Be Merry with a little planning!

The holidays seem to roar into our lives faster each year.  This year is no exception with Christmas less than seven weeks away.  And Hanukkah is very early arriving over Thanksgiving weekend.  This year Stampin' Up! has created a Season of Style This and That journal and planner to help us plan and enjoy the holiday season.

I have three thirty-something colleagues who all maintain a paper calendar.  So I thought they would enjoy using the Season of Style planner and all its accessories.  To ensure they had plenty of time to plan they were given their gifts in October.  Imagine the look on their faces when I came in and said Merry Christmas here are your gifts!  

Their gifts included the following:

Seasons journal
Seasons journaling tags
Seasons stickers
Seasons washi tapeRotary naugthy and nice




I had so much fun putting this present together. I used the Joyful Christmas Stamp set to create the poinsettia to decorate the Stampin' Up! Extra Large kraft box.  I used our Pewter Emboss powder for the poinsettia which made it super easy to fussy cut out the flower adhered to the top of the kraft box as you can see here.  


Then I used the Cherry Cobbler Chevron ribbon to tie the entire bundle together. Simple and oh so cute! The final touch was the Be Merry Tag from the Single Stamps collection. Click here to see the entire list of single stamps. There are great stamps in this collection so check it out.

I spitzed the tag with Smooch Spritz and then added Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Diamonds for the berries on the holly.  I think the tags turned out so cute.


 You can see a bit of the shimmer in the bottom left corner of the tag.  

There is still plenty of time to get your Seasons of Style journal to keep track of gifts given, cards sent and received, and your favorite photos from the season.  Shop Now and have a very Merry holiday season.

I hope I got YOUR mojo going today.



Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge #178

One of my favorite aspects of being a demonstrator is getting an early view AND early ordering opportunity for each new catalog.  Yesterday, Stampin' Up! released a PDF version of the upcoming Occasions Catalog.  Let me tell you, the Stampin' Up! team has knocked it out of the park!  My wish list is three pages long!  As soon as I can release the catalog to you in December I will.  Stay Tuned…

In the meantime, I played the Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge.  

I love the Early Espresso and Crisp Cantaloupe together and wondered how I was going to add in the Summer Starfruit.  Let's look at what I put together.


Where did my stampinmojo come from?

I knew I wanted to use a Designer Series Paper (DSP) as my focal point, so I grabbed my DSP Swatches purchased from fellow PAL Brian King.  On the back of each of the swatches he has provided the coordinating colors used in the DSP. When I got to the Soho Subway DSP and saw all three PPA colors, I knew I hit the jackpot.  I love the Victorian pattern in this paper group and decided it was the one.

I wanted to add detailing around the DSP and reached for my Needlepoint Border embossing folder. Being able to see through the folder made lining the folder up with the DSP a snap.

Then I added in the Summer Starfruit color with the sentiment and stitched satin ribbon.  The sentiment came from the Four You stamp set.  The Birthday Wishes stamp is horizontal and I simply inked one word at a time.  Then using my stamp-a-ma-jig aligned the the words vertically.

Of course my envelope was lined with the same DSP and I think it looks smashing – Clean and Elegant!


I hope I got your Mojo going today.  

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Hello Zoo Babies

This card was a fun way to celebrate the arrival of a colleague's new baby boy.  The Zoo Babies stamp set is fun and whimsical.  Whether you use Indigo Blue (as I did) or Daffodil Delight (yellow) or Pink Pirouette the result will be fun.

This was a super easy card using my Postage Stamp punch and a 1 1/4" Square punch to create the boxes.  

The Perfect Dots embossing folder added texture and interest to the white background.  I don't have congratulations on your baby sentiments so I used something from a retired stamp set; Sweet Essentials.  The ribbon came from the 2013 Sale-a-Bration event in Island Indigo.

I even tucked a monkey on the inside of the card…


I hope I got your mojo going today.



Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tag Bundle

It is hard to believe the Holidays are upon us.  Stampin' Up! has made it really easy to get your cards and packages ready and looking extra special with their new Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tag Bundle. Click on the link and watch this video to see all it has to offer…

Inspired by the sample in the video, here is a card I made with my Pop & Place Gift Tag bundle yesterday:


And I made this fun tag!


I just inked up my Cherry Cobbler ink pad and it looks like I smeared the top of the stamp.  That is how you know they are homemade!  These projects were easy and fun using the new Pop & Place tags.

While I used the Christmas Message stamp set for the tag I did purchase the coordinating Christmas Tagables Photopolymer stamp set.  These Photopolymer stamps REALLY stick to the acrylic blocks and I love how you can see through them to stamp.  Here is a peak at the stamp set:

TagablesImagine the fun you can have making tags for your holiday packages.




Supplies Used:

Paper:  Pop & Place Holiday Gift Tags, Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler card stock

Ink:  Silver Metallic Encore pad, Cherry Cobbler

Stamps:  Christmas Messages,  Ornament Keepsakes (available online only)

Tools:  Big Shot, Holiday Ornament Framelits (available online only)

Finishing touches:  Candy Dots (regals), Burlap Ribbon, White Baker's Twine