Thursday, December 18, 2014

All is Calm

Hi Christmas Stampers!
Only a week to Christmas and my last Christmas card went out this morning!  Why am I still making Christmas cards?  Well, it seems to be a year-long event!  And for good reason....I couldn't possibly make all the cards I need in the last few months before Christmas so just moving along at a medium pace all year works for me!
I will be submitting this card to two challenges....the Pals Paper Arts #232 Sketch Challenge and the Merry Monday #139 (Make a Christmas card with a Winter theme).
Lost Lagoon has been an important color for me this Christmas.....maybe because of the All is Calm specialty designer paper and accessories?  This beautiful paper is full of the color Lost Lagoon in several designs!  I used one of the "specialty" papers on this card...the shiny white and silver strip to the left.


Ornamental Pine has been a favorite stamp set this Christmas....is there anything in the Holiday Catalog that has NOT been popular?  This particular set was not carried over into the Occasions Catalog....so one more Bye-Bye along with the White Christmas stamp set where I got the message!

But, never fear... several beautiful Christmas stamp sets are being carried over with their matching framelits, thinlits, and punches!  Yay!


After heat embossing the images in white, I fussy-cut the pinecone (and snipped it with Fringe Scissors), outlined certain areas with a 2-way Glue Pen and dusted them with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.  Then pearls to finish off the card!



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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Merry Merry

Hello!

Has a card ever hidden from you?  Here is a card that was hiding from me...just found it in a box and thank goodness because I don't have a lot of time to make a new one!  Yay!

Seasonally Scattered has been a very popular stamp set from the Holiday Catalog this year....I enjoyed it in the Fall and now in the Merry season...soon (January 5th to be exact)...this set will go bye-bye with the Holiday Catalog...I will miss it!

Lost Lagoon and Pear Pizzazz are the colors I used to frame the message....if the color Lost Lagoon seems a bit faded on the base....that's just the Fancy Foil Silver Vellum covering it!


I really need to use the Tea Lace Paper Doilies more often...they make a sweet addition to a card! And all I needed to color the doily was a dauber!

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Trees of Joy

Hi Christmas Stampers!

I'm wrapping up my Christmas cards, but still making more!  The challenge at Merry Monday #138 was a good excuse to make yet another one!  Actually the Merry Monday Challenge is set up to encourage making Christmas cards year round...which, by the way, is an excellent idea...trying to get all my cards made close to Christmas would be too overwhelming for me!
Use Gold, Silver, and White plus a fourth color....OK, here we go!

I love the words that are included in the Wonderful Wreath Framelits and what better way to use the word, JOY, than with Gold Glimmer Paper.  OK...maybe with Silver Glimmer Paper!


The gold and silver layers to the left (and the circle) almost look like glimmer paper, but they are Brushed Gold and Silver Card Stock!

I punched out trees in my fourth color, Garden Green, with the Tree Punch and decorated the trees with Glimmer Paper dots.... punched with the 1/4" Hand Held Punch.


The designer paper is from Gold Soiree, which is Gorgeous paper....dresses up anything!


I just want to show you a picture of my latest Stampin' Up! "haul" from the new Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogs (available to customers on January 6th).  I know I went on and on about my love for the Holiday Catalog (and it still mesmerizes me!), but the Occasions Catalog is amazing!  
From Valentines to Weddings...with a whole lot in-between....You really will love this catalog!  Do I say that about all the catalogs?  Oh probably...BUT, it's true!

Keep in mind that for every $50 you spend (before tax and shipping)...you will be eligible for selected free products in the Sale-a-bration catalog between January 6th and March 31, 2015.

AND some of the wonderful stamps, framelits, thinlits and punches in the Holiday Catalog are being carried over in the Occasions Catalog!  YAY!  I love delayed goodbyes!


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Friday, December 12, 2014

Curvy Keepsake Box Carrier

Hi again!

I promised to leave directions for the carrier that I made for the three Curvy Keepsake boxes on the Pals Blog Hop a couple of days ago....so here goes!

Here is a reminder of the completed project in case you missed it.

1. First I wanted to show you how each box was stamped before assembling....the mistletoe on the green box is dotted with Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details.


2. Measurements for cutting the carrier base:  3 3/4" x 8 1/2"....I used Under the Tree Specialty Cardstock because of its weight...strong enough to make boxes!

3. Then score all sides at 1/2".



4. Cut slits for tabs from long sides to score lines (cut only on both long sides).




5. Fold on all score lines.


6. Adhere tabs to inside of the carrier (Sticky Strip is best with boxes).  Trim any edges that are uneven.


7. Cut two strips of the same paper for the handle...one measures 3/4"x12" and the second one is 3/4"x6".... overlap strips 2" to join together as a handle for the carrier.


