Happy New Year Stamping Friends!
It is time to make new resolutions and laugh at the ones we made last year! How about making a resolution to send XX number of handmade cards this year? Or resolving that everyone on your birthday list will get a special handmade card from you this year? I can help with those challenging resolutions. Today we are introducing the new Occasions Catalog and the Sale A Bration brochure! During Sale A Bration you can earn free products for each $50 or $100 (new this year) purchase of products from the Annual Catalog, the Occasion Catalog or the items in the Clearance Rack! It is a great time to stock up and get ahead with your card making! Be sure and check out the new all inclusive kit on page 15 of the Occasions catalog which makes 20 cards and the Tutti – Frutti Cards and Envelopes on page 14 of the Sale A Bration brochure which has card bases and envelopes for 16 cards. Or buy the Perennial Birthday Project Kit and the stamp set on page 16 of the Occasions catalog and get the Tutti Frutti set free! You will be prepared! Check out these new product offerings and come back to the blog anytime and click on the catalog tab at the top of the blog to view the catalogs 24/7! See them here by clicking on the catalog image:
Did you notice the logo at the upper right hand corner? Stampin’ Up! is thirty years old this year so expect some fun celebrations in the future!
New this year are two products in the Sale A Bration brochure, pages 17 and 19, which are unique sets which you can get free with a $100 order. Let’s check out the first free set on page 4 of the Sale A Bration brochure by watching the home office demonstrate the new product- just click on the image to see a Youtube video with many examples of how to use the set:
Leave me a comment with your goal for handmade cards you are aiming to send this year!
SAL, Set A Lofty goal
Hello Stamping Friends,
Today I send you the Hearts Come Home Christmas card I designed. I am sure you all have your cards made and mailed so you may want to consider these products for next year! Imagine being that far ahead…. so Merry Christmas and may your heart find its home in the Father as your family returns home to celebrate with you!
I enjoy this card style with its flap on the front that reveals all the layers on the inside to make an eye pleasing card.
The stamp set and framelits are on page 39 of the Holiday catalog, bundled for a 10% discount- wood #146065, clear #146068.
The inside greeting and the bow are from Holly Berry Happiness, pg. 118 of the Annual Catalog – #142061
The medallion is made with the hearts square from Window Box Thinlits and then cut with the #3 Regular Circle Framelit and backed by a red foil circle cut with the same framelit and offset just a little.
Card Base – Thick Whisper White, 7 3/4″ X 4 1/4″ Score at 5 1/2″
Red Foil Inside Layer – 4″ X 5 1/4″
Top Layer Inside – Regular Whisper White, 3 3/4″ X 5″ First, stamp the greeting and run through the Big Shot to cut out the village, then emboss with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder #139672. Pull back slightly on the village pieces to make them stand out.
First Layer of the outside panel – Red Foil – 2″ X 4″
Second Layer of the panel – Regular Whisper White – 1 3/4″ X 3 3/4″ – Embossed with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder
First Layer of the outside flap – Red Foil – 4 1/4″ X 3″
Second Layer of the flap – Regular Whisper White – 4 X 2 3/4″ Stamp the greeting close to the right edge so you have room for the church. After stamping, emboss with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.
Third Layer of the flap – Village Cut out – regular Whisper White – 4 1/2″ X 3″ The trick here is to line your framelit up so the tree on the right side of the house is just at the right edge of the paper. The framelit will not reach to the left edge so you will fussy cut to the edge and then you will cut off the tree at the right hand side and mount it at the edge of the left hand side, covering up the dent made by your framelit. The goal is to move the church to the right to leave room for the medallion.
Behind the scene – Red Foil – 4 1/2″ X 3″ – use the same alignment as you did with the white top layer detailed above.
Medallion – Red Foil – 2″ X 2″ Cut with #3 circle framelit, (old set) – 1 1/2″ circle framelit in the new set. The Window Box Thinlits dies #142762 is used with a 2″ X 2″ piece of regular Whisper White. The hearts are cut and then they are cut again with the circle framelit.
