Just playing with some of my new toys – my pre-order from the Occasions Catalog! The Life in the Forest set is not my usual style, but I think this card turned out pretty cute. It’s going to my daughter, who can’t stand this song. I sang it to her the whole time she was home for Thanksgiving. For those of you who’ve never heard it, here’s the YouTube video.
I stamped the trees on some retired paper I had and used the same paper for the hills. I sponged around all the sides with Gumball Green. The sky is from my favorite dsp, Sweater Weather (trying so hard not to hoard). Like the thought bubbles? It’s a new framelit set from Stampin’ Up. There is a matching stamp set available, too. The catalog goes live in January, but you can get a sneak peek at my Holiday Open House next Saturday.
I even stamped on the envelope! Think I’ll put “Wa-pa-pa-pa-pow-pow-pow!” on the inside.
We interrupt the holiday card-making frenzy to bring you a Valentine’s Day card. Stampin’ Up has a new product suite called Whole Lot of Love that is available now. It features three stamp sets and some really cute card kits. No need to wait until after Christmas to start on your Valentine’s Day cards.
I used the new Love You More stamp set. See the random polka dot pattern on the banner piece? That s a new embossing folder you can get for free during Sale-A-Bration, which starts next month. This card uses Mojo Monday sketch #318. I had plenty of Cherry Cobbler and Blushing Bride paper out from my poinsettia cards, so I used that for the colors. What do you think? I think I’ll be making some more cute cards with this stamp set.
Have you been on the Splitcoast site (www.splitcoaststampers.com)? I love this site and get so much inspiration from there. I recommend it to everyone I stamp with. They have a variety of challenges on there, including a monthly one by the Creative Crew. This is a group of Stampin’ Up demonstrators who use Stampin’ Up product (of course!) to inspire and encourage other stampers. The challenges are open to everyone.
There are four challenges each month, usually with a theme. This month’s theme is to CASE (copy and share everything) cards that you have admired on Splitcoast, Pinterest, or anywhere else. One of the challenges is to use the Modern Medley designer paper. I love this paper, but I’m embarrassed to say, I haven’t used it yet. So I pulled it out for this challenge. I found this card on Pinterest that used Joyful Christmas. I changed it just a bit – sponging the flower instead of coloring it and I added BLING in the form of the silver glitter glass. I love this stuff, but I really don’t do bling well. But I decided to go for it! What do you think? See all the great cards and play along by uploading your own cards to the gallery.
I’m beginning to think with a little bit of planning, you can stamp just about anywhere. Awhile back, I taught a “10-minute” card at Barnes and Noble in the café. Yesterday, I met a new stamping friend at a local library to do a “Stamping 101″. One of the stamp sets I was delivering to her was Regarding Dahlias. This has been on my wish list for quite awhile. I can see a lot of possibilities for this stamp set. I love the idea of stamping off the edge of the paper similar to this card. Yeah, I think this one is going on my Christmas wish list.
I’ve been playing with the new Festive Flurries Ornament kit that just came. All you need is a hot glue gun and a silicon sheet to put these together. Stampin’ Up’s done all the work for you. The designs come pre-printed and perforated – you just punch out, fold and glue together. I think they would be beautiful on a present wrapped in kraft paper. Here are a couple I made up, including one that I paired with a bag from the tags and bag kit and a lace doily – could be part of a banner or a tag for a package. What do you think?
I thought I had cancelled my MPP subscription last month – turns out I only put it on hold for a month. To my surprise when I went to get the mail today, there was the November My Paper Pumpkin kit. This one is kind of cute and makes an easy peasy Christmas card. It comes with these cute little star garlands that I am going to want to hoard for sure. They actually included an extra strand and each strand is long enough to wrap around the Noel banner three times, giving you plenty of garland goodness.
The star in the letter O is one of the stamps you get. I added a rhinestone just because I am trying to add more “bling” to my life. I am really rather a plain Jane and rhinestones are a stretch for me – which explains why I have several unused packages. I am trying to step outside my comfort zone
What do you think? Tomorrow I may try to think outside the box and come up with a different design with the elements in the kit, but maybe not. I’m kind of liking this one just the way it is.
Stampin’ Up has come out with some really great kits for glamming up your holiday gifts. The newest offering is the Festive Flurries Kit. This kit comes with everything you need to make 10 of these beautiful snowflake ornaments/gift toppers (also includes 10 ft. of Soft Sky satin ribbon and 40 large rhinestones). The kit is only $14.95 and is available while supplies last. I think these will be as popular as the ornament kits last year. Remember those – they sold out like hotcakes!
I missed out last year, but I’ve already ordered this new kit and I’m going to have a Tags and Toppers class on Saturday, November 23, where you can make one of these toppers as well as other decorative items to go on your Christmas gifts. Want to come? Email me and I will add you to the class. Can’t make the class, but don’t want to miss out on these cute toppers? You can order your own kit here. Be sure to check out all the other great tags and gift packaging kits that Stampin’ Up is offering this holiday season!