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‘Tis the Season for a Stampin’ Up! Many Merry Stars Card

The Stampin’ Up! Many Merry Stars Stamp Set is from the 2014 Holiday Supplement.  It’s available only while supplies last.  So I wanted to show you a card idea using the pretty set before the set sells out.  Watch to see my Many Merry Stars card.

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Stampin' Up! Many Merry Stars Stamp SetThe Many Merry Stars is unlike any Christmas stamp set.  Have we ever seen snowflakes and stars, and don’t forget the snowflake star :), in one stamp set?  Maybe a snowflake and a star included with other images but not just the two in several sizes. 

Thank goodness for the Banners Framelits Dies.  Without them, sure I could have cut a fishtail, might have taken me a couple of tries to get one I liked, but without a doubt, I would have wasted a lot of Blackberry Bliss Cardstock trying to get the 2″ hole just where I wanted it.

“Tis the Season I cut out by hand with my favorite pair of scissors, the Paper Snips.  My first try I angled each end following the letters as a guide.  That didn’t work out well at all.  They were not remotely the same.  What did the trick was cutting each end straight up and down.  That provided a consistent, neat look for my greeting.

The Many Merry Stars with the pretty snowflakes caught me eye.  It’s inexpensive, too, at only $15.95 for the set.

If you’d like to add the Many Merry Stars to your stamp collection, order it in my online store now!  It could sell out any day.  Have no idea if we’re close, so avoid any regrets (or way overpaying on eBay later) and go to www.shopwithshelly.com to place your order.

 

Many Merry Stars Card Supplies

 

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If you haven’t made up your mind what stamp set you’re using for your Christmas cards, it’s time to decide because ’tis the season for Many Merry Stars.

 

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Blendabilities with new Banner Blessings Stamp Set

Stampin' Up! Banner Blessings Stamp SetLast week the new Stampin’ Up! Banner Blessings Stamp Set with four Bible verses was released.  Could hardly wait to play when my new stamp set was delivered.  And an opportunity to try the Blendabilities Markers with one of the Classic Stampin’ Pad colors Stampin’ Up! has approved can be used with smearing with the Blendabilities.  Time to mix it up and use something other than the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad! Lower in the post you can view and download the Blendabilites Stampin’ Pad Compatibility List.

Shine was stamped with Always Artichoke Classic Stampin’ Pad ink.  It is recommended you let the ink dry completely before coloring with the Blendabilities.  I used the Dark Daffodil Delight Blendabilities marker to fill in the lined areas of the letters.

That was followed up by tracing around the letters with the Light Daffodil Delight Blendabilities Marker.  It makes the word “Shine” look like it’s shining. 

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The banner was colored first with the Light Coastal Cabana Blendabilities Marker.  Then the Medium was used to add shading.  Every time I color with the Blendabilities I marvel at the how easy it is to shade and the beautiful results.  And all without warped cardstock as we can get when watercoloring.

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The embossed stars where made with the Lucky Stars Embossing Folder from the 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  It’s a folder that can easily be used for Christmas and all year long.  What we don’t yet know is if it will be made available after the Holiday Catalog ends on January 5, 2015.  It’s much more likely to not be than to carry over because so few products from the Holiday Catalog ever do.

If you’d like to have some new Bible verse stamps, order the new photopolymer Banner Blessings Stamp Set for only $15.95 in my online store Want to make my card and need any of the supplies?  They’re all pictured below and linked right into my online store. 

 

Banner Blessings Card Supplies

 

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Did you download the chart of Classic Stampin’ Pads you can use with the Stampin’ Up! Blendabilities without smearing?  You’ll find it under under the close up of the Banner Blessings card.

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Liking this clean and simple Stampin’ Up! Festival of Trees card

Stampin' Up! Festival of Trees Stamp SetYou see a pretty card like this Stampin’ Up! Festival of Trees card and think how pretty it is.  Only after that do you realize how simple it is.  Clean and simple and pretty. 

One characteristic I’ve noticed about a great clean and simple card is neatness.  For example, the On Point embossed Whisper White Cardstock layer is layered equal distance from each edge of the Whisper White Cardstock base. 

