Friday, August 29, 2014

Halloween Treat Swap

Did you know that Halloween is my favorite holiday?  I don't know what it is, but something about costumes and scary stuff and candy just gets me so excited!  I've loved Halloween as long as I can remember.  Usually, I plan out my costume months (or years) in advance!

Here is one of my first Halloween projects for the year.  If you follow my Facebook page, you probably already saw the wreath I made a couple weeks ago.  Because there are so many adorable Halloween stamps in this year's Holiday Catalog, I'm sure I will be sharing many more projects in the next several weeks.

This fun treat holder is another one of my swap projects.  I used the Fry Box Bigz L die to crop the base of the treat holder.  The liner is cut with that same die, using the Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper.  The minute I saw this paper, I was in love!!!

That cute tag on the front?  It's part of the Merry Everything stamp set, and punched out with the new Note Tag Punch.  The finishing touch?  White & Tangerine Tango Two-Tone Trim to tie up the top and keep those yummy peanut butter cups nice and safe!

Here's a picture of it all put together.  I'm seriously considering making up a few dozen and handing them out at one of my upcoming classes.  I hope you're there if I do!

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek

In honor of the Holiday catalog launch tomorrow, I have a little sneak peek for you using some of the really awesome new products!  Honestly, I haven't been so excited about a holiday catalog EVER!  There are so many cute things in this wish list is huge!

This card uses the new Festival of Trees stamp set and matching Tree Punch (available as a bundle).  The stamp set is one of MANY photopolymer sets in the new catalog, and since it's photopolymer, it's perfect for two-step stamping.  The tree is stamped with Old Olive, and the ornaments are a separate stamp that was inked in Real Red.  Because the stamps are completely clear, it was a breeze to line everything up!

It's been awhile since I used my Scallop Tag Topper Punch.  I missed it!  It was just what I needed to create the tag to mount the tree on.  See that adorable little bird?  I "fussy cut" those with my Paper Snips.  Isn't it so sweet?

I am participating in a Stampin' Up! demonstrator swap and this is one of my entries, which means I made several of them to swap.  In exchange, I will receive the same number of cards back.  I can't wait to show you my other swap project, and share with you the amazing projects I get back from the other demonstrators!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

CAS (Clean and Simple) Christmas Card

Ok, I know what you're all thinking..."It's only August!  Why are you making Christmas cards already?"  Well, for one, the new holiday catalog will be available to order from in just a little over a week!  And, if you are anything like me, if you are planning to make your holiday cards this year, you will want some inspiration!  

This is a card that I used for my July workshops.  I like to start the holiday season with "Christmas in July".  I used the new Christmas Bliss photopolymer stamp set for this card.  The best part is that it is already available for purchase!  (You won't find it in any of the catalogs, as it is a special release available in photopolymer only.)

Have you tried photopolymer yet?  They are perfect for two-step stamping because you can see exactly where your image will be!  No need for the stamp-a-ma-jig!  See that tree border on the bottom of the card?  It was easy to line up with these stamps!

Have you received a copy of the holiday catalog yet?  If you haven't and would like one (and don't already have a relationship with another demonstrator), I would be happy to send you one!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Andrea's Bridal Shower

My brother is getting married on September 6th (I'm SO excited!), and my sister, mother and I held a bridal shower for his fiance, Andrea, last weekend at a local winery.  I was in charge of invitations and decorations...of course!  I've been waiting to share all my creations until after the shower.  I didn't want to ruin the surprise!

Let's start with the invitations.  I wanted simple, but elegant.  I used Melon Mambo as the primary color for the invitations and decorations.  It matches perfectly with our bridesmaid dresses.  Andrea loves sparkle, so I added just a touch of bling to the invitations using the heart border punch to punch out the tiny little silver hearts for an accent.

I've been wanting to make the gift bag I saw in the Annual Catalog (page 71) from the moment I saw it (It might be the reason I volunteered for the decorations - wink)!  I changed the design just a tiny bit.  I used the Flower Frenzy Bigz L die and Fancy Foil Designer Vellum to jazz up the Chevron and Polka Dot Tag a Bag Gift Bags.

My sister, Amber, was in charge of the entertainment.  She did this game where she put items starting with each letter of the groom's last name in bags, and everyone had to guess what was inside.  I decorated these bags to match.

I also made these vases (not Stampin' Up! products).  They are made to look like wedding dresses.  Do you like them?

My aunt, Cindy, is incredibly talented with cake baking.  Look at this amazing cake she made!  It was red velvet with (hot pink) cream cheese frosting, and it was delicious!!!

Did you see the silver glimmer paper she used to accent?  Love!

Just a few more fun photos from the shower:


Thank you so much to everyone who came to help Andrea celebrate!  It was so nice to see everyone, and I can't wait until the wedding!

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