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Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

This week’s Weekly Deals are here…for November 18th through 24th…

Here are this week’s Weekly Deals - they will be offered for ONE WEEK ONLY through Monday November 17th OR WHILST SUPPLIES LAST..

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And with the prices discounted by up to 50%, if you want anything at these great prices, hurry & get your order in before they’re out of stock!

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Friday, November 14th, 2014

SUPER excited to be today’s Guest Tutorial Author at Splitcoaststampers!

That’s right – I had the HUGE honor of writing a tutorial as part of Splitcoaststampers Holiday Blitz that is going on this week!!!

When I started out stamping & scrapbooking I would spend hours there looking at all of the wonderful ideas, wondering if I could ever possibly make anything like what I saw and then learning from those ideas and everyone’s experience and help…and this began my love of playing with paper, stamps & glitter!

And so to be asked to be a guest Author was such a huge honor – I squealed LOL – it is such a wonderful way that I can contribute back to such a valuable community where I learned so much and TODAY is the day that my tutorial is published!

You can find my tutorial over at Splitcoaststampers by clicking HERE

It is for a fun treat that I made last year featuring an Elf Shoe and a stack of cookies…you make a cute festive colored elf shoe base and into it you pop a ‘stocking’ of sandwich cookies – you can get red & green filled cookies in grocery stores right now and they are perfect for this project…

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Please note – when I made the tutorial last month there were no festive colored sandwich cookies in the stores yet and so I had to use white sandwich ones which is what you see above!

BUT here are the original ones that I made last year when those red & green cookies were available…

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Aren’t they cute?!  I love these little treats and they are super fun & economical to make!

If you want to find out how to make some of your own, please hop on over to find my tutorial at Splitcoaststampers by clicking HERE – you will also find the template that you can print out and a video tutorial there too…

That was MY FIRST EVER VIDEO – so please excuse any bumps & hiccups in it – I was incredibly nervous when making it!!! 

If you have any questions about making these please click here to email me and I will be very happy to help.

Supplies used to make my Elf Shoe Stocking Treats:

Cardstock: Old Olive 12×12 124284), Real Red 12×12 (124290)
Specialty Paper: Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper (135315)
Ribbons: Any festive red/green ribbons will work!
Punches: 1 3/4″ Circle Punch (119850), 7/8″ Scallop Circle (129404), Scallop Edge (119882)
Die: Banners Framelits (132173)
Adhesives: Sticky Strip (104294), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Dimensionals (104430)
Misc: Elf Shoe Template, Stamps & Ink, Red/Green/White sandwich cookies, White Bakers Twine (124262)

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Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Santa Stache with Stars…

There is a very fun stamp set in the Holiday Catalog that features a Santa and a Nutcracker, both of whom sport mustaches…

The set is called Santa Stache and you can find it on pg 18 – and the fab thing about both of those character stamps is that they really don’t need a lot of coloring but they each make a big feature on a card or tag – making them PERFECT for batch card making!

Here is my card…I decided to go with strong, bold elements & love how it turned out…what doesn’t show well in the photos is that white layer is actually Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper which makes this card very sparkly & hints of snow…

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The card base…this card is sized 5″ square and the base is Crumb Cake cardstock.  On this I layered a piece of Cherry Cobbler – cut to measure 4 1/2″ square – and this sets the bold but simple scene for the fun elements on top…

The big star…is super easy to make using a die from Stars Framelits Dies (pg 231) – I simply cut a piece of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper (pg 193) to measure 4 1/2″ square and then placed a Star die in the center – I ran it through my Big Shot and then took the die cut star shape away, and left behind was this fantastic star framed piece which I simply attached to the card – what a great backdrop!

The Santa image…is a stamp from Santa Stache (pg 18 Holiday Catalog) that I stamped using Memento Black Ink and colored his hat using an alcohol based marker from Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities (pg 212) – LOVE how smooth these markers are!

I then stamped another mustache, cut it out and layered it on top using Dimensionals – and then I ‘fussy cut’ him out using my very sharp Paper Snips (pg 215).

