10 Stampin’ Up! Cards you can make in minutes. Part 3

It’s the last week of August which means here in Australia the shops are already starting to sell Christmas decorations.  Of course as cardmakers we like to start our Christmas cards nice and early to have enough cards to mail out nice and early in December.

Today’s card is part of my “10 Stampin’ Up! Cards you can make in minutes”.  It might not look like this card was quick but it certainly was and it was loads of fun to make.  I’ll be making a whole lot more of these.

Stampin' Up! Nordic Noel card by Angela Sargeant


For this card I started with a piece of A5 card (that’s A4 cut in half and then one of those halves folded to create a base card).

The glittery background is Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper that I trimmed down to the length of the base card then freehand I ran a Stanley Knife (Utility Knife) in a wavy line to give it those curves and then I glued it down to the base card.

Those sweet Nordic looking houses weren’t stamped and brilliantly coloured in, they are in fact off a sheet of patterned paper which I just cut out.  Amazingly they are very quick and easy to cut out as there’s not much detail at all around the edges and the white border makes the cutting out look nice and clean.

The two stamped images on this card is the Santa Sled with reindeers and the Christmas sentiment and they were both stamped with the Smoky Slate inkpad. The sentiment was punched out with the Modern Label Punch.  Lastly some little detail was added with snowflake sequins glued to the card and little rhinestones pressed to the snowflake centres.  To make those sequined snowflakes stand out a bit I used mini glue dots to stick them down but folded the glue dot over to make it thicker.

Quick & Easy Cardmaking Tip: Use a patterned paper as I have, or die cuts, to make your cards super speedy.

Hope you like my quick and fun Christmas card.  If you’d like to see the last two cards in my “10 Stampin’ Up! Cards you can make in minutes” series, you can click here and here.

By the way, if you don’t recognise some of the products I’ve used here, they are from the new Stampin’ Up! Australia Holiday Catalogue which is available now.

If you wish to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products (or receive a catalogue), please feel free to email meOr you can just click the button below to shop now 24/7.

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And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card:

Cardstock/Patterned Paper: Soft Sky (131292), Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper (135315), Nordic Noel (135822), Whisper White (106549)
Rubber Stamps: Holiday Home (135095).  Photopolymer stamps from the new Stampin’ Up! Australia Holiday Catalogue
Inkpads: Smoky Slate (131179)
Tools: Modern Label punch (119849)
Accessories: Frosted Sequins (135835), Basic Jewels Rhinestones (119246)
AdhesivesSNAIL, Dimensionals, Multipurpose Glue (to stick down the sequin)

Stampin’ Up!’s Best of 25 Years – Christmas Edition

For Stampin’ Up!’s 25-year anniversary, they’re bringing back some of their favourite stamp images from the last quarter
century and combining them into 11 sets.  One set is released per month all the way until April 2014.  Along with some great classic images, each “Best of” set will also include a never-before-seen* image.

Here’s this month’s Best of 25 Years stamp set which is available right now:

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Click here to shop for this stamp set right now.

Stampin’ Up! a Christmas card nice and early

Stampin’ Up! Australia are releasing their new Christmas catalogue in just a over a week.  I’ve already been having fun with some of these new Christmas goodies so I thought I’d give you a sneak peek and share a card that I made with a stamp set called ‘Calm Christmas’ from that catalogue.

It seems to have turned out okay right?  Oh if only you knew the comedy of errors that happened while I was making this card.  I almost gave up.  Crazy really as it’s an easy card but it was just my clumsiness and d’oh! moments that messed it up.

Stampin' Up! Christmas card by Angela Sargeant

Here’s how I made this card (with some mess ups thrown in to show you how not to do it): I wanted to turn

my Naturals Composition paper into a red background so I brayered some Cherry Cobbler ink onto it. To do this just roll the brayer over the inkpad several times making sure that you’re going in the same direction each time so you ink up around the whole brayer.  Then roll it back and forth over the cardstock. Finish off by polishing up the cardstock with a tissue to take off the excess ink.  That took only a minute and was so easy.  Design tip: to make it look finished, I sponged more ink around the edges of the cardstock.  You can see it on the finished card in the second photo, I think it does make a difference.

