Christmastime is Here

Christmastime Is Here Suite

Welcome to the Official Holiday Season!  I’m here to help your holiday creativity Bloom by introducing the NEW Christmastime Is Here Suite: This exclusive, limited-time collection of festive, floral coordinating products includes gorgeous products you’ll love.

This suite includes the very cool double-configuration Christmas Rose stamp set. What does that mean? It means the stamp set includes 12 photopolymer stamps and one red rubber cling stamp. The photopolymer stamps include greetings and images that create a soft watercolor look perfect for scene-building. The cling stamp is a large detailed line art image perfect for coloring. Combined, you have a Christmas stocking full of creative possibilities!

The suite also offers a host of unique products like gorgeous Designer Series Paper with foil accents, coordinating dies, gold embellishments, and even a lovely gold-tone bracelet.

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Products from the Christmastime Is Here Suite will be available while supplies last only.

Here are a few samples of what you can make using the supplies in the Suite:

Get one of everything from the Christmastime Is Here Suite in this convenient bundle—with 10% off the stamps & dies.

The Christmastime Is Here Suite Bundle includes

* Christmas Rose Stamp Set (10% off)

* Roses Dies (10% off)

* Christmastime Is Here Specialty Designer Series Paper

* Gold 1/4″ (6.4 mm) Shimmer Ribbon

* Gold Glitter Enamel Dots

* Charming Rose Bracelet

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NEW Paper Trimmer!

 

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One of the essential tools a paper crafter must have is a paper trimmer. Tomorrow (November 1st), the NEW Paper Trimmer by Stampin’ Up! will be available!

As a demo, I was able to get mine early, and was excited to play with it. You are going to be very pleased with the quality, attention to detail, and improvements to the new trimmer.

In my opinion, there are good improvements to the overall design, but the biggest improvements are in the design and function of the cutting and scoring blades. The new blades are easier to hold, glide smoothly, cut cleanly, and don’t pull to one side.

TIP: When cutting, don’t press down too hard or you may create a bend at the edge of the paper. The blades are sharp and only need light pressure to cut really well!

Order your Paper Trimmer today, I know you’ll love it as much as I do!

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ONE: The body of the trimmer has a squared shape that’s easy to store on its side, light weight, includes a look for hanging, and the extension arm is extra-long to fit larger paper.

TWO: The clear cutting guide is wide and solid so it won’t warp when cutting and it clips closed automatically without having to close with a latch.

THREE: Cutting and scoring blades are larger making them easier to grip and the shape is centered so cutting isn’t skewed to one side.

FOUR: Cutting and scoring blades are easy to remove and can be flipped and used either direction, so if you tend to cut only up or down you can flip and re-use.

FIVE: Cutting blade is super-sharp and longer so it can easily cut 2 – 3 sheets of cardstock!

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A Watercolor Rose For Christmas

I’ve been looking for an excuse to try watercoloring on darker paper, and the Global Design Project color challenge #GDP213 gave me the perfect reason to pull out the Aqua Painters!

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This is also a sneak peek at a NEW product suite coming on November 1st and I’m using the “Christmas Rose” stamp set from that breathtaking collection:

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It looks sumptuous, doesn’t it? But it was surprisingly simple! I embossed the outline image on the top and bottom of the Smoky Slate card stock in white, then did a quick watercolor wash with an Aqua Painter and a few drops of Whisper White ink over the places I wanted to color. Once that dried, I picked up the colors with my cleaned Aqua Painter and started to add the color.

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The embossed image helps keep the ink in place and the colors just POPPED off the paper! I practically broke my arm patting myself on the back, it turned out soooo pretty!

After multiple ribbon variations, I settled on a flat “mailing” bow to finish it off, and dressed up the inside of the card like this:

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This is also going to be one of the cards we make at my Christmas Card Class on November 9th in Spanish Fork, UT:  if you register for the class, you’ll find out how easy it really is!

FLASH Stamp Sale!

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RARELY are Stampin’ Up! stamp sets on sale: Today , October 23rd only you have the chance to get over 50 popular stamp sets at 15% off!

Add a clear block and a few ink pads to a stamp set for a thoughtful holiday gift that would delight any crafter (or future crafter), or fill your shelves with stamps you’ve been wishing for.

Click below to find which stamps are on sale and place your order before time slips by on this flash sale!

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HERE ARE A FEW OF THE STAMP SETS ON SALE:

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Pink for October

Updated 10/29/19: Marni Maxwell is the winner of the giveaway! Hurrah!

The most frightening things in life aren’t monsters, witches and goblins. The scariest things are more personal and realistic, like loneliness, human cruelty and illness that can lead to loss of life. If you or someone you love is/has gone through cancer, you know how truly scary that can be.

Let’s pause the Halloween parade for a moment and find a way to give support to those who are struggling with cancer. Sometimes we don’t know what to say or do when a friend is going through illness: a card can be a tangible reminder that you are loving and praying for them always.

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While I made this Tri-fold card pink for Breast Cancer awareness, you could easily change the colors to support the challenge you are consoling. IMG_3441-(W) 2

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The internet is good for some things: When I was looking for what to write to someone with cancer, I found this article (from the cancer.livebetterwith website) had the best advice. Here’s a tidbit from Alison & Brian, who were interviewed for ideas:

” ‘Anecdotes of everyday life connect the reader back with the real world’ – and this can be a pleasant change for people who are spending lots of time at home in bed, or traveling to and from the hospital… Even small observations can really help to draw your reader out of their day-to-day routine and give them pause to think and reflect.”

