Video Tutorial: Can Any Colour Be A Christmas Colour?

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video attempts to answer the question … can ANY colour be a Christmas colour?

You’ll need:

Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
Mat layer: 4 x 5.25”
Border layer: 3.25 x 4.5”
White: 3-1/8 x 4-3/8”

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So, what do you think – can ANY colour be a Christmas colour? Be sure to let me know your opinion in the comments! And if you’ve made a Christmas card with untraditional colours, please share that too – I love to see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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How does she do it?! Tips for Mass Card Production

Earlier this week, I had my biggest Mailout Monday EVER, sending out over 130 handmade Christmas cards!

As you can imagine, it took a long time to gather everyone’s mailing addresses, sign all the cards, and get everything labelled and ready to mail. But believe it or not, it didn’t take all that long to make all the cards.

I know!! Shocking but true. I thought that this year, I’d take you behind the curtain and show you a little bit about how I manage these mass productions, and at the same time, bid a fond farewell to some of this year’s retiring holiday products. Even if your mailing list isn’t as enormous as mine – perhaps you only need to send 5 or 10 cards instead of 130  – I hope you will find these tips helpful!

Tip One: Never Make Just One Card
If you’re sitting down to make a birthday card for a friend, why not make two – or five or six? You’ve already designed the card and inked up the stamps, so make the most of those efforts and prep a few more to have on hand. You can always leave the sentiment off until you know what you’re using the card for, but that way you won’t be caught short if something comes up and you don’t have time to start from scratch.

Tip Two: Make the Most of the Christmas Spirit
At this time of year, you likely already have Christmas stamps, paper, embellishments, and cardstock on hand. Rather than putting it all on the shelf to gather dust until next year, spend some time this holiday season crafting, creating, and using up that stash. Choose your favourite designs from the cards you’ve made recently to get the most out of work you’ve already done – especially, choosing cards that were quick to mass-produce. Got half a pack of Snowflake Splendor DSP left? Choose a few favourite designs and spend a day getting a start on next year’s holiday cards. Your future self will thank you for it!

Tip Three: Shop the Sales
Moreover, if you’re not quite ready to say goodbye to that beautiful paper yet, get an extra pack of it at a discount! Many of the holiday papers are available at 10-50% off, only while supplies last. If there’s paper you love that you are already confident crafting with, pick up an extra pack and craft the wintry days away!

Tip Four: Embrace Versatility
When you get to the point where you’re sure you have WAY more Christmas cards than you’ll ever need – or maybe, you feel like if you see one more Christmas card, you’re going to sprout a red reindeer nose – consider other uses for your holiday paper and products. For example, you can use Brightly Gleaming to make a batch of masculine cards, and there are plenty of other uses for In the Pines stamp set, too.

Tip Five: Have Fun with Fussy
You know those cards that are a little bit fussier to make? Maybe they require a lot of die-cutting, or a stampin’ technique that’s several steps long. Sometimes those cards feel like they’re more “worth it” if you’re making twenty of them instead of two. Some good examples are heat embossing, watercolour backgrounds, baby wipe technique, double-stamping with Stamparatus … etc.  I feel way more motivated to haul out my specialty tools if I’m making a whole batch of cards instead of just a handful – and it’s nice to have some WOW cards in my stash!

Tip Six: Plan Your Die-Cutting
Speaking of die-cutting, I try to have two or more dies in place with every run-though on my machine. This might mean that I’m cutting white circles for sentiments on one batch of cards, and stamped flowers for another batch of cards, and red rectangles for a third batch of cards – all at the same time. Once I finish the die-cutting, I’ve got the shapes to finish all three batches of cards at once, in one-third the time.

Tip Seven: Use Those Scraps!
Once you get down to the itsy bitsy bits of your DSP, it’s time to make some scrappy strips cards! Be sure to check out all these other fun layouts for DSP, as well!

What’s your favourite tip for mass production? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Don’t forget that many of the products in today’s post are retiring soon and are only available while supplies lastContact me today to order yours, or shop 24/7 at my online store. Happy Stampin’!

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Blog Hop: Christmas in July!

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I’m participating in another blog hop with The Crafty Medic, and today we’re celebrating Christmas in July!

The new August to December Mini Catalogue goes live on August 4th, so it’s a perfect time to take a peek at all the wonderful holiday goodness that’s headed our way next month. (And of course, we lucky demonstrators can order from this catalogue already!)

