I have to tell you that my traditional greeting – a greeting I’ve used since I became a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator almost 14 years ago – is about to become history. You haven’t seen me around here for a while because we’re planning a move in a little less than a month. On December 9th, my husband and I will board a Hawaiian Airlines Flight to Florida with a one-way ticket. Once we get there and get settled a bit, I’ll definitely be letting you know more about what I’ll be doing. But rest assured that continuing to be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is at the top of my list!
Most of My “Stuff” Is Packed!
One of the first things we had to do was to spruce up our condo apartment to get it ready to sell. So all of my conveniently-located stamping supplies had to go as we needed to make sure that our office/craft room looked nice and roomy. Oh, it definitely does look that way now. And that’s a primary reason we’re moving at all. There’s just not room for two people who are active in so many things to share an office and work space. But more about that later.
Kits to the Rescue!
I have never appreciated Stampin’ Up! Kits as much as I have the last few weeks while we’ve had our house on the market. They’re just as advertised – everything you need (well, almost) is in that one little box. The “almost” part is that each kit does not come with a pair of scissors. And you need scissors. But I knew that so my scissors were saved from the packing box. I saved a few other things, too. But, again, more about that later.
This is the kit I’ve been working on this weekend. Yes, we had some people looking at the condo. But I could quickly stuff everything back in the box and hide it away – no muss, no fuss, and it came right back out again.
The name of this kit is Christmas Whimsy. At the moment it is not available for purchase. As you can image it was quite popular and sold out quickly. I was part of that because I’m holding a Christmas Card Class this week at the home of a friend and I needed kits for that class. But you may be one of the lucky ones who managed to order one (or more?) of these when they first came out. If so, do I have something for you!
The Kit Class Will Include Some Extra Cards
For my class this week, I’m bringing along my own personal “kit” made up of papers and other supplies that those in the class can use with the stamps and ink from the kit, along with some left over pieces, to make another set of cards. And, yes, I knew I was having this class, so I kept just enough behind for the class.
This is the first card I designed. In it you can see the star stamp along with one of the sentiment stamps along with a left over label and some trim from the kit. I punched the trees with the Pine Tree Punch and topped each with a left-over gold star from the kit. There are some left over star sequins in the background, too.
The second card is a stack of “gifts” cut from scraps of Christmas papers. Stamps from the kit are the snowflakes in the background and a sentiment from the kit. By this time we will have run out of trim. But the trim in that kit is just about the same as the gold in the Simply Elegant Trim Pack in Stampin’ Up!’s Annual Catalog. To complete the design, I added some left over Snowflake Sequins from the kit.
Finally, I saved for this group my pack of Wonderful Snowflakes as I knew they would show up beautifully on a background of Night of Navy Cardstock. I even managed to think to keep a pack of Rhinestone Basic Jewels to complement the snowflakes. This make a lovely Christmas card. I did not stamp a background of snowflakes. What do you think? Should I add that in? I’m sure that some people at the class will come up with a plan to do just that. It’s a creative bunch.
Did You Buy This Kit? Here’s a Link.
If you bought this kit, you might be interested in some of these extra card ideas. If you are, here’s a link to the instructions I’m giving to my class. It’s not a full-blown tutorial. But you’ll get the basic ideas and measurements.
Happy Stamping! And don’t forget how useful Stampin’ Up!’s Kits can be!