Merriest Trees Bridge Fold Card

Hello Friends! Thanks for stopping by today! As fall starts to set in I have been preparing my "special" Christmas cards - you know the ones.... the ones that are super cool, different, really stepped up and take more time to make than your typical cards.

Well here is one that I just made and taught to my Tech Club Gals yesterday. It is a Bridge Fold that features the Merriest Trees bundle.  This bundle is amazing. I think my favourite thing about it are the 5 different sized tree dies!!

Here is my card that I made.

Just look at how the More Dazzle paper sparkles. I used a retired Stampin' Up! set of dies called Christmas Greetings for the "Merry Christmas".  I also die cut the tinsel and stars using the More Dazzle paper and the Merriest Tree Bundle.

Check out the height you get with this card. The white paper strips are supported by a piece of acetate that I adhered behind the middle section of the white strips.
Merriest Trees

The entire card will fold down to the right and fit into an invitation sized envelop. 
Now to figure out which of my special friends will get this card... decisions, decisions, decisions.

Enjoy your day and happy stamping!
Hugs, Tracie

Beary Christmas Never Ending Card

 WOW!  It has been quite some time since I created a "Never-Ending" card. I forgot just how easy it is to make such a dynamic interactive card.  Today's card features the Beary Christmas Suite. There are so many amazing products in this suite! DSP, Embossing Folder, Stamps, Punch, Ribbon, Glitter Sequins, Memories and More pack & Cards & Envelops! Check it out here

I love this suite! So today I am recreating the Never-Ending card.   
Here is my card with 2 of the views.
If you have made one of these before you know that the sections bend back to reveal a new view of the card. The Beary Christmas DSP is the perfect back drop for this card BUT WAIT!  I have also used the coordinating Memories & More kit for this card.
I have to admit that I have not taken advantage of the Memories & More packs enough! There is a great selection of pieces that you can use to make cards and the cardstock is nice and heavy!
The two panels of my Never Ending card are using some of the pieces from this pack! I love this!
Purchase the Beary Christmas Suite from my online store and I will send you the PDF to make this card!
Happy Stamping!
Hugs, Tracie

Beary Cute Christmas Bendy Card

Brrr!  It's getting chilly these days! Nothing like waking up in the morning to find that you left one of the downstairs windows open and it is now 13°C in the house!!!  

Have you seen the Beary Christmas Suite? Such a wonderful set of products! 

Have you made a "Bendy Card"? It has been some time since I made one of these.

Beary Cute Christmas
The 2 front sections pop out from the front of the card when on display and will fold flat when you put it in an envelop! The Beary Christmas DSP provides the perfect scenic background for this card! And the coordinating stamp set and punch are the perfect product to compliment my card.
The larger polar bear has been stamped in Smokey Slate and then punched out (I love a punch!) and adhered to the back "bendy" layer. The smaller polar bear was stamped, fussy cut and adhered to the front "bendy" layer.
Such a cool 3D effect!
Give the Bendy card technique a try!

Happy stamping!
Hugs, Tracie

Merriest Trees - Tis The Season

Something about a monochromatic card that is super eye catching. Today I am showcasing a card I designed using Lost Lagoon. Perhaps not a traditional Christmas colour but lovely none-the-less. 

Here is my card.

Merriest Trees

The base layer is Whisper White of which I have layered a piece of Lost Lagoon cardstock. 

The next layer was stamped and die cut using the Countryside Corners bundle
I then cut a second layer of the Countryside Corners in Whisper White and embossed it with the Snowflake Sky embossing folder.
This embossing folder has become my FAVOURITE for my Christmas cards!  

I then stamped the tree in Lost Lagoon, die cut it with the Merriest Trees dies and popped it up on dimensionals inside the frame created from the Countryside Corner dies.

Lastly I added some sparkle by die cutting the star from the silver dazzle paper, tying a bow using Silver & White Sheer Ribbon and then added some Stickles around the boughs.

I hope this inspires you to make a monochromatic card! You can buy all the supplies for this card here.
Happy stamping!
Hugs, Tracie

Gift of Giving - Gifts from Santa

Hello and welcome! It is another beautiful day here in Ottawa. Yesterday I posted a card using the Gift of Giving stamp set and today I have another one for you. This is another card that was part of this months  Christmas Card Club 

Here is a look at my finished card (I was inspired by a design by Rochelle Blok).

Gift of Giving

I find it therapeutic to be able to colour an image and on this card I am using Stampin' Blends. The image was stamped in Memento ink on a Countryside Corners die cut. I then layered the image onto white dry embossed cardstock using Christmas Tiding EF.

