Dear Santa – I want it all!

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This is it – Stampin’ Up’s biggest sale of year! All week long get 20-50% off your favorite products, with special door buster sales tomorrow (Monday, 11/24) and next Monday, 12/1.

Save 20% on select framelits, 30% on stamp set bundles, 40% off the Big Shot magnetic platform and 50% off on ribbons, punches and much, much more. There are fabulous deals on all the products on your wish list. See the full list at the bottom of this post.

Monday only, take advantage of these special deals:
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Ornamental Pine

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I’m continuing in my quest to come up with a variety of cards and tags from each of the stamp sets I bought from the holiday catalog. Today I’m focusing on Ornamental Pine. This set was one that I liked, but wasn’t on my wish list. That is, not until I saw the card that Billie Moan (Rambling Rose Studio) did with the set. Sometimes when you see something this gorgeous, you just do your best to recreate it. I immediately bought the stamp set and now here is my version:

Iganastamp! Stampin' Up Ornamental Pine cased from Billie Moan

I’m not sure this picture does it justice. The image was embossed on brushed silver card stock with white embossing powder. I used Gorgeous Grunge for the snow. The pinecones were stamped on a separate piece of silver and popped up on the branches. The great thing about embossing is that you can color on it with your Blendabilities. This card goes together relatively quickly, but I think it looks so beautiful.

With the last set of cards, I used sketch challenges to come up with my cards, but this time since there are so many gorgeous cards made with this stamp set, I continued my CAS(E)ing. Next up is a beautiful card created by Cynthia Millan, a Stampin’ Up demonstrator in Canada. She did this card for the Founders Circle, a retreat of the top US and Canadian demonstrators. If you’re going to swap with the cream of the crop, you want to have a knockout card, and hers is just amazing.

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up case of Cynthia Millan

It’s a hard card to photograph because of the glitter, but in person, it’s very pretty. Hers is sponged a little darker around the corners, and I like hers better. Our local LSS was giving away old books to use in art projects and I ended up with a botanical one. There is a chapter on Seed pods, cones and nuts – serendipitous! I got the sponging a little too dark this time, but I have several more pages from that chapter. I think it would be pretty on a 6×6 canvas for a nice little Christmas decoration. Stay tuned. ;-)

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Ornamental Pine

This last one is a little hard to attribute to the original creator. There are many versions on Pinterest. It uses the double-time stamping method, a technique I used on this card. I grunged it up a bit with Gorgeous Grunge, but it looks just as pretty without.

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Ornamental Pine
I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface with this stamp set. Imagine it embossed in silver on dark blue card stock. Or in whites and blues on Soft Sky. Have you looked on Pinterest – what’s your favorite example made with this set?
O, and be sure to check out Billie’s and Cynthia’s blogs. Their work is just amazing and will inspire you.

Festival of Trees

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I read once that before you buy a stamp or stamp set, you should be able to think of at least 5 ways to use it. That may be a pretty good idea. After all, if you can use it 5 different ways, it must be a pretty versatile stamp set. I ended up buying several Christmas stamps sets out of the holiday catalog, but haven’t really started my Christmas cards yet. I decided that I would challenge myself to come up with a variety of cards for each stamp set I bought. I may not come up with 5 designs for each, but I’ll get a bunch of my Christmas cards done :-)

First up is Festival of Trees and the matching punch. There are lots of great ideas for this set, but I decided to use some layouts from sketch challenges to see what I could come up with. This first card uses sketch #124 from the Retro Sketches site.

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Sketch challenges are pretty forgiving. You can modify to fit your images and sentiments, rotating and flipping them as you like. You’ll notice my circle is quite a bit larger than the one in the sketch, but it’s still the same idea. Next I used a sketch from this week’s Splitcoast challenge to create this card.

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  IguanaStamp! Stampin' Up Festival of Trees

I also plan to make lots of tags with this set. Here’s one to start with.

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Festival of Trees

I think this qualifies as a versatile stamp set- don’t you?

