Cyber Monday Doorbusters! With a Christmas Stocking Card Idea

24hr Online Extravaganza Doorbusters

Happy Cyber Monday!  It is the last day of the US’ holiday sales weekend and shops have traditionally offered extra savings for shopping online and there are some fun ones for the last day of the Online Extravaganza as well.

24-Hour Sale (Monday 11/28 only)

Plus there are all the other great deals and discounts in the Online Extravaganza, so make sure you’ve grabbed what you’ve wanted!

Another Christmas Stocking Card idea

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I wanted to share another idea I was playing with for the Hang Your Stockings stamp set (in the 25% off sale) and the Christmas Stockings framelits (30% off in the Online Extravaganza).  I was playing with my traditional colors and patterns from the This Christmas designer paper from the Annual Catalog and the Layering Ovals dies and just kept adding bits and pieces until I called it fully festive!hang-your-stocking-christmas-classic-christmas-card-close-up

One of my favorite things to do with the Christmas Stockings dies is to use the intricate designs and layer them over glimmer paper (like this card) or onto regular cardstock like this card.  In this case, I wanted to add in a few little stockings too and realized that the stamp images from the Hang Your Stocking set coordinate perfectly.

I stamped with Garden Green ink and then cut out with the framelits – if you don’t have the magnetic platform, it helps a bunch for cutting out the stockings with just the right amount of edge!
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Then I used the Noel sentiment from that same Christmas Stockings die set out of Cherry Cobbler cardstock and layered it over some of the Gold Glimmer paper to help it stand out and not get lost in the card.

Seriously, when in doubt, add some glitter! 🙂

Oh, and I forgot to mention, help your stockings be ready to hang by adding a little piece of the Very Vanilla thick baker’s twine to the top of each.  I looped a small piece and taped it to the back of the stocking.  It was just the final touch I needed.

So have fun playing with layers and seeing what you can come up with!

Last Call – Special Savings Reminders

Don’t forget, here is the scoop on what is on sale and what is ending today or on Wednesday:

November Hostess Code – DSUGDGH4

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Shop Small! Special Bonuses for all Stampin’ Up Gift Certificates this weekend!

I know a lot of us are checking out the sales and looking for great deals for our family and friends, and you’ll be seeing a lot today about Small Business Saturday.  This is a day when we are reminded that there are so many people trying to support their families and their dreams by creating and/or selling awesome products without the big corporate behind them running the show.  It takes a lot of guts and a lot of work to build up a small business, but the rewards are worth it!  I am so grateful for the ability to sign up to help in my kids classrooms when the opportunity arises, or take care of those unexpected situations at home, all without having to worry about whether my boss will let me have the time off.  You see, I have an awesome boss… she really is quite cool about everything.  Winking smile   Plus, I get to do something I love – create fun projects and teach and share how to make them with others!  And with my team of Fun n’ Crafty Stampers, I get to help others do more too.  It really is amazing.

So as we are shopping this holiday season, remember all those independent business owners who are working hard and outside the everyday business hours for you.

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Shop Small – Small Business Saturday Weekend Special!

To celebrate Shop Small – Small Business Saturday, I’m offering a special bonus for you and your family!  From today (11/25) through Monday evening (11/28), get a bonus for your gift certificate purchases!

  • Purchase a $40 gift certificate – get a $5 bonus added to the certificate for free!
  • Purchase a $75 gift certificate – get a $10 bonus added to the certificate for free!
  • Purchase a $100 gift certificate – get a $15 bonus added to the certificate for free!

Get your gift giving done early and easily! 

Purchase your Stampin’ Up Gift Certificates here

November Savings and Specials

November Hostess Code – DSUGDGH4

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Clean and Simple Vintage Christmas Card with Stitched with Cheer

If you are like me, you love making those beautiful holiday cards with all the details and the fun pieces and touches.  However, I can’t imagine mass producing a TON of cards like that.  So, I have fun making onesies and twosies of the time consuming cards and then fill in the gaps when I start running out of time with simple but classy cards that I can turn out a bunch in a short amount of time.  Now, I LOVE the Paper Pumpkin kit we got this month for that sort of thing (and in fact, I plan to order a refill pack so I can make more this year… LOVE THEM!)

