It feels like winter today, even in Houston,Texas! I even wore my real winter jacket this morning to go out since the temperature was about 43 degrees. That is pretty cold for Houston! I know there may be blizzards in other parts of the country, but cold weather here just means “put on a jacket of some sort”. So in honor of the polar vortex or whatever cold blast most of the country is seeing right now, I thought some snowman project was in order! Here are some super simple snowmen that could be placed on a card or scrapbook page or in this case, I have made them into tags.
You can make them whatever size you like. Either use the Circle Framelits as I did for three different sizes or use your circle punches. You just need any pleasing sizes of small, medium, and large circles. Then cut a square for the hat (mine is 1 1/4″ square) and a piece from the Word Window Punch (who knew how handy THAT punch was going to be when it came out!). I sponged a little White Craft Ink on his hat and brim. The snowman pieces are also sponged with a little bit of Soft Sky Ink. We used to make the snowman arms with the old Snowflake Punch (don’t know if that was the name or not) but since that is not current, I just punched out the branches/leaves from the Bird Punch and those will be the snowman’s arms. Stick on a little piece of ribbon for his scarf, maybe a little flower on his hat from either the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack or the Boho Blossoms Punch. I just used a black marker to draw in his eyes and coal mouth, handcut the little snip of orange (any orange will do) for his carrot nose and popped all three pieces up with Stampin’ Dimensionals. You could do him flat as well. The hole for the tag is punched with the 1/8″ Handheld Punch and tied with Silver 1/8″ Ribbon. Before adding the Rhinestone to the flower on his hat, I colored it with the Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities Marker, but you could leave it plain. Another project that you can do as fancy or plain as you like.
Here are some of the main supplies I used for this project. Just click on any picture to see it in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!
Today I thought I would make a Christmas tag, and after I made the Christmas tag, I decided to make a coordinating Christmas card. I obviously got carried away with the “bling” on the card, but I still like it! Just do whatever makes it fun!
When I started on the Christmas card, I already had the remainder of the Nordic Noel DSP strip leftover so I used it all, top and bottom! Then I stamped three trees (the middle one is popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals as is the tree on the tag) and decorated various ways with Rhinestones, Stampin’ Write Markerand Crystal Effects. Crystal Effects is just applied over the colored “ornament” on the center tree which, when dry, will provide a shiny little 3D effect.
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This Christmas Snowy House Tag came about after browsing the internet for some inspiration for a Christmas card or tag! There were some scrap pieces in the bag of Kraft 12″ x 12″ Card Stock(which is a little heavier than regular card stock) so I decided on a tag. This one is a little wide at 3″, but it is fine and I just cut off the top corners. Once I did that, it looked like a house, so I decided to take my White Signo Gel Penand draw in the house features! I felt like a little kid drawing a picture with not a care in the world for how perfect or imperfect it was! Oh, you couldn’t tell it was hand-drawn because it is so meticulous??!!! I don’t think so!! Anyway, it was fun and we’ll see if it ends up on somebody’s Christmas package this year!
After drawing in my house with my White Gel Pen, I just tore two scraps of Whisper White irregularly for the snow on the ground and adhered with the Liquid Multipurpose Glue. The little tree happened to be stuck on my end table (I don’t know why) so after seeing it laying there, I thought it would look perfect as an accent with this snowy house! Then I took my trusty 2-Way Glue Pen and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter to apply “snow” around on the house! Finally I punched a 1/8″ hole in the top of the tag and tied on the Real Red 3/8″ Satin Woven Ribbon. This ribbon is beautiful! Of course I love that it is red but it is a beatiful RED! I thought my tag was finished, but then I thought it needed a little greeting in the bottom corner. The greeting is from Good Greetings and is stamped with Crumb Cake ink.
Make a few Christmas tags today. Just get out some stamp sets, ink and paper scraps and see what you come up with! If you need any supplies, just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!
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I hadn’t played with my Stampin’ Up! Gift Box Punch Board in a little while so I thought it was time to make a Christmas gift box! Then when holiday gift wrapping time rolls around, I’ll have an assortment of boxes ready to go!
