The 2014 Holiday Catalog is Here!

Yay!  The Holiday Catalog is released and ordering begins today!  I know that if you haven’t already seen the catalog, you’ve at least heard a lot of great comments about how fantastic the products and samples are. 2014 Stampin Up Holiday Catalog

Holiday Catalog PDF

Spanish Flyer

Holiday Catalog Stampin’ Supplies

Go ahead… get started making your wish list.  If there’s anything you have to have, and have to have it quickly, I would suggest that you get your order in very soon.  Stampin’ Up! has notified us that some items are already low in stock because of the tremendous response from demonstrators during the pre-order period.

This truly is the best Holiday Catalog in Stampin’ Up! history!  I have the pleasure of working with some demos and customers who’ve been using Stampin’ Up! products since the 1990′s, and they all emphatically agree.  I hope you enjoy the projects shown as much as I do.  For your easy reference, the third link above lists the products used for each project shown in the catalog.

WAIT!  There’s more!  :)   In addition to regular Hostess Benefits on orders of $300 or more, you’ll receive this fabulous FREE exclusive stamp set, Good Greetings!  This is a must-have sentiment set!

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  • All order types qualify for this promotion (customer, demonstrator, workshop, or online).
  • Hostesses may use their additional hostess dollars on any current catalog merchandise.
  • Orders larger than the qualifying amount are not eligible for additional sets
  • Qualifying order = $300 in commissionable sales (pre-tax and shipping); one set per order
  • Qualifying host has the choice of wood or clear mount stamp set
  • Order dates: August 28 – October 31

 

Don’t forget to check out the weekly deals and the clearance rack before finalizing your order.

Happy shopping!

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A Thank You for Kim

I’m really glad it’s Wednesday!  I’ve been so busy and haven’t had much time to stamp, but thank heavens for Freshly Made Sketches, because I have a really good excuse to put aside all my busywork and go stamp!  And then there’s the fact that the ‘Clean Team’, guest designers included, always create the BEST sketches to work with.  This week’s sketch was created by our Guest Designer, Kim Singdalhsen, and it was everyone’s favorite!  Not one moan or groan from the team about pesky circles or anything!  :)

I’m dedicating this week’s card to Kim.  It has been a pleasure having her share her talent with us this month.  I hope you’ll all take a moment to visit her blog at Joyful Creations and give her a warm thank you and a “Ya’ll come back, now!”.Blooming-with-Hope I really love the lines of Kim’s sketch, and wanted to keep them clear in my design, so I opted for black and white with a splash of color.  The DSP print is from Back to Black, and the flowers are from the Bloom with Hope (Hostess) stamp set (stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with Basic Black embossing powder).  Although the stamp set has 5 fabulous sentiments that are great for both the card front and the card interior, I opted for “thanks” from the Another Thank You photopolymer stamp set. Dimension and bling were created with Crystal Effects on the flowers (first colored with Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive Blendabilities), a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels and Pearls Basic Jewels and the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folders.  Lastly, the black panel was cropped with the Scallop Border Punch. FMS151 Kim SI hope you’ve enjoyed today’s card and that you’ll come play along with Kim’s sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week! Happy stamping!  

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Welcome Home, Fall!

Oooh, more sneak peeks!  I’m having so much fun with the New Holiday Catalog products!  Only one more week until you can order.  WARNING:  If you’re like me, and you’ve told yourself that you will limit your spending on this year’s Holiday Catalog offerings, go ahead and get over it now.  This catalog has more must-have’s than ever before.  I was able to justify my purchases, because Stampin’ Up! has made collections that can be used in so many ways, year-round.  Yep, get ready…

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The new Holiday Home stamp set and dies are awesome (and you can bundle them for a 15% savings!).  It has 24 amazing stamps (it’s a photopolymer set, which makes for very simple layering of stamps, too!), and includes 5 sentiments that cover more than just holidays.  Like I said, it’s a versatile year-round stamp set.   NOTE:  The sentiment on this card is from another new stamp set, For All Things.  I’ll be showing you more from that set soon!

This week’s card is inspired by another fabulous sketch by our Pal, Margaret Moody, for the Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge.  Keep in mind that sketches are for inspiration and a starting point for you to bounce off of with your creative spin, and that’s what I did:  I rotated the sketch…

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In addition to rotating the sketch, instead of the two separate panels, I used one and split it with a wavy line to (hopefully!) resemble the two panels.

