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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

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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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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!

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Glue Dots

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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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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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White Christmas & Holiday Home play very well together!

The Stampin’ Up! Holiday Home and White Christmas Stamp Sets each have more than enough stamps to use alone for a variety of great cards.  But having both is phenomenal! They play very, very well together.  Watch as I show you how to make my pretty handmade Christmas card with both White Christmas and Holiday Home Stamp Sets.

 If the video is not displaying properly, watch my White Christmas and Holiday Home Christmas card video here.

Stampin' Up! White Christmas and Holiday Home Stamp SetsThis isn’t the first handmade card I made using both the Holiday Home and White Christmas Stamp Sets.  Do you remember my windy trees card?  The two sets are compliment each other so well. 

Another great example is a square Christmas card I posted just the other day from the Founder’s Circle swap.

Have you purchased both stamp sets yet?  If not, you’ll want to place your order now in my online store because neither stamp set is on the 2014 Holiday Catalog Carryover List.  That means you only have to January 5, 2015 to order them! 

You know time will fly with all the Christmas festivities.  Next thing you know it, it will have completely slipped your mind.  Don’t kick yourself, or worse yet, end up paying three four times the price on Ebay because January 5 came and went before you knew it.

Save time and click on the picture to be taken directly into my online store to purchase.  It’ll only take a few moments now to place your order.

White Christmas & Holiday Home Christmas Card Supplies

Big Shot

$99.95

Stampin' Up! White Christmas and Holiday Home www.stampingsmiles.comAlso available only through January 5, 2015 is the All is Calm Designer Series Paper.  The color combination of Lost Lagoon, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky and Smoky Slate combination is quite attractive.  Also attractive is the versatility because the patterns are not Christmas.  They are fantastic with our handmade Christmas cards, but will look very nice with cards for other occasions too.

 

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The Stampin’ Up! White Christmas and Holiday Home Stamp Sets play well together but only if you own them!  Order by January 5, 2015!

 

 

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How marvelous is this Stampin’ Up! White Christmas card?!

Stampin' Up! White Christmas Holiday Home www.stampinsmiles.comThis was my absolute favorite Stampin’ Up! White Christmas card from the Founder’s Circle swap.  Isn’t it marvelous?!  You’ll love it even more as I explain how easy it is to make.  :)

What draws your eye first?  Is it the Santa in his sleigh pulled by his reindeer going across the sky?  That stamp is from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Home Stamp Set.  Holiday Home and White Christmas pair up well for a variety of seasonal cards.  My girlfriend saw this card and commented on the Santa stamp more than once.  She has the White Christmas Stamp Set already, liked Holiday Home from the start, but now just has to have it before the catalog ends on January 5, 2015. 

Stampin' Up! White Christmas Holiday Home Stamp Sets

Or did you first look at the polar bear and then up to see what he was looking at? 

Stampin' Up! White Christmas and Holiday Home Card www.stampinsmiles.com

The soft blue sponged around the polar bear and a 3/4″ circle to make a moon, as well as, above the snowbank was with Soft Sky Classic Stampin’ Pad ink.  She didn’t sponge the entire way to the top but did along the edges. 

In the picture you cannot tell that she used Shimmery White Cardstock.  The shimmer is subtle, yet quite elegant.  Another nice feature of the Shimmery White Cardstock is that it doesn’t tend to warp as quickly as Whisper White Cardstock does when you watercolor it.  There is a little watercoloring on the tree trunks and under the polar bear.

The three size stars are from the Confetti Stars Punch.  Punched out of Silver Foil Sheets adds shiny touch to the shimmery card.  Nice and nice.

A square card is a nice change.  Folded it measures 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″.  Perfect for the largest die from the Squares Collection Framelits Dies to leave an 1/2″ border on all four sides.  That then allowed the strip of  All is Calm Designer Specialty Paper add a colorful accent.

Our card artist did not stop with the front of the card, she got fancy dancy inside too.

