Holiday Gift Card Holder

Today I am sharing two Holiday gift card holders that I designed using the Stampin’ Up! Santa’s Workshop Designer Series Paper.

The first gift card holder uses a piece of Garden Green Cardstock with a Belly Band made from the Red Candy Cane Striped DSP.  One of the cool features with this DSP is that elements of the paper are flocked.  With the Candy Cane Striped paper the white stripes are flocked.  The other feature of this paper is the images in the paper fit the Santa’s Signpost Thinlits that go with the Santa’s Workshop paper.  I used the thinlits to cut out a lot of the Elf, Santa, Mrs. Santa images from the Designer Series Paper to accent the gift card holders and tags for Christmas presents.

The Second Gift Card Holder is made with Poppy Parade Cardstock and the Santa’s Workshop Designer paper.




I have written a tutorial with all of the instructions and cutting dimensions for these Gift Card Holders.  You can download the Tutorial here:

Gift card holder patterns.pdf

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my Holiday Gift Card Holders.

Ready to place an order?  I would love to be your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator if you are in the USA.  If your order is under $50 use the Host Code 2Q9MWVAW and I will send you a special gift.  I love sharing Host Benefits with my customers!  Of course if your order is over $150, then keep the Host benefits for yourself!












Stampin’ Up! Year end Closeout

The Year-End Closeout is Stampin’ Up!’s  chance to do a little inventory cleaning—and your opportunity to take advantage of special year-end deals on retiring and surplus items.  Remember: Some items are last-chance and limited-inventory, so if there is something that you really want – get your order in!




Here are the details of the Sale!  
  • Discount applies to select items only.
  • Retiring items from the 2018 holiday catalog are available while supplies last.
  • Surplus items from 2018 annual catalog are available in limited quantities at the promotional price.
  • Discounted items may be added to a Starter Kit—or purchased with Stampin’ Rewards—at the promotional price.
  • Host sets may be purchased using only Stampin’ Rewards from a qualifying party.
  • Ordering deadlines:
    • Phone: January 2, 2019; 6:50 PM (MT)
    • OEX/Online: January 2, 2019; 11:50 PM (MT)


Ready to place an order? If your order is under $150, then use the  Host Code   2Q9MWVAW and I will send you a little gift.  Of course, if your order is over $150 then claim your own Host benefits!  I love to share the Host Benefits with my customers!
You can order HERE.


Half Full Holiday Card

Today I am sharing a handmade Half Full Holiday card.  This card was a custom request by a customer that likes to feature
Half Full Holiday Card
his dog in his Holiday cards.  He actually saw a card made with the Half Full and the Christmas Pines stamp sets last fall and said that he wanted to design something with his precious dog and the wine set.  He and some friends had made wine and named it after Sofie his precious dog.  I absolutely love the way this card came out!

So the Details on this card.  This card is 5 X 7″ since I had to enlarge the wine bottle and wine glass to be able to read the labels.

The card base is a 10″ x 7″ piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock scored at 5″.  The next layer is a 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ piece of Real Red cardstock.  The next layer is a 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ piece of Crumb Cake cardstock and the last layer is a 4″ x 6″ piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.

The Pine boughs are stamped using Garden Green ink on the background of the Very Vanilla cardstock.  The star background image is stamped with Crumb Cake ink. 


Next I stamped the pine cones using Soft Suede ink on Crumb Cake cardstock.  The pine cones were cut out using the coordinating Pretty Pines Thinlits dies.  The wine bottle and wine glass are actually prints of the bottles of wine and wine glasses that Steve had made for his dog.  I had tried to superimpose the image over the stamped image from the Half Full stamp set – but then you could not read the label on the bottle or glass.  So the Half Full stamp set was actually used for inspiration rather than using the actual stamped images.  Last is an image of precious Sofie in her Santa outfit.  What a little cutie!

