Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Thanks for the Lovely Gift, Aunt Mabel!

The shopping is winding down for some of us!  We are getting our Christmas cards ready for mailing.  The decorating is almost complete. What's left?  Well, baking.  If you want to make some cute Christmas cookies check this out:
                                             125152 - Holiday Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps
These make great holiday entertaining snacks or gifts.  Note that you have to use them on recipes without leavening so that the cookies don't expand in the oven and destroy the pattern on top.


If you still have some decorating to do and want a unique idea, how about the paper crafted ornament on the front cover of our holiday mini catalogue.  As I told you a post ago, they take a LONG time to create, but with some help from Stampin' Up, in the form of a new kit, you can put them together a lot more quickly and easily.  All you need are some scissors, hot glue or gluesticks and glitter.

  Ornamental Elegance Kit (132832) $17.95
 
There, everything is well taken care of.  Now the next thing you're going to need is a pack of Thank You cards.
 
I know, I know!  You hate and detest writing those difficult pieces of communication:
 
Dear Aunt Mabel,
                   Thank you for another lovely Christmas sweater (NOT)!  I hope you are well and had a nice Christmas.  We had a nice Christmas here.  Looking forward to seeing how you top this gift next year!
 
Yours truly,
Your loving niece
 
But dear Aunt Mabel went to some pains finding you a sweater THAT ugly, and needs to be recognized.  Maybe it would be more fun if you could MAKE a thank you card and send it.  Here's an example:
 
 I made this card using the Make a Mitten stamp set, which I haven't used at all up until now.  I wasn't too sure how to design with all those cute knitted design patterns, and I was kind of waiting until I got the coordinating punch, but thought I'd better hurry up and use it before the season is over!!
 
I used some Snow Festival DSP, which has some beautiful coordinating prints, and the sentiment is from the From My Heart stamp set.  I stamped the double mitten stamp twice in Cherry Cobbler, cut it out and glued the two images together to make double sided mittens.  I used Baja Breeze 1/8" taffeta ribbon between the layers  and tied in a bow to attach them to the card.  I'm going to be using this design for my next Technique Night:   Thanks Yous and Tags!
 
So maybe you could make one of these cards for your Aunt Mabel, and she wouldn't even care how lame the inside message sounded, she'd be so impressed that you made the outside just for her!
 
Stamps:  From the Heart (w126555; c126557);  Make a Mitten (w127940; c127943)
Paper: Snow Festival DSP (126908); Baja Breeze (111352), Cherry Cobbler (119685) and Whisper White (100730 card stock
Ink: Classic Stampin' Pads in Cherry Cobbler (126966) and Baja Breeze (126960); Stampin' Write Markers in Cherry Cobbler (119681), Baja Breeze (119700 - in the Subtles Colour Collection) and Gumball Green (126856 - in the 2012 - 2014 In Colour Collection)
Accessories: 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon in Baja Breeze (122964)
 
Make a Mitten stamp set
From My Heart stamp set
Snow Festival DSP


2 comments :

Jaimie said...

I love that card Momma! I like the colours and that stamp set is so cute!

Heather Cooper said...

Thanks, Jaimie! High praise coming from you!