Stampin' Up! White Christmas Holiday Home Stamp Sets

Both the White Christmas and Holiday Home Stamp Sets have been incredibly popular from the Holiday Catalog.  In the Occasions Catalog (if you’re one of my customers, watch for it in your mailbox towards the end of December), Stampin’ Up! has listed products from the Holiday Catalog that will be available after January 5, 2015.  White Christmas and Holiday Home Stamp Sets are not on the list.

So, even if your Christmas cards for this year are done (trying not to be envious), if you need to order on or both, order now in my online store!  It’ll be too easy to forget with all the Christmas activities.  All the supplies needed to make a Christmas card just like this White Christmas card are pictured below and linked into my online store.

Marvelous White Christmas Card Supplies

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$99.95

 

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How peaceful this Christmas card must have been to make

Stampin' Up! Partridge and Pears CardThe stamping of this Stampin’ Up! Partridge & Pears card would have been quick.  Stamp the tree, the greeting and pear in Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  Stamp, stamp, stamp, done.  Then came the part that she had to sit and color.  And color.  You can lose yourself in a task that keeps you busy while requiring you to remain still in one place.  Just thinking about it, don’t you feel your blood pressure lower as you take a deep sigh?

Hopefully then the card artist enjoyed time visiting with family or friends while coloring here Partridge & Pears cards (more than 100 for the swap) with the Blendabilities Markers.  The Blendabilities made it easy to have all that beautiful shading.  What’s the first thing about this handmade Christmas card you notice.  Was it the two-tone leaves?  For me it is.

I like how she mixed it up with some of the leaves darker on the right and others on the left side.  If I had to venture a guess, I’d say she used the Light Old Olive Blendabilities and Dark Old Olive Blendabilities for the leaves.  Nice contrast.

The pears were colored with the Daffodil Delight Blendabilities Marker.  Either the medium and darker, or light and medium.  I believe that because you don’t see the big contrast as you do on the leaves.

The partridge was colored with Daffodil Delight, Smoky Slate and Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities.  Oh, and Calypso Coral for his beak.  With a little shading on his wing and under too, he’s looking like one styling bird. 

All that’s left to do is color the tree with one of the Skin Tone Assortment Blendabilities and the berries with a Cherry Cobbler.  The Blendabilities are cool because you can get beautiful shading and contrast without needing to be an art major.  They make all of us look simply brilliant!  Look at how eye-catching this card is with just a little shading.

Have you used the Blendabilities yet?  To color with them is to love them.  Everyone I’ve talked with anyone who has purchased them has enjoyed how easy they are to use with three shades for each color.  Enough for the results you want without being overwhelmed by choices.  That they are in Stampin’ Up! colors is the icing on the cake!  The ease of coordination you have with the other color products.

Ease yourself into the peacefulness of coloring when you purchase the Blendabiities Markers in my online store!  Be sure to also add the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad to you order.

 

Partridge & Pears Card Supplies

 

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The Stampin’ Blendabilities are awesome.  Add them to your Christmas wish list and have everyone shopping for you to call me at 702-513-9997.  We’ll get it all taken care of so you can peacefully color like a pro!

 

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Earthy and easy Stampin’ Up! Ornamental Pine Card

The Stampin’ Up! Ornamental Pine Stamp Set speaks to many of us surrounded by evergreen trees year round.  For that reason, I see it as much more  a Christmas stamp set.  Back in the summer I was using it for thank you notes.  But today, I am demonstrating for you a Christmas card made with the Ornamental Pine Stamp Set.  Watch and see how easy it is to make my earthy and easy Ornamental Pine Christmas card!

If the video is not displaying properly, watch my Ornamental Pine card demonstration here.

Stampin' Up! Ornamental Pine CardWhen doing an assembly line for your Christmas cards, or any handmade cards, it’s too easy to do an entire step incorrectly.  Imagine if you had stamped all of the greetings too far from the left border.  Either you’d have to tear your card apart and start that layer over again or have to let them go out the door not as you so carefully designed.   If it’s been more than a day, for some of us more than an hour :), since you designed your card, stamp and assemble one before doing the entire stack.  You will then have refreshed your memory and avoid timely and costly errors.

As you saw in my video demonstration, my earthy Christmas card is easy to make.  Swap out the sentiment and greeting for a earthy, masculine birthday card!

