Pretty Project Accents with Stacked Die Cuts

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Celebrate You painted harvest birthday card

I’m back today with a card to share with you that I’m going to admit, I’m a bit undecided about – I love the stacked die cuts trick I used but for the rest of the design… well I don’t know what I think about it.  But that is more of the reason why I decided I had to share it. 🙂

I’m going to get a little bit personal here – You see, over the last year, I have managed to go through a bit of a crafting identity crisis.  I was trying to figure out what direction I wanted to take my crafting and as I saw what others were doing, I let it get into my head that I wasn’t doing enough/doing the right things.  I would feel bad and feel like I needed to do so much more.  Which overwhelmed me and turned into me slowly putting off posting projects, classes, or updates as I was waiting to get them “perfect”.  Does this resonate with anyone out there?

It took a number of months but I finally realized that I was never going to be perfect all the time and that is OK!  I started out the year with my one little word being “imperfect” and said I wanted to strive to be perfectly imperfect.

I am perfectly imperfect quote

In fact, I did a short talk for Stampin’ Up demonstrators last month on growing your business by allowing yourself to be imperfect.  The funny thing?  I was cheering them on to just go for it, just put it out there even if it isn’t perfect… and what was I doing?  Sitting on my projects and ideas!  So, today, I’m taking my own advice and sharing with you a project… with less than perfect photos, and maybe a less than perfect design.  But fun non-the less!

Celebrate You Stacked Die Cuts Embellishment

The centerpiece for this card is the idea of creating a custom embellishment by stacking die cuts instead of using dimensionals.  Check it out above!  Its an easy and fun way to use your die cuts.

Tips for making this card:
  • Stacked Die Cuts make great coordinated embellishments – so what do I mean by this?  Well, I usually will die cut a shape or a sentiment and then pop it up on my card or project using Stampin’ dimensional foam dots. But you can get a cool effect if you replace the dimensionals with extra cardstock!  Start with the shape you want to be on top – in this case, the So Saffron celebrate sentiment.  Then start die cutting more of the same shape to be the supporting layers.
    You can make all the layers the same color to make it look like a fat puffy sentiment – or do like I did here and us a few different colors that coordinate with the rest of your card.  I used 2 Early Espresso layers and 2 Berry Burst layers plus the 1 So Saffron layer.  I used the Fine Tip Glue pen to hold my layers together; this gave me a little bit of wiggleroom to line up my words in each layer. When you are done, you get this need colored shadow effect that ties in perfectly to your card.
  • Use ribbon as a pretty way to cover where two papers meet – I love mixing and matching cardstock and designer paper, like this pattern from the amazingly cute Picture Perfect Party stack. But add a bit of polish to your card by covering up the seam where the cardstock and pattern paper overlap with some ribbon.  This metallic edge Berry Burst satiny ribbon is so pretty and a perfect accent for the card. I usually just add adhesive to the ends of the ribbon and use that to glue the ends to the back of the cardstock/pattern paper before gluing them down to the front of the card.
    Celebrate you Painted Harvest birthday card close up
  • Glitter Enamel Dots add a party to your paper! I’ve been hoarding these Glitter Enamel shapes.  They are A-MAZ-ING!  You get an ombre range of colors in the package and they are shiny and glittery and just make your card look so festive.  I had put this card together and was struggling with the “whitespace” on the right side of the card.  I knew I needed something but I couldn’t decide what.  I tried some of the clear enamel shapes but it just didn’t look quite right.  Thankfully my mom was nearby and she told me “it needs some color” and the lightbulb went off and I dug into my drawer and pulled these out.  They have adhesive on the back, so they are ready to go.  So, if you have an embellishment you are hoarding – I encourage you to dig it out and USE IT!  🙂
Just a reminder – 

The Celebrate You die cuts are available for a limited time as a Sale-a-Bration exclusive.  You can get them free with a $100+ order through the end of March or while supplies last.  They will be back in the Stampin’ Up Annual Catalog in June, though I don’t know how much they will cost for the set.   But if you love them, consider grabbing them now because why not get something free when you can? 🙂  Plus, once they are gone in March they won’t be back for a few months, so this is your last chance to get them early.   See another cute card idea with the Celebrate You dies HERE.


Wanna make this at home? Here is what you need:

Celebrate You stacked die cuts card birthday

I hope you enjoyed this project and will try stacked die cuts to make your own custom embellishments for your projects soon!

Jennifer Blomquist - Northwest Stamper Stampin Up Blog


Congratulations or Birthday Card – You Decide!

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Amazing You Sale-a-bration card idea

I recently held my first Creative Cards class of the year with my local stampers. And, since it was right after the Stampin’ Up Occasions catalog launched, I HAD to play with all the new stuff I had gotten from that catalog! I am so glad I had this class on the books because I hadn’t taken much time to get my new stamps inky before then.

Let me give you a little back story – see, my family is FULL of December babies.  My birthday is in mid-December, both of my kiddos are in December (one at the beginning of the month, one at the end of the month) plus there is my Sister in Law’s birthday and Christmas, not to mention my Mother-in-Law and niece who both have birthdays around Thanksgiving.  So, you see… the end of the year is a busy time for me around here! 🙂   Add to that the fact that it looked like a tornado had thoroughly gone through most of the rooms in our house; well, lets just say that I spent most of the month cleaning up in preparation for parties or holiday get togethers, prepping for those events, and then cleaning up afterwards!