There are several steps to learn (or refresh your memory!) with the Gift Box Punch Board, but the directions are printed right on the board, and it is plenty easy once you do the first one! There’s something about it that I really like! This box is made with the heavy-weight Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper.This paper is great because one side is a design with the kraft color and the other side is colored. So whichever side you use, the inside and outside of the box both look good! Also, you do not need to use any adhesive with this gift box! It just folds together. Here is a photo of the inside. Those little folded-in flaps will push out of the way when you put a gift inside. You can glue them to the inside of the box if you really want to be neat about it, but it is not necessary.
Here the plain outside of the box, just assembled! Decorate to your heart’s content with ribbon, tags and whatever you choose!
The Gift Box Punch Board even punches those little slits on each corner of the lid so you can close it up with just those. Easy to make box, easy to assemble box! Handy to have the Gift Box Punch Board on hand for when you need it!
It’s here! Today is the day! The new Stampin’ Up! 2014 Holiday Supplement is LIVE, today, Monday October 20, 2014. Click the highlighted link or click the picture above to view the new supplement. As you look through it, you will notice the pages with the ordering information are pages 8-11. Due to the short time period until the holidays, these products are ONLY available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! Don’t delay! Order what you like right away to avoid disappointment. Some of the items in the Holiday Supplement are already available in the Annual and Holiday Catalogs.
If you like stars, you will like this Holiday Supplement! Lots of Project Life by Stampin’ Up! products for the holidays, including a new album with RED! (okay, Cherry) I love red! I think the most exciting item is the Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit!All the materials you need to create 26 3D stars! And a coordinating star stamp set, Many Merry Stars Photopolymer Stamp Set.
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Watch the Stampin’ Up! video below to see how these stars go together!
For all these new holiday items and everything else,
You will find these Floral Frames Framelits on sale in the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals that I used on my Floral Framelits Wreath Christmas Card. You can use these Floral Framelits by themselves with any paper you want, but they also coordinate with the Daydream Medallions Stamp Set.You can make all kinds of beautiful designs with this stamp set and certainly adding the ability to cut out the designs with the Floral Framelits makes things even easier and more fun.
I just recently ordered and received this beautiful ribbon you see wrapped around this All Is Calm Christmas Kraft Gift Box. It is the Real Red 3/8″ Satin Woven Ribbon in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. It is gorgeous!! Of course I do love red, but I did think this ribbon was really pretty! I chose a paper in the All Is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper to cover the Kraft Gift Box. I wrapped the Real Red Satin Ribbon around the box with the ends adhered on the bottom of the box. The bow is tied with an extra piece of ribbon slipped under the ribbon on the top of the box, with a little of the Gold 1/8″ Ribbon curled with a scissors at the ends. I used to love to watch my mother work her magic with that curling ribbon wrapping a package! I didn’t know if this Gold Ribbon would do this, but it did! I just tied that in with the bow for a little extra decoration. The tag is stamped with the Merry Everything Stamp Set and punched with the Note Tag Punch. (You can buy that stamp set and Note Tag Punch together in a Bundle and save 15%!)
Such an easy way to wrap a package using the Kraft Gift Box, some designer paper and some beautiful ribbon! Stampin’ Up! even offers a larger gift box that might be handy for you. Just check all the Packaging options in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!
Here are the current Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for the week of October 14 – 20, 2014. It’s a good time to stock up on the Decorative Window Gift Box for those holiday treats you might be giving to neighbors or even treats for a few special people at Halloween. You can even cover up the clear window with some punches and stamping.
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Don’t forget about this beautiful new photopolymer stamp set, Gentle Peace, if you are looking for a religious stamp set for Christmas. It will be beautiful embossed and colored in with Blendabilities. Or stamp (or emboss) in one color with no coloring. You will have a beautiful card regardless perfect for Christmas.
Gentle Peace Photopolymer Stamp Set #139523 Price $15.95
Here’s a quick and easy holiday votive holder decorated with the Festival of Trees stamp set. It is made with just one 8 1/2″ x 3″ strip of Real Red card stock, with an area punched out and covered with a piece of vellum card stock so the little tea light inside can shine through. Of course you would want to use a battery-operated tea light this close to paper!
I scored the strip of card stock at 2″, 4″, 6″, and 8″. That left a little 1/2″ tab to adhere after you have folded all the score lines to form the little votive holder. There is no bottom piece. You would have to make more of a box pattern to get a bottom. To get the vellum panel, I figured out which panel would be the front and punched out a sticky note so I could stick that on the card stock for a guide for exactly where to stamp. You may or may not need that step. I used the new Note Tag Punch in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog to punch the opening.