Brayering Stampin' Up!'s Natural Composition Paper

The dove was stamped in Encore Gold ink then I cut around the bird.  Again, to finish it off I sponged ink around the edges of the card, this time I lightly sponged it with Crumb Cake ink and then for some reason I decided to go around the edge of the bird with my Crumb Cake marker.  That’s where I stuffed up!  Finished the bird, was admiring it and OMG an accidental flick of the marker on the tail of the bird and I was left with a line that there was no covering up.  Now my theory is that I can always fix something with a ribbon or embellishment.  But what can I put on the tail of a bird? I tried tying a ribbon around it and it just looked ridiculous plus it didn’t cover the whole marker line.  I mucked around with it for a while and found that I could make a little bow to stick on the bottom and there you go, covered it all up fine.  Of course that looked a little odd on it’s own so I added the same ribbon on the base of the card to make the bow look more grounded and like a feature that was always meant to be there.

Phew!  Next for that odd looking branch.  Just didn’t look right being all the same colour as the bird.  Why didn’t I do something with that before?  I could have used a marker to colour it in differently.  Oh no, I’m not trusting myself with a marker again… I’ll get out some glue and glitter.  Genius!  Of course it wasn’t genius at all.  I used Tombow glue which I applied quite thickly then glass glitter which was really chunky and not for something so delicate.  Yep – a big mess.  OMG now what???  It’s not quite dry yet so let’s scrape off all the glitter and glue with a pointy thing.  Yeah, another genius idea… totally ripped the branch. In the end I picked off the whole branch, punched out an identical branch using the Builder Bird punch from the Champagne Glimmer Paper and WOOOHOOO!!!!  It’s perfect!

Moral of the story: however you mess up a card you can always fix it with some ribbon and embellishments.

If you have any questions about the card or products I’ve used, or if you wish to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, please feel free to email me.  Or you can just click here to go Stampin’ Up! shopping now.

And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card:

Rubber Stamps: Calm Christmas
Cardstock & Paper: Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Natural Composition, Very Vanilla, Champagne Glimmer Paper
Inkpads/Markers/Paint: Cherry Cobbler, Encore Gold
Tools: Big Shot, Ovals Framelits, Wide Oval Punch, Bird Builder Punch, Brayer, Sponge Dauber
AccessoriesEarly Espresso Taffeta Ribbon
AdhesivesSNAIL, Stampin’ Dimensionals (foam dots), Tombow Glue


Contempo Christmas

Here’s another old favourite stamp set that’s on it’s way out at the end of this month – Contempo Christmas.

I’ve gone with non-traditional colours this time using Crumb Cake & Baja Breeze.  The Christmas tree has been stamped in Versamark onto Very Vanilla cardstock and silver embossed.  The rest of the card is straight-forward with cardstock and patterned paper and then some Seam Binding and Rhinestone brads to embellish.

Oh! Quick tip for heat embossing: Make sure you keep your Versamark inkpad nice and juicy.  For some reason we tend to reink our regular inkpads much more often than poor old Versamark.  It makes a big difference in your embossing if your Versamark inkpad is well inked.  While I’m on the subject… I’ve seen quite a bit on the internet over the years about making your own Versamark refill with Glycerine.  My advice is don’t do it – it’s just false economy.  I followed this tip many years ago and I ended up having to throw my inkpad out.  While it looks okay, it doesn’t stamp the same without the proper Versamark refill… I don’t know how to explain it other than you don’t get such a crisp image and so you just won’t get that detail in your embossing.  For example the Christmas tree above has the swirls, and you can even see the swirls in the pot, they just come out fuzzy if you use a homemade refill.  Same with if you’re using your Versamark and chalking over the top with chalks – fuzzy colours.  Anyway, that’s my bit of ‘advice from experience’.

