Happy Christmas Eve! We made it to the day before!!!
If Paper Pumpkin won Christmas for me this year, the Peace & Joy bundle stole my heart!
From the layering stamps and dies to those amazing teeny tiny little block words, this stamp set was the perfect sentiment option for the bright & bold this Christmas!
It also had accessory stamps such as the cute holly I’ve used to dress up this card.
If you need cards in a hurry today, this banner layout using stripes of 1″, 1-1/2″ and 2″ DSP (I used Heartwarming Hugs) and the Triple Banner Punch. Add your favourite – or closest to hand – Christmas stamps and you’ll have a set of cards ready to share in no time at all!
If you celebrate Christmas tonight, I hope your celebrations are wonderful. If you have toys to construct, presents to wrap, food to cook or a house to clean, I wish you patience and hope there’s some frivolity & joy in your preparations.
I hit up the catalogue this week for a card using the Coffee Cafe stamp set.
Do you ever use your catalogue for inspiration?
CASEing refers to “Copy And Share Everything” or “Copy And Selectively Edit”.
When I first joined Stampin’ Up!, the Annual Catalogues were marketed as ‘ideas books’. And it’s such a good description.
The pages are filled with ideas for colour combinations, layouts, techniques & other ways you can use your Stampin’ Up! supplies.
This gorgeous photo shows so many ideas for the Coffee Break Suite…
Cards inspired from the catalogue can either be a direct copy of what you see, a mix of elements or a starting point for your own creation.
My finished card used the layout at the right of the catalogue photo, the DSP background from the card above it and added some copper heat embossing & woodgrain textured embossing (which I have realise as I write this, is not longer current!).
A couple of months ago, Stampin’ Up! home office in the US contacted me to ask if I would be a presenter in a demonstration booth at convention. I was skeptical when I first got the email – what would home office know about ME, a little known demo on the west coast? Well, apparently they do know about me and my love of punch art. And they wanted me to share the passion with my fellow demos at this years convention.
So, the last couple of months have been filled with new products, sneak peaks and late night brainstorms to come up with an hour of demonstrating and a board filled with samples.
What an amazing experience! Without this opportunity, convention would never have been possible for me.
Here’s some photos:
Over the next little while, I’ll share my samples with you. But I’ll start today with the two cards I demo’ed.
The first card focused on the “Tree Builder” punch and “Sprinkles of Life stamp set” which will appear in the new catalogue (starts 2nd June). I used the tree shape to create a template for sponging clouds & grass and then added a stamped & punched tree on top plus a beautiful sentiment. The DSP is from a new paper stack called “Cherry on Top” and the embossing folder is “Happy Heart” which is carrying over from the Occasions catalogue.
The second demo I did used the “Triple Banner” punch and “Build a Birthday stamp set” which are also coming up in then new catalogue. It features a layered banner plus some current (annual catalogue & Occasions catalogue) offerings.
Tonight, as you can imagine, I’m exhausted by what has turned out to be an amazing part of my papercraft journey. I’m feeling very blessed. Kelly x