I actually did use the sentiments from the Half Full stamp set for the front and inside of the card.  I stamped the sentiment “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas” on the front of the card and layered this onto a scalloped oval cut from Mossy Meadow cardstock.   The sentiment on the inside is ” but if the white runs out, I’ll drink red” with an additional personal sentiment from Steve and Sofie.

This is one of my favorite custom cards that I have made.   Here is another sample of the card that I made using Crumb Cake cardstock as the card base.  Which one do you like better?


Stamp with Marilyn’s Black Friday Special


  
Welcome to  Black Friday!

Today I am offering my own Black Friday special in addition to the Online Extravaganza Sale that Stampin’ Up! is offering.

For Today only – you can order a combination of 4 of my Fall and Holiday Tutorials for just $27!.

  • Winter Woods
  • Dashing Deer
  • Blended Seasons
  • Snow is Glistening

These tutorials usually sell for $14.95 each.

Check out the details HERE.

Enjoy your day of shopping!



Happy Thanksgiving & On-line Extravaganza


Thankful Country Home card Happy Thanksgiving! 

I hope you are all enjoying a great day with your friends and families!  I am in Richmond, VA at my sister’s house with my daughter.

Today I wanted to share this beautiful card made with the Stampin’ Up! Country Home stamp set.  I love the messages of Thanks that are part of this set!

My other favorite element on this card is the Tin Tile Embossing folder.  I used a brayer with White Craft ink and brayered the top side of the embossing folder before putting it through the Big Shot. That created that white shadow antiqued look.  I love this very cool effect.  It reminds me  of the tin ceiling that we had in the kitchen of our farmhouse.

The milk jug and flowers are colored using Stampin’ Blends markers.

Tomorrow, Black Friday is the start of  Stampin’ Up!’s On-line extravaganza!

Online Extravaganza will run for six days. During this time, Stampin’ Up! is offering three, 48-hour sales featuring a selection of products from the 2018–2019 annual catalog—all at 10% off! Each 48-hour sale will feature two product categories (e.g., paper, stamps, ink, etc.). When one sale ends, the next sale begins; this cycle will continue until Online Extravaganza is over. By the end, nearly every item from the annual catalog will have been on sale!  These are the categories and specific times of the sales.

November 23–24 – Sale 1

PAPER & EMBELLISHMENTS

  • Bags
  • Brads and Buttons
  • Cards and Envelopes
  • Cardstock
  • Designer Series Paper
  • Embossing material
  • Glitter
  • Ribbons
  • Twine
  • Specialty Paper
  • Tags
  • Washi Tape

November 25–26 – Sale 2

STAMPS & KITS

  • Stamp sets (clear-mount, wood-mount, and photopolymer)
  • Project kits
  • Card kits
  • Kit refills
  • Memories & More
  • Punch box kits


November 27–28 – Sale 3

TOOLS & INK

  • Adhesives
  • Applicators
  • Cleaners
  • Cutting tools
  • Embossing folders
  • Framelits and thinlits
  • Ink Pads
  • Ink refills
  • Markers
  • Punches
  • Scoring Tools
  • Stamp blocks and cases

Ready to place an order??   If your order is under $150 then use the Hostess code X744RT6Y  and receive a set of the Snowflake Embellishments as a thank you gift from me.  Of course if your order is over $150 collect the hostess benefits for yourself.

Happy Shopping!

Snow is Glistening Class Available

Today I am sharing my Snow is Glistening Card Class that uses the limited edition Snow is Glistening Stamp set and the Snowflake Thinlit Dies.  This stamp set is only available in the month of November or while supplies last.    
If you are local to me, I will be offering this class on Thursday November 15th at 7pm or on Friday the 16th during the day.  If you aren’t local, you can purchase the PDF for this Class HERE.    This PDF is only for the Snow is Glistening stamp set however you could use the card layouts for the Happiness Abounds stamp set too.

My tutorials are full color PDFs that include
step-by-step instructions for 5 beautiful cards.

All for just $14.95!


This special includes two beautiful stamp sets with gorgeous snowflake thinlits.

