Holiday “Smiles & Love” Card …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Did you ever have one of those days when you knew excactly how you wanted to make your card … Blackberry Bliss and Silver embossed with the Stylish Scrool embossing folder! Is that what came out of my stamping studio??? NOPE!! lol

But what I did create … I fell in love with! Still using the Perfectly Plaid bundle, I kept the Blackberry Bliss as my base, I added a Whisper White front that I embossed with the Subtle embossing folder, I like that “subtle” touch of texture it adds to the card.

Next I punched out two trees out of the Blackberry Bliss cardstock and tucked them into the lower right-hand corner of my card.  I wanted a different layout for this card (I usually tuck my greetings in the center or the bottom right-hand corner) but I wanted more than just stamping … So, I stamped my “Smiles & Love” greeting from the Greatest Part Of Christmas Host Cling Stamp and cut it our from the Stitched Rectangle dies and added a Blackberry Bliss mat also cut from the Stitched Rectangle dies.

I popped that up with the Stampin’ Dimensionals and new it was time for my “tree” … I stamped the plaid tree and punched it out. This would be the focal point of my trio of trees, and I popped it up with dimensionals as well to bring it up to the greeting.  To top it off and add a little bling, I added the Holiday Rhinestones Basic Jewels on the top of the tree and on each side of my greeting!

The tree stamp is one of the “distinktive” stamps so you have to be sure that your ink pad is not too juicy!  You just need a think layer of ink to really turn it into the perfect tree.

Thank you so very much for stopping by today … tomorrow I will be sharing “Attendee Swap” cards.

Stay warm and have a wonderful day … It’s only 18° here now with a high of 25°!

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Christmas Wrapped in Love & Joy Card …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Hope you got a chance to check out my “sweet” Christmas card from the Cup of Christmas bundle that I shared yesterday.  Today I have one of the cards that I created for our Saturday morning stamping session at our Annual Holiday Retreat.

The Wrapped in Plaid Designer paper I’ve been using so far is part of the Wrapped in Plaid Suite… remember seeing the gold boxes on the mantle? I’ll have more information about those in a couple of days …

The Wrapped in Plaid Suite Bundle gives you a coordinating selection of products with one simple purchase. It includes the stamp set and tool bundle at 10% off plus one each of the other items listed…

The Wrapped in Plaid Suite Bundle includes
* Perfectly Plaid Photopolymer Stamp Set (10% off)
* Pine Tree Punch (10% off)
* Wrapped in Plaid 6″ x 6″ Specialty Designer Series Paper
* Shaded Spruce/Gold 3/8″ (1 cm) Striped Ribbon
* Jingle Bells
* Gold Mini Pizza Boxes

Our group of stampers gathered in the morning to kick off our “Perfectly Plaid” session. The Perfectly Plaid Bundle includes the Perfectly Plaid Photopolymer Stamp Set and the Pine Tree Punch.

I started with a Cherry Cobbler base, one of the coordinating colors in the Wrapped in Plaid designer paper. I wanted this card to have a more rustic feel so I used a Crumb Cake front embossed with the Pinewood Planks embossing folder.  I then layered a strip of the Wrapped in Plaid Specialty Designer paper with a Whisper White mat.

The tree was punched out using the Pine Tree punch and was mounted onto a piece of Vellum Cardstock that was cut with the layering circles dies. I could not resist decorating my tree, so I punch out a Shaded Spruce “heart” from the Every Season Punch Pack and then tied a cute little bow out of the Whisper White Bakers Twine.

The greeting was added onto a white banner tying all the white together on my card … and to add the final touches, I added 3 Holiday Rhinestones in the Cherry Cobbler color.

I’ll be back tomorrow with another card showcasing the versitile Wrapped in Plaid Suite/Perfectly Plaid Bundle.

Thanks for spending part of your day with me ~

Wishing your day is a good one!

