Monday, December 5, 2016

Fun Times with Stampin' and a Sneak Peek

Good Monday morning to you!  I hope you had a relaxing weekend!

I had a fun day on Friday hangin' with my Stampin' Up! team, and wanted to share our projects with you. Four of us got together at my house and did a Shoebox Swap.  I learned about these swaps in Atlanta in November when I attended Pam Morris' and Brian King's World Card Making Day event. I thought it would be a fun way to encourage my friends to take the lead and demo a project.  And boy, did they come through!  We ended up with four very different and all beautiful cards.

First mine:

Inspired by Jeanie Stark's calendar card, I made a tent card, decorated it with Fruit Stand DSP and our new soon-to-be-available Dragonfly framelits.  These come out in the Occasions Catalog on January 4th. I embossed a 1" strip of Real Red cardstock with the Petal Burst Embossing Folder.  The dragonfly is with Early Espresso cardstock and a vellum underneath his wings.  I glued only the top part of its body down so as not to interfere with the tear-off calendar papers. The dragonflies sparkle with a couple of rhinestones.



Beth Geraghty brought a beautiful card made with the Awesomely Artistic stamp set in blue, white, and tan.  She and I must have been on the same wave-length with our dragonflies!


A close-up of her card:


Shila Froehlich brought the cuteness factor in with her gingerbread man card.  She used Candy Cane Lane DSP and the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set/Cookie Cutter Builder Punch bundle.


And a close-up of her card:


I couldn't help myself ~ I had to give the men some bow ties!  They look so dapper!

Lorna Andrejewski brought a window card and gave us lots of options for what we wanted to put outside the window.  She has one tree and an adorable little snowman. She also used the Candy Cane Lane DSP and a tree from Lovely as a Tree.


Here is a close up of her card with my take:


I chose to put the three trees from a retired set she had and I added "snow" on and under the trees. Makes you feel warm and cozy looking out that window, doesn't it?  She also gave us these cute red and white buttons to adorn the banner, tied with Candy Cane Lane Baker's Twine.  

We had so much fun teaching each other how to make our cards!  Well, we always have fun when we get together ~ Stampin' Up! brings us together with a common love for crafting.  It's why I love what I do!

Back on Wednesday.  "See" you then!

Karen









Friday, December 2, 2016

A Sweet Treat with a Hidden Wish


Who wouldn't enjoy getting a little box like this filled with Peppermint treats?!  

I will be attending a Women's Christmas Brunch at our church this weekend and I offered to make these tiny treat boxes for our hostess's table.  The theme of the brunch this year is Gingerbread!  Our Candy Cane Lane DSP couldn't be more perfect for the occasion!

I took quite a few pictures, but they really don't need any explanation, other than the size and scoring measurements.  So I'll start there.


Begin with a strip of Whisper White cardstock measuring 2" x 7 3/4".  The box sides measure 2" x 2" but I found that if I try to make it the full size, it doesn't slide in nicely.  The scoring is this: 1 15/16", 3 7/8", and 5 13/16".  

Cut out your gingerbread houses or any desired paper a scant 2" x 2" and glue it to the white strip. Trim off any overhang. Then I cut a half-circle out of the top front to make a little finger grip.

Inside the box, glue down a 2" x 2" square of white cardstock that has been stamped with the sentiment from Candy Cane Christmas stamp set.  When they empty the peppermints from the box they will see the message! Cute!

Then place your long strip into the treat box around the sides.  No need to glue.  Fill with candies, tie a ribbon around it and attach a tag.  You're done!  Here are some more photos ~






Have a great weekend!  Don't forget to check out the Year End Close Out Sale (click here). there are lots of great bargains on retiring products, clearance rack items, and high inventory products.  Some of the prices are marked down 60%!  It's really worth a look.

Until next week, have fun stamping!

Karen

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Close Out Sale and Gift Idea



Happy December!

This banner says it all, doesn't it?  If you want to save $$$ on all kinds of Stampin' Up! products, this is your one-stop-shop place to be.  

If you want to give a gift to a Crafter in your life, but are not sure what that person would like or need, I have a solution ~ Give a Stampin' Up! Gift Certificate!  It is the perfect solution.  You can make it for any amount you want.  If you are a Crafter and want to receive a Gift Certificate, tell you friends/family to contact me and I'll make that happen!  :-)
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Have a great day!  Now let's head over to the Close Out Sale and see what is on our Must-have List!

Karen

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Herb Garden Thank You


My sister-in-law showed up for Thanksgiving with this beautiful herb garden in hand ~ lucky me!  I knew just what I wanted to use on a thank you card for her!

I combined Basket of Wishes and Live, Love, Grow to create (as best I could) a reproduction with paper and ink.  This card is so cute, if I do say so myself!  It is perfectly "me." When you figure out what your style is, it is fun to bring that personality out on each card.  

It measures 4 1/4" square.  I love square cards, but don't always want to pay extra postage for the shape.  If you make it 4 1/4" square, it will fit into a Medium Envelope from our catalog and no extra postage will be necessary.


I started with a piece of Old Olive measuring 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" and scored it at 4 1/4" to create the base. I embossed the front only of the base with the Petal Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

Next I cut a piece of Always Artichoke at 3 3/4" x 3 3/4."  A 3 1/2" square of Watercolor Paper is glued to the Artichoke layer after stamping and watercoloring the plant.

Stampin' Ink Pads used:  Basic Gray, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Garden Green, and Sahara Sand.

Coloring Tools and Accessories:  Aqua Painter, Blender Pen, and Old Olive Baker's Twine

I covered the back flap of the envelope with a piece of Always Artichoke Designer Series Paper.


On the inside I layered Old Artichoke with Watercolor Paper, stamped a sprig from Live, Love, Grow, and a Thank You from a brand new set called All Things Thanks.  It will be available when the Occasions Catalog comes out on January 4, 2017.

I hope you like my little card as much as I do!  It was fun and easy to make.  I used the Aqua Painter to color the basket, but found the Blender Pen to be easier on the plants.  Give it a try!  

Karen


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