We Need a Little Citrus

You’re up to your neck in Christmas, but what is Christmas without an orange in the stocking? Or in this instance, a whole case of citrus fruit?

This was another situation where the inspiration woke me up early to create a card! The Global Design Project #gdp372 challenge was to CASE (Copy and Selectively Edit) a project by Kayla McCreadie:

I reached for my new signature stamp set (coming in the January 2023 Mini catalog!) SWEET CITRUS:

With a coordinating Hybrid Embossing Folder and dies, I guarantee you are going to see a LOT of this set from me!

Lest you think it’s not timely for the holiday season, let me show you a Christmas card I showed in yesterday’s live video: This one features a sentiment from the Cozy & Bright Kit currently available in my Stampin’ Store…and highly recommend you collect this kit before it’s gone, so you can use the sentiments from the kit with the Sweet Citrus bundle next year, plus, it’s a very easy kit to assemble and could still afford you time to send Christmas Cards this year.

In addition to the Sweet Citrus bundle (which will be available on January 5th…or you can join my team and order it now!), these are the supplies I used for the Christmas Card:

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May you squeeze the most from the holidays, and look forward to this bundle at the beginning of the new year!

Last Chance to Party (with select products)

Did you miss the opportunity to get the coordinating dies for This Birthday Piggy, Yeti to Party or Apple Harvest stamp set?

Are you a savvy shopper and love stocking up for next year early?

TODAY IS YOUR DAY!

New items have been added to the CLEARANCE RACK **and** the Last Chance list from the July-December catalog is up, with many holiday items on sale up to 60% off. This is not the time to dilly-dally, because when they are gone, they are gone.

I’ll be sharing some projects on social media all day (follow me on FB & Insta), but just for you here, this is a big tag I created a few months ago to go on the dishwasher we replaced for my Mother-in-Love for her birthday & Christmas gift…and if you know Launa, you know she love PIGS and I love having dies to cut out the images from “This Birthday Piggy” stamp set:

I forgot to take a picture of the finished tag on the dishwasher, so all you get is the video!

These coordinating dies will go fast, along with Designer Series Paper and embellishments from the current mini catalog that are deeply discounted, so fill your cart and craft for Christmas.

Have Yourself a CHERRY Little Christmas

It’s jolly good fun to wander through the aisles of Dollar Tree and imagine ways to use some of the festive treasures they carry as home decor or gifts! When I saw these cute little packages of 3 Cherry Cordials (which evoke Christmas memories from my childhood), I remembered my Stampin’ Up! Cherry Builder punch and the creative juice started flowing…

It was KISMET that I found the perfect sentiment in the Framed & Festive Limited Edition stamp set, and the idea was taking shape! In fact, I created this simple “dress up” project in my Monday Live video, which you can watch quickly here:

You can alter the design just a bit and put it on a larger box of Cordial Cherries, as well:

PSSST…tomorrow (December 1st) is the beginning of our LAST CHANCE sale on items from the July-December mini catalog (along with NEW things added to the clearance rack) and the Painted Christmas Designer Series Paper that I used on the small cherry boxes will be on sale for 60% off, while supplies last, so set an alarm to shop the sale early!

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New at SU: This Piggy is Giving a Gift Card

Giving a gift card makes everyone happy: It’s easy for you to buy, and the recipient gets to choose what they want. But if it seems “impersonal”, the New at SU! design team is here to show you how to make gifting (and getting) a gift card EXCITING!

This Birthday Piggy is scooting in on a gift box that doesn’t even hint at what’s inside:

It’s a charming surprise when you open the box and a gift card pops up:

Don’t worry…it’s a simple box to make and the mechanism is a piece of (birthday) cake! Let me show you how:

This is my fancy project sketch and dimensions (bold lines are where you will cut). It may help as you follow along with the video tutorial (feel free to pause the video as you learn). You can get both pieces from one sheet of 8.5″ x 11″ card stock.

Once your box is assembled and decorated, simply attach your gift card to the front panel of the pop-up piece using a few glue dots!

I’ll list the supplies below and am happy to serve you if you are in the U.S. and don’t have a demonstrator. Now make sure you hop along to see the other clever gift card holders our International creative team are sharing…click a link below:

November New at SU! Blog Hop: Give a Gift Card

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IF GIFT CARDS ARE YOUR JAM, DON’T MISS SUBSCRIBING FOR THE DECEMBER PAPER PUMPKIN KIT!

Create fun gift card holders to help you celebrate your special occasions all year long! Personalize each gift with these reversible boxes and paper bands for a unique design every time. This kit includes:

  • Good Things Come in Small Packages Photopolymer Stamp Set
  • Garden Green Classic Stampin’ Spot
  • 16 gift card holders: 2 each of 8 reversible designs
  • Precut paper pieces, twine, and belly bands to customize all your crafts.
  • Enough adhesive for each project!
  • Finished box size: 3-5/8″ x 2-1/2″ x 1/2″

Coordinating Stampin’ Up! colors for the December Kit: Balmy Blue, Basic Gray, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Garden Green, Tahitian Tide

Plus, you can take your crafting even further with a special add-on: Give a gift card box and a personalized card with the Good Things Cards & Envelopes add-on. You get 20 cards (5 each of 4 designs) and 20 coordinating envelopes…while supplies last!

