Countdown to Christmas 2023 – Week 6

How is it already week 6 of my Countdown to Christmas 2023 series?

For this project, I used the new Christmas Everywhere Kit. The kit includes all the items you need to create 9 cards (3 each of 3 designs). It also includes a stamp set and mini ink pad in Pretty Peacock too.

As you can see, rather than using the cards in the kit, I have used the stamp set to create my own design.

This is a monochrome Christmas Card in Night of Navy and Basic White.

First, the star background is stamped. Next, a circle is cut using the Online Exclusives 2″ Circle Punch. Two trees are then stamped onto the circle, with another stamped onto a separate piece.

The trees are coloured using a light Night of Navy Stampin’ Blend marker with the separate one cut out and stuck in front.

This is then mounted onto a Night of Navy Circle, again cut out using a Circle Punch. The trees are then stuck to background.

What is great about this stamp set is the combination of words to allow you to create your own sentiment.

For my sentiment, I was able to pop it all onto my clear block and stamp the whole greeting at once.

I’ve raised this over the top of the trees using Dimensionals.

Finally, a few Rhinestones are dotted around for some festive sparkle.

I intend to make up the kit and use the cards as instructed, but as soon as I saw the stamp set, I knew that it would be great for my own designs too.

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CHRISTMAS EVERYWHERE KIT (ENGLISH)2" (5.1 CM) CIRCLE PUNCH2-3/8" (6 CM) CIRCLE PUNCHNIGHT OF NAVY A4 CARDSTOCKNIGHT OF NAVY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKSTAMPIN' BLENDS NIGHT OF NAVY COMBO PACKRHINESTONE BASIC JEWELSSTAMPIN' SEALMINI STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Last Week’s Card & Cuppa – Cheerful Daisies Bundle

At last week’s Card & Cuppa project it was the turn of a new Bundle, along with a new colour too.

Items from the new Cheerful Daisies Bundle (Stamp Set and Dies) and Pecan Pie combined to create this pretty monochrome Birthday card. These are new products from the Annual Catalogue.

This project is a version of one of my most popular lockdown projects. So I have CASE-d myself with a monochrome twist.

If you’re not sure what CASE-ing is, then check out my video here that gives a quick overview.

Using one of the three Basics Embossing Folders from the Online Exclusives range, a background was created. It was given a vintage look with a Blending Brush and was then offset against the Pecan Pie layer.

Various images from the Cheerful Daisies Stamp Set were stamped and shapes were cut out using the coordinating Cheerful Daisies Dies.

The daisy sitting under the sentiment is again given a hint of colour using a Blending Brush.

A swoosh of ribbon from the Trim Combo Pack is then added. This is another Online Exclusive product and the other ribbon in the pack we used on the last Card & Cuppa project. It sits under the sentiment and coordinates really well with the warmth of Pecan Pie.

Finally, some Brass Butterflies are dotted across the project.

This project would look fabulous in other monochrome variations.

Which colour(s) would you choose?

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CHEERFUL DAISIES BUNDLE (ENGLISH)BASICS 3D EMBOSSING FOLDERSPECAN PIE A4 CARDSTOCKPECAN PIE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 THICK CARDSTOCKBLENDING BRUSHESGOLD & SILVER 1/8" (3.2 MM) TRIM COMBO PACKBRUSHED BRASS BUTTERFLIESSTAMPIN' CUT & EMBOSS MACHINEMINI STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVE

Finishing Up Friday – For You in Balmy Blue

This week’s Finishing Up Friday uses a pre-embossed piece and some punched pieces I had in my crafting stash.

For this monochrome card I chose Balmy Blue alongside Basic White.

I cut the pre-embossed piece from the Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder into three, and added some ink around the edges of each piece using a Blending Brush.

Then I used the Double-Stitched Ribbon in coordinating Balmy Blue and White and separated it. As the thin blue ribbon is stitched to the white ribbon with a clear thread, I carefully unpicked the stitching to create two ribbons.

The white part of the ribbon is then stuck across the project before adding the punched shapes. These are cut using Bough Punch.

Next, it was the turn of the thinner blue ribbon to create a ribbon swoosh. Head to this Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques video for a demonstration on how I create mine.

A sentiment from the Soft Seedlings Stamp Set is then cut out using the Beautiful Shapes Dies and layered onto a circle cut from the Stylish Layers Dies.

Finally, some Solid Faceted Gems, also in Balmy Blue are dotted across the project to maintain the monochrome look.

