Carols of Christmas Handmade Card

Carols of Christmas Today I am sharing a card that one of my team members made using the new Carols of Christmas stamp set which will be available in August.  How can it almost be August??

Perfect timing for my Christmas in July Class this Friday!  I love being part of a Stamping Team.  My group, Stamping New England gets together once a month to design projects for upcoming classes.  I can’t believe the variety of ideas that two different people can design using the same cardstock and stamp set.

The Carols of Christmas stamp set is beautiful and I can already envision so many beautiful cards with it.

Carols of Christmas stamp setAnd what really makes this set special is the thinlits that are also available.  They are beautiful!
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Here are the details on this card:
The card base is made with a 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece of Dapper Denim cardstock scored at 4 1/4″.  The first layer is a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″.  The outline thinlit was used around the edge of this piece of cardstock.  (You will need to run this piece of cardstock thru the Big Shot twice to outline the whole layer).  I love the detailed cuttings on this thinlit..  I see some great frames for Family Christmas pictures!  Margaret used scraps of Gold Foil and Gold Glimmer paper behind the detailed cutouts along the edge of the frame.

The next layer is the gold embossed piece of Dapper Denim Designer paper that is part of the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Paper.  This piece is cut to 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″. Next is a set of pine trees cut using the pine tree thinlit with Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper.

Last is a piece of Whisper white cardstock stamped with “Peace on Earth” and Versamark ink and embossed with Gold Embossing powder.  This sentiment is cut out with the Layering Ovals framelits.

These are the products used for this project.  The Carols of Christmas stamp set will be available to order on
August 1st (146037).
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Ready to place an order?  If you are in the US and don’t have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would love to be your demonstrator.  If your order is under $150, use the hostess code PVD36PFP and I will send you a sampler of the new Be Merry Christmas paper.  Of course if your order is over $150, then collect the hostess benefits for yourself.  I love to share the host benefits with my loyal customers!

Thanks for stopping by Marilyn’s Creative Playground and checking out my project made with the Carols of Christmas stamp set.


FREE Stamps anyone??

FREE stamps anyone??  It is Christmas in July!

Have you ever thought about becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator?  I can easily say that signing up to be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator was the best decision that I have made.  In 17 years I have made the best friends all while doing something that I love! 

There are so many advantages to signing up to be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator:
1.  Work on your schedule – this is the perfect job to allow you to spend quality time with your family but make a little extra money!
2.  Earn a discount on all the high quality Stampin’ Up! product and be the first to see the new releases of product!
3.  Make new friends while building a business

As a demonstrator you’ll earn 20 – 25% income on everything you sell; plus, when you meet certain benchmarks you can also earn commissions on your team members’ sales. 

Even better, during the month of July, Stampin’ Up! is offering a fantastic special – they are adding $72 in product to the Starter Kit!  That is nearly $200 in product for the price of a $99 Starter kit!  What could be better? How about a FREE Christmas stamp set from the upcoming Holiday catalog?  Check out the details on the additional product HERE.

Ready to check it out?  Check out my team page HERE.  I have a fantastic team!  Join the fun today!

Questions?  Send me a message or give me a quick call!


Use one Sketch to make two different Cards

use one sketch to make two different cardsToday I am sharing two cards that were made from the same stamp set and Designer paper using one sketch to make two different cards.

My Stamping friend Jeannie and I were working on ideas for a Christmas in July class using the new Stampin’ Up!  Be Merry Designer Series Paper and the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set.

We picked a random sketch from a stack of MojoMonday sketches that I keep around for inspiration.  And as you can see our two cards are very different!

Need inspiration??  I love sketches!  I chose a sketch that has an element that matches the stamp set that I want to use.  In this case Santa’s Sleigh.  Then we selected the Be Merry Designer paper which coordinates with Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green cardstocks and inks.  Did you know that Stampin’ Up! prints the colors for each designer paper on the back of the package??  I love that.  So when I am designing using a specific paper, I just pull a couple of pieces of each color of cardstock and pick out those inks.   Then it is time to design!

So the Reindeer card is made with a Cherry Cobbler Base, a layer of Whisper White and then a layer of the cute little reindeer pattern from the  Be Merry designer series paper.

