New Christmas goodies!

I can’t do it. I made a bunch of cards week before last, and I was going to show you them before showing you anything from Stampin’ Up!’s new holiday catalog. But my preorder arrived Monday. And early. UPS usually gets here around 3 or 4, just after naptime (annoyed face), so I was going to do a lot of adulting on Monday. Cleaning, laundry, pre-writing blog posts, taking good, non-crappy-cellphone photos of cards. The kids had just gone in for nap/quiet time when I noticed a UPS truck across the street. At 1 p.m.? Well, there went my adulting.

I’d had a rough morning with the kids, so since I’d totally earned it, I spent all of naptime unpacking my boxes, inventorying supplies, putting checkmarks in my catalogs (I love to do that). And then when the kids were up, I did a little cleaning just to feel less guilty and weird about enjoying unpacking boxes as much as I do.

The day went downhill as I was cleaning the kitchen and starting to make dinner (if you’ve ever potty-trained a lightning-fast boy who mostly refuses to poop in the potty and also refuses to leave on his pull-up once he’s pooped in it, YOU CAN IMAGINE THE HORROR), and by the time we sat down to eat dinner, every phrase out of my mouth was something to the effect of, “Ask Daddy; I’m done for the day.” I may even have said this to my husband once or twice. >.>

So after the kids were in bed, I had plans to finish the downstairs cleaning, but I just wasn’t feeling it. So I made a card instead. And y’all, I love it. It might be our main Christmas card this year. So I have to show you.

very merry christmas detail

Christmas cards are my absolute favorite to make. I make them all year, and when I hold stamp camps and classes (coming soon), I usually have at least one Christmas card no matter what time of year it is (hey, you don’t have to make your whole stash between December 17th & 21st  like I did one year).

Stampin Up! 2015 holiday catalog -  Embellished Ornaments, Reason for the Season - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

The card base is the new Thick Whisper White cardstock, which is heavier and holds multiple layers and embellishments without collapsing much better than the regular 80-lb does. That lovely candy cane paper is actually red foil vellum. It’s awesome, right? This is the Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum. There are also green Christmas trees and silver snowflakes in the pack — it’s killer paper. The ornament and holly branches are from the Embellished Ornaments set — y’all, this set is FABULOUS and comes with matching framelits and thinlits — I’ll show you more cards using both the stamps and the dies soon — this bundle is my favorite thing in the new catalog (yes, if you bundle them you get 15% off!).

The black ink I used is the new Archival Basic Black inkpad. I stamped the ornament in it just to see what it would look like and I almost squeed out loud.

Do you see the Red Foil ornament hanger? There are Red Foil sheets in the holiday catty! I’ve been wanting red foil for so long. (The hanger uses one of the Delicate Ornaments thinlits that coordinate with the stamps.)

The sentiment is from the Reason for the Season set and I cut it out using a framelit from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits dies. Oh, and do you see the black banner behind the sentiment? Can you tell that it’s Glimmer Paper?? We have Black Glimmer Paper now! I rilly rilly rilly hope it sticks around and becomes a part of the regular lineup, because it has so many more uses than just Halloween.

The holly branches were the last things I added to the card — it just needed a little more.

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Additional products not shown: Embellished Ornaments stamps, Delicate Ornament thinlits, Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad, Red Foil Sheets, Black Glimmer Paper, Holiday Fancy Foil Vellum, Reason for the Season stamps

A note on adhesives: I used four different adhesives on this card. Dimensionals, because I am incapable of making a card that doesn’t use Dimensionals. I used the Multipurpose Liquid Glue (always my go-to adhesive) to attach the ornament hanger to the ornament and to attach the Fancy Foil Vellum to the card base. I put a little dot of glue under the lower right corner, a decent amount under the whole part that would be covered by the ornament, thin strips under the thick red stripes and one of the stripes in the upper left. The goal is to get it to stay on without letting the glue show through. To attach the sentiment to the Black Glimmer Paper, I used Crystal Effects. This is the only adhesive I’ve found that will permanently attach something to the shiny side of Glimmer Paper (other than hot glue). I have a great fear of sending a card that arrives as separate pieces and not one card. I used Glue Dots to attach the bow to the ornament.

One more picture for you. My four-year-old daughter is really into crafts and loves to visit my craft room when I’m stamping. She asks good, detailed questions about techniques, why I’m doing things the way I am, what this does, what that does, etc. And I let her play with my old craft store supplies, my retired stuff (wow is she a button lover), die cuts I’ve discarded for one reason or another, small strips of DSP, and even my good Stampin’ Up! cardstock — I’ve even recently started letting her use my SU! ink, but only under supervision (I like my inkpads to be all one color). She’s really getting the hang of tap-tap-tapping on the inkpad so she doesn’t oversaturate the stamps and is starting to get the concept of pressing straight down and lifting straight up so she doesn’t blur the images. And when I’m taking pictures of my cards for the blog, she always brings her latest card over and wants me to take a picture of it next to the card I’m photographing. <3

Wish Big, Baby Zebra

Wish Big, Baby Zebra - Stampin' Up! Zoo Babies and A Dozen Thoughts - Kid birthday card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

 

I made this card for my daughter’s birthday twin. His mom (S) and I met when they were two months old, and our now three-year-olds are still in a playgroup together and even take a music class together. This past spring, my friend and I were pregnant again at the same time. I was due three weeks before she was, and I joked with her early in our pregnancies that it would be hilarious if we had birthday twins again. As we sat next to each other at her baby shower two weeks before her due date and eight days after mine, both having huge contractions, I told her she wasn’t allowed to have her baby before I did. Wouldn’t you know it? When I checked in at the hospital five days later, I checked Facebook and email and found out that she’d had her baby that morning. She was six floors above us at the same hospital. I told my husband, “Alright, we have eight hours to get this baby out.” Three hours later, S and I had a second set of birthday twins! We even got to introduce the babies the next morning in the hospital.

That story has nothing to do with this card, but any time I think of the story, I have to tell it because I can’t get over how improbable it is. I mean, the number of things that had to happen with just the right timing boggles my mind. How would you even calculate the statistics on that?

Anyway. The card. I love how the strip of Basic Black cardstock (embossed with the Chevron folder, though you can’t tell by the picture, and I didn’t upload the picture to make sure the detail was visible before Buttercup gave the card to her friend) hangs off the card on either side. That was actually not on purpose. I pulled some Real Red cardstock out of its file folder, thinking it was 4-1/4″ x 11″ — normal card size — but it was only 4″ wide. I kept it that way, because I liked it.

I hope you have a great Saturday! We’re taking the kids to the pumpkin patch again after naptime, and then our Broncos play Nevada on the Smurf Turf tonight. Go Broncos!

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Supplies used:

Paper: Real Red, So Saffron, Whisper White, and Basic Black cardstock
Ink: So Saffron, StazOn Black
Stamps: Zoo Babies, A Dozen Thoughts
Tools/Accessories: Extra Large Oval Punch, Big Shot, Chevron embossing folder, Modern Label punch, Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Real Red 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Brights Candy Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Faceful of kitty

Not stamping-related. I got a faceful of kitty today. I walked into the kitchen to find Sydney, our other cat, on the counter. I yelled her name, as I always do when I catch her in the act, and continued walking. But I guess she listened to me, because as I walked in front of her, she leapt from the counter, trying to jump to her lair (the top of the pool table). But I was in her path, so I looked over to see Sydney’s face rocketing toward me, and then I felt her slam, full-force, into my whole face.

And that’s the story of how I lost my backup pair of glasses (I lost my regular pair somewhere between my hospital room and the parking lot after I had my son).