Included is the Punches Three Hostess set, some Top Note die cuts of Ski Slope DSP, and a ready made kit to make this paper star using the 5-pointed Star Sizzix die cut, Felt Flurries and a rhinestone brad.
I will pick a winner next Monday the 29th! And don't forget: Tomorrow is the last for 10% off all retiring stamp sets and FREE Shipping on orders over $70! Click here to order now!
So I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
We had a rough week last week. I started feeling sick and came down with the flu, my kids were next and now we're all finally feeling better. I wanted to share this cute and simple (my fav!) Top Note Chipboard Ring Album. It's super quick to make.
Did you know Stampin' Up! sells chipboard that you can use in your Big Shot? It's so cool! I cut 6 chipboard Top Notes with my Big Shot and then cut some of the Ski Slope DSP from the Holiday mini catalog to perfectly cover the chipboard. No extra cutting or trimming needed!
Do you see the possibilities? My second favorite (Top Note is my favorite) die is my Serif Letters dies. Now I can cut the letter and DSP at the same time! Then I just glue the perfectly cut DSP to the chipboard and that's it! No more trying to cut out DSP to match my chipboard letters! I love it!
I used the crop-a-dile to punch through the chipboard and used a ring to hold the chipboard peices together.
Now I'm going to add some pictures of the kids and give it to Grandma for Christmas.
Dozens of stamp sets from the Fall-Winter 2008 Idea Book & Catalog are retiring. Now's the last chance to get them--these sets are only available through January 18, 2009. And they're 10 percent off from December 9-23, so don't wait to order!
Last week was particularly busy with doctor, dentist and orthodontist appointments on Monday, parent-teacher conferences on Tuesday, piano lessons, cub scouts and young womens on Wednesday, my oldest son's birthday party on Thursday, and the School Holiday Faire on Friday. I volunteered to bake some cookies for my first grader's bake sale at the Holiday Faire.
So I baked some of our family's favorite, Oatmeal Scotchies. I put four in a bag and made a cute tag with one of the snowflakes from the Snow Swirled set. When I was done I had made over 70 cookies. Some of which were taste tested by the boys and my dh for quality assurance.
Don't forget, today is the last day to sign up for my Holiday Extravaganza class! See the next post for details!
We will be making 2 sets of 3 different tags – 6 in all, as well as a pillow box, top note treat bag, and scallop envelope treat box! There will be kits of top note treat bags and top note scrapbooks to purchase and lots of samples for ideas for the Holidays! You don’t want to miss it!
Where: Elaine’s house
When: Thursday, Dec 11th 7pm
Registration fee: $20
Deadline: Monday, Dec 8th
Please send a check or pay by the paypal link below to register!
Holiday Extravaganza Sale
Sale Dates: November 26 - December 1, 2008
For a limited time, you can purchase any of the Holiday Extravaganza bundles at a special promotional price--up to 50% off!
I've been running around all day getting ready to go on vacation next week. I got the oil changed and car maintenanced and checked over and washed, laundry done, snacks packed, dvds ready, clothes packed, fridge cleaned out, and mail held. I just have to get up and finish packing a couple of things in the morning and then we're off!
And when I get back, I have a lot of whole list of things to do to get ready for Christmas! One of the first things I need to do is make some Christmas cards. Here's one idea for a card using the Snow Swirled set. I stamped the tree in certainly celery and sponged some more on to fill in the tree. Then I embossed the snowflakes on the tree and sponged some pacific point on them. I stamped the other snowflakes on pacific point and then sponged the edges of the card for the background. Then I layered the tree on some going gray and used the ticket punch for the corners. I stamped the sentiment in pacific point and punched it our with the large oval punched and sponged the edges with pacific point as well.
I'll see you next week! Happy Thanksgiving!
8 cups sugar, divided
2 jalapeño peppers, seeded
1 green bell pepper, seeded
1 red bell pepper, seeded
2 cups apple-cider vinegar
1 box (6oz) liquid pectin (2 pouches)
In a food processor, combine 1 cup of the sugar and the jalapeño peppers. Process until the jalapeno peppers are completely ground. Sugar will look green. Transfer to a large saucepan.
Cut green and red bell peppers into chunks. Chops pepper chunks into small piece in food processor. Add peppers, vinegar, and remaining sugar to saucepan and bring to a boil.
Add both pouches of pectin, and boil 1 minute. (Don’t leave or it will boil over!)
Skim foam from surface. Let cool for 1 hour. Stir, and then transfer to clean jars and cover. Refrigerate up to 6 months. Makes 9 cups.
To fold the scallops:
1. Count five scallops and fold that portion of the circle down
2. Turn the circle over, and fold in half to form a crease in the middle for reference, then unfold.
3. fold the flat edge down from each side so the folded edges line up with the middle crease (similar to making a paper airplane fold).
