see what I had created for World Card Making Day but there was no later post for you to see. That’s because I was having such fun creating cards that I ran out of time to post them. Here they are in all their glory.

I really, really am glad I bought this Wondrous Wreath bundle. It was one of the sets I thought I could do without until I saw all the great cards others were creating with the set. None of these ideas are original with me but…hey…in the stamping world CASEing (copy and sharing everything) is a great type of flattery! These cards show off how versatile this set is.

handmade Christmas card using the Wondrous Wreat stamp set Wondrous Wreath Thanksgiving Wondrous Wreath Noelhandmade Christmas card using the Wondrous Wreath stamp set with a garlandWhich of these cards is your favorite? Leave your answer in a comment below.

Did you create a card for World Card Making Day yesterday but didn’t get a chance to email me a photo? You can still do that through today. I will share your card on this blog and my husband will choose his favorite from the cards that are submitted. The winner will receive these cards I made for their prize. Email me your card!

To order any of the supplies I used for these cards, just click on the images below.


Less than one week now!

Monster Maniacs Birthday cardMonstermaniacs gift card inside

That is it is less than one week before I will begin my 12 Weeks of Christmas for my mailing list subscribers.  Every Wednesday during the 12 weeks before Christmas, I will send my mailing list subscribers a Christmas project complete with supply list and directions. There will be Christmas card projects, gifts you can make, and tags/bags/gift wrapping ideas.

However, you must be a subscriber to The Soggy Stamper Newsletter to receive these exclusive projects. Sign up today by filling out the form to the right. You will receive an email asking you to opt in which you must respond to in order to be officially subscribed.

One of the projects is a Christmas Card/gift card holder with the same template as the Birthday card above. So…if you want to know how to make this card…subscribe!

These are the supplies I used for the Birthday card. I used the Monstermaniacs stamp set which is unfortunately no longer available. However there are many other stamp sets in the catalog which would work well. Give me a call if you need suggestions.


Terrific Tuesday – Snowflake Card Thinlit Dies Version 2

A week or so ago, I wrote a post about the new Snowflake Card Thinlits Dies. Here is that post. Today I have another version of that card that my stamping groups made this past weekend.

hand crafted Christmas card created with the Snowflake Card Thinlit DiesI used Soft Sky (131203) and Lost Lagoon (133679) cardstock and the wonderful, exciting Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper (135315) for this card. We stamped Merry Christmas from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (wood-128748, clear-127802) stamped in Lost Lagoon ink (133644) on the back side of the snowflake.

I love these Snowflake Card Thinlits Dies! If you haven’t ordered your set yet, I urge you to click this link and get it ordered! These dies will make stunning Christmas cards which will stand out from the rest of the cards that are sent to your family and friends.

Since today is Terrific Tuesday, I want to call your attention to the terrific Weekly Deals for this week. I know I am going to stock up on the gold ribbon while the price is right!

Holiday Seasonal Catalog is here!

handmade Christmas card created with the Snowflake Card Thinlit

It’s not too soon to be starting to make your Christmas cards and the Holiday Seasonal catalog has wonderful stamp sets and supplies with which to make them. The best news is that you can order from the catalog beginning tomorrow, Aug 28! What? You don’t have one? Well I’d be delighted to send you one for FREE. Email me with your phone number and best time to call you so we can have a conversation about how you can get one totally free from me.

Do you love the label card and circle card thinlits? Then you will be excited as I am to see this Snowflake card thinlit in the new catalog! It even has the thinlits to cut out snowflakes. And to make it even sweeter, the thinlits will cut the Glimmer paper! Yay!

This Snowflake card thinlit is part of the All Is Calm Suite which has beautiful designer series paper, coordinating stamp sets, and embellishments. Check out this suite on pgs 20 – 23 in the Holiday Seasonal Catalog.

The supplies needed for this card are below. Click on the links to order them through my online store.

MDS Monday – Using Overlays

Digital birthday card using a  Natural Composition OverlayHere is my version of the MDS Monday 79 challenge to use an overlay on our projects. When I saw this beautiful floral lace overlay in my files, I decided to create a feminine birthday card. Our sketch looks like this

sketch for MDS Monday 79 challengeI didn’t want to cover up the beautiful lace so I kept the elements rather small. I substituted the greeting on a tag for the photo on the right and flowers for the other photos. While the leaves aren’t in the sketch, I just had to add them. The tag is colored Whisper White but it was so strong a color in contrast to the flowers that I decreased the opacity to 60% and got just the right color.

Have you tried My Digital Studio yet? It is a fun way to create cards, scrapbook pages, and 3-D items using MDS. Here are some of the benefits of this program:

  • You have a complete paper-crafting room in the amount of space of your computer and maybe a printer. All you need to add is cardstock, scissors, and adhesive if you want to make hybrid and 3-D projects.
  • Getting set up to create is just a matter of opening the program on your computer. There is no gathering supplies.
  • When you try something and it doesn’t look right, all you have to do it delete it and begin again or change out a greeting or designer series paper. There is no wasted paper.
  • MDS downloads do not retire so the ones you buy are available as long as you have the program. This means that if you are also a traditional stamper, you can print out the digital version of some of the designer series papers when you run out and you can print out just the patterns you like. Again, no waste of having papers you don’t like lying around.
  • If you are into digital photography like so many of us, your photos are stored on your computer. By designing digital scrapbook pages with MDS, you save the steps of printing out your photo and then cropping it before you can scrap it. MDS even allows you to enlarge and shrink your photos to fit you need.
  • Stampin’ Up! has an excellent printer who calibrates their inks so that your scrapbook pages and cards come back from the printer with colors that match the ribbon and embellishments you have on hand. This makes hybrid pages so easy!
  • Finally, when you are finished working on your project or have to quit, there is no clean up. All you have to do is save your project and close out the program.

Have I convinced you to give MDS a try? It is not difficult to learn and I am happy to help you get started. You have three ways to order it, with a digital download, a software disc, or even try it for 30 days for FREE. Click on one of the links below to order through my online store.

Supplies used:
MDS software digital download (130646), MDS software disc (130647), or 30-day Free Trial of MDS (130910)
Card Stock/Very Vanilla
Festive Blooms (131327) – whisper white 2 and 5
Bright Blooms (130876) – melon mambo 5
Natural Composition Overlays (130855) – 12, Color = STRAWBERRY SLUSH 239,79,117
Elementary Elegance – happy birthday, Color = 0,0,0
Spring to Life Kit (133026) – leaves 2, Color = MOSSY MEADOW 109,108,46
Convention 2012 Photobook Template (130971) – curvy square frame punch, Fill Color = 230,WATERMARK 255,255,255

Work of Art – Christmas card

handmade Christmas card created with Work of Art stamp setI think this Christmas card will be the last card I share using the Work of Art stamp set (wood – 134111, clear – 134114). To see the previous ones I have shared click here, herehere and here. I also used stamps from the new photopolymer sets White Christmas (135767) and Wondrous Wreath (135047) which you will be able to order from the Holiday catalog beginning Aug 28.

Although the photo does not show it well, the layer behind to scene is Gold Foil Sheets (132622). I also punched the star from the gold foil sheet using the star punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (133787).

Now that you have seen the variety of cards that can be created using the Work of Art stamp set, are you ready to order one for yourself? Just click on the links below to order the supplies I used for this card.