Mistletoe Kisses

dsp_banner_christmasLast weekend I held a Christmas Stamp-A-Stack for some gals that wanted to add to their Christmas card stash. One of the gals was straight out with Stunt Night for Rice Memorial High School, so we held off on the class until that event was over. Happily her daughters class took first place, and she was able to relax a little bit with several other fun women and create some pretty cards.

This card was inspired by one of the sketches that Stampin' Up! shared in October to feature their Designer Series Papers that were on sale that month. This card was perfect for a stamp-a-stack event because it goes together pretty quickly, and it looks special when you're all done. The DSP, the stamp set, and the ribbon I used here are all on the Holiday catalog retirement list, so if you want them place your order ASAP before these lovely items are all gone. I love the pretty greens on this card – it's so bright and cheerful!

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Posted on : Dec 17 2016
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Rudolph Wishes

foxy_friends_reindeerThis is the second card that we made at stamp club in November. I knew that I wanted to use the Stitched Framelits since they had just become available (I haz a sad on that topic – I'll share more in a little bit). I also wanted to use the Foxy Friends stamp set because it is just too cute, and I hadn't taken an opportunity to use it with the gals yet. This card came together really quickly, and the ladies really enjoyed the whimsicality of Rudolph with his cute nose.

Speaking of his cute nose… we used the regular pearls and colored them with a Sharpie marker to turn them the color that you see here. Isn't that kewl?!?

Except for the patterned paper that is used for the lower banner, all of the elements from this card will continue to be available into the new year. The only other item of note is the Stitched Framelits – the demand was so high that Stampin' Up! could not keep up. So, they made that item "unorderable" until they could rebuild their inventory. The good news is that they anticipate that these great dies will become available again in January, so the wait isn't too awfully long. The remainder of the products are from the "big" catalog, so they will continue to be available.

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Posted on : Dec 16 2016
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Jolly Tree Shaker

jolly_trees_shakerThis is one of the projects that we made in the November stamp club gathering. Each month I try to design one project that is more involved and a second one that is easier. This was the "involved" project last month. None of the steps for this card are complicated, or hard to do, but it definitely requires several steps in a specific sequence which makes it take a bit longer to create. This is the second shaker card that we've created this fall, and they are still fun! This time around I used the Mica Flakes from the Holiday catalog as the shaker elements in the window.  Other than those, all of the other elements used for this card are available from the main catalog. Isn't this a fun, happy card? I had a lot of fun designing it for the gals.

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Posted on : Dec 15 2016
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Detailed Santa

detailed_santa_matchbookThe stamp club gals made this card a couple of months ago. This one is a matchbook-style card, so it won't stand up on its own. But – this difference sets it apart from "regular" cards. Because I used black for the card base there is a stamped white layer on the inside with a greeting and plenty of space to add your own wish.

I love these detailed Santa dies, and I will be very sad to see them go. They were the very first product that drew my eye when I was flipping through the Holiday catalog for the first time. I found plenty of other things to love, but I was definiitely drawn to "the big guy".

Speaking of seeing them go – Stampin' Up! has posted the retirement list for the Holiday catalog, and some of those items are on sale. At the same time they added some items to the Clearance Rack, and they have discounted some items from the regular catalog that they have excess inventory for. You can use this link to shop from some of those deals. Please note, if you want something for Christmas, don't delay in ordering – in my opinion we are reaching the "iffy" time of whether or not items will make it through the shipping maelstrom that has hit UPS and the USPS.

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Posted on : Dec 14 2016
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Pinecone Christmas

holiday_sas_christmaspinesThis is one of the cards that I created for the multi-demonstrator Stamp-A-Stack event that we held back in October. I pre-cut the shapes, pre-stamped and cut the pinecones and embossed the "frame" layer so that assembly wasn't too time consuming. The gals at the event seemed to really like the card and appreciated the advance work that I did to make it feasible in that setting. We have limited table space so all Big Shot work has to be done in advance by the demonstrators. Doing this also helps things keep ticking right along so people can get through all of the cards at the event.

I made a card a few months ago that had a somewhat similar layout; an oval frame opening around a greeting with some foliage decorating the left side of the oval. I really find this layout pleasing, so I totall expect that I'll make some more creations like this one. They look complicated, but it is actually pretty easy to put together and it turns an interesting greeting into the focal point of your card.

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Posted on : Dec 12 2016
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Joyful Snowflakes

holiday_sas_hollyjollygreetings Oh my, it has been AGES since I posted here! The saddest part of the whole thing is that I've missed so many opportunities to share Christmas cards with you, which are my absolute favorite to create. I hope that you haven't been worried about my silence here. I really am totally fine and still fitting in stamping whenever I can. A fair amount of my free time has been spent setting up a new website for our church, which has been time consuming, but a total blast! Thankfully, that project is wrapping up, and I'll be able to focus back here again. So, you should see more of my creations through this forum, so stay tuned.

