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BOGO Sale and Open House this Sunday, noon-4pm!


I am honored to be featured today on Brian King’s blog, He is an enormously talented card maker and inspires many people every day, including myself.  He asked me to make something with the new Santa’s Sleigh bundle (Santa’s Sleigh stamp set and Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits Dies) which will be available to purchase when the 2016 Holiday catalog goes live on September 1. I was excited he asked me to use this one because I hadn’t used it yet. There are 15 stamps and 12 dies – plenty of images and shapes to make lots of different projects.


Santa's Sleigh bundle


Here is what I came up with:

I wanted to use the sleigh and reindeer framelits, but couldn’t fine a good way to fit them onto a regular 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card. So I decided to create the scene I wanted, then build the card around it. It ended up being 4″ x 8″, so I made an envelope for it from a piece of Tip Top Taupe  paper from the 2015-2017 In Color Envelope Paper.


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Here’s how I did it:

I cut two sleighs, one from Real Red card stock and one from a Gold Foil Sheet. I cut the runner off the bottom of the red one and glued it onto the gold one, so I had a red sleigh with a gold runner. Then I cut the decorative top piece from the Gold Foil Sheet and glued it over the red. So the sleigh is three layers and the runner is only one.

Most of the stamping on this card is tone on tone. I stamped the tree in Garden Green ink onto Garden Green card stock and cut it out with the coordinating die. I glued it to the back of the sleigh so it looks like it’s propped inside it.

I stamped two deer. I inked up the stamp once with Crumb Cake ink on the body and Whisper White Craft ink on the antlers, and stamped it onto Crumb Cake card stock. I inked it up again with Soft Suede ink on the body and Whisper White Craft ink on the antlers, and stamped it onto Soft Suede card stock. I set the craft ink with my heat tool, then I cut out the two deer with the coordinating die.

I stamped the bow in Real Red ink onto Real Red card stock, and the wreath in Garden Green ink onto Garden Green card stock, and cut them out with the coordinating dies. I glued the bow onto the neck of one deer. I cut the wreath so I could slip it around the other deer’s neck and glued it in place.

I stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink onto Very Vanilla card stock and heat embossed it in gold. I cut it out with a banner die from the Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits. The die is notched on only one end, so I cut the sentiment with the notched end of the die close to one end of the sentiment, then cut it again with the notched end near the other end of the sentiment. I matted this with a 3/4″ wide strip of Gold Foil Sheet and used Paper Snips to notch the ends to match. (I hurriedly typed up the info for Brian, and I think I may have mistakenly told him I used a different die set for this banner; maybe the Cupcake Cutout Framelits?)

So now I had all these pieces that needed a background. I envisioned a road through the snowy woods.

I began with a piece of watercolor paper cut large enough to contain the scene (3-1/2″ x 7-1/2″.) I used a Stampin’ Spritzer to get the front wet. I also spritzed the back a couple times to help keep it from curling up.

I used an Aqua Painter to swash Soft Sky ink onto most of the paper, and Crumb Cake ink onto the bottom portion. The road wasn’t as dark as I wanted, so I went over it with a Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker and blended it with the Aqua Painter. I could’ve let it sit overnight to dry, but I was too impatient, so I used my heat tool to dry it in just a few minutes.

I used a stamp from the Thoughtful Branches stamp set for the trees. I inked it in Mint Macaron ink and stamped off before stamping onto the watercolor paper. I wanted there to be a hint of trees in the background, but with so much snow you can barely see them.

I matted this piece with Gold Foil Sheet (3-3/4″ x 7-3/4″) and glued that to a Garden Green card base (8″ x 8″, scored at 4″.)

I adhered the sleigh to the card front. I glued the runner and used Stampin’ Dimensionals under the topmost part of the sleigh and the tree. I did this because I couldn’t get the foam adhesive cut skinny enough to go under the pieces, but I wanted the sleigh to stand out from the card a bit.

I adhered a piece of gold twine from the new Baker’s Twine Trio Pack to the back of the Soft Suede deer’s neck. Then I glued the deer to the card front. I adhered the Crumb Cake deer to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the reins, I ran the gold twine from the darker deer back to the sleigh and back to the lighter deer. I threaded it through the wreath and around the neck and adhered it on the back with a Glue Dot.  I adhered the reins to the underside of the front of the sleigh with a Glue Dot. I used my Paper Piercing Tool to push the glue dots into place.


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The last thing to do was glue the sentiment onto the top center of the card. I would usually put the sentiment somewhere else on the card, but this reminded me so much of Christmas cards my family received when I was little, so this just seemed the right place for it.


Here’s what I used:

The holiday items will be available to purchase on September 1. Everything else can be purchased now by clicking on the images below.


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You can see this card, and others I’ve made, up close this Sunday at my Holiday Catalog Open House AND a BOGO Sale of retired items. Here are the details.


Stampin’ Up’s brand new Holiday Catalog goes live September 1

and I’m celebrating a few days early with an


– AND –

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August 28, 2016, noon-4 PM

***** It’s FREE to attend *****

Please RSVP here so I can make sure I have enough Make & Take kits.

1621 Executive Park Lane NE, Atlanta, GA 30329


Tell your friends!


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Shop my retired products and get the same $ amount in new products FREE!

I have a LOT of retired Stampin’ Up! items that need new homes. I mean, boxes and boxes and boxes full. I can’t even walk through the room they’re stored in! I really have to let this stuff go. Sooooo, I’m having a BOGO sale:

Whatever you spend on retired items, I will give you that much in new items! You only pay tax and shipping on the new stuff. Yes, you get twice the product! 

Example: Say you buy $100 in retired product from me. Then you get $100 toward an order of new product. So you can get $100 in new product and pay just $17.70 for tax and shipping OR you can subtract $100 from a larger order of new product.

PLUS you get a Gum Ball for every $50 you spend. (See how Gum Ball Rewards work here.)

This is a wonderful way to stock up, not only on retired products you may have missed, but also on current products in the Annual and  Holiday catalogs. Be sure to have your current product wish list ready before you come, to make the order process easier.



– order from the brand new Holiday catalog AND from the current Annual catalog. I will place Holiday orders when the catalog goes live on September 1.

– get your FREE catalog

– see new products AND wonderful new projects made with them

– order new products

– use new products (FREE Make & Take)

– sign up for classes

– schedule a private class and receive a gift

– subscribe to Paper Pumpkin

– get the starter kit

– earn Gum Ball Rewards for a free stamp set (See how Gum Ball Rewards work here.)

Email with any questions or comments. Use subject line “OH/BOGO”

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Thanks for stopping by today, and Sweet Stamping!





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