This week I used the Rectangle Postage punch for the first time.
I’ve had it since it came out and I kept forgetting about it!
I had a request for the Festive Post stamp set so I combined the two.
It’s a handy punch that coordinates with the Festive Post stamp set
in the Stampin’ Up Holiday catalog:
Here’s a fun way to add a little variety to the punch and change the size up a bit!
I added a few die cut snowflakes for some wintery accents.
Watch the video below to see how easy it is to change the size of windows.
View the video by clicking on the photo below:
By the Way, this postage punch also is a bundle in the annual catalog
so if you have the punch, think about this set also since it coordinates so well:
I’m in snowy New Hampshire this week with Matt’s wonderful family. It’s just gorgeous here! (and not having to drive or shovel it, I can truly enjoy it from inside the windows) . Eating, napping, Rummikub, eating, digesting, eating…you get the idea. Hey, I even learned a new card game called Spite & Malice! Anyone else play that? It’s fun and I’m surprisingly good at the spite part :0
Before I start posting pics, 3 quick things:
1st Quick thing: If you have purchased Stampin’ Up from me in the past year, you should have already received the new Spring Catalog AND the annual Sale-A-Bration brochure. IF you have not, please email me at email@example.com While I think MOST of the mail arrives on time, I know that some gets lost or eaten by machines. (and husbands interception skills….) If you haven’t seen me for a while or don’t have a current demonstrator and would like to have one mailed to you, email me with your name and mailing address. I cannot post the links to show you or download the catties until Jan 3rd for the Spring and January 22nd for the SAB catty.
2nd quick thing is that SU has added 15 more items to the clearance rack (and is anyone else wondering how much they must have in their ‘closets’ to keep adding these things?!) Here are the 15 additions listed and you can see what’s new HERE
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
3rd quick thing: Yes, I WILL be offering the DSP & Ribbon samplers for the new catties. I’ll be posting those on January 1st here on the blog.
The last 3 weeks of December have been a whirlwind of last minute classes, orders and helping stampers with their holiday cards. I’m sorry that I haven’t posted these wonderful gift ideas sooner but maybe if you see something you’d like to make, you can save it for next year OR change out the colors for another occasion.
These ideas were from a gift exchange at my demonstrator get together. Over 35 stampers brought one handmade item to pass around as I read the annual stamping elf-left/right- story. It’s always fun to see the gifts pass back and forth and eventually land in their ‘forever’ hands! Here are a few of the favorites:
Sandi Grimes: Altered Wooden Frame
Trish Niedergeses: purse gift card holder
Linda Goldhersz: bulletin board
Cute apron and post it note owl by Heidi LaFountaine
I’ve received SO many requests for making the ornamant on the cover of the Stampin’ Up Holiday catalog. Lots here from my blog, from my customers and on Stamping School, also. It’s really beautiful and it’s not as complicated as it looks although a little time consuming with all the stamping and cutting out with the framelits. I had very little directions from SU so I just played around with how to do it my way 🙂
I did add a few rhinestones in the cherry cobbler tulle ribbon. Here is the back that I would personalize to put on a present, bottle of wine or wrapped gift or tree ornament gift:
I also made another version that is a lot quicker without the stamping, so be sure to watch that one after the first one. p.s. the first one is 19 minutes…even with editing, it’s a long one!
p.s. Stamping School Members…this is going up for you this weekend with the recipe sheets and cutting measurements.
Here is my quickie version, more vintage without glitter (except champagne mist/alchohol spray) and no stamping:
And here is my video for how to make a quickie version if you need to make lots of them!
Florida locals – quite a few of you asked to do this as a class – let me know if you still want to do it after watching the videos LOL
Hi All! I LOVE embossing folders and with the new SU catty, we have 5 new designs! (ok, one has 2 in the package so technically 4, but I’m counting them as 2 designs) They can be overlooked in the catalog so I’m spotlighting them here as well as a video today.
Fancy Fan Textured Impressions Embossing Folder#127751 $7.95
Elegant without being too frilly!
I noticed right away that the new folders are longer than last year’s models. These are around 6-1/2″ long and won’t fit horizontally in the Big Shot. I recently found out that it is b/c the UK stampers have longer cards than we do. I think their standard is 6″ so they are really excited!
