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Cards received ~ thank you!




I may have missed some cards and I apologize if I have left some out.  I did use some creative Christmas cards when I was wrapping gifts for my family (you can see those cards HERE).  And, I received other cards from wonderful friends but I wanted to feature the handmade cards on the blog. Thank you each and every one ~ it's been a wonderful Christmas.

IMG_9075One last one ~ thank you Julia.

Thank you!

Thank you for the wonderful cards that I have received over the last month.  I have looked forward to opening my mail box every day because you have taken the time to send me a personal card and, maybe even, a little note.  I am so appreciative of all my friends.  I will post a picture of some of my wonderful cards tomorrow.  In the meantime, we all need to take time to say thank you and here is a pretty way to do it.  There is a project sheet for you to download.

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Download Framed Florets Thank You

New Year's Cards

The first card uses the Warm Welcome Bundle from yesterdays post.  Because the dies contain a set of numbers it is easy to do any year/any date!  

Warm Welcome New Years Card

The second new year card is one I made to send.  I used the greeting from BRIGHTEST GLOW and the foliage from MERRIEST MOMENTS, both in the current mini catalog. 

New year 2

To make this card you mask the center of the basic white cardstock (2 1/2" x 4") and stamp the pine leaves over the mask.  I used Shaded Spruce and Old Olive.  Remove the mask and stamp the sentiment (Garden Green).  Before I adhered the basic white to the DSP, I drew the lines above and below the sentiment using my ruler and my Garden Green marker.  Do you have a new year card you would like to share ~ send it to me and I will send you one of mine!


Warm Welcome

You can find this Bundle on page 66 in the January - April Mini Catalog.  The stamp set includes 20 stamps that are perfect for all occasions.  The door is the focal point and the other designs and greetings can fit either inside or outside the doorway.  Let friends and family know that your door is always open, say 'Hello', 'Welcome', and much more.  
Warm Welcome Bundle

There are 19 dies in the set that include the door, numbers, a kitty, a collection of family shoes, a bunch of flowers and useful little frames and shapes.  With this bundle, the possibilities really are endless!

Warm Welcome Sample

Warm Welcome Birthday Card

Boughs of Holly Christmas Eve

What a great way to use the label in the die set! Thank you Adrienne!

Leaves of Holly Slim Line

Leaves of Holly Bundle
Leaves of Holly Bundle, page 25, July - December Mini Catalog

There is a lot to like about this collection of stamps and dies, the Beautiful Boughs of Holly Suite on page 24 and 25 in the current (through the end of the month) mini catalog.  I particularly like the use of the die with the two holly leaves on the side.  Enjoy these packages and cards and your Christmas Eve.  Wishing you lots of love, joy and happiness.  Susan Elise


Card by Adrienne Allen
Card by Claire Cason

A Holiday Thank You Card

Snowflake Card Front


Something I try to do when making Thank You Cards for the winter holidays is to use more of a winter theme than a holiday theme. By the time we send out Thank You Cards, most of us are a bit weary of traditional holiday themes. But winter is still around, so why not celebrate one of the prettiest winter themes – snow!

Stampin’ Up! has made it easy for us to create cards with a snow theme this year with their Joyful Flurry Bundle, including the Joyful Flurry Stamp Set and the Frosted Flurry Dies. Add in the Snowflake folder in the Wintry 3D Embossing Folder set, and you can almost feel the snowflakes in today’s card.  

Snowflake Embossing Folder InkedFor the center strip in this card, I tapped my Starry Night ink pad all over one side of the inside of the embossing folder (the side with the Stampin' Up! logo on the outside).  The indentations do not pick up the ink.  Place your cardstock inside the folder on the side that is not inked up, close the folder.  Run it through the embossing machine then carefully open the folder and slide the cardstock out.  To clean the folder, run it under a faucet until there is no more ink.

Here's the sketch for this card.  While the inked center strip is shown as 2 3/4" x 5 1/2", the piece of cardstock that I inked was larger (3 1/4" x 6").  I trimmed it down afterwards to the final size.

Snowflake SketchFor the inside of the card, stamp a vertical line of small snowflakes from the Joyful Flurry stamp set along the right side of the 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Basic White.  Enjoy cardmaking and stay warm!  Hugs, se

Snowflake Card Inside

My Fav...surprised?

The new mini catalog, January to April 2023, includes a stamp set that I love ~ surprised?  You can find LOVE CATS on page 13, order number 160410, $21, and you can order beginning January 4.  I created this card Monday afternoon and there is a project sheet for you to print and save if you are crazy, like me, about cats.  Tripod wanted me to say a special hello to Susan Tran and 'Merry Christmas'!!!

PS:  No mini catalog?  Let me know and I will put one in the mail to YOU!

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Download Love Cats 'hanging out'