Hello stamping friend!

If you were one of people who attended my (belated) Holiday Catalogue Kick-Off Party yesterday – thank you for making it such a fun time!  It’s always wonderful to see your smiling face, and spend time talking about our favourite past time – stamping!

Here’s some pictures from yesterday (yes – I actually remembered to take some!) of the set up, and everyone working on their cards:

kick off set up

My project board wasn’t complete – but I didn’t want to forget to take the picture!  I had out lots of the Bundles that are in the Holiday catalogue, so everyone could see  how great they are!

kick off party

Working on the 1st project – using the Candy Cane Lane suite of products.

holiday kick off

catalogue kick off

Everyone has fun, but concentrate hard on putting together the projects! 🙂

kick off party

Everyone works from the sample that I’ve put together, with me giving help and directions as needed , and I never get tired of seeing the happy and amazed looks on everyone’s faces as they see their project coming together, and their feeling of accomplishment! 🙂  LOVE. MY. JOB.!

As I was saying yesterday, BUNDLES are the biggest sellers in this Holiday catalogue, and for good reason.  Each Bundle is discounted by 10% of the combined price for the stamp set and tool (punch or dies); they coordinate perfectly to cut down on your assembly time; they’re so versatile – allowing you to make other projects with the same sets (like different animals from the Foxy Friends Bundle, or 3D houses with the Home Sweet Home, combine it with the Hallowe’en Scenes, and you can add a fence and trees!).

Our first project yesterday was nice & simple, to get everyone ‘in the groove’; we used the Greetings from Santa stamp set, and the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper (which is one of the DSP’s included in the Buy 3 Get 1 Free special, until Oct. 31st!)

Candy Cane Lane houses

I think this is adorable – even though there’s only 1 stamp involved, and it’s the sentiment!

We started with 2 houses hand cut from the Candy Cane Lane DSP (I was nice, and pre-cut the houses for everyone).  Onto a panel of Whisper White cardstock, we glued a piece of the white dotted pattern from the Candy Cane Lane DSP onto the top portion, then attached the houses where the DSP met the Whisper White.  TIP: to get more dimension, we glued the back house directly to the DSP, and attached the front house using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  By popping up the front house, it gives the look that the front house is further in front.

Using Real Red ink, we stamped the sentiment at the bottom left of the Whisper White panel; then attached with Dimensionals to a panel of Real Red cardstock.  We then wrapped the Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine (in the white with metallic red thread) 3 times around the card front, and tied it off with  a bow.  Finally, the front image panel was attached to a card base of Crumb Cake cardstock.

Dimensions: Crumb Cake card base – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored & folded at 4 1/4″;  Real Red panel: 5 1/4″ x 4″; Whisper White panel: 5″ x 3 3/4″;  DSP – 5″ x 2 1/2″

For our next project, once everyone was in the stamping groove, we kicked it up a notch to make a Shaker Card!

jar of cheer shaker cardWhen the Annual Catalogue came out in June, I purchased the Jar of Love Bundle, which included the Jar of Love stamp set and the Everyday Jar Framelits Dies.  Well, in the Holiday catalogue there are 2 sets that coordinate with the Everyday Jar Framelits – the Jar of Cheer and the Jar of Haunts!  Talk about being able to get the most bang for you buck!  I just love it when Stampin’ Up! gives us the most ways to use our stamps and tools 🙂

For this card, the first step was to die cut the jar shape out of the Soft Sky cardstock panel, using the Everyday Jar Framelits.  Next, we stamped the outline of the jar using the Jar of Cheer stamp set, and Memento Black ink, onto the Whisper White card base.  I like using this ink because it’s quick drying, which means less chance of smudging.  Then we stamped the snowman image inside the jar, using the Memento ink, and coloured in the hat, scarf and carrot nose using the Stampin’ Write Markers in Real Red, Soft Sky and Pumpkin Pie.  The sentiment was stamped in Real Red ink directly onto the Soft Sky panel, which was then embossed with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.  TIP: it’s important to stamp before you emboss, otherwise your stamping will come out uneven on top of the embossing.

I had cut pieces of Window Sheet, which we glued to the back side of the of the Soft Sky panel, covering the opening of the die cut jar shape.  We then used the Foam Adhesive Strips and attached it around the shape of the jar, on the Window Sheet – this is what stops your ‘snow’ from falling out!  1 of the Foam Adhesive Strips was the perfect size to go around the jar!

To create the ‘snow’, we used the White Mica Flakes from the Mica Flakes Trio Pack, placing them on top of our stamped snowman, then removed the backing from the Foam Adhesive Strip (and Stampin’ Dimensionals on each of the 4 corners of the panel), then attached it over top of the snowman & flakes.  We did it this way so that we could see for exact placement of our jar outline.

Finally, we added the black stamped and die cut jar lid to the bottom of the jar – and voila!  It looks like we have made our own snowman snow globe! 🙂

Shaker cards are such a joy to give – no one can not smile when the receive a shaker card! And they’re so easy to make, using the tools that are available from our Stampin’ Up! catalogues.

To make your own shaker cards, or the gingerbread house card we made, you can click on the images below, and you’ll be taken directly to my online store for purchasing.  Of course you can always contact me directly at debsmart@shaw.ca, and I’m happy to place your order for you 🙂

Thanks again, my friend, for bringing your smile to my Holiday Catalogue Kick-Off Party; and if you weren’t there, thank you for spending some time reading this post – I hope you enjoyed seeing my cards.  I’m always happy to read any comment you’d care to leave for me 🙂

Until next time – happy stamping!

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

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