So, now things are getting back into a routine and I’m excited to start stamping more and sharing more here on my blog and over on my Facebook page. 🙂  Like this fun card using the Amazing You stamp set and Celebrate You thinlits from the Sale-a-Bration catalog!  I love that these can be Congrats or Birthday… which do you think this card would be good for?

Mix & Match for a fun Celebration card

This card started out as the idea of having the half sunburst behind the sentiment on a plain white cardbase.  But I got excited and stamped my images and then realized the idea that was in my head just was not working out in real life!  So, I started grabbing bits and pieces from around my craft table to add a little bit of color, a little bit of pop, and some extra sequins for balance; and I ended up loving how it turned out!

So don’t be afraid to grab unrelated embellishments and papers and experiment with popping them onto your project!

Need some pieces to play with?  Check out my 2018 Occasions Catalog product samplers to get a little bit of all the new papers, ribbons, and embellishments – so you can try them out and see which ones you like!

Amazing You Sale-a-bration card idea side view

Tips for making this card:
  • Neutral pattern papers are great! Take advantage of the Petal Passion designer paper being all black and white designs. Use them add some weight to your card without having to worry about conflicting colors.  I added this 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ strip to the left side of my card to anchor all my different elements.
  • Coordinate the stamps and dies – Coordinate the sentiments from the Amazing You stamp set with the die cut sentiments from Celebrate You thinlits.  They are both free with a purchase during the Sale-a-Bration promotion (Jan-Mar 2018).  The stamp set is free with a $50 purchase, the dies are free with a $100 purchase.  *Or get them BOTH* with a $150 order, PLUS you’ll become the host of your own party and get an extra $15+ in free goodies to add on to your order.  And who doesn’t love free?
    Create your own Amazing You Bundle
  • Pick your Pop of Color – If you stick to one or two light or neutral colors (in this card, I used Basic Black, Basic Grey, and Daffodil Delight), then add in one bright color to add a pop to brighten things up!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE this Berry Burst metallic edge ribbon, and so used that behind my sentiment for that extra pop!
  • Customize your stamps!  I wanted to add the flower from the Amazing You stamp set but it turned out it was just too big for how the card was turning out.  So just cut off the leaves!  I colored in the flower using my Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends, trimmed out, and ready to pop on the card.

Amazing You Sale-a-bration card idea coloring with blends close up

  • Sequins made easy! Finally I needed just one more touch – and it was the Tutti Frutti adhesive back sequins!  You get 5 pretty colors (Berry Burst, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie).  And they already have glue on the back so they are a snap to add on to your projects and they don’t fall off later! 🙂

Wanna make this at home? Here is what you need:

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2018 Stampin’ Up Occasion Catalog Product Samplers!

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I’ve been working with the new Occasions Catalog products from Stampin’ Up’s spring catalog and the more I’m creating, the more I want to play with it all!  Stampin’ Up really designed some amazing paper patterns this year and has some super fun ribbons and embellishments to go along with them.

This is YOUR chance to try a little bit of everything at a fraction of the cost!

This year, I’m offering 2 options for my Occasions Catalog sampler – a paper only sampler and the “everything” sampler that contains all the papers plus almost every embellishment type in the catalogs!  Everything I’m including are items that are super fun and will be great to add to your crafting projects.  Per Stampin’ Up’s policies, I can’t have a paypal button on my page, but I’ve made it really easy for you.  So make sure to follow the steps below and I’ll have this fun on the way to you soon!

How to get yours:
  1. Check out the available options below and select which sampler(s) you would like
  2. Fill out the form at the bottom of this page (or email me at to tell me which samplers you would like
  3. I will send you an invoice via paypal for your selections – so please make sure I have the correct paypal email for you
  4. Product will be ordered, split amongst those who ordered samplers and shipped to you.
    Note – if you need it shipped, I’ll be sending it priority flat rate for $6

2018 Occasions Catalog Product Sampler - Paper Only The Paper Only product Sampler includes the following

  • Picture Perfect Party 6×6 dsp – 1 ea of 12 6×6
  • Sweet Soiree Specialty designer paper – 6-6×6
  • Painted with Love Specialty designer paper – 6-6×6
  • Petal Passion designer series paper – 6-6×6
  • Tutti Fruitt 6×6 designer paper – 1 ea of 12 6×6
  • Myths & Magic Specialty designer paper – 6-6×6
  • Myths & Magic 6×6 Glimmer Paper – 1 ea of 3 6×6
  • True Gentleman designer series paper – 6-6×6

That is 57 pieces of BRAND NEW designs all packaged up with labeled dividers for you for only $19.25 plus shipping (if needed)
DOUBLE UP!  Get a double pack with 2 sheets of each paper and save 10% – only $34.65 plus shipping (if needed)

