Cards - Christmas

Treat Box from Mrs. Santa

I loved making these darling treat boxes for my team this year. I used the Stampin Up Acetate Card boxes and simply cut them in half (while they were flat) at 3" with my paper trimmer. These remind me of the old cassette tape boxes, way back in the day.

I used the Signs of Santa stamp set and dies. The dies are sold out but the stamp set is still available until the end of the month (at least for now)

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I measured the box to get the size to cut the poppy parade cardstock. The box is 41/2" x 41/2" then I scored at 3" and 3 1/2" so that it slide into the box and had a little flap. 

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I also used some garden green cardstock embossed with the Maps Etc. emboss folder. The circles were cut with the Layering Circle Framelits dies.

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Aren't they just so cute? I used velcro to hold the flap closed. Do you want to see what I put inside?

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Found these Christmas Kit Kats that fit perfectly inside. I also stuffed some metallic pearls and peppermint candy inside for my team members.

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I made lots to hand out as small gifts to friends and family as well. These are great for gift cards and lottery tickets too!

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I will definitely be making these again for other holidays and occasions. They are so much fun to make and look so darn cute!

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Hope you'll give this cute idea a try.

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Valentine and a Christmas Card in "lights"

I'm sharing a sweet valentine card that we made at Card Class recently. Its made with the "Making Everyday Bright" stamp set and Christmas Bulb punch.

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I used the new petal pink cardstock as well as Stampin' Blends markers in petal pink, flirty flamingo and lovely lipstick. I colored the bulbs in with the lighter of the petal pink and flirty flamingo and shaded with the darker of each color. The tiny hearts are colored with the lovely lipstick Stampin' Blends.

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I punched out the petal pink bulb with the Christmas Bulb builder punch and popped it up with a mini dimensional.

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Here, you can see that I added the light rays in blushing bride ink, under the bulbs.

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A sweet and simple sentiment is stamped inside.

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I love the simplicity of this card and the short and sweet message for Valentines day.

This set will retire soon, so if you like it, get it before the end of December!

I also made a similar card at one of my classes, using the "Making Christmas Bright" stamp set (which coordinates with the Making Everyday Bright stamp set, above) and the Christmas Bulb punch. This set can be bundled with the punch for a 10% discount. This is a bright and cheery Christmas card.

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The background is stamped with the Buffalo Plaid background stamp in call me clover ink, onto call me clover cardstock. The card is granny apple green. The bulbs are stamped in lovely lipstick and mango melody inks.

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I really enjoyed designing and stamping these fun cards. One, soft and sweet the other bright and bold. Both adorable!

Both sets and the punch will retire soon. Get yours soon, if you don't have it already!

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Beautiful Baubles

I so much enjoy creating with this set. So many possibilites with all the different stamps and dies in this Beautiful Baubles bundle.

I went with the merry merlot and copper color theme for this card. This was the bonus card at my recent Card Class.

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I used very vanilla cardstock to stamp on to give it a softer glow.

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The copper embossing powder and copper foil paper give this card that extra shine.

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How about that gorgeous new Merry Merlot/Copper ribbon? Lovvvveee it!

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A peek inside...

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These colors together are truly magnificient!

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Stampin Up Alaskan Cruise- Victoria- Part 5 & More Stampin' Display Boards

 So, this is our last port of call on our Stampin' Up Alaskan Cruise. Victoria, British Columbia was such a beautiful city to explore.

We had booked a bus tour that took us around the city and to various neighborhoods around Victoria. We ended with a double, double at Tim Hortons. Then, back down to the city to explore a little more.

Victoria is the capitol of British Columbia and located on Vancouver Island in Canada.

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Victoria is very much a lovely city to retire to, much like Naples, Florida in the US. The temperature never goes below freezing or above the 70's. Which means that it rarely ever snows here. Go figure! However, they were having unusually hot weather while we were there- in the high 80's. The tour guide told us that no one has air conditioning, as its not needed. The month of July was really rough on them, because the temps were so high.

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A couple charming neighborhood houses on our way up to the scenice overlook.

Quite a few celebrities have homes here. We did see a few hockey players homes while on the tour. Our tour guide mentioned that it would be difficult to find a home here under 1 million dollars.

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Scenic overlook. Looking down on the city of Victoria. We were told that Victoria is a very expensive place to have a home. I can see why. Everywhere we went, everything was beautifully manicured and clean and especially gorgeous, being that its right on the water.

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There's our ship in the distance!

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Next stop, Tim Hortons. I have always wanted to go here. I know we have Tim Hortons in several US cities, but none that are anywhere near me. So, I was excited to go. My friend Lynsay, who is Canadian, tipped me off on what to order. She said to definitely get a "double double" which is just coffee with double cream and sugar. I always drink my coffee black, but wanted to do as the Canadians do- so I went for it. Its so very Canadian! I even won a prize on the bus for knowing what a "double double" was. Thanks for the tip Lynsay!

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Oh, and of course lets not forget the yummy, timbits, which are the left over donut holes from the donuts. So good!

So, back down to the city we go. This is passing through Victoria's China Town. Its the second oldest China Town in North America, San Franciso's China Town being the oldest.

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We were dropped off in front of the stunning Empress Hotel in Victoria which is situated on the waterfront.

