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We looked at a Thanksgiving card yesterday, so why not start looking at Christmas cards next?

I was mildly horrified to go to Home Depot on Sunday afternoon to buy a couple extra rakes (because our children are now big enough to do manual labor for us – yay!) and find that the entire indoor garden section had already been taken over by Christmas decorations.  I mean, what about Halloween, what about Thanksgiving?  Of course the kids were beside themselves to find that such a thing as an inflatable Tyrannosaurus Rex wearing a Santa hat exists in this world!  What fun!  Can we buy it, Mom, can we buy it?

Sigh.  How about if we start stockpiling some handmade cards for all those teacher gifts and neighbor gifts that we’ll be handing out in December?

When you look at the Mosaic Madness stamp set, is Christmas the first thing that comes to mind?

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It was not the first thing that came to my mind.  If anything, I can imagine using some of these shapes as ornaments, but when I was browsing Pinterest one night and saw where someone had used them to make up a whole tree, I was blown away!  Thanks, Rachel Woollard, for this fabulous idea!

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Materials:

  • Stamp Sets:  Mosaic Madness, Sweet Essentials
  • Ink:  Garden Green, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi, Always Artichoke, Real Red
  • Cardstock:  Real Red, Whisper White, Real Red Glimmer Paper, Soft Suede
  • Tools and Accessories:  Mosaic Punch, Dimensionals, paper snips, and I made the red star using a retired set of framelits from last year but I think the Frosted Finishes embellishments would look stunning as well:

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Tips:

  • I stamped an assortment of the mosaic shape in a variety of ink colors and punched them all out at once.  It really saves a lot of cardstock if you use a long strip about 1″ wide and stamp a whole row of shapes on it to be punched out.   This is a great use for scraps that you are hanging onto (I don’t know about everyone else, but I keep a giant folder full of Whisper White scraps from previous projects and I always go digging in there for projects like this that need small pieces rather than cut up a full sheet.)
  • I used my Petite Pennants Punch to cut a piece of Soft Suede and snipped off the pointy end to make the “pot” that the tree is sitting in.  The tree trunk is a small scrap that I just cut freehand with my paper snips.

Don’t forget all the promotions that are going on right now:

 

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WOW, Stampin’ Up is really trying to cram in some exciting promotions before the end of their 25th anniversary year.   Here are my three favorites:

Hostesses get a bonus $25 in rewards this month with a $250+ party!  If you want to get together with some friends and get a jump on some holiday crafts (we can do cards or home decor!), schedule a party with me during October and enjoy picking out some extra free items for yourself!

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Join for $25!  The starter kit that you purchase when you sign up to be a demonstrator normally costs $99, but for just two weeks this month, you can sign up for $25.  What a bargain!  You get to pick out $26.95 in new products, and you will enjoy the benefits of being a demonstrator for six whole months with no further purchases required!  It’s almost silly NOT to sign up.  I’d love to have you on my team, I have the most fun with my stamping friends.

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Finally, an exciting new product just made available on October 1st:  the Everyday Occasions Card Kit.  If you are a completely new stamper and are feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of picking out stamps, ink, paper, envelopes, etc….try this kit!  For just $29.95 you get SEVEN stamps, a clear block, two ink colors, plus all the cardstock, embellishments and envelopes you need to make 20 cards.  Oh, and easy instructions so you can get right to work.  🙂  Get the kit for yourself so you have a stockpile of handmade cards to last you for months, or give the kit as a gift to a friend who would enjoy a cute project!

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You were so patient reading all the October promotions!  As your reward for reading all the way down this far, here is a great card idea for you using my favorite Mosaic Madness.  In two color schemes even, because I couldn’t decide which one I wanted to use for a class I held.  Check out how this simple layout lets the embossed mosaic image shine:

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Materials:

  • Stamp Sets:  Mosaic Madness, Sweet Essentials
  • Ink and Cardstock:  Both:  Pool Party Coredinations paper and Whisper White.  Version 1:  Island Indigo and Baked Brown Sugar; Version 2:  Wild Wasabi and Early Espresso.
  • Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Mosaic embossing folder, Stampin’ Sanding System, Mosaic punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Tip:  As you are embossing the Coredinations cardstock, consider that the textured side of the paper is the “front”, so make sure you insert it into the embossing folder the way you want it.  After embossing, sand the textured side lightly using the Stampin’ Sanding System to expose the white core of the cardstock and make your embossed pattern really stand out!  It is fun and easy and gives your project a “wow” effect.

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Mosaic Madness

Confession – I am in love with this Quatrefancy suite of products.  You might be seeing it a LOT over the course of the next month or so.

When I got my first peek at the 2013-2014 Annual Catalog and started making a list in my head of things I wanted to get both to use for myself and to use for classes and workshops in the coming year, this was at the VERY top of my list.  One of my favorite things about Stampin’ Up in general is how easy they make it to coordinate things…and this suite of products has not only a stamp set with a coordinating punch, but also a coordinating embossing folder AND coordinating designer series paper!

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Mosaic Madness Stamp Set
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Here is the very first thing I made with the Mosaic Madness stamp set and punch – my monthly club did this as one of the projects at our June meeting.  It was another opportunity to showcase two of the newest In Colors, Pistachio Pudding and Baked Brown Sugar:

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Materials:

Tips:

  • I embossed the white cardstock on the front of the card with the Modern Mosaic embossing folder, and used that as a guide to line up all my punched-out quatrefoil shapes.  Think about where you want to put your greeting and make sure you line up the cardstock in the embossing folder accordingly to leave room for the greeting without cutting off the shapes you want to see.

Stampin’ Up is offering lots of bundles of coordinating products in this year’s catalog – each one saves you 15% over what it would cost to buy them separately!  In this case, the stamp set and punch are available as a bundle ($36.50 wood mount, $29.50 clear mount.)

Local customers (Huntsville, AL) – I’m having a class on July 28th using all the fun tools in the Quatrefancy suite.  We will make four cards for $15, but if you purchase the Mosaic Madness Bundle from me, you may attend the class for free!  Please email me at stephanie.kokan@gmail.com if you are interested in attending.

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