Holidays Fancy Foil Vellum Embellished Ornaments Christmas Card

Holidays Fancy Foil Vellum Embellished Ornaments Christmas Card

This Holidays Fancy Foil Vellum Embellished Ornaments Christmas Card adds some shine and bling to your Christmas cards.  All the shine makes it difficult to photograph and difficult to see the shine IN the photograph!  This is a pretty easy card, really, and yet looks very elegant.

I started with a card base made with the new Whisper White Thick CardstockIf you haven’t tried this “thick” cardstock, you should get some on your next order.  It’s just a little thicker and stronger than our regular Whisper White so it makes a good card base like all the colored card stock. Not that it matters that much, but it does feel a little better than just using the regular kind. Then I added a layer of the Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum to a Whisper White layer using Glue Dots hidden behind the foil stripes on the vellum as best I could.  That’s the best way to hide your adhesive when using see-through vellum. Once the vellum was adhered to the Whisper White layer, I adhered this to the card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop it up a little.

Next I die cut the ornaments using the Red Foil Sheets paper and the Delicate Ornaments Thinlits Dies with the Big Shot, of course!  I did the whole dryer sheets/waxed paper system and rolled the platform back and forth several times in the machine. Now I have ordered the Precision Base Plate to use with intricate dies such as these ornaments.  You will find the plate in the Holiday Catalog. In the beginning I heard mixed reviews about it, but recently I heard some rave reviews about it.  The only way to find out for sure is to try it for myself! So I will let you know! The purpose of the Precision Base Plate is to make cutting these intricate dies easier.

To finish off the card, I tied little bows with the Gold 1/8″ Ribbon (one of my favorites) and adhered them to the ornament tops with a Glue Dot.  You don’t always have to tie ribbon “around” something, just make it look like it is by adhering to the front with a Glue Dot or other adhesive.

To adhere the ornaments to the card, I cut tiny strips from the edges of the Stampin’ Dimensionals sheet to hide behind the widest areas of the ornaments. Yes, a little tedious but I felt it was the best way to adhere the ornaments to the vellum.  The greeting is stamped in Versamark and embossed with the Heat Tool and Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. The greeting is from the To You and Yours Too Stamp Set.

You can use this design idea in many ways, just by stamping ornaments on card stock or stamping and cutting out the ornaments and adhering them to the card front, or adding some different designer paper in the background.  So many easy ways to make a card!

I hope you are going to send at least a few handmade Christmas cards!  It is still plenty early to get them done.  Naturally you want to pick a design that is easy enough to duplicate. I am making several different designs of cards, maybe 5 or 10 or each design just because it is fun for me to make different ones.  So many great ideas out there!  Just stop the world and make cards!

There is still time to shop Stampin’ Up! It is suggested that you place your order by Dec. 17th in order to receive it by Christmas. Look through the catalog with different “eyes” and see what gifts you might be able to purchase for someone, or an assortment of items for a gift.

Check your supply of card stock and see if you need anything for your cards and Christmas projects! I had to order more Real Red card stock yesterday! How could I be low on Real Red?!

And here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals!

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals Dec 1 2015

If you need any materials to make the  Holidays Fancy Foil Embellished Ornaments Christmas Card just Shop Stampin’ Up! Online or contact me to put in your order for you.

Cyber Monday! Stampin’ Up! Flash Sale & Online Extravaganza Last Day!

Stampin' Up! Flash Sale Nov 30 2015

It’s Cyber Monday and today is the last day for the full Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza, plus a Flash Sale all day today (while supplies last!)!

Be sure to use the Bundle numbers to order.

Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza 50% Off

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Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza 40% Off

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Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza 30% Off

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Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza 20% Off

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See the whole PDF list of the sale HERE!

My Recommendations (hard to choose!): 

Shop the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza HERE now all day,

while supplies last!

Oh What Fun to Make Christmas Tags!

