This is “THE YEAR”…

What  countdown, you ask?  Well, the countdown to Christmas.  I know, I know, it’s 90+ degrees outside, but that’s no reason to procrastinate for holiday prep.  How many times have you said to yourself, THIS, this is the year I will have meaningful, hand-made gifts under the tree for my loved-ones along? What about your declaration that this year you will have hand-crafted Christmas cards — including heartfelt, hand-written messages on the inside?  This is the year YOU can make this happen.  How, you ask?  Well, let me help you.

TEAM MEETING

Last week, I attended the Spread Joy Stampin’ Up! team meeting and we made these adorable cards and swapped some others.  You can start on these cards now and have them complete in plenty of time to send them this year.  No more last-minute rushes to get the cards signed and addressed.  This IS the year and you can make it happen.  Read more for details on how I made these goodies.

 

MAKE-N-TAKES

We made these two cards at the team meeting, along with this pillow box.   All of these materials are available in the current Annual Catalog.  Both cards have a finished size of 4.25″ x 5.5″.  The mistletoe card has a base of shaded spruce (4.25 x 5.5), with a layer of Real Red (4″ x 5.25″).  The next layer is the Under the Mistletoe DSP cut to 3.75″ x 5″).  The top layer is whisper white stamped with shaded spruce and real red, finished off with pearls and a cute gold clip.

The second card has a whisper white base with a layer of pool party cut to 4 x 5.25 and embossed with the Seasonal Wreath embossing folder.  The scene is cut from the Hometown Greetings Edgelits.  The card is finished with stars stamped in versa-mark ink, real red, and red rhinestones.  The bottom includes a ribbon trim with a silver leaf applied with a glue dot for a small shimmer.

Th pillow box is straight from the catalog, and rimmed with a real red belly band.  On top of that, use an apron from the Apron Builder Framelit (with the apron cut in two, to elongate it).  Stamp the gingerbread girl and boy on whisper white and trim with real red bows.  The key to this super cute design is the silver cookie sheet (under the cookies).  Simply cut a 2×3 piece of silver card stock, corner round the corners, and score it at 1/4 from each end.  gently fold these to create the cookie sheet.  SO CLEVER!!

    

 

TEAM SWAP HOW-TO

At our team meeting, we also swapped Christmas ideas.  Here is my card (front and inside).  I’ll post later this week to show how I made this baby.  It is Stamparatus-intensive, to say the least.

I would love to help you with all of your card and paper-crafting needs.  Click here to shop my site – or to join my team (the benefits are awesome – permanent discount and advance peek at all merchandise). Interested in knowing more about Stampin’ Up! and how it works – click here.

 

Keep on Dreaming!!

Virginia