Friday, December 13, 2019

Brightly Gleaming Earrings


Every Christmas, I like to reward my Stamp Club members and downline with earrings and pendants made from the Christmas trinkets in the Holiday Catalogue. Imagine my chagrin this year when, at the last moment, I realized that there really wasn't any trinkets that were good for making jewelry! I guess I could have used the jingle bells, but I didn't order enough of them for the job and there was no time for doing that. 

What I did find, however, was a photo that someone had created earrings using the 1" Circle Punch, Brightly Gleaming DSP and the Shimmery Crystal Effects. I was determined to do the same, not realizing the difficulties about to ensue. I did learn some valuable lessons though, that will definitely make a difference if I ever decide to do this again.



  • The paper itself is perfect for earrings! It's dramatic, dark in colour and it has the metallic copper accents that shine out so well through the Crystal Effects. Although it is already sold out for this year, look for it to return with next year's Holiday Catalogue.
  • The difficulties are getting the Crystal Effects to spread evenly over the surface of the whole circle, as the Crystal Effect seems to tend to pull toward itself in the center, leaving the edge empty. The remedy is two pours but that can cause other problems, with the new Crystal Effects sometimes sitting in a cloudy layer over the old layer, if you don't do the pour at just the right time.
  • I would punch the hole for the findings after I've poured the Crystal Effects and it has dried, because I did it first and then I got the Crystal Effects leaking through the hole and marring the other side of the earring.
  • I used Stampin' Blends of the same colour as the paper to colour the edges after the Crystal Effects had dried, so the white edges wouldn't show.
  • The silicon craft mats are incredibly useful for this project as the Crystal Effects doesn't stick to the silicon and you can easily peel the earrings off them and trim the excess glue around the edges.
  • I made the holes in the earring with the long retired, but still amazing Crop-o-dile! 
  • The display piece for the earrings was made with the Everyday Label Punch and the Crop-o-dile.        
They were well received even though they weren't perfect! My team and customers are wonderful people and they appreciated my efforts on their behalf. That said, I hope Stampin' Up brings back the Christmas trinkets next year!!



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Crop-o-dile; jewelry findings

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Free Shipping Today Only and Au Revoir to Frosted Foliage and Frosted Frames Dies


Of course, the BIG NEWS today is that Stampin' Up! is offering all qualifying orders FREE SHIPPING today only - Dec. 11, 2019!  In Canada, a qualifying order is $65. But this is a great time to Christmas shop for the crafty people in your life, or for that special crafty person in your life - YOU! Free shipping makes a huge difference to the overall cost of the order, especially here in Canada.




The $65 is before tax is calculated, so just the retail price of the products. I will be putting in an order tonight, so message me to get in on it, or place an order yourself through my On-Line Store! Without shipping costs to worry about, you can have it delivered right to your door!! I will make sure that you still get your Papercraft Cat points and a thank you card in the mail or when I see you next! And an order will also qualify you to receive a new Jan. - Jun. Mini Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration Brochure!

I'm also hosting my Customer/Stamp Club Appreciation Christmas Party tonight and needed a treat holder:




I had these treat bags for awhile and wanted to use them and get them out of my cupboard, and besides, they're just so darn cute and perfect for a Christmas party! To decorate them I dug out my Frosted Foliage stamp set and coordinating Frosted Frames dies to use for one of the last times as they are retiring after Jan. 2.

I used the stitched inner frame as the sentiment label, which I stamped with the sentiment from the Frosted Foliage stamp set in Poppy Parade. Then I die cut the snowflake pair with the die from the Frosted Frames dies from Copper Foil mounted on the retired Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets. The pine bough is die cut from Whisper White cardstock using one of the Beautiful Boughs dies.

The pine bough was attached with a glue dot, while the snowflakes just had to be peeled and stuck!

Pretty quick and easy, but it makes a cute little treat holder!

Ciao!




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Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets
Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets
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Monday, December 9, 2019

Timeless Tropical Preview


In less than a month, you will be able to order from the new Jan. - Jun. Mini Catalogue, which is the name that they've settled on now. It is a gorgeous publication that you're going to just adore! And the Tropical Oasis Suite* that I've chosen to highlight today is one of the most beautiful collection of products I've seen! I made use of most of the elements of the suite on this one project and I wanted to go over them to show you:

*These products are from the upcoming 2020 Stampin' Up! Jan. - Jun. Mini Catalogue and won't be available for customer purchase until Jan. 3/20.



  • On the Grapefruit Grove card base, I've added one of the patterns from the beautiful Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper*. This paper has 6 different tropical designs on it from quiet backgrounds to fun, busy patterns!
  • The Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder* creates a wonderful straw mat pattern on your paper. I've used Crumb Cake cardstock for this more lifelike effect.
  • The sentiment is from the Timeless Tropical stamp set* and I stamped it in Early Espresso ink, then die cut it using one of the Rectangle Stitched Dies.
  • The flowers were stamped using Grapefruit Grove ink and then colouring the large ones with Petal Pink Stampin' Blends Markers Combo, Mango Melody Stampin' Blends Combo and a little Light Real Red Stampin Blends marker. The leaves were stamped with Old Olive.
  • The flowers and leaves were all easily die cut with the coordinating In The Tropics Dies* and added with either Glue Dots or Stampin' Dimensionals.
  • The card is finished off with a piece of Braided Burlap Trim* and a Tropical Oasis Trinket*.                                                                                        
*These products are from the upcoming 2020 Stampin' Up! Jan. - Jun. Mini Catalogue and won't be available for customer purchase until Jan. 3/20.
                             
This amazing suite is definitely one I would be saving my money for, just in order to get those gorgeous hibiscus blooms and the embossing folder, but every piece of the suite makes a great contribution to a luxury holiday look in the tropics!


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*These products are from the upcoming 2020 Stampin' Up! Jan. - Jun. Mini Catalogue and won't be available for customer purchase until Jan. 3/20.