Meow-y Christmas!

I’ve been busy making some Christmas presents, along with a little helper who just couldn’t stay away from my work area most of the time…and I have MOST of those presents finished. I still have some things that need to be done, but rest assured, things will be completed in time for the big day.

Here’s my little helper, Patches, who, with a quick sweep of her tail, kept my desk top free of little scraps, but also brought all those little scraps all over the house. Notice she’s proudly keeping watch over my pile of completed Christmas cards…”no stirring Christmas Mouse will get those cards before Mommy can send them out” is what she’s thinking. LOL

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As for those cute little Eskimos I mentioned earlier…they became these sweet keepsakes to hang on a tree (or maybe even a mantle next to someone’s stocking, who knows!).

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Those same sweet little Eskimos are in yet another little project, which will be posted later. I can’t give away ALL the gifts, now can I? What would be the fun in THAT? There has to be some surprises after all.

I also made the “gift bow” to top off the presents this year. It is a star ornament made from some of the designer paper found in the Holiday catalog, along with basic pearls, rhinestones, and ribbons. I think they will look sooooo adorable on top of their color coordinating boxes.

Here’s the star ornament beginnings and completed forms:

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The stars were made in about 10 minutes, with only 1 6″ x 6″ piece of paper! I made 4 of them from one sheet of designer paper, and in less than an hour!! They are so easy and fun to make, a great idea for kids as well…not to mention a great last minute gift! Just change up the paper to the foil paper to make the star,  add the rhinestones colored with  the alcohol blends markers the paper. and you have just transformed this simple star to something much more elegant. If you still need last minute gift ideas, both these ornaments are quick, inexpensive, thoughtful, and something that can bring memories for years to come.  If you like these ideas and would like to purchase any of the supplies, click the “shop with me” button at the top of my blog.

Stamp sets:

Carols of Christmas, Cookie Cutter Christmas, Layering Circles Framelits

Paper:

Whisper White, Merry Little Christmas Specialty Designer Paper, Window Sheets

Ribbons:

Cherry Cobbler 1/8″,  Silver 1/8″,  Silver mini sequins

Inks:

Momento Black, Blends Alcohol Markers (various colors)

Miscellaneous:

Basic Pearls, Rhinestones, Silver Glitter, Snail Adhesive

1/8″ hole hand punch, bone folder, paper snips,

(I found the empty globe ornament at a local craft store, which of course, inspired the whole idea in the first place.)

Year End Sale

Stampin’ Up is retiring some products and putting some products on sale (such as some items in the Holiday catalog), and changing how some products will be sold (for example some bundles will no longer be sold as bundles). Now is the time to take advantage of these sales or to get those great holiday items you fell in love with this season before they are no longer available. I know I’m getting some more Merry Music DSP and some Be Merry DSP because I just love the look of both papers in my holiday crafts this year! I have included the list of current items for you to see, so click the “shop with me” button, sign in, and get your favorite items quickly before the sale is over.

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Hmm…

What can these darling little eskimos be doing holding up a huge “peace on earth” sign? Check out the next projects these little guys (or girls lol) are in over the couple days! I really love these two stamp sets, and am finding a lot of projects for them before they’re gone! Check out the Carols of Christmas and the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp sets and you’ll see what I mean! Carols of Christmas stamp set and matching framelits will only be available as a bundle until January 2, 2018, so get it while the bundle is available!!

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Blog Hop

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Welcome to my first Blog Hop 🙂

You start here and hop on over to the other pages in the “hop” by clicking on the links below. This month’s theme is Christmas and New Year’s.

For my little addition, I was inspired by a card I saw on the Internet that used the Seasonal Chums and matching Seasonal Tags Framelits set. Knowing that anything with symmetry can be used both front and back, I tried my hand at creating a similar card using the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set and the matching Cookie Cutter Christmas Punch. Here’s what came out: 

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(Don’t mind the clutter in the background…it’s the product of a creative mind lol). To make this card, I also used Real Red, Whisper White and Glimmer Silver card stocks (available in the All Occasions catalog), Be Merry Designer Specialty Paper (Holiday catalog), Silver Metalic Thread (All Occasions catalog), Basic Rhinestones (All Occasions catalog), Snail Adhesive and Fine tip Glue (All Occasions catalog), Window Sheets (All Occasions catalog), Stampin’ Dimensions (All Occasions catalog), Glue Dots (All Occasions catalog) and Stampin’ Blends.

Check back in a couple days for more Christmas inspiration from my page, and in the meantime, check out the other sites for more great ideas.

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        http://www.stampingwithdi.com

     http://www.beelinestamping.com

      http://www.elstamper.blogspot.com

    http://www.doggandponyshow.blogspot.com

     http://www.stampwithkathya.com

      http://www.reddoorpapercrafters.blogspot.com

If you get lost, just head back here and start over again. Have fun hoppin’

Lesson learned

After stamping out my 15 little Eskimos, all nice and evenly spaced on one sheet of Whisper White cardstock mind you, saving space for more stamping of the “reverse image” for my latest projects, I began punching them out…

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I totally forgot there were other images on the punch!! Not only did I punch out my Eskimos, but I punched out bowties, circles, and hearts…right out of their little hands!

Lesson learned? Make sure you plan out your images in the proper area for punches BEFORE putting them to paper!

How many Eskimos did I actually end up with this round? 8 cute little stamped images, ready for coloring 🙂

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Now to move on past my little mistake…end project soon to come 🙂

Online Extravaganza Continue through Monday

Current sales (up to 40% off) will end at 11:59 pm on November 26th, 2017 (that’s Mountain Time, in case you were wondering, and 1:59 am Eastern for those not interested in converting the time). HOWEVER…the Flash Sale for CyberMonday will begin once that sale has ended. Stampin’ Up will offer FREE SHIPPING on all orders for 24 HOURS!!! Free shipping begins at Midnight November 27th and ends at 11:59 pm (again, Mountain Time, and 2:00 am through 1:59 am Eastern time).

First Attempt

As promised, I am trying out new ideas and posting new cards. Here is my first attempt at a window slider card. I liked the original card that I saw on another demonstrator’s site, so I thought I would give it a go! Not sure I like the color scheme I tried, but I will keep trying to refine my attempts. Feel free to leave comments and let me know what you think. The colors I used were Pool Party, Whisper White, Real Red, Garden Green, Tangerine Tango, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Versamark, and Rich Razzleberry. The stamp sets are Carols of Christmas and Labels to Love, two of my favorite sets from the Holiday catalog. It seems that the more I use them, the more I love them. I used the Layering Circles Collection Framelits to make the cutouts instead of punches as the original demonstrator did. Hope you like what I did and get inspired to try new projects.

Online EXTRAVAGANZA!!!

It’s that time of year again at Stampin’ UP!! Great sales on great products in perfect time to get some of your holiday crafts and projects completed! Check out the great discounts! Here’s the scoop:

1. 20% off select list of stamps Monday, Nov. 20 only
2. 10% to 50% off list of selected products Nov. 20-26 (click on the WISH LIST at the bottom right of the Online Extravaganza page for the .pdf list)
3. Flash sale on Nov. 27 only… don’t know details yet.

Check the items that are going on sale:

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Remember, some items are on sale for only 24 hours, so make sure you get your orders in during that time!!