Another element the card artist from the Founder’s Circle swap did well was punching out the Christmas tree with the Tree Punch.  The white border is equal on both sides.  The tree stand she cut out by hand and also has an equal white border.  And the bird.  She did a fantastic job leaving an even white border around the bird.

Clean and simple Stampin' Up! Festival of Trees Stamp Set

Did she discard some tress that were not punched quite equally all around?  Looking at the care she took with this card that was one of approximately 114, I’m sure she did. It would have only taken a matter of a couple of seconds to stamp another. The the care she took to be neat made for one stupendous clean and simple Christmas card!

Would you like to make this clean and simple Festival of Trees card?  All the supplies are available to order now in my online store www.shopwithshelly.com!  Remember, unless we are told differently, the Festival of Trees, Tree Punch and On Point Embossing Folder are available to order only through January 5, 2015.

Clean and Simple Festival of Trees Card Supplies

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Another easy way to step up a card is to add dimension.  You do that with Stampin’ Dimensionals are little self-adhesive foam dots.  Our card artist used Stampin’ Dimensionals behind the Christmas tree, Christmas tree stand, banner and red bird.

A little sparkle never hurts either.  She did that by punching a star out of Silver Glimmer Paper to sit on top of the tree. 

 

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Of course, good quality products like Stampin’ Up! cardstock and stamp sets are also important for a great looking cards like the clean and simple Stampin’ Up! Festival of Trees card.

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Wasn’t crazy for The Newborn King Stamp Set until this card!

Stampin' Up! The Newborn King CardThe trees with the nativity scene in the Stampin’ Up! The Newborn King Stamp Set are not what you’d expect to see in a traditional nativity scene.  And, frankly, I wasn’t crazy about them.  Until this   card!  Isn’t it a fabulous handmade Christmas card?!

What floats one boat doesn’t necessarily float another.  And thank goodness for our individual preferences.  It makes the world a much more interesting place.  I’m so glad someone from the Founder’s Circle swap purchased the set to make this card. 

The nativity scene stamp was stamped in Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin’ Pad ink on Mossy Meadow Cardstock.  Tone on tone is one of my favorite techniques.  And it works so well for this card with the manger, baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph stamped on Whisper White Cardstock, watercolored and punched for a beautiful focal point.

Stampin' Up! The Newborn King Christmas card The Gold Glimmer Paper is layered behind looks like a halo.  Not sure if that was what was intended, but it sure looks nice.

If you liked The Newborn King Stamp Set right away or not, this is a pretty card.  And if you’d like to make it, order The Newborn King and any of the other supplies you’ll need (listed below) in my online store www.shopwithshelly.com.

 

The Newborn King card supplies

Aqua Painter

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Not the traditional nativity scene, but you sure can make pretty handmade Christmas cards with the Stampin’ Up! Newborn King Stamp Set.

 

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Hold the phone, I really like this For All Things card too!

Stampin' Up! For All Things CardIn yesterday’s post I wrote that was my favorite Stampin’ Up! For All Things card from the Founder’s Circle swap.  I’m hedging now because this For All Things card is great too.

The colors are soft with a lot of Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake.  The leaves stamped in Cajun Craze Classic Stampin’ Pad ink and the acorns in Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin’ Pad ink were made even softer with the tissue paper covering the entire layer.

The wheat stamped with Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Pad ink is a nice. light filler.

The “Grateful for You” greeting is definitely the focal point stamped in Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin’ Pad ink standing out well from all the Very Vanilla.  We have a couple of die-cut leaves from the Fun Fall Framelits Dies for decorative accents.

Really like this For All Things card too.  The stamp set is pretty and unlike any fall leaf stamp sets Stampin’ Up! has had in the past.  It’ll be a nice addition to your collection when you order the For All Things Stamp Set in my online store www.shopwithshelly.com!

 

For All Things Card Supplies

 

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The For All Things Stamp Set is from the 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  As far as we know, it will only be available to order through January 5, 2015.  Fall will not be on our minds once Thanksgiving has come and gone.  So you don’t forget, order the Stampin’ Up! For All Things Stamp Set now!

 

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My favorite Stampin’ Up! For All Things card from the swap

Stampin' Up! For All Things Stamp SetThis perfectly imperfect card is my favorite Stampin’ Up! For All Things card from the swap at Founder’s Circle. 

