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 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!!
Timeless Textures Stamp Set: Create Your Own Faux Designer Series Paper! Welcome, Stamp Review Crew Blog Hoppers! If you’re following along, you’ve arrived from Shana Gaff’s blog. I’m happy to share my creation for today’s hop using the Timeless Textures Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up! The nine stamps that are included in the Timeless Textures Clear Stamp Set are versatile, allowing you to create a variety of looks for your cards and projects. I’m sure you’ll see what I mean when you visit the other sites that are part of this blog hop. I wanted to create the appearance of a piece of Designer Series Paper on the “Hello” butterfly card I created, because let’s face it. Sometimes I just want a piece of DSP and I don’t have a certain design or a certain color. With some of the stamps in the Timeless Textures stamp set, you can create your OWN DSP! To do so, I used the Sahara Sand Classic Ink to stamp the Timeless Textures image on both sides of the card. Sahara Sand is one of the coordinating colors in the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper Pack. You can see that in addition to the butterfly, I used the Blooms and Bliss DSP as the bottom layer on the card. I have to admit that the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper didn’t really appeal to my personal taste at first, but I’m so glad I gave it a try! The same thing goes for the Timeless Textures Stamp Set; it’s not flashy and doesn’t contain cute little animals or flowers or sayings. However, take a look at the stamps that are included in the Timeless Textures Stamp Set so you can see for yourselves their versatility. Like I said, there are nine stamps in the set, and at only $20.00, that is about $2.00 per stamp. Wonderful! Thanks for hopping! The slideshow shows all of the products I used to create today’s “Hello” butterfly card. Click the buttons below the slideshow to go back to the previous blog and/or to hop to the next!
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.
Jar of Love Stamp Set Welcome! I’m excited to announce that I have been accepted to participate in the Stamp Review Crew! The “Stamp Review Crew” is a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who work together to bring you ideas using different stamp sets on the first and third Mondays of the month. Today’s Jar of Love Photopolymer Stamp Set card is my first for the “Stamp Review Crew,” and I’m excited to welcome new visitors to my blog! You can read more about me and my stamping endeavors on my About Me page. At the end of this post, you’ll see two buttons. One says”Next Blog,” which brings you to the next blog in the Stamp Review Crew’s Jar of Love Blog Hop. The other buttong says “Previous Blog,” which brings you to the blog that is right before mine in the Blog Hop. Blog Hops are fun and provide you with tons of ideas, so please follow along! Now…on to the card! Stampin’ Up!’s new Jar of Love Stamp Set reminds me of collecting fireflies on warm humid nights in New Jersey in the summertime. The Jar of Love Stamp Set and its coordinating Everyday Jars Framelits Dies are perfect for making cards and projects that elicit the same feelings of hominess that I feel whenever I see glass canning jars full of flowers, fruits and other delicious foods, or bugs like the fireflies I mentioned. Take a look at all of the stamps that are included in both the stamp set and the framelits set. They are such a value when you consider that the stamp set includes 37 (THIRTY SEVEN!) stamps for only $27.00! That’s less than $1.00 per stamp! The framelits set contains 17 dies for $33.00, which is about $2.00 per die. As if that weren’t enough of a value, guess what??? You can bundle (purchase both together) the stamp set AND the framelits and save 10%!! (For the bundle deal, order HERE.) The projects that you can create with these products are endless. Just change the Designer Series Paper and the color combinations that you incorporate into your project to change the look and feel of the stamp set. You can make Christmas projects, fall projects, little fishy projects, and on and on! In addition to the Jar of Love Stamp Set and the Everyday Jars Framelits Dies to create my card, I used the following supplies:
Washi Tape Card How-To It took me a little while to fall in love with washi tape, but now that I have, look out! Wahsi tape is another new obsession of mine! Take a look at my quick one minute video to see how easy it is to make a really cool card in no time with three strips of washi tape. I love the Night of Navy and Whisper White color combinations of the Florial Boutique Designer Series Paper, and the coordinating Floral Boutique Washi Tape that I used to make this butterfly “Just Because” card adds the perfect amount of dramatic effect and flair to any card or project. Here are some thumbnails of other cards I have made with washi tape: Take a look at a slideshow of all of the washi tape that Stampin’ Up! has available in the 2016-17 Annual Catalog: And last but not least, a slideshow of the products I used to create the “Just Because” card: I know, I know! It’s a lot of stuff, right? I agree! But it is so easy to accumulate everything on your wish list when you become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator! Promise! You can start out by ordering $125 worth of products for only $99 with FREE SHIPPING! It really is a no-brainer! To find out more, click HERE.