Star-Spangled Christmas Card for DD#84


Good morning! What is on your agenda for the day? I still have some decorations to put up, ha!, and I haven’t even started addressing Christmas cards. They’re all made — 88 of them — but the letter isn’t written, and the labels aren’t printed, and my hand hasn’t started cramping from all the signing. Meanwhile, we got snowed in at my MIL’s last night, because we had about 3 inches of snow in a 2-hour period and didn’t want to drive home at night in Christmas traffic in fresh snow.

This week’s challenge at Dynamic Duos is a Black Tie event — use Basic Black and Cherry Cobbler, with the dessert *option* of sparkle. Well, you know if I have an option of sparkle, I’m taking the option! I love glitter and shiny, in case that isn’t clear.

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My card base is Basic Black. I embossed the Cherry Cobbler panel with the Perfect Polka Dots folder, then punched the stars out using the Merry Minis punch pack.

For the shiny background strip, I just punched a bunch of circles out of Silver Glimmer Paper using the 3/4″, 1/2″, and 1″ Circle punches and glued them to the background using Tombow Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue. Then I stamped a ton of stars from the Simply Stars stamp set in Cherry Cobbler ink on Whisper White cardstock. I stamped some of the stars before I re-inked my pad and some after re-inking. I also sponged around the edges of each star for extra depth, and I liked the effect of that. Unfortunately, we don’t have coordinating star punches or framelits, so these are all fussy-cut. Yeah, it took a while, but it was worth it.

My sentiment is from More Merry Messages, stamped in Jet Black StazOn then cut out with a Bitty Banners framelit. I layered that on a banner of Season of Style paper, which I cut out using one of the accessory thinlits that come with the Circle Card thinlits dies.

I added a few sequins and  couple of rhinestones to finish off the card.

Head on over to the Dynamic Duos blog to see the rest of the design team’s fabulous samples. I think everyone did a fantastic job this week! And we’d love to see what you make, so please play along!

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The Dynamic Duos Challenge Blog
Anne Marie Hile
Annette Elliott
Angel Johns
Caroline Bredeson
Cindy Brumbaugh
Holly Endress
JoAnn Burnham
Julie Gearinger
Michelle Bala
Sarah Fleming
Tenia Nelson

You can find all the supplies (except the sequins) to make the card in my online Stampin’ Up! store.

Paper: Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, and Whisper White cardstock; Season of Style designer series paper stack; Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Jet Black StazOn
Stamps: Simply Stars, More Merry Messages
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, 1″ Circle punch, 3/4″ Circle punch, 1/2″ Circle punch, Merry Minis punch pack, Circle Card thinlits, Bitty Banners framelits, Stampin’ Trimmer, Paper Snips
Embellishments/Adhesives: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Tombow Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue

A Very Merry Sparkly Christmas

Very Merry Sparkly Christmas - Stampin' Up! Christmas Collectibles and More Merry Messages - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye


Ah, that’s more like it. The last card I made didn’t have a single Dimensional on it, and it had barely any sparkle. This is better for this sparkle-loving girl.

I used the Pals Paper Arts sketch for this card. I decided to angle a tag on the card instead of cutting angled paper. The tag is cut using one of the Chalk Talk framelits and embossed with the Chevron embossing folder.

The arrows that draw your eye to the sentiment are from the A Banner Christmas stamp set, and I fussy-cut those after I stamped them.

The two stamped ornaments are from the Christmas Collectibles set. I embossed them using Versamark ink and Silver embossing powder, then punched them out with the Christmas Ornament punch. I also punched an ornament out of Silver Glimmer paper, then layered all three ornaments with Dimensionals in between. I may have gone a weensy bit overboard on Dimensionals to make up for my last card. Haha.

The sentiment is one of my all-time favorites, from the More Merry Messages set. I cut it out using a Bitty Banners framelit.

I hope you enjoyed my card. You can buy all of the supplies you see here in my Stampin’ Up! store, 24/7! Have a great Friday!

