Today’s card was a fun idea that made a turn in the middle.  And I love the way it ended up.  Sometimes my idea doesn’t work out exactly as planned.  In this case, it was better!


Stampin' Up!, Spruced Up Dies, Iridescent Pearls, Celebrate With Tags, Linen Thread, Jackie Beers


The cute little tree in the center of the card was created with the Spruced Up Dies.  They are also called “Outline” Dies.  That is because when I die cut this tree, I got not only the tree from the center, but the outline also.  I love this idea!  It allows us to mix and match, which is what I have done here.

To create this fun little tree, I adhered the DSP to the Soft Suede piece.  But I did not add adhesive around the center of the layer.  I then used the single die for the largest tree and centered it in the middle of the card layers.  After die cutting, I had a DSP tree and outline, and also a Soft Suede tree and outline.

My method for putting these back together was the simplest idea I could come up with.  I took a scrap of White cardstock cut to 3 X 4.  And I put adhesive all over it, not totally covered but more than I would with a normal layer.  By placing the White on the table and centering the two layers over top, I could see through the die cut and know that there was White behind the opening.  Press this down and choose the outline piece.  I chose to use the Soft Suede outline.  Carefully place it in the opening and against the edges.  Lastly add the DSP tree to the center.  Easy Peasy!!  And I have an outline and a tree left for another use.


When I saw these trees on the DSP sheet, I knew it was perfect for the idea I had.  Even though the idea changed a bit, I love this paper.  It is from the Storybook Gnomes Designer Series paper.  The different shades of green are especially nice at this time of year when we see a lot of the same ones.  I chose the Bermuda Bay from the paper to be the card base.  And of course I had to go with the Soft Suede for the trunk of the trees.  These two colors work very well together.

Here is a close up of the paper and the Die Cut tree.


Stampin' Up!, Spruced Up Dies, Storybook Gnomes, Iridescent Rhinestones, celebrate with tags, Linen Thread, Jackie Beers


Stamps and Embellishments

The only stamp showing on the front of the card is the little sentiment.  This is from the Celebrate With Tags stamp set.  I love this simple and sweet sentiment.  My goal of late has been to choose to be Happy.  So this fits perfectly!  The Be Jolly is stamped on White card stock using Soft Suede Ink.  There is not a die for this little guy.  So fussy cutting was needed.  Although they are all straight cuts so it is pretty easy to do.

There are two finishing touches to this card.  Although the rhinestone does not show very well in the photo.  But there is an Iridescent Rhinestone at the top of the tree for the star.  And to carry on with my more rustic tree and card, I used Linen Thread for the ribbon.  I tied a double bow and added it to the base of the tree with a Glue Dot.  Another easy touch.



There are still quite a lot of great deals available on the Clearance Rack from the refresh.  And the Last Chance Product Sale is going strong.  These All Spruced Up Dies are available at a discounted price.  So compare the price of the stamp and dies separately vs the Bundle price!!





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Smile and Keep On Stamping,