Season-to-Season Wreath is a Winner

By | October 17, 2015

Last night my mom and a friend came to my house and we put our Season-to-Season Wreaths together (this is a project kit from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog).  Not only did we have a fun time together, but we made beautiful home decorations that will last for at least three seasons (Halloween, Autumn and Christmas).  And, if we want to be just a little more creative, we can easily make the wreaths last more seasons (if we create garlands for the snow, Valentine’s day, Easter, Spring, and the 4th of July).

My mom sent me this photo today of her wreath displayed in her kitchen.  I think it looks beautiful.

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You too can make this wreath for your own home.  All you need is the Season-to-Season Wreath Project Kit #139645 $27, Cheer All Year Stamp Set #139839 $25 and Ink Colors: Basic Black, Cajun Craze, Delightful Dijon, Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive.Snip20150908_32

Or, you can gather some girlfriends together for a private class and I’ll bring all the supplies to you and you each just pay $35 for the kit/class.  All we need to do is pick a date.

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Spook-tacular Class

By | September 27, 2015

Friday night we make these terrific “Witching Hat” Centerpieces from a kit in the Holiday Catalog from Stampin’ Up!  We followed right along with a video posted by Stampin’ Up! that gave us step-by-step directions (I usually make my project ahead of time but wanted to be a student this time too).  Here is a photo of us during the assembly:Snip20150927_3Don’t we all look like we are having fun?  We definitely did!  Here’s a photo of the completed hats:Snip20150927_4Now for the bad news:  The Witching Hat kit is no longer available – it was such a popular product kit that it sold out.

The good news:  The kits for the Season-to-Season Wreath and Christmas tags are STILL available – so you better sign up now for the class before they too may sell out.

Season-to-Season Wreath Class – Thursday, Oct. 15 at 10 am and Friday, Oct. 16 at 7 pm.  $35.  RSVP by October 1 (so that I can order the kits in time for class).

Christmas/Holiday Tags Class – Friday, Dec. 11 at 10 am and 7 pm.  $28 for 30 tags.  I will have festive treats to munch on.  RSVP by Nov. 28 (so that I can order the kits in time for class).

Since it was the beginning of Fall this week, I treated the Witching Hat class-goers to a special fall treat:

Snip20150925_1The stamping was done from the Cheer All Year stamp set that coordinates with the Season-to-Season Wreath kit. Yum!

Don’t forget to RSVP for class!

Help Stamp Out Breast Cancer

By | September 21, 2015

Snip20150921_3Announcement from Stampin’ Up!:  “To show our support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re going PINK . . . or at least our October boxes are! And because we know our subscribers want to share the love too, we will be making a donation on their behalf to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF)”.

Stampin’ Up! will donate

  • $1 for every active Paper Pumpkin subscriber.
  • Plus, an additional $1 for every new subscriber.

Together, we will make a difference!

Here’s how you can help: 

  1. Subscribe! If you’re new to Paper Pumpkin, click here to get started. Your first kit will arrive in a limited-edition pink box that you’ll want to hold onto forever-and we’ll donate $2 because you’re new! Subscribe Here
  2. Stay active if you’re a subscriber so we can donate $1 for you. Only those who receive the October shipment will be counted for the donation.
  3. Spread the word! Help us get as many new subscribers as possible. Every current subscriber adds $1 and for new subscribers it’s doubled, so let’s get the word out and raise as much as possible.

Remember, those who get the October kit will not only be donating to a good cause, but they will also get a one-time only, pretty pink Paper Pumpkin box! No one will want to miss it. Promise.

More About BCRF

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) advances the world’s most promising research to eradicate breast cancer. Founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, BCRF has raised more than $550 million to fuel discoveries in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, survivorship and metastasis, making it one of the largest non-governmental funders of breast cancer research in the world. This year BCRF has invested $58.6 million in research, to support over 235 researchers at leading medical institutions across six continents, including $11.6 million to the international Evelyn H. Lauder Founder’s Fund focused on metastasis. By spending 91 cents of every dollar on research and public awareness programs, BCRF remains one of the nation’s most fiscally responsible nonprofits. BCRF is the only breast cancer organization with an “A+” from CharityWatch, and has been awarded Charity Navigator’s highest rating of four stars 13 times since 2002. For more information, please visit: www.bcrfcure.org.