The second card uses Garden Green cardstock as the base with a layer of Chocolate Chip cardstock and the small triangle pattern in Garden Green that looks like trees.  I have found that if you are working with green shades, brown can be a really good color to use as a layer to set off the pattern of the designer series paper.  For this card, the design is flipped to be landscape to accommodate  the sleigh and the tree.  The Sleigh is cut from Red Glimmer paper to add a little bling to the card.  After all, what is a card without bling?

Want to make these cards?  Here are the supplies!

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Ready to place an order? I would love to be your Demonstrator if you are in the US. If your order is under $150 use the Hostess code PVD36PFP and I will send you a 6x6 sampler of the Be Merry Designer Series paper.  I love to share the Host Benefits with my customers!  Of course if your order is over $150, claim your own hostess benefits!

Happy Stamping!

So Which Card do you like better??

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3D Poinsettia Christmas Card

Today I am sharing three 3D Poinsettia cards made with the Stampin’ Up! Reason for the Season stamp set and the Festive Flower Builder Punch.  I purchased the Reason for the Season set and coordinating Festive Flower Builder Punch last fall when it came out since poinsettias are my favorite Christmas flower.  But unfortunately I never got the chance to use the set.  So last week I decided to pull out some of the Christmas sets that I had purchased last year but didn’t have time to use.  So they were incorporated into my Christmas in July class for this year!

So here we are.  I am loving this new Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate.  This product is a window sheet with designs stamped in gold and silver.  If you use one side it is gold and flip it over, it is silver.  What a great idea!  I can see some really pretty wedding invites with this acetate too!  Ok – so for the details of these cards. 

I made this card using the 3 different shades of pink cardstock.  The top left is Blushing Bride, then Flirty Flamingo and then Pink Pirouette cardstocks.  For each card, I used the coordinating ink to stamp the poinsettia petals.  The leaves are Garden Green card stock with Garden Green ink.
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The base of each card is the color of the flower for that card.  Then I layered a 5 1/4″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock.  Next is a piece of the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate cut to the same size as the white piece. 

The large flower is made using 8 Large petals stamped and punched from the Blushing Bride cardstock.  There are 4 medium petals stamped and punched and 2 of the small double petals.  I used a 1 1/4″ circle (the size of the circle doesn’t matter) to build the flower.  The Fine Tip Glue Pen was used to put the flowers together.

The smaller flower is 8 Medium petals and 2 small double petals.

I used the Christmas Greetings thinlits to cut out the Peace and Merry from Silver and Gold foil to match the side of the acetate that I used.

And to make it easier I recorded a video with all the details.

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I hope you have enjoyed my 3D Poinsettia cards today!

Did I mention that Poinsettias are my favorite Holiday flower?  What is your Holiday flower?

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Christmas in July is Here!

It is time for the Stamping New England Design Team’s Christmas in July projects again!  This year the Stamping New England Design Team is using the This Christmas designer series paper with the Stampin’ Up! Embellished Ornaments stamp set and Delicate Ornaments thinlits.  I love the cards that we have designed for this month!  Lots of great new and unique techniques for the beautiful Embellished Ornaments stamp set.

Embellished Ornaments Collage

This tutorial includes 12 card designs and one ornament design for using the Embellished Ornaments stamp set and Delicate Ornaments thinlits with the This Christmas Designer Series Paper.
And there are two ways to get these instructions:

1.  Make a purchase of the Embellished Ornaments stamp set (139759), the Delicate Ornament Thinlits (139667) and This Christmas Designer Series paper (141628) from my online store HERE.  Send me a message and I will send your the link for the card patterns for FREE!

2.  Purchase my Christmas in July Tutorial for $11.95.  This includes lifetime access to a FREE video showing you how to make a card with a Shaker Ornament! 

Ready to place an order?  If your order is under $150 then use the Hostess code FAXV2DPB   and receive a sampler of the new in color ribbons from me.  Of course if your order is over $150 collect the hostess benefits for yourself!  I love to share the hostess benefits with my customers!
Until next time!

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Christmas in July card

shaker ornament Christmas cardToday I am sharing a Shaker Card that I made using the Embellished Ornaments stamp set from Stampin’ Up for my upcoming Christmas in July Class!  Since Stampin’ Up! has come out with the new Foam Adhesive Strips (141825).

