Sorry to start a blog post with an oxymoron…. 😉
After 4 days off, it’s hard to go back to work – at least it is for me! I have just enough “slug” in me to kind of like 4 days of “slug”-ness. Anyway…I hope your efforts to get back into the swing of things are going well!
A final reminder that today is the very last day of the Online Extravaganza – and the final day of Double Peppermints. You can get all the details down below, including links to the sales, and to the final Flash Sale of Extravaganza – which is also today only!
And that’s the last time I’ll bug you with that – promise! 🙂
One other little admin-y thing. Today is an Anniversary for me. Yup. One year ago, today, I signed up to be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator! Interestingly (or maybe not?), I did it whilst in a hotel! Just like I am today! Hmm…. So, to celebrate the occasion, I’m giving some Blog Candy away. Read on down to see what’s on the table and how to get your name in the hat! 🙂
Today’s share is a Christmas card – using the Annual Catalog stamp set called White Christmas. First time I’d used it and I love all the little images in it! I paired that with the Home for Christmas DSP and came up with….well, take a look-see:
The layout was inspired by the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #296. Do go over and check out the projects of all the talented artists who play along – and maybe play along yourself!
I really wanted to use the trees image in the White Christmas set – but it was too large to fit in the circle that the design called for. So, I decided to fall back on a technique I’ve used a few times in the past – a layered image. So, I laid out my Very Vanilla circle – it’s a 2 3/8″ circle from the Circles Collection Framelits – and my Very Vanilla strip onto the Home for Christmas DSP that I’d decided would be my card front. I used some of the cool Post-It note tape (just bought some of that this weekend – it’s awesome!) to hold all of the pieces in place. Then I inked up the trees image with Basic Black Archival Ink, and stamped the circle, the strip and the background all at the same time. I had to stamp it twice – but I got it! 🙂
I added the White Christmas buck – in Early Espresso ink – to the circle, as well as one of the tiny birds in Cherry Cobbler (I used my Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Marker to color him in and the Basic Black marker to touch up his eye and his wing). To make a little “snow”, I used a Blender Pen and some Pool Party ink and colored in the snow-bank. Then I SNAILd the circle to a mat that I’d punched from Mint Macaron card stock with my 2 1/2″ Circle Punch.
The sentiment is from the White Christmas set, stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink. A few golden metallic stars from the Metallics Sequin Assortment, each embellished with a Rhinestone Basic Jewel completed the embellishments. The strip is also matted on a piece of Mint Macaron and SNAILd to the card front. And then I popped the completed circle over the stamped image – lining everything up – with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
I added a Snowflake Element – I squished it in my Versamark pad and then into my Pool Party Pad, then sprinkled it with Iridescent Ice Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heated it up. It’s adhered with a little bit of Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue. I gave it a Rhinestone, just to bling it up and tie it in with the stars.
The final element of the front of the card is the ribbon-y looking piece up in the top right corner. I squished a little strip of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper into my Pool Party ink pad – I wanted the Dazzle – but not the “white-ness” of the glimmer paper. Then I cut a banner end (yes, I didn’t bring my Banner Triple Punch, so had to go old-school!) on the strip. I adhered a slightly smaller piece of the Home for Christmas DSP, also banner-ized. I adhered everything together and to the card front with Liquid Glue.
For the inside, I used a piece of Very Vanilla and stamped the second White Christmas sentiment in Cherry Cobbler. Adding another Early Espresso tree (just one side of the front image), Cherry Cobbler bird and a star (colored with my Daffodil Delight Marker) seemed like a grand idea. So I did!
I SNAILd that to my Mint Macaron card base and then popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
For the envelope, I added a Home for Christmas DSP liner, cut with the Envelope Liner Framelit, to a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope….
…and an Early Espresso buck and Daffodil Delight star to the front.
Et Voila! This is such a fun stamp set – with so many images to choose from. I’m really glad that it made it from last year’s Holiday Catalog to the Annual Catalog – hopefully it’ll be around for a long time! 🙂
I’ll be back tomorrow with Weekly Deals and….all the info on the Stamps-N-Lingers 2015 Occasions Catalog Shares. Hope you’re ready for that! 🙂
P.S. Oh wait! I mentioned something about Blog Candy to celebrate my One-Year Stamp-i-Versary (I just made that up!) Well, here ’tis!
Up for grabs is a couple of stamp sets – A Little Something (unused) and Cozy Christmas (very lightly used!), a pack of Home for Christmas Enamel Dots and a pack of Season of Cheer Washi Tape.
