News Flash: Time to Bundle Up! All the Cuteness Without all the Work!

Stampin’ Up has done it again!

New Arrivals!

No sooner does the Online Extravaganza end than another promotion begins.   You don’t even have to be a stamper to enjoy this one!  It’s all about the packaging of your treats and gifts and other holiday giving  AND about making it simple and stress free!  As the title says  All the cuteness without all the work!

SAVE 20%

Holdiday & Annual Catalog Goods have been bundled to save you money and time.

Available November 29-January 2.

In the new New Arrivals section of the Online Store.

Trimmings & Tags Bundle
Item# 132769
$13.50 (a $16.85 value)

Includes

  • Gusseted Cellophane Bags (25 bags; 5″ x 3″ x 11-1/2″)
  • Snow Festival Designer Printed Tags (25 double-sided tags; 4-1/2″ x 3-1/8″)
  • Cherry Cobbler 1/4″ Sweater Trim (10 yards)

Petite Treats Bundle

Item# 132770
$13.50 (a $16.85 value)

Includes

  • Glassine Bags with die-cut edges (10 bags; 3″ x 5″ x 1-1/2″)
  • Handmade Holidays Stitched Felt (8 pieces)
  • Gumball Green 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon (10 yards)

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New Arrivals!

When you are ready to shop…This is the first place to check to see what’s new and shaking in the SU world.    Well…the Clearance Rack is always a good place to check too!  😀    No new additions there yet but give it some time.  The Holiday Catalogs days are numbered and you know what that means….get it while you can.   These bundles and most of what’s in the Holiday Catalog will be going bye bye January 2nd.

Click here to get shopping….HERE!

(or click on the Online Shopping Graphic in the sidebar)

 

See the fun in action!

 

 

Here’s a few closeups of the included product (just in case you aren’t yet convinced this stuff is CUTE!)

That’s it.   Sorry the glassine bags aren’t available individually but you can see what they look like by checking page 27 of the Holiday Catalog where they are also currently available in a Halloween Kit Configuration.

Enjoy the New Arrivals and of course enjoy your holidays too!

Hugs and Blessings – Jean

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Hanukkah Blog Hop: Day 6

Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop

Welcome to the first ever Hanukkah Blog Hop! We are so excited to be able to share with you some wonderful Hanukkah related projects. We’ll be posting 2 projects a week on Sunday’s & Wednesday’s until the first day of Hanukkah on December 9th! There are 4 of us participating so that is a total of 9 hop days for a total of 36 ideas!! Are you ready to be Hanukkah project inspired?!

Thank you to everyone who have visited these past 5 days of the hop. We hope you have enjoyed all the projects and found lots of inspiration! If this is your first visit, go back and visit Day 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Happy Day 6 everyone!  I keep thinking it just can’t get any better and then it does.   All of my hop sisters keep outdoing themselves and setting the bar mighty high.   Last Sunday was a case in point.   I was only able to finish the menu in time so had to promise the rest for today.  In the meantime I was blown away by the table settings and decor Andi, Miriam and Yapha came up with.   So today as promised  here’s mine…finally finished!    And as the others mentioned we came up with the idea for showcasing table setting projects from Shelli Gardner, the co-founder of Stampin’ Up!’ and her  November Creative Challenge .   Don’t you just love a challenge…really gets the creative juices going.


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Picture the dove hanging from the chandelier above the table.  The lights turned down low.   The light reflecting from the silver and shimmer of the place cards, the place settings  and the napkin rings and best of all the company and the glow of the candle fire as the menorah shines in the window and out into the dark.  A true Festival of Lights…glimmer and all.

One practical tip though:  DO  NOT hang the dove from your computer screen for inspiration while writing a post.  Did you know computer screens get quite warm?  Yep…glue dots and adhesives aren’t real fond of up close and prolonged  warmth!  

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All Supplies:

Stamps:  Every Little Bit (menorah), Jewish Celebrations (star of David, Shalom, Happy Hanukkah)

Ink: Versamark (for heat embossing), Night of Navy, Silver Stampin’ Dazzle Marker (for writing name)

Paper: Brushed Silver, Brushed Gold, Whisper White, Night of Navy Cardstocks.    Silver & Champagne Glimmer Paper

Big Shot:  Big Shot, Elegant Bird Bigz die, Perfect Pennants Bigz L die, Two Tags Bigz die

Punches: 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle, 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle (Holiday Catalog), Boho Blossoms, 1-3/4″ Circle, Large Oval

Other:  Gold Glimmer Brad (Basics Collection), Silver embossing powder, heat tool, Simply Score, Stampin’ Trimmer, My Digital Studio (menu card), Midnight Muse Striped Satin Ribbon, Silver cord (retired SU), Rhinestone Jewels, blue sharpie for coloring the birds rhinestone eyes, crop a dile, piercing tool, glue dots and snail adhesive.

