Friday, November 28, 2014

My Top 5 Gift Ideas for 2014

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Now that Thanksgiving is over, a lot of people are kicking their Christmas preparations into high gear. I thought I would share a few of my favorite gift ideas from Stampin' Up! with you. Take a look - you might find something perfect for someone on your list this year!

1) Paper Pumpkin Prepaid Subscription

You can choose 1-month, 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month. Purchase a prepaid subscription and you will be emailed a code which you can then share in a fun card (or even an e-card!) with the recipient. If you purchase a 12-month subscription, you even get some hostess benefits, which equals some free stuff for yourself! This is a great gift for anyone on your list who likes crafty little projects, even kids or teens!

2) Project Life Hello December Album

Purchase the items to put together a Christmas album for a special someone on your list. Assemble the album with Project Life cards, accessories, and stamps. All the recipient will have to do is add the pictures! Perfect to give to family members to help document all of those priceless holiday memories! *Please note that the Cherry Cobbler 6x8 Album is sold out, but we have a beautiful Early Espresso Album in the annual catalog.*

3) Everyday Occasions Card Kit

This kit comes with everything you need to put together 20 greeting cards. Make sure to purchase SNAIL adhesive to make putting them together even easier. Everyone needs an easy greeting card now and then - this gift is for anyone!

4) Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit

If your gift budget is a little lower, this card kit also makes 20 cards, for $10 less! A little SNAIL adhesive completes this gift as well, and the recipient will have lots of fun putting the cards together!

5) Documented Journal with Accessories
This bundle makes the perfect gift for anyone on your list who likes to journal, keep organized, or document their memories in a unique way. The bundle includes a journal, sticker accessory pack, and washi tape pack. We carry several different styles, but this one is my favorite! I think teens would also like this gift. The Alphabet Rotary Stamp and some ink would be the perfect add-on! (There's even a bundle of these items on sale in the Online Extravaganza!)

Use the links to order any of these products from my online store. PLUS, order by December 2 using the hostess code 6EERH3SD and you will be entered to win a free hostess stamp set! Don't forget - the Online Extravaganza ends on Tuesday, and there will be more doorbusters on Monday! It's a great time to shop! :-)

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Weekly Deals ~ November 25 - December 1

Here are this week's deals:

Rosette Designer Bigz Xl Die Item # 125594
Regular Price: $42.95 US/$52.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $32.21 US/$39.71 CAN

Fancy Fan Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 127751
Regular Price: $7.95 US/$9.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.96 US/$7.46 CAN

Alphabet Press Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 130916
Regular Price: $7.95 US/$9.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.96 US/$7.46 CAN

Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details Item # 127845
Regular Price: $2.50 US/$3.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $1.88 US/$2.44 CAN

Argyle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 127750
Regular Price: $7.95 US/$9.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.96 US/$7.46 CAN

Label Petite Curly Punch Item # 129405
Regular Price: $12.95 US/$15.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $9.71 US/$11.96 CAN

Merry Monogram Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download Item # 132716
Regular Price: $9.95 US/$10.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.97 US/$6.57 CAN

Happy Stamping!

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Online Extravaganza is Here!

I am so excited for this sale! Stampin' Up! really has some great deals this week! Click here to see all the deals. The sale runs now through December 2, with doorbuster deals today and next Monday, December 1.

I am also doing something special during this sale! Place an order anytime during the sale using the hostess code 6EERH3SD and you will be entered into a drawing for a free hostess stamp set!

Don't forget - there is also a join promotion going on right now! Join Stampin' Up! for only $75! You get to pick $125 worth of product, and you can choose sale items to make your money stretch even farther! Plus, if you join during this promotion (now through December 2), you will earn an extra 5% back on anything you buy or sell during the month of December. Awesome, right?!? Visit my business website and click the Join the Fun button to sign up.

Happy Stamping!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Some Exciting Days Coming Up!

Stampin' Up! has two exciting promotions coming up next week! Both of these promotions will run from November 24 - December 2. The best part - you can double dip and take advantage of BOTH promotions!

First comes the Online Extravaganza Sale! It's like a Black Friday sale, but for a whole week! There will be special doorbuster deals on the first and last days of the sale, and lots of other things on sale all week. Click here on Monday to visit my online store and see all of the great deals!

The second promotion is a sale on the Starter Kit. For one week, the starter kit will be available for 25% off (around $75 instead of $99). You still get to pick $125 worth of products AND you can even pick products that are on sale in the Online Extravaganza! Plus, anyone who signs up during this week will get an extra 5% back on their December sales. Awesome, right?!? I'd love to have you join my team! You'll be getting a great deal this week if you do, even if you just want a good deal on some of your favorite Stampin' Up! products. Visit my business website and click on the Join the Fun button to take advantage of this amazing deal!

Have a great weekend! I'm hosting a Stamp Camp tomorrow, and next week I'll be sharing a few projects from that.

