I was fortunate enough to rescue a swarm of bees earlier in Spring and I ended up amalgamating them into my Flow Hive, but it meant that I had a full WSP super of honey and natural honeycomb. So I spent a day harvesting and packaging it up as Christmas gifts for close friends and family.
Of course no gift from us would be complete without nice stamped packaging so I made these tags using the Holly Jolly Layers stamp set and the new Dragonfly Dreams (coming out in the new Occasions catalogue in January) of course crazy me only remembered that this stamp set came with matching framelits after I’d fussy cut all the bees out!
If you want to join in the fun of the new catalogues, I am having a launch party on February 4th for details see the link here. Of course if you can’t join us on that date and would like a copy of the catalogues please let me know and I will get them to you soon.
Are you like me and struggle with time management getting Christmas cards made and mailed out (I excel at the former, but am an epic fail at the later). This year I found the solution and it’s on sale!
Stampin’ Up! have these amazing Stitched with Cheer Project kits that make 18 cards with envelopes in total comprised of 3 different designs and they cost just $25.20 – that’s just $1.40 per card and envelope which means that not only would you get some creative time, but they’d end up being cheaper than store bought cards!
This is just one of the three designs, you can see them all in this video link
The kits are only on sale whilst stocks last or until January 3rd 2017, which ever is sooner, so get in quick and be organised for next Christmas.
So every year at Christmas my Cherub and I make our own Christmas crackers (or bon bond depending upon where on the globe you live). They are simple to make using the Envelope Punch Board and I also use my Simply Scored (but you could use the Stampin’ Trimmer).
There are many variations of these on the internet, but I modified mine to use a 10″x6″ piece of designer series paper (that way I get two from a sheet) and I like the hexagonal effect rather than the square or triangle finish to the crackers.
My measurements are in imperial as the paper is cut that way.
On the 10″ side score at 1.5″, 2″, 2.5″ and then at 7.5″, 8″ and 8.5″
On the 6″ side score at 7/8″, 1 3/4″, 2 5/8″, 3 1/2″, 4 3/8″ and 5 1/4″
Burnish all of the score lines and with the 10″ side horizontal to the envelope punch board punch at the 2″ line on the punch board on each score line as per the picture below. Add tear tape of multipurpose glue to the smallest horizontal panel and make into the hexagon shape.
We put in a $1 scratch ticket, a bonbon snap (bought online), some jokes (printed off the internet) a chocolate and a small toy or puzzle. They are a lot of fun to make and people love how personal and fun these are to receive.
Stampin’ Up! has been doing a little year-end cleaning, so there are some great deals on offer! The Year-End Closeouts will include holiday catalogue retiring products, clearance rack items and current high-inventory catalogue products. To see the complete list, please go to my online store here and remember these are whilst stocks last so get in sooner rather than later!
Stampin’ Up has an Online Extravaganza where you can save between 10-40% off!
For one week only, November 21-28, you can save up to 40% on select products. To sweeten the deals, we will be having 24-hour sales on the first and last day of the promotion, featuring special products available for that day only. You can even get a sneak peek AND save on products that will be on the future holiday catalog retiring list. You won’t want anyone to miss out on this great opportunity to stock up and save!
Click here to see or print out the entire list of fabulous sale items! On Monday, when the sale begins you can click here to see them in my store and don’t forget you can also save 25% off selected stamp sets to co-ordinatate with the new stitched framelits.
Plus as a gift from me (whilst stocks last) for each order over $100 I will give you one of the new black and gold polka dot 10th Anniversary South Pacific pop up bin for FREE (RRP $10).
For the month of November you have the opportunity to purchase Stitched Shapes Framelits of 12 dies ahead of their official release in the 2017-2018 annual catalogue and get 25% off coordinating stamp sets. With Stitched Shapes Framelits you can make paper stitches in seconds, turning any project into one that is stitched from the heart. And there’s more great news…although the 25% off stamps sets ends 30 November, you will still be able to get the Stitched Shapes Framelits after that date.
To check out which of the 9 stamp sets are on sale, please click here and of course you can get some ideas of how to use them in your projects from the video below.
