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Posted on August 17, 2017

Copper Carols of Christmas

Big Shot/ Holidays / Special Days/ Paper crafting/ Projects

Hey stampers! Today's sample is a Copper Carols of Christmas card. Even though it is still summer here in Texas, my customers are already asking for Christmas card ideas! The “busy-ness” of the holidays seems to start earlier each year so it's never a bad idea to start thinking of ideas and purchasing supplies.

I absolutely love all our coordinating copper products and I think they add just the right amount of dazzle to this card.

I've included both Copper Trim and Copper Foil in my supply list. Copper trim is used here, but you could easily use Copper Foil if you prefer! Having choices is one of the things I love about Stampin' Up! products. We offer a wide range of colors and style to suit anyone's taste. Feel free to “case” any project I post. If you like, change it up to fit your particular style!

Every year I offer a free one on one Christmas Card consultation service to get your creative juices flowing. You and I will sit down in person for an hour and discuss ideas to come up with the perfect solution for your needs. If you don't live local to me, we can set up a phone call or skype chat. Please do give me a shout.  Together we'll design the perfect project!

Here are the instructions, including measurements and the rest of the products used for today's card.

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsCarols of Christmas (144801–Wood mount; 144804–Clear mount)
  • Cardstock – Whisper White (100730); Garden Green (102584); Cherry Cobbler (119685); Copper Foil Sheets (142020)
  • Designer Series Paper – Be Merry Designer Series Paper (144111)
  • Stamp Pads – VersaMark (102283)
  • Misc. – ¼” Copper Trim (144179); Copper Embossing Powder (141636); Layering Squares Framelits Dies (141708); Pretty Pines Thinlits (141851); Sparkle Textured Embossing Folder (141468); Heat Tool (129053); Stampin’ Trimmer (126889); Paper Snips (103579), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755); Fast Fuse (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Mini Glue Dots (103683); Embossing Buddy (103083); Stampin’ Scrub (126200; Stampin’ Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394); Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263)

Measurements:

  • Whisper White Cardstock – 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”
  • Whisper White Cardstock – 5-1/2” x 4-1/4”
  • Garden Green Cardstock – 3-1/4” x 3-1/4”
  • Cherry Cobbler Cardstock – 2-1/2” x 1-1/2”
  • Cherry Cobbler Patterned paper – 5-1/2” x 1-1/4”
  • White/Garden Green Patterned paper – 3-1/4” x 3-1/4”
  • Copper Trim – 6″ x 1/4”

Instructions:

    1. Run the 5-1/2” x 4-1/4” Whisper White with the Sparkle Embossing folder through the Big Shot. NOTE: Do not adhere to the card front until Step 4.
    2. Adhere the Cherry Cobbler Designer Series paper strip to the Sparkle Embossed layer using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
    3. Layer the Copper Trim over the Cherry Cobbler patterned paper edge and adhere the ends to the backside of the Sparkle Embossed layer.
    4. Adhere the Sparkle embossed layer to the Whisper White card front.
    5. Ink the Deck the Halls image from the Carols of Christmas set with VersaMark ink and stamp onto the White/Garden Green patterned paper piece. Cover with Copper Embossing Powder and set with the Heat Tool. Let cool. Die cut with a Layering Square Framelits Die.
    6. Die cut the Garden Green cardstock square with the largest scallop Layering Squares Framelits die.
    7. Adhere the copper embossed layer to the Garden Green scalloped square and set with Stampin’ Dimensionals onto the card front.
    8. Die cut the largest bow from the Pretty Pines Thinlits using the Big Shot. Adhere to the sentiment layer using a Mini Glue Dot.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my Copper Carols of Christmas project!

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Posted on August 14, 2017

Lovely Words Thinlits Friend Mini Crate

Big Shot/ Die Cut/ Projects/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Tuesday Tips

Hey stampers! Today's project is a Lovely Words Thinlit Friend Mini Crate. I actually whipped this up when I got home from work today. Seriously, it took me less than 30 minutes, start to finish.

I love the Wood Crate Die for making little gifts for my friends, customers and downline. I am over the moon excited that Stampin' Up! will be putting  packages of 3″ x 3″ Whisper White envelopes into the upcoming holiday catalog going live on September 1. It is so easy to create a special notecard using our paper and embellishments. Adding a coordinating envelope is the perfect finishing touch for this Mini Wood Crate Die project.

