Monday, August 29, 2016

Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek Week!

Hello! I can hardly believe that August is coming to a close, but that means the brand new Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog launch is right around the corner. Yippee! 

This catalog goes live on Thursday, September 1.  So, this week I will be giving you a little sneak peek with some projects I have made with products I was able to pre-order. 

I held my Holiday Catalog Open House yesterday, and here is one of the display items I made for this event:

Here is a close-up of part of the banner:

This banner uses the "yummy" Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper and the gingerbread man stamp from the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set.  I used our Banners Framelits Dies (#132173, $27.00) to cut the banner pieces.  

The largest framelit was used to cut the Real Red banners. The third largest framelit was used to cut the Designer Series Paper with the cookies on it. And, the fourth largest framelit was used to cut the Designer Series Paper with the stripes on it.  

I layered the "cookie" Designer Series Paper banners onto the Real Red banners with Fast Fuse adhesive.  I punched holes in the top corners of the Real Red banners and the striped Designer Series banners and set them aside. 

Now, it is time to do the stamping. Yay! The gingerbread man image is part of the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set.  I inked him up with Crumb Cake ink and stamped onto Whisper White card stock.  Cutting him out was easy with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch that you can bundle with the stamp set and save 10%!  Yep -- I love our bundles!  Great coordinating products at a 10% savings -- yes, please!  

The little red hearts on his chest are also part of this punch.  You are going to love it!  I punched them out with scraps of Real Red left over from cutting out the banners, and then attached them with our Fine Tip Glue pen.  I used Stampin' Dimensionals to attach each gingerbread man to the smaller, striped banners. I used 2 Stampin' Dimensionals on the back of each gingerbread man so they would be secure.

I used the Letter For You bundle (#142348, $133) to create the letters for the banner. I got this bundle at half-price when I was the hostess of an event a few weeks ago. 

When you stamp the letters, you will notice they have a slight watercolor look to them.  That is intentional -- they are supposed to look that way.  So, parts of the image will be lighter than other parts.  I love the gradation these stamps give to the letters! It was easy peasy to cut them out with the coordinating framelits, too! I used our 2" circle punch to create the Whisper White circles, and attached the letters to the circles with Fast Fuse adhesive applied to the back centers of the letters.  I did not apply Fast Fuse to the areas of the letters that extend beyond the circle.

Next, I used 3 Stampin' Dimensionals to attach the circles to the front of the large banner pieces. Now comes the fun part -- assembling the banner!

I used one of the spools from the Candy Cane Lane Baker's Twine pack to string my banner.  Here's a helpful hint: Do NOT cut the baker's twine until you string the entire banner.  I just use the baker's twine on the spool. Start with one of the smaller, gingerbread man pieces, then alternate a letter, gingerbread man, letter, and so on.  Once all of your pieces are on the baker's twine, then you can cut it from the spool after you allow extra length on either side for hanging.  I add a slip knot to each end of the twine for easy hanging.  

This project is not difficult to make, and really gives a "wow" to holiday decorating. And, it is easy to store.  You can fit the entire banner in a large zipper bag and store it flat.  

Stop by again for another Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek!

Happy Stamping,

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Thoughtful Branches: RemARKable Stampers Blog Tour

Hello, and welcome to the RemARKable Stampers Blog Tour! The theme for this month is Thoughtful Branches, an exclusive, limited-time only stamp set and thinlits bundle that has been very popular. So, get yours soon -- it is available while supplies last during August only

Thoughtful Branches Photopolymer Bundle  #144328   $52.00

I have a few projects to share with you today.  My first project is a card my Stamp Club ladies recently made. 

You know how much I love sunflowers, and the "leaf" framelit makes the perfect petal, doesn't it?  And, the "seeds" in the center of the sunflower were stamped with the small tree detail stamp.  

Lots of dimension on this card with the sponging and curling of the petals not to mention the Stampin' Dimensionals.  LOL Here is the inside of the card:

I read somewhere that cardinals appear when angels are near, and that is what inspired me to make this card:

I am sending this to a dear friend who lost a loved one.  I like the simplicity of this card, and the tone-on-tone look of the Whisper White tree on the Whisper White panel. The tree is one of the thinlits included with this bundle, and the little cardinals are cut out with the bird framelits included with this bundle. And, you can stamp the birds in any color you want!  So, you are not limited to cardinals.  

