Dec 11, 2017

Project Four of the Occasions 2018 Sneak Peak - Sweet Soiree Collection

Today is one of my favorite of the sneak peak's that I have for you!  This collection is just fabulous! 
For one -it's huge!  It contains so much of everything that you need to celebrate!  The elements are so elegant and lush.

The ribbons are velvet and satin.  The papers are silver and shiny.  The shreddie is even shiny.  There are stencils with metallic pastes and glittery pastes.

It's supersized!  In January I will be offering 3 different classes to go with various parts and pieces from a small portion of the collection to one full blown get it all class!  For today  - enjoy this sneak peak card that we made last week as part of my demonstrator events with my team.

If you like the card - you will most certainly want to check back on January 11 when I fill you in on all the elements of it - and offer one lucky stamper the chance to own the one made in the video!  (you can see me being careful with it as I tape it together, lol......but by then it will be dry!)

If you are in the Indy area this card will also be part of my FEBRUARY Stamp Camp - February Camps will be supersized - so this card fits right in with that!

If you are reading this and it is STILL Dec 11 - remember FREE shipping is still on til Midnight Mountain time on ANY sized order.  I will be sending THANK YOU gifts in early January for all online orders placed - so today is the perfect day to order!

Dec 7, 2017

Amazing Congratulations with Tutti-frutti Cards and EnvelopesTod

Today continues my preview of products from the upcoming Occasions and Sale-A-Bration Catalogs.  You will be able to order from both on January 3rd.
This card will be the fastest of all of the preview cards.  It is a fun stamp set - three steps.  The stamps are numbered in the set - however if you watch the video and later get the stamp set - you will see I do them in order that doesn't match the suggested order.   I chose to start with the outline since I wanted my outline dark.

The Tutti-frutti cards and envelopes are one of the FREE Sale-a-Bration selections you will be able to choose with any $50 purchase.  The pack comes in 4 colors.  These are the pear - all of them are subtly decorated - both the cards and envelopes.

Two packages of them easily were enough for my demonstrator team of nearly 20 who came to all make one.  The cards were just in different colors.  Those that used the Coral/Daffodil combo just switched up the sequin colors as well - since it is all part of the Tutti Frutti suite it coordinates beautifully.

The swish highlights the reason for your congrats - and the stamp set includes 6 sentiments to add.

When you get your Stamparatus this will be an ideal set to use - especially at graduation season when you need to stamp a few cards for the graduates!  You will be able to whip out multiples in minutes!

For information on how to purchase the products used on this card - and for your chance to win the one I created in this video - check back to my website on January 7th!

Dec 5, 2017

Final Window Opens today To Reserve Your Stamparatus!!

If you would like to reserve your own Stamparatus (which will be BILLED and SHIPPED sometime in MARCH or later) NOW is the time to do it!  The process is simple - here is how:

HERE ARE HELPFUL TIPS to reserve your Stamparatus: 
Visit my webstore by clicking HERE.
There will be a large Stamparatus Reserve Now Banner
When you click on the Stamparatus Banner, you will be taken to the reservation page.  
In order to access the reservation app you need to be logged in to your customer online store account (or create an account if you don’t have one).

Simply enter your name and credit card information (you will have the chance to update the card when the tools arrive, so don't worry what one you use).  You WILL also get the chance to add an item to be eligible for a FREE Saleabration item if your tool arrives before the end of March.

I will also give everyone who orders through me a FREE item valued at $8.95 (picked up or mailed to you!) as a thank you!

If you have any questions - you can contact me.  We won't have a way to know you reserved a tool - so if you do, please let me know - so I can remind you as the time gets near for delivery

Dec 4, 2017

Party Panda meets Tutti Frutti - Day Two of Occasions 2018 Sneak Peek!