With a little electric tea light inside, here is what the holiday votive holder looks like!
I’ve been cleaning up and organizing all my craft stuff this week and in going through my swaps from recent Stampin’ Up! conventions and Leadership Conference I found this little votive sample. That’s where I got the idea to make this. The sample is punched with the Decorative Label Punchand just has a piece of regular card stock inserted in the opening, not vellum. You can see you could make these in larger sizes, taller, different colors and stamps for different occasions. Very versatile!
Try your hand at making this very simple little votive holder for an electric tealight.
This month’s fabulous photopolymer release, Gentle Peace, was created by the Stampin’ Up! lead illustrator, Kathy Pitt. The set was designed to work with Blendabilities to create the effect of brightly-colored stained glass. Can’t wait to get your hands on it? The stamp set will be available on October 14. Just a week to wait!
On the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals this week, the cute and versatile stamp set For The Birds is on sale! It’s a great stamp set because the images are adorable and the sentiments cover lots of occasions. You can even just cover the sentiment if you want to just use the image.
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This set is great for “coloring in” with markers or blender pens or now with the new Blendabilities, if you use Memento Black Ink. But if you do not like coloring, you can just stamp the image in one color and make a monochromatic card. It will look fine!
I bet we all can’t believe it is only about 12 more weeks until Christmas! At least that is how many emails I will be sending to my mailing list subscribers beginning today at 1:00 pm CT. Each email will have a fun holiday project that you can make, copy, steal or gain inspiration from for your own ideas. We start with cards, then gifts and finally wrapping ideas! Only my mailing list subscribers receive these fun emails, so be sure you are on my list today by 1:00 pm CT so you don’t miss a single one!
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Only 24 hours until my first “12 Weeks of Christmas” email goes out! What is the “12 Weeks of Christmas”? It’s an email every week, from me, with a holiday project that I hope you will like to give you ideas, complete instructions, and hopefully inspiration! Can you believe Christmas is only about 12 weeks away??! It’s my gift to my loyal mailing list subscribers!
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The Watercolor Winter Simply Created Kitin the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog really appealed to me after seeing some photos of the cards Demonstrators made at the Stampin’ Up! Convention. They are cute cards, but I found them a little bit more difficult to make than I expected. I think Stampin’ Up! could have done a little better job with the directions and they could have included color photos of all the finished cards. But you can look online or in the Holiday Catalog on page 37 to see the cards. The cards are not difficult to make, really, probably a little more detailed and tedious what with tiny pieces and waiting for the watercoloring to dry. If you are looking for super simple and quick, this kit is probably not for you. If you can handle taking some time and handling some small pieces and looking at another source to see what the cards are supposed to look like, then you might like making these cards just fine. You do get PLENTY of pieces of “stuff” in this kit so you can follow some or none of the directions and do your own thing. Or make some of the cards according to the kit directions and then branch out with your own ideas! Don’t forget the coordinating stamp set, also on page 37 of the Holiday Catalog, called Watercolor Winter Too.
As per the title of the kit, there is watercoloring involved with these cards! A watercolor is even included. It’s best if you have some reinkers that match the cards so that you can add the reinker to a bit of water or use your Aqua Painter instead of the brush, to color the items in the kit, such as the letters on this card. For these letters I chose to do the “ombre effect”. Notice the gradation of shades from light to dark. Well, now that I look at the photo, I’m not sure the medium shade shows up, but however you want to do it, or however it turns out, is fine! It is easiest to color the letters while they are still attached and then you can pop them out when they are dry.
Here is the other card in the kit:
On this card, I actually painted on those gray stripes going across the card front! They don’t have to be perfect (and aren’t!) because you are watercoloring! Lots of room for imperfection and it still looks good! Then you just stick on one of the vellum snowflakes that comes in the kit and add a few sequins. The small letters are watercolored on their sheet, but here is a twist! Turn the piece containing the letters and other card die-cuts over to glue the linen thread to the back of the letters. Directions on that ARE included in the kit. Again, a little tedious, if you are not into that kind of thing, but it does work! I used Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue. You could also color the letters, punch them out and then just glue them onto the card. But they are small!
