November 24, 2017

Season Like Christmas

Happy Friday! I pray you all had an amazing Thanksgiving yesterday, I know I did in spite of the fact hubby wasn't able to join us for dinner as he had to work. I'm just grateful he gets Christmas off this year! But, as much as I missed him, I still had a wonderful day spending it with my mom and dad, my brother and my aunt. And dinner was delicious! And so much to be grateful for as I am truly blessed.
Anyway, today I have a simple card to share with you that I made using the Season Like Christmas stamp set from the Holiday catalog. I had been eyeing this stamp set since I first got my hands on the catalog, and I finally got it in my last order and today I pulled it out to play with and this is what I came up with:
I started with your standard card base of 8.5" x 5.5" in Garden Green. I cut a piece of the Be Merry DSP 2" x 5" and adhered that down with Fast Fuse. I then cut a piece of Whisper White 2.5" x 3.5" and stamped my tree components starting with Pear Pizzazz for the first layer, next, I stamped the tree trunk with Chocolate Chip ink. Then the second layer for the tree, I stamped in Garden Green ink. I then stamped the sentiment using Cherry Cobbler ink. As a final touch, I added a bit of Wink of Stella along the tree boughs. 
I adhered this panel down onto the card base with Fast Fuse. I kept this card nice and flat so it's perfect for mailing. The Wink of Stella gives it some shimmer and shine but without any bulk so your mail person will surely appreciate that!
I also wanted to acknowledge Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, so I have a special from now until Monday, if you place an order of $50 or more before shipping and tax, I will send you a free set of Faceted Gems (gems will be mailed out on 12/11) as a special thank you along with another special surprise :)
That's all for today! Happy Stamping,

Product List
Season Like Christmas Photopolymer Stamp Set
Garden Green 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
Be Merry Designer Series Paper
Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad
Garden Green Classic Stampin' Pad
Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Pad
Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad
Fast Fuse Adhesive

November 22, 2017

Glitzy Christmas Sweaters

Hello and Happy Wednesday! It's a rainy one here in Central NY but I guess that beats snow here in this country where we often measure the snow in feet by the time Thanksgiving rolls around.
I know I'm a little out of synch this week with my posts, but with the holiday being tomorrow I thought I would post my Saturday post on Sunday, my Tuesday post today and my normal Thursday post will be Friday. Then Sunday will be a fun blog hop with some amazing crafters that I can't wait to share with you all.
Today's card share uses the Christmas Sweaters stamp set from Stampin' Up! found in the Holiday Catalog

 To And of course I had to use the brand new Stampin' Blends Pens to color it in and the white "fur" and whiskers just begged for some glitz and glimmer, so I pulled out my Dazzling Diamonds glitter.

To create this card, I used a standard card base of Cherry Cobbler, 8.5" x 5.5" scored and folded at 4.25". I layered a piece of the Be Merry DSP cut 2.5"x 5.25" onto it. I stamped the santa sweater in Memento Tuxedo Black ink  onto a piece of Whisper White cut 3.25" x 3.5". Of course I pulled out my awesome Stampin' Blends, the Cherry Cobbler duo to color in the ribbing and the hat. And then all of the "fur" and whiskers were calling for glitz and glimmer so I pulled out my Dazzling Diamonds glitter. I layered it onto a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock cut 3.5" x 3.75" and added it to the card base with Dimensionals.
Finally, I stamped the sentiment onto a strip of Whisper White with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and cut the sentiment into pieces and trimmed them down and attached to to the card using mini Dimensionals. 
That's it for today. I hope you enjoyed today's card. I would like to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving. I would also like to take a minute to let you know how much I truly appreciate each and everyone of you. God Bless and Happy Thanksgiving!

November 19, 2017

Stampin' Up! Seasonal Lantern for Hanukkah

Happy Sunday! It's snowy and blustery here in CNY, how is it in your neck of the woods? I'm so not ready for winter; I haven't started my Christmas shopping yet and so much to do!
Well, I finally made it back to my craft room this weekend and made this Hanukkah card using the Seasonal Lantern stamp set. We have a tendency to get caught up in Christmas and forget about our friends that are celebrating Hanukkah, so I wanted to show a little love to my Jewish friends!

I got my inspiration directly from the Holiday catalog on page 41. Yes, the catalog image is a bag, but I loved the menorah stamped in a circle, along with the Marina Mist Blue and Gold colors. Use your catalogs for inspiration, they have so many ideas to get you started. .
I started out with a standard card base of Marina Mist cut 8.5" x 5.5" scored and folded in half. I added a piece of gold foil paper cut 4" x 5.25" (yes, I did cut the center out of this leaving a .5" border all around to conserve this gorgeous paper) and adhered a piece of Whisper White cut 3.75" x 5" I then added the 3 Marina Mist banners 1" x 4" and I bannered the ends using the Banner Triple Punch (for the center one, I did not push it all the way into the punch so that it would just slightly longer than the 2 end banners). I then stamped the base of the Menorah in Marina Mist ink, the candle outline and centers with Smoky Slate and the flames in So Saffron. I punched it out using the 2" circle punch and adhered it to the front of my card using Fast Fuse. I then stamped the sentiment onto a piece of Whisper White 3" x .5" in Marina Mist and layered it onto a piece of gold foil paper cut 3.25" x .75: and popped it up on Stampin' Dimensionals.
I hope you enjoyed today's card. Have an amazing day and happy stamping!

Product List
Seasonal Lantern Photopolymer Stamp Set
Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
Marina Mist 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
Gold Foil Sheets
Marina Mist Classic Stampin' Pad
Smoky Slate Classic Stampin' Pad
So Saffron Classic Stampin' Pad
2" Circle Punch
Banner Triple Punch
Fast Fuse Adhesive
Fast Fuse Adhesive Refill
Stampin' Dimensionals

November 14, 2017

The New Stamparatus!

Hello and Happy Tuesday! Once again, my apologies for being a bit quiet here this past week. It's literally been "one of THOSE weeks". I had a 2 day craft/vendor event this past weekend that I did last minute prep for and last Wednesday, we (my husband and I) lost a very dear friend, very unexpectedly and we said our final "farewell until we meet again" yesterday afternoon. A sad day for sure but also makes you take note of your many blessings and don't take for granted that there is always tomorrow, because, tomorrow may never come!
Okay, enough sad and on to the Happy of the Happy Tuesday! Stampin' Up! announced the introduction of the new Stamparatus! A brand new stamp positioning tool literally on STEROIDS! This tool is going to revolutionize the world of stamping once again!
It is designed to work with both photopolymer and clear mount stamps. It has 2, count them 2 reversible hinged "doors" so you can set up as many as 4 stamp images (1 on each side of both hinged doors)
Just watch this short video:
This amazing tool is scheduled for the up coming Annual catalog in June, however, Stampin' Up! knows how much we want and NEED this in our lives, so they are allowing us to reserve one very soon. Yep, you can reserve one for an early delivery in the upcoming months rather than have to wait for the next annual catalog to order one. Hellooooooo, can we say AWESOME!
There will be 3 separate reservation periods with expected delivery dates as follows:


So, what do you think? I am totally in love and can not wait to get my hands on this thing. And the best part? It's totally affordable at only $49!

Ok, now that I have you drooling just a little, sit back and relax and beginning the 16th (Thursday), you can begin pre-ordering your tool so that you can be one of the 1st to get your hands on one! Wohoooo!
Happy Stamping!

November 7, 2017

Half Full - Illuminated

Hello and Happy Tuesday! Brrrr, our weather has finally turned into typical late Fall weather, lots of rain and lots of chilly air. What's it like in your neighborhood? Well,  this week and this past weekend, I spent getting ready for my annual craft fair for the Delta Lake Kiwanis Club. It's quite a big show, and I typically do pretty well at this one. This year I did try several others with not much luck with them, but I'm hoping this one will make up for the disappointment of the others? We shall see.
One of the items I'm offering this year are the battery operated candles that I found at the Dollar Tree, or DT as it's known in the crafting see, I'm learning my abbreviations! I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks!
Anyway, here is just one sample of the candles that I am making for the event.
I love this stamp set, it's a pretty set, but it mixes in the much needed humor the we need to fill ourselves with in order to get through most days. I did this the same as I did the other candles, I stamped my images onto some white tissue paper, colored in the "wine" using Fresh Fig marker ( the color reminds me of merlot wine) trimmed close to the image and applied it to my candle, covered with waxed paper and heated it with my heat tool. Viola! Cute battery operated candle that's perfect for a kitchen or dinning room! I tried to capture the glow of the flickering light in the photo, however, no matter what I did, I couldn't seem to capture it. But, it's still pretty just know that it's prettier in person, that's all.

Product List
Half Full Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Half Full Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Fresh Fig Classic Stampin' Pad
2017-2019 In Color Stampin' Write Markers

November 4, 2017

It's National Candy Day!

Happy Saturday and Happy Candy Day! Why yes it is a real day, Google it! No problem, I'll wait while you do...but I promise, it's a real day! I had no idea that there was a national candy day until I had received an email about all of the November happenings such as the usual suspects of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, you know the rest, but there it was in black and white, National Candy Day...Yes, I did Google it to make sure it was legit, and yep, November 4th is National Candy Day.

 So, I decided to celebrate National Candy Day and I have a really cute treat box to share with you.I actually got the idea from Pink Buckaroo. I cut 2 pieces of Real Red cardstock 5" x 4.75" and scored all 4 sides at 0.5" (I used 5 post-it notes as a shim when scoring the second piece to make the top of my box. I then added a piece of DSP from the Quilted Christmas collection cut at 3.75" x 3.5" and adhered to the box top along with a silver Foiled Snowflake. I then wrapped 3 Green Sprigs with the Quilted Christmas Ribbon and adhered them to the box top with a couple of Glue Dots. Finally, I created a tag with a scrap piece of Whisper White and stamped the Sparkle sentiment from the Add a Little Glitz stamp set in Garden Green. (I started with a 2" strip of Whisper White, once I stamped my sentiment, I trimmed along both sides to tighten it up with a final measurement of about 1.75" and I trimmed off the bottom close to the sentiment also)

FYI, Caramel M&M's are theeee BEST! In case you were wondering that is. Well that does it for today. I hope you enjoyed today's post. If you have any questions, please feel free to let me know. I am more than glad to answer them for you. Have a great day and Happy stamping...and enjoy that candy today!

Product List
Add A Little Glitz Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Add A Little Glitz Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Real Red 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
Quilted Christmas 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Designer Series Paper
Garden Green Classic Stampin' Pad
Foil Snowflakes
Green Sprigs
Quilted Christmas 1/4" (6.4 Mm) Ribbon
Glue Dots
Simply Scored
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