Reindeer Greetings for FMS268

Christmas Day has passed.  I trust that all of you who celebrate the holiday had a day filled with peace and love.  Kim, Brady and I celebrated quietly at home…as quietly as is possible when you have Boxers with new squeaky toys!  As I was a bit under the weather, I didn’t get this card posted for you.  It uses a retired set from 1999 named Reindeer Greetings.  I found it at our local Goodwill store this past summer for $2.88.  Since I loved the simplicity of the reindeer, I couldn’t pass it by. I thought it worked perfectly with his fabulous sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. I absolutely love this challenge.  Since the FMS team looks for clean lines and edges, it forces me to create outside my comfort zone, and that is a good thing in terms of stretching one’s creativity.  I hope you enjoy today’s card!

The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
When folded, this card measures 5-1/4″ square.

I opted for a clean and elegant look for today’s card, and nothing screams holiday elegance to me like black and gold!  The Reindeer was inked in VersaMark and then heat embossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

The Gold Foil panel was matted onto Basic Black card stock.  I matted the Polka Dot Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate sheet first onto Whisper White, with no border, and then onto Basic Black, with a 1/16″ border on all four sides.

Because I felt the card was a little stark, I added a Gold Baker’s Twine Bow. It was very simple, yet added a needed touch of texture.

To truly see the warmth of this card, here it is  pictured without the light tent:

And again, from the other side:

I know, I know.  I used a retired stamp.  But don’t you just love this sketch? I’m sure I will be using it again.  It is a classic.  And on the upside, I have my first holiday card created to send out for Christmas 2017!

Occasions 2017 Shares

Are you looking for the 2017 Occasions Catalog Share information?  Look no more! Just CLICK HERE to read all about it!  If you need a catalog, don’t hesitate to email me at:  [email protected]

I hope you all continue to have a wonderful holiday season!  Of course if you have any questions about the cards I create, or the techniques I use, I am only an email away! I am leaving you today with Peace, Love and Joy.  Until next time…

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Occasions Catalog Shares – Reserve Yours Today

It’s time to reserve your Occasions Catalog Shares!

Why should you participate in The Stampin’ Schach’s Occasions Catalog Shares?  Here are three great reasons:

  • Packaging! Designer Papers are identified for you, so you don’t have to play “Which collection is this?”  Ribbons are neatly coiled, not just thrown in a bag.
  • Amounts! You receive 6″ x 12″ rectangles of paper of the designer papers, except for the 6″ x 6″ paper stacks.  That’s a plus for those of you who are memory keepers!  Plus, the 10 yard rolls of ribbon are divided into fourths, while the 5 yard rolls of ribbon are cut in half.  This way you receive approximately 2-1/2 yards of ribbon.
  • A chance to sample a little bit of everything without breaking the bank!

How Shares Work

Shares are a way to sample the new Designer Series Papers, Ribbons, and Embellishments at a fraction of what it would cost you to purchase all of them yourself. And the nice thing is I do all the ordering, cutting, counting and re-packaging for you!

Simply EMAIL ME ([email protected] or [email protected]) to reserve your spot in a share. When your share fills, I will bill you via PayPal, or you may send a check. I will begin sending out PayPal invoices January 1st.

On January 4th, I will place the orders for all filled shares. Once I receive the products, I will put the troops to work, and cut, count, measure and package up your goodies pronto! Because I want to get your shares mailed out as quickly as possible, I will expedite the order!  Your papers will be lovingly wrapped and identified to protect them; ribbons will be rolled or folded; and embellishments will be placed into small bags. Once this task is completed, your shares will be sent out via the US Postal Service.

Here’s What Others Say About My Shares

“I can’t believe how quickly I received my share.  You are amazing!” – L.S.
“Your shares are so organized and arrive in pristine condition. I love the 12″x6″ paper samples – so useful for many projects without the expense of order entire packages of DSP. ” -N.R.
“I was so pleased with your last product share. It makes a big difference when you offer the DSP at the generous size of 6″ x 12″. You did a great job on the last one.” – L.P.
“Thanks for all your hard work on the paper shares. It was perfect when I received it. Thanks for placing the name of the paper between each one.” – J.M.
“What a delightful surprise to open up your carefully packaged SU! items, Ann. You always pack with such thoughtfulness and attention to detail.” – L.P.
“I received my shares today!! The package arrived perfectly. Love all the paper!!” – J.M.

Here are this year’s options!

Paper Share – $26.50 (Postage included)
6 – 6” x 12” sheets of Party Animal
6 – 6” x 12” sheets of Succulent Garden
6 – 6” x 12” sheets of Tasty Treats
6 – 6” x 12” sheets of Urban Underground
6 – 6” x 12” sheets of Falling in Love
12 – 6” x 6” sheets of Cupcakes & Carousels
8 –   6” x 6” sheets of Sending Love
2 – 6” x 12” sheets of Sending Love Glassine Sheets

52 sheets totals

Ribbon Share – $14.00 (Postage included)
2-1/2 yards of each of the following ribbons:
1/8” Emerald Envy
1/8” Sending Love Real Red
1/8” Sending Love Whisper White
Succulent Garden Sweet Sugarplum
Succulent Garden Whisper White
1/4” Very Vanilla

15 yards total

Embellishment Share – $9.00 (Postage included)
4 Party Animal (2 hats, 2 balloons)
9 Mini Clips (3 gold, 3 silver, 3 white)
6 Sending Love (1 of each design)
6 Urban Underground (2 each of all 3 designs)
3 Falling in Love

28 total pieces

I Want It All Share – $45 (Postage included)
* BEST Value*

Includes 52 sheets of paper, 15 yards of ribbon, 28 embellishments.  And as a BONUS, if you purchase the “I Want It All Share”, I will include 6 Paper Lace Doilies and approximately 1/4th a container of Sprinkles Embellishments for FREE!

Email me at: [email protected] or [email protected] to reserve your Occasions Catalog Shares today! PayPal invoices will be emailed to you on January 1st, 2017.  Checks are welcome, too!  Filled first round shares will be ordered on January 4th. The order will be expedited.  As soon as the order arrives, I’ll put the entire family to work to get your shares cut, packaged and mailed out as quickly as possible!  As per Stampin’ Up! rules, I can only sell within the United States.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me! Until next time…
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Jar of Cheer and Momma’s Candy

A few days ago I posted a quick an easy holiday card featuring the Snowman from Jar of Cheer.  I mentioned I had created companion cards using other images from this set. Several of you have emailed me, asking to see them.  As with the Snowman card, which I discussed in this post, I used Blender Pens, inks and Stampin’ Up!’s Note Cards,  which are perfect for these small images.  If you are in need of a last minute, quick and easy card, search for a smaller holiday image and stamp away! While Jar of Cheer works perfectly, there are many other sets in your stash which will fill the bill!

And if you are in need of a quick and easy candy to share with family and friends, continue reading!

Momma’s Candy

My mother was an excellent cook, baker and candy maker.  Although I inherited all of her recipes, I did not inherit her baking and candy making genes.  Her pies were legendary.  And although she has been gone nearly 34 years, my sister and I talk about them to this very day.  I have never tasted anything like her cakes either.  German Chocolate and Red Velvet were made from scratch, using recipes from the Jewel T cook book, along with her own special added touches.  Breads and rolls were set atop the cook stove to rise.   My cakes come from boxes.  My pies from Marie Callender.  My homemade bread is made in a bread making machine.  I never tackled her divine divinity or her fabulous fudge. But I do make this wonderful peanut butter confection.  Her original recipe was written on a scrap of paper, a bank deposit slip if I remember correctly.  But before she passed away, she was in the process of recopying many of them.  My recipe files are a mish-mash of index cards, scraps of paper, and clippings.  This particular recipe had no other name except “Candy”, so in her honor, my family calls it “Momma’s Candy”.  I hope you’ll try it, and enjoy it as much as my family does.

1 Package Almond Bark
2 Cups of Super Chunky Peanut Butter
2 Cups of Dry Roasted Peanuts
2 Cups of Miniature Marshmallows
2 Cups of Rice Krispies

Melt the Almond Bark according to package directions. (I use the microwave).  When melted, mix in the Peanut Butter.  Then add the dry ingredients, and thoroughly coat.  Drop by spoonfuls (I use a tablespoon) onto cookie sheets. (I cover mine with wax paper to make clean-up easier.)  Chill in the refrigerator.  (I place mine out on the back porch to set.)  This makes a large batch of candy, and is easy-peasy! I ended up with 72 pieces, not counting the ones I tested for quality control.  While I use the Vanilla Almond Bark, my stampin’ friend Vicki has tried the Chocolate Almond Bark, and says it tastes like crunchy peanut clusters! I can’t wait to try it!

My mother would have been 98 on December 28th. She was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside.  Not a day passes that I do not remember her in some way.  And I know her spirit will be embracing us this Christmas, as we enjoy the traditional Christmas Eve soup she always prepared and nibble on “Momma’s Candy”.

May peace fill your hearts during this holiday season.  Until next time…
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Jar of Cheer and Muffy the Boxer

 

Inspiration comes in many forms. In this case, it was in the form of an adorable card from a fellow dog lover and downline member,  Bonnielee.  I will admit that I was in a panic.  As usual, I had started my holiday cards way too late. How would I ever get them all done in time?  Sure, I had a few that I had created for challenges, and I also had the Stitched with Cheer cards, which I loved,  but I was quite short of the number I needed.  Was this going to be another year where I was sending out Christmas cards in February? And then Bonnielee’s card arrived in the mail.  It was too cute! I knew I could find in my stash of stamp sets a cute image that I could stamp into the corner of a note card. Jar of Cheer was just the ticket! Not only was there a snowman in this set, but I could also use the candle image, the tree, and the ornaments.  A day of despair turned into a day of cheer and a family affair! I stamped the images and did most of the coloring. My husband, Kim, did the embossing, because he loves using the Big Shot.  My son, Brady, helped with the coloring and placed the completed cards into envelopes.  Here is the source of my inspiration:

Thank you, Bonnie, for your inspiration and your friendship!

The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
For this design, I used Stampin’ Up!’s Note Cards and Envelopes.  The completed card measures 5″ x 3-1/2″ when folded.

What could be cuter than a snowman in a Santa hat! This little fellow was inked in Archival Basic Black ink.  I used Blender Pens and inks to add color.  His hat is Cherry Cobbler,  his nose is Pumpkin Pie, and his scarf is Garden Green.  The snow is shaded with Soft Sky, while Clear Wink of Stella adds a beautiful sheen.

After coloring, the card was embossed using the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  A few Rhinestones were added for a touch of bling, while a Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine bow completes the look.  Now to be truly honest, Brady did have trouble stuffing the cards into the envelopes with the twine on them.  To make it easier for him, not everyone received a card with the bow.  But it is still cute even without it!

The Boxers

While Jackie and Kia relish romping in the snow, the older Twins prefer snuggling up in front of the space heater. Black masks have faded to silver, but they still have hearts of gold. It’s hard to believe they will be 7 their next birthday.  It seems like yesterday I was posting about bouncing puppies. In fact, as I was traveling down memory lane, I looked up my first Muffy post.  Many of you were on that journey with me.  Here is the original post:

You are looking at the reason I have no card to post today! “Muffy the Boxer” arrived at her forever home late Tuesday afternoon. It was a bittersweet day of sorts, as this marks the end of the “Missy the Boxer” era. But, Missy will live forever in my heart.

Muffy really has beautiful brown eyes…but I don’t have a “Doggie Blue-Eye” Fixer!

It is amazing how we canonize our pets after they are gone. Monday evening, as we reminisced about Missy, I remembered her as a natural at leash training. My husband reminded me that she used to drag me down the street when we first started out. I remembered Missy as a “snuggle-bunny” in bed, and once again my husband reminded me of how more than once we woke up freezing because a certain “somedog” had managed to weasel all of the covers during our bitterly cold Iowa winter nights! I remember the wonderful car rides, and seemed to forget the trips we made where I ended up with 55-pounds of Boxer butt on my lap. I remember a well-mannered lady, who never tore up a thing…except for Brady’s Homecoming King crown! But I attributed that to sibling rivalry!

As I write this short post, I have another sweet lady on my lap, and am typing this post with one hand. Obviously this will have to change, but for this evening I wouldn’t change a thing. Muffy is everything for which I could have asked. She’s an adorable, “puppy-kisses-in-the-face” type of baby. She’s “swassy”…both sweet and sassy. In the eight hours that we have had her, she has pottied outside five times with NO mistakes! She is training me well! She has learned to sit already, and stands quietly to have her “necklace” put on…we don’t call them collars at the Schach house! And she has done an amazing job at walking on the leash.

I can already tell that she is going to be another Velcro dog, and I am just fine with that! She will be my muse, just as another Boxer was for so many years. I had always promised Missy that we would have so much fun when I retired…now I will have to keep that promise with Muffy!”  End of original post.

Here is my beautiful baby when she was showing for her grand champion title:

Muffy enjoying the “dog chair”…

And my beautiful silver lady tonight:

GCH Cimarron’s Do You Know the Muffin Man ~ Group Winning ~ Multiple Group Placing

She did indeed turn into my constant companion. My friend. My muse. She owns my heart.

