Shine Bright with this Shimmery Christmas Card!

The card I am sharing today was made last month for a team swap! It features the Shine Bright stamp set, and cool, shimmery colors for Christmas. I love the traditional colors of red and green for Christmas, but sometimes, I like to switch it up. Blue, silver, and white remind me of ice and snow, and is my second favorite color combo for Christmas!

This card was made using Shimmery White cardstock as the base and top layer. I used the Layering Ovals Dies to cut a large oval from the top layer. I heat embossed the tree using VersaMark ink and Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder on a piece of Night of Navy cardstock. I then positioned the tree inside the oval and adhered both over the middle layer of Night of Navy. I used a sentiment from the Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set, made a small bow with Seaside Spray 1/4 inch Metallic Ribbon, and added some rhinestones to the tree for some added sparkle. The card was finished by cutting a small star out of Silver Glimmer Paper using the Twinkle Builder Punch, and adding it to the top of the tree. Even though the design of this card is simple, all of the shimmer and shine makes it seem fancier than it is!

Dimensions for this card are as follows:

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

Night of Navy cardstock middle layer: 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

Shimmery White cardstock top layer: 3-3/4 x 5 inches

Oval Cut Out: 3-3/4 x 2-5/8 inches (approximate)

The Shine Bright stamp set is available in the online store until January 3rd. You can see it HERE. This stamp set is also available in a bundle with coordinating cutting dies. Be sure to take a look!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a great day!

Nicolle

My First Holiday Catalog Project! (sort of…)

Today I am sharing my first project created with NEW Holiday Catalog products! It is not actually the first project I CREATED with new products though. It’s actually the second, but I am waiting a bit to share that one, as I used it for a swap and don’t want anyone to see it until I know everyone has received their cards!

This card was created with items from the Wrapped in Plaid Suite, as well as the Snowman Season stamp set. Colors are Night of Navy, Shaded Spruce, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, and Gold!

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Night of Navy card stock base: 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)

Shaded Spruce middle layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches

Whisper White top layer: 3-3/4 x 5 inches

Wrapped in Plaid DSP banner piece: 2 x 4-1/4 inches (when cut will measure 2 x 4 inches or so)

Whisper White stitched tree piece: 2-5/8 x 2-5/8 inches

While the basic design is very simple for this card, some things I did to dress it up a bit include: using the Stitched Shapes Cutting Dies to frame the tree; using the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder on the background; and adding a Gold Glimmer Paper star punched with the Twinkle Builder Punch to the top of the tree. I also applied the tree piece with Stampin’ Dimensionals to make it pop off the card a little!

All of the new products used on this card will be available beginning September 4th! If you do not yet have a copy of the Holiday Catalog, let me know, and I will get one out to you right away!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great day!

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

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 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

 

The November Paper Pumpkin Kit Has Arrived!

My November Paper Pumpkin kits arrived yesterday and they certainly did not disappoint!  I have often said that the Christmas kits are my favorites, and this one is no exception!  I knew as soon as I saw the special edition box that I would love it, and I DO!  (There is something I just love about plaids in Christmas colors!)

This kit makes 10 gorgeous cards in reds, greens, white, and cream!  It also includes 10 matching envelopes with coordinating envelopes.  The stamp set is super versatile for the holidays, and the kit even includes a Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Spot.  (My absolute favorite red for Christmas!)

Since I just got my kits, I have not assembled them yet.  I plan to do that this coming weekend!  I also plan to put together completed sets to sell at the Christmas Bazaar I am doing on December 1st.  I will also pics of the finished cards as I complete them.  In the meantime, you can take a peek at this quick video that shows the project, as well as how to complete it:

While it is too late to order this kit, there is a way you may still be able to get it!  Usually, Stampin’ Up! releases full kits and/or refills a little while after the initial kits are released.  But you must be a current Paper Pumpkin subscriber to order them.  Why not sign up for a month or two to try it?  Once you are a subscriber, you will have access to past kits so that when this one goes on sale, you can still scoop one up!  You can learn more about Paper Pumpkin and subscribe HERE.   You can also purchase a prepaid subscription in the online store!

