Friday, January 6, 2017

New SAB & Occasions Catalog Projects

So I have been busy this week preparing for today’s post. Stampin’ Up! home office recently announced a call for display stampers for April’s Onstage. Since I was a display stamper back in November I knew I had to try for it again. A funny thing happened back at Onstage in November. I already knew the weekend Onstage was happening in April I would be away on my annual vacation with my husband in New Orleans. It is a favorite place of ours to visit and we eloped there while vacationing in 2011. So I knew the only feasible way I could go to Onstage was if there was one in Louisiana. Imagine my surprise when the locations were announced on the big screen and I saw the words Shreveport. Oh my goodness! I thought it was karma and I asked Mike as soon as I got home about taking a side trip during our vacation. Not a pleasant conversation, but he knows how passionate I am about Stampin’ Up. So here I am submitting the projects below for consideration to be a display stamper for Shreveport Onstage in April.

I had to make six projects in total – three cards, two 3D projects, and one scrapbook page.
I used the Carried Away Designer Series Paper (available for FREE when you place a $50 order during Sale-A-Bration) and the coordinating Lift Me Up Bundle for the cards and 3D projects. I made a quick Project Life scrapbook page keeping with the theme of hot air balloons.

For the cards I used the monochromatic papers and paired it with the coordinating color cardstock. I also cut my Designer Series Paper to 3” by 4”. There is no waste if you cut your 12” by 12” Designer Series Paper that size. Here are the cards:




For my 3D projects I decided to make a gift card holder from a glassine bag and a gift box set with mini cards. For the gift card measurements of the Designer Series Paper is 2” by 11” and the banner is 1" by 3.5". I stamped the cloud word in Smoky Slate and cut it out with the cupcake top thinlit and layered it over the Watermelon words. For the gift box the DSP adhered to the box is 2.5" by 2.5" and the cards are 2.5” by 2.5” so they fit inside the box. The DSP layered on the cards is 2 3/8" by 2 3/8". Here are the 3D projects:



For my scrapbook page I printed some photos at Walgreens and created a simple Project Life page with some photos from a small hot air balloon festival we went to back in August in Connecticut. Here is my page:


I hope you enjoyed this post. I certainly had fun playing with my new supplies while creating these samples. Let me know if you have any questions about the projects.

Happy Stampin’,
Christine

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Sale-A-Bration - Pretty Pocket Kit

Looking for a card kit that is super quick & easy? The Pretty Pocket Card kit is your answer! You can earn this kit for free with any $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration. There is no stamping on the kit as everything is already printed for you. There is also no adhesive needed as it is already on the items.

You get everything to create 8 cards in the kit. Watch Donna from Stampin’ Up! home office show you how simple the cards are to make:


I have been burning the candle at both ends this week getting my project’s finalized for tomorrow’s blog post. Be sure to pop back over and check it out!

Happy Stampin’,
Christine

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

It’s Time to Sale-A-Brate – Carried Away Designer Series Paper

Stampin Up - Carried Away Designer Series Paper & Lift Me Up Bundle
Stampin Up - Carried Away Designer Series Paper & Lift Me Up Bundle

Happy Wednesday and first day of Sale-A-Bration and Occasions catalogs. There were some technical difficulties earlier today, but the Stampin’ Up! website and my Online Store are live with lots of new products. Check them out by clicking here.
Today’s project is one I made a few days ago when I had some time to play with the Carried Away Designer Series Paper (a Sale-A-Bration product you can earn for FREE with any $50 order). The paper coordinates with the Lift Me Up Bundle in the Occasions Catalog.

I don’t know about you, but hot air balloons are very trendy right now and Stampin’ Up! is right on trend. I remember holiday shopping and noticing hot air balloons in store displays including Target.

