Sunday, July 30, 2017

Christmas In July Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Christmas in July Blog Hop!  

You are going to see great ideas along this blog hop to help you with your Holiday paper crafting!  

One of the advantages of being a demonstrator for Stampin' Up! is that we get to order products prior to the time they are released to the public.  It is awesome! 

This month we were able to pre-order an "Early Release" bundle that will be in the upcoming Holiday Catalog - AND will be released in August for customers!  One of the samples that Stampin' Up! provided with the new Carols of Christmas stamp set was a card with a photograph on the front and a vellum overlay using the coordinating Card Front Builders Thinlits. 

Today had the chance to play around with some ideas for Christmas cards for my daughter and her fiance and used that idea to try to design a card for them.  They will be married October 21 so it will be their first Christmas as a married couple. The photo I used is one from their engagement photo shoot. I'll use a more current card for the actual Christmas card because her hair had not grown in yet after her chemo treatments and she wore a wig. She now has a really cute "pixie" cut!  It looks so great on her!  

For this card sample I picked up the color in her dress which matches our Berry Bliss.  I like all the 2017-19 In colors but Berry Bliss is my favorite!

  • I wanted the photo to be the focal point of the card so chose not to use one of the large greetings on the front that are included in the Carols of Christmas stamp set. Instead, I chose a small greeting from the Oh, What Fun stamp set.
  • The card base is Berry Bliss cardstock and I cut a layer the same size as the card front out of Vellum Cardstock to use to cut the frame with the new Card Front Builders Thinlits.  
  • It took a couple of tries to cut the vellum easily with the card front frame thinlit. My "sandwich" for the big shot was the magnetic base plate, the Precision Base Plate, Vellum Cardstock, Thinlit & Cutting Pad. I ran it through the Big Shot and back again and all the pieces just fell right out when I picked it up. After you run the frame thinlit and vellum through the big shot, you'll have to put the thinlit on the opposite end of the vellum run it through again to make the complete frame. I found that if I mark the center of each side of the paper with a light pencil mark it made center the frame thinlit easier. You simply erase the mark after you cut out the frame. I used glue dots to adhere the velum piece to the card front. I placed the glue dots under the ornaments and at the corners of the photo.
  • The ornaments were stamped and then cut out using one of the ornaments thinlit in the Card Front Builders Thinlits Dies and popped up with the new Mini Dimensionals. I added a Basic Rhinestone in the center of each of the ornaments to add a little sparkle.  If you don't have the Mini Dimentionals yet, put them on your next order!  I will still use the outer edges on the regular dimensionals for some projects but the small ones make it so fast to adhere small pieces!  
  • The greeting on the card front was stamped in Berry Bliss and I sprinkled clear embossing powder over it and used my heat tool to emboss it.  That is also how I added the ornament strings to the card prior to popping on the ornaments.  .

There are sooo many thinlits in that set!  Now that I've played around with the vellum over a photo idea, there are some more ideas on my list that I want to try.


I am Susan Murphy and you are at Susan's Craft Room.  The list of other blogs on the blog hop are posted below. You can click on a name to go to that particular blog.

Dragonfly at Rest Birthday Card

The Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits have been one of my favorite die sets over the last few months.  I love the variety of ways that you can use them.

This is a simple card that is very relaxing to make. I created it for a swap and liked it so much that I made more of this design as thank you cards for some of my customers and a couple more for birthday cards.
As it usually goes, I kept the one with a crooked sentiment for my sample! I should have taken a photo of one that was straight before mailing them all out.

  • The base is Basic Black cut at 4 1/4" x 11' and scored at 5 1/2"
  • The Berry Bliss layer is 4" x 5 1'4" and was embossed with the Big Shot using the Seaside embossing folder.  I chose to use it on the card with the raised side of the paper adhered to the basic black base. I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere the Berry Bliss layer to the card base.
  • Whisper White cardstock was run through the Big Shot using the largest of the Lots of Labels Thinlits.
  • Leaves from the Butterfly Basics stamp set are stamped in Old Olive on the white panel.
  • The Happy Birthday sentiment from the Rose Wonder stamp set is stamped in Berry Bliss. (There are wonderful sentiments in this stamp set!)
  • The dragonfly was cut out of Berry Bliss cardstock using the smaller single dragonfly thinlit from the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits set.
  • Using sponge daubers, I added Fresh Fig ink to the body of the dragonfly and the tips of it's wings. Wink of Stella was brushed on the wings to give it a bit of sparkle.  I used glue dots to attach the body of the dragonfly to the whisper white panel so it is resting on the leaves.
  • A couple of Basic Rhinestone Jewels finished off the front card panel.
  • The stamped card piece was attached to the main card using Stampin' Dimensionals to add a bit more dimension.

I hope you like the card as much as I enjoyed making it!

If you click on any of the card supplies listed below you will be taken to that item on my website.

Product List
Big Shot
Glue Dots

Saturday, July 29, 2017


This is what my craft room looks like today!
Do you ever have this problem?

After having a major water leak in the ceiling almost everything has been removed from the craft room - including the flooring!  Trying to do even a little stamping is interesting.  Most everything is boxed up and is in 2 different rooms.  It's going to be an interesting month. At least I HOPE it is only a month till the construction is finished and I can move back into the craft room!

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Great Demonstrator Special for July!

Stampin' Up! has announced an awesome special for people who sign up to be a demonstrator in July!  You can even sign up just for the product discounts that demonstrators get!


Our Christmas in July promotion makes it even better to sign up as a demonstrator!
Demonstrators who sign up in July will receive a FREE ESSENTIALS GIFT PACK!

The Gift Pack includes, Paper Snips Snail Adhesive, Grid paper, two D Blocks & a Bone Folder. 

AND since as a new demonstrator you can get your hands on new products before anyone else, you will ALSO RECEIVE THE CAROLS OF CHRISTMAS STAMP SET FREE from the upcoming Holiday Catalog! This is a $20 stamp set!

~~This brings the value of the demonstrator kit to $247.  You pay only $99!~~

If you've ever though of signing up as a demonstrator - even if just for the merchandise discount, now is a great time to sign up!


I can't show you the stamp set yet, but demonstrators can see it on our demonstrator website!