The Holiday Catalog is Live

By | September 1, 2015

Wait until you see all of the beautiful, inspirational, duplicatable and fun things this new 2015 Holiday Catalog has inside.  Starting today, you can order anything from within.  I just received my pre-order (one of the MANY benefits of being a demonstrator) and can’t wait to share some of the projects I make with you.

Take a peek and let me know what you love:

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Fall Classes Posted

By | August 26, 2015

 

SEPTEMBER:

All Occasion Cards – Friday, Sept. 4 at 10 am and 7 pm.  You choose your sentiments.  $20 for 6 cards (2 each of 3 designs).  RSVP by September 2.

Christmas in September – Friday, Sept. 18 at 10 am and 7 pm.  You choose to make 6 cards for $20 (2 each of 3 designs) or 12 cards for $30 (4 each of 3 designs).  RSVP by September 16.

Witching Hat Centerpiece – Friday, Sept. 25 at 10 am and 7 pm.  You will just love making this project kit of Halloween decor to be used year after year (p. 7 of the Holiday catalog).  $30.  RSVP by Sept. 11 (I will need to pre-order all project kits).

OCTOBER:

Norwell Historic House Tour & Boutique – Friday, Oct. 2 from 9-3pm.  Enjoy a wonderful day touring Norwell homes and shopping at the Cushing Center Boutique.  You do not need to be a ticket holder to shop at the Boutique.  http://jameslibrary.org/specialevents

Club* – Sunday, Oct. 4 6:30 – 8pm.  This is the first of the 6 monthly meetings.  Make 3 exclusive projects.  Free to members.

Season to Season Wreath – Thursday, Oct. 15 at 10 am and Friday, Oct. 16 at 7 pm.  Put together this beautiful wreath and three seasonal banners – fall, Halloween and Christmas (p. 6 of the Holiday catalog).  $35.  RSVP by Oct. 1 (I will need to pre-order all project kits).

Halloween Cards & Treats – Thursday, Oct. 22 at 10 am and Friday, Oct. 23 at 7 pm.  One of my most popular classes, register early.  $20.  RSVP by Oct. 21.

NOVEMBER:

Club* – Sunday, Nov. 1, 6:30 – 8pm.   Make 3 exclusive projects.  Free to members.

Thanksgiving Cards – Friday, Nov. 6 at 10 am and 7 pm.  $20 (2 each of 3 designs).  RSVP by Nov. 4.

Christmas in November – Friday, Nov. 20 at 10 am and 7 pm.  You choose to make 6 cards for $20 (2 each of 3 designs) or 12 cards for $30 (4 each of 3 designs).  RSVP by November 18.

DECEMBER:

Club* – Sunday, Dec. 6, 6:30 – 8pm.   Make 3 exclusive projects.  Free to members.

Christmas/Holiday Gift Tags – Friday, Dec. 11 at 10 am and 7 pm.  Make 30 tags (3 each of 10 designs) from the “Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit” (p. 5 of the Holiday catalog).  I will have festive treats for you to munch on. $28.  RSVP by Nov. 28. (I will need to pre-order all project kits).

*Be a part of this great Club!  We will meet the first Sunday of each month (Oct – March) to make exclusive projects.  Each Club member agrees to purchase a minimum of $25 in Stampin’ Up! products each month and will rotate being the monthly hostess, receiving great rewards for your month.  If you can’t attend the Sunday meetings, I will make the projects up for you.  You can arrange to pick them up, or if you live too far away pay, for postage and I will mail them out to you.  RSVP your spot today!

Adhesive:  To keep my class prices low, you will need to provide your own adhesive.  I will tell you which types you will need prior to class. I will also have Stampin’ Up! adhesive for you to purchase during a class in case you don’t have any or run out.

Cancellation policy:  If you need to cancel with less than 48 hours until card-class time, you will still need to pay the class fee. However, you may choose to have a card kit made up for you to complete on your own, or I can complete the cards for you.  For project kit classes, once the kit is ordered, you will be responsible for the class fee.  We can make arrangements if you need help with the assembly.

Class RSVP’s can be made to Christine at christine@mailsomethingpretty.com.

Do More of What Makes You Happy

By | August 19, 2015

What makes you happy?

I love this card because it truly is “the little things” that matter.  I saw this design on Pinterest (Pinterest makes me happy) and I made a few little changes.  I can’t always reproduce a card exactly as I see it, but I can use the supplies that I have and create a similar look.