Thank you for allowing me my little journey down memory lane!  I’ll be back soon with the delicious “Momma’s Candy recipe, more Boxer fun, and more details about my Occasions Catalog shares.  If you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, don’t hesitate to email me!  Until next time…

Note:  I will be posting all of the specific details about the shares after Christmas, but for those who have asked: The Paper Share is $27 (includes postage) for 52 sheets (6″ x 12″ size when possible); the Ribbon Share is $14 (includes postage) for 15 total yards (2-1/2 yds of 6 styles); the Embellishment share is $9 (includes postage for 28 pieces); and the I Want It All Share (all of the preceding plus a bonus) will be $45 (includes postage).  Email me if you already know you are interested.  Invoices will be sent beginning January 1st.  Orders for filled shares will be expedited on January 4th.  US addresses only.  Once again, specific details will be released later.

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Carousel Birthday for Freshly Made Sketches

Yikes! I can’t believe Christmas is upon us! In the hectic rush of the past few days, I managed to make and address all of my holiday cards, as well as shop for loved ones, and take care of five furry monsters in this dangerous cold we have had here in Southeast Iowa.  Before heading into the next round of holiday preparations, I decided to take a break and play along with the talented designers at Freshly Made Sketches.  I felt JenT’s sketch was perfect for showcasing the Carousel Horse from the upcoming Occasions Catalog stamp set, Carousel Birthday.  I hope you enjoy today’s card as much as I have enjoyed sharing it with you!

The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
This finished card measures 4-1/4″ wide x 5-1/2″ long when folded.

I fell in love with the Carousel Horse the moment I laid eyes on this set! I colored sections of it with Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight Watercolor Pencils from Stampin’ Up!  I used a Blender Pen to activate the color.  It was so easy!

If you look closely, you can see in the following photo the shimmer added with a Clear Wink of Stella pen. It adorns the mane and tail, as well as the pole.

To add to the bling, I couldn’t resist adding rhinestones to the pennant border, which was snipped from Cupcakes & Carousels  Designer Series Paper.

From this angle, you can see I snipped out the horse, and popped him up on Stampin’ Dimensionals:

Isn’t this paper gorgeous? It is just one of the many patterns which will be offered in my annual Occasions Catalog Product Shares (paper, ribbons, embellies, I Want It All).  I will be sharing details with you right here on the blog later this week.  If you want to secure a spot in the shares, I can tell you that the “I Want It All Share” will be $45, shipping included!  Just email me if interested!

Time is ticking away for me to get my card uploaded to the challenge, but I will be back this week with Product Share Information (or you can email me for a link to the information), a quick and easy last minute Christmas card, Boxer Pictures, my famous “Momma’s Candy” recipe and more.  If you do not have an affiliation with a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, and need an Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration brochure, just let me know! I can drop one in the mail for you pronto.  If you are already my customer, yours are in the mail! As always, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away! Until next time…
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Holly Berry Happiness Cards for The Paper Players

img_1738-001The Paper Players had a lovely sketch this week which is the foundation for today’s card.  I always love it when layers are tilted, and Sandy’s sketch is a classic!  This card, which features the Holly Berry Happiness set,  is quick and easy.  Since I couldn’t decide on a background for the plaid panel, I photographed both of them.

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The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
This card measures 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ when folded.

Because this card is so simple, it needs very little explanation, other than the Holly image.   Here is a little “Mini-Tutorial” to explain how to recreate the look.

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  1. Create a 2-1/2” Whisper White oval and coordinating Gold Foil scalloped oval with the Layering Ovals framelits. Emboss the white oval with the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and layer onto the gold foil oval.  Adhere to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  2. Stamp the Bow and Holly Spray Outlines in Archival Basic Black ink. Use the correlating solid images with Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green inks to fill in.  Snip out the spray, and punch out the bow with the Holly Berry Builder Punch.  Adhere to the oval with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  3. Stamp and fill in two Single Leaves. Add to the spray as pictured, popping up on dimensionals.
  4. Embellish with Pearls as shown.

Holly Berry Happiness is a fun holiday set.  In case you are inspired to create other projects with it, here are a card and gift box I made earlier this year.

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What do you think of today’s cards? Do you prefer the Whisper White embossed background or the Cherry Cobbler one? Won’t you let me know in your comment today?

In case you missed the information about Stampin’ Up!’s Year-end Closeout and Retiring List, please check out this post for all the details. You won’t want to miss out on these bargains.  If you need assistance in placing your order, I’m here to help.  And remember, if you ever have a question about the cards I create, or the techniques I use, I am only an email away!

