Christmas

Stitched from the Heart

stitchframelit_demoheader_naNot only are stitches a classic trend, they illustrate the quality, precision, and extra care taken when creating a piece. Giving a stitched gift shows just how much you value that relationship. Beginning tomorrow, November 1st, Stampin’ Up! is giving us all the opportunity to purchase Stitched Shapes Framelits ahead of their official release in the 2017-2018 annual catalog and get 25% off coordinating stamp sets. With Stitched Shapes Framelits you can make paper stitches in seconds, turning any project into one that is stitched from the heart.

Get a sneak peek at some gorgeous holiday cards made using the new Stitched Shapes Framelits in this sweet video from Stampin’ Up! then check out the list of discounted stamp sets that will coordinate perfectly with them!

25% Off Select Stamp Sets:  (promotion ends 11/30/16)

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Wicked Good Wreaths

Changing up a few things around my home with the seasons is something I enjoy doing but without a lot of time I keep it simple.  One of the easiest ways to update home decor with the changing seasons is with wreaths. Take one down and replace with another – even I have time for that.  And  what is better than a beautiful home decor piece?  Saying, “I made that” to your family and friends!

The Fancy option In my Fun & Fancy Class yesterday was the Season to Season Wreath Project Kit.  I was a little worried that our class time would not be adequate to finish the wreath but it was surprisingly easy to put together and my guests left with completed wreaths.  Happy guests and a big sigh of relief from me!

The wreath is so pretty with a soft, vintage feel and will look great wherever I decide to place it.  The finished size is pretty substantial – about 15″.  And – bonus – it is good to go until New Year’s because of the three interchangeable banners; Halloween theme, Autumn/Thanksgiving theme and Christmas theme.  Mine is all decorated for Halloween and looks great hanging on the $5 wreath holder I made last Fall.  See instructions for that HERE

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The supplies to make your own Season to Season Wreath are:

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Another fun option for Halloween decorating is the Frightful Wreath Simply Created Kit. It is currently on the Clearance Rack while supplies last.  The coordinating stamp set is not available but the Happy Haunting sentiment from the Cheer All Year Stamp Set would substitute in great!

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I would love to hear from you about your seasonal decorating!  Do you change it up a little or a lot or not at all?  Do you decorate for Halloween?  Leave a comment and let me know.  Thanks!

 

 

Cheer All Year – Really!

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The card I’m sharing with you today was created by the Stampin’ Up! Creative Design Team.  It uses the Cheer All Year stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog and gives your projects some seasonal flair. At first look this is a holiday stamp set but as this card shows, you don’t have to put it away at the end of the year.  Just a simple “Hello” sentiment makes this a fun feathery card you can share all year long!  My favorite thing . . . the gold embossed feather tip!

 

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Cheer All Year Stamp Set

 

 

 

 

 

Card Supplies:

Cheer All Year Stamp Set; Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, and White Vellum Cardstock; Fancy Foil Designer Vellum; Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad; Watermelon Wonder Classic Stampin’ Pads; VersaMark Pad; Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder; Gold Metallic Thread; Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons; Stampin’ Dimensionals; Banner Triple Punch; Big Shot; Lots of Labels Framelits Dies

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Twelve Weeks of Christmas Week 10

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The Plaid Poodles, Maggie and Sox, had a visit to the groomer yesterday.  Our dog groomer, Tammy, is wonderful to take whatever mess the dogs show up in and transform them into pretty little poodle like fancy!  And they smell terrific – for dogs!   I would post a photo if they would sit or stand still long enough to do so.

Because this was the Christmas visit I wanted to gift Tammy for her great service all year long.  I decided to create a gussied up envelope to tuck her tip in.  It turned out really cute and is perfect to tuck cash or gift cards into.  The envelope was so quick and easy to make that I created several for other hard-to-buy-for family (can someone say teenage nieces and nephews?).  Here’s the video tutorial with all the details:


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Twelve Weeks of Christmas Week 9

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Christmas is just twelve days away – gulp!  I am not ready.  I like to say, “Christmas comes ready or not”!  Sure we all want a perfect “Norman Rockwell” holiday but who defines what that is?  Define your own “perfect”.  Don’t kill yourself creating what you imagine a perfect Christmas to be.  Choose what’s important to you and go with that.  Let’s not stress over all the trappings of Christmas and remember the real reason we celebrate. Time is slipping by and Christmases spent together will become fewer and fewer so make the most of it.  Enjoy your family, dysfunction and all!  We won’t remember gifts given or received but we will remember with fondness the sweet times spent enjoying time with our loved ones.  Love each other and laugh together.

