Category Archives: Christmas

Watercolor Winter Simply Created Kit Cards

Watercolor Winter Pieces

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.

Watercolor Winter Pieces2

Watercolor Winter Pieces3

Watercolor Winter Trees and Sled Cards

Watercolor Winter Tree Card closeup

Watercolor Winter Sled Card Closeup

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 set that 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!

Learn to Use the Stampin’ Up! Gift Box Punch Board

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!

Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper






To purchase any of these exciting new products from Stampin’ Up!, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store or contact me with your order and I’ll be happy to put it in for you!

It’s Time For the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog!

Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog 2014

Did you wonder if this day would EVER get here?!  The day the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog goes live?! Let the ordering begin so you can get on with your holiday cards and projects! Not just Christmas, but fall, Thanksgiving, Halloween and other fun things! Lots of kits for those who don’t have time or supplies! New products, such as a Gift Box Punch Board!

Here’s a little gift tag card I made in minutes with the Festival of Trees stamp set, some Brights Candy Dots, Silver 1/8″ Ribbon, and a greeting stamp called Good Greetings that you can earn FREE! Just host a $300 party or place your own $300 order!

Festival of Trees Tag Card

Don’t miss the Festival of Trees Bundle with the stamp set and NEW Tree Punch!

Good Greetings Free Stamp Set

Contact me if you want to have a Christmas card party or other fun night or day out with your friends! Now go enjoy the brand new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog! If you are one of my regular customers and didn’t receive a catalog, please let me know.  And if you don’t have a demonstrator and are interested in Stampin’ Up! products, please contact me at  I would be happy to get a catalog to you!

Today is the LAST DAY for the Short & Sweet Offer:  Become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator by purchasing the Starter Kit for $99 and choose an EXTRA $25 in product!  Get $150 in product of your choice for only $99 (regular offer $125 in product)! Click HERE for my link to get started!  It only takes minutes to purchase your Starter Kit online and become a Demonstrator. Then you will be emailed a password to get in to the Demo Site and begin your training and look around and see all the resources available to you to start your own business! Choose items from the Holiday Catalog for your Kit if you like!

Shop my Stampin’ Up! Online Store for all your stamping needs!

Festival of Trees Snow Card

Festival of Trees Snow Card

The Festival of Trees Stamp Set is coming soon in the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog beginning Thursday, August 28. That’s less than a week away! Here is a simple card I made with the cute tree stamps in the set and the really cool Tree Punch!  All will be revealed in the Holiday Catalog soon! It’s a Bundle so you’ll be able to save 15%! After kind of laying out the basic card, Soft Sky and Whisper White card stock on a Pear Pizzazz card base, I thought maybe it needed snow in the background. And I’m not usually the one who thinks up alternate uses for things, but today I thought of using the tree stamp that has just dots on it to make snow flakes randomly across the front of the card! I stamped with Versamark, turning the dotted tree stamp this way and that so each bunch wouldn’t look like a triangle.  Then I embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder using the Heat Tool. It’s handy to use the Embossing Buddy to rub across your paper before applying the ink so that stray flakes of embossing powder don’t stick where you don’t want them.

This what the card looked like after I stamped with Versamark. The torn strips of Whisper White representing snow are sponged with Soft Sky ink.

Snowflakes on Card

The stamp sets in the Holiday Catalog often have good sentiments to put on the front AND on the inside of the card, so after stamping the greeting on the front of the card that comes in the stamp set, I also adhered a Whisper White layer inside the card and stamped the rest of the greeting inside the card.  Then for a little extra decoration, I punched another tree out of the beautiful All Is Calm Designer Series Paper.

Festival of Trees Snow Card Inside

The Holiday Catalogs are arriving in mailboxes of customers this week, it seems!  If you do not have a demonstrator and would like me to mail you a catalog, please email me at The Festival of Trees stamp set is going to be a fun one to use on Christmas cards this holiday season!

Visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store any time, and especially beginning August 28 to see the online Holiday Catalog!

Festival of Trees Christmas Tag

Festival of Trees Christmas Tag

Only a week and a day until the Stampin’ Up! 2014 Holiday Catalog goes live and you’ll be able to make this Festival of Trees Christmas Tag yourself! If you are a customer of mine, your catalog is on its way or maybe you have already received it!  The one I sent to myself came yesterday in the mail so yours shouldn’t be far behind. (Unless your mail carrier is reading it in the back room of the post office before she delivers it!)

Since I left on vacation right after my Holiday Catalog preorder arrived (a perk for Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators!), I haven’t had a chance to play with my new goodies – and didn’t want to tempt you too much when it wasn’t time for you to order anyway! So here is a little Christmas tag I made with the new Festival of Trees stamp set (#135059) and the new Tree Punch (#135856) (both available in a Bundle #137640 and you save 15%!). I started out planning to make a card, but came up with this tag instead, getting an idea from a tag in the Holiday Catalog.

