Stampin’ Up! Jolly Friends Christmas Magic

Good mornin’, y’all!  Happy Saturday – hope you’re planning something fun!  My hubby’s coming home today – he’s been gone for 6 or 7 weeks now, taking care of his mom.  She had a car accident back in July – and….well.  It’s been a long few weeks.  So, he’ll get home this afternoon – probably pretty tired.  I need to get the house cleaned up and have something good planned for dinner!

Yes.  I am a Holly-Homemaker like that.  Sometimes!

Not a lot – but sometimes. And my definition includes the fun stuff….cooking tasty things (someone else cleans up), growing fun stuff in the garden (someone else weeds, de-bugs), crafting (would be lovely if someone else tidied up after me), kissing pony noses (someone else clean stalls and sweep the aisle)….you get the drift! 😉

My master plan is to get my house cleaned up one last time and then maybe hire someone to come in and do it for me!  Wouldn’t that be wonderful?!?  I could card make, and cook and gather up stuff for the Goodwill.  Without that pesky housecleaning hanging over my head all the time.

That’s how it feels to me – like a giant weight hanging over my head.  I detest housecleaning.  Gives me a panic knot in my throat to think about doing it.  But I like a clean house, so it’s a conundrum for me!

Anyway – enough of my housekeeping angst!  Let’s talk about something fun, like a card, shall we?  I played with the Jolly Friends stamp set – specifically the moose.  He’s so cute!  And I added a couple of nice sentiments from the Christmas Magic set.  Take a look-see:

I played along with a sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch, challenge #191:

And I also played along with a technique challenge from TGIF Challenges….#74:

Fortunately the folks at TGIF said I didn’t have to use “real” stitches!!  So I could use my little faux ones!

I built the card kind of in stages.  First I cut my frames – I used different size scalloped edge dies from the Squares Layering Framelits to cut pieces of Real Red and Crumb Cake.  Then I used smaller straight edge dies to cut the middles out.  I stitched them up with my Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker.

Next up?  The Jolly Friends moose.  I stamped him in Early Espresso ink on Whisper White and fussy cut him out.  Then I colored him in with my Clear Wink of Stella “paint” brush – I gave him some Blushing Bride “cheeks”, a Crumb Cake head, and Sahara Sand antlers.

To make him uber-cool, I gave him some Maui’s….I used sticky notes to mask his antlers off and then stamped the little sunglasses from Jolly Friends in Basic Black Archival Ink.

Then I figured out how the frames were going to be arranged and how he was going to be inside them.

Next I cut a Whisper White card front, and my Candy Cane Lane DSP square and its Real Red mat.  I dry fit everything together so that I could find where my sentiment needed to be.  Once I had that, I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to stamp the little sentiment from Christmas Magic in Real Red.

I really wasn’t sure how the sentiment was going to look if I embossed the panel, but I figured….what the heck!?  So, I ran it thru the Big Shot in the Cable Knit Dynamic TIEF (stitching…sewing…knitting?!?).  When it came out – the sentiment looked just fine, so I SNAILd it to a Real Red mat.

I SNAILd the matted Candy Cane Lane square to the card front and trimmed up the excess.

The framed moose is made as a separate piece.  I used Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue to adhere everything together first, and then used Stampin’ Dimensionals all over the back of it to pop it onto the card.  And that was it for the card front! 🙂

On the inside, I stamped a second sentiment from Christmas Magic in Real Red on a Whisper White panel.  Then I stamped the Jolly Friends moose in Early Espresso, peeking in the corner.  He’s colored exactly the same way I colored Mr. Moose on the front.

I “stitched” all the way around the panel and the moose with the Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker.  Then I SNAILd it to a Real Red mat and into my Crumb Cake card base.  I popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

I repeated Mr. Moose – including the stitches and his cool shades –  on the front of a Whisper White Medium Envelope…

…and added some of the Candy Cane Lane DSP to the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  Mr. Jolly Friends Moose has got himself hung up in the picture frames, for sure!  But, he’s so cool – he looks like he meant to be there, doesn’t he?!  Hope you like!

Scroll on down for the card cuts and all the goodies you need to make this one for yourself!


