Greeting Cards


Hostess Gift Greeting Cards: Acetate Boxes

Hostess Gift Greeting Cards:  Acetate Boxes

Friends, let’s make hostess gift greeting cards using Stampin’ Up!’s acetate boxes!  Have you noticed the acetate card boxes hiding out on page 173 of the Annual Catalog?

Let’s take a look!

Video Tutorial

I created a little video to show you how easy it is to assemble the acetate boxes so you can make cute hostess gifts with your greeting cards:

How fun, right???

hostess gift greeting cards acetate boxes

More Ideas

I filled my box with Valentine’s Day cards, but you can use the acetate boxes for any set of cards you create throughout the year.  Here are some ideas:

  • wedding and baby cards
  • graduation cards
  • mother’s day and father’s day cards
  • christmas cards
  • easter cards
  • passover cards
  • Hanukkah cards
  • thank you cards

Have a look at my YouTube channel to see more fun how-to videos.  Be sure to subscribe to the channel so you’ll receive an email whenever I post a new video.

Products I Used

 


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.

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

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:

  1.  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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. die-cut 4 bows with the bow framelit from the Wonderful Wreaths Framelits Dies
  5. die-cut 4 “Noel”s with the Noel framelit from the Wonderful Wreaths Framelits Dies
  6. 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!!  🙂

How To 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

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

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

craft show display ideas for greeting card vendors

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.

craft show display ideas for greeting card vendors

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
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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 11 comments

Timeless Textures Stamp Set:

Create Your Own Faux Designer Series Paper!

stampin up timeless textures stamp set

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.

timeless textures stamp set

timeless textures stamp set

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!

timeless textures stamp set

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!

timeless textures stamp settimeless textures stamp set

 


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

stampin up specials

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!

stampin up stitched with cheer

 

Announcing Stampin’ Up! Special Offers!

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 14 comments

Jar of Love Stamp Set

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.

jar of love stamp set

jar of love

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!

jar of love

everyday jars framelits dies

In addition to the Jar of Love Stamp Set and the Everyday Jars Framelits Dies to create my card, I used the following supplies:

jar of love stamp setjar of love stamp set

 

 


Washi Tape Card How-To

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.

washi tape card

washi tape card

Here are some thumbnails of other cards I have made with washi tape:

good vibes project life     detailed floral thinlits dies     project life moments like these card     stampin up it's my party designer series paper

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.


Rose Wonder Stamp Set

Rose Wonder Stamp Set

I mentioned in my previous post that the Rose Wonder Stamp Set makes a wonderful addition to your stamping collection because of the many different sentiments that are included in the set.  Today’s card uses the “Happy Birthday” stamp and the Detailed Floral Thinlits, along with a piece of Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper.

rose wonder stamp set

If you are looking for a go-to stamp set that you can use for a variety of cards and projects, the Rose Wonder Stamp Set is the stamp set for you.  In addition to birthdays, it covers sympathy, weddings, thank you, friendship, and encouragement.  When you pair the stamp set with the coordinating Rose Garden Thinlits Dies, you can add dimension to your projects, too.  However, I changed things up a bit today and used the intricate images from the Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies.  No matter what you use to make your cards, be sure to have the Rose Wonder Stamp Set in your collection so that you can grab the right stamp for whatever occasion you need!

rose wonder stamp set

 

detailed floral thinlits dies stampin up

Let’s revisit the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper, too.  I love how the paper is versatile enough to make cards with completely different looks:

blooms and bliss designer series paper

rose garden thinlits

rose wonder stamp set

Watch the slideshow to see the products I used to make today’s “Happy Birthday” card.  To order any of the products, just click on one of the pictures and you will be directed to my online store.


Rose Garden Thinlits

Rose Garden Thinlits

I’m so glad I decided to purchase the Rose Garden Thinlits and the coordinating Rose Wonder Stamp Set!  It took me awhile to figure out how to incorporate the rose images into my card-making style, but today’s card represents me in a lot of ways.

rose garden thinlits

I love layers and I loved layering the die-cut roses for today’s card.  I think the layers give the card the right dramatic presence that I aim to provide with each card I make.  Why be dull and boring when you can be chic and dramatic, right?!  That’s how I like to approach my card designs and my fashion choices.  I wouldn’t normally choose flowers and roses in my outfit choices, but I could make both things work with the right accessories.  I feel like I was able to fall in love with the Rose Garden Thinlits because I was able to incorporate the coordinating colors of the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper with the die-cut roses and the fun little pearl.  The deep shade of purple spoke to me, too.  (As a lifelong Donny Osmond fan, I love anything purple! Plus, the outfit that I wore to church on Sunday reminds me of this card.)

rose garden thinlits

rose garden thinlits

Speaking of being dramatic, Sahara Sand is the brown tone that officially coordinates with the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper, but I chose to use the richer tones of Tip Top Taupe for my card base and for one of the rose dies. And speaking of the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper, be sure to check out this post where I specifically feature the Blooms and Bliss DSP.

The Rose Garden Thinlits and the coordinating Rose Wonder Stamp Set are great additions to your stamping collection. Not only can you die cut the rose images, you can also die cut leaves and the frame for the sentiment. Speaking of the sentiment, look at all of the different occasions that the stamp set covers:

rose wonder stamp set

rose garden thinlits

Take a look at the slideshow to see the products I used to create today’s “With Sympathy” card.  You can click on any image to be directed to my online store.


Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper

Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper

I have to admit that upon first glance, I decided that I wasn’t going to order the new Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper.  The patterns just aren’t my style.  However, I participated in a “paper share” with one of my customers and the Blooms & Bliss DSP was part of the share.

I’m so glad I decided to start playing around with the paper!  I created five different cards that I’ll be showing you over the next few weeks.  I like the paper so much that I’m planning on ordering a full pack for myself. ( But I need to hurry and order it HERE, and so do you, because the Blooms and Bliss DSP  has been selling like crazy and is about to go on back-order.)

blooms and bliss designer series paper

The Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper coordinating colors are Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Mint Macaron, Island Indigo, Blushing Bride, and Rich Razzleberry.  Here is a look at the different patterns in the pack of paper.  You receive two 12 x 12 sheets of each double-sided designs.

blooms and bliss designer series paper

I also want to point out two more fun aspects to this “Thinking of You” card.  First, notice the little bling that I added to the right side of the card.  (I had to get my bling in there somehow!)   To add the individual sequins, I just pulled off a few sequins from the Bermuda Bay Sequins Trim and added them to the card with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.  The look is very subtle but perfectly transforms the card from flowery to chic.

blooms and bliss designer series paper

blooms and bliss designer series paper

 

 

 

Second, notice the “Thinking of You” stamp that I used as the sentiment.  The stamp is from the “Pop of Paradise” stamp set.  Most  cards that I have seen using this stamp set are tropical since the set coordinates perfectly with the Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper.  I wanted to use the stamp set in a project that would highlight a different look, and I think the “Thinking of You” heart sentiment paired with the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper is a great combination!

pop of paradise stamp set     pop of paradise from stampin up

Here is a slideshow of the items I used to create today’s Blooms and Bliss “Thinking of You Card.”  To order any of the items, just click on a slide and you will be directed to my online store.