Here is the class you've been waiting for! I will be doing two holiday classes this year. One for Holiday Decorations and one for Holiday tags and gift boxes.
When: Thursday, November 20th at 7pm
Where: 5451 Lauren Drive (Elaine’s house)
What: We will making a variety of holiday decorations from Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive holiday kits Fee: $20
Deadline: Monday, Nov. 17th
Holiday Extravaganza Part 2 – Holiday Tags & Gift Boxes
When: Thursday, Dec 11th at 7pm
Where: 5451 Lauren Drive (Elaine’s house)
What: We will be making lots of cute holiday tags and a gift box
Deadline: Monday, Dec 8th
Some people think I'm crazy, but I have to admit that I miss the snow! Don't get me wrong, I love the beautiful California weather. But it still feels strange to celebrate Christmas without snow! So when I saw the Winter Post stamp set, I knew I had to have it! I love the snowflake stamp and the ice skaters.
The ice skaters are perfect to create a Winter Scene using Lovely As a Tree. First I stamped the skaters on a piece of kraft cardstock cut out with the Big Shot top note die. Then I stamped the skaters on a piece of paper and cut them out so that I could use it as a mask. I placed it over the skaters and stamped the trees for the background. Then I used my blender pens to color in the skater's sweaters.
I used a sketch challenge of scs for the layout of the card. I added some of the new Holiday Treasures DSP (love it) in layers and some wide double stitched chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon. Are you ready for ice skating and hot chocolate?
Holiday Collection stamp set
Die-cut chipboard and Designer Series paper
Ribbon and cord
Pretties Kit brads
Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter
Classic Stampin' Spots
Create dazzling ornaments and memories that will last a lifetime! This offer is only good through December 31, or while supplies last.
For my next class: Holiday Extravaganza Part 1, on Thursday, Nov. 20th, we will be creating decorations from this kit, so mark your calendars, I will start taking registrations for the class next week!
Order your kit online through my web site and you'll receive a free gift. Go to my website and click on "Shop Now" in the upper right hand corner and search for "Country Living."
BONUS: Subscribe to Country Living magazine at a 75% discount and get a bonus mini-stamp kit! Go to stamp.countryliving.com.
Isn't this Halloween top note treat box cute? I saw the idea for this box on Angie's blog. It reminds me of a coffin. To decorate the box I stamped the hat from Eat, Drink and Be Scary and colored some chunky white glitter with some tangerine tango ink by pouring some glitter on a plate and sitrring the ink in with a toothpick. Then I used crystal effects to stick the glitter on. Next I mounted the hat on some Ghostly Greetings DSP and tied some kiwi kiss striped grograin around the box.
I lined the coffin with some hershey kisses. And now it is ready to give away! Halloween is only 4 days away! Stay tuned for my next post with one more quick and cute Halloween treat idea!
Stay tuned for my next Halloween project using the top note die, you're going to love it!
This month is Stampin' Up!'s 20th Birthday. To celebrate, SU is offering 20% these great stamp sets for the month of October!
Dates: October 1-31, 2008
Promotion Details: Spend $20 in regular catalog merchandise and qualify to purchase any pre-selected birthday/celebration stamp sets at 20 percent off.
109439 62 Big Bold Birthday $27.95 $22.36
111532 63 Party Hearty* $26.95 $21.56
110994 64 Bitty Birthday $12.95 $10.36
111618 64 Crazy for Cupcakes* $23.95 $19.16
111546 65 Simple Birthday Thanks* $17.95 $14.36
111702 65 Time to Party* $16.95 $13.56
108559 68 Crab & Company $27.95 $22.36
*Stamp sets are die cut.
AND that's not all! Stampin' Up! has another promotion this month for the Aqua Painter!
Aqua Painter Special Product Offer
Dates: October 1-31, 2008, or while supplies last
Special Product Offer Details: Purchase the large-tip Aqua Painter (item 114617) for $7.25. No minimum purchase, no limits, while supplies last.
I've been helping out with our Home & School Club's Membership Drive and needed to make a quick thank you card for one of the teachers that had 100% participation in his class. I hope this card is masculine enough because it is for one of the male teachers at the school.
I used More Mustard with the new Autumn Vine DSP from the Holiday Mini Catalog. I layered the piece of Autumn Vine DSP with some chocolate chip and tied some more mustard grosgrain around it. Then I stamped the medallion with more mustard craft ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder and watercolored the image with more mustard ink. I added the little flower from the boho blossoms punch and a rhinestone brad with a glue dot.
Thanks for stopping by!
For my World Card Making Day Event, I'm having a class to make this cute criss-cross box and 10 cards to go inside! I used Autumn Vine DSP from the Holiday Mini Catalog for the box and cards as well as Crazy for Cupcakes (on sale for 20% off starting Oct 1st) and cupcakes wheel. Registration is $25 for the event. Please register by this Friday, Sept 26th by dropping off or mailing a check or through paypal.