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Crumb Cake Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, scored and fold at 5 1/2″); 2 1/4″ square frame

Real Red Card Stock:  4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (mats for card front and for inner liner);  3 3/8″ square (mat for Candy Cane Lane DSP); 2 1/2″ square frame, 2″ square frame

Whisper White Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (card front and inner liner)

Candy Cane Lane DSP: 3 1/4″ square (front panel); envelope flap

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26 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Jolly Friends Christmas Magic

  1. I love how you do your envelope flaps. Do you just use the flap as a template on a piece of DSP, cut and paste? How long did it take you to make that cute card? I love your faux stitching.

  2. Hey Karen – not so awfully long once I’d settled on what I was going to do! The hardest – for me – was the stitching. There’s a lot of it and it made my hand cramp some! For the envelope flap – I just run a thin line of Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue around the edge of the flap, stick on the DSP (a piece larger than the flap), and then fussy cut th excess. Easy peasy! Thanks so much! 😊

  3. That’s awesome Mary! Love those layered squares and that moose is too cute! I’ve been scratching my head trying to figure out what to do with that sketch, thanks for the great idea! And I’m totally with you on the house cleaning…if you find someone to do yours, send them up north. My house needs it too! 😉

  4. Mom

    Ah…the housecleaning angst gene! Sorry to have passed that on – and I even still have it so not even diluted in the transmission.
    Love the moose! Hope to see one before it’s over. There was one spotted at Ralston and Simms in Arvada! Poor thing…happily tranq’d and returned to the place more suited.

  5. Ellie Peckler

    Mary, your card is fun and witty – just like you! I love everything about it, right down to the moose peeking in the inside. – Ellie

  6. Thanks so much, Ellie! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  7. Karen L.

    That moose is too cute!! I can just see one all tangled up in a bunch of frames & then acting “too cool”…….great job on the “stitching”……that’s my kind of stitching too!! Yep, I am with you there with the housecleaning…….I like a clean house but can’t figure out how to get it without paying for it!! Have a nice reunion with your hubby!!

  8. Yea – I’m useless with a real needle and thread, that’s for sure! My hold up is always the cost – when I get the thing done in 2 hours, I think “Why would I pay someone to do that when I can do it for free”. And that thought last just about as long as it takes to get the place dirty again. But for that 5 minutes – I’m the world’s best housekeeper with no need to pay anyone! LOL! Thanks, Karen! 🙂

  9. Just adorable, and you rocked both challenges. Wow, the stitching is on point! Love this fun card and your witty post again today!

  10. Meg

    Super cute – i love the sunnies!

  11. This is so fun! Great take on the sketch!

  12. Thanks, Leigh! 😊

  13. Debra Anderson

    What a wonderful son your husband is to take care of his mom when she needed him. We should all have such devoted family members to count on.
    Your card is super cute… love the stitched frames!
    Don’t fret so about a clean house. Your husband will be so glad to be back home he won’t notice a few extra dust bunnies.

    • True that – it’s me that gets het about the house being clean – it stresses me when it’s a hoo-ra’s nest! He was just glad to be out of the car and at home! And yes – he is a wonderful son. And has, in our life together, also been a wonderful son-in-law and grandson-in-law. I’m very fortunate! Thanks, Debra! 🙂

  14. Beth's Fancy Stamping

    He is adorable! I got dizzy trying to figure out how you did the frames!

  15. Thanks, Beth – took me a minute to get it to look how I wanted it to look! 🙂

  16. Oh. My. Word… that hand drawn stitching is so darn cute! I LOVE that you stitched around the moose on the inside and on the envelope! 🙂 Super super fun! I’m glad you have your other half home now too, but hoping that his mother is better soon! Thanks for joining us at TGIF this week Mary!

  17. Thank you, Holly – for the kind words about my card and for the well wishes for my MIL. She certainly needs them! 🙂

  18. I always love stitching like that!!! I also like to use my marker and make my own borders too!! Thanks so much for playing along with TGIF!

  19. Thank you, Cathy! A woman after my own heart! 🙂

  20. mich3ll3w

    What a cute Christmas card! I love it! Thanks for joining us at CAS(E) This Sketch!

  21. Thanks much! 🙂

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