I was so happy to see that the beautiful Christmas Gleaming bundle, along with the Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper, is returning this year. This was one of my top picks from last year’s holiday catalogue, and Stampin’ Up! has brought it back for us to enjoy again! The copper foil accents in the Brightly Gleaming paper are absolutely stunning, and it’s so quick and easy to put a card together with the stamp set and co-ordinating punches.

To show off more of this gorgeous paper, I put together a scrappy strips card as well. This big bold Christmas Greetings stamp is now retired, unfortunately, but it’s still a favourite in my craft room! I think the sentiment from Winter Woods stamp set would also look really good here.

Another thing I love about the Brightly Gleaming paper is that you could use it all year round! Here, I’ve used the less-sparkly side of the paper to make a masculine birthday card. Once I started playing with this paper, I couldn’t stop!

I hope you’ll follow the link below to see the other Christmas projects, and get excited about what’s coming in just ten more days!! (But who’s counting!!)

And remember, you have a few more days to get in on Bonus Days. For every $60 you spend in July (before tax and shipping), you’ll earn a $6 coupon to use in August – when you’ll be able to order from the annual catalogue AND the new August-December mini! I’ll be placing an order this coming Monday (July 27), so if you need anything be sure to contact me before then, or shop online and use hostess code H2HUA3ET.

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2019 Christmas Card Gallery

You all know that I love making and sending handmade cards. Did you know that at this time of year, something truly magical happens …. and I receive many beautiful handmade cards from friends, teammates, and customers? Today I’m going to show off all the handmade cards I received for Christmas this year.

The two cards above are from Angela (left) and Nita (right). I had to include this thank-you card from Nita, even though it’s not technically a Christmas card, because it uses some of my favourite paper from the holiday catalogue, Feels Like Frost. That paper was SO popular that Stampin’ Up! is bringing it back in next year’s holiday catalogue – so if you missed out, don’t worry! It’s only eight months until it comes available again! 😀

This beautiful Z-fold card is from my friend Arvon, who used Perennial Essence DSP from the annual catalogue, and the Frosted Frames dies from the holiday catalogue. What a great combination of products! The silver foil, glimmer paper, and sparkly embellishments really add sparkle to this special card.

I love the way Betina has created a whole scene with the trees, snowflakes, and Jolly Season dies! What a beauty.

The card on the left is from my friend and teammate Claire, who used Feels Like Frost paper along with the Christmas Gleaming bundle to create this silvery, sparkly card. Her silver embossing is just gorgeous! The card on the right is from Liz, using beautiful gold foil and retired paper to create a stunning shaker card.

My friend and fellow demonstrator Madeleine sent me this adorable card using the Merry Moose bundle! This is another product that Stampin’ Up! have promised to bring back next year. I love the way Madeleine layered all the different elements to create this card!

I received this card from the Random Act of Kindness group I belong to, and have lost the name of who sent it. I love that she has created a picturesque scene using only the Frosted Frames dies and the Feels Like Frost paper – great example of how a card does not have to be complicated to be striking!

On the left, the card from my friend Shellie traveled all the way from the frozen north of the Yukon to brighten my day here in Nanaimo. On the right, teammate Vikki’s shaker card is simply stunning!

Friend and teammate Stephanie used the gorgeous Brightly Gleaming DSP to create the card on the left. (That’s another paper Stampin’ Up! is bringing back next year – hooray!) Friend and fellow demonstrator Heather used the amazing Puff Paint and Peaceful Boughs bundle to create the card on the right. I love them both!

Friend Tricia used the Night Before Christmas Memories and More card pack to create this simple, lovely card.

My friend Trudy is known for creating striking cards, and she certainly delivered with this beautiful card (left). On the right, my friend Dawn has used the Most Wonderful Time medley to create this lovely, peaceful card.

I hope you enjoyed looking through my Christmas Card Gallery! I sure had fun receiving all these beauties – if one of them is from you, thank you so much! I’ve added the shopping list below, as some of these products are still available for a couple more days; the holiday catalogue ends on January 2nd, to make room for the Spring Mini and Sale-a-Bration catalogues which start on January 3rd. Look for a new post that day about my top picks from the Spring Mini catalogue!

Happy New Year, and Happy Stampin’!
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Video: Christmas Gleaming Card

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video features a simple yet stunning card using products from the 2019 Stampin’ Up! holiday catalogue.

You’ll need:

Very Vanilla card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
Night of Navy cardstock: 4 x 5.25″
Very Vanilla cardstock: 3.75 x 5″

Scraps of Night of Navy and Mossy Meadow cardstock, Christmas Gleaming DSP, and Copper Foil sheets

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Thanks for tuning in today! Happy Stampin’!

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