Hello stampers! In the midst of packing up for the move to my new house I cannot resist going into my stamp room to play a little. I simply love stamping with my framelits. With our relatively new embossing mats we already knew we could emboss with many of our detailed framelits but now I am going to show you that you can also stamp with them! That means with a small investment of $21 plus shipping and tax for the embossing mats you can get three times as much use from your framelits. I had hoped to use the Snowfall thinlets as an example, but I have given them to a team member to use for prepping a class for me. Plan “B” was to use the classic Christmas stamp set from the annual catalog Star of LIght. I am really happy with how it turned out. I am simply going to post three pictures and then you can watch the video at the end to see how I did it. With all the new house stuff going on I just don’t have time or energy for a long detailed blog post. I know you understand.
Star of Light cards
Do you see that the card is bigger than the normal 5 1/2 by 4 1/4″? That is because it is! I used the Memories and More cards and they are 6 1/4″ by 4 1/4″. I really love this size and the convenience of having a larger card and matching envelope all ready to go. I cut a gold foil mat 6 1/8″ by 4 1/8″ and the white card front is 6″ by 4″.
Here is one last close-up shot of the beautiful stamped and embossed image using a framelit!! I love the addition of gold metallic thread, metallic pearls and regular pearls. I gold embossed the various stamps in the background. They are all from Star of Light.
The framelit from Starlight thinlets was “stamped” using Vegas Gold shimmer paint and a sponge dauber. Take a look at the video, a “picture” is worth a thousand words! Using your framelits as stamps is such a great way to get more bang for your buck. I would love to hear from you if you try this with other framelits.
Have a super weekend and if you want to get in on the Snowflake Showcase bundle, today is the last day, you have a few hours left!! Check out this blog post for item numbers and descriptions.
Hello stampers! Today I am focusing on the Christmas Traditions punch box. Let me tell you why. I love a product that can be used in many different ways. I love what I do and I love to share that as well. I think we all know that the world needs more joy and happiness and one way to achieve that is through creativity. When we use our hands to make something pretty it alleviates our stress, it takes our mind off daily problems and it brings joy to other people. With this pretty tin you have creativity in a box. It comes with a big clear block, two ink spots, a punch and a six piece stamp set. All you need to do is add some card stock, envelopes and pretty paper and you have a portable card making station that you can take with you anywhere. You can stamp with people who have never stamped before and you can bless them with a Christmas card or a tag. I challenge you to take this box along to a doctor’s appointment, a hospital visit or a coffee shop. Just start creating and see who comes to see what you are doing. Then invite them to join you and then send them home with whatever they have made. Bingo! You have just brought unexpected joy to someone’s life and made the world a better place. It really is that simple.
Pay it Forward
In order to help you do this I am going to offer 25% off on this Christmas Traditions Punch box. That means that instead of $61 it will be $45.75. Since this is my sale instead of Stampin’Up’s sale it doesn’t work when you order online, so for those of you who order online from me, I will send you a package of pearls and a package of rhinestones in the mail because Christmas cards can always use a little extra bling! Just be sure to use the current host code: NKS3BT2T. Here is a picture of the punch box:
You could be totally selfish and just order it for yourself. My perspective is that if you know what you want you should just get it. You are allowed to spoil yourself. It looks pretty amazing under the Christmas tree, it doesn’t even need to be wrapped!
Do you see how pretty those tags look? That’s right, you can cheat a little. You can take the products out of the tin, use them to make pretty tags and packaging for your loved ones and then tuck it all back into the tin as a guilt-free gift to yourself!!
Not only is this Christmas Traditions Punch Box great for making cute tags, it also works great as a focal point for cards. My talented team member Alison Reid made the following three cards for me to use for coffee and a card class next week. If you live near Chatham and have never made it out to one of these classes I would love to have you join us. We have a wonderful group that comes regularly and they are always happy to welcome a newbie!
Christmas Traditions Punch Box also for Cards!
