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,

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