2018 Occasions Catalog Product Sampler - Everything Sampler

The Everything Product Sampler includes the following


  • Picture Perfect Party 6×6 dsp – 1 ea of 12 6×6
  • Sweet Soiree Specialty designer paper – 6-6×6
  • Painted with Love Specialty designer paper – 6-6×6
  • Petal Passion designer series paper – 6-6×6
  • Tutti Fruitt 6×6 designer paper – 1 ea of 12 6×6
  • Myths & Magic Specialty designer paper – 6-6×6
  • Myths & Magic 6×6 Glimmer Paper – 1 ea of 3 6×6
  • True Gentleman designer series paper – 6-6×6


  • Birthday Mini Binder Clips – 1 ea of 4 colors
  • Silver Mini Gable Boxes – 1 box
  • Whisper White Narrow Notecards – 2 cards w/ envelopes
  • Petal Passion Embellishments – 2 ea of 2 designs
  • Tutti-frutti Adhesive Backed sequins – 5 ea of 5 colors
  • True Gentlemen Buttons – 1 ea of 3 designs
  • Berry Burst 3/8″ Metallic Edge ribbon – 1 yd
  • Silver Baker’s Twine – 1 yd
  • Love Mini Tinsel Trim – 1 yd each of 2 colors
  • Whisper White 1/4″ Organza ribbon – 1 yd
  • Lemon Lime Twist 3/8″ Mini Striped Ribbon – 1 yd
  • Night of Navy 3/8″ Corduroy Ribbon – 1 yd
  • Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes – 11 ea of 2 colors

FREE BONUS!  Order the EVERYTHING Sampler and you’ll get the following bonuses:

  • Bubbles & Fizz Designer Paper – 6-6×6
  • Shimmer ribbon pack – 1 yd ea of 3 colors (1/8″ Bermuda Bay, 1/4″ Basic Gray, 3/8″ Calypso Coral)

Including the bonus, that is 63 pieces of brand new and limited release paper, 10 yds of ribbon, and 61 accessory pieces!  All for only $33.50 plus shipping (if needed)
DOUBLE UP – if you like the idea of getting a double pack of paper (2 sheets of each design) but also want the embellishments and FREE BONUS, then choose this option and get a discount on the extra paper!  Only $48.90 plus shipping (if needed)


So Much Crafting Cuteness for the New Year!

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2018 Stampin' Up Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs are live!

Yay!  We made it to a new year!  2018 is here and I don’t know about you but I’m ready for this time of renewal and resolutions.  After taking some time to step back and have some family focused time, I’m excited and ready for the new year.  I have so many ideas I can wait to implement and to share with you here.

Watch for my 2018 Occasions Product Samplers to be posted shortly!

In the meantime, I had to make sure you had heard that Stampin’ Up has launched the new 2018 Occasions Catalog and it is full of super duper cute stuff this year.  I promise you, over the next few months, it will be hard not to be inspired. 🙂  I mean, check out how fun the cover is… I love it for the colors alone!

Check out the PDF copy of the Occasions Catalog HERE

Want your own copy of the catalog?  Request a copy using my form HERE

Want a fun preview?  Check out this fun video highlighting some of the new products:

PSST! Want in on a special VIP offer from me?

Use Host Code WDX7SR2Y when placing your $35+ order and receive FREE SHIPPING from me!
Shop online here

  • If your order is $150 or more, you do not need to use the Host Code to receive this offer.
  • Orders must be placed by 11:59pm on January 15th through my Online Store or by calling or emailing me your order and payment method.
  • If you place your order online, your shipping cost will be reimbursed via a mailed check or paypal
  • If you contact me to place your order, the shipping cost will be deducted before final payment
  • You must email me after placing your order to let me know you are redeeming this VIP offer and your preferred method to receive your refund

If you have any questions, email me at

Sale-a-Bration Starts Now!

Not only is the Spring Occasions Catalog starting now, but it is also the BEST PROMOTION OF THE YEAR – Sale-a-bration!

This is the time of year where you can earn so much free stuff that it is fantastic.  Check out all the fun exclusive items you could be getting free:

2018 Stampin' Up Sale-a-bration catalog cover

Check out the PDF copy of the Sale-a-Bration Promotional Catalog HERE

Want your own copy of the catalog?  Request a copy using my form HERE

So how does this all work?  Basically, you have 3 different ways to earn bonus stamps and exclusive products:Earn free stamps with a $50 Stampin' Up order

From now until March 31st, every $50 you order allows you to pick one of the items in the Sale-a-Bration catalog to get free.  You could choose a stamp set, a trio of ribbon, or even designer series paper.


With a $100 order, you can select a sweet sentiment thinlits die set or a large sentiment stamp set!  The choice is up to you.

And yes, these perks can be stacked!  So, with your $150 order, you can get one of the $100 items plus a $50 item, or 3 $50 items… AND YOU GET STAMPIN’ REWARDS to boot!  That means a minimum of $15 of free product of your choice from the catalogs as well when your order $150+.  
2018 Sale-a-Bration host rewardsGet a BONUS $25 in extra Stampin’ Rewards on top of what you normally earn when you place a $250 order or host a party (in person or online) that has total orders equal to $250 or more!


Want a discount on all your Stampin’ Up orders and join a community of Stampin’ Up enthusiasts? 
2018 Sale-a-Bration starter kit promotion

This is the BEST time to join my Fun n’ Crafty Stampers and get your Stampin’ Up starter kit!