Doesn’t it look great with the Winter Woods trees and the Farmhouse Christmas paper? So simple to stamp the trees on the barnboard paper and then cut it into three pieces for added interest. Simple but genius.
Sadly this beautiful Joyous Noel paper is sold out. The lesson in this, just like with clothes shopping or shopping at Costco, is “if you love it, don’t wait”. Get it before it’s gone. It’s always better to err on the side of caution. Thankfully I have enough left over to share with you in a class!
Small but mighty is how I would describe the cute punched images from the Christmas Traditions punch box. They would also look great on little 3×3″ cards that you could tuck into our mini pizza boxes as a gift or party favour.
I hope that I have inspired you with this beautiful tin Of course you could also fill it with some Christmas Cookies or some of your lovely handmade Christmas cards. There are LOTS of great things to do with this beautiful tin as well as all the great things that come in it. Please take advantage of my 25% off deal, it ends Tuesday at noon. All stamps from the annual catalog are also 10% off today.
As always, the best deal in the catalog is the starter kit. Have you seen the beautiful tote that is only available to demonstrators? We got a sneak peek of it at OnStage in Orlando and mine is on its way right now. You can have one too! If you put it in your starter kit you can also get two stamp sets, a package of patterned paper, a package of assorted cardstock, thick bakers twine, glimmer paper and dimensionals all for $135. If you purchased them the traditional way you would pay around $205 and you would NOT be able to get the tote. Check it out. Tell me you don’t love it!! The tag matches my gorgeous luggage and purse. If you do decide to get the starter kit, the item number for this tote is 149696.
I took a screenshot of some of things I would suggest you put in your starter kit but you can add whatever you like to make the total come to $165. You only pay $135, no shipping and no tax. I would love to help make this happen for you. If you want to do it all on your own, here is the link that will get you started on your fun journey. Remember, there are no strings attached. You don’t need to ever “demonstrate” anything or sell anything or hold a class. You can just get the great deal and after that it is up to you if you want to take advantage of your very own 20% discount. Did you know that in December you can already preorder from the Occasions catalog and earn free sale-a-bration items? Just one more perk to joining my team.
I will finish this post with sharing a video that I did showing you the Christmas Traditions Punch Box. This beautiful tin also holds all the current Blends, so that is an added bonus don’t you think? I wish you a very happy day and thanks for reading to the end!
Hello stampers! We are having an early winter here in southern Ontario and Christmas music is even more appropriate. I love Christmas. I love how we celebrate that God loved us so much that He sent his son as a baby into the world so that he could truly understand what it is like to be human. I love the cozyness of decorating the house and the smells of Christmas baking. I love Christmas stories. I always read beautifully illustrated Christmas books to my five kids and now I can do it for my two grandchildren. One of my favourite songs is I’ll Be Home for Christmas.
Our stamp set Farmhouse Christmas with it’s adorable truck reminds me of this song. It is also extremely on trend. While I was in Orlando we did some shopping with our team. You can imagine how excited the shopkeepers were when we ten women walked in talking and giggling. Ka-ching, Ka-ching they were thinking as they imagined their cash registers in action. When we were in Joanne Fabrics and in Pottery Barn I noticed lots of Buffalo Plaid and Farmhouse trucks with trees in the back. Do you know how hard it was to leave those things there?! Amazingly in the last few weeks I have been surprised by little gifts from my team members and customers who were also similarly inspired. I am so very blessed to be surrounded by so many lovely people. My heart is full. I have the best job in the world!
Here are a couple of things that I received that inspired this blog post. I think you will agree that they coordinate perfectly with our stamps.
Doesn’t this remind you of the truck in Farmhouse Christmas? Thanks so much Amy for this lovely gift, it will be a treasured part of my kitchen in the new house! Just looking at it makes me happy.
Thanks Debbie for this lovely gift. Debbie is a fashionista. I can always tell if Debbie is at a class because of the cute footwear by the door! So it was no surprise that she took the time to make a coordinated tag and gift liner to put her gift “over the top”. She told me she whipped up the tag in just a few minutes. Do you recognize the old stamp set Loads of Love? The gift was three coordinating tea towels. I think the white one with the truck will have to be purely decorative. I don’t want to get it stained!!
