Throwback Thursday: Star of Light Christmas Card

I was just going through old posts on my Facebook page, and I came across this card I made two years ago.  It is one of my favorite Christmas cards I’ve ever made, and since most of what I used on it is still current, I thought I would share it here!  

This card uses the Star of Light photopolymer stamp set, along with the Starlight Thinlits Dies, Silver Glimmer Paper, Silver Embossing Powder, and Rhinestone Basic Jewels.  The original colors I used were Dapper Denim and Soft Sky, which are both now retired, but other colors could easily be substituted!  

Tomorrow starts my 12 Days of Christmas giveaways!  If you would like to play and have a chance to win a prize over the next few days, then head on over to my Facebook page and play along!   You can find my page HERE

Thanks for checking in!

Nicolle

Paper Pumpkin Goes Wild for Valentine’s Day!

Starting December 11th, subscribe to Paper Pumpkin in order to get January’s kit!  It is sure to be adorable, as it perfectly coordinates with the Animal Expedition Suite in the Annual Catalog!  This adorable suite combines fun images and sentiments, and I can’t wait to see it used in a Valentine’s Day project for the January kit!  While I have not seen the kit itself, Stampin’ Up! has released a few hints that I can share with you: 

  1. It is definitely a Valentine’s Day themed kit.
  2. It makes 24 adorable Valentine’s Day treat packages.
  3. Coordinating colors are Crumb Cake, Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Melon Mambo, Petal Pink, and Pool Party!

Check out this image from the online store to see some projects that coordinate with this kit! 

You can see the entire Animal Expedition Suite of products HERE.

If you’d like to get the January kit, you must subscribe to Paper Pumpkin by January 10th!  To learn more about Paper Pumpkin or to subscribe, please click HERE.  

Contact me with any questions you may have!  Thanks for visiting!

Nicolle

A Fun Treat for Furry Friends for Merry Monday!

My project today is a fun treat for furry friends!  It’s three dog biscuits wrapped in a cello bag, and decorated with a cute topper, ready for gift giving!  

I used a 4 x 6 cello treat bag from the local dollar store for the bag.  It fits three Milk Bone biscuits perfectly!  The topper was made from Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White card stock, stamped in Tranquil Tide ink, and embellished with an Old Olive bow.   The background is embossed with an old Paw Print embossing folder that I found years ago on ebay!

Instructions:

  1. Cut a piece of 3-1/2 x 4-1/4 inch Cherry Cobbler cardstock, score at 1-3/4 inches, and fold in half lengthwise.
  2. Emboss a 1-1/2 x 4 inch piece of Whisper White cardstock and round the corners using the corner rounder of the Envelope Punch Board.
  3.  Stamp the sentiment on Whisper White card stock and trim the ends with the Triple Banner Punch.
  4. Tie a small bow from 1/8 inch Old Olive Sheer Ribbon.
  5. Place the folded Cherry Cobbler piece over the top of the bag and staple closed.
  6. Adhere the embossed white piece over the stapled piece with Snail adhesive.
  7. Apply the sentiment piece with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  8. Apply the bow with Mini Glue Dots.
  9. Cut a snowflake die cut for added detail with the Big Shot.  (This one was made with the now retired Snowfall Thinlits, but we have other sets that contain snowflakes that would work!)  

This product was super popular with dog owners!  It’s something fun and different, and is sure to put a smile on any dog lover’s face!  

Thank you for stopping by!

Nicolle

Coffee Mug Treats with Coffee Cup Framelits

Today’s project is a coffee mug filled with sweet treats!  Although most of the items I used are not from Stampin’ Up!, the tag is 100% SU!  For the tags, I used the Coffee Cup Framelits, the Regals 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper, and the Feather & Frost photopolymer stamp set.  The color I used was Real Red!

Besides the tag, this project includes a coffee mug, five Lindt Lindor Chocolate Truffles, and a package of Starbucks Hot Chocolate Mix.  They each also contain a candy coated stirrer: either chocolate and marshmallow or crushed peppermint candy.  The ones with the candy cane bags and white bows have the peppermint stirrers, and the ones with the star bags and gold bows have the chocolate and marshmallow ones!  

Here is where I got the rest of my supplies:

Bags and Bows:  Amazon

Mugs:  Dollar Tree

Lindt Chocolate:  Walmart

Candy stirrers:  The Lakeside Collection

Starbucks Hot Chocolate Mix:  Target

These were a big hit at the bazaar last weekend!  I have a few left over, which I plan to give as gifts for my boys’ teachers.   I hope they like them!  🙂

Thanks for checking in today!  Please contact me with questions! 

