Make 12 Christmas Cards With The “Hello December 2016 Project Life” Kit

How To Make 12 Christmas Cards With The “Hello December 2016 Project Life” Kit I have said over and over and over again that I am NOT a scrapbooker.  It took awhile for me to tell myself that it’s okay.  Stampin’ Up! is about doing what you LOVE, and I LOVE creating greeting cards.  Today I want to show you how you can make twelve Christmas cards with the new Hello December 2016 Project Life Kit and Accessory Pack. First, take a look at my quick video to see an example of the cards:   Supplies You’ll Need From The 2016 Holiday Catalog:   Paper You Will Need From The Annual Catalog: Stamp Set, Ink, and Framelits You’ll Need From The Annual Catalog:   Big Shot Items and Punches You’ll Need From The Annual Catalog:   Ribbon You’ll Need From The Annual Catalog:   Adhesives You’ll Need From The Annual Catalog:   Phew!  That’s a lot of supplies, right?  But don’t panic!  Go through your supplies and take inventory of the stuff you already have or stuff that is similar to what I used if you want to make your own adjustments. Now that you have gathered your stuff together, what do you need to do with it??  Here is what you’ll need to do before you start assembling the cards:  score 6 pieces of Crumb Cake 8-1/2″ x 11″ cardstock at the 4-1/4″ mark and cut each scored piece at 5-1/2″ so you end up with 12 card bases cut 5 pieces of Real Red 8-1/2″ x 11″ cardstock to 4″ x 5-1/4″ and emboss each piece with the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder cut 7 pieces of Emerald Envy 8-1/2″ x 11″ cardstock to 4″ x 5-1/4″ and emboss each piece with the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder die-cut 4 bows with the bow framelit from the Wonderful Wreaths Framelits Dies die-cut 4 “Noel”s with the Noel framelit from the Wonderful Wreaths Framelits Dies take a look at the photos and get busy CASE-ing!!  (copy my layouts like you see them) I’ll be posting more in-depth videos soon.  In the meantime, this should be enough info to get you started!!  🙂 Shop the Annual Catalog  HERE Shop the Holiday Catalog HERE

Craft Show Display Ideas: Greeting Card Vendors

Craft Show Display Ideas for Greeting Card Vendors It’s almost October, which means its time for holiday bazaars and craft shows to begin filling up our weekends.  A couple of years ago I participated in a craft show and I want to share with you my craft show display ideas for greeting card vendors. I had a few things that I imagined in my head of things that I wanted and, more importantly, that I didn’t want, my display to look like. I DID NOT WANT: to display my cards in baskets on tables have to depend on a lot of other people to help with set-up/take-down want to use anything too heavy for me to lift on my own to have my booth look like something out of a country fair.  That’s just not my style. I DID WANT: a glamorous booth the cards displayed at eye level something out-of-the-box something I could, if needed, set up and take down on my own I really wish I could remember my thought process for coming up with my final idea.  I know my thoughts went from hanging the cards on something to hanging the cards on Christmas trees, to hanging the cards on lighted trees.  I was really happy with the final outcome.  People even asked me if the show organizers were going to hand out prizes for the best booth. (Um…they didn’t even have a Facebook page for the event, so no, prizes didn’t enter their minds.  WARNING:  before you sign up to do a show, find out how the show will be promoted.  If the organizers don’t have a social media prescence, run!) Here is a look at the three tables I used.  I had a 10′ x 10′ booth, so I set the tables in an upside-down “U” formation, leaving room on the upper sides for chairs and supplies. Each table had two 4′ white trees with LED lights built into them, except for the back table, which only had one tree.  I used the back table as the “Welcome” table.  It is where I kept all of the signage and important info, like “We Accept All Major Credit Cards,” info about placing online orders, business cards, etc. I sold my cards in packages of eight.  I put each set of cards in a cello bag and tied the bag with hemp twine.  I used plain wooden clothespins to pin the packages to the trees.  Next to each tree I placed a sign with a display of each card in the package.  To take up table space, I put some single cards in baskets (which helped to increase sales) and added a little Christmas décor.   Here is the master list of the supplies I used: 3 tables 3 tablecloths (amazon.com) 5 LED white trees (kmart.com) black poster board (dollar store) plate stands to hold the posters (hobby lobby) clothespins (dollar store) miscellaneous Christmas décor (my house) electrical extension cords ******************** I was able to carry in and set up the entire display by myself, with the help of a dolly to haul in the heavy tables.  The only help I needed was from my dad, who rigged all of the extension cords so that they could all fit into one outlet thingy. The best part about my display was that all of the items I purchased can be re-purposed.  I have used the Christmas trees around the house as part of our family Christmas decorations and who doesn’t need a long white tablecloth every now and then, right? Good luck with your craft show endeavors!  Share your ideas in the comments section!!