Join a community of stampers who range from enthusiastic beginners to amazing artisans and everywhere in between, online sharing ideas, inspiration, tips, and cheers for you.  🙂

  • By purchasing the Starter Kit, you’ll be able to select $125 in catalog product to get started with – it’s your choice what you want
  • Do it during Sale-a-Bration, and you can pick TWO stamp sets of any value to have added to your starter kit at no cost
  • Get catalogs and business supplies, so if you want to share your excitements with your friends, they can shop with you and start building your own community of stamping friends and customers.
  • Get a minimum of 20% off EVERY ORDER you place!
  • Get FREE SHIPPING on your starter kit.

All of this for only $99+ tax!

I’d love to welcome you to our Fun n’ Crafty Stampers group.  Order your starter kit HERE


Meet the Stampin’ Up Stamparatus!

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A new kind of stamp positioner from Stampin Up - The Stamparatus

The Innovative Stamparatus stamp positioner is coming and you can be one of the first to get it!

It’s big news when something breaks the mold and changes everything. The Stamparatus will change the way you stamp, and before long, you’ll wonder how you crafted without it!

Why do YOU need one? You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!

  • Make multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using removable and reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement

Here is a video so you can see it in action!

Here is how you can get yours!

Stampin’ Up is doing something NEW with the release of this tool to help avoid long backorders.  They are allowing folks to “pre-reserve” their Stamparatus and so will be opening up to reservations in 3 different shopping windows.  When the window closes (or if they max out their available alotment), they will manufacture enought tools for everyone who has reserved one.

This acts like a true preorder: you reserve your spot and we guarantee shipment as soon as the product arrives in the warehouse.

  • Reservation quantities are while supplies last.
  • Limit is 3 tools per demonstrator and 1 tool per customer per reservation window. (So if you join my Fun n’ Crafty Stampers group, you’ll be able to order extra 😉 )
  • You may participate in multiple reservation windows.
  • In order to reserve your Stamparatus, you are required to provide your credit card information.
  • Credit cards will not be charged until the Stamparatus ships from our facility. When you close your order, be sure to verify that your credit card and shipping information is correct.

Stampin’ Up will let you know when the Stamparatus you reserved is ready to ship and they will put it in your shopping cart in the online store.  At that point you can add other items to purchase at the same time…you will also be able to earn Sale-a-Bration items or Hostess benefits at the same time!

Stamparatus in action

Be the First in Line!

Reservations will be taken starting TODAY 11/16 at 2pm MST.

  1. FIRST – Make sure you have an online shopping account with me by visiting the online store and creating an account if you don’t already have one.
  2. AT 2PM – Visit the online store and look for the Stamparatus images on the home page.  If you are logged in, click one of the images and you’ll be taken to the reservation system.

Have questions?  Let me know at  I CAN’T WAIT to reserve mine and hope you can snag yours too! 🙂

Limited Time Promotions are on NOW!

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October 2017 Stampin' Up Incentives and Promotions

So, Stampin’ Up has kicked off October with a bang!  They weren’t content to offer just one sale and promotion, but they have 3 different incentives running right now… Plus something cool coming our way with Paper Pumpkin too.  So I wanted to make sure to post so you had a reference guide to know all about what your options are to save while you play this month!

ENDS TOMORROW – World Card Making Day Sale

This sale gives you a chance to order some great stamp sets at 15% off, plus don’t miss out on snagging the great deal on notecards and envelopes!

World Card Making Day Stampin Up sale 2017

ENDS TOMORROW – Coordinating Paper Pumpkin Kits for the Holidays!

Stampin’ Up is trying something new this year and they have designed the October and November Paper Pumpkin kits to be a coordinating set!  So make sure you are signed up and set to get your kits this month!  You have until 11:59pm MST tomorrow October 10th to get signed up to get the first kit!October 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit hint

Get signed up to receive yours HERE

Buy 3 Get 1 Free Designer Paper Packs!

This is good all month long, so you have time to decide.  But I will tell you that many of the papers in the designer paper sale coordinate with the stamps in the World Card Making Day sale.  So, if you have been thinking of getting one of the stamps in the sale, consider getting the paper that matches!October 2017 stampin' up designer paper sale - buy 3 get 1 free
designer paper images from the buy 3 get 1 free saleCheck out all the papers available in the sale HERE

Check back tomorrow and I’ll have a fun card idea to share with you using one of the stamp sets and coordinating designer paper!  And if you need anything, feel free to leave a comment or email me.  You can shop for any of the sale items using the button below. 🙂


Quick and Easy Halloween Treat Bags – Fun n’ Crafty Blog Hop

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Quick Halloween Treat Bag Using Spooky Night paper and Spooky Cat Stampin' Up Stamp set

Fun n Crafty Blog Hop Team Badge

I’m so excited to be getting back to blogging and get started by sharing a fun and EASY project ideas as part of the Fun n’ Crafty Stampers Blog Hop this month!  Though I haven’t been blogging for a while, I have been doing lots of creating for my local classes, retreat, and demonstrator training event – all of which have taken place in the last month or so.  So, when it was time for a blog hop with the theme Fall and Halloween, it was the perfect kick off to get back into sharing here with you!

