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Border Buddy Saturday - Happy New Year!

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It's Border Buddy Saturday and it's Alison here today.

Patsy and I hope you all will have a Happy New Year and a wonderful 2017.  We are very appreciative of your support of our businesses this past year and look forward to inspiring you with even more projects next year!

This card uses products from a brand new stamp set called Birthday Blast from the upcoming Occasions catalogue.  The catalogue goes live on January 4 along with the Sale-a-bration promotion period.  For every $60 CAN ($50 US) you spend from any of our current offerings you can pick a FREE Sale-a-bration reward.

Birthday blast stamp set www.stampcrazywithalison.ca

I received this card from Stampin' Up! in celebration of my earning Top 100 Demonstrator in the company.  I love the addition of the Silver Sequin Trim to give it a little "bling"

Here are some other wonderful projects made by the concept artists at Stampin' Up! using the Birthday Blast stamp set and the Star Blast Edgelits Dies (buy them together and save 10%).

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There are so many occasions we celebrate throughout the year and this set is perfect for Birthdays, promotions, graduations, weddings and more!

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Don't you love the way the edgelits pop on the top of the box? It's like fireworks!

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Just in CASE - Sweet Cupcake Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Thursday's Just in CASE Series...

CASE = COPY AND SHARE EVERYTHING

Sweet Cupcake stamp set and Cupcake Cutouts Framelits by Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor.com horz

Today's CASE comes from page 32 of the soon to be released Stampin' Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog.  You will be able to start ordering from the catalog January 4, 2017.  The stamp set the concept artist used is the Cool Treats stamp set which if you are feeling a wintry slump, this stamp set will snap you right out of it!  

Sweet Cupcake stamp set and Cupcake Cutouts Framelits by Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor.com

For my CASE I used the Sweet Cupcake stamp set and Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Paper Stack that is in the New Occasions Catalog.  

This paper coordinates with the Stampin' Up! colors Bermuda Bay Calypso Coral, Early Espresso, Peekaboo Peach and So Saffron. 

 

 

The little doilies are a nice added touch and are so cost effective at only $3.00 for 24 doilies.   

Sweet Cupcake stamp set and Cupcake Cutouts Framelits by Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor.com 3

To get the soft washed look behind the cupcake I used the Shimmery White Cardstock.  I squeezed the Peekaboo Peach Ink pad to get some ink in the cover and took my Aqua Painter and squeezed a couple drops of water in the lid and mixed it with the ink and then brushed it across the paper.   The Shimmery White paper works a bit better for this technique than the plan Whisper White.   You can also use Watercolor Paper. 

My weekly FREE gift to you, download your free Tutorial of this card with images, measurements, supply list and directions.

Download Free Tutorial Just in CASE 2017 Occasions Catalog page 32

Thanks for stopping by and I would love to hear if you are enjoying downloading your free tutorials.

Hop on over to Alison's  blog and see what she CASED today!

 

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Sealed with Love Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Sealed with Love stamp set and Sendig Love Paper by Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor.com 1

As a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator one of the things we get to participate in is cards swaps.   Here is the card I designed for the Advisory Board Alumni Swap.  It works kind of like this...

  • I created 40 cards exactly alike.
  • Mailed them off to the Swap Host by a specified date. 
  • Swap host sorts out one of each participants cards. 
  • Mails 40 different cards (one of each participants) back to me.

This is a great way to get a variety of cards for samples to share with you.  It is also a great way to get more inspiration.  Sort of like a pot luck of cards.

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Today's card is created using the Sealed with Love stamp set by Stampin' Up!  featured in the New Occasions Catalog that comes out in just a few days, January 4, 2017.  

The patterned paper is from the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack.  The stacks are 6" x 6" and contain 48 sheets of patterned paper, 6 each of 8 double-sided designs. 

Both the stamp set and paper are part of the Sending Love Suite.  Stampin' Up! puts together suites of coordinating products to help take the guess work out of selecting the crafting items you will need for your projects.  With the bold designs and traditional colors of the Sending Love Suite you will find these the perfect ensemble for your Valentine paper crafting. 

