Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Ways to Reuse, Recycle Christmas Cards!

Well, Christmas is over and if you haven't already cleaned up for New Year's Eve, you will soon! It's always sad to put away Christmas, and one thing I especially hate throwing out are Christmas cards! The fact that someone took the time to send me a card in the mail means a lot. Isn't there a way to reuse that beautiful card without tossing it? Pinterest to the rescue! I found this fun post with 9 ways to reuse those cards. It got me thinking about all those fun die cuts that would look phenomenal with Christmas cards!

Oh my goodness, #5- can you imagine that with the Home Sweet Home thinlits??? SO CUTE! To get a variety of sizes, you can also use the Baker's Box Thinlits!

You can make garland using ANY of our punches or framelits and ribbon!

With the tag topper punch you can EASILY turn cards into gift tags!

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Let the New Year Bling!

Fill those cute tubes from September's Paper Pumpkin Kit with a few pinches of Fancy Frost Sequins! Just 1/3rd full is perfect for a midnight confetti toss! One of the benefits of being a Paper Pumpkin Subscriber is being able to order past kits!

The Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim is wrapped around the tube and secured with a glue dot.

Use the Star Framelits Dies and layer one inside the other to create this Blushing Bride Star outline. Layer the silver 17 with Multipurpose Adhesive OR glue dots if you don't have time to wait for it to dry! Wrap some silver metallic thread around the tube and tie the star to the tube.

Now you're ready to "bling" in the New Year!

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Last Minute Gift Ideas

Wait you didn't get a gift for Aunt Melba?!? Hurry! Send your husband or teenage daughter to the grocery store to grab a gift card (or two or three! You never know who else might show up!) and turn ANY card you have on hand into a gift card holder! You could also make a quick and simple card like this while they're gone! Don't have a card on hand? Grab a piece of 12x12 paper and make 3 gift card holders as shown in this video. Phew! Crisis averted!

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Fancy Frost Specialty Paper

I love all the beautiful Christmas products, but you know what I love even more? A beautiful Christmas product that I can keep using after the Holidays! This Designer Series Paper can be used for New Years, Valentine's, Wedding, Birthday, you name it! Take a look at the beautiful ways to use this versatile paper! 

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Monday, December 19, 2016

2017 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration & Occasions PAPER

Enjoy this video of some of the beautiful paper that will be available starting January 4th! (Unless you want to join my team...then it's available NOW! Just sayin'!)

Friday, December 16, 2016

Baby It's COLD outside!

Anyone headed to an Ugly Christmas Sweater party this year? There are some CRAZY ugly sweaters out there, and wouldn't they make some FUN Christmas cards? Or Thank You cards for anyone attending that party??? The Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up! can make those sweater cards almost too good to be true!

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Let it GLOW!

This Christmas, I am blessed to be able to spend some time in Europe with my family, and there's nothing more inspiring than Christmastime in Europe! Thinking of all the Christmas markets, the stained glass windows, the amazing architecture all decked out in greenery and red ribbons. Christmas is such a magical time! No matter WHERE you spend Christmas, I'm sure you'll be able to be inspired by the gold glow of white lights at night or the happy pop of colored lights cheering up a cold, bare canvas of snow!

Like my facebook page & follow me on instagram for some amazing inspiration coming straight from Europe! Let me know if something I share inspires YOU!

Although this card doesn't have an image of lights, the "glow" sentiment was absolutely inspired by Christmas lights! 

I started off by stamping the "glow" sentiment in Versamark on a Whisper White base. (This stamp is from a set called "Love Sparkles" in the new Occasions catalog!) I sprinkled it with clear embossing powder and used the heat embossing tool to set it. Then I used the Watercolor Wash background stamp with Blushing Bride ink. After I rubbed off the ink on the "glow" images, I softened it by using an Aqua Painter and more Blushing Bride ink.

I cut out two star images from the Star Framelits and stamped "glow" in Blushing Bride. I added a little silver doily and then used Dimensionals to pop up the stars AND secure the Blushing Bride sequin trim. 

The finishing touch was the self-adhesive Metallic Enamel shapes, and then securing the white cardstock onto a Blushing Bride card base.

You could make this card in any color, and if there isn't coordinating sequin trim, just use silver or gold!

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Tin of Tags

My family has a tradition of hosting a white elephant gift exchange that is the HIT of the year! There are always some FAVORITE items that get stolen the maximum number of times. It's usually a bottle of soda or a box of candy or snacks. Then there are always the items that evoke the ??? face. They add just as much to the party! Either way, what MAKES a present is the wrapping and the TAG! Order this Tin of Tags Kit and add that finishing touch to those beautiful presents under the tree!

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Unboxing! Stampin' Up! 2017 SAB - 2017 Occasions Catalog Sneak Peek!

Ok you guys, I am SOOOO excited about all these products and I can't wait to share my excitement with you so here is the completely unedited video of me unboxing my pre-order!!! If you need a catalog please let me know, and if you can't wait to get your hands on these AND OTHER exciting products, Join My Team and you can choose any of the new products in your starter kit! PLUS you get $125 worth for only $99 AND get free shipping! SUPER DEAL!!!

Oh! And if you are already a demo and would like to join in my SAB & Occasions swap let me know!!!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Stampin' Up! Year End Closeouts

You KNOW I love a good sale!!! Well, here's a GREAT one!

It's like an after Christmas sale that goes all month long! It actually doesn't end until January 3rd but some products are while supplies last only! Oh, and while we're on the subject of ending January 3rd... the Holiday Catalog ends then too! So be sure to add those retiring holiday products to your order this month! 
Use this month's hostess code AYFTDHCC and I will send you a free gift! 

You are going to LOVE this month's free gift! It's pretty amazing if I do say so myself. It uses never before seen products! In case you hadn't heard, Stampin' Up!'s new Occasions catalog AND annual customer appreciation sale is coming up. What is this amazing sale I'm talking about? Well, it's called Sale-a-Bration, and you get a FREE gift with every $50 purchase. I can't show you the amazing choices yet, but I want you to know they are always some of the BEST items of the year!!! And the Occasions catalog is JUST AS AMAZING!!! Do you want a sneak peek? Well, I just placed an order and tomorrow I'll be doing am unboxing video!!! Super exciting right! It might even be sabotaged by my entertaining kids! Lucky you! Haha! If you haven't like my Facebook page yet, run and do that right now so you don't miss it! 

As a THANK YOU I'll give you a little sneak peek of a BRAND NEW PRODUCT from Stampin' Up! right now! You can buy these in January, but if you want them NOW! talk to me about joining my team and getting all those new products before everyone else!