OnStage Display Board Application Samples

By | December 12, 2017

Everything about Stampin’ Up!’s OnStage events is awesome.  Being with like-minded people, watching presentations that include new techniques and new products, absorbing all the positive energy, meeting people from all around the world, and seeing everyone’s creativity because we love & appreciate creativity.  The next OnStage local event will be in April 2018.  The location that is closest to me is in Hartford CT.  I’m thrilled with this location, as it’s only 2 hours away.  I hope that many of my team will join me and get to experience the awesomeness of a Stampin’ Up! event.

I have been lucky to be chosen twice before as an OnStage Display Board Stamper (in Baltimore and New Jersey) and am applying again, in hopes that I will be chosen for Hartford.  It is truly a great and challenging experience to create designs for fellow demonstrators.

To apply, I need to post original designs: 3 cards, 2 3-D items and a scrapbook page.  Here are my designs and thus my application:

I just love the contrast of the black & white with the bright Lemon Lime Twist and Real Red.  A hint on how I made the rectangular red scallop background piece:  I used two square scallops and lined them up – you can’t even see the overlap.This card uses the same stamp set as the above card, Carols of Christmas, but has a completely different look because I used my Stampin’ Write markers to color the individual words.  The real red Peace gives a great pop against the ombre blues and silver foil paper.  I think this is a great card to send anyone, no matter what Holiday they celebrate.This year’s trend is black & white so I found that I was influenced by it.  This card has a softer feel than the bright one above.  I love the chalkboard look, don’t you?  The surrounding holly garland is from one of my favorite sets, At Home with You, just turned on it’s side (it’s supposed to drape over the front door from the set).  I actually made this card for my Christmas in July class, and you can read a little more details from this post: http://mailsomethingpretty.com/christmas-in-july-featuring-at-home-with-you/

These treat tube cocoa gifts are the cutest gift to give and receive!  My daughter loves to concoct things in the kitchen and I had her in mind when designing them.  Inside one tube is cocoa mix and in the other is crushed candy cane and mini chocolate chips.  At the bottom of the bag are mini marshmallows and a stirring straw.  Just imagine the fun of making your own cup of hot cocoa on a cold snowy day.  I think the sentiment is absolutely right on “hug in a mug” which bears the same name as the stamp set I used.  These treat tubes are retiring, so if you want them you should order them soon!These cocoa packs are decorated in the latest plaid craze.  I made a pocket with card stock and slipped in a package of cocoa mix.  Inserted underneath the belly band are two Mini Ghirardelli peppermint barks (my favorite flavor).  The 2 x 8″ cellophane bags are the perfect size for these chocolates (and the treat tubes above).  Use this a gift all by itself, or slip in a gift card with the cocoa as an extra special gift.For my scrapbook page entry, I decided to include a few pages from a Memory Keeping album I have been making my niece Fiona for the past 3 years.  I’m going to give her the album for Christmas this year.  I watched her after school on Fridays (we named them Fiona Fridays) and tried to take photographs of some of the different things we did, even if it was just having a cup of tea.  Her scheduled changed this year so I wasn’t needed, and now Fridays seem a bit empty without her.The design work isn’t crazy spectacular because I wanted the photographs to be the star.  The purpose of this memory book (and all memory books should be) is to preserve some of our memories together.  The pre-designed cards (from Memories & More) make it super easy to add color, creativity, graphics and journaling.  All you need to do is insert the cards in the pockets and you have instant gratification.As you can see, we had some fun times together and a lot of them were having cups of tea and baking in the kitchen.

Thank you for taking a look at my entry and I look forward to hearing from the Display Board committee.

Free Shipping (Again!!!)

By | December 10, 2017

I am so happy to announce that Stampin’ Up! is offering Free Shipping again on Monday, Dec. 11 (that’s tomorrow as I type this).  I need to replenish some of my snail refills (as I have been busy making my Christmas cards).  Be sure to check your card stock stash.  Are you missing or low on your favorite colors?  Do you need more adhesives?  How is your envelope supply?  Is there a stamp set you have been admiring but haven’t purchased yet?  That Big Shot will look so nice waiting for you under your Christmas tree (with a nice tag “from Santa” attached).  All you need to do is click the SHOP tab above and start your shopping.  There is no minimum or maximum to receive free shipping.  Happy Shopping!!!!

