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What could be better than a Happy Birthday Princess Belle card for my granddaughter? Sarah turned 7 yesterday and today is having Princess Ariel at her birthday party. Lucky her!!! All little girls seemed to be enamored with the Disney Princesses and Sarah is no exception.
Why is there that fascination? Is it because of the good and pure that surround the princesses and the belief that a Prince would come along? Walt Disney contributed to the concept through his animation of the princesses – first it was Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs in 1937 followed by Cinderella (1950) and Sleeping Beauty (1959). More recently, we have seen Ariel, the Little Mermaid and Belle from the Beauty and the Beast come to life.
The one thing in common with these princesses is they all want a prince in their life and live happily ever after. There is something to be said about believing in the “Happily Ever After”. Our world is full of sadness and grief so why not as a child hold those beliefs close to our hearts.
So, here is the Happy Birthday Princess Belle card.
Stamps: Itty Bitty Banners (c – 126257 w- 132022, p30 2013/14 Annual Catalogue)
Paper: Whisper White, So Saffron, Strawberry Slush, Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green, Birthday Basic DSP
Ink: Raspberry Ripple
Accessories: Big Shot, Dressup Framelits, Bitty Banners Framelits, Oval Collection Framelits, Vine Emboss Folder (2013 SAB), Pearl Jewels, Blossom Petal Punch (retired), Scallop Trim Border Punch, Dazzling Details, Stickles (other)
Belle’s dress was created using the Dressup Framelit Dies and cut extra skits to make the dress fuller and longer. An underlay of Whisper White created the underpinning to the dress. The sleeves were cut off the dress to become the “off the shoulder” addition.
If you notice the Raspberry Ripple oval die cut has an embossed look. This was created by turning the next size down from the oval collection, aligning it on the Raspberry Ripple oval upside down (cutting edges are on the top) and run through the Big Shot – just another way to use your framelits.
So if you have a princess in your life, why not create a Happy Birthday Princess Belle card for her.
Christmas ornament cards just say “Christmas”. We adorn our trees with ornaments, lights and other decorations or we find ornaments hanging from chandeliers, fireplace mantels, mirrors, etc. So, why not hang a Christmas ornament on a card?
Christmas ornament cards can have all those things that glitter in our homes during the holidays. Embellishments such as glittery papers, silver or gold ribbons and jewels help to create the Christmas ornament.
Here is my share today.
Stamps: Ornament Keepsakes (c – 128051 w- 128048, Online Only), More Merry Messages (c-126402, w-126400 Online Only)
Paper: Whisper White, Island Indigo (Textured), Coastal Cabana, Smokey Slate, Silver Glimmer Paper, Silver Foil, Winter Frost DSP
Ink: Island Indigo, Versamark
Accessories: Big Shot, Holiday Ornament Framelit Dies, Adorning Edgelit Dies, Adorning Accents Embossing Folders, Pretty Print Embossing Folder, Smokey Slate Embossing Powder, Silver Ribbon, Rhinestone Jewels
The Ornament Keepsake stamp set is carried over from the 2012 Holiday Catalogue. The only place you can find this stamp set is on line. To view this stamp set, visit the link below.
To purchase the matching Framelits, visit the link below
This matching framelit die is only available on line.
So, why not create your own Christmas Card ornament today.
Christmas Packages Under the Tree
Christmas packages under the tree will certainly delight many at Christmas. Then, there is the mystery of “What is in the package”.
This Christmas package does double duty as it holds a gift and the Christmas decoration can be hung on the tree. You can do beautiful packaging using Stampin’ Up! products
The Festive Flurry stamp set, along with the Festive Flurry framelits, makes this decoration so easy create. You will hear oohs and awws when the recipient sees this beautiful package.
Stamps: Festive Flurry (c – 131781 w- 131778, p30 2013 Holiday Catalogue)
Paper: Whisper White, Island Indigo, Silver Glimmer Paper, Winter Frost DSP
Ink: Island Indigo, Bermuda Bay, Versamark
Accessories: Big Shot, Festive Flurry Framelits, Circle Framelits, Smokey Slate Embossing Powder, Silver Ribbon, Frosted Finishes Embellishment, Envelope Punch Board.
To start with, you will need to stamp 2 of the largest Festive Flurry stamps as they will form the base of your decoration.
