OnStage Day 2 Highlights and Products

Today was Day 2 of OnStage in Orlando, FL!  It was a day full of crafting, presentations, recognition, and FUN!  Today, I am sharing some of my favorite moments/products seen today!

In the two pictures below, there are two card kits, both available in the upcoming Occasions Catalog!  They are so elegant and beautiful, I an sure you are going to want these kits so that you can always have a card on hand for when you need it!

We also made two make and takes with new product!  They can be seen below:

I also won two new products:

And finally,

Here’s a picture of my friend, Lisa, and me.  We were very excited!

There is probably more that I can share, but I am literally falling asleep as I write this!  I will be back very soon with Day 3 highlights!

Nicolle

 

 

It’s Going to be a Party in Orlando!

I just landed in Orlando for Stampin’ Up’s 30th Anniversary OnStage Live event for demonstrators!  I have been looking forward to this trip for MONTHS!  I will probably not have too many original products to share this week, but I will still try to post as much as I can.  While I am here, I will get to see the NEW 2019 Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration brochure.  I will give updates and share as much as I can with you as the week goes on.  I am 100% positive that I will have lots of exciting news to share!

Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

It’s Merry Monday: Time for a Festive Wood Ornament!

For this week’s Merry Monday project I made an ornament!  We have so many gorgeous Designer Series Papers this year for the holidays, that I wanted to showcase them in ways other than just cards.  I was browsing for craft supplies on Amazon, and I came across these 3 inch wood circles.  They are perfect for what I had in mind!  I also purchased the small screw in eyes for the string on Amazon as well.  I will share the links for both items at the end of this post!

For now, let’s take a peek at the Stampin’ Up! products used on this.  I used the Layering Circle Framelits to cut a piece of polka dot Regals 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper.  Before doing that, I applied a piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets to the back of the paper, then ran it through the Big Shot.  This made it so that the entire back of the DSP piece was covered with adhesive for a very strong, uniform hold!  (Plus there’s NO MESS!)

Once the DSP was adhered to the circle, I used the Big Shot to cut the tree from the Joyous Noel 6 x 6 Glimmer Paper.  The tree was cut with a die from the Sweetly Stitched Framelits.  I also cut a small star from gold glimmer paper using the Twinkle Builder Punch.  The sentiment is from the Star of Light stamp set, and the ends were punched using the Triple Banner Punch.  Colors for this project are Real Red, Tranquil Tide, Whisper White, and Gold!

Just a note about the string on the top: it is actually a piece of Gold 1/8 inch Cord.  The cord was too big for the opening in the eye hook, so I unraveled the metallic thread, and pulled out the inner core of the cord.  There are actually TWO cords together inside, and they have a really pretty gold color to them that made them perfect to still use on this project!

 

Measurements for this project are as follows:

Real Red Polka Dot DSP:  2-15/16 inch in diameter

Green Glimmer Paper tree:  1-3/4 x 1-3/4 inches (approximate)

Gold Glimmer Paper star:  1/2 inch

Whisper White sentiment piece:  1/2 x 2-1/2 inches

 

 

As promised, here are the links for the non Stampin’ Up! products used on this project (wood circles and screw eye hooks):

Wood circles: find them HERE.

Screw eyes: find them HERE.

This project would be a good beginner crafting project, or even something fun to make with kids!  Hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by today.  🙂

Nicolle

Stampin’ Up! and Scouting

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before or not, but I am the den leader for my son Luca’s cub scout den.  This is my third year with my crew, and I adore them!  It’s a lot of work, and sometimes dealing with five 6 year old boys at once can be a little overwhelming, but it’s also a lot of fun!  Believe it or not, I use a lot of my Stampin’ Up! stuff with the boys.  We’ve done crafts, made signs, made cards for nursing home residents, and more!  Today I am featuring a few projects that I have created specifically for scouts using Stampin’ Up! products!