Easy Halloween Treat Bag using Gusseted Bags!

Now, I know some people are big Halloween people and make and send Halloween cards… and if that is you, I think that is awesome!  For me, I love to make Halloween cards and projects, but the ones that seem to actually get the most use turn out to be anything that involves candy.  Because who doesn’t love getting candy, especially when it is wrapped up all cute!

So, I came across this idea from Patty Bennett for using designer paper inside one of Stampin’ Up’s 3″x6″ Gusseted Bags to create an easy treat bag and I just had to create my own version!AScored Spooky Night designer paper in a 3"x6" gusseted bag from Stampin' Up

All you have to do is :

  1. cut a 2 7/8″ strip of your favorite designer paper to 7″
  2. score at 1″ from the top
  3. Slide the patterned paper into the bag (make sure it is tucked into the back gusset)
  4. add your treats
  5. and fold over at the score line to seal things up!

I recommend sealing it closed by either using some Fast Fuse adhesive or simple stapling the flap down. Once you have your treats safely tucked away – and didn’t I tell you that this was a super quick and easy project – you can decorate the front as much or as little as you want.Spooky Cat Halloween Treat Tag using Everyday Label Punch
I grabbed the new Spooky Cat stamp set and stamped the spiderweb treat tag onto a piece of scrap Very Vanilla cardstock.  Then I added the Happy Halloween sentiment (also from the same stamp set) in contrasting Pumpkin Pie ink.

Now the best part is that this tag image, stamps out PERFECTLY using the Everyday Label punch!   Then you can just add some black rhinestones on each side for a fun tag.  I also wanted to use some of the Vintage Crochet Trim for a little fun behind it.  I just taped the ribbon to the back of the tag before adhering it to the front of the bag.

Quick and Easy Halloween gusseted treat bag with Spooky Night paper

These treat bags are perfect for parties or handing out to friends and co-workers

Quick, easy, and cost effective too!  The gusseted bags are only $4.50 for 25 bags!  Plus, you can get up to 48 pieces of the right size patterned paper from one pack of designer paper!  So, one pack of patterned paper, one set of bags, and some candy and you are set for a party worth of trick or treaters!

Check out more great ideas in the Fun n’ Crafty Group Blog Hop

Thanks for checking out my project and taking part in our blog hop! If you want to try this at home – and I encourage you to do so – card dimensions and supplies are listed for you at the bottom of this post.

There are more amazing ideas and inspiration you don’t want to miss. If you just started, make sure to hop back and check out the cute creations by Merit and then continue on to Susan’s blog.
*** Please leave a comment at the end of this post and on the blog hop stops, and let us know what you think!***

  1. Tobe – The Craft Sea
  2. Christine – Artful Musings
  3. Merit – MB Squared Designs
  4. Jennifer – NW Stamper<—YOU ARE HERE
  5. Susan – Stampin’ By the SF Bay

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Make this project at home! Here is what you’ll need:

  • Spooky Night designer paper (potions) – 2 7/8″ x 7″, scored at 1″
  • Very Vanilla cardstock – scraps to punch out the Everyday Label punch
  • Vintage Crochet Trim – 8″


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All About Carols of Christmas – a blog hop

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Carols of Christmas die cut forest scene christmas card

Carols of Christmas blog hop banner
I’m back and sharing today another fun idea using the fabulous Carols of Christmas sneak peek bundle!  If you have stopped by my blog recently, you saw my totally different Carols of Christmas card, and that is why I love this bundle – you can make such a wide variety of cards and styles of cards with the same stamps and dies!

*** Don’t forget, you have until Monday night (7/31) to get this stamp set & essentials pack FREE when you purchase the demonstrator starter kit or anyone can purchase the stamp set and dies as a bundle starting August 1st as part of the Holiday Catalog early release sneak peek! ***

Tips for making this Carols of Christmas forest scene card:

Last post I focused on the card front edge dies, so this time I wanted to play with the scenery dies instead.  I came up with a fun forest scene for you to use as the highlight of your card.  Its so easy to pull together with just a few pieces, so you could totally mass product the scene for multiple holiday cards.

