Holiday Projects & Ideas

Fabulous Holiday Card Ideas

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Quick and Easy Christmas Card Ideas

by the Luv 2 Stamp Group

Today's post is brought to you by our amazing Luv 2 Stamp Group.. here are a dozen great ideas for you from our recent Luv 2 Stamp Group Stamp a Rama event!!

Enjoy!

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Above card by Cindee Wilkinson

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Above card by Lynne Earnst

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Above card by Lori Goble

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Above card by Ali Leon

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Above card by Alisha

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Above card by Laura Vogt

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Above card by Carol Carriveau

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Above card by Collette Fearneyhough

 

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Above card by Joy Perryman

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Above cards by (left) Heidi Johnson, and (right) Missy Sorg

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Above card by Ellen McCarthy

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Above card by Pat Poudrier

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If you need directions or supplies for any of the above cards, please leave me a comment and I'll be happy to help!

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Gift Box Punch Board Christmas Boxes

 

Have you tried out the Gift Box Punch Board from Stampin' Up!?  It was introduced in the Holiday Catalog a few months ago. You can find it on page 5 or HERE in my online store. I love that you can make so many different sizes and shapes of boxes with it!!  

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My best tip is.. get the Under the Tree heavy weight designer paper for your boxes (pg 5 of the Holiday Catalog) .. it works great for scoring and folding these boxes.

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Here is a green box I made when I was stamping one day at Cindee's house.. we made boxes and then created tags.. I used the Santa Stache stamp set to create a nutcracker tag on the Kraft paper (pg 192 in the annual catalog). I colored it with Blendabilities.. I would say that Blendabilities probably look nicer on Whisper White cardstock, but, I do love how this turned out!

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Here is a tip for you about using paper with a pattern in the Gift Box Punch Board:

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Want to see it in action? Watch the Stampin' Up! Video below:

How to use the Gift Box Punch Board

 

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 I used the Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler and Smoky Slate Blendabilities markers to color in the stamped Nutcracker.  I stamped the mustache a 2nd time and die cut it with the Mustache framelit and added it to the tag with Stampin' Dimensionals.

 

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Stampin Up! Christmas Tag Ideas

 

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I don't know about you, but in addition to being a Gift Wrap-a-holic I am also a Gift Tag-a-holic... I LOVE to make gift tags, buy gift tags, collect gift tags, store gift tags... yep, I even still have Hallmark gift tags from 20+ years ago before I made them!!  whew! :)

So, in that spirit, I thought I better share a few that I've made this year featuring the Cheerful Tags stamp set (pg 5 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog) and the Note Tag Punch from pg 13 of the Holiday catalog (all available for easy online ordering in my online store... click on any of the product photos at the bottom of this post)

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I combined the Cheerful Tag set with the Christmas Bliss set for these fun tags.  I also came up with an idea to create a custom shaped oval tag... stamp the Merry & Bright image in Real Red ink on Whisper White cardstock, cut around part of it with your Paper Snips, then slip it into the oval punch as shown and punch... fun!!

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This is such a quick and easy way to make tags!! Just stamp the striped background on Whisper White cardstock, then stamp the trees over the stripes and punch out with the Note Tag Punch! The Trees are stamped in Mossy Meadow (green) but they are looking kind of black in this photo.. rest assured, they are green.

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You can also add tags to cards.. I had 2 left over packets of card supplies from our Stamp a Rama event in Oct., so I just added tags to the embossed card fronts!

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I embellished this Scalloped Tag Topper Punch with some die cut stars!  Trim the Tree Paper was used on the tag and Under the Tree paper was used for the Stars.

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Both cards were embossed with the amazingly versatile Decorative Dots embossing folder... isn't it just perfectly festive for the holidays!?

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Making Spirits Bright - a Toast to the Holidays

 

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Let's toast to a happy holiday season!! Grab your glass with your drink of choice and let's do a virtual "cheers" to a lovely holiday ahead!

{clink} Cheers!

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I love these 2 stamp sets from the Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog... Making Spirits Bright from page 48 (available in Wood Mount or Clear Mount) and Holiday Invitation from page 49 (photopolymer set).. so fun!! Don't they make cute Holiday Cards!?

