Saturday, November 22, 2014

Give the Gift of Creativity

Did you know that Stampin' Up! has a monthly kit?  They do!  And you can sign up to get one each month, or just every once and awhile.  You can also send a subscription to someone else! The My Paper Pumpkin kits are a lot of fun and you don't need a whole stash of supplies on hand to complete the projects.  Everything you need is in the box.   Each month the kits are different, and they often are related to upcoming holidays or seasons.  Sometime they are cards, somethings favors or boxes, always fun!
Take a look at the November kit.
 The kit made 8 cards and 12 tags.  It came with a fun snowflake stamp set, ink spot, silver bakers twine, silver washi tape, rhinestones, die cuts and glue dots.

 Here is my completed card. Cute! Love the layered snowflake!

Check out the video.
You can also go to this Pinterest Page to see the past kits and alternate ways to use the kits.
And, If you are a My Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you can get past kits and refills of past kits while supplies last. 
Do you know someone who would love a little crafty time?  This would be a fun thing to do with a friend, share your kit or each order one, then get together once a month to put them together.  Sounds like a fun time to me!  Here is the cost breakdown, and a link to the flyer.
Contact me with any questions, I would be happy to help you out!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza!!

yea!!  Stampin' Up! has announced the dates of the annual Online Deals!   There is a lot on sale, a few things are on sale only for the first day, so check out the list and see if there is anything you may be looking for.  I spotted some glimmer paper, XL gift boxes, lots of ribbon, My Paper Pumpkin refill kits, and lots of stamp sets.  The star embossing framelits are on sale too, so if you haven't gotten those yet, now is a great time.   Click here to see the list and start making yours.  Contact me with any questions you may have, or if you would like help placing your order. 

Wrap it up ~ Take out boxes

I love to give little gifts, usually food, to friends and neighbors, teachers and family, students and co-workers. I love to bake so cookies are the most common thing I need to wrap up.  Stampin' Up! always has really cute packaging and I always buy the boxes and bags to have on hand.  This Holiday, Stampin' Up! introduced a new box called the "Take Out box".  I really like the size and shape.  Not too big so you need to give away all your cookies, but big enough for a nice gift.

Isn't that a cute shape? slightly angled.

Stampin' Up! usually used Kraft paper for it's boxes, which is nice because it is really easy to take that in any direction.  This is a design we saw at convention this year, and we all got the set "Seasonally Scattered" so we could make this box.  I love the little wooden leaf and the glittery feather. 
There are a lot of great packaging ideas in the large catalog as well as the Holiday catalog.  Take a look and see, Christmas is just around the corner and you will want some of these on hand for those last minute gifts.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

MDS Blog Hop ~ What are we working on?

Hello everyone!  It's MDS Blog Hop time again!! Is this your first time visiting our MDS Blog Hop?  If so, here is the scoop.  We are a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators who love to use Stampin' Up's digital software, My Digital Studio (MDS For Short).  We love it and we want you to love it so twice a month we link our blogs together for the MDS Blog Hop.  We are hopping a week early due to Thanksgiving. This week we are showing you what are current projects are.  I just received school photos of my littlest two children and so I have made them into scrapbook pages for their books.  And because I have been super time crunched lately, I looked through my ore-designed template library to see if there were any pages I could adapt with little effort.  I found so many great pages, it was hard to choose.   Stampin' Up! has lots of photo books and templates that come with the software, as well as a huge amount of downloads available for purchase.
This is Zachary's page, made from the Hoppy Day photobook template.  I didn't change a thing. How easy is that?  I really like the bright colors and the alphabet strip along the bottom.  This was a download that came with the original MDS software.  The new software has a lot of newer downloads, but you can still get the older download in the Express Booster Pack, which comes with a lot of digital content. You can view it here.

This page of Jillian was made with the 2012 Convention photobook download.  I really like the Convention downloads, even though I have only been to one Stampin' Up! convention.  The Photobooks come with so many great stamps and embellishments.  I hope that you will look through the photobook downloads and see what all is included.  I find myself using little bits and pieces from them all the time.


Next up on the Blog hop is Holly.  She always has Amazing MDS pages, so I am sure you will be inspired. We hope that you will hop all the way around and check out all the stops on our blog hop!

Click here to go to the next blog

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Oh Christmas Tree

Hi Everyone!  I have a quick post today!  Some how the days are just flying by lately and I have not posted anything in 9 days! How did that happen? Anyway, this is a fast card for those days when your time is short.  I embossed the background with the new Lucky Stars embossing folder and sponged some White Craft ink on the edges to give it a snowy feel.  The Tree is stamped onto Whisper White in Garden Green with Cherry Cobbler ornaments.  The best thing about this card?  The tree is punched with a matching paper punch!  I love when there is a stamp with a matching punch, don't you?  What could be simpler? 
I stamped the inside of the card as well.  I couldn't resist using the Cardinal from this set.  I am a sucker for anything with a cardinal. 

Here is the supply list!  Thanks for stopping by today!! 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Bearing Gifts

I love this super cute polar bear stamp don't you?  I really like to color so I thought this would be a fun stamp to have.  I made a frame with the Ovals Collection Framelits and popped it up on dimentionals to make it stand up.

And I also love this yummy red satin ribbon and fun snowflake charm, also new in the Holiday mini catalog.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Trio of Trees

Hello everyone!  Today I am sharing a fun Vintage looking Christmas card.  I saw one very similar on Pinterest from demonstrator Lyssa Zwolanek, and I wanted to make one like it. 

I started by punching out some trees with the new Tree punch, then I traced one of them onto our burlap ribbon.  You can see that the ribbon is not really wide enough but that is OK since you can't see the whole tree anyway once you layer it onto the card.  I used Very Vanilla and Newsprint Dsp and distressed them a bit by sponging them with Baked Brown Sugar ink.

Here is the card base using Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla cardstock.  I used the new Filigree Frame Embossing Folder and sponged some ink on top to give it a vintage feel.  I also used some pretty gold satin ribbon and crochet trim.

This Christmas Cheer sentiment is from the Endless Wishes stamp set, one of my favorites.

Thanks for stopping by!!