Friday 19 July 2024

Home for the Holidays Sparkling Snowflakes Punch Card

Friends, today I'm sharing a card made with a versatile and easy-to-use punch.

The Sparkling Snowflakes Tag Topper Punch can make both tags and card cut-outs, so it gives you more for your money! I'll show the punch and explain how to use it below.

This card is also the 3rd in my FREE Christmas in July Class. Receive my FREE class by mail when you place a product order with me in July! (Min. order $60 before tax/shipping.) 

But first, here's the card:


To make this card, I started by die-cutting a medium-sized circle from a card base in the Brushed Gold Cards & Envelopes, and a large label from Basic White Cardstock, using the Stylish Shapes Dies. Then I stamped my sentiment onto the label in Garden Green Ink, using the stamp set from the Home for the Holidays Past Paper Pumpkin Kit. It's my favourite Pumpkin Kit!

To see the other two cards in my FREE class and learn more about the terrific Home for the Holidays Kit, visit:

Next, I used the Sparkling Snowflakes Tag Topper Punch, pictured here:


To use this punch, I cut a strip of paper 1 15/16" wide. The length can be whatever you like, depending on the size of tag you need. For my card, I cut a strip 4 1/2" long, inserted it into the punch, and pressed firmly to punch out the shape with its ornate snowflake topper.

I love how this punch can be used to make tags for holiday gifts, as well as to add accents to cards!

The tag I created was made from Berry Burst, Old Olive & White Glimmer Specialty Paper (in Old Olive). Here's a look at this glittery paper, which comes in colours perfect for the holidays:


To assemble, I started by adhering a 3 3/4" x 5" Basic White Cardstock writing panel inside a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" Garden Green Cardstock card base. 

Then I added a 4" x 5 1/4" panel of the new Season of Green & Gold Specialty DSP, which just came out this month, to the front of the card. I love the gold foil accents!


With Stampin' Dimensionals, I layered on my tag, circle, and stamped label. I added a bow made from the new White Frayed Grosgrain Ribbon and embellished with Neutrals Adhesive-Backed Sequins.

Thanks so much for joining me today! Be sure to check out my special offers, as I'm celebrating Christmas in July all month long!


You're invited to my FREE Christmas in July Online Kit Party, which is on NOW! It's a great way to get a start on Christmas cards! Come along for the holiday kit demos, games & prizes.  Invite your friends, and come join the fun!

Special Offers

Receive my FREE Christmas in July Class by mail! Applies to product orders of $60 or more. Class packet includes pre-cut paper supplies, ribbons & embellishments to make 3 cards. 



With every purchase of new product, select items of equal value for FREE from my retired stash! You just pay shipping. Request to join the BOGO now - and I'll let everyone into the group when the BOGO begins, on July 24 @ 9 am Eastern.





Get a start on Christmas cards with this in-person class in St Stephen, NB! No crafting experience necessary. All supplies and instruction provided. $30 or FREE with order at the class! (Min. $35 before tax/shipping). 



Create 3 Mediterranean-themed cards in this Online Class! We will focus on using Stampin' Blends™ alcohol markers, for a very smooth yet blended finish. Includes $20 goodie bag, to keep you crafting after the class!




Make 3 cards using decorative paper & just ONE ink colour to make fun scenes 
in this Online Class
! Includes $25 goodie bag, to keep you crafting after the class! 




Create 3 seasonal cards featuring appealing pumpkins 
in this Online Class
! We'll go back to basics, focusing on just stamps, inks & paper! Includes $15 goodie bag, to keep you crafting after the class! Image ©️ Stampin' Up!®️


Click Photo to Purchase in my Online Store: 

Thursday 18 July 2024

Sparkling Snowflakes Wink of Stella Card

Friends, today we continue our Christmas in July series with the Sparkling Snowflakes Stamp Set. 

We'll also add a little (easy!) extra sparkle with our Wink of Stella glitter brush.

Here's today's card:

To make this card, I started by using the Unbounded Love Dies to cut two labels: a smaller one from Basic White Cardstock and a larger one from 2024-2026 In Color™ Glimmer Specialty Paper (Shy Shamrock).

With Moody Mauve Ink, I stamped my sentiment from the Sparkling Snowflakes Stamp Set onto the white label.

I then adhered the two labels together. Tip: a dry glue such as Mini Glue Dots™ or Stampin' Seal works best on the glittery finish. The Glimmer Specialty Paper comes in a pack with all 5 new colours released this May. It's a great accent of bling to add to projects:


Next, I did the main part of the work for this card - stamping. While it takes a few minutes to do, it's a very economical choice, as very few supplies are needed to make a card like this one.

