Happy Hannukah Card

I know I’m running a couple days behind since Hannukah started on the 1st, but I created this card on the first… does that count?  Smile 

I made this card using scraps and one of my favorite retired sets – Hebrew Holidays.

It is also hard to see, but I used Crystal Effects on the candle flames…such a fun use of Crystal Effects.  It adds a little shine and dimension when you see the card in person.

So, to all of you celebrating the Festival of Lights right now.  I wish you a very happy Hannukah!

A Letterpress Card for the Stamping 411 Challenge #168

If you’ve seen the holiday mini, you’ve seen one of the new products Stampin’ Up! just released – the Letterpress Plates.  These plates are made to use with your BigShot and instead of embossing your image by causing the pattern to raise up off your paper, these plates deboss your image – making empressed images that go into your page.  Add some craft ink, and you get imprinted colored images to spiff up your project.

At convention this year, Stampin’ Up! unveiled the plates and then offered a special convention bundle of all the letterpress plates at a discount for convention attendees.  Yet another awesome benefit of being a demo (see even more benefits here).  So, I decided to try them out and after getting my bundle, spent some time this weekend playing with them.  So, today, here is the first card I made with the Northern Trim plate for the Stamping 411 sketch challenge.

I’ve also been playing with different types of papers and inks, so check back later this week as I’ll be posting my results and offering tips for what I’ve found from using the plates.  Until then, here is the video Stampin’ Up! released to show you more possibilities with these plates.

Oh, P.S. – if you are a demo or become a demo when attending their regional seminar, they have another special bundle just for attendees!  Contact me at jennifer@nwstamper.com for more info or find out how to be my guest when I go to the Portland Regionals in October.


Demonstrating the Letterpress Dies

Kind Thanks Recipe:
Thank You Kindly
Ink:  Always Artichoke Classic ink, Always Artichoke Craft Ink, Rose Red Craft Ink
Paper:  Elegant Soiree DSP, Basic Black CS, Rose Red CS, Confetti White CS, Always Artichoke CS
Accessories:  Basic Black Satin ribbon, Scallop edge punch, Basic Rhinestones, Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware, Modern Label punch, glue dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Over 20 new items now in the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack

I just saw that Stampin’ Up! has added even more fabulous retired items to the online clearance rack.  Some of these items are such amazing deals at up to 60% off that I had to quickly share them with you.  Check out all the great deals online.  I’ll be back again soon with more project shares but had to spread the word of these great deals. 

Hurry and get your favorites before they are sold outSee it all online in the Clearance Rack.

Finally able to post pictures

So, while away on my trip, I tried posting the pictures from last week.  Unfortunately, my internet connection was apparently not good enough to make that happen, so I wanted to get out a quick post this morning. 

Like I said last week, we had a great time getting ready for the holidays by making gift packaging.  I posted most of the items we made, but I didn’t get a chance to post the final two items. 

scallopedgc This bag was one I first saw my mom do and I thought it would be perfect for holding gift cards.  It is super simple to do; so I thought it would be a good addition to the class.  All you do to make it is cut a piece of 3×6.5″ cardstock, scoring at 5″.  Use the scallop punch to edge of the flap of the main cardstock. Using sticky tape, adhere a 3×5″ cello bag to the 3×5 section of cardstock.  Punch holes through the main cardstock and cello bag (one on each side) about halfway between the 5″ score line and the end of the flap – don’t punch through the flap itself.  Run ribbon from the back of the holder, through the holes, and then use to tie the flap down.

holidayboxThen, while waiting for the ladies to show, I decided I wanted to play with my new designer label punch and some hardware from the Hodgepodge Hardware kit.  So, I created a box with a band that would hold a designer label hardware piece.  Since it was based on the pizza box style boxes, it was super fast.  I just wish I had stamped the main cardstock instead of just the band.

Recipe (GC holder):
Ink: none
Paper: textured chocolate chip CS, Ghostly Greetings DSP
Accessories: scalloped edge punch, crop-a-dile, Ridinghood Red taffeta ribbon

Recipe (box):
Christmas Classics, Best Yet (hostess)
Ink: Always Artichoke
Paper: Ridinghood Red CS, Always Artichoke CS, Kraft CS
Accessories: Hodgepodge Hardware vanilla