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.

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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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Anne Marie Hile
Annette Elliott
Angel Johns
Caroline Bredeson
Cindy Brumbaugh
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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

Christmas Blessings in Gold

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Silver is usually my metallic finish of choice, but I’ve played a lot with the Champagne Glimmer Paper this week, getting ready for a stamp camp on Saturday. And I kind of can’t stop using it. It’s just so pretty.

That gold center of the poinsettia is one of the Frosted Finishes from the holiday catalog. I smushed it into my Versamark pad, sprinkled on some gold embossing powder, wiped off the rhinestones in the center, and then embossed it with the Heat Tool. After it cooled, I also added some Dazzling Details. I love these little pretties.

I’m playing along with the Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge this week. What a great sketch!

Thanks for stopping by. You can buy any of the products I used in my card in my online Stampin’ Up! store, 24/7. And don’t forget to check out this week’s Weekly Deals. Also, in celebration of Stampin’ Up!’s 25th birthday week, there are 25 stamp sets on sale for 25% off until the 28th. Check them out!

Supplies used:
Paper: Pool Party, Night of Navy, and Whisper White cardstock; Regals Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stack; Champagne Glimmer Paper
Ink: Versamark
Stamps: Joyful Christmas, More Merry Messages
Tools/Accessories: Pool Party Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Envelope Punch Board (for corner rounding), Stampin’ Trimmer
Embellishments/Adhesives: Frosted Finishes, Regals Candy Dots, Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Stampin' Up! Joyful Christmas

 

Stampin' Up! More Merry Messages

 

Stampin' Up! Envelope Punch Board

Pistachio Pirouette Festive Flurry

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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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What an amazing sale! Stampin’ Up! has 25 stamp sets on sale for 25% off, in keeping with their 25th anniversary theme! Some of my favorite sets are in there, including Zoo Babies, Snowflake Soiree, A Dozen Thoughts, Cuddles & Kisses, Gorgeous Grunge, Hearts a Flutter, Itty Bitty Banners, and Ornament Keepsakes! Okay, can you tell I have a lot of favorites? The sale only goes through Monday, so make sure you pick up your favorites. See the full selection here, and don’t forget to select me (Sarah Fleming) as your demonstrator.

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Stampin’ Up! has extended the deal to sign up as a demonstrator for $25 for one more day! So now today is the last day for this amazing deal. Email me if you have questions, or just go sign up at the link. (A nice bonus if you sign up today is that you get the 20% discount off of any sale prices, including all of those 25%-off stamp sets. Woo!)

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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

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Stampin' Up! More Merry Messages

A Very Merry Sparkly Christmas

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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

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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.

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

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

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