Holiday Helper: Coming to Your Inbox!

Holiday Helper 2018

I can’t believe the holidays are approaching so quickly! As a THANK YOU, I will be sending out a special holiday gift to my newsletter subscribers. The holidays seem to appear earlier every year and have the uncanny knack of showing up when we are at our busiest. Wouldn’t it be nice to have 12 creative holiday ideas delivered to your inbox?  These ideas will cover gift giving, decorating, and card making. Just when you need the inspiration and the ease of great projects, I’m ready to help you through the busiest time of the year.

This is a time of sparkle and wonder: Handmade gifts and decorations add to that in a way that is uniquely your own. Having inspiration for great projects that are simple to create can  spark your creativity. Adding your own personal touches to decorations, cards, and gifts really show that you want to make them feel special.

Sign up for my newsletter mailing list so you don’t miss an issue:  I’m here to help you add that extra glitter to your holidays!

Holiday Wreath Class

It’s important for me to recognize Thanksgiving BEFORE Christmas, so I’m owning that season in my home decor currently, but as there are not a lot of Thanksgiving songs, I do have the Christmas tunes playing on repeat.

Soon I’ll put up a tree and switch out my fall wreath, and I thought it would be fun to make a Holiday Hoop Wreath for my front door, so let’s make them together:

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There is sparkle and shimmer, grazing deer and fir trees! You can choose “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas” as your greeting, too:

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You could certainly order all the supplies to create this yourself, or you can come to the class and make it for just $15!

Christmas Hoop Wreath Class

Thursday, November 29th 7 pm

195 N 200 E, Spanish Fork, UT

Reserve your spot with Paypal HERE

View event on Facebook HERE

Spooky Sweets

It’s really an oxymoron, isn’t it? Spooky Sweets? How can something be scary AND yummy? I guess it’s the paradox of the whole Halloween season!

The Baker’s Boxes in the Holiday Catalog got me thinking: What could I fill them with? It’s so much fun to give something a bit bigger than a card!

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The boxes are nice and large (4-1/4″ square and 2-1/8″ tall) and they are coated on the inside so your goodies don’t leak through. You can wrap the boxes with Designer Series Paper, spray them with a few drops of ink refills mixed with rubbing alcohol in the Stampin’ Spritzer or color them with ink using a sponge brayer, as I did with this one:

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We actually made these boxes at our Fall StampFest events last month as one of the eight projects prepared for our guests…if you missed it, make sure you plan ahead to come to our Spring StampFest in either St. George (February 23, 2019) or Spanish Fork Utah (March 9, 2019).

You can make your own at home with these supplies:
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Back to the question of “what can we fill the box with?”, I found a few fabulous treats that would be perfect to bake and fill for a gift:

 

Halloween Oreo Brookie Bars

Spooky Chocolate Vanilla Oreo Fudge

Monster Mash Brownies

I had to share all three because I couldn’t make up my mind!

Give a sweet treat for every season in our Baker’s Boxes: Here’s a Christmas version of the box using the Santa’s Workshop product suite!

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Download Tutorial for the Christmas treat box HERE

Rockin’ Around the Tree

When I’m not playing with paper, I’m making music with 12 incredible young (and young-at-heart) people who inspire me to be a better teacher. This opportunity has molded me into a better pianist myself, but I often want to go back and HUG all my piano teachers for all they endured with me~ I can say with conviction, “THANKS, MOM, for not letting me quit (when it probably would have been easier to let me…)”

That aside, last night we held our Christmas Concert at a local Beehive Home (so it doubled as a service project, too!) and these budding pianists TOTALLY rocked the house:

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It’s a privilege for me to help students learn to play the piano and love music. I wanted to create a gift for them that was unique and sentimental to this performance, so I pulled out my papercrafting supplies and used the “Musical Season” stamp set for the purpose I intended: Ornaments!Watermarked1(2017-12-16-1342)

One of the students (Madi) even played “Little Drummer Boy” so it was a perfect gift!

As cute as the front is, the back really carries the message I want them to remember:

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And it’s just as cute in white!

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What could be better? Oh yes…that it also falls under the #tgifc138 Christmas Carol-Inspired Challenge! tgif2bchallenge2bbuttons2b2017-044

This Musical Season bundle is one of the most overlooked treasures in the Holiday Catalog, but will retire at the end of the year (or when supplies are depleted) so make sure to order yours from my store:
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Rudolf: A Reindeer Craft!

