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On Wednesday it was 40 degrees outside when we woke up.  Now, for a girl who grew up in the mountains of Virginia and routinely spent hours upon hours outside sledding on snow days, 40 degrees is not all that cold.  To me, 40 degrees at 7 AM means i should probably wear jeans and a sweater and it ought to warm up to a nice 60 degrees or so by the middle of the day.  If you listen to my friends and neighbors here in Alabama, you would think the next Ice Age is upon us.  Lots of facebook comments in my news feed about how miserable this weather is and when is springtime coming back.

My son, who like me is relatively unaffected by cold weather, insisted on dressing himself in shorts and a t shirt.  We had a long argument about whether pants and long sleeves might be more appropriate… and I lost.  I tried sending him outside in his shorts well before time to leave for school hoping that he would get cold and change his mind.  Instead he was like “I feel great, Mommy!  Can I ride my bike until it’s time to go?”   You should have seen the looks I got when I dropped him off in the school carline.  I am not going to win the mother of the year award if the preschool staff have anything to say about it.  Hey, at least I convinced him to put a jacket on!

Since everyone else thinks it is so wintry and cold around here, let’s play with snowflake stamps!  Here is a project that my stamp club members got to make this fall:

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Materials:

Tips:

  • Don’t you love those realistic-looking snowdrifts?  This takes about 30 seconds to do, seriously.  I just cut two rectangles of Whisper White cardstock to the correct width to fit on the front of the card, and then I tore the top edge of each in a curved shape.  No tools required, I just freehanded it.  Make two different curves so that when you place the pieces on top of one another, you can see one snowdrift in the foreground and another in the background.  Then before adhering these pieces to the front of your card, just get some Soft Sky ink on your sponge dauber and sponge it right onto the torn edge of the cardstock – this goes a long way to provide a little depth to your scene.
  • Using the same color ink as your cardstock for the snowflakes makes for a great subtle background.  I did a very similar version of this card last year with Bashful Blue which retired earlier this year, but I am happy to have replaced it with Soft Sky ink and cardstock for a fresh new look!  I also used the Snowflake Soiree stamp set which is still available for purchase.  It does not have spiffy coordinating framelits that cut them out perfectly, but it IS one of our 25 stamp sets that is on sale for 25% off this week!  If you are looking for a bargain on snowflakes this is a great chance:

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If you really really love the Festive Flurry snowflakes that I used on the card shown above, you can save 15% by purchasing the stamp set and coordinating framelits as a bundle!

If you have been contemplating a stamp purchase, TODAY is the best day to do that.  For one day only, everything in the universe has aligned so that you have SO MANY discounts all applicable at the same time:

  1. 25% off 25 stamp sets
  2. Weekly Deals while supplies last – this week the discounted items include the Dress Up Framelits, Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps, a rotary stamp, and Halloween digital downloads.
  3. Thank You Thursday deals – discounts on selected items for one day only (today it happens to be a lot of great Big Shot accessories)
  4. Mystery Hostess drawing – for each $25 you spend on purchases from me now through Monday morning, you will receive one entry into my drawing for FREE HOSTESS BENEFITS.  Who wouldn’t love a little free shopping spree?  If you are shopping online, just use the hostess code YPBWBUFH at checkout to enter the drawing.  You will see a box for the code in the lower left hand corner of your screen after you have placed an item in your shopping cart.  If you’re a local customer just e-mail me your order at stephanie.kokan@gmail.com and you’ll save a little on shipping!  The drawing for hostess benefits will be held at noon central time on October 28th so get your orders in before then!!

Happy stamping!  I’m going out and about with my little boy who decided to dress himself from head to toe in fleece today.  Ha!

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Today is my 10th wedding anniversary (wow, how did that happen so fast?) AND my little brother is getting married today!  Crazy coincidence?  Maybe October 6th is just a GREAT day for weddings.  I am really looking forward to a fun celebration today.

Of course I wanted some special cards for both these occasions.  I know this is a retired stamp set, but it is the one I used on the wedding invitations I made for my brother and new sister-in-law so I wanted to pull it out again for them, AND the colors are just the same as the ones my husband and I had at our wedding so I made him one that is almost the same.  I love these colors and how they suit this time of year so well but can also be quite masculine.

Here are the cards – one “For the Newlyweds” to give my brother and his brand-new wife, and the other “Happy Anniversary” to give to my husband.