The card above was made for local businesses who allowed the boys to sell popcorn outside their stores this year.  The Girl Scouts sell cookies…we sell popcorn!  I made a bunch of these that they will all sign at our meeting tomorrow night.  This whole card is made with Stampin’ Up! products, with the exception of the fleur de lis stamp in the background.  That came from the local craft store.  The thank you stamp is from the Daisy Delight stamp set, and is stamped in Basic Gray ink.  The fleur de lis is stamped in Crushed Curry, and the cardstock colors are Night of Navy, Crushed Curry, and Whisper White – perfect colors for Cub Scouts!

 

Here’s another project I completed for our meeting area.  I purchased a piece of navy blue foam board from the local craft store and cut out all of the letters for the words with the Large Letters Framelits.  I used the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets on the back of the cardstock before running through the Big Shot so that I could just peel the backing off and adhere to the board.  Super easy!  Again, Crushed Curry and Whisper White cardstock were used on this project.

 

And finally, this last project was actually made for our local Girl Scout troop!  A friend of mine is a Girl Scout leader and she asked me to make these signs for an event they were having.  Some of the colors used are now retired, as I made these awhile ago, but other colors could easily be substituted.  The Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets were used with these as well.  I LOVE using the multipurpose adhesive sheets with projects like this!  While they are a little more work at the start, they definitely make the final assembly of projects so much easier (and a lot less messy!) I highly recommend them for adhering die cut images!

I thought I’d share these projects today for something a little different.  They’re just one way to show how versatile Stampin’ Up’s products are! Questions?  Please ask!

Thanks for visiting today!

Nicolle

Please Consider Sending a Card to Enoch!

This past weekend, a teammate posted on our team Facebook page about a little boy who was asking for cards.  His name is Enoch, he is two years old, and he lives in Maine.  He was badly injured on October 4th under very tragic circumstances, and is in the hospital facing a very long recovery.  My card today was made just for him, and I will be sending it out in tomorrow’s mail.  If you would also like to send this sweet little boy a card, please send it to:

Enoch

c/o EMMC

489 State Street

Bangor, Maine 04402

If you would like to read more about Enoch’s story, you can do so HERE.  (Please be aware, however, that the pictures and info may be disturbing to some.  🙁  )

I hope that you will consider sending a card!  It would probably very much brighten Enoch’s day!

Thank you!

Nicolle

The World Cardmaking Day Sale Has Begun!

October 6th is World Cardmaking Day, but Stampin’ Up! is celebrating all this week with a SALE on many Stampin’ Essentials!  Save 10% on select items, now through October 7th!  The list of all sale items is shown below.  You can also see the full gallery below this post for all products OR visit the World Cardmaking Day section of the online store HERE.  This is a great time to stock up on crafting basics such as notecards and envelopes, adhesives, Whisper White and Very Vanilla cardstock, and SO much more!  Here’s a peek at everything that’s on sale:

There are some GREAT deals in there!  🙂

Thanks for checking in today!  Happy shopping (and saving)!

Nicolle

Please vote in my Facebook poll!

In my post from yesterday, I discussed all of the Christmas Suites available in this year’s catalogs!  This week, on my Facebook page, I am running a poll and having a giveaway!  The prize will be an embellishment from the new suite of your choice!  If you are on Facebook, and would like to vote, please visit my Facebook page HERE.  The post will be pinned at the top of the page and voting will close FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5th!  (I would love it if you liked my page while you’re there as well!)  😉

Happy Sunday!

Nicolle

A Boo-tiful Bitty Banner made with the Toil & Trouble Suite

I love making small banners for the holidays!  Usually, I make horizontal ones, but for today’s project, I decided to go vertical!  So maybe this would be more of a wall hanging than a banner?  Oh well, whatever it is, it was certainly fun to make!  🙂

For this project, I used lots of different products, mostly from the Toil & Trouble Suite.  The whole suite can be found on pages 48-51 of the Holiday Catalog.  I absolutely LOVE how the Halloween products this year have not only black and orange, but also green and purple (or in Stampin’ Up! speak:  Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Granny Apple Green, and Gorgeous Grape!)  Take a look at these colors together:

 

Don’t they look great together?

