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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

We have finished 2 of our 5 Christmas celebrations as of this posting.  Please take a moment to count all your blessings this year; and remember the greatest gift ever given was a small Babe in a manger who grew up to share His love so much that He accepted the burden of all our sins as He died on the cross, then rose to Heaven in victory over death so we could have eternal life in Heaven with Him.  NOW THAT IS AN INCREDIBLE GIFT!   

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Merry Little Christmas Snowflake

Here is another great card I CASED from Beth Beard using the Merry Little Christmas stamp set and the Festive Flurry Framelits.  The card is 5-1/4" square and was fairly easy to make, since the DSP and Framelits really did all the work.  I have gotten a lot of use out of this stamp set this year--it's simple, but has so much POP!

I know I promised to post this over a week ago, but I just got sidetracked with so many Christmas projects and am running a bit slow due to a cold that won't let me breathe or sleep.  I really don't have time for a cold!!!

Here are all the supplies you need to make this card.  You may order these supplies HERE and please use Hostess Code 9SEPMTWH.

Stamp Set:  Merry Little Christmas (131826w, 131829c) Holiday Catalog
Paper:  Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Brushed Silver CS (100712), Silver Foil Sheets (132178) Holiday Catalog, Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper (132341) Holiday Catalog
Tools:  Big Shot (113439), Festive Flurry Framelits Dies (132193) Holiday Catalog, Craft Scissors for cutting ribbon (108360), Heat Tool (129053)
Other:  Silver Embossing Powder (109131), Silver 1/8" Ribbon (132137) Holiday Catalog, Dimensionals (104430), Glue Dots (103683)

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Joyful Christmas

Here is a lovely poinsettia in a very non-traditional color, but oh, it does have some beautiful impact!  Thanks to Beth Beard at www.mylittlecraftblog.com for the wonderful inspiration!  Beth does lovely work, and I CASED this card exactly from her.  That is very rare for me.  I often CASE cards, but usually tweak them to create a different finished product.  This card was perfect for me just the way it was and we used it, along with another one I will post tomorrow, for a Stamp Club project.  They were both a big hit!

It was simple to emboss the greeting and the poinsettia in silver on Bermuda Bay card stock, then cut out the poinsettias and layer them together with Dimensionals.  Be sure to use your Embossing Buddy on the Bermuda Bay card stock to prevent stray pieces of embossing powder from sticking to your card stock.  The Silver Foil pieces were also layered together with Dimensionals.  Finally, I popped up the double-layer poinsettia with Dimensionals on the embossed Silver Foil piece and glued a Frosted Finishes piece in the center.  You can use Liquid Tombow or Glue Dots for this.

POW!  Instant impact!  I love this card!

Stamp Set:  Joyful Christmas (131802w, 131805c Holiday)
Paper:  Bermuda Bay, Silver Foil (132178)
Ink:  Versamark (102283)
Tools:  Big Shot (113439), Paper Snips (103579)
Other:  Pretty Print Embossing Folder (132175), Frosted Finishes Embellishments (132150), Dimensionals (104430), Silver Embossing Powder (109131), Glue Dots (103683), Embossing Buddy (103803)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

New Weekly Deals

These are the new Weekly Deals from Stampin' Up! for December 3 - 9.  Items are available while quantities last.  You may click on the item shown to order directly through my website.  Please use Hostess Code  9SEPMTWH .  Items may also be added to a party or Stamp Club order.
1-1/4 Scallop Circle Punch
Price$15.95 $11.96
Fun Flowers Bigz L Die
Price$32.95 $24.71
Hearts Collection Framelits Dies
Price$26.95 $20.21
Merry Minis Punch Pack
Price$16.95 $12.71
Paper Doily Sizzlits Die
Price$21.95 $16.46
Think Back Photobook Templates -- Digital Download
Price$19.95 $11.97
Wisteria Wonder 3/4 Chevron Ribbon
Price$8.95 $6.71

Thankful For You!

Doesn't this look fun!  I made all these sweet little bags filled with chocolates for all my friends and family for Thanksgiving.  Customers who attended November Stamp Clubs also received them.  I am so thankful for the wonderful people in my life!  The bags are sitting in a little fall basket I have and overflowing onto the table.  There are 36 bags shown here!  I CASED this idea from an image I found on someone's blog--I just don't remember her name.  Sorry!

The bags were fairly easy to assemble.  I used the stencil from the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit to make the dots on the bottom of the Mini Muslin Bags and Sweater Weather DSP for the big leaf.  The sentiment is from the hostess set, Banner Greetings.  Different embellishments were used to accent the leaves.  As I ran out of one embellishment, I switched to another.  Sometimes you just have to be resourceful with the supplies you have on hand!

For the ones using the Naturals Designer Buttons, I used a tiny safety pin from Vintage Trinkets to attach the leaves to the bag.  Others were attached using Antique Brads or Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Brads, poking the brad through the bag and opening the prongs inside the bag.

It was so much fun paper piercing the small Cajun Craze leaf and stitching Linen Thread through the holes to create veins in the leaf.  I used my Craft Scissors from Stampin' Up! to cut the Linen Thread.  It's the very best scissors I have ever used for cutting ribbon and getting a clean edge.  A little sponging around the edges of the leaves with Chocolate Chip ink gave each leaf a little more depth and interest.  I also crinkled up the leaves a bit to give them more dimension.

What do you think?  How many different ways could you decorate these adorable bags?  The possibilities are endless . . .

Stamp Set:  Banner Greetings (Hostess Set 129711w, 129714c)
Paper:  Whisper White, Cajun Craze, Sweater Weather DSP (132184)
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Island Indigo
Tools:  Big Shot (113439), Paper Snips (103579), Autumn Accents Bigz Die (127812), Craft Scissors (108360)
Other:  Mini Muslin Bags (132180 Holiday), Sponge Dauber (102892)
Build a Banner Simply Created Kit (133507 Holiday)
Linen Thread (104199), cross-stitch needle, Paper Piercing Tool (126189)
Vintage Trinkets (118764), Glimmer Brads (121006), Antique Brads (117273)