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Happy Birthday, Elizabeth!

Yesterday, my sweet little niece, Elizabeth, was born! Today I'm sharing the card I made to send my sister's family to celebrate her birth. I get to meet her next month, and I can't wait!

I used one of the cards from the Project Life Little Moments card kit. It made putting this card together really quick and easy! I drew my color scheme from the colors in the card kit. The greeting from Big News was a perfect fit!

Stamps: Big News
Ink: Pistachio Pudding
Paper: Pistachio Pudding, Very Vanilla, So Saffron
Accessories & Tools: Project Life Little Moments Cards, Lucky Stars EF, Big Shot, Sponge Daubers

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Simple Watercolor Thank Yous

I've been wanting to try this easy idea for a long time, and since I had my Aquapainters out for Christmas cards already, I decided that today was the day.
Simply use the Aquapainter to paint a layer of color on Watercolor Paper, let dry, and stamp thank you in the same color.

In the end, I think I would have liked another color better. The watercolor layer of Blackberry Bliss turned out too 'pink' for my liking, but it wasn't horrible enough to throw out. Next time I think I'll try Coastal Cabana. That's the color pictured using this technique in the catalog, and it's another one of my favorites. Live and learn.

Stamps: Watercolor Thank You
Ink: Blackberry Bliss
Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Watercolor Paper
Accessories & Tools: Aquapainters, Blackberry Bliss Ribbon

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Weekly Deals ~ November 18-24

Here are this week's deals:

Weekly Deals
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1 Square Punch
1" Square Punch
Price: $15.95 $11.96
1/4 Handheld Punch by Stampin' Up!
1/4" Circle Handheld Punch
Price: $8.95 $6.71
Autumn Spice Digital Kit -- Digital Download
Autumn Spice Digital Kit - Digital Download
Price: $9.95 $5.97
Clear Oval Accent Bigz Die
Clear Oval Accent Bigz Die
Price: $21.95 $16.46
Deco Labels Framelits Die
Deco Labels Framelits Die
Price: $24.95 $18.71
Early Espresso Cut & Ready Card Bases by Stampin' Up!
Early Espresso Cut & Ready Card Bases
Price: $4.95 $3.71
Silver Basic Metal Buttons
Silver Basic Metal Buttons
Price: $7.95 $5.96
Smoky Slate Stampin' Emboss Powder
Smoky Slate Stampin' Emboss Powder
Price: $4.95 $3.71
Happy Stamping!

Friday, November 14, 2014

A Fringed Thank You

Have you tried out Stampin' Up!'s fringe scissors yet? I received a pair as an incentive about a month ago, and I finally tried them out on this card.

Aren't they fun?! I've seen a lot of cute ideas on Pinterest using these scissors that I can't wait to try out. Stay tuned. :-)

Stamps: Project Life December Wonder, Lots of Thanks
Ink: So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler (used all Stampin' Write Markers on this one)
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White
Accessories & Tools: Fringe Scissors, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A Sparkly Merry Christmas

I'm sorry, more Christmas today. Actually, I'm not too sorry. I love Christmas! I made up a few of these cards for a team swap this afternoon, and I love how they turned out!

The card is based off of design I pinned on Pinterest. The link seemed to be bad, but the idea came from this demonstrator, as far as I can tell. I had created some little gift tags using this design the other day, and I decided to turn it into a card. If you are a customer of mine, you might see this card again in the next month or so...

If you are looking for an easy Christmas card to make this year, this is it! It's simple and quick, but very pretty. A little sparkle makes any card beautiful! I plan to make a quick video showing how easy this card is. I'm not sure how soon I'll get it done, but watch for that in the next week or so. Then visit my online store to shop for supplies to make your own! You can get your Christmas cards done and ready to send before Thanksgiving this year!

Stamps: Endless Wishes
Ink: Pool Party, Real Red, Bermuda Bay
Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Silver Glimmer Paper
Accessories & Tools: Rhinestones, Real Red 3/8" Satin Woven Ribbon

If you choose to make this card, you'll also need a clear block (I used C, which should work for all of the stamps in this set), and SNAIL adhesive. I used a little bit of Scotch tape on the back to hold the ribbon in place.

