Category Archives: Christmas

Christmas in July at Stampin’ Up! Plus Weekly Deals

Beauty of the Season Stamp Set

A sneak peek from the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Holiday CatalogBeauty of the Season stamp set, available NOW in wood- or clear-mount.

Wood 135776 $21.95

Clear 135779 $16.95

Christmas Bliss Photopolymer Stamp Set

Another “Christmas in July” new stamp set from Stampin’ Up!, Christmas Bliss!

Christmas Bliss Photopolymer Stamp Set #138897   $15.95

Dear Heart Photopolymer Stamp Set

If you loved the photopolymer stamp set Sweetie Pie with the little girl faces that sold out super-quickly and you also needed little boy faces, the Dear Heart Photopolymer Stamp Set is for you!

Dear Heart Photopolymer Stamp Set       #128157     $25.95

And last, but not least!  Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for July 8-14:

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal July 8 2014

All great things on the Weekly Deals!  Surely you want all of them!

And as a Heads Up — New items will be added to the Clearance Rack on Thursday, July 10th! Be there or be – left out! You know some of those items go faster than the speed of light. You can put all of these products on one order, plus any new catalog items, like the new Blendabilities Markers as well!

So whatever is convenient and works for you, you can order online any time at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store or contact me and I can put your order in for you!

Lovely As a Tree Christmas Card

Lovely As a Tree Christmas Card

Today is June 25th which means Christmas Day is in 6 months! But really our Christmas preparations have to be done before that so we actually have less than six months to get ready for Christmas! Yes, that is still a lot of time that even I won’t take advantage of, I admit, but I did feel compelled to make a Christmas card today! Now we don’t have new Christmas sets in the Stampin’ Up! Catalog and we won’t get the Holiday Catalog until September, but I bet we all have stamp sets and accessories with which we can make Christmas cards starting today! I got an idea for this card on Pinterest, but I have always loved using Lovely as a Tree for Christmas cards! Lovely As a Tree is a classic stamp set, one that has been around as long as I have been a demo. In fact, it probably was one of the first stamp sets I owned. I also used the Northern Flurry Embossing Folder for the top Whisper White layer. I thought we needed snowflakes with a Christmas tree!

I stamped the tree with Old Olive ink and then die-cut it with the Ovals Collection Framelits Die, the third oval from the center. To cut the larger oval out of the Whisper White card front layer, I used the oval fourth from the center. Since that left a little bit of an embossing edge mark, I decided to cover it with a Gold Foil layer, which is cut with the fourth and fifth ovals. It turned out perfect and I think adds an elegance to the card! The Whisper White layer is popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals as is the Christmas tree oval.

To decorate the tree, I colored Rhinestone Jewels with the new Blendabilities alcohol markers. The Blendabilities should be available to order from Stampin’ Up! on July 1st! Only six colors will be available, the same ones Demos were able to preorder, plus a few other items:

  • Cherry Cobbler (item #130995)
  • Coastal Cabana (item #131000)
  • Daffodil Delight (item #130998)
  • Old Olive (item #130999)
  • Pumpkin Pie (item #130997)
  • Rich Razzleberry (item #131003)
  • Skin Tone Assortment (item #129370)

In addition, the following accessories will also be available:

  • Memento Ink Pad (item #132708)
  • Memento Ink Refill (item #133456)
  • Color Lifter (item #129369)

There really wasn’t much space for a greeting on this card, but I did choose “Very Merry” from the new stamp set And Many More and used the Word Window Punch to punch it out.

Are you going to make some Christmas cards today to get a head start? If you find a design you like, like this Christmas card with Lovely As a Tree, make at least five cards the same. Make some more of another design another day.

Gift Wrap Idea: Gold Kraft Gift Box with Gold Frizzle

Gold Gift Box with Gold Frizzle

Do you need a fancy gift wrap idea?  Use the Stampin’ Up! Kraft Gift Box and gold, gold, gold! Gold is IN these days so you might as well use it! I love these little Kraft Gift Boxes. They are 3 1/2″ wide on each side so perfect for a small gift or treat. I decorated this one first with a layer of Gold Foil on each side, cut just 1/8″ smaller on each side than the box. Then I layered a piece of Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum on each side (choose whichever pattern you like the best). I put a different pattern on the top.

Then to really jazz it up a bit, I put a little “frizzle” on the top! I didn’t know where I came up with that term or description, but it turns out “frizzle” does mean curl or kink or ringlets so I guess I was correct! Do you know where I got it?  From the Gold Baker’s Twine! The Gold Baker’s Twine is really just White Baker’s Twine with the metallic gold thread twisted around in it. Some people have even complained that when using the Gold Baker’s Twine, it came untwisted and frayed at the ends. But you can embrace that idea and untwist the gold thread from the white twine! Cut the Baker’s Twine into pieces several inches long each to make it easier.  Then gather your pile of gold threads and tie onto a bow or knot. Very easy! I could have also added a piece of Gold Sequin Trim for some extra bling!

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Gold Gift Box Top with Gold Frizzle

Have You Seen the WestJet Christmas Miracle?

Today seems like an odd day to me! It’s still in between Christmas and New Year’s so it’s still the holidays, yet it is Monday and the kids are all gone so it seems back to “normal”. Once I unload the dishwasher and refill it with all the dishes on the counter, I might be caught up in the kitchen. Except for all the remaining “goodies” on the counter; a few cookies, pieces of candy, and other treats. There’s starting to be room in the refrigerator again (thank goodness we finally have a new working refrigerator!) (knock on wood). There are still sheets to wash on the “guest” beds. My Christmas stuff is all still up because my family always left decorations and the tree up well past New Years. Rolls of wrapping paper are still on the dining room table (we never got it cleared off and just squeezed ourselves around the kitchen table to eat!) where the last-minute wrappers worked!

You may have heard about this story on the news, about the WestJet passengers getting their Christmas wishes granted by Santa when they arrived at the luggage carousel at their destination, but today was the first time I watched the actual video!  If you haven’t seen it yet, watch it and continue to warm your Christmas season heart before the holiday is over!

One More Christmas Present to Wrap!

Winter Frost Gift Box

Last night I had one more gift to wrap even though it was after Christmas. But the Extra-Large Gift Box made it easy to be creative quickly! I just cut out some of the beautiful Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper to fit on the sides and top of the box. The box comes flat so great for storage to have on hand and then all you do is crease the score lines and make it into a nice box! I tied a piece of Pool Party Seam Binding Ribbon around the sides with a bow in front. And for the great finish, one of the ornaments I had already made from the Festive Flurry Ornament Kit went on top! I only attached it with a Stampin’ Dimensional so the recipient can take it off and hang it on the tree next year or save it for another package. Easy peasy elegant gift-wrapping!

Don’t forget to check the current Weekly Deals which end on Monday night December 30 and the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack with some new items while supplies last — or take a chance and wait until Tuesday and see if there are new Weekly Deals you are interested in!

Go shopping online right now!

Didn’t Get What You Wanted for Christmas??

Now it’s time to be good to yourself!  You’ve probably made sure everyone else was going to have a great Christmas, but what about you?  Did you get a sweater that didn’t fit, a vacuum cleaner instead of a diamond necklace, a book you already read, ugly slippers you’ll never wear?? Maybe you got some money to spend on yourself!  Now’s the time to take some time for yourself and take a little shopping trip to Stampin’ Up! Online!!

My  Stampin’ Up! Online Store is always open!!  You know there are some stamp sets you want, some cute accessories, more paper, more ink, some things from the Holiday Catalog before it expires Jan. 2nd. And the new Occasions Catalog starts Jan. 3rd.

Start your list today and then tomorrow, Dec. 27th check out the Clearance Rack and see what NEW THINGS Stampin’ Up! is adding! Then place your order!!

We had a great Christmas although we are not a family that gets up early to open packages. We got an extra late start this year and had lots of packages so we took all day, with a break for lunch! The last present I got was really exceptional but has a story to go with it so I’ll save that for another day! It was amazing. No, it’s not about babies or engagements rings, just about something I like. And not about Shelli or Stampin’ Up!

Hope you had a very happy Christmas and are continuing to enjoy the holiday with your family — or relaxing!!

And a Merry Christmas to All!

Probably no stamping today but here are my outdoor Christmas decorations!  Last year we won Third Place in our neighborhood. This year I bought a couple new things….the Polar Bear and Penguins having a snowball fight and Yoda!  Could NOT pass him up when I found him!

