Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Weekly Deals

Another round of great prices on great products.  One of my all-time fav is the Word Bubbles Framelits, and now they're on sale.  I just used them on the card I featured yesterday; see it here.

I'm also a big fan of the Designer Buttons--the Regals collection is SO pretty!  And especially right for fall.

Anyway, check out the deals and place your order by Monday, or you'll lose out! 


Regals Designer Buttons Item # 130029
Regular Price: $7.95 US/$10.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.96 US/$8.21 CAN

Large Scallop Edgelits Die Item # 127019
Regular Price: $7.95 US/$9.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.96 US/$7.46 CAN

Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch Item # 119275
Regular Price: $15.95 US/$20.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $11.96 US/$15.71 CAN

Blue Ribbon Wood Stamp Set Item # 131964
Regular Price: $28.95 US/$35.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $21.71 US/$26.96 CAN

Word Bubbles Framelits Die Item # 132968
Regular Price: $24.95 US/$30.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $18.71 US/$23.21 CAN

1/16" Circle Handheld Punch Item # 134363
Regular Price: $8.95 US/$11.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$8.96 CAN

Autumn Traditions Kit - Digital Download Item # 127600
Regular Price: $9.95 US/$10.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.97 US/$6.57 CAN

All products can be ordered here.

Let's get creating!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Happy Birthday, Ethan!

Today is my grandson's fourth birthday!  When I called him at dinner tonight, he mentioned that he isn't really 4 yet, as he wasn't born until 8:35 p.m.  Can you believe that?  This child has an unbelievable way with grasping adult concepts.  So he was enjoying his dinner and anxiously awaiting his cake to celebrate when he "really turns 4".  I love him!

Anyway I wanted to send him a special card, and used one of the concepts that a fellow Stampin' UP! demonstrator introduced at our Card Club last month.  Bonnie made the "quarter fold card", and  I really like the way this one came out...take a look:

This is actually made with two card bases of Old Olive cardstock; one is standard 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", but scored at 1-3/8" from either end and the other is a standard 4-1/4" x 11" and scored at 2-1/8" from either end.  One piece is layered perpendicularly over the other (do you get that?  I should have photographed it as I made it).  Then each side is folded towards the center, creating your card.

The fun comes in as you decorate it.  I used the designer series paper Sweet Taffy and stamped Zoo Babies, along with Just Sayin' and MetroType Alphabet (for the number 4).

Each animal was stamped and fussy-cut, then popped up with Dimensionals.

The trick here was figuring out how to attach the circle with the number 4 so that the card could still open. 

You'll note that this card folds up like a cardboard carton--folding the top flap down first, then folding the right side, bottom and finally the left side, tucking in the top half under the piece below it.  So I ended up putting a Mini Glue Dot on only the lower left corner of the the "4" circle; this worked perfectly!

I was particularly happy with the inside, using Work of Art for a background to the sentiment from Big News.  The little "woohoo" banner is cut out and added separately.

So woohoo, Ethan!  It's your day and I hope it's perfect in every way!

All supplies can be ordered here.

Let's get creating!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween Friends

I've been busy getting ready for Halloween later this week, and will share with you my new group of Halloween friends:

Have you seen the Curvy Keepsake Box dies?  Eeek!  They are to "die" for!  (sorry, couldn't resist).  Not originally on my Stampin' UP! order, I saw so many examples of these cute little boxes, that I eventually broke down.  Now I can't get enough.

So first up are my Halloween pals:


Made from Garden Green cardstock I added Perfect Plum "hair", some eyes using the 3/4" punch and the 1/2" punch, the wonderful Project Life Journaling pens (for his mouth) and Gold Foil Sheets with the Word Window Punch for his "bolts".

The Count

The Count is Perfect Plum cardstock with black hair (punched with the 3/4" circle punch).  His ears are the wings from the Bird Punch with a little score to make them stand out.  I used the star punch for his fangs.


Spidey is all black; his legs are from two sizes of the square framelits, cut on the diagonal (each square makes two legs) and with a small score line for gluing them.  (I think he's my fav!)


