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Stampin’ Up! Year End Sale 2015

Stampin' Up! Year End Sale 2015

It’s the end of the year, so we’re cleaning our inventory and making room for new products–and we’re offering you some great savings while we do it! We’re adding more products to our clearance rack and discounting select items from the holiday catalog. (Products on the Holiday Retiring List are now discounted up to 40 percent.) During the Year-End Sale, you can find ALL discounted products in one location in the online store: under the Year-End Sale category. So don’t fret if you don’t see the category “Clearance Rack” on the online store right now–it has been integrated into the Year-End Sale.

Details:

  • Promotion Dates: December 10, 2015-January 4, 2016.
  • No minimum purchase required.
  • No refunds or exchanges on Year-End Sale items.
  • Items offered during the Year-End Sale are while supplies last.
  • You can add non-Year-End-Sale items to your order.
  • Year-End Sale orders are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders
  • Following the Year-End Sale, some remaining items may stay in the Clearance Rack. Other items may be removed from the Clearance Rack to be added at another undetermined time.
  • Orders must be placed online or as demonstrator orders.
  • Deadlines:
    Online orders: January 4, 2016; 11:50 PM (MT)

Don’t forget the Weekly Deals!

Retiring Holiday Catalog products discounted up to 40%!

Go shop right now!  Sale products only available While Supplies Last! (and you know sometimes that is not long!)

Shop the Stampin’ Up! Year-End Sale HERE!

Tree Punch Christmas Tree Tag

Tree Punch Christmas Tree Tag

Here is my Tree Punch Christmas Tree Tag, a sample tag I had made for our tag-making day last weekend.  The designer paper I used is retired, from last year I think, a paper stack called Festival of Prints. This was a sample to see if I liked the tree so it didn’t matter what I used. Of course you can use any paper or stamped card stock. I also had cut out circles of Gold Glimmer Paper to use as layers instead of the designer paper and that looked really pretty too – just didn’t take any photos. The tag base is Cherry Cobbler (because I was out of Real Red, if you can believe it!) The stars are stamped in Crushed Curry ink from the To You and Yours Too Stamp Set. This is the stamp set that coordinates with the To You & Yours Shaker Card Kit.

To make the tree, just punch two trees with the Tree Punch and either cut off the tree trunks and add one you cut yourself from a sliver of a scrap or leave the bottom one on.  Fold the trees in half lengthwise, open, then using the Stampin’ Up! cute Handheld Stapler, staple in the center longways on the fold.  This will hold the trees together but allow them to be separated and fluffed up to look 3D.  I guess no reason you couldn’t staple three trees together for more oomph!  Punch a hole in the top and string ribbon through for a tag or use it for an ornament!

Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin Monthly Papercrafting Kit

It’s time to remind you about Paper Pumpkin!  The 10th of the month is always the date to be signed up by to receive that month’s kit. Sign up today or tomorrow and get the December kit in the mail around mid-month. Order extras and give as a gift or give it to yourself as a gift for all you are doing for everyone else right now in this busy season! Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription from Stampin’ Up! with a surprise inside that comes in the mail.  Each month is a new papercrafting/stamping kit complete with all the supplies for the project except for basic adhesive and scissors (if even needed). You receive a set of photopolymer stamps, a small ink spot, and all the supplies for the project.  It might be cards or gift boxes or a mini album or a decor piece or party favor or candy holder — it’s always a surprise! Paper Pumpkin has gotten tons better since it started so if you tried it way back when, you really need to try again and see how it has improved.  Lots more stuff!!  Make the project the way it is designed or do it your own way. No obligation, stop when you need to or just pause your subscription for a month or two.

Join Paper Pumpkin Today!  Click HERE for information or to sign up!

Decorate a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Gift Bag

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Gift Bag

As I was looking through Instagram, I found cute little reindeer boxes made with the Baker’s Box Framelits by @thepapercaper, a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in Australia named Jessica. It reminded me that I had a small plain kraft gift bag laying on my desk waiting to be decorated, so I thought this might be the perfect inspiration!  So easy, so simple! Jessica’s had the box lid open and little ears and candy canes, but of course my bag was different and I didn’t have any candy canes yet.

