Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Spectacular Sale + A Special Offer

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Meowy Christmas

As promised yesterday, here is my sweet little caroling Christmas kitty. Is this stinkin' cute or what?! Oh how I love that little cat. Of course, as a major cat person with two furballs of my own, what would you expect?

  • Got tunes? The "sheet music" design is included in the Newsprint Designer Series Paper pack. Love this!
  • Kitty has the perfect backdrop thanks to Tags til Christmas and the coordinating new Decorative Label Punch.
  • The Striped Grosgrain Ribbon adds just the right amount of fun and flair to this card.
  • Feeling frayed? After snipping the ends of my Linen Thread, I "roughed 'em up" a bit for a frayed look. *No Linen Threads were actually harmed in the making of this card* ;)

Of all the Christmas cards I've made this year, this one is my favorite so far. What do you think? Leave me a comment below and let me know if you think it's the cats meow. Sorry ... couldn't resist!

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Stamps: Merry Crittermas (WM-120855, CM-121181), Tags til Christmas (WM-120847, CM-121169), All Holidays (WM-114916)
Ink: VersaMark (102283), Basic Black (101179), Cherry Cobbler (119669), Pink Pirouette (111838), Basic Gray (109120), Always Artichoke (105219), Jet Black StazOn (101406)
Paper: Crumb Cake (120953), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Basic Black (121045), Very Vanilla (101650), Watercolor Paper (105019), Newsprint Designer Series Paper (117166)
Tools: Heat Tool (100005), Embossing Buddy (103083), Paper Piercing Tool (116631),  Mat Pack (105826), Sponge Daubers (102892), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Decorative Label Punch (120907), Blender Pens (102845), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
That Special Touch: Black Embossing Powder (109133), Brads-Neutrals (119736), Basic Black 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (115615), Designer Buttons-Neutrals (119743), Linen Thread (104199)


Sunday, November 28, 2010

A Critter Christmas

One of my favorite stamp sets from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog is Merry Crittermas. Every one of the little "critters" is stinkin' cute, but I especially love the adorable little kitty caroling away! (Check back tomorrow for a sweet card featuring the kitty.) Today I've got a couple of the critters decorating the tree ... aren't they cute?

This stamp set is super versatile - mix and match as you please to create an unlimited number of scenes. If you like coloring, you'll adore this set. But even if you don't, you can still create wonderful projects with minimal coloring.

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  • Each critter has its own "element" built into the image. This allows you to use the images individually as well as combining them for a larger scene.
  • Our 12"x12" card stock packs provide smooth and textured sheets in each pack. The card base here is textured, while the images were stamped on smooth card stock.
  • Traditional red and green? Break out of the old routine and try a Wild Wasabi tree!
  • When punching a scallop border, always start exactly in the middle and work your way out. This ensures that the ends will match identically.
  • Add a wow to your sentiment with a banner or flag. They are super simple to make, but what an impact!
This card was stamped in a snap using this little trick with my clear-mount stamps:
~ Using grid paper as a guide, align the desired stamps (label side up) side by side as you want them to appear on your card.

~ Next, grab one of the larger clear-mount blocks ( I used block i) and press it down onto the stamps. 

~ Now they are ready to ink up - and stamp just once. Viola! Stamping an entire scene has never been easier.

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Images © Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Merry Crittermas (Wood-mount 120855, Clear-mount 121181)
Ink: Soft Suede (115657), Wild Wasabi (109014), Real Red (103133),  Daffodil Delight (119667), Marina Mist (119668),  Jet Black StazOn (101406)
Paper: Real Red (102482), Soft Suede (115318), Wild Wasabi (108641), Whisper White 12"x12" Smooth/Textured Combo Pack (119952)
Tools: Blender Pens (102845), Scallop Edge Border Punch (119882), Mat Pack (105826),  Paper Piercing Tool (116631)
That Special Touch: Real Red 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon (119251), Metallic Brads (119741), Sponge Daubers (102892), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Stampin' Up! Online Spectacular Starts Today!

Good news crafters! Stampin' Up! just unveiled their Online Spectacular Sale - now through November 30. Save 20-50% off select catalog and Holiday Mini catalog items. Enjoy great savings on our most popular items and new bundles.
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Discounted Products
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Friday, November 19, 2010

A Vintage Christmas

I'm a big fan of "vintage style" projects and when I saw the Christmas Collage stamp in the 2010-2011 Holiday Mini Catalog, I think my squeal was heard a block away! It's designed as one of our larger background stamps and provides numerous creative options - from coloring in the entire thing to no coloring at all to coloring just a small portion or several small portions. In addition, sections of the stamp can be used as if they are separate stamps to create a myriad of projects. See another card using this stamp here.

