Monday, August 31, 2015

Christmas In August and Christmas Tree Swaps!

We had our annual Christmas in August event on Saturday and had a wonderful turn out.  I spent yesterday working on kits for those who couldn't attend, or had to leave early and am finishing those up later today.  I wanted to share some photos along with some of our great swaps featuring the Tree Punch.  For some reason, I didn't get a photo of all the great food everyone brought.  We had a table and every counter in the kitchen covered with food, desserts and crock pots.  Thank you ladies for a wonderful buffet!



Kathy, Tabatha, Mallory and Susan

Jacinda, Emma, Sherrie, Sharron, Terri and Cindy

Jordan, Christal, Janet and Jamie

Mary, Sharon, Pam and Carrie

Brenda, Jan and Michele

The door prize tables

The sale tables, although this was after some shopping was done.  
We had 24 participate in the swap, which is the most we've ever had.  All the swaps were fantastic, so I'll be sharing them over the next few days.  The group I'm showing today all used the Tree Punch from the main catalog.

Doesn't this look like a fun group?


This was our table of swaps!

This card was made by Stephine Stallings.  I love the punch out piece and then the popped up piece overlapping.  The background is also covered with raised trees for a fun effect.   

Jordan Brooks made this fun card using non traditional colors and the Bohemian Designer Series Paper.  The card makes a bold statement with lots of fun (and a little bling too).  

Jamie King used the punch with the coordinating Festival of Trees stamp set.  I like the 3 images from the stamp set and the center is punched and raised for a nice focal point.  Love the Merry Moments Designer Series Paper too!

Kathy Weston used the punch with the new Lots of Joy stamp set in the Catalog.  I love the idea of using the tag for her main images with some of the Merry Moments DSP in the  background.  

The final card today is from Sue Warrington.  Sue used the Festival of Trees stamp set as well.  I love the bright use of Pacific Point with some of our retired Gumball Green card stock (I'm guessing).  

The words are embossed with Silver Embossing Powder which goes will with the Silver Glimmer strip on the card front.  Sue loves the embossing!  
Come back tomorrow for some more great ideas and photos from our Christmas in August event.  

Festival of Trees Photopolymer Bundle by Stampin' Up! 
    
Festival Of Trees Photopolymer Bundle137640
Price$28.75
Bundle and save! Buy these two coordinating products and save 15%.

Festival of Trees Photopolymer Stamp
Decorating projects with these stamps is almost as much fun as hanging ornaments on a real tree. And they won't leave pine needles on the floor. This is a Two-Step Stampin' set, which gives you so many creative options--combine individual stamps to build the final image you want in the colors you want.

* Quantity: 13 photopolymer stamps
* Suggested clear blocks (sold separately): a, c, d, g

Tree Punch
It's a tree. It's an arrow. It can also be a triangle. Use it for a variety of uses.

* Punched image size: 1-1/2" x 2-3/16"
* Sleek body style
* Large surface area offers precise cutting and leverage
* Locks to store
* Slim and stackable
Merry Moments Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!

Merry Moments Designer Series Paper138450
Price$11.00
Pick a pack of patterned paper! So many designs, so many colors, so many uses! Each sheet is double-sided for double the creative options.

* 12 sheets, 2 each of 6 double-sided designs
* 12" x 12"
* Acid free
* Lignin free

Coordinating colors: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Real Red, Smoky Slate, Whisper White
Lots of Joy Clear-Mount Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! 
  
Lots Of Joy Clear-Mount Stamp Set139468
Price$19.00
Skip the store and make your own gift tags this year. The images in this set are sized to fit gift tags. Just stamp and cut--instant tags! These images look great on holiday cards and memory keeping pages, too.

Our clear-mount stamps are made of the same high-quality red rubber as our wood-mount stamps, but they're repositionable. They're precut and ready to go. Temporarily mount these stamps on clear blocks for stamping, then remove them for space-saving storage. You'll only need one set of blocks for all your clear-mount stamps (blocks sold separately). Our premium red rubber will last for years and give a superior stamped impression each time. The stamps come packaged in cases with images on the spine for easy storage and quick reference.

Quantity: 10 rubber stamps

Suggested clear blocks (sold separately): a, b, h

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Swallowtail - the same but different!

We are having our annual Christmas in August (or July) event today and we have almost 50 of you wonderful ladies stamping holiday projects!  I'll be sharing photos next week, but today I wanted to share a couple projects made by some of our Crew Demonstrators.  Their challenge was to make a card with a fun edge or different shape. They both came up with the same idea using the same stamp set, but with completely different looks.  I also love that these are both single layer cards!