My third project is a card I made for Stampin' Up!'s Demo Support Appreciation week. The Demo Support team fields calls and emails from customers and Stampin' Up! Demonstrators, and helps us in so many ways!  

I wanted this card to have a clean, crisp look so I chose Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Smoky Slate, and Elegant Eggplant as my color scheme.  I stamped the envelope flap to coordinate with the front panel of the card, too.  This leaf image can be cut out with the leaf framelit that I used to cut the petals for the sunflower card above.  So, you can stamp this image and cut it out if you'd like. Here is a closer look:

I used the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies to cut out the greeting and the Smoky Slate oval.  I attached the Smoky Slate oval to the card front first, then layered the Bermuda Bay 1/8" Stitched Ribbon over top of it.  The greeting oval is attached to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.  

Here is the inside of the card:

As you can see, the Thoughtful Branches Bundle is a very versatile set, and a must have for your craft room. Be sure to order yours today!

Now, it is time to see what Missy has created for us this month. Just click here or on the icon below to continue on the tour.  

Happy Stamping,

Here is the lineup for this month:


Anne Matasci

Pam Staples  - 

Janet Wakeland -

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Thoughtful Branches & A Special Birthday Card

Thoughtful Branches, the limited-time-only offering from Stampin' Up!, is now available!  I was able to pre-purchase the bundle, and I love creating with it.  Here is the latest card I made:

I am a big fan of hydrangeas, and I love how you can use this set to make trees AND flowers.  Here is what you get with the bundle:

Thoughtful Branches Bundle
#144328  $52.00
I used our watercolor paper and an Aqua Painter to create a watercolor wash with Wisteria Wonder ink.  I also distressed the edges of the watercolor paper with the edge of my paper snips to give it a vintage feel.  I stamped the flower two times with Wisteria Wonder ink onto Blushing Bride card stock.  The flowers were cut out in a snap with the thinlit.  I added some sparkle with my Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush.  Here is a close-up of the flower:

I staggered the two blossoms and attached them together with Stampin' Dimensionals to give depth and texture to this card.  I also added our teeny tiny pearls to the blossom for an extra special touch.  A dainty bow completes the card!

Here are the supplies I used for this card: 

Product List

Remember, the Thoughtful Branches Bundle will only be available while supplies last in August.  Based on all of the ideas I have seen on Pinterest, I anticipate this bundle will sell out before the end of the month.  So, don't delay -- order yours today!  Click here to place your order.  Use Host Code QGJWFA42 when you check out and receive a special thank you from me!

Happy Stamping,

Monday, August 1, 2016

Holiday Catalog Sneak Peeks!

It is like Christmas already today!  Stampin' Up! is sharing some of the new products in the Holiday Catalog on their YouTube channel. Of course, I want you to see all of these videos, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the show! (You might even want to pop some popcorn!)


Wow! Are you as excited about the Holiday Catalog as I am?  Yes? Well, did you know that one of the perks of being a demonstrator is the ability to pre-order product before the catalog goes live for customers?  Yes siree! I will be placing my pre-order tomorrow, and I will be playing with brand-new products very soon.  

What's that?  You want to play with new products, too?  Well, then join my B-More Stampers Team!  You get to select $125 worth of Stampin' Up! products for only $99, and shipping is free.  You can select products from the Annual Catalog or the NEW Holiday Catalog -- woohoo! And, you get a Business Supply Pack valued at $50. For more information click here.

I will be back later with the last card from my Christmas In July class.  See you then!

Happy Stamping,


I recently held my "Christmas In July" class, and I have been featuring the cards we made here on my little ol' blog.  So, today's card is the third of four cards we made in this class. This card uses the brand-new stamp set Joyful Nativity.
Joyful Nativity Photopolymer Stamp Set
#141565   $17.00
And, here is the card we made:

The color scheme for this card is Very Vanilla, Garden Green, and Cherry Cobbler.  I used the This Christmas Designer Series Paper as one of the background layers for this card.  I love the traditional look of this Designer Series Paper, don't you?

This Christmas Designer Series Paper
#141628   $13.00 for 24 sheets!
The images of the angel, the holy family, and Bethlehem fit inside the letter O in the word JOY.  So, you can create many different looks with this stamp set.  I added a rhinestone to the star as an accent.  

Here are the supplies I used to make this card:

Product List
Come back soon to see the final card from this class. Have a good week!

Happy Stamping,