More Christmas Cards – With Retiring Products!

Aloha, all!

I’ve had so much fun the past few weeks getting my Christmas Cards done. Stuck at home in a wheelchair and a cast-type boot on my driving foot has meant a lot more time in my Craft Room!

One of the things I’ve tried to do is to be sure that I use ALL of the Christmas and Winter-themed stamp sets I’ve bought. There are still two sets left that I haven’t touched. But, in the midst of looking at those, I decided that I needed to try out one last set of cards using the retiring Quilt Builder Framelits Dies, as well as use up some of the fun Foil Snowflakes I’ve had for a few weeks. Oh, and then there’s that luscious Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper with all those wonderful metallic elements. So off I went. Here are 3 of the 9 cards I made in this session:

     This was actually the last of the cards that I made and I just used the interior of the square quilt-style framelit, with the outline cut from Copper Foil, and the inside pieces from one of the sheets of the Designer Series Paper set. On all of the other cards (you’ll see 2 below) I used the Foil Snowflakes as a background. But for this Copper-themed card, I cut Swirly Snowflakes out of the Copper Foil, and embossed the Merry Christmas Sentiment (from the Half Full Stamp Set) using Copper Embossing Powder

     For this card, I used all my “outside” pieces from cutting the full quilt square out of Gold Foil. You’ll see some of the gold foil “inside” pieces in the following card. The “inside” pieces of this quilt square are from one of the sheets of the Designer Series Paper. The Gold Foil Snowflake and the gold-embossed sentiment really do a nice job of accenting the quilt square.

     Finally, here is the very first card I made in this session (I guess I could have rearranged them here. Can you say, “lazy”?) I CASEd this idea from an ornament that I saw on Facebook, with the corner squares from the sheet in the Designer Series Paper set with large Copper and Champagne designs. For the triangles, I used the sheet with the sunburst design from the same set. Then for the “inside” pieces, I used two pieces each of Copper Foil, Gold Foil, Champagne Foil, and Silver Foil. If it wouldn’t have wasted an extraordinary amount of Designer Series Paper and Foil, I would like to have made ALL the cards with this design!

     Today I’m actually going shopping – the first time in months! We’re going to Costco, and I’ll have to be in a wheelchair. But that will be fine, and I’ll be ready for Christmas parties that are coming up all too soon. It will be nice to drive across our island, too (it takes us almost 2 hours to get to the only Costco on our island). Thursday I’ll be back to Christmas projects, this time to set up for a tag and ornament class next Monday. That will be a fun class for my regular students – and me!!

     Here are the products I used for the front of this card. I’ve marked the three that are retiring, but as of the time I’m writing this, all are still available to purchase. Just click on an icon to find out more about them and even to buy them in my own Stampin’ Up! Store.


Posted on : Dec 11 2017
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FREE SHIPPING Day – Monday, 12/11/17!

Aloha, all!

Just a quick post to remind you that today is the day for Stampin’ Up!’s FREE SHIPPING offer! Until midnight tonight (Mountain Time) all Stampin’ Up! orders. I even got free shipping for my order of Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs. Want one? Just let me know! This FREE SHIPPING offer is for anything in the Stampin’ Up! store, including Year End Sale and Clearance Rack items!

FREE SHIPPING ENDS:

  • Eastern Time Zone:  1:59 am Tuesday
  • Central Time Zone: 12:59 am Tuesday
  • Mountain Time Zone: 11:59 pm Monday
  • Pacific Time Zone: 10:59 pm Monday
  • Alaska Time Zone: 9:59 pm Monday
  • Hawaii Time Zone: 8:59 pm Monday

 


Posted on : Dec 11 2017
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My Favorite Christmas Colors!

Aloha, all!

     After several weeks of making Christmas Cards, I'm just about ready to start making some cards with colors that are outside of the range of my favorites. So it's fitting that the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge this time is to share a project (card or other paper-crafted project) that shows off my favorite Holiday colors.

     Since my childhood, Red and Green have been my favorites. No matter what time of the year it is, when I see Red and Green together, I'm reminded of Christmas. A red rose with green leaves in June – Christmas. The Manila Palms in my front yard have large, bright red seeds in their inflourescence, and that reminds me of Christmas no matter when they happen. Hey, even others nicknamed the palm the "Christmas Palm."

