Merry Christmas from a Puppy and Her Bird

Today I have a cute Christmas card using a variety of Stampin’ Up! products. The card is an outdoor scene that has a gorgeous die cut fence decorated with red bows, a 3D tree, a cute little dachshund and a sweet little bird.

Hi Friends,

Thanks for visiting me this morning! I appreciate you all! In fact I have Customer appreciation benefit program called:

SunnyLu’s Spectacular Stampers Club

If you order this month using the September Host Code: NYJEGA2P and

  • Order $30 of products and you will get a Special Hand Stamped card from me.
  • Order $50 of products and you will get a Special Hand Stamped card and a special surprise worth approximately $5 from me
  • Order $100 of products and you will get a special Hand Stamped card, a special surprise worth approximately $5 and $5 off for any other purchase this month
  • If you order $150 of products, do not use the host code so you can get your Stampin’ Up!® rewards plus you will get all the extras of the Club too!
  • If you are thinking of ordering more than $99 worth of product consider joining the SunnyLu Stamper team as an Independent  Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. For $99 you can get $125 worth of products of your choice with no shipping costs! And as long as you continue as a Demonstrator you will get 20% off your Stampin’ Up! orders! As you progress in the company you will get 25% off orders as well as other perks! Call me at 616-490-1731 or email me at SunnyLuCards@gmail.com for details. 

Now lets get on with our card for the day!

True Meaning of Christmas (Image © [2018] Stampin’ Up!®)

Color Combination

My color combination for today’s card is Whisper White (card stock 100730), Granny Apple Green (ink 147095/ card stock 146990) , Poppy Parade (ink 147050/ card stock 119793),  and Balmy Blue ( ink (147105/card stock (146982).

Design Process

I went all out and used a number of stamp sets, dies, and an embossing folder in this card. I started with the fence and pretty tiny bows from the Farmhouse Framelits Dies (147922). What an awesome fence! I love it! Then I decided to make an outdoor Christmas scene so I chose my embossing folder- Petal Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (141493) -to add some texture to my “ground” or “grass.”

I knew I wanted to use the dachshund from the Ready for Christmas (144823) because I love her sweater and thought the colors I chose for the sweater could tie everything together. I stamped, colored, and cut her out using the Christmas Staircase Thinlits Die (144679). Okay, so then I thought what about a Christmas tree? so I chose the tree from the Christmas Staircase Thinlits Dies (144679) to put in front of the fence.

I thought there needed to be something in the tree for the dog to be looking at so I stamped and colored the cute little bird from Sitting Pretty (146615). then I cut it out using the coordinating Pretty Park Framelits Dies (146825).

Dynamic Textured Embossing Folders

When embossing with the Dynamic Textured (very thick) embossing folders remember to only use one clear cutting plate, otherwise the sandwich is too thick! I spritzed water on my 4″ X 5 1/4″ Whisper White (100730) card stock -on the top and bottom-  with my handy Stampin’ Spritzer (126185before embossing with my Big Shot (143263). The damp card stock helps the embossing folder leave a better impression in the card stock. Let the damp piece of card stock dry flat before trying to use it in a card. I put a cutting plate over the top of the damp card stock while drying so that it would dry completely flat.

Remember that this process will make the card stock shrink up a bit so cut the piece a bit bigger like 1/8″ on both sides. some people cut the piece even bigger than that and cut the piece after embossing. Both work so try both and see what you like to do.

Directions for my Card

My 4 1/4″ X 11″ card base was cut from Balmy Blue Card stock (146982). I cut a 2″ X 4″ strip of Granny Apple Green card stock (146990) and embossed the piece using the Petal Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (141493) and my trusty Big Shot (143263). I applied this strip to lower part of the card with Snail Adhesive (104332). 

Using my trusty Big Shot (143263) and the cool fence die from the Farmhouse Framelits Dies (147992), I cut a delicate looking Whisper White card stock (100730) fence.  I had to use my Paper Piecing Tool (126189) to poke out the pieces between the fence post but I think it’s worth it! What an awesome looking fence!! I attached the fence with Snail Adhesive (104332) and release paper  (using the release paper to collect the extra adhesive). I positioned the fence to cover the edge of the Granny Apple Green strip (146990) with the lower fence rail. I cut bows from Poppy Parade (119793) for the fence using a die from the Farmhouse Framelits Dies (147992) and my trusty Big shot (143263). I attached the tiny bows to the fence using Snail adhesive (104332), release paper, and my new Take your Pick tool.

Take Your Pick Tool

My new tool (144107)  called “Take Your Pick” was so handy when placing the tiny bows. This is in the new Holiday catalog on page 30. This multipurpose pickup and precision tool makes those kind of finicky tasks easier! The tacky putty end easily picks up sequins, tiny bows, and other small objects. To get more putty you just twist. there are refills available for the putty end too This tool’s other end has two changeable, double-ended tips with a paper piercer, mini spatula, small stylus, and large Style. There are protective end caps included as well as a putty refill! the tool is only 6 1/2″ long so it will fit easily in your tool kit! This is a must have tool!! Order one now at my 24/7 online Stampin’ Up! Shop here.

Details, Details, Details

Next I cut my Christmas tree with my Big Shot and the pretty textured tree from the Christmas Staircase Thinlits Dies (144679). I cut the tree out of Granny Smith Green (146990) card stock. I used a stampin’ Sponge (141337) and Call me Clover ink (147139) to accent the branches and edges of the tree. I attached the tree using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals (144108).

Why use Memento with Stampin’ Blends?

Always use Memento when using Stampin’ Blends and wait a few seconds until the ink is dry so the black doesn’t bleed into your color. Because Stampin’ Blends have an alcohol-based dye ink, they require a certain type of ink to be compatible when coloring stamped images.  Staz-On ink is usually permanent on just about any surface but the alcohol in Stampin’ Blends reacts to the solvent in Staz-On and basically reactivates the dried Staz-On so your stamped image smears.

The Dachshund dog was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink (132708) using the Ready for Christmas stamp set (144823).  I colored the dachshund with Stampin’ Blends. The Stampin’ BLends colors I used were dark Poppy Parade (146879), Dark Crumb Cake (144581) , Light Crumb Cake (144582), light (146876) and Dark Granny apple Green ( 146877) and light Mango melody (147943). then I cut out the Dachshund with the die from the Christmas staircase THinlits (146825). I attached the Dachshund with Mini Dimensionals (144108).

My sweet little bird was stamped using Memento Ink (132708) using the Sitting Pretty (146615) stamp set. I colored the bird with Light Mango melody (147943). then I cut the bird out using the coordinating Pretty Park Framelits Dies (146825).  I attached the bird with a Mini Stampin’ Dimensional (144108).

The sentiment is an awesome one I think: “May this Season Be blessed with the True Meaning of Christmas.” The His Light stamp set (Wood 147736 / is from the new Holiday catalog on page 26 and has four wonderful sentiments that I will use over and over! I stamped the sentiment with Poppy Parade ink (147050).

Variety is the Spice of Life

I used a variety of stamp sets, dies, and an embossing folder to show how you can use many Stampin’ Products together to make an original card that you can give this Christmas to someone you love. I combined products that carried over from a previous catalog, some from the new Annual catalog, and some from the Holiday catalog. I think the products all fit together. Don’t YOU? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

As always I appreciate your support in my Stampin’ Up! business. If you are looking for a demonstrator I would be so honored if you choose me! Let me know if you have any questions or if you need a catalog! Thanks!

Have a wonderful day and Happy Stampin’

LuAnn

STAMP CLUB Starting Soon!

Are you in the West Michigan area? Are you interested in joining a Stamp Club? My plan is to have the Stamp Club meet once a month on the first Friday of the month from 1-4pm (alternatively we could meet on the first Mondays if that works better for everyone). At this meeting members would see new products, learn new techniques and make at least 3 cards or 3D projects. 

All 6 members would commit to a 6 month period. Each person would agree to order at least $25 of products each month. Every month one member would be the hostess and would get these hostess benefits. Which would be at least $15 worth of free products. The amount of free products you would earn depends on how much the club members order.

Would this interest you? Do you have any Stamping friends that might join us? Call 616-490-1731 or email me today
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I am a retired RN. I am also an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and owner of SunnyLu Card Designs. I love paper-crafts and strive to share this love with others through both businesses. Working with other Stampers in my Stampin' Up business is such a fine thing! I love all my customers both those whom are brand new to stamping or have been stamping for 20+ years! As a result of stamping for a bit, I have a wealth of beautiful, handmade greeting cards and gift card holders for your enjoyment. My hope is that each of you will give the gift of a hand made snail mailed card to a family member, friend or just someone who needs a lift. What a joy to receive something other than bills and junk mail in your mailbox!

Author: LuAnn

I am a retired RN. I am also an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and owner of SunnyLu Card Designs. I love paper-crafts and strive to share this love with others through both businesses. Working with other Stampers in my Stampin' Up business is such a fine thing! I love all my customers both those whom are brand new to stamping or have been stamping for 20+ years! As a result of stamping for a bit, I have a wealth of beautiful, handmade greeting cards and gift card holders for your enjoyment. My hope is that each of you will give the gift of a hand made snail mailed card to a family member, friend or just someone who needs a lift. What a joy to receive something other than bills and junk mail in your mailbox!

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