Crazy for Christmas Stars – Day One!

Happy Monday!!

I was a busy bee over the weekend trying to come up with lots of fun Christmas card ideas.  I decided to challenge myself to make 5 completely different cards using either star stamps or die cuts. I also made sure to incorporate at least one other stamp set to be sure there was plenty of variety. So come back every day this week for a fun new card and get those creative juices flowing!

Here is the first one!


This first card took some trial and error on my part. I really wanted to make a peek-a-boo style card with pretty Christmas paper showing. I chose to semi-randomly die cut out the larger stars with the Star Framelits and then I used my small star punch to add in three more peek-a-boo stars. I should mention that I chose to emboss the white paper prior to making the die cuts using the large Large Polka Dot embossing folder. The patterned paper peaking out is from the Trim The Tree DSP paper stack and there are lots of cute options that could be used if you preferred different paper. I layered this card with the Brushed Gold paper and used Cherry Cobbler as the base to the card. I then added the Gold trim and simple sentiment with a bow to bring it all together.

Hope you like the card and be sure to come back tomorrow to see the next installment of Crazy for Christmas Stars!


Supplies used:

  • Inks: Versamark and Gold embossing powder
  • Stamp Sets: Bright and Beautiful and And Many More for the sentiment
  • Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Brushed Gold, Whisper White and Trim The Tree DSP paper stack
  • Tools: Star Framelits, Star punch from the Itty Bitty Accents punch pack, Large Polka Dot embossing folder, Modern Label Punch, Hole punch, Heat Gun, paper snips and paper trimmer
  • Embellishments: 1/8 inch Gold Ribbon and Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Graduation card number 3!

Still working my way through all these graduations I have this year.  This one was a little extra fun to make though because the recipient went to my Alma Mater college – Southern Illinois University at Carbondale – WOOHOO – GO DAWGS!!  Anyhoo, pardon me there.  I, of course,  was excited to use the school colors. The proper school colors are Maroon and Heather Gray, but I just feel like graduating is a time to make things a little bit glam so of course I had to use silver in place of that gray 😉

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Now it is a pretty card, but there is something to be learned from this post… USE YOUR EMBOSSING BUDDY. You can probably tell, I forgot. This could have looked pristine clean if I had remembered that one step, but I have decided I am chalking it up to looking more handmade with my little specs that are out of place. To make this card I used Versamark for all my stamped images (except the stars) and then embossed them in silver. I am patiently waiting for my big Stampin’ Up order to arrive with lots of new catalog items. If I had that, I could have just punched out those cute stars, but alas, I had to fussy cut them.  I hope you like it and most of all I hope my happy graduate cousin does too!

Happy Friday Y’all!

~ Kristal

Supplies Used (all Stampin’ Up products):
Stamp Sets: Pure Gumption and Banner Blast
Inks: Versamark. Bravo Burgundy and Silver embossing powder
Tools: Banner Punch and paper snips
Paper: Bravo Burgundy, Whisper White and Silver Foil
Embellishments: Silver Ribbon

Catherine & Cathy Create Starlight May challenge

Hello All!

I am feeling a bit better today because I was given a steriod injection in my back! Fingers crossed it will prevent the need for surgery. Only time will tell!

Since I had some energy for crafting I decided to give C&CC’s first challenge of the month a try.  This challenge is to use stars. Well I don’t have a single star stamp, but I do have some paper I just recently used that has stars in it.  I need a couple of graduation cards so I thought I would put those stars to use for the recent graduate “Stars” in my life. Here is what I came up with:

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This was a fun card to make. I got to use some gold paper, embossing powder and washi tape which always makes for a good combo.  The Congrats wood veneer is from the Stampin’  Up Paper Pumpkin I received in March.  I colored it by just pressing it into my black ink stamp pad, then I covered it with Stampin’  up Iridescent ice emobssing powder. The stars were fussy cut from a paper pack I had fromPink Paislee. I had just used some of this paper on my wedding album. I really LOVE this paper pack! It is great for adding some POW to your project. On the inside of the card I just added a saying from the Pure Gumption graduation set from Stampin’ Up.  I am really happy with how it turned out so I think I will make a few more!

Here are all the supplies used:

Paper: Pink Paislee Luxe paper, Basic white card by Paper Studio, Gold foil cut from the liner I received in the March Paper Pumpkin from Stampin’ Up and basic black.

Emblishments:  Gold stripe and Black chevron washi tape (not sure where from) Congrats Wood veneer from the March Paper Pumkpin kit at Stampin’  Up

Tools: Iridescent Ice emobssing powder – Stampin’ Up and plain old scissors for fussy cutting stars. 🙂

Ink:  Stampin’ Up Basic Black

Happy Tuesday everyone!


Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge #219

I had a lot of errands to run today and I had to do a little work as well.  🙁  But, I was still able to fit in just a little more crafting before the work week started.  Operation Write Home has another cute and simple sketch challenge that I thought would be fun. I even used up some of the paper scraps leftover from yesterday’s card making day.  Here it is:

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Supplies used for this card include almost all Stampin’ up products this time: Punches: Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack – Flower, 2 3/8 Scallop Circle punch. Sale-a-Bration items –  Decorative Dots Embossing Folder and Sweet Sorbet patterned paper. Cardstock: Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pool Party and Whisper White.  Stamp is from the Really Good Greetings set and stamped with Pool Party ink. Candy dots are in the Pool Party color.  I used a nestabilities circle die for the white circle.

Hope everyone has a great week!