This is a card that I designed for a Stamp-A-Stack, and it was perfect for that event because it is easy to mass produce. I did stamp the greeting and create the oval layer for people in advance because it is made with two different stamps, which can be a little tricky to line up for new stampers. The gals really liked the non-traditional color combination for this card, and the bit of bling with the sequins add just a little sumthin' sumthin'. 

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Posted on : Dec 09 2016
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Stitched Framelits and Stamp Sale!

Stampin' Up! has announced a fabulous new product that is available starting today – they are a new set of Stitched Framelits. I'm so incredibly excited about this because I have been wanting to incorporate this look into my projects for ages, but Stampin' Up! didn't offer dies to do it. And being a true-blue Stampin' Up! gal, I didn't want to purchase dies from another company because it wouldn't help me in my business. As of today, my wishes have been granted! Check out this video below to learn more about these great dies:

To help celebrate these lovely dies, Stampin' Up! has discounted several stamp sets 25% for the month of November.  Below are links to my store for the discounted stamps (the prices listed here do not reflect the discount, but when you click on the link, you will see the discount there). Also, I don't have a link available yet for the dies, but once you've started a cart you can easily add them, or use this link to start shopping with these new dies.

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Posted on : Nov 01 2016
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Holiday Boxes

DSP pretty boxes I created these pretty boxes for the multi-demonstrator stamp-a-stack that we held last Sunday (10/9). Each of the demonstrators created a set of 10 boxes so that every participant could pick one as part of their goodie collection for the day. It was great fun to see the different ideas that we each created, and I think that the lovely ladies that came to the event really enjoyed the boxes that we prepared.

I made these boxes using the Gift Bag Punch Board, the Simply Scored tool and three different packs of retired papers. The wooden snowflakes that you see on the front came from my stash that I purchased last year from a "big box craft store". They would look just as lovely with other embellishments – punched snowflakes, the cute bow, a big button – you get the idea. I wanted to help use up some of my supply of embellishments that I've collected over the years. I was also glad to be able to use some of the pretty papers that I've (*ahem*) hoarded over the years. Two of the designs are from last year, and the third was from ages ago. I'm so happy that they have come out of the pack and found a new life on a pretty 3D project. And I'm especially happy that the ladies at the event seemed to like these boxes because they were snatched up pretty quickly.

Below I've listed the current DSP's that you could use for this project along with the tools that you need. I won't list the cardstock, but you can use any 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock that coordinates with the DSP that you have. I can't list the cutting/scoring dimensions because I purchased a tutorial for this box on-line and I won't give away another demo's hard work. If you want to purchase the tutorial you can use this link to get to her blog and purchase it. I did have to make a couple of measurement corrections for the box, but I was very pleased with the outcome, so it was worth a little extra work. If you decide to make some of these, I would love to see a picture of your pretty creations.

Remember – now is a perfect time to load up on the "regular" Designer Series Paper packs because when you buy 3, you get 1 free. The first two packs that I've listed below are included in the sale. You could also make up some of these boxes for any occasion – they would make a great favor box for a birthday party using the Festive Birthday DSP, or you could get ahead of the game and make some pretty floral boxes for Mother's Day using the Blooms & Bliss DSP. This box design is very versatile, and the patterned paper that you use will make it fit your occasion.

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Posted on : Oct 17 2016
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Halloween Treat

jar of hauntsThis is the second project that we made at the September stamp club gathering. I knew that I wanted to use the jar Thinlits for the second project for the evening as well, but I wasn't really feeling like making a Halloween card. Halloween isn't a big card sending holiday (although I'm thinking about sending some this year), but it is certainly a big holiday for themed parties and treat giving. As I was considering projects for the meeting, I remembered that I had seen a very cute treat holder featuring the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits. Once I had that goal in mind, it took me no time at all to whip up this cute little treat holder using supplies that I had on hand. Even though it is a "3-D" item, which can typically be a little more involved to make, this project comes together lickety-split. I tucked a couple of those delightful Cow Tails treats inside, so you can see what it looks like when it is filled.

Stampin' Up! published a video that was the inspiration for this project. You can watch here:

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Posted on : Oct 13 2016
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Flowers for Fall

Jar of LoveI found this layout on-line, and I modified it to have a more "Fall" color scheme based on the colors in the Petals & Paisley's DSP stack (these papers are just go-juss). This was the "complicated" project for the September stamp club meeting. It really isn't hard to create a tent card, but as is frequently the case there are a few steps that you need to do in a certain order. Honestly, the trickiest bit was probably tying the linen thread around the top of the jar. The first part of the knot tends to loosen while you're creating the second part. I don't have a great tip to prevent that, but perhaps there is a great tip online – gotta love "the Google". 

One of the gals took the general layout and re-created it for a different card a day or two after our meeting. I LOVE it when people can use what they've learned to make more things that they need. I was also really happy to be able to showcase this fantastic stamp set/Framelit bundle that came out with the new catalog in June. There are a couple of really cool sets in the Holiday catalog that also coordinate with the Framelits, so you can really get a lot of mileage out of them.

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Posted on : Oct 11 2016
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