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Monday, January 26, 2015

Twitterpated Owl Card

I'm still recovering...or actually, trying to get back into remission again, from my trigeminal neuralgia. It's excruciatingly painful right now--I try not to think about it, because it makes me cry, and crying tends to irritate it more. It's insane. All healing thoughts, prayers, and good vibes are appreciated more than words can express. Speaking of sweet sentiments, I wanted to share this little cutie that I made for the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #107:


Below is the sketch I loosely followed. The challenge is to keep the card "clean and simple". Even though there is some punch art to this card, it's just an oval and some circles. Yes, even the beak and ear tufts are circles. Super simple.


I originally created this little owl for a treat box I hope to share tomorrow, with a simple photo tutorial...if I can manage it. You're welcome to check back, or you can subscribe to my blog by email and get a notice sent right to your Inbox when it posts. The treat box will use essentially the same supplies (Gold Foil hearts and embossing folder are optional), so go ahead and click on anything you don't have below, to order it now. Each treat box is made from one half-sheet of Sahara Sand card stock, so you can make 48 boxes from one package of that single color card stock.


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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Christmas Catchup: The Paper Christmas Tree

Okay, so the last 6 weeks months or so have been a bit challenging for me...for various reasons. We actually put off our Christmas celebration for a week, making New Year's Day our Christmas morning! Because of all the "stuff" going on, I didn't get any Christmas decorations up. That was really hard for me, because I *love* all the lights and shinies :-) Unfortunately, all I could think about was the energy needed to take it all out, put it all up, then take it all down and put it away afterward. But as New Year's Eve arrived, I could not stand the thought of celebrating our Christmas without at least a tree, so I created this for a little space we had on our dining room wall:


This was totally ad libbed, so I have no measurements for you, other than to say that I used 12"x12" card stock (happened to be textured) and cut it into 1-1/2" strips. Actually, the very tip top part was cut into a tall triangle first, then cut to 1-1/2" strips. The rest of the strips were just cut to different sizes and then I cut the angles at the outside edges freehand. If you want all the angles to be the same, without the bother of measuring, just use the first one that you cut as a pattern for what to cut away on the rest of them. (lay the cut end over the uncut end, then cut away what doesn't belong)

I was gonna make it taller, but I was getting over being sick, so I just couldn't muster the energy. You can see how the spaces between the rows kept getting bigger--LOL! For the lights, I used battery powered tea lights. I ran some Linen Thread through some holes in the battery cover on the bottom, and tied a knot to create a loop for hanging over a pushpin. That way, I could get to the on/off switch for each tea light easily, plus they are easy to take down and reuse later.

Again, laziness prompted this idea, but it's been pointed out that this would be an excellent solution where space is tight...especially in an apartment or studio. If you used a temporary adhesive that would stick to the wall and not mar, and which also removes from the back of the project easily, you could definitely save the card stock strips from one year to the next. But I think I only used maybe 4 sheets of 12"x12" card stock total, so it should be a fairly inexpensive do-over even if you can't salvage the card stock.

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

January 10th Paper Pumpkin Deadline Reminder

As always, the 10th of every month (no later than 11:59pm MT) is the deadline to sign up to get that month's Paper Pumpkin Kit delivered! You can find all the FAQs and sign up for a monthly subscription HERE, but there is a special during Sale-a-Bration which offers $5 OFF a 3-Month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription AND at the same time, qualifies you to choose one FREE Sale-a-Bration item!!!

Below is Stampin' Up!'s walkthrough video for the Paper Pumpkin kit we got in December 2014: All Shook Up. Supplies were included for NINE awesome shaker cards, including envelopes. I'd also like to mention that each kit delivered in November came with a FREE GIFT of the Essentials Paper Piercing Pack. Stampin' Up! has given unannounced gifts in Paper Pumpkin kits several times now, which makes it even more fun, and valuable! (if you are viewing this article in email, you may need to click the post title to view the video)


You are by no means required to make the project(s) as they are represented in the kits. Stampin' Up! has started including pictures of alternate ideas in the kit, and also maintains a separate Pinterest account to gather pins of alternate ideas for each month's kit. You can click HERE to see Stampin' Up!'s Pinterest board for December's kit, with alternate ideas.