The idea for today's card came from a card I saw being swapped earlier this year at the Stampin' Up! Convention. I changed it up quite a bit from the original version using supplies on hand, but keeping the overall color scheme.


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  • The Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder provides a dramatic backdrop. I brayered the raised portion using Crumb Cake, sponged on Soft Suede here and there, then spritzed on more color using a Crumb Cake marker and the Color Spritzer tool. Finally, a spray of Champagne Mist Shimmer Spray gives it ... well, shimmer!
  • The lower portion of the Christmas Collage stamp gave me the perfect focal point for this card.
  • Gold embossing gives the image glorious shine and makes a great "barrier" for coloring.
  • The Chantilly Crochet Trim paired with Old Olive Satin Ribbon looks stunning and the Antique Brad (swoon) ties the whole look together.
  • Create a WOW before they even open the envelope by embossing the flap with an embossing folder. It literally takes five seconds and looks incredible!
 For instructions on how to make your own Shimmer Spray, GO HERE.

This card was a real show stopper (and got rave reviews) at my Holiday Card Stamp Camp last month. It was a bit more involved than the other cards and probably not a good candidate to mass produce, but I just had to include it and the ladies loved it!  (Thanks, ladies!!)

Will you be working on holiday crafts this weekend? Or maybe next week during the Thanksgiving holiday? Leave me a comment and tell me what you're up to! And please feel free to ask a question in the comments or contact me directly.

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A Vintage Christmas - Supply List

Stamps: Christmas Collage (121279), Peaceful Season - Level 2 Hostess Set (C-121124 or W-120819)
Ink: Crumb Cake (121030),  Soft Suede (115657), VersaMark (102283), Stampin' Write Markers: Cherry Cobbler (119681), Old Olive (100079), Crumb Cake (120967)
Paper: Cherry Cobbler (119685), Very Vanilla (101650), Old Olive (100702)
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Scallop Oval Die (114521), Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder (120175), Brayer (102395), Sponge Daubers (102892), Heat Tool (100005), Color Spritzer Tool (107066), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
That Special Touch: Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint (116806), Gold embossing powder (109129), Antique Brads (117273), Old Olive 5/8" Satin ribbon (117292), Chantilly 1/2" Crochet Trim (118480)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Snow Swirled Christmas

Truth be told, I created the original version of this card last year. But sadly there was no Stampingville blog last year. So I thought I would share the "new & improved" model with you today. I really didn't change much, but I couldn't resist adding the Basic Pearls and using the new Decorative Label punch. This was another favorite from my recent Holiday Cards Stamp Camp.

  • The first time I saw this stamp set, I immediately thought: embossing powder! For this card, it's Iridescent Ice for extra sparkle.
  • Use craft ink with clear embossing powder or Iridescent Ice to color coordinate your projects easily.
  • The "swirly" background, created with a Texturz plate, just "happens" to coordinate beautifully with this stamp set. It's a key benefit of using Stampin' Up! products that I can rely on.
  • Organza ribbon and pearls - a classic combination for an elegant card.

While you can't tell from the photo, the swirly background has a subtle shimmer to it. I used Frost White Shimmer paint to create my own shimmer spray:

How to Make Shimmer Spray
Pour one or two ounces of isopropyl alcohol into  a clean, small spray bottle. Pour in several drops of Shimmer Paint. Shake very well to mix.  Test your shimmer spray on a scrap of card stock. If necessary, add a few more drops of Shimmer Paint to the mixture and shake well again.

The mixture can be sprayed on card stock and designer series paper; allow a few minutes drying time before handling.

TIP: Spray the shimmer solution on card stock and immediately texturize using the Texturz Plate. The damp card stock causes the impression to be more defined.

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Supply List - A Snow Swirled Christmas

Stamps: Snow Swirled (111690)
Ink: Bashful Blue Craft Ink (Craft Stampin' Spots-Subtles Collection #119716 or Uninked Craft Stampin' Pad #122265 and Bashful Blue Craft Stampin' Ink Refill #105146)
Paper: Whisper White (100730), Bashful Blue (105120)
Tools: Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (113439), Backgrounds 1 (Swirly) Texturz Plates (114512), Standard Texturz Silicone Rubber (114615),  Standard Texturz Impressions Pad (114614), XL Decorative Label punch (120907), Lots of Tags Sizzlet pack (114508),  Heat Tool (100005)
That Special Touch: Whisper White 5/8" Organza Ribbon (114319), Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder (101930), Basic Pearls Jewels (119247), Frost White Shimmer Paint (116854)

Friday, November 12, 2010

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From November 15-30, you can purchase either our Standard or Digital+ Starter Kits at 50 percent off the regular retail price of $175 (plus free shipping!), and enjoy these great benefits as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator:
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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Honoring Our Veterans

I hope you have taken a moment today to give thanks and remembrance to our servicemen and women. We owe them our gratitude for their sacrifices. And the sacrifice their family makes as well.

