A Christmas Card from Shelli Gardner!

I can’t believe I almost totally forgot to post this card I received at Founder’s Circle from Shelli Gardner (Stampin’ Up! CEO and her daughter Sara Douglas).  When we were swapping she gave us this card and even signed it on the back with her “bad” hand since she had just been in her horse riding accident and had injured her shoulder.  But I wanted to share it with you now before the holidays completely pass by.

But first, don’t forget about the Birthday Weekend Celebrations!  My birthday was on Wednesday and I’m sharing the presents all week long!  If you haven’t checked out day 1 and day 2, you still have time to get your name in the drawing for each gift since I’ll be drawing names on Sunday morning. 

So check out Shelli’s card and then leave a comment to be entered for today’s giveaway!

So Sophisticated Christmas Card

Shelli is known for her vintage and sophisticated style.  It always makes me laugh to see her on stage and start putting together a card and tell us that it is just a “stamp here”, “spritz there”, add a little fussy cutting, glue this and that, “add a stitch” just so… and you are done!  She makes it look so easy! 

Now, I guess the basic elements of this card are pretty straight forward.

  • Run the embossing folder across the middle of your card front for embossing on only part of your card front.
  • Heat emboss a single stamp (the O Holy Night set) in gold.
  • Cut out your stamped image with a framelit (from Apocathary Accents)
  • Add a Champange Glimmer paper punched star with the Merry Minis punch pack and placed a pearl in the middle (I would recommend using some extra adhesive to help hold it in place on the rough glimmer paper)
  • Spritz the card base with Vanilla Smooch Spritz to add some subtle shimmer to the card

But then you look closer at the top of the card and we start to get a little fancier!  : )

It looks like she took some of the Modern Medley designer paper and accordian folded a thin strip to allow them to shape it into a circle to go behind the star (I’m sure glued with hot glue!)

Then took some of the FABULOUS Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon and (I’m guessing with starch spray) crinkle and folded the ribbon to this interesting look.  Add two more paper banners on the right and you are done!

It looks like a really fun card to make…. but one I would make for only a few special people. : )

Birthday Celebrations & Giveaway – Day 3!

Alright, I promised you gifts because birthdays are so much fun and I’m glad I can share mine with you.

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This and That Washi Tape (1 set = 3 rolls of tape)

Brights Designer Buttons

Each day I’ll post a new giveaway and you’ll be able to enter up 3 ways (and yes! you can get multiple entries each day!) each day and I’ll draw names on Sunday.

Enter to win today’s giveaway by any combination of the following:

  • Leave a comment on this blog post sharing whether you scrapbook your holiday pictures or just take and store them. 
  • Visit my facebook page and leave a comment today’s card post sharing what is your favorite holiday treat?
    While you are there, don’t forget to make sure you’ve liked my page and are getting notifications to ensure you catch all the fun!
  • Place an order online or by emailing me at jennifer@nwstamper.com and get 2 extra entries

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A Starry Christmas Wreath for a Card

Yesterday I shared a post highlighting the 4 holiday different cards I made using this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit, which made some cute Christmas cards.  Well, I ended up with extra star garlands and I had seen a very simple card by Lyssa Zwolanek that used the star garland as a wreath and I thought it looked super cute, so I just had to make my own!

My favorite thing about this type of card is that it is a perfect way to use up the odds and ends lying around your craft table.  This card used:

If you didn’t get this month’s Paper Pumpkin, you could recreate this look by using the small star punch from the Merry Minis Punch Pack and then use a sewing machine or hand stitch … or if you aren’t much of a sewer, like me, you can do some faux stitching with a white pen for a similar effect!

 

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Adding Some Holiday Cheer Thanks to Paper Pumpkin

So, you’ve probably heard me mention My Paper Pumpkin before.  It is a monthly kit subscription from Stampin’ Up that contains everything you need (except standard glue and scissors) to complete a surprise project – typically in about 30 minutes.

Often it is a set of 4 cards, but they mix it up with mini-scrapbooks, giftables, and 3D items.  I’ll be the first to admit that some months have been cute while others I was not so excited by… but I LOVED the kit this month and just had to share some of the fun cards I made.

This is the first card that I did exactly as shown in the kit

Nov 2013 Paper Pumpkin Christmas card sample 1Then I challenged myself to come up with a few more variations using only the items in my kit from this month.  I think they turned out pretty fun too!

