Twelve Days of Christmas: Day 10 / Gift Giving Ideas

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have some creative ideas for gift giving during the Holiday Season … whether you are doing the giving or you need a little “hint” for your stamping needs.

I do Gift Certificates for you and enclose them in a beautiful hand made card … and they can be for any amount you desire.

If you need to drop a hint or two on what you would like for Christmas … Here is a “Wish List” that you can click on and download to print out. To get your orders by Christmas, the best bet is to contact me before the 10th to ensure timely shipment.

I’d love to help you with your gift giving needs. Please let me know if I can assist you in anyway. Here’s a little giggle for your Thursday … everyone needs an “Elf” during the holidays.

Twelve Days of Christmas: Day 9 / Twisted Ribbon Technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I am so excited to share my cards and video with you today. Christmas is full of pretty paper and ribbons, and today I’m thrilled to show you the “Twisted Ribbon” Technique. In the video, you will also learn two different tips to creating this technique with ease.

Let’s watch the video and then I will share the cards with you …..

How fun is this technique!?? Oh my gosh …I am addicted!! And with the use of my template, it makes creating these cards fast and simple. Let’s talk “Core” dimensions / What you need to create the card. The punches or dies you can add for greetings and such are endless!! Just have fun with it.

  • Card Base: 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ then score at 4-1/4″.
  • Panel for ribbon technique: 5″ x 2″ … this allows you to add a mat and still layer!
  • Ribbons (Designer Paper): 3″ x 1/2″ (Sorry I said 1/4!)

I’ll begin with the card that I demonstrated in the video ….

This card highlights the “Boughs of Holly” Designer Series paper. I complimented that with Real Red and Mossy Meadow cardstock. My greeting comes from the Sweet Candy Cane Stamp Set and Real Red ink.

On this card I used the Framed Florets bundle and the Framed & Festive Stamp Set. The designer paper to create the “Twisted Ribbon” is the Fitting Florets! I also used the Timeworn Type Embossing Folder to add some texture to the card.

I got a bit more creative with this card … I cut 2-1/4″ off the front flap of my card and placed my “Twisted Ribbon” on the right side of the card. Now it shows with the card is open or closed!! My designer paper of choice is the “Santa Express” full of fun and whimsy!

To create the texture on the front flap, I used the Wintery 3-D embossing folder. My greeting comes from the Very Best Occasion stamp set and was punched out using the “Label Me Lovely” punch. Cardstock colors are Poppy Parade and Shaded Spruce.

My last card I shared also used the Santa Express Designer paper ….

I also used the Wintry on this card but I embossed the beautiful White Glimmer paper! I centered my “Twisted Ribbon” to give it another different look. The greeting comes from the Sweet Candy Cane stamp set and fits this card perfectly.

I had so much fun making these cards and I hope I inspired you to grab some of your designer papers and try out this technique.

Thank you so much for joining me! Have a wonderful day.

Here are some of the supplies used to create my cards. Don’t forget that there are many beautiful designer papers on the Clearance rack at low, low prices!

Twelve Days of Christmas: Day 8 / Book Binder Fun Fold & Christmas Barn …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m going to share one of my heartfelt favorites that hit the retirement list … Christmas Barn. This set brings feelings of my grandparents. I also created this card using the Book Binder Fun Fold, so I will be sharing one of my demonstration videos with you. I will be sharing it with you today, along with close-ups and dimensions shared in the video. The Book Binder Fun Fold is so easy to make but gives you that special touch of fun … and it works great with any occasion!!

Besides the Fun Fold, I’ll also be highlighting the “Masking” technique. Masking allows you to create dimension on your card without the use of dimensionals and such. First, you will need to stamp the barn, once on your cardstock, I’m using Shimmery White here, and then again on a piece of scratch paper …. then cut out your barn.

Now that you have your barn cut out, use a removable adhesive to attach your cut barn onto your stamped barn. Now you can stamp your trees around the barn … Remove your mask and it looks like the trees are behind your barn!! Now you can color your barn as desired. Now onto the Fun Fold Directions …..