But I wanted to share another idea with you – this was one of the make and takes for my Northwest Crafty Escape Weekend this year – using the FABULOUS Stitched with Cheer stamp set!

It starts by creating some fun layers on the card base.  I stamped the knitting image from the Stitched with Cheer set about 2/3rds of the way down from the top of the card base in Memento Black ink.  Doesn’t it look awesome all by itself?  Then add a strip of Garden Green cardstock, then we start getting fancy!

  • Use the Banner Triple punch to create easy banner edges for your designer paper strips.  Since the punch is designed to make it easy to punch 1”, 1 1/2”, and 2” strips, you can mix and match patterns and sizes for great layered looks.
  • Make it a little vintage by sponging the edges of the paper using a soft brown (my favorite for this is Crumb Cake ink) and a sponge dauber. It makes it look a little older and more rustic.
  • Texture made easy – I used the This Christmas Specialty paper so it is a little bit thinner/lighter weight than your typically designer paper.  Which means it is perfect for crumpling up and then smoothing back out again.  It adds texture and looks great on your vintage style cards!

PS – did you see, I’ve started adding measurements for my cards at the end of my blog posts?  Makes it easy to recreate at home!

Then I made the sentiment the focal point and used my Layering Squares dies to really help it pop out!  But just to add the touch of love, I stamped the heart from the same stamp set in Cherry Cobbler and hand cut it out.  It is small, so it trims out in no time!  Sponge the edge of the Vanilla square sentiment to keep up the vintage feel and glue together for easy peasy done!

BONUS – The Stitched with Cheer stamp set is on sale with the Online Extravaganza too!  Save 10% off the stamp set this week Smile   Check it out here

November Savings and Specials

November Hostess Code – DSUGDGH4

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Project Measurements

  • Very Vanilla cardbase – 4 ¼” x 11”, score at 5 ½”
  • This Christmas specialty designer paper
    • Music notes paper – 1 ½” x 4 ¼”
    • Red designer paper – 1” x 4 ½”
  • Garden Green cardstock – ½” x 4 ¼”
  • Cherry Cobbler – 2 ¼” x 2 ¼” (die cut with layering squares framelit)
  • Very Vanilla cardstock – 1 ¾” x 1 ¾” (die cut with layering squares framelit), scrap for little stamped and cut out heart

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Beautifully Simple Christmas with Ton of Texture–on sale too!

I have a fun Christmas card idea for you today… and I realized that a bunch of the items I used for it are 25-30% off with this week’s sale to boot!  Sweet!  This was a card I created for my Fun n’ Crafty Team swap.  We always do a card swap when a new catalog comes out to help give us all samples to share at our events and to inspire each other for projects to try out too!  So, I had pulled out a couple of the new items I was excited to play with – the Christmas Stocking bundle and the Fancy Frost specialty paper – for mine.

One of the things I really wanted to try out was using the Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper as a background for my stocking.  Thanks to the Christmas Stockings dies, it made it super easy because there is one die to cut out the swirly stocking shape (from Real Red cardstock) and then I had another die that would cut out the solid background stocking shape, so I could easy peasy layer them!  And don’t they look so perfectly cute over the leafy embossed pattern from the Fancy Frost Specialty paper?  That paper comes pre-embossed (as if the whole 12×12 paper had been run through a giant embossing folder!).  I wanted the stocking to stand out and so the simple and subtle embossing was perfect for a background.