  • Stamp and die cut all the pieces you need first and then quickly assemble them with your basic tape runner and Stampin’ Dimensionals!
    Here are all the pieces you need to put together the forest scene:
    Carols of Christmas die cut forest scene pieces neededYou’ll notice the wavy stitched circle on the right.  That is just the same stitched circle die from the Stitched Shapes framelits (largest circle), only cut out from the edge of a piece of scrap paper.  Then I took my paper snips and cut a wavy edge, similar in curve to the bottom of the double tree die cut.  You’ll layer this over the full circle to create a snowy hill.
  • Make it POP! Adhere the double trees directly to your large stitched circle, then add the wavy circle with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Then add in your single tree and deer, and any other elements you want to add.
  • Don’t stop with the die cuts! I added Clear Wink of Stella to the wavy circle to make it like twinkling snow.  I also used the Chalk Marker to add dusting of snow onto the tops of each of the branches on all the trees.
    Carols of Christmas die cut forest scene christmas card detail view
  • Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals are perfect! They are exactly the right size for holding up the body of the deer and the top of the single tree.  No needing to fuss with cutting up edges or larger standard dimensionals.
  • How to easily adhere skinny ribbons – I really wanted to add a touch of color and a border to my patterned paper.  I love this plaid pattern from the Merry Little Christmas designer paper in the Holiday Catalog but wanted more than just green and neutrals.  I was looking at my ribbons and the Fresh Fig 1/8″ ribbon was perfect!  The only problem?  How to glue it down!
    Check out my solution:
    how to cut tape to use with skinny ribbonI tried liquid glue, but it would leak through the ribbon and make an ugly dark circle.  So I knew I needed a tape.  I reached for my Tear & Tape and it hit me! Just trim off a very skinny piece from the end of the tape spool and it fit perfectly onto the ribbon.  I added 4 pieces of tape  along the ribbon and it held great.
  • Sentiment doesn’t fit? Cut it up! Finally, I wanted to use a sentiment from the stamp set, but the blocky sizing just didn’t fit my card.  So what’s a stamper to do?  Why cut it up, of course!  I stamped the sentiment on scrap paper and then trimmed each piece out.  Tape it down and it can now fit wherever you need!

Carols of Christmas die cut forest scene christmas card nt

Then I just added some pearls for snow and a bit of the burlap ribbon for the finishing touches.

Check out more great ideas on the Carols of Christmas Blog Hop

Thanks for checking out my project and taking part in our blog hop! If you want to try this at home – and I encourage you to do so – card dimensions and supplies are listed for you at the bottom of this post.

There are so many more amazing ideas and inspiration you don’t want to miss. Remember that currently you are at my blog – Jennifer Blomquist – Northwest Stamper, so check the blog hop line up list to see who is next in the list.

Don’t forget! If you’ve been thinking of giving Stampin’ Up a try, I’d love to help you order your kit and get in on this awesome Starter Kit BONUS deal!
Join my Fun n’ Crafty Stampers group by Monday night (7/31) and you’ll not only get the regular kit but also $72 in bonus items including this Carols of Christmas stamp set! Plus you’ll be all set to get in on the Holiday Catalog preorder that kicks off for demonstrators on Tuesday. 🙂
Get the scoop here

Make this project at home! Here is what you’ll need:

  • Whisper White cardbase – 4 1/4″ x 11″
  • Merry Little Christmas designer paper (plaid) – 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
  • Whisper White cardstock – scraps to cut out your large circle (3 1/2″x3 1/2″), 1/3 of a large circle, and sentiment (3″x3″)
  • Old Olive cardstock – scraps for as many trees as desired
  • Soft Suede cardstock – scraps for as many deer as desired
  • Fresh Fig 1/8″ ribbon – 6″
  • Burlap ribbon – two 2″ pieces

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SNEAK PEEK! Carol of Christmas and a Blog Hop! [VIDEO TUTORIAL]

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Classy Christmas card using Carols of Christmas Card Builder Framelits

Fun n Crafty Blog Hop Team BadgeWoo hoo!  I’m back from the Stampin’ Up Incentive trip to Thailand – feeling refreshed (once the jet lag wore off! 😉 ) and excited for the upcoming Holiday catalog!  Winter is my favorite season, filled with twinkly lights, beautiful scenes, and an extra bit of kindness to go around.  Before I left for Thailand, Stampin’ Up announced an amazing starter kit promotion that gives you an extra $72 in bonus goodies when you join in July!  One of those items was the sneak peek stamp set “Carols of Christmas”.  So, when it was time for our Fun n’ Crafty Stampers group blog hop – and the theme was Christmas in July, I knew what I wanted to play with!

Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek – Carols of Christmas

Our team also did a fun swap using this stamp set this month (since we were able to preorder it), and so this was my swap card.

Deck the Halls Carols of Christmas card sneak peek

It was easy to put together thanks to the Carols of Christmas stamp set and Card Front Builders framelits (yes, they will be available as a bundle as part of an early release starting August 1!).  In fact, I created a video tutorial at the end of this post to show you how to put it all together!

But in the meantime, let me show you some of the fun parts of this card – Decorative edge for card front using card front builder framelits

It all started because I really wanted to play with these border dies that come in the Cart Front Builders framelits.  I was thinking they would look cool, but I really wanted them to POP!  So I got the idea of layering them with a dark color behind the holes.  Thankfully, the die is sized to fit perfectly in a 4″x5 1/4″ layer on your card front, so I could make my matting just a smidgen larger to get that extra border of Old Olive.

Once I had that in place, I focused on my sentiment. In this case, the ‘Deck the Hall” from the Carols of Christmas stamp set.  It was a cool bold sentiment, so I didn’t want to mess with it too much, so instead I looked for ways to highlight it from behind.

Fabulous Foil acetate card mat with metallic edge ribbon

First I knew I wanted to add some designer paper behind.  I loved the new specialty paper from the Holiday Catalog that is all music sheets and music notes, and the contrast of the black with so much white in the card was perfect!  (This paper is thinner like the newsprint specialty paper, and so you get half a pack with a black background and white print, and half a pack of white background with black print – for a total of 24 sheets in the pack!).  But it still needed something, and gold was the perfect touch with the new Metallic Edge ribbon from the annual catalog.  It is satin with that metallic stitching on the edge… soooo pretty!

