Star-Spangled Christmas Card for DD#84

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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.

Dynamic Duos #84 - DD#84 - Stampin' Up! Simply Stars and More Merry Messages - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

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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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.

Supplies:
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

Deck the Halls for Dynamic Duos #82

Happy Saturday, friends! Today is happy for me, because I get to go to my upline’s stamp camp, and then if all goes as planned, I will finish editing my husband’s book today and can finally start on sending out Christmas cards, catching up on housecleaning and budget stuff, baking my booty off, Christmas shopping (I’ve barely even started!), and decorating the house. It’s not too late, right?

Stampin' Up! - Dynamic Duos #82 - DD#82 - Christmas Collectibles and Christmas Medley with Festive Flurry framelits - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

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It’s “Bold & Cheery” week at Dynamic Duos, and this challenge was, well, a challenge for me. I love Gumball Green — one of my favorites, for real — but Primrose Petals… Nah. I’m sure I would have liked it many years ago, but that’s before I moved into our house and was faced with this horridness in my kitchen:

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The living room was worse. We are still working on the wallpaper situation in this house. So I have a hard time with Primrose Petals. Because of traumatic wallpaper experiences. :)

Anyway, I wanted to focus on the Gumball Green, for obvious reasons, and I also wanted to feature white. But then, oh, this Deck the Halls stamp is so cute (from the Christmas Messages set), and that helped me decide to use the sheet music-ish paper from Modern Medley. So I wanted these ornaments, because that’s what we use to deck said halls, and since I’m so in love with Festive Flurry (stamps and framelits), I couldn’t resist adding a snowflake. I wanted to use Very Vanilla, but on a whim I decided to see what it looked like in Basic Black. Then I decided I’d try an ornament stamped in black, too, and ooh la la, I really loved the look! A black snowflake is a little ridiculous, but also a little awesome, right? Though I admittedly would NOT care to wake up to a blanket of black snow on the ground! Can you imagine? “Pass the ammo, it must be zombie apocalypse time, kids!”

I still needed some sparkly touches (gotta have something shiny!), so I added lots of rhinestones and the Silver Foil strip, embossed with the Pretty Print embossing folder (because sheet music needs lyrics, right?). Embossed Foil Sheets are on the list of my favorite things right now — such a big wow factor. And since I’m addicted to the 1/8″ Silver Ribbon, I threw a little bow on one ornament just for fun.

I forgot to get a picture of it, but I did finish the inside of the card. I added a 4″ x 5-1/4″ panel of Very Vanilla and then stamped the “Hoping your Christmas…” sentiment in Gumball Green. Before I mail it out, I’ll probably also stamp a partial ornament in the lower right corner in Gumball Green.

I like how the card turned out. A little unexpected. What do you think?

I hope you’ll head on over to Dynamic Duos to see what the other design team members came up with. I’m amazed each week that we’re all given the same challenge and come up with such varied designs. I’m so proud to be on this design team with such talented ladies!

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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

Supplies used:
Paper: Basic Black, Gumball Green, and Very Vanilla cardstock; Modern Medley designer series paper; Silver Foil Sheets
Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Gumball Green, Primrose Petals, Gumball Green and Primrose Petals Stampin’ Write Markers
Stamps: Christmas Collectibles, Christmas Messages
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Festive Flurry framelits, Christmas Ornament punch, Chalk Talk framelits, Pretty Print embossing folder, Stampin’ Trimmer, Paper Snips
Embellishments/Adhesives: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels, 1/8″ Silver Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots

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Festive Flurry Shaker – Dynamic Duos #81

Good morning, and Happy Saturday, everyone! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. I ate my weight in dressing and then ate too much pie and too many oatmeal cookies. I may or may not have had pie for breakfast yesterday morning, and I may or may not be eating an oatmeal cookie while I write this post.

Dynamic Duos #81 - DD#81 - Stampin' Up! Festive Flurry shaker card

 

This week at Dynamic Duos, it’s Your Choice week!

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The challenge is to use Midnight Muse, and you choose the other color (plus neutrals). I chose Pistachio Pudding, though it looks more like Pear Pizzazz in the photo.

I’ve actually never made a shaker card before, and I was really pleased with how this one turned out. The snowflakes are all cut using the Festive Flurry framelits, and the Pistachio Pudding snowflakes are stamped using the Festive Flurry stamp set.

To make the shaker snowflake, I first stamped the smallest snowflake in Midnight Muse, then in Pistachio pudding. I cut out both images with the smallest framelit, then also cut a snowflake out of a Window Sheet using the same framelit. I punched a 3/4″ Circle out of the center of the Pistachio snowflake, then glued the Window Sheet snowflake to the back of the Pistachio Pudding snowflake using Crystal Effects. After sticking a Rhinestone to the center of the Midnight snowflake, I adhered a Shaker Frame to the top of the same snowflake, then added some Silver Glass Stampin’ Glitter inside the frame. Then I adhered the Pistachio/Window snowflake on top of the Shaker Frame.

I started with a 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ card base but then cut off 1-1/4″ or so because I wanted the snowflakes to hang off the edge of the card. Before I glued down the large snowflake, I embossed the base using the Northern Flurry embossing folder.

I put Dimensionals between each snowflake layer, but I used tape runner on the back of the largest snowflake and then on the back of the shaker snowflake since it already had a lot of dimension from the use of the Shaker Frame.

The greeting is from Christmas Messages. I love this stamp!

I used the Midnight Muse 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon to make the bow, and before I pulled my knot tight, I slipped a short length of the Pistachio Pudding Ruffle Stretch Trim into the back side of the bow. I glue-dotted the bow onto the card, then added several Rhinestones to finish off the card.

I hope you like the card and will join us at Dynamic Duos. We’d love to see your take on the challenge! Midnight Muse goes well with so many colors. Head on over to the challenge blog to see the other designers’ fabulous cards!

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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

Supplies used:
Paper: Midnight Muse, Pistachio Pudding, and Whisper White cardstock, Window Sheets
Ink: Pistachio Pudding, Midnight Muse
Stamps: Festive Flurry, Christmas Messages
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Festive Flurry framelits, Northern Flurry embossing folder, 3/4″ Circle punch, Shaker Frames, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Silver Glass Stampin’ Glitter, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Midnight Muse 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon, Pistachio Pudding Ruffle Stretch Trim Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Crystal Effects

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Stampin' Up! Christmas Collectibles & Greetings of the Season - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

 

Good morning, everyone! Here’s one I made a while back but haven’t had a chance to post yet. This is a simple card to make and a great way to use up both paper and ribbon scraps. Have a great Sunday!

Supplies used:
Paper: Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White cardstock; Winter Frost Specialty designer series paper
Ink: Versamark
Stamps: Christmas Collectibles, Greetings of the Season
Tools/Accessories: Heat Tool, Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Christmas Ornament Punch, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: In Color Boutique Details, Cherry Cobbler 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots