Hello stampers. We have now had our first frost in southern Ontario and we are approaching the last week of October. That means Halloween is almost here and after that we go straight into serious Christmas preparations. If you are a card maker there is a pretty good chance that you make your own Christmas cards. Santa’s workshop will make you smile and get less serious about this. I am usually not so keen on “cute” Christmas cards, but this one stole my heart. Santa’s Workshop has so many wonderful features. As per usual, the catalog does not do it justice. I participated in a Holiday Catalog swap at the end of August and two of the cards I received were made using this suite of products. When I saw them I knew right away I had to have the Santa’s Workshop suite. Why? A perfect storm of reasons:
1. the designer series paper is unbelievably cute with white velvet texture on the snowflakes, the snowmen, the Santa hat and cuffs as well as glitter!!!
2. The stamp set has the most adorable Mrs. Claus, a Santa Claus holding his list, several elves, a North Pole sign and lots and lots of sayings.
3. Framelits that cut out not only the stamped images but also images in the paper. Wow, wow, wow.
4. Tons of accessories including thick baker’s twine, enamel shapes and red rhinestones.
5. Santa’s Workshop Memories and More cards that coordinate with everything else in the suite. Perfect not only for memory keeping (scrapbooking or pocket pages) but also for easy card making with the kids.
6. Red cards and envelopes to match the Memories and More cards. There is no more “cutting to size”. The M&M cards fit perfectly on the two different sizes included in the pack of cards and envelopes.
All those cute images that you see above are cut with framelits from the adorable Santa’s Workshop designer series paper. The next picture shows all the stamped images available.
The card below is one of the swap cards that I received that sold me on the Santa’s Workshop suite. It just made me smile. Thanks Christine Dionne for this fun card.
The next card is a swap that I received from Emilie Poncelet, also super cute and also with that adorable white velvet so you just need to touch it!
This next card combines the sassy snowman from the Santa’s Workshop paper (yes, he was fussy cut) but the rest of the card is super easy since it uses the Memories and More cards and the cards and envelopes. I love it so much!!
What a quick and easy card and it just brings out all the warm and fuzzies, and isn’t that what Christmas cards are all about? The words are from Merry Christmas to All, the background is from the Santa’s Workshop Memories and More pack and the card base is from the package of red cards and envelopes in the Memories and More set. Here is another quick and easy card:
I just had to use more of the cute snowman from the designer series paper together with the cards from the Santa’s Workshop Memories and More pack. Too cute for words!! The next picture isn’t super exciting, but it is the inside of this card and it also uses the M&M cards. This takes all the stress out of Christmas card making. Great therapy indeed. Also a wonderful activity to do with the kids. A meaningful craft!!! Those are the only kind I like.
Well people, it is now 10pm and this squirrel needs to call it a night. I have more cards to show with this great suite of products, but that will have to keep until next week. Stay tuned for more, and as always, if you live in Canada and don’t already have a demonstrator, I would love to have you shop with me. Please use the current host code (always located on the sidebar to the right of the blog post) when you order as it helps me to keep my class costs down and my mailing costs. Thanks for blessing me!!
Hello stampers. This week one of the suites I have been exploring is the All is Bright suite. It is the first one in the Holiday catalog and it did catch my eye right away. The Merry Christmas to All bundle is one that you will want and never give away. It has a combination of fonts and sizes to make many different Christmas Greetings that are perfect for both cards and scrapbook pages. The coordinating framelits are also fabulous. I am looking forward to using them in some home decor pieces too. The Swirls and Curls embossing folder is also a stunner and great for all sorts of occasions, not just Christmas. I have only covered the first page of this suite! Let’s take a look at what I have made.
I love all the elements in this card and I cased it straight from the Holiday Catalog. It is such a great source of inspiration. Sometimes we all forget that! What a great way to jump start your creativity. I ran out of call me clover cardstock so I didn’t have enough to make the actual card out of it, so I got creative and used some paper from the Tropical Escape 6×6 paper pack. This card would be great for any climate! I love the vellum circle in the background as well as the gold star paper clip. I used Blends to colour in the mini Christmas lights. Here is a close-up. It is such a bright and cheerful card.
