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Need an easy and adorable last minute Christmas gift idea?

We have just a few more days until Christmas. Do you need an easy and adorable last minute Christmas gift idea?  Watch my video tutorial to see how easy it is to make a dollar store jar into a work of art with the Stampin’ Up! Many Merry Stars Stamp Set!

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Last minute Christmas gift idea

Just coming back from a quick run to the grocery store and saw the Christmas mint M&Ms are already discounted 15%.  My last minute Christmas gift with the Stampin’ Up! Many Merry Stars is quick and yummy! 

The Stampin’ Up! Many Merry Stars Stamp Set is available only through January 5, 2015.  Lower in the post all the supplies are listed.

Before you run off to make some adorable gift jars, be sure to subscribe to The Stamper’s Insider using the form just below.

Many Merry Stars Jar Supplies

Heat Tool

$29.95

Banner Punch

$12.95

 

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 Last minute gift ideas can be easy when you have the Stampin’ Up! Many Merry Stars Stamp Set and M&Ms!

 

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Know any last-minute shoppers?

Maybe you’re one of those organized people that have all their Christmas shopping done, all the presents are wrapeed, Christmas cards have been long made and mailed, the house is decked out and everyone is munching on your Christmas cookies.

Don't panic!  I have Stampin' Up! gift certificates www.stampingsmiles.comBut, is there someone shopping for you that is notorious for waiting until the last minute? Let your last minute shopper know that I have gift certificates available for your favorite crafting supplies, Stampin’ Up! products!  Even the very last minute shopper can purchase gift certificates to be delivered electronically!

Send your last minute shopper here.  Or to www.stampingsmiles.com.  A link to my Stampin’ Up! Gift Certificates is the second to left option in the navigation bar at the top of my stamping blog.

Give him or her a hand and get something you’d really like.  You know they kind of stuff you get when they grab at the last minute at the drug store.

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It’s time to order your 2015 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog Ribbon & Paper Share!

Your opportunity to have a generous portion of all the Occasions Ribbons and/or Designer Series Papers at a fraction of the price!
 
Occasions Ribbon & Designer Series Paper Share
 
 
 
Twelve 6″ x 6″ sheets (1 of each of the 12 patterns*) 
 
Specialty Designer Series Paper:
  • Birthday Bash
Designer Series Paper:
  • Painted Blooms
  • Sweet Dreams
  • Something Borrowed  (*2 of each of the 6 patterns)
Designer Series Paper Stack – 1 each of 24 patterns in 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ sheets
  • Stacked with Love
  • Adventure Bound

Occasions Catalog Designer Series Paper Share (inc. Priority Mail Shipping):  $31.49
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Occasions Catalog Ribbon Share
 
 
Calypso Coral Pompom Trime - 1 yard
 
Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim – 2 yards 
 
Hello Honey 5/8″ Quilted Cotton Ribbon – 1 yard
 
Sahara Sand 7/8″ Lace Trim – 1 yard
 
White Jute Ribbon – 1 yard
 
Painted Blooms Cotton Twine – 2 yards of 3 Colors
  • Soft Sky, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi

 

Occasions Catalog Ribbon Share (including First Class shipping):  $17.49

 *cost varied by state and local sales tax.

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Want it all?  Yes!  Order both and save!
 
 
 
Occasions Catalog Ribbon & Designer Series Paper Share (including Priority Mail shipping): $45.98
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How to order your Occasions Catalog Ribbon and / or Designer Series Paper Share: 
 
Please indicate if you would like to participate in the paper & ribbon, paper only or ribbon only shares.
 
On December 30 I will send you a pay link for your order.  Money for the order cannot be collected before then. 

 I will be placing the order for the ribbon/paper share on January 6, 2015. 

 

 Payments received by January 5 will be prepared and mailed first!

Comment left by Linda from Nevada about a previous Stampin’ Up! Catalog Ribbon/Paper Share:

 
Just received my 2012 Paper/Ribbon Share from Shelly and have only one thing to say: F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S-! It’s even better than last year’s offering! LOVE LOVE LOVE how organized everything is. There’s no guesswork and no wondering what the ribbon colors are or what the name of a particular collection of designer paper is. Everything is clearly labeled and wonderfully packaged. THANKS AGAIN, Shelly, for offering another spectacular share!

