Monday, December 30, 2013

Sneak Peek!

Can you believe that the year 2013 is just about over?  I can't!  Still remembering the events of this year, and thinking that it was only yesterday...But it's time for "in with the NEW!" and Stampin' UP has us covered.  Our new Occasions Catalog begins January 2, and what a gem!  (think BLING!)  You'll have a great time looking at all the new goodies, and if you're like me, you'll have trouble deciding what to get first.

So I made a few decisions, and here's a card using many of my new things:
 I started with a piece of Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock, measuring 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" and folded in half.  The Perfect Chevron background stamp was stamped, using Crisp Cantaloupe ink.
A piece of Tangerine Tango was run through the Big Shot with the Stripes embossing folder.  Another sneak peek--I used the banner punch (yes, you read that right--a BANNER PUNCH will be available during Sale-a-Bration at the end of January; this is when you can get FREE stuff!  Stay tuned for details!) to punch out little banners from the new Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper, and adhered them to the card using Mini Glue Dots.  A sliver of Silver Glimmer Paper gave the card a bit of pizzazz!
Another piece of Watercolor DSP was cut using the new Banner Framelits and adhered with a piece of washi tape (left over from the Holiday catalog--Halloween!).  Then I stamped the new Just Sayin' stamp in Crisp Cantaloupe, snipped it out using my trusty Paper Snips, and added it to an Island Indigo layer cut from the Word Bubbles framelits...what fun!

Can't wait to show you more new toys!

Let's get creating!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Gift Card Holders

 I sometimes sell Stampin' UP gift cards, and I always like to make a special holder for the presentation.  Over the past few weeks I made a few of these for a lucky customer.  Here is one of them:
Using the stocking die (now retired, but I just received it as a gift from Stampin' UP--lucky me!), I cut a card by folding a piece of Coastal Cabana (upon which I had pre-glued a piece of the beautiful Designer Series Paper Winter Frost) and placing the fold just below the top (where the cuff goes).  I also cut the heel, toe and cuff from Silver Glimmer Paper.  The "merry" is from the wonderful Occasions Thinlets, using Silver Foil. 

 On the inside, I stamped a few snowflakes (using Coastal Cabana ink, but first stamping off one time), and then adhered the toe and heel.  I also made a small envelope from Coastal Cabana, but adhered it upside down inside the stocking.  A label (Label Love and Label punch) was stamped in Coastal Cabana, and layered on Silver Glimmer paper. 
The pull-down gift card was created using My Digital Studio, printed on Whisper White card stock, and fit perfectly in the envelope. 

Don't forget:  the Holiday Catalog will soon end (January 2), so if you love the Winter Frost paper, be sure to order soon.  Coastal Cabana, the Occasions Thinlets, Silver Glimmer Paper, Silver Foil, Label Love and the Label punch continue to be available, either in the Annual Catalog or as a carry-over from the Holiday Catty.  And of course, My Digital Studio is always ready--why not try a FREE trial subscription?  Head over to my on-line store and place your order now!

And let's get creating!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Simple Christmas

I'm all about simplifying this year.  Having had an extremely busy year at my "real" job, and after totally over-committing in the month of December, and (of course) procrastinating on all the things I NEED to do, it's time to simplify my Christmas cards.
While participating in a craft fair last weekend, I strolled about admiring the crafters' items, and stumbled upon another Stampin' UP demonstrator (Hi, Annabelle Lewis!).  She had a really pretty (and easy!) card for sale; I bought it and took it home to play.  Using her idea for the ornament, I added another layer and some embossing to make it mine.  What do you think?
This beautiful white-on-white card comes alive with the gorgeous Gold Foil ornament, punched from the retired Ornament Punch (which just happens to be on sale on the Clearance Rack!).  I cut a card base of Whisper White (5-1/2" x 8-1/2") and folded it in half.  Another piece of Whisper White, cut to 4" x 5-1/4", is scored on all four sides (on the BACK side) at 1/2".

The sentiment from Four the Holidays is embossed in Gold embossing powder and the layer was added with Dimensionals.

The Gold Foil ornament was run through the Big Shot with the Sophisticated Stripes embossing folder, a small bow was added, and it was popped up with Dimensionals.

Easy and done!

Now let's get creating!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Do You Believe in Santa?

More from the Craft Fair in which I participated.  This cute idea has been floating on the internet for awhile, and was a big hit at the fair. 

 These little fellas are easy to make, using punches.  Start with a 1 3/4" punch using Blushing Bride or Pink Pirouette card stock for his face.  Don't forget a 1/2" circle nose!
The (retired) ornament punch makes the beard; add his mustache by punching two wings from the Bird Punch--run these through the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.  Add the beard to the "face" and pop up the mustache with Stampin' Dimensionals.  Glue on his nose.
Cute Santa
 Eyes are a 1/4" punch of Basic Black; glue them on and give him a "glimmer" with a Signo White Gel Pen. 
For the hat:  punch about 1/3 of the wide oval punch using Whisper White card stock.  Discard the piece you punched; slide the punch about 1/4 way over the curve and punch again.  This creates his cap (popped up with dimensionals) and then add a 1/2" circle pom pom.
Yum Yum!
Stick on your Peppermint Patty using Sticky Strip, and you've got an adorable stocking stuffer or place setting decoration.