And Heaven & Nature Sing …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Did you get a chance to check out yesterday’s blog? It has 3 great card shares … Halloween, Autumn and Christmas. These cards were all from my Holiday Catalog Launch party and I have one more to share with you today!

Today’s card features the Nature Sings stamp set in the Annual Catalog. I think this stamp set is perfect for a masculine card (even a birthday card) or a family that enjoys the outdoors and nature.  We used the pair of deer and the trees …

My color pallet is natural – highlighting the new Shaded Spruce and teaming it with Old Olive. I based these from the pattern of Designer paper I chose in the Under the Mistletoe designer paper… I thought it was cool that there was that pretty deer patterned paper, then I added the stacked wood from the Wood Textures Designer paper stack.  It all fits so … well, naturally! It Brings the wood tones in with the green tones … just like nature gives us.

My base is Shaded Spruce cardstock and the card front is Old Olive … I stamped the trees 2 times before re-inking the stamp onto the front so you get a double shade of the Shaded Spruce. Also gives you an appearance of distance or dimension.

The deer where highlighted by stamping them onto Whisper White cardstock and cut out with the circle die from the Stitched Shapes Thinlits Dies. The coloring was done with the Old Olive and Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blend markers.

I finished off my card with the Bakers Twine (yes … it’s Garden Green) but it looks really nice with the card. The greens tie nicely together and the white ties in the deer on the designer paper and it all brings your eye to the focal point … the Nature Sings stamp set.

I thank you for joining me today and checking out my Christmas card creation.

Hope this inspires you to discover a little nature today … enjoy.

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Oh What a Night …

Hello Stampin’  Friends ~

Oh what a night … I always liked that song! And last night was a blast! I held my Catalog Launch party and we gathered to made 8 Holiday cards, ranging from Halloween to Christmas. Even our snacks ranged from Halloweens Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Mummies to White Chocolate Dipped Rice Krispy Yummies!

We all had a great time, met some new people and enjoyed a night full of stamping …

Let’s start our card share with Halloween!! This enchanting card will put a spell on you with it’s bubbling cauldron of fun. It comes from the new Toil & Trouble product suite …

Our Granny Apple Green background was embossed with the  Scattered Sequins Embossing Folder … I like that it looked like little bubbles floating up, just like my cauldron is doing!  It was matted with the Gorgeous Grape and adhered to the Basic Black base… all of these are in the Toil & Trouble Cardstock pack.

My bubbling cauldron is from the Toil & Trouble Designer Series paper and cut with the Cauldron Framelits Dies. I stamped the bubbles above it, added some pearls colored with the Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends and a touch of the Wink of Stella! I finished off my card with the awesome Black Glitter Ribbon – LOVE IT!!

I forgot to tell you that my sweet -n- spooky ghost was created with the Gorgeous Grape Watercolor Pencil from  Assortment 2, a blender pen and a touch of Wink of Stella.  I also used the Watercolor Pencils on my Fall card …

There it is … that Blended Seasons Bundle again!! I have more cards up in my head because there is are just so many things you can to with bundle. I don’t think I need to explain much on this card, I’ve said it all before with my past cards… This stamp really should be in your stamp collection.

The last card I’m going to share with you is the Christmas card … so simple and so elegant!  My base is the new Balmy Blue. The greeting is from the new Timeless Tidings stamp set and is Heat Embossed in white. It brings out that touch of white that surrounds the silver.

We embossed the “Seasonal Wreath” onto the Silver Foil Sheet. If you like it on the photo, you should see it in person … it’s stunning!!

We also added some Silver Twine and the Clear Faceted Gem to add some bling, dimension and texture.

I hope you enjoyed the cards we made last night, and we’d love to have you join us at our next stamp camp ..

Thank you so much coming over today. See you soon.

Just a reminder that with each $50 purchase (before shipping & handling) you will receive a Bonus Buy coupon code worth $5 from Stampin’ Up! to spend on your September purchase … when the Holiday Catalog goes live!!  AND … you will also get a Virtual Rewards point from me as well … double the fun!



A Few of My Favorite Things …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Christmas is almost here and our Holiday Catalog is full of wonderful stamp sets, however I cannot forget the Annual Catalog and the beautiful holiday stamp sets that are still available …

Here are a few of my favorite stamp sets in the Annual Catalog …

The most beautiful stamp set … greetings and dies that I could not pass up last year! So glad the “Star of Light” carried over into the annual catalog.

Another stamp set and die that I just had to add to my collection was “Santa’s Sleigh” … who doesn’t want this jolly ‘ol soul in upon their roof!

Another great stamp set is “Holly Berry Happiness” … I’m a big fan of Holly !and you’ll see it all over my home! It’s just Christmas to me, and the greetings and messages include in the set are perfect …

And if you are one who loves tradition then I’m sure you’ll love “Hang Your Stocking” as much as I do. These cute little stockings work well on tags and on cards … or both as you see below!