Talking about perfection . . . my Twelve Weeks of Christmas have not posted perfectly.  Technical difficulties, scheduling conflicts, blah, blah, blah.  In all honesty, I did not realize the challenge that this was going to become.  Thank you for sticking with me.  It is important to me that I follow through with my commitments and I plan on fulfilling my promise.  It may not have happened as I had planned or you expected but I hope you have enjoyed the series.  Your feedback would be most welcome!  Check back next week as I complete the Twelve Weeks of Christmas with Weeks 10, 11 and 12!

But first, let’s visit Week 9!  I am beginning to gift wrap the Christmas presents purchased thus far.  I created these simple little tags to top each gift.  They coordinate perfectly with the Stampin’ Up! Festive Designer Kraft Paper Rolls that I’m using for  my gift wrapping this year.  I kept it simple using the Tag Topper Scallop Punch.  The sweet little Joy Peace Love sentiment came from the Christmas Tagables photopolymer stamp set.

 

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Twelve Weeks of Christmas Week 8

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Tag-a-Bag Gift Bag Gift Card Holder

By now most of us have the Christmas decorations up and have started purchasing presents for our friends and loved ones.  If you are anything like me you will be purchasing your fair share of gift cards.  Why not make the presentation of those gift cards a present in itself!  This gift card fits the bill.  It’s not only adorable but so simple to make using the Stampin’ Up! Polka Dot Tag-a-Bag Gift Bag.  The inspiration for it came from fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Krista Frattin.  I love the use of dainty accessories like the Tea Lace Paper Doily and Gold Sequin Trim paired with the practical paper bag and newsprint paper.  Very girlie girl and artisan!

The gift card holder is made by simply folding the Tag-a-Bag Gift Bag in half and adhering embellishments.  View my video tutorial for complete instructions:

 

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A Very Special Stampin’ Style Class

Invitations to eat, drink and be merry at the December Stampin’ Style Card Class were sent out and yesterday was the big day!  I wanted to celebrate all the special people who attend my classes all thru the year so we included a soup and salad lunch and turned December’s class into a party!  I tried a new soup recipe and it was a hit.  Several ladies requested the recipe so I thought I would share it here in case you might want to try it.  The recipe makes a larger quantity and is a snap to make.  I made it in the morning and kept it warm in my slow cooker until the party.

Cream of Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

1 pkg. Uncle Ben’s Original Long Grain & Wild Rice
1 pkg. Lipton’s Chicken Noodle Soup
1/4 c chopped onion
1/4 c chopped celery
1 carrot, chopped
3 cans low-sodium (or heart healthy) cream of chicken soup
1 large can chicken (I used rotisserie chicken)

Bring 8 cups of water to boil.  Add rice with seasonings, noodle soup, onion, celery and carrot.  Cook for 10 minutes or until rice is tender.  Stir in cream of chicken soup and chicken  and warm thoroughly.

 

 Party Favors

You can’t have a party without party favors so I whipped up cute little candy cane holders and placed one on the table at each guest’s place setting.  The inspiration for the candy cane holders came from fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Sam Donald.   And although I could never repay the blessing that my customers turned friends have become to me, I wanted them to have a small token of my appreciation so I made packages of mini Christmas note cards to take home.

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Photos from A Very Special Card Class

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Love these awesome women!  So great to take a few hours each month for ourselves and laugh, solve world problems (lol) and of course STAMP!  If you are in the Kansas City area we would invite you to join us.  Check my Stampin’ Up! website under Events for future dates HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twelve Weeks of Christmas Week 7

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It’s a Wonderful Life comes to mind when I look at this card.  The gold embossing on the edges imitate gold leaf and the sentiment from the Wondrous Wreath stamp set is out of the ordinary.  A little old fashioned in a good way.  Not to mention the sparkle of cherry cobbler rhinestones!  It’s what I call a “fancy” card.  Formal and dainty with a richness that takes you back to the high quality of times past.  Pure vintage.  You can almost hear an angel earning it’s wings!

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Here’s the video on how I made this card.

 

 

Dimensions:  Basic Black card stock 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″ for card base, Cherry Cobbler card stock 4″ x 5-1/4″, Typeset Designer Series Paper 3-3/4″ x 5″

 

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Twelve Weeks of Christmas Week 6

Back in the day, that time my sister married a Canadian, we celebrated our first Canadian Christmas. Our holiday dinner table was lovely and at each guest’s place setting was an adorable Christmas cracker. Nowadays Christmas crackers are everywhere because . . . you know . . . American consumerism, but back then they weren’t so obvious.  My family had the delight that Christmas of cracking open our very first Christmas crackers! Guess what? I didn’t realize that they actually “crack” when opened – there was smoke involved people! Great hilarity ensued and I believe my brother-in-law wore his crown for the remainder of the meal which may just be another Old English tradition that I am unaware of.

