Online Extravaganza is Here!

Today is the day to start getting some GREAT deals on your favorite Stampin’ Up! products!  Save as much as 40% off!  This sale currently goes until November 26th.  Please note that any stamp sets shown are ONLY on sale TODAY, November 20th!  They go back to regular price on the 21st!  Everything else is on sale until the 26th.  There will also be a surprise flash sale on the 27th, with additional products marked down later this week.  Please check back as the week goes on for those items!  As soon as I know what they are, I will post the details!  To visit my online store, please click here.

Happy shopping!  Have a great day!

Nicolle

Christmas Themed Clear Tiny Treat Boxes

Last month, I made some Halloween treats that were very similar to these.  They were a huge hit at my vendor event, so I made some again this month with Christmas themed paper! I really love these little boxes.  They are the perfect size for small gifts and favors!  This month, I used three different Designer Series Papers, so that I had a nice selection.  I used Be Merry, Year of Cheer, and Quilted Christmas papers.

For the candy, I was able to fit six Ghiardelli chocolate squares or fifteen Hershey kisses in each.  I then cut a 1 x 9 inch strip of DSP and wrapped it around the box.  I secured it on the bottom with Fast Fuse Adhesive.  I find Fast Fuse works best on 3D projects, as it has a super strong hold!  Also, adhering the paper on the bottom of the box has two benefits: you don’t see where the paper is adhered and the weight of the filled box helps to keep the paper flat and together.  Once the boxes were filled and wrapped, I used the Bow Builder punch to make the bows for the tops, using a coordinating pattern from each package.  Here’s a short video that shows how easy it is to use the Bow Builder punch:

Once the bows were completed, I secured the bows to the tops using two Mini Glue Dots each, and then stamped and punched the tags in coordinating colors.  The “For You” sentiment is from the Tabs For Everything stamp set, and the tiny tags were cut using the Wood Crate Framelits Dies and the Big Shot.

Just a note about using 6 x 6 DSP for this project: in order to use the smaller sized DSP, you need to cut two strips and then adhere them together before wrapping them around the boxes.  This causes a visible seam where the two pieces meet.  I folded the strip at the seam, and placed the seam along the back, bottom edge of the box.  I find that this is the best place to put it, as it’s the least noticeable!  I do find it’s easier to use 12 x 12 DSP to make these, as you don’t have to worry about a seam, but when you have really cute 6 x 6 paper, this is a way to still be able to use it, even if it’s a little more work!  Here’s a picture of where I placed the seam (again, this is along the back, bottom edge of the box):

These are so fun and easy to make, and people LOVE them!  Hope you do too!

Thanks for visiting today!  Let me know if you have any questions!

Nicolle

 

Watercolor Christmas Mini Pizza Box Treat

I had a great time at my vendor event last night!  Met lots of fun people and sold lots of fun little treats and gifts for Christmas!  I can’t wait to do it again next month!  Over the new few days, I will be sharing some of the other items I made for the event as well!

This first project is one of my favorites. It’s a mini pizza box filled with chocolate Turtles and Dove chocolates!  The box is wrapped with a 3 inch strip of paper from the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper.  I then wrapped a piece of Cherry Cobbler 1/4 Inch Double Stitched Ribbon around the box to add a pop of color.  I then adhered a silver Foil Snowflake and added the sentiment using Stampin’ Dimensionals to give it just a little height.  I layered the sentiment with Silver Glimmer Paper, and the sentiment itself is from the Watercolor Christmas stamp set.  I LOVE the elegant fonts used in this set!  The holly and berries are from the Good Tidings set, and are two step stamping images in Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler.   I love the contrast of the black with the other colors, as well as the sparkle the foil and glimmer paper gives to this project!

For this project, I used Fast Fuse adhesive.  Snail adhesive is my go to adhesive for pretty much everything, but I find that the Fast Fuse is really so much better for 3D projects!  It has a very strong hold that is perfect for holding Designer Series Paper in place when wrapped around the boxes.  It also provides great hold for the sentiment on the glimmer paper.  Due to the texture of the glimmer paper, regular snail just doesn’t cut it, but the Fast Fuse holds it on there perfectly!

