Holiday Mini Catalog

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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*Color Your Season-Limited edition bundle

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*As the Ink Dries online Hostess Code special gift- Share What You Love Artisan Pearls

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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.


Be sure to check out the Clearance Rack.  There are some seriously great deals.  

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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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Painted Autumn DSP and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge.  This week we have another great sketch. 


Here's what I made with the sketch.


The only stamping I did on this card is the sentiment, which is from the Remarkable You stamp set.  The flowers and the banner are both from the Painted Autumn DSP.   


I fussy cut the flowers and then brushed the petals with Wink of Stella to add a little shimmer.  I also applied some Fine-Tip glue to the center of the flowers to add some shine and dimension.  Two simple ways to add a little more interest to the card.


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Be sure to check out what the other designers have created for this sketch.  I hope you too will join in and try your hand at the challenge.

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Give Thanks


It is hard to believe that there is only a week left in  September.  As much as I love the fall season it is still hard to say goodbye to summer. One consolation is that there are so many fun and fabulous fall products in the Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog to help us welcome Autumn.  One of the bundles I had to have was the Pick a Pumpkin bundle.  I knew the images would be great for Halloween and Thanksgiving.  Here I paired it with the sentiment from the Painted Harvest stamp set.


The large outline pumpkin is one of the dies in the Patterned Pumpkins thinlits that doesn't have a corresponding stamp image.  I love these bonus dies.  I cut it out of Gold Foil paper and carried the gold theme with the Gold Glimmer paper  leaf and the Year of Cheer Washi tape.  I like to mix the different textures  to create more interest.  


The card is a simple Z fold card.  It is a simple fold.  To make this fold I cut the card base at 4-1/4" x 11"and scored it at 2-3/4" and 5-1/2".  It is easy and a nice way to change up your cards.


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Be sure to take a look at all the great Fall images in the Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog.

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Quick and Easy Treat Box


I love the Acetate Card boxes that are in the Holiday catalog.   They are great for packaging up cards and treats too.  I found these little candy bars that were all dressed up for Halloween.  I wanted them to stay upright and organized in the box so I placed them in the 2" x 8" cello bags and then into the acetate card box.  To make the little gift even more festive I made a belly band using the images from the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper. Did you know that the Patterned Pumpkins Thinlit Dies cut out the pumpkins featured on the Spooky Night DSP?  Isn't that awesome?!  I love how there is so much coordination between the products in the Holiday catalog.  I also used the Cat punch to punch out the cats that are also on the Spooky Night DSP.  The sentiment is from the Spooky Cat stamp set.  


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Cat Punch

This quick and easy project is super fun to make and give.  

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Simple Sunday:Hometown Greetings Edgelits

Here's a quick card using the Hometown Greetings Edgelits.



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  • Stamps:  Christmas Quilt144793
  • Paper: 
    • 144623 Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper (4” x 5-1/4”)
    • 140272 Whisper White Thick Cardstock (4-1/4" x 11" card base, 3-3/4" x 4")
    • 121790 Red Glimmer Paper scrap
  • Ink132708 Memento Tuxedo Black pad
  • Other 143263 Big Shot, 144671 Hometown Greetings Edgelit Dies, 137547 Mini Treat Bag Thinlit  Dies (heart die), 144213 3/8” Metallic Edge Silver Ribbon,104332 SNAIL Permanent Adhesive, 110755 Multipurpose Liquid Glue


  1. Wrap the 3/8” Metallic Edge Silver ribbon around Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper and tie a bow.  Attach the Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper to the folded 4-1/4" x 11" Whisper White Thick card stock.
  2. Place the Hometown Greetings Edgelit Die on the 3-3/4” x 4”  piece of Whisper White card stock. Align the die so the tip of the church steeple is near the top edge of the paper.  Run it through the Big Shot.
  3. Stamp “peace” in black ink on the snow bank.  Use Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere the die cut to the card base. 
  4. Use the heart die from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit dies to cut a heart from the scrap of Red Glimmer paper.  Attach the heart to the card using a Stampin’ Dimensional.

Need a Holiday Mini catalog?  Contact me and I would be happy to send you one!

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