I’m baaaack!  🙂  Yes, I’m back to share the final 3 cards we made in my Christmas in July stamp-a-stack!

The timing is just right for this; I’m finishing sharing these ‘current’ Christmas cards, and in just a few days, I’ll be pre-ordering from the new Occasions Catalogue, which is full of fabulous new sets for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Hallowe’en and more!

As I said at the end of yesterday’s posts; if you’d like to be able to get your hands on product from the new catalogue a month before ‘the public’, you can do that, just by becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, and joining my Team!  You get to choose $155 in product from any current catalogue*, plus the Clearance Rack and Weekly Deals items.  You’ll also get a free business kit valued at approximately $70, plus 2 months free of your own Demonstrator Business Web Service!  Not to mention a free box of catalogues, and free shipping!  All this, for ONLY $125!!

* the Occasions catalogue pre-order period is from August 4th – 31st, 2015, so to get this product early, you can join during this period.

If you’d like to talk to me about this great opportunity, give me a call at 604.298.0472, or email me at debsmart@shaw.ca , and I’ll get right back to you!  If you already know you want to join, just CLICK HERE to go directly to my sign-up site, to fill out your information and select your products.

Now, back to sharing some Christmas cards!  This first one is made with another set that was carried over from the last Holiday catalogue, and it also has a new coordinating set!  It’s called Wondrous Wreath:

wondrous wreath

Actually, everything on this card is made with current product, found in the Annual Catalogue!  The card base is Real Red cardstock, and the DSP panels are from the Merry Moments Designer Series Paper.  The stamp set, Wondrous Wreath is on page 72 in the catalogue, and the matching Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies are on pg. 172 – but your can  purchase the stamp set & Framelits as a Bundle, and save 15%!   And to make your dollar go even further, the Framelit set also coordinates with the Circle of Spring stamp set on page 77 (and you didn’t hear it from me, but there’s another set coming out that coordinates with them, as well!!)

The wreath was stamped onto Whisper White cardstock in Old Olive ink, with the berries stamped on top in Real Red ink, then cut out using the Wonderful Wreath Framelits.  The word ‘Joy’ is also from the Wonderful Wreath Framelits set, and was die cut from Brushed Gold cardstock; the bow & ribbon were stamped in Real Red ink, and layered were onto the wreath image.

We stamped 2 of the wreath images; they are layered back-to-back, and the inside sentiment is stamped behind the wreaths.  We didn’t cut out the centre of the wreaths, as we didn’t want the inside sentiment being seen from the front, and distracting from the ‘Joy’ on the wreath.

Here is a side shot, so you can see how the card goes together:

wondrous wreath side pic

It is the wreaths that are holding the card base, and the front bottom panel, together!  Another way to do this is to attach a piece of Window Sheet between the front top & bottom pieces, but I decided to just use the wreaths.

This next card uses stamps and punches from more than 1 year ago – but I bet you’ll recognize them!

fireplace scene

How’s this for a ‘throwback’ card?!  Quite the combination of old & new, I’d say! 🙂  I started with a card base of Sahara Sand, and layered it with a panel of Cajun Crush cardstock that I had first embossed with the Brick embossing folder.  I wanted to add extra dimension to the bricks, so what I did was first run my Cajun Craze ink pad over the raised ‘mortar’ side of the embossing folder.  Then, after running it through the Big Shot, you can see that the ink is pushed into the ‘mortar’ lines, making it darker than the bricks!

I then added a mantel of Sahara Sand cardstock that had first been stamped using the Woodgrain background stamp, and rounded the corners using the Project Life Corner Rounder Punch.  I used the banner from the White Christmas stamp set (in the current catalogue; pg. 68) and stamped it in Real Red onto Whisper White cardstock, and fussy-cut it using Paper Snips (these are great for small cutting!).  The stockings are from the retired Stitched Stockings stamp set – stamped in Old Olive and Real Red inks – and punched using the matching, retired Stocking Punch.  I don’t know if I’ll ever part with this set – it’s so cute!

I created the fireplace by cutting a rectangle of Basic Black cardstock, and made the ‘wood’ from Sahara Sand cardstock, stamped with the Woodgrain background stamp, and cut out using the Tree Builder Punch (current in the catalogue).  The flames were made by stamping small blossom details from the retired Build a Blossom stamp set, and punching them out using the coordinating, retired, Blossom Builder Punch.  (see – I  use these things!  and some people call me a hoarder!)

This was a time consuming card to make, and I wouldn’t not recommend that anyone try to mass-produce this!!  I love it; it’s cute, but it’s a lot of persnickity work!

Our final card is another traditional Christmas theme, made using the First Christmas stamp set:

first christmas

I know that this was a popular stamp set when it was out, and a lot of people do prefer the religious Christmas sets; you won’t be disappointed when you see the new catalogue!

Since the main image is a silhouette, I wanted to keep the focus on it, and not on details.  So I kept this card ‘clean’, with few embellishments.

The main image was stamped in Soft Suede onto an oval of Very Vanilla, cut with the Ovals Collection Framelits.  The star was stamped above the silhouette, using the retired Gold Metallic ink.  The sentiment was stamped on a simple banner shape in Soft Suede, and punched using the Banner Triple Punch.

A panel of the Fancy Foil Designer Vellum in Gold was attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals to the card base of Crumb Cake, and the stamped images layered on top.  Now this is a card that you could mass produce!!  😉

Well, I hope  you’ve enjoyed seeing what we made at my Christmas in July stamp-a-stack!  If you missed yesterday’s post, with the first 3 cards, just keep scrolling downwards on this page, and you’ll see them .

Now I’m off to keep creating – there’s another Creation Station Blog Hop coming up this weekend, so I hope to see you then!

Until next time – happy stamping!

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

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