Christmas Extravaganza Event!

Christmas Extragavanza Event!
Christmas Extravaganza Event!

First, my apologies for not posting last week. Totally consumed with preparations for a “Christmas Extravaganza” event held last Saturday! Our local elementary school sponsored this event. With being new to Gatesvillle, retired and not working, it has been difficult to get my name out in the community. Above is a peek of my table set up for the event. This was the first time I’ve participated in a “Vendor” type of event and I thought this would be a good way to get some local exposure. Overall, I learned from the event and it was a great experience!

A small display board was set up featuring “Kits” on one side. The other side of the board displayed Christmas cards. I handcrafted several items to sell at the event, “Nugget Trays”, “Candy Bar Sliders”, “Christmas Crackers”, “Gift Card Holders” and “Post-It Note Holders”. It was soooo much fun designing and creating these items and for the most part they were a hit! Most everyone gives “Gift Cards” these days. The “Candy Treats” make great stocking stuffers or even a small gift for a co-worker. I had a few leftover items but have plans to connect with those that could not make the event. The remaining items will probably be gifts for my family and friends.

Stop by later this week as I have several Christmas card creations to post in the next few weeks!

Cottage Wreaths Bundle!

Since we will be celebrating Thanksgiving in four days, I decided it was time to ink up my “Cottage Wreaths” stamp set. We have just returned to central Texas from a GREAT trip back east. I was very fortunate to visit with family and many friends, some of which I had not seen in 20 years! I am feeling very grateful as my card expresses and blessed to have reconnected with old friends that never left my heart!

Today’s card was really super simple and features some nice texture. My inspiration came from a card by Amy Koenders at “Stamp With Amy K” a fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. By changing a few basics I created a very similar but slightly different card. I chose the colors of Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, So Saffron, and Cajun Craze for this card. I inked the “Cottage Wreath” stamp was with So Saffron and then added touches of Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze ink with a sponge dauber. The “Cottage Wreaths” set is a “Distinktive” stamp set and stamps beautifully! I stamped the circle twig image with Soft Suede, but stamped off first.

Cottage Wreath Bundle

I embossed a Basic White panel with the “Brick & Mortar 3D” Embossing Folder. Blending just a bit of Crumb Cake ink on to this panel with a blending brush makes the “bricks” pop off the white panel. I layered the embossed panel on to a Crumb Cake layer. Honestly, I now wish I had used Soft Suede instead! I then added the die cut wreath image with dimensionals to this layer.

I stamped the greeting in Soft Suede, stamped off for a lighter shade. Then I die cut the words with a banner die from the “Cracker & Treat Box” Dies. The greeting was placed on a stitched banner from the “Stylish Shapes” dies. I tucked the left side of this double banner under the wreath. Frequently I will use “Stampin’ Blends” to color white ribbon to coordinate with my card. I used the Pumpkin Pie Blends to change the White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon to Pumpkin Pie. Then I tied a double bow and attached it to the wreath with a glue dot. Finally, the “Rustic Metallic Ahesive-Backed Dots” added the last touch to complete this simple card.

Seasonal Sale!

Just yesterday, Stampin’ Up! announced that they will be offering a “Seasonal Sale” starting November 15th-18th. Basically, you will have four days only to save from 10-20% on items from the annual catalog!

Seasonal Sale, November 15-18

It is not often that Stampin’ Up! offers a sale like this. Keep in mind this sale is for products found in the Annual Catalog and does not include the July-December (Holiday) Mini Catalog. Here’s a summary of the products and discounts that will be available starting November 15th and running through the 18th:

  • 10% OFF all Punches
  • 15% OFF all Stamps (excluding Host sets)
  • 20% OFF all Dies
  • 20% OFF all Embossing Folders
  • 20% OFF Non-Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP)

Don’t miss your opportunity for some great savings during this sale! If you have any questions at all, please reach out to me, I’m here to help. Below you will see an attached list of those items featured in the sale.