Nov 2013 Paper Pumpkin sample 2

Nov 2013 Paper Pumpkin sample 3

Nov 2013 Paper Pumpkin sample 4

See, fun right?

And, I have a TON of the stitched stars left and I love the “Wishing You a Merry Christmas” stamp.  I’ll be sure to be using it more in the future.

Now I’m excited to see what is coming next month.  If you are subscribed, I’d love to hear what you think of this month!

If you aren’t subscribed and want to give it a try, you can check it out here –
My Paper Pumpkin website

I’ll be back tomorrow with a card that I created mixing extra supplies from this month’s kit and items from the Holiday Sale.  So, hope to see you tomorrow.

 

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Merry Little Christmas for a Holiday Stamp-a-Stack

Coming up on Thursday I have a Holiday Card stamp-a-stack planned where everyone is going to make up to 4 different designs of cards including this one: 

I was going for something that was easy to make a lot of without taking a ton of time or wearing out your arm, and this is one of the designs that came about.

I loved the snowy/foggy forest look I got by stamping with Basic Grey ink and then re-stamping the tree (of course, from the amazing Lovely as a Tree), before I inked again.  And by having the trees stamped on a separate piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, I didn’t have to worry about what happened to the bottoms of the trees!

Add some stitched grosgrain ribbon around the Very Vanilla layer for a pop of color and color in the sentiment with markers and you get just the right balance of color and snowy day. Smile 

Stampin’ Up! Supplies Used
Stamps – Lovely as a Tree, Merry Little Christmas
Ink – Basic Grey, Basic Black marker, Real Red marker, Gumball Green marker
Paper – Very Vanilla, Basic Black
Accessories – Real Red stitched grosgrain ribbon

Want to make some Christmas cards?

Join me on Thursday (10/24/2013) for a night of stamping in Redmond, WA.  We’ll be making these cards plus one more super cute snowflake sparkle card!

RSVP for the Holiday Stamp-a-Stack here

Can’t make it in person, I offer kits as well!  Email me at jennifer@nwstamper and I’ll get you all set up!

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A Fun Christmas Card and Coloring Tip for Embossed Images

So, this started out as me trying to figure out the answer to a question for my downline, Liz, about how to get rich color on the top of the flowers from the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder.  I thought I knew what to tell her, but I wanted to try it out first so I could make sure I told her the right technique (since there are quite a few ways to color with your embossing folder).  Plus it was a great excuse for me to get back into creating videos too!  Yay!

Anyway, I finally figured it out and then thought I ought to do something with the finished colored and embossed paper, so this is what I came up with:

Christmas Card with Petals a Plenty and Tag It

Isn’t he cute?  I finally busted out my Tag It stamp set and used the coordinating Chalk Talk framelits to create the center tag.  Plus I accented it with my beloved Stitched Satin Ribbon in Gumball Green.  It makes it so happy, no?

Want to know how easy it is to color the flowers on this embossing folder?

Check out this quick video I made to show you how I did it.  (if you are reading this in email, click here to view the video on my blog)

 

Thank you, Liz!!

Now that I have this technique figured out, you can be sure I’m going to use it a lot.  It is so fast and I love the look.

I’m also thinking of including this card in my upcoming Holiday Card stamp-a-stacks.  What do you think?  Would you want to make this card? Smile

And check back tomorrow for another card idea using this same folder and technique.  See you then!

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Are You Ready For Some Cute Holiday Cards?

Christmas is a little over 12 weeks away, so I figured it might be time to start thinking about holiday cards and crafts!  Next week is the first in my 12 weeks of Christmas series for my newsletter subscribers (more scoop on that below), but to get us warmed up, I thought I would share one of the cards we will be making at my Holiday Cards stamp-a-stack on Saturday.

This card was inspired by a similar card I received as a swap at Founder’s Circle by Linda Heller.  She is the sweetest demo and I was so glad to have met her last week.

The thing I loved most about her card was her use of the Old Olive Simply Styled Embellishments (those cute paperclips with ribbon bows attached).

Other fun details I added:

  • Using Cherry Cobbler coredinations cardstock that I embossed with the Polka Dot embossing folder and sanded down to make the dots pop.
  • Sponging the edge of the Sahara Sand oval with Whisper White ink for that snowy look
  • Matching polka dot designer paper from the new Season of Style designer paper stacks

I can’t wait to share it with folks on Saturday! 