Want to make this project? Here are the instructions:
1. Score a piece of 8.5” x 11” Smoky Slate cardstock on the 8.5” side at 4.25” and then score on the 11” side at 5.5” to get two card bases. Set one card base aside for another card.
2. Cut a piece of 12” x 12” Designer Series Paper to 3” x 4”. Tip: If you cut your paper to this size there will be no waste. Just make sure you are cutting the design the right way.
3. Stamp the two smaller clouds on Whisper White cardstock in Smoky Slate ink then cut them out with the coordinating cloud shaped thinlits
4. Stamp the hot air balloon on Whisper White cardstock in Watermelon Wonder ink then cut out with the coordinating hot air balloon thinlit
5. Cut a piece of Smoky Slate ribbon 5” and adhere across the middle of the Designer Series Paper securing the ends behind with glue dots
6. Add your hot air balloon with three Stampin’ Dimensionals
7. Adhere the Designer Series Paper to your cardstock with Multipurpose Liquid Glue
8. Add your clouds with Multipurpose Liquid Glue
9.  Stamp the sentiment in the lower right corner of the card in Smoky Slate ink
10. Add four rhinestones to the hot air balloon

I have been busy playing with the Lift Me Up Bundle and Carried Away Designer Series Paper this past week. I have some special projects to share with you this Friday. I hope you’ll come back to check it out!

Happy Stampin’,
Christine

Supplies:
Stamps: Lift Me Up
Ink: Smoky Slate & Watermelon Wonder
Paper: Carried Away Designer Series Paper (earn for FREE during Sale-A-Bration with a $50 order), Smoky Slate cardstock
Other: Big Shot, Up & Away Thinlits Dies, Smoky Slate 1/8" Stitched Ribbon, Mini Glue Dots, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Sale-A-Bration Sneak Peek - Designer Tee

Stampin Up - Designer Tee
Stampin Up - Designer Tee
Hi there, I’m back with another Sale-A-Bration Sneak Peek! This card features the Designer Tee stamp set, which you can earn for FREE starting tomorrow with a $50 order. The stamp set coordinates with the Custom Tee Bundle in the Occasions Catalog starting tomorrow, but I decided to stamp it on a circle since the small images are a perfect size for punches & framelits. I added some fun Designer Series Paper, ribbon, and framelits from the Annual Catalog to create a mashup card of old & new!

Want to make this project? Here are the instructions:
1. Score a piece of Whisper White 8.5" x 11" cardstock in half at 4.25" on the 8.5" side and then cut it at 5.5" on the 11" side to get two card bases. Put one card base away for another project
2. Cut a piece of Calypso Coral cardstock 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"
3. Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 3 3/4" x 5"
4. Cut a piece of A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper 3 1/2" x 3"
5. Cut a scalloped circle from the Circle Framelits in Calyspo Coral cardstock
6. Stamp the image in Calypso Coral ink on a 2" strip of Whisper White cardstock
7. Cut out the image with the circle framelit die
8. Adhere the three top layers
9. Add a 5" piece of Whisper White organza ribbon across the middle of all 3 layers and secure with glue dots
10. Add the layers to the card base with Multipurpose Liquid Glue
11. Add the circle to the scalloped circle with Multipurpose Liquid Glue
12. Paint the flourishes in the image with a clear Wink of Stella glitter brush to add some sparkle

Let me know if you have any questions about this card. I'm off to take a nap since it was an exhausting day today with everyone back from holiday vacations and several meetings & projects to conquer!

The Sale-A-Bration and Occasions catalogs go live tomorrow and you can check out all the products after 2:00am MST in my Online Store.

I’ll be back to share another project with you tomorrow.

Happy Stampin’,
Christine

Supplies:
Stamps: Designer Tee (available to earn for FREE starting 1/4)
Ink: Calypso Coral
Paper: Calypso Coral & Whisper White cardstock, A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper
Other: Big Shot, Layering Circle Framelits Dies, Whisper White 5/8" organza ribbon, Mini glue dots, Multipurpose Liquid glue, Snail Adhesive, Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush

Monday, January 2, 2017

Sale-A-Bration Sneak Peek - Tasty Trucks

Stampin Up - Tasty Trucks
Stampin Up - Tasty Trucks
Hi there! Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful weekend celebrating the new year with your family & friends. We had a nice quiet and enjoyable New Year's Eve at home. It was awesome to have a long weekend from my day job and catch up on things around the house. We kicked off the new year by going out for brunch and I did a little shopping.

