With a Fast Blink, Summer is Over for Me

It seems like just a couple of weeks ago that I was finishing grading exams and entering final grades.  I started preplanning on Monday, and so it all begins again.   During the summer, I was in my happy place, aka Blue Room, aka craft room, every day.  Blogging occurred multiple times a week.  My goal for the schoolyear is to post at least 3 times a week.  I am hoping (fingers crossed) that by posting my goal publicly I will keep working towards my goal.

In the meantime, I finally finished my card for the Global Design Project #201 challenge.  The colors are individually gorgeous, and together they make my non-traditional Christmas colors heart sing.

Here’s the challenge banner:

          Gorgeous, right?!?

Here’s the front of my card:


Short and Sweet

The Making Christmas Bright stamp set is a carryover from last year’s holiday catalog, and it is definitely a keeper.  

The inside of the card was a snap; the lights on the bottom, sentiment in the middle.  I used Pretty Peacock for the card base.  Since I don’t have the Merry Merlot and Mossy Meadow blends, yet (!) I used the Stamping Write Markers.  Wink of Stella is difficult to photograph, but after I colored the lights, I added a layer of Wink of Stella on the lights.  

The front of the card required more thought.  I knew I was going to use the “May Your Christmas Be” sentiment with the “merry and bright” bulbs.  I also knew I would be using the string of lights on the top.  Once again, I used Wink of Stella on the little bulbs.  Even though I stamped the large bulbs directly on the card, I restamped them on Whisper White in Pretty Peacock.  I punched out the bulbs and added a layer of Wink of Stella clear.

I stamped the tops of the bulbs in Basic Black, punched them out, then added a layer of gold Wink of Stella.  Dimensionals added the pop-up dimension I needed for the center focal elements.   

After I finished those parts of the card, I hit a creativity wall and left the card for the next night.  That’s when I added the 6 stars; three in each of the Mossy Meadow and Merry Merlot.  I thought I really needed to add a little something else, but didn’t know what to do.  After using the Merry Merlot marker to outline the edges, I was still at a loss.  Finally I noticed the Noble Peacock Rhinestones, and ta-da (!) I finally felt finished.

Final Touches

Every card needs a coordinating envelope, at least in my mind most of the time.  I used the Pretty Peacock In-Color DSP for the envelope flap.  In addition, I stamped half of a string of lights on the bottom, left front of the envelope and colored them in.

Now, my set finally felt complete.

As Always, I am Grateful for Your Time and Visit

I know there are many, many blogs written by Stampin’ Up! demos, and I appreciate the time you spend visiting mine. 

Thank you very much!

Have a Peachy day!


If you live in the U.S. and are in need of a demonstrator, please CLICK HERE to be connected to my store.  I would be honored to help you create cards using simple to advanced techniques and supplies.  Placing an order with me would also entitle you to a free copy of the Holiday Catalog being released the first week of September.