Sunday, December 30, 2012

Petite Pocket XL Die 2013 New Years Treat Holder

This beautiful treat holder was designed by Angie B, a concept artist at Stampin' Up (she didn't include her last name on the blog post).  I found it when I was scrolling through the NEW Stampin' Up Blog.  Click HERE to go to the blog, then scroll down to December 20th to see how Angie made this terrific project.  I know I'll be making several of these for July 4th celebrations!

Have a great and safe New Year's Eve and best wishes for a great year to come!  I know I'm going to need help in 2013, so I'm bracing myself now!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Day 12 Merry Christmas and a Stampin' Up Happy Holidays Video!

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!  I hope you and yours are well and warm this holiday season.  I think that with the devastating weather and sadness this country has seen this past year, we are all looking forward to a better year to come! 

PERSONAL NOTE:  Some of you have emailed asking how I've been doing. I can tell you that this holiday season has been VERY difficult since my husband passed away a few months ago. I never thought I could bear this kind of pain and heartache, yet I am forced to. Everyday I think about him and wish he was here with me.  My eyes still hurt from crying so much! 

On a happy note, I hope your New Year is filled with joy and good health!  Luckily, I'll be starting a new job soon; this will give me some much needed distraction and money to pay the bills.  It's been difficult financially, but I I was lucky to have help from family and friends.  

VIDEO:  I hope you all have enjoyed my blog posts this past year; I think it's kept me sane too! So, here's a Stampin' Up video where the employees sing for us; it's really cute. You'll need to go to my blog to watch the video if you're an email subscriber.  


Monday, December 24, 2012

Day 11 of the 12 Days of Stampin' Up Christmas - Beautiful Season Stamp Set

I made this for a Convention Christmas Card Swap.  I used the Beautiful Season stamp set and then used the AquaPainter to color it.  Ink colors are: Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, and More Mustard.  I added some Be of Good Cheer Designer paper and Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon. 
The background Gumball Green cardstock was run through the Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder then I put dots of Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint in the centers of the flowers.  The Very Vanilla and Cherry Cobbler cardstock pieces were cut using the Labels Collection Framelits.  After I assembled the entire card, I sprayed it with Champagne Mist Shimmer paint mixed with 70% rubbing alcohol for some great shimmer and shine (too bad you can't see it in the picture)!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Day 10 - Folded Christmas Tree Card and Stampin' Up Paper Bow Tutorial

I made this card using the Snow Festival Designer Series paper and layered it onto Whisper White, Gumball Green, and Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  The phrase is from the Joyous Celebrations stamp set.  The white background was run through the Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder then I tied Gumball Green stitched ribbon around that.  For BLING, I added Silver Glimmer paper "ornaments" and silver and red glimmer stars to the top of the tree.  The base of the tree (Early Espresso cardstock) and the "ornaments" were cut out using the Cupcake builder punch.
The tree was made using a semi-circle measuring 5" across and 3" deep.  The semi-circle is more than half of a circle.  If I had used half a circle, the size would have been 5" across and 2-1/2" deep.  For me, the extra depth helped the tree be a little more balanced.  But try it both ways and see what you like better!
And.... here's a Stampin' Up tutorial showing how to make a Paper Bow.  You can click over each page below to enlarge it.  So, have a great weekend; I know I'll be getting a bunch of last minute things done!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Day 9 - Chock-Full of Cheer Christmas Card

Here's another card I received from a Convention swap.  This GREAT card was made by fellow Demonstrator Karina Chin.  She used the Chock-Full of Cheer stamp set with Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, and Very Vanilla Cardstock and ink.  For the accent, she used Be of Good Cheer Designer paper and Gumball Green stitched ribbon.  Finally, Karina used the Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, the 1-3/4" circle punch, the 2-3/8" scallop circle punch, and for BLING, she added Rhinestones! 
I hope you're enjoying this 12 Days of Christmas cards.  Maybe at the end, we should have a vote to see which ones people liked the most - what do you think?  Well, thanks for stopping by and see you tomorrow!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Day 8 - Christmas Blessings Card and a SNEAK PEAK Stampin' Up Video featuring the All Dressed Up Bundle!

