Holiday Mini Catalog

Signs of Santa

What can I say, I could not longer resist the adorable Signs of Santa stamp set.  


One thing led to another and I also had to order the Santa's Workshop Specialty DSP. Besides being absolutely adorable the DSP has flocking on it.   On my sample above the white stripes are flocked.   It both looks and feels good.   One side of each paper has some flocked elements.  

I could have cut Santa from the DSP using the dies in the Santa's Signpost.  Instead I decided to stamp  Santa and color him in using Stanpin' Blends.  He is such a jolly fellow and a snap to color.   



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Country Home and the Country Lane DSP

I have another half pocket card this time using the Country Home stamp set and the coordinating Country Lane DSP.   


Did you notice that I used Early Espresso ink to stamp the vase and the flowers?  This was an experiment to see if i could use the Classic ink pads with Stampin' Blends.  This is the only time I have tried it and it worked!  Now this is not a tried and true thing and I will have to do a lot more testing to make sure it works in all cases.  If you try it, let me know your results.  


Don't you love that sentiment?  It is such a good reminder.  The Country Home set is just a perfect set since it has both great images and sentiments.  


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Dashing Deer and Under the Mistletoe DSP

The Dashing Deer stamp set and coordinating Detailed Deer thinlits were on the top of my list of must haves from the Holiday catalog.  On today's card I paired it with the Under the Mistletoe DSP for a fun split front card.


Love  mixing and matching the fun patterns in the Under the Mistletoe DSP.

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Here's a close up of the beautiful deer.


Can you see the beautiful coopery finish on the deer?  Doesn't it totally change the look of the Early Espresso card stock?  Fill a Stampin' Spritzer with alcohol and add a drop or 2 of the Bright Copper Shimmer Paint (page 38),  shake well and spritz.  I love the shine and  shimmer it adds to the project.


The sentiment is from the Beautiful Baubles stamp set and I love the mixing of the 2 fonts.  Did you notice the red nose?  It is a new item added to the Basic Jewels.  You get a sheet of 220 Red Rhinestones that are all the same size (3mm).   Love new bling!


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Country Home and the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

I am using the gorgeous Country Home stamp set for today's Create with Connie and Mary Color Challenge.  Here are the colors for this week's challenge.


 I used an Aqua Painter with ink refills and played with varying  amounts of water to achieve the different intensities of color.  


  It was fun to  see how soft and light Pacific Point can become when it is thinned  with a lot of water.  


The Poppy Parade 1/2" ribbon is from the Holiday Catalog.  This ribbon also comes in Gray Granite and Granny Apple Green in the Annual catalog.  

Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created using this color challenge and I hope you play along  and post your creations on the Create with Connie and Mary Facebook page.

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Santa's Workshop Memories & More for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge

Oh my, the Santa's Workshop Suite is so cute!  I finally broke down and ordered a lot from the Suite including the Santa's Workshop Memories & More Card Pack.  These cute little cards can be used for memory keeping/pocket scrapbooking and cards!    Here's the sketch for this week's Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge.


Using the Santa's Workshop Memories & More Card my card came together quickly.  The hardest part was deciding which card to use!


How cute, right?  I used the card just straight out of the pack and layered it on a piece of Garden Green card stock.  I used the Santa's Workshop Specialty DSP for the red and white strips.   This pack of paper is simply adorable.  Some of the designs have white flocking and so they not only look good but feel good too!  The sentiment is from the Star of Light stamp set in the Annual catalog.  This just may be the quickest card I have made in a long time.

Now you need to go over to the Create with Connie & Mary blog and check out how you can play along and see what the other design team members created.  Hope you play along with us!

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Happy Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog Debut!

Today is the day!  You can now order from the new Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog!  Yay! If you haven't seen the new Holiday catalog you can click on the link on the right hand side of  my blog or CLICK HERE.  

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Right about now you are thinking that the Peaceful Poinsettias bundle is the only new stamp set and framelits I own.  While that isn't true it is the bundle I have played with the most. 