Christmas Lights 2013

One side of the front yard with my new air-blown figures!

Christmas Lights 2013 Yoda

Love Yoda and love my little train in the background I’ve had for years!

Christmas Lights 2013 Toy Shop

Our Toy Shop my husband and I cut out and painted many years ago now.

Christmas Lights 2013 Santa and Mrs. Claus

Another wood cut-out my husband and I made forever ago.  They could use some paint but we’re not in the mood after Christmas and don’t think of it again until time to put them out next year!

Christmas Lights 2013 Snowball Fight

Love these new guys!

Christmas Lights 2013 Airplane

And of course Snoopy in his plane!  I love Christmas lights and decorations!

I hope you have or had a very Merry Christmas Day!

New Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! And My Digital Studio Downloads Too!

It’s Tuesday, even if it is Christmas Eve, and here are the new Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up!

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Dec 24 2013

And here are the new My Digital Studio Downloads for December 24!  If you don’t have My Digital Studio, you might want to try it out for the New Year!

MDS Downloads Dec 24 2013

Click Image above for PDF of downloads

You can purchase any of these downloads and more in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

Have a very merry Christmas Eve!  Hope Santa will be good to you!

Mixing Old and New Stampin’ Up! at Christmas

Ghirardelli Chocolate Holders Ornaments

It’s been a busy few days getting ready for Christmas and my work isn’t done yet! But I did take time the other day to make these cute little Ghirardelli chocolate holders mixing old and new Stampin’ Up! products! Can you guess what is what? The holder is made out of the brand new, upcoming Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, which will be in the new Occasions Catalog beginning January 3, 2014. The old is the bit of designer paper I used on the tag.  It is left over from the pretty Christmas box I finally made last Christmas, which, for awhile was on the Clearance Rack. The kit started as some kind of incentive from Stampin’ Up!, then was sold, and then the remaining ones were in the Clearance Rack.  Shelli Gardner and her daughter Sara even made a video as they assembled their own boxes.

Decorated Christmas BoxI got the idea for the chocolate holders from another demonstrator, Mary Fish, although I used a different punch. There is another one with an angled top! Of course I also used the Christmas Ornament Punch in the Holiday Catalog to punch my stamped ornaments from the Christmas Collectibles Stamp Set.

To make the Ghirardelli Chocolate Holders, cut a piece of card stock 5 1/2″ x 2″.  Score at 2 5/8″ and 2 7/8″. I stuck each end of my paper into the new tag punch to get the fancy scallop and then folded on the scored lines.  I folded back the Ghirardelli Chocolate foil and adhered with a Mini Glue Dot on each side to hold it onto the tag. Then I folded up the front part of the tag and tied with Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine.  And then I decorated the front with the old designer paper (can’t think of the name right now!). Of course you could use any scrap paper and for any season or occasion.

Ghirardelli Chocolate Holders Ornaments

 And this is what the inside looks like:

Ghirardelli Chocolate Holder

And here are some matching tags I made. All these things plus a store-bought ornament went inside the box I was sending someone.

Scalloped Tag Topper Punch Christmas Tags

You can visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE. Be on the lookout, my regular customers, for your copy of the new Occasions Catalog and the Sale-A-Bration catalog coming in your mail!  Don’t let them get lost amongst the Christmas mail and hubbub!

Christmas Fudge Candy Wrapper Poem

Christmas Fudge Candy Wrapper Poem

This is an oldie but goodie for Christmas Fudge that I came across in my stash of past projects. I thought as things get even more hectic closer to Christmas, perhaps you can make use of this idea for a gift! Just type up this poem and adhere it to a big chocolate bar which is already wrapped. You could do it with one of those gigantic chocolate bars that might feed a few people!  It makes a fun gag gift! (Or maybe it’s not so much of a gag?!)  And who wouldn’t enjoy a big chocolate candy bar even if it has a silly poem attached!  Keep your holiday sane!

Using the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig for a Snow Day Tag

Snow Day Christmas Tag

This weekend I finally was able to make some Christmas cards.  This year I am making about ten cards of each design. The only difficult part will be when I start signing and addressing the cards in deciding to whom I want to send what design! I like making different designs because there are so many cute ideas out there.  Of course I can’t possibly make them all, unless maybe I made a different card for each person.  But since I didn’t start back in July, I can’t do that!