Fabulous foil acetate and holly berry card accent

 But I couldn’t stop there… seriously, sometimes I think I have a problem calling a card done!  ha ha ha!

So, to get a little more gold without overwhelming the card, I added a small mat behind the sentiment using the Fabulous Foil designer acetate.  Each pattern can be used either as gold (on one side) or silver (the other side).  Of course, I used gold here, but I love the versatility.   Then for a little pop of color, I stamped the holly from the same stamp set and cut it out and popped it up on a mini-dimensional.

So, lots of little pieces, but nothing hard to do!  Don’t believe me?  Check out the video tutorial below!

Get more holiday ideas on the Fun n’ Crafty Blog Hop!

We have more amazing holiday cards lined up for you, so I invite you to hop along and check them all out!  We all would love to hear what you think too.  Next up is Stacey, and she never disappoints!

*** Please leave a comment at the end of this post and on the blog hop stops, and let us know what you think!***

  1. Christine – Artful Musings
  2. Kathy – Stampablog
  3. Merit – MB Squared Designs
  4. Susan – Stampin’ By the SF Bay
  5. Jennifer – NW Stamper<—YOU ARE HERE
  6. Stacey – A Work of Carte

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VIDEO TUTORIAL – Carols of Christmas Classy Card

As promised, check out this video to learn a little more about the starter kit promotion in July and how to make this card! (Hop to 1min 40sec to get to the start of the card tutorial).


Card Measurements

  • Whisper White cardbase – 4 1/4″ x 11″
  • Old Olive cardstock – 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • Whisper White cardstock – 4″ x 5 1/4″, 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″
  • Fancy Foil Acetate – 3″ x 3″
  • Music designer paper – 1 1/2″ x 4″
  • Metallic Edge Ribbon – 5″

Card supplies you will need:

Don’t Miss This! Massive Starter Kit Bonus in July!

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Christmas in July starter kit bonus

Oh my word!  If you haven’t seen the starter kit promotion released by Stampin’ Up for this month… I NEED to fix that for you!  Whether you’ve ever thought about joining my Fun n’ Crafter group of demonstrators

  • so you can learn and socialize and share with really really fun people.
  • Or you wanted to get the 20+% discount on all your orders
  • you love stamping and want to share it with others
  • or you want to earn free products, extra money, & even amazing vacations!


Carols of Christmas free stamp set in julyOk, seriously, the starter kit bundle is normally an amazing deal on it’s own:

Stampin’ Up Starter Kit Bundle

Select $125 in your choice of product from any current catalog

Pay only $99+ tax, the shipping is free!

But with this extra promotion, you get an additional $72 in freebies ON TOP of that!

Christmas in July starter kit bonus

Join now and get extra time to check out the perks!

Stampin’ Up does have minimum order amounts to maintain the perks of being a demonstrator, but when you join in July, you don’t have to meet those minimum amounts until December 31st!  So you have over 5 months – which includes 2 new catalog preorders plus a ton of promotions in between – to check things out and see how it fits for you!

I’d love to have you be a part of the Fun n’ Crafty Stampers

We are a very welcoming group who love to share ideas, tips, and just support each other in crafting and in life.  We would love to have you join us!  So, pick out your favorite products, make room for all the extra freebies, and get started by July 31st to take advantage of the crazy good deal!

–>>>  Order your starter kit here  <<<—

Have questions?  I’m always here to help.  Email me at!


Don’t Miss Out on the Daisy Punch!

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Daisy Delight suite

Oh my goodness! I kinda dropped off the blogging planet as I was focused on family with the end of the school year, plus a massive house clean out resulting in a huge family garage sale in early June and then my big Craft Garage sale at the end of June (You can still shop my ONLINE CRAFT GARAGE SALE over on my facebook page! So many great deals, you should totally check it out!)

The other big thing is I’ve been trying to get ready for the Stampin’ Up incentive trip to Thailand.  Eeek!  I can’t believe we fly out tomorrow to explore Phuket, relax, and even get some stamping in! 🙂 Stampin' Up Thailand Incentive Trip travel documents

I should have internet access while I’m there, so I will try to post pictures from the trip when I can.  But for sure I’ll share all about it when I get back!

In the meantime, there are a bunch of big promotions and announcements coming from Stampin’ Up this month and I wanted to share with you the top two you should know about.

TODAY is the LAST DAY to order the Daisy punch and bundle until August 1st!

Stampn' Up Daisy Delight bundle with punch

I just saw on the demonstrator website that the Daisy Punch has turned out to be the most popular punch they have come out with in the last 5 years.  So popular in fact that they are having a hard time keeping it in stock.  To avoid long backorders, Stampin’ Up will only be accepting orders for the punch and/or the Daisy Delight bundle through Friday morning at 8am MST.  At that point, they will be taking it out of the online store until their next shipment arrives (expected to be August 1st).  So, if you’ve been wanting this punch, don’t delay!!!

Daisy Punch

Daisy Delight Bundle

SPECIAL BONUS!  Use hostess code RU72XXS6 when you order it today and I’ll mail you a mini card kit with the supplies to make 2 cards using this bundle when I get back from Thailand!