This is such a versatile embossing folder and I think you will get A LOT of good used out of it. 
I hope you are inspired to get the Gift of Giving stamp set and Christmas Tidings embossing folder. You can easily order them here.
Happy stamping!
Hugs, Tracie

Gift of Giving - Merry Christmas To You

Happy Saturday!  It is a gorgeous day here in Ottawa - not too hot and not too cold.... it is just
right!  Today I hosting the first of 4 Christmas card classes. This is part of my Christmas Card Club that runs the 2nd Saturday of each month from September - December 2023.  Each of my guest make 6 cards - three designs - 2 of each. This class is featuring a new stamp set called Gift of Giving and this is one of the stamps in that set. 

Here's a look at the finished card.

Gift of Giving

Navy, white and silver are so classic together! Don't you agree? Notice that I have not coloured in the gifts?  I think they look best just embossed in silver and left to shine on their own.

Speaking of shine - check out that silver and white sheer ribbon - the silver is super shiny!

Here is a better look at the ribbon. I LOVE this new ribbon and boy does it tie into a bow easily! This is a MUST HAVE for your Christmas cards!

So if you are wondering where the silver stars came from, I used the Merriest Tree dies and silver foil. It is amazing how well these match the stars in the Gift of Giving stamp set.

The one I used is the one circled in blue.

Adding a dry embossed layer to your cards gives it texture and a finished look. Here I have used the new Christmas Tidings embossing folder. IMHO it just pairs perfectly with this sentiment. Notice that I lined up the embossed image of the gift with the top of my sentiments? It just was coincidental that the Radiating Stitches die was the perfect size. 
This new embossing folder is also in the Sept - Dec mini catalogue. 

Well I hope you are inspired by today's post to start your Christmas cards. It is never too early to start.
Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

(Purchase the Gift of Giving stamp set from me and I will email you the instructions to make this card)

Merriest Trees - Winter is Coming

Merriest Trees
I love it when a new catalogue comes out. It pushes me to challenge myself - to create different projects with the same stamps and die bundles. Merriest Trees bundle is one of those that certainly proved a bit challenging for me. The tree dies are quite large but the cool thing with these dies is that you can created 4 different sized trees! 

My first project today uses the 2 smaller tree dies.

For this card, I have die cut 1 of each from the center of the embossed top layer (Snowflake Sky) of white cardstock, lined Pretty Peacock cardstock behind and then die cut the same sized trees from Winter Meadow DSP and popped them up on dimensionals. 

The white tree is the piece that was die cut from the center of the card. It was also popped up on dimensionals. 

Merriest Trees
My second project is COMPLETELY different than the one above. I have used the Merriest Tree bundle and Gift of Giving stamp set to create this fun card (inspiration for this card comes from Kristien Sayes). 

This time I stamped 2 trees and die cut them with the largest tree die and adhered them to the embossed card front.

I then stamped the Santa holding the gifts, coloured the image with Stampin' Blends, fussy cut the image and adhered it with dimensional to the card front.

The finishing touch are the adhesive-backed glitter sequins for a bit of sparkle.

I hope you can see the versatility of the Merriest Trees bundle and are inspired to create different projects of your own. 

Gift of Giving - Cup of Cheer

 Thanks for stopping by today. Are you looking for some Christmas card inspiration? Well you came to the right place. 

Today's project showcases new products from the Sept. to Dec mini catalogue.

The cup and contents were coloured with Stampin' Blends and then fussy cut. I have stamped the sentiment (Brightest Glow) in Blueberry Bushel and die cut it with the Stylish Shapes dies.

Merry & Bright Christmas Pine Tree

I am enjoying the versatility of the Merry & Bright bundle that is available starting Sept 6th,
2023. Today I have decided to use up some retired papers including the gorgeous Blue Foil specialty paper and Dazzling Diamond Glitter paper.

I have embossed the blue foil paper using the Snowflake Sky EF. At first I hesitated on embossing the foil as I thought it would crack but decided to give it a go and boy am I glad I did! Isn't the background stunning? 

I then die cut the Christmas Pinecone from Granny Apple Green and ink blended Shaded Spruce and then Night of Navy for depth & shading.

The light bulbs were die cut from Dazzling Diamond Glitter paper (retired) and silver foil for the socket piece).

The sentiment has been die cut from Melon Mambo foil paper.

Merry & Bright - Let's Get Lit

Merry & Bright
Made a fun play on words card with the Merry & Bright bundle from Stampin' Up! for my Christmas Card Club that starts Sept. 9th, 2023. Join the CCC here.

This cute Christmas Lights bundle is available starting Sept 6, 2023.

The lettering was die cut from Playful Alphabet dies (retired) and layered onto some polka dotted vellum.

Each bulb was die cut and then ink blended to create the shading.

