Christmas is Giving

As we approach the season of giving, many of us take time out to donate our time and money to the charities that are most meaningful to us. As members of Eastern Star, Amaranth, and the Masonic Lodge, we frequently start with the charities those organizations support– primarily American Cancer Society and Diabetes Research. As part of this, most years I create and teach a Christmas Card Fundraiser for Eastern Star. The participants will create 20 cards, 4 each of 5 designs with the proceeds going to American Cancer Society or the charity designated that year by the Chapter. For 2016- I designed 2 cards using a mix of new product and retired product I had on hand.
This utilized 3 pieces of Designer Series Paper. The Santa and the Reindeer were fussy cut out and added to other piece of DSP to create a scene. I added a pearl to the reindeer’s nose (yes – it looks better red- I colored it red with SU markers and it rubbed off with handling 🙁 ) For Santa I added  a pompom cut from the Whisper White Mini Pompom Trim. The sentiment was stamped on Delightful Dijon Cardstock with Real Red ink and the holly was added to the upper left corner with Always Artichoke and Garden Green ink. Last I sponged the edges with real red ink.


The next card is a trifold quasi- joy fold card that also uses the Home for christmas DSP from the 2015 Holiday Catalog. The stamped images are from the Oh, what Fun stamp set. I used Always Artichoke and Delightful Dijon for the stamping and sponged with Real Red. The Real Red Stitched Edge Ribbon is from the 2016 Holiday catalog and is so delightful to use.  Here is what the card looks like opened up.img_2831-for-web

The other 3 cards used all new product from the 2016 Holiday Catalog. My first of this set the Hang your Stocking Stamp set and the Christmas Stockings Framelits. I had fun with this. I cased a card created by my daughter Jennifer Blomquist for this one. It uses White Glimmer cardstock under the detailed stocking die . Another fun detail is the Irresistably Floral Specialty Designer paper. I love the way the embossed florals adds so much to the design. Such a simple card and super easy to do but the little details add so much. -like the stitched smoky slate ribbon.



img_2832-for-webThe next of my all new product cards is this one with the Delightful Bells form the Seasonal Bells stamp set. I don’t normally use embossing powder much but when I saw the new glitter embossing powders – I just had to play. So I stamp and embossed all the bells in this set in Whisper White, Delightful Dijon, Emerald Envy and Real Red then punched them out with the new Bell Punch. When I was done I had a huge pile of bells and no card design- oops! I decided on these three bells grouped them together and fiddled around with various backgrounds, dsp and colors of cardstock for the base. After feedback from friends and family this is the design that finally emerged. Really like that Emerald Envy 3/8″ taffeta ribbon from the 2016 Holiday catalog. It looks cool and is a dream to work with. The sentiment ended up being embossed with gold because the glitter embossing powders just didn’t look right. The Music DSP at the bottom is the B side of a piece of DSP from the This Christmas Specialty DSP from the Annual catalog.







For my final card, I used the Merriest Wishes Stamp set and the Merry Tags Framelits. I die cut the tag from Emerald Envy, Whisper White and chocolate chip cardstock. To piece the tree together, I placed a piece of scotch tape over the back of the tree only (not the star) then when i dropped in the white and chocolate chip pieces they adhered to the tape and were firmly in place. For the star at the top, I simple taped a scrap of the gold behind the hole.  I used the Pine Bough Embossing Folder on a piece of Crumb cake and lightly sponged it with Emerald Envy ink. Stamped the sentiment in the lower right with Cherry Cobbler ink. I used some of the gold twine to hang the ornament and embellished with a piece of red striped ribbon.

Thank you for joining me.  ‘Til next time…Happy Stamping!


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