Two Simply Sketched Holiday Cards and a Little Blog Candy!!

Today Sandi MacIver (my upline) and I have both created clean and simple, easily reproducible and mailable holiday cards using the Simply Sketched hostess stamp set and the Season of Style DSP from Stampin’ Up! to share with you today.  We’re including the costing to make a stack of the CAS cards in our posts again so you can see how inexpensively that you can create your own!  And we’re also featuring a “stepped up” version of our cards as well.

Plus we’re both offering some blog candy so make sure that you check out both of our blogs and leave comments to be entered to win.  🙂

My card designs were inspired by the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 191.

Two Simply Sketched

I’ll show you my clean and simple card first.

Simply Sketched

I started by stamping the sentiment from the Greetings of the Season stamp set in VersaMark ink on an Old Olive Textured card stock panel.  I sprinkled the sentiment with Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heat embossed it.  I adhered the stamped panel to a panel of Whisper White card stock with SNAIL then to a Cherry Cobbler card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Simply Sketched 1

Then I cut two strips of Season of Style DSP, punched the ends with the Hexagon Punch (you can also cut the banner ends with a scissors) and adhered them to the card front with SNAIL.  Next, I stamped the bird image from the Simply Sketched stamp set in StazOn Jet Black ink on a Whisper White panel and I colored it with my Stampin’ Write Markers.  Then I tore a small piece of Whisper White card stock and adhered it under the bird image with SNAIL, then cut the image out with one of the Circles Collection Framelits Dies.  I applied Dazzling Details over the torn paper to give it the appearance of snow.  Once the Dazzling Details had dried, I adhered the stamped circle with SNAIL to another Circles Collection die cut from Cherry Cobbler Textured card stock, then to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I also added three rhinestones to the card front to complete it.

Simply Sketched 2

I finished the inside of the card by stamping the sentiment from the More Merry Messages stamp set in Cherry Cobbler ink on a Whisper White panel, then adhering a strip of Season of Style DSP.

Here is the cost breakdown for creating 48 cards (this is assuming that you already have the stamp sets, Circles Collection Framelits, Hexagon Punch and SNAIL adhesive):

  • 1 Pack Cherry Cobbler Card Stock (119685) $6.95
  • 8 Sheets Old Olive Textured Card Stock (132130) $3.95
  • 2 Sheets Cherry Cobbler Textured Card Stock (132129) $0.98
  • 14 Sheets Whisper White Card Stock (100730) $2.98
  • 3 Sheets Season of Style Designer Series Paper (132340) $2.74
  • 1 Pack Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246) $4.95
  • 1 Bottle Dazzling Details (124117) $2.50
  • 1 Container Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Emboss Powder (122949) $4.75
  • 1 Pack Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430) $3.95

Total $33.75 or $0.70 per card

You can use the different sizes of Rhinestones to change up your cards and maximize your supplies.  And I always cut my Stampin’ Dimensionals in half so you get twice as many per pack!  Since you’ll have plenty of leftover Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive Textured Card Stock, Season of Style DSP and Whisper White Card Stock, you can make 48 additional cards by purchasing another Pack of Cherry Cobbler Card Stock (119685) and another pack of Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246).  The total for making 48 additional cards is $22.55 or $0.47 per card for the second batch.

Stampin’ Up! products used to create this card:

Stamps:  Simply Sketched (hostess only 129669 wood, 129672 clear); Greetings of the Season (128030 wood, 128033 clear)

Dies & Punches:  Circles Collection Framelits Dies (130911); Hexagon Punch (130919)

Embellishments:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246); Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Emboss Powder (122949); Dazzling Details (124117)

Ink:  VersaMark Ink Pad (102283); StazOn Jet Black Ink Pad (101406); Cherry Cobbler (119681), Old Olive (100079) & Pumpkin Pie (105115) Stampin’ Write Markers

Tools:  Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439); Heat Tool (129053)

Card Stock  & Cuts:  Cherry Cobbler Card Stock (119685) – 4-1/4″ x 11″ card base scored at 5-1/2″; Whisper White (100730) – 4″ x 5-1/4″ panel, Circles Collection Framelits die cut, small torn piece; Old Olive Textured Card Stock (132130) – 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ panel; Cherry Cobbler Textured Card Stock (132129) – Circles Collection Framelits die cut; Season of Style Designer Series Paper (132340) – 1/2″ x 3-3/4″ strip, 3/4″ x 3-1/2″ strip

Adhesive:  SNAIL Adhesive (104332); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

And here is my “stepped up” version.

