Handmade Fall Card

handmade fall cards   



Today I am sharing one of my favorite handmade fall cards from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog using the Country Home stamp set.  This card uses the Country Lane Designer series paper which has some great fall colors in it.  Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Early Espresso is one of my favorite color combinations for fall!

The Country Lane  DSP has a beautiful combination of Crushed Curry, greens, purple and brown shades.  Perfect for fall.  I was thinking perfect for making a Thanksgiving table come together with napkin rings and little favor ideas.

   What I love about the Country Home Stamp set is the variety of 
images and the way that they layer together to make a beautiful focal point for a card.  

Let’s move onto the details for this card.

The base of this card is a 11″ x 4 1/4″ piece of Crushed Curry cardstock scored at 5 1/2″.  The next layer is a 5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″ piece of Early Espresso cardstock. 

The next layer is made up of two pieces, a 3″ x 3 3/4″ piece of Cajun Craze cardstock and a 3 3/4″ x 2″ piece of the Country Lane DSP with the Cotton Flower pattern.  The cajun craze cardstock has been embossed with the Tin Tile embossing folder.  As a person who has lived most of her life in antique houses, I love this folder..  My farmhouse had a Tin Ceiling in the kitchen.  

The center piece is a 2 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ piece of Whisper white cardstock layered onto a 2 3/8″ x 3 3/8″ piece of Early Espresso cardstock.  I stamped the milk jug on an extra piece of Whisper White cardstock with Black Momento ink.  I added the flower arrangement on top and colored the flowers and the milk jug with Stampin’ Up!’s Blends markers.   Next I cut out the milk jug and flowers very carefully and then added them to the center piece of the card.  I used dimensionals to make this piece pop!  Then I used the light Pool Party Blend marker to color behind the flowers and milk jug to give it  a little depth.  Then I added a couple of the Silver Faceted Gems to the bottom right side of the card.

On the inside of the card, I added a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock and stamped the flower arrangement.  I also colored those with the Stampin’ Up! Blends markers.  I think this does a lot to finish off this card!.

This is why the Country Home Suite is my favorite fall stamp set and DSP combination from the Holiday catalog.

Thanks for stopping by today!  

Handmade Holiday card

Alpine Adventure  Today I am sharing a handmade Holiday card that I created using the Stampin’ Up! Alpine Adventure Stamp set and framelits.  This set is so cute and perfect for those friends of yours that are big winter sports enthusiasts.

This set has stamps covering a lot of winter sports; skis, toboggan, snow shoes and couple of background images with  Holiday sentiments.  And if you purchase the bundle with the framelits included you can easily cut out your images.  

This card uses the Festive Farmhouse Designer series paper.  I love the winter themed patterns in this DSP set.

Here are the details of this card!

The card base is a piece of 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ Cherry Cobbler card stock scored at 4 1/4″.  The second later is a 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ piece of Smokey Slate card stock with the Wood Grain pattern from the Festive Farmhouse DSP cut to 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″.  

Next I stamped the skis using Soft Suede ink with Garden Green ink for the Boots.  I cut the sled out of the Wood Textures DSP.  I stamped a small wreath using Garden Green ink and Cherry Cobbler ink for the berries and cut this out with the wreath frame lit.  The sentiment “Christmas Greetings” is stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink on the bottom right of the card.

The sleigh is layered onto a piece of the Joyous Noel DSP with the pine bough design cut out with the layering oval framelits.  I used the next larger scallop framelit from the Layering Oval Framelit set to cut a piece of Green Glimmer paper to cut a larger scalloped oval.  Did you see the Cherry, Green and Copper Glimmer paper in the Holiday catalog?!!!  Every project should have some sparkle!!

Last but not least, I stamped a set of snow shoes using Soft Suede ink and cut those out.  I added a piece of Gray Granite cardstock to the inside of the card with a 1″ x 4″ strip of the Festive Farmhouse DSP.  The “Christmas Blessings” is stamped from the Merry Christmas to all stamp set.  What a great Greeting set for the Holiday season!

I hope that you have liked my card today.  Below is the supply list for this card.
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Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Stamping!

