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December 2012

More Clearance Rack Items Added

Hi Everyone! 15 new items have been added to the Clearance Rack. They are:
  • Neutrals Flower Brads
  • Regals Flower Brads
  • Subtles Flower Brads
  • Pretty in Pink 5/8" Satin Ribbon
  • Bashful Blue 5/8" Satin Ribbon
  • Chantilly 1/2" Crochet Trim
  • Artichoke 3/8" Denim Jean Ribbon
  • 2010-2012 In Color Stampin' Write Markers
  • 2011-2013 In Color 12" x 12" Textured Cardstock
  • Timeless Portrait Designer Series Paper
  • Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper
  • Well Worn Designer Series Paper
  • Beau Chateau Side Notes
  • Sweetest Stem Embosslits Dies
  • Flower Burst Embosslits Dies

Enjoy the new bargins!

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Vintage Chipboard Album

Hi Everyone! I have been itching to make a chipboard album from scratch and the Artisan Embellishments Kit 129328 from the Spring 2013 catalog was the inspiration for this album. (Stampin' UP!'s Spring 2013 items are available from Jan. 3-May 31, 2013 )

Join me either in-person on Thursday, January 24th at 4 pm or 6 pm at a class OR grab a kit to go and make it at home on your own schedule! See either my Classes (in person) or Class Kits to Go pages on the right for all the details.

Click on the thumbnail pictures below to see all the yummy pages. The Artisan Embellishment Kit has 26 total embellishments. 25 of them are used!


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The row of rossettes on the front and back panel is a new item too. 5/8" Flower Trim 126869 is soooo pretty. I counted how may vintage dimensional flowers were on my roll...100! That's a lot of flowers! We will have SOOO much fun to add these flowers to our cards and such through out this catalog!

 Here's a quick video tour of the album!

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Peppermint Candy Trays

Hi Everyone! My mother-in-law asked me to make her these trays made out of melted peppermint candy. OMGoodness they are so much fun to make. I got just a $1 bag size of both the red and green peppermints. But I wish I had more as it was so fun to experiment with different designs and shapes. I got these 4 plates out of the 2 bags.
I want to get some more candies and try to make bowls. Can't you just see serving a scoop of peppermint ice cream on these? Okay..a brownie first, then peppermint ice cream on top!

How to make your peppermint trays:

Unwrapped candy.
Arrange on parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 7-10 minutes. Do not overbake.

The candy is somewhat flexible when first out of the oven. If you wish to try to shape in a bowl, keep parchment paper on candy and carefully place in bowl. Remove candy when completely cooled. Which isn't long...about 10 minutes. Mom served her cookies on them! Turned out cute, especially for my first attempt!

I had this picture up at first...and my friends said my pretzels looked like chicken legs!LOL they do!


Hope your Christmas was merry!

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Designer Paper Bag

VID01498***UPDATE! Video tutorial now loaded!*** see below & thanks to fellow demonstrator Jackie Bolhuis whose project I cased! Thanks Jackie!

Hi Everyone! Here's designer paper bags made with 2 sheets of matching 12x12 designer paper. Stampin' UP! paper packs come 12 sheets per pack. 2 each of 6 designs. They's designed on both sides (unless otherwise noted on specialty packs) which really makes this paper bag project.

2 matching 12"x12" designer paper sheets
1 scrap piece of card stock 3"x6" (recommend a color close to main dp color)
Tombo Mulipurpose glue or Sticky strips
2(two) pieces of 16" ribbon

Score and cut paper as shown.
Bag score linesI was going to make the video last night but was too pooped! So I got up early this am but hubby hasn't too far behind. LOL I didn't know how much noice he makes in the am so I had to wait until he left :) Video Uploading ! Please check back around ~3 pm. (now done!)


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Bag It & Tag It - Day 5: Hand Made Bag

IMG_0785Hi Everyone! The 5th and final day of our Bag It and Tag It :) I hope it gave you a few idea starters to put a special, hand made touch to your gifts.

