Time to Say Goodbye to the 2017 Holiday Catalog

I know I said that I was done sharing Holiday projects, but then I received this card from a demo friend and it was too cute not to share!  This card was made by Pamela Carey-Mackenzie, and features the Smitten Mittens Photopolymer Bundle!  Sadly, this item retires TODAY, along with the Holiday Catalog itself.  🙁

But as one door closes, another usually opens, so although the Holiday Catalog is retiring, that means that Occasions and Sale-a-Bration are right around the corner!  Those begin TOMORROW, and you are going to LOVE them!

Be sure to visit the Online Store one more time TODAY to scoop up some great deals on remaining Holiday Catalog items!  But don’t wait too long, as after today, they will be gone for good!  To go to the Retiring Items section of the Online Store, click here.

Hope you all have a great day!  Thanks for checking in!

Nicolle

 

Seasonal Chums Snowman Card

It’s just not the holiday season without at least one snowman card!  This cute little snowman was stamped and cut using the Seasonal Chums bundle.  The bundle includes an 8 piece stamp set, available in both clear mount or wood mount, as well as a set of 10 coordinating cutting dies.  The images include a jack o’ lantern, reindeer, and this little guy, along with some coordinating sentiment and tag making stamps.  The stamps in this set have both a front and back image, so that you can create fold over tag toppers, which are perfect for holiday treats!  While the BUNDLE is retiring, the stamps and dies are not, meaning that after the holiday catalog retires, you can still get them, just not at the bundle pricing. So if you love this set, get it while you can at 10% savings!  (Available until January 2nd!)

Other products I used on this card include Quilted Christmas 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper, Metallic Doilies, the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, and Star of Light stamp set for the sentiment.  I used Stampin’ Write markers to color the snowman, and adhered him to the card with dimensionals for a little added texture.  You can find the complete project list below!

I am sad to say that this will be my last Christmas/holiday project for the year.  I love making Christmas crafts, but it is time to move on to Occasions and Sale-a-Bration projects!  Starting tomorrow, I will have new and exciting projects and catalog info to share!  I hope you’ll check back soon!

Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

 

Be Merry Christmas Scrapbook Page and Last Day to Order for Christmas Delivery

Got a phone call at 5:10 am that my son’s school has a two hour delay today.  Nothing like being woken up by the phone ringing at such an early hour!  Now I am praying to the snow gods that my boys sleep in this morning.  🙂  Today’s project is something I haven’t done in ages: an actual, good old fashioned 12 x 12 scrapbook page!  I love scrapbooking, but with two small kids and most of my craft stuff packed in boxes and piled into a cabinet while my house is being finished, I don’t have a lot of time for it right now!  When I do have time, I have been doing pocket scrapbooking.  The pre-laid out pages and pre-printed cards make it so easy to put together gorgeous pages with very little effort.  And if you don’t like the finished product, you can just switch things around or swap in different cards until you get it just right!  Stampin’ Up’s pocket scrapboking system is called Memories and More, and you can learn more about it here.

But for today, let’s talk about traditional scrapbooking!  I created this page the other day to showcase my boys’ Christmas pictures.  I used the Be Merry Designer Series Paper as the background, stamped the letters and numbers with the Letters for You and Large Numbers stamp sets in Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green, then cut them all out with the coordinating framelits.  (Large Letters and Large Numbers Framelits).  I layered the photos with Garden Green cardstock, and embellished with some snowflakes cut from Silver Glimmer Paper.  The dies I used for the snowflakes are from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  And there’s one little silver glimmer swirl from the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits as well!

While Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive tend to be my go to red/green combo for Christmas, I love the Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green together as well!  I also love the weathered look of the letters and numbers.  The stamps in the Letters for You and Number of Years sets are designed to look that way, and I think it adds a nice touch!

This whole page took me about an hour to put together. I could have dressed it up a lot more by adding more layers or embellishments, but I wanted to keep it simple!

Also, don’t forget TODAY is the last day to order for on time Christmas delivery!  Click here to visit the online store and get the perfect gifts for your crafty friends!  (And be sure to pick something up for yourself as well!)

Thanks for stopping by today!