Christmas card class this week

By | December 4, 2017

Be sure to sign up for my last class of 2017!  Make some of your own beautiful Christmas/Holiday cards to mail to those very special to you.  You can choose to make either 6 or 12 cards at class.  Please RSVP by noon, Wednesday, Dec. 6.

Thursday, Dec. 7 at 9:30 am

Friday, Dec. 8 at 9:30 am or 7 pm

$30 for 6 cards or $40 for 12 (please specify your count in your RSVP)

Year End Sales Event

By | December 1, 2017

The year may be ending, but the deals are just getting started with the Year-End Sales Event! Over the next month, enjoy exclusive deals on select retiring and surplus items—while supplies last!  Take a look at all the great deals and see what your own stamping inventory is missing.  There are so many stamp sets, bundles, embellishments, paper and ribbon from the 2017 Holiday catalog on sale!!!

Click HERE to see (& Shop) all that is on sale and retiring!!!!  And don’t forget the Clearance Rack for even more sales!

Extravaganza Sale Begins on Monday!!!

By | November 18, 2017

For the last few years, Stampin’ Up! has hosted an extraordinary Extravaganza Sale leading up to Black Friday.  This year is no exception.  There are so many fabulous products going on sale, you don’t want to miss out on any of them.  There will be three sales during this OnLine Extravaganza sale!  Beginning on Monday, November 20, a 24 hour 20% off stamp set sale (on select stamp sets listed below), a week long sale and final 24 hour flash sale (not sure what those items will be yet).  WOW!!!

Sale prices will be reflected on Monday
Click HERE to see ALL the great things on sale Nov 20-26
20% off these Stamp sets, Monday, Nov. 20 only
Remarkable You
Bloomin Love
Celebrate You
Cool Treats
You’re so Sweet
Garden Girl
Good Vibes
Heartfelt Sympathy
Every Good Wish
Good Tidings
Milestone Moments
More than Chocolate
Number of Years
Oh What Fun
Touches of Texture
Anyone who places an order with me during the Extravaganza sale will receive a special holiday treat from me as a thank you.

Reserve your STAMPARATUS

By | November 15, 2017
Stampin’ Up! announced and showed many great things over the last few days at their OnStage Live event and this is the first we get to share with you!!!  For the last two years, Stampin’ Up! has been designing a new, innovative stamp placement tool.  I was very lucky and proud to be part of the development team, but was sworn to secrecy.
Stampin’ Up! is not the first to design a stamp placement tool, the first was designed by Misti.  The Stamparatus is very unique to Stampin’ Up! and can perform functions that no other placement tool can.

Why do YOU need one? You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!

  • Make multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement

Product details:

  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamps
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas
  • Retail Price–$49.00
With the launch of this tool, Stampin’ Up! is trying something different: testing a new reservation system. It acts like a true preorder: you reserve your spot and we guarantee shipment as soon as the product arrives in our warehouse. Demonstrators and customers will place reservations and receive their product at the same time. This system will allow us to get the product to market as soon as possible while avoiding backorders and efficiently managing inventory.
November 16–30, 2017 Approx. February 1, 2018
December 5–30, 2017 Approx. March 19, 2018
January 15–30, 2018
The first reservation window will open on Nov. 16 at 4pm EST.  You need to have an account set up with my online store.
Here is the link to reserve your Stamparatus:
Watch this video to see how great Stamparatus is:

Thinking outside the box (literally)

By | November 7, 2017

My brother’s birthday was last week and sometimes male cards can be a bit of a challenge.  When we were kids (he’s 4 years younger than me) he loved to watch the popular 1970’s show Doctor Who.  It scared me, but I still watched it because we were only allowed one show each a day and I wanted my tv fix.  He recently told me he watched too many Smurfs episodes for the same reason.

Think outside the Box

Sometimes, you need to see a stamp set with a different set of eyes.  That’s what I did with the popular At Home with You stamp set.  A lovely seasonal stamp set that focuses on a front door.  I turned this front door into the Tardis (his time machine) from Doctor Who:Now, it’s not exactly like the Tardis, but I think it represents it well.I will be doing another post on the new Stampin’ Blends, but those are the markers I used to color the time machine.  I absolutely love these new alcohol markers.  They blend beautifully and are extremely addictive.

My brother really liked his card and I was thrilled that he did.  I was so excited to give it to him.  Now, I have a whole year to think of another idea for him.

Click here to see all the colors of the new Stampin’ Blends.

Join us at class this week!

By | October 31, 2017

Now that Halloween has passed, does it feel like the Holidays are coming like a speed train?  Take a peek at my upcoming calendar and be sure to fit these dates & times into your busy schedule.  Not only are these classes productive, but they are creative, social and fun.

Thanksgiving & Christmas cards, Thursday, Nov.2 at 9:30 am and Friday, Nov. 3 at 9:30 am and 7 pm.  Create 6 cards for $30.  RSVP by Wednesday am 11/1.
OnStage Live Stampin’ Up! Gathering, I’ll be in Salt Lake City from Nov 8 – 12 with demonstrators from around the world. YAY!!!!
Saturday, Dec. 2, Milton Art Center Fair, Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm.  Milton Art Center, 334 Edge Hill Road, Milton
Christmas/Holiday Cards, Thursday, Dec. 7 at 9:30 am, Friday, Dec. 8 at 9:30 am and 7 pm.  You choose to make 6 cards for $30 or 12 cards for $40.  RSVP by Wed, 12/6 noon.
Open Studio & Shopping, Saturday, Dec. 9 from Noon – 5 pm.  Need to do any Holiday shopping?  Stop by and shop.  Need to work on some projects?  Stay as short or long as you need to work on your projects for a $5 studio fee.  Use all my stamp sets, inks, punches and Big Shot dies.  This is a great opportunity to catch up on any unmade Paper Pumpkin kits.  RSVP by Friday, 12/8.
You can send your RSVP to christine@mailsomethingpretty.com
Here’s a peek at the cards we’ll be making at this week’s class (don’t forget to save your spot!)

Happy Halloween!!!

By | October 31, 2017

Wishing you all a fun day of “trick or treating” on this day of Halloween.  My gingerbread cookie (stamp) wanted to dress up as a mummy this year, so I wrapped him up in paper towel strips and he’s pretty happy with his costume.

Don’t Miss the Remaining 12 Weeks of Christmas Ideas

By | October 26, 2017

Over the last four weeks I have sent out photographs, supply lists and instructions on DYI fun & easy Christmas  ideas.  I have received great feedback and don’t want you to miss the last 8 weeks!  If you would like to receive great ideas, you need to be sure you are signed up for my list.  All you need to do is fill out your name and email address on the right sidebar and you will be signed up for these ideas and my monthly newsletters.  Your information stays with me and is shared with no one.  I can’t wait to share all of my ideas with you!

Here is a snapshot of the first four weeks:Hot chocolate in a box

Santa kisses

Washi tape tree cards


Be sure to sign up so you don’t miss any more!

Sign up for Santa’s Workshop!

By | October 20, 2017

My October 28 Santa’s Workshop is fast approaching and I’m still accepting RSVPs.  Everyone will make 10 awesome projects for $45: cards, gift card cards, hot chocolate gifts and stocking stuffers.  The projects should take about 2 hours to make, but you can come anytime between 9am – 2pm.  Be sure to RSVP by Wednesday, October 25.  I hope you can join us for this festive and creative day!

Stained Glass Stamping Technique on Vellum

By | September 20, 2017

Stained glass is beautiful and illuminating (but time intensive, expensive, and not easy to give away).  Use this stained glass technique on vellum and you will find yourself to be an instant expert, giving away many cards with happiness.  This card is actually completing three of my today’s checklist items:  1.  I wanted to create my own design and send it to an encouraging, Australian demonstrator friend (Ann, if you are reading this, you may want to stop so as not to ruin your card surprise), 2.  a blog post for all of you to read, and 3. participate in the color challenge from this week’s Global Design Project challenge (#GDP105).

This week’s color challenge was to use three colors together: Lemon Lime Twist, Peekaboo Peach and Tangerine Tango.  

