Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Get What You Really Want for Christmas

You know what you really want for Christmas! Am I right? Crafting supplies! Stampin' Up! products, I'll bet! Why not just ask for what you really want? You'll only have to exchange everything else anyway!! And then, instead of fighting the crowds on Boxing Day, you can stay home and party! And by party, I mean STAMP!!

Here's how you can do that in a civilized way! Use my...
Gift Registry Service! 

Just email me your wish list and I'll keep it in my files. Then let your friends and family know that you are registered with me for your crafting supplies. I will help them select something you want in their price range and make sure there are no duplicates! Not only that, but for every person who orders a gift for you from the registry, I will include a free gift for you! You can download a wishlist to use at this link: Click here. When you have it filled out, just email it back to me.

Another option for friends and family is to buy you a Gift Certificate in any denomination. All they need to do is to give me a call or text at 250-768-7379. I can even send them an online version that they can print and they can pay by credit card or Pay Pal or etransfer.

 I wanted to quickly share with you my latest round of customer thank-yous - the Christmas Edition! These are great because they are using up the scraps of the Warmth and Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack that I had left over from many projects this fall and I had to get out my beloved Stitched Shapes Framelits, which are sold out right now, alas, and won't be back in stock until Jan. 19th. I told you they were going to be popular!

  • Same thing, different colours and a retired gold metallic button instead.

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.

Product List
Gold Basic Metal Buttons
Gold Basic Metal Buttons

Monday, November 28, 2016

Lift Me Up & Away Sneak Peek for Freshly Made Sketches

Well, it was back to playing with some more of my new toys this weekend, and one of the thinlit sets that I fell in love with when I first saw the Occasions 2017 Catalogue was the Up & Away Thinlits Dies**. Who doesn't love the look of Hot Air Balloons? And these are so versatile and varied! You can use the Precision Base Plate, like I have done here to get a super detailed die cut, or you can use the Lift Me Up stamp set ** to stamp a hot air balloon and use one of the two sizes of framelits to just cut around the outline. Or you could build a hot air balloon, cutting the different sections out of different coloured cardstock! Plus you have accessories like clouds and a heart and love notes with the framelits to go with them, and I absolutely love the script of the sentiments! And you can get the stamp set and the thinlits as a bundle and save 10% so you can't go wrong!

**New Products from the new 2017 Occasions Catalogue & SAB Brochure, available Jan, 4, 2017.

 I decided to use them on this week's Freshly Made Sketches' Challenge!

It's a fairly simple one with lots of room for interpretation. Look a little more closely at my design:

  • My colour scheme is one that brings me a lot of joy. All the colours except for Whisper White are In Colours and I love how soft they are:

  • The Designer Series Paper you see is from two sources. The Tip Top Taupe Stripe is from the 2015 - 17 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack and the Peekaboo Peach paper is from a Sale-A-Bration set that you will be able to earn free with a $60 purchase during Sale-A-Bration starting Jan. 4, 2017. It's called Carried Away DSP.**
  • The hot air balloon is die cut using the Up & Away Thinlit Dies** and then I added strips of Tip Top Taupe and Mint Macaron 5/8" Mini Striped Ribbon to the back using some glue. I love the effect the stripes give with the net-like design of the framework as they peek through.
  • Don't you love the script of the sentiment? It just fills me with a sense of satisfaction looking at it. Does that sound weird? I also like the wording of all the sentiments in the stamp set. This one is perfect for a birthday.
  • For another touch of Mint Macaron, I added another strip of ribbon, this time from the Holiday Catalogue. This is Mint Macaron from the 3/8" Ribbon Trio Pack, from the Paisley Suite. I like how the ribbing echos the stripes in the ribbon used on the balloon.
**New Products from the new 2017 Occasions Catalogue & SAB Brochure, available Jan, 4, 2017.

Yes, today is the LAST DAY of the OnLine Extravaganza! All day today the regular items will be on sale and you can see all about them here, as well as finding out how to order. I will be placing an order this evening, so make sure you get your orders to me by 7:00 pm. Don't miss out on these bargains. They will make great gifts as well, for you, as well as for all your friends and family who are papercrafters of any kind!

But today only, there is a special Flash Sale and these are the items on sale:

This is a great opportunity to get the Magnetic Platform for the Big Shot if you don't have it already!

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.

