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December 2015

So what was in that box?

I have been busy making room for my new stampin goodies!!  So we can't show the pages of the upcoming Occasions catty and Saleabration offering but I CAN show you what I pre-ordered!  (and we all sing "Joy to the World!")  It's hard to pick a favorite so let's just start with this Designer Series Paper:

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Anyone remember the fun we had with shaving cream and re-inkers?  Ok, so it was fun but how about paper that looks like what we created, but without the mess?  This picture does not do it justice and can't wait to play with this one!

Now the following paper is outside my comfort zone but my Mother always says, "just give it a chance" so that I did.  This paper has matching framelits that I will be showing later this week - words cannot describe the beauty:

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Now how about some stamp sets??!  Some are some Saleabration offerings that you can earn for FREE starting January 5th - how exciting is that?  Have you heard of Saleabration?  This is when I signed up 10 years ago - yes, TEN YEARS for Mrs. Krumm!  Every year Stampin Up! celebrates with Saleabration which typically happens January thru March.  During this time, for every $50 you spend, you get to pick a FREE item in the Saleabration offering book.  (Yes, I did say free!)  There is no limit to how many you can earn which is pretty cool.  What caught my attention 10 years ago was the special you could get for signing up to be a demonstrator. (and to get the discount!  :))  This year, you will get to choose $155 worth of product for only $99!!  Yes, you are reading that correctly!  You can pick anything from the current SU publications too! (large idea book, upcoming Occasions catalog and the clearance rack too!)  Did I catch your attention?  :)  Ok, back to the stamp sets:

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What do you think?  Any new favorites?  I had to add some cute embellishments with the bow paperclips, flower rhinestones and did you see the bakers twine!?!?  Talk about something different and so spot on to the trends in crafting right now!  I do have more to show you but I have to get back to some holiday goodie making.  Would love to hear what your favorite is - you never know when I will pick a winner of some new goodies!  Did you want own copy of the Occassions and Saleabration books?  All you have to do is ask!  Until next time!

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Now isn't he cute!

So this little cutie was so popular this past weekend at a vendor show I attended, I thought I would teach you how to make him! 

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The body is the easiest part utilizing the Fry Box die from Stampin Up!  When you cut the box, there are easy score lines to guide you thru the assembly.  The rest of your supplies are featured below:

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So when I first saw this box on Pinterest, Santa's hair was made with the wreath framelit that shamefully I do not have.  Again, what to do, what to do.....  I wonder if a flower would work?  Well as you see above, I cut one out but it really looked like a flower and not hair.  To change the look, I simply used the same die, just turned it ever so slight and cut again as you see below:

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Once this was done, he started coming alive!  The rest of his face was a series of circle punches, an oval and of course a mustache.  On his nose and his face, I applied some Cherry Cobbler so he looked nice and rosy!  and I think the most important part was to use dimensional dots!  I used them on his mustache as well as his nose.  Here is a side view:

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After I had him all assembled, I used a chalk pen to make his eyes come to life and some glitter to his mustache to give a little sparkle.  Here is what that looked like:

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And there you have it - a cute and easy gift!  To complete the project, I found chocolate kisses that were wrapped in red and white and the flag on them says "ho, ho, ho" which just added more cuteness!  I hope you are inspired by this project and I will be making some for customers that just needed more from last weekend which I am more than happy to assist with.  :) 

Rumor has it that I have a nice sized package in my stampin room with goodies from the new catalog starting January 5th!  Stay tuned as you just might see what was in that box this weekend.....  Happy stampin!!

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You gotta love SURPRISES!!!

Leave it to Stampin Up! to make crafters a little more joyful before Christmas.  :)  Starting today, they have FILLED  the clearance rack with items from the current Holiday offering!!  I just checked and saw the popular reindeer paper clips, black glitter paper and my favorite snowflake embellishments!!!  These will be till supplies last so don't wait - here is the link to start shopping:

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Treat yourself - we know just what we want!  :)


Sometimes you just need to make do with what you have

So I have had the song "there's a hole lotta shaken' going on" in my head for 48 hours now!  LOL  Today's project is using the To You & Yours Shaker Cards Project Kit featured in the Handmade for the Holidays idea book.  Here is a quick look:

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This kit has been wildly popular and I can see why!  Each kit makes 18 cards, 6 of each design.  It may be a little hard to tell in the picture but each card has a little action going on with the shaking of glitter and sequins behind the window!  Cute right?  Now  I was so excited to get the kit that I forgot to order the matching stamp set that coordinates beautifully with the kit called To You & Yous Too - clever name and I still forgot to order it.  :)  So now what to do...look thru my stamp sets to find something to use.  I was able to find a base for my tree AND the top of my ornament in the set Festival of Trees - AWESOME!  I then used one of my all time favorite stamps Ornamental Pine for the background to my trees!  Crisis diverted and I like what I came up with:

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So I was cruising along make my cards when the next hurdle happened.  Have you ever been stamping and putting the finishing sentiment on your card when you wiggle the stamp too much and it leaves a very unsightly mark?  NOOOOOO!!!!  My first instinct was "the card is ruined" but when you put in all that work, we have to try and fix it right?  Here is the problem:

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Here is what I came up with to fix the card:

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 After all was said and done, my favorite card from all of them was my mistake!  Now that is what I call "making it my own".  :)

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