If you have any questions about the card or products I’ve used, or if you wish to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, please feel free to email me.

And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card:

Rubber Stamps:
Contempo Christmas (retiring 31st August 2012)

Cardstock & Paper:
Very Vanilla cardstock
Crumb Cake Textured cardstock
Stampin’ Up! Simply Scrappin’ Kit – Tickets & Tags (retiring 31st August 2012)
Designer Series Paper Stack – Neutrals



Silver Embossing Powder
Baja Breeze Seam Binding
Circle Ice Rhinestone Brads (retiring 31st August 2012)

Stampin’ Dimensionals (foam dots)

Clean and Simple Christmas Card

I think I’m getting the hang of this clean & simple thing.  I very very rarely make the same card twice but this one just might be the one that I make a bunch of for Christmas this year.

I must say I’m loving that Baker’s Twine.  Usually I use it on it’s own but this time I cut six lengths of it, held them together and tied them in a knot.  I love the way it reminds me of a candy cane :D

The Christmas Ornaments are stamped and punched out with the Ornament punch – not cutting! ;)

Well that’s all folks!  If you have any questions about the card or products I’ve used, or if you wish to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, please feel free to email me.

And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card:

Rubber Stamps:
Tags til Christmas (ornament)
Short & Sweet (greeting)

Cardstock & Paper:
Whisper White

Cherry Cobbler inkpad
Lucky Limeade inkpad

Ornament Punch

Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine
Lucky Limeade Bakers Twine
Basic Jewels

Stampin’ Dimensionals (foam dots)

A Very Merry Christmas Card

I’ve got to get a move on with my Christmas cards if I’m going to have enough to mail out by the end of the year.  Every year I say I’ll start in January and well, you know how it goes.  So today I thought I should get in the Christmas spirit in the middle of the year and whip up a few Christmas cards.  Here’s the first one I made.

I’m not good at ‘clean & simple’ cards because I never know if the card looks too bland or boring but I think I’ve hit a happy medium here.

To make this card I started with a regular A5 base folded in half but then put another layer of white on top.  It’s something I tried a couple years ago, putting the same colour on top of each other to make it look a little framed without it being too fussy and just discovered again looking back through my blog.  The top layer of the card has been embossed with an oval embossing folder.  Sometimes people find these a little difficult to use because the folder is small and can leave a mark on the cardstock showing the perimeter of the plastic folder, so here’s a tip for you to help that:  I take one layer off the Big Shot mult-layer platform (emboss on Tab 2 rather than 1) so that it’s not such a tight squeeze, and I also add a piece of scrap paper between the folder and my cardstock.  That way you get a nice smooth embossing without any marks showing the edges of the folder.

In the middle of the oval I’ve stamped a Christmas bauble in Cherry Cobbler.  You can stamp right in the middle but I stamped it on some scrap paper then punched that out with an oval punch simply to a) add a little dimension and b) not have to worry about stamping straight.

The bottom of the card has two lines scored with Stampin’ Up!’s Simply Scored Board.  I found it adds a little interest without bulk and also helped me with my placement of rhinestones.  To finish off the card I stamped the ‘very merry’ sentiment down the bottom and tied a knot in a piece of left over ribbon and adhered that with a glue dot onto the card.

So that’s my fast, simple & clean Christmas card.  I think I might make some more of these but in some other colours, maybe with silver embossing for the bauble.  Hope this gives you some inspiration for your Christmas cards :D

If you have any questions about how I made this card please feel free to email me.