I started by placing each of the snowflake outlines from the stamp set onto its own acrylic block. Then I stamped them onto my 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" Basic White Cardstock panel. What I found worked best was to stamp each snowflake off onto scrap paper, before stamping the final image on the panel. 

I inked my largest snowflake in Lost Lagoon Ink, stamped it off onto scrap paper, then stamped it onto the upper left of my panel. Then I inked my mid-sized snowflake in Moody Mauve Ink, stamped it off onto scrap paper, and stamped it near my first snowflake. Next, I inked my smallest snowflake in Shaded Spruce Ink, stamped it off onto scrap paper, and stamped two of its images on either side of the Moody Mauve snowflake. I continued in the same way across the entire panel, to give it a random look and also to allow for sufficient room for all the snowflakes to fit. I also stamped bits of snowflakes off the edges to add to the realistic feel.

After I finished stamping, I traced over each snowflake with my Wink of Stella glitter brush, to add a little bling.

Here's the Sparkling Snowflakes Stamp Set:


Assembly was easy! I added the stamped panel to a 3 3/4" x 5" Moody Mauve Cardstock panel. Then I used Stampin' Dimensionals™ to attach the panels to a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" Basic White Thick Cardstock card base. 

I cut a small length of Silver & White 1/2" Sheer Ribbon and arranged it as desired, then adhered it to the back of my labels with Stampin' Seal. With Stampin' Dimensionals™, I added the labels to my card.

Thanks so much for joining me today! Be sure to check out my special offers, as I'm celebrating Christmas in July all month long!


You're invited to my FREE Christmas in July Online Kit Party, which is on NOW! It's a great way to get a start on Christmas cards! Come along for the holiday kit demos, games & prizes. Plus I'll do a live demo of a card made with NEW supplies, today, Thursday July 18th! Invite your friends, and come join the fun!

Special Offers

Receive my FREE Christmas in July Class by mail! Applies to product orders of $60 or more. Class packet includes pre-cut paper supplies, ribbons & embellishments to make 3 cards. 



With every purchase of new product, select items of equal value for FREE from my retired stash! You just pay shipping. Request to join the BOGO now - and I'll let everyone into the group when the BOGO begins, on July 24 @ 9 am Eastern.





Get a start on Christmas cards with this in-person class in St Stephen, NB! No crafting experience necessary. All supplies and instruction provided. $30 or FREE with order at the class! (Min. $35 before tax/shipping). 



Create 3 Mediterranean-themed cards in this Online Class! We will focus on using Stampin' Blends™ alcohol markers, for a very smooth yet blended finish. Includes $20 goodie bag, to keep you crafting after the class!




Make 3 cards using decorative paper & just ONE ink colour to make fun scenes 
in this Online Class
! Includes $25 goodie bag, to keep you crafting after the class! 




Create 3 seasonal cards featuring appealing pumpkins 
in this Online Class
! We'll go back to basics, focusing on just stamps, inks & paper! Includes $15 goodie bag, to keep you crafting after the class! Image ©️ Stampin' Up!®️


Click Photo to Purchase in my Online Store: 

Saturday 13 July 2024

Christmas in July Kit Party

 


Have you joined my Christmas in July Kit Party yet? Join here 


Christmas in July Kit Party is FREE to attend! (There will be shopping opportunities for those interested.) We’ll have holiday kit demos, games & prizes! The fun starts NOW! 


I opened the group a whole day early, due to vacation & work scheduling! More time to party? I'm in!


This Kit Party is for beginners & seasoned crafters alike, providing inspiration for holiday crafting. Let’s get an early start on those Christmas cards! Christmas kits are a great way to add a handmade touch to celebrations - without a lot of work, time, space, or money. Everything you need comes in the box!

Join my Christmas in July Kit Party today! And feel free to invite friends!


Are you already in my Christmas in July party group? Please click below to find:

  • Shopping Link to Kits Collection (Paper Pumpkin shopping link is below)




Friday 12 July 2024

Home for the Holidays Watercolour Card

Friends, today I have another Christmas in July card for you. Spoiler Alert: I'll be using Water Painters & Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper! 

Today's card is one of 3 in this month's FREE Card Class by Mail! Receive the pre-cut pieces to make them when you place a qualifying order with me in July. (Min. $60 before shipping/tax) 

In honour of my July birthday, I'm celebrating the holidays all month! There will be holiday card designs in all my blog & social media posts thru July 31.

