I was cleaning out some boxes of old cards to donate for a Cancer Center charity sale, and came across these 2 cards I had made several years ago.. this was one of my favorite stamp sets that year (2014).. it's called Gentle Peace.
I noticed it was on the Clearance Rack for ONLY $7.98 so I thought perhaps this would be a good deal to pass along!
You can purchase this set in my online store HERE!
I'm still working on creating and sharing lots of fun new Stampin' UP! Holiday catalog projects with you, but since I have not had time to play with EVERYTHING yet, I wanted to share some fun Stampin' Up! videos with you, highlighting some of the new bundles!
Watch the VIDEO below showcasing the Home Sweet Home Bundle!
Save 10% when you order the Home Sweet Home bundle HERE online #143516
you can also view it on page 40 of the Holiday catalog.
I was thinking how cute this gingerbread house would be for Christmas crafting, or create a cute house for your home decor for any time of year!
If you give food or drinks as holiday gifts, you are really going to want the
Here's to Cheers Bundle!! see it on pg 39 in the Holiday catalog or HERE online for the Wood bundle or HERE online for the Clear Mount Bundle!
When you give a home made loaf of bread, Christmas cookies, or treats, isn't it nice to dress up the packaging with a hand made tag? The Here's to Cheers bundle is PERFECT for this!
Copper is such a hot metallic accent for the fall and holidays, so I wanted to incorporate it into my Star of Light Christmas card idea for you today!
I die cut Island Indigo and Copper foil stars for this beautiful card, and layered them over the stamped "stardust swoosh" background stamp in a random pattern, and I love how it looks!
I stamped the little stardust swoosh stamp in Marina Mist right onto the embossed paper from the Fancy Frost package. Isn't it the perfect marriage?? I love it! The stars in the background with the Star of Light set and dies!
I used all these die cut pieces in my Star of Light Christmas card.. it seems easiest to use glue dots to attach each layer.
This pre-embossed Fancy Frost paper is GORGEOUS!!! look at all the gorgeous patterns you get in the 12x12 package!
See it on pg 37 in the 2016 Holiday catalog or HERE in my online store.
I cut it at 4" x 5-1/4" and layered it onto a top fold standard size 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" Island Indigo card.
The Star of Light stamp set and framelit dies may be purchased in a 10% money-saving bundle. You can find them on page 9 in the Holiday catalog.
Above & Below: did you notice the many ways to layer the die cut pieces, add stars, add enamel shapes, add copper thread, etc., to create just slightly different looks?
2 Great Crafting Tips!
1. Grab your Copper Sharpie marker and color the gold or silver enamel shapes (ON SALE THIS WEEK!) to create really neat matching copper accents!
2. When you have little punch out or die cut pieces, keep them handy by putting them right onto the dots on a mini glue dot roll. They'll be ready to use and won't go flying off your crafting table!
As I mentioned above, the enamel shapes are on sale THIS WEEK, through Wed., Sept. 7th! See all the fun products on sale below or HERE online.
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SPECIAL SALE: click HERE to read about the SALE ITEMS valid Sept. 1 - 7
Did you see the beautiful background in my Pumpkin card a few days ago? (see it HERE). The background was created using the new Cable Knit embossing folder from Stampin' UP!. You'll find it on page 13 of the 2016 Holiday catalog, bottom right corner.
It's SO amazing, and I know you will love discovering lots of ways to use it!
The folded card is Real Red cardstock, and the Whisper White layer on top is embossed with the Cable Knit embossing folder. I personally found that the regular Whisper White embossed better than the Thick. But all Big Shots are different so you can try them both and see what you think.
Wondering how I made the cute rectangular scallop for my stamped greeting? Click Here to see my video tutorial for the Layering Squares framelits. The sweet greeting is stamped in Real Red with the Tin of Tags stamp set. If you need one new greeting set for Christmas this year.. THIS IS IT!! Find it on page 33 in the Holiday catalog or HERE online.
All of the printed papers in this card were created with the Warmth & Cheer 6x6 paper stack and the Presents & Pinecones 12x12 paper pack. (pages 13 and 18 in the Holiday catalog)
WATCH THE VIDEO below to see some tips from Stampin' Up! when using this great new embossing folder!
if you are reading this in an email, CLICK HERE to watch the video on YouTube.
As shown above, the cable knit folder looks amazing when you brayer some color onto it with the Sponge Brayer!! It's so fun to play and experiment!! You'll find infinite combinations of colors for this embossing folder!
After my card was finished, I decided that some gold metallic shape enamel pieces would be cute on the stamped greeting layer, so I added them.. too cute, don't you think? AND guess what!? they are ON SALE this week!! yay!!
I'm hoping you've purchased the Thoughtful Branches Bundle... Because.. I know you love using it for all 4 seasons! It's a limited time offer stamp set and matching big shot framelit die set only available in August!!! I LOVE the versatility of this set.. you can see some of the projects I've created with it at the bottom of this post. Buy it here in my online store.
Today I am featuring 3 different watercolor wash background cards using the Thoughtful Branches stamp set and dies in different ways.
Each of these cards is created with a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of watercolor paper, layered onto Island Indigo or Whisper White cardstock, and onto a Marina Mist or Island Indigo folded card.
I kept the color scheme very simple, and almost monochromatic for these winter or Christmas cards.
The card below has the tree die cut layered on top of the watercolor wash, and the greeting is from the Thoughtful Branches stamp set. Be sure to stamp the greeting after the watercolor wash background has dried.
To create the watercolor wash background, use a 1" wide flat watercolor brush or Aqua Painter and dip into Marina Mist (or any blue) ink, but be sure to use a generous amount of water. Wash back and forth onto your watercolor paper a few times. THEN STOP. I know you will want to "fuss" with it, but don't. Just let it dry.. it will be beautiful :)
To create the white trees, stamp the trees in Versamark ink onto the watercolor paper and heat emboss them with clear embossing powder BEFORE doing the watercolor wash. The wash will go right over the embossed images.
To create the beautiful copper stamped greeting, stamp the image from the Embellished Ornaments set in versamark ink and heat emboss with Copper embossing powder, then cut out with the Layering Ovals framelits.
If you have missed my Thoughtful Branches posts this month, I'm sharing a little recap of some of the Thoughtful Branches samples I've created in the collage below.
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Merry Christmas and best wishes to our dear family and friends in the US and all across the world! Thank you to each of you who has sent us a Christmas card or greeting! We treasure each one and love to read about what you have been doing in 2015!
I have a quick VIDEO GREETING for you and a copy of our annual Christmas letter below if you are interested in catching up with us.
If you are unable to view the video above, click here.
From our home to yours, Merry Christmas and blessings to you as you celebrate Christmas and the birth of Jesus!
As we reflect back on the past year, and think about the highlights we want to share with you, it becomes hard to narrow down 365 days into one letter, so I hope you will enjoy this quick recap of a few of our treasured memories of the past year!
The very exciting news for Jason in 2015 was that he was hired by the same Structural Engineering firm where Eric has been working for nearly 2 years!! Eric and Jason ride in to work together (it's a LONG commute - very typical for the San Francisco Bay Area) which gives them lots of father/son time together!
Jason has become an amazing addition to the team at DPAE and has taught himself AutoCAD, he has learned so much about structural drafting, he performs roof truss shop drawing reviews, does Title 24 calculations (California Energy Efficiency Code) and even writes custom AutoLISP codes for the engineers and drafters for their AutoCAD program!
I know they all enjoy Jason's helpfulness and of course his amazing sense of humor ... and funny t-shirt collection! :)
Fun news for Eric... after nearly 15 years of driving his Avalon he got a 2016 Nissan Maxima... and wow is it DREAMY!
We had a Maxima back in the very early 1990's and have always thought about getting another one.. this one has all the bells and whistles and he even has some lady inside his dashboard who reads him incoming text messages! You'll also notice it's 49er red. :)
Eric will celebrate 2 years with DPAE in February and has been an amazing asset to the company. He told me they call him "the artifact" ... he is like the keeper of all the structural knowledge with his 35+ years of experience!
I had several milestones this year, and the 2 most notable were that I celebrated 20 years as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, and reached my $1 million in career sales milestone! I was the 9th demonstrator in the 27 year history of the company to reach this level of sales! We were treated to a 3 day stay in Utah at the Stampin' UP! home office just last week where they threw a huge party for us and welcomed us with cheers, gifts, amazing hospitality and even a beautiful snowy winter wonderland snowstorm! :) (read more about it here)
Building my business over the past 20 years through hundreds (thousands?) of in-person events, meeting new crafters, and then developing online relationships through my PattyStamps.com blog and social media has been a very rewarding and fulfilling journey! I am so grateful that after a fabulous career in the engineering industry God opened this door for me and diverted my path to Stampin' UP!
One of the perks I love the best about my job is the opportunity for travel. I have been earning an annual free trip with Stampin' UP! since 2001, and in 2015 the 3 of us traveled to Hawaii compliments of Stampin' UP! We were also able to spend a week in San Diego for a Stampin' UP! OnStage event, and then as I mentioned above, we were treated to an amazing stay at the Grand America in Utah just last week as we celebrated my one million dollar sales achievement!
Do you remember the cute altered mirror from Hobby Lobby that I shared with you a few days ago? (see it here if you missed it). I was making it for a gift exchange with my Luv 2 Stamp Group, and I decided to make the home decor piece below for our house!
While I was cutting out plenty of extra penguins and snowmen from the Snow Friends and Snow Place stamp set and matching dies for my gift exchange mirror, I added the extras to this cute sleigh from Hobby Lobby!
I attached them to the decorative piece with Stampin' Dimensionals.
It's very glittery... something I usually steer very clear from, but I just loved this, and loved the red and blue color combo, so I used Real Red and Tempting Turquoise ink for the penguin and snowmen embellishments! :)
Don't they just look like they are having a great party!? :) I dressed them up in their top hats and pearls.. I think it looks like they are having a great time!
It's like paper dolls for grown ups!!
GREAT NEWS!! You can still purchase these darling snowmen and penguins and matching framelits for the next several months... check out page 48 of the upcoming 2016 Occasions catalog and you'll see them there on the list of Holiday catalog products still available!! yay!!
This is one of the projects that I created and swapped at the Stampin' Up! San Diego OnStage event in November. It uses a folded polka dot Tag a Bag from Stampin' Up! The Simply Scored board from Stampin' Up! makes this project SO easy!!
The video features other products from the Holiday catalog, and this project features the Perfect Pines tree die cuts that coordinate with the Peaceful Pines stamp set.
This double pocket project has a spot to tuck in a note, a photo, a letter, a Project Life card, or a 2nd gift card!
I die cut the trees out of the White Corrugated Paper (do you like it Cindee?), for a crisp clean contrast to the Mossy meadow plaid punched circle. I placed the circle on a Metallic Doily.. I love those!!!
These were the swaps I took to the OnStage event.. I love swapping projects with other demonstrators and getting new ideas!
I thought you might enjoy some photos from our Luv 2 Stamp Group Holiday Gift Exchange last weekend!
The gifts we exchange each year are to be something we make using Stampin' Up! products. The variety of gifts every year at our annual event is always amazing! This year was no different! Thank you to the lovely ladies who participated today.. Karen, Amanda, Gina, Joy, Maria, Lorena, and Cindee!
The decorated mirror piece shown here is the gift I brought to the exchange. I bought the mirror at Hobby Lobby and decorated it with die cut Snow Friends Snowmen and Penguins! I thought it was soo cute!!
Thank you so much for your kind comments about my previously blogged Ornament cards! (here)
I tried lots of different designs and combos for these cards and I really liked layering the Red Foil Delicate ornament over the Gold Foil solid shape ornament! So pretty! Then layering it onto the silver foil snowflake vellum sheet was just stunning!!
You'll find both the silver snowflake vellum and the red striped vellum in the Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum pack on pg 32 of the holiday catalog.
Above: you can see the layers I die cut with the Delicate Ornaments dies... aren't they pretty in the Gold and Red Foil!?
No matter if you pair these ornaments up with gold or silver embellishments, they look fantastic either way!
The Winter Wonderland Rhinestone Snowflake embellishments are so gorgeous and sparkly and are a great addition to these Christmas Holiday cards as well!
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Need a quick Holiday gift idea? Enjoy this quick Holiday Gift Idea for a hot chocolatey treat for your co-workers, neighbors, friends, and it makes a great teacher gift, too!
I used a Stampin' UP! Tag a Bag Kraft bag folded in 1/2 and decorated with stamped images to dress up this Hot Chocolate treat pouch! WATCH THE VIDEO HERE to see how to make this cute pouch that also doubles as a gift card holder pouch!
These are the 2 stamp sets and cute little bags I used for this project:
Snow Place stamp set - save 15% on the Bundle which includes the framelit dies!
Kraft Tag a Bag gift bags
Cup of Cheer stamp set (wood or clear mount)
See the ordering info at the bottom of this post for more info on these products
After folding the Kraft bag, I wrapped a 10-1/2" x 2" piece of striped Color Me Irresistible paper around the bag. I love the already embossed striped on it.. so pretty! Then I punched a piece of the polkadot pattern Color Me Irresistible paper (brayered with Real Red) using my 2-3/8" scalloped circle punch, and a 2" circle of striped paper from the Season of Cheer paper pack and added those on the left side. I stamped and die cut the snowman and his scarf and hat using the Snow Friends / Snow Place bundle. The cut mug was stamped with the Cup of Cheer set in Real Red on Thick Whisper White and cut out with my Paper Snips. Add 3 randomly placed rhinestones and you are done!
Slip in a hot cocoa packet, chocolate dipped spoon, candy cane, gift card, love note, photo... :)
If you've been following me for awhile here on my PattyStamps blog, you'll know that I love penguins and that we have a fun stuffed animal penguin collection that comes out at Christmas time. I also love to buy cute penguin ornaments, figurines, candies, etc. You can imagine my excitement when I saw the Snow Place stamp set in the 2015 Stampin' Up! holiday catalog!!! :) :)
Then I found these adorable penguin chocolates for only $1 a box at Big Lots!! I just had to buy these to make cute little gifts!!
I slipped the candy into a Tag a Bag Sketched Dot treat bag from Stampin' UP! The little dots on the glassine bags are so cute!! ordering info is at the bottom of this blog post.
The Snow Place stamp set pairs perfectly with the Snow Friends framelits!
measure your Tag a Bag Sketched Dot Bag (pg 151 annual catalog #138316) and cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock to slip inside the bag (bags may vary slightly in size, but approx. 4-1/2" x 6-1/4")
use a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece of Whisper White cardstock, folded in 1/2, and stamp the penguin (Archival black ink), top hat (Archival Black ink), greeting (Real Red), snowflakes (Pool Party) and dots (Cucumber Crush) on the front 1/2 of the cardstock
punch the bottom 2 corners with the Curvy Corner Trio Punch
slip candy into the bag, in front of the cardstock piece
slip the folded cardstock over the bag and staple
tie the red striped ribbon around the top, covering the staples
add rhinestones to the centers of the snowflakes
Have fun making these for your friends for Christmas!
Red Foil Accents - so pretty on this Christmas Card!
One of the beautiful thinlit dies in the 2015 Stampin' UP! Holiday catalog is the Delicate Ornament set of 8 dies. My Christmas cards today feature 2 of the ornaments die cut in the BEAUTIFUL Red Foil Paper!
What a great pair! Right!? Red Foil Sheets and the Ornament Thinlits!!
But Wait.. there's more!! :)
Then, really set this pretty card off by adding the Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum behind the stamped image!! Wow!! These red foil stripes are amazing!!
I wanted to add some greenery to this card, so I stamped the holly sprig image from the Peaceful Wreath stamp set and colored it in with blender pens and Stampin' Write markers. Adding some of the great striped ribbon was all this card needed for a finishing touch!
TIP: use the Fine Tip Glue Pen to add your die cut ornaments to your card - so easy! Watch my video HERE with tips for using your Fine Tip Glue Pen.
If you want to make the card smaller, (note card size) and eliminate the striped red foil vellum background, just stamp the holly right onto a Whisper White note card and add the die cut ornament.. still so pretty but a few less layers and a little less work.
If you have a musical friend, they are sure to love this Christmas greeting! Actually, I bet any of your friends or family would love this handmade Christmas card featuring Stampin' UP! Supplies! Thank you to Michelle Haney for your inspiration on this card!
TWO Beautiful Embellishments:
The beautiful Gold Foil sheet is even more gorgeous when die cut with JOY from the Wonderful Wreath framelit set! I used my fantastic Fine Tip Glue pen to adhere the JOY die cut to my card. WATCH THE VIDEO here to see great tips for using your Fine Tip Glue Pen!
Red Enamel Dots from the Home for Christmas Suite in the Holiday catalog. They are self adhesive on the back so you don't even need glue dots! TIP: use the tip of your paper piercer to remove them from the sheet and place them onto your card or craft project!
Card Base: 4-1/4" x 11" scored in 1/2, folded - Always Artichoke cardstock
Mat Layer: 4" x 5-1/4" - Cherry Cobbler cardstock
Musical Score Paper: 3-3/4" x 5" - from the Home for Christmas designer series paper pack
Leaves: Stamped in Always Artichoke ink on Always Artichoke carstock - Vintage Leaves set die cut with the Leaflets Framelits (these can be purchased separately or together in a bundle to save 15%! See ordering info at the bottom of this post)
Joy: Die cut with Gold Foil Paper and the Wonderful Wreath Framelits
If you are looking for an easy, yet striking card for your holiday cards this year, this will be a great one!
Oh, and if your Christmas cards are already done.. I love you, and I'm jealous. :)
Are you tired of my "folded paper bag gift card holders" yet? If so.. I'm sorry... I can't help myself.. I LOVE making these out of the Stampin' Up! Tag a Bag gift bags!
Isn't this Santa paper just perfect with the "from Santa" greeting!!?? eeks! I loved it when these 2 just fell together so well!
Stamp set: Oh, What Fun #140386, pg 5 Holiday Catalog
Paper: Home for Christmas #139592, pg 9 Holiday Catalog
Bags: Kraft Tag a Bags #138315, pg 151 annual catalog
I cut the "insert" to 4" x 4-1/4" and then punched the top 2 corners with the Curvy Corner Trio punch! Other fun embellishments include Enamel Dots, glimmer paper and ribbon. I have posted all of the supplies at the bottom of this post and in the free project sheet below.
WATCH THE VIDEO tutorial for this Gift Card Holder project on my YouTube Channel.
We made these at a recent Luv 2 Stamp Group stamping day and also at my workshop for Rita. I had to explain that I didn't do a very good job.. did you see what happened?
I ended up with the back end of the reindeer!!! eeek!! So... my advice to you is... adjust the paper before you glue it down if you are trying to capture a certain part of the design!! LOL