Stampin’ Up! Seasonal Chums Holiday Cards

Today I’m sharing with you cards created with the darling deer & snowman from the Seasonal Chums Stamp & die bundle by Stampin’ Up!

Stampin’ Up! Seasonal Chums

There are quite a few pieces to cut for this card, but it really goes quite quickly. Okay, coloring the Seasnal Chums characters takes a bit of time. Perhaps a good activity to do while watching television, waiting at appointments, or even a family friendly holiday craft for your child(ren) to participate and add to the family Christmas card or Christmas thank you card!

Those Foil snowflakes are not sticking around past the holiday catalog. You’ll want to SHOP NOW if you really want them. Once they are gone, they are gone.

I know you’ll want the measurements for for this card. It will be a great starting point for other Cardstock & Designer Series Papers. Here it is:

 

While we just got news Seasonal Chums items will be offered as a carry over from the holiday catalog (meaning the stamps & dies will be around until May 2018, but are not guaranteed to be in the next annual catalog in June), if you like them getting them as a bundle now saves you 10%! Bundle price discounts do not carry on beyond the original catalog release publication.

Shop with me HERE.

Enter the hostess code E9C33N4F during your order (Code good thru December 2017) and I will personally send you a thank you in the mail which will include a few Designer Series  paper samples from the 2018 Occasions catalog.

As always, thank you for stopping by.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Stampin’ Up! Extravaganza has begun!

Today marks the beginning of Stampin’ Up’s Extravaganza sales period. To start it off with a bang you can save greatly on select sets during this first 24hrs of the Extravaganza. Order online with me using workshop code E9C33N4F  and I will send you a special thank you in the mail.

Who doesn’t like a good deal?

Check out the two page list below for the stamps in today’s 24hour sale and products which are on sale today thru the 26th.

And remember to add the code E9C33N4F to your order to get something in the mail from me. 😀

Happy shopping!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Punch Art Critters: A Horse, Dragon, AND Unicorn with the Fox Punch

Today’s post shares how to put your Stampin’ Up! Fox punch to even more use by creating 3 more punch art critters. I’ve put the horse, dragon, and unicorn together in this post because creating them begins in a very similar fashion.

First, let’s take a look at the horse:

Poor little guy looks pretty sad that he can’t reach the Sprinkles of Life apple on the other side of that fence. Surprise-That fence is also created from the fox punch! (Those bonus directions are at the end of this post)

You’ll notice that the differences between the horse and dragon are small. Of course the change in colors is first, (the dragon looks cute in shades of blue, orange, red, and purple too!) but otherwise there is just an addition of the chest oval and a fire breathing swoosh. The tuft of hair can go either way based on preference. So, I wouldn’t count that as a difference to create this critter.

If you don’t have the now retired Owl Punch or Cucumber Crush cardstock, try making small modifications: change up the colors and use a black marker to draw in the eyes (pupils).

Lastly, take a look at the unicorn. Color changes and added flowers from the Sprinkles of life stamps & punch (the adorable compliment cupcake is made from that set also) aside, the only differences from horse to unicorn is the split circle nostrils and horn.

Unicorns are so popular now again, I’m sure this one will look great on a card.

These critters are very easy and so is the fence. With all the animals I created it just seemed natural to create something which would also look cute on a card or scrapbook layout and a corral to keep these critters seemed just right. Here is that simple bonus punch art:

You can make a second version of this fence (as seen above with the horse) by making the posts larger.  You just need to use the next section (above the white line on the diagram above) to get the larger post.

Thanks for stopping by. If you create any of these guys, I’d love to see your finished projects in the comments. Have fun!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Combine Stampin’ Up! Hello Friend With Holly Berry Punch to make Seasonal Wreaths

The changing of the Seasons is upon us (there were snowflakes yesterday!) and that means new decor which includes seasonal wreaths.

Halloween is now over and I’m already playing Christmas music and watching Hallmark Christmas movies, but I also like to remember and celebrate harvest-aka a time of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving really was the most enjoyable holiday when I was growing up. Extended family, food (homemade noodles are my favorite), and playing with cousins. Great times and lifelong friendships with cousins developed over those good old days gathering together for the Thanksgiving meal.

So, I don’t want to skip this holiday season, although I’m also planning & decorating for the next. I’m mingling Thanksgiving decorations with Christmas at the moment, before the harvest season passes and the rest of the Christmas decorations come out. Like that, I share with you a mingling of the two for today’s cards. If you want Seasonal cards, these wreaths cover both holidays & will be the base for future seasonal creations as well.