 Today is DAY TWO of the Ten Days in December Sneak Peek!!  And it's a Party with a Panda!!  The best part of this party?  Well, the Panda is a FREEBIE. That's right.  This fun set will be one of the selections you can make this year with your $50 purchase. Spend $50 - get a WHOLE free stamp set.  What a great deal!
 I pulled several elements from the Tutti Frutti collection to use with the Panda - the papers, the SELF ADHESIVE sequins - the WATERMELON punch.... watch the video....

 You will see other fun new products used as well.  If you want to be the lucky one who gets this card from the video sent to them - come back on January 4th and find the shopping list and the HOW to on getting your order in to be the lucky one who gets to party with my little Panda!

Dec 3, 2017

Kicking off Sneak Peek of Occasions and Sale-A-Bration 2018

This January 3 Stampin' Up! will kick off another great year with a fun Occasions catalog and Sale-A-bration Sale.  While you will need to wait just a while longer to be able to purchase (and collect all those Sale-A-Bration freebies!), I am here to help you start thinking of just what you might want on your shopping list!

Over the next month I will have TEN days of my Short and Simple videos featuring projects that use stamps, papers, embellishments, dies and mixed up to inspire you!

One of the suites will be even be featured in my Projects by Mail series!  Because many of the items are not available yet, I won't have many details or ANY shopping  links like I usually do  - instead I will give you a date to check back in January.

When you come back in January on THAT date - you will get all of the "word" details and shopping information for the projects - including a big fat special....AND the first one to order the stamp set featured on that day - I will mail them the card that I made in the video!!

This week I will be having my demonstrator team over to do 8 projects.  So -these first few projects will be ones they will be making!  If you have ever thought about becoming a demonstrator and are in the greater Indianapolis area - I would love to have you join us!!

The first collection featured in this video sneak peek is the Petal Passion Collection.  I do use several of the pieces included in the collection - the Petal Palette stamp set, the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper, the Peal Pair Textured Impressions Embossing Folders and the Petals and More Thinlits dies.

Two things before you watch the video: When I get new die cuts these days - the first thing I do is get them all out and run them through the Big Shot.  So many of our dies these days do things other than cut - I like to know what I am working with.  I then stick the cuts in the stamp case for future reference.

In the video you will also see that  have pear and blushing bride washi tape wrapped around my Wink of Stella.  If you hold classes or are mass producing a card- then this helps you not have to 'clean' your Stella.  They are cleaned by simply wiping them down on scrap, but each wipe uses up just a bit of the fluid.  After 20 ladies make a card this week, that's a lot of waste.  Instead, they can just use the Stella dedicated to the color.  It's super easy on a card with just 2 colors.

Do you love the Petal Passion Collection as much I do?!  If so, make sure to check back here on January 3rd!!!  I will have MORE with the collection, shopping information AND some surprises!!

Don't worry - if you are still looking for Christmas ideas - those are coming this month too - this month will be just a little bit of everything!!

Dec 1, 2017

Nativity and New Year Luminaries - Easy way to add celebration DIY handmade ambiance to your holidays!

Yesterday I shared the video of how to make these simple luminaries using Stampin' Up's Hearts Come Home Dies.

Today - I have the same concept - I just switched up the dies.

The first uses the Bethlehem Nights die for a lovely little Nativity.  There are two dies that have Eastern skylines, but I just used one and cut off the parts that I needed.

I mounted the star on the front and the Family on the back  - gold side facing front.  A fun alternate for these would be for each piece to be on their own block.  I didn't use the Shepherds at all, so you could easily have several more pieces with just the one die set.

The next design is for New Years.  Again, because mine is designed with a class in mind, I kept all the dies on one block.  But you could easily do one number per block for a really fun centerpiece for your New Years Eve party!

I have filled each of my designs with one of the upcoming 2018 Occasions Catalog - some super fun shreddie!  I ordered 3 packs of it....the picture below shows it.  I will have shreddie FOREVA!

I used all three colors - a different one in each of my designs.  Since you can't order it til January, if you would like to make the luminaries and need some shreddie - here is what I will do - simply order any of the 3 die cuts that I used from me by Dec 8 - and I will stuff a little envelope with shreddie and send some to you at no charge!

