11.14.2013

Christmastime


 Thank you so much for joining us for the November Stylin’ Stampin’ Squad Blog Hop! This month our projects focus on Christmas. While we yet have to give thanks this month, some of us are already thinking about sending Christmas cards, what kind of packaging to present gifts in and how we want to deck our halls. On this month’s blog hop we are showcasing many of the Stampin’ Up! products that are available in the Holiday Catalog. You will see everything from cards to gift tags to 3-D d├ęcor and gift packaging. We hope you enjoy seeing how we use the products to create our projects and feel inspired to come up with some great projects of your own.
Remember you can order all of the products showcased from your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

You should have just left stop number 2 on the Stylin’ Stampin’ Squad blog hop – Dawn of Dawn's Creative Chalet. If so, you are in the right spot. If a link doesn’t work or you get off track, you will find the full blog hop lineup below.

I made a flip card to share with you today.




The base is Perfect Plum. I used a strip of DSP from the Winter Frost Specialty pack. I embossed the second smallest snowflake from Festive Flurry in silver on Perfect Plum. I stamped the smallest snowflake in Coastal Cabana on the Shimmery White cardstock. I then cut both snowflakes out with the Festive Flurry framelits. 



I used the scallop circle from the Circle Thinlets to cut out the Silver Glimmer paper. The greeting is stamped in Perfect Plum on Shimmery White and also cut out with a framelit from the Circle Thinlets. The greeting is from More Merry Messages. 

As you can see, I cut the base longer to create an extra flap. Now there is plenty of room to write a message to your special recipient. 

Thanks for joining us today. Next up is Annie from Love Me Cards




Blog Hop Participants:
Pam S. of Stampin' in the Sun
Dawn S. of Dawn's Creative Chalet
Darcy J. of DJ's Stampin' Place  <------ You are here
Annie L. of Love Me Cards
Cynthia R. of Ink-a-Doodle Creations
Jamie H. of Unique Ink
Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
Tonya B. of Stampin' with Tonya
Diana E. of Stampin' Fun with Diana
Heidi B of Stuck on Stampin'
Bree R. of Craft-Somnia
Anastasia R. of Stampin' Blondie
 Pamela W. of Stinky Tofu
Jennifer B. of NW Stamper
 Kristina M. of Mama's Sanity
Shellie G. of Craft Smashup

11.08.2013

Quick

Today I have a quick and easy card for you. It's actually a CASE of the quick and easy card I made last month.



I finally ordered the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set last week. It was one of those sets that didn't appeal to me in the catalog, but when I saw it used, I was in love! Of course, every thank you in the Another Thank You photopolymer set is fabulous!

These cards are so easy to mass produce. Feel free to CASE it yourself and I'd love to see your finished product! 

Have a great weekend!

 

11.07.2013

CASE

Have you ever heard someone say, mind if I CASE that? Did you know what that meant? CASE stands for Copy And Share Everything. Many times when you CASE something, you take the basic design and change a little something to make it your own.

Today our theme at Stylin' Stampin' is to CASE ourselves. Here is my original card (original post):



Some of the cards I made for my Make A Difference area were thinking of you cards. I CASE'd myself and made these four cards:





 
The butterfly one is my favorite because it's so bright and sunny. My other favorite is the second one. It was really simple as I decided to use the Designer Series Paper as my focal point.
 
 
Hop on over to SSINK and see what the other designers have created for us today!
 


11.06.2013

Thank You!

Here's a fun, simple, quick Thank You that I made to share with you today.

 
 
The colors are the same from our Color Challenge Monday. The stamps are from the Simply Sketched hostess set.
 
See you tomorrow for some more polaroid fun!


11.05.2013

Making A Difference

I definitely have much more gratitude now than I did earlier in life. I attribute that to getting older, yoga, meditation, being knocked down in life a few times, and dealing with some hard losses. Also, my current group of co-workers. I have been truly blessed with the greatest group of selfless, caring co-workers that anyone could ever ask for.

As the official/unofficial Fun Factor chair in the office, I organize office get-togethers; or throw out a fun Mad Libs email from time to time. This month, I wanted to get a little more "serious" with our fun. I converted our counter into a Make A Difference area for Thanks & Giving.





I made little treat packages for each person in the office, with a few extra in case they wanted to share. The second picture is a close up of these.
I also made card boxes, and put four cards in each one. I labeled the boxes so everyone would know what type of card was in each box. I am encouraging each person to take at least one card and send it to someone they know, or don't know, to make a difference in that person's life.
You can find tutorials for the treat packages and card boxes on my Design Team post at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration today.

Because I know the people in my office, I have a feeling they will want to pay for the cards. In order to continue paying it forward, I created a donation jar. Any funds they wish to donate for the cards, they can put in the jar and those funds will be given to our local Community Food Kitchen. The food kitchen has seen an influx of traffic recently, and they are always short resources this time of year as it is. 



To complete the area, I printed two quotes that I found on Pinterest. I had to laugh after I printed it, as I realized that I had misquoted the quote. The only "or" in the first quote should be before perfect. Maybe you had to be in my head, but I found it really ironic that I really wasn't perfect in quoting a quote on not being perfect. The second quote just makes me giggle. (You can click on the picture to enlarge it.)


Look for more Making A Difference posts from me in the next couple of months. I'd love to hear how you're making a difference, whether it's with Stampin' Up! or not. Nameste.

11.04.2013

November Color Challenge



First Monday of the month means it's time for another Color Challenge! 



In addition to using cardstock in all three colors of the challenge, I also used:
Cajun Craze ink pad and marker
Cajun Craze Candy Dot
Secret Garden and Sweet Essentials stamp sets
Secret Garden framelits
Hexagon punch
Baked Brown Sugar Ruffle Stretch Trim (attached with Sticky Strip)

We would love to have you play along with us at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration. There's a spot at the bottom of the post there to link your project up with ours! 


11.01.2013

3, 2, 1: FUN!


Today we had quite a challenge over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration. It was a 3, 2, 1 challenge where we had to use 3 Designer Series Papers, 2 punches, and 1 stamp set. At first it was a little daunting, but was actually fun and easy once I got into it.



As I was looking through my DSP, I realized we have lots of different packages with polka dots in them. I picked the three that went best together, and took off from there. 

3 DSP: Modern Medley, Afternoon Picnic, I Am Me
2 Punches: Blosson, 7/8" Scallop Circle
1 Stamp: Express Yourself
Other: Calypso Coral cardstock and ink, Coastal Cabana cardstock, Black Candy Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

Head over to SSINK to see what everyone else did with their 3, 2, 1. We'd love to have you play along with us in this fun challenge too!