I did do a little bit of stamping on this card – even though the Noel sentiment was a die from the same Christmas Stocking set.  I used the Hang Your Stocking stamp set to stamp the holly berries and leaves along with the top of the stocking before cutting them out with the matching framelits.  It was almost a no-stamping card, but I liked the little details. Smile

Oh, and TIP- the Noel sentiment cuts out a long skinny bar under it (basically like a cardstock underline to hold the letters together) but it isn’t long enough to stretch across the whole card front.  So I cut off the extra on one side and glued it to the edge of the red cardstock, and the NOEL to the other side of the red cardstock – so there was a gap with no soft suede cardstock in between.  Then I just covered up the gap with my stocking!  You’d never know the difference and I didn’t have to futz with trying to cut an extra tiny strip of cardstock.

It really came together quickly and easily, so you should give it a try too!  Plus, if you need anything, you can save big on some of the main items!

See everything that is on sale as part of the Online Extravaganza here

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November Savings and Specials

November Hostess Code – DSUGDGH4

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The Stampin’ Up Online Extravaganza 2016 is ON–with 24hr only Doorbusters!

Let the great sale season begin!  The Online Extravaganza has officially started and they are kicking it off with 24hr only specials.  Keep in mind there are specials today only, a bunch that run all week, and then one day specials for the last day of the sale – so lots of opportunity to save.

So, while I’ll be back tomorrow with more fun project ideas for you, I didn’t want you to miss out on any of the deals happening today!  So, here is the full scoop of everything that is one sale (complete with pictures this time!)  And just a reminder – the Stitched Shape Framelits are only available until 10am MST, at which point Stampin’ Up will TAKE THEM OUT of the online store and I won’t be able to order themSo, if you wanted a set, grab them now before they disappear!

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Also a couple quick reminders:

  • Use the hostess code DSUGDGH4 when shopping online with me to be eligible for your free copy of the Premium Tutorial pack with a qualified order, PLUS everyone who orders using the hostess code between 11/21-11/28 will receive a free sheet of dimensionals from me in one of my handmade thank you cards!
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  • Save even more by purchasing the Starter Kit during the Sale!
    That’s right!  Join my Fun n’ Crafty Stampers team during the sale and you’ll be able to

    • add the sale-priced items to your kit and get a total of $125 worth of product (after the discounts) for only $99 plus get free shipping!
    • Then you’ll be able to immediately see the upcoming Occasions Catalog on the demonstrator website
    • and be eligible for free copies each month of the new Premium Tutorial Packs!
      Get your starter kit here
  • Sale prices start Monday, 11/21 and go through Monday, 11/28.  Some marked items are while supplies last, and retiring items discounted in this sale will not be discounted deeper later in December.

Click any image to be taken to the sale page in my online store.

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Whew!  Did you catch all that?  Like I said, I’ll be back all week with ideas using the fun stuff on sale.  But don’t wait too long because if any Holiday Catalog accessories or embellishments sell out, that is all there is!

PS – There are also 24 hr door busters coming up for the last day of the sale 11/28.  Here is a sneak peek of what is coming!

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If you have any questions or want to get in on a group order, just let me know!

Stampin’ News and Specials!

With the Black Friday specials coming out in full swing, there are LOTS of ways to save and even double dip your savings!  Here is a list of all the specials that are going on right now so you can take full advantage:

November Hostess Code – DSUGDGH4

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Sending Best Fishes with the Jar of Love Stamp Set

I’m back and sharing another card that we made at last week’s card class.  This was another one where I had fun using some of my Holiday catalog purchases for a NON-Holiday card.  Can you spot a few of them?

It was also a chance for me to play more with the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  Have I mentioned how great they are?  I love that you get a variety pack so you get 4 sizes of squares, circles, and ovals all in ONE pack!  See, I know me and if they had come out with 3 different packs, I would have wanted them all, but my pocketbook wouldn’t have wanted them all.  And so I would have had to pick which shape I liked best, and this way I don’t have to!  Win!

Anyway, I decided to experiment with using the die to cut out a circle from Vellum.  I figured that the stitching aspect would be subtle on the vellum, but it was great!  It was just enough to give a definite border to my circle element without it fading into the background too much.  What do you think?