Here is my design:

I’m really happy with how this card came out.  I used white embossing powder (instead of the traditional stained glass black) to create my lines.  I embossed the peony flower onto vellum paper, as well as the “Good things are going to happen” sentiment.  I’m really happy with the soft effect the vellum creates, both with the coloring and the partial transparency over the patterned paper.

The Stained Glass Technique

I have two samples here.  Both are the exact same, however you are seeing both the front and back sides.  I used my Lemon Lime Twist, Peekaboo Peach and Tangerine Tango Stampin’ Write markers.  When you do the stained glass technique, you want to do your coloring on the back side (picture on left).  By coloring on the back side of the vellum/image, you don’t have to worry about the lines as much as if you were to color on the front.  Also, the color saturation becomes lighter once you flip it over, giving it a softer look.  Keep this fading in mind when choosing your colors.

Note:  If you wanted to use an ink pad instead of embossing, you just need to let the ink dry on the vellum.  It takes a little while.

Vellum can be a little tricky to adhere because it is transparent.  What you need to do is hide it.  See the two examples above?  The one on the right has snail adhesive peeking through under the “Good things”.  The one of the left has the adhesive hiding behind the “Good things”.  Luckily, vellum is very light and doesn’t require much adhesive to make it stick.

Materials I used:

Stamp set – You’ve Got This

Ink – Versa Mark (this is a clear, sticky ink to be used with embossing powder)

Stampin’ Write Markers – colors: Lemon Lime Twist, Peekaboo Peach and Tangerine Tango

Paper – card base is Peekaboo Peach, framed paper is Tangerine Tango, Vellum and the patterned paper comes from the new Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper in the 2017 Holiday Catalog

White Embossing Powder

Ribbon – Ombre Lemon Lime Twist Ribbon

1 3/4″ Circle Punch

I hope that you give this stained glass technique on vellum a try.  It’s so easy, some may call it a stained glass hack.  Whatever you call it – technique or hack, it is beautiful.

Watercolor Wings

By | September 18, 2017

I am not ready to let go of summer.  As much as I love the crisp, Autumn air, I’m just not ready yet.  I wanted to send a friend a card today, so of course I went directly to Pinterest for inspiration.  I came across a butterfly card that really spoke to me.  All of the butterflies where I live have flown south for their winter migration, but I’m not ready to let go of them.  That’s the beauty of creating something yourself right, you can make anything you want, no matter what the season.  This is the card I saw on Pinterest.  It was actually created by Stampin’ Up!  I liked the simplicity and how it used just one stamp set, Watercolor Wings. I do not equate simple with simplicity.  Sometimes, less is more.  I also wanted to use the Lemon Lime Twist In Color because she likes this color almost as much as me.  Here is the version I came up with.My card is a little brighter than the original, but that was okay with me.  I had to play with a few color combinations before I came up with this one.  There are now a few colorful butterflies flying around my recycling bin.  I do want to point out a few things to you in case you would like to CASE this card as well (CASE is a common word in the stamping community meaning Copy and Selectively Edit).The butterfly on the right has full strength stamping of the Daffodil Delight impression.  The butterfly on the left has a second generation (stamping on scrap paper first and then stamping on the correct paper).  This second generation makes it a lighter, softer yellow.  You may also notice that the lime color is a little more true with the softer yellow.  Remember what we learned in art class in first grade?  Mixing two colors together changes the colors.The other thing I wanted to point out to you is the order I like to use these stamps.  Three stamps make up the butterfly. You really can stamp them in any order, but I found this way easier for getting all my layering images to line up with one another.  I also like to cut out the butterfly before I stamp it’s head/body.  I find it easier to line this stamp up with a cut edge than a big open space.

If you would like to create your own butterflies, you can order the Watercolor Wings stamp set by clicking on the highlighted colored text.  You can also purchase the coordinating Bold Butterfly Framelits.  It’s not necessary to use the Framelits to make butterflies, but it’s so much easier than cutting with scissors!  Be sure to search Pinterst for this stamp set.  There are hundreds of examples of projects AND color combinations.

Fall Classes & Events Announced!!!

