Friday, August 12, 2011

Is it Christmas Yet...I'm making Christmas Cards!

Today’s blog post is a sketch challenge from CCMC162.  The sketch challenges have been so much fun for me; I love having new layouts to try.  The Stampin’ UP! Holiday Mini Catalog is coming out on September 1st and as a demonstrator, I have the wonderful privilege of having access to buying the products in advance so today I played with my new toys!   

In preparing for my September class which will be using the Holiday Mini Catalog products, I decided to use this sketch challenge to make a Christmas card.  Stampin’ UP! has a new Stocking Builder Punch and coordinating Stitched Stocking Stamp Set, which are so adorable I had to have them!  Our new Velvet Stitched Ribbon has such wonderful texture, it really adds to the card. I hope you like my creation:).

Don't forget to check out to see the other creations for this challenge.

Stitched Stockings
Bells and Boughs
Tiny Tags
Cherry Cobbler
Always Artichoke
Early Espresso
Very Vanilla
Cherry Cobbler
Always Artichoke
Always Artichoke Marker
Jewelry Tag
Stocking Builder Punch
Hole Punch
Big Shot
Circles #2 Die
Houndstooth Embossing Folder
Embellishments & Accessories
Crystal Effects
Mini Brads
Sticky Strip Tape
3/8” Velvet Stitched Ribbon
Letters to Santa Designer Series Paper

As a workshop giveaway and thank-you to my loyal customers, I made these little favors to go along with the cards.

These are made with the new 1"x8" Cellophane Bags from the 2011-2012 Holiday Mini Catalog. I used the Stitched Stockings Stamp Set along with the Decorative Label Punch and Scallop Circle Punch.  I found these Candy Sticks at our local ice cream and candy shop.

Here are a couple other cards I am experimenting with:

The fire place idea is from

How To: I cut a bunch of pieces of Crumb Cake Cardstock at 1/2"x3/4" then brushed the sides against a Crumb Cake Classic Ink Pad.  The "flames" are done using the Blossom Petals Builder Punch.

This was a first attempt at a Shaker Card.  Our new Circle Shaker frames make this so easy!  Fun:).


  1. Wow! You are definitely having fun with that set and punch - lol! Your card is wonderful! I love the textured circle behind the stocking! And the crystal effects is such a great idea! Thanks for playing the challenge at Create with Connie and Mary!

  2. They look as good as they did in person. Oh no... cards have personalities now. Christmas is too far away for me, but your projects turned out great. Can't wait for the next class when we can enjoy the fruits of your harvest. LOL.....

  3. You have been a busy girl! Great way to use the new stamp set & punch, nice variety. Thanks for creating at Connie & Mary!

  4. Super duper cute! You are ready for the holidays! Thanks for playing along at CCMC this week.

  5. oooh, love these projects! Thanks for playing with us at CCMC!

  6. Very cute projects, Krystal! Getting lots of use with that stamp set and punch! I haven't even played with mine yet! Thanks for playing along with us on Create with Connie and Mary!

  7. Love the way you flipped the sketch. Pretty colors. Thanks for playing the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge this week!

  8. What a FABULOUS Christmas! All of the projects are soooo cute! Thanks for joining us this week in the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!


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