Materials:

  • Stamp Sets:  Autumn Splendor (retired), Teeny Tiny Wishes
  • Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso
  • Cardstock:  Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
  • Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Labels Framelits and Lacy Brocade embossing folder, Bitty Buttons, Cherry Cobbler baker’s twine

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I love Framelits – what a treat to be able to stamp an image and cut it out perfectly with the Big Shot!   I have enjoyed this technique with our punches for years, but the Framelits let you do the same thing on a larger scale.  I use Framelits with coordinating stamp sets, to frame sentiments, and to provide matted shapes that are just a bit more interesting than plain old rectangles.  LOVE them.

But I HATE the way they are stored.

Framelits all come in a nice translucent plastic envelope, but they are attached to a piece of heavy cardstock with little pieces of double-sided tape.  This piece of heavy cardstock is sandwiched between a couple layers of thin glossy paper that have the product information and directions for use on them.  The double-sided tape sticks to this glossy paper and makes it very difficult to get to the Framelits without ripping the glossy paper all up.  This is torture for someone as OCD as me about keeping things in nice condition.  Then you have to remove the Framelits from the super sticky tape and half the time it feels like you have to pull so hard to get one unstuck that you are going to bend that precious little thin piece of metal out of shape.  Finally, after several repetitions of removing and replacing the Framelits on their little sticky spots, that double-sided tape starts to lose its stickiness and you are left with loose Framelits rattling around in the bottom of the envelope.

Argh!  You all know I love Stampin’ Up products, but this is a mess that I do not care to deal with when I’m trying to use these products in a class or workshop.

I have seen some people use our empty clear stamp cases (same size as a DVD case) with some strips of magnetic tape in there to hold the Framelits, which is a great improvement over the double sided tape fiasco.  However, I forgot to add any of the empty cases to my last order…and then I spent a little too much time surfing Pinterest while watching the Olympics the past couple weeks and ran across this little gem of an idea:  Cover magnetic sheets with DSP!  Then you have a nice little assembly that’s both functional storage and easy on the eye:

Here is what I used to make mine:

  • Adhesive Magnetic Sheets (one 12″x24″ roll is enough for at least seven sets of framelits, I got it at a big box craft store with a 40% off coupon)
  • The original dreaded piece of cardstock with double sided tape still clinging to it
  • DSP of your choice.  I would recommend DSP over thick cardstock here, you want something nice and thin because it is going between the magnet sheet and the Framelits, you want them to be able to cling firmly to the magnet and not have anything too thick in the way.

How I did it:

  1. Cut a piece of magnet sheet to match the size of that terrible little piece of cardstock with the double sided tape on it).  Mine were mostly 6 1/4″x5 1/8″, but check yours to make sure your magnet sheet gets cut to the correct size.
  2. Peel the paper backing off the magnet sheet and adhere it to that piece of cardstock to give it some stiffness.  I made sure to put the side with the sticky tape remnants toward the magnet sheet so the back remains nice and clean and smooth.
  3. Cut a piece of DSP to match the size of the cardstock+magnet sheet and adhere it right on top of the magnet sheet.  Your final assembly will be three layers thick, with the cardstock on the bottom, the magnet sheet in the middle, and the DSP on top.
  4. Put your framelits on top of the DSP (they should cling easily to the magnet), and slide everything right back in the envelope!

Note:  I also consolidated all my Edgelits into one envelope to conserve my magnet sheet – it was easy to fit five Edgelits on one sheet rather than split them up into their original three envelopes.

Now you can see your framelits through the envelope so you can grab the set you need right away (I even chose DSP that matched the relevant occasion, if any (so, my Holiday Ornament and Holiday Collection Framelits have red and green DSP, my hearts have pink, etc.). Best of all, when you get your Framelits out to use them, it’s easy to keep them all in one place on your work surface without having to worry about sticky tape!!  I am so excited about how easy it’s going to be to use these guys from here on out!

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Yet another swap from last month – I just love this one, it is really my style!  I love the simplicity of it, but the embossing and framelits really provide a nice setting for those little baby feet.