I made a great big red nose for Rudolph with the Red Glimmer Paper, punched with the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch. The eyes are punched with the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch and the 1″ Circle Punch.  For the antlers, I came up with punching the tree branch with the Tree Builder Punch (the one that coordinates with the Ronald McDonald stamp set, Sprinkles of Life).  I punched four branches or trees and trimmed the ends of two of them so I could glue one behind the other to look like antlers.  Since they are rather delicate being so thin, I didn’t have them pop up from the top of the bag or they would probably get bent up pretty easily, so I just glued them to the top corners of the gift bag. And for a little extra color, and to resemble the candy canes, I tied on a bow with the Real Red 1/8″ Striped Ribbon.

If you are looking for a cute and simple way to decorate a gift bag or a gift box or even the front of a card, try making this cute punch art Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals! Yes, I just missed the discount on the Precision Plate! Haven’t even opened the box I got from UPS last night yet! Oh well!

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Dec 8 2015

Christmas Tag Card

Christmas Tag CardYesterday my friend and I (and her little daughter) had a wonderful Sunday afternoon making Christmas tags for a certain group of children, teenagers I believe. Not only is it  fun to stamp, but it is especially fun to stamp with someone else! I had made several tag designs for her to choose from and in the end, she let her daughter choose which tag we would make!  Then we all dove in and stamped and punched and Big-Shotted and glued!

I chose some retired paper to use called Under the Tree. It is a heavier weight kraft paper, kraft colored with a white pattern on one side and a colored design on the other. So once we punched 24 tree shapes with the Tree Punchas I was cleaning up, I noticed I now had a bunch of trees with the colored pattern on the other side!  Something cute to use on another project! So today I decided to use that same tag design to make a Christmas card and insert the punched out tree back into the tree shape hole but flip it over so the colored pattern on the back would show. Yesterday to make the tags, we stamped the tree with one from the Festival of Trees Stamp Set in the Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog.

The card base is Cherry Cobbler card stock with Whisper White stamped with a few Crushed Curry stars from the stamp set To You & Yours Too.  The star is punched from Gold Glimmer Paper with the star punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. For the circle I needed to use the Big Shot and the circle framelit that is a bit over 3″ wide. On this card, and also the tags yesterday, the top layer is popped up with several Stampin’ Dimensionals so there is a little space between the layers,. For the greeting I used a stamp in the Petite Pairs Stamp Set. It is layered, on this card, on a little strip of paper from the Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper. And for a finishing touch, I tied some Gold Cord through a (retired) red button and stuck it on with a Glue Dot.

Here is a photo of our pile of finished Christmas tags for the kids.

Christmas Tags for Kids

Whether or not  you have this exact paper, you can use something similar – or look around in your retired stash and remind yourself of what you have!  Make some tags, decorate some bags, or make cards, but just enjoy the process!  And if you can do it with a friend, all the better!

It’s not too late to order some Christmas stamp sets or supplies to make Christmas cards and projects if you haven’t already!

Shop at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE or contact me to put your order in for you. Don’t forget about the current Weekly Deals!  These end tonight at 11:50 pm MT.

Weekly Deal Dec 1 2015

Festival of Trees Paper Mache Ornament

Festival of Trees Paper Mache Ornament

Check your craft stash and see if you have any of these paper mache ornaments. I found one in my closet and decided to decorate it using the Festival of Trees Stamp Set and Tree Punch. If you want to save 15% you can purchase the stamp set and punch in a Bundle!

To cover the paper mache ornament, I used a pattern from the Merry Moments Designer Series Paper StackFirst I traced around the ornament on the back side of the paper and cut it out with Paper Snips.  You could also glue down the paper leaving just a small overhang and then trim it off rather than doing the tracing.  I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue. On the sides of the ornament I cut narrow strips of paper and glued those on.

Once you have the ornament covered, just add whatever you like.  I added a strip of the other side of the paper and a piece of Venetian Crochet Trim.  The greeting is from Petite Pairs.

Here is the backside of the ornament so you can see what it looked like to start.

Paper Mache Ornament

Sometimes it is a good idea to dig around in your craft closet or room and see what you can find and then make something! That’s how this Festival of Trees Paper Mache Ornament came to be!

There’s still time to order stamps, ink, and paper to make a few Christmas cards or projects! Just shop at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE.

To You & Yours Shaker Christmas Cards Kit

To You & Yours Shaker Cards

I had such a nice time putting together this To You & Yours Shaker Christmas Cards Kit to make these fun shaker cards.  Shaker cards have some kind of “container” that holds glitter or sequins or beads so that when you shake the card, the fillers move around. I think the recipients of these kind of cards will really enjoy them.  You don’t want to overfill any shaker cards because then they won’t “shake” and you won’t see the background image, but you want just enough that the person can see the filling and enjoy shaking the card!

Here are the pretty supplies that come in the To You & Yours Shaker Card Project Kit, including some words in other languages since this is a “global” product. The kit makes 18 cards, 6 each of 3 designs. After you make all the cards, I still had plenty of glitter, sequins and stars leftover, plus some of the “negatives” left behind after pulling off the outline adhesive images that went around each window that I can use on other projects,

To You & Yours Shaker Card Kit Supplies

Here are close-ups of the individual cards, a little difficult to photograph with the window sheet and foil on the card base.

On this Christmas tree card, the tree branches are stamped on the background piece and then the colored sequins are glued on.  You can see the white glitter inside the shaker.To You & Yours Tree Shaker Card

This Christmas star card has some stars stamped on the background in the window and also on the corners of the card.  Then you get star sequins that go inside plus some tiny adhesive stars to stick on the front of the card.To You & Yours Merry Card

The Christmas Ornament card has colored sequins inside with stars stamped on the background behind the window.To You & Yours Joy Shaker Card

Whether you use this kit or make them yourself, try making a shaker card for fun!  If you are interested in this To You & Yours Shaker Card Kit to make these Christmas cards, you can find it in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE.

Gold Glimmer Sleigh Ride Thinlits Peace Christmas Tag

Gold Glimmer Sleigh Ride Thinlits Peace Christmas Tag

I’m into Christmas tags right now and came across something similar to this Gold Glimmer Sleigh Ride Thinlits Peace Christmas Tag on the internet. I wasn’t even looking for an idea using these Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies but I found an idea that inspired this tag and I love it!

I cut a 2″ wide strip of Gold Glimmer Paper for the base since that width will fit in the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  Then I used the Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies to cut Whisper White cardstock into the two rows.  I used the Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere some extra glitter from the To You & Yours Shaker Cards Project Kit that I just made. Normally I would use the Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. Whichever glitter you choose, apply it like snow just under the images and then pop up those two rows of die cuts with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then I used the Christmas Greetings Thinlits Dies for the word “Peace”. Gotta love those word thinlits, past and present!

For the tie, I used my favorite ribbon of all time, the Whisper White 5/8″ Organza Ribbon and a piece of Gold 1/8″ Ribbon, another one of my favorites. If you had a little jingle bell, you could tie one on to the ribbon for a cute finished touch.

Hope you have time to make some Christmas papercrafting projects this weekend! There is so much to pick from! I hope this Gold Glimmer Sleigh Ride Thinlits Peace Christmas Tag inspires you to make something!

Shop Stampin’ Up! Online HERE!

 

To You & Yours Shaker Card Kit Cards

To You & Yours Shaker Card Kit Cards

The card kit in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog, To You & Yours Shaker Card Kitwas one of the first things I ordered, but as quite often happens, only got around to making the cards yesterday!  The kit comes with lots of fun stuff! The card bases each have some shiny foil stripes on them and of course each shaker element has stars or sequins or glitter to put inside. The kit comes with die cut card fronts, window sheets to cover the opening and then narrow foam strips to apply behind that opening to form the pocket to hold the glitter, sequins, etc. Then there are sticker stars and two word elements to place over the window and pretty baker’s twine with which to tie a bow on each card. There is also some stamping to do on the card fronts and on the background sheet behind the shaker area.  The suggested stamp set to use is the To You & Yours Too Stamp Set. If you didn’t want to purchase this stamp set, you might find something you can use in your stash.

I didn’t get around to making the star card yet but I will do that today! It’s a nice way to spend an afternoon, working on Christmas cards!  Put on some Christmas music on your phone to have playing to get you in the mood!

There is still time to order this kit and make these To You & Yours cards and even get them mailed out before Christmas.  I do not see them as being backordered so get yours while you can!  The kit comes with envelopes also and all the pieces you need except for the stamps, ink, and basic adhesive (I used the Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere the window sheet to the back of the card front and also for the few sequins adhered to the Christmas tree). I also used Glue Dots to adhere the bows but you could use a dot of the glue. Dimensionals are included in the kit.

Here is the Stampin’ Up! video with tips for making the cards. I really suggest watching it.

Impress your friends and make your cardmaking easy! Make your own fun To You & Yours Shaker Card Kit cards by shopping at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE.

 

Holidays Fancy Foil Vellum Embellished Ornaments Christmas Card

Holidays Fancy Foil Vellum Embellished Ornaments Christmas Card

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals Dec 1 2015

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

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

Stampin' Up! Flash Sale Nov 30 2015

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

Be sure to use the Bundle numbers to order.

Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza 50% Off

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Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza 20% Off

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See the whole PDF list of the sale HERE!

My Recommendations (hard to choose!): 

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

while supplies last!

Oh What Fun to Make Christmas Tags!

Sara Douglass On TV

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

Just click this link to watch:  bit.ly/GoodThingsUtahTagKit

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

Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit Tags Finished

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

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

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

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

Online Extravaganza 2015 Banner

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

 

Save Money on Stampin’ Up! Deals and Sales!

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Nov 24 2015

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

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

Online Extravaganza 2015

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

Starts Monday! Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza 2015!

Online Extravaganza 2015 Banner

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

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

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

Details:

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

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

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

Make out your list and be ready on MONDAY!

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

Make A Delicate Ornaments Christmas Card

Delicate Ornaments Christmas Card

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

New Stampin’ Up! Deals

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

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

Holiday Catalog Goodbye Adieu

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

Oh What Fun Tag Kit Video

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

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

Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit by Stampin’ Up!

Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit by Stampin' Up!

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

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

Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit set up

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

Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit Tags Finished

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

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

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

Lovely As a Tree Christmas Card

Lovely As a Tree Christmas Card

This Lovely As a Tree Christmas Card is one of the easiest and most beautiful Christmas cards you could ever make! With Stampin’ Up! having the 15% Off Stamp Sale this week,
October 19 – 23, I would like to encourage you to make sure you have this stamp set, Lovely As a Tree,  in your collection.  If you have been with Stampin’ Up! for many years, you probably DO own it.  But if you are newer, you should know Lovely As a Tree is one of the most classic stamp sets Stampin’ Up! has ever sold! It has been around since 2001, I believe, which is around the time I started stamping. The fact that it is still in the catalog means that it is still very popular and still getting sales. This is a stamp set every stamper should own!

I saw the design of this card way back when I was first a demonstrator.  The stamping is so easy on this card.  Simply ink up the single evergreen tree and stamp.  Then immediately stamp again right next to that tree.  Since there is less ink on the stamp, that tree will stamp lighter. Then ink up the stamp again and stamp – and then stamp again without inking up.  Continue stamping this way over the Very Vanilla card front until it is filled with trees. Stamp a greeting at the top.  I used the greeting from the Wondrous Wreath Photopolymer Stamp Set.           