 

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Making cards from the Watercolor Winter Simply Created Kit

Stampin' Up! Watercolor Winter CardAre you like my friend, love the process of making your own handmade cards but do appreciate having card kits on hand from when time gets away from you?  It’s still handmade. You put it together with your two hands and perhaps even give it a little twist.  Just had a little help.  We all could use some now and then.

When the Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Winter Simply Created Kit was included in the Year-End Closeouts for 30% off, my stamping friend told me to add it to her order. 

When it arrived, we just had to open it and play.  She made this Watercolor Winter card while I made the one with the sled (picture below).   I thought how quick and easy it would be to use my Blendabilities.  The tree on the left was colored with the Dark Old Olive Blendabilities Marker and the other with the Medium Old Olive Blendabilities Marker (both in the set of three pack).  She hadn’t experienced the Blendabilities before.  She was impressed with the results.  Easy to use, no brushmarks and intense color.  Ding, ding, ding, we’ve created another Blendabilities enthusiast.

I colored the sled with the Cherry Cobbler Medium Blendabilites Marker and did just a touch of shading with the Cherry Cobbler Dark Blendabilites. 

Watercolor Wonder Kit card

Did I mention that everything you see, including the envelopes, are all in the kit? The exception is ink, greeting stamps and adhesive.  We decide the sled card would also make for a marvelous winter birthday card.  The Happy Birthday from the Occasions 4 You Stamp Set looks like it was made for the Bermuda Bay strip.

There are four different cards in the Watercolor Winter Simply Created Kit.  I made one more.  Again using the Old Olive Blendabilities.  This time I did more shading.

Stampin' Up! Watercolor Winter Simply Created Kit

It wasn’t until the next day that it dawned on me the kit is called Watercolor Winter and I had used the Blendabilites.  That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it.  Putting our own twist on the card kits.

It’s too late to order the Watercolor Wonder Kit for this years Christmas cards (if you want them delivered by December 24),  but it isn’t too late to order and make the sled cards for January birthdays!  And have a Christmas card kit on hand if time gets away from you next year.  You’ll save 30% when you order the Watercolor Winter Kit by January 5, 2015, unless supplies run out first, in my online store!

Watercolor Winter Simply Created Kit Card Supplies

Glue Dots

$4.95

 

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Even though it was from it a kit, your hands put it together!  Save 30% when you order the Stampin’ UP! Watercolor Simply Createed Kit by January 5, 2014!

 

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A peek behind the 2015 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog cover!

The 2015 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog starts January 6!  How about about a sneak peek of a card made with a few of the new Occasions Catalog products?

If my video is not displaying properly, watch my 2015 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog sneak peek video here.
Stampin' Up! Butterfly Basics Stamp SetYou want to look at that gorgeous bouquet of flowers on the Occasions Catalog cover, but how in the world do you throw away free designer paper?  You simply don’t.  You use it for a quick card like mine with the soon-to-be-released Stampin’ Up! Butterfly Basics Stamp Set.   If I mail you an 2015 Occasions Catalog and the Sale-a-bration cover is missing, you’ll know what happened.  :)

We have 20 more days before we can order from the Stampin’ Up! 2015 Occasions Catalog.  While waiting for ordering from it and Sale-a-bration to start on January 6, 2015, there are two things you need to do.

The first is to get out your 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  Very few of the products will be available after January 5, 2015.  Incredibly popular stamp sets such as White Christmas, Holiday Home, Ornamental Pine and Endless Wishes will not be available to order for much longer.  View the full list of Holiday Catalog stamp sets that are on the short list.  Order your Holiday Catalog products in my online store!

The second thing you need to do if you are not currently one of my newsletter subscribers is to subscribe now to The Stamper’s Insider!  It’s your free stamping source for Inspiration, Information and Ideas!  Use the form below to subscribe now.  You’ll receive my latest edition to The Stamper’s Insider shortly after subscribing.