This week is going to be all about Sale-A-Bration projects. I have a few sneak peeks to show you before Sale-A-Bration starts Wednesday. I couldn't wait to pre-earn the Tasty Trucks stamp set as I'm a big food truck fan. For any $50 order you will be able to earn the Tasty Truck stamp set for free. I live in Lowell, Massachusetts and in the nice weather we have several outdoor festivals including food trucks. My favorite Lowell truck is Spiceventure and my favorite Boston truck is Roxy's Grilled Cheese.

Today's project was one I worked on over the weekend for a creative challenge. My card didn't turn out quite like I planned, but it fit the bill.

Want to make this card? Here are the instructions:
1. Score a piece of Smoky Slate 8.5" x 11" cardstock in half at 4.25" on the 8.5" side and then cut it at 5.5" on the 11" side to get two card bases. Put one card base away for another project.
2. Cut a piece of Watermelon Wonder cardstock 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"
3. Cut a piece of Watercolor Paper 3 3/4" x 5"
4. Stamp the truck image onto the Watercolor Paper with Smoky Slate ink
5. Stamp the banner image onto the truck below the canopy with Smoky Slate ink
6. Stamp three cupcakes on the shelf area of the truck window with Smoky Slate ink
7. Squeeze the middle of your Smoky Slate ink pad several times to pool some ink on the lid of the ink pad. Then take an Aquapainter and color the top and bottom of the truck and the ground underneath the truck.
8. Squeeze the middle of your Watermelon Wonder ink pad several times to pool some ink on the lid of the ink pad. Then take an Aquapainter and color the middle of the truck, cupcake bottoms, and canopy.
9. Take your Smoky Slate marker and color in the trim and wheels of the truck
10. Take your Watermelon Wonder marker and color in the banner and centers of the canopy. Also stamp your greeting in the bottom right corner of the card.
11. Once the truck is completely dry, run the watercolor paper layer through the Big Shot with the Polka Dot embossing folder
12. Paint the cupcake tops with a clear wink of stella brush
13. Adhere your layers together with Multipurpose Liquid Glue
14. Add two rhinestones as the wheel covers on the truck

Let me know if you have any questions about this project. I'll be back again tomorrow to share another Sale-A-Bration sneak peek!

Happy Stampin',
Christine

Supplies:
Stamps: Tasty Trucks (available to earn for free 1/4/17)
Ink: Smoky Slate ink pad, Watermelon Wonder ink pad, Smoky Slate & Watermelon Wonder markers
Paper: Smoky Slate cardstock, Watermelon Wonder cardstock, Watercolor paper
Other: Big Shot, Polka Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Aquapainters, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Friday, December 23, 2016

12 Days of Christmas - Day 7 & 8 - Last Minute Treats

Hi there,

I had today off my full-time job which it was great to get all our gifts sorted and wrapped. I also worked on some last minute treats for family.

First up is a candy bar holder which I had to make eight in total since I bought eight assorted candy bars in a school fundraiser last month. I used various plaid papers from the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack, coordinating cardstock in Garden Green & Crumb Cake, Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, Garden Green Marker, Classic Label Punch, and Kraft Rope Trim.

