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!
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.
Here is the plastic sheet that comes with the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.
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!
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 Dies. To 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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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 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!
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.
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″.
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!
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!
CYBER MONDAY SPECIALS
# 132172 Envelope Liners Framelits Dies (not just for making pretty envelope liners!)
#132171 Expressions Thinlits Dies
#132176 Snowflake Season Simply Sent Kit
#129324 Large Rhinestone Jewels
#132147 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.
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!!
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!
- Envelope Liners Framelits Dies
- Expressions Thinlits Dies
- Holly Jolly Greetings Simply Sent
- Snowflake Season Simply Sent
- Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels
- Extra-Large Gift Box
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!
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.
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!
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 Kit. These are SO beautiful you MUST give them a try!!
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.
It’s time for online holiday shopping with Stampin’ Up! You can get incredible discounts-up to 50 percent-on some of your favorite products! This is the perfect time to stock up on some of your favorite items or for a new stamper to give Stampin’ Up! a try.
The Holiday Sale begins with some 24-hour-only DOORBUSTERS today only!!
- The new Stampin’ Trimmer #126889 Reg. Price $29.95 Sale Price $20.97
- Simply Scored Diagonal Plate #125586 Reg. Price $11.95 Sale Price $8.37
- Many Marvelous Markers #131264 Reg. Price $109.95 Sale Price $76.97 (I LOVE my set of Markers in the case!!)
The 24-hour sales period on these three products ends at 11:50 PM (MT), November 20.
All the other products are on sale from November 20 – December 2. Check out the full list HERE.
- Hostesses who have earned a 50%-off item may not apply that discount to an already-discounted product.
- There’s no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion. Sale on!
- For product bundles, you need to use the bundle item numbers provided. If you use individual item numbers, you won’t get the discount-bummer.
- You can buy additional products from any of our current catalogs on the same order.
Time to SHOP here at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store or if you prefer, you can contact me to put in your order for you!
Let me know if you have any questions!
‘Tis the season (or almost!) for making pretty gift wrap boxes for the holiday gifts we have shopped for or handmade for our friends and family. Why not get a head start with the Stampin’ Up! Extra-Large Gift Boxes? They come three in a package and are one of the Weekly Deals, if you order by tonight. Just fold them up into their box shape and start decorating! It needn’t be elaborate, unless you want it to be. Here I have just adhered pieces of the Season of Style Designer Series Paper to the top and sides of the box. On the top, I layered it on a piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock but the sides are just the designer paper. And before I put the Christmas tag on, the decorated box could be for any other occasion, not just Christmas! Also on the Weekly Deal, ending Monday November 18, is the Gift Bow Bigz L Die. Grab it for a discount today and you can easily make the double bow like on the top of this box. It probably only took me about ten minutes to decorate this box! Nothing could be simpler!
For the little tag in the corner of the gift box, I used one of the MANY tags in the Season of Style Designer Journaling Tags package in the Holiday Catalog. I chose one and made a little card to layer it on and stuck it on the top of the box. Now all I have to do is write the “to” and “from” inside when I see what gift is going in the box! Of course I had to add a little bling with two small Rhinestone Jewels on the snowflakes. You can use these die-cut printed tags for scrapbooks, photo albums, even cards. You’ll enjoy playing with them!
Don’t delay, check out the Weekly Deals ending today! You’ll probably want all the items! But even if you miss the sale, they are still good values to have.
Go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store and get your order in! Let me know if you have any questions! From the Home Page of my store, be sure to check all the categories in the left sidebar. Don’t forget the Clearance Rack either!
The Christmas season is just about upon us, and soon it will be time to wrap all those gifts! Get a head start by purchasing the Extra-Large Gift Box #132147 (3 in a package) in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog and then decorating to your heart’s content. Make it simple or make it fancy! If you order by Monday November 18 you can get a discount on the kraft gift boxes and also the Gift Bow Bigz L Die #129977 during the Weekly Deals! The Gift Boxes are food safe, so you can fill them up with homemade goodies if you like! They come flat and then you fold and assemble. You will be surprised how large they are! They measure 4 3/8″ x 6″ x 6″. And of course you can use kraft gift boxes any time of year so they aren’t just for Christmas!
I chose to decorate my gift box with a series of stamps in the Daydream Medallions Stamp Set. I stamped each stamp in alternating colors and cut out with the Floral Frames Framelits Dies. I also cut out the matching color card stock with the dies for a layer. The largest framelit (which doesn’t have a matching stamp) I used to cut out the Champagne Glimmer Paper. There’s also a little bit of Glimmer Paper punched with a small scallop punch under the smallest layer. And then I had to top the design with a Large Pearl Basic Jewel! Just perfect! The ribbon is the Cherry Cobbler 1″ Grosgrain Stitched Edge Ribbon in the Holiday Catalog. I thought the box still needed “something” so I stamped some vine images from the Forever With You Stamp Set in Soft Suede.
Every Tuesday there are new digital downloads for the Stampin’ Up! digital design software called My Digital Studio. These are extra designs you can purchase to add to your content on My Digital Studio or even other kinds of design software. This week Stampin’ Up! has added a new twist: some of the downloads include an online class to show you how to use My Digital Studio!
Stampin’ Up! will continue to release new classes and coordinating exclusive digital downloads every month, on the last Tuesday of the month. You can go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store to view the projects and techniques to see what is included in the content.
Each class includes an exclusive digital download and instructional project-based video training that will guide users through a number of different techniques as they create a variety of projects in MDS. My Digital Class prices will vary depending on the content included.
You can order any of these downloads and past ones at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!
Here are the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for the week beginning November 12 through November 18:
I’m happy to help you with your order if you email me or use my Stampin’ Up! Online Store at your convenience! Let me know if you have any questions!
***Also, remember that the Holiday Tag It Bundles are only available through November 19!
A new kit from Stampin’ Up! and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!
Add a little festive flare to your holiday decorating with the new Festive Flurry Ornament Kit! Top presents, embellish cards, create a wintery garland, or trim the tree. How you use them is up to you!
The kit includes everything you need (minus adhesive) to create 10 snowflakes, including
* 10 feet of Soft Sky Ribbon
* Printed cardstock – die cut and scored, ready to be assembled (Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Whisper White Cardstock and Silver Glimmer Paper)
* Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels (40)
Order this kit from my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE.
Watch the video below! All you have to do is punch out the snowflakes, fold where scored and glue together with a glue gun! Then let your imagination run and decide how you will use them!
Here is the November Best of 25 Years, celebrating Stampin’ Up!’s 25th Anniversary! This stamp set, Best of Snow, has one of everyone’s favorite images “Frosty” plus a couple of hedgehogs!! The Frosty stamp set was one of the first ones I bought when I became a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. Frosty became one of those stamp sets that no one wanted to see retire. Although I didn’t own the hedgehogs, I know they were very popular as well.
It’s time to be working on those Christmas cards so if these images speak to you, you should order them right away! Just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE.
Stampin’ Up! is offering 30% off select holiday downloads and print products in My Digital Studio to help you get a head start on the holidays! Try your hand at My Digital Studio with the 30-day Free Trial or just jump right in for only $19.95 for the software. You will have PLENTY content to keep you busy and the whole My Digital Studio program is easy enough to learn! You could be making photo Christmas cards in minutes or adding photos or your own designs to a calendar for the new year or a photo album. You can do so much with My Digital Studio!
See the festive downloads on sale HERE.
This sale begins NOW and ends November 30, 2013.
Please contact me if you have any questions about My Digital Studio (MDS).
Are you receiving my “12 Weeks of Christmas” emails every Wednesday with a new idea for a Christmas card, gift or wrap idea? If not, then you must not be on my mailing list! This is a gift for my mailing list subscribers that I do every year. Although you have missed the first four weeks, if you sign up today you can receive the remaining eight emails! It’s fun and a surprise every week to help and inspire you with your holiday crafting!
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