I just had to include a closeup so you can appreciate that gorgeous truck. This will be the inspiration for my Christmas home decor piece that I will design next week. If you have made the Spring, Summer and Fall sampler you are not going to want to miss the Christmas one that I am designing to fit the frame.
Some Actual Cards Made with Farmhouse Christmas
Now I guess I should really show you some cards made with these stamp sets! With all the early snow it really gets you in the mood to make Christmas cards and to start decorating for Christmas too. I hope you are inspired here today.
I love this swap card I received from Dana Hancock. She used the Farmhouse Christmas stamp set, the tin tile embossing folder and the Festive Farmhouse paper to make this beauty. The next card was made by Helen Bennett for our team swap. No truck in this one, but I love how Helen coloured the house and decorated her fence. That fence will be so versatile for your cards all year long and also a lovely addition to a scrapbook page or a home decor piece.
So now that we are talking about I’ll Be Home for Christmas, who are you expecting home for Christmas? Do you have some big ticket stamping items on your list? If so, don’t forget about the best deal in the catalog, the starter kit!! I know that some of you are secretly disappointed at Christmas time because well-meaning family members give you gift certificates to other crafting stores, but what you really want is more of the best stuff, Stampin’Up! So you can do a number of things to fix this problem. You can tell them that I sell gift certificates. You can tell them to get a starter kit for you (even if you “started” your stamping stash a long time ago) When you tell them that they will be paying no tax and no shipping and that they also get a $30 bonus of products they will be very happy indeed. Then you can start getting your own discount. No need to ever teach a class or “sell” anything. Don’t want to save money? No worries, you can also order online using the host code and I will send you a lovely Christmas card in the mail. I’ll even leave it blank so you can gift it to someone else.
Hello stampers! My heart is full of gratitude today as I write this. I don’t usually make a big deal of my Stampin’Up! anniversaries but this year marks thirteen years of doing what I love. I can honestly say that I love it even more than when I first started. The main reason for that is YOU!!! It is because I now have so many amazing people in my life that my work is even more rewarding. My customers, my team members and my fellow demonstrators have become amazing friends. Especially in this last year when life has thrown me some curveballs I have had such tremendous support from all of you. For this I am grateful beyond belief.
Finding out yesterday from a fellow demonstrator in Toronto, Selena Merali that I had won some awards was just the icing on the cake. These things are important milestones in my career so I share them with you because you are also a big part of these accolades, I’m not trying to brag.
Number 4 in all of Canada!!!
Number 55 in all the world. There are more than 50,000 demonstrators just so you understand the magnitude of this number. It made me get goosebumps!!
In Canada I was also #8 in Leadership #9 in recruiting, and #13 in sales. Not too shabby at all. We have some amazing talent in Canada and around the world and I am humbled and honoured to be a part of it all. Thanks for letting me toot my own horn. I am “direct to the company” so I don’t have an upline who would to this on my behalf, otherwise I would let him or her do it for me.
Well, enough about me, and let’s talk about stamping shall we? Today I want to share with you an amazing home decor piece. I was inspired by fellow demonstrator and friend from Minnesota, Sandy Carlson. The neat thing about this framed art is that the “O” is interchangeable. It has a velcro backing so that you can switch it up according to season or mood. I have mind behind the glass right now to keep it from getting dirty, but some people omit the glass to make it easier to switch the decor piece. I used the Large Letter framelits to cut out the letters with both basic black cardstock and with a thin foam that you can get at the dollar store. This gives it added sturdiness and dimension. Let’s take a look:
Here is a cute Santa version. I also changed up the background a bit. I found it quite tricky to use the simple stripes embossing folder on a 5×7″ mat. It meant that I had to run it through the Big Shot with the stripes going vertically and that ruins the paper. There is no way to run it through horizontally. I used our retired corrugated paper and I think it looks quite nice. I love using my card making supplies for home decor and it sure is nice to have something on the wall or the mantle that you have made yourself. Being able to use it all year long with a simple substitution is also a huge bonus. With Christmas just around the corner this would also make a beautiful but inexpensive gift.