I love how the sentiment is actually two different stamps so you can make a multi-coloured saying without fussy colouring with markers on your stamp. I used the layering circles framelits to cut both the sentiment and the vellum circle. The magnetic platform is great for keeping the circles exactly where you want them.
This beauty was also cased from the catalog except I made it bigger. It is a 4 1/4″ square card. I also used the retired gold sequin trim, but the mini gold sequin trim that is available now will also look darling, maybe even better! The sentiment is stamped on the All is Bright designer series paper (the bokeh design one). To see how I made the string of lights be sure to watch my video at the end.
The punch makes it very easy to make cute Christmas lights, but they look fantastic stamped directly on the paper too.
I really love this card. It came about when I was supposed to be cleaning up my supplies and I saw the scrap of Bokeh paper on the table and the beautiful Christmas Bulb paper. Then I remembered that I had some sparkle glimmer paper and that you could colour it with your markers! Well, didn’t that just turn out well?! I love my “call me clover” Christmas light bulbs. They look a little blue in the picture but they really are green.
This is a closeup of the next card so that you can see the Subtle embossing folder used in the background. It really is subtle, but it is so beautiful and versatile. The pine boughs are from Pretty Pines in the annual catalog. We made this card at Christmas Club and many of the ladies thought that the black line from the bulbs was string. It isn’t! It’s a stamp which makes it super quick and easy too. The bulbs were stamped in blueberry bushel, granny apple green, poppy parade and mango melody. Here is the full card. I cased it from a swap from Leena Girsa. The big “merry” is from the framelits in the Merry Christmas to All bundle.
The last card is also cased from a swap I received. I just changed up the colours a bit. Sadly the business card got separated from the card so I can’t give credit! If it’s yours, please comment below. The cardstock is 4 `/4 by 11′ and it is scored at 3 1/4″ and 8 3/4″. The polka dot paper from Under the Mistletoe is 3″ by 4″ and the white banner piece for the sentiment is 2″ by 5 1/4″. The far panel is run through the BIg Shot with the Swirls and Curls embossing folder. The Christmas light bulbs were stamped in eral red, crushed curry and old olive.
I used a totally different stamp set in the inside of the card because I really do like to focus on the fact that Jesus is the reason for the season. It is called His LIght and it has a beautiful font and a big “Rejoice” that would be great on a card front too.
I forgot to add the sentiment until the centre panel was adhered so my stamping is just a little crooked, but I figure when I write all my happy greetings in the inside no one will be focusing on that. Besides, the recipient already knows I am not perfect so it’s all good.
I hope you have enjoyed all the great products in this All is Bright suite. If you live in Canada you are most welcome to shop with me, just click on any of the items in the supply list below. If you use the current host code K47RYHQZ then you will also be entered into a draw for a half price item all in celebration of my 13th anniversary with Stampin’Up. You will also get a paper sample pack in the mail from Dashing Along. Here is the video I made with some tips and tricks for these products, I hope you like it.
Hello stampers! The cooler weather is here and this Canadian girl is happy about that. I really am mad about plaid. I have plaid shirts, plaid blankets and a plethora of plaid scarves!! Did I mention cozy plaid throws? So when I saw the Buffalo Check background stamp, I knew I had to have it. It is simply fabulous when you use it with the Stamparatus since you get a perfect plaid every time. You can also step it up a notch by adding some stripes with your Stampin’ Write Markers and a ruler. Now this was not my original idea. The first time I saw this idea it was from Teresa Mitchell. My card was inspired by Lori Heiling. Here it is:
Here is a close up so that you can see the beautiful Festive Farmhouse Twine and the striped burlap ribbon. I sprayed it all with a mixture of rubbing alcohol and champagne shimmer paint. The pretty framelit is from the Stitched Labels framelits.
