December 17, 2014

Curvy Keepsake Box Joy!

Grammy Bragging Alert! Will you allow me to brag about my 6-year old granddaughter Kaitlynn today? Well, I'm going to anyway. Kaitlynn was visiting us back at the end of November during Thanksgiving weekend. Her Mom was tending to a craft fair and of course we had to have some Grammy & Kaitlynn Paper Crafting time. I asked her what colors of Christmas decorations did they have at home and she came up with mostly blues. I knew that but wanted to see what she would come up with. So she and I both created our individual "J-O-Y" Curvy Keepsakes Box Die projects. 
This is Kaitlynn's:

She stamped every box all by herself, full of snowflakes and she also colored the All Is Calm Snowflake Embellishments using Night of Navy Blendabilities Markers. She then glued all of her layers in place:

I was really surprised that she was able to tie her own embellishments in place too! Great job Kaitlynn! She is getting so good at this stuff!

And our colors are the traditional reds and greens as I switched from snowmen to Santa's last year so here's my project in reds & whites:

We had such a great time creating together. Kaitlynn loves to do anything crafty so I guess the apple will not be falling far from the tree, will it? Here is Kaitlynn with her gingerbread house that we also made that same weekend (it was a kit). She had fun doing this also:

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December 16, 2014

Altered Wondrous Wreath!

Do you like getting more bang for your buck? I do and I love showing you how. The garland below was created using the wreath image from the Wondrous Wreath stamp set. I stamped two wreaths and used my Paper Snips to dismantle the wreath's after they were cut out with the coordinating framelits dies. Doesn't it make for a nice garland?

And take a closer looks at my striking background:

It's soooo shiny in real life. I took a piece of Real Red Cardstock and pounced my VersaMark Ink Pad upside-down over it until it was completely covered with ink and then sprinkled Clear Embossing Powder. I heated the embossing powder with my Heat Tool. Once it was cooled down, I used my Big Shot Machine and the Polka Dots Embossing Folder!

I used regular white thread to hang my stars so that the thread didn't really pop out too much. I wanted to keep the focus on the garland and the stars!
I only have a few more days left of showing you Christmas cards. It's been a long-haul...since August actually when our Holiday Catalog products came along. I've now tucked all my stamp sets away and am creating with new products that you will get to see soon....very soon!
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December 15, 2014

Merry Monday

Look at this beautiful inspiration photo that we are using for our inspiration today at Merry Monday. How pretty and serene isn't it? Karren is our wonderful hostess this week with a winter themed challenge:
What is winter without snowflakes to create our winter themed scenery. So here is my card using snowflakes:

I used the Snowflake Card Thinlits Die to cut and create my card and I even extended the flap on the right so that it is longer and folded:

The stamp set I used is the Letterpress Winter for the snowflakes and Endless Wishes for the sentiments:

The large snowflake image fits in the snowflake cutout portion of the card so I stamped a few and cut them out with the snowflake portion and glued them to the inside of the card:

The snowflake you see here on the front of the card is also placed on the reverse side. I colored some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper with an Aqua Painter and Marina Mist Ink Refill to give the center layer some color:

I completed the card by adding a few Rhinestone Jewels to the front of my card:

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Card Supplies:

December 14, 2014

Make your own Burlap Stamp!

Happy Sunday Stampers! How are your Christmas preparations coming? My goal is to wrap gifts today. We had a Christmas party for Dave's family yesterday. They haven't gathered together in a long time as everyone has their own families. So it was long overdue. Now that we no longer own our business and Dave is retired, we have the whole garage that we can use to party in. The garage is heated and huge. We had our Christmas tree in there plus other decorations from the prior week's party where we had friends over, so we just left everything intact and partied again yesterday! Now to move the tree to living room. That's on the agenda for today also.