Let me share how I put this project together.

First, I chose my paper for the little notecard. I picked the Daffodil Delight/Old Olive flower piece from the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack for the top layer. I cut a 6″ x 3″piece of Whisper White Thick Cardstock for my base, a 2 7/8″ x 2 7/8″ piece of Old Olive Cardstock for the next layer, finishing with the DSP on the top. I used a 3″ piece of Daffodil Delight Double-Stitched ribbon (I used the side with little lines; the other side has little x's…TWO choices with one roll of ribbon!) and incorporated the “friend” die from the Lovely Words Thinlits. I cut “friend” out of Dazzling Diamonds Paper and used a Stampin' Sponge to add a little pop of Old Olive ink on top. I used my Paper Snips to cut out the word, rather than leaving it in the frame. These little dies are so versatile! I'm working on a video to show you different ways they can be used.

For the finishing touches to my notecard I found a button in my voluminous collection (yes, I am a button hoarder!) to pop onto the front of the crate and I added a piece of coordinating DSP to the inside of the envelope.

To order any of the supplies used for this project, just click on a picture below.

ps: if you aren't currently using a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator I would love to be yours and to send you the new Holiday Catalog. Just shoot me an email with your contact info and I'll get one out to you right away!

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Posted on July 25, 2017

Coffee Café Life Happens Coffee Helps

Projects/ Stamping/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Hey stampers! I am loving our “coffee” suite of products; so many choices for cute projects! I've titled today's project Coffee Café Life Happens Coffee Helps.

This little holder can be filled with any kind of treats and the recipient will be thrilled to dive right in!

Instructions follow below. You can click on any picture to go right to my ordering site to shop for any products you might need.

We are re-vamping a few things here on the blog so things might look “out of whack” for a day or two but we'll be back to normal soon!

Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets – Coffee Café (143677)
  • Card Stock – Early Expresso (119686); Shimmery White (101910)
  • Stamp Pads – Old Olive (126953)
  • Misc. – Coffee Break Designer Series Paper (144155); 6” Old Olive Mini Chevron Ribbon (144196); Tombow adhesive (110755); 2” circle punch (133782); 1 ¾” circle punch (119850)

Measurements:

  • Card Stock: Early Expresso 2 ½ x 2 ½”; Shimmery White 2 x 2”; DSP 6 x 6”,

Instructions:

    1. Fold 6 x 6” Designer Paper in half – corner to corner.
    2. With the point folded towards the top, fold the left hand side to meet the right.
    3. Fold in the right side to meet the left.
    4. Fold the top corner over.
    5. Stamp the greeting in Old Olive ink onto the Shimmery White cardstock. Punch out with 1 ¾” circle punch.
    6. Punch 2” circle out of Early Expresso.
    7. Fold ribbon in half and attach to back of Early Expresso circle. Layer greeting on top and adhere all layers to the front of the treat pack.
    8. Fill with treat!

Hope you enjoyed my Coffee Café Life Happens Coffee Helps sample today! If you missed yesterday's, click here.

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Posted on July 10, 2017

When Pigs Fly with Stampin’ Up!

Mojo Monday/ Paper crafting/ Projects

When Pigs Fly; if you have any doubt they do, check out my project for today!

This little guy is only one of the adorable images in This Little Piggy stamp set, new to our 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.

When I saw this stamp set I knew I would be adding it to my collection right away! I love the sweet sentiments and the flying pig is just too cute!

Have you ever wondered how the expression “when pigs fly” came to be? I did a little research and found a few thoughts. I don't think anyone knows for sure, but these are kind of fun to consider!

One source claims this expression is derived from a very old Scottish proverb, although some other references to pigs with wings or flying pigs are more famous such as this one from Lewis Carroll in Alice in Wonderland:

“Thinking again?” the Duchess asked, with another dig of her sharp little chin.
“I've a right to think,” said Alice sharply, for she was beginning to feel a little worried.
“Just about as much right,” said the Duchess, “as pigs have to fly….” — Alice in Wonderland, chapter 9.

Wikipedia says “When pigs fly” is a way of saying that something will never happen. The phrase is often used  to scoff at over-ambition. There are numerous variations on the theme; when an individual with a reputation for failure finally succeeds, onlookers may claim to see a flying pig (“Hey look! A flying pig!”).  Other variations on the phrase include “And pigs will fly”, this one in retort to an outlandish statement.  