Using you score board, score each of the points of the snowflake. As it is difficult to line up the centers of the snowflake points, I suggest that you start in the middle and score up to the top of the point.
You will also have to decide which points will be your mountain fold and which points will be your valley fold. For this snowflake I chose to make the mountain folds on the longest points.
Once you have the snowflake scored, cut along 1 point to the middle and start fan folding the snowflake. Do this for each of the snowflakes. Once you have both snowflakes folded, attach them together to make a full circle. You will need to overlap a section of each snowflake to get a nice finish on the points.
Start layering the other snowflakes using dimensionals. Stack 3 or 4 dimensionals between the bottom layer and the next layer to achieve the 3-D effect.
Cut a circle using the Circle Framelits to finish the back of the decoration. Before you attach the circle to the back, slip a folded piece of the Silver Ribbon between the circle and the back of the snowflake. This will act as a hanger for the decoration.
The final step is to attach the Frosted embellished to the top of the decoration.
The Christmas packages can be created using the Envelope Punch Board and Island Indigo textured card stock. A belly band made from a piece of the Winter Frost DSP will hold the package together.
See the video on how to make this Festive Flurry decoration, http://youtu.be/-PU0YSd2T68
To see how the Christmas package was made using the Envelope Board Punch, check out this video link.
So go ahead and create your own Christmas packages. You can create different feelings by changing up the colours.
I am sure by now everyone has seen the Christmas Elf Shoes card. If you haven’t seen or made this card, it’s a fun and easy card to do. Actually this card was done at the Christmas card class that was held a couple of weeks ago.
Just a bit of housekeeping before I go on. “Happy Thanksgiving” to my US family and friends. I really hope you enjoy the day celebrating with your families and friends and of course that so well prepared turkey dinner.
Stamps: That’s the Ticket (c – 128075 w- 131946, p33 2013/14 Annual Catalogue)
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Seasons of Style Paper Pack, Champagne Glimmer Paper
Ink: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note Die, Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder, Old Olive 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon, Deco Labels Framelits, Ticket Duo Builder Punch, 3/4” Circle Punch, 1/2″ Circle Punch, Five Petal Punch (retired), 1-3/4″ Circle Punch, Season of Style Washi Tape
The elf shoes are created from the Top Note die and cut in half length wise. The toes of his shoes are made using the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch and punching on an angle about 1/2 way down the front. To cut the other side so that you have a left and right shoe, turn the strip over and punch. Then cut the punched card stop in half to get two shoes. Take the 1/2 ” Circle punch and scoop out the top of the shoe and attach the leg.
To make the decoration at the top of his shoes, punch a flower from the 5 Petal Flower punch and trim away two petals ( do this twice) and attach to top of shoes.
All shoes, shoe trim and Old Olive panel is sponged with Crumb Cake to give interest and dimension.
The mat for the sentiment was punched from Cherry Cobbler card stock and cut in half lengthwise and attached to the sentiment so a bit of the mat peaked out from behind the top and bottom
Finally, check out the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale that starts on Thursday, November 29th.
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Happy Stamping and try out the Christmas Elf Shoes card.
So what is the Black Friday Sale and the Cyber Monday hype all about? Black Friday occurs the day after the US Thanksgiving holiday and it is a day to shop to you drop and the shopping continues all weekend and into Monday ending with the Cyber Monday specials. It used to be the Black Friday was a day when retailers would slash prices hoping to get the shoppers in for their Christmas gifts and have their business end up in the black for the year – that means survival and staying in business.
Cyber Monday is a relatively new player and as internet shopping gets bigger so do the number of merchants and shoppers who participate in the Monday sale.
And yes, I am offering a Black Friday/Cyber Monday Special.
Gift Certificates are an easy gift – to see all the features go to this link
And, yes, the Black Friday special really does start at 3:00 am on Friday, November 29th.
So sit back, relax, grab a coffee and shop from home – What could be easier.
Check back Friday or better yet, sign up for my Email list and get an email in your inbox reminding you of the Black Friday Sale.
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Cards for Christmas is a great way to let people know that you are thinking about them. It is very special to receive a hand-crafted card as us crafters will usually pour our heart and soul into paper crafting.