Handmade First Frost Cards

I am so excited about our Creative Crafters’ Escape this Saturday – I am featuring 4 handmade First Frost cards that I made with the Frosted Floral Specialty DSP and the Stampin’ Up!  First Frost Stamp Set.  My team and I have been planning a full day stamping event every 4 months and our next one is this Saturday September 15th.  A Full day of Crafting fun with lots of great ideas featuring the new products in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog!

These are 4 quick cards that I made with the First Frost stamp set for the make-n-takes for the day.  So all participants will go home with these four gorgeous cards!

This new Designer paper – Frosted Floral Specialty Designer paper is absolutely beautiful!  The designs are printed on a White Shimmer paper so have a gorgeous sheen with lots of sparkle!

This DSP is perfect for shimmery winter cards and scrapbook pages.

Our full day events which we call Creative Crafters’ Escape is for any papercrafter fanatics!  Even if you are not in the Boston area, we will be offering our classes online next week!  So stay tuned!  















I can’t wait to share more projects with you next week!  I love these events and am always inspired by all the beautiful projects that my team and customers design with these products!

You can check out these products at my online store.

The Holiday Catalog is LIVE

Good Morning Stampers!  Today – September 5th the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is LIVE!!  What a fun day!



There are so many great ideas to share from this new catalog.  Click HERE to see an online copy of the Catalog!  Need a paper copy?  If you have ordered from me this past year – you should have received a copy in the mail.  If you didn’t receive a copy or are new to me – send me an email at marilyn.sanclemente@comcast.net and I will get a catalog to you in the mail!

Also – for the Month of September – Stampin’ Up! has the DASHING ALONG HOST PROMOTION going on.  Do you love gorgeous Designer Series Paper? If you said “Yes” then September is the time to get your friends together and collect orders.  Right now if you host a party with $250 in sales, you will earn the exclusive Dashing Along Designer Series Paper for FREE. This offer ends on September 30, so don’t wait! Get ready to take advantage of this exciting offer today!


Ready to place an order?  If your order is under $150 then use the Hostess code V7MGM9GY and receive a package of embellishments from me.  Of course if your order is over $150 collect the hostess benefits for yourself.   I love to share Host rewards with my customers!

As always – give me a call with any stamping questions!

Using One Sketch – Two very different Cards

Today I am going to share how easy it is to design 2 very different cards using one sketch. Cauldron Bubble Witch card These are two very different cards that are made with products from the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog that goes on sale on Wednesday September 5th!

Here is the sketch that I used.  I like going back to the mojo Monday sketches – even though no new sketches are being published there is a great library of sketches to choose from.









This really cute Witch is made using the new Cauldron Bubble Stamp set and coordinating Cauldron Framelits dies.  The designer paper is Toil &  Trouble.  One of the really cool things about this stamp set and the framelits is that the framelits that cut out the stamped image but also the witch, hat and cauldron images from the designer paper!   Here is a closeup of the Witch card with the bow.

Can you tell which images I cut out from Designer paper and which ones I colored with the new Stampin’ Up! Blends markers?

Here is my Country Home Cardsecond card using the Country Home Stamp set and the Country Lane Designer Series Paper. 

As you can see I have a 2″ x 5 1/2″ piece of DSP along the bottom of both cards.  For the Country Home card, I did layer the DSP onto a piece of Blackberry Bliss cardstock that is the same size and trimmed 1/8″ off the DSP.   The DSP layer at the top right of the card is 2″ x 3″.

The focal point of the card is a approximately 2″ x 3 1/2″.  For the Country Home card, I fussy cut the image and didn’t use a piece of cardstock below it.  The image was large enough that it didn’t need a separate piece.

So which card do you like better??

Don’t forget the new Holiday catalog goes online on Wednesday the 5th!

Happy Stamping!

Variations on a Theme

Variation on a themeToday I am sharing a card that one of my downline’s, Margaret made.  She is one of the very talented designers on my team!  I have a great team!

Margaret designed the original silver card with the Pool Party Cardstock, Bermuda Bay layer and the silver snowflakes and silver Foil. 

