“Tabs for Everything Advent Calendar” Card

“Tabs for Everything Advent Calendar” Card

 

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Do you love advent calendars as much as I do?

I’ve always loved advent calendars, but the one I remember most vividly from my childhood was a Christmas card that had a mini advent calendar as its front with a tiny image under each of the 24 flaps.

So as soon as we received the “Tabs for Everything” stamp set at Onstage earlier this year, I knew I needed to buy the matching Circle Tap punch and try to recreate this mini advent calendar card from my childhood.

 

The calendar flaps are simply created by punching out garden green, whisper white and cherry cobbler card stock with the circle tab punch, then cutting these punches in half and adhering the “t-bar section” to the card with tear’n’tape. The numbers are stamped with the labeler alphabet stamp set and the wreath in the middle of the card is made using the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set and matching dies, adhered with stamping dimensionals and decorated with silver thread and Rhinestone jewels.

I’m really happy with the final result but I will admit it took me a while to figure out how to make this card because most of my stamps do not have small enough images to fit under the Circle Tab punch. It was only when I got my hands on the Be Merry DSP that I worked out how to do this. I used my 3/4 inch (1.9cm) circle punch to punch out tiny images from the DSP…they were just the right size to fit under the tab. And there was enough variety in the design of the paper to allow me to punch out 24 different images so that every day is a suprise!

Because the pattern of the DSP wasn’t always centred or even around the main image I’d punched out I simply took my Garden Green and cherry Cobbler Markers out and extended the pattern of the DSP to further enhance the tiny images. The picture below show the bottom 5 images before I used the marker to extend the pattern (the rest of the images have already been done).

And here they are all done…I had so much fun doing these!

I needed a fairly large sentiment inside the card because I had to make the card base quite big (6 x 6 inches) to fit the 24 tags onto the front, so I used a combination of the stamps from the “Oh, what Fun” stamp set.

If you look closely at some of the numbered flaps on the advent calendar you’ll see some brand new gorgeous little ornament shapes in whisper white that I’ve used to stamp the numbers onto.

These are dies from a new Christmas bundle called “Carols for Christmas”, which you can order from the 1st August, one month ahead of the Holiday catalogue release date. You can see these little dies on the “Deck the Halls” card below, but in this picture they’re stamped with the ornament stamp from the Carols for Christmas set.

I hope you enjoyed stopped by today. You can see all the other beautiful cards the Art With Heart Team have made by going to Claire’s blog.

You can also click on the links below to purchase any of the supplies I’ve used for this card.

I’ll be back next week with some more Christmas Card inspiration.

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“Boxwood Wreath” Card

“Boxwood Wreath” Card

Hello fellow crafters, it’s time for some weekly “Heart of Christmas” Christmas card inspiration with the Art with Heart Team.

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This week I’ve focused on the gorgeous little boxwood wreath embellishments and the Be Merry Designer Series Paper, which co-ordinates with the Merry Mistletoe stamp set. The colours in this paper are the very traditional Christmas colours of garden green, cherry cobbler and whisper white.

Because the background design of this card is quite simple, I added dimension and interest by attaching one of the lovely boxwood wreaths to the sentiment with a simple bow made out of 1/8 inch sheer ribbon in whisper white. The sentiment is from the Merry Mistletoe stamp set and stamped in whisper white onto cherry cobbler card stock, finished off with some white perfect accents. I always use the sponge daubers to apply whisper white to my stamps.

Here’s a close up of the gorgeous little wreath.

There are so many variations that would work equally well with this design. You could use any combination of this DSP for the background as the papers all coordinate. The sentiment would look beautiful if it was heat  embossed, and the wreath could be tied on with linen thread, whisper white bakers twine or some of the silver or gold 1/8 inch ribbon.

I’m so excited that I’ve already made 6 Christmas cards…and it’s still only the start of July!

Which one do you like best so far?

I hope you enjoyed stopped by today. You can see all the other beautiful cards the Art With Heart Team have made by going to Judy’s blog.

You can also click on the links below to purchase any of the supplies I’ve used for this card.

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“Under the Mistletoe” Christmas Card

“Under the Mistletoe” Christmas Card

I’m really enjoying participating in The Heart of Christmas, a weekly blog bringing you Handmade Christmas Inspiration from the Art With Heart Team.