Sealed with Love stamp set and Sendig Love Paper by Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor.com

The embossed background is Falling Petals Embossing Folder also from the 2017 Occasions Catalog.   I thought it looked like tiny hears and would add a nice touch to my Valentine's card.  

I will be sending this card to my "Uncle" Robert (my Dad's cousin) and his lovely wife Lorraine for Valentines Day.  Since my father's passing 11 years ago Robert has been my mentor in life.  The one who gives me praise and makes me feel what I am doing is worth while.  He often says how proud he is of me an my business and is so encouraging.  He turned 94 this past year and I am so grateful he does email so we can chat back and forth often.  Just like I am grateful that I can share with you via my blog stamping.  I have been sharing Stampin' Up! for over 18 years now and while the mode of sharing has changed a great deal the basic, Stamps, Ink and paper remain the staple.  

Do you send out Valentine Cards?  Why not create some this year and show your love across the miles to someone who is important to you. 

 

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Sunday Sketches SS016 - Cookie Cutter Christmas by Stampin' Up!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Do you remember the story of the Ginger Bread Man it dates back to 1875.  According to the author (whose name is unknown) it was told to her children by a nanny who didn't know where it came from but was told to her when she was young.  

My Grandmother use to read the story to me and I can hear her voice as she would read " I can run away from you I can I can!"

Picture Story-Book Nine Stories

It was from the vintage story book "Picture Story-Book Nine Stories" published in 1933.  I still have this special book and cherish the memories spent with my Grandma.   The holidays always make one think of those special times. 

I decided to stamp today's card using the Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set for my Sunday Sketches Card.

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Sketch Measurements:

  • Card Base: Side Fold 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" - Top Fold 4 1/4" x 11"
  • Next Layer: 4" x 5 1/4" 
  • Next Layer: 1 3/4" x 5 1/4"
  • Oval: 3 1/4" tall

Sunday Sketches SS016 Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set & Punch by Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor-horz

Let your imagination run wild! 

Sketches are open to interpretation.  You can create a card exactly using the sketch layout, using a square where there is a square, or you can change it to a be a circle, or oval or flower etc. You can also turn the sketch so if it is a vertical sketch you might want to turn it to be horizontal. 

Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set by Stampin Up www.stampstodiefor.com

For the card base I used the Whisper White Thick cardstock which is a bit heavy and makes an base for your card.  The patterned paper is from the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper collection.  

The embossing on the Crumb Cake Cardstock was made with the Sizzix Big Shot and the Holly Embossing Folder.  

The oval was made using the Stitched Shapes Framelits and Big Shot.  I stamped the ginger bread cookie in Soft Suede and punched it out with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch and embellished his cheeks with Real Red Enamel Shapes.

 

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Border Buddy Saturday - 12 Weeks of Christmas

It's Border Buddies Saturday and Christmas Eve and our Final 12 Weeks of Christmas Card share.  How the time flies!

It is a busy time of year and today many of you will be celebrating Christmas.  We have a white Christmas here in Minnesota.  One of the traditions Tom and I enjoy each year is watching White Christmas along with popcorn of course.  We never get tired of watching it.  We had been married several years before we realized it was each others favorite Christmas movie.  

Candy Cane Lane Paper and Suite Sayings stamp set by Stampin Up www.stampstodiefor.com 3

The little gingerbread house has lots of white for Christmas. I cut it out from the This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper and layered it on the circle and scallop circle that I cut out using the Big Shot & the Layering Circle Framelits.  Nothing sets off a card like some Gold Glimmer paper it just really adds a little WOW factor! 

Candy Cane Lane Paper and Suite Sayings stamp set by Stampin Up www.stampstodiefor.com

I colored the sentiment from the Suite Seasons stamp set in Delightful Dijon, Real Red and Early Espresso Stampin' Write Markers.  The Delightful Dijon really matched the gold nicely.  

I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas Eve and hope you are able to spend it with family and friends!

 

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Just in CASE - Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set

Thursday's Just in CASE Series...

CASE = COPY AND SHARE EVERYTHING

Just in Case Series Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set & Punch by Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor.com vert

The card I picked out this week to CASE is from page 3 of the Holiday Catalog.  Many of the Holiday Catalog Items are Only While Supplies Last!  The Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set, along with the coordinating Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, are going to be carried over.