Remember, the contents of each monthly Paper Pumpkin kit are a surprise--so if you prefer to pick out your own supplies, you'll probably get more out of browsing my ONLINE STORE. However, these kits come with almost everything you need to complete the enclosed projects, with the exception of a little liquid glue sometimes, or scissors to snip ribbon or twine. You also get a free stamp set and a free mini ink pad (or other coloring tools) each month, so it's great for accumulating stamping supplies. If you love the idea of having a creative escape delivered to your door every month, with the tedious prep work already done for you (cutting, scoring, etc), then Paper Pumpkin will fit you like Cinderella trying on her glass slipper!

Click HERE to Order Your 3-Month Paper Pumpkin Prepaid Subscription
($5 OFF plus ONE FREE Sale-a-Bration Item of Your Choice)

Click HERE to Order Your 6-Month Paper Pumpkin Prepaid Subscription
(SAVE $1 per month, plus get TWO FREE Sale-a-Bration Items of Your Choice)

Click HERE to Order Your 12-Month Paper Pumpkin Prepaid Subscription
(SAVE $2 per month, plus get FOUR FREE Sale-a-Bration Items of Your Choice,
AND up to $30 More FREE Merchandise of Your Choice!!!)

The ONLINE STORE system should prompt you to choose your FREE Sale-a-Bration item during checkout. And, you can also add any other retail items to your Shopping Bag before you check out, so you may want to stock up on some basics so you can take advantage of qualifying for even MORE FREE Sale-a-Bration items :-) I highly recommend any or all of the following staple items to use with Paper Pumpkin kits:


IMPORTANT: When you purchase a Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription, it is NOT active until you enter the Promo Code you received after paying for your order, and create or update your Paper Pumpkin login HERE. If you want any given month's kit delivered to you, you *must* have all your info set up no later than 11:59pm MT on the 10th of the month.

STAY TUNED TO LEARN HOW TO GET EVEN MORE FREE STUFF
with my NEW Procrastistampin' Points!!!
(I am now offering personal rewards for purchasing with me--orders, classes,
Paper Pumpkin kits, even retired merchandise you buy from me...
they will ALL count towards FREE STAMPS for you!)

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

2015 Sale-a-Bration Begins!

SALE-A-BRATION IS HERE!!!

Get FREE STUFF when you

SPEND,

HOST, or JOIN,

January 6th thru March 31st!

Click HERE to View the Sale-a-Bration Brochure PDF
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FREE STUFF WHEN YOU SPEND $50*:
Choose (1) FREE Sale-a-Bration item (see selection at end of post) for every $50 you spend on a retail order, whether ordered through me by phone or email, through my ONLINE STORE, or as a retail order through a party.

FREE STUFF WHEN YOU HOST WITH AT LEAST $250* IN SALES:
Earn an additional FREE $25 in Host Dollars (to spend on any Stampin' Up! retail merchandise) when you host a party with at least $250 in sales during Sale-a-Bration. You can host an actual party, at my place or yours, or host a virtual party online. Or, do a combination of BOTH! FYI, your own retail order counts towards your hosting sales total! Drop me an email to ask how you can pre-order party supplies for you and your guests, to earn your Host Dollars and FREE Stuff up front.

FREE STUFF WHEN YOU JOIN STAMPIN' UP!:
Become a Demonstrator for only $99 (plus tax, but no shipping) during Sale-a-Bration, and choose your Starter Kit of retail items up to $125 in value--PLUS, choose either a FREE Project Kit (from a selection of 5, listed below), or (2) FREE Sale-a-Bration Items!

*Please note that Sale-a-Bration free items are calculated ONLY on product price, no shipping or tax.