This card was inspired by this week’s Mojo Monday sketch.  As soon as I saw this sketch I thought of a shaker card!mojo456  When I saw this sketch I thought of two potential shaker cards.  One with a Christmas ornament and another with a large flower such as a Dahlia.  If I have time I will make the Dahlia card later this week.

Anyway – the details for this card:
Card base:  Whisper White cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5 1/2″.  The background layer is a piece of Blushing Bride cardstock cut to 5 3/8″ x
4 1/8″.  I embossed this layer with the Softly Falling embossing folder.   Attach this layer to the top of the whisper white card base.

Next I used a piece of the This Christmas Designer Series paper for this Christmas project.  I choose the garden green plaid paper cut to 3 1/4″ x 4″.  I used the long thin ornament from the Delicate Ornaments thinlits that match the Embellished Ornaments stamp set to cut an ornament shape out of the designer paper.  I used my handy Fast Fuse Adhesive to attach a 2 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ piece of a window sheet to the back of the ornament.  This is what will hold in your shaker items.

Next I used the new Foam Adhesive Strips to outline the ornament on the back of the piece over the window sheet. I used sequins that I pulled off of the Stampin’ Up! sequin pieces.  I used a mix of Blushing Bride, Silver and Gold Sequins.  I used several dimensionals on each corner of the square to hold the edges of the piece down.  This piece is applied to the front of the card on a diagonal.  Next I cut a small poinsettia and an ornament topper from a scrap of Blushing Bride Glimmer paper.  I tied a small piece of the 3/8″ silver ribbon thru the ornament topper and used a dimensional to attach it to the top of the ornament and the fine tip glue pen to glue the poinsettia on the front of the ornament. ornament cu

Next I cut a 1″ x 3″ piece of t he diagonal stripped designer paper.  I stamped the message “Thinking of you at Christmas” with Cherry Cobbler ink and embossed it with Clear embossing powder.

Last but not least is the bling!  I randomly added sets of 3 Rhinestone jewels around the edge of the card to look like snow.

Here is a video that I made showing how I made this Shaker Card:

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Did I mention that pink and green is my favorite non-traditional Christmas Color combination.  What is yours?

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Christmas in July & Weekly Specials

The Stamping New England Design Team has been really busy and have designed the following projects with new Holiday products to celebrate Christmas in July!

Christmas In July
These projects use the Lots of Joy Stamp set and Merry Moments Designer paper from the new Catalog.  Check out the VIDEO  that I recorded on how to make a Flip Card without thinlits!
Place an order for $50 or more and receive the instructions for these projects for FREE.  Just send me a message after you place your order and I will send you the link for the tutorials.
These projects use the following Basic Items:
  • Lots of Joy Stamp set (129466)
  • Merry Moments Designer paper (138450)
  • Merry Moments Cardstock Pack (139007)
  • Whisper White Cardstock (100730)
  • Crumb Cake Cardstock (120953)
  • Old Olive Ink (126953)
  • Cherry Cobbler Ink (119685)
  • Tree Punch (135859)
Other Items to embellish your projects:White Christmas collage
  • Rhinestone Jewels (119246)
  • Red Glimmer Paper (121790)
  • Gold Glimmer Paper (133719)
  • Silver Foil (132178)
  • Gold Foil (132622)
  • Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder (132174)
  • Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder (133739)

Love the White Christmas Stamp set from last year??  Don’t forget about these projects using White Christmas stamp set.  I love this versatile stamp set for the Winter.  Here are 5 Projects using this stamp set for just $7.95.    Just substitute the new Designer paper.

Ready to place an order?  If your order is under $150, then use the hostess code Q3C6ZXXC and I will send you a ribbon sampler.  Of course, if your order is over $150 – collect the hostess benefits for yourself!   Also – don’t forget to check out the following Weekly Specials and Clearance Rack!

Weekly Specials – Week of July 28th to August 4th

 Don't forget to use the Hostess Code Q3C6ZXXC and receive a FREE ribbon sampler from me!

I hope you have enjoyed the Christmas in July Projects from the Stamping New England Design Team!