Sara Douglass On TV

If you have rested and recovered from all the delicious Thanksgiving foods from yesterday and want to take a break from the crazy Black Friday shopping, enjoy this appearance of Sara Douglass, Interim CEO of Stampin’ Up!, (Shelli’s daughter) show the ladies on a local Utah TV show how easy it is to make Christmas tags with the Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit!

Just click this link to watch:

I already made my tag kit!  You get 10 different designs, 3 tags each!  Follow the directions or do your own thing! They are really pretty and easy to make.  Just divide up all the pieces first so you know you have everything for each tag before you begin!

Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit Tags Finished

You do need to purchase the stamp set Oh What Fun for the greetings, unless you have another stamp set you want to use.  But you can also use this stamp set on your Christmas cards and other holiday projects so it’s not just for making these tags and nothing else!

If you don’t need all these Christmas tags, make some of them into birthday tags or other occasions using other greeting stamps!  It doesn’t have to be just Christmas!!

Watch the Stampin’ Up! video for tips on making these fun holiday tags!

Be sure to check out the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza going on right now to get some great Stampin’ Up! stamping and papercrafting products at a discount!!  Save up to 50%!

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When you are finished watching these fun videos, go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store and order your Oh What Fun Tag Kit right HERE!


For All Things Thanksgiving Card

For All Things Thanksgiving Card

I am thankful to be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator for many reasons, perhaps the main one being the people I have met through the years, even customers who I have never met (yet!) in person.  My customer, Louise, sent me this beautiful card that she made for Thanksgiving with a sweet note inside. She probably didn’t know, but this For All Things Stamp Set has been one of my favorites since it came out last year. Not only do I love getting mail (who doesn’t?!) but in this day and age of so much junk mail, to get a real card, handmade, made my day! So never doubt what mailing one of your cards to someone might mean.

You may be very busy with Thanksgiving preparations, company coming, traveling yourself, or  who knows what, but don’t forget to take some time for yourself and check out the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza! It’s Stampin’ Up!‘s answer to all the Black Friday sales! But it lasts for a week, so when you get time, check it out before Monday, November 30.  And on Monday is another Flash Sale! It’s all on the list HERE! Products are available while supplies last. At least you don’t have to go out and fight the crowds to order from Stampin’ Up! You can order online or contact me if you would like me to put your order in for you.

Online Extravaganza 2015

And if you aren’t on my Mailing List yet, there’s time!  Sign up right now, my special 12 Weeks of Christmas email with a new holiday project goes out this afternoon at 1:00 pm! Just put your name and email in the sign up box in the upper right.

Christmas Mailbox

And if you would like to meet the wonderful people who are or will become stampers and papercrafters by becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, check out the information HEREThink about it and we can talk about it after Thanksgiving if you wish! The spring Occasions Catalog will come out in January and there will be the special Stampin’ Up! promotion called Sale-A-Bration so lots of excitement and you can get in on it early if you are a Demonstrator!

If you are already one of my mailing list subscribers, check your Inbox this afternoon for Week 9 of the 12 Weeks of Christmas!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Save Money on Stampin’ Up! Deals and Sales!

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Nov 24 2015

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for November 24 – 30. Great ones and very timely this week to use for the holidays! Get the Berry Merry Stamp Set with its bold greetings or the wood-mount Embellished Ornaments Stamp SetThen you certainly MUST order the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, so pretty!! It’s not just for the holidays! You will get lots of use out of this fancy paper. And then there is the Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum Stack! Black and gold vellum sheets to make any of your projects beautiful and on trend!  Gold and black are IN!

And the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza is ongoing today!  Be sure to check the list!  I highly recommend the Magnetic Platform for the Big Shot, which is 40% off.  I use mine almost every time I am stamping!  It is well worth the money at $24 instead of the regular price of $40!  It’s even worth the regular price, that’s how much I use mine!

Online Extravaganza 2015

Happy Shopping!  Don’t delay and miss out! While supplies last, of course!

Online Extravaganza Bohemian Paper Gift Box, Card and Envelope

Online Extravaganza Bohemian Paper Gift Box Card Envelope

Today is the day, the day the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza begins! And to show off some of the products available on the special, especially the first 24-Hour Flash Sale for Monday, November 23, I made a few projects with the Bohemian Designer Series Paper, the Gift Box Punch Board, and the Envelope Punch Board, plus the Bow Builder Punch!

Online Extravaganza Flash Sale Mon Nov 23

On the 24-Hour Flash Sale, you can purchase any 3 of the listed Designer Series Papers and then get a 4th one free! These are the designer papers shown in the Annual Catalog on pages 142-143.  You can also get the Happy Thoughts Paper Pumpkin Kit, even if you are not a subscriber (yet!) for half price!  What a deal! And the Gift Box Punch Board and Envelope Punch Board are also on sale for 30% off! Those deals are only available today, Monday, and only while supplies last.

This sale begins at midnight Utah time (Mountain time) and runs for 24 hours for the first Flash Sale, but through November 30th for the entire sale!  It’s Stampin’ Up!’s answer to Black Friday!

But there are LOTS of other products on sale on the Online Extravaganza so be sure to check the entire 3 page list!!  Think what you could give others as a gift or what items you could use for gift-wrapping (lots of things!!), or simply what things YOU want!

Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza List HERE!

Shop Stampin’ Up! Online HERE!

You can add any other items to your order as well, including products from the Holiday Catalog.  Be sure to check out the products that will retire at the end of the Holiday Catalog. Also check the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals and Clearance Rack!

For any more details, read THIS POST.

Check out the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza Flash Sale today and make your own gift box, card and matching envelope, then place your order today!

Starts Monday! Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza 2015!

Online Extravaganza 2015 Banner

Stampin’ Up! has announced their ONLINE EXTRAVAGANZA that begins Monday, November 23 and runs through Monday, November 30!  Save up to 50 percent on select products!

To make it even better, there will be flash sales that last 24 hours on November 23 and November 30, the first and last days of Online Extravaganza. But remember: Online Extravaganza savings are only available while supplies last, so get them while you can!

TIP:  Do not add these items to your cart ahead of time or they will still come up at regular price on Monday.  Just write down your list and shop on Monday!


  • Dates: November 23-30, 2015
  • Two 24-hour flash sales for specific products will happen during this promotion: one on November 23 and one on November 30.
  • Past Paper Pumpkin kits and kit refills in Online Extravaganza are available for purchase by subscribers and non-subscribers.
  • You must use bundle item codes provided for Online Extravaganza. Discounts will not be applied if individual component item numbers are entered separately. Bundles featured in Online Extravaganza will exist only during Online Extravaganza.
  • There is no minimum purchase necessary for Online Extravaganza. Discounts will range from 20 to 50 percent.
  • Additional products from current catalogs may be purchased on the same order.
  • All order types qualify for the Online Extravaganza discounted items and bundles.

Orders must be placed by Monday, November 30, 2015 at 11:50 PM (MT)

Don’t Forget!!  You can add items from the Holiday Catalog Retiring List to your order – or any Stampin’ Up! products!

Make out your list and be ready on MONDAY!

Get your Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza products HERE on Monday at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Box

Embellished Pumpkin Box

Do you need some table favors for your guests at your Thanksgiving table or a little something to take to a hostess? If so, you might try this Thanksgiving Pumpkin box or something like it. You can put a little treat in the little open box behind the “pumpkin” on the front.

Here is where I got the inspiration for this project!  My friend gave me this little pumpkin box holding some pumpkin soaps and right away I said, “I could make something like this!” and she said, “I’m sure you could!”

Pumpkin Box with Soaps

So I got busy and figured out how to make the box that was going to be the base behind my pumpkin on the front. Here are the measurements I came up with for the size I was using, but feel free to modify for your project:  Cardstock 5 1/2″ x 6 1/4″. With the 5 1/2″ side at the top of your scoring tool, score at 1 1/4″ and 4 1/4″. Turn the cardstock so the 6 1/4″ side is at the top of your scoring tool.  Score at 2 1/2″ and 3 3/4″.  Crease all the scored lines so you can see how the box will go together.  Then cut as indicated in the photo to make the side flaps.  Apply adhesive and make your box. Actually, I intended for my box to be a little wider but must have made a boo-boo on the math!  But it is okay as is.  You can adjust yours.

Pumpkin Box Scored Piece

Just assemble the box, very simple to do with some good glue, like the Liquid Multipurpose Glue or Tear & Tape I added a handle and just stapled it on with my Stampin’ Up! Handheld Stapler, just for fun.

Pumpkin Box Assembled

I used my Big Shot and one of my Oval Framelit Dies to cut five ovals, all the same size from this pattern in the Into the Woods Designer Series PaperIn order to make each oval stand out a bit without making extra layers, I just sponged Tangelo Twist ink around each edge of the oval.

Pumpkin Box Ovals

I adhered the outer ovals to the box directly and the rest were popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

To finish the pumpkin, I cut a little stem in green, just by hand and glued it to the top of the pumpkin. Then I added some 1/8″ Gold Ribbon and Gold Sequin Trim to the handle just for fun!  I also stamped a Thanksgiving from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set and just glued it on like a little banner.

Look around at things you have at home or see in a store or in a catalog and think about how you can make it your own creation by papercrafting! You never know when inspiration will hit! Put a little treat in a cello bag and put it in this Thanksgiving Pumpkin Box!

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Make A Delicate Ornaments Christmas Card

Delicate Ornaments Christmas Card

Make this beautiful Christmas card using the Delicate Ornaments Thinlits Dies with red-striped Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum and the shiny Red Foil Sheets.  The card base is made with the Whisper White Thick Cardstock and layered with regular Whisper White Card Stock.  The striped vellum is then attached to the regular card stock using Glue Dots underneath the stripes to try to hide the adhesive. I popped up this layer (the Whisper White plus the vellum) on Stampin’ Dimensionals.

In order to cut the Delicate Ornaments with the Big Shot, I used the dryer sheet and waxed paper technique!  I do not (yet) own the Precision Base Plate in the Holiday Catalog.  I had heard both good and bad about it, and of course I had plenty of other products I wanted to order from the Holiday Catalog.  Even I can’t have everything! But recently I have heard very good things about this plate and might be inclined to put it on an order soon. It is supposed to help greatly cutting out these intricate dies with all the little pieces. But today I used this sandwich:

  • Magnetic Platform (or regular platform)
  • Dryer sheet (new) (can be used over and over)
  • Card stock (in this case, the red foil)
  • Wax Paper (you could also try Parchment Paper)
  • Thinlit (cutting edge down)
  • Top cutting pad

I ran this through and rolled it right back again, then ran it through and back again. This worked perfectly, I only had a very few pieces to poke out of the ornaments, no problem at all. The design is so intricate that you really don’t even notice if a few tiny pieces do not all come out. I used some tiny pieces I cut from Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up the ornaments on the red striped foil. Then I tied little bows from the Gold 1/8″ Ribbon.  The silver ribbon would have been pretty also.

The greeting is stamped with Versamark Ink and embossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder using the Heat Tool.  The stamp is from the To You & Yours Too Photopolymer Stamp Set.

It’s time to be making Christmas cards, if you haven’t already! Try these intricate dies and shiny paper to make a Delicate Ornaments Christmas card that will wow your friends!

Find all these great products in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!


New Stampin’ Up! Deals

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Nov 17 2015Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for November 17 -23.  Need a Christmas stamp set? Choose the Jolly Christmas stamp set with the reindeer and plenty of greetings.  Get the Season of Cheer Cardstock Pack so you have Christmas colors handy. The Season to Season Wreath Kit can be changed out (the center garland) for different seasons.  I also saw online a cone tree decorated party with the paper leaves from the wreath kit for something different. And then we have the Snow Friends Framelits Dies that coordinate with the cute Snow Place Photopolymer Stamp Set.