And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card:

Rubber Stamps:
Tree Trimmings (Christmas bauble)
Short & Sweet (Christmas greeting)

Cardstock & Paper:
Whisper White cardstock

Cherry Cobbler inkpad

Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
Designer Frames Embossing Folder (two in the pack, I used the oval one)
Simply Scored

White Organza Ribbon
Basic Jewels

SNAIL adhesive
Stampin’ Dimensionals (foam dots)
Glue Dots (to glue the ribbon down)

One card, three ideas

Well yesterday was a strange day.  I decided with all the running around that I had been doing lately that I would spend the whole day at home just creating.  I had cleared off my craft desk and was ready to go when ugliness struck… that is, my card wasn’t looking the way I pictured it in my head.  A little word of advice, if it’s not working just let it go for now and put it aside for later.  I kept trying to revive that card and it wasn’t happening.  I started a second one and that didn’t look right either.  In the end I decided to completely change tactic and make something totally different.  And here’s the result:

I like the way this card turned out.  It’s very different from my usual style but a change is as good as a holiday :)  I also think it’s a bit unusual to add silver glitter to a Kraft cardstock but some how it works.  Nothing really to explain about this card, it’s just paper and cardstock that’s been punched out and embellishments added. But I do have some other ideas for you…

Another cardmaking idea:  I thought it would be good to try this card in different ways – maybe do the same card using scallop punches for the outer piece.  Heart shapes instead of the circles would be great for a Birthday, Anniversary or Valentine’s Day card.  I didn’t get around to using different shapes but I did change the theme.  Ever wonder what to do with little stamp images you have and random little embellishments?  Well these cards are great for any cute little stamps you have and as a money saving tip, they’re also great for using up scrap pieces of paper and those little end pieces of ribbon that you just don’t want to throw out.

Here’s the same card but done for Christmas.  I’ve used the same patterned paper even, I just used some little stamps from a Stampin’ Up! set called “Bingo Bits”.  The sentiment on the card is from the same stamp set I’ve used in the other two cards too, it’s one that I use constantly, called “Teeny Tiny Sentiments”.

Now here’s the same card again but as a baby card.  The cute puppy image is from a stamp set called “Every Little Bit” – I’m thinking now that I look at it again that I really should use this set more often because it’s just so sweet.  So again, same patterned paper and the sentiment is from the same set as the other two cards, this time I stamped it and punched it out as the ink wasn’t showing up dark enough on the card.

Hope these card ideas get the creative juices flowing for you :D  Give it a go, just change the colours of the cardstock to suit the theme of your card and add what little images and embellishments you have.  Of course if you like things to match perfectly then try out Stampin’ Up!’s buttons and ribbons to go with your cardstock and ink.

And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card: (I’ve put in brackets after each item which card it is featured on.  If the item has been used on all cards then I’ve left it as is).

Rubber Stamps:
Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Every Little Bit (baby card)
Bingo Bits (Christmas card)

Cardstock & Paper:
First Edition Specialty Paper
Silver Glimmer Paper
Rich Razzleberry cardstock (for you card & Christmas card)
Pretty In Pink cardstock (for you card)
Crumb Cake cardstock (aka Kraft)
Baja Breeze cardstock (baby card)
Lucky Limeade cardstock (baby card)
Old Olive cardstock (Christmas card)

Rich Razzleberry inkpad
Old Olive inkpad (baby card and Christmas card)

1 1/4″ Circle Punch
1 3/8″ Circle Punch
3/4″ Circle Punch
Itty Bitty Punch Pack – little flower punch (for you card)
Heart to Heart Punch – to fit under the Itty Bitty Button (Baby card)
Word Window Punch (Baby card)

Linen Thread
Itty Bitty Buttons
Pink Rhinestone Brad
Clear Rhinestone Brads
Basic Jewels. Rhinestone – in the centre of the flower button (for you card)
Trinket Crown
Designer Printed Brads (Baby card)
Twitterpated Button (Baby card)
Rich Razzleberry Taffeta Ribbon (Christmas card)

Happy New Year card

I’ll admit, I didn’t send out all the Christmas cards I wanted.  In fact I mailed out very few… what is it with that? I made them but then got caught up with all the Christmas preparations that I didn’t end up writing/mailing them.  So I’ve made a bunch of Happy New Year cards to mail out to some friends and Stampin’ Up! team members.