Sale-a-Bration FREE Items Selection (PDF):
Lotus Blossom stamp set (photopolymer only)
You Brighten My Day stamp set (in wood-mount, or clear-mount)
Big Day stamp set (in wood-mount, or clear-mount)
Simply Wonderful stamp set (in wood-mount, or clear-mount)
A Happy Thing stamp set (in wood-mount, or clear-mount)
Best Day Ever stamp set (in wood-mount, clear-mount, or photopolymer)
Best Year Ever Accessory Pack (ribbon and buttons in Best Day/Year Ever theme)
Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper (coordinates with Best Day Ever stamp set)
Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper
This Day Project Life Mini Card Collection
Or, choose from (12) Blendabilities Marker Assortment Sets (Calypso Coral 139922, Coastal Cabana 139923, Cherry Cobbler 139924, Crumb Cake 139925, Daffodil Delight 139926, Melon Mambo 139927, Night of Navy 139928, Old Olive 139929, Pumpkin Pie 139930, Rich Razzleberry 139931, Smoky Slate 139932, Wisteria Wonder 139934)

Sale-a-Bration FREE Starter Kit Project Kits Selection (PDF):
Hello Life Kit (coordinates with Hello Life stamp set)
Hooray It's Your Day Kit (coordinates with Hooray It's Your Day stamp set)
Perpetual Birthday Calendar Kit (coordinates with Perpetual Bday Calendar stamp set)
Build a Bouquet Kit (coordinates with Build a Bouquet stamp set)
So You Kit (coordinates with So You stamp set)

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2015 Occasions Catalog Debuts!

Ready to start your New Year out with a pop of COLOR, and some fresh designs???

Me, too!

Make Something for Someone Special, with Stampin' Up!'s
NEW 2015 Occasions Catalog,
in hues of Spring splendor...

Click HERE to View the Occasions Catalog PDF
Click HERE to View the Occasions Spanish PDF

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Getting Organized for the New Year? Check out the Perpetual Birthday Calendar Project Kit, and coordinating Perpetual Birthday Calendar Stamp Set! It goes together in a snap--it's even packaged in its own decorative box for gift giving! Get a group together and order supplies to make EIGHT of these, and get the stamp set FREE!!! (plus 3 additional FREE ITEMS during Sale-a-Bration) Drop me an email to ask me how...

Need to Lift Your Spirits with a Floral Bouquet? Check out the Build a Bouquet Project Kit, and coordinating Build a Bouquet Stamp Set! Just add some ink and a hot glue gun and you're ready to roll! Recreate the bouquet in colors of your choice, or make other floral projects and embellishments, using the Bouquet Bigz L Die. Fresh cut flowers, no gardening necessary ;-)

Made a Resolution to Send Handmade Cards this Year? Check out the Crazy About You Stamp Set with coordinating Hello You Thinlits Dies--available as a BUNDLE at 15% OFF! (available in wood-mount bundle, clear-mount bundle, and photopolymer bundle) You'll have easy, peasy greetings to make cards for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, Mother's Day, Father's Day, graduations, Easter, Spring, Thank You, new babies, and MORE!!! If you can only get one stamp set this Spring, get the Crazy About You Stamp Set (available in wood-mount, clear-mount, and photopolymer). If you have the Big Shot, you NEED the BUNDLE with the coordinating Hello You Thinlits Dies. Heck, you need the Thinlits no matter what...so, you'll just have to get yourself a Big Shot NOW. It's okay, I totally grant you permission.

Longing to Share a Handpicked Gift? Check out my personal favorite--the Berry Basket Bigz L Die, perfect for any and every Spring gift occasion. See? THIS IS WHY YOU NEED THE BIG SHOT! Lol. Think Valentine's treats, simple but special mini Easter baskets, paper crafting notions and embellishments, reception table centerpieces (filled with simple handmade favors), herb clippings, or even a baked treat with an accompanying recipe! To complete the garden theme, use the basket with the From the Garden Stamp Set and coordinating Handpicked Framelits Dies which are available in a BUNDLE for 15% OFF!

I think you'll LOVE this new catalog, I know I do! If you are a local customer (in or around Colorado Springs), please stay tuned for details on my upcoming OPEN HOUSE, where you can pick up your hard copy of the catalog for FREE. If you are a long-distance customer, please let me know if you'd like a hard copy of the catalog, and I'm happy to mail you one!

