Friday, November 17, 2017

Fast Christmas Cards using Be Merry Designer Series Paper

  • Be Merry Christmas Cards
  • Merry Patterns Christmas Card Class this Week End
  • New Stamparatus November pre-order window closed 

Be Merry Designer Series Paper Cards

Need to make a few quick cards for Christmas?  I love going to Stampin' Up! Onstage because of all of the creative card ideas I get from the display boards, the product sessions, and from swaps.  

Today I created a collection of cards that use the Be Merry Designer Series Paper. Many of the ideas started with cards I saw on the display boards of swaps on display at OnStage.  

 The sentiments and die cuts from several different sets provide points of interest on each card.   Each of these cards is relatively fast to cut and assemble, and would make a great stamp-a-stack.  

In addition to the Be Merry Designer Series paper, the cards use a common set of cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, and Whisperer White. 

The nice thing about any of these basic designs is that you can dig through your stamp sets and substitute almost any of your stamps and dies to create variations based on what holiday stamps you have. 

Here are today's cards.  Take a look at the closeups below.

This first card, below, is a simple Cherry Cobbler basecard with one of the designs from the Be Merry Designer Series Papers.  The sentiment is from the Watercolor Christmas stamp set.  The small bow is from the Santa's Sleigh set and punched with the coordinating Santa's Sleigh Thinlits set.    The Cherry Cobbler snowflake is from the Seasonal Layers Thinlit and includes a Rhinestone in the center. 

This next card again uses a Cherry Cobbler basecard, then layers of Whisper White and Garden Green.  The Garden Green layer is embossed with Holly Textured Impression Folder.  The Whisper White trees are from the Card Front Builder Thinlit Dies.  The sentiment is from the Snowflake Sentiment set, and the holly and berries are from the Trim Your Stocking Thinlit Dies.  The berries of the holly are topped with Red Glimmer paper and the trees sparkle from a layer of Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.    

Two patterns from the Be Merry Designer Series Paper pack are used on the card below, along with a basecard of Garden Green, and layers of Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White.  The sentiment is from Santa's Sleigh.  The stars are punched from Red Glimmer Paper.  The large star is die cut from the Wood Crate Framelits and the small stars are from the and Trim Your Stocking Thinlit Dies.  

The card below uses a basecard of Garden Green with a z-fold front.  Be Merry Designer Series Paper is used on the front z-fold.  The deer on the Whisper White circle is from the Merry Mistletoe stamp set and is backed with a Gold Foil Snowflake.   The sentiment is stamped inside the card and is concealed by the deer image.

The final card below is a special zipper card meant to hold a gift card or cash.  The right edge is sealed and the Cherry Cobbler tab is meant to be pulled to open the card to reveal the gift card or cash.  The dots are created using the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlit dies.  The sentiment is from the Merry Little Labels set.  The sentiment layer is framed with a Garden Green layer punched from the Everyday Label Punch.  Like the cards above, this card uses the Be Merry Designer Series Paper.   

If you have a large number of Christmas Cards to make, be sure to order a package of the Be Merry Designer Series Paper and Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green coordinating card stock.  You'll find these cards easy to CASE, or use them as starting points to create your own designs.       

Want to order any of the supplies seen in these wonder projects?  Go directly to my Stampin' Up! store.  Here are some of the product numbers you'll need.  Click on a product photo for more information.

Merry Patterns Class #3 - November 19, 2017

Join us this week end for Christmas Card Class #3.  We'll use Merry Patterns stamp set to create handmade Christmas Cards together.  Register now for the November 19 class where we'll make the eight projects below.  This is a great opportunity to get experience making several different designs with just one stamp set, and experience using a two-step stamp set.  Reuse these designs with your other stamp sets and other Designer Series Papers.


Take a closer look at the projects we'll make in the Meetup Photo album for this class, and register for the class while you're vising my Meetup site.  The photo album includes individual photos of each card we'll make.
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Register for this class now, as class size is limited.  Your class fee of $29 will include precut materials.

Want a chance at the Merry Patterns stamp set?

Did you miss getting the limited edition Merry Pattern stamp set during the September and October Stampin' Up! special?  Now you have a second chance to own this set.    Place an order in my online store before November 19, 2017 .  Orders $75 and over will get an entry into a drawing for the exclusive Merry Patterns Hostess set.   

Deadline for placing an order is November 19 at 10:00 PM.  I'll choose a random name and announce the winner within 24 hours on my Stamped Sophisticates blog. 

Blog Candy Note:  I can only ship to winners within he US.  Winners will have 24 hours to email me their name and US mailing address.  Stay tuned for the winner announcements.


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Stamparatus:  The November pre-order window has closed.  Next opportunity to pre-order the new stamp positioning tool from Stampin' Up! is December 5. 

Did you try to pre-order the Stamparatus Thursday when the first pre-order window opened?  What a response!!  The first of three pre-order windows closed within 20 minutes of opening! It was like Black Friday specials at your popular retail on-line store. . . the kind that sell-out in minutes This is going to be an extremely popular tool for stampers.  

Don't worry.  You'll have two more opportunities to place a pre-order for this tool that will be available in first quarter of 2018. And it is expected that the 2018-2019 catalog will carry the Stamparatus as a permanent tool for stampers.  

 The next window for pre-orders will open on December 5.  If you missed the first pre-order window, you'll want to be ready to place your pre-order within minutes of the window opening.  As we get closer to the December 5 date, I'll send you additional details and the exact time pre-ordering reservations begin.  In the mean time, make sure you log into the Stampin' Up! store and create a log-in and profile.    Visit  my Stampin' Up! store

Read the details for pre-orders in my previous post.   

New stamp positioning tool with reversible plates.  Easily stamp 2-step, 3-step and 4-step stamps

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