One group of cards will have this Snow Day snowman on the front. Pictured above is a tag I made with an extra snowman and oval die-cuts from the Ovals Collection Framelits.  The scalloped edge is the largest framelit. I wanted to use it so I decided it could be a tag and the message could be written on the back.

Now if you want the features and accessories for the Snow Day snowman to be closer to perfect placement, you might want to use the Stampin’ Up! Stamp-a-Ma-Jig, It comes with a plastic sheet on which you stamp and then wipe off with some water or Stampin’ Mist and a paper towel (unless you use Stazon!). If you have a stamp set with which you will want to use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig a lot, it makes more sense to make a permanent sheet using a piece of Vellum Card Stock. Just cut a piece of vellum (or more) and use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to stamp in each corner. If you use different colors of ink, you can stamp OVER some images and keep it to one sheet! Then just keep this vellum sheet in the case with the stamp set and you don’t have to restamp these images.

Using Vellum with Stamp-A-Ma-Jig

Here is the plastic sheet that comes with the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.

Stamp-A-Ma-Jig Plastic

I bought my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig way back when I first started stamping.  Now they are black for Stampin’ Up!. You might think it is a confusing tool to use but there are good instructions and once you use it, you’ll understand. It’s very useful in certain stamping situations even for people who don’t have to have perfect placement all the time.

Try the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig! It’s a great tool to have in your stamping arsenal just in case you need it!

Don’t forget the Weekly Deals ending today and the new Valentine products you can buy now and get a head start (if you are finished with Christmas!). Just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store.

A Snow Day Snowman Christmas Card

Snow Day Merry Christmas Card

Are you still working on making your Christmas cards?  Or just starting? Here’s one I made pretty easily. You could use this idea for a Christmas card, a Christmas scrapbook page element, or a tag. Just use the Snow Day  snowman for a winter theme. The word Merry is die cut with the Expressions Thinlits DiesTo make it easy to use this die, place a piece of wax paper in between the die and your card stock and the very thin word will be easier to get out. There are also tiny holes in the die which you can poke through with a pin or Paper-Piercing Tool to help release the die cut. To adhere the word to the card, I used the 2-Way Glue Pen.

I found with the Snow Day snowman, it is nice to use the Stamp-a-Ma-Jig and a piece of vellum card stock to stamp the accessory stamps on so that you can keep the vellum in the stamp case and reuse it. I even stamp over another image perhaps with another color ink so I can just use one sheet of vellum and have all the pieces right there.  You still can eyeball the stamping of his buttons or face or arms, but for those of you or those times that demand perfect placement, the Stamp-a-Ma-Jig really helps!

Of course you can’t really have a snowman without a little bit of glitter for sparkle, so with my 2-Way Glue Pen and a sprinkling of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter my snowman has a bit of pizzazz!

The snowman and snowflakes are all stamped in Soft Sky ink for this card. And for his scarf, a few bits of Real Red 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon adhered with Mini Glue Dots (smooshed up a little bit on the sides to fit the narrow ribbon).

If you need some stamping supplies, just visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store or contact me for help with your order. Don’t forget to check the Weekly Deals and the Clearance Rack for additional savings!

Be of Good Cheer Curly Paper Wreath

Be of Good Cheer Curly Paper Wreath

I’m sure you have seen these curly paper wreaths made out of designer paper all over the internet. I finally made one, but just in case it didn’t go well, I made this first one with some retired paper, Be of Good Cheer, from last year I believe. This paper, as I write this, is on the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack, so if you like it, you can get some!

I need not have worried because there is nothing to making this wreath! I used a 10″ styrofoam wreath. It would be a good idea to start with making a hanger out of some string or ribbon for the top of your wreath – I forgot! I didn’t keep track of how many sheets of paper I used since some were probably partly used so maybe I used parts of many sheets.  I’ve heard that it takes about 4 sheets of  12″ x 12″ designer paper cut into 1/2″ strips. Then all you do is curl the paper using your Bone Folder. You actually do not have to make it that curly with your bone folder.  Just get the paper slightly curled and then you can wind the strip up better and tighter with your fingers. Then just take a straight pin and insert into the center part of that strip and pin onto the wreath!  If you are putting on a decorative rosette or big bow or something, you might want to attach that first to the bare wreath. My bow is made from the Cherry Cobbler 1″ Grosgrain Stitched Edge Ribbon in the Holiday Catalog.

