Friday, December 30, 2016

Stampin' Addicts 2017 Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts 2017 Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop!  What do you want to earn for free from Stampin' Up! with each $50 purchases this year???

We have several possibilities to show you this weekend, and we hope you find several items you can't live without!  If you get lost or want to see the list of participants, check out our post on the Stampin' Addicts website.   

You may have arrived from Tanya's Tinkerin' in Ink Blog where she showed us some lovely and rich designs with the Designer Tee Stamp Set. Great ideas! Thanks Tanya!

The Carried Away Designer Series Paper (used with the matching die cuts from the Lift Me Up Bundle in the Occasions catalog) was my choice for the hop.

I wanted to use some designer series paper to make calendars for my January class participants to construct.  The hot air balloon is nice because it has a happy vibe to it.  Since I enjoy the paper that appears to be a view looking down from the hot air balloon, I put it on the base of the calendar and attached it close to the back of the coaster so that a person can see most of it.  

Stampin' Up! included die cuts for the paper behind the cut out balloon so that we can easily use a variety of cute colors or patterns.  This allowed a nice match with the designer series paper.

Next, I needed a card for a friend who is feeling a bit down, so I thought this designer series paper might have just the pep she needs.  

Using the scalloped navy sheet of Designer Series Paper for the hot air balloons makes for a quick card. And since this paper is a Sale-A-Bration offering, I will have enough available to offer at a Stamp A Stack.  I like using it "upside down" from the way Stampin' Up! used it in the brochure. I think it looks like bunting this way, and coloring in the bottom of the balloons with the Night of Navy marker made it look like the basket area was separate. 

I usually don't show the inside of my cards, but this card has nine clouds in it. They were die cut using the Big Shot from two of the designer series paper sheets and also some Whisper White cardstock. The sentiment, "Hope your day is on cloud nine" is so silly with the nine clouds, I think. Hopefully, it will make my friend chuckle a bit.

Now it is time to travel to Twila's Stamp A Little Longer Blog on which she is using the lovely sentiment set So Very Much.  I love this set with the that gorgeous Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper--Such pretty designs, Twila.  So elegant!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Christmas Magic Express Train card Stepped Up

You can see the card I gave as an option for Stamp A Stack at the bottom of this post, but I thought I'd show how I decorated some of them a bit more when I mailed them as my own. While I couldn't fully watercolor in bulk, I added some color and Wink of Stella sparkle on the headlamp and colored the greenery in Emerald Envy as well. I used the chalk marker to add to the steam and added Wink of Stella on top of it.  I also added Wink of Stella all over the bell I stamped on the inside...Love the Christmas Magic set!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Fa-la-la-la Friends Bear Hugs Card and Llama Card

I finally sent out most of my Christmas cards today.  There was a lot of fun and variety in Stampin' Up!'s sets this year. I thought these cute stamps were so fun for Stamp A Stack. 

I ended up sending several of each myself because they are just so silly!  The inside of the bear card is also stamped with "Bear Hugs for you this Holiday Season."  and the Fa-La-Llama card is stamped on the inside with a decently matching font "Deck the Halls" sentiment from last year.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Merry Tags Christmas mini gift box

At my last class and club, we embellished the cleary tiny treat boxes on page 176 in the BIG catalog with the stamps and dies from the Merriest Wishes and Merry Tags Bundle.  I had everyone emboss the falling dots in gold on Whisper White and we cut the squares to the perfect size to fit in the box.  We use pieces of glue dots to fasten the corners of the falling dots image to the box. I tied the Emerald Envy 3/8 inch taffeta ribbon as well as the gold cord around the box and added an embellished ornament tag and a jingle bell.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Twist Gatefold Christmas Card Stampin' Up!

I finally used the popular Twist Gatefold card design from Splitcoast. What a great way to show off Designer Series Paper!  I used the "This Christmas" Specialty Designer Series Paper with the Holly Jolly Layers Hostess Set as the focal image. The Merry Christmas from the Star of Light set completed the inside.  It is a relatively quick and easy card that even fits in a regular envelope.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Holiday Extravaganza Sale Items...November 21-November 28 2016

Be sure to check out the holiday sale items this week.  You could save 10, 20, 30 or 40% if these items are on your wish list!

Several of the items are in limited quantities, and some things are exclusive to the first (November 21) and last (November 28) days of the sale.  Click the link above to shop with me 24 hours a day.

I think I need the Cheerful Tags Framelits for only $21.70!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Christmas Magic Train Stampin Up! card

I made this Christmas Express card for my upcoming Stamp A Stack so it is pretty simple. I also stamped the Jingle Bell from this set on the inside and colored the bow on it red as well. Though the card is Smokey Slate and Cherry Cobbler, I colored the bows with Real Red. The Smokey Slate made the Cherry Cobbler Marker look brown.

**If we met at the Craft Show on Saturday, and you have not received an email from me, please contact me by email or phone as shown on my business card.  I had one email bounce--I guess my eyes are getting older and not as sharp? :)

Craft Fair this Year

My Craft Fair was fun this year, and I did pretty well.  Here's my set-up in case you'd like to see it:

The cute little photobombers were the couple in the neighboring booth...I didn't feel comfortable enough to ask them to move. :)

Oops--the pompom on the right slid down a bit.

Here are several of the items I sold.  Several are CASEd, but most are with changes.  I saw a lip balm box, but I wanted it to actually fit, so I scaled it way down as shown below.

**If we met at the Craft Show on Saturday, and you have not received an email from me, please contact me by email or phone as shown on my business card.  I had one email bounce--I guess my eyes are getting older and not as sharp? :)

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Stitched from the Heart Stampin' Up! Shapes Framelits Early Release

Stampin' Up! is releasing the Stitched Edged Framelits early!  Happily, they are also having a sale on some great sets that coordinate with them!  Definitely on my list!

Gingerbread House and Gingerbread Man Shaker Card Stampin Up!

This Gingerbread House and Gingerbread Man shaker card was inspired by Randi Collins. I changed her Santa to a Gingerbread man and many of the colors on the card. I also added the Real Red 3/4" Stitched Edge Ribbon.  I hope my club and class attendees will enjoy it on Thursday!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Detailed Santa Thinlits Christmas Shaker Card Stampin Up!

I recently made a Santa Shaker with the Detailed Santa Thinlits Dies.  I was inspired by cards by Patty Bennett (for a shaker) and Cindy Elam (for the paper piecing of his face and hat).  I had to be finicky though and changed some things.  I cut off some of the tiny snowballs from the Whisper White Mini Pompom trim, but they don't move and shake very well.  I used just Dazzling Diamonds glitter so that the background would stay white.

I really enjoy the pennant from the Bunch of Banners Framelits since it has the border around it.  That is perfect for contrast and highlighting with the Merry Christmas from the Star of Light Stamp Set. I can rarely follow Stampin' Up!'s idea to use the sentiment that comes with a set for cards with that set. Oh, well...

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Merriest Wishes Stampin' Up! Ornament shaker Card

Using the Merriest Wishes Set and the Merry Tags Framelits Dies with the lovely PIne Bough Textured Impressions Embossing Folder made this card relatively quick. Soft Sky cardstock was rubbed with Garden Green Ink. I had to use the circle dies as well since the ornament was a bit small. I love the Real Red Glitter Embossing Powder and the White and Red Metallic Candy Cane Lane Baker's Twine too!