And just a reminder, in case you missed it before, these dies have been so stinkin’ popular that its been hard to keep them in stock!  Stampin’ Up has a bunch coming to the warehouse, but they expect to sell out of them before they can get more inventory.  So you can only order them through the early morning of 11/21 (right now they are on backorder and all orders will ship out around 11/28).  After that, they will be unavailable until Stampin’ Up can get their stock built back up in the warehouse.  So, don’t wait too long to get your set!

Ok, back to the fun card at hand!  I didn’t want my fish to be sitting in boring water, I wanted him to SHINE!  Don’t we all deserve to shine?  So, I grabbed my Wink of Stella clear brush and added some shimmer to the water.  It looks great on the final card but, as usual, is really hard to photograph!

Now, remember when I asked if you could figure out which Holiday catalog items I used?  If you said the Fancy Frost sequins and the Kraft Rope Trim, you were right!

I love the Kraft Rope Trim for the nautical theme, but if the trim is a little thick for you; you can easily untwist the strands and you get 3 thinner rope pieces to work with.  It is perfect for fall, masculine, and nautical projects.

I also loved the soft colors in the Fancy Frost sequins and found them to be a perfect way to add shine onto the back of my card to balance all the circles and jar on the card.  They are perfectly sized to stick down with glue dots and you know they won’t go anywhere.

Stampin’ News and Specials!

With the Black Friday specials coming out in full swing, there are LOTS of ways to save and even double dip your savings!  Here is a list of all the specials that are going on right now so you can take full advantage:

November Hostess Code – DSUGDGH4

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Project Measurements:
  • Sahara Sand cardstock – 4 1/4” x 11”
  • Island Indigo cardstock – 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Pool Party cardstock – 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
  • Whisper White cardstock – 3 1/4” x 2” (you should be able to stamp the jar and the fish out of this), 1/2” x 3”
  • Vellum cardstock – 3” x 3”

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Get the full scoop on the 2016 Stampin’ Up Online Extravaganza!

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With Thanksgiving around the corner here in the US, that means that Black Friday sales and the kick off to Holiday specials!  Well, Stampin’ Up is no exception to the great deals!  They are running their Online Extravaganza for an entire WEEK with bonus deals on the first and last day.  And even better, they actually shared what is on sale to demonstrators early which means I can pass along the sneak peeks to you!

Also a couple quick reminders:

  • Use the hostess code DSUGDGH4 when shopping online with me to be eligible for your free copy of the Premium Tutorial pack with a qualified order, PLUS everyone who orders using the hostess code between 11/21-11/28 will receive a free sheet of dimensionals from me in one of my handmade thank you cards!image
  • Save even more by purchasing the Starter Kit during the Sale!
    That’s right!  Join my Fun n’ Crafty Stampers team during the sale and you’ll be able to add the sale-priced items to your kit and get a total of $125 worth of product (after the discounts) for only $99 plus get free shipping!  Then you’ll be able to immediately see the upcoming Occasions Catalog on the demonstrator website and be eligible for free copies each month of the new Premium Tutorial Packs!
  • Sale prices start Monday, 11/21 and go through Monday, 11/28.  Some marked items are while supplies last, and retiring items discounted in this sale will not be discounted deeper later in December.
  • Stitched Shapes Framelits will be unavailable starting 11/21 at 10am MST, so you may be able to take advantage of the sale AND the Stitched Shapes dies if you jump on it quick!

Email me your order early to make sure you don’t miss out on anything! 

If you know you’ll be busy Monday morning, check out the list below and then send me your order early and forget about it!  I will contact you for your payment details and then make sure to get the order in first things on Monday so you don’t miss a thing.  Email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com.

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>>> View the full Online Extravaganza list as a PDF here (US items and pricing) <<<

As always, if you have any questions, I’m here to answer them for you!  Just send me an email or give me a call.

