Two for Tuesday – Hung with Care

Stampin' Up! Hung with CareThe holidays are here and I’m so excited.  Putting up my Christmas tree after Thanksgiving is one of my favorite traditions.  I also enjoy sending Christmas cards to everyone I know. It’s the ultimate happy mail.  And gift giving.  There is something special about finding the right gift for a special person and then wrapping it with care.  But, all these things take time. And I know how short on time you are. So, today’s Two for Tuesday is not only super fun I have time-saving tips for you too.

Hung with Care is a stamp set in the holiday catalog that is available as a hostess perk or with Stampin’ Rewards. It includes a bunch of Christmas stockings, two sentiments, and even a little candy cane stamp. I used those stockings to create a quick custom 5-1/4″x 4″ take on designer series paper.  I spread the stocking stamps out on the F sized acrylic block – this is the big one that’s used for background stamps. I was able to do six images in one go. I heat embossed the images on Whisper White cardstock in silver. Then, I took the individual stockings and filled in the gaps using Blueberry Bushel ink.  Super quick and now I had the paper I needed for both projects.

I cut the stamped paper in two – one piece 2″ the other 2-1/4″.  The two-inch piece became this gift tag.Stampin' Up! Hung with Care gift tag I used the Scallop Tag Punch to create the top of the tag and the Detailed Trio punch to round the bottom corners. I used the Labels to Love stamp set to create the To/ From piece and punched that out with the Everyday Label punch. Two pieces of Whisper White Sheer ribbon and the tag was done.  Punches are a huge time saver.

Stampin' Up! Hung with Care Christmas CardNext, I took the 2-1/4″ remaining strip and created a Christmas card. I used the Silver Foil notecard as a base. This is a huge timesaver because the paper is already cut to size and has the gorgeous silver trim. I used a 5-1/4″x4″ piece of Blueberry Bushel cardstock dry-embossed with the Cable Knit dynamic embossing folder as my base layer.  I adhered the stamped strip. Then, before I put it on the card base, I added three lengths of Whisper White Sheer ribbon. This is for all the folks who don’t like to tie bows. There are lots of ways to use ribbon as an embellishment without the pain.  Now it was ready to go on the base.

For the sentiment, I used the Peaceful Noel stamp set and heat embossed with Silver powder. Again, the Everyday Label punch came in handy.  I popped that on the front of the card with Dimensionals.

That’s it.  From start to finish less than 30 minutes.  Faster than a batch of cookies and fewer calories too.

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Two Seasonal Chums for Tuesday

I’ve been participating in a Christmas Challenge all year. The demonstrators running the FaceBook group issue a monthly challenge to help the players prep for the holiday. The current assignment was to create some pop-up or three-dimensional cards.  I decided to keep it simple and made some Easel cards using the Seasonal Chums stamp set.

Stampin' Up! Seasonal Chums Easel cards are fairly simple to make.  I started with a base of Cherry Cobbler cardstock cut at 4-1-4″ x 11″ and then scored at  5-1/2″ and 8-1/4″.  I used two pieces of Whisper White cardstock, one for the inside cut at 5-1/4″ x 4″ and one for the base for the outside cut at 5-3/8″x 4-1/8″.  I like using the 1/8″ when I want just a small hint of a frame. You could use quarter-inch decreases for your base and DSP. Seasonal Chums Deer EaselThe key to this card is to use the part of the base that is scored in the middle as the front of the card, and only apply adhesive to the bottom half of the base.  Adhere the card front to the 2-3/4″x4-1/4″ panel. Then the card will be able to stand up.

The DSP layer is a piece of the Dashing Along DSP.  This was the bonus paper that was available last month with a qualified order.  If you don’t have that use the All is Bright DSP or Festive Farmhouse paper available in the Holiday catalog.

The Seasonal Chums are designed to be tags (super cute tags).  So the stamp has the front and back of the snowman and deer.  I stamped the image, Colored in the front with Stampin Blends in Cherry Cobbler, Shaded Spruce, and Crumb Cake.  Then I die cut them out using the matching Seasonal Tags framelits. It was very simple to cut the front of the tag off the remainder using my Paper Snips.

I mounted the images on Whisper White that I had embossed with the Softly Falling folder and then die-cut with a Stitched Shapes circle.  It kind of looks like a snow globe, right?  That is layered over a Pearlized Doily.  The sentiments are from the Christmas Pines stamp set, stamped in Garden Green for the snowman card and Cherry Cobbler for the deer card.  The ribbons are burlap and Whisper White Polka Dot Tule which reminded me of snowballs.

To provide a way for the card to remain standing, in “easel” mode, use a punched or die-cut image or sentiment and mount it on Dimensionals. The card can use that raised edge as an anchor to stand up.  I used Labels to Love punched with the Everyday Label punch.  If you have questions about how to create an easel card, don’t hesitate to contact me. I love answering questions.

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Two Frightful and Delightful Cards for Tuesday

Did you get your September Paper Pumpkin?  If not, you can still order if you’re a subscriber. Don’t tell me you don’t subscribe – that’s too scary!  The super cute kit came with supplies to make 24 treat bags with jack o’lanterns, ghosts and bats.  The stamp set included some spiders too.  All the sentiments and images you need to create some delightfully frightful Halloween stuff.   I got creative and made two alternate cards to share with you.  No – one is not my Christmas card – yet. It’s coming. But for now, check these out.

Frights & Delights Paper Pumpkin Bat Alternate

This card uses my favorite color, purple or specifically Gorgeous Grape. And it is gorgeous!  I used Basic Black as the card base. The Gorgeous Grape layer is stamped with the two bats included in the stamp set in a random pattern with Basic Gray.  Don’t be afraid to stamp off the edge of the layer to make the pattern looks like it was part of a larger piece of paper.  Before I adhered it to the base, I added a piece of Gorgeous Grape Mini Striped ribbon about a third of the way from the bottom.

The squares were die cut from Basic Black using the Layering Squares and Whisper White using the Stitched Shapes framelits.  I used a  Boo! sticker and a bat from the kit. The sentiment is also from the kit and stamped in Basic Gray.  I did add a couple of black rhinestones for bat eyes. If you don’t have any of these retired gems left in your stash use the Basic Black Blends from the Holiday catalog to color some standard rhinestones.

The second card was inspired by a card by France “Frenchie” Martin.  Don’t you just adore her videos?  She used the Toil and Trouble set in the Holiday catalog to make her card.

I don’t have that set, but with the Paper Pumpkin, the Large Letters framelits and thePaper Pumpkin Frights and Delights BOO Alternate Seasonal Layers framelits I was able to make something that was just as cute. My card base is left over from a SaleaBration freebie – use Calypso Coral or Pumpkin Pie as a base.  The Lemon Lime Twist layer was embossed with the Swirls and Curls embossing folder.  I love this embossing folder and will be using it non-stop.  I’ll apologize now.

My B was cut from Basic Black and then layered with another B cut from a sheet of Twinkle Twinkle DSP that looks like a night sky.  The pumpkins, ghost, and bat are from the Paper Pumpkin kit. The branch was my nod to Frenchie’s use of the Wood Textures DSP.  I didn’t want to cover up my swirls, so the branch worked out.

I can’t wait to send these to my friends.  Hope you’re making happy mail today.  If you need to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, click here.