The background stripes are made with freehand strokes from an Aqua Painter.  One aspect that I did copy from the original design was the order of the colors – do you notice that they are not in a predictable pattern?  Who says we need to always follow a pattern.  In case you are curious, the colors I used are Smoky Slate, Pool Party, Soft Sky and Pear Pizzazz.

I made multiples of this card because it really came together quite quickly.  It’s always good to have extra cards on hand and I think this one would suit many occasions.
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Whisper White Thick card stock

Aqua Painters

Inks, Smoky Slate, Pool Party, Soft Sky and Pear Pizzazz

Scraps of Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Bermuda Bay card stock for the heart, Kraft Corrugated Paper, Basic Rhinestone Jewels and the flower from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack.

Stamp Set:  Hello Life

Save with MA tax-free weekend

By | August 15, 2015

For the last few years, Massachusetts has created a new holiday and it is upon us once again.  If you live in Massachusetts, you can shop tax-free all weekend.  Whoo Hoo!  To add to the excitement of this holiday, I will mail you a package of complimentary dimensionals when you place your tax-free order.  Just click on Shop in the menu above.  Don’t forget to check out the Weekly Deals and Clearance Rack for extra savings.  Happy Shopping!!!Snip20150815_1

Think ahead to Christmas and check the cards off your list

By | July 30, 2015

Towards the end of every December I wish that I took the time (when I had some free time in the summer) to prepare better for Christmas.  I wish I could create more decorations, gift packaging, goodies, etc.  Pinterest is full of ideas I always want to do, but realize I don’t have time to do when the calendar says Dec. 20.  Mailing Christmas cards is the same thing.  Do you wish you had some beautiful, handmade cards to send to those special in your lives instead of those boring box set cards?

I have the answer.  Come to my Christmas card class!  I host Christmas card classes each month from July to October.  You can make either 6 cards for $20 or 12 cards for $30 at each class.  If you attend a few of the classes, you’ll find that you have many cards waiting to be mailed in December.

Here’s what we are making for the August Christmas card class:

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(Wonderous Wreath photopolymer stamp set and Wonderous Wreath Framelits Dies).  I love this set because you can create your wreath to be any style (and it doesn’t even have to be a Christmas wreath).  I made this card for my mother’s July birthday using the same set:Snip20150730_17Those flowers on the wreath come with the set and are supposed to be poinsettia flowers, but you can make them any color flower with a different ink color.  There are endless examples on Pinterest using this Wonderous Wreath bundle.

If you don’t live in the South Shore area and can’t attend a class, you can still make these cards if you purchase The Wonderous Wreath stamp set and Framelit bundle, which is only $43.25.  You can order it right here.  Of course, you’ll need a Big Shot and some coordinating papers and ink to make the cards, but anything worth making is worth the investment in the right tools.  Right??  If you need any help with ordering supplies, please let me know.

Save 50% on Paper Pumpkin!

By | July 25, 2015

Stampin’ Up! has done it again…..the 50% off Paper Pumpkin sale was so successful this Spring that they are offering it again.  Don’t miss out!  All you need to do is subscribe to Paper Pumpkin and your first two months are half off the regular price of $19.95.  Be sure to enter the promo code HALFOFF when signing up.  You can sign up by clicking on the Paper Pumpkin sidebar button.Snip20150724_11

Take a look at July’s Paper Pumpkin kit by watching this video:

Watermelon Wonder

By | June 24, 2015

It’s officially Summertime.  Finally!  After the winter (and all the endless snow) we had this year, Summer couldn’t come soon enough.  I love the smell of fresh picked basil, the sandal tan on my feet, blue hydrangeas growing in the yard, ice cream for dinner and watermelon at cookouts.  Speaking of watermelon, I found this cute watermelon card on Pinterest:Snip20150622_5I love the hardwood table and the “Sweet” bite.  I used this card as my inspiration and designed my own version:Snip20150624_10I kept the hardwood background, using the new Tip, Top Taupe paper and ink because I liked how the neutral (but not boring) background lets the watermelon shine.  I wasn’t able to duplicate the bite because my layers were too thick for my punch, so I just left the slice deliciously whole.  A folded paper doilies becomes a napkin and textured watermelon layers is easy by using two embossing folders and my trusty Big Shot.  How about those seeds?  I used the heart punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack and cut it in half.  Pretty sweet!  This card is sure to bring someone a smile.

The Comment Section Now Works!

By | June 17, 2015

I have to admit that I have been a little frustrated lately.  Each time I visit this/my site, I see “0 Comments” under my headline.  Day after day after day.  I sometimes wonder if anyone is ever visiting besides me.  Well, the other day I decided to comment on my own post to turn that zero into a one.  And do you know what?  It wouldn’t let me leave a comment!  At first I was a bit relieved because if I couldn’t leave a comment, then no one could even if they tried to.  That relief soon turned into panic because I realized I had to fix this problem.  You know the saying there is no handbook when you become a parent?  Well, creating your own website is kind of the same thing.  Anyone can do it, but not everyone knows how to do it well.  My talent is in paper, not technology.  I asked a few people and then asked a few more, posted questions online, wrote to the creator of my blog theme, blah blah blah.  To make a long story short, I think I fixed the problem. All I needed to do was check off the comments box when creating my posts.  Sounded easy enough.  The key was to find that box.  After searching in unfamiliar territory, I found the box – not in an obvious place, but I found it none-the-less.

So, I invite you to leave a comment, ask a question, give a complement, make a suggestion or even just say hello.  Let me know you are visiting my site!  All you need to do (now) is click on the word “Comments” under my headline and you should be able to leave one.  And, I’ll write back!

Thank you for your patience.

Do What You Love and Love What You Do

By | June 16, 2015

Have you heard that saying before?  It’s the “Life is Good” motto.  I try to incorporate it into my life whenever I can.  Too many times we are rushing around just getting things done (food shopping, cleaning, chauffeuring the kids, etc.).  But it’s really important that we include fun things in our days too – even if it’s only for a half hour.  We are better and happier people if we do something that makes us happy each day.  I love to bake, garden, watch my kids at swimming & softball, walk and of course create.

Stampin’ Up! provides me many opportunities to be happy.  I love using their products because they are top quality, color coordinated, on trend, and inspirational.  I am happy creating a card or gift, and mailing it to someone (hoping it makes them happy too).    One of my favorite things to do is teach classes.  Not only do I get to share my creativity, teach fun techniques, introduce someone new to a whole new world, make a little money, but I also get to be with really nice people.  I am fortunate to lead a growing team of people (again, really nice people) just like you who decided that they too want to be part of the Stampin’ Up! family (for all different types of reasons).  We get together once a month, share ideas, create,  inspire each other, chat, get excited over all sorts of little things, and be happy together.  For those on the team who aren’t able to meet, we share together via email and a Facebook group.  We are all connected and supported.

For the month of June, Stampin’ Up! is offering an additional incentive to join their family.  Choose two additional stamp sets with the purchase of your Starter Kit.  A Starter Kit is a great deal in and of itself (choose any $125 worth of products and pay only $99 plus free shipping), but now you get to choose two more stamps sets for free.

Speaking of mottos, Stampin’ Up!’s motto is Create, Inspire, Share.  As you can see from above, I am able to live their motto very easily and am very happy doing it.  I invite you to think about joining my team.  There is no risk, complete flexibility and potential to (fill in your blank).  Remember, do what you love and love what you do (and I hope that includes Stampin’ Up!).Snip20150616_1

Be sure to reach out to me if you have any questions – I am happy to help!  christine@mailsomethingpretty.com

Summer Fest

By | June 14, 2015

Yesterday our town held it’s first (and I hope annual) Summer Fest.  We were blessed with warm & sunny weather (despite the early predictions of thunder storms).  It seemed as if everyone from our town and surrounding towns were there – and they were all HAPPY.  I didn’t hear any crying babies, no whining toddlers, no grumpy teenagers and no too-much-to-drink adults.  It truly was a spectacular day.  I had a booth set up right in front of the fire department.
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Snip20150614_8If you are looking to purchase a card (I have cards for all occasions – Graduation, Father’s Day, Get Well, Birthday, Thank You, Sympathy, etc.), they are $4.50 which includes MA sales tax.  Just let me know what style you are looking for and I can email you a few images.

Check out my new Paper Pumpkin sign – I am really pleased with it and it caught a few eyes and questions.  I just love Paper Pumpkin and know you will too.  You can subscribe to Paper Pumpkin monthly, or for a pre-paid amount of time – 3, 6, or 12 months.  Interested?  Leave a comment and I’ll help you with the right subscription for you.

Peonies!

By | June 11, 2015

Welcome back!  Last week I showcased some cards with the new You’ve Got this stamp set and I mentioned I would share some photos of the beautiful peonies growing in my yard.  I can’t believe how tall they are – next year I need a taller frame to keep them from falling over.

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Snip20150611_4You can even see a close up of an ant!