Nicolle

My 12 Days of Christmas Starts Next Week!

This year I have decided to do something fun!  Starting December 14th, I will give away one prize per day on my Facebook page!  I will do this each day leading up to Christmas, for a total of twelve prizes in twelve days!  All you have to do is comment on my post for the day, and you will be entered to win!  Prizes will include a mix of new products, handmade items, treats, and more!  To play, please find and “Like” my Facebook page!  You can get there by clicking HERE.  Then be sure to check back starting December 14th to play!

Have a great day!  Happy Friday!

Nicolle

Year End Closeout Sale Happening Now!

Sorry for the late post today!  BOTH of my kids are sick right now, so it’s been a little crazy!  🙁

Just wanted to let you know about the Year End Closeout sale happening NOW through January 2nd!  Many products (mostly from the Holiday Catalog) have been marked down, and are available at some great savings. There are even a few products from the Annual Catalog as well.  All products from the Holiday Catalog are now only available while supplies last, so take a peek and see if there’s anything you want to order before they are gone for good!

Here are the details:

  • No minimum purchase required.
  • All order types qualify for this promotion (individual customer, workshop, and online).
  • Discount applies to select items only.
  • Retiring items from the 2018 holiday catalog are available while supplies last.
  • Items from 2018 annual catalog that are part of this sale are available in limited quantities at the promotional price.
  • Discounted items may be added to a Starter Kit—or purchased with Stampin’ Rewards—at the promotional price.
  • Items and discounts may vary by market (depending on inventory levels).
  • Host sets may be purchased using only Stampin’ Rewards from a qualifying party/order.
  • Ordering deadlines:
    • Phone: January 2, 2019; 6:50 PM (MT)
    • Online: January 2, 2019; 11:50 PM (MT)

You can find a downloadable/printable list of everything included in this sale HERE.

Or, you can go directly to the Year End Closeout section of the online store HERE.

Please let me know if you have any questions or need anything!

Nicolle

Another Sweet Treat for the Holidays

These little boxes are one of my favorite items to make treats for any holiday!  The boxes are the perfect size to use for favors, place holders at holiday dinner tables, and small gifts for teachers and staff at your local school!

They are so easy to use and can be filled with your choice of so many different things!

These are super easy to make:

  1. Assemble the box according to package directions.
  2. Fill with your choice of candy or other small gift.
  3. Close up the box and wrap a 1 x 9 inch strip of DSP of your choice around the entire box and secure with strong adhesive.  (For mine, I used Tear & Tape Adhesive).
  4. Make a tag for the top, add a sentiment, a bow, and a star embellishment, and you’re good to go!

For these, I used Hershey’s Miniature candy bars.  Ten of them fit in the boxes perfectly!  I also used mini metallic bows that were purchased at WalMart.  I added the little tag and they were done!

The Tiny Treat Boxes are available in a pack of 16 for $7.50 and are a super versatile item to have on hand when you want to make a quick gift for someone!

Thanks for checking in!

Nicolle

 

It’s Merry Monday! Time for a Sweet Treat!

I have not posted in awhile due to the fact that every spare moment of my time for the last 4-5 days has been spent on Christmas Bazaar stuff!  Planning an event is a lot more work than I thought, but I would do it again in a heartbeat!  I work part time at the school in the town where I live, and the bazaar was a fundraiser for our PTO.  Since I have craft show experience, I volunteered to organize it.  We had 31 vendors, plus raffle baskets, food, kids’ crafts, and a lot more!  We ended up raising almost $3000 for the PTO, and that money will all go toward supplies, field trips, and equipment for students, so I would say the event was a success!

This week I will be sharing some of the completed items I had available at my table at the bazaar.  My first project is a mini coffee cup covered with DSP and filled with Hershey Kisses!  Not all of the supplies I used were 100% Stampin’ Up!, but the majority are!  On this project, only the coffee cups and cello bags are not Stampin’ Up! products.  Both items are from Amazon, and I will post links to them at the end of the post.

For the cup shown, I used the Under the Mistletoe DSP to wrap around the cup.  I found a cutting die that cuts the perfect sized piece to wrap these cups with.  It definitely makes things easier!  The die is also a non-SU product, and I will post the link for that as well below.  I love the mix of greens in this paper, and how it’s accented with white and just a hint of red for a pop of extra color!