Again, hard to see from the photos, but to get a bit of sparkle onto him, I used my 2-Way Glue Pen to run a line of adhesive on his hat brim and the pom pom and sprinkled on some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (pg 213) which ties nicely into the background…click on the ph0tos below for a larger view…

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The oval layer…I wanted to add him to a small shaped layer on top of the star, and to do this cut a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock into an oval shape using a die from Ovals Collection Framelits (pg 231) – and to tie it into the star theme of the background, I textured it using the Lucky Stars Embossing Folder (pg 30 Holiday Catalog).

The tag…I used a fun sentiment stamp from the set Get Your Santa On (pg 30 Holiday Catalog) and cut it out using a die from Word Bubbles Framelits (pg 230)…

The finishing touch…I decided that the tag needed a little something extra and so added a small star made using a punch from Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (pg 222) and added a small Rhinestone to it…

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I think this card is fun & cute all at the same time – and it is SUPER sparkly in real life!

Here are the images you get in the set ‘Santa Stache’ – they are fun!  Click on the blue words below to view in the online store…

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Supplies used to make this card:

Stamps: Santa Stache (CM 135035/WM 135032 ), Get Your Santa On (135761)
Cardstocks: Crumb Cake (120953), Whisper White (100730), Cherry Cobbler (119685)
Glitter Paper: Dazzling Diamonds (135315)
Dies: Stars Framelits (133723), Ovals Collection Framelits (129381), Word Bubbles (132968)
Embossing Folder: Lucky Stars (135817)
Punch: Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (133787)
Ink: Memento Black (132708)
Blendabilities: Cherry Cobbler (130995)
Misc: Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (133751), Two Way Glue Pen (100425), Rhinestone Jewel (119246), Paper Snips (103579), Dimensionals (104430)

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Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

This week’s Weekly Deals are here…for November 11th through 17th

Here are this week’s Weekly Deals - they will be offered for ONE WEEK ONLY through Monday November 17th OR WHILST SUPPLIES LAST..

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And with the prices discounted by up to 50%, if you want anything at these great prices, hurry & get your order in before they’re out of stock!

CLICK HERE TO FIND THESE DEALS IN THE ONLINE STORE!

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Here is a list of what is on sale – click on the blue words below to view each item

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Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Thankful feathers…

 There is some fantastic inspiration in the Catalogs and today’s card comes from an idea that I found on pg 42 of the Holiday Catalog…

It features a card made using the fantastic Feathers Framelits Dies along with different materials & textures and I decided to follow this idea, change a few things and make one of my own…

And here it is…this is a card that all customers who place an order with me this week are going to be receiving in their mailboxes as a thank you…

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Isn’t that just beautiful?  I love the color combination (esp the infusion of blue!) and the use of different textures including Washi Tape…Washi Tape you ask?  Yup…one of those feathers is created using Washi Tape!

The card base…is Whisper White onto which I layered a piece of Crumb Cake that has the wood effect stamped onto it using Crumb Cake ink and the fabulous background stamp called Hardwood (pg 175).

The feathers…aren’t they awesome?  The yellow & white striped one is made simply by sticking Washi Tape from Color Me Autumn (pg 41 Holiday Catalog) diagonally onto a piece of white cardstock and then die cutting it using one of the feather dies featured in Feathers Framelits Dies (pg 42 Holiday Catalog) – easy and what a fun way to use washi!

The sparkly feather is made using Champagne Glimmer Paper (pg 193) and the blue & white one is made using a piece of paper from All is Calm DSP (pg 22 Holiday Catalog)…

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They were attached to a white layer using Dimensionals and you will see that the top edge of that layer has been shaped using the fabulous Spiral Border Punch (pg 222).

The sentiment…is a stamp from Good Greetings which is a Hostess set that you can get for FREE through October 31st – GIVING YOU JUST TWO MORE DAYS TO GET IT – FOR FREE!

