We Need a Little Citrus

You’re up to your neck in Christmas, but what is Christmas without an orange in the stocking? Or in this instance, a whole case of citrus fruit?

This was another situation where the inspiration woke me up early to create a card! The Global Design Project #gdp372 challenge was to CASE (Copy and Selectively Edit) a project by Kayla McCreadie:

I reached for my new signature stamp set (coming in the January 2023 Mini catalog!) SWEET CITRUS:

With a coordinating Hybrid Embossing Folder and dies, I guarantee you are going to see a LOT of this set from me!

Lest you think it’s not timely for the holiday season, let me show you a Christmas card I showed in yesterday’s live video: This one features a sentiment from the Cozy & Bright Kit currently available in my Stampin’ Store…and highly recommend you collect this kit before it’s gone, so you can use the sentiments from the kit with the Sweet Citrus bundle next year, plus, it’s a very easy kit to assemble and could still afford you time to send Christmas Cards this year.

In addition to the Sweet Citrus bundle (which will be available on January 5th…or you can join my team and order it now!), these are the supplies I used for the Christmas Card:

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May you squeeze the most from the holidays, and look forward to this bundle at the beginning of the new year!

Fitting Florets & Christmas Card Class

Starting TODAY, the Fitting Florets Collection (a pre-release from Stampin’ Up!’s 2023 January-June Mini Catalog) is ready to add to cart – with some of the limited time products only available while supplies last! The BUNDLE will be available through June 2023, but you’ll want to get the whole collection ASAP to use through the holiday season.

Let me show you two versions of a simple “fancy fold” card using some of these pretty products from my live crafting video “sneak peek” yesterday!

To make this fold, you need a piece of 8.5″ x 5.5″ card stock and score at 3″ and 7.25″ along the longer side with the Simple Scored board (or your paper trimmer and scoring blade). Layer on a piece of 5.25″ x 2.75″ Fitting Florets Designer Series Paper (available only while supplies last) on the front left side of card and a 1″ x 5.25″ piece on the front right flap.

The Framed & Festive stamp set could be combined with ANY Christmas paper, stamps and accessories and the font makes is playful and perfect.

One way to play with this new collection will be to attend the Christmas Card Class THIS SATURDAY, November 5th at 3 pm in Hurricane, Utah:

You’ll create 8 gorgeous greeting cards for the holiday (2 each of 4 different designs, including envelopes) for just $20, and one of the cards is designed with the Fitting Florets collection. Remember to bring scissors and adhesive, but if you forget or need more, we’ll have both scissors & adhesive + refills available for purchase at the class.

Reserve your spot by November 2nd by clicking the button below, or send Venmo to Loni-Spendlove

Sweet Candy Cane Stand-Up Step Card

Here’s a taste of Christmas Cheer in greeting-card form, and while it stands up to display, it folds FLAT to mail!

Crafters at the Kane County Crafter’s Convention also made this card using the Sweet Candy Cane suite last weekend. It’s one of my favorite fancy folds, and it’s easier to make than you would imagine! Here’s how:

For the card base, you’ll need:

  • 10.5″ x 4.25″ Real Red card stock, scored at 1/2″, 1.75″, 3.75″ and 5″
  • 5.5″ x 3″ Real Red card stock, scored at 1/2″ and 1.75″
  • 4″ x 5.25″ Pool Party card stock: Die cut stripe background from the center of this piece
  • 4″ x 1.75″ piece of Sweetest Christmas Designer Series Paper
  • 3.5″ x 2.75″ Pool Party card stock (optional: emboss with Wintry 3D embossing folder)
  • 5.5″ x 4.25″ Basic White: Stamp candy canes, leaves and sentiment, cut out with coordinating dies
  • 4″ x 5.25″ Basic White for back of card, where you can write a message when sending

A quick video on how to assemble:

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Sweet Candy Canes Bundle (English)
$51.25
Sweetest Christmas 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Designer Series Paper
$12.00
Real Red 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.25
Pool Party 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.25
Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad
$8.00
Garden Green Classic Stampin' Pad
$8.00
Pool Party 3/8" (1 Cm) Sheer Ribbon
$6.00
Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine
$125.00
Simply Scored
$30.00
Tear & Tape Adhesive
$7.00
Multipurpose Liquid Glue
$4.00
Stampin' Dimensionals
$4.25
Wintry 3 D Embossing Folders
$10.00

Santa’s Delivery: Holiday Decor

Over the weekend, I participated in the First Annual Kane County Crafter’s Convention in Kanab, Utah and had so much fun playing in the “Location for Creation”, as my friend Seana Johnson coined it! Seana coordinated a wickedly wonderful 1st event with Create Room, Stampin’ Up! and the Kane County Office of Tourism as sponsors, and it was an dream escape for all who attended:

My teammate Sue Stratton and I designed and prepared 8 paper crafting projects for the guests, and this was the Holiday Decor piece I created as a project for the event participants:

You can find the tray at Dollar Tree, and it makes the ideal frame for a holiday scene! Because the Santa’s Train dies can die cut the stamped images OR the images from the Santa’s Express Designer Series Paper, I demonstrated a slightly different version in my video today:

While I’m still working to get the WHOLE video to post correctly on YouTube, you can catch a second version on my Facebook Page Video, if needed.

It’s just as cute when using the Designer Series Paper:

If you choose to create this version, here’s what you’ll need (and thanks for letting me supply your creative needs!):

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Scottie Dog Loves You- Simple to Stepped Up

Woof! means “Welcome” to the October New at SU! Blog Hop. We really stretched our creativity to bring you not one, but THREE projects this month~ all using the same stamps, but ranging from simple to sensational!

Perhaps you are just starting to stamp, or you need an easy card in a hurry? Or you are ready to add a little “extra” to your card? Don’t worry, avid stampers, I’ve got something for you to make this card “over the top” too!

I’m using the Christmas Scottie bundle (stamps & punch) but with a non-holiday card concept…it could easily be adapted for a Christmas Card just by changing the colors and greeting.

Simple Card: 3″ x 5″ banner (use a 3″ x 1/2″ strip of the other side of the Designer Series Paper for the top), stamp and punch out dog, bow and add greeting. TIP: Remember to stamp your envelope(s) at the same time as you are stamping the card!

Step it up to a Casual Card: Add a 4″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Soft Suede Designer Series Paper to the card background, tie a ribbon around the top of the banner and emboss the greeting on Soft Suede. Tip: Add a 1/2″ wide piece of card stock punched with the Banners Pick-a-Punch behind the heat-embossed sentiment to make it look like a banner:

To step it up to an Avid Card: Score 1-1/4″ from the right edge of the card and fold it back. Add 1″ strips of Designer Series Paper to the flap and inside right edge of card and 2-3/4″ 5-1/4″ panels of Designer Series Paper and basic white card stock to front left side and inside card. Banner: 3-3/4″ x 3″ (DSP) and 3-1/4″ x 4″ Soft Suede. Add Iridescent Rhinestones.

TIP: Only adhere banner to the front flap so it can open like this:

Wherever you are on the Stamping Spectrum, you’ll discover multiple ways to keep it simple OR step it up at all these amazing posts along our October Hop…Pin your favorites to remember them!

Simple to Stepped Up: October New at SU! Hop

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Floating Circle Card

When you have thin strips of Designer Series Paper you don’t want to throw away, just glue them to a window sheet and die cut a “floating circle”! Want to see more? Watch my Facebook Live video from 10/17/22 and see how easy this card was to create!

We stampers love a little shine and shimmer, and that’s just what you’ll get in the Splendid Day Specialty Designer Series Paper pack…this angle shows how each double-sided paper has one metallic side and one pretty printed side, and you really can’t bear to let any go to waste:

Pick a small sentiment to stamp on one of your non-metallic strips. Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals are easy to hide behind the strips, and lift your circle off the card to make it look like it’s floating! Add a floral image and you have a simply sensational card.