I love this card and the way that she used half of a silver foil snowflake below the embossed snowflake.  Since the Foil Snowflakes from the Year of Cheer suite come in Silver and Gold, I wanted to try this card with the Gold Foil and the Gold Snowflake. 
I found 2 color combinations that I liked with the gold.  The first is a Powder Pink cardstock base with a layer of Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  The second is a Sweet Sugarplum cardstock base with a Cherry Cobbler cardstock layer. 

Here are the details on this card.  The card base is a 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece of cardstock scored at 4 1/4″ and folded in half to form the card base.  The second layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ piece of coordinating color of cardstock.  Next is a 4″ x 2 1/2″ piece of the Merry Music Designer Series Paper from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog. Next is a 4″ x 2 1/2″ piece of Silver Foil that is embossed with the Winter Wonder textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  A Foil Snowflake is cut in half and matched up with the embossed snowflake.  Then I used a piece of Pool Party ribbon for the Silver card and a piece of the Gold Metallic edged ribbon for the Gold versions.

The Message is stamped from the Snowflake Sentiment stamp set and cut with the stitched Circles framelits.  I cut two swirls from the Swirly Snowflake Thinlits dies in silver and gold.

That’s it!  A striking card that is now too difficult.

So which color combination do you like best?

Happy Stamping!

Merry Little Christmas Handmade Card

Today I am sharing one of the handmade Christmas card that I made using the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper and the Merry Little Labels Stamp Set by Stampin’ Up! for a swap in Salt Lake City at OnStage.  This handmade Christmas card is a center step fold card.

I love the elegant look of this Black and White Card for Christmas. This is most definitely a step out of the box for me with a handmade Christmas Card!  

Here are the details of this card!
Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock to 4 1/4″ x 11″.
See below for a diagram for cutting the sides and the steps on the card. 

Warning – I had to cut this pattern a couple of times to get it right.  Then I would mark a piece and keep it as a pattern for the future!







1.  Score the cardstock at 4 1/2" and at 10".
2.  At the 9" mark - score in on each side 1".  To do this you will want to use the clear ruler that is on the top of your paper cutter.  Score into 1" and then raise the ruler and move the scoring blade to the 3 1/4" mark on the top ruler. Score to the other edge.
3.  Next at the 5 1/2" mark, raise the ruler and move your scoring blade in to the 1" mark on the top clear ruler and score to the 3 1/4" mark.
4.  Next Turn your cardstock and line up the side at the 1" mark.  Raise the clear ruler and cut in 1" from the edge of the score line at the 4 1/2" mark to the edge of the score line at the 10" mark.  Flip the cardstock and repeat on the other side.
Fold along the score lines.  You finished piece will look like this:



Now the fun part!  Time to decorate!

The two Side panels are 1" x 4 1/2".  So I cut a layer of Basic Black cardstock to 7/8" x 4 3/8" and a piece of the the Merry Little Christmas DSP to 3/4" x 4 1/4".

The Center panel is 2 1/4" x 4 1/2".  The Basic Black layer is 2 1/8" x 4 3/8" and the DSP is 2" x 4 1/4".  The front is 1" x 4 1/4".  The Basic Black layer is 7/8" x 4 1/8" with a 4" x 3/4" layer of Whisper White and a 5/8" x 3 7/8" piece of Black DSP.

The "Let it Snow" is stamped with the Merry Little Labels stamp set.  I used Basic Black Archival ink on Whisper White cardstock.  This is layered onto a label cut using the punch on a piece of Basic Black Cardstock.  This label is layered on a piece of the Silver Glimmer paper cut from a medium die using the Lots of Label Framelits.

Last I cut the trees from Silver Glimmer paper using the Card Front Builder dies.  The deer is cut from a scrap of soft suede cardstock.

That's it!  A stunning WOW handmade Christmas Card.   Here are the products that were used to make this card:

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3D Handmade Christmas Card

Today I am shari3D Handmade Christmas cardng a 3D Handmade Christmas card that I made using the Ready for Christmas Stamp set.  I have to admit that this card does take a little time to make.  But as soon as I saw the Ready for Christmas stamp set – this card was stuck in my head!  LOL.