When you first start pinning on the curled strips of paper, it may seem like a daunting task and not really look that great. You might even think “this isn’t going to turn out to be anything good”, but don’t despair!  Just keep working, pinning on those curled strips.  Maybe you want some tighter and some looser. There’s no need for perfection on this wreath!  Just keep pinning on the strips all over the front and around the sides.  No need to put any on the back since that part is not going to show. Just keep going until you feel it is quite full enough and you don’t have any bare spots.  Be sure to look toward the inside of the wreath and make sure that is all filled in.  It’s a project you can do while watching TV.

Here is the backside of the wreath.  You can see the styrofoam wreath I used.

Be of Good Cheer Curly Paper Wreath Back

Look through your stash of designer paper and try one out.  And if you need more paper, there is the Clearance Rack on Stampin’ Up! for great deals or the current Stampin’ Up! catalogs for the newest papers!  The wreath looks quite lovely when you get it finished so I really encourage you to make at least one!  I can’t wait to get started on another!

Christmas Card Day 2013

Little did I know that today is officially “Christmas Card Day”! December 9 honors Sir Henry Cole of England who created the first commercial Christmas card in 1843.  Apparently Sir Henry was a very busy man and since the custom was to hand write each Christmas card back then, he just didn’t have time. He hired a London artist to design a card for him to send his friends.  The center panel was a drawing of a family celebrating, each side panel has a charitable scene. The London artist, John Calcott Horsley, made 1000 lithographic copies of the card but Sir Henry Cole colored each one by hand! (too bad he didn’t have Stampin’ Up! markers and Blender Pens!)

I was going to declare today National-Make-Your-Christmas-Cards Day, but I guess I don’t need to! We’ve already been inspired by Sir Henry Cole! He was busy too, yet he got his cards sent out! We can do it too!

Christmas Card Day

Do the “assembly line” method:  Cut, cut, cut; score, score score; stamp, stamp, stamp; punch, punch, punch! Not only do you not have to think what comes next, but you get into “muscle memory” so your hands just do it automatically!  It’s the fastest way to make a bunch of cards.  And you don’t have to make ALL your cards the same.  If you like several designs, make ten of each design. That’s what I will do!  Make sure you have envelopes and stamps, too!

The post office would like you to mail by December 21 for Priority Mail in order for it to arrive by December 24. Did you know you can do almost everything online instead of going to the post office?  It is one of the most amazing inventions of my lifetime to eliminate standing in line at the post office!  One time, honest to goodness, I was the ONLY person in the line and I STILL had to wait for someone to wait on me!!!  I know, some post offices are better than others, but mine has always been slow (except on Saturday morning right before closing! You want to see great and speedy customer service?!)

For anything you need for making Christmas cards (except postage stamps!), please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store! (If you wait until tomorrow, I hear there is going to be a Clearance Rack Blitz!)  But check out the Weekly Deals available only until tonight!


Christmas Collectibles Ornament Christmas Card

Christmas Collectibles Ornament Christmas Card

The Christmas Collectibles ornament stamp set of course is perfect to have for making your own Christmas cards.  Even better if you have the Christmas Ornament Punch #132152 to go with it. And you can have both in the Bundle and save 15%. Or you can buy each one separately. It’s so easy to just stamp the ornament shapes and punch out and stick on a Christmas card.  If you want to take it to the next level, add some rhinestones or pearls to the ornaments or tie a little bow on top.

This card started out with the red striped paper from Seasons of Style Designer Series Paper going to be the layer with Whisper White over it. I decided to cut out the center to save some paper to use another time since I love it.  Well, once I had that “frame” I really liked it as a frame! I decided to just insert the ornaments within the frame rather than just having the stripes be a decorative border. Next I decided to pop up the frame with Stampin’ Dimensionals and have the ornaments be “3D” as well, just hanging from the top of the frame by the Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine.  The twine is adhered to the back of the frame using Dimensionals as well as on the back of the ornament.  But then I discovered that if the ornaments were going to freely hang, they might get flipped around and the backside would show.  So I stamped three more ornaments, punched out, and glued on the back so either side can show on the card.  Probably not a card you want to mass produce but easy enough to make for someone special.