So what do I have in store for you today? How about a homemade background stamp? I was working with ribbon yesterday and happen to pick up my roll of burlap ribbon and thought, hey....
I could glue this to a wood block (which I happened to have one in my supply closet) using Sticky Strip. So that's what I did. I added two strips of Sticky Strip and glued a piece of burlap ribbon place. What did I do with it? I used it as a brandy-new background stamp! Just look, it's fabulous:

Since the burlap ribbon is 1-1/4" wide, I just stamped by adding some vertical strips overlapped by some horizontal strips. Notice the All Is Calm Snowflake Embellishment? It appears to be brownish in color doesn't it? That's because it is. I colored it was my darkest shade of Crumb Cake Blendabilities Marker and then added Candy Dot in the center. The ornament is hung with Linen Thread and a Glue Dot:

I hope you enjoyed my brandy-new background stamp. Here are all of the Stampin' Up! supplies I used on today's card:
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December 13, 2014

Party Gifts!

In an earlier post HERE, I showed you invites that I made for a party that Dave and I hosted at home last weekend. I promised to show you the party gifts I gave each couple and here they are:

Aren't these super adorable? I know some of you will ask me for the pattern....well, because of time constraints, you are out of luck because I created this box using a pattern I purchased through my eCutter's store. I had to make quite a few of these so it was my eCutter to the rescue!  The little elves though are all punch art:

The only punch you see that I used that is no longer available is the Ornament Punch which retired a few years ago. I held on to it because it is the perfect shape to use for faces:

Isn't he cute? I even added freckles with a Stampin' Write Marker! Here are the punches I used:
  • Hat: Postage Stamp Punch. Glimmer Paper: 1/2" Circle Punch, Modern Label Punch
  • Face: Ornament Punch (retired)
  • Ears: Bird Punch
  • Eyes & Nose: Owl Punch & White Signo Gel Pen
  • Freckles & Mouth: Stampin' Write Markers
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Project Supplies:
Ornament Punch (retired)

December 12, 2014

Hello New Catalogs!


For those of you that have ordered from me in the past six months, you should now be receiving your new Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration Brochures in the mail. You will be pleasantly surprised at all the new goodies. I'm so ready for new products since I've been creating from the Holiday Catalog since August. Join me on January 6th, 2015 for the debut!

I've been busy creating new projects already and will start showing you some samples after Christmas. I'm luck because as a demonstrator, I get to pre-order 30 days before the catalog goes live!

Want to be able to do the same? Join my team today and you can pre-order today also! Here is the link to join: JOIN  By joining now, you are also eligible to earn FREE products from the Sale-A-Bration catalog immediately!

Sale-A-Bration.....for every $50 you order, you get to pick a FREE product from this catalog. Debuts on January 6th!
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Lots of Stars!

Sparkle, Shimmer and Shine today and wait...I have not one, but two cards for you! Both cards use the Gold Shimmer Paper, the Stars Framelits Dies and the Many Merry Stars stamp set. Did you know that this stamp set will be gone after January 5th? It's time to act now before it's gone!

Here's my first card which is a "Shaker Card":

All I did was cut the star shape in the front center to create my hole in the Marina Mist Cardstock base. I cut a star frame using the Gold Glimmer paper by using two stars framelits (one inside the other) and I used a cello bag glued to the inside of the card. But before sealing my cello bag, I used the Confetti Stars Punch on the bottom of my card and saved all the little Marina Mist Cardstock stars. I added more stars using the Gold Shimmer Paper and Whisper White Cardstock and the punch. I then added all of the stars to the inside of my cello bag for the "shaker" portion of my project:

I love how the Gold Glimmer Paper peeks through the stars in the border below:

And this is what the card looks like when it is closed. I stamped the star image on Whisper White Cardstock and glued it to the inside panel. The stamped images peek through the cello bag:

And for card #2 I used the same products but opted for Garden Green as my card base:

The stars are stamped and some cut and placed to resemble the reach up to the sky:

Two cards, two different colors and the same products create 2 very nice projects. Don't you agree?
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Project supplies for both cards:

20% off your Stampin' Up! order!

That's right, I am offering 20% off starting today to the end of December on all orders placed with me! If you place your order online, I will mail you a check for the 20% discount! Contact me with questions and happy shopping!
Don't forget that you will also receivee 20% off on the Year-End Closeouts and the Weekly Deals!
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