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Hi everyone,

Well after thinking I was just about done making Christmas cards (amazing I know, since it’s only mid-November) my fabulous Stampin’ Up! team have got me going again.

We have team swaps and challenges, and the challenge this month is to make a Christmas card that has at least one button. I couldn’t not participate this time (I’ve skipped a few team challenges so far, just been too busy to enter!) since I am not exactly short of a few corduroy buttons from the Spring Mini catalogue!

This Christmas card is more elaborate than the others I’ve been making this year. For one, I’ve tried to design Christmas cards that my customers can reproduce fairly quickly and easily, if they need a lot of cards. Two, I’ve tried to make sure that my Christmas cards are ones that aren’t too bulky – otherwise the postage can get a little expensive. Three, I know that some people (yes there are some!) don’t always recognise the time and care (and love) that goes into making a handmade card. When that’s the case, you want to make cards that don’t take hours to put together, since they aren’t really going to be appreciated!

That means that this card is just a little bit more special than my other designs. I’ve added some beautiful wide Real Red grosgrain ribbon in addition to that gorgeous Baja Breeze corduroy button attached to the sentiment piece. (This also means that this card is more luxurious and would have to be sold for a lot more than the cheap packs of Christmas cards you can buy at this time of year!).

The poinsetta flower is made using the Spotlight on Christmas stamp set, punching the images out with the 5-petal flower punch, then adhering together with a little snail adhesive and putting a silver brad through the centre. I curled it just a little using the tips of my fingers and used Stampin Dimensionals to attach it so it stands up a little from the card. The chocolate chip frame that it’s layered on is from the Gallery stamp set in the Spring mini, and yes I hand cut that out (so you probably don’t want to be making 100 of this card!).

I stamped the base card with the swirl from the Spotlight on Christmas set in Baja Breeze ink. You may notice that some of the swirls go off the edge of the cardstock. That’s intentional – those of you who attend my classes and events may have heard me talking about “flow” on a card or layout. That’s what I mean, a project will often look more polished if the background stamping “flows” off the edge. Try it next time you’re stamping and see for yourself!
I wrapped the ribbon around a piece of Ski Slope designer series paper layered on Real Red cardstock and adhered it to my card before adding the embellishments. The sentiment is from the hostess set Best Yet (yes, here it is again, I can’t get enough of that set!), punched out with the large oval punch, and layered on a chocolate chip scalloped oval. I attached the button and then used dimensionals to attach it to the card.

Here’s a close up of the embellishments so you can see all the layering; the first photo doesn’t show how much dimension there is to this card.

Now all I have to do is to find a special person to give this card to, someone who will appreciate the time and love poured into making it!

Hope you like it, do let me know if you have any questions (click here). If you’d like to order any of the products from the Spring Mini that I’ve used, don’t forget to do that before the end of the month, when the Spring mini closes!