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To add the Linen Thread, I punched a 1/16″ hole in each corner to thread it through to secure it without having to glue it down all the way around the card.  The little house was colored with both Blendabilities and Stampin’ Write Markers, and Crystal Effects was added to the windows and the door.  And as for those cute little clouds… do you recognize them?  They’re cut with a die from the Word Bubbles dies!  Perfect little clouds, and oh-so-easy!

This card was just too much fun… despite the fact that I got ink on my fingers and there is a smudge behind one of the clouds, AND the fact that I stuck my fingers in the wet Crystal Effects, oh, AND the fact that I set the completely finished background piece too close to a roll of packaging tape.   Wow, that packaging tape sticks really well!  Fortunately, I got it off without too much damage.  It just goes to prove that you can salvage some pretty major goof-ups!   No piece of paper was irreparably harmed or wasted in the making of this card.  :)  Like I told Brian King today, Mama said there’d be days like this!

Hello-Fall!

I hope you’ll visit Pals Paper Arts to see what the Resident Artists have created to make your jaw drop this week, and that you’ll play along with us!

Happy stamping!

Supplies:  Stamp Sets: Holiday Home and For All Things;  Paper:  Smokey Slate, Mossy Meadow, and Whisper White;  Ink:  Mossy Meadow, Sky Blue, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Black Onyx (by VersaFine) ink pads, Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight Blendabilities, Stampin’ Write Markers in Smoky Slate and Basic Gray;  Tools  & Accessories:  Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Holiday Home Framelits Dies, Word Bubbles Framelits Dies, Stamping Sponges, 1/16″ Circle Punch, Linen Thread, Crystal Effects and Stampin’ Dimensionals.   Bold items will be available in the Holiday Catalog and released on August 28th!

 

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An Apparition with Fall Fest Sneak Peek

NOTE:  Thank you to my wonderful friend and stupendously creative and funny stamper, Brian King, who taught me how to spell “Apparition” today.  Unfortunately, I didn’t run it by him before the post went live this morning, but it’s all fixed now!

Did you know that vellum makes a ghost look more ghostly?  After playing around with different colors and patterns of paper, the light bulb finally came on and I knew that I needed to use vellum for this adorable little ghost from Fall Fest (available in the Holiday Catalog, Aug. 28th).  The leaves and pumpkin are also from Fall Fest.  There are several sneak peeks In this post…

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Did you notice that I darkened the leaves furthest away from the pumpkin with a little sponging so it looks like the candlelit pumpkin (gold glitter) is casting a glow on them?

When I saw this paper from Color Me Autumn, I knew it would make a perfect moonlit sky.  The moon was sponged on with White Craft Ink using a stencil made with scrap paper and a circle punch.  I know you’re wondering about the sentiment, right?  It’s from a future Hostess stamp set called Good Greetings that contains a whopping 19 “handwritten” greetings.  The sentiments in this set cover just about any occasion!

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I often get questions about how to adhere vellum without the glue or tape showing through, and most of the time I adhere with glue dots and strategically place something over the glue dot so you can’t see it.  However, with this card, I used some special tape made just for vellum that I found years ago at a craft shop.

This card was inspired by a sketch from the adorable, witty and extremely talented Linda Callahan for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  Linda is truly one of the most creative card makers I’ve ever seen.

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Now it’s time to go see what our ‘Clean Team’ has created to get you revved up so you’ll run to your craft room with giddy excitement to create your own work of art!  I hope to see you in our gallery!

 

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Fall Fest Sneak Peek

Okay, it’s time to take some photography classes!  I spent an afternoon trying to capture the details of this card, and still didn’t quite get it, so bear with me, and hopefully, with a good imagination, you’ll “see” it!  I wasn’t laughing at the time, but it’s kind of funny now:  I traveled all over my house hoping that different lighting would help.  I lost a leaf in the process.  Uh, boy.

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This card is based on the talented designer, Rita Wright’s, fabulous sketch for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  I really, really like this sketch!   Wait until you see the creations made by the FMS ‘Clean Team’, especially Rita’s card!  Wow!