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Colorado Springs, CO
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Saturday, December 13, 2014

12 Days of Christmas: Reindeer, Sleigh & Clauses Bags and Boxes

Sorry I've been so quiet for so long...I'm making a grand apology by posting a huge project I've had going on the sidelines. What do you get when you take a red-nosed reindeer box, toss in some Petite Cafe Bags decorated with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and add 8 reindeer friends to help pull the Clauses on a sleigh? Well, here's what I got:




Each of the reindeer is a resealable box, and there are 9 reindeer. Both Santa and Mrs. Claus are resealable bags, so that's 2 more containers. And the sleigh features a resealable box underneath, for a grand total of 12 boxes and bags. The idea is to put a gift in each one, and put one out each day for the 12 Days of Christmas, until the whole ensemble is complete! I know I'm biased, but I happen to think it turned out FABULOUS.

My hope was to complete and share instructions for all these several weeks ago, but my computer's operating system pooped itself. I was barely able to get my ecutter working to get the sleigh cut out and get this project mailed out to the buyer who commissioned it, just the other day. And just today I've finally gotten enough back on my computer to edit these photos and post them on my blog. So, I'm sorry that instructions will not be coming anytime soon, but I will share the SVG cut files I edited and used, and the list of Stampin' Supplies, in case you want to wing it.

I found a free SVG sleigh file HERE, and modified it for my use on my Eclips2. I created three .scut3 (SCAL/eCAL) files, one with the sleigh and runners all on one 12x12 page, another with just the sleigh parts pushed close together (fits 8-1/2"x11" I think), and a third page with just the sleigh runners, which you could fit on a 6"x12" page. I separated the sleigh and runners so I could conserve card stock.

Download Zipped .scut3 Files HERE

Stampin' Supplies: Baked Brown Sugar card stock, Crumb Cake card stock, Whisper White card stock, Basic Black card stock, Cherry Cobbler card stock (retired Core'dinations used for sleigh), Blush Blossom card stock (retired Core'dinations used for flesh color), Top Note Die, Autumn Accents Bigz Die, Small Oval Punch (black of reindeer eyes, reindeer nose, reindeer paws, and to cut off parts of leaf die cut), 1-3/8" Circle Punch (outside of Mrs. Claus glasses), 1-1/4" Circle Punch (crumb cake layer of reindeer eyes & inside of Mrs. Claus glasses), 1" Circle Punch (white of reindeer eyes & pom poms on hats), 1/2" Circle Punch (Clauses Noses), XL Oval Punch/aka Wide Oval Punch (reindeer muzzle), Owl Builder Punch (Clauses eyes & Mrs. Claus' button), Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, Gold Metallic Foil card stock, Petite Cafe Bags, Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker (for Mrs. Claus' smile), Modern Label Punch (to close box under sleigh), Tombow Multipurpose Glue, Sticky Strip Adhesive, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, Pink Pirouette ink pad & Sponge Dauber (optional: to highlight cheeks on the Clauses), White Gel Pen (to put dots on Mrs. Claus' button), and Velcro™ self-adhesive dots for box closures.

~Kimberley Morris
Colorado Springs, CO
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Halloween Street Houses Card

Another quick and simple card for you today, featuring Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Home & Homemade Holiday Framelits Bundle, and the Halloween Street single stamp. Once again, this is an idea inspired by another demonstrator. I do love making my own designs, but when I'm crunched for time, I appreciate being able to take inspiration from other demonstrators :-)


This card is so obviously simple, you probably don't need instructions. But, let me give you a few tips:
  1. Use the Heat Tool to dry the Whisper White Craft Ink on the houses before die-cutting them, or just use the White StazOn ink pad instead.
  2. If your ribbon doesn't stay in place, pick up a Mini Glue Dot from the roll with your Paper Snips, and tuck it under the knot. Then stick the knot down where you'd like it to stay.
  3. If you're mailing this card, pull that knot as TIGHT as you can, to keep it as flat as possible--to avoid the need for extra postage due to thickness.
  4. In same scenario as above, adhere houses with flat glue, using a Stampin' Dimensional only for the moon.
Yet another CUTE, and not CREEPY, Halloween Project!


~Kimberley Morris
Colorado Springs, CO
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