Let’s take a look at the video and then I will share the measurements for the card…

So cute and easy … right! One piece of cardstock, two score lines and some adhesive and you can create the Book Binder Fun Fold. This bundle makes it easy to stamp and die cut your way to “sweet” Christmas cards and treats!

Measurements:

  • Card Base: 11″ x 4-1/4″ then score at 5-1/2″ and 6-3/4″ … the adhesive goes between the 5-1/2″ and 6-3/4″ score lines to create the “binder”.
  • Real Red Mat: 4″ x 4″
  • Designer Paper or White (for inside): 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″
  • Binder Designer Paper: 4″ x 1″

The layout to this card is so simple that you can use it for any occasion … I’ll share more with you later.

In the Sweet Candy Cane bundle I showed you that one little die that creates a little “wrap” for candy canes but I wanted to share what else you could use them for … non-candy treats / gifts!!

Talk about a quick and easy little gift to give … and inexpensive. I used scrap pieces to cut my little wraps out and the pencils were from the $$tore! I think there are about 8 pencils in each pack, and they always have them for special occasions.

I hope you enjoyed the two cards highlighting the fun fold and the little treat wraps today.

Thank you so much for joining me today, and to those who watched me LIVE last night.

Have an amazing Wednesday ~

Here are the supplies that I used to create today’s Book Binder Fun Fold. If you do not have a demonstrator, I’d be happy to serve your stamping needs. Thank you.

Twelve Days of Christmas: Day 7 / Gift Bag

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Are you a paper hoarder like me? I always love having a stash of designer paper in many different patterns that I can use at a moments notice, and creating a gift bag is such an occasion.

Creating your own Gift Bag is so easy and then you can create a coordinating card to go with it. Today’s post has a cute bag highlighting the Santa’s Delivery paper ….

I love this Santa Express gift bag created by Stampin’ Up! Concept Artists for the July-Dec Mini Catalog.

Here are the measurements to recreate this project at home:

1- Start with 8-1/2″ x 11″ piece of designer paper.

2- On 11″ side, score at 4-1/4″, 5-1/4″, 9-1/2″, 10 1/2″.

3- On 8-1/2″ side, score 1″ and 6-1/2″.

4- Fold at 6-1/2 mark first for the flap and then glue the rest of the bag together.

    Enjoy making gift bags for your friends and loved ones.

    Here are the products used in today’s post … Click on the item for more information or to purchase.

    Twelve Days of Christmas: Day 6 / Pretty Paper!

    Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

    We are half way through my Twelve Days of Christmas and today I’m changing it up a bit. With the update to the Clearance Rack … I thrilled to share all of these cards with you today … the cards turned out so cute and are all so different for being created with the same Designer Paper: Sweet Talk.

    With so many pretty patterns you can’t go wrong … and for under $5.00 you won’t find a better bargain. There are many different Designer Papers on the Clearance Rack.

    A simple card base and a 3″ x 3″ square with a 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ mat with a coordinating color behind it. Stamp on your greeting and your good to go. Remember, you can stamp those cute hearts instead of die cutting your designer paper … just do what works best for you!

    My second card highlights the embossing folder and the hearts and Iridescent Rhinestones really say … Happy Valentines Day!

    By popping up the embossed card stock, you not only add texture to your card but so much dimension, and that includes the playful layering of the hearts. Who wouldn’t want to get this little cutie!? It’s just full of love

    The third card adds a bit more “bold” to our valentine cards … I pulled the red out of the designer paper pattern and added some black. Don’t you just love the gingham ribbon, so glad it carried over, it adds that nice pop without over taking the the hearts.

    The hearts are stamped in Real Red and die cut so I could “pop” them up too! There is double the layers because I popped up the tags as well. This card wouldn’t have to be for Valentines at all … it’s a perfect way to say “I’m glad you’re in my life” to your friends (BFF!)

    I’m so thrilled with the way all these cards turned out and so happy to share them with you. I hope they inspire you to create and send Valentines or cards filled with love for a friend (or your favorite sister)!

    One last card for you … This is one of my favorites! I just love the way that the hearts are floating out of the little envelope.

