Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Christmas Gift Tags

Anyone else enjoying our little bit of winter?  I am.  And I even shoveled the snow!  I'm certain that 'novelty' will wear off quickly. 😆

Yup....it wore off. LOL!  Today, I have a few simple, yet elegant gift tags to show you.  

I first cut Whisper White Note Cards in half, then used my Cable Knit TIEF to emboss the fronts of each.  With that bit of embossing, these gift tags were gorgeous, but I wanted to step them up a bit.

How cute is this?!  I used Christmas Stockings Thinlits to die cut Whisper White & Cherry Cobbler card stock. 

A big big fave of mine -  the Card Front Builder Thinlit Dies. For the trees, 
I used Night of Navy card stock and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.  

Do you love this font as much as me?!  It's from Watercolour Christmas.  
I couldn't resist adding a bit of  Be Merry DSP for a splash of colour and a sprig of greenery for whimsy!  

Did you notice the rounded corners on the tags?  
I used my Envelope Punch Board! Cool, eh!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!


Sunday, 10 December 2017

Free Shipping & A Christmas Gift Box

So much awesomeness last week!! Our team Christmas party was on Thursday, which just happened to be my birthday! Amazing meal and great company!  Plus, we got our hands on a copy of the new Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogues - stay tuned for a sneak peak this week!  And lastly, my daughter and her fiance invited me for a wonderful home cooked meal and a visit to the Christkindl Market in Kitchener.  My heart is full of joy!

With a wee sprinkling of snow on the ground and Christmas just a few weeks away, it's time to get treat box favours made.  So far, I have one completed. 😃

I've made my own envelopes using my Envelope Punch Board from Stampin' Up!, but this is the first time I've made an Christmas gift box.  It was super easy! 

I used Year of Cheer DSP, cut a Foil Snowflake in half, and wrapped the box in Mini Tinsel Trim - all from the Holiday Catalogue and available until Jan 2/18.

The adorable reindeer from the Cookie Cutter Christmas set was stamped in Smoky Slate, then punched with the Cookie Cutter Builder punch.  The Merry Christmas sentiment is from At Home with You (pssst - awesome set), and punched using the Classic Label punch. Oh, and the nose is a dark red pom pom, not from Stampin' Up!

Are you ready for an early Christmas present?
How does FREE Shipping sound to you?!  

Monday, December 11 - receive free shipping on all Stampin' Up! orders!!
Free Shipping runs from 12:00 AM December 11 to 11:59 PM (MT)
Shop here using December Host Code ZKEFTJV9

Oh, and the fun continues this week, with my Occasions pre-order set to arrive, out virtual team meeting, my volunteer day, and likely some surprises!

You can pre-order your Stamparatus up until Dec 30 - use this link

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Reserve your Stamparatus on Dec 5

Be ready to reserve your Stamparatus at 2 pm MT on Monday December 5th!

Why do YOU need one? 
  • Make multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement

Product details
  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamps
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas

View the flyer here

Why reserve?

It's the best stamp positioning tool on the market!  Stampin' Up! is trying something new - reservations.  This system will Stampin' Up! to get the product to demonstrators and customers as soon as possible.

  • Whether the total number of reservations is 100 or 100,000, the window will stay open from Dec. 5 – Dec. 30, 2017!  This will be the ONLY window to reserve a Stamparatus.
  • 1 tool per customer.
  • In order to reserve your Stamparatus, you are required to provide your credit card information.
  • Credit cards will not be charged until the Stamparatus ships.  When you close your order, be sure to verify that your credit card and shipping information is correct.
  • Beginning March 19, Stampin’ Up! will ship the Stamparatus in the order the reservations were received (first in, first out) and continue through the next few months and beyond as product arrives in the warehouse. 
  • The Stamparatus will be a regular product in the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Annual Catalog, starting June 1.

TIPS to reserve your Stamparatus

  1. Please go to my online store here.
  2. Create an account and/or be logged in before 2 pm MT on Dec. 5 for the fastest reservation experience.
  3. After reaching my on-line store above, you will see a large Stamparatus Reserve Now Banner Ad.
  4. When you click on the Stamparatus Banner Ad, you will be taken to the reservation page.  
  5. If you click the link early you will be notified the reservation window isn’t open yet.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Sweet Baby Claire

Last night, I had the pleasure of attending a baby shower for my niece.  Baby Claire was born just over a month ago, and she is adorable and I'm not just saying that because I'm her Great Aunt.  What a cutie-pie!

This is one of the few times when I knew exactly what I was going to make as a gift. I know, eh!  It surprised me too! First up, the card.
The Year of Cheer DSP is the most amazing paper!  For this particular sheet, the shiny bling was already there, and all I did was sponge dauber the ink onto the paper. 

I die cut the letters and used Foam Adhesive Strips to the back. No dimensionals this time.
I added a few Glitter Enamel Dots, and that's the card! Simple, quick and pretty darn tootin' cute.

