Bright and early yesterday morning, my lovely UPS delivery man arrived with my latest order from Stampin’ Up! The parcel was full of goodies which demos who went to Onstage were allowed to pre-pre order! My goodies includes a lovely selection of stamp sets, dies, punches and accessories from the new Spring/Summer catalogue which goes live on 3rd. January 2019. I also received some of the gifts that will be available during Sale-a-bration (SAB), which also starts on 3rd. January 2019, plus one hostess stamp set and one each of two new Craft & Carry Bags. I showed the two bags on my blog yesterday. I’m planning to share all the goodies I received yesterday in a video on Sunday.
Just a quick reminder that the Online Extravaganza Sale starts today and each of the three sales will last for just 48 hours. In the first sale, the products are all the Paper & Embellishments in the Annual Catalogue. The sale on Sunday and Monday will be all the Stamps & Kits, and Tuesday and Wednesday will be all the Tools & Ink. Please note there will be some exceptions in each category. Check your stash to see what needs to be stocked up! I used a stamp set that was carried forward from last year to make today’s card. It’s called Night in Bethlehem, and although it has a set of co-ordinating dies, Bethlehem Edgelits, I didn’t want my image to be die cut for today’s design. I decided to use Very Vanilla as my card base – which I have to admit doesn’t happen often! – and Night of Navy as my contrast colour. By way of another change, I decided to stamp the image and the sentiment onto Designer Series Paper (DSP). I chose the Crumb Cake design from the All is Bright DSP pack, which has a very faint pine cone design on it.
I tried stamping the image three times before I decided that my ink pad wasn’t wet enough for such a solid image. I prefer to re-ink my pads the night before I use them so the ink has time to soak in properly! Yesterday I thought if it doesn’t work nicely after re-inking, I’d change to a different blue! I needn’t have worried because it worked beautifully! For the decorative trim down the left-hand side of my card. I used the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch.
I always have my card on the shelf in front of me when I’m writing my blog, and today I felt there was something missing from my card. I have just added some Basic Pearls over the small die cut holes along the bottom of the punched decorative strip. I quickly took a couple of extra photographs to share with you; you’ll probably notice a difference with the backgrounds, but I’m sure you’ll agree, those small Basic Pearls do finish off the front of the card tastefully! To decorate inside the card, I adhered a layer of Night of Navy CS, and then a layer of Very Vanilla CS. Next I stamped an image of the shepherd and his sheep in the same style I had stamped Joseph and Mary. After I had layered it on a piece of Night of Navy CS, I adhered it in the bottom right-hand corner. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing today’s card, and until tomorrow, happy crafting.
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