Snip20150611_3I couldn’t leave this post without sharing a card, here’s one more from You’ve Got This:

Snip20150611_8A cool little technique using markers, a water spritzer and a clear block.  I’ll post the instructions another day.  Thanks for checking out my site today!

 

Coordination is Key!

By | June 9, 2015

This weekend I hosted my Catalog Kick-off Party which was great – thank you to everyone who came!  We created with the new colors and products, did a little shopping and eating, and everyone had a great time and went home with a party favor and cards/projects that they made.  Turns out, three of them showed up (unknowingly) wearing some of the new In colors:Snip20150609_4Do you see Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush?  Oh, the things that make us happy… it was a hoot!

Here are some of the projects they got to make:
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Each guest got to choose the color they wanted for this card showcasing three new products:  the new colors, the You’ve Got This stamp set and the new envelope paper.  This thin text-weight paper is great for making envelopes with the envelope board – it doesn’t tear!

Tomorrow is the LAST day to order Paper Pumpkin at 50% off your June & July kits – Don’t delay!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Subscribe here

Personalized Birthday Card

By | June 5, 2015

Today is my niece’s 7th birthday and I had fun playing with new products to make her a special, personalized card.  I used the pedestal from the Build a Birthday stamp set in pool party ink, a polka-dotted layer with the Cherry On Top Washi Tape, her name with the Layered Letters Alphabet in the new Watermelon Wonder ink, a Bermuda Bay “happy birthday” from the And Many More stamp set topped off with the Crushed Curry flags from Build a Birthday.  The base card stock is Watermelon Wonder (one of my new favorites).  I was pretty excited at the result, what do you think?

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Cherry on Top Designer Washi Tape

You’ve Got This!

By | June 3, 2015

The sun came out this afternoon, so I just snuck outside with my camera and cards to take some photos before the clouds came back out.  We desperately needed the rain, so no complaints here.  My flowers and veggies look much happier today than they did a few days ago.

You’ve Got This” is a new stamp set that I am completely falling in love with.  There is a large flower stamp (and if I had to guess, it would be a peony) that lends itself to both coloring and non-coloring.  I’ll have to share some photos of my peonies in a few days, the buds are just starting to open and they are just going to be spectacular.  Also in the set is a large background stamp with hatch markings (you’ll see) that is sure to give some great texture.  Three sentiments with a trendy new script “Good things are going to happen”, “I’m here for you” and “You’ve got this”.  Snip20150603_19

Isn’t the flower beautiful?  I cased these cards from Pinterest with a few changes of my own.  I love how the flower is embossed in white instead of the usual black.  Gives it a much softer look.  I used my aqua painters to color within the lines.  Easy.Snip20150603_17This color combination reminds me of a 50’s diner – so much fun.  Just a little outline with my markers gives this flower the right amount of color.

As you can see, this stamp set is very versatile and is going to become a must have on your wish list.  Lucky for you, it is now available!Snip20150603_26

Wood set #139572 $39.  Clear set #139575 $28.  Suggested clear blocks c, e.

Let me know what you think – do you like the soft look of the pale pink, or the graphic design of the blue & black?

The New Catalog is Live!

By | June 2, 2015

Whoo Hoo!  Get your wish lists ready, mark those pages and start prioritizing.  So many great new products will be begging to live in your creative space.  New colors, new stamp sets, new punches, new big shot dies, new ribbons, new kits, new adhesive, new Project Life cards, new punch boards…….

I’ve been playing in my art room for the last two days creating new samples to show you.  Once the sun comes out (hopefully tomorrow), I’ll take photos and post them.  Can’t wait to share!

Here’s the front cover of the new catalog, I just love the “Share the Fun” title because that’s exactly what we do.  The front cover is showcasing the “Tin of Cards Project Kit” which makes 16 cards that can be stored in the great White and Mint Macaroon striped tin with 9 tab dividers, for only $27.  A definite must have on my list.

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Visit the online catalog here.

Would you like an actual catalog?  Write in the comments section and I will send you one.

New In-Colors beginning on June 3

By | May 29, 2015

Are you ready to fall in love with some new In Colors?

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Some of them even sound delicious: Mint Macaron, Delightful Dijon, Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder and Tip Top Taupe.Snip20150529_3

Do you just love the new Dotted Lace Trim?

Snip20150529_4These 5 new In Colors, their accessories and a whole lot more in the new catalog will be available on June 3.  Start making your wish lists!