Border Buddy 12 Weeks of Christmas Week 3

Father Christmas stamp set

It's Border Buddy Saturday and it's Alison here this week with our third week in our 12 Weeks of Christmas series.  We hope you've been enjoying this new series of posts.

This card features that absolutely gorgeous stamp set called Father Christmas.  I have some wonderful demonstrator friends who I swap with each month and this card literally took my breath away when I opened it.  My friend (and team member) Melva Peters made this beauty!

Father christmas stamp set 3

Check out the detail on Santa's sack.  Melva even wrapped some gold Bakers's Twine from the Holiday Catalogue Trio Pack around the top of the sack and added some of the Mini Jingles Bells.  The bells have 60 in a package, 30 each of silver and red.  

Father christmas stamp set 2

When you open the card you see that  Father Christmas has been stamped, coloured and cut out and popped up inside  so he peeks through the scallop oval opening on the front of the card.

Father christmas stamp set 4


  1. Score Real Red cardstock (8 ½” x 5 ½” piece) at 4 ¼” and fold in half to make card base.
  2. Stamp the Crumb Cake card stock (4" x 5  1/4")with the greeting and border in Versamark.
  3. Sprinkle with Real Red Glitter emboss powder and heat to set. (Hint: you can tell when the powder is set as it will start to twinkle and turn to a lighter pinky colour).
  4. Sponge the edges with Crumb Cake ink and distress the edge using a pair of scissors or distressing tool.
  5. Adhere Crumb Cake piece to the Real Red card base.
  6. Under the sentiment and above the bottom border, cut out a scalloped oval using the 3 ¼” opening scalloped oval framelit – cut through both pieces of cardstock.
  7. Stamp the Father Christmas and bag images on Whisper White card stock (4" x 5 1/4"). Colour using markers.
  8. Colour over the trim on Father Christmas’s coat and his beard with Clear Wink of Stella.
  9. Colour over the bag using Gold Wink of Stella.
  10. Sponge the edges of Father Christmas and the bag using Crumb Cake ink.
  11. Tie the gold Baker’s twice around the bag twice, tying on a silver and red mini jingle bell. You may need to adhere the bells to the card using Glue Dots.
  12. Adhere the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper (4" x 5 1/4") to the inside of the card stock.
  13. Adhere Father Christmas inside the card using Snail Adhesive
  14. Adhere the bag to the outside of the card using Dimensionals.







Just in CASE Suite Sayings

Its Thursday's Just in CASE Series.

Alison and I both CASE a card and share it each Thursday.  One of the fun parts for us is we don't know until you do which card each other has cased. 

CASEing COPY AND SHARE EVERYTHING is when you pick out a card and either copy it exactly or change up the stamp set or colors or maybe even both,  but if you go too far you are then creating your very own card and just are inspired by the card or project you started to CASE. 

The More you CASE the more you learn to be creative so there is nothing wrong with CASEing!

Just in CASE  Suite Sayings stamp set by Stampin Up -horz
Left: Stampin' Up! Card page 104 Right: My CASE

Today's card is and exact case and can be found on page 104 of the Stampin' Up! Annual catalog.  There are so many great stamping ideas in the catalog that it is not only a book of the products available to you, but also a great tool for inspiration. 

My colors might be a bit different than the sample.  It is hard to tell as photography lighting can be so different from picture to picture.  And remember Stampin' Up! has professional photographers and cameras.

Just in Case 104 Suite Sayings stamp set by Stampin Up 2

The sample in the catalog is to show case the sentiment from the Suite Sayings stamp set.  I love the variety of fonts used in this set and also how many occasions the sentiments cover.  

Today's card is going to a very special person in my life our Daughter Danielle she turns 36 today.  She is the most amazing daughter, wife and mother to her 4 wonderful children.  Happy Birthday Sweetie!

Suite Sayings Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

This stamp set was first featured last winter in the Occasions Catalog and I am so glad it came out in the Annual catalog with the great versatility of this set.

Flower Patch Stamp Set by Stampin Up

The flower stamp set used in the card is from Flower Patch stamp set on page 150.

Flower Fair Framelits by Stampin Up
It has a coordinating framelit called Flower Fair.  We all love the framelits and punches so there is no fussy cutting.  For this card I cut out the Flower and one of the leaves to give it a bit more dimension.

Just in CASE Suite Sayings & Flower Patch stamp set by Stampin Up

The color palette for today's card was...

  • Melon Mambo for the large cutout flower
  • Pink Pirouette for the small flowers
  • Old Olive for the leaves (the solid part is off stamped once).
  • Smoky Slate for the sentiment
  • Old Olive Bakers Twine

  Stampin Up Color Palette

Hop on over to Alison's  blog and see what she CASED today!


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Color Your World International Blog Hop
Lovely as a Tree

Today's is the day for a trip around the world!  It is the 3rd Tuesday which means it is Color Your World International Blog Hop.  Featuring amazing Top Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world sharing their hand stamped project using Stampin' Up! paper crafting products and a special color palette.

