Merry Little Christmas Chalk Talk Card

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Need a super quick, simple and fun Christmas card?  Well you’ve found it!  Today’s card takes a page from the Clean and Simple rule book.  This card is colorful, packs a punch and is quite trendy!  The Chalkboard look is fun, and the stamp set Merry Little Christmas really works for this look.  Read on for all the details!

What do you think?  It’s a fun little card, right?!!  Simple, but fun.  If you love this card and are looking for great ideas to say thanks, be sure to try out the newest Class of the Month in the classroom – Thanks.  It’s on Pre-sale for 22 more hours, then will go back up to the full price, so save 20% while you can!  Click here for class detailsChalk Talk 004 Side

Creative Tips –

  • Since the black chalk board look is so striking against the Crumb Cake, the color Cherry Cobbler is the perfect compliment to bring the card together. 
  • The cute papers from the Paper Stack Season of Style really helps this particular look.  Don’t you just love the candy cane feel to the paper?Chalk Talk 004 Angle
  • Something else this card looks like is a package.  That’s one of the great ways to use the Chalk Talk Framelits
  • To give a little interest to the great amount of white space, stamp off in Crumb Cake with the splats from Gorgeous Grunge three times, once up top and once in each corner.  Chalk Talk 004 Texture
  • Tip – don’t over stamp this, it will ruin the random effect – trust me on that!  It will look forced rather than just that little interest that you were going for.
  • Your Cherry Cobbler is 2’” x 4.25” and the Basic Black is 2.25” x 4.25”
  • Cut the tag out with the Chalk Talk Framelits and stamp the greeting from Merry Little Christmas in Whisper White Craft Ink.  Draw and outline around the edge with a White Watercolor Pencil.Chalk Talk 004 CU
  • To give it that chalk board look, drop an Embossing Buddy on the tag in several places to look like chalk residue.
  • Wrap your ribbon around and tie a flat knot.  Bring your tag through to make sure of the placement on the card. 
  • Attach the Basic Black to your Crumb Cake base.Chalk Talk 004 Tag
  • Tip – Use Snail on the left side of your tag and two dimensionals on the right.  This will help give it the randomly attached look.
  • Add Pearl Basic Jewels in multiple sizes for a punched up look, it looks great without them too!Chalk Talk 004 Main L

Just in – the Clearance Rack has been updated!  Be sure to check it out along with the one day sale specials. 

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Chalk Talk Birthday Wishes

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Who doesn’t love a bright and cheery Birthday card?  Today I’ve combined the new Chalk Talk stamp set and framelit collection with some of our new Eastern Elegance Designer Series Paper and the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set for a fun little Birthday for someone special.  I needed a quick and easy birthday card, I’ve been stamping, filming and editing my Brayer 101 – Introduction the Creative online video class series the last few days.  It’s almost ready – look for it tomorrow!  If you’ve taken the live class with me, you’ll love this class too – the projects are all different!

Creative Tips –

  • I stamped the large tag in So Saffron and cut it out using the Chalk Talk Collection Framelits.  If you get the stamp set and the framelits together – it’s a bundle and you save 15%!  I’m all about savings. Chalk Talk 003 CU
  • To give a little variety to my tag, I stamped it again in Rose Red and cut out the banner within the tag.  I tried it on white, but it didn’t look right.
  • I wanted to add a little splash of design behind my tag, but I didn’t want to take away from it, so I picked a simple design and then created another with my stripe stamp from the gorgeous grunge set.
  • To make my banner ends I used the 1” square punch for the smaller banner and cut the large one with my paper snipsCheck out this video on how to make Banner Flags Chalk Talk 003 Side
  • I used the Greeting from the new Four You stamp set, it covers all bases without breaking the bank!
  • I popped my greeting banner and Chalk Talk tag up on Stamping Dimensionals for some depth to the card.
  • For finishing touches, I added a little piercing to the extra white space at the top of the card and some Pearl Basic Jewels on the tag, banner and card.
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It’s a fun card that is bright, cherry and simple.  Best of all it took me under 10 minutes to make!  My kind of birthday card. Smile

Announcing a new Online Video Class

It’s coming – Saturday July 13th!!  Brayer 101 – Introduction to Creative Scenery will be available as an online class.  Be sure to stop by to check it out.  You will want to learn how to make these amazing projects.  Get step by step video instruction and access to a private blog just for this class. 