If you want any of these items, just add them to your order or place a separate order.  Also, keep in mind the products Stampin’ Up! has listed as “retiring” from the Holiday Catalog. This means that these products will not carry over after the deadline from the Holiday Catalog so if you want any of them and have put off ordering, be sure to get them ordered pretty soon. Unfortunately, the accessories will only be available while supplies last as there is not enough time for reordering by Stampin’ Up! However, stamp sets will continue to be made until December 28 since Stampin’ Up! makes the stamps themselves.

Holiday Catalog Goodbye Adieu

Shop Stampin’ Up! Online HERE or contact me to place your order! 

Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog Retiring Products

Holiday Catalog Retiring Products

As we approach the end of the year, Stampin’ Up! is getting ready to retire stamps and accessories from the Holiday Catalog; but before they do, they’re giving everyone an opportunity to order their favorites. Find the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog Retiring List HERE.  Retiring products will only be available until January 4th.

  • Retiring products are only available while supplies last. The lists of retiring products will be updated every business day. Check with me if you want to find out about any certain product.
  • Remaining inventory for retiring products may appear later on the Clearance Rack.
  •  Due to high demand for retiring stamps, we’ll keep producing retiring stamps until December 28 (not accessories-accessories are only while supplies last).

This is the first time Stampin’ Up! has released a retiring list from a seasonal catalog. Take advantage of the list to make sure you get the products you want from the Holiday Catalog instead of guessing or waiting until the next Annual Catalog to find out!

Holiday Catalog Retiring List HERE

Order Stampin’ Up! Products Online HERE

Oh What Fun Tag Kit Video

Yesterday I posted photos of the Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit.  I made all 30 tags, three each of ten designs. They are easier enough to make and come with directions. If you don’t like the directions (or following them!) just make your own versions!  But it is nice to have pieces all die cut and easy to punch out plus some extra-special pieces like jingle bells and gold bows! Just have fun with it!  If you don’t need 30 tags, invite two friends over and each one of you make a set of 10 tags!  It’s always fun to stamp with friends!! As Holly says in the video, divide up the supplies for each group of tags so you don’t inadvertently use more than you should on other tags and then run out.  Enjoy the video and see how great this Tag Kit is!

Place an order with Stampin’ Up! Online for the Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit!

Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit by Stampin’ Up!

Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit by Stampin' Up!

Oh what fun you will have making Christmas tags with the Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit by Stampin’ Up!  This is the coordinating Oh What Fun Photopolymer Stamp Set that you can use to make the tags and also use for any cards or other Christmas projects and the contents of the Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit.

It is suggested that you separate the materials you need for each tag so that you are sure you have the right pieces in the right places for the right tags!

Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit set up

Then you are ready to stamp and go for it! In the kit, you receive enough materials to make 30 tags, 3 each of 10 designs!  Just think how much fun you can have making these easy tags and how lovely your gifts will look with a fancy tag attached!

Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit Tags Finished

This is the time to start stamping things like this so that you are not rushed in December when you will be wishing you had done these projects much farther in advance! I need to listen to my own advice, believe me — but I do have these tags made!  On the back you can stamp the “To & From” so you can write in the names when you actually wrap the packages. A friend of mine said she was going to enclose a tag with her Christmas cards as a gift for the recipient! You could also use the tag as the focal point on the front of your card! You could also use some of the tags on scrapbook pages for the holidays, even on Project Life pages.

So there are lots of ways to use the tags in the Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit, whether you use them all for gift wrapping or whether you use them for decorations, cards, scrapbook pages or other projects!

Shop for holiday project materials and kits in the Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

Thankful Gift Bag

Thankful Gift Bag

The other day I had pulled out a past gift bag project as inspiration for something else I was making with a friend, and looking at that project inspired me to make this Thankful Gift Bag. So you never know where inspiration will strike!  I updated this gift bag by using the Gift Bag Punch Board. At first, though, I had pulled out the Gift BOX Punch Board and was wondering why this bag was not likely to come out right as I started to use the wrong punch board!! I wasted a few pieces of paper on that one!  Anyway, it’s easy to make a gift bag with the Gift BAG Punch Board.

