Winter Wishes for Family and Friends

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Embrace the Season with Handmade Winter Wishes

As the winter season approaches, the air turns crisp, and the festive spirit fills the atmosphere, it's the perfect time to express your warmest sentiments to loved ones. What better way to do this than by sending heartfelt winter wishes through beautifully crafted handmade cards?  Creating personalized cards adds a unique touch to your greetings, making your loved ones feel truly cherished.

One of the key elements in crafting a memorable card is choosing the right materials.

For this particular card I began with a simple yet stunning pattern from the Winter Meadow Designer Paper collection.  The design elements in this collection capture the essence of winter, with elegant motifs and wintry colors that set the perfect backdrop for your heartfelt message.

The greeting from the Magical Meadow stamp set was the perfect complement.  To give the greeting an eye-catching frame I mounted it on some Misty Moonlight cardstock after cutting them both out using the Deckled Circles Dies.

To infuse a touch of nature into I added a cluster of foliage cut from scraps of another pattern from the Winter Meadow Designer Paper collection.  I used dies from the Magical Meadow Dies for that.  This not only enhances the card's visual appeal, but also creates a sense of harmony with the winter season's beauty.

What's a winter card without a little sparkle?  To achieve this I included a short snippet of Silver & White Sheer Ribbon I had left over from another project.  Simply tying a knot in the middle and attaching it to the card brings a subtle but delightful shimmer, reminiscent of glistening snowflakes on a winter's day.

The final result is a card that radiates simplicity and elegance, perfectly capturing the essence of winter.  It's a heartfelt message wrapped in a work of art, and I'm certain your family and friends will appreciate the time and effort you've put into creating such a special card.

A delightful way to send your warmest winter wishes to your loved ones. 

By selecting the right materials, adding a few intricate details, and infusing a touch of nature and sparkle you can create a card that's not only a beautiful piece of art, but also a heartfelt expression of your affection.  This winter season let your creativity shine, and share your love with those who matter most through the magic of handmade cards.

You'll find all the products used to create this special card below.  And here's an easy Christmas card featuring this beautiful paper.

Cozy Reading Nook Card Idea

This handmade card idea reminds me of a cozy reading nook.  Doesn't it make you just want to grab a fluffy blanket and curl up with a good book?

The All About Autumn 6″ x 6″ Designer Paper recently came back into stock.  This is one of the patterns from the collection.  Isn't it gorgeous?  Of course there are lots of autumn-themed patterns and designs included, perfect for those fall card ideas.

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I stamped the card sentiment in black on Moody Mauve cardstock and then used one of the tags from the Tailor Made Tags Dies to cut it out.  Some Jute Trim in Moody Mauve was added.  I popped up the tag with some Stampin' Dimensionals.

I selected the simple color combo from my Color Coach.  Download your own copy HERE.

Do you know someone who would appreciate receiving a cozy reading nook card like this?  I know it certainly speaks to me.

You'll find all the supplies used to create this card below.

Here's another handmade fall card idea.

Circle Thank You Card

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I love this fun circle thank you card.  I wanted to come up with something bright and cheery, and I think it works!

It really was pretty simple to create, too.  I cut out various circles in multiple colors using the Stylish Shapes Dies.  Then I cut out a few hearts in different sizes using dies from the Give it a Whirl Dies (154336).  Will I ever make an actual card with these dies like I planned?  LOL!  Hopefully one day soon. 

The card sentiment came from Gorgeously Made.  I stamped it in Azure Afternoon ink on Daffodil Delight cardstock and just trimmed it down.

Then I just had to play around with placement of all the elements I had.  I didn't use everything, but I think I did okay.  

Here is the color scheme used:

Everything I used to create this circle thank you card is shown below.  For more information about an item just click on the  photo.

Here's another thank you card idea using circles.

Birthday Card Wishes for Niece

Sending birthday card wishes.  

In the midst of a busy schedule sometimes we need a little reminder to show our loved ones how much we care.  With my niece's birthday just around the corner I decided to take a break from the chaos of late and create a simple yet heartfelt birthday card.  Today I'm excited to share with you this DIY birthday card idea.

To begin, I cut a strip of designer paper measuring 4-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ from the Delightfully Eclectic Designer Paper pack.  This was then cut into three pieces, each measuring 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″.

The next step was to emboss a “Happy Birthday” sentiment, which came from the Days to Remember stamp set, in black on the bottom strip.  I think this made the sentiment truly stand out. 

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To frame these designer paper strips I layered each piece onto slightly larger sections of black cardstock measuring 1-5/8″ x 3-5/8″.  This not only enhanced the overall look of the card, but also added a stylish touch to the design, highlighting the black in the centers of the flowers. 

And just like that, in a matter of minutes, my DIY birthday card was ready to send my warmest birthday card wishes.

Create and Send Your Own Birthday Cards

If you're looking for a way to send your heartfelt birthday wishes why not consider creating a card like this?  It's a small gesture that can really brighten someone's special day.

For your convenience I've provided links to all the products used in creating this handmade birthday card below.  Why not give it a try and surprise your loved ones with a personalized touch on their special day?

Check out this cute DIY birthday card idea.

Merry Christmas Wishes Handmade Card Design

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Send merry Christmas wishes with this handmade card design that's sure to please. 

Hello, fellow paper crafting enthusiasts!  Today I'm excited to show you a Christmas card idea that's filled with the spirit of the season.

The highlight of this handmade card design is its wonderful 3D texture.  This was achieved using two charming embossing folders:  Merry Melody and Snowflake Sky.

As you run your fingers over it you can feel the raised musical notes and delicate snowflakes, adding a special touch of holiday magic.  I added some craft white ink to highlight the raised music score and the snowflakes.

Of course  the stars are the sweet little bear wearing a cozy red scarf and the beautifully decorated Christmas tree.  I stamped these elements and then hand-cut them using my trusty Paper Snips.  It may take a bit of time, but the end result is absolutely worth it!

Decorating the Tree

I used a die from the Magical Meadow Dies collection to create the adorable red baubles.  If you have the Saint Nicholas Dies, those will work wonderfully, too.  Of course the small star trinket that tops the tree really steals the show!

To complete this charming scene I chose a serene night sky background that was taken from one of the patterns from the Beary Christmas 12″ x 12″ Designer Paper collection.  It adds a touch of wonder, as if our bear and tree are gazing up at the starry heavens, ready to share the joy of the season.

This merry Christmas wishes card design is a heartfelt expression of holiday cheer that you can share with your loved ones.  I'm confident it will bring smiles and warmth to the hearts of those who receive it.  Happy crafting!

Crafting Dreams: Our 35th Anniversary Kit Special

Crafting Dreams

I'm thrilled to announce that this year marks Stampin' Up!'s 35th anniversary, and we want to celebrate it with you in style!  Whether you're a seasoned crafter or just dipping your toes into the creative world, this special offer is designed to make your crafting dreams come true and the journey even more exciting.

From October 3rd to October 31st they're offering something truly extraordinary to anyone who joins our vibrant crafting community as a new demonstrator.  And boy, have they got an offer that will make your artistic heart do a happy dance!  You'll get to choose between two fantastic options:

Option 1:  35% OFF Your Starter Kit Cost

Imagine starting your crafting adventure with a significant discount on the Starter Kit.  It's an opportunity to dive into the world of creativity with an incredible cost-saving advantage.   Think of all the extra cash you can stash away for your secret glitter addiction fund!  Those who select this option will receive $125 worth of product for only $64.35!

Option 2:  35% MORE Product in Your Starter Kit

If you're looking to expand your crafting collection then this option is perfect for you.  Get a Starter Kit filled with 35% more crafting goodies, allowing you to explore a wide range of projects and techniques.  Those who select this option will receive $168.75 worth of product by spending $99.

No matter which option you choose, both include free business supplies and free shipping on your Starter Kit.

As you contemplate this offer, I'd like to encourage you to think about where you'd like to be one year from now.  What creative aspirations and dreams do you have? Becoming a Stampin' Up Demonstrator can be the key to unlocking those dreams, whether they involve expanding your creative skills, building a crafting business, or simply finding a supportive community of fellow crafters.  Whatever your dream, becoming a Stampin' Up Demonstrator can be your ticket to creative stardom (or at least an entertaining ride!).

If you're intrigued by the possibilities or have questions about how becoming a demonstrator can align with your goals, I'm here to help. Reach out to me and let's have a conversation about your unique crafting journey.

Don't let this chance pass you by!   This exclusive 35th anniversary celebration offer is only available from October 3rd to October 31st.  Join me in crafting dreams and making memories that will last a lifetime.  I can't wait to welcome you into my creative family

Read more about my Stampin' Up! story.

Brewed for You Handmade Card

Hey there!  Today, you're in for a special treat, a Brewed for You handmade card designed for those masculine birthdays or to send heartfelt greetings to a friend.  The Brewed for You stamp set is a fantastic addition to help celebrate any occasion.

Let's be honest, my photography skills might need a bit of refining, but let's not dwell on that.  🙂  Instead, focus on the details of this card!

The designer paper used as a backdrop comes from the All About Autumn 6″ x 6″ Specialty Designer Paper collection.  It features intricate designs complemented by elegant copper foil accents on one side, and beautiful autumn-themed photos on the other.

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Where to find colors -
Hot Tip!

When you're struggling to decide on the perfect color scheme for your project, turn to your designer paper for inspiration!  It serves as a ready-made color palette, just look on the label!

Below, you'll find the color scheme employed to create this exceptional card. So go ahead and immerse yourself in the creative process to craft your very own masterpiece.  Crafting is all about the journey, not just the destination.  Let's toast to creativity and embark on your crafting adventure!

Feel free to take a look at the list of supplies used below. After that you can explore this quick fall card idea.

Merry Melody Christmas Card

Merry Melody Christmas Card -

Guess what time it is?  It's Christmas Card Sunday, and I've got a festive creation to share with you!  Today I had a blast crafting a Merry Melody Christmas card that's sure to spread holiday cheer.  And let me tell you, there's one particular element that stole the show – that embossing folder on the Distressed Gold Paper!

Now, let's dive into the details of this charming holiday card. While the gold in the paper might not pop as much in the photo, in person it truly shines, adding a touch of elegance to the card.  But that's not all!  The real stars of the show are those adorable gems from the Loose Holly Gems & Sequins.  They twinkle like little holiday treasures, making this card simply stunning!

There's more cheer to be shared!  Here's another joyful Christmas Card featuring products from the One Horse Open Sleigh Suite.  It's amazing how a suite of crafting supplies can help bring your creative visions to life during the holiday season.


Supplies Used

Now, if you're curious about the magic behind this handmade Merry Melody Christmas card, I've got you covered.  Below you'll find all the materials I used to craft this festive masterpiece.  So grab your crafting supplies and let's get into the holiday spirit together!

I hope this list inspires your own holiday card-making adventures.  Happy crafting, and may your holiday season be filled with creativity and joy!

Them Bones Handmade Fall Card

Believe it or not, I started with a paper pattern from Them Bones to create this handmade fall card.  On the back side of that plaid are gravestones!  LOL!  One side of the papers have Halloween-themed patterns and the other sides are more generic patterns in fall colors.  Perfect!

The paper with the photo of the pumpkins came from the All About Autumn 6″ x 6″ Specialty Designer Paper.  In this case one side consists of beautiful fall-themed photos and the other sides are made up of patterns with some beautiful foil mixed in!

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I didn't try to be fancy with this simple card, but I did layer them each on top of some black cardstock that was slightly larger to frame them.  I also added some of the copper ribbon from the Copper & Natural Ribbon Combo Pack for some shine.  A few Adhesive-Backed Speckled Dots were used to add interest and help draw the eye to the card sentiment.  

I embossed the sentiment in white on black cardstock.  I masked off part of it so I could highlight just the word Relax before stamping it.  It came from the In the Moment stamp set.

Check out this adorable fall card!

Unique Holiday Cards: Crafting for a Cause

Crafting Unique Holiday Cards With Purpose

Are you looking for a heartwarming way to spread holiday cheer this season?  Well, did you know that you can craft unique holiday cards while making a positive impact on your community?  It's a win-win situation that I'm thrilled to share with you!

I recently had fun creating a pretty holiday card using A Walk in the Forest Designer Paper.  It's a charming and versatile paper that captures the essence of nature, making it perfect for crafting not only during the holiday season but all year round.

Crafting for a Cause:  Stampin' Up!'s Giveback Program

What makes this holiday card creation even more special is the purpose behind it.  Stampin' Up! believes

in the power of giving back, and every year through their product giveback program they strive to support organizations in our communities that are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of those in need.

Making a Difference, One Package at a Time

This year, our hearts are set on supporting Marine Toys for Tots in the United States, a remarkable charity that spreads joy to children during the holiday season.  By purchasing our featured product, the A Walk in the Forest Designer Series Paper from the September–December 2023 Mini Catalog, you're not only getting a high-quality crafting material, but also contributing to this wonderful cause.   For each package of this designer paper sold $3 will be donated to Marine Toys for Tots, helping brighten the holidays for children in need.

Crafting With Heart:  A Shared Experience

Many of us have experienced moments when we've needed a helping hand, and we've been deeply grateful for the generosity of others.  Now you have the opportunity to pay it forward by joining us in giving back to our communities.  Crafting with purpose adds a special touch to your creations, knowing that they carry a message of love, hope, and kindness.

Versatile and Beautiful

In addition to its charitable aspect, the A Walk in the Forest Designer Series Paper is a crafting gem.  Its nature-inspired designs and rich colors are perfect for creating unique holiday cards that capture the beauty of the season.   I also incorporated the Forever Forest Dies, which coordinate seamlessly with the woodland theme.

Crafting With Purpose:  Spreading Love, Hope & Kindness

So as you embark on your holiday crafting journey, consider using the A Walk in the Forest Designer Series Paper to create unique holiday cards that not only warm the hearts of your loved ones, but also contribute to spreading holiday joy to those in need.  Together, we can make this holiday season truly special and meaningful.

In the meantime, here's a simple Christmas card design you can try.