The layer with the printed words was stamped with the Dictionary Stamp looks like a page cut out of a, well, dictionary.  What makes it truly look like a page is it not proportional to the card base.  

The wheat layered onto the banner is askew. It not only gave the card personality, it allowed more of the Crumb Cake Cardstock to show against all the Very Vanilla.

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For a little splash of color, the wheat and “hello” was stamped in Blackberry Bliss Classic Stampin’ Pad ink, a bit of Blackberry Bliss 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon peeking out, and a Blackberry Bliss Cardstock tab made with the Banner Punch.  Nice contrast to all the light colors of Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake.

The Gold Basic Metal Button with the double Linen Thread bow is a fantastic finishing touch. 

 The For All Things Stamp Set is from the 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  That means it most very likely has a short time left that it will be available to order.  The Holiday Catalog ends January 5, 2015.  If you the For All Things Stamp Set as much as I do, order it now in my online store www.shopwithshelly.com!

 

For All Things card supplies

 

Banner Punch

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Heat Tool

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As we see with this card made with the Stampin’ Up! For All Things Stamp Set, imperfect can be perfectly fabulous!

 

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Absolutely gorgeous Stampin’ Up! Ornamental Pine card!

Stampin' Up! Ornamental Pine CardEveryone was crazy for this absolutely gorgeous Stampin’ Up! Ornamental Pine card at Founder’s Circle.  My friend Cynthia Millan designed it.  As she finished putting them together on our first day, she kept telling everyone that it is such a simple card.  After you finally stop marveling at it, it truly is easy to make.  

If you look closely, you can see she stamped the pine needles with Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin’ Pad ink and the straight part of the branch with Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad ink.  What she didn’t do was ink the branches in brown up to the needles.  And it just doesn’t matter one tiny bit.  The card is so breathtaking that no one will notice.  I only did when looking carefully to tell you how to make her Christmas card.  Makes me love it even more because it’ll be easy for you to make.

Stamp the pinecone stamp four times and Christmas Wishes with Early Espresso ink.  The base of the card and layer are both Naturals Ivory Cardstock.  The choice of cardstock gave her card a country, earthy look.  Then came the sponging.

Oh, the sponging.  Cynthia had posted on our Facebook page before our trip that her fingers were brown, very brown.  She sponged around the full front of the card base and all four edges of the layer with much heavier sponging on each corner.  We all appreciate her brown fingers. :)

Stampin' Up! Ornamental Pine Stamp Set

After the stamping and sponging is all done, press a VersaMark Ink Pad over the entire surface.  Sprinkle on Iridescent Ice Stampin’ Emboss Powder making sure the card front is fully covered.  Melt the embossing powder with the Heat Tool.  And then look at all that sparkle!  Attach to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  That’s all there is to this gorgeous Christmas card.

Stampin' Up! Ornamental Pine Stamp SetIf you want to dazzle everyone with this beautiful Ornamental Pine Christmas card, you’ll be thrilled to know that in addition to being easy to make, the stamping supplies needed to make to it is a short list. All the stamping supplies are available to order in my online store www.shopwithshelly.com.

The Ornamental Pine Stamp Set is from the 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  As of now, it’s only available to order through January 5, 2015.  If you love this card (everyone does!), be sure to order Ornamental Pine in your choice of wood mount or clear mount now.

Beautiful Ornamental Pine Card Supplies

Heat Tool

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If you want to dazzle everyone with this gorgeous Stampin’ Up! Ornamental Pine Christmas card, you need to order the limited-edition stamp by January 5, 2015!

 

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Clean and Simple Seasonally Scattered Christmas Card

Stampin' Up! Seasonally Scattered Stamp SetLoving the Stampin’ Up! Seasonally Scattered Stamp Set from the Holiday Catalog for clean and simple cards.  A couple of days ago I posted a couple with the thanks stamp.  Today I’m using the same templates as with the merry stamp.

For the first card I inked the merry stamp with Soft Sky Classic Stampin’ Pad ink and then used a Sponge Dauber with Lost Lagoon Classic Stampin’ Pad ink to fill in the merry.  We get two tone snowflakes with merry easy to read with the darker coordinating blue for a very clean and simple card.  Simple and pretty.

