Saturday, December 31, 2011

Out With The Old . . .

Wow. It's a bit hard to believe that it's the very last day of 2011. Where on earth does the time go?

Just in case you've been busy roasting chestnuts, hanging out under the mistletoe, and/or traveling over the river and through the woods to Grandma's house, I don't want you to MISS OUT on some great Stampin' Up! products for card making, scrapbooking, and other fun paper crafting activities.

The last day to order products from the Holiday Mini Catalog is January 3, 2012.  Many of the rubber stamp sets featured this year will carry you through numerous holidays and occasions all year long.

The Clearance Rack Blitz ends January 5, 2012.  Only 5 days left to snag deeply discounted paper crafting tools and products from the Online Clearance Rack. There are hundreds of items on sale NOW at up to 80% off. While supplies last; online orders only.

Have a happy new year's eve! Be safe and have fun.
See you next year!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Hugs, Hearts & Kisses! New Digital Downloads

This week Stampin' Up! released brand new digital downloads, all with a love theme. There's plenty of hearts, Valentine's, and lots of love to inspire your digital (and hybrid) creativity as we head into January and a new year.


Are you making New Year Resolutions for 2012? 
I hear lots of paper crafters (especially scrapbookers) say they want to be more organized, start on projects sooner, and become a "Less Stressed Sally instead of Last Minute Lucy".*   LOL.
*Fictional Names/Characters. Any resemblance to a real person (living or not) is purely coincidence.

If you haven't already, now is a great time to explore creating digitally. With designer templates, digital kits, stamp brush sets and more, Stampin' Up! digital downloads can help you to create fun and fabulous cards, pages, photo books, albums, home decor and much more. 

If you have any questions about Stampin' Up! digital products, leave a comment below or email me with your question(s). I'll be happy to help!

{Hearts} to YOU!

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Clearance Rack Blitz Ends January 5 - Over 100 items under $5!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Fashionable Hearts Thank You Card

Stampin' Up! Curly Cute Thank You Card

This fashionable thank you card will make a real impression! I was certainly impressed with the terrific new options from Stampin' Up! for dry embossing (available Jan. 4 in the Occasions Mini Catalog).

Embossing Techniques with Embossing Folders

The new Adorning Accents Textured Impressions Embossing Folders (Set of 3) are smaller sized for embossing just the edges of your cards and can be used with or without the new coordinating Edgelits Dies as I have done here on my accent panel.

Embossed and Die-Cut Mini Heart Shapes

The darling Cherry Cobbler textured hearts are embossed AND cut in one pass through the Big Shot with the new Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die.

Stamped Mini Heart Banner Greeting Card

The sweet banner (that I've wanted to make for months!) is created using the heart pennant rubber stamp from the Warmest of Wishes stamp set - the exclusive hostess reward set featured in the Holiday Mini Catalog. The banner is tied with Baker's Twine and tiny little Baja Breeze Designer Buttons from the new Twitterpated Collection (available Jan. 4).

Stampin' Up! Dazzling Details Red Glitter Glue

I accented the heart pennants with Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details (glitter glue - another new product) which is going to look great on Valentine projects too.

The patterned paper is from the new Attic Boutique Collection, another sneak peek from the Occasions Mini Catalog.

This will make a darling thank you card for a special Christmas gift, don't you think? I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! We sure did, although the nasty cold bug we got on Christmas Day wasn't exactly my favorite "present". Bleh!


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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamps: Curly Cute (W-117014, C-120510),
Warmest of Wishes (Hostess W-122670, C-122672)
Ink: Soft Suede (115657)
Paper: Baja Breeze (111352), Whisper White (100730), Soft Suede (115318), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Attic Boutique Designer Series Paper* (125407)
Tools: Petite Pennants Builder Punch (122361), Pinking Hearts Border Punch (117649), Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch (119275), Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Adorning Accents Textured Impressions Embossing Folder* (125601), Fashionable Hearts Embosslits Die* (125596)
Accessories: White Baker's Twine (124262), Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details* (125585), Twitterpated Designer Buttons* (125579)
*Available starting Jan. 4 from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalog

Friday, December 23, 2011

A Stamp Happy Year: My Favorite Cards

I took a walk down memory lane and picked out some of my personal favorites from the past year that I've shared here at Stampingville. Wanna see? Let's take a look ...

 Just Because - The Notably Ornate stamp set paired with Elegant Soiree Designer Series Paper.

 Bliss - The gorgeous Bliss stamp set was a huge hit during the Sale-a-bration.

 Bravo Birthday - Love the rich look of this embossed Bravo Burgandy Build a Blossom flower paired with Vellum.

 Happy B.Day - The wide oval (punch) framed by two Decorative Labels (punch) was used on LOTS of my cards, but this one was my fav.

 Happy Birthday Postage - A fun card with Pretty Postage stamp set and the Postage Stamp Punch. Neat!

 Just a Little Note - Loved incorporating the play on words, textures and a dash of vintage.