Materials:

  • Stamp Sets:  Baby Prints, A Word For You
  • Ink:  Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip
  • Cardstock:  Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
  • Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder and Labels Framelits, Pretty in Pink 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon

 

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My birthday was this past weekend!  I had a really nice time, it was a beautiful day and my husband secretly arranged for a babysitter for our kids so he could take me out for a surprise fancy birthday dinner (ooh la la….)  Last year on my birthday we were on day 3 of a six-day power outage after the tornados that came through on April 27th, so I was extra appreciative of my fancy night out after the PB&J sandwich and granola bars I enjoyed for my birthday dinner last year.  🙂

I am constantly making handstamped birthday cards for other people, but I never receive them myself…until this year!  My super sweet downline Caren met me for lunch and gave me this beauty she had made for me.  It’s so pretty, and uses some of my favorite Stampin’ Up stuff. (I might have to borrow your design, Caren!)

Materials:

  • Stamp Set:  Fresh Vintage (Sale-a-Bration 2012)
  • Ink:  Lucky Limeade
  • Cardstock:  Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Everyday Enchantment DSP (from Sale-a-Bration 2012)
  • Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Adorning Accents Edgelits and coordinating embossing folder, Labels Framelits, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, 8mm pearls, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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This project was such a cute idea – just like we have an Advent calendar to count down the days to Christmas, why not have a Valentine countdown calendar in February?  We made these fun boxes in a class given by my upline, Beth Crocker.  The project is based on a fabulous tutorial from Brenda Quintana’s blog.

The countdown calendar has fifteen little compartments, each just the right size for a chocolate kiss.  It required lots of scoring and was a perfect application for the Simply Scored tool.  It also uses a lot of other products from the Occasions Mini Catalog – let’s look for them all:

  • Framelits – both hearts (at top) AND labels (for base)
  • Take It To Heart Stamp Set
  • Pleated Satin Ribbon (Blushing Bride)

It really required surpringly little cardstock, you can make this whole thing with 8 1/2″x11″ sheets of cardstock, no 12″ long pieces needed.  Just lots and lots of scoring.  And Sticky Strip!  Colors include Baja Breeze, Island Indigo, Blushing Bride, and Real Red.  For a full list of materials as well as assembly instructions, see that tutorial on Brenda Quintana’s blog.

Hold on…I just realized that it is Feb. 7th and I haven’t eaten any of the Hershey Kisses that are inside.  Does that mean I am allowed to go eat seven of them RIGHT NOW?  I might just have a couple…

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As Valentine’s Day approaches I am trying to stockpile Valentines early so that I have enough for everyone I need to send one to without a last-minute rush (because now that both my kids are in preschool we have an extra 26 people to make Valentines for!)

Here’s one I made using the new Framelits in the Occasions Mini Catalog.  For some reason I am on a big pink and brown kick for the last week or so (last year I really overdid it on Pretty in Pink plus Real Red for Valentines, so this year I am trying to branch out a little more…).  I guess I had gotten my Blushing Bride cardstock out to use on another project because it coordinates with the new Twitterpated DSP, and I just keep using it for more Valentines instead of putting it away!  🙂

Check out how I used the framelits to make a little window in the front of the card so you can see through to the heart that is placed on the inside of the card.  I used three of the six different framelits for this card – one for the window, one for the brown heart inside, and the smallest for the little heart that is hanging on to the front of the card by the window.  Here’s how it looks closed all the way:

Also notice how I sponged the embossing on the front of the card and the edge of the heart-shaped window – so quick to do when I already had my Chocolate Chip ink out, and that extra touch really helps highlight the raised pattern around the edge.

Materials:

  • Stamp Set:  Take It To Heart (Occasions Mini)
  • Ink:  Chocolate Chip
  • Cardstock:  Blushing Bride, Whisper White
  • Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Hearts Framelits and Framed Tulips embossing folder, sponge daubers.

 

Don’t forget that Sale-a-Bration is going on now through March 31!  Three ways to take advantage:

  1. Buy stamps!  You get a free Sale-a-Bration product with each $50 you spend – no limit on the freebies.  You can order online 24/7.
  2. Host a workshop – if you’d like to have a fun and inexpensive girls’ night out with your friends AND earn some free goodies while you’re at it, contact me to schedule your own workshop!  Hostesses get special Sale-a-Bration gifts on top of the regular hostess rewards.
  3. Join – if you’re interested in getting $340+ worth of Stampin Up products for just $125 (and free shipping!), plus free DSP each month all year, plus a 20%+ discount on any future orders, talk to me about buying the Starter Kit!

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