Finally, here are the measurements:
Whisper White card base: 5 1/2" X 8 1/2"
Real Red layer: 5 1/4" X 4"
Whisper White stamped layer: 5 1/8" X 3 7/8"
Silver Glimmer: 5 1/8" X 5/8"

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Weekly Deals ~ November 11-17

Here are this week's deals:
1/2 Circle Punch
1/2" Circle Punch
Price: $5.95 $4.46
7/8 Circle Scallop Punch
7/8" Circle Scallop Punch
Price: $12.95 $9.71
Blushing Bride 3/4 Chevron Ribbon
Blushing Bride 3/4" Chevron Ribbon
Price: $8.95 $6.71
Brights Designer Buttons
Brights Designer Buttons
Price: $7.95 $5.96
Daffodil Delight 1/2 Ribbon Seam Binding
Daffodil Delight 1/2" Ribbon Seam Binding
Price: $6.95 $5.21
Happiness Is Project Life Accessory Pack by Stampin' Up!
Happiness Is Project Life Accessory Pack
Price: $9.95 $7.46
Window Frames Collection Framelits Die
Window Frames Collection Framelits Die
Price: $26.95 $20.21
Wonderfall Kit -- Digital Download
Wonderfall Kit - Digital Download
Price: $7.95 $4.77

I love that there is a Project Life item on there this week! Make sure to take advantage of that!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Noel Ornament

I know, I know, Thanksgiving is not even here yet, and I have a Christmas project to share today. I do not plan to skip over Thanksgiving, but I absolutely love Christmas! And in all honesty, I am starting to get a lot of things ready for Christmas this month. We will be traveling, and some of the gifts have to be given out early, plus I am committed to getting my Christmas cards out early in December this year!

I wasn't going to share today's project with you quite yet, but I was so excited with how it turned out that I changed my mind. I created an ornament using the November 2013 Paper Pumpkin kit. Last month, Stampin' Up! offered demonstrators the opportunity to purchase a 'party pack' of this kit, with the kit itself plus 3 refill kits. They also shared some great alternate ideas for the kit, and I loved the ornament that was shown. So here is my spin on it!

And yes, it is very hard to take a picture of something clear with no glare or reflection. Any tips from photographers out there? These were my two best attempts out of about ten pictures.

This ornament will be one of the projects at my upcoming Stamp Camp on November 22. If you'd like more details about that event, please visit my business website and scroll to the bottom for my calendar of events.

Are you busy working on Christmas projects yet? Leave a comment and let me know what projects are on your list!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Weekly Deals ~ November 4-10

Here are this week's deals... I of course just bought the triangle punch a few weeks ago. If you don't have it yet, now you can get it on sale!


Large Triangle Punch Item # 133375
Regular Price: $15.95 US/$21.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $11.96 US/$16.46 CAN

Silver Stampin' Glitter Item # 133756
Regular Price: $3.95 US/$4.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $2.96 US/$3.71 CAN

Twine Baker'S Early Espresso Item # 123124
Regular Price: $2.95 US/$3.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $2.21 US/$2.96 CAN

Boys Will Be Boys Wood-Mount Stamp Set Item # 134135
Regular Price: $24.95 US/$30.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $18.71 US/$23.21 CAN

Shaker Frames Item # 124155
Regular Price: $4.95 US/$5.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.71 US/$4.46 CAN

Basic Black 3/4" Chevron Ribbon Item # 130010
Regular Price: $8.95 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$9.38 CAN

Island Indigo 3/4" Chevron Ribbon Item # 131151
Regular Price: $8.95 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$9.38 CAN

Happy Stamping!

Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Ensemble - Digital Download Item # 127620
Regular Price: $14.95 US/$16.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $8.97 US/$9.90 CAN

Monday, November 3, 2014

Curvy Keepsake Box: Turkey Treat Holder

I hope you all had a happy and safe Halloween weekend! We had a Jack-o-lantern pizza from Papa Murphy's, and caramel apples for dessert on Halloween evening. My in-laws had dinner with us, and then we got the kids into costumes. My daughter was a giraffe, and my son was Tigger. The costumes were adorable, and warm enough for a cool night of trick-or-treating. Last year it was really cold and rainy, so we enjoyed the clear night with just a little chill in the air. The kids loved trick-or-treating, and they really hauled in the candy! Watching their excitement was the real treat for me. My daughter kept asking for more trick-or-treating after each house we stopped at, in between looking up at the sky and saying, "I see moon!" and running up and down the sidewalk. Many priceless memories that I will remember for a long time.

Now that Halloween is over, it's time to start planning and decorating for the next holiday, Thanksgiving. Today's project is certainly fitting for that! Take a look at this little turkey, created out of the Curvy Keepsake Box!

Isn't he cute? I got the idea for him here. It's a little time-consuming to cut all of his parts, but the Big Shot and an assortment of punches make the task pretty easy.

Do you recognize that stamp? It's from the October Paper Pumpkin kit! I didn't think I had any appropriate Thanksgiving stamps that would be small enough, but then I remembered this one. It was perfect!

The Curvy Keepsake Box is so versatile. Look it up on Pinterest, and you'll see what I mean. I am going to keep creating with it, and I'll share the projects I come up with on here.

Stamps: October 2014 Paper Pumpkin
Ink: Cajun Craze, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla, Real Red
Accessories & Tools: Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Dies, Feathers Framelits, Big Shot, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Owl Builder Punch, Triangle Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (heart), Neutrals Candy Dots (Basic Black), Burlap Ribbon (pulled apart), Sponge Daubers

Happy Stamping!