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Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Festival of Trees, Snow and a Bookmark…

Today I have a fun card to show you that houses a cute bookmark that does two jobs – it provides the card’s focal point AND it slides out so that it can be used to mark pages in books…

This card uses a tree stamp from Festival of Trees along with Designer Series Paper & Washi Tape from the Santa & Co collection…

SANTA & CO ITEMS ARE ON SALE IN THE END OF YEAR CLOSE-OUT SALE – DSP is just $7.69 and Washi Tape just $3.49 – find them HERE!

Here is my card…love how those colors give a frosty look…

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And this is how it looks when the bookmark part is taken out…that snowy background is cute and easy to do with a piece of patterned paper!

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Here is how to make it…for the card base…cut a piece of Whisper White to measure 3″ wide x 11″ long and folded at 5 1/2″.  I then layered on a piece of Marina Mist cardstock sized 5 1/4″ x 2 3/4″.

The bookmark pocket…cut a piece of white cardstock to measure 6″ x 2 1/2″ – score at 1″ up from the bottom edge and fold – secure with staples each side – and voila!  Easy as that!  I used the new Handheld Stapler and Mini Silver Staples (pg 16 Holiday Catalog) on my pocket…

Cut a piece of Designer Series Paper to measure 2 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ and adhere to your panel – I used a festive snowy piece from Santa & Co (pg 29 Holiday Catalog) – you could also use a stamped or embossed background – and then add a sentiment – I used Merry Christmas from the set Making Spirits Bright (pg 48 Holiday Catalog).

The bookmark…is a piece of white cardstock cut to measure 5″ x 2″ – I shaped the top corners using my Paper Trimmer and punched a hole for some twine.

To decorate it, I used blue & green patterned tapes from Santa & Co Washi Tape (pg 29 Holiday Catalog) and stamped a tree using a stamp from Festival of Trees (pg 24 Holiday Catalog) and snowflakes using a stamp from Holiday Home (pg 16 Holiday Catalog).

I threaded through a piece of Natural & Old Olive Two Tone Trim (pg 29) and tied it in place using a piece of Silver Bakers Twine…

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The finishing touch…a small snowflake from Frosted Sequins (pg 22 Holiday Catalog) with a small Rhinestone Jewel in the center…

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Here are the images that you get in the set Festival of Trees click on the blue words below to view in the online store…

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Supplies used to make this card:

Stamps: Festival of Trees (135059), Holiday Home (135095), Making Spirits Bright (CM 135089/WM 135086)
Cardstock: Whisper White (100730), Marina Mist (119682)
DSP: Santa & Co (135821)
Ink: Memento Black (132708), Old Olive (126953), Marina Mist (126962)
Twine: Natural & Old Olive Two Tone Trim (135837), Silver Bakers (132976)
Washi Tape: Santa & Co (135843)
Misc: Handheld Stapler (135850), Mini Silver Staples (135847), Frosted Sequins (135835), Rhinestone Jewel (119246), Glue Dots (103683)

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Look who I saw wandering through the garden this morning…I never get tired of seeing these beautiful animals…there were 6 in total grazing and I could watch them for hours…they are amazingly well camouflaged this time of year!   Click on the photo for a closer look…

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Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

This week’s Weekly Deals are here…for December 16th through 22nd…

Here are this week’s Weekly Deals - they will be offered for ONE WEEK ONLY through Monday December 22nd 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…weekly-deals-dec-16-22

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!

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Snuggles and Smooches is here!

Yep – today saw the release of a brand new CUTE stamp set called Snuggles and Smooches!

It is perfect for those Valentine projects you will be working on in just a few weeks and also contains stamps that you can use on projects year round…

Here are the images and details:

snugglesandsmoochesHere are some cute projects that were made using stamps from this set…

A sweet card…you can see that the heart stamp in this set is perfectly sized to be used with the Sweetheart Punch (133786) = easy & fast Valentine projects!

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And a sweet treat topper…with a chalkboard look and tag made using a die from Chalk Talk Framelits Dies (129983)…

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CLICK HERE TO FIND YOUR SNUGGLES & SMOOCHES!

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

This week’s Weekly Deals are here – for December 9th through 15th…

Here are this week’s Weekly Deals - they will be offered for ONE WEEK ONLY through Monday December 15th 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…

Weekly-Deals-Dec-9th-15thHere 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!

Friday, December 5th, 2014

BIG YEAR END CLEARANCE SALE IS HERE including items from the CURRENT HOLIDAY CATALOG!

That’s right – the BIG YEAR END CLOSEOUT CLEARANCE SALE IS HERE and featured in it are some CURRENT HOLIDAY CATALOG ITEMS plus lots of other fabulous Christmas/Holiday things too…

RUN DON’T WALK TO TAKE A LOOK – ALL ITEMS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE WHILST STOCKS LAST – I CANNOT EMPHASIZE THAT ENOUGH – IF YOU WANT ANYTHING, BUY IT FAST!!!

CLICK HERE TO FIND THE ITEMS ON CLEARANCE!

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What will you find on sale there?  Some FABULOUS deals – here is just a FRACTION of what is available:

  • Items from THIS CURRENT HOLIDAY CATALOG including Santa & Co DSP, Washi & embellishments, Color Me Autumn DSP & washi tape, Motley Monsters DSP, Festive Designer Paper Rolls
  • Items from LAST YEAR’S HOLIDAY CATALOG including Festive Flurry (big beautiful snowflakes), AND the co-ordinating Festive Flurry Framelits Dies, Ornament Keepsakes AND the co-ordinating Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies, Christmas Messages, Santa’s List, Calm Christmas (big beautiful Dove), Christmas Collectibles, Joyful Christmas, Fun with Christmas and LOTS more!
  • Dies – including Typeset, Beautiful Butterflies Alphabet Peek-a-boo Frames, Scallop Circle, Secret Garden, Milk Carton, Tasteful Trim
  • Embossing folders – including Framed Tulips, Petals a Plenty, Stripes, Scallops, Square Lattice, Pretty Print…
  • Punches – including Merry Minis, Fancy Flower, Punch Pack…
  • DSP – including Winter Frost DSP, Sweater Weather, This & That Epic Day, Sweet Sorbet, Retro Fresh, Quatrefancy, High Tide, Etcetera, Paper Stacks…
  • Cardstocks – 12×12 cardstock packs…
  • Ribbons, Gift Packaging, Kits, old In Color items, Season of Style items…

And LOTS LOTS MORE – THAT IS JUST A SNIPET OF WHAT YOU WILL FIND ON SALE THERE!!!

CLICK HERE TO FIND THE CLEARANCE RACK – HURRY AND GRAB WHAT YOU WANT BEFORE IT’S GONE!

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

A Festival of Trees in Black & Silver and a splash of Blue…

My favorite holiday card colors are silver & blue – just love that frosty look – and when you add in some black – BAM – you get a fabulous bold card that is softened with a splash of color…

I recently participated in a team swap and one of my team members – Kathy Falk – created a beautiful card using the stamp set Festival of Trees in a black & gold theme – I loved this card so much that I decided to make some of my own to mail out and also to make a silver version too…

And here it is…you can find Kathy’s original version further down…

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You can find Festival of Trees and the co-ordinating Tree Punch on pg 24 of the Holiday Catalog – and again, you can buy the Stamps & Punch as a BUNDLE at JUST $27.95 for both of them which saves you 15%!

The card base…is simply Basic Black onto which is layered a piece of Silver Foil Sheet (pg 193) – very hard to photograph this foil paper as it is just like a mirror!!!

The white layer…is Whisper White and I stamped the words using a stamp from the set Wonderous Wreath (pg 9 Holiday Catalog) and then textured that layer using the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder (pg 226) to give a fabulous snowy background – LOVE that random dotty snow look!

The ribbon…is a piece of the beautiful Lost Lagoon 3/8″ Silky Taffeta Ribbon (pg 22 Holiday Catalog) and I simply tied it around and then used Dimensionals to add the layer to the card base.

The patterned trees…the two patterned trees are stamped using stamps from Festival of Trees and to get a very crisp black look, they are heat embossed – to do this I stamped them using Versamark Ink (pg 210), sprinkled on Black Embossing Powder and heat set it using my Heat Tool (pg 213) – I then punched them out using the perfectly co-ordinating Tree Punch (pg 24 Holiday Catalog).