Just in CASE series, Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set & Punch by Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor.com

I love this card it makes me smile every time I look at it.  The colors are so traditional and the whimsical Santa, what's not to love.

The color palette is...

 


Do you prefer Traditional Christmas Colors for your cards or do you like to change it up and go more trendy colors?  I was hopping around on the internet to check out non-traditional Christmas colors. I found a site that listed color trends for 2016 without on image of color the entire site was black and white (who would do that).  

Anyway I found a fun place to check out some ideas beyond Green and Red for Christmas decorating.

 

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I love sharing a FREE tutorial with you each week just for stopping by, so be sure and download the tutorial for today's card with images, supply list, measurement and directions. 

Download Free Tutorial Just in CASE Cookie Cutter Christmas

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Do You Love Patterned Paper for Card Making

Designer Series Paper Share

The new 2017 Occasions Catlaog will be out January 4!

  • Do you love patterned paper as much as me?
  • Would you enjoy having every pattern at your finger tips?
  • Would love to have it all?

To have all the new Designer Papers would cost over $115.00...

But you can have it all for only  $14.50 plus $6.80 Priority Shipping (includes insurance and tracking).
50 pieces of  6" x 6" double sided designs and 4 pieces 4" x 6" of single sided design. 

Here is how it works. 

  • When 8 stampers sign up for a paper sampler, I order one of every New Designer Paper
  • It is Shipped to me.
  • Then I cut it all up 8 ways
  • Sort it out
  • Put the in a great little clear storage box.
  • I will mail them out Priority Mail
  • You will have a piece of each of the New papers for creating amazing projects.    

How to Order:

  • I will send an email confirmation
    I usually answer within 24 hours, so if you don’t get a reply, email again just in case it got lost in cyberspace! 
  • On December 29 I will send a PayPal invoice.
  • Spots are limited and will be on a first come first serve basis.  When one Sampler fills up with 8 participants, I will start another.  The samplers that are filled I will place the order ASAP on January 4th when we are able to place our first orders from the new catalog.  It will take about 7-10 days to arrive and a couple of days for me to package it up and get in the mail.  I hope to have them in the mail by January 18*.

*Shipping Times will vary depending on when Paper Sampler Spots are filled.  

If for some reason a paper pack is back-ordered (BO), I will email you immediately to let you know of the delay.  You can choose to have me wait to ship it all together once the BO paper arrives or pay additional postage to ship the BO paper separately when it arrives.  Keeping my fingers crossed that no paper will be on back-order!

It is so much fun to have a little of it all for creating a variety of cards!  Hope you join in the Fun!

This offer only good through Patsy Waggoner and I can only ship in the USA.

 

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Color Your World World Blog Hop - Jolly Friends Christmas Card

International Stampin' Up! Blog Hop

It's time to for the Color Your World Blog hop, featuring amazing Top Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world.  Sharing our hand stamped projects using Stampin' Up! paper crafting products and a special color palette.

Today's Color Palette is...

Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze, Sahara Sand and Basic Gray

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I love to try and use all the colors even through it isn't required.  I always love a good challenge. 

Color Your World International Blog Hop - Jolly Friends stamp set and Jolly Hat Builder Punch by Stampin Up www.stampstodiefor.com

When I saw that Basic Gray was on the list I thought the snowflake paper from the This Christmas Specialty Designer Paper would be the perfect background. 

Measurements:

  • Cardbase: 4 1/4" x 11 for top fold, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" for side fold.
  • Snowflake Paper: 3 3/4" x 5 1/2"
  • The Cherry Cobbler Scallop Circle: 3 1/16"  (from the Layering Circles Framelits)
  • The Always Artichoke Stitched Circle: 2 7/8" (is from the Stitched Shape Framelits which have been so popular they are sold out for the time being and will be available mid January).
  • The hat I colored Cherry Cobbler and Cajun Craze alternating with Stampin' Write Markers.
  • The Jolly Hat Builder punch does punch out the hat and trip but the moose and scarf I did fussy cut

Color Your World International Blog Hop - Jolly Friends stamp set and Jolly Hat Builder Punch by Stampin Up www.stampstodiefor.com 23

I used the Merry Christmouse from the Merry Mice stamp set but covered up the mouse with MOOSE.  I stamped the MOOSE using the Labeler Alphabet set.  I cut one banner using the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits and Big Shot.  I cut on in Very Vanilla and another in Cherry Cobbler.  I cut the Cherry Cobbler one in half and attached behind each end of the Very Vanilla with just a little bit peeking out.