A Card Good Enough to Eat

Have you ever wished you had a card on hand to lift the spirits of a friend? If you answered yes, let this one be the one you always have in your box!

These remind me of the “In case of emergency, break glass” cases: Sometimes acting like a grown up is difficult, and we all know CHOCOLATE helps. So you may need to break one of these open at any moment.

The cards are also the SWAPS I made for Stampin’ Up! OnStage Local. I’m headed to Anaheim this weekend for our annual convention (OnStage) and demonstrators always swap cards at events; make multiples of the same card and trade with other demonstrators so you have a wide variety of samples to inspire you when you get home!

Though they are simple, they are certainly SWEET!

Stamp a stack to keep in stock, but don’t eat all the chocolate! Here’s what you’ll need:

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Nothing's Better Than Photopolymer Stamp Set (English)
$22.00
Stitched Rectangles Dies
$35.00
Stylish Shapes Dies
$30.00
Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine
$125.00
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Thick Cardstock
$8.75
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$10.25
Design A Daydream 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Host Designer Series Paper
$18.00
Pool Party 3/8" (1 Cm) Sheer Ribbon
$6.00
Petal Pink 3/8" (1 Cm) Soft Polyester Ribbon
$8.00
Pool Party Classic Stampin' Pad
$8.00
Blushing Bride Classic Stampin' Pad
$8.00
Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad
$8.00
Stampin' Dimensionals
$4.25

Fitting Florets & Christmas Card Class

Starting TODAY, the Fitting Florets Collection (a pre-release from Stampin’ Up!’s 2023 January-June Mini Catalog) is ready to add to cart – with some of the limited time products only available while supplies last! The BUNDLE will be available through June 2023, but you’ll want to get the whole collection ASAP to use through the holiday season.

Let me show you two versions of a simple “fancy fold” card using some of these pretty products from my live crafting video “sneak peek” yesterday!

To make this fold, you need a piece of 8.5″ x 5.5″ card stock and score at 3″ and 7.25″ along the longer side with the Simple Scored board (or your paper trimmer and scoring blade). Layer on a piece of 5.25″ x 2.75″ Fitting Florets Designer Series Paper (available only while supplies last) on the front left side of card and a 1″ x 5.25″ piece on the front right flap.

The Framed & Festive stamp set could be combined with ANY Christmas paper, stamps and accessories and the font makes is playful and perfect.

One way to play with this new collection will be to attend the Christmas Card Class THIS SATURDAY, November 5th at 3 pm in Hurricane, Utah:

You’ll create 8 gorgeous greeting cards for the holiday (2 each of 4 different designs, including envelopes) for just $20, and one of the cards is designed with the Fitting Florets collection. Remember to bring scissors and adhesive, but if you forget or need more, we’ll have both scissors & adhesive + refills available for purchase at the class.

Reserve your spot by November 2nd by clicking the button below, or send Venmo to Loni-Spendlove

Sweet Candy Cane Stand-Up Step Card

Here’s a taste of Christmas Cheer in greeting-card form, and while it stands up to display, it folds FLAT to mail!

Crafters at the Kane County Crafter’s Convention also made this card using the Sweet Candy Cane suite last weekend. It’s one of my favorite fancy folds, and it’s easier to make than you would imagine! Here’s how:

For the card base, you’ll need:

  • 10.5″ x 4.25″ Real Red card stock, scored at 1/2″, 1.75″, 3.75″ and 5″
  • 5.5″ x 3″ Real Red card stock, scored at 1/2″ and 1.75″
  • 4″ x 5.25″ Pool Party card stock: Die cut stripe background from the center of this piece
  • 4″ x 1.75″ piece of Sweetest Christmas Designer Series Paper
  • 3.5″ x 2.75″ Pool Party card stock (optional: emboss with Wintry 3D embossing folder)
  • 5.5″ x 4.25″ Basic White: Stamp candy canes, leaves and sentiment, cut out with coordinating dies
  • 4″ x 5.25″ Basic White for back of card, where you can write a message when sending

A quick video on how to assemble:

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Sweet Candy Canes Bundle (English)
$51.25
Sweetest Christmas 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Designer Series Paper
$12.00
Real Red 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.25
Pool Party 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.25
Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad
$8.00
Garden Green Classic Stampin' Pad
$8.00
Pool Party 3/8" (1 Cm) Sheer Ribbon
$6.00
Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine
$125.00
Simply Scored
$30.00
Tear & Tape Adhesive
$7.00
Multipurpose Liquid Glue
$4.00
Stampin' Dimensionals
$4.25
Wintry 3 D Embossing Folders
$10.00

A Thank You Each Day 🍎

Do you say “I’m sorry” too much? Women are the worst at apologizing, even when we haven’t done anything wrong!