Simply Sketched SU

I started by embossing a panel of Cherry Cobbler Textured card stock with Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder.  Then I stamped the sentiment in VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  I adhered the embossed panel to a panel of Whisper White card stock with SNAIL.  I adhered a strip of 1/8″ Silver Ribbon to a strip of Cherry Cobbler 1″ Stitched Edge Grosgrain Ribbon with SNAIL, then adhered the layered ribbon to the panel with SNAIL.  I adhered the panel to an Old Olive card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Simply Sketched SU 1

I stamped the leaf image in Stazon Jet Black ink on a Whisper White panel, then again on a panel of Old Olive Textured card stock.  I colored the berries with my Stampin’ Write Marker, then cut the leaves out of the Old Olive Textured card stock and adhered them to the Whisper White panel with SNAIL.  I added a little “snow” to the leaves and berries by coloring just a touch on each of them with the White Stampin’ Chalk Marker, then applying Dazzling Details over it.  Once the Dazzling Details dried, I cut the image out with an Ovals Collection Framelits die, adhered it with SNAIL to an Ovals Collection Framelits die cut from Old Olive Textured card stock, then to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.   I finished the card front by adhering one of the Frosted Finishes Embellishments with a Glue Dot and two rhinestones.

Simply Sketched SU 2

I finished the inside of the card by stamping the branch image in StazOn Jet Black on a Whisper White panel and coloring it with my Stampin’ Write Markers.  Then I stamped the sentiment in Cherry Cobbler ink.

Stampin’ Up! products used to create this card:

Stamps:  Simply Sketched (hostess only 129669 wood, 129672 clear); Greetings of the Season (128030 wood, 128033 clear)

Dies & Embossing Folders:  Ovals Collection Framelits Dies (129381); Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (132174)

Embellishments:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246); Cherry Cobbler 1″ Stitched Edge Grosgrain Ribbon (131135); Silver 1/8″ Ribbon (132137); Frosted Finishes Embellishments (132150); Dazzling Details (124117); Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109133)

Ink:  VersaMark Ink Pad (102283); StazOn Jet Black Ink Pad (101406); Cherry Cobbler (119681) Stampin’ Write Marker; White Stampin’ Chalk Marker (132133)

Tools:  Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439); Heat Tool (129053)

Card Stock  & Cuts:  Old Olive (100702) – 4-1/4″ x 11″ card base scored at 5-1/2″; Whisper White (100730) – Ovals Collection Framelits die cut, 4″ x 5-1/4″ panel; Old Olive Textured Card Stock (132130) – Ovals Collection Framelits die cut; Cherry Cobbler Textured Card Stock (132129) – 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ panel

Adhesive:  SNAIL Adhesive (104332); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Glue Dots (103683)

Now head on over to see Sandi’s fabulous cards.  You can see her creations by clicking here.


And finally…the Blog Candy!!

To be entered to win my blog candy, simply leave me a comment before Monday Morning (September 2) telling me about what you do for holiday/Christmas cards.  I’m interested to know whether you try to make individual holiday/Christmas cards for everyone, whether you do the same card for everyone or whether you do something in between (some the same and some individual).  I usually do a combination, some that are the same and some that are individual cards.

Now for the blog candy prize…

Blog Candy

How about the Perfectly You hostess stamp set clear-mount from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday 2013 Catalog??  I’ll do a random drawing to pick the winner of the stamp set on Monday morning from all of the comments left on this posting over the weekend.  Anyone is welcome to leave a comment, however I am only able to ship the stamp set to an address within the United States.  Thanks for your understanding.  I’m looking forward to hearing about how you make your cards!


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43 thoughts on “Two Simply Sketched Holiday Cards and a Little Blog Candy!!

  1. Thanks for the clean, simple and inexpensive card ideas . . . and the chance to win some blog candy!! I don’t usually send Christmas cards. I like to send New Year’s cards instead. Last year was the first year I tried making my own. I used the same layout, but different papers and embellishments so each card was unique.

