Cards - Christmas & Winter

Swirly Snowflakes Coming Up

It is soon snowflake weather in Minnesota and many places.  But for some, they will never see snowflakes.   For those of you where no snowflakes fall do you buy snowflake stamps?  I have always wondered that. 

I always tease that we can use them 9 months out of the year, but that is an exaggeration.   

Snowflake Sentimetns stamp set & Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits by Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor.com

The card and package were created using the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set & Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies and Big Shot.   I could not resist the Swirly Snowflake Dies as I loved the border on this package.  Mine has just arrived so I haven't had time to play with them and will share some of the Stampin' Up! concept artists samples and a fun video. 

 

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Look at the delicate shiny foil snowflakes on this card with the subtle Pool Party paper from the Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper.  And to finish it off the Silver Metalic Edge Ribbon. 

 

 Check out the Stampin' Up! Video Snowflake Sentiment Bundle.

Snowflake Sentiment Bundle by Stampin' Up!

I wanted you to see the fun cutouts you can achieve with the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies and the Big Shot.  The die set has 7 different dies in it. 

  1. Is one of the snowflakes cut apart from the row of snowflakes to create individual snowflakes.
  2. Is the row of snowflakes 
  3. Is a fun little tag
  4. Created a scalloped edge with small holes.
  5. There are two small snowflakes
  6. A fun little swirl

 

Alison Solven's Snowflake Sentiments Bundle by Stampin' Up!

Alison created a Just in CASE card a few weeks ago CASEing from the treat bag in the 2017 Holiday Catalog Read More...

I am excited to play with mine soon and will share some of the creations I come up with.  

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Border Buddy Saturday - Gift Packaging

It's Border Buddy Saturday and it's Alison here today. 

I remember when my kids were little they were much more interested in the box the gift came in than they were with the goodies inside.  I find myself now in the same place when it comes to pretty wrapping.  Sometimes the pretty gift packaging is as nice as the gift inside.

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These little packages of goodies are so easy to make for any occasion.  I used our 2" x 8" Cellophane Bags and loaded them with candy treats.  Then I topped them with a character from the Seasonal Chums Stamp Set.  These little images are so nostalgic and can be cut out with the Seasonal Tags Framelits Dies (buy together and save 10%). 

The Halloween treat bag is filled with Hersey's Nugget Candies wrapped in a piece of the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper.  I just cut them 1" x 3" and wrapped them around the nugget and then filled the bag.  So cute and super easy.  You could also fill them with Candy Corn or another Halloween treat.

The Reindeer and Snowman bags are filled with chocolate covered raisins and Scotch Mints representing reindeer "poop" and snowman "poop".

The little rhyme on the side of the bags read:

I've heard that you've been naughty!
Now listen, here's the scoop.
I'm running short on coal this year,
So you get Reindeer (or snowman) Poop!

The concept artists used some of these images for another cute packaging idea - Hot Chocolate in a Jar!

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When you stamp the image it includes a front and a back and then you use the matching framelit to cut it out.  So simple!

Here's another Trick or Treat idea with the bags and Pumpkin topper:

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Blog Candy anyone?

What's your favorite Halloween candy?

Remember to enter our monthly Blog Candy contest.  All you have to do is post a comment on a blog post and Patsy and I will send one lucky winner all of our Just In Case projects we've made.  If you are from Canada you comment on my posts and if you live in the USA you comment on Patsy's.  Click here to comment or just scroll down and click comment at the end of the post.

Here are the products I used in today's packaging ideas: 

 

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Border Buddy Saturday - Painted Autumn Bundle Gate Card

Hello Stampers!
It's Border Buddy Saturday and it's Alison here today!  I'm sharing another project that used the Painted Autumn Suite of products including the Painted Harvest stamp set and Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper.

Border Buddy Saturday Painted Harvest Stamp Set 2 www.stampcrazywithalison.ca

I received this gorgeous card in a swap with my Canadian friends.  It was created the super talented Anne Granger and uses a Gate Fold technique.  I love how Anne used the "flower" to create a Christmas Wreath - isn't that clever?  It certainly shows how this stamp set and Designer Series Paper isn't just for flowery cards.

Border Buddy Saturday Painted Harvest Stamp Set 1 www.stampcrazywithalison.ca
You can't see the sparkle of the Wink of Stella on the Wreath but it adds just that little bit of bling. The "berries" are created with the dot stamp also included in the Painted Harvest stamp set.

Patsy and I love the Painted Autumn Suite and we are featuring it in our Free Card Program for September.  We create a PDF with instructions for 8 cards each month featuring products from "suites" and this month it's Painted Autumn.

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So I mentioned that the card today is a Gate Fold which means it opens on both flaps to reveal the message inside.