I slightly altered the truck from Farmhouse Christmas. I cut off the tree that is part of the truck image and used a tree from Rooted in Nature to put in the back and give it some dimension. The truck was coloured with Blends. The other details include a crumb cake layer put through the Corrugated embossing folder, some mossy meadow Sprig punches. The second card I made using the Buffalo Check background stamp also involves the Winter Woods stamp set as well as Dashing Deer. The plaid piece is the one I created in my video and I used very vanilla cardstock, soft suede ink and a cherry cobbler marker.
Once again I used the soft and luscious Festive Farmhouse Twine as a lovely accent to this card. It ties easily and lies quite flat so it won’t be too bulky for mailing. The vanilla piece is 3″ by 4″, soft suede is 3 1/8″ by 4 1/8″ and the mossy meadow is 3 1/4″ by 4 1/4″. The plaid piece in the background is 4 1/8″ by 5 3/8″. The trees from Winter Woods were stamped once full strength in Mossy Meadow and then moved slightly and stamped again without reinking. I sprayed the entire card with my alcohol and champagne shimmer paint mixture for a lovely sparkle that is hard to capture in a picture. Here is a closeup.
I couldn’t get a sentiment on the front of the card without covering too much of that pretty plaid, so I put it in the inside of the card instead. I just love the saying. It is from the Dashing Deer set.
I realize that I didn’t show you any cards using the Buffalo Check background stamp in a “normal” way without adding the marker stripe, so maybe I should quickly make another card to add to this blog post while my video uploads to YouTube. Somehow I can’t seem to make a blog post with just one card and one picture! I also keep thinking that there are so many amazing things in this current Holiday catalog that you are going to want that you should just remember the great deal on the starter kit. Whenever your order is more than $120, the cheaper and way better option is to get the starter kit. Get your own discount! I happily take your money, but why not be your own best customers and find yourself a few stamping buddies. I can tell you that I highly recommend it.
Good news! I didn’t have to make a card after all. I just went to my swap basket and found this lovely card by Lorraine Pye. She used the Buffalo Check with crumb cake in the background and Wishing You Well stamp set for the focal point. So pretty!
In the next picture you can see the detail of this lovely background stamp up close. Wishing You Well is also a beauty, and it is a DistINKtive stamp which means that the stamp itself gives different opacities for realistic depth and intensity. Put simply, it looks amazing. Distictive.
Have you fallen in love yet? Here is the video I made…there are a few issues with it. It is sideways and some people think it is cut off a bit, but I think there are a lot of very helpful tips in it and you can see exactly how the background was made as well. Enjoy and thanks for stopping by today. If you need to order anything at all, just click on the products below and it will take you to my online store. Please do use the current host code: K47RYHQZ. Have a super day!
Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Marker
Hello stampers. It is that time of the year when we truly embrace gift giving. We would like to be able to give presents to everyone, but that can cost too much money or involve too much time. There is a solution. Even simple, inexpensive gifts can seem so much more extravagant when you put some thought into the packaging! This treat holder fits the bill.
Christmas time is also a great time to gather with the family and watch some classic movies. One of my favourites is The Sound of Music and the song My Favourite Things. Hence the title, “brown paper packages tied up with string”. At this time of the year I really love to remind the adults around me to take pleasure in the simple things. After all, we are still all children at heart, and these simple treat holders will make anyone happy.
My favourite go-to quick gift is the diaper-fold pouch. You simply take a six inch square and fold it into triangles to make a pouch. I will share a video at the end so you can see how it is done. Then I put a cookie inside and give it to lots of friends, to shopkeepers, waitresses, mailmen, anyone who crosses my path that day. Everyone is just so delighted to get something homemade and they whip up so quickly that it is easy to find the time to do this even in the midst of a busy Christmas season. A big bonus for any paper crafter is that this will also deplete your stack of excess paper!
