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Fun With Christmas Cards

Christmas went by too fast this year!  I am just not ready to give up the fun.  The tree is still up and I hope to enjoy sitting in the window seat with snow falling on one side of the window and the Christmas tree on the other! Snow is predicted for tomorrow!

Maybe my sentimentality comes from one of the most incredible gifts we empty nesters can receive – a Christmas Eve grandbaby!

This is my youngest daughter, Amber, with Tyler and their new son Jaxson Christopher Buchholtz!  He was born a little after 1:00 pm Christmas Eve!

Humor me with just one more picture of Jaxson with his eyes open, then I will move on to cards!

We are so anxious to get up to Renton, WA and hold this little one!

I promised more cards with the Cable Knit Embossing folder. Let’s start with the pullover sweater with the Christmas tree embossed into the card stock:

The Christmas tree is cut out with the Peaceful Pines framelits still available in the big catalog, see page 28 for the stamp set and page 192 for the framelits.  The Warmth and Cheer Designer Series Paper (DSP) is retired but page 172 has a lovely set of lightweight Christmas Specialty designer paper.  My favorite in that paper is the sheet music.  It is lightweight which makes it perfect for making fancy envelopes.

Checkout the previous post, Elizabeth Stamp A Stacks, for all the details to making a cardigan;  the inside of this card is also shown there to compare the new Stitched Framelits product with a regular circle.  Did I make you look?  There are lots of additional pictures from the post you would have previously seen in your email.  I updated it yesterday and now there are details.  If you view this in your email post but want to quickly go to the full blog just click on the little SAL image at the top of the post.

Next I wanted to do a much more feminine cable knit sweater.

The collar is cut using the Lots of Labels Framelits, pg. 193, #138281.  A must have set of framelits!  The inside is the same just using the Warmth and Cheer DSP for the border and bow.  If I did it again, I would put a piece of red foil for the turtleneck to make it look more like silk.

My next challenge was to make a stocking cap similar to what I had seen on Pinterest.

The candy cane is removable in all of these cards if you wanted an ornament but are ready to throw the card away – (be still my heart, it happens)!  A pompom is made for the top by wrapping the Candy Cane Lane Bakers Twine around a 1″ piece of cardboard 20 times, then run a 4″ piece of twine under all the loops at the top of the cardboard and make a tight double knot.  Cut through the bottom of the loops and trim the longer ties to match the other lengths.  Mount it to the top of the card using several glue dots to secure the pompom.  I am loving our Thick Whisper White cardstock, pg. 175, #140272!  I have always liked layers on the front side of the card and needed layers on the inside when I used Whisper White because it seemed flimsy otherwise with several layers on the front.  Problem solved with Thick Whisper White cardstock!

The stocking cap started with two pieces of Thick Whisper White 4 1/4 X 5.  Do you remember MyDigitalStudio?  After failing  to make a nice cardboard template by hand that had perfect curves, I went to MyDigitalStudio (which I need to transfer to My Memories Suite before I upgrade the computer) and opened a new project, selected the ornament punch, turned it upside down and sized it for my card.  I printed it out, laid it on cardboard for a more permanent template and Voila! a perfect stocking cap!  So how do you attach the front to the back when you don’t want to lose your shaped design?  I am glad you asked!  Let’s look at this picture of the inside which uses the oval stitched framelit, the Wrapped In Warmth greeting and the tails of the bow punch with red foil paper to bring in the shiny red to match the holly berries on the outside.  The berries and leaves on the front are from the retired Stocking Accents Bigz die since I didn’t have the Holly Berry builder punch.

Do you see the score line at the top of the cap?  Okay, don’t look quite so close, it is a bit crooked, but you get the idea- you score about 3/4″ from the point on the inside and fold that down to glue the top on.   Use Tear and Tape to secure the top since it will be opened 1000s of times as people admire your card.

For the cable bottom on the front  start with a 1 1/4 X 4 1/4 piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock, spritz, leave off the bottom acrylic plate, and run through the Big Shot.  Then fussy cut the extra to get just the cool cable for the bottom.  I used Tear and Tape on the sides and very bottom to attach it to the front and leave a pocket for the candy cane.

If you would like to knit a stocking cap sign up for my knitting class.  My knitters received a little gift in a bag created with our Gift Bag punch board and lovely designer series paper (DSP).  See page 184 of the big catalog, item #135862.  It is another must have!

The knitting club played bingo using the bingo sheets I made years ago with the Stampin’ Up! bingo sheet and My Digital Studio.  We did the typical white elephant pick a gift or steal a gift and they had fun.  I made a miniature octokitten this year for the little girls next door who are too young to join my knitting class:

Back to showcasing cards…..  On page 35 of the Big Catalog is the Joyful Nativity stamp set and this card is a case from Pinterest that used smaller layers on the front leaving a 5/16″ white border on the card which is very effective!  And with the Thick Whisper White cardstock I didn’t feel I needed layers on the inside.  Get a jump on your Christmas cards for next year and make a dozen of these quick and simple cards with product that is still available!

It is so pretty with the Night of Navy contrast on Whisper White.  This picture doesn’t do it justice at all.

Main Card – Thick Whisper White  8 1/2  X  5 1/2   scored at 4 1/4.

Night of Navy Layer – 4 7/8  X  3 5/8

Top Layer – Whisper White  4 3/4  X   3 1/2

Scrap of Whisper White to stamp angel – 1 1/2  X  1 1/2  Fussy cut and mount with dimensionals

Copper Metallic Thread – about 6″  ( I put glue dots on the back of the angel to help wrap the thread)

This is Whisper White paper and the Night of Navy stamping is stunning in real life.  I am going to make a photo booth this year to help my pictures look better. The greeting is from the Warmth and Cheer stamp set.

For my Messianic Jewish family I used the retired Jewish Celebration stamp set:

Like always, I couldn’t get cards done for everyone and only had a limited number of box cards so when we returned from our trip I made Happy New Year’s day cards to complete my holiday greetings to everyone. I will give you (and myself) a much needed break and post those the next time.  Hmmm…. and now I need baby cards!  Whoopee….. One more picture?  Here’s my middle daughter, Stacia, the new Auntie, with little Jaxson…..

I’m going to check plane tickets again – maybe there is some fabulous deal today- I already checked yesterday, and the day before, and …..

SAL,  (Sing A Lullaby)

Karen

Sale A Bration is going on right now.  Buy $50 and get a free item from the Sale A Bration catalog.

The hostess code is:  R7QAJV2P  with Lucille as our hostess.  We will do a Jan – Feb – Mar online club this year since we will be going to Renton, WA sometime and going over to the Western slope to see Dad as often as possible.  Thank you for your understanding and support!

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