Stampin’ Up! Hello December 2016 Project Life

Stampin’ Up! Hello December 2016 Project Life I’ve mentioned before that I was never able to drink the scrapbooking Kool Aid.  However, that doens’t mean that I don’t like scrapbooking supplies!  I especially love Project Life by Stampin’ Up! because not only are the items perfect for scrapbookers, but the kits also make cardmaking a breeze!  Over the next several days I am going to show you a variety of greeting cards and other fun projects that you can create in under five minutes with the new Stampin’ Up! Hello December 2016 Project Life Card Kit and Accessory Pack that is currently available to order from the new 2016 Holiday Catalog. Look at all of the fun items that come in the Stampin’ Up! Hello December 2016 Project Life Accessory Pack.  The accessory pack includes: * Exclusive set of 9 photopolymer stamps * 20 kraft cards, 2″ x 2″ (5.1 x 5.1 cm) * 5 acetate specialty cards, 3″ x 4″ (7.6 x 10.2 cm) * 2 acetate specialty cards, 4″ x 6″ (10.2 x 15.2 cm) * 2 alphabet sticker sheets * 2 element sticker sheets * 2 red foil number sticker sheets * 48 epoxy stickers * 12 wood shapes * Silver metallic thread, 10 yards (9.1 m) * 6 flat paper clips * Washi tape, 5 yards (4.6 m) The Stampin’ Up! Hello December 2016 Project Life Card Kit includes 71 cards in 2 sizes: 3″ x 4″, 4″ x 6″ and coordinates with Basic Black, Emerald Envy, Crumbcake, Real Red, and Whisper White. To make cards with the Stampn’ Up! Hello December 2016 Project Life Asseccory Pack and Card Kit, I suggest spreading out all of the contents, grabbing the coordinating cardstock colors, and letting your creativity flow.  Be sure to keep checking back to see more cards and projects made with these wonderful Project Life elements.  Project Life is not just for scrapbookers! To order any of the products shown, just click an image in the slideshow to be redirected to my online store:

All New Stuff From Stampin’ Up!

All New Stuff From Stampin’ Up! Announcing all new stuff from Stampin’ Up!  in September!  Check out these Stampin’ Up! specials that begin September 1st.  Some will change weekly, so be sure to keep checking back so you don’t miss out on any wonderful promotions. September 1, 2016 The fabulous 2016 Holiday Catalog sales period begins at 2:00 AM (MT) and runs through January 3, 2017.  Look at the cover and start dreaming!  I can’t wait to show you some of the projects that I’ve already made!  There is a wonderful new Christmas Card kit that is sure to satisfy your creative needs.  With the Stitched with Cheer Project Kit, you’ll have fun stamping AND sewing!   Announcing Stampin’ Up! Special Offers! You can save 25% on select annual catalog products through September 21 ! Check out the discounted products below.  Check back often, because discounted products will change weekly. Click HERE to see this week’s current Special Offers.