I only was able to make FIVE of these, as I have three brand new packages of pizza boxes and I have NO IDEA where I put them!  Guess I know what I’m doing this weekend!   I need to make more of these before my next event!

I hope you enjoyed my project for today!  Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

 

Vendor Event Tonight!

Tonight I am doing a vendor bingo event!  I did the same one last month and it was a lot of fun!  Not only do I promote Stampin’ Up! products at this event, but I also make some treats and other goodies to sell on the side, so that people can actually SEE some examples of what can be made with them!  Since coming home from OnStage last Sunday, I have been working on putting some things together to sell at this event.  I only have rough, unedited pics of a few to share right now, but I have more that I will share in the next few days, and I will definitely take better, prettier pictures before posting!  But for now, here’s a little sneak peek at just a few of the items I’ve been working on!  Hope you like them!

Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

Today is the Day to Pre-Order Your Stamparatus!

Today is the day!  The Stamparatus pre-order begins this afternoon!  Customers and demonstrators alike will be able to place the first orders for this amazing new tool today, starting at 2:00 pm MT.  To order, log in to your Stampin’ Up! online account and complete the following steps:I heard from a reliable source that there will be a large banner on the Stampin’ Up! homepage that you can click on to get started once logged in.  It should hopefully be a quick and easy process!  Don’t forget, you MUST have a Stampin’ Up! online account to order.  If you do not yet have an online account, please click here to set one up.

Here is a chart to help you know when you can pre-order!  Ordering opens at 2:00 pm MT.  I always have to think about that time that it is in my time zone, so I thought this might be helpful:

Let me know how everything goes when you order!  Have a great day!

Nicolle

 

Online Extravaganza is Almost Here!

It’s time for Stampin’ Up’s Online Extravaganza!  Online Extravaganza is a HUGE sale in which Stampin’ Up! is offering 20% off select stamp sets, and up to 50% off other items such as select ribbon, embellishments, tools, and more!  The sale runs November 20th through the 27th.

Here’s how it works:

Select stamp sets are 20% off on November 20th ONLY!  If you wish to purchase any of the discounted stamp sets, they MUST be purchased on November 20th.

Select accessories and tools are up to 50% off November 20th-26th!  If you don’t wish to purchase any stamp sets, you can place an order anytime between the 20th and 26th for anything else on the list!

But wait, didn’t I say the sale is until the 27th?  YES!  That is NOT a typo!  Later this week, or early next week, Stampin’ Up! will be releasing a list of additional items that will be on sale on November 27th ONLY!  These items have NOT been released, even to demonstrators, so we have no idea what will be on the list either!

So…want to know what’s on sale from the 20th-26th?  Download a printable PDF here!

And please check back later this week for the additional items that will be on sale on the 27th!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Please contact me with questions!

Nicolle

Here’s the Scoop on How to get the Stamparatus!

Hopefully, you have had a chance to watch the video that I posted yesterday about the Stamparatus!  This is going to be a MUST HAVE tool for all stampers, especially those who like to have perfect placement for their stamped images.  Think how much time and money this will save when you can stamp your images in the EXACT spot you want, the FIRST time you stamp them!  I cannot wait to get one of these!

Here are some of the ways the Stamparatus can help you in your crafting:

  • Stamp multiple images with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • For darker impressions, apply more ink and restamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, which saves time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement

Here are some of the features of the tool itself:

  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamps
  • Includes a foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Has rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • Has two open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • Has two reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • Has two magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Has magnet storage areas underneath for convenient storage of magnets

Here’s how to reserve YOUR Stamparatus:

With the launch of this tool, Stampin’ Up! is testing a new reservation system. It acts like a true preorder: you reserve your Stamparatus and they guarantee shipment as soon as the product arrives in the warehouse. This system will allow Stampin’ Up! to get the product to market as soon as possible, while avoiding backorders and efficiently managing inventory.

The product launch will feature three reservation windows. For each window, please note the following:

  • Reservation quantities are while supplies last.
  • Limit is 1 Stamparatus per customer, per reservation window.
  • Customers may participate in multiple reservation windows.
  • In order to reserve your Stamparatus, you are required to provide your credit card information, though credit cards will not be charged until shipment.

