Monday, December 31, 2012

Here I am!

Did you miss me? I missed you, kind of. You see, I was still checking the list of blogs that I regularly read over the holidays. Few of them were being updated though, and I'd get frustrated and frankly a little annoyed that they wouldn't leave their families for just one hour and blog for me. Then I'd remember that I wasn't blogging either. So, in a kind of roundabout way, I missed you.

The end of our current Holday mini catalog is drawing near. You must have one last lookylu at that wonderful bookywook and make sure you've got everything you need out of it.

Then, on January 2 something bad happens.

the. new. mini. catalog. goes. live.

That's some scary shit.
Oh my goodness, excuse the potty mouth.
But have you looked through it yet?
If you have, you probably understand where I'm coming from.
If not, go look through it and then we will talk.
(and if you don't have one yet, email me and tell me so and I will get you one)

Those generous souls at Stampin' Up! Have been adding more stuff to the Clearance rack as well. Check it out.

See you in 2013!!!!!

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Friday, December 14, 2012

New clearance rack items

My apologies, I don't have a lot of extra time to give you more details tonight, but could ya just trust me on this one and go check out the 'New Clearance Rack Items' in my online store? There's some stuff in there you guys have been askin' fer. See ya later.....I've got some shopping to do...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Greetings from Stampin' Up!

You really should take the time to check out this video

Isn't that fun? Told ya!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Holiday gifts

Hello stamping friends. Amy here and I’m so thrilled to share with you a few ideas to take your holiday gift-giving to the next level. I love our traditional products such as stamps, paper, and ink and the opportunity they provide to personalize my Christmas.

Below I have a cute paint can found at my local craft store that I have embellished using our traditional products.

But did you know that by adding our digital elements you will open up a whole new world of creativity. Below I have used a digital cutting machine to cut Stampin’ Up! images. Oh yes, you heard me right! “How?” you ask. Follow your digital cutting machine tutorial online for quick results using our digital files.

The large white circle tag below was created using the Perfect Pennants Shape Digital Punch and Homestyle Goodies Designer Template. I added some Stampin’ Dimensionals and layered our Silver Glimmer Paper.

I have also printed my own Designer Series Paper. Can’t get enough? Our digital files offer a whole spectrum of prints. I personally loved this candy cane stripe. No need to run to the store. Quickly print and fold your 12" x 12" paper for a personalized gift bag anyone would love to receive.

But don’t stop there. Fill those projects with a little goodness right from your kitchen. Give this recipe a try for the easiest and tastiest little Christmas treat. Yum!

White Chocolate Popcorn
Air popped popcorn (2 batches; 1 large bowl)
10 oz. white chocolate

- Melt chocolate on a double boiler.
- Place popcorn and melted chocolate in a paper bag. Shake to coat. Add any little candy your heart desires. (I added some crushed candy canes for a little white chocolate and peppermint.)
- Allow to cool; then prepare yourself to make another batch because you can’t stop eating the first one. :)

Happy Christmas Crafting! XOXO

Amy Y
Concept Art Manager

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Try this

Look at this beeuutie

Does it look complicated?

It's not. Grab your repositionable adhesive (Dotto in the good 'ol days) and let's get at 'er.

You just want to cut varying sizes of cardstock (looks nicest if they're the same color....I used Very Vanilla). It doesn't matter if they're the same shape even, the technique is still the same.

Put a bit of the Dotto on the back of each and stick together. Then stamp as desired, make sure to go over the edges. That's where the fun is.

Don't worry if it doesn't stamp clearly around the layer edges, like mine didn't. That crap gets covered anyways.

Ideally, you cut layers of coordinating cardstock to mat each piece already.

Then you peel apart the base (vanilla) pieces and stick them to the coordinating colored piece.

Glue those babies together and make yerself a card, would ya?

I used:

Very Vanilla (101650) and Midnight Muse (126843) cardstock.
Midnight Muse (126860) and River Rock (126977) Classic ink.
Midnight Muse stitched ribbon (126847)
Everything Eleanor stamp set (124164c 124162w) and Upsy Daisy stamp set (oops, I thought it was still current,'s not)

Some thoughts: just because I used all one color, and the same kind of shape doesn't mean you have to. Imagine one done with leaves and fall colors,or one in bright colors with circles of different sizes in different spots on the card.....ooh the possibilities!

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Fancy Foldy (yes, I said Foldy) Fun

And here's the card all unfolded-like.

Fun, huh?

Just a few simple scores and a bit of Designer Series Paper and you're off and running.

For my card I used a piece of 5 1/2 x 12" card stock. Score it at 2,4,7 and 9".

The belly band is 1 1/4 x 8 1/2", scored at 2 1/4 and 6 3/8".

You'll need 2 pieces of DSP 2 3/4 x 5 1/4" and 1 that is 1 3/4 x 5 1/4". The piece of DSP on the belly band is 1 x 3 7/8". I think I just like saying belly band. Who doesn't?!

I used Very Vanilla (101650) cardstock and Designer Series Paper Stacks in Neutrals (117157).
That is Soft Suede ink (126978) and just stamped off to get different shades.
The label is from the Labels framelits collection (125598).
The stamps are Elements of Style (120045c or 118611w) and I used Sassy Salutations (126707c 126705w) to make lots of different greetings. This has become my new GO TO greetings set. Love it.

I hope you have fun making one of these neat cards. They're a nice big wow when they get unfolded! The best part is that you don't need a ridiculous pile of fancy accessories and tools to make them!

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Yay Ornament kits!

The ornament on the cover of our holiday catalogue is such a hit that we are making it available to you just in time to deck the halls with terrific trimmings you've made yourself! We've simplified this fun project so that you can quickly and easily achieve the same results.

In addition to the kit, all you need is a glue gun, scissors, and adhesive. (Our Anywhere Glue Sticks [104045] are perfect for assembly.) Want greeting or place cards to go with those ornaments? The Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set (W 128048 C 128051) gives you perfect coordination. Fancy a little sparkle and shine? Sprinkle on our Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter (102023)!

I also HIGHLY recommend the Silicone sheet (127853) out of the mini catalog to use as your work surface. This thing ROCKS! The glue doesn't stick to it makes a perfect work surface! LOVE THIS!

With this kit you'll be able to create 10 heirloom ornaments--or stunning tags to attach to a special neighbour gift.

The Ornamental Elegance Kit (132832) is $17.95 and includes:

Die-Cut Cardstock Elements
Cherry Cobbler 3-1/2" Scalloped Tulle Ribbon
Natural Linen Thread
Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons
Large Pearl Basic Jewels

Order these now so you will have plenty of time to make them for Christmas gifting--or for your family tree! I wouldn't dawdle too long this week, leave yourself enough time. Head to my online store to order up your kit today!

Available while supplies last.

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