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This is the beautiful tea room inside the hotel. The last time I was in Victoria we had the Royal Afternoon Tea here. It was divine to say the least.

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The amazing chandelier.

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Victoria is known as the Garden City and prides itself on its glorious flowers, trees and gardens all over the city. 

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 Of course we had to get fish n chips, shrimp and lobster rolls for lunch. The seafood is so fresh and so good.

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We ordered this bacon wrapped shrimp on forks, just because it looked cool. Glad we did because it was delish!

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There was a lovely street market, horse and carriages everywhere and houseboats docked all around the waters edge.

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The houseboats stay docked all year, because the water never freezes.

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They were all so cute and colorful.

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Had to pose with a Canadian Mountie Moose while in Canada....

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So, we decided to take a Water Taxi ride around the bay. It was pretty cool. We even saw a few float planes land on the water.

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Our cute little water taxi.

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Here comes a float plane...

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In for a splash landing.

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We did a little more shopping and ended on Fishermans Wharf where Maci endulged in some sushi.

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 We have one more stop, and that's Seattle! We had a fabulous time there as well. More about that later.

For now, I'll share some of the display boards using sets from the New Holiday Catalog. Enjoy!

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Beautiful Candy Cane punch displays by Amy Combs

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Stampin' Up! Alaskan Cruise- Part 4 and some display cards!

Well, the last place I left off on the Alaskan trip was in Skagway, where we had the White Pass Railway train ride and then the amazing helicopter flight to the Denver Glacier to ride a dog sled and meet the sweet Alaskan huskies.

So, the next day was a sea day, and we were in Tracy Arm Fjord, which is located 45 miles south of Juneau. It was glorious and so peaceful to witness all the beauty of nature while sitting on our balcony of the ship.

We woke up bright and early to sit on our balcony and have coffee as we entered the fjord.

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Tracy Arm fjord lies within the Tongass National Forest that I talked about in part 3 of our trip.

It consists of two deep and narrow fjords: Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm and covers over 650,000 acres.

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What a sight to wake up to.

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The suns reflection on the water was stunning. You can see the glacier in the distance, it was still a little dark, but check out the blue ice to the left - its a little more prominent here.

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Chunks of ice floating everywhere.

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We made our way up to the top deck of this ship and pulled up a couple lounge chairs. We had a fabulous view from the back of the ship where we just relaxed and enjoyed the scenery.

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Waterfalls were everywhere we looked. Some high, some low, but all so amazing.

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I could have sat on the deck all day. We were only in the fjord from 7 am- noon that day, but we enjoyed every minute!

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I think Chase was glad that he bought new binoculars before we came to Alaska. We were able to see a lot of wildlife in those mountains.

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This photo below was actually early in the morning.. still a little dark out but still a beautiful sight.

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It was an absolutely breath-taking morning on the fjord. There's truly nothing like it.

Check out this wall of fog later in the day- it looked so cool. The captian blew the fog horn every few minutes as we passed through.

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We did a lot of fun things while we were at sea. Played Trivia, went to the spa (several times) attended a Mystery Dinner Theatre, watched a magic show, gathered with friends and did some fun Stampin' Up! stuff.

80's Trivia was so fun. We didn't win, but I learned that my kids know more about music that I grew up with, than I do!

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This was the first time we've done a Mystery Dinner Theatre. It was a blast- so fun and so hilarious!

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The cast was so entertaining, we loved them!

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Always doing something unexpected and fun.

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 Maci just happened to be wearing a bright yellow outfit that matched Big Teddy.

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The Advisory Board gals had a special little event while we were on the ship. These are my "sisters" and some of my most favorite people!

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I feel blessed to be a part of this special group of amazing women.

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Cute favors made by my friend Cindy Baughman, which were given out at our event on the ship.

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These were our awesome table mates every night on the cruise. We made some new friends and had some great conversation each night, comparing our adventures of the day.

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A histerical magic show and pretty great magic too.

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 And of course more card displays and samples in the Stampers Base Camp.

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Well, that's all for now folks. Next stop, Victoria, British Columbia- yes it really is as royally beautiful as they say it is.

Stay tuned for Part 5.

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Stampin' Up! First Frost Stamp Set- Simple & Elegant

One of my favorite suites in the New Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog is the First Frost suite. It is simply, gorgeous in every way.

The stamp set, framelits as well as the beautiful shimmery designer paper is breath-taking.

I've designed a card that is really very easy to make, yet looks so elegant.

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I used blackberry bliss, mossy meadow, soft seafoam, and tranquil tide inks. I also used tranquil tide and soft seafoam cardstock as well.

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Here's a look at the way I stamped the card before adding the greeting and the die cut rose.

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I stamped the 3 flowers first, starting with the middle one, then stamped the soft seafoam stems, and mossy meadow ferns.

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For the splatter, I dipped an aqua painter brush into a few drops of tranquil tide re-inker and tapped the barrel of the aqua painter over the cardstock until I achieved the desired effect. I also added the new Frosted Droplets and a couple Faceted Dots.

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It really was so easy to create and I even did a little die cutting for the tag and rose.

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I created this card for a swap and will also be using a version of it at my next Card Class.

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Here's a whole bunch of beautiful First Frost cards, ready to be sent to the post office!

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I'm so glad the blackberry bliss was brought back- aren't you?

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