This is one of those sets that didn't catch my eye at first, but then as I saw all the beautiful cards and samples everyone made with it and had to have it. I love the silhouettes of the grass and the flower and all the neat images you can stamp with them.
One of the cards I saw used the Poppin' Pastels technique. I hadn't used that technique in a while so I thought I would try it again. Having grown up in Maryland, I've always loved its state flower, the Black Eyed Susan, so I pulled out my long neglected Stampin' Pastels and sponge daubers and started with chocolate chip in the centers, with some so saffron petals and always artichoke stems and leaves.
I used the new Large Oval Punch (love it!) to punch out the sentiment and then I used two more punched out chocolate chip large ovals to mat it. Lastly, I added some of the new Alpine Ribbon from the Holiday Mini Catalog (coming Oct 1st!)
I'm continually organizing my stamp closet to make more room for all of my stuff! And now that I'm collecting Sizzix Big Shot dies I needed to reorganize to find more room.
So, I went to IKEA and bought some more bookcases and boxes to put everything in. My closet is pretty full now! I used to have the table I used to stamp on (that you can see a part of there on the right) in the closet. It was a little tight in there. Now I use the table for my Big Shot station. And I've had to set up another table there on the left side to hold more stuff too.
I'll take some pictures of my new stamping area (I finally had to come out of the closet) with my new stamping desk and post them next week. (Once I tidy it up a bit!)
While doing all this organizing, I found some Retired sets to sell! All sets are in good, like new condition. Shipping is $4.60 and I will combine shipping for multiple items.
Be Happy $15 Pending
Make it Count $12 Pending
Polka Dots & Paisley $12
The Snowflake Spot $15 Pending
If you are interested in purchasing any of these items, please email me. Have a great weekend!
An easy way to find inspiration is to simply look in the catalog! I found a card on page 127 of the Fall/Winter Catalog that I liked. I modified it a bit and in a couple minutes I had a finished card! Instead of using DSP I used the bella's border wheel on some kiwi kiss.
I've been wanting to use my Curly Label Punch and coordinating Cute & Curly stamp set, so I stamped the image in more mustard and then again in kiwi kiss and cut out the oval and stamped the "Thank you" from A Rose is a Rose stamp set and popped it up on a dimensional.
I wanted a scalloped layer, so I punched a piece of chocolate chip with the scallop square punch and then cut it in half. I adhered it to the back on the top and bottom. I added some chocolate chip taffeta ribbon as well.
I've got a my son's piano lesson, cub scouts, his friend over for dinner and a Young Women's activity for me, so I better get crackin'! Have a great day!
It's been a little while since I made one of these fantasy boxes, but it was just as fun as I remembered! They make such cute gift boxes for chocolate, jewelry, or whatever you can fit into the little boxes! Some of you have mentioned that you'd like me to have a class on the fantasy box, so you'll be happy to know my first fall stamp class will be the fantasy box!
I just love opening the box to show people! It definitely has that "Wow!" factor.
Here is more information on my class. You can choose any Designer Series Paper (DSP) you want for this box. I will have it pre-cut for you before the class. The deadline is this Friday because I need to order the DSP to have it ready in time for the class, so be sure to sign up quick!
Date: Thursday, Sept. 18th, 7pm
Place: My house
Cost: $25, includes one pack of DSP of your choice (please email me your choice when you sign up)
Deadline: Friday, Sept 12th
Payment: Paypal, or check
Next, we made a card with the new set, Flight of the Butterfly. I love butterflies! We used a lot of punches for this one: the scallop punch, the 1 3/8", 1 1/4", and 1" circle punches, and the scallop edge punch. We started with pink pirouette and stamped the flower in pink pirouette across the top. Although it looks black in this picture, we used chocolate chip for the layers.
The last project we did was a little chocolate treat holder. We started with a piece of 2 1/4" x 7 1/2" piece of riding hood red cardstock and scored lengthwise at 3", 3 3/4", and 6 3/4".
Then we stamped the for you stamp from Say it with Scallops, the new Ronald McDonald House set and punched it out with the new scallop square punch. We adhered it to a piece of kiwi kiss and then to a 2" square of bella rose dsp.
Next, we punched two holes in the top flap and threaded some of the new kiwi kiss/very vanilla satin ribbon through. It's so soft! We punched the small flower with the Boho Blossoms punch out of some pink pirouette. But the best part of all is the Ghiradelli chocolate squares we tucked into the pouch!
At the party, I announced that I have three classes planned, so stay tuned for more details! Have a great three day weekend!
And as you already know, I'm in love with the Bella Rose paper so I had to get the coordinating A Rose is a Rose stamp set. So I used it to stamp the rose and the sentiment. I love the new satin riding hood red ribbon so I added that too!
Don't forget, this Thursday night is my New Catalog Open House at 7pm at my house! Please rsvp if you haven't already to let me know that you are coming!