If you would like to join use, please let me know ASAP so I can make sure to have a kit available for you!

RSVP for the Holiday Card class here

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Want holiday project inspiration that comes to you?  Over the next 12 weeks you’ll get great project ideas from holiday cards to boxes, gifts to thank you cards.  All will full color pictures and a PDF of instructions to create them at home.  Best yet, it is totally free! 

This is my gift to you!  All you need to do is be on my newsletter mailing list and they will start arriving every wednesday starting October 2nd. 

If you are not on my mailing list, make sure you sign up now so you won’t miss a single project!

Sign up to receive weekly holiday project in your inbox here

 

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It’s Stampin’ Up! Convention Time!!

I’ve been getting super excited over the last week as convention approached and I started getting exciting wondering what amazing ideas I’d see, what new products would be revealed, and have a chance to hang out and reconnect with some wonderful people.

As I do each year I’ll be posting live updates to my Facebook page (as long as my battery holds out each day) and I’ll give you the full scoop and pictures each night here on the blog.  So even if you can’t be here in person, you can still participate in the excitement and get a feel for it with me.

Travelling to Salt Lake City!

So, today was my traveling day and I was very lucky to have 4 members of my group plus a great stamping friend traveling with me from Seattle to Salt Lake City.  We hopped on our plane last night and were treated to the most amazing sunset as we came in to land in SLC.

salt lake city sunset

We got our bags and a shuttle and headed to our homebase for the weekend – the Radisson at the convention center.  Check out the cool wall art about the nice beds:

Convention 2013 Radisson hotel room

And while I should really be sleeping in that bed right now (since breakfast comes waaay to early in the morning), I thought I’d show you some of the other fun things I brought with me to kick things off. Smile

1.  My nametag & convention buttons!

My first year at convention, I saw people with their lanyards full of pins and buttons and I realized that many people collect their convention pins and acheivement pins on their lanyard and I set out to start collecting mine.  It’s taken me 5 years, but I love that it is getting more full.  I know… its silly, but sometimes the little things make it more fun!

convention 2013 name tag and lanyard

Plus with 6,000 demos in attendance, they are checking badges this year and so I got to make it fun to look at!

2.  Swaps!!

What would a Stampin’ Up! event be without swaps?  I started out with making a ton of this Flower/Doily card… it was fun and easy to make a bunch.  But when I was done, I had made 76 cards and I decided a few days ago that a few more wouldn’t hurt and so I made the Christmas cards as well.

Flower Shop Doily Card

stampin up convention 2013 flower shop swap

I used the new Flower Shop bundle to create the cute flowers and then just accented with one of the Whisper White doilies.

I decided I needed a few more swaps and I thought of this fun way to use the new Christmas Collectibles stamp set.
(psst – sneak peek alert!  New holiday catalog goodies including the new stamp set, punch, and embossing folder.)

Christmas Collectibles Ornament Card

stampin up convention 2013 christmas swap card

 

3.  Fun n’ Crafty group gifts!

And finally, I put together a little Convention Survival Kit for everyone in my group since it was the first convention for many of them.  Some people have the tradition of downline gifts and roommate gifts… I just was excited to have so many downline and friends going with me I wanted to put a little something together for them.

Stampin up convention 2013 survival kit

  • I figured a few emergency snacks and mints would be nice.
  • Wet wipes for cleaning up after snacks or when you are stamping during make & takes and need a little extra clean up power.
  • Some tissue, because there is always some touching story or presentation that gets the whole room crying!
  • Chapstick – I swear, I always forget this and buy a new stick every year when I am here!
  • Band-aids were supposed to be in the bag, especially for when you are walking all day and your shoes start rubbing
  • …and of course a cute bag they can reuse each day to easily find their essentials.

Today they get their handmade gift from me… but I’ll save that surprise for my next blog post!  Ooh, I can’t wait to give everyone theirs!

So, today will be a day full of Stampin’ Up! home office tours, swapping, opening session, and a big party afterwards!  I’ll post as I go on my Facebook page and then back here later for the full report.

I’m so excited!

Now for a few hours sleep while I can….7:15am comes too early!

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