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Traditional Christmas Ornaments

This has to be one of my most favorite suites in the 2019 Holiday Catalog! The ornament stamps are so pretty and I LOVE the fact that there are 2 (TWO) punches.  I know punches take us space, but these are definitely worth it. 

My other favorite is the Designer Series Paper called Brightly Gleaming.  The foil accents are gorgeous!  If you are a scrapbook person, you are going to want a couple of packs. 

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The entire product suite keeps in the same color scheme with Pretty Peacock, Night of Navy and Mossy Meadow AND Copper!  From the paper and ribbon, to the little star elements.  Cards and other projects will come together quick and easy.

My card base is Night of Navy that is the standard 5-1/2 x 8-1/2" folded in half.

Top half layer of Very Vanilla is cut 5-1/8 x 2-1/2"

Bottom half layer of Brightly Gleaming designer paper is cut 5-1/8 x 2"

The Very Vanilla is slightly larger so you can apply glue to the bottom edge and adhere Brightly Gleaming over top.  Wrap the "Merry Christmas" Very Vanilla Copper ribbon around before adhering to card base. 

Ornaments are colored with Stampin' Blends alcohol marks.  

I think I have found my Christmas card already for this year.  I better get going on those.  

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12 Weeks of Christmas (Week 2)

Hello everyone.  My goodness where did the time go this past week? 

I did my Week 2 Facebook Live last week.  I am still learning to navigate, and trying not to be nervous.  It is amazing what happens to my brain once that camera is going.  

Here are my two projects that I made 'Live'.  This one was my favorite because of the New Ice Stampin' Glitter (adhered using the new Shimmery Crystal Effects)!  Pictures are not doing it justice so lets look at a close up first:

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Here is the full frontal view and the inside.  You can click on each to bring up larger.

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HERE ARE MY SUPPLIES USED:

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Project two, featured the MERRY MOOSE Bundle.  Oh how cute is he !!!  The outline of his body is stamped in Early Espresso and the body filler stamp is done with Crumb Cake. The best part, the moose is a punch.

The front piece of Whisper White is 5-1/4 x 4" and stamped with the Birch background stamp in Crumb Cake.  I used the Oval Dies to cut out the window and the used Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere to card. 

Whisper White card stock for tree background is 5 x 3-3/4"

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Have you heard of NAMI

Have you heard of NAMI?  I am completely in awe of this organization; with what they stand for, offer and do.  This makes my card all the more special.  

I held my monthly card class this past weekend and chose to use the stamp set called "Nature's Beauty".  To me, it is just a simple and serene stamp set with wonderful drawings of forest animals.  In most catalogs, Stampin' Up! offers one set to donate profits to a charitable organization.  And the 2019 Holiday catalog is no exception with this set. 

As a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, every Tuesday, Stampin' Up! releases a weekly update to us.  They share inside information, give sneak peaks, or advise whatever may be happening within the company and needs to be shared.  (Good reason to join my team to get all the inside scoop).  In today's updates, they finally announced the list of organizations benefiting from each and every sale of the "Nature's Beauty" stamp set, and in the U.S. it is an organization called NAMI.  

NAMI stands for the National Alliance on Mental Illness.  Please take a couple of minutes and check out their website.  It is a wonderful organization that does so much good.  I was surprised to find so many local branches in my back yard.  Did you know mental illness has or will touch every single one of us?  If it is the one thing you can do, it is to educate yourself and help support this amazing organization and order the Nature's Beauty stamp set with me today. 

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So it is 'with gratitude' that I just happened to make this card and I share my gratitude to Stampin' Up supporting NAMI!

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My full supply list is below, showing product used to make this card, but here are the dimensions:

Very Vanilla card front (5-3/8 x 4-1/8) was embossed with the Woodlands folder. 

I used Sponge Daubers and Balmy Blue ink for my sky.  The tree and weed sprig are stamped in Mossy Meadow, grass in Old Olive, the deer stamped in Memento black and then colored with Soft Suede Blends (light and dark).  The Smokey Slate Blends were used to highlight the shadows under the tree, weeds, and deer.  

The deer is stamped on Very Vanilla that is 2-1/2 x 3-3/4.  Soft Suede card stock was used to mat the deer piece and cut using the Stitched Rectangle Dies.  

I hope you enjoyed this post and also can take a minute to learn about NAMI.  

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The Swirls of Christmas with Stylish Christmas

Are you in the heart of your Christmas festivities?  I sure am.  Did a lot of shopping this weekend and the community concert band I play in had another concert tonight.  A local church was gracious to give us a rehearsal space this year as our former location went under renovation.  We decided to stay at the church so we offered their congregation a free concert to say thank you.  Actually, we did a summer fanfare and now Christmas.  It is nice to play for a larger audience.  Our mission is playing for rehab and assisted living facilities in the area and sometimes there are only 10 people listening. 

Today's card features the stamp set, Stylish Christmas.  I am in love with the swirls that come in the set.  It is in the Annual Catalog so you will be able to get this one for at least six more months. Which I like because poinsettias can be for general winter themed cards, not just for the holidays.

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Make sure to check out the following pictures to see close up details.  Those swirls are embossed in silver and the mat paper is Silver Foil.  We stamped the poinsettia in Pool Party on Whisper White then on a scrap piece of Whisper White.  The poinsettia on scrap white was fussy cut with Stampin' Up! Paper Snips scissors (the best!) and adhered with Dimensions.  

I've included a photo of the stamped inside so you have a complete card sample.

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One Sheet Wonder - Peaceful Noel

Here is a sneak peak at my 9 cards but keep reading to see them all!

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A couple of weeks ago, I adventured off to Lake Chautauqua, New York for a small retreat weekend with a group of ladies.  I believe there was 21 of us in total and we are all crafters.  Most make scrapbooks, but a lot make cards too, so it is a nice mix and we get to see what everyone is working on.  The retreat center overlooks Lake Chautauqua and is so beautiful and peaceful.  The area had their first major snow storm early in the morning before I arrived.  Looked to be abut 5 or 6 inches of snow so the scenery was extra beautiful.  But I do have to say, it was a good weekend to stay indoors and enjoy the fireplace. 

One of my downline, Jeanne, has hosted this retreat for many years.  I met her through other means, and as we got to know each other better, she said "hey... would you like to come to this crop weekend?".  And that is how I started going.  And it is how she came to sign up to be a Demonstrator.  Now she does a couple of card classes while we are there and decided to participate this time and I had soooo much fun being the 'student' instead of the 'teacher'.  

Our project was an 8-1/2" x 11" One Sheet Wonder.  But I loved her twist... we embossed one of the images!  What a great idea.  Here's a close up so you can see the branch from Peaceful Noel stamp set embossed in Copper Embossing Powder

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In case you do not know, a One Sheet Wonder is stamping images all over a single piece of card stock and then cutting the card stock up to make multiple cards.  You can use an size paper, several images and inks, or just one.  It is completely up to you.  Here is my One Sheet Wonder all stamped and embossed. 

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It makes it look like Designer Series Paper, doesn't it?  

After cutting the stamped and embossing card stock, I played with my arrangement of pieces and my embellishments!  I love how these turned out. (you should be able to tap on any of my photos and they will open larger). 

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And if I had to pick favorites, I think I would choose these, probably because of the wire embellishments, which I am so sad to say are already sold out for the season. I have listed all my supplies below (if sold out, I still listed for reference).  

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I hope you enjoyed these cards!  Any questions on what I used, send me a note. 

 

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