Coming Home and Trimming the Town with Stampin’ Up!

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Coming Home Handmade Christmas Card

Hello Friends,

Have you seen the new Stampin’ Up! 2020 Holiday Catalog yet?  It is amazing! I want nearly everything in it! (Click on the catalog image in the right-hand column to view it.) I made this card with one of the darling new suites-The Trimming the Town Suite on page 25 and I think it is one of the all-time favorite cards.

Coming Home Handmade Christmas CardThe Trimming the Town Suite captures the feel of a hometown holiday with its whimsical imagery and coordinating trimmings. The Trimming the Town Designer Series Paper is full of cozy village and winter scenes.  Some of the images can be cut out with the Home Together Dies, as well as images in the Coming Home Stamp Set.

This card was so fast and easy to make.  I used part of one of the designer papers for the background and die-cut some of the images from another sheet of paper. The Trimming the Town Designer Series Paper package contains 12 sheets of 12″ x  12″ double-sided paper (2 each of 6 different designs.)

Each year, Stampin’ Up! donates some of the sales from certain products to charities.  This year, whether you purchase the Coming Home Stamp Set individually or as part of a bundle or suite collection, $3 from the sale will be donated to charities devoted to adoption, foster care, and infertility. Not only will you have fun using it, you will be making a difference!

Coming Home Handmade Christmas CardProject Recipe:

  1. Cut a piece of Whisper White Thick Cardstock to 5-1/2″ by 8-1/2″, score in the middle, and fold for the card base.

  2. Adhere a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Misty Moonlight Cardstock to the card base.

  3. Cut the piece of Trimming the Town Designer Series Paper at the top to 3-3/4″ x 5″ so the mountains are showing as you can see above.  This is the sheet of paper I used:

  4. Stamp your greeting at the top of the Trimming the Town DSP panel in Misty Moonlight Ink. (I used a greeting from the retire Six Sayings Stamp Set, but you could use any of your favorite Holiday greetings.)  Adhere this piece to the card front.

  5. Die-cut a Misty Moonlight large house and a large green tree from the piece of Trimming the Town Designer Series Paper with the matching Home Together Dies. Cut out the smaller tree with Paper Snips. Adhere these to the card front over the existing printed images on the paper with Stampin’ Diminsionals.  Here is the paper I used for this step:Trimming the Town Designer Series Paper

  6. Add several Snowflake Adhesive-Backed Embellishments to the card front.

Here are the products I used to make this card.  Click on the image to find more information about it and/or to purchase it.

The Hostess Code for the remainder of August is N9CXKSKS. Use this Hostess Code when completing your on-line order of $45.00 of more (before tax and shipping) to receive this month’s Hostess gift.  Do not use the Hostess Code if your on-line order is $150.00 or more (before tax and shipping).  Just email me that you’ve placed your order on-line and I will send you this month’s gift, PLUS you’ll receive Hostess Dollars to purchase product out of any of the current Stampin’ Up! catalogs. 

This month’s Hostess Gift is a full package of the Snowflake Adhesive-Backed Embellishments (page 29 of the Holiday Catalog).

August, 2020 Hostess Gift
Snowflake Adhesive-backed Embellishments

My First Christmas Craft for 2020

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Do you love altering things to make new projects? I’ve been doing quite a bit of it lately. The Dollar Tree has so many things that you can make fabulous projects out of for only $1! This project cost me $1 for the cutting board and I’d say about another $1 for the paper and ribbon. I only used a small part of each.)

I started by cutting a piece of paper from the Trimming the Town Designer Series Paper and adhering it to the cutting board with Stampin’ Seal. Next, I cut some of the house images from another sheet of the same paper pack using the Home Together Dies. (There are 2 sheets of paper in the pack full of different size houses and trees. You can use these dies to cut them out. I love it when Stampin’ Up! does that!)

After cutting out some of the houses and trees, I adhered them to the front of the paper using Stampin’ Dimensionals so they stood off the paper. Did I say that I love that paper?!!

I used a die from the Pretty Pines Dies Set, which just retired. You could use the Beautiful Boughs Dies Set that’s in this year’s Stampin’ Up! Catalog. Actually, I was originally going to use artificial greenery on this project, but I didn’t have any at home and I just HAD to get the cutting board finished right then! I will use it on the next one.

I’ve had the ribbon for several years and never used it. I don’t remember where I got it, but thought it would be cute to use. The ribbon was tied in a bow and placed on the cutting board with Glue Dots, as where the pine die-cuts.

The whole project only took a couple of hours to finish. It would of been faster, but about 15 minutes looking through all my artificial greenery and about 30 minutes on the phone with one of my daughters. (It never fails…She always calls me when I’m right in the middle of a project!) I hope you like it! Please leave a comment and let me know.

That’s all for tonight. Thanks for stopping 


I’m Back!

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Hello Friends!
I’m back to blogging after about a year.  I had so many things going on in my life that I had to choose to eliminate some of them for a while. Running a Stampin’ Up! business was on of them. After almost 10 years of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I had to stop being active until I was able to eliminate some of my other more important things.
First, I decided to move back into my house that my son and his family had been living in for over 5 years.  I wanted to remodel it before I moved all my things back into it. We tore out walls, carpet, tile, etc. so I could design it like I wanted. After about 4 months of remodeling, enough was finished that I went ahead and moved back in it.
In the meantime, my first great grandson was born and I began watching him when his mother had to return to work. Last August, my first great granddaughter was born and I began watching her, too. Just as their parents didn’t need me anymore, my second great grandson was born! I’ve been watching him since he was 2 months old, but my grandson usually picks him up around noon.
I was just getting things ready to begin teaching classes again when we began to hear about Covid 19 and everything shut down. I know a lot of people are now out and about, but I’m trying not to take any chances because of my three little ones.
After about a year, I’m back to blogging.  I had so much going on in my life that i just couldn’t keep up with everything and had to make choices on which things to leave out until things calmed down. 
Eventually, I’m going to try to get some online classes, tutorials, and videos going here on my new blog. For a long time I didn’t have any time at all for even making cards, working on my scrapbooks, or any other crafts. My life has slowed down a little now and I’m going to try again now. Lately, I’ve been getting caught up on all of the Paper Pumpkin kits I didn’t have time to do before. Some of them I made as the kits were meant to be, but most of the time I’ve been making a lot of alternative cards with the contents of the kits.
Here are just some of the cards I’ve made.
Paper Pumpkin Alternative Card
Paper Pumpkin Cards
Classy Cut-ups Creations
Paper Pumpkin Alternatives
Paper Pumpkin
Paper Pumpkin Alternative

Box of Sunshine Paper Pumpkin Paper Pumpkin
Paper Pumpkin Alternatives
March, 2015 Paper Pumpkin Alternative Cards.