In two days time this fabulous set of 19 sentiments will be gone for good – how do you get yours?  You get it for FREE on orders of $300+ (on top of your regular Hostess Rewards!) – combine orders with a friend or two and get your set for free!  Click HERE to view the sentiments in it!

I cut out my sentiment using a die from Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits (pg 188) and love how this tag looks…

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The finishing touch…I wanted to add a gold button but don’t have any left…hmmm…and so I decided to make one using Brushed Gold Paper (pg 193) and two circle punches…

Simply use the 1/16″ Handheld Circle Punch to make two holes…

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And then position a 1/2″ Circle Punch over them and punch 0ut!

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I then added a bow using White Bakers Twine (pg 206) and my card was done…

This is an easy & very cost effective way to get a button-look on your Holiday cards without big expense or adding weight to your cards which is really important if mailing them…

Here are the images and item codes for the set Good Greetings – click on the picture below for a larger view…

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THIS FREE STAMP SET IS  ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH TOMORROW NIGHT SO IF YOU WANT ONE, GET YOUR ORDER IN FAST TO GET YOURS BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!

Supplies used to make this card:

Stamps: Hardwood (CM 133035/WM 133032), Good Greetings (CM 135017/WM 134014)
Cardstocks: Whisper White (100730), Crumb Cake (120953)
Ink: Memento Black (132708)
Dies: Feathers Framelits (135852), Project Life Cards & Labels (135707)
DSP: All is Calm (135823)
Specialty Paper: Champagne Glimmer (127885), Brushed Gold (102935)
Washi Tape: Color Me Autumn (135842)
Punches: 1/16 Circle Handheld (134363), 1/2″ Circle (119869), Spiral Border (119872)
Misc: White Bakers Twine (124262), Dimensionals (104430)

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Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Quick & easy Hershey bar Mummy…

Well, I was looking for some quick & easy treats to make for Halloween (guess who left the school treats to the last minute again?!) and I came across a fantastic idea from Dawn Olchefske that is fun, quick & easy to make – and just perfect for those last-minute treat makers like me!!!

These are SO MUCH FUN to make and you can easily make them with kids too – my girls are going to LOVE putting these together later today, and all you need are a few basic supplies to make them…

Here is the Hershey bar mummy…

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Isn’t that CUTE?!!!  Yup – it is simply a chocolate bar that is wrapped in filter paper strips – easy, cheap & lots of fun to make!

The chocolate bar…use any that you like – I chose Hershey bars as they are my kids favorites…and the size – I bought a 6 pack of chocolate bars for around $5.  Then adhere a piece of cardstock to the front of your chocolate bar to cover the writing and give you a nice solid colored base to work with – I used a piece of Chocolate Chip sized 2 1/8″ x 5 1/4″.

The paper strips…simply cut 1″ strips of very thin paper such as White Filter Paper (pg 193) and tape the end to the back of the bar and wrap it around and around – always finish at the back for a neat look.

Work your way up and down until the bar is covered and overlapped a couple of times – and leave a little space for the eyes to peek through – this is what you will have when you are done wrapping…

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The eyes…you can use googly eyes or use Circle Punches to make them – I used 1″  & 1/2″ Circle Punches to make them (all are on pg 221) – and adhere in place…

Tthey look cute just peeking out from underneath a bandage…

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The tag…is made using a stamp from Bite Me (online only stamp set – click HERE to find it!) and I shaped it using more punches – the 1 3/8″ & 1 1/4″ Circle Punches – and attached it with a piece of White Bakers Twine (pg 206)…

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Thank you for the great idea Dawn – I absolutely LOVE how these turned out and will be making a bunch more this week with my girls!

Supplies used to make this project:

Stamp: Bite Me (134622)
Paper: White Filter Paper (129393)
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip (102128)
Ink: Memento Black (132708)
Punches: 1 3/8″ Circle (119860), 1 1/4″ Circle (127811), 1″ Circle (119868), 1/2″ Circle (119869)
Misc: Hershey Bar, White Bakers Twine (124262)

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Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

This week’s Weekly Deals are here…for October 28th through November 3rd…

Here are this week’s Weekly Deals - they will be offered for ONE WEEK ONLY through Monday October 27th OR WHILST SUPPLIES LAST..

