Friday, December 15, 2017

Time to Trim the Tree

Hello Stamping Friends,

Wherever you are, I'm hoping you are staying warm on this very cold morning. It is a bitter 8 degrees outside this morning. Brrrrrr. I guess it's that time of year and there's no escaping it for those of us living in the Northeast. Time to bundle up and stay inside if at all possible.

It's Friday and you know that means it's time for a pot with the Sisters in Stamping. This week we are sharing different Christmas ornaments with you. Giving a handmade ornament to someone will surely be treasured for years to come. As a matter of fact, I have many handmade ornaments on my tree that mean so much to me. Many my mom made, a sure treasure with her being gone for over 20 years. I also have another ornament that means a lot to me on my tree. It's from my 6th grade teacher (let's just say it's over 30 year old). He hand painted them and then wrote our name and year on it and signed them. Yes, every year it goes on the tree and I get to think of my 6th grade school year. Thank you Mr. Mazur.

 I do get to see him on occasion and a few years back, I told him I still put it on my tree and he  said he stopped doing it not long after our class because the students didn't appreciate them anymore. Well, I made sure to let him know that I really appreciated it and absolutely love putting it on the tree every year.


For my ornaments, I found these ceramic plain ornaments at the Target dollar spot. You know the spot they have right in front of the store when you walk in and you spend $50 before actually entering the store. LOL Anyway, it was a pack of 3 ornaments for $3. My thought was that I could stamp on them and then use the Stampin' Blends to color them in. Well, my thoughts worked out. Love it when that happens. 

I stamped the little Eskimo (have to admit, first time inking it up) from Cookie Cutter Christmas using the Momento Ink and colored with the blends. I also doodled along the edge of the ornament to finish it off. And to make it sparkle (because we all know we need more sparkle) I used the fine tip glue pen to add glue to the "fur" parts and then added dazzling diamonds. The fine tip glue pen glue is really strong and the glitter is NOT coming off.


For this one, I stamped the Santa from Cookie Cutter Christmas using Momento ink and then colored him in. I used the Stampin' Blends to also color the rest of the ornament old olive with a dark border too. Of course, he needed to be finished off with some glitter as well.


This was the third ornament in the pack. A cute little bow. Unfortunately, this one won't be hanging on any tree this year. If you look close enough, I obviously don't realize my own strength and I pressed down way too hard and cracked the ornament right in half. I still wanted to show you this one though because I used the paisley set to make a paisley ornament. It would have been so cute if I wasn't such a bully to an innocent ornament though.

Thanks for stopping by. Don't forget to head over to Sisters in Stamping for more great ornament ideas. 

See you soon.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Non-Traditional Christmas Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop


Hello Stamping Friends,

It's time for another great blog hop with the Stamper's Dozen. This month's theme is non-traditional Christmas. That means absolutely NO RED OR GREEN. Not an easy task but definitely a run challenge. I selected basic black, whisper white and berry burst for my colors. I really like how my finished card turned out. You know, that doesn't always happen.


I used the awesome sheet music designer series paper as my background and built the card up from that. I stamped the ornaments from the Carols of Christmas stamp set directly on the designer paper and also on a scrap piece of whisper white so I could cut them out and put them on dimensionals while still having the strings flat. Yes, I purposely cut the designer paper so that you can see the title of the song.


I also used a stampin' sponge to edge the sides of the paper with black ink to distress it a bit. The berry burst ribbon gives the appearance of holding all the ornaments together. Or so, I think anyway. I also stamped the little dots (berries???) randomly on the sheet music paper to just add an extra little touch. I also love how the black and white striped ribbon is the top of the card. 

Thanks for stopping by to visit. Don't just stop here though, continue on the blog hop to see all the other great non-traditional Christmas cards and goodies.


Be sure to click the button below to head over to Bonnie's Blog 



Visit Judy's Blog if you are just coming here.




Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Stamparatus Preorder Information

Hello Stamping Friends,





The results are in! The first Stamparatus reservation window reached its maximum number of reservations in just 15 minutes, which provided SU! with some very important information: You LOVE this new stamping tool! We couldn’t be more thrilled; in fact, your response was so amazing that SU! has decided to make some important adjustments to the reservation process.

As was previously announced, the second reservation window will remain open from December 5–30; however, during this reservation period we will take as many orders as we receive (yay!) and not close the window until December 30. So whether the total number of reservations is 100 or 100,000, the window will stay open!




Please note the following changes:

Beginning March 19, we will ship Stamparatuses in the order the reservations were received (first in, first out) and continue through the next few months and beyond as product arrives in our warehouse.

Because shipment dates are based on manufacturing lead times, not all of the reservations made during the December 5–30 window will ship on March 19 (as was previously announced).
In order to accommodate demand, limits have changed as follows: one reservation per customer 

Because we are not limiting the maximum number of reservations for the second window, we will not offer a third window. This is the last chance for you to reserve a Stamparatus before it becomes available in the 2018-2019 annual catalog.



Please note what has not changed:

If you reserved more than one stamping tool during the first reservation period, that number will not change; you will still receive the same number you reserved.

If you reserved one or more stamping tool(s) during the first reservation period, you may still order during the second window.