Today's card is a riff on the sample that is in the Holiday Catalog on page 23.  The catalog sample is a bag. I thought it would also look great as a card. This is  the first time I used the new color, Soft Seafoam.  This color combination of Soft Seafoam, Shaded Spruce and Real Red may just become a new favorite.  Did you see that there are new Stampin' Blends in the Holiday catalog?  I used the new Real Red and Shaded Spruce  Blends (page 14 of the Holiday Catalog) on the card.

Here's a supply list on what I used on today's sample.  If you are interested in a particular product click on the picture and you will be taken to my online store for more information.


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Kraft Pillow Boxes and the Peaceful Poinsettia bundle

Just one more sleep until the Stampin' Up!® Holiday catalog goes live!  One of my favorite bundles in the Holiday catalog is Peaceful Poinsettias.  Just how much I have enjoyed playing with this set surprised me.  I pre-ordered this set because I was curious about the doily die and liked the other images and sentiments.  I have barely played with the doily die and instead have fallen for the big poinsettia.  Here's a link to a card I made using the big poinsettias.

Today I want to show you how I used the bundle to decorate a Kraft Pillow Box.  


This month when you use the Host Code S93G4H96 and place a $50 order (before shipping and tax) with me, I will send you a package of these Pillow Boxes.  Click here for more information about this gift  and Host Code.  I also want to point out the beautiful Cherry Cobbler DSP.  This is from the Dashing Along DSP.  

Promo September 2018 Dashing Along DSP

This DSP is a FREE  gift when you host a qualifying event ($250 in sales before shipping and tax) in September.   Contact me if you would like to host an event in September.   In my next newsletter email (9/5)  I will be sharing other ideas using the Dashing Along DSP and 4 tutorials for fun fall projects.  If you want to receive my newsletter be sure to complete the signup box on the right hand side of the blog.

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Be sure to check out my Facebook page to see another pillow box using the Peaceful Poinsettias bundle.


Peaceful Poinsettia Half Pocket card

Ready for  another sneak peek using the Peaceful Poinsettia bundle?  This bundle is in the upcoming Holiday catalog that will be debuting on September 5th.   I bought the bundle because i was curious about the dies and thought the samples in the catalog were really interesting.  Now that I have played with the bundle a bit, I can say it is one of my favorites! 


I had a few half pocket card bases ( you can read about half pocket cards here and here's a link to a post that will help you make your own half pockets) left over from another project.  Aren't the poinsettias so pretty?  They are super easy to cut out using the Detailed Poinsettia Thinlit Dies.

Here's how you cut out the detailed outline.  Nestle the detailed die and run through the Big Shot.  


Here's the detailed outline.


To get the solid flower, remove the detailed die and run it through the Big Shot.


Layer the detailed outline over the solid flower shape.  


Attaching the outline image on to the solid image is easy if you attach the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet on the card stock before you run it through the Big Shot.


Be sure to check out my Facebook page ( I will have another version of this card posted later in the morning.  

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Christmas Around the World DSP and the Lots to Love Box

I found these cute little chocolate Santas and knew I had to package them up using the Lots to Love Box framelits.


Isn't he so cute?  I love how Santa looks like he is wishing you a Happy Christmas.  I had to play around with the placement of the dies to make sure the speech bubble lined up with Santa.  The DSP I used is  Christmas Around the World and it is full of plaids and happy designs.  It is hard for me to decide which side of the paper to use.


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Seasonal Lantern and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge

It is Thursday and that means it is time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge!  Every week the challenge alternates between a sketch or color challenge.  This week it is a color challenge.  Can you guess the colors?


If you guessed, Tranquil Tide, Calypso Coral and So Saffron, you are correct.


I wanted to use one of my favorite sets from the Holiday Catalog, Seasonal Lantern Bundle.   Why is this one of my favorites?   This is a very versatile bundle with lots of images that can be used for many different occasions.   The images are clean and simple in the best possible way.  I have used the bundle to create more handsome cards.  I hope that makes sense.   The set has 2 and 3 step images to stamp which makes it really easy to add color.  If you don't have this bundle in your craft room you might want to get it soon, it is on the Retiring list and won't be available after January  2. (The stamp set is guaranteed to be available until December 21.  The framelits are available while supplies last).



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I hope you will join in this fun color challenge!  I would love to see what you create.  You can post your creation to the Create with Connie and Mary Facebook page. 

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