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December 2008

A Gift Un-Given!

Season of thanks
I made this shadow box using the "Season of Thanks" Decor Element for my Secret Sister at church. Our Christmas reveal party was scheduled for this past Tuesday, but it was canceled due to bad weather, so here it still sits, a gift un-given! I put the Decor Element on the front glass of a shadowbox I purchased at Hobby Lobby, covered the back board with Ski Slope paper, and filled it with a piece of Christmas garland and potpourri I also had purchased from the same store. I also made her a card:
Home for Christmas All images©Stampin'Up!™1990-2008 I used Ski Slope paper again, and the "Home for Christmas" stamp set from the Holiday Mini. You can't tell it in the picture, but I embossed the image with White embossing powder mixed one-to-one with Iridescent Ice e.p. I hope I get a chance to give her her gift soon, but I doubt it will be before Christmas, so she won't really get  to enjoy the full effect until next year!

Tomorrow I plan to post some pics of cards I've received so far this year from my stampers and downline!


Big Shot Snowflake Box in a Bags!

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What's so snowflakey about these bags, you ask? I know, there's nothing Big Shot Snowflakey about these Box-in-a-Bags, but I just needed to show you the "before" pictures, before I added the negative image left from die-cutting snowflakes from Night of Navy cardstock to make snowflake ornaments like these:
Snowflake ornament (This one isn't made from Night of Navy cardstock, but is with Ski Slope paper embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder! My camera battery died before I could take pics of the Night of Navy and Bashful Blue snowflakes we made for Kimberly's co-worker's gifts at her school!)

So here is the "After" pic, AFTER I added the negative image from the Big Shot Snowflake:
After bags I added the snowflake image after Kimberly left to go home today (she had a party to get ready for at her house and I had Christmas Cantata practice at church), so she hasn't seen these yet, but I really think she will flip when she sees them. These bags will hold a Night of Navy or Bashful Blue Snowflake ornament we made, plus she will add a little candy to them too! (some of her co-workers are male teachers, so she needs to give them something as a treat!)

While I'm at it I might as well post some other things I've been doing lately but not had time to post. Seems like every time I'm ready to post it's late at night and my internet seems to get really slow, so I give up and go to bed! I apologize, I have resolved to do better!

Here goes!
5 point 3D star This is a star we made at the Big Shot Ornament class this past week. We used the 5-point 3-D Star die with the Big Shot. We embossed the Baja Breeze cardstock first with White e.p. mixed with Iridescent Ice e.p. after wheeling the So Swirly Jumbo wheel with Versamark. Yes, that's a Filigree brad with a Pretties Kit Rhinestone brad in the middle! We assembled the star sections with Sticky Strip.

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Christmas Classics I loved Christmas Classics the first time I saw it while standing in line for the Memento Mall at Convention, but this is my first card I've ever made with it! I found a card on another blog that inspired me, then I changed the color scheme a little bit and added the "Soft Holly" wheel to the garden green lower border. I love how the "merry christmas" in this set gives you the illusion of the cardstock curving even when it is just the word window punch!
Here's the inside of the same card:
Christmas Classics inside
Felt Ski Slope Another card I loosley cased from somewhere, this one uses the Baja Breeze Felt Flurries and one of the flowers punched with the Boho Blossoms punch. I'm really lovin' the Ski Slope papers this year too!

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I don't think I ever put this card on the blog, it has only been on dislplay at my events and in a past email, but I love it! These "Winter Post" skaters were just made to skate on a pond surrounded by "Lovely As a Tree" trees! I have really embraced Baja Breeze, my fav In Color this year so far! Who would have "thunk" it would look so fab with Real Red????

Home for Christmas This was a Stamp-a-Stack card we did last weekend. I CASED this "Home For Christmas" card right off of Stamper's Showcase on the Demonstrator side of the SU! website. I changed the color from Kiwi Kiss to Always Artichoke for the main image, added the Chocolate Chip mat, and used the "Sanded" background instead of the Polka Dot. That strip of ribbon under the Little Felt Flurrie is not really ribbon, it's a little sliver of "Holiday Treasures" Designer Series Paper. Alpine Ribbon from the Holiday Mini is tied through the Antique Brass Jumbo eyelet.

Harvest Home web It may be a little late for Thanksgiving, but I needed to show you the table favors I made for Thanksgiving at my sister-in-law's house! My downline, Sandy, had made this basic design as a shoebox swap this summer, so when I needed a template to start my favors, I took hers apart and made mine with the "Autumn Vine" Designer Series Paper, Oval punches, Sage Shadow 1/4" grosgrain, and the "Harvest Home" stamp set! I tucked a Hershey's nugget in each one, which all the men at the table appreciated. They left the favor (and the wrappers) on the table after the meal, so I left a bunch of them with my SIL for another year. Now to just design a Christmas one? Do I have time?

Just a couple more and then I really have to make the tags to go with those Snowflake bags!
WinterPost Peace Another card using "Winter Post" and "To You & Yours".

Season of Joy This was another SAS card last week. We used the Big Shot with the Serif Essentials alphabet, with the "Season of Simple Grace" from the Holiday Mini (all mini sets are still available!) and one of the scallops from the Pennant Bigz XL Die that is a Stampin' Up! Exclusive! Designer Paper is Ski Slope too!

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This is my Stampin' Up! Tree with ornaments made with the Big Felt Flurries, the Scallop Circle punch, 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" Circle punches! Super easy! These would also be cute with my grandbabies pictures in them! Next to the Big Felt Flurries ornament at the bottom is a glass ornament we decorated with a Sizzlet Snowflake and Duct Tape in the Big Shot. This Duct Tape is special tape I purchased in a roll at Lowe's. It has a paper backing your remove after you cut the snowflake! We did this project at the Big Shot Ornament Class on Dec. 9th. I will be planning more Free Big Shot Classes after the first of the year, so be on the look-out!
I wish felt flurrie Last but not least, the card above and below are made from the "I Wish" Simply Scrappin' Kit Paper and the Big Felt Flurries. This kit includes Real Red, Chocolate Chip, and Kiwi Kiss Textured Cardstock and has been in such high demand that it seems to be constantly on backorder! I hope to do a quick after Christmas Scrapbook album class with this kit if I can get enough interest and if we can get the kits!
I wish brown This one uses the Riding Hood Red Big Felt Flurries. You get Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, and Whisper White all in the same package, 27 for $12.95, it's a great deal, and the Little Felt Flurries are even better, 69 pieces for $13.95!

Well, that's all for tonight, hope I'm forgiven for being so bad about not posting much lately! I promise to do better!

Night Night!


Punchy Santa, Snowman, & Reindeer!

Patties ©Stampin'Up!™1990-2008 Jaye Shanks called today asking me to put these cute little guys on my blog. I should have done so already, but I'm not doing so great with my organization right now (still struggling with getting the priorities in order!), so I actually have a backlog of stuff I need to get on here. Unfortunately, there are still a bunch of things on my "to do" list that will have to get done before that happens, hoping things get lined out before it's too late and Christmas is here!

But nevertheless, here they are Jaye! If anyone else would like to have me post something they've seen in the past few weeks at my events, please just give me a call or an email and let me know!