The solid tree…I simply inked up a piece of scrap cardstock with my Versamark Ink pad, sprinkled on Black Embossing Powder, heat set it and then used the Tree Punch to punch out one solid black tree shape…click on the photo below for a larger version…

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The finishing touch…is a sweet silver star made using the star punch from  Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (pg 222)…

And that is one beautiful, elegant holiday card.

Here is Kathy Falk’s beautiful card that inspired me to make my silver version…

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Just LOVE it – how gorgeous is that?  Fabulous work Kathy!

Here are the images that you get in the set Festival of Trees and the Tree Punchclick on the blue words below to view in the online store…

festival-of-treesSupplies used to make this card:

Stamps: Festival of Trees (135059), Wonderous Wreath (135047)
BUNDLE: Festival of Trees (Stamp Set & Punch) (137640)
Punches: Tree (135859),  Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (133787)
Embossing Folder: Decorative Dots (133520)
Cardstock: Whisper White (100730), Basic Black (121045), Silver Foil Sheets (132178)
Ink Pad: Memento Black (132708)
Embossing: Versamark Ink (102283), Black Stampin Emboss Powder (109133), Heat Tool (129053)
Ribbon: Lost Lagoon 3/8″ Silky Tafetta (135841)
Misc: Glue Dots (103683), Dimensionals (104430)

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Do you have an Elf on the Shelf in your house

We do…ours arrived yesterday and has already gotten into some mischief! Yes, he looks a little different than the traditional Elf on the Shelf but he still gets up to some naughty antics no less…and last year he arrived with a small Pinecone buddy that goes everywhere with him!!!

The girls love his daily (or twice daily!) antics and today is no different…this is where we found him today with his Pinecone Buddy…

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Having a bit of a messy tea party in the doll’s trailer LOL!!!  Oh my…this is so much fun!

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

This week’s Weekly Deals are here…from December 2nd through 8th…

Here are this week’s Weekly Deals - they will be offered for ONE WEEK ONLY through Monday December 8th OR WHILST SUPPLIES LAST..

weekly-deals-banner

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, December 1st, 2014

Happy Winter Y’all!

December 1st…I can hardly believe it’s here so soon…where did the year go?!  It is feeling like winter too today in Central Texas as a cold front comes through…I might be lighting the fire tonight!

To celebrate Winter’s arrival I made a card today using a stamp that is perfect for celebrating all Holidays…which I love because I have parents of the girls’ school friends on my holiday card list and I honestly do not know their religious beliefs and this stamp is perfect for making their holiday cards…

Here is my Happy Winter card…simple, bold & sparkly…

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That stamped image is simply one BIG stamp called Wintertime that you can find on pg 23 of the Holiday Catalog or online by clicking HERE – it is super simple to use and because it is so large, becomes the focal point of your card = quick & easy card making = happy-under-time-pressure-Holiday-Stamper!

The card base…is simply Early Espresso onto which I layered a piece of Lost Lagoon cut to measure 3 3/4″ x 5″ to give a nice wide outer border…

The banner pieces…are simply scraps of Early Espresso that I shaped using a die from Banners Framelits (pg 231)…

The feature layer…I stamped the image using Wintertime and Early Espresso Ink onto Whisper White cardstock – I trimmed it to the size I wanted and layered it onto a piece of Early Espresso so that the banner pieces kind of flow into it…

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What a fast & easy way to get a feature onto a card!!!  I then added this layer to my card base using Dimensionals to make it pop out a bit.

The finishing touches…I dotted a bunch of small sparkly Rhinestone Jewels around the image and just love the Holiday sparkly feel that they add to the card…

And that is one quick & easy card that would be perfect for ‘assembly line’ style card making whilst watching TV in the evening – all you need is that fabulous stamp, two different colors of cardstocks and you are off!

I am sooo excited that December is here…one of the reasons is that I have been desperate to get this little pillow out and onto one of the sofa’s every since I received it at Founders Circle back in September!

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Isn’t it cool?  I am so happy it is finally out on display!!!

Now back to that awesome feature stamp – again, it is called Wintertime and here are the details click on the blue words below to view in the online store…

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Supplies used to make this card:

Stamps:  Wintertime (136565)
Cardstocks: Early Espresso (119686), Lost Lagoon (133679), Whisper White (100730)
Ink: Early Espresso (126774)
Die: Banners Framelits (132173)
Misc: Rhinestone Jewel (119246), Dimensionals (104430)

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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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