December is underway which means Christmas isn’t far away. Time to get to my crafting for special friends and neighbors. The Online Extravaganza may be over but there’s still plenty of sparkle and deals to be found in the two current Stampin’ Up Catalogs. Some probably to be found on your own desktop too! Would you believe I’m planning to gift some friends and neighbors with scraps! Yep. The many projects I’ve been working on and that are in the queue to share with you produced a lot of scraps and here’s a couple or three items rescued from the scrap heap.
My Big Shot Christmas mini gift set. Two cards (3″x3″) and a small ornament. Ornament is cut with the Bigz XL Flower Folds die from aluminum flashing from Lowe’s. Layered with some netting then a snowflake from Northern Frost decorative strip die a small Real Red scallop circle from the Itty Bitty Punch set and a rhinestone. This smallest flower from the die was another scrap! A left over from the tea light holders we made sometime back that have been kicking around. I knew they’d come in handy. Snowflake was left from some recent holiday projects as well. Those of you attending recent events probably recognize the flake. I’ve had everyone punching out and die cutting the little bits for weeks and months now! Love that die! Ribbon is some retired Stampin’ Up gingham run through an eyelet placed with a crop a dile. The ribbon was a Clearance Rack buy from a year or so again (love those retired SU bargains) but since I was looking for a Folk country feel with a bit of bling and polish it was the perfect counterpart to the silver embossing and glimmer paper. Sadly Stampin’ Up no longer sells eyelets either but my drawer is still filled with them and without an eyelet the Flashing will cut the ribbon in no time. Makes for a more finished look as well. Taking pictures of this card had me realizing just what my sister bloggers have been talking about. The glimmer and shine of Stampin’ Up’s Silver glimmer paper is of such high quality that the average camera just can’t help being overwhelmed! Makes it almost impossible to see the Versamarked watermark on the Cherry Cobbler paper peeking out through the glimmer bird frame.
Cards use the Holiday Collection Movers and Shapers bird die. One is Whisper White run through the Snow Burst Folder on a background of French Script (retired version of En Francais) embossed in silver layered on Night of Navy with Silver cording from 2 Holiday Mini’s ago (those reels were so large they last forever – hee,hee). Second card uses the glimmer paper negative left from another 20 swap projects. Have you figured out that I have a bird and flake thing. My swap buddies have come to expect wings on any card I send in. One of these days they’ll all faint when nary a feather they see. Won’t be anytime soon that’s for sure – LOL. You can’t see it but French Script was watermarked with Versamark on the under layer piece of Cherry Cobbler then layered onto another 3″ x 3″ of Night of Navy. More cording was tied across the top.
Nice little neighbor gift or even a his and her card set, for a friend with the ornament. I thought it was fun to create and group these with the birds facing towards each other. Will present in a Fancy Favor Box or small Pizza type box with another die cut bird on the the box. A Fancy Favor Box could also be a luminary making a fourth gift as well as a holder…still figuring that part out. Only 23 more days to do so though so better see what else is on the scrap heap.
Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler & Silver Glimmer Paper(available in the Holiday Mini and slated to expire January 3)
Stamps: French Script (retired version of En Francais)
Big Shot: Big Shot, Bigz XL Flower Folds die, Holiday Collection Movers and Shapers die, Northern Frost Decorative strip die, Snow Burst Impressions Folder
Other: Silver cording (ret. SU), Gingham ribbon (SU retired), rhinestone jewels, netting (fabric store), Silver Embossing powder, Heat Tool, Itty Bitty Punch Pack
If you sense me giggling right about now…you’d be right. I have a secret and it’s killing me. There’s another bird in my future and it’s winging its way from the future. A future promotion that is. And I can’t show you the die! December 1st was a wild day as tens of thousands of Stampin’ Up demonstrators rushed to place their preorder for the Occasions mini promotion that begins January 4th for the rest of the world. As a demo we get a month’s jump on the rest of the Stampin’ Up fanatics (another good reason to join my team don’t you think?) in the world. The oohing and aahing as we discussed our purchase strategy with one another online in the demo only and marvelously inspiring Stampin’ Connection was so much fun I forgot to sleep. Now for the good news…My die will be here Monday…squeal!!
Wonder what Wicket will think about “another” bird in the house. This one however can bite back if she gets funny with it. Shortly after that…while I can’t show you the die…I can…show you what I make with it! And not only that…you may just grab a glimpse of future Sale a Bration product in action too! That’s the double surprise SU hit us with last week. Demo’s don’t have to wait for the Sale A Bration to start on January 24th we started earning them with our preorder purchases as of yesterday! And should I mention Stampin’ Up ran some contests over the last couple of months and thousands of demo’s will be receiving free stamps, brads and more (yep…arriving Monday as well! ) as well as a chance at a few more stamp sets next week. If you get a call from me then…do me a favor…pick up the phone and lets talk…you know I’ll share the loot at stamp camps and workshops so we can all have some fun with new rubber! There’s never been a better time to be a demo than this very week. Does SU know how to celebrate Christmas (and paranthetically my birthday in January) or what! Yep…or what for sure and for the next several weeks!!
Now of course I don’t want to distract you or I from the Holiday Mini that’s currently current. There’s still a lot of terrific bargains and inspiring product found there and not only is Christmas still in the offing but so is Valentines and the need for the glimmer paper among others great craft product…and yeah…I ordered a bit of that holiday mini magic too that will be coming on Monday as well. I’ll be showcasing that too before the mini expires Jan 3rd. I hope Mr. UPS is in shape…he’s going to get a work out! Hard to believe its coming all in one 25 or 30 pound box! Could be a Mary Poppins thing going on in that desceptively simple looking cardboard box. You’ll be seeing some new color tones here too as I finally start playing with more of the In Colors. Both sets are featured in the Occasions and Sale a Bration so get those colors warmed up and ready you’ll be using them for sure come the new year if you aren’t already.
One last detail about today’s project. If you sign up and prepay for the Dec 10th Holiday Gift Camp my partners and I will be running the two 3 x 3 cards will be your bonus project! We have mini houses, aluminum garden markers, joyful banners and more on the menu so come and enjoy for only $20 and a wonderful potluck lunch. Email and Paypal will take care of your sign up so you can tuck some of these fun scraps into someone’s stocking or other gift. If you can’t be there in person I’ll be happy to send you a kit with the directions you’ll need and most of the pieces prepped for you to put it all together in the comfort of your home. Just add shipping to the basic fee. I’ll even tuck in an ornament for your very own tree.
So don’t forget to check your crafting area and scrap heaps. There’s bling and gifts to be found in those there piles
Hugs and blessings as we begin our second week of Advent this Sunday. – Jean