Sunday, December 30, 2018

NC Demos December 2018 Blog Hop - Getting Ready to Sale-A-Brate 2019

Good evening and welcome to this month’s blog hop!  If you stopped by to see the fabulous project Jo Anne Hewins shared you know that this month is all about the best time of the Stampin’ Up! year!  Sale-A-Bration is almost here!  Now we can’t share the insides of the catty yet, but we can give you the scoop on how you can Shop, Host and Join to earn rewards AND we can share projects made with this year’s fantastic Sale-A-Bration (SAB) products!

Starting January 3 you can earn a FREE product for EVERY $50 (before tax & shipping). So, if you spends $150 USD, you can then choose 3 level 1’s or 1 level 1 and 1 level 2. This gives you more flexibility to choose what you want. Below are the qualifying levels.

US $50 $100

Starting January 3, hosts with qualifying orders can receive additional Stampin’ Rewards. Below are the markets, qualifying amounts, and additional Stampin’ Rewards you can receive.

Starting January 3, recruits who join Stampin’ Up! as an independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration can choose from two offers. These offers are IN ADDITION to the regular Starter Kit offering.  How awesome is that!

So, the first MUST HAVE on my SAB list this year was the Botanical Butterfly DSP because it works so nicely with the Butterfly Duet Punch that will be available in the 2019 Occasions Catalog.  I thought both were a perfect fit for a Easel Calendar to give to my friend, Maryanne, as a thank you for all the help she gives me by creating amazing graphic designs for me to use with my stamping business.  As a matter of fact she set up these little calendars for me each year. 


Do you need these little 2019 calendars for your own project?  Just let me know!  I have a batch printed and ready to go!  They are $1 each or $0.80 if you order 25 or more.  Postage is not included.  If you live in the Raleigh, NC area you can pop by and pick them up.  


I have shared the Easel Calendar in the past, but this time have all the measurements and pics of how to best cut your cardstock and DSP.  It is all pretty self-explanatory, but please post your questions below or contact me.  I am happy to help you!


I do have a few tips for putting the Easel Calendar together.  
  • I used my Multipurpose Glue to attach all of the DSP and cardstock that is flat as well as the calendar.  
  • I used Stampin’ Dimensionals and Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach the butterfly to the Glimmer Paper and the Glimmer Paper to the Basic Black cardstock.
  • Tear & Tape is the best choice for attaching the Basic Black Starburst piece to the clothespin and to make the sides of the box that holds the pencil and sticky notes.

That is all I have to share this month, but I hope yiou will hop along with us to see what Sue Stapp has created.  I know it will be great!

Thank you for stopping by and please let me know if you have questions about this or any project or if you want to place you SAB order and get the Botanical Butterflies DSP for FREE, host a party and get even more FREE goodies or join my team and get even more product and access to all the wonderful perks of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator!

Happy Stamping!

December Blog Hoppers
Toni Campana -
Jo Anne Hewins -
Tracie Evans Langley -
Sue Stapp -
Anita Trippi -

Frances Wagner -
Product List
Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper
Butterfly Duet Punch
Starburst Punch
1-3/4" Circle Punch
Paper Snips Scissors
Simply Scored
Stampin' Trimmer
Highland Heather 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
Silver Glimmer Paper
Stampin' Dimensionals
Mini Stampin' Dimensionals
Tear & Tape Adhesive
Liquid Multipurpose Glue

Sunday, December 16, 2018

12 Weeks of Christmas - Start Wrapping It Up!

I am not quite done sharing the 12 Weeks of Christmas ideas, but I know many of you are already wrapping up little gifts for people you will see this week like teachers, co-workers and friends and family who might be traveling over the Christmas holiday.  So, I thought it was time to share this great idea!  Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper or DSP is a great way to create a perfectly co-ordinated gift and tag box.

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All of the information to create this little gift tag and box are below, but if you have questions or need help please just let me know.  I would love ot help you!

Happy Stamping!

