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December 2015

Bear Hugs


The name of one of my favorite sets in the New Occasions Catalog is Bear Hugs.

Its a darling set with bears, honey, fish, aprons, flowers and much more.

I put together a quick card to show you just how cute it is.

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I couldn't decide if I liked it with or without faux stitching and if I liked the pink pirouette circle scallop or the melon mambo...

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Here's a close up of the embossed detail and water coloring with blender pens and ink pads: I embossed with black embossing powder and colored in with a blender pen and delightful dijon ink all over and shaded with chocolate chip ink.

 

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So, what do you think? With or without the faux stitching?

I think I am going to have a lot of fun with this set and coordinating framelits!

Thanks for stopping by.

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Sneak Peek- Stampin Up Occasions Catalog 2016

Its an exciting time of year- Not only is it almost 2016, but the New Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog and Sale a bration Brochures are right around the corner.

Release date for the new catalog is January 5th. If you don't have the new catalogs (and don't have a demonstrator) let me know and I will get one out to you!

Here's a fun sneak peek of the set Grateful Bunch and the coordinating Blossom Bunch Punch.

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I'm working on more projects with the new Occasions products. Check back again soon for more peeks!

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Pretty Package on the Porch

This morning, I woke up to a package on the porch.

It was from my bestie in Hawaii, Cindy Baughman. What a fun surprise. She sent me a gift for my birthday. Which is still not here yet- Its actually not until December 20th. I've been getting a lot of fun birthday surprises this week and its so fun!

I wanted to share the packaging and birthday card that she made. I am totally in love with it!

Cindy matched the card to the wrapping paper. She is so creative in that way.

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Here's a close up of the gorgeous card that Cindy made for me. I could not be more in love with this card.  Cindy knows me well. Lots of sparkle and bling and of course pink!

Cindy used the new Blushing Bride glimmer paper ( sneak peek- this paper is coming in the new Occasions Catalog in January) Gold foil paper and whisper white and pink pirouette cardstock. She also used the Tree punch and Itty Bitty Accents punches along with the 3/4" and 1/2" circle punches. The background is made with the polka dot emboss folder and she topped it off with garland made from the rhinestone jewels. The ribbon on the package is the gold satin Stampin Up ribbon.

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My friend is so creative and a true inspiration and blessing in my life. You will see what I mean when you click here to view Cindys wonderful blog.

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Thank you Cindy for my amazing gift and the thought and time you put into making my gift special. The card says, Make a Wish.. I wish you were here so I could give you a big hug, Hula girl!

Until next time..

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Who Doesn't Love a Snowman & An Early Birthday Surprise

This week I've been trying to catch up on my shopping, cleaning, baking and stamping. Needless to say, I haven't gotten too far.

I don't know if its the weather that is throwing me off, but since its been so warm, I keep thinking I have more time to get ready for Christmas. But I don't. Its next week!

A couple of friends and I had a trip planned to Kraynaks last week. We went this week instead because of my son having to go to the ER and Hand Specialist last week.

For those of you who don't know, Kraynaks is a cool store about an hour from where I live. It's THE place to be at Christmas time.

It has a beautiful display of Christmas Trees all decorated in a variety of themes. Plus, its a cool store for candy, toys and unique items.

This was one of my favorite trees - I love pink

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 And my favorite display- love the palm trees too.

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We also decided to have lunch and do an ornament gift exchange during our trip. I bought snowman ornaments for my two friends, Lori and BJ.

I went with the whole snowman theme, ornament, handsoap and candy, because who doesn't love snowmen?!

Here's a photo of Lori and BJ with their snowman themed gifts.

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A close up of the hand stamped tags that I made:

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I used the Snow Place stamp set and matching Snow Friends framelits with black and red glimmer paper. I mounted it on a real red oval cut with the Oval Framelits and topped it off with real red pom pom trim and glitter.

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But that's not all. Imagine my surprise when Lori and BJ suprised me with an early birthday celebration, complete with presents, lunch and CAKE! My friend Lucy was in on the surprise too, but couldn't be there.

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My dear friends made my day extra special and I love that I was totally surprised. We had an awesome day and I was so grateful that I had some special time with long-time friends.

One last thing while we are on the subject of snowmen- or were on the subject a minute ago... This has nothing to do with our trip to Kraynaks or anything for that matter.

I just wanted to show you my cute sparkly pedicure and the adorable snowman ornament that my friend Tracy gave me:

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And speaking of ornament/gift exchanges- I'm going to squeeze in a photo of my friends Joyce and Tracy with the owl ornaments that I gave them. These were actually made of paper. I think I could use the Stampin' Up corregated paper and do something similar.

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Hope you all are enjoying holiday festivities and fun gift exchanges whatever the holiday that you celebrate.

And don't forget to throw in a hand stamped tag!

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Stampin with Linda Part 2- Christmas Ornament Crafting fun!

As promised, I am going to share the Christmas ornament project that I took to Lindas house this week.

I was so happy that I had something that Linda had never done before. Its tough to come up with a project that Linda hasn't already created or taught. Because, like I mentioned she knows everything about every technique,  fold and layout there is to know in the stamping world. You can check out Linda's blog, to see what I mean.

So, I was tickled pink that I actually brought a project that she was giddy about.

We made a pinecone paper craft ornament. It was so fun and it turned out beautifully.

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The base is a styrofoam egg shaped ball. I got these from a local craft store. I then cut 1 full sheet of  12 x 12 Stampin Up Home for Christmas, designer series paper.

Cut the paper in 12 (1" x 12") strips. Then cut each strip into (1") pieces. Next you will fold the tip of each piece to form a point, as you see here:

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Start attaching these pieces from the bottom of the egg with small pins, like so. Do the first two pieces across from each other with points touching and the second two pieces the same way (the points won't touch on these two). You will have four pieces at the bottom to start. Next, you are going to continue to go around the egg, attaching with pins.

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You will overlap, then underlap and repeat. I guess I should have held this with the points facing down, as that is the way you will be starting to pin. (just turn your computer upside down ;)

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I topped it off with ribbon and an Stampin Up Antique brad. I cut 4 pieces of the gold satin ribbon at 5" each and 1 piece of the gold satin ribbon at 8". Loop the 8" piece on top first and secure with pins. Then loop the other 4 pieces of 5" ribbon to form a four point bow on top of where you pinned the 8" piece in place. I cut the prongs off of the brad and attached it over the top of the ribbon to cover the ends and the pins. I used tear tape to cover the back of the brad, but you could also use hot glue.

Here's the one I made and the one Linda made:

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Linda thought they would look good as a pair of earrings on me.

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And she thought that she might like to wear hers on her face..

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I told you she was a blast to hang out with. Funny girl... love you Linda!

Until the next adventure in stamping...

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