’tis the season…

Reindeer Christmas Card with Stampin' Up! products, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

for reindeer! 

and lots and lots of cards.  I LOVE Christmas cards.  Okay… I love all cards, but there are always so many MORE cards this time of year.  I know that some people don’t send them anymore, and I totally get that – sending cards is a lot of work, and life is busy – but that isn’t going to stop me.  😀

The last few years, I’ve picked one favorite design, and made a whole bunch of the same card, for friends and family.  This year was different.  Because I’m teaching classes now, I ended up creating a bunch of different designs.  It’s been so much fun!  I’ve shared a couple already, and I hope to share more, but Christmas is almost here (woohoo!), so I’m going to share a few today.

reindeer games

This first card (above) is all about the reindeer.  It’s not my original idea – a bunch of brilliant people have demonstrated on the Internet how to make a reindeer using the old Owl Builder Punch.  Yes, it’s retired, but there’s a ton of them out there.  The owl punch is so versatile, but so are all the “builder” punches.  I made his antlers and ears from the still-current Tree Builder Punch.  If you Google “punch art”, you’ll get tons and tons of ideas on how to create cute critters from misc. punches.

To showcase my little Rudolph, I adhered him to a white circle, framed with a scalloped red circle, and popped it up with dimensionals on a white piece with embossed diagonal stripes.  I die-cut the pine branches using the Christmas Staircase  Thinlits dies, and stamped the sentiment using a two-step stamp from the Merry Patterns stamp set.  This card was just plain fun to make.  (Who doesn’t love Rudolph?

Christmas Tree Card using Stampin' Up! products, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com.

decorate a tree

For card number two, I had some fun decorating a paper tree.  I started with a Garden Green tree, cut using the Christmas Staircase thinlits die.  (I’m getting so much use out of this set!)  I used a bit of gold thread to create a garland, and just dug up some shiny confetti bits for ornaments.  The sky is the limit here, though.  You can use all sorts of bits and baubles to decorate your tree – just look for shiny things.  🙂  Or make your own, like I did with the sparkly star at the top (die-cut from Gold Glimmer paper).  Using dimensionals, I popped up the decorated tree onto some pretty patterned paper (Be Merry Designer Series Paper), and just free-hand cut a trunk from some brown cardstock.  This whole piece was attached to a piece of Garden Green cardstock, with a sliver of that Gold Glimmer paper added the left, and a row of border-punched stars on the right, all added to a white top-fold card.  A simple sentiment heat-embossed in gold and matted with Cherry Cobbler cardstock, finishes it off.

Cup of Christmas Cheer card using Stampin' Up! products, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com.

nice, hot cup of cheer

To finish off this post, how about a nice cup of hot cocoa?  (With soy milk, of course.) I know I owe someone credit for this idea – my apologies to whoever thought of it first.  To give the cup a Santa look, I die-cut it from Real Red cardstock, used a strip of black for the belt, and added a gold glimmer belt buckle made with two nested square dies.  The cup and “whipped cream” are from the Coffee Cups Framelits Dies.  The sentiment is from the coordinating Merry Cafe Stamp Set.  I just love how Stampin’ Up! makes these coordinating products!  The Merry Cafe set is in the 2017 Holiday Catalog, but it coordinates perfectly with the Coffee Cafe Stamp Set, and the Coffee Cups Framelits Dies from the annual catalog.

one last thing

Happy Holidays!  And thank you so much for stopping by my little space on the Internet.  I’m looking forward to continuing to grow as a card-maker, and as a blogger.  (Comments, questions and suggestions always welcome!  You can leave a comment, or send me an e-mail.  I’d love to hear from you!)  Wishing all of lots of good cheer, tasty treats, and love & joy this holiday season!

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