Wednesday, December 13, 2017

'Tis the Season...

...for gifts and fun packaging! Today I have a cute little treat box I designed using a new sneak peek from the upcoming Occasions Catalogue and some retiring Holiday Catalogue favourites.

Can you spot the new item? It is the silver gable box! These are simply fabulous and will be available January 3rd in the Occasions Catalogue. I couldn't resist decorating it using some of my favourite retiring products from the Cheer all Year Suite. I used a 2" x 12" strip of Year of Cheer DSP to wrap around the box and then added some silver 1/4" metallic ribbon. The sentiment is from the Oh What Fun stamp set and is heat embossed in silver. I used the 2" circle to punch it out and then layered it on a silver foil 2-1/4" circle. That all got layered on a gold foil snowflake. How I am going to miss those pretty snowflakes!

I decorated the top of the box with two green mini sprigs to which I added "snow" by dipping them in my tub of embossing paste. I hot glued them together, adding a silver mini ornamet and a silver metallic 1/8" ribbon bow. The best part is the box can totally be opened without destroying the decoration...gotta love that!

How cute would these be as favours for a winter wedding?? Image the couple's initials in place of the sentiment and voila...quick and easy favours. Don't forget that all retiring items are available while supplies last only, so don't wait to pick up those items you have to have.

I hope your Christmas preparations are going well. I still have a ways to go, as I am in the midst of concert season with my band at school. Looking forward to the end of this week when things wrap up and I can focus on getting ready for Christmas with my family! Have a fabulous week!

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Heat Tool

Monday, December 11, 2017


How is THAT for a pre-Christmas suprise?? Stampin' Up! is offering free shipping on all orders today only. That's like a 10% discount on the entire catalogue! WAHOO!!

There is no minimum order amount for this promotion, so pick up that package of envelopes you need or bottle of adhesive you forgot on your last order. It ships FREE today.

Visit my online store to place your order and it will ship directly to your door...but hurry! This offer disappears at midnight tonight!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

One card, two Holidays

If you're anything like me, you have great intentions to get your Christmas cards out early each year, only to find yourself up until the wee hours just days before Christmas trying to get them in the mail. Sound familiar? Today's card my be the solution. It is one that could easily work for BOTH Christmas and New Year's! Check it out...

I used the Year of Cheer Suite, which, I have to say, has been my most-used suite in this year's Holiday catalogue. I began with a peace of the gorgeous specialty DSP and then layered both gold and silver metallics: silver 1/8" metallic ribbon, a gold foil snowflake and then heat embossed images from the Cheers to the Year stamp set. Here's a clost look...

I used the starburst image in silver and the sentiment in gold. I used the 2" and 1-3/8" circle punches to punch out each image. The gold mat behind the sentiment is punched from gold foil using the 1-1/2" circle punch. as much as I love my Big Shot, I love even more how quick and easy it is to layer circles using punches. I finished the focal image off with some silver mini sequin trim and a Year of Cheer embellishment.

On the inside I stamped one of the sentiments from the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set in Soft Suede and then the starburst image in Smokey Slate ink. I added some small Soft Suede snowflakes as well. This is a pretty quick and easy card to make to send in time for Christmas or to mail after the Holidays to brighten someone's January.

Now for some news about BIG improvements to the Stamparatus reservation process!!
The next (and FINAL) window opens TODAY- December 5th, and will STAY open until December 30th. Unlike last time when there were only 27,000 units available for reservation, there will be no limits to the number of units available for this window. There is, however, a limit of one Stamparatus per person.
This will be the LAST opportunity to grab one before the next Annual Catalogue (June 2018).
Stamparati (that's the plural, right?!) reserved during this time will ship on a "first in, first out" basis, and may not all be shipped by March 19th, depending on manufacturing lead time, HOWEVER, everyone can reserve one during this reservation window, no matter how many are ordered world wide. (So that last image on the picture will not happen unless you try to reserve yours on December 31st(; ).
Go to my webstore at… to make sure you have an account set up, and get ready to reserve starting at 2:00 pm Mountain Time TODAY (that's 4:00 pm Eastern).

If you still aren't convinced that you NEED this tool, check out this video:

Now...go reserve yours so you get in the can thank me later ;)

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Warm Wishes for Sunday Stamps

Happy Sunday! I hope you are enjoying the weekend. Here, we are in full Christmas-decorating mode. We have the tree up and most of the decorations done...just one more room to go! It was a family affair with everyone pitching in, which is a nice change from past years when it has been all-Mommy-all-the-time ;)
Today marks the start of a new colour challenge over at Sunday Stamps. It features lots of rich yummy hues...

Here is my wintry take on it:

I'll admit, I found this challenge tough, as I am still in Christmas-mode. So I pulled the two shades of grey and one of the reds from the challenge to come up with this design that works as a Christmas or winter-theme card.

I used the Cable Knit TIEF to emboss my Smokey Slate background panel and then layered two silver foil snowflakes on top. I added die-cut mittens in Real Red and Whisper White. These were cut with the Many Mittens Framelits, which just happen to be on sale in the Year End Sale promotion right now! I added a stitched felt star because felt just makes everything cozier and I love the texture it adds.

The sentiment is from a retired set called Winter Wishes and is simply perfect for this design. I added some Smokey Slate 1/8" stitched ribbon and some silver enamel dots and hearts in the centre of the mittens for some sparkle. Voila...quick and easy holiday card.

On the inside I used a sentiment from the Hearts Come Home stamp set, inking it with Smokey Slate and Real Red markers, and then added another little silver enamel heart.

If you're looking for a creative challenge or a break from Christmas red and green, give this challenge a try and then be sure to share with us over at Sunday Stamps. We'd love to see what you create!

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Winter Wishes Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Winter Wishes Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Big Shot
Smoky Slate 1/8" (3.2 Mm) Stitched Ribbon
Smoky Slate 1/8" (3.2 Mm) Stitched Ribbon

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Christmas Blessings

Can you believe that Christmas is only a month away?? I am soooo not ready for the holidays, but one thing I do have a good handle on are my Christmas cards. They're all I need to write and mail them!
In case you're still need inspiration for your Christmas cards, check out this one I designed for my Christmas card buffet this weekend...

I am SOOO loving the black and white buffalo plaid trend this season...and paired with red it is Christmas perfection! Here I used a piece of Merry Little Christmas DSP for my background and layered it on a Real Red card stock base. To create my focal point I layered an oval die-cut from more Merry Little Christmas DSP on a silver foil scalloped oval. The trees were die-cut from Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper using the Card Front Builder Thinlits. I used the same die set to cut the little silver foil deer peeking out from behind the tree.

I added some pine branches in Old Olive, cut with the Christmas Staircase thinlits as well as a silver foil snowflake behind the scene. The sentiment, from the Christmas Pines stamp set, is stamped in Basic Black ink. I added a silver Year of Cheer embellishment and a Real Red bow.

On the inside I added a Whisper White panel on which I stamped some pine branches in Old Olive ink, as well as the sentiment is Basic Black. Both are from the Christmas Pines stamp set.

There is lots of die-cutting for this card, but the end result is worth the effort!

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Big Shot


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