Hi Everyone! Let’s have some fun with Christmas in July! From today through next Wednesday, we’ll have a week of inspiration to get us started on our holiday planning.

CARD BASES ONLY – that ready for stamped images. For the last 2 years..I have been TERRIBLE at getting my cards out!!! Right?! Me of all people (smile). I’m busy teaching classes but did not take the time to mass produce my cards. PROBLEM SOLVED! With a few coordinating supplies – we can make early CARD BASES!


Make card bases one night as in this example – add images another. Check back this week as I’ll add some stamped images to this set of card bases!

What you need to get started:
Merry Moments Designer Series Paper
Merry Moments Cardstock Assorted Pack
Whisper White Cardstock
Ink for future, coordinating stamping- Classic Ink Pads:
Cherry Cobbler (and/or Real Red)
Old Olive (and/or Mossy Meadow)
The Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive are the colors in the Merry Moments Assorted pack.

For added sparkle – you can get Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, a Stampin’ Spritzer and Old Olive Reink. Since we can purchase Real Red Glimmer Paper and Silver Glimmer Paper..we don’t need a spritzer to color. I did add Smokey Slate Refill to the list below if you wanted to sub out the Silver Glimmer Paper.

 The card bases took me about 40 minutes to assemble. Here are the cuts!

(1) each of cardstock Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Smokey Slate. Cut each into 4 sections:
4″ x 5-1/4″ Total of 4 each of 3 colors or 12 pieces. NOTE Keep the 1/4″ strips as they will be used as accents later on.

(6) each Whisper White cardstock cut in half for a total of (12) 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ card bases.

Take 6 different sheet designs of Merry Moments Designer Paper. With each sheet – cut off a 3-3/4″ x 12″ strip. Take that strip and trim to 3-3/4″ x 10″ (take 2″ off – keep scrap for later) Trim that in half to make (2) 3-3/4 x 5″ strips. Do that with each sheet for a total of (12) 3-3/4″ x 5″ pieces. (2 each of 6 designer sheets = 12)

With each designer paper piece – cut 1-3/4″ off bottom – see photo.

Lay out your card base pieces. Now’s the fun part – switch out or trade the bottom pieces to form different paper layouts! Don’t forget they are 2 sided so flip flop around until you get a combo you like!




 Remember those 1/4 cardstock strips I said to save..they work perfectly for a transition strip between the designer paper!

Fold your card bases and adhere the layers. Now you have 12 Christmas card bases done and ready for a quick stamped image or sentiment. Note on the top picture that you can play with the orientation of the card too.What’s great about Merry Moments is they work great for Thank You’s and winter birthdays too! The plaid side makes for good masculine cards…oh the choices! 😉

AND once last thing..you have TONS of product left. If you use the remainder of the designer sheet you – you can make 36 Christmas cards! Plenty of designer paper left for other holiday crafts that would coordinate with your cards 🙂


Take care my stampin friends!