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On to the descriptions.   With the exception of the bird the rest of the table setting pieces were quite simple.  Mostly a matter of die cuts and punches with a bit of heat embossed images thrown in.

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Place Card

4-1/2″ x 3″ piece of Night of Navy Cardstock  scored at 2-1/4″ and folded to create the tent.   Stamped with the menorah image from Every Little Bit in Versamark and heat embossed with silver EP.   Die cut the doily like round image from Perfect Pennants in Brushed Silver cardstock.  Punch a Night of Navy 1-3/4″ circle and write name with Silver Stampin’ Dazzle Marker.  Adhere circle to die cut and attach to the base card.

Shalom Tag

Tie Midnight Muse ribbon around wine glass stem.  Stamp Shalom image from Jewish Celebrations in Night of Navy classic ink onto Whisper White Cardstock.  Punch with Large Oval punch.    Of course if you want to add a little bling you can back the oval with a Scallop Oval punched piece of Silver Glimmer paper.  Might end up sending light reflections into the eyes though. 😀

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Napkin Ring

Cut  2-1/2″ x 9″  strip of Brushed Silver Cardstock.   Score lightly and fold in half.    Die cut using the Two Tags Bigz die and placing the fold just above the bottom cut line of the scalloped bookmark tag.   Overlap the two scalloped ends and adhere one over top of the other with glue dots (use several)  Press flat with scallops centered.   Punch a Silver Glimmer Paper 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle.    Stamp and heat emboss a silver menorah from Every Little Bit on Night of Navy Cardstock and punch out with the 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle punch.  Using glue dots adhere the menorah punch piece to the Silver Glimmer paper punch piece and then glue dot the combined piece overtop of the scallops on the napkin ring.  Insert napkin.  😀

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Menu Card

My Digital Studio Design.  Create your own – see description or grab the download from the Day 5 Hop Post here.


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Bird

That little beauty is a tad trickier and deserving of its own post don’t you think?  😀  I’ll try to have it finished before the weekend.   Should mention too that my dove was also inspired by the Late Night Stampers Challenge #201 – Add Sparkle.    My original plan was to use just the brushed metallic cardstocks then I decided to add sparkle with the glimmer paper too (now the Brushed Gold is only on the backs of the wings).    It really does add sparkle to the table setting don’t you think?

One last look at the basic pieces. 

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With all that beautiful glimmer paper bling involved I had to go for a low light solution for the photography so we wouldn’t see lots of hot spots and lens flare or glare.   That being the case I kept to the essentials and left out the silverware and dishes.  I also snuck all the candles into the menorah for picturesque balance really since I’m planning my dinner for an earlier night during the holiday.   Can you tell I also discovered that storing white and blue candles together in the same box makes for an interesting effect when you are ready to use them?   Ah well…blue and white is my color scheme.  Stampin’ Up’s Night of Navy and Whisper White  to be exact!

Did you notice that shalom tag on the wine glass?   There’s a reason apart from the artistic.  When my friends and I get together, especially if there is family there as well, the conversation can, at times, become shall we say…a little…spirited.     Therefore the shalom is both a greeting and a reminder of peace and harmony.

On a side note:  I was asked by a friend the other day the meaning of shalom.  She had seen it as a text image in the new Jewish Celebrations stamp set and was trying to figure out different ways to use it.   I went searching and found this very apt description online of its many layers of meaning.

Most know that the Hebrew word shalom is understood around the world to mean “peace.” However, “peace” is only one small part of the meaning. “Shalom” is used to both greet people and to bid them farewell, and it means much more than “peace, hello or goodbye”….

Hebrew words go beyond their spoken pronunciation. Each Hebrew word conveys feeling, intent and emotion. Shalom is more than just simply peace; it is a complete peace. It is a feeling of contentment, completeness, wholeness, well-being and harmony.

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So…since another phrase my family seems to follow  runs…In Vino Veritas (in wine is truth)…and I plan to serve wine with my Hanukkah celebratory meal…I thought it best to be prepared to respond…Shalom.     I’m hoping the tag will be a gentle reminder.  Or maybe I should rethink the wine?

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One more quick reminder…today is the last day for the Online Extravaganza Sale.   Have you called your  demonstrator with your order yet?   Sale ends shortly before Midnight which means…times running out!

Thank you for hopping along with us.
Your next stop is Andi’s blog, where she is going to show you some more great Hanukkah related projects!

Make sure to come back again and visit on Wednesday for Day 7 of our Hanukkah Blog Hop!

Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop Previous  Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop Next

Here’s a complete list of the Hanukkah Blog Hoppers in case any links don’t work.

1. Andi Potler
2. Yapha Mason
3. Miriam Permut
4. Jean FitchYOU ARE HERE!

Snow Much Fun – Grab it before the deal melts away!

Psst…check out the free shipping deal at the end of the post!  And this free MDS download can be added to your order at the same time!

Free For You From Us Designer Template – Digital Download order # 132810 Cost: FREE!

Snow Much Fun – Grab it before the deal melts away!