Product List

Lift Me Up Stamp Set**, Carried Away Designer Series Paper** , Up & Away Thinlits Dies**

**New Products from the new 2017 Occasions Catalogue & SAB Brochure, available Jan, 4, 2017.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Learn to Make a Gift Holder for Cards Using the Festive Blossom Builder Punch

I'm assuming most of you are card makers, right? And if you're anything like me, you've got a rather large stash of homemade cards that is starting to get out of control. Furthermore, you have a large list of friends and relative that you'd like to give something to for Christmas, but the budget is a bit tight this year. Here's where your hobby pays off and gives your hubby a reason to be happy that you've spent like a crazy person on crafting supplies! How many of those people would love to receive a selection of homemade cards for Christmas that they could use year round to give to others? I know I have quite a few among my family and friends who love to get them! And I want to show you a way to package them so that they know that they're getting something extra special.

This is a card holder that I've used time and time again and can hold up to 10 handmade cards of standard (5 1/2" x 4 1/4") size, as long as they are regular thickness, fewer if some are fancy folds with more layers. You use the Envelope Punch Board to make it and it is quick to put together and you can add more or less decor to it as you like. Take a look:

  • These two projects that you see, the card holder on the right and a Christmas card that would fit in it will be the subject of free photo tutorials on my December Newsletter coming out next week! You will get step-by-step instructions accompanied by photos, for each project, including a list of materials you will need and all the measurements. 
  • All you need to do to get these is to make sure you are on my Newsletter email list. I normally send out only 1 email a month to keep my customers updated on my classes in the coming month and any new promotions that Stampin' Up! has coming up. I will occasionally (rarely) send another if a surprise promotion comes up that I think you will really want to know about that can't wait for the next newsletter. That being said, you are always welcome to unsubscribe at any time without difficulty.
  • The card holder is covered with Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper and features a palette of Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette and Real Red. The belly band holds it closed and features a poinsettia made using the Festive Flower Builder Punch and a tag using the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.
  • The card is a quick one with a similar palette except it switches the Real Red for Early Espresso. The sentiment is from the Star of Light stamp set and it uses the Stars Framelits and the Softly Falling Embossing Folder. If you haven't made any Christmas cards yet, this would be an easy one of which to make multiples!

Here's how the holder looks open, just like an envelope with width to it, and, of course, more sturdy so it can stand on its own.

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This is the last weekend of the Online Extravaganza, and the event ends Monday with another 24 hr Flash Sale!

If you haven't yet got yourself the magnetic platform for your Big Shot, this is definitely the time to do it at 35% off!

For other items on sale including how to order click here! I'll have an order going in Monday evening to catch the second Flash Sale specials!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Hey, Chick - Wanna Sneak Peek of SAB?

Well, I'm having myself a great time this week, taking a bit of a break from Christmas cards and playing with some of my new toys from the 2017 Occasions Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration Brochure! Today I want to share a stamp set that I think is going to be a real hit and it's one that you'll be able to earn free with a $60 purchase during Sale-A-Bration which happens January 4 - March 31, 2017. It's called Hey, Chick!** and I'm sharing it today in honour of two of my daughters who keep backyard chickens of various breeds:

**New Products from the new 2017 Occasions Catalogue & SAB Brochure, available Jan, 4, 2017.

I'm sure they'll get a kick out of the images in this stamp set!

  • Hey, Chick has four images and three sentiments and I've shown them all here except one sentiment that says, "have a happy day!" I love the mop top chicken. Jaimie, my youngest daughter, says it's a kind of Polish chicken.
  • The Designer Series Paper I used as a backdrop is the same as the paper I used on Monday. It's called Falling in Love Designer Series Paper** and this is just another example of its gorgeousness! It's in Sahara Sand here and I thought the flower stalks were about the right scale for the chickens!
  • I've done some minor colouring of the images using Stampin' Write markers, specifically Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Sahara Sand, So Saffron, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight and Delightful Dijon.
  • The Layering Ovals Framelits were used to die-cut the sentiments and their backings from 

**New Products from the new 2017 Occasions Catalogue & SAB Brochure, available Jan, 4, 2017.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the Online Extravaganza, with savings up to 40%,  continues as well as the 25% off stamp sets that coordinate with the Stitched Shape Framelits.

For all the information on the Online Extravaganza, including how to order, click here.

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.