Tuesday, November 26, 2013

New Weekly Deals!

If you read my post yesterday you know how busy life is right now.  I don't have a project for you today but I do have fabulous new Weekly Deals to tell you about!  Check them out:

Floral Frames Framelits Dies
Item # 127012 

Regular Price: $32.95 Discounted Price: $24.71

Peekaboo Frames Bigz Large Die
Item # 124587

Regular Price: $40.95  Discounted Price: $30.71

Soft Sky Classic Stampin' Pad
Item # 131181

Regular Price: $7.25 Discounted Price: $5.44

Regals Stampin' Write Markers
Item # 131262

Regular Price: $37.95 Discounted Price: $28.46

1" Square Punch Item # 124094
Regular Price: $21.95 Discounted Price: $16.46

Cherry Cobbler 3/4" Chevron Ribbon
Item # 130012

Regular Price: $12.50 Discounted Price: $9.38

Beautifully  Baroque Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 130917
Regular Price: $9.95  Discounted Price: $7.46

Compilation of Recipes Designer Template
Item # 127755

Regular Price: $16.50  Discounted Price: $9.90

Monday, November 25, 2013

Busy, busy, busy!

Wow...I can't believe its Monday already!  Where did the weekend go??  I spent most of Saturday prepping for a Stamp-A-Stack class and decorating my home for Christmas in preparation for my Open House next weekend.  Sunday was church in the morning and then a fun Stamp-A-Stack with Mary and her friends.  It is amazing how quickly two days can pass when one doesn't have time to take a breath!
No stamping this weekend, but I do have a project to show you that I CASE'd from Teneale Williams on Pinterest a while back.  Have a look:

Simple Christmas card featuring the Expressions Thinlits and Banner Christmas stamp set.
I really love the Expressions Thinlits.  Yes, they're a bit fussy and require some patience to remove the diecut word from the die, but the effort is SO worth it!  Here are some quick tips to recreate this one:
  • I embossed the Cherry Cobbler card front using the Stylish Striped TIEF.  The card stock is cut to 4" x 5-1/4".
  • The card base is Crumb Cake.
  • I die cut the Merry from Red Glimmer Paper using the Expressions Thinlits and adhered it using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
  • I stamped Christmas from the Banner Christmas stamp set in Old Olive ink.
  • The DSP is from the Season of Style DSP stack.
  • The panel behind the stamped panel is Baked Brown Sugar card stock.
As I mentioned earlier, I had absolutely NO time to stamp this weekend, but I do have a few projects to show you this week that I made a while back.
Don't forget the Holiday Sale is still going strong this week until December 3rd.  Tons of great deals to be had...click the image below to view all of the sale items.


By the way...did you realize that one month from today is Christmas Day????  Yikes!  I have work to do!!

Thursday, November 21, 2013


The Stampin' Up! Holiday Sale is here!!  Click the image above to view the full list of discounted products...just in time for Christmas crafting!  Visit my website to place your order and be sure to use Hostess Code:  QB6S3SGA...you could find yourself the recipient of $35 in FREE Hostess Dollars to spend on even MORE great stuff!

 Now for a little stamping inspiration!  I had a bit of time last weekend to play with some of my stamps from the Holiday Collection Single Stamps.  Here is a project I made using the Christmas Star stamp:

Simple Holiday card featuring the Christmas Star single stamp and the Greetings of the Season stamp set.
 Lots of bling happening here!  The design itself is very simple but the addition of the rhinestones make the stamped stars look like they're set against a starry sky.  I used Soft Suede ink, which looks almost golden against the Very Vanilla background.  Super simple and quick...just the thing when you've got to get your Christmas cards in the mail!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Gotta Love Leftovers!


Yup...it's sale time!  More on that in a minute...first some projects!  Yesterday I showed you the four cards I made using this month's Paper Pumpkin kit.  Today I want to show you what I did with the leftovers!  Check it out:

Gotta love leftovers! 
I had a complete card base left over so I decided to make another card using a sentiment from the Christmas Messages set...here is a closer look:

I absolutley adore that star garland...so very festive...and not just for Christmas...think birthdays or 4th of July!  I still have tons left!

I had half of a card base left as well so I got out my Chalk Talk framelits and made some cute gift tags:

Sometimes it is such fun to just sit and play.  I so rarely get time to do that...this was a special treat.  This month's Paper Pumpkin truly was a Creative Escape for me!