Nicolle

Good Tidings Christmas Card

Christmas projects are winding down!  I have a few more to share this week and then I will be switching over to Occasions projects as soon as I have time to make some!  Here is another music themed card made with the Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I also used the Good Tidings stamp set for the sentiment, which I layered with Cherry Cobbler cardstock and a Delicate White Doily.  The Cherry Cobbler scalloped circle was cut using the Layering Circles Framelits, ans the holly and berries accent was fussy cut with Paper Snips. Both the Merry Music paper and the Good Tidings stamp set are retiring January 2nd, but they are still available while supplies last!  Colors for this card are Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Whisper White, and Basic Black:

 

Sorry for the super short post, but have to get my boys off to school!  Have a nice day!  🙂

Nicolle

 

Watercolor Christmas Card and FREE SHIPPING Today ONLY!

My card today is recreated from one I found on Pinterest by Pam Staples.  I loved it so much that I pretty much copied it exactly, with the exception of the size, opening, and one item she used that I didn’t.  Usually when I CASE a design that I find on online, I try to change it up to make it my own, but this one I thought was perfect as is!  The only differences between hers and my version are that her original card was square and opened like a tent, and had silver metallic thread behind the sentiment.  I kept mine a standard size card (5-1/2 x 4-1/4 inches) that opened left to right, and did not use the metallic thread, but honestly, I didn’t use it only because I was out and didn’t have any!  I love the bright red and white contrasted with the silver foil of the snowflakes and stars.  And you already know how much I LOVE the Watercolor Christmas stamp set!  I am SO sad that it is retiring!

I am grateful every day that so many talented crafters share their work with the rest of us, so that we can be inspired and get ideas with just a few clicks of the keyboard!  This card was one of many that I made for my son’s school Christmas Bazaar, and I love its clean and simple design.  I needed a bunch of different cards FAST, and Pinterest was a life saver the week I made them!   Thank you to Pam and the many other demonstrators and crafters that I borrowed ideas from this year!  🙂

And don’t forget, Stampin’ Up! is offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders today!  Combine that with the year end sale and you could save a bunch of money!  But the free shipping offer ends tonight at 11:59 pm MT, so don’t wait too long or you might miss out!

Thanks for checking in today!  Have a great day!

Nicolle

 

Paper Pumpkin Inspired Christmas Card

Today’s card was inspired by an alternate Paper Pumpkin project I saw in a Facebook video a couple of weeks ago!  Paper Pumpkin is Stampin’ Up’s monthly subscription service where a fully designed, pre-cut project arrives right at your front door with everything you need to create it.  This year, both October and November’s kit featured beautiful plaid designs!  October’s kit featured shaker cards in green plaid, and November’s kit featured adorable stockings in white plaid.  Here’s a peek at both October’s and November’s kits:

A few weeks back, some of the Stampin’ Up! staff did a Facebook live event where they featured some alternate projects using the kits.  The card I made above is based on one the cards that they featured in that video, so I can’t take full credit for this card!  I did switch up a few things though, such as using the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper instead of the Paper Pumpkin card base, and adding the little star from the Metallic Enamel Shapes.

I really love the Paper Pumpkin kits!  Every month there are lots of materials left over so you can use them to create even more fun projects!  Why not give Paper Pumpkin a try?  There are two ways to subscribe:

  1. Visit the Paper Pumpkin website to become a month to month customer.  You simply enter your info, provide a credit card for payment, and Stampin’ Up! will ship a new kit to you each month until you tell them otherwise.  You may suspend, cancel, or adjust the quantity of kits at any time.  To visit the Paper Pumpkin website, please click here.
  2. Purchase a prepaid subscription in the Online Store.  Prepaid subscriptions can be purchased in 1, 3, 6 or 12 month increments, and are ordered just like a catalog item!  You simply enter the code that is emailed to you on the Paper Pumpkin site and Stampin’ Up! takes care of the rest!  You can renew your subscription as often as you like by purchasing a new subscription in the Online Store.  The best part of prepaid subscriptions is that you can add them to other items in your shopping bag to earn Stampin’ Rewards!  Prepaid subscriptions also make a great gift!  To visit the Paper Pumpkin page in the Stampin’ Up! online store, please click here.

Sometimes you just want to be crafty without having to put too much thought into designing.  Paper Pumpkin is the perfect solution!