8. Attach ends to the carrier using Sticky Strip.


Enjoy!
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Endless Merry Wishes

Hi and how are you?

Today is the Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge #231...The colors look frosty to me so I thought they would be great for another Endless Wishes card!

My card is simple as simple can be....I stamped the variety of snowflakes in the set and used all three colors alternatively.


Then every snowflake got its own little rhinestone !  I added the crisscross line on the bottom from the Project Life Holiday Cheer photopolymer stamp set to add some interest and balance.


The message was stamped on a 3/4" wide strip of Soft Sky and "flagged" with the Hexagon Punch.



Here is a brand-new photopolymer stamp set!  You know February is right around the corner...your "sweetheart" cards and gifts will need to be started soon!


Here is where you can order this sweet set....

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DON'T FORGET the Weekly Deals!  Here is a visual for you......My Favs?  The Envelope Liners and the Hexagon Punch!



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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Holiday Wishes Pals Blog Hop



Welcome to the last Pals Blog Hop of 2014. This month we want to help you start your holiday wish list by sharing projects featuring our favorite Stampin’ Up! papers, stamps, tools and accessories. Get your wish list ready as you move along through the blog hop.
You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the projects.

Where has this year gone?  I hope this has been a good year for you and that you are finishing up your holiday preparations.  I have a project today that uses the Curvy Keepsake Box (Thinlits Die)...it will be a present for some special people in my life...Shhh! Each little box is filled with chocolate treats! (The inspiration for this project came from Pinterest and originated with a demonstrator...Connie Babbert).


I will be making one set of the "triplet" boxes for each person!  If you've made these boxes before, you know they are very easy to assemble and don't require any adhesive.  The boxes are stamped with stockings, mistletoe, and snowflakes from the stamp set, Project Life Holiday Cheer (perfect size stamps for a small box).


The word, JOY, is stamped with Epic Alphabet and colored in with a Real Red Stampin' Write Marker. The scalloped circle is punched out from Silver Glimmer paper.  

Later in the week, I'll have directions for you related to the container for the boxes which is made with Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper....Wow!  The weight of this paper is perfect for boxes!

Cheerful Tags and the Note Tag Punch were combined to create the tag and the bow was die-cut from the Gift Bow Bigz L Die.  Frosted Sequins and an All is Calm Snowflake decorate the tag...just to make it extra special!


The next stop is Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you in 2015.
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  1. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  2. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works by Shannon
  3. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  4. Sherrie Gross at Stampin Sunshine
  5. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  6. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  7. September Gray at www.septembergray.com
  8. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  9. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  10. Nancy Gleason at MyStampinSpace
  11. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  12. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb...
  13. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin'
  14. Amy Whelan at Amy's Inklings
  15. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  16. Amy Williams at Stamps and Spice
  17. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  18. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  19. Jackie Diediker at Stampin' Jackie
  20. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  21. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  22. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  23. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven's Retreat
  24. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  25. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery's Owlery
  26. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  27. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  28. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  29. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  30. Rae Harper-Burnet at WildWestPaperArts.com
  31. Deb Cozzone at Deb Cozzone's Stamping Zone
  32. Debra Simonis at Deb's Stampin' Grounds
  33. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  34. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  35. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  36. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  37. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  38. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomWithBecky

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Fancy Schmancy!

Hi Stampers!

Sunday's Paper Players #225 "Black Tie" Challenge is all about being Fancy!  I'm a Silver-Lover, but I think Gold is somewhat fancier, so I chose Gold for my Fancy card...

The first paper I thought to use was the Fancy Foil Designer Vellum....in Gold...then I moved on to the Seasonally Scattered stamp set and decided to heat-emboss the message in Gold Embossing Powder.....Fancy!


Once again, I used the Hexagon Punch to create the flag end of the smaller message....pretty handy!  The small message, from Endless Wishes, was also heat embossed...but, I did this one a little differently.  I stamped the message in Encore Gold (metallic ink) and quickly (before it could dry)...I embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder.

You probably thought the pretty Metallic Gold Baker's Twine came from the Holiday Catalog...but, No!  Actually. it can be found in the Annual Catalog!

Susan Suggests:  If you want your white on white or vanilla on vanilla layers to have a bit more definition (as I do)...just swipe the edges with an inked dauber!


I stamped the message in Encore Gold (metallic ink) and quickly (before it could dry)...I embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder.





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