Thanksgiving Tag Book

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I absolutely love the For All Things stamps set and matching designer paper, Color Me Autumn. I’m determined to use up every scrap of this beautiful paper so I’m looking for card designs and projects that will help me do exactly that. My mother is the queen of tag books and makes the most gorgeous creations you’ve ever seen, using them as little mini scrapbooks. I thought it would be fun to do a tag book for our pictures this Thanksgiving.

Iguanastamp! Tag book

I used the leaves from the set along with one of the cute wooden acorns from Autumn wooden elements set and strands from a piece of burlap ribbon on the cover. The “pages” were created using the Envelope Punch Board. I made five 5.5 x 3.5 envelopes and cut off the top flap to hold the tags. I lined the inside as you can see in this shot of the first page below:

Iguanastamp! Tag book

I still have a little more work to do. Here are the other decorated pages:

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Iguanastamp! Tag book

Once I have my pictures, I may add more designer paper and stamping to the tags as well. Of course that all depends on whether we get any pictures that day. Once the food hits the table, we are usually too busy eating to do much in the way of picture taking. ;-)

What do you think?

For All Things

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Despite the fact that I live in south Florida, where our only “seasons” are the wet and dry seasons, I love fall. I love the change in temperature, pulling out my sweaters, watching the leaves turn colors, the smell of burning leaves from bon fires,  and all the other things that go along with autumn. The first thing I was attracted to in the holiday catalog is a Fall/Thanksgiving set called For All Things. It has a watercolor look to it and can be used for masculine, Fall, and Thanksgiving cards and so much more. It works beautifully with the coordinating designer paper – Color Me Autumn, which includes lovely fall colors – Blackberry Bliss, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Cajun Craze and Crumb Cake.

This first card was inspired by one in our bimonthly Stampin’ Up magazine. They stamped the leaves on watercolor paper and used a mister to make the color flow. I tweaked the layout a bit to come up with this card:

Iguanastamp! STampin' Up For All Things

Have you ever seen a card online that you really liked, but then couldn’t find it again? This next one is based off one I thought I pinned, but I can’t find it to credit the original creator. I really liked her idea of combining the Color Me Autumn paper with the large leaf from this stamp set and other leaves cut from the Autumn Leaves Bigz die. If you look, you’ll see the branch from An Open Heart stamped behind the leaves and Gorgeous Grunge splatters.

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up For All Things

Finally, here is a card my upline and friend, Shanon created. She is so creative and I love the ideas she comes up with. On this card, she trimmed around the leaves and placed Crushed Curry on the inside to peek out from behind the leaves. Love this card!

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Since I won’t be seeing any fall colors on our palm trees, I’ll have to be content with this beautiful stamp set. :-)

Happy Halloween!

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We had a lot of fun with the Fall Fest and Tee-Hee-Hee sets at our Halloween class last month. It dawned on me that I never posted any of the cards. My sample cards have gotten pretty beat up, but here’s a cute one using the shoes from Tee-Hee-Hee.

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I thought I’d better hurry up and show it to you. For the next two months, I’ll be focusing on fall and Christmas cards. I bought so many beautiful things out of the Holiday catalog, I’m not sure how I’m going to blog about all of them before Christmas!

Have a safe and Happy Halloween! I’ll be spending the weekend running the Zombie Insanity 5K, and yes, I am insane for trying this, but I’ll be doing it with my husband and son. You know what they say, the family that does mud runs together … um, gets really dirty?!

Leukemia and Lymphoma Light the Night Walk

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As some of you know, my father was diagnosed early this summer with Stage 4 Lymphoma. It’s been a long, hard summer, but I’m happy to report that he is in functional remission. We are so thankful for all the prayers and well wishes from friends, family and all my stamping friends.

On Saturday, November 15, my husband, son and I will be doing the Light the Night Walk in Boca Raton. This walk raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which funds research to advance therapies and treatments that are saving lives every day. Our team name is Mike’s Posse and you can help us by donating to our team or to any one of us by visiting our team page. Any amount is greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
Nancy