     For my Stampin' Up! Christmas Cards, I've either used Garden Green and Real Red (with the Christmas Quilt Suite) or Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler (the colors in the Be Merry Designer Series Paper). It's this latter set of colors that I picked for today's SUO Challenge Project. And it's a fun "Fun Fold"!

     This pattern is called a "Tri Shutter Card." I'm not sure why it's "tri" as there are 4 folds and 5 panels. So I'm guessing that it's the 3 strips from left to right that give it its name I could not find a specific pattern I liked for a very specific reason. I like to make cards that use 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock. The main reason is that I conduct card-making classes, and sometimes it's a pain in the neck to find enough 12" square sheets of cardstock of the same color to make my samples as well as provide cardstock for the whole class. The smaller sheets comes in packs of all one color, so that makes using them a lot easier. So this card is made with 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock AND the finished card fits into a standard A2-sized envelope, such as the medium envelopes sold by Stampin' Up! 

     Now back to the Red and Green. This is one of the many cards I've made lately with the Be Merry Designer Series Paper that can be found in the Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. There are so many pretty designs in this set, and I'm so glad to have been able to use them in so many different ways. But this is the first card that's allowed me to use FIVE different patterns from the paper as primary layers. The Happy Christmas greeting is from another product from the Annual Catalog, the Oh, What Fun Stamp Set, as is the Oh, What Fun stamp on the back panel. The cross-stitch style stamps are from the Smitten Mittens Stamp Set, from the Holiday Catalog. Unhappily, this stamp set and its coordinating framelits will be retiring after the Holiday Catalog sales period ends. But I've certainly enjoyed using it this year, especially with the coordinating sheet in the Be Merry paper set!

     For those of you on my newsletter mailing list, I'll be including a tutorial for this card in next week's newsletter, along with Year-End sale updates.

 

 

 


Posted on : Dec 04 2017
Posted under Challenges, Punches, Sizzix, Stamping, SUO Challenges |

Some Holiday Catalog Products Will Carry Over!

Aloha, all!

     The 5 months beginning in January every year are always interesting when I'm trying to figure out what I can use to show off here on my blog as well as in my Newsletter and Facebook. Why? Because Stampin' Up! has decided (yay!) to keep some of the fun products from its Holiday Catalog – but that list gets shoved aside by the upcoming Occasions and Sale-a-Bration Catalogs, as well as the ongoing 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. But this year I have a plan!

     The icon over at the top of the right column is going to stay right where it is. That way both you and I will remember that there are products out there in Stampin' Up! land that aren't in any current catalog BUT are available for purchase.

     Let me share one fun non-autumn card I made with the decidedly Fall-themed, Painted Harvest Stamp Set.

     If you bump around Pinterest at all, you'll know that this is not my original design. Dozens of people have already figured out that the Sunflower stamps in the Painted Harvest Stamp Set make a great Christmas Wreath. Using those little dots that are supposed to help make up the center of the Sunflower as Berries in the wreath was the best idea. I'm happily CASEing this from all those before me for my Stamp-a-Stack Christmas Card class next week. This card goes SOOOO fast!

     Now I can harly wait to see what all those creative people out there think of to do with this set for Spring holidays and celebrations. 

     Besides that stamp set, here are my favorites that are going to continue to be available into the New Year. This is not everything on the list – just click on the icon up at the top of the right column to see the full list. These are just my favorites:

  • Half Full Stamp Set
  • Everyday Label Punch
  • Cat Punch
  • 1/8" Solid Red Ribbon (think Valentine's Day Cards and gifts!)
  • Clear Acetate Boxes (for card gifts all year)

     Now back to Christmas Cards! I'll have a couple of those next week, including a new project that's a modification of a popular fun fold!

     See you next week!

 

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Posted on : Dec 02 2017
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Stampin’ Up! 2017 Year End Sales Event!

The Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog is one month away from being history. Even though many Holiday Catalog products will remain in the Stampin' Up! catalog, most will retire at the beginning of January to make way for more fabulous products to take us into the New Year of 2018.  

