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Christmas in July Wreath Card

Last night was my Christmas in July Stamp Camp.  My home was packed with Christmas Card makers!  Everyone loved the cards, Christmas treats, and the giggles we shared!  I am so blessed to have such fun-loving ladies as my customers.

Here is one of the favorites from last night:

Christmas in July Wreath Card

The wreath is created as follows:

Use the Petals A Plenty Embossing Folder on a strip of Old Olive card stock.  Punch out a 3/4″ circle and then center the scallop circle punch over the circle and punch out.  Color berries with Real Red marker.  Ink up a QTip with Craft White ink and smear over the top of the embossed piece for the snow effect.  Attach to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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SUDSOL Holiday Blog Tour

Welcome!  Today I am part of the SUDSOL Holiday Blog Tour!  If you are taking the tour, you probably came from the home page on SUDSOL

The 2011 Holiday Mini Catalog is full of fabulous products.  Some of my favorites are highlighted in my blog post today.

My first project is a workshop card my customers made last month.  They loved it!


I love the Peekaboo Frames die – you flip the bottom up, and put one of the snowman from Snow Much Fun on the inside!


Snow Much Fun Peekaboo Card Supply List

  • Very Vanilla/Chocolate Chip/Real Red CS
  • Holly Berry Bouquet DSP
  • Peekaboo Frame Die/Big Shot
  • Snow Much Fun Stamp Set
  • Real Red/Chocolate Chip Ink
  • Various Markers
  • Decorative Label/Wide Oval/Modern Label/Snowflake Punches
  • Basic Pearls/Velvet Ribbon

My second project for the Holiday Blog Tour uses one of the many wonderful templates/patterns from the SUDSOL library!  SUDSOL's creative library has instructions, patterns, templates, pictures, and videos.  What a wonderful resource!  Quick access to these patterns make my life so much simpler!  This is just one of the many reasons why I am a SUDSOL member.  Want some more reasons?  SUDSOL is a business-centered group – while it is great to share all of life's ups and downs on some groups, SUDSOL focuses on your BUSINESS.  Our gallery is only viewable to members.  Thousands of demo-only samples await you in the gallery!  There are also hundreds of business articles at your fingertips!!!! 

You can even join SUDSOL with a free two-week trial!   Join me on SUDSOL – Your 24/7 Upline! 

You can check out my SUDSOL samples HERE.

Nancy Morgan shared this pattern on SUDSOL – an Easy Gift Card Holder.  I updated with current supplies.  Here's my sample:




Easy Gift Card Holder Supplies

  • Chocolate Chip/Real Red/Wild Wasabi/Very Vanilla CS
  • Real Red/More Mustard Markers
  • Jolly Bingo Bits Stamp Set
  • Holly Berry Bouquet Designer Series Paper
  • Very Vanilla Velvet Ribbon
  • 1" Circle/1" Square/Curly Label/Corner Rounder Punches
  • Big Shot/Buttons Embosslit
  • Scoring Tool
  • Mini Glue Dots

I made a few minor changes from the original pattern – I  used Mini Glue Dots to adhere the gift card to the holder rather than using the retired Slit Punch and I used the new luxurious Velvet Ribbon instead of the stretch ribbon.

I love using the Buttons Embosslit to make inexpensive buttons!  You could even put Crystal Effects on them if you wanted them to shine!


My final project is just adorable!  Our new Holiday Stocking die can be used to decorate in so many ways!  I created my Santa's Key Stocking to hang from the tree – but you could even hang it from a door handle!  I actually used two of the stocking dies back to back for a little more strength.  You could even use fabric or felt!






 Santa's Key Stocking Supplies

  • Big Shot/Holiday Stocking Die/Stocking Accents Die
  • Clear Circle Die/3-1/2" Circle Die
  • Jolly Bingo Bits Stamp Set
  • Real Red/Wild Wasabi/Very Vanilla CS
  • Real Red Ink
  • Red Glitter Paper
  • Holly Berry Bouquet Designer Series Paper
  • Hemp/Key/Velvet Ribbon/Vintage Button
  • CropADile

I know the print is small on the hanging tag – here is the poem:

Santa’s Key
We don’t have a chimney
As you can plainly see
But we still want you to visit,
So just use this magic key!

We don't have a chimney for you to climb through,
But if you don't visit my our house I don't know what I'll do.
Some say you are magic and can use any old key
As long as we hang it out in a place you're sure to see.
So we're leaving this old key right outside our door
Saying our prayers, jumping in bed, and we won't worry anymore.

Thanks for stopping by! 





CONTINUE on the Blog Tour

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Christmas Stockings by the Hearth Card


Welcome to the SU Stars Blog Hop…you've most likely arrived here from Raissa's blog www.raissastamps.com or the main page www.su-stars.blogspot.com.

 If  you ever get lost along the way during the blog hop, you should go back to this main page to find the next stop. The theme of this blog hop is Holiday Hoopla!

Today I am sharing one of my cards from this week's Holiday Cards Stamp Camp.  My customers loved making this card.  Colors used are Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, and Whisper White.  The phrase is from the Delightful Dozen stamp set.

Stocking Punch Heart


The strips of the hearth were distressed with one of the inks from the distressing kit. Then the top piece was punched with the scallop border punch. Cherry Cobbler quilted ribbon is on the top of the hearth. The phrase from Delightful Dozen was inked in Garden Green.

The stockings are incredibly easy with our new stocking punch. The bows were made out of the Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine and attached with mini glue dots. Instead of threading the twine through the holes of the bells, the bells were also attached with a mini glue dot. The stockings were attached to the hearth with Stampin' Dimensionals.

To make the fire in the fireplace, all you need is the Stocking Punch and Early Espresso and More Mustard card stock.  Punch with Early Espresso once (the top of the stocking) and More Mustard three times (the heel portion).  You will cut the Early Espresso punch piece in half.  Now just place the pieces as shown above.

Thanks for stopping by!  The next stop on the blog hop is Denise Foor's blog http://www.denisefoor.blogspot.com/

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Frosty the Snowman Telescopic Circles Card

Yes, it is March 23rd, and Wisconsin got socked with more snow!  I had my Technique Tuesday class last night, and I taught them how to make a telescopic circle card.  Thanks to Barb Mullikin and Lyssa Zwolanek for the inspriation! 

When I made my first telescopic circles card, all I could think about was making a snowman with this card.  I collect snowmen – my kitchen is filled with snowmen art.  However, I didn't think my stampers wanted anything more to do with snow this late in March, so I held off making it the "official" project.  However, I love making additional samples for my stampers to see the techniques being used in different combinations.  So here is my version of the Frosty the Snowman Telescopic Circles card:

Telescopic Circles Snowman Card


Telescopic Circles Snowman Card

My stampers loved this card so much that they begged me to let them create him next winter.  Trust me, my Frosty is made of magic snow – he'll be back again someday!!!!

Now grab a mug of hot chocolate and stay warm everyone!

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Scenic Season Heat & Stick Card

This is probably one of my favorite Christmas card creations of all time.  This simple card's shimmer reminds me of the magic of Christmas.


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Dasher Short Graduated Accordian Fold Technique

It is easy to get stuck in a creative rut…many crafters have a difficult time moving away from tried and true formats, colors, and even stamp sets!  Ok, I don't think my Dasher stamp set EVER leaves my stamping table during the holidays, but I wanted to show my stampers a unique fold for Christmas cards.

I learned this fold technique from Pat Huntoon/Technique Junkies!  I taught my stampers this technique at our November Technique Tuesday class.  They LOVED it!





Here are some basic instructions for this card:

8-1/2” x 10-1/2” Card Stock Base
Dasher/Lovely as a Tree/Grateful Greetings/Christmas Greetings Stamp Sets
Card Stock for Layers (I used Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, and Real Red)
Ink Pads (I used Soft Suede, Always Artichoke, and Real Red)
Ruler and Pencil/Scoring Tool
Paper Trimmer
Bone Folder
Big Shot/Big Shot Scallop Circle
2-1/2" Circle Punch
Paper Piercing Tool/Real Red Brads
  • Measure 3 inches on the short edge of the 8-1/2” x 10-1/2” card stock and make a pencil mark.
  • Measure 5-1/2” along the opposite site and make a second pencil mark.
  •  With paper trimmer, cut from one mark to the other, resulting in a diagonal across your paper.
  • Score the card stock at 3-1/2” and 7” horizontally.
  • Fold your card stock along the score lines (valley fold, then a mountain fold).
  • Make inserts for the layers using the same method – just cut off ¼” inch off the bottom and one side.
  • Use die cut for Scallop with Real Red card stock.
  • Stamp Dasher image on Very Vanilla; punch out with 2-1/2" Circle Punch and sponge edges with Soft Suede.
  • Attach Dasher piece to Real Red scallop and attach with adhesive on the bottom only and place on top section.
  • Stamp Merry Christmas in Soft Suede on front.
  • Stamp pine tree from Lovely as a Tree in Always Artichoke on Very Vanilla slanted piece.  Add phrase in Real Red.
  • Attach slanted piece to back and then use paper piercing tool to add brads.
Make sure to use your bone folder for crisp folds.
Great for a photo card! (Either for the inside "empty" space or even the front circle)
You can get 2 cards from each sheet of card stock.
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November 2010 Card Kit

My November Card Kit is ready to order!  I have posted the details on a separate page (you can click on the tab above), but here is the card:


I may have to re-photograph this card – the glare is a bit much.

Come back to my blog tomorrow to view my entries for the SUDSOL Holiday Blog Tour.  I've got three spectacular Thanksgiving-themed cards to share!

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