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I die cut Whisper White cardstock with the Apothecary Accents framelits in my Big Shot, and then stamped on those.  I also added pretty ribbons, Silver Glimmer paper and colored with Blendabilities markers after stamping with the Memento Black ink pad.. .all supplies are shown below and can be ordered online by clicking on each item.

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Happy Holidays everyone!

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Quick and Easy Double Pocket Cards for Christmas

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You can create these Quick and Easy Double Pocket Card Christmas Cards, featuring Nordic Noel Christmas paper from Stampin' Up! and the Simply Scored Board in just a matter of minutes!

If you haven't seen the "HOW TO VIDEOS" for my double pocket cards, you can view them on my blog:

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DOUBLE POCKET CARD #2 - video tutorial

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I love that you can see both sides of the paper on these cards... since every pattern is really pretty, this is a great way to showcase them!!

I used Project Life by Stampin' Up! cards for the inserts in the pockets.. how fun is that!? see supply list at the bottom of this post for all ordering info online.

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Below are some more designs I created using the Color Me Autumn paper and the All Is Calm paper and the Nordic Noel paper, all from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.  See links at the bottom of this post for EASY online ordering!

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Christmas Bag, Box and Tag ideas

 

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DIY Christmas Wrap: Boxes, Bags and Tags

Have you stocked up on all the great packaging options Stampin' UP! has to offer this year?!  See them here!  I love these Cafe Treat Bags.. they are lined so you can put food in them.. they are 9" tall so they hold JUST the right amount, too! 

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I decorated the front of the bag with some Santa & Co. designer paper from Stampin' Up! and then added some stamping on a tag and border with the Christmas Bliss stamp set and the Under the Tree tag assortment.

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  Check out all the packaging options in my online store here!

Below.. here is another option for you .. the Take Out Boxes on pg 10 of the Holiday catalog are great if you need some extra room for goodies!!!

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Make a quick tag, add some ribbon and voila.. perfect treat for a neighbor, friend or family member! I die cut a Whisper White Party Pennant die, then added a banner and tag from the Under the Tree Tag Assortment, and a "paper present" and stars.

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Do you recognize the cute little paper present!? I used them on this Christmas Card in one of my previous posts.

If you missed any of my other Gift Box or packaging ideas, you can see them

HERE >> on my blog

or HERE >>> on my Pinterest board

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Swap Card: Altered Tree Punch Christmas Card

 

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 In preparation for our Luv 2 Stamp Group Stamp a Rama event in October, I was trying to decide which color of star accent border I liked best for my Christmas Card idea.  So I made several samples... can you guess which one I liked best?

 

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I decided I actually liked the yellow one the best.. it's just a 1" wide scrap of Daffodil Delight cardstock behind the punched star border.  (see this VIDEO for tips on using the Confetti Star Border punch).

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Participants in our Luv 2 Stamp Group "Stamp a Rama" (shoebox swap) actually had their choice when they made my card.. they could leave the stars with the red showing through, or add the yellow strip.

I wanted to teach everyone a useful tip, so I taught them how to alter the size of the trees with the Stampin' Up! Tree Punch!

If you missed that tip, you can see my previous post here, or see below.

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Wintertime Happy Winter Card Assortment

 

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Simple Christmas Card Alert! :)

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I challenged myself to see how may different simple Christmas Cards I could make with the "Wintertime" single stamp from Stampin' UP!.  You can find it on pg 23 of the Holiday Catalog or HERE online.

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I grabbed just a few basic supplies like Whisper White cardstock, 1 ink pad (Lost Lagoon), and some designer paper from the All is Calm package and the Santa & Co. package.  I die cut the Happy Winter image with my Apothecary Accents Big Shot Framelits, then added a variety of simple accessories.

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Above: I love the Filigree Frame embossing folder!! #135818

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It's difficult to photograph, but those are all rhinestones and are very sparkly!

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Here are some quick ideas for using Stampin' UP! accessories to embellish your quick and easy Christmas Cards:

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Project Life Hello December Album Cover

 

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Did you enjoy my Hello December Project Life album that I shared with you in THIS VIDEO?  I think there were many of you who did because so many of you have ordered the supplies to make your own! Thank you!  If you have not ordered your album, pocket pages, and Project Life cards yet, you'll want to do that TODAY so that it will arrive in time for you to create your Hello December Album that starts on Dec. 1st! Watch the Video here and see more info here.

Check out the Hello December Project LIfe supplies in my online store here!

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I was packing up my Hello December album to take to our recent Luv 2 Stamp Group event and I decided that the album cover NEEDED to be decorated.. so I pulled out my Star Stencil and my Tree Punch and in a matter of about 10 minutes it was done!

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Tutorial for the star stenciled cover is shown below at the bottom of this post.

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Our Bennett Family 2014 Hello December album will be the keeper of the memories for our Elf on the Shelf photos.  Jason named our Elf "Carlito" .. so we'll be taking pix of Carlito each day and putting them in our album! Need Elf on the Shelf Ideas? Click Here to view my Pinterest Board!

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I used the Trim the Tree Paper Stack and my Tree Punch (both from the Holiday catalog) and added paper trees to the cover.. complete with punched out stars for tree toppers!!  Did you miss my previous post with info on how to make the smaller trees?  Check it out here.

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The star punch is from the Itty Bitty Accents punch pack and works perfectly as a tree topper for these trees!  I punched the stars out of the "Under the Tree" Designer paper (also from the Holiday catalog).  See all the products used at the Bottom of this post.. click any item to go right to my online store for easy ordering.

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As you can see.. stenciling the cover is really easy with the Star Mask (stencil) and Stampin' Up! Classic ink and a sponge dauber! Use Washi Tape to hold down the mask while stenciling.

 

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Christmas Blog Tour with the Control Freaks

 

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WELCOME to the November 2014

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  Blog Tour!!!

Our theme this month:

Stampin' Up! projects featuring

a Christmas theme

 

   You have probably reached me after visiting Justin's Amazing blog, and if not, be sure to travel backwards on the tour and visit him! :)

Project #1: Gift Box - Get your Santa On Tag

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I wanted to dress up a Kraft Gift Box (found on pg 200 in your Stampin' UP! Catalog), so I cut pieces of Under the Tree heavy-weight designer paper and covered each side, leaving a small border around each piece.  Then I used the adorable new stamp set called Get Your Santa On and stamped it with Memento Black ink and Colored it with Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities markers.  Did you notice the cute little "stitched" images at the bottom of the tag!?  Want to know where I found those? They are in the Project Life Holiday Cheer stamp set!!  (see pg 35 Holiday Catalog #135188). I created my own 2" x 4-1/4" tag using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  Oh, and Merry Christmas... that's from 2 different sets..I thought that was pretty clever!!  MERRY is from Cheerful Tags (pg 5) and Christmas is from Watercolor Winter Too (pg 37).

I topped it all off with Cherry Cobbler 1" Sheer Linen Ribbon (pg 7) and some Mossy Meadow ribbon #133670 - oh and a Gold Button!

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 Project #2: Santa & Co Winter Wonderland card

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I know that the "Jury is Out" on the Santa & Co. paper and the Visions of Santa stamp set (Pg 29 Holiday catalog), but I LOVE LOVE LOVE these patterns from the Santa & Co. DSP pack... so cheery for winter and Christmas!  I added them to a folded Whisper White card, then tied the new Real Red 3/8" Satin Woven Ribbon.. the detail in this ribbon is just gorgeous. I stamped Winter Wonderland from the new Project Life December Wonder stamp set (supplement pg 9) then made it in to a banner and added 3 Nordic Noel Buttons to pull together the red, white and blue color scheme.