Keep the kids busy during the holidays creating these fun fellows (and Santa’s official sidekick):

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They were simple to assemble and can smash flat to mail in a card as a delightful surprise! All you need are a few supplies:
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And here’s a quick tutorial I created to show you how easy and fast they are!

Blending is Beautiful

If you love coloring, you’ll be thrilled with the new Stampin’ Blends released by Stampin’ Up! on November 1st.

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These fabulous pens come in two shades (light and dark) for 12 of our exclusive SU! colors, as well as a Bronze and Ivory which are perfect for skin tones.

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They also gave me the excuse to buy what may become my FAVORITE stamp set from the Holiday Catalog, Christmas in the Making~ I simply adore the beautiful artwork and 50’s style! Watermarked2(2017-11-04-0942)

A Triathlon Stamper!

Maybe I don’t have a medal to prove it, but today I completed a triathlon! At least 3 creative challenges at the SAME TIME. Amazing, but true.

I started a creative challenge with my Sprinkled Ink team today (and each Monday for the next 6 weeks), and the first challenge was to ink up a Stampin’ Up! stamp they had never used. The Musical Season bundle was sitting on my desk, just begging to be used…musical season.jpg

So I knew it was going to be a triple-threat when I saw the Global Design Project Color Challenge #GDP109 and the TGIF Sketch Challenge #tgifc129 :

This is the result of my creative triathlon:

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Since Monday is also my Lunchtime Live crafting on my Creative Juice Facebook page, and you can watch me make it HERE.

Thank you for ordering your creative supplies from my Stampin’ Store! Your support made it possible for me to continue to share creative ideas.

More 25 Year Celebration

The first winner of my Anniversary Giveaway is Marni Maxwell who will receive the vintage “Golden Rule Days” stamp set for commenting on my August 23rd post: 1992 was a great year with good friends…and Marni is now part of my Sprinkled Ink Team!

Let’s keep the celebration rolling with more gifts for my loyal customers! For every 5 orders I receive between now and September 14th (my actual start date), I’ll send one of those customers a set of foil snowflakes from the holiday catalog:

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…and for every 25 orders, one of those customers will receive the Watercolor Christmas stamp set144838g

This stamp set is designed to coordinate with the Watercolor Wishes project kit:

The font is so beautiful on this set, you’ll want to use it for other crafts as well and looks lovely stamped in ombre colors and paired with other holiday catalog products, too!

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I appreciate your support of my business~ It’s truly my pleasure to share creativity with you and watch you make it a joyful part of YOUR life! Thank you for inspiring me.

Peace in the Aspens

Did your Holiday Catalog arrive in your mailbox yet? And have you pre-ordered the new Carols of Christmas bundle yet? If the answer is no, you need to contact me ASAP!

One of the most peaceful places you can find is the beautiful Aspen trees in the mountains and they are comforting in the spring, summer, fall or winter. That tranquil feeling inspired me to create this card using our Woodland Embossing Folder and the Carols of Christmas stamp set:

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This is an easy technique to try: Open your embossing folder and on the side with the recessed image, drag your open Tranquil Tide ink pad across the bottom a few times, then do the same with the Dapper Denim ink across the top.

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Once your embossing folder is inked up, you’ll put your card stock inside it and run it through the Big Shot- that will give you a lovely background!

To finish this card, simply emboss the greeting on Tranquil Tide card stock in white and add some dazzling diamonds glitter to the tree trunks with multipurpose liquid glue:

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The Holiday Catalog goes live September 1st, but you can order this bundle and everything else to create this card in my Stampin’ Store NOW!

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A Carol of Christmas

While I am a Scrooge when it comes to Christmas in the stores before we celebrate Thanksgiving, I believe one can listen to Christmas Carols All. Year. Long. It helps remind us to have goodwill toward men during every season, not just the holidays!

If you are needing a little Christmas cheer in your heart (and in your craft room), you’ll be happy to know that you can pre-order one of the best bundles in the holiday catalog a month early:

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I love the classic look of this bundle of products with Basic Black and Very Vanilla:

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Gold embossing powder and gold foil sheets really shine against the dark background for a quick and elegant card!

Next I switched the vanilla and black layers and pulled out the new Sheet Music background stamp to add the musical element. The embossed the ornaments add more pizazz on the Deck the Halls card:Watermarked2(2017-08-01-1402)

By getting an early start on your Christmas Creations, you’ll have a much merrier holiday, so visit my Stampin’ store to order using my August 2017 Host Code AVHZ6WQH ~ and remember to redeem your BONUS DAYS coupon(s) if you earned them in July!

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