The first card is from one of our newest Crew Demonstrators, Jamie King.  Jamie used the Swallowtail and Papillon Potpourri stamp sets to create this bright and clean card.

I love the single Watermelon Wonder color and it's hard to tell in the photo, but the small butterflies are stamped with another stamped and punched layer on top for some added dimension.  The sequins add just the right amount of bling. 
Supplies used:
Swallowtail, Papillon Potpourri, and Sassy Salutations stamp sets
Whisper White card stock
Watermelon Wonder ink
Bitty Butterfly Punch and Brights Sequins

The second card is from Crew Demonstrator Laura Diamond (featured in yesterday's post).  Laura had the same idea with the Swallowtail stamp, but went for a vintage look.

Laura started out with a Crumb Cake card stock base and then used the Awesomely Artistic stamp set to create a great background.  The added raised words with Linen Thread add just the right amount of embellishment.  Did you notice the fun punched corners?  That's made using the new Curvy Corner Trio Punch from the Holiday Mini Catalog.  
Supplies used:
Swallowtail and Awesomely Artistic stamp sets
Crumb Cake card stock
Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake, Always Artichoke ink
Linen Thread, Curvy Corner Trio Punch

Swallowtail Clear-Mount Background Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! 
  
Swallowtail Clear-Mount Background Stamp Set129216
Price$15.00
Butterflies are amazingly intricate and delicate--you can't help but be mesmerized by their beauty. The large size (5-1/2" x 4-3/8") is ideal for backgrounds, or you can stamp it, then cut out an accent from the stamped image.

Our clear-mount stamps are made of the same high-quality red rubber as our wood-mount stamps, but they're repositionable. They're precut and ready to go. Temporarily mount these stamps on clear blocks for stamping, then remove them for space-saving storage. You'll only need one set of blocks for all your clear-mount stamps (blocks sold separately). Our premium red rubber will last for years and give a superior stamped impression each time. The stamps come packaged in cases with images on the spine for easy storage and quick reference.

Quantity: 1 rubber stamp

Suggested clear blocks (sold separately): f
Bitty Butterfly Punch by Stampin' Up! 
  
Bitty Butterfly Punch129406
Price$16.00
Crafting without punches? Inconceivable! Punches are a quick and easy way to add interest and depth to your projects. And there's no better way to cut out stamped images—many of our stamp sets have coordinating punches. Our punches are high quality, affordable, and easy to use.

* Sleek body style
* Large surface area offers precise cutting and leverage
* Locks to store
* Slim and stackable
Papillon Potpourri Clear-Mount Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! 
  
Papillon Potpourri Clear-Mount Stamp Set123759
Price$15.00
Look at these beautiful butterflies! These images are gorgeous on their own and even more fun when you layer them.

Our clear-mount stamps are made of the same high-quality red rubber as our wood-mount stamps, but they're repositionable. They're precut and ready to go. Temporarily mount these stamps on clear blocks for stamping, then remove them for space-saving storage. You'll only need one set of blocks for all your clear-mount stamps (blocks sold separately). Our premium red rubber will last for years and give a superior stamped impression each time. The stamps come packaged in cases with images on the spine for easy storage and quick reference.

Quantity: 7 rubber stamps

Suggested clear blocks (sold separately): a, b
Awesomely Artistic Clear-Mount Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! 
  
Awesomely Artistic Clear-Mount Stamp Set139950
Price$20.00
Let your awesomely artistic side shine with projects you make with this stamp set. With an eclectic mix of realistic images and textured graphics, this set is perfect for helping you express your creativity.

Our clear-mount stamps are made of the same high-quality red rubber as our wood-mount stamps, but they're repositionable. They're precut and ready to go. Temporarily mount these stamps on clear blocks for stamping, then remove them for space-saving storage. You'll only need one set of blocks for all your clear-mount stamps (blocks sold separately). Our premium red rubber will last for years and give a superior stamped impression each time. The stamps come packaged in cases with images on the spine for easy storage and quick reference.

Quantity: 9 rubber stamps

Suggested clear blocks (sold separately): a, c, e, g

Friday, August 28, 2015

A Halloween Sneak Peek!

Hello Everyone!  I wanted to share a sneak peek at the new Holiday Mini catalog.  Many of you have already received your copy and are super excited about all the new products.  This first project was a make and take we made at our group meeting and it was designed by Demonstrator Laura Diamond.

This great box was made with the new Square Pillow Box Thinlits Dies.  The image and words were made with the Sparkly Seasons/Seasonal Frame Thinlits Bundle.  

