Christmas is fast approaching; you can feel it in the air! This weekend, it was full on holiday festivities, with a day of holiday baking with the children next door. I've never seen so many sprinkles on cookies before! But oh, such a great time!
Friday night, in front of the Hallmark Channel, I made 10 swaps for Sunday's Stamping Bee Christmas party. I couldn't decide which Christmas Around the World paper to use - cookies, nutcrackers, or global Christmas objects. So, I used all three! The team swap was so much fun; I can't wait to show you all the swaps I received from my team mates. Each and every one of them were made with the Christmas spirit and truly work works to be proud of.
This week is starting to be a very busy one...let's look at some important announcements. First....
We have a winner!
Angie Hunter, you've won the Be Merry Kit. I'll drop it off tomorrow night since I'm going to be just around the corner from you. (And to make it even better, today is Angie's birthday, so happiest of birthday wishes to you!)
Next...Stampin' Up! has done it again. Enjoy FREE Shipping today (Monday, 12/11) ONLY - until midnight Mountain Time. And when you use the December Host Code - V64A2PQG - I'll send you an extra little something special in the mail. Happy Shopping!
This is a great sketch to use when you have scraps of designer series paper, or a large image that you want to break up into something more usable.
Base: Real Red, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Basic Black, 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Layer 2: Real Red, 5" x 3 3/4"
Layer 4: Strips of Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper, 1" x 3 1/2"
Layer 5: Basic Black Scalloped Layering Circle
Layer 6: Real Red Stitched Shapes Circle (2nd largest)
There are TWO upcoming events, which, due to the holiday shipping season, must be registered for by Friday, 12/15 - Bingo! and the 16-Card Occasions and Sale-a-Bration Quarterly Kick Off. Don't miss either of these fun and fabulous events, both featuring brand new stamps and products from the Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs. Email me today to register!
Have you seen the Year-End Discounted & Retiring stamps and accessories? Here are some of my favorite cards I've made this Christmas season using these retiring holiday products. Get yours now - they're only available through January 2, or while supplies last.
Do you have a favorite? Be sure to leave me a comment below
Make it a very Crafty Christmas for Someone Special
Shopping for someone special this year? Get them something you know they'd like. Just 5 days remain for guaranteed delivery by Christmas. Need some help? Contact me to help place your order and if you're ^local, I'll have everything delivered to me, gift wrap it and add a handmade name tag, and deliver it to you in time for Christmas. (**Local must be within 50 miles of my studio).
This past summer, my 9-year old niece was visiting from San Diego, and it just so happened that she was here during one of my Kit Nights. Both she and my sister were excited to come, but my 4-year old nephew was having no part of sitting still and while we were all crafting. So, he and Mommie went to one of the parks in the neighborhood, and my niece and I had a wonderful aunty-&-me craft night working on the Be Merry Kit together.
When I received this kit, I had no idea what a huge hit the rosettes would be this holiday season. They are super trendy right now and this kit has taken all of the guess work out of making them; all of the scoring and folding has already been done for you! The kit includes:
The Be Merry Kit is being discontinued and is available only until January 2nd, or while supplies last. You can order yours here today.
Win your own Be Merry Kit
That's right...I have a Be Merry Kit that I am giving away to one lucky winner. No purchase is necessary. All you have to do is as easy as 1-2-3.
A random winner will be selected on Monday, December 11th.
Best of luck, and Happy Stamping!
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Out of all of the samples we saw at OnStage in November, I couldn't wait to get my own copy of Party Pandas from the 2018 Sale-a-Bration catalog. I just wanted to play with him! He's got such a round little tummy, and those great big eyes. Isn't he adorable? But...I told myself I couldn't play until I got all of my Christmas events completed. Well, guess what? I still have FOUR events this week, but I just couldn't wait. Last night, I cleaned off my desk and pulled this little guy out of the box.
The whole time I was thinking of my designs with him, I kept thinking I'd pair him with Bermuda Bay, but when I started opening my new packs of designer series papers, this heart pattern from the Bubble & Fizz Sale-a-Bration pack jumped right out at me. I love how the heart on the Panda's envelope echoes the hearts on the paper. So...instead of Bermuda Bay, I grabbed my Calypso Coral and got to work.
What is Sale-a-Bration?
Sale-a-Bration is my very favorite part of the Stampin' Up! year. Starting January, 3rd, with every $50 purchase, you can pick a Sale-a-Bration item for FREE out of the Sale-a-Bration catalog. As far as I'm concerned, it's even better than Christmas crafting! And part of the amazing benefits of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, is being able to pre-order and use all of the new products at least a month ahead of everyone else. So, if you'd like to get a head start on ordering all of the new and exciting products coming in January, contact me today to join Stampin' Up! and my amazing team of Stamping Bees!
This card came together so quickly and I was so excited...I decided to do a video for you. It's raw and uncut, mainly because I couldn't for the life of me figure out how to edit my major blooper out in the middle. But, please watch the whole thing, because I give you an awesome tip for how to turn those two Silver Metallic Enamel Stars into Calypso Coral ones! (All measurements for the card are found under the video).
What do you think about coloring those shapes with the Blends? I love it! I can see lots of colors in my future!
RSVP by tomorrow, 12/7 sip a glass of wine and make these awesome "half full" wine cards.
New Year's Stampin' Bingo is one of my FAVORITE events of the year. Sign up by 12/15 so I can make sure all our prizes get here in time!
This deer is my favorite part of the Santa's Sleigh stamp set. He's usually paired with a sleigh full of toys, or some trees. But today, I wanted him to stand alone, all all his regal majesty. Usually, I can start and finish a card in one sitting, but this one took a few tries as I worked to get him just right.
This week, we CASEd this card from the 2017 Holiday Catalog. It has a clean and simple design and I really like how the oval die on the front of the card provides a nice picture frame for the image.
To really add some subtle, yet sparkly color to my deer, I mixed a few drops of Wink of Stella and Sahara Sand ink and "painted" him with my Wink of Stella Glitter Brush. After all, what kind of holiday would it be if it didn't sparkle? (You can see how sparkly he is below.)
Come play along with us! CASE-ing is a great way to improve your stamping and challenge yourself to try new styles. Create a card based on the above pattern and then post it on the Facebook Post. Or, if you post it elsewhere on Facebook, you can use the hashtag #CASEingtuesday124.
What is CASE-ing? CASE stands for Copy And Share Everything. When you CASE you can change nothing, just a few things, or everything! Play along and join the fun!
Base: Whisper White Note Card, 5" x 3 1/2"
Layer 1: Year of Cheer Designer Series Paper, 4 7/8" x 3 3/8" (with center die cut with largest layering oval)
Layer 2: Champagne Foil (die cut with largest layering scallop oval and 2nd largest layering oval to form the scalloped frame.
Sweet & Simple Card Class, featuring the Half Full Stamp Set. This card was so popular at my craft fair on Friday night, I took orders to make a dozen more for people! Don't miss your opportunity to make this sweet and simple card, plus 3 more this Sunday, December 10th at 2 pm. RSVP by Thursday, 12/7 to reserve your seat.
Just 6 seats remain for this year's New Year's Bingo. This is one of the best events of the year with fun, food, stamping, and prizes featuring lots of great NEW products! RSVP no later than 12/15. Bring a friend and get two Bingo cards each!
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