  2. Thank you for today’s clean and simple card ideas. These would be easy to mass produce. In the past, I’ve made one design to send to everyone. However, with postage going up almost yearly, fewer and fewer people are exchanging Christmas cards. As a result, I have been sending different cards designs to the people I still wish to send Christmas Greetings. Thanks for all your inspiration and for the chance to win some blog candy. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

  3. What a great idea to break down the cost of the cards like you did! My parents have sent out a picture of my family for the last 35 years (since I was 3!) at Christmas to all our family & friends so I don’t have many other than those to send to (I usually help mom to address etc). I did make cards for each of my 3 sisters & my mom as a gift last year—They each got the same set of cards but there were no 2 a like in the sets so they would have cards ready for many occasions. I love your ideas & enjoy following your blog–thanks for the chance at some candy! 🙂

  4. I love both of your cards that you shared today. I usually pick a card I really like, and try and make a bunch of those to send out. I sometimes make 2 different cards because there are some people in the same family that I send too, and I try and send them a different card. Would love you win that set. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

  5. I make all my Christmas cards different because family loves to see the differences and one time family members even swapped cards.

    Thanks for your ideas. Just found your site today. Can’t wait to see future ideas.


  6. I am starting my cards this week end because my husband will be playing in a golf tournament and I will have 3 days to do as I please(how sweet is that). I never make 2 cards the same. I enjoy mixing it up a lot. Have a nice holiday.

  7. I try to make a simple card that can be easily mass produced and I make mine all the same because I ALWAYS end up making them at the last minute. This year I am planning to attend a scrapbooking crop in October and I have planned to make my Christmas cards at that event.

    Your cards are both lovely! I like that stamp set!

    Thanks for offering the blog candy — so very nice of you to do so!!

    Merry Christmas!!

  8. I’m loving all the samples with this set! The past few years I’ve turned to My Digital Studio for my Christmas cards. With our families busy lifestyle it was the quickest and easiest way to get them done 🙂 I usually send 70-80. Thanks for a chance at some blog candy!

  9. I usually make several cards each Christmas. I do more elaborate cards for those relatives and friends who appreciate receiving a handmade card. (I even have one friend who displays my card on her tree each year.) Then I choose a card that is “quick and simple” for the others on my list. Thanks for offering such yummy blog candy!

  10. I make the same card for family and friends, but usually a different one for the Troops (I send cards every month to the Troops). Thanks for sharing your lovely cards.

  11. I love this stamp set. The card is beautiful. I make between 60-70 cards every year. I like to start really early – this year I still have two sets of cards – 50 each – so will be late. One year, I made a “book” and didn’t get all of them sent till Feb. but I sent them. 🙂

  12. I make 150 Christmas cards for family and friends! I start right after Christmas. I am happy to say I have 95 of those 150 cards made already. I love your cards!

  13. Thanks for offering this great candy. I really need it!! I make special cards for certain people, just a few maybe 10-12 and then the rest get a simpler card. Those are uaually mailed people who live out of state. I love making the special ones. They really enjoy receiving them.


  14. WOW, love your cards – simply beautiful! TFS!!

    I make both special “just for you” cards and then batches of typically 5 ea of same cards, for a total of 50.

  15. I make cards two at a time (since I need to cut the base sheet in half to make one card, it’s just as easy for me to make two the same). I get bored with making more than two of something, so I usually just make my cards in pairs. Some are simple, some are complex – it just depends on what mood strikes when I have my card-making supplies out. Thanks for the chance to win a new stamp set!

  16. Love your card! I generally make one card and mass produce it. Last year I did multiple cards of multiple styles and then had a very hard time picking which ones to give to who! I felt like I was picking favorites! LOL I have a feeling I’ll mass produce one card again this year! Yours are among my time contenders thus far! Thanks! Lynnette

  17. I make about 50 cards for family and friends…I’m thinking I should start making a few each week then I wouldn’t be so overwhelmed. Thank You for sharing your beautiful cards and inspiring me to get ahead start early !

  18. Great cards! Will have to “case” them for my Christmas stash! I usually make and send out 100-125 cards each year. I usually make 20 of one kind and then 20 of another and so on. But I try to make something really fancy and special for my three sisters and daughter and daughter-in-law. I love making cards and could not do it without the help of Stampin Up and demonstrators like you and Sandi. Thanks for sharing and thanks for a chance to win some great blog candy!

  19. Your card is lovely!…inside and out..perfect amount of bling! I do a combination of cards and don’t do them ahead of time! Thanks for offering the great blog candy!

    • OOPS: My comment: I make some special ones for family and stamping friends but make 4 or 5 different batches for regular friends. Always sent my stamping friends the best! Ha.

  20. Love the red bird card Amy. Thank you for sharing. I usually only make about 35 Christmas cards and I start in September….so I have an excuse to buy Christmas stamp sets LOL

  21. I usually make mine the same. I make some for our church
    missionarys also. Thanks for a chance at blog candy.

  22. I make a mixture of some special and some mass produced. I make a list of who I send what to so in case I have any left over, I don’t send them the same card next year! Thanks for an opportunity to win. I like the simple card the best.