Stampin Up - Teeny Tiny Wishes
Stampin Up - Teeny Tiny Wishes
Next up is my Reindeer Rolo treat. I made up nine of these guys to bring to family on Christmas Day. My friend Brenda Quintana is a creative genius and shares projects made with rolos candy. The base holds one rolo treat. I stamped and punched out two reindeer for each treat, adhered them to each side of the base, and glued the top of their antlers back to back. I did color the reindeer ear & nose with a blender pen and the inside of my Early Espresso ink pad. I also colored in the antlers with a clear Wink of Stella glitter brush. On this project I used Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set, Crumb Cake Cardstock, Early Espresso Ink, Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, and Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Stampin Up - Cookie Cutter Christmas
Stampin Up - Cookie Cutter Christmas

Happy Stampin',
Christine


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

12 Days of Christmas - Day 6 - Cookie Cutter Christmas Tags

Stampin Up - Cookie Cutter Christmas
Stampin Up - Cookie Cutter Christmas
Hi there! I'm back again tonight with a quick post of some sweet & simple homemade Christmas tags. I am getting some gifts together for my Secret Santa potluck brunch tomorrow at work. I'm excited to get together with my co-workers and celebrate the holiday season. I work with a wonderful group of people during the day and we all work hard at supporting each other.

Since I'm still buying a few last minute gifts and still haven't got to my wrapping yet I thought tonight's post would be some quick tags. A set of tags makes a great hostess gift this time of year too! The tags came together very easily with the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set and coordinating punch and a few embellishments.

Want to make these tags? Here are the instructions:
1. Cut a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock to 1 3/4" x 4" and punch with the Scalloped Tag Topper punch
2. Cut a piece of Designer Series Paper to 1 3/4" x 2" and add to your tag with Multipurpose Liquid Glue
3. Stamp the images on a scrap piece of Crumb Cake cardstock and punch out with the Cookie Cutter punch
4. Color/embellish your stamped images as you wish. For the reindeer like my project yesterday I used a blender pen to color in his nose and ears then a clear wink of stella brush to color in his antlers. For the santa I used markers and the clear (his white felt) & gold (his belt) wink of stella brushes to color him. For the gingerbread man I added a red glimmer bow. Add the stamped images to your tag with two Stampin' Dimensionals.
5. Stamp the to and from image in the bottom left of the tag
6. Add a 15" piece of baker's twine to the top of the tag

Let me know if you have any questions about this project. Don't forget there is a big year-end closeout sale going on in my Online Store. If you would like to place an order with me click here.

Happy Stampin',
Christine

Supplies:
Stamps: Cookie Cutter Christmas
Ink: Early Espresso, Tuxedo Black Memento, Many Marvelous Markers
Paper: Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper (sold out), Crumb Cake cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Red Glimmer Paper
Other: Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, Candy Cane Lane Baker's Twine, Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, Blender Pen, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Mini Glue Dots

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

12 Days of Christmas - Day 5 - Cookie Cutter Christmas Petite Gift Bag

Stampin Up - Cookie Cutter Christmas
Stampin Up - Cookie Cutter Christmas
Hi there! I'm back tonight with a quick share. I am still trying to finish my shopping and then I need to start wrapping. For my small gifts I use Stampin' Up! supplies to create gift bags or decorate the gift packaging products.

Tonight after work I pulled out a petite gift bag and whipped up this adorable gift bag. I have made a few others like this before, but I don't think I shared the instructions so you will find those below. The petite gift bags are the perfect size to hold some cookies or fudge (they are food safe), candy, or a small gift.

Want to make this project?
1. Cut a piece of Designer Series Paper 3" x 6"
2. Cut a coordinating piece of Designer Series Paper 1.5" x 4" and punch one end with the Triple Banner Punch then adhere in the top center of the larger DSP piece.
3. Stamp the reindeer from Cookie Cutter Christmas with Early Espresso ink on a scrap piece of Crumb Cake cardstock and punch out with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch
4. If you want to add some dimension to your reindeer take a blender pen and color in his nose and the inside of his ears. I also colored in his antlers with my clear wink of stella pen.
5. Add reindeer to the banner with two Stampin' Dimensionals
6. Take 30" of baker's twine and double up then tie in a bow. Add bow to a glue dot then attach the glue dot to a gold binder clip.
7. Line up DSP piece to the top of the bag and clip to bag with the gold binder clip.

I'll be back to share another project tomorrow. Let me know if you have any questions.

