Final Christmas Challenge Stampathon 2018 Project

That is a mighty long post title. But it was a mighty long challenge hosted by some wonderful worldwide Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.  Eleven months of challenges, some of which I’ve posted here. All of which are on my Pinterest boards. This final challenge involved making a decoration for the holiday.  Being from New Mexico, I immediately thought of Luminarias.  Yes, we fill lunch sacks with a scoop of playground sand and put a lit candle in the paper bag and then place them all around our homes. No, really. We do.  To see just how serious we are about this tradition, click here.

Stampin' Up! Gift Bag Punch Board LuminariasI decided for this challenge to make an indoor version of the beautiful decorations.  I used Christmas DSP, my Gift Bag Punch Board, and some interesting dies.  In most cases, the detail on the die you use is irrelevant, it won’t show. Pick something with an interesting shape. Or pick a die that only cuts out the detail, not an outline.

The tree is from last year’s Card Front Builder.  The star in the back is an example of a die that cuts out the detail only. It’s part of the Starlight Thinlets set available in the Annual Catalog.  The last two are from the Snowflake Showcase that will not be available after today, November 30, 2018.  I love the detailed outline and I saved the snowflake for use in another project.

I made the bags using the punch board instructions here.  My bags are made from 6″x10″ pieces of DSP. I chose that size because a 6″ piece will fit through the Big Shot so I could use the dies. Before I built the bags, I die cut them and then  I backed the cutout with small pieces of Vellum.

Now it was time to decorate.  I used scraps and other embellishments like Punch Board Designer Series Paper LuminariasCopper Trim and Rhinestones to make each one unique. The Merry Christmas sentiment is from the Hung with Care stamp set because I like the font.  A battery operated tea light fits perfectly inside the bag.  Please don’t use actual flame candles with these – they are meant for an indoor decoration. They will be going in my windows and guest rooms as part of my holiday decorating.

What traditional decorating do you do?



Shop with me – Some of the Stampin’ Up! products used for this project

Stampin' Up! Snowfall ThinlitsStampin' Up Gift Bag Punch BoardStampin' Up Detailed Baubles ThinlitsStampin' Up! Pretty Pines ThinlitsStampin Up Big ShotStampin' Up! Copper TrimStampin' Up! Starlight Thinlits


Fusion Christmas Card – TBT

I’m so excited. I found a new challenge site to participate in.  Fusion provides a picture and a sketch. submission can use either of these to inspire a card or both – the “fusion”.  I attempted a Fusion card based on this image and sketch combination.

The image is what initially caught my eye.  The pop of red against an almost monochromatic background with lots of textures.  I decided to use the striped part of the chair, and the pillow as my primary elements for my fusion card.

Stampin Up Corrugated ChristmasI started with a base of Thick Very Vanilla.  On top of that I used a layer of Gray Granite that I embossed with the Corrugated dynamic embossing folder in the Holiday catalog.  I used Real Red with some ribbon from my stash to create the pillow element.

The three elements in the sketch on the right gave me the opportunity to add a small sentiment and include some greenery like the pillow had.  I used the retired Trim Your Stocking dies to cut the leaves. The sentiment is from the retired Merry Cafe set.  I used a 1-3/8″ circle punch and the 1-1/2″ circle punch to cut out the sentiment layers.

I added some Wink of Stella to the holly leaves because I have to have some sparkle, especially for a Christmas Card.

I look forward to playing with the Fusion chalenges again in the near future.


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Stampin' Up! Garden Green CardstockClear Wink of StellaStampin' Up Corrugated Dynamic Embossing FolderStampin Up Gray Granite cardstockStampin' Up! Classic Stampin Pad Real RedStampin Up Real Red Cardstock

Merry Christmas to All – Two for Tuesday

We are definitely in the Christmas season. I received my first card in the mail today!  How are you doing with your cards?  If you’re behind, don’t panic.  I have two quick and easy cards for you using the Merry Christmas to All stamp set and the matching Merry Christmas Thinlits.  They are so dramatic and bold, perfect for a quick card that has a lot of WOW. Not only that, I’m going to show you how to save on materials by using the scrap.

Both cards use the Silver Foil-Edged Cards as the base. Stampin' Up! Merry Christmas to All with Tufted background This is a huge time saver because you already have the foil detail.  For the first card, I added a layer of Whisper White dry embossed with the Tufted dynamic embossing folder.  Subtle and elegant. Next I used a small strip 1-3/4″ by 5-1/4″ of the wood grain DSP in the Festive Farmhouse pack.  This pack is the definition of rustic elegance and will go so well with the November Paper Pumpkin. You’ll see more of it in December – I promise.

Next, I die cut a snowflake using  Sparkle Glimmer paper andthe dies from the Snowflake Showcase. These dies won’t be available after Friday – order them now if you haven’t already.  The Merry is from the Merry Christmas dies. I told you – bold and elegant. I cut it from a piece of silver foil that was 2″x 3-3/4″. SAVE the scraps from this cut you will use it in card two.  I glued down all the layers and added three pearls. Done with card one.

Stampin' Up! Merry Christmas to All shadowCard two began with the outline of Merry.  I got this idea from Mae Belle, one of my Paper Pumpkin Partiers. I didn’t save every little piece from the die-cut – but the piece that goes with the “y” makes it readable. Do as many or few of the little teardrop bits as you want. I layered that foil onto the same size piece of Cherry Cobbler using Tombow liquid glue.

The base layer is Cherry Cobbler with another piece of the DSP from Festive Farmhouse.  Christmas is from the Merry Christmas to All set is stamped in Cherry Cobbler. I love how the strong serif font contrasts so well with the script font of Merry. I used the label die to cut out Christmas and added it to the card with Dimensionals.  I popped on three silver pearls for a little more interest – completely optional.

That’s it two quick cards – done!



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Stampin' Up! Merry Christmas to All BundleStampin' Up! Snowfall ThinlitsStampin' Up! Cherry Cobbler cardstockStampin' Up! Whisper White cardstockStampin' Up! Festive Farmhouse designer paperStampin' Up! Sparkle Glimmer paperStampin' Up! Basic PearlsStampin' Up! Classic Ink Pad Cherry CobblerStampin Up Big Shot


Tombow Liquid GlueStampin' Up! Dimensionals