Arrange a Wreath Christmas Card

Hello! Today I’m sharing a fun fold Christmas card that features the Arrange a Wreath bundle. This is one of my favorite bundles in the annual catalog. It is so versatile because there are endless possibilities for you to make seasonal as well as all-occasion cards. This is one of the projects we made in my August class to go.

Here is how I made the card:

  • Card base – cut piece of Shaded Spruce cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 11″, score at 2 ¾” and 8 ¼”, fold and crease sharply with bone folder.  This is a fun fold so the sharper the crease the better the folds will lay flat.
  • Cut four pieces of one of the lighter wood image papers from the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper at 2 1/2″ x 4″. Run all four pieces of the DSP through the Tasteful Textile embossing folder.  Adhere to front and inside card flaps.
  • Stamp leaf wreath from the Arrange a Wreath stamp set with Shaded Spruce ink on 3 5/8” x 3 7/8” piece of Very Vanilla. 
  • Cut piece of gold metallic brushed foil at 3 3/4″ square and die cut with the leaf wreath from the Wreath Builder dies.  Adhere over the stamped wreath image.
  • Cut piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock at 3 3/4″ x 4″. Adhere the wreath image to this piece.
  • Stamp pheasant with Soft Suede ink and three pears with Crushed Curry ink on scrap piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  You will notice that there are two pear images on both the one stamp and coordinating die.  It makes stamping and cutting the same pieces multiple times faster. Die cut images, arrange around wreath and adhere to card.  For added dimension you can use Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Die cut the full bow and bow loops from a scrap piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  Adhere the centers together with small dot of liquid glue and adhere to top of wreath.
  • Stamp greeting with Cherry Cobbler ink on scrap piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  Die cut with smallest oval in the Stitched Shapes dies set.  Adhere to wreath with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Adhere the wreath piece to the left front flap.  Be sure to only apply adhesive to the left side of the piece, leaving the right side unattached so that the can card open.
  • Stamp pheasant with Soft Suede ink in bottom left corner of the 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. Stamp a greeting if you choose.  I used a greeting from the Toile Christmas stamp set and stamped it with Cherry Cobbler ink.

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November 5-7, 2020
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Brightly Gleaming Gift Card Holder

Today I’m featuring a gift card holder made with the Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper. I got the idea for this card from a Halloween card posted by Jackie Bolhuis on her Klompen Stampers blog. I loved how easy it was to put together, while at the same time, being such a great way to showcase our beautiful papers.

Here is how I made the card.

  • Card base: Cut piece of Pretty Peacock cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 11″ and score at 1 1/2″ and 5 1/2″. Fold along score lines with bone folder.
  • Cut one piece of DSP at 3 3/4″ x 4″ for front of card and adhere. Cut two pieces at 1 1/4″ x 4″ for inside of card. Adhere one piece at right edge of card the other piece on the folded flap.
  • Cut piece of Very Vanilla cardstock at 3 3/4″ x 4″ and stamp greeting with Pretty Peacock ink. I used one of the greetings from the Perfectly Plaid stamp set. Adhere to inside of card, close to fold line, so that it does not show when the front of the card is folded.
  • Using the 1″ circle punch, position it in the center of the inside folded flap and cut a half-circle. This will make it easy to slide the gift card in and out. Run a thin line of liquid glue along short sides of the flap and adhere.
  • Tie piece of Old Olive/Pretty Peacock Reversible Ribbon around front of card, making a knot.
  • For the little tag on the front of the card, stamp greeting with Pretty Peacock ink on small scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock. I used the “Be Merry” stamp from the Tidings All Around set. Cut out using the tag die in the Ornate Frames die set. Thread piece of Linen Thread through the tag and tie to ribbon with a knot.

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Perfectly Plaid Card Idea

Hello! Today I’m sharing one of the cards we’ve been making in my holiday card classes using the Perfectly Plaid stamp set and Wrapped in Plaid Designer Series Paper. I found the card layout on Pinterest.

Here is how I made the card.

  • Card base – Cherry Cobbler cardstock cut at 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2,” score and fold in half.
  • Cut strip of Shaded Spruce cardstock at 2 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. Cut piece of Wrapped in Plaid DSP at 2″ x 5 1/2″ and adhere to Shaded Spruce piece. Adhere to card.
  • Stamp tree image with Shaded Spruce ink on scrap piece of Whisper White cardstsock. Run through die cutting machine with one of the Layering Circle dies. Cut 3″ square of Gold Foil Paper and run through the die cutting machine with one of the circles in the Stitched Shapes die set. Adhere tree image and adhere piece to plaid strip. Add a Cherry Cobbler rhinestone from the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels to top of tree.
  • Stamp Merry Christmas greeting with Cherry Cobbler ink on scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock and die cut with one of the smaller dies in the Stitched Rectangles die set. Adhere at bottom of card front.

  • For the inside of the card, cut piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. Stamp greeting with Shaded Spruce ink. Stamp pine cones with Golden Glitz Delicata ink in bottom corner of card. Adhere to card.

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Perfectly Plaid Foil Box

Hello! Today is my first day back to blogging after being absent for almost two weeks. In addition to preparing for and running my holiday classes I am going through a total kitchen renovation from top to bottom and had to clear out the contents of all the cabinets at the same time. It’s taken me a while to play catch up but I’m finally back on track. Demolition began on November 18th and the project is scheduled to be completed a few days before Christmas – quite an extravagant present to me!! My entire house is upside down – boxes everywhere, refrigerator, kitchen table, microwave all in my dining room, with other stuff scattered about in the basement and my guest room. I normally photograph my projects in my dining room because that is where I get the best light, so I’ve had to switch to my craft room and the light fixture in that room produces a terrible glare from all angles, so it has been challenging. I apologize for the quality of photos that will appear in my blog posts in the next few weeks. It’s all worth the trouble because I”m going to have a beautiful kitchen in the end! I will be sure to post before and after pictures later this month.

