I am super EXCITED. I am going to the Stampin’ Up! Local OnStage Event in Atlanta on Saturday. As a BONUS, I have the privilege of attending Brian King’s Fall Stamp-Along on Friday.

At Brian’s event, we will be making several cards that use a map or card layout as inspiration. The cards will range from Christmas to all-occasion. I can’t wait to share his designs and ideas with you in the coming weeks.

On Saturday, I will be in a large room with LOTS of my Stampin’ Up! friends. We will be spoiled rotten with prizes and demonstrations. AND…drum roll… I will get to see the new catalog (Occasions and Sale-a-Bration) that comes out in January 2020.

The first quarter of each year, Stampin’ Up! has an event called Sale-a-Bration. You can earn FREE stamp sets and there are super incentives for JOINING Stampin’ UP! as a demonstrator. I know you want to be part of my team. I am sworn to secrecy on the new catalog. But as soon as I am able, I will share it. If you would like a catalog as soon as they are available, let me know. Anyone who has placed an order with me in the past 6 months will automatically be receiving a catalog.

One of the great things about LOTS of Stampin’ Up! friends gathering together is the SWAP. We all make cards and then trade. I made 50 cards to SWAP. And I can’t wait to share the 50 SWAPS with you over the next several weeks.

Would you like to see my SWAP? I call this one ‘Stillness at Dawn’.

The phrase ‘rosy-fingered dawn’ is a quote from Homer’s the Illiad and the Odyessy. Can’t you just imagine the rosy light reflecting off of snow-capped pines to make that pink glow while the majestic buck stands guard? And that is why I called this card ‘Stillness at Dawn’
Anyway, here is my card.

I chose to create a card with very little stamping and in non-traditional colors. I love the Shimmery White embossing paste and think it makes this card sparkle.

MEASUREMENTS (Supplies and Links are at the end)

  • Whisper White Thick Cardstock: 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″
  • Whisper White Thick Cardstock: 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″ to the die-cut panel using Stitched Rectangles (3rd largest)
  • Night of Navy: 3-1/4″ x 4-5/8″
  • Silver Foil Paper: scrap to die-cut deer
  • Powder Pink Cardstock (or Petal Pink): scrap to die-cut tree cluster
  • Vellum scrap for sentiments

ASSEMBLY (use any die-cutting and embossing machine)

  1. Die-cut the Stitched Rectangle panel.
  2. Using the Shimmery White embossing paste and the swirl mask from the Basic Pattern Decorative Mask set, swipe a thin layer diagonally across the panel.
    The palette knives and masks clean up with warm water. Wipe any excess from the tools with a paper towel before washing in the sink. If I am not going to wash them right away, I usually have a small bucket of water to put my tools in. If the embossing paste dries on your tools, DO NOT WORRY, it will just require some soaking time and maybe a little scrub brush to clean-up.
  3. While that is drying (about 2-3 minutes), die-cut the tree and deer using the Snow Globe Scenes dies.
  4. Adhere the tree cluster to the Shimmer embossed panel with Multipurpose Liquid Glue. You will have to hold it in place while it dries because you are adhering it to a non-flat surface (about 30 seconds).
  5. Put Dimensionals behind the deer. I used Mini-Dimensionals on the body and cut strips from the Dimensional sheet border for the neck and base. Cut them thin so you don’t see them around the edges.
  6. Assemble card layers as it pleases you.
  7. OPTIONAL: I did not add a sentiment to my SWAP. If you like the one pictured – I stamped the ‘NOEL’ from the Tidings All Around Stamp Set on vellum and heat embossed in Silver. I cut the circle using the 1″ punch.


I was told years ago, by a very good friend, that I should never send a plain envelope. So, I stamp, washi tape or adhere a die-cut on almost all of my envelopes. I used a sponge to ink the envelope flap in Silver and glued a silver foil deer to the front. Now the recipient knows that something special is inside. The Silver Foil Notecards and Envelopes are another idea.

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