Well okay…we haven’t actually had much in the way of snow here just yet but with the deals on snow related items in the Online Extravaganza I’m playing with snow and snowmen anyway!   Two days left before the deals melt away and don’t forget that Wednesday, the last day of the sale will be sporting 3 new super deals just like last week when the sale started.   This time the focus will be on Clear Mount Blocks, The Clear Mount Block Storage Caddy and the wonderful Stack and Store Caddy.   I have to say that last in particular helps me stay organized and lets me see what I have to craft with.

Here’s the first card with new product I designed when the new catalog came out last June.  Yeah  I know…weird to play with snowmen in June but when I saw the new dies…I had a vision.  Besides..it was hot and playing with snowmen cooled things off…at least in my head.  😀   How cool is it that two of the items used are now on sale?  Very Cool!

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This was also a team effort.  Several demonstrators from my local group got together to pool our new toys tools and create for our joint open house.  This was my design but colored beautifully by my upline Cheryl (thanks sweetie!).   Kept it pretty simple as we were looking to show off  new dies, new colors and new embellishments.   I had die cut a piece in my Real Red DSP with the new Apothecary Accents Framelit for another project and set the remaining window negative down on a scrap of Whisper White and realized the windowing possibilities.   Just needed something short and squat to fill it.   And wouldn’t you know I had just been playing with the Snow Much Fun set and my eye landed on the little chubby snowman…and an idea was born!  

Played with the idea of snowballs for throwing but decided to showcase another new die cut instead to carry the greeting.   Turns out that Bitty Banners Framelit die cuts can hold more texts from more stamps than the set designed to coordinate with it.   And being a flower child from way back just had to throw in flowers for ammunition instead of snowballs.    Do you recognize that itty bitty tiny flower?  It’s the flower on the hello stamp in Tiny Tags.  I just inked with a marker and stamped three times for my tiny pointsettia wanna be’s.

Here’s the recipe for the card:

Supplies:

Stamps: Snow Much Fun, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Tiny Tags (the little flower from hello)

Ink: Black Stazon, Real Red and Gumball Green Classic Inks  – sorry I can’t remember what we used for the nose

Paper: Gumball Green & Whisper White Cardstock, Real Red Designer Series Paper from the Brights Collection Patterns Stack

Other: Gumball Green Stitched Satin Ribbon, Big Shot, Bitty Banners Framelits, ApothecaryAccents Framelits, Large Oval Punch, Glue dots, Dimensionals and Snail adhesive.

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Don’t you want to reach through the monitor and stroke that satiny ribbon?   I can’t get enough of that stuff and now that it’s 30% off it’s even harder to resist.  And even better…the stamp set is 50% off!  Wowza!  $9.98 (in clear mount) and you can have your very own set of snowmen to play with!  Should mention that the Designer Series Paper is also part of the Brights Designer Series Paper Stack that’s 20% off.  With Christmas and Valentines coming up you really want to jump on that collection (you might want to buy it too!).

I should probably also mention that the Come to Bethlehem set I used in this recent post is also 50% off!   So why are you still sitting there…time to hit the sale entries in my Online Store (click the Shopping icon in my sidebar to get started).

In case you haven’t seen it yet here’s the flyer listing all the deals:

Online Extravaganza Flyer – key to all the deals!

Here’s the items on sale I used in the card.    

Just as a reminder when you buy through my online store link (see the sidebar) you get all the preferred pricing AND you have the chance to qualify for hostess benefits depending on the size of your order.  

Buy before the end of the sale period (Wednesday Nov. 28th before midnight)  and I’ll also throw in free shipping in the form of a gift certificate for your next order or a PayPal refund.  Your choice.

Did you see the free My Digital Studio Download at the top of the post?  Don’t forget to add that to your order!  AND if you don’t yet have My Digital Studio you can buy that for 50% off during the Sale Too!   Or try the free trial version for 30 days.

Hanukkah Blog Hop: Day 5

Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop

NOTE:  It’s the holiday weekend…so some hop posts may be a tiny tad late in appearing. 😀

Welcome to the first ever Hanukkah Blog Hop! We are so excited to be able to share with you some wonderful Hanukkah related projects. We’ll be posting 2 projects a week on Sunday’s & Wednesday’s until the first day of Hanukkah on December 9th! There are 4 of us participating so that is a total of 9 hop days for a total of 36 ideas!! Are you ready to be Hanukkah project inspired?!

Wow, we are half way through our Hanukkah Blog Hop! Thank you to everyone who has visited these past 4 days. The response we have received has been extremely positive! We hope you enjoy the remaining 5 projects! If this is your first visit, go back and visit Day 1, 2, 3 and 4.  And don’t forget to make the full hop rounds as you do so.  Wouldn’t want you to miss a thing after all!

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With Thanksgiving  last week is it any surprise that food has been on my mind?     