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Just in CASE - Carols of Christmas Wreath

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Hello, Stampers is Just in CASE Thursday.  This is by far the most popular post of the week usually.  I get more emails saying thank you, I love this post, etc. 

CASE = Copy And Share Everything. 

I typically come up with most of my own designs but I do find CASEing actually quite fun.  Trying to figure out what stamp set I have that is similar if I don't have the same one can be a challenge and I always love a challenge.

Just in CASE Series Carols of Christmas stamp set by Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor.com
Left: Stampin' Up! Card page 114 Annual Stampin' Up! ~ Right: My CASE

Stampin' Up! used the Holly Berry Happiness Photopolymer Stamp Set #142061.  I didn't have that set but had the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set and thought it would be a great substitute. 

The wreaths are both created with stamping the image multiple times.  I often find it difficult to actually make a circle.  I saw this cool someplace.

Step 1 creating Christmas Wreath www.stampstodiefor.com
Step One: I punched out a 2" circle from a piece of post it notes.

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Step Two: I positioned the post it note on the piece of cardstock.


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Step Three: I stamped the image around the circle one way and then flipped the stamp and stamped around the circle again.


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Border Buddy Saturday - Carols of Christmas Bundle & Hearts Come Home

Hello Stampers,

It's Border Buddy Saturday and it's Alison here this week. Patsy and I share 8 cards every month in a free PDF with our customers who place any size order through our online store.  When they purchase $50 or more they also receive two handmade cards from our offering by mail! 

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Today's share is one of the cards I made for our free PDF featuring products from the Merry Little Christmas Suite, a new line in the upcoming 2017 Holiday Catalogue (launches September 1st!). 

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The patterned paper behind the trees is from the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper which I used because I thought it looked like snow.  I love how the paper has an ombre effect too - the colour goes from dark to light in the same hue.  The trees are cut out of the front of the card.  I added some of the new Embossing Paste and Dazzling Diamond Glitter to the trees and then popped them up on top of the cut outs with Stampin' Dimensionals.  I added the Rhinestones to the sky to represent stars.

If you'd like to receive the instructions for this card and 7 others (including measurements and pictures) just place an order through our stores before August 31st.

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Here's a little variation of the card.  I added the Santa and sleigh from the Hearts Come Home stamp set. 

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Border Buddy Saturday - Carols of Christmas Bundle - FREE CARDS

It's Border Buddy Saturday and it's Alison here today! Patsy and I had lots of fun playing with the Carols of Christmas and coordinating Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies which are available in the upcoming 2017 Holiday Catalogue on September 1st! Good news....you can purchase these in August in a Early Release offer!

Carols of Christmas BB 2 www.stampcrazywithalison.ca

Today I'm featuring one of the cards in our Border Buddy Free Card August offering.  Each month we pick a Suite of products and create a PDF of instructions (including pictures and measurements) for 8 cards! Then we send those out FREE to our customers who place ANY SIZE order through our online stores.  It gets better....when you order $50 or more we mail you two of the cards by snail mail! Imagine getting two beautiful cards in the mail - sure beats bills.

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When I first saw the Holiday Catalogue I fell in love with the black and white colour theme with some of the Designer Series Paper and other embellishments.    I created the two colour holly and berry image by using my Stampin' Write markers directly on the rubber and then stamped on the cardstock.  This stamp has a matching framelit if you want to cut it out and pop it up.

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The Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper is my favourite and features the actual music from some of our favourite Christmas Carols including Deck the Halls, Silent Night and Jingle Bells.

Here are some "sneak peeks" of the cards from this month's free tutorial.

August 2017 BB Collage

 

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Sunday Sketches SS016 - Cookie Cutter Christmas by Stampin' Up!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set by Stampin Up www.stampstodiefor.com 2
Do you remember the story of the Ginger Bread Man it dates back to 1875.  According to the author (whose name is unknown) it was told to her children by a nanny who didn't know where it came from but was told to her when she was young.  

My Grandmother use to read the story to me and I can hear her voice as she would read " I can run away from you I can I can!"

Picture Story-Book Nine Stories

It was from the vintage story book "Picture Story-Book Nine Stories" published in 1933.  I still have this special book and cherish the memories spent with my Grandma.   The holidays always make one think of those special times. 

I decided to stamp today's card using the Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set for my Sunday Sketches Card.

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Sketch Measurements:

  • Card Base: Side Fold 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" - Top Fold 4 1/4" x 11"
  • Next Layer: 4" x 5 1/4" 
  • Next Layer: 1 3/4" x 5 1/4"
  • Oval: 3 1/4" tall

Sunday Sketches SS016 Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set & Punch by Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor-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. 

Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set by Stampin Up www.stampstodiefor.com

For the card base I used the Whisper White Thick cardstock which is a bit heavy and makes an base for your card.  The patterned paper is from the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper collection.  

The embossing on the Crumb Cake Cardstock was made with the Sizzix Big Shot and the Holly Embossing Folder.  

