Dec 3 – Fun Fold Friday with Peaceful Place

Today’s Fun Fold we’re working with the Peaceful Place Suite again. A fellow Demonstrator of mine taught me this fold called a Tri-Panel Card.

Card Front
Opened Once
Opened twice to show the inside

Isn’t this gorgeous? I had a thought to make this a holiday card and swap add our family photo. Maybe I’ll make a few of those for very special folks.

Tutorial:

  • Cardstock:
    • Card Base: 8-1/2 x 11, scored at 5-1/2 on the long side and 4-1/4 on the short side, cut away the bottom, left quarter of the card stock.
    • White/Vanilla:
      • approx. 3-1/4 x 4-1/2 rectangle + die
      • approx. 2-1/2 x 3-3/4 rectangle + die
      • approx. 2 x 3 rectangle
  • Designer Series Paper: 4 each @ 4 TALL x 5-1/4 WIDE (if you are working with a directional pattern)
  • Die Cuts OR Punched Items – Variety of sizes (not any bigger than your rectangles)
  • Paper, stamps, ink, adhesives (tear tape, green glue, strong adhesive), cut outs, embellishments, ribbon, etc
  • Scoring Tool, Trimmer, Stampin’ Emboss machine

Directions:

  1. After scoring card base, cut away left quarter so you’re left with this:
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2. Fold up the bottom right quarter

3. Fold over the top left. You may need to trim a smidgeon here or there and force fold to even out the tri-layers. When all folded, burnish well.

4. Decorate!

Happy Stamping! Kelly


Day 2 – Peaceful Place

I love love the suite Peaceful Place that features the Peaceful Cabin bundle. The Peaceful Place 12 x 12 DSP is really pretty. (It’s not orderable until Dec 10th…so check back in my store on that day if you want it!)

Today’s projects are simple, easy, and elegant. Anytime you use black and white with a pop of red you automatically get a very elegant look. In addition to the DSP and stamps, I also used the gorgeous Real Red double-stitched satin ribbon, the Wonderful Snowflakes, and plaid red paper from the Peaceful Prints DSP from last summer’s Sale-A-Bration event. So pretty!

So so pretty! And easy. The only “fussy” part of any of these three cards was I embossed the “Be of Good Cheer” stamp in white. Otherwise, it’s all ink, paper, stamps. Perfect for a last minute holiday card!

The Peaceful Cabin stamp set, dies, and DSP are all retiring on January 3rd when the July-Dec Mini Catalog retires. You can see the full catalog of what is retiring (including some products discounted up to 50% off!) by visiting my online store. Or, download the files below to see the retired list and also the carryover list for what’s carrying over to the 2022-2023 Annual Catalog or 2022 July-Dec Mini Catalog!

Happy shopping, and stamping! Kelly

Day 1 – Happy Holly-Days

Welcome to 24 Days ’til Christmas post series! I hope I can keep up with posting each day during this very busy time. Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday and I’m excited to share projects with you daily from now until Christmas Day. I have a fun calendar planned ahead with “Dies Week” next week, “DSP Week” the week of Dec 12, and “Punch Week” the week of Dec 19. I will plan to resume Fun Fold Fridays and Case the Catalog Sundays, so look for those fun things throughout the month too. Without further ado, let’s get started!

Today’s project features the Happy Holly-Days Bundle shown on page 27 of the Mini Catalog. This bundle is under $40 and one that I think got missed in the shuffle the past couple of months. But it is a beautiful stamp set and a lovely holly border punch:

Here’s today’s project showcasing this bundle:

The border punch is so much fun to use – especially with the Red & Green Foil paper, and the stamps are amazing! I even love the stamp that’s a dotted line!

See you tomorrow! Kelly


Supply List

Grateful for You

Happy Thanksgiving! Final day of my week of “why I’m grateful for Stampin’ Up!” and my gratitude today is for you: my readers, followers, team members, customers, and fellow Demonstrators. Stampin’ Up!’s mission is one of the reasons why I joined in 2003 and continue to be a Demonstrator today. It is a “statement of the heart” that states: To share what we love, as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments…In this we make a difference.

Today’s card wasn’t made by me. It was made by my mother–the reason I’m a Demonstrator. In 1998 she was getting into Stampin’ Up! – attending a workshop pretty regularly and stamping. I wasn’t living at home then so didn’t know this was happening until one day I got a handmade card in the mail and it was the coolest thing I had ever seen. It didn’t look like a “Hallmark” card, and it was personal. I called my mom to thank her and my father got on the other phone (yes, landlines still existed) and butted in with: “Do you like the card your mother sent you?” I said “YES!” and gushed a bit. He said, “Well good, I’m glad you liked it. It cost about $1,000.” HA!!! Of course now, years and years later (with a house full of crafting supplies) this makes me laugh even more because I certainly get it.

And while we are a little bit better about “buying the whole catalog” (and me being a Demonstrator allows me the financial freedom to purchase much more than I ever would otherwise), it isn’t even about the cost. It’s about this card below, and all it represents. .

(Please ignore the hole at the top–it was on our board in the kitchen!)

She used the Festive & Bright Bundle, the Woodplank 3D embossing folder, retired plaid Stampin’ Up DSP and some ribbon from her stash. It is a WOW card and I’m so so proud of how far she has come in this craft since that very first card I received. She is a talented crafter, LOVES Stampin’ Up! and cardmaking (still! all these years later), and stamping with her is one of my favorite things in the world.

Thank you for caring about creativity and crafting and for following me on this journey. Note: I’m visiting my parents for the holiday and will be taking a few days off to spend time with them (and stamp with my mom, of course!) Be sure to hop back to my blog starting December 1st where we’ll be starting our counting down to Christmas!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Kelly

Grateful for Coordination

One of the BIG reasons I’m so grateful for Stampin’ Up! products is that they coordinate. I love that a lot of the hardwork is done for me – the stamps, paper, and accessories are all meant to coordinate so you can dive right into creating and not spend a time with a color wheel, matching paper swatches, etc. LOVE!

For example, check out some of these cards make with the Peaceful Place Suite from the July-Dec Mini Catalog.

So stunning, yet so so simple thanks to Stampin’ Up’s coordination!

If you don’t have an entire suite, you can still achieve quick and beautiful cards using coordination by simply choosing a designer series paper pack and coordinating ink and cardstock. Voila!

Get crafty today – and happy stamping! Kelly

Grateful to Share My Craft with Others

Today I’m grateful for Stampin’ Up! and my papercraft because it allows me to share and give to brighten someone’s day. I love love love this craft. And when I love stamping the most is when I get to share it with others. And I got to put this to practice today.

I serve on the Teacher Appreciation committee for my sons’ parent volunteer organization. For this holiday, the co-chairs wanted to give a homemade pie to every teacher in the school (75 total). I am a baker, but I find baking pies pretty frustrating…so I asked if instead of making X pies, could I make a special tag for on top of each? The co-chairs loved the idea and, well, here we are!

Here’s my tag making in action:

And here’s the tags and the pies display!

So much fun, and I’m so grateful to have been able to share my craft in this way.

Oh! And, of course the Sweets & Treats stamp set was PERFECT for this occasion!

SWEETS & TREATS PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET

I hope you can find a way to share what you love this holiday season.

Happy Stamping! Kelly

Swapping with Gorgeous Leaves Bundle

It’s been a busy day and I didn’t have time to make a new Thanksgiving card for today’s post. Perfectly timed because when I think of Stampin’ Up! and all the things I’m thankful for when it comes to this company and craft is the tradition of swapping. Swapping is when Demonstrators make projects (sometimes based on theme, sometimes not) to share with other Demonstrators. In my case, I mainly swap with other Demonstrators through Stampin’ Up! events or the launch of a new catalog. But I imagine there are swaps going on all the time – whenever you want! (I also imagine non-Demonstrators could find a way to swap by connecting online.)

Anyway, I was flipping through the Mini Catalog and the Gorgeous Leaves Bundle caught my eye. It’s on page 47 of the Mini and here’s a photo of it:

GORGEOUS LEAVES BUNDLE

As gorgeous as this bundle is, I don’t have it. This is where swapping is so beneficial! Check these cards out:

Created y Kim Innis, Ohio
Carol Snow, NC
Creator Unknown
Created by Tracy Gentry, NC

I have these four samples using this bundle and I get to see it up close and in person–as well as share them with all of you–without having to purchase the bundle. And this bundle is so pretty!