Today, I would like to ask you to visit From Our Hearts. This non-profit organization is doing something wonderful I think you should know about.

Learn how 12 hand-stamped cards from a mother to her son, turned into thousands upon thousands of quality, handcrafted cards created and donated to From Our Hearts every month by hundreds of stampers nationwide and shipped to our servicemen and women serving our country in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 When the cards arrive, they are scooped up eagerly by our troops ... and then, when they have a quiet moment, they write a message to a loved one inside the card and send it on its way. Find out what those cards mean to the soldiers and their loved ones who benefit from this labor of love.

It is a truly heartwarming story. And you can become a part of it. Learn more here: From Our Hearts.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

O Christmas Tree

I love the Deck The Halls Designer Series Paper! One of the designs has the words to "O Christmas Tree" and I thought it would be fun to create a tree using that paper. I had also been toying with the idea of using a wreath in place of the letter "o" in the word "joy" on the Christmas Collage stamp. Once those two ideas merged, this card was born. I really like how it turned out, but it is difficult to capture all the detail with a camera. The soft, muted colors of the vintage paper tend to look dull in a photo. When you see it in person, the angels sing. Really they do! (Wink)

  • The scallop flowers (with perforated centers) from the Birds & Blooms Sizzlet pack make the perfect mini wreath - just punch out the center.
  • I love using embossing powders, especially to create elegant holiday cards. I'll be embossing a lot this season!
  • The Christmas Collage background stamp is incredibly versatile. Each "section" of the stamp can be used on its own as a focal image or you can use the entire image (or most of it) as a background or focal point for a variety of projects. The possibilities are endless.
Have you played with River Rock yet? It's one of our "new" core neutrals and it's a great color. Basically a sandy beige color, it has a hint of green that really perks up when paired with Always Artichoke. It also looks great with Cherry Cobbler. Not in the mood for Christmas colors? Try River Rock, Cherry Cobbler and Marina Mist - a stunning combination!

O Christmas Tree Supplies
Stamps: Christmas Collage (121279), All Holidays (114916)
Ink: VersaMark (102283), Always Artichoke (105219)
Paper: Always Artichoke (105119),  River Rock Textured & Smooth 12x12 (119944), Deck The Halls Designer Series Paper (120810)
Tools: Scallop Trim Border punch (118402), Pinking Hearts Border punch (117649), 1/2" Circle punch (119869), Wide Oval Punch (119859),  Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Birds & Blooms Sizzlet 4-pack (113485), Heat Tool (100005), Embossing Buddy (103083), Sponge Daubers (102892), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
That Special Touch: Clear Embossing Powder (109130), Gold Embossing Powder (109129), Basic Pearls Jewels (119247), Linen Thread (104199)

Friday, November 5, 2010

A Paisley Prints Christmas

Are you a paisley fan? I'm sort of neutral - it depends on the print. Earlier this year, when I attended the Stampin' Up! Convention, one of the stamp sets we received in our convention bag was Paisley Prints (featured in the 2010-2011 Holiday Mini Catalog). I liked the set, but knew I would need to check out the display boards for some inspiration beyond one or two ideas. Of course, I wasn't disappointed! The display boards at convention are FULL of creative ideas and I found quite a few for this set.  Today's card is based on one of those displayed, with a few unique changes.  It is also one of the cards attendees made at my Holiday Stamp Camp last month.


  • The design is simple, yet attractive and it's a very easy card to recreate which makes it a good candidate for mass production.
  • Embossing the vellum for an overlay gives texture, added interest and resembles falling snow!
  • The hearts tie right in with the sentiment and they are created with just one punch.
  • Sponging around the edges of the larger hearts gives them added dimension and contrast. I gave them a boost by popping them up with Dimensionals.
Don't forget the envelope! It's a super little touch that really gets noticed. While there ARE more elaborate ways to dress up your envelopes, it's not as practical for a big stack of cards. A simple stamp in the corner will do and it still comes across to the recipient that you took the extra step.

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A Paisley Prints Christmas

Stamps: Paisley Prints (Wood mount-120817, Clear mount-121121), Heard From The Heart (Wood mount-111644, Clear mount-120006)
Ink: Early Espresso (119670), Old Olive (102277)
Paper: White Vellum (101839), Deck The Halls Designer Series Paper (120810)
Card Stock: Crumb Cake (120953), Early Espresso (119686), Old Olive (100702), Whisper White (100730)
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder (117335), Heart to Heart XL punch (119881)
That Special Touch: Early Epresso 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon (119955), Stamping Sponges (101610), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)