I’m working on replacing “Sorry” with “Thank You” and had the opportunity to practice on Sunday when my husband was waiting for to go to church while I finished handouts for my primary class. When I was done (we weren’t late), I said “Thank You for your patience!” instead of ”Sorry to make you wait” and he was more gracious about the wait.

Of course, an apology when I HAVE done something wrong is appropriate, but when I can use THANK YOU instead, it feels more validating for both parties: “Thank you for listening” rather than “I’m sorry I’ve been talking so much”!

My card today is one I can use when someone has sacrificed their time to help me (and I have a friend in mind)…so instead of saying “Sorry I took your time” I can express my appreciation for their assistance!

It’s also a #multicrafting project: I used the Global Design Project sketch #gdp366 , the Apple Harvest stamp set to participate in the Stampin’ Through the Catalog challenge on Instagram and the colors Soft Sea Foam and Cherry Cobbler so I could share it for a Red & Green creative challenge I gave my Sprinkled Ink team.

Speaking of my team…there are just a few days left to take advantage of the Starter Kit+ promotion…just in time to buy your Christmas gifts from yourself as a demonstrator, or jump start a business to earn extra during the holidays 🎁

It’s a risk-free opportunity to join my Sprinkled Ink team and see if your passion for rubber stamps, ink and paper could also be your purpose! Click here to get $30 extra in your starter kit (already an awesome value) and see if you like being a demonstrator.

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Apple Harvest Cling Stamp Set (English)
$24.00
Shimmery White 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$10.00
Soft Sea Foam 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.25
Soft Sea Foam Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
$9.00
Mossy Meadow Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
$9.00
Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
$9.00
Soft Suede Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
$9.00
Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine
$125.00
Stitched Greenery Die
$32.00
Thanks & Hello Embossing Folders
$8.00
Opal Rounds
$7.50
Linen Thread
$5.00
Mini Stampin' Dimensionals
$4.25

Santa’s Delivery: Holiday Decor

Over the weekend, I participated in the First Annual Kane County Crafter’s Convention in Kanab, Utah and had so much fun playing in the “Location for Creation”, as my friend Seana Johnson coined it! Seana coordinated a wickedly wonderful 1st event with Create Room, Stampin’ Up! and the Kane County Office of Tourism as sponsors, and it was an dream escape for all who attended:

My teammate Sue Stratton and I designed and prepared 8 paper crafting projects for the guests, and this was the Holiday Decor piece I created as a project for the event participants:

You can find the tray at Dollar Tree, and it makes the ideal frame for a holiday scene! Because the Santa’s Train dies can die cut the stamped images OR the images from the Santa’s Express Designer Series Paper, I demonstrated a slightly different version in my video today:

While I’m still working to get the WHOLE video to post correctly on YouTube, you can catch a second version on my Facebook Page Video, if needed.

It’s just as cute when using the Designer Series Paper:

If you choose to create this version, here’s what you’ll need (and thanks for letting me supply your creative needs!):

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Scottie Dog Loves You- Simple to Stepped Up

Woof! means “Welcome” to the October New at SU! Blog Hop. We really stretched our creativity to bring you not one, but THREE projects this month~ all using the same stamps, but ranging from simple to sensational!

Perhaps you are just starting to stamp, or you need an easy card in a hurry? Or you are ready to add a little “extra” to your card? Don’t worry, avid stampers, I’ve got something for you to make this card “over the top” too!

I’m using the Christmas Scottie bundle (stamps & punch) but with a non-holiday card concept…it could easily be adapted for a Christmas Card just by changing the colors and greeting.

Simple Card: 3″ x 5″ banner (use a 3″ x 1/2″ strip of the other side of the Designer Series Paper for the top), stamp and punch out dog, bow and add greeting. TIP: Remember to stamp your envelope(s) at the same time as you are stamping the card!

Step it up to a Casual Card: Add a 4″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Soft Suede Designer Series Paper to the card background, tie a ribbon around the top of the banner and emboss the greeting on Soft Suede. Tip: Add a 1/2″ wide piece of card stock punched with the Banners Pick-a-Punch behind the heat-embossed sentiment to make it look like a banner:

To step it up to an Avid Card: Score 1-1/4″ from the right edge of the card and fold it back. Add 1″ strips of Designer Series Paper to the flap and inside right edge of card and 2-3/4″ 5-1/4″ panels of Designer Series Paper and basic white card stock to front left side and inside card. Banner: 3-3/4″ x 3″ (DSP) and 3-1/4″ x 4″ Soft Suede. Add Iridescent Rhinestones.

TIP: Only adhere banner to the front flap so it can open like this:

Wherever you are on the Stamping Spectrum, you’ll discover multiple ways to keep it simple OR step it up at all these amazing posts along our October Hop…Pin your favorites to remember them!

Simple to Stepped Up: October New at SU! Hop

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