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Placing a $50 Stampin’ Up order with me (either directly or in my online store using the hostess code DSUGDGH4) in the month of November
Join my Fun n’ Crafty Stampers!  My team gets a copy of this Tutorial Pack for FREE!

Foxy Friend Fabulously Fun Birthday Card

Last Friday was my monthly Creative Cards class – we normally meet the first Friday of the month, but with OnStage Local happening that first weekend of the month, I had to push it back a week.  Well, I was so glad I could because it gave me a chance to play with my new Stitched Shapes framelits (SO FUN!!) and since we had Christmas Cards and Tags classes scheduled for Saturday, I was free to play with all the other fun non-holiday items in my craft room.

So out came the Foxy Friends stamp set and the coordinating A Little Foxy designer paper, and don’t they come together so cute for a birthday card?!

I just love how cute and festive this card turned out.  It is perfect for kids or anyone who loves something cute. 🙂  I used the stitched squares to cut out each of the patterns as well as a piece of Whisper White cardstock – the stitching is a little touch but it really adds a lot, I think.

Tips for making this card:

  • Order makes a difference! First stamp the body of the fox in the middle of the white die cut square.  Then, punch out the body shape using the Fox Builder punch from a piece of computer paper or post-it note.  You’ll use that punch out as a mask – just lay it on top of where you stamped the body before you stamp the tree stump to make it look like he is in the middle of the stump.
  • Lighten Up your stamping!  I didn’t want the tree stump to be too dark and take away from the bright cheery fox, so I inked it up with Smoky Slate ink and stamped first on scrap paper and THEN onto the bottom of the white die cut square.
    Make sure the mask you punched out is over your stamped body before you stamp the stump to make sure no lines go through the middle of his feet. 🙂
  • Little touches bring lots of fun and whimsy – Once you have all the layers put together, add a few extra touches and have them cross over the edges of your layers for a more whimsical look.  Like punching out a head and popping it up on a Stampin’ Dimensional so that it crosses over the edge of the squares.
    Or add a balloon where all the corners meet to make your fox a party fox!
    Or simply add a little epoxy accent like the star from the Subtles enamel shapes to add a touch of color to your sentiment.

If you want to make this at home, I have the measurements listed for you at the bottom of the post.  But mix and match your colors and patterns for a ton of fun cheery options guaranteed to bring a smile to anyone’s face!

News Updates and Specials to know about

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I just learned yesterday that the Stitched Framelits are so popular that Stampin’ Up ran through a couple months inventory in a couple WEEKS! So, while they are still accepting orders now for delivery at the end of the month, they will be making the dies unorderable starting at 10am on 11/21 while they work with the supplier to get more! So, if you had been wanting to get a set, I recommend ordering soon. Get yours here  – Stitched Shapes Framelits

Also, the Online Extravaganza is coming!

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This weeklong sale kicks off on Monday (11/21) with a set of special 24hr only deals in addition to the weeklong specials.  I just got to see the list this morning before I had to run off to some appointments.  But I want to make sure to share with you so you can be checking your wishlist or telling family which items are great holiday gifts for you!  😉

If you are on my mailing list, I’ll send out an email this evening with all the details of everything on sale (if you aren’t on my list, sign up here – http://eepurl.com/ueYCf). Then I should have it up in a blog post and here on Facebook tomorrow so we can all start planning.

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Get your free exclusive Tutorial pack from our amazing International demonstrator design team featuring the stamp sets that are on sale this month!  You can get your free copy of this SET of great project ideas by either:

Placing a $50 Stampin’ Up order with me (either directly or in my online store using the hostess code DSUGDGH4) in the month of November
Join my Fun n’ Crafty Stampers!  My team gets a copy of this Tutorial Pack for FREE!

Project Measurements:
  • Whisper White cardstock – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″, 2″x2″, scrap
  • Smoky Slate cardstock – 4″ x 4″
  • Pool Party cardstock – scrap
  • A Little Foxy designer paper – 2″x2″ piece in 3 different patterns
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