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  • Kraft Gift Boxes, pg 200 #124106
  • Under the Tree Paper, pg 5 Holiday Catalog #135825
  • Project Life Holiday Cheer stamp set, pg 35 Holiday Catalog #135188
  • Cheerful Tags stamp set, pg 5 Holiday Catalog #135065
  • Watercolor Winter Too stamp set, pg 37 Holiday Catalog, #136819
  • Cherry Cobbler Sheer Linen ribbon pg 7 Holiday catalog, #135839
  • Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities Markers #130995
  • Mossy Meadow ribbon #133670
  • Gold Buttons, pg 41 Holiday Catalog #133763
  • Whisper White cardstock #100730
  • Santa & Co. DSP pg 29 Holiday catalog #135821
  • Real Red 3/8 Satin Woven Ribbon, pg 15 Holiday Catalog #135840
  • Project Life December Wonder stamp set, supplement pg 9, #136562
  • Nordic Noel Buttons, pg 15 Holiday Catalog, #135836

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Santa & Co. Tiny Treat Boxes

 

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I knew you would love this idea, so I had to share it with you!!  My friend (and amazing stamper) Cindee Wilkinson shared this idea with me... she put 2 of the Tiny Treat Boxes back to back to create the cutest little candy treat holder!!! I decided to try it out with Santa & Co. designer paper from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. I think the reindeer on this paper are really cute... ok and the Santas make me smile.. .but they are a little "out there" for me.. what do you think?

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How to:

Leaving 2 Tiny Treat Boxes flat, decorate 3 sides of each box.

I cut out squares from the Santa & Co. Designer Paper (pg 29 Holiday catalog). Use Square Framelits to cut out the reindeer and Santas or use square punches.  Layer the square DSP pieces on solid Cardstock (I used Garden Green and Real Red)

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Apply Fast Fuse Adhesive to the sides shown below then Pop Up the boxes into shape, but don't fold down the piece that would be the lid - just stick those together.

Add a tag and you are done assembling!

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Voila! how easy is that!  You can make 12 of these from one package of 25 boxes for only $6.95!!!!  WHAT?  yep!

 Fill with shreddie paper and candies or treats and you have just the cutest little giftie!!!

 

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Mingle All the Way easy Christmas Cards

 

Last month I taught a Stamp A Stack Class for Janice and her friends (students make 2 of each card design in the class - 8 cards total), so cards can't be too involved because everyone would need to end up bringing sleeping bags if we were there too long...  This was one of the cards I designed for the class... quick and simple Christmas card featuring several fun Stampin' Up! products.  See the bottom of this post for a complete list and ordering info for all products for my online store.

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The Filigree Frame Embossing Folder background is a really perfect, subtle touch for this card. 

This would make a great card for your Christmas card if you are stamping and sending several. I'd love to help you figure out what you need to order if you'd like to create these handmade Christmas Cards this year!

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I really love giving options in a Stamp A Stack class, so students could select which greeting they wanted to use - from the Mingle all the Way stamp set - and which Designer Paper pieces they wanted to use as well.  I cut up lots of strips from the Trim the Tree paper stack and everyone had fun looking at all the patterns!

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 To make this card go really quickly, it's nice to have lots of 2" x 4-1/4" strips of Whisper White cardstock ready to go, then everyone can just pop the strip into either the Scallop Tag Topper Punch or the Angled Tag Topper punch and create the tag focal point for the card.

This is what the card table looked like before class.. wish I would have taken a photo after everyone had all the little patterned papers spread out everywhere :)

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Santa in the Chimney Punch Art Gift Box and Gift Bag

 

How about a little Santa in the Chimney Fun!?

If you've been visiting my blog for awhile, you may remember this idea from 2 years ago... I taught this idea in a Stampin' Up! Punch Art Class.  I decided to revamp my Santas and add them to a gift box and a gift bag!!

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All of the fun bricks are easily created with the Stampin' Up! Ticket Duo Builder punch... see the bottom of this post for all online ordering info.

Left: Santa in the Chimney on a gift box I made with the Gift Box Punch Board

Right:  Santa in the Chimney on a Petite Cafe Gift Bag

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Above: I created the gift box using a 12x12 sheet of Kraft Cardstock (#133674 on pg 192 of the annual catalog) and the Gift Box Punch Board, pg 5 of the Holiday Catalog (#135863).  I wrapped a beautiful piece of Cherry Cobbler 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon around the box... the recipient can still open the top of the box and get the giftie out this way!

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(more info about punches used in this previous blog post)

Above:  I created this project using one of the new bags on pg 10 of the Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog.. It's called a Petite Cafe Gift bag.. but it's really not that petite.. it's 8" tall!!  Plenty of room for baked goodies inside the poly-lined bag!

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These projects are just full of Punch Art Fun... did you guess which punch I used for Santa's bag of goodies!?

Ticket Duo Builder Punch #126883

Owl Builder Punch #118074

Sweetheart punch #133786 or retired Full Heart Punch (shown)

Boho Blossom Punch #119858

Petite Pennants Builder punch (triangle) #122361

Mitten Punch (retired - sorry)

 

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I added the beautiful Real Red 3/8" Satin Woven Ribbon to the top of the bag and then added a tag stamped with the Visions of Santa Stamp set.

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Ornamental Pine Creative Challenge Club Card CCC21

 

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My Creative Challenge Club CCC21 card submission features the Ornamental Pine stamp set (page 27) and the Under the Tree Specialty Designer paper (page 5) in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog .

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I wasn't sure what to do with the Circles in this weeks sketch... but then thought of ornaments, so I punched out 3 circles using Stampin' Up! Circle punches (1-1/4", 1-3/4" and 2"). Do you want to know how I created this custom paper I used for the Ornaments?  See my tip below!

The folded card is Cherry Cobbler, and the Kraft piece on top is 4"x5-1/4" and is the Kraft Cardstock on pg 192 in the annual Stampin' Up! Catalog (#133674).  The pine boughs are stamped with Garden Green.

 

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So if you are looking at your package of Under the Tree Paper or you are looking at it in the catalog and wondering how it's possible that I have different colors than you do.... voila.. easy peasy.. take a sponge dauber, ink pad of your choice, and sponge ink all over the kraft colored side of the paper!!!

Do you see the "BEFORE AND AFTER"!?

Under-the-tree-color-your-own-paper-stampin-up I sponged Cherry Cobbler, Island Indigo and Old Olive onto the Kraft side of the paper to create custom colored papers!

 

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Ornamental Pine 4x4 Stampin' Up! Cards

 

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 Ok, Halloween is behind us, and we can start thinking about winter (even though I still have over 100 roses budding or blooming right now. I've been posting photos of my October bouquets on facebook).. So here is a fun 4x4 card that you can make out of the 12x12 Under the Tree paper on page 5 in the Holiday catalog and the Kraft Cardstock on pg 192 in the annual catalog. (see this post from 2008 for instructions for cutting your 12x12 paper to get four 4x4 cards out of one piece)

I finally got to use my Ornamental Pines set... LOVE this stamp set!! see it on pg 27 in the Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog or here online)

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I cut the Under the Tree paper into 4x4 cards (see this post for cutting instructions) and cut the Kraft cardstock to 3-3/4" square, and stamped the pine bough on that (see instructions below) then stamped one pine cone, then stamped the "snow" with Gorgeous Grunge in White StazOn over the whole piece.

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I have LOTS of GREAT tips for you when making these quick and easy cards!

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Above: Use the dots from Gorgeous Grunge and White StazOn for "snow".

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Above: for quick coloring, ink the whole stamp with a green ink pad, then just the stem with a brown marker

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Above: add some snow with your White Uni-ball gel pen

For a really great tip on cutting out the pinecones and using your Fringe Scissors, see Cindee's blog post here!

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Did you notice the cute banner sticker on this card!? I used the Stampin' Up! Basic Kraft Stickers (find them on pg 200 in the catalog or here online) ... and here is a great tip for using them, just peel the excess sticker area away from the shapes, and voila, you can see them and stamp them easily:

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When I ran out of the Basic Kraft Stickers, I used scraps from the Kraft Cardstock sheets and made my own banners using the new winter wonderland stamp from the Project Life December Wonder Stamp set and the Hexagon Punch:

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I just love using my Hexagon punch to make "banners"!

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