FMS149 Rita Wright

Okay, back to my card.  I’m going to start out by saying that part of it was a mistake.  Long after stamping random leaves from the Fall Fest stamp set on the card base with VersaMark for a subtle tone-on-tone look, I decided to create the gold line frame around the center panel.  I HEAVILY powdered the card with my Embossing Buddy, hoping that the Gold Embossing Powder would only stick to the line that I created with a VersaMark pen.  Well, it stuck randomly to the leaves.  I went ahead and used the Heat Tool on it and ended up loving the results!

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Hopefully, you can see in these two close up photos how the gold embossing just covers parts of those leaves, and has a gradient effect.  It is so pretty in person.

2 Holiday Catalog Sneak Peeks (available August 28th): 

  • Fall Fest Stamp Set (watch for this one!… it has a nice mix of fall and a little Halloween… perfect for those of us that only make a few Halloween cards because it’s has so many stamps that are wonderful for fall cards).
  • Gold Basic Metal Buttons

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The sentiment is from Something to Say, and in my opinion, it’s a must-have sentiment set.

This is one of my most favorite cards that I’ve made.  I hope you like it as well and are inspired to create today!

SUPPLIES:  Stamp Sets:  Something to Say and Fall Fest (Fall Fest available Aug. 28th);  Paper:  Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow and Whisper White;  Ink:  Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey and VersaMark;  Tools and Accessories:  Burlap Ribbon, Mossy Meadow Stitched Satin Ribbon, Gold Basic Metal Buttons (available Aug. 28th).  Non-SU:  VersaMark Pen

 

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More Good Thoughts for Freshly Made Sketches

There’s yet another fabulous sketch challenge this week at Freshly Made Sketches!  Jen Mitchell is our host this week, and I fell in love with her sketch as soon as I saw it.  I love panels and layers, so this one is right up my alley!

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I’m loving the new Flowerpot DSP!  I like how it has flowers that can be fussy-cut, yet the print is still small and suitable for card making.  It’s hard to see in the photo, but the flower’s center was coated with Crystal Effects before adding the pearls.  It gives a cutout flower a little more pizzazz, I think.

Great sketch, Jen!

FMS148 Jen Mitchell

I hope you’ll take a moment to check out the ‘Clean Team’s’ various takes on this sketch and that you’ll be inspired to play along with us this week!

SUPPLIES:

Stamp Sets:  Perfect Pennants

Paper:  Night of Navy, Lost Lagoon and Whisper White

Ink:  Night of Navy and Stampin’ Write Markers:  Pumpkin Pie, Lost Lagoon and Night of Navy

Tools and Accessories:  Paper Piercing Tool and Mat, Essentials Piercing Templates, Crystal Effects, Pearls Basic Jewels

 

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Happy Cake Day!

I {LOVE} Jennifer Timko’s sketch for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge!  I have so many ideas of ways to use it, so you’ll be seeing it again!  The three panels make this sketch feel very contemporary to me, so it gave me the perfect opportunity to use my new Age Awareness stamp set.  I knew I had to have this super-versatile set as soon as I saw it and I’m so glad it resides in my collection now!

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As you can see (or will see when you see Jennifer’s sketch below), I rotated the sketch to accommodate the cake and balloons.  The cake is from Sketched Birthday, and the other images are from Age Awareness.  I accentuated two of the “HAPPY”s and one of the “CAKE DAY” and the entire row of candles with Crystal Effects, which gives it a really shiny embossed look.  The little tiny circles of Gold Foil were cut with the smallest circles in the Owl Builder Punch.  They make great little gold brads, right?

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One balloon was stamped with the balloon from Age Awareness, and then trace onto Gold Foil for the second and third balloons.  All balloons were coated with Crystal Effects, sprinkled with gold glitter and given Gold Baker’s Twine strings.

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The cake stamp, which includes a candle, was colored with Stampin’ Write Markers, and the candle was omitted.  After coloring the image with markers, I added a little glue with a Glue Pen and sprinkled on some sugary-looking Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.Age-Awareness-Sketched-Birt

And here’s the card interior trimmed out with a little Gold Soiree DSP:

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Here’s Jennifer’s sketch:

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What a great sketch!  I hope you love it as much as I do and that we’ll see you in the gallery this week!  Don’t forget to visit Freshly Made Sketches to see this week’s FABULOUS (seriously!) creations by the “Clean Team’!

 

Don’t forget to add Age Awareness to your Wish List for the perfect Birthday stamp set that can be either sweet and whimsical or funny and snarky!  :)

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