Merry Christmas to All!

As promised I’m sharing with you today, all of the cards I’ve received that are created by hand. Some are from my friends and customers, some from down line or up line. Not all are current Stampin’ Up! materials. But all are made with care and love!

Christmas cards, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Mary Ann’s card stunned me with this beautiful gold heat embossing on Cherry Cobbler beauty.

Jo had these cards done well before I even knew what I was making. She is amazing and this is one of my favorite of her cards.

My upline, Alisa, used some of my favorite designer paper on this one.

I love how the embossing and stamping on Diane’s card just seem to blend together.

I love the dark Night of Navy combined with the Glimmer White on AnneMarie’s card.

Angels are one of my favorite Christmas themes. Grace’s angel is just beautiful.

I think the cluster of candles on Jeanne’s card makes it a real stand-out.

I think Karen added some touches of gold in just the right places!

Joyce used a lovely tag to create a focal point on this beautiful card.

I think Celeste must have had fun coloring in this lovely wreath.

Please feel free to comment and let my friends know how much you admire their work.

 

I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas Day filled with great food and dear friends and family!

Dianne

My Last Christmas Card – Night in Bethlehem

This was the last card I made for Christmas but really should have been the first. As soon as I saw, Night in Bethlehem stamp set in the catalog, I knew it would be mine! I actually CASed one of the cards in the Holiday catalog. (That means I copied – or was inspired by-  some of the features of the card. Check out my CASE series of videos by clicking on Video Tutorials above.)

Night in Bethlehem stamp set, Bethlehem Edgelits, stamping off, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

I have to say, of all the cards I’ve made for Christmas, this might be my favorite.

Design Notes for Night in Bethlehem Card:

I think one of the things I like the best is the color combination. The Crumb Cake ink on the Very Vanilla card stock are both soft and work with the rich Night of Navy. Then the touches of Gold Foil just pull it all together.

 

The first, boldest layer of the city was created by cutting the silhouette of Bethlehem from Gold Foil with the Bethlehem Edgelits. The next layers were created by stamping and then stamping again without re-inking. Since the stamp was wider than the paper I was stamping on, I needed to be careful when stamping off. I butted scraps of the same weight card stock on either side so that all the ink would be removed equally. I wanted to stagger the design so it would appear as different buildings on the horizon. Maybe a video will be in order to talk about the fine points of stamping off!

Supply List for Night in Bethlehem Card:

 

Tomorrow is Christmas. I hope everyone enjoys the day, safe and well fed. I know we will be well fed and happy visiting some dear friends in Virginia. I’ll be posting many of the great hand crafted cards I received tomorrow.

Dianne

 

Every Good Wish – Almost My Last Christmas Card!

Last year I started doing our Christmas cards a little differently. Instead of making about 150 of one card, I make batches. Sometimes a card that I post, I’ll make a dozen or so. I finally completed all the cards, addressed, signed and mailed them on Friday. (Yes, woefully late!) Here is one of the last ones I made using the Every Good Wish stamp set.

Every Good Wish stamp set, Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper, Starburst Punch, Metallic Foil Doilies, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Design Notes for Every Good Wish Card:

Well, I think the sentiment on the front is really meant to be on the inside. No matter. I stamped, punched, added a Glitter Enamel Dot  and called it the front!  I have really liked this stamp set and one of the first Christmas cards I made this year used this set. (See it here.) I thought about using one of the great snowflakes behind the sentiment but wanted to keep the roundness, so went with a silver Metallic Foil Doily instead. Of course, the Year of Cheer Specialty Paper is probably my favorite part of the card. No, wait, I love the ribbon. Well, it doesn’t matter. I was really happy with the whole look!

I did I little something different with the way the card is put together. The base of the card is Tranquil Tide, cut at 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ the I stamped and designed on a piece of Whisper White, 4″ x 10 1/2″ and placed that on the Tranquil Tide base. You can see that better here.

Every Good Wish, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

 

Supply List for Every Good Wish Card:

 

I know you are busy. You are talking to someone who mailed Christmas cards out three days before Christmas.) But, think about looking at the Clearance Rack and the End of Year Sale Items. You won’t be sorry.

Clearance Rack, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

Tomorrow I’ll show you my LAST Christmas card. On Christmas day, I’ll be featuring some of the wonderful cards my friends have sent, hand crafted of course! Thanks for stopping by to look at my blog today!

Dianne

 

 

At Home With You for Christmas

The stamp set, At Home with You is in the annual catalog. It is in the Everyday Occasions section, not the Holiday section.  In fact, I’m finding it to be one of the most versatile sets I own! I’ve used it for new house cards, for autumn greetings and for birthday.
Today, I’m showing you my latest effort with this stamp set, a Christmas card.

At Home With You stamp set, Boxwood Wreath, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.com

I actually made two versions of the card. It is one of the cards people in my December classes will make and they may opt not to use one of the Boxwood Wreaths. Not sure how they will do in the mail. So, here is the alternate version.

At Home with You stamp set, Blender Pens, Watercolor Pencils, Stampin' Up! diannescards.com

 

Design Notes for At Home With You Card:

If you like to color, you will love making a card like this. First, I stamped the door, the planter, the package and the wreath, then colored them with Watercolor Pencils. Next, I used a Blender Pen to smooth everything out. Finally, I used the At Home Thinlits to cut out the pieces. They all were adhered to the piece of Night of Navy. I had used the Softly Falling Embossing Folder. Be sure to use lots of adhesive when you adhere things to paper that has been embossed.

Supply List for At Home With You Card:

The At Home With You stamp set is part of a bundle with the At Home Thinlits. Buy them together and save 10%! Yea!

 

It’s Still Sale Time:

You still have time to pick up some great bargains from Stampin’ Up! Here’s what’s on sale! These items are only available while supplies last, so if you see something, GET IT!

 

These items will be retiring from the holiday catalog. Stamps will be produced till Dec. 21 , then no more! Pick up what you want now. (Can you bear to think about next year’s cards?)

 

 

Flurry of Wishes and Year of Cheer


When I went to name this post I realized I’d used this stamp set recently for a card for this blog. (See it here.) I wanted to make an elegant but easy card for my upcoming Christmas Stamp-A-Stack. I turned to Flurry of Wishes stamp set and the Year of Cheer Designer Paper. Two can’t miss items! What do you think? Elegant?

Flurry of Wishes, Christmas, Year of Cheer paper

Of course, I paired it with one of my favorite colors, Dapper Denim card stock. I decided to also submit it to this week’s Global Design Challenge. Here’s the logo and link for that challenge.

#GDP115. Year of Cheer

Design Notes for Year of Cheer Card:

This card is really pretty straightforward. First I stamped the sentiment. Don’t you love that sentiment? Then I went to my Big Shot with the sentiment, a piece of Dapper Denim Card Stock and a piece of Champagne Foil. I ran all three things in the Big Shot at once. Next, I assembled. Done!

 

Supply List for Year of Cheer Card:

The Champagne Foil Paper is in the Holiday Catalog, page 37. Hopefully, it will be carried over. It is so beautiful!

 

Year-End Sale Coming Soon!

Starting December 1st, that’s Friday, Stampin’ Up will be having a sale on selected items! At the moment, I don’t know much more about it but wanted to alert you. I’ll let you know more as I learn more!

 

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Dianne