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Stamp Sets – Chalk Talk (130634c, 130631w),  Chalk Talk Bundle (132730c, 132731w), Gorgeous Grunge (130517c, 130514w), Four You (130538c, 130535w) Ink – So Saffron, Rose Red Paper –Whisper White, So Saffron, Rose Red Cool Tools – 1” Square Punch, Chalk Talk Framelits,Stampin’ Sponges Finishing Touch – Stampin’ Dimensionals,Pearl Basic Jewels

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Too Kind Stamp Set

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The new Too Kind stamp set is an easy and quick set to use.  The images are striking in any color and make wonderful backgrounds as well.  Two step stamping to me is always a great thing.  The images are bold yet soft at the same time.  Paired here with the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set (have I told you yet that’s my #1 new go to set?!) in the background, you can’t go wrong.  Learn the Two Step stamping technique with this video

Creative Tips –

  • For a pop on this card I wanted to use one of the new Chalk Talk Framelits as a spotlight.  I stamped in full color to really provide a pop with these fun bright colors.Too Kind 002 CU
  • To begin, I used my new Stampin’ Up! catalog.  I needed a color combination and I wasn’t feeling the two in the color coach.  I wanted to use Pistachio Pudding, so I started leafing through the pages in my catalog.  I saw the combination on page 14 and pulled out Pistachio Pudding, Island Indigo and Tangerine Tango.  It’s a striking bold combination that I just loved!  Tip – Did you know that those color blocks behind every project idea in the catalog together make color combinations – when in doubt…go to your catalog!Too Kind 002 Side
  • For a muted background I used tone on tone stamping with Pistachio Pudding for a few more images with the Too Kind set and the tiny flecks stamp from Gorgeous Grunge.  This one stamp is your best friend.  It it such a well executed image that it literally looks like you flecked little drops of ink onto your image.  Check out the entire set at the end of this post.  And to see more of the images in action, be sure to check out the two posts preceding this one.Too Kind 002 Height
  • I popped the tag up using Stampin’ Dimensionals so that it really stood out.
  • A complete Whisper White matte in between the Pistachio and Island Indigo might have been a little much, so I decided to go with simple squares to help frame my card front.  I love the end result.

It’s a quick, easy and fun bright card.  Anyone who gets this in the mail would immediately smile.  Don’t you think?  I’d love to hear your thoughts – squares or a full matte?  Do you like the color combination?  Have you used Pistachio Pudding yet?  It’s not an Ingrid color so I struggle with colors like this – I’d love to hear what you’ve paired it with so far!

Free Product Drawing

It’s new Catalog Extravaganza week and I’m continuing the celebration all weekend long until Sunday 10 pm!  Anyone who uses the hostess code QGTZ4ADP will get an entry into my drawing for $25 in free product for every $25 in product puchases (pre-tax/shipping) from my Stampin’ Up! store.  Good luck to you!


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Stamp Sets – Too Kind (130450c, 130447w), Gorgeous Grunge (130517) Ink – Pistachio Pudding (131177), Tangerine Tango (126946), Island Indigo (126986) Paper – Whisper White (100730), Island Indigo (122923), Pistachio Pudding (131294) Cool Tools – Chalk Talk Framelits (129983) Finishing Touch – Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430) 

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Wetlands and Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Sets

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I had two stamp sets that were must have’s for me from the new Stampin’ Up! catalog – Wetlands and Gorgeous Grunge.  Wetlands is one everyone should get – it’s easy to stamp with and has three sayings.  Gorgeous Grunge on the other hand is going to become a staple of mine.  Gorgeous Grunge is made up of filler and background type images, which are worth their weight in gold!  Read through to see how you can get this very card sent directly to you!