For the top of the cup, I used a 2 inch circle punch to cut a piece of Real Red card stock, then layered it with a piece of Shimmery White cardstock cut with the Layering Circles Framelits Dies.  I topped it with a Snowflake Trinket from the now retired Snowflake Showcase Suite.  The cup holds 15 Hershey Kisses.  The ones I used are really cute.  They look like little Santa hats:

Once the cup was decorated and wrapped, I wrapped it in a 4 x 9 Cellophane Bag, added the tag, and tied it with Real Red Mixed Satin Ribbon.  The sentiment is from the Candy Cane Season photopolymer stamp set, and the tag was cut with a die from the Petals & More Thinlits Dies.

These little cups were a big hit at the bazaar!  This would make a great gift for teachers, mail workers, coworkers, or even as stocking stuffers!

Here are the links for the non-SU products:

You can find the cups HERE.

You can find the cello bags HERE.

You can find the dies for the cup wrapper HERE.  (The cups can also be purchased here as well!)

I hope to be back to posting regularly again this week!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Nicolle

 

It’s the Third and Final Phase of Online Extravaganza!

TODAY is the beginning of the final two days of Online Extravaganza!  For November 27th-28th, get 10% off the following products:

TOOLS & INK

  • Adhesives
  • Applicators
  • Cleaners
  • Cutting tools
  • Embossing folders
  • Framelits and thinlits
  • Ink Pads
  • Ink refills
  • Markers
  • Punches
  • Scoring Tools
  • Stamp blocks and cases

As with the previous two phases, some exclusions do apply.  To see everything that’s on sale, please visit the online store by clicking the image below:

Please let me know if you have any questions, and please check back tomorrow for more fun bazaar projects!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

It’s Merry Monday! Today’s Projects Inspired by Paper Pumpkin!

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it is officially the Christmas season!  I have often mentioned that the Christmas Paper Pumpkin kits are my favorite.  This past weekend, I was going through old Paper Pumpkin samples, and I came across two cards which were both from the November 2015 kit.  I REALLY loved the cards from that kit…they are probably among my top three kits in all the time I’ve been a subscriber.  As I looked at them, I decided that I was going to try to re-create them using current projects.  So I did, and the finished cards are what I am sharing with you today!

Before I get into details about the new ones, I wanted to share what the originals looked like:

I just LOVE the color combination on these cards!  Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive are my absolute favorite Christmas color combo.  For the new versions, I had to switch the colors up a bit, but I still love the way they look together!

For my cards, I used Designer Series paper from two different packages.  The DSP I used in the first card is from the All is Bright DSP.  The paper on the other is from the Festive Farmhouse DSP.  Main colors on both cards are Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake, and Very Vanilla!

Card 1

This card features the following products:

  • All is Bright Designer Series Paper
  • In the Woods Framelits Dies
  • Feather & Frost Photopolymer Stamp Set
  • Linen Thread
  • Pearl Basic Jewels (colored with Dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends)
  • White Stampin’ Emboss powder (used on the JOY sentiment)

Measurements for this card are:

Crumb Cake cardstock base:  5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)

DSP background layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

Very Vanilla background square:  1-7/8 x 1-7/8 inches

Very Vanilla Backing layer:  1-7/16 x 1-7/16 inches

Cherry Cobbler sentiment piece:  1-3/16 x 1-3/16 inches

Mossy Meadow leaves:  1-1/4 x 2-1/2 inches (approximate)

 

Card 2

This second card features the following products:

  • Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper
  • Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies
  • Nothing Sweeter stamp set
  • Linen Thread
  • Pearl Basic Jewels

Measurements for this card are:

Thick Very Vanilla cardstock base:  5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)

Festive Farmhouse DSP background layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

Cherry Cobbler backing piece: 2-1/4 x 4-1/4 inches

Very Vanilla top layer:  2 x 4-1/8 inches

 

I love the originals of these cards, but I really love the new versions as well!  All this week, I will be featuring cards inspired by others I found online.  I need to make a bunch of cards for my school bazaar this coming weekend, and I need ideas I can do quickly and not have to think too much about!  I hope you’ll check back this week for something new each day!

Also, don’t forget that the second sale of Online Extravaganza is in full swing!  Today is the last day to save 10% on Annual Catalog stamp sets and kits!  Tomorrow starts a new set of products on sale, so if you have stamp sets you’ve had your heart set on, today is definitely the day to get them!

Please contact me with questions!  Thanks for visiting!

Nicolle