The oval was made using the Stitched Shapes Framelits and Big Shot.  I stamped the ginger bread cookie in Soft Suede and punched it out with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch and embellished his cheeks with Real Red Enamel Shapes.

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Border Buddy Saturday - 12 Weeks of Christmas

It's Border Buddies Saturday and Christmas Eve and our Final 12 Weeks of Christmas Card share.  How the time flies!

It is a busy time of year and today many of you will be celebrating Christmas.  We have a white Christmas here in Minnesota.  One of the traditions Tom and I enjoy each year is watching White Christmas along with popcorn of course.  We never get tired of watching it.  We had been married several years before we realized it was each others favorite Christmas movie.  

Candy Cane Lane Paper and Suite Sayings stamp set by Stampin Up www.stampstodiefor.com 3

The little gingerbread house has lots of white for Christmas. I cut it out from the This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper and layered it on the circle and scallop circle that I cut out using the Big Shot & the Layering Circle Framelits.  Nothing sets off a card like some Gold Glimmer paper it just really adds a little WOW factor! 

Candy Cane Lane Paper and Suite Sayings stamp set by Stampin Up www.stampstodiefor.com

I colored the sentiment from the Suite Seasons stamp set in Delightful Dijon, Real Red and Early Espresso Stampin' Write Markers.  The Delightful Dijon really matched the gold nicely.  

I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas Eve and hope you are able to spend it with family and friends!

 

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12 Weeks of Christmas Week 11 - Christmas Pines

Christmas Pines Stamp Set Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies www.stampcrazywithalison.ca

It's Border Buddy Saturday and it's Alison here this week.

Patsy and I have had so much fun bringing you a different Christmas themed card for the past 10 weeks.  Today is my last week as Patsy will wrap our 12 Weeks of Christmas up next Saturday.  We hope you've enjoyed it as much as we have had bringing this special series to you!

Today's card uses the Christmas Pines Stamp Set and Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies.  You can bundle these two products together and save 10%.  These stamps and thinlits will be carried forward from the Holiday catalogue and will continue to be available, however, they will not be bundled for savings.  So you'll want to pick these up before January 4 to save!

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I love the details in the dies and this card features the pinecones cut from Silver Foil paper.  Silver always adds that touch of elegance to any card and when matched with Whisper White just reminds me of a snowy day.

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I love the size of the greeting in this set and it's embossed in silver to match the pinecones. The boughs are a two step stamp which allows you to add dimension when you stamp one on top of the other.  The card features Emerald Envy and Bermuda Bay which aren't a traditional combination but work lovely together on this card.

The stamps and thinlits are part of the Presents & Pinecones suite of products and include the Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper which is currently offered at 30% off the regular price.

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  • Item #141986
  • 12 sheets: 2 each of 6 double-sided designs
  • 12" x 12"
  • Cherry Cobbler, Delightful Dijon, Early Espresso, Emerald Envy, Mint Macaron, Whisper White
  • acid free, lignin free

Download 12 Weeks of Christmas - Christmas Pines PDF Instructions

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12 Weeks of Christmas Week 10 - Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Snowman

Hello Stamper's

It's Border Buddy Saturday, Patsy here.

Growing up in  Minnesota most of us looked forward to the first snowfall to make a snowman.  Our granddaughter Alayna is the one who patiently waits for snow.  This year we had the perfect snow a few weeks ago with just under a foot of wet snow falling.  School was cancelled so Alayna spent the day with us.  

First Snowfall

Grandpa and her spent the afternoon outside shoveling and making a snowman.  I watched while I stamped from my nice cozy stamp room.

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It seemed only fitting to make a holiday card using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits to create a Snowman.  The Jolly Friends stamp set with coordinating Jolly Hat Builder Punch were the perfect choices to create a stocking hat and scarf for our little fella.

The awesome thing is these three items are currently on-sale as part of our Year-End Closeout.

  • Swirly Scribbles Thinlits reg. $27.00 now only $18.90
  • Jolly Friends Stamp Set reg. $17.00 now only $13.60 
    (only while supplies last!)
  • Jolly Hat Builder Punch reg. $16.00 now only $9.60
    (only while supplies last!)

Jolly Friends Stamp Set and Swirly Scribbles Thinlits by Stampin' Up! Border Buddies

The background paper is from the This Christmas Designer Paper featured in the Annual Catalog.  I ran Soft Sky Cardstock through the Big Shot using the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.  And the snowman was made by cutting out the circles in three sizes from Swirly Scribbles Thinlits and Whisper White Cardstock using the Big Shot and the Precision Plate.

The colors for today's project are...

Would you like to know which Stampin' Up! products come in these colors?  Just click on the color to see the great selection.

I hope your holiday season is going well and you are able to enjoy family and friends.

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