 

 

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The 2015 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog starts January 6!  Did you enjoy my Occasions Catalog sneak peek and the use of the paper?

 

 

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Is your gift saying “Here, I didn’t know what to get you”?

Are you starting to get a bit frantic with only a few shopping days left until Christmas?  Will your last minute shopping mean you’ll probably be giving some gift cards this year?  Gift cards are popular gifts because we often don’t know what to get, and they’re easy.  But would you like your gift say “I want you to know how special you are” instead of “Here, I didn’t know what to get you”?
 
Learn how to make this gift card holder!If so, order my Christmas Present Gift Card Holder Class!  You’ll learn how to make a beautiful gift card holder that will tell them  it was a gift from the heart!  Click now to take my
 
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Another way to use the Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit!

The Stampin’ Up! Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit can be used for much more than to make 26 beautiful 3D stars. Use the kit also for quick festive gift packaging! Watch to learn how I used the Many Merry Stars Kit to decorate a Stampin’ Up! Takeout Box.

 If the video is not displaying properly, watch my Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit Gift Box video here.

Use the Stampin' Up! Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit for quick and easy gift packaging!I’m having a lot of  fun using the Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit for my Christmas gift wrapping!  Festive package with so little effort.  Enjoying it so much, I also used the stars kit for my final 12 Weeks of Christmas email tomorrow.  Only subscribers to The Stamper’s Insider will be seeing it.

The Many Merry Stars Kit is so full of supplies, all you have to add is the package to be decorated and adhesive.  You’ll see only four products listed for the supplies below!

Want the stars kit for quick, festive wrapping this year?  Stampin’ Up! orders placed this morning (Dec. 16) shipped already this afternoon.  If you place your order in my online store by December 17, 2014, it’s entirely possible, even likely, you’ll have it by Christmas Eve.  Good thing it’s quick to use with all the die-cut stars, tags and words!

Product List

Glue Dots

$4.95

 

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As you can see, the Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit can be used for much more than the making 3D stars. Use it for fast festive gift packaging!

 

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2014 Holiday Catalog Stamp Sets Here Only Through 1-5-15!

Stampin' Up! Snowflake Card Endless Wishes www.stampinsmiles.comThought I’d make a list of all the 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog products that will be here only through January 5, 2015.  Holy smokes!  The list of stamp sets was so long, we’d focus on those (and coordinating Framelits) for now.  Gone are the days that the majority of the stamp sets carry over into the next annual catalog or on a carryover list. 

The  holiday stamp sets on the short list are pictured below.  If you see any you’d like, order them now in my online store.  If you put it off until after Christmas, the next thing you’ll know January 5 has slipped right by.  I’m doing my best to keep you from paying 3 or 4 or even five times the price on eBay later (you wouldn’t believe the emails I get with stories like that all the time!).  

 
2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog Stamp Sets Here Only Through January 5, 2015!

 

Save your money and sanity by ordering any of the holiday stamp sets (and dies, if applicable) pictured above now in my online store!

 

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All the stamp sets from the 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog are available to order only through January 5, 2015!

 

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Under the Tree with Project Life

Project Life and Stampin UpProject Life was created to make scrapbooking easy.  You can purchase card kits to slip into the pockets.  Quick, coordinated and attractive pages.  Or, like the creator of this page, you can use the coordination of the Stampin’ Up!  Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper.

This page layout has four 4″ x 6″ pockets and four 3″ x 4″ pockets.  All of the 4″ x 6″ pockets are filled with Under the Tree Specialty Paper.  Two of the 3″ x 4″ pockets are too.  And all sporting a different pattern.

The top left was stamped and embossed with the beautiful Ornamental Pine Stamp Set (not available after January 5, 2015).  Also added is a Gold Basic Metal Button with Linen Thread.  Very pretty.

Two more of the buttons were added to the Under the Tree Paper underneath.  Next to it she used a Project Life 4″ x 3″ Grid Card stamped in the corners with the Ornamental Pine Stamp Set with Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Pad ink. 

Next to it is a 3″ x 4″ piece of Early Espresso Cardstock.  The #kindofabigdeal from the @SoSocial Stamp Set in Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin’ Pad ink.