Happy Stampin',
Christine

Supplies:
Stamps: Cookie Cutter Christmas
Ink: Early Espresso 
Paper: Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper (sold out), Crumb Cake Cardstock
Other: Petite Cafe Gift Bag, Candy Cane Lane Baker's Twine, Banner Triple Punch, Gold Binder Clip, Blender Pen, Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Monday, December 19, 2016

12 Days of Christmas - Day 4 - Hot Cocoa Sleeve

Stampin Up - Mountain Adventure
Stampin Up - Mountain Adventure
I've fallen a little behind on my 12 days of Christmas posts so I will be catching up this week with some last minute gifts and wrapping ideas. I ordered Starbucks gourmet hot cocoa packets from amazon.com for this project. The hot cocoa packet size is 1.25oz. I am making a bunch of these to give to my co-workers in my office during our Secret Santa exchange this Thursday.

I started with the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack which has the cutest plaid papers. I used the coordinating cardstock for my hot cocoa sleeve and then added a belly band with a simple ribbon and stamped tag.

Want to make this project?
1. Cut a piece of 12” x 12” cardstock to 4" x 12" then score at 5 3/4" & 6 1/4" to make the sleeve.
2. Cut a piece of Designer Series Paper to 3 3/4” x 5 1/2" to decorate the front of the sleeve.
3. Cut a piece of cardstock to 2” x 8 1/2” and score in half at 4 1/4". Wrap around the sleeve in the middle and staple the end.
4. Embellish as desired.
5. For my tag I only wanted the Warmest Winter Wishes to show. In order to get this look. I covered up the other parts of the stamp with post-it notes then inked up then remove the post-it notes before stamping on my cardstock.
6. I tied a 20" piece of the Kraft rope trim around the sleeve and tied in a bow.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Happy Stampin’,
Christine

Supplies:
Stamps: Mountain Adventure
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Paper: Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack, Warmth & Cheer Cardstock Pack, Whisper White Cardstock, Crumb Cake Cardstock
Other: Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Kraft Rope Trim, Stampin Dimensionals, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Handheld Stapler


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

12 Days of Christmas - Day 3 - Cozy Critters Hershey Nugget Treats

Stampin Up - Cozy Critters
Cozy Critters Hershey Nugget Treats
Quick post for tonight showing my third project in my 12 days of Christmas. This is a cute teacher gift or stocking stuffer for almost anyone, but especially anyone who loves owls. I made some of these to sell at a recent craft fair event.

Want to make this project?
1. Cut your Designer Series Paper strips into 1" x 3" strips
2. Wrap each paper strip around a Hershey nugget candy and glue the paper ends with a tiny bit of Multipurpose Liquid Glue. A little bit really does go a long way!
3. Repeat steps 1 & 2 until you have five decorated nuggets. I flipped the paper over and alternated the designs.
4. Add the five nuggets to a 2" x 8" cellophane bag
5. Stamp your owl image on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and color in some parts of his scarf with markers if you wish
6. Punch out your owl image with a 2" circle punch
7. Cut a coordinating piece of cardstock with the scalloped circle framelit on your Big Shot machine
8. Add the scallop and circle layers together with Fast Fuse adhesive
9. Punch a hole through the layered piece and thread Kraft rope trim ends through hole and tie in a bow. Tip: I took the rope trim and pulled one piece apart into three pieces.

I'll be back tomorrow night to share my 4th project. The Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack, Circle Framelits, and Kraft Rope Trim are all on sale right now!

Happy Stampin',
Christine

Supplies used in this project:
Stamps: Cozy Critters (hostess set)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Garden Green & Cherry Cobbler Marker, Delightful Dijon Marker
Paper: Whisper White cardstock, Warmth & Cheer Cardstock Pack, Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack
Other: Big Shot, Layering Circle Framelits Dies, 2" Circle Punch, Kraft Rope Trim, 2' x 8" Cellophane Bags, Fast Fuse Adhesive, Multipurpose Liquid Glue