    Thank you for hanging out with me today, and I hope you are just as excited as I am for this pretty paper, and that I’ve inspired you to get back in your stamp room! Have fun 🙂

    Have a wonderful day ~

    Twelve Days of Christmas: Day 5 / Boughs of Holly

    Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

    I am really excited to share today’s card with you as it comes from one of the first suites I had to get my hands on when this Mini Catalog game out, and now it’s on the retiring list 😦

    The Boughs of Holly Designer Series paper is simply stunning and is the backdrop for my card. I layered the poinsettia pattern with the Evening Evergreen and Cherry Cobbler which creates such a beautifully rich look.

    To add a holiday touch, I die cut the frame from the Gold Metallic Specialty paper and it seems to make the centers of the poinsettia really pop out. I also die cut a piece of the designer paper with several green shaded to put behind the leaves.

    To keep the deep rich them of my card going … I heat embossed a piece of Cherry Cobbler with Clear Embossing powder and die cut the cherries. I also cut the detailed part of the cherry in the Gold Metallic paper. To bring in the deep green from the designer paper, I cut 3 sprigs from the Evening Evergreen cardstock.

    A simple piece of white Bakers Twine behind the leaves complimented the white used for the greeting. Then I added a few of the Gold Holly Leaves to balance out the entire assembly. To complete my card, I added a piece of the designer paper onto the Basic White and then layered a piece of Evening Evergreen behind the Basic White.

    If you take a good look at my card, then flip to page 24 on the Mini Catalog you will see where I got my inspiration from!! I think our catalogs are a great place for inspiration, and if you have shopped with me in the past year … You are on my mailing list and will be receiving the upcoming Jan – June Mini and Sale-a-bration Catalogs!! Woot Woot!! Just my way of saying “Thanks” for choosing me as your demonstrator ❤

    Thank you so much for joining me today, I hope I inspired you with these rich, warm colors.

    Have a great weekend!!

    Here is a list of supplies that I used to create today’s card ….

    Twelve Days of Christmas: Day 4 / Sweet Candy Cane Bundle …

    Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

    Today I will be sharing a FUN FOLD with you today, along with close-ups and dimensions shared in the video. This is also part of the Mega Suite: Sweetest Christmas. The Book Binder Fun Fold is so easy to make but gives you that special touch of fun … and it works great with any occasion!!

    Let’s take a look at the video and then I will share the measurements for the card…

    So cute and easy … right! One piece of cardstock, two score lines and some adhesive and you can create the Book Binder Fun Fold. This bundle makes it easy to stamp and die cut your way to “sweet” Christmas cards and treats!

    Measurements:

    • Card Base: 11″ x 4-1/4″ then score at 5-1/2″ and 6-3/4″ … the adhesive goes between the 5-1/2″ and 6-3/4″ score lines to create the “binder”.
    • Real Red Mat: 4″ x 4″
    • Designer Paper or White (for inside): 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″
    • Binder Designer Paper: 4″ x 1″

    The layout to this card is so simple that you can use it for any occasion … I’ll share more with you later.

    In the Sweet Candy Cane bundle I showed you that one little die that creates a little “wrap” for candy canes but I wanted to share what else you could use them for … non-candy treats / gifts!!

    Talk about a quick and easy little gift to give … and inexpensive. I used scrap pieces to cut my little wraps out and the pencils were from the $$tore! I think there are about 8 pencils in each pack, and they always have them for special occasions.

    I hope you enjoyed the fun fold and the little treat wraps today. I’ll be back to share more of these with you.

    Thank you so much for joining me today, and to those who watched me LIVE last night.

    Have an amazing weekend ~

    Here are the supplies that I used to create today’s Book Binder Fun Fold. If you do not have a demonstrator, I’d be happy to serve your stamping needs. Thank you.

    Twelve Days of Christmas: Day 3 / Christmas Banners

    Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

    Today I am going to share my card from the Christmas Banners bundle which is part of the mega suite “Sweetest Christmas”. You’ll find these on pages 8 through 11.

    My card also uses the background die from the Sweet Candy Cane bundle. Let’s begin …

    The card base is Pool Party and then I layered two die cut sheet on top. The secret to get that “criss-cross” look is to turn one of the die cut piece upside (flip it over) … I hope you know what I mean. I attached the layers together and to the front of the card using the Tombo Liquid glue. On top of that is a circle cut from our Layering Circle Dies.

