Balloon Pop-Up Birthday Card

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This is a birthday card I made for one of the demonstrators in my downline. It uses products from the new Occasions catalog available January 4th. The impact comes when you open the card!

Are You Ready for the Holidays?

Are you ready for the Holidays?  No?  Me neither!  We had planned to get the outside of the house decorated today but it's raining.  No rain for 2 months and now it's raining so we are happy for the rain but really wanted to get a start on our decorating.  The inside of the house will just have to wait--I've got too much to do in my craft room!

I need to finish up (come up with an idea and make) my Christmas cards and I need to make other cards (birthday, get well, sympathy, and thank you cards).  There just aren't enough hours in the day to do all I want to do!

My mom started a tradition of making crocheted Christmas stockings for everyone in the family.  Each generation has a different color scheme:  My mom and dad's are burgundy and white, my generation is kelly green and white, my children's are red with white trim and my grandchildren's are white with red.  My mom passed away a few years ago and I was the only one who crocheted so I took over the job of making the stockings.  I have a new great-niece and so this weekend I have been working on her stocking (I meant to do this a few weeks ago and just never got around to doing it--too busy card making!)

This is the stocking I made for my grandson and like the one I am making for my niece 

 

                                                                 

It doesn't take too much time to make the stocking but the fringe takes a lot of time!  I want to get this new one in the mail tomorrow so I had better get back to crocheting!  

I have reached a point in my life where I no longer get stressed over the holidays.  House doesn't get decorated? No problem.  Cards don't get mailed before Christmas?  Well, there is always New Year's (a friend of mine sends hers out for Groundhog's Day!)  Seems like there's no time?  Take time for yourself!  Life won't end because everything doesn't get done and look perfect. 

Enjoy the holidays and don't stress over every little detail!

Watercolor Thank You Swap Card

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This is the second card I made for my swaps for On Stage Atlanta. This card is CASE'd from a card done by Billie Moan (Ramblingrosestudio.com). I used different colors, stamps and techniques but she supplied the inspiration. So, Thank you Billie!

November Paper Pumpkin Gift Card Holder

As I played around with my November Paper Pumpkin kit, I came to realize that the small cards are perfect as gift card holders.  My daughter has requested 4 gift card holders to give gifts to her son's teachers and this will be perfect!  Most of the work is already done for me--I just have to stamp and put together!  I did decide to use the Gently Falling Embossing Folder on the vellum layer to mimic snow falling.    

    

                                                      

 

To create the inside part to hold the gift card, I took some Pool Party cardstock and used the Sleigh Ride edgelits (from last year's Holiday catalog).

 

                                                      

I used all three of the edgelits (only the tree one is pictured) to make the cards a little different from each other. 

I plan to do a few other alternatives in the next few days so stay tuned...

November Paper Pumpkin Christmas

I finally got the chance to play with my Paper Pumpkin kit for November.  It's such a cute kit!  The cards are pretty small and I don't generally do cards smaller than A2 size--occasionally note cards but these are even smaller.  As a result, I made one card as instructed and then attached it it to a layer of Pool Party atop a piece of Dapper Denim cardstock cut to 5.5 x 4.25.  

                      

So this little card on top opens for the sentiment and greetings.  I added some shimmer spray all over too but it doesn't show up in the photo very well.  The small cards came with envelopes so now I will have to come up with a way to use those envelopes.  I'll figure something out!  I'll be making some additional cards and making them differently.  Perhaps embossing the sentiment on the front, adding some dazzling diamonds or wink of Stella.  I've seen samples of shaker cards and ornament cards using this kit.  I will just have to experiment!  What would you do with this card?

If you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber you can purchase past kits and refills for some of the kits.  If you would like to subscribe, you have until the 10th of the month to do so and get the December kit!  Sign up here.  Kits run approximately $20 a month plus tax (shipping is included).  The first kit includes a clear block to use with the stamps.  And Stampin' Up! releases a video every month showing the kit and how to put it together.  You can check out the videos on the Paper Pumpkin channel on YouTube.

 

Back to making some more cards!  Happy Stamping!

Upcoming Classes and Events

I have scheduled several classes and events and wanted to share them with you!  

December 7 - It's a Wrap!  held from 6-9 pm, we will be making gift tags, gift bags and more!  Finish up your wrapping chores and be ready for the holidays.  Cost is $25 or FREE with a $35 order.  RSVP by December 5!  Bring a friend and receive a free gift!

                              

January 7 - Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration Kick-Off  from 1-5, drop by to see the new catalogs, all the samples I've made from my preorder and do a Make 'n Take.  Spend as little or as much time as you like!  There will be goodies and freebies available.  Bring a friend!

                               

 

January 19 - Birthdays, Birthdays, Birthdays!  6-9 pm.  This class will be using the Birthday Bright Kit.  I will provide the stamp set and you will be able to complete this kit, making 12 birthday cards and 12 gift tags (don't need tags?  these can be added to card fronts for an additional 12 cards!  I'll provide the card bases if you want to do this).  The cost for this class is $35.  I have to have your payment by January 8 so I can order this kit for you.  You can pay by check, credit card or paypal.  If you want to purchase this kit yourself and add items to it to qualify for SAB rewards (a $50 product purchase qualifies for a free item from the SAB catalog), you can do that beginning Jan 4 through my online store.  Just let me know you will be doing this and that you are coming to the class!  All attendees will receive a free SAB item!  As always, bring a friend and receive a free gift!  Here is a video showcasing this fantastic kit!

 

I hope to see you at my upcoming events!  I'll be scheduling more in the future (trying to keep classes to the 3rd Thursday of every month unless there is a conflict) so you can click on the events tab at the top of the page to see what is coming up!

 

Year End Closeouts!

Stampin' Up! is starting its spring cleaning a little early and has released pages of items at up to 60% off!  Click on the Year End Closeout image on the right side of the page to see all that is available. Just a reminder that some items are "overstocks" from the catalogs and will return to their regular prices when the sale ends (Jan 3) but most items are "as supplies last" so don't delay if there is anything you really want!

                                        

Going, Going, Gone!

The November Sales are ending!  Make sure you don't miss out!  These are some great deals! These deals end at 11:50 pm MT on November 30!

                                               

                                                     

 

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Happy Stamping!

 

Becky