This is a Christmas card my Hostess Club members made using the Christmas Blessings Stamp Set.  Colors of cardstock are Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, and Whisper White.  I used the Aquapainter with Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, and Daffodil Delight classic ink to color the poinsettas.  Of course, there is Dazzling Diamonds glitter in the centers of the flowers and the Cherry Cobbler embossed background!

And here's another SNEAK PEAK Stampin' Up video showcasing the new All Dressed Up bundle including a Stamp Set, Framelits and Dies in the upcoming Spring Mini Catalog starting January 3, 2013. They are so CUTE!

If you're an email subscriber, you'll need to click over to my blog to watch the video.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Day 7 - Jolly Bingo Bits Christmas Card

This is a card I got in a swap at Convention from fellow demonstrator Diane Haman.  I LOVE how she used the pieces in the Jolly Bingo Bits stamp set to spell out JOY!  Diane used Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla cardstock with Be of Good Cheer Designer Paper and Silver Glimmer Paper.  Ink used was Cherry Cobbler and Gumball Green.  The Silver Glimmer Paper really gives this card some great BLING!  Enjoy!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Day 6 of the 12 Days of Stampin' Up Christmas Cards - Evergreen Stamp Set

Happy Monday to everyone!  Here's a card I made using the Evergreen and Joyous Celebrations stamp sets.  You can see in the second photo that I cut out the tree and added it to the card using Stampin' Dimensinals.  I also added glitter to the tree using 2-way glue and Dazzling Diamonds, but I don't think it shows in the photo.  I used the Large Oval Punch and Wide Oval punch for the phrase and the Labels Collection Framelits for the main images.  Color are Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler, and Whisper White; I added a layer of Be of Good Cheer Designer Paper too. 

Thanks for visiting and see you tomorrow!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Day 5 - Delightful Decorations suspension Christmas Card and SU CLEARANCE RACK Blitz!

I made this suspension card after getting inspiration from fellow demonstrator, Diane Vander Gallen; thanks Diane!  I used the Delightful Decorations stamp set with the Ornament Punch.  Again, my favorite Snow Fesitval Designer Series Paper with Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler, and Whisper White cardstock.  To cut out the holes for the suspended ornament, I used the 2-1/2" Circle punch and the 2-3/8" Scallop Circle punch. 

I stamped the ornament with Cherry Cobbler ink and I sponged around the hole with Gumball Green ink.  You can't see it well, but I used 2-Way Glue and Dazzling Diamonds on the ornament and on the white strip on the bottom of the card I punched out using the Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch.  As the final touch, I added some Rhinestones too; gotta have bling!  If you have any questions, just let me know.  
Beginning today, December 14, 2012, Stampin' Up has added nearly 300 products to the Clearance Rack in the Online Store-with some discounted up to 80 percent!  Visit the Online Store to take part in the savings!  Be certain to select me as our Demonstrator when you log into, or create, your ONLINE Account to take advantage of preferred pricing and my Frequent Shopper Rewards!  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Day 4 - Stampin' Up Bird Builder Punch Christmas Card

Here's an AMAZING card I received from fellow demonstrator Margie Slyck in a swap.  I love how she used different embossing folders to add depth and character to the card.  Margie used the Framed Tulips and Petals-a-Plenty embossing folders plus the Scallop Border punch, Scallop Oval punch, and the Large Oval punch.  She also used the wonderful Bird Builder punch with Old Olive and Real Red cardstock then she applied Dazzling Diamonds to the leaves for some bling.  Finally, the background layer and phrase are from Very Vanilla cardstock; the bird and phrase are popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals.  "See" you tomorrow!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Day 3 - Ornament Keepsakes Christmas Card

Here's a card I made using the Ornament Keepsake stamp set and Framelits.  I used Raspberry Ripple and Lucky Limeade.  I also used the Mixed Medley stamp set for the cute "merry christmas" I punched out with a 3/4" circle punch and adhered to the inside of the ornaments.  You can't see it well, but for the bling, I added Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the ornaments and I used VersaMark and Iridescent Ice embossing powder on the Whisper White background layer I ran through the Holiday Frame Embossing Folder. 