I am going to leave you with a picture of the flowers that are blooming next door.  I can’t believe we have flowers in bloom in December in Iowa!  Until next time…

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An In the Meadow Holiday Card for Freshly Made Sketches

img_1717As always, the team at Freshly Made Sketches is back with another fabulous sketch.  As they state, each week, one member of their design team creates a sketch for us to try.  The twist is to keep the project clean-lined and fresh!  Well, I may have failed that directive this week.  My water coloring technique is fresh, I think, with its soft pastel colors, except for those pesky pines! But, it was a fun card to create, and that is what it’s all about!  Enjoy!

fms-final-265-001The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
This card measures 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ when folded.

  • Pounce!  The background for this card was created using baby wipes and inks.  I simply scrunched up a baby wipe, inked it up on my ink pad, and pounced around on the surface of the paper. I used Soft Sky, Smoky Slate, and Blushing Bride inks. Next, I added some Soft Sky Snowflakes created with the Snowflake stamp from Christmas Pines.  In addition, I stamped some Smoky Slate Trees and Always Artichoke Pines, courtesy of Lovely As a Tree.

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  • Oh, deer! For the central image, I used the Doe and Fawn image from In the Meadow.  I colored them using Blender Pens with Crumb Cake and Soft Suede inks.  They were outlined with Soft Sky to give them a little depth. The white accents were created with StazOn Cotton White Opaque reinker.  A little sparkle is courtesy of Clear Wink of Stella.

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  • A wee bit of sparkle! Sometimes it’s difficult to capture the sparkle on a card, despite my best efforts. But as I sat here typing up this post, I glanced over to where this card was sitting on the corner of my very messy desk.  And lo and behold, I saw sparkle! So, I grabbed my cell phone, and snapped a picture in the reduced light of the basement.  I simply used my Fine Tip Glue Pen and Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter.  The white lines you see on the left of the card, by the sentiment, were created with a stamp from Timeless Textures which was heat embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. And that sentiment? Why it is from Holly Berry Happiness.

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There are several tutorials that explain how to watercolor with baby wipes.  One of the best has been written by Kim Jolley, a true artist.  Can you believe that in almost seven years of stamping, I have never tried this technique?  I will say it’s always fun to try out new things.  What do you think of today’s card? Won’t you let me know in your comment today?

And just in case you have missed the information about Stampin’ Up!’s Year-end Closeout and Retiring List, please check out this post for all the details. You won’t want to miss out on these bargains.  If you need assistance in placing your order, I’m here to help.  And remember, if you ever have a question about the cards I create, or the techniques I use, I am only an email away! Until next time…
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Year-End Closeout and Retiring Products

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Stampin’ Up! has been doing a little year-end cleaning, and WOW! It’s time for their annual Year-End Closeout! Boy, do they have some great deals for us!  From December 1, 2016, through January 3, 2017, a selection of holiday retiring products, clearance rack items (while supplies last) and high-inventory catalog items will be discounted (up to 60%).  Here are the highlights of the 2016 Year-End Closeout:

  • The Holiday Catalog Retiring List.  Stampin’ Up! has released it’s list of retiring merchandise from the Holiday Catalog.
    • Click to see the retiring holiday products!  The files will be updated Monday through Friday at 4:00 PM (MT). Sold out merchandise will have an “X” in the last column on the right.
    • Retiring stamp sets are guaranteed available until December 21, after which they will only be available while supplies last.
    • Retiring accessories will only be available while supplies last.
    • All retiring items will be discontinued after January 3.
  • Closeout & Sale.  Many of the retiring items and high-inventory items will be offered at a discount between December 1 and January 3.  High-inventory items will be available after January 3rd at the original price.

CHECK OUT WHAT’S ON SALE & CLOSING OUT!

Closeout Stamps

Closeout Bundles

Closeout Paper

Everything Else

Don’t be disappointed…SHOP TODAY!!!  If you have any questions, I am only an email away! Until next time!
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Jolly Christmas for Freshly Made Sketches

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Freshly Made Sketches features a classic sketch this week which I can see myself using again and again! I was in the mood for something a wee bit elegant, so I decided to ink up a retired set which is one of my all-time favorites, Jolly Christmas.  This is one of my sets which has seen a ton of use, since I used this same deer to create 115 swap cards when I attended Stampin’ Up!‘s last Founder’s Circle.  I think this design just may be a winner for this year’s Christmas cards, too!