How do you get in the drawing? Well, leave me a comment and tell me what you’re hoping you’ll get from Santa for Christmas! I’ll understand perfectly if you say something along the lines of….one of everything from the 2016 Occasions Catalog! 😉 Leave said comment by 5pm Mountain Time on Monday, 7 Dec (A Day That Will Live in Infamy!).
I’ll be using the Random Number Generator to pick the lucky winner from the comments that are left on this blog post and I’ll post the winners on my blog on Tuesday morning (8 Dec). Please note, anyone is welcome to leave me a comment but per the Demonstrator rules from Stampin’ Up!, I am only able to ship Stampin’ Up! merchandise to addresses within the United States. Thanks for your understanding. Good luck!!
TO CASH IN ON
DOUBLE PUNKIN’ HEAD REWARD PEPPERMINTS!!
For every $25 or more (before taxes and shipping) ordered thru my Online store during the Online Extravaganza, I’ll give you DOUBLE peppermints (that would be two peppermints!) Just 16 Peppermints yields big rewards – I’m talking’ your choice of product(s) in either catalog valued at $40! Get all the information on my Punkin’ Head Rewards Program here! 🙂
16 Nov – 30 Nov Hostess Code: 3CT2D3SV. Use this hostess code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards/Hostess $$ if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift for Nov is your choice of any item valued up to $8.00 in the brand new 2015-16 Annual Catalog or the 2015 Holiday Catalog.
THIS IS IT – THE VERY LAST DAY!
- Dates: November 23-30, 2015
- Two 24-hour flash sales for specific products will happen during this promotion: one on 23 November and one on 30 November.
Today’s (30 Nov) Flash Sale….
- Past Paper Pumpkin kits and kit refills in Online Extravaganza are available for purchase by subscribers and non-subscribers.
- You choose the special bundle item codes provided for Online Extravaganza. Discounts will not be applied if individual component item numbers are entered separately. Bundles featured in Online Extravaganza will exist only during Online Extravaganza.
- There is no minimum purchase necessary for Online Extravaganza. Discounts will range from 20 to 50 percent.
- Additional products from current catalogs may be purchased on the same order.
- All order types (customer, demonstrator, workshop, and online) qualify for the Online Extravaganza discounted items and bundles.
- North America markets are participating in this promotion. Europe and South Pacific markets are not participating because this promotion was designed around a cultural event in North America.
- Sale is while supplies last – so tarry not!
Orders must be placed by Monday, November 30, 2015 at 11:50 PM (MT)
Now that you’ve read the fine print, here are links to all the Online Specials going on now!
WEEKLY DEALS FOR 24 Nov – 30 Nov 15!! Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store. The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through 30 Nov!
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- Dates: 16 Nov 15 – 4 Jan 16 (or while supplies last)
- Holiday Catalog Retiring List: The list is available here. It’s going to be updated every business day, so I’ll be checking and updating this link with every post.
- Remaining inventory for retiring products may appear later on the Clearance Rack. Here’s a link to the Clearance Rack – be sure to check often to see if your favorite hits the rack!
- Due to high demand for retiring stamps, Stampin’ Up! plans to keep producing retiring stamps until December 28. This is only applicable to stamps. Accessories are only available until they run out!
STAMPIN’ UP PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:
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CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:
Mint Macaron Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (card base, scored and folded at 4 1/4″); 1 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ (sentiment strip mat); 2 1/2″ circle (mat for image circle)
Very Vanilla Card Stock: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (card front mat and inner liner); 2 3/8″ circle (image circle on front); 1 1/8″ x 5 1/4″ (sentiment strip)
Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper: 1 1/2″ x ~1″ (banner mat)
Home for Christmas DSP: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (card front); 1 3/8″ x ~7/8″ (banner); envelope liner
If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!
Shop the Clearance Rack here. Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! Products – Join my Punkin Head Peppermint Rewards – My online customer thank you program!
BACKORDER LIST AS OF 24 NOV 15
139638: Snowflake Elements (9,680 backordered; 15,120 expected)
140436: Saison de fêtes Photopolymer Stamp Set
140536: Home for Christmas Enamel Dots (3,669 backordered; 10,440 expected)
126995: Stampin’ Trimmer Cutting Blades (811 backordered; 4,224 expected)
135829: Tiny Treat Boxes (852 backordered; 3,024 expected)
139683: Curvy Corner Trio Punch (1,654 backordered; 4,740 expected)
139673: Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (8,157 backordered; 9,792 expected)
139618: Gold Cording Trim (2,928 backordered; 5,248 expected)
139620: Silver Cording Trim (1,233 backordered; 3,520 expected)
Sounds like a fun way to get ready for Christmas, Pat! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
Santa can’t bring me what I need most this year — my health — but I hope he brings you everything you want.