Detailed Santa Thinlits Shaker Card

Hey Stampers,

I’m here today to share another fantastic new die set from the new holiday catalog. The Detailed Santa Thinlits dies are a beautiful addition to your collection that just beg for shaker cards!

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There are so many things you can do with this set (think inlaid die cutting, shakers, stenciling), but a shaker card just seemed like too much fun to pass up for me. I used two dies from this set, along with some of the new baker’s twine, and the mini jingle bells (yes, you heard that right…MINI JINGLE BELLS!!!).

If you’ve been to one of my classes, then you know I teach a simple four step process for making the shaker portion of cards: cut, cover, fill, and close. If you’ve ever started making a shaker card and poured in some sequins, only to find that you’ve forgotten the window sheet…these steps are for YOU!

Cut: I began by cutting a piece of Whisper White thick cardstock to 4×5.25 inches. I die cut the Santa square first, then cut the border second. I ran the Santa die through my Big Shot one more time with a piece of Real Red cardstock for Santa’s hat.

Cover: Next, I adhered a piece of window sheet to the back of my card front. I used my snail adhesive to inlay Santa’s hat before flipping over my card front to create the shaker portion. Use foam strips to create a border for the shaker portion of your card, fitting the corners tightly together to avoid leaks.

Fill & Close: I filled my shaker with sequins and then added a piece of the Candy Cane Lane designer series paper to seal in the goodies. You can use sequins, punched confetti, seed beads, glitter…almost anything you want as the filling for your shaker card.

I wrapped my baker’s twine around my card front and then tied the bow with two mini jingle bells. These jingle bells actually work and add a delightful little jingle to the rattle of a shaker card. I added additional foam strips to balance the height of the lower portion of my card front and then adhered the entire thing to a Real Red panel measuring 4.125×5.375. Next, I added the whole thing to my card base. In this case my card base is a 4.25×5.5 card cut from Whisper White thick cardstock.

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Lastly, I stamped my sentiment and embossed it with white embossing powder. I wanted this sentiment to look like it was on a scroll (think Santa’s list) rather than a standard label, so I used my triple banner punch on one end and stamped fairly close to that end. Next, I added some adhesive (in this case tearing tape) to the back of the far left end and rolled up the paper, using the adhesive to hold my scroll in place. I adhered my scroll using my Fast Fuse adhesive on the scroll end and fast fuse on the sentiment end. That’s it!

Here’s my finished card:

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I’ve included all of the supplies I used in the table below. If you have any questions about this project please leave a comment or send me a message. If this card inspires you to make something fun, I’d love to see it!

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Mini Party Invitations with Candy Cane Lane

Hey Stampers,

Today I want to show you how I made a set of adorable invitations for my holiday catalog launch party using the Candy Cane Lane suite. They’re mini, they’re magical…they’re too cute for words! Yep, the little critters you can make with the Cookie Cutter Christmas punch have totally stolen the show this year, so I just knew I needed them on my launch party invitations.

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I started by pairing the coordinating Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper with one of the characters from the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set and then added matching cardstock. My card bases are cut from Whisper White thick cardstock at 4.25×8.5 inches (creating a card that’s 4.25 inches square) and scored at the midline. I cut my designer series paper to 4 inches square and sized my cardstock to provide a frame of an eighth of an inch. For this card, I used Crumb Cake cardstock and Early Espresso ink on the reindeer.

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For the background on my circle, I used a stamp from the Presents and Pinecones set and Real Red ink. You could also use designer series paper here if you wanted to, but I like the added support of the Whisper White thick cardstock behind my reindeer.

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I adhered the designer series paper and cardstock together before adding my stitched edge ribbon (or baker’s twine). I mounted my background to the folded cardstock base and then I used dimensionals to adhere the framelit circle in the center of my card.

I added my reindeer to the center of my circle with Fast Fuse and then stamped, punched, and adhered my sentiment for a finished card. That’s it!

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I’ve included all of the products that I used to make the full set of invitations below. Please leave a comment or send me a message if you have questions. If you’re inspired to make something after reading this post, I’d love to see it!

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Happy Stamping!

 

Star of Light in Glimmering Gold

Hey Stampers!

The Holiday Catalog release is ALMOST HERE! I can hardly wait to show you the series of goodies we have for the holidays. I’m thrilled to preview you what is easily my favorite bundle of the new catalog. The shapes are stunning, the stamps are beautiful and I just couldn’t help myself…this one HAD to sparkle.

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I started by stamping my background star dust image in Sahara Sand on Very Vanilla cardstock cut to 4×5.25. I die cut the star frame as the aperture for my card. I then cut the rest of the layers of my star from Very Vanilla and gold foil cardstock.

I find that I have a particularly difficult time adhering delicate shapes to the glimmer cardstock, so I eliminate this issue by gluing a piece of clear cardstock to the back of my Very Vanilla cardstock panel.

I adhere my glimmer paper to my Very Vanilla cardstock base using Fast Fuse and then prep my glimmer paper for dimensionals. Glimmer paper has such a fantastic sparkle that the effect is incredible, but the tradeoff is a TON of glimmer. I use my bone folder to scrape away the excess glitter in a few spots just to make sure the dimensionals have something to stick to.

I assembled the layers of my focal image and then stamped my sentiment in Sahara Sand. I applied a small amount of ink to the edges of my sentiment cut out to make it easier to differentiate from the card base.

That’s it! Here’s my finished card:

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Please comment below or send me a message if you have any questions. I list all of my materials for this card in the table below. If you’d like a class on any of the techniques in this card, let me know. To see more from me, subscribe to my blog and follow me on Facebook. If this card inspires you to make something similar, I’d love to see it!

Fun Fold Card Class – Christmas in July

Hey Stampers,

I’m excited to preview the cards we’re making at this month’s card class. We’re doing a “fun fold” class and focusing on our holiday items. It will be a great time with friends, learning new techniques for wow cards and getting ahead on the Christmas to-do list!

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Each lady will learn two different card folds AND make two matching boxes for treats and presents using Stampin’ Up! punch boards, dies, designer series paper, and embellishments. If you’re going to join us this weekend, I can’t wait to see you! If you’d like to book a party or workshop with me, contact me here. 🙂

 

Christmas in July Bundles for Bonus Days

Do you like to plan ahead? Are you one of those people who likes to avoid the holiday scramble? Why not start with a Christmas in July bundle from Stampin’ Up? Pick up a few coordinating holiday items so Christmas cards and party invitations will be a snap!

Christmas Basics Bundle – The basics you need to make cards or invitations with a matching favor or treat box, featuring our Christmas Designer Series Paper.

The designer series paper, coordinating cardstock, and Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits dies are great additions to any craft stash and will add some holiday versatility for just $54. Don’t forget about Bonus Days! Purchasing the Christmas Basics bundle in July means you’ll get a $5 bonus coupon from Stampin’ Up! for August!
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Deck the Halls Bundle – The more the merrier! This bundle includes more goodies to bolster your spirits: everything from the basics bundle above plus matching ink pads, three stamp sets, dies and gold ribbon. All of these items together for $159! You can send handmade holiday happy mail to the whole family. This month, the Deck the Halls Bundle qualifies you for $15 in Bonus Days coupons from Stampin’ Up! Email me at casey@caseyolin.com to grab your bundle before the Bonus Days promotion ends.