The trick with these cute treat holders is the circle. Stamp a cute snowflake and a greeting and punch it out using a 1 1/2″ circle punch and then punch a coordinating colour with the scallop circle punch. This hides any imperfections that might arise from making a bunch of these in quick succession. If the cookies are not going to be consumed right away you might want to tuck them into a cellophane bag. We sell different sizes of these on page 195 of the catalog.
To make this treat holder I used retired paper from last year as well as retired stamp set that I just couldn’t part with. Snowflakes never go out of style! I did however think it fitting to make another one with current product as well. The saying on this next treat holder comes from the stamp set Christmas in the Making which retires on January 2. My advice is to get it before it sells for a ton of money on Ebay!! The paper is Merry Music Specialty paper, also something you don’t want to run out of for a long time. Do you see what a difference one little rhinestone can make? I put one on the treat holder using the retired paper, but I forgot to put one on the music themed one. I will have to fix that!
So, although this wasn’t a brown paper package tied up with string, it did bring a smile to many faces this morning and that made me happy too! Inside the pouches was a sea salt caramel chip chocolate cookie. These cookies are amazing. I adapted the recipe from the Hershey’s recipe on the package by adding a teaspoon of espresso powder. I am sure that this will be added to the Christmas repertoire of favourite, not to be missed cookie recipes. The trick is to not bake them too long so that they are crunchy on the outside but soft in the inside.
This recipe makes about 36 cookies and they do not last long! Let me know how they work out for you.
I tucked a business card in behind the cookie so that people could find out how and where to make things like this if they want to, but you could also easily use this as a gift card holder for teachers, mailmen or newspaper delivery people or really anyone you want to treat.
I thought it would be good to have a diagram as well for how to make this but didn’t have time to make one up myself, so I went to the best resource ever, the internet and found this great one from Dawn Olchefske. Thanks Dawn!!
Here’s the video so that you can see how easy this is to do. Happy Christmas everyone and have fun spreading cheer while simultaneously diminishing your excess supply of paper!
Hello stampers! Have you tried our new Blends yet? They are amazing. Beautiful colours and so very easy to use. Even people who don’t usually like to colour are falling in love with these beautiful alcohol markers. They can be used individually for plain colouring with no lines or together if you want to blend and make it look even prettier. Now I totally understand how even the word “blend” can make you break out into hives. It implies that you need a certain level of artistic ability. Not true. My mind does not work that way. I don’t think to myself, now which way is the light coming in and where would the shadows be? I wish my mind worked that way, but even if it doesn’t, you can still do beautiful colouring and enjoy it. Recently I made some great Christmas cards using the Blends. Check it out.
We also used Blends at my Bingo party on Thursday night. Now I am telling you this was a rocking party and everyone was having a lot of fun and it was loud!! But as soon as the Blends came out, it quieted right down. Everyone just got really zen and relaxed. Truly amazing to see. So if you are feeling a bit of holiday stress, try colouring, it really helps. Tomorrow at coffee and a card class we will be using the Blends to make this card and two others. Class will be a bit different than usual. SInce last week was a “snow day” we are having coffee and a card at the regular time of 10am but then we are going to have a lovely lunch together and do another class after lunch and that is the one where we will be using the Blends.
For this card I used Pool Party, Cherry Cobbler, Smoky Slate and Old Olive Blends. I used a touch of our embossing paste on the cuffs of the dress, or is it a coat?
The last card that I am making at class was totally cased from my friend Pat Skirtschak who sent me this very card in the mail. It was her card that just made me want to have the set Christmas in the Making and now I am so glad that I have it. It is one of those stamp sets that just makes you happy to look at.
I used Rich Razzleberry, Pink Pirouette and Crumb Cake on this card. The pretty metallic ribbon was one of the sale-a-bration freebies last year. After I was done making these cards I wanted to try them with a new kit that I got from the Occasions catalog. It will be available to you on January 3. The kit is called Lots of Happy and it comes with 20 cards, a stamp set, a block and four watercolour pencils and an archival black ink spot. The pencils are lovely but the kit also works beautifully with our Blends. The best part of this kit is that two of the watercolour pencils are brand new colours that are not in the watercolour pencil kits that are in the catalog: lemon lime twist and flirty flamingo.
The best way to get the Blends
Did you check out the link above to the Blends? Did you have a mini heart attack? They are NOT cheap. To get the complete set of blends is $162 before shipping and tax. So what is the best way to make this investment? I thought of two great ways.
- Wait till January and get the Starter Kit. You could get the kit now as well and it would still be a great deal and you would also be able to get all the things out of the Occasions catalog because as a demonstrator we can preorder now already and we can earn sale-a-bration rewards on our purchases in December. BUT…in January you will also get TWO free stamp sets with your kit and that is a pretty sweet deal. The starter kit is $135 but you get to pick out $165 worth of stuff and the blends are $162. You pay no shipping and no tax. After getting the starter kit you get a 20% discount on all your own purchases and you earn 20% on anything you sell to other people. I would love to have you on my team and will support you any way I can so you get the most value for your investment. Here is the link to get the starter kit.
- Join the Blends Club. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month from January till April. Each time I will have three sets of blends waiting for you and we will make two free cards. You pay $36 plus shipping and tax. You also get a free ivory, bronze and colour lifter for joining. This way you spread out your investment over four months, you get freebies and you make free cards and have four fun classes where you will learn some great tips and tricks for colouring.
Here are the finished cards from the Lots of Happy kit. Both versions turned out well. Which one do you prefer?
If you have any questions about the starter kit or about joining the Blends Club, send me a message at [email protected] or comment here. I always love to hear from you. Wishing you a great last week before Christmas, and remember to take some time for yourself to relax and unwind.
Hello stampers. Music is such a big part of Christmas for me. I love all the old religious classics and I have even joined a choir just to be able to sing in Handel’s Messiah! That’s why the Musical Season bundle and the Merry Music specialty paper made me very, very happy this year.
Those of you who know me also know that I can be quite scattered and that whereas I truly strive to be an organized person, it is definitely NOT my natural bent. So I had to scroll through my old posts to make sure I hadn’t already blogged about this great set. Well, I hadn’t and it is better late than never. That being said, if you want these products you better not wait and order them asap before they disappear forever! Be sure to use my host code on the sidebar and I will be sure to pop a card in the mail for you, you can even request a card using a specific stamp set if you like.
Here are some cards that I made for my coffee and a card class a few weeks ago. When a card fits that category, you know it will be relatively quick and easy.
The plaid paper that also goes well with any Christmas cards comes from Christmas Around the World. I am not so into the “cutesy” paper but there were enough classic patterns in there to make it irresistible for me.
The next card is the easiest yet. When the paper is this great you don’t need much to make a very striking card. The sentiment is from the Christmas Pines stamp set in the annual catalog.
The last card uses more of the instruments and the treble clef in red for a great pop of colour. Add some silver glimmer paper and a stitched red circle and you have some very pretty contrast to the black musical paper. The harp is embossed in gold but the lyre is simply stamped in basic black.
If you were planning to make a bunch of these cards I would recommend that you stamp a bunch of harps in versamark and emboss them with gold all at once. This is much more efficient than embossing one at a time. The Merry Music specialty paper is also great for making multiple cards. It is lightweight, has 24 sheets, four of each design and all in black and white. I used every bit of this paper and never got sick of it. I will be sad to see it go!
In the card above I stamped the drummer boy in Memento black and then used a direct to paper technique with Versamark and clear embossed to make it a bit more special. I am including a video at the end of this post to show you how to make this bow and several others.
The 1/8″ silver ribbon from the annual catalog combine with the 1/8″ real red ribbon from the Holiday catalog to make this beautiful triple bow.
Finally, here is a video that will show you how to make these bows yourself. Bows are a great addition to a card and they don’t have to be difficult to make. I had lots of experience raising my three girls tying ribbons in their hair and sashes on their dresses. One of my favourite memories as a little girl was a big red satin bow in my hair whenever I had a half ponytail. So yes, I love bows!