Hmm, I just couldn’t photograph this card well due to the glitter paper but anyway…

So it’s simple but I think using the silver glitter paper and a little embellishment (notice the paperclip the ribbon is tied to and the rhinestone?) it’s enough because the patterned paper is just so lovely.  Watch out for a lot more cards from me using this glitter paper, it’s an absolute delight to use.

Try this tip:  Try making this same card in another theme.  I think it would look fantastic as it is but changing the ’2012′ to say ‘baby’ and making it a baby card.  Or maybe change the colours and change the ’2012′ to say ‘love’ for a Valentine’s Day card.  I think this card is flexible enough to be used for a variety of occasions.  What do you think?

Ribbon tip:  The ribbon I’ve used here is a wide striped grosgrain.  I know some people find they’re not sure how to use wide ribbon – personally I love wide ribbon.  A different way to use than doing the usual bows it is what I’ve done here: just cut the edges off a length of ribbon (that is, cut up the left and right of it) then pull the threads to create a fringe.  It only takes a few seconds to do and it’s a lovely effect and changes the look of ribbon.

And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card:

Rubber Stamps:
No rubber stamping on this card!

Cardstock & Paper:
Marina Mist
Early Espresso
Spice Cake Designer Series Paper (Australian Summer Mini Catalogue)
Silver Glitter Paper (Australian Summer Mini Catalogue)

Big Shot
Simple Numbers Bigz Die (use the Simple Letters Alphabet if you want to make this card for other occasions like Valentine’s or Baby card)

Soft Suede Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
Clips Assortment (paperclip)
Basic Jewels (rhinestone)

Tombow Multi (a thin outline to glue down the glitter numbers)
Stampin’ Dimensionals

Deck the halls with a luscious Christmas Card

Oh how I love pairing red, black, cream and kraft together.  Somehow even with black and kraft, no Christmas paper and a non-Christmas accessory, this card still manages to look festive.

There’s really nothing to say about how this card was made as it’s really straighforward, but if you want to make a Christmas card to really stand out from the rest, try using some tactile paper and accessories.  The patterned paper I used for this card is so luscious (am I sounding like Nigella???) – the black pattern on the papers is velvety and feels so beautiful.  To go with the feel of the card I sponged around the circle with some Crumb Cake ink to soften it up and also used seam binding ribbon for a traditional/vintage look.

If you have any questions about how this card was made or about any of the products please ask!  Of course all comments are also very welcome :D

And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card:

Rubber Stamps:
Merry & Type

Cardstock & Paper:
Cherry Cobbler
Very Vanilla
Crumb Cake
Morning Mocha Designer Series Paper

Inkpad and Other Colouring Items:
Cherry Cobbler inkpad
Crumb Cake inkpad

Decorative Label Punch
2 1/2″ Circle Punch

Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding
Rhinestone Basic Pearls
Crown Trinket
Sponge Dauber

Stampin’ Dimentionals

Stitched Stocking Punch & Stamps Available Now!

Stampin’ Up! have pre-released the Stitched Stocking Punch & Stamps that are going to be in the new Summer 2011 Mini Catalogue as of today.

No need to wait until 1st December, you can now order your Stitched Stocking Punch and Stamps right now.

Here’s a sweet Christmas card that’s a little different from usual using this fun stamp and punch set.

Rubber Stamps:
Stitched Stocking
Welcome Christmas

Cardstock & Paper:
Melon Mambo cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
Brights Patterned Designer Series Paper

Inkpad and Other Colouring Items:
Lucky Limeade
Melon Mambo

Scallop Edge Punch
Stocking Punch
1/16″ Hole Punch
Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack
Big Shot
Stripes Embossing Folder
Sponge Daubers

Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon
White Bakers Twine (available 1st December 2011)
Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Mini Library Clips
Green thread