Friday, December 2, 2022

5 Stampin' Up! Santa Express Projects: Easy Gift Card Holder, Sampler Frame, Quick Cards

I wasn't a big fan of the Santa Express Suite when I first saw it in the July-December 2022 Mini Catalog. I didn't care for the imagery, but mostly I just couldn't deal with the Petal Pink sky and background that was on almost every sheet. I bought the paper anyway because...well, I buy everything! And the B side of this paper pack is amazing!! I really love the traditional red and green patterns. I much prefer the Santa Express Memories & More Pack because the cards focus more on those traditional colors and don't feature much of the Petal Pink.
In this week's episode of Thursday Night Stamp Therapy, I created some quick and easy Gift Card Holders inspired by one I received from Terry Biggs for the Great, Big Card Swap.
Stampin' Up! Santa Express Christmas Gift Card Holders + Video Tutorial ~ #stampinup

The gift card holder has two parts: the sleeve and the slider. 

Card Measurements:
  • 6" x 9-1/4" Designer Paper, scored at 2-1/2" and 6-3/4"; turn and score at 1/2"
  • 4-1/8" x 6-3/8" Mint Macaron Cardstock, scored at 1"

Once you create the sleeve, use a punch to create a notch in the center of the open end. I used a hole punch to create a hole at the top of the slider (centered in the notch) and added a piece of ribbon to make it easy to pull out. To keep these "quick and easy", I used two Memories & More cards to decorate -- one on the front and one on the inside!
Watch the replay of Thursday Night Stamp Therapy and follow along to create this gift card holder with me!

Here's another project that I created with the Santa Express Designer Paper and Memories & More Cards. This 5" x 7" framed art would make a cute addition to your holiday decor -- or create and give it as a gift! Each designer paper square is 2" x 2".
Stampin' Up! Santa Express Framed Art ~ Christmas Sampler Frame ~ #stampinup
Watch the replay of Thursday Night Stamp Therapy to see how the sampler frame evolved. Would you have chosen the same color for the background? Maybe picked different designer paper?

Last night when I was cleaning off my desk, I decided to make up a bunch of cards using the rest (or most of the rest) of my Santa Express Memories & More Card Pack. I love the way these turned out. I cut down a large 4" x 6" card to put on a regular card base. I added two Wonderful Snowflakes in the corners and then added the small 3" x 4" card with Stampin' Dimensionals.
Stampin' Up! Santa Express Memories & More Christmas Cards ~ #stampinup
As I was preparing this blog post, I realized that I haven't yet shared this next pair of cards. I designed this layout for a Mystery Stamping project with my team a couple months ago. The layout works both orientations: horizontal or vertical. Which one do you prefer?
Stampin' Up! Santa Express Quick and Easy Card Layout ~  Christmas Cards ~ #stampinup
Stampin' Up! Santa Express Quick and Easy Card Layout ~  Christmas Cards ~ #stampinup
Love this layout? Give it a try at home! Here are the measurements that I used:
  • 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" Mint Macaron Cardstock
  • (2) 1" x 5-1/2" Santa Express Designer Paper
  • 1-3/4" x 4-1/4" Real Red Cardstock
  • 2-3/4" x 2-3/4" Santa Express Designer Paper
  • 3" x 3" Basic White Cardstock Layer
  • 3/4" x 2" Cardstock for Greeting (adjust size as needed)
How about one more card? I created this mini slimline card using the Charming Landscapes Embossing Folders and Santa Express Designer Paper back in July. Click here to view the original blog post with more details about this card.
Stampin' Up! Santa Express Mini Slimline Christmas Card ~ #stampinup

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