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Let’s make someone’s day: If you have a friend going through Breast Cancer now (October 2019), please leave a comment and tell me why they are special to you. I’ll draw a winner at random for the Support Ribbon Framelit Dies (for you to keep and make this card) and a lovely Breast Cancer Crusade Ribbon bracelet (for you to give to your friend)!

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Winner will be drawn on October 28th.

What’s New at SU! Fall Crafting

Thanks for hopping along with the What’s New at SU! blog hop. Our group of demonstrators from around the globe always inspire creativity with their projects and today we are focusing on FALL.

My husband grew over 200 stalks of Indian corn this year, so we have a LOT of beautiful ears and colorful kernels with which to decorate for all things Autumn:

IMG_3435-(W)We dried some of the corn and I put them into a small mason jar and pushed a battery-operated tea light into them. All it needed was a little ribbon and a tag to dress it up, and I will make a few more to decorate our Thanksgiving table.

When was the last time you colored directly on your stamp with Stampin’ Write Markers? I love doing this on words to achieve a rainbow effect.

IMG_3429-(W)This technique is easily done on a red rubber stamp (like our cling mount sets), but this saying was from a photopolymer set: When I colored and stamped it the first time, the colors pooled on the photopolymer, making the stamped image blotchy. So I cleaned it off with Stampin’ Mist cleaner on the Stampin’ Scrub and tried again~ the result the second time was MUCH better!

Before you hop on to Diane’s projects (or back to Heather’s), I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

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Cardinal in Blue

Driving parallel to the Utah Rocky mountains this week I had a hard time keeping my eyes on the road and not on the breath-taking colors on the mountains! Naturally, I decided to create a card to pay homage to the fall foliage and the #GDP210 sketch seemed like a great place to start:

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I’ve been wanting to use the cardinal from the Toile Christmas Stamp set in a color other than red, so that’s where I started:

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I don’t know who I’m sending it to yet, so I opted for a simple sentiment and can write whatever I want inside later.

Sponging a bit of white ink on the trees embossed with the Woodland embossing folder gave the feeling of walking through a grove of aspen trees, which are in glorious color currently. IMG_3373-(W)

Hope the leaves in your corner of the world are as lovely as they are here!
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Come to Gather Suite Spotlight

The 2019 Holiday Catalog Inspiration

Come To Gather Suite Spotlight

The Come To Gather Suite evokes all the warmth, texture, and colors of autumn with leaves, plaids, pumpkins, and feathers. Like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves they combine to make the perfect flavor of fall. This suite is ideal for cards, decor, memory keeping and gift giving.

Need a hostess gift or a touch of decor? Create this gorgeous tag and add it to a real mini pumpkin or make it last from year to year by adding it to a ceramic or fabric pumpkin. It’s a sure way to share your gratitude in style.

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What’s New at SU!- Harvest Hellos

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Falling leaves, pumpkin spice, cool weather, apple cider and a Fall-Themed Blog Hop with Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the globe who love sharing ideas with you: Does it get better than this?

I’m using the Harvest Hellos bundle from the 2019 Holiday Catalog today, with a twist on traditional Halloween colors: I like the CUTE part of the holiday, so Granny Apple Green, Highland Heather and Calypso Coral comprise my basic color palette:

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Betcha can’t look at that pumpkin without smiling!

If you think all white card stock is the same, you haven’t tried our ULTRASMOOTH card stock!! I stamped the pumpkin on that amazing Whisper White card stock in Calypso Coral ink, then used a blender pen to add more of the ink to color him in.

IMG_2942-(W)The Stitched Rectangle Dies make the layers on this card in a snap, add a little vinery by way of the Sprig Punch, and you’ve got a pumpkin patch!

I love it when you say “Hi” and leave me a comment, then hop on over to Diane’s blog for another happy fall project or back to Judi’s Country Home project page:

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The Complete September Blog Hop Roll Call:
Margriet Siekman – Creatiefmarsie
Pat Ertman – Gifted Hands, Ink!
Tricia Butts – Triciastampingcreations
Terry Montgomery – Terryficcards
Judi Anderson – Judistamps
Loni Spendlove – Creative Juice by Loni
Diane Browning – 24-7 Inkspiration
Anke Heim – Scraphexe
Sharon Burkert – As the Ink Dries

Plaid Tidings for Christmas

Starting your holiday greeting cards? Create cozy when you use the Wrapped in Plaid  suite to create cards, gifts, tags and holiday decorations that evoke all the comfort of being snowed into a cabin in the woods! 2019_HOL_P12_A.jpg

Here’s a quick and easy card that you could create from all of the Wrapped In Plaid Designer Series Paper and some foil sheets, and the trick is to punch out the gold tree before you adhere the DSP to the gold layer!

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You can even use the plaid tree you punch out for the inside of the card:

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I’ve created a tutorial for you: Download it below and order the supplies from my Stampin’ Store.

Plaid North Pole Delivery Card

MAKE your holiday merry by getting an early start!