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

Pistachio Pirouette Festive Flurry

Subtle Christmas card - Stampin' Up! Festive Flurry and More Merry Messages - handmade cards - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

I love Pistachio Pudding as a Christmas color this year, and I decided to try pairing it with Pink Pirouette for a subtle Christmas card. I loved the outcome! With the silver the two colors make such a lovely card. What do you think?

I embossed the Pistachio Pudding cardstock with the Argyle folder; I love this folder for Christmas cards, because both Christmas and argyle make me think of sweaters and socks. And if I’d written “My Favorite Things”, soft, warm sweaters and toasty, fuzzy socks would have made the cut. The Ruffle Stretch Trim ribbon at the bottom is yummy, right? I love that it can be used for elegant, homey, cutesy, or grungy cards — you can use it for anything. Such a beautiful ribbon, and it comes in all of the new 2013-2015 In Colors.

The layered snowflakes are from the Festive Flurry stamp set and matching framelits. My favorite stamps are those that have either a matching punch or a matching set of framelits. The Festive Flurry stamps and framelits can even be bundled for 15% off! It’s a pretty sweet deal.

Stampin Up! Festive Flurry and More Merry Messages - handmade Christmas cards - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

That beautiful piece in the center is one of the Frosted Finishes. I haven’t tried this yet, but I’ve seen other people embossing them in gold, so if gold is your Christmas accent of choice (in case you can’t tell, I’m partial to silver), these doo-dads would still work for you.

Stampin' Up! 1/8" Silver Ribbon

The silver ribbon gave me fits when I made this card last night! It’s easy to work with, but I had a kink in my ribbon, because I’d been playing with it earlier for another card. The kink was still a little noticeable after I had the ribbon glue-dotted onto the card, so I started trying to fix it. And that ended with the left side in that adorable little curl. But then it took a lot of convincing with the edge of my scissors to get the right side to curl the same way. Two tips for curling this ribbon: 1) Use an outside edge of your scissors and not a blade. When I’ve tried curling it with a blade, the ribbon has frayed too much at the ends. 2) Cut the ribbon a little longer than you need it. Even using the outside edge of the scissors, it will fray a little, and you can just snip off the fray.

After I embossed “Merry Christmas” in Silver, I just colored around the sentiment with the brush end of my Pink Pirouette marker and then snipped it out and flagged the ends with scissors.

I hope you like the card. This is one of my favorites that I’ve made this year. You can buy all of the products I used in my Stampin’ Up! online store , 24/7.

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Supplies used:
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Pistachio Pudding, and Whisper White cardstock
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Pistachio Pudding, Versamark, Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Write Marker
Stamps: Festive Flurry, More Merry Messages
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Argyle embossing folder, Festive Flurry framelits, Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Frosted Finishes, Pistachio Pudding Ruffle Stretch Trim Ribbon, Silver 1/8″ Ribbon, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Stampin' Up! Festive Flurry

Stampin' Up! More Merry Messages

Holly Jolly Christmas card

Fall has arrived in Idaho! And on time. It’s my favorite season of all — I would not complain if it were fall all year round. And even though I love fall for itself, part of my love for it is all of the Christmas planning it involves. And Christmas card making! You will probably start seeing a lot of Christmas cards on this blog in the next few weeks. They’re my favorite cards to make; in fact, I could make only Christmas cards and be a very happy camper.

Shiny.
Shiny.

I used the sketch at Fab Friday for this card.

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I used the Bracket Label punch to punch out the Silver Foil shapes. I stamped the smallest snowflake from the Festive Flurry stamp set in Versamark ink, then embossed with Silver embossing powder, and cut out with the Festive Flurry framelits. I then punched 3/4″ Circles out of Silver Glimmer paper and punched each of the shapes from the Merry Minis punch pack out of Red Glimmer paper. I used Dimensionals between each layer.

I embossed the sentiment from the Tags 4 You set in Silver and punched it out using the Bracket Label, then punched a label out of Red Glimmer paper and cut that in half to frame the sentiment. The silver button is retired but is available on the Clearance Rack right now (item #129325) while supplies last. This is one of my all-time favorite buttons.

You can find all the products I used to make the card in my online Stampin’ Up! store.

Supplies used:
Paper: Cherry Cobbler (item #119685) and Whisper White (100730) cardstock; Red (121790) and Silver (124005) Glimmer paper; Silver Foil Sheets (132178)
Ink: Versamark (102283)
Stamps: Tags 4 You (C-131823, W-131820), Festive Flurry (C-131781, W-131778)
Tools/Accessories: Bracket Label punch (132153), Festive Flurry framelits (132193), Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109131), Heat Tool (129053), Merry Minis punch pack (126882), 3/4″ Circle punch (119873), Big Shot (113439), Stampin’ Trimmer (126889)
Embellishments/Adhesives: Silver Basics Designer Buttons (129325), Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine (123125), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Glue Dots (103683)

Festive Flurry in a Daydream

I love Christmas. Love it. I love everything about it, especially now that my daughter is old enough to get the fun parts (and she is the BEST at opening presents — gets excited about everything, even wants to wear all the new clothes at once). Last year we made cookies for Santa in our Christmas Eve jammies, and she got money and an M&M from her grandmother’s advent calendar every time she was over there. This year, I am determined to make a gingerbread house with her. No one seems to make a gluten-free gingerbread house kit, so ours will have to be from scratch. So it will have lots of flawscharacter.

I love making Christmas cards almost as much as I love Christmas.

Festive Flurry in Daydream Medallion
I can’t take a straight picture.

I’ve been itching to use the Festive Flurry stamp set, and the matching framelits, of course. Last night, I was torn between making a card using Daydream Medallions, which I’ve been neglecting lately, and making a card using the Festive Flurry set. So I grabbed both to see if any of the snowflakes would fit inside the big medallion. And then I had visions of that big medallion being embossed in silver or gold, and I got excited, and embossing powder was flying everywhere. Then I just couldn’t stop embossing, as you can see. I embossed the big medallion in silver on Whisper White and cut it out with the coordinating Floral Frames framelit, then embossed the medium-sized snowflake in white on Coastal Cabana, then the small one in silver on Whisper White again. And then it looked a little unfinished, so I had to add one of the Frosted Finishes embellishments. But it looked a little funky since the snowflake has a 6-point center, and the Frosted Finishes are 5-point… So I added a little 7/8″ scalloped circle. Then I was happy.

Shiny!
Shiny!

I added a strip of Winter Frost designer series paper to my card, embossed the sentiment and underlined it with a strip of rhinestones, and attached my big decoration.

The big decoration, by the way, would make a fun Christmas ornament. Make two of them and glue them together back-to-back with a loop of the 1/8″ silver ribbon between the layers, and you have an easy decoration with a lot of wow.

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Stampin’ Up! supplies used:
Paper: Island Indigo, Coastal Cabana, and Whisper White cardstock; Winter Frost Specialty designer series paper
Ink: Versamark
Stamps: Daydream Medallions, Festive Flurry, Petite Pairs
Tools/Accessories: Big Shot, Floral Frames framelits, Festive Flurry framelits, 7/8″ Scalloped Circle punch, Stampin’ Trimmer, White embossing powder, Silver embossing powder, Heat Tool
Embellishments/Adhesives: Frosted Finishes, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots

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