Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas Cards

Lots of Christmas cards went in the mail this week. Here are a few, and you can see more on Facebook at Carol Gleason! Let me know which ones are your favorites by leaving a comment here or on FB!

Be sure to check what's on the Year End Sale, going on now through January 3, 2017!










Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Peaceful Woodlands


It's That Time of Year

We awoke to snow on the ground on Saturday morning in Green Bay, and I must say, I'm not really ready for it. On Friday it was in the 60's, on Saturday - only in the 30's!

Photo of Gold embossed Stampin' Up! Woodlands embossing folder with Christmas Greetings Thinlits

Photo 2 of Stampin' Up! gold-embossed Woodlands embossing folder and Christmas Greetings Thinlits

To create this woodlands scene, apply Versamark ink to the Stampin' Up! Woodland embossing folder before running it through the Big Shot. Then apply gold embossing powder and heat it with the heat tool until the powder melts. Decorate as desired with glimmer paper, sequins or other embellishments.

Use the Christmas Greetings thinlits dies and fine tip glue pen to add a sentiment.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Thankful

Thankful for You

With the Thanksgiving holiday this week, there's no better time than now to think about the people in your life that you're grateful for, and let them know what they mean to you. This easy card we created in class this month can be sent for Thanksgiving, or really any time of year!

Photo of Thankful for You card with Stampin' Up! Blooms and Bliss paper and Sheltering Tree greeting

Card Base: Rich Razzleberry Card Stock,  cut to 5-1/2” x  8-1/2”

Flower Layer:  Blooms & Bliss DSP, cut to 3” x 5-1/2”.

Larger Rectangle: Mint Macaron card stock, cut to ¾” x  3”.

Smaller Rectangle: Whisper White ½” wide scrap, long enough for sentiment, ~2-3/4”. TIP: use a longer scrap, then trim after stamping the sentiment.

Sentiment:   Stamp ‘Thankful for You’ from the ShelteringTree stamp set in Rich Razzleberry ink

Optional: Add a layer of Whisper White card stock, 5-1/4” x 4” on the inside to have a lighter area to write on.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Hugs to You

Bear Hugs This Christmas

Today's card is one we made at card class last week and features the Stampin' Up! Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper (DSP) and the baby bear from the Fa-La-La-La Friends stamp set. Isn't he cute in his Christmas pajamas? 

Photo of Baby Bear Christmas card with Stampin' Up! Presents & Pinecones paper & Fa-La-La-La Friends stamps

Details:

Card Base: Mint Macaron card stock, cut to 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" and folded in half

DSP: 2 pieces of Presents & Pinecones paper:

  1. Cut one piece 3" x 4".
  2. Cut the second piece 2" x 3".
Oval: Emerald Envy card stock, die cut with the 2-3/4" x 1-3/4" oval from the Layering Ovals framelits.

Sentiment: Use a 1/2" wide scrap of Whisper White card stock, long enough to stamp the sentiment, ~4".
  1. Stamp the Bear Hugs greeting from the Fa-La-La-La Friends stamp set in Cherry Cobbler ink on the white scrap.
  2. Trim the length of the sentiment so there's equal white space on each end.
  3. Sponge the edges of the sentiment with Cherry Cobbler ink and a sponge dauber.
Bear: 
  1. Stamp the bear from Fa-La-La-La Friends in Mint Macaron ink on another scrap of Whisper White card stock.
  2. Die cut the bear with the Big Shot and the Bear Hugs framelits.
  3. Color the bear with Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Pink Pirouette and Crumb Cake Stampin' Write markers, or other colors, as desired. NOTE: There are several sets of just two markers available in the Holiday catalog: Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green, Real Red and Crumb Cake, or Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie, and they're also available in color family sets, like the Brights.
  4. Use Stampin' Dimensionals to attach the bear to the Emerald Envy scalloped oval.
Embellishments: Add a Silver Metallic Enamel Shapes Heart to the bear's pjs.

Assembly:

  1. Adhere the pretty designer paper to the card base, with the smaller rectangle in the upper right corner and the larger rectangle in the lower left corner.
  2. Add the sentiment across the two layers of pretty paper.
  3. Use Snail or other adhesive to attach the scalloped oval with the attached bear to the larger rectangle.
Grab yourself a treat and congratulate yourself for adding one more card to your Christmas stash!





Thursday, November 17, 2016

Merry Christmouse

Merry Mouse on Candy Cane Lane

Today I have another card featuring the beautiful Stampin' Up! Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper along with a cute mouse from the Merry Mice stamp set in the 2016 Holiday catalog. It was lots of fun coloring this little guy with the Stampin' Write markers!

BONUS:  The Merry Mice stamp set is on sale this month!

photo of a Christmas card featuring the Merry Mice stamp set and Candy Cane Lane paper from Stampin' Up!

Recipe:

Card Base: Crumb Cake card stock, 8-1/2" by 5-1/2", folded in half to create a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" card

Peppermint Layer: Candy Cane Lane DSP, cut to 2-1/2" x 5-1/2"

Large Square: Early Espresso card stock, 3-1/4" x 3-1/4" square

Smaller Square: Very Vanilla card stock, 3" x 3"

Assembly:

  1. Stamp the mouse from the Merry Mice stamp set in Tuxedo Black Memento ink, close to the top of the 3" square. Stamp the greeting from the same set in Real Red ink, centered below the mouse.
  2. Color as desired - here are the Stampin' Write marker colors we used:
    • Ornament - Real Red and Daffodil Delight Stampin' Write markers.
    • Mouse's shirt - Soft Sky Stampin' Write marker
    • Mouse's pants - Dapper Denim Stampin' Write marker
    • Mouse's nose - Pink Pirouette Stampin' Write marker. You could also color the inside of the ears if desired.
    • Tree branches - Wild Wasabi Stampin' Write marker.
  3. Add a Gold Metallic Enamel Shape over the star on the mouse's tail.
  4. Layer the peppermint DSP about 1/2" from the left side of the Crumb Cake card base, then layer your square on top.
There you go! A few pieces of paper, some ink, markers and adhesive, and you've got a cute card ready to put in the mail!




Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Merry Candy Cane Lane

Merry Candy Cane Lane Houses

The Stampin' Up! Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper is so cute that you can let it be the star of the show on your Christmas cards this year!

photo of Merry Christmas card with Stampin' Up! Candy Cane Lane paper

Create this simple card with just a few Stampin' Up! items. 

Here's how:

Card Base: Whisper White Thick Card stock, cut to 8-1/2" x 5-1/2", folded to 4-1/4" x 5-1/2".
Embossed Layer: Whisper White Card stock
3-3/4" x 5-1/4", embossed with the Big Shot and Festive embossing folder.
Houses: Candy Cane Lane paper, cut to 2-3/8" x 5-3/8", so that there are 3 houses on each piece.
Sentiment:
Die cut 'Merry' with the Christmas Greetings Thinlits from Real Red card stock.

Assembly:

  1. Adhere the embossed white layer to the top of the card base, leaving a 1/2" wide un-embossed area at the bottom for the sentiment.
  2. Center the Candy Cane Lane houses over the embossed layer, closer to the top so there's space for the 'Merry' greeting on the embossed layer.
  3. Adhere the 'Merry' greeting with the Fine Tip Glue pen, or sponge Tombow multi-purpose glue on the back side of the lettering.
  4. Stamp 'Christmas' from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set in Early Espresso ink near the right side, in the 1/2" un-embossed area at the bottom.
Make one, or make a bunch so you'll have your Christmas cards ready to go out after Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 4, 2016

It's Time to Deck the Halls with Stampin' Up!


It's Time to Deck the Halls


This card layout is a great way to use up your tiny pieces of pretty paper. The 1" square punch is on the clearance rack right now for just $9.60! The Merry Mice stamp set is also on sale - see details at the end of the post.

Photo of Deck the Halls card

How to Make It:
  1. Cut a Cherry Cobbler card base 5-1/2” x 8-1/2” and fold in half.
  2. Cut a Very Vanilla layer, 4-1/2” x 3-1/4”.
  3. Cut a Garden Green layer, 4-1/4” x 3” and set aside. (These 3 colors of card stock are also available in the This Christmas combination package, which includes 8 sheets of each color.)
  4. Use the 1” punch or a paper cutter to cut 6 – 1” x 1” squares of This Christmas Designer Series Paper.
  5. Glue the 6 squares evenly spaced onto the Garden Green layer. HINT: attach the two end squares, leaving a ¼” margin at top & sides, then center 1 square between them in the top row. Then do the bottom row so the squares are ¼” from the bottom of the Green layer and lined up with the top row.
  6. Run the Garden Green layer and squares through the Big Shot with the Lovely Lace embossing folder.
  7. Now attach the embossed Garden Green layer to the Very Vanilla layer.
  8. Add the Very Vanilla piece to the Cherry Cobbler layer.
  9. Stamp the banner from the Number of Years stamp set in Cherry Cobbler Ink.
  10. Stamp the sentiment, It's Time to Deck the Halls, from the Merry Mice stamp set in Garden Green ink on the banner.
  11. Cut the banner out, using the Big Shot and the Large Numbers framelits.
  12. As an alternative, stamp the Merry & Bright or Christmas Joy stamp from the Stitched with Cheer stamp set in Cherry Cobbler ink on a piece of Very Vanilla card stock and cut the banner out with the Big Shot and Bunch of Banners framelits.
  13. Attach the banner to the center of your card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  14. Add 3 random rhinestones wherever they look best on your small squares.

NOTE: the 1” square punch used to punch the square for this card is currently on the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack, while supplies last. The original price is $16, on clearance for $9.60. It’s a great tool for cutting small squares to use up your small scraps, as these small pieces are difficult to cut with the trimmer.

The Merry Mice stamp set is on sale as part of the Stitched from the Heart promotion. You can see the new Stitched Shapes framelits dies and the stamp sets that are on sale only in November here.







Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Oh Christmas Tree

Casing the Holiday Catty 


When you're looking for stamping inspiration, start with the Stampin' Up! catalogs! They're full of ideas for color combinations, card layouts, gift packaging and more. Last week we were inspired by this simple and elegant Christmas card on page 48 in the 2016 Holiday Catalog:

Photo of a Totally Trees card sample by Stampin' Up! on page 48 in the 2016 Holiday catalog

Of course, we changed it up just a bit, and this is our version:

Photo of Totally Trees Christmas Card inspired by Stampin' Up!

How to Make It:

**HINT: If your card base is 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", you won't be able to tie the ribbon around the card. So just cut it long enough for the front of the card and attach it with a couple of mini glue dots, then make a separate bow and attach it to the ribbon with another mini glue dot. Ask me how I know this :) 


How will you be inspired today? If you need a Holiday Catalog, contact me!




Tuesday, November 1, 2016

'Tis the Season

'Tis the Season Card

Just a few pieces of pretty paper, some ink and a stamp set are all you need to create this quick card from last week's class. Or you can step it up a notch with the Stampin' Up! Festive embossing folder!

Photo of 'Tis the Season card


NOTE: The Very Vanilla, Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler card stock is also available in the This Christmas pack, with 8 sheets of each color!

Assemble:

  • Adhere the Cherry Cobbler piece to the center of the card base as shown.
  • Stamp ‘Tis the Season from the Stampin' Up! Peaceful Pines stamp set in Cherry Cobbler ink in the lower right corner of the card, and stamp the snowflake 3 times in the upper left corner.
  • Use Snail or your favorite adhesive to attach the This Christmas paper to the 3-1/4” x 3-1/4” Garden Green paper.
  • Adhere this square layer at an angle on top of the Cherry Cobbler embossed layer so that the distance from the top and bottom, left and right edges of the card are equal.
That's it - a simple and mailable card! 

Just click any of the links in the directions above to order your card supplies and start creating!




Monday, October 31, 2016

Reindeer Tag

Christmas Tags for All Your Gifts

Here's a quick little tag that will add a cute touch to all of your Christmas gifts!


Photo of the Reindeer gift tag

How To Make It:
  1. Cut Whisper White card stock to 2" x 3-1/2".
  2. Punch one end of the Whisper White piece with the Scallop Tag Topper punch.
  3. Stamp the 'To: From:' stamp from the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set, near the bottom of the tag is Real Red ink.
  4. Cut a 2" x 2" piece of Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper (DSP) and adhere it to the card, centering it between the sentiment and top of the tag. Today, October 31, is the LAST DAY OF THE BUY 3 GET 1 FREE Designer Series Paper sale!! Be sure to get your order in today!
  5. Stamp the Reindeer from the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set in Early Espresso ink on Very Vanilla card stock.
  6. Punch the reindeer out with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch. Don't forget you can bundle the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set and Cookie Cutter Builder Punch and save money!
  7. Punch out a red glimmer bow with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.
  8. Attach the reindeer to the tag with 2 Stampin' Dimensionals.
  9. Attach the bow with a mini glue dot to the antler for a girl reindeer, or as a bow tie for a boy reindeer.
  10. Cut Real Red ribbon and tie it through the punched hole to finish your tag. Now you're ready to finish off your gift wrapping!

Friday, October 28, 2016

This Christmas

Season of Cheer Card

When we gathered earlier this week for the Shimmer and Shine Christmas card class, we made this card featuring the Stampin' Up! This Christmas Designer Series Paper and the greeting from the Jar of Cheer stamp set. There are lots of layers, but it's quite easy to stamp and assemble!



  1. Cut the following:
  2. Fold the Mint Macaron card base in half.
  3. Adhere the Garden Green layer in the center.
  4. Center the 4" x 4" DSP over the Garden Green layer.
  5. Cut the two Cherry Cobbler squares in half, corner to corner, to make triangles. Then adhere the triangles to the corners of the DSP to create a frame.
  6. Round the corners of the 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" Mint Macaron square with the Project Life Corner Rounder punch.
  7. Attach this square to the center of the DSP as shown.
  8. Die cut a Basic Black 2-3/8" circle with a framelit and layer it in the center of the Mint Macaron square.
  9. Stamp 'Wishing You a Season of Cheer' from the Jar of Cheer stamp set in Garden Green ink on a scrap of Very Vanilla card stock.
  10. Punch the stamped sentiment out with a 2" circle punch and adhere it to the center of the black circle and your card is complete!
We hope you'll give it a try! The 'This Christmas' Designer Series Paper featured here is a great option for all of your Christmas cards. There are 24 double-sided sheets in a package, and they're thinner than most of the DSP. So you can make a LOT of cards with just one package and even with the layers, they are not too heavy for mailing! Come back tomorrow to see another sample!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Merry Little Treat Bag

Christmas Tag for a Treat Bag or Card


Today I have a little treat bag for you that we made last week at our Holiday Crafting Open House. We're lovin' the new Stampin' Up! Copper Embossing Powder and Holiday Catalog!

  • Cut a 2” x 3.5” piece of Whisper White regular or thick card stock with the Paper Trimmer.
  • Punch one end of the tag with the Scallop Tag Topper punch.
  • Stamp the ‘Merry’ sentiment from the Jar of Cheer stamp set in the middle at the bottom of the tag in Cherry Cobbler ink.
  • Stamp the Solid Xmas tree shape stamp in Mint Macaron about ½” above the “e” in Merry, and let it dry.
  • Rub over the tag with the Embossing buddy.
  • Use the Xmas tree branches stamp & Versamark ink to stamp the tree branches over the mint macraon background you just stamped.
  • Cover the Versamark image with Copper embossing powder. Tap off any extra powder.
  • Heat the embossing powder with the teat tool until the powder melts. Do not overheat!
  • Stamp the small star in Cherry Cobbler at the top of the tree.
  • Tie a 6” piece of 5/8” Organza ribbon through the hole at the top of the tag.
  • Fold the top of the polka dot gift bag back along the score line.
  • Attach the tag with 2 Stampin’ Dimensionals to the green banner that has been cut using the Big Shot and Banner Framelits dies.
  • Add the banner to the bag with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

NOTE: The polka dot bags have been discontinued, but there are Kraft and Glassine bags on p.176 in the Annual Catalog that could be decorated and used instead. The tag could also be used on a card front.

Stampin' Up! Supplies: 
AC = Annual Catalog; HOL = Holiday catalog

All of these items can be ordered by clicking HERE to go to my online store.

Description
Catalog/Page
Item #
Price
Paper Trimmer (includes Cutting & Scoring blades)
Ac/189
126889
$30
Whisper White card stock
AC/170
100730
$9 (40 sheets)
Or Thick White Card stock
AC/175
140272
$7 (24 sheets)
Scallop Tag Topper Punch
AC/186
133324
$23
Jar of Cheer stamp set
HOL/25
142161
$21
Clear Glass Blocks
AC/183
Various
$4-$12 each or bundle
Cherry Cobbler Ink
AC/170
126966
$6.50
Totally Trees stamp set
HOL/48
142198
$26
Mint Macaron Ink
AC/169
138326
$6.50
Embossing Buddy
AC/181
103083
$6
Versamark Ink
AC/180
102283
$8.50
Copper Embossing Powder
AC/181
141636
$5
Heat Tool
AC/181
129053
$30
5/8” Organza Ribbon
AC/178
114319
$6
Stampin’ Dimensionals
AC/182
104430
$4 (300)
Big Shot
AC/190
143263
$110
Banner Framelits
AC/193
132173
$27
This Christmas Designer Series Paper
AC/172
141628
$13 (24 sheets)
Kraft or Glassine Bags
AC/176
Various

Hope you enjoy the treat bag and make one of your own!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Holly Jolly Gift Card and Envelope

Have a Holly Jolly Gift Card & Envelope

Last week at our crafting open house we made this cute little 3x3" gift card and used the Envelope Punch Board to make a matching Crumb Cake envelope.

Photo of Holly Jolly Gift Card & Envelope

  1. Cut a piece of Crumb Cake card stock to 3” x 6”. Score at 3”.
  2. Stamp the sentiment “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas” from the Stitched With Cheer stamp set in Cucumber Crush ink, near the bottom of the card front.
  3. Stamp the hat pieces in Real Red using the Jolly Friends or Cozy Critters stamps set.
  4.  Punch out the hat pieces with the Jolly Hat Builder Punch.
  5. Adhere the hat to the center of the card front, then add the hat brim and pompom with small pieces of foam adhesive strip.
  6. Stamp the 3 stars stamp from the Jolly Friends stamp set in Crumb Cake ink randomly on the card front.
  7. Add a piece of 1/8” gold ribbon and tie in a knot, then trim the ends as needed.
  8. Add 2 jingle bells with glue dots.

For the envelope:

(Stampers had a choice of Stampin' Up! envelope paper in Cucumber Cursh (retired) or Crumb Cake cardstock for their envelope.)

  1. Start with a piece of crumb cake card stock or green envelope paper, cut to 5-1/4” x 5-1/4”.
  2. Align the left edge of the card stock on the envelope punch board at 2-5/8”.
  3. Punch and score.
  4. Rotate the paper, line up the score line on the score guide. The edge of the paper should again line up at 2-5/8”.
  5. Punch & score.
  6. Rotate the paper and repeat punch and score two more times.
  7. Round the edges using the back side of the envelope punch.
  8. Adhere the envelope together with tear & tape adhesive, leaving the paper on the adhesive for the open edge, until you’re ready to add the card and seal the envelope.