So of course it seemed the appropriate weekend to work out my Hanukkah Hop Menu and Table decorating ideas.   Well…got as far as the menu anyway.  The Table decorating will have to wait for Wednesday.   Must have been all that turkey that put me to sleep!  So just to be on the safe side there won’t be turkey for Hanukkah.  After all…have to keep sharp for those marathon Dreidel Games right?

So when planning a menu where does one start?  In my house Google generally is involved and it didn’t let me down this time either.   Neither did my Stampin’ Up digital design program otherwise known as My Digital Studio or MDS for those in the know.    You did know that you can purchase that program as a download until November 28th for 50% off right?   Stampin’ Up has it’s annual Online Extravaganza running through Wednesday of this week.  Their own version of Black Friday & Cyber Monday with a few other days thrown in for good measure.    So don’t forget to check in with your demonstrator (no the orders don’t have to be placed online)  or the Stampin’ Up online store if your still in your jammies.

I’m still planning myExtravaganza shopping strategy so haven’t yet gotten the upgrade to MDS2 but it’s coming…before Wednesday for sure.   So today I turned to the stamps that came installed with my original program.   Holiday Blitz and Frames with a Flourish may be retired as far as the rubber variety goes but in MDS they live on! And I still love that Villa designer series paper (also included with MDS) that I used on the Dreidel song songsheet I showed you on day 2 of the hop.  In fact…you could say that songsheet and paper dreidel inspired my menu in some ways.   Looks like we have a coordinated set coming together don’t you think?   Might have to repeat that when I go to scrapbook it all!   I wonder…has anyone ever scrapped a Blog Hop?   Hm…now there’s a thought.   Create a digital scrapbook of our hop and share it with my hop sisters.  What do you think?   Doable?

Here’s what I came up with for my menu:

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Digital Supplies List

Brush sets:   Holiday Blitz,   Frames with a Flourish – in Night of Navy

Digital Papers:  Villa – Night of Navy, Whisper White photo layer background

Other images:  Wide Oval Punch – slightly altered & stretched – filled with Daffodil Delight color

Simple right?   Well the design anyway.  Most of the recipes are too for that matter and in case you are interested I’ll share the links for where you can find them.    My plan is to take this design and drop 4 onto a single page that will print me just the right size to cut and trim with my brand new Stampin’ Trimmer or my Stampin’ Up  Tabletop Cutter (that just happens to be on sale through Wednesday), then mount on a cardstock backing and place on each plate at the table.  I’ll also print a larger version to set on the Buffet table so guests can see what they are selecting from.   Now the biggest decision…what type of Latkes to make.   Traditional potato or some other healthier variety.  I’ve found a couple of recipes that look interesting.  Including one that uses cauliflower!

As you can see my menu card does double duty.  It outlines the menu and the schedule.   At the library the other day I found a childrens book that tells the story of Hanukkah in simple and uncomplicated terms.   Now I’m trying to decide whether to just read the story as is, or create my own storyteller version using that book as a basis.   To get the party started I thought we’d have a quick nosh on the appetizers then settle in for the story and the main event…the lighting of the Menorah.   Then in the glow of more lighted candles on the table we’ll sit down to a warm and filling dinner.  Perfect for the weather we’ve been experiencing here in Southern Oregon.    Not quite enough rain to float Noah’s ark but enough…and cold…yep…it’s winter alright even if the calendar does still read Fall.   And then of course…what would be the best ending to the evening…Dreidel games and cookies!     Wait till you see how I’ll package some extra cookies for each guest to take home as a treat.  Surely I’m not the only one who gets hungry at midnight?

 Here’s your own Hanukkah Treat.   No time to create a menu card of your own?  I’ve created a sheet of blank ones that you can handwrite in the menu or pull up in Word and drop a text box on top to fill it all in.   Just print cut and mount on cardstock.   Our Whisper White cardstock works great in most printers by the way if you just want to print and cut.

Right click and save the files or grab the Word document linked here:

Hanukkah Hop menu card sheet  – Word doc (formulated for older Word versions and works with newer as well)

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And in case you like my plan for the night:

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Here’s the recipes I’ve decided on for my dinner in case you want to check them out

And a few other sources for good Hanukkah eats:

http://kosherfood.about.com/od/hanukkah/tp/hanukkah.htm  lots of tasty latke variations – some healthier than the traditional Potato versions.

http://kosherfood.about.com/od/hanukkah/a/han_menu_dairy.htm– dairy menu – that’s where I got most of the recipes featured on my menu.   Who knew that about.com had food as good as the food  network site?

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/celery-root-slaw-recipe/index.html– celery root slaw – discovered this at Thanksgiving and while I didn’t add it in here it’s worth a look.

 http://www.kosherinthekitch.com/category/cookies/  – cookie ideas and if you hit the home key some amazing recipes! That’s it for this addition of the Hanukkah Hop Day 5.  

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I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with all the trimmings.   And don’t forget to check out Stampin’ Up’s Online Extravaganza (that’s not all online) that runs till Wednesday.