You choose the size bag you want by the measurement you want on the bottom of the bag. Then you can make it any length (tallness) you want. This is a very basic bag with Soft Suede Cardstock. I think I would have liked it more with a little stamping or embossing, but sometimes plain is okay too. The tag on the front is stamped with a greeting from the Thankful Forest Friends Stamp Set in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  I used different colors of Stampin’ Write Markers to color in the stamp with multiple colors.  Just remember to “huff” (breathe) on the stamp after coloring with markers to remoisten the ink before you stamp. Then I stamped the acorns in the For All Things Stamp Set  (a beautiful fall stamp set from last year, still current, in the Annual Catalog).  I cut out a couple of the acorns and adhered them to my greeting, which was die cut with the Big Shot and the Deco Labels Collection Framelits.

Use this Thankful Gift Bag to tuck in a little gift for a hostess when you go out during the holiday season.

Gift Bag Punch Board

Veteran’s Day Patriotic Scrapbook Page

Veteran's Day Patriotic Scrapbook Page

Today is Veteran’s Day, a day we honor our military for their service and patriotism to our country and here is an example of a patriotic scrapbook page any of us could make.  Chances are every single one of us knows someone who is in the military now or has a family member who has served, whether recently or long ago. If we looked in some old boxes of photos, we can all probably pull out some vintage photos of our relatives and ancestors from their military service. Why not take some of those out of the box and put them on some quick and easy scrapbook pages and either tuck in an album or even frame and put on the wall as decor.

In case you would be interested, the genealogy website is allowing anyone to look up military records free through today.  I was slow in reading my email and only noticed it yesterday but it has been going on for a few days. You may have to register in some way, but they occasionally have these opportunities to look up certain family records.  I find it fascinating to see actual records right on my computer screen and perhaps a real signature and handwriting by that person. I found records for my father, both my grandfathers, and a few other relatives.

Take a moment today to think about the veterans who have served our country in peace and in war and active military who are serving us right now around the world. If you would like to read more about the history of Veteran’s Day, just visit this link.

New Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deal!

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Nov 10 2015

Some interesting Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals today, right out of the Holiday Catalog (mostly!)! The pretty Metallic Foil Doilies are in the Annual Catalog. You can use the two punches, the Snow Flurry Punch and the Festive Flower Builder Punch for your holiday cards right now. You can also get these punches in bundles with the coordinating stamp set if you prefer.  And then there are the Perfect Pines Framelits Dies if you love Christmas trees!  And who doesn’t?! Check out these deals and see if you want to add them to your order!

Watch the Stampin’ Up! video about using the Festive Flower Builder Punch!

Shop Stampin’ Up! Online HERE or contact me to put in your order for you!

Thankful Forest Friends Animals Card

Thankful Forest Friends Animals Card

I absolutely love this Thankful Forest Friends Stamp Set, especially the cute animals, so today I made this Thankful Forest Friends Animals Card! After stamping the card, there wasn’t much room for a greeting, but I managed to fit one on.

The card base is Soft Suede, cut 6″ x 6″ and folded in half to be 3″ x 6″. The top layer is Very Vanilla. The animals are stampin in various brown inks, Soft Suede, Early Espresso and Cajun Craze for the fox. The leafy garland with acorns I colored in with various Stampin’ Write Markers. The grass is from the Sheltering Tree Stamp Set and I overstamped the blades of grass over the grass stamp. The greeting is also from the same stamp set.

You may think this stamp set is for Thanksgiving, but just think what cute baby cards you can make with these animals! Or make some cute scrapbook pages for baby or outdoor adventures!

Don’t forget to check out the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals!  Today is the last day for these.

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Nov 3 2015

If you need some stamps or accessories to make a card like my Thankful Forest Friends Animal Card, just click HERE to shop at Stampin’ Up!

Don’t Forget to Join Paper Pumpkin! Do It For Yourself!

Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin Monthly Papercrafting Kit

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Stampin’ Up! offers monthly papercrafting kits called Paper Pumpkin that come to you in the mail!  Everything is included in the kit (stamps, ink, paper, and accessories) to create the surprise project. Past kits have included cards, mini album, framed piece, treat bags, gift boxes, and more! Every month is a surprise and a treat for you!