Here is the schedule of reservation times:

 

And finally, here is a step-by-step guide on how to complete your reservation.  (The first reservation window opens at 2:00 pm MT on November 16th):

Please note that the Stamparatus costs $49 US/$65 CAD (before tax and shipping).  You must have an online account with Stampin’ Up! in order to reserve your tool.  If you do not have an account with Stampin’ Up!, please click here to sign up for one and reserve your Stamparatus starting November 16th!

I hope this answers any questions you have about the Stamparatus!  Please feel free to contact me if there’s anything else you’d like to know!  🙂

Nicolle

 

 

 

Introducing the STAMPARATUS from Stampin’ Up!

Just got back from four days in Salt Lake City!  Some of the biggest news to come out of my time at OnStage was the introduction of this amazing new product:  the Stamparatus!  I saw this product in action and I CANNOT WAIT to get one!  This product will forever change the way you stamp!

So what is it?  Quite simply, it’s a stamp positioner, which allows you to stamp quickly and easily without repositioning your stamp each time!  This can be especially useful when you are making multiples of a project, doing two or three step stamping projects, or need to stamp images multiple times, but want them to line up perfectly!

So how does it work, and how is it better than other stamp positioners available on the market?  You just have to see!  Check out this video to see it action!

So how can you get one?  Stampin’ Up! is going to utilize a reservation system for both demonstrators and customers alike to pre-order the Stamparatus!  The first reservation window will open Thursday, November 16th.  Please check back tomorrow for all the details on how you can reserve yours!

Have a great day!

Nicolle

Lovely Friends Friendship Card

Sometimes you find a stamp set that makes it super easy to make simple, yet elegant cards with very little effort!  The Lovely Friends photopolymer stamp set is one such set. This set contains two large, bold statement stamps, as well as lots of accents, and smaller sentiments!  For this card, the sentiment is definitely the focus!  It is accented with some flowers and leaves in shades of yellow and green, and embellished with Glitter Enamel dots.  Although this card is simple, it definitely makes a statement!  The color combination for this card is as follows:

To make the card, I cut my layers, stamped the sentiment is Basic Black archival ink first, then stamped the flowers and leaves around it. Once the card was assembled, I added a few Glitter Enamel dots, and I was done. It really was a super simple card to make!

Thanks for checking in today! Have a great weekend!

Nicolle

My OnStage Card Revealed!

I am having a great time in Salt Lake City at OnStage!  It’s so much fun to be here with so many other amazing demonstrators, as well as Stampin’ Up!  It’s pretty cool when you get to be in the same room as the founder of the company, as well as the CEO and her family, and all of the employees and trainers that I’ve watched so many times only in videos!  This whole place is full of such positive energy!  And I’m SO happy to finally be able to meet so many members of my team that I’ve only known through Facebook…we are having a blast!  🙂

So, I gave a little sneak peek of my card a couple of days ago, but this is the finished product!  I have always loved the combination of pink and black together.  And I adore this stamp from the You’ve Got This set.  The peony really becomes the focus of the card due to the size of the stamp!  I used the NEW Stampin’ Blends to color the flower.  I used the dark shade of Pink Pirouette to color around the edges of the whole flower, and added a little in some random spots elsewhere for some shading.  I then went in with the light Pink Pirouette marker and filled the rest of the flower in, blending the two shades wherever they came together.

The center was colored with Daffodil Delight, and the stems were colored with both shades of Old Olive, again, blending the light and dark shades together.  I like to add the darker shade first, and then blend and finish off with the lighter shade of each color, but there’s really no wrong way to do it!  The new markers are so much fun to color with and blend so beautifully, it doesn’t really matter which one you start with.  And if you add too much color, and want to lighten it up a bit, you can just go back over it with the Color Lifter until you get your desired look!

I used the Lots of Labels Framelits to frame the flower, and mounted it on a white card base, with a black polka dot background.  (There is a pink layer in between the white and black layers.)  The sentiment is from the Eastern Beauty set, and it’s finished off with some ribbon, a doily, and some metallic enamel shapes!

I hope you like the finished result!  Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle