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Looking for Some Christmas Cheer

Hi there!  Another drought between blog posts...lots of stuff going on here in the last couple of weeks; some fun, some not so much.  That's the way it is sometimes. 

I have to say that life gives you plenty of opportunities to put things in perspective, though, and this week was no different.  A former co-worker died after a long and valiant battle with a particularly aggressive form of bone cancer.  I can't help but think of his wife and children and pray that God will shower them with the strength they need to move forward.  I will remember this fine man for his terrific sense of humor, his integrity, and his compassion. 

Mid-month, I conducted my annual Christmas card class.  In years past, I would offer 3 different cards and the class attendees would make 5 of each card.  This year, I changed it up and offered 5 cards and the class attendees would make 3 of each card.  So, today's post will look at one of these cards; in fact, the first one I designed for the class.  It's also my favorite card.   This card was inspired by a convention swap card made by my Stampin' Up! upline, Catherine Harwood.

Christmas_Cheer

I love the "old Santa" look of the card; but you can see that I couldn't pass up a little shimmer over the embossed flowers.  The embossed flowers were created in the Big Shot using the Petals-a-Plenty Textured Impressions embossing folder and a piece of Bravo Burgundy cardstock.  After embossing, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint was lightly sponged across the petals.  The edges of the Bravo Burgundy panel were sponged with Bravo Burgundy Classic ink.  The embossed flowers panel is attached to a panel of Not Quite Navy cardstock punched with the Eyelet Border punch.  The edges of the Not Quite Navy cardstock were sponged with Not Quite Navy Classic ink. 

Across these panels is a piece of Kraft Taffeta ribbon and the big "Wow" for this card.  In order to save ribbon, a 10 1/2" piece was tied around the cap of a Stampin' Mist bottle and tied in a knot, leaving equal ends of ribbon hanging from the knot.  Slide the loop from the cap and cut the loop in half.  There's your knot for the front of the card!  Place a glue dot under the knot and press it in place on the card front.  Apply SNAIL to the ends of the ribbon and fold them under the Not Quite Navy panel.  Then adhere the panels to the card front.  How cool is that??!!  

The Santa stamp comes from the Level 2 Hostess Set, Christmas Punch.  It's stamped with Basic Brown on Very Vanilla cardstock and punched with the 1 1/4" square punch.  The edges are distressed and sponged with Basic Brown, and then adhered to a 1 3/8" punched square of Bravo Burgundy sponged with Bravo Burgundy Classic.  The edges of Kraft cardstock card front were sponged with Basic Brown.  The Santas were then adhered to the card front with SNAIL. 

The Kraft envelope was stamped with the Santas along the left front edge of the envelope using Basic Brown ink. 

Christmas_Cheer_Envelope 

As you can see, this eye-catching card is pretty simple to make; especially in bulk.  While the stamp set isn't available for purchase, it can be earned by hosting a Stampin' Up! workshop with at least $300 in merchandise sales OR by placing an order for at least $300 in merchandise.  

This week's Online Extravaganza makes it easy to combine your holiday shopping with your Christmas card supply order.  To take advantage of the 30% to 50% savings, check out the Online Extravaganza by clicking on the link on the left side of this page OR by going to the Stampin' Up! website.   
Robertssiggy 

Stamps:  Christmas Punch; Inks:  Basic Brown, Bravo Burgundy Classic, Not Quite Navy Classic, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint; Cardstock:  Bravo Burgundy, Kraft, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla; Embellishments:  Kraft Taffeta ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Snips, Paper Cutter/Scorer, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates and Multi-Purpose Platform, Petals-a-Plenty Textured Impressions embossing folder, Sponge, Sponge dauber, 1 1/4" square punch, 1 3/8" square punch, Edge Distresser (Cutter Kit), Eyelet Border punch; Other:  Medium Kraft envelope

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Cindy E.

Love the colors in this!

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