DON’T FORGET!!! Today, September 10th, is the last day to take advantage of the Paper Pumpkin promotion! Get the first two months of Paper Pumpkin at 50% off (regular price $19.95 per month) when you sign up today and use the Promo Code HALFOFF2. This offer is for new subscribers only.
What is Paper Pumpkin anyway? It’s the monthly papercrafting kit (not just cards,not just projects) that comes to you in the mail in the fancy red box! Everything for the project is included, except adhesive. No need to design your own project (unless you want to!), get out supplies, HAVE supplies, spend all day making something (unless you want to!). It’s your treat, your creative escape! I think that is worth $10 a month for two months to TRY Paper Pumpkin. Be surprised! Have some fun! If it is not for you, just cancel, no obligation. If you like it, but don’t want it every month, just “pause” your subscription whenever you like and then start up again. Just make any changes for that month by the 10th of the month! That’s why you MUST SIGN UP TODAY because it is Sept.10th and the new kits will go out in a few days for this month!! Email me if you have any questions.
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Discount applied to one kit per month for the first two months of a new subscription. After the first two months, the price for each month’s kit will go to the regular price: $19.95.
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Make an easy Christmas card with the Wondrous Wreath Stamp Set. Yes, there are matching framelits and even the Bundle you can buy at a discount. But today I wanted just a quick card and made just this basic one – which I think turned out lovely in spite of myself! I intended to do the two-step stamping technique with the wreath, where I would ink up the wreath stamp but stamp it on scrap paper first and then stamp lightly on my paper, so I could overstamp with another leafy stamp to make some darker wreath leaves. But I forgot. This wreath is full-strength Old Olive, overstamped with the red berries. The bow is stamped separately and cut out with Paper Snips and mounted on the wreath with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The greeting comes with the set and even includes a sentiment for inside the card, which is often lacking. The Holiday Catalog Christmas sets this year do include sentiments to use inside the card.
My point in making this card is that if you want to just use this stamp set the simple way, you can still make a beautiful card. If you want to jazz it up by die-cutting the wreath and doing all sorts of fancier things to make a card, you certainly can – but you do not have to. Even keeping it simple, you could add drops of Crystal Effects on the berries to make those shine a little or add a dab of Dazzling Detailsor Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. Change the colors of the card base and layer.
Sign up for the Paper Pumpkin papercrafting kit by Wednesday, September 10th to take advantage of the 50% off your first two months offer! Use Promo Code HALFOFF2. Your first kit in the mail will be shipped by mid-September so you can get crafting!
I was surprised when I finally opened up the Watercolor Winter Simply Created Kit package and saw ALL the pieces that come in it! It took up half my kitchen table to lay everything out to show you! The kit has enough materials to make 20 cards and includes envelopes. You DO have to have some reinkers with which to watercolor the pieces, adhesive, and a couple of clear blocks for the stamps. I have to be honest and say I wasn’t pleased with the directions they put in the kit, and I think they should put color photos of each card so you have a better idea what to do. I made one of each of two of the cards for today exactly like the directions say, which you will see below. I think when I strike out on my own making similar cards but not following the directions I will enjoy it more. I think it helps to lay everything out on the card before adhering parts to see if it all fits and see if you like it and which kind of adhesive you want to use. At the very end you will see a Stampin’ Up! video that helps in seeing how to make the cards.
I love the look of these cards, but you do need more things than come in the kit. You also need a Bermuda Bay ink pad and a greeting, like the Watercolor Winter Too stamp setthat coordinates. But with a little patience and the right supplies, you can make a set of beautiful Christmas cards out of this Watercolor Winter Kit,whether following the directions or going out on your own!
One of my favorite new items in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is the Gift Box Punch Board. At first glance I didn’t think I “needed” it, I’m not even sure why I put it on my order! But I did, and I like it! I think this Stampin’ Up! video will help you see how to use it because there are some steps involved – but once you get the idea, it isn’t hard. If you can fit your gift or treat inside without gluing the flaps down inside the box, it is really super simple. Otherwise, you can add some glue or glue dots or Sticky Strip to make the inside neater and more structured.
Use the new Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper, cardstock-weight kraft sheets with a colored design on one side and white printed design on the other side to make sturdy boxes – but other kinds of paper are fine, too! Wait until you hear what Holly Linford from Stampin’ Up! says you can do with this paper!