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Thank you for hopping along with us.
Your next stop is Andi’s blog, where she is going to show you some more great Hanukkah related projects!

Make sure to come back again and visit on Wednesday for Day 6 of our Hanukkah Blog Hop!

Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop Previous  Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop Next

Here’s a complete list of the Hanukkah Blog Hoppers in case any links don’t work.

1. Andi Potler
2. Yapha Mason
3. Miriam Permut
4. Jean FitchYOU ARE HERE!

Hanukkah Blog Hop: Day 4

Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop

Welcome to the first ever Hanukkah Blog Hop! We are so excited to be able to share with you some wonderful Hanukkah related projects. We’ll be posting 2 projects a week on Sunday’s & Wednesday’s until the first day of Hanukkah on December 9th! There are 4 of us participating so that is a total of 9 hop days for a total of 36 ideas!! Are you ready to be Hanukkah project inspired?!

We hope you all enjoyed the first 3 days of our Hanukkah Blog Hop! If this is your first visit, go back and visit Day 1, 2 and 3.   And don’t forget to circle round to all 4 blogs in the hop for each of those days. 

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Have you had a chance to make a few of the stars I showed you last Sunday?    I had hoped to have more tutorials and links up for you on Monday but it wasn’t to be.  Too much star gazing perhaps on my part?    Whatever caused it I’ve been down with a high fever so for the hop this time around I’m showing you a few more of my “star” creations.

Everyone in the pool!  It’s time to party!     Okay…that’s maybe a little bit over the top for an introduction of my Pool Party and Snow Flurry star.   Though I have to say…when I lived in Southern California the Hanukkah celebrations I was invited to did often end up in the pool!   Hm…maybe that’s why my hand grabbed for the pool party in the first place?   Doesn’t really explain the snowflake though now does it?  

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I think I mentioned last Sunday that the flames of the Hanukkah lights remind me of starshine and today you can see that they also remind me of snowflakes.  Each one unique and glowing and starlike.  In my mind at least.  So I couldn’t help combining the two images.     Believe it or not if you place it correctly the star card will open with the snowflake in place so you can place a greeting inside then fold it closed again.  To see what the card looks like open you can see last Sunday’s star card here.   Of course you can also hang the star up like an ornament or place it on a card holder in the center of a bouquet.    Had a thought too that you could make several of the smaller stars then hang them off the larger one with fishing line or thread and then hang the entire piece from a chandelier as a decorative mobile over your table.   Of course if you live in Florida some might comment on your snowflake motif!

In case you are wondering, that snowflake is from the Snow Flurry die in the Holiday Catalog and it wasn’t cut with paper.   This time around I used aluminum flashing!  Yep…the same metal used on roofs and gutters and available fairly cheaply at your local home store.   That Snow Flurry die is one tough Bigz die and like all Bigz dies it can handle up to 50 different materials (see the list below) and flashing is one of the materials.   Some time back my local Lowe’s store had a flashing that was silver on one side and gold on the other.  Makes for a real two-fer as we used to say.   Also makes for some lovely snowflakes don’t you think?   Layer the various sized snowflakes in alternating colors with glue dots or a glue gun and top it all off with one of our large 8mm pearls.   We made just the snowflakes as winter ornaments at my last Stamp Camp.  Light and simple and fun to enclose in a card to a friend – especially if they live somewhere they don’t get to see the real thing.   Here’s a close up of  both of the stars and their details.

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When I put this together I first had just the snowflake on the star and then I decided to see what setting it off would look like with a 2-1/2″ circle as a backing piece.   I was wonderfully surprised to find that the large snowflake seemed to be made with that size circle in mind.   I love that Stampin’ Up takes these kinds of details into consideration when they plan their designs.  Don’t you?

You’ll notice one little oops in the details.  We no longer sell the textured paper I used.  Not to worry though…the regular cardstock works just fine as you can see from the little star.

Supplies:

Stamps: none exterior – Jewish Celebrations interior – same design as that used in last Sunday’s Star here.

Paper: Pool Party Textured Cardstock, Brushed Gold Cardstock, Very Vanilla used inside

Inks: none exterior – Night of Navy interior

Other: Big Shot, Bigz Snow Flurry die (holiday catalog), aluminum flashing, Stampin’ Trimmer, Simply Score, 2-1/2″ Circle Punch,  glue dots, dimensionals

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Supplies:  

Stamps:   Jewish Celebrations

Paper:  Pool Party & Very Vanilla Cardstock, Night of Navy page from Regals Designer Series Paper Pattern Stack

Ink:  Night of Navy

Other:  Stampin’ Trimmer, Simply Score, 1″ Circle Punch, 1-1/4″ scallop circle punch (holiday catalog), glue dots, dimensionals

Here’s the list of 50 materials I promised earlier:   Big Shot approved Materials – SU flyer

and a chart I created  with dimensions and a video tutorial link for the stars: Star Fold Card Dimensions

Here’s a close up of the Snow Flurry die from the catalog page so you can see the individual shapes I layered together.  Largest snowflake is 3-5/8″ x 3-5/8″  :

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 And just for fun…here’s what my Pool Party star looks like when my photo program ran an automatic color adjustment routine on it.  I can’t decide if that’s what the star would look like when done in Marina Mist or Bashful Blue.  What do you think?  Gave the silver flashing a nice purple tint too don’t you think?  Interesting that the Brushed Gold paper stayed gold…though it does look just a tad more shimmery to me.   Makes for a more traditional Hanukkah color scheme too.

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Late breaking Hanukkah News…what better place than the Hanukkah Hop to spill the beans….Stampin’ Up has released a brand new My Digital Studio download kit with everything you need to create cards, scrapbook pages and any kind of Hanukkah related project you can imagine.  After seeing what Miriam did with the new download I’m contemplating using it to create table decorations and other holiday favors.    Might even create a few decorative bits to put on the fronts of  some brand new stars.   What could be easier than dropping some of the images and embellishments on a single page then punching them out and adhering to my many stars!  Perfect!    And even better…if you don’t yet have My Digital Studio…it’s on sale for 50% off during the Online Extravaganza sale this week.   Check with your demonstrator for more details.  

Hanukkah Happiness Ensemble Digital Download

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Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow!

Thank you for hopping along with us.
Your next stop is Andi’s blog, where she is going to show you some more great Hanukkah related projects!

Make sure to come back again and visit on Sunday for Day 5 of our Hanukkah Blog Hop!

Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop Previous  Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop Next

Here’s a complete list of the Hanukkah Blog Hoppers in case any links don’t work.

1. Andi Potler
2. Yapha Mason
3. Miriam Permut
4. Jean FitchYOU ARE HERE!

Hanukkah Blog Hop: Day 3

Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop

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Welcome to the first ever Hanukkah Blog Hop! We are so excited to be able to share with you some wonderful Hanukkah related projects. We’ll be posting 2 projects a week on Sunday’s & Wednesday’s until the first day of Hanukkah on December 9th! There are 4 of us participating so that is a total of 9 hop days for a total of 36 ideas!! Are you ready to be Hanukkah project inspired?!   

If you are following the standard order of the hop you’ve arrived from Miriam’s post with her timely and wonderful gift card holder made with Stampin’ Up’s Petite Pocket Die.  Thanks Miriam!  If you’re moving in reverse that’s okay too, as we’re one happy Stampin’ Up circle of friends on this hop.    If you’ve gotten lost along the way check the buttons at the bottom of the post and the general links to the hoppers blogs to find your way back.

We hope you all enjoyed the first 2 days of our Hanukkah Blog Hop! If this is your first visit, go back and visit Day 1 and 2 and hop on through.

 

Do you ever feel as if you are seeing stars?   That’s been my experience all week!   Stars to fold,  stars to decorate,  to send to friends and of course stars for the Hanukkah Hop!   

While the picture above isn’t mine, it looks very much like what I can see at night from my front deck.  I live out in the country, where lights are few and far between,  at about 1500 feet above sea level.  And after years of living at sea level I now feel as if I can reach up and touch the stars.    Not quite the same as when I lived in New Mexico’s high desert at 7,000 feet but still, they feel close.  And they are inspiring.   That velvety blue sky and God’s original Festival of Lights so often puts me in mind of Hanukkah and the star shine of the candles in the menorah calling us to remembrance and celebration.    

I’m happy today to share these paper stars to complement your own Hanukkah Celebrations.  I hope they will inspire you to create your own.   To send them out to gladden someone’s heart (that is why we create and send our cards right?) or decorate your home with them in some fashion.  

 

Jewish Celebrations in Night of Navy

All images copyright Stampin’ Up!
All materials used are Stampin’ Up!

The smaller star is a story in itself.  The tutorial for the large star I found showed only the one size and I was determined that the big star needed a little brother (Hanukkah is in large part about family right? :D).   Search as I might, and I discovered quite a few other people were looking too, I couldn’t find the cutting or scoring dimensions for a smaller equilateral triangle (the base shape of the construction) so had to drag out my very rusty math skills and the wonderful 1/4″ grid found on the new Stampin’ Trimmer by Stampin’ Up! 

After a bit of trial and error I figured it out.  I did discover though that a small star like the one shown here has very little space inside for holding treats or texts so works best as an ornament or an embellishment  for another card or larger project.  That being the case I mounted it on the circle punched image from Jewish Celebrations (found in the Holiday Catalog). 

Now I just have to decide whether I want to hang it from a thread (our Stampin’ Up Bakers Twine or Linen Thread would work nicely), add it to a banner or maybe even add to a wreath or other decoration for my front door.   Hm…might even make several and string them all together in a  banner like the one Andi showed us last Wednesday.  You did see that banner right?  If not click on the day 2 link above at the top of the post.   I should add that these stars look nice from the front or the back so perfect for hanging across doorways or other areas where both sides will be seen.