If you’d like to make my Ornamental Pine card for Christmas or other occasions, order it now in my online store.

Evergreen is for pine trees only.  The Ornamental Pine Stamp Set is from the 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog with an end date of January 5, 2015.  So, if you’d like to own the Ornamental Pine Stamp Set, place your order now in my online store.  Place your order in December, and I’ll send you my earthy and easy Ornamental Pine card.  Then you’ll have your sample!

Earthy and Easy Ornamental Pine Christmas Card Supplies

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Make earthy and easy handmade cards with the beautiful Stampin’ Up! Ornamental Pine Stamp Set!

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All the red isn’t for Christmas . . .

December Stamping Smiles Virtual Stamping Club Projects. .  . it’s for the exclusive projects I’m demonstrating in videos  for my December Virtual Stamping Club Class.  Red because I’m getting my Virtual Stamping Club members ready for Valentine’s Day with a Valentine shaker card and treat box with the Stampin’ Up! Groovy Love Stamp Set.

Why not wait for the January class?  It’s December for Peter’s sake.  Right?  It is.  The reason is because the virtual club class is provided after the monthly club order has been placed.  If I waited to do Valentine’s Day projects in January, and they chose to make the project ideas, they would either have to place another order in January (that’s not in the spirit of their commitment to me and my commitment to them) or place have precious little time after placing their February Virtual Club order, receive the order and make the projects before February 14.  So, there you have it, Valentine’s Day for December.

Another way I look to help my Virtual Stamping Club members is using the same stamping supplies for both exclusive club projects. The projects share the same stamp set and most of the materials for two reasons.  1.  To provide more than one idea with the stamping supplies and 2. for a coordinated look if given together.

My exclusive Virtual Stamping Club Classes are free for my club members.  Club members agree to place a $30 or more order in my online store each month for six months.  They then receive my Virtual Stamping Club Classes (a $17.95 value) for FREE!

If you’d like to be in a stamping club where it’s about what is best for you, I encourage you to join the Stamping Smiles Virtual Stamping Club now! 

Stamping Smiles Virtual Stamping Club

If you’d love to get my online stamping classes but can’t join my club because you live outside the country or have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator you are loyal to order from, you have the option to order my classes!  Either one at a time or subscribe.  Subscribers save 55% over the pick and choose price!

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Join my Virtual Stamping Club and be given project ideas in plenty of time to order and make them without the need to place a second order in the same month!

 

 

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Stampin’ Up! Endless Wishes and 2″ Circle Punch

Stampin' Up! Endless Wishes Stamp SetThe Stampin’ Up! Endless Wishes Stamp Set has cute snowflakes and a mix of greetings in script and print you can combine into endless combinations – almost. :) 

This Endless Wishes card from the Founder’s Circle swap uses the 2″ Circle Punch for the greeting.  You can easily fit two of the large script greetings and not look crowded at all.  Paired with the 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch, it’s as cute as the snowflakes.

The colors of the card came from the small strip of All is Calm Designer Series Paper.  The colors are the fantastic combination of Lost Lagoon and Pear Pizzazz.

Also in Lost Lagoon is the bow of Lost Lagoon 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon.  The Stitched Satin Ribbon is available in all five of the 2014-2016 In Colors.  Soft, elegant and easy to tie into bows to add pretty touch to your handmade cards.

The 2″ Circle Punch was a great addition to the Stampin’ Up! punch line with the 2014-2015 Stampin’ Up! Catalog.  So nice to have another layering option with the other circle, and as in this handmade Christmas card, Scallop Circle Punches too.

There are only two days left to save a whopping 50% on the 2″ Circle Punch and several others during the 2014 Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza!  You’ll also save 50% on the Lost Lagoon 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon!

Order the 2″ Circle Punch and Lost Lagoon 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon in my online store by December 2, 2014 at 1/2 off the regular price!

Endless Wishes Card Supplies

2" Circle Punch

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Lost Lagoon 3/8" Satin Stitched Ribbon

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The Stampin’ Up! Endless Wishes Stamp Set and All is Calm Designer Series Paper are limited edition products from the 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  The Holiday Catalog only goes through January 5, 2014.

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