Some new Happy Haunting Washi Tape helps keep the box closed.  This is a wonderful size for several candies or a small gift.  Don't you love the new Black Glimmer Paper?!

This is another card designed by Laura using the new Sweet Hauntings stamp set and one of our fabulous Spider Web Doilies.  She also using our new Happy Hauntings Designer Series Paper in the background - love it!!!

This card is also one of Laura's beautiful creations - she loves Halloween!  She used the same DSP and Doilies, but changed up the stamp set and used the new Howl-o-ween Treat stamp set and Boo to You Framelits Dies.  
These project really put me in the mood for Halloween!  The new Holiday Mini Catalog goes active on September 1st, so make sure to place your Halloween order in plenty of time to get creating.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

By the Tide...

My project today features a card using the By the Tide stamp set.  This is one of my favorites and I especially love the fish stamp.


I wanted to create a fun edge, so I cut off 1-1/2" from the front edge of the card, added a strip of Pool Party card stock, then placed my fish so they would staggered over the edge.  I also rounded all the corners for a smooth, flowy feel.  A couple drops of Chrystal Effects for bubbles (you can see a little better in the second photo) add a nice touch.

Supplies used:
By the Tide and Project Life Remember This stamp sets
Whisper White and Pool Party card stock, Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack
Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Island Indigo inks
Project Life Corner Punch and Crystal Effects

By the Tide Clear-Mount Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! 
  
By The Tide Clear-Mount Stamp Set129120
Price$20.00
Breathe in the smell of the sea and discover some of the marvels brought in By the Tide. These clear mount images will have you pining for low tide and the sound of ocean waves.

Our clear-mount stamps are made of the same high-quality red rubber as our wood-mount stamps, but they're repositionable. They're precut and ready to go. Temporarily mount these stamps on clear blocks for stamping, then remove them for space-saving storage. You'll only need one set of blocks for all your clear-mount stamps (blocks sold separately). Our premium red rubber will last for years and give a superior stamped impression each time. The stamps come packaged in cases with images on the spine for easy storage and quick reference.

Quantity: 7 rubber stamps

Suggested clear blocks (sold separately): b, c, e
Project Life Remember This Photopolymer Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! 
  
Project Life Remember This Photopolymer Stamp Set135786
Price$16.00
Remember this. Remember that. And remember the sweet moments of your life. It's easy to do when you add this stamp set to your memory keeping.

Our top-quality photopolymer stamps have just enough give to create a perfectly stamped image every time. They're entirely transparent for perfect image placement, and they adhere well to our clear blocks. You'll only need one set of blocks for all your photopolymer stamps (blocks sold separately). The stamps come packaged in cases with images on the spine for easy storage and quick reference.

Quantity: 16 photopolymer stamps

Suggested clear blocks (sold separately): a, b, g, h
Crystal Effects by Stampin' Up! 
Crystal Effects101055
Price$6.25
Create a glossy, lacquered look over images, paper, anything. Also works great as an adhesive to attach buttons and other heavier embellishments.

* 2 oz. bottle
* Water based for quick and easy cleanup
* Dries completely within an hour, depending on how thickly it is applied
* Acid free
Punch Corner Project Life by Stampin' Up! 
    
Punch Corner Project Life135346
Price$8.00
Crafting without punches? Inconceivable! Punches are a quick and easy way to add interest and depth to your projects. Our punches are high quality, affordable, and easy to use.

Use this punch to round the corners of your Project Life cards, photos, and more.

* Image size: 3/16"
* Sleek body style
* Large surface area offers precise cutting and leverage
* Locks to store
* Slim and stackable

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Weekly Deals and a special guest stamper!

I've been completely swamped lately, so I apologize for not posting recently.  We moved the girls back into the dorm and I'm getting ready for the Christmas event this weekend.  I'm almost ready, but still have several things to do.  I'm also having a Paper Pumpkin open house tonight (Tuesday) in case anyone wants to stop by between 6:30 and 9:30pm.  Bring your kits to work on if you are one of my subscribers, or if not, check out some of our past kits, make a project to take home and get a free gift if you sign up tonight!  Plus, you get your first two months at 1/2 off!  It will be at my house with light snacks provided.  Now I want to share our weekly deals and a special project with you today.

Weekly Deals
Eclectic Paper-Piercing Pack by Stampin' Up!
ECLECTIC PAPER-PIERCING PACK
Price$8.00 $6.00
Gold Glimmer Paper by Stampin' Up!
GOLD GLIMMER PAPER
Price$5.00 $3.75
Pansy Punch by Stampin' Up!
PANSY PUNCH
Price$16.00 $12.00
Silver Stampin' Glitter by Stampin' Up!
SILVER STAMPIN' GLITTER
Price$4.00 $3.00
Sweetheart Punch by Stampin' Up!
SWEETHEART PUNCH
Price$16.00 $12.00
Very Vanilla 5/8 Satin Ribbon by Stampin' Up!
VERY VANILLA 5/8" SATIN RIBBON
Price$7.00 $5.25
For more information on our weekly deals, click here.  

Our project today is from Crew Stamper Mary Harvey.  Mary made this beautiful card using the Market Fresh stamp set and coordinating Farmer's Market Designer Series Paper.

This is a fun double gate fold card.  

The bottom opens from the middle to reveal the sentiment and the top flips up so you have room to write.  

Here's a closer look at the fun focal point.  She did a beautiful job coloring and I love the added layer of Crumb Cake card stock on the banner.  A little Linen Thread tops off the grouping of strawberries.  

Supplies used:
Market Fresh and Fabulous Four stamp sets
Farmers Market Designer Series Paper, Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow and Whisper White card stock
Markers, Memento Black Ink, Linen Thread, White Perfect Accents
Circles Collection Framelits, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack


Market Fresh Clear-Mount Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! 
  
Market Fresh Clear-Mount Stamp Set139344
Price$17.00
Lettuce help you make the freshest cards ever! These produce-inspired images have all-occasion sentiments that are perfect on any project.

Our clear-mount stamps are made of the same high-quality red rubber as our wood-mount stamps, but they're repositionable. They're precut and ready to go. Temporarily mount these stamps on clear blocks for stamping, then remove them for space-saving storage. You'll only need one set of blocks for all your clear-mount stamps (blocks sold separately). Our premium red rubber will last for years and give a superior stamped impression each time. The stamps come packaged in cases with images on the spine for easy storage and quick reference.

Quantity: 3 rubber stamps

Suggested clear block (sold separately): e
Farmers Market Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up! 

Farmers Market Designer Series Paper138448
Price$11.00
Pick a pack of patterned paper! So many designs, so many colors, so many uses! Each sheet is double-sided for double the creative options.

* 12 sheets, 2 each of 6 double-sided designs
* 12" x 12"
* Acid free
* Lignin free

Coordinating colors: Basic Black, Blackberry Bliss, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Hello Honey, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Tangerine Tango, Very Vanilla

Fabulous Four Clear-Mount Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! 

Fabulous Four Clear-Mount Stamp Set134174
Price$15.00
Four fabulous phrases, four ways to say just the right thing. Whether you're celebrating a birthday, saying thanks, or wishing someone well, these images help you say what you want to say.

Our clear-mount stamps are made of the same high-quality red rubber as our wood-mount stamps, but they're repositionable. They're precut and ready to go. Temporarily mount these stamps on clear blocks for stamping, then remove them for space-saving storage. You'll only need one set of blocks for all your clear-mount stamps (blocks sold separately). Our premium red rubber will last for years and give a superior stamped impression each time. The stamps come packaged in cases with images on the spine for easy storage and quick reference.

Quantity: 4 rubber stamps

Suggested clear block (sold separately): d

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Weekly Deals & the August Paper Pumpkin video!

My Paper Pumpkin kit arrived yesterday, and it's just as awesome as I promised it would be.  I'm having a Paper Pumpkin night next week for my subscribers and if anyone wants to come check it out, you can make a project and see some of the past kits.  Let me know if you want to stop by!  Check out this fun video (remember to click on the blog title to view the video).



Weekly Deals
Basic Black Baker's Twine by Stampin' Up!
BASIC BLACK BAKER'S TWINE
Price$3.00 $2.25
Bow Builder Punch by Stampin' Up!
BOW BUILDER PUNCH
Price$18.00 $13.50
Envelope Punch Board by Stampin' Up!
ENVELOPE PUNCH BOARD
Price$20.00 $15.00
Gold 5/8 Satin Ribbon by Stampin' Up!
GOLD 5/8" SATIN RIBBON
Price$7.00 $5.25
Tiny Triangles Textured Impressions Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!
TINY TRIANGLES TEXTURED IMPRESSIONS EMBOSSING FOLDER
Price$7.50 $5.63
Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons by Stampin' Up!
VINTAGE FACETED DESIGNER BUTTONS
Price$6.00 $4.50
Click here for more information on our weekly deals and to visit my online store.