Christmas in August

Hi!  Yes, I know, it is usually Christmas in July – but Stampin’ Up! is giving YOU the opportunity to purchase the Carols of Christmas bundle this month – and I wanted to give it a little love to help entice you!

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I made this shaker ornament using the coordinating Card Front Builder dies along with the Layering Circle and Stitched Shapes framelits.  I just love that little deer!!   The trees and deer were die cut using the Card Front Builder framelits.  The remainder of the ornament uses the Circle and Coordinating Stitched Circle framelits.   I did use the retired Mica Flakes from last year’s Holiday catalog – but GOOD NEWS!!  – they are still available on the Clearance Rack!!  You will find them here.

If you are looking to get started on your Christmas cards or little gifts, I highly recommend ordering your bundle today!!

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To make the ornament, you will need the largest Stitched Frame Circle, matching Layering Circle and the next size down Circle.  Center the smaller of the two circles inside the Stitched Frame Circle and run both through the Big Shot together.  This will give you your outside frame.  Die cut the larger Layering Circle from solid Cardstock for your background as well as from a Window Sheet for your front.    Attach the Window Sheet to the Stitched Frame circle.   Die cut your trees from Garden Green card stock and your deer from Chocolate Chip.  Adhere the trees to the background circle with Snail and use a mini dimensional to adhere the deer.   Apply Foam Strip along the backside of the Stitched Frame circle leaving no gaps so the mica flakes do not fall out.  Remove the backing from 2/3rds of the foam strip leaving the top 1/3 covered so that you can add your Mica flakes.   After adding the flakes, make a loop/hangar using Whisper White 1/8″ ribbon and attach between the foam strip and the background circle when sealing the top of the ornament.   Make a bow and attach to the top with a glue dot.  No stamping involved and such a cute ornament!!

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A Little Sparkle – Team Stamp It! Blog Hop

Hi! Welcome to the Team Stamp It! Christmas in July Blog Hop!!  So excited to be hopping with you today!  I just love how this turned out and it is so easy to do!

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Let me show you a close up of the tree – and then explain what I did:

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Do you see all that sparkle?  I added Dazzling Diamond Glitter to the Embossing Paste and then swiped it over my stamped image!  IRL it looks like it is snowing!  With just a thin layer of Embossing Paste, the glitter sticks and looks so pretty!

As you probably guessed, I used Lovely As A Tree for my image.  I colored the tree with Garden Green and the trunk with Chocolate Chip.  Once it dried, I covered the entire layer with the mixture of Dazzling Diamonds and Embossing Paste.  The paste dried in no time!

I layered the image on Basic Black.  I tied silver thread around the top and then layered the panel on a piece of Designer Series Paper from the Be Merry DSP pack.  That was then layered on Silver Foil and finally onto a Garden Green base.

The sentiment is stamped in Basic Black Archival ink on a scrap of Whisper White then die cut with the Bunch of Banners Framelits.  This was popped into a banner of Garden Green using the same die.  Lastly, a scrap of SIlver Foil was used again with the same die, cut in half and adhered to the back.

I’d love to know what you think of this card.  I’ll be making some of these for my cards this year as I am just so happy with how it looks!

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Dazzling Christmas Tree

Hi!  Today I have a sparkly creation for you – I hope you like it!

SU! Lovely As A Tree

I just love how this tree sparkles like it is in the midst of a snowfall.  To achieve the look – stamp your tree (I colored my tree with markers – Garden Green and Chocolate Chip) and stamp it in the center of your card stock.  Without reinking, stamp again to the left and right.  Sponge Night of Navy around the tree for the sky.  Next, apply Versa Mark over the entire image by running the pad directly over the paper.  Sprinkle Heat & Stick Powder to the VersaMark and then heat gently to melt.  Quickly sprinkle on Dazzling Diamonds glitter, tap off excess and then heat gently to adhere the glitter.  Pretty simply and oh so pretty!  I did use a retired die from the Apothecary Accents set to die cut my tree  but you could easily do this with the Layering Ovals set and/or if you were able to purchase them in November, the Stitched Ovals.

If you still have a crafty friend to buy for this year, consider giving them a gift of Paper Pumpkin – this is a sweet box that arrives once a month to their door filled with a little crafty break – complete with stamps, ink, papers, card stock and embellishments.  Each month is a different kit.  Subscriptions can be for 1, 3, 6 or 12 months.  Stampin’ Up! will even send you an email with a gift certificate that you can print out to give to your recipient!  Can’t get any easier than that!