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PAINTED TEXTURE 3D EMBOSSING FOLDERBOUGH PUNCHSOFT SEEDLINGS CLING STAMP SET (ENGLISH)BEAUTIFUL SHAPES DIESSTYLISH SHAPES DIESBOUGH PUNCHBALMY BLUE A4 CARDSTOCKBALMY BLUE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKBLENDING BRUSHESBALMY BLUE & WHITE 3/8" DOUBLE-STITCHED RIBBONSOLID FACETED GEMSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVE

Countdown to Christmas 2022 – Week 4

We are now at week 4 of this year’s Countdown to Christmas series.

For this project, I chose a monochrome look with Starry Sky and Basic White.

The images are from the Mountain Air Stamp Set and the Penguin Place Stamp Set, one festive and one non festive. Penguin Place is a returning favourite from last year and can be found in the July-December Mini Catalogue.

First, a background of stars is created from the Penguin Place Stamp Set, along with the Christmas sentiment in the bottom corner.

Next, the Starry Sky strip is stamped both tone-on-tone and with White Ink for a forest scene. The trees are from the Mountain Air Stamp Set. A few more stars are added to this piece.

This is then stuck across the background piece.

More trees and stars are stamped onto a circle cut from the Stylish Shapes Dies.

All of the stars are given a touch of Wink of Stella, along with the trees to give the appearance of frost.

Finally a few Rhinestones are added for a touch of extra sparkle.

Why not see if you can make a Christmas Card using non-Christmas products.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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MOUNTAIN AIR PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (EN)PENGUIN PLACE PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)STYLISH SHAPES DIESSTARRY SKY A4 CARDSTOCKSTARRY SKY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKUNINKED STAMPIN' PAD & WHISPER WHITE REFILLWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHRHINESTONE BASIC JEWELSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Finishing Up Friday – An Artisan Butterfly

This week’s Finishing Up Friday uses leftover items from two previous Card & (Your) Cuppa projects.

The previous projects are here and here.

I chose to create a monochrome project with Mint Macaron and Basic White using the leftover pieces.

First, I stamped my sentiment from the Art Gallery Stamp Set in the top right corner.

As one of the pre-cut items in my stash was the ornate piece from the Artisan Additions Dies, I stuck this over Mint Macaron cardstock to create the pretty bottom section for the card.

A length of the Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon then covers the join.

Another item from my stash was the detailed pre-cut butterfly from the Brilliant Wings Dies. This sits on a solid butterfly shape, only glued down the centre to show the wings.

Finally, the butterfly is raised up on Dimensionals for a more 3D effect.

I’m continuing to make a dent in my pre-cut butterflies!

Which pre-made items are you going to use from your desk?

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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ARTISAN ADDITIONS DIESBRILLIANT WINGS DIESART GALLERY PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETMINT MACARON A4 CARDSTOCKMINT MACARON CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKWHITE 1/4" (6.4 MM) CRINKLED SEAM BINDING RIBBONMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUETEAR & TAPE ADHESIVESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Last Week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa – Monochrome Perfectly Penciled DSP

Last week’s Card & (Your) Cuppa project just used black and white for this monochrome design.

It uses the Perfectly Penciled DSP for the background piece.

A sentiment from the Artistically Inked Stamp Set is then stamped on a separate piece of cardstock to sit across the project.

Basic Black and Basic White strips are then cut and stuck behind the sentiment. The edges are cut at an angle and they are set are different lengths.

Once the sentiment piece is stuck down, with any overhang cut away, two lengths of Basic Black Baker’s Twine then sit at the top and bottom.

Finally, some Classic Matte Dots are added.

This design is a great scrap buster and perfect for masculine projects.

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PERFECTLY PENCILED 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPERARTISTICALLY INKED CLING STAMP SETBASIC BLACK A4 CARDSTOCKTUXEDO BLACK MEMENTO INK PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBAKER'S TWINE ESSENTIALS PACKCLASSIC MATTE DOTSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUETEAR & TAPE ADHESIVE

Saying Hello – In Color 2022-2024: Tahitian Tide

The final In Color from the new Annual Catalogue is Tahitian Tide.

Tahitian Tide. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This colour is another of my favourites.

I have again used the same design as I did for the Orchid Oasis, Parakeet Party, Starry Sky and Sweet Sorbet projects.

Tahitian Tide. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using the 6×6 DSP, this creates a diagonal backround, with a length of In Color Metallic Woven Ribbon covering the join.

Sweet Songbirds, a new Stamp Set and Punch Bundle from the Annual Catalogue provides the cute bird. This sits on a cloud cut out using the Cloud Punch.

It reminds me of a certain social media network!

Tahitian Tide. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, as before, In Color Matte Decorative Dots are added.

 

Here is a quick reference of how this new colour compares to the other Stampin’ Up! colours.

Tahitian Tide. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Here are all of the five new colours together. Do you have a favourite?