When you have a minute, please leave a comment letting me know if you like this idea of the 12 Days of SU cards. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

12 Days of Stampin' Up Christmas Cards - Day 2 ... plus a Stampin' Up Video showcasing the NEW BORDERS SCORING PLATE!

Here's a GREAT card made by Rhea Hughes, fellow demonstrator, that I received in a swap. I LOVE the layout and colors of this card! She used the Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper with Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler, and Very Vanilla cardstock.  She stamped the mittens using the Make a Mitten stamp set and cut them out using the Mitten Builder punch.  The phrase is from the More Merry Messages stamp set; I should have bought that set when it was on sale!

Also, Rhea used the Scallop Squares Duo Bigz Die and the the 1-1/4" square punch for main image background.

And for more FUN!!!    Here's a Stampin' Up video showing how to use the NEW upcoming Borders Scoring Plate.  It will be available starting January 3rd and it works perfectly with the Stampin' Up Simply Scored tool. Don't forget that if you're an email subscriber, you'll need to click over to my blog to view the video!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 10, 2012

12 Days of Stampin' Up Christmas Cards - Day 1

I thought it would be fun to have a 12 Days of Christmas Cards session; here's the first card!  I'll be showing off some of my cards and some others I received in swaps.  This card was made using the Floral Framelits with the Daydream Medallion and the Joyous Celebrations stamp sets.  I used the Snow Festival Designer Series paper with Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, and Whisper White cardstock. 

 To punch a hole in the smaller "wreath", I used the 1-3/4" circle punch. For the beautifying touches, I added a bow using the Cherry Tulle out of the 2012 Holiday mini catalog and Rhinestones. Just a final note, to make the wreath really stand out, I sponged the edges using Gumball Green ink.

Happy Monday and "see" you tomorrow!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Joyous Celebrations Easel Card with Tea Light

Here's my version of the Joyous Celebrations easel card with tea light. I think people first saw it at Stampin' Up's Founders Circle retreat and now it's everywhere. So I thought I'd make one too because it's so CUTE!

I used Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, and Vellum cardstock.  I embossed the reindeer using Gold embossing powder, added some Cherry Tulle, and a strip of Snow Festival Designer Series Paper.  For the finishing touch, I added a red Rhinestone to the reindeer's nose (colored it with a red Sharpie marker).  Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

2013 My Digital Studio Calendar Easel with Drawer

Here's another example of how to use my 2013 MDS calendars sent to me by Orla Carey; thanks Orla for taking the time to send me your photos!   She bought the 2013 calendars from me and made these beautiful gifts with them! I LOVE how she used the phrase "The secret of life is enjoying the passing of time" from the "From the Heart" stamp set.

You can find the details on purchasing the calendars or a link to how I made the easel with drawer HERE.   Have a great Wednesday!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Stampin' Up Ornamental Elegance Kit available while supplies last!

The ornament on the cover of Stampin' Up's holiday catalog is such a hit that Stampin' Up is making it available to you -- just in time to deck the halls with terrific trimmings you've made yourself! Stampin' Up has simplified this fun project so that you can quickly and easily achieve the same results. 

In addition to the kit, all you need is a glue gun, scissors, and adhesive.  Want greeting or place cards to go with those ornaments? The Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set (W 128048 C 128051) gives you perfect coordination.  Fancy a little sparkle and shine? Sprinkle on some Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter (102023)!

Take advantage of this amazing offer--just in time to create 10 heirloom ornaments--or stunning tags to attach to a special neighbor gift.  You can see the PDF Tutorial on how to assemble the ornaments HERE.

The Ornamental Elegance Kit (132832) is $14.95 and includes:
  • Die-Cut Cardstock Elements
  • Cherry Cobbler 3-1/2" Scalloped Tulle Ribbon
  • Natural Linen Thread
  • Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons
  • Large Pearl Basic Jewels

Order these now so you will have plenty of time to make them for Christmas gifting--or for your family tree! Available while supplies last.

Stampin' Up Colored Glimmer Paper Snowflake Christmas Card

Here's a Stampin' Up tutorial explaining how to color the silver glimmer paper. The snowflakes on this card were die cut from Silver Glimmer paper using the Snow Flurry die then colored with ink refills and a sponge dauber. This is really a beautiful card! Have a great week!