December 29, 2015

New Occasions Catalog Sneak Peak!


Hello! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday, surrounded by family and friends. I know that I did. I feel blessed beyond measure and very, very spoiled! We had an unusually warm Christmas for CNY, Christmas Eve topped out over 60o F! That has NEVER happened here in my lifetime! Today, is an entirely different story! Snow, sleet, and freezing rain have made it’s way here. Dreadful driving conditions, that’s for sure. Anyhoo, It was beautiful for the holiday and I truly enjoyed the day this year, and I pray that you did too.

Now, I’m back to work at my “real” job as a Clinical Informatics nurse and back at my craft room desk creating. As you may know, the new Occasions catalog goes live January 5th, and as a demonstrator, I get to order a little earlier so that I can make a few things ahead to share and so, here is a sneak peak of one of the most adorable stamp sets in the catalog! I just love this set and there are some awesome sentiments that come with it!

 


So, what do you think? Let me know in the comments below. I got the inspiration from a bag design in the catalog. I hope to have a few more sneak peaks before the New Year.  I can’t wait for you to be able to see the catalog, once again, Stampin’ Up! has out done themselves….there are so many wonderful stamp sets and dies and punches and accessories and the list goes on. If you would like a catalog and you have not placed an order with me in the past, feel free to send my your contact information and I will be sure to get one out to you right away. This is definitely a MUST see.

Have a wonderful day and I will see you soon!

Happy Stamping,

Katrina
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December 15, 2015

For a Friend


 

Well I had a special request from a friend at work. She asked me to make her up some Thank you cards with a Christmas theme. Hmmm, a challenge! So, I pulled out my Christmas stamps and my Thank you stamps and began to ponder. She mentioned that she “loves poinsettias”, so, here is what I came up with:


I began with a Garden Green card base cut 5 ½” x 8 ½” scored at 4 ¼”. Then I punched out 8 large petals, with the Festive Flower punch, from Real Red cardstock and 4 smaller petals and 2 of the double petals also from Real Red cardstock.  I then punched out 3 of the large petals from Garden Green cardstock for the leaves. I stamped the Thank you from the One Big Meaning stamp set found in the annual catalog, onto a piece of Whisper White CS cut 5 ¼” x 4” and adhered that to my card base. I then stamped all of the flower petals with Real Red ink and the leaves with Garden Green ink. To build the flowers, I punched 2 circles from Real Red cardstock with a 1” circle punch. I applied Fast Fuse adhesive to the first circle and began adding the larger petals. To get a nice fullness to the flower, I first folded each of the petals to add dimension. I then began placing them onto the circle. I started by placing them into a + formation then placed the remaining 4 petals in-between in a pin-wheel like formation. I then added Fast Fuse to the second 1” circle and added the 4 smaller petals, also in a + formation and adhered that on top of the larger petals off-set using a Stampin’ Dimensional. I then added the 2 double petals also with a dimensional and placed the Garden Green leaves onto the back of the completed flower using Fast Fuse. I then added 2 flower centers, off-set using Crushed Curry cardstock that I punched using the Festive Flower punch. I then added the flower to the front of the card using 3 Stampin’ Dimensionals. And finally, I added 3 tiny pearls to the center of the flower.

So, that’s the card for today. I hope you like it, please share you thoughts with me at the bottom in the comments section, and I wish you all a great day. See you Saturday!
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December 10, 2015

Purple Majesty


Well Christmas is barreling ahead, are you ready? I’m not ready yet, but I am working on it. Yesterday was my husbands’ birthday. I grabbed a cake on my way home from work last night so we could at least recognize his day with a birthday cake and I made him a nice dinner. I think he liked everything. Next up, our 22nd Anniversary, followed by MY birthday, Christmas and then my sister-in-law and my great nephew’s birthdays. Phew, I’m exhausted just writing all this!

Anyhoo, I managed to sneak into my craft room for a bit and played awhile, and this is what I came up with:
 

I used a retired stamp set for the sentiment because I just love the scripting of the font. I think it’s so pretty. I also love the dark Blackberry Bliss ink with the Basic Black ink. I just seems so majestic to me, hence why I’m calling it Purple Majesty. Yeah. I know…not too creative but it fits.

This is a really easy card to re-create, I used the Lovely as a Tree set, Blackberry Bliss cardstock of the card base, a layer of Basic Black and stamped the image onto Whisper White cardstock using the new Basic Black Archival ink. I then sponged Blackberry Bliss ink starting at the bottom, working my way up, over the stamped image. That helped me get a heavier color on the bottom and gradually lighten as I worked my way up.

So that’s my card for today. I hope you like it. Thank you for stopping by, I really appreciate it. Please feel free to leave me any comments in the comments section below.

Happy Stamping!

Katrina
 
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December 2, 2015

Christmas is in the Air!


Hi all. I hope everyone is recovered from their turkey coma. I finally have and now I have my house filled with the Christmas spirit. I finally got my tree up Sunday and all of the inside decorations too. All that’s left is the outside and I will be done with that. I still have to finish my Christmas shopping but I did get a good start on that too awhile back I really hoping I am going to have my first “stress free” Christmas?? I hope anyway. I am usually running around like a chicken Christmas week trying to finish up the Christmas shopping, and this year I made myself get an early start. I had my great niece and nephews all done before Halloween! And now I just pick away at someone every week or two. I will let you know after Christmas how that works out for me.

Anyway, I have a cute Christmas card to share with you that I put together. I am really happy with how this card came together. I started with a left over card “kit” that I had cut for a class last year! I challenged myself to pull out left over kits and make something out of them. I have several different kits from several different classes that are just sitting there waiting for something to be done with them, hence my challenge to myself and this is what I came up with.
 

I started with a piece of Early Espresso cut at 6”x6” scored at 3” for the card base, I then stamped Happy Christmas from the  Oh What Fun stamp set in the lower right hand corner of a Very Vanilla piece cut to 2 ¾”x 5 ¾” using Real Red ink. I cut 2 of the small round ornaments from the Delicate Ornament Thinlits dies in the Holiday Mini catalog and I used the new Precision Plate, one from gold foil paper and one from Real Red foil paper and adhered them to the left side of the card using the new  Fine Tip Glue pen also from the Holiday Mini catalog. I tucked a piece of gold cording behind the Very Vanilla and strung it to the red ornament and added a bow from the cording to it using a glue dot. I adhered a second piece of Very Vanilla card stock cut to 3”x5 ¾” inside the card base and then I made a matching envelope from the Neutrals Envelope paper from the Annual catalog using the envelope punch board. My paper was cut 7 5/8” square and I made the first score and punch at 2 ¾”.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I truly appreciate you taking the time to spend with me here. Please let me know what you think of the card by leaving a comment down below.

Have a great day and Happy Stamping!
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