So Stampin’ Up! had the international meeting in Brisbane earlier this month and it was a lot of fun. Every 6 months there is one 3 day OnStage Live event which rotates between North America, Europe & the South Pacific and then the other regions who don’t host the 3 day event get a one day event called OnStage Local. This was the first Live event for the South Pacific and also coincided with the South Pacific 10th anniversary.
If you like the above black and gold polka dot pop up rubbish bins, they are part of the South Pacific 10th anniversary celebrations and are available whilst stocks last for $10 each order code 145173 or you can get one for FREE from me by placing an order of over $100 (whilst stocks last).
One of the highlights of any Stampin’ Up! event is catching up with old friends and making new ones, it’s fantastic being able to hang out with people who all ‘get’ craft! I was fortunate enough this time to have 3 others from my team join me at the event.
It was also fun to catch up with staff from the Head Office in North America.Below is a photograph taken at the CentreStage dinner with CEO of the company Sara Douglas.
One of the ways that we initiate conversations with demonstrators we don’t know and also to share ideas is to make little stamped swap items. Sue from my team made 100 of these cute little koala treats which went down very well with people. The koala is made from the Fox Builder punch.
Of course the company spoiled us with lots of amazing gifts including bags. stamp sets, accessories, treats, food, make & takes and more!
This event I was very fortunate to be asked to design some items with new stamps & framelits for the display boards to help inspire others. I will blog those items soon.
Of course not all my team could join me at the event, but whilst I was there I used some of the new stamps to make each of them a card so that they didn’t miss out entirely on all the fun!
These were made using new ribbon, designer series paper and stamps that will be available in the new Occasions catalogue in January. Of course I couldn’t let them have naked envelopes either as that would just be too boring for the mail person delivering them!
I will share more swaps, photographs and ideas from OnStage soon
Between 1-31 October, you can buy three packages of Designer Series Paper and get one free! This sale includes Designer Series Paper from both the annual catalogue and the recently released holiday catalogue (not including Specialty Designer Series Paper or Designer Series Paper Stacks).
Look how simple & amazing these cards look using the same layout, but just changing the paper, stamps & sentiments…….you could easily create a whole bunch of beautiful cards for many different occasions using just this one template layout!
Of course if you have lots of little scraps of designer series paper left over from scrapbooking or card making how about these two amazingly versatile card layouts? This first one is perfect for punches or small framelit shapes
Or if you have lots of strips of designer series paper left over from projects – what about this fast card solution? The thick Bakers twine or ribbon really make these cards special.
So stock up on your designer series papers now and have all your card, scrapbooking, envelope and other 3D creations covered, click the image below to shop 24/7.
Do you remember the last time you received a card in the mail? In a sea of junk mail and bills, a card is a simple thing that really stands out to the person who receives it. Sending a card is a small gesture that shows just how much you care about that special someone in your life.
World Card Making Day is on 1 October, celebrate by making and sending a handmade card to someone who could use a little recognition, love, or just a boost (which is anyone, really!).
In celebration of World Card Making Day, from 1-5 October, you can save up to 25% on cardmaking essentials that can be used to share your love all year long!
If you haven’t used Fast Fuse before – check out this handy hints video here
Of course if you haven’t seen this super gorgeous Designer Tin of Cards then check them out here – they do have a matching stamp set (sold separately), but they really would work with any sentiment set & are perfect for any occasion.
Don’t forget the specials are only available for 5 days, so get in quick and order now online here!
When I got my first sneak peek of the new Holiday Catalogue in August, I knew straight away that I NEEDED to order the stamp set Paisleys & Posies – not because I am a paisley fan, but because there were two special instructors in my life that I wanted to make a card for using one of the sentiments – I ordered the set 2 months ago, but only just gave them their cards this last week, definitely in catch up mode!
I think my watermark may have obscured some of the sentiment, but if you are optically challenged the sentiment reads “I thank you for your part in my journey”. I took the colours and technique from a few years ago and updated it with new in colours (if you haven’t done the bandana technique you can see a step by step of it here from umm 4 years ago – not sure where that time went). I love this technique as it’s so personal, each card is unique depending upon the sponging and white chalk pen highlights – the chalk pen is more transparent than the original white gel pen that I used in the original post, but I just go over each dot or line twice and it seems to come out fine.
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