Hello Friend is a great set in the Annual Stampin’ Up catalog which can easily get overlooked. It is the set created as a companion to the project kit of the same name. However, it is simply a great stand alone set to have- especially if you like wreaths.

 

Hello Friend stamp set by Stampin’ Up!

 

Add to it the great Holly Berry Punch & Holly Berry Happiness stamps and your wreaths will have bows and berries too!

The Layering circles framelits cut the wreath out nicely creating a nice wreath shape for a card front or scrapbook page.

The fall wreath shown below was created by inking individual areas of the stamp with the  SU! Markers and huffing on the stamp immediately before stamping to paper to re-moisten any dried ink which may have happened in the marker-to-stamp inking time.

I created the diamond paper with the Pattern Party Decorative Masks.

And yes, I did hand cut (aka fussy cut) the hello after also inking with markers.

As you can see in the next sample, changing ink & paper colors, plus adding the berries from that same Holly Berry punch can turn this into a Christmas card. The sentiment comes from that same Holly Berry Happiness set.

You may already notice how easily it would be to add the flowers from the Hello Friend stamps to create a Spring or Summer wreath.

These two sets marry together nicely to create wreaths for all seasons. As someone who can’t seem to stamp enough wreaths, I’m very happy to be able to create many varieties with just two stamp sets, a coordinating punch, and the ever so useful Layering Circle Dies.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

My Top 10 Favorite things in the 2017-2018 Stampin’ UP! catalog

When I get together with my downline or crafty friends we often talk about our favorite things.  Today, I thought I’d take some time to share my favorite things from the Stampin’ UP! Annual catalog now that I’ve had a few months to play with a bunch of the products from the catalog.

I find with Christmas on its way that people often wonder what my list would contain. Theses are those things from this year’s annual catalog which I recommend:

  1. The new Color Theory Suite.  Yes, the entire Suite!  I love the colors: Dapper Denim, Crushed Curry, Berry Burst & Old Olive.  The versatility of the Colorful Seasons Bundle will take you through the entire year.  The designs are trendy and traditional. Color Theory
  2. The Ribbon of Courage Bundle.  A Perfect set to send love to those going through hard times in their cancer journey.  Simply by changing colors this set will provide support and awareness for military, police, fire, health issues, rape crisis and so much more.  The sentiments alone are great.  Plus, the hearts are good for any love themed creations. Ribbon of Courage Wood-Mount Bundle
  3. The new 2017-2018 In-Colors: Fresh Fig, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, and Powder Pink.  I loved them before I saw them in person and even more as I play with them.                                2017-2019 In Color Classic Stampin' Pads
  4. Memories and More.  I was very sad to see to partnership with Becky Higgins and Project Life come to an end.  I am very pleased with the new pocket cards which Stampin’ UP! has incorporated into their line.  The Color Theory and Petal Garden card packs have been at the top of my play list grabs/go-tos when I sit down to create and the Bundle of Love and Perfect Days will get their turn soon. I love them all.  They are great for pocket scrapbooking, great for 12″x12″ layouts and great for cards.  They coordinate well with other products and work perfectly as additional designer series papers on small projects.  I am thrilled with this new line.  I can tell you now, you’ll be seeing A LOT more of the designs I’ve created with Memories & More throughout the year.                    Color Theory Card Pack        Petal Garden Card Pack   Bundle of Love Card Pack        Perfect Days Card Pack
  5. Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder.  It is a great background folder. I really like the deep impressions in the “dynamic” folder line.   I’m a big fan of the wood look and adding texture to projects.  This folder creates a great siding, tree, deck, boardwalk, or fence appearance with just a crank thru the Big Shot.   It looks fabulous with the Wood Textures DSP stack.                                                                  Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
  6. Decorative Ribbon Border Punch.  I’ve wanted a border punch to return to our line-up since the last one was taken away.  This year we have two (the Ticket Tear Border Punch is the other).  I like the design of this Decorative Ribbon Border and the ability to use either side tucked under an edge or allow the whole thing to show to create a total different border look.  You can even weave 1/8″ ribbon through the large holes!Decorative Ribbon Border Punch
  7. Daisy Delight Bundle.  This punch and stamp bundle is absolutely adorable. From home decor to card and scrapbook design- well, I really don’t need to tell you how wonderful daisies and a punch bundle are, do I? Its constant back order status this past Summer shows how popular it has been. BTW: Stock is available now.Daisy Delight Photopolymer Bundle
  8. At Home with You Bundle.  I like this set for its versatility.  It is perfect if you need a card for a new home owner.  It is cute to add the decorations to a card by themselves or as part of the door scene for various holidays.  The garland and wreaths for the door also fit the Window framelit (I like when new works with old!).  If you like to color in your images, this is a fun set. At Home with You Photopolymer Bundle
  9. 1/8″ sheer ribbons in Whisper White, Fresh Fig, Calypso Coral, and Old Olive. I really love how easily these ribbons are to add to a project.  I find smaller ribbons easier to add to cards. Plus, when tied they don’t add much more bulk than a rhinestone or pearl and sending things in the post without extra postage is important to me.  See the Calypso Coral below:Calypso Coral 1/8" Sheer Ribbon
  10. Mini Dimensionals.  Have you been using snips to cut your dimensionals to fit smaller projects?  Well, finally these mini dimensionals (notice the size difference in the photo) eliminate some of that (some projects still need those odd shapes). Mini Stampin' Dimensionals
  11. Okay, I really couldn’t stop at 10 and this item is one of my absolute favorite new products- My bonus favorite item is the New Embossing Paste, coupled with the tools and decorative masks.  I love the ease of adding texture to a project.  I absolutely use this over and over and WILL buy more paste when mine runs out!                                             Embossing Paste