Jack is cut from Tangelo Twist cardstock, and is the only box with stamping.  I used Work of Art (the single stripe) to create "pumpkin lines" on Jack, then used the retired star punch for his eyes and nose.  I hand-cut his mouth.  I also added a tag, using the tag shape from the Curvy Keepsakes dies along with the Project Life Holiday Cheer stamp set.  It's tied on with threads from the Burlap Ribbon, which gives it great texture.

And now I'm off to make more--giving them as gifts to my supervisor team at work (yes, I have a day-job, sigh).

All products can be purchased here.

Let's get creating!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A Christmas Card of a Different Color

I have to admit that while I usually make most of my Christmas cards using some shade of reds and greens, I occasionally like to mix it up a bit.  I've had a few "Blue Christmas" cards (here ) and some that are mostly greens (here).

But this time, I really took it to another level, and I'm still wondering if I like it.  Take a look:

Yes, it really is a black and white Christmas card.  I saw the idea (although it was all white, fewer layers and used red and green sequins) on Kimberly Van Diepen's blog (here) AND I happened to have a jar of black punched stars from another project that I made sitting on my desk.  I had been wanting to make a shaker card using the black and silver stars, so this seemed like a good place to start.

Using the "Joy" from the fabulous Wonderful Wreath Framelits dies, I ran it through my Big Shot with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I kept the "joy" cutout for another project, and am using the negative space for this card.

I then adhered a piece of Window Sheet to the back of the cutout.

My card base is Whisper White, 4-1/4" x 11" and scored at 5-1/2".  To this I added a piece of Basic Black, 4" x 5-1/4", but I cut out the middle so the Joy would be on top of a white background.

Then, using the edges (small, skinny pieces) of a sheet of Dimensionals, I made a frame to the Joy card stock piece would be popped up over the black layer.  Before adhering the joy layer, I dumped some of the black and Silver Glimmer Paper stars that I had punched with my Confetti Stars Punch on the card.  Then I carefully placed on my top layer, and voila!  A shaker card of stars!

I also, somehow, got a dot of orange ink (what?  Where did that come from--I was using black and white!) on the top front of the card!  Geez!  But as I always tell my class attendees--a "mistake" is not a "mistake"; it's an opportunity!  So I glued a few more of my black stars to the front...can't even see that silly dot of orange ink!

So what do you think?  An elegant Christmas Card?  Or is it just too dreary in black and white to send out this year?  Won't you leave me a comment and let me know?

All supplies can be purchased here.

And let's get creating.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Project Life Holiday Cheer

Starting to get in the spirit of the upcoming season, and made one of my first Christmas cards.  This started as a card for my monthly Card Club, but then I made a few more.  It's an easily-duplicated card, so if you need multiples, why not give it a try?

I stated with a base of Crumb Cake, 4-1/4" x 11" and scored at 5-1/2".  I stamped the sentiment from Project Life Holiday Cheer directly on the card base, using Cherry Cobbler ink.

Then I stamped the stocking in Cherry Cobbler, the tree in Garden Green, and the mittens with Chocolate Chip on Whisper White, and punched them out using my 1" square punch.  These pieces were mounted on a strip of Crumb Cake, and punched again with the Scalloped Square punch.

I cut a strip of Designer Series Paper from the Trim the Tree paper stack (Holiday Catalog) and then used my Scalloped Ribbon Border punch to make two Cherry Cobbler strips; these were glued under the DSP.  I then wrapped a piece of Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine three times around the uppermost scallops and tied a little bow.  This strip was then adhered to the front of my card.

I finished by using Stampin' Dimensionals to add the little squares to the front...easy peasy!  And with different pieces of the wonderful paper stack, you can make multiples that all look different:

I can almost hear "Jingle Bells" in the background, can't you?

All supplies can be purchased here.

Let's get creating!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Holiday Catalog Supplement


The Stampin' UP! Holiday Catalog Supplement is now live and ready for orders.  See it here.  Such great "extras" for your holiday decorating, card-making and gift giving!