I really, REALLY love this kit, and cannot wait until I get a chance to put it together!  (Just as an FYI, I ordered a handful of these kits as extras and will have them for sale as well at the Christmas Bazaar on December 1st.  If you are local to CT, feel free to stop by and check them out!)

Thanks for visiting today!  Please contact me with questions!

Nicolle

Christmas Bazaar December 1st!

I’m very happy to be back online after two days with no internet!  I live in a very rural area, and sometimes it goes down, and it usually takes a couple of days to get it back when it does.  It’s just one of those things you have to deal with when you live in the woods!

In just under two weeks, I will have a table at the Christmas Bazaar at the school that I work at!  I am actually in charge of the bazaar, and have booked over 30 vendors, plus there will be a Breakfast with Santa, raffles, kids’ activities, a bake sale, a holiday shop, and more!  If you are local to Connecticut, I would love for you to stop by!   Feel free to contact me for more info if you’re interested!

In order to prepare, this past weekend, I went through all my stuff and figured out what I am going to make to sell.  My plan is to have half of my display be Stampin’ Up! catalog merchandise, and the other half will be stuff I make with it.  As a demonstrator, I am limited to what merchandise I can sell at in person events, so all of my actual Stampin’ Up! products will be adhesives, kits, and retired merchandise.  But I pretty much have free reign over what I MAKE to sell!  I took some before pics of some of what I plan to use.  I have some items left over from last year that I am going to try to sell again this year, but I need to make some new stuff too.  I have a list of about 15 things that I want to get done, so I have A LOT to do, and not a lot of time to do it!!!!  Here are pics of what everything looks like now:

It doesn’t look like much now, but I will hopefully have it all fixed up and ready to sell buy the 1st of December!  My plan is to work on stuff every spare minute I have for the next two weeks and share the finished products with you as I go.  So please check back often to see what I come up with!  I seriously hope I can get it all done!

Thanks so much for checking in!  Hope you visit again soon!  🙂

Nicolle

A Monochromatic Card for Merry Monday (One Day Late!)

My card today features the Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper and the His Light stamp set!  It is a sparkly, monochromatic card featuring multiple shades of green, and is accented with white and silver!

Products other than the paper and stamp set include: Pear Pizzazz 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon, Leaf Punch, Sprig Punch, Sparkle Glimmer Paper, Vellum, and Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets.

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Shimmery White card stock base:  5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)

DSP Background:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

Shimmery White sentiment piece:  2-5/8 x 3-1/2 inches

Vellum and Sprig pieces:  approximately 2 x 2 inches each

 

This card is very simple in design, but elegant in the detail and embellishments!  If you are looking for a simple, but elegant card to make for friends and family this year, then this could be a good one for you!

Thanks for checking in today!

Nicolle

 

Coming Soon: The 2018 Online Extravaganza!

It’s almost time for the 2018 Online Extravaganza!  (And just in time for Holiday shopping!)  This sale has taken place for the past few years, and it has always been full of fantastic deals.  I fully expect this year to be as well!  I do not have any details other than the dates, but as soon as I get more info, I will post it.  For now, please plan to check back as we get closer to November 23rd for more information!

Also, with the Holidays right around the corner, now is the perfect time to download and print my holiday wish list!  You can access it HERE.  Just print, fill it out , and give it to whoever you think needs to know!  Orders containing products as gifts should be placed no later than December 5th to ensure delivery in time for Christmas!

Thank you for visiting today!  Please let me know if you have any questions!

Nicolle

The Snowflake Showcase is Now Available!

The Snowflake Showcase products are now available!  Create a snowy wonderland using this incredible assortment of products. With two stamp sets, paper, accessories, and dies, the only limit is your creativity!

Here’s a look at all of the new products available:

Happiness Surrounds Photopolymer Stamp Set

 

Snow is Glistening Photopolymer Stamp Set

 

Snowfall Thinlits Dies

 

Snowflake Trinkets

 

White Velveteen Sheets

 

Aren’t these new products gorgeous?  All of them are available for a limited time only.  They will be for sale through November 30th or while supplies last, whichever comes first, so don’t delay!

Here are a few completed samples:

 

And here’s a short video that shows them in even greater detail!

You can find this entire line of new products in the online store.  Just click HERE to browse!  (Or click the links below to go right to each product!)

Please let me know if you have questions!  Have a great day!

Nicolle