By | September 7, 2017

There have been a lot of changes and new beginnings happening in my household which delayed my Fall lineup announcement.  My son is now almost 3 weeks into his first year of college and my daughter just started high school yesterday and has already played in 2 Freshman Volleyball games.  I thought I was going to have more time to spend on my stamping when they grew up, but that isn’t necessarily the case.  I’m being creative in finding different pockets of time.

Today I firmed up my Fall line up and made card samples for next week’s class.  It felt so good to be in my stamping room all day!  I decided to use my favorite Colorful Seasons stamp set and coordinating Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  This bundle (and you do save 10% by buying it as a bundle) is a must have for everyone!  Truly, you can make year round cards & projects with it for absolutely anyone.

I just love this set!!!

I thought outside the box with this card.  I don’t have any of the new Halloween sets (yet) and needed to rely on my creative resourcefulness.  Past Paper Pumpkin stamp sets are truly valuable stamp sets to have.  The pumpkin face is a stamp from last year’s Paper Pumpkin kit and the “Happy Halloween” is from the year before.  Did you know you can get your first Paper Pumpkin kit for 50% if you sign up by September 10??  Time is running out, hurry to save.  You can sign up right HERE and don’t forget to use the promo code HALFOFF0917 to save half off your September kit (which will probably be a Halloween project kit).

It may be hard to see in this sunny picture, but the popped up leaf is cut out of beautiful copper foil paper.  It’s dreamy and beautiful.  I saw a similar card on Pinterest and made a few changes to adapt to the products I had on hand.  That’s one of the great things about Pinterest, be inspired and replicate exactly or put your own spin on things.  This card would make a beautiful sympathy card (and I have just the right “with sympathy” stamp from you guessed it, a past Paper Pumpkin kit).This is my third seasonal card for next week’s Seasonal Cards class.  It can be a Hanukah, Christmas, Seasons Greetings or even a Holiday thank you card.  The combination of silver and blues is a classic and striking.

Be sure to RSVP soon to save your spot at class.  I’ll be sending out photographs of the other upcoming classes soon.  New stampers always welcome!

We Can Make a Difference through Creativity

By | September 1, 2017

I’ve been sitting in my safe, dry, unaffected home listening to all of the destruction and hope brought on by Hurricane Harvey wondering what difference I can make. The above Statement of the Heart is Stampin’ Up!’s mission statement (created before mission statements were popular) that all demonstrators strive to live by. We all make a difference through what we do, no matter how big or small.
I will be donating all of my 25% proceeds from any Stampin’ Up! orders placed through me for the entire Labor Day weekend to Save the Children.  Save the Children is doing tremendous work in Texas for children and families.  I am hoping there will be lots of orders since the Holiday catalog is now live.
You can place orders directly through me (via email or in person) or online through my online store at www.mailsomethingpretty.com.
If you need any quick ideas, the all-inclusive project kits are a great place to start. And they make great gifts too because everything you need is right in the box. You could even start your Christmas shopping while doing a good deed.
Thank you for helping me,

The Holiday Catalog is now Live!

By | September 1, 2017

So many of you have been making your lists, folding the pages you want to remember and going through a pack of post-it notes marking up everything you want.  Today is the day you have been waiting for!  You can now order from Stampin’ Up!’s 2017 Holiday Catalog!!!

If you still need a copy of the Holiday catalog, please let me know and I will get one to you.  There’s nothing like having an actual copy in your hands.  You can also view the catalog right online, click HERE and you will see it all. You can also access it by clicking on the Stampin’ Up! Catalogs link on the menu bar of this website.

Check back here soon to see the samples I have been working on.

Would you like to receive a FREE Christmas stamp set that isn’t even any catalog?  If you host a qualifying party of $300, you (as the hostess) will earn the Merry Patterns stamp set for free.  Now is a great time to host a party because of the launch of the Holiday catalog, everyone likes to make holiday gifts & cards.  You can either host an actual party, having guests come to your house or mine to see & learn about Stampin’ Up! products and making two of their own, OR, you can just collect orders over a period of time and group them together (this is a great way for friends who live far away).  Let’s pick a date before all of the Holiday busyness takes over your calendar.