Have you made your Christmas cards yet?

Make a Paper Mache Star Christmas Ornament

Paper Mache Winter Frost Star

Make this easy paper mache star Christmas ornament for your tree or for a package decoration that the recipient can keep as an extra gift! Look in your stash or go to the craft store and get some of those paper mache ornaments like this star. Cover with designer series paper and embellish and you’ve got yourself a lovely Christmas ornament!

Paper Mache Winter Frost Star Ornament

I just traced around the star on a piece of Winter Frost Designer Series Paper.  This particular sheet has a shiny foil look to it so it is especially beautiful! If you pay attention to how you are tracing the paper and which direction you traced around the star you might get it to fit exactly right! Otherwise, place it so that it fits the best on your ornament and if there is any excess you can trim it off with your Paper Snips or retrace a little. Just get it as close as you can.  It doesn’t have to be perfect!  Adhere the paper to the ornament with some Tombow Multipurpose Glue making sure it sticks well along the edges.

Paper Mache Winter Frost Star Ornament Back

Put the same or another pattern of paper on the backside. Also adhere a narrow strip of designer paper around the side of the ornament.  Mine was about 1/2″.

Paper Mache Winter Frost Star Side

And then decorate to your heart’s content – or even leave it plain depending on your paper.  I made a rosette out of a 12″ strip of designer paper.  I think it was about 2″ wide and scored with my Simply Scored Tool every half inch. I glued the ends together and then scrunched it into the rosette shape and adhered with a blob of hot glue in the center. Then it was ready to go on the front of the ornament with another blob of hot glue. The finishing touch was the beautiful Frosted Finishes Embellishments.

Look in your stash and see what you have!  It’s cold and frosty across a big part of the country, including Houston – well, cold, not frosty (yet!) – so a good day to stay in and make Christmas ornaments, cards and crafts!  Enjoy!

Stampin’ Up! Cyber Monday Specials Are Here!

Yesterday I gave you a heads up on items from Stampin’ Up! that would be 30% off today only! In fact, today is the last day for the entire Stampin’ Up! Holiday Sale so be sure to check that list one more time! Think outside the box and perhaps find things you can give as gifts to someone else. But, of course, don’t forget YOURSELF!


# 132172   Envelope Liners Framelits Dies (not just for making pretty envelope liners!)

Envelope Liners Framelits Dies


#132171   Expressions Thinlits Dies

Expressions Thinlits Dies


#132159   Holly Jolly Greetings Simply Sent Kit

Holly Jolly Greetings Simply Sent Kit


#132176   Snowflake Season Simply Sent Kit

Snowflake Season Simply Sent Kit


#129324   Large Rhinestone Jewels

Large Rhinestone Jewels


#132147   Extra-Large Gift Box

Extra-Large Gift Box


Just go right now to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store, check all the categories in the left sidebar of the store’s page so you don’t miss a thing! Let me know if you have any questions or need help ordering. I’m happy to put the order in for you.

Cyber Monday Specials at Stampin’ Up! and More!

The Stampin’ Up! Holiday Sale has been ongoing since November 20 and now will come to an end on Monday, December 2, 2013. Don’t miss it! But be sure to check back tomorrow, Cyber Monday, when Stampin’ Up! will have these products on a special Cyber Monday Sale!!

Stampin' Up! Holiday Sale Cyber Monday Specials

Here are the links to my Online Store where you can see the products. Keep in mind the sale price will not show today (Sunday, December 1st). Don’t try to order or even put on your list until tomorrow!

You can also add to your order (you won’t believe this!) Valentines!!  Well, you know it will pop up soon right after Christmas!  This way you will be ready with your supplies!

A Whole Lot of Love Stampin' Up! Valentines

Click to Read Flyer

A Whole Lot of Love Stamps

Click to Read Flyer

You can purchase these products beginning today, December 1st, at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE. On that page, click on the product and then you can read more about the details and also click the magnifying glass to enlarge.

And one more thing!  The last “Best of 25 Years” stamp set is released today. This stamp set is called “Best of Sale-A-Bration”. All of these stamp sets are available until March 31, 2013. You can see all of the stamp sets HERE.

Best of Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set

PS:  Don’t forget to check the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack every time before you order!  New things may have been added!