I will have a video for you all tomorrow on how to make your own bag using 2 sheets of designer paper. Above uses Candlelight Christmas. Those that purchaed the paper to make the ornament start may have sheets left over...which I did and it makes a PERFECT bag and gift combo.

IMG_0787I cannot WAIT to share this with you!Check back tomorrow for instructions and video.

We are having our company Christmas lunch today...better get ready!





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Bag It & Tag It - Day 4: Jar Decor

IMG_0779Hi Everyone! Mason or repurposed gas jars (like pickle, etc..) make wonderful "bags" or containers for your goodies! Here's a little Jar Decor for an idea starter. Snow Flurry Bigz Die 127813 and Crumb Cake Scallop Tulle Ribbon 127840 along with Glimmer Paper and Brads really glam up this jar filled with peppermint patties.

Our family plays an exchange game at Christmas, we've started a new version by picking a theme each year for our $5 gift. (it's just for a fun activity, thus the low $) Last year was a 'mug' theme. This year, a jar. Fill the jar with something for the exchange. Silly, yummy, or clever! My peppermint patty jar most likely will find it's way to my Dad...peppermints are his favorite!

Your homemade chex mix, fudge, etc...will certainly taste better (LOL...okay mine would taste better) when packaged in this glimmery, glamerous jar.

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Paper: Red Glimmer, Silver Glimmer, Champagne Glimmer, Real Red card stock
Accessories: Glimmer Brads, Round Ice Brads
Tools: Big Shot die-cutting machine, 2-1/2 Circle Punch, Paper Piercer, Stampin' Pierce Mat
Adhesive: Tombo Multipurpase Glue

The 2-1/2" circle punch is a perfect circle for the regular size mason jar lids.

IMG_0776The glimmer paper, with all its sparkly glory, resists adhesives on the top. For me, I found that using glimmer brads make for an easy assembly of the layers. Pierce layers using the paper piercer on the pierce mat.
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Bag It & Tag it - Day 3: Reindeer Two Tags Die

IMG_0762Hi Everyone! The Two Tags die 115954 is such a fabulous die and so many of my fellow demonstrators have come up with creative ways to use the images. Here's my take on the Reindeer tag. By angling his face, he seem ready for a jolly time.

I sandwiched the candy canes in this sample to make him a little more sturdy. Include him on a package to bring a little extra joy to the gift!

Other Materials:
Ink: Stampin' Write Black Marker100082

1/2" Circle Punch 119869, circle from Itty Bitty Punch pack 118309, Small Oval 120908

Card stock from the Neutrals Collection 119707 (used Soft Suede, Basic Black & Whisper White from the assortment pack), Red Glimmer Paper 121790

Mini Glue Dots 103683 to keep candy canes in place. Tombo Multipurpose glue 110755, Stampin' Dimensional foam dots for nose 104430

Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine 123125, Whisper White 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon 126877, Jingle Bells from last year's holiday catalog ;)

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Bag It & Tag It Week - Day 2

IMG_0756Hi Everyone! Day 2 of Bag It & Tag It :) What says handmade more than a hand stamped gift bag?!This could easily be modified for a kid's craft too! Great way to give their grandparent or teacher their gifts.

Whisper White Craft Ink 101731 is used on a kraft bag (hobby store) using the snowflake from Jolly Bingo Bits (w120857, c 121187).

Other items used:
Snow Much Fun (w 122560, c 122562) for tag images and ribbon sentiments
Sassy Salutations (w 126705, c 126707)

Paper: (while listed as single packs...don't forget the collections!) IMG_0755

Read Red Card Stock 102482
Crumb Cake Card Stock 120953
Very Vanilla Card Stock 101650
Lucky Limeade Card Stock 122926
Festival of Prints Designer Paper Stack 126904 (Holiday Catalog)

StazOn Black 101406
Real Red 126949

Natural Cotton 7/8" Ribbon 127844 (perfect for stamping!) (Holiday Catalog)
Real Red

Big Shot Die Cutting Machine 113439
Labels Collection Framelit Dies 125598


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