 Monkeying Around - Just plain fun, even cutting out those little monkeys by hand! (Fox & Friends stamp set.)

 Thanks Note Card - This little note card was just darling in person. Love all the coordinating products.

Poinsettia Card - Here is another one that really jumps out at you in person. Very fun to create my own version of this popular Christmas flower.

Thanks - Sometimes the ideas in your head work out well and sometimes they don't. This time it was exactly as I envisioned and I was thrilled! Simple, but cute.

Hello, Doily Birthday - This is probably my favorite card ever. Everything came together perfectly and it's another WOW in person. Love that embossed doily - so pretty! Although this card may look complex, it's really quite simple to recreate which makes it even better!

That's it for my version of (cue Julie Andrews) " ... these are a few of my favorite things ..."!   Ha!!

There is lots of fun stuff coming up in the new year that I'm super excited for.  Stay tuned and thanks so much for visiting Stampingville!

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Holiday Crafts: Christmas Home Decor

Christmas Home Decor Project Idea

I'm so excited to share this Christmas home decor project with you today. I completed it a few weeks ago, just in time for a little holiday gathering at our house. Speaking of just in time ... I was equally excited to see the current Inkspirations Challenge calling for Christmas Creations. I've been meaning to play along over there for quite some time now. Imagine my surprise (and disappointment) to learn this is the last challenge. EVER! Boo Hoo.

Handmade Holiday Home Decor Crafts

The starting point for this project is the Decor Blocks from the Definitely Decorative® product line from Stampin' Up!  These 3" natural wood blocks come ready to decorate any way you want. You can paint them, apply patterned paper (as I did here), or vinyl Decor Elements or other embellishments - the possibilities are endless. And there are a gazillion themes you can use them for. If you like the idea of lettering, think BABY for the nursery, HOME for the living room or entryway, READ for a den, library, or bookshelf, maybe even a combo of WORK/PLAY for the home office. The list goes on ...

Christmas Craft Projects Home Decorating

With the arrival of those darling stitched felt accent pieces, I knew immediately that I wanted to do a Christmas theme with the blocks. I tried to keep it fairly simple so it wouldn't be overly time consuming, but I also wanted enough detail to be interesting. I do like how the project turned out. Of course I would LOVE to know what YOU think!

Paper and Wood Handmade Christmas Decorations

I managed to sneak in a couple of digital elements in place of actual rubber stamping. I love having the additional options for stamp set images and greetings right at my fingertips with My Digital Studio™ (digital design software from Stampin' Up!).  Many images can be re-sized (within reason) to suit the proportions of your project, which is super awesome in my book!

Stampin' Up! Craft Products Clearance Rack Sale

Feeling a little punchy this time of year? Head on over to the Stampin' Up! Online Clearance Rack Blitz. You'll find lots of decorative punches on sale now along with other great products to use in your crafty creations.

Thanks for visiting Stampingville today - I hope you enjoyed this project.
Oh, and comments? I happen to love them!

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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamps: Stitched Stockings (W-123782, C-123784), Every Little Bit (W-117096, C-120558)
Ink: Garden Green (102272), Cherry Cobbler (119669)
Paper: Garden Green (102584), Whisper White (100730), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper (124002)
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Alphabet Simple Letters Die (115960), Northern Frost Sizzlet Decorative Strip Die (120901), Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch (119275), Scallop Oval Punch (119856), Modern Label Punch (119849), Decorative Label Punch (120907), 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch (118874), Stocking Builder Punch (124095), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Sponge Daubers (102892)
Accessories: Decor Blocks (116829), Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine (123125), Mini Jingle Bells (124116), Winter Wishes Stitched Felt (124108), Jewels - Basic Rhinestones (119246), Silver Glimmer Paper (124005)
Digital: Old Saint Nick and Wishes & Greetings Stamp Brush Sets (My Digital Studio)
3" Smooth MDF Decor Blocks by Stampin' Up!

Monday, December 19, 2011

O Christmas Tree . . .

Punched & Pieced Card Stock Christmas Tree Card

Do you have leftover scraps lying around from card making or other papercrafting projects? Put them to good use, as I did on this sparkly Christmas card. It's the perfect way to use up those oddly shaped strips and pieces of card stock. I ALWAYS save my scraps for future projects!

This holiday greeting card is loaded with fun textures starting with the Pear Pizzazz background. The snowflake trio from the Serene Snowflakes stamp set is heat embossed with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder. A base for the tree shape was die-cut using the largest pennant on the Perfect Pennants Bigz Die. Instead of drawing lines across the tree for placement of the strips, I used my Simply Scored Tool. (So much quicker - I just scored at 3/8" intervals.)

Layering Technique for Paper Christmas Tree

I alternated strips of Garden Green, Wild Wasabi, and Certainly Celery card stock cropped using the Eyelet Border Punch, then just snipped off any overhang. The bottom of the tree sparkles with Dazzling Details (iridescent glitter glue), and gets additional bling from Red and Silver Glimmer Paper cropped using two of the punches from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack.