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Quick Picks

Hi!  Yesterday, my girls finished up their run of Dance Prism’s The Nutcracker and there was a cast party at the end.  The girls exchanged little gifts with their friends and we made a few gifts for the adults who helped them with choreography and quick changes.  It had been a pretty busy week, so we went simple and used the boxes Stampin’ Up! has in their catalogs.  For one of the girls, we made these boxes:

SU! Presents & Pinecones, White 3x3 Boxes

I love these boxes found in the Holiday Catalog!  Thankfully they are carrying over for the rest of this catalog year – they were easy to decorate and the clear plastic sleeve adds a nice finishing touch.  The Designer Paper used is the Presents & Pinecones (which IS retiring).  To finish up the package, we made little tags with coordinating paper on which to write the recipient’s name.  The boxes are 3×3 and fit 10 Lindt truffles.  I am not a bow maker, so we did use some bows we had on hand for the tops.

For my other child, we made these boxes:

SU! Candy Cane Lane

These are the retired 2×2 boxes, but you could easily use the clear 2×2 boxes we now carry (I didn’t happen to have any – not sure how THAT happened and they are going on my next order!).  We chose the Candy Cane Lane paper to decorate the sides and then used the Real Red trimmed ribbon and the coordinating Gingerbread trinkets to finish off the box.  These hold 6 Ghiradelli squares perfectly!

These really are quick and easy to put together and are great to have on hand for when you need a small package for a friend or neighbor.

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A Country Snowman

Hi!  Today I have a card for you that I did for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches #267   The idea of doing a country snowman hit me – not sure I achieved it – but here is my attempt:

SU! Christmas Magic

I thought I had some plaid Designer Series Paper – but alas, I didn’t – so I went with the burlap ribbon instead.  While it wasn’t quite what I had pictured, I think it came out cute.

The snowman is from the Christmas Magic stamp set found in the Holiday catalog and is embossed on Crumb Cake card stock using White Embossing powder.  I think the little bit of Cherry Cobbler helps him pop on the card.

Just a reminder, if you didn’t place your order yet for your favorites in the Holiday Catalog – better do so soon – the catalog ends on January 3rd.  You can find all kinds of great deals on retiring products and more in Stampin’ Up!’s Year End Closeout Sale in my online store here.

If friends and family are still trying to find the perfect gift for you, tell them to consider a Stampin’ Up! Gift Certificate from me (good in the USA only).  With the new Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration kicking off on January 4th – its the perfect gift!

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It’s Frosty!

Hi! How are you today?  It is pretty chilly here this morning in Massachusetts.

Before I get to my project for today, I want to Congratulate Diane!  She is the winner of the card set posted last week!  I’ll send you an email Diane so you can send me your address!

So, on to today’s project.  I am making some little treat bags for co-workers and thought I’d  share them with you.

SU! Letters for You, Work of Art, Gift Bag Punch Board

Isn’t he cute?  I used the Gift Bag Punch Board to make the little bag.  My base is 6″ x 10″.  Use the Small setting on the board.  After you have punched and scored the bag, flip it over so the front panel is lined up with the Start Line and punch and make the horizontal score line.  Move to the next vertical score line and punch and make the horizontal score line.  After this punch, just score the horizontal line across the rest of the paper.   You will then trim off from that second punch along the horizontal score line to the end.  You should have this (without the stamping) when you are done:

SU! Gift Bag Punch Board, Snowman, Letters For You, Work of Art

I then stamped his face – the eyes and mouth use the dot from the question mark or exclamation point in the Letters For You set.  The nose uses half the heart from Work of Art – but you could also use the bottom of the exclamation point from Letters for You – it would be perfect! (Why didn’t I use it then? Because I had already inked up the dot from the exclamation point for the eyes and mouth and thus couldn’t use it).

Place Tear & Tape on the left most flap pictured above as well as the back side of the flap under his mouth.  Fold on all your score lines and form your bag.

Once the bag was made, I then used the smallest hand-held hole punch to punch two small holes on the flap above his eyes.  I used these holes as my guide for the holes on the back side of the bag so I could run bakers twine to close the flap.  Here is the back side:

I was able to place 5 Hershey Kisses and 2 Lindt Chocolates in my little bag.