Next up - the gift.  A labour of love. 

To start this project, I painted the wooden letter, then went to a framing shop for a shadow box so I would know how much space I would have around the letter.
I then started cutting the paper, in the case, known as fringing.  I didn't count how many fringed flowers I made.  Jeeps though - if I had I'd probably faint!  LOL
 I use my paper snips from Stampin' Up! Super sharp and they have the best tips of all my scissors.

If by now you're thinking, this gal is crazy, I assure you, I'm not.  When I said it was a labour of love, it truly is for me.  From each tiny flower, to all the finishing touches; creating something beautiful brings me so much joy.

Here's the project in the shadow box.  The pic looks a little off kilter, and that's because I had the hardest time getting a good photo without a reflection on the glass.  

I want to give a shout out to the Framing & Art Centre on Belmont St in Kitchener.  Kris was 100% amazing, helpful and clearly customer service is top of the list for her!

Thank you for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Gift Card Pizza Box Style!

Gift cards.  You put them in an card, a gift card tin, but what about a pizza box?? Whaaaattt???  Oh yes indeed.  Stampin' Up! has the cutest little pizza boxes ever, and with our team challenged to make a gift card holder, well....say no more...

But I will..teehee!  It's so darn tootin' cute, and easy to decorate dare I say we should all be making pizza box gift card holders!!  Ding ding...workshop idea! 

Here's what I submitted for our team challenge. 

The pizza boxes are 3 1/2" x 3 1/2", so I simply cut a 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" piece of Foil Frenzy Specialty DSP, then wrapped Burlap Ribbon around the box, and made a big bow.
For some bling bling,, I used Gold Foil paper and die cut it with Pretty Pines Thinlits. The detail on the pine cones - WOW!
I added a little splash of colour using red Mini Tinsel Trim.
My go-to for small sentiments is Teeny Tiny Wishes - love 'em!  And, the perfect size for the Classic Label Punch!

A wee closer look.  

Oh...and guess what!!  The pizza boxes are food safe! Bake cookies with the kids and use the pizza box - super cute gift for the teacher!  

I hope you enjoyed this post.  Be sure to comment and let me know what you think.

Happy Crafting!


Monday, 6 November 2017

Birthday Celebrations, and More!!

Wow, what a great weekend!  A mere 27 years ago my first child was due November 4. Erin arrived the next morning!  Looking back, it's been an amazing journey watching my little girl grow up. On Sunday we celebrated her birthday, and also her engagement.  Yes!  A wedding to help plan!!

If you saw my last few posts, you'll know how much I love eclipse cards.  The other cards had minimal stamping - can't say the same for this card!  With the light ink colours, I decided to go all out!
The colours I used:  Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Old Olive and Daffodil Delight.  To stamp all those colours, and not have them be overpowering, I inked up my stamp, then lightly stamped twice onto grid paper, then onto the card, and repeated these steps with all the stamps and colours. 
Super subtle and fresh looking.

 From this view you can see the eclipse technique.  How are you liking these card so far?
There will be a few more in the near future!  

Thank you for stopping by and checking out my latest card!


Friday, 3 November 2017

Christmas Pines Eclipse Card

I'm a gal who keeps her promises, thus today I have another eclipse card.  This is the first card of this type that I made.  Super duper easy!!
I 'cased' this card from another demonstrator (sorry, I can't recall their name), then changed it to be easy to make for a new stamper. The greenery is stamped in Garden Green pine cones in Crumb Cake & Early Espresso and are from the Christmas Pines set.  What I like about this card it that it's understated.  Simple and uncluttered.  

Just showing off the side view of the card.  Pretty, eh!

This lovely sentiment is from Peace This Christmas.  Almost looks handwritten, mind you, not my handwriting 😉

And there you have it.  Another eclipse card!  I'm happy to teach you and your friends how to make eclipse cards...simply send me a message.

Thank you for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!


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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Eclipse Card Joy!

I asked my son if it would sound okay if I said I was 'over the moon' delighted with eclipse cards.  Not so much apparently. Glares at science guy! LOL.  So, instead, I'm floating on cloud nine, ecstatic and overjoyed with the limitless possibilities of eclipse cards!

Given that it's the first of November and soon we'll be knee deep in snow - I thought another Christmas card was in order.

I've made of few eclipse cards lately, and for each, I stamped, die cut the letters, then cut the size for the Whisper White layer.  Just flyin' by the seat of my pants here!

From this angle you get a great view of the WOW in eclipse cards! This technique would be wonderful for a home decor project. 

Not wanting to take away from the card front, I simply stamped the greenery across the bottom of the inside layer.  And done!

Eclipse cards look tricky to make, but one you get the hang of it, they are easy peasy!

Thank you for stopping by!  Pop back in a couple of days for another eclipse card.


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