Getting the Punch?  Get it as part of this amazing starter kit deal!

Ok, remember how I told you there were more great deals this month, well, I HAVE to share with you what Stampin’ Up is doing with the starter kit this month!

It’s Christmas in July!
A FREE preview stamp set PLUS a huge stamping essentials bundle
ON TOP of the regular starter kit!

So, let me share how this works –

  1. You pick out $125 of your favorite items from your wishlist – you’ll get these as part of the regular starter kit.  You’ll get free shipping on your items and only pay $99+ tax!
  2. Get the sneak peek stamp set from the 2017 Holiday Catalog – Carols of Christmas added to your starter kit for FREE!
  3. Get an essentials stamping pack added to your starter kit for FREE too!
    Stampin' Up! Essential Gift Pack
    PLUS 2 D Blocks! One for you and one for a friend — THAT IS A $52 Value
  4. Finish filling out your information and you are done!

It’s a $247 value for only $99

Get started ordering your starter kit

By purchasing the starter kit, you’ll become a member of my Fun n’ Crafty Stampers group with access to our exclusive team facebook group and monthly team calls.  Plus you’ll have all the perks of being a demonstrator – a minimum of 20% off your orders, access to see the 2017 Holiday Catalog at the end of July and ORDER from it in August, join us at the big OnStage Live convention in SLC in November, connect with thousands of talented and inspiring demonstrators through a private facebook group and forums, and if you decide to share your love of stamping with others, you can earn extra cash and even trips with this!

There is no obligation, so no risk in giving it a try and seeing what you think!

So if you are thinking of getting the Daisy Bundle, consider getting it as part of the starter kit bundle and really stack on the savings!

Daisy Delight suite

ok, now I’m headed back to finish packing up and seeing how compact I can be in my suitcase. 🙂   If you have any questions, please leave a comment or shoot me an email and I’ll connect with you soon.

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Crafting Forever Using the New 2017-2019 In Colors!

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Crafting Forever Stampin Up In Color sampler card

Fun n Crafty Blog Hop Team BadgeIt’s time for another great Blog Hop with my Fun n’ Crafty Stampers group!  This month we are playing with the new 2017-2019 In Colors!

I hope you take a chance to hop through our projects today because these new In Colors are ones that have some surprisingly great colors in the set!  For example, while my far and away favorite new in color is the Berry Burst… I first saw Lemon Lime Twist and thought,”Ack!  How can anyone do anything with this neon yellow/green color?”

Oh, silly me!

I soon saw people pairing it with black and white… seriously an amazing combination.  Along with using it in other accent color combinations and now I have to say I think it is my second favorite color in the bunch!  So, lets check out these colors:

2017-2019 Stampin Up In Colors

I was inspired by a card by Jenn Tinline and wanted to show off all the new In Colors in one go… and they were a perfect compliment to the pens stamp in the Crafting Forever stamp set!  I used my In Color Markers to color in the pens (you just have to stamp it twice, but I tried stamping it using no special tools and it lined up really easily!)  Then I used the pens again to color directly on the rubber for the sentiment.  A little Berry Burst for the “creative” and Fresh Fig for everything else.Fun tip for this card front.  I wanted my sentiment to look like a tag, but didn’t want to have to do a lot of work to get that look.  So I did it the cheater way!

  1. Stamp your sentiment onto scrap paper and then punch out with a circle punch.
  2. Run a piece of baker’s twine around your cardstock that you want the tag to “hang” from.  Make sure to only tape down the ENDS of the baker’s twine behind the cardstock.
  3. Adhere your circle to the card so that the top of the circle is just underneath your baker’s twine.
  4. Take a second piece of baker’s twine and tie a bow onto the first piece of baker’s twine.  Then position the bow so it looks like it is in the top of the “tag”
  5. Easy peasy done!

Make this project at home! Here is what you’ll need:

Check out more great ideas on the Fun n’ Crafty Blog Hop!

So this was my idea using the New In Colors!  I showed you how fun they can be all together in one project, but keep checking out the projects on the hop and you’ll see more color combinations and fun ideas using different colors. 🙂 So, keep the inspiration going by checking out Christine’s projects next!

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Fun N Crafty Blog Hop - Visit Next Blog

  1. Christine Szekeres–Artful Musings
  2. Pamela Wu –Stinky Tofu
  3. Kathy Thisted–Stampablog
  4. Merit Brown–MB Squared Designs
  5. Susan Schultz –Stampin’ by the SF Bay
  6. Jennifer Blomquist –Northwest Stamper <– YOU ARE HERE

In the Bellevue area?  Join me for my Annual Craft Garage Sale!

I’ve been doing some deep purging of both my house in general and my crafting space.   And just in time for this weekend’s Annual Craft Garage Sale!  This is my big sale where I bring together multiple sellers and many of my retired Stampin’ Up stamps/paper/tools out at a discount for you.  This year we have about a dozen people putting their crafting goodies in the sale so it should be a great sale!

Friday June 23rd & Saturday June 24th from 9am-3pm at my house in Bellevue, WA.  Get all the details HERE
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