Want to become a Demonstrator so you can swap with other Demonstrators? Join my team before November 30 for a huge savings on the starter kit!

Happy Stamping! Kelly

CTCS: Sparkle of the Season meets Blackberry Beauty

Today’s Case the Catalog Sunday features the Sparkle of the Season Bundle and Blackberry Beauty DSP colors, shown below:

I CASEed this project from page 69 of the July-Dec Mini Catalog:

And here’s my card:

This project also meets the challenge from this week’s “CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge” – CTC345 – “Case the Colours of the Blackberry Beauty DSP”. This designer series paper is gorgeous and I love the colors: Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry, Cinnamon Cider, and Gold (Early Espresso and Polished Pink are also in this DSP, but not featured here). For this project I also used the Gold & Rose Gold 6 x 6 Specialty Paper as well as the Cork Specialty paper. LOVE!

Today’s note of gratitude goes out to the Stampin’ Up!’s catalogs. I’m grateful that the catalogs are so much more than just a “sales tool” and can be used as Idea Books. If I’m not feeling super creative or if I can’t seem to get inspired, I simply pick up my “catty”, open to any page, and point. Instant creativity! I know we can go online to Pinterest, Instagram, etc, but sometimes I don’t want to be on a device and I love holding the catalog while I look.

What are you grateful for in your craft?

Happy Stamping! Kelly


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Thankful for Fun Folds

I missed Fun Fold Friday, but I had the project ready, so it’s Fun Fold Saturday this week. Also, I’m kicking off a week of gratitude as we head into Thanksgiving week.

This week’s Fun Fold is a simple one, but pretty and could be used in a variety of ways with any stamp set or occasion.

Measurements:

Colored Card Stock:
– 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Score long side @ 4-1/4
– 5 x 7-1/2 Score long side @ 3-3/4
THEN cut approx. 2-3/8 circle centered on left side, down about 1/2″

Designer Series Paper:
– 4 x 5-1/4

White/Vanilla:
– 3-1/2 x 4-3/4
– approximately 2-1/8 Circle die cut or punched piece (to layer)

Die Cuts OR Punched Items:
– Large item
– Medium … no bigger than a 2-3/8 circle
– Small … variety pieces

Instructions:

  • Adhere your folded smaller layer, with open side on the left, to the inside of your card. 
  • Adhere your white/vanilla layer on the left side of attached card
  • Place your DSP to the front of card
  • Decorate!

Happy Stamping! Kelly

Seasonal Sale!

Stampin’ Up!’s Season Sale is going on right now, and ends tonight at 11:50 PM (Mountain Time – 1:50 AM for my local friends) and this is a great time to stock up on cardstock (10% off), ink pads (15% off), and dies (20% off). There are a number of standalone dies that don’t come with a stamp set that I believe are must-haves in your collection.

Picture This Dies are a MUST. I’ve posted projects on here using these, including this one, but if you want to see them all go to the search bar at the bottom and do a search for them. Here’s what they look like.

PICTURE THIS DIES

Another are the Basic Border Dies. A MUST. I haven’t posted many projects using this die, so adding that to my content list for December, but here’s a fun Halloween card using the rick rack border. One thing I love about these is just like the Picture This dies, they are stitched.

BASIC BORDERS DIES

Finally, a MUST MUST MUST have are the Tailor Made Tags

dies. HOLY. I use these a lot…didn’t even realize how much I would use them. Here’s a recent post where I used the largest tag as my focal point. Below is a photo of the tags. Even at full price, these dies are worth it, but if you don’t have them already, $17 and change is a steal.

TAILOR MADE TAGS DIES

I signed up to make tags for Thanksgiving pies for my boys teachers and these dies make that project go much faster! (These also use the Sweets & Treats stamp set).

Anyway, grab your Annual Catalog, flip through it and find your favorites. Also go through your cardstock and inks – 10%-15% off is a great deal! You can order anytime directly through my online store!

Happy Stamping! Kelly

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