The shopping list for the luminaries is in yesterday's post - so just scroll back one day and you will find everything you need there.  I am going to post the video again here - it is the box using the Hearts Come Home dies.

Nov 30, 2017

Christmas and Seasonal Handmade Luminaries - Countdown to Christmas Projects

These have been one of those projects I tucked inside my head the second I saw the incredibly wonderful and versatile House dies last summer.  It is one of the Pick your Projects for next week's LAST class for 2017.

We spent a week in Iceland last spring and these houses just remind me of the trip and so many of the decorations we saw there.  Of course it was the start of spring - but even in late March/early April - Iceland still ......had a Christmas feel to it, lol.  In case you never make it to Iceland (though, I do suggest you add it to your bucket list!) - this might explain WHY - the houses have an Icelandic feel.....  May I present to you - the Food Court in Keflavik:
Serg and Ris are in line for Hot Dogs...because when you GO to Iceland you must have one - and we are in the airport leaving and had not.  While in line I wondered if I had even taken a picture of all of the house cut outs.... so I got out of line to take the picture.  And I touched them.  They were metal. 

The airport looks more like Ikea than an airport.  Hot dogs are not really my thing - but they were good.  They do put things like our french fried onions on them - delish.  And we had already bought Ppylsusinnep (their famous hot dog sauce) to bring back.  It is really good and will make an appearance at our Christmas parties with crescent roll cocktail dogs.  See - when you visit here - you get a little bit of culture to go with your crafting :)

It also explains WHERE and the WHY this little project has been trapped inside my head for months now.  They were so much fun to bring to life!

Here is my short and simple how to video - you will see - they are really easy to create.  I debated whether to keep the tops on or to cut them off.  I went with leaving them on - because they might be fun stacked - or if you want to set them outside in the weather.  But, you could always cut yours off for ease of getting to the lights.

I did forget to add the doilies to the shopping list below - but check back again tomorrow - as I will show the other two versions that I did with the Bethlehem and the Numbers dies.

**The SHREDDIE that I used is a new product that will be available in January from Stampin' Up! If you need an Occasions 2018 Catalog, let me know and I will be happy to send you one.  US only.  and Check back tomorrow to find out how to get some SHREDDIE early if you want to make these projects this month!!!

Product List
Hearts Come Home Wood-Mount Bundle
Clear Tiny Treat Boxes
Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Big Shot
Year Of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape
Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets
Paper-Piercing Tool
Glue Dots
Bethlehem Edgelits Dies
Large Numbers Framelits Dies

Nov 28, 2017

Dreaming of a White (or Red) Christmas with Half Full and Blends

This fun card is the card we made to accompany the mulled wine gift set at the November Countdown Class.  It is an easy card.  This is such a fun set - and works so nicely with the new Blends.  If you have not worked much with them it is a perfect one to practice your blending technique on.

This card uses the Christmas saying and the Holly from the set - making it a lighthearted Christmas card.

Remove the holly and use one of the other sayings from the set and you would be able to adapt the set to other occasions during the year.  Hostess gifts, house warmings, birthdays - so many more.

You may have seen the Mulled Wine kit that I made a few weeks ago.  I am going to do a short video on how to fill the tubes and finish off the kit.  It would make a fun gift for so many of those on your list that are a bit harder to buy for.  Paired with your favorite wine and this card.  That video will be over on my Facebook page sometime this week.  I have the things laid out on my table - just need to get the time to film!

To purchase the ingredients for the tubes and for the post on the kit, you can go back and have a look at these two posts:   Filling the Tubes and Creating the Kit

I will be placing my order for the 2018 Occasion and Sale-A-Bration Catalogs on Thursday!  If you are in the US and do not have a demonstrator - I would be happy to send you copies, just contact me to let me know that you need one!

Product List
Half Full Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
Stampin' Blends Markers Collection
Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush
Copper Foil Sheets
Holly Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad
Stamping Sponges
Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper
Stampin' Dimensionals
Big Shot