@SoSocial was also used to stamp #whatagreatmoment for the lower left pocket.

Cherry Cobbler 1″ Sheer Linen Ribbon is tied around the last of the middle row.  Pretty touch.

The final touch is a for the increasingly popular self photos, or selfie.  It’s a Circle Monogram Personalized Stamp.  It’s fascinating at all the possibilities with the Circle Monogram Stamp.  You’ll have a blast trying different phrases making it just like you want it.  You can do that here in my online store.

If you thought that was an easy scrapbook page, wait until you see the next!

Project Life and Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper

It’s the opposite side!  All but done with the two-sided Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper.  The only addition is the die-cut 2014 numbers made with the Perfect Print Numbers Bigz Dies in a Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine.  It’s easy to see why Project Life has become so popular.

Stampin’ Up! is now carrying exclusive Project Life Card Collections and Project Life Accessory Packs.  Of course, they are in Stampin’ Up! colors making is so incredibly easy to add coordinating cardstock and accessories, as you saw in the pages above.

The 12″ x 12″ pages are available to order anytime.  What you need to order ASAP if you’d like to make scrapbook pages like this are the Under the Tree Specialty Paper, Ornamental Pine Stamp Set and 1″ Cherry Cobbler Sheer Linen Ribbon.  They are all only available through January 5, 2015.  Under any of the projects you need in my online store.

The short life products are listed first followed by the remaining products to make it easy order.

 

Project Life with Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper Pages Supplies

Big Shot

$99.95

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Tell Santa you want Project Life Under the Tree this Christmas!

 

 

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Clean and Simple Stampin’ Up! Ornamental Pine Card

Stampin' Up! Ornamental Pine cardClean, simple and elegant describes this Stampin’ Up! Ornamental Pine Christmas card from the Founder’s Circle swap.

How the pine needles and branch line up perfectly from the top layer to the lower layer makes you think the card artist is either very good or very lucky.  Her card is quite lovely, so we know she’s very good.  If you could peek under the first two layers, you’d see that luck had nothing to do with it, it’s all in the technique.

On a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock, she used a temporary adhesive, like Dotto, to place a 2-1/2″ x 3-3/4″ piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock in the center.  You don’t have to use a temporary adhesive, but it’ll make it a lot easier to stamp because the cardstock won’t move on you as you press down.  Stamp the beautiful pine branch with Garden Green Classic Stampin’ Pad ink on the top third of the smaller piece of vanilla cardstock with the rest stamped onto the larger piece.  Stamp the small ink splatter stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set with Baked Brown Sugar Classic Stampin’ Pad ink.

Stampin' Up! Ornamental Pine Stamp Set

Continuing with the small vanilla piece, again with Baked Brown Sugar Classic Stampin’ Pad ink, stamp the pine cone as if hanging from the branch.  Stamp the “May the peace . . .” sentiment with Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad ink.

Lift up the smaller piece and layer onto 2-3/4″ x 4″ Very Vanilla Cardstock.  Next use SNAIL Adhesive to adhere the 4″ x 5-1/4″ Very Vanilla Cardstock to Very Vanilla card base measuring 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored and folded in half at 5-1/2″.

Tie Gold Baker’s Twine around the card front into a bow.  Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the small vanilla piece to the card front.

That’s it!  Clean and simple.  And simply lovely.  

Stampin' Up! Ornamental Pine CardThe Ornamental Pine Stamp Set is a limited-edition set from the 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog and available to order only through January 5, 2015 in my online store.  This stamp set will make beautiful Christmas cards but will also be easily used for other occasions too.  A good example is my December thank you card (which you’ll receive when you place your December 2014 order with me!).

 All the supplies for this clean and simple Ornamental Pine card are pictured below and conveniently linked into my store for easy ordering.

Clean and Simple Ornamental Pine Card Supplies

 

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The 2-Way Glue Pen can also be used as a temporary adhesive when left to air dry without adhering to another piece of paper.  But, if you would rather not need to wait for drying time, I recommend (and love and use) Dotto Adhesive.

 

 

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