Thursday, December 31, 2009

Some Christmas Cards I Received this Year

I know Christmas is past but I really wanted to share with you some of the stamped Christmas cards I received this year. I'm just getting you ready for Russian Christmas (which is January 7, see I'm not late afterall). I will share others with you over the weekend. Not tomorrow though, because it's time for another Fabulous Friday at Sisters in Stamping tomorrow.

This first card was sent to me by Debbie, one of the sisters from Sisters in Stamping. I took 2 pictures so you can see it standing. But the picture below is what you first see when taking it out of the envelope. I love how she stamped the main image inside the card but used the circle punch so it shows through.

The above card was sent to me by one of my long time stamping friends, Marcia Larson.

The above box is something I made at December's big shot club and showed at a few of my December workshops. The window sheet is cut using the favor box die and then embossed with the petals a plenty embossing folder. It's so pretty in real life.

The card above is a card I demoed in December. It goes along nicely with the favor box I posted above. I used the 5 petal flower punch to make a poinsetta to add a finishing touch to the card. Also, the gel pen added to the center of each embossed flower really adds a lot of punch to the card with minimal effort.
Be sure to check back tomorrow for some great projects shared by my sista's. We will be focusing on accessories from the new mini catalog which makes it's debut on Tuesday, January 5, 2010.
Also, check back on Saturday for more Christmas cards that I received.
For now, have a safe and Happy New Year. I'm looking forward to stamping with each of you in 2010.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Shimmer Paint Sticks Around

Due to the popularity of our shimmer paint offered in the Mini Catalog, we will continue to offer it as a catalog write-in after the Holiday Mini sales period ends. Starting January 5, 2010, you can order the following products as catalog write-ins:

116806 Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint $5.95
116854 Frost White Shimmer Paint $5.95
116807 Platinum Shimmer Paint $5.95

We hope you continue to enjoy using this fun new product! So don't be afraid to use your shimmer paint in fear of running out and not being able to replace this great product. It will be around for awhile so have fun creating with it.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Clear Mount Stamps are on the Way!

Stampin Up will start offering clear mount stamps with the Sale-A-Bration brochure and Occasions Mini Catalog. These stamps are the same rubber stamp but you mount them on our fabulous new clear acrylic blocks so you can see where you are stamping. You can start ordering our new Clear Mount Rubber Stamps on January 5th!

Over the past few years, there has been enormous demand from demonstrators and customers alike for a line of repositionable clear-mount rubber stamps. Well, you asked for it, and now you have it! Starting with stamps in the 2010 Occasions Mini Catalog and the 2010 Sale-A-Bration Brochure, Stampin' Up! now offers our exclusive stamp art in BOTH aditional wood-mount, and the new clear-mount option.

Our new clear-mount rubber stamps are the result of extensive research with the intent to maintain the very best image quality in the stamping industry, while at the same time offering the ease-of-use and storability inherent in repositionable clear-mount rubber stamps.

Clear-Mount Rubber Stamp Features
Nine different sizes of clear blocks available individually or as a discounted bundle.
Blocks have ergonomic grooves on all four sides for easy grip and traditional wood-mount feel.
Stamps and blocks are durable and easy to clean with your Stampin' Scrub and Stampin' Mist.
Optional image labels on stamp backs let you decide if you want to see the image through the block or not. Tight die-cutting for easy image positioning. Large clear blocks can be used to create collages or spell words with alphabet sets.

Stamps store easily in standard, DVD-type cases with artwork on front and spine, making organization easy. Same great stamps taking up less space in your stamping area.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Easy Packaging Idea for Fabulous Friday

Just in time for Christmas gift packaging, the Sisters in Stamping Blog is giving you some more ideas. For my project this week I decided to pretty up a plain white gift sack using some scraps of my Christmas Designer Series paper.

The above picture is a close up of the bag so you could see some more detail. I used the square scallop punch to punch out a bunch of pieces to cover the bag. Side note: before you drive yourself crazy with the layout, don't think too much about it. Key thing is to not have the same color on top of or next to each other. Otherwise just have fun and remember Don't think too much. To close the bag I used the wide striped olive ribbon and just knotted a piece on each side of the handles.

Here is the full shot of the bag. For this particular size bag, I used 40 squares. I taped one row down at a time and then moved up the bag. Decorating gift sacks like this is a great way to use up all those too small to really use but definitely too big to throw away pieces of Designer Series paper.
Now go get yourself some gift sacks and start making them pretty. Afterall, we all seem to love using gift bags this way, why not make one extra special to put your special gifts in this Holiday season.
Remember to hope on over to the Sisters in Stamping blog to see what the other sisters created for their packaging ideas.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Tag, you're it!

Tag, you're it! Wasn't that the best outdoor game as a kid? I remember playing it all the time with my cousins and friends in the "patch." Anyway, I digress, just needed to take a trip down memory lane.

This Fabulous Friday, we are focusing on tags. I decided to use the best snowman stamp ever for my tag. Yes, it's a bit large but it's great anyway. I think it would be great for that big present (like a bike or TV) that you may be giving.

I also think it would be a great, easy way to dress up a plain gift bag. Not much more needed after you attach our snowman.

The picture above is a close-up of the tag to show you how the glitter just sparkles. Of course, as with most things, in real life it is fabulous. You can't get the true idea by taking a picture.

The above picture is a full shot of the tag. The snowman is mounted on a 5x5 piece of balltet blue cardstock on the diagonal and then that's mounted onto a 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 inch piece of gable green cardstock. I also stamped the ballet blue cardstock with itty bitty backgrounds in ballet to give is a "frosty" kind of look.

Don't forget to stop over by the Sisters in Stamping Blog for some more great tag ideas.

Have a fabulous Friday. I promise to be posting more frequently after this weekend. Today is my final day of student teaching so I will have some more time. That is, after my husband takes me on a little getaway to celebrate my completing the program. (Isn't he the best?)

Friday, December 4, 2009

Christmas with the Sisters.

Welcome to another fabulous Friday posting brought to you by the Sisters in Stamping blog.

This week's focus is Christmas cards. If you haven't decided on your card there are some great ideas shared this week and you won't want to miss them. Be sure to head on over there to see the rest. Click the link above to navigate there.
I used the Dasher and Serene Snowflakes stamp sets for this simple yet elegant card. I began with a base layer of very vanilla cardstock. I then used kraft and bravo burgundy for the next layer. The burgundy layer is not as wide as the kraft. I liked the asymetrical look this gave the card. That layer was stamped using chocolate chip and bravo burgundy classic inks as well as the whisper white craft pad using the Serene Snowflakes set.
Then I stamped Dasher in chocolate chip ink on very vanilla cardstock. He was layered onto chocolate chip cardstock and attached to the card using (my favorite, of course) dimensionals. I didn't add a greeting to the card but you can easily stamp a small greeting on the bottom or side of Dasher.
Hope you enjoyed today's posting. Remember to check out the Sisters in Stamping blog and of course check back often to see other great ideas for you to create on your own.