Here are this week's Weekly Deals. Enjoy. I love the punch that is for sale this week. It is great for so many things.
James (my son) has been out seeing friends so I have had some moments to play with my new toys. Today I have been playing with the new stamp set from the Occasions catalog coming out named Rose Wonder. It is the perfect set for me because I love roses. I love all the wonderful sayings included in this set. While sympathy cards are not my favorite to make because of the people I will miss with each and every one sent, they are a must have. I used the Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper from the Share The Fun 2015-16 Catalog. I colored the roses with Pink Pirouette and Garden Green Stampin' Write markers. Since the stamp set is a photopolymer set I forgot to use the cushion pad to stamp on. I looked at my stamped image and immediately knew what I had done wrong. It is the Stampin' Pierce Mat to stamp on that makes all the difference in the world with photopolymer stamps. I put the mat down and then stamped another image and it was perfect. I used the Archival Basic Black Ink for the above image and colored in the flower again with the Pink Pirouette marker.
Using Basic Black cardstock to frame the sentiment really made it stand out. I highly recommend this. Alone it just did not "cut it". I also loved making a tiny bow out of the Venetian Crochet Trim to make it special and to hide a part that was empty of ink. Perfect on two accounts. I may make many cards with this same idea and paper. When I do I will try to show you them so you will see how versatile this set is.
Since the new year starts with everyone posting organization ideas, I want to tell you what I am doing this week. I have many swap cards that are just card fronts. I want to be able to use the cards and have less clutter in the card area. To do this, I place the card front on a coordinating cardstock card (usually whisper white or very vanilla) using snail or liquid glue lightly. I then place an envelope and the card in a clear envelope so that I can see what it is and also have the envelope right with it so it is ready to address, write in and go.
Please comment below if you have a special organizing idea that you use so that others can get ideas. As I organize I will also tell you what I am doing.
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Have a wonderful rest of 2015!
The world always seems to stop when my son James comes to visit from San Francisco, California. I have great intentions on being a participant in the latest blog hop or putting my newest creations on my blog but that never seems to happen. The world just stops while I enjoy the few moments I have with my only son. I always thought I would have many children and that did not happen. If I only had one child, James is the one I would choose. He makes a mother proud!
So with that said, I wanted to take this time to say thank you for stopping by and seeing projects I have done, visiting blog hops or other occasions. I am so thankful and blessed to have you in my life. I want to wish you a Merry Christmas, Season's Greetings and Happy New Year!
What have we been doing since James got home? Like you are probably doing, we are getting the last things done for our meal and gifts wrapped and ready. Today we saw the new Star Wars movie and it was one of my absolute favorites. It was a great movie with great company. We ate at one of our favorite restaurants and then will be leaving soon for our church Christmas Eve Candlelight service. The thing about this year that is so different is the weather. It has rained and rained here and is quite warm. Very few times to wear a sweater in Georgia this year. Nice but different.
Again thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you have many happy memories this year!
I want to show you how to make a quick and easy bow today. Why? Because I ran out of the bows I purchased and had to come up with a way to make my own. I had already been out and did not want to go out among the crowds yet again. I figured that if I had this problem you may also be in the same pinch I was in. I love the Stampin' Up!® Designer Series Paper for wrapping. It is thick enough not to rip as you wrap a gift and as long as the gift will fit in a 12" X 12" sheet of paper. I also add papers together when I need to add extra wrap to a package. For the bow I cut Designer Series Paper into 12" X 1" strips. You can shorten this strip if you want a smaller bow. Below you will see the steps I took. I used the liquid glue to close the strips and make each strip into a circle and staples to staple the center of the circle.
I placed an Iced Rhinestone Embellishment in the center. Other ideas would be to place a button, a smaller similar bow (in the same or a coordinating paper), lace, trim or anything you may have on hand that would make the package look wonderful.
The best part??? I did not have to go out and fight the crowds, used something I already had and will be guaranteed someone will say something about the wrapping.
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Merry Christmas, Seasons Greetings and Happy New Year!
Thank you for joining me on this month's Creative Inking Blog Hop. I have been playing with the Botanical Builder Framelits dies and the Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper from the Occasions Catalog.
For the above card I used a sentiment from the stamp set Enjoy The Little Things. I loved making this card because I can see it being neutral gender . For the center strip I cut out the fern like die and put the ferns aside to use later. I then placed whisper white card stock under the Mossy Meadow card stock to make the leaf stand out. Linen thread was used behind the sentiment for texture.
The above card was made just like the first one but with a different design on the Designer Series Paper and no sentiment at all. I can see giving a package of these cards with envelopes for a nice gift because they can be used for all sorts of occasions and looked very rich. I really loved the way these two cards turned out and am looking forward to playing with the items from this bundle.
I love the Petite Café bags and wanted to play with the new Occasions product on this bag. I want to make several bags of all colors like the one above to have on hand to give as gifts. The bags will hold gift cards, bakery goods and a variety of other items. The scraps left over from designer series papers are also perfect for these bags. You can see the ferns I cut out for the cards used on this bag. You are going to love these items. I hope you have as much fun playing with these new products as I have had. Thank you for hopping by. I hope you will subscribe to my blog so you do not miss out on anything. Hop on over to Lisa's blog by clicking below. You will not want to miss out on these fabulous demonstrator's projects.