The hat is made with a 2 3/4 x 1/2″ strip of Basic Black card stock, a piece of black punched from the Decorative Label punch and the Real Red stitched ribbon.

I hope my co-workers like them!

There is still time to order crafty goodies for yourself or family and friends!  SU! highly recommends ordering by Dec 15 to guarantee holiday arrival in the US.  Check out my on-line store here for all your crafting goods!

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Snowman Art

Hi!  How are you?  Have you gotten any snow where you live yet?  We’ve had a little bit (check out the background) so I decided to share my snowman card with you.

SU! Work of Art

Do you recognize the stamp set?  It is the Work of Art set!  How cool is that?  Such a versatile set – you can use the pieces to make a snowman!  I love getting more out of a stamp set than I had thought I might.  Here is the breakdown:

  • Hat – Thick swish and line
  • Eyes & Mouth – Circle
  • Nose – Half the heart
  • Scarf – Medium Swish

The decoration for the hat are from retired punches – BUT – the Holly Berry Punch in the current catalog would be perfect! (I didn’t own it at the time I made this card).

What do you think?  Going to try him out? I hope you do!  If you don’t own the Work of Art stamp set yet – I highly recommend you get it soon!  Maybe even ask Santa for it!

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A Kiss & A Gift

Hi!  Last night I held my annual Gift class where attendees made 4 gifts for the upcoming holidays.  This was one of the favorites from the class:

SU! Oh, What Fun!

Is this not just the sweetest?  Thanks to Dawn Griffin for her video on how to make these.

For my version, I used Very Vanilla for my base and the snowflake sheet from This Christmas Designer Series Paper pack.  I used the Classic Label punch to create my window.  The sentiment is from the Oh, What Fun! stamp set.  A little Real Red ribbon, and there you go.

Did you notice the little notch in top?  You can slide a Gift Card into the opening!

SU! Oh, What Fun!

These are pretty easy to make, too!  I’ll be making more as I think these are perfect for bus drivers, teachers, the mail man and of course the UPS person who delivers my Stampin’ Up! goodies!

I hope you’ll give these cute boxes a try!

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PS – Don’t forget about the Year End Closeout Sale!  You’ll find tons of great deals in my on-line store.

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Christmas Wreath

Hi!  Today I have another card that would be easy to mass produce for sending out.  It features the Wonderous Wreath stamp set and coordinating framelits.

SU! Wonderous Wreath

The base is our thick Whisper White card stock.  The wreath is stamped first in Pear Pizzazz, then in Garden Green for the darker leaves and finally Cherry Cobbler for the berries.  The bow is stamped with Cherry Cobbler on a scrap and then die cut.  For the tearing on the side, first stamp the wreath close to the fold line – this then gives you an idea of where to tear the Whisper White layer.  For the Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green, cut a 1 1/2″ strip and rip down the center.  This gives you materials for 2 cards.  I placed adhesive on the back of the Whisper White so I’d know where to adhere the Cherry Cobbler and then on the Cherry Cobbler for the Garden Green.  While this view doesn’t show it – you can see a bit of white from the inside panel of the card past the Garden Green edge. See upper right corner in picture below)   I also used my favorite Clear Wink of Stella for the berries.  Here is a closer look at those:

SU! Wonderous Wreath

I’d love to hear what you think!

Just a reminder, today is the last day to save 25% on select stamps!


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Hi!  Just wanted to remind you that today is the last day to SAVE with the OnLine Extravaganza!  Great deals on your favorites or for a family or friend who loves papercrafting!  You can find these great deals in my OnLine Store:

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SU! Flurry of Wishes

Couldn’t leave you without a card today, could I?  This one uses the Flurry of Wishes stamp set (part of the bundle on sale today only!) for a quick and easy Christmas card.  I created a mask using the Layering Squares Framelits and then sponged Soft Sky ink on my Whisper White layer.  I then stamped the sentiment and snowflakes using Night of Navy ink.  Last, I used the Wink of Stella Clear Glitter pen to sparkle my snowflakes.  Here’s a closer look:

SU! Flurry of Wishes

Love that pen and highly recommend it if you don’t have one!

Hope you enjoyed today’s project and a little reminder about the Extravaganza that ends today.

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