Monday, November 23, 2015

Create for the holidays at up to 50 percent off

You heard correctly. For a limited time select Stampin' Up! items are on sale up to 50% off! Quantities are limited so don't miss out!

It's a great time to place your orders for soon-to-be-retired items from the Holiday Catalog. Including two of my favorites shown below Lighthearted Leaves and those cuuute wooden snowflakes!

Here is the complete list of retiring Holiday Catalog products, available while supplies last.

Not only that, all overs over $50 using the hostess code BQKW7K7T at check out will receive a free gift from me! 

It's fast and easy with no crowds and you can even shop in your pajamas!! Click here to visit my online store! 

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Create It Simply: Thanks, Giving and A Flurry of Wishes

November 22. I'm not really sure what happened to October, or even the first half of November. But here it is only 4 days until Thanksgiving! In addition to a pile of projects in progress I've had several projects on my desk to share for a month or so. Today, I've finally made time to get started on that. This one is a quick and easy card that is similar to my Thinking of You card from earlier this year.

I am a huge fan of the Mixed Media die set from Sizzix. It adds so much interest to even the simplest of cards. For this card I simply die-cut the desired image from the card front using one of the dies along with my Big Shot and Magnetic platform to keep the die perfectly positioned. The base could easily be left just like this.

After die-cutting the pattern from the card front I cut a piece of Island Indigo cardstock just slightly smaller than the card front and adhere it to the inside panel.

Next, I die-cut a Fall Foliage design from Cajun Craze cardstock and attached it to the card front. You could use one shape alone, as I did, or layer several shapes as shown on the die insert.

Finally, I stamped my sentiment onto the card front using Island Indigo ink. The sentiment came from the Lighthearted Leaves stamp set, which is a soon-to-be-retired stamp set *pouty face*.

And that's all there is to it! 

Stampin' Up! cardstock: Whisper White, Island Indigo, Cajun Craze
Paper adhesive

But don't stop there!! This card base works for so many card styles by decorating the die-cut pattern and adding a sentiment into the white space. Here is a Christmas card I recently created in the same manner.

Cardstock: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Light Blue
Stampin’ Up! Flurry of Wishes Stamp set
Stampin’ Up! ink pads: Night of Navy, Soft Sky
Self-adhesive rhinestones
Sizzix dies sets: Thinlits 4PK - Mixed Media (#660220), Thinlits Paper Snowflakes
Sizzix Big Shot die-cutting machine
Sizzix magnetic platform
Stampin’ Up adhesives: Fine-tip glue pen, dimensionals foam dots

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Saturday, November 07, 2015

Create It Simply: Handmade Holidays

Those who are familiar with my work know my motto is just like the blog says "Create It Simply". For my Handmade Holidays project I decided on an easy handmade gift for my granddaughter, Emerald. This will be her first Christmas so I thought I would make something that she could use now but also have as a keepsake in the years to come. I chose to make a no-sew embellished blanket similar in technique to this snowflake pillow I made back in July. Emerald loves fuzzy blankets and toys so this will be perfect for snuggle time plus fuzzy blankets, like the one below, can often be found inexpensively at many dollar stores.

To make this a one-of-a-kind blanket I used one of my favorite no-sew adhesive products, Therm O Web Heat'n Bond Ultrahold. Note that this is a completely no-sew adhesive so if you want to add any stitching to the project you'll want to go with Heat'n Bond Lite with the purple label.

Following the manufacturer's instructions, attach Heat N Bond to the back of your desired felt or fabric using your iron.

Next, die-cut your desired images from the felt/fabric. I chose to use an older set of Sizzix alphabet dies for my design along with the Stacked Snowflakes dies. These particular letters are 4-inches in height but a set such as the Serif Essentials die set would work equally well. While Sizzix steel rule dies are my first choice for cutting perfect letters and shapes, it should be noted that you can also trace or draw a pattern onto the paper backing and cut it out with scissors if you so desire. Once the shapes are cut, simply remove the paper backing and iron the pieces onto the blanket according to the manufacturer's instructions.

That's all there is to it! A simple blanket, felt or fabric, cutting tools, iron and some Therm O Web Heat'n Bond Ultrahold. But don't stop there! Using this same technique you can create all sorts of exciting gifts and home decor items in a snap!!

One last look at the finished results:

*the above project was created for the 5th Annual Handmade Holidays blog hop. Links and ads have been removed as the promotion has ended. For full details visit the Clearsnap Blog.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Create It Simply: Halloween

Well, so far today I have accomplished pretty much nothing more than working on reading and math with my 1st grader. I suppose that's one of the perks of being a stay-at-home mom with only one child left below the Jr. High level. I've been looking through the new promotions and projects and trying to decide what I want to work on next. 

I suppose the next holiday that we will see is Halloween. Our family chooses not to celebrate Halloween so I don't have any of the products from that section of the catalog or Halloween themed projects to share. I have to confess I have never created a Halloween project, even for publications or manufacturers. But for those of you who do, I will admit there are some cute products available....some so cute I might have to have and rework to use for other themes. 

For example, I love the Happy Haunting paper pack! They are double-sided and have some really fun geometric patterns, such as plaids, stars and polka dots, that would work for everyday projects! Many people don't like orange but I always find it fun and cheerful! The black would be great with black/white projects and a pop of color.

The Happy Haunting Designer Washi Tape is also a great choice for versatility beyond Halloween.

Oh! And of course, the Spider Web Doilies! I can totally see painting these white and adding some glitter for a GORGEOUS snowflake!

Now, for you hardcore Halloween fans there are just a few more options to enjoy. Here is a project kit that seems to be quite popular. It's the Witching Decor Project Kit. All the details are on the product page as well as a video about the project.

Here is the stamp set that goes with the project kit called Witches Night. It would also work well for cards, tags and place cards.

When it comes party and treat giving time there are a couple of other cute stamp sets you might like. 

The Sweet Hauntings Stamp set. (Also used on the projects above)

Or the very popular Howl-o-ween Treat set, shown below in a handy stamp/die bundle. When my daughter first saw this set she said the hat reminded her of Harry Potter.  The skulls reminded me of some of the popular clothing and rock type designs. So, this could also be one of those set to use beyond Halloween for things such as birthdays and parties. Notice the washi tape from above on the bag too!

So there you have it. A quick product round-up to help you Create It Simply-great for both those who do and don't celebrate Halloween.

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