One of everyone’s favorite embellishments back then, and probably still, was Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter. This doesn’t require any thought or expertise! Simply take the 2-Way Glue Pen and scribble on each tree from top to bottom. Shake Dazzling Diamonds Glitter all over the trees on the card front and dump off the excess.  You will be amazed at how beautiful your Lovely as a Tree Christmas Card is now!

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Embellished Ornaments Picture Frame Ornament

Embellished Ornaments Picture Frame Ornament Front

We go from the first day of autumn to an Embellished Ornaments picture frame ornament! Believe me, pretty quickly time will seem to go that fast when we get rolling here!  I saw something resembling this idea on some non-stamping website and it reminded me of this stamp set.

I stamped two ornaments in Versamark Ink and embossed with Gold Embossing Powder using the Stampin’ Up! Heat Tool. I also stamped the ornament hangers and embossed with Silver Embossing Powder. Then I glued the hanger on to the ornament with either a bit of Fast Fuse Adhesive or Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

To make this pretty ornament into a picture frame, I used the 1″ Circle Punch to punch a hole in the center of one ornament to fit a photo.  You might punch the hole and then make sure the photo you choose will fit in the area nicely, Cut the photo a little larger than the hole so it can be adhered on the backside of the ornament. Then glue together the two ornaments so you have a front with the photo and the plain back of the ornament.  Tie a bow around the hanger, perhaps with the Real Red 1/8″ Striped Ribbon.

Embellished Ornaments Picture Frame Ornament

There you have it!  I nice little photo ornament that you could hang on the tree, tie on a package for a tag, or even attach to a Christmas card. Very easy to make!  You could make it even simpler by just stamping with ink and not embossing.

Embellished Ornaments Frame back

You can do a lot with this Embellished Ornaments Stamp Set.  Make some ornaments fancy or plainer. No matter which you do, they will still look elegant on your projects and cards!

Embellished Ornaments Christmas Card with Gold Glitter

Embellished Ornaments Christmas Card with Gold Glitter

Yesterday I made a super simple, easy Christmas card for my stamping newsletter with this same stamp set, and today I made this more elegant Embellished Ornaments Christmas card with gold glitterI was actually copying a sample card in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog on page 15. I used the Embellished Ornaments Stamp Set for the whole card.  It also has a nice sentiment to stamp inside the card.

I stamped the holly leaves on the Whisper White card front layer overlapping in the center , which I knew would be underneath the ornament and not show. I inked up the leaves in Old Olive and then used a Blender Pen to remove the green ink from the berries and colored the berries with Real Red marker. Then I went back with the Blender Pen and colored the holly leaves in lightly with Old Olive ink.

The ornament is stamped with Real Red ink and cut out with the Delicate Ornament Thinlits Dies and the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine.  The little ornament hanger/topper piece is also die cut after being stamped with Smoky Slate ink. You could also stamp this piece with Versamark ink and emboss with Silver Embossing powder. The sample in the catalog used the very thin, fine Gold Metallic Thread behind the ornament. I own it, but have lost it! So instead, I used the Gold Cording TrimI’d prefer the Gold Metallic Thread for a lighter look. The cording is just gathered haphazardly behind the ornament and stuck down with Stampin’ Dimensionals which then adhere the ornament to the card.

For a finishing touch, I used the splatter technique with the Multipurpose Liquid Glue diluted with water from my Aqua Painter as I did in THIS POST.   Since I didn’t look very closely to see my splatters, I kept splattering and got a little carried away!! If I had it to do over, I wouldn’t do quite so much splattering; but oh well, a lot of glitter on a festive Christmas card never hurt anybody! Once you have splattered with the watered down glue, shake on Gold Glitter to cover, then dump off the excess.  Voila!  You have a glittered splattered card!

Use your Holiday Catalog to shop but also to get ideas!  Copy the projects exactly or just take part of the idea for inspiration and make up your own creative idea! That’s why lots of samples are provided in the Holiday Catalog as well as the Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog.  Enjoy!

Here is a close-up so you can see the glitter better.

Embellished Ornaments Christmas Card close up

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