Treat yourself to a little bit of crafting time that you don’t even have to think about! Last summer we had a lot of trouble with our electricity going off and one Sunday it was off all day with 90+ degree temperatures outside. After lunch I got out my recent Paper Pumpkin Kit to assemble and it was great! No designing of a project, no jumping up and down to get my supplies, no thinking outside the box (no pun intended).  It was all right there, no need to exert myself in the un-airconditioned heat.  I could just work and take my mind off the extreme heat! Stamping is something you can do with no electricity, unlike many other things!

With the first kit, you will also receive a clear block on which to mount the stamps each month that come in the kit.  You can use these stamps in the future, not just with the kit.  Sometimes kits have leftover supplies that you can use another time. You can follow the directions that come with the kit or strike out on your own doing your own thing. Do a little of both. That’s what I sometimes do.

Stampin’ Up! always provides a link to a video that you can watch for each month’s kit if you would like a little more visual guidance.  Here is the one for these really cute treat bags that could be used for Halloween or for fall or Thanksgiving.

The important thing to know is that to receive this month’s kit (November) you need to sign up by November 10th.  After that, the kits start being shipped out so that they are received about mid-month.  You will be thrilled to find the Paper Pumpkin red box in your mailbox! If you sign up after the 10th, you will start with the next month’s kit.

Each month is just $19.95 which includes shipping. If you prefer, you can also add Prepaid subscriptions to your regular Stampin’ Up! order.  You can also give these as gifts.  Change the quantity of your order any month or even pause your subscription if you choose.  If Paper Pumpkin is not for you, just cancel.  No risk, no obligation.

Try Paper Pumpkin today! Get the November Kit! 

Thankful Forest Friends Thankful for You Card

Thankful Forest Friends Thankful for You Card

As long as I had my supplies out after decorating a bag in THIS POST, I decided to make this Thankful Forest Friends Thankful for You Card. I used to always say when you make one card, go ahead and make three cards of the same.  You’ll be able to use them eventually and you won’t have to get all the stuff out again.

This card uses the Thankful Forest Friends Stamp Set which I just ordered recently and I do absolutely love! The animals are so cute for any occasion and the words are great for Thanksgiving and any other thankful time!  Just don’t ink up the acorns and leaves if you want to send it in the summertime! Use markers to ink up only the words!

I don’t know what the term is or if there is one, but I had never tried the “staggered paper” look before.   Maybe it should be called tipsy paper, I don’t know! Usually I like things straight and even, but I thought I would live dangerously and stack these layers differently today! It’s okay, not sure I love it, but it’s okay and something different.  Maybe I will grow to love it! The designer paper is the beautiful Into The Woods Designer Series PaperThis stamp set and paper pack are both available in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. This paper originated with one of the Stampin’ Up! artists handpainting these designs and then Stampin’ Up! did all their magic to turn it into our designer paper. This paper really is gorgeous! Just remember, every Stampin’ Up! paper is more beautiful in person, no matter how good it already looks online!

For a little interest, I pulled some threads out of the  1 1/4″ Burlap Ribbon.  Just cut off a length that you want to use, cut off the selvage edge on one side and you will be able to fray the ribbon to get however many strands you want to use as its own embellishment.  I used this Burlap Ribbon so much I had to order more! You might not think you would use it a lot, but you will! Burlap is so on trend right now and has been for awhile.

My card still needed a little something, so I stamped the little leaf stamp in the background with Versamark Ink.  Versamark has many uses, one being matching the card stock that you are stamping on.  You could get the same look if you stamped on the Tangelo Twist card stock with Tangelo Twist ink – and sometimes I do that as well!  Versamark Ink is also used in heat embossing.  I think the Versamark stamping gave the background and the card just a little something that it needed.

You don’t need to make this exact Thankful Forest Friends Thankful for You Card, you can also use the same basic design to make any other card. Try it!

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