Friday, December 9, 2016

Cookie-Cutter Chocolates

Time to start whipping out the teacher & friend holiday gifts.  With my daughter's growing list of teachers, coaches, and friends, it needs to be quick, simple, and cute!  So we put together some little Ghiradelli chocolate packages.

I went with some Inuit/Eskimo kids too, in case some don't get handed out until after the Holidays (basically a 100% chance).  In my mind, this is a perfect representation of the winter image, which is my typical January crafting theme.  Rather than a holiday greeting, I went with a thankful greeting to express how grateful we are for all the friends and leaders in our lives!

While she had the day off, I had my daughter help me with the coloring.  She was very excited to be able to use the "big girl" (Copics) markers!

The strip of card stock is 2 x 6-3/4", punched on both ends.  After punching, I scored at 3-1/8 and 3-3/8".  The patterned paper is 1-1/2 x 5-1/4".

This morning I wake up to find Sparkle in the bowl of chocolate treats.  Um thanks, makes taking photos super helpful.

Both the Cookie-Cutter Christmas set and Cookie Cutter Builder Punch will be carrying over, but the 10% off bundle price will expire.  Make sure you grab yours by the end of the Holiday catalog period, which is January 3.

Stamps: Cookie-Cutter Christmas, Acorny Thank You; Paper: Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Garden Green, Whisper White, Warmth & Cheer DSP, Presents & Pinecones DSP; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics Markers; Accessories: 1/8" Striped Ribbon, Emerald Envy Taffeta Ribbon, Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Bitty Banners Framelits, Big Shot.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Stamp Review Crew: Christmas Pines

Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We share our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  This week we take a look at a really elegant Christmas set, Christmas Pines, which can be purchased as a bundle along with coordinating Pretty Pines Thinlits.  If you are following the blog hop order, you have just come from our fearless leader and newly-minted artisan designer Tanya Boser's blog.  She is awesome!

Combining the Jar of Love set with Christmas Pines, I created a fun little decor image.

For the fir branch die-cuts, I colored some watercolor paper with Garden Green ink for a non-uniform color effect.

You gotta love Stampin' Up's coordinating products.  Lots of fun texture, including the pine cone die-cuts and Pine Bough embossing folder.

Stamps: Christmas Pines, Jar of Love; Paper: Delightful Dijon, Garden Green, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Watercolor Paper, Warmth & Cheer DSP; Ink: Delightful Dijon, Garden Green, Early Espresso; Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Pine Bough Embossing Folder, Pretty Pines Thinlits, Everyday Jars Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

In case you missed it, here is another recent card with Christmas Pines.

Stamps: Christmas Pines; Paper: Emerald Envy, Tip Top Taupe, Whisper White, Watercolor Paper, Presents & Pinecones DSP; Ink: Mint Macaron, Emerald Envy, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso; Accessories: Pretty Pines Thinlits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Up next is the equally talented Rochelle Blok.  Let's check out what fun projects she has put together with this week's stamp set. 


SSC141 Warm Pines

Time for a color challenge over at Sunday Stamps.  I haven't used Peaceful Pines since I purchased it, and now that it was out, I've made two different cards with it this week.  I hope you saw Thursday's post with a stamp-a-stack card with it.

Today I am incorporating the colors from Warmth & Cheer DSP to create an "earthy" colored card.

I started with the sketch from TGIF Challenge #81, but ended up rotating it to fit my sentiment.  More use of the new Stitched Shapes framelits.

Here's this week's challenge colors.

Stamps: Peaceful Pines, Christmas Pines (sentiment); Paper: Garden Green, Delightful Dijon, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Warmth & Cheer DSP; Ink: Garden Green; Accessories: Baker's Twine Trio Pack, Crystal Effects, Stitched Shapes framelits, Perfect Pines framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Paper Pumpkin Gurus: Wonderful Winterland Tutorials!

I have to attest that, for the past three Novembers, Stampin' Up has come up with really amazing Christmas projects in their Paper Pumpkin subscription program.  If there is one month you would like to subscribe, it would be November.  If only to have some quick and easy extra Christmas cards on hand.

Well Paper Pumpkin subscribers, as part of the Paper Pumpkin Gurus team, we have even more project ideas with November's kit.  As part of this exclusive group of demonstrators, I provide my customers with 11-13 FREE private tutorials & exclusive project ideas each month, and here's a peek at what I am sending to them this month. 

And here is also an example of the full-size instructions and photos that come with each project (click to enlarge).

The video Stampin' Up puts out every month illustrating how the kit is originally designed is always fun!

Want in on the additional kit ideas every month?  You can subscribe with me to receive the additional benefits of the Paper Pumpkin Club, as well as get all these wonderful ideas every month.  Sign up by December 10 to be including in December's mailing list.  I wonder what next month's theme will be.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Year-End Closeouts

Stampin’ Up! has been doing a little year-end cleaning, and we’ve got some great deals to offer you! Our Year-End Closeouts include holiday retiring products, clearance rack items, and current high-inventory catalog products.

You can find all the sale items in the Year-End Closeouts category of the online store.

  • Promotion period: December 1, 2016 – January 3, 2017
  • Retiring stamp sets are guaranteed available until December 21, after which they will be only available while supplies last.
  • Retiring accessories will only be available while supplies last. 
  • All bundle pricing in the Holiday catalog will end on January 3.  Grab yours and the additional 10% off before they are gone.
  • Here is the Holiday catalog Retiring List.
  • Here is the Holiday catalog Carryover List.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Christmas Stamp-a-Stacking

This week we held our 9th Annual Christmas Stamp-a-Stack, which is a fun event where my fellow downline demonstrators and I collaborate to create a variety of Christmas cards that guests can stamp multiple times.  The focus is on something a little quicker that can be reproduced many times.

My stamp set of choice was Peaceful Pines, another one of those never-yet-used stamp sets. Let's call it a challenge to myself to create a project.

Starting with Freshly Made Sketches #264, I put together this layout.  The card uses some things old & some things current.  The brand-new thing is the Stitched Shapes framelits.

Stamps: Peaceful Pines, Christmas Pines (sentiment); Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, First Edition DSP (retired), Gold Glimmer Paper; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: Gold Cording Trim (retired), Snowflake Elements (retired), Softly Falling Embossing Folder, Stitched Shapes framelits, Perfect Pines framelits, Big Shot.

And I'll also share with you the cards created by my fellow demonstrators.

It was a fun night, Ladies!  Thanks for joining in with me.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Last Day of Online Extravaganza ~ 24-Hour Flash Sale!

Today's the last day to save up to 40% on select products during our week-long Online Extravaganza! There is another 24-hour flash sale today. But remember: Online Extravaganza savings are only available while supplies last, so get them while you can!

So what's on sale?  Here's a PDF file of all items, 10, 20, 30, and 40% off!  Or a complete listing with photos can be found on the ONLINE SHOPPING WEBSITE.

Here are today's flash sale items -

Did you check out the Stitched with Cheer card project is 40% off and the matching Stitched with Cheer stamp set is 10% off?  How about Festive Season stamp set at 10% off and matching Festive Stitching dies at 40% off?  I love when matchy-matchy items are both on sale!!  Far better deal than our bundle and save items.

And don't forget we also have 25% off selected stamps running simultaneously through November 30!

Check out all the stamp set GRAPHICS HERE

So, interesting to note, Hang Your Stocking is part of the month-long 25% off list while the matching Christmas Stocking dies are 30% in the Online Extravaganza.  Double-dipping?  Yes please!

Please use hostess code B2TVR6WF for orders under $150 on MY ONLINE SITE.