Friday, December 4, 2020

Gift Card Holders Galore!

What gifts are you thinking of giving this Christmas?  If you're like most parents/grandparents, you know that the younger generation is looking for gift cards. And just think ... it's so cheap and easy for shipping, definitely a factor to keep in mind this pandemic year!

So, I've come up with several different gift card holders - patterns and holders that I've accumulated over the years.  Wouldn't you like to have several different options for presentation this year?! Well, sign up for this class now!



I'll be teaching this class on Zoom on Tuesday night, December 8th, 2020. Can't make it?!  No problem .. I'll have a PDF tutorial written up for you with super-easy directions for you to follow.  If it requires more explanation, I'll even make a video showing you how to cut and score the cardstock.  If you buy the kit (available until the end of the next week, but definitely done in time for you for Tuesday night's class if you sign up by Monday evening).  I'm featuring the Wrapped in Christmas and Tag Buffet stamp set for most of my sentiments.  I'll be using different stamp sets to decorate the outside -- you'll be able to match them because the designer papers are even to match.  Don't worry if you don't have exactly what I have - these gift card holders are SO easy to decorate!



Option 1: $23 Sign up HERE
Get the card kit with all paper cut and scored.  (PDF included and will be sent out within 24-48 hours of the class, but hopefully BY the time of class!)

Option 2: $13 Sign up HERE
Sign up for the Zoom class and cut/score your own paper. (Cutting document will be sent out by Monday afternoon.) You'll get the PDF with a link for videos if needed. If you miss the zoom, you'll still have all the instructions you need! 

Make sure you sign up by Monday night (12/8/20 at 12 p.m.) if you want the kit in time for the class!  The kits are available for porch pickup any time after 2 p.m. on Tuesday. If you would like a kit but require shipping, text or email me and we'll arrange that too!

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Thursday, December 3, 2020

Curvy Christmas Wishes!


Last week for my Handmade Holidays newsletter, I prepared several cards using the Curvy Christmas stamp set and the Curvy dies.  This stamp set is part of a bundle that Stampin' Up! has for sale during November and December (you must order this Quite Curvy VARIETY bundle by December 10th in order to guarantee delivery before Christmas). 

Here is one of my favorite cards that I prepared:


I used the Heartwarming Hugs designer paper for my DSP layer under the two cut curvy layers.  I've said it before -- the Poinsettia Petals is probably my favorite bundle from the Holiday Mini catalog.  I diecut a pine branch from the Beautiful Boughs dies. Of course, the finishing touch is the lovely beaded pearl embellishment in the center of my red velvet flower.  



How does one see the tutorial for this card?  Well, my newsletter subscribers are receiving weekly Handmade Holidays tutorial emails, and this card was one of my featured cards.  Although it was already sent, if you subscribe to my newsletter AND leave me a comment under the card, I can forward this issue to you.  (*I featured 3 other cards with different stamp sets and designer paperst too which you will see in the newsletter.)

QUITE CURVY VARIETY BUNDLE

Includes the Quite Curvy Bundle, the Curvy Christmas Photopolymer Stamp Set, and the Classic Christmas Designer Series Paper at a 10% discount.

Create versatile and innovative crafts with the Quite Curvy Variety Bundle! The bundle includes the following products at a 10% discount:

  • Quite Curvy Stamp Set
  • Curvy Dies
  • Curvy Christmas Stamp Set
  • Classic Christmas 6" x 6" (15.2 x 15.2 cm) Designer Series Paper

Note: The "Spring" part of the bundle (titled the Quite Curvy bundle) will still be available in January as part of the Spring Mini Catalog, but the Christmas part of it (the Quite Curvy Variety bundle) is limited to this special ordering period only.  Don't forget to use December's host code located on the side panel to receive a special gift from me at the end of the month! 

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Monday, November 23, 2020

"Beary Comforting"


December’s cute and cuddly Paper Pumpkin kit—called “Beary Comforting”—is designed to uplift your loved ones as this beary tough year finally comes to a close. After a year like 2020, we all could use a big bear hug! With the help of this bear-themed kit, you can create 12 unbearably cute cards featuring warm and fuzzy friends, sweet stamps, and meaningful messages. Near or far, send your friends and family the extra comfort, love, and encouragement they need with this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit!
To receive the kit, customers must subscribe by 10 December. Here's the link to subscribe!  

p.s. This makes a great gift idea for a pre-teen daughter/niece,  a neighbor,  a shut-in, etc.  Finish your Christmas shopping early this year!


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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Don't miss the moments ...

This morning I woke up at 3:30 a.m.  What does one do at that time if you're wide awake and the rest of the world (including the pups)? Well, I watched a Hallmark Christmas movie... and caught a glimpse of the sun coming up this morning.  



The scene inspired a card... and reminded me not to miss the still moments. 


I started with a small scrap of Snowflake Splendor DSP and a small piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I used the Curvy dies from the Quite Curvy bundle available as a special order until January 3rd, and then availabe in the new mini catalog.  The rolling hill landscape almost looked like the scene I captured in my early morning photo. 


Step 2 was to sponge my background.  (*Shhh... I used the new blender brushes I could preorder after attending On Stage at Home last weekend.  You're gonna love them!) I used Petal Pink, Calypso Coral, Balmy Blue and Night of Navy on top.  I then embossed some stars from the So Many Stars stamp set. The pines?  I stamped them in Pretty Peacock ink and then overstamped (a separateset of image of stamps - In the Pines is an easy two-set stamp set).  All that was left to do was cut the pines out with the matching dies and stamp my sentiment.  


I almost didn't add a sentiment to the card.  I was looking to add a silhouette of a deer, squirrel or rabbit (no, it wasn't there in the picture this time, but it's usually in my landscape any other time I look out my windows), and my eye landed on the Merry Moose stamp set.  I wouldn't see a moose in my landscape here in Lynnfield Massachusetts, so the idea wasn't quite right ... but the sentiment surely was!

I hope you take advantage of those found moments... the moments when the rest of the world is still and you get to look in on it!  

Have a wonderful "stamped with blessings" kind of day!
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Monday, November 16, 2020

Poinsettia Petals Card Class 11/24/20

Join me on Tuesday night, 11/24/20 at 7 p.m. on Zoom for some online crafting fun.  This card  class features the Poinsettia Petals stamp set and dies. The class is easiest if you already own the Poinsettia Petals bundle, but with the class kit, you can substitute another stamp set. Purchase the card kit (precut cardstock, a roll of  the 3/8" Sheer Real Red Ribbon, a package of the Beaded  Gems (perfect for poinsettia centers!!), the cut designer paper, diecut elements, and envelopes) for $35 (porch pickup) or use your own. If using your own stamp sets and paper,  cutting instructions will be emailed to you upon receipt of your signup and payment.  

There  are several options for purchasing  this class.  All will receive the PDF within 24-48 hours of the class being held. Obviously the class is best done with the stamp set and dies,  but it is possible to substitute your own stamps and dies too.  With the diecuts from the bundle included in the kit, some of the card kit can be assembled without the stamp set.  You will need your own inks and a stamp set with holiday sentiments to complete the cards as shown.

Option 1: Receive the card kit (porch pickup Sunday after 6 p.m., Monday or Tuesday) in time for Zoom class Tuesday night.  Kit includes the ribbon and gems, all cardstock and designer paper cut and scored, envelopes and  diecut elements.  It does NOT include any stamped images, which will make two of the cards more difficult. You can also arrange for pickup AFTER Tuesday night and put the kit together at your leisure using the PDF.  

Option 1 Register Here 

 Option 2: Join me for Zoom  class Tuesday night WITHOUT the card kit.  If you register for this option,  I will send you cutting  dimensions upon registration and receipt of payment.

 Option 2 Register Here

Option 3: Purchase the PDF only.  You will receive all instructions to complete all cards as pictured.  You will need to use your own stamp sets.   This option does NOT include the Zoom class link.

Option 3 Register Here 

Option 4:  The cadillac deal!  Purchase the Poinsettia Petals bundle and the ribbon and beaded pearls for $78.00 and receive the card class and instructions for free (this is a deal!).  You will receive the card kit or stamp set in time for class if your are local and place your order by Wednesday night, 11/18/20.  If you are not local, I will ship this to you for 5.00 but you probably won't receive it in time for the class (although with the PDF and the kit, you won't have any trouble completing it at your leisure.  



Option 4 Register Here 


Option 5: Place at least a $35.00 order using November host code C97MGMFW and receive this class for $15.00. 


Option 5 Click Here

I hope you decide to register for this class. I had so much fun designing these cards and this is absolutely my favorite bundle (and designer paper!) from the Holiday Mini Catalog.  I know you won't regret signing up for this class or using this stamp set for your Christmas cards year after year!


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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Poinsettia Petals ... In Bumblebee?!

I did a Facebook Live this Tuesday night, focusing on different places to get color inspiration. If you've been a Stampin' Up! customer for a while, you know that  one place to get color inspiration, or more specifically, to figure out what colors to use when choosing a specific designer paper, is the back of the designer paper package.  Stampin' Up! lists the primary colors, making it easy to create cards.  Sometimes it's a bit surprising though.  

For instance, did you know that the first color listed on the Poinsettia Place designer series paper package is Bumblebee?!  I'm sure colors are listed in alphabetical order now that I think about it, but still, who would have thought Bumblebee?!

I decided to create a card very quickly, using the Bumblebee, Garden Green and Soft Suede colors listed. Here's my card:


The card base is Garden Green, then I did a Bumblebee mat, and finally, a Poinsettia Place designer paper layer.  I stamped the largest and medium single poinsettia flower in Soft Suede, then colored the petals from the inside out with Wink of Stella.  This made the petals almost resemble the designer paper layer exactly.  I stamped the pine branches in Garden Green, and stamped the poinsettia center and the berry sprig in Bumblebee.  The ribbon is the lovely Garden Green/Pretty Peacock reversible ribbon.  
(*Just a note -- I never realized that this ribbon is actually Old Olive/Pretty Peacock reversible ribbon.  Who knew?!  Well, luckily Old Olive is one of the colors listed in the designer paper package too!)

Here's a closeup view of the card:


So, don't be afraid to experiment with colors, even if they don't fit the "classic color scheme"!  What do you think of the card?!  Please leave me a comment!
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Thursday, November 5, 2020

Love of Leaves Card Class

Love  of Leaves  Card Class



Join me on Tuesday night, 11/10/20 at 7 p.m. on Zoom for some online crafting fun.  This card  class features the Love of Leaves stamp set and dies. The class is easiest if you already own the Love of Leaves bundle, but with the class kit, you can easily substitute another stamp set. Purchase the card kit (precut  cardstock, designer paper, diecut/punched elements, and envelopes) for $25 (porch pickup) or use your own. If using your own stamp sets and paper,  cutting instructions will be emailed to you upon receipt of your signup and payment.  

There  are several options for purchasing  this class.  All will receive the PDF within 24-48 hours of the class being held. Obviously the class is best done with the stamp set and dies,  but it is possible to substitute your own stamps and dies too.  With the diecuts from the bundle included in the kit, much of the card kit can be assembled without the stamp set.  You will need your  own inks and a stamp set with small sentiments to complete the cards as shown.

Option 1: Receive the card kit (porch pickup Sunday after 6 p.m., Monday or Tuesday) in time for Zoom class Tuesday night.  Kit includes all cardstock and designer paper cut and scored, envelopes and  diecut/punched elements.  Does NOT include any stamped images. You can also arrange for pickup AFTER Tuesday night and put the kit together at your leisure using the PDF.  


Option 1 Register Here 

 Option 2: Join me for Zoom  class Tuesday night WITHOUT the card kit.  If you register for this option,  I will send you cutting  dimensions upon registration and receipt of payment.


 Option 2 Register Here

Option 3: Purchase the PDF only.  You will receive all instructions to complete all cards as pictured.  You will need to use your own stamp sets.   This  option does NOT include the Zoom class link.


Option 3 Register Here 

Option 4:  The cadillac deal!  Purchase the Love of Leaves bundle for $56.00 and receive the card class for free.  I will include the class kit and instructions for free.  You will not receive the card kit or stamp set in time for class, but this does include the zoom link.  If you are not local, I will ship this to you for free.  


Option 4 Register Here 

Option 5: Place at least a $25 order using November host code C97MGMFW and receive this class for $5.00. 


Option 5 Register Here 

Lastly, you can place an order for at least $50 using the host code C97MGMFW and I will send you a gift at the end of the month (I will provide a selection for you  to choose from) and you can get the class for free.  You will need to Email Me to get the link for directions.  

Phew!!  Lots of options!  I hope you decide to register for this class.  I'm very excited!!  


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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Thankful for ALL the Good Things!

I made this card for a facebook live a few weeks ago and never shared it.  I love it!  It features fall colors for a normally "green" stamp set.


What's the stamp set you ask?  Well, the sentiment is from the Country Home set -- but the stamped "wheat" and leaves diecuts are from Forever Fern bundle.  Doesn't it look different?!  Just using alternate cardstock colors, the Forever Flourishing dies look completely different. The DSP is from the Flowers for Every Season DSP stack.  The DSP is not just flowers for spring and summer!

How did I make the card? The base is 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4".  I used the new Bumblebee cardstock for the base.  The color is similar to Crushed Curry, but I feel that Crushed Curry has a green sort of tint, and the Bumblebee color is just softer.  It's my new fall "go-to" color.  

The mat below the DSP layer is the new Cinnamon Cider color.  Do you remember the Baked Brown Sugar color from a few years back?  It's similar, but better ... if that's even possible!  The mat layer is3 3/4" x 5".  The DSP layer, again from Flowers for Every Season, is 3 1/2" x 4 3/4",  just 1/4" smaller, length x width, from the mat layer.  


I used the diecuts to cut the leaves.  I stamped the "wheat-looking" dicut with Bumblebee ink on a Bumblebee scrap, then cut out with the diecutting machine.  I then cut the rounded leaves from a Cinnamon Cider scrap, and the pointier leaves from Shimmer White.  I could have used Very Vanilla, like the sentiment, but I wanted it to "pop".

The sentiment is from Country Home.  I used the Hippo and Friends dies label to cut out the sentiment.  I had stamped it on a Very Vanilla scrap with Soft Suede ink.  

That's it.  All that is left is to assemble/build your card.  I used the Tombow Multipurpose Glue to adhere some of the leaves.  I used dimensionals under the sentiment label to pop up the sentiment and hold other leaves in place.   

Thanks for stopping by!  Please, please leave me a comment!

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