The bow is white embossed with the Holly Berry Happiness #142061 outline bow stamp on red foil – 1 3/4″ X 1 1/2″ and punched with the Holly Berry Builder Punch #141843.
A touch of grey on the bell topped with the Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush #141897 finishes up your card!
SAL, Sending A Love card to you
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Did you squeal with delight when you saw the Musical Season bundle on page 25 of the holiday catalog?
I wanted to use all the instruments, the greetings and the treble clef so after a bit of thought I came up with this:
The ‘Peace-Joy-Love’ is not glitter. It is black embossed and caught the flash of the camera. In real life it is shiny embossed black. The lute is silver embossed on black paper and the harp is copper embossed on black paper and each are cut out with the framelits. The detail of the instruments embossed beautifully. The french horn is cut out of gold foil paper and adhered to a basic black cut out of the same. Our metallic sequins #144214 have copper, gold and silver so I could use a sequin of each color next to the instrument it matched.
The base is Thick Whisper White 5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″
The Basic Black is 10 1/2″ X 4 scored at 5 1/4″ But – DO NOT BEND the score line until after you cut down 1 1/2″ from the top. Fussy cut around each instrument ending at the 1 1/2″ cut from the top.
Merry Music Specialty Designer Paper #144623 (page 13 of the Holiday Catalog): 3 3/4″ X 5″
If you have a large acrylic block you can mount both greetings on the block, stamp in Versa Mark and emboss with black embossing powder.
Gold Foil for french horn – 2 1/2″ X 3 1/4″
Gold Foil strip for left hand side – 4″ X 1/4″
Basic Black backing for the horn – 2 3/4″ X 3 1/2″
Basic Black Strip for the lute – 1 1/2″ X 4 1/4″ Emboss in Silver
Basic Black Strip for the harp – 1 12″ X 3″ Emboss in Copper
Basic Black for the treble clef – 2 1/4″ X 1″
Simple yet perfectly stunning for all your music loving friends’ Christmas cards.
SAL, Send A Lot of Christmas cards you made yourself!
I would love to earn your business and be your demonstrator! Hostess code for December is TRSWNNDN
Hello Stamping Friends,
Page 26 of your holiday catalog has the Night In Bethlehem stamp set that I will be featuring here. The bundle, in wood #146043, or clear # 146044, includes the stamp set and the Bethlehem Edgelits Dies which have the most amazing city scenes that fit one over the other to make a phenomenal card!
I chose to do a black and white scene and used white embossing for the stars and the greeting. I placed a star above Mary with one of the Metallic Enamel Shapes #141678. The shooting star was an accident from rolling the stamp a bit but my stampers loved it and wanted to recreate it in the sky. Mary and Joseph were stamped with the Memento Black Tuxedo Ink #132708 and then cut out with the Bethlehem Edgelit Die.
The inside could just as well have been the outside of a card, (you will find that with most of my designs.) The white on black designer paper is on page 13 of the holiday catalog- Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper- #144623. (DSP is my shortened version of ‘designer series paper’ when I give measurements.) Note: the city is stamped at the bottom of the whisper white layer and lined up with the base without leaving the standard bottom border of black DSP. This alignment makes the city stand out better. The Whisper White layer starts as 5″ X 3 3/4″. This top piece is cut diagonally 1″ up from the bottom and 2″ over on the top of each side. Hint: When you align it on your Stampin’ Trimmer, place pieces of sticky note on the trimmer to mark the diagonal and you can cut many pieces without remeasuring. Another Hint: put all three stamps, the star, the greeting and the city, on a large acrylic block, use your grid paper to test and make sure they are straight, and then you can stamp the inside all at once making this a very easy card for making multiples. Other measurements:
Base, Thick Whisper White Cardstock – 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″ , scored at 4 1/4″
Outside first layer, Basic Black, 5 1/4″ X 4″
Outside city, Regular Whisper White, 5″ X 6″
Mary and Joseph, Regular Whisper White, 2 1/2″ X 2″
Inside Merry Music DSP – 5 1/4″ X 4″
Top Inside Layer – Regular Whisper White – 5″ X 3 3/4″
Start by stamping the greeting and stars with Versa Mark then embossing with white embossing powder, I used the Stamp A Ma Jig for placement of the greeting. The stars are stamped and embossed on the top 1 3/4″ of the basic black. Don’t go down too far or you will have stars in your street!