It is a sweet tradition for so many reasons and I always admire those paper party poppers when they catch my eye.  So after hearing somewhere (Pinterest?) that making Christmas crackers with the Stampin’ Up! Envelope Punch Board  is a snap I decided to give it a go.  Here are a few different versions that I whipped together in no time.  Check out my video tutorial and see for yourself just how easy-peasy they are!

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Description:  Designer Series Paper measures 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ –  Scored on long edge (landscape) at 1″, 1-1/2″, 2″, 4-1/2″, 5″, 5-1/2″ then scored on short edge (portrait) at 1″, 2″, 3″ and 4″

 

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Twelve Weeks of Christmas Week 5

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I know, I know, I know!   I’m very behind in my Twelve Weeks of Christmas series!  I hope you will forgive me.  My goal was to include a video for each post of the series and well, to be honest, video technology is not a big talent of mine.  I am learning however and have decided that perhaps a new video camera would be helpful.  I’m sure it’s the equipment and not me, right?   We’ll see.  In the meantime thank you for your patience and I hope you enjoy the video tutorial for this sweet little card!

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Project Details:

Stamps:  Endless Wishes 136829, Bright & Beautiful 135026 (w) 135029 (c)

Ink:  Lost Lagoon 133644, VersaMark 102283

Card Stock:  Smoky Slate 131202 (8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″), Soft Sky 131203 (4″ x 5-1/4″), Whisper White 100730 (4″ x 4″)

Accessories:  All Is Calm Designer Washi Tape 135844, Silver Embossing Powder 109131, Embossing Buddy 103083, Heat Tool 129053, Stars Framelits 133723, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine 113439, Rhinestone Basic Jewels 119246, 104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals

 

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12 Weeks of Christmas – Week Three!!!

Gift Box Punch Board

This week’s project was made using the Stampin’ Up! Gift Box Punch Board.  It’s a fun element to add to holiday packaging, creating containers just right for that special gift.  Create boxes up to 4-inch square.  The sizing chart and instructions are even printed on the board making it a sinch to use!  View the video at the end of this post for a live demonstration of this nifty gadget! 

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Aren’t these gift boxes cute?  They are the smallest measuring 1-3/4″ square.   I used a 6 x 6-inch piece of Old Olive Cardstock for the box and a scrap of Red Glimmer Paper and Whisper White Cardstock for the tag.  The Merry Christmas sentiment is from the Petite Pairs Stamp Set and was stamped using Cherry Cobbler Ink.  The box is tied together using 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon in Old Olive.  I used the 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch and the 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch for the tag and used Stampin’ Dimensionals to assemble the tag and adhere it to the box.  View the video below for a full tutorial on how I assembled the boxes using the Gift Box Punch Board.

 

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Twelve Days of Christmas – Week Two!

Lovely As a Tree Card

 

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This card is made with a classic Stampin’ Up! stamp set, Lovely As a Tree.  Using the “stamp off” technique there appears to be a forest of trees.  The simple technique adds a lot of depth to the card giving it a rich look.  Extra drama was added with a sprinkling of Dazzling Diamonds on the tree branches giving the effect that they are frost covered.  The video below includes all the dimensions and techniques used in the making of this card.  

Products:

Stamps:  Lovely As a Tree 128655 (w) 127793 (c), Bright & Beautiful 135056 (w) 135029 (c)

Cardstock:  Whisper White 100730, Always Artichoke 105119

Ink:  Always Artichoke 126972

Accessories:  Dazzling Diamonds 133751

 

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Introducing Twelve Weeks of Christmas!!!

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Today starts the beginning of twelve weeks of Christmas projects.  If you’ve looked at your calendars you will see that I’m already a week behind!  No worries, twelve total projects will be posted so stay tuned and look for a bonus post before jolly, old St. Nick arrives! Join my email list now to make sure you don’t miss a single one!

My first project in this series is this delightful little gift bag.  I think it’s the perfect size for a small cellophane bag of bath salts, tea light or votive candles, a gift card and candies or, of course, cash! 

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Directions (view the video below for a complete tutorial):

The bag is made with All Is Calm Designer Series Paper. I used a 12″ x 6″ piece of the DSP and scored it in landscape mode at 1-3/4″, 5-1/2″, 7-1/4″ and 11″.  Then, in portrait mode, I scored at 1-3/4″ and 5-1/2″.  For the tag I used the Endless Wishes Stamp Set, stamping the snowflakes with Soft Sky Ink and the sentiment with Black StazOn Ink onto a 2″ circle punched from Whisper White Card Stock. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals I attached the stamped circle to a 2-3/8″ scallop circle punched from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.  The circles were attached with Dimensionals to a 2″ x 4″ piece of Pear Pizzazz Card Stock that I flagged at one end.  The tag is attached to the bag using Snail Adhesive.    Finally, the bag is tied up cute with Pear Pizzazz Cotton Ribbon and sprinkled with Rhinestone Basic Jewels.