Today's Color Palette is...

Color Your World International Blog Hop September

We have the blessing of living on a lake and I never take it for granted.  Most often people think of sunsets, but something that is often not mentioned is Sunrises.

Sunrise over Lake Henry Minnesota

We have some of the most amazing sunrises and when I saw this one the other morning I thought of our color palette and it inspired me to create a sunrise card using the Lovely as a Tree stamp set. 

Color Your World International Blog Hop Lovely as a Tree stamp set by Stampin' Up! 2

Of all the cards I send I am most grateful for a hand stamped card to send when someone passes.  It just seems more personal and filled with more love.  Our lives have been touched with more loss the past few years.  Maybe that is a sign of ageing.  Like a sunrise giving us a new day, death is also new day and is very bitter sweet.  

Color Your World International Blog Hop Lovely as a Tree stamp set by Stampin' Up! 3

Brief Description:

I used four of the 5 colors in the palette today Elegant Eggplant, Peekaboo Peach, Perfect Plum and Pink Pirouette.  

  • The card base is Elegant Eggplant paper (4 1/4" x 11" or you can make your base 5 1/2" x 8 1/2").
  • The mat is the Peekaboo Peach paper (3 3/4" x  5").
  • I stamped the row of trees & sentiment in Elegant Eggplant Classic Ink on a piece of (3 1/2" x 4 3/4") Very Vanilla Cardstock.
  • Then I sponged in this order from bottom to top: Pink Pirouette, Peekaboo Peach, Perfect Plum and Elegant Eggplant Classic Inks to create the sunrise. 
  • Tied a Peekaboo Peach ruched ribbon between the trees and sentiment.
  • Then I attached three sequins I pulled off my string of Blushing Bride Sequins using glue dots.

Color Your World International Blog Hop Lovely as a Tree stamp set by Stampin' Up! 4

Final touch is I added some Wink of Stella to give the sunrise some glimmer.  

I hope you are enjoying the Color Your World Blog Hop...

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Alison Solven - Canada

Alisa Tilsner - Australia

Patsy Waggoner  -USA  You are here at my blog now!

Sophie Prestrelle - France

Sharlene Meyer- New Zealand

Sam Hammond - UK

Barbara Meyer - Austria 

For blogs in another language it is easy to click translation usually found in the sidebar of the blog to switch to English



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Sunday Sketches SS006 - Merry Mice Stamp Set

Welcome to Sunday Sketches SSOO6 by Stamps to Die For. Each Sunday I post a card sketch along with a card I created using the sketch.  Sketches often help get my creativity fired up.

Sunday Sketches SS006 by Stamps to Die For

Sketch Measurements:

  • Base: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
  • Matt: 4" x 5 1/4"
  • Stip: 1/2" x 4"
  • Horizontal Strip: 2" x 5 1/4"
  • Square: 2 5/8" x 2 5/8"
  • Scallop Square: 3" x 3"


Sunday Sketches SS006 by Stamps to Die For-horz

Let your imagination run wild! 

Sketches are open to interpretation.  You can create a card exactly using the sketch layout, using a square where there is a square, or you can change it to a be a circle, or oval or flower etc. You can also turn the sketch so if it is a vertical sketch you might want to turn it to be horizontal. 

Sunday Sketches SS006 Stampin Up Merry Mice Stamp Set Christmas Card

Yesterday I shared  my love of little mice creatures!  Isn't he the cutest little mouse!  

Sunday Sketches SS006 Merry Mice stamp set by Stampin Up

Measurements & Instructions for the Card:

  • Card Base is Crumb Cake Cardstock 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
  • Next layer 4" x 5 1/4" is Crumb Cake Cardstock embossed using the Big Shot & the Holly Embossing Folder and adhere to the card front with dimensionals.
  • The Gold Glimmer Paper strip is 1/2" x 4"
  • The striped pattern paper is from The Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I love this paper as it is about copy paper weight and you get 24 sheets for $13.00.  It is great for layering and also for making envelopes to coordinate with your card.
  • The scallop square was cut out of Cherry Cobbler Cardstock using the Big Shot and the Layering Squares Framelits
  • The Very Vanilla was also cut out using the Layering Squares Framelits.
  • The mouse and sentiment are stamped with Basic Black ink and colored with a Cherry Cobbler & Garden Green Stampin' Write Marker.  I am excited to tell you that you can purchase these two markers together (without the entire marker set) in the Holiday Catalog on page 13.  Typically the markers are not sold individually but they have offered a couple of sets in the Holiday Catalog. 
  • The Christmas Tree is from the Peaceful Pines stamp set and the tree and star are cut out using the Perfect Pines Framelits.  I tucked a piece of Gold Glimmer Paper behind the tree to create Christmas bulbs. 

I hope you are enjoying the Sunday Sketches Series.  Have a great week!