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Monday, October 20, 2014

Elegant Silver Embossed Christmas Bauble + New Kit

Make it Quick and Make it Elegant....
It's All About Embossing those Christmas stamps!

Don't get me wrong, I love coloring, But when it comes to making some elegant and Quick Christmas cards I'm all about embossing. My creative little brain looks for the perfect pairing for the elegant look. I often turn to the Fancy Foil Designer Vellum when embossing in Silver or Gold. It's a no brainer and easily creates the feel I'm looking for. Chic, shiny and elegant. 

The Christmas Bauble stamp is a single stamp and comes in wood mount only. There are no sentiments with the stamp so I'm hoping that all of you stampers around the world will be able to appreciate the universal appeal of this simple and elegance ornament.

I debated about which color of card base I would use with the silver features. After trying several options I decided that I loved the clean look of the white. I really wanted to have the cluster of the red berries stand out and using the white helped to achieve that.

1.  Use a white card base from the Cut and Ready pack of 20 or 
     make your own.
2. Cut a Striped Silver Foil layer 4 1/4" x 3 1/2". Apply your adhesive
    on the back to where the foil stripes are ONLY.
3. Silver emboss the Christmas Bauble image on Brushed Silver
    card stock. Are you New to embossing? click here for instructions.
4. Using Paper Snips, cut around the whole image including the holly
5. Using a green Stampin'Up marker color in the leaves. I used Mossy
    Meadow. It will take a little while for the ink to dry, so don't get
    your fingers inky. A little touch from your embossing heat tool 
    will speed up the drying process.
6. Using a 1/4" Circle punch, create 3 berries with Red Glimmer Paper.
    Attach with MINI glue dots or liquid glue.
7. Make a Silver 1/8" Ribbon loop for the top of the ornament.
    The 10 yard spool of this very pretty ribbon is a MUST if you
    like to emboss. FYI, there is gold also.
8. Pop up the whole ornament with dimensionals on the vellum layer.
9. Cut a 2 3/4" x 1" white sentiment layer.
10.Silver emboss and pop up your Christmas sentiment. I used the 
     SEASONED GREETINGS from the Bright and Beautiful stamp set.

You can find all of today's product details in my Online store
and Every Tuesday there are new items in the Weekly Deals

Get a jump start on your holidays with this 
 NEW CHRISTMAS KIT just released
(see Stampin'Up video below for instructions)

Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit
item# 138104

Make your own 3D stars this season in a variety of sizes and patterns. Use them for ornaments,home d├ęcor, place cards, and more. The largest star can take the place of honor on your front door or on your mantel.

You get enough to create a 15" | 38 cm star and 25 smaller stars, 5 each of 5 sizes:

• Printed, die-cut star pieces
• Printed, self-adhesive die-cut side pieces
• Wooden snowflakes
• 7 sheets die-cut tags, banners, greetings, and accents

Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit  Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Still more Quick cards from Everyday Occasions Kit

Today is the final showing of the cards I made from the 

Although I've had a chance to show you several of my designs, I have oodles of card and note supplies still waiting to be made. The kit has enough to make 20 cards and I have extra goodies for more.

So first is the cute little Thank You note card above. It even has a sweet little matching envelope to attach or tuck into a small gift bag. I love the white honeycomb print on this natural card stock. I just added an extra layer of the scalloped punched Calypso Coral. I love the fresh contrast it gives to the Island Indigo sentiment.

I had so much fun with this card because I found myself S T R E T C H i n g my leftovers. But first let me tell you the pieces that I didn't change....the striped card base and the note pad paper piece. I cut a strip off of a small gray striped note card for a fun dark contrast. One of my downline, Mary , had brought a selections of other sentiments. We thought it would be fun to use the Take Note one is match up with the lined note paper. It was stamped with the gray ink spot on a white punched piece included in the kit. Now for the skinny heart piece....it's the leftover from the card below.

When I pulled apart the heart from the preprinted sheet for this card, there was a small border of the print leftover. So I simple cut out the tiny border with my fine trimmers and glued it in place. The silver arrow clip, button and twine are all a part of the kit.

This card and more can be found in yesterdays post HERE 

O.K. I'm still having fun with a couple of add-0ns. I just love this cute, simple and bright card. A coin envelope set the stage and some more of that gray striped from my previous card. I stamped the LOVE in gray on a tag in the kit and attached a piece of the twine. I used a leftover strip of glitter paper at the bottom of the gray stripe. My last add-on is a bright Melon Mambo Elegant Butterfly with 3 small rhinestones.