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • STAMPS – Tags & Tidings Bundle (149986)
  • PAPER – Whisper White Cardstock (100730), Old Olive Cardstock (100702), Real Red Cardstock (102482), Crumb Cake Cardstock (120953), Soft Suede Cardstock (115318), Under the Mistletoe Designer Series Paper (DSP) (146921)
  • INK – Real Red Classic Ink Pad (147084)
  • OTHER – Stampin’ Trimmer (126889), Stamparatus (146276), Simply Scored (122334), Banner Triple Punch (138292), Detailed Trio Punch (146320), Big Shot (143263), Detailed Deer Thinlits (147915), Layering Circle Framelits (141705), Stampin’ Spritzer (126185), Take Your Pick Tool (144107), Corrugated Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (148026), ⅝” Burlap Ribbon (141487), Gold Mini Sequin Trim (144128), Gold Metallic Thread (138401), Gold Cord (147528); Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels (146924), Tear & Tape Adhesive (138995), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals (144108), Snail Adhesive (104332), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755),
Cutting & Scoring
  • Old Olive Cardstock - 8 ½” x 11”, score at 2 ½” along each edge
  • Real Red – 2” x 4”
  • DSP – 8 ⅝” x 11 ⅛”, score at 2 ½” along each edge
Box Instructions:
  • Fold each score line of both the Old Olive Cardstock and the DSP for the Box.
  • Cut a slit along the long edge into to the perpendicular score line on the Old Olive Cardstock for the box. Repeat step on the DSP.
  • On the Old Olive box, fold flap in then add Tear & Tape on each flap then adhere the flaps to the small end piece on both ends of the box. This is the bottom of the box. The box will measure 6” x 3” ½ x 2 ½.”
  • Repeat previous step for the box cover.
  • Tie a bow with the ⅝” Burlap Ribbon around the box to help hold it together.
Tag Instructions:
  • Create banner by using the Banner Triple Punch on the Real Red Cardstock Strip.
  • Punch the tag hole on the Real Red Banner using the Detailed Trio Punch.
  • Die cut the scalloped circle from Soft Suede Cardstock using the 2 ½” Scallop Circle and Crumb Cake Circle with the 2 ⅜” circle from the Layering Circle Framelits.
  • Spritz the Crumb Cake Circle with Alcohol using the Stampin’ Spritzer then run it through the Big Shot with the Corrugated Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.
  • Adhere Corrugated Circle to the Scallop Circle using Multipurpose Liquid Glue then attach to the Real Red Banner.
  • Use Old Olive Cardstock to die cut deer with the Detailed Deer Thinlits.
  • Using Snail Adhesive on the back of the deer, adhere the Gold Metallic Thread then attach the Gold Mini Sequin Trip with Glue Dots.
  • Adhere deer to the Corrugated Circle with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Using Real Red Ink, stamp the Tags & Tidings on Whisper White using the Stamparatus.
  • Die Cut the tags with the coordinating Christmas Tags Thinlits.
  • Adhere the “Merry Christmas” to the front of the tag with Mini Dimensionals. TIP: keep the “small die cut” circles and add the Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals behind the circles. You will need to “double” up the Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals and add a Mini Stampin’ Dimensional on the back so it attaches to the neck of the deer.
  • Using the Take Your Pick Tool, adhere the Red Rhinestones.
  • Thread the gold cord through the front of the Real Red Banner making certain to also add the “To and From” tag to the back of the banner.
  • Tie the the tag to the Burlap Ribbon.
NOTE:  This box fits a Mini Loaf of Sweet Bread perfectly and I have a Banana Bread recipe to share with you.
Grandma’s Moist Banana Bread
1 Stick butter 1/2 cup, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs beaten
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soada
1/2 tsp. salt
3 to 4 bananas; mashed
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
Optional:  add 1 cup of chopped walnuts or mini chocolate chips!
Preheat oven to 350 Degrees (if convection oven, decrease by 25 degrees!)
Grease and flour one 9-inch loaf pan (or 4 mini loaf pans). Pan should be about 3/4 full of batter.
  • In a large bowl, cream the butter with sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and mix well.
  • Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt; combine with the butter mixture.
  • Add the sour cream, bananas, and vanilla; stir well.
  • Add optional ingredients if desired.
Pour into prepared pans. In 9-inch loaf pan, bake approx. 45 to 55 minutes. Check for doneness.
If using mini loaf pans.bake for 30 minutes then check for doneness.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

12 Weeks of Christmas - Time for Tags

I don't  know what iti is, but I love making Christmas tags.  It is always so much fun and let's me use up the bits and pieces I might have left over from other projects or decided not to use for a particular card or sampler, but it was too cute or nice to throw away.  So, these little pieces go into my Serendipity Basket and at this time of year become just what I need to create tags that are the perfect way to finish off my Christmas boxes and gift bags.

All images © 1990-2018 Stampin’ Up!®

All the instructions are below, but if you have questions or need help ordering any of these fantastic products please let me know.  I would love to help you create your own terrific tags!

Happy Stamping!

