1, 2, 3 – – – Happy New Year!

What better way to start the New Year than with a sale! A Sale-A-Bration to be exact! Starting January 3, the new Stampin’ Up! Spring Occasions Catalog will be available.  For every $50 you spend, receive a FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration Catalog. Stampin’ Up! has really gone the extra mile on the 2018 products. They are amazing. They have even included thinlet dies and a two level compensation award system. If you love paper crafting, you are going to want to look at this new catalog and free stuff.

You might even want everything in it! I know I do! To see inside the new catalog, check back to my blog on Jan. 3 and you can download it along with the Sale-A-Bration Brochure.

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2018 Occasions Catalog

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Patriotic Christmas

A good friend of mine wanted a Christmas Card that would reflect her patriotism and love for the U.S.A. but also be Christmasy and true to the spirit of the holiday. I came up with this beautiful red, white and blue Christmas card for her.

I started with a standard base of Real Red. Cut a Whisper White front for the card and dry embossed it with the stars TIEF (retired). I used the Wonderous Wreath Stamp Set and Framelets, cutting the bow from Red Glitter paper. I added some shine with the NEW Wink of Stella Brush and Red Dazzling Details. Here are some more pics.

So much fun making cards for others. Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Day!

Night In Bethlehem

Christmas is right around the corner and Stampin’ Up! has released their Holiday Catalog. Once again it is full of great bundles and stamp sets that I just can’t resist. I’m especially in love with the Night In Bethlehem Bundle which you can see at the bottom of this post. It is a beautiful set that centers on what the season is all about, Christ.

I CASE’d this card from StampwithBrian.com , Brian King’s blog. He is a great designer and I often use his designs to get me started on my creative road. This time I wanted just a bit more shine and pizzaz so I added some silver foil paper and metallic stars, along with a little embossing. See measurements and supplies below.

Bethlehem

I started with a base of Smoky Slate measuring 11″ x 4 1/4″, scored at 5 1/2″ and 2 2/4″. I then added panels of Silver Foil Paper measuring 5 3/8″ X 4 1/8″ for the larger panel and 2 5/8″ X 4 1/8″ for the smaller panel. On top of that, I added Night of Navy measuring; 5 1/8″ X 3 7/8″ and 2.5″ by 3 7/8″.

Remember: the smaller panel will go up to the inner edge so you only want to decrease the sizes of the panel by half of what you would normally.

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Cut two of each “city” design, 2 in smoky slate and 2 in whisper white. Glue down on the large base first, one at a time, then line up on the smaller panel and glue down. Finally, cut the overhanging edge off. I die cut the star from sliver foil paper as well and fixed it with dimensionals.

Figures: I stamped first on VersaMark Ink and then on Night of Navy Ink and used clear embossing powered to get a shiny surface. Die cut them and fix them with dimensional.

Finally, I added the sentiment from Star of Light, 2016 Holiday Catalog.

Here are most of the products I used. Have fun!!

Sale-A-Bration is HERE!

sharable2_occ17_dec0116_engEvery year Stampin Up! comes out with an “Occasions” Spring Catalog full of beautiful new designs and products. Along with the new stuff, they run a sale called Sale-A-Bration and it is fantastic! With every $50 you spend, YOU get a FREE product (from select merchandise). I sure take advantage of it. First, because they are one of kind products and won’t be available again. Second, because who doesn’t like free stuff? And Third, what a way to increase ones inventory and imagination all at once. Yay! Here is just a sampling:

Best Birds Hit the Mark!

I love the summer time. It reminds me of flowers, warm days, lots of birds in the yard and light crisp colors. I guess that’s why I love this stamp set and coordinating die set. The possibilities are endless, whether for an anniversary, wedding day, birthday or just because this set delivers.

8-12-2016-3 8-12-2016-4 8-12-2016-5Products used: Best of Birds Stamp set (141525) and Birds & Blooms Thinlits Dies (141477) or buy the Bundle and save 10% (142315); Peekaboo Peach (new In-color) Ink and Card Stock, Mint Macaron (138326) Ink and Retired Baked Brown Sugar Ink and Card Stock along with Whisper White.