I loved using this fun kit and I hope you have enjoyed watching me

Sneak Peek
Please join me tomorrow with a Christmas card from my Sunday class

Friday, October 17, 2014

MORE Everyday Occasions Kit Inspiration

As I mentioned yesterday, I'm back again today to show you more ideas

I think this gray polka dot card is my favorite because there is a touch of vintage flair mixed with contemporary colors and designs. A similar card is featured In the instruction book of samples that comes with the kit, however they used a solid gray for the background instead. I just couldn't pass up these big white polka dots which are on the backside of the solid gray. I even used an additional piece of patterned paper that wasn't part of the die cut pieces.

Check out the patterned strip of paper around the envelopes in the upper left hand corner #1 above....see it , sure you do! Well I just used a piece of that pretty Calypso Coral chevron pattern to compliment the matching die cut feather in the kit. You can Stamp any of the sentiments provided with the gray ink spot provided in the kit. Here are the choices!

Love this one also with the pre printed white pattern on the natural card stock. I came up with this design by using the gray as a neutral and then choosing the pop of color in the solid and striped Curry. It needed a little pizazze....yahoo,  No cutting or punching the Silver Glimmer paper.....just pop it out from the sheet already die cut for you.

Check out this pretty birthday sample!
Fast and Easy. Seriously ,You can make this Birthday Greeting faster than you brew a pot of coffee. Just stamp on the pre cut panel, add a heart of bling, pop up and apply on the other die cut pieces you adhere to the base....DONE, wow so so easy!  Oh, you better check your coffee pot, it's finally done!

Christmas will be here sooner than you think, and this makes a perfect gift for a seasoned stamper or beginner. Consider gifting more than one and add a little note saying You're Invited for Tea and Card Making at my house. What a wonderful gift to create and share together as you make these easy Everyday Occasion cards.

                                          Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit  
#134797    Price$29.95
Quickly create 20 beautiful cards for almost any occasion. Includes cardstock and envelopes for 20 cards; twine; buttons & clips; precut paper embellishments; Stampin' Spots; 7-piece Occasions Stamp Set & clear stamp block; full-color Tips & Tricks brochure for making the cards; a cool, storable, giftable box. Also available in Spanish & French.

Just a reminder.....you can receive points when purchasing this kit in Pam's ONLINE STORE.

As a Thank You for your purchases you can receive Pam's Frequent Buyer 

Rewards that can be redeemed for FREE MERCHANDISE, not just stamp sets. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

QUICK Cards in "Everyday Occasions" Kit

Pop out, stamp and apply...it's all so easy with the 
Everyday Occasions ready to go kit.

Quickly create 20 beautiful full cards or note cards for almost any occasion. It Includes cardstock and envelopes for 20 cards; twine; buttons & clips; precut paper embellishments; Stampin’ Spots®; 7-piece Occasions Stamp Set & clear stamp block; full-color Tips & Tricks brochure with EASY samples to copy.

Take a look at all the goodies included...
the stamps alone are worth the value of this kit, not to mention all the
envelopes, Ink spots, and embellishments.

Grab your scissors and adhesive and take this kit ON-THE-GO!
coffee shop, practice field or vacation down time you'll find this kit is easy to pack and take with you.

To Celebrate and share the great value of this kit my team and I offered a FREE class last Sunday in Rocklin,Calif. Each attendee purchased a kit through one of my team members and we all met for an afternoon of sharing and creative fun. Of course we had new stampers, but we also had several ladies who had their "think out of the box" hats on. I truly LOVE IT when we all can share, laugh and teach each other new skills, styles. You know how I love
S T R E T C H... ing my products and I truly enjoy sharing my ideas with others. I have to admit I can't help but enjoy it when I hear "How did you think of that"?


Both of my cards today use items from the kit . However there are so many pieces to choose from that it's easy to create your own design ideas like I did. I have even more designs from the kit that I can show you in the next couple of days....some even using the LEFTOVER pieces.

Just a reminder.....you can receive points when purchasing this kit in Pam's ONLINE STORE.

As a Thank You for your purchases you can receive Pam's Frequent Buyer 

Rewards that can be redeemed for FREE MERCHANDISE, not just stamp sets. 

Weekly Deals. Find new deals on fantastic products each week! Claim this week's deals.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Quick "For All Things" & Color Challenge

This "For All Things" stamp set  just won't go away...LOL ,I guess you could say that I've really gotten my money back on this one.

I've been gone for the last week at my 3rd and final wedding of the summer. All of them a delightful blessing and a real measurement of time since I have known 2 of the brides from birth and a groom from 2 1/2yrs. old. I have known their parents for over 30 yrs and the Mom's have been doing a girls weekend for the last 24 yrs. Even though we are spread out, L.A. San Antonio and Sacramento, we've made an amazing commitment over the years. I'm truly blessed!

But you are here today to see a card so let's see how I came up with this one.

