Monday, December 31, 2012

Year in Review: My Top 10 Favorite Cards of 2012

 
Here it is ... the last day of 2012 ... and I totally can't believe how fast this year flew by. You're nodding in agreement, right?

Anyway, it's the perfect day to take a look back over the last year and choose a few of my favorite cards. Some of them are favorites for sentimental reasons and some are favorites just because I was really pleased with the end result. I'd love to know if any of these were a favorite of yours too!

I've linked each card to the orginal post in case you'd like to see more photos, find out details, or see the supply list (click on the card title below each photo). So, without further ado ... my top 10 favorite cards of 2012:

Stampin' Up! Bordering on Romance Get Well Card

 


 
Stampin' Up! Creative Elements Stamp Set Love Card


Stampin' Up! Apothecary Art Stamp Set Birthday Card






Stampin' Up! Bordering on Romance Thank You Card






Stampin' Up! Faith in Nature Stamp Set - Uplifting Card





Stampin' Up! Postage Stamp Punch Mother's Day Card





Stampin' Up!'s newest In Colors





Stampin' Up! You're Amazing Stamp Set Birthday Card





Stampin' Up! Happy You Stamp Set Christmas Card





Stampin' Up! Joyous Celebrations Stamp Set Christmas Card



It's been another fun year sharing stamping ideas and projects with you.  I'm looking forward to more creative fun in the coming year and I hope you'll join me. Happy New Year and all the best to you in 2013!

xoxo







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Friday, December 28, 2012

Affection Collection Love

Stampin' Up! Affection Collection Stamp Set Card Sample

Well, the Christmas season is over and New Year's Eve is practically here. Sniff, Sniff. There are only a zillion holiday projects I didn't get to this year. Again. Sound familiar? Well, fear not, crafty friends ... Valentine's Day is right around the corner and it's such a fun event to create for.

I wanted to play a little more with the Affection Collection stamp set from the Holiday Catalog, which will only be available through January 2nd. The stamps in this set are perfect for layering or using as stand alone images, as I've done with this very simple "LOVE" card.

Affection Collection Love Stamp


The Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack (also from the Holiday Catalog) has quite a few patterned papers perfect for upcoming occasions such as Valentine's Day, birthdays or Spring cards. The design of this Cherry Cobbler print coordinates perfectly with the "love" image from the stamp set.

I decked out the paper with a Cherry Cobbler scallop trim border and added a pretty bow using Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon.

Stampin' Up! Apothecary Accents Framelits Dies


The "love" image is a custom fit for one of the accent pieces in the Apothecary Accents Framelits collection. Love that! I added Rhinestone Basic Jewels colored with a red Sharpie pen, then simply mounted the piece on a layer of Cherry Cobbler card stock.

It's clean and simple, and it's easy to make ... perfect for a quick little crafty time pick-me-up!

How was your Christmas? Anyone get any crafty goodies under the tree?  I got loads of new Stampin' Up! supplies from my awesome hubby. Can't wait to show off some of my new squeal-worthy stash (coming soon).

Got Christmas Cash?  Spend your Santa bucks on some new loot added to the Online Clearance Rack. Save up to 80% off retail on quality rubber stamps, ink, tools, and accessories - while supplies last.


xoxo

 
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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamps: Affection Collection (W-127946, C-127949)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler (126966)
Paper: Very Vanilla (101650), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack (126904)
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Apothecary Accents Framelits Dies (127003), Scallop Trim Border Punch (118402), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon (120992), Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246)

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas



Hoping your Christmas is merry and bright.

xoxo


 
 
p.s. Hope you stay warm, too!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Magic Reindeer Food (Recipe & Poem)

Cello bag filled with "magic reindeer food"

Here's a fun and easy project to do with the kiddo's (or just with your 6-year-old self) this weekend: make a batch of Magic Reindeer Food to have ready for Santa's reindeer on Christmas Eve.

Magic Reindeer Food
Mix together:
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup red or green sugar crystals (for cake/cookie decorating)



Magic Reindeer Food Poem
 
Be sure to take this magic food and sprinkle on the lawn,
On Christmas, Santa's reindeer travel miles before the dawn.
The smell of oats and glitter path will guide them on their way,
And you'll wake up to Santa's gifts next morn' on Christmas Day!

The idea is that the birds will eat the oatmeal before morning and the kids believe that the reindeer ate it. I've packaged this up in a simple cello bag and attached a cute tag with the poem printed out & adhered to the back and tied the tag to the cello bag with Sweater Trim Ribbon. If you want to step it up a notch, die-cut the poem using a Framelit and add a couple of brads.

Have fun!

xoxo

 
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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamps: No Peeking (W-126290, C-126292)
Ink: Regals Collection Stampin' Write Markers (119701)
Paper: Whisper White card stock (100730)
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Apothecary Accents Framelits (127003), Paper-Piercing Tool (126189), Stampin' Pierce Mat (126199), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
Accessories: 3/16" Regals Brads (119737), 1/4" Cherry Cobbler Sweater Trim (129938), Snow Festival Designer Printed Tags (128152), 4" x 6" Cellophane Bags (102757)

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Holiday Money Holder + New Downloads

Digital Card - Gift Certificate or Money Holder

I needed a few last minute money holder type cards for gifting service people for the holidays. This would include folks like babysitters, hair stylist, paper delivery person, etc. I kept it very simple and the card measures 3-1/4" x 6-1/2" (folded), so it will fit into a regular letter size envelope. (The supply list is below.)

New Stampin' Up! Digital Downloads
Ready for a peek at this week's new digital downloads? Here you go:

Stampin' Up! All Time Fave Photobook Template - Digital Download
Digital Download
 
With this fabulous download, document all your current favorite things, friends, goals, ideas, places, and more!


Digital Download
 
Just like our traditional Glimmer Paper - now in digital form - to add glitz and glimmer to your projects.


Stampin' Up! A To Z Woodpress - Digital Download
Digital Download
 
Give your projects a wood-pressed look with these 62 embellishments.


I'm off to tackle a few other holiday to-do's - I've got gifts to mail and cookies to bake. Wish me luck! ;)

xoxo

 
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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
My Digital Studio\MDS 2+
Page Layer (Photo)\Card Stock\Night of Navy
Stamps\Vintage Overlays - texture 12, Color = WHISPER WHITE
Designer Kits\Home for the Holidays - embellishments\word tree
Designer Kits\Celebrate Any Day - happy holidays, Color = WHISPER WHITE 
Grosgrain Ribbon\Grosgrain Ribbon (re-colored)  
Basic Pearls and Rhinestones\Basic Pearls and Rhinestones - pearl medium


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Monday, December 17, 2012

Happy Christmas Gift Tag

Happy Christmas Gift Tag with Tulle Ruffles

I've been getting lots of mileage out of the Scalloped Tulle Ribbon and this tag is no exception. This ruffly, frilly tag is so pretty in person and it's really simple to create.

I gave the Crumb Cake tag a pretty "designer" top by using one of the Labels Collection Framelits. I love how it turned out!

Proper placement of paper and framelit die for special cuts.


By slipping just the top of the tag under the edge of the framelit, I was able to die-cut a pretty edge for my tag. (I used red card stock in the photo above for another tag.) You could do this for a wide variety of tag sizes, since there are six framelits in the set to choose from. The card stock should be just slightly narrower than the framelit.

To create the ruffles, simply adhere Sticky Strip in rows across the tag and bunch and gather the Tulle Ribbon as you press it onto the Sticky Strip. I cut lengths of the ribbon about twice the width of the tag and folded them in half, matching up the scallops.

Christmas Tag with Stampin' Up! Crochet Trim and Scalloped Tulle


To attach the Antique Brad, I snipped off the prongs with Craft & Rubber Scissors and added a Glue Dot to the underside. This looks prettier than having the prongs showing as they wrap around the Crochet Trim.

The "Happy Christmas" sentiment is from the More Merry Messages stamp set and is stamped with Early Espresso ink. Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon finishes off the tag.

The Clearance Rack Blitz is still going on ... I just spotted a couple of new items, so be sure to keep checking for more great deals.

xoxo

 
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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamps: More Merry Messages (W-126400, C-126402)
Ink: Early Espresso (126974)
Paper: Crumb Cake (120953)
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Labels Collection Framelits (125598), 3/16" Corner Punch (119871), Glue Dots ((103683), Sticky Strip (104294)
Accessories: Cherry Cobbler 3-1/2" Scalloped Tulle Ribbon (127841), Victoria 5/8" Crochet Trim (118481), Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon (120992), Antique Brads (117273), Pearl Basic Jewels (119247)

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Stampin' Up! Online Clearance Rack Blitz!


Woo Hoo - The Clearance Rack Blitz is back!

Over 300 items have been added to the online Clearance Rack - with savings up to 80% - but only while supplies last! And for the first time ever, stamps are included at up to 40% off.

Place your online order today for best selection.

What's on sale?
Stamps, ink, card stock, patterned paper, punches, ribbon, Big Shot dies, craft tools,
embellishments, rub-ons, scrapbooking supplies, and much more!
 
Click here to SHOP THE CLEARANCE RACK BLITZ now.


The Fine Print
  • No minimum purchase required.
  • Applies to online orders only.
  • You may add non-Clearance Rack items to the same order.
  • Qualifying online orders are eligible for Stampin' Rewards/Hostess Benefits ($150 minimum).
  • Clearance Rack Blitz items are only available while supplies last-so don't wait! And sorry, but there are no refunds or exchanges on Clearance Rack items.

I'm already hearing reports that a few items are sold out. Don't wait - go now.

And you have my permission to go a little crazy. ;)

xoxo

 
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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Happy Holidays from Stampin' Up!

Stampin' Up! demonstrators got a fun little surprise from the home office team this week, and they asked us to share it with our customers and friends. I'm only too happy to oblige!




These people are simply awesome, as is the entire Stampin' Up! family (in Riverton and Kanab), who work hard everyday to bring us all fabulous products and beautiful and creative ideas. Each and every one them ROCK (not just those six executives rocking, lol)!

Thanks Stampin' Up!

Right back atcha.

xoxo

 
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

New Digital Stamps from Stampin' Up!

Stampin' Up! My Digital Studio Sample Project

I'm working on a little note to Santa . . . hehehe. I was having a little fun with My Digital Studio (MDS2) and put together this little project. Hope it made you smile!

We've got another new batch of digital stamps and designer templates from Stampin' Up! this week and there is a little something for everyone as usual. Let's take a look:


Stampin' Up! Color Me Christmas Digital Download Template


Digital Download
Includes placemats, name cards, and a silverware or napkin holder for a fun way to color your Christmas dinner table - literally!




Stampin' Up! Gift Cards and Box Digital Designer Template

Digital Download
The cutest little gift - Eight adorable gift cards that fit in their adorable tiny box.




Stampin' Up! Book Buddies Digital Download Bookmarks Template


Digital Download
Friendly animal buddies hang out on your page to mark your place in books.




Stampin' Up! Digital Designer Template - Folded Friends Pillowbox


Digital Download
This fun trio is perfect for gifting since they're sized to fit gift cards, treats, and other mini goodies.




Stampin' Up! No Peeking Stamp Brush Set Digital Download


Digital Download
Adorable 8-piece SVG stamp brush set perfect for cards, tags, pages, and more.



Stampin' Up! Winter Memories Stamp Brush Set Digital Download



Digital Download
Charming 5-piece stamp brush set with a nostalgic wintery theme.


mds2 free trial offer logo


Still available: Try MDS2 for free with the 30-day trial of our popular, easy to use digital software program. Compatible with Mac and PC, you can create digital scrapbook pages, cards, calendars, photobooks, and more. GO HERE to download your free trial of the full software program now.



Stampin' Up! My Digital Studio Giveaway logo


Don't forget! The Mega, Massive My Digital Studio Giveaway is going on now. Enter to win each day through December 29, 2012.
Go to facebook.com/mydigitalstudio to enter right now!


xoxo

 
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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
My Digital Studio\MDS 2+
Designer Series Paper\Designer Kits\Downtown Grunge - designer series paper\Downtown Grunge - 4 
Embellishments\Designer Kits\Get It Done - embellishments\Get It Done - notepaper 3
Designer Kits\Downtown Grunge - embellishments\Downtown Grunge - tape 1   
Designer Kits\Downtown Grunge - embellishments\Downtown Grunge - tape 3

 
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