Orchid Oasis. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs  Parakeet Party. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs  Starry Sky. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs     Sweet Sorbet. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs  Tahitian Tide. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

In Color 2022-2024. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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SWEET SONGBIRDS BUNDLE (ENGLISH)CLOUD PUNCH2022–2024 IN COLOR™ 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPERTAHITIAN TIDE A4 CARDSTOCKTAHITIAN TIDE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKTAHITIAN TIDE 1/8'' (3.2 MM) METALLIC WOVEN RIBBON2022-2024 IN COLOR MATTE DECORATIVE DOTSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVE

Saying Hello – In Color 2022-2024: Sweet Sorbet

The penultimate In Color from the new Annual Catalogue, in alphabetical order is Sweet Sorbet.

Sweet Sorbet. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’ve once again used the same monochrome design as I did for the Orchid Oasis, Parakeet Party and Starry Sky projects.

Sweet Sorbet. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

In Color 6×6 DSP cut on the diagonal provides the background, with a length of coordinating Metallic Woven Ribbon to cover the join.

The Artistically Inked Stamp Set and Artistic Dies create the flowers. These sit on a shape cut using the new Stylish Shapes Dies. They remind me of the red roses that flower outside my front door at this time of year.

Sweet Sorbet. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

To finish, three In Color Matte Decorative Dots are scattered across the project.

As with the other versions, this card is sentiment free and suitable for any occasion.

Here is a quick reference of how this new colour compares to the other Stampin’ Up! colours.

Sweet Sorbet. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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ARTISTICALLY INKED CLING STAMP SETARTISTIC DIESSTYLISH SHAPES DIES2022–2024 IN COLOR™ 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPERSWEET SORBET A4 CARDSTOCKSWEET SORBET CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKSWEET SORBET 1/8'' (3.2 MM) METALLIC WOVEN RIBBON2022-2024 IN COLOR MATTE DECORATIVE DOTSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVE

Saying Hello – In Color 2022-2024: Starry Sky

The third new In Color, in alphabetical order is Starry Sky.

Starry Sky. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Starry Sky is a lovely deep blue and as with the other colours, I have made a monochrome project in the same design.

Once again, it uses the In Color 6×6 DSP stack, this time the side with the stripe pattern. This stripe pattern is quite versatile as you can use the stripes vertically, horizontally and also at an angle.

Coordinating Metallic Woven Ribbon hides the join.

Starry Sky. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The Dragonfly Garden Stamp Set provides the image, cut out with the matching Dragonflies Punch.

This has been given a coat of Wink of Stella that adds a touch of extra sparkle.

It sits on a hexagon cut using the Beautiful Shapes Dies.

Finally, In Color Matte Decorative Dots are added.

Starry Sky. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Like the previous two In Color projects, this is sentiment free, so it makes a great any occasion card. You can have a card like this in your emergency stash and either send it as it is, or add a sentiment.

Here is a quick reference of how this new colour compares to the other Stampin’ Up! colours.

Starry Sky. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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DRAGONFLY GARDEN CLING STAMP SETBEAUTIFUL SHAPES DIESDRAGONFLIES PUNCH2022–2024 IN COLOR™ 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPERSTARRY SKY A4 CARDSTOCKSTARRY SKY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKSTARRY SKY 1/8'' (3.2 MM) METALLIC WOVEN RIBBONMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVE2022-2024 IN COLOR MATTE DECORATIVE DOTS

Saying Hello – In Color 2022-2024: Parakeet Party

The next In Color I’m saying ‘hello’ to is Parakeet Party.

Parakeet Party. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I think this is one of my favourites of the new In Colors from the new Annual Catalogue.

Following on from the Orchid Oasis project, here is another monochrome card in the same design.

I love using monochrome designs to show off a colour. You can see how vibrant and zingy this one is.

Again, this project uses the coordinating In Color DSP stack for the diagonal strip, following the pattern line for the angle.

Parakeet Party. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The In Color Metallic Woven Ribbon hides the join.

A square, cut using the new Stylish Shapes Dies sits in a diamond shape, once again following the lines of the DSP.

This has a leaf from the Forever Fern Stamp Set cut out with the Greenery Dies sitting on top.

Finally, coordinating In Color Matte Decorative Dots are added.

Parakeet Party. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Being sentiment free, this card can be used for any occasion. It could also have a sentiment added just before it is sent.

Here is a quick reference of how this new colour compares to the other Stampin’ Up! colours.

Parakeet Party. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

 

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FOREVER FERN CLING STAMP SET (EN)FOREVER FLOURISHING DIESSTYLISH SHAPES DIESPARAKEET PARTY A4 CARDSTOCKPARAKEET PARTY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKPARAKEET PARTY 1/8" (3.2 MM) METALLIC WOVEN RIBBONMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALSTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVE2022-2024 IN COLOR MATTE DECORATIVE DOTS