    Next I inked up my banner with VersaMark and heat embossed it with Silver Embossing Powder. Then using the Christmas Banners stamp set, I stamped my greeting onto the banner using Pool Party Ink. Before you attach this to the card front, you have to die cut all your foliage.

    I stamped the foliage in Pool Party ink three times and then die cut it, then I die cut the “sprigs” from Garden Green and using a Sponge Dauber and White Craft ink … I tipped the ends to give it a “frosty” look. The I cut more of the foliage out of the White Glimmer paper. Once all your pieces are stamped, tipped and die cut … you can begin layering them behind your banner.

    I added adhesive directly to the back of my banner and then began layer the pieces behind. You may need to add a bit more adhesive to get all you layers done. Then I added Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back to give it dimension and to help secure your foliage to the banner.

    Then I added some Silver Festive Pearls to complete my card. I love the way this card turned out and it was one that I featured at my Fall Holiday Stamping Retreat.

    Thank you for stopping back. I’ll see you tomorrow for day 4 of my Twelve Days of Christmas.

    Here is a list of supplies used for today’s card ….

    STARTS TODAY ….

    Twelve Days of Christmas: Day 2 / Merriest Moments

    Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

    It’s Day 2 and I have a beautiful card to share with you today! It comes from the Merriest Moments bundle which is found on page 23 in the June thru December Mini Catalog …. and is retiring 😦

    This stunning card was created for my Holiday Stamping Retreat but since it’s on our Last Chance list, I thought I would share it will you. It’s way to pretty not too!

    I began with a Very Vanilla card base and from there … it’s layered with Gold and Pearlescent Specialty Paper. You will find both the Goil Foil paper and teh Pearlescent paper in the Annual catalog – pg.139

    The Pearlescent card front is embossed, and then another layer is embossed and die cut to add a beautiful layer to the card.

    On top of the die cut foliage is another layer of Gold Foil and then I embossed the greeting onto the card. A poinsettia was die cut for added texture and design. To complete my card, I added some of the gold “Festive Pearls.

    With just some basic cuts and some die cutting, then embossing your greeting … this stunning card is ready to send to your friends and family.

    Now I have some news for you about Stampin’ Up!s Last Chance list and more …

    CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD RETIRING LIST PDF

    Also on December 1st, Stampin’ Up! will be adding new items to the Clearance rack, including dies offered during the Perfect Partners Promotion! With discounts up to 60% off, you can get the die sets that coordinate with the still-available stamp sets at a great price. This is an amazing opportunity … Hurry and check it out the Perfect Partners dies and Clearance Rack products (available while supplies lasts)—don’t forget the coordinating stamps 🙂

    Thank you so much for stopping by today. If you’re interested in the Merriest Moments for your craft room, click on the link I provided above to check out the discounts.

    Have a great day ~

    Twelve Days of Christmas: Day 1 / Kindest Gnomes

    Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

    I am going to start out with a BANG!!! I am sharing several cards featuring the Kindest Gnomes Bundle. I love this entire suite!! Gnomes are so “hot” right now and if you’re like me and you’ve hopped on their bandwagon, you will enjoy this parade of cards.

    I did “NOT” create these cards, they were done by our Global Artisan Team members, so I will “recognize” them by including their names along with their creations.

    Created by our global Artisan Design Team member Berdien Weideveld ….

    Created by our global Artisan Design Team member Martin Stone ….

    Created by our global Artisan Design Team member Karine Lison ….

    Created by our global Artisan Design Team member Vicki Boucher ….

    Created by our global Artisan Design Team member Tami Hewlett ….

    The Gnome Dies (item number 159625) WILL carry over and be available during the January–April 2023 Mini Catalog sales period. The dies will officially be retiring on 1 May 2023, unless they sell out before then; they will not be restocked. However, all the other products in the Storybook Gnomes suite will retire this December and are on the Last Chance List.

    I hope you enjoyed the first product share of my Twelve Days of Christmas series… Kindest Gnomes.

    Thanks for spending your time with me today!

