Saturday, December 3, 2016

Santa Punch Art

Hi everyone.  Many years ago, 2012, I made some candy bar wrappers that were very well liked.  I have gotten many requests for directions over the years and I ended up typing out some simple directions, but the punches that I used had been long retired and people couldn't buy them, so the directions didn't really do much good to anyone.  Well sure enough, around October this year, the requests started coming again and that old blog post came back to the top in my views.  I decided to take another look at the newer paper punches to see if I can make a new version using all current products.  So this is what I came up with.
You can see the old post here. 





This version uses the Best Badges punch for the head and beard, the double petal from the Festive Flower Builder punch, and ovals from the Layering Ovals framelits.
The small circles for the eyes and nose are from the Owl Builder punch.




I made a video how to that shows how I put this together.
I hope you like it!







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Snowman Snowglobe Shaker card

Hi Everyone.  You have most likely seen this card before.  I am posting it again because this little card has been so popular!  I keep getting notices on my phone from places like Pinterest and Instagram that mention 'your pin got 4 likes' and things like that.  I had to turn the notifications off because they were so often. It has been repinned over 6 thousand times from my main pin board, and more on other sites that I have it up at.   It is super cute, and it is super fun and easy.  And it is RETIRING!!!!  SO if you wanted to make this card or other holiday mason jar type cards, you need to get it quickly.  I often sell my retired stamps after the catalog period but this little guy is staying with me, as do most of my Christmas sets.
You can see my how to video on YouTube below.
The Candy Cane Lane paper has already sold out but there is a pretty candy cane type pattern in the Presents and Pine cones paper, or cute Christmas plaid in the Warmth and Cheer Paper, both on Sale now in the Year End Close outs.

Close outs are While Supplies Last, so don't delay.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

New Watercolor Pencils

Hi everyone!  I am so happy to show you these new Watercolor pencils from Stampin' Up!!  They are so fun and in Stampin' Up! exclusive colors, which if you have been around Stampin' Up! as long as I have you will remember that the last time we carried watercolor pencils the colors were not our colors but just basic colors.  I don't know about you but the color co-ordination with inks and paper and ribbon and more is one of the great things about Stampin' Up!, so I was never really happy with the old pencils, especially the greens.  But now I have an Old Olive!! and a Bermuda Bay! and a Melon Mambo! and on and on!! YAY!!
We got to try these pencils out at the Stampin' Up! Onstage event in early November and they blend with our Blender Pens and Aqua Painters beautifully!!! WOW! and one lucky person at each table got to take the pencils home and I was the lucky one!! YAY again!  Here is the project that we made at that event.
Isn't that a fun card! The shading on this card was achieved with the pencils and a blender pen. That paper, as well as the paper in the project photo at the top, is from a new paper called 'Inside the lines'.  The Inside the Lines paper pack is 12 x 12 inches and has 12 sheets, 4 each of 3 designs.  The pencils as well as the paper will be available for customers starting January 4th.  The pencils are a set of 13 pencils for $16.00.  The paper is exclusive to the Sale-a-Bration promotion which allows you to earn a free product with each $50 purchase. 

Do you wish that you could get these pencils and that great paper right now?  YOU CAN!! You can use new products in your Starter Kit when you sign up to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  To become a demonstrator all you need to do is purchase a Starter Kit for $99.00.  You can chose ANY products in your kit up to $125.00, so if you already have a lot of our inks or paper, you can just choose stamps. Have a lot of stamps and paper, but never got the Big Shot, choose that.  You can design your own kit.  You will also get some extras like a box of the current catalogs and some order forms.  If you don't want to actually 'demonstrate' you can hand catalogs out to a few family members or friends, you never know, they may want to order some things from you, or maybe join too and you can be stamping buddies!  You do not have to sell or 'demonstrate' though, you can be your only customer and you can quit at any time.  You will get your demonstrator discount as soon as you join, and if you decide to stay, you need to sell or purchase $300 by March. If you don't, nothing happens, you simply are considered 'inactive' and your discount will stop at the end of April.   Did you know that demonstrators get their discounts on top of Sale prices?  We do.  And we are getting free Sale-a-Bration items with our orders this month too!! And we get reward points that we can redeem for products.  There is no downside!!  Feel Free to contact me for the details on Joining, or click the Join button under my blog header to go to the official join page at Stampin' Up! You can not go wrong, I promise!
Check out this video on the 'Inside the lines' designer series paper.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

New Catalog ~ New Kit ~ New Video


 Hi everyone!  Demonstrators got to place their orders for products from the new spring Occasions catalog and earn rewards from the upcoming Sale-A-Bration catalog.  If you have been a past customer, I have ordered a catalog for you and they go out at the end of the month.  BUT, you can start to see some of the items early because Stampin' Up! just released some new videos that feature products from these upcoming catalogs!  My favorite video so far is the Birthday Bright Project kit video.  I just love the mother Daughter team of Brandi and Lily Jane and I know you will too.  Check it out here.
The kit includes an envelope template that is usable over and over again, and there is a cute box to store all the cards and tags once you are done. 
I hope that you will check out the video and the other new products that are coming out in January. 
I also want to take a moment to say that you too can get some of these new products right now!!  You can use new products in your Starter Kit when you sign up to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  To become a demonstrator all you need to do is purchase a Starter Kit for $99.00.  You can chose ANY products in your kit up to $125.00, so if you already have a lot of our inks or paper, you can just choose stamps. Have a lot of stamps and paper, but never got the Big Shot, choose that.  You can design your own kit.  You will also get some extras like a box of the current catalogs and some order forms.  If you don't want to actually 'demonstrate' you can hand catalogs out to a few family members or friends, you never know, they may want to order some things from you, or maybe join too and you can be stamping buddies!  You do not have to sell or 'demonstrate' though, you can be your only customer and you can quit at any time.  You will get your demonstrator discount as soon as you join, and if you decide to stay, you need to sell or purchase $300 by March. If you don't, nothing happens, you simply are considered 'inactive' and your discount will stop at the end of April.   Did you know that demonstrators get their discounts on top of Sale prices?  We do.  And we are getting free Sale-a-Bration items with our orders this month too!! And we get reward points that we can redeem for products.  There is no downside!!  Feel Free to contact me for the details on Joining, or click the Join button under my blog header to go to the official join page at Stampin' Up! You can not go wrong, I promise!

Year End Closeouts

Hi Everyone!  Happy December!!  I want to let you know about the Year End Close Out sale that just started at Stampin' Up!    This sale has things from past catalogs marked way down, so you will see older papers and ribbon, Washi tape and even older retired kits.  You will also see some items from the Holiday catalog marked down as well.  Another thing that is on the sale are items from the Holiday catalog that are not marked down, they are just listed because they are retiring items that are being sold as "While Supplies Last".   AND, there are items that are current and fom the Big catalog!  These are items that are currently over stocked, so to clear them out a bit, they are marked down!  This includes things like the Layering Ovals and Layering Circles framelits dies, current designer series paper, and current Washi Tape! There is A LOT of great stuff on this sale list!  You will notice that the Clearance Rack is gone, that is because those items are included in the Close Out Sale. You can see the entire list here!  Check it out!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ho Ho Ho

Hi everyone!  This card is so ridiculously easy that I don't even know what to say about it!!  Easy but cute!  I love that little Santa hat punch!  I used to invent Santa's hat using several different punches and this just makes life so much easier! 







I used Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper for the trim and Cherry cobbler for the hat.  I used the Layering Circles dies behind the hat to make it stand out a bit more. 
The pretty green plaid is from the Warmth and Cheer paper stack.  Did you get some of that yet? I love it and am going to be sad when it is gone!  I am hoarding an extra pack so I will have some for quite a while.
I love that Stampin' Up! has added so many new Baker's Twine colors recently! This card uses Garden Green Baker's Twine, which is included in the Baker's Twine Trio pack.  The Trio is Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, and Gold! Perfect for the Warmth and Cheer paper stack!





Well, that is about all I can think of to say about this card!! So, I'm keeping this post short and sweet!
I hope you enjoy the rest of your day! Thanks for stopping by!
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Monday, November 28, 2016

Santa's Sleigh Christmas card

Hi everyone!  Today I wanted to share a card that we made a week or so back at my Stamp Camp. It uses the Santa's Sleigh Framelits dies and I think that the dies are so great for cards and scrapbooks and so much more.  I can see these trees or reindeer on home decor projects as well.
There is a coordinating stamp set but I have to admit that I have used the dies many times and rarely with the stamp set.  Of course it's still nice to have the stamp set, you never know when you are going to want to use them both. If you buy them by January 3rd you get a discount when purchasing them together as a bundle.
This card uses some of the Fabulous Foil specialty paper. This is really pretty acetate with gold or silver patterns on top.  I went with all gold this time and I think it looks really pretty.  I kept with a neutral color scheme of Gold and Very Vanilla, with a tree in Shimmery White.  Shimmery White card stock has a pearl like color to it, not really white, not quite ivory, with a bit of a shimmer.
 The ribbon is a twill with a bit of gold threading down the center.









The card is made up with several framelits.  The main images, the reindeer, tree and star, are all from the Santa's Sleigh framelits.  I love these framelits, there is also a sleigh of course and it has the most beautiful overlay die that you can use for a super fancy sleigh, or just use the outline for a more simple sleigh. 
The "tis the season" is from a stamp set called Peaceful Pines.  I searced through my Christmas stamps to see what small sentiments I  had.  This one worked nicely in the space.




  I have a tip for saving some of your Gold Foil paper when making cards such as this.  I needed to cut for 12 people at my stamp camp and I was thinking about how I was using a lot of my pretty gold foil paper.  I almost decided not to use it as a frame around the Very Vanilla oval, but then I came up with this idea.  I put the reindeer and star right into the center of the oval die, and cut them all out at once.  This saved me on how many times I had to crank the Big Shot, but also on how much gold foil I needed.






The large oval is from the Layering Ovals collection.  The Very Vanilla oval is from the Stitches Shapes collection.  I did use a lot of dies from many sets and I don't usually like to do that because I don't want someone reproducing the card to need to buy so many different dies.  You could easily change the Stitched oval to a solid oval and only then need the Layering Ovals dies and not the Stitched Shapes.  That was my original plan, but then my Stitched Shapes framelits got delivered and I just had to use them right away.
Below you can see how the Vanilla oval completely cover the cut out reindeer.

I made a little video with some tips on putting this card together. Let me just say that this video is not one of my bests for sure!!  I had to do it several times and I either coughed or sneezed or knocked something over.  I had to re-cut pieces over and over.  Finally I felt that I had one that I could live with, I had made some mistakes that I could live with and may have left out a thing or two, but it was OK, then I sneezed!  I gave up! I decided to live with it.  I am only human right?  Hopefully you will laugh with me and not at me :)  
You can check out the video here.


And here are some more great projects using the Santa's Sleigh bundle from the Stampin' Up! catalog! 




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