The project below is another swap from the On Stage Live Event in Brussels. I loved this idea and the thought that was put into this. It is a creation made by Lesley Gillett of the United Kingdom.
I have seen the Among the Branches stamp set only used for Fall and Halloween. This brought a whole new array of new ways to use this set. I love getting as much out of a set as possible and this set for the price does exactly that. A circle was punched or cut out with a circle die for the center above and then the stamping along with added jewels and glimmer paper was the added "Wow!" that I enjoy seeing on a project. I love bling and it is even more fun at Christmas. Lesley placed a silver ribbon underneath the circle to tie the sides together.
The inside above did not have the gray duct tape on it. I put it over her information. She did a lovely job punching out the sentiment and then put it on with a mini brad at the top so that it moves. Very clever! I really loved this!
When you open up the three folds there is a silver covered chocolate inside. What a lovely stocking stuffer or item to place in a Christmas tree for children (or actually adults as well). These can be made for all sorts of occasions. Birthdays, wedding favors, Valentines and of course as shown for Christmas. A huge thank you to Lesley Gillett for swapping with me and for this great idea!
You are not going to want to miss tomorrow's post. The Creative Inking Blog Hop is tomorrow. It is showcasing items from the new Occasions and Saleabration catalogs. Come back tomorrow to hop around to many different fabulous demonstrators and see all the projects created. Thank you for stopping by and please subscribe to my blog so you do not miss out on any projects. Tomorrow I will see you "at the hop".
Yesterday was a special mail day. I have the most wonderful upline Jill Olsen. She lives in St. George, Utah. If you watched the Great Christmas Light Fight on ABC this past week, her family was the winner of the grand prize. The thing I love about her is that she is so low pressure. Whatever my goals are she is fine with. She is supportive in a special way. I love her creativity! I must admit that if she had been high pressure I would not have been a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator for twenty two years (starting my twenty third on March 9, 2016). She has been such a blessing in my life. Words can not describe how much I appreciate her low key presence in my life. Below is what I received in the mail from Jill. Such a sweet surprise.
This is a box I can use for one of my Christmas gifts. So much fun! I love the way Jill gives things that I can actually use. Sometimes I will get a card from her that is all ready to send. Many of her ideas I take and run with. Below are the pieces that came with the box. It is always fun to get in the top of her group during any month.
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One of my dear friends and demonstrators Joann Wiemers passed away in November. We had worked on many retreats together through the years and one of my last conversations with her was about our next retreat. Even though she is in a better place, she would want us to continue on with retreats. I have been working with her assistant Jane Stull to continue the tradition. Today I am opening up the retreat to all. Demonstrators and customers. I am including the information in case you can come. It is going to be loads of fun with lots and lots of door prizes and twelve projects to make. Anyone attending will not regret it and will want to come in the future. We are naming it Joann's Retreat in memory of Joann Wiemers. I will include the information to the retreat below. It will also be a Stamp Out Autism event to raise funds for a charity that helps children with autism. Stampin' Up!® demonstrators across the country team up for Stamp Out Autism and so will be able to participate through Joann's Retreat. Below is my dear friend Joann Wiemers along with the information about the retreat.
March 5, 2016
It is time to get together and celebrate the life of our dear friend and leader. Joann Wiemers would want us to continue to learn and grow with the business she loved. With her spirit guiding us we will be holding a Stamping Retreat at her church on March 5, 2016. Phyllis Shepherd will be leading us at this event. The cost of the retreat will be $75 before January 15 and $125 afterwards. The fee is non-refundable, but can be transferred or you can receive the supplies. The stamp set included with registration will be Botanical Blooms.
This will be a fun filled day with wonderful projects, raffles, displays, and vote on your favorite card fundraiser. Phyllis will be sharing information she learned at the Stampin’ Up!® On Stage Live Event in Brussels and other demonstrators will be helping with the creating of projects. This is going to be a great day! I hope to see you there.
DATE: March 5, 2016
Place: Grace United Methodist Church
2113 Old Monrovia Road, Huntsville, AL 35758
Time: 9:00 to 4:00 (registration starting at 8:30)
Cost: $75 on or before January 15, 2016
After January 15 - $125
Stamp Set included Botanical Blooms.
We have a limited number of places so the sooner you sign up, the better.
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You can register online easily by clicking below and registering through Eventbrite.
Once you register you can join a special Facebook group exclusively for retreat attendees.
Here is a sweet penguin tag I received in a swap I got in Brussels, I adore this little penguin. Fiona Wragg was the creator. You would love this on a package. It would make a simple wrapping pop with this little guy (or girl). Snow Place and Flurry Of Wishes were the sets used for this tag. The Flower Medallion punch was used for the snow flakes which sure saves tons of time whey you do not want to "fussy cut" something out. The Ornate Tag Topper was used for the main part of the tag to add everything to. Snow Flurry and Washi Tape punches were also used. Snow Friends Framelits cut out this special animal.
This tag would be a special one to make assembly style. Where you do each step in multiples. That way it goes fast and smooth and you can get so many more tags put together in less time. How about decorating one of the half stamp boxes and placing some in a box. I know anyone I make gifts for would love that for a gift especially if given early so they can be used.
Since today is Tuesday and the Weekly Deals are available I am adding them to this post below. The items today will be great for after Christmas. Enjoy and thank you for stopping by. I hope you will subscribe to my blog so you do not miss out on anything.