 

I've prepared two lists for you to use to check out what's going to be retiring as well a what's on sale at a discount. But before I give you links to those (and you're certainly welcome to go to the end of this post and click on them now if you'd like), here are some things you might want to know about this sale and these lists:

  1. While many of the retired products are stamps, Stampin' Up! will continue to make those stamps during the sale up until December 21, 2017. So if you'd like to think about whether you'd like to buy some retiring stamps for a while, you absolutely do have a while. But just a LITTLE while!
     
  2. Accessories (anything not a stamp) are only "while supplies last. So popular items may go fast! Don't spend too much time thinking about them. Do I know which items are popular? Nope. Wish I did. But if it's something that you think you'd like, many others may be thinking the same thing, too.
     
  3. You'll see some items listed and you'll wonder why THAT is going to be retired. I thought that too until I saw the asterisks in the list. Three asterisks means that the BUNDLE is retiring, but the products will remain in the next catalog. Why is that important to know? If you think you might like this set for the next holiday season, you can buy it now at a 10% bundle discount. In the next annual catalog, that discount is going away. I skipped a bundle or two last year and regretted it this year when I realized I could have bought it cheaper earlier!
     
  4. There are two Annual Catalog products on the sale list. These are not retiring, but are on sale as there is just a bit more in stock at this point than Stampin' Up! would like. So you get them at a discount for as long as Stampin' Up! needs them to be on sale. No guarantees as to how long they'll be on sale.

 

I made these lists from the lists that Stampin' Up! published for demonstrators to use. I added some comments (like reminding you that just the BUNDLE is retiring by using words with the asterisks). But the lists could become outdated fast. The best way to find out what's still available is to click on the icon at the top of the column over to the right. That will take you to my Stampin' Up! store. If it's still shown in the store, it's still available. If now, oh well!

 

The complete list in order by catalog page number.

 

The list of items on sale at a discount.

 

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Posted on : Dec 01 2017
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I Never Get Tired of Christmas Cards!

Aloha, all!

     Finally I'm at a time of the year when it won't hurt me or anyone else if all I post about are Christmas Cards! Well, I'll be making some birthday cards as there are lots of birthdays in my circle of family and friends between now and Christmas. I may even share some here with you. But I am SO ready to start showing off Christmas Cards in earnest.

     My first card for this fun effort is one I CASEd (Copy And Share with Everyone) from one of Stampin' Up!s Million Dollar Sales demonstrators, Linda Bauwin. When demonstrators reach that milestone, one of their recent perks is to help Stampin' Up! develop a new stamp set based on their interests. Linda's stamp set is called, Half Full, and is featured in the Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalog. Linda made a Waterfall Card with her set that I had to stop everything and go make for myself!

     OK, I'm sure you can't see the Half Full Stamp Set in this photo. But I'll be showing that off before I write too many more sentences! First, I'd like to show off one of the sheets from the gorgeous Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP). The "specialty" in this set of papers is that every sheet has foil accents on it. Among the foils accent colors are Champagne, Gold, Silver and Copper. This sheet seems to have all three. But I have to tell you, I have a hard time seeing the difference between Champagne and Silver unless they're side by side, which doesn't happen in this sheet. And It's really not important. I chose to use Gold as my accent color for the rest of the card, beginning with the Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape that I ran across the bar near the bottom of the card. I LOVE this washi tape, with the same foll accents as in the DSP.

     The stamped and embossed (with Gold) snowflakes are from two different stamp sets. The large snowflake is from the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set, and the smaller flakes in lines at the bottom of the other two layers of this waterfall card are from the Merry Cafe Stamp Set. I love it when I can find just what I want in a stamp set where I didn't expect to fine it!

     Here, then, are the flips that appear in the waterfall card when you pull the ribboned tab down from the card. The first flip (at the left) has a row of wine glasses colored to look somewhat like they're filled with white wine. The words, embossed in white just above it is one of the fun quotes from this set – made perfect when paired with the words above the second flip panel (at the right) that explain the glasses filled with red wine. If it's too small for you to read, they say, "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas." And then, "But if the white runs out, I'll drink red." My sentiments exactly! And what a perfect set of stamps and words for a waterfall card.