The last one I made is actually the one I cased from my friend Sandy. I love it!! I used the Rooted in Nature bundle as well as the Colorful Seasons bundle for the maple leaf. The “M” looks like it is shaded, but it was a cloudy rainy day here in southern Ontario and that is just a shadow, so just ignore it.
I will be teaching this as a class on Wednesday November 28 at 1pm and 7pm. Cost is $30 and it includes the frame. Number of spaces depends on how many frames I can source. Here is a short video showing how the velcro piece works. I didn’t take a picture of the velcro on the “O” pieces, but the video explains it for you.
I almost forgot to say that I would love very much if you would order from me if you don’t already have a demonstrator. I am also very happy to have you join my team and to share my 13 years of experience with you to help you succeed as well. If you do choose to order online, it is even nicer if you take the time to use the host code that is posted on the sidebar of the blog post. I appreciate each and every one of you so very much. Have a super day!
Hello stampers! Have you ever gone to a store and seen something you really, really loved and then you talked yourself out of it and walked away? You go home and you think about it and you think about it and you are filled with regret and then a few days later you rush back to the store deciding that you are worth it after all? Then it’s gone!! Oh the disappointment. Well. Don’t let that happen with Snowflake Showcase. Stampin’Up is offering this suite of products for one month only. Snowflake Showcase is simply stunning. The framelits are the star of the show for sure. There are 20 framelits in the Snowfall set.
Snow is Glistening
There are two stamp sets that coordinate with these framelits. One is a Christmas set called Snow is Glistening. Check it out:
I used the pretty tree image and embossed it using Mossy Meadow ink. Did you know that you can use your regular ink pads to emboss? You do need a juicy ink pad and then right after you stamp you sprinkle on clear embossing powder. Works like a charm. Take a look.
The tree that is raised has been clear embossed over mossy meadow ink. Merry Christmas is part of a bigger sentiment but I just used a cherry cobbler marker to ink up these words. I just wanted a small and narrow sentiment on this card.
This card was inspired by a scrap of Farmhouse Christmas paper laying on my stamp room table. I had cut out all the snowflakes with the white velvet paper and I thought they looked so nice together. A narrow strip of silver glimmer paper adds just the right effect. Can you see the white embossed snow on the top and bottom of the “wood” paper? It really is all about the details. You can make this beauty at my class on either Thursday November 22 at 7pm or Saturday November 24 at 1pm. Class is $20 for four cards or free with the purchase of the framelits and one stamp set.
I love how this “all year” set also coordinates with the Snowfall thinlets. The stamparatus makes stamping this beauty so easy. I also love how the colours work together: blueberry bushel, balmy blue and gray granite.
I couldn’t resist adding a little bling to the nordic looking flower. The easel card is also a very easy and fun fold to make. Just put one extra score line on your card front at 2 3/4″. Then you need an “elevated element” on your card base to hold it in place. A little video might be in order!
This next card was actually the first one that I made using this Snowflake Showcase suite of products. It is a “bare midriff” card and I actually had the card base pieces laying on my table as leftovers from a class. Perfect, right?
Here are the dimensions for the card. I wrote them out on our new grid paper that fits the Stamparatus. I love it!! It really helps for guaranteeing that your words are straight. A small indulgence in an elevated and improved stamping experience.
Embossing with Framelits
The last card I am going to share with you was totally cased from my Australian friend and fellow demonstrator Linda Dalke. Did you know that you can emboss with your framelits? It is so very easy to do, all you need is the embossing mats pm [age 221. For a small investment of $21 you will double the use of your framelits. I will share a video at the end showing how to do it. I used the largest snowflake framelit from the Snowfall collection for this card.
The champagne foil paper is 3 3/4″ square and is matted on black 3 7/8″ square and the card itself is 4 1/4″ square so it will fit in a regular envelope. Here is the inside of the card. Oh my, how I love all these pretty snowflakes!! They were stamped in balmy blue with two of them “stamped off”. That simply means that you first stamp on a piece of scrap paper and then stamp again on your card for a lighter effect.
The last project I am going to share here is a home decor piece. I will be featuring it in a class on Wednesday November 28 at 1pm and 7pm. I will do a separate blog post describing in detail how it is made and also showing you some alternatives. I am so excited to be teaching this lovely framed art! Thanks to my friend and fellow demonstrator Sandy Carlson for the great idea (I saw her fall version online last week)
Finally, here is the video that shows you how to emboss with your framelits. You will be shocked at how easy and effective it is!! If you need anything at all and you live in Canada, feel free to shop with me. Both of us will be happy! Host code is EQSBSG9U. Have a super day.
Hello stampers! As promised, here is the continuation of the Santa’s Workshop post with some more great cards using the stamp set in this suite called Signs of Santa. In today’s post you will see some super simple cards that I made in less than thirty seconds using the coordinating Memories and More pack also called Santa’s Workshop. These would be great to make with your kids as a much appreciated teacher gift or to send to family and friends. What a wonderful tradition to include your children in the Christmas card sending tradition. The art of letter writing is almost lost and this is a great way to revive it. I did use the Signs of Santa to make some more intricate cards as well, so there is something for everyone here.
What you can’t really see in these cute cards is the details that take them beyond ordinary. The sparkle on the Santa hat and the ho, ho, ho and the fuzzy velvet on the elves’ hats. The saying on the card on the left is from Signs of Santa.
This super cute card was cased from Tami White. I changed up a few things. I didn’t have any Frost shimmer paint so I used a little embossing paste and dazzling diamonds glitter to bling up the background. I also used a “north pole” sign from the designer series paper instead of colouring my own and I left the sign “wooden”. The lovely snowbank edge is a framelit from Winter Woods.
Does the card above look familiar? I used the leftovers from coffee and a card class where we made Emilie Poncelet’s Pole Nord card and I put the cut outs from the Santa’s Workshop designer series paper on it instead. The next picture shows you the exact same card but with some bling added to the wagon. The enamel shapes that go with this suite are stinkin’ cute!! Which card do you like better? With or without the enamel shapes?
This next picture will show you just how addictive this suite is. Signs of Santa has a ton of cute images and sayings, many of which coordinate with framelits. The whole family will love making fun things together, you can even use the leftover Memories and More cards to make a cute family album. New traditions all around!!
I thought that all the cards together just looks so cute. If you make an assortment like this you won’t get bored by making the same old card for everyone. I see a family and friends card making event in your future. Put on some Christmas music, bake some Christmas cookies and get in the spirit of the season. Making Christmas cards now is much more fun than waiting until December when life gets too hectic.
This last card is a Jackie original. I wanted to showcase the different papers together. Card making is a little bit like quilting in that you like to use different colours and patterns to complement each other. Polka dots make me happy and cheerful and stripes are just so fresh. Together they are amazing!! Add the coastal cabana to the real red and it is just so retro and lovely to me. I hope you like it too. I used a memories and more card for the inside to pretty it up and make it even more special.
This card was inspired by some leftover shimmer white circles from a coffee and a card class. I wanted to do something different for my last card that would show off the different patterned paper. I used this same fold at my Time For Tea class. You can see it here. The fun green and white thick baker’s twine has been a great addition to several cards in this collection. It is all those little touches that really make your card extra special. When I realized that I changed my buying habits. I know get everything I love from one suite rather than buying some from here and some from there. Shop by suite and you will see how much easier it is to create more beautifully.
Here is a short video that shows you how to make this last card. It is sideways (of course this happens once in a while just to keep me humble) but it works just fine. It gives you the dimensions and a peek at the inside of the card too. Have a super day!!
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