I have one more to share with you … “Father Christmas”. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without Santa Claus. This set will work great with all the coloring techniques available … the new Stampin’ Blends or Watercolor Pencils are my top favorites!

Hope you enjoyed this flashback to the Annual Catalog! Our seasonal catalogs are awesome and I love to combine them with the great sets in our annual catalog as well.

Have a great start to your week ~

Stampin’ Supply List …


Merry Little Christmas Suite: Tag You’re It!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m sharing a card and project ideas straight from Stampin’ Up! It’s from our Merry Little Christmas product suite!  You can view the suite on pages 10-13 of the Holiday catalog … I just can’t get enough of this product suite!

This product suite fills up four glorious pages of the holiday catalog, the Merry Little Christmas suite is packed with festive stamps, Designer Series Paper, accessories, and tools.

Our Merry Little Christmas (Mega) Suite contains products for all your holiday crafting needs: gift packaging, cardmaking, memory keeping, decor, and more! Stampin’ Up! trainer, Donna, shows you products from the suite, as well as some fun ideas for your Christmas crafting.

What is the perfect craft for this giving time of year: gift tags! Gather your friends and make these tags using the Merry Little Labels Bundle. What a great evening of fun …

Let me know if you have any questions on this amazing product “mega” suit, or if you would like to purchase any of these items.

Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!


Merry Little Christmas Suite …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’d like to share with you another one of our retreat cards. This card comes from the Merry Little Christmas Suite!

This masculine style card was quick -n- easy and a big hit at retreat. Our background comes from the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series paper. We then cut a snow bank our of a piece of the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper.

Next, we used the tree dies from the Card Front Builder Thinlits Die and cut them out of Old Olive to give the card a fun pop of color.

The “Let it Snow” was stamped in Memento Ink onto Whisper White cardstock and then punched with the “Everyday Label” punch. A piece of Old Olive was punched to mask the greeting and again, add that nice touch of color.

We created 4 quick -n- easy cards that were tucked into one of the Acetate Card Boxes. This makes a perfect little gift for a teacher or neighbor … or keep them protected for yourself!

Hope you enjoyed today’s peek into our Saturday morning retreat stampin’ session. I’ll be back tomorrow with one more …

Till then, enjoy your weekend!

Thanks for stopping by.

Here is a quick list of the products used for our card today …


Night in Bethlehem / Guest Stamper: Lynne O.

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’d like to share with you another beautiful card the we received from the Attendee Swap at the Annual Holiday Retreat. Our stamper is Lynne O. and she used the Night of Bethlehem bundle.

Here is a picture the illustrates the stamps and dies that are included in this bundle. You can create a die-cut Bethlehem scene in record time with Edgelits dies and the Big Shot …

Lynne’s card is beautifully layered to give it a wonderful dimension … the shading in the background also gives you the feel of a wondrous skyline.

It’s easy to send a powerful holiday message of Joy and Love with these beautiful silhouettes. This amazing bundle will make it easy to recreate this Christmas Story so you can proudly send these to your family and friends.

I hope you took some time to look at all the pictures so you can see the versatility of this beautiful stamp set and coordinating framelits dies. Remember … when you purchase a bundle, you save 10%.

Thank you for joining me today ~

Have yourself a wonderful weekend!

Here is a list of the items used …



Quilted Christmas Guest Stamper

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m not only going to share with you my Quilted Christmas creation for our Holiday Retreat but one of the swap cards that was done by one our attendees! Two … Two … Two times more fun!

We’re going to begin with our Attendee Swap and  Guest stamper: Cindy C.  We were lucky that Cindy chose the Quilted Christmas as her swap because then our guests had yet another sample from this fabulous suite!

If you like quick and simple cards for your Christmas cardmaking, this card may be a good choice for you. It’s so cute and with the patterned designer paper, it’s going to be fun and easy to recreate.

Our next card utilized the coordinating die set … I wanted to show our guests how easy it was to use these framelits dies in unison with the designer paper.

The frame was cut out of Real Red using “what I call” the main quilting design from the set. The green plaid was cut with a secondary piece, what’s neat about this one is it fits with the red frame and leaves a stitching look on it.

The white and green designer paper is just a square cut to the size of the red piece. Once we glued this together (Let Dry) we ran it through the BigShot using the Quilt Top Impressions folder … it looks so cool!!

The additional die cut flower comes from the framelits set and the greeting from the stamp set. I LOVE BUNDLES & Suites!! Having “everything” coordinate makes your cardmaking so much easier.

There is so much more you can do with the Quilted Christmas product suite that I have decided to do an additional class! Watch my blog or check out my website for upcoming classes!

Thanks so much for hanging around with me and waiting for this second look at our Quilted Christmas portion of my Holiday Retreat.

Have a wonderful day ~

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