Here are the details on the card:

The Card base is a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 5 1/4″ x 11″.  Score on each side at 3 1/2″.

This card uses two different Stampin’ Up! Designer papers:  The Fresh Florals and the Wood Texture DSP. 

I used a piece of 3 7/8″ x 5″ piece of Fresh Fig DSP from the Fresh Florals DSP stack.  Attach this piece to the inside center panel.  Stamp the pictures on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock.  Color in the pictures and cut them out with the coordinating framelits from the Christmas Staircase thinlits.

Fireplace:  Cut a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock to 2 1/4″ x 2 1/2″.  Use the brick pattern mask from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks.  Lay the brick mask over the Cherry Cobbler cardstock and  use a sponge dauber with Cherry cobbler ink to rub over the mask to make the brick look.  Use the Hearth & Home thinlits to cut a mantle from the Wood Texture DSP.  Cut out the separate piece to use as the mantle on the fireplace.  Trim out the window panes and the bottom piece of the window to make the hearth. Line up the brick background on the center of this panel.  Attach the Hearth over the brick background. 

Cut out 6 pieces of pine using the framelit from the Christmas Staircase thinlits and Garden green cardstock.  Add to the Fireplace Mantle.  Stamp 3 stockings with Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green ink.  Cut out with framelits.  Cut 3 small bows from a scrap of Cherry Cobbler.  Attach the stockings to the mantle with glue dots.

Next we are going to work on the staircase side of the card on the left.  Cut 2 staircases from the Wood Texture DSP. 
3D Handmade Christmas card
Stamp 2 pine swags with Garden Green ink on a piece of Garden Green cardstock.  Cut out with the coordinating thinlits from the Christmas Staircase thinlits set. NOTE:  you need to the two swags to line up – so you will flip one over and carefully fill in the swag with the pine stamp.    Stamp the little dog with Basic Black archival ink on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock and color as desired.  Also stamp the cookies from Santa.  Stamp the side table with Black ink on a scrap of Basic Black cardstock.  Cut out all of these items with the coordinating Christmas Staircase thinlits.  Attach one set of stairs to the front of the side panel.  Cut down the fold line to the top of the top step and follow the line of the stair to cut a diagonal line.  The white of the card base will be hidden behind the stairs.  Line up the second staircase and attach to the back/inside of the card.  Attach the table to the bottom of the stairs.  Attach cookies for Santa on the table top and attach the dog next to the table.  Attach one swag on th3D Handmade Christmas Carde outside of the staircase.  Attach the reverse swag to the inside of the staircase.

Last is the right side of this card.  Attach a 3 7/8″ x 5″ piece of the Powder Pink Fresh Florals DSP to the outside of the right panel.  Stamp the Christmas tree with Garden Green ink on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Stamp 8 ornaments.  Cut out the ornaments and the tree with the thinlits.  I used a scrap of Silver Glimmer paper to cut a star for the top of the tree.  I cut out 4 small squares of Quilted Christmas DSP to make the presents.  Use the thinlits to cut out matching bows for the presents.  Attach the tree to the right panel of the card using dimensionals.  Cut along the edge of the tree diagonally up the card along the tree edge.  Add the ornaments and star to the tree.  Add the presents below the tree.

Stamp the sentiment “a Wish for Everything Merry” with Cherry Cobbler ink on the inside of the right panel.  That’s it!

Here are the items that were used to make this card:

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Thanks so much for stopping by!!  I would love to see your version of this card.  If you make one post a picture in the comments below or on my FB page at  www.facebook.com/stampwithmarilyn/.  And while you are there don't forget to like my page!

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Merry Patterns Christmas Stamp set

Today I am sharing a few cards that I made with the new Merry Patterns Stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  This set is a limited addition and is FREE until  October 31st with a $300 Hostess order.  So gather your friends and let’s plan a night of Stampin’ Fun! 

These are four cards that were inspired from the Stampin’ Up! website using the Merry Patterns stamp set and some of the Holiday paper.  I did modify them slightly.