While this DSP was created to coordinate stunningly with the Splendid Thoughts bundle (see my original card below the supply list), I used the Sending Smiles bundle for my video demonstration – the sentiments in the Sending Smiles stamps fit on the strips perfectly.

This is one to try immediately in your stamp studio!

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Same card, with the Splendid Thoughts bundle (sentiment still from Sending Smiles stamp set):

World CardMaking Day: An Open Door

Did you know that October 1st is WORLD CARDMAKING DAY?

This year, Stampin’ Up! is hosting a virtual craft-along event…and it’s FREE!

World Card Making Day is all about making beautiful, heartfelt cards. During the event, we’ll walk you through several projects, and you’ll create the cards right along with us. You’ll end up with new project ideas and some stunning new cards!

What you need to know:

Who: Anyone!

When: 1 October from 2:00–5:00 p.m. (MT)

Where: Online

Price of Event: Free

*You don’t have to register for this event but registering will keep you informed of all the fun crafting in store!

Supplies You Need: To make the most of this experience, you can order the Cottage Rose Bundle from the 2022–2023 Annual Catalog, the Cottage Wreaths Bundle from the July–December 2022 Mini Catalog, or the Warm Welcome Bundle, which you can get early from the January–June 2023 Mini Catalog!

When you order one of these three bundles (Cottage Rose Bundle, Cottage Wreaths Bundle or Warm Welcome) you’ll get a FREE gift of Iridescent Pearl Basic Jewels! (Note that even if you order all three bundles, you’ll only receive one Iridescent Pearls gift.) 

Depending on the bundle you are using, there are measurements for the cardstock and/or ribbon you’ll need:

Are you registered? Will you be attending virtually with me? Comment and let me know!

Now that you are ready to craft along with us, here’s a look at a card I created with the Warm Welcome pre-release bundle. You can print out the tutorial for this card below!

An Apple A Day

…keeps the boredom away! The Apple Harvest bundle is sure to inspire your creativity as it has mine; To be honest, the stamp set from the July-December catalog wasn’t really on my radar at first, but when the Perfect Partners Promotion introduced coordinating dies for the Apples, I perked up and paid attention! Fair warning: You may be feasting on many apple-inspired projects over the next few weeks.

Thanks to the #tgifc385 sketch, this was an idea that woke me up at 3 am:

Aside from the dies that cut out the apple images, there are LOTS of leaves (making it easier to cut out many at one time), a branch, different sizes of flowers that can be used on their own, a long label (I cut mine down to fit the THANKS sentiment), and my favorite: A double scallop! The scallop can cut a scalloped edge or a fine detail…like I used on my card.

Also being used a LOT in my current projects are the Iridescent Rhinestone Jewels…they pick up whatever color you stick them on and add a rainbow sparkle. Who can resist that?

There’s my inspiration – and to get you inspired, check out ALL the Perfect Partners pairings…but don’t hesitate! The coordinating dies (and thus, the bundles at a discount) are only available during September 2022 (or while supplies last).

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Start with a Sketch: Sweet Candy Canes

If your stumped about how to start a card, start with a sketch!

On my Facebook Live Lunchtime Crafting video today, I followed the #tgifc381 sketch:

And here is the card I created, using the Sweet Candy Canes bundle:

Following a sketch really gets me excited because you can start with what you have and make something completely unique!

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Christmas Scottie Card

I know it’s only July, but summertime is the BEST time to get your Christmas cards stamped and ready for a busy holiday season…and you needed to see how adorable this new bundle in the July-December Mini catalog is!

Of course a coordinating punch is a tool I love, and this one just begs to be loved! I actually created this card for my team card swap (we have a swap with each new publication) and by working assembly-line style, I made 14 cards in less than 2 hours, and watched a movie while working, so it was an enjoyable way to spend a day!

Try this at home:

Have you browsed the new mini catalog? Click the button to check it out:

Then shop my Stampin’ Store for the supplies you need to get your holiday cards finished early!