Supplies used:
Paper: Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, and Whisper White cardstock; Season of Style designer series paper; Silver Glimmer paper
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Versamark
Stamps: Christmas Collectibles, More Merry Messages, A Banner Christmas
Tools/Accessories: Christmas Ornament punch, Big Shot, Chalk Talk framelits, Chevron embossing folder, Bitty Banners framelits, Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Cherry Cobbler 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon, Linen Thread, Stampin’ Dimensionals


Monday is the deadline to join as a demonstrator for only $25! This is the lowest that price has ever been, so take advantage before it goes away! Email me for additional details, or go sign up at this link.


Monday is also the deadline to sign up for my October Stamp-of-the-Month Club. Details at the link.


Make sure to check out the Weekly Deals section of my Stampin’ Up! store (new every Tuesday)!


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Poinsettia Card

Handmade Poinsettia Christmas Card

I made this card last night and tried to write a post about it this morning, but my eyes were being held open with toothpicks, and I was out of Cokes. My little dude woke up hungry at 2:45 (he’s usually an all-night sleeper), so I was a littlelot sleepy. It’s crazy how you can handle being up twice a night when they’re first born, but once they’ve slept through the night for a couple weeks, you suddenly can’t deal with one wake-up.

Jennifer Timko has a great sketch up at Freshly Made Sketches. I loved the sketch when I first saw it, and then I went through about five stamp sets and ALL THE COLORS before I finally made a card I was happy with. You ever have one of those days when you feel like The Most Creative Person in the World, and then everything you create with your amazing creativity is just blah? That was me yesterday.

The poinsettia is from the Joyful Christmas stamp set (now available!). I stamped it in Whisper White Craft ink on Cherry Cobbler cardstock. I did this twice. I cut out the first image, then cut out only the middle petals on the second image, then popped the middle flowers up on dimensionals to have a 3-D flower. I outlined both layers with Dazzling Details glitter glue. After it dried, I added the button in the center using glue dots.

I’ve been wanting to try Pistachio Pudding on a Christmas card, so I was really happy when I saw that the Venetian Romance paper has this lovely Pistachio paper with a flower that makes a passable poinsettia. It’s nice when things come together like that.

The bow might be my favorite part of the card. First off, I hardly ever get my bows to look that nice. The Seam Binding ribbon is pretty cooperative, but you need to leave a little extra on both ends, because when you work with it, it frays easily. So leave room to cut off the frays after the bow is on your card. To get that gorgeous gather, I grabbed a thread in the center of the ribbon tail, pulled, then worked it out, pulled again, worked it out… over and over until the whole tail was wrinkled. If you’re playing along at home, just be careful not to let go of the pulled thread until you’ve gathered the whole thing.

The sentiment is one of my all-time favorite Christmas stamps, from the More Merry Messages set. I usually add a little pearl or rhinestone to the middle of the C; it just seems like something should be there.


The new holiday catalog is live today! Here is a PDF of the catalog, or you can browse it in my online Stampin’ Up! store.


Also new and available to order today: Circle Card Thinlits dies and Label Card Thinlits dies! I almost peed my pants when they revealed these at SU!’s convention (so it was almost as exciting as when Dave Matthews Band played “Ants Marching” at my first DMB concert, *ahem*). You can make a flip-flop card with no hassle — just use these Thinlits with your Big Shot, and cut and score your card in one step! So easy. You also get extra dies — various shapes and words — with each one. I’m ordering mine today and can’t wait to start playing! See all the details on my promo page at the bottom.


I hope you enjoyed my card. Have a great day, and prepare to dye!

Stampin’ Up! supplies used:

Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, and Pistachio Pudding cardstock; Venetian Romance designer series paper
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White Craft ink
Stamps: Joyful Christmas, More Merry Messages
Tools/Accessories: Stampin’ Trimmer, Big Shot, Fancy Fan embossing folder, Bitty Banners framelits
Embellishments/Adhesives: Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels, Crochet Trim ribbon, Vintage Faceted Designer buttons, Dazzling Details, Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Jennifer’s sketch:

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