Absolutely tomorrow, Monday December 2 Cyber Monday, go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store and check out the Cyber Monday specials and all the other items on the Holiday Sale, plus the items I mentioned in my post above!  Whew!  Happy Shopping!

Making Festive Flurry Ornaments

Festive Flurry Ornament Kit from Stampin' Up!

No snow in Houston except on my kitchen table where I played with my Stampin’ Up! Festive Flurry Ornament Kit and made some of the beautiful ornaments. Once you assemble these ornaments you can use them as ornaments, as package toppers, on a super-fancy card, or string them together to make a garland. Lots of ways to use them which you will think of as you make them!

There are no written instructions in the kit but there is a good video from Stampin’ Up! you can watch. I would say be a little more patient with the hot glue as you “squish” your ornament together toward the center than on the video because I’m sure in the interest of time, they didn’t make you wait and watch the full time it takes for the hot glue to set up in the video. If you have the Stampin’ Up! Silicone Craft Sheet it makes it a little easier to work with the hot glue.

Let’s start at the beginning! You will receive ten sheets with die-cut pieces to make your ornament plus a stack of the glitter layer pieces. Just punch out the pieces. You will see two of the pieces, the blue snowflake and the glitter snowflake are pre-scored so that is helpful. Carefully fold on these score lines. Those narrow tips are a little delicate so take your time and remember nothing has to be perfect! I suggest doing the longest points with the fold lines so the fold is “up” and the smaller ones with the  fold “down”. It’s going to be almost like rosettes you have probably made in the past, one fold up, one fold down and so on. Check to make sure you have all the pre-scored lines folded around the ornament and then “practice” squishing them toward the center hole. Once you are sure they will all fold and work together correctly, it’s time to glue. You can put a puddle of hot glue on your silicone craft sheet and then place the snowflake so the center hole is in the glue and “squish” the ornament toward that center and hold until the glue sets and you can safely set it aside. Once you have the blue snowflake and the silver glitter one made in this fashion, you can layer all the ornament pieces together and that is the easy part! Don’t forget the beautiful large rhinestone in the center! Attach a piece of ribbon on to the back if you want to make a hanger.

I also tried, as another demonstrator suggested, just putting glue around the inside edges of the center hole and not using the big puddle of hot glue, and then squishing it to the center. This did seem to hold just as well and didn’t take as long to set up as the big puddle of hot glue.

And for my last try, I attached the snowflake to a small circle on the back as I was gluing it, punched or the center you punch out of the blue snowflake. I thought this worked the best, maybe gave it a little stability while the glue was setting up.

Once you discover what works easiest and best for you and what you want to make, I think you’ll be able to breeze through these ornaments just fine. You will find the Stampin’ Up! video on the sale page for the Festive Flurry Ornament KitThese are SO beautiful you MUST give them a try!!

Festive Flurry Ornament

Is It Now ‘On To Christmas’?

Christmas tree clip art

Thanksgiving is over so I guess the Christmas season is officially underway! I can never quite believe it until I get our house decorated for Christmas, then it seems perfectly natural! I hope you had as nice a Thanksgiving as I did. My boys are home plus one girlfriend, who was quite helpful in the kitchen all day as we prepared the many side dishes with the turkey. Then she got my son to help her hand wash everything that didn’t fit in the dishwasher and I got to sit down!!!  What a welcome treat!

Stampin’ Up! has the Holiday Sale going on and just the other day announced they would have a few 24-hour specials on Cyber Monday (December 2). On that day you can go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store and check in the ’24-hour’ category in the left sidebar to find the specials. You’ll also be able to purchase the final “Best of 25 Years” stamp set as well.

I’ve been cleaning up my craft room (although I stamp at the kitchen table!) and found some old papers with stamping Christmas songs!  Here’s one to get you in the mood! Since it has been a wintery weekend in many places, here is one to the tune of “Winter Wonderland“!

Brayers roll…..are you listening?

On the card….ink is glistening.

A beautiful sight…we’re happy tonight,

Stamping in a winter wonderland!

In the kitchen we can stamp a snowman.

Then add color to his carrot nose.

You’ll say, “Are you finished?”

I’ll say, “No ma’am,

I need to add some glitter to the snow!”

When we stamp……isn’t it thrilling?

Even when…..the powders spilling.

We’ll create and we’ll play….the art stamper way,

Stamping in a winter wonderland.