If you've found any others, please share in a comment so we all can enjoy!

For now, here are the instructions, including supplies and measurements for this project. To order any of the supplies you might need, just click on a picture below.

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsThis Little Piggy (143919–Wood mount; 143922–Clear mount); Banners For You (141710–Photopolymer)
  • Cardstock – Whisper White (100730); Basic Gray (121044); Powder Pink (144244); Shimmery White Cardstock (101910)
  • Designer Series Paper – None
  • Stamp Pads – Basic Gray Archival Stampin’ Pad (140932); Powder Pink (144084); Soft Sky (131181)
  • Misc. – Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (145372); Bunch of Banners Framelits (141488); Oh My Stars Textured Embossing Folder (143710); Powder Pink 1/2” Finely Woven Ribbon (144134); Delicate White Doilies (141701); Aqua Painters (103954); Stampin’ Trimmer (126889); Paper Snips (103579), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263)

Measurements:

  • Basic Gray Cardstock – 4-1/4” x 11”
  • Powder Pink Cardstock – 4” x 5-1/4”
  • Whisper White Cardstock – 3-1/4” x 3-1/4”
  • Shimmery White Cardstock – 3” x 3”
  • Powder Pink Cardstock – 3-1/2” x 1-1/4”
  • Powder Pink ½” Finely Woven Ribbon –12”
  • Delicate White Doilies – 1/2 doily cut in half

Instructions:

    1. Dry emboss the Powder Pink cardstock using the Oh My Stars embossing folder and the Big Shot.
    2. Wrap the Powder Pink Finely Woven Ribbon around the embossed cardstock and tie into a bow. Adhere to the front of the Basic Gray card base using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
    3. Cut a Stitched Circle (2-7/8” sized circle) and randomly stamp the cloud image with Soft Sky Classic ink. Add to the card front using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
    4. Ink the Little Piggy with wings image with Basic Gray Archival ink and stamp onto the Shimmery White cardstock. Use Paper Snips to cut out the image.
    5. Use the Aqua Painter, color the image with Powder Pink and Basic Gray ink that has been smooshed into the lid of the ink pad. Attach to the Stitched Circle with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
    6. Ink the single banner image with Powder Pink ink and stamp onto the strip of Powder Pink cardstock. Die cut the banner image using the coordinating framelit from the Bunch of Banners die set.
    7. Ink the Welcome sentiment with Basic Gray Archival ink and stamp onto the die cut banner.
    8. Offset the 2 quarter-cut pieces of Delicate White Doilies and attach to the back of the banner die cut. Set in place using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Thanks for popping in today! Hope you enjoyed a little Monday fun about “When Pigs Fly”!

 

 

 

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Posted on July 8, 2017

Mini Crates Taking Over – Stampin’ Up! Framelits

Die Cut/ Projects/ Stamping

STAMP FLASH: Mini crates taking over; my stamp room today, that is.  The Wood Crate Framelit, new to our 2017-2018 catalog, has quickly become one of my favorite dies. Since it's been raining here all day, I've been able to stay in my jammies and create bunches of these fun little crates. I used the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper for these:

You can use any paper or colors to create the perfect party favor or gift. Here are some of the ones I created using the June Paper Pumpkin Kit for an upcoming team party to celebrate our best sales month ever:

These little crates are so easy to put together. You'll need to cut out 2 of the crate pieces. For the ones where I used Designer Series Paper, I cut my 12″ paper into 4″ strips and cut two crate pieces out of each strip. You'll get three crates out of a full sheet of 12″ x 12″ paper.

Of course, with Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Paper (DSP), you can choose either side to use for your crate! You can also use solid cardstock as I did with the watermelon crates above.

It's quite easy to put your crate together. You start as shown in the picture on left, then layer one crate piece over the other, as shown on the right with the blue crate. Since the DSP is fairly thin, regular SNAIL Adhesive works just fine to assemble. If you use our regular, solid colored cardstock, Tear & Tape Adhesive is a better alternative for assembling.

Tip: it's easiest to cut a bunch of crate pieces out all at once and then you can assemble later.

To order the Wood Crate Framelits or Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper, just click on a picture below.

I hope you, too, will soon be gleefully shouting in your stamp/craft room…mini crates are taking over! 🙂

 

 

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