Swing on over to the Create with Connie and Mary site
HERE to see more inspiration with these colors or to join in.

You'll be happy to know this card goes together very quick ,and by the way, Red and Green aren't just for Christmas...

1.  Make a whisper White card base.
2.  Cut a Baked Brown Sugar layer 4 1/2" x 3 3/4", pop up with dimensionals
     and adhere to card base.
3.  Cut a whisper white layer 4 1/4" x 3 1/2".
4.  Using the block image from For All Things stamp set and Baked Brown 
     Sugar classic ink stamp once and then stamp off for the side by side image.
5.  Stamp the large leaf in Cherry Cobbler classic ink.
6.  Stamp the spray of leaves also in Cherry Cobbler once and then stamp 
     OFF the remainder of the ink as you offset the image from the first spray.
7.  Clean off the stamp and stamp another spray of leaves with Garden Green.
8.  Using Garden Green ink ,stamp the sentiment on Whisper White card stock.
9.  Punch or hand cut into a tag. if hand cutting make the original piece of
     White card stock 1 5/8" x 1 3/8" before stamping and then you can cut off
     the corners.
10. Attach white stamp tag to a larger piece of Cherry Cobbler and trim around
     the tag leaving a 1/8" border.
11. Punch a hole in the top of the tag and run Cherry Cobbler Baker's twine
     through leaving 3" tails, tie in a knot.
12. Loop more Twine around 2 fingers about 4 times and slide off your fingers.
13. Place loops in the center of the tie knot and gather up loops and then
      tie a bow.
14. Pop up the tag with dimensionals.
15. Adorn with 2 tiny Basic Pearls.

I hope you didn't miss out on more "FOR ALL THINGS" inspiration from the past, If so you may want to consider subscribing by email on the left hand side bar . Be sure and look in your email INBOX to confirm your subscription.




For All Things Clear-mount Stamp SetCherry Cobbler 8-1/2" x 11" Card StockCherry Cobbler Baker's Twine

Baked Brown Sugar 8-1/2" x 11" Card StockCherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' PadGarden Green Classic Stampin' Pad

Baked Brown Sugar Classic Stampin' Pad Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" Card Stock Pearl Basic Jewels Embellishments

I certainly hope you have enjoyed today Fall Inspiration,
 I know that I enjoyed sharing it with you.

Monday, October 6, 2014

YUM from the Garden

Fall is in the air and just about time to say goodbye to my summer garden. I didn't spend as much time as I should have tending to the veggies this year but I did get a gorgeous crop of cherry size tomatoes. Aren't they pretty, truly God's palette of colors. I count myself fortunate to be able to grow my own food and organic farm on our acreage. We had our dinner group recently and this was a small Hostess gift I packaged up to share.

I created the paper basket by taking a brown lunch bag and rolling the edges down until you achieve the height you want. The paper bag becomes quite sturdy as the rounded edge gets larger. I've been doing this for years and have always enjoyed the results. I slide the whole thing in a Gusseted Cellophane Bag with the top of the bag sticking out at one end. I then tied 3 different colors of raffia from the craft store on the end.

The Yum tag was stamped in Cherry Cobbler on Vanilla card stock and sponged with Cherry Cobbler and Pumpkin Pie inks.

I love what the tag says  " Homemade YUM from the Heart ", how perfect is that!  What would you fill your basket with? How about some Carmel Corn? Now thats REAL YUM.

Thank You again for joining me today ...yes Fall is here!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

More Sept. Paper Pumpkin Fun

I'm back today with another card using the Sept. 

Our Pumpkin Club ladies were able to make this additional card in just minutes. The only thing that slowed us down was more TESTING of the treats that went into our goodie bags. 2 extra items that are not in the Sept. kit are the Tangerine Tango card base and the black Top Note panel.

Paula and Kim are so Happy their threat bags are stuffed and ready to hand out to their co-workers.

Sally and Terry and the rest of the gals are excited they have 6 READY-to Go Bags for their friends and grandkids. 


I only used the sentiment and crow from the Paper Pumpkin kit....
it's true, I used the Lg oval punch and Tangerine Tango card stock for the pumpkin. The grass is Old Olive card stock and the Fringe Scissors. The grass got a haircut with a rolling curved edge.

Now I can tell you that the hat and shoes are not Stampin'Up but an old Sizzix die. I love this Halloween die and wanted to share it at Pumpkin Club this month. That's part of the fun of Club,  we can just switch it up and have fun!
ooops, almost forgot, the spider web is hand drawn with a Smokey Slate marker.

Need a few hats and shoes? Let me know and I can pop a few in the mail for you...u.s. only

I'm loading up on Whisper White card stock, and replacing some of my old cloth ink pads, 
 how about you?

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