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The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
This finished card measures 5-1/2″ wide x 4-1/4″ tall when folded.

  • Touches of elegance!  Gold embossing, Very Vanilla cardstock and Gold Foil pair up for a rich and elegant combination.  The Tree die cut, made with the Perfect Pines Framelits, is decorated with Pearls.  Retired Gold Cording Trim accents the punched circle nicely.  Since this was the last of my cording trim, my Christmas cards will be sporting Gold Baker’s Twine.

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  • Gold snowflakes! I pulled out my retired Gold Encore ink to ink up the Snowflakes from Christmas Pine.  This image is turning into one of my “go-to” stamps.  I love the background it creates.  If you do not have Gold Encore, consider one of Stampin’ Up!’s neutral shades of inks, like Crumb Cake, and stamp off to lighten it. For a touch of color, Soft Sky would be lovely, too!
  • img_1671Merry Christmas! In keeping with the elegant tone of this card, I opted to use a sentiment with a cursive font.  This one is from the Star of Light stamp set.  I just LOVE it, don’t you?  Soft Suede ink looks great with the gold.

img_1678If you do not have the  retired Jolly Christmas set, don’t despair.  This is such a wonderful sketch, you could put a variety of images in the focal circle, and the results would be amazing. I could have used current sets.  Bells, pine cones, stockings, trees, ornaments…the list is endless! But every once in awhile, nostalgia strikes, and I just have to pull out one of my oldies but goodies.  When I saw the circle on this sketch, I immediately thought of this leaping reindeer.

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DON’T FORGET! Stampin’ Up!’s Online Extravaganza Sale Ends Monday, November 28th!  It only happens once a year,  so get ready to make the most of it! Through November 28th, you can save up to 40% on select products.  You won’t want to miss out on this great opportunity to stock up and save! But please note, some products are available only while supplies last!

Stamps and Dies and Punches … Oh, My! To see a complete list of items, please click on the image below.

online-extravaganza-flyerClick on the Flyer above to see the complete list of items.

Be sure to wake up early  to take advantage of the 24-Hour Flash Sale!

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As always, if you ever have a question about the cards I create, or the techniques I use, I am only an email away! Until next time…
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Cozy Critters for The Paper Players

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The talented Claire at The Paper Players has the perfect challenge for this busy Thanksgiving week: Clean and Simple Christmas.  I had all types of clean and simple designs floating through my head. Most of them were clean and elegant.  Surprisingly enough, I opted for clean and cute, and inked up the Cozy Critters Host Set for the first time. I hope you enjoy today’s effort!

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The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
When folded, this card measures 4-1/4″ wide x 5-1/2″ tall.

  • Fox on a box! I stamped the Present from Cozy Critters three times: Emerald Envy, Real Red, Daffodil Delight. I then cut off the Real Red lid and adhered it to the Emerald Envy image.  I did the same with the Daffodil Delight ribbon.  The result has so much dimension!

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  • Fox in a hat!  I inked up the Fox from Cozy Critters with Calypso Coral ink, and stamped onto Whisper White cardstock.  I repeated this two more times, for a total of three foxes.  Fox #1, I snipped out with Paper Snips.  The body of Fox #2 was punched out with the Fox Builder Punch, and popped atop Fox #1 with dimensionals. I snipped out the head of Fox #3, and also added it Fox #1.  For Santa’s hat, I used the Hat from Jolly Friends, while the Tail is courtesy of the Foxy Friends set.

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  • Stitches and snowflakes! The Snowflake background, from Christmas Pines, was inked in Soft Sky. What a sweetly subtle background it makes for the Present, which was cut out using an Oval Stitched Shapes Framelits die.

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Wouldn’t this make an adorable card for a child? I thought it would.  But when my 27-year-old son saw it, his eyes lit up.  He has a thing for foxes…so Brady, I guess this one will be yours!

online-extravaganza-editedDON’T FORGET! Stampin’ Up!’s Online Extravaganza Sale is going on NOW!  It only happens once a year,  so get ready to make the most of it! Through November 28, you can save up to 40% on select products.  You won’t want to miss out on this great opportunity to stock up and save! But please note, some products are available only while supplies last!

Stamps and Dies and Punches … Oh, My! To see a complete list of items, please click on the image below.

online-extravaganza-flyerClick on the Flyer above to see the complete list of items.

As always, if you ever have a question about the cards I create, or the techniques I use, I am only an email away! Until next time…
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Price: $110.00