Now for the BIG news!!  The Holiday Sale is here!!  Today through December 2nd save up to 50% on a huge selection of products.  What's even better is that there are special Door Buster deals happening today only.  Check them out:

Simply Scored Diagonal Plate (125586)  Reg. $15.95, Sale $11.17

Stampin' Trimmer (126889)  Reg. $41.95, Sale $29.37

Many Marvelous Markers (131264)  Reg. $135.95, Sale $95.17

These are amazing prices!  The Stampin' Trimmer is my most-used tool, hands-down!  I LOVE this trimmer...and I thought I couldn't do better than the Fiskar's one I owned before...man was I wrong!  I love everything about this trimmer...and am rapidly falling in love with the new rotary attachments and decorative blades too!  Getting this fantastic trimmer at such a great price is a steal...I'm going to buy a second one to have on hand for my larger events!
To take advantage of these Today-Only Door Busters, call or email me with your order or order online through my website.  I will be submitting my order tomorrow evening at 9:00 pm, so get your order to me before then to save a little on shipping.  If ordering online be sure to use Hostess Code QB6S3SGA.
 The good news is the rest of the fantastic sale prices are in effect until December 2nd, so there's lots of time to make your wishlist.  You can view them all, including some special bundles for this promotion only, by clicking the image below...happy shopping!


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Paper Pumpkin Love...and Weekly Deals!

Last Friday my November Paper Pumpkin arrived.  I have to say this is my favourite one yet!  Check out the cute Christmas cards I put together:

November Paper Pumpkin Projects
I had such fun playing with that adorable star garland!  Here is a closer look at each card:

This is the one that the kit shows you how to make...cute, eh?
This one is similar, but I cut up one of the card bases and mounted it on a Very Vanilla card base instead.  I used the Wishing You a Merry Christmas sentiment on the inside of the card.
I used the other half of the card base I cut up for the previous card on this one and mounted it on a Real Red card base.  I cut the banner into a square and turned the orientation to landscape.
This one is my favourite.  I again used a Real Red card base, but added an embossed Very Vanilla panel as well.  I used part of one of the card bases in the kit to mat the focal image.
Now, believe it or not, after making these four cards I still had lots of supplies leftover.  Be sure to stop by tomorrow to see what I did with them!

Since today is Tuesday it means new Weekly Deals from Stampin' Up!  Check out these awesome sale items:

Backyard Basics Item # 129380
Regular Price: $30.95 Discounted Price: $23.21
Pumpkin Pie Chevron 3/4" Ribbon
Item # 130015

Regular Price: $12.50 Discounted Price: $9.38
Chocolate Chip Chevron 3/4" Ribbon
Item # 130014

Regular Price: $12.50 Discounted Price: $9.38
Color Coach Item # 130118
Regular Price: $18.95  Discounted Price: $14.21
Little Labels Punch Pack Item # 126881
Regular Price: $22.95  Discounted Price: $17.21
Stampin' Write Markers Subtles
Item # 131263

Regular Price: $37.95 Discounted Price: $28.46
Talking Tags Item # 129723
Regular Price: $9.95 Discontinued Price: $7.46
Unknown Blessings Ensemble
Item # 131311

Regular Price: $19.95  Discounted Price: $11.97

As if these fantastic sale prices weren't enough, watch for Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Sale starting tomorrow!  Up to 50% off a huge selection of products plus 24-hour Door Buster Deals tomorrow only.  It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas shopping time!!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Classic Birthday

Happy Monday...I hope you had a great weekend!  Last Friday was my wonderful husband's 43rd birthday and in honour of his love of vinyl records, I made him this card:

Birthday card featuring the Bombs Away Birthday photopolymer stamp set (133411)
The card was a hit!  He loved it!!  Here are some quick tips for recreating it:
  • The records were cut with the Circles Collection framelits.  To get the grooves, I nested the smaller-sized circles inside the larger one, but flipped them over so that the cutting edge was facing away from the paper.  When you run it through the Big Shot you get a die cut circle with embossed "grooves"...easy peasy!
  • The music-patterned DSP is from the Modern Medley pack.
  • I used the Chevron TIEF on the red background panel and then trimmed along the pattern with my paper snips to get the chevron edges.
  • The stars are punched using my long-retired star punches...the smallest one is from the still-available Merry Minis punch pack.
  • The sentiment panel is die cut using the Chalk Talk framelits.
 And here's a shot of the Birthday Boy:

Happy Birthday, Hon!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Twisted Traced Doodling

Happy Friday!  Today is the 15th which means two things:  it is my wonderful husband's birthday (Happy Birthday, hon) and it's time for a new challenge over at The Technique Twist!  Now I wish I could say that I used this week's challenge to create my hubby's birthday card, but, sadly I did not.  So, I'll show you his card next week.  Today I want to show you my card for this week's Traced Doodling challenge!

Holiday card featuring the Traced Doodling and Burnished Vellum techniques using the Joyful Christmas stamp set (131805)
This technique is new to me, so I first had to do a little research.  There is a great tutorial HERE from Splitcoaststampers.  Now when I sat down to do my card I had a problem...I don't own any coloured pencils!  So, I got creative and combined Traced Doodling with Burnished Vellum. 