     Everything that I stamped on this card is heat-embossed. The snowflakes and wine classes are embossed in Gold and the words are embossed in White. I prefer to emboss items stamped onto colored cardstock. I rarely stamp onto colored cardstock unless it's for a watermark-style image or some background. So I keep a good stock of embossing powder on hand.

     If you'd like to try your hand at this waterfall card, there are plenty of videos out on YouTube (including the video for this project). And here are the products I featured in this project. If you're interested in any of them, be sure to click on the icon to go directly to my Stampin' Up! store to read more about the product and order it online!

 


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Posted on : Nov 24 2017
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A Fun Fold For Christmas!

Aloha, all!

     Today was my monthly card-making class, and the theme was "Fun Folds." Today I'm sharing one of the cards with you. Even better, next week I'll be sharing the tutorial for this fun fold with those on my newsletter list. My class attendees loved this and I know you'll enjoy making it too.

 

     What a cute use for the fun (the word of the day) Smitten Mittens Stamp Set and the so very well coordinated paper from the Be Merry Designer Series Paper Set. But I think that this picture of the card showing the inside is even cuter:

     And, to complete the full picture of what the card looks like in real life:

     The only time consuming part of this card's construction was stamping and cutting the little pieces from the Stamp Set using the Many Mittens Framelits Dies. But the outcome is so worth it. Of course, I'll be sending this card to someone special for sure. Now just to figure out who it will be? Maybe one of my Stampin' Up! downline???

     Here are the products I used for this project. Just click on any of them to check them out in my very own Stampin' Up! Store!

 


Posted on : Nov 20 2017
Posted under Challenges, Sizzix, Stamping, SUO Challenges |

Thankful for Stampin’ Blends!

Aloha, all!

     Two events have crossed paths in my Craft Room this first week in November, and today I get to talk about them both!

     FIRST – It's, once again, time for the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge. The theme for this month of Thanksgiving in the United States is, "Thankful." I truly love making greeting cards with Fall colors, and our Thanksgiving time provides the perfect occasion for many types of cards.

     SECOND – We're in the first week of offering Stampin' Up!'s newest product – Stampin' Blends – for sale. These are Stampin' Up!'s newest and best alcohol markers that coordinate with Stampin' Up! colors. Over to the right there's a link to a page with much more information about these wonderful projects. Stampin' Up! demonstrators have had them already for several weeks and we're just having a blast with them. It makes coloring projects so easy to shade.

     That's how I came to have this particular card, colored with Stampin' Blends for the new SUO Challenge!

     Last year I made quite a few cards using this beautiful basket of gourds from the Basket of Wishes Stamp Set. But this year I could actually shade them much better, including adding several colors that blend together so well (thus the markers are called Stampin' BLENDS!).

     Here is a sample of the colors that I used for this project as I started designing this card.

     Once I finished coloring the basket, I decided to use one of the papers from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack as a mat for the colored-in stamped image as well as the sentiment, from the same stamp set. After that I just matted it with the Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive Cardstock, both colors in the stamped image, tie them with some of the Jute Twine that's in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog, and mount it all on a Whisper White Cardbase. I have to tell you that that was just about the ugliest card I have made in years. Oh, I've made some doozies. But this one just took the cake. I have no idea what I was thinking when I just lined all those images up on a matted card. So, no, that's not what you see on this page.

     What you do see on this page is the central design that I rescued from the less than wonderful card. I had to lighten up and bit and make the card a lot more interesting if I was going to show it off anywhere buy in my craft room (even then I might have hid it somewhere). So I found a lovely Old Olive Print in the Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack. When I went looking for something else to add to the layering, I finally found what I really wanted and that was a bit of bling for the design – Gold!  I first added one of the Gold Foil Snowflakes from the Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalog

     For my second piece of gold, I got out my Gold Metallic Thread and played around with it a bit trying to make it work between the two stamped elements on the card front. Then I remembered all the cording I had made when I used to do counted thread work, and made some gold cording out of the thread. For those of you who make cording, I used three 30" pieces of the thread, folded the group in half and twisted the threads until it was a fairly lightly-wound cord. I let it fold back on itself. It was plenty long to be able to wrap in around to the back of the stamped layer and the wood print paper and adhere it in the back.

     Once I added the stamped layers to the card using Stampin' Dimensionals, I added several Gold sequins from the Metallic Sequins Assortment.

     This card is SOOO much better than the original. And, no, I didn't photograph that one before I started. It just wasn't worth a photograph. But the stamped and colored design was definitely worth keeping. I'll be sharing some more projects with Stampin' Blends later this week, with a bit more information about our best new product for this fall (my humble opinion).

     Here are the products I feature in this project. Let me know if I can answer any questions about any of them – and even the Stampin' Blends!

 


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Posted on : Nov 06 2017
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Halloween’s Over – But Not These Products!

Aloha, all!

     I really do like the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper, as well as the Patterned Pumpkins Thinlits Dies that are in the Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalog. And you just have to know that they're not just for Halloween! There are some beautiful designs with Fall Colors in that paper set, and pumpkins will take us all the way to the USA's Thanksgiving at the end of this month. So I'll be using both quite a bit when I have the time for non-Christmas projects over the next few weeks.

     Today's project is a set of Bookmarks that I made last week for my (very large) book club. I really wanted to go to the Book Club Meeting this month as it was being hosted by a friend whose house is right on the ocean, and it was such a gorgeous day. But I'm kind of stuck in a wheelchair for at least the next couple of weeks, and getting up to her second story which is the main part of her house was just not in the cards for me.

     For these bookmarks, I really did run an assembly line operation. I cut out as many pieces of paper and cardstock as I could at one time with the Sizzix Big Shot and the Thinlits Set.  The basic layers for the bookmarks were all rectangles, so they were easy to cut using my Stampin' Trimmer. Once all the pieces were ready to assemble, the gluing pretty much went on assembly line style, too. I glued everything except for the starred pumpkin image using Multipurpose Adhesive. For the pumpkins, the last pieces that I added to the bookmarks, I used the new Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.

     Now I wonder what else I'm going to do with the last bit of paper I have from the Spooky Night set. Oooh, I haven't yet cut out pumpkins from the pumpkin sheet. Did you know that the Thinlits will cut those out perfectly, too? I may have to make something to take to Thanksgiving Dinner!

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Posted on : Nov 01 2017
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Happy Halloween – Part 2!

Aloha, all!

     And Happy Halloween to all of you who enjoy this fun, but sometimes spooky, celebration.

     Yesterday's card featured the Stampin' Up! Cat Punch, and so does today's!

     But the background for this card is somewhat different from yesterday's, especially in that there's not much in the way of Designer Series Paper except for the two cats that I punched out.

     You might remember a Halloween card I shared last month in which I used the same background as I did for this card. I had requests from my regular class attendees to feature a couple of cards for this class using the Cat Punch. There were requests for the other two cards for that class, too, so I figured I'd just reuse the shaded brick idea as they'd not used it in class for a long, long time.

     The bricks come from using the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. It's amazing how many different looks this design can have in a card. But I think coloring the folder by sponging Pumpkin Pie Ink onto the folder before running the cardstock through it gives it a more "spooky" feeling, especially when I carried the sponging to the edges of the brick wall layer, too.

     We saw the black cat yesterday, and the orange cat is also printed in the same sheet of Designer Series Paper from the Spooky Night Set as is the black cat.

     Another new set of products in this card is the Labels to Love Stamp Set, which also has Christmas and Valentine's stamps in it, along with the new Everyday Label Punch. Once I finished putting the card together, I went searching for some sequins to use, not really sure what I'd find in my stash. Durned if I didn't find the Metallics Sequin Assortment in a drawer in my Craft Room – and there are black sequins in that set! Who would have thunk it!

     I'm obviously getting punchy, so I'll sign off for now. But don't forget to check back tomorrow when I'll feature one more project using the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper set, and it will NOT be a Halloween project, per se.

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Posted on : Oct 31 2017
Posted under Punches, Stamping |