The back of the city, the framelit with three palm trees, is adhered directly to the basic black 1″ up from the bottom. The second layer of the city is popped up with dimensionals lining up its bottom with the bottom of the first layer.
Mary and Joseph are stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, cut out with the framelit, and popped up with dimensionals. It is important to put the dimensionals below their heads so the bottom part is popped up and the heads are directly on the city.
Stamp your name on the back and you are done!
SAL, See A Light shining in Bethlehem
December’s hostess code is TRSWNNDN. Year end close outs are happening now. Click on SAL to go to the store.
Hello Stamping Friends,
The year end close out is ongoing and this month’s hostess code is TRSWNNDN!
Before I post all the fun cards from the last events I want to show you my version of November’s Paper Pumpkin. The kit is an adorable set of 10 little stockings with a black plaid top to match the green plaid cards from October’s Paper Pumpkin. My creative juices started flowing when I saw a Zum Bar of soap in the grocery store made with frankincense and myrrh. They had small ones that would fit perfect in the little stockings. I ordered some gold plated coins and a gold looking Reagan dollar to fill the stocking with gifts representing the gifts from the wise men to the Christ child. I didn’t order this year’s wise men stamp set (Wise Men From Afar #144875) so I used the Come To Bethlehem stamp set from a few years back. With Stazon black ink I was able to get a nice image on the stocking.
I discovered that one side of the “Merry Music Specialty Designer Paper” #144623 had the music to ‘We Three Kings’ so I substituted a little banner from the designer paper instead of the white one provided in the kit. I did use the white banner as a template for cutting but cut the banner 2 1/4″ long instead of the 2 7/8″ original. It needed a little something else so I added the treble clef from the Musical Instruments Framelits Dies #144677. This set is a must have that will be used well beyond Christmas.
The stocking still had room so I googled the lyrics to ‘We Three Kings’ and found a great printable version that I cut down, sponged and then distressed the edges before rolling it up on a skewer like a scroll. Click to download:
The retired stamp set had the greeting: “O come let us adore Him….” I pray you all find time to do just that this wonderful Christmas season!
SAL, Seek And Listen for He is still waiting and wants your love above all other gifts!
Hello Stamping Friends,
Today at 2:00 Mountain Time the second reservation window opens for the Stamparatus. The window will stay open through December and the Stamparatus will be shipped in the order of reservations received. Shipping begins mid-March and your credit card will not be charged until the item ships.
At 2:00 or after you will need to go to your online store and click on the banner advertising the Stamparatus. You will enter your credit card number and be in line to receive the amazing Stamparatus.
Get the items you love now before they are gone! Every $50 or more order receives a thank you gift from me when you use hostess code TRSWNNDN. Orders over $150 earn hostess dollars to spend on anything you would like.
Do you still need a gift for someone? Consider a prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription.
Thank you for your continued support!
SAL, (Sing A Lovely carol this month)
Hello Stamping Friends,
We have more than just Black Friday! We call it Online Extravaganza and it begins today, November 20, with a special flash sale! There are sales right now through November 26 and then on November 27th there will be another special 24 hour sale! Check back later for that sale.
Use hostess code ZQEYYZXM if your order is under $150 and this month’s hostess will get credit. With an order of $150 or over you will get the free hostess dollars to spend as you wish for even more goodies!
SAL (Shop A Little, Shop A Lot!)