Now onto today’s project, a treat box featuring products from the Wrapped in Plaid Suite in the Holiday Catalog. The Gold Mini Pizza Boxes are the perfect touch for some holiday glitz.

Here’s how I made the project.

  • Fold on the scored lines to create the box.
  • Cut piece of Night of Navy cardstock at 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″and adhere to box lid. Cut piece of Wrapped in Plaid Specialty Desgner Series Paper at 3″ x 3″ and adhere to Night of Navy square.
  • Stamp greeting from Perfectly Plaid stamp set in Cherry Cobbler ink on scrap piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. Die cut using the 2nd smallest of the longer dies from the Stitched Rectangles die set. Adhere to the DSP square.
  • Select two pieces of DSP using the other side of the plaids. Punch out two trees with the Pine Tree Punch. Punch a hole at the top of each tree with a 1/8″ hole puncher.
  • Tie piece of ribbon around box, leaving it loose enough so that it will slide on and off easily. The ribbon I used is retired but I really liked how it looked. You can use the Shaded Spruce Gold ribbon that is part of the suite or any ribbon of your choice.
  • Cut piece of linen thread and slide it through the holes in the tops of the trees and tie around the ribbon bow. Trim ends.

Easy peasy for an elegant little gift box!

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Toile Bird

Hello! It’s been a while since I last posted. Two weeks ago my laptop had an unfortunate, unplanned meet up with a cup of tea that spilled on my desk, and unfortunately also got into the laptop. After having to wait a few days for my tech person to work on it due to scheduling conflicts, I received the bad news that while the hard drive was okay, that for technical reasons he would have to start from scratch reloading all of my software, etc. I’m still in the recovery process to restore documents, contacts, etc – what a mess!! I’m having some issues accessing WordPress on my laptop and have been avoiding using it on my iPad because it is more cumbersome but couldn’t wait any longer to post, so for better or worse, I’m back 🙂

Today’s card features the beautiful bird from the Toile Tidings suite. I had been planning to submit it today to Kylie’s Demonstrator Training blog hop but wasn’t able to pull it off. Here is how I made the card.

I started with a Real Red card base cut at 5 1/2″ x 11″ and folded it in half. Next I cut a piece of Toile Tidings DSP at 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ and adhered it to the card. I cut a piece of Real Red cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 2 1/2″. I stamped the bird image with Versamark ink and then embossed it with the fun, new Shimmer White Stampin’ Emboss Powder and then stamped and embossed the greeting. I adhered it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The photos don’t do justice to how sparkly the embossing looks in person! Next I die cut four Real Red filigree corners from the Detailed Deer dies and adhered them with the Fine Tip Glue Pen to each of the corners on the DSP. For the inside of the card I cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock at 4″ x 5 1/4″ and stamped the “tidings of comfort and joy” greeting and the large scroll image from the stamp set with Real Red ink.

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Toile Christmas -Kylie’s Training Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to Kylie’s Demonstrator Training Blog Hop for October! I’m part of a group of talented Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world that participate in Kylie Bertucci’s program for building our businesses.

Today’s card features the Toile Christmas stamp set. The Toile Tidings Suite was my top pick when I placed my holiday catalog pre-order. I thought the Bird Ballad Laser-Cut Card would make a beautiful background and it didn’t dissapoint! I originally planned on using one of the Toile Tidings Designer Series Papers to place under the lace cut-out, however after auditioning all of them I decided to go with a plain piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, which makes the bird stand out more.

Here’s how I made the card.

  • Cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock to fit under the front of a Bird Ballad Laser-Cut card, apply liquid glue lightly around the edge and adhere.
  • Stamp image of cardinal and tree branch with Memento Black Ink on piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. Color the cardinal with the light and dark Real Red Stampin’ Blends markers. Color the beak with the dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends marker. Color the tree branch with the dark Soft Suede Stampin’ Blends marker. Color leaves with the dark Shaded Spruce Stampin’ Blends marker and the berries with the dark Real Red Stampin’ Blends marker.
  • Die cut images with the coordinating Christmas Cardinal dies. Adhere to front of card with liquid glue.

Stamp the Christmas Wishes greeting with Real Red ink on piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and cut with coordinating die. Adhere to card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Add a Red Rhinestone jewel to the banner.

For the inside of the card stamp the greeting with Real Red ink and a flourish in Shaded Spruce ink.

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Paper Pumpkin-Winter Wonders

The holiday season will be here before we know it. And along with putting up the Christmas tree and spending snowy nights by the fire, many of our Paper Pumpkin subscribers will be looking forward to opening their holiday kit. Christmastime papercrafting with Paper Pumpkin has become an annual tradition!

This October and November we are offering back-to-back coordinating kits, one with Christmas cards, the other with Christmas tags. While the kits have been designed to coordinate with one another each one is all-inclusive and can stand alone. Both kits make it easy for you to add a handmade, personal touch to your holiday giving—without a lot of fuss. It’s Christmas made easy with Paper Pumpkin!

The October kit includes supplies to make ten 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ cards and the coordinating colors are Early Espresso, Pool Party, Poppy Parade and Shaded Spruce. Subscribe now through October 10th by going to my Paper Pumpkin website here. The kit will arrive in your mailbox by the 20th of the month. The November kit includes supplies to make 24 holiday-themed gift tags of four different sizes and designs and the coordinating colors are the same as the ones in the October kit. You will be able to subscribe to the November kit from October 11- November 10th.

If you are new to stamping or to Paper Pumpkin, this would be a great time to give it a try. If you have subscribed in the past, you too might want to re-subscribe to get a jump on your holiday papercrafting.

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