Friday, December 15, 2017

SSINKspiration Christmas Bags and Tags: Carols of Christmas

Good morning!  How is it possible that Christmas is only 10 days away?  In my house we haven't just been counting down to Christmas, but also the release of the new Star Wars movie and today's the day so we have a fun evening out getting our geek on that I excited about.  Today the SSINKspiration designers are sharing gift bags and tag ideas to help you with all your last minute package needs.  I always hold a holiday gift packaging class earlier in the season to help my customers to be ready and not as stressed.  Today I'm sharing a super fun and easy bag that is sure to match the great gift you'll put inside.

I started with a kraft gift bag (not Stampin' Up!) and used the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set and Whisper White Craft Ink to stamp the snowflakes all over the front of the bag.  Next I took a Striped Treat Bag and took it apart and used just the front of the bag as the base decoration (and it adds my first layer of bling!)  I layered a piece of Merry Music Speciality Designer Series Paper over the top (I love the prints in this package as the musical theme is perfect for the holidays).

The greeting is from the Carols of Christmas stamp set and was stamped with Basic Black ink on Whisper White cardstock before being cut out with the Big Shot and Stitched Shapes Framelits.  I used the Layering Circles Framelits to cut out the scalloped circle mat using Cherry Cobbler cardstock and then attached the piece to the gift bag with dimensionals.  To add a little more sparkle I added a couple of Black Rhinestones and a Gold Metallic Enamel Dot.

As the final touch for the bag I dies a bow using the 7/8" Striped Ribbon and then took one of the Green Sprigs and applied Embossing Paste lightly on the tips to flock it and then once it was dry (didn't take very long) I pushed the stem into the center of the bow and it holds it just right!

This bag looks really detailed because of the all the embellishments but is really easy to make (just make sure leave time to let the craft ink dry completely).  I'm hoping to make a few more of these for gifts I need to give so we will see how I do for time.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Fab Friday Color Challenge: Merry Little Labels

Good afternoon!  With all the holiday festivities I can find it easy to get overwhelmed and wonder how it's all going to get done (anyone else feel like that?).  Sometimes when that happens I need to step back and take a breath to reset myself.  I had to do this last night and so I retreated to my studio and forgot about everything on my to do list and decided to take a couple minutes just to play.  This time I used the Fab Friday color challenge as my inspiration and decided to mix some non-holiday items with holiday goodies to make this fun holiday card that is sure to spread Christmas cheer.

I started with Whisper White Thick cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Emerald Envy cardstock as a mat for the Lemon Lime Twist Designer Series paper (from the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack, and definitely not Christmasy).

Next I took a piece of Merry Little Christmas Designer series paper (I like how the black breaks up all the color and helps ground it), matted it with Real Red cardstock and then wrapped a piece of Lemon Lime Twist 1/4" Ombre Ribbon around the center.

For the greeting I used the Merry Little Labels stamp set (this set will be retiring at the end of the month and is only available while supplies last) and inked it up using Stampin' Write Markers and Whisper White cardstock and then cut it out with the Big Shot and Stitched Shapes Framelits before attaching it to the cardfront with dimensionals.  The final touch was to add a few Black Rhinestone Jewels (also retiring) to help accent the black.

These colors are so fresh and fun and perfect for the holidays, or any other time.  After the making my card I was much calmer and ready to tackle an item on my to do list (plus since I'm still working on Christmas cards I have a feeling this card is going to be heading out the door soon!)  I hope you're enjoying all the fun of the holiday season, and when things get a little stressful just step back and take a few minutes for your self to reset, it's well worth it!

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Don't Miss Out: Stamparatus reservations open at 2pm MT!

Stampin up stamparatus stamp positioning tool pattystamps

Have you heard about the exciting new tool, Stamparatus, that Stampin' Up! is releasing?  This is a great tool to help with perfect stamp placement and is great for stamping multiple images.  As one of the demonstrators on the team that helped develop this product I'm so excited to finally see it come to fruition.  Now the Stamparatus will be included in the 2018-2019 but Stampin' Up! is offering the ability to get this product before the new catalog release through a new Reservation System.   

Today at 2pm MT you can reserve one of the brand new, soon to be released, stamp positioning tools from Stampin' UP! called the Stamparatus!!
Stampin' UP! will be opening this reservation period to EVERYONE who wants to reserve one through Dec. 30, 2017!!

The reservation window will not close until Dec. 30th!! (Limit 1 per person).
What are some of the Benefits and Features of the Stamparatus?
  • Make Multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp, no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement
  • Compatible with Stampin' Up!s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stmaps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates; a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas

  • Price
    Retail Price - $49.00 USD

    The Stamparatus will be ordered differently than your other online orders.
    Beginning December 5, 2017 at 2pm MT, it will be released for reservation.
    • Beginning Dec. 5, at 2pm MT CLICK HERE, then click the banner ad for the Stamparatus and follow the instructions per the graphic below.
    • After receiving your reservation, Stampin' Up! will place an order with the manufacturer and your Stamparatus will be shipped, with delivery beginning approx. March 19, 2018.  The products will ship in the order they were reserved, so if you want yours to ship with the first batch, reserve right away! "First come, first served".
    • You will provide your credit card info now with your reservation, but it will not be charged until your Stamparatus is ready to ship. 
    • You will receive an email from Stampin' Up! confirming your reservation, and another email in March letting you know when to log back in to your online account to finalize your order. 
    • You can ADD other Stampin' Up! products to your order AT THAT TIME if you'd like to receive Sale a Bration benefits if you finalize your order before March 30, 2018.
    I'm really excited about this tool and can't wait to place my order as well.  You may think you don't needed it.. but trust me... it does some pretty amazing things! I think you are going to love it!

    Watch this video, 5 things you MUST know about the new Stamparatus and check it out for yourself!!
    Be sure to watch the whole video, don't miss the Hinge Step Technique at the end!
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    Monday, December 4, 2017

    SSINKspiration Card Sketch SSINKCS49: Serene Snowflakes

    Good morning! Holiday festivities are in full swing and I could really use things to slow down a little.  This week we're they're forecasting cold weather and even the chance of snow, yay! so that was the inspiration of today's card using this months SSINKspiration sketch challenge.  The Year of Cheer Speciality Designer Series Paper is so beautiful, love all the metallics and while I'm not a big fan of mixing metallics it is on trend right now so I decided to go with it for today's card.

    I started with Whisper White Thick Cardstock and then added a piece of Basic Black cardstock as a mat for the Whisper White cardfront.  On the cardfront I embossed a large snowflake using the Big Shot and Winter Wonder Embossing Folder.  I also added some metallic enamel dots (yes both silver and gold!)  I used a piece of Gold 1/8" Ribbon around the cardfront.

    Next I used two different patterns of Year of Cheer Speciality Designer Series Paper.  The greeting is from the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set and after stamping in Basic Black in on Whisper White cardstock I cut it out using the Big Shot and Stitched Shapes Framelts and attached it to the cardfront with dimensionals.

    I love the look of metallics against the crisp white and black and this card is full of winter time magic.  Make sure to check out the other cards the design team is sharing and then we would love for you to come play along with us and share what you create!

    Below are easy ordering links for the product's used on today's card:

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    Friday, December 1, 2017

    SSINKspiration CASE the Designer (DARLA): Birthday Delivery

    Good morning!  I think Fridays are a great day to start out a new month, lots to look forward to as we close out the year and all the holidays.  Today I'm joining along with the
    SSINKspiration designers in another edition of CASE of Designer.  This month we're focusing on Darla Roberts and I love her clean style.  When I was looking at Darla's blog for a card I came across a great card that used the Painted Harvest stamp set and I really liked it but decided to use the layout sketch but change up the stamp, paper, etc. to make a fun birthday card.  You can see Darla's inspiration card HERE.

    I started with Real Red cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock for the cardfront.  To this piece I added two pieces of the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper and matted it with Pacific Point cardstock.  I also wrapped a piece of Lemon Lime Twist 1/4" Ombre Ribbon around the center.  One thing I love about this DSP and the coordinating Birthday Friends Framelits is that several of the framelits are sized to cut out images from the DSP, so no fussy cutting or coloring necessary, this is what I did to make the yummy birthday cake and then matted it with a circle of Old Olive cardstock (I did use dimensionals to attach the circle piece to the cardfront).

    To finish off the card I stamped the greeting from the Birthday Delivery stamp set using Early Espresso ink and then added a trio of rhinestones in the top right center.

    This is such a fun and cheery card, perfect to help celebrate someone's birthday, no matter how old they are.  I hope Darla likes my interpretation of her card.

    Below are easy ordering links for the products used on today's card:

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    Have a great weekend!

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