Stampin' Up! Seasonally Scattered card

And like with the other Seasonally Scattered post, I stepped up the card with some All is Calm Designer Washi Tape and an added layer.  The layer was added with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  It’s pretty amazing of how much of a difference self-adhesive foam dots can make, even with white on white cardstock.

Stampin' Up! Seasonally Scattered Christmas Card

You most certainly can get fancy dancy with the Stampin’ Up! Seasonally Scattered Stamp Set (I did for an exclusive bonus card for my Hassle-Free Cards subscribers), but wouldn’t it be nice to have a stamp set that you can also quickly make cards in a pinch that are this handsome?

You will when you order Seasonally Scattered now in my online store www.shopwithshelly.com!

Need some of the other cardmaking supplies too?  They’re all pictured below.  Click on the picture of the product you’d like to order, and you’ll be taken right into my online store.

 

Clean and simple Seasonally Scattered Christmas card supplies

 

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Stampin’ Up! Seasonally Scattered Stamp Set is perfect for clean and simple cards for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine’s Day!

 

 

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New Bible verses stamp set!

Stampin' Up! Banner Blessings Stamp SetIt’s been awhile since we’ve had a new Bible verses stamp set.  The Stampin’ Up! Banner Blessings Stamp Set made its appearance today!

Clear-Mount Block Size D (2-7/8″ x 2-11/16″) is recommended.  That gives a good indication of the size of the stamps.  On the thanks card below made by Stampin’ Up!, we can see thanks fits on one of the Apothecary Accents Framelits.  The one used measures 3″ (not including the half circles on each end) by 1-1/2″.

Stampin' Up! Banner Blessings Stamp SetYou will not find the new Banner Blessings Stamp Set pictured in a catalog.  There are times you think you’re losing your mind because you remember seeing a stamp set you like and then cannot find it again.  When that happens look in my online store under the Stamps category.  If you’re not sure if its photopolymer, like Banner Blessings, clear-mount or wood-mount, you may have to look under all three subcategories to find it. 

Stampin’ Up! has started adding all the stamp sets to the Stamps category and, when applicable, to another category it also belongs in.  The Holiday Catalog is a good example.  You’ll find all the Holiday Catalog stamp sets under Holiday Catalog and Stamps.  Very pleased with this.  Helps all stop from thinking we’ve lost our ever-loving minds. :)

Knowing what we know about the size of the Banner Blessings stamps, the card base must be a Whisper White Note Card (3-1/2″ x 5″).  With the note cards cut and scored for you, this was a pretty quick card to make.

Pictured below are the supplies in addition to the new Banner Blessings to make this card.   Order Banner Blessings now in my online store www.shopwithshelly.com!

 

Banner Blast card supplies

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 Finally!  A new Bible verses stamp set!  Order Stampin’ Up! Banner Blast Stamp Set in my online store!

 

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The simple beauty of Stampin’ Up! Lovely as a Tree

Watch and see the simple beauty of the Stampin’ Up! Lovely as a Tree became a simply elegant Christmas card that just kept getting prettier with each step!

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 Stampin' Up! Lovely as a Tree Christmas CardMy elegant Lovely as a Tree card was the result of an idea that didn’t work out.  I chose Smoky Slate trying to get as close to the look of the original idea as I could.  Otherwise, pretty sure gray would not have been considered.  So glad I did.  Quite pleased with the end result.

My girlfriend said it’s how the trees look first thing of a winter morning.  As soon as she said that, I could envision it.  That must be why I was taken with this card too.  Simple.  Elegant. 

All along I did want a tiny splash of red. The little bird is from the Stampin’ Up! White Christmas Stamp Set was the perfect touch I was looking for. 

It’s hard to capture it in a picture, but the Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter adds a special wow touch.  It always does.  It truly is what how snow sparkles in the sunshine.  Beautiful. 

You’ll wow everyone this Christmas with this easy-to-make Lovely as a Tree card when you order Lovely as a Tree and the other stamping supplies you need in my online store www.shopwithshelly.com!


Simply elegant Lovely as a Tree card supplies

Heat Tool

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Beauty of the Season and White Christmas Stamp Sets are from the 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  To the best of my knowledge, they are available to order only through January 5, 2015.

 

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Use the simple beauty of the Stampin’ Up! Lovely as a Tree Stamp Set to make simply beautiful Christmas cards.

 

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