The Kraft 12″ x 12″ Card Stock was punched first with the Tag Topper Scalloped Punch and then with the Tree Punch  and a piece of the new All Is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper #135823 is adhered behind the punched tree area.  I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to put the paper a little more behind the punched image. The greeting is stamped in Real Red from the Festival of Trees Stamp Set. The “To and From” is also in the stamp set! To jazz it up, I added some Rhinestone Jewels (and I could have colored them with my Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities Marker if I had thought of it beforehand!) Since I couldn’t find my new container of Frosted Sequins #135835, I used a star sequin from the In Color Sequin Assortment to top the tree. And for a finishing touch, I stamped a redbird from the same Festival of Trees stamp set, cut it out, and popped it up with a Dimensional scrap right on the side of the tree,  The tag is tied with the new Gold 1/8″ Ribbon in the main catalog.

Enjoy the last days of summer because the holiday are upon us! But it is fun to have new holiday products with which to make easy and personalized tags, cards and more such as my Festival of Trees Christmas Tag.

Stampin’ Up! Convention – Inspire.Create.Share.2014 – From Home!

InspireCreateShare 2014

I may not be attending the annual Stampin’ Up! Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah this year, but I’m trying to keep up with every tidbit of it that I can find from home!  Thank goodness for the internet! Stampin’ Up! even had a live stream yesterday morning of the opening of Convention (this year called Inspire.Create.Share.2014) and a good part of the first General Session. I was beyond thrilled that they broadcast more than a few minutes of it! My live stream worked great until it got to Becky Higgins of Project Life being interviewed by Shelli Gardner, then it konked out! I can’t wait until they live stream another segment of Convention this morning! It really is just like being there, except my feet don’t hurt! Of course my feet wouldn’t have hurt yesterday morning yet, but there is a great amount of walking all over that convention center and to and from the hotel.

Often the Stampin’ Up! convention begins with many Stampin’ Up! employees standing just inside the doors when the demonstrators enter. It’s a thrill to be greeted by all of them, it makes us feel like celebrities! But this year, the employees, by department, were part of the opening on stage which looked fun! Looked like some fireworks on stage, too! Real fireworks!

Shelli Gardner came out, tissue in hand. She often gets emotional on stage during her presentations, part of her charm, and it’s not hard to feel emotional about Stampin’ Up! She barely got started in her remarks when everyone in the audience got a free stamp!

Pam Morgan gave her presentation about the Holiday Catalog! I think most people are saying this is the best catalog ever, which I know we said last year and probably the year before that! This year’s Holiday Catalog will have lots of Sizzix products in it, so be sure you have a Big Shot (and next month will be a good time to order one!). Lots of packaging products and ideas for the holidays, kits for making cards, more stamp sets with sentiments for the front of the card AND the inside! More of the photopolymer stamps for easy alignment, Project Life, and builder sets. The beautiful photopolymer stamp set Endless Wishes, that sold out quickly last fall when photopolymer stamps were new, will be reissued. There will be gift wrap, ribbon, a gift box punch board, more Project Life for the holidays, beautiful papers, and more, of course!

Also, the most recent demonstrator to reach $1 million in sales, Connie Heisey, was brought up on stage by Shelli to be recognized! She had previously been invited to the Home Office to spend the day and celebrate this amazing milestone! While on stage, the “delivery man” wheeled out about four Stampin’ Up! boxes (you can barely see him leaving behind Connie) (wish I’d gotten a better photo of him!) as Shelli told Connie she would be receiving EVERYTHING in the Holiday Catalog! Then there was a poof of confetti to celebrate this amazing milestone!

Connie Million Dollars

Here are some more of the photos I took of my laptop screen while I watched the live stream yesterday! Didn’t think of doing it from the beginning!

Pam Morgan on stage

Holiday Catalog Package

Holiday Catalog packages

Peace on Earth Bag

Shelli Gardner and Becky Higgins

In the afternoon and evening there were classes and additional demonstrations, which, from what I read online, sounded like they were terrific!

I know that at the Paper Pumpkin party the night before, demos got to make one item in the September Paper Pumpkin kit. It looked pretty cute to me! And apparently they got to view some other months’ kits, with a guard nearby, so no one would take photos! But they say the Paper Pumpkin kits just keep getting better so if you would like a Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin papercrafting kit to come to you in the mail each month, remember the special going on! Save 50% on the first two months, for new subscribers only, by using the code: HALFOFF2 

Subscribe HERE for Paper Pumpkin!

And now I have to go check on the time for the live stream from Convention!

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!

If you are looking for more gift-wrap ideas and haven’t signed up for my Mailing List yet, do it today and get your FREE GIFT, “A Dozen Creative Gift Wrap Ideas”. You’ll see the sign up box in the upper right corner of my blog!

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!