This first card was made using the Christmas Around the World Designer series paper.  “Tis the Season” is embossed with gold embossing powder.  I embossed the card base with the Oh My Stars Embossing Folder.

This second card is made with the Reindeer Stamp using Soft Suede ink on a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock.  The background paper is from the Wood Textures DSP pack.  i used a piece of the Burlap ribbon tied with a small piece of the Copper Trim.  The card base is a piece of Garden Green cardstock.

The third card is made using Real Red cardstock for the base.  I made the background on the Real Red cardstock by Stamping the Word Season in a line across the card base.   What I really like about this stamp set is the versatility of this stamp set.  The candles are a two part stamp.  That means that the outline of the candles and the patterns of the candles are two separate stamps.  This lets you use two different colors of ink to stamp the candles.  The banner in the background is cut from a piece of the Merry Music DSP.

The fourth card is also made with the candles but using the Old Olive color scheme from the Color Theory DSP stack.
The pieces under the “Merry Christmas” banner is one of the foil snowflakes from the Holiday catalog that I cut up.

I hope you have enjoyed this selection of cards today using the Merry Patterns stamp set.

Want a Stamping Class for you and your friends?  Contact me today at marilyn.sanclemente@comcast.net and we will get it scheduled so you can earn this beautiful Host Set for FREE!

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The Holiday Catalog is Here!!!

Happy September!  It’s that time of year!  The Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is here and there are some fantastic new products for the fall and Holiday season in this Catalog!


Click HERE to view the 2017 Holiday Catalog.  Also – Stampin’ Up! is offering a fantastic special between now and Oct. 31st! 


Receive the new Merry Patterns Stamp set for FREE with orders over $300!  You will LOVE this adorable set!  Watch this video to learn more and see a sneak peak of this set!


So call me today to book a Holiday party for you and your friends to make Holiday cards.  Or Host a Book Party by collecting orders from your friends.  Just give me a call and I can setup a Host Code for you!

Ready to place an order?  If your order is under$150 then use the Host code XGFXXQZR and I will share a sampler of the Painted Autumn Designer Series paper with you!  Of course if your order is over $150, then collect your own Host Benefits!


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Another Carols of Christmas Card

Carols of Christmas stamp setToday I am sharing another card made with the new Stampin’ Up! Carols of Christmas stamp set.  This set will be in the upcoming Stampin ‘ Up! Holiday Catalog but is available to order early – this month!

I love this set!!  It is so versatile and has a large variety of framelits to cut out a lot of Holiday images!









So the details on this card.  The card base is a 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock  scored at 4 1/4″ and folded in half to make the card base.  The next layer is a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Cucumber Crush cardstock.  Then a 3 3/4″ x 5″ piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The corner framelits with the poinsettias is used on the 4 corners. 

Next Stamp 4 Poinsettias with Cherry Cobbler ink and cut them out.  You can line them up the the larger poinsettia in the middle of the die or cut them out by hand.  These are layered on top of the center corner poinsettia.  And of course I added Rhinestone Jewels to add a little bling to the poinsettias!  Every card needs a little bling.

Last Stamp the sentiment “Deck the Halls” with Cherry Cobbler ink on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Cut this piece out with the large scalloped oval from Stampin’ Up!’s Layering Ovals framelits.  Cut a second larger oval from the Cucumber Crush cardstock.  Attach the sentiment to the card with dimensionals.  Stamp a Holly leaf using Cucumber Crush ink for the leaves and Cherry Cobbler ink for the berries.  Cut out with the Holly die.  Attach next to the sentiment with a glue dot!

This is one of 4 Cards that my Stamp Club members made yesterday at our monthly Stamp Club meeting.  Want card ideas in your inbox each month?  Join my stamp club and receive exclusive ideas in your email each month!  You can check out more information on my Stamp Club here.

That’s it!  A quick and easy Holiday card using the new Stampin’ Up! Carols of Christmas stamp set.  These are the products that were used to make this card.


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Ready to place an order?  If you are in the US, I would love to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  If your order is under $150, then use the Hostess Code PVD3GPFP and I will share a sampler of the Be Merry Holiday Designer Series paper with you.  Of course if your order is over $150 then keep your own hostess benefits.  I love to share Hostess benefits with my customers!

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Registration for Fall Fest full day Event & Register for Classes



I am so excited to announce the plans for our next FULL Day Crafting Retreat on Saturday October 14th!!  We have so many great things planned for the day!! 

Stamp, Scrap, Quilt – All Crafters’ are Welcome!

Event Details:
Saturday October 14th
9am to 9pm
at the Tewksbury Congregational Church
10 East Street, Tewksbury, MA

Attendees can plan on:
  • 6″ of table space available for you to work on for the day – bring your latest crafting project
  • Access to Big Shots with lots of embossing folders and dies
  • A goodie bag of items from the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog including a sampler of Autumn Harvest DSP and the “At Home with You” stamp set from the new 2017-2018 catalog   
  • 4 Classes to join – everyone will learn lots of new crafting things!
  • Inspirational Display Boards – including lots of samples using your new Stamp set!
  • Games and Raffle prizes!

Proposed Schedule:
9am – Event Starts
Muffins and fruits will be available to nibble on through the morning
A hearty lunch of Mac & Cheese with a Garden Salad will be provided
Snacks available throughout the afternoon
Appetizers & Deserts available early evening

Early Bird Registration is $75 before September 8th – $85 after September 8th
Registration will close on October 9th (we need time to order supplies)

We are offering the option to purchase the Home with You framelits that match the stamp set with your registration (at a 10% discount).

You can REGISTER HERE:


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And we have 4 fantastic classes that we are offering that day!


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We had such great reviews after the first retreat – We hope that you can join us for our Fall Fest Retreat!


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Happy August! Carols of Christmas stamp set

Carols of Christmas stamp setToday I am sharing the new Carols of Christmas stamp set that you can now order!  This is one of the new beautiful Holiday stamp sets that will be available in the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog. 

My Stamping cohort Lisa from the Stamping New England Design team made this beautiful card.

The card base is Whisper White cardstock with a layer of So Saffron Cardstock.  Next is a layer of Pacific Point cardstock that has been cut with the sky thinlits that are part of this set, so the So saffron cardstock shows thru the moon and stars…

Lisa made the snow by tearing a few scraps of Whisper White cardstock and layering them to look like snow drifts.  The trees and deer are also cut using the framelits. 

Here is a short video highlighting some of the things that you can make with the Carols of Christmas stamp set.

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.


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.


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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!
Carols of Christmas thinlits




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.





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Seasonal Bells Christmas Card

Today I am sharing a handmade Christmas card made with the Seasonal Bells and Christmas Pines stamp sets from
StSeasonal Bellsampin’ up!.  Today’s share is inspired by this week’s Global Design Challenge which is a sketch challenge.
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This is a quick and easy handmade Christmas card made with Mint Macaron cardstock.  both the card base and the top layer are cut from Mint Macaron cardstock. 

The pine boughs are stamped with White Craft ink and embossed with White embossing powder.  The star background is stamped with Mint Macaron ink in the background.   Next “Tis the Season” message is stamped with Emerald Envy ink and cut out using a tag die from the Project LIfe Framelits set.   Next the Bells are stamped using Real Red ink on Whisper White Cardstock and punched out with the coordinating Bell punch.  I used the 1/8″ handheld circle punch to punch a hole in the top of each of the bells.  Next a piece of Real Red Baker’s Twine to tie a bow thru the two bells. bells-cu My tip for this card is to thread the Emerald Envy Baker’s Twine thru the Real Red Baker’s Twine when you tie the knot on the bells.  Then wrap a longer piece of Emerald Envy Baker’s Twine around the top layer of the card 3 times.  Attach on the back with adhesive.  Attach the card front to the Mint Macaron card base. with dimensionals.

red-bells-cu-1Last but not least I embellished the bells with small rhinestone jewels.   a Glue Dot helps to hold the bells in place.  Last is highlighting the pattern on the bells with the Clear Wink of Stella pen.  This adds a nice shimmer to the detail of the bells!

Here are the products that were used to create this card.
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Stamp with Marilyn





I hope you have enjoyed my quick and easy Christmas card today!



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