Here's is a quick how-to:
  • The poinsettia image is heat embossed in gold on vellum.
  • I flipped the image over and, placing it on my Stampin' Pierce mat, traced the image using my stylus.  
  •  The image is coloured on the wrong-side using Melon Mambo and Rose Red markers.
  • I fussy cut the poinsettia.
  • The leaves are stamped using black Staz On on Whisper White card stock and coloured lightly with a Watercolour Crayon in Wild Wasabi
  • I  used an Aquapainter to blend the coloured leaves.
  • I coloured some Rhinestone Basic Jewels with a yellow Sharpie marker and adhered the in the centre of the poinsettia.
  • The background layer is Pistachio Pudding and is embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots TIEF.
  • The sentiment is from the Pennant Parade stamp set and is punched with the Jewelry Tag punch (retired)
  • The card base is Baked Brown Sugar.
 I also need to tell you that we're looking to add to the Design Team over at The Twist!  If you are a techniques junkie like me and you love to play and explore ways to take your projects to the next level, apply to join us!  You can find all of the details HERE.  Check it out and consider joining our team of fabulously twisted stampers!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Lovely Christmas Star

I really love this year's Holiday Single Stamps.  I just purchased the Christmas Star and took some time to play with it last weekend.  Here is one of the designs I came up with...

Holiday Card featuring the Christmas Star single stamp (134813) with sentiment from Greetings of the Season (128033)

Inside sentiment is from the More Merry Messages stamp set (126402)

Here is a quick how-to:
  • I heat embossed the star in silver on brushed silver card stock...a very pretty look!  
  • I used the Window Frames Framlits to die cut it and the Night of Navy mat and then paper pierced around the stamped layer with the Festive Paper Piercing template.  
  • The background is embossed using the Perfect Polka Dots TIEF.  
  • The sentiment is stamped using Night of Navy ink.
  • I added sparkle with a Large Rhinestone basic Jewel in the centre of the star and a few smaller rhinestones to highlight the sentiment. 
  • The star on the inside is stamped with Smokey Slate card stock.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Another Day, Another Stamp-a-Stack!

So many Christmas cards!  I have a number of private Stamp-a-Stack events coming up in the next couple of weeks, so I am busily preparing for them.  Here is one of several cards I designed...

Christmas card featuring the Wonderful Wreath (132748) and Tags 4 You (131823) stamp sets
As with all of my Stamp-a-Stack designs, I kept this one pretty simple to facilitate making mulitples in a hurry.  I started by stamping the wreath in Old Olive and then die cut it with the Circles Collection Framelits.  I matted it on a larger circle in Cherry Cobbler.  The label is stamped in Cherry Cobble ink and then punched with the Bracket Label punch and adhered in the centre of the wreath using dimensionals.  The bow is fashioned with a glimmer brad holding it in the centre and adhered to the wreath using a glue dot.  The DSP background is from the Season of Style DSP stack.  Quick and easy and, hopefully, a hit!

Ready for a new product announcement??  Check out these fantastic ornaments:

Festive Flurry Ornament Kit  

Add a little festive flare to your holiday decorating with our new Festive Flurry Ornament Kit! Top presents, embellish cards, create a wintery garland, or trim the tree. How you use them is up to you!
The kit includes everything you need (minus adhesive) to create 10 snowflakes, including
  • 10 feet of Soft Sky Ribbon
  • Printed cardstock - die cut and scored, ready to be assembled (Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Whisper White Cardstock and Silver Glimmer Paper)
  • Large Rhinestone Basic Jewells (40) 
Product name:
Item #:
Festive Flurry Ornament Kit 135813 $17.95

These are only available while supplies last so don't wait to take advantage of this offer!

Now, today is Tuesday, which means it's time for a new batch of Weekly Deals from Stampin' Up!   There are some AWESOME products from the Holiday Catalogue on sale this week...a few are even on my wishlist!  Check them out:

Gift Bow Bigz L Die Item # 129977
Regular Price: $40.95   Discounted Price: $30.71

1-1/4" Burlap Ribbon Item # 132140
Regular Price: $9.95   Discounted Price: $7.46

Extra Large Gift Box Item # 132147
Regular Price: $4.95   Discounted Price: $3.71

Mini Muslin Bags Item #132180
Regular Price: $14.95   Discounted Price: $11.21

Orchard Harvest Swatchbook Item #128137
Regular Price: $13.95   Discounted Price: $8.37

Real Red Simply Created Goodie Gear Simply Created Item # 132161
Regular Price: $6.95   Discounted Price: $5.21

Witches' Brew Designer Series Paper
Item # 132185

Regular Price: $13.50   Discounted Price: $8.77

Head on over to my online store, email or call me to place your order.  Remember these deals are only around for one week!
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