Here's today's card:


My card is the 3rd one I've posted this week that's made with the same stamp set. It's from Home for the Holidays, a terrific past Paper Pumpkin kit that's available at a discount while supplies last.

Missed my previous cards using this kit's stamps? Find them here:


Here's a look at the Home for the Holidays Kit:

To make this card, I started by using Stylish Shapes Dies (my favourite die set!) to cut:
  • a long label from Very Vanilla Cardstock
  • a long label from Mossy Meadow Cardstock
  • a large square from Mossy Meadow Cardstock
  • a slightly smaller square from Very Vanilla Cardstock

Next, I stamped:

  • my sentiment from the Home for the Holidays kit in Cherry Cobbler Ink onto the Very Vanilla label
  • two large trees and one small tree in Old Olive Ink onto a scrap of Very Vanilla Cardstock
  • the house in StazOn Ink onto a small piece of Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper
Tip for StazOn Ink: the Simply Shammy or baby wipes will not clean this ink, due to its formulation. To clean the stamp, you'll need the StazOn Cleaner. More info about it and how to use it are available on the Stampin' Up!®️ website. Without the cleaner, your stamp will turn black but will work as usual once dry. (I don't like to use chemicals, so I allow my stamps to stay black.)

Here's the StazOn Ink, which is the best choice when planning to use Water Painters or watercolour, as it does not run when combined with water:


To watercolour the house, I used ink pads, acrylic blocks, and Water Painters (finest brush tip). For each colour, I pressed the corner of an acrylic block onto the ink pad. Then I turned it over, released a few drops of water from the Water Painter onto the block, and used the Water Painter brush to make a watercolour wash. 

With my fine-tipped Water Painter, I coloured:
  • door, window shutters, and wreath bows in Cherry Cobbler - I suggest starting with red, as it will readily bleed into neighbouring colours that are still wet, if it is added after them
  • wreaths & greenery on roof in Old Olive
  • house in Balmy Blue
  • roof in Copper Clay
I then used Paper Snips to cut out the house and trees.

I used Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper to stamp and colour the house, as it is ideally suited for absorbing water without warping. The colour is approximately the same as Very Vanilla. Here's what the paper looks like, coming in 5" x 7" textured, fibre-rich sheets:


To assemble, I began by adhering the squares together and the labels together. I also adhered a 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" piece of Traditions of St Nick DSP to a 3 3/4" x 5" panel of Very Vanilla Cardstock. 

Then I used Stampin' Dimensionals™ to adhere the squares and labels to the panels, and the panels to a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" Old Olive Cardstock card base.

To finish, I embellished with the Adhesive-Backed Snowflake Assortment. These cool (pardon the pun!) embellishments came out as an Online Exclusive awhile back and are great for wintry projects:


Before I let you go, I'm excited to invite you to my party! 



You're invited to my FREE Christmas in July Online Kit Party coming up next week! It's a great way to get a start on Christmas cards! Come along for the holiday kit demos, games & prizes. Plus I'll do a live demo of a card made with NEW supplies, mid-week! Invite your friends, and come join the fun!

Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope to see you at my Christmas in July Kit Party on Facebook! Join my Christmas in July Kit Party here


Special Offers

Receive my FREE Christmas in July Class by mail! Applies to product orders of $60 or more. Class packet includes pre-cut paper supplies, ribbons & embellishments to make 3 cards. 



With every purchase of new product, select items of equal value for FREE from my retired stash! You just pay shipping. Request to join the BOGO now - and I'll let everyone into the group when the BOGO begins, on July 24 @ 9 am Eastern.





Get a start on Christmas cards with this in-person class in St Stephen, NB! No crafting experience necessary. All supplies and instruction provided. $30 or FREE with order at the class! (Min. $35 before tax/shipping). 



Create 3 Mediterranean-themed cards in this Online Class! We will focus on using Stampin' Blends™ alcohol markers, for a very smooth yet blended finish. Includes $20 goodie bag, to keep you crafting after the class!




Make 3 cards using decorative paper & just ONE ink colour to make fun scenes 
in this Online Class
! Includes $25 goodie bag, to keep you crafting after the class! 




Create 3 seasonal cards featuring appealing pumpkins 
in this Online Class
! We'll go back to basics, focusing on just stamps, inks & paper! Includes $15 goodie bag, to keep you crafting after the class! Image ©️ Stampin' Up!®️


Click Photo to Purchase in my Online Store: 

Home for the Holidays Sparkling Snowflakes Punch Card

Friends, today I'm sharing a card made with a versatile and easy-to-use punch. The Sparkling Snowflakes Tag Topper Punch can make both t...