All items can be purchased here.

Let's get creating!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Weekly Deals

Check out the Weekly Deals from Stampin' UP!  I have a few of these items and love them (the Settin' Sail Stamp Set reminds me of my favorite place, Cape Cod, and the Jumbo Sticky Rounds are fantastic if you like to make ribbon rosettes!).

Great prices on everything:

Settin’ Sail Photopolymer Stamp Set Item # 133453
Regular Price: $13.95 US/$16.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $10.46 US/$12.71 CAN

Jumbo Sticky Rounds Item # 127852
Regular Price: $4.95 US/$6.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.71 US/$5.21 CAN

Zig Zag Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 133738
Regular Price: $7.95 US/$9.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.96 US/$7.46 CAN

Fun Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 133727
Regular Price: $8.95 US/$10.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$8.21 CAN

Soft Sky 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon Item # 131210
Regular Price: $6.95 US/$9.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.21 US/$7.13 CAN

Calypso Coral 3/4" Chevron Ribbon Item # 130018
Regular Price: $8.95 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$9.38 CAN

Little Buddy Birthday Wood-Mount Stamp Set Item # 133860
Regular Price: $21.95 US/$26.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $16.46 US/$20.21 CAN

Spook Central Designer Ensemble - Digital Download Item # 127589
Regular Price: $12.95 US/$13.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $7.77 US/$8.37 CAN

All items can be ordered here.

Let's get creating!

Monday, October 20, 2014

October My Paper Pumpkin

Did you hear me? 

I actually squealed when I opened my little orange box today...this is the cutest Paper Pumpkin yet!  Can't wait to make mine (and fill it with Thanksgiving treats for the kiddos), and I'll be coming up with a few extra ideas for our Pumpkin Pals this month.

If you want to see this month's Pumpkin, take a look here--but this is a spoiler alert!  Watch and the surprise is gone.  (It's SO worth it! <grin>)

Wanna get in on the fun?  Start your subscription to My Paper Pumpkin by clicking on the link to the right.  Just $19.95 a month gets you exclusive stamps, ink, and everything you need to create your project!  Please choose me as your demonstrator, and you will automatically receive instructions for my monthly Pumpkin Pals alternative projects.  And if you're local, I have two class offerings each month; you can attend - FREE!  Subscribe today! 

Added benefit to subscribing--you get to order additional supplies for your favorite past kits - ONLY for Paper Pumpkin members. You can bet this month's is going on my Wish List!  A perfect party decoration, that becomes the party favors!

Let's get creating!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Weekly Deals and a Pretty Stamp!

I'm a day late posting, as I just returned from a visit to Cape Cod, MA.  But there are a few fantastic deals on these items, and I don't want you to miss out.

Don't forget to scroll down and see the beautiful new stamp, Gentle Peace.

Weekly Deals:
Darling Doily Thinlits Die by Stampin' Up!
Darling Doily Thinlits Die
Price: $24.95 $18.71
Decorative Window Gift Box
Decorative Window Gift Box
Price: $4.95 $3.71
Floral Frames Framelits Die
Floral Frames Framelits Die
Price: $26.95 $20.21
Mustache Framelits Die by Stampin' Up!
Mustache Framelits Die
Price: $7.95 $5.96
Perfect Print Numbers Bigz Die by Stampin' Up!
Perfect Print Numbers Bigz Die
Price: $24.95 $18.71
Spooky Treats Designer Template -- Digital Download
Spooky Treats Designer Template - Digital Download
Price: $12.95 $7.77
Tiny Triangles Textured Impressions Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!
Tiny Triangles Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Price: $7.95 $5.96
Truly Grateful Wood Stamp Set
Price: $27.95 $20.96

And a gorgeous stamp set, just perfect for coloring with your Blendabilities:

The Reason For The Season_crbGentle Peace
 Gentle Peace (item #139523)

All items can be ordered here.

And let's get creating!