For today’s project, I wanted to do something fun for you.  I spent all day yesterday cleaning my computer from a virus that had taken it over, so while the scans were running and keeping me from blogging, I stamped!  Go figure?! On a side note – as I just typed this sentence about having a virus, my husband calls me to come look at his computer, and lo and behold – he had one too!  Weird, right?!!  Okay, back to stamping….

I started to create some of the projects for my online brayer classes and I just had to do something that you would see with this stamp set!  I decided to launch a virtual brayer monthly club where those who become part of the CG brayer community will get exclusive projects each month – let me tell you, I was a sketching fool yesterday and then made some amazing cards!  That’s going to launch July 1st so stay tuned!Wetlands 001 Front

Creative Tips –

  • I wanted to use the Canadian Goose stamp so I decided to highlight this amazing stamp by using one of the coolest new framelits that we have – Chalk Talk.  This is the large tag in this cool set. 
  • I stamped the goose in Basic Black and hit it with my heat tool to set it.  The new black ink in this pad rocks.  The color is so rich.  Since it reacts with our Whisper White in a way that leaves it a bit wet, the best thing to do with it is to hit it with the heat tool to properly set it so that it doesn’t smear. 
  • Once the goose was dry, I created a mask out of print paper and then added some grass.  TIP – You want to use printer/copy paper rather than cardstock when creating masks – they aren’t as thick and you will get a better stamped image of the back image.  When you use card stock, you get a white space because the card stock is thicker and your stamp won’t be able to get too close to the mask edge.Wetlands 001 Chalk Talk
  • I have to admit I didn’t know what kind of bird this was, so I googled wetland birds and there she was – a Canadian Goose.  I like my images to have some factual representation to them, so I colored it exactly as I saw it.  I used my Aqua Painter to get a light look using Sahara Sand.  Because I used our Basic Black instead of StazOn, I knew some of the black would smear with the water – I was looking for that.  It gave me just the right look that this bird had.  I added a little Smoky Slate to the neck and beak, and my bird was done.
  • My grass was stamped first in So Saffron and then directly in Pear Pizazz before stamping.  I wanted the blend of color.  To finish the grass, I filled in a few blades on the left and right and wherever needed using my Pear Pizazz Stampin’ Write Marker.  Wetlands 001 Side
  • I sponged the edge of my Chalk Tag tag with Smoky Slate and sponged a little at the top of the tag like a cloudy day.  I have to admit, that was a result of my getting a little black on my tag from my finger.  It’s the perfect way to cover up an unwanted smudge.  I actually love the end result – I love when that happens!
  • For a little texture behind the tag I added the lined stamp from Gorgeous Grunge.  I stamped this image four times top to bottom.  I trim my stamps, so I knew exactly where the edge was for perfect placement.  I love this stamp and I know you’ll see it a ton from me.  This stamp set will quickly become one of my most used along with Sweet Essentials.  I’m calling it now!
  • For the greeting, I copied the white with Smoky Slate sponging and stamped it in Basic Gray.  I added an individual wheat stalk to it in So Saffron/Pear Pizazz to tie it back to my tag.  Learn how I create my Banner FlagsWetlands 001 Banner
  • Some drama was needed for this crisp looking card, so I popped up the banner and tag before matting my Smoky Slate card front to a piece of Basic Black cut just 1/16” larger.  I adhered that to a Pear Pizazz card base.  The proportion of color is just right. 
  • For the finishing touch I added a few Pearl Basic Jewels in triangles.  It’s the perfect touch.

I hope you love the end result.  I have one of these cards that I’m going to send to a random winner!  All you have to do is leave me a comment.  Tell me what you like about it or the stamp sets I used.  Have a great stamping day!


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Stamp Sets – Wetlands (126697c, 126695w), Gorgeous Grunge (130517c, 130514w)  Ink – Smoky Slate (131179), Basic Gray (126981), So Saffron (126957), Pear Pizazz (131180), So Saffron and Pear Pizazz Stampin’ Write Markers (131264) Paper – Whisper White (100730), Smoky Slate (131202), Basic Black (121045), Pear Pizazz (131201) Cool Tools – 1” Square Punch (124094), Chalk Talk Framelits (129983), Stampin’ Sponges (101610) Finishing Touch – Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Pearl Basic Jewels (119247)

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