The reservation window will open at 2:00 PM (MT) on December 5.

We can’t wait for you to get your hands on your very own Stamparatus and look forward to seeing the projects you’ll make with this incredible stamping tool.

Make sure you select me as your demonstrator!  Rachel Yurkanin #33960

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Year- End Sales Event and Retiring Favorites

Hello Stamping Friends,



Stampin’ Up! is ending 2017 with a bang! This is your opportunity to take advantage of special year-end deals on retiring and surplus items. The items in the sale are last-chance and limited-inventory, so take note that these items are available only while supplies last!
Promotion Dates : 1st December – 2nd January 2018. All products are of course available while supplies last.


CLICK HERE to see the discounted list. 


CLICK HERE to see the retiring favorites. 


Keep in mind:
  • All order types qualify for this promotion.
  • No minimum purchase required.
  • Discounts apply to select items only.
  • Retiring items from the 2017 holiday catalog are available while supplies last.
  • Excess items from 2017 annual catalog are available in limited quantities at the promotional price.
  • Discounted items may be added to a Starter Kit—or purchased with Stampin’ Rewards—at the promotional price.
  • Items and discounts may vary by market (depending on inventory levels).
  • Host sets can be purchased using only Stampin’ Rewards from a qualifying party.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamps, we’ll keep producing retiring stamps until December 21 (not accessories—accessories are only while supplies last).
This list contains all of the retiring and surplus items featured in the Year-End Sales Event. Retiring products will no longer be available for purchase after January 2, 2018. But again, items are available while supplies last, so check my online store for the most up-to-date information.
If you have any questions, please just ask me!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Warm Wishes

Hello Stamping Friends,

I still posting. That's a good thing, right?  I just needed to figure out this whole time management thing while working full time. That has taken me awhile but I think I got it now. I hope you have been enjoying hearing from more often. Okay, I really hope you have been inspired by the projects I've shared too. I know I enjoyed creating them and shouldn't keep that all to myself.

First, I want to say thank you to everyone who placed an order on Monday during the FREE shipping sale. It was a great day because of all of you. I hope you enjoy your new "toys." Let the happy creating begin.


This card is a card that can be used for Christmas, a winter thank you, winter birthday, or a just because kind of card. Notice I didn't put any greeting on the front. That leaves it open for just about anything you may need a card for during the cold, winter months.

I love the black and white look with a pop of color. I used the Lemon Lime Twist color for this card (no surprise there for anyone that knows me). It doesn't take much of the colored cardstock, just a 2 1/2" circle of it. I used the In-color Markers to color in the sweater after I stamped it in black.

I used just a quarter of the foil snowflake behind the sweater. That's right, you can get four cards out of one little snowflake. Also, I cut the designer paper into squares and then cut them in half to make 2 triangles from each one. So there are quite a few layers on this card, but you don't have to use a ton of supplies to achieve a great layered look. Plus, the card isn't too heavy with small pieces for layers.

I love how the embossed snowflake coordinates beautifully with the snowflake on the sweater. It really brings the entire card together.

Thanks for stopping by.  See you soon,

Monday, November 27, 2017

FREE shipping Today Only

Hello Stamping Friends,


For our next act, we’re offering free shipping, today, Cyber Monday! With so many online shopping deals happening, we want our offers to be as competitive as possible so you choose what to shop for and save on.
Today only, shipping is free for all Stampin Up! orders. We’ve decided to give you free shipping for an entire day on every Stampin’ Up! order placed. Use this great offer to give yourself  one more day to check everything off your wish list. With free shipping you get a great deal on any product!
Remember this is one day only. So don't delay, check things off your list now and place your order.
Free shipping runs, today only, from November 27 12:00 AM to November 27 11:59 PM MT.
You can email me your order, call me, or place the order online yourself using this host code: 2QHE477H.
Only use the host code if you are ordering less than $150 before tax. If you are ordering more than $150 you will want to earn host benefits so don't use the code.
Click on my name below to head over to start your online order. Have fun shopping and checking things off your list. Santa has told me that you've been extra good this year. (wink, wink)

Sunday, November 26, 2017

FREE SHIPPING! WOO HOO!

Hello Stamping Friends,

I'm so excited about the latest offer. You are going to love it, too! Keep reading to learn all about it.


For our next act, we’re offering free shipping on Cyber Monday! With so many online shopping deals happening, we want our offers to be as competitive as possible so you choose what to shop for and save on.
On November 27, shipping is free for all Stampin Up! orders. We’ve decided to end Online Extravaganza a day early and give you free shipping for an entire day on every Stampin’ Up! order placed. Use this great offer to give yourself  one more day to check everything off your wish list. With free shipping you get a great deal on any product!
Remember this is one day only. So don't delay, work on your list now and be ready for Monday morning.
Free shipping runs from November 27 12:00 AM to November 27 11:59 PM MT.
You can email me your order, call me, or place the order online yourself using this host code: 2QHE477H.
Only use the host code if you are ordering less than $150 before tax. If you are ordering more than $150 you will want to earn host benefits so don't use the code.

Click on my name below to head over to start your online order. Have fun shopping and checking things off your list. I know you've been extra good this year. (wink, wink)