TODAY’S STAMPING SUPPLY LIST: If you liked the products I used in my cards, I have links for you below. Just click on the item you would like more information on, or to begin your shopping. It will take you directly to my website. Thank you

 

Holiday Stamping Retreat / Cup of Christmas

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I would like to invite you into our Friday Night stamping session at our Annual Holiday Stamping Retreat. I host two retreats each year … a spring (All Occasions) and a fall (Holiday) where I invite all my active customers to join me and their fellow stampers for a weekend getaway. Everything is prepared for you so you do not have to drag your entire craft room with you!

As our guests arrive in the stamping room, it is filled with Holiday cheer, Christmas music and a snack table (of course) ….

Each attendee stamping spot includes a bag filled with all their projects, packed up by stamp session so they can find their projects easily and no little pieces are lost.  This year they each received one of the new Stampin’ Up! boxes filled with stampin’ dimensionals and the embellishments they need for their cards /projects.  The boxes are different at each retreat so they never go home with the same hand-crafted item…

Our Friday Night Stamp Session highlighted the Cup Of Christmas Bundle and the Wrapped in Plaid Designer Series paper pack.  It’s easy to spread tidings of comfort and joy and a cup of cheer to all your friends and family this season when using this bundle. The Cup of Christmas Stamp Set is excellent for cards and tags.

The Cup of Christmas Bundle includes the Cup of Christmas Photopolymer Stamp Set and the Cup of Cheer Dies. This is a Reversibles* stamp set; it includes specialized photopolymer stamps that allow you to stamp with both sides of the stamp for greater versatility. *Patent pending.

Our guests got to see how this amazing stamp set performs … knowing you can now stamp a cup for your “left-handed” friends! So the card on the right was designed to show you “how” you can reverse your stamp and have the handle on the right or left side of your cup. Brilliant!

I always design a special card or two for my stamping sessions and for our Cup of Cheer bundle, I highlighted the candy cane dies and teamed it up with the stunning Wrapped in Plaid designer paper … they also used the “Step Card Fold” for this card …

I thought this pattern from the Wrapped in Plaid designer paper went perfectly with my candy canes and the gold foil behind them really shows them off!  Really does make for a “Sweet Christmas” … doesn’t it.

The group loved the cards, and it’s having such an amazing group to stamp with that makes our stamping sessions so much fun at our retreats. We all learn so much from one another as they share their stamping tips throughout the sessions too.

Thanks for joining me today …

I will be back tomorrow with some more samples from our Holiday retreat!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

If you liked the products I used in my cards, I have links for you below.  Just click on the item you would like more information on, or to begin your shopping. It will take you directly to my website.  Thank you

 

 

 

I’m Back with our Holiday Stamping Retreat!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

It’s been a week since I last posted … so sorry for that! I was preparing for my Holiday Stamping Retreat that I hosted this past weekend, so today I’d like to show you what I’ve been doing and a look inside my retreats.

I will start with Friday and our guests arriving.  It may have been snowy outside but it was warm and welcoming inside with the smell of soups on the stove and some cute little packages adorning the dining room fireplace …

As our guests arrived, they were guided to their rooms …

Not hard to find when you have these cute little name tags to guide you in.  I used the Cup of Cheer suite … I can’t believe all the compliments on the Wrapped in Plaid designer paper! It is so festive with the gold running through the plaid, and the colors are so rich and beautiful.

To formally welcome our guests, they are gifted some delicious chocolate stars from Madeline Chocolates … YUM!! Oh yes, and a little welcome note to let them know how appreciated I am that they joined us for this special festive stamping event.

After dinner we all gathered in the stamping room to make our first set of cards for the weekend …

I will share our projects with you tomorrow, because tonight I’d like to share a little more of the fun we had on Friday!  After stamping, I asked my guests to go back to thier rooms and open thier Pillow Gifts and then join me in the living room by the fireplace for some treats and hot chocolate …

The tag was created with items from the Perfectly Plaid Suite; the  Tree Punch, Stamp Set & was highlighted with a Shimmery White Doily.

Inside our pretty little gift package you will find …

A pair of holiday socks that they were instructed to put on before the joined us for hot chocolate, a spoon filled with chocolate and marshmallows and some lip gloss just for the fun of it!