With the longer length of folder, we need to adjust and tweak the way it runs through our machines. Vertical designs are no problem and proceed as usual. Horizontal card folds will require the adjustment.
7/15/12 Update: I ended up cutting a 1/4 inch off of my folders so I can use them both directions:) You certainly don’t have to but I like options.
Someone asked me the other day if I kicked them off my blog feed since they hadn’t received a post in a while. I cringed when I realized it’s been a while since I posted! With Sale-A-Bration going on and lots of stamp-happenings, I’ve neglected to post some of the great swaps I’ve received in January and February.
Before I forget another thing – I have a stamping class this weekend in Orange City, FL (which is between Sanford and Debary area) with a few of demonstrators on my team, Iina and Toni. If you live near there and want to attend the class you can find details HERE.
On to get some inspiration going!
This is one of my favorites and was created by Debra Townsend in Sacramento. She always does beautiful work and I didn’t even like this stamp before I saw this card! The stamp is in the Occasions mini and called Packed for Baby. She used Pool Party as the main color.
Here is another swap by Deb Townsend using the new Simply Scrappin’ kit called Spring Fever and the new Doily Die. Love the pear pleated ribbon she used inside the doily circle.
Jeanne Harris created this beauty using Bordering on Romance (Occasions mini) and the new Edgelits. I can’t even imagine how long it took to line up the edgelits and the folders on each side! The center flower is Cracked Glass Technique and you can see it better here:
Several layers of clear embossing powder and then put it in the freezer for a few minutes. Bring it out and crack it up!
Lela M created this vintage-y card using Soft Suede, Attic Boutique DSP and So Saffron. The framelits and Apothecary Art are made to go together!
Jamie Adcock stamped this pretty Elementary Elegance SAB stamp set with Everyday Enchantment DSP.
Sweet Easter card by Lisa H. using Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral color combo
Tarri Trombley embossed the Tea Shoppe cup in white ink/powder and rested it on Baja Breeze card stock, Blushing Bride and Twitterpated paper.Love that lil’ button!
Emily Turner sponged some pool party and Daffodil on some Attic Boutique paper and it really is pretty! That was my least favorite flower in the Mixed Bunch stamp set and now it’s one of my favs.
going to stop here for today, run off to watch The Bachelor…I know, I know….but I hooked now and there’s no turning back.
p.s. Anybody from Winchester, VA? I’m heading there this coming week!
Here at the Heller house in New Hampshire, the presents have been unwrapped, batteries placed in the appropriate toys, and lots of happy, warm memories can fill our scrapbooks. I was hoping for a little bit of snow falling on me but I see it on my shoes when I walk outside so that’ll have to do. I love the nippy weather and can wear my fluffy winter coat at least this week and then back to Florida where it will go back into the closet.
Gift from Debra LaFountaine
Each year my team can participate in a hand made gift exchange when we get together in December. It’s optional and almost everyone takes part. Everyone stands in a circle while I read my version of Lefty, the stamping elf. All kinds of gifts are passed left and right as my story says Left and Right until it stops and the gift in your hand is yours to keep!
Here are a few, but not all, gifts passed that day. Since most did not put their name on the gifts they passed, most are unknown. (If you made something and are reading this, just email me and I can post your name with it)
Debra LaFountaine made this magnetic bingo game and fabric pouch!
Gorgeous stamped candle by Terri Tosh
I love this frame and asked Trish Niedergesis to make me one, too!
SEW sweet! stamper unknown
I saw this beauty pass by several times during our left/right poem! Seamstress/stamper Connie Hobbs
Wanda Smith made an adorable lampshade out of the new Rosette Die! She said she saw the shape as she was putting her rosette together and discovered a lampshade instead!
Cathy Wirt said she used liquid floor polish, swirled around inside the ornament, to act as a glue for the glitter to stick! Love it!
Gorgeous lattice ornament by Emily Turner – I really wanted to take it out of the package to get a good pic but it wasn’t mine so…
stamper unknown – this ornament is just cute as can be but my pic not so great 🙁
Amanda Hartley – love the extra effort of clear embossed dots on her box!
stamper unknown – nice photo holder with decorated block
stamper unknown but so cool with all the paper accordian layers!
stamper unknown – love the soda can buckle!
That’s it for today! Have to pack up the suitcases and start thinking about heading back to the warmer weather in FL!
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