Over this past weekend, I had crafters busily making their Christmas cards to celebrate the season. What fun we had, laughing, talking, and yes, I think I heard a bit of singing – it may not have been Christmas songs though.
We were thrown into the season of ice and snow so that just adds to the Christmas feeling. And while it is not as cold as some places around the world, I’m not liking it one little bit. Ok, the skiers can hardly wait to get on the slope, but for me, it’s been there, done that, and I won’t be doing it again. When it gets this cold, a good book, or a TV movie and wrapped up in a cozy blanket is the way to go.
My share today is a couple of the cards we did for the Christmas Card class and I hope you to enjoy them.
This first Card uses the Festive Flurry stamp set and matching dies. Can you image trying to fussy cut all those intricate points? I certainly can’t!
Stamps: Festive Flurry (c – 131781 w- 131778, p30 2013 Holiday Catalogue)
Paper: Whisper White, Island Indigo, Silver Foil
Ink: Island Indigo, Bermuda Bay, Versamark
Accessories: Big Shot, Festive Flurry Framelits, Circle Collections Framelits, Expressions Thinlits Dies, Circle Framelits, Smokey Slate Embossing Powder, Silver Ribbon, Indigo Island Chevron Ribbon, Rhinestone
The Circle Framelits were used to cut the circle in the card base and the Island Indigo card stock is place on the inside of the card. Stamp the 2nd largest Festive Flurry snowflake with Island Indigo on the left-over circle and then using the next smallest circle framelit, cut around the snowflake. This allows a bit of the Island Indigo to show in the front window circle.
The Silver Ribbon is attached between the 2 smaller snowflakes and the ribbon is attached to the top of the card and finished off with an Island Indigo ribbon bow.
You now have a dangling snowflake.
When using the Thinlits, put 2 layers of wax paper between the foil and the thinlit and the words will come away easily from the framelit.
This card uses the Wonderful Wreath stamp which available only in a wood mount. When I saw this stamp in the holiday catalogue, I had this card in mind.
Stamps: Wonderful Wreath (w- 132748, p34 2013 Holiday Catalogue)
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Seasons of Style Paper Pack, Baked Brown Sugar
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon, Old Olive Simply Styled Embellishments, Markers: Old Olive, Wild Wasabi, Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Details.
Other: Silhouette Window Frame Download
Using the Silhouette electronic e-cutter and a window frame download, the window frame was cut from Whisper White card stock.
To achieve the icicle effect, Crystal Effects was applied at the top of the window in a thick layer and then held upright, so that the Crystal Effects would run down the window. Dazzling Diamonds was applied to the Crystal Effects.
Because greenery in a wreath is not usually one solid green colour, various green markers were used to colour the stamp. Once the wreath is stamped, then fussy cut it.
So now, you are in luck because the Circle Collection Framelits are part of the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Sale and you can receive them for 25% off the regular price.
What is even better is that the Wonderful Wreath stamp and the Circle Collection Framelits are available as a bundle at 30% off
Check out what else is available during the Stampin Up Holiday Sale..The sale continues until December 2nd at 11:59 PM MST but I wouldn’t wait to the last minute is there is something you really want.
Here is a list of the products on sale and you can download it by clicking on the link
You too can send cards for Christmas
The Stampin Up 2013 Holiday Sale starts off on November 20th with a 24 hour sale with 30% off the Stampin’ Trimmer, Simply Scored Diagonal Plate and the Many Marvelous Markers.
The Holiday Sale will continue until December 2nd. There are punches, framelits, stamp set, ink, etc with many of the products being bundled at a saving.
“Jingle, Jingle”, that’s the change you hear rattling in your pockets with these great savings.
View the Stampin Up 2013 Holiday Sale flyer. I am sure that there is something in there for you.
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Take a Hike Day is November 17th and what a great way to get outside and enjoy nature and the fall season. Nature has a way of reinvigorating us with her beautiful colours. Right now, the leaves are in full colours from orange, to purple, to bright red with a tinge of green. Soon enough those leave that are so beautiful right now will be gone and then the snow will be here.
Getting out for a hike with your family or friends is a wonderful way to get some exercise and fresh air. As fall closes, so do our windows so take advantage when you can.
The card today represents nature and reminds us of those beautiful fall colours and I hope that it inspires you to get out on November 17th to celebrate Take a Hike Day.
Stamps: Gently Falling (c – 123804 w- 128430, p65 2013/14 Annual Catalogue), Truly Grateful (c – 131733, w- 131730, p19 2013 Holiday Catalogue).
Paper: Natural White, Early Espresso, Sweater Weather DSP, Window Sheets.
Ink: Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Black Stazon.
Accessories: 1-1/4” Burlap Ribbon, Bright Candy Dots, Markers: Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Dazzling Diamonds, Crystal Effects.
This card was really fun to make and I did give it my chiropractor as I am truly grateful for the care that I have been given by him and his staff. Now, the sciatica is gone (cross my fingers) and there is still some aches and pains but my quality of life has improved a great deal.
The leaf was stamped using Black Stazon ink on the Window Sheet. I then turned the leaf over and coloured it in with various markers to give it that regal fall look. Once the markers were dry and yes it may take a couple of minutes because the ink from the markers do not absorb into the Window Sheet, Crystal Effects was applied to the whole leaf and then dipped in Dazzling Diamonds.
Set the leaf aside to dry and while you are waiting, you can assemble the various layers on the card and stamp the sentiment. A very effective card but easy peazy.
The Gently Falling stamp set is a two-step stamp set and you can use the solid stamps and the outline stamps together or separately. It’s your choice. Isn’t great to have choices.
To view the details on this stamp set, use this link to my ONLINE STORE.
So, get out and celebrate Take a Hike Day and then come home and stamp
Using background images for birthday cards is a great way to add you own personal touch. The background builder image stamp set that I used for this card comes in a set of 3 and it is not a wheel stamp. You could use all 3 images on your card or select 1 or two of them. Stamp the images using different inks or one colour. The choice is yours and you can have lots of fun with this stamp set.
On this card, I used the Adorning Edgelits Framelits that outlines one of the stamp images and reflects the movements along the top of the stamped panel. This technique adds to the card’s interest and to balance the top treatment, the bottom of the panel has just a strip of designer paper. This treatment grounds the panel to the embossed panel.
Stamps: Background Builders (c – 129150 w- 129147, p119 2013/14 Annual Catalogue), Blooming With Kindness (c – 126422, w- 131961, p65 2013/14 Annual Catalogue)
Paper: Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe, Birthday Basic DSP, Modern Medley DSP
Ink: Smokey Slate, Crisp Cantaloupe, Raspberry Ripple
Accessories: Big Shot, Beautifully Baroque Emboss Folder, Adorning Edgelits Framelits, Raspberry Ripple Dahlia, Delicate Late Tape, 7/8” Scallop Circle Punch
Another tip is to use the Stamp-a-Ma-Jig if you are worried about lining up the stamps. If you use the clear mount stamps, you may not need this tool, however, it is a very handy tool for the wood-mount stamps. How much I try, I cannot see through the wood mount stamps.
For more details on this stamp set visit my ONLINE Store – I’m open 24/7.
So, if you are looking for versatility in your stamp sets, check this one out.
Remembering the fallen heroes on November 11th is something everyone needs to do. However, it is just not the fallen heroes, it is the ones who came home and the ones that continue to serve. Without these heroes we would not enjoy the freedoms that we have today.
The most famous poem was composed by “Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae “ during a battle in Belgium. The date was May 13, 1915. This poem is one of the reasons, the poppy became symbolic of Remembrance Day. The poem “In Flanders Field” was written as a result of the death of McCrae’s friend the day previous.
I don’t know about you, but i can still repeat the poem by memory, learned at a very young age.
IN FLANDERS FIELD
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead: Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved: and now we lie
In Flanders fields!
Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields
My father served during WWII and was a sailor in the Royal Canadian Navy. As a young child, myself and the rest of my family would attend the Remembrance Day ceremonies. My Dad is a proud Navy man and is very proud of the timed he served.
As conflicts continue in many parts of our world, we not only remember the fallen heroes but also those that continue to serve to keep us safe and free to express ourselves, free to go where we want, and free to choose.
The poppy is the symbol of Remembrance Day and if you are looking for a stamp, there is one in the 2013/14 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue.
Take a moment on November 11 at 11:00am to remember.