This is a photopolymer two-step stamping set which makes it so easy to create layers.  Even though this is a Holiday set, I can picture those candles being stamped in birthday colors, what do you think?  I bet you will also see a clever person on Pinterest increasing these 6 candles into 8, thus being able to make Hanukah cards & tags. So what are you waiting for?  Gather some girl friends & host a party to get this stamp set for FREE (this set will never appear in a future catalog).  Let’s do it!

Fun Together!

By | August 15, 2017

Every month, my team of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators (we call ourselves “Wicked Stampahs”) get together for a creative meeting.  Last night, 8 of us were able to get together and chat, stamp, share, inspire, eat, relax and enjoy what we love about Stampin’ Up!.  We all joined Stampin’ Up! for different reasons and have different backgrounds.  This is what makes us a fun & unique group (about half of us made the meeting).  Everyone is welcome to join us.  Consider joining Stampin’ Up! and our team of Wicked Stampahs, I promise you won’t regret it.  We all made cards/projects to swap with each other – another way of inspiring and teaching each other creativity.Here we are all holding the cards/treats we made.   Swapping is a great way of having examples of cards/projects to show to friends and customers without having to buy everything in the catalog (although, many times after swapping we place orders to get those products – ha ha).  Later in the post, I’ll show you close ups of the projects we made.We, along with my teenaged daughter, are creating a card using the newly released Carols of Christmas bundle.  I challenged them to come up with a design on their own (do you see those phones on the table??  Some wanted to consult Pinterest instead of coming up with their own design – which of course is perfectly okay).  This is what we came up with with 30 minutes time:A few other new products we used with the Carols of Christmas bundle, were the new Merry Music Specialty Designer Series paper (this music paper makes great background paper) and new ribbons.  Would you like a new Holiday catalog?  Just let me know!  It’s amazing!!!!
Of course, we needed some nourishment for all our hard work!  A little bounty from my garden:  tomato, basil & mozzarella sticks and chocolate zucchini bread – yum!

Ready to see the swaps we made for each other?  Here you go:Carol D sponged her background using lemon lime twist over her white embossed leaves.  She used the favorite Colorful Seasons stamp set. I used the Lemons Zest stamp set and coordinating Lemon Builder punch.  It’s a little hard to see here, but I used clear embossing powder over the slice of lemon to make it extra juicy.  I love the sentiment on the inside “chuck them right back!”

Teresa used the very popular Crafting Forever stamp set and told us we could do our own coloring.  Just like the adult coloring book craze.  You can see that the new Lemon Lime Twist is a favorite color by many of us. Mary Lou was so nervous about her card “not being good enough”.  She was so wrong!  She came up with this fire all by herself – no help from Pinterest.  You can see that the fire ring is the bottom of the Adirondack chair and the fire and sticks were made from one of the branches and flower middles of the Colorful Season stamp set.  So clever!!!!!How serene is this card?  Carol M. made this beautiful combination of the High Tide set and Colorful Seasons bundle.  I just want to sit in that chair with my book!Tracy is always coming up with clever boxes and treats – and yes, she included chocolate inside each of them for us. She paired the previously sold out Daisy punch, Daisy Delight stamp set and Delightful Daisy patterned paper together for this sweet treat.  These three items are now available to purchase again too!  Yay!Nancy made this happy “happy birthday” card with the hostess set Tranquil Tulips.  Only hostesses are able to purchase special stamp sets at special prices.  You should consider being a hostess to earn free products and to purchase this great watercolored floral set (just let me know and we’ll pick a date).
Val is the queen of using Designer Series paper.  She also used the very popular Colorful Seasons stamp set and coordinating Seasonal Layers Thinlits dies (you can tell it’s an all-time favorite since 4 of us used it for our swaps).  A definite must have since you can use it all year round.

I can tell you that we had a fun evening and always love getting together.  Stampin’ Up! is all about creating, sharing and inspiring and I invite you to join us.


Carols of Christmas is available early!

By | August 8, 2017

Do you like to open presents early?  If you answered yes, then I bet you like to able to order things early too. Stampin’ Up! has pre-released one of their Christmas bundles for us to order before the Holiday Catalog debut on September 1.  As a demonstrator, I was able to order it a month earlier than you, and have had a chance to make a few cards which you will see below.  I really like how the two Christmas greetings are bold and big, and you can accentuate them with the reindeer, evergreens, Christmas bobbles and edging/borders.