If you need help getting some of these things in your hands, I’m happy to help you with that.

Just don’t forget these great items when you’re shopping the holiday mini catalog.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Night in Bethlehem: Variations of a Card Design

The announcement of the blogiversary contest winner can be found at the end of this post on Christmas card design variations using the new Stampin’ UP! holiday catalog release Night in Bethlehem.

While I really liked this simple card design of the sky, buildings, and figures which you can see in the stack of cards below, I decided to share how subtle changes in the same design can be made for those who may not have a Big Shot or those who prefer adding dimension, glitter or even a little bling. It is important to me that beginners understand that most stampers begin with paper, ink, stamps, & adhesive and over time build their stash of supplies. So, if you Are just beginning  you can still make your own Christmas cards.

Perhaps you simply want to stamp and do no die cut images because all that extra is too much this time of year. If you just want to work with  paper, ink, stamps, & adhesive only, then this is the design for you:

With the addition of the Wink of Stella clear you can Step it up: Add Wink of Stella to add some glitter to the North Star and/or the buildings.

If you want to add just a bit of dimension, Stamp & use your Big Shot to die cut Mary & Joseph and/or the North Star and attach with mini dimensionals.

A slight change to the star may be made by adding bling. In this example a glitter enamel dot in matching Crushed Curry was added to the center of the star.

Of course you can go all out: die cut, dimensionals, Wink of Stella, and glitter enamel dots. Why not?!

The inside panel of this card could have been the design for a whole new card front, but I think it works well on the interior of the card.

Perhaps you are not a beginner, but you are one that likes to make the same card design for your entire mailing list. If you don’t have the glitter enamel dots for that many people or patience to cut out that many die cuts, then remember the design can often stay the same and slight variations can be made to stamp the number you need. Over 100 die cuts of the same image gets old- I can thoroughly attest to that!

 

***Blogiversary Contest Winner Announcement:

And now to announce the winner of the owl card and a surprise package of  SU! Product…  drumroll… Random.org generated the name…

🎉KATHE GINTHER 🎉

Since I already have your address, you do not need to contact me to claim your prize and provide your address. It will be on its way to you this week.😀

Thank you to those who commented.

Having comments increases online visibility AND most importantly it is just really nice to hear from those of you who are reading/viewing my blog.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Shop Now from the Stampin’ UP! Holiday Catalog

Any crafter knows that when it comes to handmade items for the holiday season, you must shop and get started creating early to get things done on time and so you do not feel frazzled last minute.

If you love Stampin’ UP! products and create your own holiday cards, gift packaging, or enjoy saving your photos in beautiful Scrapbook pages, then September 1st was a day of joy seeing the new items which you can now purchase for your holiday creations.

Last Thursday, I shared a few card samples with the Christmas Quilt Bundle from the holiday catalog which made the top of my list.  As I mentioned, this set can be played with for hours, never creating the same design.  Today, I share a few more items I created with this Bundle.

You’ll notice a few small 3″x3″ cards.  Exciting news: the holiday catalog contains the envelopes for this size! Yippee! Once retired, now returned for the holiday (and one can hope/dream beyond) catalog.  This size is perfect for gift bags and packages or even lunch box notes.

There are also some very cute Pizza Boxes in which the 3″x3″ size cards & envelopes will fit. The sample below was decorated with a bit of Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper, matching card stock, a tree stamped & cut with the Christmas Quilt bundle & a small tag from the Bunch of Banners dies.

The inside of these boxes is food grade gloss-lined. They would easily hold a cookie or chocolates, or perhaps a bracelet or other jewelry, but they also quite nicely contain some of the 3″x3″ cards and envelopes seen above. Design them to match a roll of wrapping paper and you have the perfect gift for an early December gift exchange.