    As promised, Here is the Last Chance List …. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

    Magical Snowman Card …

    Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

    I’m excited to share a few announcements with you today, along with a video and two cards!! First I’d like to share the video of my Facebook LIVE on Saturday where I demonstrated some fun techniques using White Glimmer paper, and the Snowman Magic Bundle.

    These two products make the perfect pair ….

    How awesome is that? Did you know that you could “dye” your white glimmer paper by spritzing it with a mixture of rubbing alcohol and ink refill? Of course we can die cut it but it was cool to see how well it takes on the shape of your embossing folders. Here is another look at my two cards.

    I can’t wait to share this news with you …

    My first announcement is that I have held open my Small Business Saturday promotion for CYBER MONDAY!! You can get in on the same FREEBIE’s as my Saturday guests with a qualifying purchase. It’s a great way to “Gift” yourself while you shop for the card makers and crafters on your holiday list.

    Here is the LINK for your shopping convenience:

    https://www.stampinup.com?hostcode=9RCR9JKT

    ✨ YOU MUST USE THE HOST CODE TO QUALIFY FOR THE REWARDS.

    NOW …

    My final announcement is an invitation for you to join me beginning Tuesday, November 29th as I kick off my 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS series

    During my 12 Days of Christmas, I will highlight some of my favorite products from the upcoming LAST CHANCE List. That’s right … these amazing products will be retiring and only available while supplies last. I will post that LAST CHANCE List tomorrow along with our first of 12 highlighted products!

    Thank you for joining me today …

    Hope to see you tomorrow as I kick off my 12 Days of Christmas!

    Here is a list of the products I used to create that cards shown here today ….

    Simply Sunday: Simple Glitter Fun

    Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

    Yesterday I did a couple LIVE demonstrations on my Linda’s Stampin’ Escape Facebook page, and on my first stamp session I highlighted the “Red & White” Glimmer paper that is in the Mini Catalog. It is also one of the FREE Gifts I was giving away with orders placed during my Small Business Saturday event.

    Here are the two cards that I made during my presentation. With just 1-1/2 sheets of Basic White cardstock and one 6″ x 6″ sheet of the Red Glimmer we created two simple and oh so cute cards ….

    I also incorporated the Festive Pearls and Take Your Pick tool which were also FREE with a qualifying purchase during our Small Business Saturday celebration. So …. Grab a cup of coffee or your favorite beverage and join me for the short video replay of yesterday’s LIVE presentation.

    I hope you enjoyed the video and how easy these cards were to make. They are perfect layouts if you are in a rush to get your Christmas cards done.

    Thank you so much for joining me today.

    Enjoy your Sunday!

    Here is a list of supplies that I used for today’s cards ….

    The Light of the World Card

    Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

    I hope you had a beautiful Thanksgiving and had time to spend with loved ones. I enjoyed my time with family as well.

    Today I have a beautiful card to share with you that I created using the Peace to You stamp set. It is a simple yet stunning card done in Blackberry Bliss and the new Pearlescent Specialty Paper and a touch of Gold.

    The cardbase is in Blackberry Bliss … a regular A2 size (8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″) and then you’ll need a 5″ x 3-3/4″ piece, embossed with the Wintry 3-D embossing Folder. It adds the perfect touch of texture to your card and looks beautiful with the pines on Peace to You stamp set.

    Between the two layers of Blackberry Bliss, you will use a piece of Gold Foil paper cut to 5-1/4″ x 4″ which will tie together with the beautiful gold embossed church.

    You will be embossing the Church image onto a piece of 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ of the Pearlescent Specialty paper … such a stunning combination! I did the same with the greeting and then die cut them out with the Layering Circle dies. As I said, simple yet stunning card that is sure to impress your recipient.

    I want to Thank You for taking time out and stopping by today.

    Here is the list of supplies that I used to create today’s card ….

    Join me tomorrow for more details about my Small Business Saturday Celebration ….

    Happy Thanksgiving …

    Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

    This is the time of year for sharing what you’re thankful for. And at Linda’s Stampin’ Escape, you are at the top of my list! I am incredibly grateful for the continued support of you my friends and customers. I wouldn’t be here without you.

    As you consider your blessings this Thanksgiving I hope your day is filled with love, joy and gratitude!

    Enjoy this special day and celebrate with friends and family ❤ Happy Thanksgiving!