Stamp sets: Beautiful Blizzard (148562) Wishing You Well (147864)
Ink pads: Real Red (147084), Old Olive (147090), Shaded Spruce (147088), (Whisper White Craft Pad (147277)
Paper: Crumb Cake (120954), Real Red (102482), Under the Mistletoe DSP 146921), Whisper White Thick Cardstock (140272), White Velvet Sheets (149619), Pumpkin Pie (105117)Basic Black (121045)
Other: Big Shot (143263), Magnetic Platform (130658), Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (145372), Stamparatus (146276), Scalloped Tag Topper (133324), Oval Framelits (141706), In the Woods Framelits (147919), Shimmer White Embossing Paste (145645), Pattern Party Decorative Masks (144103),
Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon (144159), Real Red Cotton Ribbon (146925), White Baker’s Twine (124262), Mini Dimensionals (144108), Multipurpose Glue (110755), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Tear & Tape Adhesive (138995), Silicone Craft Mat (127583)
Christmas Tree Tag Measurements
Real Red 2 x 5
Whisper White Thick 3 x 4
Under the Mistletoe DSP 3 x 4
Shaded Spruce 3 x 9
Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon 10 Inches

  1. Cut all cardstock and die cut the Shaded Spruce Christmas tree using the In The Woods Framelits and die cut the Whisper White and Under the Mistletoe DSP ovals using the Layering Ovals Framelits.
  2. Attach the Christmas tree together using Mini Dimesionals.  Place it on the Silicone Craft Mat and apply Shimmer White Embossing Paste with a Palette Knife.  Set aside to dry.
  3. Use the Scalloped Tag Topper to punch out the top the Real Red Tag.
  4. Attach the ovals together and then to the tag using Multipurpose Glue.
  5. When the Embossing Paste on the Christmas Tree is dry attach it to the ovals using Multipurpose Glue.
  6. Cut and attach the Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon to the tag and add it to a gift box or bag.
Snowman Christmas Tag Measurements
Crumb Cake 2 x 5
White Velvet Sheets 2 ¼ x 3 1/2
Whisper White Baker’s Twine 10 Inches
Real Red Cotton Ribbon 8 inches
Basic Black & Pumpkin Pie Scraps
  1. Cut all cardstock, twine and ribbon.
  2. Use the Scalloped Tag Topper to punch out the top the Crumb Cake Tag.
  3. Use the Stamparatus and stamp the greeting from Beautiful Blizzard in Real Red.
  4. Randomly stamp the snowflakes from Beautiful Blizzard onto the Crumb Cake Tag in Whisper White Craft Ink.
  5. Punch out the head and body of the snowman out of the White Velvet Sheets using the 1 ¼ Circle and 1 ¾ Circle Punches and attach them together with a Dimensional on the back.
  6. Punch out the snowman’s eye’s and buttons out of the Basic Black scrap cardstock using the Cookie Cutter Punch and attach with Multipurpose Glue.
  7. Cut out the snowman’s carrot nose out of the Pumpkin Pie scraps using Paper Snips and attach with Multipurpose Glue.
  8. Wrap the Real Red Ribbon around the snowman’s neck and secure with Tear & Tape.
  9. Attach the snowman to the tag with Dimensionals.
  10. Attach the Whisper White Baker’s Twine to the tag and add it to a gift box or bag.
 Christmas Wreath Tag Measurements
Real Red 2 x 5
Whisper White Thick 4 x 4
Whisper White Baker’s Twine 10 Inches
Real Red Cotton Ribbon 3 inches
  1. Cut all cardstock ribbon and twine.
  2. Use the Scalloped Tag Topper to punch out the top the Real Red Tag. Place it on the Silicone Craft Mat. Use washi tape to secure the brick mask from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks over the top of the Real Red tag and apply Shimmer White Embossing Paste with a Palette Knife.  Set aside to dry.
  3. Die cut the Whisper White circle using the Stitched Framelits.
  4. Place the piece of Whisper White Thick CS you just die cut onto the Stamparatus and secure a corner with one magnet.  Put the circle you die cut into the cut out area of the 4x4 square. 
  5. Stamp the wreath stamp from Wishing You Well in Old Olive.  Turn the circle just a tick and stamp again in Shaded Spruce.
  6. Stamp Season’s Greetings in Real Red.
  7. When the Embossing Paste on the tag is dry attach the wreath circle onto it using Dimensionals.
  8. Tie a knot in the Real Red Ribbon and attach to the top of the wreath with a piece of Tear & Tap.
  9. Cut and attach the Whisper White Baker’s Twine to the tag and add it to a gift box or bag.