My Top 5 Picks from the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack

My Top 5 Picks From the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack Take a look at my top 5 picks from the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack.  New items were added today from the 2015 Holiday Catalog.  Be sure to order the items right away, because once they sell out, they are gone for good.  Be sure to also check out the slideshow at the bottom of this post to view ALL of the Clearance Rack items.  There are many more items than just my top 5 pick. #1:  To You and Yours Shaker Card Kit  was $24.00 | now only $9.60 #2:  Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit  was $21 | now only $8.40 #3:  Hello December 2015 Project Life Accessory Pack was $15 | now $6 #4:  Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Project Life Card Collection was $16 | now $6.40 #5:  Real Red Pom Pom Trim was $6.00 | now $2.40 Before you freak out and say to yourself, “All of this is Christmas stuff!” just think back to the start of the Christmas season and remember how excited you were when you promised yourself that THIS would be the year when you would get everything done without being stressed.  Then think back to the middle of Christmas season when panic set in and you realized that your plan failed.  You can conquer the failure by ordering my top 5 picks from the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack.  Why?  Let me tell you. You can read about the features and benefits of the To You & Yours Shaker Card Kit HERE, and see examples of cards you can quickly assemble with the leftovers HERE, HERE, and HERE.  You will be a rock star when your friends receive these cards in the mail.  You can also give the kit as a gift to the card making lovers in your life. Who doesn’t want to open a present with the a tag from the Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit?  What I love most about these fun Christmas tags is that you can add them to small gifts and gift bags that otherwise wouldn’t make a great first impression and turn what at first glance looks like an underwhelming gift into the first gift your friends want to open. I have included both the Hello December 2015 Project Life Accessory Pack  (just cut out the “2015”) and the Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Project Life Card Collection for the same reason.  Each kit provides enough materials for you to quickly assemble not only scrapbooks, but also fun greeting cards.  It takes no time to cut and score card stock and use the items in both of these kits to put together cute Christmas cards. Do I even need to explain why you need the Real Red Pom Pom Trim?  I mean just look at how adorable it is!  Use it to wrap presents, string it up and use our Mini Metallic Clothespins to hang up your Christmas cards, or use it as an embellishment on your cards.  And hey, its’ red, so you can also use it for Valentine’s Day and Fourth of July projects! Here is a look at ALL of the Clearance Rack items.  Have fun shopping!!

stampin up cyber monday sale 2015

Starting Monday, Save Up to 50% on Stampin’ Up!

Starting Monday, save up to 50% on select Stampin’ Up! products!  Forget Cyber Monday!  How does Cyber WEEK sound? Take a look at all of the fun products that will be on sale during Stampin’ Up!’s Online Extravaganza and be sure to make a special note of the special FLASH sales that will be available on Monday, November 23rd and Monday, November 30th (the first and last days of the Online Extravaganza Sale.)   CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE LIST OF ITEMS   You can also view most of the items in the slideshow below.  IGNORE THE PRICES that you see listed under each item.  To see the sale prices, view the list at the link HERE.   Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog   Here are some of my TOP PICKS!!  Please, please, please do yourself a favor and BUY THE MAGNETIC PLATFORM FOR ONLY $24!!! The magnetic platform is  A MUST if you are a Big Shot owner!  It is normally $40.  I love mine so much that I am going to buy a second one.  NOW is the time to buy this item.  I have NEVER seen it priced this low. (The magnetic platform is what we use when we use the magnetic Thinlits and Framelits dies.  See some examples HERE, HERE, and HERE.) While you’re at it, take a look at the great dies that are also on sale that you can use with your brand new Magnetic Platform!  Here is a look at the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Die that is on sale for $28.  This set of magnetic dies is normally $40.  Take a look at a fun cards I made with this die HERE and HERE.     Be sure to check out the list!  There are so many other great buys, especially Paper Pumpkin Kits and Paper Pumpkin Refill Kits.  For the first time, these select kits are available to Paper Pumpkin subscribers AND NON-PAPER PUMPKIN SUBSCRIBERS!  Stock up now, especially if you’ll be hosting kids for the holidays.  They make for such a fun project!     Important Notes:   If you are purchasing a bundle, you must use bundle item codes provided for Online Extravaganza. Discounts will not be applied if individual component item numbers are entered separately. Bundles featured in Online Extravaganza will exist only during Online Extravaganza, so order during the sales period November 23-30th.   Additional products from current catalogs may be purchased on the same order, so don’t forget to check the CLEARANCE RACK and the RETIRING ITEMS LIST.  Stock up now! Items are available while supplies last, so don’t wait!  Place your orders starting Monday, November 23rd. To order, click HERE. Here is another peek at most of the items.  Remember, ignore the prices that are listed.  For the sale prices, refer to the PDF guide HERE.      Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog