CASE-ing Christmas Cards

For the past couple of years, I’ve participated in a Christmas Stampathon group on Facebook. Last year I got sidetracked and didn’t complete all the challenges. Big mistake. Huge. I didn’t have all my holiday tags and cards ready to go. So, I recommitted this year and I’ll share the cards with you. For the most part, I use my scraps and retired products for these challenges which also helps clear the craft room. Never a bad thing. You can join the group online, it’s run by a wonderful demo who is super supportive and friendly, or you can take your inspiration here and play along behind the scenes.

The CASE Image and My Cards

To CASE a card, I like to look at the elements. This card has a color base, a bit of texture on the white background, five strips of color, a central die-cut image, a sentiment, and some gems. I stayed pretty literal to this equation and played more with style.

Rustic Moose

In the first one, I went rustic. I used the Birch background with Cinnamon Cider ink on the Very Vanilla base to create the texture. And I gave our Merry Moose a bright red scarf to bring out some of the color in the DSP strips. The copper medallion, heat embossed sentiment, and mirror embellishments added a bit of holiday sparkle.

Monochromatic Sleigh

The Cherry Cobbler sleigh card is nearly monochromatic. I used an embossing folder on the Very Vanilla card stock to add the texture. The sleigh and the sentiment are heat embossed in gold and I used a few Gold Glitter enamel dots for the sparkle. One thing I wish I had done differently was to use the opposite side of the embossed snowflake. It would have made the card assembly easier.

Sparkly Tree

The third card uses a background from a summer Paper Pumpkin kit. I added a mix of silver foil DSP and matte grays. The Shaded Spruce tree is from the In the Woods dies. I added a bit of white/glitter heat embossing to the edges of the branches. I did a combination on the sentiment of silver heat embossing and die-cutting. The “Holidays” is actually two die cuts—Silver foil and Shaded Spruce—layered on top of each other. I went all out with gems, a star and silver pearls on the tree, snowflakes on the background. I call this my More is More card.

Clean and Simple

Which meant my last card had to be a less is more. I got out some very retired Washi tape. Added a stamped ornament from the recent Christmas Gleaming set, and some gold braid and glitter enamel dots. The sentiment is stamped right on the card base in Cherry Cobbler.

This is a great layout no matter what the occasion. I could see creating a super fun birthday card for example.

Hope you are inspired to create something today. Happy crafting.

Summer Nights Paper Pumpkin Alternatives

The Summer Nights Paper Pumpkin kit would have been perfect for party invites if we weren’t all locked down due to the health situation. But that didn’t stop the kit from being fun, gorgeous, and filled with things to reminds us how good life is even when it’s not perfect. Fireflies, lanterns, fireworks—love them all. And the backgrounds are so stunning, they are calling for creativity. If that wasn’t enough, there was an add-on kit available with card bases and lined envelopes. I was inspired by other crafters and dug into my stash including past Paper Pumpkin scraps to come up with some great ideas to hopefully inspire you.

Side note: Because these are postcard style cards, you may be tempted to mount them all on a card base like I did with the carousel card, but you don’t have to. They have an envelope, so pen a quick note to someone you’ve missed seeing and drop it in the mail. They will love getting it!

Sparkling Alternative

This alternative is easy and fun. I used some white sparkling embossing powder with the stamp from the kit. The invitation lines became the sticks. I used Highland Heather ink for the sentiment. The super cute stars were the perfect final touch.

Repurposed Bag

For this next alternative, I cut down one of the bags to a 3-1/4″ square. I used a piece of Pineapple Punch card stock cut just slightly smaller behind it. Any yellow, glitter paper, or your favorite color would work. I added several star images stamped in Calypso Coral and the sentiment from the kit in the same color. For a couple of final embellishments, I added the pre-punched stars from the kit on Dimensionals and a gold faceted gem.

Birthday or Congratulations

I loved the tags in this kit. If you love them too, check out the Tasteful Labels dies in the annual catalog. This card focuses on the elegant tag. I used my retired Birthday Jubilee stamps in Highland Heather and the Floral Essence stamps and punch to create the flower. It’s all tied together with the color palette. For the final touch, I used a Dark Petal Pink Blends marker to color the pearls.

Holiday Card

Last one for this post—a Christmas card. I love making holiday cards all year round. I have a fantastic stash ready to send on December 1 and I’m often surprised by the variety and get to revisit my year of crafting. This card uses pieces from our last holiday Paper Pumpkin boxes back in November (which feels like 82 billion light years ago – but was only months). I used silver heat embossing for the sentiment. The star is from our current kit. If you don’t have trees or dies or stamps to create trees, use ornaments or snowflakes. Anything you add to these backgrounds is guaranteed to be gorgeous.

And if you aren’t subscribed to Paper Pumpkin, you’re missing out. It’s super easy to sign up with the link in the sidebar. You can try it for a month if you’re not sure. And as always, ask me questions and let me know what paper crafts you’re working on. Happy crafting!

