Thursday, November 30, 2017

Twelve Days of Christmas TAGS, Day 2

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to meee.... a really sweet layered poinsettia tag! I used the flower in the Gina K. Designs Merry & Bright kit along with the greeting from the October Pining for Plaid Paper Pumpkin kit.

The large and small poinsettias were stamped in Real Red on Whisper White cardstock. The larger blossom was cut with the coordinating die in the Merry & Bright kit, as were the Garden Green stamped leaves. Then I fussy-cut the smaller blossom, leaving just center and the petals with the veins. A Mini Stampin' Dimensional fit perfectly underneath to give it a 3D look! I colored a small Gold Faceted Gem with the dark Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends alcohol marker to deepen the color, and plopped it in the center.

The Silver Edge Ribbon was tied with some retired Real Red Baker's Twine to complete the tag.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Twelve Days of Christmas TAGS, Day 1

As promised, here is the first day of the Twelve Days of Christmas TAGS! This is a super simple tag to make using the Merry Little Labels stamp set.

The greeting was inked by coloring each portion with a Stampin' Write Marker (Real Red, Garden Green, and Basic Black), huffing on the stamp to re-moisten the ink, then stamped on Whisper White cardstock.

The second largest Stitched Shapes square die cut the greeting, which was then adhered to a 2-1/4" x 2-1/4" Silver Foil Sheet mat. Then both were adhered to a Silver Foil Snowflake and a hole was punched for the 1/8" Silver Ribbon.

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Monday, November 27, 2017


Today, November 27th, from 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM MT Stampin' Up! is shipping any size order for FREE. Yes, you read that right!

And not only do you save money on shipping, but if you live in a state that taxes shipping (like I do), you also save on the sales tax on that shipping. WOOT!

So, you have your list all ready, right? Right? If not, here are some ideas to help you take advantage of this great deal:
  1. Send an all-inclusive card kit to a friend or relative for Christmas. Shut-ins love having something to do, and sending cards to friends and family makes them happy. (Don't forget postage stamps!)
  2. Order some supplies (adhesive, dimensionals, a package of pearls or rhinestones) for your crafty friends for Christmas, or to set aside for gifting later for birthdays.
  3. Send a new mom or grandma a Memories & More album (with photo pages) and the Bundle of Love card pack. All they have to do is add photos!
  4. Gift your child's teacher a Love Today Planner Kit.
  5. Give your out-of-state grandchild a card kit to do with their friends.
  6. Stock up on basics for yourself, like cardstock, adhesive, and envelopes.
  7. Treat yourself to something bigger that you've been yearning for! Go for the Big Shot; you'll save $11.00 in shipping costs. Or get a stamp/die bundle if you already have the Big Shot.
  8. Give a friend a three-month Paper Pumpkin subscription. It will be like Christmas every month!
  9. Send a pack of note cards, an ink pad, and a thank you stamp to a new bride or new mom.
That's just a few ideas for you. There are so many more!

Don't forget the Twelve Days of Christmas TAGS starts Wednesday! Each post will feature a different tag. Here's a sneak peek at one of the tags:

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Christmas Stocking

Today's card uses some of the items available on the Online Extravaganza, which ends tonight! The Christmas Stocking Thinlits Dies are 30% off, the Watercolor Pencils are 20% off, and the Cable Knit Dynamic embossing folder and Metallics Sequin Assortment are both 10% off.

The texture of the embossing folder is so warm and cozy. It makes me think of wearing a thick, warm sweater while cozied up to a fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate.

The watercolor wash was laid down firstby scribbling Bermuda Bay and Old Olive randomly on watercolor paper, then spritzing with water and blending it with an Aqua Painter. While it was still damp (but not sopping wet), I ran it through the Big Shot with the embossing folder.

The greeting is part of the Thinlits set, too, which made putting the card together very quick. I could run everything through in one pass, with the exception of the accent color for the stocking.

It is really, really subtle, but I did add some Clear Wink of Stella to the watercolor paper greeting and stocking accents to glitz the card up a bit, along with the iridescent sequins.

Reminder: Tomorrow is FREE SHIPPING day on any size order!
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If your order total is under $150, please use the Host Code FEETYDW2 when prompted, and you will receive a gift from me! If it's over $150, you will still get the gift. 
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Embossed background: Watercolor Paper 3-3/4" x 5" (Helpful hint: emboss first, then trim down)
Mat: Old Olive 3-7/8" x 5-1/8"
Card base; Whisper White Thick 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Thankful, Grateful, Blessed

When we moved to East Tennessee a little over two years ago I had a feeling that, since we would be in a very rural area, I probably wouldn't meet any people with the same addiction passion for card making that I have. Imagine my surprise and delight to discover that I was very wrong about that!

The hardest thing when moving, emotionally, was leaving so many dear friends behind, many who shared my addiction love for making pretty cards, and the wonderful tools, paper, stamps, and ink used to make them. So, on Thanksgiving, I was feeling particularly blessed to have found my "people" here, too! Imagine that!!!

The greeting in Paisleys & Posies couldn't have been more appropriate for this card. The die used isn't from Stampin' Up! - it was a gift from my BFF. It's the Maple Leaf Corner from Simon Says Stamp, and I adore the stitched leaves and vine-y swirl. I noticed as I was water coloring it, that the three larger leaves can even be popped out and used separately!

With the exception of the die cut, everything used is from Stampin' Up! You have to look closely to see the scored frame lines. I couldn't get a good pic of it, unfortunately.

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