The great things about these thinlits is they work with both the Snow is Glistening stamp set and the Happiness abounds stamp set as well!

Ready to place an order?  If you are in the USA,  I would love to be your demonstrator.  If your order is under $150 use the Host Code  X744RT6Y and I will send you a package of the snowflake embellishments!  Of course, if you order is over $150 then keep your own Host rewards!!

Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Stamping!


Snow is Glistening Card

Here is a neat card that I made this week with the new Stampin’ Up! Snow is Glistening stamp set and the coordinating Snowfall thinlit dies.

One of the great advantages that I love about being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is the ability to order the products a month in advance so we can prepare classes and samples! This special offers two separate stamp sets with a set of thinlits that cut out snowflakes of all different sizes.  There is also some neat white velvet paper that I had fun playing with.


Snow is Glistening
I used the white velvet paper that is part of this special to make the snow and to cut out the small deer on the bottom of the card.

Here are the details on this card:

Card base:  8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ piece of whisper white cardstock scored at 4 1/4″.
The next layer is a piece of Tranquil tide cardstock cut to 5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″.  Then a piece of Joyous Noel Designer paper with the Tranquil Tide design cut to 5″ x 3 3/4″.

Next I stamped the tree onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock with Tranquil Tide ink.  To add a little sparkle to my tree, I used Irredescent Ice embossing powder (which is retired) to emboss the tree.    I cut out a small snwoflake from a scrap of Sparkle Glimmer paper for the top of the tree.

I love the new White Velvet paper!  To make the snow on the bottom I cut a small strip of the white velvet paper and used the thinlit die that coordinates with the Winter Woods stamp set to cut the snow border.  The texture of this paper is very nice and perfect for the small deer.  I used the detailed Deer thinlits to cut the small deer from the velvet paper.  I found that you can color this paper with the Blends markers.  I used the Crumb Cake Blends marker to color the deer.

The two trees are cut using the Tree dies from the Winter Woods stamp set.  One is cut from the White Velvet sheet and the second is cut from a scrap of Tranquil Tide cardstock.  I used a chalk marker to add a little white color and dimension to the tranquil tide tree.

I am in love with the Snow is Glistening stamp set.  I can see lots of thank you cards for Holiday gifts with this set.  Also perfect for Winter scrapbook pages!

Ready to place an order?  I would love to be your Demonstrator if you are in the US.  If your order is under $150, use the Host Code 
X744RT6Y and I will send you a set of embellishments!  Of course if your order is over $150, then keep the Host benefits for yourself.  I love to share Host benefits with my customers!

I can’t wait to see all the creations with these new products!

Happy November – Snowflake Showcase Special promotion

Happy November!! 

Let it snow! Create a snowy wonderland using this incredible assortment of products which are available for a limited time. With two stamp sets, paper, accessories, and dies, the only limit to what you can create is your imagination.  And the plus side?  It’s not just for the holiday season.  The Snow is Glistening stamp set is perfect for winter cards – especially those thank you cards for all of those Holiday gifts.  Click on the image below to see the details on this promotion!

Snowflake Showcase

Dates Available: November 1–30, 2018 or while supplies last – so don’t wait and lose out!



This promotion offers several new products:

*  Two different stamp sets:  Snow is Glistening and Happiness Surrounds
*  A Set of snowflake embellishments
*  A very large set of Snowfall Thinlits with snowflakes in many sizes
*  White Velvet sheets 

Ready to order?  I would love to be your Demonstrator if you are in the US.  If your order is under $150, use the Host Code X744RT6Y and I will send you a set of embellishments!  Of course if your order is over $150, then keep the Host benefits for yourself.  I love to share Host benefits with my customers!

Happy Stamping!

Thank you


Thank you to everyone that came over to our 9th Annual Stamp Out Breast Cancer Event on Saturday!  We had a great time and raised over $8.800 for the Making Strides Organization!

Each participant made 5 cards using the Stampin’ Up! Another Wonderful Year stamp set with the Gold and Silver Foil Edged Cards from the Holiday Catalog. 






And as well as stamping, there were lots of items donated by local businesses to be raffled off!   One of the things that I love about being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is the great friends that I have made as a demonstrator.  All of the supplies for the day were donated by local Demonstrators so that all money collected went to the Making Strides Organization.  It doesn’t matter that we aren’t on the same “team”, we all help each other out and work together!
Have you ever thought about becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator?  

I have a fantastic team of Demonstrators.  We all work together and help each other out.

You can check out more information here on joining my Team.

Happy Stamping!

Happy Birthday Stampin’ Up! – One Day FLASH SALE



Put on your party hats, and get ready to save. It’s time for It’s Our Birthday Stamp Sale! For 24 HOURS ONLY, you can save 15% on select stamp sets. This sale will be gone in a flash, today only – so make sure to put in your order!




Ready to place an order?  If you are in the US I would love to be your demonstrator.  If your order is under $150 then use the Host Code  Q2ZTVNG2 and I will send you a little gift.  I love to share the Host benefits with my customers!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Handmade Fall Card

handmade fall cards   



Today I am sharing one of my favorite handmade fall cards from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog using the Country Home stamp set.  This card uses the Country Lane Designer series paper which has some great fall colors in it.  Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Early Espresso is one of my favorite color combinations for fall!

The Country Lane  DSP has a beautiful combination of Crushed Curry, greens, purple and brown shades.  Perfect for fall.  I was thinking perfect for making a Thanksgiving table come together with napkin rings and little favor ideas.

   What I love about the Country Home Stamp set is the variety of 
images and the way that they layer together to make a beautiful focal point for a card.  

Let’s move onto the details for this card.

The base of this card is a 11″ x 4 1/4″ piece of Crushed Curry cardstock scored at 5 1/2″.  The next layer is a 5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″ piece of Early Espresso cardstock. 

The next layer is made up of two pieces, a 3″ x 3 3/4″ piece of Cajun Craze cardstock and a 3 3/4″ x 2″ piece of the Country Lane DSP with the Cotton Flower pattern.  The cajun craze cardstock has been embossed with the Tin Tile embossing folder.  As a person who has lived most of her life in antique houses, I love this folder..  My farmhouse had a Tin Ceiling in the kitchen.  

The center piece is a 2 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ piece of Whisper white cardstock layered onto a 2 3/8″ x 3 3/8″ piece of Early Espresso cardstock.  I stamped the milk jug on an extra piece of Whisper White cardstock with Black Momento ink.  I added the flower arrangement on top and colored the flowers and the milk jug with Stampin’ Up!’s Blends markers.   Next I cut out the milk jug and flowers very carefully and then added them to the center piece of the card.  I used dimensionals to make this piece pop!  Then I used the light Pool Party Blend marker to color behind the flowers and milk jug to give it  a little depth.  Then I added a couple of the Silver Faceted Gems to the bottom right side of the card.

On the inside of the card, I added a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock and stamped the flower arrangement.  I also colored those with the Stampin’ Up! Blends markers.  I think this does a lot to finish off this card!.

This is why the Country Home Suite is my favorite fall stamp set and DSP combination from the Holiday catalog.

Thanks for stopping by today!  

My favorite Holiday Stamp set

Stampin' Up! Winter WoodsToday I am sharing a card made with the Stampin’ Up! Winter Woods stamp set; my new favorite stamp set from the Holiday catalog.   I love the variety of this stamp set and coordinating thinlits that let you make a 3D tree.  I also love the variety of the trees that are available with this set.  The birch trees are absolutely beautiful and the line of trees give you a lot of options for fall and winter cards.
  






One of my favorite color combinations for any card is all white or vanilla with a pop of color.   For this card, I stamped the tree with versamark ink and used Iredescent Ice Embossing powder to add a little glitz to the tree.  It is hard to see in the picture but the tree has a nice shimmer to it from the embossing powder. NOTE: is retired but you could also use a little of the white shimmer paste to add a “snow” look to the branches of the tree.

What I love about the thinlits that go with this set is the dimension that you can get by layering two trees together.  After cutting the second tree, bend the branches out and use mini dimensionals to put the two trees together.

The card base is Whisper white cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2“, scored at 4 1/4”.  Next is a piece of Real Red cardstock cut to 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8“.  Next a piece of Gray Granite that is cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″.  Last is a piece of whisper white cardstock cut to 3 5/8″ x 4 7/8″.

The birch trees are stamped across the background of the white card stock with Sahara sand ink.  I added a piece of Sparkle Glimmer paper cut with the sloping thinlit that is part of the this set to represent snow.  Then I added the tree to the card with dimensionals.
I stamped the sentiment from the Merry Christmas to All stamp set with Real Red ink on the upper right of the card.

And last but not least I added some of the Red Rhinestones to the tree and on the sentiment.

Which stamp set is your favorite for this Holiday Season??

Ready to place an order?  I would love to be your demonstrator if you are in the US.  If your order is under $150, use the Host Code Q2ZTVNG2 and I will send you a sampler of Designer paper.  I love to share Host benefits with my customers!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Handmade Holiday card


I'll Be Home Holiday Card
Today I am sharing a Handmade Holiday card that I made using the Stampin' Up! I'll be Home stamp set.

I love the beautiful house in this stamp set and actually felt guilty cutting it into a circle for this card.  But I really like the layout of this card and the combination of the colors of the Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper.

So for this card I used Cherry Cobbler cardstock cut to 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" and scored at 4 1/4" for the card base.  The next layer is a piece of the Gray Granite cardstock cut to 5 1/4" x 4".  The third layer is a piece of the white & gray plaid from the Festive Farmhouse Designer paper cut to 3 3/4" x 5".  Then a 3 3/4" x 1 3/4" piece of the Red plaid design is layered over this.

I stamped the house with Basic Gray ink on a piece of whisper white cardstock and colored the house with the Stampin' Blends Markers.  I added a touch of Wink of Stella glitz to the wreaths and the bows over the wi
ndows of the house.

I cut out the house image with a large Circle framelit from the Layering Circle framelit collection.  I then cut out a little larger circle from a piece of gray granite cardstock.  These were layered onto a scalloped circle cut from Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  

I love decorating the inside of the card too.  I used a piece of the Farmhouse Designer paper along the inside bottom of the card.

I used a piece of the Merlot and Tranquil Tide Glimmer paper from the Holiday catalog to cut out the Happy Holidays using the Merry Christmas Thinlits dies.

These are the products that I used today.
Product List

Which of the Holiday Stamp sets is your favorite?  I still haven't decided!

Happy Stamping!

It’s Time to help Stamp Out Breast Cancer


October is National Breast Cancer Month
and my team is once again participating with other Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators in the Boston area to hold our 9th Annual Stamp Out Breast Cancer event!


As always, all supplies for the day are donated by Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators.  So 100% of the proceeds collected go to the Making Strides Organization!


Here are the details:

Saturday October 27, 2018

Harmony Hall 
1660 Lakeview Avenue
Dracut, MA

You can click on the flyer below to print off a copy.   Click HERE to register.



These are the beautiful cards that you will be making this year for your donation of $20 to the Making Strides event.  Can’t make the event?  Make a donation and you will receive the directions to make these beautiful cards!



I hope to see you on October 27th!

World Card Making Day!

World Card Making Day

Happy October!!  The beginning of October celebrates World Card Making Day. 
Stampin’ Up! is celebrating World Card Making Day with a special sale for this week only!

World Card Making Day

And – Stampin’ Up! is now offering some new tools for the Stamparatus.  Check out the items below!

Stamparatus Accessories


Ready to place an order?  If you are in the USA I would love to be your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  If your order is under $150, then use the Host Code  Q2ZTVNG2 and I will send you a sampler of Holiday Designer paper.  I love to share the Host benefits with my customers!

Happy Stamping!