World of Good Suite from the New Catalog

I hope by now you’ve seen the new Stampin’ Up! catalog that is going live June 3. One of the perks of being a demonstrator is the opportunity to order some products early. I got my hands on the World of Good Suite and I couldn’t put it down. This suite has everything you could want for card making and scrapbooking. Three of the new In-Colors are featured in this suite: Bumblebee, Cinnamon Cider, and Misty Moonlight. Besides the Beautiful World stamp set and matching dies, it comes with the World of Good Specialty DSP, the Old World Paper 3-D embossing folder, a pack of the new Brass foil sheets, Faux Suede trim and a pack of Antiqued Corners and Slides. In addition to that, you get the World of Good Memories and More Card Pack. Let me show you how easy that card pack makes crafting.

World of Good Memories and More Cards

For the first card, I started with a base of Mossy Meadow. I added a 4″x5-1/4″ piece of DSP from the World of Good Specialty DSP. I love the maps in this suite. Next I added one of the Memories and more cards and “anchored” it with the Antiqued Corners. These are easy to apply with a bit of Tombow Liquid glue. For the sentiment I used a sticker from the Memories and More kit.

My second card is stepped up a little bit, but still a breeze to put together. This time I used Crumb Cake for the base. On top of that I added a layer of Early Espresso that I embossed with the Old Word Paper 3-D folder. It felt a bit flat to me—I love sparkle. So, I rubbed on some Champagne Mist shimmer paint. This time I used one of the embossing dies from the World Map die set. It looks like coordinates. I ran that in two areas of the card from the Memories and More just to add more texture. I layered that on to the card base with a piece of the Faux Sued trim and one of the slides from Antiqued pack. I love how it looks like the belt around a suitcase.

Next, I stamped the globe image in Crumb Cake on a piece of Crumb Cake. I used a second generation image (stamped off once) so that my sentiment in Early Espresso would still be legible. I die cut that with the circle from the die set. Lastly, I cut the small base from Brass foil. The globe sentiment and base are on Dimensionals.

The last Memories and More based card I did features the Brass foil embossed with the Old World Paper 3-D folder. Doesn’t it look cool? The black card is from the pack. I stamped the sentiment from the Beautiful World stamp set in Memento Black Tuxedo and die cut it using the Stitched Rectangles. The Misty Moonlight accessories are stamps from the set and die cut. For a final touch, I added two Misty Moonlight In-Color enamel dots.

Now that I’d had some fun and tried out all the products in the suite, I decided to see what the Stampin’ Up! designers had done with the products. I cased two of their cards.

CASE-ing the Catalog

This card is almost a direct copy from the catalog. I started with a base of Misty Moonlight. I added a trimmed down card from the Memories and More. Then I stamped the globe from Beautiful World in Mossy Meadow and the sentiment in Early Espresso and die cut them out with the circle die from World Map dies. I did a bit of sponging around the edges to give my card a bit more vintage look using Sahara Sand. This ink has a hint of green undertone so it worked perfectly with the Mossy Meadow globe.

Next, I used that same coordinate embossing die on a piece of Pear Pizzaz. I tore the edge to add texture. To get that frayed look, tear toward you. I sponged those edges with Sahara Sand, too. I also die cut the larger globe stand from Brass foil. I love how the globe fits inside this die cut shape. I added the globe and stand to the card. Then layered the Pear Pizzaz piece with a strip of Faux Suede and a piece of the DSP with torn and sponged ends. I added the sentiment circle with Dimensionals. I don’t have the Cinnamon Cider ink yet, so I used one of the Memories and More stickers. For the final touch, three In-Color enamel dots.

The other card I CASEd (Copy and Share Everything) was narrower in the catalog, and I took a few more liberties. I started with a base of Mossy Meadow and stamped the wind rose stamp in the same color all over the front for visual texture. The next layer is Crumb Cake, embossed with the Old World Paper folder and torn for texture and then sponged with Crumb Cake ink. On top of that, I added a piece of DSP.

For the sentiment, I was lucky enough to have the Misty Moonlight ink spot from the May Paper Pumpkin at my disposal. I stamped a sticker from the Memories and More pack. I also used one of the Bumblebee feathers from the pack. I die cut the swirls and the inkwell from Brass foil. My only regret on this card was that I should have cut the swirls from Early Espresso card stock so they would have stood out more. But, overall I’m happy with my modifications.

Final Scrappy Tag

The catalog has a really cute tag that I could have CASEd but I decided to use up some of the scraps I had generated making the cards featured above. Tags make great book marks, can be added to art journal pages, or to the front of cards. I like to make them and then use them when the inspiration hits.

I started with a 2″ x 5-1/2 strip of Cinnamon Cider card stock that I punched with the Scalloped Tag punch. I layered on strips of embossed paper, DSP scraps, and Memories and More trim pieces. There is even a left over piece of Brass foil layered in there. The sentiment is a cut up Memories and More card. I added stickers from the pack, after sponging them in Misty Moonlight. I also sponged around the entire edge of the tag. Lastly, I used the Faux Suede trim and an Antiqued slide.

I’m sure you can tell how much fun I had with this suite. I’d love to know what caught your eye in the catalog. I’ll post a new code on the first of the month that you can use to shop with me. Happy crafting!