The sequins are also new and available as of Sept. 6th, 2023 - Iridescent Adhesive Backed Discs

Trucking Along Birthday Card

 If you are like me you tend to make tons of cards but when you need a masculine card you may come up a wee bit short. Well have no fear! Trucking Along is here! LOL 

Trucking Along
Yes. There are all kinds of pick up truck stamps on the market and in fact Stampin' Up! has had a couple of their own. Does anyone remember Loads of Love from 15+ years ago??? The great thing with this one over Loads of Love is that it comes in  a bundle with a punch!  I love this!!! 

That being said, I am not only using this bundle (I punched a mask for the truck so I could stamp my trees) but I made it a masculine card!  I just know that my step dad will love it!!!

So here is what I have used to create this card:

So here's the funny thing. The die cut on the bottom is supposed to be blades of grass (I used the dies from the Playing in the Rain dies), but the more I look at it, the more it looks like a frog.  I think I need to fix that!

Well I hope you like today's masculine Birthday card. Maybe you will want to make one too.  Please feel free to shop from my online store. 

Happy Stamping!

Hugs, Tracie

Puzzle Card - Trucking Along

Trucking Along
 I have been dying to play with this new stamp/punch bundle -
Trucking Along. So what better technique to use with this bundle that a puzzle card! (Credit to Mixed Up Crafts for the technique). The idea behind the puzzle card is that you stamp an image and then die cut it with layering dies to create the puzzle pieces.
Trucking Along

Then with all the layers aligned, punch a hole in the center of all the layers and insert a brad. This will allow the pieces to swivel around until you get them all lined up.

Today's card colours are white, Lost Lagoon, Old Olive, Granny Apple Green, Balmy Blue, Lemon Lolly & Real Red.

The Trucking Along bundle is only available while supplies last so be sure to purchase your bundle soon - before it is too late!

Beautiful Balloons Front Panel Pull Card


Beautiful Balloons
So today I am continuing on the interactive card road this time creating a front panel that opens when you pull the tab. 

I am using the Beautiful Balloons stamp/die bundle from Stampin' Up! along with the Gold Celebrations specialty designer paper (acetate) which I have layered over the large white circle on the front of the card. 

This card is not at all difficult to make but sure packs a WOW feature. 

The background layer on the front panel was created with Hero Arts Confetti stencil and ink blended with a blending brush.

I couldn't make up my mind on which of the 2 cards I preferred - the single or the multi-colour panel. 

What is your preference? Leave me a comment below - I would love to hear your opinion.

The card on the left uses Azure Afternoon on the front panel and which I ink blended with the same ink colour. Whereas the card on the right uses a base of Tahitian Tide cardstock and a front panel in white, ink blended with Parakeet Party, Tahitian Tide and Highland Heather.

When you pull the tab it reveals the hidden message underneath. So fun!  Here is the view when the you pull the tab. 

Other products used include circle dies, 2-1/2" circle punch, Gold embossing powder & Stampin' Blends.

You can order the products for this card here.

Happy Stamping!

Hugs, Tracie

Hexagon Pop Up Fold - Kit To Go


Beautiful Balloons Hexagon Pop up fold
Do you like to make different and fun 3D cards? Have you tried this style? It is a Hexagon Pop Up fold and it features all new Stampin' Up! 2023-2024 products including:

  • Beautiful Balloon suite
  • Countryside Inn dies
  • Wanted to Say dies
  • Alphabet a la Mode dies
  • Holographic Trio cardstock
Making standard sized cards are enjoyable but teaching this style of card making is a passion of mine!!  

My technique club is designed to teach this style to my members. I always welcome new members so if you are interested then please join us. Even if you can't make it in person often I will create kits to go for out of town members. In fact this kit is available now. 

This kit to go includes all of the pieces and step by step instructions to make this card. Email me to purchase your kit. Kit cost is $15 which includes mail out. 

Spring Pop Up - Countryside Inn Suite

There’s nothing like strolling through the countryside and seeing fields full of flowers, which is exactly what the
Countryside Inn Suite Collection is all about! This suite has multiple floral patterns in the Designer Series Paper, the embossing folder, and the stamp set. All of the products are beautifully coordinated, allowing you to mix and match and create an array of beautiful florals. There is no limit to what you can do!
These shaped dies will be used a lot. They make a perfect frame for layering images & sentiments. Here I have used the frames for layering and for the sentiments. 
Do you see the embossed layer behind the front layers?  This is the new Countryside Blossoms EF - so pretty!
Countryside Inn
This card has been created with paper springs. They lift up the layers to give the card a 3D look and feel. Such a fun technique that I will be teaching at my next technique club (May 27). If you are interested in learning how to make this card, leave me a comment. When you buy the Countryside Inn Suite, I will give you the instructions to make this card!
Happy stamping!

Below you can see all the stamp images and dies that come in the Countryside Inn bundle.