Monday, December 5, 2016

Little Packages Centerpiece with Snowflakes for The Paper Players

Every Christmas, I struggle with my table centerpiece. I get so tired of the old pine bough and candle theme over and over again. This year, I decided to set my mind to work on something completely different. As I did other things (MANY other things - it's that time of year after all) my brain must have been chewing on that problem, because I suddenly had an idea yesterday! It came in the form of a picture - How about stacks of mini presents scattered in the center of the table? And it even had the colour scheme with it Real Red, Crumb Cake, Whisper White and Early Espresso. I wanted texture and bows and then I saw The Paper Players Challenge for this week. Nance Leedy wanted a Snowflake theme, and I thought, "Yes! Snowflakes would be perfect!!" Here's the challenge banner:

Thanks for the idea, Nance!
It also meets the requirements for the colour challenge over at the Global Design Project this week:

  • The Big Hero in this project is the Gift Box Punch Board! I hope you have one. It made all the boxes you see here! All different shapes and sizes using paper squares ranging from  12" x 12" to 6" x 6". For some of these I used 12 x 12 cardstock which I had just stocked up on in all the colour families, which is the only way you can buy it now. The Gift Box Punch Board gives you all the directions and once you've done one or two its a breeze.
  • I'm still in love with the Cable Knit Dynamic Embossing Folder. I'm planning on using it for some hot chocolate kits I'm going to give as gifts this year. There is a great blog entry about that on the Stampin' Up! home page.
  • I have snowflakes done several ways in this photo. I used the stamp from the Tin of Tags stamp set to stamp them in Real Red on the Crumb Cake Box. I did all the stamping before final assembly of the box. I used the Real Red Glitter Stampin' Emboss Powder to heat emboss that same image on the large Whisper White box. The little snow flake die in the stocking from the Christmas Stocking Thinlits Dies cut several little Whisper White snowflakes to glue dot right on to the smaller Real Red box.and the smallest Early Espresso box and the stamped snowflakes image from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set were also embossed on the smallest white box.
  • I several different ribbons and other ideas to make toppers and bows for the boxes to fancy them up a bit:
  • The Kraft Rope Trim was perfect for this project and was used here to make a simple double bow and tie.
  • The Real Red Stitched Edge Ribbon made a great topper bow for the largest box. I simply made loops of the ribbon, 4 for each layer by stapling them in the center, using gradually shorter pieces of ribbon for each layer. The bottom layer was 8" long, which, when the two ends were brought to the middle and slightly overlapped and stapled made the loop a little less than 4" long. The second layer used pieces 6" long, and the third, 4" long. The final layer was one 2" loop on the top.

Keep your eyes on my Online Store on the Yearend Closeout page for all the wonderful deals up to 60% off! It will never get any better than this! But because of this, some items are, indeed, selling out. Now stamps will be available until Dec. 21, but many of the retiring items will be "while supplies last" and some of my customers have sadly already missed some of the things they really wanted, so you're best to put your orders in sooner rather than later. To see what's retiring at the end of December, click here.

If you'd like me to help you place your order, please email me.

Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

It's December and Time for Another Sale!

Well, it's December, and just when you think that Stampin' Up! couldn't possible manage one more sale, they trump every ace and pull an amazing one out of their collective hats!

Some items from the 2016 Holiday Catalogue are retiring with many of them on sale up to 50% off. You can see what's retiring and find out what's on sale by downloading the Retiring list by clicking HERE. Retiring stamps will continue to be in production until December 21, after which they will only be available while supplies last. Everything else will be available only while supplies last as of now, so don't wait too long if there's something you've really wanted, but put off buying.

The other part of the sale is in my On-Line Store and you will find some amazing deals, again, only while supplies last as of now. To keep track of what is available it is best to go to my Online Store and shop under Year End Closeouts. Just as a teaser though, how about Layering Circles Framelits or Detailed Floral Thinlits for 50% off!?

There are several ways to place your order. You could go to my On-Line Store  yourself and place your order online from the comfort of your own home at anytime 24/7. You could phone or text me at 250-768-7379 and I will place your order for you. You could email me at or message me on Facebook and I will also be able to place an order for you. Remember, for every $30 you spend you get 1 Papercraft Cat Reward Point!

Now, back to some stamping! I don't often get time to really look carefully at Pinterest, but when I was taking a quick peek last week, I was floored by a beautiful project that I just had to CASE. But then I worry that I've made my card too much like the original because I admire it so much, which is why I don't use Pinterest very often I guess. Anyway, thanks to Billie Moan, at Rambling Rose Studio, I bring you my version of a beautiful rustic Christmas card:

Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.

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