 

 

Measurements for this project are as follows:

Basic Black scalloped squares:  3 x 3 inches

Pumpkin Pie square layers:  2-5/8 x 2-5/8 inches

DSP squares:  2-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches

Scalloped circles:  1-5/8 inches in diameter

Whisper White letter circles:  1-1/2 inches in diameter

Length of project from top of top square to bottom of bottom square:  9-1/2 inches long

Length of whole project including ribbon on top and bottom:  13 inches long

 

All of the stamping on this project was done in Tuxedo Black Memento ink, and all of the coloring was done with Stampin’ Blends markers.  The letters were stamped with the Layering Alphabet stamp set, and the whole banner was attached together with Black 3/8 Inch Glittered Organdy Ribbon and embellished with Spider Trinkets and Rhinestones!

To see the entire Toil & Trouble Suite of products, please visit the online store HERE.

This was definitely a fun project!  Although I love to make cards, it’s nice to make something different every once in awhile.  If you have any questions about this project, please feel free to ask!

Have a great day!

Nicolle

 

Holiday Stamp Set Poll Results

This past weekend, I posted a poll on my Facebook page about which stamp set my followers would like to see me use on a project!  (I would have posted it here too, but honestly, I haven’t figured out to post a poll here yet. I’ll figure it out at some point!)  In the poll, I posted four sets to choose from:

A: Candy Cane Season

 

B: Wishing You Well

 

C.  Nothing Sweeter

 

D: Winter Woods

And the winner (hands down) was:  WINTER WOODS!

Stay tuned for a new project coming soon with this gorgeous new set!  In the meantime, here are a couple of images of projects using this set from the Holiday Catalog:

 

Be sure to check back soon!  Thanks for checking in today!

Nicolle

 

It’s September 1st!

It is officially September!  And that means that Fall is right around the corner.  Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year!  I just love ALL of it.  The cooler temps, the changing leaves, all the art festivals and fairs, and especially the start of the holiday season!  This time of year is also my favorite CRAFTING time of the year as well!  There are so many fun things to create for the holidays!  🙂

Soooo…I’m going to let you in on a little secret:  I have this weird thing about only doing certain things after a certain date.  For example, I don’t do ANY Christmas decorating in my house until after Thanksgiving.  There’s nothing wrong with doing it before, but for me, I just have a thing about waiting until after Thanksgiving, (probably because that’s what my mom did)!  Another example is that my sister and I have a thing about not having anything “Pumpkin Spice” until after Labor Day.  It’s become kind of a running joke at this point, but we absolutely refuse to do it!  Again, this is completely random and totally unnecessary…it’s just a thing we have!   (We’re weird, and clearly very, very Type A!)

So when it comes to holiday crafting, I have a thing about not doing too much of it until after September 1st.  I will make a couple of things here and there to promote the Holiday Catalog before that date, but I won’t go crazy with the holiday crafting until September 1st!  But once September 1st hits, ALL BETS ARE OFF!  It’s ON!  🙂

So get ready to start seeing LOTS of new holiday projects for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas!  I have so many fabulous new products from the Holiday Catalog and I can’t wait to finally use them!

Also, TODAY begins the Bonus Days coupon redemption period!  Coupon codes must be redeemed no later than September 30th.  You can either use them right away, or save them for Holiday Catalog items starting September 5th!

I will also be sending out my September newsletter sometime in the next couple of days.  It’s a little late this month, but between school starting, my husband’s birthday, the holiday weekend, and my in laws going back to Florida next week, I just have not had time to work on it.  Please sign up to receive it by clicking HERE.  I will get it out ASAP!

Have a fantastic holiday weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle