Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from snowy Oregon

Merry Christmas from Snowy Oregon

The snow is falling in curtains, the deicing trucks are moving on the roads and of course it’s cold….so what better time for cocoa and Christmas carols to warm the heart, the spirit and the body!

Luckily I put together some cocoa packets, candy canes and treats to share with neighbors and of course…I had one left over to put under my own tree.  Yep…that’s what my late husband (who was a boy scout) would call planning ahead and being prepared.  {grin}

Here’s a peek in case you want to make your own.  They’re quick, easy and the perfect warm up to share with others.  All you need is some paper, an envelope punch board and the treats.  Of course if you want to glam it up then you’ll want a few other bits too!

Envelope Punch Board Cocoa Treat Packets

Envelope Punch Board Hot Chocolate Pouches - Jean Fitch

Supplies:

Stamps: Jingle all the Way, White Christmas, Cozy Christmas

Ink: Mossy Meadow

Paper: Mossy Meadow Cardstock, Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper, Red Foil

Other: Envelope Punch Board,  Itty Bitty Accents (star) punch pack, Big Shot, Seasonal Frame Thinlit dies (Holiday Catalog and now sale priced), Christmas Greetings Thinlits,  Fine Tip Glue Pen, Tear and Tape, Cocoa Packets, candy canes and Pearson’s Peppermint Patties.

Hot Chocolate Envelope – Envelope Punch Board Pouch
Paper: Designer Series Paper – 6-3/4” x 6-3/4” Start Score and Punch at 3-3/4”

Measure, score and punch once at 3-3/4” then rotate and line up previous score with guide then punch and score again all the way around. Fold on score lines and trim off upper flap. Score lightly so as not to tear DSP.

I CASE’d the idea from one of my favorite stampers Nicole Tugrul.  You can see her original creation here.

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It’s Christmas Eve here as I’m writing this and unfortunately I wasn’t able to make it to Midnight Mass this year.  But YouTube and the Internet make so many things available – Carols, Christmas programs, broadcast Mass from around the world and of course I have my cocoa.   How about you?   Are you warm and safe and feeling the joy of the season?   I hope so.

Peace and joy be yours on this very special night.

Jean Fitch in pink

Here’s one more share.

A picture I came across that melds perfectly with one of my favorite songs for this night.

merry-christmas-baby-jesus-sign

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Revised: Stampin’ Up’s Retiring Product List is now up. On your mark, get set…SHOP NOW! (before it’s all gone)

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Stampin’ Up’s Retiring Product List is now up. On your mark, get set…SHOP NOW! (before it’s all gone)

To make your shopping easier…not to mention marking your catalog I’ve converted the standard list to one by page number.  so now you can have it both ways…whichever works for you.

One other note.  Many items are going fast but at least the stamps will last a wee bit longer.  Stampin’ Up will continue making some of your favorite retiring stamps until May 26th.    The accessories (non stamp items) however are disappearing as I type!

Note:  I’ve revised the Page number sorting documents below to correct some errors that crept in in the original documents.

Revised – US_retiredList_ENG – Page # sorting – PDF format – revised with error corrections

Revised – US_retiredList_ENG – Page # sorting – EXCEL format (.xls) – revised with error corrections

And now…an alphabetical by category listing by request:

Revised – US_retiredList_ENG – alphabetical sort – PDF format

Revised – US_retiredList_ENG – alphabetical sort – EXEL format

http://su-media.s3.amazonaws.com/media/lastChance/2015_NA_RetiredList/US_retiredList_ENG.pdf   – PDF format (Stampin’ UP original documents – uncorrected)

SU revised – US_retiredList_ENG – EXCEL format (.xls) (Stampin’ UP original documents – still some minor errors)

For easy viewing with pictures of the products,

check out my online store.

Easy to see and easy to shop.

Edited to Add: Wednesday April 22, Stampin’ Up will be adding new items to the Clearance Rack as well.  Woo Hoo!   Gotta love sale prices right?

I’ve got my order in…how about you?

Feel free to call, email or use my online store

I’ve opened a Hostess Code for orders: EAE3TYVU

If your order is $150 or more please don’t use the code as you’ll qualify for hostess dollars for your own order.

Here’s a fun video Stampin’ Up! put together to showcase some fun projects and a supply list with retired product used in their creation.

 

Happy shopping,

Watercooler Challenge – WCC22 – Adventures in Silhouette

 Adventures in Silhouette

For this challenge Heidi  has provided us with a wonderful combination challenge to play with and create projects.

Challenge: Create with watercolors and a silhouette

Join the rest of the design team over at the Challenge blog website here to see the rest of the teams designs and to add your own with the linky doodad.

I once knew a lady who using a pair of small sharp and pointed scissors (her “snippity snips”), could cut the most amazing silhouettes of people, animals, plants and even complicated lace patterns.  Not being quite that talented with scissors (my paper snips from Stampin’ Up), I resorted to Stampin’ Up punches and dies.

Here’s my entry…no bunnies today but it is another 3D.  Have I mentioned lately that I’m hooked on 3D and punch and die related projects?   With Father’s Day on the horizon (okay…this basket would work for Mom too) I wanted something in what I considered guy colors.   I know…all our colors work for anyone (though good luck with Pink Pirouette or Blushing Bride for any guy who knows the names of our colors…or just has an aversion to pink) but you have to admit some can be a challenge (hm…maybe I should have given some thought to adding to my Father’s Day challenge coming up just to make it tough on all concerned) more than others.   My late husband was a fan of tans, blues and browns (a big fan of birds and other natural wonders too) so keeping all of that in mind here’s what I came up with.

Father's Day Basket - WCC22 - Heidi's Challenge - Front view basket - created by Jean Fitch

and a corner view so you can see the handle and a bit more of the lining.

Father's Day Basket - WCC22 - Heidi's Challenge - Side Basket view - Jean Fitch

I’m still deciding what to put inside this fun basket.  Maybe little 3″ x3″ why I love you cards or coupons for chores or dinners out or whatever your heart desires.  Of course…Hershey’s kisses and other treats are always a great pleaser as well.   And if your imagination fails you…Dad can always use another tie wrapped up and placed inside this much more imaginative basket!

 Supplies:

Stamps:  None so far

Ink:  Elegant Eggplant, Night of Navy, Lost Lagoon (does water count as an ink?)

Paper: Lost Lagoon, Early Espresso, Basic Black Cardstock, Festive Designer Kraft Paper (Clearance Rack), Watercolor Paper

Punches: Bird Builder, What’s Up, Owl Builder (circle for the birdhouse door)

Other:  Big Shot, Circles Framelit Collection, Flower Frenzy die (leaf bough), Two Way glue pen, Sticky Strip, SNAIL

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Not too bad for my first Berry Basket attempt.  Of course I had a bit of help.  My friend Patti Leeke created this gorgeous basket that was my starting point along with Heidi’s wonderful (and brain teasing challenge). Patti's Bird Punch Basket  I saw that and knew I had to incorporate the bird and bird house into my design. I learned a few things along the way.  One…I love this Berry Basket die!  And I bet you will too.   Here’s another fun project by my friend Deb that will give you a few more ideas on using with a card.  Deb posted it on our last Challenge in the linky doodad.  Nice when you can do cards and other things with a die than just it’s intended use.

Other tips from my friend Patti Leeke who has done quite a few of these.  1) Always line your basket with a fun paper.  That’s Patti’s firm and fast rule.  2) Put your cardstock basket together first (except for the rim and handle) and then add the liner -matching up the holes at bottom of basket and adding glue in between the holes as well as other areas (Patti’s favorite glue for this is the Tombow multipurpose liquid glue in the green capped bottle).  Once that’s done then add the scalloped or straight rim by placing the completed rim on the table and then squeezing the basket sides and move the rim up into position.  3) If you have a slightly imperfect side…hide it with a doily!  Boy do I wish I’d remembered that rule!

My tip…don’t stress about how it all goes together.  These baskets are going to be stinking cute no matter how it goes together.   I’m looking forward to making one with copper flashing.   Then I can put it on my desk to hold various doodads.   That’s the genius of a Bigz die.  It can cut 5o materials – see the list here:

Big Shot Materials List for use with Bigz and Originals dies

Here’s a quick look at the liner – do you remember that paper from the 2014 Holiday Catalog?  It’s now on the Clearance Rack at a killer price.   Father's Day Basket - WCC22 - Heidi's Challenge - inside basket And a close up of the flowers I used to cover up the handle attachment:

Father's Day Basket - WCC22 - Heidi's Challenge - heat and flower accent - Jean Fitch

Can you guess where I found the tiny heart?  It’s from a fairly new photopolymer monthly stamp set that doesn’t appear in the catalog – Lovely Amazing You.

In case you are still wondering about the basics of the Berry Basket die from the Occasions Catalog here’s a video from Stampin’ Up showing their tips:

I hope you’ll join the Watercooler challenge and show us your own watercolor and silhouette project and link up to us.  Don’t forget to check the Watercooler Challenge Blog post here to see who was the winner of the last challenge submissions by linky artists.    Check the challenge site for rules on competing for future challenges.

Hugs and Blessings!

Jean Fitch in pink

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick's Day banner

Whether you celebrate it in the religious manner

with Mass and sermons on the Trinity

St. Patrick

or

 your thoughts turn to gold & rainbows

pot o goldToday is the day everyone is Irish

and wears a bit of the green.

green sheep

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Here’s how we celebrated at our March  Stamp Camp.

And check further down in the post to see how you can celebrate with

Free Shipping today!

Lucky Day Card - March 2014 Stamp Camp - watermarked

Once again the Envelope Punch Board was front and center creating the grass and my many punches did the rest.  I’ve been hooked on all the sun’s everyone is creating with the new Banner punch from Sale-a-Bration (luckily you still have a couple of weeks to take advantage of getting it for free!) so had to try my hand at one.

I counted them up and in addition to the Envelope Punch Board which probably qualifies as a punch in and of itself I used 12 other punches to create this card!  I think that’s a record for me.  It sure added to the weight of the boxes being transported to the church hall for this event.  Filled the center of the table too.

Here’s the supply list.

Supplies:

Stamps:Occasions Alphabet, Petite Petals, Teeny Tiny Wishes & Trust God (inside).  Assortment of retired St. Patrick’s Day stamps.

Ink: Gumball Green, Real Red (optional Black Journaling pen/marker for making a sun face.)

Paper: Gumball Green (1”x 4-1/4”), Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Naturals White, Basic Black Cardstock & Champagne Glimmer Paper.  Little hearts: Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Gumball Green, Island Indigo, Pumpkin Pie

Punches: 1-3/8” Circle, Petite Petals, 1-1/4” Scallop Circle, Decorative Label, Owl Builder, Word Window, Banner (from SAB), Bird Builder, Scallop Oval, Small Oval, Large Oval, Itty Bitty Punch Pack.

Other: Envelope Punch Board, Big Shot, Square Lattice embossing folder, Daffodil Delight ¼” stitched grosgrain ribbon, two way glue pen, tweezers, adhesives.

And here are the directions I shared with my stamp camp attendees:

Lucky Day Card Directions with picture

And a few tips on creating the various elements (no worries…these pictures are also in the directions):

Line up the 8 banner punched pieces on the back of the sun circle in two sets of overlapping squares.   Then run through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice folder and add another circle on top.

sun piecessun pieces

For the Pot O’ Gold I punched a Decorative Label piece then put the half piece on a post it note for better control and using the small oval punch I snipped just a hint out of the middle to get rid of the point and preserve the “legs” for the pot.  Added a word window punch and a half a scalloped circle of glimmer paper and there’s the pot.

Pot o' Gold

For the grass I created a base piece and a rick rack piece.  Embossed with the Square Lattice and overlaid the two pieces at the base of the card.

Create your two grass strips with the two 1”x 4-1/4” Gumball Green strips + the Envelope Punch Board. Strip 1: Place the strip first with the edge of the paper lined up with the tip of the score guide. Punch.

First punch lined up with the score guide

Slide strip over to the 1-1/2” mark, punch. Slide strip to the 2-1/2” mark, punch. Continue sliding down 1 more inch and punching till you reach the end of the strip.

Strip 2: Create the same as Strip 1 then flip over and center each “mountain” then punch, continue sliding and aligning and punching till you have a full rick rack looking strip.

Punching between the hills

Base & rick rack pieces to form grass

Place both completed strips in the Square Lattice embossing folder the longways and run through the Big Shot. Over lap both strips so you have a series of peaks and valleys between the two strips, adhere strips together and then adhere “grass” piece to card base. Trim edges if necessary.

overlapping base and rick rack

Cool trick isn’t it.  Creating rick rack with the Envelope Punch Board.   It does take a bit of flipping around to get the right orientation so the peaks show between the valleys but it’s a fun puzzle.    Of course if you have the Tasteful Trim die it might be a bit quicker but I love that with the Envelope Punch Board I’m not limited to the length of the rick rack pieces I create.   Oh…and the “mountain” base piece also works for a sponging mask to create hills.  Especially if you vary the measurements you use to punch the base.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this fun project.  I can’t tell you how many movies I watched while punching enough “owl” hearts for 12 people to create this card.  Fun!

Please note:   In honor of St. Patrick’s Day I am offering FREE shipping on any Stampin’ Up! orders over $25 placed today March 17th 2014!

And don’t forget to pick up more FREE product during the last two weeks of Sale-a-bration.  I’d be happy to be your demonstrator.  When you click on the online store button in the sidebar select me as your demo and place your order.    I especially recommend the Envelope Punch Board.  It really is a wonder!   You can see what else it can do on my Pinterest board here.

You have a couple options for ordering:

  • Visit the online store, select me as your demonstrator in your profile and place your order~ I will refund your shipping after the order is placed or
  • Email me at  jlfstudio@live.com  and let me know what you want to order – include your phone number and email ~ I will then contact you to make arrangements for payment minus shipping.
  • Don’t forget to place your order (minimum $25) or send your email before Midnight – March 17, 2014 to get your free shipping.  😀

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To celebrate my own Irish roots let me leave you with this traditional blessing and a few YouTube videos with blessings and Celtic music to enjoy the day.

Irish Blessing card 2-500x500

Hugs & blessings – Jean

Stampin’ Up’s new Thinlet Card Dies will make you flip!

There’s a new die in town that will make you flip!

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Here’s a couple of samples Stampin’ Up created in a close up:

The Circle Thinlit Card collection

Stampin' Up sample Thinlit card from their pinterest page

The Label Thinlit Card Collection

thinlit SU card - SU Pinterest

Here’s a close up look at the two sets of accompanying dies.   Circles on the left and Labels on the right.

Thinlit Die Elements

And a video that shows even more:

Did that go by too fast for a good look?  No worries.  Here are some close up screen shots to help you figure them out.

All images are © Stampin’ Up!

Read My Lips Thinlit outside

Both the inside and the outside views use February’s Best of Valentines stamp set (still avaialble).

Best of Valentines - inside

Holiday Catalog Halloween Hello gets a workout here along with the new Witches’ Brew paper from that same catalog.

Halloween Hello Thinlit card

Thinlit I Love you card outside

One of my favorite stamps from Yippee Skippee appears here on the inside.

Thinlit I Love you Card interior

Gotta love the new Festive Flurry stamps and dies from the Holiday Catalog on this one!  And that’s the Northern Flurries embossing folder in use too.

Thinlit Winter Card

Are you convinced yet that you need these?   Here’s the flyer with the ordering information:

Thinlits Card Die Flyer

Thinlit flyer image

Here’s a great blog post on the Stampin’ Up customer blog that outlines ideas and uses for the new die sets.

Time to flip someone a card don’t you think? 😀

As always you can order these dies and any other of your Stampin’ Up products by dropping me an email or selecting me as your demonstrator in the Stampin’ Up online store.

Happy stamping – Jean

Dude, You’re Welcome! Two videos – check it out if you love to laugh.

The Idea

Real Men Build Cards logo graphic

Keeping it simple.

If you’re a guy…watch this:

If you’re a gal…watch this:

(note: make sure you aren’t drinking anything while viewing!  :D)

 

 

Buy it here!

 

Here’s the images from the kit:

Dude, you're Welcome stamp images

Here’s the sticker:

Dude you're welcome sticker up close

Here’s the details:

Dude Poster

Buy it here!

Dude...Make Something image

Breaking Stampin Up News: Clearance Rack Blitz announced while we were sleeping!!

We interupt the Blog Hop for this just in…..

 (to return to the hop click here)

Clearance Rack Blitz!!

While we were sleeping Stampin’ Up Restocked the Clearance Rack!

Hi all,

You know, some days I think  its a good thing I don’t sleep (much).  😀    While the rest of you were sleeping and dreaming holiday dreams Stampin Up announced:

Clearance Rack Blitz

And when they say Blitz…they do mean BLITZ!!!!!    Items up to 80% off!  But only while supplies last.  When they are gone…they are GONE!

Papers under $3,  Embellishments under 80¢, Ribbons under $2.   Dies…well you won’t believe the dies and their prices.  AND…STAMPS!!!!!!     For the first time ever Stampin’ Up has put actual Stamps on the Clearance Rack.  Simply Amazing.  I’m still waiting for my heart to go back to beating in a normal rythmn.   Last night I was having a moan about several items I’d missed out on the last year or two.   And guess what…Santa and Stampin’ Up loaded up the Clearance Rack with them!!    Now that’s a Christmas Miracle for sure.  Or at least the ask and you shall receive variety…don’t you think?  😀

My order is in…how about yours????  Items are going fast…even at this early hour.

And to sweeten the deal I have a little Christmas Gift of my own for you.  How about….FREE SHIPPING!!!   Through the end of December!    That’s another 10% savings for you!   One catch…you have to place the order through my online store here and I’ll have to PayPal you the shipping back or give you a gift certificate towards your next order as the online store doesn’t yet have a way to handle a demonstrators personal specials.    

Here’s the Blitz details:

Blitz - shop now

Dates: December 14, 2012 – while supplies last

Details:

Over 300 new Clearance Rack items are being added to the Online Store at discounts up to 80 percent off retail-only while supplies last!

The Fine Print

  • Only online orders qualify for this promotion. Feel free to order both Clearance Rack and non-Clearance Rack items on the same order-we’re flexible like that.
  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in this special offer-go nuts!
  • Qualifying Clearance Rack orders are eligible for hostess benefits/Stampin’ Rewards. Bonus!  – Note only if ordered through my online store site.
  • Clearance Rack Blitz items are only available while supplies last-so don’t wait! And sorry, but there are no refunds or exchanges on Clearance Rack items.

Note:  You can add regular non Blitz items to the same order so if you are running low on my beloved Champagne Glimmer Paper or anything else from the Holiday Catalog or the  Annual Catalog feel free to add those to your order and yes…I’ll even honor the Free Shipping on those items too!

Times a-wasting and the items are flying off the shelves.  Santa and the Blitz waits for no woman!  Or man!  Click here to start your own personal Holiday Blitz experience!

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Need a little something to get you in the Holiday Crafting spirit?  Check out this latest Stampin’ Up video:

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