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And with the prices discounted by up to 50%, if you want anything at these great prices, hurry & get your order in before they’re out of stock!

CLICK HERE TO FIND THESE DEALS IN THE ONLINE STORE!

Click on the picture below for a larger view…

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Here is a list of what is on sale – click on the blue words below to view each item

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR WEEKLY DEALS!

Monday, October 27th, 2014

So Grateful for my Customers…

I just mailed out a thank you card to my customers who have ordered with me during October and love how this card turned out…

I love to leave the card that I mail to them ‘blank’ inside so that they can re-use it and so I make them seasonal and with Thanksgiving on the horizon, October’s card had a thankful Fall theme.

And here it is…I am loving those fall colors…

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This card is fun to make because I used several dies on it – LOVE playing with my Big Shot & dies!

The card base…is Soft Suede onto which I layered a piece of Cajun Craze – I also taped a triple strand piece of Linen Thread (pg 206) about 1/3rd of the way down and tied a bow onto the center of it.

The wood background…is a fabulous large background stamp called Hardwood (pg 175) – I stamped this wood image using Soft Suede ink onto a piece of Soft Suede cardstock for a strong but not overpowering backdrop…

The wreath…that lovely wreath is made using three stamps from the set Wonderous Wreath (pg 9 Holiday Catalog) – you layer the stamps on top of one another and to make lining them up easy, each stamp has a tab at the top that you use as a guide…

The bottom stamp was stamped using Crushed Curry Ink, the next layer Cajun Craze and the top layer of berries is Blackberry Bliss – I then die cut this wreath out using two perfectly co-ordinating dies from Wonderful Wreath Framelits (also on pg 9) and attached my wreath to the base using Dimensionals…

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The sentiment…is from the set For All Things (pg 41 Holiday Catalog) – I stamped it using Soft Suede ink and cut it out using a banner die from Banners Framelits (pg 231).

The leaves…aren’t they cute?  I used two leaf dies from Fun Fall Framelits (pg 46 Holiday Catalog) to cut them out of Soft Suede, Crushed Curry & Tangelo Twist cardstocks…

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I love how this card turned out and hope that my customers love it to – they get a thank you card every month that they place an order with me and I always include a little gift in with it just to show how thankful I am for them…LOVE my customers!

Here are the images that you get in Wonderous Wreath and the shapes that you get in Wonderful Wreath Framelitsclick on the blue words below to view in the online store…

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Supplies used to make this card:

Stamps:  Wonderous Wreath (135047),  Hardwood (CM 133035/WM 133032), For All Things (CM 135155/WM 135152)
Dies: Wonderful Wreath Framelits (135851), Fun Fall Framelits (135856), Banners Framelits (132173)
BUNDLE: Wonderous Wreath Bundle (137624)
Cardstocks: Soft Suede (115318), Cajun Craze (119684), Crushed Curry (131199), Tangelo Twist (133677), Whisper White (100730)
Inks: Crushed Curry (131173), Tangelo Twist (133646), Blackberry Bliss (133642), Soft Suede (126978)
Misc: Linen Thread (104199), Glue Dots (103683), Dimensionals (104430)

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Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Chick Feeder re-purposed as a Halloween Candy Corn Dispenser!

You read it right – this project uses a Chick Feeder and with it, a very different way to present your Halloween candies!!!

This works great with candy corn and M&M sized candies – the holes give you great access to get at those candies and the filled jar ensures that the bottom tray stays full!  But I warn you…it makes those candy corn irresitable to eat LOL!

AND this is a very economical dispenser too – I found the base on amazon.com for just $6 including shipping and onto it you simply screw a quart sized preserving jar – easy, quick to put together and what a novel gift for a friend or teacher!

Here is my Candy Corn Dispenser…isn’t that fun?