We met in front of the fireplace (sorry … I missed a picture of our Hot Chocolate table this time) and enjoyed some hot chocolate, Christmas Cookies, Peanut Brittle and good conversation.  

Before everyone headed off to their rooms for the night … We couldn’t miss sharing a picture of all our new Christmas stockings!  Just taking the  picture was a blast! lol  Flashes coming from the entire circle! Oh what fun we had …

and our friend Cindy … She thought we should all go on the stairs! That would have been an amazing picture as well.

We had a fun evening, and as promised, I will share the stamping with you tomorrow.  I continued the “Cup of Christmas” bundle and Wrapped in Plaid” Designer Paper through to our stamping projects on Friday Night.

Till then, have a good day, and thank you so much for joining me again after my week long absence, but now you know that I was in my stamp room creating a fun weekend for my retreat attendees.

See you tomorrow,

TODAY’S STAMPING SUPPLIES LIST … 

 

Christmas … Day by Day

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Get ready for Christmas with the Christmas Countdown Project Kit. This Christmas craft kit let’s you create your own hand-crafted advent décor. Fill the boxes with small gifts, and let the countdown begin! Kit includes enough supplies to create 25 mini boxes, plus a sturdy outer box to hold them all. Complete using the Christmas Countdown Stamp Set.

You and your family will love our new project kit over the Holidays. You can create your own countdown kit or join me and your fellow stampers for a fun evening out, and coming home with this fun 3-D Calendar!  Stop back tomorrow as I will be posting all the details for this class.

As Christmas inches closer, you will enjoy the Christmas Countdown Project Kit by Stampin’ Up! to keep track of what day it is and watch as the little ones discover some fun gifts or treats.

Stop back tomorrow as I share the details for this upcoming Holiday Countdown Project Class …

Till then, have a wonderful day and thank you for stopping by today.

Can’t make my class? Pick one up for yourself …

 

Wrapped in Plaid Christmas Card II

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Yesterday I shared a card that I created using up some of my larger pieces of scraps from the Holiday Retreat cutting … now I have a leftover gold Christmas tree!  So what else would I do but use it on my next card!! Today I have that card for you …

Besides my Christmas tree, I had the squares left over as well which I layered onto a gold background to pull the gold out of the Wrapped in Plaid Designer paper.  Since I wanted the tree to be my focal point of my card, I added a piece of Vellum Cardstock cut from the Stitched Framelits Dies. I then embossed my Christmas tree with the Country Floral embossing folder.

The base of my card is Shaded Spruce which coordinates with the Wrapped in Plaid Designer Paper, to create a dramatic contrast I added a piece of Cherry Cobbler behind the gold. I embossed the ends of the Cherry Cobbler with the Country Floral embossing folder as well to add some texture and to coordinate with my tree.

The greeting comes from the beautiful Christmas Gleaming Stamp Set from the Brightly Gleaming Suite in the Holiday Catalog.

A simple card really … just some layers to create an elegant look and feel.  I love the way it turned out.  Hmmm … who would know this card was created from scraps!! The secrets our stamp rooms keep. lol

Thank you for joining me today!

I hope you take a moment to enjoy this beautiful fall day.

Today’s Stamping Supply List … Click on any of the items for more information or to begin your shopping.  Thank you.

 

Let it Snow … ?

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have the Let it Snow Suite to share with you .  The frosty friends in the Snowman Season Stamp Set will warm any heart. Create a flurry of projects using these happy snow-people.

The Let It Snow Suite Bundle gives you a coordinating selection of products with one simple purchase. It includes the stamp set and tool bundle at 10% off plus one each of the other items listed.

The weather outside may be frightful, but crafting is so delightful when you use Let It Snow Specialty Designer Series Paper. This versatile designer paper features one side with bright winter images with a touch of glimmer; the other side has basic patterns for year-round use.

This is such a “cool” product suite … who doesn’t love happy snow people! Thank you for stopping in to check out my blog today.

Enjoy your day.

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