  23. Very pretty cards! I make about 30 handmade cards for family & close friends and the rest get store bought. I generally make the same card for everyone, but I make special ‘kid’ cards for my grandsons & nephew.

  24. I make several different cards. One, because I LOVE christmas stamps and want to use them all!! And two, because Christmas/Hanukkah means a little something different to everyone and I like to send a card that they would appreciate. ps, Love your stepped up version!

  25. Lovely cards Amy! And if I could stick to simple I’d be close to done now! lol
    Different years I’ve gone different ways as far as how many I make of one design. Some years I’ve gone all the same but generally I come up with at least 2 or 3. And then for some I do create something unique when it seems that’s the way to go. Basically I adopted for my stamping Christmas cards what my husband and I did for years when we bought them. Steve used to enjoy picking out at least 10 different designs and those added to past years leftovers gave us plenty when we sat down and decided who would get what in which style. Now on my own it all depends. If I hit on a design I love and don’t mind making 60 or so of I go that route with a few individual ones thrown in as needed. Otherwise I tend to make sets of 10 or 20 in various designs. And some designs can be changed up a bit while keeping the basic elements the same. After all…some people who get them might compare right? Probably what started our varying the cards sent to begin with since at that time all our family and many of our friends lived in the same area and were a part of many of the same groups. Now ask me about Hanukkah cards…for those I generally do all the same. Go figure! Granted I send fewer of those out but still…I generally create one design per year. Maybe because with Hanukkah I’m not trying to match those who have a religious orientation and those who don’t? And there are fewer varied images and traditions? No idea. I just know that’s how it works for me. Of course now that I live somewhere that has snow most years I also do winter cards so that lets me give those semi Christmassy ideas a workout. Thanks for all the details and the candy. Hugs – J.

  26. Luv both cards … and the stamp set. I make 60 cards for chrisytmas that are all the same , then a few stepped up cards for close friends. so much fun !!! Thanks for the blog candy chance too.

  27. I love your cards. I especially like the Cherry Cobbler card. That bird can be used on so many cards. These cards would be quick to make if you had several to send. Thanks for another great set of cards.

  28. Great Blog Candy! And I just love your card. I usually make about 60-70 cards each year. I try to make about 8 cards per month starting in January through November. I usually do the Christmas Card Challenge on SCS. Lots of fun, but always end up falling behind in my posting!

  29. This is my 1st year Stampin’ I plan on making 20-25 Christmas cards this year, due to my limited supply. I need plenty of ideas & yours are wonderful!

  30. Your holiday cards are beautiful with the beautiful ribbon and bling. I usually make 40 to 60 cards, using several different designs and stamp sets. I’m way behind this year as I spent about 9 weeks earlier this summer in the hospital, but will do my best to make as many as I can! Happy card-making!

  31. Beautiful cards Amy!! I love how you added the narrow silver ribbon to the wider ribbon, never would have thought of adding the two together. It seems like my card list is getting shorter each year due to the loss of family members. I use to make at least 100 and now it’s more like 50-70. I usually come up with a easy design for the majority of my cards using assorted papers and embellishments and then I make special individual cards that are more detailed for those we are close to. I’ll be finishing my cards while on “vacation” – rather I’ll be in a hotel as my husband is in class….great time to stamp!!

  32. I love that you included the breakdown of costs on the card. I try to do the same thing in any project i create. I get more satisfaction in knowing my craft came out cute and i didn’t spend a lot of money. I make a combination of the same and individual cards. My intent is always to make different designs, but some times if i get crafters block I’ll replicate a design.

  33. Beautiful cards! Love the red one! I make a couple special cards but the rest are done assembly line style. Thanks for the chance to win a fun prize!

  34. Beautiful cards – and I really appreciate the detailed lists of materials that you provided for your readers – wow! Sadly, I gave up sending Christmas cards when I was so busy with with kids, job, etc. Now that I’m retired and my children are grown, I guess I’d better get with it again! I would probably make them all the same – I enjoy a little mass producing from time to time.

  35. Love both cards, but I especially love how you layered the two ribbons on the stepped up version! Last year I made 50 of the same Christmas card for family and friends, but I got burnt out quickly and it became more like work than fun, so this year I am making all different cards! So far, I only have three done… better get on the ball! Thanks for the chance to win some great blog candy!

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