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LOVE LOVE LOVE this – it makes me smile every time I look at it!  SO much so that it is now sitting down on the bar between my kitchen and the family room inviting all who walk past it to grab some…where the kids are concerned, I might be regretting this later LOL!!!

The base…is a galvanized steel feeder base for birds and it is food safe – I found it on amazon.com for around $6 (and it ships for free!) and it arrived to my door really fast!  If you want to get one, CLICK HERE to find it – you could get it in time for Halloween!  Please note – it does not include the jar…

The jar…is a quart sized preserving jar – I found it in my local grocery store and got a pack of 12 of them for $11 which is also a great price (I know that Walmart carries them too) – pint sized jars will also fit onto this feeder but the quart size looks better!

Sarah’s Note: BE SURE to get jars with ‘standard’ openings – the ‘wide’ opening jars do not fit this feeder base!

Then simply fill your jar with candy, screw on the base and there you have your dispenser ready to go!

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But of course I couldn’t leave it bare and just had to embellish it with some Stampin Up goodness…

The ribbons…so I dug out some ribbons and found some perfect candy corn colored ones!  All can be found on pgs 206-7 of the Catalog and I used:

  • 134549 5/8″ Whisper White Satin
  • 133669 3/8″ Tangelo Twist Stitched Satin
  • 133671 3/8″ Hello Honey Stitched Satin

I wrapped them around the jar in layers and tied a knot – easy to get a great look!

The tag…is stamped using a stamp from Merry Everything and punched out using the perfectly co-ordinating Note Tag Punch (find both on pg 13 Holiday Catalog)…BUNDLE UP & SAVE 15% WHEN YOU BUY THEM BOTH TOGETHER – details are below!

The finishing touch…I added a little Rhinestone to the top of the spider’s web and added the tag to the jar using a piece of White & Tangerine Two Tone Twine (pg 45 Holiday Catalog)…

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I am planning to make a couple more for teacher gifts – I love how these turned out and can see myself using this idea year round!

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Here are the images that you get in the stamp set I used today – Merry Everything – and the shape that you get from the Note Tag Punchclick on the blue words below to view in the online store…

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Supplies used to make today’s project:

Stamp: Merry Everything (WM 135068/CM 135071)
BUNDLE: Merry Everything (WM 137635/CM 137636)
Punch: Note Tag (135860)
Ribbons: 5/8″ Whisper White Satin (134549),3/8″ Tangelo Twist Stitched Satin (133669), 3/8″ Hello Honey Stitched Satin (133671)
Ink: Memento Black (132708)
Misc: Bird Feeder Base, Quart Preserving Jar, White & Tangerine Tango Two Tone Twine (135838), White Bakers Twine (124262), Rhinestone Jewel (119246)

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Friday, October 24th, 2014

Many FABULOUS Stars – wow!!!

My absolute favorite item featured in the Holiday Supplement is the Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit and you will not believe how many beautiful stars you can make using it…

You read the blurp in the brochure and find out it makes 26 3-D stars, right?  Well nothing prepares you for exactly what kind of stars this kit makes until you see all of the beautiful finished stars in real life…

For an idea of scale, the large star at the back measures 15″ wide – WOWZER – this kit is AMAZING value for money at just $25.95 – THIS MAKES EACH STAR JUST $1 EACH!!!

Here they all are…EVERYTHING you need to make these stars is included in that kit…click on the photo below for a BIGGER picture & much better view…

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Order details:

AND REMEMBER – THIS KIT IS ONLY AVAILABLE WHILST SUPPLIES LAST – IF YOU WANT ONE, ORDER TODAY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT!

Want to be tempted more LOL?!  Check out these cool videos from Stampin Up showcasing this kit…you are going to need to order one!

This one showcases the Kit…

And this one shows you additional ideas…

I hope this inspires you to get your hands on one of these Kits – they are so much fun to make, look absolutely amazing and are sure to be a huge hit with everyone who sees them!

CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR MANY MERRY STARS KIT BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!