This first image is of the samples Stampin’ Up! teased us with:

And here are three of my interpretations:

I just love the die that makes this frame no matter what season or reason you use it for!

It was kind of fun to pair the Berry Burst color with gold.

I used the same framing die on this card too, but it’s a little hard to see on the vellum.  The music pattern behind the Deck the Halls is the Sheet Music background stamp that is in the Annual Catalog.  Sneak peek:  There’s music paper coming in the Holiday catalog!

As you can see from my three examples, I chose not to use the traditional red and green combination.  This patterned paper is actually from the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper (don’t be afraid to think outside the box!). The new Copper Trim is really fun to work with and a bit different from any other ribbons offered.

Order in August to get your Carols of Christmas bundle early!

Click here for the online store to see these products.

Order the Carols of Christmas stamp set and Card Front Builder Thinlits together and save 10%!

Christmas in July Featuring At Home with You

By | July 21, 2017

Every mid December I wish I had more time to create hand made gifts and decorate them with creative love.  I find myself getting “just enough” done.  Pinterest is put aside because there never is enough time to do everything I see. Make your Christmas cards now to get ahead of the fast paced Christmas season. To help this Christmas time crunch, I started hosting Christmas card classes in the summer.  They tend to be very popular. Who wouldn’t like to have a stockpile of handmade Christmas cards ready made when the season rolls around?

At Home with You

The new At Home with You stamp set isn’t necessarily a Christmas set because it includes multi-seasonal stamps, but that was my first reaction to it.  I instantly loved the door featured in the set because it is the same door as my front door!  My front door is naturally stained wood, but with the stamp set and creativity, I can change it up a bit without taking out the sand paper and paint.Red Door with GarlandThis card features watercoloring with Stampin’ Up!’s Watercolor Pencils and Aqua Painter.  I used Shimmery White card stock because it’s so easy to color and “paint” with the water filled Aqua Painter.  These two cards are identical except for the wreaths.  The first wreath is stamped from the set and cut out with the coordinating At Home Framelits.  The second wreath is a wreath from the Boxwood Wreaths Embellishments.

Tip for the Wreath:

I colored beyond the lines to the edges of the wreath with the Old Olive pencil.  This eliminates the white space between the lined art and cut edge.  The wreath seems more realistic this way (not many wreaths have a white edge).

Garland turned into FrameI am so pleased with how this card came out!  I cut two garland pieces from the garland dies (with the At Home Framelits) and turned them into a frame!!!  Just a little overlapping fits the Happy Christmas perfectly.  I used the red Stampin’ Write marker for the berries and the Watercolor Pencils for the holly.

Tip for Holly:

If you don’t have a holly & berry stamps, but have the Holly Berry Builder punch, then you can use a permanent marker to outline the edges and draw your own details.

Advice from CoCo Chanel

Coco Chanel, was said to have advised the following when dressing with accessories: “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.”  I try to follow this advice for card making too.  This card purposely doesn’t have too many details (aka accessories).  Anything extra would detract from the open door feature. Embossing highlights the door in black and also the wreath.  A little baker’s twine ties the wreath right onto the door through it’s open window panes.

Opening Door Card

The Door Actually Opens!

The coordinating At Home Framelits make this open door feature so easy – no scissors needed.  Put a secret message inside the door and another message inside the card.  As I was creating this card, I thought the opening door would make an awesome gift tag.  I’ll need to make some of those during the summer too so they are ready to use in December.

Would you like to make these cards?  Make your Christmas cards now to get ahead of the fast paced Christmas season.  The dates for this card class are Wednesday, July 26 at 9:30 am and 7 pm and Thursday, July 27 at 9:30 am.  $30 to make 6 cards (2 of each) and $20 to make 12 cards (4 of each).  Please let me know how many cards you want to make in your RSVP christine@mailsomethingpretty.com.

Special Bundle Price

Do you like this stamp set and coordinating Framelits?  You can buy them as a combined bundle for $50.25, saving 10%.  And, if you purchase them during the month of July, you will also earn a $5 coupon to use during the month of August!  Every season is represented in this set!

Link to:

At Home With You Bundle