It’s Almost Time for Occasions and Sale-a-Bration!

Occasions Catalogs and Sale-a-Bration brochures are in the mail and should be arriving in customers’ mailboxes sometime next week!  Both contain amazing new products that you are all going to LOVE!  The colors and designs of some of the new items are simply beautiful and are sure to brighten those dull, dreary days of winter! (Those of us in cold, snowy climates definitely could use a boost some days, right?!)

One of my favorite products for any project is Designer Series Paper!  Adding patterned paper to a project can really make it pop, whether it’s a card, gift box, tag, or well, anything really!  And there are some beautiful new Designer Series Papers available in the both the Occasions Catalog, as well as the Sale-a-Bration brochure.  (So YES, there is actually a new paper that you can earn for FREE with a qualifying purchase!  And it’s bright and colorful and FUN!)

Today, I would like to share with you a video that gives a sneak peek at ALL of the new papers available in the new Occasions Catalog.  (Unfortunately, the new Sale-a-Bration paper is NOT shown.  You’ll have to wait until you get your Sale-a-Bration brochure to get a look at that one.)  Enjoy!

Aren’t they just gorgeous?  I cannot wait to start making new projects with these!  All of these will be available for purchase starting January 3rd in the online store.  I hope you like them as much as I do! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


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!



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!


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!  🙂



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!



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!


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!



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!



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!



FREE SHIPPING and Seasonal Chums Christmas Card

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Next weekend, there is a Christmas Bazaar at my son’s school.  I signed up to have a table selling cards, treats, gifts, and more!  I have never done this event, so I have NO idea what to expect, but I want to make sure I have a decent amount of stuff!  I spent this past weekend making Christmas cards to sell.  I made 27 different individual cards, as well as 8 sets of 4 cards each!  (I don’t know if I’ve ever made that many cards in such a short time before!)  I would love to think that I’m creative enough to come up with that many cards of my OWN design in such a short time!  However, it’s just not possible (at least not for me, I’ll totally admit it!)  So what did I do?  I went straight to Pinterest and Google for ideas!  I took all of the holiday stamped sets I have, typed in the names of each one, and browsed the many cards that have already been created and posted by others.  I saved a few of my favorites from each set, and spent the weekend creating cards based on what I saved!  I will be sharing a bunch of my favorites over the next few weeks!

The card I am sharing today is based on a sample from the Stampin’ Up! catalog.  It features the Seasonal Chums bundle, as well as the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper!  The little reindeer was colored using Stampin’ Blends in both shades of Crumb Cake.  Here is what the original version of the card looked like:

You’ll notice that mine is VERY similar, but there are a few differences!  First, I used a full layer of DSP as the background of the card, where they used a smaller piece for theirs.  I also used Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper for the trees behind the deer, where they used plain white with some glitter just along the edges.  I also used a circle punch to cut out the sentiment, where their sentiment is rectangular.  And they left the ribbon longer on their bow!  I also used slightly different colors on my deer, especially on the antlers and hooves.  So while I did “copy” the Stampin’ Up! design, I did put my own touches on it so that it’s not exactly the same!  Here’s a close up of the deer and the trees from my card:

The final touch was to use Stampin’ Dimensionals to “pop” up the deer a bit from the rest of the card.  I love how it came out!

Thanks for stopping in today! Please check back tomorrow for another card from my bazaar stash!  🙂