Before you know it the holidays will arrive and you’ll wish you started creating things just a little earlier. Get started now so you can get it all done. Plus, avoid that frazzled feeling that inevitably occurs as we wait to long to start that holiday craft project.

SHOP NOW

Until next time…

-Joanne

How To Combine Stamp Sets For A Great Summer Card

Summer lends itself well to relaxing and thinking of beautiful people and places.  It is even better if you are enjoying time with wonderful people in beautiful places.  But if you are still at work and need something to remind you of a past or future vacation and someone sends you a “Hello, Sunshine” card you may briefly be taken away from the day to day work place and imagine the relaxing days until you can get away again.

A day at the beach, kicking back with iced lemonade, sand between my toes, seagulls flying by a lighthouse, and the crashing surf.  Ahh…Summer!

Do you see those Crushed Curry enamel dots in the corner of the card?  Oh how I love them!  They are ombre shades of Dapper Denim, Crushed Curry, Berry Burst, and Old Olive AND have glitter embedded in the dot…Just look below:

They are fabulous!!!  As you can see, I used a few from the sheet before snapping the picture to show you the glittery loveliness of these enamel dots.  I’ll definitely be reordering more!

There are so many great new products in the 2017-2018 Annual Stampin’ UP! catalog.  Perusing through it is a bit of a dream.  You can check it out and also shop with me HERE.

Take a peek at the new pocket card scrapbook line called Memories and More while you are checking out the catalog.  I’ll be posting cards and 12″x12″ layouts which use these products in days to come.  The Color Theory Suite is in my TOP 10 new favorites. I think you may fall in love with it for all your seasonal needs too; it has a little something for Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall (okay did you just start singing? …Sorry for the James Taylor song earwig.)

Until next time…

-Joanne

Sneak Peek Of The Colorful Seasons Bundle- Coming June 1, 2017

Colorful Seasons is a great name for what I expect to be a popular stamp & die bundle in the June 1, 2017 Stampin’ UP! Annual Catalog.  This set has something for all four seasons.  Today I share just a hint of what is to come in this great bundle and introduce products for two of the seasons: Spring & Summer.

What reminds you that Winter is ending and Spring is arriving more than flowers blooming.  Colorful Seasons has a beautiful offering of cherry blossoms and a gorgeous saying, “Just Breathe”.

The small flowers were stamped onto watercolor paper with a new In-Color called Berry Burst, spritzed with water and allowed to dry before stamping the branches and sentiment with Chocolate Chip ink. Simple and so very satisfying-just like Spring.

As Spring slowly fades into Summer, the new In-Color Lemon Lime Twist will bring a bright uplifting feeling to the cards you make with the Colorful Seasons dies and/or stamps.  This Adirondack chair die cut is just one of the fabulous dies in the set.

 

Prepare to relax with your favorite beverage poolside this Summer and send a friend or loved one a card telling them how much you wish they were there spending time with you.  This Fresh Fig stamped beach chair makes me want to bury my feet in sand and read a good book.

The images I’ve shown are just a sampling of the stamps & dies in this set.  In addition, there are leaves, snowflakes, a large scalloped border and wonderful stamp sentiments. The Colorful Seasons Bundle is the bundle for anyone who makes cards OR scrapbook pages. I love when products work well with both, don’t you?

If you’re a beginner or a pro at scrapbooking or card making, I think this set will help you make great projects. I’d be happy to help you get started or add to your craft supplies. Contact me for a catalog. If you can’t wait for the physical catalog to arrive,  you can shop with me online when the new one goes live June 1st.

And don’t forget, this is your last chance to grab retiring products before they are gone from SU! shelves.  They are going quick!

Until next time…

-Joanne

New lighthouse stamp set High Tide

Have you seen the New lighthouse stamp set called High Tide in the Occasions catalog?

It’s a photopolymer stamp set and in the US it costs $26.00.

I really like the sentiments in this set.  Plus, all the bits will build some nice scenes (sun/moon, water, grass, sand, etc.)

Today, I’m sharing an obvious use of the High Tide stamp set- building a scene of a lighthouse by the sea.

 I would recommend to anyone using this set to also use the Stamp-a-ma-jig Stampin’ Up! sells (or another stamp positioner which you prefer). It will make lining up the two light house pieces and the sand area at the lighthouse base so much easier than eye-balling it and hoping for the best.   In my sample, I used a stamp positioner for those 3 pieces and a regular acrylic block for the other stamps. I had no issues with stamp placement doing this.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Until next time…

-Joanne