Christmas Card Sparkly Details

For a cute but simple greeting, I colored the word "merry" from the Easy Events stamp set using red and green Stampin' Write Markers. The Word Window Punch crops it nicely and the Modern Label Punch backs it up perfectly.

Marker to Stamp Technique for Rubber Stamping

If you love decorative punches like I do, be sure to check out the Stampin' Up! online Clearance Rack Blitz going on now through January 5th. Many of the older style handheld punches have been added and you won't believe the prices! You will find savings of up to 80 percent, but only while supplies last. Click here to go to the Clearance Rack Blitz now.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamps: Serene Snowflakes (115438), Easy Events (W-116958, C-123225)
Ink: VersaMark (102283), Garden Green (100080) and Real Red (100052) Stampin' Write Markers
Paper: Naturals White (102316), Pear Pizzazz (119795), Garden Green (102584), Wild Wasabi (108641), Certainly Celery (105125), Real Red (102482)
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Perfect Pennants Bigz Die (123126), Heat Tool (100005), Iridescent Ice Emboss Powder (101930), Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334), Eyelet Border Punch (119853), Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309), Word Window Punch (119857), Modern Label Punch (119849), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Mini Glue Dots (103683)
Accessories: Red Glimmer Paper (121790), Silver Glimmer Paper (124005), Dazzling Details (124117), Jewels-Basic Rhinestones (119246), Real Red 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon (119251)

Red Hot Discounts - Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack Sales Event

Friday, December 16, 2011

Huge Savings on Craft Supplies Happening NOW

Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack Discounts up to 80% Off Retail


The Stampin' Up! elves have been busy at work restocking the Clearance Rack section of the Online Store with loads of discounted papercrafting and scrapbooking supplies.

Are decorative punches on your wish list? Head over to the Clearance Rack, where they've added a bunch of the older style lever punches - all on sale.  These older style punches have been discontinued, but we rounded up the inventory stragglers for this event. 

Are you already making New Year's Resolutions to do more scrapbooking? Get a head start with a great selection of albums, patterned paper, rub-ons, embellishments and more, all at super low prices for the quality products you know and love from Stampin' Up!

Discounted Scrapbooking, Stamping, & Crafting Supplies

Hurry - This sale won't last long and some supplies are limited. Early birds get the BEST worms!

  • These RED HOT DEALS from Stampin' Up! are available online only.
  • Regularly priced catalog products may be purchased on the same order.
  • All sales of discounted items are final.

Happy Shopping, Bargain Hunters!

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Crafts: Die-Cut Stocking Gift Card Holders

Die Cut Christmas Stocking Gift Card Holder

Giving gift cards for the holidays this year? Check out these adorable gift card holders you can whip up in a flash using the Holiday Stocking Bigz Die from Stampin' Up!  These were actually little gifts I received from my Stampin' Up! team-mates at our annual Christmas party this year. Such cute and easy-to-create ideas.

The Holiday Stocking Die (and the Big Shot) does most of the work for you, then just add on a few embellishments and they are good to go. The stocking above features the Holly Berry Bouquet Specialty Designer Series Paper with a Very Vanilla cuff, toe, and heel embossed using the Snow Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. The Red Glimmer Paper accents really add some sparkle, topped off with a Glimmer Brad.

Christmas Crafts Gift Card Holder Stocking

Inside, there is a slot for the gift card created using the Word Window punch. (Please ignore the fake gift card I inserted - it's just for demonstration purposes!) This stocking was created using a folded piece of card stock placed just below the cut line at the top of the stocking. Additional single stocking layers were cut - one from card stock and one from designer series paper. The card stock layer was folded over and punched, then smoothed flat again.

Big Shot Christmas Crafts Project Ideas

This darling stocking is embossed using the Elegant Lines Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, with Old Olive heel and toe, and a cute pink plaid cuff adorned with Pirouette Pink Taffeta Ribbon.

Gift Card Holder Stampin' Up! Die Cut Christmas Stocking

This sweet version uses a slightly different technique for presenting the gift card. The stocking is just one layer, but the cuff folds open and reveals the gift card. (I didn't attach the gift card on this one so you could see the construction of the project.)

Aren't these the cutest?  Many thanks to my awesome stampin' buddies!

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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Card Stock: Very Vanilla (101650), Wild Wasabi (108641), Old Olive (100702), Early Espresso (119686)
Paper: Holly Berry Bouquet Specialty Designer Series Paper (124004), Red Glimmer Paper (121790)
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Holiday Stocking Bigz Die (124098), Northern Frost Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die (120901), Snow Burst (124096) and Elegant Lines (119277) Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, Word Window Punch (119857), Scallop Trim Border Punch (118402)
Accessories: Glimmer Brads-Subtles Collection (121004), Pink Pirouette 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon (122981)