Every Wednesday morning we post some Christmas card inspiration using products from the new 2017/2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue, and very soon we’ll also be using products from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue (available for sale in September).

Santa’s Sleigh meets Birthday Delivery meets Merry Mistletoe

 

I love using multiple stamps sets on a card, as well as using non-Christmas sets for Christmas cards.

The little girl in the Birthday Delivery Stamp set is supposed to be holding a bunch of flowers or a present, but the teddy from the Santa’s Sleigh Set is also the perfect size for her to hold.

I could just picture her not wanting to go to bed on Christmas Eve, holding her teddy as she looks out the window, waiting for Santa to arrive.

Or standing under the mistletoe, waiting to be kissed.

 

 

I’ve stamped the little girl in crumb cake on whisper white card stock, then cut her out using the Birthday Friends Framelit. Her teddy was stamped with crumb cake on crumb cake card stock then cut out with the matching Santa’s Sleigh Framelit. The red bow was stamped in real red on real red card stock and cut out with the matching Santa’s Sleigh Framelit.

To assemble the card, I layered a mat of real red on a whisper white card, then topped with a crumb cake mat. I stamped the mistletoe stamp from the Merry Mistletoe stamp set (see image on left) in crumb cake onto the crumb cake mat.

I topped the mistletoe with a linen thread bow behind the red bow and topped with a rhinestone jewel. The little girl and her teddy are also mounted with Stampin’ Up! dimensionals and I cut out the sentiment with the modern window punch.

 

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With Over 50% off, Why Don’t You Treat Yourself to Christmas in July?

With Over 50% off, Why Don’t You Treat Yourself to Christmas in July?

If you’ve got a wishlist of products from the new Stampin’ Up! annual catalogue, there’s never been a better time to buy than now.

By joining as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator between 1st and 31st July, you will receive supplies worth $356 for just $169…with free shipping thrown in as well! You also receive a business supply pack valued at $80.

In addition to your starter kit (where you get to chose $235 worth of your favourite product from the catalogue but only pay $169), your ‘Christmas in July’ bonus includes a bonus Essentials Gift Pack (worth $86) which includes the following supplies:

 

118485 acrylic D Block (X2)
130148 Grid Paper pad
103579 Paper Snips
104332 SNAIL Adhesive
102300 Bone Folder

 

You’ll also receive the stunning 144804 Carols Of Christmas Stamp Set (worth $35) from the upcoming autumn/winter catalogue.

As a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator there is absolutely no obligation to hold parties, sell to anyone else, or even buy anymore product yourself, ever again. In fact, many demonstrators enjoy being hobby demonstrators purely to fund their own craft purchases at 20% off RRP every time they order.

 

If you’d like to receive supplies worth $356 for just $169…with free shipping thrown in as well (that’s over 50% off) click here to join or contact me now.

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Heart of Christmas Week 5

Heart of Christmas Week 5

Even though it’s still 25 weeks until Christmas, I’m taking part in The Heart of Christmas, a weekly blog bringing you Handmade Christmas Inspiration from the Art With Heart Team.

Every Wednesday morning we will be posting some Christmas card inspiration using products from the new 2017/2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue, as well as from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue (available in September).

“Merry Mistletoe” Card

As soon as I saw this stamp set in the new annual catalogue I knew I just had to have it. I loved every single stamp in the the set, including the sentiments, the fonts, the tree, the mistletoe, but most of all…I fell in love with that reindeer.

So you can only imagine just how I excited I was when I discovered there was matching DSP paper for the reindeer in the Be Merry Designer Series Paper–see the paper on the far right in the photo below. It is exactly the same image as the reindeer stamp!

For my Merry Mistletoe card I’ve simply stamped the reindeer stamp onto real red card stock using red red and whisper white ink. I’ve used a small strip of the Be Merry paper so it looks like washi tape and finished it off with some of the new silver 1/8 inch ribbon.

The final touch is part of a sentiment from the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set punched out with the classic punch and a clear faceted gem on my gorgeous white reindeer.

I hope you enjoyed stopped by today. You can go back to Claire’s blog to see the beautiful cards the rest of the team have made.

Or click on the links below to purchase any of the supplies I’ve used for this card.


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