Labeler Alphabet stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I think you will find all kinds of uses for this stamp set to create the perfect sentiment.  This set is a Photopolymer set making it easy to use and you even get doubles of some of the more popular letters. 

Just click Next to hop on over to the next blog~

                

If you get lost you can just click one the links below.

Alison Solven - Canada

Alisa Tilsner - Australia

Patsy Waggoner  -USA  You are here at my blog now!

Sophie Prestrelle - France

Sharlene Meyer- New Zealand

Sam Hammond - UK

Barbara Meyer - Austria 

For blogs in another language it is easy to click translation usually found in the sidebar of the blog to switch to English

 

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Sunday Sketches SS015 Suite Seasons Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Welcome to Sunday Sketches by Stamps to Die For. 

Each Sunday I post a card sketch I have created along with a card I stamped using the sketch.  Sketches often help get my creativity fired up and I hope this sketch might inspire you.

Sunday Sketches SS015 by Stamps to die for

Sketch Measurements:

  • Card Base: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" for side fold, 4 1/4" x 11" for top fold
  • Next Layer: 2 1/2" x 5"
  • Next Layer: 2 1/4" x 4 1/4"
  • Rectangle: 2 1/4" x 3 1/4"
  • Inside: 4" x 5 1/4"

Sunday Sketches SS015 by Stamps to die for-horz

Let your imagination run wild! 

Sketches are open to interpretation.  You can create a card exactly using the sketch layout, using a square where there is a square, or you can change it to a be a circle, or oval or flower etc. You can also turn the sketch so if it is a vertical sketch you might want to turn it to be horizontal. 

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The card base is Cherry Cobbler Cardstock and the patterned paper is part of the This Christmas Specialty Designer Paper.  The sentiment "A Happy Heart Makes for A Happy Christmas" is so true.  I hope you will take the time for yourself and do the things that make you happy this holiday season.

Here is the list of supplies used for today's card.  If you are reading this via email delivery and would like to view the supplies click here to go to the blog post to view the supplies.

 

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12 Weeks of Christmas Week 11 - Christmas Pines

Christmas Pines Stamp Set Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies www.stampcrazywithalison.ca

It's Border Buddy Saturday and it's Alison here this week.

Patsy and I have had so much fun bringing you a different Christmas themed card for the past 10 weeks.  Today is my last week as Patsy will wrap our 12 Weeks of Christmas up next Saturday.  We hope you've enjoyed it as much as we have had bringing this special series to you!

Today's card uses the Christmas Pines Stamp Set and Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies.  You can bundle these two products together and save 10%.  These stamps and thinlits will be carried forward from the Holiday catalogue and will continue to be available, however, they will not be bundled for savings.  So you'll want to pick these up before January 4 to save!

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I love the details in the dies and this card features the pinecones cut from Silver Foil paper.  Silver always adds that touch of elegance to any card and when matched with Whisper White just reminds me of a snowy day.

Christmas pines stamp set pretty pines thinlits dies 4 www.stampcrazywithalison.ca

I love the size of the greeting in this set and it's embossed in silver to match the pinecones. The boughs are a two step stamp which allows you to add dimension when you stamp one on top of the other.  The card features Emerald Envy and Bermuda Bay which aren't a traditional combination but work lovely together on this card.

The stamps and thinlits are part of the Presents & Pinecones suite of products and include the Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper which is currently offered at 30% off the regular price.

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  • Item #141986
  • 12 sheets: 2 each of 6 double-sided designs
  • 12" x 12"
  • Cherry Cobbler, Delightful Dijon, Early Espresso, Emerald Envy, Mint Macaron, Whisper White
  • acid free, lignin free

Download 12 Weeks of Christmas - Christmas Pines PDF Instructions

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