Thanks for stopping in today!

Nicolle

Cookie Cutter Reindeer Christmas Card

Here’s a fun card that features the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set!  This little reindeer is so cute!  He’s stamped on and cut from Crumb Cake cardstock and set against a backdrop of stripes from the Be Merry Designer Series Paper.  He was cut out using the coordinating Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.  The Season’s Greetings sentiment is from the retiring Cheers to the Year stamp set, and the final accent is a tiny silver star from the Metallic Enamel Shapes.  (I’m starting to notice that I use those A LOT!!!)  This card was quick and easy to make, and I love the way it came out!  Hope you do too!

Don’t forget, the Year End Sales Event is still happening in the online store!  Lots of great prices on select current and retiring item while supplies last!  To check out the sale, please click here!

Thanks for checking in today!  Have a great day!

Nicolle

 

Merry Music Christmas Card

Today’s card features a musical theme for the holidays!  It features the Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper and Musical Instruments Framelits Dies.  The sentiment is from the Star of Light stamp set, and the little flourish next to the sentiment is from the Snowflake Sentiments set.  The color combo is as follows (with the base color being Whisper White):

The French Horn is cut from Silver Foil Sheets.  I love how the little bit of shine from that one element really dresses up this card!  I also covered the back of the instrument with Basic Black cardstock so that the music notes wouldn’t show through.  Both the Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper and the Musical Instruments Framelits are on the retiring list, but they can still be purchased in the online store until January 2nd (while supplies last!)  Click here to see the full line of retiring products!

Hope you have a great day!

Nicolle

 

Preorder Your Stamparatus TODAY and Winter Wonder Snowflake Card

Don’t forget that the second and final preorder window for the Stamparatus opens today at 2:00 pm MT!  Check out my blog post from yesterday for all the important info!  And please contact me if you need help or have questions!

Today’s card was simple and fun to make.  When I saw the Winter Wonder Textured Impressions Embossing Folder in the Holiday Catalog, I had to have it!  Honestly, I have a little bit of an embossing folder problem.  Some crafters hoard stamps or paper…I hoard embossing folders.  I have over 150 of them, and I just received an order yesterday with three more.  I never get rid of them!  I really love the added texture and wow factor that embossing gives to projects!   The Winter Wonder folder has a very simple design that really becomes the main focus of the card.  I embossed the snowflake in the center, and stamped the Season’s Greetings sentiment, which is from the Cheers to the Year stamp set.  I then layered the top layer with silver foil, attached it to the base with Dimensionals, added a few pearls, and it was done!  So easy!

Sadly, both the Winter Wonder embossing folder and the Cheers to the Year stamp set are retiring January 2nd.  But you can still order them for a little while longer!  You can find them here.  But don’t wait too long, as retiring products are only available while supplies last!  If they sell out before January 2nd, they will be gone for good!

This would be a great card to make with beginning stampers, or a good one to make if you need to make a lot of cards but don’t have a lot of time.  Hope you like it!

Nicolle

 

Snowflake Sentiments Meets Year of Cheer DSP

Today’s card features the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set and Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper!  It was inspired by a card I found on Pinterest by demonstrator Ronda Wade.  The Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Paper has four different, gorgeous metallic patterns! The one I chose for this card has snowflakes in both silver and gold foil.  The card has a very simple layout, which is one of the things I love the most about it!  It’s a Fresh Fig base, with a 3-3/4 x 5 inch Whisper White layer on top.  The DSP strip is cut to fit the width of the white layer and is 2-1/4 inches wide.  It is layered with a silver foil snowflake, and then the sentiment piece, which is stamped in Fresh Fig ink to match the base.

Here is a picture of the card that this one is based on.  It is the one farthest to the right:

I just switched it up a little by using a different pattern of the DSP and a silver snowflake instead of a gold one.  She also embellished her card with one of the Year of Cheer embellishments.  I decided to just make a small bow from Silver Glimmer Paper and add a rhinestone in the middle.  The die I used to cut the bow is from the Pretty Pines Thinlits.  Here’s a closeup:

I love how the foil in the paper and the foil in the snowflake give this card just enough shine to give it a very elegant look, even though it’s such a simple design!  The little bit of glitter from the glimmer paper adds a nice touch as well!  Hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Nicolle