And here’s the inside of the larger star when it’s unfolded.  I forgot to take a picture of the little stars interior so you’ll have to come back later in the week when I show more stars and how they were made. 

Supplies:

Stamps: Jewish Celebrations (Holiday Catalog)

Paper: Night of Navy DSP from the Regals Color Collection Designer Series Paper Stack, Very Vanilla & Night of Navy Cardstock, Brushed Gold Cardstock

Ink: Night of Navy Classic ink

Punches: Extra Large Oval, Decorative Label, 1″ Circle,  2-1/2″ Circle, Boho Blossom, 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle (Holiday Catalog) 

Other: Simply Score, Stampin’ Trimmer, Gold Glimmer Brad (Basics Glimmer Brad Collection), glue dots and dimensionals, stampin’ sponge.

Note: All stamped images used Night of Navy ink.  Some stamped off for a lighter shade.  The large star will fit inside a 6″ Square envelope.  The diameter is approx. 5-5/8″.   The small star fits in a 3″ square envelope and has an approximate diameter of 2-3/4″.  The star folds tuck in so the star will hold itself closed making it perfect for either a card or an ornament.

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Come back throughout this week for the unfolding details (sorry, I couldn’t resist :D).   To see different stars, their details, close up pictures and of course their insides.  These are fold cards after all so what can be folded…can also be unfolded.

Hop stars straight from the desk.

I’m beginning to think I could fold these guys in my sleep.  

Want to make your own?   Here’s the basic video from a sister demo Cindy Elam.  Here’s your chance to view the new Stampin’ Trimmer from Stampin’ Up in action!    Nice view of the Simply Score too!

If you’ve gotten the  folded star bug now, I  found another very cool Origami Star of David here but discovered my fingers weren’t quite nimble enough to make it.

Thank you for hopping along with us.
Your next stop is Andi’s blog, where she is going to show you some more great Hanukkah related projects!

Make sure to come back again and visit on Wednesday for Day 4 of our Hanukkah Blog Hop!

Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop Previous  Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop Next

Here’s a complete list of the Hanukkah Blog Hoppers in case any links don’t work.

1. Andi Potler
2. Yapha Mason
3. Miriam Permut
4. Jean FitchYOU ARE HERE!

Hanukkah Blog Hop: Day 2

Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop

Welcome back to the first ever Hanukkah Blog Hop!  Day 1 (click the link to see it if you missed it) was a success and emboldened us to continue on with Day 2!!  Did you enjoy Miriams post?   If you missed her faulous treasure chest from todays hop post click on the “previous” button at the bottom of this post or circle back around to it by clicking next on the following blogs.   If you are working in reverse…Did you see Andi’s wonderful Big Shot banner?   Brilliant and no stamping required.   No matter what direction you go to hop you’ll eventually see us all…including Yapha’s gorgeous Window Frame Framelit card sandwiched in the middle.

We are so excited to be able to share with you a festival of wonderful Hanukkah related projects. We’ll be posting 2 projects a week on Sunday’s & Wednesday’s until the first day of Hanukkah on December 9th!  There are 4 of us participating so that is a total of 9 hop days for a total of 36 ideas!! Are you ready to be Hanukkah project inspired?!

On to Day 2 and my Digital Paper Dreidels!

One of the joys of celebrating Hanukkah with family and friends are the games and stories and songs that teach as well as entertain.   Growing up I had many opportunities to join friends and neighbors in the traditional game of Dreidel and those memories have stayed with me.   Each year I bring my own set out for a little pre Hannukah practice before going visiting.   After all when chocolate is involved (we generally use the chocolate gelt coins to play)  a little creative preparation and spin control (not to be called cheating…lol) is in order right?     Well…last year I discovered my little dreidel set had disappeared.  I suspect the fur children found them and now they are probably history one way or another.  So…I fired up the internet found a paper template and decided to see if My Digital Studio could come to the rescue.    It did!    And it was so much fun I decided to create a new set this year.   

Here’s the pattern I created this year:

 

Right click and save to grab the .jpg file

I print it out on my own printer using Stampin’ Up’s wonderful Whisper White or Naturals White Cardstock.   Of course you could also have the Stampin’ Up Professional Print Service do the printing for you and the color matching will be guaranteed.    The Whisper White is easier to score and fold but the Naturals White is a tad sturdier.   This year I also discovered that our Simply Score scoring board and stylus tool made the construction part of the job faster and easier not to mention more precise.    Any Stampin’ Up Adhesive will work to construct the Dreidel –  from Snail to Tombow Liquid Adhesive to Sticky Strip.

To actually use it as a top you have to add a dowel or stick of some type to grip and spin.   I’ve attached a PDF version of the Dreidel with directions on construction and also a copy of the traditional Dreidel song I created last year for a homeschool group that wanted to keep it simple but fun.   

Dreidel – 2012 Digital Paper  – PDF file with this years dreidel, songsheet, directions, blank dreidel to stamp or color with the kids.

Dreidel – Baroque Motif  – PDF file with last years Baroque Motif dreidel, songsheet, directions.

Dreidel – Blank Paper Version – PDF – Blank Paper Version to stamp on or color with the kids.

Images copyright Stampin’ Up!

I love how MDS can bring a simple songsheet to life.   Quick and easy and took me about 5 minutes once I found the lyrics online to copy and paste.    One little girl in the homeschool group decided to ask her mom if they could add this to their holiday scrapbook.   Said she was going to add pictures and punches down the sides.   I told her that’s what Stampin’ Up would call a hybrid project.   Print something you create in MDS then add physical (as opposed to digital) embellishment and digital enters the real (hybrid) world.

I’m not the master at My Digital Studio yet that Yapha is – she created our beautiful Banner and buttons using the newest version of the program MDS2 but I’m learning and I know that you can too!    Stampin’ Up has made it easy for you with a free 30 day trial and a website filled with inspiration at www.mydigitalstudio.net .    Don’t you have some Hanukkah projects of your own you’d like to try?   Place cards for the table?   Holiday decor or cards, a banner, little gift boxes, recipe cards or menus.   The list is endless that you can create.   

Here’s a few other downloads that might make your Hanukkah (and other holidays) a bit brighter.  And keep in mind that with the stamp brush sets below any Christmas, Winter or other Occasion download or template can be redesigned with Hanukkah or other Festival in mind:

Jewish Celebrations- http://www.stampinup.com/ECWEB/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=131318 – The digital version of the stamp set I used on Day 1 of our Blog Hop.

Jewish Holiday Sayings Brush Set – http://www.stampinup.com/ECWEB/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=128334

Celebrate Hanukkah Digital Download – http://www.stampinup.com/ECWEB/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=127761 – Designer Card templates make it simple

To order any of these contact your demonstrator or visit her/his demonstrator website.

Back to my Driedel story…..

I’m sure it will be easier to do in MDS2.   For MDS1 I added punches and filled in our Stampin’ Up colors of Bashful Blue and Daffodil Delight then moved them behind the template to add the color.   Then I added stamp brush images from Frames with a Flourish and a flower from the One of a Kind brush set.   Also added a flap section so I could tuck the top in instead of glueing it down.  This allowed me to use the dreidel as a gift box!    Don’t you love it when something you create can be used in multiple ways?      The first picture of the completed dreidel is missing something…can you tell what it is?   Now can you guess what’s in the second picture?

  

I decided to use this particular dreidel as a Tootsie Pop cover.   Of course you can use a dowel or fill it with Chocolate coins or the real deal money.   To use with the Tootsie Pops – place the pop head in the box and feed the stick end through the hole so the dreidel looks more like a dreidel should with a handle to twirl.   

One problem I ran into…before I could take the final picture for this project I put the Tootsie Pop on the table and while I was on the phone with a friend at Demonstrator Support oohing and ahhing over our latest promotional catalog (more on that in later posts)  it appears I unwrapped the Tootsie Pop and consumed it without realizing (of course you’ve never done such a thing, right?)…worst of all…I had no more Tootsie Pops for the photo shoot.   Called the little market down my mountain road and wouldn’t you know…no Tootsie Pops there either…the kids had cleaned them out!   They did offer me one of those candy jewel rings but understood when I said I needed the stick for the dreidel.     So you’ll have to rely on your imagination this time.   Or see what I used after a bit of brainstorming…can you guess?  It’s the applicator/handle from my Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink.  Retired product in the stash to the rescue once again!  

Are you ready to  download the file and make one of your own?  

Make sure to buy extra Tootsie Pops or dowels…or stay off the phone when in the vicinity!   Note to self:  Overcast days bring on sugar cravings…and make photo shoots difficult to light!

Here’s the blank template for the dreidel in case you’d like to make your own.   Because it’s a .gif file it can be imported just like any picture into MDS.   A copy to print and color with the kids is also fun (one is attached above).

 

Here’s another dreidel template/resource here:

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/hanukkah/dreidel/template.shtml

 And if you’ve never played the dreidel game here’s a link to a basic explanation of how it works:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkTLN1T17p4&feature=related

I couldn’t find any great renditions of the Dreidel Song but if you Google it you can find a few sites with lyrics and the melody in case you never learned it in school.  Now that I’ve been making a number of these little darlings I can’t help singing it nonstop.

Thank you for hopping along with us.
Your next stop is Andi’s blog, where she is going to show you   some more great Hanukkah related projects!

Make sure to come back again and visit on Sunday for Day 3 of our Hanukkah Blog Hop!

Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop Previous  Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop Next

Here’s a complete list of the Hanukkah Blog Hoppers in case any links don’t work.

1. Andi Potler
2. Yapha Mason
3. Miriam Permut
4. Jean FitchYOU ARE HERE!

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